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by Vian Esterhuizen

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Photographer, tech head, and extreme sport enthusiast.

I'm an amateur who likes to shoot everything from portraits to landscapes. My favorite venues are half way up a 14k mountain, Ontario in Fall, and the Mediterranean at sunset.

I love talking technology, new equipment, and Canon lenses.

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Jul
24
comment Some .CR2 files open with Camera Raw but some do not - on my mac
You said that the .xmp files were created by your Rebel XSi, I don't get that. They were probably created by Camera Raw unless I misunderstand something. Also, you should be able to download DPP from the Canon website, I have a bunch of times before. But I think you may need some way to prove that you already own DPP, which might be the CD.
Jul
24
comment Which lens will be good for a new photographer with Canon 60D camera?
See also photo.stackexchange.com/questions/4316/… , photo.stackexchange.com/questions/4047/… , and the entire [equipment-recommendation] tag which is full of very similar examples. The 100mm f/2.8 is a great lens, but it would be limiting for a first and only lens in my opinion. It is possible to use just that, and it is great quality, but it isn't a zoom and isn't extremely wide either. The 50mm f/1.8 is a very common choice for a first prime outside of the kit lens.
Jul
24
comment Which lens will be good for a new photographer with Canon 60D camera?
Welcome to the site. This is probably covered in many other threads here. Basically I think you are asking "what first lens should I buy" which pretty much every aspiring photographer thinks at some point, so we have great examples of this question already being answered here.
Jul
24
comment What defect is in this image?
Awesome thanks! I didn't realize flare could be so straight across an image like that.
Jul
24
comment Do non-distorted wide angle lenses exist for the Pentax KR?
Also, feel free to do things like capitalize the first word of a sentence, or finish the word to make it a real English word. I say this because I know you are capable based on your network account and other posts.
Jul
24
comment How can I take pictures of flying seagulls without just getting white blobs?
Are you looking for a magic camera setting? bythom.com/magicsettings.htm
Jul
24
comment Do non-distorted wide angle lenses exist for the Pentax KR?
Please limit questions to a single per thread. Each one can easily be its own. Also note, you can edit questions here so feel free to do so.
Jul
23
comment How can I remove pen marks on a photograph?
This falls under photo restoration and is on topic per meta.photo.stackexchange.com/questions/2260/…
Jul
23
comment Tool for organising my photos?
Is this question different than photo.stackexchange.com/questions/4212/… ?
Jul
20
comment Geotagging with standalone unit or smartphone app?
This might be the first valid promotion answer that includes a disclaimer and is actually on topic! Nice job BlackRider!
Jul
19
comment What surface to use for food photography?
@rumtscho I had a similar issue in my old house, so I used an end grain chopping/cutting board such as this: crateandbarrel.com/end-grain-chopping-board/s628085
Jul
19
comment What surface to use for food photography?
That "cherry, berry, nut" photo from the blog is awesome, I don't know what trouble you are talking about!
Jul
19
comment What surface to use for food photography?
Where I live, I can just buy poster board in a wide array of colors. This allows me to skip the time and cost of painting. But if a custom color is desired I could of course paint one.
Jul
19
comment Will my EF or EF-S lenses work on EOS Film Cameras?
possible duplicate of What is the difference between EF and EF-S lenses?
Jul
17
comment Which Canon L lenses offer a big advantage over their non-L counterparts?
@mattdm - I think the recent edit really changed this question entirely. The part about "L series big advantages" wasn't even in the original question, it was added later. With all of the existing answers and comments, would it make more sense to close this and just start a new question? I think this might be full of too much other content at this point.
Jul
17
comment Which lens to buy for capturing hot air balloons?
@drewbenn - I think that goes without saying for any lens. Buying any lens you might not spend a lot of time with might be a mistake, not everyone likes every lens, renting is a good idea if you aren't sure... etc.
Jul
17
comment Best all round zoom lens for D3100?
Based on your edit, yes please read the manual haha.
Jul
17
comment Can Lightroom & Elements on different PCs share the same photos?
We have two previous questions that basically answer this already, see photo.stackexchange.com/questions/15879/… and photo.stackexchange.com/questions/16036/… If you have further questions, feel free to come back here and edit this question to update it with the detail of what you are stuck on!
Jul
17
comment Which lens to buy for capturing hot air balloons?
You won't regret buying the mentioned 10-20mm Canon lens, it is fantastic!
Jul
17
comment Which DSLR for a total beginner?
Per Mattdm's comments above, if you are looking for specific model suggestions hit up the chat! During the day in US timezones usually a few people are around I know.