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 Friday, November 21, 2014
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The Canon Professional Network: Tips and Tricks has been around for quite some time. It's updated quite regularly with new tidbits of information. Lately, they've been adding items relating to the EOS 7D Mark II and the Speedlite 600EX-RT.
 
From the Canon Professional Network: Tips and Tricks:
Speedlite 600EX-RT: auto assist beam firing
 
Within the camera menus of several EOS models, there is an option to enable or disable the AF assist beam when shooting in low light. If you enable the function on the camera menu, but the AF assist beam on your external Speedlite does not fire, check the Speedlite’s custom function settings. If the custom functions in the Speedlite are set to not fire the AF assist beam, this will over-ride any setting made in the camera menu. To re-enable the AF assist beam, simply switch the Speedlite custom function to allow the beam to fire.
 
EOS 7D Mark II: EOS iTR AF
 
Like the flagship EOS-1D X, the EOS 7D Mark II features EOS iTR AF, which improves autofocus tracking by recognising faces and subject colours in addition to looking for subject contrast. When shooting with the EOS iTR AF function enabled, you may find the AF is actually slightly slower and the maximum shooting speed in continuous high speed AF is slower than expected. This is especially likely in low-light shooting and is due to the extra data being processed from the metering system before a subject can be tracked. If you need the fastest AF possible and want to achieve the maximum frame rate and do not need to make use of the colour and face tracking, switch the EOS iTR AF setting to ‘disable’.
I suggest bookmarking the Tips and Tricks page and checking it periodically. Even if you're very familiar with your camera gear, you will likely find a useful gem.
 
Recent Tips and Tricks
 
  • EOS 7D Mark II: EOS iTR AF
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AF point orientation
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AF point selection settings
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AF Tracking sensitivity
  • EOS 7D Mark II: viewfinder information
  • EOS 7D Mark II: anti-flicker shooting
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: auto assist beam firing
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: memory function
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: temperature warning
  • Speedlite 600EX-RT: using modelling flash
  • Flash technique: freezing subjects with flash
  • Flash technique: Speedlite 600EX multi-flash
  • EOS 70D: shutter speed display
  • EOS 70D: AF assist beam
  • EOS 70D: AI Focus and Servo function
Want a thorough explanation of the differences between the 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III and 1D X's AF systems? Check out this helpful information that Chuck Westfall gave us.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.
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Post Date: 11/21/2014 6:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 14, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs (in the UK region), plus the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and G7 X compact cameras. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) examines the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to give you a good understanding of the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 3 of this series Richard Curtis focuses on the use of the Camera RAW Filter within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he explains how to creatively adjust an image using Smart Objects and the Camera RAW Filter. Please click on the play button in the window above to watch the video…"
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Full Lightroom & Photoshop CC Workflow Series
 
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Post Date: 11/14/2014 6:23:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Top wildlife photographer and Canon Explorer Danny Green has long been a fan of Canon’s big zooms, and recently put the new EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens through its paces. CPN Editor David Corfield discovers how he got on...
 
Getting close to nature is what all wildlife photographers will tell you as their main motivation. Danny Green is no exception. As one of the UK’s finest natural history lensmen, his work is beyond compare when it comes to understanding the wild world around us.
 
Of course, in this business the tools help, and as a loyal Canon user Danny has based his business – and won his reputation – around the EF system of incredible lenses. And for the new EF100-400mm zoom, he has nothing but praise...
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM available for preorder.
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Post Date: 11/11/2014 7:02:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 07, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Canon Ambassador Thorsten Milse may be renowned for his bold expeditions to photograph endangered animals in the wild, but a recent trip to his local zoo tested him to his limits. Fortunately he had the new EOS 7D Mark II APS-C DSLR around his neck, as CPN writer Mark Alexander finds out..."
See the entire article and [really cute white lion cub] images on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
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Post Date: 11/7/2014 7:23:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 31, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs [in the UK]. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) will examine the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to give you a good understanding of the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 2 of this series Richard Curtis focuses on the advanced use of Smart Objects for creating composite images within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he explains how to create such composite images."
The video can be found on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
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Post Date: 10/31/2014 6:56:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 24, 2014
Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera
From the Canon Professional Network:
"The EOS C100 Mark II provides videographers and independent filmmakers with an advanced creative tool that’s fully capable of capturing high quality footage, even at very low light levels. With Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus, a new video processing system and the same Super35mm CMOS sensor as used across the award-winning Cinema EOS range, the C100 Mark II provides a cost effective solution for high-quality video across a wide range of applications."
The article includes key features, key benefits, key technologies and full specifications and can be found on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera available for preorder.
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Post Date: 10/24/2014 6:32:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 16, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Adobe now offers a Creative Cloud Photography bundle that includes Lightroom editing software and Photoshop CC for photographers who want to organise, edit, enhance and share their images via desktop or their mobile devices – this package currently comes bundled with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D DSLRs, plus the PowerShot G1 X Mark II and G7 X compact cameras. In a four-part CPN series of articles and video tutorials Richard Curtis (a Principal Solutions Consultant in Digital Imaging for Adobe UK) will examine the workflow between Lightroom software and Photoshop CC to help you to understand the benefits of working with both in tandem. In Part 1 of this series Richard Curtis explains how to use Smart Objects within the Lightroom and Photoshop CC workflow and, in a special video, he reveals how Smart Objects ensure your image edits are non-destructive for longer. Please click on the play button in the window above to watch the video..."
Read the entire article and see the video on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
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Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 15, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Alessandro Trovati leads a very busy life. As one of Italy’s top sports photographers he is regularly called upon to shoot sporting events for news and advertising agencies. For him, speed is of the essence. A camera that delivers in terms of fast and accurate focusing, as well as superb image quality, is therefore a clear winner in his race for the perfect picture, as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield..."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 9/15/2014 9:37:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 12, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"During a career spanning over a quarter of a century thus far Marc Aspland has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s finest sports photographers, with a style all of his own. He has been Chief Sports Photographer of The Times newspaper in London since the late 1990s but it is only now that many of his most famous images have been brought together in his new, and first-ever, book ‘The Art of Sports Photography’. CPN writer Mark Alexander spoke to Marc Aspland about what it took to create the magical images in the book and his unique approach to shooting sports."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 9/12/2014 8:31:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 29, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Peter Neill is one of life’s nice people. And yet the soft-speaking Irishman works in one of the most volatile businesses imaginable, where egos and excess converge with often-explosive results. The music business is not known for its manners, and yet here we meet a man who is charm itself. Could this be the secret to getting iconic shots of bands on the run? CPN Editor David Corfield finds out..."
Check out the entire article (with 19 sample images) at the Canon Professional Network.
 
Related Reviews and Tips
 
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Post Date: 8/29/2014 7:41:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 24, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:
"It’s that time of year again, when millions of children leave the comforts of home to start a new school year. For parents with children going to school for the first time, this is an important milestone they will want to remember for years to come. Even for an older child, documenting them at the start of each year, or when they start new legs of their education (such as entering Junior High, and High School) is a rewarding project.
 
Luckily, great back-to-school photos are easy to take – with little more than a basic digital SLR (for greater imaging control) and some attention to details.
 
Here are a few tips that will elevate what may have been just a quick snapshot into a truly meaningful portrait:"
Check out CPN's Tips for helpful information on School Portraits.
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Post Date: 8/24/2014 10:07:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 21, 2014
CPN EOS-1 History
Want to know the story behind the first EOS-1 series camera?
 
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the company’s flagship range of SLR cameras, which began with the launch of the EOS-1 film SLR in 1989. CPN recently got the unique opportunity to talk to two of the key men behind the development of the EOS-1 series and EOS System – Tsunemasa Ohara and Yoshiaki Sugiyama of Canon Inc. in Tokyo. In two exclusive interviews they reveal the secrets behind the historical development of the EOS-1 SLRs
Read the entire article on Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 8/21/2014 9:37:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 08, 2014
Digital Photo Professional Splash Screen
From the Canon Professional Network:

"Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 4.0 is the latest release of Canon’s free RAW image management and editing software, and this incarnation is heralded as the first major update since the software was launched. Canon has responded to feedback from Digital Photo Professional users and incorporated feature requests and suggestions into version 4.0 to create a better looking package that offers a smoother, faster workflow. In this article CPN writer George Cairns examines how DPP 4.0 is better equipped to support your photographic workflow – as you import, browse and develop large numbers of RAW images – and investigates new features, such as the ability to make selective hue, saturation and luminance adjustments for eight colour gamuts."

Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

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Post Date: 8/8/2014 12:17:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 31, 2014
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From the Canon Professional Network:

"We’ve all heard the line: 'Oh, I must get an agent.' But what do you actually need an agent for? The person representing you is not, according to respected manager Mark George, someone who’s going to be working the phone getting you bookings. The role is much wider and far-reaching, as CPN Editor David Corfield discovers...
 
Note the noun: ‘manager’. Mark George is not an agent. He hates the word, and shuts me up in a puff of cigar smoke as I sit down and sip my coffee. 'An agent to me sounds like someone who just gets you bookings, like a rep. I hate that term. I might represent somebody in a managerial way but there is a difference. I look after people who are too focused on what they do to understand that the world around them needs looking at as well. And that’s where I come in.'"

Read the entire article at the Canon Professional Network.

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Post Date: 7/31/2014 9:50:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 18, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:

"Modern action movies are generally packed with computer-generated imagery (CGI), resulting in production budgets that have soared into the stratosphere. But when director Scott Waugh enlisted Shane Hurlbut as Director of Photography on the movie spin-off from the ‘Need For Speed’ game franchise he wanted to buck the trend and shoot the action as close to live as possible, which called for a special camera. CPN writer James Morris spoke to Shane Hurlbut to discover how and why Canon’s EOS C500 Digital Cinema Camera satisfied all the important requirements for shooting live action at 150 miles per hour."

Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C500 Cinema Camera.

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Post Date: 7/18/2014 6:54:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 27, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
"When using your EOS camera you may occasionally get an error code or message appearing on the camera’s LCD screen. Most of these errors can be quickly and easily resolved – the various EOS error codes and messages are described below with information that should assist you in resolving your issue."
 
Check out all the Error Codes and Tips on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 6/27/2014 7:59:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 06, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:

"In April 2014 Canon announced it had reached the historic production landmark of 100 million EF-series interchangeable lenses manufactured since the launch of its iconic EOS SLR System in March 1987. For decades Canon has been a leader in innovative lens technologies, including the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) and a Multi-Layer Diffractive Optical (DO) Element. To help to celebrate the lens landmark CPN spoke to the Canon Ambassadors about their favourite ever EF lens, their favourite image taken with that lens and their recommended lenses for their genres of photography."

Check out the Canon Ambassadors' favorite lenses on the Canon Professional Network.

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Post Date: 6/6/2014 6:17:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 09, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
Most EOS digital cameras offer Custom Functions. These allow you to alter the way the camera operates to suit your own personal needs. Exposure, focusing and flash are just some of the areas covered by the functions. Each function has a factory-defined default setting, plus one or more alternative settings.
 
Custom Functions are set through the camera menu system. Find and select ‘Custom Functions’ and you will bring up a screen with each Custom Function number displayed. Select the appropriate number and you will be taken to a screen where you can select from the various options for that custom function.
 
[...snip...]

Custom Functions options on EOS DSLRs
  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Total
  Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
EOS-1Ds Mark III Exposure 15 Image /
Flash exposure /
Display
9 Autofocus/Drive 17 Operation/Others 16 57
EOS-1D Mark IV Exposure 17 Image /
Flash exposure /
Display
10 Autofocus/Drive 19 Operation/Others 16 62
EOS 40D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 7 Operation/Others 7 24
EOS 50D Exposure 7 Image 4 Autofocus/Drive 7 Operation/Others 7 25
EOS 60D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 5 Operation/Others 5 20
EOS 7D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 13 Operation/Others 4 27
EOS 5D Mark II Exposure 7 Image 4 Autofocus/Drive 8 Operation/Others 6 25

Custom Functions options on the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III
  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Total
  Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
EOS-1D X Image 7 Image 7 Drive 3 Display/
Operation
4 Operation 5 Others 5 31
EOS 5D Mark III Exposure 6 Display/
Operation
5 Others 2 Clear N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 13

Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

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Post Date: 5/9/2014 10:09:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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