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Daily Archives: February 14, 2011

Canon 600D first review

Canon move ever onward, the new 600D is ready for release in March, here is the first review by the very well respected DP review site and there is more from the official Canon site here. It has new features such as the articulated monitor now a standard for new cameras and a whopping 18 megapixels, that will eat up your memory.

Ever since Canon introduced its original ‘Digital Rebel‘ back in August 2003 – famously the first ‘affordable’ digital SLR – the company has continually developed and refined its entry-level line with ever-more-frequent releases, adding in more and more features in the process. So true to form, almost precisely a year to the day after the launch of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D comes the next model, predictably named the Rebel T3i / EOS 600D. As usual the 550D remains in Canon’s range at a lower price point, with the newly-announced EOS 1100D slotting in beneath it to round off the company’s offerings to entry-level SLR users.

The new kid on the block can most succinctly be described as a 550D with an articulated screen, that also incorporates many of the beginner-friendly features we first saw on the more enthusiast-orientated EOS 60D. Perhaps most notable of these is ‘Basic+’, a simple, results-orientated approach to image adjustments in the scene-based’ exposure modes that allows the user to change the look of their images and control background blur without needing to know anything technical about how this all works. The 600D also gains multi-aspect ratio shooting plus the 60D’s ‘Creative Filters’, a range of effects than can be applied to images after shooting, including toy camera, fisheye and fake-miniature looks. Additionally it can now wirelessly control off-camera flashes, including the Speedlite 320EX and 270EX II announced alongside it.

Useful Tips for Shooting in Low Light Situations

This is a short tutorial and makes some rather obvious points but if you want to shoot after the sun has gone down you will find help here

20 Special Effects Photography Tutorials

The idea of “special effects” often sends a cold shiver down my spine, it usually smacks of poor images treated in some way to try to make them more interesting. Rest assured though these tutorials are not that kind of special effects. They include perspective control, HDR, infra-red and Lomo tutorials all of which give you technical and creative opportunities that are not just about recovering rubbish pictures. That sounds a bit harsh on some “special effects” but there you go, it is a Monday morning so I have a right to be a bit harsh! These come from those lovely people at Light Stalking and the full set of tutorials can be found here I am sure you will find things here to tempt you.