Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One of my photos published at the first edition of the Strobist trade secret cards

Ksenija Osolnik & Larisa LesjakIt was a beginning of October when I had a  photo shooting with two nice models Ksenija and Larisa. I had planned that shooting weeks in advance, because I was a bit sick of the standard studio photos with standard paper background. Photos in a real ambient look much better. So Larisa asked her friend who was the owner of this nice bar to help us to make our photos a bit different.

The shooting began with some huge problems. My radio triggers didn’t work. At that time I only had some cheap Chinese triggers that I bought on ebay. I had to trick my studio flashes and trig them optically with my Canon Speedlite flash.

The flash setting for this particular photo was quite easy. I hanged my 650W flash and my largest softbox – a 7 feet wide octagonal softbox – using a portable background holder so that it was just above the girls. And that’s it.

I’m very surprised how popular this photo is despite how simple it was made. It currently has 39 250 views only on Flickr and 571 people selected it as their favorite. It’s my second most popular photo

Last December I was contacted by Zeke who would like to publish it at his first edition of the Strobist trade secret cards. I was quite surprised because this was one of the 24 photos published for this first edition and the group currently counts over 47 000 members all around the world.

You can see a larger photo at my Flickr account.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Record movies with your Canon EOS DSLR camera

Canon EOD 5D Mk II was the first DSLR camera from Canon that offered movie recording. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t record movies with other Canon DSLR cameras. It only needs a LiveView feature and of course you need your camera connected to your computer over an USB cable.

I came across a software that offers you movie recording using your Canon DSLR camera. It’s called an EOS Camera Movie Record and it is free for download at sourceforge.net The software is written for Microsoft Windows based computers. I have only tried it on Microsoft Windows XP 32 bit for now.

To record movies you must first install the software to your computer that you download at the previously mentioned link. Then connect your camera to your computer using the USB cable and Start the installed software and that’s it.


The video is recorded in AVI format and has the resolution of 1024 * 680. It doesn’t have a good compression since a 42 second long movie took 190 Mb which is a lot.

One bad thing that I noticed is a lack of Auto Focus capabilities while recording. You must focus manually or use a software feature at the top of the screen. I wouldn’t advise to use the later. But since a popular  camera from Nikon (D90) has similar auto focus problems I don’t see it as a major flaw.