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Software & Accessories / Re: New Macpro teased at Mac Conference
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:41:19 PM »
As an audio engineer relying on pci-express expansion cards and working on pro tools this new mac pro without any expansion card slots is a pile of crap. :(

I can see lots of studios moving to windows because of this.

form cripples function.

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Chassis/Mercury_Helios

I know this exists but we are also using raid storage for example and I can't see why i should get a ton of extra cases / expansion chassis instead of checking out the PC world.

You don't have any NAS disk systems running RAID outside of your computers' cases???

That's pretty common these days, rarely do you depend on the disk drives internal to the computer case....at least in my experience with anyone doing serious data storage, redundancy and even backup (mirrored RAID disk systems, tape, etc).

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Software & Accessories / Re: New Macpro teased at Mac Conference
« on: June 11, 2013, 01:31:57 PM »
Interesting design, but it's a workstation - and if there was ever a use-application where the size of the box was not a primary concern, it's workstations.  All those custom parts means you can pretty much forget expandability.  No displayport or DVI, so you are pretty much limited to thunderbolt displays (or HDMI).  Performance sounds pretty great for the size.  Built-in bluetooth 4.0 and ac wifi is nice.  What'll it cost?  I assume unreasonable amounts of money.
I currently use a Thunderbolt to Displayport adapter to run my Dell U2711 monitor from my macbookpro (late 2011).

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Software & Accessories / New Macpro teased at Mac Conference
« on: June 10, 2013, 04:09:59 PM »
Wow...this is certainly something DIFFERENT!!

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/

Seems powerful enough, and they're going to have you add functionality by using the 6x Thunderbolt2 connectors, but wow...interesting tube shaped computer!!!

Thoughts?

cayenne

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 600EX-RT speedlite deals?
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:52:37 PM »
Man, why did I bother to shoot without these for so long? I really should have bought 2 more @ that 375$ price. >:(

Tell me about it...I'm still way on the noob side of things...but the images I'm playing around with are now "WOW" level.....at least to me.
:)

C

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Can anyone confirm that LR5 works just as well with Photoshop CS6 (non-CC) as LR4 did?

Just wanting to make sure it is 100% compatible...and doesn't require CC at this time to work with PS.


cayenne

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I purchased an academic CC license.  Gets me PS and LR (worth $18/month) plus Acrobat (with $5-10 month) so I am basically getting a fair deal.

I'm in the middle of applying to a local community college, not with intention of taking any classes, but to get a picture student ID, and .edu email address....and then use that to get Educational Pricing.

Once completed, I'll use that to get CS6 Production....and Lightroom 5.

I figure that will keep me set with perpetual licensed software for a long time. Hopefully by the time I want to upgrade, Adobe will have alternate options to CC.

But I figure $50 or so to apply for a student ID is worth saving over $1K on the software.

C

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I'd suggest buying a USB multi-card reader. They're only about $35 or so dollars.....a pittance of money that is worth every penny.

HTH,

C

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Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 07, 2013, 11:41:20 PM »
It really depends. Indoors, when light is accessible, the max I ever push is 3,200, at 4,000 I'm sure the noise would be unbearable. If I absolutely have to. 2,500 puts my heart more at ease for noise, but I rarely even go over 800. Outside, however, I think there is more wiggle room. Softness, shallow depth of field, and even a little under-exposed images can be acceptable if that is what the surrounding conditions limit me to. In the same breath though, this image is one of the many reasons I purchased a second flash. Any time I can keep my iso low I do. I became very confident in using the 430ex ii, so the use of our new flash has become a little easier.

Thanks.

Over the past couple weeks...I've managed to pick up a couple of 600EX-RT's on the Canon refurb site....and just now playing with them and having a blast....so, I can definitely see how they are such a valuable tool...

Thank you again for the info and insight!

C

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How are you pricing that at $150?

They have several membership grades, one I think may even be free. The one I use is around $60 per year and last I checked they use Bay Photo to do their printing.

There are lots of alternatives, but they all seem to have a range of prices.

If you're using it only for family snaps, you surely don't need a $150 membership.

Thanks for pointing that out.

I opened my account 4 years ago and it looks like prices/plans have changed since then. My needs have changed too.

Here are the four SmugMug plans.

http://www.smugmug.com/photos/photo-sharing-features/

It looks like the "basic plan" ($40/yr) includes print ordering. That seems reasonable.

I've just looked there at smugmug at a glance.

If you just want to get some prints made...do you have to pay money at all for some kind of 'account'?

I didn't get the impression from a quick glance there for simple printing jobs....?

Thanks,

C

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I had a thread started not long ago, asking about printing services..I started looking at smugmug..but I didn't see for just printing stuff, that you had to have some sort of paid membership?

C

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Thanks for the reply!

I understand that, shooting raw, means picture styles are obsolete. I know that. I would just like to shoot in standard for stills. And user def 1 for video. There must be a work around.

You can do it on the Canon 60D for heavens sake. Not sure why it's so difficult (if at all possible) on the 5D Mark III.

I don't want to have to keep switching, which is why I'm trying to find a solution. It's quite irritating!

Either way, thanks for your help :)

Much appreciated.

Still hoping to find an easy answer somewhere along the line though..

Oh..ok, I get what you're asking now.

I started with the 5D3, so that's all I know...I was wondering what was so difficult about switching...but I can see if you're used to something different.

Do you find yourself shooting video and stills a lot, switching in the same session?  I usually dont'. When shooting video, I'm setting up for video. lighting, microphones on, etc.  When doing stills, I'm just doing stills with filters, flashes...etc.

So, I guess I never thought of someone doing stills and video much during the same session of using the camera and having to switch back and forth.

Good luck..I dunno of a different way to do it, but I'm anxious to hear if someone else does tell how.

C

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As I understand it (someone please correct me if I'm wrong), the picture style you have set, is used to make the thumbnail/jpg that is shown on the back screen, so set it to what you want and use that to show people on camera....but as other said, it has nothing to do with the RAW that is output out the camera (if shooting RAW).

I have a couple of the cine styles on my camera in the 3 user defined styles. I click to those when shooting video, and occasionally, if I want a nicer pic on the back like you described, when shooting stills, I switch to one of the Canon included styles...normal or neutral usually.

Lately, since I don't show the back to people much, I just leave it on my marvels cine style all the time that way I don't accidentally end up shooting video and forget to switch to it first.

But if you don't mind remembering to shoot back and forth, just do that between your video and stills...just a couple of dial clicks to change back and forth.

HTH,

cayenne

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Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 07, 2013, 03:30:39 PM »
Hey Cayenne,

For portrait work, flying solo is nothing new or unheard of for me. Weddings, however, I trust a second photographer to do their part. Fortunately for me, my wife is my co-photographer. She primarily runs her 60D and 35L for the majority of every wedding, this allows me to switch between the 17-40L and 70-200 2.8ii. This set up is simple and gives us great results.

Our last wedding was in a lodge on a very rainy night. I rented the 50 1.2L and 24-70ii both of which I've considered buying. The 24-70ii was AMAZING, but darn expensive, so we're going to wait just a little bit before pulling the trigger on that one. One thing we learned though, we both needed a flash, it seems obvious looking back, (hindsight's 20/20), but I was hoping the 50L at 1.2 on a 5Dii would absorb enough light, which was true for the most part, however, a flash on my body would have made my life so much easier. Within a week, I bought the 600EX-RT. It was a lesson learned the hard way for me, and if I can help out any other forum member by sharing my experience then it gives me the warm fuzzies and I know others will help me with future insight. The image below was shot w/o a flash, 5Dii, 50mm, f/1.2, iso 4,000 and 1/160, so it was still capable of performing when tested.

As for the method to our madness; my wife is incredibly personable and works tremendously well with the brides. I can fairly quickly become friends with the groom and groomsmen. I trust that she takes care of business and likewise, she feels the same for me. I spend the majority of my time, pre-ceremony, following the groom with the exception of spending time, taking ring shots, wedding dress pics, makeup, etc. From the ceremony onward, the bride is our major focus. If things are slow, we attempt to get portraits of every person who came to the wedding, focusing on the oldest and the youngest.

I think anyone could write a book on what they have learned from their first, second, and third wedding. If I can help you or anyone else, feel free to PM me or shoot me an email. It's my way of paying it forward, for those who have helped me in the beginning.

Cheers,
-Tabor

Thank you for the insight!!

Nice pic, I like that!!

Do you find you have much trouble with noise at those ISO's without flash?

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Thanks for the great reply.  I think I'm leaning towards the 6d and 24-105 kit lens. In time I'll get the 70-200 f4 is and maybe a teleconverter Maybe  one prime lens and I should be all set.
Thanks again
Get the 70-200 f/2.8 instead....definitely worth the extra $$'s.

What prime are you looking to get?

C

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Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 06, 2013, 02:31:29 PM »
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In my opinion, weddings should be left to professionals who do them a lot more and have the experiance to handle any situation or weather type and still get top dollar great shots consistently.
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Hey, everyone has to start somewhere.

Hey Cayenne,

Thank you for bringing the focus back for the OP. You hit the nail on the head by mentioning that we all have to start somewhere.

x2z2001,

I stayed away from weddings and only did portrait work until a wedding essentially presented itself to me, as has occurred with many posters on this forum. I have greatly upgraded my equipment since then and am not afraid to rent anything if the event needs something special. I conduct myself in a professional manner and having just finished up my final May wedding, I have 3 more weddings this June alone. When was my first? Last November. I've been continuously booking from now until next April, (before the wolves descend, I know that multiple bookings over the next calendar year are nothing new to 'real' professional wedding photographers). Remember to conduct every little detail in a professional manner, it has been my goal since the first wedding I had, and who knows, I may even work my way out of wannabe mode one day! ;D

Cheers,
-Tabor

Thanks Tabor!!

Good luck to you.

If you don't mind me asking...do you work alone Lone Wolf style, or do you shoot with someone else?

From all that I've been studying on this, while you can do a good job alone, man, you gotta know your stuff...and with 2 or more shooters that work well together, you can cover so much more, especially the unexpected. Not to mention, you can be shooting the ceremony,and another camera could be shooting the reception room before people get in...having 2x people to shoot bride and groom makes things easier..etc.

Just curious what you do, and if you could describe your situation how you find it doing it your way?

TIA,

cayenne

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