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    Zooms vs. primes...have they caught up yet???

    Just a post-script Tonight I'm writing about 16th century painters and the science of optics - even in the 17th century, painters understood the ability to influence the observer by changing the angular relationship between field and ground. I can't believe that 400 years later, people think...
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    Zooms vs. primes...have they caught up yet???

    know what? You don't understand perception You don't understand at all. Firstly, the Photographic article says "distorts perspective." Nobody said that. In fact, what we're saying is wide angle lenses, because they get you close and allow relationships to become different, change...
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    Studio lighting recommendations and experiences?

    Ah, I'm a high-key guy Even when the models are clothed in black, I'm a high key guy. Gotta say, you can always turn the lights down. I'm working hard to try to get the dancer thing tied down, otherwise I shouldn't have gotten the Elinchrom... We'll see.
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    Zooms vs. primes...have they caught up yet???

    Sorry, I think there's no value in arguing against this Jeff, shooting with a 28mm lens and then cropping to 70, however, is NOT what we do, is it? Why not? Why don't we shoot portraits with 28mm lenses, and just get closer? By widening the field of view, we create a different sense of...
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    Zooms vs. primes...have they caught up yet???

    This is precisely what causes people to think that to take pictures of Nebraska big sky country, they need the widest possible lens, and end up with all the interesting stuff out there in the background with big dull foregrounds. The way I had it pounded into me was: You are responsible for...
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    ACK! Purple fringing, 85mm 1.8, D2x

    NEF it was And, I tried converting it with ACR, Capture, and RawShooter, and it's there in all of them - I wondered if it was the conversion myself, but figured if it was there in all three conversions, it was probably some interaction between the lens and the sensor. My first thought...
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    Great lighting book recommendation

    Physics of light definitely good to know When I studied stage lighting in undergrad and grad school, we were forced to learn all kinds of physics of light, and it is something that I use every day, and not just when I'm controlling the light. It's given me an excellent feel for what to expect...
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    Studio lighting recommendations and experiences?

    I ended up getting Elinchroms Dan, I ended up getting Elinchroms, two 600ws and one 1200ws. I am working a couple of dance companies to try to get a project going, and I knew I'd need the fast flash duration, which you really can only get with Elinchrom. Have been shooting with them for a bit...
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    Letting go of sharpness - Does it trouble you?

    thinking through, thinking through... Good feedback, from all of you - this critique kind of nailed it in terms of what I'm wrestling with. I've always tried shots where I did this, enough so that I have gotten pretty good at nailing what I wanted to achieve. It's afterwards when I sit...
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    That "look" of those pricey lenses (28-70 2.8 ques

    Woody - from you that compliment means a lot, I love your stuff on OMP. Here's a look at a bunch of images, all, I just realized, shot with the 28-70AFS. http://www.modelmayhem.com/pics.php?id=9163 You WILL love the lens. It's pretty much the 100% usage studio lens. The tiny bit below...
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    Zooms vs. primes...have they caught up yet???

    my take on primes versus zooms I plow any earnings from photos back into either gear or classes. The best part about classes is it gives me access to excellent pros I'd never get to meet otherwise. One of the constant questions I hear in the classes is this primes versus zooms, and to a...
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    ACK! Purple fringing, 85mm 1.8, D2x

    CK, that's what I had to do Pain in the butt is way underplaying the problem, frankly. I ended up doing similar to what you said on a layer, and basically editing pixel at a time. UGH. But, I shot about 15 shots - with four people in the picture, you need about 4x the number of people shots...
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    Zooms vs. primes...have they caught up yet???

    Yikes, you're going to get a lot of opinions I've got the 60 macro. I haven't noticed any problems at mid range - I tend not to do anything long range. But, I have the 50 1.4, and I honestly think it's a nicer lens than the 1.8. The whole thread about lenses with character going on...
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    Letting go of sharpness - Does it trouble you?

    I've always been a nut about critical sharpness, and crisp images. A part of my shooting style has always been about images that mimic the F64 school, not only in focus but framed for maximum depth of field. But recently I've been bugged by how a lot of times, that doesn't capture the...
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    ACK! Purple fringing, 85mm 1.8, D2x

    Very good question, Mike You can photoshop it away, but it's tedious work. (Trust me I know, because I did it...) Even the lens fringing adjustments in Adobe RAW wouldn't handle it.
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    Zooms vs. primes...have they caught up yet???

    Closer is always better Vernon, I can't agree more. The whole notion of street shooting needing long lenses so that you could be invisible is pretty much bunk. You're farther away, yes, but with an 80-200AFS you are far from invisible unless you're behind a closed door. What you ARE is...
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    That "look" of those pricey lenses (28-70 2.8 ques

    "The look" can be "a problem" I have a thread of lenses that all have that same rich look - the 17-35, 28-70, and 80-200, all AFS. The lenses produce images that are so much of a piece that it's hard to tell which lens was used without looking for the perspective or looking at the exif...
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    ACK! Purple fringing, 85mm 1.8, D2x

    ACK! One of my favorite lenses has always been the 85 1.8 - light, sharp, crisp. Was shooting for a charity a couple days ago, and shot a family portrait with the 85 1.8 - the backgrounds were awful so I needed f1.8 to make them go away. Put me farther away from a foursome than I usually want...
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    This weekend's lights

    Wanted to get the models to cut loose and goof around, in everything from one face closeups to cocktail parties. I did not want to be moving and re-setting lights constantly, talk about mood killers... So I picked a setup where the main light was very soft and direct; the fill light was close...
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    Multiple Catchlights, multiple flashes

    I hate multiple catch lights also hate square ones. if I'm shooting just one subject, one setup, I don't have much problem with them. I use a Photek octagonal softbox or an umbrella for main, and make sure that it's within about 30 degrees of where I'm going to be standing. That's the...
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    Headshots from this weekend

    A few headshots from shooting on Saturday. The studio was fantastic, but not air conditioned, and we had to break every 15 minutes to deal with melting makeup. Simple light setup, allowed us to do everything from these headshots to full length shots of four with cocktails in hand. Pictures of...
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    Ring Light Portrait

    funky ring light catch lights I used to really love the ring light catch lights. then i did some photography of eye surgery for a local hospital, and the catch lights are exactly like the reflections from the equipment doctors use to line up the eyes for cutting corneas. can's see the...
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    Studio shoot - two lights, one backdrop

    steve, you have no idea how small i just did a shoot in another studio in philly, and i was able to do group scenes, four together, without any problem at all. yes, i was at f14, and that was after dialing my main light down two stops! Will be putting up some stuff from the recent shoot...
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    Two lights

    Creepy is good sometimes... Both. I find it hard to do this kind of thing, as there's no way to be sure exactly where you're going to be in the frame, or how the light's going to work. It ends up being a very intense form of chimping. I've got a different doll I'm going to work with...
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    How many MP is that camera(how do pro's deal with that ques?

    Now THAT is absolutely brilliant Tell your friend I"m likely to owe him royalties.
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    Two lights

    Basement work. One light to the right at 45degrees reflecting off an umbrella, one light blowing out the white backdrop. Small piece of white foamcore to bounce a bit of light onto the doll. Yes it's a self portrait. If you've got bags under your eyes, you might as well use them to...
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    Studio shoot - two lights, one backdrop

    Did a shoot a couple weeks ago in a studio so small that you couldn't THINK ABOUT swinging a cat. So small that other than ultra-close head shots, I spend 90% of my time on the short end of my 28-70 zoom, not the most flattering. White walls, white floor. Hung a white backdrop. Put one...
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    This flower better with or w/o use of Lightsphere?

    this really ended up not being about the lightsphere I didn't much care for the second one because it was so flat. Lighting like lighsphere or a softbox can do that to a picture if you let it. The first picture was clearly "something" - everyone talked about backlight. The second one, they...
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    How many MP is that camera(how do pro's deal with that ques?

    i just let it proceed to the next logical step By and large anybody asking that question wants to tell you about how many megapixels their latest, newest camera has. So I tell them what I've got, and let them tell me how many they have, and smile and nod like a happy idiot. All of which I can...
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    Rooftop shot, cross processed

    From my shoot yesterday. With 500 images to go through, I'm going to be processing for a month. Shot quickly with thunder overhead. Cross processed using a cross processing action with some personal modifications.
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    sb800 setting

    OK, here are some Nikon Flash examples I shot all day yesterday in freakin' awful heat. The studio was air conditioned, kind of. We did a lot of shooting in the stairwells, halls, and roof (for reasons you can see here) and I used the two Nikon flash units, one as master, one as remote. Both...
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    Dog Bribery

    Nice job Terri I'd rather shoot wiggly kids than dogs, although I've done a lot of dog shooting to support dog park campaigns. The low angle works incredibly well for dogs of all sizes - they look so much better from their own level than they do from ours. Unfortunately, I've done this so...
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    Father and Son - First Attempt at Panning

    Wow, that's a FIRST attempt? Pretty good if you asked me. I love the technique. Sometimes I pan while using a slow shutter speed and flash, kind of the reverse of the technique most used, but it works nicely for some images. Did you try and sight through the camera the whole time? I got...
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    First high key human shots

    Setup Large softbox to the right of camera. Bounce white umbrella for fill on left. Bounce silver umbrella behind backdrop to blow it out. Doesn't show in these pictures, but the rectangular softbox vs round umbrella showing highlights in eyes is really awfully distracting. Won't be doing...
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    First high key human shots

    Much easier to work with than dogs, I'll say that! My son. Comments and direction welcome.
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    "I`ll be back!" first sunglasses for my daughter!

    She's not a Terminator But when she grows up, you're going to have to be one... Sweet kid. Great face.
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    Modelshoot in the belgian mines

    Nice shots but you could have had them anyplace and their talent would shine through. Very fortunate of you to have found such good models to work with.
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    Dogs hate studio flash

    But a little training, a little desensitization, and you can get them to work with you. Good learning experience for me in terms of eye highlights, and trying to blow out a background in high key while at the same time maintaining detail in the white fur. First, Foster. The first time I...
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    Backdrop advice

    be careful about what the backdrop's made of I just shot my two dogs on a white muslin backdrop, and one of them was "blowing his coat" which is a dog lover's euphemism for letting go with enormous tumbleweeds of undercoat at a time. Five minutes on the muslin and I had to stop and do...
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    Calumet Travelites ARE Bowens Identical, come off the same assembly line. Friend of mine said he could get me a heck of a deal on Bowens through a buddy who worked at Bowens; called me back and said his buddy told him I could beat even his employee purchase price by buying at Calumet...
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    Can't you use it on manual? Since iTTL is not doable with studio flash anyhow, why not just set the SB600 or 800 to manual at 1/8 or less power (so it doesn't contribute to the light) and pop the setup that way? It'll trigger the closest light to it, which'll trigger everything else. I'm...
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    Catz, I'm still new with the studio lights, but... Here's a couple ideas. What kind of light modifier are you using? Hard to figure out what you're up to without that. After buying a couple umbrellas and a softbox, I tried two sheets of foamcore connected in a V and almost returned my...
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    Great lighting book recommendation

    I don't know about you, but the only thing I have bought more of (and been more disappointed by) than camera bags, is books about lighting. Just got a book that makes up for all the rest of the ones I've read. Steve Bavister, Lighting for Portrait Photography Unlike most books, all the...
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    Bronx Zoo anyone ?

    I'd love to meet you there...trying to negotiate duty swap I'm on duty that day at home, but I'm trying to negotiate a duty swap with my wife. (It always costs me double in chores...NEVER marry a lawyer!) Would love to be there, the butterfly house last year was a joy. Exciting to hear...
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    postscript by surfing/shopping the web during booooring conference calls (I have had too many in my life the last few weeks - whew, more people should take a vow of silence) I managed to do to myself what we probably all do - save a bunch of money on what I was looking for, and then by being so...
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    Roam around B&H site... Here are links to a couple of the "kits" at B&H. Depending on what you're looking for in terms of light power and light modifiers, they may or may not work for you. In my case, I'm looking for 3 or 4 lights, the ability to blow out a fair expanse of white backdrop...
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    as an FYI Clearly the digital revolution is dropping the prices on studio flash like a stone. I just got completely floored by pricing out Photogenic monolights, and they came out as inexpensive as White Lightening, almost at AB territory, but with the 500WS heads putting out way more light...
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    sb800 setting

    automagic yes, automagic is ittlbl (ok, YOU pronounce it). Most flash unit/camera combos, until this one, were worse (my opinion) than a disposable camera with flash.
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    Which size softboxes? I just got one of the "small" softboxes that mounts on the flash bracket, haven't had a chance to test it yet. You know, since getting my D2x, I think I've shot it at iso100 maybe for 20 or 30 shots. ISO 200 is pretty much noise free, and i've decided that i'm going...
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    Seeking recommendation on lighting options

    Battery Options, mixing flash In terms of battery options, electronic battery controls have made that a pretty wide open field. There's a company www.innovatronix.com that makes a battery pack for powering units in the field, about $250, less than what the units at White Lightening go for...
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