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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.

Looks like he learned his group posing setup at the police lineup school of photography.

I have used two useful techniques for groups. First is the simple close your eyes and countdown to zero.  More complicated involves a balloon. The balloon trick I developed for public ("street") photography, but it works with a posed group.

I do the closed eye and even then I shot six shots just I'm case someone is slow with opening their eyes.

I'm not concerned of everyone is looking at the camera... But that might just be me.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:04:54 AM »
There is a hint of movement in mine as well, just enough to notice it, but not enough to affect performance.

Canon General / Re: new 70d, wrong manual, no plastic wrap
« on: October 22, 2014, 10:28:48 PM »
I'd go to Eoscount.com and get a shutter count on the body.  If it is more than you put on it... I'd complain. 

There is also a program that does that same thing that was advertised on here a month or two ago... so that's an option and has more long term use than eoscount.

Many credit cards double the manufacture's warranty, so that helps.

Check your credit card company, some double and triple the manufactures warranty.

I've had my mkiii for around 18 months now, and if the shutter failed after 20, 000 actuations, I'd be seriously pissed.  But I'd pay my cps dues, get the discounted repair rate, and then demand there be a warranty on the service performed. 

Lenses / Re: Selling my Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:59:43 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...

My 6yrs got picked as top five swimmers in her class. She will be competing tomorrow with other teams. Can't wait to shoot with my 1DX. The 400mm will be mounted on 5D III this time. Wish I have another 1DX... ::)

Finally, I got a chance playing with this lens for about 4hrs. Took over 700 photos with 1DX. My final verdict is this lens going to stay in my bag.

In Ai servo, keeper rate is little less compared to f2.8 - 70-200 f2.8 and 400mm f2.8. However, IQ on the keepers is AWESOME. Let me say that again.....FREAKEN AWESOME ;D

Today I was shooting more softball, and in the 2nd game, I got into a fight with the umpire regarding a quick pitch (pitch is thrown before the batter is ready), and he was being petty and removed me from hugging the fence on the side of the field... so that went well... Damn umpires.

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