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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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I'd e-mail Rode and ask.  That's a pretty low price for a mic, so its a consumer grade.  If it has digital out, it might be a issue for your recorder, but, as long as you can return it, buy one and let us know.  If its a condenser mic with internal battery and audio out, it would work for most applications.

I went ahead and ordered it on amazon, to round out my purchase for 12 mos interest free credit on the buy.
I also got a wacom intuos5 tablet for Photoshop which I'm trying to teach myself, etc.

Anyway, this item is on backorder..

From tests I've seen, this thing records pretty darned well. Rather than use my iPhone...I likely will get a use or cheap refurb basic 8GB iPod touch to use with it. Will be good for my casual stuff, but if I was recording something critical, if I can't plug it into something I can verify with headphones (like wedding, etc) I'd likely get something else to use.

Please do let me know what you hear from Rode and I'll reply back with my thoughts on it once I get the mic.

cayenne

I was suggesting that you contact them.  I am not into video any longer, it was too much like work, and being retired, I don't need that.
 
I can certainly see the advantage of having what amounts to a portable audio recorder that can be worn by the subject.

OOps!!

My Bad, I read I'd as I'll.......misread that.
:)

Ok, I'll drop them a line and let them know.

I really got the idea when watching some wedding workshops, and this one guy, took two digital recorders with 2x lavs...and pinned them on the groom, with two things in mind.

1. He had 2 of them going as a backup if one died for some reason.
2. He pinned one mic slightly lower, and this would catch the brides voice at the alter too....so, this way he got the bride talking, but avoided having to try to hide anything on the bride which can be difficult.

Anyway, got me thinking about lavs and recorders on the person, and just sync'ing in post but getting good audio this way.

I figured the rode smartlav looked like a good product from the tests and reviews I've seen, and the price can't be beat...so, I'll give it a try and see how it works.

C

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I'd e-mail Rode and ask.  That's a pretty low price for a mic, so its a consumer grade.  If it has digital out, it might be a issue for your recorder, but, as long as you can return it, buy one and let us know.  If its a condenser mic with internal battery and audio out, it would work for most applications.

I went ahead and ordered it on amazon, to round out my purchase for 12 mos interest free credit on the buy.
I also got a wacom intuos5 tablet for Photoshop which I'm trying to teach myself, etc.

Anyway, this item is on backorder..

From tests I've seen, this thing records pretty darned well. Rather than use my iPhone...I likely will get a use or cheap refurb basic 8GB iPod touch to use with it. Will be good for my casual stuff, but if I was recording something critical, if I can't plug it into something I can verify with headphones (like wedding, etc) I'd likely get something else to use.

Please do let me know what you hear from Rode and I'll reply back with my thoughts on it once I get the mic.

cayenne

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Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:24:42 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.

And if someone is starting out, it is best they have as much info as to what to do as possible so that those early customers have their wedding shots done in a manner they will enjoy. Sure, they're not going to be top $ customers, but anyone like this guy starting out and asking and trying, IS trying to do his best for his customers at this early stage.

Anyone that is trying to learn a new skill, asks others that have more experience. If you don't want to help, fine, but no need to make a big deal out of it. Why even post that if you're not interested in contributing?

Also, you might want to check your spell checker. (experiance ?)

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Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:13:11 PM »
hey CRF,

I shot a Wedding this Weekend and i was happy with the outcome, but could use some critique on my work. Just trying to get better so good or bad critique welcome.

Shot with a Canon 6D using the 24-105mm and a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens. was going to rent a 70-200mm but i thought that space would limit the lens. should i have rented it anyways? ive never used a 70-200mm lens.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/x2z2001du/8932298506/#
http://www.flickr.com/photos/x2z2001du/8931676527/#
http://www.flickr.com/photos/x2z2001du/8931665953/#
http://www.flickr.com/photos/x2z2001du/8932373318/#
http://www.flickr.com/photos/x2z2001du/8931706561/#

Loved the first one.
2nd one, I'm not so crazy about. It may just be me, but I prefer the rings pics to be off the hands in a creative manner, up close, full detail.
3rd one I like the shot, but maybe a little too much headroom? I do like the couple in it!!
4th one, like other said, I'd maybe drop it a bit closer.
The last one...nice kiss, but I'd for sure crop out the other cameraman on the right....and maybe in post if you could lose the microphone and stand...?

I've not shot and wedding, just my observations. I've been watching a lot of videos, especially on Creative Live and seeing what people there show for wedding shots and editing...and many of my comments come from that and just what hit me personally about the images.

Looks like it was a nice day!

cayenne

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:08:10 PM »
I find the Canon Refurb store fascinating. Usually, a day or so after the sales end, many of the items that were out of stock magically go back in stock. Then, another sale begins and suddenly things go out of stock again right away. During the sale, some items may come back in stock for an hour or so, but it is pretty random.

I'm set with 600 RTs for the time being. One of these days, I hope to score a 200 2.8 prime, but I've found that one a real challenge.

I'm not complaining, in fact I kind of enjoy the game. But, I'm pretty much know that Canon USA is manipulating the stock. I wonder if they have an office  pool going – "Let's put ten 70-200 2.8 zooms on the site and everyone in the pool guesses how many minutes it will take to sell them out."

Totally agree with this. I find it very amusing, and quite a fun game. Plus I've gotten some pretty good deals (50 1.4 for $270, 430 EX IIs (which are always there) for $203, both of which are cheaper than I usually see those items used on POTN).

Next purchase will probably be a 100L next time they have a 15-20% off sale... :-)

I'm set on 600's for the time being myself, I'll start off with these two....eventually maybe get a 3rd one....

I too, am eyeballing the 100L macro on refurb sale at some point.

Ah....what a rush feeding the hardware addiction I've given myself ever since buying the d@mned 5D3...
:)

I've never owned a DSLR before, little did I know what an $$$$ pathway lay ahead of me...
:)

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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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