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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 18, 2014, 06:14:35 PM »
My "new to me" 5d arrived today! 

Software & Accessories / Re: My HP Laptop getting too hot!
« on: November 17, 2014, 10:02:29 AM »
What is the model number?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I took the cheap road to FF
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:17:41 PM »
Still waiting....  I think they shipped via horse and buggy.

« on: November 13, 2014, 03:33:17 PM »
Go for it!

Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 13, 2014, 12:14:03 PM »
Thank you for sharing - they all look pretty fine.
As you have asked for feedback, here you go...in order of latest post first

1 - I would have removed the "air" under the last step at the bottom
2 - Not critically sharp on my screen, either too tightly or to widely cropped. Rather give me his full left shoulder (if available) or crop even a bit more
3- Great - if anything, I personally prefer eyelevel shots
4 - Pretty cool. Try "with feet" version and try "rectified wall"
5 - Perfect
6 - Would have cropped above waist level. The little blue jeans does not add much
7 - Something went wrong with white balance or is the greenish cast intentionally? Tree growing "out of his head" could be avoided
8 - Personally to me this is a landscape format. Use more of the railway track to visualise "the future ahead".
9 - Love the idea!! Try closer and from "little girl eyelevel" and take at least her heel into the frame. Maybe take a variant with him looking into the little girl's eyes

All in all impressive for starters!
Hope that helps

Have agreat day

Thanks for the feedback Olaf.   I had to laugh about the tree growing out of his head - you were right and I wasn't paying attention to the background when I took the shot.  I'll see if I can remove the tree. :)   Also, I appreciate your critique.   I'll work on your recommendations and repost the updates later today or tomorrow.


Photography Technique / Re: Senior Portait Critique
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:46:59 AM »
I would have liked a less busy background.  But that's picking nits.

These look like some good photographs.

What was it about the professional photographs that the family did not like?  Were they YANAP candidates?  :)

I'm not sure what YANAP is.   I didn't ask them about what they didn't like, just what they were wanting.  I didn't see the other photographs either - perhaps I should have to make sure I didn't give them a similar result.  So far they seem pleased with the results, which is my goal.   Thanks for the feedback.

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.   

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