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Software & Accessories / Bent tripod leg
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:05:13 PM »
Hey all-

While on a trip to the Smokies earlier this summer, my tripod fell over (thankfully without my camera on it), onto some rocks and ended up with a bent lower section of one of the legs. The bend isn't too severe, but it's enough that it won't retract fully into the leg section above it.

Here's what I've tried: Placing it in between two boards, and then using strong (not studio) clamps to push the boards together and straighten out the leg. However, as soon as I take the clamps off, the leg goes back to its bent position.

What I'm Thinking of Doing: Same setup as above, but adding a bit of heat (from a lighter or aim-and-flame) to soften up the leg enough so that when it cools, it straightens out.

Any suggestions, warnings, or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


Reviews / Scott Kelby's Promo Videos
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:48:44 AM »
Today on his blog (, Scott released two short videos promoting and giving an overview of the 7DII and the G7X. Obviously they are sponsored and encouraged by Canon and meant to be used almost like an advertisement, but they're interesting videos nonetheless.


7D Mark II:

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Canon EF-S 10-18 F4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 29, 2014, 03:44:40 PM »
Just ordered mine

Lenses / 17-40 f/4L vs 16-35 F/4L
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:44:55 PM »
In a few months I'll be upgrading from my rebel camera to a 70D. At the same time, I'd like to invest in some nicer glass. I would like to start off by purchasing a wide angle lens, which would mainly be used for landscapes. I've done a bit of research, but I'm still a little unsure whether I should  go for the 17-40 or the new 16-35. Quite frankly, I don't see whether there is a significant difference

Street & City / Your Best Shots From/Of/In Chicago
« on: December 08, 2013, 11:53:55 AM »
I was in Downtown Chicago last night, It's a beautiful city, especially during the holiday season.

taken on the roof of a parking garage
.5s ISO 1600 f/5.0 @40mm (64mm 35mm equivalent)

Landscape / 14yr old looking for some C&C
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:58:45 PM »
Hello! I've been a long time browser, sometimes poster. While I've posted some individual sets before, I'd Like to put out what I think represents my best work (in landscapes, anyway). Any and all constructive criticism welcome!


Take a look at my blog over at

Sports / Cross Country
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:17:28 PM »
I recently shot the Schaumburg sectional and the Illinois State Cross Country Finals. As a cross country runner myself, it certainly made it easier in some ways (access to team tents, deep, deep knowledge of the sport, access to special areas, etc.), and they were really exciting events to shoot. Enjoy! C&C appreciated

PowerShot Cameras / Help on a pocketable compact
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:01:26 PM »
Hey everyone! I'm finding that these days I'm less likely to take my dslr most places, and that because of that I'm missing some key moments with friends and family. I'd like a compact that can fit in my jeans pocket and yet still has decent image quality and will serve me well for a couple of years. Again, just casual snapshots here and there. I'd like to keep the price around/under $250. After looking at a few options, the Lumix zs3 is interesting me, but I'm not quite sure yet. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

Landscape / Yellowstone Area C&C
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:39:05 AM »
Here are a few images from my trip to the Yellowstone area. A few were taken in the Badlands NP area as well. C&C greatly appreciated!

Software & Accessories / Software for star trails/time-lapse?
« on: June 12, 2013, 06:33:45 PM »
I'm going on a vacation later this summer to Yellowstone and Teton NPs and surrounding area. I've never done star trail or time-lapse photography, and I figured that this vacation would be a good opportunity to do so. I have all the equipment I need except for the software to actually put together the time-lapse video and the final star trail composite image. I have Photoshop Elements 9, but as far as I'm aware It's not possible to do these things within that software. Do you guys have any recommendations for inexpensive (but decent) software I could use? Thanks!

Reviews / G1X vs RX100?
« on: June 08, 2013, 09:46:42 PM »
Hey everyone. I'm looking to buy a backup camera that's not a DSLR but has decent image quality. I think I've narrowed it town to the Canon G1X and the Sony RX100. Size isn't a huge concern, but I was wondering which I should choose. Thoughts?

Camera Body Gallery / Anything Shot with a T3
« on: June 02, 2013, 07:10:41 PM »
The bottom rung on the Canon DSLR ladder. Does anyone other than myself use one? ;)

Abstract / Fun with fire
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:01:43 PM »
I had some fun with fire one saturday afternoon.

I first poured water into the glass, and added some food coloring as well. I then poured A TON of lighter fluid on top, and lit it. I had an assistant drop an ice cube from outside the frame, and I fired the camera through EOS Utility at the same moment the ice cube hit the water. A lot of trial and error.......

Lighting / Yongnuo st-e2?
« on: February 06, 2013, 04:41:52 PM »
I'd like to get into remotely controlling flashes, but I need a decent and reliable trigger that doesnt cost an arm or a leg. I was looking around and the Yongnuo st-e2 kept popping up. Does anyone have any experience with it? Do you like it? If you have another suggestion around the same price i'm open to that too! Thanks!

Landscape / Ball heads vs. Pan/tilt- advice?
« on: January 30, 2013, 07:16:49 PM »
Not sure if this is the best area of the forum to put this topic under, but oh well here goes.

I will be going to the Gand Tetons and Yellowstone later this summer, and I am looking to upgrade my tripod. I have (almost) set my mind on the Manfrotto 190xprob. However, I need a head. When researching, I found some people saying that ball heads were best for landscape photography, while others said that with ball heads, its nearly impossible to keep the horizon level without a hotshoe bubble level, so pan/tilt heads were ideal. Advice?

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