Category: Photography System

Tips for shopping for lenses

I have one steadfast piece of advice I give to all prospective lens buyers: Evaluate the lens with your intended use in mind. It’s very common in today’s online-driven economy for photographers to spend hours reading photography Web site reviews, blogs, and chat groups that extol the virtues of one particular lens and deem another [...]

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Considering the depth of field factor

Learning depth of field and how to control it is one of the single most important aspects of photography. This is what separates you from the point-and-shoot crowd, and this is what allows you to control the exposure rather than allowing the camera to do it. One of the first steps in becoming a serious [...]

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Exploring focusing options

Exploring focusing options

Today’s modern lenses offer photographers amazing optical quality, and whether you choose to focus using one of the automatic focusing modes or to focus your lens manually, you can obtain razor-sharp images with the lineup of Canon lenses. Focus can be defined as the point at which light rays from the lens converge to form [...]

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Learning the basics of lenses

Learning the basics of lenses

Camera lenses cost from less than $100 to as much as $6,000 or more. Yet they all basically do the same job: create an image on the digital sensor. As a rule, however, better-quality lenses, such as the 70-200mm f/2.8L used to take the photo shown in 3-3, are more likely to produce higher-quality results. [...]

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Building the backbone of your system

Building the backbone of your system

You should treat your camera system as you would a good-quality audio system: Purchase great speakers and work back toward the amplifier. As you upgrade other equipment, the system will continue to get better; if you start with inferior-quality speakers, the other components don’t matter as much. Consider lenses in the same manner: Concentrate on [...]

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Getting the most from your Canon dSLR

Getting the most from your Canon dSLR

At this point you may be asking yourself, “What settings should I use with my camera?” In addition to your settings for exposure and composition, your Canon dSLR image will look best when you take full advantage of your camera’s color, image size/resolution, Picture Style, and custom function settings. These can make all the difference [...]

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What difference does Frame Rate make?

The frame rate of a camera is the speed at which images can be continuously recorded and saved. Frame rate is governed by several factors, including the resolution (number of pixels), the buffer size, the speed of the image processor, and the write speed of your memory card. Obviously, higher-resolution cameras such as the 5D [...]

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Crop factor

Crop factor

If you were to put the same lens onto different camera bodies with different image sensor sizes — full-frame and smaller—you would notice that what you see through the viewfinder is a smaller physical area in the cameras with the smaller sensors, as seen in 2-9 and 2-10. The term crop factor refers to the [...]

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Exploring different image sensor sizes

In the world of digital imaging, you constantly hear or read the term “full-frame sensor.” What exactly does this mean and what are the advantages and disadvantages? A full-frame sensor is designed to capture the full size of the film frame. In the case of Canon, this is 36 X 24 mm, or the full [...]

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Technologies and features common to canon dSLRs

Technologies and features common to canon dSLRs

Regardless of which dSLR you have or are considering, Canon has a long track record of employing consistent technologies within their dSLR lineup. Since digital photography came into its own, a defining characteristic of the progression of the industry has been the gradual addition of more and more high-end (professional) functionality to consumer models. The EOS [...]

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What resolution is right for you?

What resolution is right for you?

While most photographers focus on the number of megapixels to gauge a camera’s resolution, the actual resolution is more complex than the number of pixels on an image sensor. For example, the camera may not use all the pixels in the digital image; some pixels may be used for other imaging tasks. Other factors come [...]

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Considerations for buying a canon dSLR

Considerations for buying a canon dSLR

My photography students often ask me which camera they should buy. The truth is that no one can tell you what camera to buy, but if you understand the commonalities and differences among Canon’s dSLRs, then you can make informed decisions when it’s time to buy a new camera, upgrade your existing camera, buy a [...]

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Choosing the gear that’s right for you

Choosing the gear that’s right for you

While no one can tell you what is exactly right for you, you can evaluate your shooting history and preferences to better determine the photography system components that work for you. While reading over the list of Canon photography system components, you may have the overwhelming urge to buy one or two new lenses or [...]

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Building your photography system

Building your photography system

Buying a new camera body or a backup body requires careful consideration of what your current photography system lacks and how to balance those needs with your budget. Lenses, especially Canon’s high-end L-series professional lenses and specialized lenses such as for macro photography, are expensive, and it’s often difficult to decide which lens or system [...]

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Personal photography systems

Personal photography systems

Whether you started with an entry-level camera such as the Digital Rebel XTi, shown in 1-4, or went with a professional dSLR, from a photographer’s point of view, a photography “system” includes the camera gear that you currently own. And in a larger sense, a digital photography system also includes the components of your studio [...]

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Canon system overview

Canon system overview

From the broad view, Canon offers a complete range of cameras, lenses, Speedlite flashes, and accessories. There are so many options, in fact, that choosing among them is a challenge. Throughout this blog, you get detailed information on individual components of the Canon photography system as well as help in choosing components based on your [...]

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What is a photography system?

What is a photography system?

From a broad point of view, a photography system includes all the components that are offered by the camera manufacturer and third-party companies and that are compatible with your camera. From this perspective, a system includes the camera body, lenses, flash units, battery chargers, extension tubes, interface cables, and so on. In other words, the [...]

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