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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: Today at 04:01:01 AM »
No where to go. I like the way how Canon cameras look, menu organization, naming conventions,. It follows that I like the way how canon engineers thinks.

I don't like how sony camera looks. also nikon ones. In my friend circle, I don't like how the nikon user brag a bit, not brag, but they seem to show how excited they are with their camera. really.. almost all nikon user.. like really??! Honestly, their camera looks like a submarine, or a water gun.

And I always see canon white lens on arena,. Canon users tends to be more humble with their equipment.. specially those guys holding 1Dx. seems like it easy for them to take good pictures like that. No effort at all.

I met some rich guys that has Nikon D3s only sitting their home, and set on auto. In contrast to a student holding old wear and tear 5Dii, but never ask for any upgrade.

That's why I stay with Canon.
Not to mention I happen to work in Canon ASIC Dev, happen to step inside CInc Japan.

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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: Today at 03:16:08 AM »
I use a wordpress layout designed by elegant themes for my primary site, http://photosbytabor.com. After years of SEOing I have finally cracked page 1 of Google for practically every category. You will also find a gallery link to my other site which is through SmugMug. I use the two different sites to keep my primary site fast(er), but still display full galleries for people to view. If this is an option you were looking into, I would recommend it.

You can find my gallery site at; http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

I like the first one more (http://photosbytabor.com), I was thinking of more or less the same thing. Did you use smugmug for this? (i am a bit confuse)

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:52:51 PM »
I got one good question.

Lets say I want to use external audio recorder.

It is possible to remove audio component of .mov file, is it? (never mind I can google for this)

If YES, wow.. they can actually do that..

This thought just open my imagination, that the .mov is actually a container, with different data inside, and a "timing driver" much like a "director" of a movie coordinates the synchronization of data (audio, video, maybe other things unknown to me, as well).

If YES, are we dealing with different file like .psd file for photoshop to save all these environment data.

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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:48:40 PM »
Hey Eninja,

You mean the same background?
The layout is pretty flexible, I would think you can
I have the same background for my subfolders...
Take a look. Is this what you mean?  If yes, I did it a while ago, so can't remember how, but it is possible.

Hi,

On homepage, I can have different layout, like a slideshow takes up the big part of the screen, and the link can be found on the left side. This is only one of many layout you can choose for homepage.

But then I want to create another new page, in this page I want it to have features like home page where I can have a slideshow that takes up the big part of the screen.

But zenfolio does not have this feature. All they have is, upon creation of new page. You got a blank page like "word document" you can insert some text in paragraph form, also insert photos. NO LAYOUT what so ever.

I will try smugmug later on.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:19:57 PM »
Paid professional video, and like all of you guys, I'm a one man team.
We don't want the final video to be choppy or the voice like too close or too far from someone's mouth.

https://youtu.be/h4xF2qtMuLk
Ok, so a lot of this is fairly basic editing. 90% of that finished product is dependent on how well they shot their footage. They are doing fairly simple cut edits, their video isnt choppy because they shot it smoothly.

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Glidecam is a must???!
External mic is a must???!

I got a 6D and will have 70D soon. I may set 70D, due to easy control via touch screen.
I am looking for a Lens: 24mm equivalent, got IS, and good at still at the same time. Couldn't find at the moment. and Less barrel distortion at 24mm.
Yes on external mic (Rode makes a good $100ish one), Glidecam will depend on your shooting style. Something to stabilize off your shoulder is probably worth it. Also looks like they do a decent amount of tripod based shooting.

As for your lenses, IS will be required. I wouldnt consider any lens that doesnt have it, as that is a run-and-gun style of shooting, and you dont want to spend time stabilizing in post.

Lots of IS lens options from Canon (24, 28, 35, etc), and there are 3rd party options that would be good as well. Something like the new 16-35L IS would be a good lens for both cameras; it'd be a good walk-around lens on the 70D for that style of shooting, and a nice wide angle for your 6D. Combo'd with a prime or two for closeups and you'd be off to a good start.

I think I will dedicate 70D for video. The swivel screen and touch screen will make it easier. Save the 6D for my still.

True, 90% of the final product be base on how well did I shoot it. Means, I must give priority to hardware first, then software. I need stabilize set up, mic with monitor output (headphone jack), hope i can look for cheap one.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:13:20 PM »
Thanks. I don't know how to ask the correct question. So I started this thread.
A lot of thanks..
Alright, so lets go through some basic questions.

1. Mac or PC
2. Do you already have editing software? If so, what is it?
3. What type of video are you shooting (of your travels? of events? of your kids? of sports?)
4. Where would you be putting the video? (DVD? Youtube or Vimeo? Just on your computer?)

Once we have that info, we can walk you through a workflow. It will be heavily dependent on the editing software you have (some you need to convert, some you dont), and where you are putting that final video.

For example, for work, I edit on Macs with Final Cut. I convert all my footage to ProRes, edit, and export usually to Youtube or Vimeo. Both have standard settings (h.264, 5000kpbs, etc) and I tend to export at 720p. For stuff outside work, especially if I just use a GoPro, I might just edit in GoPro Studio with the original files. Simpler workflow because it doesnt need to be complex. So, it depends on what you have.

1. PC
2. I don't have editing software yet. Still looking on the market. I need something that could "cut the film", "piece together" and "multiplex in some music and voice" and could "sync audio"
     - a nice editing software for beginner (not to advance) is a good place to start learning.
3. This kind of video: https://youtu.be/h4xF2qtMuLk
4. Online Quality Viewing? any online site that can play high quality clip. -> does this refer to 1080p usually? some website I know only play HD (not full HD).
Is HD quality good enough to show sharp photos??
What online website can play high quality? then I can refer to as my baseline.

h.264 refers to mp4 format right?
mp4 format is good enough format for my local storage and back up? right?

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:01:14 PM »
eninja
i would suggest the sigma 18-35 F1,8 art
It's a wonderful lens that will give you more flexibility than a 24 prime for video work.

The 24-105L .  is also a good video workhorse

Hi,

But 17-55 f2.8 IS is better suited for run-and-gun style.
I was thinking a lot about 15-85 IS. For 70D.

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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: September 29, 2014, 11:40:47 PM »
Thanks. I will try those sites you mentioned.

Currently, zenfolio is my setup.

There's is one thing I want to do, but can not do on zenfolio:

I want the subcategory pages, to look like the homepage.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:27:40 PM »
A lot of thanks.

I will try to search on all of your inputs.

This is the final video, I want to end up with. Paid professional video, and like all of you guys, I'm a one man team.
We don't want the final video to be choppy or the voice like too close or too far from someone's mouth.

https://youtu.be/h4xF2qtMuLk

Glidecam is a must???!
External mic is a must???!

I got a 6D and will have 70D soon. I may set 70D, due to easy control via touch screen.
I am looking for a Lens: 24mm equivalent, got IS, and good at still at the same time. Couldn't find at the moment. and Less barrel distortion at 24mm.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 29, 2014, 09:12:16 PM »
I would suggest that you first do a little research of your own on google..etc or even go tru past posts on this forum before starting a new  post..tell me how to edit....
It can come off as a bit lazy.

1, http://lmgtfy.com/?q=canon+6d+how+to+edit+mov
2, Are you serious???      http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+to+edit+my+first+movie
3, final format depends on the delivery platform   ..web/DVD/Bluray..etc.. so there is no oneoff usual final format.

I understand your point. I look thru and search for few threads, I also tried googling, there is more ads than info. One problem is, I don't know what keywords to used. I don't even know the terms used in video.

Back in secondary, I started reading books like photoshop, I learn about making selection, using layer. Learned about exposure setting on G12, advantage and disadvantage of each exposure settings. Got my 6D, and learned shoot raw, edit sharpness, contrast, etc.

Video suddenly came in. I decided to start on editing. If I know usual editing process. I will know what hardware I need, I know mp4, avi, but why ....mov???? If I can recall correctly, I got a lot of bad experience with .mov, like so cheap its not working and not playing so well.

Thanks. I don't know how to ask the correct question. So I started this thread.
A lot of thanks..

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:16:31 AM »
I am beginner on taking video / film making / videography (i dont know if these terms can be use interchangeably).

After recording a video using my 6D. The SD card shows .mov file.

  1. What is usually the next step? should I convert it to other format prior to video editing?
  2. What are the usual video editing that needs to be done? cutting/rejecting portions of the video?
  3. What is the usual final format (for still, its jpeg).

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video for sports
« on: September 28, 2014, 11:17:35 PM »
im new in taking video using dslr.

i got a 6D.
How about auto exposure. from darker scene to brighter scene or vice versa.
Does 6D or other dslr got this feature?

I never heard anyone mentions about this.

Thanks.

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Lighting / Re: Basic help: How does Flash exposure compensation works
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:34:23 AM »
Damn i think i got it.

Imagine we got a sensor, divided into square, maybe 25x25 squares if you will (just for illustration).

Metering refers to the light (in terms of brightness captured by the sensor) AFTER going thru shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.

After the scene is being metered, now you got an image that consist of 25x25 squares, with different brightness on each square, (pitch dark to overexpose white)

When pre-flash is fired, we get another image.

Subtracting this two image, the camera can now define which is the subject and which is the background (Ambient)

flash power is fired such that exposure of subject is as many stops (depend on FEC) as compare to Ambient Exposure.

This raises few more questions. Anyway, I nice place to start.

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Lighting / Re: Basic help: How does Flash exposure compensation works
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:08:15 AM »
This is what I've got. and a good place to start.
Before flash is fired:
    . camera meters the scene
    . pre-flash is release
    . with these two exposure information
    . real flash is release in accordance to the set FEC

Question next.
    . what does camera meters the scene really means - what important information is really take from here
    . same goes with pre flash..

just brain storming. (i still got no time to do the testing) maybe next week.

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Lighting / Re: Basic help: How does Flash exposure compensation works
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:01:54 AM »
**please dont give comment like suggest reading a book or website. If you know something, please share it.

I cringe when I read stuff like this.

You would rather get opinions from anonymous posters on an Internet Forum, then read articles/books from identified established photography educators?

To each his own, but I just don't get it.

Good luck with it.  I hope you find what you are looking for. 

But there are some really good educational books/articles out there.

I understand your point, but you didn't get mine. I have read books, but tbh, most of the books says very long thing and so many example, introductions, and as a whole only trying to point to the same one concept. You need to read between lines and between words to grasp that one concept. 

Also those guys who suggest to read books, might already read that book, why not just tell me what they know. It isn't hard is it? and it will take me stressful to parse and look the answer to my question on a book that says so many things - in the end never says a concept.

And my question is simple, I just need some input before go make testing myself. Afterall you need build your theory first before doing the testing.

Also, everyone with a speedlight must encounter this question in their time using the speedlight.

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