23 October 2020

African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town

African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town

A road trip trip via Kalk Bay, Simon's Town, Scarborough, Kommetjie and Noordhoek, took us to Monkey Valley (Noordhoek) for the most unforgettable lunch and sunset. 

One of the many highlights of the day, with artist and Nikon photographer, Linda Strydom, was an impromptu visit to the informal Arts & Craft Market / Souvenir Shop at Boulders Beach, Simon's Town.

On this crisp Cape Town morning we sampled the rich, creative  and unbelievable colours of African art (with the generosity of their creators giving us oodles of discount to purchase their craftmanship - this is actually sad as there is the obvious lack of tourism due to the global Covid Pandemic).

Image Gallery
10 images with Canon EOS 6D / EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens and Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Av Mode: Auto-ISO / various apertures (f/5.6-f/11).

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African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Craftmanship African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Craftmanship: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Craftmanship: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
African Textiles: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

Godfrey's Sunbird: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town
Godfrey's Sunbird: African Art & Craft Market - Boulders Beach, Simon's Town 

Milnerton, Cape Town Flea Market View

15 October 2020

Canon Camera System Change - From DSLR to Mirrorless

Cape Sparrow in Flight: Canon Camera System Change - From DSLR to Mirrorless

A Question on Camera System Change - and my personal / professional response as photographer and Canon EOS & photography trainer.


After testing the Canon EOS R6 I was asked by one of my longtime Facebook followers if I would change my EOS System (from DSLR to Mirrorless) for predominantly Birds in Flight photography - this question made me think and this was my unedited response: 

"Thanks for the question, mate. I wont change my system yet, purely for the fact that the EOS 7D Mark II / Ef 400mm f/5.6L lens fulfills most of my in-flight work at this stage (around my 'office / Woodbridge island'- with no real body shortcomings. I have other cameras for my other work. Landscape (EOS 6D) and a few other crops.

Changing / investing into the R System, for me, will probably happen over time. I do believe the R System is more mature now - for fast action et al. I like the mechanical shutter and the AF. I may want to add some more L glass to my bag. 

At this stage it will not be cost-effective to even start buying into the R System. I'm quite content with my bag full of EOS DSLRs and EF (L) glass - as it was quite an investment over time to fill the bag up to cover bodies / glass for my enthusiast / pro / teaching requirements. But you ask a very important question many photographers will think about as the R System is reaching maturity and becomes more fast-action competitive.

I'm keen to see what a possible R7 will bring - this maybe a start to purchase into the R system - with an RF adapter I will be able to use all current EF class. I do personally and professionally believe in the R System and am sure photographers buying into the EOS R5 and R6 will be happy. 

At the moment in my photo work I am searching for good light and the birds - still very happy with what is currently in my hands doing the chasing and creating. Thank you for providing an opportunity to do some quick self-checking here wrt my own strategic / asset objectives.

For me lately its what is in front of me - how do I create a better image in current environment? I don't really travel much for my photography - and am fortunate to do most of my own shooting here on my doorstep. So don't need lighter gear for instance. New kit may take my mind away for creating for a while, while I'm learning and fiddling with a new body. 

My birding setup is an example - I never think about settings really - just ensure I'm setup before a shoot, switch off the LCD and that's it. Don't look at camera, don't think camera, only chase the light and the birds (and angles for better backgrounds ) I don't mind doing new kit testing - it gives me as sense of the hardware evolution - am grateful that Canon can provide me with new kit - more so for my clients / students - to understand how it could also add value in their journeys."

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Thank you Roger Jones - you made me think and my (almost) instantaneous response to you at the time was the embedded affirmation that chasing light and birds is of higher priority than the camera in my hands.

Images: Cape sparrow / Yellow-billed duck - with Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/6.6L USM lens at Woodbridge Island, Cape Town.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight Gallery

Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight: Canon Camera System Change - From DSLR to Mirrorless
Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens

Latest Canon Digital Photo Professional DPP For Windows | Mac

Latest Canon Digital Photo Professional For Windows | Mac
Download Canon DPP 4.13.10 For Windows

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For Canon EOS and Powershot Photographers
Latest Free Canon Desktop Digital Professional (DPP) JPG / RAW Photo Editing Suite.

Will work with the older CR1 / CR2 and new CR3 RAW files from the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6

After the recent launches of the Canon EOS R5 And Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless camera, Canon updated DPP for supporting the new body.

The latest versions of the free Canon Desktop Digital Professional software (Ver 4.13.04) Download Links are available from my Canon Camera News website for both Windows and Mac.

Currently there is a Desktop Digital Professional Express App for iPad, but no Android version.

Please note:  a Canon EOS / Powershot camera serial number is required to enable the software download.

Or alternatively update can be performed directly from an older version of Digital Photo Professional. Go Help and Check for Updates.

Latest Canon Digital Photo Professional Download Links

For Windows Desktop
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Canon Digital Professional (DPP) 4.13.10 Supported Models
EOS Kiss M2 / EOS M50 II, EOS R5, EOS R6, EOS Kiss X10i / EOS REBEL T8i / EOS 850D, EOS-1D X Mark III, EOS Ra, EOS M200, EOS 90D, EOS M6 Mark II, PowerShot G5 X Mark II, PowerShot G7 X Mark III, EOS Kiss X10 / EOS REBEL SL3 / EOS 250D / EOS 200D II, EOS RP, EOS R, PowerShot SX70 HS, EOS D2000 *, EOS D6000 *, EOS D30, EOS D60, EOS 10D, EOS Kiss Digital / EOS Digital REBEL / EOS 300D Digital, EOS Kiss M / EOS M50, EOS REBEL T100 / EOS 4000D / EOS 3000D, EOS Kiss X90 / EOS REBEL T7 / EOS 2000D / EOS 1500D, EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D C, EOS-1D, EOS 80D, EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 60Da, EOS 60D, EOS 5DS R, EOS 5DS, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 50D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS 9000D / EOS 77D, EOS 8000D / EOS REBEL T6s / EOS 760D, EOS Kiss X9i / EOS REBEL T7i / EOS 800D, EOS Kiss X9 / EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D, EOS Kiss X8i / EOS REBEL T6i / EOS 750D, EOS Kiss X80 / EOS REBEL T6 / EOS 1300D, EOS Kiss X7i / EOS REBEL T5i / EOS 700D, EOS Kiss X70 / EOS REBEL T5 / EOS 1200D / EOS Hi, EOS Kiss X7 / EOS REBEL SL1 / EOS 100D, EOS Kiss X6i / EOS REBEL T4i / EOS 650D, EOS Kiss X50 / EOS REBEL T3 / EOS 1100D, EOS Kiss X5 / EOS REBEL T3i / EOS 600D, EOS Kiss X4 / EOS REBEL T2i / EOS 550D, EOS Kiss X3 / EOS REBEL T1i / EOS 500D, EOS Kiss X2 / EOS REBEL XSi / EOS 450D, EOS Kiss F / EOS REBEL XS / EOS 1000D, EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS Digital REBEL XTi / EOS 400D Digital, EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS Digital REBEL XT / EOS 350D Digital, EOS M100, EOS M10, EOS M6, EOS M5, EOS M3, EOS M2, EOS M, PowerShot G16, PowerShot G15, PowerShot G12, PowerShot G11, PowerShot G10, PowerShot G9 X Mark II, PowerShot G9 X, PowerShot G9, PowerShot G7 X Mark II, PowerShot G7 X, PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G3 X, PowerShot G1 X Mark III, PowerShot G1 X Mark II, PowerShot G1 X, PowerShot SX60 HS, PowerShot SX50 HS, PowerShot SX1 IS, PowerShot S120, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100V, PowerShot S100, PowerShot S95, PowerShot S90 *: Can now handle CR2 files converted with the CR2 Converter.

Canon Digital Professional (DPP) 4.13. 10 for Windows Sample Image Editing Screen Grab

Canon Digital Professional (DPP) 4.13. 10 for Windows
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01 October 2020

Landscape Photography Training Milnerton

Landsscpe Long Exposure Photography Training Cape Town Vernon Chalmers Copyright 01

Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Training Milnerton, Woodbridge Island

Vernon Chalmers facilitates beginner / intermediate level Landscape / Seascape / Long Exposure Training Courses at Milnerton and Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - with guided sunrise and sunset shooting sessions.

Training Dates: To be confirmed with individual delegates

Delegates are welcome to attend Sunrise and / or Sunset Sessions.

Training Cost: R2 450 per delegate for up to four sessions (two to three practicals)


Self Catering Accommodation Milnerton
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
Landscape / Long Exposure 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 PaymentPayment Options>>

Booking: Contact Vernon Chalmers 

25% discount for delegates who made any previous booking(s) via the Vernon Chalmers Website

Membership to the Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town Support Group

Delegates during a Landscape / Long Exposure Workshop Milnerton Beach Photo Credit Steve Williams
Delegates during a Landscape / Long Exposure Workshop Milnerton Beach
Training Objective / Training Level
For assisting the developing photographer with the understanding and application of intermediate to advanced landscape / long exposure settings and techniques (with ongoing Landscape Photography Training support).


At the end of the workshop / practical sessions you should be able to understand / grasp the techniques required to get the most from your own gear / and take your own photography to the next (more advanced) level. 

For Canon APS-C / Full-Frames DSLR bodies / lenses
The Landscape / Long Exposure Workshop will start with exposure / focus settings with reference to APS-C and Full Frame bodies) and then up to three practical sessions at Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Beach: a sunset session and again at sunrise and / or sunset session. Delegates are welcome to attend all three practical sessions.


Workshop Contents / Learning Areas
  • Introduction 
  • Camera Bodies / Lenses 
  • Camera / Lens Settings 
  • Exposure / Focus Settings 
  • Long Exposure Techniques
  • Tripods / Remote Releases
  • Filters Overview / Application 
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Introduction to Landscape Panoramas
  • Copyright / Online & Social Media Publishing
  • Practical Sessions (Milnerton Beach / Woodbridge Island)

Canon DSLR Camera Body / Lens Requirements
Any Canon EOS DSLR camera body with an ultra-wide / wide angle lens in ie. 10-18 / 18-55 / 18-135mm focal length APS-C format or Full Frame ie.16-35 / 24-70 / 24-105mm focal length will be suitable. Feel free to contact me if you're not sure.

Tripod
A sturdy tripod will be mandatory for the low light / long exposure sessions.

Cost: R950-00 per delegate for up to four sessions

Contact Vernon Chalmers for more information

All Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town promotions, bookings, and logistics are facilitated by Vernon Chalmers.

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V&A Waterfront Sunrise - Canon EOS 700D / 18-135mm Lens
V&A Waterfront Sunrise - Canon EOS 700D / 18-135mm Lens

Landscape / Long Exposure Workshop Cape Town - October 2016
Sea Point Sunset - Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens 

Long Exposure Photography - Milnerton Lagoon (Canon EOS 6D)
Table Mountain / Cape Town Before Sunrise - From Milnerton Beach (Canon EOS 6D)

Long Exposure Photography - Milnerton Lagoon, Cape Town (Canon EOS 6D)

Long Exposure Photography - Milnerton Beach (Canon EOS 700D)
Long Exposure Photography - Milnerton Beach, Cape Town (Canon EOS 700D)

The Wooden Bridge  Woodbridge Island After Sunset (Canon EOS 6D)
The Wooden Bridge  Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - After Sunset (Canon EOS 6D)

Photography Private Training Courses Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop More
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  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop More
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Taking advantage of Auto ISO - Official Canon Article

Taking advantage of Auto ISO is an official Canon Learning document. 

Using Auto ISO 500 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Image: Vernon Chalmers Photography
Using Auto ISO 500 with Canon EOS 7D Mark II - View Gallery
Many of my Canon EOS photography clients / students uses the Canon EOS-1D X II, Canon EOS 5D Mark III/ IV and Canon EOS 6D / II and high-end APS-C / Crop bodies (EOS 7D Mark II / EOS 90D / EOS 80D / EOS 70D amongst others). This article is an excellent resource to inform them of the official Canon motivation on using Auto ISO.

I only use Auto ISO for my birds in flight photography and for many new birds in flight photographers this is quite a departure from pre-set ISO's

I have used Auto ISO since 2013 for serious birds in flight starting with the Canon EOS 70D and rarely had noise issues up to ISO 1200 (with some noise reduction applied in post-processing).

Taking advantage of Auto ISO
Canon’s EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D possess a host of new features and improvements, including a significant refinement of Auto ISO, that makes the feature an even more practical option to working photographers and serious enthusiasts. Aside from the cameras’ outstanding high ISO image quality and significantly increased ISO range, the following features answer the requests of many serious shooters:

  • User can manually pre-set a minimum and maximum ISO range
  • For Auto ISO, the shooter can pre-set the minimum and maximum available ISO range (this is separate from the range for manually-adjusted ISO)
  • For the first time with an EOS SLR, the shooter can set a minimum shutter speed used with Auto ISO. If the shutter speed drops below this user-set value, the Auto ISO will automatically be raised

Auto ISO has become a feature many experienced SLR users are considering in certain shooting situations. This article will cover in detail these new settings and offer some possible scenarios where they might prove very useful.

Auto ISO
The EOS-1D X, EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D allow Auto ISO to be used in all shooting modes, including Manual mode, and all the ISO speed options are accessed from a single screen. But for many experienced shooters, the first question may be, “Why would I want to have the camera automatically set the ISO for me?”

One example is when lighting may change radically during shooting. Theater and concert photography, where stage lighting may change rapidly, are really good examples. Wedding ceremonies in churches are another example. With available light in the church, the photographer would have to speedily adjust when the doors open and the couple exits. Without missing a moment, Auto ISO would let the photographer work at higher ISOs indoors and seamlessly switch to lower ISOs outside.

Sports events that occur in the early morning or late afternoon, where half the field may be in direct sunlight and the other side in deep shade, are also challenging. Professional sports photographers used to have a few choices to deal with this situation, such as pre-setting exposure settings for only one side of the field. Another possibility would have been carrying two cameras, each pre-set to different settings and film speeds, and switching between fields. I doubt many photographers miss doing that.

A wildlife photographer suggested this challenging scenario: he or she is following a running animal, which means that the shutter and aperture can’t be easily changed. The animal might hide under the shade for a moment before suddenly running into bright sunlight. Adventure photographers, like rock climbers, might face the same challenge with dramatically different lighting situations when facing up or down from the same spot.

If a photographer shoots in Av or Tv mode, they may anticipate needing or wanting to make major changes in aperture or shutter speed, respectively. Auto ISO can save time by preserving a reasonable hand-held shutter speed (in Av) or usable lens aperture (in Tv), which possibly eliminates the need to follow-up with a big Av or Tv change with a manual adjustment of ISO.

In Manual exposure mode, a pre-set shutter speed and lens aperture can be continually maintained, even if the light changes. This allows the photographer to have full control over stopping motion and depth-of-field, while still allow the camera to react to any changes in light (this could be ideal in remote-controlled or intervalometer shooting). A very handy, yet underutilized, feature is the ability to apply AE Lock when working with Auto ISO in Manual mode. The viewfinder will show the difference between the locked value and the current metered value. It is important to know that the camera won't let you use the “ealxtended” ISO settings (equivalent to ISO 50, 51200 and 102400 on the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D) in Auto ISO.

Shutter Speed
Until now, one problem that kept many pros away from Auto ISO was that there was no meaningful control over how slow a shutter speed might be selected in low-light conditions. But with Canon’s recently introduced SLRs, the photographer can tailor Auto ISO to give exactly this type of control. A separate menu entry, Minimum shutter speed, provides the following settings:

  • Auto: Camera will continue to try to maintain a shutter speed of at least 1 over the lens focal length, changing ISO to maintain this as long as possible. The camera will tend to pick lower ISOs and slower speeds when using standard or wide-angle lenses.
  • User-defined shutter speed: Photographer can pick a speed from 1 second to 1/250 of a second and the camera will only go below this shutter speed after it has raised its ISO to the highest available setting, based on Maximum ISO set by the user under Auto ISO range.

Some users are often hesitant to delegate such an important setting to the camera’s brain. But after getting used to this new feature, the results speak for themselves.

Image Quality
Thankfully, Canon thought about image quality at great length and came up with very elegant solutions. Users can specify the slowest shutter speed before the ISO is raised automatically and they can set a limit to the highest ISO the camera will use, which enables them to retain the lighting and look that they desire for a scene. They can also specify the ISO range the camera can use to ensure proper image quality.

The overall image quality at higher ISOs on Canon’s latest full-frame digital SLRs is superior to any Canon EOS models which have come before them — making shots at higher ISOs a legitimate and practical option, even for critical shooters. Just a few years ago, ISO 400 or 800 provided image quality that was borderline acceptable. With current systems, one can now push the ISO to 3200 and higher and get vastly cleaner files. This point certainly means Auto ISO is here to stay.

Flash and Auto ISO
When using a flash on the EOS 6D, 5D Mark III or 1D X, photographers need to be aware of these settings:

  • Auto ISO normally is locked at ISO 400 when an EOS speedlite is attached and turned on
  • Auto ISO can be lowered down as far as 100, if over-exposure would occur in fill-flash situations in bright outdoor lighting
  • If an EX-series speedlite is swiveled for bounce, Auto ISO can extend from 400 or up to 1600 (depending on level of ambient lighting in the scene) and allow for an extra measure of E-TTL exposure when flash is scattered by bouncing

Video
Even though one can’t set maximum and minimum ISO or shutter speed when shooting video, video shooting with EOS SLRs does permit use of Auto ISO. When recording video with an EOS SLR in any Auto mode (P, Tv, or Av), ISO is always set automatically by the camera.

When shooting in Manual Mode, users can set a specific ISO (from 100 to 12800; up to 25600 on the EOS-1D X) or let the camera automatically adjust the ISO on the fly. The beauty of this is that the photographer’s choice of shutter speed and lens aperture, often critical when recording HD video, can be pre-set and locked in. Yet, if lighting changes as the camera or subject moves, the camera can adjust exposure by only varying ISO. Again, when shooting video and the camera is set to Program (P), Aperture Priority (Av) or Shutter Priority (Tv), the only option users have is to let the ISO be automatically set by the camera.

If you are shooting from a moving vehicle — for example, a car or a train — you may be going through a whole range of scenes from bright to dim light. Another situation when Auto ISO is very helpful is when shooting one continuous shot with a Steadicam. Auto ISO comes in handy when going from a very dark scene (an underground Subway platform) to a very bright scene (a street at midday) when one does not have easy access to the camera settings while recording.

Conclusion
As you can see, Auto ISO is a very useful setting when the light is changing rapidly and either the shutter speed and/or aperture need to be pre-set to match a specific effect – like freezing action for sports or wildlife, or when changing settings is not easy. It can enable very quickly and make major changes to speeds or apertures, thus allowing the user to shoot again without having to make a follow-up adjustment to ISO.

When working in situations with rapid and extreme changes in lighting, consider using Auto ISO more often, especially when capturing the moment is absolutely critical.

An In-depth Discussion of M + Auto-ISO for Canon SLRs View

Source: Canon USA

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 Milnerton - With EOS 7D Mark II
Canon Birds in Flight Photography Training 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. 


Please note that the Birds in Flight Photography training is for Canon EOS bodies only. 

New / Updated: The Advanced (AF) Autofocus photography training workshop is now integrated as an advanced AF Module in the current Birds in Flight Photography workshop. 

Birds in Flight Practical Training / Application
More than 55+ different bird species (in-flight and perched) have been photographed over the last couple of years at Woodbridge Island, Milnerton- all within a relatively short walking distance from the training studio apartment. Bird Species | Google Map

Canon EOS bodies covered in Birds in Flight Photography application / training:
  • Canon EOS 700D / EOS 750D / EOS 800D
  • Canon EOS 60D / EOS 70D / EOS 77D
  • Canon EOS 80D /  EOS 90D
  • Canon EOS 7D / EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 6D / EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS R / EOS RP EOS R5 / EOS R6 (Mirrorless)
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III /  EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EOS-1D X / EOS-1D X Mark II

Recommended lenses for Birds in flight Photography (Focal Length)
  • 70 - 300mm (Canon / Sigma / Tamron)
  • 100 - 400mm (Canon / Sigma)
  • 150 - 600mm (Sigma / Tamron)
  • 300mm / 400mm / 500mm / 600mm (Canon)

Birds in Flight Photography Training Costs:


Cameras with less advanced AF Systems R1 250-00 (Two Sessions x 5 Hours each)
There will be some Lightroom (Classic CC up to Ver 9 )post-processing orientation (if required) and an extra session could be costed in for Lightroom training at half the cost of a separate Lightroom training session.

Optional Lightroom Session: Add R450-00 for 1x five hour session ((total programme hours = 15)

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Cameras with Advanced AF Systems R2 450-00 (Four Sessions x 5 Hours each)
There will be some Lightroom (Classic CC up to Ver 9) post-processing orientation (if required) and an extra session could be costed in for Lightroom training at half the cost of a separate Lightroom training session.

Optional Lightroom Session: Add R450-00 for 1x five hour session (total training hours = 20)

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Please note: 25% discount applies if you've attended any of my previous workshops

Self Catering Accommodation Milnerton
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>>

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 90D / 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 EOS 7D Mark II Birds In Flight Photo Gallery

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

    Birds in Flight Photography Gallery / Birds in Flight Settings
    A gallery of various birds In flight sample images captured with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L 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 / 7 / 8 CC. Converted from RAW to JPG. Lens profile correction. Minor colour correction. Cropping.


    Canon EOS 7D Mark II for Birds in Flight Photography
    The Canon EOS 7D Mark II paired with either the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM or EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens is currently (in my opinion) the best Canon APS-C DSLR combination for well-focused and sharp images of various birds in flight. I have worked extensively with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L lens and have had various testing opportunities with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens. My personal lens preference is the 400mm prime lens for its super-fast AF speed for action / birds in flight photography. 


    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 certain images up to ISO 3200 (in fog / low light conditions).

    Impressions / Testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    My original thoughts after testing the Canon EOS 7D Mark II before replacing one of my Canon EOS 70Ds 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

    Long Term Use and Experience Canon EOS 7D Mark II


    Cape Teal Duck  :  Auto-ISO 500
    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 camera 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 Town 
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    Capturing / Tracking Variables for Improved Birds in Flight Photography View

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

    Vernon Chalmers Copyright: Birds in Flight Photography Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Please 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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    (Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds in Flight Photography - Click to Enlarge / Slide Show)

    Speckled Pigeon in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town Little Egret in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town

    Night Heron in Flight Diep River Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography Blacksmith Lapwing in Flight Diep River Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography

    European / Common Starling - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersReed Cormorant in Flight - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersPied Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Spotted Thick-knee Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersLittle Egret - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersSwift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersSandwich Tern Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    White-breasted cormorant - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersPied Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Egyptian Goose - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersSwift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersGreater flamingo - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersSacred Ibis Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark IIPied Kingfishers - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBlacksmith plover - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Egyptian Goose - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark IIEuropean / Common Starling - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Pied Kingfishers - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersYellow-billed duck - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Egyptian Goose - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersRed-knobbed coot - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    African oystercatcher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Spoonbill - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersGrey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Sacred Ibis Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Pied Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark IISwift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark IISwift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark IIPied Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Pied Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersPied Kingfisher -Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II v

    Pied Kingfisher -Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersPied Kingfisher -Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Yellow-billed duck - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersBlacksmith plover - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    African oystercatcher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersGrey Heron - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Caspian Tern - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersCaspian Tern - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

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

    Blacksmith plover - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon ChalmersBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Yellow-billed duck - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers Blacksmith plover - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Giant Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II GalleryLittle Egret - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery

    Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II GallerySacred Ibis Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Pied Kingfishers - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon ChalmersBirds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Little Egret - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II GalleryLittle Egret - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery

    Egyptian Goose - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon ChalmersPurple Heron - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Little Egret - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II GalleryLittle Egret - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery

    Grey Heron in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Egyptian Goose - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Grey Heron - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers Grey Heron - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Yellow-billed duck - Yellow-Billed Duck in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersRed-Billed Teal in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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

    White-breasted cormorant - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon ChalmersGrey Heron - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Red-knobbed coot - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II GalleryGiant Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery
          
    Pied Kingfisher - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersBlack-winged Stilt- Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Swift Tern in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersWoodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Reed Cormorant in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersKing Gull in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Sacred Ibis in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersGrey heron in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Vernon Chalmers Photography Little Egret in Flight Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Egyptian Goose in flight Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Canon EOS 7D Mark IIYellow-Billed Duck in flight Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Egyptian Goose in flight Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Canon EOS 7D Mark IIPortrait of a Cormorant in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Yellow-billed duck - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon ChalmersYellow-billed duck - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Birds In Flight Photo Gallery


    Egret above the Diep River Woodbridge Island Canon EOS 7D Mark II Vernon Chalmers PhotographyPeregrine Falcon in flight above Woodbridge Island Canon EOS 7D Mark II Vernon Chalmers Photography

    Cape Teal Ducks in Flight Diep River Woodbridge Island Canon EOS 7D Mark II Vernon Chalmers PhotographyGrey Heron in Flight Diep River Woodbridge Island Canon EOS 7D Mark II Vernon Chalmers Photography

    African Spoonbill in flight over the Diep River Woodbridge Island - Vernon Chalmers Photography CopyrightCape Cormorant in flight over the Diep River Woodbridge Island - Vernon Chalmers Photography Copyright

    Southern Red Bishop Male in Flight - Copyright Vernon Chalmers Southern Red Bishop Female in Flight - Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Great white pelican in flight at Woodbridge Island.Little Egret in flight at Woodbridge Island.

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II Black Winged Stilt in Flight Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers PhotographyCanon EOS 7D Mark II Gallery Speckled Pigeon in flight at Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography

    Cape Canary Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon ChalmersSpeckled Pigeon Landing Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers

    Blacksmith Lapwing in Flight at Woodbridge IslandGrey Heron  in Flight at Woodbridge Island

    Racing Pigeon in Flight Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers PhotographyReed cormorant  in Flight Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography

    Two Cape Teal Ducks in Flight Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers PhotographyTwo Egyptian Geese in Flight Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography

    Cape Teal Duck Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers PhotographyLow Flying Egyptian Goose Woodbridge Island Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography

    Pied kingfisher after a dive - Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography PiedLow flying grey heron - Woodbridge Island Vernon Chalmers Photography


    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

    • All images captured in RAW (CR2) on both memory cards
    • Adobe Lightroom 5.7: Slight colour / lens profile correction
    • Adobe Lightroom 6: Slight colour / lens profile correction
    • RAW to JPEG conversion in Lightrooom 5.7 / 6
    • Publish to Vernon Chalmers Photography Website / Facebook

    *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 - 2020

    Cape Cormorant in Flight Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    Cape Cormorant in Flight Woodbridge Island - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Little Egret in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town
    Little Egret in Flight Woodbridge Island, Cape Town - Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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

    Egyptian Goose - Birds In Flight Photography Cape Town with Canon EOS 7D Mark II  Copyright Vernon Chalmers
    Egyptian Goose in Flight / Canon EOS 7D Mark II

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