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 Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Sometimes, it's all about the ears. The white-tailed deer mother cleaning its fawn's ear in the bright green grass of Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park was just too cute to not share.
 
As I have mentioned before, photographing white-tailed deer in Big Meadows is very challenging. Though I took a lot of photos in my few days there, some quickly stand out over the rest to me. In addition to the cuteness factor, I liked this frame for a couple of reasons. The first is because of the relatively evenly colored bright green grass framing and strongly-contrasting the animals – but not obstructing them. I also like the balanced overall position of the animals. And, all the eyes are sharp.
 
One of the big challenges to photographing moving animals is often keeping the proper AF point(s) selected and when an animal changes direction, the proper AF point may be on the opposite side of the viewfinder. If the primary subject's eyes are not in focus, the image will likely end up in my recycle folder. This means that keeping the selected focus point(s) on the primary subject's eyes is more important than maintaining ideal subject framing. Getting both right is the goal of course, but I am more likely to delete an image because the eyes are out of focus than because the framing isn't perfect. Cropping can often solve the latter issue.
 
While I concentrated on keeping the ideal AF point selected and placed on the subjects (the doe's nose in this case – to keep both sets of eyes in focus), the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II's high speed burst mode took care of catching the frame of what seems like the ideal ear position in both animals.
 
Seeing and capturing too-cute moments like this one feed the addiction!
 
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.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/5.6  1/640s
ISO 800
4450 x 2967px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/19/2016 9:58:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO Lens available for $499 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 90mm Macro Prime Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-32
  • 1:1 Maximum Reproduction Ratio
  • Vibration Compensation
  • Internal Focus System
  • Ultrasonic Silent Motor Drive
  • eBAND Hybrid Lens Coating
  • Extra-low Dispersion Optical Elements
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/19/2016 8:12:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens Review (also branded as (Rokinon/Bower/Vivitar/Falcon/Walimex/Opteka/Bell and Howell/Polar/Pro-Optic)).
 
This lens is a great value at regular price, but it is a killer deal right now at B&H. Use promo code PSWBH16 to save $40.00 on the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens for Canon. Free expedited shipping is included. Regularly $339.00.
 
Other mount versions of this lens are also in stock.
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Post Date: 7/19/2016 7:14:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 18, 2016

 
From the Audio Network YouTube Channel:
 
Want to add music to a film, video or TV production? Don’t know your sync rights from your master rights? Our guide to music rights for video explains all.
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Post Date: 7/18/2016 10:07:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
A new XEEN lens has appeared on Samyang's website. The new 135mm T2.2 model joins a lineup that already includes the 14, 24, 35, 50, and 85mm cinema lenses. This is the first of five lenses to be introduced every Monday for five straight weeks.
 
From Samyang:
 
Expand your video and filmmaking experiences with XEEN cinema lenses. With a T2.2 and outstanding optical performance for 4K+, focus on the Mise-en-scène of the images you want to create.
 
XEEN lenses feature declicked gear rings in identical locations, so that changing lenses is no longer a hassle. Mounts are interchangeable, meaning each lens can be used on a variety of cameras. The XEEN series aims to delivers unparalleled performance with affordability to satisfy the needs of videographers and filmmakers, regardless of the situation or equipment.
 
Features
 
  • Bright T2.2 aperture
  • X-coating - Minimizes flares and ghosts
  • Designed for Films – 114mm Front Size, High-durability, FFG & Declicked aperture
  • Circular aperture with 11 blades
  • Smooth Focus Ring
Samyang XEEN lenses are sold under the Rokinon brand at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 7/18/2016 8:53:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Tamron has patented the optical design for an SP 60mm f/2.8 Di VC USD.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-126086
  • Published 2016.7.11
  • Submitted 2014.12.26
  • Focus distance 61.79 61.21 56.74
  • F-number 2.88 2.92 3.16
  • Field of View 38.58 38.03 34.57
  • Inner focus
  • Anti-vibration (the second group)
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/18/2016 8:25:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use promo code PSWBH16 at B&H to save $50.00* on most Sigma lenses. All deals qualify for free expedited shipping and 4% rewards (unless otherwise noted).
 
* Savings appear in-cart.
 
Qualifying Lenses
 
  • Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Art
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II
  • Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (includes free USB Dock & 10% Reward)
  • & More (See links above for full list)
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Post Date: 7/18/2016 7:46:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo available for $69.00 with free expedited shipping after $14.99 savings with promo code PSWBH16 applied. Regularly $83.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Accurate Consistent Color
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/18/2016 6:40:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use promo code PSWBH16 at B&H to get $20.00 off a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Photography Plan.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Dedicated Photo Editing Suite
  • Subscription to Photoshop and Lightroom
  • Tools to Organize, Edit, Enhance & Share
  • Constant and Automatic Feature Updates
  • Up-to-Date Camera Support
  • Extensive Library of How-To Videos
  • Cloud-Based Storage for Multiple Devices
  • Sync to Photoshop Mix & Lightroom Mobile
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/18/2016 6:25:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration System available for $149.00 with free shipping. Regularly $249.00.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/18/2016 6:16:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 15, 2016
From PhotoPlus:
 
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No other conference packs as much education into four days, covering everything from Mastering Lighting to Filmmaking Essentials. Among this year's highlights is a full schedule of intensives including: Photoshop with Chris Orwig; Lightroom with Jared Platt; and a Wedding Intensive with a superstar lineup.
 
Also don’t miss out on our annual seminar series featuring legendary photographers such as Jay Maisel, Gregory Heisler, Ami Vitale, Gerd Ludwig, Gillian Laub, Kira Pollack, Kathy Ryan, Art Streiber, Joe McNally, Cig Harvey, and Deanne Fitzmaurice. See the full list of seminars here.
 
As if you need another excuse to come to NYC, how about having your work reviewed by the world's best photo editors and art buyers? America's premier review event for commercial & fine art photographers is back: Registration is now open for the Official Portfolio Review, presented by the Palm Springs Photo Festival. All participants receive FREE admission to the Expo.
 
There’s over 100 conference Seminars, Intensives, Photo Walks, and Master Classes; the Photography Resource Center; the WPPI wedding/portrait photographers pavilion; and, of course, all of your favorite imaging brands together under one roof. Over 200 exhibitors from the industry’s top brands will feature the latest products, previews, and more. Don’t wait; many of these classes sell out fast, plus you can save by taking advantage of our early-bird pricing! What are you waiting for?
 
Register Here
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/15/2016 4:30:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
While working with The-Digital-Picture.com has enabled me to become competent in a variety of photographic disciplines, I always find myself coming back to my first love – portraiture. The look on someone's face when they see themselves in a whole new light [pun intended] is such a joy for me.
 
But alas, there are some types of portraiture I'm just not that interested in pursuing. If someone wants their 2-3 year-old photographed, I will gladly refer them to someone else. Being 34 and not a father, I never acquired the patience it takes to photograph young children. For those who can create great pictures with kids of that age group, I tip my hat to you. But as for me, there are three things I look for in clients:
 
My ideal clients...
 
  • must be able to follow directions.
  • actually desire having their picture taken.
  • are interested in creating unique and/or creative imagery.
For the longest time, high school seniors have been the group that I preferred working with most. High school seniors are young, exuberant and usually excited at the idea of standing out from the pack. And with high school graduation being such an important event in one's life, a graduate-to-be's parents are typically willing to mark the occasion with a significant photo investment. All of these factors make high school senior photography very attractive to me (as well as many others).
 
But it wasn't until this week that I realized another, fairly untapped market existed that also met all the criteria for my ideal client – those with online dating profiles.
 
We've previously promoted the importance of creating an eye-catching self-portrait for the purpose of online dating, and even the CDLC provided some self-portrait tips specifically for this purpose. But until recently it never occurred to me to mention this as an available service to potential clients.
 
With that in mind, let's take a look at our potential market. In 2014, census data showed that 45% of Americans over the age of 18 were unmarried. That's about 107 million Americans. Large market – check! And with a seemingly increasing number of single Americans being older and educated, my guess is that here is a lot of disposable income at stake.
 
From a consumer's perspective, putting your best foot forward in the form of an attractive profile picture is the easiest way to generate interest in your profile (more interest = greater odds in finding an ideal partner). Your first impression – that little profile picture – is big factor in causing potential partners to click "View More Details." And after your detailed profile has been explored, more great images can further increase interest. Let's face it – physical attraction is a part of life (thankfully!).
 
From a photographer's perspective, if we can help people find their soul mates while making money at the same time, everyone wins. The relatively small investment for a portrait session tailored for online dating may turn out to be the most gratifying and fulfilling investment the client ever makes.
 
And that brings us to Teddy. Teddy is 40 years-old, single, has a good job and has recently tried online dating. He's been on a few dates over the last couple of months and his dates always noted that he "...looked better in person than he did in his profile pictures." Armed with that feedback, Teddy hired me to take a variety of pictures to replace the iPhone snapshots he was currently using.
 
Being relatively new to the Savannah area, Teddy temporarily rents the third floor of a large, beautifully decorated home. With lots of interesting rooms to work with, choosing to shoot inside the common areas of the home was an easy decision. And while I packed quite a bit of gear, I ended up using only the following items:
 
Using a two-speedlite setup allowed me to easily move to different areas throughout the common areas of the home that he and his landlord share. Following are some of my favorite images from the roughly 2-hour session:
 
Teddy Profile Picture 2-3

Teddy Profile Picture 4

Teddy Profile Picture 5-6

Overall, Teddy was extremely pleased with his images and quickly changed his Facebook profile picture to one of the images above soon after delivery. I assume his dating profile images were updated around the same time.
 
In short, the online dating market is growing because of social and cultural factors, and the proliferation of mobile devices means this market is poised to be very strong for the foreseeable future. Adding dating profile pictures to your advertised list of services will likely generate clients that are easy to work with and eager to get the most out of their session. And maybe best of all, you can help someone find a companion for life while doing something you enjoy. That's rewarding for everyone.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/15/2016 5:09:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SANTA ROSA, CALIF. – Working in partnership with renowned wildlife photographer Moose Peterson, MindShift Gear has updated the three classic Moose Peterson backpacks. Initially designed for wildlife and safari photographers, the backpacks feature a three-compartment layout that helps protect their gear from the elements.
 
The Moose Pack series is available in three sizes: MP-1, MP-5 and the smallest, the MP-7. The backpacks can carry up to three DSLR camera bodies with telephoto lenses attached—up to 600mm f/4. This strategy enables photographers to be ready to capture wildlife at any distance without changing lenses or exposing the sensor to the elements. The backpacks also feature the same innovative “Moose Ear” flaps that close automatically, protecting camera gear from dust and debris common in wildlife photography. And because nature photographers often travel to remote locations, the packs are designed to meet airline carry on requirements, and even fit in the overhead compartment of the smallest regional jets.
 
Moose Peterson is a recognized Nikon USA Ambassador, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, and Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program. He also shares his knowledge through writing, being published in over 143 magazines worldwide, authoring 28 books including Photographic FUNdementals and Taking Flight and Captured, and lecturing across the country to thousands of photographers. As one of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose became the first wildlife photographer to shoot strictly digital.
 
“Moose Peterson backpacks are renowned for serving the needs of traveling photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “It has been a joy collaborating with him on bringing these classic designs back to the marketplace. While their design and materials have been enhanced, the designs of all three backpacks retain Moose’s original vision.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Original 1998 ‘Moose Ears’ design with auto-close compartment flaps protect the interior from dust, spray, wind, etc.
  • Three compartment system allows you to keep lenses attached providing the quickest way to access gear
  • Tuck-away harness system with removable waistbelt easily allows you to streamline your bag when loading it in a train, plane or automobile (MP-1 & MP-3 only)
  • Sized for carry-on, allowing you to get the maximum amount of gear on the plane
  • Long glass carrying solution with body attached
  • Tripod/monopod mounting system on side and front
  • Flap guard protects front zippers
  • Highest quality RC Fuse YKK zippers, 600D and 420D nylon construction for long-lasting durability and strength
  • Dual-density foam padded shoulder harness, cushioned with air mesh
  • Zippered side pockets fit full-sized flashes (MP-7 only)
  • Stretch water bottle pocket fits 32 oz. water bottle
  • Robust zipper pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Seam-sealed rain cover/drop cloth included protects against rain and dust
GEAR CAPACITY
 
Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0
 
  • Holds 1 gripped body attached to 70–200mm f/2.8 and two ungripped bodies with primes attached, two flashes and accessories
  • Or, holds 1 gripped body and one ungripped body with 70–200mm f/2.8, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8 (or 16–35mm f/2.8), a 2x teleconverter, two flashes and accessories
  • Maximum lens size: 200mm f/2 attached to a gripped body
Moose Peterson MP-3 V2.0
 
  • 3 gripped DSLRs with lenses attached, 1–2 additional lenses and 1–2 flashes and accessories
  • Or, 3 gripped bodies and 1 ungripped body detached from lenses, 4–5 standard zoom lenses, 1–2 flashes, a 2x teleconverter and accessories
  • Maximum lens size: Holds 600mm f/4 detached or 500mm f/4 lens attached to a gripped body
Moose Peterson MP-1 V2.0
 
  • 3 gripped DSLRs with lenses attached,3–5 additional lenses, 2x teleconverter,1–2 flashes and accessories
  • Or, 3 gripped bodies and 1 ungripped body detached from lenses, 7–8 standard zoom lenses, 1–2 flashes, a 2x teleconverter and accessories
  • Maximum lens size: Holds 800mm detached
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpacks also feature highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 600D polyester, 1680D ballistic nylon, 320G DuraStretch mesh, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: high-density velex, 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
Moose Peterson MP-7 V2.0
 
  • External Dimensions: 15” W x 15.5” H x 8” D (38.1 x 39.4 x 20.3 cm)
  • Large Camera Compartment: 5.3” W x 14” H x 6.5” D (13.5 x 35.5 x 16.5 cm)
  • Small Camera Compartments (each): 5” W x 6.3” H x 6.5” D (12.5 x 16 x 16.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.5–3.3 lbs. (1.1–1.5 kg) (Lower weight excludes all dividers and accessories)
Moose Peterson MP-3 V2.0
 
  • External Dimensions: 14” W x 20” H x 8” D (35.5 x 50.8 x 20.3 c m)
  • Large Camera Compartment: 6.8” W x 18” H x 6.8” D (17.3 x 46 x 17.3 cm)
  • Small Camera Compartments (each): 6” W x 8.5” H x 6.8” D (15 x 21.5 x 17.3 cm)
  • Weight: 3.2–4.6 lbs. (1.5–2.1 kg) (Lower weight excludes all dividers and accessories)
Moose Peterson MP-1 V2.0
 
  • External Dimensions: 14” W x 23” H x 8” D (35.5 x 58.4 x 20.3 c m)
  • Large Camera Compartment: 6.8” W x 21.8” H x 6.8” D (17.3 x 55. 4 x 17.3 cm)
  • Small Camera Compartments (each): 6” W x 10” H x 6.75” D (15 x 25 x 17 cm)
  • Weight: 3.7–5.1 lbs. (1.7–2.3 kg) (Lower weight excludes all dividers and accessories)
MindShift Gear carries the Moose Peterson Backpack Series.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/15/2016 5:07:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 14, 2016
B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 4K Quadcopter available for $598.00. Regularly $798.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24 fps DCI 4K / 30 fps UHD 4K
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Extender with 3900' Range
  • DJI Go App for iOS / Android
  • Home and Course Lock Flight Modes
  • Follow Me / Waypoint Navigation
  • Point of Interest Orbit Mode
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/14/2016 1:16:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
As I work my way through a trio of Samyang (Rokinon, Bower, etc.) lens reviews, I have finished the product images and thought I would share the eye candy with you. Find them on the pending review pages:
 
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens
Samyang 16mm f/2 ED AS UMC CS Lens
Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens
 
These lenses are available for comparison in the Product Image Comparison Tool. That link includes all 3 of these lenses. Here is another comparison you may find interesting (Nikon equivalent).
 
The sharp-eyed among you have noticed that the Samyang 16 is mounted on a Canon EOS 5Ds R in some of its product pics. You are right, this lens is not full-frame compatible. But, it mounts just fine and ... I didn't have an APS-C body available to me while photographing this lens. Visualize the camera as the similarly-sized 7D Mark II. :)
 
B&H carries Samyang Lenses.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/14/2016 10:21:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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