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Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 18, 2015, 06:41:24 PM »
I like the 85mm f1.8 on full frame.

Post Processing / Re: Backup to Blu-ray
« on: January 02, 2015, 05:53:18 PM »
Anyone writing images to Blu-ray discs as part of you backup strategy?  If so, which size disc?

I currently backup to multiple external hard drives.  Previously, before 25+MB RAW images, I also burned images to DVD.  A couple years ago I started burning to 25 GB Blu-ray, but I've fallen behind.  I've also had write issues with some discs failing.  Grouping images to fit 25 GB discs can also be a pain.  It's now cheaper and easier to get another external drive, like the WD My Passport to use as a backup.  But, will a hard drive only strategy be reliable in the long run?

There is something about write-once media without moving parts (like Blu-ray discs) that intuitively seems to be more reliable for long-term storage than moving-platter-based media.  But, I've had issues with burning discs on one drive that can't be read on another (even after finalizing them).  This leaves me with the fear that I could burn a bunch of discs on a drive that might drift out alignment only to find out years later that I can't read them.

I would like to incorporate the cloud, but last year (2014), I accumulated over 33,000 RAW images that consume roughly 950 GB.  A TB/year can of data on the cloud can get expensive quick.

Backblaze is $50/year if you pay for the full year at once.  Unlimited backup of any drive except NAS.  Does not require Java which is a great thing for computer security.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 05, 2014, 08:11:41 PM »
For the purposes you describe, I would recommend the 5D3.

Side note:  I was photographing a recording artist inside the sound booth during a recording session with the 5D3 in silent mode.  The microphones did not pick it up!  Very practical for shooting weddings I would say.

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 03:15:39 AM »
Not an easy image to post process.  Here is what I came up with.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wifi on 5D MK IV?
« on: October 12, 2014, 04:35:54 AM »

mmmmm  http://swensonstudio.com/intro.htm

he is a C programmer? and a crazy assortment of lens.

ok I give up

I checked out the web site.  The best I can say about the photos on it - MEH.

Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:04:01 AM »
She sent him to "L" and back!

EOS Bodies / Re: Ye Olde Film Photography
« on: June 17, 2014, 02:42:07 PM »
I started with film in the mid 70s and I am glad that I did.  There is something surreal about watching your print appear in the developer.  After a while, I moved on to pushing and pulling film.  I would push Ektachrome and Tri-X to increase ASA (That was what it was called then).  I would pull Tri-X to increase grey scale.  This was done by over exposing the image and then under developing it.  This was something Ansel Adams used to do.  Then you would develop the prints in a soft developer (Selectol-soft) and then in a hard developer (Dektol).  The results were great.

On to digital:
It took me a while to admit it, but now that I have developed my digital skills, I would never go back to film.  I can achieve very similar results using NIK plug-ins (Silver Efex Pro) within Photoshop.  The biggest advantage of digital is that I can get much sharper prints than I ever could with film.  It is also a huge advantage being able to correct the color temperature with a slider over using filters to compensate.

If I was teaching a photo class, I would start everyone in film and then switch to digital.  Knowing both really helps when it comes to printing images. 

I still have my film camera and enlarger for sentimental reasons.  I do not see myself using either again unless I want to shoot infrared or something like that.  So far it hasn't happened.

The most obvious things that are disconcerting are the lighting and the white balance.  Rather than using a Fong modifier on a flash, try a circular reflector.  The other item is the white balance.  I would recommend calibrating your monitor so that you can make white balance adjustments that make sense.

Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:36:14 PM »
Happy Birthday Helen!

Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 06, 2014, 01:42:31 AM »
No, You do not get it VSJ.  I have looked at your photos and many are great.  You have skills.  That is why I challenged you.  Apparently many people are challenged by the word poop.  So be it.  Too many people post on this site and do not know what they are doing.  This is not you.  Again, I have looked at your photos and you have skills.  What I am encouraging you to do is use this resource to ask advice from people that have been there and get their recommendations for what lens in what location.  Be specific, not so broad.  Use this resource for finding out were to go specifically (not generally), time of day, etc.  For all of the people that feel I am being rude, so be it.  I have your attention and my message is still there.  As a professional photographer, I always want to know when, where, when and how.  I did not mean to insult you personally, just the construct of your OP.  Take your skills, seek advise and have a great time.  You insulted me. You perceived I insulted you.  Other people feel the need to weigh in, but the bottom line is knowing where to be, when to be there and what to have.  Accept my apologies if you were offended, but use this forum for what is has to offer.  For all of you others that have decided that you should pile on me, so be it.  I actually like his photos.  VSJ I also got you attention, and poop is really not that bad of a word in the big scheme of things.   :D

Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 05, 2014, 03:36:01 PM »
Enough already.  Next we will have to deal with...

I am going to the bathroom to poop.  What should I bring?

Wow!  I didn't realize there are still these kinds of people in the forum.  Did you just have a very bad day?  Anyway, peace to you sir.  There's no need to be rude.  An honest inquiry doesn't hurt anybody.  If you don't like it, then move on to the next thread.  No one is forcing you to read or comment.

Anyway, thanks to those who are very much willing to give their free advice.  You are all very much appreciated.

No VSJ, I am just tired of people posting about going somewhere and asking what to bring.  This is based on what types of photos you want to get and what you are willing to carry.  When I see someone talking about an upcoming trip followed by a long list of camera gear a become suspicious of their true intent.  Often it appears to be a way to brag about their gear or their next adventure.  Now if you asked for information on where to go and what focal length you should have for specific locations based on other peoples experience, I would find that much more constructive.  I was not being rude, or a having a bad day.  I simply called you out.  Be a big boy, wipe your nose and ask for some valuable information that just might get you some great images.  Listing you camera equipment is mostly pointless.  You choose what to carry based on location and desired images.  BTW, what "kinds of people" am I?  Seems like kind of a disparaging remark by you.  I was attempting to add a little levity, apparently you did not get it.  Now if you consider what I said about asking more specific questions about focal length/location, you will hopefully understand.  Being in the right place with the wrong focal length can be very frustrating.  Carrying too much gear can be painful.

Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 04, 2014, 02:41:49 AM »
Enough already.  Next we will have to deal with...

I am going to the bathroom to poop.  What should I bring?

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens Cover Retainers
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:12:06 PM »
I use screw-in metal lens caps from Adorama.  Never have to worry about losing a lens cap or having it come off in my bag.

I have two 16 GB CF cards and 1 64 GB SD card.  I only shoot raw and change out the CF cards when full.  I write all images to both cards so that my SD card is my redundant backup.  So far I havent't had any issues with the SD card's slower write speed.  If I was shooting something where I needed more fps, I would remove the SD card and backup the CF cards on my colorspace.

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