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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:02:58 PM »
These 2 pictures were taken 3 1/2 hours apart - I didn't deliberately frame them the same, as I wasn't intending to do a comparison shot, but in retrospect I was struck how much difference the changing lighting made...

I really like these..especially the more B&W one...

I'd have photoshop'ed out the power wires and pole tho.....?

C

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Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:01:58 PM »
Dustin,
I currently have a 60D and would someday like to go full frame but the 5DMIII is way out of my price range. So the 6D is definitely appealing from a price perspective but I have the same list of concerns you mentioned in you blog post - so it was nice to read your views and see the wonderful images you've captured with the 6D. Anyway, since you have (had) a 60D also, can you compare the OUTER points of the 60D to the 6D. I frequently use the outer points and that is a concern to me. Are the 60D outer AF points better since they're cross type?

With the recent price drops...is the 5D3 really that much more expensive these days than the next model down (6D)?

C

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I'm thinking about getting the new Rode Smartlav for $60. It plugs into and iPhone/iPod/iPad and has a free app for recording.

I'm guessing it would likely also plug into any normal digital recorder, like my old Zoom H2, and function as a mike there too? Does anyone know if this is true?

I was thinking ti would be nice to use that instead of the apple "I" product, so that I could plug the mic in AND be able to plug in headphones to make sure it was recording...etc.

Anyone?

Thanks,

cayenne

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Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: June 05, 2013, 11:18:10 AM »
Dustin, those last two shots are really great!  Do you always set your ISO manually?

I'd be interested to find out what folks are using as the high threshold for Auto ISO on the 6D.  I am on a 60D now, and use 800 as my high threshold.  Would love a camera I could set to 3200 or 6400 as my high threshold with low noise!

Don't most people set their ISO manually?

C

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:36:31 PM »
Just got my 2nd one.

Damn...about $16 more than a week or so ago...but still, happy to get it.

cayenne

The best deal, in my opinion, for someone wanting a 600 during this sale is to add a 50mm 1.8 for $100 more. That puts you over the $500 threshold and you end up getting the 50mm for ~$25 (vs buying the 600 alone). If you don't want it, sell it or give it as a gift  :)

Ok, that's s weird thing. I thought along the same lines..and was adding a battery pack....but when I did, it still only reflected the $50 off, it didn't switch to the $125 off no matter what I added.
Ididn't know how long I'd have to finish the buy before they were out, so I emptied all out but the 600 flash...and purchased.

I wonder if the discount is for any single item that is > $x amount....?

cayenne

I just tried adding 2x 270s and one 430 for a total of $511 and got the $125 discount. Maybe the battery pack isn't eligible.

Ahh...interesting.

I was thinking ANYTHING on the site that added up to $x would trip the discount thing. I didn't see anything that said what it was limited to...

C

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 01:06:08 PM »
Just got my 2nd one.

Damn...about $16 more than a week or so ago...but still, happy to get it.

cayenne

The best deal, in my opinion, for someone wanting a 600 during this sale is to add a 50mm 1.8 for $100 more. That puts you over the $500 threshold and you end up getting the 50mm for ~$25 (vs buying the 600 alone). If you don't want it, sell it or give it as a gift  :)

Ok, that's s weird thing. I thought along the same lines..and was adding a battery pack....but when I did, it still only reflected the $50 off, it didn't switch to the $125 off no matter what I added.
Ididn't know how long I'd have to finish the buy before they were out, so I emptied all out but the 600 flash...and purchased.

I wonder if the discount is for any single item that is > $x amount....?

cayenne

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 10:30:39 AM »
Just got my 2nd one.

Damn...about $16 more than a week or so ago...but still, happy to get it.

I'm still pi$$ed that they charge me for tax....

But if you use the code DAD613 you can get free shipping...

HTH,

cayenne

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Software & Accessories / Re: Where did you starting professionally?
« on: June 04, 2013, 09:21:26 AM »
Hi KKC!

I actually work at SmugMug, so I can be a good resource to help answer this. When I shoot weddings or events, I simply create a gallery on my SmugMug site, and export all the edited photos to the gallery with the Lightroom plugin. I apply a pricelist depending on whether it is wedding or a normal event...wedding prints are at a higher markup then my normal event prints. I make the photos with a small maximum display size, and enable right click protection so the viewer doesn't have the ability to save the photo. Then, if they want a print, or a digital download, they then nativate to the "Buy" button, and I am in business.

For weddings, I use the "Event" feature, which allows me to create a custom event page for the bride and groom, with a slideshow featuring the best photos, as well as galleries that are split between "Ceremony", "Formal Portraits", etc. Even though prints are available for sale, my contract gives the bride and groom all of the digital negatives, so I simply generate a link to download all of the photos, which I then forward onto the bride and groom. This is great, and allows me to not be roped into burning individual DVDs.

I hope this helps understand a little about how I go about shooting and selling my event and wedding photos, but please feel free to shoot me any other questions that you may have.

Michael

Just curious, do you exclusively use online postings to sell your images?

I've been watching a lot of Creative Live webinars, with wedding shooters...and portrait people, that went through business plans, and these people have built up million dollar a year businesses, and they say that the way they make more money, is to sell wall hanging images and image books, and the way they do that, is having the customer come IN to your studio (many started in their homes doing this), and showing images there for them to pick out, and sample wall hangings, books...etc.  They actually do a lot of 'package' selling, and often the images on a disk, are only available as part of the upper level packages. Many of them say they do not give the RAW footage away either, some only give high resolution jpg that have been processed, etc.<P>
Anyway, has been interesting watching the CL workshops, and much of it makes a LOT of sense, running this type of thing as a true business. I was amazed to hear that many of the well to do ones...often outsource the actual photoshop processing of most images to a service, and only work on 3-5 really prime images for selling (the wall art stuff).
Anyway, just curious about your thoughts on this...do you actually give the RAW images, or only ones you've post processed first...etc
How do you feel your pricing is for your area?  What level are your customers would you guess...in how much $$ do your couples average spending total on a wedding event?

Thanks in advance, I'm trying to research about how I'd break into photography professionally.

Thanks,

cayenne

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I have 4 600EX-RTs, and routinely shoot a 2- or 3-light setup, with one 600 attached to the body as the master.

I use some of B&H's Impact products, and have never had any problems with them. I have three Impact 10' air-cushioned light stands, and really like them:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/253067-REG/Impact_LS10AB_Air_Cushioned_Light_Stand.html

For mounting speedlites and umbrellas onto lightstands, I use SP Studio Systems Multi-Brackets:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=orderHistory&A=details&Q=&sku=50067&is=REG

They're inexpensive (MUCH less than the Manfrotto you linked to), versatile and good quality. they also include the cold shoe, although it is metal. I just put a layer of tape over the area where the speedlite's contacts would touch the shoe, to prevent any possibility of shorting. No problems in 5+ years of use.

I almost always shoot into reflective umbrellas (vast majority of use is for indoor portrait applications). I have never had a need for shoot-through umbrellas, and agree with the previous comment that they really spread the light ... unless that's what you want, it's difficult to control. I haven't had need of a softbox or grate yet, either, although I do have a good variety of on-flash diffusers and modifiers.

I was shooting outdoor portraits at a corporate event a few years ago, and the wind caught one of my umbrellas. The attached speedlite (a lowly 420EX) broke when it struck the ground, but Canon repaired it for less than $100. After that, I bought weight bags for each of my light stands, although I have yet to use them. If there's any breeze at all, I don't think a small bag of water or sand is going to provide much anchoring.

P.S. I've been following some of your threads in this forum. Kudos for availing yourself of this venue to pick the brains of the photographic experts here -- most with more experience and expertise than I. Also, it's great how kind and generous everyone has been with their informative responses.

Well, I'm likely also very soon to order one of the B&H Impact softboxes, that mimic the lastolite (sp?) quick box softboxes out there. I figure it will be fun to try each one, and the umbrellas are quite cheap, so got it first and will get the softbox next.

I can then play with umbrellas and softbox, and when I get a 2nd 600, then I can have a modifier for each for awhile...etc.

I'm guessing I'll like the softbox more, but I would have to guess there are situations where you'd like an umbrella that throws the light around a bit more, no?

C

PS. Anyone got recommendations on sandbags to get?

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I'm pretty sure B&H's Impact products are supposed to be pretty decent for a bargain of a price. I've got their 8 foot light stand, 43" white shoot through umbrella and adapter on the way, so I can offer my impressions once I get a chance to use them.

Yes, please post your thoughts and comments when you get them!!

I have a 43" white shoot through umbrella on the way too...it also has a detachable cover to allow reflective (shoot into?) use...and manfrotto adapter.

Let me know what your thoughts and experience is with your gear when you get it please...

thanks,

C

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Lighting / Re: 600EX-RTs Now or Later?
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:08:06 PM »
I'd get as many as you can afford now, and add more later. I don't see the ST-E3 being worth it until you have at least 2 600's. The great thing about canon's RT system is you don't have to buy an extra accessory (i.e. pocket wizard) every time you want to add a flash to your setup.

I bought my first 600 at the refurb $373 price, and I got this 33' cable:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0097IPB8W/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In anticipation of using it off camera right off to bat...I have an umbrella and manfrotto holder on the way too.

I figure I can do this, and save and buy a 2nd 600...and have dual flash...cord connection to first one, it being the master to the wireless 2nd one.

After that, buy the ST unit for 100% radio control.

Dang...really hating that I didn't get that 2nd 600 unit when I had the chance before...still, I have a watch notification set up for the refubs when they come out again.

Cayenne

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Software & Accessories / Re: Links for good Photoshop Tutorials?
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:01:36 PM »
http://phlearn.com/ !!!!

Phlearn is an AMAZING website! Really helpful when I was learning how to use photoshop for the first time and they always produce some interesting and useful tutorials! Aaron Nace, the host, makes daily tutorials and posts on all thing photography and they're super!

I'd just found this one this weekend.

I watched Aaron's great compositing workshop on Creative Live last weekend through Sat......

Lots of amazing things he did, and I am starting to explore his site!!


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Software & Accessories / Re: Links for good Photoshop Tutorials?
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:26:39 AM »
Kelbytv.com.  Free weekly tutorials  with PhotoshopUser TV. You can also go back and check out Matt Kloskowski's Photoshop Killer Tips.   Plus there are free give always with each episode!

I did watch a bit of that, and it was informative and entertaining...

That gives me great ideas on things to look in-depth on, but I need some tutorials here at the beginning, more step by step, push this, click that, brush that....maybe even with example images and a guide to see the before, and endpoint to reach....

K

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I'm only mentioning this because you admit to noob status...  :)

You have calibrated your monitor, correct?  If not, what you see and what they send you will probably not match...

Another good piece of advice dealt with monitor brightness...  Get a print to look exactly as you like it on your monitor...  Send it to a lab like MPIX and tell them NO correction...  When the print comes back, hold it up to your monitor and compare...  That will give you an idea, at least for that lab, whether your monitor is too bright or too dark...

I got the Dell U2711....that came calibrated, at least that's what it said, and it had some documentation with it saying the same.....

C

ps. and yes, I'm VERY noob status.
:)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: June 01, 2013, 11:58:37 PM »
LOL eyeland  ;D

In all seriousness, as Phillip Bloom said, it is an awesome accomplishment for ML and it is phenomenal that they have allowed DSLR owners to shoot RAW.  However, do most people need to shoot RAW - no.  Unless you're super well off, you are going to be blowing alot of cash.  I'm gonna wait to get a 5DIII after they fix the kinks.

That word "need" is a funny one. Six years ago, there was no "need" for a smartphone. Now everyone "needs" a smartphone. It might take more than six years for RAW video to be a "need". But it will probably happen.

Yeah...I keep thinking that this color TV thing is still pretty much just a fad that will fade away myself....

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