01 January 2020

Vernon Chalmers Photography now using WhatsApp Business

Vernon Chalmers Photography Support / Communications now also available via WhatsApp
Important Update: Vernon Chalmers Photography Support / Communications now also available via WhatsApp.

From this week I will be using WhatsApp Business for complimenting my current client support, pre-training and booking information.

The WhatsApp Business number for messaging / phone calls - direct link: wa.me/27608878087 or 060 887 8087

Due to training commitments I may not always respond immediately, but there will be an auto-responder message if this is the case.

Please note: This number is for photography training / support purposes only. Please do not add / invite Vernon Chalmers Photography to any WhatsApp group functionalities et al.

I trust this new communication channel will be of substantial assistance to current clients with Canon EOS / photography support requests and possible new clients with pre-training / specific learning information requests.

More Information: Vernon Chalmers Photography Training

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

Birds in Flight Photography: Background Blur Considerations

Birds in Flight Photography: Background Blur Considerations
Pied kingfisher in flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Background Blur Considerations

Slower aperture lens on APS-C / Crop vs f/2.8 lens on Full Frame body

With a fast aperture lens, i.e. the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM super telephoto lens, its much easier to blur the background - and when paired with a full frame body its almost effortless (ito panning and the work required for rendering background blur compared to an APS-C / Crop sensor body and / or slower aperture lens).


The end result (ito background blur) may look very similar, but there was much more tracking, pre-focus and panning involved with the 1st image. 

Distance between foreground and background / depth of field for both images are very similar - and captured in the same area in the Milnerton Lagoon, Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

Due to the the larger sensor of the full frame body I was able to crop the 2nd image to more / less the same dimensions as the 1st image.

Image 1: Little Egret (with AI Servo AF tracking / panning)

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • M Mode: f/6.3 ISO 640 1/5000s Handheld
  • Multi-shot mode: 10 fps
  • Autofocus: Zone 

Image 2: Swift Tern
(with limited AI Servo AF tracking / panning)

  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
  • M Mode: f/4 ISO 500 / 1/4000s handheld
  • Multi-shot mode: 4.5 fps
  • Autofocus: Single Point

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Birds in Fliught Photography: Background Blur Considerations
Image 1 : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm f/5.6 Lens @ f/6.3

Birds in Fliught Photography: Background Blur Considerations
Image 2 : Canon EOS 6D / 300mm f/2.8 Lens @ f/4


Starting out with Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town

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

Canon EOS Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography

Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography