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Photography Technique / Re: how NOT to use studio lighting
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:07:59 PM »
Perhaps there is some difference between his intent and what we see?


Or we can generously allow that he's got his monitor set with some crazy gamma curve?... (doubt it)

Photography Technique / how NOT to use studio lighting
« on: October 28, 2014, 01:43:56 AM »
Is there a thread here somewhere about how to apply horrible lighting?
If not, whenever I see this guy's work I feel a bit bad for the young ladies who are his subjects.

There are other shooters who contribute to this chain's particular subject here, and IMO, many of them do a much better job of lighting than this Mr B, who seems to like hot spots, gross underexposures and everything possible to make a less than flattering image of otherwise fine subjects.
The only time I see consistently decent lighting in a set of shots is when it's outdoors, and even then it's often underexposed.

What do you think, art, or ignorance?
I think he thinks it's art by the way he likes to brand at least one of the shots with his name on it.
I certainly don't appreciate his style.  ???

EDIT:  the link would be helpful..


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:39:54 AM »
Bad...well I miss the joystick, even after a year, and outer focus points are not reliable even when they indicate AF was achieved, which is not often anyway. And getting there without a joystick is just too cumbersome to even try

I don't have the 6D but isn't it like every other Canon body where you can hit the AF pt button and can then rapidly scroll thru all (the few) AF points superfast using the control wheel?  On bodies with few AF points i found this method quick and easy to do without removing the camera from my head, and often far easier than the joystick.

And to the OP, I hope you got a great deal on the 6D, IMO, Canon's best IQ FF body so far.

I wanted a camera for taking pictures of red canoe against a green background....

pentax will do that for you and provide an indigo sky too


it's not possible to select the 7D in their new comparison tool on DPR.

?  If you click on the OP's link, it's one of the three cameras selected to compare with the 7DII (it's right next to it).

sometimes you gotta dump your javascript caches?...
I was getting totally bad data from dxomark a couple years ago, thinking it was real.  Made a fool of myself here posting it.
turned out my browser was displaying incorrect data - different computer, same page, same time, was displaying correctly.

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 26, 2014, 12:38:18 AM »

They've done a good job improving the chroma noise character on the 7d2.  It's quite fine grained and not very blotchy so should respond very well to NR software.  In fact it's pretty decent noise character across the whole ISO range.
I'm looking forward to making my own raw file tests and torturing them in post to see how much they can take before they scream, "FPN!"  ;D
Would be nice if they only yell out, "Random!" instead.

Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:58:04 PM »
I have a 758 and 558(?) but really only need the simpler 308(?)
The only time I find them useful is when mixing multiple flash sources with some ambient light.  And for that it's quite useful.  regular incident measurement and spot functions are of little use most times.
Video abilities of the high end models can be useful but you can also do that with a regular meter too and a little in-head math.

With my eyesight heading south faster than a songbird in september there's not much point in me having pixels so small I can't see them when I'm editing.

I'd rather have a 4k or 5k display that's 60"
Then I can be a decent distance back (no glasses), still edit pixel level without excessively enlarging the view and have more of a life-size preview of my prints.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:51:22 PM »
actually, I think I can see PBD's point of view on this - you can't average a bunch of zeros and get a lower zero.
but you can average  bunch of slightly above zero shades+noise which has the effect of increasing effective DR because now there's more useable tonality.

I think the difference in arguments is the threshold chosen for the base
 numerical 0 = black vs SNR=1 = black.

EDIT:  there has to be some intrusive amount of noise in order for the downsampling to actually effect an improvement.  If there's insufficient noise then the noise floor ~ 0 and you can't create more total tonal range from that data. (tho you might be able to smoothen it to create more discernable shades/tones)
The DxOmark calculated downsampled effective DR being > than the possible output range is just a mathematical creation useful only as a measure of merit.  But that also does not negate the value of a lower read noise sensor as it truly can deliver more accurate tones and smoother shading in the deep shadow areas.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 750D real world review
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:22:01 PM »
it is a VERY good and well featured camera for the price.
And I like the way it fits my hand.  But I've already got a bag full of Nikon gear so will pass on this one.

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:19:03 PM »
What it won't do is have a brighter bright or darker dark, and surely that is the measure of DR, not how many divisions that same range is divided into?

actually, it may be an oversimplification but yes, downsampling will give you darker dark tones as the noise (which lightens them) is averaged out.
Therefor, greater effective DR, when measured as the ratio of light/dark at some SNR limit.

I don't have time to watch another self-assurance video.

BUT, the OP's point is valid and I see that other co's making camera gear are "thinking differently."
If you read the interview from imaging-resource a while back about the Samsung NX1


you'll see that Samy's taking this idea and running with it, at least as far as the hardware goes.
What kind of photographic app tools they'll come up with to control this high bandwidth beast I can't yet fathom as I'm one of those who still likes both feet in the old paradigm for now.  I can imagine a variety of specialty focus trap features will be at the forefront.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 13, 2014, 04:35:00 PM »
place my canadian pre-order within a couple days of it being announced and delivery expected mid November

EOS Bodies / Re: AA Filter: Still Relevant, Marketing Ploy, or Obsolete?
« on: October 12, 2014, 02:39:30 PM »
no significant effect to overall DR but there can be a noticeable effect to fine (micro) contrast being greater.

ALL my favorite cameras (that I use) are AA-less:
D800E, various Fuji Xtrans bodies, Pentax K52s, Olympus EM10, etc.

I really like the detail and contrast they provide for finely textured natural subjects.  I've not had any significant moire problems altho I will use an AA filtered camera when shooting scenes that have specular hilites, like bodies of water on a clear day, as the reflected hilites can have false-color fringes which look strange and are too much trouble to fix in post.

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