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I use Bay Photo Lab. They do fine work, prices are reasonable and they'll drop ship anywhere you want.

A 5X7 is  $2 and 8X10 is $3.50 (color corrected). Downside is you have to download their interface and it can be a pain in the ass to learn the first time.

The Walgreen's, as suggested, may be good for what you want. I don't care for their work, but they are quick and cheap. I can upload here, and by the time I walk three blocks to their store, prints are ready.

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Canon General / Newspaper Dumps Photographers, Wants Video
« on: May 30, 2013, 09:21:53 PM »
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Claiming readers are clamoring for more video news coverage, the Chicago Sun-Times has dumped its entire photography staff.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-chicago-sun-times-photo-20130530,0,4361142.story

Seems a bit drastic, and probably related to short-term budget thinking, but it's what I'm expecting to see long-term. Still photos are going to struggle to maintain relevancy.

They're going to use stringers/freelancers for some still photography in the print edition, I guess.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM Now in Stock
« on: May 30, 2013, 04:28:55 PM »
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Since I have no interest in such a lens, I'm sorta glad they have it priced so seemingly high.

Hope they make a ton of money with it. After my experience with their new 35mm, I'm a fan.

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I once had my car break down on a busy freeway and since I had to wait for the repair service to come pick it up, ......It Didn't take long for the police to show up to question me what I was doing there either, so I guess the police just looks for unusual behaviour.

I think the police stopping by when your car breaks down is a good thing.  :)

Having worked for a Highway Patrol department in one state I'll tell you it's more than a "good thing."

Interstate highways (freeways in general) exist to move vehicles. Anytime a vehicle or pedestrian or dog, ladder, mattress, etc. is stopped anywhere on the highway, it is unsafe. At the very least, it's a distraction to drivers. At worst, it's an obstacle. With the prevalence of cell phones the last 20 years, every such instance floods a dispatch center with calls so everything is known. Officers are dispatched. Depending on where/what it is, they don't give it a high priority, but they'll eventually investigate. It's also gender specific. If a woman is reported to be sitting in a car on the side of a road, that's a higher priority than a man -- from days of yore when chivalry ruled, I suppose. Nevertheless, it's a reality.

These days I'm guessing if you stop on the shoulder AND get out and start taking pictures, officers will get there faster!

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 2.8f II or 70-200 2.8f II
« on: May 29, 2013, 01:24:47 PM »
Not to be an arsehole, but it really depends on whether you want to take pictures of things close by or far away.

Only you can decide this one. They're both top class lenses.

That's about how I see it. You don't really want opinions on lenses, you want opinions of focal lengths.

Given the venues you list, you'll be the star of the show at birthday parties with the 24-70. Everywhere else you'll be limited and doing a lot of cropping. With the 70-200, you'll get great shots at weddings, sporting events, etc., but at birthday parties you'll have lots of pictures of people's noses.

If you can swing it, the advice on going with the kit 24-105 and the 70-200 is sound to me. Otherwise, I agree with the 70-200 and the 40mm as a stand-in until you have a 24-70. The 40mm is a superb lens, and you'll always find uses for it -- could be the best $150 you ever spent on photo equipment.

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Lol do cops think all criminal activity starts with taking a photo?

Buildings - "yeah am gonna blow it up. Better take a picture first to remember this moment"

People - "gonna kidnapp this fella, right after I take a picture of him to send back to his folks. They'll appreciate the shallow dof look from my 70-200L""

Animals - "mmm that dog looks tasty but before I cook it I'll take a few photos for facebook and get 1000 likes cos it's so darn cute"

Plants - "this crop circles gonna look baddass"

But seriously how did taking a photo get connected to crime?

This really made me laugh, and it's a good question.

In defense of cops, they did find the guy who shot up the movie theater in Colorado last year had taken pictures of the locking mechanism of the back door he used to go out and back in.

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The paranoia runs especially deep (at least here in the U.S.) when it comes to children -- at least taking photographs of them (we don't seem to get quite as upset when they're shot!).

I found myself surrounded by four police officers (township and county) demanding to know why I was taking pictures of kids on school buses. I was standing on the street waiting for a bus, and to kill time I was taking pictures -- a few school buses went by and big yellow things make colorful pictures. I didn't give it a lot of thought or look for much from the pictures.

Apparently someone who should be seeing a therapist called the cops and told them someone was taking pictures of kids on school buses. Police, equally paranoid, sprang into action; not much else going on mid-afternoon, I suppose.

It can be tough when you carry a camera!

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Cayenne --

I hope you will not take any action based on discussions here. It's fun to sling the bull about, but qualified legal counsel should be consulted if you have questions that can get you into legal trouble.

B&H recently offered a video on copyright that is the best general info I've seen (again, it's not intended as personal legal counsel for your situation). While it's sort of a long, hard slog, (and one guy is a touch obnoxious), it's worth watching if you really want to learn something about this area:

The Copyright Zone Guys

Personally, this was a lot of my MJ training long ago so it interests me enough to watch. Another thing, you probably don't have to actually "watch" the video. I just listened while doing other things (like post process images).

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One time I was on a wedding and just taking some food and decoration shots ..and some guy aggressively said something like "don't you take any pictures of me!" :o
How would you respond to that?

Interesting question, and a lot would depend on circumstances.

It would matter who this "guy" was. A wedding guest? Food service staff? Site security or management? Too much to drink? Most likely, if he wasn't integral to my work at the wedding, I'd just say, "Sure, no problem," and go about my business.

If I had a few minutes and wanted to engage him, I might say something like, "You know, I always wonder about that. Some people like to have their picture taken and some people don't. I can never figure it out. Can you help me understand that?"

An even more aggressively engaging stance would be to say, "Oh, good. You know I'm taking pictures all day, and no one takes my picture. Since you don't want your picture taken, will you take mine?" Then I'd hand him the camera and ask him to take my picture next to the wedding cake. If he says, "Go to hell" and walks away, it's over. If he takes the picture, he's now on your side -- he has a sense he's part of your team, that he's made a contribution. And, maybe he likes it and he takes up photography! You never know.

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Canon General / Re: Canon direct mail marketing
« on: May 24, 2013, 11:18:23 PM »
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There's a reason they call it "mass" marketing.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why is my 5D3 so noisy???
« on: May 24, 2013, 01:04:28 PM »
F9 indoors?

My friend who used to photograph weddings once wondered why his flash couldn't keep up at f5.6 when inside.  I have enough troubles at f2.8.
To be honest if your friend was wondering that, then I'm wondering what he was doing shooting weddings in the first place.


Lol....which says a lot about a large amount of the current crop of new wedding photographers....have camera...can click a button in Auto. After all, P is for Professional..right?


Do you think this is really true? It's disheartening for me to think that any professional photographers are shooting this way. Most of the young folks I talk with who are getting into the business have some decent training and really understand theory and their equipment. I can't see any of them working that way.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Make yourself happy
« on: May 23, 2013, 04:12:11 PM »
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Tempting, but I'm waiting for the SL1X.

I expect rumors should be popping any day now.

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A pretty sizable group has developed for people who don't like the new "layout."

http://www.flickr.com/groups/new-flickr-layout-sucks/

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Hmm what happened to viewing by collections??? It has to be by photostream or sets only now??? What if you made special sports collections and landscape collections and so on? Wide gamut collections? Now way to organize everything? It's just all photos dumped at once or by sets all dumped out at once?? No way to organize?

I can't be bothered to figure out how it all works. Your characterization "just all photos dumped" hits home with me. Looks like somebody had a box of pictures and dumped them on the table. I think the attention-deficit-disorder generation is taking over.

Anyway, I deleted all my pictures, since I had fewer than 100 there anyway. And I chopped all contacts except a few I talk to on a regular basis. (You're still there, Bob!)

I'll still find groups useful for looking at particular cameras and lenses (I hope).

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What is your effective ad blocker???????

I have used Firefox browser and their Adblock Plus plugin. Have never seen an ad on Flickr. Who knows about the future.

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