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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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:56:45 PM »
okay guys :)

Just bought the 6D with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM ..... also 270ex ii and RC-6

is this flash good ? or shall i replace it with 320ex

the seller give good deal for these flashes ......

now i think i need good tripod and EF 135mm f/2L USM

To save you time and money in the long run, I would skip the baby stuff and go straight to big gun 600EX-RT. It's a powerful flash, you can always reduce the power level if need to.

You can add more more speedlite later, plus the 600ex transmitter can trigger 600ex-rt speedlites from 200ft distance. YUP....200 feet  ::)

I do like my 600ex's.  It is about the same size as the 580ex.  The more I use it... the more I like it.

I never reset the count... so I reached the 10k Mark after one year.

I must be a slow shooter cause it seems unlikely for me to shoot more than 10000 photos on a single event. That is a photo as second for three hours! And those can't be CR2s or they would have filled a 256GB card! I was at the F1 GP last weekend and took 2000 pics on the first day. Granted there is lots of dead times on such an event but still...

I guess a benefit of using small cards is that it limits the number of folders to 1.

. but it was of nephrons and really not very interesting...

Anyone else ever strip the little holes off the film so advancing the film "didn't" and the result was a bunch of exposures on the same frame? 

I didi something similar this winter. I was shooting film on my old Nikkormat and when I tried to wind it back at the end of the roll, I felt a little resistance and then it went smooth again. I thought the film was all in the can so I opened up to change and... the film had snapped and was ruined by me opening the lid. I was pretty sad as I felt I had taken some nice images.

I've got another one next to me now doing 4 baby "Watch me grow" shoots with 4 shots printed out per shoot, an album at the end and all of the pics on a CD for £200 (about $335).

Quality of the pics are crap but people are booking her - is our art dead?

It sounds like a good value... I know people resisted grabbing market share, but you have to get people in the door before you can sell to them.

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