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Sports / Re: track and field photography
« on: February 04, 2014, 11:59:52 AM »
what settings are you using?

do you know anyone else that has a 6d or a 5D2 or 5D3? i would try to see if your batteries reproduce the failure in another camera or if their batteries reproduce the failure in yours.

i certainly sympathize with you concerning the service center's response so far. if it were me i would try to truly isolate what the problem is by eliminating as many variables as possible...thus the battery/camera swapping.

it is possible that you got a bad batch of batteries, meaning both of the batteries you recieved from B&H were faulty in some way. i don't think this is the problem but proving that definitively on another camera could be useful.

after that, i would stay on the service center. they are great most of the time but every once in a while they turn into frustrating dopes. it happens...

make a big stink and demand answers or replacement. try to remain calm with them as they should react better if you present your case with reason and documented facts. 

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Sequential numbering watermark
« on: February 03, 2014, 10:51:38 PM »
^ nice find

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Sequential numbering watermark
« on: February 03, 2014, 08:20:29 PM »
short answer....no.

from what i can find on the internet, the most common answer for your type of request is getting into scripting. it does not look easy...basically you need to learn how to write code.

FB just isnt a good outlet for this kind of thing. when i need to provide proofs where someone might order a file number i do one of several things:

1. upload the images to a print ordering service where it retains and displays the file number
2. create a web gallery in LR and upload that to my website server then send link
3. create a PDF Contact Sheet in PS/Bridge and send that via email

if you are hoping to get money from your photography then you really should have somewhat of a professional presentation for it. FB is the antithesis of that. nowadays there are any number of very affordable ways to set up a website. you can literally have a pretty decent website now for less than the price of an 8x10 print per month.

Photography Technique / Re: Question for Wedding Professionals
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:29:26 PM »
I started weddings with the 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8. I've since added the 35mm 1.4 and the 85mm 1.8. I shoot with two bodies with a 3rd for backup, all FF. Each body has a speed light with a radio attached to trigger my AB Einstein.

I use the zooms for reliability/versatility and incorporate the primes for creativity. I prefer using the primes, but there are always circumstances that require the quick response of the zooms (ie staying out of the way during ceremony, speeches etc or diving into the crowd on the dance floor).

For group shots I never open up further than F4 and will try to get as much DOF as possible.

Lighting wise, more often than not venues require additional light beyond just high ISO, wide apertures, and on camera flash...hence the extra strobe as a room light. It still requires a lot of attention and adjustment throughout the event. There is no "set it and forget it" situation unfortunately.

It's part of why I enjoy weddings. They are fast paced challenging situations that are always pushing me to squeeze the best out of the situation. There are still plenty of times that have me cursing under my breath, but I keep coming back for the times I really hit it under those tough circumstances. It's a bit of a rush....but it ain't easy.

Canon General / Re: Deals at Adorama: 600EX-RT, Canon EOS 6D kit and more
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:56:15 AM »
Isn't the regular price irregularly high?  ???

Depends on your needs and budget. I find these flashes to be highly useful and think the price is well worth the functionality and feature set.

Canon General / Re: Deals at Adorama: 600EX-RT, Canon EOS 6D kit and more
« on: January 28, 2014, 09:53:06 AM »
B&H has the 600exrts on sale for 470.00 straight up. The 2x 600exrt + STE3RT is on sale for just over 1100.00.

Both are just a bit higher priced than their lowest price during the holiday sales.

Photography Technique / Re: How to replicate a 'look'?
« on: January 20, 2014, 09:59:32 AM »
Focal length has nothing to do with it.  The type of light you are shooting in is the main reason your colors aren't as vibrant as her photos. You appear to be shooting in mostly shade on overcast type days where she is shooting on the shadow side of direct sunlight. Not to mention she is on a beach where the sand can act like one big giant reflector and you are not.

In fact, I would stick with the 50mm 1.2 if I were you to maintain the color rendition characteristics of that lens and then I would find the right light to shoot in. Focal length has absolutely zero to do with the vibrancy (or lack there of) of the colors.

Also, She exposes for the skin and let's the background go (ie slightly over exposed) while your exposures seem to be slightly dark.

Post can only get you so far before it begins to make a mess of things. Find the right light first, then make sure the equipment used is comparable, get exposure right and lastly, make tweaks in post to match.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Get a new camera every 150,000 pictures?
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:17:18 PM »
shutter replacement is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix. got mine fixed for 200.00 after the shutter failed on my 5Dc at 180,000 actuations. came back good as new and is still going.

a 1000ws output would have been nice for that price point. 2 g's for a 500ws head.....mmm no thanks.

it's nice that the TTL feature is now out of the proverbially bag...hopefully we will see other companies come out with their own versions at better price points. 600 RTs are nice but i would like the easy access to a full range of light modifiers like you get with the B1.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lee 4x4 Big Stopper filter in stock
« on: November 20, 2013, 12:40:34 AM »
i think i got it.

was signed up for the notification but didnt get an email. went to the site and ordered one. unlike a couple of weeks ago when the Big Stopper disappeared from my order once the confirmation email was sent out, this time the confirmation email says they are sending it to me.

i'm waiting for the other shoe to drop...i'll believe it when it arrives at my door.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lee 4x4 Big Stopper filter in stock
« on: November 06, 2013, 06:24:32 PM »
ugh...i got the notification this morning at 8:17 am. was going on a job so i put it in my cart on my phone app and waited til lunch to pull the trigger. too late...gone, out of stock again.

actually, it showed up in my cart and was there all the way through until it confirmed my order. the price seemed strangely low (i was ordering a couple of other things) but it was still listed in my order. when i got the confirmation email, it was no longer listed in my order.


i have never come across anything so infuriating in photography as trying to order this stupid filter.

Technical Support / Re: dark vignette in top right hand corner- help!
« on: October 23, 2013, 02:27:31 PM »
It's a sync issue. My 5d2 as well as two fellow photographers 5d2s will not sync with strobes at 1/200th of a sec. If you go to 1/160th the vignette will disapear. It's quite annoying because I believe sync is listed at 1/200th but that just isn't the case.

The only thing I'm not sure of is if this is brought on with the age of the body (I feel as if I use to be able to get 1/200th sync) or if maybe its an issue with wireless syncing ( I use pcb radios ).

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:47:37 PM »
my interest is peaking with this talk of vintage glass and i am wondering if any of you can provide advice on the brand of adapters you are using to convert these lenses to the Eos system.

i have looked at fotodiox and they appear to be quality products but they dont seem to include AF confirmation. so far it seems like most of the adapters i see with AF confirmation are coming from China (i just dont trust ordering a product from China so i'd like to stay in the US or europe)

another question i have is that its appears there are no issues with mirror clipping on APS cameras but i will be wanting to use this on the 5D series cameras so do all the adapters run the same risk of mirror clipping or do some prevent this better than others. or is it simply a crap shoot as it seems (from what i have read) that there are variances from body to body in mirror clearance.

final question, is it better to get an adapter without glass in it and deal with potential mirror clipping or does an adapter like the fotodiox have quality enough glass in it that IQ of the original lens will be preserved?

appreciate any insight and direct experiences any of you might have concerning above questions. 

Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:01:39 AM »
Slow day for the canon rumor mill huh?

Can't we just rehash how much DR one actually needs or debate how many megapixels is enough?

C'mon people, you're gonna loose me here!

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