5 Cool Features on the New Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark IIBy Jeffrey M. Greene

Canon finally upgraded it’s popular 7D series DSLR yesterday with the new
Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

Optimized to make even the most challenging photographic situations
effortless, the 7D Mark II has a pro-level set of cutting-edge features
and a robust, ergonomic design. The new 20.2 Megapixel APS-C
CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, plus a host of
new and refined capabilities, makes the EOS 7D Mark II the
perfect camera for photographers looking for a pro-grade APS-C DSLR.

Here are 5 significant upgrades:

20.2 Megapixels
APS-C CMOS Sensor utilizing Dual Pixel technology.Canon 7D Mark II

65 point auto-focus system
All cross-type 65 pt sensor utilizing Canon’s ‘Intelligent Tracking and Recognition’ (iTR) focus system.65pointAF Eagle

10 frames per second
When shooting in continuous mode. Shutter rated for 200,000 actuations.10fps bike

Dual memory slots:
For Compact Flash and SD (SD, SDHC, SDXC) memory cards.CF and SD

GPS
For geotagging images with longitude, latitude, and attitude…

Pre-Order the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Omega Photo is now accepting pre-orders for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D Mark II – body only    $1799.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II w/ Canon 18-135 f /3.5-5.6 IS STM     $2149.00

Call or stop by Omega Photo to reserve yours now.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

(425) 455-2126

7 Tips for Photographing Tonight’s Lunar Eclipse

1) Determine the Time of the Eclipse
Eclipse Phase   Pacific Time  
Penumbral Eclipse begins   Apr 14 at   9:55 PM  
Partial Eclipse begins   Apr 14 at 10:59 PM  
Full Eclipse begins   Apr 15 at 12:08 AM  
Maximum Eclipse   Apr 15 at 12:46 AM  
Full Eclipse ends   Apr 15 at   1:23 AM  
Partial Eclipse ends   Apr 15 at   2:32 AM  
Penumbral Eclipse ends   Apr 15 at   3:36 AM  

2) Use a Tripod & Shutter Release.
Nothing is steadier than a good quality tripod and although your exposures will be surprisingly short, if you’re using a long lens, you’ll need to keep it as steady as possible. Remember, if you forgot your remote release, use your DSLR’s 2-second timer.

3) Use a Long Lens
200mm is good.  300mm or 400mm is better… If you have a 2x converter, use it. For most shots you’ll want to fill the frame as much as possible.

4) Shoot in Manual Mode
Most photographers overexpose their moon photos when they rely on the camera’s auto modes. The moon is actually quite bright. Think about it, it’s being illuminated by the Sun so the Sunny 16 Rule is a very close estimation. Once the eclipse starts you may have to make some adjustments.
 
The photo above was taken during the lunar eclipse on December 10, 2011
Exposure: 1.6 seconds @f/5.6  ISO 1600

5) Shoot Wide Open
In a related note, select the widest aperture so you can use the fastest shutter speed possible. Remember, the earth is rotating and the long focal length will amplify movement.

6) Compose and Re-compose
Because of the aforementioned rotation of the earth, the moon’s position in your viewfinder will constantly shift. Make the necessary adjustment to keep the moon centered.

7) Create a Multiple Exposure of the Entire Eclipse
A very cool effect, especially if you have an extra camera, is to capture a multiple exposure of the entire eclipse sequence. Mount your camera with a wide angle lens, compose the scene with some interesting foreground, and capture an image every 30 minutes. Afterwards you can blend the different phases of the eclipse into a single image in Photoshop.

If you miss your chance tonight, no worries, the next total lunar eclipse visible in the US is on October 8th.
-JMG

Time to Spring Forward!

Spring Forward Today…

Today is the second Sunday of March and that means that it’s time to set your clocks to Daylight Saving Time.
ALL your clocks,  …don’t forget the internal clocks on your cameras.  

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The Good News is that we get an extra hour of daylight in the evening to follow our photographic pursuits.
The Bad News is that most of us will waste half a day running around the house setting all of our clocks one hour forward  instead of spending it outside shooting.

To set the time on most cameras, simply go to Menu > Camera Settings >Date/Time and make the necessary changes. I use my cell phone as an accurate reference for the correct time.  As you go through your home changing the other clocks in your house, make a list.  Before you know it November 2nd will be here and you’ll be reversing the process back to Standard Time.

Here’s my “Clock List“:

  • Master bedroom
  • Kid’s bedroom
  • Guest bedroom
  • Master bathroom
  • Guest bathroom
  • Office
  • Workshop
  • Kitchen Stove
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Anniversary clock
  • Wristwatches
  • Cameras
  • My car
  • Her car
  • Motorhome

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Tempus Fugit…

-Jeff Greene

Worldwide Pinhole Day

Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day
April 28th, 2013

pinhole7The last Sunday of every April is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day and this year that date falls on April 28th. The day is set aside each year to celebrate the wonders of images created by pinhole camera or, camera obscura.

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The WPPD site offers plenty of information regarding the history, technique, and construction of pinhole cameras. It also has a gallery where photographers can upload their photos and view others’ work from around the world. The only stipulation is that photographs must be created with a lensless camera on April 28th, 2013.

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Pinhole cameras can be constructed from most any container that can be made light-tight. Cameras have been fashioned from oatmeal boxes, pringle cans, large trucks, and even an airplane hanger! It’s photography at it’s most basic and a welcome respite from today’s high-tech gadgetry.

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If you missed this years event, the next Worlwide Pinhole Photography Day is April 29, 2014.

For more information on pinhole photography, visit our new location in downtown Bellevue and we’ll do our best to answer your questions.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)

Phone:
(425) 455-2126

Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

Call (425) 455-2126, or “click” below, for specials, upcoming classes, and information regarding our photo processing & print services, cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.

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Tulips Photography Workshop

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Omega Photo will be leading a three hour tulip photography workshop in Washington’s beautiful Skagit Valley from 9am-12pm on Wednesday, April 24th 2012.  Our sources inform us that the tulips will nearing their peak blooms that week and we anticipate capturing some fantastic images.

The workshop is planned for mid-week to minimize crowds and maximize access to the tulip fields. During the workshop Jeff and Carmen will discuss exposure fundamentals, basic composition, macro-photography, and panorama techniques.

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 Class size is limited to 16 students to ensure plenty of one-on-one / hands-on instruction for every attendee. Participants should be prepared for an intensive shooting session and are encouraged to bring ALL their camera gear, foul weather gear, boots, and knee pads.

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To register, call Omega Photo during regular business hours at: 425.455.2126.
This workshop will fill fast so call today….

Don’t forget to visit our new location in downtown Bellevue.

Omega Photo
210 105th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
(Located between NE 2nd & NE 4th behind Safeway)

Phone:
(425) 455-2126

Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10-7
Saturday: 10-6
Sunday: 12-5

Call or “click” below for specials, upcoming classes, and information regarding our photo processing & print services, cameras and lens sales, and our comprehensive passport photo service.

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