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 Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I have a Canon EOS M5 in my hands and it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 31 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Canon EOS M5 ready to use (please note that these steps may change slightly as I continue to dial in this camera for my uses).
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  6. The date, time and timezone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only Grid display and Electronic level (all options selected for #2), uncheck #3 and #4 (I may alter these settings later)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Grid display and Electronic level, check all options for #3 (again, I may alter these settings later)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Histogram dispay: RGB
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Image review: 4 sec.
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Continuous AF: Off
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: MF Peaking Settings: Peaking: On
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Off
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Hints & Tips: Off
  24. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  25. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: C.Fn II: Others: Set M.Fn button to ISO (I may make more changes here after acclimating to this camera)
  26. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Expo.comp./AEB (found back up near the top of the list)
  27. To get to the Playback Menu, take a picture, playback the picture and while it is displayed, press the Menu button.
  28. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Highlight Alert: Enable
  29. Playback Menu, Tab 4: Auto Rotate: Off
  30. Playback Menu, Tab 5: * resize: Enable
  31. Playback Menu, Tab 5: Magnify (approx.): Actual size
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While this setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
Unless you are certain that you can remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information: Canon EOS M5
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 11:08:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon Europe has announced two significant specification options for its flagship EOS C700 digital cinema cameras, offering users the option of changing the camera’s original lens mount to either an EF mount with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount (with Cook/i support) and back again, and – for the first time – an option to have the standard sensor replaced with a Global Shutter sensor. Read on to find out more...
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C700 Cinema Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 7:13:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced its Board of Directors has approved a new stock repurchase program granting the company authority to repurchase up to $2.5 billion in common stock through the end of fiscal year 2019. Under the new stock repurchase program, which is designed to return value to Adobe’s stockholders and minimize dilution from stock issuances, the company may repurchase shares in the open market and also enter into structured repurchase agreements with third parties. The new stock repurchase program, approved by Adobe’s Board of Directors, is substantially similar to the company’s previous program authorizing the repurchase of up to $2.0 billion in common stock through fiscal year 2017, which authority will soon be exhausted.
 
“We’re coming off a year of record cash flow generation and our balance sheet continues to be strong. Adobe’s new share repurchase program underscores our commitment to returning value to our stockholders, as we execute on our long-term growth strategy,” said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Adobe.
 
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to Adobe’s stock repurchases and business momentum, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to, risks and uncertainties described in Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2015 ended Nov. 27, 2015, and Adobe's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2016. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe’s SEC filings.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 7:04:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon DIgital Learning Center:
Welcome back to our “Introduction to Shooting Stars.” In Part I we covered the essentials of getting you ready to shoot. In the second part we are going to cover what to do when you are on location and ready to shoot.
 
Since we are talking about shooting at night, pulling focus is a little harder than during the day, so this will take a little more time and explanation to cover.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 6:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 17, 2017
B&H has the Rokinon XP 85mm f/1.2 Lens for Canon EF available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Two High Refractive Index Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Aluminum Lens Housing
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:35:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon Xeen 16mm T2.6 Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping
 
Available Mounts
 
  • Canon EF
  • Nikon F
  • Sony E
  • PL
  • MFT
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:27:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 16, 2017
From Profoto:
 
Good news, Nikon users! We can now offer TTL and HSS support for Nikon D5 and Nikon D500. Both cameras are fully compatible with this upgrade installed in the Air Remote TTL-N.
 
How to download the new TTL-N and Pro-10 firmware
 
All Registered users can download the new Air Remote TTL-N firmware from the My Profoto webpage.
 
B&H carries the Profoto Air Remote.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 1/16/2017 9:57:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Harvard has published their Digital Photography course on Alison, a free certified learning website.
 
Here's the course description:
Digital photography technology is continually changing, however, the principles behind good photography don't. ALISON's free online photo course gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography including topics such as exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor and lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software. You will also learn tips and techniques on what not to do when taking a photograph.
 
ALISON's free online course is ideal for those who wish to increase their understanding of digital photography and want to know how to process and produce photographs digitally.
Sign-up is easy and – as previously mentioned – free.
Post Date: 1/16/2017 9:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the CBS Sunday Morning YouTube Channel:
 
President Obama is leaving behind a huge photo album of his time in the White House - about two million images - all thanks to the man our Bill Plante has been talking to: Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza.
Post Date: 1/16/2017 8:36:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 13, 2017

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/13/2017 12:09:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ever since I became enthralled with photography, I've enjoyed sifting through inspirational images and breaking them down so that I could understand how just the photographer created that specific look.
 
Earlier this week I ran across a profile image where the subject was wearing sunglasses. The portrait had a strong rim light but there was very little fill light on the face, yet there was a strong reflection that encompassed nearly the entire area of the sunglasses' lens.
 
Typically speaking, the eye is the most important element in a portrait. However, the prominence of the sunglasses (along with an eye which was deeply shadowed) replaced the importance of the eye in the image. I thought it would be a fun exercise to try and recreate the lighting used for the profile portrait. Note: If I could remember where I saw the image, I would link to it here. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I found it. Hopefully the image's description and my attempts to recreate it will be sufficiently illustrative.
 
My approach to dissecting an image usually mirrors the scientific method:
 
  1. Ask a question.
  2. Do background research.
  3. Construct a hypothesis.
  4. Test with an experiment.
  5. Does the procedure work?
In other words, "Wonder, think, test, repeat as necessary."
 
I thought I had a good guess as to how the image was lit, but upon testing my hypothesis, I realized I was very likely incorrect. After quickly going back to the drawing board, I came up with a result that achieved exactly the look I was going for:
 
Guess the Lighting Setup Self Portrait 2017 01 13 2nd Example

Notice how there is a huge reflection in the sunglasses yet there is very little fill on the face. That's precisely what I was attempting to duplicate.
 
However, after it was all said and done I wasn't entirely happy with the image. For my next attempt I used a looser framing, a different pair of sunglasses and a sweater to remove the emphasis from my Adam's apple. Although all the lighting tools were the same, the positions of the light modifiers were not identical (although they were very close), different camera settings were used and (as is likely obvious) the images were also post-processed in slightly different ways. The second image also has more fill light than what I was originally going for, but I liked the result anyway.
 
So here's the challenge:
 
  1. Analyze the image atop this post and try to figure out exactly how it was lit.
  2. Try to recreate the lighting in the image as closely as possible.
  3. Share your image, gear and camera settings and describe how it was lit.
It wasn't a complicated setup, but if I had not tried it myself, I would not have arrived at the same conclusion. If you prefer not to try to recreate the image yourself, you're more than welcomed to simply guess the lighting setup in the comments below. Otherwise, let's hear your guess and see your tested example image. I'll update the post Monday to reveal the answer.
 
Update: It looks like I forgot to update this on Monday, but... better late than never! The setup was as follows:
 
  • (1) Canon 580EX diffused by a 16x16" foldable softbox behind me
  • (1) 20x30" white foam core board handheld in front of my face and angled to catch the light from the softbox
With the softbox positioned behind me (camera left), it produced a clearly defined rim light without wrapping around my face with its relatively high output. The white reflective board positioned just out of the frame produced a large reflection in the sunglasses while also creating a small amount of fill light on the front of my face.
 
I liked seeing the guesses and attempts. I hope the exercise proved beneficial.
Post Date: 1/13/2017 6:40:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 12, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Author: Rick Sammon
 
Photography is more than just taking, or as I say, making, a picture. It’s about the entire photographic process (image capture and image processing) and the personal experience.
 
In this article I’ll share with you some of my favorite photographs and experiences from my recent trip to Sri Lanka – a magical destination – documented with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2017 11:20:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Have you ever wondered how this site's product images are created? If so, you'll want to check out our most recent addition to the Photography Tips page:

 
Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens/Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens Comparison

The Ideal, Simple, General Purpose Product Photography Setup (How this Site's Product Images are Captured)
In it, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at Bryan's product photography setup, details on the gear he utilizes to create the classic, white background product imagery found throughout the site and a few tips for creating your own product images.
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 12, 2017—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
 
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
 
Canon U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005–2016
 
YearRanking*No. of
patents
20161st (3rd)3,665
20151st (3rd)4,127
20141st (3rd)4,048
20131st (3rd)3,820
20121st (3rd)3,173
20111st (3rd)2,818
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,366
20051st (2nd)1,829

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies
 
Note: Number of patents for 2016 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2017 6:08:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Great Big Story YouTube Channel:
 
During the dark winter months in Finland, one man fills the night with light. Hannu Huhtamo is a light painter. The artist takes long exposure photographs and uses flashlights and other simple tools to transform dark and sometimes forgotten places into magical new worlds—no Photoshop required.
Post Date: 1/12/2017 5:58:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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