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EOS Bodies / Re: World's priciest Photograph... bland
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:52:20 AM »
The value of something - is a function of what people are willing to pay for it.

The value of art - is controlled often by many emotional variables including the perception of the artist as being special, and the content of the picture tapping into something cultural of the time.

What is being measured here in this photo - is not photography at all or the photographers skill or creativity - but an artists skill to produce a work of art that taps into what art collectors like and value.

The fact that this picture was produced by a camera is irrelevant. It is a work of art. View it as a painting.

By the way - I understand the original shot was "photo shopped" to remove distracting elements.

What we as photographers can learn here - is that often a simple well arranged image - with a clean look - containing minimal content, is the best.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: APS-C Image Quality (7d vs nex7)
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:40:37 AM »
It is very hard to use these to "comparisons" in any useful way - as each camera has fine tuning that optimizes performance. (picture styles, sharpness and saturation settings, etc.)

I must say however - that my brother in-law visited me for a few days last month. He came with his 7d + canon 24-70. I used My canon t2i + tamron 17-50 NON vc.

My IQ was consistently better then his. I "played" with the 7d extensively, attached my Tamron to it, and tried it as well with a canon 50 1.4.

Bottom line - for a reason I dont understand - the 7d was somewhat "soft" / "mushy" compared to the t2i !!!

It was hard for me to believe. I then read many such postings of 7d owners complaining of a "softness".

It could be that the 7d emphasis is more on speed then IQ ? I also found the 7d's center focus point - to get less tack sharp results then the "cheapi" t2i.

Canon General / Re: 50mm Focal length for portrait
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:32:00 AM »
I use a rebel 1.6 crop. I found that for a meaningful portrait - if I use a 35mm - I need to get quite close - or I get a body shot. Depending on the subject and surroundings - body shots can be great - or weak - portraits. One common problem is that a body shot in a non studio setting, often has clutter around it that distracts the picture.

However many times especially at home - and especially when I am shooting more then one person, the 35mm works better then a 50mm - that requires a larger space.

Like everything else in photography - there are no iron rules - and each situation requires a choice of wise compromises between various factors to get the best choice.

I personally use a 35L for portraits sometimes - and get great results.

Lenses / Re: Realistic wish lens
« on: November 10, 2011, 06:06:13 AM »
12-60mm F/2.8 L for crops.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: PowerShot S100 reviewed and compared to the S95
« on: November 10, 2011, 05:55:42 AM »
The main drawback of the compact cameras to my mind - is the slow focus time and shutter lag as compared to DSLR's. The second drawback is the lack of an optical viewfinder which is critical to me for composition.

The S100 is once again - a small step up of ISO performance - but basically more of the same (as apposed to the Nikon V1 which breaks the speed barrier)

For home use then, which can be GREATLY expanded if you could shoot kids on the move, and any other moving objects, I would NOT look at the S100, but rather one of the newer fast focusing options, V1, GX1, ep3, etc. based on your budget and physical size.

Canon General / Re: Dynamic Range - Digital sensors
« on: November 09, 2011, 03:33:57 AM »
From all I am reading here (thank you all for your comments) it seems that digital photography is quite far behind film as far as DR abilities. Is this true of the high end bodies as well? Say a Nikon D3x or as such ?

Canon General / Re: 50mm Focal length for portrait
« on: November 09, 2011, 03:29:33 AM »
Of course you can use it! The picture you posted looks quite nice. Just be careful not to exagerate the size of chins and noses. Careful model directing will yield you great pictures!

I like this picture you have posted, keep it up!

Thanks April - its nice to get a compliment. The picture is my 9 year old son, taken with a 35mm 1.4L at 1.4 in my living room using daylight. I was sitting in a chair about 4-5 feet from him.

Canon General / Dynamic Range - Digital sensors
« on: November 08, 2011, 08:49:03 AM »
Question: Can someone please explain why digital sensors have a much narrower dynamic range then film ? This is apparent to anyone shooting outdoors in bright light - the shadows are black and the skies blown out.

Will digic 5 improve this? Is it possible to improve it?

Canon General / 50mm Focal length for portrait
« on: November 02, 2011, 02:40:03 AM »
Can good portraits be taken at 50mm (eq) ? I use a rebel and find that for head and shoulder shots taken at about 4 feet away from the subject, 35mm seems nice. (35 x 1.6 = 56)

Does this contradict the long standing notion that you need a 100mm (eq) for a good portrait ?


Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: *Contest* People - Post Here.
« on: October 04, 2011, 03:52:12 AM »

Canon General / Photography - Equipment or Skill ?
« on: October 02, 2011, 07:38:06 AM »
We spend allot of time here comparing equipment and extensively analyzing the pros and cons of bodies, lenses, etc.

However - many people say, that the real ingredient for producing special pictures - is the skill of the photographer. Many all time famous monumental photographs where taken black and white with "simple" equipment. The special part of those photos is often the content and meaning of the picture - much less the "sharpness" or other tech features.

How important is our equipment ? Would you agree that it more like 85% skill and 15% equipment ?

EOS Bodies / Re: No 5D Mark III on Novemeber 3 [CR2]
« on: September 26, 2011, 07:34:48 AM »
My 2 cents. This is based on intuition only - I have no "inside info".

Canon is working on a real improvement in digital sensors/processors - something that will increase DR and enhance IQ in a substantial way. The new bodies will replace older bodies - as digital "rot" of older bodies is devastating. (The "must have" bodies from 2003-2005 that where priced > $3,500 have ZERO value today)

Once such a product is released - all existing products will suffer major drop in value. This is a new tech and Canon needs to get it right.

Hence, we are left "waiting" for this new tech to be ready for production - and meanwhile we are told that "nothing new in the immediate horizon" as not to torpedo existing canon sales.

Canon General / Re: Improving composition - photography skills
« on: September 26, 2011, 06:44:48 AM »
Firstly thank you all for the references and tips.  will need time to digest the materials mentioned here.

Let me share 2 specific challenges I face with my photos:

1) Exposure - with digital - even a slight brightness often "kills" the colors by "blowing them out". When I shoot outdoors (I live in a very sunny country) I find it very hard to set exposure - as "normal" exposure often is much to bright and colorless, if I start to underexpose - I get dark spots in the frame? Any tips on outdoor shots in bright light ?

2) Portraits. Everyone talks about using a small f/stop >=2.8 to produce background blur (bokeh) and give the shot a nice affect. However I find - that f stops 2.8 and smaller - can easily produce blurry shots as the smallest movement of the subject (not to mention a group shot where people are not all the same distance from you) causes blur. I found that nothing ruins a nice portrait more then a blurry kind of picture (unless this was intended for some artistic purpose)
What is the best F/stop for portraits ? What about if you use a flash ?

Canon General / Improving composition - photography skills
« on: September 25, 2011, 09:00:48 AM »
Dear All,

Pardon me for interrupting the flood of tech - equipment type posts. I would like to ask those of you who are seasoned photographers a question about PICTURES (not cameras) for a change.

I am an amateur photographer (as a hobby) for about 14 months now. I started out right at the bottom coming from simple p&s pics at a birthday party - and I'm trying to improve my skills.

Can you suggest some tips on how to advance my composition skills ?

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