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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: August 14, 2014, 02:00:54 PM »

I don't know. Some of these arguments here feel like people defending what they bought, rather than any objective discussion.  This feels like one of those.

People base their response on their self esteem. If you own a (pick one) camera, you have to defend that brand/format. If you don't do this you (and other people) may think that you bought the wrong camera!  :o And being wrong about your camera choice lowers your self esteem, and your perceived standing in your community.  :(




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... I often just upload a zip file to my own website and let people download from there.  If you have decent web hosting, it's free and in many ways easier than dropbox.  In some states (NY being one), if you only provide clients digital files transferred online, they don't owe any sales tax since there is no physical product.


No sales tax in California for digital files.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Insurance is an accessory right? :P
« on: August 10, 2014, 06:45:41 PM »

For business.

If it's for business, then get real business insurance.

My insurance broker is Tom C. Pickard  http://www.tcpinsurance.com/  The insurance covers owned cameras/lights, rented cameras/lights, computers and Liability Insurance (includes liability for camera-copters at no additional cost).

With rental insurance you can rent that $10,000.00 lens without a deposit. If you have a business you need liability insurance.

There are other brokers who specialize in photography insurance, just Google to find them.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:07:42 PM »

I could see this.  if canon released "full frame" MF, it would seriously cause a lot of heads to turn canon's way in a big hurry as the current 1.3 crop factor adds dramatic and considerable cost to the lens investment with UWA lenses in MF.

I could be wrong, but even the most expensive systems to date were 1.16 crop - none of them produced the fully 60x45 of traditional 645.

Hmmm. Didn't Fuji make both 6x8 and 6x9 Full Frame Medium Format Film cameras ??? That would be a very expensive sensor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:01:15 PM »
645 for MF was/is the equivalent of APS-C, most MF systems were 6x6cm or 6x7cm.

true 6x6 being the most common - but it's certainly a lot closer than the 4.4x3.3 currently being said is medium format - that's almost like calling m43 full frame.

Back in the days of film, most 6x6 negatives were cropped as 6x4.5. The square format could be cropped both as landscape and as portrait.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doing Market Research on Medium Format?
« on: August 06, 2014, 02:55:41 PM »
the nikon rumors website claims that no such thing is going to happen but i sometimes wonder if that website is more of an arm of nikon marketing ...

All rumor sites are arms of marketing to some extent. When a rumor site depends on anonymous tips (that's all of them) then the camera companies can manipulate certain rumors. This comes with the territory, and there ain't much that can be done about it.

Both Nikon and Canon Medium Format rumors serve as polls, i.e. would you buy one if it were made. And how better to get Canon/Nikon fans to take the poll than to float a Medium Format Rumor.

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Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: August 04, 2014, 06:30:59 PM »
First you have to answer some questions. Why do you want to try studio work? Do you have an interest in Fashion Photography? Product Photography? Food Photography? Pet Portraits?

Some of the nicest studio shots you'll ever see were made in a daylight studio. No lights, just a large north facing window.

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Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: August 04, 2014, 05:28:03 PM »
My least used gear are my Canon DSLRs and lenses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fun Arias rant on APS-C vs. FF
« on: July 31, 2014, 11:32:04 PM »
Who cares what Zack Arias has to say. His main talent is self-promotion, i.e. he's not much of a photographer. His major source of income seems to come from being a guru/media whore/pitchman. If he wants to maintain that income he has to stop acting like a hopped-up loon.

His understanding of photo history leaves much to be desired. Back in the day many magazine covers were shot with 35mm cameras (gotta love Kodachrome). Photojournalists stopped using 4x5 and 6x6 during the Vietnam War era.

Now-a-days no-one except pixel peepers care about sensor size. No. One. Cares. Got that -- No. One. Cares.

Professionals are shooting paying work with everything from iPhones to 8x10. The impossible Project is now making New 8x10 Polaroid film  https://shop.the-impossible-project.com/shop/film/8x10inch/fi_8x10_1_imp_2_mum

So please don't bore me with senseless sensor wars. No. One (except you). Cares.

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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 ???

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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

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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.

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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.

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... 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

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