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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 27, 2014, 12:24:44 PM »
OK, here's another one from November - Bald Eagle with a fresh catch!

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 27, 2014, 11:56:01 AM »
Here goes one - Osprey in flight . . .

Landscape / Re: Fall Leaves
« on: November 04, 2013, 10:24:24 PM »
A little past it's prime - but here's a couple from Northeastern Maryland . . .

Lenses / Re: How bad is the 24-105?
« on: October 15, 2013, 05:17:12 PM »
"No doubt the Sigma will be optically superior"

? Nothing in that MTF chart that leads me to feel this would be so.

Here's one from Ft. Lauderdale Beach. A little far away from the barge launching the firworks, but still OK.

Canon General / Re: Miami trip
« on: June 14, 2013, 04:20:46 PM »
There is a new Calumet store in Fort Lauderdale. They bought the old Wolf Camera location on US-1 (Federal Highway) and Sunrise Blvd. Good group of salespeople and good supply of gear + their own brands of lighting, monopod a, etc. You can check them out online - they are out of Chicago. The Ft Lauderdale store is Bout 30-45 mins out of downtown Miami.

Abstract / Re: Bursting Balloons
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:23:40 AM »
My favs are #3 and #4. The overall best IMHO is #4, but I like the balloon shaped water in #3 just as the balloon bursts!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What Photo Web Host do you use?
« on: January 25, 2013, 08:14:16 PM »
I use SmugMug Pro Account and have been happy. Really need to get in there and reorganize and update - but thats my fault!!!! I'll being refining the whole thing in the near future . . .

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:31:33 PM »
Allright!!! Here's a Green Heron from last weekend . . .

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:10:42 AM »

Lighting / Re: Help with lighting setups for portraits...
« on: December 06, 2012, 03:26:05 PM »
before purchasing gear, might I recommend a little bit of reading material first to better understand what you might want to do

+1 on reading-up on the subject. Mandatory to know the basics. Also, there is so much to learn, experience and share with this venture!

Lighting / Re: Help with lighting for portraits...
« on: December 06, 2012, 01:14:31 PM »
My 2-cents worth:

Not sure how serious you want to get with this? I concur with most here that for now consider additional flash(s), stands and speedring/umbrell or softbox kits for use with flashes for outdoor work until you master it. Even if you moved on to lights/battery packs, you would always have times where you would want to use the ultra-portability of the flash setup. This can also be used with success indoors. The speedring/flashstand kits are inexpensive (and even dirtcheap on ebay, etc.)

As for indoors, monolights are your most economical/professional solution. If purchasing a "2-light" kit of any sort, consider getting minimum 300ws monolights if you can afford it (used equipment is an option as well.) The Alien Bees or Photoflex kits are good in this arena. Also, I highly recommend kits which include the travel bag that holds it all. Some of the shortcomings of cheaper kits are: lack of variable power, no cooling fan, plastic handles (which break/strip - especially when tightening to hold up a big cantilevered softbox!) More power is king - you can always dial it back! Be careful - this sort of thing leads to reflectors, grips, boom arms, hair lights, backgrounds for every occassion . . . . . .

Forget the joystick - not in a good place while your face is planted to the back of the camera. Assign it to the quickdial adjacent to the shutter. Press the select button with your thumb and spin the dial to the point you want then shoot. I use it all the time for fast paced action.

I too have the Manfrotto 233B bracket which neuro shows in his second set of photos. It is reasonably priced and offers many adjustments/orientations. Love the mini-ballhead addition Neuro!
One word of caution with the Manfrotto 233B bracket - it has several points of adjustment and all of them must be securely tightened else the bracket can "droop" in a myriad of directions. The thumbscrews are plastic and sometimes I get a little nervous when I have to torque one down!

Lumiquest also makes this thing which broadens the apparent lightsource size - its OK . . .

As neuro pointed out, it is imperative you get the flash off the camera hotshoe and onto a bracket so the small lightsource is not in line with your lens/subject angle. This eliminates red-eye (which can still occur with these small modifiers) and changes shadow appearance beyond. Several other techniques to bear in mind - (1)choose your position carefully, when you can, so there is a great expanse behind your subject where no shadows can appear in the photo, (2)bouncing is always best, when there are no walls/ceilings sometimes people with white shirts/dresses can serve as the bounce surface! (Done this many times) (3)I frequently skip the bracket and simply hold the flash in my hand tethered to the hotshoe cable and hold up the flash to the right or left without having to flip a bracket or the camera orientation (4)always shoot in manual when using a flash - set exposure for the background (and within flash's synq range - may require an ISO adjustment). Sometimes a half-stop of underexposure works well to seperate subject and background. The ETTL of the flash will automatically set exposure for subject. With camera set for background exposure, you will find you can move about and the background exposure within a given venue will vary little - and slight variations in background exposure value can usually be ignored.
Hope this helps!

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