Free 5D Mark IV User’s Guide Excerpt. One frame, five pickerelweed images … « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Free 5D Mark IV User's Guide Excerpt. One frame, five pickerelweed images ...


I met Lee Sommie and Noel Heustis early on Saturday for a morning of bird photography. It was not a great morning but we finished up by spending two hours with a very tame and photogenic juvenile Piping Plover. Then a great lunch at the Neptune Grill in Gulfport. No swim. No exercise. Yes nap 🙂

Sunset was tougher than the morning had been with east winds and a clear western sky. There had been a pretty big group — about 20 — of mostly young woman sitting on a rock wall enjoying the sunset. As we walked by one of the ladies asked, “Any good pictures?” I said, “You asked the right person.” I shared a few half-way decent blasting highlights images on the back of the camera. We wound up chatting for a bit and we learned that they were a Girl Scout group from Indian Rocks Beach. I went back to the car for a business card and grabbed my laptop as well. Next thing you know my Macbook Pro was sitting atop one of those big rubber garbage cans and I was doing a slide show for the girls. Everyone was pretty much captivated. The whole thirty minutes represented a wonderful and magical connection.

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Today makes one hundred seven days in a row with a new educational blog post! This one took less than an hour to prepare. With all of my upcoming free time (or not …), the plan right now is to break the current record streak of 480 … Good health and good internet connections willing.


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This 5-frame in-camera multiple exposure was created early on the morning of Thursday, November 9, 2017 down by the lake near my home at Indian Lake Estates, FL. I used the hand held Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 1.4X III (at 476mm) and my favorite bird aquatic wildflower photography camera body, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +2/3 stop: 1/160 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. AWB in bright early morning sunlight with clear skies.

Flexi-zone Single rear button AF in Live View (for mirror lock) with the 2-second-timer. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial.

No LensAlign/FocusTune Micro-adjustment is needed or applied when you focus in Live View via contrast off the sensor.

Pickerelweed, 5-frame multiple exposure

Pickerelweed Multiple Exposure: one frame, five images …

To create this multiple exposure I chose On:Func/Ctrl (see more below) and set the number (of exposures) to 5. Then I went to Live View, set the 2-second timer, rear button focused, and figured the correct exposure using the live histogram in conjunction with Exposure Simulation. After I made the first image, I shifted the lens slightly; the really neat thing about using Live View for Multiple Exposures is that when you shift the lens and half-press the shutter button, you will see the resulting image before you even press the shutter button. Make the second image and then repeat for the next three images for a total of five.

Image Design Question

Why do I wish that I had lowered the position of my lens six inches?

Free 5D Mark IV User’s Guide Free Excerpt

Below is a free excerpt from the 5D Mark IV User’s Guide (in progress). Folks might be wondering “What’s taking him so long?” I want everyone to see the amount of detail, checking, and re-checking that goes into each section of the guide, into each item entry. I need to be 100% sure that 100% of the information is accurate, and that the directions are clear, concise, simple, easy to follow, and completely accurate. That involves first trying to decode the information in the camera body Instruction Manual and then working to understand the implications of each setting wth regards to nature, wildlife, and bird photography. Oftentimes I need to head into the backyard or down to the beach to give the various settings a test drive. Anyway, enjoy, and when you see some nice patterns, follow the directions and create a few multiple exposures.

Note: If you are confused by anything in the excerpt or note any errors or typos, please get in touch via e-mail.

Multiple Exposures

You can create in-camera multiple exposures with your 5D Mark IV. It is easier to access Multiple Exposure (ME) shooting by pressing the Creative Photo button) than by accessing it via the menu item. The Creative Photo button (I call it the “artist’s brush” button) is the topmost button in the vertical row of five buttons to the left of the large LCD on the back of the camera; it looks like an artist’s brush inside a rectangle. Once you press it, turn the thumb wheel clockwise once so that the Multiple exposure icon –the one in the middle — is highlighted in orange. Then press the Set button and proceed as directed below.

Here’s how to create Multiple Exposures:

Hit the Set button to bring up the ME menu. If you wish to check the look of the merged image as you proceed, or if you wish to save all the frames, choose Func/Ctrl (Function and Control Priority). The continuous shooting frame rate will decrease noticeably. If you are in Live View with On:Func/Ctrl set you can see the way the image will look when it merges with the next image in the series before you push the shutter button. This is very helpful when creating pattern multiple exposures or soft/sharp multiple exposures. In On:Func/Ctrl you have a choice on the menu as to whether you wish to Save source images. I always do by setting All images. If you do not want to save all the images set Result only.

If you wish to create a multiple exposure of a moving subject, you must choose ContShtng (Continuous shooting priority); the frame rate will not slow down. Important note: if you select ContShtng, only the multiple exposure will be saved. You will not be able to save all the images in the sequence. See page 268 in the camera instruction manual for a list of operations the will be disabled during this type of shooting.
Be sure to select Disable when you are done creating multiple exposures. You can also cancel Multiple exposure shooting by turning the camera off and then back on again.

For Multi-expos ctrl (Multiple exposure control) I recommend setting Average after setting the correct exposure compensation for a single frame. After creating the first multiple exposure image, you can check the histogram for the final result and adjust your exposure compensation as needed.

For No. of exposures (number of exposures) set the number of images that you wish to include in your final image. You can choose from 1-9 images. To set the number, first hit the Set button, then scroll up or down with the thumb wheel, and then hit Set again to register your choice.
As mentioned above, at Save source imgs (Save source images), selecting All images gives you great flexibility after the fact. If you do not get the image you want, you can assemble your own multiple exposures in Photoshop during post-processing using Layers. In addition, you might love one of the series as a stand-alone image. Remember, if you set ContShtng (Continuous shooting priority) at the outset, only a single image will be saved.

At Continue Mult-exp (Continue Multiple-exposures) set Continuously unless you wish to create only a single multiple exposure and then go back to normal shooting.

For more information and to check out the really fine details and restrictions that are in place when on creating multiple exposures, see pages 268-272 of the camera instruction manual.

Select image for mult. Expo.

If you would like to create a multiple exposure image on top of an image already recorded on the card, you must have Multiple Exposure active with all of your menu choices set and must of course have some images on the card. Then scroll down to Select image for multiple exposure at the bottom of the Multiple exposure sub-menu. Note: the base image must be a full-sized RAW file created with the 5D Mark IV without Highlight Tone Priority (HTP) enabled. You may, for example, wish to put an image of a large moon created with a long telephoto lens into a scenic image to be created with a wide angle lens. There are of course lots of other possibilities here for those with creative minds. The camera indicates Only compatible img’s displayed but that is a lie. ☺ If you do select an image that was created with HTP enabled it will show as Unselectable image.

First set On: Funct/Ctrl. If you wish to shoot only one image on top of your selected image, make sure that you have set the No of exposures to 2. If you wish to shoot multiple exposures on top of your base image then the No of exposures should be set to 3 or more.

Now select Select image for mult. Expo. Then hit the Set button. The images on the card will be displayed. Scroll with the Thumb Wheel to the image to that you wish to use as the base image, press Set, and the scroll to OK and press Set again. Now create the next image of the multiple exposure sequence. If you have set the No of exposures to 2, then you are finished. You can review the image by hitting the Replay (image review) arrow. If you have set the No of exposures to 3 or more, the number of remaining images will be shown near the upper right of the LCD. Continue until you are done. Again, there is lots of room here for creativity and plain old messing around.

Recent Fort DeSoto Images

From bottom left clockwise back to center: Great Egret, blasting sunrise highlights; Black Skimmer, winter plumage in pre-dawn light; Roseate Spoonbill foraging; Brown Pelican, juvenile landing; hybrid heron X egret; American Oystercatcher feeding; Royal Tern, worn juvenile; Great Blue Heron from below.

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Saturday DEC 2 (afternoon session) through the full day on Tuesday DEC 5, 2017. Meet and Greet Introduction on SAT DEC 2, 2017

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8 comments to Free 5D Mark IV User’s Guide Excerpt. One frame, five pickerelweed images …

  • Thanks Artie, back in the film only days I would shoot multi exposure, with my new knowledge thanks to you I will to go out and have fun seeing what I can do.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      It is fun. There will be a ton more to learn when I finally finish the 5DIV User”s Guide.

      with love, artie

  • avatar Elinor Osborn

    To have the flower more parallel to the film plane so the top of the flower is as sharp as the bottom?
    Thanks for this. I agree with Frank that this will push me to try multis.

  • avatar frank sheets

    Well maybe so, but you wrote it down sometime and shared it. Thanks again!

  • avatar frank sheets

    Wow Artie, you spent a lot of time on this blog post. I never even consider doing multiple exposures, but with all of the information you have provided, may give it a try. Thanks a bunch for posting. Very informative and helpful.


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Frank. Most of my time is being spent on the 5D IV Guide. Cutting and pasting the excerpt from the guide to this blog post took only 30 seconds 🙂

      with love, artie