Here is how to start with Magic Lantern (Canon steroids for free)

Jul 31, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Jul 31, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Magic Lantern Is one of the more powerful pieces of software ever released for Canon cameras. ML was released a good few years ago, but I am still getting quite a bit of mails asking us for more information about it.

Good! Because videographer Jake Coppinger just released a Magic Lantern for Dummies guide. It only covers the installation of ML onto a Canon DSLR and turning some of the features on, but it’s a great starting point if you’ve been wanting to play with ML.

ML has quite a bit of powerful features like video RAW, and dynamic range boost, but it also has a few basic features that are almost a must if you are using a Canon camera to shoot video.

Canon does not officially support Magic Lantern, and there is some risk of harming the camera (especially if stopping the update mid-way, or falling on an April’s fool’s joke). But generally it is considered fairly safe, and many videographers use it regularly.

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Here are three of ML’s most useful features:

  • Focus Peaking – will overlay lines on focused areas in the photo
  • Zebras – will show you overexposed areas
  • Histogram – will give you an overlay histogram

You can find these three features in most external monitors, but in a pinch, having them in camera can be a tight solution.

[Upgrade your Camera for free – Getting Started with Magic Lantern | Jake Coppinger]

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6 responses to “Here is how to start with Magic Lantern (Canon steroids for free)”

  1. Mark Niebauer Avatar
    Mark Niebauer

    Good video. I use the latest build of magic lantern on all my cameras.

  2. Rick Scheibner Avatar
    Rick Scheibner

    Magic Lantern is good stuff, and I have it on board whenever I’m doing some video work. It just gives me some options I wouldn’t otherwise have. The only problem I’ve had with it is that it tends to drain the battery in my 5DmkII, even when the camera is off. Not sure where that problem stems from, but my fix is to simply remove the battery when I’m done.

  3. Az Er Avatar
    Az Er

    Miguel Cunha

  4. Roxer Roxercita Avatar
    Roxer Roxercita

    Maria Jordi :O

  5. Eddie Avatar
    Eddie

    Intervalometer, Bulb-Timer up to minutes (!!!) and Raw Histogram!
    Awesome stuff!

  6. Vincent King Avatar
    Vincent King

    Love Magic Lantern particularly the intervelometer and the exposure bracketing function.