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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and 5D II that different?
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:59:12 PM »
But also the 5D MKII is a step backwards. AF system is so old and ruins the camera really, is it still worth £1600 I don't think so, if it were £1250 £1300 then I would say yes. But then the 5D MKIII is that worth another £1000 premium again no, but this is a frustrating time as a buyer for Canon so you did right pulling the trigger I just won't! It would be my luck to pull the trigger on one and it be dropped in price by a big margin or this consumer FF camera would be released. Also still shooting a 40D and spending £1600 on a camera with the same AF system would be counter productive IMO.

Sold my old 5D2 and got one for $1899 brand new not that long ago, canon auth. dealer+freeS&H (that's about £1212 right?). 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and 5D II that different?
« on: August 08, 2012, 06:43:39 PM »
I hope I have collected all the circumstances on one diagram. Unofficial subjective 5d2 vs 5d3 vs 7d buyer's guide :-) I know the thread is on 7d vs 5d2 but if you can't have them both but still want best they both have, you should go 5d3 anyway (I don't have 5d3 so can't confirm all myself)

5d2 or 5d3 or 7d - buyer's guide :-) by marekjoz, on Flickr

Haha.. I like this :)
...and as long as the models are not running we're safe :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: first portraits with my 5D :)
« on: August 08, 2012, 12:12:11 PM »
Like the 1st the most. The 2nd is good too but maybe a diff. angle would have made her head less large compared to the 1st.
On the 3rd the background is just not working for me..  What I'm not fan on these is the white foggy stuff... is that PS or the humidity?

Portrait / Re: Need some Photoshop/Editing help
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:41:46 AM »
This thread is becoming out of control with incredibly over-the-top post processing suggestions for really basic work.

Well...I did ask. I think the point is, if I want to do much of anything in PS for retouching, I need to get myself into a good workshop/class or find a good re-toucher with whom I can become really good friends with so I can get the occasional favor done :)

...or go to MM, pick one from the 6403 retouchers and pay a few bucks if the work is important and/or worth it for you... at least until you feel more comf. doing it yourself...
..and if you are really interested Youtube (and Google) could be your best friend to find good tutorials....

Portrait / Re: Portrait Feedback Please!
« on: August 07, 2012, 03:28:15 AM »
That squatting pose is really not good delete it from your shot list, very very unflattering to the poor girl
Also try not have straight joints  like the main supporting leg where knee is locked solid
and get her to wear heals it will make her poses a lot better due to creating better shape to her legs
Search for some posing guides there is a lot of resource around on the net get a few good poses and practice those shoting at different angles

I was about to write the same... the pose on #2 is a no no.. seriously...
OK. I'm far from pro too so my 2Cs...
The others are too centered. Nice model but doesn't show much interest and the not too interesting backgrounds add to that... next 2 are better as far as the smiles but again the pose, the composition, the backgrounds "ruin" it for me.
Think about why, where what you shoot. What light, backgrounds you are using and what would you like to achieve with them. Think about composition. Be strict with yourself. Don't be afraid of getting rid of photos that are not your bests.. of course this will continuously change as you're getting better and better.
Try more than one versions (DOF, light, comp).
If you haven't done it yet look at videos on youtube. This is a pretty good place: http://www.youtube.com/user/adoramaTV/videos but only one of the many good ones..
If you are interested in portraits it would be a good investment to get a good lens preferably in the f1.4-2.8 area... even if it's a 3rd party... I always said lens 1st bodies 2nd..
But the most important... You're heading to the right direction just Keep shooting! :)


Portrait / Re: natural light
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:44:02 AM »
Awesome set.
Love the 1st and last the most.

Portrait / Re: Depth of Field, composition and thinking it through...
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:40:40 AM »
I think it all depends on the photo. Whatever you are trying to capture and show... Usually a story, a face, a thought, a vision, or ...... 
Why follow what the "greatest" image makers were doing and for who knows what reason..?
I try to do my own as much as possible and learn from it, not copying others or to be influenced by others.  Obviously I make a lot of mistakes but I think that's part of it.
Someone said  "Even if you fall flat on your face at least you are moving forward" :))

Alicia f7.1 - because the stormy ocean and the clouds suppose to be part of the image..

Lilia f9 - b/c the waves and sunny beach is complementing the beautiful girl having a great time...

Alicia f2.8 b/c the background is clearly not what I was "focusing" on ...

Lighting / Re: Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 30, 2012, 02:36:43 AM »
Judge Joe Brown - Cheap wedding photographer
Wow, I liked that video.
Never been into weddings, even though my friends are keep asking but this video is interesting.
So if there are so many photographers - and due to that large number probably so many good ones too - how come these people can shoot 100s of weddings?
Now I would think that this was staged but the sad thing is that all I have to do is search for the area where I live and I see half a dozen snappers like this....

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your Summer Beach Shots here
« on: July 28, 2012, 12:55:53 PM »



::)  ;D :'(  ;D  ::)

Haha.. Plenty people could march under that flag...

Technical Support / Re: DIY sensor cleaning - what to buy.
« on: July 26, 2012, 06:42:17 PM »
I'd call Canon to see what they'll say if they do it for free it might worth the shipping.
When I called them a few weeks ago, they told me if it's out of warranty: $50 to $100 for the cleaning + shipping and insurance (another $30-$40) plus 7-10 business days.

So I watched a few vids on youtube bought a kit from evil bay...
...and cleaned both of my cams without a problem. :)


Site Information / Re: Put a link to your pictures in your footer!
« on: July 25, 2012, 01:00:30 AM »
The problem with this idea is that anymore, it isn't about photography.  Most of the photos posted on here I don't even look at because you can tell they are so heavily processed afterwards that it's art anymore, and not photography.  It's now how well you can work your camera and lenses, it's how well you know Lightroom and Photoshop.  Most of the people with awesome photos wouldn't have survived the film days, sorry.  I'd much rather see basic processed RAW files out of LR or Camera RAW and converted to JPEG, 60 seconds tops, not 3 hours in Photoshop.  Again, that's why since digital photography, I don't really care too much about posted photos.  Some photographers love and blend the two arts together, but me personally, that's why some days I go shoot with my EOS-3, because you CAN'T get it wrong with film, it's either right, or not.  Period.  No fancy after effects.

That's my personal opinion and my observations over the last 5 years.

...with film, it's either right, or not.  Period.  No fancy after effects.

Shhhhh...don't tell Ansel Adams!   :P

Ha, ha.  Made me laugh because it's so true.  Photography has always had a darkroom art to it, now the drakroom is just digital.  Sure you can snap some shots and have a lab process them for you, just like you can shoot RAW and do little to no post.  That has always been the case, but masters, and people who actually have images other people want to hang on their walls usually do a lot of image manipulation (film or digital).  It's funny to me, but I often find that the people who are most resistant to post production the so called "traditionalists" A) don't realize the historical perspective of how much darkroom work has always been done and B) aren't any good with computers.  I know tons of older photographers who began with film, but LOVE digital because it frees them up to realize the photographic (or artistic) vision they have in their head with much less exposure to toxic chemicals, and able to realize their vision much faster.  Using the freedom of digital allows some to prosper and figure out new ways to explore the medium, to push boundaries and create new art.  You say most of the people with awesome images now wouldn't have been able to survive the film days, the same is true about many of the film photographers I see now, they won't survive the digital age.  It also allows some to stagnate and become old grumpy curmudgeons.  Use it to your advantage instead of just bitching about it, grow, evolve, the rest of the world will wether you do or not.

What Alex said!

My father loved 35mm B&W film - all he had back then anyway.. :) - and I was about 5 or 6.
He did all kinds of fancy effects on some of those photos .. that was about 35 yrs ago...
Every Photographer I looked up to - and I'm not talking about journalists since that's a totally diff. field - were people who had a very critical view and wanted to be better and wanted to make their creation better.
I have the same view. Every photo I take, I find something that could/can be better. I am not a journalist, I am not interested to show "snapshot reality" in a way anyone can see it, I'd like to show it in my way. That means I change it - by re-shooting or CS - until I'm satisfied with it. Of course that doesn't mean I'm still going to be happy with it a year later...   :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 24, 2012, 12:08:09 AM »
Would you mind sharing the info on how you got this shot? Did you any strobes etc?

Thank you...nothing special just a 60D and a 430EXII flash on a flexible tripod and some CS to get the blues.. it was a pretty dark and stormy day... Of course it's far from perfect but I try to learn from every shot so next time I'll position the light higher :)  The young lady - Alicia - is my fiance, (thank you again) just starting in modeling so we're trying to put together a book for her..

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lovin' my 5d Mark III
« on: July 23, 2012, 06:08:22 PM »
Thank you Bob, sorry to be off topic a bit... just wanted to share my happiness about the shoot and the fact that we survived it without any lightning :))

...also very happy that everyone loves their 5D3, I'll be too once the prices are going down a bit... :)

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