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Thank you all!!!

I did an immense amount of research on each product suggested and believe the best option for me would be 2 Einsteins + VML's as well as 3 Godox pb960's.

Now for the lighting newb question;

I noticed the cable for the Godox system ends in a goofy, little, flat, 3 opening piece which I cannot seem to figure out how in the heck it would fit onto the 600Ex.

Am I missing something, or is it coming with the wrong cable?

I keep looking for a different one, but that goofy flat thing keeps popping up.

Thank you all again!

Photography Technique / Re: Square or not?
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:47:33 PM »
...the majority of the people are saying square. Do you want to make your art according to what the majority would do?

This was my take on the subject.

If you are wanting to use the image to please others, (selling the image), I would consider square to potentially sell more.

If you are keeping it as a photo for your own personal gallery, (desktop background, etc.) then whatever you want.

For my taste, I would square it up. I rarely ever intentionally do an edit by going against what I think is right. Though I want more gigs in life, I have to stay true to myself so as to not get lost in the business stand point. With that, however  you feel is the right answer.

Since you posted the square one first, and it looked great to my, square is where I think it should be.


Good ol' Tulsa, Oklahoma!!! Lived in Stillwater, OK for 5 years during undergrad/grad school, home of the OkState Cowboys!!!


Lighting / Re: How to Extend Flash Performance (Life on Site)
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:03:12 AM »
Wow! Thank you for opening my eyes on this market Private!

I did a little more digging after looking into the CP-E4 and as hard as we use the flashes, I think I'll probably go with a Quantum, but that type of device was exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you again!

Lighting / How to Extend Flash Performance (Life on Site)
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:58:33 PM »
Hello fellow CR folks!

I have been wondering if there is any way to extend the life of my flash while I'm at an event.

The main issue is during the reception. I am always very selective in the shots I take, but when I fire the flash, I expect it go. As the night goes on, the flash begins to hate me more and more. Primary flash heads are the 600EX-RT's if that makes any difference at all.

Thank you for any advice you have.


Lenses / Re: 400 f/2.8L II IS: Took the plunge...
« on: August 26, 2014, 09:58:28 PM »
First of all, I took by the title of your post that you dropped your 400L in the water.

Secondly, congratulations! What a great lens! I look forward to viewing pictures.


I am burning a client DVD now actually. The DVDs we send out come in a DVD case with custom printing and print release adhered directly to the disk with a business card on the inside and boutique packaging on the outside. Clients love them, though we have had two, that I know of, who had no way of reading the disk in which case, I sent them a flash drive.

My recommendation, as someone who deals with hundreds of DVDs a year, would be thumb drives.  :D

If you can get the personalized ones, awesome, but if it needs to be a generic, so be it. If the packaging is great, they will love having something to put their hands on.


My wife and my sole income is from our photography business, which we jumped into full time this January. It can definitely happen and is, in my humble opinion, the best job in the world. In our past lives, my wife was a CPA and I was a student at the College of Veterinary Science at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK. Now we get to see the kids every day, and our equipment is tax deductible, yay!


Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 21, 2014, 05:33:07 PM »
The 85L is a beast at events. I have always leaned toward the 70-200 2.8L ii or event the 100L, but the 85L has yet to disappoint me. I dislocated a rib pretty badly and shot a wedding a few days later this June, since I wasn't able to move much we added a third photographer to their package. During the processional/ceremony/reception, I shot the 85L figuring that it may or may not focus, but I was playing backup to the backup so I thought I would give it a whirl. The 85L was outstanding and definitely the best choice due to the low lighting situation we were facing. Our setup was essentially;

85L on 5Diii
70-200 2.8L ii on 5Diii
100L on 5Dii

We all had a Canon 600ex-rt for fill lighting, but the winner was the 85L, typically shot ~2.0.

I hope that helps!

PS, I just thought of another wedding where we did the same setup only it was a daytime wedding. The 85 and big tele were neck and neck for the best shots at the event.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:28:57 PM »
I don't know about this one y'all. There are no reviews yet...  ::)

Here is one I put together to showcase some of our maternity work; I also utilized Animoto.


Wedding Photography / Re: Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:00:39 PM »
Thank you, Ian!

No worries on the misunderstanding. Having read a great many of your posts in the past, I can tell that you're one heck of a guy so I never took the misunderstanding out of context. We all share this fine forum.


Wedding Photography / Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:29:06 PM »
Let's kick things off with some of our best and favorite wedding pics we've taken!

Lenses / Re: Lens setup for wedding photography
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:09:39 PM »
First, I would ask the bride/groom. It will flow much more smoothly if they know you intend to shoot around.
Second, I would check in with the photographer. They *should* be more generous about allowing you to get in a few shots as well. As others have mentioned, I wouldn't plan on getting any of the shots that involve setup, such as the bridal party, family, or in the moment cake shots. As a pro, I don't mind if others are shooting, as long as they are not interfering with the shots I am being paid to take.

I would carry two lenses, the 50 and the 100. I would also keep the flash on the camera or in my pocket the entire time. I use the heck out of flash photography and finally am able to use it properly. From a pro's perspective, please do not use the flash during key moments such as the kiss, cake, champagne, or other moments that are there and gone. I have seen my fair share of photos ruined due to someone else's flash firing, rendering a blue hue, and casting horrendous shadows. I do firmly believe in learning flash, however, and would definitely use it for your detail shots taken with the 100L.

I would also focus on where you plan to be. The 100 will keep you at a good working distance if the area is large enough, the 50 will allow for your low light shooting.

As mentioned earlier, shoot for quality over quantity. Make each shot count, and the pro will should be there to care of everything else.

I hope this helps!


Site Information / Re: Wedding Section
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:18:31 PM »
Personally, I think the Business of Photography/Videography section covers this topic well enough.

For business related questions, yes. What I am primarily referring to, from the first post, is placing something within the image galleries. Within the gallery portion of this site there is literally every little facet of photography, except weddings. I know that there is a "Theater, concert, and similar events" portion, however, that does not cover the imagery aspect of wedding photography in the slightest.

Where should incredible/inspirational work from weddings go? If it's not black and white, or underwater, there is not really a place for it.


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