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Canon General / Resources on bottle photography
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:21:54 PM »
Hi guys,

Does anyone have any good resources / links to information and tips on bottle image photography?

I am shooting wine bottles, and my current gear includes
- Light Tent
- 2 lamps
- Tripod
- Speedlite for fill

But help regarding better techniques would be great, as dealing with reflections and light bouncing off various parts of the bottle is tricky!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK iii - Help a n00b select AF modes
« on: March 14, 2013, 03:58:27 AM »
Hi guys,

In the hunt for becoming a better photographer, my new camera is bringing me all sorts of joys.

But, I am a little confused as to the general consensus of what AF mode to leave my camera in is best. I started using Single Point AF, then surround and even grid.. But I am unsure as what you guys use and whether or not there is a specific 'general' mode you leave it in?

I leave mine in single point mode with the 8 assist points surrounding.  I use the dials and joystick to move that cluster where it makes the most sense for what I am doing.  I have been a center point and re-compose shooter for so long that most of the time the thing is in the center.

Is that the one that is defined as 'AF Point Expansion - 8 pts' ?

Also, how can I get it so I can just toggle my AFs as I need to without hitting the little + button? I read somewhere it was possible.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D MK iii - Help a n00b select AF modes
« on: March 13, 2013, 09:38:55 PM »
Hi guys,

In the hunt for becoming a better photographer, my new camera is bringing me all sorts of joys.

But, I am a little confused as to the general consensus of what AF mode to leave my camera in is best. I started using Single Point AF, then surround and even grid.. But I am unsure as what you guys use and whether or not there is a specific 'general' mode you leave it in?

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Technical Support / Re: Why won't mountain lion find my 5D3?
« on: February 24, 2013, 04:28:02 PM »
Can't be cables thing.. Because the camera is 3 days old (I know, could have a cord that is DOA), but aperture/lightroom/photo import detect and can import my photos..

Does it show up in finder for you guys?

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Technical Support / Why won't mountain lion find my 5D3?
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:04:06 AM »
Hey guys,

Is it a known issue where mountain lion refuses to mount 5D3's? I plug it in, aperture does it's thing, but finder refuses to locate anything and hence if I want to remove all, or certain images, i'm left to do it on the camera..

Little tedious.. Is this just me? I installed the canon software, but EOS utility won't run anyway..

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk 3 2 quick questions
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:34:16 PM »
With 61 AF points, do you really need re-comp?

Actually yes sometimes,  because i personally only use spot focusing so either i manually move the focus point, or i'll recompose..

Thanks for the responses guys. apologies but it's all new to me. I've got a 5D and 2 lenses: 50 1.2, and a 24-105.

When you say you only use spot focusing, is that just the one little dot for focus? I have been using the one with the adjacent points unless I really want absolutely precise focusing..

It's been great delving into the world of semi manual photography. I've never had to specify AF points before (Sony a350 just used to leave it on auto) so while it's been a challenge thinking about where to focus every time i shoot, it's such a joy when you get it right.. Especially on 1.2 =)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D mk 3 2 quick questions
« on: February 23, 2013, 04:49:57 AM »
On mobile phone so will keep this brief as I can't find in manual:
1. Why does focusing sometimes flash AF point (av) sometimes not?

2. What is the process begins focus recomposing? Half press shutter on point, then keep half pressed while I frame and then click? Also what would be the point? If subject moves or if you want to use stronger AF points is my only guess.

Many thanks

Stef

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Lenses / Re: New Member / Lens Recs
« on: February 22, 2013, 10:04:37 PM »
Hey guys,

All set up.

here is about image #3 I took upon receiving the kit. Pretty good for a first-timer =) Let me know what you think of the composition,

50mm, at 1.2.

Still learning the ropes of (semi) manual photography, but loving every minute of it :)

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Lenses / Re: New Member / Lens Recs
« on: February 14, 2013, 10:18:48 PM »
Thanks for the advice guys.

Am I missing anything else? Which Speedlight is worth getting?

Also, what about Mic's? I like the portable ones that digitalrev have, but are there any good stereo ones that hook onto the top?

Also, in dim-lit situations (ie birthdays) if shooting with a fast lens (such as 1.2) can you get by without a flash?

Finally, bag/satchel recs?

Gracias.

Stef

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Lenses / Re: New Member / Lens Recs
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:29:12 PM »
Also.. While I'm asking - Tripods? What do you recommend. Anything decent for $200? My buddy had a gorilla pod in his backpack which looks like it would be handy (Want to do some long exposures of Maldives where we are headed after Singapore). Obviously the gorilla pod wont suffice for my work shots though, so advice appreciated.
While this is not light like the Gorilla Pod but for under $200 you may want to consider this robust Tripod Legs & Ball Head:
Manfrotto 190XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod Legs (weights 1.8 Kg, supports 5KG load)
&
Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with 200PL-14 QR Plate (weighs 420 gms, supports 6 Kg load)
Together (legs & Ball head) cost less than $190 ... if you are willing to spend more than get the Carbon Fiber legs ... might cost you around $100 more.
Check these pics to see what the Tripod can do

Thanks for the awesome response. Have decided on the 190CXPRO3 Carbon =)

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Lenses / Re: New Member / Lens Recs
« on: February 13, 2013, 02:20:15 AM »
I would look at the Sigma 35mm lens. It outperforms anything nikon, canon, sony, etc. can offer. The 24-105mm would be a good bet given your needs. I would keep an eye out for deals because I have seen it drop around $740 from Big Value Inc. (through eBay, but no canon warranty). Or even less during a canon refurb sale.

You mentioned shooting bottle image photography. What about getting a 100mm F2.8L lens. I see it recommended for product photography. There also are the tilt shift lenses, but those are specialty lenses and are not cheap!

Thanks, will see what it comes down to. I'll be buying in Singapore in a couple of weeks as the prices where I am (Australia) are frankly fraudulent.

I like the 100 2.8 choice ( I had a minolta one on my Sony) but I think for the degree that most people want you can still achieve comparable results with a 50 and crop it in post.

OTOH, why not go in for one of the 70-200 lenses. Canon has a excellent selection of the 70-200s and you could take your pick depending on your budget. 70-200 are extremely important focal lengths and these lenses will not let you down.
Definately on the next to purchase list. I sat next to a friend of my girlfriends at a wedding who was using the 2.8L and it is seriously bokehliscious.

Excellent choice (i.e. 24-105 f/4 L IS & 50  f/1.2 L)
If I was in your position (and since you like "creamy bokeh" and "subject isolation"), I'd go with 85 f/1.2 L (instead of the 50 f/1.2 L) as the 85 f/1.2 L has even better subject isolation (personally I feel, I made a mistake of not getting a 85mm prime lens)... but you probably have a reason to get the 50mm ... either way your selection is excellent, as they say "Just Do It"! ... Happy Shopping!

Thanks for the kind words. I want to master the art of 50mm photography but i'll definately map my zoom ranges and if I stray towards that end will definitely look to purchasing.

The 100mm f/2.8L IS is probably a smart choice for product photography. Good for any detail on the bottles. Of course you could just use a 50 and crop in post, with all those pixels to play with it won't really matter how much you crop as long as the lighting is good and the image is sharp (which it will be with that lens!).

I also agree on a 70-200 some time in the future, maybe the 2.8 II version though depends on your needs.

For travel the 24-105L seems to do well, it covers all the usual focal lengths. I wish I had bought that lens with the 5D II kit myself!

I would also try the 85L and 50L and see which you like better. You might find the bokeh of the 85 even nicer than the 50. (Theyre both super expensive so maybe consider the Sigma versions).

Ahh cheers - Yeah hoping my lighting setup is adequate. I did a bottle shot lately that went into a national newspaper using nothing but my lights, my tent and my iPhone (SLR broke).  Lighting was good on the shot so imagine when I get this beauty!


If you're after subject isolation, 50mm on full frame is kind of wide (85mm seems like a more logical choice). Since you haven't been doing this very long, why not rent a few lenses to get a better idea of what your taste is ?

hold off buying more lenses for now, shoot with the one prime and  zoom for a while and it will become clear what will best supplement your kit.

BTW, did you have any plans to buy a flash ?

I'd rent, but i'm without a body at the moment - and by the time I come back I'm paying almost double Asia prices.. I'm fairly confident the fifty will be the right choice (well, mostly confident now thanks to some positive 85 reviews!)

I did have plans to buy a flash, but no idea where to start.. Anything decent for $2-300?

really? lol...do tell!

One of the benefits of OCD ;) Tunnel vision sure is a wonderous thing.


Also.. While I'm asking - Tripods? What do you recommend. Anything decent for $200? My buddy had a gorilla pod in his backpack which looks like it would be handy (Want to do some long exposures of Maldives where we are headed after Singapore). Obviously the gorilla pod wont suffice for my work shots though, so advice appreciated.



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Lenses / New Member / Lens Recs
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:08:53 AM »
Hi guys,

Been lurking for a few weeks now, gaining insights but need to ask for advice, as in 2 weeks i'll be taking the punt on a new 5D3 and I'm budgeting for around 2 lenses to go with it.

My uses: Predominantly hobby, but I will need it a lot of the time to shoot bottle image photography at work (which I have a light tent for).

I really, really like the look of the 50mm 1.2L. I love the creamy bokeh and amazing subject isolation. To complement this prime, I was looking at the 24-105 f4L due to it's good image quality, wide focal range and IS (I want to eventually shoot some vacation videos).

So, is this the zoom you would go for? I had looked at the 24-70 f.28 II but honestly I think with the 50 in my kit, id be at risk of selling myself short with just these 2 lenses to begin.

I understand that due to me upgrading from a Sony a350, and taking the most rapid crash photography course you'll find (I've gone from an ignorant to almost completely grasping the theory behind taking photos in about 4 weeks).

Advice welcomed.

Cheers

Stef

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