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Photography Technique / Re: Recommendations for portrait cropping
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:43:51 PM »
One of the nice things about art is that there are no rules. Just opinions that people try to sell as rules.

I both agree and disagree on this one - there are no rules, but there are some guidelines like the ones Phil posted that certainly make a portrait look better.  For example, cropping at the wrist, knee, or ankle joints may not break any rules, but it's not going to make for a pretty portrait.

I agree.  I think it's a good guideline to follow "rules" within a range of scale. 

If you want your portraits to look like everyone's, then follow the rules. If you want to standout, then pay no attention to the rules.

Here are a few well known photographers work. Non of it is conventional. And some not safe for work.

Hedi Slimane  http://www.22h22.org/2011/01/18/robert-de-niro-x-hedi-slimane-photos/  No three-point lighting set-ups here.

Richard Avedon  http://maryckhayes.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/simply-stunning-richard-avedons-portraits/  You won't find poses like these in any posing guide.

Juergen Teller  http://www.carteblanche-x.com/blog/2013/01/22/this-years-brightest-stars-by-juergen-teller-for-w-magazine/  Horror of horrors, he uses on-camera-flash  :o

Mark Seliger has well over 100 Rolling Stone covershttp://atchuup.com/portraits-of-celebrities/  Do you have a portrait of President Obama back in your portfolio ???

Photography Technique / Re: Recommendations for portrait cropping
« on: July 24, 2014, 07:56:11 AM »
One of the nice things about art is that there are no rules. Just opinions that people try to sell as rules.

They say that the "Eyes Are the Window to the Soul," so I like the motion picture Extreme Close Up (ECU) cutting off the chin and the top of the head http://www.getmann.com/2010/08/26/Movie_Review__Fistful_of_Dynamite_Duck_You_Sucker.html

50+ Wonderful Examples of Classic Photography Portraits  http://inspiringmesh.com/50-wonderful-examples-of-classic-photography-portraits/  Please note the #3 "Gone" violates the the suggestion of thirds ;)

10 More Tips for Stunning Portrait Photography  http://digital-photography-school.com/tips-portrait-photography/

Do something different. Wideangle portraits  http://www.phototechnique.com/portrait/wideangle-portraits/  and Wide angle portraits: how to use your wide-angle lens to caricature your friends    http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/03/21/wide-angle-portraits-how-to-use-your-wide-angle-lens-to-caricature-your-friends/

Also check-out Stunningly And Incredibly Realistic Pencil Portraits  http://www.pouted.com/stunningly-incredibly-realistic-pencil-portraits/#sthash.Z3CUtiPD.dpuf

Software & Accessories / Re: Post processing workflow
« on: July 17, 2014, 01:00:54 PM »
What is your hobby? Photography or Retouching? What do you enjoy doing, taking photos or spending hours on your computer?

Me, I'd learn to get-it-right in camera. Also learn to use Custom Functions Here are a couple of links to help you learn  http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/app/pdfs/quickguides/CDLC_EOS_Cfn_QuickGuide.pdf  and http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/infobank/custom_functions/custom_functions.do

Also I'd use Canon's Digital Photo Professional, it's FREE software that comes with all Canon cameras.  http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/galleries/galleries/tutorials/dpp_tutorials.shtml

A properly shot file should require little work, maybe some tweaking of curves.

Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:26:11 PM »
Both Canon and Nikon need primes for their crop-cameras (APS-C/DX).

I'd like to see these EF-S lenses:
1) An ultra-wide, non-fisheye, 8.75mm = 14mm FF, or a 10mm = 16mm FF.
2) A wide 14mm = 22mm FF.
3) A long wide 17mm = 27mm FF or 18mm = 29mm FF.
4) A 22mm = 35mm FF

Why not just use an EF-S 10-22mm you ask. Because it's big/bulky and doesn't open up to f/1.8

I'm not interested in impressing people with the size of my zoom. I'd rather disappear into the background with a small camera (SL1 maybe) and a small/light prime.

... this means they dont have to engineer their own solutions that one of the largest tech companies in the world has already solved.

Solved ??? seems to me FUBARed is more likely ;)

Here's a fun read on Military Slang  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FUBAR#FUBAR

I've been using Great Whites for years, but I've NEVER considered buying one. As a Pro using a piece of gear three (3) time a week means you should probably own it. If less, just rent as needed. As some-one just using a 400mm f/2.8 once or twice a year, renting is a no-brainer.

A hobbyist needs to follow a similar idea. Will you shoot BIF (or surfing, etc) every (or most) weekend(s)? Or will you just use it once or twice a year, while on a trip?

On one of the fora, about ten years ago, there was a guy who claimed to own every Great White except a 1200mm. He also claimed to have never opened a box (that would destroy their value). So are you a photographer or a gear collector (who seldom uses his gear).

BTW big lenses need big support, so you will need a gimbal head or a SharpShooter rifle stock http://www.sharpshooterindustries.com/ssHome.html Or maybe both :)

I've been a Windoz hater for over 20 years. The reason I did not buy a Nokia Lumia 930 was, you guessed it, Windoz Phone 8. BTW I use a 2006 LG flip-phone, so please don't call me an Apple fanboy :)

If a Canon camera comes along that I'd normally buy. But it uses MicroSoft code, I'll have to pass. Back in the day, when I did HTML coding (by hand), I learned to h8t MS, and their non-standard (and buggy) Windoz Explorer. Been there, done that and I ain't going back :( YMMV.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:35:17 PM »
If this is in a 1D body with built in battery grip, I can see a lot of enthusiasts disappointed. When the 80D or 90D comes out, they'll say that is what the 7D2 should have been.

Oops! You beat me for a couple of minutes... As you said, I would have been disappointed in the past, but honestly I must say I'm changing my mind as time passes, despite what I had said in prevous discussions. Anyway, the assumptive departure of the mode dial only suggests a higher chance for an integrated battery grip, I can't think of a valid reason for a non-gripped body not to sport an EOS 1-type top plate.

Pop-up flash: I like, IR flash triggering should be there in this case, but radio? Having both options would be really great.

One of the main reasons that I use APS-C is that they are smaller and lighter than Full Frame cameras. Why would I want a gripped body that is larger and heavier than a 5D3 ??? Makes no sense to me, therefore a Deal Breaker..

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:06:38 AM »
How about some Pro Lenses to go with the Pro Body. Maybe a 9mm (14mm FF), a 17mm (27mm FF) and a 22mm (35mm FF). F/1.8 would be a good compromise between fast and light.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 03, 2014, 02:59:09 PM »

It's truly bizarre to me that almost 20 years after Canon's first IS lens people still insist on staying ignorant about the benefits of IS. IS is not just about counteracting shaky hands, IS allows you to shoot at lower shutter speeds than you normally would. f/4.5 with 3-4 stops optical stabilization on this lens will be able to handle lower shutter speeds than f/3.5 without on the 10-22mm. Can you use your imagination to think of any scenarios where lower shutter speeds are indispensable?

I can successively shoot an EF 85mm f/1.8 at 1/4 second on a crop-camera. Therefore the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 is not a problem, for me. YMMV. I can also drive a stick-shift (manual) transmission car. YMMV.

There are many times an IS system is handy -- Long Whites comes to mind. But a 10-18mm you've to to be kidding!

But not-to-worry, your side has won  ::) Canon has also added Image Stabilization to the EF 16-35mmf/4L IS USM. When will Canon add IS to the EF 14mm f/2.8L and EF 15mm f/2.8L ??? I'm sure that Zeiss will soon add IS to their Wide Angle Prime lenses :)

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:21:22 PM »

Updating the 17-55 and producing a high end constant aperture replacement for the 10-22 (f/2.8?) would be a good start ...

The variable aperture 10-22mm is fairly heavy. For Me a 10-18mm (16-29mm FF) f/2.8 would be a better/lighter choice. Even better, for me, would be 10mm f/1.8 (16mm FF), 17mm f/1.8 (27mm FF) and a 22mm f/1.8 (35mm FF) primes.

At the moment, Canon's message seems to be that if you want anything more exotic that a slow zoom, you need to go full frame. Whilst many will (including you and I!), many others will decide it is not worth the extra price and bulk; they will switch to one of the increasingly capable alternatives.

Canon, Nikon and Sony are trying tp move their customers to High Profit Full Frame cameras. The lack of a 7D2, D4 and NEX 7 II may be a costly mistake.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: June 02, 2014, 02:33:47 PM »
I bought my EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM when I bought my Canon 20D (2006). I see no reason to replace it. The minimum focus distance is 9.5 inches (24cm). At 10mm (16mm FF) there is some wonderful barrel distortion, but at 22mm (35mm FF) it's rectilinear and I've used it for products shots and people It weighs 13.6 oz. (385 g.) and uses 77mm filters.

The Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is lighter at 8.5 oz (240g), the minimum focus distance is about the same at 8.64in (22cm) and it uses smaller, less expensive, 67mm filters. It's also a lot cheaper -- $299.99 vs $649.99  (BTW these are Canon USA prices).

Photography is a lot like shooting, Snipers don't have stabilizers on their rifles and TV News Camera-people don't have stabilizers on their lenses. Holding a rifle/pistol or a camera steady is an acquired skill and fairly easy to learn.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:20:30 PM »

And in fairness even Profoto call the B1 an "off camera flash" not a strobe.

Off camera flash is a marketing term used to entice Strobists. Please notice that they didn't call it a speedlight even though it's TTL. Any flash that is used off camera is an off camera flash  ;)  My off camera flash of choice is the Profoto Acute 600B pack and a 600B head (total weight about 12 lbs). Most of the time, for location product shots, I use it with a light weight Paul C .Buff 73 in diameter PLM. No problem to get an f/16 at 15 feet. Try that with your speedlight ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 02:14:02 PM »

Tiny camera in jean pocket, but it requires a luggage of speedlite to shoot. Umm.... ::)

In my experience, you are the first to call a Profoto Studio Strobe a speedlight  :) If you want the ON CAMERA speedlight look (think Terry Richardson) the iPhone already has a built-in flash :) For those paid jobs that require Studio Strobes you will no longer have to deal with bulky Pocket Wizards ;)

Seriously, modern battery powered Studio Strobes are small and light. The Profoto B1 is a 500ws battery powered monolight that weighs less than 7 pounds. It even works with Canon TTL.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 04:05:25 AM »
The prediction above was that all pros will be using small format cameras (smaller than full frame) and that only hobbyists will use full frame, and that this would happen in the not too distant future.  The past does not tell us that.  If the march to smaller formats were so inevitable, then NO commercial or landscape photographer would be using medium format today.  They would have all moved to full frame or smaller.  That's obviously not not true, as many continue to use medium format, as do some  portrait photographers.  Likewise they won't all move to smaller than full-frame in the near or not too distant future.

There was a time that Wedding photographers uses mostly Medium Format, etc for weddings. Then it's mostly 35mm. Nowadays there's even people that's doing paid weddings via Fuji or M43. Some will stay at 35mm of course. But MILCs are now getting to a point that some are willing to bet their livelihood on them. Whether cropped cameras will replace FF as the predominant format for various professional work (not for all of them, just as Medium Format still exists), only time will tell. But it can be assured that as cropped systems become better and better that more and more will adopt it for paid work.

Well, I agree with all of that as it's a reasonable, realistic assessment.  I disagree with c.d embrey's claims that "In the not-to-distant-future only hobbyists will use Full Frame, and pros will have moved-on to smaller formats."  Some hobbyists, yes.  Some pros, yes.  But it's too much of a blanket statement to be true for everybody.  Full frame and optical viewfinders have a lot of appeal for pros, and pros have *very* diverse needs.  EVFs and small formats are great, but they don't meet everyone's needs all of the time.  I'm using 3 formats for paid work and finding each is good in its way.

Since the beginning of photography pros have always moved-on to smaller formats. Really large format cameras were replaced by 8x10 cameras which were replaced by 4x5.

At one time there were 6x9, 6x8, 6x7 and 6x6 medium format film cameras. Then these camera were mostly replaced by 6x4.5 film cameras, which were replaced by 6x4.5 digital. But that doesn't stop Martin Schoeller from shooting covers for Time magazine with 120 film, using a Fuji rangefinder camera (Texas Leica).

Like it or not One Inch cameras are good enough for many pro jobs right now. By the time that the iPhone 7 comes along there will be an App that triggers strobes (just like a Pocket Wizard) And there will be young pros shooting with an iPhone and Profoto strobes ;)

There are some hobbyists (and a few pros) shooting 8x10 cameras. Other hobbyist ares shooting panoramas with 4x10 cameras instead of stitching digital. There are also a few people using Banquet Cameras (7x17 in. and 12x20 in.) Nothing in photography ever truly goes away. The Impossible Project is bringing back 8x10 Polaroid  https://www.the-impossible-project.com/8x10/  Me, I'd like to see them bring back Type 55 film. BTW in the future there will be hobbyists added to this group who will use Medium Format and Full Frame ;)

Heraclitus (c. 535 BC – 475 BC) is reputed to have said: "There is nothing permanent except change." Sounds reasonable to me. YMMV.

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