break the rules of photography

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 …

Better quality pictures for free, installing lens aberration correction profiles in your Canon EOS

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 …

EOS 5D Mark III file number unexpectedly reset

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 …

Take control of your photos with program shift

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 …

A fashionably quick change of focussing point

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 …

Speedlite master flash keeps on firing even when configured not to

The master flash still flashes even when set not to… When using the pop-up flash or another Speedlite flash as a master to control slave flashes off-camera it is necessary for the master to send control signals as pulses of light. The pulses come from the master flash’s main flash tube. The quote above was …

EOS 6D WiFi tethered shooting to Lightroom

Updated for EOS 6D & EOS 70D tethered to Lightroom 5.3 Click the picture above for the latest version of this post  Tethered shooting to Lightroom EOS 6D supports tethered shooting using Canon’s EOS Utility software, and it’s a simple case to set up the tethered shooting over a WiFi link thanks to the camera’s …