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EOS-M / Re: External Microphone for EOS M
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:20:48 AM »
Thanks for the reply I will try that one out!

Lenses / Re: What chopped off my (Bokeh) balls?
« on: December 09, 2013, 04:48:24 PM »
Isn't it just the armrest of the couch in from of the lights blocking that part of the light from hitting the lens? And the rest are just reflections in the elements of lens or maybe a filter on the front of your lens creating the bike ball cutoff reflection on the other side of the photo.

EOS-M / External Microphone for EOS M
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:09:37 AM »
Good evening I'm starting to do a little more video work with my EOS M and I like using it for video but I find its not getting the audio I want. I'm looking to buy my first external mic but don't know where to start. I want to do some simple instructional videos like how to style so I'm thinking something like a lapel mic or a shotgun if those will work too. Can anyone point me to some good brands or something you already use that would save me time and money testing. Thank you!

Lenses / Re: Canon 10-22 vs. Tokina 11-16
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:48:35 AM »
I've used the tokina 12-24 f4 lens and I loved that lens. Maybe it's not fast enough for photojournalism but it was very sharp in the center and the build was very strong. It seemed pretty wide to me on my 40d back in the day.

Lenses / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8
« on: November 27, 2013, 01:16:33 AM »
I agree with logaandm and took the liberty of adjusting your image doing essentially what he said.  I also warmed the image up because to me it felt right for this picture.

This is meant to be constructive criticism. Please don't take offence. I wouldn't even take the time to comment if I didn't see some interesting ideas in the photograph.

First ask yourself why you took the picture - what attracted you to the scene. Then ask yourself if you managed to show in the photograph that feeling or concept. What were the key things in what you saw which attracted you - the grapes, the frost, the light the shadows?

1. The horizon isn't level
2. The horizon is in the middle of the photograph and that is a no-no
3. The main subject (the grapes?) should (probably) be done with rule-of-thirds - probably off to the left.
4. The framing of the grapes with the blurred background should have used either the washed-out sky OR the darker earth. You have framed the grapes with both.
5. Post processing probably should have emphasised the grapes with the light shining through them. Either do this by shooting them entirely against the sky or entirely against the darker earth.

Good photographs show some sort of contrast - light/dark  blue/red, happy/sad, rich/poor. The brain enjoys broken patterns. When taking the photograph you should "frame" the composition. Take photographs from different angles with different f-stops to explore subject isolation and the contrast with the background.

I think I see what you were trying to do and there is some things like cropping and tone control you can do in post. The horizon through the middle of the picture, however, probably can't be saved.

Nice edit! I really like it.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: November 27, 2013, 01:14:25 AM »
I am not ready to spend around $3K in a normal lens, and many people out there won't. Canon needs to update those lenses that do not render good IQ and sharpness, rather than focusing on improving 'excellent' lenses.

Well, remember that 24-70 is a bread and butter lens, one of the most important in Canon's lineup.  It is to their benefit to ensure they have the best version available out there IMO.  Tamron is getting a lot of business with a nice quality 24-70 f/2.8 IS lens for half the price due to Canon's unwillingness to release an IS version.

Also, Canon does not HAVE to increase the price, they could actually *drop* the price of the non-IS version to ~1699 which would put it in a lot more reasonable space than it is now.  Then put the IS version where the old version was, at 2299.

I hate when people make this much sense! Sarcasm of course, because I totally think what you're saying is what canon should do! I've used the 24-70 II and loved it and would buy it if it came down in price a bit more especially with the way you say they should do it!

EOS Bodies / Re: This is the Way a White Camera Should be Done
« on: November 26, 2013, 04:07:24 PM »
Now for my regular exercise ( swimming against the tide )  ::)

Perhaps it is because I only recently escaped, but "white" makes me think of straitjackets, institutional corridors, orderlies and plain as can be appliances.

Cutesy colors make me think of the previously mentioned "Hello Kitty"/"Gangnam Style" consumer level.

IMO, black, with crisply engraved contrasting lettering/scales/etc., says "serious instrument".

Not least of my objections is the glaring-object-in-your-face I posted about before.

Damn this mud, …can't move my feet!

(P.S. - I'm not fond of pink pistol grips, either,.. WTF, grumble, mumble, …fade out with shaking jowls and frown.)  :P

Interesting take on colors! When I think about what you wrote I find that to be true in many applications! Thanks for making me think a bit today!

Lenses / Re: Ken Rockwell reviews canon 50mm f/1.0
« on: November 22, 2013, 03:06:51 PM »
Jessica Claire has a blog post with some good photos made with this lens:http://www.jessicaclaire.net/index.cfm/postID/263/Wedding-with-DJ-Brittany-Rod

What BEAST of a camera is she using to get a shutter time of 1/12000 s ?!

My canon 1D classic does this!

Portrait / Re: Becoming a wedding photographer.
« on: November 22, 2013, 02:54:48 PM »
My wedding experience is limited but my wedding clients seem too enjoy the candid photo more than the posed group shots that more or less document who was there. They seem to share and talk about the photos that convey emotion and document the ceremony. I'm basing this what I see on Facebook when they share them and I bet when they make a photo album to look back on they will enjoy the same candid romantic photos more than the group shots. To sum up whole wedding or nothing, there's no point in just doing part of the day.

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Shutter Actuation App for Mac
« on: November 18, 2013, 01:02:41 AM »
Is my shuttercount.com as accurate as this app? Or does this app do more than my shuttercount.com?

Software & Accessories / Re: Storage at home
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:55:14 AM »
This thread is solved lol

Software & Accessories / Re: RLPhotos Computer upgrade 2013
« on: November 18, 2013, 12:53:48 AM »
I just looked up that processor on newegg and wow 5300 bucks! I wish I could build that computer and benchmark it haha I'm sure it would do crazy things. Guess I will have to do more reading about raid, sounds complicated to me.

Software & Accessories / Re: RLPhotos Computer upgrade 2013
« on: November 17, 2013, 10:06:46 PM »
Dude wow! That's crazy! What does 64GB of ram do? I'm running a 4770k with 16gb of ram ATI7970 with 2 1TB, 2 500gb drives a 256gb SSD and a 1TB usb 3.0 external. I really don't know what RAID is, I have some vague knowledge but not enough to know to use it or not. Mines pretty quick in Lightroom, prolly not as quick as yours, although I'm running 2 27" 2560x1440 monitors which is tasking. But congrats on that build I'm jealous!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: used gear
« on: November 17, 2013, 06:53:39 PM »
Used is great! Just bought a 1d mark III with 9000 shutter actuations. Just watch the local and eBay wait for a real deal then pounce.

Lenses / Re: Canon 40mm f/2.8 Lens: Thoughts? Reviews? Is it worth getting?
« on: November 15, 2013, 01:17:38 PM »
I love mine when I use it on full frame, great image quality and compact makes the 5d a nice walk-around camera. On my 1d camera it's like a 50mm so it's fun for that too.

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