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Photography Technique / Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:25:35 AM »
I'm currently shooting street people with their pets (well, dogs mostly, though I'm still looking for rats :-p) for a charity animal doctor project - a line of work I'd like to expand upon. Something like this...

(Edit: url removed, I've got a model-release agreement, but still don't want to link them over the net.)

"Problem": Now that I've got this shiny new full frame camera I have come to realize that I cannot get two models at once into the dof, at least not if one is an animal. I always end up shooting @f9-f11 for safety which kills the bokeh and has a distinct mobile phone look (well, my lens is white). Since I like the compression I'm usually using 100-200mm with my 70-300L.

Question: How do you big f2.8 people do it?! I try to get the models into one focal pane, but this really limits the choice of positions and micro-guiding the scene looks less natural. Do you seasoned photogs have any kind of advice on how to get some nice background blur in combination with in-focus shots which are usable at a larger print size like a calendar?

Technical Support / How (not) to clean the phase af array & vf screen?
« on: April 23, 2014, 03:36:58 PM »
I'm shooting outdoors a lot and my 6d has gotten quite dirty - as I just learned this might be the reason why the outer points have such a mediocre performance. I clean my sensor all the time, but have never have done this with the af array and vf screen (shows a lot of dust specs).

My first idea would be the rocket blower, but if that doesn't help is there anything I should *not* do to clean these? I faintly remember someone writing the matte vf screen is very sensitive and improper cleaning can ruin it...

Technical Support / Err 30 (stuck shutter) once - get it serviced?
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:21:20 AM »
Today when shooting quick series of shots I had a err 30 on my 6d (with hss flash, if that matters). It went away after a power cycle.

I researched the net and at this stage it doesn't sound too serious, but do you think I  try to get it services anyway as it's under warranty with cps? Or will they tell me "Well, we did a few test shots and everything's peachy"?

Not only 4k with global shutter, but they obviously had a good look at 5d3 Magic Lantern: 12ev dynamic range with 12bit raw recording (should keep data rate a bit down vs. 14bit ML). And it has a swivel screen :->

I know this isn't exactly a LR forum, but in the abscence of a 7d2 or 35L rumor for over a week :-p probably someone can help:

My workflow contains exporting to different aspect ratios for screen and print (2:3, nearly 2:3 paper size, 16:9, 16:10, sometimes 4:3). Problem is that with Lightroom, I currently have to add another virtual copy, crop it and sync all changes from the master (there is a commercial plugin for this) to the copies. All in all, quite a pita.

Is there some smarter version to have different crops in a single LR shot and export all these cuts in one go, most likely via a plugin I'm not aware of? Am I the only one with this annoyance, do you only export 2:3 and everything's peachy?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Magic Lantern enhances 6D GPS
« on: March 28, 2014, 03:35:42 PM »
Good news for us 6d folk: The ML devs have finally figures out how Canon stores their gps values and are on to adding features, I hope we'll get some basic gps tracking ("car finder mode") or even real geocaching soon.

For the time being, nightly adds a power saving option so that gps is turned off at power down and automatically turned on again on power on ... no dead batteries anymore :-)

Software & Accessories / Magic Lantern for 5d3 1.2.3 released
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:32:28 AM »
For the big money crowd with the most expensive camera supported by ML :-p

- bootflag issue solved!
- installation is really easy (simply unzip the files on the card, update firmware and you are ready to go)
- uninstallation is equally easy (update firmware and follow the instructions)
Imho anyone not using ML should go buy a Nikon :-) ... As usual download it here:

Edit: Anyone wanting to try ML on 6d 1.1.3 look here:

Fyi: Mirrorless seems to gain ground, are the days of the high-speed flipping mirror almost over? Interesting to imagine what will be in the v4 if they keep improving these with the current speed...

The superior performance with tracking of moving subjects is made possible with 105 focus points when phase-detection AF is used and 171 focus points when contrast-detect AF is used. 105 densely packed focus points positioned over a broad range of the frame ensure precise acquisition of moving subjects. At approximately 20 fps, the Nikon 1 V3 also boasts the world's fastest*1 high-speed continuous shooting rate with AF tracking, as well as high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 60 fps when focus is locked. This, as well as the world's shortest*3 shooting time lag ensures fast and precise focusing on moving subjects. What's more, the Nikon 1 V3 offers an operational system that users of digital SLRs will find familiar. It is also the first Nikon 1 camera to be equipped with a vari-angle LCD monitor that enables flexible shooting from any angle, new intuitive touch-screen control that is easy to use, and built-in Wi-FiĀ® capability for simple transfer and sharing of high-quality images.

EOS Bodies / 6D 1.1.4 Firmware upgrade sighted!
« on: March 08, 2014, 01:20:51 PM »
One 6d owner got his 6d back from service with the new fw, but we don't know what's changed yet (see

This is your chance to say "I told you so!" after release - vote what the latest hot update from Canon will feature, or write any other items you think will be added in this thread!

I just managed to catch the next injury through lack of technique, a (light) buritis on my elbow. The cause was me leaning with my elbow on frozen ground too long too often while photographing wildlife. I underestimated this though I generally know about the danger and dampen my knees.

Since is the second time I run into something like this I wonder what's next, i.e. how to prevent what I don't know yet. Are there any other common injuries caused by lack of technique and how to avoid them? I'll start the list. For jokes please feel free to start another thread, I'm serious about this.

1. Buritis on knees and elbows - don't knee or lean on hard ground w/o protection:

2. Tenosynovitis when trying to hold too much camera weight improperly (fingers, wrist w/o camera strap) - always balance the weight with both arms or use a monopod:

3. ...?

Photography Technique / Wildlife flash?
« on: February 06, 2014, 09:48:28 AM »
After convincing a group of horses not to run me over or eat my flash, I finally could start using a hair light for them and would like to dicuss the best settings here. I usually use cto gel'ed flash for fill with an on-camera bracket, that's why I don't need high fps but profit from the 200mm zoom setting on the 600rt.

This is what I have recently learned (and remember just now :-)):
* flag the flash to prevent getting the light into the lens
* if metering is tricky, use remote manual (only possible with the rt flashes) and on-camera ettl
* get the flash in a position that not only a hair line is lit or it looks too much photoshopped
* the 1/4000s limit of the 6d is a problem with fast lenses
* speedlites cannot be used as key in sunlight (yes, you could have told me that...)

Do you use flash for outdoor wildlife - just for fill, or do you manage to get the critters in the correct spot? What flash setup & settings do you use? Thanks!

Lighting / Beginner's guide to "how to mount an umbrella"?
« on: January 27, 2014, 08:16:33 AM »
For indoor portraiture, I need some portable(!) soft lighting and after some research the Westcott collapsible seems to be good value (maybe in conmbination with a reflector on the other side):

Question is: How do I mount this thing and my flash? I have to admit I'm rather confused by the variety of stand/boom/bracket/screw/whatever combinations, is there some tutorial available on what "best value" mount to get? Thanks & feel free to inquire further if my description is too lacking to get some advice.

This is work in progress, but I cannot help but to cross-post my fascination what these guys are able to do:

The other very able ml dev g3gg0 just added a module that lets you encrypt your picture files when they are written to the card ... not only with a password you have to type in at every boot, but with a public key file so that only your private key @home is able to decrypt the files!

The one catch is that you cannot view the public-key encrypted files in-camera anymore, that's only possible with the plain ol' password atm ... but still, this is absolute amazing and should prove invaluable for journalism work and preventing greedy customers pressuring you to "just copy over all your raw files" after a shot :-)

Breakthrough at Magic Lantern, imho this elevates it to a must-have and makes Canon look really stupid: They at last figured out what the digic registers having to do with iso are, and by fine-tuning them your camera now gets an additional 1/3-1/2 stop of dynamic range, no strings attached. Just use +1/3 stop of ec (ML also has ec in m mode, just like the new 1dx fw) and you're done.

This means that for example on 5d3, iso 800 with ML has more dynamic range than iso 100 with Canon :-> ... and at high iso you're getting 7% more dr which is nothing to sneeze at, esp. since it builds upon Canon's advantage vs. Nikon: d800@6400 = ~8.3 & 5d3@6400 = ~9.4 ev making good ol' Canon the superior sensor for low light high contrast shooting, esp. the newer 6d.

Code: [Select]
# 5D3
isos =      [ 100    200    400    800    1600   3200   6400  12800 ];
dr =        [ 10.989 10.928 10.799 10.594 10.153  9.521 8.584 7.778 ];
dr_tweak =  [ 11.371 11.334 11.239 11.028 10.598 10.017 9.131 8.360 ];

Read all about it here, test modules are about to be out, next coming to a nightly build near you! Here's the dev thread if you want to follow the development:

If you feel exposure challenged, you can use the ettr module to automatically set the exposure so it covers exactly the dynamic range of the scene with optimum snr :-)

Edit: Updated 5d3 numbers & changed topic, keeping the same(!) iso value the general improvement is more like 1/3ev and not 1/2ev like first reported (it's wip, people!) because the ML iso trick lowers the nominal iso a bit.

Business of Photography/Videography / "Pro" mythbusting
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:16:32 AM »
The three letters "pro" seem to have some mythical value in photography communities as the highest level of photography excellence and gas (gear acquisition syndrome) when in reality it "just" means that someone makes money and has sufficient communication, self-marketing and business skills.

I'd like to list some of the characteristics that are attributed to a "pro", maybe you'd like to expand the list :-)

* pros don't crop, or at lest only do only the tiniest adjustments in post
* pros only take one picture, but make that count
* pros don't care about bulk, weight or price
* pros only use f2.8 zooms
* pros use at least 5d series camera bodies
* pros shoot for 100% magnification sharpness, whatever the camera resolution is

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