01 May 2020

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)

  • Bird / Flower Photography Kirstenbosch
  • Birds In Flight Photography Woodbridge Island
  • 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)

Canal Walk Century City with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens

Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Images: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

Objective: Demonstrating application of the relatively new and inexpensive Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM Ultra-Wide zoom lens mainly in an interior mall environment to assess Image Stabilization / Image Quality in Av Mode f/8.0 and Auto ISO (paired with Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera body).

Location
Canal Walk Century City Milnerton Cape Town

Equipment (Landscape Photography)
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Auto ISO 100 - 320
  • Shutter speed: various (up to 30 seconds)
  • Image Stabilization
  • Auto focus (lens)
  • Zero post-processing

(Click to Enlarge)
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens


Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Canal Walk Century City Canal Walk Century City Cape Town
Interior Sample Image: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

Table Mountain Views From Woodbridge Island, Cape Town 
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Milnerton Beach Sunset Views Woodbridge Island, Cape Town View

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Sample Images: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens (2014)
Objective: Demonstrating application of the new Canon EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM Ultra-Wide zoom lens paired with the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i DSLR camera body.

Note: Long exposures on Manfrotto Compact tripod. Hand-held photos used with Hoya Polarizing (CPL) filter. All photos in Av mode (Aperture Priority). No post-processing - just crops where applicable.

Location:
Lagoon beach Milnerton and Arnhem Milnerton Cape Town

Equipment (Landscape Photography)
  • Canon EOS 700D SLR camera body 
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens 
  • Hoya 67mm PRO1 DMC Polarizing Filter 
  • Manfrotto Compact tripod 

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings
  • Aperture: f/10- f/18 
  • ISO 100 
  • Shutter speed: various (up to 30 seconds) 
  • Image Stabilization 
  • Auto focus (lens) 
  • Zero post-processing (just crops) 

(Click to enlarge / slide show)
First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Table Mountain / Milnerton Beach

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Table Mountain / Milnerton Beach

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Lagoon Beach Milnerton

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Woodbridge Island / Milnerton

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens : Woodbridge Island / Milneron

First photos with Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens
Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens  :  Arnhem / Milnerton

Architecture :  Canal Walk Century City, Cape Town
Samples: Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Ultra-Wide Lens

Different Focal Lengths : Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
Landscape and General : V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Canon EOS 7D Mark II EOS iTR AF Testing

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the EOS 7D Mark II
Birds in Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II EOS iTR AF
As with all new Canon EOS Full Frame bodies - EOS 5D Mark IV / EOS 5DS(r) / EOS-1D X (II) - the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is equip with EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus) enabling the camera for potentially focusing faster on moving subjects when in AI Servo mode shooting moving subjects.

This 
EOS iTR AF function is supported by the detection capability of the RGB+IR metering sensor, which is working seamlessly with EOS iTR AF for allowing continuous tracking in AI Servo shooting mode.

According to Canon, EOS iTR AF should be enabled when photographing either a moving person (for face tracking) or moving subjects with a strong colour. Colour and face tracking provides a faster, more accurate focusing system.


The EOS 7D Mark II user manual (Setting the AF and Drive Modes: page 128) states that the camera will take longer to focus when EOS iTR AF is enabled in AI Servo mode and that the camera's maximum frames per second (fps) shooting of 10 fps will be reduced to 9.5 fps.

EOS iTR AF is only supported in Zone, Larger Zone AF or the 65-Point automatic selection AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. The same Zones will be applicable in 
EOS iTR A-enabled the Full Frame EOS bodies (within the 61-Point AF systems).

Comparing face detection performance and AF against obstruction

Comparing face detection performance and AF against obstruction


Setting Up EOS iTR AF (On / Off)
EOS 7D Mark II Menu: AF Sub-Menu / Sub-Section 4: Auto AF pt sel:
 EOS iTR AF On / Off 

Objective: To determine any shooting / image property changes and / or enhancements with the EOS iTR AF function enabled during my birds in flight photography. I've been shooting with the EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens for about two years without EOS iTR AF enabled. Time and reason enough for judging any AF tracking differences and / or improvements.

Equipment (Birds In Flight Photography)

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR camera body
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • Lexar Professional 800x / 120MB/s 32GB CF Card
  • Sandisk Extreme Plus SDHC™ UHS-I Card 95MB/s 32 GB 

Exposure / Focus Settings

  • Manual Mode Settings / Lens AF On
  • Shutter speed: 1/5000s
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Focal length 400mm
  • Auto-ISO (ISO 640)
  • Continuous shooting mode (10 fps) / AI Servo
  • AI Servo / AF Mode Option (Wide Zone AF / Case 1)
  • Lens AF On / No IS / Handheld

Location / Conditions

I went out this morning (in excellent light and conditions) and spent about two hours shooting around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - all the usual birds; geese, ducks, egrets and a few oystercatchers.

Birds in Flight
I'm adding two sets of 6 consecutive images here of two birds flying at pace, first an African Oystercather, which is at times difficult to track due to it black feathers (against the blue water) and then an Egyptian Goose flying towards me (tightly cropped in post-processing).

Initial AF Findings

I could sense no difference in any AF behaviour ito speed, locking on or tracking conditions irrespective of bird, speed and or background colour / textures.

The jury is still out how effective the EOS iTR AF function is for birds in flight. Of what I've experienced today I can honestly say that it made no real difference (when compared to similar shots with EOS iTR AF disabled). I will keep it enabled and to observe any changes over time ito different light conditions and perhaps smaller / bigger and different colour birds.


African Oystercatcher with EOS iTR AF (Click to enlarge / slide show)

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS Setup and Tips For Birds in Flight Photography

Egyptian Goose with EOS iTR AF (Click to enlarge / slide show)

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Photography: Testing EOS iTR AF on the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Birds in Flight Cape Town Canon EOS 7D Mark II Image Gallery

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