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Lenses / Re: Night Sky
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:21:35 PM »
Not a novice, and I hate to jump into an existing forum, but I believe the answer may also help the OP.

I shoot weddings, but I live way out in the boondocks (though orange on the map that was linked).

For astro work, I was thinking the 5Diii and 24 1.4L, but I have no idea what to do for settings. When shooting at the moon, I did fast shutter work, but what about the Milky Way like the OP was asking about. Is it something I should attack wide open, stopped down, quickly, open shutter? I do not need exact specs, just a quick response, but I do believe I should turn it on its side and aim South, yes?

Anyway, I hope the answers help the OP as well as myself. It's not too often I am in the dark in photography, but astro work would definitely be one of those areas.

Thank you all greatly for your help!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Wedding Photography / Re: Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: October 20, 2014, 11:10:45 PM »
$winter,

Why so tilty?

I imagine it is their style. My wife and I rarely tilt, but my photos are almost always center. In fact, I have to tell myself not to center the subject to give the wedding/session a little more variance.

My wife's photos are rarely ever centered. You can almost always tell her pictures from mine based on where the subject is. It's kind of funny actually.  ;D

Also, $Winter I love your use of black and white. That is something else I am not too prone to utilize, however, as you've shown it can have quite a captivating effect. Great shots, señor!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Website Advice Please
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:11:03 PM »
Hey Tony,

I use Wordpress and Smugmug separately with good success.

When you visit my main website; http://photosbytabor.com, you can see the different tabs I've added to the navigation bar as well as one that says "gallery site", that tab, as well as the ones below go straight to my Smugmug page and it is an easy way for friends/family to find the galleries they are looking for as well as new clients to view examples of our work.

I too knew very little regarding html, however, I have learned a little at a time over the years and am getting pretty savvy. Also, I optimize ALL of my photos for Google, save them as key terms in PS. Export via the "Save for web" option reduce size, quality (slightly), upload into Wordpress, and SEO them extensively once they're there. It takes some dedication, but it is hard to do an image search in Google for anything related to what we do without at least one if not a dozen or so of my photos instantly popping up.

***edit to add: I use ePhoto, a theme created by a company called Elegant Themes. I also pay for hosting via Host Gator, whom I'm not thrilled with, however, I like them enough to at least recommend checking them out.***

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:29:52 PM »
I wish you had listed the 35L as an option, best baby/toddler/kid lens we own (Proud father of a 5 year old, 2 year old, and 9 month old).

However, since the 35L was not an option, I would go for the big tele. Yes it is heavy. Yes it is amazing.

I use "the big tele" at least 5 times a week for weddings and portrait shoots, but the weight really doesn't bother me at all. My wife, however, rarely carries the thing around and has a hard time with it when she does. If we ever split gear, I'll take the big tele, and she'll take the 100 2.8L or the 85 1.2L. We both do just fine, but I definitely prefer the 70-200 f/2.8L ii.

Last little note, I rarely take it out when we go out as a family. When we head out to the park, or spend the day at a theme park/traveling, we only take a 5Diii, and the 35.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade?
« on: October 17, 2014, 05:31:33 PM »
I would definitely recommend an upgrade.

Upgrades for me happen when I feel like the gear I am shooting with is actually holding me back.

My upgrade path:
Rebel (t1i) => 60D => 7D => 5Dii => 5Diii

With each upgrade I was thrilled to learn about the new features and overall better quality. I sold the Rebel without blinking, held on to the others, but might as well sell the 60D, it sits in the closet and doesn't get any love.

The 7Dii looks like it is going to be a beast of a camera. I can only image how great your images are going to be when you are happy with the gear you are shooting.

My 2 cents, I think you're ready to jump.

I hope this helps!
-Tabor

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Do You Ask for Reviews?
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:24:08 PM »
That is interesting to know about WW. I am still learning more and more about them. I have an ethical inclination to not incentivize, though I can see the reasoning behind providing one. I can see 11 being enough to give people a good expectation of what it is like to work with you all, but I agree with seeking out more.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Do You Ask for Reviews?
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:45:31 AM »
We rarely ever ask for reviews, however, reviews have greatly helped our business. We have featured listings with theKnot and Wedding Wire though I just activated WW about a week ago. We have 8 reviews on theKnot but about two dozen clients I can think of that would give us a solid review. In order to get the Knot's "Best of Weddings" award you need 10 reviews within the last calendar year so I'm going to send an email out to some of our clients requesting a review. It is really an investment in your company and it seems to go a long way. We do not incentivize anyone, we just want to hear from them. We never ask for reviews on Facebook, though we have nearly 80. Every client that has ever reviewed us has given us a 5/5 which I appreciate, and I think it gives potential clients more optimism when booking with us.

I used to ask for reviews on Google, however, I had one silly little person write a negative review despite the fact that I have never worked with them, they have never been to a wedding we were present for, and well, they had zero ground to stand on. After contacting Google regarding, what I considered a frivolous review, they said that they could not do anything. I ended up deleting my Google account completely because of this one person's bad review even though I had several 5/5 reviews on my Google page as well. Reviews are powerful, and can help build or break a small business. (I still rank on page 1 of Google, so no harm there.)

All of that being said, I would monitor the location you choose to have the reviews placed. It is not uncommon for competition to write a negative review as I believe the case was with my only poor review.

I hope this helps, and I love your work.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: \
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:03:55 PM »
Am I the only one who tilted their head and thought that this was an odd little video?

Well executed though.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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Wedding Photography / Re: Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:30:39 PM »
Jepabst,

Fantastic shot! Well planned, great execution, in a word, iloveit. Kudos, señor.

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade Path Advice...
« on: October 11, 2014, 11:09:42 PM »
I hate to be repetitive but am truly trying to give the best advice I can based on the fact that I have owned/shot with the 60D, 7D, 5Dii, and now have 3 5Diii's. I would get a 5Diii as well as consider selling the 50 1.4.

Keeping budget in mind, one of the 5Diii's I bought was $2,450 from one of the gray market sellers on eBay. If you watch for deals, they will come. I sold my 50 1.4 for $300 on Craigslist about a year ago. I only bought it for $320 via BH refurbished.

Since it looks as though you take excellent care of your equipment as well, I image you will have whatever camera you choose for years to come. Even if you only keep the body for 5 years and spend $2,500 instead of $2,000, you are looking at $100/year or less than 30 cents a day to get the camera that (I believe) you would be the happiest with.

If you decide the 5Diii is not the best option, I would consider the 7Dii as the best alternative for what you are looking for.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Software & Accessories / Re: Cloud storage
« on: October 11, 2014, 03:21:01 PM »
I use Backblaze. Unlimited storage, inexpensive, and it backs up my external hard drives.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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My wife threw away one of my shoes once. Keep in mind, ONE of my shoes. The other was found underneath the bed a couple of days later. Luckily, we both run the business so hopefully at least our equipment is safe.  :D

Cheers!
-Tabor

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My wife threw away one of my shoes once. Keep in mind, ONE of my shoes. The other was found underneath the bed a couple of days later. Luckily, we both run the business so hopefully at least our equipment is safe.  :D

Cheers!
-Tabor

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III w/24-105 f/4L IS $2899
« on: October 06, 2014, 09:22:59 PM »
I just bought a 5Diii through BVI and had an awesome experience. It even came with the USA warranty cards. I wouldn't think twice about buying from them again.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: October 01, 2014, 11:32:08 PM »
I have two 5d3s with me on any and every gig. One has a 24 or 35 on with a 600EX, the other has the 85 or 70-200 on with a 600EX. We also bought another 5D3 to go alongside our second shooter's 5D2. I find it extremely handy to have two bodies on at any time. We carry our equipment around with double-harness Black Rapid Straps which are also extremely handy to have when carrying two bodies.

All that being said, I don't believe you will need two bodies for landscape. Instead, I would invest those dollars into either a supreme camera body or awesome glass.

I mainly shoot weddings, portraits of various types, and corporate events. I have found two bodies to be extremely useful during those times, however, on the rare occasion I shoot landscape, I take an extra lens and keep the second body behind.

I hope this helps!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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