25 September 2019

Another MOCAA Image published by National Geographic

As a National Geographic Partner photographer I had a second image from my Cape Town Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa snapshot series published in an additional National Geographic South African Travel Destination publication.

Image with Canon EOS 6D / EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens in Av Mode: f/11 / Auto-ISO / Handheld @ MOCAA V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

National Geographic Publication: South Africa Tourism Destination

Vernon Chalmers National Geographic Image from MOCAA V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers National Geographic Image from MOCAA V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

24 September 2019

Great white pelican in flight over Woodbridge Island

Happy to see the Great White Pelican above Woodbridge Island again

I did a mini-shoot with a few members from the Tygerberg Photographic Society this morning. It was a bit windy, but very nice to see everybody and to discuss / share Birds in Flight photography knowledge.

All great white pelican photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f/6.3 / ISO 1250 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).


Location: Woodbridge Island Milnerton Cape Town. More great white pelicans in flight at Woodbridge Island.


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Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island

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

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town View

20 September 2019

Canon EOS 7D Mark II versus Canon EOS R Birds in Flight Observation

Not a true empirical / ideal comparison, but its the best I have on the EOS 7D Mark II and the Canon EOS R (for Birds in Flight / Action photography).

Shooting conditions more / less the same at Woodbridge Island ito weather. Image of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II may have been a tad closer.

Image 1: Canon EOS 7D Mark II (APS-C / Crop body) with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens @ f/5.6

Image 2: Canon EOS R (Mirrorless Full Frame body) with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens with EF 1.4x tele-converter @ f/8

Notes on Focal Length and Field of View:
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Lens = 400mm focal length x 1.6 crop factor
  • Canon EOS R / Lens / TC = 400mm focal length x 1.4x tele-converter

Notes on Continuous Speed Frames Per Second (fps) Shooting
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Lens = 10 fps via Optical Viewfinder (OVF)
  • Canon EOS R / Lens / TC = 5 fps via Electroniv Viewfinder (EVF)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II (APS-C / Crop body) with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens
Image 1: Canon EOS 7D Mark II (APS-C / Crop body) with EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens Source>>

Canon EOS R (Full Frame body) with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM with EF 1.4x TC
Image 2: Canon EOS R (Full Frame body) with EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM with EF 1.4x TC Source>>

AF comparison at the time: EOS 7D Mark II much more responsive through the Optical Viewfinder (OVF) than the Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) of the EOS R.

I had quite a few opportunities with the EOS R in my Birds in Flight shooting environment (in various light) and at the time could not get / configure the AF responsiveness to anything close to what I'm used to with the EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Although the EOS R had a recent Firmware Update addressing the lethargic AF there is no way I would personally change the EOS 7D Mark II for EOS R / EOS RP / EOS M for Birds in Flight / Action photography.

Latest EOS R / RP Full Frame Mirrorless Firmware Updates
Since my initial observations there was a Firmware Update (Canon EOS R) for enhancing various functions and I believe AF performance as well. I have not worked with the body again, but will follow the update(s) with interest.

Canon Releases EOS R Firmware Update 1.4.0  as an AF Improvement Update during September 2019.

Link to the Canon EOS R on my Canon Camera News Cape Town Website: Canon EOS R / RP Firmware Update

Motivation for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II vs EOS R Comparison
As an experienced birds in flight photographer and birds in flight photography trainer I had a fair amount of requests from local photographers to do this comparison. It is probably not a fair comparison to compare the action performance of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II with the Canon EOS R, but it was nevertheless done to provide potential buyers of the EOS R with a sense of the expected action performance of the EOS R vs a high-performance Canon DSLR.  

First Impressions Canon EOS 7D Mark II View>>

First Impressions Canon EOS R View>>

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View>>

Birds in Flight Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town Training>>

Cape Wagtails in Flight - Woodbridge Island

Fast flying Cape Wagtails over the Diep River / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. These little birds are incredibly fast and nimble, making them quite challenging to capture in flight.

 All photos copyright Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f6.3 / ISO 800 - 1250 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).

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Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Cape Wagtail in Flight - Woodbridge Island
Cape Wagtail : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town 
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Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

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Great White Pelican in flight - Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Great White Pelican in flight - Woodbridge Island
It's a very big welcome back to the pelicans. Haven't seen them for a few months. Happy to have them back over / and hopefully on Woodbridge Island.

All pelican photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens. (Manual Mode: f6.3 / ISO 640 / 1/5000s / 10 fps / AI Servo / Extended Zone AF / AF Case 1 / Handheld).

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Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 

Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight  : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Great White Pelican in Flight: Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


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

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

19 September 2019

Great White Pelican, Woodbridge Island

Great White Pelican down the Diep River, just off Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lagoon (opposite the Milnerton Golf Course, Cape Town), basking in the morning sun. We don't see them that often around Woodbridge Island and mostly individually or a pair.

Photos by Vernon Chalmers with Canon EOS 70D and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens. Conditions misty / overcast - all photos handheld.

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Eastern White Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island
Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town


Eastern White Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island
Pelican Diep Rivier Milnerton / Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Great White Pelican Taking Flight

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Bird Species Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

17 September 2019

Photography Training Gift Vouchers for Birthdays / Christmas

Photography Training Gift Vouchers and Ideas for Birthdays / Christmas
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Gift Vouchers and Ideas for Birthdays / 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 a one year validity period.

How Many |Sessions?
Training sessions are generally between three and four sessions (of up to 5 hours per session) and range from R850 to R1 250. These rates / sessions are only applicable for Gift Vouchers and will be valid for one year.

Current Delegate / Training Client Discount
(Since 2013)
Standard 25% discount will apply for purchasing / making a booking for somebody else.

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

Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Gift Voucher Options
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing

Photography Training Gift Vouchers for Birds in Flight Training Cape Town
Photography Gift Voucher: Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town
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 Photography 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). Practical applications will be around Woodbridge Island / Milnerton beach. Practical application will depend on the type of training selected.

Photography Training Gift Voucher Costs
Training sessions are generally between two and thee sessions (of up to 5 hours per session) and range from R850 to R1 250 (excluding Accommodation) depending on specific Canon camera / training requirements.

Method of Gift Voucher Payment: Payment Options>>


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 photography gift voucher options

Photography Training Gift Vouchers for Birthdays / Christmas
Macro Photography : Canon EOS 6D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens & Speedlite Flash

Flexible Photography Private Training Milnerton

Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering = Bird / Wildlife Photography
Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town 
Offering individual photographers with private and flexible Canon EOS / Photography training classes in Milnerton, Cape Town.

Training Objective
To assist the developing Canon EOS photographer with an integrated learning approach for mastering the more advanced camera and exposure settings within selected application and genres of any Canon DSLR EOS APS-C or Full-Frame interchangeable-lens camera (i.e Canon EOS 1300D / 60D / 7D / 6D / 5D).

The complete image management / workflow process will be discussed with an introduction to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC either as an introduction or a hands-on post-processing learning module (depending on delegate genre / module selection).

Delegates will be able to select specific areas to suite specific photographic applications / genres depending on personal requirements and current / future lens selections. Training may be scheduled over a period of time and does not have to be completed on a specific date.

Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training - Landscape / Long Exposure Photography
Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Training - Canon EOS 700D
Flexible Modules
The training will be from any combination of the Canon EOS / Photography training I offer via workshops or private training sessions. All training will be structured around a general Canon EOS Menu / Exposure Modes module and then elective application / genre modules.

Duration of the Training
Three sessions of up to five hours each (with a minimum of fifteen hours) during the day, evening or Saturday mornings. All training will be inclusive of practical applications (depending on application / genre selection).

Camera / Photography Training Resources
Each delegate will receive Canon EOS-specific and application / genre-specif printed notes and updated URLs on my website linked with more related information.

Training Location
Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering - Macro / Close-Up Photography
Macro / Close-Up Photography Training - with Canon EOS 70D
All training is facilitated in my training studio apartment in Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Practical application will be discussed with individual delegates depending on application and genres. Map | Directions

Delegates are welcome to Contact Me for discussing specific requirements where-after a Canon EOS Photography Proposal / Invoice will be forwarded to email address(es) op choice with recommended training and EFT / online payment options.

Costing 
Cost per Delegate: R850-00 for two sessions. R1 250 for three sessions (5 hours per session and will include selected / specific practicals – depending on selections).

EFT / Credit Card Payment Options

Photography Training Gift Voucher
This photography training class is available as a Birthday / Christmas Gift training voucher option with a one year validity period. It could also form part of general Canon camera training option as well. More information>>

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

Learning Areas
Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering - Adobe Lightroom / Digital Workflow Post Processing Training
Adobe Lightroom / Digital Workflow Post Processing Training
It is recommended that delegates that will attending in small groups to have more / less the same learning and practical requirements.

Canon EOS bodies and lenses may differ, but the application and genre requests should be the same.

Specific learning areas are workshops and training sessions I frequently facilitate. Below links to provide more information on the two to three session training I do per genre.

General Learning Areas
  • Canon EOS Menu System
  • Exposure Settings (Av / Tv / Manual / Bulb Modes)
  • Creative application working with Aperture / Shutter Speed
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / Manual Focus Techniques
  • Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing Introduction (if required)

Specific Training Workshop Learning Areas (to select from)
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop More

Contact Me for more information or discussing other requirements.

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

Flexible Canon EOS / Photography Private Training Offering - Action / Birds in Flight Photography
Action / Birds in Flight Photography Training - with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training Cape Town

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Sea Point, Cape Town - Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography
Long Exposure Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

This offer is available for individual photographers or small group bookings (up to four delegates). With scalable training rates from two to four delegates.

Flexible Training Dates
Sessions to be scheduled with individual delegates / groups in terms of everybody's availability and could be during the week / weekends.

Training Objective: Blue Hour Photography
To assist the developing Canon EOS photographer with mastering landscape and long exposure photography with the main focus on blue hour long exposures working with changing natural light (before sunrise and then sunset and beyond).

Required Equipment
Any Canon DSLR camera with any lens in the 10mm - 70mm focal length range. (i.e. the Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens is more than suitable). A sturdy tripod is a mandatory requirement for long exposure photography.

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography
Training Duration
Three sessions: one theory / settings session (up to five hours) in my studio training apartment and two practical sessions (one before-sunrise session and one sunset into the night light).

Training Location
All theory / settings / exposure training is facilitated in my training studio apartment in Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island). Practical applications will be around Woodbridge Island / Milnerton beach.

Costing 
  • Cost per Delegate: R850 for the three sessions
  • Total cost for two Delegates: R1 550 (single payment)
  • Total cost for three Delegates: R2 200 (single payment)
  • Total cost for four Delegates: R2 750 (single payment)

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training is also available as a Photography Training Gift Voucher

Learning Areas (theory / setting sessions)
  • Camera / Lens Settings
  • Exposure / Focus Settings
  • Long Exposure Techniques
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Introduction to post-processing (if required)

Delegates will be briefed wrt the two practical sessions in terms of time / weather and other logistics.

Contact Vernon Chalmers for more information (or discussing other requirements).

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

Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography Training
Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island - Blue Hour Long Exposure Photography

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16 September 2019

Southern Red Bishops in flight - Table Bay Nature Reserve

On my arrival in the Table Bay Nature Reserve last week I followed the bishops for a while, but gave up photographing them in flight due to the thickness of the reeds and the skittishness of the birds hopping and flying around.

I took a walk around the reserve and onh my way out tried the bishops again. This time as was a little more fortunate in getting a few in-flight images that is worth publishing. 

Consecutive frames
The two images are consecutive frames at 10 fps taking advantage of the fast shooting speed of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Lightroom Post-Processing

All images processed in Adobe Lightroom 8. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Sharpness and noise reduction applied.

Cape Town Location
Milnerton Lagoon Woodbridge Island, Cape Town. Over the Diep River flowing past the Milnerton Golf Course.

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Red Bishop male in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island
Red Bishop male in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Red Bishop female in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island
Red Bishop female in flight in the Table Bay Nature Reserve, Woodbridge Island

Equipment (Birds In Flight / Action Photography)
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • SanDisk Extreme 64GB 120MB/s CF Card

Manual Mode Settings
  • Shutter speed: 1/4000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 800)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Large / Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight Photography Gallery View

Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town View

Birds in Flight Photography Training Gift Vouchers View


Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Lightroom Post-Processing

Cropping and Lightroom Post-Processing with my Birds in Flight Photography Setup
A few weeks ago I captured a butterfly with my Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight setup (non -macro / non-close-up) with the objective to see to what extend it will be usable online - and for a few other projects I'm currently researching.

Minimum Focus Distance (MFD)
The minimum focus distance of the 400mm lens used (from front lens element to subject) is 3.5 meters - not really made for close-up work as is.

1st Image: RAW image processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 and the free Google Nik Suite plugin (exported as JPEG). Download the free Google Nik Suite

2nd Image: RAW Image - Straight Out Of Camera (exported as JPG).


Location: Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

Canon Camera / Lens Settings

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • M Mode: f/6.3 ISO 1000 1/5000s
  • Wide Zone AF on
  • AI Servo on
  • 10 fps
  • Handheld

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Post-Processing
Image 1 :  Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens (Cropped)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: Cropping and Post-Processing
Image 2 :  Canon EOS 7E Mark II / 400mm Lens (Original RAW)

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

Birds in Flight Photography - Skills Training Cape Town

Swift Tern Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Recent Vernon Chalmers Bird In Flight Photography Cape Town images published here

Private / Small Group Birds in Flight Photography Skills Training Cape Town
Increase your Canon EOS DSLR Birds in Flight photography skills with individual / small group workshop skills development training with Vernon Chalmers in Milnerton / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. Master the required camera and exposure settings with hands-on practical sessions around Woodbridge Island. 


Intermediate to Advanced Birds in Flight Photography Training Cape Town
Any photographer 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 instruction will be provided for all modern Canon EOS bodies up to the 65-point AF system. Please see the skills development  / learning areas below.

Egyptian Goose Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 70D)
Birds in Flight Practical at Woodbridge Island
With more than 25 bird species Woodbridge Island offers year-round opportunities for capturing birds in flight.  A practical / walk-around shooting session will be arranged as soon as possible after completing the theory session. This is an opportunity for experimenting with the various exposure settings, AF system configurations and capturing / composition techniques. Guidance will be on hand for fine-tuning of exposure settings and AF system configurations.

Cost: From R850-00 (depending on training requirements)

What do you need to bring? A Canon EOS DSLR Camera, telephoto or zoom lens & your own memory card.

Recommended min lens focal length

250mm - 300mm ie: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6(L) IS USM zoom or EF 300mm f/4L IS USM prime lens (or any 3rd party lens of similar FL). I predominantly use the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens or Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens with both Canon Full Frame or APS-C / Crop bodies. I've had success with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens in the past as well (paired with the Canon EOS 700D).

Continuous Canon AF and body assistance / support for fine-tuning specific Canon EOS body / lens combination.

Contact Me  for more information / booking detail (or Canon EOS training in other areas).

Delegates will receive a ring binder folder with all the relevant information and other useful resources.


Skills Development / 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 
  • Post-processing considerations for Birds in Flight Photography 
* Specific learning areas will depend on learning requirements / current skills levels
Canon EOS Training Cape Town
Canon EOS Bodies / AF Systems
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 1D / 1D Mark II / 1D Mark III / 1D Mark IV)
  • 45-point AF System (EOS 80D) / Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • 61-point AF System (EOS 5D Mark III / EOS 5Ds / EOS 5Ds R / EOS-1D X) 
  • 65-point AF System (EOS 7D Mark II)

Birds in Flight Photography - Individual Skills Training Cape Town
Canon EOS 7D Mark II (AI Servo Case Menu - Case 2)

Canon EOS AF Guidebooks

Owners / users of the following Canon EOS bodies will receive a matching e-copy of the Canon EOS Autofocus Guidebook:
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS-1D X
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Birds in Flight Photography - Individual Skills Training Cape Town
Small Bird Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photography - Individual Skills Training Cape Town
Sandwich Tern Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photography - Private / Individual Training Cape Town
Sandwich Tern Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photography - Private / Individual Training Cape Town
Swift Tern Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)
Birds in Flight Photography Private / Individual Training Cape Town
Sacred Ibis Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

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

Private Photography Training / Tutoring Milnerton

Private Photography Training / Tutoring Cape Town
Vernon Chalmers Canon Camera Photography Training / Tutoring

Vernon Chalmers presents Canon EOS DSLR camera / photography workshops in Milnerton Cape Town / Woodbridge Island.

Available Workshops / Private Tutoring (on request)

  • Birds In Flight Photography 
  • Close-Up / Macro Photography 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus Systems (APS-C Bodies) 
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash
  • Introduction to Canon EOS DSLR Cameras 
  • Introduction / Advanced Canon EOS 6D (Full Frame) 
  • Introduction / Advanced Canon EOS 7D / EOS 7D Mark II 
  • Introduction / Advanced Canon EOS 70D / EOS 80D
  • Introduction to Canon EOS bodies / EF lenses 
  • Introduction to Photography / Exposure Triangle 
  • Introduction / Using Canon Speedlite Flash
  • Landscape / Long Exposure / Night Photography
  • Social Media / Image Management / SEO Workshops
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 / 6 Editing & Workflow

Vernon Chalmers Photography Cape Town Training / Tutoring Rates


Please Contact Me to discuss any specific Canon Camera / Photography learning requirements. I am available to travel to specific locations for one-day and longer workshops.

New Year 2016 Fireworks Celebrations - Over Woodbridge Island / V&A Waterfront Cape Town

New Year 2016 Fireworks Celebrations - Over Woodbridge Island / V&A Waterfront Cape Town
Long Exposure / Night Photography Cape Town - Canon EOS 6D (Copyright Vernon Chalmers)

Canon Speedlite Flash Training Courses Milnerton

Canon Speedlite Flash Training Classes Cape Town
Canon Speedlite Flash Training Objectives
  • Learn how to effectively setup and manage your Canon Speedlite and / or built-in pop-up flash
  • Identify different light sources and how to balance flash and ambient light
  • Master the difference between E-TTL (II) and Manual flash modes - when to use which flash mode
  • Hands-on demonstration on how to effectively use bounce flash
  • Learn how to use your Speedlite outside for close-up nature photography
  • Understand and configure optical and wireless flash - this will be Speedlite dependent)

Training Facilitation
Canon Speedlite Flash Training classes are facilitated in Milnerton, Cape Town.

Cost per Delegate: R1 250-00. Two Sessions (25% discount if you've attended any of my previous workshops).

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

Method of PaymentPayment Options>>

What to bring
Canon EOS DSLR body / lens and any Canon Speedlite EX E-TTL flash (or just a Canon EOS DSLR body with a built-in flash).

Canon Speedlite Flash Training /  Workshops Cape Town
Canon EOS 6D @ 70mm / Canon 430 EX II (Bounced)
Photographers new to Canon Flash also welcome to attend
You don't necessarily have to own a Canon Speedlite flash for attending this training. Many of the flash technologies in Canon Speedlite flashes are also embedded in the pop-up / built-in flash on any APS-C Canon EOS DSLR (i.e. E-TTL / Manual Modes / Flash Exposure).

The pop-up / built-in flash settings are accessible and controlled via the flash control settings in the red menu section of most of the latest Canon EOS DSLR bodies.

The understanding and management of Canon flash properties are the same and the private training / workshop will provide a good opportunity for new photographers to learn how to apply ETT-L (II) / Manual Flash Modes for application in low light photography and / or other (indoor / outdoor) creative exposures.

Canon Speedlite flash provides various on and off-camera opportunities for improving / manipulating light(ing) conditions, but the fundamental flash and ambient light principles are the same.


All standard Canon exposure modes [Program (P) / Aperture Priority (Av) / Shutter Priority (Tv) / Manual (M) Modes] will be referenced throughout the training sessions with regard to Speedlite flash / ambient light(ing) strategies ito:
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed

Canon Speedlite Workshop / Private Training Learning Areas

Session 1 
  • Introduction to Flash Photography 
  • Canon Flash / Canon Speedlites
  • Light(ing) Considerations 
  • Camera Exposure Settings 
  • On-camera / Speedlite Settings 
  • Balancing Flash and Ambient Light
  • Guidance / Demonstrations (during presentation) 

Session 2 
  • Flash Exposure Modes (E-TTL / Manual)
  • Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) Control (E-TTL Mode)
  • Flash Power Settings (Manual Mode)
  • When to use High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash 
  • Using Speedlites with Modifiers
  • Off-Camera / Wireless (Master / Slave) Flash 
  • Macro Ring Lite Flash
  • Guidance / Demonstrations (during presentation) 

Canon Speedlites referenced during the workshop

  • Canon Speedlite 90EX
  • Canon Speedlite 270EX II
  • Canon Speedlite 320 EX 
  • Canon Speedlite 580EX II
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT
  • Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT (II)
  • Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
  • Canon Macro Ring Lite MT-24EX

Compatible Canon EOS Bodies for Wireless Flash Control*

  • Canon EOS 600D 
  • Canon EOS 650D / EOS 700D / EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 750D / EOS 760D / EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 60D / EOS 70D 
  • Canon EOS 80D 
  • Canon EOS 7D 
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II 
* Canon Full Frame bodies does not have built-in pop-up flash units and therefore requires an external flash / wireless transmitter with built-in wireless (master) control i.e Canon Speedlite 580EX II or Canon Speedlite Wireless Transmitter ST-E2.

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Canon Speedlite Flash Examples (with Canon EOS 6D / EOS 70D)

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Food Photography with Canon EOS 6D / 100mm Macro lens and Ring Lite MR-14EX II flash

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