Field Testing the Canon 1DX by Jay Goodrich

by Jay Goodrich

I know everyone out there is waiting in anticipation to see the noise levels on the image files for this camera, but I need to set some ground rules so you understand where this test comes from. I am not a testing lab like DxO Mark. Nor am I going to shoot images of trinkets and do-dads on a gridded platform in a controlled environment. All of those tests as far as I am concerned, are useless. Why? How many photographers out there shoot that way? I shoot adventure and architecture imagery – my studio is indoors at times, but for the most part it is not. The environments in which I work are where I need to test a piece of equipment; I don’t need to test them taking pictures of my kids’ toys. So a lab test will probably confirm something different than I would.

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How Do You Handle Customer Inquiries?

I own a rental house and have owned a few others homes over the years and today am doing a small amount of house flipping with my brother.

Each of these homes needed some work I was not capable of doing myself due to the fact that my attempts at some tasks are best left to pros since my efforts are always ‘a half inch off.’

I concluded a long time ago I would use contractors for most tasks. I would ask friends if they had referrals and on occasion look in the paper and these days online.

I have needed everything from electricians to drywall professionals to painters as well as somebody to haul away construction debris.

I would call as needed and often find myself leaving a message describing the project or task at hand and this is where I would get a real (even rude) awakening.

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How To Quote The Photography Assignment

A stock photo client calls you with an assignment. The photo buyer likes your photography and enjoys working with you and now wants you to shoot a project.

Commercial clients who purchase your stock images are likely to assume you shoot assignments. If, up to now, you’ve only shot for stock, consider this article a primer to prepare you for taking the step into assignment photography.

Unlike shooting stock, assignments are not speculative and have specific client requirements. Often these requirements are unavailable in a stock photo. For example, the client may want a photo of its product–with the logo prominent in the image–being used on a backpacking trip.

Assignments require planning, estimating/budgeting and production. Most often you are required to prepare an estimate for the client that will pull all of the elements together.

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Wildlife Photography 101

by David Hemmings

One of the most common questions I am asked in my nature photography classes is “what kind of equipment do I need to take good bird and wildlife pictures?” I usually answer this with basic equipment suggestions and some basic tips for getting into bird and wildlife photography.

Let me start by saying that today’s dslr (digital single lens reflex) camera bodies are more than capable of producing high quality images. They all have more than enough megapixels to give the average user a large enough digital file to use for web sharing, printing, entering contests, whatever you choose to do with it. So, there is some good news already if you are a beginner. Don’t worry about the megapixels!

Why did I mention dslr cameras and not point and shoots? Although many of today’s point and shoot cameras are also capable of producing excellent quality images, they are not yet able to interchange high quality lenses with different focal lengths and specific purposes. I don’t really even like to call them point and shoot cameras anymore, I prefer to call them “all in ones”.

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