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 Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $612.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 11:01:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800E DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D800E DSLR Camera available for $2,199.95 with free shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 8:31:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
There is more than one reason why this lens is "Super".
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:57:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $139.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced Photo & Video Editing Programs
  • Friendly and Intuitive Editing Interface
  • Mobile Support for Viewing and Sharing
  • Enhanced Direct Social Network Sharing
  • Guided Editing Modes and Auto Smart Tone
  • Efficient Tagging and Searching Tools
  • Seamless Compatibility Between Programs
  • Content Aware Move and Fill Modes
  • Distinct Quick and Expert Editing Modes
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:58:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has Avid Pro Tools 11 Audio/Music Software available for $349.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Eligible for PT12 (No Upgrade Plan)
  • 64-bit Architecture
  • Core Audio and ASIO Compatible
  • Offline Bounce
  • Low-Latency Input Buffer
  • Dynamic Host Processing
  • Work Directly with HD Video
  • AAX Plug-In Format
  • Mac OS X, Windows
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:49:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,174.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty. However, the auction does advertise that a 1-year warranty is provided by the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:40:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod
Focus Camera has the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $199.88.
 
Product Features
 
  1. Light and compact design
  2. Supports up to 8.8lbs
  3. Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks
Post Date: 7/28/2015 4:58:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 27, 2015
Facebook Cover Photo Continuous Image Example
by Sean Setters
 
In this day and age, Facebook is as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola (and maybe even more so). As such, I'm guessing that most of our site visitors have Facebook accounts. With that in mind, I thought I would share some things to keep in mind when making your profile cover photo.
 
First of all, the cover photo is that wide, panoramic-looking image that adorns the top of a user's profile. As a photographer, this space offers a great opportunity to show off your skills and/or creativity. But to create an image with the greatest impact, you need to understand the following:
 
1) The Facebook cover photo’s dimensions are 851 x 315 pixels.
Utilizing the space accordingly means having to keep that [uncommon] aspect ratio in mind. I strongly suggest uploading your cover photo at a resolution of 2048 x 768px so that it looks best when someone clicks on the image to view it full screen.
 
2) The image is blocked in several areas, either by the profile picture or by the user’s name or miscellaneous buttons.
Understanding where those visual blockages occur can help with deciding on your image's composition. We've designed a handy Photoshop CS5 (and later) template to help you out with that.
 
3) Facebook darkens the bottom part of your cover photo with a gradient.
Not only is a substantial amount of the bottom part of the image blocked by various buttons, but you'll notice that the bottom part of your cover photo image is darkened. Be sure to keep this in mind when choosing your image framing as this darkening can further de-emphasize this part of the image.
 
4) Only the bottom half of your cover image will be seen when someone loads your profile on a computer.
When someone clicks on your profile, only the bottom half of the cover photo is visible. The full cover photo is only displayed if the user scrolls up.
 
5) Your cover photo will look completely different on mobile devices as only the center part of your cover photo will be displayed.
If you care about how your image will look on mobile devices (and you probably should), then you must keep in mind that mobile devices will display only the middle-part of your image (just how much of the "middle-part" shows depends on the device's orientation and resolution).
 
Here's what you'll see when opening the Cover Photo Template:
 
Facebook Cover Photo Template TDP on Load

How to use the template:
 
  1. Crop your image using a ratio of 851 by 315. Downsize the image to 2048 pixels wide. Otherwise, simply import your photo at 100% resolution and downsize/position the image for optimal framing. If you import at 100%, you'll need to crop your cover photo before exporting it for use (851x315 ratio)
  2. Place the image in the layer group named "Place 2048px Cover Photo Here" and position the image so that it snaps into an upper corner of the template.
  3. If you'd like to watermark your image, place your watermark just above your cover photo layer and position it for optimal visibility, taking into account the areas of the image which will be covered by various elements.
  4. Use the template to preview how your cover photo will look on the initial load, full monitor and various mobile screens.
  5. If you imported a 2048px resolution image and you're happy with it, you can simply upload it to Facebook using the small camera icon at the top/left of your profile picture. If you imported a larger image, you'll need to turn off the overlay group layer and crop the image using an 851x315 ratio selection box and save the image for uploading.
You can toggle the visibility of the smartphone and initial view guide layer group to see your entire cover photo in all its glory. You can also get rid of the PS guides by pressing CONTROL+H for a much cleaner view.
 
Bonus Tip: The guides can be used to create a continuous cover photo where your image continues through your profile picture (like the one at the top of this post). In order to get it right, you'll need to do the following:
 
  1. Make a square selection on your cover photo layer that encompasses the part of the image that is covered by the profile picture.
  2. I'm not quite sure why, but to get it to line up just right on Facebook, you'll need to move the selection down by pressing the down arrow twice.
  3. Edit --> Crop
  4. Make the Overlay Group Layer invisible and save your new profile picture.
  5. When updating your profile picture on Facebook, be sure to set the Zoom/Crop to none. Otherwise, Facebook will default to a zoom/crop that does not include the white area at the bottom of the image.
Did I miss any good tips/considerations when making a cover photo? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 7/27/2015 8:51:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
Post Date: 7/27/2015 8:01:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,699.00.
 
Note: You may qualify for $63.40 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Update: The price has gone done since originally posting this deal. Now it's only $2,999.00 with a possible eBay Bucks reward of $59.98!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2015 7:37:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
Canon has released its financial results for the second quarter of 2015. We suggest checking out the easy-to-understand, graphically-enhanced Presentation Material.
 
Relevant Article:
Canon cuts outlook as weak camera sales hit second-quarter profit
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/27/2015 7:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Lensbaby Special Edition Spark 50mm f/2 Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $129.95.
 
If you've ever wanted to experiment with a Lensbaby lens, this looks like a great opportunity to pick one up inexpensively. In fact, I'm adding one to my cart right now. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50mm Lens with f/2 Aperture
  • Sweet Spot Selective Focus Lens
  • Nine Selectable Bokeh Shapes
  • f/2.8, f/4, and f/5.6 Aperture Discs
Category: Lensbaby Deals
Post Date: 7/27/2015 6:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 25, 2015
Canon EOS 70D
Adorama has some great Canon EOS 70D deals starting at $649.99 after rebate. The 70D body alone is regularly $999.00 after $200 instant rebate.
 
Canon EOS 70D Body – $649.99 AR
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens – $749.99 AR
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens – $949.99 AR
 
Bundles include:
 
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag, Slate Gray
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2015 12:20:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 24, 2015
Rode Microphones Logo
24th Jul 2015 – RØDE Microphones is extremely proud to announce its acquisition of legendary audio technology manufacturer, Aphex.
 
RØDE founder and Managing Director, Peter Freedman, today announced the purchase of the US based company, well known for its range of audio signal processing equipment that features various proprietary technologies including the iconic “Aural Exciter”.
 
Founded in the mid-1970s, Aphex (then known as Aphex Systems) has since become one of the music and broadcast industries’ most revered brands, contributing to nearly every commercially successful record for decades. Today, Aphex products and technologies are used in a wide range of applications for music, film, video, theatre, gaming and communications.
 
The company’s legendary “Exciter” technology was inducted into the TEC “TECnology” Hall of Fame in 2013, in recognition of its contribution to improving decades of music and voice for countless artists, albums, movies, TV and radio shows around the world.
 
Aphex is regarded as an innovation leader, holding numerous patents, and licensing to a wide range of brands around the world. With its expertise in manufacturing, RØDE Microphones’ acquisition of Aphex heralds a giant leap for both companies.
 
“Growing up in professional audio as I did, I have always had incredible respect for Aphex.” commented Mr Freedman. “They’ve always been the best in the business at enhancing the recorded audio experience, and that is as true today as it was when the company was founded forty years ago”.
 
“I am so excited about creating the next chapter in the Aphex story, bringing the company’s game-changing technology to a wider audience, and improving the audio of hundreds of thousands of artists, engineers and content creators around the globe”.
 
Aphex will continue to trade as usual.
 
B&H carries Rode microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 7/24/2015 8:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,539.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty or repair service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon Deals
Post Date: 7/24/2015 8:03:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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