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 Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
B&H has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 8/20/2014 7:28:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
Go behind the scenes of 'Dream Park': a short-film shot exclusively with the Nikon D810 by award-winning director Sandro Miller. Find out how he made the most of the camera's features such as its dynamic range, low light capabilities and Full HD 1080/60p, Flat Picture Control and Power Aperture.
 
Check out the short film Dream Park on YouTube.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 8/20/2014 1:18:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Photographer's Ephemeris Web App
I own the Android version of The Photographer's Ephemeris and have found it quite useful on a number of occasions. It's a great tool for planning landscape photography outings. [Sean]
 
From photoephemeris.com:
 
As previously announced, On 2 September 2014, Google will permanently turn off the Google Maps for Flash API, and TPE for Desktop will be no more – at least the Adobe AIR app will be no more.
 
Its replacement is already available and waiting in the wings: our new Desktop web app. You can find it at: app.photoephemeris.com
 
We’d encourage you to head over there today and get started. You can export your saved locations from the Adobe AIR app and import them straight into the web app and carry on planning your shots without interruption.
 
You’ll need an up-to-date web browser that doesn’t block cookies or use of local storage. We’ve tested with:
 
  • Firefox 30, 31
  • Chrome 36.0.1985.125
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari 7.0.5
  • Opera 23.0
So, don’t wait until the last minute: start using the new web app today and let us know what you think via the Support tab on the right hand side of the page. [thanks Mark]
Post Date: 8/20/2014 8:30:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 19, 2014
WD My Passport - Anniversary Edition
From Western Digital:
 
IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2014 – To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, is introducing a sleek new design for the world’s most popular external hard drive lines. More than 60 million My Passport drives have been sold in the past 10 years, providing approximately 42,000 petabytes of content protection for consumers worldwide. The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD’s enduring portable drive line. They feature elegant metal exteriors, up to 2 TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.
 
The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today’s mobile consumer. In addition, the drive offers users hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use of the drive in the event of loss or theft. For additional content protection and remote sharing, the My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive includes WD SmartWare Pro software with Dropbox integration, allowing users to back up content from their computer to the drive and from the drive to the cloud, and retrieve content from their Dropbox account to the My Passport drive. These features make the My Passport drive an ideal choice for backing up, protecting, storing and enjoying digital content on the go.
 
“Ten years is a milestone by any consumer technology standard, and having the opportunity to consistently reinvent a product line like My Passport to suit the changing needs of consumers and creative professionals is something we are especially proud of,” said Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD’s Content Solutions unit. “We thank all of our customers for their ongoing feedback over the years, which has helped make My Passport the most popular external hard drives ever.”
 
Pricing and Availability
My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive is available from the WD store at select retailers and distributors. My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive is anticipated to be available in limited quantities beginning early September 2014. My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition 1 TB drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) of $89.00 and 2 TB has an MSRP of $139.00. Both drives will offer a regional 3-year limited warranty.
 
B&H has the WD My Passport Ultra - Limited Anniversary Edition and Metal Edition drives available for preorder.
Post Date: 8/19/2014 2:41:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24
B&H has the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24" IPS LCD Monitor available for $629.00 with free shipping. Compare at $699.99.
 
Product Highlights:

  • 16:10 Aspect Ratio
  • 1920 x 1200 Native Resolution
  • 1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angle
  • HP DreamColor Engine
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports (Integrated)
  • DVI-I, Display Port 1.1, HDMI 1.3
  • Anti-Glare/Anti-Static
  • 30-Bit LCD Panel Technology
  • Security Lock-Ready


 
From Vimeo:
 
Mike Greenberg of Konspiracy Studios joins host and planet5D writer Hugh Brownstone to show you how to balance a MoVI M5 in under three minutes.
 
B&H carries the Freefly MoVI M5 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer.
Post Date: 8/19/2014 9:22:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Cast Logo with Strikethrough
If you're like me and have a Chromecast device, use Chrome as your browser and load our News page, then you may have experienced something very strange this morning – like all the embedded YouTube videos playing simultaneously.
 
After a lengthy search, I finally figured out what the culprit was. It seems that the Chromecast extension for Chrome (Google Cast) is now causing all embedded YouTube videos to play automatically. The issue is relatively new and we're hoping it gets resolved very soon. In the meantime, you may want to disable the Google Cast extension in Chrome.
 
Please note that the issue isn't just with our site – it's on all sites with embedded YouTube videos. A Google Cast update seems to have created the issue. [Sean]
Post Date: 8/19/2014 8:48:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera Kit
From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your imaging needs.
 
We have received a few reports from some users of the Nikon D810 digital SLR camera indicating that noise (bright spots) are sometimes noticeable in long exposures, and in some images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).
 
After looking into the matter, we have determined that some noise (bright spots) may on occasion be noticeable when shooting long exposures, and in images captured at an Image area setting of 1.2× (30×20).
 
Nikon service centers will service these cameras that have already been purchased as needed free of charge to the customer. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
 
Identifying affected products
 
To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, please click the Affected Product Serial Numbers link below and enter your D810’s serial number as instructed. Your camera’s serial number will be checked against those of affected products. If your camera is one of those affected, you will be forwarded to additional instructions. If your camera is not one of those affected, you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.
 
Check Your Serial Number
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Post Date: 8/19/2014 8:22:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Syrup:
 
The Magic Carpet is a simple, elegant and durable slider for producing silky smooth professional tracking movements. Beautifully designed and engineered with you in mind, the Magic Carpet is a lightweight solution for manual tracking shots and is motion control ready. With quick release adjustable legs, a counter weight roller for vertical shots, and high precision ball bearing rollers, the Magic Carpet is ready for quick setup and professional film making.
 
The Magic Carpet comes in two sizes. An ultra portable 2.6ft (800mm) track or a longer 5.2ft (1600mm) track. We understand that every filming situation is different so if you're looking for the flexibility of a portable slider as well as longer camera movement then the Magic Carpet combo kit will be right up your alley.
 
Key Features:
 
  • Ajustable quick-release legs
  • Genie - Motion control ready
  • Counter weight wheel for vertical shots
  • Smooth ball bearing roller carriage
  • Toll-less changing between 3/8 UNC and 1/4 UNC threads
  • Tripod mounts
B&H carries the Syrup Magic Carpet slider and Genie Motion Control Device.
Category: Syrup News
Post Date: 8/19/2014 6:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 18, 2014
Refurbished Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera available for $529.99 with free shipping. Compare at $609.95 refurbished.
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Post Date: 8/18/2014 11:13:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Admittedly, my method of attaching the camera to the BlackRapid Strap makes vertical shooting a bit uncomfortable (but not prohibitively so). This product looks like an interesting solution to the problem. [Sean]
 
From Kickstarter:
 
The CAMS Pro line of a products is a revolutionary way to carry, shoot, and mount your pro bodied or gripped camera and telephoto lens.
 
Carry And Mount System started off with the simple goal of mating a bottom-mounted sling strap to a camera in a way that would not interfere with using a vertical shooting grip. We did not set out to develop a plate that was Arca-compatible and made the vertical grip more comfortable to use, but when we mounted the first machined prototypes, we found that we had surpassed our original intent by far. Fortunately, we did not stop there. Involving other photographers led us to rethinking the strap and strap connection and adding the threaded insert (which seems so obvious now). Using hindsight to our advantage, the lens plate evolved quickly into a natural companion of the camera plate, as essential to the system as the telephoto lens is to the photographer.
 
Each component of CAMS is designed to offer the perfect balance of comfort, convenience, and strength.
 
Read more about the CAMS Pro Sling Strap on Kickstarter.
Post Date: 8/18/2014 8:03:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo’s newest About A Photograph video features USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro’s remembrances of shooting images of the late Robin Williams.
 
August 17, 2014 – Think Tank Photo’s newest About A Photograph video features USA Today photographer Robert Hanashiro’s remembrances of shooting images of the late Robin Williams, as well as actor Dustin Hoffman. About A Photograph can be found at blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph
 
“Telling Robin Williams to stay still was almost impossible,” said Hanashiro. “I always go into these celebrity shoots a little nervous, even though I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I always appreciated him making me feel relaxed. And when I’m relaxed I can make a whole lot better photography.”
 
Hanashiro continues, “I remember the first time I met him. I knocked on the door of the hotel room and he answered the door, which was very surprising. He just looked at me and asked, ‘Who might you be?’ And he just laughed. Robin Williams was the best of the best.”
 
“It’s sad that he’s gone because he was such a great character, a person who made us all laugh and all cry. I got to admit that when I’d heard he’d passed away, I was, very, very sad. Not only because he was such a great subject, but a great person to be around.”
 
For over two decades, Hanashiro has been the West Coast staff photographer for USA TODAY, the country’s largest general interest daily newspaper. He has covered every major sports event imaginable from the Super Bowl to the Final Four to the World Series to the NBA Finals. He has also covered 12 Olympic Games. Hanashiro’s duties for “The Nation’s Newspaper” also include coverage of the entertainment industry, making portraits of many of the world’s leading actors, directors, and musicians. He also covers the major awards shows, including the Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. For the past four years Hanashiro has been one of just four photographers covering the Academy Awards from backstage.
Post Date: 8/18/2014 6:34:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 15, 2014
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CanvasPeople is having a sale on their square-shaped, standard gallery wrap canvas prints. For a limited time, you can get an 11x11 print for $12.00 or a 16x16 for $17.00 (plus shipping).
 
Canvas prints make great gifts for loved ones. Buy a gift now and keep it on hand for an appropriate occasion!
Post Date: 8/15/2014 12:38:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Upperman High School 2014 Football Program Cover
Bee image courtesy of USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab
Edited from original
Creative Commons License
 
The Booster Club from nearby Upperman High School hired me to create their football program cover again this year. Here's how it all came together.
 
Concept
 
Upperman High wanted to feature their eight senior football players on the program cover. The team is celebrating this season with a military tribute theme, so I was asked to somehow incorporate military symbolism or something symbolizing American pride. With those guidelines in mind, I had creative free reign to formulate the shot.
 
Planning and Preparation
 
As luck would have it, the only date we could find to schedule the session left little time between the shooting date and the printing date. The time crunch meant that we couldn't risk a cancellation due to inclement weather, so an outdoor setup was not a possibility. We decided to plan for an indoor setup instead.
 
Knowing I would only have to include eight players in the vertically-oriented image, I looked around the school for a relatively tall stretch of blank wall. My initial idea was to use the gym, but there were no blank wall spaces in there. I ended up finding a decent spot located in the entryway of the school. My only concern about the location was a large metal security shutter which might reflect my front light sources. I asked the booster club to purchase a large piece of fabric to cover the shutter opening, with a shade to contrast with the players' uniforms (light grey fabric with black uniforms, black fabric with grey uniforms).
 
Considering how much space there would be above the players, I decided to use my Light Blaster to project an image of a bee (the school's mascot) just above the players. I knew that if the projection didn't work as well as I wanted that I could always add the same image in using Photoshop. To satisfy the military/American pride theme, I decided to fill the rest of the blank space with an American flag in post-production.
 
I found an intimidating looking bee image in the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab Flickr photostream. The images in the USGS Bee Inventory account are licensed under Creative Commons and can be used for personal and commercial projects as long as attribution is displayed. I printed the logo onto a transparency using a template provided by Light Blaster. So that covered my mascot logo projection needs. I knew I had a picture of an American flag buried deep in my image archives, so that wouldn't be a problem.
 
The Shoot
 
The cover shoot was scheduled to commence just after the team's practice (about 6pm). I arrived early to unpack my gear and set up my equipment. For lighting I used two monolights in front diffused by silver parabolic umbrellas with white diffusion covers in place and two Canon 580EX Speedlite flashes for rim light in the back (left/right). I set up the Light Blaster with another 580EX flash to project the bee image onto the wall just above the metal shutter. I fitted a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM on the front of the Light Blaster for two reasons – 1) the focal length worked well for the distance to the background and 2) the huge aperture meant that I could project a reasonably bright image from my Canon Speedlite. I'd need all the power I could get from that flash considering the relatively narrow aperture and low ISO I intended on using.
 
As for the camera gear, I used a tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM. EXIF for the final image was 35mm, f/10, 1/160 sec at ISO 250.
 
Unfortunately, there was an issue with the background fabric that I had requested. When it arrived on set, it was both too small and the wrong color. It was the same shade as the grey uniforms being used. With no suitable background fabric available I had to concede to leaving the metal shutter in the shot.
 
As the players arrived, I still hadn't decided on how I wanted them to pose for the picture. I had a few ideas but nothing definitive stood out. We tried a few things – like arms folded across the chest in "V" formation – but I still wasn't satisfied. The final pose came about organically when I positioned two of the tackles in front and asked them to get down in their ready position. When those two players were in place, one of the other players suggested that the center get between them as if he were hiking the ball. After that, it was logical to have the center hiking the ball to the quarterback (who was thankfully a senior) with the other players gathered around him in a football-esque formation.
 
Post Processing
 
I used Photoshop CC to edit the image and typeset the text. I desaturated and darkened the background so that the players stood out more. While the Light Blaster did a good job of projecting the bee image, I wasn't 100% happy with it. Therefore, I decided to overlay the same bee image I had used for the Light Blaster slide in the very same place it had been projected. This gave me much more detail in the bee logo and allowed me to make it stand out in the image (using a black stroke and a drop-shadow). I used a flag image that I captured nearly a decade ago for the top graphic.
 
Summary
 
The Booster Club was very happy with the cover they received. It should be heading to the presses very soon. Feedback from Upperman fans has been very positive. Through pre-visualization and careful planning, the shoot went relatively smoothly and the cover was delivered within two days. As happy clients, I'm pretty sure they'll be giving me a call next year.
Post Date: 8/15/2014 10:15:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the My Nikon Life YouTube Channel:
 
Love Is Now – Behind The Scenes Episode 1
 
Production is well underway on Love is Now – the feature film shot entirely on Nikon DSLRs and Nikkor lenses. Watch an exclusive behind the scenes glimpse of where Director Jim Lounsbury of Eponine Films is getting his inspiration and how they’re pushing Nikon technology to its limits.
 


 

 
Love Is Now – Behind The Scenes – Episode 2: Location, Location
 
As Director Jim Lounsbury of Eponine Films puts it, “It’s not often you’re shooting location stills on the same camera you’ll be shooting the film on.” See how the Nikon D810 is rising to the challenges of the Feature Film ‘Love is Now’.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
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Post Date: 8/15/2014 7:20:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 14, 2014
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $969.00. Compare at $1,299.00.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the first 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens with built-in image stabilization.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 8/14/2014 1:36:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe creativeLIVE:
 
The challenge of senior photography is taking portraits that capture the one-of-a-kind energy and spark of high schoolers.
 
Join Leslie Kerrigan right now to learn the marketing, communication, artistic, and business skills that will help you connect with your clients and stand out as a senior portrait photographer. Over the next three days, you’ll learn how to:

  • Design shoots that are unique experiences, not just portrait settings
  • Effortlessly connect with, and sell to, teens
  • Create a style closet and build wardrobe consultation skills
  • Market to teens through social media and more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to become the dynamic, must-have senior photographer for every teen in your area.
 
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Post Date: 8/14/2014 11:42:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch
B&H has the Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch in stock and available with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • Five-in-One Camera Trigger
  • Programmable Touch Screen Interface
  • Less than 1 ms Triggering Time
  • Event-Driven Time Lapse Capabilities
  • Detects Lightning Strikes
  • Laser Trigger Mode
  • Can be Triggered by Sound
  • Infrared Motion Sensor with 30' Range
  • Runs on 4 AAA Batteries
  • Optional AC Power Adapter

Post Date: 8/14/2014 10:56:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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