Flash Modes

There are several flash modes on the IDs Mark III that apply to Canon Speedlites. Of course, there's a whole universe of flash and strobe lighting to be addressed later. For now, let's look at the Canon flash modes. The IDs Mark III uses Canon's latest flash technology, known as E-TTL II Autoflash. It's a welcome improvement over the former version, called E-TTL, which needed a pre-flash to attain exposure. The E-TTL II system also uses improved lens focusing distance data to adjust its...

Wedding and Event Photography

Wedding photography assignments are usually a combination of reportage unposed images that witness the scene and tell the story and posed portraiture, where photographer and subjects meet and create an image together. Each area emphasizes a different set of skills. In reportage the focus is on how to work quickly, both in terms of decision making as well as operating the equipment how to find the shot quickly, how to operate the camera and change lenses quickly if needed, and how to use the...

Other Event Tips

While weddings often present many more challenges that other types of scheduled events, educational and corporate events are not without challenges of their own. The next few sections look at each event type briefly and touch on some important considerations. Shooting educational events (actually, any event) involves the skill to be invisible in plain sight. Learning environments can often be intimate students, whatever their age, are used to a specific group, a unique tribe, and being in a...

HMI systems

HMIs (Metal Halide Iodide) light sources have many types of fixtures that emulate, for the most part, similar fixtures in the theatrical and film tungsten-light world. The advantages of HMIs include the fact that they are daylight-balanced, they efficiently use power, they have a cooler beam than quartz-tungsten units, and they include lights that can throw long distances as well as generate good shadows. The disadvantages of HMIs are that they are very, very expensive and usually quite heavy....

Shooting Menu

Shooting menu 2 focuses mostly on file settings, including Dust Delete data. The following list highlights the specifics of each available setting. JPEG quality. This setting allows you to choose the quality of JPEG capture in other words, the amount of compression. The higher the number, the lower the compression, and thus the better the quality. However, higher quality also means larger files. Most people leave this number at 8. You also can set individual quality levels for each JPEG size...

Battery units

These units that run off rechargeable batteries are expensive and desirable. Due to the fact that they're running off a stored charge, they are silent as compared to a gas generator. The most common, perhaps, is the Profoto Pro-7b, a 1,200-watt generator used with Profoto lights. I'm partial to the Elinchrom Ranger RX-AS it's built well, with all electronics at the top of the unit and the battery below. Due to this configuration, you can actually use this unit in inches of standing water...

Exposure considerations with a Speedlite

For all I know, everyone might have a different approach to exposure with flash. So much depends on the images you're going for and what matters to you. If you don't care about the background going dark in interiors, things get quite a bit easier, and you can flash away. If you want to capture the existing lighting ambience of a location as well as provide the level and quality of light you want for your main subject, the technique becomes a bit more involved. My own goal with Speedlites is to...

Available Light

Oddly enough, a good place to start with lighting setups is to talk about setups where no additional light is needed at all. You can find great-looking available light through what your eye tells you over time, as well as the experience of which images that looked beautiful retouched well, and which didn't. Low light levels are less of a concern now, due principally to the greater light sensitivity of the current crop of digital sensors than previous ones, not to mention the sensitiv-ies of...

Sending Your Camera in for Repair

Accidents do happen and equipment does break down at times. There are three methods in the U.S. for sending your camera or other Canon gear in for repair using CPS, sending the camera to a Canon repair center, or using a local shop. The method you use depends on whether you're a member of Canon Professional Services (CPS). CPS is open to professional photographers only. You have to qualify to be accepted into the program, and if you are, there are several advantages, including faster processing...

Navigating the Camera Buttons and Dials

To get you up to speed navigating the 1Ds Mark III buttons and dials, one thing you want to learn right away is the difference between the Main Control dial and the Quick Control dial it's easy to get them confused. The Main Control dial is the small dial just behind the Shutter button on the top of the camera. The Quick Control dial is the large l.l A front view of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with the 50mm 1.2 L lens attached l.l A front view of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III with the 50mm 1.2 L...

Updating the Firmware

Occasionally, Canon updates the firmware that controls the camera. It's the firmware that contains and presents the menu items, for example. The last time Canon did this was March 3, 2009 to version 1.1.4. Firmware is software embedded in a chip inside the camera that controls how your camera functions. Firmware updates can improve performance, correct problems that weren't found or addressed during manufacture, adds new functionality to an existing camera, and so on. Canon updates the firmware...

Maximizing Dynamic Range

One huge concern, as always, is getting the maximum dynamic range out of the sensor without being over- or underexposed. The 1 Ds Mark III offers several ways of doing this. A principal method is the use of Highlight Priority when there are bright values in the image. This tool has created a huge improvement in highlight detail. There are other techniques, as well, as explained in the following sections. The ability of the 1Ds Mark III to take multiple spot readings and average them is a...

Stitching Images

If you want a much bigger file, you can always take multiple images and stitch them together. Photoshop versions CS3 and CS4 do an amazing job of stitching images, and it's a simple procedure 1. Drag all images into one document, as separate layers. 2. Click the bottom layer, hold the Shift key, and then click the top layer. All layers should now be selected. 3. Choose Edit O Auto-Align Layers. 4. Choose Edit O Auto-Blend Layers. 5. Crop to taste, and that's it The easiest way to align images...

How Menu Items are Selected and Organized

It takes five steps to select from among nine menu screens divided into five groups. Each group has a color-coded icon associated with it, which displays on top of the rear LCD screen once you press the Menu button. How menus are selected and organized I've attempted not only to clearly explain how each menu item functions, but also to offer notes, tips, and warnings that I have acquired from my field experience, about which selections work best for me, and perhaps may work best for you, too....

Post Processing Work

As in all other areas of digital photography, a lot of the imagery has to do with post-processing work adjustments that are possible these days. From the choice and settings of the RAW processor through to Photoshop and all the tools it contains, as well as all the plug-ins that exist, you'll find a world of options to help you achieve your vision. There are now many RAW processor choices to choose from. I will say that Iridient Digital's RAW Developer is one great choice for landscape work. It...

Contents

Main Control dial 8 FE Lock Multi-spot AE Lock Reduce button 10 AF Point Selection Quick Control dial 11 Quick Control dial Set Function button 11 Protect Sound Recording Advantages of Live View 18 Challenges of using Live View 18 Part I Exploring the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1 Chapter 1 The Basics of Your Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 3 What's New at a Glance Navigating the Camera Buttons and Dials Top of the camera Mode button AF-Drive button Using the AF-Drive and Mode button together Metering Mode...

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom 2.2 is one of the best programs mentioned here, and it has a rich workflow environment. As well as processing RAW files, the program offers good Digital Asset Management, which involves ways to add identifying notes to files, organize files, print directly from the program, produce Web sites, contact sheets, and more. Lightroom 2.2 is full of goodies. It has major sections that you choose from the top menu Library (for file management), Develop (for RAW develop settings),...

Aperture

Aperture 2 is a wonderful program from Apple (available only for the Mac) that's made big strides since its first version. It's a full program like Lightroom 2, and to a lesser extent, Capture One. I find there's an extra bit of quality I can pull from 1 Ds Mark III files here that I can't get from the other programs, although as stated, they really are all very good. Aperture files often feel richer, more film-like, and more like medium-format shots. The drawback is that even with a relatively...

Manual Exposure setting As it

Implies, in this mode, the camera makes no exposure guess whatsoever it's up to the user to manually set the aperture and shutter speed, using the Main Control dial and Quick Control dial to do so. When shooting with external strobes, use this system. Either take an exposure reading beforehand using a flash meter, or set the exposure on a guess and then adjust for the proper exposure using the histogram display. In this case, you are, in effect, using the histogram to function as a light meter....

One Point Auto Focus

For my work, at least, this is my most used focusing mode. Used primarily for still moments, it works well even in moving environments, depending on how quickly you're able to operate the camera every bit of motion is often composed of many still moments. However, for subjects walking or running or otherwise in constant motion towards or away from the camera, this mode is the wrong choice Focus on the subject by placing the focus point you've chosen over the area you want in focus, and press...

Calibrating Lenses

The EOS-1Ds Mark III and the EOS-1D Mark III are the first Canon cameras that allow users to make very fine adjustments to the focus plane on a lens-by-lens basis as well as on an overall basis . The focus plane can be moved backwards or forwards in very fine increments. This is aimed at tuning the auto-focus to be as precise as possible. Note On March 3, 2009, the same day that Canon released the new firmware for the 1Ds Mark III, it also announced a potential focus problem for 1DsIII cameras...

Noise reduction techniques

There are many noise reduction choices, and you just have to try them out and see what works best for you. If you use the latest version of DPP 3.4.1 at the time of this writing , the noise reduction is very good. I'm also a fan of Noise Ninja, which you can use in both Photoshop and Aperture. Capture One 4.5 has much improved noise reduction results, to my eye, compared to earlier versions. A new program, Topaz DeNoise, shows great promise of pushing the limit of possible noise reduction. I...

Canon software

Canon has a number of software programs that are freely available to any Canon user. The two main programs that I use are EOS Utility and DPP, or Digital Photo Professional. EOS Utility 2.5.1 is Canon's current method for establishing a connection between a Canon camera that shoots tethered and a computer, whether Mac or Windows-based. As of this writing, the current version of DPP is 3.5.2. You can set EOS Utility and DPP to communicate with each other. Thus, if both programs are open and set...

Initial Requirements of Architectural Photography

14mm Architecture Photography

The huge physical size of large buildings, often without room to back up, as well as the physical limitations of small interiors with the same problem of not being able to get back far enough, often combine to demand a very wide-angle lens, yet come up with an image without the distortion that is typical of wide-angle lenses. Aim for optical perfection. Architectural images should be as optically perfect as possible. Some of these areas of perfection include the following Straight...

Canon offcamera shoe cord

This cord allows you to connect the 1Ds Mark III and a single flash to each other, allowing use of the flash off of and away from the hot shoe. This is useful when you're looking for more dramatic lighting angles, bouncing off side walls, and so on. Finally, along with other manufacturers, Canon offers an external battery back to enable more captures without changing batteries. This is the Compact Battery Pack 6.2 The ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter on top and the OC-E3 off-camera shoe cord...

Beauty and Fashion

Mark Fashion Photos

I really can't speak much about fashion, as I rarely shoot it, although I know fashion work that I love. For me, as a viewer, it's a combination of beauty and personality I'm not a fan of the drone look, whose aim is for the model to be out of the way of the clothes. But if you add a concept, elegance, a story I'm in Heaven. Have you ever seen Richard Avedon's photo of a woman in a gorgeous gown standing next to an elephant Every time I see that image, it feels fresh to me. 9.18 An Aja moment....

SetUp Menu

Set-up menu 2 covers a variety of options, from setting the brightness of the rear LCD to choosing how to control an attached Canon Speedlite. The following list outlines each option available from this menu. LCD brightness. This allows you to set the rear LCD brightness, choosing from seven levels. By pressing the SET button you see the current playback image along with a vertical black-to-white step-scale. When evaluating exposure through playback, be sure to check the histogram rather than...

Photographing People on Location

I'm a big fan of using the EOS-1Ds Mark III on location to photograph people, as I've already mentioned. Its ability to work in low light and mixed color temperatures, as well as the implementation of highlight priority, combined with the use of L fast lenses, opens up a wide range of shooting opportunities. One technique already demonstrated in Chapter 7 on lighting is the use of Kino Flo fluorescent lighting, particularly in my case, Diva-Lites. It's not that I have anything against strobe...

Tethered Shooting Pros and Cons

There are many reasons for shooting tethered, and a few reasons not to do so as well. The big reason in both cases is that, by shooting tethered, you're able to share the live or incoming images with other members of your creative team, including the art director, stylist, and client. Some photographers feel a loss of control going this route, while others prefer it. Personally, I'd rather receive the input up front than find out after the fact what the art director or client really wanted.

Iridient Digital RAW Developer

Iridient Raw Developer

Perhaps not as well known as some of its counterparts, RAW Developer produces beautiful imagery. If pure image quality is your goal, then RAW Developer is certainly a contender. It has some unique tools, such as a lightness curve adjustment, independent cool warm tint control for shadows, mid-tones, and highlights, and perhaps the best sharpening and noise reduction algorithms of all the programs. The RAW Developer interface contains one main floating palette that contains a number of tabs,...

Tethering for Advertising

While different photographers have their own opinions about the advantages and disadvantages of tethering in terms of the creatives' and clients' input, I believe tethering is here to stay for many advertising assignments. I'd also, personally, rather make the requested change during the shoot than find the client is displeased after the fact. Tethering is finally getting much more stable for most camera systems. On the Macintosh, the release of Mac OS X 10.5.6 suddenly created a huge...

Live View

The 1Ds Mark III uses its own flavor of Live View, along with the 1D Mark III, the 40D, 50D, and 5D Mark II. Live View allows realtime viewing of the image, either on the rear LCD screen or on a computer video display when the camera is tethered by USB cable to the computer with EOS Utility active. By tethering to the computer, you can view a much larger image to evaluate details of the image composition, focus, prop placement, and so on. You can activate a grid overlay both on the rear LCD and...

Picture Style Modes

As described in Chapter 2, Picture Styles affect JPEG capture primarily, and only apply in RAW captures if the images are processed using Canon's DPP software. One use for Picture Styles on assignments is to create a nicer-looking image that is closer to your vision of the final processed image, so that the client or art director can see it more easily, whether on the rear LCD screen or on the computer monitor, if tethered. Often punching up or bringing down saturation will help tune an image...

My Menu Settings

This menu setting allows you to set up to six menu items and or custom functions. It's a wonderfully fast and easy way to access these functions, much quicker than wading through the menu system, even one as nicely designed as the 1Ds Mark III system is. Highlight tone priority High ISO speed noise reduct'n Once you've added your chosen items, you'll find them listed on this screen. The bottommost item is called My Menu Settings. It is here that you control My Menu. Select the My Menu Setting...

Reflectors

Elinchrom Maxisoft Mola Demi

Reflectors are shells that fit over the front of a strobe and are normally made by each individual strobe manufacturer for their particular units. There are a range of reflectors, from small units used to control just a bit of light fall-off when bouncing into ceilings, to long, narrow reflectors meant to throw a narrow beam of light a long distance. When reflectors are listed, normally the angle degree spread is listed alongside the unit. A light reflector commonly used these days is known as...

One final note

Canon Mark Cable Lock

It's often the little things that count. One small but important weakness with tethering with the EOS-1Ds Mark I and Mark II was that the FireWire cable always fell out, as there was no good way to secure it. Some photographers tried gaffer taping it down, while others used rubber bands a few products came out, but nothing really worked. With the release of the EOS-1Ds Mark III as well as the 1D Mark III , Canon came up with a smart and professional solution a plastic piece that prevents the...

Custom Functions Menu

The Custom Functions menu is the eighth of the nine menu screens. The Custom Functions are organized into four areas C.Fn II Image Flash exp Disp These functions allow you to customize the camera to your preferences, in terms of camera operations as well as adjustments that affect image parameters. Because the Custom Function menus contain up to 17 choices, I find it most helpful to refer to tables for each menu, allowing a quick overview and fast selection. Table 2.1 covers C.Fn I, Table 2.2...

Macro Twin Lite MTEX

Designed for macro work, the unit consists of a controller that mounts on top of the camera in the hot shoe, and two mini-flashes that are mounted on a ring that attaches to the front of the lens and can be adjusted to any position around the ring. Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX. Canon's other macro light solution, this is a circular lighting ring that mounts in front of the lens, with the controller once again mounted on the hot shoe. It's E-TTL controllable E-TTL is explained later in the chapter ....

Preset White Balance settings

Based on a sunny, clear day at noon. Shade. 7000 Kelvin. Based on being in the shade on a clear, sunny day thus, a lot of blue light. Cloudy. 6000 Kelvin. As you'll notice, this falls between Daylight and Shade settings. Tungsten Light. 3200 Kelvin. For traditional, indoor lighting. Although often warmer appearing that is, a lower temperature , it's a good quick choice when shooting indoors under tungsten light, and often offers a better look than remaining on AWB....

Landscape and Nature Photography

One thing I've learned is that the more time you spend in one place, or keep returning to one place, the more is revealed to you. I'm fortunate to live in San Francisco, and so every day offers a continuing lesson in how each day is visually wonderfully unique. Although many think of landscape or nature photography as a relaxed and slow type of experience, which it certainly can be, chasing the light is always an adventure, not to mention the physical work often involved in getting to the right...

How To Tether Mark Iii 1ds With C1

All in all, I'd have to say that Capture One Pro, from the company Phase One, has the best and most mature tethering system, which works with Phase One camera backs as well as many brands of cameras, including Canon. For months, the EOS-1Ds Mark III could not tether to Capture One. No one really knows if this was a marketing move to help sell Phase One camera backs or plain lack of manpower at Phase One to get the job done. The good news is that Capture One 4.6 now works with the 1Ds III, 1Ds...

Gasoline generators

Gasoline generators offer the ability to power items other than strobes, such as computers and monitors. The brand I know is Honda, and my guess is that their generators are ubiquitous. You can rent or purchase them in sizes ranging from 500 watts to 6,500 watts. Generators need to supply clean sine-wave current so that any electronic equipment is not damaged. When used with expensive AC power packs, some folks believe it best to use a gasoline generator with twice the wattage capacity as your...

Cleaning the Sensor

Sensor dust used to be a major problem with earlier iterations of the EOS-1Ds , just like it is with most, if not all, digital cameras that lacked some type of sensor cleaning system. Due to the sensors' build-up of electrostatic charge, they attract dust like magnets attract iron. By incorporating the Self Cleaning Sensor unit as well as Dust Delete data, Canon has all but eliminated this problem. I've owned my EOS-1 Ds Mark III for about a year now, and so far, no dust has been detected on...

Lens Choices for Advertising and Editorial Photography

Examples 50mm Lense

Due to the improved abilities of the 1 Ds Mark III sensor to pick up fine detail, it picks up lens imperfections more easily as well. Because of the increased quality demands of advertising work in particular, I'd suggest L primes as your first choices, especially the following Any Canon tilt shift lenses tReference For more details on specific lenses, see Chapter 5. Canon L zooms can be great, but you must be careful. The 16-35mm II lens is strong after 20mm, I'm told, but not great below...

Filters

Although so much work can be done in the digital post-production world, there are still solid reasons for using physical filters, particularly graduated filters. These filters work in a matte box in front of the lens and gradually transition from a chosen neutral density ND value to clear. There are color graduated filters as well. You choose which ND filter to use, and also if the transition is narrow or wide. Usually, the longer the lens, the narrower you want the transition to be, and the...

AI Servo Auto Focus

AI Servo is Canon's method of automatic continuous focusing, used for focusing subjects that are constantly changing their distance from the camera. The AI stands for Artificial Intelligence, as the camera's computer uses an AI program to not only find focus but also predict where the subject will be when you take the photo and set focus accordingly. There are two methods single point AF AI Servo, and AI Servo combined with Automatic Focus point selection. In single point AF AI Servo, you...

White Balance Modes

You can control White Balance in your images by choosing one of nine mode choices in the 1Ds Mark III six presets, Average White Balance, Custom Color Temperature off a white tone recorded image, and manual selection of the Color Temperature in Kelvin. You can also shift any designated setting with the White Balance Shift tool in Shooting Menu 1, as previously noted. AWB. As noted in Chapter 2, Average White Balance usually works surprisingly well on the 1Ds Mark III. Particularly when shooting...

Wedding Specifics

Weddings, in particular, offer multiple challenges, creatively, technically, and socially. These include ongoing lighting changes, being in the right place to capture the story, and maintaining a welcoming and fun relationship with the bride and groom Here are just a few to watch out for in particular Brides in white dresses and grooms in black suits or tuxedos says it all. This is just the time for using Highlight Priority. The goal, of course, is to retain detail in white as well as black...

Sending only small JPEGs to the computer

Here's one way to shoot tethered and get very quick previews on the computer monitor using the EOS-1Ds Mark III tethered to EOS Utility and DPP on a recent-generation Apple computer. The EOS-1Ds Mark III allows you to record to both CF and SD cards at the same time. One option is to have both cards record all incoming images simultaneously, with each card set to whatever file size is desired. In this case, you'll save to RAW on the CF card card slot 1 and Small JPEG on the SD card card slot 2 ....

Viewfinder Readout

1ds Mark Iii Viewfinder Image

The viewfinder of the IDs Mark III represents a major advance over the IDs Mark II. It provides the highest magnification and widest coverage of the EOS-1 series cameras to date, including film cameras, and accomplishes this along with 100 percent coverage. The bottom line is that it's a pleasure to compose through. There are many data readouts on view within the viewfinder, although they don't intrude on your concentration when shooting if you need them, you have them. The main readouts are...

Exposure bracketing

As noted in Chapter 1, press the Mode and AF-Drive buttons simultaneously to activate Exposure Bracketing, and turn the Quick Control dial to set the range of exposures. And don't forget your custom choices, available in C.Fn I- Exposure 3.9 Image exposed to retain highlights with its histogram 3.9 Image exposed to retain highlights with its histogram C.Fn I, Item 4 Exposure Bracketing auto cancel. Choose if you want exposure bracketing to cancel when the power switch is set to 'Off' C.Fn I,...

Exposure Metering Modes

There are five principle exposure modes Evaluative, Center-Weighted Averaging, Partial, Spot, and Manual exposure settings. There are also ways to modify exposure, bracket exposure, and evaluate exposure during image playback. The following section describes what they are and offers suggestions on how to use them. But first, here are a few initial recommendations Check the histogram. Checking the histogram display after exposing the image is the best way to evaluate exposure, and much better...

Automatic Focus

In this mode, the camera chooses the autofocus point. Autofocus is activated by pressing the AF Point Magnify button and turning the Main Control dial until the outer ring of focus points all light up simultaneously. Once you've done this, the camera will choose the focus point by itself. Although this is not as predictable as single point focus, it's sometimes quite useful, for example, when you're shooting fast action shots with a lot of people in them. I use this function at times when I'm...

Manual focus

Some professionals still prefer Manual focus as the best way to obtain the most accurate focus. This certainly works with objects or subjects that are not moving however, it is more difficult with moving subjects. It's a lost craft for many photographers, and many autofocus lenses don't have the right action or 'feel' for successful manual focus. It's also quite difficult to focus with the standard focusing screen that comes with the camera however, other screens exist that are easier to...