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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BLOWN away.
« on: January 06, 2013, 10:56:31 AM »
Calling him a clown and other degrding things only says more about the person doing it. I haven't seen any of those guys displaying that deep knowledge about technoology and, more importantly, photography. I guess these people fit in the Category 0 as Rockwell explains it.

from ken rockwell himself....

Someone with a decent portfolio is not an equipment measurbator. Someone with more cameras than decent photos just may be. People with websites teeming with technical articles but few interesting photographs probably are.

Do not under any circumstances deal with these people, talk to them, read their websites or especially ask them for photography advice.


be careful to not elevate KR beyond what he is, an opinionated forum talking head with an inflated sense of his own ability and a very skewed view of the larger landscape of the world of photography.

if you glean a bit of information from him then great! despite his own declaration of being the highest standard of photographer (an artist!) in reality he falls much farther down his own delusional rating scale.

as far as the camera goes...the images from the original link looked really great. but as a camera system i'm not sure what niche it really serves that another system doesn't already serve just as good but cheaper.

its neat....but it won't find its way into my bag.

Lenses / Re: lens for a lightpainter
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:16:23 AM »
can you expand upon why you need to change aperture mid exposure? never heard of that happening or the need for it. it presents a host of problems not least of which would be camera shake and disrupting the composition slightly.

also, light painting to me always referred to using handheld continuous light (like a flashlight) to selectively illuminate parts of your scene. is this what you are trying to do or are you simply doing night shots?

need more info...maybe preferably an example shot.

Lighting / Re: How to produce circular flash reflection in eyes?
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:05:29 AM »
all strobes produce a catchlight so long as they are positioned in the right place.

circles for circular catchlights and squares for square ones....

this in a nutshell. if you want circles, the source has to be circular.

Canon General / Re: Total File Size - All Your Images and Keep or Delete
« on: January 04, 2013, 08:23:44 AM »
I carry 80GB cards with me to those.

80GB memory cards? Never seen that. CF? SD?

i currently have 108 GB CF cards in my bag at all times. if i have to shoot 2 weddings in a weekend i come very close to using every card i have. if i shoot multiple jobs throughout the week, a card used gets rotated out of the bag until i know that it is dowloaded and backed up (not always able to keep up with downloading immediately after a job)

Lenses / Re: Exposure and focusing help with tilt/shift lenses
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:32:59 PM »

 nice shots. that is a talented makeup artist! looks like a really fun shoot

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Cannot Keep Screwing It's Customers Over
« on: January 03, 2013, 10:12:54 AM »
The point is that Canon is playing pricing games, like neither they nor Nikon has ever done before, and they are pricing their products 20% higher for the first 6 months than is "normal". This means your depreciation goes from 1% per month to 5% per month.

so don't buy a lens right when its released. wait til the price normalizes. its not that hard....

no one is forcing you to buy these products.

i never buy any product upon its release....ever. i wait, until prices drop and preferably when there are rebates available or a sale. its easy. try it.

i am a huge fan of the Hahnemuhle line of papers. they have been making paper for over 400 years for fine art applications and are by far the best papers i have tried for ink jet printing.

 i mostly use the Fine Art Baryta surface and the Photo Rag Bright White. both feel substantial in the hand and give prints a feeling of significance. i am not sure if other fine art papers have this quality, but the Hahnemuhle papers are designed to receive the inks in a fashion that imbeds them in the fibers of the paper (rather than Epson papers that only receive the ink on the surface). as i understand it, this gives Hahnemuhle prints greater longevity as well as an appearance of greater depth. other fine art papers may also have this feature but im not sure about that.

i will say that i have only used epson printers (R288o currently) and you do have to be careful that the specs of the paper dont exceed the capability of the printer to transport them through the rollers. i am not sure what the pixma pro 100 is capable of so you would have to look into that yourself.

Canon General / Re: Total File Size - All Your Images and Keep or Delete
« on: January 02, 2013, 03:16:42 PM »
up until recently i have kept everything. i am currently running 5 TBs worth of drives and though storage is cheap its become a hassle that i just dont want to deal with anymore.

the biggest culprit for me is weddings. i did about 100+ weddings as a second shooter and kept everything so that i could look through later for portfolio reasons (i didnt have to do any editing at the time, just shoot and drop off the raws to the 1st shooter). well, i never got around to going through all those weddings so now my "pile" is enormous. i'm ready to unload the bulk of those stored shots its just a matter of finding a few weeks to sort through it all.

i expect its going to get much worse as i take on more and more weddings myself. at least with my own weddings i edit it down to 1000 shots per.

the real dilemma is that digital files just don't last that long. will my digital files be around in 20 years? i have already had files shot in the early 2000's become corrupted and hence are unusable. i need to identify my all time best shots (the ones that will stand the test of time) and figure out a hard copy archival solution to store them.

anyone store prints of their best shots for archiving purposes or even better yet get their digital files on 4x5 chrome? an expensive proposition but is there a better way to ensure that my best images will still be around after i pass?

Canon General / Re: How many clicks in 2012?
« on: January 02, 2013, 09:54:36 AM »
counted about 60,000 just from weddings last year so i'm guessing around 80,000 when i include all my other jobs + personal stuff.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 02, 2013, 09:05:32 AM »
the first shot i used a an AB Ringlight. i was actually demonstrating it to my class and one of my former students was walking by. i quickly asked him to stand in for a shot and he provided the dramatic pose. gotta love art school students!

i really like your post production. reminds me a bit of David Hill. very photo illustrative.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Auto-Exposure "Crutch" in Manual Mode?
« on: January 01, 2013, 08:57:17 PM »
i'm not familiar with the G12 or the function that you are speaking of but i wanted to post because something just didn't seem right in your approach to learning manual mode.

pressing the * button on your G12 to see what settings the camera suggest while you are in manual mode is not a great way to learn how to shoot in full manual mode imo. the camera cannot make creative decisions....ever. it can only give a measurement of the amount of light in a scene (to varying degrees of accuracy at that).

i teach all my students that they need to understand the reciprocal relationship of aperture, shutterspeed, and ISO as it pertains to exposure as well as the inherent characteristics a photo will have when changing any of these three variables. use the cameras meter readings as a guide to tell you how much light is in the scene and then YOU tell the camera what settings you want to shoot at. letting the camera suggest settings is counterproductive to really learning how to shoot in manual mode.

i would suggest shooting in Tv (shutter priority) or Av (aperture priority) to help you build on your understanding of how different settings will affect the look (not exposure) of your images. these modes will allow you to focus on changing one variable at a time (either shutterspeed or aperture) and the camera will choose a compatible setting to zero out your meter reading. once you gain an understanding of when you want to adjust your shutter to get a certain look in your photo vs when you might want to change your aperture you can then jump all into manual mode and adjust both while keeping your exposure where you want it.

i should add that i think exposure is subjective as well...the camera cant tell you what a good exposure is. you tell the camera what the "right" exposure is for each scene. 

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 01, 2013, 10:38:30 AM »
love your look Jackontil. do you have a website where we could see more?

couple of mine that i enjoy:

I am surprised that neither Rockwell.....

Common guys,...we rely on you for information.

had to laugh at that one.

Macro / Re: Couldn't do this again if I tried
« on: December 25, 2012, 09:37:42 PM »
its moments like these that make photography absolutely downright addictive. congrats on being there and getting this shot. what joy!

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 24, 2012, 10:08:27 AM »
    its as if deep down inside you want the canon lens...but why? if the third party lens is just as good but cheaper....

Weather sealing, resale value, compatibility with future Canon bodies, etc...

lol, yes i know. i was being facetious. i like the direction the new canon lens releases are going including edge to edge sharpness, improved chromatic aberration and all the things you mentioned.

im in your boat as i picked up the 35L this year (i did so knowing a replacement was imminent) so will likely be watching the resale market for the most opportune time to sell it and put that money towards the II. 

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