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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera for keen 9 year old.
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:11:26 AM »
OK, good question.  IMHO, don't get him a camera, get him a good book on photography.  Take him to art museums and teach him the rules of composition, the role of light and subject.  Discuss with him what makes a good photograph. Then share with him your camera, and gently critique the images he takes.  Once he develops an 'eye', then work on the mechanics of taking a photograph.  These are all mistakes I made with my kids.  I personally think it's better to share the experience with a child, rather than turn him loose with a camera and let him wonder around with no focus (or guidance).  You will both be better off for the experience. 

Cheers, ...Dave

Disagree entirely. I feel his own way of seeing things first. Then later see what others have done. Please!
We want our kids to have their own vision which will transcend ours. We want unique artists rather than our clones. IMO.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Camera for keen 9 year old.
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:07:51 AM »
I am in Africa and had to post on this even with low low internet.

Any camera with manual control, fixed lens would be the way.

Most important: After buying the camera, back off!!!! No theory, no rules, no 'how to'.
He MUST find his own expression...... Pls do not kill that with rules and such.


Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:51:05 AM »
I know the mentality of the non-residents of Dubai well. They are S___ scared of the locals and the authorities.
I find this photo to be a non issue.

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:25:02 AM »
It is available at Adorama. Been there for over two weeks. Go get! :)

Just put the tripod in the checked bag and make sure it has some clothes around. I have done this dozens of times, no problem.

4 times a year for last many years. No issues.

Cant imagine life without back focus button.

Loaded question to reply here.
I am willing to skype with you on this and tell you all I know. Inbox me if interested.

Lenses / Re: Canon 14mm II for "Yangshuo, China"
« on: August 06, 2013, 12:52:12 PM »
I think the 14mm shots will produce more interesting shots.
I wonder why you taking two bodies when you will have all the time to change lenses.
Wish you a great trip and do post your masterpieces. :)

Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:08:10 AM »

Sorry , I meant to write macro extender!

You know, sometimes, when one is tired...


Video & Movie / Re: Hawaii and my new Canon 100D
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:38:51 AM »
Have fun!

Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 05, 2013, 07:34:55 AM »
I married.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 04, 2013, 10:36:05 AM »
Once you owned 5D III, your 7D will more likely sitting in the bag & collecting dust.

Once you owned a 1dx, the 5d3 will look like a children's toy to you. But this is comparing apples and oranges, the 5d ff range is a completely other gear range - you get nearly two 6d or three 7d1 for one 5d3. So for those who'd like to keep their (one!) camera body price well below $2k, it will remain a struggle with Canon to decide either for good af/fps or low light capability.

Show me what your 1D X can do that make my 5D III looks like a children's toy.

Dylan: It is not about what 1dx can or can not do compared to 5d3, I do agree that 1dx makes 5d3 'feel' a bit like a 'toy'.

Lighting / Re: Using (Fill) Flash
« on: August 03, 2013, 02:21:27 PM »
Well to balance daylight you are not using blue or green correction gels on strobes. But they do have lots of good uses, creating or adding mood or ambiance, though I find the bolder gels more applicable most of the time, you have to print big to get the subtler shades of gel to come out effectively within a scene, IMHO.

Traditionally green correction gels are used to make flash the same colour as some fluorescent lights and blue is used to make tungsten lamps daylight balanced, obviously neither is relevant to flash to daylight correction.

First shot below is a shot with three flashes with different gels, (plus four tungsten lamps and a TV) one red, to exaggerate the tail lamps outside, one with both blue and purple to mimic the TV output, and one CTO to match the tungsten lamp light. But it is totally irrelevant to the subject of daylight balancing strobes.

Mid day strobes are pretty close to daylight and need no correction, early and late in the day 1/4, 1/2 and full CTO and CTS are all very useful.

Second shot is a late afternoon strobe to daylight balanced shot. 1/2 CTO on the strobe into an umbrella to match the setting sun.

love your posted pictures

Lighting / Re: Using (Fill) Flash
« on: August 03, 2013, 02:20:00 PM »
Shoot camera in manual, stick tissue over flash, knock it down -2 stops on exp comp.


Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:26:17 AM »
I'm not, there's an infinite number of colours, unlimited ways of applying paint and an overwhelming amount of different canvases. the point it you choose them for yourself.

And there you have it in a nutshell - people choose how to use a camera and how to adjust the settings for the picture they want according to what works for them.

10 pages on - still not sure why you find it such an issue when some one doesn't do it all manually or wish to learn how to set things up to the level that you or I do...  ???

Leave them be and let them enjoy their photography their way and produce the pictures they are happy with. :-X

With all humbleness I so disagree that manual shooting is at any 'higher level.' It is a method of shooting. That is it. It does not define art or photography. It is a 'mode' on the camera. We all achieve results in whatever manner we find suitable to the situation. No one is inferior by using AV or even P mode as long as their photos leave an impact. If there is any contest, it is with the result, not the method. Raving and ranting about methods boils down to ego. Feeling superior....

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