A little too close to the new price for me. I might be tempted at around $1200 though
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Having said that, on a newer body e.g. 5DMkII with better high ISO performance, I guess f/4 or f/5.6 would have been easily achievable. There again, that might have resulted in too much depth of field to separate the models sufficiently from the background?
Indeed, looking at these shots it's very close quarters and a small dof is called for. The fashion shows I had in mind leave more than 1m between the model and the audience in the background :-p ... and concerning iso noise, this is of course a moving target. Do all shots get automatically rejected when they show the slightest trace of grain?
I really would like to know this one: Everybody seems to be using a 2.8 zoom - but if you look at your (lightroom or whatever) stats, at which aperture and zoom range where the pictures shot that got you anywhere at the end of the day? I am wondering if a f4 or even f5.6 zoom or a fixed prime would be ok too for these occasions.
For what it's worth, I think you did a really good job. You've certainly got some fantastic shots to line your folio with! As for the "tool" I'd like to think I'd have served him nuts to go with his drink but don't know exactly what I'd do in that situation. Looks like you played it about right though as your got good shots and didn't get arrested!
I do think I'd have to deal with him though, in one manner or another. Can't stand folks like that!
damn someone really said that? what a tool anyway looks like you got some good shots,
backgrounds are a bit distracting, would have been good to blur them even more but as you said you were already at f2.8, Your shooting angle was also quite high, you must be reasonably tall, I would have sat on the floor and shot from a low angle to do two things
1) get less background distraction and
2) make the models look more imposing and dominant
glad the back button worked well with the ai servo it's nice and reliable on the 1D series
I would guess the guys using flash would have more killed shots due to all the other flash and flashes recycling, but i looked pretty well lit and the 1D can handle iso 800 easy.
so would you do it again?
nice low ceiling to bounce flash, the models look good. should be able to get some decent shots for a portfolio
just make a trip of it with your wife
with all the competition you are going to need the 1D mk2 fast burst rate
get yourself a yongnuo external battery pack to help boost your flash cycle time so it can keep up
do you have 2 flashes you may overheat one and need to swap it over to let it cool down.
go for it
I think it all sounds very dubious. It might be fun, and you might even get some decent photos for your portfolio (the idea of payment seems completely nonexistent to me), which might be handy if this is the industry you're trying to break into.
All in all, you don't sound sure and I think the travel & accommodation money could be better spent.
... interested to see some of the shots if you go through with it
Check the second protrait's background noise, not as good as I expected.That's shot at 1600 ISO. If that's straight from the camera it's pretty good. If shot in RAW that noise is gone in a heartbeat with minimal noise reduction added. I think it's pretty good.
Going off at a slight tangent, what about these various 'professional bodies' where you pay an annual fee and you can get mentors and submit work to qualify for 'professional status' of sorts. I'm thing of the SWWP, BIPP and other 'pro' bodies, any thoughts on these?That's the first time I have heard of these 'professional bodies'. Are they only based in the US? Or do they also operate online.