fyi....just paid State Farm bill for gear insurance two days ago...$187 annually, no deduct, $15k of gear.
covers lost, stolen, damaged..etc.
covers lost, stolen, damaged..etc.
Thanks Mac, I had noticed that too, it is on the press release I linked to earlier, I had just read through the whole thing and realised where some confusion might have arisen originally.
Like I said, I wasn't trying to make an issue of it, just pointing out a simple E&O.
P.S. How's that 1DX coming on? Notice much difference between it and the 5D MkIII files?
I've made some minor revisions. Thanks for the feedback.
Went to Laguna Beach the other day and was loving that last 30 minutes of light!
"Still a nice memory recorded. "
When photographers (and I am not saying that you are one just using your post as an example) say "nice memory" I want to drive to their house and throw a Nikon through their window... Detest that phrase..
Just saying is all...
also nice snapshot for 1/125
A Little Upset
These Moose in Grand Teton National Park were all hanging out together enjoying some willow along the creek bank when all of a sudden this guy had a little temper tantrum.
I can tell you that regardless of age, experience, talent or skill level, everyone gets nervous. But that soon goes away when you get rolling if you are well prepared and you have a solid plan to follow.
The results were quite dismal (the best effort is below), so I am not even going to ask what I did wrong.
Ok, but I will play the dumb guy and ask. What about this picture did you not like? It is tough to give advice unless we know what you were really intending for your shot.
You shot this at f8 with 1/125th. That's not too bad. F8 gives you a bit of DOF leeway for when the Hummer zips sideways (which they always seem to do). 1/125 gives you a nice wing blur but seemed to keep the head pretty sharp. Not every BIF needs to be razor sharp.
Did you try cropping this in post to get rid of some of the distractions to the left?
If this is your idea of "dismal", you and I ain't in the same league. A little cropping and some post (you *did* shoot this in RAW didn't ya?) and you would have a nice picture of a hummer. Nonone is gonna pay you a million dollars for it, but it is a pretty good picture.
Keep in mind, this was truly a "snap shot". I think you did pretty good with the time you had. One thing to keep in mind is that hummers often come back to the same group of flowers after darting away. That might give you some more set up time.
Me thinks you are beating yourself up a little too much on this one.
This company is paying photogs $20 an hour and you might have to drive as far as 100 miles... But that's neither here nor there.
I read through the quiz... and I really want there to be write in answers.
If you are photographing a person at 12 Noon in bright sunlight what would you do? *
Use your flash
Over expose 2 stops
Under expose 2 stops
Reduce the ISO on your camera
I'd go with... tell everyone to stare into sun... and I'd shoot from a high angle in time lapse... so you CAN SEE the exact moment when they all go blind.
You are photographing a 5 month old outdoors on the grass. Which would work best? *
Put the baby in a car seat
Put the baby on it's tummy
Shoot from a high angle
Use a fast shutter speed
5 months... my freaking 7 month can't sit up. I'd ask the mother if her body has snapped back yet and if she has thought of doing nudes... oh yeah. My concern is the grass... I think if you put a baby on the grass, it is going to poke them and they are going to freak the f out.
But hey... good for them... they are making fat cash off of people.
Joshua Tree is out of the way from all the rest (much farther south near Los Angeles) and is not very scenic. Of course you can get nice photos there, but given your itinerary I would strongly advise dropping Joshua Tree.
So how did this story end? How did it go? Any pictures to share??
Here's a comparison (with the 70-200 Mk I, at least) I found that may be of interest:
Canon 135mm f/2 vs Canon 70-200 I L Lens Review / Comparison Test
I think the differences are pretty subtle and with the Mk II (he also did a Mk I vs. Mk II comparison), I'm sure they are much more subtle. The 1-stop for speed is by far the biggest difference.
3. Take the time to get comfortable with "Register Camera settings" which designates the settings for "C1" C2" and "C3" on your mode dial. I had my camera settings prepped for three different lighting conditions, those being "on ice" bench/audience bleachers and inner hall/cafeteria. You be far more productive this way, instead of constantly switching up lighting, aperture, speed and iso as you move about the arena.
I have also found this quite useful for the same reasons.
Glad to have helped and I, too, love this site for sharing and learning from others.
Action shots for a fundraiser is difficult. To get "the shot" you end up shooting lots of images. If you need to turn this around for print-ready images before skaters or family leave the arena, there's no time to filter and post process anything. And, you don't want to filter too much because you want family to find at least one shot of their skater.
At figure skating competitions, we hire a photography group who uses one photographer at rink side getting action shots and a second in a meeting room getting solo and group shots of medalists. The photos are downloaded to a server and they use several laptops for participants to view and select their photos. The vast majority of their sales occur during the competition. It's rare that anyone buys online. A benefit from the competition is that many skaters enter different events which are often scattered throughout the three day event. So, they have time between events to view their photos.
If you find a solution to make action shots profitable for a fundraiser, please share.