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 Friday, March 4, 2016
The Canon Professional Network has updated its Tips and Tricks database with new information. For instance, did you know that Canon advises setting your camera to record JPEGS (instead of RAW files) when performing autofocus microadjustments?
AF Microadjustment - image quality
Several EOS models feature the ability to adjust the focus of the lens to ensure it is in perfect registration with the camera. When performing microadjustment, make sure you set the camera recording quality to large JPEG, even if you normally shoot in RAW, as this will help identify focus issues more easily.
Or did you know that a lens's image stabilization is always activated in Live View on the 5Ds/5Ds R, not just when you press the shutter button half-way? (assuming that IS is not switched off on the lens)
EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R: Live View and IS lenses
When using an Image Stabilizer (IS) lens in Live View on the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R, you will find that the IS is always activated when Live View is turned on, even if you don’t half-press the shutter button. This will shorten the camera’s battery life, so unless you need to use the IS, you should manually switch it off on the lens to preserve power.
Other recently added topics include:
 
  • EOS-1D X Mark II: 4K video
  • EOS-1D X Mark II: f/8 focusing
  • EOS 7D Mark II: Auto ISO shutter speed
  • AF Microadjustment - wide and tele
  • AF Assist beam and wide-angle lenses
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AI Servo AF response
  • EOS 7D Mark II: AI Servo AF
  • EOS 7D Mark II: Quick card check
  • EOS Movie shooting with multiple cards
  • EX Speedlites: AF Assist beam focusing
  • EOS Movie shooting with Auto ISO
  • EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R: ISO 50
  • Keeping track of LP-E6 batteries
  • Live View shooting and Modelling Flash
  • Live View shooting and Flash Exposure Lock
  • EOS DSLRs with SD cards
  • EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R: Eyepiece cover
  • EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R: Focusing in low light
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Post Date: 3/4/2016 6:48:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 18, 2016
 Tuesday, February 9, 2016
From the Canon Professional Network:
"New levels of shooting performance — speeds to 14 fps, with AI Servo AF — along with 360,000 pixel RGB metering, multiple on-board processors, and so on mean that the EOS-1D X Mark II needs an even more powerful battery than in previous generation EOS-1D cameras. To meet these demands, the EOS-1D X Mark II is launched along with a higher-energy battery, the Canon LP-E19 battery pack."
For more detailed information on the LP-E19, including backwards compatibility, check out the full article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon LP-E19 Battery Pack and LC-E19 Battery Charger available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/9/2016 9:52:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 28, 2016
From the Canon Professional Network:
"British photographer Tim Flach uses his technical and artistic skills to capture almost-human moments from a wide variety of creatures. His work helps us look at our animal cousins in more profound ways, as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield..."
See the entire article and intriguing animal images at the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 1/28/2016 7:55:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 21, 2016
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Colin McMaster is one of the world’s best when it comes to rally photography. The fast-paced motorsport that covers the globe throws up more than its fair share of great images – and great challenges – as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield...
 
Colin McMaster lives life by the clock. The sport of rallying – itself governed by hours, minutes and seconds – extends far beyond the lens for him. Rallying is his livelihood and much of his downtime is given over to his passion: photography."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Colin McMaster's Rallying Kitbag
 
Cameras:
 
  • 2x EOS-1D X
  • 1x EOS-1D Mark II (for remote work)
Lenses:
 
  • EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
  • EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
  • EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
  • EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.0L USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Accessories:
 
  • 3x Speedlite 600EX-RT flashguns
  • Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
  • PocketWizard remotes
  • Manfrotto tripods
  • MacBook Pro laptop (loaded with Adobe Lightroom)
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Post Date: 1/21/2016 7:01:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 21, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
By Laura Morita, Professional Child and Family Photographer
 
"It's pretty much the most amazing thing in the world when you look at the back of your camera and you see the incredible image you have captured. Perfect light, perfect moment, perfect expression. You get it home and and upload it onto your computer only to discover that it's out of focus. Wompwomp. In the early days of learning about photography, I struggled with getting sharp images. In this article, you'll learn my tips for getting sharp images. "
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 12/21/2015 10:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 3, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
The launch of the PowerShot G5 X – with its electronic viewfinder (EVF) plus classic DSLR handling in a compact body – was a significant moment for Canon. In an in-depth interview, CPN discovers the technical challenges faced by the PowerShot development team – Takashi Yoshida, Ryuji Fukute, Kenji Ito, Koki Kitaya, Atsushi Fujita and Yoshikazu Sakagami from the Image Communication Products Operations Department and Yoshihiro Miyazawa from the Design Centre. Together they discuss the technical and design challenges they faced when turning concept into reality...
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot G5 X.
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Post Date: 12/3/2015 9:25:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 25, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
In recent years, the photographic industry has called for clearer criteria on entering and judging World Press Photo Contest submissions. The World Press Photo Foundation has answered this call for the 2016 Photo Contest by publishing a new code of ethics, revised entry rules, and a transparent description of the judging and verification processes. The 2016 Photo Contest changes are part of a new strategy which the World Press Photo Foundation devised during a five-month review involving 17 consultations with photographers, editors and publishers at events in 15 locations worldwide.
 
Entries to the highly anticipated annual World Press Photo Contest are regarded as visual documents and are therefore expected to be an accurate and fair representation of the scene the photographer witnessed. The first entry rule concerning manipulation was enforced in 2009 and in the 2014 Photo Contest World Press Photo began requesting photographers submit original camera files. The challenge being addressed now is making contest participants more aware of what counts as manipulation.
 
Managing Director of World Press Photo, Lars Boering, says: “In the past two years 33 entries, out of a total of 240 in the second last round, were excluded, and one story was disqualified after the award. If we want pictures to be documents and evidence, we cannot accept the addition or removal of content, even if it is just ‘tidying up the image’.”
 
As photographs are at risk for manipulation during every stage in the photographic process – capture, production, publication, and circulation – the World Press Photo Foundation has introduced a new code of ethics and committed to continued use of independent digital analysts and a fact-checking team to review original camera files, metadata and caption accuracy.
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network for full details.
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Post Date: 11/25/2015 8:11:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 19, 2015
Originally announced in September of this year, the EOS C300 lens mount conversion service is now available in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK.
 
From the Canon Professional Network:
Owners and purchasers of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II can now benefit from a new lens mount service option which offers the capability to change the 4K Digital Cinema Camera’s original EF mount to EF Mount with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount and back again.
 
The Lens Mount Replacement service can be booked in at the Canon Regional Competence Centres (RCC) in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden or the UK. Alternatively, the PL lens mount and SHIM kit are also available for direct sale.
 
Canon has also revealed that from early 2016 a PL mount version of the C300 Mark II will be available to purchase in all EMEA territories. Up until now the camera has only been available in an EF mount but by January 2016 customers can choose whether to purchase an EF mount or a PL mount version. The upcoming PL mount version of the camera will provide support for all of Canon’s PL mount Cinema lenses and other industry-standard PL lenses (Cooke/i not supported), thus allowing for even greater shooting possibilities.
For more information on the Lens Mount Conversion Service, see the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 11/19/2015 7:52:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network
Wildlife photographer and Canon Explorer Marina Cano discusses her career with CPN Editor David Corfield, revealing how music, cameras and a new pair of binoculars have helped her get closer to the natural world...
 
If it weren’t for a flute, Marina Cano wouldn’t be the wildlife photographer she is today. It’s been an unusual journey for the Spanish lenswoman, but she is grateful for her past life as a professional flutist and says it is her love of music that has brought her closer to nature. “I was a teacher of music for more than 15 years – it’s my other passion,” Marina reveals. “I feel that music helps me with my aesthetic vision.”
 
“My work is about a celebration of the natural world,” she continues. “I think I have a special aesthetic sense and this comes to me naturally. The city in which I live, Santander, is incredibly beautiful and the land around me is beautiful too. So my life is steeped in all this beauty and I try to recreate it in my photography.”
 
“There is a really strong sense of design in my work. I can’t simply document a subject. I have to try and do something artistic, either by finding some drama with the subject or waiting for the light.”
 
Marina continues: “My father was a keen amateur photographer and when I was about 17 years old I started taking pictures with his old camera, just taking pictures of everything really; but a few years later I discovered wildlife photography and instantly I was in love.”
Read the entire article and see Marina Cano's excellent wildlife imagery at the Canon Professional Network.
 
The binoculars Marina Cano uses for wildlife photography can be found here.
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Post Date: 11/19/2015 7:11:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 18, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
"What makes a good food photo?
 
Showcasing the dish’s best traits is essential to any successful food image. Its colors and textures are the key details that make you want to take a bite, so you want to have them all clearly in focus.
 
Food photography trends change as often as fashion trends and the more you can familiarize yourself with what industry leaders are doing, the more successful your images will be. Take a look at the websites and feeds from companies like Williams-Sonoma, Martha Stewart, Food & Wine, Donna Hay (Australia), Bon Appetite, Sur La Table, etc. and see what color schemes are of the moment. Is it the light bright or is it moody and based in shadow? Is the food messy and broken up, strewn about the plate, or is it tidy, tight and neat? Does the food have a homemade appeal or does it look highly constructed by a professional chef? Is the look attainable or aspirational? Are the props simple or highly stylized? Is the food the focus or is the scene and story that the props create more significant? As you continue to pour though these publications and ask yourself these questions, your eye will become stronger and your own imagery will improve."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 11/18/2015 8:25:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 6, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
"If you’re like me, you love looking at photographs. Creating images that capture a viewer’s interest and holds it usually doesn’t happen by accident. When you look at a photograph that captivates you, what is it that keeps you looking at the image? There are several answers to this question and in this blog, I’ll share with you some tips to help you create better composition in your images.
 
It’s important to look at a scene through your camera and intentionally use elements in the image to improve composition. I’ll talk about the use of compositional aids such as rule of thirds, negative space, leading lines, balance and the use of color. Sometimes making a great photograph means choosing a slightly different camera position or lens choice. More than simply pointing and shooting, a solid thought process should go into composing an image. Be an observer!"
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 11/6/2015 6:10:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 23, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
"In the fast-paced, high-octane world of automotive photography, you might be surprised to learn that changing opinions takes time. Despite this, top car photographer Dom Romney tells CPN writer Mark Alexander that Canon’s new 5DS is beginning to turn heads..."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available with $300.00 instant savings, 13 months of Damage Protection (CarePAK Plus) and 2% Rewards.
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Post Date: 10/23/2015 12:50:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 8, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Canon's series of Speedlite flashguns range from the professional 600EX-RT and the recently introduced 430EX III-RT to compact units like the 320EX and 270EX II. Lighting expert Syl Arena advises on what to look for when selecting the best Speedlite for your needs..."
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries Canon Speedlite Flashes.
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Post Date: 10/8/2015 8:32:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 1, 2015
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Top sports photographer Al Bello (Getty Images) has been working in the photographic industry since 1990 and has thus far won four World Press Photo Awards for his work. In an exclusive interview he spoke to CPN writer Steve Fairclough about his career, his inspirations and how he shot some of his most famous pictures."
Even if the name looks unfamiliar to you, you're probably familiar with some of Bello's work. His most famous image – that of New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham's three-fingered catch – is one almost any NFL football fan will recognize. [Sean]
 
Check out the full article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Al Bello's Go-To Gear
 
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Post Date: 10/1/2015 9:17:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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