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Thomas Morter-Laing

Thomas Morter-Laing

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I cut videos and shoot photos sometimes. 'Nuf said.
  • Canon EOS 7D
  • Canon 50mm f1.8
  • Canon 24-105 f4
  • Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO Macro
  • iMac 27" 3.4Ghz i7 12GB RAM

Manually (kinda) control aperture on an EOS cam...

Published August 22nd, 2011

Firstly, this only works for people with an aperture preview button. Sorry if you don't! Secondly I do NOT know if this could cause any long term damage to the camera, lens or your sanity, so don't come crawling back if it does....but I can't see how it would- just covering my ass.

So, Canon in their infinite wisdom don't allod any manual control over the lenses on their EOS cameras. Whilst this is fine normally, it kinda sucks if you need to, for example, try and reverse the lens for 'cheap macro'. The problem is, when you stop down using a wheel on an EOS camera, it stops the aperture down for the shot then opens it wide again, presumably for as much light as possible for TTL: metering and autofocus.

Whilst this may have been blogged or written somewhere else, I couldn't find it, and there IS a workaround for this- and it's very simple.

1: Attach lens.

2: Use wheel to stop down to desired 'f' number (as usual).

3:press and hold the aperture preview button. Whilst holding it, tak ...

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Chicago's Very (tiny) Own: Chicago in Miniature

Published August 22nd, 2011

Originally posted on my other blog:

Tilt shift photography seems to be an effect which is becoming more and more popular these days. The same effect can also translate across to video though, and the below is an example of how well it can be done to miniaturise everything. Of course, it was also used in the title sequence of recent Jack Black rendition of Gulliver's Travels as well... but it doesn't count because they probably had an infinite budget to do whatever they wanted.....anyway watch the pretty video:

Click here for video

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Stages of a Photographer

Published August 11th, 2011

Bit of comic relief after the intensity of the riots this week, the photography graph I just found! Im sure it's old, but I think it pretty much sums it up:

I found it at although not sure if that's its original source!

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