April 21, 2014, 06:19:56 AM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Jim Saunders

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 36
31
Canon General / Re: 16 MEGA-byte CF card!
« on: April 12, 2014, 03:33:50 PM »
I guess you could use them for firmware updates, or as a coaster for a shot glass, or as a shim for a wobbly coffee table...  :P

Jim

32
Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:35:35 AM »
All shots of my son are good shots, then again I am biased!  Essentially I achieved what I set out to do, which was work out the basic controls of the flash and how to get it and the camera to work together with minimal fuss.  For now I am content to stick with this 'a bit beyond point and shoot' mentality, but as I digest the various resources mentioned here I have a camera and flash that will let me work up to more sophisticated scenarios.

In that case I'm curious to see how it comes together for you!

Jim

33
Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Speedlite Tutorials?
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:44:19 AM »


I agree.  So here is my first example:

I know the composition is awful and the background is fussy (but the subject is somewhat dear to me).  I used the 24-70mm in Av mode (with the Camera set to keep the shutter between 1/60 and 1/200) and had the flash in simple ETTL mode, mounted on the camera and pointed straight ahead - i.e. in simple mode!  I'm pretty happy with the result - it has had no post-processing beyond that which Aperture does on import.

Good shot, first time or not!  I don't know if you tried different settings to get the flash and the background roughly even there, but that is one thing to try.  You can do it with an object with a sunset behind it, mess around and see what gets you the detail in the sky and the fill on your subject.

Jim

34
Lenses / Re: Damaged 70-200 2.8 II, suggestions
« on: April 11, 2014, 11:07:57 PM »
I wonder off-hand if Roger Cicala would be interested in running it through his new gizmo?  I mean if he doesn't have a year's work lined up for it already!

Jim

35
edit: I notice I'm in a minority here. Without wanting to hijack the thread, what are people using the remote release for? I must be missing something :)

I have used one for bulb for fireworks.  There are no doubt other ways of doing that but that has worked for me.

Jim

36
Lenses / Re: Teleconverter advice
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:40:01 PM »
I have heard in passing that for the 1.4x extenders there isn't a huge difference between the II and the III for image quality.  I'd need to see a screaming deal to get the II though, the IIIs (both of them) apparently offer AF improvements with the big white lenses, no sense handicapping your future if you don't have to.  My 0.02.

Jim

37
1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 09, 2014, 01:39:23 AM »
The first of Gary's subjects there makes me think "great shot" and "Meg Ryan a bit" at the same time.  I have recently gained some insight into shooting with such large apertures and that has given me a new appreciation of what it is to make it work.

Jim

38
Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:37:28 PM »
PK that shot is terrific!  If I had more wall space and less of a queue of stuff to get framed...

Jim

39
Macro / Re: macro question
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:34:40 PM »
do you mean a radial blur?

I'm just not sure why it appeared though - amy ideas?

No, LR5 has radial filters.  They work the same as a grad but in a circle. Put one in the middle, stretch it out to fit, adjust exposure to suit.  The cause of your hot spot there I don't know.

Jim

40
Macro / Re: macro question
« on: April 08, 2014, 06:21:06 PM »
Nothing wrong there a radial filter in LR couldn't fix.

Jim

41
Technical Support / Re: monitor calibration and lightroom
« on: April 08, 2014, 04:02:24 PM »
What cable do you use to connect?  I haven't tried DisplayPort, but I've noticed that connecting my desktop display with DVI yields better contrast than HDMI; I have no idea why.

Anyway that shouldn't mangle the colours.  Try resetting the monitor to its factory settings, and if you haven't already then set your software to use Automatic Display Control.

You might see a little bit of difference in what I'd call the texture of the image compared to your external display, but the colours should be right on once you get the wrinkles out.

Jim

42
Technical Support / Re: monitor calibration and lightroom
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:42:48 PM »
If the software is the same as the i1 display pro there should be an option in the menus before the cal starts for ICC v2 or ICC v4.  If you have that set it to v2 and try it again.

Jim

43
Technical Support / Re: monitor calibration and lightroom
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:27:32 PM »
What kind of calibrator?

Jim

44
Software & Accessories / Re: External AF assist light?
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:25:03 PM »
Yongnuo's YN-E3-RT has built-in focus-assist beam, and is the size of the Canon ST-E3-RT. Might just suit your bill, and give RT access to 600EX-RT's to boot.

I have the Canon one, but I might get one of these for my 5D2 so I can use both bodies with the lights in group mode.

Jim

45
Software & Accessories / Re: External AF assist light?
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:19:34 PM »
It always puzzles me why people refer to the AF assist lamp as 'infrared'.  By definition, you can't see infrared light.  If you're seeing the red light, it's red, not infrared. 

The entirety of your post should be a page in the book worth of education you've shared with all of us!

I had assumed the visible light from the AF lamp was just spill from imperfect filters but now that you describe it I realize I should have put all of that together myself!  Adding a little bit of deep red light might not be too difficult, I could get a friend to go closer to the subject with it.  I suppose the really slick approach would be to use an external shutter control to operate the camera and the remote switch for this AF light (so it isn't on too much) but one thing at a time.

Jim

Pages: 1 2 [3] 4 5 ... 36