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Canon General / Re: Should we tell them?
« on: June 26, 2014, 04:28:32 PM »

After reading that story I can't help but feel sorry for career photographers who went through the digital transition. With film, learning took lots of time and money, now, in the same circumstance as described above, you could take dozens of shots in five minutes with different settings on each. "Snap, look at picture, delete, fiddle with settings, snap..."

It really does take expertise out of the equation.

Or to look at it another way   ... makes it much easier and cheaper to earn or learn that expertise.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 06:32:23 PM »
I think it will be a crop sensor. but if it is i don't think i will be getting one. I don't like the idea of carrying all that L glass around and then chucking away the light it gathers. To me that's silly. And the F'F's crop so well.

I'm not sure I understand what you are saying (in bold). Could you please explain / elaborate a little? Thanks

Just one of my pet niggles.  ;D The crop sensors only record a cropped part of the image produced by a FF lens. A lens designed for a crop frame camera would be much lighter and cheaper to manufacture (and hopefully to buy) than lenses that are designed for FF. Its not going to happen but I wish Canon would produce a good range of L quality lenses to get the best from crop cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D mark 2 crop vs full frame
« on: June 21, 2014, 03:40:48 AM »
I think it will be a crop sensor.

but if it is i don't think i will be getting one. I don't like the idea of carrying all that L glass around and then chucking away the light it gathers. To me that's silly. And the F'F's crop so well.

and hats of to the man above who is planning long hikes with his 200-400.   :)

especially when all I was asking in the original post was how we all cope with amateurs stealing our work.

Well, it's not "our work". Either legally or morally.

If you want to be a professional photographer you need to make it your work by making the sale. If you do that by producing masterpiece work or rubbish that sells is pretty irrelevant.

A once die-hard Nikon fan, Andy Rouse, tried out the 1D X not long after it's release. Andy is a world renown, well respected wildlife photographer, and he really is phenomenally good. The guy loved the 1D X over the D4 SO MUCH that he whole heartedly ditched his Nikon gear, bought a PAIR of 1D X cameras,

I trust you know Andy was paid to switch. Some thing all major camera brands do as part of their advertising strategy. I doubt he has bought any Canon gear at all (just assuming here as I do not know the specifics on how these deals work);
"I was recently appointed a ‘Canon Explorer’ ... I’m an ambassador for the brand..."

i trust you can back up that claim. He specifically denied that and said he paid for his gear. But maybe you know better.

I haven't looked at the OP ' website.  So this is not a comment on his work.

But one of the problems these days is its hard to get constructive comments. Many websites people try to get feed back from just seem to produce only meaningless mind numbingly inappropriate praise. And it seems people do that just to get similar comments back.

I'm guilty of it myself. Friends will ask me what I think of their images and I will always start with a positive comment and only give minimal constructive comment. I do this because l learnt years ago people don't want to know their images are pants.

recently an acquaintance said he couldn't make a living out of taking photos,  and he's been wildlife photographer of the year! Another friend, who has articles published in national geographic and books published by the natural history museum, told me his photography is only a support not his main income.

people do make money out of photography but it's more about business than quality photos.

Photography Technique / Re: Fast Motorcycles!
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:59:20 PM »
and a few more taken with higher view point, but set up like I described above.

Again you should get some better shots using a 5D, these were quite a while ago. Look at the petrol price!

The one of John McG was on his first 130 lap, I should work on that so you can see his eyes better.

EDIT: just notice these were taken with a 30D not a 7D as I said above, sorry.

Photography Technique / Re: Fast Motorcycles!
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:43:39 PM »
You may well find it quite difficult to get an in focus shot. The bikes are traveling that fast the camera will struggle to track focus, and you will find it difficult to keep them in the frame. A longer lens will help with fast subjects as you can get the shots from further away, its much easier to get focus.

If I was trying to do that I would be looking to just set the camera on manual, as fast as you can get the shutter on about F8  by pushing the iso as high as you find acceptable. Then I would pre focus and set the camera on high speed drive and hit the button just before the bike arrives. I did this a few years ago at the waterworks and got some reasonable shots with a 7D and a 100-400.

The other thing you can do is vary the height of the camera. I took some shots on the corner at the end of the straight after Parliament square, cant remember the name now, with a wider lens. I was lying on the ground with the camera under the fence. That got some more shots I was pleased with, not the quality you will get with your kit, but they float my boat. Wish I was there with you

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 28, 2014, 04:44:38 PM »
It will be interesting to see how "much better" you can get with the colours?

I use a color checker passport and it does amazing things. To able to drop that tweak will reduce noise quite a bit, I'm all for it. There's a good difference between the 5d3 and 1dx also, so if they really keep pushing for accurate color I'm very happy with that.

I use color checker with the 5d3 and the 1Dx. Couldn't agree more that the results are very satisfactory. I don't see how it will reduce noise.

But remain very interested to see what they are achieving.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: May 27, 2014, 05:14:12 PM »
It will be interesting to see how "much better" you can get with the colours?

I don't think I would want to change. I'm very happy with the 1Dx and the 5D3. I don't think there is anything else out there that would tempt me, or is a better over all package.

I did consider changing to Nikon before the 1Dx came out but decided that Canon would probably catch up or overtake again. I know a lot of people will rattle on about DR or Mega pixels. Sure cleaner darks would be nice but its never really a problem unless I mess up with exposure. And I'm not really after extra megapxels.

Having said all that I have nothing against Nikon. If Canon wasn't there I would be very happy with Nikon.

The one thing I would like and don't have is a nice walk about camera. If I don't carry one the the above cameras then I use my phone. It would be nice to have something, but nothing avalible at the moment floats my boat.

I agree with the general vibe here...  Canon hasn't given a reason to buy their cameras. The only camera REALLY worth buying was the 1DX. The 5DMKIII was a marginal upgrade. Many people said if you owned a 5DMKII, you may not need the upgrade. Only Wedding photographers would really want upgrade their 5D's...  The new Rebel and SL1 are cool. But that's it in the DSLR.

With the new Nikon D800S on the horizon and some of the Sony mirrorless cameras, Canon really needs to get their act together. Fuji mirrorless is quite amazing as well. All the news and cool and new news is coming from these guys.

That Nikon D800S has me salivating....

well I am very happy to have got a 5D3, it's a great second body to my 1Dx. So I'm happy and I guess canon are happy to have sold then.

If your so worked up about how fantastic the Nikon is you should get one. Hopefully that will make you happy, and Nikon need all the sales they can get.

Lenses / Re: Canon 300mm f2.8is II with 2.0x teleconverter III
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:16:16 PM »
I use the 300 Mk11 with the 2X Mk111.

I love it its a very useful combination, very usable.

Here is an image taken with it, in poor light and pouring rain. First shot is the whole image, second is a crop of the head.

Both images processed in LR with sharpening @ 25.

That said, I question how the OP was contacted by the bride. This question was brought up earlier in the thread, but never answered by the OP. Unless the pro photographer himself gave her the contact info, then it would seem the OP promoted himself at the wedding, at least to the extent that he provided the bride or someone close to her with information as to who he is and how to contact him. This is way beyond the bounds of what is ethical in such a situation, whether hired by the photographer, or in this case allowed to 'tag along' at his client's event.

Sorry I thought I did. The bride asked my number to the cameraman (who I met the same day) and the cameraman called the photographer to have my number telling him that he needed me for a job. I didn't give any detail to anyone at the wedding because I thought it wasn't professional neither ethical to promote myself while another photographer was hired to photograph the event.

so there was deliberate deceitful behaviour and you knew it.

My first thought was that the bride wanted cheap images.

I may be too cynical but without any justification other than experience I would assume the following:

1) The original Photographer (the official one that is) was to be paid for prints or digital files.
2) The bride has seen a way to reduce the price by cutting out the original professional.

Maybe the original photographer was rubbish - But if he's that bad why was the OP going to him asking for "experience"?

Maybe the OP is a "natural" wedding photographer - If he is he will be able to make money in the future.

Either way I would recommend the OP goes to the original photographer and tries to work something out. If he can't come to an agreement then chalk it up to experience. I would NOT recommend going behind the back of the professional who was kind enough to help you out, it won't be worth it in the end.

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