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 Wednesday, December 14, 2016

 
From the tutvid YouTube Channel:
 
These are 30 of the tools and features in Photoshop that I think are the most important! In this Photoshop CC tutorial, we’ll cover everything from how to use the Pen Tool in Photoshop and how you can learn to use Curves to Masking, Retouching Skin, and even playing with the newer Select and Mask functionality.
 
There is so much that is covered in this video and I also go off script quite a bit and dabble with features that aren’t even included in the description of video guide (located in the comments section.) I created this tutorial as more of a beginner level overview of these tools and functions of Photoshop, but my hope is that there is something here for Photoshop users of all skill levels. Enjoy!
 
List of tools covered:
00:55 - Color Balance
01:48 - Masking
02:44 - Quick Selection Tool
04:03 - Quick Mask Tool
05:03 - Content-Aware Fill
05:31 - Clone Stamp Tool
07:05 - The Patch Tool
08:07 - How to use Levels
09:12 - The Pen Tool
10:31 - Flames Filter
15:03 - The Type Tool
15:41 - TypeKit Fonts
17:42 - Using & Working with Guides
18:38 - Smart Objects
19:35 - Field Blur
21:41 - How to use Curves
23:20 - The Eyedropper Tool
24:58 - Import Color Themes with Adobe Color
25:49 - BONUS: Gradient Maps
26:27 - How to Create an Action
28:38 - The Crop Tool
30:36 - Colorize Live Shapes
31:23 - Convert Objects to 3D/Working with 3D
34:24 - Custom Workspaces
35:57 - The Camera RAW Filter
37:18 - Exporting Images and Graphics
38:46 - BONUS: Changing the UI Background Color
39:29 - Color Range
40:55 - Select and Mask
45:38 - Liquify
47:36 - The Healing Brush
49:28 - The Rotate View Tool
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/14/2016 6:48:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 13, 2016
eBay (via djiofficialstore - 99.3% Positive Feedback) has the Refurbished DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter available for $799.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 12/13/2016 2:50:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Today, the SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.0 for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.0 for Macintosh”, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
This download service is for users of the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 who are using our interchangeable lenses from our Art, Contemporary and Sports product lines or ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 SA-STTL.
 
Please ensure you download SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.0 for the effective use of the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
Benefits of SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.0:
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA Cine Lenses in EF mount.
  • It has added the new function to import/export the history of attached products.
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.0 for Windows and Macintosh are available to download from the following site: http://www.sigma-global.com/download/
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/13/2016 12:02:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
In July 2016, Canon released an important firmware update for the C300 Mark II. It turns out they were just getting started. To make things even better, this December 2016 Firmware offers improved camera functions for both the EOS C300 Mark II and, just in case you thought they had forgotten about it, the original EOS C300 as well. This is not a firmware to pass up or ignore because it represents a direct response to requests from users for new or improved camera functionality, and Canon’s overall continued support for Cinema EOS products.
 
So, let’s take a look at these new updates and how they just might help you on your next job.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 Mark II cinema cameras.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/13/2016 11:06:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon seems to be missing some of their availability projections lately.
 
Canon announced the W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter in mid-September with an availability scheduled for "early September 2016," but September came and went without the adapter appearing at retailers. At that time we contacted two trusted sources who stated that the availability had been rescheduled for "the last week of October" (according to one source) or "the first week of November" (according to the other).
 
As it turned out, our sources were somewhat right. Early W-E1 preorder customers were treated to the first batch of available adapters which were shipped the first week of November. However, it's mid-December now and the item has never been "In Stock" at any of the major online retailers (B&H, Amazon, Adorama, etc.).
 
A third-party seller on Amazon is stating that the W-E1 is expected to be in stock "December 21, 2016," but considering that the retailer is selling the W-E1 at a price signifcantly above MSRP, I wouldn't necessarily call the retailer a "trusted source." Regardless of when the next shipment is scheduled to arrive at retailers nationwide, I think it's fair to say that Canon has missed its second "widespread availability" target even with a few Wi-Fi adapters in the hands of select consumers.
 
Unfortunately, the W-E1 isn't the only product which has missed its availability target recently; the EF 24-105 f/4L IS II USM shares the same designation.
 
The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM was originally announced alongside the EOS 5D Mark IV in late August with an availability date of "late October" stated in the press release. As October drew to a close, B&H and Amazon changed their expected availability dates for the lens to December 10 and December 6, respectively. With both of those dates now having lapsed, we're left with yet another product that has missed its revised availability date.
 
Of course, it is possible to get your hands on the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM; however, doing so requires buying a 5D IV + 24-105L IS II kit (which is exactly what we had to do in order to review the lens).
 
And finally, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM was announced in mid-September with an expected availabilty date of "November 2016" listed in the press release, yet the lens has yet to arrive at retailers well into December. However, Amazon is listing "December 15" as the lens' expected ship date.
 
So when can we expect the W-E1 Wi-Fi adapter, EF 24-105 f/4L IS II & 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM to be widely available? We don't know for sure; and at this point, having missed the originally scheduled availability dates (and the rescheduled availability dates for two of the products), we're not sure that Canon knows either.
 
B&H has the Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2016 10:32:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Still looking for a last minute gift idea for a special photographer you know? You're in luck; we have a few ideas to help you out.
 
Take a look at our previous post – Photography Accessory Gift Ideas for Every Budget – to provide inspiration for finding the perfect holiday gift that falls right within your budget.
 
And speaking of budgets, if your gift budget extends well beyond that of the accessory level, you can always draw inspiration from Bryan's Canon Lens Recommendations.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/13/2016 9:00:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Camera (Body & 15-45mm Lens Kit) in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 2.36m-Dot EVF, Touch and Drag AF Control
  • 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC, Bluetooth
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Up to 9 fps Shooting and ISO 25600
  • Digital IS 5-Axis Image Stabilization
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2016 8:55:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: MindShift Gear Trailscape 18L Camera Backpack Review.
 
This is a great quality, well-designed backpack with a reasonable price. As one can never have too many camera cases, this one would make a great Christmas present for even those who seem to already have everything.
 
Purchase your Gear Trailscape 18L direct from MindShift or from B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/13/2016 7:57:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
December is a great month to photograph bright, festive decorations. One of the most eye-catching decorations is also the most challenging: holiday lights. There are many different tricks and techniques detailed below to capture the beguiling colors, glitters, and twinkles – pick the one(s) that work best for you and your equipment, and make the most of this beautiful holiday season!
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 12/13/2016 7:52:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the JPEGmini Pro Photo Optimization Software [Download] available for $59.95. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Reduce Photo File Sizes Up to 80%
  • Maintain Image Quality and Resolution
  • Utilizes All Computer Cores
  • Supports JPEG Files Up To 50MP
  • For Windows and Mac Operating Systems
  • Plug-in for Lightroom Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/13/2016 5:17:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 12, 2016
For a limited time, B&H is offering the following free items ($241.95 value) with purchase of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens:
 
  • B+W 95mm UV Haze SC 010 Filter
  • Tamron TAP-in Console for Canon EF Lenses
  • B&H Photo Video $100 B&H E-Gift Card
For a limited time, use promo code SHOPBH16GM at B&H to save $100.00 on select Sigma Art lenses.
 
Qualifying Lenses
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/12/2016 1:25:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW Camera Bag available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits D-SLR Camera 4-5 Lens Kit
  • 600D Polyester and 1680D Nylon
  • Fully Padded Interior
  • Two Compartments
  • Divider System
  • Two Memory Card Pockets
  • Attached Sling Shoulder Strap
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/12/2016 1:16:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Oben CT-3535 Folding Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with BE-208T Ball Head available for $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 9 lb
  • Max Height: 51.6"
  • Min Height: 8.6"
  • Folded Length: 12"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.5 lb
  • Integrated Monopod Max Height: 53"
  • Spiked Feet
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Includes Low-Angle Center Column
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/12/2016 12:28:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the HGST 500GB Touro Mobile USB 3.0 Portable HDD available for $34.00 with free shipping. Regularly $54.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 500GB Storage Capacity
  • High-Speed USB 3.0 Interface
  • Bus-Powered
  • Plug-and-Play
  • Smooth, Textured Body
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
  • Preformatted NTFS for Windows
  • Requires Reformat for Use with Mac OS
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 12/12/2016 12:21:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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