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Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:25:45 PM »
I don't have a photography degree, but I do have a BFA from the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in painting and sculpture. Photography was part of our curriculum and I learned a lot in the classes.

In fact, many of the disciplines we now work on digitally in photoshop have their roots in traditional darkroom techniques. The tools and filters at times are even named after the original techniques.

Not to mention the art of photography that is outside of the technique itself that is way more important. Composition, color theory, creative thinking and problem solving to name a few.

Could you learn all of that on your own? Possibly - but then again you could learn any discipline on your own. It might take you a lifetime to learn what you could learn in 4 years of a BFA photography program.

If you are just looking for continuing education classes, most community colleges, universities, and art colleges do offer classes. And like someone stated earlier, you will have access to equipment that you wouldn't normally be exposed to.

Hope that helps.


I also went to SVA and got a BFA majoring in illustration. Never turned on a computer or shot a frame of film (even though I took a darkroom class) in 4 years of school. Now I am a professional graphic designer and love photography above all other forms of art.

The point is, art is art. It's all visual communication. Don't get so focused on the current tools you are using. The concepts of form, composition, color theory, etc. transfer to different mediums.

Since I have that art foundation, for me, learning a program or a new "system" is the easy part. Anyone can master a piece of technology.

Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:52:07 AM »
A fast lens.

Portrait / Happy Holidays Photos!
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:42:06 PM »
As the Christmas/ Hanukkah / New Years holidays are upon us, I thought I'd start a thread for posting your holiday pics!

I hope everyone has a healthy & happy holiday and new year!

Gingerbread Girl by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon's lens plans
« on: December 17, 2012, 04:57:01 PM »
I think Canon should make a large aperture fish-eye lens with IS and soft focus so I can take beautiful HDR portraits of landscapes with sweet bokeh. I think that covers everything one would need in a lens.

Lenses / Re: Long lens recommendation for surveillance.
« on: December 17, 2012, 04:49:55 PM »
Anyone notice what camera kit Virgil uses in Homeland? He always gets the perfect shot of his target's face, and it looks like a light setup.

Lenses / Re: Difficulties choosing next L series
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:08:47 AM »
If you don't know what you need, chances are you really don't need it. I'd hold off until you feel like your creativity is being limited by your tools.

Since you said you like long exposures, I'm assuming you are using a smaller aperture: The 17-40 is very affordable, small, sharp stopped down and great for wide-angle landscape work. Another benefit is that using filters is easier with that lens since it's not all bulbous.

I hear focusing speed on Canon's "mirrorless" cameras are groundbreaking.

Lenses / Re: Lens choice advice please??
« on: December 15, 2012, 08:49:17 PM »
35mm f/2 is great on a crop sensor. I used that lens on my 7D more than any other lens. It isn't wide, but not too tight. It also focuses close and gives nice shallow DOF, anything wider gets more expensive.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 14, 2012, 03:10:15 PM »
I also loved the old 35mm f/2 on my 7D. The crop sensor got rid of the soft edges and left me with a super sharp f/2 lens that can be had for under 300 USD. It's nice and small & cheap!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Massive Nikon D600+24-85VR Deal - $1996
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:32:22 AM »
They must be getting rid of all those dusty-oil-splattered "superior" sensors.

The D800 is also discounted a bit. This isn't "desperate", it's marketing around a certain holiday that is kinda big.

the 6D also comes with a "pro" lens. not a "kit" lens.

You ever see a person take a photograph with an iPad?! That is the worst thing. Ever.

Lots of reasons have been stated. But there is also an organic connection when you look through an optical viewfinder and photograph a subject. With EVF's and LCD screens, I feel a little removed from the experience.

Lenses / Re: Which (if any) non-L lenses are enviro-sealed?
« on: December 13, 2012, 04:37:06 PM »
Just rock this bad boy and you can get REALLY EXTREME!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:28:27 AM »
The grass is always greener.

Go take a look at the Nikon forums... Um, how's that superior sensor with dust and oil splatters? Or the laundry list of other issues like green color shifts, left-side focus point issues, blah, blah, blah...

I'm not a Canon "fanboy", I just happen to like how Canon cameras feel and function in my hand. I picked up a D800 the other day to see how it felt. I didn't like anything about it. It's sensor may be able to capture angels with it's magical powers, but that isn't the whole story.

I really don't understand how there are so many threads that are just all about spec sheets and test charts. There is so much more.

These are cameras, not a religion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:58:17 AM »
Wait, so Canon makes different cameras and products at different price-points for different markets?!

What are they thinking????

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