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Technical Support / Re: Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 04, 2014, 06:12:29 PM »
I really recommend you buy a copy of Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook before buying anything else!

I have a pair of 24" Ezyboxes, and a 12x48" stripbox.  They're all very robust, the Ezyboxes are easier to set up (they just spring open and you attach the diffusion panel(s) with Velcro.  That size (up to ~600 in2 surface area) is about as big as you'd want to go with a single Speedlite.  Bigger modifiers need a monolight or a bracket to hold multiple flashes. For the 24" boxes, I have the fabric grids to limit spill, and one set of shaped diffusers (I really only use the round one, for catchlight shape).

For the light stands, as with everything, there are cheaper and more expensive ways to go.  For outdoor use, you'll want something tall, and strong enough to take a sandbag on the base (softboxes can catch the wind like a sail, although umbrellas are worse).  I have several Manfrotto light stands (two each of 1052BAC, 1051BAC, and 1004BAC). The 1051 is indoor only (small footprint), the 1052 is ~8', likely still short for outdoor use.  All of them are robust, they fold flat (vs. round like a tripod) for easy transport/storage, and stands of the same size lock together when folded. 

One stand you might consider is the Manfrotto 420B - it's a combination light stand (12') and boom.  A boom is great because you can get a light out over the subject, and the Combi Boom lets you do that when you need to, and works as a normal light stand otherwise.  The only reason I don't have one is that I have the Manfrotto 024 boom, which I mount on a 1004BAC and sometimes use to hold a monolight.  The 420B will hold a Speedlite and 24" box fine.

Thanks.  I watched a couple of hours of Syl Arena's videos online last week one day.  Very good info.  He had a question about a new book and apparently he is working on one with regard to the new 600ex-rt. I've been looking at Manfrotto stands and they do have some very good reviews.  I like your idea about making at least one of them a boom stand. I will probably start off with one stand and box and start playing around with that and see where it goes from there. I'm looking forward to the Canon sponsored class this May in St Louis that is all about flash and includes a live model shoot.  I should pick up some good info from this. 

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Technical Support / Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 03, 2014, 05:37:31 PM »
I haven't done much flash photography at all and this is the year I've decided to delve into it.  I recently acquired 3-600EX-RT flashes and the ST-E3-RT transmitter.  I've been playing around with them and will be taking a Canon Sponsored class on their use in my area in May.  The thing I need now is flash stands, umbrellas and/or light boxes, etc. to use with them.  I plan to use my flashes primarily for fill for indoor and outdoor portraits.  I will also use them to add light to macro shots that I take, indoor and outdoor as well.  I have no idea where to begin with the purchase of the aforementioned items.  Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks

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Sports / Re: Volleyball
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:59:43 PM »
5d MkIII, 135mm f/2, don't have the EXIF data handy at the moment.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 22, 2014, 05:10:44 PM »
Gotcha!

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Lenses / Re: Affected with GAS, Gear Acquisition Syndrome
« on: February 22, 2014, 09:26:47 AM »
I've got it as well!  Just ordered two 600EX-RT's and an ST-E3-RT, plus I've got a lens on the way from CPS to eval that I'll probably end up buying.  Let me know if you find a cure for this affliction before Spring actually arrives!

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Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 03, 2014, 03:47:12 PM »
Street crooks aren't going to know what that red line is on your lenses.  They just don't know that, they just see a camera and $$ from the pawn shop.   The best thing to do is not put yourself in a situation that may lead to a confrontation in the first place, i.e. lighted areas, crowds of people, etc.  Also, insure your gear!

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All that you need are flowers that they like near the hummingbird feeder, a lawn chair, and patience.

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Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: November 30, 2013, 09:33:05 PM »
Nothing. Waiting until late Spring to buy a 400mm f/2.8L II!!!

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Landscape / Re: My dream world = Grand Canyon-Heaven on earth.
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:51:58 PM »
Back in 2004 I took an 8 day float trip through the Canyon from beginning to end. You see it from a whole different perspective from the bottom. Packed my camera gear in Pelican cases that survived the 120+ rapids (many Class V+) we traversed. A trip I would highly recommend to anyone.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photography Gloves for cold weather
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:46:21 PM »
Head to the Sporting Goods dept or store and look at gloves made for winter fishing or bow hunting. The fingerless wool gloves in the picture are for fly fishing and work when it is not real cold. The other are mittens that have a top that folds back to expose your fingers while still slightly protecting them in a velvet like material. These are good for really cold weather and they also have a pocket on the back of the hand part of the mitten to put one of those air activated heat packets in. Very good for putting on your cold cheeks every now and then. The mittens are made for bowhunting.

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Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 20, 2013, 08:43:46 PM »

"The only thing I haven't got in place is off site backup and I'm working towards that at my workshop."

I lost the cr2 when my pc crashed so i only have the jpg on flickr.

I have used Carbonite as my sole back-up for the last 2 years. Works out very well at a low cost per year and it's all automatic, once set-up you don't have to do anything. It's already paid for itself when my PC crashed last year and all of my files, including 5,000+ pictures were safe and sound.

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Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:17:16 PM »
+1 for MPIX. Very happy with the work they have done for me.  Turnaround is fast as well. I live within 150 miles of them.  That said I can order prints on a Sunday and I'll have them in the mail at times by Tuesday!

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Lenses / Big whites
« on: November 14, 2013, 07:02:20 PM »
Why doesn't Canon ever offer rebates on the big whites as they do other lenses? There is most likely as much if not more of a profit margin in them making it very feasible to do. I guess it may be because they figure if you can afford that much, a $500 or more rebate won't stop you from buying it? I've often wondered about this because I don't think I've ever seen rebates on big whites.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:05:41 AM »
1st half.......what first half, calendar or physical.  And will they deliver it before 2015?

Sorry, but as an accountant I had to correct this. It is a fiscal year, not a physical year.  How do you even know their fiscal year is different from the calendar year, maybe it's the same?

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Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 15, 2013, 08:27:41 PM »
You see these two words used incorrectly everywhere! It is amazing.  Another one that I see quite often is fourty instead of forty.

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