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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:44:23 PM »
We only use 27inch iMacs, and I've got to say, I love everything about them!

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Once you go Mac, you won't ever go back... Kind of. I bought a Toshiba after owning two 27in iMacs, but the Toshiba was not for editing purposes. Looking back, I wish I had bought a Retina MacBook Pro, as bchernicoff has suggested. I have edited on MacBook Pro, Toshiba, and Dell and the Mac is substantially better for laptop editing (of the three). I would up the ante on screen size since, even on my 17in Dell, I was constantly having to zoom, I could only imagine what it would be like to try to edit on a 13in screen.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:05:07 PM »
You reliably post these shady web sites selling expensive cameras for minimal discounts. Here is my question. If you are prepared to shell out 5k for a camera body, would you spend a little bit more and purchase it from a reliable retailer, or save a few bucks on one of these gimmicks.. Why even post deals if they are not from reputable camera shops / retailers?

I have bought from all of the companies CR has posted about and have had excellent experiences with all of them, BVI included.

I love seeing these deals and would buy this from BVI in a heartbeat.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:57:32 AM »
I have two BR double harnesses, neither of which have ever given me grief... until about a week ago. Within days of one another, 2 of the 4 rubber pieces have fallen off. I recovered both, but now I need to contact BR about possible replacement rings. (rings, gaskets, o-rings?)

No where near as bad as the OP's experience. Best of luck to our fellow BR folks.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:13:01 PM »
The 35L is by far our most used lens, and we need to get another. So, order now, or wait until next quarter?  ;D I'm actually going to wait since we don't truly need it over the winter, but I still hope it comes to fruition.

Cheers,
-Tabor

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Lenses / Re: Is this 70-200 2.8 II worth buying?
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:12:38 AM »
It's worth it to me!

At this stage in the game, all of my lenses have flaws, several have ticks/scratches/blotches even missing on the front element. Our photos look great, and if you are unsure, I would call them about a return policy. My 2cents is that it is still one heck of a lens for the price (even after tax).

All of that being said, I bought my 70-200 2.8L ii during a price war B&H/Adorama were having. I got the lens, B&W Polarizer, B&W ND filter, Canon backpack, and a 32GB CF card for $1,800. (Adorama won by the way)

I know good deals happen and I just happen to be ready to pounce when I saw that deal winter of last year. Either way you go, I think you'll be fine.

Cheers!
-Tabor

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EOS Bodies / Re: It's just me but...
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:46:21 PM »
I agree with your sentiment, however, I feel like I am in Neuro's shoes a little.

For me, it's about what isn't currently meeting my needs first, and what would better meet my needs second.

I'll just state that CR3's I'm excited for are;
35 1.4L ii
5Div or 5Dx (whatever it may be)
16-35 2.8L iii or some other uwa, however, a touch more sharpness in the corners and I'm a happier camper.

I keep sittin', waitin', wishin', for one of these to surface as a near future upgrade, until then nothing else has really floated my boat. (I do enjoy playing with the 24-70 2.8Lii though)

Cheers,
-Tabor

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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, seƱor!

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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