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Video & Movie / Made by Highschoolers: Technology in Education
« on: February 01, 2014, 02:00:28 PM »
Hey folks,
if you have a few minutes, I'd really appreciate it if you'd check out this video a friend and I made. It's an entry for the White House Student Film festival, and features our concept of a future classroom. I helped direct and film the video, but my friend (http://nemroffpictur.es) did all the editing and CGI. Let me know what you think!

Technology in Education: A Future Classroom

Street & City / New Years Eve!
« on: January 01, 2014, 12:24:20 PM »
Happy new year CR!
I figured I'd start a thread where we can share our NYE stories and photos. I ended up at a hippie music extravaganza with acts like Splintered Sunlight (photos below - a Grateful Dead tribute band), the Jerry Garcia Band (minus Jerry) and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Not my normal gig but a fun time nonetheless. Here's a couple photos:

Lenses / Just got my first white lens!
« on: October 05, 2013, 10:36:15 AM »
Howdy forum,
I just picked up my first white (and first L, for that matter) lens from Best Buy yesterday (I got in on the double dip deal) and boy am I happy. Yep, you guessed it: the 70-200 2.8L IS II. The build alone is worlds above anything I've owned previously. I should be shooting a concert with it next weekend, so I can let you know how I'm liking it then.

Now to the questions...

I just pooled together a TON of change from around the house and it amounted to around $200. I know, right? One idea I had since I'm still shooting with a t3i was to get a battery grip with this money, to slightly improve the massive imbalance that occurs shooting with this lens. However, I'm also getting into the RT flash system (I only have 1 600ex-rt), and the radio station I'm working for owes me $100+ for some gigs I've done lately, so another idea I had was to deal with the weight and get another 600ex-rt. I'm working out a deal with a local clothing company to do some location shooting and having another flash would certainly be handy.

Another option would be to save up for a while and get a body that will balance better with the lens and be a solid upgrade to my t3i overall. I've been considering the 70d, though in reality, it probably makes the most sense for me to simply go full frame.

So, what do you guys recommend? Any other ideas? As I mention all the time, I'm still a high school student making some money on the side with photography (as well as doing everything I can to learn). Thanks, and happy shooting!

EOS Bodies / Canon 70d RAW Samples
« on: August 03, 2013, 06:29:01 PM »
Seems that the Imaging Resource has some samples of 70d RAW images at all ISO's. Obviously we can't actually do anything with these files since RAW support for the 70d doesn't exist yet, but still exciting.


Software & Accessories / External HD Question
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:46:53 PM »
Hey Forum,
I just had a hard drive die and I'm working on creating a safer, more reliable system for running my workflow and backing it up. I just installed a 512gb SSD, which should be great for storing some things and as a startup disk, but I'd prefer to run my Lightroom library on an external hard drive. I already know I'm going to be backing up to a time machine-like setup (airport extreme + 4tb hard drive), but I was wondering what your recommendations were. Here are my criteria:

- Preferably 1tb+
- 7200rpm
- Thunderbolt interface
- Portable

USB 3.0 is not an option since my macbook pro is the late 2011 version. I'd consider firewire 800 but it's still much slower than thunderbolt. Cheers!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 70d + 70-200 II vs. 5d III
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:28:58 PM »
Hey Forum,
I've been shooting a lot of concerts for a radio station and am about to start working as a 2nd shooter with a wedding photographer, in addition to all the work I do for my high school (I'm 16).

My current gear lineup is as follows:
Rebel t3i/600d
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Sigma 50 1.4
Tamron 24-70 2.8 VC
Canon 70-300 4-5.6 IS

Obviously, the biggest weak point is that 70-300 followed by the t3i. I'm selling a bunch of stuff that should give me close to a $3000 budget for upgrading some gear, so that begs the question: would I benefit more from a 70d + 70-200 2.8 IS II or a 5dIII body?

While nobody knows how the 70d is going to perform, I'm leaning towards that combination, simply because better glass means better images, plus upgrading to the mark III means my lenses get wider so I'd have to use the 70-300 more, which basically defeats the purpose of full frame image quality, especially since the majority of my work is in very low light (meaning I have to shoot it close to wide open).

In any case, let me know what you all think, and if you want to see the work I'm doing, please head over to my blog, http://silvestography.tumblr.com


EOS Bodies / Bizarre grid "pattern" with Rebel t3i/600d
« on: June 12, 2013, 08:34:33 PM »
Hey forum,
I've noticed this really weird square, almost signal noise looking pattern on photos from my t3i recently that I'm not quite sure how to describe or explain.

For reference, check out this B/W image:

If you look especially in that stone "frame" area around the statue, you can see there's this grid pattern where the gridlines are sharper-looking than the insides of the squares. My bet is this is normal and has some very scientific explanation but I just wanted to see if anyone else was experiencing this. Thanks!

Lenses / 70-200 for video
« on: May 12, 2013, 05:43:53 PM »
My friend is really into video and wants to invest in a cheaper 70-200 for that purpose preferably before this summer. He'd be shooting in on a tripod so stabilization isn't an issue. He came to me for a suggestion between the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 (non OS) and the canon 70-200 f/4 (non IS). He's actually shooting a GH2 with an adapter, and since it's a smaller sensor and he wants the shallow DOF, I agree with him that a 2.8 would be preferable. I was actually thinking Tamron's older 70-200 f/2.8 (non VC) might be a good choice, since AF isn't an issue and it's optically better than the Sigma.


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Calumet Genesis Speedlights
« on: April 08, 2013, 02:10:19 PM »
Thoughts? Anyone had a chance to get their hands on one?

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