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I hate to be the one to say it, but you process too much, especially the HDR.... You need better software, or preferably better techniques...
Yes, it's technically not a HDR with multiple exposures blended, etc... But it doesn't have crazy saturated colors, however, it does have equal (or close to it) detail in the shadows as well as the highlights.. Especially if I could show you the RAW file..
I thought the same thing, but of course it's a matter of taste and my first hdr shots looked exactly the same. When hdr was introduced, everyone was crazy for this "hdr style", but in the meantime the reactions are less enthusiastic.
My hint concerning high dynamic range shots: Take 7 raw shots with +-0,5ev (use magic lantern or the 5d3). Back @home, get Photomatrix (it integrates with Lightroom), import the shots and then choose if you want to use the more natural looking exposure fusion with all shots (the final shot is assembled like a puzzle) or "real" hdr with the 3 extreme ones (all exposures are layered). Then you can fine-tune the sliders to get either an "artistic" or natural expression.
And don't throw away the source files after assembly like I did with my first shots - in 1-2 years if you've learned more you may want to re-process them!
make saving, looking for, and eventually buying one a worthwhile path to start on. IMO.
Not to be mean, but MY EYES!!!!
There is alot of members here who do awesome HDR's. @lex! is one of them, and his stuff is great i'm sure he's got some tips around here somewhere.
I miss Japan. I was there for 6 months when I was in school in 2000. Kyoto is my favorite city, especially in April/May with the hanami and everything. I wish I had my 7d back then. You'll want to be careful when buying "L" lenses. They are like crack, once you get one, nothing else will do
welcome to the forum.... can you do some scan of the Capa photography magazine scan for this forum?Thanks, and...
Welcome to the forum. I'm here in Hiroshima and have a 60d. Just bought a 5d3, but that won't be arriving for a couple of weeks, as I bought it in the states, and am having a friend bring it over.
Blay..if this post is short, I'd like to see your "long" post
Welcome, and congrats on your 60D, you've made a good choice. Three things:
1. Read your manual
2. Shoot on manual
3. Start saving for an L lens
The 50 1.8 is a great lens and it's as sharp as anything starting at about f4.
By the way, thanks for serving and your sacrifice.
Welcome to the forum... I think what mt spokane was referring to regarding a replacement was an upcoming 70D or 7d2... But dont even sweat it... The 60D is plenty of camera to get your feet wet, get your chops going, and if and when you outgrow it, you can look at the 7d series, 5d series, or 1d series when your experience and budget will allow. AFMA is referring to the manual adjusting of the lens in regards to the Autofocus. Sometimes it is close but do to some tolerance level on the body and lens, it may be a hair off either front focused or back focused and the AFMA fixes that... Odd's are you may never need that, but it's a nice feature to have in an extreme situation... but sending the lens/camera into canon and have them re-adjust within the warranty period works just fine as well. Lens selection, get some general purpose zooms, and when you get to the point where you see habits of using a certain focal lengths such as 35,50,85,100,200, etc... Then look at getting some fast prime fixed lenses... you lose the convenience of a zoom but gain it back and then some in image quality and shallow focus opportunities. Good luck and let us know if you need any help or assistance.
I wouldn't get too hung up on L lenses either, especially if you are operating on a budget. There are some great Sigma, Tamron, Tokina lenses out there that will really save you some $ over the Canon competition. Just be sure to read the reviews on any lens before you buy it, if you haven't checked out these sites yet they're a great place to look for in-depth reviews:
Note I didn't link Ken Rockwell Ok he's probably not as bad as most people think it just depends how seriously you take him...
Quote4. Other than ebay, where can a guy find used camera equipment, astro phto equipment, etc. I'm looking for a used one of these:
if you are in Japan you can use
Japanese used lens are usually in great condition and come with a 6 month warranty from the store usually. But the thing you'll probably find out sooner than later is that camera equipement is MUCH cheaper in the US than in Japan, even though it is made here. My recommendation would be to buy from B&H photo and have it shipped out to Japan. YOu'll have to pay about a 5% (goign up to 10% over the next few years) in duty charges, but it'll still be significantly cheaper unless you are buying anything released this year.
First off, I'm also in Okinawa, so こんにちは. I live in Isa, Ginowan.
If you have a FPO/APO box (which I assume you have access to, since you mentioned AAFES) you won't have to worry about duty fees, which leads me to my next point, ANYTHING camera related is cheaper, way cheaper online from Adorama or BH than AAFES or out on town. Plus better customer support. This is how I buy practically everything, as stuff is just too expensive here.
Be aware, that with at least Adorama, they won't send items that are over a certain dollar amount through USPS priority mail, which I'm sure you know is the only way to get things mailed here, quickly and relatively cheaply.
Since you have been here for 12 years and I only 8 months, I'm sure you know that are many fantastic locations to shoot at here.
Check out my Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronspics12345/) and this guys, whose live here for almost 40 years (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/). Enjoy, and let me know if you ever wanted to get together as I can show how to operate that new 60D of yours. If you needed the advice of course.
As for the rolling bag/backpack...let me get this straight - you have one body and one lens, you got the Kata toploader 'should you get a larger lens one day', and you're looking at a pack that holds up to 3 dSLR bodies and several lenses? Have you already bought a full-sized van and a 7-bedroom house in case you should have six kids one day?
I'd look for a smaller bag...
I expect a replacement model with more features to be announced soon, perhaps a touch screen, autofocus while taking video, optimized for the new STM lenses, etc. It might be worth waiting.
I know, it's the Canon 4Ti (650D)
Too late, already got the 60D.
The 4Ti did not have some things I wanted.
What is STM lenses, that I did not know about?My main arguement against the 60D is that you can not use AFMA to fine tune the autofocus to match any AF error in your lenses.
Okay, wosh! Right over my head, I have no idea what you're talking about.It doesn't matter too much with the kit lenses and their smaller apertures / depth of field, but when a user decides to go for a wide aperture f/1.8 or f/1.4 lens, for example, they will always benefit from fine tuning, the alternative is to send the lens and camera body to be adjusted, and then the next new lens will be off.
I want to get a 50mm lens soon, the cheap one, like 100 bucks, will that look like crap now?
Okay, some quick questions.
1. How many external speed lights can you control with the 60D? 2, 4, 8, 20 ? I can't find that anywhere and I want to do some BIG outdoor urban night shooting and want to place some about 26 meters away (Max distance, I did find that out). I'm thinking I'll need speed light triggers right?
2. My Canon SX20 can zoom to 80x, my 60D is only as good as the lens that is on it, what lens will equal the 80x zoom of the SX20? (Keep in mind I'm on a tight budget.)
3. Where is a good place to buy on-line a second or third battery? I KNOW there has to be a thread on this, but when I search, too many results come up and I get no answer after reading about 20-30 threads. Just more questions.
4. Other than ebay, where can a guy find used camera equipment, astro phto equipment, etc. I'm looking for a used one of these: