September 20, 2014, 04:29:36 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - jdramirez

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 ... 157
46
Software & Accessories / Re: Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: September 03, 2014, 03:37:50 PM »
Can I use this license perpetually... so if I change computers or operating systems in ten years, I can move the program to the new computer.

47
Portrait / Re: HELP... Can anyone show me how to edit like this?
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:48:58 AM »
I like playing guess the settings on the camera, but I'm crap at guess the settings in Lightroom.

48
Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 03, 2014, 11:43:42 AM »
A Nikon shooter...



Is that why he looks so frustrated?

49
Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 02, 2014, 05:28:37 PM »
I dare anyone to tickle a mime the next time they see one.

50
Well, first Nikon owners are not very proud of Nikon behaviour during the D600 dustgate  >:(.

Second, I observed more frequently Nikon camera for sale second hand than Canon (subjective as I have not counted them). I concluded that Canon owners were happier so keeping their camera longer.

Not to be a contrarian... but I do see a good deal of people selling their t3's and t3i's... and sometimes I buy them and then sell them making a profit... sometimes their demand price is practically what they paid... so they are delusional...

But all in all... I think there is a mix of both nikon and canon... but there is a resale market for both... for pentax and sony... I think you have to get really lucky to find someone who WANTS either.

51
Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 02, 2014, 01:31:14 PM »
When I shoot in live view I disable auto focus... so it is more responsive to the shutter button.  When I heard your problem that was the first thing that came to mind, but I'm not sure that is actually what is wrong.  Good luck.
When you say disable auto focus do you mean switching the lens to MF or do you mean turn the camera to Manual from any other mode?

Disable at the lens. 

52
Photography Technique / Re: Live View and Remote Release
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:47:54 AM »
When I shoot in live view I disable auto focus... so it is more responsive to the shutter button.  When I heard your problem that was the first thing that came to mind, but I'm not sure that is actually what is wrong.  Good luck.

53
Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:48:51 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html
4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

There is also the Pro and Elite versions of the Spyder4.  The pro is 149 and the elite is ~225 I believe.   I've had luck with mine, but it's an Elite 3 I got as part of their studio package.  The only software quirk I've had (running v4 software) is that sometimes I can't calibrate my second monitor.  After some research I found it is an incompatibility with the NVIDIA driver.  When I turn off the nvidia desktop I can calibrate the second monitor.  I don't use the desktop anyway, so I leave it off.

There are lots of options out there - xrite, pantone, datacolor.   Most folks respond having the xrite or datacolor solutions when these questions are asked.  One thing to consider is that as monitors age, so does the color they produce.  Most of these products stay attached to your computer and take light readings and either adjust as necessary, or remind you to recalibrate if conditions change enough to affect what's on screen.   

Btw, good synopsis on the 12th man.   The point behind the story is that even though Mr. Gill sat on the sidelines, it was is his response to be ready should he be needed by the team.  That's also the basis for the 12th Man Foundation and the Aggie Network today.  If you need something, there's an Aggie there somewhere ready to help you.

Thanks for the info... but the first time I heard the 12th man story (not sure how old I was, but I was probably young since I grew up in Texas) I was annoyed he didn't get in the game.  That's the hollywood ending I wanted...

54
High speed sync?   My 5d mkiii also syncs at 1/200..., but that isn't really germane.
Sure I'd like a 400mm f2.8L is mkii, but I don't have a spare $12,000... though I can check the couch cushions... let me check right now... nope only $8,000, mostly in pennies.  I have mulled over a 1dx, but I'm quite happy with the mkiii at the moment.  Actually, when I shoot sports I time and anticipate... I haven't sprayed and prayed in quite a while.

Good news 400mm f2.8L is mk II down to a rock bottom $10,500!

Actually I was going to mention the 300mm f4 is a hell of a lens for the money.  300 2.8 is nice, but f4 will get the job done.
[/quote]

I did notice... and I'm going to be perpetually tempted until I finally dive into the pool.  I considered the 300 f/4... but I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii plus the 1.4 extender. which gives me the 100mm to 280mm range @ f/4 (though admittedly with a hit to image quality).

Right now I'm buying a few accessories I otherwise am too cheap to buy, monitors (and evidently the color correction system), a good monopod,  etc. After all in said and done... I'm going to be a good 6 grand away from a new 400 f/2.8... but maybe a used one will be only 3 or 4K away... and that isn't impossible... though admittedly... not likely. 

55
Software & Accessories / Re: Anyone interested in a triggertrap?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:29:03 PM »
I've seen devices that can be used for light/lightening.  I haven't done this type of work before... I guess it would be interesting...

To answer your question... no thanks... but I could see this being more successful than other kickstarters that have been discussed on this site.

56
Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:41:17 PM »
I use the datacolor solution for my monitors.  I see that adorama has a basic one for sale right now for $80.  Not sure if that's out of the budget.

http://www.adorama.com/ICVS4X100.html
4.8ish stars on adorama... 4 stars on amazon... seems reasonable.  The complaints about x1 is about the software... so I don't know if that has improved...

58
Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:16:04 PM »
JD,

It's too bad your thread didn't come a few days earlier -- Amazon had the i1Display Pro on sale for $189.

Getting a tool to calibrate your monitor really is necessary if you want the best results. Another thing to keep in mind is that your monitor will need to be recalibrated periodically, as it will drift over time. I recalibrate mine every month or so.

Monitor calibration is just one half of the situation. The other is the printing side. Not sure if they will, but if Costco can provide you with an ICC/ICM profile for the printer/paper combination they use, you can load that in Lightroom to "soft-proof" your images before sending them out to print. I agree with others in asking their techs what colorspace to edit in for best results.

Just a side note, I have a Dell IPS display calibrated with the i1Display Pro. It's paired with the Canon PIXMA Pro-100 that I picked up from Adorama (with 50 sheets of 13"x19" paper) for $34, after rebate (I tell you this because they tend to do these deals a few times a year). As long as I turn OFF color management in the printer driver's advanced settings and then load the Canon profile in Lightroom and tell Lightroom to manage the color, I get beautiful prints that match my display. In fact, I was quite giddy at my first batch of prints (after figuring out to turn off the printer driver's color management -- it gave a magenta cast).

I hope this helps some!

Thanks... I was hoping I could map it once and then be done for a while... I guess not.

59
Software & Accessories / Re: Optimizing your monitor for print production...
« on: September 01, 2014, 05:10:23 PM »
Bro, the simple truth is, if you want to play in this league, you're going to have to sack up and invest a little bit.  I'm assuming, and truly hope, that when you print you turn off any color correction or management by the printing lab.  That means, if your print comes back not looking ideal, you're out the money and can't get a refund.  Hardware like the DataColor will easily pay for itself.  It's just one of those pieces of gear that you need, kind of like a tripod if you do landscape photography.

It's such a jaw dropping, amazing, and enlightening experience the first time you run the color calibration software on your monitor.  It allows you to switch back and forth between calibrated and uncalibrated at the click of a mouse button, and you just begin to wonder how you ever even edited photos on the vomit-like uncalibrated settings of the monitor.

Do you know the story of the Texas A&M Aggies' 12th man?  Well, a practice player is in the stands and there are some injuries in the game and they pull him from the stands and he sits along the sideline. 


He doesn't even get into the game... That's me.. I'm on the sideline... sure my gear is the same as the people on the field, but I don't really get to put it into action...

Maybe that's a bad analogy... but at the very least I don't want my family photos looking like crap... so maybe I do get to be the QB in the backyard football game @ Thanksgiving.

60
Software & Accessories / Re: Shuttercount Now Available for Windows
« on: September 01, 2014, 04:58:28 PM »
Worth noting is that the shuttercounts reported by the camera do not actually appear to be completely reliable. I've done a bit of testing across various EOS models about 18 months ago and the shutter count does not always increase exactly with the number of shutter actuations. Before you ask, yes, I have tried turned the cameras off and on again and pulling the battery between actuations and readouts.

Simply put, I've seen variances up to 30% during my tests, though I'm not at all sure why sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't update. If you care about this sort of thing it is easy enough to test yourself, though I have no idea if your camera will behave the same way. Of course, for most uses even a full 30% difference isn't all that relevant, just found it curious enough to mention.

I don't buy used bodies (or I have yet), but I do sell used bodies... And if I get a reading of 10K actuations... and my customer decides to confirm that amount... I hope the camera body tells the other program the same number... regardless if it it is correct or not. 

So... have you tested the variety of programs to see if the number is the same across the board?

Pages: 1 2 3 [4] 5 6 ... 157