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Portrait / Re: Feedback on these headshots
« on: Today at 12:15:19 AM »
Why cut off the top of his head in all of these? Otherwise, looks pretty good to me.

LOL, I know people will definitely take a note of this Peter Hurley style. As a newbie I am still on the process of developing my own headshot style.
I am a newbie too so please take that into consideration.
#3 is my preference. #4 is my least.
 - I feel better expression on his face on #3 and the diagonal line of the eyes helps it. #4 is too flat and static.
 - when I cut someone head, i make sure my intention is clear. I see no doubt in your intention on #3. It looks like by accident on #4.
 Not sure what lens was used, but he seems to be rounded face to me. I would use telephoto. On the other hand, his nose is relatively short and telephoto would make it shorter. Hard to tell!
If not too much to ask, explain your thought process when choosing a specific pose. I could learn from it too.


Thank you for the honest critiques. I did use the 24-70mm 2.8 II on the longest end, which probably is the reason(or my son's face is just really round, he'd prefer to hear the first reason though. LOL) I am still on the process of getting the 70-200 2.8 II. As with the poses, my intention is to compliment his jawline(which is probably wrong considering that my model is an 11 year-old kid). I really am glad that I posted the photos, i am learning a lot.


Why does Peter Hurley advocate cutting the tops off?
Anyway, you've got great models with very nice hair- but the reflection looks distracting. Maybe use a key light instead of the clamshell?
Also, the angles with your son's face could be more dramatic and sharp, and you can shoot from an elevated position, thereby reduce the rounding effect and making the chin (and jawline) more prominent. In that case, use a key placed lower.
Please keep sharing your results. I am also learning a lot from them.

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Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:20:58 AM »
Ever since I heard about BBF I have been using it.  Absolutely love the idea of disconnecting the AF from all other processes.  I use it on my 7D, 5DII and even the SL1.  I do have to say though that I don't have big hands, and it is certainly not a comfortable grip/motion.  Very painful after a long day of shooting.  It puzzles me why Canon won't out a customizable button a little further down.  It would things a lot easier...

Interesting... I thought people with longer fingers had problems with BBF. I have short ones, and the distal joint of my thumb naturally rests on the button in case of the 5Dc (less ideal, but works) and the tip sits naturally on the button on my 5DIII. I would think it would be tiresome to bend the thumb back to a button that is placed lower.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:18:05 AM »
So why no EVF on the 7D2 ???

Because EVF still sucks for action and sports.

+1

It will always be to late in the action.

Even (if and) when EVF becomes fast enough, wouldn't it be sort of mutually exclusive with a single lens reflex system?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D 4 & 1DX II @ Photokina?
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:14:24 AM »
Who cares? Every thread will be hijacked by people telling us our cameras are crap, even if we are happy with them they will try and tell us why we shouldn't be, even when we tell them we understand their point, and it is valid, they will still go on and on and on and on..........

well if you had not talked about it.... it actually could have been a thread that stayed on topic.... ::)

I suppose I could say the same for you, unless you are exhibiting a very dry sense of humor. You might not have responded to PBD's comment and contributed to this very insightful thread ;)

Dylan, you already ready to move on from your 5DIII and 1D X? I suggest you think about that 200/2 instead, which has almost no upgrade possibility. After all your 85/1.2 portraits, I can only imagine what that bad boy will bring to the table ;)


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Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:30:47 PM »

CS5 / CS6 extended versions have the ability to stack shots and "remove" differences between frames ie people. Also useful for reducing noise. Martin Evening did an article on it ages ago. Take 5-6 shots and then stack the, Believe CC has this functionality as standard. Might be a cheaper option...

Depends on whether you value time more, or money...
I'd rather use a long exposure to remove people than wrestle with it in PP.
I took a shot at the grand central a few months ago, and the images are useless without PP due to subject movement (I did try to compensate for that, but I guess people in NYC just walk faster  ::) )
I haven't got the time to PP it since, so I wish I had an ND filter that day.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS $999 at Adorama
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:19:23 PM »
This clearly erroneous ad should be removed.

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Photography Technique / Re: Website launched!
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:26:41 PM »
Great news! Already bookmarked the site.
Now I don't have to remember which CR thread your great technical articles are hidden in (and here's hoping you'll keep writing more)!
Congrats, the site looks nice :)

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Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:24:28 PM »
If I need to decouple focus from the shutter button for any reason, I'm much more likely these days to switch to manual focus.

Inspired by a post in this forum, I recently changed my cameras to use "af off" on the "AF-ON" button. It needs holding down while focusing, but is quicker than to reach for the af/mf lens switch. Pity there is no "af off (hold)" option.

Not sure I understand...
If you use BBF, your system is essentially on manual focus (AF off- hold) unless and until you press the back button...

I think you will find Marsu has AF on the shutter button and the AF-On button set to AF Off, that means if he wants to manual focus he just pushes the AF-On button (that turns AF off).

Oh, I understand his set up :)
What I could not understand is why he can't set AF-On on the back button, and no AF function on the shutter button, essentially making it AF off-hold until and unless he presses the back button (since he was wishing for an AF off- hold scenario).

Because many people find needing to use their finger and thumb to AF and expose inefficient, especially if you regularly move AF point with the joystick or work EC with the back dial, or if you are in M mode adjust aperture with the back dial. I tend to use my thumb for other stuff and found I got thumb fatigue with BBF, I really like the AF-On button set to AF off, I find it works well for me and the other stuff I want to do with my thumb.

Ah, got it. Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: Permanent price drops
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:19:59 PM »
Neuro, interested to hear why you're looking at the TS-E 17mm.  I've been researching the differences between the two lenses lately and in some other threads it sounded like you were pretty happy with the TS-E 24mm.

I'm very happy with my TS-E 24mm...except when I need a wider focal length.  I would be using them both, depending on the focal length needed.

Other than focal length, the 24 is slightly sharper (the 17 is among the very sharpest ultrawide lenses, though).  The 24 can tilt a little more than the 17.  One of the biggest differences is the 24 can take front filters and the 17 cannot.  Since my main TS use is architecture, I rely on a 10-stop ND to 'blur out' people from the scene, so that's one factor that kept me from getting the 17.  Now, there's the Wonderpana system as a 10-stop solution for the 17...not cheap, but I need that option.

One other thing to keep in mind is that the TS-E lenses take the Canon extenders, the 1.4xIII behind the 17 gets you to 24mm with very good IQ.

Interesting, I had not heard of the Wonderpana system before.  With that being said (and apologies for hijacking this thread - happy to move to a new thread if need be), I've already bought into the Lee system (foundation kit, .9 soft/hard and Big Stopper) that I have been using with the 16-35 2.8.  I've wanted to do more architectural with landscapes as a secondary use so was planning on selling the 16-35.  It looks like Lee has an adaptor for the 17 but hadn't yet found any threads testing the 100mm filters with it.  Most of my landscapes have been at 16mm so far but if 24 gets the job done for architecture I'd be willing to compromise on that.

Based on that setup and with the option of only choosing one of the TS-E lenses, would you recommend the 17 or the 24? 

Thanks as always for the insights, they're much appreciated.

I have the Lee setup as well. The Lee TS-E 17mm adapter for 100mm filters restricts the movements to a bit over 6° shift before you get mechanical vignetting (both lenses shift 12°).  Not sure how it would be on the 17, but with my 24 I often need 8-10° of shift for tall buildings, sometimes the max shift.  The Wonderpana uses 145mm filters, and doesn't restrict movements.

As for focal length, I'd say you're best able to answer that.  Set your 16-35 to ~17 and ~24mm, and see which framing would work better for your needs.  From a conservative standpoint, if the 17 is too wide you can add a TC or crop, but if the 24 is too narrow..... (Yes, you can do a shift pano, but not if you need shift to correct verticals).


FYI, Lee makes an adapter for the 17mm TS-E (which restricts some of the movements, of course, by vignetting).
However, if you use the 17mm with the 1.4x III, it might or might not restrict the movement as much.
I am unsure  on the theory here, whether the 1.4x TC causes a lens to NOT use the periphery- if that is the case, there will be less vignetting.
The best way to find out is by trying- but unfortunately, although I have both the 17mm and 1.4x III, I couldn't find the $ 90 Lee adapter in a local store to try before buying.

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Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:59:00 PM »
If I need to decouple focus from the shutter button for any reason, I'm much more likely these days to switch to manual focus.

Inspired by a post in this forum, I recently changed my cameras to use "af off" on the "AF-ON" button. It needs holding down while focusing, but is quicker than to reach for the af/mf lens switch. Pity there is no "af off (hold)" option.

Not sure I understand...
If you use BBF, your system is essentially on manual focus (AF off- hold) unless and until you press the back button...

I think you will find Marsu has AF on the shutter button and the AF-On button set to AF Off, that means if he wants to manual focus he just pushes the AF-On button (that turns AF off).

Oh, I understand his set up :)
What I could not understand is why he can't set AF-On on the back button, and no AF function on the shutter button, essentially making it AF off-hold until and unless he presses the back button (since he was wishing for an AF off- hold scenario).

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Photography Technique / Re: Back-button focus?
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:14:06 PM »
If I need to decouple focus from the shutter button for any reason, I'm much more likely these days to switch to manual focus.

Inspired by a post in this forum, I recently changed my cameras to use "af off" on the "AF-ON" button. It needs holding down while focusing, but is quicker than to reach for the af/mf lens switch. Pity there is no "af off (hold)" option.

Not sure I understand...
If you use BBF, your system is essentially on manual focus (AF off- hold) unless and until you press the back button...

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Portrait / Re: Little girl looking at flowers
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:28:13 PM »
I gave it a shot, but 'pop' is subjective and I am not sure this is an improvement over your already very nice shot.

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Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS versus EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: August 27, 2014, 01:14:38 AM »
The vII is better, but the vI is no slouch.
Having said that, I have always had less than expected results with AI servo from my 7D (with BIF), although that might well be my technique.

Haven't tried BIF with my 5DIII, and with the 5DII and 5Dc, KIM (kids in motion) sucks some times.

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1Dx is at least 1 stop better for noise compared to 5D3.

Is that true - DxO rates the 1DX only 0.28 stops better (http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-versus-Canon-EOS-1Dx___795_753 )? And Ken, bless his heart, Rockwell, rates both very similar ( http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/comparisons/5d-mkiii-vs-1dx.htm#iso  )? Perhaps someone who has both could enlighten.

I think Ken Rockwell says the 1D X is half a stop better than the 5D III, although someone with both cameras like FEBS might know better.

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Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:58:13 AM »
maybe this will help a bit
Lisa Holloway 500px profile

almost all of her portrait work are done using 200 f/2 wide open, enjoy!
Thanks for the link.  My GAS just shifted to another state.

Told you long back you have a vacant spot in your shelf with 200/2 written on it ;)

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