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Technical Support / How to rotate video?
« on: November 16, 2012, 04:26:35 AM »
I hope this is in the correct forum.

I don't shoot hardly any video, but I shot a video on my 5DMkIII at an event recently ..... in portrait (upright) view. When it plays back, it plays back in landscape view and for the life of me I can't work out how to rotate it so that it plays back in the correct orientation.

I don't have any dedicated video editing software, so I'm reliant on CS5.5 extended. Is it possible to rotate video after it's shot and if so, how? I understand that CS5.5 extended supports video editing, but despite spending ages 'googling', I haven't managed to find out how to rotate a video :(

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMkIII - live view in manual mode
« on: October 13, 2012, 07:38:12 AM »
Can I ask what lens you're using? I know the 5diii doesn't like some 3rd party lenses in live view

I only have Canon lenses. The lens I've been trying to use with live view in manual shooting mode is the 100mm f/2.8 macro (the original non-IS one, not the new IS version).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMkIII - live view in manual mode
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:57:58 AM »
Try to enable :Live View Shoot (4th page of the red camera icon in Menu)

When I set it to enable it allows me to see live view screen in manual.  Disable seems to lock out everything but the C123 Modes. 

Hope this is some help.

Thanks, I just checked and live view shoot is already enabled but still no image showing on the LCD when live view set in manual shooting mode! :(

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Software & Accessories / Re: 5DMkIII tethered shooting with LR4.2
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:53:58 AM »
I don't have MkIII myself yet, but I was on a shoot this week with a pro shooting tethered with one using Capture One software. It seemed to work very well for what it's worth (and looks like you can control everything that you are looking for according to specs: http://www.phaseone.com/en/Image-Software/Capture-One/Features.aspx)

Thanks, although apparently live view is not supported for Canon or Nikon cameras :(

"The extent of tethered support will vary depending on the back/camera connected. Live View is not supported for Canon and Nikon."

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5DMkIII - live view in manual mode
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:55:36 AM »
5DMkIII

In manual mode, live view only seems to work when the shutter release is pressed half way and then only for a few seconds before the live view image disappears from the LCD screen again.

It works fine in other shooting modes e.g. Av

Is this a fault or a design feature?

If a design feature - can anyone explain why it's set up this way?

Is there a work around (other than pressing the shutter release half way)?

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Software & Accessories / 5DMkIII tethered shooting with LR4.2
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:50:03 AM »
I've just started using tethered shooting for product shots, using a 5DMkIII with LR4.2

I have a couple of queries that I haven't been able to resolve so far and I'd be grateful for any advice.

1) Tethered shooting carries on OK for several frames, but then everything 'locks up' i.e. the camera controls stop responding (e.g. live view, shutter release - basically, everything freezes); the only way I've found to resolve this is to close LR and start over - has anyone else experienced this and if so, do you know why it happens and how to avoid it?

2) There doesn't seem to be any way to focus or to control the camera settings (e.g. aperture, ISO etc) directly via LR, other than the shutter release - is this correct?

3) Is LR the best option for tethered shooting (in particular for product shoots) or do you prefer a different solution - if so, why?

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The Digital Picture resolution tests were posted yesterday. Obviously results are good, but not quite as good as the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II.

Also according to the tests, the results of the lens deteriorate significantly at 70mm. They appear to be worse than the old EF 24-70 f/2.8L at that focal length.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=787&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=0&LensComp=687&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=787&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=4&API=0&LensComp=101&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=4&APIComp=0

This does highlight what an amazing lens the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is!

I think I'll stick with my 24-70 f/2.8L I and my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II - I can't really see any compelling reason to shell out another £2000 for the 24-70 f/2.8 L II

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Portrait / Re: Reverse Engineer this please
« on: August 07, 2012, 07:12:07 AM »
Hi guys, Im having trouble taking my portraits to a level im happy about. Could someone explain to me how these were done, the first link being my faveourite. Has he used flash? If so would he have used an ND filter for shallow DOF?
Also if you look through his 'Strangers' Collection here im impressed with most of the light. Quite soft. I cant avoid worse shadows and hot spots when i try. Maybe im not post processing enough?
Some thoughts on this would be excellent.

Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but is there any reason you can't just ask Mat?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5dIII hot pixel question
« on: August 04, 2012, 01:25:45 AM »
This is very interesting. I've had my 5DMkIII since March. The first time I used it, I shot RAW + jpeg as I was only able to use the jpegs because I was travelling abroad and also didn't have any RAW conversion software with me that was capable of converting the RAW files. The in camera jpegs showed a few seemingly randomly placed black dots surrounded by lighter pixels - they looked a little like 'X' marks the spot! I'd never seen anything like it on my 1DMkII. They were quite noticeable at 1:1. When I returned to the UK, I upgraded from LR3 to LR4 and developed the RAW files in LR4. I haven't noticed the dots in any of the converted files, not that I've looked very hard but there's nothing that immediately stands out. As the in-camera jpegs are too mushy due to overly aggressive noise reduction (even with noise reduction turned off in camera), since I came back to the UK I've only shot RAW and converted with LR4. I've been reasonably happy*** with IQ and haven't noticed any hot pixels/dead pixels at all - not that I've been actively looking for them. When doing beauty retouching I often work at 1:1 or even up to 4:1 on occasion, so I'd have thought I would have noticed any hot pixels if they were there. To be honest, I'm not going to go looking because even if there are a few hot pixels/dead pixels they obviously aren't affecting overall IQ without a lot of pixel peeping (even with). I am intrigued to know though what my particular type of hot/dead pixel is/was - can anyone enlighten me? Until reading this thread, I'd assumed they were some sort of artefact produced by the in-camera jpeg conversion, particularly as I haven't noticed any (yet) in the RAW files.

*** I don't want to go off topic, but I say only 'reasonably happy' because IQ from RAW files converted with LR4 are quite good but the RAW files are noisier than I'd like even at low ISO (400 or less) and need quite heavy NR settings in LR4 (e.g. up to luminosity 70, detail 60) which results in loss of some fine detail. Also, although I don't use in-camera jpegs it would be nice to be able to do so e.g. for client proofing. I'm of the mind that this is not quite good enough for a camera at this level and I'm hoping for a firmware update that will improve the in-camera NR. I'm also hoping for a LR4 update as although I like the results, it is very sluggish when doing local adjustments.

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EOS Bodies / Why so many different camera bodies?
« on: June 29, 2012, 02:35:49 AM »
A wide range of lenses has to be a good thing and is often stated as the reason for sticking with Canon when other manufacturers come up with a cutting edge camera body. However, it's not so obvious to me why Canon needs such a wide range of camera bodies. I'm guessing its purely a marketing thing i.e. keeping sales going by always having something new and 'better' to offer. I also understand having similar bodies, some with crippled features at lower price points to maximise market share. Are these the sole reasons for the bewildering array of Canon camera bodies on the market at any one time or have I missed something?

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Lenses / Re: ND Filter system for landscape photography question
« on: June 19, 2012, 03:39:57 AM »
Free (almost) answer: learn how to black card.

You can pull more stops than is feasible with even the most diverse filter collection.
You can grad at any rate your heart desires.
You can even match terrain if you you're handy with a scissors.

You'll probably still want a modest collection of ND filters for when you need to adjust the overall exposure dramatically, but you wont need the grads.

Sorry, but you've lost me there - how do you 'black card'?

In a typical high DR situation of a dim foreground and bright sky, you expose for the ground and use a piece of non-reflective black cardstock to cover the sky for part of the exposure to effectively reduce the exposure of the sky.

A quick Google search for "black card photography technique" yielded this reasonably good explanation:

http://hanjies.blogspot.com/2009/10/black-card-photography-part-i.html

If you've ever done darkroom work (ok, I haven't either), you're effectively doing a dodge while taking the exposure instead of when making the print.

Thanks for the explanation - I might give that a go!

I could only afford to buy the Lee starter kit with 2 stop hard GND filter, so this technique could come in very handy for higher contrast scenes and scenes without a straight horizon and save me having to fork out for more very expensive GND filters. Anyway, I do like the idea that the black card can be cut to fit the horizon - much more flexible than the straight lines on a GND filter, if more fiddly, but there again landscape photographers spend a lot of time waiting around for the right light so I guess time spent customising a black card is not so much of an issue?

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Lenses / Re: ND Filter system for landscape photography question
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:46:28 PM »
Free (almost) answer: learn how to black card.

You can pull more stops than is feasible with even the most diverse filter collection.
You can grad at any rate your heart desires.
You can even match terrain if you you're handy with a scissors.

You'll probably still want a modest collection of ND filters for when you need to adjust the overall exposure dramatically, but you wont need the grads.

Sorry, but you've lost me there - how do you 'black card'?

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5DMkIII 'just for fun'
« on: June 08, 2012, 02:14:13 AM »
Lol, those got yanked.

Hey, you remembered that too! :)
I don't try not to make the same mistake twice!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5DMkIII 'just for fun'
« on: June 08, 2012, 02:12:37 AM »
deliberate mistake is you left her top on this time  :P

Not what I was thinking of, but well remembered! ;)

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5DMkIII 'just for fun'
« on: June 07, 2012, 05:38:37 PM »
Can anyone spot the 'deliberate' mistake?

Uhh.... the shadow continuity?  On her left arm, where the bag has a gap, for example.
Am i thinking too narrowly?

No and yes :)

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