Clyde Thomas

Lives in United States St. Louis, MO, United States
Works as a Photosopher
Has a website at www.ctphotographx.com
Joined on Dec 4, 2010
About me:

Commercial/Editorial/Fashion photographer for nearly four decades.
Here to help. Here to learn.

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cdembrey: When I first moved here twenty years ago, there were no problems. Then obnoxious Wedding and Engagement photographers started to consider the beaches as their own personal studios—telling beach-goers that they were in the way of the shoot, and would halve to leave the beach.

Huntington Beach was the first to require permits—$500.00 a day. Now permits are issued by most cities, Orange County Parks. Permits can be for a period of one day, or for an entire year.

Here's the paperwork required by OC Parks, and insurance is required http://www.ocparks.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=42945

Does the permit allow me to tell beach-goers to get lost? If not, then what purpose does it serve?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 00:53 UTC

If they hire me for publicity photos, do I still have to pay the "rental" fee?

or...

What if I shoot free rent "personal" photos, but then sell to gallery or Nat Geo later?
_______

"Photo by Don Graham" above... Should he expect to receive an invoice?

Laguna Beach Hooligans.
Shrivel until they beg photographers to give it some publicity.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 00:45 UTC as 17th comment

Dead pixel.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 21:35 UTC as 28th comment | 2 replies

I'm glad somebody is having fun with photography.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 18:49 UTC as 11th comment

One issue I worked out was that the flash goes into overheat prevention mode after about fifteen pops in 1-2 second intervals. It doesn't matter what power they are set for. So recycling time is extended tremendously. Just turn the flash off and on to reset the counter and get another fifteen or so fast recycles. Rinse and repeat.

I use these (two manual versions with metal hot feet) exclusively for white background blowout. The 20mm zoom is particularly best for even illumination across the paper.

Also use the TTL version (with crappy Sony hot foot) with Speed Box and RRS bracket for on camera work while still using the radio trigger. The bracket with light can be instantly removed and handed to an assistant, or attached to tripod with quick release.

The battery is awesome in all ways.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2017 at 16:33 UTC as 31st comment

Starting 1982 (without arena strobes), the Nikon FM2 revolutionized the "Under Net" photography. First SLR with 1/250th flash sync. Partner with a Vivitar 283/5 at 1/16th power and get perfect fill light with background and stadium with 250ss @ f2.8. The formula worked every time. ISO (known then as ASA) 800 for pro and collegiate. 1600 for high schools.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 23:02 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

I call BS. The best kind with a happy ending leaving everyone with a raised eye smile.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 08:08 UTC as 41st comment | 1 reply
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RedFox88: This seems like an awkward step for such a digital company. I doubt google themselves will print them. Nobody does paper/print anymore.

Nobody prints?
<<<< Say hello to Mr. Nobody.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 02:05 UTC

"...the poster is a technicolor mishmash of disparate elements from the movie, thrown together with gleeful disregard for scaling or uniform lighting".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi

"veteran illustrator Tommy Lee Edwards explains what probably went through the designer's mind"

So Tommy is also a mind reader.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 06:10 UTC as 2nd comment | 1 reply
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Arca45Swiss: I just can't see buying a Sony camera. I did briefly own an RX1f and didn't like the cyborg feel.

Try an AMount Sony. They feel like Angelina Jolie.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 04:40 UTC
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Jefftan: I really don't know why so many people argue and complain about control/meun/buttons on camera

If a camera is good and get the auto focus/exposure/metering/white balance right there is no need for much control beyond maybe simple exposure compensation (for artistic effect)

I have yet to see a camera that always get the auto focus/exposure/metering/white balance right (maybe such camera exist but i am not aware of any)

Should argue which camera company have better auto focus/exposure/metering/white balance and not menu/buttons

But wait... "If" the camera doesn't get it right... And you said doesn't "always"...

...Then, "control buttons" are important for manual override. And not just when it doesn't get it right. Some of us shoot exclusively manual exposure/white balance, and a great deal of manual focus. We want excellent manual control ergonomics.

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 04:37 UTC
On article Profoto B1X LED off-camera flash updates 'B1' model (15 comments in total)
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Teila Day: Good to see efforts being put towards monolights. The light-and-pack concept is antiquated and should've been put to pasture a decade ago. No one should have to shoot today with cords running all over the place, and the industry (looking at you Broncolor and Profoto) should be ashamed of itself for peddling lame battery packs with a cord running to the strobe all these years. Ridiculous!

Ok, so now we basically still have the same 500ws strobe, with a better modeling light and a higher capacity battery, etc.. At least improvements are being made, which I hope includes more rugged and reliable internals. Too bad no support for Pentax. Perfect real-world example of why it's great to have Nikon/Canon gear to fall back on. This is the kind of stuff Ricoh needs to be addressing if they want to produce and support professional cameras.

Could we keep a few cabled pack and head combinations? Please? Just for the times when I don't want a heavy head on top of a stand. Or more power from single head. Or tiny footprint. I own five monoblocs yet choose pack/head combos when required.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 02:10 UTC

Thanks Audio Technica!

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 01:44 UTC as 1st comment

This photo cured me of pixel peeping.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 00:37 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies

Fashion photographer dream camera with absolutely no moire and "Intelligent Preview" for flashworks. I still have one in use alongside a99 and a99II.

The a900 is a true joy.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:42 UTC as 59th comment
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (347 comments in total)
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NemanRa: 645Z full review, please!

Marty...
Your analysis explains the need for DPR to invent...
"Throwback Thursdays".

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 01:31 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (347 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: Camera industry nosediving, yet these premiums exist? While Kodak Ektachrome, Polaroid Impossible, Ilford Large Format available reinvented...?

What... is going on here?

How do specialty legacy themes justify profitable business models in a climate reputed to be replacing personal cameras with cell phones?

I really want to hear your opinion.

Peter von Reichenberg >
I just shot a national toy catalog with a 1" sensor Sony RX10II. It's the same sensor found inside my Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Android phone.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 14:28 UTC
On article Fujifilm GFX 50S vs Pentax 645Z vs Hasselblad X1D (347 comments in total)

Camera industry nosediving, yet these premiums exist? While Kodak Ektachrome, Polaroid Impossible, Ilford Large Format available reinvented...?

What... is going on here?

How do specialty legacy themes justify profitable business models in a climate reputed to be replacing personal cameras with cell phones?

I really want to hear your opinion.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2017 at 11:53 UTC as 70th comment | 8 replies

That lovely 10D made me enough money to buy Sony a900 with. Thank you Canon!

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 18:11 UTC as 48th comment
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Clyde Thomas: I own two a99II's, three a99I, two a900, two a7RII, one a7II, and nearly every lens Sony makes both A and E. I've owned and sold countless others since a700 and NEX7.

Fix a99II video overheating... Like they finally did for a7RII after four firmware updates. Can't even think about a99II for video any more. Too unpredictable. Identical to a7RII overheating with earliest FW. I just spent $7000 on bodies and grips, just to watch them overheat... again. So sick of Sony overheating. They lost me as a flash customer because of overheating. It's the only thing I can count on. I KNOW it will happen... every time.

Fix a99II crippled video AF only working in P mode locked to f3.5. DON'T SAY "...by providing great A mount bodies with no compromises compared to the E mount..." Mr Nagata. Sony intentionally crippled AMount video AF a great deal, by limiting modes and settings. I can hack my lens and prove that any aperture can work. 70-400/5.6 also works.

Sorry. All true. FIX IT.

Yes that's good advice Lensmate. There are inconvenient workarounds. Part of my job is to make them seem like normal operating procedures in the clients eye.

I'm thinking to get an Atomos external recorder to overcome Sony inadequacy.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 05:20 UTC
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