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Sports / Re: First time photographing a skateboarder, need feedback
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:09:39 PM »
Pretty good coming into this for the first time.  Did you happen to find these videos, courtesy of Skateboarding Magazine?

How To: Composition - Skateboarding Photographer Michael Burnett - In Focus (Part 1 of 2)

Looks like you need nerves of steel and backup gear for some of these shots...


No, I didn't have any time to research anything about skateboard photography beforehand.


I  had a job photographing an equestrian event  and I  spent a few hours looking at photos of others,  seeing  what I liked  and integrating my own style.

if you are going to steal,  steal from the best.

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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations? Canon 60D user
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:06:46 PM »
 the tokina 11-16  is really well respected.

 the Canon 10-22  is also a solid performer. 

 both lenses  are ef-s  lenses and are really nice for  landscapes. 

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:28:22 AM »
Yeah it's rude and very unprofessional on their part, but at least you didn't instead get the message "we decided to hire someone that's cheaper, and would do a lot more for us than you"...
At least I was notified though, and not have to find out on my own what really happened

 what they said was rude...  in my flights of fancy, I  thought about showing up with my camera phone and saying something stupid like...  camera phones have come a long way...  just look at the commercials.

and I hope the person they hired did a bad job cutting off head and over saturating the photos.

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 10:25:53 AM »
Next time, ask for a deposit even if it's just a token one.  Explain that others are vying for your time and that you need a monetary commitment.  I know that events like this can be cancelled due to weather, something I'm only a little familiar with.  Covering weddings, weather is never a factor.  However, family days out and about and engagements can be affected in which case for me it is simply rescheduled.  I would think that unless it's a once a year event or something of the sort, a deposit can be carried over until the event can be re-scheduled.
As for "rude"?  Who knows?  They could have been busy.  In this day and age emails do still get lost in cyberspace.  Or maybe they thought that you weren't at the top of the "important list" that day and had other things and people to deal with first.  In any case, it's likely best just to suck it up and remain cordial but in the future try to cement a stronger commitment to avoid it happening again.  While good news can travel quickly, it seems to usually travel like molasses.  The sonic boom you sometimes hear is bad news spreading.  Avoid burning anything because you will never get the chance to tell you side to any potential customers.  They'll just assume the bad was the whole kit and caboodle.

 that's a good point about the  deposit.   I  think a 10%  deposit,  which would have  been $15  would have been more than reasonable...  and I'd allow it to carry over to the next event if there were weather issues.

 As it turns out, I  feel like crap today and it would have been a challenge  to be 100% focused on getting the best possible images...  but Iwould have gone.   I'm not bed  ridden.

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude of just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 01:01:20 AM »

Nah ...you did the right thing. Actually I think it is what I would have done. I couldn't have held a straight face for the guilt trip.

You can worry about the money and what not and it is short term.
BUT
In the end the high road gets you to the top, always take it.

I was excited for a few days and that cumulative excitement was greater than the disappointment I have that I'm not going to be doing it.  So I think I walk away ahead.  And I made an effort to learn about that style of photography that I would be using at the event... and even though it won't be used today... it will be down the road... probably. 

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:56:41 AM »
They are rude, and inconsiderate of your time.  They should compensate you, but good luck with that.  Next time, get a non-refundable retainer.  That way, they can be rude, and you can take your hurt feelings all the way to that strip club you mentioned.

Scott

So I get contacted earlier in the week to photograph a flag racing event.  I don't have anything planned so I say yes.  Saturday... check, time... check... they'll send me the details later about where.  The event is weather dependent so I'm not writing IOU's at the strip club and they said they would know by Friday if they were going to cancel for weather.

The email doesn't come... I contact the secretary of the organization and she says, "It will come this afternoon."  It didn't.  I'm still doing my homework... google (learning where the event is and the types of events that are going to be held)... facebook (making sure this is a real organization and not a robbery)... Flickr (getting an idea of what images and what angles are compelling). 

So today I touch base and I'm told they are deliberating on postponing, cancelling, or having the event at another venue.  I request, "Keep me in the loop." 

11:30p.m. as I write and I still haven't received word.  I know it has been cancelled... they indicated so on their Facebook page... but am out really out of line expecting a call, text, email, etc. indicating that it was cancelled? 

So does this happen to anyone else?  Is it the customers who don't want to break bad news?  I'm not that annoyed... I now have a weekend day free to do whatever I want... but I still can't help but be annoyed.

How much are lap dances now a days?  About 15 years ago, they were $20... but with inflation, I imagine they have to be around $30.  If it is still $20 and you get the really awful buffet, that's a good deal. 

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:54:33 AM »
Rude, certainly, but understandable. I've got friends who put on running events and when everything goes pear shaped the photographer is the last thing on their mind. So fire them a nice email to touch base and let them know you'd still love to do their next event. Never burn bridges with clients, never spit the dummy, be calm and understanding. It's easier to keep clients than find new ones. If you need a rant here's the place.

Good advice.  Actually what I was really hoping for was that there would be 85ish people/families at the event (estimate) and I would basically make 85 contacts for events like this, or sports, or dance recitals... all that crap.  And then those 85 people know 10+ families each... and while I know it wouldn't lead to 850 job 935 jobs... it might lead to 10 additional. 

I refuse to do wedding and birthdays... but I kinda like being there for a 5 year old at bat in a baseball game.  The money is really just a bonus to doing something I enjoy.

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude of just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:49:23 AM »
I don't think it is either.

I know your time is important but so are others that are involved in the event.
Most likely in the rush to let everyone know you probably were overlooked. Not on purpose, just because of bad organizational skills on their part.

If this was a club event of some sort I could see it happen, I have been in several clubs and members always go away from an event thinking someone else is responsible.

If it bugs you send them a bill for show up time. They will get the idea and not forget the guy they hired next time.

Yeah... but I think I would want the next guy they hire to be me... so I don't quite feel like burning bridges at the moment.  I'll take a leak off a bridge... but not burn it to the ground.

Well you got a free day tomorrow. Just show up at their place tomorrow and see what happens  :)

Have all your gear on of course ready to go to work.
When they tell you it was cancelled thank them and say you are glad, you will be able to go to your daughters first birthday party at noon.

I would get some free guilt trip entertainment at least.

It is on a farm... so when I show up... there might only be pigs and cows to greet me.  But I might get a free fresh bacon breakfast out of the deal. 

But I already took the high road.  I sent a message saying that I saw it was cancelled and I hope next year I can work some magic for them... or something lame like that.  Damn high road has very thin air, so it makes it hard to be snarky.

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude of just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:40:27 AM »
I don't think it is either.

I know your time is important but so are others that are involved in the event.
Most likely in the rush to let everyone know you probably were overlooked. Not on purpose, just because of bad organizational skills on their part.

If this was a club event of some sort I could see it happen, I have been in several clubs and members always go away from an event thinking someone else is responsible.

If it bugs you send them a bill for show up time. They will get the idea and not forget the guy they hired next time.

Yeah... but I think I would want the next guy they hire to be me... so I don't quite feel like burning bridges at the moment.  I'll take a leak off a bridge... but not burn it to the ground. 

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude of just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:36:59 AM »
If they asked you to be there, you're well within your right to expect an e-mail at least.

Jim

I was checking the weather... and there was .04 inches on Thursday... so I was I pretty optimistic... but I suppose the farm didn't really recover from the rain from the previous week.

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Canon General / Re: Is this rude of just customer apathy?
« on: October 19, 2013, 12:34:48 AM »
I'd say its just plain rude, it is probably the result of someone who has overcommitted, but its still rude.  Double your price next time. :D

I thought I was more than reasonable with my price.  Basically I said I would do a 5 hour job for $150 but if I received over $300 in order (prints or other crap you can throw a photo on) I'd waive the fee.  So if I double that... it would be $300, but waived if I receive $600 in orders... I'd be ok with that too. 

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Canon General / Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:25:15 PM »
So I get contacted earlier in the week to photograph a flag racing event.  I don't have anything planned so I say yes.  Saturday... check, time... check... they'll send me the details later about where.  The event is weather dependent so I'm not writing IOU's at the strip club and they said they would know by Friday if they were going to cancel for weather.

The email doesn't come... I contact the secretary of the organization and she says, "It will come this afternoon."  It didn't.  I'm still doing my homework... google (learning where the event is and the types of events that are going to be held)... facebook (making sure this is a real organization and not a robbery)... Flickr (getting an idea of what images and what angles are compelling). 

So today I touch base and I'm told they are deliberating on postponing, cancelling, or having the event at another venue.  I request, "Keep me in the loop." 

11:30p.m. as I write and I still haven't received word.  I know it has been cancelled... they indicated so on their Facebook page... but am out really out of line expecting a call, text, email, etc. indicating that it was cancelled? 

So does this happen to anyone else?  Is it the customers who don't want to break bad news?  I'm not that annoyed... I now have a weekend day free to do whatever I want... but I still can't help but be annoyed.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High-ISO confusion
« on: October 17, 2013, 08:25:55 PM »
To be honest...and this is going to ruffle feathers...there isn't that much difference between the crop sensors and the 5D2 either. It's there, but not huge. The IR samples show it better then the DPReview samples (not sure why). From the times I've shot with a 5D2, the difference is amplified if exposure is less then optimal. And 5D2 RAW files are able to take more NR at high ISO.

The 5D3 and 6D improve on the 5D2, and to me the jump from crop to 5D3/6D is much more substantial in terms of high ISO. For that reason I tell crop shooters who want better high ISO to skip used 5D2's and go straight for the newer models.

I think in good light with a good lens, a crop sensor is on par with a full frame.  Where full frame shines is when there isn't good light.  I love my 5d mkiii, but I also really loved my 60D.

When you have a job... and you have tools... you make those tools work to finish the job.  Having full frame is more versatile than crop.  Just the way it is.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High-ISO confusion
« on: October 17, 2013, 11:57:10 AM »
 raw should be the same across the generations,  but their jpg  might be improved because you go from digic 4  to digic 5. 

 ditto the full frame suggestion.   I'm not saying you should,  but that is when you will notice a significant gain in  iso performance

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Lenses / Re: How bad is the 24-105?
« on: October 16, 2013, 02:16:21 PM »
I have the cash to get a 24-70 mkii,  but I don't think I will.   I'm not that fond of the focal length and while I love s sharp lens,  the 24-105 hasbeen more than sufficient for me

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