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 Wednesday, June 28, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute A total solar eclipse is truly amazing and is absolutely the most majestic natural phenomenon for earth! That’s right… for earth! It’s nature’s gift to earth. Nothing beats it. Nothing! The thrill, however, began months ago when you decided that you weren’t going to let this eclipse pass you by. After all, it’s the kind of challenge all photographers live for. The challenge that expands our photography skill sets and allows us to photograph something new.
 
Afterwards you’ll sit back and reflect on what it was exactly that enabled you to get such great images and you’ll soon come to the realization that it was all in the planning.
 
That’s usually the case in almost everything we do.
 
It was over a hundred years ago that Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” What he meant is that a prepared person, with the right skills at the right place at the right time, can take advantage of an opportunity and create something.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries solar eclipse photography gear.
Through midnight tonight, B&H has the YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with Intel RealSense, GCO3+ 4K Camera, Wizard Wand, and Backpack available for $1,099.99 with free shipping. Regularly $1,899.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for Aerial Photo and Video
  • Capture Up to 4K Video/12MP Still Photos
  • RealSense Collision Avoidance System
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Pans Full 360°
  • ST16 Ground Station/Transmitter
  • 7" Touchscreen to View/Operate Camera
  • Autopilot Functions
  • Wizard Wand for Two-Operator Control
  • Folds Up for Easy Transport
  • Includes Two Batteries / Backpack
Note: The YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera (without Intel RealSense and bundled items) is also discounted and available for $799.99. Regularly $1,299.99.
 Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 
From The Film Look YouTube Channel:
 
Here is a cool trick to store light stands if you don't have a lot of room in your studio!
 
Amazon carries bungee cords.
Post Date: 6/27/2017 3:09:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
It appears that a major player in the memory card market is about to go the way of the woolly mammoth. Jay Hawkins, Micron's consumer products group vice president announced on the company's blog yesterday that it would be discontinuing the Lexar brand.
 
I have many Lexar compactflash memory cards and they've always served me well. In fact, I have a Lexar Professional CF card installed in both my 5D III & 7D II right now. [Sean]
 
From the Micron.com Blog:
Micron Technology today announced that it is discontinuing its Lexar retail removable media storage business. The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels.
 
The Lexar portfolio includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers.
 
Micron is exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business.
 
The company will continue to provide support to existing customers through this transition period. Customers should contact their Lexar sales representative to discuss specific requirements.
 
I’d like to thank our team members and partners for their contributions to the Lexar business. As difficult as this decision is, the company is making this adjustment in its business to ensure it continues to be well-positioned for the future.
If you'd like to purchase a Lexar memory card while you can, B&H has several in stock.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 6/27/2017 11:34:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K 7" HDMI/6G-SDI Recording Monitor available for $595.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $895.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1920 x 1200 Touchscreen LCD
  • Records UHD 4K/HD Up to 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes and Avid DNx Codecs
  • HDMI and 6G-SDI Video Inputs
  • Dual SD Media Card Slots Supports UHS-II
  • Two Mini XLR Inputs with Phantom Power
  • On-Screen Histogram and Audio Levels
  • Focus Peaking & Zebra
  • Dual LP-E6 Hot-Swappable Battery Slots
  • AC Adapter Included
Note: Adorama has the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K 7" HDMI/6G-SDI Recording Monitor available for the same price.
From Lensbaby:
 
Create soulful, striking portraits with our Velvet 85 art lens. Compose impressionistic masterpieces with a soft overlay at bright apertures, straight out of camera. Use darker apertures to bypass glow and make images with a crisp, film-like aesthetic.
 
Building on the strengths of our bestselling Velvet 56 lens, Velvet 85 combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression and sublime bokeh of high-quality 85mm portrait lenses. Use its macro capability to capture the most compelling details.
 
Velvet 85 is currently available for pre-order and will begin shipping July 11th in the order in which they are received.
 
B&H will carry the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 6/27/2017 7:31:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Macphun has Aurora HDR 2017 on sale for $79.00 (regularly $99.00). Included with your purchase: 26 presets by Trey Ratcliff.
Post Date: 6/27/2017 6:20:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Scott Kelby shares how Photoshop's script Image Processor works to convert a folder full of images into JPEGs, TIFFs, PSDs (or all three at once) while also applying any Photoshop Action during the process.
 
Note: Scott Kelby forgot to cut the video so as not to include the batch image processing in real time. Once he stops talking at 2:56, just fast forward to the 4:00 mark to see the rest of his commentary.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/27/2017 5:59:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro TAD38C Series 3 Adventure Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $139.95 with free shipping. Regularly $329.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 30.9 lb
  • Max Height: 62.2"
  • Min Height: 13.4"
  • Folded Length: 22.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.1 lb
  • Flip Locks
  • Carrying Case
Also discounted for today:
 
Post Date: 6/27/2017 5:25:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 26, 2017
Until 8:00pm PST, use coupon code PGET15OFF on eBay to get $15.00 off your purchase of $75.00 or more.
Post Date: 6/26/2017 5:06:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit with Lead Battery, S Head and Transmitter available for $599.00 with free shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Quadra Hybrid Pack with Lead-Gel Battery
  • 1x RQ Hybrid Standard Head w/ Reflector
  • 1x Head Cable: 8.2'
  • 1x ELS Skyport Speed Transmitter
  • 1x Lead-Gel Charger, 1x Sync Cord: 16.4'
  • Up to 150 Full Power Flashes
  • 400Ws System, 2.6 Sec Recycling
B&H has the Angler Whitebox Octabox (60") available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Additionally, you may be interested in Angler beauty dishes and other Angler softboxes/octaboxes also on sale.
 
Note: A speed ring is required to use Angler modifiers with your lights.
 
60" Octabox Product Highlights
 
  • White Interior
  • For Use with Strobe, LEDs & Fluorescents
  • Removable Front Diffuser
  • Removable Inner Baffle
  • Spare Flex Rod
  • Optional Fabric Grid
  • Natural-looking Portrait Catchlights
  • Fits Most Popular Brands' Speed Rings
Post Date: 6/26/2017 2:20:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
AdoramaPix has an interesting new product for showcasing your photography – Wood Prints. In these specialty prints, the wood grain actually shows through the lighter parts of your image.
 
Wood grain prints are 3/4" thick, water and heat resistent, feature sanded edges and arrive with predrilled mounting holes.
 
And through July 2, use promo code PXWOOD15 to save 15% on your AdoramaPix Wood Print.
Post Date: 6/26/2017 11:51:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
If you have been following our news page/feed, you know that a solar eclipse is coming to the USA on August 21st, just under 2 months away. While nearly 2 months may seem like a long time, solar filters have been in high demand and you can't count on the ones you want being in stock at the last minute. Retailers have purchased a finite amount of stock in anticipation of the demand, but as solar eclipses are so rare, you likely shouldn't assume retailers will refresh inventory of the otherwise-relatively-low-demand items once they run out.
 
In addition to simply acquiring your solar filter, you should be practicing with your camera, lens, tripod and filter setup well in advance of the big day. That will give you time to determine if your gear and techniques are adequate.
 
And keep in mind, even if you aren't located in an area allowing for a view of the total eclipse, much of the US will be able to enjoy a strong partial eclipse that's worth viewing and/or photographing.
 
Solar Eclipse 2017 Percentages Map

We have posted some great information about photographing the eclipse, so start making your plans and order necessary equipment sooner rather than later. Please heed the warnings about not looking at the sun directly, especially through a long focal length lens. Even some solar filters are not safe to look at the sun through. Permanent eye damage can happen before you are aware of it. While shopping for solar observation glasses, be sure that the glasses meet ISO 12312-2 guidelines for safety.
 
Solar Eclipse Photography Articles
 
Post Date: 6/26/2017 7:18:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this presentation, Chris Nicholson delves into what the park system offers to the photographer, and how to best research and prepare for a trip to explore the artistic opportunities within. Learn how to travel safely and photograph in the various environments found in the parks, including desert, alpine, forest and coastline. Many locations will be discussed.
 
Discover where to find valuable information about iconic and secret photo locations, how to stay powered up in the outdoors, and ideas for supplementary gear that will make a photo project more productive and enjoyable.
Post Date: 6/26/2017 5:37:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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