I joined the group in 2009, kept my head down but have gained much knowledge + I found my P45 with Live View here.
so Thank you esp. Admins.
Intro: Newbie Staggers In
2016 - and I'm only halfway through my projects. They just seem to keep on breeding.
I have a $$ and workflow decision to make soon, and could use some input/feedback.
RZ Pro IID, P45, 4 Elinchrom Rangers, 2 Profoto AcuteBs. All manual, 50 asa, handheld metering. That's as technical as I care to go.
I stage scenes to photograph, in war zones in central Africa. It's not photojournalism, unless I'm staging fake ones.
I'm not dodging bullets (so far), have some control over the situation, and for the coming shoots, will have 3 months
and the time to do one image a day.
Problem: need more bigger pixels. Low budget and huge production costs, including a small film crew alongside..I have to get real, and unsentimental quick.
1) 80mp back - good deals out there under 15,000. Trade my used P45 towards used IQ180 back. Chris Snipes at CI- am chewing on it.
2) stick with my P45 as a glorified preview machine, and shoot 120 film backs off my RZ - As from the uploaded samples, I shoot vertical with overlaps for each person, then stitch in Pshop. If I shoot film, that's 2 or 3 rolls (x2 if I bracket once) for each image, to be drum-scanned and then the laborious stitching.
Anyone doing this - shooting film and stitching?, and can give me a sense of how much $$ and labor to pro scan 12-24 frames, for a single image?
I'm looking at about 60 final images over 3 months of work - yikes - though something tells me it'll still be cheaper than buying a used back...
3) 4x5 - I do have a Deardorff, but in my dusty, very public and very armed environment - too labor intensive.
Unless I flew in an assistant. Then I might as well go 80mp back.
This might let me shoot and stitch 2 or 3 horizontal frames only vs. 24 for one image - but then again, with vertical frames, I'm able to light each person individually from off-screen. Every option has pluses and minuses.
Just wondered: Does Phase One in Denmark or Leaf have a loan or short-term lease program for not-famous certified artists?
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Any recommendations for a tripod/head/nodal point thingie for a heavy RZ ProIID?
If my limit is a used IQ180 or Leaf Aptus-12 only, are they at least better at quick focus checking than the P45?
Why more pixels? I'm aiming for 3 or 4ft by 12ft, or 24ft or longer. Test strips of P45 files so far at pro printer don't pop.
I'd also like the option of cropping into frames from different images, and recombining...
Always, it boils down to money. I can always adapt, and change the entire plan...nothing sacred here..Guess I'm just thinking out loud, wanting to share my process, and continue my due diligence. Thanks for any input or advice.Attachment 120300