My good friend Jason MacLean recently purchased a Canon 7D, and, with all the fuss I’ve been seeing about it online, I knew I had to try it out. Lucky for me, Jason’s a nice guy and lent me his new camera on Halloween night. I managed to shoot a couple of short videos with it.
First, while we were out at Rachel’s sister’s place that night, I shot a quick one of the kids (Wyatt still rocking the duck costume). It was fun, and the subjects were certainly cute, but I had to jack the ISO to an uncomfortably high 6400.
After we got home that night, I needed to try the 7D outside, since it’s known for its low-light capabilities. So I fitted my Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 to the 7D and hit the streets of Charlottetown. I walked about, dodging dodgy characters, getting whatever I thought might look cool. Then I made this:
While the 7D is built for photographers first and can be a pain to shoot video on, it is a fantastic camera. The ability to swap lenses and the fact that it shoots full 1080p at 30 and 24 fps, (and can do up to 60fps at 720p) rivals some professional videos cameras that cost five times as much.
I’m looking forward to trying it out during the day so I can shoot as a more reasonable ISO and really see what this bad boy is capable of.
My fiance (Rachel) and I got engaged last February after dating for four and a half years. We decided we would tie the knot in May 2009, giving us a (relatively long) 15 month engagement.
Last fall, our good friend Jason MacLean agreed to take our engagement pictures. Jason is a photographer based in Charlottetown, PEI, and has been doing some wedding photography (as well as family, engagement, and general portraits) for several years.
Me and my lovely fiance. Photo by Jason MacLean.
I think the pictures came out pretty darn good. We wanted to leave them until the fall so that we could take advantage of the changing leaves, and while it was getting late in the season (meaning a lot of trees were already leafless) we managed to find one nice little spot in the woods that offered the colours we were looking for.
The whole process was quite different for me. I’m so used to being on the other side of the camera, and it made me realize why people sometimes feel awkward when I am directing them around (not that Jason was doing a bad job… I’m just not used to it).