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Your 6D setup is perfect for europe. I took nearly the same setup a year ago and was glad I did.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:57:04 PM »
Its super rare looking at my LR catalog to shoot @ 1/8k but the shots I do have are @ from F/1.2-F/2 or Have HSS speedlites involved.

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I like the LEE system alot and it's really versatile especially with the grad NDs. I have a 2 stop and 10 stop ND filter, a 2 stop soft and hard edge grad NDs. I found if I needed 4 stops of ND, I could flip the Grad upside down into the holder and it would cover the shot entirely and combine it with a 2 stop ND.

The only screw on filters I have are polarizers and that's because I had them before the LEE system and the Lee polarizers are pricey and hard to find.

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Lenses / Re: 50 f/1.2L problems applicable to 85 f/1.2L?
« on: January 06, 2015, 09:21:47 AM »
Do the same focus shift related issues that make the 50mm f/1.2L "controversial" apply to the 85mm f/1.2L?

I don't see the same warnings on the rental page for the 85mm L lens (Lens Rentals) that I see on the page for the 50mm L lens.

Thanks!
The 50L shift is pretty bad at the closest focusing distance at apertures f/2-f/4. It was OK to use as long as you shot wide open.

The 85LII, if it does shift, would be so minor I couldn't see it.

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Post Processing / Re: Infrared photography
« on: December 27, 2014, 10:02:54 PM »
First it's very important to know what wavelength of IR conversion is installed on your rebel. Once you know, visit lifepixel.com on some of the IR processing techniques. You'll have to make a custom profile for LR using the Adobe profiler on a .DNG. You'll never be able to slide the WB enough either way to get the correct inversion you'll need to do later in photoshop and the profile will allow you to do that.

I have a T1IR camera and it's a pain to get setup with a profile and for a temporary fix, you can set a custom WB in camera, shoot raw+jpg, then invert the colors in the .jpg in PS to get an idea of what your raw should look like. Lifepixel.com has great info on that.

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If I'm going somewhere noteworthy, I'll take my DSLR. Otherwise I use my note 3 for all my other photos but I'm considering an rx100 v.3 because of the control.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 26, 2014, 08:24:19 PM »
Perhaps a 5D-s to prevent confused naming? Or will they just name it the mark IV and leave it as the successor of the 5d3?

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Lighting / Re: No 600EX-RT discounts this holiday?
« on: December 25, 2014, 12:18:19 PM »
Don't expect major price drops for the 600rt just yet but if your willing to get the refurbished units anyway, I got them @ 373$ a piece.

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Wow I find it flattering that you would say something as how bad my image is when you still have no portfolio to show my very opinionated friend. But please continue to do so as someone who doesn't understand what he reads right in front of him.

My point was clients like high DR shots, either from HDR, Flash or another method. Marsu42 leans more towards processing a single frame, I lean towards flash to get my balance and you however don't lean to anything since you have no real images to share.

You are most welcome, it is after all a pretty 'noteworthy' image so I felt a comment relevant. My ability, or not, to create images doesn't alter the fact that your illustrative image is a horrible example of what Marsu was pointing out.

I understood your point, I just thought your example image only illustrated your lack of real estate shooting/post processing skill and wasn't a good addition to the thread. Marsu is talking very nuanced differences in shadow detail and tonality, you come in with a sledgehammer of an image illustrating everything everybody hates about "HDR" along with at least one other major issue, whilst you tout it as an example of "clients just like good work and they inadvertently choose the better photos."

Don't you see the disconnect between what you are saying and what you are showing?
I find a huge disconnect between your opinions and your portfolio dear sir. Thus I put your opinion rightfully where it belongs, in the garbage bin with all the other refuse.

You missed the point of the example.

1. Clients like High DR shots, some don't know why, others do.
2. High DR shots can be done like Marsu42 or How I did them.
3. Either way, we get paid in the end of the day, client is happy.

Your comments are starting to sound like the clatter of a toolbox.

I didn't miss the point and I have said many times why I don't link to my websites here.

Marsu's images are very well processed 'true to the eye' images and he is talking nuance, your image is not 'true to the eye' and is not nuanced.

Clients and customers that like your kind of shot are ill educated with regards images, that is all. In my experience they learn that pretty quickly and move on to different photographers.

I know there is nothing I can post that will show you that I know what I am talking about but will give it a try this one time as it is the season of good will. Here is how I take a professional interior bedroom with visible exterior done in your style, that is bring the room up with flash to match the outside exposure. It isn't perfect and could do with some post work but hopefully you get the idea, there is nuance and could be much more if I chose to process the file that way.

My shot was done with a 6D, a 17TS-E, and four 600EX-RT's, and with a little processing could give you one of half a dozen 'looks', one of them being a full DR true to the eye image.

Compare that to your version, I know which one multi million dollar listing real estate agents are paying for.

Have a great Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Not impressed one bit my pompous friend. Even you should know better that its not the million dollar homes that are hard to shoot, it's the mid/low range homes that are. I could shoot that home with a g15 and get results like that.

How about small homes on million dollar property? Because that's what that frame was from, a prefab home and that is a much much harder thing to do than your luxurious space to put lighting and show a the wonderful views with little resistance, with a room that requires virtually no prep. Not even the same thing.

BTW,  I think your image is a bit on the cold side and not as warm and inviting as my image taken in a place nowhere near the space like yours.

I call that disappointing and a home like that should take my breath away but not by that photo. I also think it's really really neat that my photo still looks darn nice from a 100k prefab, next to your 6x6 rafter running, custom built probably multi-million dollar home. Which I do shoot for essex properties, but I also shoot the smaller homes, which wasn't why I posted the image here in the first place.

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Wow I find it flattering that you would say something as how bad my image is when you still have no portfolio to show my very opinionated friend. But please continue to do so as someone who doesn't understand what he reads right in front of him.

My point was clients like high DR shots, either from HDR, Flash or another method. Marsu42 leans more towards processing a single frame, I lean towards flash to get my balance and you however don't lean to anything since you have no real images to share.

You are most welcome, it is after all a pretty 'noteworthy' image so I felt a comment relevant. My ability, or not, to create images doesn't alter the fact that your illustrative image is a horrible example of what Marsu was pointing out.

I understood your point, I just thought your example image only illustrated your lack of real estate shooting/post processing skill and wasn't a good addition to the thread. Marsu is talking very nuanced differences in shadow detail and tonality, you come in with a sledgehammer of an image illustrating everything everybody hates about "HDR" along with at least one other major issue, whilst you tout it as an example of "clients just like good work and they inadvertently choose the better photos."

Don't you see the disconnect between what you are saying and what you are showing?
I find a huge disconnect between your opinions and your portfolio dear sir. Thus I put your opinion rightfully where it belongs, in the garbage bin with all the other refuse.

You missed the point of the example.

1. Clients like High DR shots, some don't know why, others do.
2. High DR shots can be done like Marsu42 or How I did them.
3. Either way, we get paid in the end of the day, client is happy.

Your comments are starting to sound like the clatter of a toolbox.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Lighting setup for studio portraits
« on: December 24, 2014, 08:36:08 AM »
You correct about speed lites struggling with larger mods. Once you have to gang up more than two, it's worth moving to a big light system. I had some novatron strobes two years ago but I never liked the color output or the selection of modifiers they had. I believe speedotron is very similar to my previous strobes I owned.

I own 4 PCB Einsteins now and they are superb. When you chose a system the most important factor is the modifiers and how much they cost. Look at speedotrons mods and PCBs mods, compare what you would like to own and chose them wisely. You won't be able to move to another system easily.

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Marsu42 leans more towards processing a single frame, I lean towards flash to get my balance

Fyi: I'd do the same as you do, probably have multiple low-powered flashes lying around for indoor scenes. Then capture/post-process to 1/2ev or even 1/3ev spacing, then fuse. "Over-doing" bracketing is definitely "worth it" for this indoor stuff, as a somewhat artificial look can be considered "clean" or "radiant".

With my shots, it's just that 99% of the time one horsie is in the scene :-p so no can do with reflectors or multiple flashes, unless the herd is resting. That's why I have to go for a single high-dr exposure with fill flash, avoiding drop shadows as far as I can.
I concur for outdoor scenes, sometimes we just can't setup a flash and need to all the DR we can get and for indoors we can light to our hearts content to overcome DR issues so clients can buy our images either way.

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It doesn't change the fact that even if that scenes DR was made possible by blue screen or by painting, the actors and scene are still lit. I find that clients love lit scenes even though the majority of them don't know why it looks good.

Don't get defensive, I think you are missing Marsu's point, he is photographing a wide dynamic range scene and maintaining dynamic range in the image, he has blacks and dark shadows and blown whites, he is using the output mediums DR capabilities and his point is that customers seem to be drawn to that. You are not using the output mediums DR capabilities, you might have photographed a scene with more outright DR than his, but your reproduction has no real blacks or shadows and no whites apart from a suspiciously looking close to blown door, whereas the scene suggests it should have shadows and bright highlights. The end result is a comical caricature which, though unrelated to this thread, is exacerbated by the extreme perspective corrections, or that it has a sloped ceiling which you have failed to accurately portray, thereby making the angle of the molding look like it is from a set on an Alice in Wonderland movie.

Of course you might get paid for it, and your clients might be too image illiterate to understand how bad it is, however, your image is not an example of what Marsu was talking about, not close.
Wow I find it flattering that you would say something as how bad my image is when you still have no portfolio to show my very opinionated friend. But please continue to do so as someone who doesn't understand what he reads right in front of him.

My point was clients like high DR shots, either from HDR, Flash or another method. Marsu42 leans more towards processing a single frame, I lean towards flash to get my balance and you however don't lean to anything since you have no real images to share.

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Let's not confuse "scene dr" and "post-processing compression & contrast" here:

Hi, in my limited experience scenes with a high dynamic range are chosen more often than rather flat ones.

Nice shots, esp. since you managed not to make them look flat, and imho that's what good hdr post-processing is about and what makes it so difficult - it still looks natural, somehow...

Was taken on a work trip to the Isle of Lewis, this is the largest group of standing stones at Calanais.

... and so does this, because I can just imagine with the sun so low that I could just (barely) see the texture on the stones...

Being able to see out the window and inside the home is either an HDR job or requires flash, both of which require extra work to look good.

... however, very high compression of a high dr scene inadvertently looks artificial to *me*. Good thing:  with indoors scenes, it doesn't really matter. And obviously I'm very prone to stumble upon this, I even don't really like my own shots even though clients like them :-o.

In this indoors example, my first thought is that it's a set on a sound stage and the outdoors scene is just a painting set behind the window like a bluescreen effect. But again, that's just me, and I do it just the same way.
It doesn't change the fact that even if that scenes DR was made possible by blue screen or by painting, the actors and scene are still lit. I find that clients love lit scenes even though the majority of them don't know why it looks good.

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I've been doing more real estate lately and they've always chosen the photos with the widest DR for their key shots. Being able to see out the window and inside the home is either an HDR job or requires flash, both of which require extra work to look good.

In the end, clients just like good work and they inadvertently choose the better photos.

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