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Portrait / Re: Ruined photo, or rescue opportunity?
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:34:16 PM »
I shot my first wedding for a friend this summer, same situation as your first wedding was, money issues, so I volunteered. It was a very small wedding, with divorced parents that didnt get along. My group shots weren't the best. Reception was in a small room, so for the cake cutting to have an audiance the bride and groom were pretty much backed against the wall, with a long table infront of them. No good angle. In the end after PP work was all done and I gave them the shots, they were so ecited about how great the shots were and that I am so talented yadda yadda. Im sure they will love them. Also being a mechanic for 9 years i know what it is like to work a whole day for crap-pay. gotta love the family's broken stuff. If they insist you take the money dont hesitate lol.

United States / Re: Fall Foliage Trip - Your advice please.
« on: October 13, 2012, 10:55:51 PM »
Grayson highlands in s.w. virginia had very nice foliae when I went. Plus wild horses. If you want the best foliage, plan a week earlier and head north next year. NH and VT are pretty amazing with all the maples

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1dx, or d800e?
« on: October 13, 2012, 09:02:24 PM »
5dIII is my dream, you already got it! 1dx is my dream if I were already dreaming and using my 5dIII. Id go for the 200/2, but im also just shooting a 60D, and my best lens was 450 bucks cant go wrong with any of it im sure

Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: October 13, 2012, 03:11:46 PM »
I noticed an absence of his posts as well. if i didnt see a post with a response from Brian, spokane, neuro, or RLphoto i would think I was in the wrong forum :-P

Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark III Hot Pixels
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:38:08 PM »
Yeah 99% of sensors have hot or dead pixels, but the factory basically maps them out and disables them before they go out. A manual clean "watches" the pixels the whole time and disables the hot/broken ones so you never see them again. eventually my 18MP camera might be a 17mp lol

Technical Support / Re: 60D Not Autofocusing :(
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:31:32 PM »
Try using the full auto mode (green box lol) and see if it focuses. There are some custom ways to set what the shutter button does in the menu, but it should still work in green-box mode even if the settings are screwy

Technical Support / Re: Event Shooting: Camera Picture Style Setting
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:12:32 PM »
I would use standard picture style, depending on the type of event. Portrait would end up being kinda soft and warmer than you may like. Canon's have trouble getting indoor light temperature right, so this may be a bigger concern. Indoor light is often too warm looking on a canon in Jpeg. So I would set the temperature to tungston right off and give it a looksee. Matching your flash might be important. I would proably Gel my flash's to match the indoor color temp. Jpeg isnt too bad. The in-camera rendering of noise and colors is pretty impressive.

I own that lens and mine does not make that noise at all, let me go shake it.... it has a slight noise when i shake it, but nothing moves. Mine was soft from factory, anf I sent it to tamron under warranty, and they adjusted it, much better. Still not a very high contrast lens tho.

Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: October 03, 2012, 10:13:31 PM »

Is it just my lens thats so crappy? 50mm 1.8II L(ens hood attached)? OR my 1100D camera? It just doesnt look so shiny awesome like i want. Like so "mellow" contrast only. Or is it just the post processing? Feel free to give my photos a try.

Thanks already

My 50 f/1.8ii gives the same feel. It is an excellent lens as far as sharpness goes and the 1.8 is nice. But it has no saturation or contrast. I shot a wedding last weekend and the 50mm's images all needed retouching, to make them look punchy, where some of the shots from my 17-70 sigma almost seemed too punchy and saturated. every lens has it's strong points. My canon 28mm f/2.8 is very vivid and sharp! but not very versatile. I like lightroom but if you shoot Jpeg try making a custom picture style, thats a normal landscape style, but add +2 saturation. That livens up the 50mm a lot!

Software & Accessories / Re: problems after installing magic lantern
« on: October 03, 2012, 03:47:26 PM »
My 3rd party grip did this to my 60d. During a friend's wedding last weekend my grip made the camera shut off and battery light flash. took me about 20 seconds to remove the grip throw the battery door back on and be back in business. Grip ended up at his house..... I should retreive that

Software & Accessories / Re: Who uses a handheld light meter?
« on: October 03, 2012, 03:44:16 PM »
So for this type of photos an exposure meter does not offer anything that I cant get with a fill flash? I better spend some time to learn to use my flash...
Thank you for your input

P.s. What if it is really bright out and the sync speed of 1/200 may not be enough?

3 options!

1)lightroom is pretty amazing but not ideal
2)Most higher end flash's have high speed synch, which will allow way over 1/200th. I find this quite useful for outdoors
3)You can use a polarizing and/or ND (neutral density) filter to make the scene appear darker to the camera, then enabling a slower (1/200) shutter speed to be correctly lit

Im using a nothing-special samsung 22" display, seems to be calibrated well. My machine is a pc, home made 6-core 8gb ram, AMD 5770 card(getting old now, but it handles overclocking very well, so it is still fast)and I have windows and all my programs on a SSD(solid state drive) which makes them so fast it is like they are stored in memory already! I use a standard SATA for storage tho. High precicion laser mouse is a must too. I run everything overclocked and have a lot of cooling. My case, dvd drive, keyboard, speakers are all 6 years old, and upgrading the rest to be very able was very cheap, Thats why I like PC. upgrades are cheap

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon presets for Lightroom 4.1
« on: October 01, 2012, 02:21:50 PM »
FWIW, lightroom's colors were WAY off on my screen, but not in the output file. DPP was perfectly fine. It ended up being my monitor calibration file (supplied by samsung's drivers) was WAY off on color. Apparently DPP doesnt use the color profile and Lightroom does, so I found a much more accurate color profile for my needs. Maybe you can try the spyder screen calibration thingy?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D actually doesn't need AFMA?
« on: September 25, 2012, 09:16:41 PM »
I have a 60d, and my sigma 17-70, canon 50 1.8, canon 28/2.8, and tamron 70-300 VC are all dead on. the 70-300 back focused on my T1i. I sent the 70-300 to tamron and it came back sharper but still backfocused. On the 60d it seems focused right

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 12, 2012, 01:08:56 PM »
The way current sensors work (atleast in canon SLRS, not sure about others) they need a mechanical shutter to work, they are somehow charged with electricity to become more sensitive, and  the light triggers the photo-proto-electrons(i have no idea haha) I just know I read that current canon sensors need a shutter to be as sensitive as they are. But cell phones dont have a shutter and they take great low-light shots....(cough, cough)

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