22 April 2018

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 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)
  • Ongoing support

Previous delegates are eligible for 25% Discount on any future photography training


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.

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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
2018 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. 

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.



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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 Canon Speedlite 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

21 April 2018

Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery

Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town

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Birds in Flight Photography Gallery Woodbridge Island / Cape Town (90+ images)
A gallery of various birds In flight sample images captured with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM lens shooting at 10 frames per second (and various AF Cases - as configurations of the advanced 65-Point AF System) at Woodbridge Island Cape Town.

Note: Fast shutter speeds / panning handheld in Manual Mode. All images processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 / 6 CC. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Cropping.


Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Fog / Higher ISO Performance
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II paired with the 400mm f/5.6L USM lens performs best in good light (up to ISO 1200) but, I am satisfied with most images up to ISO 3200 (in fog / low light conditions).

Impressions / Testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Cape Town

My original thoughts after testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II before replacing one of my Canon EOS 70D's with a new Canon EOS 7D Mark II as my main birds in flight / action photography body. 

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

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Auto-ISO for Birds in Flight Photography

All images in the below gallery were captured using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's Auto-ISO function. During the EOS 7D Mark II's 2014 launch the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was documented by Rudy Winston from Canon USA as Canon's most advanced Auto- ISO at the time (on any EOS body, including the Canon EOS-1D X).

The Auto-ISO range for most of the images are between ISO 320 - 1600. In our good light in Cape Town I'm more than satisfied with using the Auto-ISO setting at all times (for action photography) - the noise I do get is easily addressed in Adobe Lightroom.


Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town / Canon EOS DSLR Training
I offer a variety of Birds in Flight workshops and private tutoring in Cape Town. For my Photography Workshops Cape Town go Here and for private tutoring / skills development go Here or Contact Me for more information. 

Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape TownStarting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens - Photo / Sample Gallery Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers Copyright: Birds in Flight Photography Woodbridge Island, Cape TownPlease do not use / re-publish any Vernon Chalmers Birds in Flight photography images without permission. View the Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright Policy for more more information.


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Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark IIGrey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark IIRed-Billed Teal in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery

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Equipment (Birds In Flight / Action Photography)
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens 
  • Lexar Professional CompactFlash UDMA 7 32GB 
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32G

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Manual Mode Settings* (Settings for Birds in Flight Photography)

  • Shutter speed: 1/2000 - 1/5000s 
  • Aperture: f/5.6 - f/6.3 
  • Focal length 400mm 
  • Auto-ISO 400-3200 
  • AF Mode: Zone / Wide Zone 
  • AF Cases (1 / 2 / 6) 
  • AI Servo / 10 fps multi-shot
  • Handheld 

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Settings (for Birds in Flight Photography)
  • Autofocus On
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Focal Length 400mm

 Birds in Flight Photography: Post-Processing

  • Adobe Lightroom 5.7: Slight colour / lens profile correction
  • Adobe Lightroom 6: Slight colour / lens profile correction
  • RAW to JPEG conversion

*These are my primary go-to settings for Bird in Flight Photography around Woodbridge Island. Matter of fact, I don't change the settings much for perched birds or most other interesting stationary subjects. From time-to-time I may change to Av mode.

All Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens images © Vernon Chalmers 2015 - 2016


Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II / AI Servo Case Menu

Birds In Flight Photography with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Egyptian Goose in Flight / Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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