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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 10:56:08 PM »
I looked back at some older pics I had but didn't really want to show them as they looked a bit under-exposed and generally the style wasn't suitable so I re-processed the ones I needed. It took me seconds to achieve good results and recover detail that I thought was lost. The final pics look way better than the prev iteration and have gone into my portfolio. So glad I shot RAW from day one!
You're not wrong. Last week I did a fairly deep archive search (2002-2003) for a client who was needing shots of someone who has since passed away. I'd shot them JPEG and they were awful. I may have thought they were OK 12 years ago, but now? I switched to 100% RAW workflow from around that time, so it was probably one of my last all-JPEG jobs. If they'd been RAW files, my client would have loved the 2014 conversions and file processing. At the time I didn't consider the job to be that important. Brilliant of me (not) for thinking I could predict the future!

The evidence has been in for a  L O N G  time now.
If anyone reading this thread still needs convincing that RAW is tops, then too bad.

-pw

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Software & Accessories / iPad app Model Release
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:31:18 PM »
There seem to be dozens of iPad apps for model release. Has anyone used these, and if so which one works best? Something I couldn't quite grasp is how people sign them. How is this handled? I would be needing an app where you can create custom content, preferably to include branding.

http://appcrawlr.com/ios-apps/best-apps-model-release

-pw

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I have used flip locks in the past and do not consider them suitable/trustworthy for tripods and mono pods. Both the Gitzo and Sirui twist locks are far superior and much easier to use, as well as being MUCH more secure.
As a complete inverse to your experience I have used twist locks in the past and find them slower and less trustworthy. I have used flip locks now for 15 years and wouldn't consider going back to twisties. Too slow when the pressure is on. What exactly is it that you find makes twist-locks MUCH more secure?

I've had twisties "sink" but never had a flip-lock sink under weight. Another advantage of a flip-lock is you have a visual confirm of the full-lock position. With a twistie, there is no visual cue. I've had legs on my twist-lock Gitzo tripod sag unexpectedly, but never my big flip-lock Manfrotto 075B. I'm a flippin' fan!

-pw


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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 25, 2014, 04:35:36 AM »
What about lossy DNG, anyone? Any issues> I'm using these (in Lightroom) to reduce the resolution I get from my Sony ARW's to ~10.5 megapixels. The dng's become surprisingly small, and it looks like I can still do all the corrections I want?

In case you wonder, I also shoot MRAW with the 5D3 unless I absolutely require the higher resolution. Almost all of my stuff is for monitor use or small print only (and I've printed 120x80cm canvas without problems).

Why not shoot full RAW and down-res in post? What happens when you capture that magic moment and your client wants it for a national campaign? You may as well have skipped on the 5D3 and bought a cheap APS-C.

As a neat analogy, all my video work now is shot on the astounding Panasonic GH4. Everything is shot in 4k but published in 1080p. Video shot in 4k and down-ressed to 1080p is orders of magnitude better than shooting in 1080p. There is plenty of documentation to unequivocally verify this.  And there is also the flexibility to make global changes in post. Same with a full size RAW/DNG even if you're publishing for web or small print.

With my stills work, I do use lossy DNG occasionally, but only for storage considerations. For a job where I've shot very heavily and choose to keep a large number of images, I'll process my master files from a full size RAW/DNG. Hero images will be kept as full-size DNG, and the rest are crunched down into lossy DNG's but only for storage and only after the job has been delivered and signed off.

-pw

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Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 24, 2014, 11:57:06 PM »
If you ever accidentally set your white balance incorrectly, as I did shooting photos of President Obama's second inauguration, you won't be asking that question, you'll just shoot in RAW or RAW+JPEG.
OP, shoot JPEG by all means, for the most part you'll get a solid result.

If like VividColor you do projects for clients where the consequences of a screw-up could be career-ending, you shoot RAW. Hell, why wouldn't you shoot RAW? I thought this argument was long over. The reasons are written up ad-nauseum. I thank the Gods of Photography daily for the astounding flexibility and depth of RAW files.

The only JPEG's I ever shoot are on my phone. BTW, your phone and every single digital camera shoots RAW and does a no-consultation conversion for you. Why not do it yourself?

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D MKII
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:04:00 PM »
I've seen the current incarnation of the 6D produce wonderful shots of flying cars...
Now we know that a 6D must have been what they used to shoot the flying car sequences in the Harry Potter movies.
The 6D's reputation is airborne..

-pw

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:53:30 PM »
The 10fps is awesome.  Not quite as awesome as the rumoured 12fps, but still superb. 
Right, 65 cross type AF points and 10 FPS indicates a strong action-sports performer. Just hoping the buffer depth is there to make the frame rate truly useful.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Godox Witstro 360 flash with HHS
« on: August 22, 2014, 07:59:38 PM »
However, with the Odin you can fine tune the HSS function using it's unique ODS adjustment.
-pw
not that unique, guys...
yongnuo has done it too with the new 622C-TX. absolutely no reason to buy Odins now
That's great! Very happy to be corrected on that one. The 622C-TX should sell it's socks off.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Godox Witstro 360 flash with HHS
« on: August 22, 2014, 09:01:48 AM »
Godox's own low cost Cells-II trigger will deliver HSS capacity to AD-180 & AD-360 flashes.
http://flashhavoc.com/godox-v850-witstro-radio-trigger-alternatives/
http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/godox-wireless-flash-transceiver-cells-ii-c-for-canon-supports-hss-up-to-1-8000s.html

Like Wickidwombat I trigger my AD-360 with the almost freaky Phottix Odin.  I also get perfect HSS using this with the 5D3 with both the AD-360 and the Odin switched to HSS. Trouble is that on full power, you only get 10-12 pops (if shooting in fairly quick succession) before the overheat-protection kicks in on  the flash and recycle time goes from 2 seconds to a numbing 10 seconds.

However, with the Odin you can fine tune the HSS function using it's unique ODS adjustment. Fine tuning this I can now get HSS with the AD-360 and my 1D Mk4 with the flash set to regular non-HSS mode. The AD-360 will deliver full power pops until your battery overheats, generally after 60-70 punishingly rapid full-power pops. I can even get my Einsteins to deliver HSS, but only with the 1D4, not so good/clean/even with the 5D3.

OP, Cells-II will be your lowest cost option, but if your Visa card can handle the more expensive Odins, the whole HSS experience will be far richer and more useful.

-pw

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Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 22, 2014, 04:17:46 AM »
I'm liking the AL-1. It's tempting to get one but I already have a full frame system at even lighter weight in my OM system. After owning my 6D for a while I can appreciate the benefit of a grip, but it's far less important when there is less weight to hold steady. If the 100D/SL1 had a deeper grip for heavier modern lenses, but was otherwise just as compact I would have bought one already.  I might get one anyway.
I have the 100D/SL-1 as a travel/hiking body. It's a terrific little thing which also does rather handy video. Just get one. It's loveable. Get the grip! The SL-1 has the makings of a modern classic. It may well have been Canon's most interesting release in a couple of years.

http://www.amazon.com/Xit-XTCGSL1-Battery-Canon-Rebel/dp/B00DT20DQ2
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1010759-REG/xit_xtcgsl1_battery_grip_for_canon.html/c/product/#inpage:IN+STOCK?gclid=CO_ggPC1psACFVhvvAod0pEASQ
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pro-vertical-Battery-Grip-for-Canon-100D-EOS-Rebel-SL1-with-IR-Remote-SLR-camera-/181210702460

-pw

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f4 IS USM time for a refresh?
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:00:20 AM »
I accidentally packed the old 24-105 for a job recently instead of the 24-70 f/2.8II. Initially annoyed, I got to work and immediately appreciated the extra reach. When I got to the post-production I was amazed as I was reminded just how good this lens really is. I'm not about to rush out and sell the 24-70 f/2.8II, but I can see valid reasons for keeping the 24-105.

It's a great lens, a lot of peoples all-time favorite and in no need of a refresh. What's not to like?

-pw

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Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 22, 2014, 12:49:43 AM »
Just thinking about this a little more...

While durable, lighter & ergonomically perfect bodies are welcome, the fact remains that a good deal of the weight we cart around is hard, dense, weighty glass. Think in terms of a 70-200 f/2.8 hanging off the front of a de-gripped 7D or 5D3. A reasonably substantial body can balance this setup quite nicely.

Out at the extremes, you ought to see my tiny SL-1 hooked up to the 300 f/2.8. It's hilarious.

I hope Canon doesn't go down the retro-look path, often accompanied by ergonomic compromises. That old AL-1 looks too much like the Nikon what-ever-it's-called retro body or the Olympus OM-D for my liking.

-pw

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Canon General / Re: CPN Interviews the Men Behind the EOS-1 Series SLRs
« on: August 21, 2014, 07:24:47 PM »
I read the article on the CPN this morning.  Its interesting.  I thought that the most significant thing was the statement that new cameras will be getting smaller.

It  gives some insight into  the thinking that goes on, he thinks that designers with small hands trying to design for large hands works well.  As a person with large hands, I think that they fail more often than succeed in accommodating my large hands.

Lighter weight would be very welcome news. The past few 1-Series have crept stealthily up the weight & size scale, and my gripped 5D3 is the bulkiest of the lot.

Too much "shrink" along with weight loss may alarm some big-pawed photographers but I wouldn't be too worried about that. At the core of 1-Series design credentials, unrivaled ergonomics has always been a primary consideration.

-pw

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...The fact that they're offering free shipping on the product seems reasonable to me, considering Gary Fong's Lightsphere Collapsible - the closest competitor to the BounceLite in terms of pricing and features is like US$149 before shipping...
Errm you're a little over the money on the Gary Fong Collapsible. I'm seeing $59.95 on the website. http://www.garyfongestore.com/featured-products/lightsphere-collapsible-speed-mount.html  Are you sure you're not the inventor?

I must have tried just about every flash diffuser that ever shipped, and yet I keep going back to the Stofen or nothing at all if the job venue has low white ceilings. The rather clever Joe Demb diffusers get a run from time to time, as do the Gary Fong collapsibles. Having tried them all, there's nothing about the BounceLite that particularly pushes my excitement button. Uncharacteristically, I'll be passing on this one.

-pw

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Lighting / Re: Mitros+ Owners: are you satisfied?
« on: August 19, 2014, 07:19:21 AM »
I'm interested in real-world feedback on the Mitros+ too. On paper it's a stunning piece of work. If it were not for the hyperactive overheat function feedback that is trickling in, I'd probably have three of them by now, great partners for my Odin kit (one transmitter & three receivers).

The premature overheat kick-in can be a creativity-numbing crusher, as I have found with my Godox 360 which triggers its overheat function after just 10-12 HSS full power pops. Yet it will do 60-70 full power pops in regular mode, and then it's the battery  overheat function that kicks in. Grrrr....

FlashHavoc isn't a bad place to keep track of non-mainstream flash hardware developments.
http://flashhavoc.com/phottix-mitros-with-built-in-ttl-radio-announced/

-pw


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