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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.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is the Basis of your opinion of APS-H?
« on: June 30, 2012, 12:12:40 PM »


Very interesting thought. Oh, what might have been!

I imagine there were some heady battles at Canon over that. But I also don't think there's much room for real regret. I think they got so boxed in that going in this direction wasn't a real possibility when it could have happened.

To annoy everyone with one more thought: while I believe APS-H is dead, that doesn't mean I'm not a little nostalgic for what might have been.

Imagine if Canon had supported APS-H from the beginning by making a relatively simple and low-cost decision: to design its EF-S lenses with a sufficiently large image circle to cover the 1.3 crop. Now, that possibility really would excite me. All the 18mm lenses would be true wide-angles with a 24mm equivalent. The 15-85 would have a super wide angle 19mm equivalent. And so on.

The sad thing is it probably could have been done without much additional cost. Tokina has shown that the mirror clearance is not the issue, the issue is the small image circle. But, how much larger would the lenses really have to be to accommodate the 1.3 crop. Surely not that much more.

In fact, I really wonder if Canon doesn't regret not doing this. It would certainly have given them a competitive edge.

Of course, it might also have killed off full frame.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is the Basis of your opinion of APS-H?
« on: June 30, 2012, 12:02:42 PM »
The decision will probably depend on whether the accountants are in charge or the engineers


"Aye, therein lie the rub," Brian.

As you've sometimes alluded to your experiences with corporations, you know who is now in charge. I fought that war in all the years I spent in corporations -- and I'm no fan of what we used to call the "bean counters." They virtually destroyed, for example, General Motors. GM, prior to the 1970s was always a company of engineers. They produced great cars (for their time) that people enjoyed driving. Then the financial types took over, and the rest is sad, sad history. We don't even have to mention the current worldwide financial crisis, compliments of those same number crunching dimwits.

We can all hope against hope that the good technical folks at Canon may overcome damage done by those in-charge "accountants." But, I believe you've nailed the heart of most of our dissatisfactions, Brian. As long as Ebenezer Scrooge controls Canon engineers we are all diminished. While we say we want more DR and other improvements from sensors Canon uses, what we're really saying is that we want accountants to allow engineers to put the best possible sensors in the products.

Accountants have their place, but it is not in product design. Next up, lawyers!! Billy Shakespeare had something to say about them too!

So fitting from Shakespeare:

To sleep, perchance to dream. Aye, there's the rub
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

EOS Bodies / Re: What is the Basis of your opinion of APS-H?
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:44:39 PM »


Amazing someone would attack the English language as crude and a form of mental illness simply because someone disagreed with him. Makes me think of at least part of a famous quote from a revered writer of the English language....

"...full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

I fear a thousand distinguished writers in the English language over 500 years would disagree with your assessment. As will many thousands of learned professors in the English departments of Universities all over the world today.

Just as with photography, an inability to use the tool does not condemn the tool.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is the Basis of your opinion of APS-H?
« on: June 29, 2012, 11:24:50 PM »


Beg pardon, but I can muster no level of emotion when it comes to inanimate objects. I don't like or love or hate or care in any way about an APS-H sensor. And I'll bet the people at Canon will say the same thing.

I've repeatedly said there will be no more Canon EOS DSLR cameras using the APS-H sensor. It appears to me all the discussion on this board suggesting it would be good for Canon to use that sensor again is based solely on the personal desires of users. The simple and blatantly plain reality is that Canon no longer has any need for the APS-H sensor. There was a time when their EOS DSLR line was in some development flux and the H provided something useful. That is no longer the case, and Canon is happy to unburden itself from all the costs and demands of an entire product line.

Canon is in the business of providing performance. The full-frame and APS-C sensors have now come to a place where they can provide all the performance Canon needs to offer the marketplace. The development of somewhat better sensor technology, better and faster computer control, AF, memory systems, etc. have all contributed to this -- and in so have obviated the need for another line of sensor. It's good business sense for Canon to abandon the H sensor, along with all its concomitant costs -- and those costs are many.

It's probably fun for a lot of folks to pretend to be Canon product management and to fantasize about what could be done with those resources. None of that, however, factors in the realities of running a large complex business in a viciously competitive marketplace chockablock with uncertainties and the vagaries of newly developing technologies.

Anyway, big bands are definitely NOT coming back!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 29, 2012, 12:47:36 AM »


I'm afraid $30 per roll would stop me. And the 1V HS can use that roll in three seconds if you let it! Obviously, you won't do that with landscape work, but it's pretty scary.

Interesting article. Thanks.

Landscapes with ISO 25 (if you could find it) would be amazing.
Haven't bought any yet, I can get it per roll from my local B+W shop on special order, but I might just spring for the 5 at once (and it's iso25, x-raying in the post won't be as bad as x-raying P3200).

But with all the processing notes I saw on it somewhere, I sure hope I can find someone to process it, or that new house is getting a room converted to a darkroom.

this guy seems to like using it...

EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 28, 2012, 11:17:53 PM »


Wow, going under 500 large would scare the hell out of me. I'd be afraid to buy a new pair of socks until I felt things were stable!

You did mention one of the great things about film. I've used ISO 50 B & W  in the 1V and gotten beautiful stuff -- even in the scanned negs. Landscapes with ISO 25 (if you could find it) would be amazing.

Best of luck with the house/home!

This is not a sales forum, I know. But as I've said my 1V HS is available to the right person. I don't need to sell it, but I will to a person who appreciates what it is.

Well, I was thinking the other day, that if I ever go on a real photography trip, it'd be nice to take 2 film bodies, one for Velvia, the other for B+W iso25 for landscapes and/or iso400 for street (depending on where I go). 1v taking Infrared film is definitely a plus, but I don't think I can justify *another* $500 on a toy (seeing as on monday i'm signing up for $500,000 of debt; ie buying a house). So it'll probably just have to be a little 1100D-film-equivalent (seeing as the glass and film are the important bits).

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Successors [CR1]
« on: June 28, 2012, 07:13:18 PM »

Oh NO!!!!!!

The APS-H virus has gotten to Craig!

Brian, how did you manage this???

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Film Camera & Film Recommendations
« on: June 28, 2012, 03:57:29 PM »


For what you seem to suggest you want to do, I'd advise:

Find a good beginner photography course, probably at a community college. Even today, they almost always start with film and might even provide cameras to use. They will have a darkroom and printing equipment so you'll get all that experience without having to expend anything for equipment. You'll also learn the old rudimentary things like dodging/burning, cropping, etc. -- and that will give you a much greater appreciation for what happens in digital post processing.

In a class you'll also have two great things you can't get any other way -- first, a group of like-minded people with the same passion, a real "community" and; second an instructor who can guide you to a place you probably can't get to on your own, at least not quickly.

If you end up buying a camera, get a Canon since you already have the lenses. I like to start film people on a manual focusing rangefinder, but lens choices are limited. With a Canon EOS SLR, you'll also learn more about the lenses you use on the digital and how their performance differs with film.

Finally, don't overlook borrowing an old film camera. If you were around here, I'd be happy to lend you an old Canon SLR. Maybe a pro photographer in your area would lend you a film camera he doesn't use anymore. You may also have a local photo club where people have lots of good, old equipment lying around.

Whatever you do, have fun!

EOS Bodies / Re: Is SLR dead?
« on: June 28, 2012, 03:34:40 PM »


I wholly disagree with this.

The discussion is not about the demise of the SLR, but the future of imaging. That's well worth discussing.

it´s not dead.

but the useless discussions about DSLR´s dead should die....

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