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Lighting / Re: Fauxtographer Ruins Olympic photos.
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:51:54 AM »
It's very easy to criticise these photos from the armchair. Clearly the photog did not have enough time to make decent looking images and has limited experience on posing people (the 'dive' shot, anyone?  ???).

I feel sorry for him for the results of this shoot. He was probably rushed off his feet and stressed by people who have unrealistic expectations when someone more experienced/established (somebody mentioned Joe McNally) would probably have answered back along the lines of "Hang on... you're not going to get a portrait from me within 60 seconds."

The photographer probably decided it was better to have tripe than to have nothing. Hopefully he will learn from this assignment and it won't ruin his career too much.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 04:14:09 PM »
Are you able to post some examples? If so, maybe forum members could offer input and advice on how to deal with similar situations in future.

Tasteful use of fill flash springs to mind!

EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx availability in the UK
« on: June 30, 2012, 04:58:12 AM »
They don't take a deposit so anyone can pre-order a 1D X at Jessops. My point is, if they receive 24 bodies and you're 27th in the queue, only 3 people have to have second thoughts or cash issues for you to end up with a body. So there's still hope.  8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 21, 2012, 02:37:06 PM »
My rebel often locks AF like lightning in low light.  I generally do a double-take and ask it "Really?!" - the result is usually an out-of-focus shot when viewed at large size.

I know I'm comparing 5Ds and Rebels here, but my point is faster isn't necessarily more (or equally) accurate.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Hitting Retailers
« on: June 21, 2012, 01:17:23 PM »
You must be pretty excited neuro, turns out the 1D X is real after all!

Lenses / Could a 35mm f/1.2 L be in testing? (pic)
« on: June 20, 2012, 09:56:05 AM »
This is just a bit of fun, because this is certainly a typo but it's fun to speculate.  I was browsing Jeff Ascough's Canon profile and came across this shot.

EF35mm f/1.2L huh?  :o

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark iii noise at 1600
« on: June 19, 2012, 10:34:27 AM »

What do you make of these - 5D MKIII @ 1600iso.
Um... that looks absolutely normal in the shadow areas of dark orange light. Give the camera a chance!

Landscape / Re: Sunny afternoon on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales
« on: June 19, 2012, 06:55:12 AM »
Lovely views, the sunlight is so harsh though!  My favourite is the storm gathering.

Lenses / Re: Photo of EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake leaked
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:48:43 PM »

I really don't know why people keep saying this:

And when lights go low during receptions, the IS on Tamron could spank the Canon 24-70 II no matter how much better the MTF may look in lab.

when the answer is clearly this:

what's low shutter speed good for when for shooting people 1/100+ is required?

If you have to rely on IS in the 24-70 focal length for shooting people, your shutter speed is far too slow for anything but artistic blurs.

I wonder what F stop our eyes have?

The range is aproximately f/3.2 - f/8.   :)

Yep, I find the bokeh of my eyeballs to be quite displeasing, too.

I assume it's the auto brightness feature getting confused, like mentioned above. It's happened to me with all of my EOS cameras at some point or another (450D, 7D, 5D III).  It's a terrible habit to judge exposure based on the brightness of the screen, so if it bothers you that much, set the brightness to max manually or take care not to cover the light sensor on the back of the camera (I have quickly determined that this is the small circle near the bottom left of the LCD display by shining a torch on it then entering image playback).

As far as I'm aware, HTP has always worked for raw files. Are you sure you're not confusing it with auto lighting optimizer?

It's essentially shooting 1 ISO stop lower then applying a selective curve to boost the shadows/midtones, thus giving you an extra stop of highlight wiggle room - or at least this is how I've always understood it. The data is 'baked' into the raw file, but you'd be just as well off underexposing and applying your own curve adjustment in post. The result is increased shadow noise.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

Lighting / Re: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT - I'm impressed!
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:32:38 AM »
My 5d3 syncs with it at all speeds.  High-speed sync gets you over 1/250, regular sync is limited by up to 1/250.

The 5D3 is quoted as having a max sync speed of 1/200s (?)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5Dm3 Grainy Images?
« on: May 18, 2012, 05:18:10 PM »
That's noisy as hell with banding in the shadows. Has this image been pushed? And by that I mean... by a couple of stops.

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