15 September 2019

Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS Fast Shutter Speed Action Photography - Woodbridge Island
Canon Photography Training Cape Town

Private Canon EOS DSLR Camera and Photography tutoring / training courses 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)
  • Adobe Lightroom post-processing training
  • Ongoing support

Canon Camera / Lens Requirements
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.

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

Photography Training Gift Vouchers
Most photography training sessions are available as Birthday / Christmas Gift training voucher options with a one year validity period. More information
  
Photography Private Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
  • Canon Speedlite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop 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.

Method of PaymentPayment Options>>

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS System / Menu  Setup & Training Cape Town
2019 Individual Photography Training Session Cost / Rates>>

From R500 per four to five hour session in Milnerton, Cape Town. Practical shooting sessions can be worked into the training. A typical training programme of three training sessions is R1 250-00.


This to be inclusive of up to 15 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 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). 

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Birds in Flight Photography Training Milnerton

Birds in Flight Photography Training Classes Cape Town - Image Vernon Chalmers  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Birds in Flight Photography Training Classes Cape Town - Image Vernon Chalmers  :  Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon Birds in Flight Photography Training Courses Milnerton, Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers facilitates the popular Birds in Flight Photography Workshop / Private Training (for Canon EOS DSLRs) in Milnerton, Cape Town - with hands-on practical sessions along the Diep River, Milnerton Lagoon and around the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island. 


More than 55+ different bird species (in-flight and perched) have been photographed over the last couple of years - all within a relatively short walking distance from the training studio apartment. Google Map / Bird Species

Birds in Flight Photography Training Costs:


Canon EOS Bodies with Advanced AF Systems: R1 250-00 (Three Sessions) 

Other EOS Bodies (Less advanced AF Systems): R950-00 (Two Sessions)

Birds in Flight Photography training can be combined with other genres and / or Lightroom post-processing for three sessions at R1 250-00

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

Photography Training Gift Voucher
Birds in Flight Photography training is available as a Birthday / Christmas Gift training option with a one year validity period. It could also form part of general Canon camera training option as well. More information  

Method of Payment
Payment Options>>

Please note: 25% discount applies 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 length300mm 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 Training Milnerton, Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography Training Milnerton, 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 - 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 / 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

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Canon Photography Private Training Courses Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop More

    Show Focus Points: Adobe Lightroom Plugin for Canon DSLRs

    Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Show Focus Points for Adobe Lightroom Version 1.01
    This free plug-in is an easy and quick installation via the Lightroom Plug-In Manager and then provides access to your camera's focus points via the Library Module.

    By default Adobe Lightroom 5 / 6 / 7 does not offer any way to view your camera's focus points, but the Show Focus Point Adobe Lightroom plugin shows which focus points were selected by your camera when the photo was taken.

    The Show Focus Points: Adobe Lightroom Plugin Works in Lightroom 5 and above. Currently works with Lightroom 5, 6, and CC

    Download >>  Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

    All the relevant EXIF data and additional focus information will be available for each image viewed via the Show Focus Points plugin. 

    I find the Show Focus Points plugin in Lightroom 5 / 6 / 7 an essential part of my own workflow for fine-tuning my Birds in Flight / Action photography. 

    My own software operating environment: Windows / Lightroom  Classic CC Ver 7.5 (desktop). Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin works (in my post-processing environment) on Lightroom 5,7 / Lightroom 6 / Lightroom 7 Classic CC. 

    During my my Adobe Lightroom private training in Milnerton, Cape Town I briefly demonstrate the Show Focus Points plugin (and installation) if required.

    Download >> Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

    AF Points Lock On
    For the below Canon EOS 7D Mark II example I used Large Zone AF and the Show Focus Points plugin clearly show the four AP points that locked on - spot on in terms of the area that I focused on. The legend in the plugin will provide more detail ito specific AF-system used and which individual AF points locked on when focus was achieved (in-camera).

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Focus Lightroom Points Plugin Example
    For the below image I used my Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm capturing an Egyptian goose at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 

    EXIF / Focus information provided by the Lightroom Show Focus Points plugin:
    • Camera:  Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • Lens: EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
    • Focal Length: 400mm
    • Exposure: 1 / 5000s / f/6.3 / ISO 1000
    • Focus Mode: AI Servo AF
    • AF area mode: Large Zone AF
    • Focus / subject distance: between 15.17 m and 140.58 m
    • Depth of Field: 9.08 m (73.60 - 82.68 m)
    • Hyperfocal Distance: 1332.82 m
    • Total number of AF Points:  65 AF Points
    • Number of AF Points selected: 25 AF Points

    Autofocus / Active Focus Point(s) Legend / AF Grid
    Specific AF information will be provided by the plugin's Legend - Actual AF information will vary by camera and in-camera AF-selection options.

    Image (From Canon EOS 7D Mark II / from the Library Module in Lightroom 6)
        
    Image 1: Original file in Adobe Lightroom 6 (RAW to JPEG conversion)

    Image 2: Uncropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points

    Image 3: Cropped RAW Image with Focus Point information from Show Focus Points 

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    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Image in Lightroom 6
    Image 1 : Original RAW File (Adobe Lightroom 6)


    Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
    Image 2 : Uncropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6)

    Show Focus Points - Adobe Lightroom Plugin
    Image 3 : Cropped Image - Focus Point Information (Adobe Lightroom 6) 

    Camera models supported by the Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin

    Lightroom Focus Points plugin currently works for all past-2002 Canon EOS DSLRs

    Canon EOS 1D X / 1D C, 1D Mark 4, 1Ds Mark3, 1D Mark3, 1Ds Mark2, 1D Mark2 N, 1D Mark2 - 5D Mark 3, 5D Mark 2, 5D Mark2, 5D, 6D, 7D - 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D - 700D, 100D, 650D (Rebel T4i), 600D (Rebel T3i), 550D (Rebel T2i), 500D (Rebel T1i), 450D (Rebel XSi), 400D (Rebel XTi), 350D (Rebel XT), 300D (Rebel), M, EOS 1100D, EOS 1000D. Most Canon Powershot models should work as well.

    Compatibility Source: Lightroom Focus Points Plugin PDF User Guide

    Getting to know your camera's Autofocus System

    Getting to know your camera's Autofocus (AF) System for Action Photography
    With Canon EOS 7D Mark II  :   Zone AF Mode / Case 1
    Inside the modern Canon EOS DSLR (and all other brands for that matter) is an Autofocus (AF) System for assisting the photographer for tracking and capturing any type of shot (not just action).

    Some of these systems use a basic 9-Point deployment and it can go up to an advanced and user-configurable 65-Points (and more) with various AF sub-arrays and AF zones.

    I personally don't mind if I'm shooting with any of the current Canon AF Systems. More important is to get familiar with the various configurations of the AF system, its responsiveness and tracking ability vs the photographer's skill set and physical responsiveness.

    I've seen many new photographers improving their action photography over time and its basically two main areas:

    Getting to know the camera and AF System
    This is something that can take months to learn and to develop an intuitive understanding of the camera / AF system's ability with different action genres and in different light conditions.

    Anticipation and tracking of the fast moving subject
    New action photographers are quickly discourages when they fail to even see the subject (i.e. bird in flight) in the camera's viewfinder. It can take three to six months of regular weekend shooting for mastering the anticipation and tracking of fast flying birds (in relation to physical responsiveness and getting to know the camera's various support systems).

    Article: Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography View>>

    In my Birds in flight photography skills development training I'm more than aware of the different challenges that new photographers may have, different cameras and different levels of physical reflexes for learning and mastering fast action photography.

    During training I use the Lightroom Show Focus Points Plugin for identifying and demonstrating to new photographers exactly where they / their camera placed the AF points relative to the moving subject.

    The first of the two images (top image) is the post-processed image of a common starling captured last week at Woodbridge Island with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

    The second image (below this paragraph) is a cut and paste from Lightroom showing the AF points array of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II 's 65-Point AF points superimposed on the common starling image. The two boxes with dark red and black borders are the two AF points with which focus was achieved. The red and white boxes is the specific zone I selected (for moving subjects in this case).

    On the right of the image is the Focus Information and Legend section informing the photographer exactly what exposure settings / AF settings was used to capture the subject.

    Adobe Lightroom Show Focus Point Plugin

    Lightroom AF-Point Plugin
    The Lightroom AF-Point Plugin is an essential part of the developing photographers learning and is freely available for most current and older versions of Lightroom. For more information on the Lightroom Show Autofocus Points Plugin Go Here>>

    Digital Photo Professional (DPP)
    Canon's own Digital Photo Professional (DPP) editing and post-processing suite will have a similar function albeit with much less data. More information on downloading and using Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.10.50 for PC and Mac Go here>>

    Testimony of the Modern Autofocus System View

    Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town View


    Two Cost-Effective Canon Lenses for Bird Photography

    With Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    With Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
    Lens Choices for Birds / Birds in Flight Photography
    This is a topic I frequently discuss during my frequent Birds in Flight Photography training and workshops in Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

    The two Canon EF Lenses
    • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM  Lens
    • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens

    Canon EOS Bodies Used
    • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • Canon EOS R

    Note: Birds in Flight Photography images from both lenses are at the end of this article.

    Both prime and (certain) zoom lenses are good to go for Birds in Flight photography (and perched birds), but there are various criteria for enthusiast photographers to consider:

    • Importance of Birds in flight Photography
    • Zoom vs Prime (fix focal length) lens
    • Canon vs. other lenses (i.e.Sigma / Tamron)
    • Full frame and / or crop camera body
    • Using tele-converters (and compatibility)
    • Autofocus speed (NB for birds in flight)
    • Weight (mobility for carrying long periods)
    • Cost of ownership (Budget / ROI)

    Compatibility with Canon EOS Full Frame / APS-C (Crop) Bodies
    Both these Canon EF lenses are fully compatible with all Canon EOS DSLR bodies. Paired with the Canon EOS Full Frame bodies (i.e. EOS 6D / EOS 5D Mark IV) it will be 400mm focal length or 100-400mm focal length range.

    On Canon EOS APS-C bodies (i.e. EOS 700D  / EOS 80D / EOS 7D Mark II) it will be the focal length of the lens at any range x the 1.6 crop factor. I.e on the EOS 7D Mark II it with a 400mm prime lens will be 400mm x 1.6 = 640mm (Field of View). Most post-processing software will register the focal length in the EXIF Data as the standard lens focal length (irrespective of the 1.6 crop factor).  


    Canon EF Alternative Lens: The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens (Canon EF) is a popular birds / birds in flight lens with my clients / students and the results I have analysed with both Canon Full Frame and APS-C (Crop) bodies compares very well with the two Canon lenses.

    Summary of Canon's popular 400mm focal length lenses for Birds in Flight photography (and other nature / wildlife applications):

    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime / Telephoto Lens


    This high-performance lens was designed with portability and handling ease in mind. One Super UD-glass element, whose characteristics are similar to fluorite, and one UD-glass element result in sharp pictures from corner-to-corner. The lens also has a built-in hood and a detachable tripod mount (Ref: Canon USA).

    A very cost-effective / value lens lens for birds in flight and perched birds for both Canon EOS APS-C or full frame bodies is the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. It's a prime lens at 400mm (no zoom) with very quick autofocus and sharp image quality. Its mobile enough to carry all day and once you get used to the 400mm fix focal length its a gem of a lens
    .

    Note: This lens does not feature Image Stabilization (IS), but its not really a concern for Birds in Flight Photography. At fast shutters speeds of 1/1000's to 1/5000's IS is not necessary. This is my most used lens and I shoot with it all day handheld at shutter speeds up to 1/5000s.The perched kingfisher below was shot with this lens in Av Mode: f/5.6 / ISO 1600 / 1/5000s.

    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens: Professional / Consumer Reviews
    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens: Professional / Consumer Reviews

    An affordable / fast Autofocus lens for Birds in Flight Photography

     Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime / Telephoto Lens
     Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime / Telephoto Lens

    Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom lens

    This lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power that’s great for sports and wildlife photography. The lens features one fluorite and one super UD element to help provide impressive contrast and resolution with reduced chromatic aberration across the entire zoom range.


    Canon’s new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces help lessen smears and fingerprints. A 9-blade circular aperture renders beautiful, soft backgrounds, and a 3 mode (standard, panning and exposure only) Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 steps* of image correction. (Ref: Canon USA)

    Currently the newer Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens is one of the most popular Canon lenses for a variety of genres / applications and of course, for birds in flight. It was launched the same time as the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and also pairs well with said body and the Canon Extender / Tele-converter EF 1.4x III.



    Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II Lens: Professional / Consumer Reviews

    More information>> Canon USA

    Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Zoom lens
    Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Zoom lens

    These lenses and many other cost-effective / suitable birds in flight photography lenses will be discussed during the upcoming Birds in Flight Workshop.

    I've used both Canon lenses on the following bodies (over the last few years)
    • Canon EOS 700D
    • Canon EOS 70D
    • Canon EOS 80D
    • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • Canon EOS 6D
    • Canon EOS R

    Birds in Flight Workshop Cape Town:  More Information

    All Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshops Cape Town 2017: All Workshops


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

    All bird in flight / perched bird images by Vernon Chalmers
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    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime / Telephoto Lens Sample Images / More Images

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    Two Canon EF 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photographers
    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens / Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime / Telephoto Lens Sample Images
    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens / Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime / Telephoto Lens Sample Images
    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens / Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime / Telephoto Lens Sample Images
    Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens /  Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Zoom lens Sample Images / More Images

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     Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Zoom lens
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens /  Canon EOS 7D Mark II

     Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Zoom lens
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Two Canon EF 400mm Lens Options for Birds in Flight Photographers
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens /  Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Canon EOS R - Sample Birds in Flight Photography Images

    Birds in flight Sample Images with Canon EOS R / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
     (and Canon EF 1.4x III Extender / Tele-Converter)


    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R

    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R

    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R

    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R

    Non-Flight Image Sample Canon EOS R with same lens

    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R
    Canon EF 100-400mm f//4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens / Canon EOS R

    Canon EOS R First Impressions and Sample Images View

    Capturing / Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography View

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

    Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View