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Michaels Impressions of the 7D in Video Mode

10 Nov 2009 at 8:56am

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Hi all

I had the opportunity to road test the new Canon 7D DSLR courtesy of
Ben from Team Digital in Perth and I would like to share some of my
thoughts on the camera in video mode.

Firstly can I say that Christian arrived at work on Monday last week
and said “Ben has given us the 7D to have a play with”…… “I’m
taking it back on Wednesday” Great. I’ve got two days to come up with
a review which will be worth reading. The pressure was on and the
conditions here at home were pretty ordinary. No clouds and windy. But
in essence I wasn’t there to dazzle anyone with amazing footage, my
main objective was to have a play and see if I liked it. I certainly
didn’t have a good crack with the camera so I apologise for the lack
of in depth analysis.

My first impressions were that it looked like a 5D but seemed a little
more solid. The menu function and most of the buttons seemed similar
with the exception of the on off button, live view button and the
record button. I found myself constantly pressing the quick control
button on the back of the camera to start recording only to realise I
hadn’t started anything and missed the shot. I’m a bit slow on the
uptake but I eventually got it together.

I was excited to try out the 50fps option and shot a number of scenes
with this option and couldn’t wait to get back to the office to
download the footage and watch beautiful smooth slow motion footage.
If you bought this camera primarily for this option you would probably
be pretty annoyed by this time. The 50fps option was complete rubbish.
Ok thats a bit harsh. The raw footage plays in fast mo when it is
played back in quicktime. You have to convert the footage using Cinema
Tools to 30fps, 25fps, 24fps to get it playing how you would expect it
to play. The footage is recorded in the lower quality 1280 x 720 which
looks average along side the full HD footage. I cant see the point of
this option when you should always been wanting to shoot in the
highest resolution possible depending I guess where your footage will
be displayed. The slow mo it produces is cool but at the expense of
quality. I prefer to slow down my high res footage by a small amount
using Optical Flow retiming in Compressor.

After deciding the 50fps option was not exactly a brilliant option I
decide to shoot using the 25fps and 24fps mode. I must say I had a bit
more luck in these mode and without the time to shoot a 5D along side
the 7D, the footage looked remarkably like the 5D’s and I could not
really identify any differences in the absence of a proper set up
test. I was also interested to compare the footage between the 24fps
and 25fps mode. I was under the impression that the 24fps frame rate
would give a more filmic look to the footage as it’s the frame rate of
film. I imagined the footage would be a lot softer in 24fps but the
opposite occurred which blew me away. Once again my footage didn’t
give me a great chance to make a definitive observation on this but
this is how it appeared. The depth of field seemed greater on the 7D
which would make sense due to the APS-C sensor being a lot smaller
than the full frame sensor of the 5D.

Most of the footage I shoot is generally landscapes and I generally
require the widest lens I can find. With the 7D and it’s 1.6x crop
sensor you find that you cant get a very wide field of view which is
the biggest issue for me with what I do. This however is a great
option for people such as wildlife photographers who can always do
with a little extra zoom with their footage. Too much Zoom can also
be a real problem for these cameras as they are so light and are
effected by the wind and handshake quite dramatically.

In summary the 7D was not ground breaking for me as I already have a
5D. If I didn’t have a 5D I would consider the 7D as it is only
marginally lower in quality to the 5D with the added bonus of the
50fps Slow Mo option and lets face it, most of the work produced these
days is viewed on a computer so who really needs large format quality.
The frame rates of 24p and 25p give you a bit more flexibility as you
don’t have to convert the footage to PAL broadcast rate of 25fps like
you have to from the 5D’s 30fps. An upgrade for the 5D in the future
will fix this problem also so the 5D will have 24fps and 25fps.

I think the only determining factor between the two cameras is price.
If you don’t want to or cant afford to spend the coin on a 5D then get
a 7D. If moneys not the issue get a 5D as I don’t believe the 50fps,
24fps and 25fps is a deal breaker and I’m sure with future 5d upgrades
these options will become available. The cameras are so similar and
both worth the investment and if I had my choice I’d get the NEW
1DMK4!!!!!!!!!!! Ha Ha…… Nah not really I’m happy with my 5D.

Mike Fletcher

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Curl Curl Photoshop Tutorial Now Available

15 Jul 2009 at 3:53am

curl curl tb I finally have produced what will be the first of my on-line photoshop tutorials. If your interested to see how I go about getting the images I do this will give you the inside info, only available to a select few. Ok well to the whole world if they want to know. Click the Buy now button and kiss your $12.95 good by!!! Buy Now

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Video from Brent Pearson of Our Shoot

27 Jun 2009 at 7:36am

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/5344068] This is a video Brent knocked up of our trip to Canyon X etc. This is a pretty good effort since he is sitting editing the video with two drips in his arms. He has had a bad bug for a while and it has flared up recently. Poor bloke has to fly to America tomorrow, not something I would be looking forward to if I was crook! Then he isn’t scared of heights and big waves so no little bug is going to stop him. Cheers mate for the video and enjoy the states.
On another note I managed a silver, two silver with distinctions and a gold for my entries to this years APPA awards. I was blown away when the call came from Tommy Putt saying I was a bastard, not only that, I got my first iphone today. Man that Apple shop in Sydney is very cool.

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Interview with Nick Rains

2 Jun 2009 at 11:30pm

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/4954713] Nick was kind enough to join me and Mark Stothard on a shoot in Lamington National Park. We saw heaps of waterfalls but the best part of the park was closed due to the huge amount of rain they had. Nick has taken over as editor of Better Digital magazine. He is a great bloke and a wealth of knowledge. Mark and I got a tutorial on J.Holmes colour spaces on the walk back. We hiked for 12 kms Mark did it in bare feet. The tracks were pretty muddy so he had his foot spa for the day. Also managed to find 3 leeches too. Funny, Mark is probably one of the most fearless guys I have met but the very mention of leeches reduced him to a quivering mess!! hehe He promised to take me diving with sharks as a payback! Not this little black duck!!!

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True North Video by Michael

18 May 2009 at 8:56am

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/4685373] This is an awesome video by Michael on his recent trip on True North cruising through the Kimberleys. If you ever thought about getting on for a cruise make sure it is when I am running my FREE photographic workshop for guests. This snippet of the action should get the adrenaline going! Make sure you watch this in Hi Def in Vimeo. All shot with the 5D2. Hopefully a company who wants to promote the RED cameras will throw one Michaels way for a bit of a review, not that the Canon gear isn’t any good!! :-0)

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This is the final word on Resizing for ASP

24 Apr 2009 at 4:45am

Hi guys and girls, this is the nuts and bolts of uploading your images to me and everything you need to know, sure there will be some more questions and I will be happy to answer them if they are not in here. Ok here goes.

First look at the video of how I do it on vimeo. Now I know the audio doesn’t work but if you scroll down to where it says download Quicktime Version it will work. Do this, it is important to watch the video first. you can see it here.

Then once you have your images resized fill out the membership form (still to Come)

You then need to  send me an email that has the details of every image you submit. I need to know.

  • the name of the file (your initials must make up the first letters i.e. MS_506P.jpg the MS standing for Mark Stothard)
  • the size of the photo @300dpi
  • a title you want to give the photo
  • tags you want to assign to the photo (i.e. if it is a pic of the harbour bridge you might say bridge, sydney, sydney harbour, sunset, etc) This will make it easier to find the photo if someone is searching for it.
  • a description (i.e. took this photo of the sydney harbour bridge on a cold wet day whilst on a shoot for K-mart etc, etc) This will help the asp ranking in google.

All this needs to be sent to us in an email or a word document so we can cut and paste it into the document when uploading to the site. If we don’t get this we won’t be uploading the work.

Questions asked and answered-

– If we submit a photo to ASP do you expect to have exclusive rights to it as a stock image? No, you can use your images for what ever you want. This is just another way to make money on your work and getting it out to a wider audience. You can remove it from the site anytime you want. I won’t be making you hand over all rights to ASP. You also retain the high res file for your security, all we will ask is for you to send the file to our client, most likely by FTP.
– What file size do you need the images to be? The images you supply to us only need be small versions for our website. The sizes are as per the video tutorial.
– Do you have a minimum quality in mind (ie would images from a 6MP DSLR be acceptable ?) No, we don’t want any files that are under say 20mb. It needs to be able to reproduce as an A4 size @ 300dpi minimum. We will need to know the size of the image when you submit it.
– How much post processing will you accept, i.e. are you looking for images pretty much straight from the camera or doesn’t it matter? We want images that are worked ready to go that are in RGB. The photoshopping must be of a high quality and only images that meet our strict requirements will get in.

I have received and installed the actions file. I assume you are asking us to just run the sharpen and sat for web action and resize for web 1000px ? Yes run the action within the script and the script will sharpen and saturate the file for you. Basically everything is done in the script. If you follow the video nothing can go wrong! well almost nothing!! Don’t use any of the other actions that I emailed you only the “sharpen and Saturate for the web” one which you select in the script as per the video instructions.

– How often should we / can we submit images for approval (stole this one from Neal)? Any time you want, remembering it takes time so if you submit one day it won’t be in the next. It is a lot of work and bloody boring work at that!!

How do I send the resized images to you? We want them sent in a folder with your name on it and within that folder the three sub folders that have the different sized images in (i.e. small, medium, and large) You can then send these to us on a cd, upload to us via Pando, You send it, email if the folder size is no more than 5mb, enclose them in a carton of beer or fly them down on your private jet. Take your pic.

What happens when I sell one? When an image is sold we will contact you and direct where the image has to be sent. You keep the high res file so as to retain control of what happens to your image. We will tell you how much this image has been sold for, resize to these specifications and upload to “whoever” We handle all the contact with the client all the paperwork and you will send us a tax invoice for your share of the loot. You will be paid when we are paid.

I will work on the membership form now. This will be emailed to you and you will need to fill it out and post back to us at

  • Christian fletcher Photo Images
  • P.O. Box 137, Dunsborough, WA 6281

Thoughts I have had re ASP

I think that together we can all make this site into something that will create  exposure, money, fame and legendary status. It  would be nice to think of this site as the creme of Stock Sites around the world. It would be good to be all sitting back in years to come and going, yeah I was one of the founding photographers and my work has been used all over the world. What I would like to see is everyone involved putting a link to ASP on their blogs, telling all their friends and work mates, signing off all their emails with the link to your own personal photos on ASP and basically talking it up. If you made a blog post about your latest work on ASP that will generate hits and sales for you. As you can see from my blog and others the more you talk about a subject the more your blog and profile lifts. ASP will soon start to work on marketing the site to every web designer, graphics person, business, gallery, accommodation house, advertising agency and whoever will listen. My thoughts are to produce a small multi page full colour brochure with work from contributing photographers to send to these types of businesses. As I have been told by Dave at Clever Starfish http://www.cleverstarfish.com/ ,web designers don’t  like junk mail. This is one way to get them to have a look and let them know it is a serious site with serious content. A free CD with a slideshow could be included or at least a link to slideshow they can watch hosted somewhere else. Anything we can do to get their attention is perfect. Because ASP has been going for years, it is widely used by western australian businesses already. As soon as they know of the new functionality and expanded range of images it will keep them coming back .

I have also added a new licensing option. When people click on an image. They will now have the choice to buy the photo as a Fine Art Photograph to hang on their wall. You have the option of being involved with this, or if not, just selling your image as stock. In my eyes it is another great way to sell your work and increase your standing in the photographic hierarchy. All print sales will be handled by us and printed by us. We would contact you for your price details and pass this on to the customer. ASP will deduct money for printing, postage and administration and that figure is to be worked out between us all. My thoughts are ASP would get 40% of the sale price. Let me know what you think. ASP would stand behind the quality of the work as it is what is produced for the Christian Fletcher brand.

Anyway it’s time to do that Membership form


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Rio Tinto Is Go

20 Mar 2009 at 1:25am

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/3769695] This is a vid Michael put together from our Rio job last week. Mostly shot with the Canon tilt shift lenses kindly donated by Canon and Team Digital. Thanks Ben for getting us a couple to try. If your too young to know about the Thunderbirds (Stakky) then look it up on google. Enjoy.

Due to the sensitive nature of this video we have had to remove it from circulation. We don’t want to be sued by Rio Tinto now do we !!

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Karijini Video from Michael

18 Mar 2009 at 1:18am

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/3712054] This is the latest video from Michael of our trip to Karijini last week. This is such a great place and watching the video makes me want to go back into the gorges. Mark is the other mug in the shots, a couple of good looking lads, what do you reckon!!! Give that Tom Putt a run for his money!

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Wyadup Video

23 Feb 2009 at 11:52am

[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/3278976] this is Michaels new vid of our other night at Wyadup Rocks. Pretty bloody awesome. Love the opening credit he created from filming the smoke from a stick of incense. Make sure you watch this in Vimeo not on the blog, click on the vimeo logo to get there.

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