Canon EOS 550D Review

So I had just jumped out of a plane and I’m waiting for Andre to do his solo. I only have the iPhone on me and one of the group Andre is with tells me he has a 550D if I want to play with it. Not expecting much I say, “why not”. I proceed to alter all his settings on the camera and start taking photographs. At this point I have to point out that I use an EOS 7D and EOS 5D MII as my standard cameras. So what do I think? I must admit that I was impressed. I had a fairly standard 70-300 f4.5-5.6 on the camera and I was not expecting too much. I did find the auto focus to be incredibly slow, drove me crazy. But looking at the camera, if you were not used to the more upmarket cameras, focusing issues would not be an problem.   Controls are fairly simple and if you are used to operating other Canon cameras, then it is not too difficult to work it out. For the sake of the test I shot all images as both a Raw file and a Jpg saved at it’s highest setting. For those not sure what a Raw file is, that is a later blog post.   So a quick look at the details of the camera:   Imaging Sensor/Effective Pixels Effective Sensor Size CMOS / 18.0 MP 22.3x 14.9 mm   A/D Resolution Power Colour Filter Size 14-bit Primary Colours, APS-C   35mm Focal Length Equivalent 1.6X   Medium SD/SDHC/SDXC   AF Points 9   Metering Modes Evaluative, Partial,...

Summer Weddings

As our last post explained, summer weddings in Townsville are difficult and require a lot of extra planning. With this in mind, Leiden Studios will offer an 10% extra digital images for  all of our packages for wedding booked in the months of December 2012, and February and March 2013. If you are getting married during these months, give us a call and come in and have a coffee with us. Danni & Paul on the beach at Maggie Island If you know someone getting married in these months, let them know about this special offer. The offer will only be available until the end of...

Summer Weddings

Have you noticed how hot it gets in summer in Townsville? So can you imagine how hot it is for couples who elect to get married during our summer months. It produces a range of different problems that southern states would not seem possible. Having said that I met a photographer at the “Hair of the Dog”, the annual conference of the Queensland branch of the AIPP. He had flown up from Melbourne where the day before he shot a wedding in 46C heat. Now that is hot.  Kell & Dom at Pallerenda  In Townsville, we have to beat the heat in creative ways as photographers. Later weddings, so after 4.00pm, going to an air condition building for photos after the wedding and then venturing out to the Strand or Pallerenda for sunset photos. The Brewery or Cactus Saloon or the Holiday Inn provide lots of great locations for photos while waiting for the cooler and better lighting conditions to arrive outside. At any wedding in Townsville regardless of the time of year, we always recommend that the bridal party has an eskie, yes have a few bears and wine, it is a celebration after all. However it must have water as well and all need to remember to drink a little through the day. A few nibbles as well are useful as many find it hard to eat before the wedding. Both sides of the bridal party need to be aware of heat stress, not a great way to finish your day if you get a case of heat stress through not drinking enough water.  Luke...

Christmas Animal Photos

Stuck for an idea for Christmas? Why not get your puppy, dog or cat photographed at Leiden Studios. We specialise in studio portraits for dogs and cats, generally on a black or white background. It is a quick process and for the next few months leading up to Christmas we are giving some very special packages away. Simply give us a call in the studio to book a time. It takes about 30 minutes depending on the pet and their cooperation. And we will have the prints to you before Christmas. Bookings are essential so give us a call. The special will be valid until the 20th December 2012, we then revert to normal...

The beauty of Photography

Photography is permanent, once captured there is a permanent record of the split second in time that will last forever. Well maybe not. The image has to be captured correctly, and in the digital age, stored correctly. This means backing up, backing up, backing up. Images stored singularly on a hard drive of a computer are destined to be lost, simple as that. If you have never had a hard drive failure, you will, it is only a matter of time. It usually happens at the most difficult or inconvenient time. We have a Raid system that automatically backs itself up. Because we are a profession studios we have to have other systems in place to ensure we do not lose any clients work. This is done with two external drives, one is kept off sight, the other backs up each night. These are rotated every week. As it stands the most we can lose is one weeks work. That is still not good enough really, especially if that week we lost was a wedding. Can you imagine calling someone to tell them their wedding photos are lost. It would kill your business. Why the need for off sight? Backups only work if you still have them. A fire, theft, or natural disaster destroys both the original and backup. Very frustrating if it is your photos that are lost. It has happened to friends who were backing up their images and were burgled. Of course they stole both the computer and the backup. Suddenly any image that you might need is gone. The problem with all of these back ups, especially with...