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 Saturday, December 3, 2016
My favorite wildlife subject lighting comes from a low-in-the-sky sun behind me, but ... wildlife is not always (not often?) cooperative. In this case, the elk was in the shade while the incredibly-colorful background remained in direct sunlight of a setting sun.
 
When the subject is in the shade and the background is in direct sunlight, you are most likely going to have a different white balance for each. Usually, the sunlit background will be warmer in color than the shaded subject. However, that is a difference I sometimes welcome. Adjust the overall white balance for the subject and the background becomes especially warm/golden. This is often an ideal situation for fall foliage, making the colors especially vibrant.
 
For this image, I used an exposure that pushed the red channel nearly against the right side of the histogram (nearly R=255) and let the rest of the image fall where it may. I initially thought I would have a complete silhouette (totally black elk), but there was plenty of light remaining in the shade to work with. While I could have very significantly increased the brightness of the elk in this photo (and did use a +3 shadow adjustment), I chose to keep the animal dark to emphasize the outline.
 
A mature bull elk with a set of headgear this big is ... really big. Creating a very strongly background blur while including most of or the entire animal in the frame requires a large sensor camera, a long telephoto lens and a wide aperture. The Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens at f/4 created what you see here.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/3200s
ISO 640
7646 x 5097px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/3/2016 3:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 2, 2016
From the LensRentals Blog:
by Roger Cicala
 
We recently tested the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S lens and were mightily impressed. Optically it was better than I’d ever expected. We had idly talked about doing a teardown when stock allowed, but we got an unexpected opportunity yesterday: one of our week-old copies had some significant dust in both the front and rear lens groups. We know (like hopefully you know) that some dust doesn’t affect images, but our customers like their lenses dust-free, so we decided to open this one up and clean the dust out of it and to take a few pictures while we were doing it.
 
I try to identify where my head is whenever I write about anything, so you’ll understand when I go all fan-boy or all snarky. Like everyone else, my expectations going in have a lot to do with my impressions coming out. In this case, I told Aaron before we started that given how awesome this lens was optically that I expected Nikon’s optomechanics were going to modernize, too. Unlike previous Nikon lenses, I thought this lens would have nice, modular construction, no soldered wires running hither and yon, not so much Kapton tape holding stuff down, and maybe even some curved circuit boards. You know, like a lens from the 21st century, not like one from the 1980’s. Aaron didn’t think so.
 
Well, I was a little bit right but mostly wrong. There is some real modularity and superb construction to this lens. There were also big chunky square circuit boards and wires soldered hither and yon held down with Kapton tape. None of which has anything to do with making a lens take better pictures or making it last longer, but it does make it a pain to take apart and work on.
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/2/2016 1:24:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
A few days ago Kai Wong announced that he had left DigitalRev. Now his cameraman and oftentimes partner in front of the lens, Lok Cheung, has also officially announced his departure from the Hong Kong based retailer.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/2/2016 12:36:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon has the DJI Intelligent Battery for Phantom 3 Drones available for $99.00. Compare at $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Intelligent charging, cell health display via the DJI Pilot app, one-touch power check onboard
  • Compatible with Phantom 3 drones only; will not work with the Phantom 2 or Phantom 1
  • 4,480 mAh at 15.2 V (4 cells in serial, 4S)
  • Simple slide-in design means no unsightly wires or difficult plugs to connect
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/2/2016 11:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to 16
  • Two Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • TSC Material, Brass Bayonet Mount
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/2/2016 9:55:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Digital Camera (Open Box) available for $2,798.00. Compare at $3,198.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
  • 0.5" 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0" 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • ISO 102,400 and Silent Shutter Mode
  • Durable Reduced-Vibration Shutter Design
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
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Post Date: 12/2/2016 8:59:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses,
 
Thank you for using Tamron products.
 
We have learned that, when attaching the Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) to the Canon EOS M5, which will soon go on sale outside Japan, the camera power is turned off or is not turned on, making it impossible to use the camera.
 
We sincerely apologize to all users and potential purchasers for any inconvenience the issue may cause.
 
An investigation is currently underway in detail about the connections between the Canon EOS M5 and our lens, and as soon as we know more we will post a notice on the Tamron website.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2016 8:06:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Laura Morita
 
ou've scrimped and you've saved. You've researched and planned. And the time has finally come: VACATION. Unfortunately, vacation doesn't happen often enough, and when it does come, you want to have nice photos. Sure, you'll take plenty of pictures with your phone and maybe even a point and shoot, but is there room on your vacation for your more professional gear? Well, I say “yes.” As a somewhat "expert" vacationer to Hawaii, there's no way I could imagine traveling there without packing at least some of my gear. This article will outline some of the considerations I make in deciding what gear to pack, when to bring my camera with me on outings, and knowing how to not completely ruin a trip for my kids with an overabundance of pictures.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Interested in underwater housings? You may want to check out Bryan's review of the Ewa-Marine U-B 100.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2016 5:51:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Joel Grimes has traveled the globe creating award winning images making his subjects look larger than life. Whether it is a celebrity or an everyday person, Joel believes that lighting plays a huge role in that process. The biggest challenge for photographers, learning lighting, is two fold: First, with so many options on the market, choosing the right strobe, modifier, etc… can be so overwhelming. Second, lighting is generally taught from a technical approach, making it way too complicated. We have engineers trying to teach artists, totally overlooking the creative process. This is a recipe for disaster. Have you ever heard the acronym KISS, keep it simple stupid? Joel has this saying, “You can rock the world with one camera, one lens and one light”.
 
To learn lighting, you have to start by using one light. Master one light, and you can master ten lights. Follow Joel as he shows you how to create amazing portraits by using just one light.
 
Joel Grimes Photography: http://joelgrimes.com
 
B&H carries lighting equipment.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/2/2016 5:44:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikkei Asian Review:
Private sector moving into frontier long dominated by government
 
TOKYO -- Canon is helping Japan build a low-cost "mini-rocket" for future satellite launches as private companies seek to give the country's lagging space industry greater thrust.
 
Engineers from Canon Electronics, a unit of the Japanese imaging devices maker, have joined a team led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, that is building what stands to be the world's smallest satellite launch vehicle -- about the size of a utility pole.
 
The company's experience designing and manufacturing devices such as digital cameras will help the team choose the best rocket parts as well as make key control instruments smaller and lighter.
Read the entire article on the Nikkei Asian Review.
 
via Canon Watch
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/2/2016 5:33:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 1, 2016
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Quadcopter in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1" 20MP CMOS Sensor
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
  • FlightAutonomy with Redundant Sensors
  • Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time
  • Remote Controller Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/1/2016 11:27:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
 
Nikon School Features a Variety of Ways to Help Educate and Inspire Photographers
 
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. recently shared their full Nikon School program schedule, which offers a variety of classes designed to educate and inspire those with a passion for improving their photography with new interactive experiences. Nikon School has expanded its curriculum to include both online courses and destination workshops, in addition to local photography seminars, that invite beginners and enthusiasts to explore new creative possibilities.
 
Starting in January, Nikon School will host a variety of in-person programs in select cities across the country, each uniquely tailored to cover a diverse range of topics. Among these classes will be a new Wedding and Portrait Photography Workshop held at the luxurious Santa Monica seaside in early March. At this workshop, Nikon Ambassador Jerry Ghionis will guide attendees on how to create memorable portraits using high-quality Nikon gear. Following this hands-on experience, Ghionis will lead an exclusive seminar, sharing his wisdom on posing and lighting techniques. Nikon ambassador-led programs fill up quickly, so interested photographers are encouraged to visit the Nikon School webpage and promptly reserve their spots for upcoming offerings as they become available.
 
In addition to these destination workshops, Nikon School Online allows users to develop their skills from the comfort of their own home. Nikon School Online will expand its curriculum with a new Fundamentals of Photography Featuring Reed Hoffmann class, allowing even more photographers to master the basic principles of photography through in-depth explanations and hands-on demonstrations in real-world scenarios. The class will cover a range of topics including ISO, shutter speed and aperture, low-light and fast action shooting, exposure compensation, autofocus and the basics of composition, that will help to unleash each participant’s creative potential and take their photography to the next level.
 
To complement these new offerings, several of the industry’s finest photographers will be returning to Nikon School to offer their expertise to aspiring photographers nationwide. Photographers Michael Schwartz, Bob Pearson, JC Carey, Andy Dunaway and Reed Hoffmann will lead seminars and workshops in local markets across the country detailing the basics of photography and teaching the complexities of lighting to create stunning portraits. Classes will continue to offer technical expertise in camera exposure, controls and video capture, in addition to creative inspiration in topics such as Travel and Landscape, Action and People, as well as Elements of Photography.
 
With the Holiday season quickly approaching, Nikon School will be offering special packages and discounts through the end of the year, please be sure to visit www.nikonschool.com/holidayoffers for more information. To further encouraging users to share the gift of photography education, users can purchase a two-class package including online courses, Fundamentals of Photography and Photographing Children & Pets, for only $39.95. Furthermore, Nikon School is offering a special $75 saving to users who purchase all in-person classes in a specific location.
 
For more information on Nikon School, including local workshops and courses as well as online classes, please visit www.NikonSchool.com.
Wex Photographic (UK) has the Nikon D5600 DSLR Camera in stock with free delivery available.
 
Nikon D5600 Kits In Stock
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/1/2016 9:20:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ready for the Future of Image Editing – A Faster, More Powerful Experience
 
COPENHAGEN, December 1, 2016 – Phase One today released Capture One Pro 10, a major release of the world’s premiere raw conversion and image editing software. Designed to support wide ranging workflows of both professional and passionate photographers, Capture One Pro is known and trusted for rendering the finest image color and detail from more than 400 digital camera models. Now, based on customer feedback, Capture One Pro 10 puts superior user experience center stage – with interface improvements, under-the-hood tuning, and exciting new features that furnish the fastest, most reliable and most powerful performance yet.
 
What’s New with Capture One Pro 10:
 
Enhanced User Experience
Faster browsing, zooming, panning, and ease in switching between images even at 100 percent view. Also, a new default workspace offers a more intuitive experience for new users, with examples for getting started.
 
Greater control, with a three-stage image sharpening process:
 
  • A new lens tool option corrects lost sharpness caused by diffraction;
  • User-defined creative sharpening (utilizing a new Halo Suppression slider and a new blending algorithm) allows the photographer the option to sharpen an entire image, or just various elements within it;
  • User-defined output sharpening in the recipe tool. For print sharpening, users can also specify the distance from which the final output image should be viewed.
On-screen proofing
An enhanced proof mode takes the guesswork out of the raw conversion process. From the viewer panel, users can now simulate the final size, resolution, color, compression artifacts and sharpening of images. This is especially useful for live assessment of files – particularly small files for the web and for optimizing image compression quality.
 
A look into the future of image editing
Inspired by video grading processes, users can now access Capture One Pro directly through a Tangent panel system. This fully integrated panel is literally a new interface into image editing – for deep dive color and image adjustment –– allowing fast, multiple input commands simultaneously, while viewing the master monitor as the editor “feels” input into the application.
 
Camera Focus Tool
A camera focus tool module for tethered cameras – especially useful for product, still life, macro, and Cultural Heritage photography projects.
 
“We have developed Capture One Pro 10 to greatly improve users’ experience so they can achieve the results they want much faster and with greater confidence,” said James Johnson, software product manager, Phase One. “Image adjustment options are now at a whole new level. We believe that with this release, we are delivering the most powerful, responsive, and user customizable image processor available.”
 
The Complete List of New Features:
 
  • Three-phase sharpening tools (see above)
  • Output proofing (see above)
  • New default and intuitive workspace (see above)
  • Camera focus tool module for tethered cameras (see above)
  • Tangent panel: full integration (see above)
  • New filter option: search by orientation of images
  • Optimization of Jpeg output for size/quality
  • Move folders in catalogs
  • Auto masking extended to any editable file type (including Xtrans)
  • Improved compressed RAW and Fuji support
  • Hardware acceleration – OpenCL is now enabled by default
  • Stripe reduction LCC for 100MP
  • Optimized LCC creation
  • Computer ID in license for activation management
  • Apple script – new properties (Mac only)
New camera and lens support
New camera support includes: Olympus E-M1 mkll, Sony RX100M5, Sony A6500 and A99M2.
 
New lens profile support includes: Sony FE 70-200 mm F4 G OSS, Sony 70-200 mm F2.8 G, and Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
 
For a complete list of newly supported cameras and lenses, please go to: www.phaseone.com/download.
 
Availability and Pricing
Capture One Pro 10 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems from Phase One authorized partners worldwide.
 
Owners of Capture One Pro 8 and 9 may upgrade for 99 USD or 99 EUR. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 9 since November 1, 2016, Phase One is offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee. Eligible customers can download their upgrade today at phaseone.com/download and reuse their license key.
 
New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 10 for 299 USD or 279 EUR. Capture One Pro is also available by subscription. Capture One Pro (8 and 9) subscribers can simply download the new Capture One Pro 10 release. A single-user subscription is 15 USD / 12 EUR per month for a 12-month plan.
 
Want more info? Check out the CaptureOneBlog.
 
B&H carries Capture One Pro 10.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/1/2016 7:29:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine DS Lens available for $449.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 135mm Lens
  • Full-Frame Coverage
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Removable Lens Hood
  • Accepts 77mm Threaded Filter Rings
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/1/2016 5:47:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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