Here Are 12 Common Photography Myths, Debunked


Tony & Chelsea Northrup try to debunk 12 common photography myths in the 30 minutes video below.

The discussed photography myths are:

  1. Should you fully discharge your battery to avoid a memory effect?
  2. Will deleting pictures in-camera corrupt your SD card?
  3. Do UV filters really improve image quality?
  4. Do higher megapixels really equal more noise?
  5. Do medium format cameras really have better “compression”?
  6. Is raw processing really better on your PC than in your camera?
  7. Can you edit JPGs?
  8. Do you really need to turn off image stabilization on a tripod?
  9. Are lenses really sharpest at the f/8 “sweet spot”?
  10. Is manual focus more accurate?
  11. Does Canon really have the best color science?
  12. Are memory card failures caused by bad brands or user error?

Canon having the best color science isn’t a myth, btw :-)

Canon EOS R Quick Tips Videos

Canon Eos R Firmware

Canon EOS R at a glance:

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15″ 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW

Canon USA posted a series of Canon EOS R quick tips videos. A huge set of videos.

All Canon EOS R quick tips videos are listed here.

Canon EOS R world-wide order links:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

Canon RF mount lenses world-wide order links:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon CA, KEH Camera, BestBuy, Canon CA, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

Learn How To Clean Your Lens With A Candle, A Spoon And A Lens Cleaning Cloth

Not sure if you should try this at home though it worked for Mathieu Stern as you can see in the video below.

What is it about? Instead of using a lens cleaning pen, you can do the same job with a candle, a spoon and a microfibre cleaning cloth. The tip of a lens cleaning pen is covered by “carbon cleaning compound”, which basically is soot. Soot sticks to oils and fats and hence works perfectly with those fingerprints on your precious lens. What is shown in the video is how to make your own “carbon cleaning compound”.

Watch the short video below carefully before trying it. Be aware that soot is a gentle abrasive, but still an abrasive. Using this trick too often might damage the lens over time (though it seems to work fine for Mathieu Stern).

[via DIY Photography]

Photographer Vanessa Joy talks about the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

Canon SpeedLite 470EX-AI at a glance:

  • Auto Intelligent Bounce Head
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 154′ at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 120°, +/- 180° Rotation
  • AI.B Full-Auto and AI.B Semi-Auto Modes
  • Optical Receiver Mode
  • LCD Panel
  • AF Assist Beam
  • Runs on 4x AA Batteries

Photographer Vanessa Joy walks you through the features of Canon’s Speedlite 470EX-AI at a lively kids’ birthday party. Enjoy.

If you want to know more about the Speedlite 470EX-AI, the Canon Digital Learning Center posted a set of technical/instructional articles.

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI sells at $339 at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Learn to take better photos with 100 online tutorials from School of Visual Arts (and they’re all free)

If you want to get better in photography, you’ve to learn. There is no way around.

If you want to learn, then we may have a valuable resource for you. The School of Visual Arts put online more than 100 lectures about photography. You can access the lessons through SVA’s YouTube channel Images, Ideas, and Inspiration. You’ll find some big names giving the lessons. Most of the lessons last more than an hour. I doubt you’ll find something like this somewhere else for free.

[via DIY Photography]

How to photograph beer – a completely free, 8+ hours tutorial


Even if it makes you laugh, photographing beer isn’t as trivial as you may think. You have to take into account the properties of lighting, glass, and obviously of liquids.

However, there is another factor that plays a role in this very kind of photography, and it’s emotion. Photographer Rob Grimm has spent his career immersed in the world of beverage photography, and he is ready to share tips and tricks.

The video below gives an overview of Grimm’s photography class, which consiste of 8+ hours of photography & retouching tutorials. Iso1200 Magazine, who spotted the now free photography class, sums it up as follows:

Rob Grimm demonstrates his entire studio workflow photographing a glass of beer on a white background. Rob teaches how to built a set, pour and style beer, set up lighting and modifiers, and capture a commercial beer image. Watch as Rob and his assistant experiment, troubleshoot ideas, and through trial and error find the best lighting, composition and capture for a glass of beer.


The beer photography class was $299 and is now available for free at RGGEDU. Course description:

In this tutorial, you will see Rob’s entire process for creating beverage images by breaking the composition down into its parts and obsessing over the details. You will learn the foundations of beverage photography from capturing a bottle on white, photographing cocktails including drink styling, proper use of ice, realistic condensation, creating appetite and appeal, and the use of duratrans to make an image that appears to be shot on-location with all the control of a studio. Rob will share with you his method for generating portfolio ideas that will make you rethink your entire approach to creating images. Finally, world-renowned retoucher Earth Oliver, will walk you through the best methods to bring polish to your images that stand out from the crowd.


[via Iso1200 Magazine]