Canon Professional Network posted a short interview with living legend Don McCullin, world-renowned war photographer and pioneer in photojournalism.
Sir McCullin is now over 80 years old, and just recently was knighted by the Queen. It’s only since a few years that he embraced digital photography. Appearently, Canon managed to get Sir McCullin, well known for his critical position towards digital photography, to use and enjoy a EOS 5D Mark III (we reported here).
The interview is about McCullin’s work, a retrospective on his life and career, and features the presentation of McCullin’s latest book.
“I’m on the edge of the volcano. I’m standing on the precipice looking into the lava…” admits Don McCullin metaphorically, remarking on how he sees this latest chapter of an extraordinary life. A special three-volume retrospective of his work is due to be released soon. It’s taken two years to complete and, for McCullin, represents the very best of his photography. Called ‘Irreconcilable Truths’ the title is a nod to the soul-searching that went into the project as recollections of atrocities resurfaced in his darkroom as he reprinted many hundreds of images. It’s not been an easy journey, reliving some of those memories.
About the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Sir McCullin says:
“I just wished I had these Canons when I was a younger man,” [McCullin] reflects. “My life would have been far easier with a lot less stuff to carry.” He refers to the final section of his book and recent projects from India, Iraq and Syria that feature work taken digitally. “The sharpness cuts you like a knife,” he remarks. “It really is incredible, almost too real.”
Sir McCullin’s latest print work, Irreconcilable Truths, has a limited run of 1000 copies and consists of three books, presented in a hard clamshell case, comprise over 1300 pages of print and more than 700 of McCullin’s most iconic photographs and previously unpublished images.
The four new lenses Sigma released last week are on many people’s wishlist. For the time being we do not know the price nor when shipping will start. All we know is that Sigma will disclose the prices by the end of March. These new, exciting lenses have been announced:
- 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art – World’s first F1.8, ultra-wide, full-frame prime lens designed for high resolution cameras; ideal for shooting architecture, astrophotography, documentary and landscapes.
- 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art – Formidable telephoto prime with high-speed aperture; ideal for shooting weddings, concerts, events and studio/location portraiture.
- 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art – Fast, constant-aperture zoom workhorse upgraded to the exacting standards of the high performance Sigma Art series.
- 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary – Highly versatile, lightweight and compact super zoom touting strong IQ and image stabilization.
Canon EOS 80D at a glance:
- 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC 6 Image Processor
- 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
- Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
- 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
- Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
- RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor
Pretty good deal at Amazon US. Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-135mm IS nanoUSM lens at $1,168.95. Compare at $1499.
Nice tutorial guide about how to do sensor cleaning by Canon Professional Network, and how to avoid the necessity for sensor cleaning.
Dust is a problem with all digital single-lens reflex cameras. It can enter the camera whenever you change the lens. This dust often finds its way to the glass filter that covers the digital sensor.
The sensor is made up of millions of light-sensitive elements, each around 6 to 8μm square. It does not need a very large piece of dust or dirt to cover one or more of these elements, or pixels. If a pixel is obscured, it does not receive much light and so that portion of the image will record as grey. These grey areas are most noticeable in light-toned areas of the photograph.
Canon Picture Styles are set in your Canon camera and are useful to get the desired photo look out of the box. You get this by tweaking color and other settings. Picture Styles are available from Canon, a default set is already available on any Canon DSLR. Additional Picture Styles can be downloaded from Canon. A quick guide on settings and customization is also available.
So what are Canon Picture Styles about?
Canon Picture Styles are preset yet adjustable parameters that determine how your EOS DSLR will process and ren- der its images. Picture Styles are applied to JPEG (still) and MOV (video) les during exposure. They are perma- nent to the extent that the rendering is “baked in” and cannot be completely undone.
Picture Styles can also be applied to RAW les, either during or after exposure.
For RAW les the Picture Style affects only how images are rendered on the camera’s LED display. The closer the Picture Style is to your intended rendering, the more accurate your image preview will be. For example, if you intend to convert RAW images to black and white, the Monochrome Picture Style will provide a preview of the image in black and white while retaining all original color information in the RAW le. (Monochrome JPEG or MOV images can not be reconverted back to color.)
You can apply Picture Styles to RAW files by using Canon’ Digital Photo Professional (tutorial about DPP)
While you can immediately use the Picture Styles set in your Canon DSLR, getting to make your own Picture Style can be a bit intimidating. For those who prefer learn stuff by watching tutorial videos, Canon USA has a set of videos about Canon Picture Styles, and about how to use the Canon Picture Style Editor to get your own, customized setting. It’s the closest thing to film emulations you can get on a Canon DSLR.