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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5
« on: August 09, 2013, 11:07:49 AM »
LR5 has brushable healing and cloning tools so you're no longer limited to a circular dot - but it will always be slower than Photoshop because the processing you apply in Lr is *not* changing the pixels in the original image. Adjustments are applied 'live' every time the photo is displayed. If you're removing a couple of scratches you won't notice, but cleaning up a mass of dust bunnies or a flock of birds and things will slow down.

It's important for new customers to remember this - fundamentally Lr is a catalog system, not a photo editor. Users get confused that images have to be 'imported' before anything can happen and it won't just browse through folders like Photoshop or DPP, but that's the entire point - it doesn't edit the photo files on disc, it builds a database of what you want changed; then exports or prints a copy when you're ready. If you process your photos in another application (DPP, Photoshop, etc) then Lr's database may still have value as a way to organize and search for your content, but if you prefer to keep things in a disc folder structure so they can be quickly-grabbed into other software it may not. To be frank, Lr prefers you to develop and touch up your raw files entirely within Lr, and only resort to a bounce through a 'conventional' editing program if absolutely necessary. To preserve the original file, Lr will make a copy on disc when it's sent for external editing, so you'll end up with two copies in the database (and two files on disc).

Think of it as Camera Raw with an SQLlite database bolted on the front that remembers what you did with the sliders, and resets them each time you view that photo. The advantage is that your original CR2/DNG files aren't at risk of corruption or overwriting, the payoff is that everything is 'virtual' until you export a copy. There's no "Save" menu in Lightroom!

Well, all being said...if you're doing things "non-destructively" in Photoshop, you're working with your RAW images as smart objects, and aren't making any changes directly to them there either. It eats up a bit more space and RAM/CPU, but you really should likely for most things be working with smart objects and layers...so that you can come back and redo something if needed later....so, in that case, it would be like you described working with LR.

My $0.02,

cayenne

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Hello all,

I was just reading the nofilmschool weekly digest and this article about the BM drop in price of the original cinema camera: http://nofilmschool.com/2013/08/blackmagic-cinema-camera-ef-mft-price-cost-drop/

And got me to thinking.

Of course I'm VERY excited about the possibility of the 5D3 having easy to use RAW video via the ML team, however, ....would this BM camera not make a fairly inexpensive compliment for my 5D3 and be a good 2nd camera for video?  The price certainly is inviting....and I could get the one with the EF lens mount, allowing me  to use my investment in Canon glass.

But, I don't know much about the sensor and the advantages/limitations of the BM 2.5K camera.

I'd thought about the pocket camera as my 2nd camera, but I'd have to buy all new glass to use that....and the 4K camera isn't coming out yet really, and the price is a bit much for me right at this point....

So, what's the thoughts here about the $1995.00 Black Magic cinema camera, with EF mount?  Pros? Cons? How well would it fit into my equipment bag for video, especially in light of the 5D3 having full RAW in the predictable future?

Thoughts? Comments?

Thanks in advance!!

cayenne

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Well,I'm gonna read up on it...and maybe give it a try this weekend.

Nothing like 'jumping into the fire' to get to try to learn how to do new things, eh?

:)

cayenne

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:58:40 PM »
Cayenne

LR Raw's are unaltered out of the box, it's the JPEG's that you are comparing them to that have been altered during in camera processing.

All RAW processing programs have default adjustments that are made to the RAW file in the preview of it.  None change the RAW file that I know of except DPP when you use DLO.

Yes..this.

I wasn't saying LR was changing the RAW file itself, but that it does have some settings right out of the box, that will be applied to the RAW when it shows it to you in the 'preview'.

I think there is by default some sharpening, etc done to it...even before you start changing or 'developing' the image.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:19:04 AM »
Also, I'm learning LR5 too.

From come Creative Live classes I've seen..it appears that LR comes out of the box, with some "preset develop" settings it applies to RAW images coming in.

You can go into a couple of the setup areas, I think lens correction is one, but I'm trying to say there are 1-2 other places that you have to go in, and set it so that it doesn't apply things upon import.

But from what I've head, out of the box, LR does not bring your RAW stuff in unadulterated, it applies some changes...I guess to make them look "good" out of camera?

cayenne

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It does take a little while to retrain, but I think it's worth it. There are some additional benefits aside from those already mentioned. It saves the step of switching between MF and AF mode on lenses for certain shooting when you want to manually focus. Also, if you have a subject which moves quite quickly in one spot, then it is invaluable. An example froma few years ago, before my swithover, was when an adult starling was feeding a recently fledged youngster. Every time the feed happened, using normal AF, the camera immediately focused on the grass behind, which was a bit of a pain to say the least.
It isn't so much a case of switching back button focus on, but more of switching the normal AF off, as the default is to be able to focus from the back button or the shutter, instead of just the back button.

OH, I thought it was just one menu setting to change all AF to the back button.

I'll have to dig out the manual and try to read up on this....I'll give it a try this weekend I think!!

C

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Picture styles
« on: August 07, 2013, 01:43:17 PM »
From my understanding (I could be wrong) the MagicLantern 5d3 raw video does not even create the jpg preview, and so you're not using the Picture Style at all. I could be wrong though.

You're absolutely right. I just started playing around with video RAW and there are still a few thiings that I need to understand. "Picture style" is one of those functions that, just like when you shoot stills, don't affect RAW...

Which is one of the great parts about it :)  Now I just need to decide to spend enough money to get a 1000x card and start playing with it.

Ugh...

I just wish ML could get a good, solid page set up in one spot, to tell you everything, step by step to set up and use the video RAW from the ML set up, to export for use by Davinci Resolve (which as of 9.15 version will take the RAW straight in)....

I've read through hundreds of pages of the forums, and as soon as I read one instruction set...that seems comprehensive, I read 2-3 more posts down, and someone says it blows up, and that you now have to get build #37 from server xyz, follow half the directions from post #222 from a month ago, and then download and replace this one file on the camera to get it to work....do the hokey pokey....etc.

It seems they are SOOOO close on the 5D3 to being more ready for primetime or at least an easier to install and use Beta version, I wish they'd concentrate on that, get that out the door for the masses to more easily use, and then concentrate on the other cameras that are next closer to being ready.

Then again...I'd like a pony.


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I've been watching some classes on Creative Live lately...I've seen some instructors, recently a couple of wedding photogs saying they have set up and use the backbutton focus.

I need to go back into the manual and look how to set it up, so I can experiment with it, but just wondering how many of you out there use this?

Are you a pro or a hobbyist?

What are the Pros/Cons of setting up and using this system?

How hard have you found it, to get used to this set up, and be able to use it fluidly? 

I'd almost  think if you were moving your focus points around, while shooting manual...using backbutton focus  would pretty much require you to grow an extra finger and 3rd hemisphere of the brain just to coordinate all of this?
:P

Anyway, I'm thinking of giving it a try, but wanted to get some comments from those that use it currently.

Thanks in advance,

cayenne


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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: August 07, 2013, 11:12:44 AM »
Ever since I've redesigned my site last week I've been shooting more!
Here are a couple from a few days ago:

www.JordanSternPhotography.com






www.JordanSternPhotography.com


With the barn pics....were the birds really there on both angles, or did you PS those in?
:)

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Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 04:07:55 PM »
Do ya'll have opinion one way or the other....regarding having your NAME as part of your business name and logo?

Do you feel it is better to put your first and last (or one or the other) as part of your company name, or do you feel it is better to have a company name that is not your name?

You think it is better to have Joe Shmoe Photography, or better to maybe have XYZ Photography, and maybe on your images  have something like "XYZ Photography by Joe Shmoe"....

Just curious. I'm a bit of a privacy concious person, I don't do facebook, twitter..etc.

However, I would consider possibly having a FB account, but I'd rather ONLY put company info there and leave my name out of it....so, wondering if ya'll see that as a negative affect on a business...or does it make any difference whatsoever?

Thanks in advance,

cayenne

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Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:42:20 AM »
The key thing to remind folks is that while a creative logo can stand out, unless it is easily entered into google to find you, it's more or less worthless.  Lots of script/signature logos can be too hard to translate.  My line is Sal Cincotta's - and that he does it in white against a black background means I can't post it here and have it show up...

http://salcincotta.com/


Seriously? This is Sal Cincotta?

Oh man...loved your Creative Live classes!!

cayenne

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon EOS 7D RAW Video?
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:35:03 PM »
I wish they'd pool the resources, and concentrate on the 5D3, and get it 100% ready for "prime time" and bring that one at least to Beta

I wish they'd concentrate only on the 60d, because that's what I have :-p ... remember ml started out and is still based on exploring, hacking and bringing more features and better usability to the cripped xxxd and xxd camera bodies - most ml enthusiasts and contributors only have the opportunity to see a camera of the 5d3 price range thorough a store window.

Of course, part of my wants is that I own a 5D3. However, my reasoning was that, currently the 5D3 is the best supported, has the best video and apparently most stuff is working on it, giving the impression that if they concentrated on it, for maybe 1-2 weeks, they could call it a version ready build and put that out, and then, concentrate on the next best supported camera and put that out...rather than try to have all of them working at once.

I get the impression at this point, that the lowest common denominator is holding up the cameras that are closer to working. I'd say get those out the door in a more beta or release ready form, and then go back and work on the camera platforms that are really needing much more work.

C

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon EOS 7D RAW Video?
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:31:45 PM »
5d3's is pretty solid as is, the interface could be better but i think ML as is is kind of fiddly so Im not really sure how much more you can expect out of it. EOSHD's guide to getting the firmware working is all you really need, the only major searching might be now that the link to the fw in his guide could be out of date.
All in all im not too worried about the flags or bricking it, I would expect its a minor fix for canon if something were to go wrong(as its just software), unlike getting moisture into it or damage from being dropped.

Well, the parts about installing ML itself are pretty straight forward, but getting to the parts where you have to find the nightly builds, get those parts separate, put them in xyz folder, do the hokey pokey ....is where I get lost.

And also, it the workflow for processing isn't that well laid out IMHO...rather than having it in a forum post that can get miles long with updates, they should have one page, that is updated to always reflect the latest instruction set with proper links, etc.....not only for installing but for post processing.

I'd like to see all files, including the RAW video parts be put into one firmware update rather than having to get the RAW video parts separate....and have a better spelled out post process.

Having to read a bunch of parts all separated out is the sign of true alpha and I'd like to see a more finished product which fromwhat I have read, should be possible for the 5D3....

C

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Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:27:48 PM »
I used to take lots of candid portraits with 600D + 70-200 f/4 IS but finally stopped. It is not really honnest to take pictures of people with such a zoom (equivalent of 320mm on FF).


hair twisting par Eneade, sur Flickr


297-RTC-2+bandes par Eneade, sur Flickr


641-RTC-1-2+bandes par Eneade, sur Flickr


184-1-RTC3 par Eneade, sur Flickr


Well, if you're doing it for personal shots, and not doing anything commercially (I'm guessing by reading your post you didn't talk to them and get a released signed)...what's the problem with taking these shots in a public place?

I think they look wonderful...thanks for sharing!!

C

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Video & Movie / Re: 1 Light Setup Video
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:25:37 PM »
I enjoyed the video...very informative, and I love it when folks show the diagram describing the lighting and model placement!!

One thing that struck me, and is just constructive criticism (coming from a total noob mind you), is that the B&W pic you showed, to me...seemed to have an almost plastic, unrealistic look...and you then mentioned you'd used a bit of skin softener.

I wonder what that shot would look like with less skin softening?  Maybe do a version with a bit less and post them side by side on this thread?

Anyway, that was the only thing that caught my eye as a little odd looking..but again, enjoy the video and showing the shoot over all!!


cayenne 

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