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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 6D takes a lot of black pictures at a time
« on: November 09, 2014, 07:31:30 PM »
This is a bit unnerving but when I pop my card into the computer, I see a lot of black stills. This isn't the first time this has happened but it's like a span of around 400 photos at a time. just black stills. I didn't lose any photos. I just have an additional ~400. I pop the card back in my camera and yeah I see those black stills on the playback. What is going on?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / using EOS Remote with 6D, af not working
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:30:16 PM »
Hey guys! I'm trying to use the EOS Remote app on my ipod touch but I can't seem to figure out how to focus using the app. There are two buttons, a small circle and a larger circle. The small circle is to focus right? I'm pressing it/holding it down, but no matter what I do, it doesn't autofocus unless I reach over and actually hold my shutter button halfway down. I'm trying all the different af settings in live view and still nothing.

Business of Photography/Videography / Creating a sports portfolio
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:22:59 AM »
I got an interview for a sports photographer position and trying to figure out what is the best way to present my portfolio. I've been researching on many sites and got so many conflicting information but nearly all were referring to general photography.

Only info I've been provided was to have a portfolio to show either online or in print.

I'm thinking of having 10 8x12 prints(too little?) and then having like 20-30 on flickr(too many?). and maybe some 4x6 non sport to show some diversity(good idea?)in case they also have other openings.

Diversity vs quality. Right now my portfolio is nearly exclusively quidditch and ultimate frisbee which are the two sports I won't be shooting for this position(more common sports). Should I pick my very best work or should I include those other(basketball/football) sports that I'm more likely to shoot for the job? those common sports are definitely older and taken with my rebel xsi and lack that crispness of the 6D shots.

Also, currently in my portfolio i included several frisbee layout photos but I am conflicted that they are similar in that they are both layout photos and maybe I should diversify? on the other hand, they are great examples for freezing action.

Any tips? suggestions? what to look out for? Anything!

P.S. when showing the interviewer my portfolio, am I supposed to say anything? I should probably explain quidditch.

Software & Accessories / ND Filter for video
« on: May 27, 2014, 11:26:07 AM »
I'm dabbling into video now and I'm clueless on what sort of ND fiter to get except for the fact I know I should get one since I want to use the 70-200mm f/2.8 at 2.8 without having to keep the shutter speed in the thousands when I shoot in bright, sunny conditions. I shoot with the 6D so having to increase iso isn't a problem. What would be a good ND filter to get?

Sports / Quidditch World Cup VII, taken with 6D
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:38:10 AM »
Some of my fave shots from the Quidditch World Cup VII in North Myrtle Beach, SC two weekends ago. Taken with the 6D and the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.

This morning it was raining a ton but I was using a plastic bag to cover my 6D as I shot a quidditch tourney. As time went on, my playback button stopped working, the info button stopped working but miraculously the autofocus was still working and i kept shooting and the photos came out great! right now I'm cranking up the heater and then I took out the battery but I read that one of the most important things is to fight the urge to turn on the camera and check if its ok. And it's quite a fight!

I have an important tournament this upcoming weekend. I am really worried but then again, I'm sure I can do without the playback button and infobutton.

What else can I do? Can I check it tomorrow morning?

It's interesting as I've shot with my XSi in such conditions before and it has always lived to tell more stories.

EOS Bodies - For Video / 6D video for sports
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:52:25 PM »
With the 6d on its way, I definitely want to try using video. I know the 6D is not the best option for shooting sports video -but that's ok. Mainly I will use the 6D for sports stills. But I still want to make the most out of shooting video on the 6D.

I am not sure what settings to use. I've read some articles and old threads and came to the conclusion that probably 30fps at 1/60 is better than 24fps at 1/50 for sports. I've read some articles that recommended higher shutter speeds. And then there's the question of aperture settings. Since there is no autofocus in video, how would I go about doing that manually? Any tips? Or should I just use a large depth of field(what would be good? is f/4 too shallow? would f/8 be better?)

And settings for the video itself. It seems that a lot of sites are recommending to lower contrast, saturation, and sharpness and then "grading" it in post. I have Adobe Premiere Elements that I haven't touched(included on my computer). Can anyone give me a dummies version of grading? I'm used to editing exposure and stuff in lightroom so any analogies to that would be awesome!

Software & Accessories / Lens cleaning fluid vs eyeglass cleaner
« on: December 03, 2013, 11:19:58 AM »
I have this old stubborn fingerprint on my nifty fifty that won't come off despite (i prolly shouldn't have done this) rubbing with an old microfiber cloth. Would regular eyeglass cleaner safely work on dslr lenses?

EOS Bodies / Upgrading from the Rebel XSi: Perpetual indecision
« on: July 19, 2013, 10:05:44 PM »
Hi y'all! I've been shooting with the Rebel XSi since dec 2009 and it has been my first and only DSLR. It's been a hard journey... other fancy cameras have tempted me but I'm proud to say I have held off! until now...

I got started by shooting birds in flight with the EF-S 55-250mm

Then later moved on to high school football/portraits. Now in college, I continued with sports, portraits and events but more than ever I find myself no longer satisfied. The low-light performance of the XSi and the limit of only 1600 is definitely straining the relationship!

I shot a quidditch tournament with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS ii

And as you can see, my keeper rates dropped significantly once it got dark and those 'keepers' weren't as sharp.

I have long pined for the 7D when it was regarded as the best for sports photographers but I fear the low light performance improvement won't be enough... at least when compared to the 6D.

I read that the 6D is not good for sports.. mainly recommended for landscape photographers. But surely, it is going to be tons better than the XSi right? For autofocus points, I only shoot with the center point anyways on the XSi so the lack of crosstype won't be something I'd miss. Same with the fps and the RAW buffer rate... if its better than the XSi then I don't think I'll mind. The big pain right now is the ISO performance.

But the jump to full frame means I'll have to give up the poor man's tele effect of a crop sensor camera.

On the otherhand, with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 is ii I have gotten terrible chromatic aberration and was told in the topic i made about it that it would be ameliorated with full frame sensor plus the 6D has that processing feature now.

And another thing to note is that I do want to try video on the slr but that's always going to come second to photos.

But refurbished 7d's are going for under 1k... but I don't want buyer's regret either. I also don't want to spend more than I need to. I say "I don't think I'll mind" but that could be wishful thinking.

What do you guys think?

Likeacoupon.com on facebook posted a link to the 70-200mm f/4L IS USM for $629 at RitzCamera. I thought at first perhaps the link was rigged so I googled RitzCamera and saw that, still, the f/4L IS is even cheaper than their 4L non is listed! I've been to RitzCamera brick and mortar stores but still this seems fishy.


EOS Bodies / diy ideas on how to protect camera from rain?
« on: April 06, 2013, 12:59:49 PM »
Hey y'all! So next week I'll be shooting a tournament outdoors. It is likely it will rain but I still need to shoot. I'd be using my rebel XSi and 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens. The latter is weatherproof -so I don't need to worry about covering my lens right? but I can't say the same for my rebel.

Any ideas on making a makeshift dslr rain cover?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / upgrading from rebel xsi: T4i or used 7D
« on: October 20, 2012, 04:05:15 PM »
Last night, I was shooting sprint football in awful lighting. Unfortunately, my rebel XSi could only go to 1600 ISO and even with the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II, the photos were very underexposed. The itch to upgrade is getting stronger!

But I do not want to spend over $1000 for a new body.

At this point, both will be amazing improvements over what I have now. But I need your help in deciding between the two of them. The 7D has great AF but the T4i has a newer processor -and if that means less noise, then that's going to sway my decision.

Canon General / when/how to start a photography business?
« on: October 08, 2012, 02:37:30 PM »
Hi! Haven't been on this forum for a while!  now that I'm in college and always strapped for cash, I'm hoping to make some money with this beloved hobby.

I've been shooting since sophomore year of high school(portraits, sports, wildlife). Shot homecoming/prom portraits for dirt cheap(Free to $10) for friends and friends of friends. But here, now I have a fresh start to set prices and not worry about friendships getting in the way.

Any tips on starting out?

EOS Bodies - For Video / upgrading from XSi.. what to choose?
« on: July 25, 2012, 01:50:08 PM »
Hi! It's been a while since I've been on canon rumors and didn't keep up with all the new models and stuff. So I need help! =)

I've had my XSi for 3yrs now(first and only DSLR) and while I love everything about it.. I'm having the video itch. A while ago, I planned to upgrade to the 7D once it gets off market so its cheap but then I watched a video of the new mirrorless camera and like how easy it is to focus during video mode and how i just need an adapter to fit all my lenses. It's smaller and cheaper.

I mainly do portraits, wildlife and sports if that helps. I'll still use the XSi for photos if I do get the eos m since i want a viewfinder but then wouldn't the money be better spent for something like the 7d?

ahh can't decide! help!

Lenses / 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II chromatic aberration
« on: May 26, 2012, 01:15:50 PM »
Since getting the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II last winter, this lens has been the most used lens. It's my first L and I love everything about it... except the chromatic aberration. One of the specs on the lens was that it was improved to minimize chromatic aberration. I guess 'minimize' is the key word because to me I feel like there is a good deal of chromatic fringing -equal to the amount I get from photos using the 55-250mm based off my experience.

But maybe I expected too much and maybe if I used the 55-250mm the color fringing would be even worse. At first I ignored it but lately when I edit photos, those purple fringes are really annoying. But I could be overreacting.

I'm not sure exactly how to do a 100% crop so I'm print screening what I see at 100%. This is unedited:

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