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Photography Technique / Re: Shallow DOF vs lighting
« on: June 26, 2014, 01:36:29 PM »
You know, sitting in our hospital room watching my newborn daughter struggle to live it really helps to put in perspective life and choices and finances as I can see a large chunk of my disposable income going towards medical expenses to my daughter born with defects. If you know photoshop it is incredibly easy to blur backgrounds with any novice understanding of layers, masks, and blur. Lenses are great, but let's be frank, you cannot fix bad lighting. You can try to remedy it but you cannot redirect light. You cannot soften raccoon lighting. And if you have sepia able income to say buy both, we have a donation page to help with medical expenses.

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Portrait / Re: A few wedding portraits!
« on: June 19, 2014, 11:17:28 AM »
Nice photos jones, just a little critique is if at all possible on the couples photos, reverse the angle to the guy is squared up to the camera and the bride is angled...  It'll make her look skinnier and him look more masculine and stronger...  Right now it makes her look larger and him smaller...  Other than that, good job. 

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Just had a quick play with DPP 4.0

Two major snags for me.

1. Cropping - You have to reset the aspect ratio for each image.

2. Paste recipe - not possible to paste the recipe to all the images.

I hope there is a way around these, but I cannot see it at the moment.

Hey rob, in the overall screen where you see all your images, you can right click on the changed image, copy recipe, and select whichever images you want and paste...  As far as croping, it defaults to free aspect ratio, so if you wanted to batch all your imagess as an 8x10, i can see that being a pain, but personally i'd keep that as a post project. 

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downloaded yesterday from HK site. Nice new GUI and more sliders to play with. Still it is a very rudimental software, born at least 5/7 years old. The real big plus vs lightroom and similar is optimization of canon lenses

WHen compared to ver.3 I notice a much faster loading of the high resolution image, BUT, when playing with sliders, you have to wait AT LEAST 2/3 seconds to see the effect applied to the image (5D3 RAW files). Maybe this is only a realease candidate?

I have a fast machine (win7 3930k ssd lots of memory etc.) so this thing is a bit weird. Anyone experiencing the same?


Same here. (win 8.1, AMD FX 9590 (8-core), SSD, Radeon R9 200)

When used with my 5d3 files on my latest gen Mac, the sliders were pretty instantaneous... There was maybe a second to half a second delay rendering high res images, which was a big improvement... my lag time 2-3 seconds was switching from crop mode to other modes, or from dust removal mode to other modes... 

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does this offer anything that lightroom can't?  do people only use it because it's free, or is it better at anything?

Never been a big lightroom fan myself, however, at least with the 5d3 DPP was sharper from initial tests than Lightrooms ACR functions.  Not sure if adobes ACR has improved it, but when I shoot raw, DPP is what I use for processing my files... I was very impressed with how this DPP rendered the previews quicker and smoother than in the past...  makes things even more fine tuned... so far i like what I see. 

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I emailed Canon support about this, and this is their response:
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Thank you for contacting Canon product support regarding your EOS 7D. I understand you have question regarding the New Digital Photo Professional 4. I am happy to assist you.

You are correct. DPP version 4.0 will only support the EOS-1D C, EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III, and EOS 6D. Yes, there are plans for supporting already-released cameras with RAW capability. Support is already planned for [EOS 70D] and [EOS REBEL T5] with a release goal of the 3rd quarter of 2015. For other already-released cameras with RAW capability, current planning is to provide information (via Web site/FAQ/etc.) once a specific release period has been confirmed. In the meantime DPP version 3 is still being supported and can be installed on the same computer as DPP 4.

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your EOS 7D. Thank you for choosing Canon.

Sincerely,

Third quarter 2015?  Really?  Glad to see they are paying overtime to these tech guys to get this done quickly

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Well i downloaded it and played around with it... here are my thoughts... For giggles, i tried using raw and jpegs from an older (unsupported camera)...  RAWs the software, at least for now, is not able to do squat with... no edits, no conversions, nothing.  Jpegs however opened just fine with some caveats...  jpegs had full access to things like sharpness, auto light optimizer, curves, color adjustments, etc... some "advanced" options such as contrast, shadow, highlight, etc was not available.  Overall performance from supported cameras and files seem to be rather impressive...  I reserve the right to change my mind once i play with it some more with some of my other cameras but lots of functions are more intuitive and seamless than the clunky prior versions.  Everything from the Noise removal to dust removal are more streamlined... They even add things like cropping and so forth to make it more functional.  I will keep you updated later.

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here is a download link
http://support-au.canon.com.au/contents/AU/EN/0200372802.html

all you need is your camera serial number written at the bottom next to the battery slot (in my case 5D3)

any chance there's a link to download for mac?

Here you are. http://support-hk.canon-asia.com/P/search?category=Digital+Cameras&series=EOS&model=EOS+5D+Mark+III&menu=download&filter=0

Thanks... makes me enter a serial number just to download it... hope this is good =)

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here is a download link
http://support-au.canon.com.au/contents/AU/EN/0200372802.html

all you need is your camera serial number written at the bottom next to the battery slot (in my case 5D3)

any chance there's a link to download for mac?

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Canon CPS
« on: June 17, 2014, 11:30:01 AM »
Did you send it in with the CPS mailing label & cover sheet?  If so, I wonder what happened, if not, is that what happened?  I'm getting ready to send a lot of my gear (first time post clean & check coupons) in so I want to make sure I do it right.

Actually, I handed it over the counter directly at the Canon repair center... (CPS Europe) :o
Wow, that's really bad!  Sorry.  So far I've had mostly good luck with CPS USA.

Once i forgot to attach the CPS Rush sticker to the box and it got sorted with the regular every day submissions...  Once they found it and realized it was a rush, they worked on it right away... 

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I was doing a shoot this past weekend - full portable studio set-up with backdrop, four lights etc and the model's family were taking mobile phone shots over my shoulder as I was shooting.

Even asked me to step aside so they could shoot using my backdrop and poses!

What do we think about this one fellow photographer?
Rude or okay?

THis is why i shoot strobes for everything with little or no modeling lights on...  They can get the same angle as me but they will under no circumstance be able to replicate my lighting... so raccoon eyes, shadows galore, etc...  just wont have the same effect... ever.  And as photographers, we all know lighting makes or breaks the image...  Even the infamous Sal Cincotta says if uncle bob wants to take a picture, he will take his camera and shoot it for him.  He knows it will never be as good as his gear and lighting, but the good will and buzz caused by it will speak louder than words. 

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Yesterday I also had Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, whatever Microsoft offers,  etc.  If you have a new product introduced into the marketplace after market saturation has occurred, it better be impressive in order to get a foothold. 

If you want to call this evaluation negativity, go nuts... but it is a legitimate critique of a business model with consideration of the market.

Marketplace viability is a reasonable topic of conversation.... especially when we are their target demographic... if we have no interest, they are doing something wrong.

Yesterday you had no Irista, today you have 10GB of Free Cloud service to use at your discretion.  If you aren't interested, that's no a them problem, thats a you problem.  Frankly i dont think they give 2 poops whether or not we use it or are interested, but those who do use it and are interested, all the more brand loyalty, and i'm sure it costs them little to nothing.

Whatever floats your boat dude...  check out the cloud service nikons offering

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Marketplace viability is a reasonable topic of conversation.... especially when we are their target demographic... if we have no interest, they are doing something wrong.

Yesterday you had no Irista, today you have 10GB of Free Cloud service to use at your discretion.  If you aren't interested, that's no a them problem, thats a you problem.  Frankly i dont think they give 2 poops whether or not we use it or are interested, but those who do use it and are interested, all the more brand loyalty, and i'm sure it costs them little to nothing.

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Guys, there's a lot of negativity here going on... (yet another reason why i try to limit my involvement here... )  It's a storage option... not an overly big storage option, but a FREE option to store your best photos to show any one any time any where...  They dont owe you anything...  If they had a 1TB option for a couple hundred i'm sure people would still gripe...  Just be grateful they are trying to look after us a little bit and if you dont want to use it, dont use it.  And BTW, the site worked for me and I was able to set up my free account.  Stop whining. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70D Mode Dial Failure?
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:35:02 AM »
sounds weird...  How old is the camera?  Any chance it's within the "return" period for the store to swap out for another body?  How close are you to a Canon repair facility?  Irvine, CA, NJ, NY?  Maybe you have an authorized repair guy near you that can do it quickly under warranty? 

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