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Software & Accessories / List of plug-in's for photoshop/LR
« on: July 12, 2014, 11:28:15 AM »
  I was watching an adobe tutorial about extending photoshop with plug-ins.  They referenced a blog that had a collection of 43 plug-ins (free and paid) of what the article recommended as the best.  The 'best' is always subjective, but I thought the CR members here might like a reference and I wanted to share it.  There may be something here you haven't seen yet.  Article was written in March 2014.


   I've volunteered to help out my local 4-H group in regards to setting up a website/online storage site that will allow the club members to upload photos that they have taken at 4-H events, but not delete them.  We have quite a few members of our local 4-H group that do not have, or do not bother, to take photographs of 4-H events, members, etc. and when it comes time to produce and turn in yearly record books, some of the kids do not have photographs to add.  The 4-H leadership wants to offer a "public" (only to 4-H members) repository where members who do take photographs of events can upload their pictures for the kids to use.  The problem has been that people upload photos to, say google drive, but then when they are finished, they delete them before others have a chance to use them. 
  I have not tried many online photo/storage options, but what I'd like to do is to set up a solution with two logins - one for administrators that have complete control, and one for members who can upload, download, but not delete the images.   At the end of the year, the photos will be purged or archived in preparation for the next year.  Of course, free solutions are the best, but pay solutions are not off the table.   Is this something that can be done on a One-Drive account?

Thanks for your assistance.


Lenses / Re: Yes! Finally, the 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: July 11, 2014, 10:33:09 PM »
I take the collar off about half of the time.  Rotating it around and using it as a handle is nice as well.   For mounting, I use a wimberley P20 lens plate and wimberley C-12 quick release clamp.

Congrats on your new purchase!

Canon General / Re: Have G.A.S. and can't to get rid of it!!
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:58:06 PM »
I'd do 1 and 3, but with the extra $$ you may want to invest in some EF-M lenses for your EOS-M.  You'd have the best of both worlds - a fantastic FF kit capable of handling most anything and a mirrorless option for light traveling.

Lenses / Re: Need help deciding on my next lens
« on: July 11, 2014, 08:16:17 AM »
If you are looking for an all in one, then it's hard to go wrong with either the 15-85 or 17-55 for a crop camera.   There also is the 10-22 which is a fun lens to own.  I own both the 10-22 and 17-55 and can vouch for both being great lenses.  I do not have the 15-85, but many members of this forum do have them and all say it's a great lens for a crop camera.   For your budget listed, you could do both 10-22 and 15-85, but you may find that 15mm will be wide enough for you and you will not use the 10-22.

I'm not trying to spend all of your money, but you may be able to swing the 15-85 and a prime lenses, such as the 100 F2, or even a refurbished 135L.  Heck, even a refurbished non-IS 70-200F4 L may be a possibility for you.  Canon's refurbished lines usually go on sale once a quarter and refurb products come with a year warranty.  It's a good way to make the most of your money.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 11:51:29 AM »
1 body + 1 lens: 60D + 70-200 f2.8II
1 body + 2 lenses: 60D + 70-200 f2.8II + 17-55 F2.8
1 body + 3 lenses:  60D + 70-200 f2.8II + 17-55 F2.8 + 60mm 2.8 macro
1 body + 3 lenses + 1 accessory: 60D + 70-200 f2.8II + 17-55 F2.8 + 60mm 2.8 macro + 430EXII
1 body + 4 lenses + 1 accessory: 60D + 70-200 f2.8II + 17-55 F2.8 + 60mm 2.8 macro + 10-22 + 430EXII

Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 08, 2014, 12:10:52 PM »
these people will not purchase a new camera for at least another 5 years. 

Funny - I just bought a 60D coming from a T1i I purchased in 2009.  You were dead on too - it had all of the features I wanted at the time and it still works well today, though I now prefer the ergonomics and speed of the 60D.  Not sure how long I'll have the 60D, I'm getting anxious to see about this new camera in September.  I can't complain though - it was a heck of an upgrade for $460.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60d results - the bird feeder
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:32:03 PM »
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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60d results - the bird feeder
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:29:27 PM »
A few more...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60d results - the bird feeder
« on: July 06, 2014, 11:25:55 PM »
Thanks again for everyone's guidance regarding my recent purchase of a 60D.   I've had the camera now for almost a month, but haven't had a lot of time to work with it.   I realize that the 60d is old news, but for $460 it was an easy justification as a upgrade from my T1i.

So this weekend I set up my portable deer blind at a ridiculously close position next to our bird feeder.  We are frequented daily by a woodpecker family and various cardinals, warblers, blue jays, and of course - squirrels.  I wanted to see the image quality as  I've read criticisms about the noise levels on the 18M sensors.

Normally I would shoot manual and am comfortable doing so on my T1i.   I'm not fully acclimated to the 60D yet, so I was shooting in AV with the aperture set to F2.8.  I was using a 70-200 Mk II and a monopod.   I did crop the output and edit in LR.

Overall, I was happy with the pictures.  I did have a lot of OOF shots that I will chalk up to my mistake, but I have also noticed that other shots I've taken with other lenses seem soft too.  I'll investigate this more in the coming weeks.  I hope I don't have to have my lenses/camera calibrated, but if I do then I do.

So, what did I learn from this morning's events?  I learned that chickadee's are lightning fast - holy cow I had a hard time keeping up with them.  They act as if they had 5 red bulls before eating.   I also learned that when I go out to do something, that's when mother nature will change her routine - the woodpeckers did not show, no blue jays either.  I got to see a sap sucker, 2 chickadees, and some cardinals - one which was missing his crest and half of the feathers on his face.   He looked like the bird version of the walking dead and I did not photograph him.  All in all, the few pictures I kept I thought were good and I wanted to share them with the community.

Thanks again for those of you who answered my previous 60D questions and encouraged me to jump on the deal.  I'm looking forward to furthering my photography techniques with this camera.


EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: July 01, 2014, 04:27:00 PM »
What I want most is to take better pictures....but canon can't deliver that for me.  Or could they......

I guess I'm in the minority here.  I'm happy with what I have.

A. This is a gear site., hence, it discusses gear.

B. or sign up for a instructional tour. They will make you better.

Please learn to spot a joke.

Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 07:43:07 AM »
Does anyone use Corel's AfterShot Pro 2?

Apparently it has similar functionality to Aperture in terms of photo management.

I've spent the weekend learning new photo apps, and I think I might give it a try. I've used Corel products before, mainly Painter, and while they are good they all tend to be major resource hogs on the system.

Ive tried it and I have aftershot pro 1.  Not a bad piece of software, but I liked LR better.  My only complaint with Corel is that they are inconsistent.  In aftershot 1, they had an 'update' that actually removed noise ninja from the program since their license expired.  How does that happen especially when that was a listed feature when I bought the software????  Similar quirks occur with paintshop pro as well.  Last, you never know when they will dump a piece of software. 

I like Corel - they have a full like of editing products that can compete with adobe.  They just seems to be satisfied with hanging out in third place. 

Of course, give it a try to see if you like it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:26:49 AM »
I'm not an apple user but I do work in the computer industry.  I've seen things like this before and have a speculation on why they might be doing this.  Its no secret that the computer industry is going through a major evolution and traditional hardware makers are having a tough time making adjustments.  Though apple has lead the way and been successful, they are not immune.  Companies like this are looking for ways to secure and stabilize revenue streams in the consumer market as consumers are fickle and are more apt now to chase the shiny new cool thing from any company rather than be brand loyal.  This fickle market can make or break you on wall street on a quarterly basis.  This is where the subscription model comes in.   
So how does this relate to aperture?  Apple is run by some pretty sharp people, so there has to be a win for them to do this. My speculation is that their own creation, the app store, is killing their software business. The app store has allowed  anyone to build quality, and crappy, software to sell to the mass market.  Most users don't need the power of Photoshop or aperture and would be just fine with snapseed or any of the other hundreds of apps or lower cost/free software available now.  Given the popularity of the mobile market, apps are selling far better that traditional software, which is why you are seeing subscription models there too.  So apples target market for aperture is shrinking which makes the software more expensive to them to maintain due to the employee, r&d, and marketing costs associated with maintaining it.

So where is the win for them? It was easy to see from the OP.  Apple's new photo software is more integrated with their icloud offering.  Cloud computing is one of every major hardware (and some software) company's solutions to smoothing out their quarterly balance sheets. They do this by offering a service to you that is enticing and convenient for you to use, but would require you to get at least to the next level of subscription to really benefit you.  They also put in enough non-standard perks to keep you from wanting to leave for a competitors offering knowing that once you start using their service as part of your daily workflow, and not as a convenience, as you will find it difficult to leave them.  Apple will use their new software to push users to buy more cloud space and they will continue to offer software perks to get you to do so.

I'm sure that there is also some sort of partnership between apple and adobe on this announcement.  Given all of effort from adobe to get people on their cloud bandwagon, I suspect it isn't going as well as they had hoped.  Anyone notice that adobe came out with Lightroom for the iPad only?  Now, not too long after their announcement, apple is dumping aperture?  I don't think this is coincidence.  I'll also speculate that apple is getting a kickback from adobe by removing themselves as a competitor, then recommending adobe products as a replacement.  Referral money is the best money to make.  Also, should there be an actual agreement, then I could see adobe delaying releasing an android version of LR to help increase sales of ipads. 

Last, the money saved by cutting departments or services that are not in growth segments will make their stock price go up.  Wall street loves to see restructuring like that. 

Of course, this is my speculation on why apple is cutting their pro software package.

EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:59:59 PM »
What I want most is to take better pictures....but canon can't deliver that for me.  Or could they......

I guess I'm in the minority here.  I'm happy with what I have.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon 5 Layer UV, IR, RGB Sensor
« on: June 27, 2014, 03:51:27 PM »
Perhaps this is part of the reason there was a DPP 4.0 redesign.  Maybe there is more in that tool than is "turned on" right now to allow for such future sensors.

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