The bright, sunny days of spring, summer and fall present perfect image-making opportunities when you have an infrared converted camera in your gear bag. For me, that camera is an EOS 7D converted by LifePixel with a Super Color IR sensor.
While conventional photographic wisdom dictates that the golden hours just after sunrise and before sunset are ideal times for image-making, those with an IR camera at hand can take full advantage of midday sun to create compelling IR images. This IR benefit came in handy a couple of weeks ago.
Seeing a beautiful blue, midday sky overhead on my way to the mailbox around 1pm, I decided to head out with the IR camera to a spot I had filed in the back of my memory. It was a small parking area off of Victory Dr. on the way to Tybee Island from Savannah, GA. After arriving at the location, I photographed various scenes for about a half hour before ultimately deciding it wasn't as photogenic as I had thought (or maybe my creative skills simply weren't doing it justice on that day). With my tail between my legs, I headed home.
However, on my return trip I spotted an interesting dock area to my right on the other side of the bridge that crosses the Wilmington River. After turning off the main road, I worked my way back to the dock and found that it was a public park – W.E. Honey Park, to be exact – and the dock I had seen from the bridge was easily accessible.
I parked and attached the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM to the EOS 7D to allow for a wide range of framing opportunities from the dock. I also attached a B+W Circular Polarizer to the lens to see how it might impact the image. After several attempts to capture the bridge as seen from the dock, I turned around to photograph a small river winding its way through the marsh with lots of clouds near the tree-lined horizon. After returning to my vehicle, I realized that my normal custom white balance may not be optimal with the circular polarizer attached. As such, I pulled out my X-Rite ColorChecker Passport and photographed its white balance target in direct sunlight with the CPOL attached for color correction purposes in post processing.
As I do with all my images captured in IR, I set the white balance in Digital Photo Professional and then exported a TIFF into Photoshop CC. There, I view the image a few different ways to see which post processing technique I feel best suits the scene.
Here's what the image looked like straight out of the camera with only an Auto Levels applied:
While I find that non red/blue channel flipped images may work well for some portraits, I rarely find the nearly straight out of camera approach well suited for landscapes.
Let's try another technique. Below I've applied Auto Levels, swapped the red and blue color channels and desaturated the yellow color of the foliage.
The above represents a more typical IR photo, albeit with blue color in the sky and in the water. While this image looks much better than the straight out of camera example, I decided to leave the Yellow channel untouched in the final image above so that there was a clear separation between the clouds and the tree line. The circular polraizer that was used seemed to create an even more intense blue in the scene compared to images taken without the filter in place.
I've been really happy having an IR-converted camera in my kit these past few months. It's been a great investment for me and a fitting use for a DSLR which would have seen little use after upgrading to 7D Mark II. And the great thing about the Super Color IR sensor option, in particular, is that I gain great flexibility in creating multiple image styles from the same capture.
Join fashion photographer Lindsay Adler as she walks you through the exciting process of bringing a fashion shoot to life. Lindsay covers concept development, gathering a creative team, considerations on the day of the shoot, color management, retouching basics, file delivery and more. This webinar is a great overview and introduction of exactly what it takes to create a successful fashion image from one of the world's most renowned fashion photographers.
Note: Being red-green colorblind, I've come to rely on the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo for color balancing when working with various clients. It allows me to take a technical approach to color balancing rather than relying on my own perception. [Sean]
The maximum printable height of custom paper size will be lengthened to 25.5-inch (647.70mm) with specifying in the printer driver.
imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 series Printer Driver Ver.1.02
Concerning printer paper size, the maximum height of [Paper Size] in [Custom Paper Size] is enlarged from [594mm/23.39inch] to [647.70mm/25.5inch]. When you use the enlarged paper size, use the printer with firmware version 1.110 or later.
Changes from Firmware Versions “A” 1.02/“B” 1.02 to Versions “A” 1.03/“B” 1.02
Fixed the following issues:
The battery level indicator would on rare occasions flash if the camera was turned on with Clean at shutdown or Clean at startup & shutdown selected for SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Clean at startup/shutdown.
Two different pictures with the same file number would on rare occasions be recorded to both memory cards if two cards were inserted with Overflow selected for SHOOTING MENU > Slot 2.
Addressed an issue that sometimes caused errors with certain UHS-II SD memory cards. As we were able to confirm that these were read errors arising not in the camera but in the cards themselves, we addressed the issue with a work-around that switches temporarily to UHS-I mode when a card-side error occurs in UHS-II mode. The camera switches back to UHS-II mode when turned off and then on again or when the standby timer restarts. Card-side read errors may still occur after the update, albeit very infrequently.
When you enter Dreamtopia with sisters Barbie and Chelsea, you wake up to a world of dreams. Watch as a Mattel Creative Services team captures that magic on set and on camera. These gorgeous Dreamtopia dolls -- mermaids, fairies and princesses -- are a dream to shoot. Go behind the scenes to meet the photo team, dive into the details and watch as they make work look fun. Fantasy background? Check. Perfect hair? Check. More glitter? Check. What else might this photo shoot need?
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!
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.
Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.
I recently posted the TDP Canon Lens Popularity Rank.
A friend of the site expressed interest in seeing the 3rd party lenses included in this list and ... that sounded interesting to me also.
So, today I share the extended list.
Once again, I caution you to use discernment as you view the list.
There are a lot of factors that can influence a lens' popularity (such as search engine referrals) and popularity can be measured in a variety of ways.
Also, not all Canon-mount 3rd party lenses are included on the site and of those listed, not all have full reviews (which could either hurt or help a lens' popularity).
With those cautions in mind, here is a rough look at the popularity of current (on retailer shelves) Canon-mount lenses.
DJI’s new Geospatial Environment Online system, or GEO for short, is a best-in-class flight information system that helps drone operators make smart decisions about where and when to fly. It combines up-to-date live airspace information, a warning and flight-restriction system, and a mechanism for authorized users to unlock flight restrictions in certain locations.