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 Monday, May 29, 2017
For today only, B&H has most BlackRapid camera straps available for 15% off.
 
Interested in converting a BlackRapid strap for compatability with Arca-Swiss style plates? See here.
Post Date: 5/29/2017 10:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 9.7" iPad Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Gold) available for $579.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $729.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Screen Resolution (264 ppi)
  • Apple A9X 64-bit SoC with M9 Coprocessor
  • 4G LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Front 5MP FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 12MP iSight Camera
  • Four-Speaker Audio Design
  • Night Shift, True Tone Display
  • Lightning Connector, Smart Connector
  • iOS 9.3
Post Date: 5/29/2017 10:38:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 (Download) available for $92.99. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Post Date: 5/29/2017 10:09:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fluid Head with 18 lb Capacity
  • 75mm Claw Ball Leveler
  • Double-Strut Top Leg Section
  • Height Range of 28 to 64"
  • Metal Quick-Flip Leg Locks
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Rubber Leg Tips
  • Dual Pan Bar Handles
  • Padded Carrying Case
Until midnight tonight or inventory is exhausted, B&H has the Lexar Professional 512GB 800x UDMA 7 CompactFlash Memory Card available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $399.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 512GB Data Storage Capacity
  • 800x Speed Rating
  • Max. Read Speed: 120 MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 75 MB/s
  • UDMA 7 Compliant
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
 Sunday, May 28, 2017
From 5DayDeal:
 
In just a few days we're launching the all-new, 2017 Complete Video Creators Bundle, but while you wait... be sure to enter the 2017 5DayDeal Giveaway!
 
Enter the 5DayDeal $10,000.00 Giveaway
 
We know that being a cinematographer, videographer, or photographer is expensive, so what better way to save a few bucks than to win a prize! We've got great stuff to give away, like training resources, software subscriptions, a Canon camera and laptop/camera bags, PLUS a 13" Macbook Pro and a DJI drone!
 
As we put the finishing touches on our upcoming, and totally awesome, bundle, we thought we would get everyone in the money-saving mood by giving away a bunch of prizes.
 
The Complete Video Creators Bundle by 5DayDeal is coming up! Save the dates:
 
JUNE 1 - 6, 2017
 
The Complete Video Creators Bundle has been curated exclusively to help video makers save time and money, hone their technical and creative skill, and advance their career.
 
Whether you're a photographer looking to do more video or a diehard cinematographer there's something in this bundle for everyone—and the savings are remarkable. This bundle is a remarkable, once in a lifetime collection of expert training, tutorials, eBooks, software, and digital tools for all levels of video creation - there's something awesome for everyone!
 
Get the resources you need, from the industry professionals you trust, at a price you can afford.
 
This bundle will be deeply discounted, which means you'll save a lot of money. PLUS 10% from every sale goes to charity. The next Video Creators Bundle by 5DayDeal starts this Thursday!
Post Date: 5/28/2017 8:08:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
My time in Jasper National Park was short and there was no time for on-location scouting. I needed to rely on my pre-trip planning and my research led me to make Cavell Lake one of my early AM location priorities. The prospect of Mt Edith Cavell and Angel Glacier reflecting in Cavell Lake appeared a sure-thing for a keeper image. A beautiful mountain reflecting in a calm lake is a sure recipe for a great image and this location's combination was definitely above average in that regard.
 
The sun hits the side of these mountains visible here in the morning, meaning that the morning timing choice was ideal. The interesting clouds were ... a gift. You just can't plan for clouds like these and being there is what increases the odds.
 
To reach this location, I parked at the Tonquin Valley Loop trailhead (just past the Hi-Mount Edith Cavell Wilderness Hostel) and followed the trail until reaching the foot bridge at the north end of Cavell Lake. The photographic opportunities there could entertain me for ... a very long time. Unfortunately, I didn't have a lot of time and I quickly selected some compositions to capture.
 
While this particular image is on the busy side, I loved the high latitude flora and wanted to capture it along with the scene. For a variation from the same location, check out this Mt Edith Cavell picture captured lakeside the lake just farther into this frame.
 
I had a few lenses with me, but the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens combination were what I used all morning. They are both awesome.
 
This is a modest HDR blend of two images, primarily pulling the sky down the tone curve slightly to show detail in the clouds.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/28/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 26, 2017
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/26/2017 1:45:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rudy Winston
 
Today’s digital SLR cameras usually have two distinct Autofocus systems — what we now think of as traditional AF you get through the optical viewfinder; and (usually) a separate AF system for focus using the LCD monitor to view your scene, when shooting with Live View or recording video. They’re very different:
 
Viewfinder AF:
Usually relies on a totally separate AF sensor for focus detection, and always uses what’s called Phase Detection technology.
 
Live View and video AF:
Uses pixels on the actual camera imaging sensor to read focus information. Early systems simply read blurriness or sharpness off the image sensor; this is called Contrast Detection AF. (This is still used in some competitive brand interchangeable-lens cameras.) More sophisticated systems utilize individual pixels, or groups of pixels, on the image sensor and make comparisons of data to detect when a subject is focused or not…this approach is also called Phase Detection.
 
We’ll discuss the many advantages that traditional through-the-viewfinder AF systems offer in this series of AF articles. But before we dive in, it may be helpful to have a quick understanding of how AF has typically worked in our SLR cameras since these systems were introduced back in the mid-1980s.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/26/2017 9:38:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
It's a slow news day, so let's have a little fun. Can you guess the lighting setup for the self-portrait shown above incuding the number of lights, their positions and modifiers used (including colored gels)? Hint: There were 3 individual gels used, but none of them were CTB (blue).
 
Click on the image to download a higher resolution version (looking closely at catchlights in the eyes can provide clues to lighting).
 
Post your guesses in the comments. I'll reveal the lighting setup around 4:00pm Eastern Time unless someone makes a correct guess, at which time I'll confirm the setup.
 
Lighting Setup Answer
 
Several of the commenters got very close in their guesses on the setup. As some guessed, the camera's white balance was set to a value to render un-gelled flashes very blue. As I only wanted one flash in the setup to be warm, shifting the white balance saved me the trouble of having to gel three different lights with CTB gels.
 
There were actually 4 flashes/monolights in the scene. The main light came from Canon Speedlite 580EX flash diffused by a small 16" softbox camera left. It had (2) full CTO gels on it (1 to offset the camera's white balance setting, the other to add warmth). I felt that the 16" softbox was just too big for what I wanted, so I ended up draping a black t-shirt over most of it and leaving a strip about 2" wide uncovered along the edge.
 
The fill light camera right was provided by a 580EX bounced into a white umbrella (with black backing). This light was gelled with a 1/2 green gel and positioned so that any shadows cast on the background would fall outside the composition (even when left in the original 2:3 ratio). The fill light is what's responsible for illuminating the background (white/collapsible).
 
The rim lights (camera left and right, behind subject) were monolights fitted with gridded strip boxes. They were ungelled. They appear as different colors because each of the rim lights is mixing with a different colored light from the front.
 
You might wonder why I decided to add a 1/2 green gel to my fill light. My inspiration for testing out this lighting setup came from David Hobby's recent Lighting 103 post where he discusses several of Greg Heisler's techniques for lighting with color for a more natural, seemingly organic look. Greg often adds a plusgreen gel to a CTB in order to give it a more realistic, believable (less perfectly blue) color.
 
I originally shot the scene with the camera set to Tungsten white balance, but I ended up pushing the white balance a little cooler in post processing to lessen the CTO's effect slightly.
Post Date: 5/26/2017 7:48:32 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: 5/26/2017 6:30:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Manfrotto Imagine More YouTube Channel:
 
Manfrotto’s new Pro Light Bumblebee bags are perfect for professional photographers and videographers who work outdoors and want a reliable carrying solution that lets them stay comfortable in the harshest of conditions, despite high temperatures, extreme cold or high humidity.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto Pro Light Bumblebee camera bags.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 5/26/2017 5:33:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 25, 2017
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Ideal for a casual day of shooting with a DSLR or Mirrorless system, Think Tank Photo’s slim, body-conforming TurnStyle V2.0 sling bag allow photographers to move and shoot freely. The updated version of this popular series offers a new stabilizer strap that holds the bag steady while actively shooting or tucks away when not in use. Think Tank’s sling bags’ design promotes easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories.
 
The TurnStyle 5 fits a mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, and an eight-inch tablet. The TurnStyle 10 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to two lenses, and an eight-inch tablet. The TurnStyle 20 fits a standard size DSLR plus one to three lenses, and a 10” tablet. These new version releases come in the traditional Charcoal and in a new color, Indigo Blue.
 
“This new version of our popular TurnStyle sling bags reinforces their reputation as the ideal ‘grab and go’ camera bag,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “One thing we’ve learned from serving professional photographers for so long is that they always need one, pre-conformed gear kit that gives them access to their core gear. The TurnStyle is that bag.”
 
KEY ADDITIONAL FEATURES
 
  • Slim, contoured, body-conforming design with a wide shoulder strap provides a very comfortable fit
  • Lightweight materials and construction
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Easily accessible front organizer pocket for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Rear internal pocket holds documents
  • Fully customizable interior dividers
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included in dedicated pocket
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 550D polyspun, 320g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape,3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
TurnStyle 5 V2.0
Interior Dimension: 6.3” W x 11” H x 3.5” D (16 x 28 x 9 cm)
Exterior Dimension: 7.1” W x 13.8” H x 3.9” D (18 x 35 x 10 cm)
Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
Maximum weight (with all accessories): 0.8 lb. (0.3 kg)
Shoulder strap length: 32–64.5” (includes length of product)
Stability strap length: 58.3” (includes length of product)
 
TurnStyle 10 V2.0
Interior Dimension: 7.1” W x 12.6” H x 4.8” D (18 x 32 x 12.2 cm)
Exterior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15.4” H x 5.2” D (21 x 39 x 13.2 cm)
Small tablet compartment: 6.3” x 8.7” x 0.4” (16 x 22 x 1 cm)
Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.0 lb. (0.4 kg)
Shoulder strap length: 35–68.3” (includes length of product)
Stability strap length: 59.3” (includes length of product)
 
TurnStyle 20 V2.0
Interior Dimension: 8.3” W x 15” H x 4.8” D (21 x 38 x 12.2 cm)
Exterior Dimension: 9.3” W x 17.3” H x 5.4” D (23.5 x 44 x 13.7 cm)
Small tablet compartment: 8.1” x 10.2” x 0.6” (20.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Maximum weight (with all accessories): 1.2 lb. (0.5 kg)
Shoulder strap length: 36.5–73” (includes length of product)
Stability strap length: 60” Maximum (includes length of product)
 
Think Tank Photo has the new TurnStyle V2 bags in stock.
Post Date: 5/25/2017 3:27:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Legendary durability and award winning comfort have made Think Tank Photo’s StreetWalker series one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world. Now Think Tank announces the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0, featuring the ability to switch from a backpack to a roller. Also released are upgraded versions of all three classic StreetWalker backpacks. Photographers get the same comfort and quality as the original series but with new features such as increased depth for modern DSLR systems, and dedicated pockets for both tablets and smartphones.
 
The new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is so spacious, it will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached (including a 200-400mm f/4), and a 15” laptop. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm f/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm f/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 backpack fits one gripped DSLR with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, a 16–35mm f/2.8, and a 10” tablet.
 
“With the release of the new StreetWalker Rolling Backpack and the new versions of the three classic StreetWalker backpacks, we made three of the best pro-level backpacks in the photo industry even better,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The one thing we’ve heard over and over since they first launched is how comfortable and durable they are. Now, with the hybrid rolling backpack and the upgraded core backpacks, we’ve integrated even more photographer feedback to expand their functionality.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
 
  • Comfortable harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back
  • Dedicated laptop compartment that holds up to a 15” laptop
  • Fits two bodies with lenses attached including a 200–400mm f/4
  • Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry-on, meets most U.S. and International airline carry-on requirements
  • Reinforced telescoping handle with rubberized touch points
  • Tripod mount on front panel
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Lockable YKK RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high-density velex and closed cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extends product life
  • Adjustable dividers allow a customized fit for your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Hypalon reinforced rear panel for increased durability
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
StreetWalker Backpacks V2.0
 
  • Tripod mount on front panel (tripod cup for larger tripods included on Pro and HardDrive versions)
  • Padded shoulder straps comfortable for all day trekking
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high density velex and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Adjustable dividers allow you to customize the fit of your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Removable webbing waist belt detaches easily
  • Lockable YKK RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Interior clear zippered pockets for accessories
  • Organizer pocket
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
  • Clear business card holder on top panel for identification
  • Compatible with Camera Support Straps (sold separately)
  • Compatible with our Thin Skin and Pro Speed Camera Belts (sold separately)
MATERIALS
 
Exterior
 
  • Durable water-repellant (DWR) coating
  • Polyurethane coating
  • 1680D ballistic nylon
  • YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers
  • 420D velocity nylon
  • 550D poly-spun
  • 320G air mesh
  • Ultra-stretch pockets
  • Y-buckles
  • Antique plated metal hardware
  • Nylon webbing
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Interior
 
  • Closed-cell foam and PE board reinforced dividers
  • 200D polyester
  • Polyurethane backed “super-stick” velex liner and dividers
  • 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover
  • Laminated clear mesh pockets
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 11.8” W x 19.7” H x 6.3–7.1” D (30 x 50 x 16–18 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 21.9” H x 9” D (32 x 55.5 x 22.9 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 9.8” W x 14.5” H x 0.9” D (25 x 36.8 x 2.3 cm)
Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 x 19 x 1.5 cm)
Weight: 8.2 lbs. (3.7 kg)
 
StreetWalker V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 16.1” H x 6.3” D (24 x 41 x 16 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 17.3” H x 7.1” D (25 x 44 x 18 cm)
Tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
Weight: 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
 
StreetWalker Pro V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 17.3” H x 7.5” D (24 x 44 x 19 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 18.5” H x 8.3” D (25 x 47 x 21 cm)
Tablet: 7.7” W x 10.4” H x 0.4” D (19.5 × 26.5 × 1 cm)
Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
Weight: 3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)
 
StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0
Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 19.7” H x 7.1” D (28 x 50 x 18 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 20.4” H x 8.7” D (29 x 52 x 22 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 10” W x 16.1” H x 0.9” D (25.5 x 41 x 2.2 cm)
Tablet: 8.9” W x 11.9” H x 0.4” D (22.5 × 30.3 × 1 cm)
Phone Pocket: 3.9” W x 7.5” H x 0.6” D (10 × 19 × 1.5 cm)
Weight: 4.5 lbs (2 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the new StreetWalker V2 Backpacks in stock.
B&H has the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm f/2.9 Art Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.9 to f/16
  • Based on Chevalier's Achromat from 1835
  • Simple Doublet Optical Design
  • Waterhouse Aperture System
  • Lumiere and Aquarelle Aperture Plates
  • Manual Focus Helicoid
  • Brass Lens Housing
Post Date: 5/25/2017 7:59:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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