First Exercise: taking photos in automatic mode – Photo tutorial 101 Take control of – Episode 10 HD

This is the first exercise of the Photo Tutorial 101 Take control of your camera series. If you have been following the series so far, you should now be able to put a lens on your camera, use autofocus, and take photos in automatic mode. This is what this exercise is about, so go out there, take some photos, and look at your results.

In the next few videos, we will see different methods of improving upon this initial set of photos.

How to upgrade the firmware of a Canon EOS DSLR camera

Since a new firmware (1.1.4) came out for the Canon EOS 6D, I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and make a video about how to upgrade the firmware on a Canon DSLR camera. Each camera and upgrade could be a little different, so do make sure you read the instructions, but this should be pretty standard.

Some important things to consider:
1) Read the instructions that come with the file.
2) Always make sure you have a full battery. If the battery goes off mid-way, you risk bricking your camera (i.e. turning it into an expensive brick).
3) Some firmware updates have a limit for how large a memory card you can use for this. For the 6D 1.1.4 they recommend 64GB or smaller, but some other firmwares might even be 32GB.

How to link two Canon Speedlite 600 ex rt flashes using the built in wi fi radio trigger

In this video, I show how to configure two Canon Speedlite 600 EX-RT flash units using the built-in Wi-Fi radio transmitter.

I will go over how to set up the IDs so they connect, how to go from ETTL to Manual, and how to setup ratios.

Let me know if you’re interested in more of these videos!

Canon 6D ISO Test low light ISO noise demonstration in video mode ISO 100 to 25600

This is my Canon 6D ISO test, this shows how the image looks like at the following ISOs: 100 160 320 640 1250 2500 5000 1000 12800 25600.

To my eye, it seems like the highlights are holding out quite well all the way up to 10k ISO, while the shadows are holding out perfectly until 2500 ISO, and very decently at 5k and 10k. At it’s highest ISO setting of 25’600, though, the image does seem to fall apart quite a bit, but I could see it having some uses.

If you would like to see such a test for photographer where I could go up to the H2 setting of 100K ISO, let me know, but 25,600 is the highest the camera can go in video mode.

How to take your first DSLR photos in Auto mode – Photo Tutorial 101 Take Control – Episode 9

In this episode, I show how to take a photo in full automatic mode. A lot of pros would say that only Manual / Av / Tv modes should be used, and they would be partly right, but everyone has to start somewhere, and I believe full auto mode is the best place to start to get acquainted with a DSLR camera.

In future videos I will show how to go beyond auto, but full automatic mode is definitely a good place to begin until someone is ready for the next steps.

How to focus with your camera – Photo Tutorial 101 Take Control of your Camera – Episode 8

In this episode, I show how to use the auto-focus on any camera, from point & shoots to DSLRs, most cameras from the last 10-20 years have this great feature.

How to attach a camera to a tripod – Photo Tutorial 101 Take Control of your Camera – Episode 7

In this video, I show how to attach a camera to a tripod. This works with most DSLR, point&shoot and even most video cameras which have a tripod mount. The 1/4″-20 thread is the current standard for most equipment, though for some heavier equipment (weighting 50lbs and costing more than a sports car) they sometimes use a larger standard.

How to use a camera lens – Photo Tutorial 101 Take Control of your Camera – Episode 6

In this episode, I show how to use a camera lens and explain what the different rings and buttons do.

How to clean a camera lens – Photo Tutorial 101 Take control of your camera – Episode 5

In this episode, I show how to clean a camera lens. While most camera shops offer lens cleaning services, you may want to clean your own lenses. I show the safest way I know how, and the way I personally do it, but this is a “do it at your own risk” tutorial.

Studio JPIC 2013 Year in Review and 2014 Preview

In this video, I do a recap of what I have been up to in 2013 and what’s to come in 2014. If you hover over any video, a link should appear to bring you to it in a new window.

Happy New Year everyone!

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