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Software & Accessories / Re: Bag for EX430ll?
« on: August 01, 2014, 05:38:11 PM »
Not a bag recommendation but if you want a small but powerful enough speedlight for ur EOS-M, I bought a canon 270EX. Its way better than the 90EX but tiny enough to fit in a pocket. I got one off ebay for $67. It was much better than having to carry around my 580EX II for fill flash.

I used to use the Yongnuo RF-603, they are great for what they can do, really cheap. It also functions as a wireless trigger. But I got tired of having to change the flash power output manually, especially if my speedlight is on a tall stand and inside a soft box.

So I bought the Yongnuo YN-622, it supports high-speed sync (603 doesnt) and you can control the power for each light through the flash menu in your camera. And you can do ETTL or manual or a mix of both.

It comes down to how much you want to spend and what you need. The RF-603 cost about $30 for a pair and the YN-622 cost $85 for a pair.

I still have both triggers but I use the 603 only as a wireless trigger and the 622 for my speedlights/strobes.

I forgot to mention, both triggers are transceivers.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Owners Post Your Pictures
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:44:15 PM »
Here's some more random photos I took with my EOS M.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Owners Post Your Pictures
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:36:28 PM »
I love my EOS M so much, I even use it for jobs even though I have a 5d MkIII. That's how much faith I have on the image quality of my EOS M. Here's the first big job I used the EOS M, these are mostly unretouched photos, just used the B&W treatment in lightroom and cropped.

We were doing a music video promo for a model agency, and our DSLRs were being used as the main cameras so I used my EOS M to do behind-the-scenes stills and video.

EOS-M / Re: How Much Would You Pay...
« on: July 14, 2014, 10:51:24 PM »
As much as I love my EOS M....the camera you described already exists, its called the Sony A7. The only reason I got the EOS M was the price drop. I wasn't willing to pay more than the $300 for the kit, but at that price point, it truly is the best bang for your buck when it comes to image quality.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS M + 18-55mm for $250!
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:57:22 PM »
Damn good deal. If I didn't already have the EOS M and both lenses, I would have jumped on these right away. I'll forward the links to my sister who's been interested in buying a decent small camera.

I don't know too many actual pros personally. 

I know a decent number and I used to correspond with one of Vogue's top photographers and while he has many assistants, he was very involved in every step of his photographs, including scanning them (this was the early 2000s), which is how I got to know him.  I just wish I had kept in touch with him...

I naively thought most artists (pros?) were insanely protective of their craft, the process and most of all the finished product.  Now I can definitely see a gifted photographer that cut teeth on film maybe having an assistant to help with all the tech stuff and working magic on Photoshop at the behest and direction of the artist but I would think most 'old pros' would feel silly having an assistant place their tripod and camera for them.

Its actually the complete opposite, all the pros I've assisted are more than glad to teach me everything they know. They know the real secret to success is not just your creativity but your connections. Which leads me to the answer for the topic.

I was one of those assistants that you're talking about for 5 semi-famous/popular fashion photographers in L.A. I proved to all of them how hard I want to work by being the best assistant I can be (it also helped that I have a bit of talent). They notice, they pass on jobs to me that they don't have time for or don't want to do. I got published in a fashion magazine within 3 months, I got free access to 3 studios/lights/equipment in 6 months (they trusted me enough to give me keys), within 8 months one of my shoots was big enough to be nationally televised ( ), by my 2nd year my 2nd mentor gave me a major client which let me shoot my first billboard, middle of my second year and I got hired to be Director of Photography for a couple of music videos (my first one debuted on BET). Currently on my 3rd year and I'm still surprised how I got here.

I rarely got paid for the assistant jobs I did but if I never did it then I would never have gotten the connections I have now. So now you see why us assistants do it. We know that's one of the fastest way to learn photography and get connections at the same time.

Software & Accessories / Re: Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:52:19 AM »
Sweet! Gonna check this out.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS M2 Coming to North America & Europe?
« on: February 28, 2014, 07:34:35 PM »
Only reason I bought the first M was the price drop. If the M2 goes down to $299, then I'll definitely get it.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 17, 2014, 02:50:55 AM »
During the google photo walk in San Francisco last year. Photo of a photographer taking a photo of a photographer taking a photo of another photographer. I wonder if another photographer caught a picture of me taking this lol.

Wow isn't the canon o e only 50$ bucks more?

The canon version is $279. Nearly twice the price of the yongnuo version.

Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 08, 2014, 01:34:22 AM »
Sorry if its not just the rearend, I had this photo on my phone ready to be uploaded on instagram and this was the photo I wanted to upload but the individual photo is at my main computer at home while I'm so far away from it.

I second the Rf-603 as a wireless remote. It works very well as a shutter trigger for me with my 5d Mk3. There were some issues I had with it but it seems like the RF-603 II addressed most of them like the locking feature and power switch location. But I don't recommend it as a strobe trigger, I've had a lot of misfires with it, around 1 out of 100 (compared to zero misfires when I used a pocketwizard.) I don't know if the newer version would solve the misfire issues but as a wireless shutter trigger, it works flawless for me. I've done an average of 500-800 shots per day, 4 days a week for a year doing catalog work for a clothing company using the RF-603 as my trigger and it hasn't let me down (except when I use it as a strobe trigger).

Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: January 20, 2014, 06:06:20 AM »
My attempt at being artsy  ???

Spectacular... and the photo is pretty good too.  I like the first... did you sepia the top right and then allow the water to be blue?  I like the effect... and the composition... nice job.

Thanks! I made 2 color gradients in Lightroom, opposite of each other. Blue/aqua for the water and orange for the other side.

Lighting / Re: 50$ monolights
« on: January 09, 2014, 12:29:50 AM »
Hmm, they don't seem too bad. I won't use them (I got alien bees/einsteins at home when I shoot for fun, and Broncolor at the studio when I shoot for work) but maybe I'll recommend them to friends who wants to dabble with lights once reviews are out.

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