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Technical Support / Re: maybe a stupid question - noise and human eyes
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:58:49 PM »
but can someone explain why we don´t see noise?

Ever noticed the reduced saturation of colors when looking in the dark?
Those two image sensors in your head have different types of pixels, some good for color, some good for low light.

It's not like "hey, our sensor has a lot of noise" but instead "hey, our sensor goes monochrome above ISO 6400*, because the color pixels stop working"
Quite a leica-esque feature if you ask me.  :P

*not your actual ISO rating

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Strangest Tripod Substitute ?....
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:09:47 AM »
A brick.
"Who needs a real tripod?".
My question was answered by the camera hitting the concrete floor the moment I finished asking  :-X

A drunk human.
Pro tip: if they are so drunk that they are not able to push the button, set the camera to self timer, stick it into their hands and roughly point them at the group you want to be a part of yourself.

Trust me, nobody blinks as all the subjects are anticipating the moment the camera falls.
But it didn't! And I got a nice group shot including myself.

...after only 2 trials  ;D

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Is my Mountain shot HDR or not?
« on: September 03, 2014, 05:48:08 AM »
HDR is a relative term depending on your camera.

You achieved that with one shot.
Some other camera might need multiple exposures to get the same thing.

The question is how much dynamic range can your camera capture?
How much dynamic range is required to capture the scene? From darkest shadows to brightest highlights.

The important question is if you like the image or not.
Often times I see pictures employing some kind of HDR-esque techniques to be put in their own category, as if the only point of taking those pictures was to apply those techniques to them.

If you had to put your photos into categories, would you do so by having a category for each used focal length?
Or tag each image with the photoshop tools you used?
Or would you rather sort them by content instead?

Is your mountain HDR or not?
Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn.
It's a nice looking image. That's important.

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 07:55:55 PM »
great images, quite the evidence one should spend more time outside

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:04:19 PM »
Could somebody please explain to me what this is?

Lens electronic MF

Does this mean I can rotate a dial on the body to do manual focusing?
What would that be useful for?

Overall this seems less exciting than the previous rumors.

If the protector is glued onto the screen, and got that bump then the screen got the same bump.
But the protector is just a piece of thin plastic, so it got severely deformed.
Would the display look the same without the protector?

Somebody with several displays should compare the display alone and with a protector under a controlled bump.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A77II
« on: August 10, 2014, 07:57:09 PM »
I'm not sure what I should take out of this video or if I understand it.

In the first half it shows the possibility to automatically change active focusing points according to the movement of the subject.
That's sound interesting indeed.

The second half seems to have the goal of convincing me that any other AF technique is useless in this situation.
The argument is that the focus point fails to "catch" the subject.
However, I don't see him pointing that focus point at a subject.
It's moving around the field and it doesn't come to me as a surprise that it doesn't focus at anything particular if you don't point it at anything particular.

Furthermore, the first demonstration of the tracking AF point is initiated by focusing with exactly that same AF point.
So all the arguments he rises in the video against a single AF point still hold true against the tracking AF, as it needs an initial "catch" to get started.
If the red player was slightly out of the AF point when he half-pressed to focus, it would have locked onto the background as it did later in the video. The tracking AF point would be of no use in this situation as it's purpose is to keep something in focus, not get it there in the first place.

That's at least my impression. Please somebody explain this to me.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:59:43 PM »
Since no one else has said it...  "This one goes to eleven."

I can totally see that being the final sentence in the meeting room the lead to the decision to build this lens.  8)  ;D

I wonder why it goes to f2.8 though.
There should be a lot in focus for these focal lengths, so is it just to get extra light?
I have the feeling this would be a good choice for landscape photographers, but what do they want with f2.8?
Wouldn't they rather have IS and f4 to enable better hand held shooting?
Or just f4 without IS to make the lens lighter?

Post Processing / Re: Merging Multiple Exposures
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:46:30 AM »
Generally I shoot five exposures that I feel I might need but usually end up needing only four after post processing.  Starting with the brightest exposure as the background, I'll post process the next darkest exposure and paste it in the layer above, repeat until all images are in separate layers in one PS file.  I'll work through each layer using masking, dodge, burn and opacity effects. Photoshop CC added a "Camera Raw Filter" which is a huge help for lifting shadows and adjusting color temps after you've converted out of RAW.

It sounds like you are adding each exposure/layer individually.
You can open multiple raw files as layers in Photoshop. (select them all, then "open as layers" or something similar)
It should open ACR to process them (all at once).
If I remember correctly, since some version you should be able to make the ACR adjustments "smart" (@somebody who actually has PS: please elaborate on that) so that you can adjust them later.

Maybe this saves you some time.  :)

However, I'm also all in on the 32bit HDR workflow.
I feel like it's what HDR is supposed to be: a way to extend the dynamic range of your images, nothing more, nothing less.

There was a great thread with plenty of information on HDR software a while back:

As your original workflow involves going through each layer there's another way to shoot architecture, but this time each exposure varies by using flash:

I never tried that before, but the house you photographed in your first post looks kind of fancy, so this might be worth considering.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 - Jumped yet?
« on: August 06, 2014, 01:44:21 AM »
I'm happy with lightroom 5.

I recently thought about phase one's capture one, but did not buy it in the end as I did not find the time to compare both converters or establish a workflow to use both.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:04:46 PM »
Another note on using the macro as a portrait lens.
I use my 100mm in none-macro situations and what always fascinates me is the very little movement the focus ring does.
There's barely any movement of the focusing ring from 3m to infinity.
That's cool with AF, because less movement means quick focus, but I doubt that I could focus this thing manually in this setup.

I assume that the mechanics of the Zeiss are different to allow more precise manual focusing.

This review is very positive about the Voigtländer, which is about half the price of the Zeiss!

The article says the voigtländer is more expensive.
The important thing about this lens is that it's very rare and that makes it expensive.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 12:14:08 PM »
As this is a thread looking for a 100mm-ish macro lens, I'd like to mention the Apo Lanthar 125mm from Voigtländer.

I don't own one.
People are saying it's a very nice lens and a pretty rare one, too.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:19:33 AM »
it also gives me one stop of light more than the Canon.

While this is true, it will also reduce the amount of things being in focus.
I often found that with 100mm macro set to 2.8 (on a crop body) there wasn't enough in focus, so I ended up closing the aperture.

If you need AF or not depends on what you want to shoot.
I often use the macro lens to chase insects on stones or the ground without a tripod and am not normally doing much "static" work with it.
Auto focus helps a lot with this.

If you need more light, maybe a (macro) flash is the right tool for you?

I am using the non L 100mm macro btw. I'm sure IS can be beneficial as well.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 02, 2014, 05:56:26 PM »

Here's a video that illustrates a possible workflow:


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