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Can't wait to start reading how the 1DX and 5DMkIII can't autofocus - you can buy a used one, but your keeper rate is going to be so low and the IQ is just terrible.

I guess I have to be ready to throw my 1DMk4 in the trash because it will probably just stop taking pictures when the new camera's are announced.

I think of the 5d mkiii a bit like my wife.  I can upgrade at a price... I don't need a new wife... would I like a new wife to spice things up... sure... but the wife at present is not only adequate, but very good...

If this is true, and Canon feels that this "new technology" about to be debuted in the 7D2 is so good that the rest of the lineup must have it, it must be something big!

That is quite optimistic. 

Launch price for the mkiii was 3500... so I suppose $4000 seems like a reasonable bump up in price... with the 1dx's selling at $5000... it really raises the question of whether a 1dx for an extra grand is worth it more than a new mkiv.  Interesting question.

Huh... I was hoping to have more time before being tempted by an mkiv.  I'll have gotten two years out of the body before it was old news... though I'm now wondering about residual resale value... maybe I just won't think about it.


Particularly if the post has a link to a site with Trojans, virus, questionable content, or blatant advertising.

That seems reasonable.

"This aggression will not stand, man!"

He told me to take any post in the house, man!

The post really tied the thread together.

"This aggression will not stand, man!"

I don't care for posts magically disappearing our being redacted.  I think it is reasonable for a notation to be made that a past was removed and the rule that is being cited as having been broken.  Ditto with redactions. 

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Canon CPS
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:38:49 PM »
I'm a lowly silver... but I have enough points for platinum... but my pocket book quotes that memorable line from TALLADEGA Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, "Ain't nothing wrong with silver."

True.  With my first daughter I was in the el cheapo group.  I brought in my coupon... give me the package, no more, no less.  The funny thing is that I now have offer $10,000 in gear for a product I am reluctant to pay more than $30 for.  Strange world.

I think we might have scared him off.

Don't take the advice given here as an attack on you or your photography. Take it as an opportunity to learn and to grow your business and skills. You'll be setting yourself apart from your competition and you won't be worrying about them anymore. It's all about perception. You can perceive everything written to be an attack on you, get defensive/hurt and nothing will be done to help grow your business. Or you can take the advice given and implement some changes that will make you stand out.

In the end I suppose that's what people are saying. You need to elevate everything you do so that you aren't competing in the same market as the amateur. As you've found out most people just want the cheapest prices and don't have an eye for the art. Don't market to those people.

Hope this helps and doesn't hinder you.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Damn you 1DX!!!!!
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:07:05 PM »
I was about to say that might be easier said than done... but he could start offering services to aspiring models and open up a whole new vein of potential. 

I tried it at the store...fell in love.

I imagine it's a lot cheaper than marriage, divorce, children or criminal defense attorneys.    :P

I just broached the subject of the camera with my girlfriend. She gave me a look like I might not have to worry about marriage after all...  :'(

I must always remember: "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission."  :P
get the camera... look for a new girlfriend

Not to mention that the 85L mkii is faster than the original... though a turtle is technically faster than a snail... but still.

I have the yongnuo 622c and I like them, but I've upgraded to the 622's so they are redundant now.  The 622s have a common problem though... they are supposed to receive and transmit, but some do only one which is a problem.  I like mine, but not enough to run the risk of getting a faulty unit.

I salvaged a friend's photo where the subject was to dark... I did the one image, the exposures hdr effect and the results were satisfactory. 

Hdr is my shame... and that I liked it at one time... but... you live... you learn... and hopefully that leads to improvement.

HDR is a lot like a woman wearing makeup -- it should not be immediately obvious it is being used.

If you look at a woman and the first thought is "wow, she is wearing a lot of make up"  She is doin it wrong.
If you look at a photograph and the first thought is "wow, that's some HDR" you is doin it wrong.

It should be difficult to tell if an photograph was or was not HDR, if it is done well.  All the viewer should notice is "wow that's a pretty photograph/woman."


In both cases you must add "unless it's being done for dramatic effect."  Some women (and a few men) wear heavy makeup for dramatic effect, like wearing bright, colorful clothes.  Likewise, some do HDR for the express purpose of a slightly surreal, dramatic effect.  Both are personal choices.  I'm not a huge fan of either in most cases, though I've seen a few examples that were quite well done.
HDR is often used to make a crap photo better and it ends up being a psychedelic crap photo.  I'm not a huge fan of the "HDR look", but some photographers who take good photos AND use HDR have impressed me.  RC Concepcion (Site) is one of those people.  I don't love all his stuff, but he really seems to have a knack for taking nice HDR shots and a lot of his work is excellent.

I was doing a shoot this past weekend - full portable studio set-up with backdrop, four lights etc and the model's family were taking mobile phone shots over my shoulder as I was shooting.

Even asked me to step aside so they could shoot using my backdrop and poses!

What do we think about this one fellow photographer?
Rude or okay?

Were the lights constant... or flash?  If they were constant, they got the benefit of good lighting which levels the playing field a bit... but if it was flash and they were shooting with ambient light, I would do the following.

I would ask them to email a copy of their best photo from their phone... and then I would do minimal post production work, some saturation, some added contrast... and then I would do a full post production of my favorite shot and then I would show them theirs and mine at 16x20 or so.  I would hope that my work blew their work out of the water. 

and to answer the question... rude.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:35:33 AM »
As a quick counter point... there are certain images that are really hard to get... a ball being compressed by a bat at the moment of contact, a diver just before he puts his fields in the water, etc.

You may have 120 images to sort through, but know which image exactly you want makes it easy enough to find.

But that is about it... no thank you to the remaining 119 images.

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