Friday, November 30, 2012

Angli - Kapitlu Gdid shot completely with a Canon EOS 5D mk II!

Angli, aired on Malta's National TV station - TVM, is an intriguing drama series packed with action produced by Watermelon Media, and is fully shot using a Canon EOS 5D mk II.

Pierre Portelli, director at  Watermelon Media & Communications Ltd said on the CanonMalta facebook page: 'Thank You Canon for such a great picture!'

Well done for such a great production!

Some images taken from the video of Angli - Kapitlu Gdid

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Monday, November 26, 2012

To improve your landscape photos, simply add skies.

Skies at this time of year can turn good landscape images into great ones. Our simple to use hints in the latest tutorial will help enhance your photos.

Late autumn skies may be grey more often than summer ones but there are still wonderful images to be captured. With more clouds in the sky, they become more important features in your photos.

Making clouds a feature means looking at the composition of your photos in a slightly different way; the sky will often form a much larger part of the image. This article covers the techniques but also shows great examples taken by 'Canon You Connect' members.

Topics covered:

• Getting the lighting right
• Cloud forms
• Elements of sky photography
• Black & white
• Color Accent
• Sunrise and sunset
• Rule of thirds

Bonnie banks, © Douglas McMinn 2011, Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Autumn, © Alec Schaerer 2011, Canon PowerShot A1200

Getting the lighting right
Your brain automatically compensates for changes in light, so that a sheet of paper appears white whether we view it in daylight or with indoor lighting. Auto White Balance (AWB) on your Canon camera ensures your camera behaves in the same way - making sure colours are accurate whatever the lighting conditions are.

Most of the time the AWB setting will give you great results; however adjusting the white balance to 'Cloudy' on the greyer days of autumn will bring out the colours you see in front of you. Experiment with different white balance settings for the same subject to see which you like best.

Cloud forms
Composition and content are vital for sky shots.

Sometimes the shape of the cloud formations you see can make a photo on its own. There are even websites dedicated to photos of unusually shaped clouds. There are no right and wrong answers, use your imagination. Here are some very effective examples from 'Canon You Connect' members.

Expanses of water will reflect the sky, giving added interest to your images.

However you do not have to specifically use lakes or rivers - focus on puddles in the street after a rainstorm for a similar effect or even wet sand by the sea.

Black & white
Clouds within skies naturally lend themselves to black & white photography. Use the 'My Colors' setting on your camera to achieve this and other similar monochrome effects.
An interesting mix of colour and black & white can be achieved with the 'Color Accent' menu. This lets you choose one colour whilst the rest of your image becomes black & white.

Light and layout
Sunrise and sunset

Cloud formations often appear particularly dramatic at sunrise and sunset. The warm glow of the sun can diffuse through clouds giving shades of orange and pink that will add colour to your images. Exposing just for the sky can work well, with the ground dark and often in silhouette.

Sunset, © Rolf Pahnhenrich 2011, Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Rule of thirds

Just like other photos, the rule of thirds applies for photographing skies. Whilst typical landscape photos will have their skyline one third from the top, you should consider it being 1/3 from the bottom when photographing clouds and sky. This is demonstrated well in the image above.

The two vertical lines of the grid are also still important; they can be used for a relevant object in the foreground.

Post production 
Once you have taken your photograph, you can process it using software on your computer. JPEG files can be adjusted to alter white balance, brightness, contrast and saturation. The G and S series PowerShot cameras as well as the more recent PowerShot SX50 HS can take photos in RAW format. Using the Digital Photo Professional software supplied with them, cropping and sharpening can be undertaken. The image can also be converted to black & white.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Win a Canon HFR306 with Avantech and FM!

Do you want to win a Canon full HD camcorder worth €300 this Christmas? It’s easy, thanks to Avantech and FM.

You can participate in four easy steps:

The competition ends on Friday, November 23 and the best slogan wins the Canon full HD camcorder HFR 306. The winner will be announced in the December issue of FM.

Terms and conditions apply.

1. This competition is not open to employees of Avantech Ltd or FM Magazine or their immediate family members.
2. Only one slogan per entrant is allowed.
3. Entries must be the original work of the named entrants, respectively.
3. Competition closes on Friday November 23 at midnight.
4. Competition entrants must be 18 and over, unless we have written consent by a parent/guardian.  Entrants must be residents of the Maltese Islands.
5.  The winner must agree to a photo of FM/ Avantech Ltd  presenting the prize, along with the photo being used for marketing activities.  The winner will always be notified in such cases.
6. Prize is as stated and cannot be exchanged or transferred.
7. All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs entered.
8. The winning slogan will become Avantech's intellectual property and can be used for marketing purposes at Avantech's sole discretion.

FM & Avantech Ltd. reserve the right to refuse any entry and/or disqualify any entrant if the above rules are not adhered to.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

EOS 5D mk III firmware upgrade!

Canon has unveiled plans for a new EOS 5D Mark III firmware designed to enhance shooting and improve video workflow.

The new firmware enables HDMI output functionality, ideal for professional videographers, as well as improved AF performance for photographers shooting with telephoto lenses.

Following feedback from cinema and TV production professionals, the new firmware includes ‘clean’ HDMI output, enhancing overall video editing and monitoring procedures. Videographers will be able to output high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) without any embedded icons or symbols, from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder using the camera’s HDMI terminal. The new functionality will enable easier editing of data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during production, as well as the option to record to the internal memory card at the same time.

The enhanced features also include outputting of time code over HDMI to an external recorder, as well as the ability to synchronise start and stop of video capture with the start and stop of recording to an external device*. The new firmware also enables real-time output to external monitors, ideally suited for on-set monitoring by the wider production team.

The new firmware also adds improved AF performance when capturing still images, opening up more advanced shooting possibilities for photographers. When using a lens and extender, resulting in a maximum f/8 aperture, the new firmware enables the camera to utilise the EOS 5D Mark III’s central dual cross-type focal points, currently only available up to an f/5.6 aperture. The new capabilities allow sports and nature photographers to use AF when getting closer to distant subjects, achieving precision detail when using telephoto lenses.

The firmware will be free to download from April 2013. 

* Functionality dependant on the specification of the external recording device.