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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Semi-Erotic Photography: Questions...
« on: November 12, 2012, 01:08:57 PM »
OK, I read though this.  All good suggestions.  I don't have experience with erotic photography per se but I would offer this common sense advice about location...

Strip clubs are a different world.  You live in New Orleans, you should already understand that better than most.  Whenever you bring strangers to your home, they know where you live.  They also know what you own.  You become a target for theft, or worse.  What if a shoot goes poorly or a perfectly good shoot pisses off a boyfriend or husband.  You're screwed.  Re-read the law enforcement inspired post above about what habits these people may (or may not) have.  These girls live a rough lifestyle.  Even if they are trustworthy, someone they know may not be and after hearing about your place, may decide it's a payday.

If you drive a car with a fancy stereo and people know it, it will eventually be broken into.  Same goes for your house/apt with a bunch of photo equipment.

I don't care who you know or how nice they are.  Other people they know have the potential to cause you grief, loss or harm.  If it were me, I would always work on location with a partner (for your safety and theirs).  No one on one, always have another person there with you.  Meet at another home or hotel room with background equipment and lights.  Don't bring a bunch of strangers parading through your home where you live and keep everything you own.  It's just a bad idea.  You will either arrive back to a trashed home or worse, have someone visit you with bad intentions.  (Are you the A$$Hole Pervert that took pictures of my wife naked!!??)

Sorry, some things aren't worth the risk and you don't owe these people any favors.  Don't shortcut this, do it right.  There's a reason the pro studios actually have studios.  With locks and alarms.  It sounds like to me you are moving into the business too fast.  Figure out how to go to them and then work your way up to a studio as the business grows.

Yep....I've been quite hesitant to bring anyone to MY house...I was thinking to rent a hotel room or something....maybe something down IN the Quarter....nice rooms, and the girls would be near work..etc?

I dunno.....it is likely going to be after the first of the year before I have time for this...so, will pondering the parameters and logistics...

Thank you to all for the great advice....keep it coming as you think of things...

C
I'm sure that there are photo studios for rent, and they might even include some proper lighting.

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Raw is raw...no corrections or in camera adjustments will be made even though you have the settings configured in your camera.  All Raw adjustments must be done in post processing.

Configured corrections will be applied ONLY to JPG files.

Note, that in some bodies, the corrections will affect the drive mode buffer by reducing number of shots that can be taken in sequence.  This is due to the extra processing required to make the corrections.  Also note that once the corrections are made to a JPG, they cannot be undone.

Most bodies support creating a corrected JPG from a RAW image in camera so you can have both.

Distortion correction is not supported in camera. The other corrections do exist.
Now I have enabled both features. However, unless I activate the lens correction in Camera Raw (which contains the lens profile) I do not see these corrections.
So I am cannot tell if something is happening in the Camera ! I have a question here  :o
THANKS! It seems I have missed the obvious! (plus I usually shoot only raw so there was no hope that I would see these corrections).
You can make them in DPP, but do it sparingly, since the size of the corrected cr2 image file will be approximately 2X - 3X the size of the uncorrected one.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Eye-Fi Card on 7D
« on: November 11, 2012, 11:53:26 PM »
Why do you need this?  I thought it was cool and got it for my 5D III, and it gave me "error 80"s about 1 out every 50 shots.

But again, why?
There are plenty of valid reasons to want a wireless download or a transfer to a tablet or to the internet immediately after a image is taken.  Sometimes there is a person  miles away waiting for your image.  The eye-fi card is a budget way to do this, it just isn't working on a 7D.

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I've found that if you half press the shutter button and wait for the AF  light to and point to flash, it takes 3 sec or more.  However, if I just press the shutter button down all the way, it focuses in about 1 second or less and fires with perfectly sharp focus.
It does this regardless of AF-Assist or not.  So, if you are waiting for the AF- Assist to stop flashing to take the image, just press and hold the shutter button.  It fires as soon as focus is reached rather than delaying another 2-3 seconds before the focus points light up.

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If you manually clean the sensor for at least 30 seconds (just enable manual cleaning dont actually have to touch the sensor) it will detect and map out dead pixels. At least it does on my 60d. Im pretty sure this is done prior to getting a new camera, dead pixels are like dust- you will eventually have some no matter what

I've never heard of this but it seemed to work with a 5DM3 that I have.  It had what appeard to be a stuck red pixel that showed up from ISO 100-3200 (didn't try 50).  It seemed to disappeared at 6400 but I have the high ISO noise reduction set to auto and I think that removed it.  Anyway, I tried an Auto Cleaning cycle from the menu and then a manual cleaning cycle for 30 seconds.  After turning the camera off and back on, no more hot pixel.  I even looked at a RAW file in PS with all noise reduction turned off and it was gone.  It may not work in all cases, but I'm glad I tried it because I'd been thinking about sending it in to Canon.  All they would have done was map it out so I saved myself from being without the camera for a few days.  Thanks Ryan708...
The process works to some extent, but not for the really bad ones that show up in a video.  Fortunately, cases like that are rare, and Canon will fix them.
I checked my 5D MK III (both of them) and they were remarkably clean and free of hot pixels.  Sensor manufacturing technology has definitely improved since the days of my 5D MK II from 2009 and my 1D MK III  which both had lots of hot pixels, but not really a issue in normal photography.

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Lenses / Re: Shooting straight down with 24-70 mm II -- possible?
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:25:12 PM »
Thanks, once again, Mt. Spokane.

I am shooting in One Shot. May I'm just doing something wrong. Maybe it is still a MFD issue. I'm still getting used to the lens.

Shawn L.
The shutter will not close in one shot mode unless AF is achieved.  Of course, at close distances, the depth of field can be thin, and if you move just a little after half pressing the shutter, it could change the focus.

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Ok... but anyone knows how many dead pixels should a sensor have to be accepted for a camera exchange?

Any official link?
No such number.  500 pixels out of 22 million is almost nothing.  They just map them out.
Hot pixels in a sensor are common, dead ones are not that common.  The really bright red ones cannot be mapped out by the sensor cleaning process, only Canon can do it.

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Lenses / Re: Shooting straight down with 24-70 mm II -- possible?
« on: November 11, 2012, 07:53:07 PM »
If you have your camera set for AI Servo and are shooting straight down and happen to be closer than MFD, the camera will take the shot, even if focus is not achieved.  That can give you oof images,

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D III AFMA for Zooms - Adjust Wide or Telephoto First?
« on: November 11, 2012, 07:47:07 PM »
I'd start with both at zero, and change either one first.

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Are you using DPP?  I see a little more saturation in the with neutral setting, but the blacks look black to me.  Maybe its just my eyes.
Unless you are using DPP, the camera settings for faithful or neutral should not be different.  They are applied after the image is imported.  DPP applies them per the camera setting, but you can change them with the drop down box. 

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Canon General / Re: Suggestions for website hosting?
« on: November 11, 2012, 05:26:32 PM »
I also have a yahoo small business account. The issue is that they no longer support ftp (not ftps), which I need for FP 2003.
After doing some more research, I am now wondering if my client does FTPS, or if I will soon be cutoff.  I know that I had to use a new link to Yahoo ftp about a month ago, but did not change any settings.
I may have to find a new website soon because FTP is built into my application.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.1 Running SLOW!
« on: November 11, 2012, 04:52:58 PM »
I've run tests on DNG converted files with my D800.  The time to render them is faster, but not by much. 

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Canon General / Re: Suggestions for website hosting?
« on: November 11, 2012, 04:36:01 PM »
I have a Yahoo small business website and use FTPS.  I just checked that it works.  A update to a small business site might be one thing to consider.
For photography, I use Smugmug.  I can upload using their tool, or directly from Lightroom.  Its better than trying to setup and manage my own site.

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If you have a new camera with hot or dead pixels on your sensor that appear in video, send it to Canon for a warranty repair.  NR usually removes them as well.
If the camera is out of warranty, contact Canon about service.
Other than NR, there is no remapping software for the end user.
You would need to have very extensive dead or hot pixels on the LCD to claim a warranty repair.  Its mentioned in the user manuals.  Pg 15 for my 5D MK III.

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The thing about the Holidays and December(in the USA) is this....people are in the buying mood/mode for large ticket items.  Canon (and retailers) know these well documented buying behaviors/attitudes.  A price drop for the 1dx and 5d3 would totally make sense IMO. 

Also...December is that month where a business owner or manager might have a little extra money in the budget that can (or must) be spent before year end..."spend it or lose it" happens in business...very common.
You can sometimes negotiate by calling a large dealer (No e-mail, they will not put discounts in writing).  Try calling a few who have them in stock. 

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