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    A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselves

    Yours is random, helpful, practical – and probably comes from personal experience.

    It has a direct bearing on LF practice, whether for beginners or experts – in studio, field, darkroom, or scanning room.

    You've been wanting to share it to help others, but have felt bashful about dedicating an entire thread to it. Here's a chance to get it across without remorse! I imagine one person's tip will mentally trigger additional tips from others.

    Can you keep it to one sentence?

    Okay, two or three max.

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    For a windbreak back your SUV up to the shooting spot and raise the hatch.
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    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    I carry a fabric water bucket for camping in my pack that I fill with water or rocks to hang from the hook underneath my tripod head. Seatlle Sports makes them.http://www.seattlesportsco.com/produ...&idcategory=26
    The image on my ground glass is upside down. Where can I get that fixed? the image on my ground glass is upside down. Where can I get that fixed?

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    Really, you still see that upside down?
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    Kirk

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    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    For a windbreak back your SUV up to the shooting spot and raise the hatch.
    If my hunch is true, "Where is the wind coming from and can I do anything about it?" is one of the most important questions LFers forget to ask themselves while choosing a composition and before setting up.

    The vehicle-windbreak idea never occurred to me and I can use it.

    To be sure, I could have used it many times before now.

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    Talk out loud, saying the actual process while going through the steps to complete a shot.

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Talk out loud, saying the actual process while going through the steps to complete a shot.
    Heh, if I had just said "close the lens" out loud more often, fewer screams of torment would have echoed through the Nat'l Forests over the years.

    Here's a quick one that just occurred to me: When shooting, devote a dependable pocket to caps from lenses and meters – and don't put them anywhere else. Mine is simply my pants pocket, the front right one. I've never lost a cap. Not even temporarily.

    My meter is another matter . I've wrapped a bit of orange tape around it.

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    Those yellow self-adhesive Post-It sheets are great for labeling holders after the shot. Simply attach them to the darkslide.

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    Post-Its are also great for marking the spot on graduated neutral density filter where you want the 'grad line' to be. The spot can be easily seen on the GG.

    --Caution-- Be sure to remove the Post-It before exposing the film. Not that I have done this, mind you.

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    Re: A collection of LF ideas & discoveries that don't need a whole thread to themselv

    Laugh a lot.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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