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Photography Technique / Re: How can I get this apple sharp?
« on: March 13, 2014, 09:27:50 AM »
The issue isn't that the background is too close, it's that you are too close to the object in order to get a big enough DOF at all. I am not quite sure about the dimensions in the OPs pic and it might just work, but in my case I was way too close to get anywhere near enough DOF to make this shot work. This is not a cropped shot, check out the much larger version on my deviantArt account:
http://christophmaier.deviantart.com/art/Apple-in-the-Rain-175441292
DOF will only get you so far, you might be able to get an okay sharpness throughout the image but never the crisp clean look when working with multiple shots. And once you get anywhere into near macro distances there's just no way to get enough DOF in one shot. And he's pushing it with f/14 already I'd say.

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Photography Technique / Re: How can I get this apple sharp?
« on: March 13, 2014, 03:46:01 AM »
Stacking really is the only way to go in this case. This is a result that I got with stacking:



Your situation looks similar, so I would really give it a try.

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Lenses / Re: How to clean lenses ?
« on: August 23, 2013, 06:08:01 AM »
I strongly suggest checking out this:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/05/the-lensrentals-lens-cleaning-methods

Those guys know what they are doing and also put the whole thing into perspective.

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Lighting / Re: 3rd Party Flashes vs. Canon's...
« on: August 01, 2013, 01:40:17 AM »
I have a Canon 420EX, SIGMA 610 DG Super, SIGMA EM 140 DG and two Yongnu Speedlite YN560-II.
The 420EX was my first flash and while it is a nice unit I feel it was too expensive for too little power.
I absolutely love the 610DG Super. Packs a hell of a punch with a pretty good recharge rate and very nice features. It can remotely trigger the 420EX as well. (Though it's still the old light trigger and not the new radio trigger) Also it's apparently built like a tank. The one I have now (second unit since the firs was stolen) was dropped on several occasions once from at least 2 meters high on hardwood floor and still works with absolutely no problems.
The two YNs are 'dumb' units but that's what I bought them for. (Really no need for another smart flash) Those are a real bargain if you are looking for very powerful manual flashes. (Awesome recycle rate!)

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Had both 150mm non-Os and 150 OS. Loved both lenses, really sharp and great performance. Certainly a keeper. (Only reason I do not have the non-OS anymore is because it got stolen and had to get the OS since the non-OS was no longer available)

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EOS-M / Re: Crazy moon
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:44:59 AM »
7D + 100-400mm + Sigma 2x Converter

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Really depends though I do try to make at least some small talk. Being a photographer out in the public becomes more and more difficult so I always try to be as open and friendly as I can. Sometimes conversation does become quite interesting after a while even if it did just start with 'Wow, I wish I had a camera like this'

There are times however when I've been running around all day in the heat with my 20+kg of equipment where I am just no longer up for small talk. People do tend to notice that before they even start talking to me however ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Owns you!
« on: June 18, 2013, 12:00:53 PM »
It still come back that after three years, sure you have a copy of cs6 but none of the PSDs you've made using CC will work fully. Then they jack up the price at the end of those three years and now your hands are tied. Do I trust adobe to support CS6 with updates? Nope. They've never done it in the past with any releases. They simply released a new version of PS.
Yeah, now you are just creating conspiracies from thin air. My files from CS2 and CS3 still work in CS6, and seeing as Creative Cloud is based very much on CS6 w/ upgrades, your PSD files will still work. Or, you can save them as .tiff, .dng, or a variety of other formats that work perfectly fine in a dozen other programs.

You have it the wrong way around. It's not the question if your CS6 files are going to work in CC but if your CC files will work in CS6. (As this will be the last version you'll be able to use if you stop using CC) And that is going to be a big if. That is putting a lot of trust into Adobe and their shareholders. If they at some point decide to change the PSD format so it wont be compatible with non CC versions you'll be stuck dead in the water. Since the updates will pretty much roll out without you knowing about it they can all of a sudden switch off compatibility and by the time you realize what happened a big chuck of your work may already have been saved in the new format.

I am not again CC, but I am against having CC as the only option. Because this clearly points out that Adobe wants to pressure people into the CC model. They do not want to give people a choice. And a company who does that might just decide to up the pressure a bit more down the line. TIFF and DNG are all fine as long as you don't rely on the ability to change effects or layers later on. Personally I often use that ability with my images and loosing the actual PSD with all it's functions would mean I would have to start from scratch.

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Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:31:11 AM »
Right now everything seems stable. No more troubles since yesterday, so whatever you did seems to be working.

Speaking if which, what did you actually do? Would love to get some insight into that.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: June 18, 2013, 03:37:43 AM »
According to Photo Rumors Adobe is considering a new $9.99, 3 year pricing model for Photoshop Creative Cloud

http://photorumors.com/2013/06/16/adobe-is-considering-new-pricing-models-for-creative-cloud/


I think the bottom line they still seem to be missing.

 There are a LOT of people out there that do not want to RENT software, they'd rather purchase it and use it as long as they want, even un-attached to the internet.


Totally agree, I do not ever want a subscription model no matter how little the cost in the beginning. (Because it will get more expensive once they've got everybody hooked) I want to buy the software and then use it for as long as I want.
I have CS6 now and unless there will be a non-cloud version coming out that will be my last PS version.

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Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 17, 2013, 10:05:13 AM »
Keep having the issue over and over again. Happens mostly in the Forum but the blog shows a lot of faulty images right now.

Happens on three different machines. (Two Windows 7, one Windows 8 ) I'll see if I can check it from my iPad later and see if it also shows the same issue.

It seems to happen more often when I am behind my company proxy, but it does happen from outside the proxy as well. (Just seems to happen not quite so regularly)
On my work PC it seems I have maybe a 50/50 chance of a page loading. A reload tends to work, but often only after the third try. (Thus I really do not believe this to be a local browser cache issue. Pages that worked fine before all of a sudden break, then work, then break again...)

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Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 14, 2013, 08:20:23 AM »
Don't think it's an add. From what I have seen is that at times there are obviously elements not being sent. (For example a tag is not closed, or a " is missing so the next element wont get properly started)
From time to time I get an error from Firefox stating that an unsupported compression algorithm is used and it does not display anything at all. Interestingly this happens after I see part of the page already. So it looks fine for a second and then *bam* grey screen with error message. A reload tends to fix it.

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If budget is an issue Sigma lenses are definitely worth considering seriously. There hasn't been much info about the USB dock that can be used to fine tune the Sigma ART lenses ... if that USB dock works as well as they say it will, I think Sigma ART lenses are a great bargain.


Well, lens rentals seems to think it does:
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/06/sigma-optimization-pro-and-usb-dock
Makes me really hopeful about it. Although I have to admit I've been a Sigma 'fan' for quite a while already. I had (and still have) several Sigma lenses and with the exception of the old 24-70 I really do like all of them. (The 85 1.4 is my favorite lens)

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Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:19:37 AM »
Had it happening on and off for the last couple of days. I think last occurrence was when I logged in this morning. (Well morning CEST, so maybe 4 hours before this post) Not 100% sure about this however. I will report back if the problem occurs again.

And it just happened again, so at least for me purging the caches had no positive effect :(

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Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:51:50 AM »
Paying by wire transfer is a problem, particularly if your bank is slow or unreliable.  I do a lot of wire transfers to buy things for my business, and it usually takes a minimum of three days to arrive in the sellers bank account.  Promising someone a wire transfer in one day is  something that isn't going to happen. A bank agent takes the info for the transfer, then it goes to a wire room, where it must wait its turn to be sent, which may happen the following day (Unless you try to send it on Friday)  Then, it takes a day to show up in the other account.  If your account does not have the funds, its another delay to transfer them.

Sorry for going OT, but holy crap!
Is it that complicated to wire money in the US? Here in Germany the banks are legally required to wire the money within no less than 1 working day. And if you wire money within the bank from one account to another one it's usually there within minutes. Sometimes even if you wire money across banks. (Seen this happening when I wire some money to my dad or he wires money to me)
No wonder you guys pay everything with plastic.

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