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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:24:09 PM »
Sounds like gear envy to me :)

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Lenses / Re: New 50mm Sigma ? There are other options !
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:38:02 PM »
Still i find it somewhat odd that you would need three pro slrs and a dozen L lenses to photography your kids running round the house , that however you look at it is a complete waste of money and kit. I wager that the person in question does some other work with it too ;

That's not odd at all, I have shot concerts, weddings, pitch dark stuff, studio lit stuff, sports and NOTHING comes close to how difficult it is shooting kids playing, and I don't say that as a joke. Small flat faces with low contrast and bright colored clothes running in completely random motion and very unpredictable. You can't sit them down and ask them to smile, you have to be always ready, and for me the AF system of the 1dX is the only one that gives me those fun fast action shots time and time again. And for the fast shutter, a fast lens with great AF is needed. I could go on..


...Awesome.  I have to use this one next time I have an itch to get a 1DX.   :)

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6D Sample Images / Re: Shooting in Namibia with the Canon EOS 6D
« on: April 13, 2014, 07:56:38 AM »
Beautiful images!  Just returned from a 10 day Mediterranean cruise myself with the 6D, and I find it to be plenty :).  It's nice having the GPS also.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 advice
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:53:14 PM »
Like yourself, I would consider myself an entrance amateur. I decided to stick with the Tamron after having both the time on and the Canon Mark II with me for at least one week and shoot side-by-side. Again, the Canon is a little bit better, but it is not $500 better. What swayed me toward getting the Tamron also is because when I travel around Europe, I would like to have a black lens and not a white lens that would attract even more potential fees.

I just shot a wedding of almost 700 people in attendance this past weekend. I could not be any happier with my Tamron. It performed flawlessly. I was up at iso 2000 through 25,600 most of the time due to the low light condition.  If you do any lowlight events like these, you definitely need 2.8.

One thing I noticed though, is that this lens is big. So, in retrospect, I don't think it makes a difference whether this is a white lengths or a black lens, because it's just a honkin  big lens.

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Photography Technique / Re: Tips for using CPL
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:40:42 AM »
In general, underexposing will give you more vibrant colors.  So try underexposing by 1-2 stops, and you'll see more vibrant looking sky :)

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Lighting / Re: Cheetah Light CL-180 vs Canon 600ex-rt
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:14:46 PM »
I have their 360 and it's awesome.  It roughly the Sam power output of 3-4 699ex-rt, and it's a true bare bulb flash

If you need a speedlite type, then consider their v850.

The good thing with the Cheetah is that you can also trigger them as slave 1(master on manual) or slave2(master on Ettl).  Of course that's assuming there aren't tons others firing their flashes.  Powe can be remotely controlled and changed as well, so that's nice.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod, Sirui?
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:39:08 AM »
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=sirui+t-025x&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ta

This is what I have, and for your setup, it'll work fine.  I've had 6D with 24-70 L II, and it's solid with this (as long as you hand weights on the bottom).

at 1.5 lbs, it's really, REALLY light, so much so that you can take it anywhere and not worry about it.  it'll take ARCA style plates.  It has pan AND swivel.

The height will limit some composition options, but still better than nothing.

I also ended up getting a bigger one that will to up to 70" or so, but it weighs around 3 lbs.

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Lenses / Re: Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: January 24, 2014, 12:12:48 AM »
It's called Tax.  You see, nothing is ever free :)

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Great review Dustin.   Made me want to get one if I were in the market.  I think for a lot of us, it gives us a chance to get our feet wet and see whether birding or doing other wildlife photography is an interest we want to pursue.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron SP 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC Review
« on: January 19, 2014, 03:55:15 PM »
At the very least, this is a great way for someone who's thinking of birding to give this a shot before deciding that they're serious about it and will drop 12K on an L :)

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Lighting / Re: Looking for a macro ring light for 100mm L
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:08:11 AM »

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Reviews / Re: Review: Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro VC USD
« on: January 19, 2014, 08:06:01 AM »
Great review and wonderful set of images Dustin.  I wouldn't expect anything less from you :)

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Photography Technique / Re: How Do You Get Color in the Milky Way?
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:43:22 AM »
The colorful part of the Milky Way is hidden around Sagitarius.  It won't show up until at least February or so.

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Photography Technique / Re: Real Estate Photography Critique
« on: January 17, 2014, 04:40:27 AM »
The 3rd and 5th shot could really get me to buy this house. 

IMHO the landscape is this house's best asset, and the more you can shoot it in favorable light, the better it would be.  Great first effort though.  Even if there are such thick folliage on the front of the house, you might still be able to find an angle that would hide it (think farther away and shoot mostly landscape with a bit of the house in there). :)


One of my friends, who is a real estate agent, asked for my help this past weekend to photograph a new listing that she has.   I'm not much of a "real estate" photographer, but I told her that I would help her our free of charge for the opportunity to learn.   I'd like to ask the professional real estate photographers to provide a critique of my first attempt so I can grow as a photographer.

I made use of my T1i, 17-55, and 10-22 to take the photographs.  I also used 2 x 430EX II's and an ST-E2 to provide fill light.  Now, I received my second 430EX and ST-E2 2 days before I was to shoot this home, so I had effectively zero learning time.  My friend was good with me experimenting with my setup and understood that she wasn't getting "professional" level shots, but I thought that they were good enough for an MLS listing. 

The house on the other hand was not a very attractive house and had been vacated.  I was hoping to be able to stage the home a bit, but this is what I had to work with.   Just to give you an idea, the agent even told me that it was okay for me to not take a picture of the front of the home because of the over grown foliage and ugly front door.  Therefore, I did as she asked and skipped the front of the home.

From my first experience, here's what I learned:

1.  My tripod absolutely sucks - I got a sunpack tripod as a gift and found it to be a pain to set up and adjust.  I don't normally use my tripod for my other photography so I never really noticed it's short comings.  If I start doing this a little more, I'll change that out.  I should have at least brought my monopod, but all of my shots are hand held.

2.  I should not have messed with the speed light transmitter and just dealt with the single flash.  Now granted, I did get it to work, even around corners and I felt I did a decent job for my first time setting flashes manually, but I needed to be comfortable with that setup before I do that again.  I wasted a lot of time with on the job training.   

3.  Radio triggers are the way to go.  At work, my company replaced part of their bonus program with a points program that you could use to purchase items from an awards website.  Luckily they had some canon gear on there.  I was looking for something that I normally wouldn't buy for myself and I had my eyes set on a canon ring light.  When I went to go get it, it had been removed from the options, so I opted to get a second flash and the speedlight transmitter.  They did not have the RT options available or I would have started down that path.  Though this will work for what I intended to use it for (simple home studio for kid portraits), it's got some problems with real estate photography.  I do know that the best solution is radio triggers, but I didn't have any at the time of my appointment.

4.  Bring shoes that are water proof.  In the early morning I went out across the property to take some landscape pictures of the property (5 acres).  My shoes were soaked in 5 minutes.

5.  Expose for the windows and fill in with flash.  I thought my room shots with windows worked out okay by doing this.

6.  White balance can be a bitch when every other light in the home is soft white, bright white, fluorescent, warm white, etc.  I edited in lightroom to the best of my ability.  I think I got the pictures relatively consistent on white balance across the home, but it took me half a day in lightroom to fine tune them.

7.  when using wide angle lenses, you'd better learn perspective correction, or at least make the center lines vertical in your pictures.  I understand that tilt shift lenses work great for this, but I don't have one and wasn't going to purchase or rent one for this one time affair.   I did not do a good job on this in my post process, but will work to improve my techniques.  I ran out of time and had to deliver what I had.

8.  be better prepared to remove distracting objects, or find ways to hide them.  It's easier to hide them when there is actually something in the house. In my case, it was the lazy wiring job the folks did to distribute tv cable from their closets to the bedrooms. 

So this learning experience was invaluable to me.  I delivered the pictures to the agent on time and she showed other team members of the agency.  She said that the feedback from them was positive, so I may get additional paid work, but who knows.

If you have a moment, could you please provide some constructive criticism on my work?

Thanks!

Wes

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Wedding Photography Photos - 5d MK III
« on: January 10, 2014, 05:33:57 PM »
Some great shots guys.  I just got a 5DIII for a wedding I'm shooting on Feb 15th.  :).  I needed a "2nd" camera in addition to my 6D.  Of course with the better AF system, this will be my primary camera.

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