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  • Been following this. Even though I'm not a Portrait Photographer in any sense, in another financial life I would like to get a studio-type strobe. The power recommendation you give I will keep in my head.
  • Neil - Yes it was a bit of a physical limitation, but every time something like this goes awry, I learn. Higher up and closer in, and pull the people away from the backdrop. Next time. This was really odd though. I knew it was a shadow, but it was …
  • Thanks, RS. In my head, it's a bit of a conundrum. I know to calibrate, and you are right - when the photos leave you, they are as right as you make them. But I do wonder - and this goes to repeat business, etc - if the client sees them and thinks "…
  • Hi, RS - thanks for the input. Easily addressed is moving the people away from the wall, as you can see this in the shot with only four people in it. I had the room to do so, and I think it to be a pretty good photo. I was in a single-screen movie …
  • Thanks, Jay. The issue was that the platform was only about 12 feet deep, and because it was a few feet off the ground, putting the light stands on the floor would not have worked (7-foot stands). So really the only place to put them was out towards…
  • OK, Trev and RS, thanks for the help.
  • Trev - Really?? Thanks for the warning! Even if I have my watermark on them?
  • Trev - The reason I don't take the plunge is I do very little with off-camera flash at the events I shoot. If I do anything, it's a "step-and-repeat" type where the attendees pose for a photo or two with the featured guest. One time a real-estate ag…
  • Trev - Thanks. I may go ahead and set one up. Like I wrote, it may be in the form of a blog of some sort - "blah, blah, shot an event yesterday, blah blah, great time, here are a few shots, here's the link to the album, etc......" And, change a port…
  • Trev - Thanks. The reason I asked about TTL is because of the price difference. One of these days I'm going to move on from speedlites to something like what you have, and wondered if the extra expense is worth it. Dave
  • One question: when I attempted to create a new account, I was given the choice to create one for business. If I were to do that, is this where they they try and get you to pay? Thanks - Dave
  • Trev - does this unit have TTL capability? If not, do you find that you miss it? Dave
  • I was going to ask about a Facebook page in a new thread, until I remembered this one. My thought about having a FB page would be to post (in not so many words) "hey, last night I photographed this great event for so-snd-so, here are a few pictures…
  • Thanks, rs, I appreciate the time you took to respond. I'm almost exclusively doing events, so I'm not setting up any off-camera lighting except for when there are formally-posed photos in front of a backdrop. So, I'm always bouncing my flash. I t…
  • Hi, Jay - Obviously, photography is incredibly subjective. But aside from your worry that the photo is blowing apart at high magnification, if the shot you posted is SOOC, I should have such problems. I didn't download it, or do anything besides cl…
  • Thanks, Neil and Bob.
    in DNG? Comment by dbruno February 6
  • I found a way, and seems to have worked without any additional processing - I imported the final Jpegs into LR, and exported to a separate folder while adding the watermark. Clicked off anything additional (output sharpening, etc) in the export wind…
  • I read many reviews about the differences between the Canon, Tamron, and Sigma 70-200mm lenses. The Tamron was better than the Sigma by a fair amount, and approaching the Canon. So I just got it. Same reason for my purchase of the 24-70mm, but with …
  • Neil - I think so, really. The only other one I could think of would be an 85 or 100 mm F1.2-1.4 for doing portraits. But I don't do portraits. The new lens is a beast. Fantastic condition, as it should be as an "open box" demo from a camera store.…
  • Trev - After watching one-owner, slightly-used copies on EBay, I went with this one. It was more money than I wanted to spend, but I had looked long enough to know.
  • Took the plunge today on the Tamron 70-200 mm F2.8 VC (A009) Got it as an open-box demo from a camera store in Canada. Comes with a 6-year Tamron warranty (good). Canadian (not so good). If something goes wrong, I would have to get it back to the st…
  • That's good! I volunteer as a photographer for a couple of organizations. I might send them an email to tell them I would like to branch out, and if they need new headcsots, keep me in mind. Thanks.
    in Headshots Comment by dbruno January 3
  • Thanks, David. I had heard of Peter Hurley, and did actually see the link for "Cinematic Headshots". So, after watching and practicing, watching and practicing, how did you actually get a first job? Did you have friends or family members sit for yo…
    in Headshots Comment by dbruno January 3
  • I think I figured it out. I connected my smaller 430EX II to the receiver, and everything worked fine. So, I guess if a flash can be fully controlled through the camera, it will be fully controlled through the wireless system. Needs to be a "II" ver…
  • Hi, Trev - It was interesting to see you leave the Clarity, Vibrance, and Saturation sliders alone. By using these other Tone Curve sliders, are they some how taking the place of the Presence family of controls? Everything is subjective of course, b…

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