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    Corel's PSP Pro Photo X2/Canon 40D RAW fail.

    This is yet another example of a "cheaper is not necessarily better, it's just...cheaper" lesson I learned while restarting my photography business. I bought PSP Pro Photo X2 back in April without properly researching it's RAW camera support capabilities. I wasn't too worried about it, since I...
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    First practice session with new light kit - with pic.

    My daughter makes a suitable model, when she'll sit still. Here's the poop: just got all my stuff from Adorama - stands, umbrellas, swivels. I had 1 hour. Grabbed a bed sheet (ew-blue...yeah), set up a simple 2 light setup, mounted 2 580EX's, set up the remote, and off we went. This is shot...
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    Shoot through umbrella question

    Anyone use shoot through umbrellas? I have a pair of 580EX's and a ST-E2 remote, and am looking for solution for shooting couples/family shots of 4-6 people max. Strobist has a couple of articles about using shoot throughs for a single sitter (including the one stating he'll never shoot...
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    Let that be a lesson to me...part 2

    Anyone buy memory cards on Ebay? We all know there's a ton of fakes out there. I did some research, found a vendor with 99.6% good feedback, and bought 5 cards - 3-2GB SanDisk Extreme III's and 2-4GB SanDisk Extreme III's. They had all the right fonts, markings and even serial numbers. They...
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    Yikes! My tripod won't latch!

    Hi all, I have a 15 year old Bogen 3036 tripod - big heavy thing, gets to be about 9' tall, and was rated at something like 45 pounds. It uses the quick locking friction latches on the legs: 1/4 twist of a little handle, and the tripod is set. Use to be, it would hold up rock steady in a...
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    Is it professional if I did it for practice?

    I made a bit of money shooting racing photography, and I did some "portrait" work as well...head shots of team members for sponsor brochures. These examples would constitute my first real "potrait" session: a practice session I shot for my neighbors for free. It was a challenge: the corner...
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    tripods...

    Hi all, I have a massive old Bogen studio tripod and a big 3 axis Manfrotto head...but it's not terribly portable. I am building a kit that goes with me on a plane. One photographer I know mentioned I need a Gitzo Carbon Fiber 4 section unit...that costs something like $500. No. Hell no...
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    Lighting control: gobos, snoots...

    Experimenting with a new lens and flashes last night I took some test shots of my kids, using twin flashes and an ETTL remote. Exposure was controlled and it was simple and all that, but I was left with typical shadows behind the subject and big overexposed flareups on a fireplace mantel behind...
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    Almost done spending money...

    Thank God for tax returns. I made the second-to-last order to complete my wedding photography kit today - we won't talk about how much it cost. Here's my total inventory: Canon EOS 40D primary body (new) Canon BG-E2N battery grip for 40D(bought today, not here yet) Canon EOS Rebel xti...
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    I figured out how to solve the backup body problem...

    You hang around here long enough, you'll hear it: "you're shooting a wedding? Better take a backup body. Gotta have a backup body. Wouldn't leave the house without a backup body." Good advice, but MAN it's expensive. My wife, by the way, just got a brand new EOS Rebel xti for her...
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    Photoshop Vs. PaintShop Pro: can I?

    It's not a question of which is better, really: Photoshop always wins the discussion. However, I am out of luck working with RAW files. I have Photoshop 6.0. RAW is unsupported, it will not be supported, and just never mind. I figure "hey, I'll just buy the Photoshop CS3 upgrade!" Nope...
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    Taking the plunge...

    I will be purchasing a kit from Adorama which includes two 580ex II flashes and an ST-E2 infrared remote. I watched a wedding shooter use this rig, and after reviewing his shots I was stunned at what he could do with such a simple kit. Of course, this kid was really, really talented, too...
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    Ultrawide lens vs. event shoot...

    Portrait shooters who have used VERY wide angle for any reason to post a few sample pics? I'm building my gear, and currently have an EOS 40D, an old 28-80 f/2.8L that's still optically superb, and except for a battery and a 2gb flash card, that's it. I want to look into W/A for various...
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    Grrr. My old Sigma lenses stopped working with my 40D.

    Anyone have that problem? I have a Sigma 70-210 f/2.8 APO lens I bought a zillion years ago. I have shot plenty of pics with that lens since I got the 40D and it's worked fine...until last night. I mounted the lens as normal and got a ERROR 01 - this means the lens is not communicating with...
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    Hope this is the right place to post...

    ...Relative to film photography. I have 20,000 or so mounted and unmounted slides of shots taken years ago when I was shooting motor racing and starving. I have a lot of others as well, including family, landscapes, flora, etc. I used to digitize these with a Nikon Coolscan LS-20 scanner...
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    Yet another backdrop question...

    Hi all, This is probably a retread, but I gotta ask: I need to work out a bit on my portrait skills and haven't a dime to spend, specifically on backdrops. Muslins run over my range. Sheets, on the other hand... Well, I know some people have used them, so I wanted to ask about your...
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    Technical feedback: overprocessed Vs. just right

    Hi all, Been experiementing with my new camera for a few months, and now I'm starting to mess with them in Photoshop. Camera is a 40D, lens is almost always the old 28-80 f/2.8L. I tend to get too close to the subject, but it's either my style or a bad habit... Anyway, I'll be doing some...
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    Let this be a lesson to me...and you...

    I am writing this post on my new computer. Very exciting - big fast processor, lotsa ram, a pair of big fat 500GB hard drives, screaming fast video card. What is NOT on my new computer is several thousand photos I've taken since Septemeber 13 2007. Those are gone. Gone gone gone. My daughter's...
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    Natural light portraits

    Hi all, I'm looking for advice: I have not obtained lighting with my camera, so I am playing only with a Canon eos 40D and a 28-70 f2.8L lens. I have fiddled with the pop-up flash and found it's surprisingly handy for fill when I'm snapping family pics, but not much else. So: back in the...
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    Finally.

    Yesterday afternoon DHL rolled up with my new camera. After one failed attempt to get a good deal on ebay (there's a story I'll relate later...) I got a good dealer and a bunch of accessories that aren't worthy of my trash can - you know, the tripod, mini tripod thingie with flexible legs (that...
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