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 Monday, June 26, 2017
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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
Amazon has the Amazon Echo available for $129.99. Regularly $179.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads the news, reports traffic and weather, reads audiobooks from Audible, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, DISH, and more
While the Amazon Echo may not be necessarily photography related, I imagine there are quite a few photographers on the site who enjoy useful gadgets such as this one. The current $50.00 discount on the device is the best I've seen. [Sean]
Category: Amazon Deals
Post Date: 6/26/2017 5:27:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lowepro DroneGuard Kit available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For X-Configuration Quadcopters
  • Detachable Battery Box with 4 Dividers
  • Rigid Tray with Honeycomb Interior
  • Removable Hook-and-Loop Dividers
  • Zippered Sidewall Compartments
  • Retention Straps Hold Gear In Place
  • Room for Transmitter, Flight Batteries
  • Room for Action Camera, FPV Goggles
  • Room for Tools and Spare Props
  • Works with DJI Phantom, Blade 350 & More
Post Date: 6/26/2017 5:13:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 25, 2017
Adorama has a good selection of refurbished Nikon gear in stock. Refurbished items are usually indistinguishable from new/retail and feature very attractive pricing. All Nikon refurbished items come with a 90-day warranty.
 
In Stock Refurbished Nikon Gear
 
  • Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II
  • Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S ED NIKKOR
  • Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX NIKKOR
  • Nikon 500mm f/4G ED AF-S VR II Lens
  • Nikon D2X DSLR Body
  • Nikon D800E DSLR Body
  • Nikon D7200 DSLR Body
  • Nikon D5500 DSLR Body
  • Nikon D5500 DSLR w/ AF-S DX 18-55mm VR II Lens
  • Nikon D5300 DSLR Body
  • Nikon D5300 DSLR w/ 18-55mm DX VR II
  • Nikon D5200 DSLR Body
  • Nikon D5200 DSLR w/18-55mm VR
  • Nikon D3400 DSLR w/AFP DX 18-55VR
  • Nikon D3400 DSLR w/AFP DX 18-55VR & 70-300
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/25/2017 7:58:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Catchlights in a subject's eyes are usually desirable in a photograph. A bright reflection in the eyeCatchlights in a subject's eyes are usually desirable in a photograph. A bright reflection in the eye creates a sparkle that brings the subject to life. While this applies to human subjects, it also applies to wildlife subjects.
 
This mother black bear (I know that she is a mother because she stashed her 2 cubs high up in a huge hemlock tree 100 yards/m or so behind her) was hunting for food in the woods in Shenandoah National Park. The woods were quite dark due to a heavy tree canopy, but there was a small clearing in the direction the bear was headed. I moved ahead of her and positioned for what I envisioned being the ideal situation that could develop ... and the bear was unusually cooperative.
 
The clearing of course had an opening with sky visible. Sky, especially the sun if the sky is clear, is bright and can create the desired catchlights. However, the angle on the eyes still must be correct to get that reflection.
 
A key point here is that bears generally walk with their head hanging down low and a downward viewing angle on animals' eyes seldom results in a catchlight. This is another good reason to get level with (or even below) your animal subjects, increasing the likelihood of catchlight reflections being created.
 
The other issue created by the head-down walking is the that bear's head falls below most of the beautifully-rich-green plant life in this area. While a bear back showing above the green plants may be interesting, visible eyes are usually required to pass for a keeper image for most serious bear photographers.
 
So, in order to see the eyes in this location, I needed the bear to look up. In a case where I couldn't have planned things any better, this bear hit the clearing, stopped and looked around.
 
This was a randomly moving animal. Though it was not moving fast, it was moving most of the time and its was a bit unpredictable, including making 180° direction changes at times. I had the camera in M (Manual) mode, but was using the camera's autoexposure system via the Auto ISO setting. With these settings, I could simply roll the top dial to get the shutter speed I thought I needed at any moment.
 
If the bear stopped walking (though even then it was always moving its head from side to side), I immediately took insurance shots at confidently-fast shutter speeds and then quickly began shooting bursts at longer exposures in attempt to get some even higher-grade images without motion blur (the longer shutter speeds resulted in lower ISO settings for lower noise). The 1/250 setting used for this image is not close to stressing the capabilities of this image stabilized lens at 560mm on a monopod (used over a tripod for setup speed), but the bear was still moving some. Fortunately, the 1D X II image quality is extremely good at the auto-selected ISO setting of 2500 used here. When the bear began moving, I quickly rolled the top dial to get an action-stopping shutter speed again.
 
The vibrant green foliage in Shenandoah National Park works very well for wildlife images. The wet bear hints at the recent weather conditions. There had been dense fog and a considerable amount of rain and as the 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 2500 camera settings hint, this image was captured under heavy cloud cover.
 
Though this bear appears to be lit by flash, no flash was used. The lighting is all natural ambient light. The bear's position in the opening meant that just enough cloudy sky was visible to brighten the scene and create a nice sparkle in the bear's eyes.
 
So, those are some lessons from a momma black bear. I hope that you learned something that can be applied to your own photography!move creates a sparkle that brings the subject to life. While this applies to human subjects, it also applies to wildlife subjects.
 
This mother black bear (I know that she is a mother because she stashed her 2 cubs high up in a huge hemlock tree 100 yards/m or so behind her) was hunting for food in the woods in Shenandoah National Park. The woods were quite dark due to a heavy tree canopy, but there was a small clearing in the direction the bear was headed. I moved ahead of her and positioned for what I envisioned being the ideal situation that could develop ... and the bear was unusually cooperative.
 
The clearing of course had an opening with sky visible. Sky, especially the sun if the sky is clear, is bright and can create the desired catchlights. However, the angle on the eyes still must be correct to get that reflection.
 
A key point here is that bears generally walk with their head hanging down low and a downward viewing angle on animals' eyes seldom results in a catchlight. This is another good reason to get level with (or even below) your animal subjects, increasing the likelihood of catchlight reflections being created.
 
The other issue created by the head-down walking is the that bear's head falls below most of the beautifully-rich-green plant life in this area. While a bear back showing above the green plants may be interesting, visible eyes are usually required to pass for a keeper image for most serious bear photographers.
 
So, in order to see the eyes in this location, I needed the bear to look up. In a case where I couldn't have planned things any better, this bear hit the clearing, stopped and looked around.
 
This was a randomly moving animal. Though it was not moving fast, it was a moving most of the time and its was a bit unpredictable, including making 180° direction changes at times. I had the camera in M (Manual) mode, but was using the camera's autoexposure system via the Auto ISO setting. With these settings, I could simply roll the top dial to get the shutter speed I thought I needed at any moment.
 
If the bear stopped walking (though even then it was always moving its head from side to side), I immediately took insurance shots at confidently-fast shutter speeds and then quickly began shooting bursts at longer exposures in attempt to get some even higher-grade images without motion blur (the longer shutter speeds resulted in lower ISO settings for lower noise). The 1/250 setting used for this image is not close to stressing the capabilities of this image stabilized lens at 560mm on a monopod (used over a tripod for setup speed), but the bear was still moving some. Fortunately, the 1D X II image quality is extremely good at the auto-selected ISO setting of 2500 used here. When the bear began moving, I quickly rolled the top dial to get an action-stopping shutter speed again.
 
The vibrant green foliage in Shenandoah National Park works very well for wildlife images. The wet bear hints at the recent weather conditions. There had been dense fog and a considerable amount of rain and as the 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 2500 camera settings hint, this image was captured under heavy cloud cover.
 
Though this bear appears to be lit by flash, no flash was used. The lighting is all natural ambient light. The bear's position in the opening meant that just enough cloudy sky was visible to brighten the scene and create a nice sparkle in the bear's eyes.
 
So, those are some lessons from a momma black bear. I hope that you learned something that can be applied to your own photography!
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/5.6  1/250s
ISO 2500
5262 x 3508px
Post Date: 6/25/2017 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 24, 2017
Adorama has the Rokinon 24mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon EF available for $419.95 with free shipping. Regularly $649.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fast T1.5 wide-angle lens
  • Full-frame, 35mm-sized coverage
  • Geared focus and aperture rings
  • Declicked aperture ring for smooth iris pulls
  • Aspherical lens elements and UMC multi-coating
  • Detachable petal shaped lens hood
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/24/2017 6:31:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 23, 2017
Yesterday we reported that the 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Art and Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lenses were scheduled to begin shipping today based on information posted by B&H on the items' product pages. However, B&H has changed the availability expectations on their website as follows:
 
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens – "Coming Soon"
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens – "End of Jun 2017"
 
However, Sigma posted press releases today which state that both lenses are scheduled to begin shipping in "July 2017."
 
So... it looks like preorder customers will be waiting a little longer to receive their new lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 10:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II have been added to the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens page.
 
The first comparison I wanted to see was the Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G vs. f/2.8 GM OSS Lens. When set to f/4, the f/2.8 lens becomes clearly sharper, (mostly). There are many combinations to explore.
 
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:20:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From SIGMA:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Sigma Corporation would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Nikon is now available. By updating the firmware, the lens will offer improved AF performance.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Nikon
Benefits of this firmware update
 
  • It has improved the AF performance.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:11:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/23/2017 9:10:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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