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Photography Technique / On-Camera Flash Technique/Gear?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:42:28 AM »
     Just did my fourth professional shoot (a Bat-Mitzvah) and the results were the best I've yet done.  Haven't yet ventured into off-camera flash, but used a variety of "bounce" tools (simple diffuser, small soft-box and on-flash bouncer).  My camera's a 70D and flash is the 430EX II.
     Are there any other recommended tools/techniques like brackets, etc.?  Off-camera seems like it might be tough while remaining mobile.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I might like to stick with on-camera.
     Thanks for any discussion.

Lenses / Is 35mm on Crop Wide Enough for Landscape (in many/most cases)?
« on: February 24, 2014, 07:18:04 PM »
Would you say that 35mm on a crop will work most of the time for landscape/sunset/etc.?  Might not be able to get the foreground subject/nice background effect, but otherwise... (in many cases)?

Lenses / Good Non-Sports Mix - 10-22 + 35 2.0 IS?
« on: February 17, 2014, 05:04:54 PM »
     This should conclude my novice-like posts.  I use the 100 2.0 and 200 2.8 (on my 70D) for sports and can't say enough about that combo (especially for indoors and might eventually get some sort of telephoto zoom for outdoors). 
     My 35 2.0 IS does most everything else and does it well, but I might like to broaden my horizons with something wider for landscapes.  Would you say that the 10-22 would nicely complement a 35 (on a crop of course)?  Also considering the 24 2.8 IS and am also considering nothing.
     Thanks again for all of the shared knowledge and experience.

Lenses / Is There a Definitive "Best" Landscape Lens for Crop?
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:50:24 AM »
     I was thinking of a full-frame lens for possible future compatability, but I don't have a full-frame camera now so maybe not.  My almost everything lens is a 35 2.0 IS which is pretty perfect most of the time on my 70D (and a 100 and 200 prime for sports).  For the ultimate landscape lens I was thinking of just keeping that and making it work despite an occasional limitation or maybe complementing it with a Canon 10-22 or 15-85. 
     Thanks for any thoughts.

Software & Accessories / Photomatix or Nik HDR Efex Pro 2 or ?
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:18:15 AM »
     Is there a preferred software for HDR?  I have Lightroom 5 if that matters and would place a heavy weight towards "simple".
     Since we're on the subject of HDR do most shoot the 3+ images in RAW or stick with JPEG's?  Don't yet completely have my head around HDR, but I think it's my next thing (so any other insight for a total novice would be very much, as always, appreciated).

Sports / Two "Running" Shots
« on: December 24, 2013, 01:42:29 AM »
My two favorites from this past weekend and the final appearance of my trusty T1i:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Vote for T1i, SL1 or 6D
« on: December 20, 2013, 08:45:41 AM »
     I'm paralyzed with indecision on whether to keep my T1i, "upgrade" to an SL1 or upgrade to a 6D.  My lenses are the 35 2.0 IS, 100 2.0 and 200 2.8II. 
     My primary doodie is indoor volleyball (my daughter's in 11th grade and is on a seriously crazy club team through to June), but I do it all and can really notice differences in image quality.  For example - people say that zooms are as good as primes and I say "not" - I can tell and appreciate the difference. 
     Figured that if I were to go to full frame that I'd stick with my current lenses and add as appropriate (if even needed). 
     I do also very much appreciate simplicity and don't like articulating screens, don't use video and don't shoot Continuous.  And I use LR4.
     So, clearly, I'm unable to make a decision without anonymous guidance on the internet.  I'm pleased with my T1i, but ready to be more pleased.  My course is in your hands, I'll tally the responses and then do that. 

    I've been trying different upgrades to my Canon T1i and haven't yet found "it".  Could it come at the hands of a 6D?  I do it all with my T1i with a strong weight towards indoor volleyball.   
    I typically use a center focus point with my Rebel at ISO 6400 (and wide open at 2.0 or 2.8) and get very good results (especially after processing the RAW shots in LR4).  I never use Continuous so does that reduce the need for more focusing capability?  Also, is ultra-focusing capability more important with video as well (which I never use a DSLR for)?
     As long as you're focusing correctly whether a single point or over 60 and using the correct shutter speed/aperture/ISO does it really matter?  And is it possible that a single point is more reliable that multiple points anyway? 
     This may sound weird, but my current three options are a 6D, SL1 or keep the T1i.  Simplicity is a huge factor.
     Thanks for any insight into anything.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Final 70D-Upgrade Contortion
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:37:31 PM »
     The 70D's been out for a little while and I'm taking my avoidance of spontaneous purchasing to a new level.  My lenses are the 35 2.0 IS, 100 2.0 and 200 2.8 II.  I've got it almost all covered with those three with the added benefit of my real or perceived benefits of prime lenses. 
     My curfuffle is in upgrading the body from a T1i.  I think I'm there and have reviewed all combinations of bodies, lenses, high-end compacts for all non-sports photography (I do lots of indoor volleyball in particular - world-class 11th grade daughter and all/delusional sports dad alert).
     For sports and all other types of photography I REALLY appreciate image quality and am getting very good results with my T1i/LR4.  My current focal lengths, also, work.
     We did spend the weekend in Boston and the thought of a high-end compact did cross my mind, but then I came to my senses and thought that maybe just one GREAT do-it-all body is the best answer (with my minimalist approach in mind).
     With all of the above is my answer probably the 70D?  I care nothing of video, continuous shooting, articulating screen, wifi or GPS and might like to stick with the 1.6x effect.  Would the SL1 be a mistake or maybe the right answer or is the closest to perfect really the 70D? 


Lenses / Primes vs. Zoom for Indoor Sports
« on: November 23, 2013, 09:45:36 AM »
      There's not enough "prime vs zoom" threads so what's your thoughts on a Canon 100 2.0 and 200 2.8 II, lets say, vs a Canon 70-200 2.8 non-IS (on full frame if that matters)?  And then, consequently, your thoughts on the 70-200 2.8 image quality vs that of the 70-200 2.8 IS II with the IS turned off.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Anyone Mind Another 70D vs 6D Question?
« on: November 22, 2013, 08:28:05 AM »
     Sorry to be a novice, but I'm really torn between a 70D or 6D upgrade from my T1i.  I get great results with my T1i, but feel like I'll really start blowing it out with the right body upgrade.  I do a lot of indoor volleyball and a lot of everything else as well and my lenses are the Sigma 17-50, Canon 100 2.0 and Canon 200 2.8.  For full frame I'd likely swap out the Sigma for a Canon 35 2.0 IS or Sigma 35 1.4.   
     The auto-focus on my T1i gets the job done so I imagine that the autofocus on the 6D isn't worse (so in my case maybe autofocus isn't an issue). 
     Thanks for any insight to include just sticking with the T1i can calming down.

     On a side note, my third paid shoot is today.   :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Image Quality - Body vs Lens?
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:56:01 AM »
     Finally honed in on "lens" greatness (for my T1i) in a Sigma 17-50, Canon 100 2.0 and Canon 200 2.8II.  All of these lenses work perfectly with the 1.6x effect so I'll stick with crop.  With that itch to upgrade the body many reviews of the latest offering (the 70D) say that the image quality is OK which leaves me sticking with the T1i.  Is it possible that there'll be a crop-sensor camera in the future that will get rave image quality reviews or is that where full-frame comes in and it's just best to place much more importance on lens selection?
     I imagine I'd like whipping through touch-screens and all, but if there's no gain in image quality to be had then there's not much point really; I think.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Major IQ advantage of FF?
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:46:40 PM »
I know that you get a more shallow DOF and better high ISO performance with a full frame over a crop, but with good lenses on either is there really much of an IQ difference all other things being equal.  I do get great results with my T1i, but I do see some ultra-great results out there that my camera just isn't capable of.  The sensible option is to remain with my crop-inspired lenses and maybe go to a 70D or the next Rebel, but the 6D seems pretty cool. 
I agonize over this stuff because I'm the opposite of a gear-hound.  I'm a minimalist who tries to do the most with the least so it's quality over quantity.  Thank you in advance for your wisdom.

Lenses / Any New Pancakes Coming?
« on: November 06, 2013, 09:36:20 AM »
I think I'd be up for a 20-something pancake for crop-sensors.  Maybe like a 24 or 28 with 2.8 or at least maybe a 24/28 2.8 without IS or something like that for when wishing to travel light.

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