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Lighting / Round light flash diffuser experience?
« on: December 26, 2014, 12:25:53 AM »
What has been your experience using one of the round light flash diffusers for portraits?

Anyone using the Chinese made ones from ebay directly?

If you use one, could you post a portrait? Thx

Lenses / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM vs Tamron 150-600?
« on: December 11, 2014, 01:15:11 AM »
I've started kicking the tires for a super telephoto - EF 400mm f/5.6L USM vs Tamron 150-600?

The reviews on Amazon for both are great. With either, I'd try a 2x III converter, which I already have.

I would be using it for sports, birds and wildlife at National Parks/wildlife refuges and zoos.

I will be using it with 60D/6D, which I have today, and maybe/probably later, the 7DII



The Phoblographer is reporting Canon is using a photo shot with its 135 f2 in an ad for the pancake 28


Software & Accessories / LR 5.7 supports Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:43:57 AM »
According to Adobe, LR 5.7 supports Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Photography Technique / Game Ranches for photography
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:29:38 PM »
Only recently I've become aware of game ranches for photography in the US.

I watched a dpreview of the 7dII at a game ranch in Montana, DD, I think. When I looked at the fees, it was like $350 for 90 minute experience photographing a prime animal such as a snow leopard.

In the Bay Area, there is a safari place near Santa Rosa, and I think San Diego Zoo has a wildlife park.

What game ranches have you photographed at? Prices? Positive/Negatives?

Note to Admins: please consider a section such as, Where to photograph


Canon General / Drawing for Canon Gear
« on: November 12, 2014, 06:16:16 PM »
I follow Jeff Cable on FB. He photographs the Olympics, some motor sports, hockey and Bat Mitzvahs

Multiple vendors have provided him gear to give away, so there is a drawing


Any tips for photographing sky-filling BIFs at sunset?

Birds, ducks, geese etc are arriving around the Sacramento National Wildlife Reserve. At around sunset they take off en mass for the surrounding rice fields for some munchies.

Should I focus close to the ground as they take off? All the BIF at sunset pics I've seen are silhouette of birds against either a dark sky, or, if lucky, the sun as it sets

I will be using 60D, 70-200 with 2x III teleconverter

Software & Accessories / Source of Sci-fi digital backgrounds?
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:28:26 AM »
I will photographing a Cosplay event at the end of the month in Fremont and was thinking of using chromakey background and then insert a Sci-fi background.

I've seen the DVDs on ebay and Amazon, but can anyone recommend a specific source or DVD they have used? Thx

Reviews / Scott Kelby's college football game using 7II
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:39:36 PM »

Scott used a 7II for the action shots

Post Processing / "Painting" plug-ins and stand alone apps
« on: September 24, 2014, 06:34:20 PM »
This is one of my first uses of Topaz's Impression, recently released. I've used other painting aps such as the ones from Alien's Snap Art, and DAP's stand alone. I haven't found a good, at least for me, tutorial for Painter.

This was taken with 60D, 70-200mm 2.8 (probably with 2x); 1/1600; f6.3; ISO 400

Location was Pescadero, CA

Post Processing / Evan Sharboneau & His photo trick book
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:28:14 PM »
Has anyone purchased Evan Sharboneau's photo trick book? If so, what did you think of it? Thx

I have a 6D. Looking for product suggestions for a wireless shutter trigger & wireless flash trigger combo.

Flashes will be on manual. Don't need to worry about grouping flashes

Goal: not be tied down to camera body while talking to model

Don't really want any app-based trigger solution. Thx

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