« on: June 08, 2013, 09:46:40 PM »
Very informative, thanx! Unfortunately, I work in a completely different way. I am not as technical or picky as you are.
I have been using PCB flashes for over 10 years and never had a problem.
They might not be Profoto but they work for me.
I have one camera and one lens. No backups or filters or polarizers.
I don't shoot tethered. I work really fast, hand held and moving around a lot. My girls don't pose, they move freely but listening to what I want them to do. When I see something I like, I shoot it. I don't have time for elaborate studio setups, and my clients don't care for delays either. I work alone. No assistants or any help and just the model and me. Nobody else in the studio.
I setup my 2 or 3 lights, do a couple of test shots, and if I like it, we start shooting. That simple. No color meters, no color charts...
My problem is not the flashes or the way I work or the flash brand I use. I never had this problem with my previous cameras. There is something wrong with my 1D X and I just want to find what it is.
It sounds a lot like you want precision and straight-out-of-the-can accuracy, but aren't working in a method to do so (and that you can't/won't try). It sounds more like random chance that shots will be right. The bigtime pros have shown that chance doesn't get predictable results, just watch some of the top fashion and model shooters and their workflow. Hand meters, color meters, MacBeths, tethering - it all serves a purpose and not just in product/commercial photography, in fashion/modeling too. I've shot my share of fast paced fashion and dance where the model was just doing their thing and my shooting when I see a good frame. I shot by myself in my studio - and I still did the pre-work of metering, color balance, etc. And, I shot tethered, wirelessly and wired. Frames dumping by the hundreds onto the tether box. Still got to see my previews and lost no workflow speed, nor hinderances with the model's flow.
I'm not saying to change your workflow - I'm suggesting that you take 10 minutes of your time and do a simple experiment to remove variables in it that may or may not be causing the issue.QuoteWhy blame it on the photographer when it could be a defective sensor or processor... Nothing man made is infallible.
I'm not blaming it on you - I *am* blaming it on possible equipment issues. But, you insist that your lights are fine and I'm saying for you to verify that just to be absolutely sure. I know that your current lights aren't 10 years old (they haven't been out that long), so there is a possiblity that they have some issues (bad caps, drifting IBGTs, tubes fade, etc - I am also an electronics engineer).
Well, then keep doing things your way...there's quite a few of us here who have offered you a way of trying to narrow down the possibilities of what is going on and every time, all we hear is "that's not me, it's gotta be the camera" and "I don't like LR, but I've never really tried to use it" and "my lights are perfect, can't be them".
But it sounds like you'll just do what you want to do, so send it off to Canon and hopefully they'll find something wrong with it - that would be a nice speedy fix. Good luck!
I am not saying it's me or the camera or the lights... I just don't know what to blame it on.
All I know is that I work the same way I've been working for years and I never had this issue.
It started happening with the 1D X and that is ALL I know...
I did try LR. For a few days. Just not for me. The Einstein Flashes are less than a year old. I have 5 of them and aside from a physical speed ring problem in one of them, they have been the best investment I've ever made (I was using X-800's before them). They are 100% digital. Super light, small and I can change the output power directly from the camera for up to 3 flashes using Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 with AC3 and plug-in PowerMC2's on each flash... I can also see everything I need to about flash output and modeling lights on the huge LCD screen... And the firmware can be downloaded and installed via MicroSD card... Works for me
And yes, I do what I want to do. That's why I work alone and never had an assistant or a partner. My decisions are all mine. Everything that comes out of my studio is 100% mine. My good decisions and my mistakes, but that's how you are forced to learn and the way I like it and why my business has grown 1000% in just 10 years.
I have a lot of fun "working"... Although I never worked a day in my life I don't want to lose that feeling.