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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:15:18 PM »
Either go all the way and give wildlife photographers something they can crop (1DX2), or keep it cheaper with a 6D2.  Buildings and landscape don't need 65 point AF.

Post Processing / Re: How to start using Photoshop
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:45:50 PM »
I learned on my own, way back when it was version 3.1.  Played with it for years and years, and got pretty good.  Then I started watching Phlearn and learned far more in a year than I ever had before.  He has an intro series, but I have no idea how it compares to Linda's.  I'm sure either one if fine.  Once you get the basics, make sure to check out Phlearn.  Even the free stuff is awesome, and fun.

Lighting / Re: What 3rd party flash?
« on: October 08, 2014, 12:37:49 PM »
For ETTL, I prefer a Canon flash.  For manual, I prefer Yongnuo.


Software & Accessories / Re: Storage & backup - advice needed please
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:19:09 PM »
I don't know how much retouch you do, but I suspect that the edited files have a lot to do with your issue.  I'm regularly in the 2 - 4 gB range with my working files, both for retouch and for architectural work.  Files this size eat up space quickly, and there's no way I'm deleting them.  While I think it's a good idea to scour through your folders and delete old stuff and lousy photos you're never going to use anyway, I find that I actually gain very little from it - other than a cleaner file system.  JPGs are nothing - I could spend hours deleting old files and hardly make a noticeable impact.  Even RAW files seem small compared to TIFF/PSD/PSB.  I actually find I free more space going into old layered files and cleaning those up, deleting superfluous layers or masks, merging layers, and whatnot.  I'm now better about doing that during my editing, but I never used to think about it.

As to storage, have you thought about just using external drives?  There's some very reasonably priced options with USB 3.  And the nice thing is you can physically separate it from your other files, for a much more secure backup.

Lighting / Re: POLL: What flash modes do you use?
« on: October 07, 2014, 10:45:25 AM »
Canon spent millions perfecting the system, I paid for the convenience. Why use manual if I can use ETTL and not waste time?

Who's wasting time?  For precise lighting I don't think TTL is any faster than manual.  You still have to fine tune your light, what does it matter if I'm nudging up a ratio, or a power level?  So why use a system that isn't necessarily going to be consistent, that uses a pre-flash that might get my subject to blink, that requires a more expensive and complicated RF system...  if there's no benefit.  eTTL is fantastic, when the situation calls for it, but there are plenty of situations where it offers little to no advantage.

Lighting / Re: POLL: What flash modes do you use?
« on: October 06, 2014, 03:41:42 PM »
Oops, I only hit manual, meant to do eTTL as well.

Only 6 people voted so far, but already 3 votes for multi?  I'm curious what people are using for other than the occasional creative experimentation?  I think I used it for a couple of photos when I got my 580exII just to play around, and I'm pretty sure I haven't touched it since.

Lighting / Re: First Flash
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:15:38 AM »
Another +1 for the 430exII.  A single 600 is going to do little for you over the 430, and doesn't justify the cost difference, IMHO.  As far as 3rd party options:  I own a lot of Yongnuo flash equipment, are recommend them readily, but everyone should own at least 1 eTTL flash, and for eTTL get a Canon.  If, down the road, you want to get into manual lighting or expand your TTL setup, then look into 3rd party options.

Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:14:10 PM »
will toss in my 2c -

went through an exhaustive study of which gear to acquire for hobbyist lighting for the last month or so, and ended up with 4 options:
1. follow strobist guide with a pair of lp180's + PW's and various shoe-mount speed rings, etc.
2. get a pair of 600-ex-rt's with trigger and various shoe-mount speed-rings (i.e. chimera ob2 kit or profoto 3' octa)
3. go straight to big lights with paul buff einsteins and that accessory system (including battery option)
4. go with bowens gemini 500's and their mod system (including battery option)

Sounds like you already made your decision, but just in-case others stumble upon this while doing their research:  The Strobist guide is outdated and a bit biased, as far as the Lumopro flashes.  If you're going for a manual only, third party flash it's a hard argument against the Yonguo 560 III.  Now with the 560-TX you can control power and zoom from your flash, all for $50 plus $70 per flash.  There's little point in getting PW is you're using manual only, other than wanting to stay away from third party venders.  You can get a basic 2 light light setup with built in RF receivers, and a trigger that can control power and zoom, for $200.

Post Processing / Re: export settings for 20x30
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:33:30 AM »
what lightroom export settings should be used to send a jpeg file to yorkphoto for a 20x30 enlargement?  I did a search and got so many diff answers , is resizing critical or should I not do that?

20 x 30 inches?  Upload the full sized jpg.  Better yet, send them a TIFF if you can.

I've never worked with Yorkphoto, so I don't know how they operate.  But any reliable company making enlargements with that should know what to do with your file regardless of how you set your dpi.  Give them the full sized image, it'll be XXXX pixels by YYYY pixels.  Resolution shouldn't matter, if they know what they're doing, but you can select 300 to be safe. 

Select your photo, go to Export, choose location, JPG (don't resize, but set resolution if you want), and I'd leave all the sharpening and post processing alone.  That should be all it takes.  Your image technically isn't a 20 x 30 at that point, but the print house should do that.  There's no point in artificially enlarging it yourself.

Lighting / Re: Looking for recommendation on light kit
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:23:53 AM »
If you want a beginner lighting kit get a couple Yongnuo 560 III (make sure to get the III) at $70 each, and a YN 560-TX transmitter ($50).  If you want to save $30 you can get the RF-602 or RF-603 transmitter, but the one I mentioned is worth it.  It's not going to get much cheaper than that, and yet it has features that systems three times as much don't have.  You'll eventually need stands and modifiers but you can start with the little plastic feet that come with the flash and sheets of white posterboard.

Once you start really looking critically at glass photography you'll notice that you don't eliminate reflection, you just control it.  Without reflections you wouldn't see anything, unless it's colored.  Even then, well placed reflections add dimension to the photos.   Once you get more advanced you'll probably find out that for truly clean images good lighting is only half of it, the other half is done in Photoshop.

Get a basic lighting kit, go over to Strobist and start learning:

And then grab your glasses and practice some basic rim lighting, like most all of us did when we were learning flash.  It's like drawing an orange in art class, everyone starts with the basics.

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:34:36 PM »

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:13:31 PM »
I have one of these:

Looks interesting, but that's a whole different level of backpack.  If you're willing to spend $300+ it opens up a lot of options.  Personally, I'd go for an Fstop if I was willing to throw down that kind of cash:

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:12:26 AM »
I think that was the point right from the first post in this thread. I don't think anybody uses it to post to Facebook.

I use it for posting to Facebook all the time when I'm traveling.  In-body Wi-Fi means I don't have to carry any extra gear with me besides my phone and my camera.  No attachment could ever provide that same ease of use.

Everybody has their own style.  If I'm not going to post process I'm not taking my 6D anyway.  I'll use a point and shoot.  Or, more likely, my phone.

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:11:02 AM »
  • Room for 6D, 2 small/medium lenses, 1 telephoto, 1 speedlight optional.
  • Some form of weather resistance

A camera and a couple lenses isn't exactly heavy packing.   I'd just grab any of half a dozen old Jansports that I have laying around.  With that little gear I don't need anything fancy, I think that traditional backpacks are more comfortable than camera specific ones (with the exception of really nice packs like F-stop), and I prefer not advertising that I have a bunch of camera gear.

It doesn't have the flashy camera guy appeal that some like, but I'm ok with that.  I have a bunch of those free shoulder bags that B&H and Adorama give away with new cameras.  I pull out the inner padding and just stuff my gear in there.  I'd also grab a dry bag, you can get one cheap on Amazon if you don't own one, and keep it in the pack in case it rains.  You can also get a cheap pack cover, but don't count on those things in a true downpour.

As to the tripod, I too usually just hold it in my hand.  If you were doing a long hike I'd either work out some straps to attach it to the side, or try to put it in the pack and stick out the top.  Ultimately though, the comfort level is going to depend more on the backpack than the way you attach it.  A small little pack will never have the comfort of a framed hiking pack.  Personally I'd just get a good Gorillapod - the DSLR one - unless I was going specifically for some tripod shots.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:00:33 AM »  Wifi SD Cards $40-50,  Yongnuo Wireless flash Transceivers (a pair) $35.  Love my yongnuo triggers. Buying Wifi Card.  I own a 6D and the internal Wifi isn't all that great.  In a Magnesium body? Probably worse.

You think an EyeFi card is going to perform better than the 6Ds internal WiFi?

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