Month: May 2019

Canon EOS Rebel SL1

The body design

In spite of the fact that the SL1 is much smaller to any DSLR that has come out of the Canon assembly line, it surprisingly offers a bunch of physical controls. There is a dedicated exposure compensation button, exposure lock button as well as an ISO button at the top panel among others. To save precious real estate space the movie mode now sits as the third option on the power switch. Press that and then press the record button at the rear of the camera to start recording. Additionally the Q option now is merged with the SET button at the center of the rear wheel. The remaining buttons on the wheel has however no dedicated role to play. The top mode dial now can spin 360 degrees without stop just as in the Rebel T5i.

AF system and AF points

The EOS SL1 carries the same old 9-point Canon AF system with a center cross-type point at f/2.8. Cross-type AF points are capable of locking focus on a subject faster compared to a standard AF points. Additionally, Canon has incorporated the Hybrid CMOS AF II system in this camera. This combines both contrast-detect and phase-detect AF technologies to improve the auto-focusing performance. This means the camera is highly responsive when tracking subjects during movie mode or when shooting stills in live view.

The fixed touch-screen

The 3″ ClearView II LCD touch-screen is non-articulated making it a bit of a damper compared to other Canon entry level DSLRs. Especially when Canon is trying to compete with MILCs this would have been a major USP. Overall though, the touch-screen is very responsive. In fact the capacitive screen works like a charm even when you are trying to shift through the menu in a hurry, giving the distinct feeling that it is a very user-friendly feature. The center SET button also brings up the fabled Q (Quick) menu of Canon and that opens up the entire controls of the camera at your fingertips.

Viewfinder

The SL1 has a pentamirror powered viewfinder that offers a coverage of 95% of what the sensor sees. This is slightly smaller than what other optical viewfinders offer. This generally creates the problem of inability to make a precise composition. So when composing always leave some margin around what you see through the viewfinder because you will capture additional items in the final picture. There is a dioptre adjustment dial which allows you to set the brightness between -3 and +1.

Continuous shooting speed

The SL1 has a burst rate of 4 fps at one-shot AF or Ai-Servo AF. The buffer overruns in about 28 shots as per Canon specifications. While this may be okay for shooting a playful pet or even your kid enjoying a sunny afternoon out in the park, this is in no way suitable for fast action or sports photography pursuits. At 4 fps it is at best humble. If you set the camera to shoot at silent-mode, when the mirror flips up and locks before the shot is taken, burst rate comes down to a modest 2.5 fps.

Pop-up flash

The EOS SL1 comes with a built-in flash. Canon rates the guide number at 9.4 meter, which is again a feeble flash, especially if you are going to take a group shot in low light conditions. However for portraiture or for fill-flash uses it is a handy flash to have.

Proximity sensor

An interesting feature that will make most photographers happy is the proximity sensor. It is located directly below the hot-shoe at the back of the camera. It certainly helps save a lot of battery when you are looking through the viewfinder.

Remote control

The EOS SL1 is compatible with Canon’s infra-red based remote controller the RC-6. The sensor is located on the right hand grip area.

Storage

The camera is compatible with UHS-1 cards. It also accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. Additionally, it is also eye-fi compatible making it possible to remotely transfer images shot with the camera.

The movie mode and Live-view features

The SL1 was launched along with the Rebel T5i and both the cameras boast the Movie-servo feature. What it means? Well, when shooting video the camera is likely to keep tracking as a subject walks into or away from the frame. In real world the feature is not that quick and compared with something like the dual-pixel CMOS AF system of the Canon EOS 70D, this is quite slow.

There is no built-in stereo sound recording like the Rebel T5i and videographers will have to be content only with a mono mic on the top left hand side of the hot-shoe. However, you can plug in an external stereo mic.

My take

This is certainly a small DSLR which has been designed with the sole purpose of miniaturization of all that is best about a DSLR and to compete directly with Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras that are threatening the entry-level DSLR market. Functional, simple and cost effective are what summarizes this camera in a nutshell. While professionals will never opt for one of these, the camera suitable for someone who is migrating from a point and shoot and is looking for similar size but better controls.

Instax Square SQ10

Since the advent of social media, Filipinos have become more digitally savvy-you’ll see daily posts of food, travels, or even OOTDs on Instagram and Facebook. With the (re)introduction of the instant camera here in the Philippines, it gave many young Filipinos another way to express themselves. Instant cameras quickly became a trendy accessory and as the years went by, Fujifilm has built a strong library of excellent instant cameras, and recently, with its release of the new SQ10, many photo-enthusiasts are flocking to stores to learn more about it.

What sets the SQ10 apart from other Instax cameras? Straight off the sensor, the much-anticipated hybrid camera combines the best parts of digital with the best parts of analog. It is also the first model that uses an instax square film-so for retro-junkies, the SQ10 is an indie dream. The SQ10 is quickly turning heads with its novel features. Already have an instant camera? The following features might just convince you to get an SQ10 of your own.

The Look Of Love
For its look, shutterbugs will love this camera because it is a throwback to the classic Polaroid. Though it may not be “perfect” for some users, they still love its eye-catching design and the end result. The SQ10, which measures roughly 6.5 inches in height and width, sports a black finish with silver accents. It comes with a digital sensor and an LCD allowing you to click, edit, and print according to your preferred shot. Weighing 15.9 including the film, you can easily slide it into a large pocket or sling it around your neck. Interestingly, while it’s small for an instant camera, the lens is a wide-angle design enough to cover a field of view similar to smartphones.

The SQ10’s design is symmetrical with dual shutter buttons on the front. This makes the camera comfortable to use for both righties and lefties. Both buttons can take a picture but users may change the shooting mode to enable one button only. In any case, no more delays when you want to snap your favorite lola blowing out her candles.

Picture Perfect
The most popular feature of the SQ10 would be its editing suite where there are 10 different filters to choose from. Just like other photo editing applications, these filters have names like “Luna”, “Cornelius”, etc. Users are also given a few standard controls for basic image editing. From changing the brightness to adjusting the hues, the SQ10 allows users to give the photos a bit of atmosphere. If you’re into collecting photos of your cousins sleeping and want to get the perfect filter, the SQ10 will not let you down.

The vignette, next to the filters is what really gives the images its distinguished analog look. For users accustomed to Instagram, they will find it amusing to be able to use these features on their SQ10. Additionally, vignettes on SQ10s can be controlled manually with a range from 0 (neutral) to 100 (dark) or -100 (bright).

Hashtag Click-Happy
The SQ10 has a single port on the side, a micro USB used for both charging and downloading your saved photos. It can store 160 pictures on its internal memory and take as much as 50 photos on a single charge. There is an SD card slot on the side if you want more storage. For the typical Filipino family, there’s simply never enough pictures to go around. If you’re looking for a good conversation starter, the SQ10 is a great pick next to your mom’s favorite chicharon.

Successfully Capture Any Event

Get the Right Photographer: You need somebody who takes extraordinary pictures, as well as who understands how to collaborate with individuals in the event space. Inquire as to whether the professionals have shot the sort of event you are facilitating some time recently, and look through his or her portfolio to figure out the individual’s style.

Don’t invade the privacy of your guests: Inform your guests beforehand that a photographer will be present to take pictures. There will be many guests who don’t want their pictures to be taken at an event so take precautions so as not to invade their privacy.

Hammer out all the details at first: Before hiring any professional, always make sure that you get all the details right. These details can include the timeframe they might take to finish the project; the price they would charge, whether they will be working alone or bringing in assistants.

Put your ideas on the table: Every creative person will have their own perspective of doing things. Precisely for this reason, you need to put your thoughts on the table and make them clear of what you what you want and what you don’t.

Hiring these professionals to cover your event is a tricky task. You have to take several key aspects into account before actually zeroing in on anyone. Follow these tips and you will be just fine capturing any occasion with consummate ease.

Bridge Camera Cases

Taking your time and looking and selecting a case for you camera, take into consideration the dimensions of the camera and what accessories you will want to place in it for carrying with you, such as batteries, memory cards and leads, also if you want a professional look to your case and think about how tough it is outside and how soft inside to protect the camera case and lenses.

Some makes of cases that are on the market are:-

  • Amazon
  • Allcam
  • Trendz
  • Duragadget
  • Montana

Amazon do a case for Samsung WB 100 Bridge camera which is very robust outside made in a black webbed fabric and well padded inside with soft padding. This bag will also accommodate the Panasonic Lumix LZ20 and LZ30 cameras.

The dimensions for this bag are 130mm X 95mm X 85mm external size and 120mm X 90mm X 80mm internal size. It comes with an attached belt loop and adjustable shoulder strap for carrying with ease and the case is double zipped with an overlapped top for extra security. There is a small pocket inside for carrying a memory card.

Allcam Soft Case

This soft carrying case is for large SLR type cameras such as the Fujifilm HS30EXR and HS20EXR.

The dimensions of the case are Height 20

5mm X Depth 100mm X Width 165mm with the top being wider than the bottom to protect the long lens more effectively these measurements are internal measurements.

The main compartment is padded with a thick layer of soft material to protect your camera from bangs, scratches and bumps.

The case comes with a handle on top, a belt loop on the back to carry on your belt and an adjustable shoulder strap. There are two side pockets, size 70mm X 90mm X 15mm for storing spare batteries, memory cards and USB leads.

The case weight is 399g and is dispatched as a boxed product and is priced at £8.98 at Amazon

Methods Of Cleaning Camera Sensor

Camera cleaning mode

Most digital cameras have a sensor cleaning mode and this is what you should always try first before going for any other type of cleaning. You should remove the lens and then aim your camera downwards when engaging the cleaning mode. This way, dislodged dust and dirt will fall out easily. The sensor cleaning mode is sometimes all you need to have a clean sensor, but you might need to employ other cleaning options if this does not yield the results that you expect.

Air blower

Bulb blowers make other very good tools to help you clean the camera sensor. Choose larger blowers to get rid of dust from the sensor, but never ever use air that is compressed and canned on the sensor because your risk fluid damage. When using the blower, point the camera downward to the ground so the dust can fall off the camera. The blowers use clean air paths ensuring that blown dust doesn’t get sucked back and re-deposited on the camera.

Sensor gel stick

A sensor gel stick and a senor brush have the same function. They are negatively charged and therefore pull dust particles off the camera sensor as compared to moving them all over the sensor. It is advisable not to press down the stick or brush on the sensor because passing over the sensor is good enough to attract the dust. Some have LED lights that help you see how you are cleaning. When getting your gel stick, ensure that it is compatible with your camera. You can choose the gel stick or the brush, whatever you feel works best for you.

Sensor swabs

The swabs also do a great job cleaning the sensor and you will need a good sensor cleaning solution for this type of cleaning. Disposable swabs are the best so make sure that you use a swab only once to get perfect results. The manufacturer’s directions should be followed, but you usually will need to brush the swab across the sensor in only one fluid motion and light even pressure application. If the one motion is not good enough, then you can turn the swab over and then brush again across the sensor in the opposite direction. You can use the sensor to wipe to dry off any cleaning solution residue.

Properly Care And Handle A DSLR Camera

Cleaning the lens

This is the first step to keeping the camera in good condition. Camera lenses are expensive accessories that need to be taken care of. A very soft cloth must be used to clean the surface of the lens to avoid scratches. Only use products that are specifically made for lens cleaning; never use a tissue or the bottom of your shirt to wipe the lens. It is better to stick to cleaning materials that are recommended by the manufacturer. These are available in a reliable camera shop or photography establishment.

Always make some time to clean the lens using a lens cleaning solution and special cleaning tissues. Make it a habit to apply the solution on the cleaning tissue instead of pouring it directly on the lens. This is to ensure that the solution does not drip inside the camera parts.

Cleaning the body of the camera

After cleaning the lens, work on the body of the camera using a soft dry cloth. Use a blower brush to remove grime in hard to reach parts. Never blow on your camera with your mouth; doing so will result to moisture accumulation and will be harder to clean.

Cleaning the filter on mirror lockup

There are times when tiny dust particles get trapped on the low pass filter covering the image sensor. When this happens, it is a must that you clean the filter as the dust will be seen in the images when they are left in there. You have to be extra careful when cleaning the filter for it is a very delicate part.

Although the process may sound tricky, you can do it at home. First, you have to set the camera on mirror lock. Ensure that the battery has full power to make it last till you are done cleaning the filter. This is to avoid the closing of the mirror when the battery goes dead while you are in the process of cleaning the filter.

Remove the lens of the camera. Make sure that a blower is nearby to blow off the dust. Go to the set up menu, select the mirror lock up option then follow the instructions displayed on the screen. The mirror will not close when you press the shutter release button. It will only close when the camera is switched off or loses power. Look for dirt that is clogging the filter by holding the camera under a bright light. If you see the dirt, turn the device downwards and use the blower to remove the dirt. Never touch the filter nor try to clean it with a cloth. If the dirt cannot be removed by blowing, you are left with no option but to bring the camera to a service station.

Dealing With Low Light

The Light

The water is not gin clear under the surface and has many minute and suspended particles in it. Because of this factor, the limit of the distance one can see and cover reduces. So, a photographer needs to get as close to the subject as possible in order to reduce the dark in the photographs. The next factor is the color. As you plunge down, the color fades out. The reds are the first to go. And further down, the more muted the colors will be. So, a flash is the best accessory to carry underwater.

The Technique

A good shot needs a good technique, especially underwater. Since you are dealing with low lights, the main concern in your photograph is the exposure and lighting. All you need to do is to set your camera in aperture priority mode and the rest, your camera takes care. The shutter speed also matters. In low light, you should set your camera to a slower shutter speed, so that it absorbs the maximum light in the scene. Restrict your exposure! A longer exposure is sure to produce grained results and muted colors. It’s better to stay on the safer side by using slowest film speeds. When photographing fast-moving subjects like dolphin and sea lions, it’s better to choose a higher ISO. But, it will increase the noise in the image, which can be corrected in post processing.

The Equipment

Wisely choose the right kit for underwater photography. Even in low light, getting the desired amount of light and water color is often possible. Create an accurate exposure with the help of strobes, dive lights and focus lights. And it’s better to choose a camera with auto exposure to get a clear picture. You should keep away kelp, dive gear, bubbles, etc. from floating in front of the lens as they may affect the shot.

Tips For Boudoir Photography

If you are a first time Boudoir photographer there are a few things you need to do to prepare yourself and your subject for their shoot.

Before you go into this you should get online and study other Boudoir photographs to get a better idea of how your photos should turn out.

Decide on a Location

Deciding on a location that will make your subject comfortable is the most important. You want to always ensure they are comfortable. This will help them relax so it will be easier to be sensual.

Make sure you use soft or diffuse light. This will soften your subject’s features, and it will be a more intimate setting.

The Set Should Be Elegant and Feminine

Make your set elegant and feminine. This can be done easy in a bedroom or living room. Guide your subject to be provocative yet modest. Catch their eyes; they give off the most emotion.

You want to get just the right amount of skin in the photo so that the person looking at it is left wanting more.

Build Up Your Subject’s Confidence

Boudoir photo shoots help build a woman’s confidence. You can make her look and feel like the sexiest woman alive. When these shoots turn out just right they will be the most sensual thing you have ever seen.

Every woman wants to always be seen as a sensual, sexy, feminine woman. At home they may be a busy mom, a workaholic, or just not able to feel like that all the time. So make this the best Boudoir shoot you have ever done.

For the boudoir photography subject, here are some great tips on making yourself at ease during the shoot.

Prepare Yourself for the Session

Being the subject of Boudoir Photography there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for your session. Deciding what look you are going for should be the first thing you do.

This will make preparing for you session much easier. Will you choose to be a sexy cheerleader, a business woman, school teacher, etc? This will take care of your outfit for the shoot. Please keep in mind to wear clothing that fits your curves, but is not so tight you can’t breathe.

Choose Items That Make You Feel Confident

Choose items that make you feel confident, and will improve your body image. You want to feel like you are very sexy, yet conservative.

When you schedule your shoot be sure to talk over how much you are comfortable revealing in your photos. This way you set some boundaries and you will not feel uncomfortable at your shoot.

Your Hair and Makeup

Get your hair and makeup professionally done. This way you get the perfect look to go with your outfit. Your eye makeup should be on the heavy side because the lighting will be low and this look is very sensual. Make sure you have a location you are comfortable with.

Keep in mind how much you will or will not be showing while choosing your location. Then you head out and enjoy feeling like a confident sensual woman.

Determine Camera Bag

It is nearly impossible to carry every piece of equipment that a photographer owns at one time. They will carry what they are using at the time. The size of their camera and the kinds of lenses they are using will be important to consider.

Many photographers have different cameras for different situations. They will usually have a backup camera in case something happens to their best one. If these are dropped, it can do a lot of damage to them.

Camera bags can come in many different sizes. Some people will just need a small one. Other people are going to need one that is quite a bit bigger because they want to be able to carry a tripod and extra film or SD cards with them as well as different lenses for different shots.

It is important to consider the amount of stuff that a person will be carrying with them when they are picking out their own bag. They want to have one that is large enough to hold everything comfortably. They also want to be able to organize their equipment so that they can get their camera out quickly in case they have a once in a lifetime chance at a photograph.

It is also important that all of these things are protected from hitting together while they are being carried. Carrying something like this around in a bag can be worse for it than carrying it out in the open if it is not packed in there right. There are several choices that people will have when they are picking out a camera case.

The way that it is carried is important too. If someone is only taking a camera with them when they travel to a location, then it is not going to matter if it is an over-the-shoulder bag or a backpack. The straps on them will help determine this.

There are many different things that people will want to take with them when they are hiking or just going for a walk. It is important to be able to carry it comfortably so that they are not feeling weighted down. It is important that they can enjoy themselves while walking or hiking also.

When someone feels like they have too much to carry, they are not going to be able to carry it easily. Finding a bag that puts everything together in on spot while protecting it will make it much easier to carry.

A lot of people like to have a unique bag that will stand out from everyone else’s. This makes it easier to keep track of the one that they own. If nobody else has one like it, someone else is not going to pick it up by mistake.

When someone goes to get their camera and it is gone, it can be very frustrating. This is why people want to have something unique about their bag. They may put a visible name tag on it or other things. They will not have to do this if they choose a unique pattern though.

Determining the best camera bag is going to be a personal decision. Everybody has a different camera and different equipment. They will need to take a look at their own situation and figure out what will work best for them.

Video Editing With GoPro Software

The first thing you want to have is a designated folder for your video files. If you like to record a lot of video, then you would be surprised to learn just how much space it takes up over time and how quickly it can get out of hand for you to try to keep track of your files. For individual video projects you will want to create sub-folders and organize them either by date or by specific project titles. This will also make it easier to pull any videos for further edits.

On the technical side of the GoPro video editing process you want to be sure to have a dedicated video editor. If you are stuck using Windows Movie Maker then you will definitely want to download the free GoPro Studio Edit Software. This program natively handles GoPro video files without the need for conversion so you can put your footage straight into the program. Under normal circumstances Windows Movie Maker would be adequate but GoPro footage is a step above simple home movies so using a more upscale editing program will help you get the best out of your footage.

As for the manner in which you edit it, some basic tips would be to edit out the first and last few moments of your video. There is nothing really compelling about those first few moments where you turn your camera on and those last few moments where you turned it off. You want to really be sure that your footage is enthralling, so any parts that do not seem exciting should go. If you are going to put music in your video and you have a piece of footage that has a singular stand out moment then you want to use music that has tension and then release. This is why you will often hear dubstep used in GoPro videos as many editors like to punctuate the stand out moment with the bass drop. Ultimately you should edit your video in a way that you find pleasing.

The GoPro is an incredibly powerful camera for its size. It has become very popular in some big budget movies thanks to the Hero 3+’s ability to record in 2.7K and 4K resolutions. These are heavier resolutions that most consumers aren’t used to so you need to be sure that you have enough storage space readily available to handle that format if you decide to use it. As with anything else, you will get better at editing your GoPro footage and using the GoPro editing software with some good old fashioned practice.