Camera shake is the thief of sharpness. If you are hand-holding a camera and lens, they will move as you press the shutter release. Movement during exposure blurs the image.Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Much of the time, you will not notice the effects of camera shake. If you are shooting with a fast shutter speed or a wide-angle lens, the blurring may not be significant- but it will still be there, and might appear if you have a big enlargement made from the image.
The only way to overcome camera shake is to eliminate the movement of the camera and lens during the exposure. The obvious way to do this is by taking the camera out of your hands and fixing it to something that will not move, such as a photographic tripod. However a tripod is only effective if it is sturdy, which usually means heavy.
Fortunately, Canon offers another method of reducing, if not eliminating, the effects of camera shake. Image stabilised lenses, first seen in 1995, approach the problem laterally. Rather than trying to stop the movement of a hand-held camera, they seek to introduce an opposing movement within the lens. The aim is to keep the image static on the sensor or film, despite the movement of the camera.
Don McCullin is one of the world’s greatest photographers and now, aged 80, is working on a project that he hopes will serve as a lasting legacy of a life well-lived. But, as CPN Editor David Corfield discovers in this exclusive interview, some truths will never be fully reconciled...See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network. If interested, don't miss seeing the video Don McCullin – Seeking the Light, also on CPN.
“I’m on the edge of the volcano. I’m standing on the precipice looking into the lava...” admits Don McCullin metaphorically, remarking on how he sees this latest chapter of an extraordinary life. A special three-volume retrospective of his work is due to be released soon. It’s taken two years to complete and, for McCullin, represents the very best of his photography. Called ‘Irreconcilable Truths’ the title is a nod to the soul-searching that went into the project as recollections of atrocities resurfaced in his darkroom as he reprinted many hundreds of images. It’s not been an easy journey, reliving some of those memories...
“There are some images that I will never print again, because I don’t think I’m able to,” he explains, citing one image in particular – of the starving albino boy taken in Biafra nearly 50 years ago. The memory, and the image, haunts him to this day.
Belgian filmmaker Matthew Vandeputte is rapidly emerging as one of the leading exponents of motion timelapse photography. CPN Editor David Corfield caught up with him to find out how technology, social media, and Canon’s high-resolution EOS 5DS R have helped take his work to exciting new heights...See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Canon Explorer and travel photographer Joel Santos makes the most of every adventure he organises. As CPN writer Mark Alexander finds out, a recent trip to Namibia with the EOS 7D Mark II and the new EF100-400mm telephoto zoom was no different...Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network and be sure not to miss the beautiful 25-image gallery.
AF Microadjustment - image qualityOr 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)
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.
EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R: Live View and IS lensesOther recently added topics include:
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.
"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.
"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.
"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...Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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."
By Laura Morita, Professional Child and Family PhotographerSee the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
"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. "
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.
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.See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network for full details.
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.
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.For more information on the Lens Mount Conversion Service, see the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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.
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...Read the entire article and see Marina Cano's excellent wildlife imagery at the Canon Professional Network.
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.”
"What makes a good food photo?Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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."
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