Archive for the ‘Canon EOS’ Category

A few new gadgets

July 4, 2008

As a photographer and a tech geek, any new purchased pricy gadget feels like a party. A little update on a few things that I got lucky to own recently.

Lens: Canon 16-35mm f/2.8

Super-wide angle lens – something I needed for quite a while. Now I can boast a wide range of lenses, that cover everything from super-wide to telephoto: 16-35mm f/2.8, 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/4.0. Anyways, the lens is just impressive. The bokeh effect is so dramatic at 16mm that you just want to play on and on with this baby. I’m pretty sure this lens is going to prove itself to be a very smart investment.

Portable hard drive: WD Passport

A recent purchase –  great gadget. Simple, elegant, fast. Not much to say here: no need for power cables, fast speed. I’m getting about 1gb per minute of write speed.

Keyboard: Mac aluminum keyboard

A very beautiful and slim device. I’m currently using it with my MacBook while connected to the 22″ widescreen monitor. It’s a bit hard to type when the keyboard is positioned too low. Generally a great feel, I like the two USB ports on the sides, although it is not possible to connect certain USB flash drives without using a cable.

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A bright wedding (day)?

February 25, 2008

Yes, I do love bright weddings, but when it comes to the bright and sunny wedding DAY, the level of excitement of any photographer substantially goes down :). Especially when your built-in camera light meter shows overexposure at 1/4000 shutter speed even when you’re standing and pointing to the shade area. Very exciting, I know, I know… Turns out that’s how bright wedding days are in Los Angeles in February. You guessed it right, this weekend I was shooting a wedding in the heart of Los Angeles, and I was that same “lucky” photographer who experienced a warm, sunny day in late February.

Did the wedding pictures turn out bad? No, they did not. Because we, photographers, are there to fight any atmospheric and weather conditions. The battle was tough with lots surprises in the form of overexposed parts of images coming up here and there, but hey, we shoot digital these days and we can check the image on our cameras’ built-in displays. I feel sorry for those of you still shooting film and having a constant headache up to the time you develop your images ;).

Anyways, the pictures are being edited, but there’s a little teaser for you:

“Yeah, it’s my day!”

Awww, so cute!

Cold February shooting session

February 20, 2008

First of all the word ‘cold’ in the title of this post carries an important message for all of you, my fellow photographers. Never go shooting with a model on cold days! A few days later I found out that my gorgeous friend Victoria almost caught a cold, and it was because of me who arranged a February shooting day (and especially here in Washington) :). Well, let’s just hope that she gets well, and meanwhile check out the pictures yourself…

All images were shot with Canon 5D and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. There was a minor color-correction performed in Photoshop on all of the pictures. I dropped a texture on some of them, and it seems they worked pretty well for this session.

Some wedding shots from Fall 2007

January 8, 2008

I put together some edited images from various weddings I shot this fall. The images are hosted on Flickr and most of the still have EXIF data. I was using primarily the Canon 5D. Equipment also included Canon 20D, 24-70mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/4. All lenses are Canon lenses, because I’m not used to the cheap stuff from Sigma, Tamron etc. 😉

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Got my own 5D!

December 18, 2007

Finally dreams became reality :). Now I got my own 5D, my first full-frame sensor digital camera. The lens that I used on 20D, 24-70 f/2.8, became a much better wide-angle lens thanks to the so much bigger sensor of the Canon 5D.

Months before, when I was working with my friend’s Canon 5D, I’ve noticed that the camera produces a much better color. JPEGs, that came out directly from camera looked as as good as well-tuned RAWs from the 20D.

I plan to do some camera head-to-head comparisons to analyze the real differences between the image quality of the 5D and the 20D.

Meanwhile, check out one of my first field test of the camera (of course, some Photoshop involved here ;))

Trip to California

March 19, 2007

I’m really excited now, cause I’m leaving for California tomorrow morning with my friends for a two-week trip. We’re going to stay in our friends’ house close to Santa Barbara. I’m taking my Canon 20D camera with me and actually my entire photography kit so expect some new pics on my Flickr page (http://flickr.com/photos/freeborn/). Probably gonna visit LA, Hollywood and some other exotic places ;).

I’m looking forward to an interesting and exciting trip.

What else would you need?

Getting ready for the trip

Photography: Canon EOS 20D DSLR and wedding photography business

October 16, 2006

I enjoy doing photography, though I’m the really amateur photographer. Photography became my little business. Time to time I do wedding photography, children photography and some nature photography. Currently I have Canon EOS 20D digital SLR. I would that this camera is a little more than the amateur photographer would need :). After using a DSLR for some time I got used to it so much, that when the point and shoot camera gets to my hands I immediately start complaining about little picture control :). On a DSLR there are so many things you can control and Canon does a good job on putting all the needed controls throughout the camera body. You can easily and quickly change a certain setting like ISO or shutter speed when you know where those controls are.

Wedding photography. Wedding photography is a good business, though this kind of photography requires much skills and definitely a good imagination :). A good camera and set of lens would be as well useful. Usually I work with Canon EFS 17-85mm, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 and Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lenses. This set allows to do wide angle pictures as well as close-ups with good depth of filed feeling (especially the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is not that expensive). I was encouraged to buy the EF 50mm lens by many pictures I saw on Flickr taken specifically with this lens. Ok, the business itself. The average cost for a wedding shooting is $500-$700. The price includes the 8am-8pm shooting day plus numerous hours of retouching and fixing the pictures. Usually up to 20. Slideshow on a DVD will add another $100 and another couple of work hours. The $700 prices excludes the wedding album, which costs up to $400. Albums are done not quite often, instead the couple prefers to do the album themselves. So generally it is a not bad business for a college student. All you need to do is to earn good reputation on the market and have a couple of clients a month (which does not happen quite often during your first steps).

You can check out my photography work on my Flickr page at http://flickr.com/photos/freeborn