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Post Processing / Re: Other postprocessing forums, anyone?
« on: December 14, 2014, 11:12:35 PM »
http://www.lightroomqueen.com/resources/ go to LR Forums
... that's hxxp://www.lightroomforums.net ... I don't like this one, the regulars are the ones selling (and promoting) their commercial plugins.
If you dare to criticize anything about LR (i.e. have ideas on even further improvements to a totally terrific product) you're regularly told if LR doesn't have it, you don't need it.
There are lots more...just dig around, do a taste-test and see what works for you.
The LR forum's the exact type why I'd rather ask around here, it simply takes too much time to figure out what the general mood of a forum is.
There may be the sort of tightly wound presence that you describe at LR Forums, but it's been very useful to me on odd occasions when I've needed a hand. Likewise I've been able to offer solutions to others. Maybe I've been able to avoid threads there that involve opinion, rather than straight data.

Yep, CR is a great, friendly place to get info that will cut through the mountain of rubbish that inhabits much of the world-wide-web.

-pw

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Post Processing / Re: Other postprocessing forums, anyone?
« on: December 14, 2014, 04:33:15 PM »
Here are a couple more:
https://forums.adobe.com/community/photoshop
http://www.lightroomqueen.com/resources/ go to LR Forums
http://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/
http://russellbrown.com/tips_tech.html dig around in here for some real gems
slclick is right...the Luminous Landscape is a good one to get to know...if you like technical, boffin level discussion.
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/forum/

There are lots more...just dig around, do a taste-test and see what works for you.

-pw


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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII vs 1D MkIV "real-world"
« on: December 11, 2014, 05:44:51 PM »
Well thanks for the responses. The 7D MkII doesn't sound like it's quite a match for the 1D MkIV on a number of relevant criteria, at least as far as my work-day requirements go. Another 5D MkIII or a 1DX might be more useful.

Even so...for a very tempting $2k it's almost worth adding one to the kit.

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MKII -- Love the low noise!
« on: December 10, 2014, 01:06:35 AM »
That image looks almost butter smooth. Did you apply any noise-reduction in PP?

-pw

+1

I don't think JRPhotos is letting on....! To my eye it looks pretty solidly noise-reduced in PP.

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 08, 2014, 06:29:43 PM »
Any previous activity is going to inform what you do now in both subtle and obvious ways. My time at art school studying painting has without doubt given me a different approach to shooting. Thankfully I realized in my final year that I was not going to be the next Monet or Jackson Pollock, so I switched to a photography major in final year. Good move!

Shooting with film did inform the way I shoot now to some extent. The very real consideration that it was going to cost $1.00 every time I pressed the shutter made careful composition and timing the "moment" a necessary skill. Darkroom work making black & white prints while shooting daily news and sports provided a skill to view things tonally as well as in color.

But all said and done, I wouldn't go back to the old ways for all the tea in China. I haven't even owned a film camera of any kind since 2001.

Marsu42, I wouldn't take the output created by your friend as typical of photographers with 20+ years experience. To coin a phrase, he provides just a "snapshot" of skills from a different era.

-pw

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EOS Bodies / 7D MkII vs 1D MkIV "real-world"
« on: December 08, 2014, 05:24:53 PM »
There was a premature, fairly information-thin thread on this subject recently, http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23071.0 but now that the 7D MkII has actually been in the hands of working photographers for some weeks now, I'd be very interested to hear real world viewpoints from 1D MkIV shooters who now also have worked with a 7d MkII. 

My very high mileage MkIV has over 500,000 actuations  now, and replacement time can't be too far away. Another lightly used MkIV isn't out of the question! But a gripped 7D MkII could be viable.

I like having one good quality crop body along with the FF bodies. The MkIV has functioned superbly in that role. The 7D MkII will clearly do some things better, notably AF and particularly low-light AF. I frequently work in the 1600-3200 iso range, but rarely above 6400 iso.

-pw

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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 05:48:22 AM »
I'm completely platform agnostic with Macs & PC's. Wouldn't be without a Mac laptop, currently a Macbook Pro but like a number of posters on this thread, the real heavy lifting is done with a custom built PC. Just don't put Windows 8 on it. Windows 7 is a better bet for all sorts of reasons. My newest PC build is a $4000 belter, specced to easily handle busy projects in Premier Pro. For LR & PS work it just rocks, very very fast. The only way to match the performance I've got in a Mac would be a highly specced MacPro probably close to $10K. If you must have Mac, research a PC build that is optimised for Hackintosh.

Being locked into one platform is kind of obsolete now with Photoshop CC licenses allowing a seat on either mac or PC.

-pw

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Reviews / Re: Are Gitzo's really overrated?!
« on: December 03, 2014, 03:36:59 AM »
I'd also note that while Gitzo's legs are certainly 'worth it', their heads generally aren't.
I've utterly punished a Gitzo Traveller for over 20 years. There's little paint left on the legs. It's been up to it's knees in salt water, buried in fine sand, fallen over in mud and banged around in cars, planes with appallingly little respect. It works like new with no cleaning, washing, maintenance or care of any kind since new. Hardly over rated.

Like Dr Neuro, I can't say the same about the heads. The original ball head lasted less than five years and was a bit cranky right from the start. A bigger genuine Gitzo replacement head just annoyed me so it got sold. Since then I had a good run with a mid-range Manfrotto ball head which I replaced a year ago with an Induro head when I standardized to Arca Swiss plates. The Induro is very nice but somehow I can't see it lasting as long as the Manfrotto.

But the Gitzo legs? Perfect!

-pw

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MKII -- Love the low noise!
« on: November 30, 2014, 05:33:07 PM »
That image looks almost butter smooth. Did you apply any noise-reduction in PP?

-pw

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Talent...
You stole my line...and I'll add passion "in-extremeis".
Talent + passion is an unstoppable force.

A van full of the best tools won't turn anyone into a carpenter.

P

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Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:28:34 PM »
Ditto Mt Spokane...I've always had prompt, courteous service from UPS.
OP, that's tough for you but almost certainly a "blip" on the radar.

If your delivery was properly packaged, a three foot drop is in all likelihood nothing to be concerned about. Does your delivery box need a re-design? Enjoy the lens! Great choice.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Godox AD180 / 360 rebranding
« on: November 28, 2014, 05:43:10 AM »
I bought the Y-cable that lets you use both outlets and by that half the recycle time. I think it's 2.25s with the ad360 with full power, I never wait for it. I use it a lot at 1/16 power and keeps up with 9 fps.
I have two Godox branded AD 360's. Viggo is right...get the Y cable. Recycle time is QUICK! Make sure to get the protective covers that really should be included in the kit. http://cameraflashaccs.com/products/bulb-protective-cover-witstro/ Check around on eBay and you'll find them for just a few dollars.

I get very successful high speed sync using the extraordinary Phottix Odin triggers. Godox may have HSS capable triggers by now, no doubt cheaper than the Odins. Worth having in your AD360 kit.

My understanding is there is no difference at all between the rebranded AD180/360's. There may be differences in warranty offers. Mine have two years. Godox is a company that has no problem at all distributing to resellers who choose to re-brand. This may change at some point in the future as the Godox brand becomes more internationally recognized and mainstream.

-pw

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Notapro, I have six Einsteins and use a variety of lightstands depending on the project and the weight and size of the modifiers I'm using. If I use the PCB 86 inch PLM's I'll use a heavier, taller Manfrotto stand with a broader footprint. I like a stiffer stand when using a heavier beauty dish especially if it's pushed up high. But for most location jobs I'll use bounce flash and the surprisingly light PCB stands are my first choice when shooting with just the standard 8 inch reflectors, or with an umbrella or smaller PCB 51 inch PLM's. For location work you need to consider every bit of additional weight so these nicely made, inexpensive stands are gold.

These are the PCB stands I use http://paulcbuff.com/ls3900.php
I have no experience with the smaller http://paulcbuff.com/ls3050.php

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:41:59 PM »
Black spray paint will cover the red ring perfectly well...

I used to tape for what I perceived as criminally dangerous locations but eventually figured it was largely paranoia driven. Just be the guy that never gets mugged.

-pw

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