EOS 7D Mark II – deep in the details

The EOS 7D Mark II has inherited plenty of the DNA of Canon’s EOS-1D cameras. I have recently had the chance to have a quick look deep inside the camera functions and found more than just the AF capabilities have found their way in to the new camera. EOS 7D Mark II extended customisation It …

back button focus

Back button focus is often used by advanced photographers as it provides a means to have separate control of the autofocus and shutter release. By default Canon EOS cameras use “front button focus”; the shutter release button activates the autofocus and exposure metering. The shutter button has two distinct switch levels, so-called “half press” and full …

3 tips for every eos dslr

When you get your shiny new EOS camera it’s all too tempting to simply go out and start shooting, with these 3 tips for every EOS DSLR camera you will be sure to start off the in best way. 1. Switch off in-store demo mode Your camera is configured at the factory for it’s next …

Configuring my Speedlite 600EX-RT flash & ST-E3-RT

Configuring your gear to work to fit your individual style of working is essential, the Speedlite 600EX-RT includes custom functions C.Fn and personal function P.Fn. With so many photographers and ways of doing things camera makers provide a range of settings to customize how each piece of kit works for you. Configuring Speedlite 600EX-RT I’ve …

auto exposure bracketing

Auto exposure bracketing explained Auto exposure bracketing (AEB) is a feature on Canon cameras where the camera can be configured to take a picture at the metered exposure setting, plus additional pictures that are over and or underexposed relative to the metered reading. Mostly the feature give photographers options in post production to merge different …

Custom function to reduce EOS-1D shutter release lag

Taking pictures even faster EOS-1D cameras since the EOS-1D Mark II have included a configuration setting that reduces the shutter release lag. By default the cameras are set to give a consistent and stable time lag between fully pressing the shutter and the picture being taken, typically around 55 milliseconds. Why “faster” is not the …

Stop your Speedlites sleeping when using pocket wizards

Pocket Wizard & Speedlites that don’t sleep on the job! Just yesterday I got a call from a photographer friend asking for my advice on stopping his Canon Speedlite from sleeping. He was using a Pocket Wizard plus II to trigger his Speedlite set to a manual power level. The problem was the Speedlite kept …