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Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 10, 2013, 09:57:26 PM »
My setup is a little different, I had an iMac maxed out an older 24" with 8gb's of Ram when I went to buy new I realized that my monitor was still awesome with my imac but the computer could keep up, so I bought an apple display and the top of the line mac mini and maxed out the ram at home. When I'm in the middle of a huge batch and using about 14gb's of ram in photoshop it runs a little hot but I have software monitoring everything and I'm still watching netflix and answering emails while it does the batch editing...

So when I go to upgrade next time all I have to buy is a desktop which is much cheaper than another iMac....  I also looked at other monitors but having all the usb ports, speakers, and camera on the apple display I decided to stay with apple on that as well...

Hope this helps, but I would stay away form windows unless you want to run it without ever getting on the internet....

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Dang I bought mine when it first came out at the 3,500 mark and now it just kills me.... (but it has made me money so I guess it evens out)

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Lighting / Re: YN622C trigger experiences?
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:18:00 PM »
Personally I have not used the YN triggers your talking about but I have used everything else (pocket wizards, radio poppers, paulcbluffs stuff etc) and for my personal set up I am using the Pixel Kings for the price and features you cant beat it and its easy to use...

http://www.amazon.com/PIXEL-E-TTL-Wireless-Flash-Trigger/dp/B005LUPV1W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352848594&sr=8-1&keywords=pixel+king

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Lighting / Re: Entering the world of needing a flash at darker weddings
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:14:47 PM »
The 560's are completely manual and since I bounce my flash for everything I have learned the power and settings I need to get my shots... The one your looking at the 468 is like the canon 430 EX and it does not have the option for the external battery pack.... So for me that would be a no go, I like not having to worry about batteries at all... I have a friend that has the older model and he doesn't seem to have any problems but he just bought a few of the 560s...

Now there is the 565ex
http://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-YN-565EX-Speedlite-Flash-Canon/dp/B005HYMUX4/ref=pd_cp_p_3

but its not as reliable as the 560.... But it has everything the 580EXII has minus HSS... Which I plan to buy a few of these soon and start testing them for remote flashes that I hang up for receptions... (where I can control the power from my camera)

But good luck and if you have any other questions ask away!

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Lighting / Re: Entering the world of needing a flash at darker weddings
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:14:38 PM »
I have used just about everything that you can thinking and currently for my "portable cheap" set up for weddings are the yn 560's they run about $50 and then a knock off cp-e4 for $40 and you have a flash that can go a whole wedding... Then I use the pixel king triggers $100 that can give me wireless TTL with my canon brand flashes and HSS with my studio strobes.

I've used radio popers, pocket wizards, paulcblufs triggers, and even the st-e2 and the pixel kings are the easiest to use with TTL functions. But for you it would just be a "trigger"

And these are my amazon links to what I have actually bought:
YN-560 $45
http://www.amazon.com/Yongnuo-YN-560-Speedlight-Flash-Canon/dp/B004GZLFHM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352779878&sr=8-1&keywords=yn+560

Pixel King $112 (they went up a little bit)
http://www.amazon.com/PIXEL-E-TTL-Wireless-Flash-Trigger/dp/B005LUPV1W/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352779945&sr=1-1&keywords=pixel+king+canon
 
CP-E4 knock off $40
http://www.amazon.com/YongNuo-External-Battery-SF-18-Batteries/dp/B003JEU83I/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1352779987&sr=1-4&keywords=cp-e4

And then I bought these as well so I wouldn't have to mount my flashes to the hot shoe of the triggers $14
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009R8G8/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00

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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 II Or Primes Particularly 50MM 1.2L
« on: November 04, 2012, 01:09:38 AM »
I have used the 24-70 and own the 50L personally I shoot a TON of low light and really don't like killing the people with flash so I constantly shoot around 1.8-2.2 and get AWESOME results with my 5D3. Now the 24-70 is a better all around lens but if you are willing to do a little more work in your framing of an image the 50L is the way to go.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: October 30, 2012, 11:25:13 PM »
When I used to work for a university I shot hockey all the time the normal for us was 6400 iso, 1/800th and 2.8 a custom WB but every rink is lit differently and when shooting through the glass you need to be right on it almost touching it with your lens... I have a few shots attatched below shot with a 1D3 and 7D with 70-200L 2.8 and the 300L 2.8

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Canon General / Re: when/how to start a photography business?
« on: October 12, 2012, 10:43:54 PM »
Well like said earlier second shooting is great, but you need to have good gear in order to really jump start your business... I have dove head first and have been shooting for almost 3 years. Within the first year I was working at the bottom at a newspaper shooting the junk shoots then started working for a university part-time shooting sports and events. Now I still have a part-time regular job but my photography is covering half of my income. But branding is very important you want people to recognize your work. And never spend money you don't have! And like someone posted earlier with the link to the cost of being a real photographer, when you are paying taxes, insurance, etc those things do add up and your "profit" becomes much less, and websites, advertisements, gear repair are more money "pits" so my advice is either go big or just keep it at home as a hobby. lol

But good luck in whatever way you do go!

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Lenses / Re: Switching Canon 70-200 2.8L to Tamron 70-200 2.8 or not?
« on: October 08, 2012, 09:44:30 PM »
Now I have the non IS 70-200 2.8L and get TONS of stellar images I have used this lens with a 50D, 7D, 1D markiii and currently with the 5D markiii maybe you should make sure your lens is calibrated for your camera? My lens just didn't seem 100% tack sharp till I adjusted it +5... I have also used the IS version I and II, now the test's online show there is a great difference but in actual images I didn't seem a huge difference (this is when I worked at a university working sports) But I would go with the 5D3 its a great all around body and is very capable shooting sports. I can post some images shot with the 5D3 and the 300mm 2.8L (Version 1) lens if needed....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:28:12 PM »
For me its all about the noise performance... I love my 5D3 and looking for that backup body. The 5D2 is tested and true but it seems like the 6D will perform better in low light. Since everything else is about the same that will be my true deciding factor... And at this point one cannot make a true decision over which body to get, till we get some real images to look at.

And really canon ONLY 11 Af points??? at least give me my 7D full frame camera....

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: September 01, 2012, 02:22:51 PM »
I'm about actually to upgrade to the 50L I have the 1.4 and used to have the 1.8 each lens is better and what it comes down to are you a professional or a hobbyist. Being that I am a professional I need to have the best in order to get those shots at 1.2 if its near dark and can't use flash and still get that sharp picture. If you are a hobbyist and and just having fun I'd go with the Sigma 50 1.4 (For Full Frame) or the 30mm 1.4 (For cropped sensored)

I use the 30 1.4 on my 7D when I travel and love the lens, it comes back with some pretty amazing shots even at 1.4 but I don't count on that lens for the money shots. Especially the ones that you only get one picture of....

Have you actually tried using the 50L at 1.2? I wouldn't exactly call it sharp, plus the DOF is razor thin. I wouldn't actually use a 50L at 1.2 to get 'money shots', especially when its near dark and I can't use flash on a 7D. On that kind of conditions using f/1.2 with the 7D's AF your keeper rate will be extremely low.

Yes I have, tho it was with a 1D3, but I would be using the lens on a 5D3 not the 7D. But I don't trust the 50 1.4 unless I use it above 2 and I shot 1.4 with the 50L and the images were just butter.... And I shoot a TON of low light or no light and there are times where I need that extra light of the 50L

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.4 VS 50 F1.2L Lenses
« on: September 01, 2012, 12:56:46 AM »
I'm about actually to upgrade to the 50L I have the 1.4 and used to have the 1.8 each lens is better and what it comes down to are you a professional or a hobbyist. Being that I am a professional I need to have the best in order to get those shots at 1.2 if its near dark and can't use flash and still get that sharp picture. If you are a hobbyist and and just having fun I'd go with the Sigma 50 1.4 (For Full Frame) or the 30mm 1.4 (For cropped sensored)

I use the 30 1.4 on my 7D when I travel and love the lens, it comes back with some pretty amazing shots even at 1.4 but I don't count on that lens for the money shots. Especially the ones that you only get one picture of....

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 1DX vs. EOS 5D MARK III for Weddings,
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:11:58 PM »
You have two amazing camera's now I haven't shot with the new 1Dx but I have heard about how it does compare. So first let me start off the 5D3 was almost made for wedding photographers and is freaking awesome. I come from sports photography where I only used the 1D line and the focus is not as fast with the 5D, its not bad but I would love it to be faster and the other disappointment is the ISO the 1Dx again slightly beats it. But the 5D has the silent shutter which is freaking awesome. So for the price point I went for the 5D3, I will most likely be buying back into the 1D line but still not sure if I can justify the 1Dx price tag....

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Portrait / Re: First time at wedding - feedback please
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:49:20 PM »
So I know that this is your first wedding so take what I say with a grain of salt. Personally I'm not a fan of any of the photo's minus the dancing shot just a little... Like said early the photo's are too soft, which maybe your shots were slightly out or blurred and thats a way to hide mistakes but for me if the shot isn't in focus or blurred it 99.9% of the time get deleted or in PP I fix it to where its sharp... Next now currently I'm on my laptop which I do not trust color wise but your skin tones seem off which SOOC canon sometimes has a hard time getting it right... So a simple color correction would help that. The first picture, assuming its the flower girl personally I don't seem how the shot is set up. I see she is holding the flowers but there is something else in front of it don't be afraid to pose her the way you want. Which also many wedding photographer may call themselves PJ but sometimes you the artist need to take control and make the shot (I come from a background in corporate/commercial photography). So I think that shot could have been posed to look a little better. Second image now this one was posed but when you pose it like this the people in the back look smaller, so aim to get everyone together so you don't have this problem and try to make it look a little more natural... When people are posed uncomfortable it shows... Now the third image, this one has a lot going for it but it could have been executed better. Now it looks like you were using a flash and not sure it you were bouncing but my guess is that you were shooting directly at them, but the killer is the bright wood on the left corner, just crop that out and straighten the image up (my OCD). Now on to the fourth image, again like the last one this one really could have been better.... Instead of putting them behind the potted plant put them in front and use a 70-200@200 to get the image compressed and maybe use a little OCF to fill out the light... With doing those adjustments the people would be bigger and the house in the background might be blown out a little better...

So just take what I said and work towards the future, we all had to start somewhere and my first wedding pictures I deleted them I was soo ashamed, so take it as a learning experience and go on from there.

And below are some of my shots: (All shot with the 5D3)
The top one was shot without flash at 11pm at high iso
The second one was shot with an flash off to the right through an umbrella to add just a little extra light
And lastly this one was shot in a VERY dark reception during the dancing with a high powered bounce flash
All three shots I told the couples what to do and made the shot I wanted, use your eye and make the art you see.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is the 5DIII the New 50D?
« on: June 14, 2012, 04:40:57 PM »
Well when I switched to Canon I bought a 50D, then bought a 7D, then bought a 5D3 and sold the 50D. I shot a TON of sports and the 50D could just not handle it at all I feel like there was a BIG improvement with the 50D vs the 7D, but it was what I used it for... So in the end it comes down to what you shoot and what you need. I shoot a wide variety of stuff and need a great AF system and the 7D is the best for the price and the 5D3 is the best behind the 1Dx.....

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