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So, some friends of mine asked me to do a farm themed family portrait for them. Everyone was very busy, and the only time everyone was available at the same time was 1 in the afternoon today. Ugh. They wanted a certain background, which resulted in the sun being partially in front of them. It was hard getting everyone to try not to squint. I used on camera speedlight to try and lessen the shadows on their faces. This was very quick and I didn't have too much time to make adjustments to camera and flash settings. I'm not 100% happy with any of them, but I need to pick one to edit, and have it printed for a 24"x20" frame. I like #10 the best, but the 4th person in is moving their hand and it is slightly blurred  >:(.

Microsoft released an update to their Camera Codec Pack last week. This piece of software allows native viewing of RAW images and thumbnails for supported cameras within Windows 7 or Vista.

Here's a list of Camera models which were added in this latest release.

Canon: EOS 650D, EOS 6D, EOS Rebel T4i, EOS M, PowerShot SX50 HS

Fuji: X10

Nikon: 1 V2, D600, D5200

Panasonic: Lumix DMX-FZ40, Lumix DMX-G2, Lumix DMX-GX1

Samsung: EX2F

Sony: Alpha NEX-F3, Alpha SLT-A37, Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

You can download the Microsoft Camera Codec pack here.

EOS-M / How many people actually like the EOS-M?
« on: June 08, 2013, 11:33:45 PM »
I have a Sony RX100 right now. While it's a great camera, there's a couple of things that bother me. I don't like how any selected settings apply to all modes (manual focus, focus peaking, white balance). I shoot a lot of video and it always catches me off guard when I switch from video mode back to aperture priority. Also, the front ring is not as easy to manual focus with during video like I thought it would be. Overall, I don't use the camera as much as I would like to because it's sometimes a hassle.

When I first bought the RX100, I briefly considered the EOS-M, and quickly dismissed it due to bad reviews and high price. Now, the price is almost half what it was before. There's also a new firmware coming out claiming to improve AF speeds. I think the larger sensor, detachable lenses, and mic input would be an advantage over the RX100. Also, the ability to attach ND filters would help me greatly too. For those of you that own an EOS-M, do you enjoy shooting with it? Is the AF that bad? I've heard some people go as far as saying it's defective from the factory.

I heard rumors that a new model may be released in late summer, but it surely won't be priced as low as the current model.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sony RX100 and RX1 Owners Rejoice!
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:49:57 AM »
Pearstone has released a wall charger for the NP-BX1 batteries so you no longer have to charge them in camera:

Or there is a Pearstone Duo table top charger that can do two at once:

Or if you already have a Duo, you can just buy the battery plates:

And Sony is also releasing their own wall charger/spare battery kit, although at a higher price:

I already have the Pearstone Duo charger for my LP-E6 batteries, so i'll just be buying the plates. The Duo is a great charger by the way. I love mine, and it is a little quicker than the Canon charger.

Lenses / If you could only have 2 lenses for a wedding...
« on: October 04, 2012, 04:13:39 PM »
My friend is getting married on the 13th. He's having a girl with an entry level crop body do some photographs. I'm also going to be helping out. I'm interested in switching to Canon, so I figured it would be a good time to try out a body before purchasing. As I'm not the Primary photographer, there's isn't any pressure. I've used a Nikon D300s, D80, and D70 in the past.

I'm going to be renting a 5D Mark III, BG-E11, and a 600EX-RT.
The church is fairly big and well lit, so I was thinking of using a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS for the ceremony, and a 35mm f/1.4L L for the reception.

The last reception I did, I used a 17-50 f/2.8 and I was wishing it was faster. I was thinking a 35mm on a full frame should be sufficiently wide.

Any suggestions or recommendations?

Software & Accessories / No 5D Mark III Support in LR4?
« on: March 06, 2012, 06:47:21 PM »
I noticed the 1DX, D4, and D800/E on the list of supported cameras in the new Lightroom 4. However, the 5D MkIII was left out. I guess we'll be waiting 3 months for the next update. IMO they should release a minor update immediately when there is a major camera release. I'm sure they are granted pre-production models to use for software development. Most of my post processing is done in Lightroom, and it's a big inconvenience to have to wait 2 months before I can import RAW files directly (Assuming the 5D ships at the end of March).

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