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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (1 of 10)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

We’ve been waiting many years for it, and this year the Canon 7D MK II has finally come. Canon in years past has been a very conservative company when it comes to new products. Not many changes have been made to many of their previous offerings with the Canon Rebel series being the most obvious amongst these. The 7D Mk II though is a camera surely designed for current Canon customers and users.

With a modest bump in the megapixel count from 18 to 20.9MP, the 7D Mk II also delivers better high ISO results than many of its immediate competitors. And while this can be a huge selling point, there is something holding that back.

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IbarionexThePhoblographerPhotoStory01

There are times when an activity or event needs more than a single image to tell the whole story. A photo essay or photo story provides the means to reveal several facets of the narrative in visually interesting and dynamic ways.

You don’t have to be a photojournalist to practice these techniques. You can apply these simple principles when you are photographing a family event, sports or a social occasion.

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HDR Sample From The NEX-F3

While HDR processing is still touted by many, there are some situations where it just doesn’t belong. For the uninitiated, HDR photography has to do with the processing of an image that both lowers the contrast and brings out the most details in both the highlights and the shadows. The point of the final image is to create something closer to what the human eye may see. This is typically and traditionally accomplished by shooting images at different bracketed settings. For example, you’d shoot a perfectly exposed image, then one set that is brighter and another that is darker.

All of this has to do with the dynamic range of your camera sensor: which is why the process is called high dynamic range photography to begin with.

But there are scenes where HDR is unnecessary.

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gopro-pogo

GoPro cameras are tremendous fun. And so are pogo sticks. While you may not necessarily associate these two with each other, they do make a lot of sense in combination. Because when you mount a GoPro camera to a pogo stick … you get the idea. And that’s exactly what this group of professional pogo stick jumpers (is there a specific term for a person using a pogo stick?) did–they grabbed a couple of GoPros, attached them to their jumpy thingies, and set off to do some stunts. And the results are spectacular.

We could try and waste a couple more words to describe this video, but it wouldn’t really make any sense at all. Just take a look yourself, and you’ll understand. Head past the break for the video.

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Felix Esser The Phoblographer kid action pre-focusing

Taking pictures of fast-moving subjects can be difficult. Pre-focusing often helps a lot.

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Taking images of fast moving subjects can be very difficult–and we’re using the term ‘fast moving’ very loosely here. A fast moving subject can be anything from a racing car coming your way at terminal velocity, to a snail trying to cross the street. Ultimately, what is fast depends on how quickly and how accurately your camera’s autofocus is able to lock on to a subject that is not holding still. Some cameras are better suited at this, while some have a hard time locking on to anything that moves only slightly.

This is one of the reasons why sports photographer usually go for high-end DSLRs, as these have the most elaborate and advanced AF systems. A very good AF system and a lens that is quick to focus are a necessity if you regularly take pictures of moving things, persons, or animals. But not every scenario that involves a subject on the move is as unpredictable as a tennis player pacing across the court. So for some situations, there is a simple but effective trick to work around your camera’s autofocus limitations: to pre-focus.

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crossing

All images by Alexandre Buisse. Used with permission

We talked to photographer Alexandre Buisse a while back when he showed the world just what the Nikon D800 could take while out in the field. Alex has been a photographer for years and has embraced trekking to remote locations to capture images that embody the spirit of adventure and the passion that goes along with bringing wonderful scenic spots to viewers. He takes this even further by sometimes combining it with outdoor sports.

Alex is super busy, but he had some time to catch up with us and answer a few questions about what it’s like to photograph in the great outdoors.

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