27 June 2016

Macro & Close-Up Photography Workshop @ Intaka Island


Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town - 2 July 2016

Vernon Chalmers and Joseph Inns will be facilitating a one-day Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop 
(DSLR & Compact cameras) on Saturday 2 July 2016 at Intaka Island, Century City, Cape Town from 08:00 - 17:00.

This will be an opportunity for new photographers / experienced photographers with Macro lenses to learn more about macro / close-up photography, exposure settings, techniques and various accessories (close-up filters / extension tubes / flash / reverse rings).

You do not have to own a macro lens to attend this workshop - we will demonstrate various cost-effective ways to capture macro and / or close-up shots (even with your current DSLR and non-macro lens or Bridge point and shoot camera). Assistance will be provided for purchasing any future macro lenses / macro flash or macro / close-up accessories.


Refreshments / Lunch: Coffee / tea, refreshments and lunch to be provided.

Photo Competition: Stand a chance to win back your Workshop Fees or Free Admission to a future Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshop Cape Town.

Submit your best macro / close-up photograph and you could be a winner! 
  • 1st Prize: One delegate will have his / her Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop fees returned. Value of R850-00
  • 2nd Prize: One delegate will gain free entrance to any future Vernon Chalmers Photography Workshop. Value between R650-00 - R850-00
  • 3rd Prize: One delegate will receive a 'Snapshot to Great Shots' hard copy photography book. Value of R350-00 (title to be confirmed).

The competition closing date is 31 August 2016. Terms and Conditions to be made available during the workshop.


Two Snapshots to Great Shots photography books (R350 value each) from Pearson / Peachpit Press will also be up for grabs during the workshop:
  • Exposure 'From Snapshots to Great Shots'
  • Macro Photography 'From Snapshots to Great Shots'

Workshop Cost: R850-00 per delegate (20 max)

Workshop Objective / Training Level
For assisting the developing photographer with the understanding and application of introductory to intermediate macro  / close-up photography accessories  / exposure settings / photography techniques. 

Integrated Hands-On Learning Approach

The workshop will have an integrated hands-on learning approach throughout all sessions (with your own gear and / or by using our own Macro / Close-Up accessories).

Workshop Contents / Learning Areas
  • Introduction 
  • Macro / Close-Up Subjects 
  • Cameras / Lenses / Accessories 
  • Exposure / Focus Settings
  • Macro / Close-Up Techniques
  • Adding Light / Macro Lighting
  • Macro Focus Stacking / Processing 
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Various Assignments / Practicals

Booking: Please complete the Macro / Close-Up Workshop Booking Form should you be interested in attending.

Join the Macro / Close-Up Photography Cape Town Facebook Group>>

All Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop promotions, bookings, competitions and logistics are facilitated by Vernon Chalmers and Joseph Inns.

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Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town
Nikon D7100 / Nikon 18-200mm Lens f/5.3 ISO 1100 Image credit: Joseph Inns

Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town
Small Flower / Water Drop : Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens

Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town
Red Pepper Macro : Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens

Inside a Chocolate Bar : Canon EOS 70D / 100mm Macro Lens

Birds in Flight Photography - Individual Skills Training Cape Town

Swift Tern Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Recent Vernon Chalmers Canon Bird In Flight Photography images published here

Private / Small Group Birds in Flight Photography Skills Training Cape Town
Increase your Birds in Flight photography skills with individual / small group workshop skills development training with Vernon Chalmers in Milnerton / Woodbridge Island Cape Town. Master the required camera and exposure settings with hands-on practical sessions around Woodbridge Island. 


Intermediate to Advanced Birds in Flight Photography Training
Any photographer with a Canon EOS DSLR who wants to get a more in-depth understanding of the Canon EOS Exposure Modes, Autofocus (AF) system and its application / tuning for Birds in Flight / Action photography. Detailed instruction will be provided for all modern Canon EOS bodies up to the 65-point AF system. Please see the skills development  / learning areas below.

Egyptian Goose Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 70D)
Birds in Flight Practical at Woodbridge Island
With more than 25 bird species Woodbridge Island offers year-round opportunities for capturing birds in flight.  A practical / walk-around shooting session will be arranged as soon as possible after completing the theory session. This is an opportunity for experimenting with the various exposure settings, AF system configurations and capturing / composition techniques. Guidance will be on hand for fine-tuning of exposure settings and AF system configurations.

Cost: From R850-00 (depending on training requirements)

What do you need to bring? A Canon EOS DSLR Camera, telephoto or zoom lens & your own memory card.

Recommended min lens focal length

250mm - 300mm ie: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6(L) IS USM zoom or EF 300mm f/4L IS USM prime lens (or any 3rd party lens of similar FL). I predominantly use the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens or Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens with both Canon Full Frame or APS-C / Crop bodies. I've had success with the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens in the past as well (paired with the Canon EOS 700D).

Continuous assistance / support for fine-tuning specific Canon EOS body / lens combination.

Contact Me  for more information / booking detail (or Canon EOS training in other areas).

Delegates will receive a ring binder folder with all the relevant information and other useful resources.


Skills Development / Learning Areas*
  • BIF Fundamentals / Considerations 
  • Canon EOS Bodies / Lenses for BIF 
  • Camera / Lens Settings 
  • Exposure Settings 
  • Continuous shooting / AI Servo Modes 
  • Canon AF Systems (9-point to 65-point) 
  • Advanced AF System tuning (AF configuration / Area Selection Modes) 
  • Advanced body / lens focus tuning / techniques / recommendations 
  • Post-processing considerations for Birds in Flight Photography 
* Specific learning areas will depend on learning requirements / current skills levels

Canon EOS Bodies / AF Systems
All EOS body owners (or future EOS owners) are welcome to attend. Please note that the in-depth discussion / tuning around AF systems will primarily be focused around the following AF systems with specific emphasis from the 19-point AF system EOS bodies which offers more advanced case and zone configurations:

  • 9-point AF System (EOS 500D / 550D / 600D / 650D / 700D / 60D / 5D / 5D Mark II) 
  • 11-point AF System (EOS 6D) 
  • 19-point AF System (EOS 750D / 760D / 70D / 7D) 
  • 45-point AF System (EOS 1D / 1D Mark II / 1D Mark III / 1D Mark IV)
  • 45-point AF System (EOS 80D) new
  • 61-point AF System (EOS 5D Mark III / EOS 5Ds / EOS 5Ds R / EOS-1D X) 
  • 65-point AF System (EOS 7D Mark II)

Canon EOS AF Guidebooks
Owners / users of the following Canon EOS bodies will receive a matching hard copy of the Canon EOS Autofocus Guidebook:
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Canon EOS-1D X
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Birds in Flight Photography - Individual Skills Training Cape Town
Small Bird Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photography - Individual Skills Training Cape Town
Sandwich Tern Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photography - Private / Individual Training Cape Town
Sandwich Tern Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photography - Private / Individual Training Cape Town
Swift Tern Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)
Birds in Flight Photography Private / Individual Training Cape Town
Sacred Ibis Woodbridge Island  (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery
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22 June 2016

Small butterfly photography with Birds In Flight Setup

The small butterfly was captured while I was out doing some birds in flight shooting around Woodbridge Island, Milnerton Cape Town this morning.

This is exactly the same camera / lens setup that I use for capturing birds in flight around the island. Normally, I would use a macro lens / or a zoom lens with an extended tube, but I was keen to see how this setup could work. 


Advantages for close-up photography with this setup are very good image quality and fast Autofocus (AF) of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens combination.

A disadvantage of the 400mm lens is the Minimum Focus Distance (MFD) when capturing close-up subjects. the MFD is 3.5 meter, but the lens can be used with extension tubes and / or close-up lens filters. Filter thread is 77mm.

The rest is up to (AF) tracking and framing requirements. I've captured all three images with lens AF on.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II /  EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens (Handheld). Manual mode: ISO 1000 / f/6.3 1/5000s. Wide Zone AF / 10 fps. Handheld.


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Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens
Butterfly Woodbridge Island : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Birds in Flight Photo Gallery

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20 June 2016

Birds in Flight Photography Presentation @ Tafelberg Photography Club

Birds in Flight Photography Presentation @ Tafelberg Photography Club
Swift Tern : Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 7D Mark II)

Birds in Flight Photography Presentation - Tafelberg Photography Club 2 August 2016
Vernon Chalmers will be presenting a Birds in Flight Photography information session at the Tafelberg Photography Club in Bellville, Cape Town on Tuesday 2 August 2016.

Goal of the Birds in Flight Photography Presentation
To introduce Birds in Flight Photography to new / intermediate DSLR photographers keen to learn more about the requirements, settings and techniques for taking their birds in flight / action photography to the next level.


There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation for discussing individual questions / challenges.

Time / Duration: 19:00 Start for +- 1 hour

Outline / Interest Areas

  • Introduction to BIF / Image Slide-Show 
  • BIF / Action Photography Considerations / Challenges 
  • Body / Lens (Teleconverter) Requirements 
  • Autofocus / Tracking Selection(s)
  • Exposure Settings
  • Technique
  • Q&A Session 

Birds in Flight Photo-Walk Woodbridge Island
After the presentation date / time will be made available for a practical Birds in Flight photography photo-walk around Woodbridge Island. Members and visitors attending the presentation on 2 August 2016 are welcome to join me.

Cost: Free

Contact me for more Birds in Flight Presentation information.

Venue

Tafelberg Photography Club
Chrismar Villas (Main Hall)
Jessie Street
Chrismar
Bellville

Directions
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Contact: Tafelberg Photography Club
Website: Tafelberg Photography Club


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Birds in Flight Photography Presentation @ Tafelberg Photography Club
Yellow-billed duck in the fog (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)

Swift Tern : Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 6D / 300mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photography Presentation @ Tafelberg Photography Club
Low-Flying Cormorant : Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens)


Birds in Flight Photography Presentation @ Tafelberg Photography Club
Confused Gull : Woodbridge Island (Canon EOS 70D / 400mm Lens)

Birds in Flight Photo Gallery
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