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 Thursday, May 26, 2016

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
We have a sneak peek for you. Check out Content-Aware Crop, one of the cool new features you can expect from the next Photoshop CC update. With Content-Aware Crop, Photoshop uses Content-Aware technology to intelligently fill in the gaps when you use the Crop tool to rotate an image or expand your canvas beyond the image's original size.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 5/26/2016 2:21:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay has the SanDisk Ultra II 2.5" 480GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive available for $107.99 with free shipping. Compare at $129.60.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Up to 28 times better performance than a typical hard disk drive
  • No-wait boot up and shut down
  • Faster app load and response times
  • Up to 15% longer battery life
  • nCache 2.0 technology delivers enhanced speed and endurance
  • Shock resistant so your data's always safe - even if you drop your computer
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Post Date: 5/26/2016 12:19:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The balance of the standard test results (vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens pages.
 
Full reviews of both lenses are planned for the near future.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro F017 Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 5/26/2016 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Do you plan on visiting New York City in the next 12 months? If so, this deal's for you.
 
From now to May 31, you can save 20% on a New York Pass, the ultimate key that gets you free entry to over 80 New York tourist attractions.
 
New York Pass Benefits:
 
  • You can choose from 6 different duration types: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10 days
  • There are no limits to how many attractions you can see
  • 15 busiest attractions offer Fast Track entry to NY Pass holders
  • There are 17 tours that Pass holders can book in advance and secure their place
  • You have full control on your budget, yet you can choose from 80+ NYC attractions
And if visiting New York City with a New York Pass, you may want to try photographing the city from the Rockefeller Center observation deck. If so, check out Bryan's Ultimate Guide to Photographing at Top of the Rock.
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Post Date: 5/26/2016 8:32:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Rogue:
 
Rogue’s new Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector, Frank Doorhof Edition incorporates Rogue’s new Super Soft Silver Fabric into Rogue’s Popular FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector Design
 
WATSONVILLE, CA. – MAY 26, 2016 – ExpoImaging, Inc., creator of the patented FlashBender shapeable light modifiers for off-camera flash photography, today announced availability of the new Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector, Frank Doorhof edition.
 
“Photographers looking for more contrast in their images while shooting flash on location will love this new Super Soft Silver FlashBender 2 XL Pro,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “Highly reflective shiny silver fabric is prone to hot spots and is often too bright and too contrasty for portraiture, especially in brighter light. Our custom Super Soft Silver fabric falls between harsh shiny silver and soft white fabrics. It is brighter and more “edgy” than white fabric while producing a softer and more even light than shiny silver fabric.”
 
Professional photographer and lighting instructor Frank Doorhof is a master of using edgy light and contrast to create remarkable images. “I love more edge in my images,” said Frank, so when he first saw Rogue’s Super Soft Silver fabric, he knew he wanted a version of the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector incorporating the fabric. Thus, the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector, Frank Doorhof edition was born.
 
Designed for portability to pack flat in most camera bags or laptop compartments, the 12” x 16” (30.5cm x 40.5cm) FlashBender 2 XL Pro reflector is the largest FlashBender. Building on the success of the popular Rogue FlashBender light modifiers for speedlights, FlashBender 2 reflectors can be shaped to control the direction of light from an accessory flash, and FlashBender 2’s improved belt and buckle design provides a faster and more secure attachment to your flash.
 
With the control, versatility and portability of all FlashBenders and a Super Soft Silver reflective surface, the Frank Doorhof edition FlashBender 2 XL Pro Reflector represents a unique new photographic tool to create spectacular images.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector is available from ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. The Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector retails for $59.95.
 
B&H carries the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver Reflector.
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Post Date: 5/26/2016 7:00:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 5/31, use coupon code PXWALL15 at AdoramaPix to get 15% off your order of canvas, metal or acrylic prints.
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Post Date: 5/26/2016 6:18:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
DJI got together with Rally Argentina winner Hayden Paddon for some flight lessons at the beach in Portugal. Watch how DJI’s Ferdinand Wolf explains the advanced features of the Phantom 4 to Hayden.
 
B&H carries the DJI Phantom 4.
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Post Date: 5/26/2016 5:32:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only B&H has the Ilford GALERIE Prestige Gold Mono Silk Paper (13 x 19", 25 Sheets) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fiber Base with Nanoporous Coating
  • Optimized for Black & White Printing
  • Basis Weight: 270 gsm
  • Thickness: 10.5 mil
  • Opacity: 99%
  • Gloss Level: 42% at 60°
  • Acid & Lignin Free
  • Surface Finish: Silk
 Wednesday, May 25, 2016
From Broncolor:
 
Hot on the heels of the new Siros L battery powered studio monobloc, broncolor have also released two brand new lights shaping tools - the Edge Mask diffuser and Focus 110 umbrella.
 
Edge Masks
Using the broncolor range of softboxes just became even more creative and flexible. The new Edge Mask helps turn the rectangular sizes of the softboxes in to a rim light, allowing for subjects to be photographed in-front of and against the softbox, with the light wrapping around the subject from behind. This is a popular technique previously only created by flagging off the softbox with a board, but the Edge Mask provides a professional, easy and uniform method for creating the effect. Simply attach the Edge Mask to your existing softbox as you would an external diffuser.
 
Broncolor Focus 110 Silver Black Umbrella

Focus 110
The new parabolic Focus 110 umbrella (110cm diameter) provides a quick an easy way of producing a focusable parabolic light effect. Simply pop it up and use the lamp heads umbrella holder to slide and focus the shaper.
 
Availability
The new Edge Masks and Focus 110 are ready and available to ship now!
 
B&H has the Broncolor Edge Masks and Focus 110 available for preorder.
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Category: Broncolor News
Post Date: 5/25/2016 7:50:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
If you've seriously been considering underwater photography, this nearly 2-hour primer will be well worth watching.
 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Larry and Olga explain key techniques used in photographing many different kinds of subjects in the underwater environment. Not only reef fish; they cover shooting under piers, shipwrecks, and underwater caves. The two of them showed images created around the world. Everywhere from the warm blue waters of the Caribbean and Red Sea to the cold crystal clear green waters of the British Columbia and Alaska.
 
This introduction answers many questions about how to achieve great underwater shots. Super useful for those who are casual vacationers or seasoned scuba enthusiasts desiring to document their escapades beneath the sea.
 
Larry and Olga are well known experts and this is your chance to learn about housings, cameras, strobes, and all the gear needed to lay a foundation for underwater photography.
 
B&H carries underwater camera gear.
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Post Date: 5/25/2016 9:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
For videographers seeking reduced weight, increased capacity, more features, and ease of use, we are releasing seven incredibly strong soft-sided video cases. In addition to being lighter weight and having more features than traditional hard cases, Think Tank’s new video cases let videographers to hit the ground running by allowing them to leave their cameras fully assembled between shoots. No longer will they need to build-out their cameras while the client impatiently waits or the shot disappears.
 
The new video bags range in size. The largest, the Video Rig 24 rolling case, holds a fully assembled 24” video rig and features inset channel aluminum tubing for added strength and durability. The mid-sized bag, the Video Transport 20, holds a video camera body, four to six lenses (detached), shotgun mic, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve. The smallest, the Video Workhorse 19 shoulder bag, holds a professional camcorder or video cameras up to 19” and features striated aluminum and arched twinwall reinforced struts to create a collapse-proof lid.
 
Built tough, with the quality Think Tank is known for, these bags are the perfect blend of protection and functionality.The seven new bags in Think Tank’s video series are, from biggest to smallest in capacity:
 
Video Rig 24–Holds a fully or partially assembled video camera rig up to 24” (61cm), which could include camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, stabilizer handles, shotgun mic, and counter-weight. The case fits a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, Aja Cion, Arri Alexa, as well as many ENG cameras.
 
Video Rig 18–Fits a fully or partially assembled video camera rig up to 18” (45.7cm), which could include camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, stabilizer handles, shotgun mic, and counter-weight. The case fits a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, Aja Cion, as well as many ENG cameras.
 
Video Transport 20–Holds a video camera body, four to six lenses (detached), shotgun mic, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve. The roller bag fits a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F55 or F56, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini.
 
Video Transport 18–Fits a video camera body, three to five lenses (detached), shotgun mic, small monitor, 4K recorder, audio recorder, additional accessories, and up to a 15” laptop in a padded sleeve. The roller bag holds a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F55 or F56, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini.
 
Video Workhorse 25–Holds professional camcorders or video camera rigs up to 25” (63.5cm) long and 9.1” (23cm) tall, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgun mic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables. The shoulder bag holds a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, or a DSLR/Mirrorless rig such as the Sony a7sII, Panasonic GH4, or Canon 5DMIII.
 
Video Workhorse 21–Fits a professional camcorder or video camera rig up to 21” (53.3cm) long and 8.7” (22cm) tall, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgunmic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables. The shoulder bag holds a Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, or a DSLR/Mirrorless rig such as the Sony a7sII, Panasonic GH4, or Canon 5DMIII.
 
Video Workhorse 19–Holds a professional camcorder or video camera rig up to 19” (48.3cm) long and 7.5” (19cm) tall and accessories, which could include a camera body, lens, monitor, viewfinder, 4K recorder, audio recorder, medium LED lightpanel, shotgun mic, lavaliere mics, rails, follow-focus, matte-box, shoulder mount, top handle, and cables. The shoulder bag fits a Panasonic PX270, X1000 or DVX-200, Canon C-series, Sony FS700, FS5, FS7, F5 or F55, Red Epic/Scarlet, Black Magic Cinema Camera, Ursa or Ursa Mini, or a DSLR/Mirrorless rig such as the Sony a7sII, Panasonic GH4, or Canon 5DMIII.
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Post Date: 5/25/2016 5:54:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: For a very limited time, B&H has the Apple 128GB iPad Air 2 (Space Gray, Silver or Gold) available for $499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
This deal is likely to sell out quickly, so don't hesitate if the iPad Air 2 is on your wish list.
 
Update: The deal is now sold out.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" IPS LCD Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Native Resolution
  • Tri-Core Apple A8X CPU with M8 Chip
  • 0.98 lb and 0.24" Thick
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • Front 1.2-Megapixel FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 8-Megapixel 1080p iSight Camera
  • Lightning Connector, AirPlay, AirDrop
  • Gyro, Accelerator, Ambient Light Sensor
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Post Date: 5/25/2016 12:01:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Focus Camera has the BlackRapid Classic RS-4 Camera Strap available for $39.99 with free shipping. Compare at $54.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Black Rapid RS-4 Black Fabric
  • Front Zipper
  • 60in Adjustable
  • With ConnectR-2 and FastenR-3
  • Holds Camera or Lens
  • Built for Endurance
  • Low Profile Design
  • Comfortable fit
If interested in purchasing the BlackRapid Classic RS-4, I'd suggest also getting the BlackRapid BRAD which helps keep the strap in place by adding a support strap under your arm. It basically duplicates the functionality found in the BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport, my personal favorite camera strap. [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/24/2016 1:32:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Little Red Lighthouse, officially named Jeffrey's Hook Light, is a small (40'/12.2m) lighthouse located under the eastern span of the George Washington Bridge (AKA the Great Gray Bridge) in Fort Washington Park, Washington Heights, New York City. The official name of this lighthouse was surpassed by the name given it by Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward in their famous 1942 book The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. This book was one of my wife's childhood favorites, so ... it was fitting for me to have this location on my photo bucket list and circumstances worked out for me to cross off this line item.
 
Typically, big city landmarks are readily accessible and easy to visit. While the first applies to this one, for a non-local without a bicycle, the second ... not so much. The problem is the lack of local parking and the significant roads and railroad tracks separating Fort Washington Park and the Hudson River Greenway from the rest of the city in this area.
 
There are two entrances into Fort Washington Park. I chose the more-northern 181st St option over the southern 158th St entrance as it appeared logistically better. Parking at one of the closest parking garages, Alliance Parking Services (for GPS, use 649-699 W 184th St, New York, NY 10033) resulted in a just-over 1 mile (1.6km) hike to the lighthouse. The landscape in Manhattan and many other parts of New York City is mostly flat, but Washington "Heights" wasn't given its name without reason. While not a mountain by most people's definition, the ascent and descent into the park, over and under the roads and tracks, is noticeable under the weight of a heavy pack.
 
Loaded into my MindShift Gear BackLight 26L for this trip was the following:
 
A pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR bodies
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Acratech GP-s Ball Head mounted.
Numerous accessories, food, plenty of water, warm clothes.
 
I hand-carried a second tripod, my current-favorite Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod with an Arca-Swiss Z1 Ball Head mounted.
 
This gave me two complete camera setups with plenty of focal length overlap in the range I expected to need the most. The redundancy was first and foremost to allow me to take twice as many photos during the short time period within blue hour that I was most-targeting. This shoot consumed most of a day (I arrived home at 2:30 AM) and with the small extra effort of taking a second camera setup, I was getting nearly twice as many photos when the exposure durations hit 30 seconds (with an additional 30-second-long exposure noise reduction) during prime time. I would start one image capture and go attend the second camera setup, located far enough away for a different composition, but close enough that I had a close watch on it from a security standpoint.
 
Backup in case of failure was the other reason for the second complete camera setup. I was investing heavily enough (time and other costs) in this trip to warrant a backup.
 
The Little Red Lighthouse shoot went as planned. Arriving late in the afternoon, I climbed around the rocks for an hour or so, trying to decide what compositions would be best for prime time. I ate, rested and went to work as the sun set behind the GWB.
 
As the sun set, the balance of sky brightness to the light hitting the lighthouse transitioned from silhouette to nearly the opposite. By shooting continuously during this time, I could select my favorite look later. A darker background is always an option, but a brighter sky is not available again until another day (without some post processing techniques).
 
For this image, I opted for the 11-24L lens set to 11mm to provide a dramatic perspective that included the entire river span of the bridge. To see a sample result captured from the other camera, with a lens choice made for a reason, one that you may not have considered (not focal length or sharpness), check out the pic I creatively titled The Little Red Lighthouse.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 5/24/2016 8:09:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (May 23, 2016) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, announces the launch of three new tripod bags: two versions which are 75cm long, padded and unpadded, and a smaller unpadded version which is 60cm long.
 
With the addition of these three latest models, the tripod bags range perfectly matches several Manfrotto photo tripods, including the latest 190Go! and 290 collections.
 
The asymmetric tapered shape allows photographers to store a tripod with the head attached. Tripod legs fit comfortably in the narrower end and extra space is allowed for the larger volume of the head at the wider end. Getting a tripod in and out of these bags is easy and quick due to the zipper which extends down to the full length of the bag, even where the head is stored. Each version features a strap for comfortable carrying on a shoulder.
 
The 75cm version is also available in the full-padded option. Thanks to the padding on the entire length of the bag, maximum protection of the tripod is guaranteed. The thermoform padding on the top also protects the tripod with head mounted.
 
Each bag is made with the highest quality materials: ballistic nylon that prevents the bag from tearing and abrasion, and an external coating that makes it protective and water-repellent.
 
The new tripod bags are now available nationwide:
 
Bag Model #MSRP
MB MBAG60N$29.99
MB MBAG75N$39.99
MB MBAG75PN$49.99

B&H carries the new Manfrotto tripod bags (links in table above).
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Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 5/24/2016 7:58:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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