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Canon General / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: November 13, 2014, 12:25:58 AM »
Lots of great info here. 

I recommend checking out the 35mm f2 is for your prime and the ef-s 10-22 for your wide angle lens.
Welcome to the group!

Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:58:16 PM »
One last one.

Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:56:29 PM »
Wow - the pictures showed up a lot bigger than they used too :)

Photography Technique / Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:55:07 PM »
This past weekend I helped a friend out by taking some senior pictures of her son.  She wasn't happy with the portraits that she had already paid for from another photographer, so I said I would help her out.   I was up front in telling her that I haven't really done any portrait work other than terrorizing my wife and kids with a portable, in-home studio that the CR community helped me set up.   I did not accept any money for my efforts - payment was in the experience.   I have zero training in how to pose people other than finding portraits that I liked on the Internet.

So, with that in mind, I'd like to present a few of my shots to the community here for critique.   The pictures were taken with a 60D with either a 17-55, 50 1.8, 70-200 2.8, or 60 2.8 macro.   I made the most of natural lighting in a downtown "historic" setting.  I did use flash with a flash bender for pictures in the alley.  Pictures were shot in RAW and processed in lightroom 5 only. 

Though this was my first time providing this service, I'm not excited about the results.  I think I spent more time being nervous about getting it right rather than being relaxed and going with the flow.  The experience was invaluable though!

Thanks for your feedback.

Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: November 12, 2014, 11:35:36 PM »
"Could you suggest some good icons to shoot and places to shoot them from?"

Charles Joseph Whitman found the 28th-floor observation deck of the Main Building of the University of Texas a good place to shoot from.



I thought it was Yellow Cards

I guess a red card gets you booted from the forum?

Edit - sorry, Admins, just saw your boxes are red.  I guess that means you have "God Mode" on the forums.


Site Information / What do the yellow boxes by your avatar name indicate?
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:33:23 PM »
just curious

I usually leave it on if I'm going to continue shooting.  If I'm done, then I shut it off of course.   

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Super Fresh New TOY, Canon 7D MK II
« on: November 12, 2014, 12:05:24 AM »
I'm looking forward to some updated beach photography from your 7D  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 12, 2014, 12:01:07 AM »
AARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!    The seller hasn't shipped the 5D yet.   It's the wait that kills :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 10, 2014, 04:16:04 PM »
Thanks for the info on the mirror. The seller said that it has been repaired by Canon, but I'll double check that anyway.   

To answer some of the other questions asked of me:
1. the camera shipped today from New York.  I expect it by Friday.
2. I mainly shoot family, sports, and wildlife - nothing serious though.   I did have my first senior portrait shoot for a friend of mine yesterday.   I think the pic's turned out okay, but I'd like to retake with the 5D to compare.   I also shoot some real estate listings for a realtor friend of mine.   Nothing worthy of a magazine - just MLS quality pictures.   

If I love the FF camera, then I'll probably go for the 16-35 F4 lens first.   I don't have a standard or wide angle zoom that is an EF lens - just EF-S.   That new 100-400 looks pretty slick too.  I interested in real world reviews on that one.

Thanks for the feedback and encouragement!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:56:04 PM »
This weekend I purchased a used 5D off of ebay with battery grip, batteries, memory cards, etc. for $445.  I have tried a FF once before and wasn't sure that the price tag was for me at the time.  I realize this camera is old and that there are risks to purchasing a used piece of equipment, but I wanted to better analyze for myself the IQ difference between the 5D and my 60D.  Even if I don't keep the 5D, I could resell it an make most (if not all) of my money back, so this was a better option than renting right now. 

Most members here say that the IQ will be quite evident and I'm looking forward to seeing for myself.  I had been contemplating moving up from my 60D to a 7D Mk II, but I also didn't want to rule out a FF option (most likely 6D).  So why not buy an older FF and have both FF and crop for a while.   I do have a few compatible lenses - 35-80, 50 1.8, 85 1.8, 70-200 f2.8 mk II, 70-300 IS USM - to get me started.

Regarding the 5D, is there anything I should consider getting for general maintenance?   I've not cleaned a sensor before and am not sure what I need for that, or for anything else that might require more manual attention on this camera.



Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 10, 2014, 01:39:39 PM »
How many times have we heard of a salesman telling someone that a certain product has been discontinued and offer to sell them something more expensive that just happens to be in stock.

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:29:23 PM »
Can't wait to see the price!  This may become my second L lens :)   I was holding off on a 400 f/5.6L to see if unicorns really existed.   It appears they do.

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