Lives in United States D.C. Metro, VA, United States
Works as a Rock & roll photog, computer geek
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Joined on Feb 2, 2013
About me:

Goal: develop the proper shooting techniques and technical skills that allow for the most unusual and hard to obtain shots. This necessarily involves using equipment "incorrectly" and modifying or ignoring many accepted shooting styles.

A good deal of my current effort is directed at musicians on dimly lit stages:

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    You get to do something you love. +1 I can only assume the classes have helped you enjoy photography even more? +2 As opposed to time spent for other's enjoyment? You're doing great! +3 I ...
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    Excellent! Lights that are brighter than a flash, complete with your commentary of their use, based on your experience! Thank you in advance, this will be interesting reading... Aw, geez. Again ...
  • Replied in Yes!
    That is, indeed, an old fashioned light source! I believe you are correct, or certainly it is close to the output of a flash. There are a number of aspects in the use of an arc lamp that are less ...
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    I have two EX lenses, the 50/1.4 and the 70mm macro. Both were purchased after 2011, my understanding is that Sigma had a "quality overhaul" around that time and there was a noticeable decrease in ...
  • Trick question— Gandhi was strictly a film nerd.

  • My camera strap has a little pocket just for memory cards. I'm struggling to imagine a use case for this product, but good luck to them!

  • Do you ever read your own posts? What continuous lighting gear have you used that is brighter than a flash?
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    The tips on your page will work for an a77 with the Tamron 70-300 USD (I am assuming it is that model and not the 70-300 "macro" which is not a very good lens). For AF mode use AF-C.
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    What do you do when you fill up the card?
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    I mostly do concert photography, so my wants and needs are guided by that. I looked for: (1) Fully articulating screen. I need to take shots "periscope" style, and in portrait orientation.
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  • Replied in Options?
    And you pretend to know but you don't know! I'm sorry you had to suffer the sharp edge of my rapier wit, but you offered it to me... "You'll" (the contraction has an apostrophe). The point being ...
  • Replied in Options?
    I shall interpret that as "I have never used lights that are brighter than strobes but I like being argumentative". Shame, I thought you might be able to offer insight on some gear that is ...
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    At some point I might go E-mount, probably a lower end model to use with adapted lenses. I have an a99ii and an a99 (albeit with broken IBIS) and a small arsenal of A-mount lenses, the most likely ...
  • Replied in Options?
    What manufacturer and/or model of continuous lights do you use that are brighter than strobes? Your answer will be very helpful.
  • Replied in Yes!
    Not just zooms, but primes with a front element that extends when focusing. I do a lot of events where there are smoke machines, I use only primes with internal focusing. A little artificial smoke ...
  • Replied in Deleting?
    Can you delete directly from Capture 1? Does it delete the files?
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    Where did this take place?
  • Replied in Yes!
    I have the Minolta 85/1.4G (not the "D" model, but otherwise quite similar). I have used it for years on my a99, and now on my a99ii. I find it cannot keep up with AF-C, but DMF works quite well. ...
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