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Software & Accessories / Re: Photobook Printing
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:52:53 PM »
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Here's a small thread from my asking the same question last November. Might be helpful.


http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=18211.msg338003#msg338003


I'm working on the images for a 50-60 page book now (still, since last November) and so far I don't see a better setup than Shutterfly. I'll keep reading reviews and talking about it until I'm ready to publish.

Thanks, I had missed that post.
Good luck with the new book!

What I forgot to write in my original post is that I have sent a test-book to Apple a few days ago (have not received the book yet). Don't ask me why I used the apple service - I actually went through the trouble of transferring some photos from LR into iPhoto because I thought the composition of the book would be easier there than in LR. I don't remember what I had been smoking, but it certainly was a silly idea.
I also read up on the different services only after the fact, and have now learned that the Apple service is among the less good and more expensive ones...


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Software & Accessories / Re: Photobook Printing
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:47:33 PM »

Switzerland - not sure if it should still be considered europe...

LOL
No vote can change that fact.

You are underestimating the power of our direct democracy!
We can vote the world to be flat if we want. ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photobook Printing
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:43:06 PM »
I was wondering who of you has used any of the online services to print a photo book. What are your experiences?
How many of you use LR and blurb to print books? How many use LR but a different printing service, and how well does that work?
Also - getting back to an old topic - how reliable are these printing services when it comes to color, contrast, etc. If my screen is well-calibrated, does it all work out well? Or will there be big surprises...?

I would print books for private purposes only.

Thanks for any comments

Are you in Europe or US?

Switzerland - not sure if it should still be considered europe...

Shipping-wise, I guess so :D

So, I've tried Photobox, which is the big commercial one. Books are nice and  they have many customization options. I particularly like the flat one, which is great for double-page landscapes. Prices are crazy but they often have good deals going on. You can prepare the book online, save it, and buy it when they have a deal. Two notes: on bigger books they only have matte paper, so take it into consideration when you prepare your photos. Another important note is that, yes, they auto-correct your pictures. You have to contact the customer support and explicitly ask them to deactivate the option for your account.

The other big one that I'm interested in is Vistaprint. Even more binding options and glossy paper on big books. You can download their software to prepare the book offline. I will try it for sure, but I didn't yet.

Thanks - I will check those out.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Photobook Printing
« on: February 24, 2014, 02:31:10 PM »
I was wondering who of you has used any of the online services to print a photo book. What are your experiences?
How many of you use LR and blurb to print books? How many use LR but a different printing service, and how well does that work?
Also - getting back to an old topic - how reliable are these printing services when it comes to color, contrast, etc. If my screen is well-calibrated, does it all work out well? Or will there be big surprises...?

I would print books for private purposes only.

Thanks for any comments

Are you in Europe or US?

Switzerland - not sure if it should still be considered europe...

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Software & Accessories / Photobook Printing
« on: February 24, 2014, 12:50:20 PM »
I was wondering who of you has used any of the online services to print a photo book. What are your experiences?
How many of you use LR and blurb to print books? How many use LR but a different printing service, and how well does that work?
Also - getting back to an old topic - how reliable are these printing services when it comes to color, contrast, etc. If my screen is well-calibrated, does it all work out well? Or will there be big surprises...?

I would print books for private purposes only.

Thanks for any comments

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why are DSLRs so Big?
« on: November 04, 2013, 01:44:54 PM »
Most of the volume is taken by the battery - I think they only use the fact that the cameras necessarily have to be bigger to also improve the ergonomics.
The F1 has a battery half the size of a quarter, in a 1D X a third of the camera is battery.

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Third Party Manufacturers / How ironic....
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:57:16 PM »
to get this ad here on CR..

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens with a 2X III TC
« on: September 21, 2013, 10:52:37 AM »
I have recently used that combo at an airshow (rented 300/2.8 Mark I with my own 2xIII on a 5DIII). I had been using the 300/2.8 II before, and the results were certainly way better. I did not, however, do a systematic comparison so I don't know how much of that is simply due to the higher quality of the Mark II lens alone (although most reviews suggest that the two versions are similar). I am attaching a few examples. Mind you, this was my very first airshow (criticism with regards to the pics is more than welcome), and the photos are all handheld.
AF is reasonably fast, moderately accurate (keeper rate low), and IS works. But I must say that 600 mm mostly was too long. Most of the time I shot with the 300 alone, and that worked as expected. I guess, once again, airshows are perfect for the 200-400/1.4x.

The first two were shot with the 300+2x, the others without the 2x.


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Online Storage/Cloud - What's Good?
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:21:31 AM »
Have a look at AeroFS. You set up your own cloud in a way, and that gives you as much storage as you want. All you need is a pc and hard drives. If you put that in a safe place (home vs. office, a friends basement, whatever), it is as good as any cloud service. But you pay less, you have no storage limitations, and your files stay yours.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: September 07, 2013, 06:55:51 AM »
The ultimate waterscape ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HD Question
« on: August 02, 2013, 04:31:01 AM »
In your situation, i would use a "current work" LR catalog on the laptop (should work nice&fast on a SSD), and after finishing a project, export the catalog on the NAS, then import it to the full catalog which is also stored on the NAS. This is a bit flimsy, but as far as I can tell, adobe has not yet implemented something to automate this process.

There are, in fact, various solutions to automate this procedure. The choice of software that mirrors hard drives (or individual folders) is huge, some using the cloud, some doing it directly. That takes care of the type of backing up as you suggest it without requiring any manual work. I find this a most secure solution since it normally also allows you to directly get a copy off-site.

You talk about general backup solutions. This is not what i mean, because a huge 100k pictures LR catalog does not fit on a 500GB drive ;)
I would like to have in lightroom an option to "relocate" old stuff to a NAS without kicking it out of the catalog, but that is currently not easy to achieve - working with two catalogs is much easier. I also heard that a small catalog works fater.
Of course, you could create for every project a new catalog and then just copy it over to backup - but then you can't browse "all" your work.

Another point: physical separation of the backup: a second backup (single disc acceptable) which is at your workplace/parents/friend can be handy when something comes like sandy ;)

Size is a point - I am not a pro, so my catalogue rather is in the range of 30k photos...
But what I meant does not actually suffer from that. Granted, it may make it a bit slower, but there is no size limitation to whatever you use to mirror your main pc to. Use 500GB if it is sufficient, use 100TB if you need that. Basically, my point is that if you mirror everything to a second computer then you at the same time get a backup and a second workplace. And it can be off-site, in case sandy decides to come back ;)

But I agree with that point - any backup system only makes sense if you have at least one copy geographically separated from the main storage system. Hardware failure is only one way to lose data - disasters, fire, theft, etc. are others. Off-site storage is an absolute must IMO.

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HD Question
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:48:32 PM »
In your situation, i would use a "current work" LR catalog on the laptop (should work nice&fast on a SSD), and after finishing a project, export the catalog on the NAS, then import it to the full catalog which is also stored on the NAS. This is a bit flimsy, but as far as I can tell, adobe has not yet implemented something to automate this process.

There are, in fact, various solutions to automate this procedure. The choice of software that mirrors hard drives (or individual folders) is huge, some using the cloud, some doing it directly. That takes care of the type of backing up as you suggest it without requiring any manual work. I find this a most secure solution since it normally also allows you to directly get a copy off-site.

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Software & Accessories / Re: External HDD for backups
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:43:55 PM »
I import at home with LR and have it make a backup copy during the import. Both on non-mirrored external HDD. I have a separate drive that I keep at work and occasionally take home to backup all the new photos to it.

An automatic way of doing this would be via a cloud service, but I don't want that due to cost and security. What I have come across is a (free) tool called AeroFS that lets you set up your own private cloud. I don't actually use this for photos, but it could easily be set up to mirror the folders containing my pictures to a computer that is somewhere else. This has two advantages - one being the backup off-site, and the other one that I have a second (or more) computer that I can work on without having to worry about messing up my catalogue files. And no shady company ever owns or sees my files.
For all the uses that I have AeroFS for, it works flawlessly. It is a bit slower than, for example, dropbox, but it has all the mentioned advantages.

(disclaimer: I don't work for AeroFS - I just like their product)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Beginning of a new Canon starting with 7D Mk II?
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:42:08 AM »

I know what you mean, folk were never going to be happy with the M unless it AF'd better than their 5D3s had more dynamic range than drum scanned velvia 50 rollfilm and took FD lenses (one of the more out there suggestions to fix the M)

So to but a further spin on the curve ball, what features does your DSLR have that you would
I agree with most of these - but then again, mostly this is software. Having it or not having it makes no difference really.
GPS on bodies like the 1D or 5D series makes no sense to me, either - is there a pro here who is actually using that? Do you then look at the pins on iPhoto to see where you had your shootings, in case you forgot?

And yes! The print button! I have been wondering about that thing since I got my first DSLR (the 10D) and am annoyed that I can not reprogram that button... But maybe someone is really using that - since you can do in-camera raw-editing now (another feature that is utterly useless to me).

I really am waiting for someone to request the 1D to accept a SIM card for image transfer via LTE. It would add the very useful feature that you can also use your camera as a phone! And since it will have a retina touch screen and accelerometers, you can also play doodle jump and angry birds on it! And since taking pictures is so utterly boring, this will finally also allow us to watch movies while shooting!

((Just to be clear, and since I know that someone will point that out - I am aware that the 10D does not have the print button, and when I had it there was no pictbridge functionality. But I hope you got the point...))

On a more serious note - better sensors (higher DR, less noise) are always nice, taking noise-less pictures at 1/2000 and f/8 with no light certainly would be fun. Doing 60 fps raw without ever filling the buffer would be good. This is where it will go, I don't think Canon can beat the speed of technological progress.
Then again, and this has been said above, to take nice photographs one normally can do without such features. Sure, modern cameras can capture moments that they could not 100, or even 10 years ago. On the other hand there are many features that really do not contribute to the quality of a photo at all, like GPS or retina displays. Some people might use and enjoy them, but they do not make a camera better or worse, they don't even allow you to do things you could not do before.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Beginning of a new Canon starting with 7D Mk II?
« on: June 27, 2013, 08:07:27 AM »

What kind of photography do you do that you need ALL these features...?

I know what you mean, folk were never going to be happy with the M unless it AF'd better than their 5D3s had more dynamic range than drum scanned velvia 50 rollfilm and took FD lenses (one of the more out there suggestions to fix the M)

So to but a further spin on the curve ball, what features does your DSLR have that you would gladly do without?

For me it's:

Auto mode
PIC modes
Any fake HDR or fake DR expanders
Anything to do with wifi or GPS as a feature of the camera body (i'll never use, let those who do add it on)
Any button to do with printing.  Wasted button.
Partial metering.
AEB.
WBB.
Wind noise mic reduction.
Anything that mimics lomo or instagram.
sRAW or mRAW.
raw incorrectly labelled as RAW as if it was an acronym of something.

So what features of your DSLR are redundant?

I agree with most of these - but then again, mostly this is software. Having it or not having it makes no difference really.
GPS on bodies like the 1D or 5D series makes no sense to me, either - is there a pro here who is actually using that? Do you then look at the pins on iPhoto to see where you had your shootings, in case you forgot?

And yes! The print button! I have been wondering about that thing since I got my first DSLR (the 10D) and am annoyed that I can not reprogram that button... But maybe someone is really using that - since you can do in-camera raw-editing now (another feature that is utterly useless to me).

I really am waiting for someone to request the 1D to accept a SIM card for image transfer via LTE. It would add the very useful feature that you can also use your camera as a phone! And since it will have a retina touch screen and accelerometers, you can also play doodle jump and angry birds on it! And since taking pictures is so utterly boring, this will finally also allow us to watch movies while shooting!


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