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Save your $ for the lens.  Use either
Bounce flash or off-camera "bare" flash...

$ for the lens? I guess you mean the new 24-70 f/2.8II. It's on pre-order. Can't wait!

Bounce or bare flash are both useful for the right shot in the right physical environment. At a busy event, there's frequently nothing to bounce off, and straight flash would kill the shot. A diffuser offers another viable choice to use. For the sort of work I do when on-camera flash is the only option, a good diffuser would be the correct choice over 80% of the time. Straight flash is generally at it's best for daylight fill, as you have done in your posted image. Properly balanced against the natural light, skillfully used fill can be barely detectable.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Blown-out Highligts in Stage Lighting
« on: September 24, 2012, 06:36:32 AM »
Welcome to stage photography. The lighting ratios are not going to be set up for your benefit. It can be a real challenge. I tend to expose for the main action/subject which you have done with the singer. You just have to surrender to the fact that other areas will be over-lit or under-lit. It's all part of the "look" of stage photography and I think there is a lot of "licence" given to the fact that images may have blown out areas. It's reality.

I often just focus in on individuals and build a picture story of the production over a series of images. When the lighting is more even, that's the moment to grab your overall shots. It's handy having two or three bodies ready with different lenses so you're always ready for the changes. That perfect lighting moment may only be there for a moment. Stay with it, shoot heavily and be a tough editor.


FlashRight line of flash diffusors from ColorRight are hopelessly overpriced if you go by their "list price."  However, they are usually found on Amazon for less than half that, and they often email out coupon codes, often for 25-30% of list. 

Having said that, I really like the FlashRight, mainly due to fact the face can swivel 360 degrees (useful in portrait mode) and the fact half the light becomes bounce flash while half goes to subject for that catchlight.  The best part is it's so much smaller and secures well to flash that one can carry the flash with the accessory attached to it in a small bag. 

The FlashRight looks interesting...like something from Planet X! I read up some reviews and it seems to be well received. Thanks.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D & 700D in 2013? [CR1]
« on: September 23, 2012, 07:53:55 PM »
Announcements in the first half of 2013. Delivery in 2014. Can someone give me a wake up call?

Ask Siri...


Lenses / Re: Update for the EF 24-105 f/4 L ?
« on: September 23, 2012, 07:51:48 PM »
The current 24-105 f/4is is a very competent lens that will be with us in its current form for quite some time. I bought mine after a staggeringly disappointing run of four sub-standard 24-70 f/2.8 zooms, and it's an absolute cracker, pin sharp wide open and useful IS. What's there to change? The optical issues are corrected automatically on import into LR4. I thought I'd be selling the 24-105 when the 24-70II shipped, but this one is a keeper.


HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: HDR with LR 4...
« on: September 23, 2012, 04:36:14 AM »
Highlights that you thought were unusable are easily rescued with Lightroom 4...
...particularly with 5D3 files. I've been astounded how much detail there is lurking in highlights.


I got rid of the Tupperware on my flashes a long time ago.


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Best flash diffuser for 580EX/600EX-RT
« on: September 22, 2012, 10:44:20 PM »
Over the years I have used Stofen diffusers and a variety of Gary Fong diffusers on my 580's.
They both have their strengths & weaknesses. They're both a step up from any number of home-made devices I've tried.

There seems to be a rush of competing products in well thought out camera straps, but I'm not aware of any breakthrough designs in the flash diffuser market. In another CR thread today I've become aware of the Demb diffuser products which I immediately ordered online. If anyone has had positive experiences with anything else, whether it's manufactured or homemade, I'd love to hear about it.



Lenses / Re: Photozone's review of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II is up
« on: September 22, 2012, 08:22:58 PM »
I received my 24-70 2.8L II copy yesterday. I don't know what this bad review is all about. Mine is razor sharp on all the frame, at all focal lengths. Very minimal aberrations, and superb fast auto focus. I am comparing it to a 24-70 2.8L I, a 24-105 4L, a 50 1.2 L, a 24 1.4L, a 35 1.4L. 

I really believe that the bad review guy got a defective copy.

The cold hard light of a Photozone review is a useful perspective, but it is best balanced against real world feedback from working photographers. The lens is selling quickly so there should be a flood of user feedback coming in to help inform out purchase decisions. This review doesn't put me off, but it is a sobering counter to the gushing early feedback.


EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 22, 2012, 06:05:24 PM »
Yeah, you're probably right, it could be a 4D, but the low ISO range of 100 to 12,800 and not 50 to 51,200 or 101,400 threw me. Is this going to be a $4,999 EOS 4D designed for Studio or outdoor Landscape photography where low-light is not an issue?
Well I take pictures with a dslr for 7 years now.
95% of my pictures are taken with ISO under 6400.
I really donĀ“t know what people need ISO 25600 and above.
And I wonder how these people have worked before.....

Yes most photographers would shoot the majority of their work under 6400iso, probably under 800iso. But having the option of ramping up to 12,800iso or beyond in fading or very low light to still deliver shots for your client is a godsend.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: September 22, 2012, 02:33:13 AM »
I have a minor case of buyers regret with my gripped 5D3. It is a very competent camera and delivers brilliant files, but as a long term user of 1-Series EOS bodies pre-dating digital, the handling, ergonomics and sheer class of the 1-Series is sorely missed.

Business is pretty strong at the moment so a 1DX is an inevitability here. I wish I'd held out and waited for the 1DX.

One unexpectedly high use function on the 5D3 is the silent shutter. When shooting boards of directors for corporate clients, I encourage them to give me 30-40 minutes of real time during a board meeting, with the agreement of no-flash use. The silent shutter has enabled some sessions to stretch out to an hour shooting with 70-200 f/2.8 & 300 f/2.8. Without the clack of a regular shutter, I can almost disappear in this environment, despite being the elephant in the room. Heck, I just leave the 5D3 on silent.

Other than the silent mode, I'd have the 1DX any day. And if the current level of business is maintained, make that two 1DX bodies. After extended test-drives in revealing conditions, I'm totally gob-smacked by the 1DX whereas the 5D3 leaves me with a feeling of, "Yes it's pretty good, but...."


Software & Accessories / Re: Does LR4 do away with HDR for you?
« on: September 22, 2012, 01:54:32 AM »
There is a role for dedicated HDR software, or for a multi layer masking/brushing approach to achieve an HDR effect. But LR4.1 really does go a very long way to delivering great outcomes from a single file.

Another use for these LR4.1 strengths is to flatten out very high contrast images. I'm currently working on files shot for an anniversary event at a steelworks which was outdoors, in bright sun across the middle of the day. Fill flash & HSS and careful use of backlighting helped a lot, but a lot of shots are very tough high contrast killers. The sliders in LR4.1 are truly extraordinary for retrieving images like these, a sort of HDR process with the intention of stretching the dynamic range of an image from being unusable to a half-decent deliverable image.


B&H has a deal on Lexar 32Gb 1000x CF cards at the moment which just can't be ignored.


Software & Accessories / Re: What are most people using for processing RAW
« on: September 21, 2012, 11:09:22 PM »
Lightroom V 4.1 is my RAW converter of choice and LR has been number one for me since the first version was in public beta. After test driving just about every RAW converter on the planet, for me it always kept coming back to LR not just for the great conversions but its whole workflow setup, particularly when working with very big shoots.

Most other RAW converters are extremely good, and deliver perfect conversions but it was a business decision as much as anything else to stay with LR. I know it backwards and inside out now and can work through a big batch of files very quickly in a way that only comes with the deep understanding and experience that you get working with the same program every day. One of the very cool features is History in the develop panel.


Lenses / Re: Rockwell on the 24-70v2, "holy cow, it's awesome."
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:11:25 PM »
I've never minded Ken Rockwells's style. Frankly it's refreshingly different in an increasingly beige world. He's enthusiastic & passionate, something that makes life more enjoyable.

In regard to his 24-70 review, the more positive viewpoints I read about this lens the better. I can't wait to get mine.


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