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Reviews / Scott Kelby's Promo Videos
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:48:44 AM »
Today on his blog (, Scott released two short videos promoting and giving an overview of the 7DII and the G7X. Obviously they are sponsored and encouraged by Canon and meant to be used almost like an advertisement, but they're interesting videos nonetheless.


7D Mark II:

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:40:47 AM »
wow. I was gonna buy the 70D, but I might drop $700 more and get  this....... the price for what you get is ridiculous. Kind of surprising actually considering that this is Canon we're talking about.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Friday Deals: Canon EOS 70D at Adorama
« on: September 12, 2014, 06:46:43 PM »
almost seems too good to be true

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: July 06, 2014, 07:10:40 PM »
Here's a few I took today at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, nothing too serious, just trying the lens out.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF-S 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 29, 2014, 03:44:40 PM »
Just ordered mine

Lenses / Re: 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 22, 2014, 07:35:18 PM »
So nice to spend someone else's money.

 ;D exactly. I'm upgrading to the 70D because that's what's in by budget. But after reading everybody's passive/aggressive posts, I think that the 10-18 or 11-16 is the best route at the moment.

Thanks for the input everybody!

Lenses / Re: 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:54:35 PM »
I've thought about the 10-18, but I'd like to start investing in full-frame compatible L lenses

Lenses / 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:44:55 PM »
In a few months I'll be upgrading from my rebel camera to a 70D. At the same time, I'd like to invest in some nicer glass. I would like to start off by purchasing a wide angle lens, which would mainly be used for landscapes. I've done a bit of research, but I'm still a little unsure whether I should  go for the 17-40 or the new 16-35. Quite frankly, I don't see whether there is a significant difference

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:54:06 AM »
Photographers ARE the public. Holding a camera does not set one apart from the mass of humanity

Sorry, bad word choice on my part. What I meant by public is the people that don't go to the dog park with very expensive, "professional" equipment. I agree that holding a camera doesn't set us apart from humanity completely, but by going into public with a big white and making pictures of things near people, you are certainly in a way different from those around you, and representing the rest of our kind, per say. Photography is an art with a community, is it not?

For example, the Hobby Lobby near my house has pretty poor customer service. I consistently have bad experiences there. Now, if I were to go to a different location, I might expect the employees there to be rude. I would expect that because I automatically, if unconsciously, associate Hobby Lobby employees with bad customer service all because of my bad experience at one location. It's neither good nor fair to the employees, but It takes several good experiences with a few members of a group to erase a single bad experience.

As to your crucifix comment: same deal. Just because it's not fair to judge an individual and apply it to the group does not mean it doesn't happen.

Me...I shoot in JPEG. Do you have to shoot RAW?

Ditto. JPEG works best for my purposes.

Not everyone uses raw..........................

Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:15:05 PM »
While jdramirez brings up some good points, there are a couple of things he mentions that I think could potentially cause problems. I would think that the method of grace and kindness should be the first one used, rather than starting off by being hostile or confrontational. I'm pretty sure that responding to criticism or hostility with such statements as "I have the right to do this," "F*ck off" or other self-righteous, pretentious phrases is a bad way to handle the situation."

 Meeting hostility with hostility will only escalate the confrontation, and by being on edge or immediately pissed off will only increase the suspicion of an already suspicious individual. I agree with the idea of not having to justify your actions or prove yourself, but I look at that as: you aren't required to prove yourself, but that doesn't mean that it's a bad idea to show someone that you aren't a pedophile or "spy."

Just be congenial and good natured, offer to show them your photos, hand them your business card, and try to appear as friendly and non suspicious as possible. doing that should put your average concerned parent at ease. If doing that doesn't work, chances are you're dealing with someone that has severe trust issues and won't be satisfied with a simple response. In that case, bringing out the serious face and legal lingo or offering to let the cops handle it would be necessary.

Just my opinion. But my philosophy is to always treat people with respect and maintain integrity, even when dealing with a "moron." Remember that one bad experience with a photographer could lead to that person mistrusting all photographers, further breeding mistrust and suspicion among the public.

My blog/ website:

First of all, let's not use big words as "suing". Nobody is gonna sue someone for a few pics and a couple hundreds dollars. Just the cost of hiring a good lawyer ($300/h) or a even a bad lawyer ($100/h) is not worth it. Let alone the hassle of going through a trial.
Best of the worst, a mediator would be hired to solve this issue.

Second, I believe this whole experience is perfect learning for you and for the "Pro" as well. Terms should have been agreed when you asked to join him(her) on the job.

If the bride is willing to pay for your pics, you should be compensated. Now, compensation does not mean money.

In my opinion, hurting the Pro's ego will hurt your career in the industry at least as much as getting money on his(her) back. You might get a sense of that out of the tough responses of some forum members, who I assume must be wedding photographers. Be careful with this.
If I were you I would contact the Pro and tell him(her) that you have been contacted by the Bride and that she really likes your pictures (do not mention that she "prefers" your picture). Let the Pro tell you want he(she) sees the situation and the proper manner to deal with it. If he(she) has no idea, the best is for you to propose to give the Pro your photographs and let him decide if he wants to give you a few hundred bucks. 40 pics is quite a fair amount, and if it is true that you are bound by ethics, so is he(she).

If you don't get any money from the Pro, you already got experience and, most importantly, you can be sure this Pro will not "burn" you in the profession. You also should inform the Bride that you gave your photographs to the Pro for free "because it was the right things to do." She might feel bad and give you a few hundred bucks. She might not. But in any case feel free to promote yourself and let her know that she can talk about you in her entourage in order for you to get a paid job in the near future (assuming you register yourself as a wedding photographer, insurance and all good stuff).

In the end, you have nothing to lose. You went for experience, you got it. In addition, you've got good exposure with the pro photographer and you showed your talent to a Bride who may recommend you to friends/family as future customers.
Do the right thing.

+1 this is the perfect way to handle this

Sports / Re: track and field photography
« on: February 04, 2014, 05:18:52 PM »
A few things I've learned from shooting Cross Country that might help you:

1) Use a small aperture (but not too small), such as f/2.8 or f/3.5. f/4 is good too. This separates the competitors front he background, which is really important, as meet backgrounds are often very bright, colorful, and distracting from your subjects. 

2) Prefocus on a specific spot. A tripod or monopod will help you with this. This is the best method to freezing action that I've found, as it guarantees sharp shots when the runners are in that zone.  Use your 1DX to focus on one spot on the track, and when the runners are roughly 5 feet away from that spot, start mashing the shutter button.

3) Use at least 1/2000th sec shutter speed. Self explanatory.

4) Put your camera in AI servo mode, it saves time on AF

5) I hope this goes without saying, but don't use the 5D III as your main body. I wouldn't use it at all for action if you can avoid it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:59:46 PM »
Nothing fancy, just a seagull up in Saugatuck, MI

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