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EOS Bodies / Re: Scott Kelby Does a Field Report on the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 09, 2014, 10:44:33 AM »
Typical Kelby fluff with little stuff, but nonetheless a reassuring overview for those of us who pre-ordered. Which btw I just received notification that release date is now Oct 30th - just in time for Halloween and High School Fall Championships.

Who is quoting Oct 30th?  I also pre-ordered, but had not heard that date.

Bestbuy.com  I pre-ordered a couple of weeks ago ( about 1 wk after announcement) and initially was told Nov 17th, then I just got an email saying Oct 30th....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Scott Kelby Does a Field Report on the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:27:29 PM »
Typical Kelby fluff with little stuff, but nonetheless a reassuring overview for those of us who pre-ordered. Which btw I just received notification that release date is now Oct 30th - just in time for Halloween and High School Fall Championships.

It was extremely reassuring and touched on almost all of the marks I required.  I do agree that there was a lot of fluff and comparison to the 1dx, but overall, it set my mind at ease.

OCT 30th, SERIOUSLY!!  WOOT! YAY!

I concur with 1Dx 'big little brother' excessive comparisons, and lack of comparison / noted improvements over the original 7D - you would have thought at least a superficial "Is it worth upgrading" would have been included.
 
Also they started to discuss / compare with 1dMark IV, but never addressed it directly - I actually have owned both, but recently sold my 7D this spring in anticipation of upgrading, and am trying to sell my 1d Mark IV but having trouble now that the spec's on the 7D II are out....
If I was limited to just one (the 7D II or the 1D IV), that would be difficult, I was hoping to be reassured that my decision to go with the 7D II (as my primary backup to the 1Dx) was going to be addressed, but ... alas, since I will have both for awhile, I will be able to directly compare and then sell off the 'loser'  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Scott Kelby Does a Field Report on the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:29:06 PM »
Typical Kelby fluff with little stuff, but nonetheless a reassuring overview for those of us who pre-ordered. Which btw I just received notification that release date is now Oct 30th - just in time for Halloween and High School Fall Championships. 

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Post Processing / Re: Fast editing of RAWs to "camera like" Jpegs
« on: October 04, 2014, 11:19:19 AM »
Remember with LR you can apply previously used develop settings during the import.
I created very basic profiles as a rough starting point then tweak as needed.
Consider including as a starting point....(depending on camera/lens)
Lens calibration on
contrast +5
highlights  - 50-75
shadows + 25
detail + 5
vibrancy +10
Sharpness + 50
NR +20
Camera profile to any of the factory options (portrait/landscape/standard) or better yet a ColorPassport custom profile for each lens. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: September 01, 2014, 09:23:10 PM »
14Annapolis-8 by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 24, 2014, 09:25:08 PM »
Intensity by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr

Just another example from the 200/2 to look at. I shoot regularly with both, but if only had I chance, would ALWAYS grab the 200/2 - faster AF, better bokeh, more natural color tones, but the versatility/flexibility of the 70-200 sometimes trumps the 200....but if I have the space / time to plan my shots, the 200/2 is my go-to lens.

Even outdoors when the f2.0 isn't needed, there is just something about this lens...Tight Turn by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mk3 Grainy footage. Any ideas?
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:26:19 AM »
I would first import the clips, cut and create the timeline as you suggested and then denoise and color grade (first denoise, then color grade). I noticed you said 1080i@29.97, 1080i has the same vertical resolution as 720p so it's softer for that reason also. I looked into Atomos Ninja when it seemed to be all the hype, I found it to be too much of a compromise but I don't remember the specifics anymore. Can your atomos record in 1080p? If it can, turn that on. Also your shutter speed of 60 fps? That's fine if you're making a film but have you ever seen sharp frames of volleyball in a movie? Of course not, it's all soft and motion blurry to give it that cinematic feel. You'd only use higher shutter speeds for special occasions, maybe a slo-mo close up of the person hitting the winning "goal" (I have no idea what a goal is called in volleyball) but even then not the jerky crisp kind. you have to decide on the look you want, that's the first thing. your look defines everything else. you don't shoot at 1/60s because it's 1/60s f/4 ISO 1600 outside, you shoot at 1/60s because that's what the look you're going for demands and add or substract light according to the light you have available. i would avoid sharpening the image too much, you might get some artefacts. get neat video, import into fcp, denoise with neat video, add sc sharpen to sharpen the image a little, adjust contrast (the less contrast, the more soft the image appears) and see what you get. have you compared 1080p footage SOOC without ninja and the 1080i (deinterlaced interpreted 1080p but really 720p-verticalres)? which looks softer? is it the camera only being able to output 1080i but not 1080p or is it the limitation of the ninja recorder? you need to find the cause of the perceived softness to see if there's anything you can do about it.
Thanks for your time / opinions on this - the look I am trying to achieve is the 'sharpest (best-focused) / least motion-blur' game footage for players/parents/coaches.
With these recording options on the Ninja2
(HD 1080i60, 1080i59.94, 1080i50, 1080p30, 1080p25,
1080p24, 1080p23.98, 1080p30(60i), 1080p25(50i),
1080p24(60i), 1080p23.98(60i), 720p60, 720p59.94,
20p50, SD 486i59.94, 576i50)
which would you recommend, and with the 5d3, I am not sure if the compression 'option' is relevant when outputting thru the HDMI, but if it does, which do you prefer? Also, with respect to shutter speed, I chose 1/60 for the 'rule' of 2x frame rate, but should I shoot 1080p30(60i) or go to 720p60/ I do that, then while the NINJA says it supports that, it is not an option when I tried it last time (not sure if I made mistake in camera output) or if it is real limitation (typo) on their end.  My ultimate goal is to have a tournament's worth of games on a BLURAY disc look as focused/sharp and correctly colored as possible.  :)
Appreciate your clarifying my settings/workflow.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mk3 Grainy footage. Any ideas?
« on: March 10, 2014, 10:43:26 PM »
Assume for a moment, we are starting from scratch to shoot a volleyball match with a tripod (static) game film for the players/coaches. No tracking, just a simple behind the court view, and a second camera zoomed to the net for closeups, and a third camera on the scoreboard for cutaways after each point.
5d3 settings I currently use are 1/60, f8 and ISO to slightly overexpose (usually 2500, 3200 range) with MF achieved by zooming 10x during warmups at the players near the net, (using my 24-70 and 70-200 lenses), with a clean output via HDMI to Atomos Ninja2 on one of my bodies and CF cards on the other two (using IPB-I) and for the Ninja which codes to ProRes HQ 1080i@29.97
I import all 3 large clips to FCP, make my multi cam action edits, then export to H.264 codec to my website for all to view/download. Prior to export, when is the best time to denoise/colorgrade, etc?? Should I batch process each of the 3 large files before the edits, then import into FCP, or create the final timeline, then process??
Any other suggestions ??

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mk3 Grainy footage. Any ideas?
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:17:12 PM »
With a late 2013 8 Core Mac Pro and 32GB RAM, I'm not really worried about my machine freezing, but rather MY inability to correctly / efficiently post-process my video files. Despite using the same custom WB, my colors just don't seem as vibrant/accurate as my stills, and despite meticulous focusing (on a tripod,m statically shooting men's volleyball), the output is not as sharp as I would expect - so if any of the more experienced can point me in the right direction for fast-action video settings and post-processing tips, I'd appreciate that.  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mk3 Grainy footage. Any ideas?
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:15:01 PM »
What about using a clean HDMI out like the Atomos Ninja2 ?  With direct compression to ProRes, does the ISO mulitple still benefit from the '160 rule' as much?

And as far as pushing the blacks up / down, can you be a little more specific for the beginners in the audience.  If my workflow is MD3 clean video out to atomos ninja2 (with aforementioned ProRes direct compression), and editing in Final Cut or Premiere, what 'other' post-production software / plugin's etc do you recommend?  I'm just learning video editing, have access to the Creative Cloud package, but intimidated by the post-production / color grading, etc that is so often needed.

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Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: February 25, 2014, 11:24:36 AM »

CameronCrazies by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 24, 2014, 08:31:35 AM »
HELP - can't seem to get the skin colors correct here, white balance problem  ;)

CameronCrazies by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr

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Even weight distribution - no slouching ! I use the Black rapid double strap system, even if only using 1 camera - I hook the second strap to my belt loop to help reinforce good posture.
Low back pain is a (preventable) common injury.  Stretch before / during and after every shoot - strengthen the core abdominal and lower back muscles ! Oh and losing some weight would probably benefit at least some of us ;)

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:41:34 PM »

_ND40079 by NAVBPhotos, on Flickr

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