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Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: September 19, 2014, 05:06:00 PM »
i definitely looked at the d-lites but found some build issue reports with the units and also the trigger for the camera shoe (skyport issue in general). didn't notice a battery option either. i'd rather go with the bowens gemini myself, if in europe.

The units are manufactured in India to keep the price relatively low, but I have no issues with my set. The actual D-Lite RX looks better built than the previous IT model. The stands are also economical models, but they support the units well, and I can also use the with a Manfrotto boom without issues - just added a sandbag.
They come also with the newer Skyport Speed. The good of the Skyport is it's very small and light, the downside is it's run by a button cell, if it's almost depleted it could work erratically, better to keep a spare around because it's not a common type.
The system is also compatible with the USB controller that allows units to be configured from a Windows or OSX PC. There's no portable battery option if you need it, probably not to eat into the Quadra product.
Sure, you can get build a better kit buying separate items, but for a beginner this is a simple comprehensive and versatile solution.

I've never heard of the brand prior to this press release.

Rolls eyes !   Pretty well known in Europe at least - they own B+W too...

I still have my father's Kodak Retinette camera with one of their lenses, and it's a fifty years old camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:51:30 PM »
Bluetooth... LOL!

(this way you could use your smartphone both for GPS and WiFi)

Jokes aside, it all depends on what kind of photos you do more. You may need one, both or none.

And I've yet to see a Canon camera supporting WiFi Enterprise (pre-shared keys are not secure).

Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:31:31 AM »
i ended up with 1 einstein e640, 1 matthews medium maxi steel kit stand, 1 matthews 10lb. boa bag, 1 buff omni reflector, 1 51" PLM soft silver & diffusion fabric, and the cyber commander with the newer receiver for the e640 chassis. total was around $1050 inclusive.

In Europe, were some US brand may be not available or easy to find, I found a good choice to be the Elinchrom "To Go" sets. For example the DX-Lite RX 4/4 To Go comes with two 400W/s units, stands, 66cm softboxes, one 90° reflector, wireless transmitter (also able to set unit power) and bags to store and carry everything.  Looking around I was able to find it below €800 (RX-One 100W/s and RX-Lite 200W/s units are cheaper), and also Elinchrom offers some cheaper "entry level" kits for softboxes, umbrellas and reflectors/grid.
Anyway, they use the same mount of other Elinchrom products, and compatible ones.
These are good versatile starting kit and not overly expensive,  if one is really interested in studio lighting,  and cover a good range of needs from product/still life to portrait.

Lighting / Re: Looking for recommendation on light kit
« on: September 17, 2014, 12:49:31 PM »
A bit of lateral thinking - as you're worried about reflections on the glass, have you tried a polarising filter?
That's not the way you do it most of the times, especially because it may not always be effective. When you can control light, there are far better ways to avoid unwanted reflections.

Lighting / Re: Looking for recommendation on light kit
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:07:06 AM »
The biggest thing for me is that I don't like seeing the flash of a speedlite reflect in the bottle. Seems to me like a continuous light would be better suited, but someone had suggested strobes to me.  That's why I was asking.

It doesn't matter if it is a strobe or continuous light, when the camera shoots all it sees a continuos light anyway :) When you read that book, you'll understand why you see the reflection, and how to eliminate it. It depends only on the light source size, subject-light-camera angle, and the type of surface/shape you're lighting.

Not if the light is continuous or not, or the type of source.  This kind of selection is made depending on the subject kind, easy of use, cost, etc. For example flowers and food may not like "hot" continuous light sources. Strobes don't make people shrink pupils and eyes like continuous one may do. While continuous has no recharge times, and let you setup lighting more easily.

If you are really interested in lighting, learn the basics, and everything else will become much easier. Otherwise you will pick up fragmented advices here and there, and you won't know what to trust or not.

Lighting / Re: Looking for recommendation on light kit
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:29:10 PM »
I'm looking for a recommendation on a light kit for a beginner.  I want to be able to shoot glass, (bottles, pint glasses, etc) indoors.  I'd like to be able to minimize reflections and glare.

The advice about reading "Light - Science & Magic" is very good. Glass needs the proper technique to be lit effectively - you can do it even with Speedlites, but you need to know where to put them and how to control their lights - and it could be done without spending much.
Once you learn it, you'll know what kind of lighting equipment you really need - and what else you need (i.e. backgrounds)
Strobes or continuous light won't make much difference (although some kind of subjects may be better lit with one or the other) - but especially for a beginner strobes with modeling light or continuous light are very useful to understand what happens.
Some continuous lights are cheaper than strobes, but may not be dimmed easily. Tungsten one may become very hot, fluorescent ones don't (but have other peculiarities), while LED can be still expensive.

Canon General / Re: Canon Developing New-Concept Photo-Storage Device
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:37:49 PM »
Don't know why, but it reminds me a PhotoCD player...

Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you crop (and why)?
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:57:33 AM »
It's absolutely false pro photographers don't crop. Sure, if you shoot in studio or can frame carefully you usually don't. If you're a photojournalist, you may don't want to crop because of the implied "image manipulation" (but framing itself is also manipulating reality to some extent).

But there are many reason to crop when needed - because the final image requires a different aspect ratio, because you couldn't frame the way you wanted, because the image becomes more expressive.

It was a basic darkroom technique as well. Cropping is just a tool, like a longer lense or different sensor size/aspect ratio. It's non an excuse for being lazy while shooting, but it's not something to avoid at all cost.

Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:44:25 PM »
I don't mind the postage - potentially a variety of interesting stamps when I get home - but the adventure of finding a post office could well turn into a chore pretty quickly.
In some countries, even in Europe, mailing an USB stick without using some special expensive services or a courier, it's the best way to 'lose' them. Post offices may not be open all day or weekends.

A local 4G SIM can be fast, but 4G may not be available everywhere, and usually there are monthly or daily limits far below 16GB.

Photography Technique / Re: Tethered Shooting with 5D III & Microsoft Pro 3
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:32:38 PM »
It's a LOT better stylus than the really simple, plastic one I got...but it is highly recommended. It just makes using desktop mode so much vastly easier than trying to use a mouse or the touch's well worth the cost, IMO. (Not to mention the fact that the new one is fully pressure sensitive and multi modal and all that.)
Wacom makes better styluses that works with the SP2 (which uses a Wacom digitizer, I got one and feels much better) but doesn't work with the SP3 which uses a different technology. The SP2 stylus is passive and doesn't require batteries. The SP3 one is  Bluetooth unit and requires batteries.

Photography Technique / Re: Tethered Shooting with 5D III & Microsoft Pro 3
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:23:57 PM »
Hi allI am looking for a setup to do tethered shooting for Architecture/Property interior & exterior shoots & was thinking of using the new SP3.
I've been using a Surface 2 Pro (i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD) for months, it works flawlessly for tethered shooting using the EOS Utility (using a 5m USB cable, hope to test soon with a WFT E7), and it is adequate for LR5 use on the field, although my final processing is performed on a desktop system and larger monitor. You can always connect the Surface to an external monitor, if you need it.
Its screen can be calibrated, but of course is not a wide gamut monitor, and take into account setting a fixed brightness can reduce how long a charge lasts.
You can find some supports to clamp the tablet to something or put it on a tripod, but don't know what is available yet for the larger SP3.
For tethered shooting I use it without the keyboard, just touch/pen or the Bluetooth mouse, while LR is faster to use with the keyboard docked, yet basic processing can be easily performed with the stylus, which is of course very handy for local adjustments.

And please remember that the high end DSLRs are just a fraction of DSLR sales...

Yes - but what fraction? I do not mean the 1X category only. We could put the 5D, 6D and 7D (and comparable models from other brands) in that category, and maybe even some few more models.

Also that's where other sales comes from. Low-end DSLR users have more chances to jump on a new camera (maybe of a different brand) than building a system around it. Most of them will just use the kit lens and little more.
It's people buying relatively more expensive cameras that will buy lenses and other accessories, and in turn they will be more "locked in" into a brand (because unless you have very deep pockets, even selling everything is not so easy to rebuild a whole system) and thereby brings you more revenues in the long term.
Sure, you still need entry level cameras to bring in users and then move some up the ladder, the new entry level cameras could be mirrorless as well, why not? Just they may have the drawback their lenses and accessories may not be compatible with their bigger cousins if you need to move up.

CIPA data: Mirrorless cameras shipment growing. DSLR falling. Even in US and EU!
In this context DSLR means everything from the cheap EOS 1200D to the very expensive 1X. It would be interesting to see sales trend segmented by price levels.
I'm quite sure mirrorless cameras are attacking the low end market and immediately above it, I'm also quite sure the high-end market is not so affected - although the latter photographers may also buy a mirrorless to use together their DSLRs.
Also the there are seasonal trends - peaks around the Christmas season (and far less sales around February), peaks for "travel companion" cameras at the beginning of Summer, while in the same period DSLRs sales may be impacted by Photokina and new models announcements in September - guess many people are awaiting for the 7D MKII before buying a DSLR in that range.

Photography Technique / Re: Is RAW worth it?
« on: August 29, 2014, 01:27:20 PM »
Raw files are like diving boards, pretty flexible and can take being jumped on in post.

A better photographic analogy, already used (i.e. by Jeff Schewe) is to consider RAW as the "digital negative" and the RAW post processing something very alike Adam's Zone System, while shooting JPEGs is mostly like shooting reversal film.
With the former you can make decisions about exposure and development/printing to achieve the desired final result, which is always a combination of the both exposure and "development/printing" (now "post processing").
For example ETTR (Expose-To-The-Right) can be used, but of course needs post processing to achieve the final result.

With the latter, you need to get the image in "one shot", and in some kind of situations sacrifice details in highlights or shadows because of the smaller range.

Of course it's not an invite to be lazy - as someone pointed out - it's an invite to understand the digital medium fully and exploit its capabilities as well.

Maybe, sometimes can be used as a challenge to shot JPEG only - to be forced to concentrate more on exposure and lighting - and thus get used to apply the same experience to RAWs - but for any important work, shooting RAW will lead to better images when everything went right, and save those that for any reason something went wrong.

And like old negatives could be re-printed using newer technologies and achieve results once impossible, RAW can as well be re-processed as soon as new technologies arise that may improve the final image.

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