Canon SLRs

Master Your Canon 5D, 5D Mark II, 40D and 50D

Got Canon - 5D, 5D Mark II, 40D or 50D? If so, I have some on-line training for you.

My most popular classes on Kelby Training are on these cameras. Here are the links:

Canon 5D and Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 40D and Canon 50D

And if you are new to digital SLR photography, here's a link to my class on Digital SLR Basics.

Below are a few slides from the presentations.

I hope you enjoy my classes.

Explore the light,

P.S. My iPad app, Rick Sammon's 24/7 Photo Buffet, also has tons of tips for digital SLR shooters.

Quick Digital Imaging Tip 5/101: Expose for the Highlights

This is #5 of 101 digital imaging tips I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned. Only 96 more tips to go :-)

Today's tip: Expose for the Highlights.

The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held each year in early October in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is perhaps one of the most colorful festivals in the U.S.

Sure, the colors are great - and looking for color, and composing for color, is important. And fun!

Perhaps more important is exposing for the highlights - because it's easy to enhance colors in the digital darkroom using Saturation and Vibrance. However, if the highlights, such as the flame from the burner in the above photograph, are overexposed more than one f-stop, it will probably be impossible to rescue them.

To ensure that you preserve the highlights, check the overexposure warning on your camera's LCD monitor. Also check the histogram to make sure you don't have a spike on the right side of the display. Of course, shoot RAW files, which contain more data than JPEG files.

Explore the light,
Rick Sammon
Canon Explorer of Light