Here are 10 Canon R sample photos giving you a variety of examples of how you can use your new mirrorless R camera for almost any subject you can think of.
Enjoy the gallery. Read the details of the lenses and Canon R settings that I used.
The first test of my new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera came on an unusually warm night for the middle of December in Philadelphia. I had no idea on how to adjust all of the camera settings, but I was very pleased with how well the R performed under such challenging lighting conditions.
One of the biggest joys of getting a new camera is go out and take a bunch of photos with it. It's very beneficial because it gets your mind in a mode of exploring an area for interesting subjects, and forces you to make adjustments to your camera.
You start noticing things you wouldn't normally notice and you start taking photo you wouldn't normally take. On a bad weather day, and with the Covid-19 pandemic in full force restricting indoor public areas, I found a suitable subject for my Canon R test drive in my own kitchen.
Food photography doesn't have to be complicated and neither does the lighting. I set up this photo of the oranges and clementines on a white matboard on the floor right up against my backdoor. I used a large white reflector, just out of view on the left to fill in the shadows.
While this camera is very capable to shoot with no extra gear, it's also important to know what accessories will help you take advantage of the capabilities on the Canon EOS R. Here's my post on Canon R Accessories.
You can tell what time of year it is in the Canon EOS R photo below?
I took the gingerbread man photo on the side of the tree that had the better natural lighting during the morning. I'm very happy with the colors that are produced with the EOS R color balance set to Average White Balance.
The 24-105mm lens was a good lens selection because of its close-focusing abilities. Lens selection if very important when using your Canon R. Read more about the best lenses for your Canon R in my post here.
The next two Canon EOS R photos in the gallery show how you can photograph the same subject in two very different ways. While visiting some friends I noticed the sunrise reflection in this window in an old barn on their property. I took the photo just a few minutes before the sun came up over the tree-lined horizon.
The reflection in the barn window was much brighter that the barn and the sky behind it, so I did some darkening in Photoshop.
This is the same sunrise photo as above, but shot from a different part of the property. This photo was shot directly on and not as a reflection.
I was attracted to the complimentary color contrast between the blue sky up high and the yellow sky at the horizon, against the black silhouettes of the naked trees.
As a lighting geek I've always been fascinated with shadows, so I couldn't resist shooting a few shadow photos once I got my Canon mirrorless camera in my hands.
When taking photos of repeating objects, it often isn't the best technique to have two objects as the subject. In this case I though the two closely positioned chairs told a story. Perhaps the chairs were placed there by a couple of students were taking a study break or maybe two professors who were discussing the direction of the teaching profession.
How well does the R camera handle high contrast subjects? The bright sun was blasting the white ice of an outdoor skating rink in Knoxville. I composed the photo to include shadow areas to test how good the Canon R sensor and processor handled the details in those darker areas.
As mentioned in the article on my first impressions of the Canon EOS R, this camera is popular with portrait photographers like me. I photographed this 5 year old close to a window to take advantage of the soft diffused lighting.
More recently, I paired my EOS R camera with the same 24-105mm lens to take this photo of an adorable 5 month old. Not yet able to sit on his own, we positioned him safely in the chair with grandma just off camera ready to help in an instant.
In my eyes, the photo below has a bit of an optical illusion. It almost appears as if the ball ornament's were added to the photo after the fact.
I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that our mind tricks us into thinking that these ornamental balls are only a few inches in diameter because that's how we normally see them. These balls are, in fact, several feet in diameter.
The wide angle (35mm) lens setting and the perspective I took exaggerates the perspective and adds to the effect.
One of the biggest benefits of using the Canon R is the ability to use either EF or EF-S lenses provided you have the EOS EF-R lens adapter. The architectural photo below was one of the first photos I took using the R camera with an EF-S lens.
In the photo above I used the Canon EF-S 18-135mm lens set at 18mm. On the Canon R with the adapter you get the equivalent view as a 29mm lens, which wide enough to include this whole building in the image.
I hope this gallery of Canon EOS R photos inspires you to get out there and shoot. Whether it's an EOS R, one of the Rebel cameras, or one of the Canon DLSR cameras, it's an amazing time to be interested in photography. Explore the other Canon galleries on this website.
Stay inspired. Shoot with a Canon R!
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