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A good flashgun is an indispensable accessory for any photographer. If you don’t have one, you should definitely get one. This is one of the accessory which I highly recommend would improve your photography. However, getting one is not a walk in the park as the market is flooded with hundreds of manufacturers offering tons of flashgun. Separating chalk from cheese is the order of the day. Further, there is no single flashgun which suits all. It all depends on what you would be using & how much budget you can allocate.

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Festival of Lights – In Motion

Diwali, the festival of lights. During the festival, the entire city is adorned with sparkling lamps, colouful lanterns(kandils) & rice lights(torans). The atmosphere is of utmost happiness as the festival marks the triump of goodness. I hit the streets to capture all the energy & passion of this festival & here is my take on the ‘Festival of Lights’. Hope you enjoy & get soaked in the festive spirit. Cheers! :)

Beginners grappling with the mystery of shutter-speed, aperture & ISO will heave a sigh of relief. Canon has introduced an interactive website which goes through all these elements in a lucid & entertaining manner.

Canon outside AUTO

Canon outside of Auto is a website where Canon urges users to get outside of auto mode by teaching the ropes of the manual mode by clever use of animation. You can first read about the elements of the exposure triangle & then with the knowledge try your hand at the inbuilt DSLR simulator. It’s unlike other simulators around the web & give detailed report about the shot you clicked. It mentions what you did correctly in the shot & also what you did not.

Amateurs to DSLR camera will find it challenging to take on the challenge against the clock wherein one is given different targets to achieve as quickly as possible. What’s more, there is also a glossary of the technical mambo-jumbo which can be pulled out from left corner.

Once the beginners learn these technique, they can practice in the real world. The transition will be easier. No more fear of the manual mode. This is really a great resource for those who has just got a DSLR/Prosumer camera but never ventured out of auto mode due to lack of knowledge of exposure basics.

If you own a enthusiast or pro level camera body, you’ll find a mode titled ‘C’ on the mode dial. Depending on the camera model, there may be several of these titled ‘C1′, ‘C2′ & so. This mode is known as “Custom Mode/Recall Mode”. Don’t confuse it with “Custom Settings”. This mode is there for users who often need to shoot a particular subject frequently. The gist of this mode is that, it asks users to input their preferred settings & save it, so that the user can recall them anytime in future quickly.

C Mode on Dial

Let me give you an example. I shoot lots of food & still photos, for this I have set the ‘C’ mode on my camera to certain default settings like 2 secs timer, a starting aperture value of f/4, ISO 200 & Shutter-Speed 1/100. So when I need to shoot food, I just select the ‘C’ mode on camera & the camera is ready for shooting. This saves my time as I can concentrate more on the subject I shoot than over the camera. Off-course, the settings you make in this mode can be changed during operation as you normally would.

Let me show you, how to set your settings for this mode. I’ll imagine that I have to shoot a wedding indoors & I’ll have my base settings accordingly.

# First enter the “MANUAL” mode of the camera & make the settings on your camera. These settings need not be absolute correct but thereabouts. Since I want to shoot a wedding indoors, the light will be low. So I select ISO 800, a shutter-speed of 1/100 & aperture f/2.8. I set the Picture Style to ‘Standard’, Metering to Evaluative & Quality to “Small jpeg + Large RAW”.

# Now that I’m happy with my settings, I head over the “Camera User Settings” in the third wrench menu on my Canon EOS 60D. I enter within & select “Register Settings”. It will ask for a confirmation to register camera user settings to “C”. Select OK. It will take a moment to save the settings.

# Now when you turn the model dial to ‘C’, the settings you made will be displayed. You can change them on fly as you’re in field but they will revert back to the once you set(defaults) when you switch off the camera or on the auto power off of the camera.

I absolutely love this custom mode. They really help me in speeding up my shooting. I hope they do the same for you.

 

Picture Styles is one of the option found in Canon DSLR’s which allow the users to process their photographs straight out of the camera so one can shorten their digital workflow. There are inbuilt presets for most common photography scenarios already programmed into the camera viz. Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Faithful, Monochrome etc. Apart from these inbuilt presets, the user can even download new picture styles from Canon’s website & install them on to the camera using the provided software onto the CD.

 

A photograph straight out of the camera where I changed the default picture style to 'Landscape' alongwith a few in-camera adjustments.

A photograph straight out of the camera where I changed the default picture style to ‘Landscape’ alongwith a few in-camera adjustments.

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