EOS 60D Creative filters

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EOS 60D creative filter

One of the benefits of working for EOS magazine (scroll down for details of what’s in the latest issue) is that whenever Canon releases a new EOS camera, we order it in so that we can use it in the office. This week the EOS 60D arrived and I’ve been trying it out.

If you’ve read any reviews on the internet for the EOS 60D you may be wondering whether the camera is any good. A lot of people have criticised the camera for not being a true successor to the EOS 40D and 50D cameras. In one respect they are right – the 60D is smaller and has some features which one may expect on an entry-level camera rather than a mid-range model. However, the 60D fits neatly between the EOS 550D (an entry-level model) and the EOS 7D (semi-professional mid-range model). If anything, the EOS 7D is the natural successor to the 50D, and the EOS 60D represents a repositioning of the xxD range.

Creative filters

Two features that caught my attention when I saw a pre-production model a few weeks ago were the Creative filters and RAW image processing. Both of these are new to EOS cameras and the Creative filters in particular appeal to me because two of them are a lot of fun to play with (and that’s what photography is about, right – fun?).

Coincidentally, on the day that the EOS 60D arrived someone had parked a nice MG classic car near our office. Here’s a photo of the car, taken with the camera set to Program mode and the Picture Style to standard – the JPEG is straight out of the camera:

EOS 60D creative filter

Toy camera effect

There are photographers that take amazing photos with toy cameras. But what if you’d like to dabble in the toy camera look, without having to buy one and buy and process medium format film? If you have an EOS 60D, the answer is in the Creative filters menu. One of the options is a Toy camera effect. It comes in three variations: standard, warm tone and cool tone:

EOS 60D creative filter

EOS 60D creative filter

EOS 60D creative filter

The Creative filters are not like Picture Styles – they are not applied to the photo when you take it. First you take a photo, then you process it afterward using the Creative filter menu options, and the camera creates a new file which it saves on the memory card.

The nice thing about this is that you get to keep an unaltered version of the photo. On the other hand, it would be nice if the Creative filters worked the same way as Picture Styles because you could apply them to a movie that you had shot with the camera. I hope Canon introduces that feature on a future model – I would love to be able to shoot a movie with the Toy camera effect.

Miniature effect

The other Creative filter that I like is the Miniature effect. This builds on another popular trend by imitating the effect of a photo taken with a tilt-shift lens set to give a tilted plane-of-focus. Tilt-shift lenses are expensive, so they tend to be owned by professionals or serious enthusiasts. Canon have included it on the EOS 60D so you can do it with a couple of button clicks in-camera. You can run the ‘in-focus’ strip horizontally or vertically, and position it where you like in the frame:

EOS 60D creative filter

EOS 60D creative filter

RAW image processing

The other new feature like I like is the RAW image processing. Now you can use the RAW format and process it in-camera to adjust the brightness and contrast and change the Picture Style and white balance. You can also alter the Auto Lighting Optimiser and noise reduction settings. The camera processes the image and saves it as a JPEG file. The system works really well, thanks to the high quality LCD screen which makes it easy to see what you are doing. I imagine that this feature will be really useful for photographers that don’t use computers (and I know that they exist because I have spoken to some of our readers that don’t own computers).

I like the idea of combining RAW image processing and Creative filters. I created this next photo by increasing the contrast and warming up the photo using RAW image processing and then applying the Miniature effect:

EOS 60D creative filter

Finally, you can go really wild by combining RAW image processing with both the Toy camera and Miniature effects:

EOS magazine creative filter

EOS magazine October-December 2010

If you haven’t heard of EOS magazine before, you’re not the only one. It’s a subscription only quarterly magazine, therefore you won’t see it in the newsagents or bookstores with other photography magazines. It’s produced by Robert Scott Publishing, a small independent publishing company based in rural Oxfordshire in the UK.

EOS magazine cover

If you’re new to EOS magazine you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. The magazine is unlike any other photography magazine out there. We specialise in writing about EOS cameras. We know the EOS system very well and we write our articles with a depth that you won’t be used to seeing in other photography magazines. We don’t dumb down, but we don’t assume that our readers are experts either. We write thorough articles that have useful information for all EOS owners, regardless of their knowledge levels.

In our latest issue we have our biggest ever technique section with nearly 50 pages of articles and inspiring images:

* Prime time: The benefits of prime lenses
* Perfect exposure: Get your exposure spot-on by using the histogram
* Move closer: Get closer to your subject with extension tubes
* High speed sync: How to shoot at 1/8000 second with flash
* Battery power: The new technology behind the LP-E6 battery
* Blurred vision: Long exposures for creative effect
* Sharp practice: The ins and outs of photo sharpening
* Safe haven: Backing up your photos away from home
* How was it shot? Beautiful, crisp flower images

Plus our regular features:

* News from the world of EOS photography
* New Canon product – EOS 60D, four lenses and two extenders
* Letters and editorial comment

EOS magazine subscriptions

EOS magazine is available through both a print and a digital subscription. The subscription period is for a year and if you subscribe online you get an extra issue free. If you want to buy one issue to see if the magazine is for you, you can do so through the digital subscription service. All the information is here.

Here are a couple of spreads from inside the magazine:

EOS magazine spread

EOS magazine spread

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