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Introductions / Re: Hello from New Jersey
« Last post by Natural on Today at 10:38:49 AM »
thanks, jeff.  i'm looking around now.
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Technical / Adding Sony to the mix
« Last post by Jeff Behm on Today at 09:26:47 AM »
I'm a Canon Shooter.  Have been (except for the large and medium formats of course) since the mid 90's when my then forty-ish vision went from 20/15 to presbyopia and I couldn't trust my ability to close-focus.  Canon, at that time, had surpassed Minolta as the pre-eminent auto focus system.  Until then my 35mm system was all Minolta, and they were superb.

Since the changeover, I've been tempted by Nikon because of their then-better white balance and focus accuracy.  Tempted to go to Sony because of their incredibly clean imagery and exquisite color plus superior AF.  Always I've reined in those impulses because A) Canon made great improvements in exactly the right areas, and B) the sheer volume of Canon L glass that I'd have to give up.

No longer.  I'm keeping all the Canon stuff, it's my workhorse gear, but I just bought a Sony a850 24.6MP FF DSLR camera body.  The good news is, a lot of old Minolta auto focus stuff still works with the Sony Alpha  A mount system.  Minolta, in its heyday, was one of the world's best lens makers, even providing incredible lenses for Leica.  Despite its quality, they lost market to Canon and Nikon, were purchased by Konica, and eventually Konica-Minolta was bought up by Sony.  Sony then rebranded the Minolta cameras and redesigned a lot of the Minolta lens exteriors, left the guts alone, and reissued them at prices we usually see attached to the Big Two.  However, all that old Minolta Maxxum gear is still out there at bargain prices and works as intended.  A lot of it is the equal of the priciest current gear, albeit more likely to be f4 than f2.8.  Regardless, that's how good they are.  Oh, and get this, the Sony a850/a900 have image stabilization built into the bodies! 

So, in addition to the a850, which, with the exception of a slower motor drive and a 98% viewfinder instead of 100%, is the same as the former flagship a900 (precursor to today's a99 II), I also bought these Minolta Maxxum lenses :  a 100 macro f2.8, a 35-70, a 28-105 that I found after buying the 35-70, and a 70-210 known as "the legendary beer can", a great lens.  Total expenses - body and lenses -  not including shipping, is a shade over $900.

The gear arrives starting Tuesday, the day before I start a 2 day shoot, so I may not get to play before the weekend, but you can bet I'll be back to report on this.  Donna and Theresa (Sony shooter members here) chime in!
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Introductions / Re: Hello from New Jersey
« Last post by Jeff Behm on Today at 08:46:34 AM »
Welcome aboard, Valerie.  The whole point behind starting TPPF (that's us) was to create a place for pros - full or part time - to discuss the things that often are not discussed on the Facebook and other public fora.  That, plus the noise from people who think we charge too much or shouldn't charge at all.  Several of us knew each other from one such forum, and in 2009, got together by phone and email and, well, here we are.  There are lots of good threads, especially as pertain to running our businesses, which is our most important contribution.  And I remember a couple of pet photographers, although just who escapes me.  Perhaps a search will reveal them. 

Anyway, glad you're here, and dive in.
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General Discussion / Re: "Running" Photography
« Last post by Duck on Today at 01:17:27 AM »
Nice. Clear, concise and politically correct for a broad audience without a lot of reading. Moving forward remember that attention spans on social media sites are short. If you can't capture them within seconds you're wasting effort. Too much crap to compete with.  ;)
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Introductions / Re: Hello from Akron by way of Boston!
« Last post by Natural on January 20, 2018, 08:56:59 PM »
greetings, dennis.
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Introductions / Hello from New Jersey
« Last post by Natural on January 20, 2018, 08:55:58 PM »
Good evening

Good to be here.  I've been on a few forums throughout my career but no longer active because I don't remember which ones they were, basically. I've bookmarked this site so I won't lose it.

Started out in photography at 17, over 26 years ago, don't do the math, i'm 46, i think.  i don't do math.  started out with a canon ae-1 and now i'm an olympus m4/3 lover.  recently, i bought a canon 6d and two lenses because i photographed a low light event with no flash, my preference, and i sat at the computer longer than i wanted to getting rid of noise. i do not do a lot of post-processing to the majority of my images.  so i bought a system that could better handle my low light no flash jobs. 

most of my images are of fine art, but i recently shifted to pet photography (people, family portraits, lifestyle and events if requested).  working on getting business, learning seo, marketing in between the jobs i've gotten.  things are slow now but i anticipate business picking up.

so hi, i'm valerie, but i use the name natural from my bowling days, short for ntrlwmn. naturalwoman.   waves hello to everyone.
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General Discussion / Re: "Running" Photography
« Last post by Cory on January 20, 2018, 09:07:01 AM »
That's amazing.  I think I caught everything you said.  Will go over again to see if I missed anything, but you really helped me tighten it up -

   Welcome to Running Photography where you may share your best "winning" race-day photos.
All photos should be your own taken in a public race-day setting and be in good taste with nothing embarrassing or unflattering.
   In Running Photography we speak the universal languages of running and photography with the ultimate goal of seeking constant improvement with no limit to our creative potential.
   No amount of technical expertise will be more important than understanding the subject and doing so at a high level shows through in the pictures that you capture.
   Thank you and please remain true to the theme of this page. We're all friends here. May Running Photography be your place to chill out and enjoy the work of other like-minded photographers and athletes.
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General Discussion / Re: "Running" Photography
« Last post by Duck on January 20, 2018, 04:37:41 AM »
I think you did it.  Yes? -

    Welcome to the Running Photography Facebook Group where you may share your best race-day "winning" photos.

Formatting is limited on facebook. Since the name of the group is derived from to common words, running and photography, the group name gets a little lost. By enclosing the name "Running Photography Facebook Group" in quotes (along with capitalization) you are referring to the group rather than two activities. (If that makes sense.)  8)

Also consider rephrasing the words, 'your best race-day "winning" photos' to 'your best "winning" race-day photos." The first is asking for race-day photos of people winning while the latter asks for images the photographer deems to be exceptional. ;D

Another thing to consider is branding. Is the name of the group "Running Photography" or "Running Photography Facebook Group"? Whichever it is, the name should be consistent throughout all your correspondences.

    All photos should be your own taken in a public race-day setting and be in good taste with nothing embarrassing or unflattering.
    In Running Photography we speak the universal languages of running and photography with the ultimate goal of seeking constant improvement with no limit to our creative potential.

I initially removed this second iteration of the name as it was redundant. You established the group's name in the opening sentence and you can simply refer back to that sentence by saying, "this group". I did this because the same words appear again within this same sentence. Pacing-wise you say the words running photography three times within the space of three sentences.  :-\

    No amount of technical expertise will be more important than understanding the subject and doing so at a high level shows through in the pictures that you capture. 
    Thank you and please remain true to the theme of this page.  We're all friends here.  May Running Photography be your place to chill out and enjoy the work of other like-minded photographers and athletes.

Little nitpicks, but I hope they're useful.
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General Discussion / Re: "Running" Photography
« Last post by Cory on January 19, 2018, 09:30:29 PM »
I think you did it.  Yes? -

    Welcome to the Running Photography Facebook Group where you may share your best race-day "winning" photos.
    All photos should be your own taken in a public race-day setting and be in good taste with nothing embarrassing or unflattering.
    In Running Photography we speak the universal languages of running and photography with the ultimate goal of seeking constant improvement with no limit to our
creative potential. 
    No amount of technical expertise will be more important than understanding the subject and doing so at a high level shows through in the pictures that you capture. 
    Thank you and please remain true to the theme of this page.  We're all friends here.  May Running Photography be your place to chill out and enjoy the work of other like-minded photographers and athletes.
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General Discussion / Re: "Running" Photography
« Last post by Cory on January 19, 2018, 09:18:01 PM »
Really appreciated.  Everything you said makes a lot of sense and I'm copy/pasting your revised Description and will rewrite it later tonight.
Truly appreciated.  Thanks.
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