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Software & Accessories / Re: software for designing wedding albums
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:08:05 AM »
Indesign is a big program to learn, especially like any adobe product like photoshop.  It is the industry standard, along side with Quark when it comes to creating catalogs, flyers, brochures, books, etc...  You will have create everything from scratch assuming you dont have a template to jump off of...  You can create some awesome albums with indesign, but learning how to do it isn't as intuitive. Good luck with your endeavors.

the other issue with indesign ---I am still on the fence with this whole Creative Cloud thing.  So if I were to take a few weeks to learn indesign - then comes the hard question...do i pay $29 a month to use it?  Or do i go wit the full suite (I don't need it, but it would get me the updated PS).  I really wish I could find more people who have tried both fotofusion and indesign - cause right now, other than lots of grey hair, not seeing what makes indesign so much better (unless overly complicated = better...lol)

gotta love it...your words there, I went through that whole I don't get indesign rant and reading your words kind of made me say...i'm not letting that software get the better of me...so now I guess it's less of a is it worth and more of a do i want to go forward into the cloud...

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Software & Accessories / Re: software for designing wedding albums
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:37:32 PM »
Indesign is a big program to learn, especially like any adobe product like photoshop.  It is the industry standard, along side with Quark when it comes to creating catalogs, flyers, brochures, books, etc...  You will have create everything from scratch assuming you dont have a template to jump off of...  You can create some awesome albums with indesign, but learning how to do it isn't as intuitive. Good luck with your endeavors.

the other issue with indesign ---I am still on the fence with this whole Creative Cloud thing.  So if I were to take a few weeks to learn indesign - then comes the hard question...do i pay $29 a month to use it?  Or do i go wit the full suite (I don't need it, but it would get me the updated PS).  I really wish I could find more people who have tried both fotofusion and indesign - cause right now, other than lots of grey hair, not seeing what makes indesign so much better (unless overly complicated = better...lol)

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Software & Accessories / Re: software for designing wedding albums
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:33:20 PM »
i used lightroom 4 for a wedding album too. it is very neat from a workflow point of view. you can work directly with your raw files in an non-destructive workflow. book production at blurp allows for reasonable customization, is convenient and very good quality - no "fotopaper" though. lightroom 5 allows for improved control over the template.

I'm learning my way around LR5 myself right now.

I'd also throw in..if you're on the mac side of the computer house, you might also consider Apeture 3..it is a great little image tool from Apple, and it has some pretty flossy book making tools too!!

Lots of templates come with it, and of course, you can make your own stuff from scratch or just even start modifying their templates.

If you're gonna be selling something high dollar like wedding albums...don't skimp out on diving in and trying to thoroughly learning a tool to make something that is as important to a couple as this thing will be...for the lifetime of their marriage!!

It isn't rocket science, but takes some time and effort. YouTube is your friend...and if Adobe...hit AdobeTV on their website for tutorial videos.

And books...Lordy, I get books with tutorials to start out learning everything I'm trying to learn.
Right now on my stack:

Adobe Photoshop Pro
Adobe Premier Pro
Adobe After Effects
Davinci Resolve

Whew...always busy with learning something new on this hobby....but while your doing good on researching the tools you want....it almost sounds like taking time for tutorials, reading and really learning the tool sounds like a drudgery type after thought.  I hope I'm reading your wrong on this....easy to do on a text only forum, but you gotta learn your tools, especially if you're doing this for peoples' memories, and even MORE importantly if you're charging them money for the job.
:)

cayenne

not on a mac...so no aperture for me...looking at the lightroom book building...it's kind of limiting.

"it almost sounds like taking time for tutorials, reading and really learning the tool sounds like a drudgery type after thought.  I hope I'm reading your wrong on this."  Not the case...I am down to watch and learn, but, would like to make a final pick for software so i can direct my learning time appropriately.  Each of the 3 pieces of software had been recommended to me and each seem to be good (at least from comments from friends and reviews, LOL, I can't even get off the ground with Fundy or with Indesign). 

Plus, I am already looking at it fro mthe standpoint of 1.5 days wasted just trying to figure out how to install and start anything up in fundy, and indesign took a long time with the whole silly cloud thing just to install the trial.  Contrast that with ---fotofusion installed quick, loads quick...and boom...I can't even get a project started in the other 2, but with ff I have a 10 page test layout ready to roll.  mind you, i have clients waiting on images, clients who I know aren't buying albums!  I can't be wasting days doing tutorials learning software i may not buy or use. 

Indesign, while it's adobe and it's a industry standard, is there enough bang wow to it to justify putting the time into it?


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Software & Accessories / software for designing wedding albums
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:04:37 PM »
looking for some insight:

Software - been doing some trial's fundy, indesign, and fotofusion.  So far fotofusion is the only one I have actually been able to open up and get right into designing. Fundy and Indesign I got lost, couldn't even get to a point where I was loading images. Fotofusion, got a basic test case layout done in a few hours.

So unless there is like a huge downside to fotofusion - or, like something so rocking about either of the other 2 that I should bite the bullet and spend a week on tutorials then fotofusion it is.

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while is for sure an interesting development, earth shattering it is not.  The prelude to the demise of the dslr market, it is not.  If mirrorless can get off the ground and run, if people buy into it at this price then we will see interesting developments.  But, markets are weird - and the camera market is especially weird nowadays (screw mirrorless, and FF, and anything that isn't a cell phone - many say the whole upper end of the camera market will crumble because consumers are more and more opting out of having a stand alone camera at all because their cell phone is right there - so the race for quality may be lost for the bulk of the market in favor of ease of use and networking.  Yes, any slr with wifi now can be run with the cell phone, and images can easily be shared via social networks...but that's like 3 steps more than just snapping the shot with the cell phone - which is what the vast majority want. 

With a consumer market increasingly ditching cameras for cell phones, this widens the gap in IQ which I think will make life a little easier for pros.  But, not easy for a mirrorless system like this.  I think Sony may have put the cart before the horse here.  The A7 and A7r do on paper look impressive, but without more glass it will be a hard sell.  And as many pointed out, while its a FF sensor, there are many little known things that suck about it (battery life of up to 300 shots...SD cards...), and the unknown - how does the EVF perform?  I have toyed with a sony mirrorless and an olympus -- the olympus EVF wasn't as bad as the sony, you could tell it was an electronic translation of the world though - while the sony - I really did not like looking through the EVF, maybe it was because it was lower light, but there was a huge delay in what was seen vs what was happening - which says to me ---- mirrorless is a long way from taking over the market!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 12, 2013, 09:55:38 AM »

In all seriousness though, test drive both the 6D and 5D3 and figure out which one actually fits your needs better as they both have different pros and cons. Either one will be a significant upgrade from your current body and you may find that the 6D is enough to give you what you need + some other features that are not in the 5D.

Re contemplating on waiting for the 5D4.... your time could be much better spent on other things.

+1

I have a 6D, which I'm very happy with. There are a few features I would like from the 5D3, but I wouldn't want the extra weight. That is personal preference, so you may reach a different conclusion.

Also, the price difference between the two would be half way to paying for a 70D, which you could use for video. Of course, that only works if you are content with full frame for stills only, and a crop sensor for video. Alternatively, any money not spent on a depreciating body can always be spent on lenses ;-)

Don't forget, you're not enjoying your investment until you go ahead and buy it. Buying a 5D3 or 6D now will save money compared to their street prices after launch, and even more compared to a 5D4 when that arrives. That may not be soon, if nothing comes out at the Autumn trade shows, then there is no point in waiting.

I agree with both of you here.  Of course if you rent a 5d3 and a 6d, which is the more robust camera with more features...the 5d3.  The question I am wondering though, which all the purists here don't seem to want to ask or care to know --- what is the OP shooting.  He said 50/50 stills and video.  but that's pretty much all.  what kind of stills work?  And what kind of video work?  Demanding professional work?   Semi pro?  Or hobby? 


that's why i bring up the 6d as an option - the 6d IQ is a huge upgrade over the 600d.  Does it have the super AF system, yes.  Which btw, the 5d3 AF is awesome, but, if your shooting landscapes on a tripod and using live view for focus then why spend the extra $1000 on the mk3?  And with the the servo mode, unless your regularly tracking fast moving subjects - like shooting sports or wildlife, having the AF in the bag is nice but is it worth spending the extra $1000 for it?  I shoot weddings and portraits, it's rare that i use the tracking capabilities (I don't need 100 shots of the b&g coming down the isle, using servo mode on that would pretty much be spray and pray).  I also shoot events and live music, and every once in a while you get a metal band and they like to run around the stage - Servo does come in handy then, but even with that said, for the 2 or 3 shows a year this happens, not worth it.  what sells me on the mk3 is that it is more rugged, better weathersealed, and does have some bells and whistles I need. 

With that said though, when I got the 6d, I used it mainly with the wide angle lens, it was the machete, while the mk3 was the scalpel.  Now after a few months using both, I care less about which body I use and more about the lens on each.  I am now favoring the 70-200 on the 6d, and the 24mm 1.4 on the mk3.  I also prefer going macro with the 6d because I don't have a grip on the 6d so i can get lower with it.   where my weddings where once a 70/30 split (70% 5d3, 30% 6d), now it's more like 50/50 between the 2, and yeah, sometimes the 6d ends up pulling the bulk of the load.

the little things:

Sync speed has not been an issue.  the 1/4000 limit, every once in a while this is an issue shooting midday if I want to be wide open, but, not so much of an issue that I hate it (ok, if i did not have a mk3 in the bag, this would be a bigger issue).  Lack of a sync port, I thought this would bug me, but now I rather like the idea of having both bodies set differently for receptions - the mk3 can go with off cam flash, the 6d can go on cam flash - this gives me a greater variety of unique looks.   

I do like the weight and the size of the 6d too, it does really help ease the load on a 12 hour day.

None of what is said here is in any way meant to bash the 5d3,  it's a fantastic camera.  Hell, one of the reasons i am using my 6d more now is to put less miles on the 5d3.  What i am saying though is this  - do you need everything the 5d3 brings to the table?  If you were upgrading from a 7d, and use the 7d's AF system to the maximum level, if you shoot sports and wildlife, then yes - the 5d3 is probably the better choice.  But if your not doing that, then, snag a 6d and use the savings to buy a nice lens!   

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 12, 2013, 09:20:08 AM »
5d mkIII more than what average will ever need.

'Even' the 5DMkII still fits the bill perfectly for that matter! (discounting AF performance for fast moving subjects).

The OP is coming from a 600d- so - I don't think the 6d or the 5dmk2 is any worse than the 600d for servo tracking.

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what i don't get about this is this ----how does this so called pro not crop, ever?  Ok, lets talk not only about the framing you desire, but, what any potential client may want.  If i shoot something wide, I want it wide, and i get this a lot ---clients who want prints but in 8x10,  11x14, or 16x20 - I always advise that 8x12, 12x18, or 16x24 is the native size of the image, it was how it was composed and it won't look right.  More times than not this message is ignored because they are buying frames from the average box store and what do they have mostly in stock?  8x10 format. 

I had one client that I shot their engagement shoot, they wanted prints, I told them about the crop factor, showed them crops vs natural size...they wanted the crops (they liked the 8x12 better, but already had 8x10 frames).  then i shot their wedding and what do they include in the order - 8x10's.  One was on a group shot.  It was framed tight (not like arms falling off tight, like 1/3 of an inch from the border.  But, if you lop an inch of each side, there goes the people on the right and the left too.  she wisely revised and got the 8x12 of that one.

So, what's right an d whats wrong?  In that photog's eye's I should just not satisfy customers because cropping isn't 'pro?'   uggg....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 11, 2013, 09:20:10 PM »
Get the Mark III, you won`t regret it and don`t even consider the 6D. If you can spare the money, get the 5D3!


I would seriously contest this.  As an owner of both the mk3 and the 6d, how can you honestly tell a 600D user npot to even consider it when you don't even know he he shoots?  If he isn't shooting sports extensively, the 6d is fine.  I can only speak for the still side of things though, don't do video so don't know which is better for what, but, from what I gather from others, unless your doing video professionally, is it really worth it?  The 6d has a pretty kick butt sensor.  When i first got mine I gingerly used it on weddings, relying mostly on the mk3.  But now, I use the 6d without question.  It's rare I find myself in a situation where I absolutely must use the mk3 (ususally only for portraits where the subjects are framed far left or right. 

with apples to apples settings, the differences are pretty much non-existent.  without knowing more about your photography, your needs, the demands you put on your equipment - the 6d is a perfectly viable option

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for the Canon 5D Mark IV or get the Mark III?
« on: October 11, 2013, 01:24:05 PM »
ditto with most here.  it will be 2 years minimum for a 5dmk4.  I would bet the 6d gets refreshed before the 5d series (following the logic that the 6d is entry level and will follow the rules for an entry level camera's - but because it's FF, i think it will be on a 2 year refreshing cycle.  I think that's one of the reasons they spec'ed it so low in terms of AF and some of the other goodies they left out of it (so they can push out incremental updates), and, that gives them an FF platform to test some of their ideas for the 5d4. 

my guess is late 2014/15 for the 6d2
late 2015/2016 for the mk4

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:35:58 PM »
True, but, the difference's between 1.2 and 1.8 are a bit greater. 

Imho the f1.8 is really Canon protecting their f1.2 lens and/or trying to get more profit from a high-priced, but cheaper produced f1.8 IS version vs. f1.4 IS (the latter should be possible, shouldn't it?



I would agree...specifically from the idea that the 1.4's replacement is a 1.8...If you wanted thin DOF and good IQ, the 1.4 was a great mid point - take that away and that will force many to bite the bullet and snag the 1.2 (I know in my case, if the only option was the 1.2 or a 1.8 with IS for $600...I'd just find myself a used 1.2)

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:31:49 PM »
And, with sigma now and their ART line, they are stepping up their quality and their game.  They have enough cheap lenses with mass appeal, the ART line seems to be trying to change that reputation.

Fortunately - but still, I really don't see them producing f1.2 lenses, but it's not like I haven't been wrong before :-)

we shall see and we shall see.  Maybe sigma will just go with a real good 1.4. 

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:16:01 PM »
there really isn't much need to shoot below 1/30th because IS won't stop motion blur on your subject, for that you need higher SS and in many lighting conditions, that's where you want a fast lens.  this rumor really only makes me glad I have a 1.4...now come on canon, lets have at a new 50mm 1.2!!!!!  (or will sigma beat ya to the punch?)

Lenses of f1.2 are fine for thin dof, but on *digital* they don't gain much speed over f1.4 because the iso has to be raised even more (without telling the user) to compensate for the light being lost .. and higher mp sensors will worsen this effect.

1+1 = Canon won't update the f1.2 lens, and Sigma won't produce one as they design for multiple systems and wide appeal and not a very special high-budget crowd like Canon the the 50/1.2

True, but, the difference's between 1.2 and 1.8 are a bit greater. 

And, with sigma now and their ART line, they are stepping up their quality and their game.  They have enough cheap lenses with mass appeal, the ART line seems to be trying to change that reputation.


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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 07, 2013, 11:05:59 AM »
here's a few more

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Lenses / Re: A New 50 Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: October 07, 2013, 10:54:26 AM »
Said it before when this rumor first came out, and will say it again...I don't like this new trend of lets slow down all the non L primes but add IS.  I guess it makes sense from a pure marketing perspective - with the 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8, and especially when you consider how many people buy the 1.4 instead of the 1.2, removing the 1.4 option will force many into the 1.2.  Sorry, if your going prime in this range you want bokeh, and if you are a still shooter, and you shoot people, there really isn't much need to shoot below 1/30th because IS won't stop motion blur on your subject, for that you need higher SS and in many lighting conditions, that's where you want a fast lens.  this rumor really only makes me glad I have a 1.4...now come on canon, lets have at a new 50mm 1.2!!!!!  (or will sigma beat ya to the punch?) 

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