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Old 11-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #1176
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Focus points don't magically change the DOF. That is due to the lens. By using more focus points the only thing you gain is that the camera can randomly choose whichever one it wants. Unless you suck at tracking moving subjects then you should just pick one. Either pick it so it frames your image properly or else choose the center one for better AF speed. Use Servo AF for action.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:10 PM   #1177
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And if you're shooting a static subject then chose the single point that is in the location you want and use single shot AF. If there isn't one right where you want, then half press the shutter to focus and then recompose the shot by moving the camera. This is how 99% of my static shots are taken.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:24 PM   #1178
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Camera Nikon D5000
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:24 PM   #1179
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I just figured if you put it down halfway then moved the camera to a different area that it would effect the focus. I'm going to try the single point AF next time just to experiment. I usually get only 2 or 3 points when it's in full auto. I seem to always miss my target but now it's sounding like a technique issue and not an equipment one.
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:39 PM   #1180
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That 300 is just gorgeous...in an 80's robot sort of way.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:23 PM   #1181
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Found some older ones from the first day I got my CP filter. The last one with the lens flare is for you xluben.







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Old 11-05-2012, 09:38 PM   #1182
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What are the chances you'd let me know that location?
Public water shed near by my house, I would say go for it but the gate is locked 8 out of 10 times lol.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:32 PM   #1183
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:42 PM   #1184
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tripod. sigma flash on wireless trigger. and moved multiple zones. then layered in cs5.
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:35 AM   #1185
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Maybe you guys can give me some advice. I was just playing around with setting manual focus points on my T2i. Am I better off selecting the center point and using that to shoot a vehicle? It seems that every time I use my AF it is completely unreliable and takes me 5 or 6 times to get the focus I desire. I never seem to get a completely sharp image. Maybe I'm better off going manual focus?

Example. It seems like this focused on the ground and the front wheel and the front end is soft. I was shooting wide open at 1/8 so should I expect the back of the car to be soft even at this slight of an angle? Is there a way to use all the focus points at once? <----Noob question.

without reading everyone elses comments, make sure the focus mode on your t2i is set to "one shot" this way when you select an AF point it will focus and then beep when it is focused and ready to shoot. if it is in al servo mode to my understanding and experiance the camera thinks it is shooting a moving object and tries to keep focusing all the time therefore resulting in some out of focus shots.

at least thats how it is when i use my 50 1.4 and or 85 1.2 lol
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:56 PM   #1186
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some night time shooting
not sure if this thread is for cars only but I figured I'd share some of the other stuff I enjoy
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:05 PM   #1187
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In the first shot i'd make the exposure a little longer and decrease the ISO. its a bit noisy. Nice shots tho.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:55 PM   #1188
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In the first shot i'd make the exposure a little longer and decrease the ISO. its a bit noisy. Nice shots tho.
thanks! yea i was actually walking and just came across it on the way to where the second photo was taken so i had no tripod or anything. I like the way it came out though after editing
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:12 PM   #1189
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I like lens flare as well. Although, it is pretty tame in this photo - I often try to catch a little more.

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Old 11-07-2012, 07:07 PM   #1190
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Just ordered my Canon 430EXII flash. I'm very excited! It should keep me busy learning something new shooting portrait stuff while it's freezing outside.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #1191
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Just ordered my Canon 430EXII flash. I'm very excited! It should keep me busy learning something new shooting portrait stuff while it's freezing outside.
That's great! You will definitely learn a lot. For me it was almost like starting over!

I just received the Elinchrom D-Lite-4 IT set of lights. I finally decided it was time to move up from speedlites in umbrellas for my studio work. The Elinchrom's look like a nice step up from Alien Bees and they also came with a nice set of stands and softboxes, as well as RF triggers and transportation gear. AB's would have saved me a little bit on the lights themselves, but overall I think I got a lot more for my money with this kit. Everything looks like great quality. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet, though.
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:49 PM   #1192
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That's great! You will definitely learn a lot. For me it was almost like starting over!
I don't want to hear that! I don't even have the hang of non flash photgraphy down! I am looking forward to it though. In my house I have to shoot at around 3200 even at f/1.8 and the picture quality is obviously sub par. I look forward to some sharper, better lit photos!
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:02 PM   #1193
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Just ordered my Canon 430EXII flash. I'm very excited! It should keep me busy learning something new shooting portrait stuff while it's freezing outside.
If you're doing portraits, I'd recommend getting a Gary Fong Light Sphere to go with your 430 speedlite. Works wonders.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:12 PM   #1194
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:17 PM   #1195
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I don't want to hear that! I don't even have the hang of non flash photgraphy down! I am looking forward to it though. In my house I have to shoot at around 3200 even at f/1.8 and the picture quality is obviously sub par. I look forward to some sharper, better lit photos!
It's definitely a bit different. But the 430 EX II will have all the ETTL features to make it pretty easy. It can basically be used on auto if you'd like. Bounced with a quick enough exposure to kill all of the ambient light and use only the flash to light the image usually produces good results depending on the room.

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If you're doing portraits, I'd recommend getting a Gary Fong Light Sphere to go with your 430 speedlite. Works wonders.
I wouldn't bother with this. It's big and bulky and doesn't really do much. Most of the "amazing" comparisons are direct flash vs. bounced with the Light Sphere. The bounce is what's making most of the difference. The Light Sphere will produce very similar results, possibly with some of the shadows filled in a little better. But it depends on many factors. The size and the amount of light it sucks up aren't worth it for me.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:34 PM   #1196
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This is the lighting setup I just got:









And a few test shots:













So far I like it a lot. The stands are much nicer than my old ones. The softboxes do a lot better job stopping light from going all over the room (loss of power and color casts due to dark walls), but they do take quite a lot longer to setup.

The real change is the lights themselves. The first great thing are the modeling lights. Being able to see how the light will look is soooo helpful. I'm not sure how I lived without this!

The actual lights are really well made with nice easy controls and the power output is so much better than the Speedlites. I think it's something like 4-5x as much power potential from the new lights vs. the 580 EX II's. These should do pretty well even in situations with a lot of background light to contend with. Being plugged in instead of relying on batteries makes thing much easier too.

These will probably be used only for products and portraits. I highly doubt I'll use them to shoot the car, but maybe I'll have to get out and try it sometime.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:59 PM   #1197
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^^^ You should definitely try it sometime, some good night shots with them would be pretty cool. I dont know anything about lighting but they look pretty fancy
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Old 11-08-2012, 10:06 AM   #1198
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Is that my 7D? Sick set up. Any advice on simple flash photography. I won't be using a studio set up, just trying to get good pics of my kids in action in low light.

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Old 11-08-2012, 01:44 PM   #1199
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It's definitely a bit different. But the 430 EX II will have all the ETTL features to make it pretty easy. It can basically be used on auto if you'd like. Bounced with a quick enough exposure to kill all of the ambient light and use only the flash to light the image usually produces good results depending on the room.


I wouldn't bother with this. It's big and bulky and doesn't really do much. Most of the "amazing" comparisons are direct flash vs. bounced with the Light Sphere. The bounce is what's making most of the difference. The Light Sphere will produce very similar results, possibly with some of the shadows filled in a little better. But it depends on many factors. The size and the amount of light it sucks up aren't worth it for me.
For the price, I think its worth it. I've sold many Light Spheres to portrait photographers for use indoor and outdoor and have had great feedback from them. The Light Sphere comes in a couple varieties, full and half cloud. I would recommend the half cloud as it will not attenuate the light output as much. Its versatile to allow you to bounce, disburse, and use the speedlite as direct flash on your subjects. I agree with you on the many factors and the application use. It may or may not be useful to a photographer.

I do agree with bouncing the light. When I'm shooting indoors, house, bouncing the light off the ceiling will eliminate almost all of my shadows. With speedlites being so versatile, there are many different ways of aiding to exposure. The size is a small drawback, but it's every photographers conflict when they buy new components.

Personal recommendation.

Inkman, if you have a local camera store that sells the Gary Font Light Sphere I would recommend trying it out.

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:04 PM   #1200
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I'll have to check it out. I did buy a light diffuser that goes over the flash. It's suppsed to tone down the harshness of the flash's light? It was really cheap, so I'll try that for now.
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