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Technical Support / Re: Or you can just use IrfanView
« on: November 17, 2014, 11:21:42 PM »

(And don't forget to download and install the plug-ins!)

I downloaded irfanview, based on this recommendation.  Big +1 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:14:59 PM »
What it will probably have:

20.2 MP, from the 7D mk II
5 fps
Digic 6 processor
1080p video at 60p, no aliasing as 7D mk II
Clean HDMI out with audio/timecode
3" touch screen

-I would really love such a small stills and video workhorse but only if the video aliasing part is true in that it's similar to the 7D mk II not the 70D. Don't screw video with your damn aliasing Canon, the A5100/6000 all got rid of it and have similar video to the 7D mk II and 5D mk III, this one should have it too considering the competition.
Another item on the wish list: ability to disable and enable the touch screen easily( via a button??) with the AF selection on all the time.

As long as we are wishing:  +1 on the ability to disable the touch screen;  something to hang on to; and when shooting manual, a more robust dial (or separate controls) for adjusting aperture and shutter speed (so that one can avoid inadvertently switching between the two).  These in addition to the list above (except the AF doesn't have to be on all the time and I really don't know or care about 1080P or aliasing - but understand others do).  (And yes, I have used the M, and yes, very difficult to frame a shot in sunlight without EVF).

6d:  on in the morning, power up the GPS, then leave on all day (except if I have to change the card or battery or 50% of the time if I change lenses - that is turn off if I remember and have time).  Turn GPS off and power down when done for the day.
M:  turn off when I'm done shooting at any point during the day, then turn back on when ready to shoot again (this because the touch screen changes my settings as it bounces along if I don't turn off the camera).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Super Fresh New TOY, Canon 7D MK II
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:19:52 PM »
Does this mean you won't be playing with your M for a while?   :P  Enjoy your new toy. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:54:58 AM »
Hi J.R.
I did it the first night it was posted, got the emailed serial no but haven't tried to download the file yet!

Cheers, Graham. 

Is anyone able to get this to work? I'm submitting the required information but the page simply reloads when I click "Submit".

Downloaded, installed and played with a bit.  Thanks for the link.

Does not work for Windows 8

In Windows 8 the codec pack is available and updates are delivered through Windows Update:

Check among "optional updates"

Thank you.  Since I downloaded the optional updates, Windows "Photos" now seems to be working for Win 8.1 64 bit for the 6D and M.  Finally.  Now I don't have to open LR or DPP if I just want to glimpse at a photo.  Of course, I haven't yet figured out how to get back to civilization from the Win 8 interface after I open a file in "Photos."  I truly believe there is something in the water in Microsoft land.  No rational person could have thought Win 8 was a good idea........on any level.  ("Civilization" means the add on "start menu" program I added so I wouldn't have to have the geeks put me back to Win 7).  [End Rant].

Photography Technique / Re: Filters
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:15:11 AM »
Ok, so both of you are suggesting that I get the 82mm CPL and Lee if I want to experiment with them? I looked at some videos and articles on line, looks like there is a pretty steep learning curve for them? I have a trip planned for Southern UT/Northern AZ next year and found on reading that ND filters are almost a must for that landscape. I want to practice for a while so by the time that time comes around I can be comfortable. But, it's a substantial investment in money as well. But I think I agree with both of you to get another CPL as that is my most used lens and using a step up/down ring will be a pain and of course I will not be able to use the hood, though using a hood with a CPL is quite the pain as well.
Are there good and reliable resources on how to use the Lee filters? Thanks

I found using the ND grads to be fairly intuitive, especially using live view.  Once you have the Lee holder on and slip in the grad, you can see the effect very clearly in live view.  So, positioning isn't really a problem.  And you can get a sense fairly easily of how many stops you want to, for example, darken the sky.  If you get into Lee, you may want to pick up one or two soft grads for your planned trip.  I understand they are more useful for irregular horizons, as you will likely find in Utah/Arizona.  Hard grads work better for flat horizons (oceans, flat deserts).  (Disclosure:  although I now own a soft grad, I have only used hard grads so far).  I too recommend getting the CPL that fits the lens.  And keeping your 77mm for other lenses.  If you are shooting where you need/want the CPL, you will really want to have one on all the lenses you are shooting with to save swap time.  (Assumes you are using the CPL without the Lee system, which happens for me fairly often).  One issue you will need to solve is how to CPL the Lee system.  One of Lee's ways is with a 105mm CPL mounted on the filter holder.  There are multiple threads here discussing that method and vignetting with wider lenses.  I haven't sprung for the 105 CPL yet, but likely will soon.   (It allows independent rotation of the Lee filters and the CPL, which is necessary.  I have been putting the CPL between the lens and the Lee holder - that really doesn't work well at all). 

Photography Technique / Re: Why 3:2 aspect ratio?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:16:06 PM »
In fact, just review all the old photo paper sizes and the aspect ratios aren't consistent. 

And it isn't just "old" photo paper sizes.  Beyond 4X6, larger paper sizes don't seem to come in the 2X3 aspect ratio (at least standard paper from, for example, Epson).  And what about pre-made frames and mats?  5X7 and 8X10.  Sure, other dimensions are available, but one would think that paper/frame/mat manufacturers would go out of their way to provide easily usable materials in the 2X3 ratio.  We can crop to other aspects, but don't we sometimes actually want to print and frame what we saw when we snapped?  Without having mats cut and frames made?  (OK, I understand that an enormously small percentage of today's photos are ever printed, but isn't that still sort of the ultimate test of whether we captured something of merit?) 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:02:48 PM »
I recently took the Great Circle Tour around Manhattan Island.  I used the 70-200 f/4 on the 6D and the 18-55 on the M.  Not a situation where you want to be changing lenses (the "scenery" is constantly changing) and the M was adequate for the wider angle shots.  The M is small enough that you can bring it along and even use it as a second active camera (not just a backup) in similar situations.  But not so much in shooting action.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:54:32 PM »
I use the GPS on my 6D all the time (I never don't turn it on, unless I forget).  I haven't yet figured out how to use the built in Wifi (but it's only been a year and a half since I bought the camera, so there is still time).  I wouldn't upload photos using Wifi (shooting Raw and generally in the boondocks, as someone else mentioned).  But it might be useful for remote control from a cell phone or tablet.  I have seen other posts where folks have mentioned that use (something about bugs and a car, if I recall correctly).  One of these days, I'll figure it out...........


The 6D GPS stays on all the time?

Also, one other GPS benefit I forgot to mention.  Were I to say step on a rattlesnake or find myself a bit mangled after tangling with an alligator, having the GPS coordinates of where I am would be nice.  Yes, my phone has GPS, but in many areas where I have 1 bar or SOS service only, GPS doesn't really work too well.

It does.  I haven't tried Magic Lantern.  One of these days................

I personally have not had a problem with battery drain by the GPS.  With a grip and two batteries, they last all day.  With one battery and spare, I have only had to swap out once per day.

The biggest problem I have with the 6D GPS is that it struggles initially to find itself (hence, perhaps, why Canon has it programmed to remain on whether or not the camera is powered down).  And, it sometimes loses itself even when I am out in the open, where access to satellites has to be about as good as can be.  It sometimes blinks for a while, signifying that it is looking for a fix, then find itself again.  Hopefully, Canon has done a better job with the GPS in the 7DII (and will with future models).  Also, no way that I know of that the 6D GPS can tell you where you are until after the fact.

I agree, it's very cool.  But, this geotagging business is hard work.  When I turn on the camera in the morning, I go to the menu and turn on the internal GPS.  Before I turn off the camera in the evening, I do the reverse.  Then download the photos to LR5.  Going to the "Map" module in LR5 shows the locations of all of my shots.  On a Google Maps map, so I can zoom in, switch to "satellite" and so forth.  I'm not sure why all cameras don't work that way.  Can't take too much room, since they squeezed it into the tiny 6D.  And it apparently can be put into a titanium body (isn't that what the new 7DII is made from?).  And can't be all that costly (witness the 6D and 7D).  Am I missing anything? 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:02:20 AM »
Dear Surapon,

Here is your chance!!!!!

Regards, DPP

Post Processing / Re: Smart objects
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:38:40 PM »
Does anyone know:  do smart objects work the same way as editing in LR, where the edits are commands stored in a separate XMP file so that your underlying RAW file is never changed?  Sounds like Adobe took that from LR and built it into PS?

I don't edit in PS very often (I have the CC version but really haven't started to learn how to use it).  My workflow (if I can dignify what I do with such a term) is to import everything into LR, figure out which photos I want to work on, edit in LR, then if I think PS would be useful (mostly so far only for content aware fill to get rid of stuff) I use "edit in PS" and create a Tiff from the photo (with the LR edits) for that purpose.  Sound like I should edit the LR adjusted photo as a smart object in PS.  If I understand correctly, that would just be adding further commands to the XMP file and I wouldn't end up with so many versions of the same photo.  Does this make sense to anyone? 

OK, I have some tutorials to watch.  Thanks for the links.

Post Processing / Re: Merging Multiple Exposures
« on: August 06, 2014, 10:49:17 PM »
Nice work, but, as a photographer, it does not look real.  It reminds me of TV shows where they green screen a outdoor scene or a person doing weather.  Something in my brain sees it and says its not real.

Please don't take offense, I referring to the process in general, not to your specific work

I agree it doesn't necessarily look "natural," but I think for the purpose (which I take to be showing both interior and view in a single image to sell real estate) the technique provides a great result.

My innocent question:  how much different would the final result look if done in something like Photomatix and selecting the "natural" profile?  I ask because I have used Photomatix and have, on occasion, achieved OK results.  Wondering if it would be worthwhile to up my game by learning the procedure you describe in PS CC (like Michael, I am pretty new to PS and would love a step by step).

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