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Photo Q&A

1: Business Advice
What do you do when clients ask things like "could I see what that photo would look like with spot coloring or with other effects?" (before they decide what to buy)
- Tara R. Swartzendruber
Keep some examples, sample photos with the effects. That's a headache coming if people start thinking that they have to see the effect applied to the exact picture instead of being able to tell how it's going to look from an example. That's also part of the reason people use non-refundable deposits. You could do the effects to the actual pictures that you took of them, if it doesn't take you a long time. That could depend on you, and depend on the picture.
- Gregory La Grange
Spot coloring is what gets me the most. I have sometimes tried to do a "quick color" on the actual photo so they can see what it will look like, but it's never really that quick if I want it to look decent. MOST of the time, the client buys the photo, but I'm wondering how people handle these types of requests.
- Tara R. Swartzendruber
I ask them before we start what they are looking for/after. I am not in the habit of letting them see the photos until after I have had a chance to look at them. They have seen enough of my photos from my professional site to know what kind of photos I take. If they see a particular photo or effect they like, they let me know.
- Dennis Flanagan
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1: Battery Grip Canon

I am considering buying the Canon Battery Grip BG-E5 for my Canon T1i. I was wondering if anyone has used it and how they like it and how much weight it adds to the camera. Thanks Pam :)
- Pamela R. Frost

I had the battery grip for my old Rebel XTi; I liked that it added extra height to the camera when mounted on a tripod (given that I'm 6'2" and my tripod isn't.) It does add a substantial bit of bulk and a bit of weight, but the extra shutter button (when you rotate the camera to vertical/portrait orientation) was handy. If you know you're going out for a long day's shooting, the thinking is that it is nice to have the batteries lined up without having to change them - however, battery changing isn't really all that cumbersome or time consuming, really, and I found I eventually stopped using the battery grip entirely.
(I guess if you're shooting lots of action, and don't want to miss a possible second, it would pay to have the 2 batteries in place, along with big memory cards.) I liked the idea of being able to run the camera on AA batteries in a pinch - but it turns out I never used that option!
You didn't say what kind of shooting you like to do, but I'd spend the money (if it were my choice again) on the Canon Angle-Finder C accessory, if you ever are doing macro work, or low-to-the-ground shooting. I have that now, and it is by far my favorite non-lens accessory ever.

- Christopher J. Budny

Thanks Chris. I have not done too much macro I just bought a macro lens recently. I love wildlife and nature but am starting to do more portraits. I was thinking of the battery grip for a wedding I'm shooting.

- Pamela R. Frost

Hi Pamela, Yes, Canon loaned one to me when I was testing the EOS camera. It's not too big or heavy but why would you need one?

I suppose for greater convenience when shooting verticals. (You could simply carry a second battery in your camera bag.)

Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.5 x 3.8 x 2.8"
Weight 8.1 oz

With some Nikon cameras, you do get a faster framing speed when using a battery grip, but not with EOS.

So, unless the greater convenience in vertical shooting - with the controls on the batter grip - is important, I would not buy this accessory.


... the grip includes a vertical shutter release and a mode wheel to provide access to all of the camera functions and make shooting with the camera in a vertical position just as comfortable as shooting horizontally.

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