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I'm a fan of bokeh... but when you have a single color backdrop behind your subject... shooting at a thin depth of field just seems like a dangerous game to play.  This is the shot... if only the eyes were in focus. 


Stopping down to f8 solves some of the thin dof issues... and since you can control the lighting, the images won't be under exposed... but then we don't want the images to sharp to show how fugly our subject is...

So I think... 100L for really sharp eyes, but 85 f1.2 for softer blurred skin, but maybe my in home studio isn't that big... so just go for a 35 L...

I make my decisions based on how I feel at the moment... some at f8... some at .11 inches of dof...

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I was in a thread about someone going to Africa and the obligatory word of warning was given about theft of gear...

It occurred to me... what about locking or bodies with s code the way we do our phones.  Photographers need immediate access to their gear, so doing so each time it powers up isn't an option... but what about every 24 hours?  In the morning, enter the code and it won't require the code to be entered until the next twenty four hours...

If the body has wifi, you can back up the code to Canon interwebs and if you forget, you can have an email sent to your account.

Would this deter theft at all... certainly might deter resale value... to get the camera working again, a thief would have to connect it to the computer and re flash the firmware to the device... which might be too much work for a thief.

I guess they could sell it for parts.. Huh...

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Pricewatch Deals / Searching for a lightroom 5 deal...
« on: July 13, 2014, 11:43:03 AM »
I was content with using lightroom 5... and then my desktop computer decides to commit suicide... thought it might have been auto erotic asphyxiation considering the materials on the hard drive... but I digress. 

If yall come across any decent deals with LR6 as an add-on or on just the software alone... I'd be very interested. 

I'm sure this goes without saying for most people, but I'm not interested in the Creative Cloud.

Also, when you buy the software... you can get a multi-use registration code... because I would want one for my laptop and for my desktop's successor.

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I volunteered to take our team photo for softball and some individual portraits. 

The problem is that we are going to get to the field around 7:30ish... warm up and play a game @ 8a.m.  We should be done around 9a.m., but it is a tournament so there is a chance that we will have a game from 9a.m. to 10a.m. give or take. 

So I'm preparing for a break sometime between 9a.m. and 11a.m., and for obvious reasons I'd rather not take either team or individual portraits @ Noon. 

The weather report is spotty... it will either be cloudy (score), partly cloudy (score), or sunny as all hell (dee-daw). 

So I'm preparing for the worse... which is sunny as hell... which means I need some fill light I was stupid the last time I was in this situation... I shot at f/2.8 and 1/200th of a second... and no surprise, the photo was incredibly over exposed. 

So this time... I presume I'll use hss and ettl, and maybe twin satellite flash bounced off of an umbrella. 

The problem I'm having... or at least think I have is that when I shoot in full daylight @ f2.8, I wound up shooting at around 1/6000 to 1/8000th of a second. 

Sure the problem can be resolved by going under some shade, but I want to take the individual shots on a field so the field is a pleasing background.  So maybe having a tent might work... but that's too much effort.

So am I over thinking it?  Or should I just pray for clouds and also winning enough times that I can take the images in the golden hour... though in that regard, I wouldn't hold my breath.

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I must be going a little nuts... I'm looking at 200-400's, 300/400 f/2.8's... and I'm seeing the price tag... and I thinking... "That's not bad." 

I remember fondly when I spend $100 on a 50mm f/1.8 and I thought that was a lot of money... I'm off to bed... this bug will surely pass before I wake.

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Well, $15 net.  I might have to downgrade my celebration with some Natty Light and annoying the wife...

But what is nice is that the print I sold was for some pro bono work I do for shits and giggs... So I am actually pleased, but the print isn't one of my best... So I'm almost annoyed that less than stellar work is going to hang on someone's wall.

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Canon General / Reach and the inverted bell curve
« on: June 10, 2014, 12:30:08 AM »
I was thinking about this the other day and I thought I would go ahead and write it down just in case I feel like referencing it one day.  For the purposes of pricing, I'm using figures below retail... maybe there is a sale... maybe a rebate... but I could never image paying full price on anything.  Also, I'm not considering the price of the bodies... since there are some cheap crop and full frame options... I'll leave the ratios respective of the lens and the sensor type.

My first set of lenses were the kit, 18-55, and the much maligned (and deservedly so) 75-300mm.  On my XS, a crop body, that gave me an effective reach for 480mm give or take.  @ the bargain basement price of $100, I got a whole 4.8mm per dollar... oh... and all the blurry photos I wanted.  It was a buffet of blur...

Then I elected to give up some reach in favor of the Canon 55-250mm IS.  The images were better... variable aperture doesn't really come into play with this discussion, but all in all it was a solid lens.  Again, on a crop body, my reach was 400mm give or take.  @ the time, the lens cost around $170, so the mm/$ ratio is 2.35mm/$. MM's are starting to get expensive in this game of reach.

Eventually I upgraded my body to another crop body... so it is a push.  But then I kept pushing the image quality barrier... and low and behold, a 70-200mm f/4L USM shows up @ my door.  Now I'm at 320mm and a ratio of .533mm/$.  Outrageous.  I then played the game of climb the ladder with the 70-200's and while my reach wasn't changed, my ratio went from .533 to .246 to finally .145mm/$. 

Then I upgrade from crop to full frame bring my reach to a paltry 200mm and a ratio of .0909mm/$. 

Here's where things started to go the other direction... Losing all that reach either compels you to buy a new lens, maybe a fast prime... or in my case I bought a teleconvertor, 1.4x.  Now I'm rocking 280mm and a ratio of .107mm/$.  The reach is increasing an amazingly so is the ratio.  I personally don't have a 2x teleconvertor... but if I did, then we are at 400mm and .154mm/$.

So what's the moral... I think it is simple.  Reach is cheap in the beginning... but when you come out the other end you'll have to pay dearly for it.


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It is a tale as old as time.  I transferred images from one event to my hard drive... looks as though they all moved over, but no.... I eclipsed 9999 images which means it saved the last part of the event to another folder... which I didn't transfer over.  And I formatted in camera the next day... but I don't think it was a complete format, so I can salvage most of the lost images.

Honestly, it isn't a big deal... it was just the last game of my daughter's softball season... and I have five of the six innings documented so no one will notice... but that was just dumb.

And I can only imagine if I lost a client's images... so I bare my incompetent soul to y'all... because when people say I should be a photographer full time, I know the reasons why they are wrong. 

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Canon General / I was shooting in the rain forest today...
« on: May 25, 2014, 10:29:13 PM »
...there's no punch line... sounds like a joke, but no. 

My point is that it was rally liberating to know that the gear I was shooting with is weather resistant.  It rained... It cleared up... It rained again and I couldn't have cared less.  I didn't have to rush to put a sleeve over the lens and the body. I didn't have to put my gear into its bag.  I didn't have to run and find shelter... which there really wasn't any. 

I seriously mulled over the new sigma 50 art... and while I went another direction, having the weather sealing is a joy. 

And before y'all start asking for amazing shots from the rain forest... there weren't any.  It's all green on green on green...

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FTRV7EC?ie=UTF8&at=&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

First off, let me apologize for asking a question that has been asked half a hundred times... but here we go.

I find a roof on Amazon that gets solid reviews and it is almost perfect for my needs.

Her are my needs:
It doesn't have to be that light weight, but aluminum would be nice.
I want a removable leg which works as a monopod.
I prefer a wing release on the legs rather than the screw type, but I can live with it.
I want a ball head.
I want a removable head so I can use the legs as a flash stand with an umbrella bracket.
And here's the deal breaker for me... I want the monopod to have the additional spokes which turn it into a tripod.

So do I need to start my own tripod company to get all of these specifications?

I found one on Amazon that meets four of the above, but I'd really like the retractable spokes.

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the title says it all... I opened up the current rebate form and I didn't see the 600rt listed, so I'm going to guess no.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/00/00/52/01/50/91/5201509110._V338024012_.pdf

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Photography Technique / So I really stepped into it....
« on: May 06, 2014, 10:21:16 AM »
So I'm a member/participant on Facebook of my local photography club.  A woman who is a novice asks what can she do to improve here photos of her daughter who is a comparative weight lifter.  The woman said she has a Canon t3.

So I proceed to give an honest critique.  Focus looks off here, try using a tripod and live view focus, the guys in the background are distracting, try either slimmer depth of field or move so they aren't as visible, have something in the foreground that is characteristic of the sport and blue it out, maybe do a long exposure with second curtain flash so there is movement...

There was a portrait where the subject was on the left side of the image looking left and I said to frame it differently so the open space of the photo is in the direction she's looking....

And boy oh boy did I start something.

This is what I heard... I can't copy and paste on my phone, but the gist was be positive.  I was positive.  I was positive that I have good advice.

Then I heard... put some examples... So I did of a basketball shot where the ref was blurry in the foreground, and a softball shot where the catcher was blurry in the foreground... And the response I receive is that it was too distracting.  Ok sure... busy foreground aren't someone's cup of tea... but it is a widely used technique.

Then I put up some toy model to explain the concepts about depth of field, live view focus, etc. And the gist of that response is it was an embarrassment to photography. 

They aren't just throwing the baby out with the bath water, they are putting the baby in a blender so it goes down the sink easily.  Oh my.

So I came here to rant... because while I don't care about the group, just like here, seeing different images do inspire.


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The computers are down at work and I'm bored.

The reason I ask is because I bought an f1.2 lens and I was concerned that the dof would be unmanageable... then I played with a dof calculator and it turns it I've shot a thinner.

So at 18 inches, at f2.8, and 100mm on full frame is mine which equates to .11 inches.

While the 36 inches, at f1.2, and 85mm on full frame equates to .29 inches.  It will remind me of the Seinfeld episode with Elaine driving in the wide lanes... how luxurious.

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Lighting / is a 600rt with a $50 upgrade from the 580 exii?
« on: May 01, 2014, 09:55:49 AM »
I have two 580s ad's I'm quite fond of them... And I have an opportunity to upgrade one of them for $50.  It seems like a no brainer... would y'all agree...

Im using yongnuos at the moment to control my off camera flash... So only one 600 won't change that, but I suppose I may upgrade the other 580 eventually as well... thoughts?

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Lenses / What's a better value? 135L for $635ish or 85L mkii for $1440
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:58:59 PM »
I had a completely different set of paragraphs... and I sounded like a prick... So let's not go down that path. 

Let's go hypothetical... if you have the chance to buy either of the two lenses in used-like new condition, which would you choose.  Your main focus is portraiture and you don't want to use that money to buy other things.

Discuss.

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