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Photography Technique / Re: How do I get the whole picture sharp?
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:39:44 PM »
What camera are you using? Depth of field with a 7D is only .3cm (1/10th of an inch) at your settings. Much more depth of field at greater distances, as you stated...

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:43:39 PM »
"I don't understand your comment    ???  "

Ya, sorry, I can be a right jerk anytime, but particulary before the coffee kicks in...

I'm a PC/Android user as well, my loathing for all things Apple goes right back to the late '80s. I couldn't understand people not seeing a huge corporate behemoth lurking behind the cute adds and twee many small startups were working on PC architecture, I saw the diversity and independence as a very good thing. My 1st computer was an AST386...

Completely agree on Flash and Java, looking forward to seeing their diminished use in website design.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 08, 2014, 12:03:15 PM »
"I'm a techie but I don't do Apple.  It's too expensive for pretty hardware and a locked in ecosystem."

Ya, that locked-in ecosystem might be a solid reason the mobile app is limited to iOS at this time, doncha think? I rather doubt Adobe is going to stop there, iPad is a shrinking market, android and win8 tablets are storming the gates.

"And now we have yet another example of how using Apple just sucks more money out of your wallet thanks to Adobe, Apple's long time buddy. "

Don't see that at all. Jobs littered the roadway, trying to stall Adobe market share - very much a love-hate relationship, an uneasy partnership at best. See "Flash".
Thomas Knoll remarked that they lost 2 million man hours of work when Apple decided Carbon wouldn't do 64bit.

"Apple products are primarily designed to generate revenue for Apple, not provide user functionality as a primary function."

Commerce must work differently on your planet.

Lemme 'splain it to you:

Glamour ON:  Assistants!!
Glamour OFF: employees

wasn't that simple?

My experience (recent as Jan) is with Canon Irvine, CPS gold.

Sent in a 5D2 and 1D4 for cms, had the 5D2 mode dial upgraded to the locking model - charge for that was $100, that's parts as the labor was discounted 100% to do the change.
Camera bodies came back clean, sensors both were very clean. Although the shutter count is listed as one of the points, neither body showed the count on the paperwork. I called up and they gave me the number for the 1D4, but didn't have one for the 5D2. I was able to get the count using FoCal Pro. I believe the count was correct - the 1D4 count matched Canon's, and the 6D count seemed about right.
Lens - they do no internal work - external clean, and I'd guess they check to see if the focus and zoom function, but I gather from many reports over the years the focus check is rudimentary at best - you'd need to request focus adjustment, and then you are into the tiered charges, as that is outside of cms.
However, you get free 2 day return shipping, so that and any paid work that is discounted makes it worthwhile to me.

I also sent in a 24-105 for cms and to replace the missing red ring...purely cosmetic, I thought. Well, it's kinda my beater everyday lens, and I hadn't even looked at it, was surprised to see the red ring suddenly missing - no idea how it happened.

They came back with a impact damaged barrel - cost would have been about $350, which I declined. I may get it done eventually, with 20% discount it's probably worth having it done.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper in stock at B&H
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:15:09 AM »
Yes, the website is absolutely a dogs breakfast; worth a look just so you have an excuse to use that description for once in your life.... :P

Software & Accessories / Re: Lee Big Stopper in stock at B&H
« on: February 23, 2014, 12:31:47 AM »

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D body deals
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:14:34 PM »
Highly recommend a refurb from the canon store.

Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal new version is out
« on: February 15, 2014, 10:20:04 PM »
It was pretty straightforward - just start focal and go to "about" "license" and note which email you registered under, then copy the transaction info onto a notepad physically or via the OS of your computer. Plug that info in once you've upgraded, and you're good to go.
I hadn't noticed before that you can get a shutter count via FoCal, one more reason to obtain this excellent utility.

Lenses / Re: Lee Filter Adapter Question
« on: February 14, 2014, 12:22:52 AM »
You don't have to wait for Adorama.

All Lee filters including Big Stopper is in stock at

Super reliable, they've been around for years.

LED based, should have a notably longer battery life, no?

Street & City / Re: Architectural Contrasts - with 24mm TS/E and 6D
« on: February 06, 2014, 12:07:33 AM »
Very nice compositions - and doesn't the snow on the steps of #1 just make the step inclusion work!

#2 equally nice, I think you need to pull the vertical just a bit straighter....

Street & City / Re: Views from Waterloo Bridge, London
« on: January 17, 2014, 11:04:35 AM »
Very nice images. I'd erase all the cranes in each image. On number 1 I think it would be improved by cropping the bottom up to where the water is no longer dull. #2 might be leveled a bit more.
#3 has that crane poking up out of the bridge, much stronger image without that.
Again, beautiful images.

Photography Technique / Re: Real Estate Photography Critique
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:34:52 AM »
First off, you've done an impressive self-analysis for a first attempt, your bullet-points are all spot on
jpegs #34 and 39 are very good in terms of lighting multiple rooms within the view point, and lighting around objects that throw shadows
Ya, as commented, get those verticals vertical! better yet, why don't you play around with the manual lens corrections in lightroom. you can do wonders to correct what your setup failed to achieve. Try fiddling with the vertical and horizontal sliders.

Lastly, composition. Look, I know you want to show as much of the room as possible. We all do. But take a look at your interior shots. Every one, you've got your butt jammed up against the corner of the room, shooting to take in as much as possible. More information is better, right?

NOT! Start throwing away volume and concentrate on quality - show just the very best each room has to offer.
Not to mention, a series of photos, all taken from the corner of the room, are immediately obvious and worse, boring. Mix it up. You'll never square up your shots until you come out into the center and shoot 90 degrees out instead of 180. Or, why don't pros just use a fisheye all the time? That's what you're trying to do by shooting in the corner - pick a view and settle for less...more often than not, it ends up being more.
Lastly, go here and get either his e-book or his video series. That's all you need to launch.

Canon General / Re: Useless or absurd accessories
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:46:23 PM »

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