Canon 6D Mark II Unveiled: A Cheaper Full-Frame DSLR for Enthusiasts

After weeks of rumors and leaks, Canon has just officially announced the new 6D Mark II. It’s a new full frame DSLR offered at a relatively affordable price point.

Canon says the new camera “is ideal for budding photographers looking to take their creative DSLR photography skills to the next level by shooting with a Full-frame CMOS sensor DSLR camera to capture beautiful high-quality portraits and striking landscapes, even in low-light situations.”

The 6D line is designed to bridge the gap between Canon’s crop sensor DSLRs and its higher-end professional full frame DSLRs.

At the core of the new 6D Mark II is a new 26.2-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor, up in resolution from the 20.2MP in the original 6D. Paired with a DIGIC 7 Image Processor, the sensor can capture an ISO range of 100 to 40000 (up from 25600 in the Mark I) and do high speed continuous shooting at up to 6.5fps (up from 4.5fps in the original 6D).

The autofocus system features 45 AF points, with all of them being cross-type points (the original 6D had 11 AF points with the center being a cross-type point). Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the sensor provides phase-detection autofocus during Full HD video recording at 60p — nope, there’s no 4K video in this camera.

Here’s a look at the HDR Video feature in the camera, which helps expose scenes without losing details in blacks or highlights:

On the back of the camera is a Vari-angle touch screen LCD that measures 3 inches — it’s the first fully-articulating screen of its kind on a full-frame DSLR.

Other features of the camera include dust- and water-resistance, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Here are a few sample photos captured using the 6D Mark II (you can find the original resolution versions on the Canon USA website):

The 6D Mark II will be available starting in late July 2017 with a price tag of $1,999 for the body only, $2,599 when paired with the Canon 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM, or $3,099 when paired with the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS.

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How Light Can Change Emotion in Your Portraits

It goes without saying that lighting is an incredible important aspect to any genre of photography. But in portraiture, light can be used to create, or enhance, emotion in a photo.

In this 13-minute video by The Slanted Lens, photographer Jay P. Morgan gives some great insight into how this works. By applying different lighting styles and colors, he asks the model to display 3 emotions: sad, happy, and evil.

Take, for example, the happy emotion she shows. When this is done under a strongly contrasting side-light, things don’t quite look “correct.” But as soon as she adopts a sad emotion, the lighting pops with the emotion and the photo becomes rather dramatic.

By positioning the light beneath her, an unnatural ‘dark’ light occurs. It’s signatory with evil laughs or horror stories told around campfires, but it’s really interesting to see how anything but an evil look seems very strange.

The tutorial is definitely worth watching. Light is one of the most powerful tools in your photographic arsenal, and knowing how to use to it great effective is of paramount importance.

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White House Photog Pete Souza Looks Back at Iconic Photos

Pete Souza, the former Chief Official White House Photographer during the Obama administration, returned to Ohio University in March this year to present a selection of images from his time photographing the President. His images and commentary are in the 26-minute video above.

While visiting the university where he was originally an assistant professor before taking on the job at the White House, he sat down with colleague Marcia Nighswander (herself a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Professor of Visual Communications) to discuss several of his most poignant photos from his Spring “Pete Souza Exhibit“.

This coming November, Souza will also release a new book, titled Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs. It’ll be published by Little, Brown and Company, containing more than 300 of his photos taken throughout the 8-year administration he documented.

The video above offers an insightful look at how Souza’s thought process worked when training his lens on one of the most powerful people in the world at the time.

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12 Tricks for Photographing Cars with Your Smartphone

Want to shoot some opportunistic car photos but only have your smartphone on hand? In the 6-minute video above, COOPH has 12 tips & tricks that you can apply instantly to spruce up your automobile images.

For example, parking up at a 45-degree angle and in-line with a straight-edged shadow will provide a neat composition, as well as some funky reflections cast on the bodywork of the car.

It’s not just what is on the inside that counts… pay attention to what’s beyond the windshield and think about your backgrounds. Shooting interior shots with interesting surroundings adds an extra dynamic to the image — and you can use HDR mode to retain the details in the inevitably contrasting areas.

Another neat tips is: if you use panorama mode and have someone drive the car around you, you can capture a long, snaky shot of multiple “versions” of your car. No one needs to know you only own one Lamborghini, not three.

There are plenty more handy hints in the video, so hit play above and keep your Instagram game strong.

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Removing a Stuck Lens Filter… with a Bandsaw

Adam Savage, one of the guys you’ll recognize from MythBusters, recently had a friend come to him in need bearing a $1,800 lens with a filter stuck tightly to the threads.

After trying, and failing, to use a device specifically designed for removing filters in such situations, Savage decides to try out some other tools in his workshop.

What’s the first thing he goes for? A bandsaw, of course.

Norm’s face looks very apprehensive as the lens inches its way towards the whirring blade. But amazingly, by cutting two holes in the lens, a wedge can then be put across the filter and used to twist it off.

It goes without saying… but you should probably never try this yourself if you value your pricey camera lens.

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Photographers Peeved That Their Pics Were Quietly Used in Windows 10

If you use Windows 10, you may have noticed that the lock screen features beautiful photos shot around the world. What you may not know, however, is that some photographers reportedly didn’t know about their photos being featured there and aren’t happy with how much they were paid.

The Danish magazine The Journalist did some sleuthing and tracked down 6 of the photographers behind the prominently featured photos. Windows 10 is installed on over 400 devices in 192 countries around the world, but unlike on the Bing homepage, photos featured on the Windows 10 lock screen don’t credit the photographer behind them.

It seems that Microsoft decided to license the photos from various stock services (e.g. Stocksy, Corbis, 500px), paying anywhere from $20 to $172 to license the photos that The Journalist looked into.

What’s surprising is that all but one of the photographers had no idea their photos were being widely used by Microsoft, since they often can’t see exactly who licenses their photos, only the country from which it was licensed.

“I did not know that Microsoft is using my image,” American photographer Neil Kremer tells The Journalist. “If you’re telling me that 400 million people have seen this image, it’s upsetting. Microsoft is using the image to sell their product and they have only paid me 50 dollars for that image.”

The photo by Neil Kramer licensed from Stocksy.

“This is just an illustration of a major problem for photographers, with a lack of consideration for their work,” French photographer Benjamin Genieys tells The Journalist. “I guess this is even more difficult to understand from a big company as Microsoft is. I checked on 500px and I just have anonymous buyers for this picture. I sold 2 licences between December 2014 and March 2015 ($35 and $85).”

The photo by Benjamin Genieys licensed from 500px.

“I’m pretty surprised that my photo found itself in this role, because nobody contacted about it. At the end I guess that it can be purchased via the stock sites as royalty free license,” Serbian photographer Radisa Zivkovic tells The Journalist. “I more disappointed with payment, but I knew that when I decided to sell photos through microstock sites.”

The photo by Radisa Zivkovic licensed through 500px.

There was one photographer who was aware of the usage and was satisfied with his payment. American photographer Matt Anderson had licensed several photos to Microsoft before, and he was paid the most of the photographers interviewed.

“Microsoft has licensed several of my images for various marketing collateral needs, including screen savers, background wallpapers, etc,” Anderson tells The Journalist. “I make residuals from the licenses. And I got $172. […] I am satisfied.”

While some photographers may not be happy with how their photos made their way into Windows, Microsoft did properly license the photos in all cases.

“There is nothing illegal in Microsoft’s conduct,” says The Journalist. “We have reached out to Microsoft for a comment several times, but they have declined to answer.”

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MOO’s New Cotton Business Card May Be Great for Photographers

MOO, the printer of high quality bespoke business cards, has just launched a new paper type that should get some photographers excited.

By ripping up old T-shirts and pressing them into paper, MOO is now offering cotton-based paper in its own take on traditional rag papers (“rag paper” is another name for “cotton paper,” which are often used as art paper due to the fact that it can last many years without deteriorating).

Take a look at services offering fine art photo printing, and you’ll likely find options for 100% cotton paper. And now the same material can be used for your photography business cards.

With a 298 gsm weight, the 100% cotton paper promises are high quality finish. The cotton is durable and long lasting, with great color representation from the printing process. Could this be the perfect business card for photographers?

The eco-friendly photographer has no need to worry, either: the cotton used is entirely from recycled T-shirts. There’s no habitat-destroying sources being exploited by MOO.

But the new cards are pricey: 50 cotton business cards will cost you $27 (about $0.54 each). Order 400 for $160, and your unit cost drops to $0.40. But if quality is important to you, then this could be the perfect choice.

More information about the new paper type is available on the MOO website.

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