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Canon General / Post-Processing Woes
« on: February 10, 2013, 11:43:58 AM »
Just a friendly question here.  Has anyone ever done post-processing of photos and thought they looked good and they looked the way you wanted them to look, only to go back say, a week or two later, and think that is awful, what was I doing?  For instance I had a series of photos that I thought were exposed correctly and looked good to my eye as I was doing it.  Then about 2 weeks later I looked at them again and thought, these aren't bright enough.  This happens time to time and I wonder if it has to do with staring at a computer screen for long periods post-processing and then going back "fresh."  Just a fun question I thought I would pose.

Software & Accessories / Photoshop and file information
« on: December 15, 2012, 03:41:50 PM »
We are using photoshop 6 right now for a large paper.  I have taken 30 photos that I would like to upload to a gallery, and want to put the file info in, for the byline.  Apparently there is a way to add it once, and apply it to all 30 photos, vs. simply typing it in for each individually.  Does anyone know how to do this?  Thanks in advance!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1D X AF in Low Light action
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:47:06 PM »
The 1D X finally met its match Tuesday night.  I filled in for a reporter for the News Journal at a game in Mansfield, in a terribly lit gym.  I used a 135L with a 1D X at 1/500s, f/2, and ISO 3200 to 6400 depending on location on the court.  The majority of my shots were slightly OOF, and I attribute this to the AF system not being able to lock focus in the dim lighting.  Looking at my photos, it didn't apparently lock on anything in the frame.  In a few burst shots, the first one was in focus (while athlete still on the floor) but the camera lost focus as the player went up for the layup, even with face-recognition on.  Needless to say, as I'm going through my RAW files right now, I'm highly disappointed.  I will admit though, that the 135L is not as good at locking on focus as the 70-200 f/2.8L II IS zoom lens, but I couldn't afford the loss of a whole stop of light in this gym.  I know I've been spoiled with a lot of light lately, but I just wanted to point out that as good as the 1D X is, and it is, it is certainly far from perfect.  My suggestion is that in these cases maybe don't use high burst rates, but wait for a moment and try to lock on, then move the camera with the player, sort of like panning, and then fire a shot, maybe even just one shot.  Bursting did NOT work at all here.  Ok, I'm done venting.

Lenses / Golf Tournament
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:39:05 AM »
Hey everyone, I was just asking here for some advanced tips/suggestions regarding a golf tournament that I am going to be paid to shoot for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Oct. 14-16.  I know I've done things like this before, but I'm never above asking for help and seeking tips from those that are advanced sports shooters and so I thought I would pose some general concerns here.

First, unlike in the past, I will not have help doing this.  There are 10 teams and I have to get 2-3 photos of every player from every team.  I also need to shoot the awards ceremony at the end, on day 3.

How aggressive do you guys usually get with golf?  Do you stay far away and shoot people teeing off with a long lens, such as 300mm or 400mm or do you get closer?  What typical focal lengths would you use for the awards ceremony?  Worst of all, lighting is never ideal in these situations, so maybe using a 400 f/2.8 for teeing off and getting 40-50 yards away might be more suitable?  Metering may be an issue with high contrast/shadow parts of the day, which is my biggest concern. 



EOS Bodies - For Stills / Something wrong with my 1DX
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:54:10 PM »
Went and shot volleyball tonight and THIS was on my CF card!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / A New 1DX User Thread
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:51:00 AM »
I did a high school football game Friday night at a Division 6 high school game and let's just say the lighting was the worst I've ever shot in.  Even late in the 2nd quarter, the auto ISO in CWA was registering ISO values higher than what I was wanting to shoot at, and I was even at f/2.8 and 1/500.  So I spot metered off the players brightest part and although that left the remainder of the player underexposed, it didn't matter because 1.  ISO was about 6400, and 2.  the 1DX allows you to pull a TON of shadow detail after the fact in post.  I want to emphasize that this is much much easier if ISO is 6400 vs. say, 25,600.  This may be a great alternative way to handle this siutation if you dislike shooting at high ISO, which I do.  It was still very challenging, but again, I didn't see any of the other photographers shooting anything in the 2nd half, and I still could.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX Autofocus Test: Tennis
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:33:29 PM »
I was able to actually focus-track a tennis ball in flight.  Yes.  To illustrate this absolutely extraordinary feature of the 1DX, I tracked the ball with single point in Case 6 I believe, and it ignored the closer girl in my foreground.  I cropped a bit here, but just did a quick jpeg save.

1D X Sample Images / Who is this idiot??
« on: September 07, 2012, 07:55:27 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Shot football game with 1DX and 1D4
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:24:17 AM »
Results tomorrow.  Preliminarily the 1DX focused faster, more accurately, and went to way higher iso's.  The 1D4 was great with extended reach on the 70-200L.  I'll have photos tomorrow night.  I definitely would like a second 1DX body to keep with me, and use that on the 70-200L instead.  Oh man the ISO performance!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX IQ
« on: August 25, 2012, 11:11:28 PM »
Well I'm gonig through some shots from tonight's Ashland U. vs. Wooster soccer match, and this is pretty cool.  I'm finding when I import my RAW files, I investigate to see what post processing needs done and then do it, before I crop.  Gone through about 10 photos now and decided I didn't really need to do anything to them.  First camera I've ever had where I didn't NEED to do any post processing at all.  All I'm doing is cropping and saving to TIF.  Really amazing stuff.  I was shooting with a 300 f/2.8L I IS lens too.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX ISO 25,600 from tonight
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:17:23 PM »
180mm f/3.5L at f/8, 1/500, ISO 25,600

EOS Bodies / Where is briansquibb?
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:37:06 PM »
Anyone heard from Brian lately?  I hope everything is okay.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / What would you do?
« on: August 21, 2012, 09:57:06 PM »
Well I've done a ton of business with Adorama in the past.  So this isn't just a one time deal where I sent gear in to have evaluated for money or a trade.  I sent in my 1D Mark IV just to see what they'd offer, and I didn't like it.  So they sent it back.  Well, they sent something back.  I opened the package up tonight and it was a 5D Mark II, not the 1D Mark IV that I sent.  I immediately contacted them and they said they are on it and would contact me back as soon as possible.  This was about 3-4 hours ago.  How upset do you get and how much do you push this so early?  I'm beyond upset.  Depending on the outcome of this I may never do business there again. 

Lenses / Landscape Question
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:50:24 PM »
I'm going to be using my 24L lens this afternoon for some landscape shooting.  I won't have a whole lot of time to screw around and do any testing, so I had a question.  Suppose I'm doing a scene, and want maximum DOF.  I know setting the aperture too narrow can lead to diffraction.  However, since I don't do a whole lot of landscape, what are the consequences of narrowing from f/8, to f/11, to f/16, and to f/22?  Will there be any negative consequences at f/22?  Thanks.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX ISO 12,800 real-life test
« on: August 05, 2012, 09:46:03 PM »
Here is no NR and NR 80 in ACR ISO 12,800 cropped quite a bit:

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