Here I am on the first day on set in New York, on a big Campaign photo-shoot. I have to say that I was a bit nervous at first. Whenever I have any changes to my my standard equipment or software it gets me nervous. I am firmly of the belief if it’s not broke don’t fix it. On my MacBook Pro I run 10.7.? And before the new back I was still with C1 6.4.4
On the very first shot we did lighting tests and focus checks, because the models are in action and being campaign there can’t be 1% of motion blur with the movement with the models…
Well everything went mostly very smoothly, except when I travel for these shoots I need to rent some things in the city we go to. Each place has its own way and method of ordering, for example I ordered an external monitor and it came with a 2 foot dvi cable which is incompletely useless. Fortunately, being New York we could fix it relatively quickly.
Back to the first shot, of the first day of the first huge campaign shot with my new IQ260 back. Everything was ready, tests were flawless, model walks out onto set, I check the camera and C1 to see suddenly its lost connection with the computer…. Incredible.
So I tried the same things I always try with my old P45+.
1. Turn off the back
2. unplug the FireWire
3. Close and restart C1
4. Plug in FireWire BEFORE restarting the back
It worked, and that was the last time I had a problem the whole 2 days.
After working with the new IQ260 the past 2 days I can’t understand how we did it for 5 years with only ISO 100. (The P45+ is really great until 100, anything more and the noise is just too much for professional work). Using ISO 200 (and some ISO400 the next day) with the models walking down the steps, we were able to shoot at 1/800 shutter speed and f/5 for clean crisp files.
BTW, I noticed a sea change in skin tones from the P45+ and I continue to notice it, and now I realize it’s a major MAJOR improvement, they are more natural, and cleaner. It reminds me of how we used to change different films for different effects. This new back seems to have a lower contrast creamier look that can easily be made with adjustments to look like the P45+ if necessary.
One thing to keep in mind is we need much much more disk space for the bigger files…
I use a 2 disk setup. I have a super fast SSD and a fast standard 750Gb disk in place of the optical drive.
My SSD is just 250 GB, when theres no sessions on the disk I have 220GB free. Usually that’s enough for 2 days, but not anymore. A one day fashion shoot tended to be around 100Gb now it’s about 140Gb a day.
With the bigger files, the previews take longer to load in C1 as well, before I could download a CF card while shooting tethered and checking focus on the fly, not anymore.
We were shooting very very quickly, the past days, and the files come in very fast, but then take longer to load the hires previews. By the time I check focus on the first shot the photographer has got at least 20 more in the can. So now I try to snap one off before he gets to the camera and check it before he gets going.
More to come, samples and all.