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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New Canon Hi-pixel Medium format...?
« on: August 12, 2013, 05:31:15 AM »
I bring your attention to the feature now on the front page...  ;)

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Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 04:33:30 AM »
Treat it how you would any other piece of graphic design... functional, considered, unobtrusive. Are you putting watermarks on so people know who's taken the shot or to stop people "stealing" your image? You'll see plenty of rubbish photography with watermarks straight through the middle which is bloody pointless because who the heck is going to steal that in the first place? Also, it can appear arrogant. However, if you're doing a commercial job and sending lo-res images to a client for sign off then you should use a watermark to render them useless for sales as this encourages them to not be dickheads and try to get away with unscrupulous techniques. Don't hand over full resolution files 'til after sign-off and payment.

For personal and commissioned work that is being displayed on the internet I think that florianbieler.de has got it right. I'd say florianbieler.de could even have it a little stronger, if not totally white if they wished.

There are plenty of bad examples all over the internet of what not to do.

using aperture blades for O's may have been slightly over done by now though :)

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thanks :)

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So I bought a 5Dii as a back up camera for weddings but I've never shot with it as I don't trust the ISO performance. I'm spoilt with the 5Diii by the fact I trust it to 3200 and not having that much grain or sharpness lost. I used to shoot weddings 90% with a 50mm 1.4 and just swap to the 24-105 when I was doing groups. but now I have a 35mm and I'm comfortable doing 99% of the day with that, just putting the wide on for the biiiig groups but I kinda miss the detail shots I'd be able to do with the 50 a little. I swapped it now and again to make sure I got what I needed last wedding but I wish I had slightly more of people done on the 50. The 35mm is ace for the ceremony BTW, if anyone's reading this far...

Anyway, the crux of the matter is that I want to double cam on my next wedding, 50mm on the 5Dii and 35mm on the 5Diii... I'm not using flash and shooting at 2.2, what ISO can I feasibly get away with shooting at on a 5Dii with out making a mess of everything?

P.S. no crappy "shoot at what you need to to get the shot" answers. just what I can actually trust the camera to deliver professional standard photography to discerning customers.

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:07:54 AM »
If you were a painter would you let someone else determine your palette, your brush strokes or your canvas?

So why do you keep telling us that your palette, brush strokes, and canvas are better than ours.

I'm not, there's an infinite number of colours, unlimited ways of applying paint and an overwhelming amount of different canvases. the point it you choose them for yourself.

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:39:16 AM »
This is the bit that winds me up "The Av/Tv mode will automatically adjust the exposure to get the correct exposure". The camera should never decide the "correct" exposure. That is for YOU as a photographer/artist to decide through experience and defining your own shooting style. I couldn't give a toss if you like my shots or not or the way I post-process, these are decisions I've made from the instant of picking up a camera, choosing a focal length and attaching a lens, deciding on how shallow I want the DoF to be, the composition, how much light the shutter speed should let in and how I need to control them using ISO or if I'd like fill in flash. Or 2 flashes or 3 flashes or rim lighting or shot into the sun for flare or exposing for the light and getting a silhouette. If I need to plan in advance to get "the shot" then I plan in advance and set up my camera in preparation. If a scene is constantly changing then I'm constantly aware that I need to be constantly in control of what I'm doing and constantly aware of my surroundings. I also need to be in constant control of clients/guests/attendees, backgrounds. some things are easier to control than others and it's quick thinking and experience that makes the best of the worst situations, not the decisions of a processor in a camera. At least if it fucks up then it's my fault and I'm not blaming the camera that has chosen to do something at 30th/sec or f16 thus ruining it that way.

/rant

Note: I do not shoot birds in flight or sports...
Hi,
    Cool down a bit... I understand what you mean... I know that the camera meter won't get you the correct exposure in every situation or the exposure that you want... everyone needs and requirement is different, that's the reason why there is a few metering mode for you to choose, exposure compensation for you to compensate and M mode if you want total control of the exposure.

    Have a nice day.

It's not a personal thing, sorry if it seemed that way.

Photography is an art, and the amount of control that you have to portray a certain event, a split second of someone's life, their surroundings and their feelings is amazing. I don't understand why anyone would want to give up that control right from purchasing a camera and lenses to presenting it to the world via a blog, a website, a book or a gallery. I wont apologise for my passion on such things. If you were a painter would you let someone else determine your palette, your brush strokes or your canvas?

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: August 01, 2013, 10:08:14 AM »

Hi,
   Although I'm not using flash, but I thought it's the other way round?? The Av/Tv mode will automatically adjust the exposure to get the correct exposure due to the additional light in the scene, but in M mode, you need to adjust manually to get the right exposure, right? If you don't adjust your exposure in M mode, won't you get an overexpose image?

  Have a nice day.

This is the bit that winds me up "The Av/Tv mode will automatically adjust the exposure to get the correct exposure". The camera should never decide the "correct" exposure. That is for YOU as a photographer/artist to decide through experience and defining your own shooting style. I couldn't give a toss if you like my shots or not or the way I post-process, these are decisions I've made from the instant of picking up a camera, choosing a focal length and attaching a lens, deciding on how shallow I want the DoF to be, the composition, how much light the shutter speed should let in and how I need to control them using ISO or if I'd like fill in flash. Or 2 flashes or 3 flashes or rim lighting or shot into the sun for flare or exposing for the light and getting a silhouette. If I need to plan in advance to get "the shot" then I plan in advance and set up my camera in preparation. If a scene is constantly changing then I'm constantly aware that I need to be constantly in control of what I'm doing and constantly aware of my surroundings. I also need to be in constant control of clients/guests/attendees, backgrounds. some things are easier to control than others and it's quick thinking and experience that makes the best of the worst situations, not the decisions of a processor in a camera. At least if it fucks up then it's my fault and I'm not blaming the camera that has chosen to do something at 30th/sec or f16 thus ruining it that way.

/rant

Note: I do not shoot birds in flight or sports...

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Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:58:46 AM »
The only advantage on having primes would be the shallow DoF. I'm assuming that you'd be shooting f8 and over as you want the car to be sharp all over? then there's no point. I'd tell this guy he doesn't know what he's talking about! the only thing i'd get is a 100mm Macro for close up details...

just read your lens list properly... you have the 100mm macro. just get on with what your doing

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Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:57:41 AM »
The only advantage on having primes would be the shallow DoF. I'm assuming that you'd be shooting f8 and over as you want the car to be sharp all over? then there's no point. I'd tell this guy he doesn't know what he's talking about! the only thing i'd get is a 100mm Macro for close up details...

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:34:03 PM »
Next time I'm outside in varying light conditions, I'm actually going to shoot Tv just to see if it makes life any easier.

actually no, I've just had a play and it's Av. I can set the f-stop and it'll work out the shutter speed... Just having a play now... does this mean I'm going to actually have to read the manual? oh man, how am I going to work out what it's exposing for? whole scene or focus point? This is a headache. what if conditions drop at 100ISO below 125th/sec?? there has to be a way to set a minimum shutter-speed then up the ISO to compensate?
Glad you are branching out a bit (unless of course I'm missing sarcasm).  With your 5DIII, there are plenty of controls for the Auto ISO function including a minimum shutter speed.

Bloody hell, this thread really has got peoples backs up and on the defence hasn't it?

No sarcasm in that last post, I'm genuinely going to try it, even though I don't understand how it's going to work letting the camera decide on my exposure. I believe there are different estimating modes and a number of things I can do regarding minimum shutter speeds and maximum ISO's... I just have to read up on how to do it

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Canon General / Re: What's so bad about HDR?
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:26:15 PM »
I don't have a copy of this image on my ipad but this is a link to one I did in Yogyakarta while staying at a hotel. I bracketed a few very dark exposures to get the reflection and lights the right color.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zanjum/6852135367/#in/set-72157628661905185

Very nice balance!

Yeah, everything looks natural on that. I wouldn't have even guessed it was HDR, just a real nicely exposed night scene

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:23:26 PM »
Next time I'm outside in varying light conditions, I'm actually going to shoot Tv just to see if it makes life any easier.

actually no, I've just had a play and it's Av. I can set the f-stop and it'll work out the shutter speed... Just having a play now... does this mean I'm going to actually have to read the manual? oh man, how am I going to work out what it's exposing for? whole scene or focus point? This is a headache. what if conditions drop at 100ISO below 125th/sec?? there has to be a way to set a minimum shutter-speed then up the ISO to compensate?

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 31, 2013, 12:08:50 PM »
Next time I'm outside in varying light conditions, I'm actually going to shoot Tv just to see if it makes life any easier.

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:47:32 AM »
106: Should I buy the 7Dii or wait for the 7Diii, I think IQ might be better in 6 years time?

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Canon General / Re: What's so bad about HDR?
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:38:35 AM »
Cool shot, infared. Nothing wrong with grunge on something that's actually grungy.

Thanks, fugu!

In agreement. there's a reason for what you've done and it's executed well with regards to composition and exposure & you've not made it just look ridiculous. It's tasteful and a pleasure to look at :)

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