Color and Picture Styles

Getting accurate color has never been as accessible as it is now with digital photography. As digital technology progresses, the options and techniques for ensuring accurate, visually satisfying, or enhanced color become easier and more varied. Color accuracy begins by setting the color space on the 5D Mark II that matches your workflow. The Canon Picture Styles have never been easier to employ, and many photographers have begun to enjoy the ability to configure the tonal curve, sharpness,...

Shooting Stock and Editorial Images

The 5D Mark II is an exceptionally versatile camera, principally because you can shoot still images and video at high ISO settings in low-light scenes and get outstanding results. The low-light capabilities of the extended ISO range and Shooting modes for high-definition video make this camera a top choice for an unlimited range of assignments that may come your way. The C modes on the 5D Mark II are very convenient because they allow you to set the camera in advance for the Shooting mode,...

Inspiration and Creative Resources

Some associations, photographers, and online courses you can check out to inspire and enhance your portrait shooting include Professional Photographers of America (www.ppa.com). PPA is the world's largest association for professional photographers, with more than 20,000 members in 64 countries. It's an association that seeks to increase its members' business savvy as well as broaden their creative scope. PPA also publishes a magazine that features articles, tips, and news for portrait...

Cleaning the CMOS Sensor

Digital photographers learn that sooner or later, they have to clean their camera's sensor. Dust particles from the environment, skin, clothing, even a camera's internal parts and lubricants can all find their way into your cameras and create those specks in your images that must be removed or retouched. Some of this dust is dry and can be easily removed, but some is more sticky and gummy yet microscopic. The dark spots are most visible when they fall upon a light-colored area of the image....

Using Live View

The new Live View mode can be used in any Shooting mode, including Auto, Creative Auto, Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual. Imagine the scene before you display it bright and clear on the 3-inch (920,000-dot VGA) rear LCD monitor displaying almost 100 coverage. Well, that's what you get from the anti-reflection and water-repellent-coated monitor that boasts a 170 viewing angle in vertical and horizontal viewing directions while you also enjoy presenting captured images or...

Anatomy of the Canon D Mark II

The long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a revolutionary development in dSLR technology, offering photographers un-prece-dented capability in digital still imaging, and breaks new ground for a full-frame (35mm) camera. It retains many of its cool features from the 5D and some from the flagship Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III (including a similar full-frame, 21.1-megapixel sensor and a bright, full-coverage optical viewfinder). However, the 5D Mark II sensor is unique in that it offers an exciting...

Preparing to Shoot Video

A big part of the excitement photographers feel about shooting video with the 5D Mark II is the ability to compose clips with lens looks they're familiar with, such as longer telephoto lenses with great bokeh, macro or tilt shift lenses, all the way down to the EF 15mm Fisheye. In June 2009, Canon released Firmware Update 1.1, which enables full manual control of ISO, aperture, and shutter speed while the camera is set to capture video in addition to Auto mode. This update now allows you to...

LCD monitor light sensor

Another first for EOS cameras, the brightness of the LCD monitor is now automatically controlled for optimal viewing levels in both Live View shooting and menu selection by a small round sensor located under the bottom-right corner of the LCD. This neat little device automatically sets the brightness over three levels Dark, Normal, or Bright whether you're shooting surfers at the beach or performers on a stage, while still allowing manual override adjustment over a seven-step range. This is...

Diffractive Optics

Diffractive Optics, abbreviated in lens designations as DO, is a process of bonding diffractive coatings to the surfaces of two or more lens elements. The elements are then combined to form a single, multilayer DO element designed to cancel chromatic aberrations at various wavelengths when combined with conventional glass optics. Diffractive Optics results in smaller and shorter telephoto lenses without compromising image quality. For example, the EF 70-300mm f 4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens is 28...

Packing Your Gear Bag

When wedding photographers get together, stories are told about cameras that stop working for no apparent reason, mirrors that freeze up, autofocus that won't work, lenses being dropped, tripod legs that stick fast, and flashes that just won't fire. The only way around this dilemma is to have backups of everything. Although this may be impossible when you're just starting out, the option to rent has vast appeal. All equipment should be fully checked the evening before, batteries charged, and...

Exploring the D Mark II

The 5D menus have been completely reconfigured while still keeping the same familiar groupings longtime Canon shooters have come to enjoy. Button locations have migrated slightly left to make room for the new multicoated, 3-inch (diagonal), 920,000-dot VGA rear LCD monitor, now equipped with a new auto-adjustment backlight sensor. The eight-direction Multi-controller has been given new duties for menu, focus point, and other shooting selections. Shooting modes from the original 5D are back,...

Ultrasonic Motor

USM is the abbreviation Canon uses for Ultrasonic Motor. A USM lens has an ultrasonic motor built into those lenses with this designation. Having destroyed a lens or two in my day, I have in fact seen this motor, and it's indeed tiny. Because the internal focusing motor in the lens is powered by the camera, you get exceptionally fast, quiet autofocus. USM lenses use electronic vibrations created by piezoelectric ceramic elements to provide quick and quiet focusing action with almost...

Predawn and sunrise

In predawn hours, the cool blue and gray hues of the night sky dominate and create a soft, shadowless light. This is the time to capture subtle, moody images of landscape formations, bodies of water, and close-ups of hoarfrost or dew on leaves, grass, flowers, and insects. I also look to capture the fog or mist that tends to hang low over valleys and water. Contrast is low as the sun's crepuscular rays are scattered by clouds, trees, and atmospheric dust as they cut through the atmosphere at a...

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Using white balance autobracketing

Given the range of indoor tungsten, fluorescent, and other types of lights available, the preset white balance options may or may not be spot-on accurate. In addition, you may prefer a bit more of a green or blue bias to the overall image colors. With the 5D Mark II, you can use white balance autobracketing to get a set of three images each with +3 shifts in blue amber and magenta green bias from the base white balance setting. This option is particularly handy when you don't know which bias...

Contents

Exploring the 5D Mark II 2 Camera Controls 2 Top camera controls 4 Rear camera controls 5 Front camera controls 8 Camera Terminals 10 Side and Bottom Features 11 Lens Controls 12 Viewfinder Display 13 Live View Display 15 Canon CMOS Sensor 15 DiG C 4 Image Processor 16 Camera Menus 18 Quick Control screen 18 Shooting 1 menu 18 Peripheral Illumination Correction 19 Shooting 2 menu 20 Dust Delete Data 20 Playback 1 menu 21 Erase images 21 Playback 2 menu 23 Set-up 1 menu 23 Auto rotate 24 Set-up...

Stock and Editorial Photography

Stock and editorial photography has always attracted more than its fair share of talent because photographers have long been drawn to the storytelling power of well-crafted images and have felt the need to visually communicate stories that matter. Different media habits and a drying up of once-solid commercial outlets have put these genres in limbo. You have to be keenly aware of the business realities to market your work to the widest possible audience. Shooting techniques and subjects are...

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Choosing a white balance approach

The 5D Mark II offers three basic approaches to setting white balance. This gives you flexibility to use different approaches in different shooting scenarios. Some examples that provide a starting point for using each of the three methods include Using a preset white balance setting. For outdoor shooting, especially in clearly defined lighting conditions such as bright daylight, an overcast sky, or in fluorescent light using a preset white balance setting produces accurate color. The exception...

Exploring ETTL Technology

Canon Manual Focus Liveview

The latest Canon EX-series Speedlites employ E-TTL II technology. E-TTL stands for Evaluative Through-the-Lens flash exposure control. In simple terms, E-TTL II technology receives information from the camera, including the focal length of the lens, the distance from the subject, the exposure settings including aperture , and the camera's built-in metering system to balance subject exposure with the ambient light. Although E-TTL II works with all lenses, not all Canon lenses communicate...

Using Normal Lenses

Lenses in the 45-55mm range are considered normal lenses because they render the spatial relationships of objects similar to the way your own eyes do and are perhaps the most-often-overlooked lens in the entire range of lenses. This lens, long the primary or only lens that photography icons of the past used, remains a classic lens that provides outstanding sharpness and contrast. Normal lenses are small and light, most are affordably priced, and they offer fast and super-fast apertures, such as...

Learning about Color Spaces

The term color space refers to the range of colors that can be reproduced and the system that a device such as a digital camera, monitor, or printer uses to reproduce color. Of the two color space options offered on the 5D Mark II, the Adobe RGB color space is richer because it supports a wider gamut, or range, of colors than the smaller sRGB color space. In digital photography, the more data captured or, in this case, the more colors the camera captures the richer and more robust the file. The...

Manual

Manual mode, denoted as M on the Mode dial, is, as the name says, fully manual. This mode gives you complete control over aperture and shutter speed. Manual mode is useful in a variety of shooting scenarios, including shooting fireworks or interiors when you want to intentionally underexpose or overexpose a part of the scene or when you want a consistent exposure across a series of photos, such as for a panoramic series. In Manual mode, turn the Main dial to select the shutter speed and the...

Updating the D Mark II Firmware

One of the major advantages of owning a digital camera such as the 5D Mark II is that Canon often posts updates to the firmware the internal instructions for the camera to its Web site. New firmware releases can add improved functionality to existing features and, in some cases, fix reported problems with the camera. Two problems noticed immediately when the 5D Mark II shipped in November 2008 were that under high magnification, small black dots would appear to the right of spectacular point...

Fn IV Dial direction during TvAv

If you continually make the wrong movement when changing settings in Tv and Av modes, try setting this to option 1 to change the direction. 0 is the default Normal setting, but some photographers feel more comfortable with the directions reversed. In other Shooting modes, only the Main dial's direction is reversed. The Quick Control dial retains its orientation in Manual exposure and for setting exposure compensation. If you're unsure you'd like it, try setting it to reverse direction for a few...

Using Telephoto Lenses

I nearly always choose a telephoto lens when shooting studio portraits but also to capture distant subjects, such as racecars, landscapes, wildlife, and close-ups, and it's simply a must for shooting sports. Telephoto lenses in the 85-100mm range are ideal for shooting portraits, whereas longer lenses 200-800mm allow you to photograph distant birds, wildlife, and most sporting events. When photographing wildlife, these lenses also allow you to maintain a safe working distance from the subject,...

Turn the Quick Control dial to set the color temperature by highlighting the K icon

The camera activates the White balance control with the K Kelvin icon highlighted. 6. Turn the Main dial to select a desired color temperature and then press the Set button to return to shooting. Always remember to press the Set button after making your temperature selection or the camera reverts to the previous Kelvin setting. The color temperature you set remains in effect until you change it. 4.5 This image was captured by using the Daylight white balance setting and the Standard Picture...

Ensuring Accurate Color with RAW Capture

If you're shooting RAW images, the easiest way to ensure accurate color is to photograph a white or gray card in the same light the subject is in and then use the gray card to set color balance when you process the images on the computer. Gray cards are specifically designed to render accurate color by providing a neutral white balance reference point that you can use during image-editing to color-balance batches of images. Once an accurate gray point is established for an image, all other...

Using the D Mark II Menus

With all the new internal features added to the 5D Mark II, the LCD menus needed to be redesigned to handle all the new shooting options, controls, and settings. The new menu layout is similar to the Canon 40D and the Canon 50D and a design departure from the older 5D and previous EOS digital cameras. 5D photographers should have no difficulty getting up to speed with the new menu layout and should also really enjoy the larger type and auto-brightness control on the beautiful 3-inch diagonal...

Using Tilt Shift Lenses

Referred to as TS-E lenses, tilt shift lenses enable you to alter the angle of the plane of focus between the lens and sensor plane to provide a broad depth of field even at wide apertures and to correct or alter perspective at almost any angle. TS-E lenses correct perspective distortion and control focusing range and are a staple in architectural photography. Tilt movements allow you to bring an entire scene into focus, even at maximum apertures. By tilting the lens barrel, you can adjust the...

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Shooting Nature Landscape and Travel Images

The 5D Mark II offers increased creative control for expressing your photographic vision with the assurance that the final image resolution will be excellent. The new CMOS sensor in the camera has a high resolution that's beyond 2,000 lines of strong detail for excellent prints from 24 x 36 and larger. The strong performance of the 5D Mark II with low noise at high ISO settings also adds another dimension of creativity for low-light shooting. And with a useable dynamic range in both JPEG and...

Choosing a Color Space

Your choice of color space should enhance your overall workflow and enable you to maintain color reproduction consistently across all your devices and capture as much image data as possible. Whichever option you choose, remember that you can always change the color space in Photoshop or DPP. DPP supports sRGB, ColorMatch RGB, Apple RGB, and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. ICC profiles can also be attached to TIFF and JPEG images when converted from RAW files. This allows faithful reproduction of...

Professional Advice for Shooting Weddings

One of the beautiful aspects of modern digital photography is that so many photographers willingly share advice with each other. And this is no less true of wedding photographers. Some suggestions and ideas for the next wedding that you shoot include Get to know the couple before the wedding. Every minute you spend getting to know the couple in advance of the wedding pays off in wedding images that reflect their unique personalities and their hopes and dreams for the life they're beginning...

Understanding Canon Lenses

The 5D Mark II Is compatible with the Canon EF mount lenses but not with the EF-S lenses designed for the cropped sensor cameras from Canon. The 5D Mark II has a full-frame sensor that's equivalent to a 35mm film frame, 24 x 36mm, or simply a 2 3 ratio. There's no focal-length multiplication factor, so wide-angle lenses are truly wide angle, and telephoto lenses are true to their focal length just as they would be on a 35mm film camera. Although this full-frame sensor allows you to use the lens...

Autoexposure Bracketing

Autoexposure Bracketing AEB takes three exposures of the same scene one exposure at the camera's recommended setting, an image above the recommended exposure, and an image below the recommended exposure. This is the traditional technique for ensuring an acceptable exposure in scenes that have challenging and or high-contrast lighting and in scenes that are difficult to set up again or that can't be reproduced. AEB is also used for image compositing where you take three different exposures of a...

Evaluating the D Mark IIs dynamic range

In general terms, a dynamic range is the range of highlight to shadow tones as measured in f-stops in a scene. In practice, you have to factor in the useable range by considering the effect of digital noise. If, for example, during image-editing, using a tonal curve adjustment in Photoshop or some other image-editing program brings up the details in the shadow areas, it also makes digital noise which is most prevalent in the shadows more visible. In addition, the grain size of noise also...

Aperture Priority AE

Aperture Priority AE mode, denoted as Av on the Mode dial, is the semiautomatic mode of preference for everyday shooting because it offers quick control over the aperture and, thus, control over one factor that determines depth of field. In this mode, you control the aperture by turning the Main dial, and the camera automatically calculates the appropriate shutter speed based on the light meter reading, the Metering mode, and the ISO. The 5D Mark II displays the selected aperture in the...

Increasing magnification with extension tubes and closeup lenses

Extension tubes are close-up accessories that provide high magnification from approximately 0.3 to 0.7 and can be used on many EF lenses, although a few exceptions exist. Extension tubes are placed between the camera body and lens and communicate to the camera via the eight electronic contact points. Canon offers two extension tubes the EF 12mm II and the EF 25mm II. The function of the camera and lens is unchanged, and extension tubes can be combined for greater magnification. A rough rule of...

After the Ceremony

There's a tendency after the wedding for everyone to relax a little now that the ceremony is over, but the photographer must stay sharp and plan for the next phase of shooting the party Details of the cake, food, flowers, table settings, and gifts are all part of the wedding story. The first dance, the parents' dance, toasts, testimonials, cake-cutting, and bouquet and garter tosses are all situations ripe for creative expression. Don't be afraid to use slower-than-normal shutter speeds known...

Camera Terminals

Figure 1.4 shows the interface terminals, which are located on the left side of the 5D Mark II under two rubber covers. Each cover is embossed with icons that identify the terminals underneath PC terminal OUT. This threaded terminal connects a flash unit that uses a flash sync cord. The maximum sync speed with non-Canon flash units is 1 200 sec. This type of flash unit can be used in concert with a Speedlite attached to the camera's hot shoe. The PC terminal can also sync with various studio...

Basic One Light Setup

The main light provides the modeling on the subject's face and form. You can combine key light with a softbox or an umbrella silver, gold, or shoot-through . You place the light at a 45 angle to the side of the camera, with the light pointed slightly down so that it creates a shadow between the end of the nose and the lip. Then, place a large silver or white reflector to the other side of the camera to soften the shadow created by the key light. Adjust the position of the key light, watching...

Understanding and Setting the White Balance

If you're out shooting images instead of behind a computer color-correcting images, then getting a handle on white balance is important. Different shooting assignments, the type and consistency of light, and the amount of time you have to set up the camera before and during a shoot are some of the factors that influence which white balance approach you may want to use. On the 5D Mark II, white balance options give you a variety of ways to ensure color that accurately reflects the light in the...

Zoom lenses

The versatility and convenience that zoom lenses offer are major reasons why prime lenses fell out of favor with the masses. Savvy photographers still prefer primes but acknowledge the benefit of zooms. Zoom lenses offer a variable range of focal lengths within a single lens, allowing you the equivalent of having three, four, or more single-focal-length lenses in one lens. Zoom lenses are available in wide-angle and telephoto ranges. In a zoom lens, part of the lens system moves along the...

Using Macro Lenses

Macro lenses open up a world of photographic possibilities by offering an extreme level of magnification. In addition, the reduced focusing distance allows beautiful, moderate close-ups as well as extreme close-ups of plants, flowers, insects, water droplets, and other small, intimate subjects. You can further reduce the focusing distance by using extension tubes detailed later in this chapter and or screw-on close-up lenses. The closer you look, the more there is to see. Both normal and...

Mixing Video and Sound

Although a complete discussion of editing techniques for video and sound is beyond the scope of this book, a few considerations about the process can hopefully offer some insight. You should download your audio video files to your computer and then use a software program to assemble them into a finished masterpiece for your family, friends, or clients to enjoy. Two software programs very popular with photographers and videographers alike are Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro. Whereas Final Cut Pro...

Using Wide Angle Lenses

Wide-angle lenses are great for capturing scenes like wide-open vistas, sweeping landscapes, and large groups of people as well as for taking pictures in places where space is limited. The distinguishing characteristic of wide-angle lenses is the greater range of the angle of view. Within the Canon lens lineup, you can choose angles of view ranging from the fisheye lens, which offers a 180 angle of view, to the 35mm, which offers a 63 angle of view. When you shoot with a wide-angle lens, keep...

Balancing lighting extremes

A little creative use of exposure modification on both the 5D Mark II and a Speedlite can help balance unequal lighting, such as a dim indoor scene and a bright outdoor view. The trick is to blend the extremes. With Speedlites that allow manual adjustment, a negative compensation for both the camera exposure and the flash works to balance the differences in light in the room with the brighter outdoor light. I also encourage you to explore the many lighting options that multiple Speedlites...

Canon Digital Photo Professional

Although I'm usually not a huge fan of the software supplied with the camera, DPP deserves another look, considering the expense and capabilities of third-party software and the often long stretches of time between updates. Very often, there are delays after a new camera debuts before updates to your favorite programs are available to handle RAW conversion. DPP ships with the camera, and the black, gray, and white interface is clean and professional-looking. For photographers without Photoshop,...

Essential Filters

The most useful filters in landscape, nature, and travel often referred to as outdoor photography include the following filters Skylight or UV Ultra violet filter. Skylight filters are colored glasses and usually have a touch of pink. In addition to absorbing UV light, the pinkish color of a Skylight filter can also counter the excessive blue color of the sky in a sunny day and produce a warmish tone. UV filters absorb UV light and are clear glass. Polarizer. Polarizers deepen blue skies,...

Resolution and frame rate

When referring to high-definition television, the reference is actually to the number of lines in the vertical display resolution. High-definition television HDTV resolution is 1080, or 720 lines. By contrast, regular digital television DTV is 480 lines upon which NTSC is based 480 visible scan lines out of 525 or 576 lines upon which PAL and SECAM are based 576 visible scan lines out of 625 . Additionally, current DVD quality isn't high definition, although the highdefinition disc system...

Choosing a Canon EXseries Speedlite

When choosing a Speedlite, it's important to evaluate your objectives and how you intend to use the flash unit. Questions you might ask yourself include Do you need a portable studio for location assignments Do you want to enhance macro and other nature shooting Do you need a Speedlite only for occasional use Additional considerations include the performance and power of the flash unit, such as the guide number, power output, wide-angle to telephoto coverage, wireless and multi-Speedlite...

Testing for dust

There are as many methods for testing as there are kinds of dust. I take a 200mm lens set to f 22, focus it to infinity with autofocus off, set the exposure compensation to 1.5, and then photograph my computer monitor displaying a blank white page. Any nonreflective light surface properly lit works even the sky but I find the dust really stands out when shooting a monitor image. The small aperture focuses the light rays from the lens to the sensor parallel to each other and causes any dust on...

Exploring Custom Functions

Custom Functions enable you to customize camera controls and operations to better suit your shooting style and thus save time. After you set a Custom Function option, it remains in effect until you change it. Some Custom Functions are handy for all shooting situations, whereas others are specific to different situations. For example, if you grow weary of pressing the AF Point selection button before manually selecting an AF point or using the Multi-controller, check out Custom Function III-3 it...

External stereo input

Microphone For Canon Mark

Connect the 5D Mark II to an external mic by way of a 3.5mm stereo mic jack. Shotgun or wireless microphones transceivers easily mounted to the camera's hot shoe are really the way to go if you want to attain professional-grade results. Previously mentioned Sennheiser and Rode products can raise the quality of your productions simply by the sounds they don't record, such as camera handling and movement as well as any operational noise the camera may generate on its own. 8.3 The 5D Mark II...

Choosing the File Format and Quality

The first menu item is file quality, and here you're offered three flavors of RAW and six versions of JPEGs or you can shoot and combine RAW and JPEG in separate files. You turn the Main dial to select the RAW parameters and the Quick Control dial to select them for JPEGs. If you choose the JPEG format, you can choose among different image sizes and among two compression ratios, ranging from low denoted as Fine compression to high denoted as Normal JPEG Large Normal Fine at 21.1 MB JPEG Medium...

DiGC Image Processor

Between the capture and recording stages is image-processing that determines how the signals from the sensor are translated into a viewable image. In the 5D Mark II, the processing is performed by the DiG C 4 image processor. Major advances responsible for the speed, advanced image-processing capabilities, and lower power consumption over the DiG C II processor include lower noise image development at all ISOs, higher-speed image-processing, improved highlight and shadow details, extended...

Maintenance Tips Your D Mark II

Canon ships the 5D Mark II with a free software package of several programs to make your digital workflow easier. These include programs to operate the camera from your computer, convert RAW files, update the firmware, and create your own Picture Styles. Canon has included several software programs with the 5D Mark II to add functionality and organization to your digital files. Along with the drivers that the camera needs to communicate with the computer, Canon includes the ZoomBrowserEX, EOS...

Sample Customizations

As a starting point for thinking about specific shooting situations, two sample Custom Functions groupings are shown in Tables 5.1 and 5.2. Your shooting preferences and the requirements of the specific scene may mean that the functions and options suggested here won't work for you. Unfortunately, you can't save groups of Custom Functions and recall them as a group except when you register camera settings for the three C modes. Setting or changing Custom Functions is relatively quick, so it's...

Choosing an Exposure Mode

The 5D Mark II Mode dial offers a Full Auto mode as well as the traditional Shooting modes that you've grown accustomed to Program AE P , Shutter Priority Tv , Aperture Priority Av , Manual M , and Bulb B . In addition, the 5D Mark II features a new Creative Auto mode and adds three user settings, denoted as C1, C2, and C3 on the Mode dial. Full Auto, labeled as a green rectangle on the Mode dial, offers camera-controlled automatic exposure, color, and focusing. P, Tv, and Av modes offer...

Flash Exposure Compensation

Flash Exposure Compensation is much like autoexposure compensation in that you can set compensation for flash exposure up to -2 stops in 1 3-stop increments. A positive compensation setting increases the flash output and vice versa. Flash Exposure Compensation helps reduce shadows in the background, balance unevenly lit scenes, and is a highly effective tool for producing natural-looking images. Generally, you can set compensation on either the camera or the Speedlite or both. If you set it on...

Setting the Date and Time

As digital photographers know, one of the first things necessary to setting up a smooth workflow involves setting the date and time on your cameras. After image capture, the image date and time figures into everything from file-naming and file-sorting on the computer to file storage and backup scenarios and retrieval. Time-stamping every single image that comes out of your camera yields many benefits for example, for larger assignments, such as weddings, where you or another photographer could...

Highspeed sync

High-speed flash sync FP flash allows you to take flash images at any shutter speed instead of limiting the fastest shutter speed to the 5D Mark II's X-sync speed of 1 200 sec. This means you have more latitude in using wide apertures to blur backgrounds in outdoor and indoor portraits. With fast shutter speeds, the effective flash range is shorter, and the range is shown on the Speedlite's LCD. When the Speedlite is set to high-speed sync flash, the stroboscopic flash can't be set. In addition...

Evaluating exposure

Following each exposure, you evaluate the exposure by inspecting the histogram. A histogram is a bar graph that shows the distribution of pixels in the image. The horizontal axis shows the range of values, and the vertical axis displays the number of pixels at each location. The 5D Mark II offers two types of histograms a brightness, or luminance, histogram and an RGB histogram that shows the tonal values for the Red, Green, and Blue color channels. A brightness, or luminance, histogram shows...

Prime versus Zoom Lenses

Canon Mark 50mm

In the film days, prime lenses were the way to go but may have lost some appeal with today's digital shooters. Prime lenses or lenses that have a fixed focal length, such as the venerable EF 50mm f 1.4 were once the staple in photojournalists' and other professionals' camera bags. Classic prime lenses in the Canon lineup include the EF 15mm f 2.8 Fisheye, a small lens weighing in at only 11.6 oz that provides a whopping 180 view. Other prime lenses include the EF 24mm f 1.4L USM, the EF 50mm f...

Restoring the Cameras Default Settings

With all the different settings, you may sometimes want to start fresh instead of backtracking to reset individual settings. The 5D Mark II offers several restore settings, including a Clear all camera settings option as well as a Clear copyright info option that allows you to clear the information that you entered in EOS Utility. This option is a good way to start fresh, but be aware that it resets all shooting and image-quality settings back to the factory defaults. In addition to the...

Using Speedlites

Depending on the Speedlite that you use, there are a variety of ways that you can control or modify flash exposure, either by making on-camera adjustments or by using the Speedlite controls. In addition, both the 5D Mark II and the Speedlite's Custom Functions enable you to customize various flash functions to suit your shooting requirements. Because Speedlites differ in functionality, following are some general ideas about the ways in which you can control and modify flash exposure. For...

Lens Controls

Mount Thread Filter Thread

All Canon EF lenses provide both autofocus and manual focusing functionality via the AF MF Autofocus Manual Focus switch on the side of the lens. If you choose manual focusing, the 5D Mark II provides focus assistance to confirm sharp focus in the viewfinder. When sharp focus is achieved, the focus confirmation light in the viewfinder burns steadily, and the camera emits a focus confirmation beep, which you can turn off in the Shooting 1 menu. Figure 1.6 shows the lens controls. Focusing...

What does white balance do

This question is best answered with a comparison to human vision. The human eye automatically adjusts to the changing colors temperatures of light. We see a person's white shirt as white in tungsten, fluorescent, or daylight light in other words, regardless of the type of light in which you view a white object, it appears to be white. Digital image sensors, however, aren't as adaptable. To distinguish white in different types of light, you must set the white balance to an approximate or...

Live View Display

Live View is an exciting new feature for the 5D Mark II many photographers may already be familiar with from point-and-shoot cameras where a live image appears on the LCD monitor and the viewfinder isn't used to take the picture. The mirror flips up to display the image from the camera sensor on the LCD monitor. Working in Live View allows compositional adjustments similar to shooting with a large format view camera where the image is projected onto the ground glass. It's best utilized when...

Grid display

In Live View mode, photographers have the choice of straight viewing or overlaying a nine-box Rule of Thirds grid or a 24-box grid to aid in composition. Architectural and landscape photographers have long grown accustomed to these optical features by purchasing special focusing screens for their cameras but now have the option of stepping back from the camera and contemplating the scene as it might appear as a print or Web image and then line up important elements to complement the rectangular...

Shooting Events

The 5D Mark II offers versatility in shooting a broad range of events and enough customization that you can set up the camera in advance for some types of events and begin shooting with little tweaking of color settings. On an extended shoot, where I'm in the same auditorium or venue for several days, I register my favorite Picture Styles and camera settings to one of the C modes Canon has graciously expanded to three. Having three different camera environments immediately available at the...

Onboard mono microphone

Most likely, using the camera's onboard monaural microphone identified by the three tiny holes under the 5D Mark II name badge is your first foray into sound recording for movie clips. Two channels of sound are digitized at a decent 16 bits 44.1 kHz in PCM format, but unfortunately, mic levels are adjusted automatically by the camera, with no manual override, whether using the built-in mic or adding a third-party external mic. Wind noise suppression is applied automatically and can't be either...

Turn the Quick Control dial to highlight Wb Shiftbkt and then press the Set button

The camera displays the White Balance Correction and White Balance Auto Bracketing screens. 3. Tilt the Multi-controller in the direction you want to set the bias toward a blue, amber, magenta, or green shift. On the right of the screen, the SHIFT panel shows the bias and correction amount. For example, A2, G1 shows a two-level amber correction with a one-level green correction. To gain experience, start with small adjustments. 4. Press the Set button. The color shift you set remains in effect...

Automatic Sensor Cleaning mode

The Canon Automatic Sensor Cleaning mode does a good job each and every time you turn your 5D Mark II on or off. In Power-up, Power-down, or Manual settings, the Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses high-frequency vibrations to shake off lingering dust, and for the most part, this works well. There's some concern that this might also just move the dust around in the chamber, only to land somewhere else. It's a good start, and as photographers know, locations are difficult enough on gear, none more so...

Live Face Detection mode

Of all the Live View modes, probably the most exciting is the new Live Face Detection mode. Using the same method as Live mode, the image sensor is used as the focus system to find a face in the scene and focus on it, and the sensor's detection rate and accuracy are very good. It's beneficial to have your subject face the camera so both eyes can be seen. When a face is detected, a small white box appears on-screen, superimposed over the face. AF is activated by pushing the AF-ON button, and...

Exposure compensation

Another way to modify the standard exposure on the 5D Mark II is by using exposure compensation, which enables you to purposely and continuously modify the standard exposure by a specific amount up to 2 f-stops in 1 3-stop or 1 2-stop increments via C.Fn I-01. A common use is to override the camera's suggested ideal exposure in scenes that have large areas of white or black. In these types of scenes, the camera's onboard meter averages light or dark scenes to 18 gray to render large expanses of...

Creating Folders on the CF Card

Related to image file-naming is a system for naming folders on the CF card. Creating CF card folders is one of the early steps in managing image workflow. Establishing a consistent folder-naming system can help make downloading and archiving more seamless within the total structure of your folder and file-naming scheme. And at the very least, CF folders help you organize files by shoot or segments during extended shooting or multiple assignments. You have a choice in how you create folders on...

Selecting a Metering Mode

The 5D Mark II offers a full menu of reflective-based metering options. The default mode is the 35-zone TTL full-aperture metering system that's linked to the selected AF point or points. In this mode, the onboard microcomputer evaluates input from 35 zones and then calculates the exposure from this data. Depending on your exposure needs, you can also choose Partial, Spot, or Center-weighted Average modes. The following is a rundown of the metering options on the 5D Mark II Evaluative metering....

Using a Lensbaby

On the opposite end of the sharp focus spectrum is the Lensbaby, a bendable, Holga-like lens where the photographer decides the exact point of focus by twisting the front element to throw everything else creatively out of focus, often producing a zooming-in effect. These lenses have found a popular niche with wedding photographers and others who seek to expand their creative vision. The Lensbaby system was created by Craig Strong after he become dissatisfied with products currently on the...

Marketing

Being successful in wedding photography requires not just proficiency in artistic vision and execution but also a considerable flair for people skills and marketing. I liken it to the old vaudeville acts of keeping three plates spinning at the same time on long sticks or juggling three razor-sharp knives while telling jokes one must pay attention to all three swirling forces at once to stay ahead of the burgeoning ranks of photographers currently entering the field. If you lack a genuine love...

Viewfinder Display

Rebel Xti Spot Metering

The 5D Mark II offers an eye-level pentaprism viewfinder that displays 98 of the vertical and horizontal coverage. Etched into the viewfinder are nine visible AF points in a diamond pattern. When you change AF points by using the Multi-controller or the Main dial or the Quick Control dial, the viewfinder displays each AF point in red. When you press the Shutter button halfway down to focus, the selected AF point appears in red in the viewfinder. Pressing the AF Point selection Magnify button...

Fn III Lens drive when AF impossible

How many times have you missed an important shot while the camera continues to search for a focusing spot, endlessly going back and forth This On Off feature controls whether the camera lens combination keeps trying to focus or stop after focusing through the range. This can effectively speed up your action photography, especially with super-telephoto lenses, which have the talent to adjust themselves extremely out of focus at the worst possible times. You gain...

Why Flash Sync Speed Matters

Flash sync speed matters because if it isn't set correctly, only part of the image sensor has enough time to receive light while the shutter is open. The result is an unevenly exposed image. This is easy to get wrong when using studio strobes because the camera has no idea what kind of flash system it's hooked up to. The 5D Mark II doesn't allow you to set a shutter speed faster than 1 200 sec. when using on-camera flash, but you can always set the shutter speed to a slower flash sync speed....

Shooting Concerts

Concert photography can be an extremely rewarding photographic endeavor, especially if you're a music fan, but not without its own set of unique difficulties. If this particular area of photography appeals to you, start by attending small concerts or music clubs where local bands perform to perfect your skills. It's here that you can experiment with mixed light sources, slower-than-normal shutter speeds, flash, zoom blur, or panning. Providing short video clips or recording whole songs, thanks...

Choosing and Customizing a Picture Style

Mark Picture Style Portrait

Picture Styles have risen in popularity with so many photographers that Canon has given the 5D Mark II a dedicated Picture Style button on the back of the camera. From this menu, you select one of the six preset styles or create your own style and save it as one of three customizable Picture Style settings. Having the ability to create three distinct customized Picture Styles and recalling them quickly for different shooting situations is a huge timesaver. The 5D Mark II attaches a Picture...

Silent Shooting modes and

Two new Silent Shooting modes in Live View utilize the sensor's front curtain electronic shutter and help minimize noise during exposure, reduce shutter-cocking noise, and can be very handy when shooting wildlife, performances, courtrooms, or events when your camera's noise could be a distraction. In combination with either Remote Controller RC-1 or RC-5 or when using the camera connected to a computer by using the provided software, the Silent Shooting modes can discreetly cover situations...

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Add original decision data C.Fn IV-06 , 97 Adobe RGB color space, 66-67, 68. See also color considerations for, 47-48 Custom Function, 96 described, 8 illustrated, 6 using, 48 using for concert photography, 163 AEB. See Autoexposure Bracketing aerosol dusters, avoiding on sensor, 239 AF. See autofocus AF button, 3, 4, 5 AF point area expansion C.Fn III-07 , 45, 94 AF point display menu option , 23 AF point selection, 45-46, 93-94 AF Point selection button, 6, 8 AF Stop button lens , 92-93, 107...

Flash Exposure Lock

Flash Exposure Lock FE Lock is much like Autoexposure Lock AE Lock . Flash Exposure Lock enables you to meter and set the flash output for the area of critical exposure in the scene. FE Lock can be used in a variety of ways. One technique is to identify the area of critical exposure in the scene, meter for that area, and then lock the flash exposure. In a food setup, for example, the critical exposure is on the food as opposed to the background, so FE Lock is set on the food. The camera then...

Exposure techniques for atypical scenes

The 5D Mark II has a very capable onboard reflective light meter. It's designed to measure light reflected off the subject or scene, and it's calibrated to correctly expose average scenes. An average scene reflects approximately 18 of the light falling onto it. Visually, this 18 is represented as mid-gray, referred to as 18 gray. Many scenes are considered average, particularly scenes that are evenly lit either dominated by middle tones or contain an even balance of highlights and shadows or...

Understanding Bokeh Characteristics

As you're considering lenses, bokeh may be one consideration. The term bokeh is derived from the Japanese word boke and means fuzzy. The term refers to the way an out-of-focus point of light is rendered in an image. Obviously, bokeh can make the out-of-focus areas aesthetically pleasing or visually obtrusive, and the interpretation is almost entirely subjective. In general, you want the out-of-focus points of light to be circular in shape and blend or transition nicely with other areas in the...

Camera Controls

Canon Depth Field Preview

The 5D Mark II groups commonly used functions into five main areas Mode dial. This dial enables you to switch between seven Shooting modes including two fully automatic modes and three user-defined C modes, where you can register settings for distinct shooting situations. Turn the Mode dial until the icon you want lines up with the white tick mark to the side of the viewfinder. Each mode is detailed later in this chapter. LCD panel and buttons. This panel and the buttons are located on the top...

Shooting Sports

For many photographers, the 5D Mark II produces incredible images of moderately paced action successfully, with a fast 3.9 fps. While not as fast as the flagship models but faster than it's predecessor, the 5D Mark II responds quickly to your touch, and AF is lightning-fast to capture that shot at the peak of action. In addition, when you shoot in Continuous mode, you're ensured to capture the decisive moment of the play over several frames. By cramming more images into that 1-second time...

Canon Speedlite Transmitter STE

In addition, Canon offers the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, a small flash control unit that fits on the camera's hot shoe. The ST-E2 offers wireless control of multiple master and slave Speedlites, and it's a handy way to control multiple flash setups. Control up to three groups of Speedlites, with the ability to control the slave units' IDs. Modeling flash. This fires at the flash ratio that you've set and is triggered by pressing the Depth of Field Preview button on the camera. An AF assist...

Capturing the ceremony

Of all the photographic opportunities on the wedding day, the wedding ceremony is the absolute time where if you miss a shot, it's gone forever. The remarkable features of the 5D Mark II allow you to shoot still and HD video clips with the ability to control aperture and ISO in Video mode for never-before-seen results from a dSLR. Before the ceremony, always ask the officiate if flash is allowed and plan your lighting J and shooting techniques accordingly. I usually try to get a pleasing...

Camera Menus

This chapter discusses the menus and their contents, and the new additions are discussed in detail. Use the Main dial or the Multi-controller to move among menu tabs and then use the Quick Control dial or the Multi-controller to move among menu options. Use the Set button to confirm your choices. These menus aren't available when the camera's Mode dial is set to Full Auto mode Shooting 2, Custom Functions, and My Menu. 2.1 The all-new Quick Control screen With the exception of the Shooting...

Taking indoor portraits

At some point or another, you might want to take portraits indoors because you've either been driven inside by the weather or you desire to utilize some of the dramatic features of interior architecture and lighting. Trying to gauge color indoors makes us finally realize how fantastic our eyes and brains are because they automatically do this for us all the time. Different types of interior illumination all affect color in some way, and when indoors, you call upon a number of light sources and...

Specifying a color temperature

Setting the white balance for a specific color temperature is the easiest way of getting neutral color in the least amount of time. However, you must know the temperature of the light to get good results. In most studios, you know the light temperature of your strobes, and you can easily dial it into the 5D Mark II. If you're fortunate enough to own a color temperature meter, you can use this white balance option with confidence in any type of shooting situation. To specify a color temperature...

Setting a custom white balance

Mixed light scenes, such as tungsten and daylight, can be very difficult for getting accurate or visually pleasing image color. Two options work well to get neutral color quickly in mixed lighting scenes. If you're shooting RAW capture, one option is to shoot a gray or white card as I described earlier. The second option is to set a custom white balance by shooting a gray or white card image. It doesn't matter what color balance setting you're in when you shoot this test image. Setting a custom...

Shooting Portraits

Although the Web is full of sources for lighting, posing, and portrait tips, an in-depth rumination on the subject is beyond the scope of this book. Rather, it's intended to highlight what the 5D Mark II can do both in the field and in the studio as well as serve as a departure point in your ongoing learning about light and how it affects your final portrait. With this in mind, I explain what the 5D Mark II can do when you use it and manipulate ambient light with modifiers and Speedlites. 11.3...