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HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:04:25 PM »
So many great pictures!

A humble offering taken in Chicago.

Single Image.  (Lightroom -> Photoshop for perspective correction -> Nik HDR Efex for Tone Mapping -> Lightroom for HSL)

I used NIK for mine too.

I really like the concept of this image..with the clouds and all...and please take this advice as coming from a noob myself, but I might suggest you go back and do a little adjustment, to make the halo-ing around the building a bit less noticable....unless that is what you were going for.

Again, I like the image overall...but the haloing just catches my eye a bit much and think you might benefit from cutting that back a little?

Hoping this is take only as constructive criticism!!
:)

cayenne

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Sell the 5D2 while you can still get a decent price for it, and buy a 5D3 with a kit lens...either the 24-105mmL, or I hear you might be able to get the 24-70mm as a kit lens?

Sell the 5D2 and put that money with your $2K and get the 5D3 and kit lens.

If you have cash left over...the canon 85mm f/1.8 is actually a great bang for the buck non-L lens....


HTH,

cayenne

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Technical Support / Re: Best way to organize photos for clients
« on: June 30, 2013, 04:25:22 PM »
Also any good tips for online printing (canvases, postcards, etc..)? Initially I was going to just provide print ready products but have had way too many requests for printing to not offer it.

You'll make more money printing yourself and selling wall art...as to just selling images digitally.

Watch the folks on CreativeLive.com....they have some really good folks on there talking how to make serious $$$ in the photography/videography business. Even if you don't shoot weddings, the wedding shooters on CL have great business ideas...and there are other specialty types there talking too (children, portrait...etc).

But again, everything they say is,,,,have them look at the images AT your studio, in person....and you might look into putting together packages to see of wall art/albums.....make those what they buy, price them so that ala-carte pricing is way more $$....

HTH,

cayenne

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: ALL-I or IPB?
« on: June 30, 2013, 04:22:04 PM »
My apologies for digging up an older thread, but I have noticed one thing when shooting video with my 5D Mark III and then editing on a Mac/FCP.

At work, all of my video editing is done on a Mac and FCP 7. Normally, I use a Sony HXR-NX5U, which FCP logs and transfers just fine. I'm aware that DSLR footage isn't native to FCP7 and as such, must be transcoded to ProRes for efficient editing. If I can't transcode directly via FCP, I use MPEG Streamclip.

With that said, I recently shot some footage on my 5D3 @ 1080p/24fps/ALL-I. I loaded the footage into MPEG Streamclip (latest build)....and the program promptly crashed. I tried again and got to the export screen, but it crashed again. I then loaded up FCP7 and entered the Log/Transfer menu, to transcode the ALL-I footage to ProRes. Same thing happened-- FCP crashed when trying to bring up the ALL-I footage.

So I went out and reshot the clips, this time in IPB. I brought the 5D3 IPB footage back to my Mac, loaded up MPEG Streamclip and voila: Footage was converted to ProRes MOV files without issue or crashing.

Now, I may be completely oblivious to some work around, or I may be having a "Master of the Obvious" moment, but for FCP/Mac users, I would advise shooting IPB to avoid transcoding headaches.

Of course, if you use Adobe Premiere 5.0/higher (as I do at home on my PC), then all this is bypassed, due to Premiere's native DSLR capabilities :).

LOL you don't need to transcode ALL-I, the whole point of shooting ALL-I is that it's more edit-friendly, you should be able to just drop it in and edit.  And seriously get off of FCP7, FCPX is 10x better now that it's had a few years of updates.  And plus you can edit H.264 whether it be IPB or Prores straight off of the card and skip transcoding all together.  Plus it's 64-bit (So you can use much more RAM than the 2.5GB max FCP7 has) and you dont have to waste countless hours waiting on stuff to render.  Seriously, people were turned off by it at first, but only because it looked a lot like iMovie, but it's seriously an awesome NLE now.  I don't care if you're the best FCP7 user on Earth, no way you could finish the same project in FCP7 faster than I could in FCPX.

I have to ago with Axl here too....if you're going to continue to stay with the mac product, move to FCPX. If you have to stay with the older classic interface, then you really might be best served doing Adobe Premier.

If nothing else, FCPX is now dirt cheap, only about $300...and you can do a 30 day trial for free. I will admit, it is easy for me to say it is easy to learn, since it was my first NLE to ever work with. That being said, I'm about to get Premier and start learning that, and I'm guessing it will take me a bit to get used to that paradigm without the 'magic timeline' I'm so fond of with FCPX.

But either way, you really might look at upgrading to the more modern supported NLE's...either way you go, mac or Adobe.

That being said...my next thing I shoot for FCPX after I finish editing my last shoot...is going to be using IPB and see what difference that makes.  I used ALL-I last shoot (currently editing) and found that to get it to work with Davinci Resolve Lite for roundtripping, it worked better if I brought it into FCPX transcoded to proves, to get it to work with Resolve which had been borking for awhile on me....so, I might as well work with the smaller IPB...and I might see if doing that will work with Resolve.

Actually, right now, hoping that Magic Lanter can soon get raw working fully, and the CinemaDMG conversion will work...and I'll start using that to shoot RAW video with the 5D3....and working with that...

cayenne

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Hi all,

Does anyone have a link to a good general purpose model release form?

I'm starting to shoot some folks for headshots and even some video for auditions for things here in New Orleans. Starting with friends right now...trading my services for using resulting images to build my portfolio.

I know I need to get some type of model release form signed by them giving me full rights to do as I need with the photos I shoot and give them.

Can someone give me some advice on what a Model Release form needs to say, and where I could find one to download off the net?

Thank you in advance,

cayenne

Lots on net, iphone ap.  Are you just CYA or seriously worried about being sued?  Who will request the release - check with them.

Well, the one thing I got from the list here, drilled in my head, and other sources is...if you intend to sell or make $$ off your images of people, you MUST get and keep on file model release forms??

I see that stock footage sites will not accept images without accompanying model release form.

Still looking...does anyone have a link to a form online they know of, that covers the bases or that you use?

Thanks in advance,

cayenne

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First, I have to wonder why you would want to be in the server business. There are so many technical issues to keep up with and so many companies do it so much better than you can for so much less.

+1,000,000,000

Don't host unless you want to get into the hosting business.

I do IT for my day job...and I have server class boxes in my office I'm wanting to get back up and running. I had my own servers Pre-Katrina, and have just NOW settled down really rather than moving so often. I want to get them back up and going again.

I run my own email server, and I have boxes that are more than enough for hosting my own web server(s). I have the equipment and I do it also for fun and interest. I have a business acct from Cox cable, and am free to host and run whatever servers I want, so, why not?

I'm looking to maybe learn wordpress or some other blogging software and do that.

Photography and videography, aren't my only hobbies, and when I do them for business needs, I get to write them all off as business expenses for tax purposes.

So, I don't see it as that much of a detriment, and I like being in full control of my stuff rather than paying someone else when I don't really need to.

If I got to some level where I was growing bigger and my time became more valuable shooting editing than geeking out, then sure, I'd look at outsourcing, but this really isn't that much of a burden you all seem to keep thinking it is...?

cayenne

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Yes, use a tripod for the steadiest shot. But, if it's a clear night, it will be a relatively short exposure!
A good start for the full moon is the normal daylight, "sunny sixteen", rule. After all, the same sun that lights the earth from about 93 million miles away is doing the same to our moon!

Since your longest focal length is only 200mm, you might want to combine images for a sequence of the moon as it moves across the sky. If you take an exposure every ten minutes, it will have moved about four or five diameters. Include some recognizable feature on the ground, make sure your tripod is locked in place and you should have a great souvenir of your night with the Supermoon.

Thank you!!

I'll give this a try!!


Any other suggestions out there?

Thanx!

C

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Hello all,

I just heard on the news that tonight there is going to be a 'super moon'  with the moon coming very close to earth and will be larger and brighter than usual.

Can someone give me advice on ways to shoot this tonight? I have a 5D3.

Lenses I have:

70-200L f/2/8 II
85mm f/1.8
24-105L f/4
17-40mm L f/4

Robikon 14mm

Would HDR be a way to go? I've not taken long 'bulb' type exposures...I'm not sure how long to keep it open, and what settings to use...

So, I'd very much appreciate some suggestions for my first try at some astral photography tonight!!

Thanks in advance,

cayenne

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I use Flickr, debating between extending my Pro membership there or moving to 500px.

Can you give some plusses and minuses for 500px that you are basing your decision upon?

Thank you,

cayenne

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What's everyone's opinion of flickr, especially with regard to latest changes, offering 1TB of space...versus other photo hosting/sharing sites.

How are the TOS (Terms Of Service) there? Do you risk any rights to your images posted there?
What do you think about other sites...pro/con vs what Flickr offers?

I'm thinking of starting to put some online to share now with friends, but possibly in the future (until I get my own servers going at home again) hosting for possible revenue generation in the future.

Thanks in advance,

cayenne

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Hi all,

Does anyone have a link to a good general purpose model release form?

I'm starting to shoot some folks for headshots and even some video for auditions for things here in New Orleans. Starting with friends right now...trading my services for using resulting images to build my portfolio.

I know I need to get some type of model release form signed by them giving me full rights to do as I need with the photos I shoot and give them.

Can someone give me some advice on what a Model Release form needs to say, and where I could find one to download off the net?

Thank you in advance,

cayenne

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I recently got this sling bag and so far, it is a WINNER!!

Tamrac 5768 Velocity 8x Photo Sling Pack - Gray/Burgundy
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007234626/ref=oh_details_o01_s02_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I just the other day, had my 5D3 with kit lens (24-1-5) in it with one 600EX-RT.
I could also, if removing one more velcro insert, have had the 70-200L f/2.8 on instead of my kit lens, with flash and it would work...

Perfect size, just enough compartments, easy to car on back and quickly sling around to front for quick access.

HTH,

cayenne


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:50:17 PM »
For goodness sake you two, I was trying to make the people that missed out feel better  ::)

But neither of you saved $100 so don't kid yourselves. RGF paid 10% sales tax, that is $37.30, plus shipping for a real bottom line total of closer to $430 per flash, a $66 saving without the batteries and charger, and who couldn't use another set of rechargeables? I have a million Eneloops but can always use more. But, for me, the killer of the deal is the short warranty on refurb, I use my six 600's a lot and love the fact that I have a 12 month warranty on such an item, resale value is higher on non refurb too should buying one be a commitment issue.

But you guys just keep rubbing it in to those who feel bad for missing out...........

I saved a 100$ per light. I didn't pay shipping and only 8.125% tax in TX. Plus I sold my OLD 580II's for more than I paid for them! I'll get the same for my 600's if I decide to sell them.

I was surprised to pay taxes...but I used the code for free shipping on my 600's.

C

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Lenses / Re: AFMA - Is is really necessary?
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:47:38 PM »
Well, some great comments here on my original post, thanks for the input and opinions.

I've purchased the Plus version of FoCal and will be giving it a go tonight.
From what I read you can't do fully automatic calibration with the 5D3 but it's as close and you can get.

Anyone know if I add my 1.4 TC to my 70-200 will the camera store separate AFMA data from it than when I use the 70-20 on it's own?

I'm looking and reading about this too....I have a 5D3.

I'm curious, since you have to do the adjustments manually, why did you get the PLUS version rather than the standard version?

I read the FAQ page about 'why they say you should still buy the higher versions', but it didn't make much sense to me what else you get out of the plus vs the standard version really.

Curious your thoughts on the Plus version and why you got it...?

Thanks in advance,

cayenne

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