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I don't care for posts magically disappearing our being redacted.  I think it is reasonable for a notation to be made that a past was removed and the rule that is being cited as having been broken.  Ditto with redactions. 

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Canon CPS
« on: June 19, 2014, 08:38:49 PM »
I'm a lowly silver... but I have enough points for platinum... but my pocket book quotes that memorable line from TALLADEGA Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, "Ain't nothing wrong with silver."

True.  With my first daughter I was in the el cheapo group.  I brought in my coupon... give me the package, no more, no less.  The funny thing is that I now have offer $10,000 in gear for a product I am reluctant to pay more than $30 for.  Strange world.

I think we might have scared him off.

Don't take the advice given here as an attack on you or your photography. Take it as an opportunity to learn and to grow your business and skills. You'll be setting yourself apart from your competition and you won't be worrying about them anymore. It's all about perception. You can perceive everything written to be an attack on you, get defensive/hurt and nothing will be done to help grow your business. Or you can take the advice given and implement some changes that will make you stand out.

In the end I suppose that's what people are saying. You need to elevate everything you do so that you aren't competing in the same market as the amateur. As you've found out most people just want the cheapest prices and don't have an eye for the art. Don't market to those people.

Hope this helps and doesn't hinder you.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Damn you 1DX!!!!!
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:07:05 PM »
I was about to say that might be easier said than done... but he could start offering services to aspiring models and open up a whole new vein of potential. 

I tried it at the store...fell in love.

I imagine it's a lot cheaper than marriage, divorce, children or criminal defense attorneys.    :P

I just broached the subject of the camera with my girlfriend. She gave me a look like I might not have to worry about marriage after all...  :'(

I must always remember: "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission."  :P
get the camera... look for a new girlfriend

Not to mention that the 85L mkii is faster than the original... though a turtle is technically faster than a snail... but still.

I have the yongnuo 622c and I like them, but I've upgraded to the 622's so they are redundant now.  The 622s have a common problem though... they are supposed to receive and transmit, but some do only one which is a problem.  I like mine, but not enough to run the risk of getting a faulty unit.

I salvaged a friend's photo where the subject was to dark... I did the one image, the exposures hdr effect and the results were satisfactory. 

Hdr is my shame... and that I liked it at one time... but... you live... you learn... and hopefully that leads to improvement.

HDR is a lot like a woman wearing makeup -- it should not be immediately obvious it is being used.

If you look at a woman and the first thought is "wow, she is wearing a lot of make up"  She is doin it wrong.
If you look at a photograph and the first thought is "wow, that's some HDR" you is doin it wrong.

It should be difficult to tell if an photograph was or was not HDR, if it is done well.  All the viewer should notice is "wow that's a pretty photograph/woman."


In both cases you must add "unless it's being done for dramatic effect."  Some women (and a few men) wear heavy makeup for dramatic effect, like wearing bright, colorful clothes.  Likewise, some do HDR for the express purpose of a slightly surreal, dramatic effect.  Both are personal choices.  I'm not a huge fan of either in most cases, though I've seen a few examples that were quite well done.
HDR is often used to make a crap photo better and it ends up being a psychedelic crap photo.  I'm not a huge fan of the "HDR look", but some photographers who take good photos AND use HDR have impressed me.  RC Concepcion (Site) is one of those people.  I don't love all his stuff, but he really seems to have a knack for taking nice HDR shots and a lot of his work is excellent.

I was doing a shoot this past weekend - full portable studio set-up with backdrop, four lights etc and the model's family were taking mobile phone shots over my shoulder as I was shooting.

Even asked me to step aside so they could shoot using my backdrop and poses!

What do we think about this one fellow photographer?
Rude or okay?

Were the lights constant... or flash?  If they were constant, they got the benefit of good lighting which levels the playing field a bit... but if it was flash and they were shooting with ambient light, I would do the following.

I would ask them to email a copy of their best photo from their phone... and then I would do minimal post production work, some saturation, some added contrast... and then I would do a full post production of my favorite shot and then I would show them theirs and mine at 16x20 or so.  I would hope that my work blew their work out of the water. 

and to answer the question... rude.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 14, 2014, 12:35:33 AM »
As a quick counter point... there are certain images that are really hard to get... a ball being compressed by a bat at the moment of contact, a diver just before he puts his fields in the water, etc.

You may have 120 images to sort through, but know which image exactly you want makes it easy enough to find.

But that is about it... no thank you to the remaining 119 images.

Lenses / Re: Does the Sigma USB dock work with multiple cameras?
« on: June 13, 2014, 05:21:37 PM »
I think you dock for the 60 d at different distances... then the 5d mkiii you use afma to bring it within speed.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 13, 2014, 04:43:34 PM »
when the c100, with its 4k technology came out, there was a video about exporting stills from video.  It seemed like too much Damn work... review 24000 frames.

Pssst.... C100 doesn't have 4K.

It was one of the cinema bodies... I'm not sure which one obviously. 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 13, 2014, 03:50:38 PM »
when the c100, with its 4k technology came out, there was a video about exporting stills from video.  It seemed like too much Damn work... review 24000 frames.

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The 7DII will be really fast.

For fast, look at mirrorless system ... old-school dslr tech with a flipping mirror taking a lot of straing @high fps is really a technology from the last century. Good for Canon there are enough old-school photogs around  :-p

In 10 years from now, you won't even use the 7d2 as a doorstopper because your mirrorless does 100fps+ full res (or you just crop frames from video), has much more shutter cycles before it breaks and does things like "automatically track the bird with the read feathers across the whole frame".

Without wanting to open up a whole huge new area of debate, I remain unconvinced about this. I'm hardly wedded to old school methods or technology, I only took up serious bird photography a couple of years ago. And I hope your optimism about tracking and suchlike are well-founded, but I don't relish having to wade through hundreds or thousands of frames to find the ones that aren't motion blurred or otherwise unusable. There has to be an upper limit of what is workable per session - more than a few hundred takes too long to sort through in a day or two, especially if the shots are very similar.

Others will know more about this, but I've heard that using very fast exposures per frame leads to unappealing-looking video. But you need short exposure times to get fast-moving subjects like birds in flight without motion blur, if you're extracting frames for stills. Seems an unsatisfying compromise.

But we'll see. The mirrorless camera would need similar ergonomics to DSLRs to work with big lenses anyhow, imho.

Bring out your dead!
and then you get articles like this one....

'And there we have it! The technique is similar to that used by professional photographers, so you’re basically a professional photographer now.'


I'm confused - the wisest CEO of them all, Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, has already said, "[T]here’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore."  Why would someone want to emulate the dead? ;)
Ahm not dead yet!

I've seen so much bad photography... in my own collection from a few years ago.  And that is when people were saying I was doing a great job... so ignorance and politeness lead to this inflated valuation of amatuerism. 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:40:03 AM »
With the 70D, you really can make clean photo at 3200 iso so we can expect the same result at 6400 iso for the 7dII.

Right, and pigs can fly :-> ... well, at least if you apply heavy nr you'll have a clean image, though w/o details. Good for shooting doorknobs and brick walls though :-)
That's what I was thinking... but tolerance to grain is a virtue I guess.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:50:37 AM »
Can somebody explain to me HOW lack of a mode dial is a good thing? I've never really understood the button system on the 1D line. To me it seems to be a lot slower to switch modes like this.

Us pros typically shoot in one of three modes.  Manual, TV, or AV.  We don't change these often, and many of us, me included, never change our mode.  I always use manual.  No point having a giant dial on the camera when most of your users will barely ever, or ever, use it.  Much easier to implement a button system at that point.  It's all about the economics of scale.

We do use custom as well... I don't but others seem to like it.

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