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Photography Technique / Re: Help, I've lost my mojo!
« on: June 08, 2014, 09:25:51 PM »
Mix and match techniques... incorporate landscape photography with second shutter flash portraiture.  Make an effort to go out during the golden hour... and take joy in your hits and in your misses because knowing why you screwed up will give you knowledge for the next time.

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How do you transfer images?  With a card reader, you generally see the folder architecture, so you'd see the '101' folder. 

Personally, I have extra cards - the card with the images doesn't get formatted until the set is at least triaged (so I know it's complete) and stored on the internal SSD and at least one external HDD.

It was late at night and I was tired... that's the crux of the issue.  I transfer the file via usb directly into the camera... i am trying to avoid taking the cf card in and out because of the bent pin concern...

I can see the folders... i just was careless.

also, I had plenty of space on my card left over for my next project... I again was being lazy because I didn't want to sort through yesterday's photos with today's photos... I fully accept the consequences of my laziness... and next time i'll go through the confirm, regardless of the time of night.
Is this a real issue or not? I mean I read about it and I try to be gentle or ... shoot using both cards at the same time (mirroring) and then using the SD card to transfer images via a card reader.

But should we be afraid? Is 5D3 so fragile? When I had a 5D2 I was moving the CF card in and out with no issues (for almost 4 years).

I think if you use cheap products with poor quality control and you force the card... I think it can happen... but with the mkiii + a San disk... I'm guessing the risk is near zero... but not zero... so I'll be vigilant in my fear.

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I might just be getting old. I was returning two movies to Redbox and when I got to the store dot dot dot what did I forget, the movies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50d just died, trip in a week, what should I do?
« on: June 08, 2014, 06:31:27 PM »
If you are doing weddings, have a backup!  Its Rule 1. 
 
Don't go out and blow all your money on a new camera without having a backup, a new one has higher odds of dying soon than one that's been in use for a year or five,
I'd suggest getting a couple of refurb 60D's if that's what your budget allows.  Don't forget, you will need extra batteries for any newer camera model, you will also need SD cards.
Maybe a couple of used 50D's in not a bad choice, then your batteries and  CF cards will all work.

I had my daughter's xti as a backup to my 5D mkiii... let's just say there was a drop off in quality... so I upgrade her camera to a sl1... Not as good... but in good light... it will suffice if a circumstance requires.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50d just died, trip in a week, what should I do?
« on: June 08, 2014, 05:32:54 PM »
I don't like buying things BECAUSE you have to... but because there is a good price and you have a need that should be filled. 

I don't think the 6D is at a good price at the moment... I'd suggest getting another 50d for the short term and then selling it at a slight loss when you finally find a deal that is worth while. 

Having said that, maybe there is a great deal on the 6d that I am otherwise ignorant to...

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How do you transfer images?  With a card reader, you generally see the folder architecture, so you'd see the '101' folder. 

Personally, I have extra cards - the card with the images doesn't get formatted until the set is at least triaged (so I know it's complete) and stored on the internal SSD and at least one external HDD.

Ditto here, I have a similar workflow.

And you can easily recover the images even after the in camera format with some recovery software.

I've had a CF usb 3 card reader in my cart for around 6 months now... and finally I have a compelling reason to buy it. 

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When the images rolled over to a new folder, I'm wondering why they did not transfer, what software are you using? 
I could see it happening to me, if Lightroom does not see all the folders on the card.  Lightroom will not overwrite images so, if they are duplicates, a error will come up.
I tend to rename the images during import to a descriptive name like Joes Graduation - June 2014, which prevents duplications.
 
Since you did not do a low level format, you should be able to recover them.

I drag and drop.  I know lightroom will do the work for me... and I even learned how to set that up... and then I proceeded to forget about it because of hubris... plain and simple.

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When people talk nostalgically about film, I remember:
Film slips off take-up spool. Shoot 48 exposures of nothing before thinking: Wow! That's a really long roll of film;
Better put some film in the camera. Open camera back. Oh, film was already in the camera...exposed;
Film sticks together on developing reel. Best shots are always the ones destroyed;
Pour the developer out of the tank. Hmm, smells like fixer...oh oh!
Fire call comes in over the police radio. Rush to the scene. Shoot flames coming out of building. Switch film. Wait! the ISO dial says 400, but that was slide film;
That print looks pretty good, lets flip on the lights...who left the box of paper open!
Just shot six rolls of film of championship game. Loading the film now. In walks someone. Light flip: "Anybody in here?"
I could go on and on. I definitely don't miss the film era.
;D When people write "LOL".. they're usually not.  Not this time.  I'm glad there's no one around at the moment, because I can't stop howling.  Thanks for the memories!  Each and every one...

I did some film work in college... but it was of nephrons and really not very interesting... but I can say... in my limited experience... I didn't have any of the above happen... though I did have a partner do a crap job on attaching the kidney in the parafin... so the suspended tissue just fell off the block... I'm never going to get over that one.

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You can write an OS script to transfer all your files automatically so you won't miss anything.  Just one click, all your files are transferred.  I can write one if you want one.  :)

Thanks... but I can just not be lazy.  It's a conscious effort issue.  If I do it again... then I may come back beggin'.

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How do you transfer images?  With a card reader, you generally see the folder architecture, so you'd see the '101' folder. 

Personally, I have extra cards - the card with the images doesn't get formatted until the set is at least triaged (so I know it's complete) and stored on the internal SSD and at least one external HDD.

It was late at night and I was tired... that's the crux of the issue.  I transfer the file via usb directly into the camera... i am trying to avoid taking the cf card in and out because of the bent pin concern...

I can see the folders... i just was careless.

also, I had plenty of space on my card left over for my next project... I again was being lazy because I didn't want to sort through yesterday's photos with today's photos... I fully accept the consequences of my laziness... and next time i'll go through the confirm, regardless of the time of night. 

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Photography Technique / Re: Shoot from the rearend of the subjects.
« on: June 07, 2014, 06:25:48 PM »
So not too rant, but this is ok... but the bikini thread was killed?

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It is a tale as old as time.  I transferred images from one event to my hard drive... looks as though they all moved over, but no.... I eclipsed 9999 images which means it saved the last part of the event to another folder... which I didn't transfer over.  And I formatted in camera the next day... but I don't think it was a complete format, so I can salvage most of the lost images.

Honestly, it isn't a big deal... it was just the last game of my daughter's softball season... and I have five of the six innings documented so no one will notice... but that was just dumb.

And I can only imagine if I lost a client's images... so I bare my incompetent soul to y'all... because when people say I should be a photographer full time, I know the reasons why they are wrong. 

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Yesterday I also had Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, whatever Microsoft offers,  etc.  If you have a new product introduced into the marketplace after market saturation has occurred, it better be impressive in order to get a foothold. 

If you want to call this evaluation negativity, go nuts... but it is a legitimate critique of a business model with consideration of the market.

Marketplace viability is a reasonable topic of conversation.... especially when we are their target demographic... if we have no interest, they are doing something wrong.

Yesterday you had no Irista, today you have 10GB of Free Cloud service to use at your discretion.  If you aren't interested, that's no a them problem, thats a you problem.  Frankly i dont think they give 2 poops whether or not we use it or are interested, but those who do use it and are interested, all the more brand loyalty, and i'm sure it costs them little to nothing.

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Marketplace viability is a reasonable topic of conversation.... especially when we are their target demographic... if we have no interest, they are doing something wrong.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8L IS II underwhelming
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:42:10 PM »
I'm going to ignore the sigma issue for right now.

I have the 100L and the 70-200... and the macro lens is so incredibly sharp... it is exactly what I would hope for from a macro lens... the 70-200 by comparison is remarkably sharp for a zoom lens.  It isn't fair to compare the two... especially at minimum focusing distance.

Where the 70-200 shines is in low light with great image stabilization and auto focus motor...

The images are great... but they may not blow your mind at 100%.

As for the sigma.. who wants to shoot at f6?  It's fine... but that's not the reason you get the 70-200. 

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