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« on: December 19, 2014, 11:48:21 AM »
Nice one! Imagine the reflexes that thing produces in the eyes of a Model! That would look awesome! Of course the model will also be blind after the shoot but, man, that would make some crazy portraits!

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:22:24 AM »
Feedback is apreciated. :)

Luke Skywalker....I love them all!  Well done!

The only one I would've done something different with is the girl in the tree, I love the shot, just not the leaf over her right eye.  The setting and subject are so beautiful that I don't thin you needed anything more in that shot.


Thank you so much, Darth! Yeah, that ninja-leaf sneaked in my shot there. But we decided to keep ist since we both love the photo. I had two models that day and letting them climb the tree was the best idea ever :D. Here is another one of a girl within the same tree. :)

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: December 13, 2014, 07:15:31 AM »
Feedback is apreciated. :)

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 06, 2014, 05:37:35 PM »
I'm sorry if this was already posted, I didn't read the 14 pages that came before me. But I think the box-logo has some similarities with the ImageRunner logo

Maybe they are announcing new printers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:48:55 PM »
I first chose Canon because of the Nikon nomenclature. I (as a total DSLR-beginner at that time) just couldn't find out what DSLR to choose. My sister has a Nikon so I wanted a Nikon first. But after testing I chose the 450D over the Nikon whatever-the-hell for the ergonimocs of the whole camera. :)

Canon General / Re: Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:53:41 AM »
Great post! And it sums up my hobbyist experience as well. I always felt like the Canon system had everything I would ever want for the situation I am facing. I like doing portraits and I found the perfect lenses for me to do that with, both at a very god price point. I am using a 100 2.0 and a 50 1.4 on a 5D2 and this kit never disappointed (except the 50 wide open, as everybody knows...).

The thing is, you have to appreciate your gear to appreciate the photos you take with it. At least that is what I think. :)

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 24, 2014, 03:27:37 PM »
#1 is from a club night. I shoot their parties every month or so. One 430EX with orange gel, one YN565EX with green gel.

#2 is Roundflash with a gorgeous girl

#3 is a photo montage inspired by FightClub ("Everything is just a copy, of a copy, of a copy..."). Again the 430EX and the 565EX, using the Roundflash as a softbox with orange gel.

#4 is a self portrait with my new SMDV Diffusor-60 I bought yesterday on a Manfrotto-boom. Took it literally like 10 minutes ago, just for funzies. :D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:40:31 PM »
Don't know if they count but I wanted to share them with you guys... :D

Shot with the 100mm F2.0

Lenses / Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 11, 2014, 10:36:41 AM »
I own the 100mm f/2 and I love it for portraits. You have a nice distance to the model for the close headshots and the bokeh is as creamy as it gets. For 300€ used you get a hell of a lot of bang for your buck. Currently it's one of two lenses I own together with the 50mm f/1.4 and i really like them both for portraits.

Street & City / Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:20:10 PM »
I really like the second pic... Just goes to show you don't need a squillion focus points and a 5D3 to take good pics!!

All I need is 1. 8) 5D2 users can relate. :D

Street & City / Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 09, 2013, 03:38:44 PM »
There really are very few occasions where you have to use 2nd curtain sync. I could only think of night portraits with flash and long exposure. With 1st curtain sync there would be a shadow around the model because he or she can't stand perfectly still for that long.

Street & City / Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 09, 2013, 02:35:53 PM »

It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

And that is my point in all these first and second curtain comments, 99% of the time you can't tell which was used so how important a feature is it really?

I'd love somebody to actually post some images they took that illustrate how first curtain sync ruined their shot.

I actually have some shots that have this kind of shadow a moving object leaves when you drag the shutter with flashes. But for events like that where the DJ is jumping around I want to flash when the DJ "does his moves" and I only can consistently freeze those moments when I use 1st curtain. With 2nd curtain it's hit or miss because the flash goes off a second later than the shutter.

Hoooray! You're the first one to mistake me for an non-German, ever, after reading my English :-p ... actually I'm also German, Berlin to be specific, so I had a good look at the club scene for the last decade... but before my photography days, so sadly I never came around to try what you did.

Well, congrats for getting me to think you're a native speaker. :D I'm from Hessen, 80 kilometers from Frankfurt. The U60 was my go-to club for a long time.

But yeah, pretty much what you said:

For his setup, 1st curtain probably is even better because he freezes what he sees when he triggers the shot

Street & City / Re: Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:57:37 PM »
Thanks a lot for your kind words and the constructive criticism. Thats always a good source of motivation for me. :)

- The white flash looks out of place so gels would make it look more 'natural', as if you weren't using a flash.
- The white flash does really well at separating the subject from the colourful mish-mash of lights and objects that would otherwise distract my eye and 'hide' the subject

After editing the photos i realized that the white flash indeed was to cold to fit the colorful style of these shots so i bumped up the color temperature a bit, that also made the overall colors more vibrant. Next time i will add a light orange gel to the white flash to have a warmer color temperature in the first place.

An off-camera flash placed behind your subject (well, behind as in behind relative to the camera) would also help separate the subject from the rest of the photo, so if you wanted to get away from the bare flash look experiment with that.

Since I have a YN-622c too much for my current 2-flash-setup (they come in pairs) i should consider buying another one of those YN-565s, man i love this flash. I actually like it more than my 430EX II.
I like the idea with the flash right behind the subject, especially if smoke is involved (maybe add color, too) this could lead to some very interesting results. Thanks for that!

Btw it's always interesting to see djs put up a show when basically switching cds and doing some beatmixing :-p

Here in Germany we don't like those David Guetta-esque DJ's, too. But we have a nice and impulsive electronic music scene, especially when it comes to banging techno. And I tell you what, those italian guys that were playing that night rocked the house big time! The crowd was going wild and so did them :D

... and with a 5d2 *snigger* that'll make the "you need a 5d3 to shoot your doorknob in low light" crowd think :-p

I never shot with a camera with more than 9 AF points, lol. But I really like the performance of the center focus point of my 5D, even without the YN-622s assist beam it focuses nicely even in dark club environments.

It's a damn pitty the Canon brand flashes don't support 2nd curtain remote sync - is this 1st or 2nd curtain (using your Yn triggers)?

I was using my YN-622 triggers with 1st curtain sync. I think you can use the 2nd curtain if you disable the wireless features with groups and all this stuff, I even think i used it once. But i have to test that out.

Again, thanks for the great feedback guys!

Greetings from Germany,

Street & City / Impressions of the weekend, feedback appreciated
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:42:41 PM »
I shot a party friday night and got some results that I wanted to share with you guys. I'm pretty happy with the shots i got this weekend. I was experimenting quite a lot and it was paying of for me. I could definetly  up my game in the nightclub photography area and gain some experience with color gels and off-camera flash.

The lens I used was a Tokina 12-24mm for APS-C sized sensors. The results when using long exposures, zooming and using multiple flashes are pretty interesting, especially in the range where the image circle can't cover the hole sensor of my 5D, it's almost like the light trails are coming out of the picture.

Tell me what you think, I really appreciate every feedback. :)

Lenses / Re: Do You Take Better Pics with Primes?
« on: December 08, 2013, 04:47:34 AM »
For portraits: Yes. I like working with primes for portraits way better than with Zooms. I like it when my gear gets out of my way during the shoot, and primes do that for me.

For my work in club-environments: No. In such an environment it's hard to switch lenses all the time so use a wide-angle zoom to photograph the DJs and the crowd. I also like it to play around with flash, long exposure and zooming for some crazy results. :)

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