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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: some pin-up shots
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:24:36 PM »
I don't know, I kinda like the concept of the first one, with the white railing and park setting. I'm trying to think of how I would improve that particular image, but I'm failing. Been a long day.

On the second shot, I agree, I'd prefer to see that in a high-key studio setting, perhaps with some furniture or something sorta like that for her to be leaning on.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses for Ice Cream Photography
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:04:57 PM »
It sounds like you don't have any equipment at all, and it sounds like you are jumping to the 5d3 right away. While an amazing tool, probably you don't need to spend that money for food photography, especially starting out. Also you'll need to buy lighting, good quality tripod, editing software (if you are doing editing yourself), appropriate background if you don't have a suitable table/wall area, etc.

It like is easier, and possibly actually cheaper in the long run to find a decent food photographer in your area to take the shots you want, and if you see their sample images you'll know you'll be getting a certain quality of output.

If you are going to insist on buying, I'd go for the 5d2, and as neuro said the 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lens (don't forget to turn off IS when using it on a tripod). Then add a good tripod & lighting, possibly a ring light, and I don't have any specific recommendations on those as I need to research a good tripod myself sometime soon.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom Presets.....
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:22:09 PM »
Personally I haven't used really any of the downloadable ones, free or otherwise. I've used the Adobe ones here and there, and created a few of my own primarily for things like ensuring the process version, adding in the lens auto-correct, general vignette and noise reduction settings for different situations. Nothing too fancy, but the kind of things presets are made for.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D3 vs. BMC
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:20:01 PM »
Thanks JasonATL for correcting my fast and somewhat incorrect reply. I tested Resove on a MAcBook Pro 2011 with i7 with Tumderbolt drive. Seems as Windows is better with a grafic card for this app, may the newes macs will be better.
Of cource you "can" handeld BMCC, but i think most people would agree that a c100, c300 is better. If you follow P. Blooms South Africa tour, you got the same message.
And you need a pretty wide lense with that crop facor to shoot wide. ( yea i know there are some alternatives)
I may buy such a camra, but it somewhat dangerous only to look at dynamic range, etc.
Agree that Canon needs to open up for high quality video.  The "best" camra for me would be the 1D C, but man, it costs a fourtune.

It might be that you don't have an Nvidia GPU. I haven't researched it, but it appears from what I read in the review Resolve uses CUDA, which is Nvidia specific, although OpenCL is quite similar and can theoretically run across ATI or Nvidia without much trouble, there may be certain reasons why they don't/can't easily use OpenCL rather than CUDA. That likely is a big reason why you didn't have good performance on your Macbook.

Besides, it's a laptop. You're expecting amazing performance out of a laptop? And remember, just because it's a Thunderbolt drive, doesn't mean it's fast. It could still be a bog standard 7200 RPM mechanical disk there. If it was a quality SSD, that's different of course, but otherwise it wouldn't necessarily be all that much faster than the one in the Macbook.

I also think the point is that what you get for the price is fantastic, and at least arguably on par with some of the much more expensive options such as the 1DC/Red/C100/C300. Those are at least 3-4 times expensive, BEFORE you start adding in lenses, rig, recording media, etc. For the young film maker without a decent budget (even for rentals), the BMCC is much more affordable. I think that's one of the reasons the 5d2 was so amazing back in the day is because you could get a pretty good quality for, relatively, quite inexpensive with relatively inexpensive lenses. And Canon has, since then, mostly fallen by the wayside due to their attempt to push the video DSLR up into the more expensive higher margin area. Which is exactly the opposite of what the 5d2 was, and is why they are losing a lot of mindshare from what I've been hearing (I'm out here in LA, have a few friends in the industry). BMCC seems to be around the same price point, compatible with the same lenses (depending on the version you get of course), and gives you a ton more than anything Canon, and possibly most other cinema camera manufacturers, give you at a similar price point.

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For primary shooting? No, not me. But when I'm doing something on sticks (macro, landscape, etc), or with support and I want to fine-tune manual focusing, then I often will. Or I'm having to hold it up over my head to try and get a shot.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 lens correction profiles - only jpg?
« on: November 19, 2012, 08:14:26 PM »
Thanks for clarifing that.  I am always happy to learn.  I was under the impression that the in camera correction was the same as DLO.
That'll be the day ... DLO baked into the camera!
You can bet it'll happen eventually though. Perhaps during the DIGIC X generation. We can all hope.  8)

Yea, it'll let us send the camera & specific lens we own off to Canon to generate a custom profile for that body + lens combination. Low low fee of $1500 with 5-business day turnaround for CPA platinum, the rest of us wait in line :P

Or FoCal will figure it out and give it to us for $200 perpetual software license for that camera body, and let us print out our own targets.

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After all the rebates, it's 199 from B&H, I think I'd be insane to not get this as I cannot get calibrated to my only local lab as well as I'd like. I use Epson 3880's at school off and on with impeccable results but I don't always have access.

Hmmmmmmmm….

I got one for that price, it's pretty decent for an 'entry' level large sized photo printer. From what I read before I bought it, the ink usage is reasonable. Not as bad a rip-off that normal cheapo consumer inkjet printers are. I've done probably 3 or 4 dozen 4x6's, a dozen or so 5x7's (both edge-to-edge), and a few 8x10's and still have quite a bit of ink left.

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Technical Support / Re: Best Methods For Long Term File Storage ??
« on: November 16, 2012, 12:37:56 AM »
The biggest problem I see with this idea is that after 100 years no one will remember what USB is or have anything that will read it!  You'll have a wonderful silver paper weight.   Kind of like all of these 3 1/2"  drink coasters I have now.

http://www.sandisk.com/products/usb/memory-vault/

Even beyond that, the real information on how it keeps your data from bit-rot via cosmic rays and such is non-existent. What type of parity/crc protection is built in? Is it using SLC or MLC NAND flash? What kind of write durability does it have? It also doesn't have any provision for data recovery. If you have to send it off for data recovery, will they let you RMA it? This seems like mostly a marketing tool, although I believe it will _physically_ last more or less as long as they say. But even assuming USB50 is backwards compatible with this (doesn't even say if it's USB2 or USB3!), you need it to be more than physically intact, you need to know that cosmic rays, marginal soldering, etc won't have corrupted the data or rendered it impossible to read off certain NAND dies, or even that the controller will still function fine.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 06:39:15 PM »
I don't get this whole problem.  How hard is it to move your thumb one centimeter and touch the focus selection button?  It lights up and you can see what is selected.  If you need confirmation of AF, then use one shot. I have a 7D and it isn't significantly different in practice than my 5DMKIII.  If you are in that low of light, I would use center focus anyway and not be using AIServo.  5D is really a great camera as witnessed by this nitpicking.

Why should I be using center point and AI-Servo when I have 41 cross-points (maybe not as great as the dual cross, but still damn good). I wouldn't have been able to get some of the shots here, which are of someone surfing, at night, next to the Santa Monica Pier with the Ferris wheel providing some light. With him moving, I needed to keep it on AI-Servo the entire time, and it was impossible to see which AF points were currently tracking him. I had to use the AF point select button to get the AF point highlighted to put over top of him to start the AF-Servo tracking. Frankly, it shows how amazing the system is that once I got it to lock after a second or two, it kept tracking him with surprising accuracy in such crappy and changing lighting conditions. But. I still would have liked to have gotten the feedback that the AF point that was currently locked was still over the subject. Would have been much nicer.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:34:46 PM »
An amature that just wants to make a few bucks so he works cheap, is the same guy we hear some Pro's complaining about all the time that they think mess the market up and take work away from them.

If I wanted to go cheap, I'd say $50 and I'll give you everything hi-res and do whatever you want with it. I honestly don't know what the normal, fair-market rates would be, which is why I asked it here.

I understand, you mentioned hobby rates though and that is why I said that.
Nothing wrong with doing work on the side like this.
Be fair to yourself though, price close to what the market goes.  If you price fairly then you can't be the guy they complain about.
$50 sounds cheap unless you see a way it will generate some more cash with prints etc....
Unless your doing it for friends and family then pricing doesn't matter at all.

Heh. Nowhere did I mention _actually_ charging $50, I was saying if I wanted to be that kind of cheap amateur photographer the guys who actually need to make a living from hate, I'd charge that.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:22:50 PM »
An amature that just wants to make a few bucks so he works cheap, is the same guy we hear some Pro's complaining about all the time that they think mess the market up and take work away from them.

If I wanted to go cheap, I'd say $50 and I'll give you everything hi-res and do whatever you want with it. I honestly don't know what the normal, fair-market rates would be, which is why I asked it here.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:03:40 PM »
Lots of good advice here.

Since you have ready access to a CPA, you are very fortunate because he can help you with a sharp-penciled approach to what is realistic. That's something that too few small business people consider when starting out and why so many small businesses close down the road.

Of course you have to balance out your need to make a profit and the ability or willingness of your clients to pay. It's very easy for others to say that you should be charging more, but very hard for you, at this point, to turn down opportunities to learn and gain experience because your clients can't or won't pay what your services should be worth.

Ask yourself if this is a hobby or a business. Right now, you are charging hobby rates. Are you content to continue charging hobby rates knowing that it is unlikely to ever lead to earning enough to operate a business? Would you be happy joining your Dad's accounting firm for your day job and then continuing the photography work on weekends and evenings?

Your Dad will have better advice, but here are a couple of quick exercises: Let's say you continue to charge $75 for a live shoot of an hour or less. Multiply that by how many shoots you can reasonably do in a year. Three gigs a week, year round, at $75 each – that's less than $12,000 gross.

Now, what's the most you realistically believe you can earn in the foreseeable future?   Let's say you could get $500 per shoot and score the same three jobs a week. That's pretty aggressive, but even at that rate, you'd be grossing less than $80,000 a year. That's a living, but it is never going to make you rich.

Finally, something to consider. If you really feel you cannot charge more than $75 a job right now (possibly your clients can't afford any more than that), consider setting a higher, more realistic rate and offering a discount of some sort. That could give you some headroom in the future. "I'm planning on turning pro next year, but right now I need to build up my portfolio, so I am offering a special 'starving artists' discount. The catch is that I retain the rights to the photos and I'll need a signed release from all band members. You can use the pictures to promote your band, but not to earn money from t-shirt, poster or other sales. I will sell you the rights to all the pictures, but that will cost you quite a bit more."

Well, right now I am charging hobby rates, or at least rates where I'm not doing it full time. My Dad runs his own, semi-part time practice, and it's back home which is 3000+ miles away. Leaving that aside, I do software development, and I'm quite well paid. I'm not thinking (at this time) to turn this into my full time job. But, if I can get a couple of grand a year, or more, and buy an extra lens or two and be able to offset the money earned against my photography purchases, that'd be pretty nice. And as time goes on, if I'm getting 2-3 bookings a week constantly and booked out a few weeks or more, I'd certainly look at upping my rates some. Supply and demand, right?

Good point on the rights, I should have to 2 parts, first is normal, promotional materials (flyers, web, etc) and a higher rate for sellable items (t-shirts, posters, etc). Hmm....gotta think on that a bit more.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:58:27 PM »
So...them not implementing a user-changable focusing screen is coming back to bite them when trying to work on this fix. Why couldn't they just give us the user-changable screen? They had it on the 5d2!

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Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:40:08 PM »
You both have given me quite a bit to think about, especially from the rates side. I don't want to start it out too low, but I don't want to come out being too expensive. All a balance I think.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:55:56 PM »
At that rate, how long would it take you to pay for your gear after you pay for other expenses, gas, your time, etc?  Do a ROI, typically, you should pay off purchases of  gear in 3 but no longer than 6 months, or your losing your shirt.

Well, I've already bought my current gear. This would all be as a side job/pay for my gear type of thing. No clue how frequently I'd get gigs either, as I have not been promoting/marketing myself much at all. At least currently, maybe I'll try doing something in the near future. Right now I imagine I'd be shooting smaller/emerging bands, not well established playing at large venues and able to afford significantly higher rates. If it was a headliner at the Greek or something, I'd expect probably 4 or 5 times that, at least.

How about in terms of the rights release? Does that seem about normal for what bands would expect?

I'm thinking I'll follow my fathers advice (registered CPA) and get a tax id, a dba, and start keeping track of those sorts of things/expenses so I'm prepared if this starts being even 2 or 3 times a month.

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