Boy, did I mess up!!!

Well it wasn’t too bad but you would think that all the years I have been taking photos, I would have figured this one out.s

If you have been following me you will know that Canon Professional sent me their new Canon EOS R ( mirrorless camera) to test. One of the features I was excited to try out was their silent mode…no mirror..no sound..( is that a Bob Marley song?)

The Quiet One

Anyway, I love the fact that there is NO SOUND when you push the button..I mean the possibilities, concerts, weddings, news conferences, street photography, spy photography…you get the idea.

I took the camera outside to test how it would work in different modes…I start with the A+ mode, fully automatic and pretty much fool proof. Click, Click Click..then I try the Manual mode, the mode I prefer for creative control…no click; no click ; no click….” Great! the camera doesn’t work, completing forgetting that I put it on silent. What I didn’t realize is that the silent mode does not work on the A+ mode..so it is not entirely my old man mind.

I rushed back home to call Canon Professional Service and ask them why the camera wasn’t working….As I am speaking to the very patient tech person, the bulb goes off in my head…ahhhh it’s on silent mode…and there is no silent mode in the A+ mode….I do a 180 and begin liking the camera again…Tomorrow the camera sees real action when I shoot some images for the book and on Monday when I shoot the possible cover..

Commandment #1 Know thy camera functions! that’s the part of the tablet that broke off when Moses broke the tablet…

Next topic will be : Did you know you can transfer via wifi from the camera to your iPhone or Computer using the Canon EOSR? How to:

I really like the sharpness of the sensor in the camera…


So I got a complaint from my dog Chaol yesterday that I was spending to much time photographing Capella. In fact she stayed in bed all morning moping. I promised I would do a photo session with her after I made breakfast for kids, and their lunches and dropped them off at school, she agreed and we did a paw promise.

Taken with the Canon EOS R at 100 ISO using the 24-to 105 f4 lens. The aperture was 4 hand held at 1/4 of second. The Painting in the background is by the famous artist and friend John Moore. Chaol was not happy with the shot and told me that Capella’s photos was more regal. So we are planning another shot soon.

Considering I was hand holding at 1/4 and her face is still sharp is pretty good. The lens has an image stabilizer to prevent shaking but for some reason the new Canon EOSR does not have a body stablelizer like it’s competitors Nikon, Sony, Lumix etc..I imagine Canon will be coming out with another update of their Mirrorless camera by the end of the year, probably a professional version that will have the stablizer in the body. Even still pretty good for hand holding the camera.

The other thing I noticed the EOSR does not have is a duel slot for two SD Cards, like its competitors, which I imagine it will down the road. Thus far I really like the functionality of the is camera. I like the LCD Screen the pulls out and you can rotate it 360. This is all new to me and I am exciting about all the different perspective I will be able to shoot my subjects without contorting my body. What really impresses me is how I can focus on the screen and push down on the screen to take the photos.

I am shooting in the all the modes for control, because I am a controlling kind of person when it comes to photography, I am not sure about the rest of like. I did notice their A+ mode which is amazing with focus, ISO, color balance etc…and combine that with silent shooting and you can go completely stealth…Street photographers would love this function…

Ok got get ready to teach my class at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD) Please sign up for this blog…and share and tell your friends… Steven

Canon EOS R Arrived

Capella our 19 year old cat is my first subject with the Canon EOS R

It was a snowstorm, Fed-X was 3 hours late with the delivery of the Canon EOS R and RF 24-105 F4 L IS USM but what fun I had when it arrived…

I was off to the races and opened up the box. I am a Canon Professional Service member and asked to borrow the new Canon EOS R Mirrorless camera to try out. When I took the camera and lens out of the box I knew this was the future of the DSLR…I glanced at the instructions and just started shooting intuitively.

It was a disaster at first and I had to compose myself and go back to the basics, where are the controls. The first thing I fell in love with was touch screen focusing. All I had to do was touch the screen where I wanted to focus and BAM!!!! it’s in focus. Then I tried manual and stumbled to find the aperture and shutter controls and BAM!!! that was easy…I have only had it about an hour and now I have to run and pick up the kids,,,so I will get back to my comments about a full frame mirrorless camera later so stay tuned…

I will be using the camera this weekend to shoot some images for the book on lighting and hopefully I will be shooting the cover this Monday …I have the perfect model and a great location..but in the world of photography until it happens it doesn’t exist…

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