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dude is making a living, a very good living, selling "works of art" for thousands, and in some cases, millions of dollars.  Like it or hate it, I dont see what the big deal is.  Dont like his editing style?  Too artificial?  Dont thing ansel adams edited his photos in the dark room and processing?  It is what it is. 

Photography Technique / Re: Game Ranches for photography
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:04:09 PM »
This is the difference between a "WILDlife photographer and someone who takes pictures at the zoo.

There is nothing wrong with taking pictures at a Zoo.
There is nothing wrong with taking pictures at the back yard feeder.
What is unethical is when you present your pictures as real "wildlife" taken in a natural setting.

But, in the end of the day, if a commercial photographer is assigned a task of getting a specific shot that an advertising or marketing manager wants of a leopard or wildcat stalking a prey and it has to be to ready for press on friday, t

The sad thing about your example is that images of wildlife have become such a basic commodity.  Currently on Getty, if you search for a lion image, there are 17,701 results...and they are mostly fantastic shots.   

I'm not criticizing you or your comment, I'm just lamenting the fact that there's a lot of "been there done that" in photography now days as a result of the digital camera revolution.

Couldn't agree more.  The digital camera revolution changed everything, many good changed, many very bad changes...  A lot of bad changes for the working photographers, especially with the rise of millions of amateur photographers popping up that weren't there before, many with pocketbooks and equipment greater than the average working pro.  That being said, agencies and business's aren't helping either... It's all about cheaper, quicker, faster...  Much like newspapers firing their pro photographers because of the plethora of other cheaper or in some cases free photos being submitted to them from their stories... Istock and getty are great resources, but in some instances, but depending on usage, licensing CAN become issue, and if they have in house photographers, if they can get the same shot, fraction of the price, most will go that route...  Sucks, but it's the photography business as we know it. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I just want a stills camera.
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:30:26 PM »
FYI, monkey, the 30D did not have video, it didn't even have live view feature.  That being said, i remember many moons ago when the 50D was announced and released...  It was a stills only camera... and not only did it have a sizable jump in resolution, it also sported the live view (but not video).  Many arm chair pundits and reviewers bashed it because it had the video technology but no video.  Software companies like magic lantern even took it upon themselves to try to unlock the video.  Feed.  Shortly after, the 5d2 came out, Drum Roll Please...with video.  Now it's been debated, upon here and throughout the interwebs, how much of a difference, if any, would there be if they released a camera with no video.  It was agreed that there likely would not be any additional advances in that camera vs a camera with video, and as long as it had live view, it likely wouldn't be cheaper either.  So as far as a "Jack of all trades" mentality, i think your going to be disappointed by my response, but if you want a stills only camera, feel free to buy a older camera, a film camera, or medium format if you wish.  Most DSLR's are aimed primarily as a stills camera with video functionality built in, with the exception of the C series of cameras.  If you dont like video, dont use it.  In the event you ever need it, a kids birthday, some other event, then you got it.  But hoping that you can get a stills only camera that perhaps have better features (stills wise) than the current cameras with video, is a foolhardy proposition.  You may have a case about it being slightly cheaper, but that likely wouldn't happen either...  So in the meantime, dont let video slow you down or discourage you from shooting and enjoy what you got right now. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Promotional Videos for the EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R
« on: February 06, 2015, 10:19:18 AM »
Impressive propaganda pieces on behalf of Canon...  While this may not be the camera of my dreams for my everyday portrait clients, this may be a new camera we can pitch for our commercial clients...  I will be very interested in normal reviews not sponsored by canon

Photography Technique / Re: Superbowl Photo Help
« on: January 30, 2015, 06:07:28 PM »
Thanks for your input guys... after bouncing around a few ideas with their marketing and legal team, they found an image they have used before for another campaign of grass... Their logo is on it...  its vague enough that it should get the message across but keep us out of cross-hairs...  whatcha think? 

Photography Technique / Superbowl Photo Help
« on: January 30, 2015, 05:07:11 PM »
Hey guys, so i am being hired by a local casino to take portraits of their VIP during their superbowl party.  The casino was providing the backdrop, all i needed to do was show up with lights and shoot.  I contacted the casino to make sure everything was good and backdrop chosen and what not, and was notified they were having some problems because of licensing, they aren't allowed to have any "sports themed" photo without paying royalties to the NFL.  They asked if i had suggestions...  Before i get in over my head, where can i look this up to find out what we can and cannot use...  Can we use helmets/footballs as props without being sued?  Backdrops? 

Many moons ago, i went to my local store, sat down with my camera (and 7d at the time) and tried the tokina 16-50 pro lens, sigmas equivelent, canons 17-40, and even tamrons offerings...  I did lots of research on the lenses and the tokina was my favorite going into the test....  I wanted to love the tokina... i really really did... it was begging to take my money.... But it was just.... ok...  Sigmas 16-50 was awful...  Even when it was sharp, it wasn't that good....  The tokina, compared to the sigma, was better, but still left a lot of "eh" room... just nothing to really write home about, especially since it was so close in price to the 17-40... The 17-40, on the other hand, nailed focus time after time... It didn't have the range or speed of the other lenses being 10mm shorter and 1 stop slower, but it was consistently good.  In the end, we got the 17-40.  Not to say that the 11-20 will be in the same boat as lets say canons 10-20, but i wouldn't rule it out quite yet.   

Lighting / Re: Speedlight help
« on: January 10, 2015, 11:11:22 PM »
Glad it's sorted.

@RLP, the assist beam works in One Shot whether AF is assigned to the shutter release, a back button, or both.

Edit: I don't recall if the AF assist works in AI Focus mode, and I can't check since the 1-series don't have that option.

I use AI Focus and the beam works in that mode. So AI Servo is a no-go in that regard. Thanks for your help! :-)

Lighting / Re: Speedlight help
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:28:56 PM »
Thanks neuro!  That was it!  I was going crazy trying to figure it out

Lighting / Speedlight help
« on: January 10, 2015, 09:18:07 PM »
Okay guys I have a question for you. I have an assistant who has a 5D Mark II and a 6D. Both cameras when using a speedlight, either the 580 or 430, will not emit the AF focus assist beam. Both flashes work good on my cameras so the flashes are good. And to throw a wrench in everything, when put on the green mode, the AF light comes on, so it must be a setting. I crawled theough his settings and his speedlight custom settings allow for AF assist beam. I don't see anything stopping it. Any suggestions?

Photography Technique / Re: Portrait camera/studio
« on: January 05, 2015, 06:54:41 PM »
brings me back to my 4x5 days when i thought 8x10 view cameras were crazy... good lord... at least with a screen that big he cant miss focus

I've played extensively with all 3 lenses... i shot a few airshows with the 70-300... it's a great lens, love that it goes to 300 and is a lot sharper than than the non-L counterparts.  The things i didn't really like was that it extended... I've had issues with lenses that extended... one in particular locked up while extended (my 24-105) and i had to send it to canon to be fixed...  a fluke accident, but a $400 fluke nevertheless.  It also is appreciably heavier than either than 70-200 F4's.  I owned the 70-200 F4... nice good lens... I recently had the opportunity to upgrade to a new 70-200F4 IS for under $1000 at an authorized store, so we took it and sold the non IS version.  the IS version is a hair sharper...  IQ i would say both the IS versions are splitting hair.  I want to give the edge to the F4, but it's really close, plus constant aperture...  Big plus.  IMHO

Technical Support / Re: What a day: dropped my camera.
« on: December 22, 2014, 03:17:44 PM »
Yikes... what camera?  a few months after we got my 5d 3 I was at an event doing a photo booth for Union Pacific and my assistant was clumsy and tripped on a sync cord for my strobes and camera...  camera came crashing down, although the strobes were good...  camera and lens came through like champs... only a ding in the paint on the bottom of the camera... otherwise everything still good... scared me to death after spending $3500 on it.  Needless to say shortly after we went wireless with pocketwizards.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:54:34 AM »
Although I realize that this may be a single case would you mind mentioning which brand the SD was?


I tossed the card, but i want to say it was a sandisk if i'm not mistaken... 

EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:52:43 AM »
Many '7DII Focus Problems' would be better termed '7DII user problems', and that's pretty much true with any new camera released.  Mostly, they come down to inadequate experience with the camera, not having RTFM, or expecting it to behave just like the last camera used.

Others have pointed out specific issues above.  IMO, the biggest issue is Automatic AF point selection.  The subject of the image should not be chosen by the camera, but by the person holding it.  IMO, there's only one situation in which auto point selection is warranted – tracking a moving subject in AI Servo.  In that case, the user selects the starting AF point, and the camera then tracks the subject using all points.

+1 and then some. But we still have a thread with the subject line "More 7DII focus problems" which is about as far as some people bother reading before declaring that the 7D Mark II is an unmitigated disaster.

Completely agree... i came from cameras with lesser focusing system and the first time i picked up my original 7d, i couldn't get in focus shots until i sat down, learned the AF system, and learned how to use it to my advantage...  the 5d3 and 7d2 are no different...  Using all AF points is only asking for trouble as your asking the camera to read your mind and i'll let you in on a hint... they are terrible mind readers.  Even zone focus settings are going to hit or miss for that very reason... I almost always use single point with expansion...  It is just better...  Tells the camera specifically where you want it to look for focus, and if there's any issues with that point, it can lean on the other points to get that focus.  Also it's a good idea to periodically check AFMA on all your lenses...  just keeps the camera/lens systems in check... 

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