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Site Information / Re: Sticky topics at the top of the front page...
« on: July 15, 2012, 03:46:04 PM »


My guess is that it's being manually "managed" for the illusion of control. For most of the past it appeared to be a simple automatic indexing update.

No matter what, it's not being done well to maintain interest and forum discussions and views.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to proceed?
« on: July 14, 2012, 02:08:02 PM »

Given that you say you're doing a lot of street photography and night work, you may want to consider getting the 135L you mentioned. It's stunning, in my experience, on the streets at night. Screw that on, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at what your 60D shows you.

Just a thought.

EOS Bodies / Re: How does Canon get input from photographers?
« on: July 13, 2012, 02:03:31 PM »

Market research, which is the fundamental question you've posed, encompasses myriad systems, methods, tactics, etc., most of which have not been mentioned here. Since I have just about zero contact with Canon marketing, I couldn't begin to answer your question specifically. And rather than write up a mini-seminar on marketing research in general and how it might suggest Canon policies, I'd want to know why you want the answer to this question.

I assume the Canon photography division, like any big consumer oriented corporation, has some sort of market research department.  Does anyone know how Canon figures out what their potential customers want?  Do they use surveys, focus groups, round table discussions, lurk on photography forums like this one?  It's a complete mystery to me.

Rather than speculate, perhaps someone here has had enough contact with the Canon marketing people to offer some insight?  If you know the answer, please state how you know.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: July 11, 2012, 01:20:05 PM »


I love this guy's look. Take a few pictures of him every time I go to the farm market. This one's better than most because of EF-135mm L.

EOS Bodies / Re: 840 1DX Coming to B&H!!
« on: July 10, 2012, 12:53:07 PM »


Thanks, Clic. I'm impressed by how accommodating and gracious they apparently were.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your 4th of July Photos
« on: July 09, 2012, 10:09:43 PM »

some illegal fireworks, right on the streets of East L.A. in the hispanic gangland neighborhoods.. had an encounter and could have had my 5D3/gear stolen. phew! had a tripod with me but shot at ISO 6400 handheld to be more discreet, hiding my camera from shadowy onlooking locals in between shot opportunities. Of course, that didn't quite work out and i was interrogated as to my activities.

What were you doing there? That's an area where parole officers won't even go to pursue parolees at large. I can't imagine how they let you leave with expensive camera equipment!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Post Your 4th of July Photos
« on: July 09, 2012, 06:47:17 PM »


Something different. Local fire department stopped the parade for a few minutes to do a memorial remembrance of two firefighters killed fighting a fire on July 4, 2002.

Lenses / Re: What would you do if you were me?
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:16:36 PM »


Couple of thoughts.

You may be constraining yourself with the perceived need for two cameras. Aside from giving one to your sister, I don't see why you really need two for what you say you're doing. Also, your aversion to zooms seems constraining.

Given that you're doing event photography I think you might address AF issues before lenses. The two bodies you have are inadequate for the versatility and quickness you really need in event photography -- which is people-centric (as is street photography). Someone suggested selling all and getting a 5D3. With a 24-70 and 70-200 (probably f/4 IS) that would do everything you need. Another possibility is a 7D -- replacing the T2i with that will solve the AF/speed issue and might allow you to keep the 5D2.

That may take you in a different direction, but I always think it's a good idea to match a body to shooting needs before addressing appropriate lenses.

For what it's worth!

EOS Bodies / Re: Any actual photographers out there?
« on: July 08, 2012, 12:21:24 AM »
Love this site and the various topics that seem to get people hot under the collar. But am amazed at the rather low level of knowledge out there on the subject of photography and the poor quality of work being showcased in these forums. Is it just me or do others agree?


I thought about this for a while, and I came up with only one response:

So what?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Rebel T4i/650D Tear Down
« on: July 07, 2012, 06:31:26 PM »


Thanks, but TMI for me!!

Lighting / Re: Fauxtographer Ruins Olympic photos.
« on: July 07, 2012, 01:23:12 PM »


There may be hope yet.

Wednesday I was shooting the local parade and a remembrance event. I kept bumping heads with another photographer. I didn't know him -- all I knew was he had a Nikon D3 and a lens as long as three Philly cheesesteaks. We were both on the same shots, same POV, etc.

The next day I saw his pictures on the Web site of the local newspaper. They were outstanding. I had no idea that publication actually used a real photographer. After some research I learned he did mostly sports shooting for them, so I'd never seen his work before.

Nice to know at least one newspaper is using a real photographer. Maybe the idea will spread!

In recent years, there has been an increasing opinion by the masses, that anyone can get shots as good as professionals, if they have the right gear. This has been one of the drivers towards the slashing of budgets by (or for) photo editors. Yes, the recession has played its part, but how many previous recessions have resulted in photo editors trying to do things on the cheap? The digital age has certainly played its part in the exposure of photography, allowing people to take photographs with good gear to an extent that wasn't previously possible, but this has led to a number of myths and misconceptions. Perhaps this incident will act as a wake up call to photo editors and to organisers of such shoots, that the results achieved are important and to get good results, you have to have the proper planning and expertise. You may not have to have formal qualifications to get memorable photographs on a regular basis (as opposed to one-offs), but you certainly need to gain experience through hard work and practice and above all overall talent. Hopefully, it will make those in charge of budgets, that it is in their interests to pay for the level of photography that is needed, you get what you pay for and ultimately quality is what sells. If you have better imagery than your competitor magazines (for example), then provided the content is what the potential customers want, then you have an advantage.



Looks like a hell of a fun job setting that up.

Nice to see at least one wire service has money for this kind of tech!

Thanks for the link.

Lighting / Re: Fauxtographer Ruins Olympic photos.
« on: July 02, 2012, 08:42:35 PM »


I don't see the problem. They'll look great on Facebook!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 09:36:48 PM »

Brian, I had no idea you could be so subtle!

I use a light stick with 3 flash heads, hand held plus one on the shoe, all PW fired.

HSS is no problem - at iso50 to reduce the impact of the ambient

Can shoot 1 handed as shutter speed will be about 1/4000.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Daytime Event Shooting
« on: July 01, 2012, 05:47:27 PM »


Yep, high contrast scenes, harsh light, speckling shade under trees, etc. -- it's quite a challenge. I've been doing it a lot lately. My best advice is lowered expectations, resourcefulness and lots of post-processing.

Different types of events can have different challenges. In situations where you have some control, you can ask people to move for optimal lighting/background and such. Sometimes you can move objects, most time not. If you want strictly candid shots, you're at the absolute mercy of the elements most of the time. Often it's best to watch the overall event and see where the best setting is -- then set up there and use that as your little "studio." That can take some discipline when a lot is going on all over the place.

If you can pose people, bring along a simple umbrella. Lots of color in an umbrella can be used both as sunshield and background color. A light/gray umbrella can be used for simply diffusing the light uniformly.

Generally, when doing scenes, there's little choice but eval metering. If I'm going for head shots, I'll use spot metering and do as much as I can to fill the frame with the person's head. I also tend to slightly underexpose and use selected fill light in post. Oh, and don't forget a lens hood.

Someone mentioned fill flash. That's always an option in the right situation. I tend to use it rarely -- once or twice in an 800-shot event a couple of weeks ago.

If you have control of time, use it. Where events go on all day, get there early and use better light, or be there late. Sometimes, there isn't a choice -- the July 4 parade here on Wednesday starts at noon. Shooting the vehicles in the parade on the street, I'll need a polarizing filter against glare. To get the people on the sidelines, that filter will just cut down my shutter speed. It's all compromise.

As I said in the beginning, lowered expectations can alleviate some of the frustrations.

Best to remember the old "Dirty Harry" movie advice -- a man's gotta know his limitations.

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