22 November 2017

Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
High Shutter Speed Action Photography Cape Town
Private Photography Training / Workshops Cape Town
I regularly facilitate private Canon EOS DSLR Camera and Photography tutoring / training sessions in Milnerton, Cape Town.

Tailor-made (individual) learning programmes are prepared for specific Canon EOS DSLR camera requirements; with the goal of providing a better understanding of EOS camera menus / settings, the exposure triangle and various photographic genre applications.

Any Canon EOS body / lens combination is suitable for most of the training sessions. During initial contact I will determine the learner's current skills, Canon EOS system and other learning / photographic requirements.

Training / demonstrations are done on the client's own Canon EOS bodies attached to various Canon EF / other brand lenses covering wide-angle to zoom focal lengths.

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS System / Menu  Setup & Training Cape Town
2017 Individual Photography Training Session Cost / Rates>>

From R400 per three hour session in Milnerton, Cape Town. Practical shooting sessions can be worked into the training. A typical training programme of two training sessions (R800) and any practical shooting session (three hours)
 will be R950. This to be inclusive of up to 6 hours theory / settings training and a three hours practical shoot around Woodbridge Island. 

Training sessions at client address will be calculated / proposed based on traveling and specific training objectives.


Canon EOS Cameras / Lenses / Speedlite Flash Training
All Canon EOS cameras from the EOS 1100D to advanced AF training on the Canon EOS 80D to 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. All Canon EF / EF-S and other compatible brands.  All Canon Speedlite flash units from Canon Speedlite 270EX to Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT (including Macro Ring Lites). 

Free Reikan FoCal Autofocus Micro-Adjustment (AFMA) Calibration Cape Town
Inclusive in all Canon Photography Training (as a free service) is an option for all delegates to get one EOS body (with the Canon Micro Adjustment feature) checked and / or calibrated with up to two lenses with Reiken Focal Pro v 2.5. The Canon EOS camera body / lens Autofocus testing and calibration process will be explained and depending on the body / lens setup will take less than 15 minutes per lens. Full PDF reporting on all tests (per lens) will be available after testing / calibration. More information

Canon EOS / EF Lens Micro Adjustment / Calibration for non-delegates
Reikan FoCal Autofocus Micro-Adjustment (AFMA) calibration will also be offered to non-delegates. If you're a Canon Photographer and require lens calibration please Contact Me for more information and rates.

Advanced Canon EOS Autofocus Training
For advanced AF training have a look at the Birds in Flight Photography workshop options. Advanced AF training most suitable from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II to Canon EOS 1-DX Mark II.

Cape Town Training Schedules / Availability
From Tuesdays - during the day / evening and / or over weekends.


Canon Camera and Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS / Accessories Training Cape Town
Core Canon Camera / Photography  Learning Areas
  • Overview & Specific Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Exposure Settings for M / Av / Tv Modes
  • Autofocus / Manual Focus Options
  • General Photography / Lens Selection / Settings
  • Transition from JPG to RAW (Reasons why)
  • Landscape Photography / Settings / Filters
  • Close-Up / Macro Photography / Settings
  • Speedlite Flash / Flash Modes / Flash Settings
  • Digital Image Management / Post-Processing

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS / Speedlite Flash Training Cape Town
Practical Photography / Application
  • Inter-relationship of ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed
  • Aperture and Depth of Field demonstration
  • Low light / Long Exposure demonstration
  • Landscape sessions / Manual focusing
  • Speedlite Flash application / technique
  • Introduction to Post-Processing

Tailor-made Canon Camera / Photography training to be facilitated on specific requirements after a thorough needs-analysis with individual photographer / or small group.

Typical Learning Areas Agenda (based Canon EOS 70D)
  • General Photography Challenges / Fundamentals 
  • Exposure Overview (ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed) 
  • Canon EOS 70D Menus / Settings (in relation to exposure) 
  • Camera / Lens Settings (in relation to application / genres) 
  • Lens Selection / Technique (in relation to application / genres) 
  • Introduction to Canon Flash / Low Light Photography

Above Learning Areas are facilitated over two sessions of three to four hours each. An optional practical shooting component (if required) will be at an additional cost.


Photography Workshops / Tutoring outside Cape Town / Western Cape
Please Contact Me to discuss any specific Canon Camera / Photography learning requirements. I am available to travel to specific locations for one-day and / or longer workshops.


Vernon Chalmers Photography Private Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop Cape Town More

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Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Perched Kingfisher - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Canon Camera and Photography Private Tutoring Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography: Canon EOS 700D / Wide-Angle Lens


Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Fashion Show with flash : Canon EOS 6D 70mm Focal Length

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Close-Up & Macro Photography Cape Town  - Canon EOS 6D

Canon Camera and Photography Private Tutoring Cape Town
Panning / Slow Shutter Speed: Canon EOS 70D 70-300mm Lens

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town


Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery

Canon Birds in Flight Photography Training / Workshop Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town


Birds in Flight Photography Private Training Workshop Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers facilitates this popular Birds in Flight Photography Workshop / Private Training in Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - with hands-on practical sessions at Woodbridge Island.


Free Reikan FoCal Autofocus Micro-Adjustment (AFMA) Calibration Cape Town
Inclusive in all Canon Photography Training (as a free service) is an option for all delegates to get one EOS body (with the Canon Micro Adjustment feature) checked and / or calibrated with up to two lenses with Reiken Focal Pro v 2.5. The Canon EOS camera body / lens AF testing and calibration process will be explained and depending on the body / lens setup will take less than 15 minutes per lens. Full PDF reporting on all tests (per lens) will be available after testing / calibration. More information

Cost: R850 per delegate (25% discount if you've attended any of my previous workshops)

Read more about Starting Out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town
Intermediate to Advanced BIF / Action Photography
Anybody with a Canon EOS DSLR who wants to get a more in-depth understanding of the Canon EOS Exposure Modes, Autofocus (AF) system and its application / tuning for Birds in Flight / Action photography.

Detailed discussion will be provided for all modern Canon EOS bodies up to the 65-point AF system. Please see the session's contents / learning areas below.


Exclusive Ongoing Birds in Flight Photography Support
Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town
Any registered delegate who attends the Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town is welcome to join the Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group for uploading / discussing photos, learn more, get online support and / or shoot with me at Woodbridge Island (after the original workshop practicals). 

More information will be provided during the registration / payment process.

Further no-cost fine tuning is available after the initial workshop practicals at Woodbridge Island. 

Detailed notes and other relevant information resources will be provided during / after the workshop.


Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Practice at Woodbridge Island
Practical / walk-around shooting session for attendees of both Session 1 and Session 2. This is an opportunity to experiment with the various exposure settings, AF system configurations and capturing / composition techniques with the various birds species around Woodbridge Island. Guidance will be on hand for fine-tuning of exposure settings and AF system configurations.

What do you need to bring? DSLR Camera, telephoto or zoom lens & your own memory cards.

Recommended lens focal length: 300mm ie: Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (STM) or EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6(L) IS USM lens (or any 3rd party lens of similar focal length).


Birds in Flight image samples with a 70-300mm variable aperture Zoom Lens

Contact Me if you need more information about your DSLR body and lens pairing.

Each delegate will receive a folder with all workshop information and other useful resources.

Private Training / Workshop Learning Areas

  • BIF Fundamentals / Considerations 
  • Canon EOS Bodies / Lenses for BIF 
  • Camera / Lens Settings 
  • Exposure Settings 
  • Continuous shooting / AI Servo Modes 
  • Canon AF Systems (9-point to 65-point) 
  • Advanced AF System tuning (AF Configuration / Area Selection Modes) 
  • Advanced body / lens focus tuning / techniques / recommendations

All EOS body owners (or future EOS owners) are welcome to attend. Please note that the in-depth discussion / tuning around AF systems will primarily be focused around the following AF systems with specific emphasis from the 19-point AF system EOS bodies which offers more advanced case and zone configurations:

  • 9-point AF System (EOS 500D / 550D / 600D / 650D / 700D / 60D / 5D / 5D Mark II) 
  • 11-point AF System (EOS 6D) 
  • 19-point AF System (EOS 750D / 760D / 70D / 7D)
  • 45-point AF System (EOS 80D) / EOS 6D Mark II
  • 45-point AF System (EOS 1D / 1D Mark II / 1D Mark III / 1D Mark IV / Older 1D's) 
  • 61-point AF System (EOS 5D Mark III / EOS 5D Mark IV / EOS 5Ds / EOS 5Ds R / EOS-1D X (II) ) 
  • 65-point AF System (EOS 7D Mark II)

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Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town


Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town - February 2017
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Skills Development Training 2017 Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Skills Development Training 2017 Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape town
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Skills Development Training 2017 Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
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Vernon Chalmers Photography Private Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop Cape Town More

21 November 2017

Canon EOS Advanced Autofocus Training Cape Town

Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town
"Master your Canon EOS Autofocus System / Fine-tune your Camera for Action and Birds in Flight Photography"

Over the last two years I have facilitated a number of Birds in Flight / Action Photography workshops in Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.


Most of my previous workshops stopped short of providing hands-on opportunities (for individual delegates) for fine-tuning and testing specific AF / AI Servo configurations and lens-specific adjustments (via Reikan Focal 2.5.0 Autofocus Micro-Adjustment Calibration Software for Canon EOS bodies.

Please noteReikan FoCal Autofocus Micro-Adjustment (AFMA) Calibration Software only works with Canon EOS DSLR cameras with the embedded Micro Adjustment function (available in most Canon EOS enthusiast and professional DSLR bodies). See Canon EOS / Reiken FoCal AFMA compatibility table (for supported Canon EOS camera bodies) towards the bottom of this page. More information

Autofocus / AI Servo Cape Town Training Objective
To provide Canon enthusiast / professional photographers with a hands-on learning and configuration experience through-out the full duration of the theory / settings session covering the current Canon 61-Point and 65-Point AF Systems - with enough shooting opportunity via three separate practical shooting sessions.

Cost: R1 250-00 for a full day and two practical shooting sessions (10 hours +). 

25% Discount for delegates who attended any of my other photography workshops

Contact Me should you wish to attend this advanced Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo One-On-One Training.

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Advanced Canon EOS Autofocus (AF) Private One-On-One Training Cape Town
This hands-on Canon EOS AF / IA Servo Master Class Cape Town will be facilitated to both enthusiast and professional Canon EOS photographers for configuring and tweaking a variety of AF / AI Servo settings for the best possible AF accuracy and tracking performance (for a variety of action photography applications and genres).

Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Workshop Cape Town
Panning at Killarney Motorcycle Racing
Canon Autofocus / AI Servo one-on-one training will be facilitated from a Birds in Flight / Action Photography perspective, but will cover most types of Action Photography genres including discussing panning techniques for motor / motor cycle racing.

This advanced Autofocus workshop will predominantly cover the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the EOS Full Frame 61-Point advanced AF Systems, but for photographers with the following Canon EOS bodies the Birds in Flight Photography Training / Workshop should be more applicable for your requirements:

  • Canon EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Older EOS-1D bodies
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Canon EOS / AF Reference Material
Each delegate will receive detailed notes and DVD disk with all up-to-date Canon EOS body reference material, User Guides / AF Guides and Lens Micro Adjustment Guide.

Session 1: Workshop Application / Learning Areas
  • Exposure settings for Action Photography
  • Telephoto / Super Telephoto Lenses (Prime / Zoom)
  • Tele-converters (Mainly Canon EF 1.4x / 2x)
  • Memory cards (all current options: CF / SD)
  • 61-Point AF Systems (EOS Full Frame)
  • 65-Point AF System (EOS 7D Mark II)
  • AI Servo Focus Areas / Zones
  • AF Cases and detailed fine-tuning of Case parameters
  • Reikan FoCal Lens Micro Adjustment Calibration (if required)
  • Post-Processing techniques / assistance Lightroom 5 / 6

Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Workshop Cape Town
Canon 65-Point AF System / AF tracking in action
Sessions 2 - 4: Practical Shooting Sessions
The training will include up to three practical shooting sessions at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town for practice and further tweaking of AF / AI Servo settings. Attend one, two or all three sessions.

Latest Canon 61-Point Autofocus System
This Master Class workshop will also include the enhanced 61-Point AF System of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / Canon EOS-1D X Mark II.

Canon EOS bodies (AF Systems) to be covered:
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Workshop Cape Town
Motorcycle Racing Killarney- Canon EOS 70D
Photographers with EOS 70D / EOS 80D bodies
Please
Contact Me for more information for discussing the suitability of this workshop for your current / future Canon EOS / Autofocus requirements. This will also be applicable for future owners of the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II. 

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Specifications / Release Date
During the September 2017  Canon Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Workshop Cape Town I will also be discussing my recently published Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List, expected  AF System, specifications  and possible / rumored release date. 


Contact Me should you require any additional information about this advanced Canon EOS AF / AI Servo Workshop Cape Town.


Reikan FoCal 2.5.0 AFMA Calibration Software: Supported Canon EOS Cameras
Canon EOS 50D  /  Canon EOS 70D  /  Canon EOS 80D  /  Canon EOS 7D Mark II  /  Canon EOS 7D
Canon EOS 6D 
Canon EOS 6D Mark II  /  Canon EOS 5D S  /  Canon EOS 5D S R  /  Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark III  /  Canon EOS 5D Mark II  /  Canon EOS 1D X  /  Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV / 
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III  /  Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Images used in the Canon EOS Autofucus / AI Servo Workshop Cape Town 

* More information on the Kingfisher Image: Testimony of the Modern AF System

* More information on the Motorcycle Images: Killarney Motor Racing Cape Town

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Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Workshop Cape Town
Fast Flying Dove  :  Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens  :  Woodbridge Island Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

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Vernon Chalmers Photography Private Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop Cape Town More

20 November 2017

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II was released on 15 September 2014 as the replacement for the Canon EOS 7D that was released on 1 September 2009. 

We may only still be just over halfway in the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's life cycle, but with current (competitive) advancements in the APS-C DSLR and Mirrorless camera market I'm starting to think about some of the features that could be improved on.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II for Birds in Flight Photography
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is in my opinion a formidable APS-C DSLR with an advanced AF system just about straight out of the Canon EOS-1D X / Canon EOS 5D Mark III professional bodies. The 65-point AF system and the 1.6 crop sensor advantages were part of my decision-making for adding the Canon EOS 7D Mark II to my existing gear.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens First Impressions Article

I use the Canon EOS 7D Mark II exclusively and very frequently for Birds in Flight Photography paired with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town). I'm quite happy with this pairing and the only in-the-near-future upgrade that I would consider is the replacement of my current 400mm lens with the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
What I like most about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Before upgrading to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I was quite satisfied capturing Birds in Flight with my Canon EOS 70D (which I still use) and if it was not for the Birds in Flight workshops I present would probably have stayed with the Canon EOS 70D for a year or so longer.

I had a brief opportunity to test a Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens pairing before upgrading to my own Canon EOS 7D Mark II. When comparing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II directly to the Canon EOS 70D I appreciate the following features the most: 
  • Advanced AF system with multi-controller support
  • Wide Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 10 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Deeper buffer for RAW shooting
  • Slightly better ISO noise improvement
  • CF Card / Dual memory card slots

Please Note
: This article is not a Canon EOS 7D Mark III rumor, but as a current user of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I have certain expectations (wish list) of possible specifications and features of a Canon EOS 7D Mark III DSLR camera should there be such a camera.


Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon 7D Mark II  / 400mm Lens  :  Image: Vernon Chalmers
Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List / Requirements
Different Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight photographers users will probably list all sorts of required / improved functionality that they would like to see added to a possible Canon EOS 7D Mark III - especially now after the early 2016 release of the Canon EOS 80D and the more recently released Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

My Canon EOS 7D Mark III wish list is based on personal preferences and will most likely be quite different for many current Canon EOS 7D mark II photographers around the world.

Other photographers may want to see 4K video, faster frame rate and a few other enhancements - below is my Canon EOS 7D Mark III wish list for my own Birds in Flight photography. 

I personally have no issues with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's battery life,10 fps or AF / AI Servo tracking performance. 

My Canon EOS 7D Mark III Specification Wish List (compared to Canon EOS 7D Mark II)
  • 24 - 28 Megapixel Sensor (20.2 MP) 
  • Dual DIGIC 7 Image Processors (Dual DIGIC 6) 
  • ISO 100 - 32000 (ISO 100-16000) 
  • AI Servo AF III+ Focusing / Tracking System (AI Servo AF III) 
  • 65-point AF system with 25+ AF points at f/8 (65-points / limited AF point coverage at f/8) 
  • Broader AF Point spread across the sensor 
  • Deeper Buffer / 40 - 50 RAW for continuous shooting (31 RAW) 
  • Wi-Fi / NFC and Bluetooth (none) 
  • CFast & SD Card Slots (CF & SD Card slots) 
  • 3.2" LCD touch screen (3.0" LCD non-touch screen)

I'm in no real hurry for adding a possible Canon EOS 7D Mark III to my Birds in Flight Photography gear - the possibility is very exiting, but before then I would more than likely replace my Canon EOS 6D with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (2017) and wait for the new Canon EOS APS-C flagship announcement (possibly later in 2017 or perhaps 2018).

Article: Vernon Chalmers

Images: Images on this page with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens  / Image Copyright: Vernon Chalmers Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens : Image: Vernon Chalmers


Canon EOS 7D Mark II Resources / Birds in Flight Photography Galleries
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Resources / Birds in Flight Photography Galleries

01 November 2017

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Regular Birds in Flight Photography at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town is without doubt the photography genre I enjoy most, not just spending time photographing the more than 40 species on / around the Island, but also the research, development, and presentation of the Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Cape Town.

I find the advances in modern Canon EOS DSLR phase-detect Autofocus systems fascinating and spend many hours with my Canon cameras experimenting / looking for ways for extracting the maximum value from various bodies and telephoto lenses. 

Photographing Birds in Flight Cape Town
Photographing Birds in Flight is a challenging genre, but the modern Canon AF System, tracking ability and excellent range of Canon EF telephoto lenses provides for a very good DSLR camera / lens combination for photographing Birds in Flight. I've had some great results over the years with the following Canon EOS DSLR bodies (both personal and with Birds in Flight Photography Workshops Cape Town delegate testing experiences at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town):
  • Canon EOS 700D
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS Advanced Autofocus Training Cape Town
Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Birds in Flight Workshops / Private Training Cape Town
I facilitate regular Birds in Flight Workshops in the Milnerton / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. 


From intermediate to advanced Canon Autofocus systems including all Canon DSLR bodies up to the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Workshops Cape Town overview.

Birds in Flight / Action Photography Advanced Autofocus Workshop Cape Town
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My Birds in Flight Canon Camera Gear / Combinations

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
I predominantly capture Birds in Flight with this combination mainly for the following reasons:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

  • Advanced AF system with multi-controller support
  • Wide Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 10 fps continuous shooting and deeper buffer
  • Slightly better ISO noise improvement
  • Dual memory card slots

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens

  • Reach: 400mm x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Fix focal length / f/5.6 aperture
  • Built-in lens hood
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Light weight

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II


Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 70D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Before I acquired the Canon EOS 7D Mark II I had no issues shooting birds in flight with the Canon EOS 70D and the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens combination.

Currently I use the Canon EOS 70D [aired with the super-sharp Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens for closer birds.

Canon EOS 70D
  • Responsive AF system
  • Zone AF option for erratic and small birds
  • 7 fps continuous shooting

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

  • Reach: 300 x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Variable focal focal length 
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Compact

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 6D paired with the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
Canon EOS 6D  - Woodbridge Island Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D / Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens
I do not use this Canon combination very often, but in my opinion opinion the Canon EOS 6D works very well for birds in flight. Many photographers don't even try as there are a few misconceptions that the 11-Point Autofocus system is not 'fast enough' for tracking and capturing fast flying birds.

Canon EOS 6D
  • Full Frame Sensor
  • Sensitive center-point AF Point
  • 4.5 fps continuous shooting and deep buffer
  • Excellent low light shooting / ISO Management

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens

  • Reach: 300 x 1.6 on APS-C bodies
  • Exceptional image quality
  • Variable focal focal length 
  • Fast Autofocus
  • Compact

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 6D


Birds in Flight Cape Town on Instagram

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Canon Equipment Reviews / Tests / Future Thoughts For Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Canon EOS 6D / EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Birds in flight Test
Canon EOS 6D / EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Birds in flight Test

Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR
Birds in Flight Photography with Canon EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens : First Impressions Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM First Impressions Cape Town

Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography : Paired with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon EOS 70D for Birds In Flight Photography : Paired with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Canon EOS 80D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5L IS II USM Lens : First impressions / Test Shoot Cape Town
Canon EOS 80D / EF 100-400mm f/5.6L IS II USM Lens : First impressions / Test Shoot Cape Town

Two Canon EF 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photographers
Two Canon EF 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photographers

Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 7D Mark III Wish List for Birds in Flight Photography


Introduction to Birds in Flight Photography: Camera & Lens Settings / Tips
Introduction to Birds in Flight Photography: Camera & Lens Settings / Tips


Long-Term Use / Discussion of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Long-Term Use / Discussion of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
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Birds in Flight Photography Workshop: Supporting Document Links
Birds in Flight Photography Workshop: Supporting Document Links

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Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Lightroom Post-Processing

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Cropping & Post-Processing
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Cropping & Post-Processing


Show Active Focus Points in Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 CC
Show Active Focus Points in Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 CC 

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Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Social Media / Facebook Support


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Facebook Page
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Facebook Page

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Support Group

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My Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town Location

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Woodbridge Island
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Woodbridge Island

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Table Bay Nature Reserve
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town : Table Bay Nature Reserve


Birds Species at Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town
Birds Species at Woodbridge Island / Table Bay Nature Reserve Cape Town


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Woodbridge Island Map / Directions
Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town - Woodbridge Island Map / Directions 


Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Woodbridge Island Cape Town