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July 21, 2014
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Canon Digital Learning Center Tips For Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography
Ikelite underwater housing for the Canon EOS 70D

The Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC) posted a long and detailed article about underwater photography. From the article’s incipit:

With its richly colored landscapes and fascinating sea creatures, there are few places more beautiful to photograph than the underwater world. Whether you’re scuba diving among sharks or snorkeling along a reef, the photographic possibilities are endless and intriguing.

Of course, underwater photography can be a little intimidating since it presents unique photographic challenges. But you’ll get immediate feedback with your digital SLR, so you can make adjustments when necessary and it won’t be long before you’ll be showing off images of your underwater adventures to fellow divers, snorkelers and land-locked shutterbugs. To help you gear up and grab those once-in-a lifetime shots, here are some guidelines and tips to get you started.

Read the article at CDLC –>

July 21, 2014
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The MIT Gives You A Free Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Course (Online)

A Free Documentary Photography and Photojournalism Course

This is off brand, still I think many of you might be interested.

The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) put this class online, the class was originally thought in 2009. The course we are talking about is Prof. B. D. Colen’s Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion, published through MIT’s Open Courseware project. The description:

This course is an introduction to the great tradition of documentary photography. Students learn to see the world around them in a new way and produce a documentary project. The course requires reading and writing about photography, as well as doing it on a regular basis. The class emphasis is on thinking about why people photograph, what photographs do and do not mean to us, and on doing documentary work, on telling stories with photographs. This is not a technical class, and it should not be considered an “introduction to photography.” I work on the assumption that any student signing up for the class has at least a minimal sense of the difference between f stops and T stops, and can find his or her way around a camera. While there will be some technical discussion in class, it will be limited.

The course material is pretty rich, with syllabus, readings, assignments, image gallery and more course material that can be downloaded. It’s free, it’s good, it’s there for you – all you need is a bit of motivation :-)

[via PetaPixel]

July 18, 2014
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Canon’s New DPP 4.0 Works With SL1/100D, T4i/650D, EOS M, 70D, and T5i/700D Raw Files (with a little trick)

dpp 4.0

Canon DPP 4.0

A few weeks ago Canon released Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.0, a completely new version of  Canon’s well-known RAW conversion software. And the disappointment was big when it turned out that DPP 4.0 supports only Canon’s new full-frame bodies (EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5D Mark III, and EOS 6D). No support for the rest of us?

Slrclub user T.K_Photo (spotted by DicaHub) found a way to make DPP 4.0 work with RAW files from the following Canon DSLRs:

The trick is pretty simple, indeed. All you have to do is to change a value of the EXIF data. It works only for the above mentioned cameras because these cameras use Canon’s ”Color Data Version = 10″ (which is stored in the EXIF data). You need a tool to edit EXIF data (ExifTool by P. Harvey is a very good one). All you have to do is:

ExifTool Windows interface

Windows:

  • select the CR2 file to modify
  • click the “ExifTool direct” button
  • Enter the following command: -Canon:CanonModelID=”EOS 5D Mark III”
  • Ignore the warning

Mac OS X interface

Mac:

  • Load the CR2 file to modify
  • Go to “Your commands” tab
  • In the “Parameters” box enter: -Makernotes:CanonModelID=”EOS 5D Mark III”
  • Click the “Go” button

Your camera model is still stored in the EXIF, the parameter you are going to change is a specific one. It should also work if you enter “EOS 6D” or one of the other supported FF bodies. ExifTool can be downloaded here, a graphical interface for MAC OS X can be found here. A note: when you download DPP 4.0 you have to enter the serial number of your Canon DSLR. I downloaded DPP 4.0 from the EOS 5D Mark III support page using my EOS 70D’s serial number.

Is it worth the effort? Judge by yourself with the 2 images below, which show the results on a RAW file from an EOS M (image credit: T.K_Photo/Slrclub). The first one is DPP 3.14, the second one DPP 4.0. Head over to Slrclub to see full size images, but even from the samples below you can note that the file produced by DPP 4.0 has more details and is sharper.

EOS M RAW file imported in DPP 3.14

EOS M RAW file imported in DPP 4.0

[SlrClub via DicaHub]

 

July 18, 2014
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Canon EOS HD Video How TO: Follow Focus Systems

CanonUSA on Youtube posted another tutorial in their EOS HD Video series:

Explore the features and functions of video production with Canon’s EOS HD SLR cameras in these educational tutorials, shot on location and hosted by Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield with special guest instructors. In this video you’ll learn how to build and operate a follow focus rig.

For more EOS HD Video tutorials click here.

July 17, 2014
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Canon EOS HD Video How To: Using Filters and Tripod Systems

More tutorials by CanonUSA on Youtube. About the video above:

Explore the features and functions of video production with Canon’s EOS HD SLR cameras in these educational tutorials, shot on location and hosted by Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield with special guest instructors. In this video you’ll learn how to use filters to enhance color in EOS HD video production.

About the video below:

Explore the features and functions of video production with Canon’s EOS HD SLR cameras in these educational tutorials, shot on location and hosted by Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield with special guest instructors. In this video you’ll learn what tripod options there are in EOS HD video production.

July 14, 2014
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Free Adobe Lightroom 5 Book “Develop Great Images in Lightroom”

Adobe Lightroom 5 Book

The folks at Photofocus made a new book about Adobe Lightroom 5 (published 24 Jun, 2014), and are giving it away for free until August, 1st.

The new book is called “Develop Great Images in Lightroom”. It is 236 pages long and you’ll find practical advice and expert tips. The book has interactive slideshows, resizable photos, and embedded video (only the iBook version).

Are you looking to make your photos great?  Join the gurus from Photofocus as they share practical advice on how to develop fantastic images with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.  This comprehensive guide is written by five top experts (with more than 75 books between them).  They’ll help you explore the full features of Lightroom’s Develop module and show you hidden secrets and time-saving techniques.

You can download the book via iTunes store (650MB), or read it on Scribd. Head over to Photofocus for download and instructions.

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