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 Monday, January 16, 2017
Adorama has the Glidecam HD-4000 Stabilizer System available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
From the item description:
The Glidecam HD-4000 is a Stabilizer System for Small Sized Video Cameras up to 4-10 Lbs. This system is upgraded from the 4000 Pro and offers fine adjustments and an improved gimbal and balance system.
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Post Date: 1/16/2017 6:09:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release (for Canon/Nikon/Sony) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  2. Range: 320'
  3. Channels: 16
  4. Built-In Antenna
  5. Dual-Function Release
  6. Four-Second Delay Function
  7. Multi-Exposure & Long Exposure Modes
  8. Works Wired or Wirelessly
  9. LED Indicators
  10. Each Device Runs on Two AAA Batteries
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Post Date: 1/16/2017 6:07:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 15, 2017
Adorama has the Induro CLT004 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $299.00.
 
Product Specificaitons
 
MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections4
Leg Lock TypeTwist lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes-with 3 stops
Foot MountUNC M8x1.25
Foot TypeFixed Rubber
Foot Size0.8" (20mm)
Head Base Diameter1.69" (42.93 mm)
Minimum Height10.83" (27.5 cm)
Maximum Height53.54" (136 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended46.65" (118.5 cm)
Folded Length18.5" (47 cm)
Maximum Load13.2 lb (6 kg)
Weight2.29 lb (1.04 kg)
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Post Date: 1/15/2017 2:11:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 14, 2017
eBay (via buydig – 98.8 Positive Feedback) has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Canon available for $1,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00.
 
Note:Limited quantity available. The lens also comes with a USA warranty and free TAP-in console.
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Post Date: 1/14/2017 9:11:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 13, 2017
Through midnight Sunday (1/15), use coupon code PXNYMETAL at AdoramaPix to save 33% on your metallic print order.
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Post Date: 1/13/2017 12:46:50 PM 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.
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Post Date: 1/13/2017 12:09:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Adorama 40" Gold Interior Umbrella available for $1.99 + shipping. Regularly $14.95.
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Post Date: 1/13/2017 9:16:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ever since I became enthralled with photography, I've enjoyed sifting through inspirational images and breaking them down so that I could understand how just the photographer created that specific look.
 
Earlier this week I ran across a profile image where the subject was wearing sunglasses. The portrait had a strong rim light but there was very little fill light on the face, yet there was a strong reflection that encompassed nearly the entire area of the sunglasses' lens.
 
Typically speaking, the eye is the most important element in a portrait. However, the prominence of the sunglasses (along with an eye which was deeply shadowed) replaced the importance of the eye in the image. I thought it would be a fun exercise to try and recreate the lighting used for the profile portrait. Note: If I could remember where I saw the image, I would link to it here. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I found it. Hopefully the image's description and my attempts to recreate it will be sufficiently illustrative.
 
My approach to dissecting an image usually mirrors the scientific method:
 
  1. Ask a question.
  2. Do background research.
  3. Construct a hypothesis.
  4. Test with an experiment.
  5. Does the procedure work?
In other words, "Wonder, think, test, repeat as necessary."
 
I thought I had a good guess as to how the image was lit, but upon testing my hypothesis, I realized I was very likely incorrect. After quickly going back to the drawing board, I came up with a result that achieved exactly the look I was going for:
 
Guess the Lighting Setup Self Portrait 2017 01 13 2nd Example

Notice how there is a huge reflection in the sunglasses yet there is very little fill on the face. That's precisely what I was attempting to duplicate.
 
However, after it was all said and done I wasn't entirely happy with the image. For my next attempt I used a looser framing, a different pair of sunglasses and a sweater to remove the emphasis from my Adam's apple. Although all the lighting tools were the same, the positions of the light modifiers were not identical (although they were very close), different camera settings were used and (as is likely obvious) the images were also post-processed in slightly different ways. The second image also has more fill light than what I was originally going for, but I liked the result anyway.
 
So here's the challenge:
 
  1. Analyze the image atop this post and try to figure out exactly how it was lit.
  2. Try to recreate the lighting in the image as closely as possible.
  3. Share your image, gear and camera settings and describe how it was lit.
It wasn't a complicated setup, but if I had not tried it myself, I would not have arrived at the same conclusion. If you prefer not to try to recreate the image yourself, you're more than welcomed to simply guess the lighting setup in the comments below. Otherwise, let's hear your guess and see your tested example image. I'll update the post Monday to reveal the answer.
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Post Date: 1/13/2017 6:40:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the BlackRapid 63" Cross-Shot Sling Camera Strap available for $27.95 with free shipping. Regularly $44.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Cross-Torso Right or Left-Side Strap
  • Non-Slip Molded Rubber Shoulder Pad
  • Durable Polypropylene Webbing
  • 63" Long, 1.0" Wide Strap
  • 10.5" Long, 1.5" Wide Shoulder Pad
  • FastenR, ConnectR, Lock Star Included
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Post Date: 1/13/2017 5:20:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 12, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Author: Rick Sammon
 
Photography is more than just taking, or as I say, making, a picture. It’s about the entire photographic process (image capture and image processing) and the personal experience.
 
In this article I’ll share with you some of my favorite photographs and experiences from my recent trip to Sri Lanka – a magical destination – documented with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
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Post Date: 1/12/2017 11:20:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Have you ever wondered how this site's product images are created? If so, you'll want to check out our most recent addition to the Photography Tips page:

 
Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens/Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens Comparison

The Ideal, Simple, General Purpose Product Photography Setup (How this Site's Product Images are Captured)
In it, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at Bryan's product photography setup, details on the gear he utilizes to create the classic, white background product imagery found throughout the site and a few tips for creating your own product images.
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Post Date: 1/12/2017 7:52:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 12, 2017—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
 
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
 
Canon U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005–2016
 
YearRanking*No. of
patents
20161st (3rd)3,665
20151st (3rd)4,127
20141st (3rd)4,048
20131st (3rd)3,820
20121st (3rd)3,173
20111st (3rd)2,818
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,366
20051st (2nd)1,829

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies
 
Note: Number of patents for 2016 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
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Post Date: 1/12/2017 6:08:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Great Big Story YouTube Channel:
 
During the dark winter months in Finland, one man fills the night with light. Hannu Huhtamo is a light painter. The artist takes long exposure photographs and uses flashlights and other simple tools to transform dark and sometimes forgotten places into magical new worlds—no Photoshop required.
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Post Date: 1/12/2017 5:58:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro FIT29AIH1 iTrip Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with IH1 Ball Head available for $89.95 with free shipping. Compare at $154.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 60.8"
  • Min Height: 16.3"
  • Folded Length: 21.5"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Simple Ball Head
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Plate
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Post Date: 1/12/2017 5:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 
MotoCrane is scheduled to launch a universal automotive camera crane system this year with the following specifications:
 
Max Speed: 80 MPH
Max Acceleration: 1g lateral, longitudinal
Lens Height from Roof: 3' above, 3' below
Boom Length: 6' from center, 9' total
Max Controlled Speeds: ARMA: 4 sec 360º Swing | ACRO: 1 sec 360º Pan
Operating Temp: MIN: -30ºF, MAX: 120ºF *Over-heat protection
Weather: Water resistant
 
Unfortunately, there's no word yet on pricing or expected availability, but it's bound to be less expensive than the widely used Russian Arms.
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Category: MotoCrane News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 1:32:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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