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At the time, I thought the first photo I sold was half decent. Looking back at it now, I think it's complete $hit and I can't believe anyone paid money for it :o

Do you ever go back and fix photos?  Most of my shots from way back when are in .jpg... so I don't think it is worth trying, but it's good to know I could fix now with all that I presently know.

But it says $249 on your link and $149 in your post, so maybe you should say a bit more than that then we might know what you are talking about!

Good point.  I added...

Pricewatch Deals / Deal: X-Rite i1Display Pro $149 at B&H Photo
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:13:06 PM »

Add it to your cart... discount with appear at checkout... or before... but somewhere before you pay.

I don't have much more to say than that...

Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: November 01, 2014, 03:25:22 PM »
I was using my 70-200mm today for softball... it would have been tough to limit myself to only 200mm... so I think I may be keeping the lens even if I do elect to upgrade to the 200 f2...

Build quality on this lens is great, but I would just use a softball bat myself.  Maybe a 600mm f4 would be the right size, but heavy.

If you bunt,... shouldn't be an issue re: size.

Lenses / Re: Canon 6d vs 24-70mm mark ii
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:53:10 AM »
Sounds like a consensus. 

I'd maybe suggest treading water for a while and see if a 6d mkii is on the horizon.   

Didn't the 6d come out better the 5d mkiii?  And the 5d mkiv is rumored to come out in 2015...,  So maybe they sneak a 6d out beforehand...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most ridiculous camera ever?
« on: October 31, 2014, 08:19:33 AM »
I can see two markets for this camera.

Someone buys it and donates it to a charity for use in a fundraiser.  Buyer gets the tax write off and the charity gets something they can sell/raffle to someone else who wants to support the charity and gets a smaller tax write off.  Win-win  Stuff like this happens common in large charities.

A retirement gift for some CEO/corporate president.  When they are getting millions in compensation, a 40K presentation camera is not unreasonable.

Other than that, I don't see much market for this.  I presume that the company will only make a very few (single numbers) until they start getting more orders.

How do I get into the business of selling things at outrageous prices and people don't mind paying. 

Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:46:27 PM »
I think I'm just lazy and I want to click once and have 90% of my lines done for me... 

Actually... LR and facebook are not playing nice together... what I'm seeing in LR is what I expect, but FB is making the black look horrible... I'm guessing it is just FB's compression... but sum bitch...

Post Processing / Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:30:11 PM »
I've been using the magic wand in photoshop since 1998... so it isn't exactly cutting edge technology.  I want to select a background... darken it... and leave my subject untouched...

I suppose I can guess the answer... it is because I should be using photoshop since they work best in tandem... but seriously... a magic wand... it seems silly to not have that stand alone functionality in LR.

Having said that... if it is there... and I'm merely ignorant... I will withdraw my outrage.

Lenses / Re: Canon 6d vs 24-70mm mark ii
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:12:20 PM »
I don't have a good reason, but I'm leaning towards the 6d.

You have a solid stable of lenses.... So am upgrade of the body should bring more significant results....

Maybe there is something wrong with the 24-70.  I'd also suggest having it not only looked at, but paired with the body by cps.

Maybe mix in a prime lens... with the money you save.. a solid 35 or 85 might be a nice addition to all the zooms.

I watched the video...  I think he was a little overzealous about some of his points, 1.5 crop factor being better than a 1.6 because the sensor is bigger...

But I didn't hate all of his points.  I have my mkiii that I'm very happy with, but I use it personally as well as semi professionally...

I'd like to be able to let the wife send a photo from an Easter egg hunt, Halloween, etc... it would make it easier rather than getting home, waiting a few days for me to edit the images, and then finally post them to Facebook... 3 days late... But if it really was an issue, I'd just Dave ajpg to a micro sd slot and have her send them that way....

So basically I'm saying, it would be nice, but I don't care.

HDR just looks tacky,IMHO, even carefully done.

Hdr is like whiskey... when done right, it is really good.  When done haphazardly, you crash your car into a tree.

Outside of moving subjects... I still don't understand why people just don't use HDR... with HDR... the image should still look better than pushing the blacks and the shadows... right? 

It seems like an argument against a technique more than performance...

Photography Technique / Re: DoF question
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:31:19 PM »

for your use case the Brenizer method might be applicable.
...would like to create as much bokeh as possible while keeping the whole family acceptably sharp.

I think I'm missing the point of the brenizer method... basically stitching photos into a panoramic.... with manual focus, so the image is larger and you can photograph distant backgrounds... which give the appearance of bokeh....

I'm must being missing something.  Why would someone use this?

Photography Technique / Re: how NOT to use studio lighting
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:20:45 PM »
Yeah... that was unpleasant... there was potential there... but not really the execution.  Maybe he doesn't use modifier because he really likes shadows...

I've mulled over buying the 1dx... so cost isn't that much of an issue... but I'm really happy with my 5D mkiii... really happy with it.  Sure there could be better... but I'm a happy camper.

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