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photography tips slow shutter speed technique

Photography tips slow shutter speed technique

Doesn’t really matter what type of photography you are doing a landscape, photojournalism , wedding photography , architecture etc.

The same “slow shutter speed technique” apples on any photographic genres.

Don’t worry too much if you don’t have any tripod with you and your lens without any image stabilizer (IS on Canon) or Vibration Reduction (VR on Nikon).

Most of the new DSLR’s or mirrorless cameras on the market, already has pretty good high ISO performance, but don’t rush to crank up ISO settings, sometimes if it’s static object as a landscape or buildings you can simply lower your ISO setting and slower the shutter speed.

For example, if you have your camera set in manual mode with 2500 ISO | aperture f4 | shutter 1/250 you can lower the ISO level and compensate it with lowering shutter speed as well, so the exposure level will be the same.

Please remember as longer the lens as harder to keep it steady.

In this shot I used Nikon latest D750 DSLR with an amazing wide angle lens Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8

After a few seconds of practising I decided to push a little bit the limits and set the camera on ISO 100 | f2.8 | 1.0 shutter ;) (yes it’s 1 second)

After an about an 5 shots I finally nailed it and here is the result.

Nikon d750 slow shutter test

Just to make sure I’m not the steadiest person on earth ;)

It’s funny, but most of the time my wife much steadier than me in this regards.

Another example is less extreme in terms of shutter speed.

Camera settings were ISO 800 | f2.8 | 1/10

on Nikon D810 and Nikkor 14-24mm lens

The same Mississauga Convention Centre – I simply love this building, and there is a lot of Weddings we had here last year.

Mississauga Convention Centre Nikon d810 Wedding or This gorgeous “Greek Orthodox Church of Prophet Elias” in Mississauga, Ontario

Nikon D810 + 14-24mm wide angle lens

Camera settings ISO 64 | f2.8 | 1/30

Greek Orthodox church of prophet elias mississauga

Nikon D810 + 14-24mm wide angle lens

same camera settings ISO 64 | f2.8 | 1/30

Amazing church ceiling at the same Greek Orthodox Church , I can look at it for an hour.

Greek Orthodox Church Mississauga

 

Nikon D810 great camera in this regards. The shutter lag is very short and the mirror vibration is very well controlled, so you can go very slow with your shutter speed, and the lowest basic ISO goes to a 64 and the Dynamic Range at the ISO 64 is just incredible.

Anyway, you can apply the same technique for any camera that you are using.

So let’s get started :

1 – Set your camera to manual

2 – Adjust your settings according to exposure

3 – Compose

4 – Make yourself into a comfortable position

5 – Relax

6 – Breathe in and out slowly. My release usually takes place half way into the exhale.

7 – Take a picture

This technique works for me and hopefully will work for you as well.

Always remember “Practice makes perfect”!

Enjoy

George Kash

Toronto Wedding and Portrait photographer

 

 

Sigma 50mm f1 4 dg hsm art

Sigma 50mm f1 4 dg hsm art

After reading all great reviews I’m a bit of hesitant but still curious decided to get one.

With a great experience with Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art from past wedding season, I really mean great experience – zero adjustments needed 90% hitting rate.

I was with the idea in my head that finally I’ll get myself not so “nifty” but still “fifty” lens ;)

 

Started with two copies from authorized Canadian dealer “Vistek” and three copies from “Henrys” and every single one of them was front focusing pretty badly and needed in camera (Auto Focus Micro Adjustment ) AFMA +13 or +17 depends on body.

Please note we are using few Canon 1dx’s and few 5d mark III camera bodies.

Even when you micro adjust the lens, the lens was hit and miss in the middle AF points, but the main problem of the Fifty was complete missing on Side AF points.

I didn’t want to give up and decided to get fifth copy of this lens, as this is really incredible lens … once it nail the focus right.

Yes it’s heavy, yes it’s huge if you comparing to other fifties around …. but when it hits the focus you just want to cry how sharp the focus areas are and how blurry the out of focus areas, almost like a 85L  ;)

So I’ve got this one from “Henry’s” exposure show few days ago, went to a “Sigma” booth there tried with a “Sigma” representative  on my two camera bodies and it’s still was front focusing.

They ask me to bring it to the service, so on Monday morning May 26, 2014 I already been at “Sigma” service Toronto.

Long story short.

After 5 days in service, they called me and told that there is nothing to do with this right now and they are waiting for firmware update for this lens.

They suggested to do in camera AFMA but this for centre AF points only.

And it looks like Sigma can’t utilize the cross type of far right and far left and simply uses cross type in the center instead of double cross type sensors of 1dx and 5d mark 3 auto focus system.

Very-very disappointed “Sigma”, I really tried … and it’s really have a great potential to kill the competitors, but right for now it’s going back to the store.

It is still working when you focusing manual though and it’s still cheaper than Zeiss Otus but it’s very uncomfortable and unreliable when you are working with fast moving objects or happy bride.

My customers deserve the best !!!

 

And I love how someone said about his new Sigma 50mm Art :

It’s simply sad, it’s like owning brand new Bugatti Veyron, but only with two wheels, so if you want to move it, you simply have to tow it …”

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canon st-e3-rt knockoff

Canon st-e3-rt knockoff

Yongnuo st-e3-rt is finally here and available for sale.

The new Yongnuo st-e3-rt compatible with the Canon 600EX-RT flash system and has some extra features as well.

Here is some official technical info about this product :

Canon ST-E3 Yongnuo

YN-E3-RT Features -
  • Two-way 2.4G radio communication, fully compatible with ST-E3-RT/600EX-RT
  • 15 Physical Channels, 1 Auto Channel, Up to 10,000 customizable photographer ID
  • Transmission Range: 100M
  • Multi YN-E3-RT can share slave flashes
  • Firmware can be upgraded via USB
  • High resolution Dot-Matrix LCD, Back-light for LCD/keys
  • Fast lock mechanism
  • Built-in AF Lamp, buzzer
  • Remote shutter release, Linked Shot (Need extra shutter cable for cameras released before 2012)
  • Flash Mode: ETTL/M/Multi/GR (GR Mode only works with cameras released since 2012)
  • A/B/C/D/E Five groups
  • Supports 1st Curtain, 2nd Curtain (Only in M mode), High speed Sync
  • Supports ETTL Ratio, Flash Exposure Compensation, Flash Exposure Lock, Flash Exposure Bracket, Modeling Flash
  • 9 Custom Funtions
  • Settings saved automatically

 

The main feature for me it’s AF focus assist, I was really surprised by Canon when their original Canon st-e3-rt came out without it especially when the previous model (Canon st-e2) had it.

And of course how did Yongnue team achieve it, and if the AF beam light really as useful as on new Canon EX 600 RT flash system and works with all AF points of  Canon latest 1DX or 5d mark III AF system.

Time will tell. I just order it from some of here  for $155.99 US

I’ll do my full review  when I’ll receive it .

Cheers

George.

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