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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: November 01, 2014, 06:56:50 PM »
Man has it been a while since I've posted!

Anyway, here's a few recent senior portraits I've done:

Video & Movie / Re: Made by Highschoolers: Technology in Education
« on: March 17, 2014, 03:49:05 PM »
Here's a little bump/update to the thread.

The video ended up being selected as one of 16 winners and was displayed at the White House. Unfortunately, I had plans that day, but some other friends of mine who worked on the video were lucky enough to travel to DC and meet people like Bill Nye, Kal Penn and Neil Degrasse Tyson.

I appreciate all of your feedback, and we're hoping to put out some more work soon!

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:57:14 PM »
Shot my first Bat Mitzvah with my new 6D last night. I think I did alright...

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:54:17 PM »
As others have said, your best two options ignoring budget are Canon's v2 lens and Tamron's VC lens. If you buy the canon used or refurbished, the difference in price will be $400-500. A few months ago, I was making the decision between these two lenses, and while I was getting paid work, I wasn't making a whole lot of money. The Tamron seemed to make more sense, but I ended up going for the Canon since I got a pretty good deal.

You'll be very happy with the Tamron. It's certainly the best value for your money. The Canon, however, will give you the assurance and peace of mind that you have the best there is. Period. My opinion is that if you have the best gear for a given task, you spend a hell of a lot less time thinking about the limitations and more about shooting. That's my experience with the Canon. Oh, and I'm getting much more work now. That's something.

Don't worry about resale value or any of that nonsense. Worry about how you're going to use the lens while you do own it, and whether or not having the best will make a difference in your shooting experience.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: February 09, 2014, 01:13:44 PM »
Charles Bradley and his band. The guy just oozes emotion. Both on the 70-200L II. Enjoy!

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: February 09, 2014, 01:09:09 PM »
Here are a few from my most recent show - Charles Bradley & Galactic. I can't quite imagine life without this lens now that I'm on the 6D.

Video & Movie / Re: Made by Highschoolers: Technology in Education
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:56:50 PM »
Such a sweet video! Nice work all around, filming, directing, and the post work.

The only thing that was tough for me as a viewer was the darkening of those two opening shots, before the lights come on. You can tell it was done artificially and my mind doesn't like it. I'm not sure how to make it look more realistic though. Maybe add a bit more range between the blacks and whites.

Still, really cool video and idea.
I actually agree with this, it really looks more photoshop than futuristic.
Idea: have the lights actually out and just cut out the part where someone turns them on. :)

The concept (something I think already exists) is simply that the room is intelligent and energy efficient, so the lights come on automatically when someone enters the room.

Now I may be wrong about this, but I'm pretty sure that shot actually wasn't artificial. From what I remember, there was someone off camera flipping the switch as soon as the door was opened. I think the artificial look had more to do with his ML settings I mentioned above.

Otherwise, thanks!

Video & Movie / Re: Made by Highschoolers: Technology in Education
« on: February 04, 2014, 08:53:16 PM »
Its brilliant... but did your friend do any color correction?
Thats the only area I can suggest you may spend some time with... play around with exposure, some clips are brighter than others.

He actually did a ton of color correction. His 550D was running ML (my 600D was not), and apparently he likes to set things up a good deal darker and less saturated than my neutral picture setting on the 600D. His shots ended up underexposed and with crappy color casts, and my understanding is he did just about everything he could to make his shots look more like mine.

Lighting / Re: Benefits of a 600RT system ...
« on: February 02, 2014, 10:16:49 AM »
I would love to see a studio flash that´s compatible with the Canon flash system, that would be super nice!
There might just be one in the making...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:14:19 AM »
Here are a couple from the concert I shot last night. Shot mostly at ISO 5000 for the night but needed to bump things up to 8000 for a few shots, like that black and white. I'm amazed by the level of pop these files have, needless to say the apparent absence of any significant noise whatsoever. Feedback welcome, and enjoy!

Video & Movie / Re: Made by Highschoolers: Technology in Education
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:20:19 PM »
I thought the concept was good and you realized it well. :) I don't know what the expected duration for the festival is, but I'm sure you know if it's the right length or not. Good luck!

The maximum duration is 3 minutes, so I think we've got it about right. Thanks!

Video & Movie / Made by Highschoolers: Technology in Education
« on: February 01, 2014, 02:00:28 PM »
Hey folks,
if you have a few minutes, I'd really appreciate it if you'd check out this video a friend and I made. It's an entry for the White House Student Film festival, and features our concept of a future classroom. I helped direct and film the video, but my friend ( did all the editing and CGI. Let me know what you think!

Technology in Education: A Future Classroom

Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:56:20 PM »
I went with the Tamron merely because I didn't have $2k+ to spend on a camera lens. I wasn't doing any paid work when I bought it so for me, it was a question of best value.

Having said that, just about every dollar I've made taking pictures has involved that lens, and given I do some video work and don't have my own stabilization rig, the VC is a major asset.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: February 01, 2014, 01:51:10 PM »
Proud to finally be able to post in this thread - got my 6D used from LensAuthority yesterday and I couldn't be happier. This one's from my high school's Student-Teacher basketball game (pretty self-explanatory I guess). ISO 6400 and no noise to be seen! Plus, who said the 6D couldn't shoot sports?

70-200 f/2.8L IS II, ISO 6400, f/3.5, 1/800s
That looks clean! Well there seems to be an unfair height advantage that seems to more than compensate for the white hair :P. What was the closing score?

Thanks! No NR either! It actually ended up coming down to a shootout and the students won 18-17. I'll have some more photos to post tomorrow as well, since I'm shooting a Dr. Dog show tonight.

Someone needs to teach this dude a lesson about proper marketing. Thanks bchernicoff for this one, always nice to see some Friday humor on the forum.

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