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I've never looked at my camera's sensors. It would make me feel dirty.

Aren't they behind a shutter and mirror thingy? Maybe they wouldn't be dusty if you didn't get all touchy feely with your camera's private parts?

Portrait / Re: Need some Photoshop/Editing help
« on: August 07, 2012, 02:30:44 PM »
A quick hair edit that took less than 1 min. It is actually the same technique that you can use to remove bags under eyes/ even skin tones:

Assuming Photohop:

1. Make a separate layer- so you don't damage pixels and you can always then reduce effect (opacity).
2. Select Clone Stamp tool- blend mode: lighten // sample: all layers // hardness: 0% // flow: 10%
3. Sample a part of the clean background & start painting over the wispy hair!

Since your blend mode is set to lighten, the cloning will only happen where there are darker pixels- his hair.
I wouldn't use any type of selection tools on a photo with shallow DOF and soft edges, it's too obvious. paint it on soft, then you can always adjust opacity and go back in and clean up edges if you paint over his jacket or beard.

This technique is perfect for lightening bags/ shadows too.

Also note- his right eye (camera left) needs to be adjusted. look at the whites. It is darker than his left. Besides that, I wouldn't do much!

Another trick if it is a controlled portrait, is to shoot a few frames of them with their glasses off, then you can clone out the reflections in the glasses photos with the other images as source material.

Portrait / Re: Portrait Feedback Please!
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:56:13 PM »
Not much more to add that hasn't been said. But in my opinion, the look of your model doesn't go with the background at all. She is smiling and posing as if she is taking a Senior portrait with her head tilted, hair to the side and bright smile... but then she is in front of this moody grungy background.

They just don't make sense together. If you are going for an environmental portrait (since it is all in focus I'm assuming you are), she needs to connect more to it. What is she doing there? What is the story you are trying to tell?

Or you can go to the other extreme and make her completely juxtaposed to the background by pumping up the bubblegum sweetness of her look. But she'd need a more extreme fashion choice for that.

Just my .02

Portrait / Re: A girl and her horse
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:31:50 PM »
Wondering how many will try pulling dark tones on the second pic *drool*

Funniest comment I've seen in a while! Haha.

Lenses / Re: 24mm F/1.4 II vs new 24mm F/2.8 IS
« on: August 07, 2012, 12:41:05 PM »
I think they are very different lenses that only share a similar focal length.

I have the original 24 2.8 (so not exactly the same as OP's Q) and the 24 1.4 II.

I bought the 24L because I recently started to get into shooting landscape photography this summer. On my first morning trip to a rocky beach shore I found 2 reasons for wanting to buy the L:

1. I dropped my 24mm f/2.8 on the rocks (it was still dark out- lens was fine)

2. Fog rolled in and all my gear got "damp"

the 24 1.4 can also do this:

Rainy Day by Philip DiResta, on Flickr
Awesome close-ups with nice background blur.

The 24mm 2.8IS has, IS. I'm sure that is good for run-and-gun video to help with jittery footage. Or if for some reason you are into landscape photography but not tripods? Which is weird.

Otherwise, I'd just get the original 24mm f/2.8- it's MUCH cheaper and super sharp. It doesn't have USM, but not REALLY an issue. It still is capable of shooting super sharp images right to the edges on FF if needed. and it is small and light and, um, vintage!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Gallery
« on: August 07, 2012, 10:14:55 AM »
Fun lens to have mounted when hanging out with the family :)

Kids Racing by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Best Buy in NYC has 5DIII & D800's in stock
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:22:52 PM »
And today when I was in there on my lunch break (i do lots of CE market research there, don't really buy anything ever)... they had a Nikon D4 up in the back cages? This is just odd to me. Didn't think this was a "Consumer" product. They don't advertise having it, but there it was.

They are an odd store. All their lenses are also incredibly over priced too. I can walk down the block to Adorama and much better prices. Not sure what the "Best" part of Best Buy is.

Perfect excuse to buy an EOS-M! Then she can borrow your lenses :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No more Katzeye for Canon 5D Mark II?
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:36:24 PM »
Why not get the EG- S focusing screen for like 40?

Pricewatch Deals / Best Buy in NYC has "pro" cameras in stock?
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:17:12 PM »
I was in the Best Buy near my office today (6th Ave bet. 23rd & 22nd St.), and noticed they had the 5DIII, 5DII & D800 in stock?! They weren't on display, but I noticed them up on the shelf locked away.

Hey if we are gonna dream, how about we make that sensor square too?! Then we are really cooking :D

I'll buy that.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:26:25 PM »
I was all set to buy the 5DIII from B&H for $3350, but it's back to $3500 now for some reason. Amazon is back to $3500 now too. What gives? I'm definitely not buying it without the warranty. Anybody know another place to get it for around the $3350 mark that is authorized by Canon?

$3350 vs. $3500.  That $150 concern will be dispelled quickly once you begin shooting with your 5D Mark III.  I guarantee it (just like the guy on the Burlington Coat Factory commercial).

Isn't the commercial you are referring to The Men's Warehouse? "You're gonna like the way you look, I guarantee it!"

I may be wrong.

Portrait / Re: Heat Wave! 100 Liters of water + model + sunshine....
« on: July 30, 2012, 12:04:27 PM »
I think it's pretty rad. The title is "Heat Wave". To me, it completely captures that feeling even if I didn't see the title. It's almost like looking directly into the sun. I also love the model's non-flinching stance in the middle of all the chaos.

Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: July 30, 2012, 08:21:41 AM »
here is my quick edit on your gf images.  i am not sure whether you like it.  however, i am still searching for a better way in editing it; therefore, any other comments on my editing will be welcomed.

I'm sorry, not offense but these edits are a little harsh. Why is she glowing in the first image? Completely over processed.

thanks for your comment, like i have said "i am still searching for a way to edit images" :) may be i have read/and see too many pictures of brian peterson.  it would be nice as if you would show me a way of editing it by posting fix(es) to my editings, in that way i could learn more.  thanks in advance...

note:  i am learning how to edit image on my own via picking brains; therefore, i need to see lots of comments as well as before and after pictures...

I would focus on taking great exposures/ compositions in camera and just use "post" for correcting lens distortion, contrast, color balance, sharpness, noise reduction, etc...

Be creative in camera first. Once you are comfortable in that, becoming more creative in your post work can come next.

This is obviously just my opinion. I am not a professional photographer (full-time), but I am a professional artist/ graphic designer. I spend every day sitting at a computer working in Adobe CS programs- maybe that is what I love about photography, it gets me away from the computer! :)

Photography and digital image processing are really 2 completely art forms to learn and master.

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