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EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:57:45 AM »
You've improved the shot a decent bit in editing vs. the original but you've also deteriorated it in spots, this is exactly where your weakness is.  You've over-saturated areas in the edit and have made the entire image a bit florescent and haven't leveraged other options that are available and that would have worked much better.  You don't need a new camera if color is your issue and concern, you need to work on your editing skills.  Best regards.

Thank you for your comment. Could you be more specific on the "deterioration it in spots"?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:50:10 AM »
Nightbreath: There is nothing wrong with any of your photos and most of the "advice" you are getting here is bad.

Compositions are great, lighting perfect, post-production excellent.

Do the other photographer's images look slightly different? Yes. Different photographers, different styles. There are an infinite number of variables in shooting and post production, so it's impossible to tell from the images what he is doing differently. If you see something you like in his work, then experiment. No matter what happens, it will be a learning experience.

One thing though, you have a really unfair advantage living in Ukraine, since it has one of the highest ratios of beautiful to ugly. Feel sorry for those poor blokes who have to try to make plump, pasty-faced brides and grooms look good.

Thank you so much for this input. Frankly speaking, what I want from a new camera is the same jump I've felt when I moved from 400D to 7D. It was a huge new world to experiment in and the images taken out of the camera looked quite different.

What I personally want to achieve is the ability to do photos in any style I saw to be able to get out the best of every possible situation. It's not about being a good photographer to earn money, it's about inspiring yourself when you see results.

Tool in my eyes is sort of a toy that gives you additional inspiration. In this post I wanted to hear everyones thoughts about the direction I should follow. Any comments (including critiques) are welcome.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:39:15 AM »
For composition, you can take 2 'L' shaped pieces of non-transparent paper or cardboard, and place them at opposite diagonals, and then move them both up & down and left & right over your screen or print, thereby masking different amounts & areas of the photo, to see the effect of different compositions.

I like the idea of playing with composition, I think the discussion was turned into wrong direction. Here are few examples of what I like in terms of composition:







I know that the examples I gave before are not the best composed ones, but I found them the best to show what my concerns are.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 09:52:45 AM »
To think about the same thing in other words.  If you can capture the content of those really nice shots you've posted more or less the same and only the colors are off, then you are doing things behind the camera just fine.  If you want to test how well things are going behind the camera for you vs. what you are trying to match, take both your study images and some samples of your own images into an editor and Desaturate (Black and White) them all and you will see if there are other areas that you need to focus on as well.  You also have a decent bit of play room in editing to re-adjust overall exposure as well as highlights and shadow areas, especially if shooting in RAW in case just a bit of curves or RAW sliders will get you the match you are looking for.

This shot was made at f/2 on 85mm:



You can compare it to this one:



I've got a feeling that when I edit photos in Lightroom texture starts to disappear to soon comparing to what I could get on full-frame. Or it's self-deception, I don't know.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 08:54:05 AM »
2) This might be what you're lookin for and therefore I will not critique this and say u don't have to do so but for me you're shots are too fashion-like...as for weddings I see that the most impact pics are the reportage-style ones.
It's the only option for now. Many people in my country won't spend more than $2000 on their own wedding (average salary level is $325 a month). Wedding starts from an old-fashioned (soviet union style) registry office, includes a short journey over the city for photo / video shooting and continues in a cafe for 20-25 people. So one good thing I could do is to get some pictures that are different from what people see every day.

3) the above point brings me to the most important thing: composition.
I'm doing my best to get a good composition, but I feel that I'm not always getting the best one out of situation. Are there any recommendation on this? I've read some books about composition, so maybe I need time to practice more? I want full-frame anyway to make angle of view wider (it's a challenge to think about composition in a small room).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 06:16:15 AM »
But what that guy does is playing with color warmth on the same picture.

His skin tones are just plain wrong on my calibrated monitor - they look like they've got Jaundice.

Yours are much, much better. I wouldn't try and emulate him if I were you...

I don't like the skin color too, but if I can go that far with color temperature changes I'd be able to look it the way I want.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 05:38:34 AM »
Thank you for your comments, I appreciate this. I just started shooting weddings, so budget of my clients does not allow celebrating in an extraordinary place. Here in Ukraine we have no many places good for shooting at – broken roads, lots of garbage all over the streets, people don't care. It's a challenge to find good composition in everyday conditions.

What I want to outline here is that on my photos colors look as close to each other in tone range (they are worm or cold). But what that guy does is playing with color warmth on the same picture.

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EOS Bodies / Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 04:38:11 AM »
I want to get out of my camera everything I can, but I feel that I cannot achieve level of few local photographers right now. I'm not sure whether the camera applies limitations or it is me who needs another way of thinking.

I own 7D, use fixed lenses and some additional tools (flashes, reflectors) to achieve the best results I can.

I've formed an opinion that better color transformation (making the colors richer, extending separate colors' depth) can be achieved only on a new camera. Could you please take a look at images below and say what I'm missing.



Here's how my images normally look like:








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I'm not sure everyone understands the "photographer" term, so it is unlikely there's a common meaning for other terms you've proposed.

From my point of view it doesn't matter how much time you're involved in photography to identify yourself as a photographer, the main thing to start with is to understand what photography means for you and outline borders you want to progress in. So you should begin from self-identification.

Don't forget that there's always someone who isn't happy / satisfied about something someone else does, but if you understand what niche you occupy and if you being always open to people that gives you the needed foundation for others to understand who you are and what you do.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3 types of pro bodies make sense
« on: December 19, 2011, 08:43:07 AM »
I clearly understand that computer should do the processing, not the camera. But there might be something that could be done in-camera to improve image quality (such as "dark frame", "bias frame", maybe something else). Reduced FPS of 1D X for high ISO gave me the idea Canon might be using this technology in the camera.

Reduced FPS at very high ISOs may simply be because high ISO leads to noiser files which leads to lower compression ratios which leads to more data per frame => lower throughput.

I'm not familiar with the logic of A&D conversion, so correct me if I'm wrong.

It seems that more processing power is required for complex textures. From my experience scenes with lots of leaves on trees might be more capacity-consuming than other shots I normally take. More capacity required for a file could mean that more data should have been processed and more processing power required.

Interesting to see whether FPS depends on scene you're capturing, so we can identify whether complex textures affect FPS or some additional technique is applied to reduce noise in 1D X. Would be great if someone else can share his thoughts on this too.

P.S. Sorry for off topic :)


@nightbreath: nice website, like the style of your photos.

Appreciate your feedback :) thank you. How did you find address to my web-site?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3 types of pro bodies make sense
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:11:52 AM »
Because better results will be given working with RAWs after the shooting session, as always.

I clearly understand that computer should do the processing, not the camera. But there might be something that could be done in-camera to improve image quality (such as "dark frame", "bias frame", maybe something else). Reduced FPS of 1D X for high ISO gave me the idea Canon might be using this technology in the camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 3 types of pro bodies make sense
« on: December 18, 2011, 05:51:38 PM »
I think 3 types of pro bodies make sense. 1) high res, 2) high speed and 3) high DR

I don't see a reason why you can't mix your options #2 and #3 in one bottle. You can use the same generation of sensor to have high speed / high DR / good ISO performance in one camera (such as 1D X) and high res in another (rumored Nikon D800 as an example).

One thing I don't understand is why they haven't yet created an adjustable parameter "apply additional noise reduction to RAW" that slows down your speed, but applies some sophisticated noise reduction techniques if you don't care about FPS. 1D X will have this enabled by default when ISO is set to 32'000 or above (got the idea from here: http://www.canonrumors.com/2011/10/eos-1d-x-sensor-broken-down/), but it can't be controlled by you as "low", "moderate", "high" value.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2, 5D3 and Megapixel Insights
« on: December 15, 2011, 04:44:07 AM »
Even with lower stats, 1DX buyers spending a whopping ~$7000 will be pissed off if the sensor, the central feature, the brain is the same with a cheaper cousin that is already announced. From a marketing point of view, this is no way for them to sell enough 1DX and they won't do it!

Agree. There's no way Canon is going down in MPx count for 5D and using the same sensor as 1D X. This would cause loosing high MPx buyers if it is not 21+ or loosing 1D X buyers if it is 18 MPx. However they can bring out a 1D IV similar sensor (some changes might be applied) and give people ~27 MPx on a full-frame.

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Canon General / Re: An EF 70-200 f/4L IS II in Mid January? [CR1]
« on: December 13, 2011, 10:27:15 AM »
Actually, it's not. Most of the body is plastic. It does have some metal parts like the zoom ring, the mount, the front ring that has the markings. Most of the rest of the outer body is white plastic.
Are we speaking about the same lens? The EF 70-200 f/4.0L IS is metal, focusing/zooming rings are made of rubber (sorry if the word isn't chosen properly, this is what translator gave me). Here's an article about the lens: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-70-200mm-f-4.0-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

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EOS Bodies / Re: The 1DX is announced -- What will October 26th bring?
« on: October 18, 2011, 05:18:45 PM »
I hope it's either the 5D Mark III (or equivalent) or the EF 200-400 f/4  ::)

I vote for the 200-400 f/4

Thinking about number of people who want something from Canon it might be useful for Canon guys to create an online wish-list or something similar, so we can write about our camera dreams directly to them :)

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