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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:33:48 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html
4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

There is also the Pro and Elite versions of the Spyder4.  The pro is 149 and the elite is ~225 I believe.   I've had luck with mine, but it's an Elite 3 I got as part of their studio package.  The only software quirk I've had (running v4 software) is that sometimes I can't calibrate my second monitor.  After some research I found it is an incompatibility with the NVIDIA driver.  When I turn off the nvidia desktop I can calibrate the second monitor.  I don't use the desktop anyway, so I leave it off.

There are lots of options out there - xrite, pantone, datacolor.   Most folks respond having the xrite or datacolor solutions when these questions are asked.  One thing to consider is that as monitors age, so does the color they produce.  Most of these products stay attached to your computer and take light readings and either adjust as necessary, or remind you to recalibrate if conditions change enough to affect what's on screen.   

Btw, good synopsis on the 12th man.   The point behind the story is that even though Mr. Gill sat on the sidelines, it was is his response to be ready should he be needed by the team.  That's also the basis for the 12th Man Foundation and the Aggie Network today.  If you need something, there's an Aggie there somewhere ready to help you.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:20:45 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html

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Hi all,

I am looking to buy a carbon fiber tripod around and came across this tripod. http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/151376263090?lpid=82. There are many such products in ebay. Not sure if I can go for it or not. Any suggestions?

For something like a tripod, I'm not sure I would pursue a generic model.  Think of the cost of the camera you are trusting the tripod with.  Giottos and manfrotto have value options as well. Give them a look before you buy.

Just my recommendation.

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To the OP,
  I have no idea if Nikon shooters complain as much.  I'm sure there are some out there that do.  The trick is to determine quickly if a post is poisoned, then don't even engage it.  Same as the DR debates, FF vs. APS-C debates, dogs vs. cats vs. squirrels. Blah blah blah.  Afterwards you end up wondering why you wasted so much time reading the garbage rather than pursuing your passion.

Cheers

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 04:08:07 PM »
Also, some day the mythical full frame Rebel may actually be released :)

Isn't that the 6D?

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That might be true in a testing scenario, but few of us shoot in those. Factor in AF, handholding, higher than base iso, less than ideal aperture or shutter speed etc etc etc and the differences become minimal, as so many people who have owned both have attested to.

That doesn't mean there is no point to a 7D, 70D 7D MkII, as a compliment to a 6D etc one might work very well, but the resolution thing really is a red herring unless you are using a heavy tripod, 10X live view manual focus blah blah.........


What the estimates tell you is that even if you have a heavy tripod, base iso etc you will gain only a small increase in reach, and not 60%.

edited for asking my question within the quote - sorry

Reach or resolution?

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 25, 2014, 11:14:26 AM »
Thank you all for your feedback and recommendations.  I'm going to step away for a while and see what happens.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Laptop Editing - Best Setup
« on: August 24, 2014, 02:56:54 AM »
You may want to consider HP's Zbooks.   I can vouch for the Zbook15 as I have one for work - the thing is a powerhouse and you can get the dreamcolor display on them too if you need a higher end screen.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon brand UV and Circ. Polarizing filters
« on: August 24, 2014, 02:51:18 AM »
I had the same question a while back.  This may help your decision.

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=10215.msg183844#msg183844


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EOS Bodies / Re: Update on the EOS 7D Mark II Spec List
« on: August 23, 2014, 07:09:48 PM »
Word is the 7D2 will have a removable LCD screen that can double as a smartwatch.

It's also a transformer so that the kiddos can have something to play with on long trips.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 04:12:52 PM »
edit - I still don't see why the equipment I have makes a difference to my question, nor if am I a photography professional or not.  But, if you feel it's pertinent to your analysis and recommendations, then you have your answer above.

I agree, the type and amount of equipment really does not enter in to the question.

It does seem like you are getting two different types of advice.

Some say that if you have a photography block to go out and do other types of photography. 

Others say to take a break from photography for a bit. 

Interesting to see the different suggestions.

Well that's the beauty of this forum.  You get to find out what works for different people.  I wasn't expecting a single answer, but I figured that I'm not the first one who has experienced this.  I wanted to know what helped other people.

Thank you all for your responses!  I'm checking out viewbug now :)

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 03:29:06 PM »

I don't know that's entirely fair... You can grow as a photographer and you can fit more on your plate as time goes...

Asking a person WHY they bought a camera is fair.

I'll answer this question with a timeline.   Back in 2004 my first child was born and like most parents we wanted to capture every moment of our daughter's life.  Fast forward a few years, my wife and I were looking at the pictures we had taken with our Nikon 885 p/s camera and noticed that our pictures looked just as crappy as our parents picture books did.   Though we did 'capture' family memories, we wanted them to look better and figured it was the camera and not technique (noob mistake).   In 2009 I bought a rebel T1i and started with the kit lens and a 70-300 IS USM.   I stuck with that for a few more years.   2011 - both kids start to participate in sports, so now I can't get where I need to be for a good picture being on the sidelines.  Start really using the 70-300 but find that after 200mm the lens was too soft.   I found this website/forum and started to learn as quickly as my brain could absorb.   I lurked here for a year before really starting to participate in the forum.   My techniques improved dramatically and I made smarter lens choices.  I got lenses that complimented my camera: 10-22, 17-55, 60 macro, 70-200 Mk II L IS USM, 85 1.8, 50 1.8, a couple of flashes, a much improved tripod, and last a 1.4 mk III teleconverter.  I focused on technique and glass rather than updating a body.   During the last couple of years I explored macro photography, portraits mainly for family pictures, and nature/wildlife photography.   As my kids got quicker in sports, I grew my skills there by asking our local high school coach if I could take pictures during games from the sidelines.  He liked what he saw and gave me a season sideline pass so I could practice in return for the pictures.  I also take pictures for my daughter's diving team and son's baseball team.  Now, my kids have joined the 4-H club and I'm providing "event" photography for them - again, to build my skills.   I have a few realtor friends who've asked me to photograph their new listings for them.   They've called me back for more work, so I must be doing okay there.   And now, I'm not sure what else to do/try.   So far all of my pictures have been functional rather than creative.   That is the reason behind this question.   I want to break out of the functional mode of photography.  I want to jump start my brain to see the world in a different way and capture that world I live in.     That is why I have asked the question.   I am not a professional and have no plans to be, but don't judge me because I don't focus on one aspect of photography or you believe that I'm upset at how much money I've spent.


So why did I buy the camera? - to make sure my family memories don't look like crap.

 ;)

edit - I still don't see why the equipment I have makes a difference to my question, nor if am I a photography professional or not.  But, if you feel it's pertinent to your analysis and recommendations, then you have your answer above.


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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 02:54:01 PM »
I've got to question your motives behind asking this question.  Why are you trying to force yourself out of a "photographer's block"?  You clearly are not a professional.  What is to be gained?

I have many hobbies.  If I'm ever in a "creative block" with those hobbies, I don't try to force myself to enjoy it in some other aspect.  I simply leave that hobby alone until a yearning to participate in it arises naturally.  I have an ever-growing model railroad in my basement.  I have gone months without touching it at some points.  But I never try to force myself to enjoy it in some way.  At some point, I get an itch, and then I scratch it.  I never scratch when there is no itch.  There's always something else out there. 

Sounds like maybe you're trying to justify the large expense that photography can be as a hobby (although I don't know what gear you have or how much you've spent).  This is what you do.  Just forget about it for now, man.  When the creative juices start flowing again, you'll know.  That's when you pick up the camera.  For now, partake in another one of your hobbies.  If you sadly don't have other hobbies, find one, it's a huge world out there!

 hmm. It's actually a simple question.  There is no motive behind it.  Yes, I do not make a living off of photography, but I have sold and donated my services.  I've spent about $6,000 on my photography equipment which is nothing in comparison to most.  I do have quite a few hobbies that range from shooting, to guitar, to raising sheep with my kids, to sports, to technology, to reading, and to home improvement.  I even have a garden.  So, no shortage of other things to do there.

Back to the question at hand though.  I hear your recommendation to walk away for a while, and that's fine.  But, what if someone else out there found another way to get out of a creative slump?  If I don't ask the question then I might miss out on an opportunity to ignite my creative juices rather than take the 'sit back and see' approach.  Waiting may end up being the best course of action, but there also may be another way.  That is the motive behind the question. 

So to be clear - I have no shopper's remorse.


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Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:58:14 AM »
Just a thought, if this goes live, perhaps if there are sufficient posts per week, a split into country / regions might be useful - I may be interested in buying a lens in the UK, but not so one in the US for example

This is a good idea given the geographic diversity of the CR members.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photographer's Block
« on: August 21, 2014, 10:07:29 AM »

Dear friend Mr. Wes.
Yes, I feel you pain from time to time , too. But When I hit the low spot like 5-6 years ago, I volunteer to be the Official Photographer for the Non Profit Organizations to  When they have the Public Activities, And I take the Photography/ Lighting Classes at the local Community college to Learn some thing New and Difference from my Skill, and try to improve my Photographic Skill. Yes 5-6 years ago, I deep in love with Macro photography, When I got 4 New Macro / Canon Lenses---But since then, I do not do Macro Photography any more------Ha, Ha, Ha---Well Yes, I change my Photography and relaxing style---Just Rent the Hotel at the Beach on the top floor, And Shoot the Seagulls/ Beautiful Ladies on the beach---With out  get beat-up from The Young/ Strong  Lady's Boy friends---Ha, Ha, Ha. ) Just Kidding)
YES,  You can  start to set up " The Local Photography/ Cameras Club" and  Use your Skill / Expertise in Photography Technique ,to teach the Young/ Beginner Photographers in your home city.---That Will be the blessing for the Local Youth, who want to be a good Photographer like you.
Good lick .
Surapon.
Apex, North Carolina, USA. ( Yes, My original Home country = Thailand )

Hi friend Surapon,
   I like your idea of photography from a safe distance and found your shots very inspiring.  I do live in a college town that is about to start its fall semester.   There is no shortage of scenery here, especially during football season ;)

Thank you for your recommendations and advice,

Wes

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