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Technical Support / Question about turning strobes off
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:21:35 PM »
I have a couple AlienBee 1600 and WhiteLightning 1600s. I'm going to be shooting high school basketball over this next season and I'm preparing to set up my lights for the ensuing season. Typically I have a 2 light setup one one each side of the court. No big deal. Very common. But I would like to do something different this time around and setup a third light on the ceiling directly above whatever end of the court my lights are on for a hair light. Permission isn't a problem but my biggest concern is the light itself. There is no catwalk so I can't get to the light to turn it on and off basically I would have to put it up at the start of the season get everything set and leave it there (until something went wrong or the season ended)
My question then is can the lights handle being on like this for such an extended amount of time without frying themselves internally or potentially catching on fire or something like that?  I know they have fans and all but I figure they really only expect them to be on for a few hours or days at the most not for 2 or 3 months.
So maybe someone had tried this or has experience with how long you can leave your lights on? Any advice or experience would help. Thanks!

Technical Support / Old Film
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:12:07 PM »
This really has nothing to do with Canon anything. But I work for a University Media Relations Department and yesterday the head photog took me too a storage room underneath the basketball arena. He showed me a bunch of the old darkroom equipment he used here during the 90's and it was pretty cool. While in the process we discovered about 100 or more rolls of unopened film. I decided to take 40 just cause I have been wanting to shoot more film and just haven't gotten around to buying it. It's all B&W Illford HP5 400 and Illdord PANF 50. I noticed the expiration was April 1999 though. hah
It wasn't refrigerated but the room was below normal room temp and dark and the air was dry. They still have all the plastic sealing around the box. But still 14 years is a lot. I just didn't know if it would be worth my time shooting in it. If anyone has any experience finding film like this like to hear what you experienced.

Software & Accessories / Graduated Neutral Density Filters
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:12:47 PM »
I rented a .6 split ND for a trip a few months ago and i fell in love with it immedietly! I'm strongly considering getting one but a quick search of B&H will reveal that merely in the under $250 category there are nearly 800 choices.. I'm willing to spend a maximum of about 125 to 150 bucks for this.

I found the circular filter i rented to be sightly limiting as i rarely put the horizon line directly in the center of the frame but it was soft enough of a transition that if i positioned it correctly you couldn't tell.. though i will say for traveling the circular was great since it was compact and inconspicuous but seeing as i don't travel much i would rather have the flexibility of square filters at all possible.. Not sure if square filters in that range are of good enough quality and i would also have to get a holder as well.. also the 2 stop filter i rented seemed very fit to most situations i ran into (though i am sure it wouldn't fit all)

just looking for any advise here on whats good in that range and any other split ND advise

Technical Support / Color Space: sRGB vs AdobeRGB
« on: October 20, 2012, 12:24:06 AM »
I shoot for my University Yearbook and the publishing company recently requested that we begin shooting in AdobeRGB color space. I don't really understand what the difference in the 2 is and why they would have us change it, not that is difficult to change back and forth. I was just curious if anyone may know why they requested this or if Adobe color space has an advantage or something over sRGB?

I just bought a very cheap intervalometer from Amazon.. it works great but its just another thing to carry around when it isn't in use.. I know Nikon has intervalometers built in to their DSLR's cameras and some of the Powershots even have it! so why don't the higher DSLR's at least? it isn't a huge deal but it sure would be a very handy feature for stills guys and video guys! just curious to hear thoughts and how many would find this a useful feature? (and MagicLantern works to eliminate this need yes, but its not available for every one of Canon's DSLRs as far as i know?)

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