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Post Processing / Overall "brightness" when printing
« on: September 09, 2014, 03:45:03 PM »
I've never done much printing but having had to do some recently I am finding that more often than not, what looks perfect on my calibrated monitor comes out overall too dark when printed (by the local camera shop.)

I do often use Adorama for printing, and know that you can download the ICC profiles for their printers, but don't get how that relates to what I'm seeing on screen.  I primarily use Adobe Lightroom for my processing/editing.

Thanks for any advice!

Business of Photography/Videography / Who owns the photo?
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:35:38 PM »
I know we've had this discussion here before but couldn't find the old thread.  Sounds like we may get some legal clarification after this:

Short version:  monkey took selfies, Wiki argues that makes it public domain.  Photographer, or more accurately in this case--camera owner--says he owns the rights.

Lenses / Best short telephoto?
« on: July 03, 2014, 10:45:09 PM »
Here's a bit of a strange question:

I'm soon going to be attending a sporting event that the venue restrictions disallow "lenses longer than 5 inches".  So what are the best options for getting as much reach as possible, but staying under that threshold?  I'm open to lenses or superzooms or whatever is going to get me results.


Canon General / Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:03:51 PM »
I keep reading on hear about Canon's lack of innovation.  Apparently not everyone agrees, as they landed at #3 in this article on "The world's most innovative companies":

Software & Accessories / Favorite new feature in LR 4/5
« on: June 19, 2013, 12:36:16 PM »
So I just upgraded from Lightroom 3 to 5 last night, and although I was mostly too busy sorting thru my photos and doing basic crop/exposure corrections, I did stumble across the radial filter which helped me produce the image below in just a few seconds.

But it got me thinking--what are people's favorite "new" features in 4 and/or 5 ("new" is in parentheses because LR 4 obviously isn't new, but it's features would be new to me.   ;) )

EOS Bodies - For Video / Handicam, lens or other?
« on: May 04, 2013, 07:44:17 PM »
Hey all,

So I've got into my head that I am going to film a sports commercial.  I do pretty well with stills and sports, but have no clue what I'm doing video-wise.

The subject matter will pretty much be full body-shot or closer up of individual athletes (actors).  So the question I have is this: are there must-haves missing from the following equipment list?

  • 5d3
  • 7d
  • Tamron 17-55
  • Canon 24-105L
  • Canon 70-200L 2.8 IS
  • Canon 85 1.8
  • Canon 50 1.8
  • Rode Videomic
  • Adobe CS4 Production Suite
  • Some misc lighting and stands, both flash and constant
  • Crappy tripod

So should I be able to make due with what I have, or am I missing essentials?  The biggie that comes to mind would be a handicam or some sort of stabilizer.  Maybe other lens options?  A boom mic?  Something I'm completely missing?

Much thanks!

Landscape / Photo ops around Denver
« on: April 02, 2013, 01:16:51 PM »
I'm about to be in Denver for 3 days with nothing to do but play with my camera. 

Seeing as one of my bucket list items is to take a good landscape photo, I thought I'd see if anyone has any suggestions for locales around the Denver area that might increase my chances of success?  I'm not at all familiar with the area but will have a rental car.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 quick start help
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:03:07 PM »
Hey all,

I'm going to be shooting a CrossFit fund-raising event this weekend and plan to rent a 5D3 for it.  Everything I've read says you need some time to get up to speed with the camera, and I have exactly 1 evening, so I'm hoping maybe some of you experienced with the camera can help identify what settings I most need to get familiar with (or maybe even what they likely should be.)

FWIW, my experience is with an Xti, a 40D and a 7D.

In short this event will be indoor sports--crappy lighting, moving athletes.  For most of the events, the athletes will be moving in one spot, for example doing deadlifts or hand-stand push-ups.  There is a sandbag sprint, so that will be a bit different with the athletes moving linearly.  The other thing I'll be doing is spending very little time on one athlete/focal length.  Some of the events are as short as under four minutes, in which I'll have to capture 8 sets of 2 athletes each doing 2 movements.  I've done these events before with the above mentioned bodies, so I know what to expect as a whole; just looking for help to maximize my results with the 5D3 in this setting.  (Although now that I've said that, I'll retract it and say that I'm open to any and all suggestions as there's always stuff to learn--I certainly don't know everything!)

Thanks a bunch!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 redefining lens choices?
« on: July 02, 2012, 03:59:45 PM »
I'm giving somewhat serious consideration to a 5D3.  Because I shoot sports, my constant struggle is to get enough light to keep the shutter speeds as high as I need them.  So I've always looked for the fastest lenses I can get, with f/2.8 being the minimum.  Of course with a fast moving target, when the DOF gets too thin, even the slightest miss on the AF starts to show, so it's a bit of a two-edged sword.

So the question is, with the great ISO available on the 5D3, will I start to be better friends with my 24-105L and can I consider the 17-40L (both of which are f/4.0) or should I still stick with the faster lenses?

Site Information / Why I hate the 5D3
« on: March 27, 2012, 05:17:38 PM »
Actually, it has nothing to do with the camera.  But ever since it was announced, there seems to be no end of new trolls on the site, redundant threads, and a general negativity that did not exist previously.   :-\

This used to be one of my favorite forums, but to be honest I find myself coming back less and less.  What once felt like a place to have good discussions on gear, techniques, and general photography seems to have devolved to the same level of chaos as the rest of the internet.  Maybe it's just because they did away with karma.   ;)

Anyhow, just had to vent a bit.  Now can we start talking 5D IV?   ;D

Software & Accessories / post processing for screen.
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:28:41 PM »
Now that I'm working on getting a color managed workflow, I'm realizing that there are completely different needs between print and screen.

So how do you manage output between the two?  People's screens differ so much, how do you pick an "average" to get it looking good on the most number of screens?  The two biggies that come to mind are brightness and sharpening.  I use Lightroom, and on the export there is a "sharpen for screen" option--do people use that or figure that they have the appropriate sharpness before the export?  Is there any kind of "brighten for screen" (or would it be darken for screen??) on output, or how do you put that in the workflow?


PowerShot / Can't wait for D20
« on: February 09, 2012, 05:17:09 PM »
Our cycling team's spring training trip is at the end of March, which means it precedes the D20 release.

I need (aka want) something that I can just throw in my jersey pocket to have along for the ride.  Although I think it would be good to have waterproof/dropproof, is it really necessary?  How durable is the S100--would it be at risk in a cycling jersey pocket?  What about the D10--is it any good or would it feel pretty outdated?  Any other thoughts suggestions?

Sports / Indoor cycling
« on: January 30, 2012, 11:30:31 AM »
Finally got a chance to take out my new 7D last night and play.  Lens was the 70-200 2.8 IS I, and for the record I think these were the worst lighting conditions I have ever seen.

Oh, and FWIW, the first and third images were shot at ISO 3200, with some Lightroom 3 noise reduction applied.

Anyhow, here's a few I liked:

Lenses / Replacement for Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8?
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:14:27 AM »
So our Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8 just died.  That leaves us with the 24mm on our 24-105 L as the widest we currently have and that's just not going to cut it, so I'm looking for suggestions.  We currently have only APS-C bodies, but in general are trying to stay away from EF-S lenses becuase good glass is expensive and I don't want to see that $ left behind when we add a FF body.

Things I'm looking for:
  • Fast (nothing slower than 2.8 )
  • Prefer zoom over prime, but that's not an absolute
  • Not EF-S
  • Relatively inexpensive (good glass is never cheap, but some is more affordable than others)
  • 17mm minimum, wider probably even better

Thoughts?  Thanks!

EOS Bodies / Focal plane and focus
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:29:35 PM »
This has come up in a few different threads, and I thought it probably deserved its own.

Am I correct in understanding that the focus is actually to a plane and not a sphere/distance? 

So if I'm taking a picture of a big group of people but they're all lined up along a wall perpindicular to me, they'll all be in focus even wide open?  And conversely, if there are a buch of items equidistant from the lens, most will be out of focus except for the one(s) that defined the plane of focus?   ???

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