CanvasPeople has Gallery Wraps for 80% Off - Last Chance for Holiday Shipping
is has their gallery wraps
on sale for 80% off
. Pick one up to share this holiday season; photos on canvas make great gifts! Today is the last day for guarenteed holiday delivery! CanvasPeople Gallery Wrap Deals
Buy a Think Tank Photo Roller + Urban Disguise, Get $100 Back
From Think Tank Photo
Offer valid only from November 1 - December 31, 2013 (US Customers Only).
Download official rebate form
This offer is valid on items purchased through an Authorized Dealer. This offer applies only to items listed below.
Buy any of the following rollers to receive $50 back
- Airport TakeOff (item #498)
- Airport Airstream (item #550)
- Airport International V2.0 (Item #559)
- Airport Security V2.0 (item #571)
- Airport Navigator (item #540)
- Logistics Manager 30 (item #576)
Buy any of the above PLUS any of the following Urban Disguise on same purchase to receive $100 back by mail:
- Urban Disguise 35 V2.0 (Item #813)
- Urban Disguise 40 V2.0 (Item #816)
- Urban Disguise 50 V2.0 (Item #821)
- Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 (Item #826)
- Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 (Item #831)
To receive this offer, you must mail proof of purchase, completed the requested information on this form, along with the following:
- Original or legible copy of the bill of sale
- Original UPC symbol from product packaging
Think Tank Photo
1105 N. Dutton Ave., Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Check out Think Tank Photo's Rolling Camera Bags. Use the links from our site and enjoy a free gift with your purchase!
Photoshelter Hosts "Top Techniques for Archiving and Metadata" Webinar
Worried about your images floating around online without any way to trace them back to you or your organization? Have thousands of images stored on hard drives you’re looking to get organized or posted online to make them searchable? Think it’s just your website that gets you discovered by buyers? Think again. Getting organized to make your images searchable, findable, and valuable – on your desktop or on the web – starts with good archiving and tagging practices.
Whether you’re a metadata pro or new to the game, this webinar with Sam Merrell, VP of ASPP, and David Riecks, one of the leading authorities in the field of metadata practices, will break down the techniques and tools you need to to track your image files and create an archiving system that works harder for you. In this webinar you’ll learn
- 3 techniques to make image archiving easier & faster
- The power of using image metadata
- Free tools you can use to view and update metadata
- Techniques to add tracking & job info to image files
Eye-Fi Mobi Card Gets Windows Compatibility with Desktop Receiver
From Eye-Fi: MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., December 10, 2013
— Eye-Fi, the global leader in wireless memory cards, is announcing a beta Windows desktop receiver for the Mobi card. The Eye-Fi Mobi card will now instantly transfer directly to the desktop, extending the simple camera-to-mobile photo and video transfer users love.
With pricing yet to be announced, Eye-Fi's new desktop receiver for Windows will be free to all customers during beta and gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability — all without the hassle of wires or any delay in showing off their best photos whenever and however they want.
"Our customers love the ability to snap great pictures on a camera and instantly share from a phone or tablet, and now we're taking that experience one step further," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eye-Fi. "Now we're adding a simple, instant way to transfer to the desktop and make it easy for customers to get their photos on their computers to edit and archive."
The Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows will offer the same, reliable features that Mobi customers already use and love, including:
- Simple setup: Once installed, simply enter the Mobi card's unique 10-digit activation code, and your Windows computer is paired. Use the same activation code to pair with multiple desktops and mobile devices as needed.
- Transfer anywhere: Built-in WiFi means no WiFi network, hotspot or home Internet connection needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi transfers photos from a camera to the intended device anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
- Works with cameras users already know (and love): Mobi works in thousands of cameras, including hundreds of Eye-Fi connected cameras that have integrated Eye-Fi technology for improved usability.
- Backs up automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they're taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on your mobile or desktop.
The beta Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows is available for Mobi users to download now, and a beta version for Mac is coming soon.
Adorama carries Eye-Fi Mobi memory cards.
Just Posted: Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review
Just Posted: Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Review
In the 24-105 OS, Sigma has given us another great Global Vision lens. This lens is definitely worth consideration for needs in this focal length range.
Zeiss Reveals Plans for 85mm f/1.4 OTUS Lens
In a comment on Zeiss's webiste
(pulled from Facebook), the Zeiss team has acknowledged that an 85mm f/1.4 OTUS will be released some time next year.
Adorama carries the Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 OTUS lens.
Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.3 and DNG 8.3 Updates
Adobe has released updated versions of Photoshop Lightroom 5 and DNG Converter. (thanks Niklas)
From Adobe: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3
The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 update includes these enhancements:
- Additional raw file support for 20 new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, and Sony A7.
- Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3 - Windows (872MB) | Macintosh (480.6MB)
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3
This update contains the Adobe DNG Converter 8.3.
The Adobe DNG Converter is a free utility that enables you to easily convert camera-specific raw files from more than 350 cameras to the more universal DNG raw format.
Digital Negative was developed to address the lack of an open standard for the proprietary and unique raw files created by each digital camera. DNG allows photographers to archive their raw camera files in a single format for easy cataloging and access in the future. With the format specification freely available, any developer can build software that supports and takes advantage of DNG. For more information, visit the Digital Negative page.
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
- Canon EOS M2
- Canon PowerShot S120
- Casio EX-10
- Nikon 1 AW1
- Nikon Coolpix P7800
- Nikon Df
- Nikon D610
- Nikon D5300
- Fujifilm XQ1
- Fujifilm X-E2
- Nokia Lumia 1020
- Olympus OM-D E-M1
- Olympus STYLUS 1
- Panasonic DMC-GM1
- Pentax K-3
- Phase One IQ260
- Phase One IQ280
- Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
- Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
- Sony DSC-RX10
Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 - Windows (70.8MB) | Macintosh (21.5MB)
Adorama carries Adobe Ligthroom 5.
Save on Select Metal Prints at AdoramaPix
You can use the following promo codes at AdoramaPix
to get special pricing on select sizes of Metal Prints
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Get 25% Off 7 Day Rental Over the Holidays at LensRentals
Missed our Black Friday sale? That's OK. Rent something over the holidays and get 7 days for the price of 4 days. You want it longer than a week? Then take 25% off the whole rental.
To take advantage:
- Select any arrival date between 12/23 - 12/31
- Put the code HOLIDAYS in the special instructions box during checkout
- Get 7 days for the price of 4 or 25% off your rental!
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Sometimes ETTL and a Shoe-Mount Flash are Simply the Right Tools for the Job
In the Pocketwizard PlusX Transceivers Review
we posted yesterday, I mentioned that I have used various "dumb triggers" throughout the years. When it comes down to it, I use dumb radio triggers with off-camera flashes about 95% of the time a person is in front of my camera.
But there are times when ETTL triggering and a shoe-mounted flash are exactly what's needed. A prime example is indoor event photography. This past Halloween I was hired to photograph a costume party hosted by a local business. Photographing the event meant I had to be mobile and react to changing lighting conditions.
My choice of gear proved a good fit for the dynamic conditions:
The 5D Mark III's AF system nailed focus even in the dimly lit areas of the arena. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4's moderatley wide angle was great for capturing groups of people and allowed me to choose a wide aperture when needed. The Rogue FlashBender increased the size of my shoe-mount flash so that the light was a bit more flattering on my subjects. The CTO gel I stuck on the flash closely matched the arean's warm light so that good results could be obtained with a global white balance correction. And lastly, ETTL exposure meant I could focus more on framing, composition and timing without having to worry about constantly changing my flash's power to suit any given situation.
I love shooting in very controlled, studio-like conditions. Under those circumstances, I find manually adjusting my flash(es) to be optimal for me. However, there are times when ETTL and a shoe-mount flash (and a possibly small modifier) simply can't be beat.
The fact that the 600EX-RT features built-in radio (ETTL enabled) triggering is a big plus. ;-) [Sean]
Adorama has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for a checkout price of $449.00 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $499.00 after instant rebate.
Photoshelter Publishes "The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook"
In "The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook," we break down tactics to help you increase awareness about your photography, engage potential clients, and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
Learn how you can use Facebook to attract followers by:
- Showcasing your personality with a behind-the-scenes look at your latest shoot.
- Sharing great blogs, stories, and videos from outside sources that your audience will enjoy.
- Asking interesting questions to inspire conversation on your page.
- Offering giveaways and coupons to get people fired up about your products and services.
We also share some great examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to build and grow their audience - and their client base - using simple, low cost strategies from posting regularly to showcasing images in a compelling way.
Get the free guide now!
Cameras Can Affect Your Memory (In Good and Not-So-Good Ways)
I've seen a lot of sensational headlines about a study that appeared on Psychological Science's website
. They included:
- Taking Photographs Weakens Memories, Psychological Study Finds
- Is The Camera Destroying Our Memory?
- Constantly Taking Photographs STOPS Our Brains Remembering What Happened
The headlines are the result of a study by Linda A. Henkel, Professor of Psychology at Fairfield University, titled "The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour."
Her findings indicated that photographing objects can have an effect on what is remembered about them. Her abstract states:
"Two studies examined whether photographing objects impacts what is remembered about them. Participants were led on a guided tour of an art museum and were directed to observe some objects and to photograph others. Results showed a photo-taking-impairment effect: If participants took a photo of each object as a whole, they remembered fewer objects and remembered fewer details about the objects and the objects’ locations in the museum than if they instead only observed the objects and did not photograph them. However, when participants zoomed in to photograph a specific part of the object, their subsequent recognition and detail memory was not impaired, and, in fact, memory for features that were not zoomed in on was just as strong as memory for features that were zoomed in on. This finding highlights key differences between people’s memory and the camera’s “memory” and suggests that the additional attentional and cognitive processes engaged by this focused activity can eliminate the photo-taking-impairment effect."
In other words, subjects who photographed museum pieces as a whole did not remember the pieces as well as those who were cameraless. However, those who zoomed in on the pieces and captured details seemed to remember the artwork as well as test subjects who didn't carry a camera.
But from my own personal experience, pictures tend to bring back a flood of memories that I wouldn't have been able to recall otherwise. Truth is, I have a terrible memory. I have trouble remembering what I had for lunch yesterday let alone things I did a year or more ago.
But when I see a photos taken throughout my life, I'm instantly taken back to that exact place and time. With the photo in hand (or on the screen, as it may be), memories wash over me with ease and I can recall details I thought I never knew had been tucked away in my memory (and not just the details illustrated by the photo). I think most people can identify with that.
So maybe we shouldn't let one study with a very narrow set of circumstances tarnish how we perceive cameras and how they can affect our lives. As for me, cameras have done so much more to enrich my memory (and for that matter – my life) than they have ever taken away from it. [Sean]
What do you think? Let us know on our Facebook Page.
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Image Quality and Eye Candy
Image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops), vignetting and distortion results along with eye candy are now available on the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review
I'm not certain if or when I will get time to complete a full review of this lens, but hopefully the test results will provide the information you need to know.
Update: Under the first clear day we've seen in several weeks, flare tests results have been captured and are also now available.
Buy a Profoto Pro-B4 1000 Air Generator, Get a Free Profoto ProHead Plus ($2,205.00 Value)
From now until December 31, you can get a free Profoto ProHead Plus ($2,205.00 value) with the purchase of a Profoto Pro-B4 1000 Air Generator
Samyang Announces 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Price for European Market
From Samyang Europe:
As a result of many questions, we would like to provide information regarding the recommended retail price for the new Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS will be:
- 429 € (mount: Canon, Canon M, Sony, Sony E, Pentax, Samsung NX, Fuji X, 4/3, MFT)
- 469 € (mount: Nikon AE);
Note: There's no word yet on the official North American suggested retail price, but if you simply convert Euros to US Dollars, the price would be slightly less than $600.00.
Nikon D5100 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens - $429.00 (Compare at $649.95)
still has the Nikon D5100 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens
available for $429.00. Compare at $649.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
DateTime: 12/10/2013 11:13:40 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR with 24-85mm VR Lens Kit - $2,249.00 (Compare at $2,496.95)
has the Nikon D610 DSLR with 24-85mm VR Lens Kit
available for $2,249.00. Compare at $2,496.95. Note:
When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
DateTime: 12/10/2013 10:25:09 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Just Posted: PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver Review
PocketWizard radios have been the de facto standard for flash triggering for more than 20 years. They are well-known for their range and reliability, so I was interested to see if their new entry-level Plus X Transcievers
would live up to PocketWizard's long estabilished, impressive reputation.
Check out our full review
to see what I found. [Sean]