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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:03:56 AM »
So in two recent photo leaks, one has gold letters and the other has silver. My two cents, I hope it's silver. The listed specs sound good to me though!

-Tabor

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Portrait / Re: The New Guy
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:35:14 AM »
First of all, congratulations! Kids are amazing, I have a small collection of them myself, (3 to be precise).

Knowing that you are seeking some insight, I would recommend;
1) taking these types of pictures as frequently as possible.
2) when choosing a blanket and setting, yellow can make things a bit more challenging for white balance, whether it is an ambient yellow from the walls or lighting, or the yellow of a blanket or toy, white is fantastic or a color that is no where near the babies normal skin tone (I try not to use yellow to red, but most every other color is fine, though probably just a personal preference).
3) I am a person fan of very shallow depth of field, especially for the little ones
4) (Again may be my taste, but) if you look through my family/baby galleries online at http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com/Family you may find some inspiration with regard to memories you would want to capture. We shoot "lifestyle newborn sessions" and really try to capture the early days of the newborn, interactions with everyone, and all the time they spend sleeping. Though we will occasionally take more posed photos, it is certainly not our preference. When we look back at photos of our kids, the ones we cherish most explain the relationship, through a photo.

I hope this helps and congratulations again!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photostitch ain't perfect, or is it me?
« on: January 28, 2015, 02:40:03 AM »
First of all, I agree with Private.

My 2 cents; distance, rotation, alignment, and most importantly (in my humble opinion) is the number of photos. Rather than 3, try 7. Rather than 8, try 15. I take most of my panos with the subject at least 10 feet away and typically aim for a 120 degree rotation and 11-13 photos keeping the shutter half depressed rather than refocusing as I go. I edit them all the same time in Camera Raw, use the photo merge option in bridge, check the boxes for blending the images together as well as geometric distortion correction, and leave vignette removal unchecked (I already removed the vignette in camera raw. After hitting OK, Photoshop goes to work and does an amazing job. I'll merge anywhere from 8 to 100+ photos together with very little error rate.

Experiment, have fun, and best of luck!

All my best,
-Tabor

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Post Processing / Re: Assembling Portraits
« on: January 28, 2015, 02:27:09 AM »
Yes I do. During busy season (March-November) I would say I merge photos about once a week. It is never my first choice, but often the only way to get the best result in post. With groups (especially with kids) I'll often put the camera on a fast shutter release and say, "alright, on three! One, two!!! (click, click, click, click, click) Three!!! (click, click, click, click, click, click) Though ridiculous, it has mitigated the need to merge photos as often as I used to.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2149
« on: January 21, 2015, 02:16:07 PM »
Dang! This is $50 LESS than I paid for my 5Dii, AFTER the 5Diii was announced!

I've never purchased from this particular seller, but I have bought from practically all of the others that CR has announced eBay deals for.

If anyone jumps on this, have fun with your new 5Diii!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Photography Technique / Re: Indoor Wedding help
« on: January 19, 2015, 07:56:57 PM »
Av or Tv, yes.

P Mode, maybe?

If the setting is bright and wonderful, Av, set your depth of field to 2.2 or 2.8, shoot around, check your shutter speed AND iso and adjust as needed.

If the setting is dark, Tv is your friend, for dancing, I shoot at 1/125 at the slowest, adjusting iso as needed to keep it out of the 3200 and above range on the fringe of my high iso shots and quite frankly aim to hit my shots with an emphasis on making sure they are still and secondly, making sure my depth of field is accurate. If the reception is dark such as it was at my last wedding, http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com/Tulsa-Wedding-Photography/Jenn-Derek/ I keep the photo a little darker, I use a separate bounce flash and do my best.

I hope this helps! Feel free to look at the info button on any picture to see the settings I used.

All my best,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 17, 2015, 10:01:24 PM »
If you want an amazing camera for your trip, I don't think you could go wrong with the 6D.

If you have the budget then ABSOLUTELY the 5DIII.

If you have the patience, 5DIV all the way, it's hard to go wrong with Canon's latest and greatest.

I hope this helps!
-Tabor

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Wedding Photography / Re: Bride: Extreme Closeup
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:19:59 PM »
Great shot Pabst!

I look forward to seeing more of your work, you do an excellent job.

Cheers from Oklahoma,
-Tabor

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2296
« on: January 02, 2015, 03:04:59 PM »
Says "Kit Box ... lens removed".  Wonder what else was removed?  I always get a bit skeptical about open boxes and online dealers.    Often we get "sold" the battery, charger, cables etc for added $$ ... 

Though I know of a case where my friend bought a 5Dii online and it didn't come with anything except for the front cap and the body, I bought one of my 5Diii's through a getitdigital and had a great experience. Packaging was not the best, but indeed, all they removed was the lens. I would suggest the buyer do their research (as I did before buying), but I would not hesitate to buy this camera from them, BigValueInc, 1080 photography, and other big gray market companies again. I have only had good experiences to date.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 08:16:52 PM »
All I need now is this new high MP camera, a fisheye, and the ability to crop, right?  ;D

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:17:57 PM »
Is the 85L incredible? Yes, and it is what I would recommend, hands down. We use it for every portrait event, BUT not every wedding, it is just... too... slow...

That being said; I did use it for the bride walking down as well as various dancing shots at a wedding we had this July. http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com/Tulsa-Wedding-Photography/Lisa-Isaiah/i-R6GPLb2/A
Since I had displaced a rib just a few days before, I updated their wedding to a 3 photographer event, (myself essentially being the third photographer). I figured, what the heck, I'll see how the 85L will handle action. I was wonderfully surprised actually. One of the many things that helped me during their wedding was a great deal of ambient light, wonderful shadows, and I would prefocus my shots just before I would focus/shoot, (basically I would focus quickly, twice, and then fire). This helped save my keep rate, but it is not something I would recommend everyone try, especially at a wedding.

For stills/portraits, it's incredible in essentially every aspect. For weddings, there are so many better options, most notably the 70-200 f/2.8L ii. Though not as wide, amazing, amazing, wedding lens. We used all of our lenses during that wedding, (apart from the 17-40 so look around the gallery (or galleries if you keep going), and use the info button in the bottom right to see if the shots you like were taken with the 85L.

As always, you could rent the thing, but yes it is well worth the money, just maybe not as a dependable, moving target at a wedding, lens.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D mkIV
« on: December 11, 2014, 04:00:41 PM »

+1
Think just the same. Give me all those small adaptions and please do keep the mp increase low. I don't need 35mp or more.
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I keep thinking the exact same thing. I think it's great that other camera companies are lining up high MP dslr's but I really would not care for one. We come back with 2-3K shots per wedding, and would take SO many advancements over high MP. Every time I hear about high MP cameras in the works, I keep thinking, please let that not be the 5D IV.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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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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