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post #2476 of 4151
Hey guys, I've finally used the current pre-new-release discounts to get Lightroom 3. I have a big question about it:
Currently I have all my raw files in one big folder where I store them on one of my hard drives. I synch them regularly to two external USB 3 drives. So far so good.
Should I somehow put them into different folders to speed up the library view in Lightroom? Or is it ok to have them all in one folder? This is something I already wondered when using Canon's Digital Photo Professional.

I already see a looong looong evening to put tags to all of my pictures.
post #2477 of 4151
Wow great stuff in the time since I last posted!

Few recent pictures since I last posted.

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Stepping through the void. by Jacob Skoglund, on Flickr

I was featured on Explore for this photo and that thrilled me!

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Coming through pt. Deux. [Explored] by Jacob Skoglund, on Flickr

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Floater by Jacob Skoglund, on Flickr

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Off to work! by Jacob Skoglund, on Flickr

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Beautiful flowers by Jacob Skoglund, on Flickr
post #2478 of 4151
Those are really nice. Great muted tones and lovely color work.
post #2479 of 4151
And how did you make the green shirt photo?
post #2480 of 4151
by taking a photo of him sitting on something, then another just of the background with him and (whatever he was sitting on) not in it, layer them then mask. That's awesome you got explored!icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

my first shot with my new gear..loving this lens, the whole setup is insanely huge it makes my little man syndrome flair out lol!

yes it's a boring photo but almost peed myself in excitement of having new toys biggrin.gif

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post #2481 of 4151
Is that a 5D with battery grip?
post #2482 of 4151
Serious gear, IC. I understand the excitement.
post #2483 of 4151
yes it's a 5d gripped and the sigma lens on it. I love the dof on it compared to my 1.8s. I thought my nikon gripped was huge and heavy, well I was wrong lol I am def going to have to ungrip it when i travel
post #2484 of 4151
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Those are really nice. Great muted tones and lovely color work.
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And how did you make the green shirt photo?

Thank you! As far as how I did it what il said! Just the only advice I can really give is when you sit on the thing just make it so it looks real don't do it like this guy did cause you can clearly tell where the chair was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHpV2PXTjiE&feature=relmfu
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by taking a photo of him sitting on something, then another just of the background with him and (whatever he was sitting on) not in it, layer them then mask. That's awesome you got explored!icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
my first shot with my new gear..loving this lens, the whole setup is insanely huge it makes my little man syndrome flair out lol!
yes it's a boring photo but almost peed myself in excitement of having new toys biggrin.gif
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NICE!!! You moved from the Dark side biggrin.gif! And yes! When I was told I got explored I was like really?! It's funny cause I found explore that day and what it meant lol.

Let me know how you like the 5D though (if it's a 5Dc) cause I'm saving up for either that just cause it's FF, a 1DsII or a 5DII. I know if I go for any of the 5Ds they're going to drop in price but my main reason of getting any of the cameras listed is because they are FF. If I get the 1DsII (I know it's a sports camera) I'm either going to hate it (no LV frown.gif ) or love it. But I have a few months before I'm going to decide.
post #2485 of 4151
I'll let you know, so far it's oodles sharper, but the metering on my Nikon blows this one away. I love the FF though, at 1.4 I can shoot my wife's eyes and they'll be sharp, her face softened slightly but everything outside of that is really creamy. I weighed my options against the mkII and I like how the 5dc has the sharpest per pixel, the color, and the film like quality to it. Also I don't print huge prints ever so the MP wasn't an issue...I'd rather invest in some better glass and strobes. smile.gif Well you still have the t3i right? Doesn't that have lv? If you're getting the 1dsII you might as well get the 5d mkii, but for me the 5dc fit everything I needed.
post #2486 of 4151
Yeah my T3i does have LV so if I got the 1DsII I wouldn't sell the T3i.. The only problem with the 5D MK II is that I know it will drop even more in price so I'll be unable to recover probably close to $400. For the 1DsII It's already old so that would be the better return investment. Also I need it for when I go to Germany in April so if the MKIII drops and the MKII's prices don't drop I might as well just go for the 1DsII.

You are right though! The MKII isn't as sharp as the MKI which is why I'm also considering the MKI but it's also older technology and it doesn't have the features the MKII has which the ISO capabilities I would rather have. This is why I am giving myself another 3 months to decide lol!
post #2487 of 4151
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Nancy von Philipp Abele auf Flickr

For once the most important little beetle in my life shog[1].gif
Just a snapshot but I think it turned out quite ok.
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Yeah my T3i does have LV so if I got the 1DsII I wouldn't sell the T3i.. The only problem with the 5D MK II is that I know it will drop even more in price so I'll be unable to recover probably close to $400. For the 1DsII It's already old so that would be the better return investment. Also I need it for when I go to Germany in April so if the MKIII drops and the MKII's prices don't drop I might as well just go for the 1DsII.
You are right though! The MKII isn't as sharp as the MKI which is why I'm also considering the MKI but it's also older technology and it doesn't have the features the MKII has which the ISO capabilities I would rather have. This is why I am giving myself another 3 months to decide lol!
DSLRs are a bit like computer. They'll all depreciate as hell because in contrast to the film SLRs, they will not keep up in picture quality to next year's models. If you want best picture quality, especially in higher ISO, then the 5D Mk II is supposed to be a good bit better than the 1Ds II. The benefit of the 1Ds II is the better auto focus (but I've learned to live with the 5's shortcomings) and built in grip of the 1 format. In my opinion the 5² is more flexible, especially when it comes to the point that you want to use live view for something (as I always do for landscapes).

I shoot with ISO 6400 quite a bit when indoor and the pictures are more than ok for personal use. Think back to film how bad ISO 800 looked.
post #2488 of 4151
Philipp, I would agree mostly with your statements, but on one thing ..it's not that they can't keep up in image quality really, it's more bells and whistles, video,noise, now 3d, etc...I've seen a d40 with good glass keep up with my d7k in terms of image quality.

Jacob, I'm just curious why you're looking at it as a 400 dollar loss? Are you planning on getting rid of it in the near future? That is one way to look at it for sure, but I don't see the mkII dropping that much until later this year. I tend to look at it as the 5d mkII producing somewhat better IQ, LV, high ISO, etc...for roughly the same price as the 1Ds II isn't it? It seems you do more portrait work so the 5d MKII would suit you better IMO. In the end it's your decision and no one knows better than yourself as to what you need from your camera. happy.gif
post #2489 of 4151
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For once the most important little beetle in my life shog[1].gif
Just a snapshot but I think it turned out quite ok.
DSLRs are a bit like computer. They'll all depreciate as hell because in contrast to the film SLRs, they will not keep up in picture quality to next year's models. If you want best picture quality, especially in higher ISO, then the 5D Mk II is supposed to be a good bit better than the 1Ds II. The benefit of the 1Ds II is the better auto focus (but I've learned to live with the 5's shortcomings) and built in grip of the 1 format. In my opinion the 5² is more flexible, especially when it comes to the point that you want to use live view for something (as I always do for landscapes).
I shoot with ISO 6400 quite a bit when indoor and the pictures are more than ok for personal use. Think back to film how bad ISO 800 looked.
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Originally Posted by il ciclista View Post

Philipp, I would agree mostly with your statements, but on one thing ..it's not that they can't keep up in image quality really, it's more bells and whistles, video,noise, now 3d, etc...I've seen a d40 with good glass keep up with my d7k in terms of image quality.
Jacob, I'm just curious why you're looking at it as a 400 dollar loss? Are you planning on getting rid of it in the near future? That is one way to look at it for sure, but I don't see the mkII dropping that much until later this year. I tend to look at it as the 5d mkII producing somewhat better IQ, LV, high ISO, etc...for roughly the same price as the 1Ds II isn't it? It seems you do more portrait work so the 5d MKII would suit you better IMO. In the end it's your decision and no one knows better than yourself as to what you need from your camera. happy.gif

True.. true... See if I lose $400 it really doesn't matter all that much to me as I don't have formal bills to pay (nice bonus :P) but then again I can't really justify in spending $2k on a camera and having it drop $400 a month later... if it were a year or two later I could understand though.

As far as ISO I really don't shoot at a high ISO and if I do the highest I really ever go is ISO1600 and to be quite honest the 5D MK II really only excels in the video (which I never use) and the ISO range otherwise I would assume the 1DsII is better. I do however need the AF badly because when shooting wide open at huge apertures any sort of bad AF will cause the whole image to be blurry so fast AF is an ideal for me. Another thing that's bothering me is that I know that the 85L excels on the 5D MK II or maybe even FF but I'm not sure how images look on the 1DsII with the 85L.

I still have until April to decide and I'm sure I'll change my mind 50 other times so I gotta see what'll happen. Also il because I change my mind on a daily basis I'll most likely sell one of the cameras if it just doesn't suit me in less than a year... maybe when I have enough for the 5D3 I'll sell one of them.
post #2490 of 4151
Anybody shooting video? I've been doing quite a bit lately.
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