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Canon General / Re: Should I get into this industry?
« on: August 17, 2013, 10:53:15 PM »
I agree with risc32.  I'm sorry about your job but you're good at it and people have a need for experienced graphic designer.  Open your door to smaller shops, maybe they don't pay a 1D salary but that's OK.  They need your help and you've got experience coming out your ears by the sounds of it.

That said, I played with the idea of going full time on wedding photography.  Been shooting for myself for years.... 
I did a few "on the cheap" weddings to get my feet wet and it went very well.  The clients loved it!  I LOVED IT!!! I found a few "full price" gigs and like a proper self-employeed dude I tracked my time closely.  Meetings with the client, setup time, shooting time, processing and organizing time, delivery and exit meetings... I found I could make more / hour packing groceries.  Sorry to say it but unless you're a big shot in the wedding biz, it's been watered down so much it's really had to produce quality work at the going rate.

Landscapes too are my passion, it's what I shoot 70% of the time.  iStock and Corbis have your shot and they pay pennies. 

Do your hobbie because you love it, do what people will pay good money for as a job.  I'm just back from a hike in the mountains and have about 50 shots to go though, all for free, because that's what I love to do on a Saturday.  Monday, it's back to the grind.... to pay for more lens's.
:  )

Keep hunting and keep shooting.

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:53:00 PM »
DNS325 which I use all the time to store files on-line.  I don't edit from there as it's too slow (access speeds generally around 20Mb/s).

Once a month I take out a 3Tb external I got cheap ($120) and copy the entire contents of the DNS325 + working files on my PC's C:\ drive.


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Tough choices!!  I know because there's two PC's sitting under my desk right now, one is brand new.

I had (and you can check the specs' and age) a Dell Optiplex 960 w/12Gb of RAM.  It has built in RAID so I made use of that over several drives.  I also have a DNS 325 for storage.  Also an add-on basic dual video graphics card (nothing fancy).

For Photoshop CS5 this machine was perfect!!  I could apply any filter quickly and I've compiled many 90+ megapixel landscapes (those took a bit of crunching if i'm honest).  Otherwise, loved this setup ..... until....

Enter video editing.

The Optiplex 960 was horrid!  Basically useless for video editing.

I now have (2 weeks ago) a 6 core (12 thread) Intel chip w/Quadro K2000 and 24Gb of RAM.  I added in 3x 1Tb drives running RAID0 and they're actually MUCH faster then my 240Gb OCZ SSD running the OS.
[ FYI: SSD read speed: 230Mb/s.... my RAID0 is about 450Mb/s ]

I haven't used Photoshop on this yet but it loads in seconds!  Premiere is now usable and I'm now spending hours and hours learning how to edit.  Read: I'm now the bottle neck in getting video's done, not the PC.

In short, the requirements for PS are basically any modern PC w/8Gb+ of RAM.  Premiere is a whole other (expensive) setup.

Hope this helps.


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: July 05, 2013, 01:04:52 AM »
We go camping at Waterton Lake, Alberta every Canada day long weekend.  I so wanted to film a Hungrybear9562 but knew I'd never do it justice....


16-35 f2.8 @16mm f8

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I have two pair of  YN-622C's (I have 3 580 EX's).  I'm very sure you can't have a device acting as both a receiver and a sender at the same time, which is what it sounds like you're asking.

The first  YN-622C on camera is the master, it talks to your 580 EX which is a receiver.  This 580 EX can not be (at the same time) also be a master (sender) to control your 430 EX.

The only thing you could do what would come close is if you can set your 430 EX to fire when it sees the 580 EX fire using an $8 item like this: http://www.amazon.com/Seagull-SC-2-Flash-Adapter-Socket/dp/B00281Y6FO

I agree with unfocused, get another set (they come in pairs is my experience) and you'll be fine and be better off in the long run.

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I have an astro modified 40D that I also used for everyday photos until I picked up a 60D.  My plan for some time has been to get a 6D or 5D3, sell the 40D and get the 60D modified.  That was the plan, anyway.  What's actually happened is that I've picked up some lighting gear and am looking at a robust ballhead and lenses instead of another body.  The 40D still takes incredible astro shots and the 60D does everything else well.  No sense selling what ain't broke and still works for what I do.  Heck, I still have my old G2, maybe I'll get it modified for IR.  Still like to get that 6D or 5D3, though.

How are you using the 40D to take astro shots?  Was it modified?

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USA only.
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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: ND filters for video? Suggestions?
« on: April 15, 2013, 07:05:50 PM »
The variable ND filters can produce an X as you approach the max. darkness when using them for photos.

Here's a great review that should help:
Variable ND Filter Shootout - Polariod Genus Lightcraft Tiffen Singh-Ray Heliopan Small | Large


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I've got the 24-70 v.1 and I gotta say the 24-105 F4 is just as sharp or more so.  The extra 2 stops are not very often missed and the IS is AWESOME for video shooting.  If you're into landscape (as am I) we don't often shoot at 2.8.....

$0.02

EDIT:  You don't have the 16-35 F2.8?  This is the lens you want!! 

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Abstract / Re: fragmented fractal
« on: April 06, 2013, 02:41:49 PM »
No idea, but I like it !


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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 18, 2013, 10:33:25 PM »
Taken Saturday night in Washington

WOW!  What was your exposure time??

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Lenses / Re: Best lens for baby portraits?
« on: March 01, 2013, 12:16:47 AM »
Did anyone else read "Best Lens Baby portraits?"

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Big Sur and San Fran 5D3 Long Exposure
« on: February 16, 2013, 11:08:59 PM »
It should be evident, that my edit is the superior picture.  If nothing else,....

WOW! 
1st - We're in a Gallery -> Sample Images forum.  At no point did anyone ask for your $0.02.
2nd - One does not simply come in, tear apart another's copyrighted image w/o asking, re-post a badly photoshopped low rez version and stand on a box proclaiming to the entire forum ones clear superiority in every way.  How embarrassing this must be for you, had you been born with any shame.

At lease that's how we roll where I'm from. 
Maybe I'm just too Canadian.

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Reviews / Re: I'm amazed by my 5D Mark iii
« on: January 11, 2013, 12:22:28 AM »
Great shot!  Perfect focus!

How do you find the bokeh on the FF vs crop sensor?


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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Best Lenses for Video for Canon 5D Mark III?
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:23:07 PM »
If you're shooting hand held at all... you want IS.

DigitalRev Lens Image Stabilisation Video Test Small | Large



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