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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D C Available for Preorder from B&H Photo
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:53:38 PM »
Ah.  Just in time for Christmas ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: November 26, 2012, 10:50:36 PM »
Can't canon just design a LP-E6 II....same shape, better internals and work with any camera that takes the LP-E6

+1   I have 7D and 5D MkIII and would hope that LP-E6 can continue in 7D MkII.  I expect that a LP-E6 II, whatever that may be, would not be compatible with 7D and 5D MkIII, regardless of the chosen shape.  I have 5 LP-E6 copies today and a 7D upgrade to 7D MkII with LP-E6 compatibility would be very attractive - and makes sense!!

A dual Digic 5+ processor is a logical choice for the 7D MkII, although I get along fine with 8 fps with my 7D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What do you Love about the 5D3? POLL!
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:42:21 PM »
I love the autofocus system.  I hated the autofocus on my 5D classic and my 7D was only a little better.  Since I was trying to use prime lenses wide open for the shallow DOF it was really frustrating.

+1   Much faster and more decisive autofocus than my 7D.   

Also like the increased dynamic range compared to 7D - results in less contrasty image. 

Canon General / Re: Canon Can't Even Make a Billion Dollars Anymore
« on: October 26, 2012, 11:48:31 AM »
Poor Baby

Pricewatch Deals / Re: The 5D Mark II & 5D Mark III Get Cheaper
« on: October 24, 2012, 05:27:31 PM »

And these don't even account for the occasional deals that show up on ebay and the like.

I take issue with the above plot.  The 5D MkIII with 24-105 is shown to cost $5000 at launch in March 2012 - actually, it was priced at about $4300 ($US).  On this plot, it doesn't drop to that level until July 2012.   So what gives?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Semi-Erotic Photography: Questions...
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:05:08 PM »
Hi Folks,

I was about to put this in the portraits section, but that looks to be mostly for posting taken shots, rather than for questions.

I'm a noob at everything as you can tell from other posts...learning video and stills. I live in New Orleans, lots of stuff going on here as you can imagine...from new movies and other entertainment being filmed and processed here (especially due to tax breaks LA give down here)...but also, to the old 'bread and butter' industries around say, the French Quarter.

That preamble being stated...

I have friends around town...many of whom have worked as DJ's around town to bouncers at strip clubs locally. And I mean the good ones too.

One of them is a good friend and has lots of the female strippers/erotic models in town as friends and he's talked me up to them and many are enthusiastic about me taking pics of them for their portfolios.  Some saw some PP I was doing experimenting with styles, etc....and wants me to take some images of her, and do the color isolation on some of show off her tatoos...I'm thinking something along the lines of her laying face down on bed nude (no naughty parts showing in the image) get the body art in with her...etc.

Anyway, I've not done any portrait or pro photography at all...and these models understand that. So, I'm wondering things like:

1. Any precautions to be taken when taking pics of women, potentially with nudity? I don't wanna get sued or have some whacko accuse me of something. I'm purely business here.

Be very sure to get a signed model release that clearly states all your agreements with the model!!!!!!!

2. I'm starting to try to read up on regular portrait type photography...but guessing that something more erotic would be a more specialized theme...does anyone have any suggestions or links to read up on this?

3. I'm not trying to be paranoid, but with everything you hear on the news, etc...are there any pitfalls I should look out for?

4. With regular or erotic you need to get consent/release forms signed? I'd want to have some release for me to use any images for my portfolio too for any really good shots I take, after all...I'm wanting to earn a bit of $$ off this to pay for my photog habit I'm rapidly developing.

See above

5. What to charge? What do people normally charge for regular portrait photography? Would there be a premium on something more erotic? Again, I'm being honest about my, I'm fine with some early trade off of not charging order for me to get experience with real live people as models, and try to build my own portfolio.

I've always been the type to figure that in order to learn something, you read and absorb all you can from good basic research, and then try to jump in with both feet and learn by doing....but this area gave me pause and I thought I'd ask.

I mean, let's face it, I have NO problem with hanging out with as many scantily clad women as possible....and there no shortage of potential customers here in New Orleans....if I do well, word of mouth with my friends could potentially mean some good $$ and well, lets' face it..this could be fun.

But I just wondered if anyone here could give some advice or links to more info....I can see potential both good and possibly bad.

Thanks in advance,


This is awesome for many users. I didn't see anything about lighting up the AF points like the 1Dx update had but maybe it will come. But even the features included take away 2 huge selling points of the D800 over the 5D3

Yeah.  In firmware v2

I keep my HDR settings as AEB in C3 with no issues. I just set my AEB for a 7 shot burst, p. 315, then saved that to C3. You can't save the IMHO worthless in-camera "HDR Mode" setting to the Custom Shooting Modes.

Thanks for your feedback. 

Certainly an HDR image can be made in post-processing from single exposures taken using AEB, and these setting can be stored in Custom Shooting Modes.

The point of my question was how (if even possible) do you store HDR Mode settings as a Custom Shooting Mode.   It doesn't appear that this is possible, although I can't see why it wouldn't be feasible - whether or not it is judged a worthwhile camera feature. 

For me the advantage of the Custom Shooting Mode is the ability to quickly compose a shot where all the camera settings have been thought out in advance.

When I have used the HDR Mode in the 5D MkIII, I save the individual (RAW) images, plus the resulting HDR (JPG) image.  I can quickly get a sense of how effective the HDR process was for my subject, while giving me the freedom to use the individual images later in post-processing.


For my 5D MkIII, I've tried to create camera settings for HDR mode and store them in the Custom Shooting Mode (C1, C2, C3).   It appears that Custom Shooting Mode is greyed out (cannot be selected).  Could not find anything in user's guide that addresses this.

By contrast, settings for the very similar AEB shooting mode can be stored in C1, C2, or C3. 

Has anyone tried storing HDR settings in 5D MkIII?  Were you successful? How?

If this option is not allowed, why might that be?  Could firmware be changed to allow this?


Have you looked at, for example, the Velbon SHERPA630 Grounder?  You remove the threaded center column and the legs spread wide and puts you inches from ground.  This tripod works great with my 5D3 + 100mm macro.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: September 26, 2012, 08:20:34 PM »
7 images shot with 7D + EF-S 17-85 at 24mm, ISO 100, f/16.  Shutter speed varied in one-stop steps from -3 to +3 EV

Goal was to get natural-looking result with details in the shadows on the right while keeping brightly lit sandstone shoreline from getting blown out

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud What do you think of it?
« on: September 25, 2012, 06:54:26 PM »
IMHO this is like leasing vs buying a car.  Creative Cloud is Adobe leasing you software - you never own the software - but you always have the latest versions.  You pay forever until you're willing or able to buy.  Car leasing vs buying is the same way.  Leasing only makes sense (to me) if you can deduct some of the cost as a business expense - and you always NEED the latest version. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D at 46.1mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 25, 2012, 12:09:40 PM »
So Canon and Nikon are developing almost the same products together.

Yes.  It's a phantom company call Cankon ;)

5D MK III Sample Images / Japanese Maple at Night in Available Light
« on: September 24, 2012, 02:38:05 PM »
Took on tripod with 5D3 + 100 f/2.8L macro in available light - lit by a small ground spotlight below the leaves. 

Shot manually at ISO 400, f/7.1 at 1.0 sec.   

My first attempt at this and want to try more available (night) light shots of these leaves.

Any ideas?

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
« on: September 21, 2012, 06:52:39 PM »
Pictures of Shuttle Endeavor on 9/21/2012 as it takes its victory lap over Los Angeles before final landing at LAX to begin grooming for a permanent place in the California Science Center.  These shots were taken as the shuttle flew over NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab near Pasadena. Exciting sight as it flew overhead at 1500 ft!  :)

Pictures taken with Canon 7D + Canon EF 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM.  Shuttle#1 is uncropped, taken at 300mm (480mm crop) at 1/400 sec, f/8, ISO 100.  Shuttle#2 is cropped, with same exposure, except shutter speed was 1/640 sec.   Both images shot in RAW using AI Servo and high-burst option.

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