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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:54:00 AM »
If it doesn't say Canon Rumors, I don't pay as much attention. Is that normal? lol

Cheers,
-Tabor

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What I would gladly accept would be a system designed to modify the focal point within, say, 3 inches.

I can only imagine how many shots would be saved if the focus of the image could be brought just a touch closer/further away. It would be incredible for bridals, families, even our little canine buddies. I also think it would help with the time needed to capture, process, and move on to the next image in camera.

-Tabor

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Software & Accessories / Re: Must have Android apps?
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:16:32 AM »
Sun Surveyor ($6.49 US) is my new favorite, because it gives me a widget that shows blue hour, golden hour, solar noon, and sunrise/sunset on a little panel + along with moon phases.  I use the other apps listed as well, but found Stellarium to be much better than Google Sky Maps.

+1 on Sun Sureyor, even if you get the free one. I used the paid version and use the AR View option to see where the sun will rise and fall. I also use the widget that comes with the download to see sunrise/sunset options on one of my home screens.

Enjoy the Droid! They're amazing pieces of equipment.
-Tabor

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Post Processing / Re: Image size for web site
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:58:28 PM »
If you want a little reference, you can head over to my site; http://photosbytabor.com

The largest images I use are 1,500 x 1,000 These are the top photos on my posts and part of the highlight reel on my homepage.

The other pics in each post are 900x600 which is also the size I use on my wedding photography page; http://photosbytabor.com/tulsa-wedding-photographers/

Lastly, the thumbnail images I use, also on the wedding photography page, mid-way down are 300x200.

I hope this helps!
-Tabor

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I had to re-download EOS Utility, but PS CC and everything else is fine.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:45:17 PM »
YES YES YES YES YES!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:40:16 PM »


Why would you recommend the 35?

I've had  a 35mm 1.4 Zeiss Distagon and have a RX1R so I'm familiar with the FL.

Is there something about the contrast/sharpness/AF etc?
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Contrast, noticeably yes.
Sharpness, definitely yes.
AF, noticeably yes.

During the busy months (March through October) we have 1-3 weddings every weekend and 1-2 portrait shoots every weekday, the colors and sharpness I get from the 35L surpass those from the 24L 98% of the time. In dim lit environments, the 35L is about 1.25 times faster at focusing than the 24L. The main reason we keep the 24L around is that, several times a year, I will be shooting a wedding where the groom's getting ready room is quite small and there are often several people in there. Sometimes the brides room is tiny, but more often it's on the grooms side. When I'm in this scenario, the 24L works fine for my needs. Overall, I would say that it is about 87% what the 35L is in quality, but it is a handy little fellow when I need it.

I've been following the 35L ii rumors closely, hoping that they start to figure out when this lens may come about. When it does come, I'll be selling my current 24L and picking up the new 35L ii.

(I am also a huge fan of the 24-70 f/2.8 ii and will begin using it, over the 24L, for my wide angle needs, when lighting is sufficient)

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Primary website:
http://photosbytabor.com

Gallery site:
http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com

Cheers!
-Tabor

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So what CR Admin is saying is that it's the number of posts not the quality that counts??? While many of the top contributors have really valuable input, it's easy for anyone to just say "nice picture" or something equally unmeaty to boost their post counts and enter exclusive circles. Really??

Yes.  ;D

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Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:59:12 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

Quick answer: yes
Follow up answer: I wouldn't recommend it

The way Pabst handled it was, in my opinion spot on. Using wide angle and deep depth of field for the distance he was shooting. On panos, I typically shoot 5-8 vertically mounted shots and re-crop for a horizontal final product, or I shoot ~80 shots, as in the sample photo I posted here. When folks are moving, I may only get 3 in, but I take my time and shoot with purpose to hopefully mitigate the frequent movers. If they are standing still, I go for shots like the one linked.

I hope this helps!
-Tabor




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Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:24:56 PM »

Confetti and Cake by dancook1982, on Flickr


You are brave to use a manual focus lens for a wedding!

:) I think I'll consider getting the 24mm 1.4 II lens for the next one.

Though I love my 24L ii, I do. I would recommend the 35L over the 24L any day of the week, (just for future consideration).  :)

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:55:51 PM »
Great work!

You know, we are considering hiring on a fourth photographer. You should come to the mid-west US sometime!  ;)

Cheers,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Possibly ok after dropped?
« on: November 09, 2014, 11:09:10 PM »
Most venues require liability insurance in case guests damage private property.  The wedding party provides that insurance.  You have to document the incident and the bridal party's insurance should cover damage done by an inebriated guest.

Again back to damaging your reputation.... I would pursue it through your insurance first. While the brides insurance might cover it, they will possibly be anywhere from hesitant to peeved at using it on your account.

I would check with the newlyweds first (or parents, if they're already off on honeymoon), to see if they have this kind of coverage. I can't imagine why they would be peeved; it's one-off coverage, not ongoing like car insurance. If I were the groom and my photographer came to me with this kind of claim and I had purchased the insurance, I would welcome a claim (unless I was liable for any deductible), because then the price of the premium wasn't wasted.

If I inquired and the bride & groom did not have this coverage, I would just tell them OK, thanks, and then take it up with my own insurance provider.

I like this advice the best. Be civil (as you've already shown you are), and simply explain that a guest ran into you while you were loading out and it caused you to drop your incredible camera. I imagine it will be received well.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Possibly ok after dropped?
« on: November 09, 2014, 06:29:10 PM »
I would definitely send it in to insurance. Only two of my items have been dropped, (17-40 and 70-200ii) they both seemed to work fine for about a month, but as time progressed the 17-40 has shown me that it does not manually focus anymore and there is a slight separation near the zoom ring. The big tele still works like a champ though. Even if the 1DX is great now, it may have a glitch that hasn't shown its face yet.

I'm sorry to hear about what happened.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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:-[  I gotta throw out an apology to the OP because unfortunately it appears that this thread has (yet again) devolved into a Mac vs PC debate and I don't think the OP has received much in the way of useful advice about his request.  I started out just wanting to counter the all too common 'Mac just works' lines and ended up writing a dang novel and falling into the tempting debate trap.

I don't think we went THERE per se.  ;D  He got the standard advice:
1) A desktop is more powerful
2) Some useful hardware suggestions
3) Some specific suggestions of systems

All we're missing is the "You should get Linux" guy.  Otherwise, it was pretty civilized and tame :)

You should TOTALLY get a Linux! Just kidding, I love my macs.  ;D

Cheers,
-Tabor

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