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Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:21:54 PM »
infared - while I understand your point and agree, I do my photography for ME and let those around me benefit.  Since I'm not a pro, I see my hobby as an activity that might bother some when I take a lot of pictures but when I freely share them, they don't mind so much.  Sort of like inviting the neighbors to a loud party you're hosting.  So I am probably not helping any pros by doing so much for free but it's my contribution to volunteer activities such as Boy Scouts, School and Church.

If I did photography for a living, I would treat it much like I do IT consulting.  Charge by the hour or by the job and make sure everyone understands up front what it will probably cost including materials and billable time.  Hopefully, word of mouth would bring me good clients that are of the same mindset I would prefer.

It doesn't matter what line of work you're in, there are those who don't mind paying and expect to pay for good work and then there are those who expect a favor all the time.  I send those people to Best Buy for computer services.   ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:12:31 PM »

has been around for awhile now and while it surprised some, I didn't blink an eye.  It is safe to assume that if you put anything in the cloud, even simple emails or text msgs, it's gone and available for anyone to use with or without your permission.  This is why even with stuff you 'sort of' 'can' control, you should probably watermark it if you want to at least get credit for it.

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Solutions Disc latest version?
« on: December 18, 2012, 03:59:56 PM »
Um, I know this is a loaded question but how many folks have actually ever used the software anyway?  Or more to the point, use it regularly?  Since I had to go back to the box and retrieve the disc just to contribute to this thread, it's obvious how much I use it.  Should I install it?  What am I missing?

Lenses / Re: lens calibration
« on: December 18, 2012, 02:10:16 PM »
Thanks for the info neuro.  That's sort of what I suspected/feared.  I wish Canon would step up and provide a full featured software management solution for all DSLRs and other cameras.  Like the ability to do auto AFMA, backup of all camera settings (like profiles) to a PC, etc.  I realize they have some of this in a limited or manual fashion but there is so much potential if they would just expand on it.  Coming from a computer and IT background, I guess I just see a lot of things "missing" that shouldn't be with regard to the technology involved.

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 02:02:34 PM »
just as the Chef makes the meal not the oven, the photographer makes the photograph not the camera

...so, I guess Instagram is the Swanson TV Dinner in this analogy?   :D

Love it neuro!  LOL!

Lenses / Re: lens calibration
« on: December 18, 2012, 01:56:38 PM »
Wow.  Interesting read folks.  I'm getting pretty close to pulling the trigger on FoCal.

Can't wait to get those gooseneck lamps.  Now I know neuro's secret!!  I didn't know Staples was an authorized Canon dealer.  What is the Canon SKU for those fancy lamps neuro?   ;D

Also, what's the deal about 5DIII not being fully auto?  Are we waiting for FoCal to update something or what?  Please explain.  Thanks.

Software & Accessories / Re: EOS Solutions Disc latest version?
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:46:31 PM »
The moderator removed my post about the software that came with my 6D.  I tried.  Guess I stepped in it this time.  Sorry moderator dude!  Didn't mean to offend!

BTW, the latest version is 27.1

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 11:21:16 AM »
Crap, and I was just starting to like instagram.

As a Istock contributor, IMO, Most crap cell phone photos won't print,look, or sell as well as good stock photos.

Unless that is the look that is needed.  Or the image is significant for other reasons, newsworthy or specifically desirable.

Years ago, I got a Zenfolio account specifically to control my images because I didn't want our Boy Scout images in the public domain or ending up on a billboard, cereal box or hiking advertisement without permission.  I educated myself on the subject so others wouldn't be adversely affected by my ignorance.  Money well spent.

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:38:01 AM »
BTW - the point that the article I link to makes is that the lion's share of the photos on instagram are...

"... grainy, dark, fuzzy out of focus images ..." and " Let it sort through the millions of family, pet, ‘action’ and party photos to find a great image with good composition, framing and colour." and " ... your bar room drunken cell phone uploads will never quite make the grade ...".

The point the columnist makes is there are 5 billion photos to sort through and most of them are crap.

Unfortunately, I agree with distant.star in that the majority of people now have a very low standard for what is considered an acceptable image.  It's pretty sad.  Makes me wonder why I care so much sometimes.

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:29:56 AM »
Why the big uproar?! In the current economic climate I think it's a good thing that a small local business like Facebook will buy instagram and make a good use of all these photos. They can then sell the photos to other poor companies that cant afford to hire a photographer. Even those who arrange and design shrubberies are under considerable economic stress in this period in history!

You are joking right?

Yeah I'm joking, did the montypython quote not give it away? I guess if you don't know the quote, then you don't know it. No harm done

ok, funny, i haven't seen montypython in years.

LOL!!  Oh that's rich!  I was just about to post to Northstar to re-read it!  (I was gonna say, "Come On Northstar!!  How could you miss that!?")

IMHO - Anyone who spends more than $100 on a camera these days and decides to upload content online should not be so naive as to think that 90% of the places the photos go will not be collection bins for free content to the provider where all of their rights will be stripped away.  Really.  It's no secret and hasn't been for years.  It's really pretty simple... Either pay for a respected service like Zenfolio or SmugMug, et al. and protect your rights or use free services and lose your image rights.  Simple choice if you ask me.  It's not like the paid services really cost that much either.  $50 a year?  Big whoop.

Here's my Zenfolio Referral Code if you decide to buy Zenfolio...


I just read this story (below) and planned to post a warning on CR but the OP beat me to it.  I don't use any of these online services to post images myself except to share the occasional phone pic or family photo but if I did, I would assume they were going to eventually be shared with the world without my permission.  That's just the reality of it.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem: slow AF 6D
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:24:38 PM »
Yeah, I was at a little camera rep event at a local camera store last Friday.  The Canon rep was all over it talking about how many cameras Canon sees damaged by non-Canon batteries and so they are getting more serious about the issue and protecting the user.  Whatever.

I suspect it's more like they are seeing a big drop in $65 - $100 Canon battery sales.  If Canon would simply make their batteries $45 or $50 retail from the start, more people would choose to pay that over $15 - $20 3rd party batteries.  Mostly anyway.  It kinda reminds me of the record companies charging $15 - $25 per CD and then they were all upset when MP3 came along and ate their lunch.  Meanwhile, if CDs had been $5 - $8, most folks wouldn't have been as motivated to give up the higher quality CD.

Honestly, I'm glad the alert is there for when a genuine FAKE is used.  That sucks, paying full price for a counterfit battery.  But they should just say what they mean in the error - Non-Genuine Battery.  Done.  And don't punish the user with no status.  That's just petty/crappy.

Mt. Spokane, it's 60Hz.  (That's the frequency.)  120 is the voltage.  So the shutter must stay below 1/60.  Impossible to do so the effect must be dealt with in post.

Here's a great write up on the issue...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:56:45 PM »
Something I haven't quite seen yet with regard to Exposure and White Balance - you'll never get it consistently spot on in the arena.  You'll get close but that's all you can hope for.  Arenas use lights that pulse at 60Hz.  Since you aren't going to be shooting at 1/60 or below, you are going to catch the lights at different points in their phasing.  This will cause your sequential shots to vary both in exposure and color (white balance) as the lights change intensity and color.  Set you camera as others have said using manual settings and choose a manual white balance that you like and don't change it.  Avoid AWB at all costs.

The trick is to at least try to keep things as consistent as possible so when you clean things up in post, the variation will be more predictable and easier to deal with.  As you can imagine, AWB would wreak havoc on the WB consistency.  And I totally agree, RAW is the way to go.  Avoid JPG because you will likely want to adjust more than JPG will allow.

Here's a great write up on this issue...

FWIW, your pictures already look great.  I can't wait to see the next set!!  Have FUN!!!   8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem: slow AF 6D
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:34:22 PM »
Yeah, so far my biggest complaint is the Battery Nazi they programmed in to the firmware that says, "No Battery Status for YOU!" with a 3rd party battery.  Bastards.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Only 1 lens
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:32:03 PM »
It's all been said by now.  My take is pretty close to neuro's...

If possible, keep the 5D2.  (5D2 is worth ~$1K or more used maybe, IYL.)  You'll likely regret giving up FF.  Sell everything else.  If you must sell the 5D2, get a 5D Classic instead.  (5D is worth ~$600 or less, IYL.)  I've shot with one for years and it's a great camera.

Lens?  Well, if we are going for max $$ savings, keep the 50mm/1.8 and get one of these...

20-35 f/2.8  for wider indoor and lanscapes or one of the less expensive normal zooms mentioned already.  I'm sure the 24-105 is ideal but if it's too much $$, just get anything that works for what you're willing to spend.

After all, when push comes to shove, RLPhoto has a good point - 5D2 (or 5D) + 50/1.4 (or your 50/1.8 ) would do you fine.  No fuss, no muss.  Heck, if it were me, I could probably live with my 5D + my trusty 16-35/2.8, 24-105 and 50/1.4 forever.  In that order.  Sometimes I think that's what I should do too.  Dump it all and simplify!!

And I've used a Sunpak RD2000 with the Sto-Fen diffuser walking around for years.  Less than $100 and works great.  Yeah, I've got all the big flashes, but the RD2000 lives on my FF camera for fill.

Enjoy your family, your health and your love of photography.  Good luck with your decisions.  Please let us know what you decide.  I'm sure we can all relate and we all wonder what will happen!

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