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My wife and my sole income is from our photography business, which we jumped into full time this January. It can definitely happen and is, in my humble opinion, the best job in the world. In our past lives, my wife was a CPA and I was a student at the College of Veterinary Science at Oklahoma State in Stillwater, OK. Now we get to see the kids every day, and our equipment is tax deductible, yay!


Lenses / Re: 85mm f1/2L II and event photography?
« on: August 21, 2014, 05:33:07 PM »
The 85L is a beast at events. I have always leaned toward the 70-200 2.8L ii or event the 100L, but the 85L has yet to disappoint me. I dislocated a rib pretty badly and shot a wedding a few days later this June, since I wasn't able to move much we added a third photographer to their package. During the processional/ceremony/reception, I shot the 85L figuring that it may or may not focus, but I was playing backup to the backup so I thought I would give it a whirl. The 85L was outstanding and definitely the best choice due to the low lighting situation we were facing. Our setup was essentially;

85L on 5Diii
70-200 2.8L ii on 5Diii
100L on 5Dii

We all had a Canon 600ex-rt for fill lighting, but the winner was the 85L, typically shot ~2.0.

I hope that helps!

PS, I just thought of another wedding where we did the same setup only it was a daytime wedding. The 85 and big tele were neck and neck for the best shots at the event.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L For Sale
« on: August 16, 2014, 11:28:57 PM »
I don't know about this one y'all. There are no reviews yet...  ::)

Here is one I put together to showcase some of our maternity work; http://photosbytabor.com/tulsa-maternity-photography/. I also utilized Animoto.


Wedding Photography / Re: Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: August 08, 2014, 08:00:39 PM »
Thank you, Ian!

No worries on the misunderstanding. Having read a great many of your posts in the past, I can tell that you're one heck of a guy so I never took the misunderstanding out of context. We all share this fine forum.


Wedding Photography / Post Your Best Wedding Photos
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:29:06 PM »
Let's kick things off with some of our best and favorite wedding pics we've taken!

Lenses / Re: Lens setup for wedding photography
« on: August 07, 2014, 11:09:39 PM »
First, I would ask the bride/groom. It will flow much more smoothly if they know you intend to shoot around.
Second, I would check in with the photographer. They *should* be more generous about allowing you to get in a few shots as well. As others have mentioned, I wouldn't plan on getting any of the shots that involve setup, such as the bridal party, family, or in the moment cake shots. As a pro, I don't mind if others are shooting, as long as they are not interfering with the shots I am being paid to take.

I would carry two lenses, the 50 and the 100. I would also keep the flash on the camera or in my pocket the entire time. I use the heck out of flash photography and finally am able to use it properly. From a pro's perspective, please do not use the flash during key moments such as the kiss, cake, champagne, or other moments that are there and gone. I have seen my fair share of photos ruined due to someone else's flash firing, rendering a blue hue, and casting horrendous shadows. I do firmly believe in learning flash, however, and would definitely use it for your detail shots taken with the 100L.

I would also focus on where you plan to be. The 100 will keep you at a good working distance if the area is large enough, the 50 will allow for your low light shooting.

As mentioned earlier, shoot for quality over quantity. Make each shot count, and the pro will should be there to care of everything else.

I hope this helps!


Site Information / Re: Wedding Section
« on: August 07, 2014, 05:18:31 PM »
Personally, I think the Business of Photography/Videography section covers this topic well enough.

For business related questions, yes. What I am primarily referring to, from the first post, is placing something within the image galleries. Within the gallery portion of this site there is literally every little facet of photography, except weddings. I know that there is a "Theater, concert, and similar events" portion, however, that does not cover the imagery aspect of wedding photography in the slightest.

Where should incredible/inspirational work from weddings go? If it's not black and white, or underwater, there is not really a place for it.


Site Information / Re: Wedding Section
« on: August 07, 2014, 12:56:36 PM »
Sounds like an oversight there isn't one already given that many (most?) of the working photographers on here are in the wedding business

I've been wondering where most of the group here focuses their attention. I've seen a lot of organized material for sports, landscape, and wildlife, but there is very little I can contribute to any of those, however, I could see myself contributing to;

-  Guest & Relative photogs
-  Photog image rights, conflicts, etc
-  Gear (of course)
-  Technique
-  Lighting
-  Crowd control
-  Business Issues

Just a thought.


Site Information / Wedding Section
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:28:29 PM »
With all of the new board options booming, I have also been wondering about a wedding section within the "image and video galleries" portion of the forum. I shoot at least one wedding every week during busy season, and know that I have some pictures that would help inspire the newer wedding photographers. In the same regard, I can get a bit repetitive and occasionally need some inspiration from the other pros.

We can discuss technique as needed, but mainly use it as a flow of inspiration from photogs around the world.

As giant of an industry as it is, why not have a wedding photography section?


Post Processing / Re: Smart objects
« on: August 06, 2014, 11:18:06 PM »
I use smart objects almost daily.

Though, when I use them, it is typically for nothing more than resizing the image for a certain appeal. I simply open the photo, right click the background layer, select convert to smart object, and bam! resize away. What is nice about using them this way is that I can shrink it down immensely, click okay, change my mind, blow it back up, and it doesn't look all pixelated. It's great when designing layouts for albums as well.


Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 03:15:46 PM »
Human eye

Field of view

The approximate field of view of an individual human eye is 95° away from the nose, 75° downward, 60° toward the nose, and 60° upward, allowing humans to have an almost 180-degree forward-facing horizontal field of view. With eyeball rotation of about 90° (head rotation excluded, peripheral vision included), horizontal field of view is as high as 270°. About 12–15° temporal and 1.5° below the horizontal is the optic nerve or blind spot which is roughly 7.5° high and 5.5° wide.

Link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_eye#Field_of_view

Either I'm misunderstanding the use of angles here, or this cannot possibly be right. A horizontal field of view of more than 180º would mean I can see stuff that is behind me without turning my head... that's simply not true. I wish it were, because that would be kind of cool.

Alas, with rotating my eyes, I'll grant 180º. Staring straight ahead at a fixed point, with both eyes open, I feel like 120º is a good estimate. With one eye open... 90º?

I think you may be misunderstanding one of the two. If you place your hands on your temples and extend your arms straight out away from you, this is *approximately* 180°, if you wiggle your fingers while looking straight ahead, you should be able to see your fingers on both hands. Not all of us will, but most of us should. If you then keep your head straight and rotate your eyes left your right, you will indeed see past your hand, essentially behind you. If you begin to take your arms backwards, you will notice how far we can actually see behind us. I do not reach close to the 45° mark as suggested, however, I would estimate being closer to 30° past my hand, therefore, I would estimate my potential field of view to be closer to 240°.

Oh yea! and my least used lens is the 17-40L, hands down. I also dropped it last June and it doesn't focus properly anymore...


Well, yeah! Didn't you see all of those 7D ii's out there?

Someone's not paying attention...  ;D


Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:29:30 PM »

Another vote for the 85 f/1.2. My camera generally has this lens or my 35mm mounted on it.

Sooooo very true. If the OP is wanting something more versatile than just a head shot lens, the 35L is by far our most used lens. When I have executive head shots, the 85 is a no-brainer, however, for a wedding, engagement, or simply capturing the kids, the 35L is there for me. Food for thought, potentially.


Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:30:11 PM »
I would say the 85ii. It can be finicky when you are trying to nail a portrait at 1.8 or wider, however, when it hits, it's sharp enough to make your eyes bleed, and the bokeh it produces is incredible.

I hope this helps!


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