Canon Family

On June 22, 2013, in Stuff, by teaco

Three of my Canon cameras (the other one took the photo).  I like using the A1, but the Canon 7 is new (to me) so i’m still getting the hang of it. The S110 is just awesome: fits in a small pocket; good quality images; manual settings; RAW shooting option.


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EDIT: Since this blog article was written some things have changed: ‘Shutteractuations’ no longer offers it’s shutter count software.

I was wondering how to find out the shutter count (number of shutter actuations) for my Canon 5d2, and it took a while to find a good method that did not cost anything.  If you have a Canon camera then here are some tips:

  • is a website that many photography forums mention. It allows users to get a shutter count for most current EOS Digital SLR’s. It used to be free, but now there is a small payment required (paypal) to find out the information.
  • Camera Shutter Count looked promising.  You upload a jpg and it reads the info.  You have to watch these types, as they may give you the file number, which may not be the same. However, I just got a message saying it did not support my camera (despite the info saying it did).
  • One that i didn’t try but looked promising is Astrojargon’s EOSInfo, which is their newest release (replacing 40D Shutter Release).  This looks to be a small program that you install to your Windows computer.
  • The best one I found was  It is free-of-charge, although you can leave a paypal donation if you wish. Click on this link and then download the executable file to your computer.  Unzip it, and then run the ‘ShutterCount’ file.  Make sure your Canon camera is connected to your computer via USB of course. The program will run, showing you the following information.


So, now you have the information, what does it mean? Canon dSLR manufacturer stated shutter life expectancies are the following:

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / 1000D 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i / 500D 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / 450D 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D 50,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D 50,000
Canon EOS 50D 100,000
Canon EOS 40D 100,000
Canon EOS 30D 100,000
Canon EOS 20D 50,000
Canon EOS 7D 150,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 150,000
Canon EOS 5D 100,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 300,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 300,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N 200,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark III 300,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark II 200,000


My shutter actuation count was 35,000… so it looks like i have quite a bit of life left and won’t be requiring a new camera soon.  I’m not sure if that is good news or not, i have my eye on a 1D 🙂


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Cocktail Revolution

On June 9, 2013, in Stuff, by teaco

A screenshot of the advert space I was given by Cocktail Revolution last year in exchange for letting them use a couple of my pics. The model is the gorgeous Lauren Loveday.

cocktail revolution

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Window Light: Mwihaki

On June 8, 2013, in Shoots, by teaco

Something i wish i had at my home-studio is a nice big window.  Window light is just the best.

This is definitely the quickest shoot i have ever done, and also the most fun.  Mwihaki is awesome 😉
















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Boudoir Lighting Set-up: Hailey

On June 2, 2013, in Tutorials, by teaco

Here is the lighting set-up for the boudoir shoot with Hailey, which is in the post below. Click to view larger image.

The bedroom is quite small.  As i like to use my 85mm lens I had to shoot from outside the room.  I did try my 50mm but i felt it was just a touch too wide for my taste.

I dropped the ISO as low as possible, and had to put an extra cover on the softbox to reduce the light further. The size of the room is pretty small, at around 3.5 x 3.5 m (that’s about 12 ft x 12 ft for those who don’t get metric).


Hailey: A Little Boudoir

On June 2, 2013, in Shoots, by teaco

I haven’t done a shoot in this room before because it’s a little too small and i don’t like using lenses wider than 50mm.  However, I found a few places where i could shoot with my favourite 85mm to produce this boudoir set of photos for Hailey, for her first ever photo shoot. Most of my shoots are of normal people (not models) and i’m always amazed how well they do. I’m glad i am behind the camera, and not having my photos taken 🙂

I’ll probably use this room again as i thought the results were fine.  These were all shot with a softbox lighting the room (lowest power).  I also had a gridded beauty dish above camera, slightly to the left.  I also  hid a speedlight in the bedside light to make it look like it was on. The trick to getting the nice blurry background is to use a wide aperture; i used f1.6 for these. Using such a wide aperture often result in too much light hitting the sensor. The secret to getting around this is to put a ND filter over your lens to block around 2 stops of light.  Any more and you won’t be able to see through it, any less and you will still get too much light through. Also, reduce the iso to its lower setting.

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