11 Practical Photography Business Ideas For 2020 And Beyond

I wrote a blog post in the first week of January titled “How to make money from photography – my 2019 business plan”. This is the update on that post.

Things have moved on, and in this post I give you 11 practical photography business ideas for 2020 and beyond. Things that I am going to do that you can do as well. These address the fundamental need for a successful photography business to have a range of products and services - taking photos is just not enough in my opinion. And these have to be things which can be done by me as there is no-one else!

Read on to find out how I am growing my photography business and creating a range of products and services.

Who am I?

I am Rick McEvoy, a professionally qualified photographer and also Chartered Construction Manager. I also like travel. I photograph buildings, nice places and buildings in nice places.

And I write lots of stuff about photography and travel on this and my other websites, Paxos Travel Guide and Photos of Santorini.

What was my plan at the start of 2019?

At the start of 2019 I set out my business plan for the year. These are the key points.

1 – Taking photos for clients

My core business, and one that I had been distracted from with other things. Now I am producing consistently high-quality information and attracting higher level clients. All good.

And I have changed my pricing (upwards) to get the clients that I want.

I have regular targeted posts on my blog which have been very successful.

2 – Photos of Santorini website

Since January 2019 all I have done to this website is make it super-fast. It is something that I need to come back to once the next item is completed.

3 – Paxos Travel Guide website

At the time of writing this is nearly complete. It has taken a long time, but only because I have very limited time available to work on this website.

The web traffic growth has been remarkable though, especially recently.

And I have enjoyed this a lot.

4 – Rhodes Travel Guide website

I have deferred this – I want to properly complete Paxos Travel Guide and Photos of Santorini first.

5 - One more travel photography website. And then more websites?

Well having deferred the next website that meant not continuing with other stuff.

The bottom line is this – Paxos Travel Guide needs to make money before I do anything else!

6 – My main website, with increased traffic from social media, YouTube and my new blog format.

I go into this in more detail in his post, but these things continue in a more systematic way than before.

7 – Affiliate marketing

Another one that I am working on more and more and will come back to.

8 – Commercial partnerships

This has not really gone anywhere since January and will be a consequence of other things that I am working on.

9 – Freelance writing

I am writing on my own websites and that is it! I do not have the time or the spare brain capacity for any other writing at the moment!

And how is this all going?

It is good to see that the newer stuff I wrote about in January of this year is stuff that I have been working on and is stuff for the future – I am happy with that.

I have refined and improved my thoughts since January to where I am now, so let’s get straight into this.

Here are my 11 essential photography business tips for 2020 and beyond.

1 - Niche down

I have sort of already done this, but I am taking this a step further.

I have placed myself firmly in the market for the following

These are the areas of photography that I specialise in. I do not do weddings, portraits, christenings, pets, corporate events etc. I have excluded people and animals from my photographic work unless they are related in some way to construction.

So I photograph buildings, nice places and buildings in nice places.

That should be my tag line – I like that! Actually I have just added that to my home page!

And that is it.

I do not pretend to do anything else, and everything I create is in these three genres.

I have worked on further separating my architectural, landscape and travel photography work which I will come on to.

But this is something that I need to do more work on – I need to make sense of the two distinct areas, architectural and travel photography. Either that or find a way for them to sit comfortably together.

At the moment I am thinking of separation which has a logical next step.

I take all my travel stuff and put this on a separate website leaving my website as an architectural photography website.

Or do I create a separate architectural photography website? I like the idea of that – I have masses of material that I can use for this niche.

Post writing this blog post note – the idea of a separate website just for architectural photography is very appealing but is something that I am going to put in my list of future projects.

Sorry I went off on one a bit there, but the principle of niching down is I believe very important in 2019.

I need to stay on track for now though and stick to my plan.

2 – Price, Quality and my place in the market.

When I was starting out one of my first commercial photography jobs was photographing damaged cars for insurance companies. I got paid £15 per job. I did this for a while and then progressed onto photographing houses and creating floorplans. That job paid me £50 per property.

Those days are long behind me now thankfully.

I work mainly for architects and have some new and very specific new client areas to target in the future.

Architectural photography by Rick McEvoy

Architectural photography by Rick McEvoy

I am targeting people who value architecture and design, and for whom excellent photography of their buildings is an essential marketing tool.

More on this in the future – let’s see how I get on with my plan!

I am also declining smaller photographic jobs and small budget jobs. I now have a minimum price level which is consistent with the very high standard of the architectural photography work that I create these days.

This is after many years of practise not only on taking photographs, but also studying composition, other peoples work and refining my digital image processing.

The quality of my work has increased significantly in recent years, and I have positioned myself where the market demands such high-quality imagery.

Quality and not quantity.

3 – My Photography Blog

I used to publish a daily photography blog. I stopped this late last year, and now produce a weekly blog post like this one. And to be honest with you I have no idea why I was publishing things of virtually no value daily!

These new posts are long, in-depth posts. I write about the following subjects.

Photography Blog by Rick McEvoy

Photography Blog by Rick McEvoy

  1. General photography – I am writing information for the global photography market so that is just fine.

  2. Photography gear that I use.

  3. Photography business matters

  4. Websites and related stuff

  5. My photos

  6. Architectural photography

  7. Travel photography

  8. Landscape photography

And that is it. This is a very deliberate plan to continue the niche down that I talked about with my photography work into not only my blog but all my online content.

I do not want to be a general practitioner - I want to specialise. And I believe very much that specialising is the future in a very crowded market.

There is an endless supply of photographers who will photograph anything for virtually no money – do you want to compete with them? I don’t – I have made that mistake before.

I want to be the photographer people think about when they want their building photographing – that is what I want to be known for.

And that takes time and hard work.

The travel stuff is an aside that sits somewhere else now which I will come on to later in this post.

Again, quality over quantity.

And is this working? Well I am getting more visitors to my website than ever before, so yes this is working incredibly well.

4 – Google - EAT.

What am I talking about?

EAT stands for

  • Expertise

  • Authority

  • Trustworthiness

This is something that is becoming increasingly important.

Google is using these factors to rank websites. This is fact by the way.

So how do we do what Google wants us to?

Well, by writing all my own stuff on these narrow subject areas I believe I stand a better chance of being recognised as an expert. This is a natural continuation of what I am doing.

In business terms, this ties in well with the niche principle, so this is what I will continue to do, write about my areas of expertise.

The end point of this work is to get more visitors to my website – this is for two main reasons.

  1. Web traffic can generate passive income through ads.

  2. I want to get more people to contact me about taking photos for them – but I want them to the right people.

I take what Google says very seriously, and every post and piece of online content contributes to the Google EAT!

If you remember one thing from this post remember Google EAT.

And remember this as well - it is all about improving the quality of our websites using the guidance that Google has given us.

5 - Video

Video is the future. This is a very popular belief, and one that made me cringe. Video? Really?

  • How do I create videos that people will find interesting?

  • Do people want to watch and listen to me?

  • What gear do I need?

  • Or do I film stuff while I am out and about?

  • How do I create regular consistent content?

  • Where do I put this stuff?

  • Do I really have to do this?

Well it turns out the answer to the what question was staring me in the face. The rest of it was me facing the grim reality that I had to just get on with this.

What was the answer?

I have a weekly photography blog.

I have fresh new content created by me about my niches – this is the source of my video content.

So every week I publish a video on YouTube where I talk about the content of my weekly photography blog post.

And I mean every week.

And yes, there will be a video about this post.

Other than this I want to get into creating videos of nice places, but that is one for the future. I know that I should be working on this, and have tried a few things.

Basically I need to up my video creation massivley.

For now (until I finish other things( I will settle with me talking to the camera. It is getting easier over time; you never know I might get good at this!

6 – Pinterest

I wrote a post titled Pinterest for Photographers – check it out by clicking the link.

Why Pinterest of all the social media platforms?

Simple. Pinterest pins have a longer searchable life and are more searchable than posts on any other social media platform.

Tweets are gone on minutes, Instagram posts in hours and Facebook posts who knows?

And will all the complicated algorithms each platform is sending you the stuff they want you to see.

Now I know that Pinterest will be doing the same – the main difference for me is that posts stay searchable and visible for months, not hours.

Again, at the moment Pinterest is free so it is just a time commitment. I look at Pinterest as an extension of the work on my website planting seeds for the future.

Check me out on Pinterest here.

7 – YouTube

YouTube is the second biggest search engine on the internet. That says it all really.

I mentioned videos before. I won’t bore you with this again. It is one thing recording videos, but you need to do something with them.

This is what I am doing.

I have a couple of YouTube channels. On Rick McEvoy Photography I publish the videos of me talking to my phone about that week’s blog post.

I found this a scary prospect to be completely honest, but now I am into the swing of it I am getting on with it just fine. It is almost natural to me now.

And the set-up is simple.

I put my iPhone on my tripod, point it at me with my computer monitor in the background with the post I am talking about on the screen.

Videos should be a minimum of 6 minutes long by the way.

Simple.

I have created 18 videos so far, and this will be video number 19. And the watch time is slowly increasing.

And I am also doing the same with my Paxos Travel Guide website – check this out here.

If you are not on YouTube get on there and just talk naturally to the camera about your niche – I promise you it is not as bad as it sounds.

And don’t worry about the quality – that will come with time. Worry about getting regular, relevant decent content onto the second biggest search engine on the planet.

It is free after all and does not take that long to do!

And every time I create a video I create a shorter one circa one-minute long which I publish on Pinterest – video is going to be a big thing on Pinterest and for once I am in there early.

8 - LinkedIn

I used to hate LinkedIn. I had a business profile for my construction day job. And then I had an idea and created a LinkedIn profile for my photography business.

And I pretty much left it there for a few years, just auto-sharing blog posts and not doing much more than that.

But now I am doing more. I am republishing one of my weekly blog posts related to my architectural photography work.

This is another niching down exercise – there are no sunrise shots here – just architectural and interior photography photos and articles.

I have just started doing this, and have to mention a chap called Jeff Brown, who is a photography mentor helping photographers increase their LinkedIn profiles. See – he has niched down to this. You can find him on LinkedIn and on his website Focus On Marketing.

And one thing that I did not know about LinkedIn – Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26.2billion!!!! So there must be something going to happen!

9 – Websites

I have three websites at the moment.

Paxos Travel Guide

Paxos Travel Guide

Rick McEvoy Photography

Paxos Travel Guide

Photos of Santorini

Why three websites? Well the Paxos website has been created solely to generate passive income. I have used a structure which I have learned through Income School. If this works I will create more websites.

Income is from advertising and affiliate marketing.

The Santorini website needs revisiting but will in time also be a website designed to generate a passive income.

And my main website is my shop window, my online portfolio, the place where people find me.

And with enough traffic another source of passive income.

And there is an important thing here – the Paxos and Santorini websites might be seasonal, but at different times to my photography website. I hope to have good traffic levels all year round.

My aim is to have 5 website each generating a modest income which will allow me to do only the work that I want to do.

Having a passive, regular income in the background is very appealing to me – the internet is definitely the future!

10 – Affiliates

I have affiliate arrangements with a number of companies. And yes these links are affiliate links.

Skylum

Excire Search Pro

Peak Design

And of course Amazon (this is not an affiliate link)

How do these things work?

Well starting with Amazon I write about stuff that I use on my blog. I link to products on Amazon, adding my affiliate code to the product link.

If someone buys that thing I get a commission.

How much have I earned? Less than a tenner so for, but this is early days.

And as for the others, I have arrangements with each company I mentioned above – if someone buys one of their products using my affiliate link I get a commission.

This is another new thing, but I am seeing income very slowly increase, getting £30 last month and the same this month (even though we are only halfway through).

If I can get a decent return on these affiliate links I will go into more arrangements with companies whose products I use or would like to use.

I have added affiliate links to the list of photography gear that I use which you can find on my gear page.

11 – Consistency and continuity

This is very important.

I have been jumping around all over the place up until the middle of last year that is. I have pretty much stuck to my plans since then, and what you are reading now is the refinement of that plan.

And I am sticking to this consistently.

Every week I publish a blog post. They are long, in-depth blog posts about a specific thing. Like this one.

And every week I create a YouTube video about the blog post. And a shorter video which is published on Pinterest and LinkedIn.

And every week I schedule pins to Pinterest.

And every week I create an article on LinkedIn.

Is this lot working?

I am seeing web traffic growth to all my websites. My photography website is receiving more web traffic than ever, significantly more. And this is all happening organically.

Rick McEvoy Photography Google Search Console Results

Rick McEvoy Photography Google Search Console Results

I see this all as me building strong internet-based foundations for the future in my very specific areas of work.

And I am going to continue with this for the rest of the year and moving into 2020. Sure there will be refinement and tweaks along the way, but the fundamentals are set.

What is my end game?

Time freedom and financial freedom.

That is what this is all about.

Where is all my stuff online?

Here are links to all the things that I have written about

Websites

Rick McEvoy Photography

Paxos Travel Guide

Photos of Santorini

YouTube

Rick McEvoy Photography

Paxos Travel Guide

Pinterest

Rick McEvoy Photography

LinkedIn

Rick McEvoy Photography

Summary

Rick McEvoy

I hope that you have found my thoughts and plans interesting, and that something that I have said has sparked an idea that you can action to help improve your photography business.

And after writing this I feel the need to get out and take some photos just for me - this is the one thing that I need to more of!

And there is a video to accompany this blog post which you can get to on my YouTube channel.

Rick McEvoy ABIPP, MCIOB – Photographer, writer, blogger, website creator.

#photographybusinessideas #photographybusiness #photography #rickmcevoyphotography

When should I post to my photography blog? What day and time?

This is a question that I really should know the answer to. I have been producing a daily photography blog for over 2 ½ years now. Up to last week that is.

When should I post to my photography blog? According to my research the best time to post to my photography blog is Monday 11am EST. In this not as scientific as I would have liked article I will explain how I have come to this conclusion.

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Why am I asking this question?

I have been producing daily posts on my photography blog for 2 ½ years since the start of 2016. I decided that a daily blog was the best way of getting noticed, the best way of attracting the traffic to me website that I was after.

Has producing daily blog posts worked?

No

How do I know this has not worked?

Simple – there are two measures.

Google Analytics

This is the evidence of people visiting my website. This is the bare numbers. This is matter of fact. And there has not been the progression since January 2016 that I was hoping for.

Real enquiries

This is the more relevant measure. Well not true if I get my web traffic to such levels that advertising is an option.

My daily photography blog has not contributed to my website such that the number of real business enquiries has increased enough. And that was the reason I started doing a daily blog – to increase the traffic to my website.

So, what now?

Posting daily posts takes time. I am happy to spend time on my photography blog, but not without a bit more analysis and science as to when is the best time of the week to produce a weekly post. Another way of putting this is that I am no longer prepared to carry on producing daily posts when this has not worked.

Hence this post.

Before I go on a quick word on who I am trying to attract to me website.

What traffic was I trying to attract?

Anyone who wants me to take photos for them, which was part of the problem. I was trying to attract anyone and everyone. I had no focus, no target reader in mind. I was literally trying to attract anyone who wanted photos taken in any sector.

Who are my target readers now?

  • People interested in general photography

  • Potential clients who want buildings photographing

  • Potential clients looking for commercial partners

And that is it. Still pretty broad of course.

Content of my daily blog is another story, another article for another time - this post is about when I should post to my photography blog.

So back to the question in mind.

When should I post to my photography blog?

Where do I begin answering this question? By putting it in Google of course. And hopefully if I do a good enough job I will rank number 1 for this question.

So, what does Google tell me.

This is the first result, from photographyconcentrate.com

Now there is lots of good stuff in this article, which suggests once or twice a week. And as to when, it just says that you can pick the day/ days yourself.

No answer there, which is a shame.

But a good thing as I should be able to produce a post that answers the specific question and rank at number 1. That is the plan

Number 2 on the Google results is titled “How to write a good blog post about your photography”.

In fact, nothing of page 1 for the search query “When should I post to my photography blog” actually answers the question

I will broaden out my search to “When should I post to my blog”

And see what I get

OK – number 1 result is an article titled “When Is The Best Time To Publish Blog Posts?”.

That’s more like it – just what I was looking for.

I guess blog or photography blog is not the issue – this about when to post a blog post, so should be pretty much a universal answer.

OK – lots of info here.

And the answer from this excellent post appears to be Mondays between 9 and 10am EST.

But there are variables – various best outcomes

  • Blog views by hour – Monday 11am

  • Comments by day – Saturday

  • Comments by hour – 9am

  • Links by day – Monday and Thursday

  • Links by hour – 7am

But then I found this - the best general time to post to get the most traffic is Monday 11am Eastern time. Bingo. That is what I have been looking for.

Now there is a problem – the time zone.

I am in GMT – Greenwich Mean Time – well actually BST at the moment. I am in England, but photography is a global subject. Part of my target market is the general photography community world-wide, but also UK based clients. I am not trying to attract clients in the USA to photograph their buildings.

Although having said that….

Let’s sort out the time zones

Is 9-10am UK time the time I should post?

9am BST equates to 4am EST.

I think 9-10am Monday morning BST time might be the right time for me.

What else did I find in Google

9.30 – 11am Eastern time gets a few mentions, but there is nothing UK based.

One point that is mentioned which I think is excellent advice is to trial different times and see what happens.

So, what to do?

It will be difficult to measure the success of a certain time compared to the 11am that I have been working to as the content of my blog will be changing significantly at the same time.

I could just go with 9-10am BST and see what happens. If it works then great, if it doesn’t it can hardly be less successful that what I have been doing for the last 2 ½ years?

This might be a case of just getting on with it seeing what happens.

But the there is the Improve Photography schedule?

My articles on Improve Photography are published at 6am Boise time. Now there must be a very good reason for this.

6am Boise equate to 1pm BST.

Back to Google

Mondays seems to be widely reported as the best time to publish blog posts from lots of sources, so I think I will go with that.

The day will be Monday.

That is half the job done!

So what time?

Overthinking is a frequent problem. There is so much info out there giving lots of times.

Let’s give my Google Analytics data a try

The problem is that there are lots of pages on my website as well as my blog, so I am not sure if this will give me the info I need.

And there is a further problem.

I changed from rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk to rickmcevoyphotography.com in the summer. That means that I do not have the data before July 2018 for rickmcevoyphotography.com, and before then have the data for my .co.uk.

I think I am going to have to forget Google Analytics and dig a bit deeper

Back to Google

The first answer says it doesn’t really matter what time of day you post.

And the next.

And then there is conflicting and less authoritative answers and general vagueness

I need to think about this logically.

I need to publish my blog posts when the people I want to see my posts are online. When is that though? I can see how 9.30 on a Monday morning works in UK timing for the UK market but what about everywhere else in the world? My second target market is the USA I guess – the largest English-speaking country.

But 9am EST = 2pm BST.

Bu if we bear in mind that the Improve Photography articles are scheduled at 6am Boise time for a reason, which is Mountain Daylight Time (which I had never heard of!) then this is the summary as I see it.

And I am rubbish with time zones.

BST 9.00 am = 2.00am MDT = 4.00am EST

If I went with the recommended time in the article with the study, then I would publish posts at 11am EST.

11am EST = 4pm BST = 9am MDT

I think that I will go with that. My logic is as follows.

  1. If you are going to do research then you need to act on the best information – otherwise why bother doing the research in the first place?

  2. I don’t have a problem with using 11am EST – I have been using 11am BST for 2 ½ years now without getting the results I want. It feels good to be doing something different.

  3. 4pm BST is not a bad time to post anyway, as one of my target markets is the architectural professions, who will surely be in work on a Monday afternoon?

  4. I don’t believe that there is a time which will target everyone I am trying to attract ever – people are online all the time these says of course so this is pretty much an impossible thing to nail down.

  5. I can try this and see what happens – if nothing happens I can have a rethink.

Conclusion

I believe I have an answer to the question posed - When should I post to my photography blog? What day and time?

Monday 11am EST, which is 4pm BST.

I will try this for 1-2 months and see if there is any significant change.

Any advice appreciated of course - please get in touch by phone, email or the contact form on my website.

Rick McEvoy ABIPP - Photographer, writer, blogger

What do I want from a new camera?

What was I writing about this time last year?

12 months ago today I wrote about the new Canon 6D Mark 2, the release of which had just been announced.

I am excited with the news, albeit rumours, that the Canon 6D might be with us this summer.

This is what Canon Rumours are saying

"We’re told that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be announced in July of this year, though the exact date is unknown at the time of writing this. The EOS 6D Mark II will also start shipping relatively soon after the announcement, so it’s safe to say you should have your hands on the new camera some time in August, 2017.

Specifications have been extremely hard to come by, and anything out there currently is either made up or just logical features we can expect in the coming body.

We posted a predicted specifications list back in February,

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Predicted Specifications

  • 24-28mp full frame CMOS
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®, NFC and Bluetooth® technology
  • Built-in GPS
  • Vari-Angle touchscreen LCD
  • 6 FPS Shooting
  • HDR Movie & Time Lapse Movie
  • Some form of 4K video
  • Movie electronic image stabilization
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 100% coverage optical viewfinder with some new features

Read more: http://www.canonrumors.com/where-is-the-canon-eos-6d-mark-ii/#ixzz4gg3wL3Gz

but it’s nothing more than conjecture at this point.

We do expect legitimate specifications to leak out in the coming month or so.

We put a [CR2] on this because announcement dates can move, though it’s more common with lenses than with camera bodies.

Read more: http://www.canonrumors.com/canon-eos-6d-mark-ii-announcement-coming-in-july-cr2/#ixzz4gfwIAlb1

OK. Good news then.

Also there is the Peta Pixel report which said

"When the Canon 6D was first released in 2012, it was a big deal—a lightweight DLSR that significantly lowered the barrier of entry into the full-frame market. But that was almost 5 years ago, and people are hungry for a Mark II. Fortunately, they won’t have to wait long.

According to Canon Rumors, Canon is finally planning to release the 6D Mark II sometime in July, just two short months away. They’re also being told that wait time from announcement to ship date will be relatively short, claiming “you should have your hands on the new camera some time in August, 2017.”

Unfortunately that’s about all we know. Specs for the 6D Mark II have been notoriously fickle and hard to come by, with most of what’s out there falling into the realm of pure speculation.

As with all rumors and unconfirmed reports, you’ll want to take this with a grain of salt. Even CR, who is pretty confident about this information, admits that release dates are notorious for changing last minute. But if you want to mark your calendar and start saving, July is your tentative release month."

So I delved deeper.......

Digital Rev reports here

"If you haven’t noticed, the cacophony of rumours has quieted down to gentle whispers. This is the expected calm between the storms of Photokina and CES. Aggravating as that may be, there are still occasional mutterings worth paying attention to, including one choice bit of information on the future of the Canon 6D Mark II.

Canon Rumors has spoken to several of their contacts, who have confirmed that rather than sometime in Q1 (around early February 2017), we will in fact not be seeing the Mark II announced until way into Q2. The site estimates that it will be unveiled sometime in April 2017, after the NAB show, and will be slated for release in May 2017.

Not much is known about the 6D Mark II for sure at this time. Though we’re very appreciative of the probable inclusion of Dual Pixel AF to speed up focus times, we’re more than a little disappointed in the lack of 4K,and it isn’t the first time. Frankly, after 2016, we expected the inclusion of the format to be standard for any major release, especially on a full frame shooter.

Rumors also indicate that the 6D will include a touch screen, although it’s important to note that everything at this point is just speculation.

Canon 6D Mark II Potential Specs:

  • 24MP/25MP sensor
  • New AF system and Dual Pixel AF
  • NO 4K
  • Dual SD card slots
  • Tilting LCD touch screen
  • Wifi with NFC activation
  • GPS"

Tech Radar says

"Predicted specs: At least 24MP full-frame sensor | 6fps continuous shooting | Vari-angle touchscreen

We loved the EOS 6D when it first came out, but at almost four years old, it's looking quite tired now and its specs don't compare that well with the Nikon D750's. As Canon's 'entry-level' full-frame camera it occupies an important position in the EOS lineup, making it a shoe-in for a refresh.

Until the 5DS and 5DS R came along Canon was quite conservative about pixel count. Jumping from 20 to 24MP would be enough for many photographers, but some may expect closer to 36 million, though that's unlikely now we've seen the EOS 5D Mark IV. A relatively high pixel count would make the 6D Mark II much more attractive to existing Mark I owners.

With just 11 points, the 6D's AF system is rather lacklustre, and we think the new model will see a big jump in this area, perhaps up to 61 to match the 5D Mark III. Low light and continuous shooting performance also needs to improve, and a maximum sensitivity of ISO102,400 seems likely along with 6fps shooting. Wi-Fi,NFC and GPS technology also seem likely, and we're hoping there will be a vari-angle touchscreen as well, as on the APS-C format EOS 80D, to make the camera more user-friendly."

Finally Camera Times reported

"Canon didn’t announce any new DSLR cameras at NAB 2017 and they recently released the new instant rebates: Save up to $550 on selected Canon Cameras. So, what’s coming next? What can we expect from Canon in 2017?

1. Canon EOS 6D Mark II: the replacement of Canon 6D, is expected to be announced in late Q2 or early Q3 of 2017, before September 2017. There are some rumors around the web saying that Canon EOS 6D Mark II will NOT come in 2017. I don’t think this is true and I don’t think Canon will abandon the 6D line. We know the Canon 6D has been a great seller for Canon, and Canon EOS 6D successor is eagerly anticipated. So, hard to abandon a product line when it is successful. Join the Canon EOS 6D Mark II facebook groupor follow Canon EOS 6D Mark II facebook page  to get all news about this camera in time!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Rumored Specifications:

  • 24-28mp full frame CMOS
  • 45 AF points (all cross-type)
  • Dual Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 6 FPS Shooting
  • 4K video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth technology
  • Built-in GPS
  • Vari-Angle touchscreen LCD
  • Dual-pixel autofocus technology
  • HDR Movie & Time Lapse Movie
  • Movie electronic image stabilization
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 100% coverage optical viewfinder with some new features
  • New connectivity feature on 6D Mark II
  • Price will be a bit expensive than 6D
  • Slightly smaller form factor and a reduction in weight"

So what does this mean?

I have had a Canon 6D for over 3 years now. It replaced my beloved Canon 5D, which can still produce great images by the way.

I am very excited to read that there will be a new Canon 6D Mk 2, and also that the Canon 6D line will not be scrapped and replaced by the much reported new Canon mirrorless camera that will accept Canon EF lenses.

So what of these rumoured specification reports?

Sensor – 24 – 28 MP

That is good for me. The current sensor is 20 MP. So an increase of 10 – 20% in image resolution will be nice and not too large in terms of file sizes.

Auto Focus

A reported 45 cross type AF points. Anther thing I will use a lot. I am constantly changing the focus points on my Canon 6D. But there aren’t that many of them.

Dual Pixel AF

Hmmm. What is this?

Well, according to Canon

"Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a sensor-based, phase detection Auto Focus (AF) technology designed to provide smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies and fast autofocus acquisition when shooting still photos in Live View mode.

It is a unique, Canon-developed technology, ideal for creating professional-looking pull-focus effects and keeping a subject moving towards the user in sharp focus while maintaining a blurred background – a defining characteristic of EOS Movies.

Thanks to this ground breaking advance, capturing a subject and retaining sharp focus, even when moving, has never been easier.

Why was Dual Pixel CMOS AF developed?

With the ability to make a subject stand out with a limited depth-of-field, comes a requirement to keep control over focus, if the main subject moves or the point of focus changes. Dual Pixel CMOS AF was developed so that control of focus during movie making is made easier and smoother – removing the perceived notions that a DSLR’s movie mode is usable only to a professional. Additionally, Dual Pixel CMOS AF was developed to enhance the usability of shooting with Live View – moving closer towards the same performance encountered when using the viewfinder."

OK – I might find a use for that as I shoot a lot in Live View mode, especially when I am using my tilt shift lenses.

A new processor – DIGIC 7

A new processor. All good. It just means things will be quicker and better.

Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth

I hope the wi-fi is a lot slicker, and that they have done something about the wi-fidraining the battery when the camera is turned off. Not sure about NFC – never used it, and wil be interested to see what the Bluetooth functionality is. Connecting my camera to my iPhone?

Built-in GPS

My current Canon 6D has this, and I would be very disappointed if the Mk 2 did not. This is an incredibly useful tool that I use all the time.

Vari-Angle Touchscreen

I am not sure abut the touchscreen part of this, but I am sure this is only because I don’t have it now, and never have done on any of my DSLRs.

But a vari-angle is exciting, as long as it tilts up and down. I will use this feature all the time as well.

6 Frames Per Second

Not really of interest to me. I shoot one image at a time.

HDR Movie and Time Lapse Movie

I might have a go with these, but these are not significant features for me – I use my iPhone for video and that is enough.

4k video or no 4k video

Rumours both ways – I don’t care wither way. I would be happy if it didn’t do 4k.

Movie electronic image stabilization

Again not of any interest to me at the moment.

Dual SD card slots

I will use these to make an immediate back up f every image I take on a spare card. Very happy with this.

Finally, 100% coverage optical viewfinder

Another big improvement that I will make use of all the time.

Is there anything missing from this list of additional features?

Other things I want to see are (this should be in a separate post titled What I want from the new Canon 6D Mk 2)

  • An increased dynamic range on image capture
  • Better low light sensor performance
  • A lower ISO range (what happened to ISO 50?)
  • A higher top end ISO
  • In camera HDR with RAW files – now that would be very cool
  • Improved wireless functionality
  • Image preview showing the RAW file and not the JPEG interpretation of the RAW file
  • More Custom Function setting options

Not a lot really. I also want that faultless Canon reliability, consistency of use and image quality.

I have taken thousands of picture with my Canon 6D, and never had a problem with it. The quality is quite extraordinary. Every time I reach for the camera it just works. Every time. Faultlessly.

So yes I am excited about the prospect of the new Canon 6D Mk 2, and am looking forward to buying one.

Of course if Canon want to send me one to try I will happy to help!"

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12 months on – what do I want from a new camera?

That is the question.

And what has happened since I looked into acquiring the Canon 6D Mk 2?

In terms of me getting another camera - nothing.

Whilst the Canon 6D Mk 2 has lots of new and useful features, and I would very much like to have one, would it materially improve my image capture?

The short answer is marginally, but not enough to justify the expenditure. If my Canon 6D Mk 1 falls over then I will get the newer version, but to be honest I am happy as I am at the moment.

My Canon 6D is a great camera that has performed faultlessly since I bought it.

And what else has happened?

Canon have announced that they will be producing a full frame mirrorless camera.

This has been widely reported, such as on the Peta Pixel website.

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This is of interest to me. When will we see this?   This year hopefully. Ort the first quarter of 2019.

Why mirrorless?

DSLRs are great, but I feel that they are lacking in technology that can make a big difference.

I started to think this when using my iPhone 7 Plus which has all sorts of tricks in it. And when I put it on my new DJI Osmo Mobile more technological wonders were unveiled in front of my very eyes. I loved watching the Osmo Mobile move my camera to take a 9 scene auto stitched panoramic picture.

Now I know that photography is not all about the gear, but there are technological advances that I would love to be able to take advantage of.

Some of them will be of significant benefit to me and my work, some are just nice to haves.

So what are these features I would like to see in a new camera just for me?

In-camera HDR

The Canon 6D has this, but only produces a Jpeg file. What I want is to be able to capture a bracketed set of images in camera, with the camera producing a single merged HDR RAW file. This will be a huge timesaver to me, and there is no reason why a camera can’t do this these days.

This is my biggest request for a new camera. I take bracketed sets on every shoot, and have to manually create the HDR files in Lightroom every time.

This single feature may determine which camera I buy next.

Proper wi-fi connectivity

It seems a bit strange that I have a camera which cost £1,500 that has a wi-fi capability that appears to be from last decade. The Canon Connect app is hardly slick when connecting my iPhone to my Canon 6D.

Slick connectivity will improve my productivity significantly.

And when I get home should I really need to remove the memory card, insert it into my PC and import the images into Lightroom?

Surely this should be automatic when I get back to my office? Get back, turn the camera on and press a button to transfer the photos. That is how it should be these days?

If I had this I could leave the camera to it and go and get a beer! Sounds like a much better idea.

This is another feature which would be invaluable for me in many ways. WI-fi connectivity as good as on my iPhone.

Internet connectivity

As with wi-fi, surely cameras should have internet connectivity. If not direct then via slick wi-fi to a connected phone. And with this sharing of photos from in camera is not too much to ask is it?

In camera focus stacking

Very much a nice to have but the only way I will ever do focus-stacking, which I do like the idea of.

Another computational photography task that could be quite easily automated. There was a Kickstarter campaign for a product called Arsenal that had this feature built-in, so why not just add it to the camera?

Video

Better quality video capture with professional standard audio. I have not done much video, well I tried once in Spain one sunrise morning. Why did I say sunrise morning? When else does the sun rise???

This might be a feature where I need to look at myself first!

A big bright tiltable screen

One that you can view in bright sunlight. The screen on my Canon 6D is hardly the best, so much so that I use a viewer to use the screen, which also provides shade from the sun.

This is one of the main shortcomings of the iPhone 7 Plus for me – the screen is useless in bright sunlight, especially with all the Apps where the text is so small to maximise the screen image.

Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)

I would love to have an EVF that gives accurate exposure simulation, showing the exposure as it is.

Apps

We have endless numbers of Apps on phones. Why not on cameras?

Summary

These are the things that would push me to by a new camera. In camera HDR is a definite for me, along with connectivity as good as provided by my iPhone.

I am sure there are lots of other computational things that will be appearing in the near future – I just want them in my camera and not just on my phone.

Rick McEvoy Photography

My Top 10 Images of the Year for 2016 - how I picked 10 images from over 5000 using Lightroom CC

I have decided I am going to finish off the year with 10 posts containing the top 10 images of 2016. This is my favourite 10 images that I have taken in 2016.

Not the best, but my favourite images. Yes this post is all about me!

I was planning on assembling a collection of my best work during the year, which I could then narrow down to 10 edits.

But I didn’t.

So now I have to go through all the images from 2016, and how many of them are there I hear you say?

I have learnt from this though and have a 2017 Collection ready to go. I will add anything I think might make my top 10 as and when they appear and then by the end of the year I hope that I have more than 10 images to review! If not it has been a bad year.

Sorry back to the subject in hand. 2016.

Well this is how I find this out ho many images I need to go through. Before I go on, a big shout out to Adobe for the fantastic Lightroom software. Lightroom has received criticism recently for being slow, which I hope Adobe will sort, but it is still fantastic.

I will use this as an example.

I need to know how many images I took in 2016. This is how I find this out.

Select the complete Lightroom Catalogue folder

  • Press the \ key
  • Click on Metadata
  • Click on 2016
  • And there are all the images from 2016.
  • All 5085 off them….

That is going to take some sorting.

But Lightroom displayed these images instantly. And if I wanted to, which I will have to do when I get round to this year, I just select the images, add them to a collection and off I go sorting out another year anywhere I want to, on any device.

You can find out more about Adobe Lightroom CC here and also download Lightroom and try it for free.

So I have all those images to look at. I can narrow it down every further by filtering by star rating as well as year.

In 2016 I rated 6 images as 5 star, and 229 images 4 star.

But the problem with this is that I have not been consistently rating all my images.

But it is a start.

5 star is 5 star though.

I have created a new Collection called 2016 Top 10, and have gone through the 4 and 5 star rated images. To be fair my best work has always had a 5 star rating, and is representative of my best work in 2016. The four star rated images are a bit more hit and miss, in terms of rating that is.

I have 17 images to consider, which is a pretty good start considering I only want 10 images. I quickly went through 2016, and selected 42 images which I put into this collection. Then I did a quick cull to get down to my 10.

I have chosen a variety of my photography work, architectural, interior, landscape and travel photography work.

Tomorrow, the first image of my set of 2016 images, which will be posted in date order.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Wednesday 21st December 2016