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Lenses / macro lens and techniques
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:13:14 PM »
hi,

ive really got into macro photography recently, especially insects and mini landscapes! but im using the reverse lens technique, 50mm on my 100m (f1.8/f.2)

its great for super close ups, but im losing alot of picture at the edges, cant really find out how to help with this, but anyway, is swapping my canon f2 lens for the canon f2.8 macro (non l)  a good idea? obvioulst i wont get a supe rclose anymore, but that doesnt bother me, i just need something more practical! do you think someone out there would find that a good exchange?.

any other tips you think might help would be great!


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EOS Bodies / Re: Do you have a 4K display?
« on: January 09, 2014, 10:57:42 AM »

The recent Hobbit movies were shot at 48 frames per second.

Have you seen the Hobbit at 48 fps?
It looks bad! You can see the make-up and you are able to discern the fake props.
I don't think 48 fps should be used in movies that use heavy costumes, make-up, props and CGI.
It possibly can be used in stuff like the Silver linings playbook, but anything else...

The beauty of photographs @ 4K, 5K and higher is that you can remove blemishes, soften the image, etc. with photoshop. You can't do the same with video, unless you want to go through 48 frames and correct it individually, which will take forever when it is a 2 hour movie.


you can easily do that with film, and you dont have to go through each frame individually, and if youre making a filom at 48 fps in such high res, im sure youve got the resources to check every frame.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: aperture!
« on: September 20, 2013, 12:48:20 PM »
ok now im really confused!

looks like im gonna  have to take a lot of multiple images with all the different f numbers with and with HFD/infinity focus and see what works best for each particular composition!  seems like the only way to find out!



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: aperture!
« on: September 19, 2013, 09:26:41 PM »
all great advice, thanks guys,

im still a bit confused! but is this right?..

so, if my aim is to get a sharpest image i can i opt for the smallest aperture before diffraction occurs, the lenses sweet spot as someone mentioned. probably around the f8-13 on my 24mm f.28, then i use the correct hfd and focus there.

does this sound correct?




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EOS Bodies - For Stills / aperture!
« on: September 19, 2013, 03:38:46 PM »
hi , can someone explain the theory behind choosing the aperture when shooting big landscapes.

i can understand it when shooting portraits or street stuff, for example, focal depth, to get a faster shutter etc

so for example like earlier i was in a farmers field, huge open farmland, but a terrific sunset/moonrise  sun/moon off camera but a lovely pink cloudy sky with some interesting pylons, ive got a polariser and a soft graduated filter to help me out balancingthe sky, lets assume i use the correct hyperfocal distance and focus there on 100 iso, im in manual , now if time value isnt an really an issue, whats the best aperture to use? bearing in mind i can change the time value to get a correct exposure.


this always stumps me, and i just  guess :S!

thanks

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:23:37 PM »
for me the wider issue is also that if when i import my raw files into lightroom, what looked initially acceptable (good histogram no clipping, not much blur) mostly gets zeroed out in the raw converter into a really nasty looking 'exposure' what is the point of tring to expose and get things right in camera, if i then have to go and fiddle around to get it looking like what i thought id exposed for!

i can understand why phtography rules must be such a pain for proffesional photographers now if the initial raw photo looks dull as muck before you tweak it back to something acceptable!


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 22, 2013, 07:26:49 AM »
i would still rather like the official output settings that the lcd image is made up of!  its much more than just picture style.

it must be out there somewhere?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 20, 2013, 09:05:26 AM »
i would just like to know what processing is given to the lcd image, which is processed in camera from th eraw image im taking ( i only shoot raw, for the reasons you mentioned, no jpeg )

Canon cameras apply one of their "picture styles" to the RAW file before displaying it on screen

If you don't care about the picture styles but you still want the image displayed on the back of the camera to look like the RAW you can set the picture style to neutral.

 the picture styles have no correlation to the output RAW , but i would love the option of seeing an image more like the raw file in its unprocessed state.

so we are saying the lcd display version of my RAW capture ( i only shoot raw no jpeg)  is a  small jpeg  converted to the picture style settings??
Yes that's right. The histogram is also based on this JPG with picture style applied.
if you want the image on the lcd to be closer to what the raw file is (pretty flat), choose "Faithful" or "Neutral", or create one yourself that has Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness set to their minimums

yes i have it set to neutral, but this does not change the lcd image to match the raw image, it just effects its jpeg image on the lcd, which is useless as i dont shoot jpeg?

what i saying is if im only shooting raw and the lcd image has no relation to the raw image, whats the point of the lcd image?  except maybe for composition?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 19, 2013, 05:51:29 PM »
i would just like to know what processing is given to the lcd image, which is processed in camera from th eraw image im taking ( i only shoot raw, for the reasons you mentioned, no jpeg )

Canon cameras apply one of their "picture styles" to the RAW file before displaying it on screen

If you don't care about the picture styles but you still want the image displayed on the back of the camera to look like the RAW you can set the picture style to neutral.

 the picture styles have no correlation to the output RAW , but i would love the option of seeing an image more like the raw file in its unprocessed state.

so we are saying the lcd display version of my RAW capture ( i only shoot raw no jpeg)  is a  small jpeg  converted to the picture style settings??



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: lcd display on 6d
« on: July 19, 2013, 03:58:24 PM »
You just need to get more creative with your editing of the raw file.  The lcd image is always going to look brighter and more colorful than a raw image, even if everything is not zeroed as it is first displayed.

If you are only using the Canon software, that might be part of the problem.  Lightroom seems to work best...

The whole point of shooting RAW, is you have a lot of color and dynamic range information getting recorded, that you can enhance later, and optimize for the eventual jpeg or 8 bit tiff that gets printed, or else displayed on the web.

yes, i understand what your saying, i think you miss my point, or maybe im not being clear!

i would just like to know what processing is given to the lcd image, which is processed in camera from th eraw image im taking ( i only shoot raw, for the reasons you mentioned, no jpeg )

i want to know simply to help me make decisions in the field, and to help me understand my camera better

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / lcd display on 6d
« on: July 19, 2013, 03:09:24 PM »
hi guys,

was just interested to know, what sort of processing is the canon 6d (or rough equivalent) doing to the photos before it displays it on the lcd display? 

i ask because i took a reference photo of a nice sky the other evening, there were some subtle colours  that i wanted to remember.

i know i shouldnt rely onthe lcd screen for colours or anything like that but a quick glance never hurts, i remember being happy with what i saw ( just a simple Av setting 100mm f2)

i downloaded the file which was a raw image, which has everything zeroed, so photos need a bit of processing, but the image i got was almost grey compared to what i saw on the lcd screen.and i had to process the raw in lightroom to look like the image from the back of my camera,as it was what i wanted it to look like!  which seems totally stupid lol  ive attached the files.

just for reference and for comparison id love to know what sort of processing is applied for the lcd output ?

sometimes digital photography is so darn  backward lol

( the first photo is the raw no processing turned into a small jpeg, the second is the procssed image to look like what i saw on back of lcd screen and more what the actual sky looked like )

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Body upgrade - Florida trip
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:55:51 AM »
hi Jerome
Great situation, that you are in.
You have options, you have the experience already to know what to ask for, you have several great lenses to enjoy with your future body.
I was in a similar situation this spring (upgrading from 450D) - as posted in:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=14139.0

I got some good advice back, and made the decision for 6D. I have not regretted that one second. It is simply a completely different experience - not least in the areas you mention: colour and detail + high ISO capability.
(I sold my 450 immediately including two of the best EF-S lenses, that I had enjoyed in the past).




in regards to colour and detail, im interested if you find the colour great after processing or straight out of camera?  say if you have picture settings to neautral, or if you have the image pre defined  before you output th eimage to a computer?

im only asking as im new to my 6d myself, and i do love the camera, but if shooting raw and with a neutral picture setting most images will come out a bit dull and not there best looking, its only after raw precessing that i get the best out of them, whats your opinion?  if a new 6d owner did the same, they might be dissapointed with the initial raw results if new to this way of working?

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EOS Bodies / Re: IPad Wireless Tethering
« on: June 11, 2013, 08:32:56 PM »
the problem of wirless is the lag time, theres no way you could adjust focus and press the shutter button on the ipad nad have it correlate to when you want to fire the shot like if you had your finger on the button, ive tried with my 6d.

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EOS Bodies / remote shooting
« on: June 07, 2013, 09:47:01 AM »
can anyone advice me on the capabilities of the rc-6  ir remote control. i want to set up my camera around the garden and take shots of birds, foxes , put it up trees etc ( i havnt got any super long lenses) so itll be like a camera trap but ill be controlling when it fires.


i have a 6d but sadly i have a windows phone (no canon app)  and i dont own a laptop (my desktop pc is not close to the garden and not possible to move), so the wifi/tethered options are a no go. 

my options are , buy android phone/get alaptop (expensive ) or another remote 

is the rc-6 anygood for a budget option, is it something that  i could work around its limitations, or is there another relatively cheap option i could go for. considering my gardens not huge but might want to work at 20 meteres

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 30, 2013, 02:19:51 PM »
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