I use quite a few different cameras and graphics editing programs....
DigitalI own a Fujifilm DS-7 digital camera. It is capable of 2 image sizes - 640x480 and 320x240. I almost always use it in the 640x480 mode. I have 2 memory cards for it, one holding 30 images, the other 60. I use it primarily in my (homemade) studio, and outdoors in good light. The sensitivity of it corresponds to ISO 100, and since it doesn't have a flash, it needs bright light, or things tend to look grainy or blurry (if the subject was moving at the time the image was taken) - though this is not necessarily a bad thing if you use it to your advantage.
I use quite a few different 35mm cameras. Let's start with the simplest.01 - Kodak S. Auto flash, auto focus, auto advance. A nice little point and shoot camera, I got it 10 years ago. It's been thru a lot with me - California, New York, a fall off a bridge, a bomb scare, etc. It finally took it's last roll of film on Dec. 24, 2000, and then quietly died. It will be much missed, as it was a good camera. In the past year, I used it mainly for candid shots - friends horsing around, etc. The focal point was about 4 feet, and since I like closeups, it just wasn't capable of doing so. It will be very much missed. [Update: After tossing it at the trash can, missing, and having it land on my hard floor, it now once again works. Go figure.]
02 - Mamiya Sekor DTL1000. A 30 year old SLR camera. A good friend gave me this, along with an 85mm to 205mm telephoto lens, a 2x teleconverter, and more. Thanks to the wonderful world of ebay, I began picking up filters, special effects lenses, etc, for it, including extension tubes, so I can do the macro/closeup photography I love so much. Alas, this beloved camera gave out over the summer. It too, like the Kodak, will be very much missed. I am trying to find another DTL1000, to replace it. I liked it a lot, and am extremely loath to give up the 55mm lens, the 28mm wide angle lens, and the 85mm to 205mm telephoto lens it came with.
03 - Minolta XG-A. This SLR is a loaner from a good friend. I've only been using it since August or September of 2000, but have already put about 20 or 30 rolls of film through it. Thanks to adapter rings, I can use many of my filters and lenses (mentioned in 02 above) on it.
Lenses and FiltersRight. I got too many to sit here and name them all. Let's just say I have a nice selection, but that I am always looking for more. I am also always looking for ideas to try out (like getting 3 mirrors 8 inches long, and 3 inches wide, forming them in the shape of a triangle - reflective side on the INSIDE - and then sticking the lens into it), so have some homemade equipment too. Don't ask me about the lights, don't want the fire department to condemn them!
SoftwareI use three different software programs, not counting the one I use to get the images off of my digital camera. They are:
01 - Lview Pro. Used to resize and convert images from one type to another (i.e., gif to jpg). I also use it to adjust contrast, convert to greyscale. I sometimes use it to make digital manipulations (contrast, negative, etc). Also a handy program to make contact sheets.
02 - Adobe Photoshop 5.5. A monster of a program to learn to use. It has some really neat and interesting effects, and am slowly exploring them, to see what it can and cannot do.
03 - Neopaint. Never heard of this, I bet. It's a DOS-based program, and it is good for what it does. I've used it for a few years now, so I know my way around it. This is probably why I don't give it up, it's a good program.
I use a Microtek ScanMaster v310. It was given to me by my friends whose house burnt down. The top is blackened, and it's got a quirk or two, but it still works - for now. I suspect it may be going out soon.
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