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 Thursday, February 26, 2015
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
My preference between this lens and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens remains a toss-up. I have had each individually and the two together. I currently own both.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2015 8:28:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens review.
 
Probably the most notable difference between the 7D II and the 1Ds Mark III is the crop sensor camera's reduced vignetting as a result of utilizing the center-most part of the image circle. Otherwise, image quality is impressively close wide open between the two bodies.
 
The world awaits the comparison between this lens and the just-announced Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. This comparison will be a top priority once Sigma's newest "Art" lens lands in our hands.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 9:57:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library at Tennessee Technological University
While trees that are full of leaves are quite attractive, they can block the view of many homes and buildings. As the cold weather sets in and deciduous trees lose their leaves, buildings typically blocked by foliage can be seen in their entirety. Use this time to capture views of buildings otherwise unobtainable when greenery dominates the frame.
 
Be sure to take advantage of winter breaks and other periods of desolation to avoid distracting elements in your architecture photos. The shot at the top of this post was taken at a local university during the school's winter break. Otherwise, cars and pedestrians would likely been in the frame when photographing the massive library. The shot below was taken on a Sunday morning when all the pictured and surrounding businesses were closed.
 
Broad Street with Cream City Sign
 
If snow is blanketing the ground, then buildings (or various man-made structures) can provide an excellent subject for your imagery. Snow can make rather mundane, uninspiring places look interesting. Take full advantage of freshly fallen snow by setting out early before the blank canvas has been disturbed by those having snowball fights or making snowmen.
 
Walnut Park Gazebo in Snow
 
And if the frigid conditions make outdoor photography less ideal for you, try photographing architectural interiors in the comfort of climate control. Personally, I like photographing interiors just after sunset so that the cool ambient light outside the windows is prominent.
 
Veterans Barber Shop 360-Degree Panorama
 
Wide angle, ultra-wide angle and tilt-shift lenses will be your best bets when photographing architecture. All of the shots in this post (aside from the panorama) were taken with the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt-Shift lens and a B+W circular polarizer. The panorama was captured using the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC lens and my 360-degree panoramic setup.
 
In short, use the winter months to get a fresh, clean look at architecture – inside and out!
Post Date: 2/25/2015 8:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the George Lepp for the Canon Professional Network:
"We’ve had the ability to capture time-lapse images with Canon EOS cameras for some time. What was needed was an interval timer to attach to the camera to fire it at a regulated interval. This interval could be as short as 1 second to as long as days. To do this, you needed to purchase an interval timer (intervolameter) and carry it with you. Canon’s answer for advanced DSLRs is the TC-80N3 Timer/Remote Controller. It has several functions beyond being an interval timer and is usually found in my camera bag. But there have been numerous times that I’ve been out photographing and didn’t have all my tools with me, including the TC-80N3, and I was out of luck when it came to time-lapses.
 
The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II has the interval timer built into the camera. Access the 4th Red Menu on the camera’s LCD and follow the procedure below. You will have the option of setting the number of captures from 1 to 99 or set to “Unlimited.” The time between each exposure can be set from 1 second to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds."
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/25/2015 6:23:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens review.
 
There is a reason that Canon is showing this lens mounted to the new Canon EOS 5Ds. This lens has the resolution needed to take advantage of high density sensors.
 
Canon EOS 5Ds Front with 24 70mm Lens
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/24/2015 7:28:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, February 21, 2015
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From PocketWizard:
 
Latest TTL firmware update further expands extensive list of compatible cameras
 
February 20, 2015 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and flash power control with Sekonic light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Firmware version 3.800 for Nikon includes compatibility with the recently released D750. Additionally, firmware version 6.800 for Canon now provides TTL compatibility with the Canon 7D Mk II. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install this version via USB and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility. PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later is required before installing this update.
 
“This firmware release makes us compatible with most current Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras. Once we receive our pre-ordered Canon 5DS and 5DS R, our Engineers are geared up to get a firmware update out for these cameras as fast as possible,” said Heather Ambrose, Marketing Director at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products.
 
For more information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection and to view current release notes for Nikon firmware update version 3.8 and Canon firmware version 6.8 visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/
 
For a complete compatibility list, please visit:
http://wiki.pocketwizard.com/index.php?title=Canon_Compatibility
http://wiki.pocketwizard.com/index.php?title=Nikon_Compatibility
 
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 2/21/2015 12:19:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 20, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 AW1 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10:
 
  • This software allows for simultaneous upgrade of both A and B firmware to the latest version. If this latest firmware version is already installed on your camera, you need not proceed with download or installation of this Firmware upgrade.
  • This software is provided to those who agree to the terms of the software license at the bottom of this page. When the user selects the I agree - Begin download option outside of the frame, agreement to the terms of the software license is inferred and the user is bound by the terms of the Nikon Corporation (hereafter “Nikon”) License Agreement.
  • NOTE: The camera's internal clock may be reset when the firmware is upgraded. Should this occur, set the clock to the correct date and time after the firmware has been upgraded using the Time Zone and date itme in the setup menu.
  • Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating download of this software.
Updates included with this release
 
  • Support for the FULL/LIMIT focus limit switch on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 has been added.
  • When camera firmware is updated to this version, autofocus does not function when an FT1 running L firmware Ver. 1.10 or earlier is used. Users of the FT1 must update FT1 L firmware to Ver. 1.20 at the same time camera firmware is updated.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An Underwater flash option has been added to the shooting menu to support use of the Underwater Speedlight SB-N10.
  • An issue that caused images captured using a non-CPU lens with the Mount Adapter FT1 to be underexposed has been resolved.
Download: Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware A:1.10 / B:1.10
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/20/2015 9:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR Camera
From the Canon Professional Network:
"The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R represent a new line of ultra high-resolution EOS DSLR cameras – featuring 50.6 Megapixel sensors – that are ideal for photographers who want to capture an extraordinary amount of detail in their images. The new cameras will be popular with those shooting landscape and architectural photography, as well as those shooting commercial or high-end editorial work in the studio. The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R sit alongside the EOS 5D Mark III in the EOS range, and use new technologies to make the most of both of the cameras’ high-resolution capabilities."
Featured Segments
 
  • Key Specifications
  • Image Quality, Processing and Playback
  • In-camera Creativity
  • Autofocus System
  • Metering and Exposure Control
  • Shutter
  • Shooting
  • Full HD Movies
  • Viewfinder and LCD Screen
  • Operation and Construction
  • Accessories
The article also contains two informational videos:
 
  • How to Use the Custom Control Screen
  • How to Shoot Time-lapse Movies
Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/20/2015 7:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Through tomorrow night, use coupon code FILM30 at CanvasOnDemand.com to receive a 30% discount on your canvas print order.
Post Date: 2/19/2015 11:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/19/2015 8:23:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Turns Twenty-Five – A Cultural Icon, Photoshop Shapes the Way We View the World
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 19, 2015 — Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age, turns 25 today. Photoshop touches virtually all the inspirational imagery that surrounds us: the high-impact logo on your morning cup of coffee; the new app you download on your iPhone; the sleek design of your running shoes; the Hollywood blockbuster that you’ll see tonight. Photoshop continues to blaze a trail, with amazing new features added in every release and new mobile apps that extend the power of Photoshop to iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
 
“For 25 years, Photoshop has inspired artists and designers to craft images of stunning beauty and reality-bending creativity,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and chief executive officer. “From desktop publishing, to fashion photography, movie production, website design, mobile app creation and now 3D Printing, Photoshop continues to redefine industries and creative possibilities. And today that Photoshop magic is available to millions of new users, thanks to Adobe Creative Cloud.”
 
Photoshop is one of the most recognized software brands in the world with tens of millions of users, and is the go-to application for digital image manipulation across all media: from print, to film, to the Web. Photoshop features — such as Layers, The Healing Brush, Content Aware Fill and Camera Raw — have empowered creatives to produce their best work. Photoshop technology is also at the heart of Adobe Lightroom, essential software for both professional and amateur photographers. And to meet the needs of today's visual artists, Photoshop and Lightroom mobile apps enable creatives to work on image files seamlessly across desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.
 
Photoshop’s success helped Adobe deliver the creative industry’s most comprehensive set of tools. No other company serves the creative industry with such a wide range of products and services. In addition to Photoshop, applications like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver and others have pushed creativity forward, no matter what the media. And today Adobe Creative Cloud services, such as Behance and Creative Talent Search, are helping a new generation of creatives find a global audience and market for their work.
 
The secret of Photoshop’s massive popularity has been its constantly evolving capabilities and an incredible pipeline of deep image science. This pipeline of innovation is now getting to customers faster than ever before, with Photoshop and Lightroom desktop and mobile apps constantly updated, as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
 
To celebrate this Photoshop milestone, Adobe is showcasing 25 of the most creative visual artists under 25 who use Photoshop. To be considered, artists upload their projects to Behance and use the tag “Ps25Under25.” In the coming months, those selected will take over the Photoshop Instagram handle (@Photoshop) for two weeks and present their work for the world to see. Fredy Santiago, a 24-year old Mexican-American artist and illustrator based in Ventura, California will be the first to display his incredible images, beginning today.
 
The company is also launching an advertising campaign, “Dream On," for The Academy Awards — as a tribute to 25 years of amazing art created in Photoshop. The TV commercial includes incredible work from Photoshop artists and iconic images from major motion pictures that used Photoshop in the making, including Avatar, Gone Girl, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Shrek. The spot can be seen here.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/19/2015 7:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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From Canon:
 
TOKYO, February 18, 2015—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that the Company will support the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) as a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner in the category of Still Cameras and Desktop Reprographic Hardware which include desktop printers.
 
Canon has entered an agreement with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, making the Company a Tokyo 2020 Gold Partner. In this capacity, Canon will contribute to the delivery of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which will be held in 2020 in Tokyo, and in addition, will provide support to the Japanese national Olympic and Paralympic teams competing from 2016 to 2020.
 
Tokyo 2020 Gold Partners are positioned as the highest tier of the Tokyo 2020 domestic Sponsorship Programme. As a sponsor of Tokyo 2020, Canon products and services in the still cameras and desktop reprographic hardware categories, which include desktop printers, will be designated as Official Products of the Games.
 
Canon will provide behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering the Games, including camera and lens maintenance services and product loans. Drawing from the Company's experience and know-how cultivated to date, Canon will improve on-site media support for cameras during Tokyo 2020, including on-site camera service and support centers to assist the numerous journalists and sports photographers from various countries and regions across the world.
 
Canon will continue contributing to the advancement of sports through the use of Canon still cameras and desktop reprographic hardware which include desktop printers.
 
For more information, check out the original press release.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/18/2015 10:04:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Winter Photography Tips: Go Where the Temperature is Warm
It was -4° F (-20° C) this morning and the wind was howling. The meteorologist was warning of frostbite occurring to exposed skin within 15 minutes.
 
I can take cold weather, but wind chills approaching -30° F (-34° C) are getting uncomfortable enough to keep me and a large majority of other photographers indoors. What is the answer for someone wanting to photograph outdoors when weather conditions reach this extreme? Wait until warmer weather arrives or go somewhere that is warm. The latter is of course my preference. Where to go? Closer to the equator, of course. Or, cross the equator to find summer.
 
One example of a winter photography location is southwest Florida. This location is renowned for its bird photography and the weather here is very comfortable most of the time including the middle of winter. Take you long lens and migrate with the birds.
 
This Roseate Spoonbill was found at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida in late winter. The spoonbill was standing in place for a long time and I had taken plenty of shots of various standing poses – and insurance shots of the same. I was waiting, looking for a new and hopefully more interesting behavior. A preening session provided just that.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
800mm  f/8.0  1/400s  ISO 100  2623 x 3935px
Post Date: 2/18/2015 8:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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From CreativeLive:
 
Third Annual CreativeLive Photoshop Week Gathers Renowned Experts on Photoshop and Lightroom to Educate Photographers and Creative Pros …Free!
 
Seattle, WA – February 17, 2015 – Nearly every photographer and graphic artist relies on Photoshop to help them refine and perfect their creations before presenting them to clients, friends, and family members. CreativeLive, the premier source for online education, is once again bringing together the world’s foremost experts to create Photoshop Week (February 23-28, 2015), a weeklong series of online seminars brought directly to the convenience of your computer, and in the comfort of your studio or home. To register for the live seminars and view a complete class schedule of Photoshop and Lightroom topics, visit CreativeLive.com.
 
Over the course of six days, CreativeLive will stream 49 live classes presented by the industry’s leading Photoshop experts including Dave Cross, Tim Grey, Jason Hoppe, Mike Kelley, Matt Kloskowski, Julieanne Kost, Jared Platt, Julia Kuzmenko McKim, Aaron Nace, Chris Orwig, Colin Smith, Paul Trani and Ben Willmore. Each 90 minute class provides a detailed look at the hottest topics for a comprehensive learning experience that can be applied to your graphics and photography.
 
Viewers will also have an opportunity to purchase and download any of the 49 classes to create an on-demand personal library of Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials from the very best in the business. The cost for downloading the entire course curriculum is $299. Individual classes can be downloaded and archived for on-demand viewing for $19 each.
 
“CreativeLive is the source more than two million photographers have turned to for live online learning,” explains George Varanakis, General Manager of Photo at CreativeLive. “Photoshop Week offers a very comprehensive curriculum presented by the most renowned experts in the industry. While all the classes are available free when airing live, the entire collection of classes are also available for on-demand viewing and critical study.”
 
From beginner to advanced users, photographers who tune into Photoshop Week will find what they learn to be an invaluable asset to their day-to-day workflow actions. Whether it’s a new feature or technique such as Introduction to 3D in Photoshop or a refresher course on Layer Effects, the viewers will listen and learn from the very best in the business. Visit the CreativeLive website to review the entire schedule of classes and build your personal calendar for Photoshop Week.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 3:11:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Get tips to attract clients and land more wedding gigs
 
It's hard to believe wedding season is just around the corner! To help you put your best foot forward, we've partnered up with Tamron to put together our latest guide, How to Grow a Wedding Photography Business. Get tips to attract the wedding clients you want, develop a solid pricing plan, and have your clients bubble over with excitement when it comes to your exceptional customer service.
 
In this guide you’ll also learn:
 
  • How to screen for the best clients
  • The most important thing to do when first starting out
  • What to do on the big day to make an impression
  • How to establish a strong brand identity
  • Why your customer service should be above-and-beyond
  • How to take natural looking photos
Plus get insights from 6 seasoned wedding photographers who share their tips to tackle the market and build a successful wedding photography business.
 
Get the free guide.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 2:21:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
 
The Contest Opens February 25, Inviting Consumers of All Skill Levels to Submit Trailers of Their Everyday Life Moments
 
NEW YORK, N.Y., February 17, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced that actor, Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games franchise, has partnered with Canon U.S.A. Inc. and Ron Howard for Project Imagination: The Trailer, and for the first time ever, anyone's life moments can become a movie trailer and inspire a Hollywood film. The user-generated experiment invites consumers of all skill levels to create and submit trailers of their everyday life moments, resulting in one winning trailer selected by Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson, which will ultimately inspire a short film in which Hutcherson will star and produce.
 
"Josh Hutcherson is going to be a great addition, empowering a whole new generation to pick up a camera and realize they are far more creative than they give themselves credit for in their everyday life moments," said Ron Howard. "I encourage people to really have fun with their storytelling; who knows, the kid's birthday party might end up looking like a horror film or a trailer for a fantastic thriller that could truly captivate us."
 
"I'm fascinated by filmmaking and recently sat down with Ron Howard to hear about the history of Project Imagination," said Josh Hutcherson. "The creative process truly excites me, as does officially joining the cast of Canon's Project Imagination: The Trailer. I'm really looking forward to starring in a film inspired by user-generated trailer submissions."
 
Submissions will open on February 25 at imagination.usa.canon.com. Until then, consumers can visit the website and get inspired by watching "The Trailer of Your Life" - a 45-second trailer about the project, leveraging everyday footage from everyday consumers. The site also includes Ron Howard's tips for creating trailers.
 
Project Imagination: The Trailer marks Ron Howard's third time partnering with Canon, a brand that aligns with his conviction that people's everyday lives are visually and cinematically worth recording.
 
"We're delighted to continue our great partnership with Ron Howard and welcome Josh Hutcherson to the project," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO Canon U.S.A.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/17/2015 1:07:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
I wanted to visually see the new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens beside the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. So, I sized the lenses to scale and composited a prime Art lens family photo. You can definitely see the family resemblance.
 
B&H is accepting preorders for the Sigma 24mm Art Lens with initial shipments expected to arrive March 20th, 2015.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 9:56:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sean and Amanda's Valentine's Day 2015 Image
by Sean Setters
 
Amanda and I have been dating a little more than a year now. And even though I have a camera in my hand nearly every day, we have relatively few pictures of us together. This Valentine's Day, however, we decided to address that issue.
 
I've slowly been accumulating a collection of old, 35mm transparent slides for use with my Light Blaster. One recent eBay auction win left me with a set of humorous title slides designed for use with early films. Considering our fondness of hats, one slide in particular seemed well-suited for inclusion in our image.
 
We used my driveway (with a bordering fence) as the location for our shoot. The chair shown usually occupies a spot in my living room. I chose that specific chair because it was bulky enough to help me conceal the lower part of the light stand that the Light Blaster would be on.
 
For optimal results, the timing of the shoot proved essential. I needed the ambient light to drop low enough so that the projected image would show up well on the fence. Too much ambient light would make the projected image less distinct. Therefore, we set everything up shortly before sundown and kept shooting as dusk rolled in.
 
The mainlight consisted of a 580EX Speedlite flash diffused by a 24" Glow Collapsible Softbox positioned just out of the frame to the right. The softbox was chosen because its directionality allowed me to keep light from contaminating the background projection. I used a Lumopro LP180 flash zoomed to 105mm for the rim light which was positioned behind us, camera right. I used another 580EX positioned directly behind the chair with the Light Blaster + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens attached. This lens provided the perfect size projection while its wide f/1.4 aperture also allowed me to squeeze every bit of illumination out of my flash (wider aperture = brighter projection). I used radio triggers to trigger the flashes and a Canon RC-1 wireless remote to trigger the tripod-mounted 5D Mark III + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens (f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 320). We positioned ourselves very carefully to conceal the top half of the light stand and flash / Light Blaster.
 
After a couple of dozen attempts we had the shots we wanted. After a small amount of post processing, we arrived at the image shown above. Amanda was especially happy with the shot, so it was well worth the effort.
 
And just in case you're curious, the shirt I'm wearing underneath the jacket says "Bokehlicious".
Post Date: 2/17/2015 7:32:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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