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Lenses / Re: Upgrade for 17-55 2.8
« on: January 01, 2014, 07:12:36 PM »
I find the 17-55mm f2.8 IS to be an excellent performer. (...) For the money I can't think of a better lens than the 17-55mm f2.8 IS for an APS-C walkabout lens; if it's not enough I'd upgrade to FF.


I second the background advice, but the lighting is very good!
Can you explain further how you distributed flashes/strobes/boxes for this photo?
Well done!

Photography Technique / Re: Free family portraits class
« on: December 28, 2013, 12:28:57 PM »
   I received and email today from "Outdoor Photographer" soliciting a free class covering family portraits.  I have not taken the online class yet, but I intend too and I wanted to share the link to the class with the CR community.   I'm sure most of you are accomplished well beyond what this class will teach, but it's free.

Here is what I can copy out of the email:

Enhance family portraits and bring out the best in your subjects with expert instruction! Join author and professional photographer Kirk Tuck in his new FREE online class Professional Family Portraits, and discover the essential skills for successful family photo sessions.   

Plus, sign up for Professional Family Portraits and you’ll also learn quick, effective strategies for transforming any room into an uncluttered studio—even a garage!

This interactive online class offers all the benefits of an in-person seminar from the convenience of your home. Every lesson is packed with invaluable information that will take your skills to the next level—no time wasted! Kirk will critique your photos and answer any questions you have, and with class access forever, you can learn at your own pace and revisit techniques before your next shoot.

From fast-moving toddlers to mature adults, you’ll learn advanced strategies of family portraiture with Kirk’s favorite techniques for lighting, posing and composition. Discover fail-proof ways to take adorable shots of even the most impatient little ones, and master shutter speed for crisp, blur-free shots.Use foam core, umbrellas and bounce flash to create ideal lighting in any setting, and explore broad and short lighting for warm, engaging portraits.

Commercial photographer Kirk Tuck has photographed many extraordinary people, from President Bill Clinton to Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger. He’s also authored several books including Photographic Lighting Equipment: A Comprehensive Guide for Digital Photographers, Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography, and Commercial Photography Handbook: Business Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers.
Join Kirk as he moves outdoors and guides you selecting a location and directing poses for a large group. Then, discover step-by-step post-processing strategies to remove blemishes, soften wrinkles and adjust color cast to ensure your portraits have professional polish.

Sign up for Professional Family Portraits for free, and take natural, high-quality photos that preserve precious moments in time.

Also, I'm not advertising for this site - just pass along information for a free class for the interested.


I was trying to be respectful of the person, whilst showing my disrespect for the example. Obviously I succeeded, sorry.

As for the "rule" well like all rules it is meant to be broken, but only for a reason and only effectively when done deliberately.

The viewers eye will always try to connect tangential edges and/or keys to form satisfactory, to the brain, patterns. The eyes are almost always key on portraits so in group portraits the brain tries to connect the dots, if they are on the same level the brain stops at that line and struggles to get past it.

Whilst this comprehensive and very formal approach is not, generally, a "look" we often shoot for now, the core lighting and posing tips found in this series of pages is a bible that has more common sense and experience than anybody here can claim to have, I am not ashamed to say I refer to it prior to a shoot with an unfamiliar grouping, look at chapter 8. For a more modern slant and interpretation look at number 4 here.

Zeltsman does state you can put peoples faces on the same height if they are separated by another body, my experience is that the body has to be very distracting to brake the brain connection of a strong line. Certainly if it is the two anchoring figures, oldest or outside pairs, it doesn't work, kids inside a grouping can work.

Only trying to help, sorry if ti was too antagonistic.

Terrific! Thank you!

I am very much an amateur myself (a few paid gigs, to buy more equipment:)

I did a shoot in my livingroom today of some family members. I also think it is hard to get people to give a certain type of look, but luckily I had several helpers that made distractions :)

Here is one of the pictures I took today. Warning, I am a moron in photoshop, so please be kind....

Lovely photo!
I like both the expressions and the technical aspects involved.
Keep posting!

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: December 28, 2013, 08:49:55 AM »
Awesome seeing all the excellent mono images - figured I'd show a couple of mine. The first is the back of flats and houses in Bath, and the second is a street in Bristol. I went through a phase of trying to make my mono images look old, and this was done with a preset for Lightroom that I made myself...

Well done!


With the utmost respect, while your two images do illustrate your point about getting the subjects relaxed and comfortable, your shoot looks like it was a lot of fun, the lighting is very harsh and you have broken one of the golden rules of small groups, keep each subjects eye level different.

With all due respect to you, as well (a) these are just two out of a couple hundred shots from this gig, selected specifically to illustrate getting the subjects to relax and (b), with respect to "you have broken one of the golden rules of small groups, keep each subjects eye level different," wtf?

Even though I have to second privatebydesign about the lighting, I am also not familiar with this rule. Can you explain further, privatebydesign? Do you have photos to illustrate?

P.S.: Funny that a sentence beginning with "With all due respect" can end with "wtf"... :)

@ PKinDenmark

Read this book. You will not regret it.

Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs
Roberto Valenzuela


Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 26, 2013, 04:34:33 PM »
@Digbydriver - I understand date is more important than subject. Used to think otherwise, but in terms of organizing inside the computer (not inside my head) the date is more important. Thanks!

@PaulTopol - Yes, I will look for a free trial and see how it goes. Thanks!

@Halfrack - I have come up with DW60D_YYYYMMDD_HHMM_####.cr2 (initials, camera etc). Thank you!

@dstppy - I'm first renaming everything I have (just bought Better Rename 9, wow, terrific program), and then I will start to organize. I have decided to store the originals in two external HDs (mirrored) and use LR to catalog, and to not copy the files into the iMac. On the external HDs, I will sort files by year and month, and use tagging on LR more religiously. Then, I will back up folders a second time to DVDs, also in this year/month scheme. Thanks!

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:27:40 AM »
I'm confused. What does CR have to do with the conflict in Syria? I read the news report and cant find any sort of a connection between the two. ???

No idea here either.
Longest useless thread ever.

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 02:30:35 PM »
Figuring out needs and priorities should come before new gear.

In short, the simplest answer is a question: what do you feel you are missing with your current setup? If you find yourself unable to make the shots you want because of your lenses, look for new lenses. If you find yourself unable to make shots because of your camera, look for a new camera that has the features you need. If you find that your final pictures aren't what you envisioned, then invest in better software.

You won't get better pieces of advice than those two.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $648
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:14:19 PM »
I always get really excited when I see good deals such as this. Then I remember I live in norway :(

Funny :-). Seriously though, aren't there deals in Norway? What's the price over there?

Here in Brazil the 6D can't even be found at stores (just searched -- not even online), but the 60D is worth around US$ 2,000 body-only and up to US$ 3,500 with the 18-200 kit lens. Pretty ridiculous.

Are you serious? That's crazy! For that amount, you could probably fly to the US to buy it, and still have money left after paying airfare and hotel :-).
Exactly, plus you could get a second one and sell it for a reasonable amount when you return back!!

Very crazy indeed. Taxes represent 25-50% of the final price we pay for manufactured goods here. That's why many folks make money flying to the US and bringing stuff to sell back home for a price somewhere in between. Illegal, but it happens A LOT.
Both of my cameras, lenses, flash etc were brought to me by friends spending vacations in the US, so they cost me nothing but the price in US dollars (and a few bottles of wine...) :)
Services in general (maids, healthcare), food, housing etc are much cheaper here, on the other hand, which is very typical of underdeveloped countries.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:03:38 AM »
I do not like to have identical file names so I use a naming scheme like this one:


Red are the original parts of the file name, 40d is the camera type and the cipher 1 is the first of my two 40Ds. The 00 prefix allows for unique names of the next 990000 shots.

Renaming is done with irfanview which lets you choose the files to rename in a batch job. The black part of the previous exampes is inserted by irfanview.
But try this feature with a copy of not so important files before you do the renaming of important data.

That's a great scheme, and I'll use it myself with a slight variation:


Well, I guess it's time to go organize some 10,000 photos now... :)

Thanks, mb66energy and all others!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $648
« on: December 22, 2013, 08:24:02 PM »
I always get really excited when I see good deals such as this. Then I remember I live in norway :(

Funny :-). Seriously though, aren't there deals in Norway? What's the price over there?

Here in Brazil the 6D can't even be found at stores (just searched -- not even online), but the 60D is worth around US$ 2,000 body-only and up to US$ 3,500 with the 18-200 kit lens. Pretty ridiculous.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 22, 2013, 07:31:27 AM »
Wow, lots of good advice!
Thank you for sharing your own ways of doing it!
@Graham - A shortcut link is a simple but great idea!
@JPAZ - The 5D3 is really a great camera, isn't it? I will have to make do with the 60D for now, and will buy the 7D2 when (if?) it comes out (hopefully with that same functionality).
@extremeinstability - Terrific photos! Congratulations!
@Jack Douglas - I am thinking just that, getting things organized now (I will not work between Christmas and new year's eve) and spend 2014 taking pics... :)
@privatebydesign - I guess you are right. I should let LR do its job organizing for me so I can have more time posting here and learning (for my wife's desperation).
@Gert Arijs - Will give it a try right now!
@mrsfotografie - I am not familiar at all with EOS utility. Do you feel it is better than using a LR-only system?
Many, many thanks everyone!

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