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EOS Bodies - For Video / Capturing Still from Video, best practice?
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:25:30 PM »
Hi, I know that it is possible to save one frame of video to make it one still photo.

What is the best video recording settings for this to have good IQ for the resulting still photo? Higher Frame Rate? All i or ipb good enough?

Is taking frame from video to make photo "normally done" and good enough for alternative shots for a given event aside from the still camera?

Thanks.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:55:29 AM »
I forgot to mention.

I didn't use any steadycam.
All I did was use the Camera strap on my neck, apply tension on it continuously and move my waist.

Since my target are low budget client, I will set aside use of steadycam and external mic.

Please advise on my camera movement. All I did was pan from left to right.

Thanks again.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 18, 2014, 04:30:29 AM »
Hi guys,

This is the result of my Same Day Edit Video.

http://www.sgphotog.com/Shonna-and-Vincent

On this day, I took both video and photo.

Regarding video editor, I use Premiere Pro.
I tried some free software and Cyberlink Editor, at first I thought they seem to be ok.
But when its time to do Premiere Pro testing - at first it looks to advance, I gave up just after looking at workspace - I say nah.. to expensive and advance,
but then I give it try one more. And I find myself able to trim, cut, and make my first practice video in no time.

As a beginner, how did I learn the editing on this video.
Frankly, I didn't practice at all, I only have one week to learn before the shoot.
I'm scared when I try to study all, it will be complicated and I just make the video fail.

All I did is these:
Double click on video file, play, choose In and Out. then drag to time line. thats all.
I still didn't add transition in between, since I still don't know how. Video looks ok, so nevermind that.
I right click begin and end of timeline and apply transition to fade it.

I shot this on 70D, every picture style parameters set to low.
I used 24FPS. Next time I will try 30FPS.
I bought a brand new EFS 10-18.. and was amazed with the build quality compared to 18-55 which I previously had. TBH, i find 18-55 like a toddler's toys, so light, so plastic. I expect 10-18 to be same. But was surprise,
EFS 10-18mm was just nice. and sharp for my taste and for the price.

Until now I still don't know how to increase contrast.. and if Its possible to crop.
I will learn that next.

Regarding Audio,
I never adjust any setting in camera, also use built in mic. Quality is so so, but should be ok since
most of the time, audio is from music add on.
Its good to know how much quality of audio is improve if I use external mic.

Thanks all. If you got advise, comments are always welcome.
Sorry for my grammar, as I type fast here at work. And was just want to quick share my first professional video.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 05, 2014, 04:01:23 AM »
Thanks regarding mic input.

Should I worry regarding mic getting loose on its jack, making the shoot go worst that not having an external mic at all.

Honestly this is the thing that I worry the most.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:13:30 AM »
and to aquire his skills ;)

The only thing that differentiates Art Morris from a million other photographers is opportunity - he has access (by his own admission) yo lots of tame birds, and the time to exploit them.


I'm sorry, but it's more than simply opportunity. Art has decades of experience and insight that far fewer than "millions" of other photographers have. If you actually read his blog on a regular basis, and read his books, you realize the depth of his experience. If I had all of Arties opportunities, I'm certain I would get better photos...however getting excellent photos every single time is another story. There are subtleties within subtleties within subtleties about bird photography that you learn when Art starts critiquing your work (which is something I do, over on BPN.) You start learning how nuanced getting every single aspect of a bird photo, from lighting and composition down to head angle and eye pointing and everything else.


I'm a decent photographer, and one of those "millions" of other photographers out there who don't very often have the opportunities that Art has. I know for a fact, though that even if I had them, I'd be missing a LOT of the subtleties.

+1, he has great compositions and looks to his shots even though many are a little on the high key side to my taste.  Reading his comments just from the 7D2 posts on his crop and composition choices shows just how much he considers when taking photos.


Yeah, there is a depth of consideration, for sure. The amazing thing is he seems to consider all those things in seconds or less. He also knows how to rebase his exposure every time he moves the lens or the light changes...and his techniques for doing so are amazing, but remembering to do all those things myself, every time I press the shutter button, is not easy. I still forget to rebase my exposure when pointing from one subject to another, where the lighting has likely changed. That sometimes results in hot or blown highlights that are difficult to recover with good detail. There are thousands of little things, nuances, that you have to think about and get correct, all in the timespan of a bird indicating they are going to do something interesting, pointing the lens, basing then adjusting exposure, and actually taking the shot at the right time such that you get everything right. I cannot think about all those small factors and nail it every time. I don't exactly have a lot of throwaways...however I rarely if ever get a photo I could call "Morris-level quality"...VERY rarely.

I have the same issues you do.  Half the time I am just happy to get a recognizable shot. :-[

Happy to hear, that photography still about skills. I wonder lately, if just anyone can get the exposure right every time (with regards to covering an event). If yes, I may just forget doing part time taking photo.

I was scolding myself, when I shoot group photos and I forgot to increase aperture value, or my ISO was more than enough, since I want to nail ETTR. Or forgot to increase shutter speed, when its dancing time. Jeez this is basic..

But good the focus still there.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:01:45 AM »
The person holding it.
And making money with it.

+1

The photographer.

But I want to argue that, the professional you refer here is the whole system not the camera only..

For me professional camera means, reliable in terms of photo taking.. not necessarily complete or high features.
and Should accept 2 memory cards.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:47:57 AM »
I want to add one more important thing. Thanks to PBD, I now got an answer to my own question.

Having 6D and 70D. I just couldn't understand why the images in 70D  is no good in any situation, IQ wise..

IT IS BECAUSE, my framing style did not change!!! Using 6D or 70D, my framing style is the same..

Thus FF always gives best quality since bigger pixel.

Thanks thanks for this enlightenment. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:31:42 AM »
One advantage of crop is that after buying the camera body you will have more money left over to but an excellent lens. The higher quality lens will have more effect on the quality of the image then the camera  :P

True.. But after getting the quality lens, you try quality lens on a FF. IQ just rise, like a one-up, or Mario eating mushroom.

You can buy full frame, and a cheap prime lens...
Thats what I did, when I got the 6D and 28mm 1.8.

But (again). IQ put aside. You lose number of AF point if you get a full frame (referring to 6D vs crop). Which you may need to consider.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade Path Advice...
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:21:31 PM »
just my 2c.

I got my 6D almost 2 years ago. And I recently got 70D as second body.
6D center AF point got horizontal and vertical phase detection, outer AF point mostly horizontal only.
70D has 19 points in total, all cross type, can do zone AF (means a group of collected pixel can be selected to do AF). Both camera got AF micro adjustment (reason I replace 700d with 70D).

I did a quick test of AF of 70D vs center point of 6D. Both are good.
On 6D, you must apply technique to find good target to focus in return you get amazing low light photos.
On 70D, you can just use zone AF, less worry on focusing than 6D.
But then the view finder. 6D viewfinder is very bright.
Image quality, I tested indoor at night, with fluorescent light. 6D just amazing with no noise. even in 25600 IS0, when doing etter. 6D still amazing.

70D got touch screen, which I think I don't need. It does not have proximity sensor unlike 700D. When I put my face. screen still on.

Sorry for my English, and my quick typing.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: October 07, 2014, 05:32:10 AM »
Thanks guys.

From reading, I will go towards these direction:
    . Research and study about Adobe Premiere
    . Use external mic with recorder: I only found this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/966010-REG/shure_vp83f_condenser_shotgun_mic.html - Shure VP83F. Is there any cheaper alternative than this.

    . I think camera slide and crane does not suit.. I need to do some testing, if glide really is needed in contrast to hand held only..

what do you think guys? Do I really need glide?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 01, 2014, 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: October 01, 2014, 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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