Lin & Jirsa Photography shares their secrets to achieving unique and creative wedding imagery in this behind-the-scenes video series. Learn how they use Profoto Off-Camera Flash to control light to match their creative vision and overcome wedding day challenges.
Photographing amazingly-colored wood ducks has been on my bucket list for a long time and, when I located some potential subjects, I dropped everything and made the 6-hour round trip drive to photograph them.
Upon arrival, I was able to quickly locate the wood ducks. However, they proved to be a big challenge to photograph due to their constant, often-quick movements and the ideal lighting angle required, minimally, for their iridescent colors to show.
I ended up using the 600 with 1.4x on the 5Ds R the entire time due to the distance and rather small size of the ducks. The 840mm focal length gave me a deep ideal subject framing distance. I captured environmental portraits when the birds were distant and tight portraits when they came close, a logical tactic that provided a variety of subject framing in the take-home.
The subjects were in constant motion and that means AI Servo AF mode was required to keep them in focus. Specifically, a focus point needed to be constantly placed on the wood duck's eye. I shot in Case 1 (general purpose) and Case 5 (instant adjustment for erratic motion) AF Modes on this day with Case 1 showing the best results. I also used the 5 fps burst drive mode, in part because birds blink with some frequency. Capturing minimally a few frames at a time usually results in at least one fully opened eye.
In the end, the daytrip was very worthwhile, with hundreds of keeper-grade images resulting from the effort.
As seems often the case (I think that Murphy has a law to cover this), the image with my favorite pose had some minor motion blur due to the drake raising its head rapidly. To counter this, I reduced the overall size of the image (down-sampled) modestly. Along with some modest cropping, the remaining 5Ds R-captured image still has about 15 megapixels of resolution, an adequate amount for many uses. I used a layer mask to darken the background modestly, helping to place emphasis on the drake.
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APRIL 04, 2016 – Benro announced today they will be introducing 75mm and 100mm video hi-hats for filmmakers at NAB 2016. Both sizes will be on hand for live demonstrations at Central Hall Booth #C1307.
Both the 75mm and 100mm hi-hats feature a small footprint that allows them to be used in tight spaces and on smaller surface areas. These aluminum leg/magnesium bowl hi-hats can be placed low to the ground, on stairs or even secured to a wooden board.
Each leg can be independently positioned at one of the three locks located on the outside of the bowl. In addition, each leg features oversized rubber twist locks and telescoping sections for height adjustments. When combined, these two features allow for easy set up on uneven terrain and stairs.
Accepts Video Heads & Half-ball Adapters
The 75mm version will accept a 75mm video head and includes a 3/8"-16 low profile, tie-down adapter for getting low to the ground shots. A 75mm half-ball adapter (BL75) can be added to mount any standard 3/8"-16 flat base video head or photo head.
Likewise, the 100mm version will accept a 100mm video head and also includes a 3/8"-16 low profile, tie-down adapter for getting low to the ground shots. A 100mm half-ball adapter (BL100) can be added to mount any standard 3/8"-16 flat base video head or photo head.
Both models feature large rubber feet attached to a metal ball joint for quick positioning, which can be removed for attaching the included metal spiked feet. The feet also have pre-drilled holes for securing to wooden octagon boards when using on top of apple boxes or securing the board to the top of a ladder. There are three accessory mounts on the outside of the bowl so you can attach monitor arms. Each 3/8"-16 male to 1/4"-20 female insert can be used to convert any standard 1/4"-20 screw to 3/8"-16 in addition to being removed for attaching 3/8"-16 accessories. Transporting the hi-hat is easy with the included carrying case.
Needing no special setup or tools, the Benro Hi-Hat has been engineered to smoothly fit the workflow of today's on-the-go filmmakers straight out of the box.
Photographers Can Fit Lighting Equipment and Large Light Modifiers in One Rolling Bag with Think Tank Photo’s New Production Manager 50
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo has released the largest rolling photography equipment case on the market, the Production Manager 50. Designed to hold an immense amount of gear, including lighting equipment and large light modifiers, one photographer will now be able to transport what it used to take up to at least two assistants. It is easy to move, carry, work out of, and stack among other gear.
This large rolling bag features stabilizing, wide-set, shock-absorbing wheels that roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions, the ability to lock the main compartment and secure the bag with the included lock and cable, and a fully customizable interior with dividers to protect small and large lighting equipment including c-stands and large modifiers.
“Pro photographers usually travel by car or van to where they are going to shoot,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and Lead Designer. “Once a shoot is completed the set needs to be torn down and moved to the next location. Often times, there can be a time crunch where all the gear has to be loaded quickly. Carrying these bags up and down stairs and over rough terrain can be very cumbersome and often takes two people. The Production Manager 50 makes this time-sensitive, cumbersome process easier and quicker.”
KEY ADDITIONAL FEATURES
Large front zippered pocket for reflectors, umbrellas, extension cords, cables, etc.
Attachments for lightstands or tripods on both sides (straps included)
Rigid shell and stiffened dividers ensures gear protection
Robust handles on four sides for easy loading and unloading by two people
Heavy-duty aluminum side-frame protects axle from impact
ID plate can be registered on the Think Tank site that may allow lost or stolen bag to be returned
YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon, and super-stick velex (interior) contribute to one of the most robust products on the market.
Large interior mesh pockets for organizing pocket wizards, gels, cords, tape, batteries, and other accessories
Ergonomic top handle for rolling or carrying by two people.
Velex wrapped dividers for extra durability and longevity.
Adjustable lid straps keep bag open and accessible
Rear skid rails and custom wheel housings allow for loading and unloading from a vehicle with ease
Business card holder for easy identification on top panel
User replaceable wheels & hardware
Seam-sealed rain cover included
MATERIALS External: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, replaceable custom-designed wheels, antique nickel plated metal hardware, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT Exterior Dimensions: 17.3” W x 53.1” H x 12.6” D (44 x 135 x 32 cm) Interior Dimensions: 15.6” W x 49.2” H x 10” D (39.5 x 125 x 25 cm) Weight: 20.7 – 29.8 lbs (9.4 – 13.5 kg)
March 31, 2016 – Virtual reality has brought us to places ranging from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of Mars. But as good as VR is, it’s never been quite as real as, well… real life. Google Cardboard Plastic, launching today, changes all that. It’s our latest step toward truly immersive technology—a new viewer that lets you see, touch, smell and hear the world just like you do in real life.
Cardboard Plastic is the world’s first actual reality headset, complete with 4D integrated perspective, 360° spatially accurate sound, 20/20 resolution, and advanced haptics for realistic touch sensations. Expertly crafted from polymethyl methacrylate, Cardboard Plastic is lightweight, waterproof, and engineered to last a lifetime—no batteries, no wires. And unlike other VR headsets, it integrates seamlessly into your life—so you’ll never miss a thing. Unless you blink.
In 2010, Canon announced a special Studio Version of its EOS 7D which allowed for the embedding of barcode details in its images' EXIF information via a specially modified WFT-E5A Wireless File Transmitter.
Although no official announcement has been made, it seems Canon has developed a similarly modified EOS 7D Mark II and has provided an overview of its capabilities when paired with a WFT-E7A. Here are couple of screenshots from the video above:
As you can see, the Studio Version of the 7D Mark II can be identified by a label on the battery door. Right now there is no indication whether or not previously-purchased WFT-E7s will have to be modified by a service center in order to enable compatability with the extra features available in the 7D II SV.
My guess is that Canon USA will release an official announcement about the specially modified EOS 7D Mark II in the not-so-distant future.
From Canon USA:
Join Canon USA Technical Advisor Mike Gurley as he gives an overview of the EOS 7D Mark II SV Studio Version with a barcode solution. He goes over key camera features and discusses how the camera can be used for different workflows in event photography. Mike also shows how to set up the camera to sync with a compatible barcode scanner.
MARCH 29, 2016 –Fotodiox Pro, creator and distributor of several lines of specialty solutions for videography, cinematography and photography, has announced the Wonderpana FreeArc XL - a comprehensive filter system for the Canon 11-24mm lens. Ultra wide-angle lenses, like Canon's extremely wide 11-24mm lens, are usually impossible to filter due to their bulbous front lens element, lack of filter threads and potential for severe vignetting with typical filter solutions.
The WonderPana FreeArc XL, however, is the latest in Fotodiox’s custom filter system line and is designed expressly for the Canon 11-24mm lens. Its aircraft aluminum lens collar allows photographers to attach a custom series of massive 186mm filter options, like ND 4-1000 and circular polarizers.
The WonderPana filter system has been a worldwide success since its debut, particularly among landscape and architectural photographers and filmmakers. To suit Canon’s ultra wide 11-24mm lens, Fotodiox re-engineered the WonderPana FreeArc to create larger "XL" versions of the mounting system and custom filters to maintain the same level of flexibility and creative control as the acclaimed original.
Durable and lightweight enough for hand-held shooting, the WonderPana FreeArc XL can be ready at a moment’s notice to answer any image challenge that require filters. It can even remain installed full-time on a photographer’s lens as a critical layer of lens protection.
Additionally, photographers can add the WonderPana WP80 Filter Brackets to the WonderPana FreeArc XL to mount one or two square graduated filters at the same time as a round filter. Measuring 200mm x 260mm, the WonderPana FreeArc XL's square filters are the largest commercially available in the industry today, available as both soft and hard-edged graduated filters at .6 and .9 ND – perfect for meeting any shooting conditions head-on.
The WonderPana FreeArc XL is available now for $229.95.