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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Those of you clamouring for GPS info
« on: August 13, 2013, 01:30:18 PM »
Good to know and scary.... thanks for sharing.

After trying for fifteen minutes....

Site Information / Re: Modifying my signature
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:06:10 PM »
Thank you Mr. Neuro. Thank you very much.

Site Information / Modifying my signature
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:55:53 PM »
Some of you have a link to your Flickr (sometimes other websites) photo pages in your signature. I too have that. But some of you have just "Flickr" written instead of an URL like mine and clicking on takes us to your Flickr page. If it is not too much trouble could any of you please share how to create such a link.

Portrait / Re: Vacation photo -I am frustrated
« on: August 11, 2013, 06:36:13 PM »
I would reduce my expectations first. Any lay person without much understanding of photography (read composition) will always put the subject in dead center of the photograph. And exposure compensation will change (I mean the base exposure will change and hence the effect of the compensation will as well) depending on how you have set up your camera to meter the scene and where your "photographer" is aiming the lens. So manual mode will be your best bet.

If I have no one with me and I want my photograph with the setting sun etc. then I simply suppress that desire. If I have a companion and I want mine and my companion's photograph with the setting sun at the background then I do the following
1. ask my companion to stand where I want him/her to be in the photograph (making sure that there is enough space on all three sides of him/her so that some cropping can be done later).
2. I take a photograph myself to get the correct exposure and then input those exposure values into the camera (after turning it into manual mode).
3. I Make sure that the correct focus box/point of the camera is selected (side ones) in manual mode (manual focus point selection, but sometimes turning the lens into manual focusing does the trick as well).
4. make a mark on the exact spot where I am standing.
5. then wait for someone whom I can ask to do the honors.
6. I request the "photographer" to stand where I am standing, and take a photo of my companion (this is the teaching part).
7. I tell the "photographer" to make sure that the "red box" is either on me or on my companion next time (generally on chest with the lens stopped down to 5.6 ot 6.3).
8. And Pray.

Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 10, 2013, 01:01:51 AM »
Good practical and philosophical discussion here. The multitude of opinions expressed here has also solved one of my perennial questions. Now I know that when I am photographing on the beaches I can photograph beautiful women (without their faces of course, so no identity recognition possible) in bikini (walking/sunbathing/lounging) without any ado with my telephoto lens. Whether I can/should and whether I cannot/shouldn't photograph those occasions always bugged me - but now I know. Great.


And yes, others could have a problem with it when you hand over the camera, because they want to take a picture of you.....

Assigning a My Menu setting for this can be useful.....

Technical Support / Canon AF videos
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:10:13 AM »
Found a series of videos on youtube regarding Canon AF system. Many of you might already have seen these (and these are bit dated) but others may not have. I found these very useful.

After looking at the part 1 (above) you can easily find part 2 and 3 on youtube.

Found these three videos on youtube.... I found these very informative... some of you who are learning the AF like me may also find these useful....

Part 1

Then you can easily find the Part 2 and Part 3 on youtube.....

OP, so you were also watching the JD and Jasmine Star's "The Art of Being a Second Shooter". :)

I find the back button focusing (BBF) a fantastic option when doing work with still subjects - landscape, flowers in a garden, still life, portraits of adults etc. That is where I have enough time to focus and recompose. And it is so handy for the focus and recompose style of shooting (especially when you camera has only 9 AF points) But recently I was photographing a couple of toddlers who keep on running around and found that shutter button focusing (SBF) suited me more for that purpose (but that may be due to my limited understanding of the technique till now).

When sometimes I hand over my camera to another person to take a photograph of mine (or a group of people including me) I find it very difficult to explain to them the BBF. So I just flip the switch and change it to SBF. At least for my 40D and 50D it is very easy to do and moreover I have saved the shutter button/back button operation menu in the MY MENU set up to be able to do it fast when faced with the need.

Lenses / Re: Cheap telephoto lens
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:18:59 AM »
PS: oooops..... did not see the penultimate post by the OP.......

It is always better to compare the like with the like. Comparing EF 70-200 f/2.8 II with Tamron 70-300 VC USD is like comparing the Rolls Royce Phantom with a Toyota Camry - and yes there is nothing too wrong as such  with a Toyota Camry just as there is nothing too wrong as such with the Tamron. Yes as you can understand by now I have it and love it. I bought the EF 70-300 non-L along with the Tamron and compared them together and decided to return the Canon. The Tamron is optically better than the Canon non-L. I have some photos here on the image gallery

The rest is in my facebook and Flickr account. If you want to see go to my flickr page (in my signature)

In conclusion my suggestion is get the Tamron.

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 11:42:57 PM »
Is there an esoteric trick to insert an image in a CR comment?

I am not sure about any esoteric trick, but I have been following a simple system like others. Write (or start writing the comment) and then click on "Attachments and other option" below the message box where i am writing the comment and attach the small sized photograph/image from my computer.

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro gear suggestions for 5DIII?
« on: August 05, 2013, 03:59:46 PM »

I rented the Sigma 150mm Macro and I like it. ....

@danski0224 thank you for your update. I am looking forward to get this lens when my pocket permits.

By the way I got inspired by Neuro's macro rig and some other rigs' photo on the net and built my own macro rig. Could not resist my urge to share it here. So here it is.

Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:13:11 PM »
did you manage something similar, or is it just me? 

O Yes...
Not all the time, but it happens once in a while.

Left in a hurry, and when I unpack, I have about eight lenses, my flashes, screens, tripods, remotes.....but not a single camera....

Since you had screens etc with you I guess you were on an assignment of some kind. May we know what you did after that....... I mean after you found you did not bring a single camera......!!

I like the pics composition-wise, my only criticism is the harsh contrast and resulting over-saturation. When doing post sometimes you look at a pic for too long and don't notice you may have over done it a bit. I like to adjust the pic then come back later to re-evaluate.

That is a good suggestion, thank you. I will try that now.

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