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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.

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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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Nice!  I would not have thought about using HDR in that situation.  I'm assuming this is hand-held, and that it took the camera about 0.5 sec to take the 3 pics.  How much shake/variation can be in images before the HDR finished image starts showing artifacts?

it was actually on a tripod. the original exposure was around 30/sec 100iso f2.2 maybe... it took 3 exposures, one at half that time and the other at double. i've not tried it handheld but I doubt it'd work.

when i had the 60D I quite enjoyed the vintage/grain/effects it did in camera. i never gave them to clients though

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Using both on a day to day basis (1Ds3 in the studio at work & 5Diii own personal stuff including products and weddings) I'd say go for the 5Diii, better in every situation and the RAW's are much better to work with. the 1Ds3 is 5 years old and it feels it when put up against the 5Diii. I wouldn't swap my 5Diii for anything now. apart from when the 5Div or whatever comes out...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5Diii in camera HDR actually comes in useful...
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:53:43 AM »
So I shot a wedding a few weeks ago where the dress had these netting flourishes... I did my usual thing of hang the dress up somewhere with a far amount of natural light and press the button. Only the way I was doing it was burning out those netted flourishes. I just thought I'd do a few different exposures and put them together in photoshop. THEN I REMEMBERED THE IN CAMERA HDR! It's not the most accurate or the best way to do things, obviously (and it cuts about 5mm off the edges of your pic), but I thought I'd give it a try and the bloody thing worked.

So yeah, anyone else had experiences where "novelty" in camera settings have actually come in useful?

This is pretty much straight from the camera (via lightroom as I shoot RAW)

I have since done a little photoshopping and taken out that bed that was inconveniently placed in the bedroom I was shooting in, bloody inconsiderate people. the finished photoshopped image is on my site if anyone is actually interested (which I doubt anyone is that bored) in seeing it?


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Lighting / Re: Long exposure Portrait with second curtain Flash - Advice.
« on: October 11, 2013, 07:27:26 AM »
Just a thought, how come you used 2nd curtain sync? surely you should use 1st curtain with this set-up so the model is exactly how you see her through the viewfinder at the beginning of the exposure rather than leaving it up to how she's randomly posed after 10 seconds? she also needs to be briefed to stand still for the 10 seconds thereafter to avoid "see through arm". But to be fair, first curtain sync would overcome that as she'll be the most brightly exposed part of the photograph from the outset. the only effect she'll have through movement is making the background darker. In fact, thinking about it, you could shoot, she could jump out of frame and no one would be any the wiser.

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Lighting / Re: Studio lighting
« on: October 11, 2013, 07:21:04 AM »
Bowens. Every time.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 03, 2013, 10:57:53 AM »
I post that much rubbish that anything worth anything to anyone gets lost in the matrix

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 03, 2013, 04:37:51 AM »
bloody hell, everyone is so damn paranoid... "They" are not out to get us. "They" couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery... as demonstrated by the (North) American government falling apart this week.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 01, 2013, 09:30:40 AM »
Also, on facebook, how many more people are going to get to see your wedding photo's than if just an album was printed and put in someone's loft?

I think you underestimate the magic of print - and its reach.
In my opinion, the couples still want to share a special moment like their wedding personally. So they won't dare to satisfy their photo-hungry friends with a lame album in the internet. They invite all their friends to their house and take a look at the photos together - even if 90% of these guys are facebook addicts.

But to answer your question:
If the couple has 75 friends on their wedding and 75 friends on facebook - well, i think the amount of the people who will see the album and who will see the photos on facebook is basically the same.

And finally: what will leave a bigger impact at potential customers a.k.a. future wedding couples?
a) a facebook album
b) a nice printed photo album

It's not hard to find the answer.

There are arguments for both. I'm willing to wager that the younger generation will opt for option a

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 01, 2013, 07:47:20 AM »
And as for "of an age"... There is a particular age in all folk where they just switch off to accepting that new things happen in life and they might have to learn new things. My grandparents still have a VCR as they refuse to learn how to use a DVD player/sky+, they begrudgingly got a new TV for the digital change over as they didn't want more than 5 channels. The guy that I first assisted photography wise gave up because he refused to go digital when all our clients requested digital images. crazily though, he had me scanning all the negatives/transparencies...

of an age = that point in life where you refuse to accept that things move on... (like the photography business model)

And what has Facebook to do with "photography business model"? I am still waiting for arguments, why it is inevitable to use Facebook.
Yes, Facebook is new (barely, it exists since nearly 10 years!) - but it is far away from being THE business solution for photographers. I think, many people overestimate the impacts of getting some attention at a social network. A lot of photographers get in touch via Facebook to market their tutorials, their courses or their books - but barely their photos. And what happen: they get in touch with other photographers/amateurs, which want to learn a lot of stuff. Where are the customers?

The way that the business model has changed since the advent of social networking and easily transferable big data... Re-prints and printed albums are a lot less commonplace as most couples are internet/facebook/social network savvy. As they will inevitably upload their wedding shots and albums, I find it helpful to optimise the images for them and I will build their online album if they wish. This is built into the price of the overall wedding. The prints and physical album are then left as an option. Also, on facebook, how many more people are going to get to see your wedding photo's than if just an album was printed and put in someone's loft? I don't actually advertise my services as I don't have the time with having a full time commercial photography job for a company but I get loads of work just from referrals.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 01, 2013, 05:18:06 AM »
And as for "of an age"... There is a particular age in all folk where they just switch off to accepting that new things happen in life and they might have to learn new things. My grandparents still have a VCR as they refuse to learn how to use a DVD player/sky+, they begrudgingly got a new TV for the digital change over as they didn't want more than 5 channels. The guy that I first assisted photography wise gave up because he refused to go digital when all our clients requested digital images. crazily though, he had me scanning all the negatives/transparencies...

of an age = that point in life where you refuse to accept that things move on... (like the photography business model)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:25:20 AM »
Yes, I should have elaborated on the personal page... A personal page is required to set up and manage/admin your business page as that's a separate entity. If you got someone else to set up the page for you and they dealt with what went up on there then that's how you avoid having to sign up for yourself. Seems like a lot of effort to go through for something so simple though.

I live by one rule: If you don't want the internet to know, don't tell the internet.

If you don't want them to know where you live, don't tell them. If you don't want them to know what you get up to, don't tell them. If you don't want them to "steal" some image, don't upload it. (although out of 665,000,000 users, why they'd steal yours and what they'd use it for is beyond me).

This is the thing I don't get, why can't people censor themselves and what they put onto the internet? It really is as simple as that.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:52:34 AM »
It appears that you guys are "of an age"?

Perhaps, at least Old enough to know better than to misquote someone else when attempting to formulate an Argument.

Maybe concentrate on some Original viewpoint in your next Post on the Subject, if your stuck for a viewpoint, try misquoting one of those 665,000,000 users on FB that you feel are worth getting in touch with, I'm sure one of them will be Happy to help you out.

And No, your Wrong, FB have a section for Business where the Account is formed in the Business Name, see what happens when we use selective quoting ?? No ?? Not surprised.

*you're

I can't quite fathom your argument. My viewpoint is very much of the 'keep up with technology & trends or lose it to those who are willing to keep up with technology & trends'. Are you arguing against that?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Is Facebook worth it?
« on: September 30, 2013, 04:50:07 AM »
The fact that you're actually discussing this almost a decade since facebook was developed...

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