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EOS Bodies - For Stills / So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:35:06 PM »
Coming back from a brief photography sabbatical, I've found quite a few posts on the forum regarding qualities that would make a camera considered professional vs. a camera considered non-professional.  But that got me thinking, what is it that makes a camera a professional camera?   Is it build quality?   Is it megapixels or the size of the sensor?   Is it a monetary figure that one must cross, or is it a camera that can perform in any situation even though most of those situations won't be experienced by the owner?  I'm under the current believe that if you are making money on what you do, then the tool is a professional tool whether it is a 1Dx or a 110 film camera.   I'd like to pose the question to the forum here.  What are your opinions?

Photography Technique / Photographer's Block
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:54:33 PM »
Hi everyone,
   so I think I've hit a new low regarding my enjoyment of photography.  I just can't seem to get inspired to do anything lately.  I've worked on macro, sports, portraiture, real estate, architecture, and wildlife but right now none of those seem appealing.   I figure I'm just going through a lull and that it will pass once fall begins.   I'm not saying that I'm going to give it up, but I'm not as ready to get out there and snap some photos as I used to be.  Also, when I do get out there, my pictures don't look right - it's almost like I'm trying too hard.    Maybe I suffer from Low T - who knows.   
   I'm sure that I'm not the only one out there who has run into photographer's block.  So my question to the collective minds is, what do you do to snap yourself out of this funk?


Animal Kingdom / Yard Bird
« on: July 22, 2014, 11:16:15 PM »
I recently picked up a refurb 60D and have been terrorizing all of the animals in my front yard with it.  Here are few of my guests who join me and my family every night for dinner.   What birds do you see in your yards?

Taken with a 70-200 2.8 MkII.

Canon General / canon loyalty program only for camera bodies?
« on: July 21, 2014, 11:14:22 PM »
Are camera bodies the only thing eligible for the canon loyalty program?  I was curious if lenses were on the list as well.

I find it odd that we have not seen our annual update to the rebel line up.  Anyone hear of anything?  I thought it would have be an announced by now.  I guess there's a lot of work going on regarding DPAF to get it right.

 Just an observation.

Software & Accessories / List of plug-in's for photoshop/LR
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:28:15 AM »
  I was watching an adobe tutorial about extending photoshop with plug-ins.  They referenced a blog that had a collection of 43 plug-ins (free and paid) of what the article recommended as the best.  The 'best' is always subjective, but I thought the CR members here might like a reference and I wanted to share it.  There may be something here you haven't seen yet.  Article was written in March 2014.



   I've volunteered to help out my local 4-H group in regards to setting up a website/online storage site that will allow the club members to upload photos that they have taken at 4-H events, but not delete them.  We have quite a few members of our local 4-H group that do not have, or do not bother, to take photographs of 4-H events, members, etc. and when it comes time to produce and turn in yearly record books, some of the kids do not have photographs to add.  The 4-H leadership wants to offer a "public" (only to 4-H members) repository where members who do take photographs of events can upload their pictures for the kids to use.  The problem has been that people upload photos to, say google drive, but then when they are finished, they delete them before others have a chance to use them. 
  I have not tried many online photo/storage options, but what I'd like to do is to set up a solution with two logins - one for administrators that have complete control, and one for members who can upload, download, but not delete the images.   At the end of the year, the photos will be purged or archived in preparation for the next year.  Of course, free solutions are the best, but pay solutions are not off the table.   Is this something that can be done on a One-Drive account?

Thanks for your assistance.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60d results - the bird feeder
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:25:55 PM »
Thanks again for everyone's guidance regarding my recent purchase of a 60D.   I've had the camera now for almost a month, but haven't had a lot of time to work with it.   I realize that the 60d is old news, but for $460 it was an easy justification as a upgrade from my T1i.

So this weekend I set up my portable deer blind at a ridiculously close position next to our bird feeder.  We are frequented daily by a woodpecker family and various cardinals, warblers, blue jays, and of course - squirrels.  I wanted to see the image quality as  I've read criticisms about the noise levels on the 18M sensors.

Normally I would shoot manual and am comfortable doing so on my T1i.   I'm not fully acclimated to the 60D yet, so I was shooting in AV with the aperture set to F2.8.  I was using a 70-200 Mk II and a monopod.   I did crop the output and edit in LR.

Overall, I was happy with the pictures.  I did have a lot of OOF shots that I will chalk up to my mistake, but I have also noticed that other shots I've taken with other lenses seem soft too.  I'll investigate this more in the coming weeks.  I hope I don't have to have my lenses/camera calibrated, but if I do then I do.

So, what did I learn from this morning's events?  I learned that chickadee's are lightning fast - holy cow I had a hard time keeping up with them.  They act as if they had 5 red bulls before eating.   I also learned that when I go out to do something, that's when mother nature will change her routine - the woodpeckers did not show, no blue jays either.  I got to see a sap sucker, 2 chickadees, and some cardinals - one which was missing his crest and half of the feathers on his face.   He looked like the bird version of the walking dead and I did not photograph him.  All in all, the few pictures I kept I thought were good and I wanted to share them with the community.

Thanks again for those of you who answered my previous 60D questions and encouraged me to jump on the deal.  I'm looking forward to furthering my photography techniques with this camera.


Canon has the 60D refurb on sale again and the price is such that it's calling my name.  For those who own this camera, what do you think about it for $460 USD?

My usage would be for children's sports and general vacation type usage.   I'm not shooting super models here.


Coupon code is NWERDEAL

You can check out Neewer's website for further details on the products here:


I do not know if this code applies to other products than what are illustrated.

Animal Kingdom / Butterfly Portrait
« on: May 07, 2014, 11:51:48 PM »
Portrait of a Painted Lady Butterfly

I love the detail of the fur on this butterfly. Macro photography really allows you to see some amazing things.  I grabbed the camera quick as my daughter held this butterfly on her finger.

Shot with a T1i with EF-S 60mm macro, 430EX flash, and Rogue flash bender soft box kit.

Lighting / Basic home studio follow up
« on: April 28, 2014, 11:47:18 PM »
Hi - it's been a while since I posted, but I have some pictures I'd like to submit for critique. This is a follow up to my previous post regarding a small home studio set up for a beginner.  After all of the recommendations, I purchased a boom stand, a rouge flash bender portrait kid, and a second rogue flash bender with diffusion panels.   I chose this set up for portability and upon recommendations on the boom stand from privatebydesign - the boom stand was an awesome recommendation!   

So, I started with a self portrait using a single flash and a flashbender soft box, and I have to admit that it was hideous.   I definitely won't be posting that here.   But, I later started using a two flash set up with flash bender soft boxes to take some product style photography, which I will post here :)   

My daughter collected some wild flowers and I took the opportunity to work on my flash photography skills with the flowers in a shot glass.  The back ground is a black towel and I have not edited the photographs.  These are straight out of the camera.   I had a flash on the right set to 1/8th power, and one on the left set to 1/16th power. Ambient light was provided by the light in my dining room.

For those interested - the flowers are called Indian Paintbrushes and are very common to central Texas.

So how did I do for a first try?

Thanks for your feedback,


Pricewatch Deals / Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II on Moofie Woot for $89.99
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:00:04 AM »
For those interested.

Scam site link removed my Admin

Abstract / Funny street signs and billboards
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:33:38 PM »
Starting off with some Thursday humor inspired by Don Haines' post in the "let's get it on" thread here: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19636.msg369848#msg369848.

I had some business in Austin today and on my way I always pass this billboard and it cracks me up.  Nothing artistic about this, but I do find it funny that Rob Zombie could represent me in a court of law.


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