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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:45:31 AM »
I think it is more about a souvenir than a photo.
It is like my friend, whenever he visited a place or a country he has to go to the toilet in order to leave something of his behind as a proof that he was there. Everybody is different. Silly in your eyes, good stuff in his.

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo killed my batteries - warranty case?
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:18:43 AM »
Rechargeable NiMH, NiCad or Li batteries seem to have an utter dislike to be fully discharged.  I have various chemistries of these cells and if I leave them discharged and uncharged for a couple of months, they will totally fail.
Case in point, I have a "yellow brand" portable electrical drill and the battery was fully discharged and I took it out and left it uncharged for a couple of months because I have a second battery I can use.  Now, I can't charge that battery again.  Other NiCad batteries I used for model cars are the same.
It seems that there is a small discharge of battery power while in circuit, whether the device is turned on or off.  This is what would fully discharge your battery.  That the cells out when you're not using the device.  It is also the best way to protect any battery (primary or rechargeable) operated equipment.  Sometimes, the batteries leak and the chemicals will corrode the contacts in the equipment, and damage the instrument if the leak is severe.
Can you imagine what the landfills look like when we throw the dead cells away?  Hope they're properly recycled.
Hope your YN still works.
Good to know, will charge all my batteries tonight. Haven't used some of them for a while.

EOS Bodies / Re: canon
« on: October 18, 2014, 04:52:35 AM »
tho my work
Hi Zeki,
What is your expectation with respect to this post? Do you want us to give a critique? If yes, a bigger photo or a link to a web with a bigger size would help.

EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 17, 2014, 04:33:37 PM »

The effective resolution on Canon prosumer camcorders in HD mode is around 800 lines. The consumer/prosumer DSLRs are considerably lower than that, and that is true for all Canon consumer models up to the 70D. I don't know specifically what the effective resolution in professional level cameras such as the 1DX is, it might be higher for those. The output from the 7D2 does not look to different from that from the 70D, both are unduly soft compared to competitor cameras.
Sounds good, thanks for the clarification.
I will rent one before buying if decide to go for it. My little nice wants one but I am hesitating as I haven't done much video on a crop sensor. She would use it in Africa so mainly day light.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT now available for $186
« on: October 17, 2014, 04:28:41 PM »
If the YN's work 95% as well for ~1/3rd the price, well, I'll take a misfire here and there.

My Yn transmitter's performany is way below 95%, but of course ymmv. The question is if there are is "just" less qc and you might end up with a dud easily replaced by Yn's agile customer service, or if there are systematic problems.  For example with the transmitter, the af assist is a bad joke as they moved the points so far apart from each other you have to wiggle the transmitter in the hotshoe around to catch one with one of the (6d's) af points.
My YN don't cause me that much trouble. I noticed that they require fresh batteries, and whenever I have a misfire - I change the batteries and we are good to go again. I heard some people buying before me to having a lot more troubles. Not sure if they fixed something or just I had good units.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Yongnuo YN600EX-RT now available for $186
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:52:11 PM »
I was extremely excited when the YN-E3-RT was released at a whopping $140, and the YN600EX-RT was announced.

Now seeing it available for $186 blows my mind. I was expecting it to be ~$250. Was anyone else looking forward to this flash?

Based off the reviews the YN-E3-RT (ST-E3-RT clone) which has even better features such AF Assist Beam, I think the YN600EX-RT could be a really interesting contender again the Canon OEM version.

Yes, I am excited about it. I will wait until bunch of reviews are available on the net though.

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:50:18 PM »
Thanks everyone for the advice, technique and equipment!  After the gala I'll post some pics!
One last tip.  If this is a multiple day event, take the time to review your photos on your computer after each shot.  I learn a lot about what worked and what didn't when I review my photos and often alter my strategy for the next day's shoot.

Have fun.  I hope that you find it as rewarding as I do!!
Great tip!
I review all my photos from previous years before I go on any annual event. One of the reasons why I don't delete any of my files.

EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:48:07 PM »
For what it is worth, the resolution on that clip is not that great, so the 7D2 is going to have the same fuzziness that other Canon cameras have.
If I understand, you are referring to all Canon cameras, right? Or if just some, please provide example. I just want to know.
I don't have good eyes in recognizing fuzziness.
I like my 1DX, so if it is as fuzzy as 1DX it will be a great camera for me. But I do understand, it is not for you.

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 17, 2014, 12:39:22 PM »
Thanks everyone for the advice, technique and equipment!  After the gala I'll post some pics!
That would be nice!
We all can learn through your experience.
If you are not shy, post some of the failures as well so we can discuss.
Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:39:51 AM »
These are lenses for different purposes. The more you advance in photography, the more you realize that you may or may not need all of them (except the 200 f2.8).
I owned the 70-200 f2.8 and sold it because people's expectation was too high for my level. Bought the other 3 and now I realize that I will have to buy it back and I will keep all 4.

The 70-200 is a general purpose lens. Zoom is its biggest advantage. You will find your self restricted in one place and you will need that zoom. When you have space you may want to zoom in and out without changing lenses (dusty environment, zooming during video recording). It ha the 70mm focal length and at 200mm it better than the prime. Finally, if you are shooting moving subjects you definitely wants the ability to zoom in and out, especially if you don't like spending time cropping.

The other lenses are for different tasks.
100mm F2.8 is irreplaceable, no other lens can replace it. It is a macro (MFD is important if you want to shoot someone's eye or make up). The stabilization is the best if you want handheld video.

135mm is an f2. One stop of light better and once you are familiar in using prime you will love this lens. The biggest disadvantage is actually the biggest advantage of the 70-200 - ZOOM. This is meant to be used in low light. For portrait: this is the right focal length for me. 200mm is good but you will have to scream to your model especially when shooting full body.

Finally 200mm f2.8 seems to be the least important, however it is black and lightweight. The 70-200 cannot beat it in those domain. If you are a 200mm shooter that is the right lens for you.

So, my suggestion is, if you are beginner to medium to photography go with 70-200.
Once you specialize then by the any of the other three.

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 16, 2014, 02:22:05 AM »
You're screwed.  But give it the best you got.

Actually, it is not that bad.
In fact, I wish you were here in Montreal, I would like an opportunity like this.
But I am with a 1DX.

To begin with, as someone earlier stated, if you know well the person who asked you to do the job, set his expecation and say that the images will be noisy. That will take a lot of presure off your shoulder.

I see 4 opportunities and you can use all 4 of them interchangably.
1 - when they don't move; you can go as low as 1/100th
2 - when the boy is skating (I dont' know the terminology so I would call it sliding); follow his movement by panning with the same speed and then shoot. Take the time to match the speed of your panning with his sliding then; a- when the girl is coming up or down without rotation: those can be shot with a low shutter speed as well because you pan with him (1/100th), b- when the girl is spinning: you can use whether 1/200-300th and show some blurr to show the movement (rember: he is in sharp focus because you pan with him) or higher shutter speed and freeze her (these are the ones with remarkable noise).
3 - Pan with 1/30th (or 50th at most). You will have low keeper but these are my favourites.
4 - totally freeze.

It is totally ok to have some photos with noise. Don't wory too much about it. But when you have the chance provide something without noise as well (that would be option 1 and 3 - see what DCM said). They will take the customer's worry away.

I am not sure how advanced your sport photography skill but it should be ok.
I can't guess from the video if the ISO should be 1600 or 3200 (rarely 6400) and as FTb-n said check his post, I saw some very good examples and suggestion in there.
If you are not familiar with prime, go with the 70-200 and rent a 5D mk iii or if you are ok go with the 135 f2 (but it will be a bit short often and croping will emphasize more the noise). You should crop only to corret your angles.

Good luck but most of all have fun!
You should be ok.


Bob Krist's accomplishments and talent aside, this thread has examples of  a kind of pseudo-logic I always find interesting - the idea that only those who are themselves highly capable are entitled to have "an opinion" about anyone else's performance.

Do you have an opinion about the president of the U.S.? (Have you ever been a successful president of the U.S.?)

Do you have an opinion about Rap music? (Are you a recognized rap musician?)

Do you like/dislike some paintings in a museum? (Are you an accomplished painter?)

Do you have an opinion about pants hanging off a**es with undershorts filling the waist-leg gap? (Are you acclaimed as a fashion critic?)

What do you think of breast-feeding in public? ( Oh, wait, have you ever been a mother with a child to nurse?)

Do you think some pro quarterbacks are very good, and some less-so? ( Answer only if you are one of the good ones. )

...ad infinitum ( or nauseam )  :P
I don't know if you are right or wrong but I like the way you present your idea - examples are clear and powerful
thanks for sharing.

Agree, protectionism is used by many. Here in Quebec we have a lot of "order of ..." and only members of these orders can practice some specific professions. My friend was an expert in AIDS from France, finished 2 year-specialization at one of the best universities in Montreal and still cannot practice, had to become a member.

My opinion; photo is a photo, whether the light lighting ratio is perfect 4:1 or anything else. People like it, it is a good photo.
Quality depends on the viewer and not his degree of success-fulness in photography.
Real photographers will do everything to protect their territory - they are the pro.

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:42:48 PM »

This link includes exhibition galleries.  Those after April 2013 were shot with the 5D3.  Sorry, don't have the 2013 or 2014 show photos posted here.  But, the 2012 show photos are.

Here is a gallery of shots from the 2012 show shot with the 7D.  Shutter speed range was typically 1/250-1/640 with ISO 1600-3200 -- maybe half at 1600 and half at 3200.


Hope this helps.
That is a very good reference. Both the theory and samples should be helpful.
Thanks for sharing.

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:18:11 PM »
I think everything to be said is already said as far as freezing the actions go.
I am not sure what a gala is.
If it has a part where they move fast on ice, you could try some panning as well. 1/30th would suffice and F2.8 or 2 would be enough. And if you have a good monopod you could go as low as 1/15th. I would try some bikes outside to get used to it first.
You can not rely on it entirely to tell the story though, but if works well could deliver some good result on top of the static shots.

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