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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:


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


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?


PS. Anyone got recommendations on sandbags to get?

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...



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:

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.


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!!

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....


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.....


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

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....


Not really sure how this went from street photography to rights and wrongs of the police...but ---

my 2 cents...

To protect and serve...more times than not the police take the protect roll to the extreme and forget about the serve roll.  I have had a mix of experiences with police, but for the most part i have been thankful for their presence.  From running out of gas and having them pick me up and give me a ride to call AAA (yeah, that was before the age of cell phones).  I just think we're conditioned to see those flashing lights and assume cuffs are next, where that's not always the case.  To protect and serve...yeah, that sometimes means hop in and I'll get you to the gas station.

Hmm..these days, I thought the motto had changed to "To collect and serve..."

Software & Accessories / Re: Links for good Photoshop Tutorials?
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:50:14 PM »
I've also found NAPP (www.photoshopuser.com) to be a great resource.  Also check Adobe TV out.

+1  The NAPP site is a member area but good.   I would recommend it if you decide to buy-CS6/subscribe-to-CC.

The http://www.photoshop.com/learn site has a load of videos too.

You can also try the 24-hour pass to Kelby Training:
A NAPP membership will get you a discount here.

ON the Kelby site..it says a 'free' trial pass, but it has $24 as the price when you put it in your cart....?


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & RAW Video, A Case Study
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:32:00 PM »
I agree with Syder.

This looks like a MASSIVE P.I.T.A. just to get a few minutes of footage at enormous file sizes.  YES it looks great. And YES it will look greater if your film makes it to blow up on a big theater screen.  However, with people compiling 40-50GB of memory for only 8min (many only achieve 10 or so seconds in the rez they want) of footage all the while converting, color grading, uprezzing, break dancing and dosey doeing to do it, I'll pass or wait until ML works out the kinks. I own a 5D Mark II and have seen people going through HELL to get this thing to work right.  I've seen the MkII shoot RAW at 1880X860.  And while it's beautiful to look at, it's eating up memory, and there is no 1920X1080 (1:85) resolution which is what I want.  It's good to know it's possible, but it's not worth the hassle yet.

Again a few things.

This stuff isn't even released as Alpha for the public...still under heavy first stages of development.

When it is more ready for primetime, I'm sure the output and tools for workflow will improve.

Also, the prime camera for using this in a regular fashion, for 1080p video...is the 5D3.
The older cameras will get some form of RAW, but it may or may not be useful for anything but special short footage shots, but looks like on the 5D3 you will be able to use this for real shooting (not long documentary style, but shoots where you shoot only a couple of mins at a time). I think as of now, you can get about 15 min on a 64GB card....nearly half an hour on the 128GB cards.

I figure with things I shoot..I could have one 64GB in the camera and the other unloading data in the computer...etc.

But again...this is in EARLY development stages....with a lot more work to be done and improvements along the way. It speaks loads that the ML folks have made this much progress this quickly.

Once they get the process in camera to a final stage, I expect them to then turn their attention to the external processes to get that output into a form quicker that will then fit into more normal workflows.

I forsee the end product to being something maybe where you take your Canon RAW output, run it through one app to put it into some type of commonly used RAW form, similar to what you get out of BM or Red cameras...and you use it then as you would those forms of footage.

I was looking to buy that last of CS6 (pre-cloud) that I thought I'd read on the threads here that Adobe said they would still sell as perpetual licensed products....the Production Pro suite specifically...but I don't see anything for sale on Adobe's site except Cloud Offerings.

Are there some hidden links I've not found? Is it no longer available at all?

I see some for sale at newegg or amazon..but no longer form adobe itself directly...?


Software & Accessories / Re: Links for good Photoshop Tutorials?
« on: May 31, 2013, 01:32:45 PM »
I've also found NAPP (www.photoshopuser.com) to be a great resource.  Also check Adobe TV out.

Hmm...went to the site, but can't view any samples to see what they actually offer.
Is it pretty quality stuff? Lots of good in-depth videos and the like?



I've done the corrections for color, WB, noise....I've done cropping, but in Aperture I was doing it with 'retain original aspect'....

I don't know what that original aspect is...hence, my asking.

I'm wanting to know if I want 4x6 prints, if I need to go back to all my images and re-crop them before sending them out...or if the 'native' export from the 5D3 happens to be 4x6...?

Original aspect means the same ratio of length to side - so a 4x6 = 8x12 = 2x3 etc.
Conversely you would not be maintaining the aspect ratio if you cropped to e.g. a square image.
The sensor size is nominally 24mmx36mm or 2:3 - so the same as 4x6.
Nothing should be lost on a 4x6.   Othersizes such as 5x7, 8x10 etc. will cause some cropping.
I am not familiar with aperture to know if it supports print sizes, but I expect that it does.

As for format - that will depend on the lab. JPG should be OK for 4x6 etc. For larger prints a TIFF maybe better.

IF these are your first prints you may want a lab that will perform some work on the image - e.g brightness control, as you may otherwise find that your images come out too dark due to you having too bright a monitor.

Further on you may want to see if the lab has ICC profiles for download - this will help in getting more accurate colours.

To start with though I would just send in a number of images in JPG at 4x6 and see what comes out.
You can always learn and improve / change labs later...

Thank you!!
That's what I was looking for....the 5D3 sensor size/image size.....so, I'll know to go iterations off 2x3....

I've noticed no one here has mentioned snapfish...which was the first one to come up on my first google search....anyone have experience with them?


Software & Accessories / Links for good Photoshop Tutorials?
« on: May 31, 2013, 11:55:37 AM »
Hi Folks,

I'm downloading the trial versions of Adobe Photoshop, I'm downloading for Windows so I can run it on my mac powerbook pro, in VMWare to see how well it works in a VM.

While I'm at it..I'd like to do some realistic learning and some manipulations that would actually strain the hardware to see the performance.

Anyone have links or suggestions for some good tutorials that would take me through steps that would strain the hardware and be fun to learn new stuff?

I'm also downloading Premier and After Effects for the same type testing......links for those appreciated too!!

I'm testing this out to see which version of the last CS6 Production Pro Suite I want to buy....

Thanks in advance,


Hi all,

My dad was visiting me not long back, and I took some pics of us while he was here.

I'd like to send my images (I shot in RAW and have finished PP) somewhere online for simple prints, much like you'd get in the old days when you took your film to the drugstore. 

Can someone recommend a service? I've heard of Snapfish, is that a good one?

What size am I talking about...4x6 or maybe 5x7? 

What format do I send and at what quality? jpg at 50%?  Tiff?

Do I need to crop my pics to a certain size or will what I shoot out of camera have the aspect ratio of the proper size?

Suggestions and comments greatly appreciated!!!


AdoramaPixis by far the best in the business, in my opinion. They go above and beyond when it comes to customer service, and they routinely have sales on prints.

But I'm honestly confused at how you say you do post production work, but don't want to do any resizing, and don't know about using photos from the 5D3.

I'm a noob.  The 5D3 is my first DSLR, and I'm still learning.
This will be the first time I've ever tried to have prints made from anything I've ever shot like this...hence, my asking on the forums.

I've done the corrections for color, WB, noise....I've done cropping, but in Aperture I was doing it with 'retain original aspect'....

I don't know what that original aspect is...hence, my asking.

I'm wanting to know if I want 4x6 prints, if I need to go back to all my images and re-crop them before sending them out...or if the 'native' export from the 5D3 happens to be 4x6...?



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