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Technical Support / Time Lapse Tools
« on: August 22, 2014, 11:29:29 PM »
There's a new ferry terminal being built outside my office and I thought it would be fun to make a timelapse movie of it.  I'm thinking of taking one photo per day - probably towards sunset. 

But, this will be my first longer term time lapse movie.  So I've got a query.  With sunset times varying each day, are there any easy programs which will help you calculate the exact time of day to take your photo so that (in theory at least) I'd have the same ambient lighting conditions every day?  Or am I overthinking this and should just use a light meter and wait for the right time or should I just take the photo at the same time each day?

Hi, I need to package a slide show in .exe format.  Does anyone have a suggestion for software to use?  A quick search brings up ProShow Gold and Picturestoexe.  Any recommendations?  Is there anything else to consider?

Photography Technique / Photographing Ghosts / UV Photography?
« on: August 01, 2014, 07:09:09 AM »
When you photograph ghosts, do you use the infrared spectrum or UV?  I'm just about to send a camera out for an IR conversion, and am just trying to decide if there is any benefit to a full spectrum conversion compared with a two spectrum conversion.  Apart from potential ghost hunting, seeing how clean your hotel sheets are, checking if your kids have sunscreen on and making sure you haven't been passed some forged banknotes is there any other benefit to a UV conversion?  What type of photographs do you take?  And if you use the UV spectrum, what type of filter do you recommend?

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Pixma Pro 100 vs Pro 10 vs Pro 1
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:58:09 PM »
Apart from ink longevity, is there a compelling reason to choose the Pixma Pro 10 or Pro 1 over the Pro 100?  I only print a dozen photos per month, with many in B&W if that makes a difference.

(With the recent rebates, there are numerous printers appearing on eBay - buying one for around $200 and paying $140 for postage still works out to be half the price that I'd normally pay for a new one here in Australia.)

Business of Photography/Videography / Portrait Pricing
« on: December 11, 2013, 06:07:36 AM »
For those looking to start a photography business and after ideas on pricing, I attended a relative's graduation yesterday and we had some photos taken afterwards by the official photographers.  Just posting this in case someone finds the pricing info useful.  (Although, personally, I think some of the prices for our 60 second photo shoot seem a little high / extortionate.  But hey, if that's how much people pay to commemorate a special occasion, so be it.)  Prices are in Australian Dollars.

Choose Products for this Image
13x18cm Photo  [info]   $26.00      
20x25cm Photo  [info]   $31.00      
25x33cm Photo  [info]   $51.00      
Graduate's Portrait Set  [info]   $115.00      
Canvas Mount 25x33cm  [info]   $180.00      
Canvas Mount 40x50cm  [info]   $230.00      
Decor Package  [info]   $390.00      
Mega Value Package (High Res CD)  [info]   $230.00      
40x50cm Photo   [info]   $110.00      
50x60cm Photo   [info]   $130.00      
Value Pack  [info]   $115.00      
High Resolution Images CD  [info]   $170.00      
Canvas Mount 50x60cm  [info]   $290.00      
Display Portrait  [info]   $75.00      
Souvenir Stage Photo  [info]   $32.00      

Canon General / Photographic Honours
« on: November 05, 2013, 07:11:48 AM »
Just wondering if anyone here has earned any photographic honours?  If so, do you have any tips for those starting out?  I've just been reading that it might be best to focus on prints, as there might be a little less competition in relation to acceptances.   Does anyone know if that's the case? 

Site Information / What happens when you hit 10,000 posts?
« on: August 22, 2013, 09:58:28 AM »
Am I the only one curious about this?  Is the 1DX the pinnacle of the rankings?  Or do you become a 1DC?  To me, advancement to a 1DC seems a little odd...I know it sells for more than the 1DX, but being a photographer, I wouldn't really consider it an upgrade.  I guess we'll find out in the next couple of weeks.

Third Party Manufacturers / How do you carry your tripod?
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:26:22 AM »
My old tripod bag is getting a bit old and worn.  Plus, it has never been that comfortable to carry around.  So, I'm curious how other people carry tripods to see if there is a better way.

If you are travelling light on a short walk - say only an hour or two - what do you do?  Do you use a tripod bag?  Do you keep your camera attached to the tripod and dangle it over your shoulder for instant access?  Do you attach a strap directly to your tripod?  Any other ways?

I see Lowepro have some bags (the Flipside Sport 10L and 15L) which look fairly small but still seem to have a good tripod attachment points.  Has anyone used these?  Are there any other good small bag options?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Microphones
« on: May 28, 2013, 04:59:12 AM »
Hi, my video knowledge is...ummm...very limited.

I'm going to make some videos.  They will be of someone talking.  They will be made indoors with no other distracting sounds that need to be blocked out.

I know sound quality is very subjective, but I want "good" sound quality.  Doesn't have to be "super awesome".  We're not talking Hollywood.  I just want it good enough, so that it captures the spoken word sufficiently well that nobody gives it a second thought. 

But I don't want to spend a lot of money.

Am I wasting my time looking at $30 microphones on eBay - eg an "SG-108"?

If so, what is the lowest cost microphone that you'd consider reasonable?

On some older topics, I've seen "Zoom" recorders being highly praised.  Should I just go with a "H1" and place this near my subject?  (I understand that I'd then have to synch the sound with the video, but that doesn't worry me.  I've used Microsoft Movie Maker to do similar things in the past with music so I assume this would be similar?)

Anyway, if someone has some advice, I'd love to hear it before I start a microphone buying spree trying to find one that's right.

EOS Bodies / Canon wins big at TIPA
« on: May 09, 2013, 09:13:33 PM »
Not sure if this has been mentioned, but good to see Canon walking away with some awards including best professional lens (24-70 f/2.8), best expert Camera (6D), best video DSLR (1DC), best entry level DSLR (100D)  and best expert printer (pro-10).


EOS Bodies / Future of APS-C Given 6D Pricing
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:58:05 AM »
I see the 6D is now $1649 from some suppliers.  Even here is Australia, the global HQ of the Canon overpricing division, 6D's are $1800 (GST Excl).  With the upcoming 7Dii and 70D, for the first time ever, we'll likely have APS-C bodies priced higher than FF bodies.  Wow!  This really complicates buying decisions.  And not just across Canon's own range, but across the board.

And while I'm sure the 70D and 7Dii will have features to match their price and should appeal to many, given the image quality gains, you'd have to be very aware of your needs to forgo the 6D.  The same with people looking at buying into another system with a higher end camera - eg Olympus OM-D, Panasonic GH3, Pentax K5ii.  If your sole criteria isn't smaller and lighter, why would you bother?

And personally, while I've been considering a Fuji Xpro1 for fun, my logical side is telling me that it is inferior to the 6D in many ways and that I'd be very silly to buy one.

So after some crystal ball gazing, I've come to the following conclusion.  The 70D will move up in specs to become the 7D replacement and will sell for a similar price to the 6D.  At that price range, people will need to choose between speed, performance and better AF or the better image quality of the 6D.

But we won't see APS-C bodies selling for more than FF bodies. Instead, the 7D replacement will be a full frame camera selling in the $2000 - $2200 range.  It will be a 6D with beefed up AF specs.   Maybe the features of the 5Diii but with the 6D sensor to keep some differentiation (Or a 5Diii light if you want to think about it that way).  This will become THE camera for the masses.  And while it will cannibalize 5Diii sales, this will be more than compensated by the increased sales to those seeking the allure of a FF camera that ticks most boxes and those who would have chosen a 6D, but can spend a bit more.

Anyway, just wanting to put my prediction out there.

EOS Bodies / 600D vs 100D
« on: March 21, 2013, 07:09:33 AM »
I know I'm going to get asked this...

With the 600D $445 locally and the 650D $586, apart from the small size, what does an $800 100D offer? 

I'm also getting the impression the 700D isn't a dramatically improvement over the 650D and you wouldn't pay a large premium.  Am I missing something?

Software & Accessories / Time Lapse Movie Software
« on: December 20, 2012, 05:13:07 AM »
Hi, I'm going to try my hand at making time lapse movies.  Just wondering what your favourite software is?  Can you recommend some software that allows you to zoom and pan but is also suitable for a beginner?  I currently have Photoshop CS4 (non-extended version) and Lightroom if that makes a difference. 

Landscape / Geminid Meteor Shower Suggestions
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:27:01 AM »
Any good tips for photographing meteor showers?

Landscape / Solar Eclipse Next Week - Any Suggestions?
« on: November 08, 2012, 09:05:37 PM »
We've got a total solar eclipse next Wednesday morning (14th November) in Northern Australia.  Does anyone have any good suggestions for photographing one?  Any special filters or preferred lenses that you'd suggest? 

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