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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wet Spaniel
« on: May 13, 2014, 12:27:30 PM »
Very nice! I'm sure your help was much appreciated.
You really captured the character of that dog. I can feel his/her spirit in your images! Nice work!
What body & lenses did you use?

Thank you!

5dm3 and 200mm f2

It would make no business sense for me to purchase that lens, but I've wanted it for a long time. I'll have to find a way!
Again...great shots!

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Camera Body Gallery / Re: The magic of 1dx 12 fps
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:51:14 PM »
1dx's 12 fps make certain shots a possibility which other camera's would struggle to get.

Please post any such photos you may have.

Here is one of mine. There were 3 of us on the ground with 1dx, 5d3 and 7d. But only the 1dx got this photo...

Great photo, Sanj! Who was charged with the task of getting the cobra to spit?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wet Spaniel
« on: May 12, 2014, 12:48:17 PM »
Very nice! I'm sure your help was much appreciated.
You really captured the character of that dog. I can feel his/her spirit in your images! Nice work!
What body & lenses did you use?

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So here is the picture of the eye. I think your right, its just slightly missed focus? What do you think? A bit of sharpening and it would probably be saved!
Even at 100% I can't tell for sure, but I'm still thinking it's a slight mis-focus because I don't see any direction to the blur.

Yeah they where monolights. Not a big name brand, can't remember what they where.

So what is the solutions? Use a tripod and try to have a modelling light for focus if ambient is poor?

I have never noticed this problem with my flashes, but should i be careful with my flash and 135L handheld?

Craig
A tripod will ensure you're not introducing your own motion but may limit your creativity if you like to move around while you shoot (it's a personal style thing).  I typically use a tripod for most work, especially head shots, but sometimes you want to move around if they model is moving around.  A tripod will also help you keep from moving closer or further away after locking focus and is the only way you can be assured of the sharpest possible shot at that focal length, at least without IS.  Using the center point and one-shot AF will help lock better focus (make sure it locks, too).

I agree with mackguyver...It's probably a focus issue due to moving after focus lock. This happens to me, too. I also like to move around while shooting headshots and I'm certain I occasionally move after focus lock.

I use the 135L and the 85LII at narrower depths of field than what you've stated, so I can't imagine it is a lens issue.

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I'm happy to inform you all that the "soap" ended very well.
The photographer told me that I did the right thing calling him to talk about the bride approached me asking for my images and he's still calling me for other jobs.
Lesson learnt, I feel happy and relieved.

That's great, Chris! It couldn't have been easy getting blasted for days on this thread. Many have learned from your experience.

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Although Canon has not been releasing codecs for 64 bit windows, Microsoft does release them, but slowly. 
The good thing, is that the codec covers multiple manufacturers.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=26829
No support for the 1D X though.

Thank you, Mt. Spokane!

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Technical Support / Re: Upgrade my cable?
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:34:04 PM »
Don't upload from your camera...if you are. Take the card out and upload through a card reader.
I have the new MacBook Pro and use the Lexar Pro 3.0 card reader. The USB 3.0 is very fast.
I haven't purchased any Thunderbolt devices yet. I would love to hear from people who have first hand knowledge of the speed of Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0.

I MOSTLY agree with this. Never plug your camera directly into the computer, it's just silly... I also use the same Lexar USB 3.0 and love it. It's worth noting that the most recent Macbook Pro with Retina Display finally has routed the built in SD card reader through the USB3 Bus (previous generations were still going through USB2). Therefore, if you have the newest Macbook Pro, then I wouldn't worry about using a card reader.

On the topic of thunderbolt, dont' worry about it. I don't think there's any memory card with a read speed that exceeds the transfer speeds of USB 3.

Great point about Thunderbold speed and memory card speed. Thanks!

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Am a bit late to this thread but having had a skim through the comments most of them are laughably misguided in terms of the legal rights of the professional photographer over the OP.

Under Australian copyright law, the OP gained sole copyright over the photos that he took as soon as he pressed the shutter. That gives him unfettered rights to commercially exploit his photos.

The only way that the professional could restrict those rights is by virtue of a contract containing explicit terms prohibiting him from using/selling the photos. There is no way that the a court would read in such an onerous term into the very loose arrangement described here. I very much doubt that there is any contract between the OP and the pro photographer governing the shadowing arrangement, but there clearly is no term covering assignment of copyright or prohibition on exploitation of photos.

The one legal claim to the photos of the OP would be from the part of the bride. If we changed the facts a bit here and the OP wanted to sell his photos to a bridal magazine, the bride may be able to restrain this by bringing an action for breach of confidence. However, even this would be a pretty weak action given the reluctance of Australian courts to recognise any tort of privacy. Her only strong action would be against the professional (who she has a contract with) for his negligence in allowing the OP to tag along without requiring him to enter into a contract to restrain his use of the photos. But I digress.

The only issue at stake here is the OP's ethics. And personally I think the professional is the one who should be grateful that the bride isn't tempted to take him to VCAT for stuffing up the coverage: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/13/wedding-photographer-sued-for-missing-the-kiss/

Think a lot of the comments here are fuelled by "professionals" feeling a bit insecure about second shooters :P

[FWIW I'm in my final year of a law degree]

+1

I totally agree especially when you say:

[Think a lot of the comments here are fuelled by "professionals" feeling a bit insecure about second shooters :P]

Chris...why don't you tell us what your original thoughts were when asking the pro if you could work this wedding with him.

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Surely the contract is with the original pro photographer, his price would have included the shoot as well as providing a specific number of images with any additional photographs charged for separately. I would find it hard to believe there are no images that the bride would not find acceptable.
The bride should pay the original photographer for the contracted work, providing of course they are not sub standard.  There would be no obligation for the bride to buy any additional images from the pro photographer leaving the guest photographer to supply photos to the bride at whatever cost is agreed.
Remember you asked for a favour and got invited to assist the pro at the wedding, he thought he was helping you. Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

I mostly agree. However, if the guest photographer's images had been presented along with the main shooting pro's images, the bride might have chosen some of each shooters images and been satisfied with the amount of images included in the package (in the scenario described above). In that case, perhaps she wouldn't need to spend more money.

I'm not a wedding photographer. I shoot live theater and headshots. When I shoot a show for a theater, occasionally someone from the production's creative team will be shooting behind me...usually the set designer. Would it hurt me if the theater chose some of the set designer's images? Not particularly, because he's part of the team. He just needs to stay out of my way. I'm hired to make sure they get the specific images they need that are then published in the newspapers and websites that review these shows. These images are given to the press when the shows are reviewed. However, I can't imagine a scenario when I would invite someone that I don't really know to shoot along side without having some advanced agreement regarding the other shooters images.

I've been asked a few times by friends and family to shoot their weddings. They've seen my work and think I'm a great photographer. But I've never accepted. I wouldn't want to let them down. Wedding photography, to me, requires specific experience and anticipation for the event that I don't have. I couldn't expect to do a great job without getting experience first. Similarly, it wouldn't be easy shooting live theater for the first time. Shooting a musical is like shooting basketball but with constantly changing lighting.

I guess I'm saying that the OP should be grateful for the experience that the pro allowed him to receive. I don't know what was communicated between them before the wedding, but you'd think they would've had to discuss a plan just to stay out each other's way.

Another thought that came to mind...according to the OP the bride liked his images better. Does a wedding photographer show the bride all of the images prior to post processing then only process the images chosen? If so, could this be a reason the bride likes the 2nd shooter's images better? Maybe his were already processed. I can shoot 2000 images during a musical. Most theaters get jpegs right out of my camera that night. They'll make their choices for press the next morning and I'll PP the images they choose, but I'm not going to process 2000 images knowing that they will only choose 30.

If the OP is as good as he indicates, then he should be able to book some paid gigs in the not too distant future. He now has images for a portfolio that will enable him to market his work. The revenue for one job will far surpass the couple hundred bucks he might get for the 30 images this bride likes. If he takes the money and snubs the photographer that gave him the opportunity to learn, his reputation might prevent him from getting that job. Will it have been worth it?


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Technical Support / Re: Upgrade my cable?
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:58:37 PM »
Don't upload from your camera...if you are. Take the card out and upload through a card reader.
I have the new MacBook Pro and use the Lexar Pro 3.0 card reader. The USB 3.0 is very fast.
I haven't purchased any Thunderbolt devices yet. I would love to hear from people who have first hand knowledge of the speed of Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0.

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If you didn't sign an NDA, I think you are ok publishing the information.
I'm sure we'd all love to see it. But CYA first!!

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Canon General / Re: Canon USA Opens New Midwest Service Center
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:05:20 PM »
I'm pretty excited about this. After reading the press release I was hoping it wasn't an April fools joke.
I was just about to send a 1D IV for a clean and check so I can sell it. Haven't used it in at least a year. Now I can drive it over with my 1Dx and have them both done at the same time.

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For the purpose of marketing my work...to attract new customers.

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Lenses / Re: Lens Advise for Europe Vacation
« on: March 10, 2014, 09:27:34 PM »
I was in Europe in October and share many of the same lenses you do.  In my opinion, you are not going to want to carry around the 70-200mm.  Its heavy and you will stand out like a sore thumb.  I brought my 24-70mm 2.8 II and used it 95% of the time.  The 24 TSE would be nice but do you want to lug around a tripod?  I really recommend to go light and simple, your back and feet will thank you.  Plus you attract attention walking around with all that expensive gear.  Bring your favorite 2-3 lenses and call it good.  Remember to enjoy yourself and don't spend your whole time taking pictures or you will miss out on truly getting a good experience.   And don't keep your wallet in your back pocket... the pick pockets are really that bad! 

You can check out my pictures here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolausmccready/sets/72157636614814715/

I agree with almost all of what nmccrea43 advised. However, I would absolutely not leave home without your 70-200 II. Yes, it makes it more obvious that you have nice gear and it's a bit heavy, but it will give you reach when you want it along with the compression. Zooms are great and I never really missed my 85 or 135.
I've been all over Europe and felt pretty confident that my equipment was secure. But I let my guard down for a matter of seconds in Brussels and my bag was gone...from literally right under my nose. I didn't see it happen. When you are alone, always have the strap of your bag wrapped around your leg or arm. My bag contained a 1DsII (when it was current), a 17-40, a 70-200 2.8 L IS, a mobile phone and a bunch of accessories. Insurance covered everything, but it was a logistical nightmare. Remember that thieves are watching you shoot and looking for opportunity. I was targeted and it was a team of them that made it work. I should've been more aware. People who live or work in Brussels will actually leave their car doors unlocked to prevent thieves from continually breaking windows looking for items to steal.
You'll be fine in Paris. Just stay aware of your surroundings. Have fun!

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Lenses / Re: removing the tripod collar on the 70-200 f 2.8 II IS lens
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:53:32 PM »
I took the one off my MkI over 8 years ago, it is mint condition and a completely different colour to the lens it used to match exactly.

You got me thinking...so I checked mine. Mine are also very different colors!

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