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Sports / Quidditch World Cup VII, taken with 6D
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:38:10 AM »
Some of my fave shots from the Quidditch World Cup VII in North Myrtle Beach, SC two weekends ago. Taken with the 6D and the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.







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This morning it was raining a ton but I was using a plastic bag to cover my 6D as I shot a quidditch tourney. As time went on, my playback button stopped working, the info button stopped working but miraculously the autofocus was still working and i kept shooting and the photos came out great! right now I'm cranking up the heater and then I took out the battery but I read that one of the most important things is to fight the urge to turn on the camera and check if its ok. And it's quite a fight!

I have an important tournament this upcoming weekend. I am really worried but then again, I'm sure I can do without the playback button and infobutton.

What else can I do? Can I check it tomorrow morning?

It's interesting as I've shot with my XSi in such conditions before and it has always lived to tell more stories.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / 6D video for sports
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:52:25 PM »
With the 6d on its way, I definitely want to try using video. I know the 6D is not the best option for shooting sports video -but that's ok. Mainly I will use the 6D for sports stills. But I still want to make the most out of shooting video on the 6D.

I am not sure what settings to use. I've read some articles and old threads and came to the conclusion that probably 30fps at 1/60 is better than 24fps at 1/50 for sports. I've read some articles that recommended higher shutter speeds. And then there's the question of aperture settings. Since there is no autofocus in video, how would I go about doing that manually? Any tips? Or should I just use a large depth of field(what would be good? is f/4 too shallow? would f/8 be better?)

And settings for the video itself. It seems that a lot of sites are recommending to lower contrast, saturation, and sharpness and then "grading" it in post. I have Adobe Premiere Elements that I haven't touched(included on my computer). Can anyone give me a dummies version of grading? I'm used to editing exposure and stuff in lightroom so any analogies to that would be awesome!

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Software & Accessories / Lens cleaning fluid vs eyeglass cleaner
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:19:58 AM »
I have this old stubborn fingerprint on my nifty fifty that won't come off despite (i prolly shouldn't have done this) rubbing with an old microfiber cloth. Would regular eyeglass cleaner safely work on dslr lenses?

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EOS Bodies / Upgrading from the Rebel XSi: Perpetual indecision
« on: July 19, 2013, 10:05:44 PM »
Hi y'all! I've been shooting with the Rebel XSi since dec 2009 and it has been my first and only DSLR. It's been a hard journey... other fancy cameras have tempted me but I'm proud to say I have held off! until now...

I got started by shooting birds in flight with the EF-S 55-250mm
http://www.flickr.com/photos/igphoto/sets/72157626186549397/

Then later moved on to high school football/portraits. Now in college, I continued with sports, portraits and events but more than ever I find myself no longer satisfied. The low-light performance of the XSi and the limit of only 1600 is definitely straining the relationship!

I shot a quidditch tournament with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS ii
http://www.flickr.com/photos/igphoto/sets/72157632938593319/

And as you can see, my keeper rates dropped significantly once it got dark and those 'keepers' weren't as sharp.

I have long pined for the 7D when it was regarded as the best for sports photographers but I fear the low light performance improvement won't be enough... at least when compared to the 6D.

I read that the 6D is not good for sports.. mainly recommended for landscape photographers. But surely, it is going to be tons better than the XSi right? For autofocus points, I only shoot with the center point anyways on the XSi so the lack of crosstype won't be something I'd miss. Same with the fps and the RAW buffer rate... if its better than the XSi then I don't think I'll mind. The big pain right now is the ISO performance.

But the jump to full frame means I'll have to give up the poor man's tele effect of a crop sensor camera.

On the otherhand, with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 is ii I have gotten terrible chromatic aberration and was told in the topic i made about it that it would be ameliorated with full frame sensor plus the 6D has that processing feature now.

And another thing to note is that I do want to try video on the slr but that's always going to come second to photos.


But refurbished 7d's are going for under 1k... but I don't want buyer's regret either. I also don't want to spend more than I need to. I say "I don't think I'll mind" but that could be wishful thinking.

What do you guys think?

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Likeacoupon.com on facebook posted a link to the 70-200mm f/4L IS USM for $629 at RitzCamera. I thought at first perhaps the link was rigged so I googled RitzCamera and saw that, still, the f/4L IS is even cheaper than their 4L non is listed! I've been to RitzCamera brick and mortar stores but still this seems fishy.

Thoughts?
http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/541161824.htm

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EOS Bodies / diy ideas on how to protect camera from rain?
« on: April 06, 2013, 12:59:49 PM »
Hey y'all! So next week I'll be shooting a tournament outdoors. It is likely it will rain but I still need to shoot. I'd be using my rebel XSi and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. The latter is weatherproof -so I don't need to worry about covering my lens right? but I can't say the same for my rebel.

Any ideas on making a makeshift dslr rain cover?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / upgrading from rebel xsi: T4i or used 7D
« on: October 20, 2012, 04:05:15 PM »
Last night, I was shooting sprint football in awful lighting. Unfortunately, my rebel XSi could only go to 1600 ISO and even with the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II, the photos were very underexposed. The itch to upgrade is getting stronger!

But I do not want to spend over $1000 for a new body.

At this point, both will be amazing improvements over what I have now. But I need your help in deciding between the two of them. The 7D has great AF but the T4i has a newer processor -and if that means less noise, then that's going to sway my decision.

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Canon General / when/how to start a photography business?
« on: October 08, 2012, 02:37:30 PM »
Hi! Haven't been on this forum for a while!  now that I'm in college and always strapped for cash, I'm hoping to make some money with this beloved hobby.

I've been shooting since sophomore year of high school(portraits, sports, wildlife). Shot homecoming/prom portraits for dirt cheap(Free to $10) for friends and friends of friends. But here, now I have a fresh start to set prices and not worry about friendships getting in the way.

Any tips on starting out?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / upgrading from XSi.. what to choose?
« on: July 25, 2012, 01:50:08 PM »
Hi! It's been a while since I've been on canon rumors and didn't keep up with all the new models and stuff. So I need help! =)

I've had my XSi for 3yrs now(first and only DSLR) and while I love everything about it.. I'm having the video itch. A while ago, I planned to upgrade to the 7D once it gets off market so its cheap but then I watched a video of the new mirrorless camera and like how easy it is to focus during video mode and how i just need an adapter to fit all my lenses. It's smaller and cheaper.

I mainly do portraits, wildlife and sports if that helps. I'll still use the XSi for photos if I do get the eos m since i want a viewfinder but then wouldn't the money be better spent for something like the 7d?

ahh can't decide! help!

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Lenses / 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II chromatic aberration
« on: May 26, 2012, 01:15:50 PM »
Since getting the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II last winter, this lens has been the most used lens. It's my first L and I love everything about it... except the chromatic aberration. One of the specs on the lens was that it was improved to minimize chromatic aberration. I guess 'minimize' is the key word because to me I feel like there is a good deal of chromatic fringing -equal to the amount I get from photos using the 55-250mm based off my experience.

But maybe I expected too much and maybe if I used the 55-250mm the color fringing would be even worse. At first I ignored it but lately when I edit photos, those purple fringes are really annoying. But I could be overreacting.

I'm not sure exactly how to do a 100% crop so I'm print screening what I see at 100%. This is unedited:
http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/7417/cafringing1.png

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United States / High school Prom Photo shoot ideas/advice
« on: April 23, 2012, 12:10:10 AM »
I haven't been on the forum for ages but I'm still active with photography. Next month I'll be doing prom pics for my friends!

I've improved since the homecoming shoot(a former post)... but my pricing hasn't got a chance to and I think it should change for prom. $5 for non friends and free for friends was the rate for homecoming. Here are a couple of my favorite shots:
http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/981/img5054editcr.jpg
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/4876/img5085editcr.jpg


How much should I be charging? We are high schoolers though. Middle class area. I've also gotten a request for a prom shoot for $5-$10 per person at our rival high school (one girl who came to my homecoming shoot moved and her friends saw her profile pic)

And any tips on group poses? I have ideas for couples but I'm still going to have to look through more on image portfolio sites for group guy/group girl shots to keep things different.

Any other words of wisdom?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / What makes a photographer, a photographer?
« on: January 18, 2012, 03:05:12 PM »
Just outta curiosity.. I've always wondered.. ;D

Let's say you have a person who just set his camera for a shoot. He fiddled with the settings and walked off to blow his nose. Then his kid/cat/dog/friend pushes the shutter button.

The person later post processes all the pictures including the one he didn't "take".

Who is the photographer of that photo?

Just had a curious thought. heh heh

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I'm sitting next to the 70-200mm f/2.8 l is ii box that the UPS people delivered from B&H! First time ordering anything from B&h. bah, is it normal for the box to have punctures? but that would be ups' fault.

upon opening, the box is HUGE!(up to this point i have the canon rebel xsi with the 55-250mm, kit lens and the 50 f/1.8) I never have seen a lens box that big, but its lighter than i expected. and luckily the lens box didn't get punctured.

First impression of the lens: it is ICE COLD. I don't have the heater on (FL here) but hopefully no condensation forms. Fudge, condensation is appearing on the outside.  its been 30 mins since it was delivered. i think i'll keep it wrapped in plastic and in the bag. i don't know much about lens condensation except that it is bad. but the lens itself is a beauty! can't wait to try it out!

now I am thinking of selling the ef-s 55-250mm IS mk i. but i have no idea how to go about it like pricing, shipping (im thinking of craiglisting it to avoid shipping but that would mean smaller audience) and stuff. Tips?!

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EOS Bodies / tips on getting started shooting in raw?
« on: January 02, 2012, 03:09:03 PM »
I've always shot in JPEG. I've considered shooting in raw many times but based on things I've read like it will slow down continuous shooting mode and the hassle of of needing special software to edit/view and stuff made me avoid it.

But since I spend so much time editing anyways and reading all the pros about RAW is making me reconsider it.

Does it really slow down continuous shooting?

I haven't installed DPP yet but will processing raw images be better in DPP or Photoshop Elements 7.0?

any tips/resources on getting started in shooting in raw?

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