04 December 2023

Canon Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

Photography Training / Skills Development Milnerton, Cape Town and Cape Peninsula

Canon Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula
Fast Shutter Speed / Action Photography Training Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Vernon Canon Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Private Canon EOS / EOS R Camera and Photography tutoring / training courses in Milnerton, Cape Town - or in the comfort of your home / garden anywhere in the Cape Peninsula.

Tailor-made (individual) learning programmes are prepared for specific Canon EOS / EOS R / PowerShot camera and photography requirements with the following objectives:
  • Individual Needs / Gear analysis
  • Canon EOS camera menus / settings
  • Exposure settings and options
  • Specific genre applications and skills development
  • Practical shooting sessions (where applicable)
  • Adobe Lightroom post-processing training
  • Ongoing support

Canon Camera / Lens Requirements
Any Canon EOS / EOS R 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. Many Canon PowerShot camera models are also suitable for creative photography skills development.

Butterfly Woodbridge Island Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Small Butterfly Woodbridge Island - Canon EF 100-400mm Lens

Learning Photography from the comfort of your Own Cape Town Home / Garden More Information

Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden More Information
  
Photography Private Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch More
  • Birds in Flight / Bird Photography Training More
  • Canon Speedlite Flash Photography Training More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography More
  • Real Estate / Interior Decor Photography Training More

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.

Photography Training Gift Voucher Options
Most photography training sessions are available as Birthday / Christmas Gift training voucher options with a one year validity period. More information

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS System / Menu  Setup and Training Cape Town

2023 Individual Photography Training Session Cost / Rates >>

From R750 per four hour session in Milnerton, Cape Town. Practical shooting sessions can be worked into the training. A typical training programme of three training sessions is R2 250-00.

This to be inclusive of up to 12 hours theory / settings training (inclusive: a three hours practical shoot around Woodbridge Island if required).

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 III. All Canon EOS R Cameras. All Canon EF / EF-S / RF / RF-S and other Canon-compatible brand lenses.  All Canon Speedlite flash units from Canon Speedlite 270EX to Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT (including Macro Ring Lite flash models).

Canon PowerShot Camera Training
All Canon PowerShot models (G and SX models) with creative photography mode settings / options (P / Av / Tv / M Modes) will provide a good learning experience for understanding the application of  the more advanced (creative) options of the Canon PowerShot camera (which is in application and design very similar to the Canon EOS / EOS R cameras).

Advanced Canon EOS Autofocus Training (Canon EOS / EOS R)
For advanced Autofocus (AF) training have a look at the Birds in Flight Photography workshop options. Advanced AF training is available from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EOS 5D Mark III / Canon EOS 5D Mark IV up to the Canon EOS 1-DX Mark II / III. Most Canon EOS R bodies (i.e. EOS R7, EOS R6, EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R5 and EOS R3) will have similar or more advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF Systems. Contact me for more information about a specific Canon EOS / EOS R AF System.   

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


Canon Camera and Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS / Close-Up Lens 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
  • Real Estate / Interior Décor Photography Settings
  • Speedlite Flash / Flash Modes / Flash Settings
  • Digital Image Management

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
  • 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 or more photography sessions of four hours+ each. Any additional practical photography sessions (if required) will be at an additional pro-rata cost.

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Fireworks Display Photography with Canon EOS 6D - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
Fireworks Display Photography with Canon EOS 6D : Cape Town

Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse before sunrise - Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens
Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens


White-Breasted Cormorant in flight - Slow Shutter Speed Abstract Cape Town
Creative Photography : Slow Shutter Speed Abstract Application

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Perched Pied 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 : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens


Colourpoint Persian : Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Persian Portrait : Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Fashion Photography Canon Speedlite flash : Canon EOS 6D @ 70mm

Long Exposure Photography with Canon EOS 6D - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography Canon EOS 6D : Milnerton

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

Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Canon EOS 6D Vernon Chalmers Photography
Long Exposure Photography Cape Town Canon EOS 6D @ f/16

03 December 2023

Recommended Intel Hardware for Lightroom Post-Processing

Recommended Intel Hardware Requirements For Lightroom Image Processing

Recommended Intel Hardware for Lightroom Post-Processing
Adobe Lightroom Classic Version 12 Develop Module

Minimum Intel System Specifications for Lightroom Classic Image Processing 

I regard the Intel-based hardware specifications I used for post-processing the images in my post Butterflies and Flowers after the Rain at Kirstenbosch in quite a few ways as an entry-level standard for editing / post-processing bulk RAW images when using Adobe Lightroom Classic. 

Raw Image Editing / Post-Processing
I generally use a more powerful Intel i5 Acer Extensa desktop workstation computer and 16GB DDR4 Dual-Channel RAM paired with 2x 24" LED monitors. The faster CPU processing / additional RAM is in my option producing quite a substantial performance increase in terms of personal productivity (processing speed) and workflow schedule.

A dedicated Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) will further enhance post-processing performance. I have achieved satisfactory performance standards with Nvidia's GTX GPU's over the years.

JPG Image Editing / Post-Processing
For JPG-only editing the mentioned Acer Aspire 3 Intel i3 (Generation 10) notebook specifications (in either notebook or desktop configuration) should suffice - a good quality single (or dual) external 20' to 24' monitor(s) will enhance working space and provide a higher quality visual experience than most notebook built-in screens. One 27" monitor is also an option if a single monitor is prefered.

I personally prefer working with a dual Samsung LED monitor configuration when going through large image batches (selection and processing), but there are also a few other brands (i.e. Acer / Asus / Dell / LG) that will be of similar and / or higher visual display quality. A single monitor configuration should also be sufficient - it will all depend on the user's dynamic multi-application preference(s).

Other Editing / Post-Procession Hardware
I am not familiar with AMD-based Systems or the minimum / suitable hardware specifications for Apple Desktops / Notebooks (for Adobe Lightroom application / post-processing).

Cape Spurfowl at Kirstenbosch edited with Lightroom Classic
Cape Spurfowl at Kirstenbosch edited with Lightroom Classic Version 12

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Intaka Island | Kirstenbosch Garden | Woodbridge Island

02 December 2023

Butterflies and Flowers after the Rain at Kirstenbosch

A Morning of Butterflies and Flowers at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training at Kirstenbosch

Butterfly after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
'Straight Ahead' - Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) Butterfly Kirstenbosch Garden

Saturday Morning at Kirstenbosch: Butterflies and Flowers after the Rain

We arrived at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden for a private training session Saturday morning just before 08:00 - 2 December 2023. With great anticipation we waited for more than an hour for the rain to pass. It was indeed worth the wait – the light was slightly diffused and just right, imho.

Currently there are some spectacular contrasting colours amongst the flowers throughout the garden.

I spent some quality time with a private client going through requirements and settings for using a Canon EOS DSLR with a 'long' zoom lens for close-up butterfly and flower photography.

It was a morning thoroughly enjoyed and I am looking forward to our next session at Kirstenbosch Garden.

The butterflies would have been sharper allround if I used slightly smaller apertures, but I compensated the diffused light by using the biggest aperture available at 4oomm - f/5.6.

My Canon Camera / Lens used during the morning:
  • Canon EOS 70D
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5 - f/5.6L IS II USM Lens
  • Aperture Priority Mode: 400mm @ f/5.6 - f/8
  • Auto- ISO (IS0 100 - 400)
  • Shutter Speed (Between 1/500s - 1/640s)
  • Handheld

Post-Processing: Adobe Lightroom Classic Ver. 12  

Editing / Post-Processing Intel Hardware Used
Acer Aspire 3, an Intel 10th Generation i3 CPU Notebook with Intel Ultra-High Definition (UHD) GPU / Microsoft Windows 11 / 8GB DDR4 Dual-Channel RAM (memory) / SSD Hard drive.

Recommended Editing / Post-Processing Intel Hardware (JPG / RAW Images)
Recommended Editing Intel Hardware Using Lightroom >>

Kirstenbosch photography training also offered as Photography Training Gift Vouchers

Painted Lady Butterflies at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

“Butterflies can't see their wings. They can't see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.” - Naya Rivera

Butterfly after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Painted Lady Butterfly Kirstenbosch Garden

Butterfly after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Painted Lady Butterfly Kirstenbosch Garden

More About The Painted Lady Butterfly (Vanessa cardui)

"The Vanessa cardui butterfly, commonly known as the Painted Lady, is a widespread and well-known butterfly species.

Here are some key characteristics and information about Vanessa cardui:

Distribution
  • The Painted Lady is one of the most widely distributed butterfly species in the world. It can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
  • They are known for their migratory behavior and can cover long distances during their annual migrations.

Appearance
  • The upper side of the wings has a striking and colorful pattern, with orange, black, white, and brown markings. The colors are vibrant and can vary slightly among individuals.
  • The wingspan of Vanessa cardui ranges from 2 to 2.9 inches (5 to 7.5 cm).

Life Cycle
  • The life cycle of the Painted Lady consists of four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult butterfly.
  • The caterpillars are spiny and have a dark coloration with yellowish spots. They feed on a variety of host plants.

Habitat
  • Painted Ladies can be found in a wide range of habitats, including gardens, meadows, fields, and open areas.
  • They are adaptable and can thrive in different environments, from urban to rural areas.

Migratory Behavior
  • Vanessa cardui is known for its remarkable migratory behavior. In some regions, they undertake long-distance migrations, similar to the monarch butterfly.
  • During migration, they may cover thousands of miles, flying from one region to another in search of suitable breeding and feeding grounds.

Nectar Sources
  • Adult Painted Ladies feed on the nectar of various flowering plants. They have a preference for a wide range of flowers, making them generalist feeders.

Economic Importance
  • The Painted Lady is considered beneficial in agriculture as its larvae feed on certain weed species, helping to control their growth.
  • They also play a role in pollination as they visit flowers for nectar.

Seasonality
  • Depending on the region, Painted Ladies may be present year-round in milder climates, while in colder areas, they are more commonly seen during the warmer months.

Observing the Painted Lady butterfly is a delightful experience for many nature enthusiasts, and its widespread distribution and migratory habits make it a fascinating species to study." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Plants / Flowers at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Flowers are the Romeos and the Juliets of the nature!” - Mehmet Murat ildan

Flowers after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Flowers after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Garden

Flowers after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Flowers with Rain Drops Kirstenbosch Garden


Red Flowers after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Red Flowers at Kirstenbosch Garden

Budding Flower after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Budding Flower after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Garden

Yellow Flower after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography
Yellow Flower after the Rain at Kirstenbosch Garden

Flower Species at Kirstenbosch Garden, Cape Town

"Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa, is renowned for its diverse and unique flora. The garden showcases a wide variety of indigenous South African plant species, including many beautiful flowers. Some common and notable flower species that are often found in Kirstenbosch:

Protea Species
  • Kirstenbosch is home to various Protea species, such as the King Protea (Protea cynaroides), South Africa's national flower.

Erica Species
  • The Cape Floristic Region, where Kirstenbosch is situated, is rich in Erica species, commonly known as heaths or fynbos.

Watsonia
  • These tall and striking flowering plants belong to the iris family and produce spikes of tubular flowers.

Aloe Species
  • Various Aloe species, such as Aloe ferox, are often found in Kirstenbosch. These succulent plants are known for their medicinal properties.

Restio Species
  • Restios are grass-like plants that are a prominent feature of South African fynbos vegetation.

Bulbs
  • Kirstenbosch is home to a variety of bulbous plants, including species like Gladiolus and Ixia, which produce colorful and distinctive flowers.

Disa Orchids
  • Indigenous orchids, like the vibrant Disa uniflora (Pride of Table Mountain), can be found in the garden.

Cycad Species
  • Kirstenbosch also features a collection of cycads, ancient plants with cone-like structures.

Clivia miniata
  • This popular flowering plant native to South Africa produces clusters of orange flowers and is often cultivated as an ornamental plant.

Buchu (Agathosma)
  • Some aromatic species of Buchu, used in traditional medicine, are found in the Kirstenbosch gardens.

Keep in mind that the diversity of plants in Kirstenbosch is extensive, and the garden is designed to showcase the unique and varied flora of the Cape region. The specific species you encounter may vary depending on the season and the specific areas within the garden you explore. For the most up-to-date and detailed information, consider checking with the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden or referring to their official website or publications." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Kirstenbosch Garden Image / Information on the Vernon Chalmers Photography Website: 

Glorious Morning at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden View

Vernon Chalmers 'Kirstenbosch Bird Species Index' View

From Darkness into Light... Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Butterflies and Sunbird at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Images © Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Map & Directions Kirstenbosch Google Map

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Website

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

01 December 2023

Photography Training Gift Vouchers Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Gift Voucher Options

With Practical Application at Intaka Island | Kirstenbosch Garden | Woodbridge Island

Or the Comfort of your own Home and / or Garden

Photography Training Gift Vouchers Intaka Island | Kirstenbosch Garden | Woodbridge Island
Photography Training Gift Vouchers Cape Town Image Vernon Chalmers / Design by Joseph Inns

Birthday / Christmas Photography Training Gift Voucher Options Cape Town
Most of my photography training / individual training sessions are available as a Birthday / Christmas / Other Special Occasion training gift voucher with an one year validity period.

Any Photography Training Gift Voucher purchased is valid for 1 YEAR

Photography Training Gift Vouchers Milnerton Woodbridge Island
Landscape Photography Training Gift Vouchers, Cape Town 

How Many Photography Gift Voucher Sessions / Cost?

Canon Photography Gift Vouchers Cape Town
Individual Canon photography training sessions are generally between two and four sessions (of up to 4 to 5 hours per session theory / practical) and are available for various one-on-one photography training options (Facilitator: Vernon Chalmers):
  • R500 for one session
  • R950 for two sessions
  • R1 650 for three sessions
  • R2 250 for four sessions

Canon Photography Training Practical Gift Vouchers for Kirstenbosch Garden
One or more individual sessions of small bird and flower photography (close-up / general) practical only at Kirstenbosch. Kirstenbosch photography training could be an individual session and / or be integrated with other training sessions at Milnerton / Woodbridge Island / Intaka Island. (Facilitator: Vernon Chalmers)
  • R600 for one session
  • R1000 for two sessions

Contact Me direct if unsure of the different options / locations / objectives.

Rates / Sessions are only applicable for Canon Photography Gift Vouchers and will be valid for one year.

I'm also available to travel to facilitate Gift Voucher training on other locations. An additional cost will be added for traveling. More here >> 

Please note that all my camera and photography skills development training sessions are only available for owners of Canon EOS / Canon EOS R / Canon PowerShot digital cameras - and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. For Adobe Lightroom training it could be any camera brand.

Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Gift Voucher Session Options
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Birds and Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch More
  • Birds in Flight / Bird Photography Training Intaka Island | Woodbridge Island More
  • Canon Speedlite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Training More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Sessions More
  • Real Estate / Interior Decor Photography Training More

Birds in flight Photography Training Gift Vouchers Cape Town
Birds / Birds in Flight Photography Training Gift Vouchers

Individual Learning Approach
The training sessions could be any combination of the photography training - Canon EOS / photography and / or Adobe Lightroom post-processing offer (see detailed options here).

Personalised Gift Voucher Information
All Photography Training Gift Vouchers to be prepared with a personal message and emailed as PDF document file.

Photography Training Location
All theory / settings / exposure training is facilitated in my training studio apartment in Milnerton, Cape Town (opposite Woodbridge Island). Own location optional - with traveling costs.

Practical applications could be around Woodbridge Island / Milnerton beach or Intaka Island Practical application will depend on the type of training selected.  Other areas will also be applicable.

Photography Training Practical Gift Voucher at Kirstenbosch Garden
Close-Up / Macro Photography Training Gift Vouchers, Cape Town

Photography Training Gift Voucher Costs
Training sessions are generally between two and thee sessions (of up to 5 hours per session) and range from R950 to R1 650 (excluding Accommodation) depending on specific Canon camera / training requirements. More sessions are also available.

Photography Training Gift Voucher Validity Period
Training sessions should be attended within one year after payment. Individual sessions will be scheduled to the maximum time and value benefit with delegate(s).

Photography Training Gift Voucher Transfer / Refund Policy
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Gift Vouchers are transferable (within the validity period), but not refundable.

Contact me for discussing specific Canon or Samsung photography gift voucher options

* Photography Training Gift Voucher Design Ⓒ Joseph Inns

* Photography Training Gift Voucher Image Ⓒ Vernon Chalmers

Bird Photography Training Gift Vouchers Kirstenbosch Cape Town
Bird Photography Gift Vouchers Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden 

Canon Photography Training Intaka Island | Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

Canon Photography Training Rates Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers Canon Photography Training Rates Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Canon Photography Training Pricing Cape Town 

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Photography Training Cost / Rates Milnerton, Woodbridge Island / Kirstenbosch, Cape Town

* Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates

* Learning Photography in the Comfort of your own Home / Garden  (Cape Peninsula)

Cost-effective photography training for assisting the new and more advanced Canon photographer developing specific camera / photography skills. 

From R750 for Canon EOS / EOS R camera per training session (up to four hours+). Canon PowerShot owners are welcome to contact me for specific training requirements.

R2 250 for three sessions one-on-one Photography Training Sessions (up to four hours+ each). 

Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing Training More >>

Gift Voucher Options More >>

Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Training Offering More Hours More >>

Please Note: Most training sessions are one-on-one / private instruction. From time to time there could be more than one delegate during a practical application, but the objective is to offer one-on-one training to all delegates. All training sessions will be discussed with individual delegates.

Photography Training Locations:
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Studio Arnhem Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Photography practical around Woodbridge Island or Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (for generally small birds and flowers).

International Pricing
Please Contact Me direct for Dollar / International Pricing.

Additional practical shooting sessions can be worked into the training.

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Milnerton Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Rates Milnerton Cape Town

Photography Fundamentals / Camera Settings / Application
A typical one-on-one training programme of three training sessions (excluding Adobe Lightroom Training and Canon Speedlite Flash Training) is equal to a minimum of 15 hours (3 x 5 hours) will be R2 250.


Lightroom Training and Canon Speedlite Flash Training = 2 sessions of 5+ Hours

Visit individual training genres for more detailed description and costing detail.

Costing Example - Birds in Flight Photography Private Training Classes Cape Town 3 Sessions
R2 250 per delegate. This to be inclusive of up to a minimum of 15 hours theory / settings training and a practical shoot around Woodbridge Island. Or any combination of theory and practical sessions.

Canon Camera / Photography Training Gift Vouchers Available View

Accommodation for Photographers
Vernon Chalmers photography training is facilitated from a self-catering apartment in Arnhem, Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) with an option for local and international photographers to overnight during the various training sessions. Optional accommodation will be calculated at reduced rates into the Photography Training Proposal / Invoicing. More Information

Private Photography Training Rates Cape Town - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training
Canon Birds, Birds in Flight Photography Training, Cape Town

Proposals / Invoicing / Payment
Prospective delegates will receive a pro-forma training proposal / invoice. EFT payment is due after confirmation of learning areas and invoice acceptance. 

Private Training Classes Venue Milnerton, Cape Town
All Vernon Chalmers one-on-one / private training is facilitated in Arnhem Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) is a fully equip training studio apartment with access to a range of Canon EOS Full Frame / APS-C bodies and consumer / professional Canon lenses. Google Map: Vernon Chalmers Photography Training

Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Vernon Chalmers

Adobe Lightroom Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
The Milnerton, Cape Town studio is equip with a high-performance workstation computer (with two Samsung 24" LED monitors) for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC training  - only as part of a specific photography genre selection.

Canon Photography Private Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Birds and Flower Photography Kirstenbosch More
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Training More
  • Birds in Flight / Bird Photography Training More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography  More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography  More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing More
  • Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Photography Training More
  • Real Estate / Interior Decor Photography Contact Me 

Close-Up Flower Photography Courses Workshops Classes Milnerton Cape Town Vernon Chalmers Photography
Canon EOS R : Close-Up / Macro Photography Training, Cape Town

Ongoing Photography Training Support
Free online ongoing photography support Cape Town (Canon EOS bodies only)

All Canon EOS DSLR bodies / Autofocus Training

  • Canon Full-Frame Bodies (DSLR / Mirrorless)
  • Canon APS-C DSLR / Mirrorless (Crop Sensor) Bodies
  • Canon RF /  EF / EF-S or Compatible Lenses

More Private Photography Training Cape Town Information
Visit the Photography Workshops Cape Town page.

Contact Vernon Chalmers Photography Cape Town
Contact Me direct for specific information.


Woodbridge Island Cape Town Map
Woodbridge Island Map

Vernon Chalmers Photography Cape Town Map
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Canon EOS 6D: Landscape Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D : Landscape Photography Training Cape Town

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town 

Canon Autofocus Settings For Birds in Flight Photography

Learning, Understanding and Applying Canon EOS / Canon EOS R Autofocus Settings

Canon Autofocus Settings For Birds in Flight Photography :  © Vernon Chalmers
Pied Kingfisher with Catch Woodbridge Island : Copyright Vernon Chalmers

Canon Autofocus (AF) Settings for Birds in Flight Photography

Mastering Birds in Flight Photography 

Canon EOS / EOS R AF System Application

Over the past 10 years I have used more or less the same AF Settings for photographing birds in flight at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

Here is an overview of the Canon AF Settings (and other considerations) that I have applied with various Canon EOS APS-C and Full Frame bodies during this period.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF System / Dual Pixel CMOS AF II System
My main camera during the 10 year was the Canon EOS 7D Mark II paired with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. I am very impressed with the EOS 7D Mark II's Dual Pixel CMOS AF System and the only other / best AF System I personally used apart from the EOS 7F Mark II was the Dual Pixel CMOS AF II System deployed in the EOS R6 / EOS R5 / EOS R3.

Birds in Flight Photography Image Gallery

Setup and Tips for Birds in flight Photography

Mastering Birds in Flight Photography   Canon EOS / EOS R AF System Application
Mastering Birds in Flight Photography   Canon EOS / EOS R AF System Application

Canon EOS / EOS R Bodies used for Birds in Flight Photography (with different Canon lenses):


Human Behaviour for Birds in Flight Photography 
I am a firm belief that the camera, lens and AF settings in my hands is the 'default' configuration and that my own behaviour (mainly concentration / patience / handlings skills) and environmental factors are of much higher importance than the kit in hand (in the 'moment' of shooting). This is something I am mindful of each and every time I make the decision to photograph a bird in flight.

Canon EOS 70D Autofocus Settings For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS 70D Autofocus Settings For Birds in Flight Photography

My norm for birds in flight photography became 'all the other criteria' not part of the camera / lens pairing. The more experienced I became the more I settled with the same camera, lens and AF settings. I always attempt to shoot in the same light conditions. Not always possible, but I aim for the same environmental conditions on most shoots. 

Lately, the most important (and only) variable in my application and concentration is the particular bird in front of the lens (after making the decision to capture that specific in-flight subject).

This approach eliminates the thoughts that 'beter kit' will provide a 'beter image'. The (personal) focus now is almost exclusively on the self for enjoying the moment (with a secure undercurrent of trust in the technology and environmental factors).

This should also be the moment not only embedded in the mind of the photographer, but a moment shared with others for representing the sheer beauty of the natural world around us.

Considerations for improved Birds in Flight Photography

Canon Equipment 
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera Body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

AF / Manual Exposure Mode Settings
  • Shutter speed: 1/2500 - 1/4000s 
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - f/6.3
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-White Balance (AWB)
  • Auto ISO (400 - 3200)
  • AF Mode: Zone / Wide Zone
  • AF Case: Case 1 (Default)
  • AI Servo / 10fps multi-shot
  • RAW processing (shooting to RAW only)
  • Handheld
 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Setting
  • Autofocus On
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Focal Length 400mm

Canon Autofocus Settings For Birds in Flight Photography

"Canon's autofocus settings are crucial for capturing birds in flight effectively. Here are some specific autofocus settings and tips tailored for bird photography using Canon cameras:

AF Mode:
  • AI Servo AF Mode:** This mode is designed for continuous autofocus tracking and is essential for moving subjects like birds in flight. It continuously adjusts focus as the subject moves.

AF Area Selection:
  • Use Single Point or Expanded Area AF: 
  •  Single Point AF allows precise focus control. You can select a single autofocus point and place it directly on the bird to track its movement.
  •  Expanded Area AF enables you to use a cluster of AF points to track and maintain focus on a moving bird more effectively.

AF Configuration Tool:

Canon cameras offer different settings that help fine-tune autofocus performance.
  • Case Selection for AI Servo AF:
  • Some Canon models offer "Cases" that optimize AF settings for various types of movement. For birds in flight, consider using a Case that prioritizes continuous motion.
  •  Adjust the AI Servo Tracking Sensitivity to suit the speed and erratic movements of birds. A higher sensitivity might be necessary to track faster birds effectively.

Customizing Buttons for Autofocus:
  • Customizing buttons on your camera for quick access to specific AF functions can significantly improve your workflow. Assign buttons for functions like autofocus point selection, autofocus activation, or AI Servo activation for swift changes during shooting.

Back Button Focus:
  • Consider using back-button focus (decoupling autofocus from the shutter button) to have more control over focusing. It allows you to focus using a button on the back of the camera, while the shutter button is solely for taking the picture.

Continuous Shooting Mode:
  • Combine your autofocus settings with the continuous shooting (burst) mode to capture a sequence of shots. This increases the chance of getting a perfectly focused image, especially when birds are in erratic motion.

Test and Adjust:
  • Each Canon camera model might have specific autofocus features and controls. Take the time to understand your camera's AF system, practice in different scenarios, and adjust settings to suit your shooting style and the behavior of the birds you're photographing.

Environmental Considerations:
When photographing birds in flight, pay attention to the contrast between the bird and the background. If the bird blends with the background, the camera's autofocus might struggle to lock onto the subject.
Also, consider the lighting conditions. Adequate light can help the autofocus system work more effectively. Read More on Environmental Considerations

Understanding and experimenting with these autofocus settings, combined with continuous practice, will enhance your ability to capture stunning images of birds in flight using Canon cameras." (Source: ChatGPT 2023)

Canon EOS R6 Autofocus Settings For Birds in Flight Photography
Canon EOS R6 Autofocus Settings For Birds in Flight Photography

Other Canon Lenses Used
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
  • Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM lens
  • Canon EF 800mm f/11 IS STM lens

Birds in Flight Photography Post-Processing

Adobe Lightroom (Classic) from Version 5.7

Page Image Information : Canon Birds in Flight Photography (Woodbridge Island / Cape Town)

Image 1: Pied Kingfisher in Flight with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Image 2: Reed Cormorant in Flight with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Image 3: Juvenile Kelp Gull in Flight with Canon EOS 70D / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Image 4: Cape Shoveler Duck in Flight with Canon EOS R6 / RF 800mm f/11 STM Lens

Image 5: Grey Heron in Flight with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Grey Heron in Flight with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
Canon Autofocus (AF) Setting For Birds in Flight : Grey Heron Woodbridge Island

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