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Canon General / Re: How to be a bad photographer.
« on: October 09, 2013, 12:30:31 PM »
Very good post.

If you want to be a bad photographer you need to find inspiration here: http://youarenotaphotographer.com/

Excellent site.  I disagree though when he says photographers shouldn't burn their finished images and let their clients print them how they want.

I'd much rather spend $3k on my wedding photography, get all the images on disc, then print them myself or make my own albums.  I'm probably not the average client as I have a 19" printer at home, and am a couture book and asuka book client.

Paying $2-3k and then having a potentially ballooning print cost with insane markups from the photographer bugs me.  Could be that personally I'm used to being paid by the job and not charging per print though.

Thankfully though my GAS has been mostly cured.

I've slimmed down my fleet of camera gear and rent when I need to for specific tasks.
Now my gear list is: 6D, Sigma 35/1.4, Canon 70-200 f/4IS.
Recently I've rented: 500L II, 5D3, 200/2 IS
Down the pipe is: 1DX, 200-400, 5D3, 70-200/2.8L II, 16-35.

I ran the numbers and it makes way more sense for me to rent than tie up capital in gear.  Rental is also 100% tax deductible which is good.

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Asking a digital photog for unedited images is like going to restaurant and asking the chef to take a steak out of the freezer and slap it straight onto a plate and serve it up.

Even uploading, backing up, sorting and rating is part of the editing process. Maybe some cropping thrown in at least. Then there's output sharpening. So saying you don't do PP is basically jpeg in camera straight to client, no middle man PC work at all. I'm sure some people work like that and make money (excluding sports photogs on deadlines where the editor needs the shots right away) but they can't be all that great which is why they value their own work so cheaply.

I've run into this before.  I didn't want unedited images to save money, I was paying the photog the same either way.  I really liked her images, we just didn't share the same post philosophy.  I told her to rate and edit down, but send me her edited JPEGs and RAWs.

Also, I was willing to spend a serious amount of time editing each image, far more than she would be able to.  I'm not opposed to compositing faces from one shot on to another, if for example, I looked really good in one, and my fiancé blinked and vice versa.  My fiancé is a blinker with ETTL, so I'm used to doing this for her.  Unless you take the time to use manual flash she'll blink in over 80% of shots with ETTL.

It let me sharpen to my output, and resize to my needs, I was also able to composite multiple exposures as necessary, she took beautiful photos, and I retouched them how I like and it worked out great.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Cheap UV filters: are they worth it?
« on: October 07, 2013, 11:23:02 PM »
Personally, the big reason I spend more money on good filters is that the higher end coatings are far, far, far easier to clean, and way better at resisting getting dirty.

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Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 05:26:59 PM »
ALWAYS keep the sun to your back......

This.  I'm not sure where it came from

I think it was advice from one of the early German flying aces in WW1 - Oswald Boelcke if memory serves me right.
Makes sense, you'd be hard for the enemy to spot!

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Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:22:48 PM »
ALWAYS keep the sun to your back......

This.  I'm not sure where it came from, but I prefer my subjects not to be suffering a serious case of squinting.

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Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:21:19 PM »
how about,  you need a carbon fiber tripod which cost hundreds of dollars...  and the 20  dollar one I  have that works perfectly fine is  crud.
Depends on your use case.

If you're shooting minute+ exposures with a heavy body and camera, you'll want the more stable tripod.

If you're shooting 5-10 sec max night exposures with a T2i and kit lens, you'll be fine with the $20 one.

I used to shoot with a Gitzo GT3531, and decided to downgrade for weight and length savings to a Benro A2691, on several trial shots comparing them the Gitzo was far more stable.  Still though, for my use, the Benro was far more convenient, and led to me taking more shots.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Reikan FoCal with Sigma Dock
« on: October 02, 2013, 02:33:07 AM »
I know what you're saying, but wouldn't it be neat if there was a way for focal to give the option of adjusting lens or body?

Then if you had two or three bodies you could move the lens to the average of them, and hopefully it'd be was closer to bang on on any non-AFMA bodies.

Alternately it could ask you whether you'd prefer a lens or AFMA adjustment.

It could also test before/after sigma dock adjustment better than I can by vision.

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I currently shoot panoramas using a tripod with my camera in manual mode, manual focus, and manual white balance.  Right now I use the Canon PhotoStitch software that came with my camera.  Whenever the shots used for the panorama have a blue sky, the blue is never consistent across the entire panorama.  You can almost always see a faint line at the stitching site revealing slightly different shades of blue.  Any ideas on how to correct the problem?  I looked thru previous panorama threads and saw that PTGui is highly recommended - not sure if better software would help?

Thanks in advance.

Try the autopano demo. I love that tool, it handles raw and can do exposure blending.

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and also apples refusal to add usb host functionality is a death knell for them, there are plenty of android devices i can hook up a 500GB SSD via an OTG USB cable and have all the space i want...
and the said android device has a high res ips display quad core processors takes micro Sd cards and has direct mini HDMI port and it cost $120...

It may be a death knell to your use case, but Apple has always done a good job since the iMac at picking a target market and absolutely controlling it. If they wanted to get into the "pro" side I'm sure they'd succeed, but as of right now they seem happy with their market.

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If the church remains fairly unchanging over time, and communicates their stance, you can't really blame them because "they're medieval". Blame yourself for choosing something medieval. Or better yet, rent an abandoned church and dress Uncle Festus up like a minister. The cameras won't know the difference. You could even talk him into wearing a GoPro on his head.

I like your GoPro idea.  I'll definitely pitch this to my fiancé.  That said, GoPros in some of the bridesmaids' and bride's are definitely happening at my wedding.

Umm...just to clarify...did you mean in some of the bridesmaids...or on? Because if it's the first, you might want to look into the new HERO3+ with improved WI-FI :o

Totally forgot to add bouquets originally :)

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My 2 cents: same time next year, 6D will be on Ebay for $1200 or less.

We've almost hit that year, and with warranty on eBay we are looking $1,667 right now.

You may have missed the mark, but your theory that prices would drop substantially from the original $2,099 list definitely came true.

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If the church remains fairly unchanging over time, and communicates their stance, you can't really blame them because "they're medieval". Blame yourself for choosing something medieval. Or better yet, rent an abandoned church and dress Uncle Festus up like a minister. The cameras won't know the difference. You could even talk him into wearing a GoPro on his head.

There's a lot of abandoned churches around here now that are maintained for the sole purpose of being non-denominational wedding venues.

I guess that's the benefit of not having a church, I can choose an officiant I know will follow what I want in a wedding, not what the church has been doing for centuries.

I like your GoPro idea.  I'll definitely pitch this to my fiancé.  That said, GoPros in some of the bridesmaids' and bride's (ninja edit to add) bouquets are definitely happening at my wedding.

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Video & Movie / Re: The world war L
« on: October 01, 2013, 01:36:34 PM »
I've posted this before, but I think it fits here:


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The groom should have leaned into the priests ear and said something like "I'm paying the photographers much like I'm paying you, please continue. And..if you do walk out, I'll sue your ass off, now, please get back to marrying us..."

cayenne

I'd be this groom, my fiancé and I are planning our wedding right now, and good photos are priority 1.  We are also ensuring that our contracts have substantial penalty clauses in case one of our service providers, yes service providers decides to get uppity at some point.

I work in a business where I'm dealing with contracts, and unfortunately breach of contract on a daily basis, I sincerely hope our wedding goes smoothly, but sometimes having a stiff financial penalty looming can prevent issues from arising in the first place.  We are being fair, and ensuring that contracts protect our service providers in case we do something outlandish.

In my opinion of the youtube video, it was not a meltdown, but it was extremely unprofessional, and showed that the officiant felt he was the most important person in the room.  He put the couple in a bad situation, and it showed.  I would be asking him for a full refund if I were the couple.

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Couldn't you upload, view and delete images on say an iPad or another tablet device while out on location? I really wish there was some kinda Lightroom app for the iPad that let you do some kind of cloud computing. Or even just better (read free) tethering apps. Surely someone out there can develop a simple wired tethered shooting app that just shows you the picture you just took?

But I guess a cheap and light laptop can do more.

Am I the only one who only has one laptop? What's all this talk about having three and a desktop?

Oops I forgot to recommend something! I would say MBPro with as much RAM as you can get. The pro is already pretty light compared to some laptops (like my sony brick). If I had the cash I'd switch to the MBpro.


i have been using an ipad to do this as you've described..the editing on iPad with the retina display is pretty good using snapseed...it's just the transfering of 300 to 500 images from the camera to the iPad which is so slow, and then if you want to delete the images off the iPad it's ridiculous...you have to jump through hoops to do something that should be so easy.   

leaning toward the AIR right now...

Exactly right? I mean why has no one created a way to make this easy on an iPad yet? It could do so much more!! Infuriating!
I think eventually they will make it work ... its just a matter of time.

Apple making Aperture for the iPad is an absolute necessity, or Adobe making Lightroom for iPad would rock too.

The big reason why there isn't a pro iPad photo app yet might just be device size.  There are some 128GB iPads floating around in customers hands now, but not many.

As someone who shoots a lot, that's not enough space for me for a weekend of shooting.  For pro's shooting sports, or weddings or other high-volume events, again, it's not a lot of space.


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