HIGH SPEED PHOTOGRAPHY Creative Camera Challenge with Canon EOS M50

Ahoj. This is Zdenka. I know it kind of looks like a garbage It is basically a garbage. But I’m using
it to be creative here because it’s another camera creative challenge and it
will make sense to you once you watch this whole video. In past videos we
talked about aperture priority mode and we talked about fully manual mode but we
didn’t talk about yet fast shutter speed and I’m talking about that super fast
shutter speed when you want to freeze the motion. You want to freeze the action and
that’s what we will be covering in today’s video but with a twist. And I will
be talking about some highly trending photos on Instagram these days.. but after
this …after the intro… And for the new faces, my name is Zdenka
Darula. I have been making photo and video tutorials here, tech reviews and creative
camera challenges, so if that is something you’re interested in,
you might consider hitting the subscribe button. But first of all, how did the
reflections go? Well, let’s look at some submissions from last month in the
random order. First one here is from Miklos or Miklos. The name is over there.
Great reflection of City Jindrichuv Hradec in Czech Republic. I especially
like the colors. I gotta say white balance is nailed. White is white, blue is
blue, green is green. A really nice shot. Photo here is from Scott Moore. I love
the composition. It’s interesting shot and I love the fact it is black and
white because the pattern is really standing out. Photo number 3 is here and it
is from Diane Burns. You’re looking at foggy morning shot in Esperance Western
Australia. I like the overall calm feel coming out of the shot. Photo number 4 is
here. I think is for Paolo Rocha. It is a stunning place in Ireland. When you see a
reflection of place like that you just have to take it. Osvaldo Kitcher is showing photo number 5 and it’s a nice reflection of an old
city in Malta. Another photo here is from Kirk Schwartz. I believe it’s a city
reflection of a man walking on the street. This photo is nicely timed photo.
Number 7 is a nice woman’s reflection and the last photo here is from Paul
Erica and it is just a nice creative cool shot. It’s a glass ball reflection of
a person on the beach. Thank you so much for participating. All the links to
contributors are listed in a video description below. Have you seen my latest photos on
Instagram? You know that water shot, that one. Or the gem between the lenses. The 50mm between all those gems. How was it done? It is quite easy to take a photo of a
moving object like a car driving by, person walking by and stuff like that
but what I wanted to do, I wanted to combine few different things in a photo.
First of all, very close-up composition. Different shapes and very selective
aperture. In simple words, I wanted only the part of the image in focus, part of
the image sharp, everything else kind of blurry, out-of-focus, bokeh and of course I wanted to combine also some sort of movement in the shot.
It’s kind of like it’s telling a story that shot. When you are planning your
shot and you are choosing your main object, choose a very bold object as your
main object. For the first shot I chose this and it’s basically a plastic water
bottle. It used to be. I just cut off the front, I cut off the back and I made some
holes throughout because I wanted the water to enter the inside. If I didn’t do
that I would not get the water in. So that was my first object. I chose this
plastic water bottle. For the second one, my main object was 50 millimeter lens,
Nifty Fifty. I wanted to make sure it’s bold and it’s a great lens and I called
it the gem between the lenses it is the gem between lenses. We talked about it
before in previous videos and I was using this plastic little gems I found
in a kid’s room. Somebody gave it to us. So I just grabbed it and I was
kind of using it with this 50 millimeters lens and it can be any
object. It can be your hand, it can be a book, it can be your shoes, it can be a
person, maybe a mysterious person with a hood so you don’t see clearly to the face.
There are just tons of options and then just think of surroundings with a very
strong shapes. For the water shot I chose a flat table and I just placed
the water bottle on a flat table. The table had a straight lines. It’s the
opposite of circle. For the second shot the lens was sitting on a patio floor
with straight lines and the wall has strong patterns. It can be any shapes. It
can be also a street you know with leading lines. I’m finding that what
works for me is if I have a round object and I use the opposite for the
background you know like square or if I have some kind of a curves in a background
then I just use something very straight, kind of in the front. It always complements each other. The opposites, just it works that way for me.
Let’s talk about light. You can take movement shots anytime
during the day and it’s gonna look good but the best shots will happen during
golden hours and it’s early in the morning or late in the evening and you
want to make sure that the object is between you and the Sun or the Sun can
be a little bit from the side as well. Especially when it comes to the water
shots it will always look the best. So let me grab the M50 and let’s go through
some settings. The lens I’m using here is the kit lens 15 to 45 millimeters and I
have it at the widest 15 millimeters. If I had even wider lens it would be better
but I have only that so that’s it. Any object you choose should be just very
nice and close to you. When it comes to aperture, I’m going to select the
smallest aperture F 3.5 because I want only tiny portion of the image to be
sharp to make the shot very interesting. I want only a little part of the bottle
sharp, everything else blurry. If I wanted a bigger area sharp then I would
increase it a bit to f/4 …4.5… and 5.I want the sweet bokeh in the
front and in the back so I’m going to keep it at the lowest f-stop I can do
which is at 3.5 and you can absolutely experiment with aperture. You can select
very different aperture then I am selecting. It also will depends on what
lens you are using. …and cut to a different time of the day. I
know the first part of the video was filmed early in the morning during
sunrise. What really happened. I simply didn’t have enough time to finish the
whole video so the same day, different location, different time. It is about 6:00
p.m. I skipped the whole day and I’m finishing it now… so what are we
supposed to talk about now? What are we supposed to talk about? Yeah…
focus. And because it is such a fast movement, you know water running, I had
the camera sitting on table on one spot and I decided to go with manual focus.
Very simply because if I would use auto focus I would be worried that it will
be just focusing all over the place and I want very specific area sharp and
everything else blurry. So I went to the menu and I turn on to focus peaking.
Focus peaking is that whatever you are focusing on, will turn red. It’s a great
feature, definitely highly recommended if you are shooting something like that and
you have your camera in a stable place or on a tripod. Let’s talk about the
shutter speed. For movement like that you want to use very fast shutter speed and
when I started I had it set at 1/200th of a second which is obviously very slow.
The water was blurry and the gems were just kind of blurry around the lens so I
decided to boost it up. I went all the way up to you 1/1250th of a second
and that’s where I was happy. I always suggest to take a test shot, look at the
movement. If it’s sharp enough, great. If it’s not sharp enough, just go up. This
camera can handle that. This camera can shoot very fast. Last thing you have to
setup is the ISO. Now if you want the image kind of moody, kind of dark then
keep the ISO pretty low. If you feel it’s too low though then just bring
it up a little bit. You can do that outdoors no problem and because it is a
continuous movement so to get the better chance of capturing that, that shot, I
decided to go from one shot to continuous. This is how you set it up. Go
to menu page one, select drive mode and instead of single shooting select
high-speed continuous. Okay and once we are done with this shoot
then he want to go back to one shot, just go back to menu like you did right now
and instead of continuous just select one shot. And just a tip. If you have your
camera on a tripod and you want to shoot a movement a little bit away from your
camera and you don’t have the extra set of hands or if you are doing a selfie
maybe as you’re jumping and stuff like that’s a fast movement as well, then just
connect your phone to your camera through Canon Camera Connect app and
it’s the same thing. You can just press the shutter right on your phone. So now
that we know all the settings let me show you how I did the first shot. So I
had the bottle sitting on a table. I had my camera on the table as well,
just keep it away from the water. The camera is not waterproof or you can use
maybe glass in front of the lens to protect it and all I was doing was
pouring the water on top of the bottle and since there were holes, the water was
getting in and you can pretty much do that with anything, any kind of object
you will find in a house which has holes. Just pour the water over top, make
sure the lens is kind of capturing what’s inside and that’s it and the
second photo of the lens the same thing. I just had the lens sitting on a patio. I
placed some gems along the lens and I started throwing the rest of the gems in
the shots. Now I know you can do that in Photoshop as well, you can digitally add
the gems there too but isn’t that easier just to do it with the camera? So that’s it. That’s how it’s done. When
it comes to movement, don’t limit yourself to only liquids like water.
There is smoke, there is steam, there is soil, there is dust, there is ground.
There’s little objects like confetti. You can throw anything just don’t throw the
camera. There’s everything you can throw. There’s hair movement you know in the
shots when person is jumping around. Just make it very close and personal,
just very close. Use the wide lens, wide aperture to make sure you have that part
of the object sharp and everything else blurry. I’ve been kicked out of that place somebody came there with a bicycle and
said right my shot and being me I’m scared to ask him to leave so I don’t want to get in trouble. Oshawa can be really rough, so I moved… The challenge for this
month my dear friends is to show movements in your shots and also precise
aperture, precise sharpness, some bokeh and that would be fantastic. You can upload the photos to the creative camera challenge Facebook group. Tthe link is in the video description below. Also you can upload them to your
Instagram account and use #zdchallenge8 8 already. I am so looking forward to seeing your submissions. You have all the
way until September 20th 2019. Some of the most interesting photos will be
featured in the next creative camera challenge video. And if you liked today’s
video give it thumbs up, subscribe to all future videos like these. If you have any
questions, comments or simply want to say hello and I will say hello back, you can
do so in a comment section below and I will see everyone in the next video… Cau… Ahoj….

23 Replies to “HIGH SPEED PHOTOGRAPHY Creative Camera Challenge with Canon EOS M50”

  1. Mam which camera is best? I want have cannon 70d and nikon 5200 at present. Which camera shld i buy? I am confused!!

  2. Hi,

    one question regarding Canon M50:

    Is the light meter (I hope that is the correct name) at the bottom of the screen always at zero in manual mode?

    Thanks a lot!

  3. Dear gorgeous Zdenka, thank you so much for all your tutorials. I will definitely try shooting Fotos with my eos m-50. Currently I am using it for Blogs and Vlogs, and I shoot my fotos with my Nikon since 1) I have been using it for 8 years now so I feel more comfortable with it 2) lenses which were purchased for Nikon.
    Thank you 🙏

  4. Hi Zdenka, I enjoy watching your videos and this one is very inspirational. I’m already looking around the house, for objects to use to try something similar. I am getting my Canon M50 tomorrow, it’s my birthday present and I’m really excited about trying it out! Sue

  5. Beautiful miss I remember i have family photos developed on glossy paper since I was young, and they were using those cameras with a film where you needed to place it into a solution and than…do whatever with it until you get the photo. The subjects, the colours, the lighting, skin texture , everything was great . I don't recall any of those cameras to have problems such as the ones that exist today… they would adjust the lends and everything worked out beautifully . Today you have focusing problems and many options , even things that turn red when they are in focus… ??? lol … This is when you trade classic old school for digital . Have you ever been doing those kinds of photos with a film camera ? Are they still in use in professional photography ?

  6. Hii zdenka …great video…there is one problem i am facing on serious note is the red light glows while i shoot photos in manual or av mode on my canon eos m50..pls help me what it is and how to get rid of it..PLS HELP

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