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United States / Re: Help getting started
« on: July 14, 2011, 10:56:39 AM »
Hey... nice shots overall... From one professional to another aspiring professional, here are my 2 cents... It's hard to tell, but it looks like most your outdoors photos tend to be a little flat, desaturated, and about 1 stop under.  I dont know if that's your "style" or if you intended it to be that way, but something to think about.  Secondly, there has to be a reason WHY someone would WANT to spend money, especially in this economy, on a photograph that may have little to no emotional impact (kids photos, family, etc)... People are tightening their budgets and unless you have an image they cant live without, few people are going to splurge... What I would recommend for instance is your zoo pictures, see if the ZOO wants to buy them or at least allow you to have a few prints in their gift shop for sale... pictures of buildings, see if the owners of the buildings wants to buy them... You have a lot of "portfolio" style images on your site which may or may not sell well... "portfolio" style, I mean images that may not sell well but shows your talent/ability/idea in which could drive a potential client to want to commission you to take pictures for them... I would take your best photos, put them in a portfolio gallery.  Lastly, keep your portfolio small... 10 images of VERY STRONG photos is better than 40 pictures of mediocre work.   

Some of your photos are stronger than others and displaying some of what you wouldn't consider 4-5 star (out of a 5 star rating system) work could hurt your overall sales and prestige.  Also get unbiased people help you determine what they consider 4-5 star images because we as photographers tend to get emotionally attached to our photos and our judgement gets cloudy at times.  Lastly, marketing wise, vistaprint.com offers CHEAP business cards or if you want to splurge, overnightprints.com offers better cards... include your website and info and leave them around town.  Go to home and garden shows and leave cards... maybe even make some brochures or flyers with your pictures on it to help drive people to WANT to go to your website... Marketing is constantly changing and evolving and can be exhausting at times, however if you can gain momentum, you can start making money you hoped for. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D manual sound gain control
« on: July 14, 2011, 10:34:58 AM »
The squeeky wheel gets the grease?  5d m2 owners complained in mass for 24fps video, manual control, sound, etc... 7D owners aren't nearly as vocal... Emailing/calling canon may have more impact if you really want this feature than hoping it will happen.  Given this camera is nearly 2 years old right now I wouldn't hold your breath... maybe next years 7d m2 will have it. 

Landscape / Re: Deadline
« on: July 12, 2011, 11:20:12 PM »
I like it... What HDR/HDR simulation program did you use? Topaz, photoshop cs5?  The glow around the branches are a giveaway but works in this case...  Personally I would have brought up the shadow on the branches to see more detail but looks great...

EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon 5D Mark III rumor
« on: July 08, 2011, 04:15:18 PM »
Oh well it was fun while it lasted... they put a fair amount of work into creating that so kudos for them for their creativity...

EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon 5D Mark III rumor
« on: July 08, 2011, 02:48:05 PM »
Is this an overly dramatic fake... almost certainly.

Still fun though.  That's why we're all here after all, rumors.

I want to think the same thing, but that said when the leaked images of the 7d came out a few years ago I was certain they were fake... I was wrong so I dont know what to believe now... Plus apple is good at leaking stuff if not anything but to guage peoples reactions, maybe this is canon's way to guage our reaction?  Or im overthinking canon haha.   ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon 5D Mark III rumor
« on: July 08, 2011, 02:20:32 PM »
I am waiting so eagerly for this item that I am ready to watch such fakes  :P, but I don't like this fake commercial, it's just too fast.

That's what I thought... I had to pause it when certain clips came up so I can see if i can see any new buttons or not... Looked identical to mark II other than the badge and the "features"... I hope the coming this fall thing is true though...

That's a pretty good price I think on a refurb 7d, however what do you shoot?  Can you deal with a crop sensor or do you want/need full frame?  The 7d is a workhorse of a camera, dont get me wrong, and the original 5d is getting pretty long in the tooth... how old is it?  4-5 years old or more?  That, in this age of cameras, is pretty old (plus, i hate to say them, but they aren't making them like they used to where they lasted forever), but i think that's stopped once the digital age came around.  The 7D IQ is quite nice, however you may or may not be disappointed coming from a 5D, depending on how much you pixel peep and your overall expectation.  Given you have a business, do you have CPS?  Can you trial loan the 7D first to test drive it sorta speak or go to a local store and fire a few test shots and see if it grows on you?  I hate to say but this is an answer only you can answer. 

EOS Bodies / New Canon 5D Mark III rumor
« on: July 08, 2011, 01:41:25 PM »
I dont know how long it will stay on youtube, but here is a link to a "preview" of the Canon 5d mark III...

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Camera looks the same as the current 5D mark II but with a Mark III badge... claims to have 45 pt AF, 8 FPS, digic 5, 28.1 MP, 50-12800 ISO...  Interesting except for the ISO kinda sounds iffy to be lower than the Mark II.  Nicely done but short clips of the camera and too similar to the Mark II sounds off to me...  Claims to be coming soon in the fall... No mention of video... anyways enjoy and it'll be interesting to read the reply's haha. 

Lenses / Re: New lens or body?
« on: July 08, 2011, 10:09:58 AM »
You just cannot go wrong with the 17-40mm.  While slower and a little less range than the 17-55, it will make the jump with you when/if you go to full frame and you will not be disappointed.  That said, what about looking at some fast primes?  For about the cost of the 17-40, you could pick up a 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/1.4.  I would think about what you think is technically limiting your creativity at this point and buy to compensate.  If your 18-55 lives on the camera but you just aren't happy with the results, buy a mid-range zoom.  If none of your lenses function well enough in low light, fast primes.

+1.  In the end it's all about personal preference and how you shoot (and sadly what copy you get of each lens)... I've tested sigmas 16-50, tokinas 16-50, canons 17-55, and canon 17-40... sigma and tokina were surprisingly horrid in my copies I tested at the camera store... Soft Soft Soft.  the 17-55 was very nice, sharp, and had nice features, however with construction, color, etc... I dont know, for me, I was left wanting a tad more even tho I couldn't quite put my finger on it.  For $300 cheaper, the 17-40 had the stronger body, less features, provided sharp, consistent images, and got even sharper when I moved from the 50D to the 7D... (the 50D, to me was way too soft of a camera)... Yeah if canon came out tomorrow with a 17-40 IS mark II or whatever then I'd be the first to sell my lens to pick up the new one, however i dont in any way regret my decision to go with my 17-40. 

Lenses / Re: New lens or body?
« on: July 07, 2011, 06:47:25 PM »
Thanks everyone for your input.

I have been looking at the 17-40 f/4 L too now that everyone has chimed in. I thought I had settled on the 17-55 f/2.8 but the 17-40 f/4 seems like a good option too. Anyone have any experience with that lens at all? I feel like I wouldn't really miss the 40-70 mm range this would cause with the 70-300.  Opinions about losing a stop and IS between the 17-55 f2.8 and the 17-40 f4?

I'm sure there will be people like neuro that will pop in and sing the praises of the 17-55 over the 17-40, especially on a crop body.  I have shot with both on my 7D and settled with the 17-40 which sits on my 7D for 80% of my everyday shots.  In my personal and humble opinion, i love the body, sharpness, and forward compatibility when I make the jump to the 5d Mark III when it eventually pops up... The 17-55 is longer at the short tele range which i wish the 17-40 had and the IS which i do envy at times, however the 17-40 is a fine lens, it suits me well and I'm able to use that for most my photography only swapping when I want extreme situations of photography such as telephoto (70-200), ultrawide (10-20), low light (50mm 1.4) etc... It's a good all around general lens as long as you realize its limitations (no IS, F4, only 40mm at the long end) and you are willing to make the most with what you got. 

United States / Re: Heat Waves
« on: July 07, 2011, 05:10:16 PM »
The last I've heard about the fog filter thing was way back in my film days, however I've never seen or played with any filter that could do that... anywho I was just trying to find ways to "think outside the box" and find ways to work around this issue because I hate to just leave it as a limitation and I thinking I cant shoot around 9am through 5pm outdoors from may through october... perhaps a different angle view of a scene in relation to the sun reduces this effect?  Anyone have ideas?

United States / Heat Waves
« on: July 07, 2011, 04:05:22 PM »
This is an open question for anyone who has opinions/solutions... Given it's summer, this phenomenon happens more often, and especially in photography, it can be a blessing and a curse depending if you want them in your shots... These can be seen on roads, tarmacs of airports, desert scenes, etc...  the bouncing heat wave effect could make sharp in focus images look out of focus, especially if your shooting telephoto trying to shoot from a distance.  Anyone have any suggestions to beat mother nature and minimize this effect?  I've heard of photo filters that could cut through fog (even though I haven't used any) so i'm wondering if there is any photo filter or technique or whatever that could help.  I've had photoshoots that turned out not quite as I was expecting/hoping because of these waves so any help is welcome. 

Software & Accessories / Re: [ASK] Step up ring recomendation??
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:56:59 PM »
Quick question for neuro and or anyone who has the my lens and can answer... I believe neuro said in some post somewhere back he has/had a 70-200 F4 IS... Has he or anyone else use this lens, with a step up ring to 77mm for a polarizer or whatever filter had any problems with the hood? I have that lens and the hood shoots out a little bit width wise which seems like it would accommodate it, however, it is a longer circular hood so adjusting lets say a polarizing filter with such a hood on would be cumbersome... any experience with this lens and filters or this lens and step up rings and filters and the hood?  Any thoughts from those who have this lens would be welcomed.  =)

Lenses / Re: Dust on EFS 17-55 f/2.8
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:50:41 PM »
I dont see many situations in which this lens would be rendered useless.

One such situation might be getting needlessly freaked out about some dust behind the front element, and taking it apart yourself for a DIY cleaning.   :P

Very true haha

Software & Accessories / Re: [ASK] Step up ring recomendation??
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:03:16 PM »
Step up rings are relatively cheap and you shouldn't lose any sleep on your selection of the ring.  Just make sure it's metal/threads are metal (so they dont damage your expensive filters) and dont have any areas where they can let in light that could cause flare and other problems.  I second the filter wrenches suggestion... sometimes they can be a pain in the butt to remove otherwise =)

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