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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.

Sometimes people just try to get you to buy stuff. Caveat emptor.

For me personally, and I well understand others will see it differently, reliability is worth way more to me than a $100


Tested my Canon 600EX-RT flashes with Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter, I have no issue trigger the flashes at 150 feet. 15/15 shots, got them all.

My garage is not that big, but I'm going to test them at 200 feet this coming weekend - stay tune... ::)

Still work at 200ft.... :o :o :o

Have you tested the distance using the 600rt as the trigger?

I'm so late to this conversation, but is the presumption threat the 16-35 f4L going to replace the 17-40 f4L ?

I'm not a big fan of the wide angle look so it doesn't really affect me one way or another, but I have thought about doing some freelance real estate photography on the weekends.  So obviously a wide angle is preferable for that... and I'm curious if waiting for the new lens to drop in price is worth it....

I was told to buy an grip, because the 6D´s GPS drains the batteries quite much. Better take an exchance battery in my backpack without an grip?

I would think it would be far easier to take one or two spare charged batteries with you than getting a grip.  You should get a grip because you want a grip, not for just the extra battery.  How long does it take to change a battery on a 6D?  Compare that with the full time bulk and weight of a grip.

More to the point, the grip doesn't offer any added power, other than keeping two charged batteries in there at the same time.  So just spend your money on extra batteries, keep them charged, and swap out as needed.  And deactivate the GPS when you aren't shooting.  I've never even turned mine on, although I would for some nice landscapes or travel photography.

3rd party grips do allow you to use double a batteries in a pinch and that is a nice option.

Get the 6d and a solid tripod.  I'd personally go with a SanDisk card which are seemingly more reliable, and I wouldn't get a third party grip.  Just get an oem battery.

If you are doing mostly landscape, manually focus on a tripod using live view and probably smaller apertures...

There is usually more than one rebate form.  A visit to the flashes section on the Canon site shows the rebate.

I'm seeing a $50 instant savings... but still no rebate.  It's no biggy.

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.

It is a joke. It is listed for $ 549 and there is a $ 50 rebate making it $ 499. Which is $ 60 more than it cost a few months ago.
Get the 2x 600RT plus transmitter bundle for 1019 from Adorama. Mine just shipped :)

I just bought one... and there is an argument to be made that it is both new and from an authorized retailer... so I could qualify for a $50 mail in rebate... but it isn't meant to be.

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.

I was on the other week... and there were some prostitutes complaining about the same thing.  Something about "just giving it away"... so photography isn't the only industry affected by an influx of amateurs. 

It isn't about the gear.... always... my kid will make goofy faces at me because she assumes my time isn't worth as much as a photographer's... then she gets in trouble and the day is ruined... So it can be worth having someone else tame the kid's photos.

Can you answer, for me, one question?
"Why would I hire you instead of getting any of the other people doing the same thing?"

This is the key, IMO.  I have three kids, and I have the gear necessary to take good portraits of them.  Still, every year I take them to a local studio for Easter/Spring portraits.  Compared to the studio, at home I have better lights and modifiers, a better camera, better lenses, a more comfortable setting, more time to take the pictures, more time to post-process the images, and I can get prints cheaper through Mpix.

So, why do I take them to a studio for Easter pics?  Two words…LIVE BUNNIES.   :D
Are we talking about the bunny ranch... because I wouldn't take my kids there... though I'd happily spend Easter with some bunnies.

If he was at a distance, the dof would be greater... closer to the subject... thinner.  So yes... what aperture was he shooting at, but also how far with each lens. 

What was your depth of field? 
Maybe you were shooting at a DOF too shallow 
I guess this was the point. What aperture were you shooting with?
If wide open, I suppose it was a DOF problem with the dancers moving OOF during shutter release.

In such conditions I swich to M mode with auto ISO (enhanced, if needed) to have full control of aperture and shutter. And then I have to close the aperture as much as needed.
Normally this works. But sometimes it is just to dark for the AF.

I think the simple answer to this is... catalog.  Your last work will warrant a premium for your future work.

Make sure your catalog is stunning and blows away the competition.

If he can seek out commercial work, go nuts.  But I got the feel that wasn't the market he was going after.  Market share is important, and once you get a foothold, you needn't continue to discount... but that's fine.

Go grab market share.  Coupons, promotions, word of mouth, etc.  Get your name out there and have a high quality product and people will come back to you.

Also... market to groups that frequent these types of services... maternity wards, preschools, etc... make lasting relationships with customers so they don't feel like they are just a meat bag with money. 

Offer them free Facebook sized prints for upload and sharing.  Feed their ego.... having omg, that is the cutest child ever, LIKE, will do more for your business than a print hanging in their living room.

No, no and no. these are all ways to cement yourself into low prices in a low paying market that competes with low charging, rebel wielding amateurs.

in most markets, its increasingly more difficult to find clients that pay well. you won't find them any faster by offering coupons, discounts and freebies. you will set up the expectation of continued discounts and freebies.

any further advice would greatly depend on what type of photography business you are trying to start up. are you looking to get commercial/advertising type of stuff with 1200.00+ day rates or are you trying to do private/family types of jobs? they are two very different markets and require different approaches.

two things that have helped me get higher rates is staying diversified and maintaining a professional network of photographers in my area. the diversity allows me to survive any lulls in business. i shoot corporate and collegiate events, commercial and advertising, weddings, head shots of all sorts, architecture, and product. if any one of those business streams starts to slow i can usually count on the others to pick me up. because i stay busy i dont feel the pressure to take low paying jobs. networking with other professionals also helps. i still assist and do second shooting for my fellow photographers when i am free. the relationships i have developed by doing this has gotten me my best paying work as when one of those photographers cant take a job they flick it to me.

it takes time and patience to build a sustaining business. you have to know what your bottom dollar is though and have the discipline to say no to a rate that is too low. try not to worry about the low rate amateurs, even though they will keep coming out of the woodwork they never last that long. they literally price themselves out of the business.

private photography unfortunately is really difficult to reach decent wages unless you are doing massive amounts of work and have a support staff you can pay minimum wages. professional clients are harder to find but you will get better wages in the long run and won't run into as many rebel toting, discount waving amateurs. pursue professional businesses, doctors, lawyers, commercial real estate companies, universities etc. they will understand better the difference between a professional and an amateur and will pay better.

get a good website going and only show professional caliber work. do not rely solely on social networking sites like facebook...they aren't professional and real professional clients avoid them like the plague.

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