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Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:31:13 PM »
Sometimes going back to the basics helps.  Maybe whip out a tripod on a sunny day and get a "subject" to focus on with a detailed background some distance behind it.  Then do the good old exposure exercise where you maintain the same exposure but vary the aperture and shutter speeds and work your way through all the f/stops.  When you compare the shots, it might help jog your 'noggin on what will work for you.  You could also toss in some varying distances from the subject at each f/stop to see how that affects the DOF, compression and bokeh.


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Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: May 08, 2014, 04:18:34 PM »
yes i am interested as well to see additional shoots. good luck with it!

Well, you asked - I think I did a bit better dof-wise these times, here are two series from this week ... took a while, this kind of crowd is rather unreliable at turning up when you had agreed to :-p

I think I'm indeed missing the 40-70 range, 40mm is too distorted (even though you can catch a lot of the surroundings like the train and the squatted house the guy used to lived them before he was evicted), and 70mm+ has the dof problem.

For the close up shots with ~120mm I needed to use ~f11, and still not both person and pet are in focus. Sometimes I know I didn't manage to af the correct spot for optimal dof usage, but that's really hard to do the instant the scene looks ok with 6d focus & recompose... I don't know if it would be easier with a "real" 5d3-ish af system.

The wide angle shots were done with f8, for the dog this was enough for in-focus models and a bit of background separation blur. For the cat I couldn't manage this, so I resorted to f4 out of focus blur for the model in the background on some shots.

Still, either I'm still getting it completely wrong, or I really need to get a 50mm :-p, or getting pet and person in focus w/o explicit thin-dof posing on full frame is really extremely hard to do @100% crop and I should simply more often resort to creative blur of one part?

Btw to get  the whole dynamic range I was using Magic Lantern's dual_iso module for 14.5ev dr, otherwise black dog and bright sky is really tricky. Lighting was done with one flash on bracket and another next to the model.

Not much to say that hasn't been said but I want to compliment you on the shots.  I think anyone here would be glad with these results.  You did a great job.  Tweak all you want but you are improving on a very good product already.

As for the 6D AF system and whether a 5D3 would make a difference... rest easy.  That ain't it.  I think you know better than that.  The issues you are dealing with here can't even be much affected with manual focus.  It's definitely NOT the camera, it's the variations of aperture, etc.  Lens?  Maybe.  But not the camera.  I have both the 5D3 and the 6D and in 90% of cases, the AF works fine on both.  Sports and fast moving AF needs are better addressed with the 5D3.  Lower light, the 6D.  But I rarely even remember which camera I'm shooting with in most cases, based on any perceptable problems that is.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Lexar Memory Card Sale at B&H Photo
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:39:47 PM »
FYI - The Lexar cards are already selling normally for the same (B&H discount sale price) on Amazon.  So that sort of mitigates the urgency to jump immediately if you don't need new cards ASAP.

Example:  http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-Professional-1066x-CompactFlash-LCF16GCRBNA10662/dp/B00IQCRTSK

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Hey surapon, I'm so glad to see you are wearing a large HAT to keep the sun off of you!  All you need now is to get a water hydration pack to add to all the other equipment so you can stay hydrated!  I'm sort of half kidding and half serious.  If you are like me, you get so caught up in shooting that you look at your watch and it has been 2+ hours shooting and you are getting light headed from all the effort.  Hanging a water bottle off of your belt isn't a good option with all the cameras but a Camelbak type water pack would stay out of the way.  There are many brands and designs available.  Just a thought!

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Hey there Arctic,

Glad you are so generous.  You described it well.  You are doing the same thing I'm doing, helping out organizations with your time and talents who wouldn't otherwise have what you provide.  I shoot my son's high school swim team, church events, a lot of boy scout activities and various other things.  It keeps me busier than most pros.  But people appreciate it and I get a lot of experience and improve my abilities.  It all gives my amateur shooting an important purpose and pushes me to improve.

I try to be considerate when a pro might be involved.  My church hosted a 5K fun run race event last fall and I shot it along with the hired photog from the company that promoted the event for the church.  I waited a month before I posted my pictures on my site to give the pro a chance to sell images.  The pastor later thanked me and commented that they liked my pictures better.  I was glad the event was a success and my pictures were well received but I was also glad I didn't initially "compete" with the hired photog either.  It's all about a bit of balance and keeping egos in check.   :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:11:49 AM »
Thanks for all the feedback and terrific suggestions. I had no idea this was going to turn into such an interesting topic. I have always just used a microfiber cloth to clean my lenses but am now considering some of the suggestions above.

Btw - what's wrong with putting the microfibre cloth in the washing machine? What happens to it?

When I was collecting crystal whisky glasses I was advised not to dry them with a cloth that had been washed with softener as it, and other chemicals we tend to put in washing machines, can cloud the glass. How this correlates to the glass found on camera lenses I do not know, but I tend to just get new cloths rather than wash them. That said, the guy I was chatting to has never had a problem washing his, in fact he wishes the company were still producing them.

I don't think it's a huge issue but I can see the potential for problems depending on what the cloth is exposed to in the laundry process.  I agree that cloth can retain various chemicals or compounds from a wash process.  If I were to wash an important item like a lens cloth, I would probably just hand wash it so I can control what is introduced to the cloth in the form of dirt or other contaminants from other dirty items, soaps, grit, etc.  All you are trying to do is remove some light oils, dust and light dirt from the cloth anyway.  Woolite or some other delicate detergent would probably work great, then simply hang dry the cloth.  If you've ever held a dryer softener sheet, you will get an idea what is left on clean clothes in the dryer.  Nice for skin maybe but not for leaving smudges on lens glass.

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This is the exact opposite approach to what I normally take.  I try to hide my gear, use only the gear required, and it stays protected at all costs.  I appreciate the volunteer work though.  It is surprising that you haven't gotten flamed on the volunteerism piece.  So many photogs complain about people taking food out of their mouths.  My perspective is if someone can do as good a job as you can for free, then you are in the wrong business.

As a self employed business owner (IT Consulting), I always try to take the high road.  There is plenty of business to go around and I don't have time to waste with negative thoughts and comments.  If another IT guy wants the business bad enough, he can have it.  I just try to provide good service and keep my clients that way.  If a client doesn't want my services, I'm not going to beg or try to hold on to them.  It's just not worth it.  Most of my work is obtained by word of mouth and referrals anyway.

So, with that in mind, I sort of chuckle about pro photographers getting angry about volunteer competition.  If the recipient of the photos could afford to hire a pro, they wouldn't use a volunteer.  And if the volunteer is as good as or worth the same as the pro, so be it.  They still probably don't have the money anyway or they would offer to pay the volunteer or just go without the better quality photos.

I think many pro quality photographers are no different than other tradesmen that offer to do pro-bono work.  And you don't usually hear about other electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, IT guys, etc getting upset about losing that business.  What's the difference?  And how much revenue is really being lost anyway?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 06:30:45 PM »
The point about the lens cap is key!! Also, if you can avoid it...never put a,kens cap in your pocket...that is just a transfer nightmare.

This is another thing I guess I'm on another planet about.  I have lens caps for all my lenses.  (In fact, all the useless Canon lens caps are in the box where they stay until I sell the lens.)  I buy Tamron center pinch caps that are more durable and easier to use and then I leave them in the lens case when the lens is in use.  I usually have a lens hood on the lens in use (along with the lens filter) and the cap doesn't go in my pocket or anywhere else.  It is only on the lens when the lens is stored.  But when the lens is in use, whether it's on the camera or in the lens bag for 20 minutes being switched off and on the camera, the cap is not used.

Another good idea to consider with caps and possible dust/debris transfer to the lens... use double stick tape on the inside of the cap and it will catch dust/dirt/debris before if it's trapped between the cap and the lens.  Esp on the rear cap.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 04:08:46 PM »
Seriously, it's just not that big of a deal.  If I shot thousand dollar pictures for million dollar clients in an expensive studio I would be more fastidious I guess but when you're outdoors in dust, dirt, sweat, etc then what's the point?

I guess I think of it exactly the opposite. If your shooting thousand dollar pictures for million dollar clients in an expensive, CLEAN studio, you probably don't have all that much dust and grime to worry about in the first place.

Out in the field, where there is dust, dirt, sweat, and other crap, you have to be that much more careful to avoid scratching your lens when you clean it. I wouldn't ever even remotely dream of using a napkin to clean my lens...those things are incredibly rough with nasty scratchy fibers. Just because you get dust on your lens more often doesn't mean you should trash your lens. As much as there are demonstrations on the net that show how you can still use a scratched up or even cracked lens, those defects DO impact image quality.

Just because your studio is the big, bad, dirty outdoors world doesn't mean you should not be diligent about keeping your gear clean and in pristine condition. If for no other reason than to preserve resale value.

No offense intended.  I am a pretty big perfectionist in most things (and it can be exhausting at times).  In all honesty, I did the whole 'lens cleaning system' way back when and eventually just gave up with all the expense, wasted time/effort, etc and dropped my standards to a more common sense approach.  After that, for several years, I have never had a scratch or any other damage due to using commonplace items for light cleaning.  I'm not saying I throw caution to the wind, I am still careful with how I clean my lenses.  When I'm home, I use a proper lens cloth, etc.  I rarely used any kind of fluid or chemical because I don't want to damage the lens coatings.  When I'm in the field, I use a lens cloth if I have it but otherwise, I just don't worry.  I do the best I can with what is available and I've never had a problem.  And I haven't used lens tissues since the early '80's!

If I ever do happen to get a scratch for whatever reason, I'll simply change the filter and keep on living.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 03:54:58 PM »
Love it, surapon!   ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Microfibre Cloths for Lens Cleaning
« on: May 04, 2014, 03:27:19 PM »
Microfiber cloth.  In office.  In camera bags, etc.

Honestly, I have a filters on all my lenses and I don't worry about it that much.  I don't usually use any kind of fluid, I just breathe on the lens and use the condensation along with a microfiber cloth.

There are many times I am out in the field when I simply use breath condensation and my shirt, a napkin, or whatever is relatively clean.

Seriously, it's just not that big of a deal.  If I shot thousand dollar pictures for million dollar clients in an expensive studio I would be more fastidious I guess but when you're outdoors in dust, dirt, sweat, etc then what's the point?

Rusty

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surapon, as a fellow volunteer photographer that shoots virtually ALL of my images for non-profits for free, I commend you!

It's great to hear and I'm glad you shared these images and thoughts with us.  Keep up the great work!

Rusty

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surapon is THE MAN!

He is a PHOTOG BEAST!   ;D

(And here I think I'm pretty badass when I carry around just TWO Cameras!)

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I think most of us that frequent CR are open minded enough to accept other products outside of Canon.  I know many already own Sony, Olympus and Fuji products, mostly in the mirrorless lines.

When a company excels at something, it makes sense to buy their products over another, even if it's a favorite like Canon.

I haven't ever been drawn to Sony for their DSLR line but I have loved Sony ever since I was a kid in the early '70's for soooo many other things.  I am saddened to see the Sony brand diminish over the years.

The only non-Canon DSLR that I have seriously considered (but haven't jumped on yet) has been the Pentax K-3 with a couple of the WR lenses.  This fits with my heavy outdoor use and Pentax has a great following and a solid reputation.  I just haven't wanted to get into a whole other system yet.

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Photography Technique / Re: technique for hand held larger lens
« on: April 30, 2014, 02:29:24 PM »
I use the rifle stance/breathing technique all the time and wrap my left arm in front of me or rest it on my body to support the camera or lens.  I basically try to become one with the camera to avoid vibration, etc.

Yay surapon!!  I've used bungee cords with a monopod several times!  You and I would have fun comparing DIY contraptions.  Only problem with attaching to a railing like that in public venues is the vibration caused by people shaking the concrete floor or bumping the rail somewhere down the line.  Eventually I stopped using monopods most of the time because I could use the above technique to achieve shots down to 1/15 or 1/30 (worst case) with a zoom lens.  Anything below that just requires a tripod, no other way around it.  And my carbon fiber monopod weighs almost the same as my fancy manfrotto adjustable monopod anyway.

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