It actually all began after meeting a new friend at a part-time job in the Philadelphia suburbs. Nick was a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography and his neighbor, Bill, a Purina Chow rep, challenged us to come up with a promotional photography event program. For about the next two years, on numerous weekends, we traveled from Boston to Baltimore photographing family pets, usually no people unless requested. We created a compact, double wide studio set-up, purchased watches that could be custom set to alarm every three minutes after hitting the set button. The idea was to handle about an average of 12 sessions per hour in each of our two set-ups. We quickly learned that in order to handle the volume of customers that showed up at these stores, we had to learn how to stay on time, get the attention of the subject, make the right noise and move them off the set for the next subject. On any given Saturday, we would photograph 100-125 sittings... each!Read more at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
The experience and education in learning the breeds, how to get their attention, how to position and light them and the speed required to get the shot helped prepare me for what was about to unfold. In a companion to this article, “Part 1,” there will be a “Part 2” that expands on the technical how-to’s of what you're reading.
Author: Jim RoseSee the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Normally I would write this blog in the winter months when it is cold and rainy outside. However, since I like shooting in the rain and it’s going to be 102 degrees outside today there is no better time to set up my home macro studio and create some great pictures.
First, what do you need to set up a home macro studio? Let’s start with the lighting equipment. I used two table lamps purchased at a local department store. The best ones to get are the ones with adjustable necks so you can get the light where it needs to be. Also, make sure you get lamps with LED lights. LED lights are smaller and lighter than regular bulbs, and they produce very little heat.
Any Canon EOS DSLR will give you great results. For this project, I chose the Canon EOS 80D. One of the reasons for choosing the 80D is the articulated LCD screen. Since I use Live View for most of these images, the articulated screen can be very handy when the camera is in low or high positions. You can rotate the screen so it is easy to view without having to kneel down or get on a stool to see the screen. An EF-S 60mm macro lens was used for most of the shots because it allows you to get in really close. If you don’t have a macro lens, a standard kit lens like the EF-S 18-55mm or a similar lens will do the job although you won’t be able to get in as close as you would with a macro lens. You can add a close up lens or an extension tube to your standard lens to allow you to get in close if you don’t want to invest in a macro lens at this time.
I used to consider myself a “natural light” photographer and I got really good at controlling the light that was provided to me to make beautiful portraits. Speedlites were somewhat of a mystery to me for some reason because while using TTL (through-the-lens flash metering), I never knew exactly how much light I was putting on my subject. For some reason, that was important to me, most likely because I learned on manual flash units that had three settings . . . 50 watt seconds, 100 watt seconds and 200 watt seconds. Anyway, once the 600EX-RT was released back in early 2012, a whole new world of lighting control opened up to me. I love these Speedlites for a few reasons:See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
I’m absolutely a Speedlite guy because they are so darned reliable and portable.
- I have the reliability of radio transmission from camera to off camera Speedlites.
- TTL automatic flash is very accurate, more so than it’s ever been.
- With this system I had complete control over all units in up to five different groups with the ability of having some flashes in E-TTL and others in manual.
While on a recent trip to ShutterFest, a terrific photography conference in St. Louis each Spring, I taught a class entitled Great light Anywhere, Anytime with Speedlites. The goal of the class was to give students more confidence, something I didn’t have until 2012 when this Speedlite made its debut!
During the class we made some terrific images of our model, Anna Elizabeth Truett, and I’d like to share some of them by walking you through the progression of how the final portrait was created . . . all with Speedlites.
Color is not simply a physical property of an object. It is the relationship between light, an object, and an observer. Our brains manage and process this information at amazing speeds, leading us to barely even notice the conclusions and the adaptations that they have made. But, these same wonderfully adaptive qualities of our eyes can trip us up when we are capturing color or even simply trying to remember a color precisely. Understanding color perception can help you to get accurate capture-to-print matching, understand the pitfalls of color correction and even to pick out the exact perfect shade of paint for your walls.Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Canon’s engineers changed the digital SLR landscape with the Speedlite 600EX-RT and its revolutionary, built-in radio-based wireless flash capabilities. Introduced in 2012, this flash has become a gold standard in the industry, and has enabled many serious photographers to “raise their game” in off-camera flash capability, while preserving the option of E-TTL automatic flash exposure control, through the camera.Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
In the ensuing four years, Canon has listened to feedback from serious enthusiasts and professionals, and with that input has created the next-generation, top-of-the-line Canon E-TTL flash unit: the Speedlite 600EX II-RT.
In this document, we’ll give an overview of what’s new and different, and likewise paint a picture of what remains unchanged. As the product name might suggest, this is an evolutionary update, and not a radical new product introduction. The Speedlite 600EX II-RT will replace the 600EX-RT in the Canon line-up, upon its introduction to the market later in 2016. Parenthetically, unlike the 600EX-RT, this newly-updated 600EX II-RT will not have a companion “non-RT” version for sale in limited parts of the world… only a radio-compatible 600EX II-RT is being introduced, world-wide, at this time.
If you’re an automotive enthusiast, chances are you’ve always wondered how photographers add a sense of motion to their images. There are many different ways to accomplish this, but today we will focus on what is often called a rolling shot or a roller.See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Rolling shots are usually captured by photographers from the passenger seat of a moving car. Below I listed a few things that will help you capture better images before heading out to your shoot.
You probably have seen the option in your editing software or your printer driver to choose 16-bit color processing. In fact, you may have selected the option, although you weren’t quite sure what it meant, because more data should result in better prints, right?See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
This short article will unlock the mysteries of 16-bit printing and help you to take full advantage of this feature in your imaging workflow.
We've highlighted how the EOS 80D is a great choice as a step-up camera in an earlier article on Canon USA’s Digital Learning Center. And, how that applies whether you’re an experienced DSLR user who’s working with an older camera, or a first-time but well-informed DSLR customer who’s looking to move beyond today’s lightweight, entry-level models.Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
One aspect of the advanced possibilities a camera like the EOS 80D offers is extensive fine-tuning and control of its continuous autofocus for moving subjects, called AI Servo AF. In a far less expensive package than Canon’s high-end models — such as the EOS 5D series or even the EOS-1D X models — the EOS 80D offers the action photographer a truly extensive array of in-camera adjustability and control. We’ll discuss what’s available in the EOS 80D in this article, and explain how it might be used in various real-world shooting situations.
In today’s digital era, where Instagram is king, “likes” are a form of digital currency, and outdoor corporate brands are among the best platforms for content distribution, planning adventure travel is a highly valued skillset for freelance photographers. Whether capturing a tiny person amidst a big mountainous landscape, a selfie next to a Great White, or an exploding volcano in the heart of Africa, the adventure lifestyle brand covers a huge genre and is categorically in high demand. The final output can be magical, alluring, and seemingly effortless. So much so that it often masks the tireless hours of hard work necessary to identify a location, create an expedition, plan the logistics and then quest forth like a modern-day frontiersman into a foreign land.See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
To fill in the blanks around what’s required to “get the shot,” I’m [Ted Hesser] going to share the details of one of my latest trips to ascend Mt. Nyiragongo, the most active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
It’s entirely true that many casual amateurs and even a few experienced photographers regularly shoot pictures with their smartphones, because they’re handy, and the images are “good enough.” For some, they’ll never feel the need to move past the imaging threshold of shooting selfies to post on social media sites.B&H has the Canon Rebel T6 available for preorder.
But even the most casual of these users knows in his or her heart that the photographic world extends far beyond what’s possible with a smartphone. And some of these users are ready to make that move to their first interchangeable lens SLR, knowing that the investment will reward them with superior images, and lifelong potential with interchangeable lens access. Canon’s EOS Rebel models are the point of entry for many of these new users, and Canon’s latest Rebel entry — the EOS Rebel T6 — is perhaps better-suited for these users than any previous Rebel models.
You’re probably all-too familiar with the typical photo you get when you use your camera’s built-in flash. At best, it looks a lot like the one to the left.The entire article covers topics such as:
Sure, it’s sharp, correctly exposed and in focus, but if you’re looking for subtlety, variety, and sophistication, you’re going to have to up your game. One of the best and easiest ways to do it is to invest in a simple, affordable, and versatile device known as a Canon EOS Speedlite. A Speedlite is what Canon calls its electronic flash units that fit into the accessory shoe on top of your EOS system camera. Even the smallest, lowest cost Speedlite will make a significant improvement in the quality of your photos, even if you only use it for direct on-camera flash.
Many weddings follow a traditional standard format. You can ask the planner or the wedding couple in advance of the wedding if they will have traditional elements like bouquet and garter toss, cake cutting, and the first dance. Knowing these items in advance will help prepare you to have the best lenses, the lighting in mind, and a beautiful composition.You can read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Images of getting ready, when done right, can be some of the most stunning photographs of the wedding day. Hair and makeup preparation can be lengthy. Budget an hour more than the hair and makeup people suggest.
How early is early enough to start photographing? Two hours before the ceremony should be enough time to photograph the couple as they get ready; the attire details; the wedding venue; and some of the portraits. The following order is helpful when photographing a traditional wedding ceremony:
Weddings can be the most important day of a couple’s life, and the photographic memories are a wonderful gift and keepsake. In this article series by Liza Gershman, you will learn valuable information for photographing weddings. Liza provides important tips from her extensive experience, and discusses preparation, organization, and explains traditional wedding images that will aid you in your own wedding photography.Articles posted thus far:
In this article series you will learn valuable information for photographing weddings. Weddings can be the most important day of a couple’s life, and the photographic memories are a wonderful gift and keepsake.Check out the Canon Digital Learning Center for all the helpful tips.
If you have a better-than-average camera, someone will eventually ask you to help photograph a wedding. My best advice to you is to let a professional handle this often stressful and difficult task. If however, you feel you are up for the job – the one of capturing the most memorable images of someone’s lifetime – then here are some helpful tips.
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