Patterns And Shapes

Geometric patterns are visually appealing and can be found almost anywhere you look (Figure 8.14). You see patterns not only in fabricated objects but also in nature, where some of the most beautiful and balanced patterns appear. You can also use patterns, shapes, and even textures as a contrast to the main subject of your image (Figure 8.15). This is a very popular technique in portrait and bridal photography, where beautiful people are often photographed against harsh, textured surfaces or in...

Setting Up The Iso Expansion Feature

Press the Menu button and locate the Custom Function screen. 2. The ISO Expansion setting is located in the C.Fn I Exposure section. Highlight it and press Set (A). 3. Use the Quick Control dial to locate the ISO Expansion section (it's the third menu item), and then press the Set button. 4. Using the Quick Control dial, change the setting to On and then press the Set button (B). 5. Press the Menu button twice to exit, then press the ISO button and set it to the H setting with the Main dial....

Full Auto Mode

Full Auto mode, indicated on the Mode dial by a green square, is exactly what it sounds like fully automatic shooting. This means that the camera decides all of your in-camera settings. It chooses the ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, and whether or not you will need more light with the pop-up flash. You only control the quality settings (RAW or JPEG) and drive mode setting (where you can choose between single or self-timer shooting). You might be wondering when you would use the...

Making Water Look Silky

The Depth-of-Field Preview button will give you a preview of your image and shows how much of the scene will remain in focus. The Depth-of-Field Preview button will give you a preview of your image and shows how much of the scene will remain in focus. Creating silky-looking images of streams, waterfalls, and even waves adds a beautiful touch to any landscape photo (Figure 5.15). Applying this effect to your images is simple it's just a matter of using a very slow shutter speed to blur the water...

Great Shots

Canon 7D From Snapshots to Great Shots Nicole S. Young Peachpit Press 1249 Eighth Street Berkeley, CA 94710 510 524-2178 510 524-2221 (fax) Find us on the Web at www.peachpit.com To report errors, please send a note to errata peachpit.com Peachpit Press is a division of Pearson Education Acquisitions Editor Ted Waitt Associate Editor Valerie Witte Copyeditor Scout Festa Proofreader Erfert Fenton Production Editor Lisa Brazieal Composition WolfsonDesign Indexer Valerie Haynes Perry Cover Image...

Clear all Custom Func CFn

C.Fn IV Operation Others Custom Controls 3. Next, use the Main dial to highlight the item you woud like to change. For this example I'll show how to add a function to the Multi-Controller (C). 4. Press the Set button and use the Main dial to select AF Point Direct Selection (D), and then press the Set button once again. Now I can change the focus point in my viewfinder while shooting by toggling the Multi-Controller.

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Applying rule of thirds, 142-143 balancing images, 135-138 camera modes, 129-130 cool color temperatures, 133 creating depth, 144-145 depth of field, 130, 140-141 exposures, 129-130 finding horizon, 135 Fluorescent white balance, 134 focusing tips, 140-141 golden hour, 139-140 HDR high dynamic range images, 149-152 HFD hyperfocal distance , 140 ISO settings, 131-132 Live View, 133 Manual M mode, 129 panoramas, 145-148 picture style, 133-135 setting electronic level, 135-138 shooting, 74-75...

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Action, freezing, 68-69 action photography. See also motion effects composition and framing, 179 determining exposure for, 160 direction of travel, 160-161 getting in front of action, 180 High-speed continuous shooting mode, 169 isolating subjects, 167-168 repositioning cameras, 181 seeking creative ideas for, 166 subject speed, 161 subject-to-camera distance, 162-163 using manual focus, 175-176 AG Lock feature, shooting with, 104 AG Lock Reduce button, location of, 3 AGB Auto Exposure Bracket...

Creative And Specialty Lenses

Making Money With Canon 17mm

You can create shallow and great depth of field effects with any lens you own, but some specialty lenses create unusual and unique bokeh the area that is out of focus in your image and also offer an enormous range of creative photographic possibilities. The tilt-shift lens was created to correct lens distortion in images. It's a popular lens for architectural photography because it keeps the lines of structures straight, not curved like you would see with wide-angle lens distortion. One side...

Few Words About External Flash

The built-in pop-up flash on the 7D is a nice addition to the camera and, as you've learned in this chapter, it can be useful, but as far as quality of light goes, it's average. I don't use this flash very frequently in my photography since I find that there are other, more flattering ways to light my subjects. Many professional photographers use an external flash, or Speedlite, in their photography when they need an additional and portable light source Figure 7.10 . Speedlites are extremely...

Depth Of Field

Selective focusing with a wide aperture can add a lot of creativity to your images. You are telling the viewer where you want the focus of the image to be, and the meaning and story changes depending on what is in focus. Using a telephoto lens can compress your background even more, decreasing the depth of field and making the background or foreground even blurrier. But take into consideration that just because your background or foreground is blurry, it doesn't mean you can't show detail in...

Setting The Movierecording Size

Set the camera to video mode using the Movie shooting switch A . 2. Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to get to the fourth camera tab B you'll notice a new icon at the top of this menu this is because you are in video mode . 3. Scroll down to Movie Rec. Size using the Quick Control dial, and press the Set button C . 1920x1080 b 1920x1080 lit 1280x720 m 640x480 o

Using Aperture Priority Av Mode To Isolate Your Subject

When you are shooting in Tv mode, your camera will often be set at its widest aperture to bring in as much light as possible through the lens. Using a very large aperture allows you to use a faster shutter speed and narrows your depth of field Figure 6.6 . As you learned in Chapter 3, using a wide aperture will help to reduce the sharpness of the photo's background. This is quite effective with sports and action photography, because by isolating the subject, you move the viewer's attention to...

Overheating

When shooting video with the 7D, it's a good idea to turn the camera off between shots, especially if you are outdoors on a warm or sunny day. The camera's internal temperature is more likely to increase when using the video mode, and shooting for a prolonged period of time could degrade the image quality of your still photos and videos. So when you're not recording, be sure to turn the camera off. The next thing you'll need to consider is the type of compact flash card you are using. Because...

Color

Turquoise Color Match

Color can play an extremely important part in composition, and understanding how color works will only help your images. In color theory, every color has an opposite color that is complementary. The primary colors are red, green, and blue, and their complementary colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow. Using these colors correctly can add balance and symmetry to your images Figure 8.16 . You can use color as a theme in your photographs Figure 8.17 . It's always a bonus when a person I'm...

Turning On High Iso Speed Noise Reduction

Press the Menu button and locate the Custom Function screen. 2. The ISO Expansion setting is located in the C.Fn II Image section. Highlight it and press Set A . 3. Use the Quick Control dial to locate the High ISO Speed Noise Reduction section it's the second menu item , and then press the Set button. 4. Use the Quick Control dial to select the level of noise reduction you would like applied to your images B . Then press the Set button.

Setting The Grid Display For Video Recording

Set the camera to video mode using the Movie shooting switch. 2. Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to get to the fourth camera tab. Use the Quick Control dial to scroll down to Grid Display and press Set A . 3. Using the Quick Control dial, once again select the grid of your choice B . Press the Set button to lock in 4. Press the Menu button to go back into Movie shooting mode. You will now see a semi-transparent grid over the LCD Monitor on the back of your camera.

Using The Flash Exposure Compensation Feature To Change The Flash Output

Press the ISO Flash Exposure Compensation button to get to the compensation setup mode. 2. Look at the top LCD Panel or in the viewfinder and spin the Quick Control dial to change the output of the flash. Turning clockwise towards the plus-sign side of the scale adds exposure more flash power , and turning counterclockwise toward the minus sign reduces exposure less flash power . Note that turning the Main dial will result in a change of ISO, so be sure to use the Quick Control dial. 3....

Lenses And Focal Lengths

With all of this riding on the lens, let's take a more in-depth look at the camera's eye on the world. Lenses are composed of optical glass that is both concave and convex in shape. The alignment of the glass elements is designed to focus the light coming in from the front of the lens onto the camera sensor. The amount of light that enters the camera is also controlled by the lens, the size of the glass elements, and the aperture mechanism within the lens...

Tv Shutter Priority Mode

The Shutter Priority mode, referred to on your Mode dial as Tv which stands for Time Value , is where you select the shutter speed and the camera adjusts the aperture accordingly. Use this mode to push yourself toward the more advanced modes with your camera. This will allow you an enormous amount of control with your final image. Before we go any further, let me briefly explain the mechanics of the camera shutter. The shutter is like a curtain that opens and closes to allow light to hit the...

Nd Curtain Sync

The 7D has two flash synchronization modes first curtain and second curtain. The term curtain relates to the opening and closing of the shutter the first curtain refers to when the shutter is being opened, and the second curtain describes the point just before the shutter is closed try to visualize a curtain on a stage opening and closing the amount of time it's opened is how long your shutter speed is . The built-in flash on your camera can be synchronized to fire during the first curtain or...

Understanding Aperture Shutter Speed And

Proper exposure is crucial to creating a good image, and if you're not sure what's going on inside the camera it can be difficult to grasp many of the concepts you will read about in this book. Your camera can, and will, make a lot of decisions during the shooting process, and it's important that you understand what it is doing and why. Here I'll cover some of the basic principles of exposure, so you have the tools to move forward and improve your photography. Exposure is the process whereby...

Using Aperture Priority Mode

In the previous chapter you learned about the different shooting modes, and when photographing people, you're likely to be most successful using the Aperture Priority Av mode. With portraits we usually like to see a nice, soft, out-of-focus background, and you can only guarantee that you'll achieve those results if you have full control of the aperture setting Figure 4.1 . You'll also be letting more light into your camera, which means that your ISO can be set lower, giving your image less...

Go Wide For Environmental Portraits

Sometimes you'll find that a person's environment is important to the story you want to tell. When photographing people this way, you will want to use a smaller aperture for greater depth of field so that you can include details of the scene surrounding the subject. Also keep in mind that in order to capture the person and their surroundings, you'll need to adjust your view and use a wider than normal lens. Wide-angle lenses require less stopping down of the aperture to achieve greater depth of...

Shooting Long Exposures

Sometimes you'll want to shoot in low light and use a long exposure, such as when photographing fireworks, star trails, or streaks of light coming from cars on the street. The first thing you'll need in order to capture quality images with long shutter speeds is a sturdy tripod. It's also a good idea to use a cable release see Chapter 3 or the self-timer to prevent any type of movement in your image when pressing the Shutter button. Because your camera is stabilized on a tripod, you don't need...

Creative And Specialty Lenses Continued

The Lensbaby Figure 8.7 creates a similar bokeh effect to the tilt-shift lens, but instead of a focus area that is straight across, it has a sweet spot within the frame that can be moved around to give the image a different look, depending on the subject Figure 8.8 . The moveable lens comes with an array of accessories that can change the look of the image. One of my favorites is the Creative Aperture kit. It allows you to change the shape of the aperture, which will affect the shape of the...

Flash Sync

The basic idea behind the term flash synchronization flash sync for short is that when you take a photograph using the flash, the camera needs to ensure that the shutter is fully open at the time that the flash goes off. This is not an issue if you are using a long shutter speed such as 1 15 of a second, but it becomes more critical for fast shutter speeds. To ensure that the flash and shutter are synchronized so that the flash is going off while the shutter is open, the 7D implements a top...

Turning On The Focus Assist Feature

Press the Menu button and then use the Main dial to get to the Custom Function menu tab. 2. Rotate the Quick Control dial to highlight the C.Fn III Autofocus Drive setting and press the Set button A . 3. Use the Quick Control dial to get to the eleventh item, the AF-Assist Beam Firing section. 4. Press the Set button and select Enable, and then press Set to lock in your choice B . 5. Press the Menu button twice to exit, and then press the Flash button located on the front of your camera. Now...

Setting 2nd Curtain Sync

Press the Menu button and use the Main dial to navigate to the first camera setup menu tab, select Flash Control, and press Set. 2. Use the Quick Control dial to select the Built-in Flash Function setting, and then press the Set button A . 3. Use the Quick Control dial to select Shutter Sync, press Set, and select 2nd curtain B . Now, when you are using a slow shutter speed slower than 1 30 of a second , once you press the shutter you'll notice a quick burst of light from the flash to...

How To Set 30-60fps On 7d

You can set your 7D to record video in one of two formats NTSC National Television Standards Committee or PAL Phase Alternate Line Figure 9.1 . NTSC is the standard format for broadcasting in North America, South America, and Asia and PAL is the standard format for most European countries and other parts of the world. The main difference between the two when shooting with the 7D is their frame rates 25 50 fps for PAL and 30 60 fps for NTSC . It's recommended that you set your video format to...

Metering Mode For Portraits

Canon Metering Modes

Your camera gives you four different metering modes that tell it where and how to meter the light. Each mode has a unique way of reading the scene, and which mode you use will depend on the environment you are shooting in. I use the Evaluative metering mode for the majority of my work, and this mode is ideal for portraits. However, sometimes you'll run into situations where the background is much darker or lighter than the person you are photographing, which could give you an incorrect...

Shooting High Dynamic Range Hdr Images

Canon Powershot Aeb Hdr

A fun and popular way to create images is through a technique called high dynamic range HDR . When you create an image that has a wide range of tones shadows and highlights , such as a landscape image with a very bright sky, you need to decide what areas you want to emphasize and adjust your exposure to match. We can often find an exposure that is a balance between overexposing the sky and underexposing the ground. HDR photography allows you to photograph several different exposures of the same...

When To Use Manual M Mode

When learning how each exposure element interacts with the others When your environment is fooling your light meter and you need to maintain a certain exposure setting, such as with a silhouette Figure 3.14 When using an artificial light source, such as strobes or flashes, in a controlled environment Figures 3.15 and 3.16 I prefer to use the Manual mode when using strobes or any other type of controlled light source in an unchanging environment. I also use it when I have my camera on a tripod...

Drive Modes

The 7D's drive mode determines how quickly each photo is taken and how many photos it will take continuously. The drive modes available on your camera include the following Single shooting With this setting you will take only one photo each time you press and hold the Shutter button. High-speed continuous shooting When you press and hold the Shutter button, your camera will continuously take photos very quickly until you release the Shutter button, up to 8 frames per second. Low-speed...

Set The Picture Style

Picture styles on the 7D will allow you to enhance your images in-camera depending on the type of photo you are taking. There are six styles to choose from, along with three additional user-defined styles Standard This general-purpose style is used to create crisp images with bold, vibrant colors. It is suitable for most scenes. Portrait This style enhances the colors in skin tone, and is used for a softer-looking image. Landscape This style enhances blues and greens, two colors that are...

Focusing Tips For Landscape Photography

We've already established that you will want to use a tripod to minimize camera shake and achieve sharper images, and that you should use a small aperture to get greater depth of field. But shooting at a small aperture doesn't necessarily mean that your entire scene will be in focus. Your goal is to find the spot within the scene that will help you get most of your image in focus. Hyperfocal distance, also referred to as HFD, is the closest point of focus to the lens where the remaining...

Using Shutter Priority Tv Mode To Stop Motion

Stop Motion Basketball Silhouettes

I used a fast shutter speed to capture the expression of this little girl as she was jumping. In Chapter 3 you learned about the different shooting modes. Tv mode gives you full control over the shutter speed you pick the shutter speed and the camera determines the aperture. In many instances of sports and action photography, you will be working with very fast shutter speeds, and using the Tv mode will give you the control you need to capture high-speed images Figure 6.4 . In order to use a...

Changing Settings Using The Quick Control Dial

You can change the Flash Exposure Compensation, along with several other settings, by using the Quick Control button on the back of your camera. Just press the Q and use the Multi-Controller to scroll to the setting you want to change, in this case the Flash Exposure Compensation A . You can adjust your settings directly from the main screen using either the Quick Control dial or the Main dial, or you can press Set to see a detailed view of each item and adjust your settings from there B . Like...

When To Use Shutter Priority Tv Mode

When working with fast-moving subjects where you want to freeze the action Figure 3.3 there is much more on this in Chapter 6 When you want to emphasize movement in your subject with motion blur Figure 3.4 When you want to create that silky-looking water in a waterfall or stream Figure 3.5 To freeze the laptop mid-air and reduce motion blur, I used a very fast shutter speed to photograph this image. To freeze the laptop mid-air and reduce motion blur, I used a very fast shutter speed to...

Panning

One of the most common ways to portray motion in an image is by panning. Panning is the process of using a slower-than-usual shutter speed while following your subject across the frame, moving your camera along with it. This technique adds motion blur to the background. The key here is a slow shutter speed, but the exact shutter speed you use depends on the speed of the subject. Choose a shutter speed that is slow enough to capture motion in the background but fast enough to allow you to...

Mi MSB SO

The 7D is what we consider a crop sensor camera. Many digital SLR cameras have one of two different types of sensors full-frame or crop sensor. The sensor is the area in the camera that converts the image you see through the viewfinder into the digital file that writes to the memory card. All full-frame sensors have an area of 36 x 24 mm the same size as a 35mm negative . The crop sensor on the 7D is slightly smaller at 22.3 x 14.9 mm Figure 2.4 . This will increase your focal length by a...

Bulb Mode

Bulb Mode Canon

The Bulb B mode on your camera is another manual mode setting that gives you complete control over the shutter speed, but instead of choosing a specific setting you are able to leave the shutter open for an indefinite period of time. The word bulb comes from the early days of photography when camera shutters were pneumatically activated, meaning a bulb was pressed and the air from it was released through a tube that caused the shutter to open and close. It's a mode that is typically used in...

Using The Fe Lock Feature

Press the Flash button on the front of your camera to turn on the built-in flash. Then point the camera at the area that you want to base the flash exposure on this is normally your subject . 2. Press the Multi-function button M-Fn , located next to the Shutter button. You will see FEL Flash Exposure Lock appear on the bottom of the viewfinder momentarily, and the flash will fire a pre-flash to measure exposure. The AE FE lock symbol an asterisk will also appear in the viewfinder. 3....

Focus Areas

The third setting that is extremely important in action photography is the area of focus within the frame. As I discussed in Chapter 1, there are three different focusing areas to choose from Single-Point AF You choose from one of the 19 focus points within the viewfinder. Zone AF You pick a general area within the viewfinder where you want the camera to maintain its focus. Auto Select With this option, the camera selects one of the 19 focus points for you. My advice is to use Zone AF when...

Set Your Autofocus

Autofocus AF on the Canon 7D is extremely sophisticated and very easy to work with. It's important to understand how to use all of the different autofocus modes in order to increase your chances of producing sharp, well-focused images. Here are the descriptions of each of the autofocus modes One Shot Use this setting to focus on a subject that is not moving, like a person posing for a portrait. AI Focus Use this feature to focus on something that is not moving, and the focusing system will...

Turning On The Redeye Reduction Feature

Press the Menu button and then turn the Main dial to get to the first shooting menu tab. 2. Use the Quick Control dial to scroll down to Red-eye On Off A . 3. Press the Set button and then, using the Quick Control dial, select On and press the Set button B . Press the Menu button or the Shutter button to return to shooting mode. To get the full benefit from the Red-Eye Reduction feature, you should hold down the Shutter button halfway, which causes the reduction light to shine into your...

Selftime Your Way To Sharper Images

Whether you are shooting with a tripod or resting your camera on a counter, you can increase the sharpness of your pictures by taking your hands out of the equation. Whenever you use your finger to depress the Shutter button, you are increasing the chance that there will be a little bit of shake in your image. If you don't have a cable release to trigger the Shutter button, try setting your camera up to use the self-timer. To turn on the self-timer, just press the AF Drive button and rotate the...

Beautiful Black And White Portraits

Sometimes a portrait just looks better in black and white we see more of the person and their expression rather than their surroundings or the color of their clothing Figure 4.15 . You can change the picture style to Monochrome in your camera so that you are photographing the image in black and white, but when you do this, you are only giving yourself one option. If you decide you liked it better in color, you have no way to change it back. I prefer to do all of my black and white conversions...

Shooting Panoramas

Sometimes you'll be in a location that is simply too big to cover within the typical camera frame. In these cases, you might consider photographing a panorama. You could always take a photo and crop off the top and bottom, making a fake panorama, but the purpose of a panorama image is to photograph an extended view of a scene, with minimal distortion, that can't typically be created with one shot. If you want to make a true panorama, you either need a special camera that can move on its own to...

The Portrait Picture Style For Better Skin Tones

In Chapter 1 I discussed the different picture styles the 7D has to offer, and as you have probably guessed, the Portrait style is best for photographing people. The default Portrait settings give your images a softer look, but the neat thing about the styles in general is that you have the ability to change the settings to increase or decrease the amount of sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone to your preference. 1. Wake the camera if necessary by lightly pressing the Shutter...

Using The Right Format Raw Vs Jpeg

The 7D gives you the option to shoot and save your images to your memory card in RAW, JPEG, or both. Most people are already familiar with JPEG since it's one of the most common file formats for anyone using a digital camera. This topic was briefly discussed in Chapter 1, so you already have a basic understanding of RAW and JPEG. You may want to set your camera to JPEG and start shooting, never bothering with the other settings. After all, a JPEG is a very simple file to work with It's ready to...

Rule Of Thirds

In Chapter 4, I discussed the importance of the rule of thirds, and you'll read even more about it in the chapters to come. It's one of the most basic rules of composition, and it works with nearly every type of image. In landscape photography, you will often compose your image so that both the earth and the sky appear in the same shot. Pay attention to the placement of your horizon, as it's generally best to keep the horizon line away from the middle of the frame. Try to compose your shot so...

P Program Mode

Next up on the dial is the Program mode P . This mode is similar to the Full and Creative Auto modes in that it gives the camera control over some of the settings, but it opens up the rest of the decisions to the user that's you . So what are the differences between the Auto modes and the Program mode It's actually quite simple. In Program mode the only settings that the camera determines are shutter speed and aperture. You choose the ISO, white balance, focus point, and so on, so you will...

Set Your Color Space

The color space deals with how your images will ultimately be used. It is basically a set of instructions that tells your camera how to define the colors in your image and then output them to the device of your choice, be it your monitor or a printer. Your camera has a choice of two color spaces sRGB and Adobe RGB. The first choice, sRGB, was developed by Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft as a way of defining colors for the Internet. This space was created to deal with the way that computer...

When To Use The Popup Flash

I'm not usually a big fan of using the pop-up flash or any type of on-axis flash, which is a light source that comes from the same direction as the camera. It usually results in lighting that is very flat, and often adds harsh shadows behind the subject. But you won't always have the perfect lighting situation for each photograph, so keeping an on-camera ready-to-go flash on-hand can be very practical. It's also good for those moments when you just have to get the shot and there's not a lot of...

Choosing The Right Memory Card

The memory card is where you will store all of the images you photograph until you off-load them to your computer or hard drive. It's a very important accessory to own, since you can't create any images until you have one in your camera. If you own a digital point-and-shoot camera, you are most likely already familiar with Secure Digital SD cards. The 7D uses CompactFlash CF cards, a larger and sturdier version of the SD card Figure 2.1 . Make sure you select a CF card that has enough capacity...

Few Things To Know And Do Before You Begin Taking Pictures

So you now have a basic grasp of the top ten tips to get you started shooting with your 7D, but there are still a few important details that need mentioning before you can take full advantage of your camera. In this - chapter we'll review some 7D basics on lenses and exposure and get you started formatting your memory card and preparing the camera for use. Let's start with the very first thing you will need before you can run out and take photos a memory card. Food is one of my favorite...

Settings And Features To Make Great Portraits

Photographing people is challenging, rewarding, and fun all at the same time. When you photograph a person, you are capturing a memory, a moment in time. Images of friends and family often become our most cherished possessions. The people you photograph are depending on you to make them look good, and while you can't always change how a person looks, you can control the way you photograph that individual. In this chapter we will explore some camera features and techniques that can help you...

When To Use Bulb B Mode

Canon Bulb Exposure

A long shutter speed was necessary to capture several bursts of fireworks on one image. I left the shutter open for several seconds to catch the trail of lights created by the Ferris wheel as it was spinning. I left the shutter open for several seconds to catch the trail of lights created by the Ferris wheel as it was spinning. A very long exposure was required to photograph this skyline scene at night. Although this image was photographed on 35mm film, it's a good example of the types of...

Av Aperture Priority Mode

The Aperture Priority mode, or Av Aperture Value , is where you choose the aperture and the camera selects the shutter speed basically the reverse of the Tv mode. This is a very popular setting for many photographers since it offers the most creative control over depth of field how much of your image appears in focus . This is my favorite setting when I'm not shooting in the Manual mode, and I have a feeling that you will find it just as useful. In Chapter 2 I discussed the basics of how the...

Ca Creative Auto Mode

One good alternative for new photographers is to start out in the Creative Auto CA mode. It's very similar to Full Auto, so it's something you might want to use in moderation, but you do have a bit more control over some of the settings. You have the ability to change the brightness, background blurriness aperture , and Picture Style of each image, along with your quality setting and drive mode. The camera will decide the rest for you. It's a good option if you know what you want your image to...

When To Use Aperture Priority Av Mode

When shooting portraits or wildlife Figure 3.9 When shooting most landscape photography Figure 3.10 When shooting macro, or close-up, photography Figure 3.11 It's important to note that because the aperture is physically located inside the lens not the camera , your lens will determine how large an opening you can use. Lenses with a large maximum aperture are considered fast lenses, and tend to be much more expensive. Canon's fastest glass goes to an f-stop of 1.2, which allows you to shoot at...

Updating The 7ds Firmware

The great thing about digital cameras is that they are operated by internally running software, called firmware, that can improve operation or fix problems that might arise. The 7D is no exception, and the Canon Firmware Update page www.canon.com eos-d provides all of the data you need to make sure your camera is up to date. It's a good idea to check your camera's firmware against this Web site to make sure you have the most recent version. CHECKING THE CAMERA'S CURRENT FIRMWARE VERSION NUMBER...

Set Your Rawjpeg Image Quality

If you are upgrading from a digital point-and-shoot camera to the 7D, then you are already familiar with the JPEG file format. With DSLR cameras you also have the option of using the RAW format. In this section I will discuss the basics of the two file types, and in Chapter 2 you'll find much more detailed information on their differences, benefits, and disadvantages. Let's start with the JPEG file format. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group. It was developed as a method of...

Formatting Your Memory Card

The first thing to do when you have a new card is format it. When you format a card, the camera creates a layout for the images to be written more easily and saved properly. Formatting also cleans your card, making it a blank slate to write new images to, and is the recommended way of deleting data from the card. You should always format the card within the camera itself, because formatting it from the computer could render the card useless. You also want to be certain that your images and...

Where Is The Iso Button On 7d

Iso Button

Digital photography has opened up a whole new world when it comes to setting the ISO speed on your camera. With a film camera you were bound to whatever film speed you loaded in your camera or carried with you in your camera bag, but with a digital camera you can adjust the ISO on the fly, depending on your lighting conditions. The ISO setting in your camera is the baseline that helps determine your aperture and shutter speed settings. It allows you to choose the camera sensor's level of...

Review Your Photos

Digital cameras are amazing because of the immediate feedback you get after taking a photo. You can make changes to the exposure and white balance and see the results on the LCD Monitor to instantly tell if you got the shot you wanted. Your camera, out of the box, will have a very short review time that is, when you take a photo and it shows up on the LCD Monitor you will only see it for a few seconds. I like shots to stay on until I decide to keep shooting or turn off the camera, so I have it...

Poring Over The Picture

Canon Fokus

It was a cold day in Utah and we had the first tiny snowfall of the winter season. The snow quickly melted, and as I was standing outside with another photographer, he pointed out some water drops on the roof of his car. We both ended up getting some really neat photos and I just love the way the water droplets have a metallic, surreal feel about them.

How Is Exposure Calculated

We now know about the exposure triangle ISO, shutter speed, and aperture so it's time to put all three together to see how they relate to one another and how you can change them as needed. When you point your camera at a scene, the light reflecting off your subject enters the lens and is allowed to pass through to the sensor for a period of time as dictated by the shutter speed. The amount and duration of the light needed for a proper exposure depends on how much light is being reflected and...

Peripheral illumin correct Flash control

Peripheral Illumin Correct Canon

Now that you have the image display set, let's check out some of the other visual information that will really help you when shooting. When you press the Playback button on the back of the camera, you will see the default screen, also called the Single Image Display Figure 1.11 . This screen shows you information such as shutter speed, aperture, and file number. If you press the Info button while in the Single Image Display, then you will also see your image quality JPEG and or RAW and the...

Set The Correct White Balance

White balance refers to the process of balancing the color temperature of the lights in the location where you are shooting, so that the colors appear normal. Our eyes have the ability to adjust to these changes so quickly that we don't even realize that certain lights give off different colors. Most of the film used in traditional film photography was daylight balanced, meaning that the color in photos taken outdoors or with a flash looks correct. Another option, tungsten, balanced film for...

Turn Off The Release Shutter Without Card Setting

Immediately after I've inserted a battery in my new camera, I ensure that I won't accidentally take a photo without a memory card by turning off the Release Shutter Without Card setting. This step is so important that if I happen to be holding a friend's camera and notice that they don't have this feature disabled, I go ahead and do it for them they usually don't seem to mind . The benefit to doing this is that if you forget to put your card in and you start shooting, the camera won't let you...

Enable Highlight Alert

The LCD on the back of the camera provides wonderful feedback on image exposure and color quality, but if your screen happens to be set too bright or too dark, then the image you are seeing may be deceptive. When you take a photograph, you usually want to keep detail in the highlight areas of the image and don't want to blow out anything. That is, you don't want certain areas of your image to be completely white. For example, if you were to use your flash while photographing a person, and the...