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Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 24, 2015, 10:11:44 AM »
I am still fine, no symptoms at all
I find that very surprising, given how little gear you have in your signature line.

 ;D ;D ;D

Could totally fit a 600LII in there! He's slackin'

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Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 23, 2015, 08:14:22 PM »
I had a photoshoot on Saturday there. Shot approx 350 shots. Controlled situation / studio like conditions so there was more time to get it right in camera. So far I'm down to about 100 definite keepers. That's more than what I expected!

I reckon next weeks shoot outdoors will have a lower success rate!

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Shipping This Week in United States
« on: February 23, 2015, 07:40:10 PM »
any reason all the new canon lenses are F4 ?

Explain why you need f/2.8 at these focal lengths please. Please don't say "low light capability" because if you are using a lens like this indoors in professional use you will almost certainly be using a tripod. And upping the ISO nowadays by one stop isn't a big a deal as it used to be. The 6D works nicely even an ISO 6400. I don't even use that for stars in the middle of the night so unless you are shooting in a cave in complete darkness, handheld, with an older generation camera - the reason is pretty clear why f/4 is good enough.

If not - 14mm f/2.8 is your friend.

What experience do you have shooting events?  And though you may be satisfied with ISO 6400 images, there is no arguing that lower ISO looks significantly better.  I'd rather have a non-IS 2.8 for shooting typical indoor and under-tent events than 4.0 with IS.  People move!  Colors, bokeh, contrast, and, of course, sharpness all look better at lower ISO.

I would have bought a Canon version of 14-24mm f/2.8, but not this one at f/4.  I'm sure it will test/review just fine in terms of IQ for landscape and still-life,  but for people photography, f/2.8 is still the standard, especially for $3000!

This isn't the max aperture of choice for photojournalists, sports, or wedding photographers.

Enjoy it for what it is, but why berate those of us who do value 2.8?

I have shot weddings and events. I wouldn't use an 11mm lens (no one ever has because it hasn't existed before!) for weddings though. And if I needed f/2.8 or wider I would use a prime - that's what primes are for IMO.

There are a bunch of lenses out there that could do the job - Canon 14L, Ziess 15mm, Canon 16-35LII, Canon 24L, Samyang 14mm, Canon 24mm f2.8 IS to name a few.

The 11-24 is not meant to be a general purpose lens just like the 17mm TSE isn't a lens made for wedding photographers. My point is if Canon tried to satisfy everyone we would end up with a compromise at best and then no one would be happy. I don't want to see that.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Shipping This Week in United States
« on: February 23, 2015, 04:43:37 AM »
any reason all the new canon lenses are F4 ?

Explain why you need f/2.8 at these focal lengths please. Please don't say "low light capability" because if you are using a lens like this indoors in professional use you will almost certainly be using a tripod. And upping the ISO nowadays by one stop isn't a big a deal as it used to be. The 6D works nicely even an ISO 6400. I don't even use that for stars in the middle of the night so unless you are shooting in a cave in complete darkness, handheld, with an older generation camera - the reason is pretty clear why f/4 is good enough.

If not - 14mm f/2.8 is your friend.

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you wide-screen frame/crop?
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:54:10 AM »
I hadn't even thought about it until now. I always try and maintain the original proportions even after cropping just because I thought that is how it is meant to be and how we are used to looking at images. Plus it makes it a whole lot easier when trying to send to print.

Personally, I love the widescreen formats and will now keep them in mind when shooting!

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Some discussion here: http://forum.luminous-landscape.com/index.php?topic=76197.0

If your graphics can drive it, I wouldn't even think about anything less than 2560x1440 or 2560x1600.

The Dell Uxx14 PremierColor series monitors have generally received good reviews. The U3014 has had some firmware and card reader issues, but those seem to have been straightened out. I don't know if any of those monitors are available in your location or if they are within your budget.

My integrated graphics card can handle up to 1920x1200 through HDMI. Going higher will require a dedicated video card. Might as well gear up for 4K/5K if i'm to stretch my budget that much. Also 30" seems freaking huge for my working distance of half a meter, i would settle for anything between 24" and 27".

This. Calibrate your monitor.

Also quirky thought of the day. While we sit and view our lovely images on nicely calibrated wide gamut monitors most people who will be viewing your pictures will likely be doing so on iPhones and other (probably) non-calibrated screens. So, what do you make the image look good for? You or your viewers??

Yes, i've put thought into this as well. Most of my pictures would be shared online, but i would like to be able to print those i care the most for. Then there's another question: printer calibration. I don't plan to buy a printer, any eventual printing services will be carried out by a specialized provider. How do you know how and if their printers are calibrated properly?

You don't. You just test print until you get something that closely resembles what you want!  :P

But seriously - you can talk to the lab and ask them how to go about it and what settings you should use etc. they might provide you with an ICC profile for your monitor.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:07:07 AM »
This is quite interesting - how do you guys use the export to catalog function? I tried making catalogs for various shoots but now I'm back to just one big daddy catalog. When it gets too big I export a chunk off. I have a 2010 - 2012 Catalog for example.

I mainly use collections and collection sets to organize everything and leave folders the heck alone. Still not using keywords properly though. I'm not really a keyword kinda person. I find it laborious. Plus I always forget what I labelled an image as!!

My collections are labelled by basically just the types of stuff I shoot. And I have one collection for portfolio.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 20, 2015, 10:55:52 AM »
Thereby creating multiple catalogs can make little sense unless you have a very good reason to do so - it can make sense for example to have a "personal" one, and a "professional" one if you want to keep  really separated say, your family shots from those you make for your customers - maybe you don't want to show your personal shots to a customer by mistake.

I find performance takes a major hit as catalog size increases, even if it deletes rendered previews on a scheduled basis. Therefore I don't work in my master catalog. I create a new dedicated catalog for each individual shoot or day, depending on the situation. Once I've completed my culling/processing/exporting, I open my master catalog and import the new one to it. This way I rarely have more than a thousand photos within a working catalog.

That's great .... until you try and gather images from different shoots into one space like say for example you want to find your best wedding shots to showcase to a client. Now you have to hunt around various catalogs and then re-import them all into one master one to create a central portfolio that you can edit.

Yup. Know that from experience.

4000+ images now in one catalog and no slow down. I read that it's a combo of things that slow down LR including how many of your images have been edited and how many local edits such as the adjustment brush you have applied. Liberal use of the brush slows down my laptop which is my biggest annoyance. Other than that it seems to handle several thousand images in the library fairly well.

Edit - sorry I read your post wrong and see that you first do the culling then export then re-import leaving you with just the goodies but even then I think you can eliminate a step here by simply importing all, culling and then you're done.

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Color accuracy is more of a function of proper calibration.  IPS panels do not fade when you view the image from a angle, I do not see it as making a huge difference as long as you view straight on.

First, get a good hardware calibrator, second, make sure your room lighting is proper.  The calibrator will allow you to calibrate screen brightness as well as colors.  You will likely see more difference after calibrating than spending $$$ on a new monitor that is not calibrated.

So plan on a calibrator in any event.

This. Calibrate your monitor.

Also quirky thought of the day. While we sit and view our lovely images on nicely calibrated wide gamut monitors most people who will be viewing your pictures will likely be doing so on iPhones and other (probably) non-calibrated screens. So, what do you make the image look good for? You or your viewers??

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:34:55 AM »
So I take it that LR6 will not support the use of LUTs?
(What options are available if one would like a raw-editor that support 3D-LUTs? I know Rawtherapee has an option, but I couldn't get it to work too well when I tested it)


And a side-note, since this thread is already full of talk about the subscription model; aren't those of you, who favor the monthly subscription model, afraid that adobe will slow down development, since they know you're paying the same amount each month regardless of how often they update the software? Adobe isn't really pushed to make the 'next' version far superior than the 'current', when they know you're already steady customers, are they? Isn't that a real risk? (Lazy development)

I've only had the subscription pack since late November and so far it's been pretty good. Now I get version 6 in a few weeks. Awesome. I assume they'll do lots of little updates to it before 7 so the answer is no I don't really care how long they take for the next big update. I hope they take their time and get it right rather than realeasing garbage every two weeks (reminds me of apples recent iOS updates).

I'm more concerned they'll put the price up than the frequency of updates.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:20:45 AM »
I don't own a Canon 135mm L for one reason - no IS. The Sigma 135mm Art will certainly have IS, as will their 85mm.

Please can we stop the 24-70mm f/2 nonsense. It was based on a photoshopped image.

I use my 135L for indoor sports... around 1/400 of a second give or take.  Usually around that speed... you don't need IS... or at least is becomes less important.  This is versus shooting at f/2.8 and the same iso speed, where I would shoot at 1/200 of a second... so that extra stop can make all the difference.

Yeah exactly if you need IS you might as well be using any other tele  lens as it's a static subject and you can use whatever shutter speed. Maybe Chapman is not shooting pics of people? The 135L is a great lens for people. Of course I'd still take IS in the lens to make it more useable but it's not really made for that.

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Canon General / Re: Lost half of my Canon DSLR
« on: February 18, 2015, 07:16:02 PM »
Sorry to hear that Dylan. Hope the cops find the guy and you get your gear back. Take care.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens Next? [CR2]
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:17:50 PM »
The tammy 24-70 VC was so good I haven't found a need for another 24-70. My only complaint would be the build quality isn't as reassuring as a sigma A lens. If sigma can get past the AF issues, Make a 24-70 more soild than the tammy for the same price, It will sell really well.

Every one is clamoring for 85mm's! The Bower 85mm, the zeiss 85mm otus and planar versions, the new 85mm 1.8G from nikkor... The 135mm Focal length needs some attention and has a need for IS. I'd love nothing more than sigma to make it with IS and/or F/1.8 if possible.

+1. Exactly what I think. I could totally go a Sigma 24-70 2.8 OS for under a grand. An f/2 version would be at least double that or more, no thanks. The Tammy version looks interesting but I'd rather have Sigma A build quality and sexy looks! (it matters to me!)

Bring on the 85 and 135. I've been thinking about the current Sigma 85 for a while but it's pricey. Rather pay a bit more for the Art version. That has to be the most wanted Sigma lens right now.

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Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 17, 2015, 02:47:38 AM »
+1 privatebydesign, mb66energy, Zv - and possibly others!

Since I pretty much keep everything (disk space is cheap, though backups can be painful), that definition of "keeper rate" is not very useful? Then there is "technically ok" but could still be flawed in many other ways.

My best go on 500px, with some extras at Flickr. I have 140 photos at the former, from 10s of thousands of original shots still on disk. What's the "keeper" here?

At the moment I switched from storing nearly everything on the disk to the following procedure:
  10   create a new directory on the external disk named DIGI_ROLLS like   YYYY-MM-DD_some-description
  20   copying files from a camera to an external disk
  30   batch renaming these files to insert a unique ID from IMG_1234.cr2 to IMG_EOSM_001234.cr2
  40   if a second camera's files have to be transferred GOTO 10
  50   copy the directory to my PC
  60   check file numbers / directory size
  70   delete files on memory cards after checking roughly creation date, file count

The idea behind that procedure is the following:
  - it is now easier for me to make an "image file deletion" party - everything is on disk.
  - backup is much smaller
  - if the DIGI_ROLLS drive is full I can buy another one
  - if the DIGI_ROLLS drive fails in 2 months or 3 years and there was no need to use it to
    restore files I deletet accidentally ... so what ?

Know I need time for photography and the right light ... waiting for spring.

Don't wait, just get out there and shoot. I fell into the "I'll wait ...." trap and I ended up shooting nothing for months. Better to just get out and practice. Even if you get junk you'll have learned something.

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Photography Technique / Re: What is your keeper rate?
« on: February 16, 2015, 11:16:20 AM »
Out of a current 60,000 images on the laptop I have half a dozen that are 'the best', so 1 in 10,000.
You've been shooting longer than most of use (or at least me), so personally I consider my best work to be more of a best so far - I'm still working to take a truly spectacular photo :)


Well part of my problem is that I am incredibly self critical, which is one of the reasons I am not overly successful, I have a tendency to tell the clients the bad bits, and it gives me this confrontational reputation here! I have to consciously point out the good rather than be overwhelmed by the bad. I was even trained in positive reinforcement training techniques, but come on, if it is crap it is crap  ;D

But aside from that, my feeling for the images changes over time, much like somebody said on the birding composition thread.

Here is an image I know I like, I don't now why and I come back to it regularly and re edit it. Many would think it is a throwaway, and I can see why, but i don't, something in it just keeps drawing me back. Composition wise it does break many 'rules', in fact the only one I can find it really follows is the most basic horizon at 1/3-2/3. I have several versions with and without dog etc but this one is the one I like.

But yes, I agree with you, however long or prolifically you might shoot, my best is only my best so far  :)

Can I just say that I quite like this image for its randomness. You're right there is something about it. The dog makes me smile! It's like it was sitting on the chair and just suddenly decided to walk away.

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