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Eric Aitala

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  1. If you receive an email like


    Please note the text I have highlighted in the red box, "Please do not reply to this message. All replies go to the Forum Administrator" i.e, I get the reply to this email with whatever the recipient sends. 

    I have no way to disable this function or alter the way this message is formatted to make it more obvious to not respond to it.  I delete these immediately when I get them.... but folks should be more careful.



  2. Apparently now that the voting is underway the form/page can't be edited... 


    19 hours ago, PaulBradley said:

    Yep, Eric already pointed me in that direction. But it would be nice if the link that the amendments page claims to go to, did......🙄


  3. Mostly b/c I misunderstood what Jeff was asking and that we need the 2023 spaces too.

    I will create a 2024 section...


    5 hours ago, Ron Bell said:

    Just wondering. If this space is to discuss the 2024 venue change, why is it titled "2023 IPMS/USA National Convention"?


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  4. I use  them fairly often.

    I do use primer and also decant the paint.  It goes on much shinier when I use the can, but I probably don't have the airbrush pressure right.  Tamiya is also releasing the lacquer paint in bottle form so no decanting needed.  Not sure if it needs thinning though as I've not used it yet.

    It may have leveler in it, but I have noticed silvering even on pretty smooth paint.  I've been putting down a layer of clear and polishing it a little.


  5. I have a fixed 50mm, f/1.2 lens for my Canon cause it's really fast unlike the basic lens it came with which I think is a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 .  


    9 hours ago, cheveuxroux said:

    Oh, I'm very well aware of depth of field.

    In an age of zoom lenses, I still prefer fast primes for isolating the subject from a background.

    Interestingly, I do not recall seeing anyone using anything but a zoom lens on their DSLRs at the contests.



  6. Yes, the cameras in most phones are very advanced, but when it comes to optics having a big lens that can be a light bucket really helps... especially in places that are not well lit. 

    As to the differences with phone and SLRs

    I can show you two examples...

    This is pretty standard table show from an iPhone (an iPhone 4!) >> 


    This is from a Canon DSLR set with a very narrow depth of field >> 



    The narrow depth shows off the model nicely and blurs out the background so it's not so distracting. While it might be doable with the iPhone you would need an app that allow you to open the camera aperture and adjust the 'shutter' speed.


  7. Well, there are. a couple things about DSLRs and mirrorless cameras - first is the size of the lenses.  We're never really going to see lens diameters in phones anywhere near the sizes of regular cameras.  This can make a huge difference.  Also, lens quality in cameras will always be better than phones.  Second item is the level of control on regular cameras.  They are far more flexible setting wise than phones unless you're using something other than the default camera app.  For example, the iPhone camera app, while it's gotten more advanced over the years, does not expose all the settings available by the camera - you need something like Halide to do that.  The default apps are always designed with the average person who is taking the average picture in mind...

    One advantage (usually) of phone cameras is the computational photography software they use to 'improve' pictures.  In many cases that's a good thing, but not always.  



    9 hours ago, cheveuxroux said:

    Eric Aitala and BWScholten

    I'm kinda surprised that smart phones haven't nudged DSLRs out just yet.

    I actually expect that older DSLRs would be in use for posting photos for a long while due to file sizes of posted photos.

    Rusty White
    Quote: " I have chosen to use at least a 25MP camera for in progress shots"

    I presuming your in progress photos are intended for your How To Demonstrations, though and not for posting to web pages.
    Reason I say that is due to a brief examination of photos posted on this website showing file sizes between 90KB and 900 - KB in size..

    Are you using a mirrorless camera? 


  8. I use both but for different purposes...

    Phones are good for general, fast, overall space images...  think taking pics of entire tables.

    The DSLR I use to get photos of individual models when I need to set the depth of field to only have that model in focus.  

    The one change I may make in the future is that my iPhone has a pretty nice macro mode that doesn't require me to make a lens change....


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