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It is a tough market and dilema, but at the same time people need to get a start somewhere.  Especially when starting out. 

I currently do TfP or even more shockingly, I even pay some models. 

But that is also the level of my work. 

I am probably undercutting myself at the moment, but at the same time we also have a scale in our heads when we look at more professional shooters work.  Since I do a lot more fashion work at the moment, I will take a benchmark for me like Stephen Eastwood.  Love the man's work.  Not even close to his quality and skill.  Granted, he also easily has 100x more experience than I do, if not more, so not really a fair barometer, but as well, I also tend to work with people that most Professional Photographers piss on. 

I am trying to get better, I never plan to be a photographer as a profession, but I do plan to get to be a professional photographer.  My distinction is I want to be able to shoot on my terms, create art when I am inspired, and do want to get paid, though I will be shooting far far less. 

I have worked with a lot of new models, I have also worked with a few who have a lot more print and media and I hear a TON of stories about photographers who cancel last minute, treat the models and MUA like crap and there is the pervasive attitude of "I already have that in my portfolio, here are my rates" 

Charge $100 for a wedding... Not for me.  I actually hope I NEVER have to shoot a wedding.  Have no desire to. 

There is definitely "more" competition in the digital age, because it is much cheaper to snap 400 shots on a digital than it is to develop film, as well as it is easier to see what you are getting.

There is a defined hierarchy.  The better models want to be paid, just like the best photographers do, and generally that means a client is in their paying the fees.  Learning photographers tend to work with learning models and even there it is not a bed of roses since we have to prove more often than not that we are serious and not just a "guy with a camera" 

EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 08:52:07 AM »
Over all I think your shots are great.  FF will give you a little more IQ and I find color, but I think for me, your shots are more composition choices like all center focus versus being more rule of 3rds.   I would have cropped more of the right and a little of the top on the 2nd shot, and it gives the bride more sitting in light with shadows to the left and just draws me in more than sort of the tunnel dark to the left and right.  It is a style preference. 

On the other guys shots, I find them too blue.  You may like that, some people prefer cooler to warmer pictures, and all you have to do with that is either add filters post-process or in light room shift the temp up a little higher. 

I don't mind the DOF on the 3rd shot, that is closer to how I probably would have shot it, but I think I would have pulled it back a bit more to give some more space. 

For the shots you are getting, I think you are doing fine

Lenses / Re: All Around lenses
« on: December 21, 2011, 08:08:03 AM »
Another route would be something like the t2i or t3i.  These can be bought fairly cheap, the extra money can go into lenses and even say a 430 EX II, and the difference from a t3i to a 60D is not that far off.   60D definitely is a little faster and better AF, so it all depends on ones needs and trade offs.   The t3i is probably a little better for video.  Spend a little more and the 7D might fit nicely. 

Software & Accessories / Re: PC or MAC
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:56:51 AM »
All depends.  For screen size, I agree with one poster, if you are using it while traveling 17" can be too big, especially with planes these days.  If you are using it more in hotels, and the like, a larger screen can be nice. 

I tend to like PCs because they are more upgradable, even the laptops.  I generally have build my own PCs for the last 15 years and as often as I have heard MAC this and that, when thinks like Blu-Ray come out, I just slap them in, where on a Mac, not so much. 

I want a faster machine, I just swap processor.  I want a really faster machine, I swap motherboard and CPU.  I double or triple my processing power every couple of years for around $400. 

I think the Mac books and the like are a lot smaller and thinner, so if size is an issue, then it might be the way to go.  I think when it comes to newer technology, it is easier to add new cards, swap drives, etc, on a PC based machine.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II price
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:49:59 AM »
@Kingstonwhites - I think there will still be a market.  After all, who would by the 5D after the release of the 5D MKII and even through this year I would still see those selling at $1000+

I think especially for those entering into the market, which there always will be, the MKII will settle into the $1700 - $1900 range when the MKIII is finally announced, and there will still be a $1000 - $1300 gap between models.  For many of those new people... That will boil down to I can get the 5D MKIII body and well maybe one lens, or I can get the 5D MKII, a 24-105 and a 70-200 F/4 for the same price of a body alone, and then they can upgrade to the MKIII a year or so down the line when they have saved up a little more. 

The nice thing about "buying at the bottom" is you often can get a few years out of something and almost get out what you put in. 

I also expect the MK II price to go back up over $2K once the holidays are over.   Regardless I paid $1800 for mine with 2500 shutter clicks, so not too concerned about the hundred or so I would lose if I sold today, tomorrow or in the near future.  I also think there is a chance the 5D MKIII could also be priced above $3K and don't see $3200 as unrealistic, especially if they add a 30MP sensor, better AF and improved ISO.  They need to protect the 1Dx as well, so I expect the MKIII to have lesser FPS, ISO and AF points in comparison, but higher MP.    Would also not surprise me if we only see 24 - 27 MP as well. 

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 20, 2011, 07:05:37 PM »
I am glad they are available in the Asian Market, but I have not seen a single retailer in North America and many of the other markets. 

As for the cables, doesn't bother me in the least.  I have seen many different jacks on strobes, so makes it easier to allow the end consumer to buy what they need.

PC Terminal.  1/4" Phono.   1/8" mono.  Elinchrom?  Metz?  There are a few others. 

Bluetooth in general is a short distance connection.  It does avoid some interference with its handshake protocol, but I also have found varying results with my connection and reliability of say my cell in my car alone, compared to in a crowded room. 

The 2.4gHZ band is very crowded.  My old phone and wi-fi router both were at one time 2.4 and I used to lose my connection on my laptop during calls.  And again.  It all depends on the scenario and set up but long and short, you are more likely to get interference from a phone, laptop, router or other device on the 2.4 ghz band.  It is also one of the reason phones and other longer distance devices started to promote the 5.8 ghz and DECT bands as having "less interference"  because there are less devices using them. 

As far as people go and "complaints"... How many people are using Pocket Wizards vs how many people are complaining?  Using Hard Drives for example... If you go out to most techincal/computer websites and look at reviews, you will see that a great many HDs seem like pretty much crap with people reporting half of the purchased ones DOA.   I am fairly confident if Phottix had as large of an installation base as Pocket Wizard, you would see just as many "issues" posted on their page, maybe even more so, because to me, especially over the 2.4 gHZ band, any distance firing is likely to run into issues.  Also one of the reasons why Pocket Wizard will publish up to 500m+ where Odin is 100m+  I trust the Pocket Wizard Band over the 2.4 over distance.

And a correction on the original poster.  They had NO ISSUES.  They were tire-kicking and and looking for feedback because they had "read some things" about interference.

"Does anyone here have experience with PWs FlexTT5 and the 580exII?  I'm looking at moving into remote ETTL, but have seen some reviews where range was severely limited due to high RF interference from the 580. "
I for one am always welcome to competition.  The end result are better products at cheaper prices.  If the Odin ever makes its way into North America, I will be happy to test or watch the feedback... but I also expect to see threads like - "Does anyone else have problems with Odin and XBox Connect? - My neighobors XBox keeps interfering with my studio"

United States / Re: B&H Warranty
« on: December 20, 2011, 03:45:02 PM »

My question:
The 3/5 year warranty seems like a good peace of mind (it's transferable, it handles accidental damage etc.).  Would any of you with experience with this have any reason to talk me out of it?  If it wasn't B&H (or comparable reputable dealer) I wouldn't even consider it, so what do you think?


+1 on the comments above.  Extended warrantee are there to make money for the companies.  I work in telecom industry and it is the same thing, extended warranty are one of the product with the most profit on it!

Not sure it is worthed...

Depends on the company and the product.  I bought my Infiniti G35x used and picked up the 4yr / 100,000K mile extension.  Still have around 20,000 left on the warranty, but I am already right around break even, to even have saved a little.  It is worth piece of mind.  It is also nice where it comes DIRECT from Infiniti, so pretty much no issues. 

Most other things... nah.  Like everytime I buy a printer of something on sale and I get offered a two year warranty... I sort of laugh and tell them my old printer was fine, but basically buying a new one because it is sometimes cheaper than buying replacement ink. 

Know what you are buying, what are the costs, the quirks, the exceptions, as well as the coverage.  what is wear and tear can be subjective.  My rule of thumb is around 5%.  With my Infiniti, my extended coverage cost me around 3% of my purchase price when I see $189 on an 1900 item... I tend to roll the dice, especially if I have SOME coverage out the door from the manufacturer.

United States / Re: B&H Warranty
« on: December 20, 2011, 02:36:17 PM »
Cool, thanks again guys.  In a little over 1 year, my 60D has ZERO sign of use after 4400 photos; I'm neurotic about keeping my stuff in pristine shape. 

I've already got personal articles for some other things; I have to update that too.

Not to be nit picky, but wouldn't a shutter count about 4000 be a sign of use?


Just saying.

Canon General / Re: Missing lenses on Canon Refurb Site
« on: December 20, 2011, 02:25:17 PM »
Considering the two 70-200 F/4s still are on the main site, I would not read much into it.  I would read more in that they are not getting as many of them in compared to the 2.8s etc.

Do you just shoot, or do you review your work and see what you can do better?
Do you study, read, solicit opinions?

Do you tag your photos with your name/watermark.

I shoot, and improve and learn to get it better. I just getting serious with my photoblog and of course I put watermark on every picture. I used DPP as well.

Here my photoblog

and this is my photo portfolio

Not too many photos as I still in progress uploading most of them.

I was being rhetorical.

In short if you are passionate and are working at getting better, you are a photographer.  If you just shoot, then you take pictures. 

Lighting / Re: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 20, 2011, 08:46:48 AM »
I have never personally used an Odin, so I can't really comment on their abilities.  I can say that there is noone locally to me or with 2000 miles that carries them that I can find.  I see no authorized dealers or stores that stock them in the Eastern US or Canada.

As for Pocket Wizard and cables, mine cost me $4.99 so not really a big deal

Availability is a large point for me.  I may do a lot of buying online, but I also buy brands that I can also get locally or same day if I need a replacement. 

Now if Odin starts getting dealerships in the US or Canada, then maybe I will consider them.  So far Pocket Wizards have served me well.  They are plentiful, I get them cheaper than I can buy Odins, and if I am traveling and have an issue, loss, etc., I can easily purchase a replacement or borrow one.

The only issue that some are getting with the 580 EX IIs is do to Canon and their frequencies, not the Pocket Wizards.  I have had no issues with either of my 580s or 430s and working with them and my Photogenics. 

The other thing to note about not needing shielding with Odin's, that is because the frequencies that are used.  In fact, while you may not have run into problems do to the frequency spread, since the US uses different ranges for other devices, it can be likely that the Odins may suffer from interference from other devices.

Pocket Wizard will have specific frequency ranges based upon location for this exact reason, and from what I have seen, Odin is only a one size fits all.  This also may be a reason, why after 4 years, they seem to only be available in Europe, and not carried by North American or Canadian markets. 

I think photographer is fine and agree with the poster above, that when your quality and skills rise and perhaps you are making money, then "professional photographer" applies.

The only sort of hesitation I have with that, is I have been shooting models now for a while, is I also see "professional" as the way I conduct myself.  Especially when shooting models/fashion, there are a lot of GWCs (Guys with Cameras) who are far from professional, even though for some, that is their "business"

Do you just shoot, or do you review your work and see what you can do better?
Do you study, read, solicit opinions?

Do you tag your photos with your name/watermark.

Photography, like anything other art form will always be a hierarchy of talent, skill and experience.  As long as you are conscious at trying to improve in these areas, then you belong.  There will always be someone better, but be hungry and enjoy when you get the shots you want

EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: December 19, 2011, 12:28:10 PM »
Not sure I can agree with the 7D being more expensive to make than the 5DMK II. 

Yeah, a larger FF sensor with better ISO has to be cheaper? 

How does that 7D do shooting above 6400 vs the 5D MK II?  Care to step above 12800? 

Hmmmm... Are the EF-S lenses weather-sealed?  So if you want to shoot wide-angle on a 7D and be weather sealed, how do you plan to do that?  The 10-22 is a great lens.  I have enjoyed it on my 550D, sealed lens like the 17-40 or 16-35 aren't exactly wide on the 7D.

Depth of Field?

Will the 5D MK III be a better camera.  Yup.  Will it be more expensive.  You bet.  It is funny.  I can go back and sell discussion of the 5D MK III pretty much 6 months ago plus... and yet... still no announcement.  I do expect one on 2012, but thinking more later than earlier.

EOS Bodies / Re: Whortwhile to go for 5D Mark II?
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:51:35 AM »
[sarcasm on]

I would wait for the 5D MK IV.  Yes it is 3 years off, but with 45MP, 10 FPS burst, and extremely high ISO, and dual DIGIC-6 processors and 75 AF points, it is hard to beat.  You get the 5D MKIII and you will be disappointed when this super-body is released and you have the MKIII... Not to mention the price drop once the 5D MKIV is announced. 

[sarcasm off]

If you need to shoot, it is hard to go wrong with the 5D MK II, especially if their are delays in production, availability, as well as the price may be up there as well for the first few months.

EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:24:58 AM »
I still dont think we have established whether it is the operator or the camera that is at fault.

Lets have some solid facts


 â€œData! Data! Data!...I can’t make bricks without clay.”  (Sherlock Holmes)


Since when did Star Trek the Next Generation encounter Sherlock Holmes??? 

And wasn't it Bones McCoy "I'm a Doctor... Not a brick layer"

All this confusing and mis-matching sci-fi has me befuddled!

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