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thx phil, i will give that a try.

Any additional info on the status of this? I am trying to get a 5d3 tethered to a Mac using OS X Yosemite.

Tried the AU Canon download of EOS Utility 3 and it still says that it is incompatible with the operating system. Tried looking for a US download on Canon USA site and couldn't find anything.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx

Lenses / Re: Thoughts on Having a 35 and a 50 on Crop?
« on: October 09, 2014, 01:25:30 PM »
I use both focal lengths on full frame and have found them to be different enough to remain useful enough for my purposes. Typically I will use the 35mm when I want to include more environment in the shot or when I'm dealing with groups. The 50mm i will use for single subjects  when i dont quite want the compression that would come from 85mm and above.

Videography Technique / Re: Real Time Playback While Recording
« on: October 06, 2014, 04:57:16 PM »
ah, that makes sense. i tested in eos utility using live view but was trying to gain access to the full screen. i think ill be able to get by using eos utility...though not ideal.

thx for heads up.

Videography Technique / Real Time Playback While Recording
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:56:43 PM »
ok, so i got roped into a video shoot by a buddy of mine (i'm a stills shooter and have resisted previous requests to produce video content).

anyway, i have most of the basic stuff sorted out but i am running into trouble figuring out how to have the video displayed on my macbook pro while i shoot so i can have use of the bigger screen. i have the hdmi adapter to connect the two.

what software do i need and what procedures do i need to do to get this up and running? thx in advance for any insight you may have.

thats great for the type of photography he shoots...but let me see him try to shoot a full wedding with that rig or a heavily scheduled fashion shoot or sports....

mirrorless is a neat technological development but i don't see it ever replacing entirely the convenience of looking through an OVF and being able to see and react quickly to your subject matter.

call me old school....   

i agree with those saying to hire 2 separate individuals to cover photo and video. 2000.00 is on the low end for both so i would temper your expectations in terms of the quality of the product of each.

i will only enter into a contract with a bride and groom after i have done an in person meeting. the reason behind this is i find that making sure our personalities match is vital for having a successful day. i want my couples to want me and i want to make sure i don't get involved with individuals who will be impossible to please. as a wedding photographer, you spend the most intimate moments of the day with the bride and groom. i advise my couples that you want to make sure you dont get stuck with a creep or weirdo.

additionally, it was pointed out that you should ask for references. though this may sound like a good idea, i personally will not release personal info of my past couples so that strangers can then call them to ask how their day went. i find this strange...and would not want to receive these types of calls myself. if a prospective couple cannot determine my abilities and professionalism as a photographer from the in person consultation and my portfolio, then that is a situation i walk away from. if references are really needed, then testimonials should suffice. no way i'm releasing my couples info though....

so i would say these are the initial critical criteria you should use:

1. demeanor...are they professional and will the couple be comfortable with them.
2. style...do you like the quality of their work.
3. price...you can only afford what you can afford.

after that, all the details should be worked out during consultations. a competent professional will answer all questions regarding the day whether you ask those questions or not. i break down the entire day during my consultations which allows the bride and groom to ask the questions they wouldn't have thought of on their own.

Lighting / Re: How to Extend Flash Performance (Life on Site)
« on: September 09, 2014, 11:49:56 PM »
Is there any risk of these external packs (not the cp-e4 but the Godox etc.) blowing out the strobe?

i had a quantum turbo sc blow a 580 EX and a 580 EX2. switched to PowerEx/Imedion rechargables after that.

i also do what RLP does and run an Einstein on a VML to handle the heavy lifting. my speedlight is only responsible for providing fill light on my subject. i'll go through an entire reception on one set of 4 AA's with them only getting sluggish if i shoot really heavy.

Canon General / Re: How do you cull your photo's?
« on: September 07, 2014, 11:49:24 PM »
i regularly deal with 4000+ images from a wedding between 2 shooters.

to reduce culling time i have begun using Adobe Bridge. on a Mac you can hit the space bar and it will enlarge the image to full screen (large enough to quickly tell if critical focus was achieved). you can then cycle through images with the arrow keys. i delete anything that isnt in focus, has blinks, flash misfired, etc. once i am confident the remaining images are all acceptably usable images, i hit space bar again to return to the thumbnail window where i then start removing redundant images. i try to get it down to about 800-1000 images total. from there i upload the raws into lightroom where i make my final adjustments and then output the final Jpgs.

i used to do this all in lightroom but it took too long even if i did the 100% preview on upload. the bridge method cut the culling time by 2/3rds for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:53:40 PM »
Why has this made it to page 30?

Because there is an extremely high correlation between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and frequency of internet postings.

Take some OCD, coupled with a matter of life and death, plus a lack of humour.... throw in some raging testosterone and keep the whole mixture simmering over a troll baited flame.... Add DR for seasoning.... and you get enough posts to choke the server.

Don Haines
Posts: 3084


And of those 3,084 posts, 3,083 have been cheerful, humorous, positive, constructive and/or peace-making. I'd say 3,084 were that way, but hey -- nobody's perfect.  :P

I was going to ask Mitch if he is experiencing Deja Moo... (The feeling that you have seen this bull before) :)

Unfocused: 2044 Posts. The only reason for posting this is to start one of those quote within a quote within a quote sequences that can look pretty cool when they get to about 20-30 quotes. Time to have some fun, demonstrate the absurdity of this thread and maybe break the Internet!

Neuroanatomist: just a few posts, really.

What? No one else wants to play?

I spy something with my little eye...

I can't, I am on a self imposed exile for a week or so. But, intriguingly enough, I have a friend coming to stay who has a D800 (shame it isn't an 810 or E though) and a 24-70 so I am hoping to do some comparison images for my own piece of mind.

What better to make of such a thread than a kaleidoscope....  :o

Good read to pass time... I wonder if the forum will eventually put a limit on how many levels you can quote, or run out of memory and crash...

Probably not—that's all just handled with CSS in your browser—but eventually it will probably get to the point where the innermost quoted message is only one character wide.  :D
That would be fun!

Not a Kaleidoscope, and not an Aneurysm, it's a Squirrel!

thank god...this will surely get this thread closed. please, please, please, please.....>.<

I've never used a battery pack, but I've done day-long portrait sessions with lots of flash use. I could be wrong (and I frequently am), but I thought that speedlites have internal circuitry to extend the interval between firing and ready status when they get too hot, regardless of the power source.

Now, if the battery pack is defective and serves up, i.e., too high a voltage, that's another story.

sry for the side thread piggy backing this thread...but i feel this is important. yes, modern flashes have safety measures to prevent damage from overheating with each generation seeming to get better at it. and yes, the problem with a battery pack is that it can send a much higher surge to the flash resulting in an overload.

the first flash i had fried was the 580EX v1. i'm not sure if it had safety measures to prevent damage from overheating (i dont recall and if it did i very well may have ignored it). the second flash that got fried was the 580EX v2, and it died twice...once on the battery pack and then again (after repair!!!) on rechargables. at that point i did some research and i recall reading that the 580EX2 had a faulty design in the head that didn't allow it to vent properly and ultimately caused the flash tube to arc...thus frying the head.

anyways...after 3 meltdowns on 2 heads i decided to be more careful about how i powered and used my flashes. sold the quantum and picked up some powerex AAs. no issues since and i only rarely run across instances where those batteries cant keep up recycle rate.

now i run with 600EX-RTs and they do have a clear warning system that the flash is overheating. love those things.

There's a reason why pros use battery packs, which is something you might consider

Battery packs can actually contribute more to flashes overheating as they dont limit recycle rate as much as AAs. That's why I DONT use battery packs and instead use highly rated rechargeables. I had a quantum turbo SC completely fry two 580ex flashes before I made the switch. Haven't had a problem since.

Does the aquarium charge patrons to see their exhibit? Is the event free to the public or do they have registration fees? If the aquarium and presumably the event coordinators will be using the images to promote themselves then how does that constitute "not for profit"?

You are right to be concerned about photographing children without consent...it may go fine, but if i was a parent of a child attending this event and you photographed my kid with the intent the images would be used for promotion i would raise holy hell!

Why do "photographers" allow themselves to be put in these positions? It boggles my mind. This sounds to me like a serious job with many risks and technical challenges...if it isn't, then bring 1 body 1 lens, snap a few pics and be done with it. If it is serious and they will be benifitting from your images then why are you doing it for free???? (Not to mention at considerable risk to your expensive gear).

Sounds to me like you just got suckered into working for free. Sry if you think this sounds harsh....

Portrait / Re: HELP... Can anyone show me how to edit like this?
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:00:16 AM »
The "look" being acheived in those engagement shots has a lot more to do with the quality of light and lens choice. You cant "post produce" quality of light.

Dylan is correct that VSCO film packs were likely used to get the tinting. Applying those filters to shots that dont have good light quality wont replicate what you see in those engagement photos though.

Light, light, light and then light again. Thats the key. Then lens, exposure, composition, subject, emotion etc etc...post production is the very last thing...by a huge margin...that you should be thinking about to "replicate" the look of those photos.

Maybe some of the pro photographers can enlighten us.

my best month to date was just shy of 12,000.00. my minimum goal per week is 1000.00. i meet that goal more often than not, sometimes exceeding it greatly. year over year, i have had on average about a 15% increase in revenue for the last 4 or 5 years.

i do work that can range from 25.00 an hour to 100.00 an hour and from 150.00 flat rate to over 1000.00 day rate. it varies greatly.

i work with another photographer who exceeds 100k easily. another photographer i know is salaried at at least 80k. a very successful and talented wedding photographer i work with generally hits around 80k per year.

in the last 4 years i have personally known 3 photographers whose once successful businesses completely crashed.

many full time photography positions i see (typically studio ecommerce) pay anywhere from 12.50 an hour to 20.00 an hour.

there is still good work out there if you network to find it. its not quite what it once was for as many people and there seems to be more people in the mix now but i have seen plenty of situations that don't reflect the numbers in the original post.

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