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Just what I’ve been waiting for, a good quality high iso sample image from the new Canon 5DMkIII. This ‘setup’ wedding photo was sourced via Canon’s Japanese site and shot with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 as a JPG file at 1/80 sec @ f/7.1. With this sample in mind I’m REALLY looking forward to getting my hands on a couple of these!
Like to full high resolution JPG image here – [link]
A couple of issues though – unless there is a major shift in pricing I really think that the rumoured AUS$490 for the battery grip is simply way too expensive. And don’t get me started on the price of the WFT-E7 wireless file transmitter!
What I would like to see on a future body.
- Built-in Wifi with a FTP and mail server. Along with this I’d like to see the camera link with an iOS/Android app to allow settings, custom functions and things like FTP server settings and emails be created and edited on your phone or tablet. The camera would use a Wifi hotspot as the method of transmission. An SMA antenna connector in with the camera ports would be a possible option to allow stronger signal tx and rx?
- A ‘tag to transmit’ feature that allows immediate transmission of ‘tagged’ images direct from the camera.
- Complex time lapse controls built into the firmware. It really can’t be that difficult can it? I’d like to see start time, interval, number of pictures, which days of the week as options.
- 720P at 120fps movie mode. I’m actually only writing that because I hear so many people wanting it – I can’t really see myself using it however I can see where it would be really great!
Note: Update to this blog post at the bottom…
A funny email exchange yesterday between a rural Australian newspaper and myself that I thought I’d share with anyone who may care to read. If you’re a keen amateur photographer or a professional with no business sense be wary of newspapers offering a byline as payment on their belief that it will act as ‘publicity’ for you.
Thanks again for your help. This is the url that I found the pic – http://www.cameronlaird.com/keyword/20060901%200764#92346091_28iMp
Like I mentioned it was taken in 2006 so if you happen to have a more updated one of him that we could use, that’d be great. If not this image where he’s playing for the East Tigers in Townsville Qld will be fine. And of course we will attribute the image to you.
Thanks for your email. I didn’t realise that ————- was a Rural Press newspaper, a wholly owned part of Fairfax. As of yesterday Fairfax (FXJ) had a market capitalisation of 1,790 million dollars. That is a LOT, LOT, LOT more than mine and the only way I will ever get closer to that valuation is if I get paid for my photos.
How about I give you a discount and sell you the photo for 1/10,000,000 of the value of Fairfax? $179.00 (+GST). My normal price is $250.00 (+GST)
Thanks in advance, I’ll wait to hear back from you.
I totally understand your reasons and need to charge for the publication of your photos and I will put forward your request to my manager, however the problem is we need to photo today (for tomorrow’s paper) and the whole process of going through management may take too long. And I can’t promise anything – we don’t usually pay for photos but rather we give the photographer publicity.
I’ll let you know if my manager gets back to me in time.
No problem ———, I’ve been working in the media industry for 15 years – I understand how slow the pencil pushers are. ’Publicity’ might be handy for budding amateur photographers in the —– area but as I’m a professional and about 3000km from you I can’t see what good ‘publicity’ in — —– ——- is for me.
Here’s a tip that is always fun – Wander in to your COS or editor and say “I need to run a photo of Luke Branighan and a professional photographer from Townsville has a great one that he is willing to sell me for only $179 which is actually a good discount”. I’m willing to bet his response will be something along the lines of “F*ck him, we don’t pay for photos” or “Tell him the most we’ll pay is $50″. You can then respond with this – “He is willing to give us the photo for free if we give him a byline but it has to read – “We shafted Cameron Laird for this free photo”
Let me know the response.
I didn’t hear back from her.
It appears that the newspaper didn’t use my photo which is both good and bad. Good because they didn’t use a photo without permission and bad because it also means they didn’t use my suggested byline of ”We shafted Cameron Laird for this free photo”. That would have been a real shining beacon in my career if they had!
Whilst they didn’t use my photo without permission they have found another photo of Luke Branighan. Interestingly though – it seems to have proof or copyright markings on the image. I’m not accusing them of anything, just surprised that they would run a watermarked image when they
have should have the rights to the unwatermarked image.
Here’s a screengrab from their site, no idea what ran in the actual hardcopy.. (click on the image for a fullsize version)
Yesterday I was commissioned to photograph the 2011 INBA Tropix Titles held at RSL Stadium in Townsville. I’m not exactly a supremely fit specimen so being around all those buff girls & guys made me realise that while I have been busy ‘body-building’ I must have gotten the architecture all wrong!
Feel free to head over to my website gallery at http://www.cameronlaird.com/INBATropix to have a look at more than 1200 photos that will possibly and most probably make you feel like a fatty!
A wonderful Greek wedding on Sunday – it’s been many many years since I’ve photographed inside an orthodox church and I forgot just how great it was. Truly stunning and very intimate. Riss and Chuck (Marissa and Chris), my bride and groom, were the perfect wedding clients, very easy-going, great to photograph and best of all, a genuinely lovely couple.
What’s not to love about winter weddings in Townsville? Temperature hovers at about 23 degrees during the day, perfect blue skies and best of all – NO sweating!
Yesterday was the wedding of Townsville final year photography student Naomi Eardman and her fiance Jackson Mallory. A beautiful garden affair with the reception outdoors at a beachside surf lifesaving club. A great day!