EOS 5D Mark II: Firmware Update v. 2.0.4

The EOS 5D Mark II’s video capabilities created more than a stir when the camera was introduced in late 2008. Its spectacular HD image quality, low-light performance, and shallow depth-of-field suddenly gave the industry a new breed of camera with amazing imaging potential at a [relatively] very low cost. Videographers, cinematographers, and other imaging professionals began integrating the EOS 5D Mark II into their productions. Shortly after, an entire cottage industry sprang up for accessories and software to make EOS HD-SLR cameras fit smoothly into all types of professional projects.

These same professional users frequently requested additional functionality, to make the EOS 5D Mark II more flexible to their needs: Manual exposure capability was a common request, and Canon’s engineers listened and developed a firmware upgrade in late 2009 that gave the EOS 5D Mark II that capability. Subsequently released EOS HD-SLRs such as the EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV incorporated the wider range of standard frame rates that users were asking for.

Based on continued requests and feedback from our professional video users, Canon’s engineers have once again responded: Firmware version 2.0.4* is now available for free download from the Canon USA website.

With this update installed, the EOS 5D Mark II will gain the following capabilities:

Variable frame rates:

A huge request from professional video shooters was the ability to record video at 24 fps, for a filmic look favored by many serious cinematographers.

Firmware version 2.0.4 will add several much-requested upgrades to the EOS 5D Mark II’s Movie Mode, including variable frame rates such as 24p (23.976) and 30p (29.97).

Furthermore, the EOS 5D Mark II’s true 30.00 fps (at 30 fps setting) differed from the NTSC-standard of 29.97 fps, sometimes making video editing and matching with audio a problem.

With firmware v.2.0.4 installed, the following frame rates are now available in the EOS 5D Mark II:
At 1920×1080:

  • 30 fps (29.97 fps)
  • 24 fps (23.976 fps)
  • 25 fps (requires camera to be set to PAL recording mode)

At 640×480:

  • 30 fps (29.97 fps)
  • 25 fps (requires camera to be set to PAL recording mode)

Note: Firmware v. 2.0.4 does not add the HD 1280×720 resolution option that is available in other EOS models, such as the EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV, and likewise does not add the 60 fps and 50 fps settings in those cameras.

Manual Adjustment of sound recording level:

Another big addition, tailored to the professional video user. Up to now, the EOS 5D Mark II’s built-in audio recording has automatically adjusted its level for recording, and the only possible way for the user to change this was to attach third-party devices to the camera. Now, once firmware v. 2.0.4 is installed, video pros and enthusiasts will have the option of manual recording level (audio gain) control, over a 64-step range, selectable right on the camera’s menu.

While the menu display will show level meters for Left and Right stereo input, please note that this upgrade will not allow users to separately adjust L/R stereo balance. There is one main manual adjustment for audio recording level only. And of course, the option remains for users to allow the camera to automatically set sound levels, as it has previously. The newly available level meters will remain visible within the new Sound Recording menu when levels are automatically set.

Now, EOS 5D Mark II shooters will be able to monitor and manually adjust audio levels prior to shooting. In addition, the sampling frequency has increased from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.

Manual audio level adjustment requires that the camera be set to the P, Tv, Av, or M exposure mode settings before video recording begins.

Sound sampling frequency changed to 48 KHz:

Matching the audio characteristics of the recently-introduced EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV cameras, firmware v.2.0.4 for the EOS 5D Mark II raises the quality of its sound recording to the same 48 KHz standard (up from 44.1 KHz).

With this improvement, the professional video shooter using the EOS 5D Mark II now has better sound quality than before, and the ability to manually set overall sound level in the camera, without accessories. Whether shooting in a studio or on location, these two significant additions are sure to be welcomed by serious video enthusiasts and video editors as well.

New shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av) shooting modes:

Up to now, the EOS 5D Mark II video user has had two exposure choices — either manually set shutter speed and aperture, or let the camera completely set all exposure values automatically.

Automatic exposure control can certainly have an advantage when following fast-moving subjects that may move from a bright to a shadowed area, or move from indoors to outdoors. Still image shooters and many users of traditional pro video cameras have had the ability to lock-in a lens aperture or a shutter speed, and have the camera automatically vary the other value. Now, once firmware v.2.0.4 is installed into the EOS 5D Mark II, users of this camera will have similar capabilities.

Another benefit of Firmware v2.0.4 is the ability to shoot movies while in Av or Tv modes (previously, only fully automatic or fully manual shooting was available in Movie Mode).

Shutter-priority (Tv mode): Selecting Tv (‘time value’ or shutter priority) on the camera’s mode dial now allows the user to pick their preferred shutter speed, and the camera will automatically vary aperture and ISO for proper exposure, based on the light levels in the scene. Because physically changing the lens aperture can result in audible noise, this new Tv mode for video will first attempt to automatically vary ISO setting to adjust for changes in brightness. Aperture will also be adjusted if still needed, but this is secondary and minimized where possible.

Speeds from 1/30th second through 1/4000th are manually selectable in the Tv mode (shutter speeds are selected by turning the Main Dial, just as in still image shooting). Remember that faster shutter speeds may be useful in bright light to control exposure and/or allow wider lens apertures for limited depth-of-field, however subject movement will appear progressively more jerky or ‘stacatto’ as shutter speeds increase. Speeds from roughly 1/30th to 1/125th second tend to produce the smoothest flow of movement.

Aperture-priority (Av mode): A key attraction of the EOS 5D Mark II is its characteristic film-look, thanks to limited depth-of-field when compared to many traditional pro video cameras. Control over depth-of-field is a vital element in many shooting situations, and this means allowing direct control of lens aperture. Manual exposure mode obviously does this, but it doesn’t allow for any automatic exposure changes or adjustment if the subject or camera moves from one lighting level to another. Now, with aperture-priority capability, the EOS 5D Mark II shooter has this option when they need it.

Simply set Av on the camera’s Mode Dial, set the lens aperture you desire by turning the Main Dial near the shutter button, and the camera will automatically vary ISO levels (at low light levels) and shutter speed (as light levels increase) to maintain proper exposure — keeping the lens aperture you’ve chosen.

Since shutter speeds will vary automatically (they remain visible on the LCD monitor’s information display), keep in mind that the combination of wide lens apertures and bright light levels will result in fast shutter speeds — as noted above, this can result in somewhat stacatto motion effects when recording moving subjects. Keep an eye on the shutter speed when working in well-lit conditions in Av mode, and if possible run tests ahead to determine how fast shutter speeds will affect movement in your footage so that you can adjust the lighting or shooting mode accordingly.

Notes concerning Tv and Av video operation:

  • ISO values are always automatically set in Tv or Av mode during video recording; manual setting of ISO isn’t possible.
  • ISO range is from 100 thru 6400 in the new Tv or Av video settings. Minimum ISO is 200 if Highlight Tone Priority is active. ISO expansion is not possible in Tv/Av modes.
  • Remote Live View shooting remains possible with a computer using the new Tv and Av exposure modes. Shutter speeds and lens apertures, however, cannot be changed on-screen using Canon’s EOS Utility software.
  • All other features possible during video recording remain available: Users can shoot a full-resolution still image by pressing the shutter button, select any available video resolution and/or frame recording rate, select any of three AF options, and so on.

EOS 5D Mark II users can now review a Brightness or RGB histogram  on the rear LCD before shooting video.

Histogram display during manual exposure shooting:

Before this firmware update, once the EOS 5D Mark II had been set-up for movie shooting (Live View Function setting to Stills + Movie, and Screen Settings to Movie), it wasn’t possible to see a histogram display. Especially for users working in Manual exposure mode, this can be a critical method to judge exposure settings before shooting a scene.

Once firmware version 2.0.4 has been installed into the EOS 5D Mark II, you’ll now be able to view a histogram on the LCD monitor before video recording begins when in Manual exposure mode (please note that the histogram cannot be viewed once recording has actually started).

A few final points about firmware version 2.0.4:

  • This firmware upgrade is entirely free, and will be available for download from Canon web sites around the world, starting on March 19, 2010.
  • Some brand-new EOS 5D Mark II cameras may appear before this date with firmware version 2.0.3 already factory-installed. These cameras will need to be upgraded with v. 2.0.4 which is now available on Canon web sites for download.
  • The firmware upgrade procedure is the same as previous upgrades for EOS cameras:

    Firmware upgrades are easy to do: You will need your EOS 5D Mark II camera body, a CF memory card, a CF card reader, an internet connection, and simply follow to directions to the left to complete the upgrade.

    (Screen images for reference only)

    1. Download the .FIR firmware file to your hard drive
    2. Copy the file to a CF memory card by inserting the card into a card reader and dragging/dropping the file to the card
    3. Install the CF card into your camera and call up Firmware in the third set-up Menu
    4. Select OK when asked if you want to upgrade to the new version 2.0.4.
  • Full instructions for the upgrade procedure will accompany the on-line firmware upgrade on Canon web sites once it becomes available. Be sure to read and thoroughly understand the steps before attempting to install it into your camera.
  • This firmware upgrade is only for EOS 5D Mark II cameras.
  • Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens may be interrupted after manual sensor cleaning.
  • Movies captured using EOS 5D Mark II cameras with Firmware versions 1.1.0 to 1.2.4 can be played back on cameras updated with Firmware version 2.0.4. However, playback is not backwards-compatible (when trying to review movies captured with Firmware version 2.0.4 on a camera with older firmware, a "Cannot play back image" message will appear on the LCD).
  • Canon Inc. has not announced any plans for similar feature upgrades to other existing EOS camera models, and Canon USA has no information about whether such upgrades might occur in the future.

Summary:

With the new advances that specifically target the professional video user, this new firmware upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark II transforms some aspects of the camera and further enhances its status as the HD-SLR of choice. Without losing a single bit of the image quality or operational ease, simply upgrading your cameras’ firmware to version 2.0.4 adds new features requested by many of our critical customers, and transforms it into an even better tool for creative, high-quality video production.

* EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update Version 2.0.8 is now available. This firmware update (Version 2.0.8) incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user’s settings if a shooting mode Aperture priority (or Shutter priority) is registered in any of the camera’s user settings (C1, C2, C3) and the user attempts to shoot a movie.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is set to "on".
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which overexposure occurs when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

The Version 2.0.8 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 2.0.7. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 2.0.8, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Above content is accurate as of October 25, 2010, and subject to change. Check back soon for more information about availability.

Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards 2011

The Canon Creative Asia Photography Awards 2011

TOP 175 FINALIST IMAGES ANNOUNCED!

The top 25 images per category are now available for viewing. The finalists names have been withheld until after the final judging round has been completed.

View the Finalist Images

Watch the Judging Live online.


The final judging event will be broadcast live online with video and audio of the judging panel, judges scores, image previews and interactive audience chat. If you can’t be there you can still experience the insight and education that comes from watching a live judging event.

Judging is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am (+0800 UTC) on 19th January from the Creative Asia Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Links to view the live judging and scheduling updates will be available from the website closer to the event.

PRIZES & AWARDS

Each of the 7 category winners of the 2010-2011 Canon Creative Asia Awards will receive a Canon EOS 7D. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners per category will receive a Canon Creative Asia Awards trophy. Gold, silver and bronze awards will also be awarded based on overall final scores.

The Wedding & Portrait Photographers of the Year will receive a Canon EOS 5D MK II! The Creative Asia Photography Awards is proudly supported by Canon, Nikon, Epson, Lastolite, WPPI, Asukabook, Digital SLR Photography, Triple Scoop Music, AIPP, Clubsnap and Fotograf.net.



Proud partners of The 2011 Canon Creative Asia Awards


Canon 5D Mark II Firmware Upgrade and Test

[blip.tv ?posts_id=2222113&dest=-1]

The long awaited firmware upgrade has finally been released. Thank you Canon. I have documented the upgrade download, installation and quick testing of the Canon 5D Mark II. I am sure we will see a lot more production with the Canon 5D.

Show Notes:
Canon Firmware URL: http://www.canon.com/eos-d/

Add to your iTunes: http://nikicruz.blip.tv/rss/itunes

Get Your Hands on a Nikon D3 for $199 or a Canon EOS 5D MKII for $179

Would you believe you can get your hands on a Nikon D3 for only $199. Or even get a Canon 5D Mark II for only $179. At these prices people would be crashing down the door and stampeding over anyone in their path to get hold as many of these bodies as possible.

If you think there is a catch, well, there is. For these prices, you will have to return these cameras after three days. And that is only if you live in the Bay Area. I have discovered a local Bay Area rental store called Borrow Lenses.com. Borrow Lenses.com, is a Canon and Nikon camera and lens rental outfit. But for those who are not located within the Bay Area, Borrow Lenses.com provides rentals via mail.

But you are probably thinking what the big deal is. How is that going to benefit me. If you look at it carefully, you are able to get the best of both worlds with Borrow Lenses.com. Instead of dishing out 3 to 7 thousand dollars for a high end camera body, why not invest $200 for a three day rental. You have the option to rent any of the camera and lenses and other photography equipment for up to 30 days or more.

If you are just starting out as a photographer, this is the kind of place you are looking for to get your feet wet and to figure out what camera you are really interested in investing in later on down the road. In today’s economy, you don’t have 4 Grand to drop. You don’t even want to put that on your credit card. But investing $200 for a rental provides you with the opportunity to use the equipment for what you need it for and send it back once you are done with it. There is no need for you to worry about breaking it, or maintaining it. Are you one of those people who just likes to get the latest things and then not use them again. Are you seeing where I’m going.

I will start recommending Borrow Lenses.com in my photography workshops for those participants who are interested in learning with the best professional equipment without spending the large professional investments needed to acquire and maintain all this equipment.

With Borrow Lenses.com, you don’t have to wait 10-15 business calendar days to receive your rental equipment. Borrow Lenses.com uses FedEx 2nd Day or FedEx overnight to get that equipment where it belongs, and that is in your hands for you to play with. They cover the entire United States and if you are located in Canada, they have that taken cared of as well. You’ll need to contact them directly to make those arrangements.

With Borrow Lenses.com, you will no longer have to dream about using the greatest and latest equipment. It is finally within your reach, when you want it. But you have to act quickly before someone else beats you to that rental.

If you are a semi-pro that does work on occasion, now you’ll be able to increase your profit margins accordingly because of the low overhead cost for acquiring the right equipment for the specific job you have.

Check out their website and see what equipment you want to start using. I have already placed my order for a 1:1 x5 macro. Saved me $1,200. And you can’t beat that, for now 😉



Don’t forget to let them know you read about Borrow Lenses.com hear. Have fun.

Leaf Bridge of Water Droplets in a Micro-Leaf Forest

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

This image and Leaf Bridge of Water Droplets are the same composition except the emphasis is on the Aperture change from f/4 to f/25. When I shoot in f/16 or above, I’ll shoot in Aperture Priority and let the camera figure out the timed exposure.

Leaf Bridge of Water Droplets in a Micro-Leaf Forest

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/25 | Shutter: 1.3s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Leaf Bridge of Water Droplets

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

This image and Leaf Bridge of Water Droplets in a Micro-Leaf Forest are the same composition except the emphasis is on the Aperture change from f/25 to f/4.

Water Droplets and Green Leaves

Leaf Bridge of Water Droplets

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Bright Stemmed Leaf with Water Droplets Spanning Across

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

This image is the same composition as Stemmed Leaf with Water Droplets Spanning Across. What is different here is how I positioned the light. You probably noticed that the settings for the previous images haven’t changed. What has changed is the position of the flash.

Bright Stemmed Leaf with Water Droplets Spanning Across

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Stemmed Leaf with Water Droplets Spanning Across

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

And as always, I need to take my portrait versions. This is the alternate orientation of the Isolated Focus of Water Droplets on Green Leaf. You can see how the feeling changes.

Stemmed Leaf with Water Droplets Spanning Across

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Water Droplets and Green Leaves

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

This image and Bright Water Droplets and Green Leaves clearly shows the difference between two extreme Apertures. This image was shot at f/4. While water Bright Droplets and Green Leaves was shot in f/25.

Water Droplets and Green Leaves

Water Droplets and Green Leaves

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/25 | Shutter: 1/1.6s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Isolated Focus of Water Droplets on Green Leaf

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

As you can see, a good macro will allow you to get up close and person with your subject. This is why you invest in a good tri-pod. Flimsy tri-pods will not hold still properly or may tip over. One of the legs of my tri-pod had to deal with a bush of ivy.

Isolated Focus of Water Droplets on Green Leaf

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Multiple Water Droplets Hanging on on Green Leaves

These next series of photos where taken during a heavily cloudy, rainy day. I’ll say it again, you do not need a beautiful day to take great photos. As long as you have the correct lenses, flash and know what your equipment is capable of doing, they you have the ingredients to make great photos.

You have to be really careful when you are dealing with a macro lens. You need to make sure you are focused on subject. In this photo, my subject was the actual water droplets. You can see how the depth of field is with two objects which are less than half an inch away from each other. I placed my flash about twelve inches up and about six inches forward of my subject. You can see the effect on the background and how it is nicely illuminated.

Multiple Water Droplets Hanging on on Green Leaves

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4 | Shutter: 1/60 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 90mm Macro | Flash: Canon Speedlite 550EX

Silhouette of Woman Sitting on Bench Under a Golden Sun

Sunset has to be one of the best times to shoot. So much happens in such a little amount of time. Even sunrise doesn’t get this spectacular. Unless of course you are being chased by un-photographic mad hungry Vamps. I over exaggerated this photo with a yellow orange filer tint to enhance the sunset and increase the contrast between the subject and the environment.

Silhouette of Women Sitting on Bench Under a Golden Sun

Silhouette of Women Sitting on Bench Under a Golden Sun

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/8 | Shutter: 1/400 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 140mm

Sandy Stone Textured Background

I have created a sin with this photo. I didn’t take an alternate orientation shot. Placing this image in its portrait orientation will not have the same effect if I had taken a portrait style shot.

Sandy Stone Textured Background

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter: 1/100 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 350mm |

Garage Parking Sign

It doesn’t matter where you end up. After shooting for many years, you’ll start to see the common average everyday things as eye catching. The longer you are shooting, the more the world will look different to you. You’ll see things that other people cannot see let alone comprehend the way you do.

This image was taken so I can add it to my library as a template. All I have to do is remove the letter on the sign and BAMO WAMO, I have a very nice template so I can add it to my material or media.

Garage Parking Sign

Garage Parking Sign

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/4.5 | Shutter: 1/13 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 65mm |

King Charles Spaniel on the Beach

You will find many dog friendly beaches in California. The interaction with dogs and the water can provide enough enjoyment alone to last all day. Just sit back and keep your finger on the button.

Sometimes, you’ll actually get a dog who is willing to stand still for 2/10ths of a second. When this happens, don’t be grateful, take the shot, then you can be grateful. Sometimes you can get lost in the moment and lose the shot. If you see it, shoot it. Plain and simple. You can go back later and study what you thought you saw.

King Charles Spaniel on the Beach

King Charles Spaniel on the Beach

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/11 | Shutter: 1/1000 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 350mm |

Cocker Spaniel Bracing for Wave Hit

You will find many dog friendly beaches in California. The interaction with dogs and the water can provide enough enjoyment alone to last all day. Just sit back and keep your finger on the button.

When you are shooting your action shots, you need to make sure that all your settings are correct. You want to focus on your subject, not if your settings are correct. You can adjust accordingly if the light changes. But for the most part, apply and test your settings then shoot like there is no tomorrow. And pray you got a good shot.

Cocker Spaniel Bracing for Wave Hit

Cocker Spaniel Bracing for Wave Hit

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/11 | Shutter: 1/1000 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 350mm |

Reflection of Stone on Wet Sandy Beach

Persepctive is important in your photography. Our normal perspective is on the average of six inches down from the top of your head. Don’t be afraid to take your camera and move that perspective.

When you have a camera, you have authority to get down and dirty 🙂

When you are dealing with a moving subject like water. And water has a habit of not doing the exact same thing twice. Study the movement of your subject. Try to visualize how you want to take the shot. Try not to take to long to figure this out. May lose valuable light while you try to get your game plan ready. You are going to want to invest your time once you are in position trying to capture the right shot.

This shot was a lot easier to take than my Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore shot.

Reflection of Stone on Wet Sandy Beach

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter: 1/250 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 135mm |

Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore

Persepctive is important in your photography. Our normal perspective is on the average of six inches down from the top of your head. Don’t be afraid to take your camera and move that perspective.

When you have a camera, you have authority to get down and dirty 🙂

When you are dealing with a moving subject like water. And water has a habit of not doing the exact same thing twice. Study the movement of your subject. Try to visualize how you want to take the shot. Try not to take to long to figure this out. May lose valuable light while you try to get your game plan ready. You are going to want to invest your time once you are in position trying to capture the right shot.

This shot probably took me about 10 tries before I was able to capture the shot I liked.

Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore

Ocean Sea Bubbles Washing Ashore

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/8 | Shutter: 1/320 | ISO: 200 | Focal: 135mm |

Pigeons Sleeping on a Light Pole

When you are going to shoot birds, you need to make sure you have a tele-photo lens. Birds, let alone almost any wild beast, won’t usually let you get to close, unless of course, they see YOU as dinner.

I believe the best animal is the one that won’t move while you are trying to shoot them. Just be careful not to say shoot around deer.

Pigeons Sleeping on a Light Pole

Pigeons Sleeping on a Light Pole

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5.6 | Shutter: 1/160 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 270mm |

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II

Product photography can be fun. The challenge to product photography it making it seem sooooooooo pleasing to the consumer, they feel they have to have it NOW.

Once again, you can see the important of making sure the image is framed properly and difference between not taking two different shots of the same thing.

If you see Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish you can see how each one tells a completely different story. For a designer looking at images to place in marketing material, you have provided them with a greater choice of selecting your image. Even if you only took one good image, you still lost 50% of your chances of winning someone over on your photo.

And don’t forget your depth of field. Notice how the background blends in and adds to the image while maintaing the focus on the dish and table. This would make an effective ad for almost anything related.

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/3.5 | Shutter: 3s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 38mm |

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish

Product photography can be fun. The challenge to product photography it making it seem sooooooooo pleasing to the consumer, they feel they have to have it NOW.

Once again, you can see the important of making sure the image is framed properly and difference between not taking two different shots of the same thing.

If you see Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish II you can see how each one tells a completely different story. For a designer looking at images to place in marketing material, you have provided them with a greater choice of selecting your image. Even if you only took one good image, you still lost 50% of your chances of winning someone over on your photo.

And don’t forget your depth of field. Notice how the background blends in and adds to the image while maintaing the focus on the dish and table. This would make an effective ad for almost anything related.

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish

Oil, Vinegar and Sacues Table Dish

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5 | Shutter: .6s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 35mm |

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II

Another reason why you should always have a camera in hand or very very very, did I say very close to you. And don’t forget the tri-pod.

I cannot reinforce enough times how important it is for you to properly frame the image. Always pretend as if Adobe’s Photoshop didn’t exist. Get your shot right the first time. Otherwise, delete it from your card and shoot it over till you get it right.

One of the important points of framing is to see if this image will work in both orientations, portrait and landscape. Once again, go back to the Adobe’s Photoshop doesn’t exist. I know, that just send chills down my spine. The last thing you ever want to do is to force one orientation to another. It generally will not work.

You can look at Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall to see what I am talking about.

This image was taken in a restaurant. Keep in mind, restaurants spend tons of money on ambiance. Which means, it is a perfect place for you to find images to capture.

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5 | Shutter: 2.5s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 180mm |

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall

Another reason why you should always have a camera in hand or very very very, did I say very close to you. And don’t forget the tri-pod.

I cannot reinforce enough times how important it is for you to properly frame the image. Always pretend as if Adobe’s Photoshop didn’t exist. Get your shot right the first time. Otherwise, delete it from your card and shoot it over till you get it right.

One of the important points of framing is to see if this image will work in both orientations, portrait and landscape. Once again, go back to the Adobe’s Photoshop doesn’t exist. I know, that just send chills down my spine. The last thing you ever want to do is to force one orientation to another. It generally will not work.

You can look at Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall II to see what I am talking about.

This image was taken in a restaurant. Keep in mind, restaurants spend tons of money on ambiance. Which means, it is a perfect place for you to find images to capture.

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall

Fire Red Ceramic Tiled Wall

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/5 | Shutter: 5s | ISO: 100 | Focal: 180mm |

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

You always need to look at your subject and how it interacts with each object in its environment. Sunset does provide a small moment in time for you to see that shot and take advantage before you have to wait another 24 hours.

This shot was taken during sunset at San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission.

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/29 | Shutter: 1/6400 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 270mm |

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain with Light Droplets

You always need to look at your subject and how it interacts with each object in its environment. Sunset does provide a small moment in time for you to see that shot and take advantage before you have to wait another 24 hours.

This shot was taken during sunset at San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission.

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain

Frozen Sunset Water Fountain with Light Droplets

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/29 | Shutter: 1/6400 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 270mm |

San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission Bell Tower

California is rich with the presence of the old spanish. You can see it in the homes which are built, and the legacy left behind by the Spaniards.

This shot was taken during sunset at San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission.

San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission Bell Tower

San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission Bell Tower

Image Stats: [Canon 5D MII]

| Aperture: f/6.3 | Shutter: 1/160 | ISO: 100 | Focal: 100mm |