« on: November 11, 2013, 11:53:31 AM »
Great shots Joe and congrats on the opportunity. They don't come around often and you made the best of it.
2n10 - wow! A thrill I bet.
Yes, workflow is always an issue with DxO, but I was never happy with Lightroom's speed or it's database(s) and I've found that Photomechanic solves my asset management for me. My flow is to ingest with Photomechanic, select, label, and keyword my photos with it as XMP sidecars, drag & drop into DxO, output as TIFFs, then perform final edits as needed in PhotoShop and save the TIFF. I'll then save as JPEG, print, or whatever from there. When I do my monthly archive, I just do a batch process convert the CR2s to normal DNGs with Adobe's DNG tool and store the CR2, DNG, and final TIFF on my backup media.
Maybe it's not an elegant workflow, but it works better than it sounds and I don't have to worry about corrupt databases or anything else.
Even though people do the 'math' of, 'well, it's a 1.4 crop factor times a 35mm focal length, so that's right about 50mm....', that is not accurate. It's still the exact same distortion of a 35mm focal length.
Distortion is due to the focal distance (except for distortions due to lens design, which is mostly in ultra-wide zooms). 35mm on APS-C = 35 *1.6 FF Equiv = 56mm. Normally this would give little to no observable distortion in adult head and shoulder portraits. But for babies you have to get much closer, and distortion might be noticeable.
I have the 35 f/2 IS and it's a great lens, but if you're doing baby portraits you probably want something tighter. Most baby photographers use an 85 f/1.2 1.4 or 1.8 on a FF camera. That's pretty close to the 50 that you already have (80mm FF equiva.). Move in close to the baby and you should get nice portraits with shallow DOF. If you need tighter, go for the 85 1.8, which is sharp and shallow wide open.
Dear Drio, my friend. Yes, I will try.
Don't be too enthusiastic, it's really a specialized product for old-school film simulation with some other mixed presets added - it's beyond me how anyone paid $80 for this unless required for a specific purpose.
The Merlin engine has a cousin, the Meteor (tank engine)! Here's two of them in action.Why is it that everyone is covering his ears?
And it needs 14 stops of dynamic range...Nice shot!
Here's mine, but it wasn't accidental. The 'L' of the 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS, shot with the MP-E 65mm.
Im very disappointed in canon. I expect my L's to be perfectly straight! We should all demand refunds