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Street & City / Re: San Francisco Long Exposure Cityscapes!
« on: May 09, 2013, 08:47:51 AM »
Anyone could have taken those photographs as there is nothing special about them.

Really constructive criticism(!)

If you want to make your photos stand out, there needs to be something special about them, be it style, composition, post, etc.

I suppose dawn/dusk/night photos that are long exposure is a phase that photographers go through.

So my advice is go take a bunch more long exposure night time photos and get it out of your system.

Perhaps true, but then civility is a phase most adult humans eventually grow into. Stay on the path, and eventually you get there.

+ 100

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PowerShot / Re: A New Large Sensor PowerShot Coming [CR1]
« on: May 08, 2013, 04:11:35 PM »
Canon needs it. I have the SL1 right now and it is actually smaller than I thought with pretty good quality. Paired it up with the 40mm f/2.8 pancake and it works nicely. However, I still long for that Fuji X100s. It just looks unbelievable. Take a look at those High ISO files too, Amazing. You can download the RAW files from the review at: http://learningcameras.com/reviews/9-other/137-fuji-x100s-review
I like the fuji. I think the biggest advantage for Canon will be with interchangeable lenses because so many people already have Canon lenses. This is not as big for Fuji because most people would have to buy new lenses. I think the M has a bigger chance of making it big if Canon devotes more time & energy into making it the best and prices it less than usual.

+10

A great M would be a real winner with those of us who have EOS lenses

+ 10

Fast AF and OVF would do it for me!

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:23:57 AM »
This sound like the start of a Harvard case! :)

...., the CEO of Adobe Corporation was sitting on the redeye from Boston to NY. He could not shake the uneasiness he felt having left the meeting with the McKensey group. Their assesment of the business and subsequent strategic choices offered to the company, posed great challenges to the way the company and their shareholders thought about the business.....

[2023, HBS, Boston MA, in class]. Professor x "So Mike, give me an assessment of the predicament the Adobe Company was facing" Mike "Adobe who?" Professor x "Okay, just to set things in perspective.. Adobe was a very successful company in the first decade of this millenium, very much like Nokia was in the 1990's, and Apple was until 2010.....

:)

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:14:27 AM »
Cold Cape Afternoon~

What a beautiful tranquil image :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Outdoor portrait noob help
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:13:36 AM »
Hi one last question regarding lenses. Ive been using my sigma 70-200os lens for the few portraits I've done. Would the canon 85 1.8 be a good investment for portrait work considering the 70-200 I've been using is pretty good? I'm curious on bokeh and such and the l is out of my price range

It is one of the great value for money lenses of Canon. Also the quickest AF of the 85's

To me it is not redundant with a 1.8 vs. 2.8. It gives you other possibilities. Also working with a prime forces you to move more to compose, which imho is a good thing. A friend of mine has the 1.8 (I have as you see the Sigma 1.4) and it feels great. It is very quick. It suffers from CA, but then again so does the Sigma, and the mighty 85L II, albeit not so much as the 1.8. This is easily fixed in Lightroom or other programs. I believe that money vs. value this is imo on of the two great offerings from Canon (the other is the 50 1.4).

So it wouldn't be redundent even though I have a 70-200? My copy of the sigma is sharper and on par bokeh wise than my old 70-00 f4 canon to give you idea of my current lens

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:08:50 AM »
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And last (but not least) new Sigma just doesn't feel right. It's like Batman first batch of helmets - looks kewl, black and shiny, but when you smack it, it cracks open. By which I mean the plastic feels cheap to touch

IMHO, because Sigma has been at the lens game for a while, the proto-Batman analogy is clever but not really appropriate in this case.  I left the 35mm out on my desk for a week, just to stare at it.  I believe it is a thing a beauty.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Outdoor portrait noob help
« on: May 06, 2013, 02:02:17 PM »
Hi one last question regarding lenses. Ive been using my sigma 70-200os lens for the few portraits I've done. Would the canon 85 1.8 be a good investment for portrait work considering the 70-200 I've been using is pretty good? I'm curious on bokeh and such and the l is out of my price range

It is one of the great value for money lenses of Canon. Also the quickest AF of the 85's

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Lenses / Re: 35 & 85 or 50 & 100 for photographing kids
« on: May 05, 2013, 05:14:52 PM »

Get the 135L first and it's the start of a long and enduring love affair. It's my favorite lens. I got both the Sigmas you mention, and the 35 is great, and the 85 will also be great, .... until you try the 1.2 ;) Sure it is slower (the fastest is actually the 1.8, then Sigma 1.4, and then the 1.2), but there is something about the dreamy IQ of the 1.2 that keeps you wanting it badly. I saw someone suggested the 100L here. Great lens, but imo the AF is a bit too slow for action portraits.

Just my two cents.


Way back when I had a Canon 30D, I tried the 135L. It was amazing—definitely one of the most impressive lenses (if not the most) I've ever used. But I don't think I've ever tried a 135mm on full frame, and I don't even have a zoom in that range, so I probably should give it a shot.

It's even great with the 2xIII TC :)

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Lenses / Re: 35 & 85 or 50 & 100 for photographing kids
« on: May 05, 2013, 04:56:18 PM »
I'll definitely have to think more about this. First step, maybe I should see if I can get by with the 24-70 II indoors. I do have a 430 EX flash I sometimes use with a "black foamie thing" (as recommended here: http://neilvn.com/tangents/about/black-foamie-thing/), but frankly I don't like the extra bulk of flash.

The other question is whether I can live with a max aperture of 2.8 between 24-70mm from a depth of field perspective. In Justin's review of the Sigma 35/1.4 on this site, he says "The fast aperture and shallow depth of field will capture special moments with amazing clarity while isolating distracting backgrounds." I wouldn't have that ability with the 24-70.

That said, maybe the solution is to go with the 35 & 85 right now, since those are the focal lengths I think I'll use most, and get the 135 later. The 50 & 100 might not make as much sense if I plan to get the 135 eventually.

Get the 135L first and it's the start of a long and enduring love affair. It's my favorite lens. I got both the Sigmas you mention, and the 35 is great, and the 85 will also be great, .... until you try the 1.2 ;) Sure it is slower (the fastest is actually the 1.8, then Sigma 1.4, and then the 1.2), but there is something about the dreamy IQ of the 1.2 that keeps you wanting it badly. I saw someone suggested the 100L here. Great lens, but imo the AF is a bit too slow for action portraits.

Just my two cents.

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Lighting / Re: Stands made for assistant carry/point?
« on: May 03, 2013, 02:51:50 PM »
I've been using my Benro Carbon monopod, but I guess that this solution is lighter, not to speak of slimmer :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Outdoor portrait noob help
« on: May 03, 2013, 04:20:41 AM »
This is the one I use.

Thank you.

I have a similar round one (1m) but want to buy a larger with the shape you have, and another smaller (50cm) so the subject can hold it comfortably when bouncing light to face.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Outdoor portrait noob help
« on: May 02, 2013, 05:19:11 PM »
Get a giant 60" scrim and another pair of hands to hold it near the subject. Instant soft-box for cheap.

Got a link for aa good one? :)

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: May 02, 2013, 11:13:50 AM »
One from yesterday , any kind of feedback is very welcome  :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pleroma/8699275424/#

Very nice!

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So I really like the post work this photographer uses on her photos, but I can't quite place my finger on what techniques were used to achieve the look. Here's an example:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151375869157124&set=a.10151043132512124.423771.597667123&type=1&theater

Can anyone give me some pointers as to how I might get this feel using Lightroom 4?

Thanks!
Jordan

To me it has this very instagram feel to it. Not sure how you acheive it in lightroom, but I have seen that it has been covered as a topic in several photoshop magazines lately, so I guess that googling instagram effect for lightroom would yield some result?:)

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Lenses / Re: Need Some Advice
« on: May 01, 2013, 03:37:08 AM »
LOL, I hear you :)

You have good equipment. It might be me, but shooting in ettl mode with my 430 and 580 gives a harder light in my eyes than with my 600. So if you can borrow a 600 and possibly a ST-E2 and a lightstand (also a softbox) for the groupshot?

There is also a long thread (can't remember the name now) with a guy in your situation (2 months ago) where you will find a lot of helpful comments from experienced wedding shooters.

Good luck, and shoot in Raw and have lots of storage with you. Easily 3000 shots for such an event :)

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