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Tack Sharp Eyes

QBN Photogs,

I have been trying to master my Canon 50mm f/1.4 using a 7D.

I am very happy with color and sharpness of my everyday walk around shots but when it comes to portraits I get so frustrated.

I can not seem to achieve the level of sharpness in the eyes that I want. I know I have the tools but it just doesn't turn out the way I want.

Look at these four shots. All of them were shot using this lens and some were shot using cameras of less professional level. I don't know if they are using tripods or not but I doubt they would use one for a cat.

Anytime I get below f/2.8 I run in to problems. I am thinking that I need to memorize the distance of the camera and model depending on the aperture I am using. I have heard there DOF calculators I can use on my phone.

Any advise on how to help with this? I really want to offer girls I know portraits but I hate that I shoot 30 shots just to give them 4 good ones and the rest are shit because the eyes aren't tack sharp.



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Best walk around for 7D

I am having the hardest time deciding which zoom lens to get for my 7d. I leave to Turkey and the Middle East for 4 months in two weeks and I only have a 50mm 1.4

Here are my thoughts:

Get the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 since is seems to be the most popular lens for the 7D.

Get the Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 (great reviews) and have a really nice wide angle for the city and landscapes, churches, ruins and stuff.

Get the 17-40mm f/4L and have a the perfect walk around range but at an f 4 where I will be limited to day time shooting.



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Hello all, just doing my friend a solid and posting this on here in case anyone is interested. Thanks!

"Hensel Monolight Strobe Kit with MANY EXTRAS - $1500 (Shermeran Oaks, CA)

I have decided to go with a new lighting system, which means I must part with my faithful Hensel kit. These wonderful strobes have served me well over the past few years. I have taken meticulous care of them, and in turn they have always functioned perfectly. I've never even had to change a modeling light or a flash tube. If you're reading this, chances are you're a photographer who knows just how expensive all this equipment can be, and knows what a great deal this is I'm offering.

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I am excited to tell you all that I'm moving to Turkey! I leave sometime in the middle of August and return the second week of January 2013. I've been accepted to Bilkent University in the capital city of Ankara. Aside from my studies I hope to land a position at one of the English speaking newspapers in the city during my stay.

I am looking at this opportunity with great excitement. Before I start at Bilkent I plan to travel for 18 days, visiting several cities in Eastern Europe such as Munich, Vienna and Budapest, before making my way through the Balkans by bus and train and eventually arriving in Istanbul. Of course I will be photographing my entire time abroad.

Once in country I will travel as much as time and budget allows me to. I chose Turkey mainly for its strategic location between Europe, Asia and the Middle East, it borders Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria. Turkey is also surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Aegean Sea and Greek Islands to the west and the Black Sea to the north. My aim is to see as much of Turkey and find time to travel to Israel, Cairo and Jordan. From what I've heard Greece is the most popular and least expensive destination for Turks so I'm pretty sure I'll make it to Greece.

If anyone has any advice or suggestions during my travels please feel free to post them. This is my first time in Europe so I am open to any suggestions!

Thanks QBN!


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Any experience or links to rates?

Thanks QBN.


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