PhotoPlus: The Canon Annual

PhotoPlus: The Canon Annual

PhotoPlus: The Canon Annual

Divided into clear sections, we’ve included your favourite features from the magazine, such as The Apprentice, The Pro Interview, CanonSkills and CanonSchool, as well as in-depth guides and more. Learn techniques from expert photographers, take inspiration from stunning imagery, follow step-by-step tutorials, and download free video guides from the FileSilo. Whether you want to master your DSLR, get to grips with Canon’s software, or tackle creative projects in Photoshop and Lightroom, this is the ultimate companion for all Canon photographers.

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in this issue

1 min.
canon crash course

ONE of the most enticing things about photography is that it’s such an easy hobby to start. Yet it offers untold depth to those who choose to look for it. Anybody can take a picture, and almost everybody you know has a camera. But just a little extra knowledge is all it takes to separate the real Canon DSLR enthusiast from the occasional snapper. The Canon Crash Course we’ve lined up for you over the following pages puts the focus on the fundamental aspects of photography that matter most. Dive in!…

3 min.
camera anatomy


2 min.
understanding exposure

APERTURE This alters the size of the lens opening to allow more or less light through WHEN we focus on a point in a scene, there will be an area in front and behind the point that also appears sharp. This is the depth of field. It can be expanded or contracted using the aperture, an adjustable opening in a lens that channels light through to the sensor. Aperture sizes are referred to as f-numbers, such as f/8. A wide aperture (eg f/2.8) lets in more light and produces a limited plane of focus (useful for blurring backgrounds or shooting in low light). A narrow aperture (eg f/16) restricts the light and records a greater expanse of sharpness. SHUTTER SPEED This determines the length of time the sensor is exposed to light AN exposure lasts…

1 min.
the exposure triangle

HOW IT WORKS IMAGINE that aperture, shutter speed and ISO are three sides of a triangle. If we alter one element, then we have to compensate by adjusting at least one of the other two. For example, a wide aperture and a short shutter speed might produce the same exposure as a narrow aperture with a longer shutter speed, but the resulting images will be different. Widening the aperture allows more light through, so we compensate either with a short shutter speed to keep the capture of light brief, or a low ISO to make the sensor less sensitive to the light that hits it. The longer the shutter is open, the more light shines through. So to prevent overexposure, we compensate either by narrowing the aperture to reduce the input of light,…

2 min.

THE RULE OF THIRDS Divide the scene into three and place important points on the lines THIS is a classic technique that works well when the scene has a single, easily definable subject. Place the subject on one of the third lines in the image. Visually, this is more interesting than plonking it in the middle of the frame. For landscapes, place the horizon line on a third. Like all ‘rules’ of composition, don’t be afraid to break it if it leads to a more interesting image. FRAMES Look for natural frames within the frame LOOk for ways to surround the subject with natural frames in the scene. This helps to draw the eye in. The most obvious example is a door or window, but if we look around we’ll find there are lots of…

1 min.
essential gear