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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 27, 2014, 05:56:38 PM »
This sucks!  No more competition for Adobe.  I have a bad feeling about this.

There's still Capture One and Pixelmator

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Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 22, 2014, 09:41:10 AM »
I may be naive but it seems like you can have a one lens solution in the 28-300L lens.  It seems to be a perfect fit.  Wide and long.  Although heavy at 3.7 pounds.

I considered it, but it's definitely too heavy for me. Even the 100-400 is probably too heavy (at 3 lbs.)

I want something I can hand-hold all day without killing myself.

just lift bro

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Just like the big brother 24-70 II, the new 16-35 f4 IS MTF charts look awesome.

My 16-35 II & 50L are on ebay.

I'll hold off until I see some actual reviews of the 16-35 F4 but I suspect I'll be joining you in putting my 16-35 II on ebay as well...  (Especially since I take alot of video with that lens too)

Why trade in the 16-35 f/2.8 for the f/4.0? Wouldn't you guys prefer the faster aperture?

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My wedding photographer is 8 hours, 800 edited pictures that I have full rights to have printed as I choose, 2 shooters and a printed book (about 50 photos) for $2000. He has done two different weddings I/my fiancé have been in and he does excellent work. One of them was even cheaper because he was a preferred vendor for the location.

I'm in New England so not exactly a cheap area of the US.

Honestly, that hardly even seems worth it.

That's $2.50 per picture.

Is the "8 hours" total time (event + editing) or just event?

It isn't a per picture price, it is an hourly rate of $250. Deduct the actual costs, a 25 page book for $200 (you can get them for less than half that too) and farmed out RAW editing for $250 (or do it yourself for the time, batch processing is a snap) and you are looking at $193.75 an hour. I am sorry but that is good money.

I agree

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6-8 hour event.
2-3 shooters
raw files only, no editing needed.

Shoot for that day and be done with me.

Do clients typically have specific gear requests?

I am always wary of file only shoots, invariably the end result is not what the customer actually wants. However, two shooters $1,500, three shooters $2,100, the third shooter shouldn't cost you more than $200.

Clients don't normally have gear requests, well I have never had one, but getting a feel for what they want and expect, and the venues needs from a lighting point of view, can mean rental makes sense.

One of the preferred vendors of the facility had a vendor that has done many shoots at the wedding location offered a price of $1700 which I think does include some editing. We saw a photo book of his work and it was pretty good stuff.

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6-8 hour event.
2-3 shooters
raw files only, no editing needed.
South Florida shoot.
Shoot for that day and be done with me.

Do clients typically have specific gear requests?

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in the process of putting together an RFP for a wedding, and would like to know what good photographers typically charge for an 7-8 hours worth of shoot time

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Lighting / Re: Problems with Elinchroms
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:36:03 PM »
BTW Neuro, why does LV silent shooting results in the lights not firing?

In live view mirror is up and the shutter is open, so an electronic first curtain is used.  I believe live view silent shooting complicates the timing of the shutter with the flash, but I'm not positive.  My speculation aside, the manual does state that a non-Canon flash will not fire if live view silent shooting is set to Mode 1 or Mode 2 (p.189 of the 5D3 manual).  It is set to Mode 1 by default.

Thanks a ton for this.

did it work?

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Another 6D.

I'm one of those people that always would want to shoot with the best camera that I have, so if I got the same camera this dilemma wouldn't be an issue. My 450D is collecting dust.

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Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: January 19, 2014, 11:39:47 AM »
Fantastic photo's and review. I'm loving my 6d more and more each day.   I'd love to learn how to take landscapes like you do.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography online courses and education
« on: January 11, 2014, 07:23:33 PM »
I absolutely love Lynda.com.

Can't wait to get a standalone monitor so I can have a lesson open and the program open on one screen to really get into the courses.

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Software & Accessories / Re: New Monitor for Mac:wide color gamut or not?
« on: December 29, 2013, 04:21:30 PM »
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/828572-REG/HP_Hewlett_Packard_XW476A8_ABA_ZR2740W_27inch_LED_Backlit.html

B&H has this wide gamut monitor on sale, along with some other pretty decent monitor deals. Must mean the 4k's are coming.

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Lighting / Re: Studio light for model and products
« on: December 23, 2013, 03:52:45 PM »
Since you can't get buff stuff, I'd get the elinchrome kit because of there rotalux softboxes.  Then again the profoto mods are one of the best avaliable. I'd probably buy the profoto D1 kit with some softboxes.

D1 kit is unfortunately out of his $1200 budget, but he could easily get a pair of Profoto Compact 600R's with built in pocket wizards for that price.

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Lighting / Re: Studio light for model and products
« on: December 22, 2013, 11:37:42 PM »
I tromp around outside to shoot pictures and get my stuff dirty.  I don't shoot portraits much.  But when I do, I borrow AB800 units from a friend that bought a couple Buff kits with modifiers, stands and everything.  They work great, simple and easy to use and durable too.  If budget allows, get the Einsteins.  If not, the AB800s are great too.  Get some trigger cables and some Yougnuo wireless triggers and start learning how to use it all.  Don't spend too long sweating what to buy, you can't really go wrong with the Buff stuff.  As RLPHoto said, they work well and don't change color or intensity so your post work will be easier.

You won't really know what you want until you dive in and start using it all.  Just get some experience with something and then tweak it as you go.  Don't over think it.  Keep it simple.

Buy a kit, get some reflectors, a background and get to work making some money.  Then see what tweaks you need and keep on going.  Refine your technique.  Hone your craft.  It's your knowledge and talent that is making the pictures, not some fancy lights.

No one will know what kind of lights you have, they'll just see pictures that are well exposed and visually appealing.  Only photographers analyze pictures to determine how the lighting was used.  Most folks just look at the pictures to see what they need to see and move on.  Have fun with it!

He's in the netherlands where AB stuff is not easy to come by.

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Lighting / Re: Studio light for model and products
« on: December 22, 2013, 12:24:11 PM »
Profoto D1 kit w/ or w/o air was what I went with personally.

But The Elinchrom BXRI 500 Kit should do you fine as well.

On a budget you can get a used set of Profoto Compact 600's for under $1k for 2.

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