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Canon General / Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:03:27 PM »
Hi everyone,
I own a 60D, and bought a S120 about a month ago. Even though I like the little camera a lot for its "pocketability", it has given me an unexpected problem: identical filenames. But it gets much worse...
I used to rename my photos when importing into LR in my own way, which was Name/place - date - file number (e.g., Patricia - 2013 dec 12th - 001); I also had separate folders for each subject, like family, events, trips, portraits and so on. I decided to drop this system because subjects often overlap and I'd end up not knowing if I should put some file in the 2012 Christmas or Family folder. I then started keeping the original files in a single folder, stopped renaming at all, and was waiting for an opportunity (oh well, laziness) to bring old files from HDs and DVDs to that folder.
Making a long story short: now my computer is a mess, and so are my external HDs and DVDs with backups. (I even have duplicated files with different names in different folders.)
So, I'd really appreciate some suggestions:
- How do you suggest I name my files?
- Should I rename, after all?
- Should I just let LR put the files where it wants when importing and never mess with folders? Won't it make it harder to find the files later?
- Is it a bad idea to have them all in a single folder? I've seen people sorting files by year and month, but I'm not sure it makes sense to me since it's unlikely I'll remember when I took the photos.
I need a system that makes sense and that is unlikely to be changed in the future, and can't come with a good one on my own. (I'm sure you have no doubt about it by now...) :)
Sorry for writing too much.
Thank you!

EOS Bodies / Re: A 2014 Roadmap Part 1: The 7D Mark II is Coming [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:14:29 PM »
That's great news, especially considering the CR2 tag. Thanks!  :)

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:08:25 AM »
A photo is great when you look at it and think "damn, I wish I'd taken this one."

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:08:46 AM »
For a moment I thought I'd read "Canon 7Dm2 now available"... :(

Lots of good advice here!
My take on the subject: EVF, OVF, button placement, sensor size, DoF, high ISO IQ, all that comes second to AF, which is what matters most. (You already have your 60D for taking photographs with good IQ when tricky subjects and important events appear.)
You'd rather have a noisy photograph that's in focus than the other way around, so consider having the camera in your hands and testing the AF system before you buy it.
Good luck!

Lenses / Re: Advice on 70-200 lens
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:10:10 AM »
Thank you very much, Don!

Lenses / Re: Resolution EF 24-70 2.8 II L against EF 24-70 4.0 IS L
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:47:20 AM »
Not even the text makes sense to me.

Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:17:33 AM »
It looks like you want an iMac, and if that is the case there is not much to think. Spend some money and give yourself a present!  ;)
On the other hand, from what you said you will use it for, you seem to have a fast enough computer, and my guess is that most people here would prefer to put that money on equipment (mainly lenses). Ruined's advice sounded good to me, though, if you are feeling hampered by processing speed, but does not address your monitor issue.
I have myself given me a basic iMac (i5, 8GB, 21 inches) after getting tired of "not responding" messages and printer conflicts with Windows, and could not be happier. It is not the fastest computer on the block, but it is definitely enough for my needs.
Good luck!

Great video.

Lenses / Re: Advice on 70-200 lens
« on: December 02, 2013, 12:26:27 PM »
Going for the f/4L IS, then!
(Can't wait for shooting my kid playing in the rain!)
Thank you very much!

Lenses / Advice on 70-200 lens
« on: December 02, 2013, 10:32:37 AM »
Hi everyone!
I currently own a 60D, that I use much more often with the 17-55mm f/2.8, and only sometimes with the 50mm f/1.4. Having my son quickly growing up and beginning to walk, the need for a telephoto lens is becoming clear.
I'm considering buying the 70-200 f/4L (non-IS), for the price looks very good for the image quality I've read about.
My question: would you consider the IS version, even though it will cost almost twice as much? Do you think IS will be worth the price difference?
I don't plan going FF; will probably buy the 7D mk2 instead. Also, the f/2.8 version os the 70-200L will be probably too big for shooting a casual soccer game or so.
Thank you for your help!

I like this one:

"A photographer went to a socialite party in New York. As he entered the front door, the host said ‘I love your pictures - they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera.’ He said nothing until dinner was finished, then: ‘That was a wonderful dinner; you must have a terrific stove."
Sam Haskins

The Pentax images in this comparison do look sharper with more contrast.  But, were the two camera's set-up with similar in-camera jpeg processing settings? 

I'm not familiar with, are they reputable?

From the website:

"Each image was taken in a RAW format then converted to JPGs through Lightroom. No adjustments were made to the images before publishing this article."

Pentax K3 looks very good. Really amazing in ISO 6400. ::)

ISO 6400 is looking real good, indeed!

I guess I'd like to keep things separated while batteries have just enough juice for one day on those huge screen phones. I'd rather shoot as much as I like, use the flash as much as I like, without having to think if I can get through the day. (These things change rather quickly, though.)

No place for m4/3 to me. I like the size of a DSLR in my hands; in fact, I'm very happy with my 60D and the 17-55/2.8 and the pics I can take of my kid with it. I wish, though, I had a smaller yet capable camera for carrying around. I've considered a Canon EOS-M, especially after firmware + crazy deal, but I'd rather have a small camera with a fixed lens and built-in flash, and letting the lens-changing and flash-attaching thing for DSLR-demanding situations.
I can't really see much of an advantage of m4/3s over DSLRs. Smaller, yeah, but still not pocketable, and you still have to change lenses and all that.
I'm probably getting a Sony RX-100 ii for good enough casual pics and video, and sticking with DSLRs (maybe a 7Dm2) for important or challenging situations, like my kid learning to walk or playing soccer. I can't myself going FF, as next gen sensors will probably be very good, at least for my amateurish needs.
My future kit, as I can think of right now: :)
- Sony RX-100 ii for everyday things
- DSLR for important moments -- 7Dm2, 17-55/2.8 and 70-200/4L is what I'm thinking of right now
- Borrowed Handycam when really good video matters (not often to me; not a video guy)

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