So, you have bought the new camera or you have been using it for a while, but all the features are just so daunting. After going through the Quick Reference Guide, which is very basic, you downloaded the User Manual and print the 500 odd pages. You consult the manual every now and again to try and figure out, for example, what the best autofocus mode for wildlife photography is, but the manual is not much help. So you’re essentially stuck and do what you think is right and hope for the best.
That can all change if you do the camera specific user course presented by CNP Safaris. I recently did just that and attended the course for the Canon 5D Mk4.
The course starts off with an overview of the camera’s specifications in terms of ISO invariance and dynamic range of the sensor. This may sound unnecessary technical, but it is extremely important to understand your camera sensor’s capabilities when it comes to difficult shooting conditions. For example, at what ISO can you still comfortably shoot in low light? The information provided allows you to understand these basics and therefore what you should do to get that great shot under difficult circumstances.
The second part of the course is essentially going through the camera’s menu system in a step by step fashion. Several of the default camera settings are changed and the reason for the change is discussed. In addition, they assist you to customise your camera’s buttons in a way that simplifies the use of the regularly used functions, for example adjusting ISO, focus mode, exposure compensation, etc. The result is that you will be ready to take that photo as conditions change rapidly when photographing wildlife and therefore miss less opportunities.
The course is presented in a relaxed manner by Hendri Coetzer and Nico Pretorius who are both very knowledgeable on the subject. The course is practical and designed by wildlife photographers specifically for wildlife photography. This is a course I can highly recommend if you want to get the most out of your camera and not have regrets about those amazing opportunities that you missed.