Since we published our Cheat Sheet last week we have had a massive number of downloads from around the Globe – in fact 111 different countries. It is clear that photographers of all abilities are hungry to increase their understanding of the many different facets of this wonderful hobby, that many turn into a lucrative profession.Earlier this week we introduced a quiz which has again thrown up that many newbies are shaky on some of the things which seasoned photographers treat as basic. More subject specific Cheat Sheets are in the making but I wanted to bring your attention to a great free resource of information that I stumbled upon last year and have been captivated by – Pinterest.
Pinterest is a social media community that centres itself on all things visual…. mainly photographs but video and what has fascinated me “Infographics” just like our Cheat Sheet. The wealth and breadth of information within this community is vast and one of the top 5 subjects followed by group members is photography. Aside from being a goldmine of useful information on the subject there are “boards” (the term used for your various collections of images), displaying a huge array of photographs of all manner of subjects.
Since the community is about images it is in my opinion the best social media community for photographers. Facebook might be big but Pinterest is hot on its heals…not my words but Forbes. In late 2012 it was estimated that unique monthly visitors already topped 25 million which is not bad in just two years.
The above are a few samples from one of my own boards entitled “Photography – Tips and Tricks & Useful Things”. I have amassed over 300 different “Pins” on everything from Portrait Photography, How to Shoot like a Pro, Photoshop Tips…..the list is exhaustive. With Infographics such as Cheat Sheets the information is visible on the board with other “pins” a simple click on the image will take you to the original source e.g magazine article. One of the basic concepts of the community is “sharing” and if you you see something that appeals to you within the community or on the web you can add it to you own subject specific board.
I think you now have a taste for how exciting Pinterest is, so why not have a look and get involved … it’s free as is the wealth of information that you will have access to. If you follow this link it will take you to the site where sign up is very simple. If you do get involved please “follow me” when you will be the first to learn of interesting articles that I uncover. See you on the other side.
Whilst here why not take look at our Brand New Photography Store and by the way have you tried our new Quiz? The topic is Lenses and Exposure – it’s a bit of fun but you could learn something too ….
The rumour mill is in action again and once more it’s about the Canon 7D Mark II (Mark 2) to replace the ageing Canon 7D that came to the market in late 2009.
It is said by Northlight that the new camera will be using a derivative of the new Dual Pixel Auto Focus that is to appear on the Canon 70D in September 2013. The overall spec are said to be very close to what was doing the rounds in March, with the main changes brought about through experience with getting the 70D to market.
20MP APS C Sensor (as 70D)
12 Frames per second – target is 10
Video quality – ‘limited by marketing’
Dual Pixel AF system
Disappointingly, I read on another source that WiFi may not be included…. being the user of a Canon 7D with Wireless File Transmitter this is a major disappointment. Also although we earlier this year expected to see the Canon 7D Mark II this year it may not now be until 2014.
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Canon EOS 100D Camera
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There has been so much talk in recent weeks about a Press Event today when the announcement of two new DSLR cameras was anticipated – a new Canon 7D Mark2II and possibly a Canon 70D. As you will have gathered from the term “non-event” unless Canon have a trick up their sleeves it “aint going to happen”. It should have been no surprise when the rumors dried up last week. Perhaps Canon are just playing to prove they can’t be rushed. They are after all the No 1 in the market – it’s official
The sensible would have realised that they were likely to be rumors with two new DSLR’s having being announced only 4 weeks ago – see Canon RebelT51 and Canon 700D also Canon Rebel SL1 and Canon 100D;
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More rumors abound and this time they are about the launch of a new Canon EOS 70D camera and the probable announcement later this month – perhaps we shall learn more on the 23rd April 2013 at a speculated Press Conference
Rather than only a few improvements, as was seen with the announcement of the new Canon 700D to replace the comparatively recent Canon 650D, it is thought that a new Canon 70D will see some major improvements. The most obvious enhancements will be use of the DIGIC 5 processor, increased megapixels, perhaps around 21MP, to differentiate it from the new Canon Rebel T5i and Rebel SL1 and Touch Screen display with the auto tracking focus in Live View.
Let’s wait and see – the 23rd April could not only see a new Canon 70D but a Canon 7D Mark II too.
So many rumors abound around the release of a Canon EOS 7D Mark II replacement for the Canon 7D which has been around since 2009. 4 years is a long while in the world of Canon cameras so I am sure something is in the wings which makes the latest rumor about the launch of a Canon 7D Mark2 quite plausible.
The 21st March was a big day for canon enthusiasts with the release of two new models Canon Rebel T5i (Canon 700D) and the new range of starter DSLRs headed by the Canon Rebel SL1 ( Canon 100D) but no sign of the long awaited Canon 7D Mark2.
A week later though and we see posting in cyberspace what appears to be the spec of a Canon 7D Mark2. Once again could be pure speculation but here goes:
In what we’re told is info from a test camera [thanks] it seems that Canon will continue with its more modest megapixel numbers. The body was similar in size and weight to the current 7D but felt ‘more solid’.
- 21MP APS C sensor
- ISO 100-25600 (L: 50, H1 51200, H2 102400)
- 10 frames per second
- Video ‘stills burst’ mode 30/60 fps
- Full HD video with manual control
- Single CF card slot
- 19 AF Points all cross
- On chip phase detect pixels for liveview and AF tracking
- 100% viewfinder
- Viewfinder LCD higher resolution than 7D
- 3.2″ LCD
- GPS, WiFi
- Alloy body with better weather sealing over 7D
Things that are pleasing on this rumored “Canon 7D Mark2” are a 10fps which is a must since the 7d is considered great for sports photography; the Wifi – at last no need to keep trading WiFi transmitters and hopefully this will mean a weight lighter than the camera / WFT combo; a slightly larger LCD screen and of course I higher resolution with the 21 MP sensor.