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Canon General / Re: Switching to Nikon
« on: July 18, 2011, 10:30:41 AM »
I think the best is to rent an entire set for a short period and try them out.

Say, D700 + 14-24, 24-120, and 70-200.

Despite a small investment, obtaining your own experience is probably more
accurate than anything else.

I would concur this sentiment... Play with the equipment first before you jump ship so you dont have buyers remorse later.  Like you i use CPS and canon service regularly, (gold member)... CPS has worked with me in the past given me whatever loaner gear I requested whenever I requested it and when I've called for support they have been more than willing to help... That being said, there's a lot of room to be improved such as email support (they sometimes reply to me via email, other time not) and communication during service work... I usually get an email when they confirm they are STARTING work, not when received which can be 24 hours afterwards, and an email after it ships... almost all my service work was done within 24 hours from when they start and also while they claim they will ship it to you via 2 day service, 9 out of 10 times for me, they ship it overnight for free...

Is CPS perfect?  No.  Will they cater to your every whim and email or kiss your butt?  Nope.  For what they offer and cost, is it more than acceptable?  Sure... For full disclosure, what issues do you have with CPS to give you a bad experience?  With the AF problems, even with the 1d4, you said you were initially impressed but overall not content... how so?  Can you elaborate so we can best help?  The 5D AF is the primary reason why i wont consider upgrading from the 7D to the 5D MII... If the 5D MIII has the 7D AF or better, I will upgrade in a heartbeat.   

Canon General / Re: Suggestions for a difficult choice
« on: July 18, 2011, 10:14:30 AM »
High ISO noise is a personal issue however for my POV, and I do shoot professionally, I was able to take my 7D, 50mm 1.4 and 35 1.4 (borrowed from CPS) and shot roughly on average 1200-3200.... Noise was barely visable at 100% on most of the shots... Yes, on some of the darker shots 1.4 wasn't quite enough, but so is the life of low-light photography (especially when flash isn't allowed in the venue.)...  For the most part, I was very comfortable showing these photos to clients and bands, however, my opinion is not yours so take that for what it's worth. 

Between the 7D and 5D mII, professionally, I shoot right now with the 7D.  Quality, for a crop camera, is very good or up to 100% at 11x17's.  Unless you are shooting primarily 3200-12800 iso and printing 11x17's and bigger, I wouldn't be too concerned about quality.  That being said, I fully expect to upgrade to the 5d M3 if and when it does show it's face in the wild, however given the advantages of AF, Level, flash commander, multifuntion button, weathersealing and I fully expect the new 5D to have some if not all of those features... I cant quite stomach losing those features to get the current 5D mark II.  But then again my needs aren't your needs.  Do your homework and go to your local store and play with them... hold them... see which one grows on your hand better... and then make your decision. 

United States / Re: Help getting started
« on: July 15, 2011, 12:28:25 AM »
- i love animals too. but anyone can take stuff in a zoo. if they see photos in a folder marked 'zoo', they can think 'ah, i can take that too' and they head off to the zoo with their own camera and you get nothing.

Hahaha +1  Same thing is happening in the real estate photography market... REALTORS are buying 5D's and 7D's (even asking to buy such kits on local craigslist ads)...  If they (any potential client) feel like they can take the same image by themselves, they will never dish out money for someone else to take it for them...

United States / Re: Help getting started
« on: July 14, 2011, 05:23:01 PM »
@sb: I see what you're talking about, and I think I will start to downsize my site to just have the photos in there that I want to be noticed for.  My only problem is, I'm at a three-way tie between birding, landscapes, and architecture  :-\ . Luckily I have quite some time before I have to decide.

Also, I would like to have people simply buy the photos that I take. Is that a wise choice? For now though, I'm going to stick with finding my identity, and will definitely try to enjoy it as much as possible :) .

@Velo Steve: I have noticed how there's more people in the photography market lately, and I think I would prefer to be an art photographer.

Thanks again for the opinions!

From one photographer to another, I specialize in architecture, and this is (of the three you chose) is the toughest to get into and get paid.  Unless you plan on taking pics of things like the sydney opera house or some famous bridge or some common house-hold name, you can literally become a starving artist doing such...  I'm lucky enough to have contracts in place with commercial mortgage companies who want yearly photos of the buildings they have notes on for their portfolio (and to make sure the investment is being taken care of by the owner). 

Birding and nature would be the easiest to sell in regards to getting the emotional element going... ask yourself... you go to a guys house, would you expect to see architecture pictures splashed all over his walls or nature... Just have patience and work at your portfolio... remember it's rumored ansel adams would camp out at a location for days at a time with his camera on tripod set waiting for just the right moment before he takes the photo.  Personally the longest I ever waited for any one photo was one entire afternoon, but taking that much time makes you really dissect a scene and walk through it in your minds eye to help you make sure thats the photo you want to take. 

United States / Re: Help getting started
« on: July 14, 2011, 11:23:21 AM »
Hi T2,

Well for me it's always about the image. If I want to buy something, I buy because of the image.

You are a great photographer, but images are for me just plain boring.

Maybe that's why they don't sell.

kindly don't be mad with me. You asked and deserved an honest answer.

Mind you that is just my personal though. Others might love your image, but think you lack technical side.

Who knows? have fun,

I'm glad I wasn't too off in left field with my comments... They just seem to be missing an element or two or hastily thought out before you took the images... look for that emotional element that would drive someone to buy the image.  Also check the contrast, highlights, shadows, or if a scene is supposed to be dark, make sure there is a bright area that catches the eye that is the focal point of the image (like a ray of light shining on a building or tree or animal or whatever on an overcast day)... sometimes we need to slow down and think about an image before we shoot... try always shooting with a tripod... it will force you to slow down and see a scene a second or two longer and that may help you look for what may be missing or needed to help make it a better photo. 

United States / Re: Help getting started
« on: July 14, 2011, 11:08:16 AM »
Not to be long winded, but in my comments about needing to make photos that people would WANT to buy... this is the fun of "stock" photography... with that said you could try to sell to istockphoto or some other stock photography... anyways, back to photography, for instance you have a nature forest style shot with a nice s curve... that's a 3-4 star image... to make it better... have a little boy or girl walking away from you on the path into the scene, maybe holding a ballon or dragging a blanket or picnic basket... or maybe hang out at that scene until some wildlife comes out, wouldn't it be cool to have a deer or something like that on the path looking back at you...  They may seem like cheesy ideas but they will give that emotional connection needed for a stranger to click "BUY"... You have a LOT of photos that are good, but if you look at them... look for that emotional connection that people would need in order to buy, and think of how to add that final selling element BEFORE you press the shutter button, that's the difference that makes a amateur photographer shooting to himself and a professional photographer shooting for others... 

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, offers CHEAP business cards or if you want to splurge, 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...

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. 

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