February 28, 2015, 12:27:33 AM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Topics - Nate

Pages: [1] 2
Lighting / ST E3 RT/300EX RT working with Sony A7
« on: February 04, 2015, 01:16:15 PM »

I am thinking of buying a sony a7 or a7R for traveling. My questions is, will my ST E3 RT and 600EX RT work with the Sony a7? and if it does will I be able to use the E3 to trigger my 600EX? what about the shutter speed limit? will I be able to use the radio function and go up to 1/8000?



Software & Accessories / Is the quality really that bad? (GoPro)
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:23:52 AM »

I have made a GoPro video on my trip to Scotland. I am a photographer and this was my first time I edited video, and the quality is much worse than I expected. Here is my set up for recording and editing.
GoPro 3+ Black, recording 1080p 24FPS protune with auto WB sharpness to none color flat and NTSC ( I dont understand completely the difference between PAL and NTSC)
Here is the video.

Than with the GoPro app I made it from MP4 to MOV keeping the best quality and I imported it in PP CS6.
There I put in this order RGB curves (just a little) Three way color correction and i put the saturation to 120 on all and on mids and than Unsharp mask 60/3/5 Shadows/Highlights not on auto I took out black and white clip to 0 and I played a bit with the radius and color correcting. And exported it in h.256 and 1080p 24FPS.

If someone can help me and tell me what did I do wrong because for me what they have on the GoPro channel its much better. Here is a raw footage from the clip if you have time to try it out.

What did I do wrong?

Software & Accessories / Image editing Workflow for best results.
« on: June 13, 2014, 05:35:24 PM »

I want to tell you guys my workflow and ask if I should do anything different, or if you do anything different, to get the best results.

In camera:

I shoot raw (5D3 if matters),
Auto light optimizer: OFF
Picture Style: Neutral
Long noise reduction: OFF
High ISO speed NR on Maximum

In Lightroom (CS5):

At import every LR is by default.
If needed I play a bit with Histogram, WB and other basic settings.
Depending on the pictures sometimes I change a lot the Tone Curves and Colors

Now here it comes what I am interested in.
Where and when should I do the sharpening/ noise reduction?
Usually I do it in LR and I put Sharpening to 30-40 and NR if needed even until 60, I change the detail and contrast.

Lens correction if needed. and in the end of course I change the Picture Style
And export in maximum quality jpeg.
If I still edit it in PS should I export it in other format?

In Photoshop (CS6):

If its a portrait I correct some skin issues and maybe I correct the colors even more and in the end Unsharp Mask; Amount: 30%; Radius: 2; Threshold:1, and export it.

Should I dont bother with sharpening in LR?

My biggest issue is that I have the same gear as for example these guys and no matter what I do I dont get the same results on the same settings:

In the first picture for example (I know he used lighting) but I dont have the same clear noise free sharpness.

Is there other things I should do for better results?



EOS Bodies - For Video / What settings you use in PP?
« on: June 09, 2014, 12:00:25 PM »
 I am new to the video and while i was looking how to edit my videos from my 5D3 i came across Philip Blooms video with the 5D3 and it looks great!
Review of the Canon 5Dmk3

I was wondering what sharpening and grading/color correction does he use.

What do you guys use? What should I use for a bright indoor scene with people in it?

Thanks, Nate!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Stranege "rendering" 5D3
« on: April 22, 2014, 04:09:37 AM »

I was shooting yesterday and I didnt even notice it, just when I opend them in LR. I tought that it was a copy problem, but its the same even on the screen of the camera. If you need I will post the raws also.

Is this something to worry about, or just a minor bug?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 Select AF area
« on: April 22, 2014, 04:03:12 AM »

I have this problem since I have bought my 5D3 1 year ago but, I never cared because I used the AF like that even on my previous DSLR. However now I need to change it. As you can see there is no option to deselect it and when I shoot I cant choose anything else than that.
I should note that in Auto its auto selection 61 pt AF.

Anyone have met with this problem before?

Thank you!

Lenses / Gear Advice foe and awesome Greece trip
« on: August 01, 2013, 04:43:26 AM »

Me and one of my friends are going to go to Greece on 5th of August for almost 1 month. I am planing to visit Santorini (if any of you have been on an awesome island not far from Santorini, let me know), Athens, Meteora, and Thessaloniki. Also if you guys know other places, tell me.

So far I packed 5D3 17-40 with a polarizer and a 8 stop ND filter, 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8 and 1 600EXRT and ST3 trigger. Also I will bring a GoPro Hero 1 and a Manfrotto tripod.

For renting I want a 24 TS-E a fisheye, eather the canon 15 2.8 or the canon 8-15. A GoPro Hero 3 Black, and a quadrotor for changing the perspective.

I will have with me a mac 11 inch to see in some cases if I nailed the focus and two 750 HDD, one main and one back up.
Mostly I am shooting cityscape, landscape, architecture, nature, and I am planing to shot some milky way shots at the islands and at Meteora.

What else should I rent /bring?

Thank you!


Lenses / 5D3 max iso for Milky Way
« on: May 21, 2013, 03:15:16 AM »

I have read quite a lot on this topic. I want to shoot some milky way shots on my next vacation.

Now I am shooting with a 17-40 and was wondering what the 16-35 could do.
I mean if I go f4 6400iso and 30 sec, would I see more stars than with f2.8 640iso 30 sec after post processing?
I ask this question because I see many photographers on 5D2 using 3200iso or even 1600iso with 2.8.

Also 6400 iso on 5D3 with long exp noise red, in post processing the noise will be almost completely gone?
Because if I could use f4 for stars and dont need extra stop, I dont want to invest money in a better glass.


Lenses / Best fisheye for canon.
« on: May 16, 2013, 02:56:07 AM »

I am looking to get a fisheye for my 5D3, but I can not find any site where I can compare the image quality. Not even the-digital-picture has any sample shots.

The canon 8-15 is out of the range of what I want to spend.

I was thinking on a second canon 15 2.8 or a sigma.

What are my possibilities? Anyone had both of them? Also how is Rokinon?

What else I could consider?

I do not mind manual focus if its way sharper that the ones with auto focus.

Also, I could not find it. If I take a picture with a fisheye and than de-fisheye it do I loose a lot of image quality?

Thank you very much!

Lenses / Which one to get?
« on: April 10, 2013, 08:00:24 AM »

I am going thru pretty big changes.

I am selling my 17-40 and 24-70 2.8L and planing to get a 17 TS-E and here is my problem.
The second would be or a 24L II or a 16-35L II.
So far I have used the 17-40 90% of the time and only 10% of the time the 24-70.

I would use mostly for landscapes and architecture, but since I have the 17 TS-E i am leaning toward the 24L.

I did not really try to shoot stars and the milky way, but I think the 2 stops of extra life would be a huge difference. I did not try this but for example I take two shots, one where I take like 10 minutes exposure for the foreground and then I take one at f/1.4 and expose the stars for 20 seconds. And like this I would avoid the trails.

Anyway, I am really interested which one has faster auto focus, and what are the advantages of one or the other besides that one is zoom and one is 2 stops faster?

Any other options I can have?


5D MK III Sample Images / Need some help in editing.
« on: April 09, 2013, 10:19:22 AM »

This weekend I have shot my very first concert, and I came up with some pretty good shots and some that I dont know how to edit.

I uploaded to wetransfer.com a RAW shot that I took, to see what I am talking about.


My main problem is that I have really big contrast between some highlights and shadows. On the skin of the singer you can even see clearly the line how it goes from highlight to shadow.
Is that any way to save it?

I would like to have the final result in B&W.

Any advice is appreciated.



Lenses / 1.4 TC III vs 60D, Is this test accurate?
« on: April 02, 2013, 12:29:15 PM »


I am shooting on 5D3 with a 70-200 2.8 II and wanted a little bit of extra reach.

I checked this test with more settings but always the 1.4 TC III is way better than the 60D


This is surprising for me. I do not have any possibility to test, but somehow I still think that the 60D/7D + 70-200 2.8II, will make sharper images over 5D3 + 1.4 TC III + 70-200 2.8 II.

(please stick only to this two options and only at which would give sharper image, not AF speed and stuff like that)


Lenses / Filters from 17 TSE can be used on 24 1.4?
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:02:10 PM »

I am selling my 24-70 and 17-40 end getting a 17 TS-E and a 24 1.4.

And I want to buy a 105 mm Circular Polarizer and to mount it with one of these solutions:



My question is, if I make that Cokin X PRO solution, will I be able to use the filter holder on my 24 1.4 or 70-200 2.8?

Thank you!

Lenses / Canon 50 L II
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:54:08 PM »
Hello there,

I Have now a 50 1.4 and thats the length that I love most for portraits. I tried more 50L but I dont fell them that much better than my 50 1.4.

What do you guys think? When will a new 50 1.2 be released?


Software & Accessories / Share here your Macbook mini experience
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:52:27 AM »

I dont want to say the exact story because its long and irrelevant why I want to buy a Mac Mini Server. And its not even important.

What I would like to know is how does the Mac Mini 2 ghz quad core i7 (I will upgrade it to 16gb ram) perform with photoshop, lightroom and premier pro.
In photoshop sometimes I put 10, 22 megapixel raw shots, and in premier pro full hd videos, but with a few effects. I would like to ask if anyone has experience.

Intel HD 3000 vs 4000?

And how is the 2ghz quad core i7 with 8gb or 16gb perform in editing?

Pages: [1] 2