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Lenses / Re: Lens calibration
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:34:15 AM »
I'm constantly at odds with my FoCal software. Having a 5Diii it doesn't do it 100% automatically and I have to alter the micro adjustment by hand. on longer lenses this must affect the position of the lens even if it's ever so slightly. if I run it more than once the results are all over the place. I have no idea what to trust with these things. I could go totally bonkers with micro adjustment. the ruler method is just as unreliable with just guessing what number you're focussed on vs. what number the auto focus has chosen to focus on in that little square.

Would you do it with a tripod in the same position or by hand and vary the distance slightly between the shots?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:11:00 AM »
I'll do my post-production in instagram for that film effect

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:13:02 AM »
does PAL and NTSC count any more with most things being viewed on an LED TV or computer screen?

Cheers for the help. I'd be going for more of a film effect

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:22:02 PM »
OMGzzzz fps! this is the most complicated thing ever. I don't even know how to work Premier Pro! I assume that I bang it all into there, do my cutting and post-produce in After Effects???

EOS Bodies - For Video / Quick start videoing on 5Diii
« on: April 09, 2014, 10:38:42 AM »
So I want to start shooting video on my 5Diii. I've done it on a friends 5Diii for his band before but he set up all the settings for what he required.

I've been shooting for about 15 years so I'm pretty proficient and understand the delicacies of still photography but I'm not properly down with frame rates vs. shutter speed when filming.

Are there any set rules that I can follow? I don't really want it to be trial and error...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAVURlM7nKU : this is the kind of thing I'll be aiming for, with shots from recording, playing live, some set up against coloured backgrounds and messing about etc, I'll be using 35mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 100mm 2.8 so nice fast lenses so high ISO's wont be an issue.

what would be the best shutter speed and frame rate to use? does it really matter that much? I'll be editing it all in premiere pro i guess...

Canon General / Re: 11 photographs that shook the world
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:06:42 AM »
Funny, when discussing the most impactful photos, things like resolution and bokeh and corner sharpness and barrel distortion are never discussed.  It's as if those issues don't really matter.  Naaah!

That was the beauty of film and older cameras. before people could check their screen just after taking a shot you'd be hoping that at the very least you'd got the exposure correct. anything above that was a bonus!

you can put a 100mp sensor in a phone and a 10,000x zoom but you're still going to get shitty images with a shitty lens with shitty auto focus with shitty 1 second delay with shitty shitty shitty S___

Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:55:23 AM »
Artistically speaking, rather than mathmatically

Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:16:25 AM »
It's difficult to know what to charge or what you're worth for weddings if that's not your main source of income. I have a steady job where I run a photography studio and shoot mainly product for advertising in magazines, on the internet and billboards. after being asked to do a wedding for a friend as they couldn't afford a proper wedding photographer I kinda just fell into it. I do maybe 1 a month on average and I'm taking bookings now a year or 2 in advance based on my portfolio, I'm still only charging £400 (I've recently put my prices as £800 on my website but obviously that's up for negotiation with regards to who it is, how I know them and who has referred them). I don't advertise as I probably couldn't handle the workload if I were shooting more than 1 a month (not that I'm arrogant enough to think that people would use me if they didn't know me).

How would one go about assessing their own worth as a photographer?

Lenses / Re: Will a 70-200 f2.8 (not mk2 or is) change my life?
« on: December 24, 2013, 07:05:25 AM »

Lenses / Re: Will a 70-200 f2.8 (not mk2 or is) change my life?
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:13:51 AM »
you lot are the worst salespeople ever! I expected to be told "yeah, amazing lens, it'll improve your photography lens by infinity!". But no, just a bunch of nay-sayers worried about me meeting my mortgage...

Urgh... I'll buy it anyway and tell you about how I've become a better master photographer than before.

Lenses / Re: Will a 70-200 f2.8 (not mk2 or is) change my life?
« on: December 23, 2013, 12:21:55 PM »
not even for the better?

Lenses / Will a 70-200 f2.8 (not mk2 or is) change my life?
« on: December 23, 2013, 11:52:06 AM »
Well, will it?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 13, 2013, 04:10:48 AM »
A 60D and a 17-85mm

Considerably better IQ than your 10D, it's got a swivelly screen, the range of the 17-85mm is useful and it's a lot lot smaller than the 24-105 and it's still usm. also the 60D has the extra dials & wheels to make functions a little more accessible than the 100/700. it also does in camera vintage/cross processing/black and white/grain.

and it looks sweet, which is the main issue.

in fact I might buy one myself.

If you can stretch to it, go for a 2nd 5Diii, I'd love 2. If you go for anything different (apart from a 1Dx) then you'll never be satisfied with the results and it'll just sit unused. I have a 5Dii and it never gets used for commercial work, it just sits there in case everything goes wrong (I actually only take it to places where it could get smashed).

I'd like 2 5Diii's just so I don't have to swap lenses so much.

I'd also echo the 50mm purchase and a 35mm/85mm or 100mm macro to compliment that. I rarely use anything other than my 35mm 1.4 nowadays at weddings or events, only the 50mm/100mm for portraits.

1st 5Diii for wide zoom
2nd 5Diii for your prime of choice

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