Zoo photography – shooting through the bars Zoo photography is accessible and enjoyable but for many of the animals they do tend to put bars and or a lot of distance between the public and the animals. There are several zoos that take the wide open safari park concept to give big open spaces to …

Lens flare and positioning Lens flare is often controlled with a lens hood, but for wide-angle lenses the effectiveness of the lens hoods is limited. It’s also possible that a slight change of angle relative to the sun and subject can also change the presence of lens flare. In the two pictures below the lens …

Break the rules – but know what they are first Photography is often defined by certain rules and regulations, however since it’s a combination of technical and creative disciplines one of the keys is knowing the rules AND knowing when to break the rules. Some rules are more ingrained than others; the rule of thirds …

Improve your results with Canon lenses Lenses are not all perfect, in fact perfect lenses are just not possible. They would be impossibly large, heavy and expensive. They’d probably be impossible to manufacture too. Most modern EOS cameras can be set to automatically improve images taken with a huge range of Canon lenses. There’s a …

A fellow photographer with an EOS 5D Mark III asked me for help to understand his apparently odd file numbering issue. After a bit of study, and some experiments I was able to explain why his numbering was getting reset, and provide a solution. Odd file numbering behaviour… or is it? The photographer was using …

Make P for Professional work for you There are way too many jokes about photographers who use their cameras in Programmed automatic exposure mode, even more about photographers teaching other photographers to shoot in “P for Professional” and always use f/5.6. Surely that’s not possible? Well actually it’s indeed very possible to shoot in program …

Orientation Linked AF Point Several Canon cameras have the option to switch the selected AF point depending on the orientation of the camera. The cameras can detect three different orientations; horizontal, vertical (grip up) and vertical (grip down). The cameras uses the same orientation sensor that is used to automatically rotate images, and this last …