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The fun of studio lights at other people's studios.  Chances are that the old strobes are the issue - what modifiers were you using?  What triggers were you using?  Shooting at full power will help, but you may find inconsistency with it (color temp, etc).  How long were you pausing between shots?

The Elinchrom setup should be much better.  Start by doing what you did in the previous studio, then hit our suggestions for techniques to improve things.

Mind Shift Gear - there is a waist level container spins around front so you can access it without taking off your pack.

While I want to play with 4k for a few specific items, it's not going to drive the industry - unless you've got better than 20/20 vision and a lot of money to spend.  Intel may want you to upgrade to 4k, but Comcast may not want it.  There are times when you want to pull frames from video, or are going to stabilize the shot in post-production based on cropping down to 1080p, but 4k doesn't belong in our P&S world. 

Oh, and it won't matter how you capture a 5 year olds birthday today, their life is recorded in 720p from an iPhone or such.

OP needs to understand that the fees charged by the booked photographer may have been reliant on a print order, and if the bride doesn't order prints due to the ability to print the OP's shots there will be issues.  I understand the 'I want feedback' mentality that the OP shared the photos with the bride, but that was the first misstep.  The OP and the booked photog need to have an open honest discussion about what has happened.  The OP might get paid a little by the booked photog if the bride orders his photos as prints, but other than that, don't expect money.

Having shot a few weddings for portfolio material, I gave all my shots to the booked photographer.  An honest photographer will not use someone else's shots in their portfolio, but will answer who captured a specific shot if asked by the bride.

Canon General / Re: Travel charger for Canon LP-E4N battery
« on: April 02, 2014, 07:46:34 PM »
Car charger an option?

Thanks, but no. The car charger just replaces the AC cord as a way to power the battery charger itself. The issue is that, uike the compact charger for many other batteries, the 1-series dual battery charger is the size of a paperback novel.

Oops, I seem to have overlooked the added requirement of the base unit anyway.  A proper 12v charger would be nice and small.  I'm kind of disappointed that a third party like Targus doesn't make a model that does laptop and camera charging.  Even a quasi-DC bus design that you can put 2-3 'ends' on  (laptop, camera, phone, etc). 

Photography Technique / Re: 1D X - 12 FPS or 14 FPS?
« on: April 02, 2014, 06:51:00 PM »
I would also see it being used for automated bird photography setups. Such as hummingbird flash photography...

Flash photography at 14 fps?   ???  How does that work?  Are there flashes that recycle that fast?  Also, you can't get 14 fps at max Xsync, you need at least 1/1000 s for 14 fps.

Yep, Profoto B4's will do 30 fps - but at low power of course.  Shortest flash duration at 1/25,000th

Landscape / Re: Photography in the Palouse
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:18:30 PM »
Looks like Art Wolfe is having his Palouse workshop literally the 3 days prior to the PODAS one - and while half the cost, it doesn't include the hotel, meals or the Phase One gear (which he does use).

Landscape / Re: Photography in the Palouse
« on: April 02, 2014, 05:04:13 PM »
The timing is interesting, and there are LOTS of folks doing tours and workshops in the Palouse.  For those who are making their own trip, check out - Teri Lou has been out there lots of times and sometimes adventuring with a known frame is a good idea.

I love what PODAS offers in their adventures, and I may have to do this one just because it's close (I'd drive rather than fly).  Too bad their site is outdated ( ) and it looks like LuLa will be taking it over as of this year.  Spending 4+ days with MFD gear will really challenge your willpower to resist.

Lighting / Re: softbox
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:35:29 PM »
Just to confirm, what camera/lens combo and what shooting settings are you working with?  Drop down to ISO100, f8 and see how much power you end up needing.  There are times when speedlights work well, for just a touch of light, but nothing compares to what you can light up with a studio strobe.  Inside you may not need the power, but take it outside and try to balance with the sun, and you'll want everything the PCB gives you.

Light placement is a matter of opinion.  One guy I respect says to get the light into the frame, then back it up an inch.  A current trend is the 7' umbrellas, previously it was ring lights, so pick your modifier of choice and have fun. 

Canon General / Re: Camera Backpack Fits Under Airplane Seat
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:11:48 PM »
Easy answer - the Think Tank Urban Disguise has a sleeve that the handle on your Airport International will slide right through, so rolling it around as a unit is fine.

Lots of other bags have the option - just about anything that fits a 15.4" laptop will fit under the seat in front of you.

PS - as another suggestion, maybe a 17-55 2.8 IS if you can find one within your budget (maybe look 2nd hand)?  I liked it a lot on crop (well, it does have to be on crop after all!) and the IS can be useful.  If it was me shooting with your gear, I think I'd be looking at the 17-55 2.8 IS, the Sigma 18-35 1.8 or a flash (subject to budget of course).
I could justify the price of the 17-55 (around $900, same as the Sigma 35mm 1.4 that I'm already considering), if I could convince myself that I wouldn't immediately begin wishing I had faster prime glass for indoor shooting.

I've never rented a lens before, but at that price I might go the rental route before I commit.
Any faster than f2.8 you will have DoF issues, so rely on IS and higher ISO, with a touch of flash.  The 17-55 is amazing, grab it used, there are a lot of them out there.  Otherwise check out the refurbs -

I can't believe it's down to $563 - I know I sold mine for $750 last year...

Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: March 30, 2014, 09:53:02 PM »
The lenses came before the cameras.  Sigma makes lenses for multiple platforms as a cost savings - literally taking one optical design, adjusting the distance from the flange to the sensor and swap out the AF control and selling it for what ever platform they decide on.  Check out the Sigma zoom in either mount - the both zoom the same direction (Canon and Nikon oems zoom opposite each other).

The lifespan of a lens is also much longer than for a camera - notice how up in arms everyone is if there isn't a refresh every 12 months in the camera models?  A good lens design with solid components can last for years.

You're saying multiple different things.  You're afraid of having it stolen or 'issues', you want something small and you can pull out with a moments notice, and you like the 7D - which isn't small, and with lenses can be very expensive.  Figure out how much you want to spend - this will answer most your questions.  Anything less than $1k and you're better off getting a high end point and shoot (G1x or G15).  You can spend a few thousand setting up a 7D with 2-3 lenses, flash and extra batteries/memory cards.  The high end P&S will give you plenty of image quality unless you're going to print large files.

Best of luck

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Lens survey - your favorites, and your most wanted?
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:17:14 AM »
Got mine with the 22mm, and added the 18-55 plus the EF adapter.  I loved the M with the 10-22 mm on it, so I need to get the 11-22 purchased asap.

Doing a 16-35mm 2.8 would be really cool in my book, but it's more wish than reality.

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