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 Wednesday, June 25, 2014
100 Megapixel Francis Bay, St John, USVI Sunset
I'm just back from a 10-day photo trip to St John, USVI. St John is an extremely beautiful island and landscape photography was intended to be a major component of my trip, but I found myself highly challenged in this regard. I'll share more about the primary reason for this challenge later, but lack of color in the sky at sunset was another challenge.
 
My St John, USVI photo gallery is predominated by blues and whites. While the Caribbean blue water under full sun is probably my favorite color, one of my goals for the recent trip was to capture some new colors from this island. Nine evenings of chasing sunsets resulted in pics from only one night with color worthy of sharing.
 
It had been a long, hot day of hiking and I was tired. Analyzing the sky, I decided to go light with only the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS Lens and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS Lens and a single Canon EOS 5D Mark III body. I guessed that these two lenses would cover my entire range of needs for the balance of the evening. What I didn't plan adequately for was the sky completely exploding overhead, leaving me seriously focal length limited on the wide end. While I captured many images of the cropped sky show, I wanted the bigger picture.
 
There was no time to hike back to get the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens from the SUV, so I took the next-best alternative – I captured a few panoramic photos that, when stitched together, frame nearly all of the color in the sky that night. Using completely manual settings, I captured overlapping images (overlapping by at least 1/3) and later stitched them together using Photoshop's Photomerge tool. Containing nearly 100 megapixels, this panoramic image has many good crops available in it. I can decide what a print will look like later.
 
In the end, a colorful sunset helps accomplish the new color for St John goal.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/13s  ISO 100  14022 x 7268px
Post Date: 6/25/2014 9:25:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Through 6/30, use promotion code PXSUM16 at AdoramaPix to get glossy and lustre 16x20 prints for $5.95 each. Metallic paper prints of the same size are only $7.95 each.
 
I'm a huge fan of AdoramaPix. I've always been very satisfied with the prints that I have received from them. Kodak Professional Metallic is my paper of choice – its unique look is well worth the small incremental cost over the more traditional papers, in my opinion. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/25/2014 7:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Eyefi:
 
Seamlessly transfer, organize, sync and share photos from smartphones, tablets and PC's anytime, anywhere
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2014 — Eyefi , the global leader in digital camera connectivity, today announced that more than 300 digital camera models now include Eyefi Connected functionality. In achieving this milestone Eyefi Connected is by far the most widely adopted technology for connecting digital cameras to a wireless SD card, providing customers with the easiest and most capable connectivity solution on the market.
 
Eyefi Connected firmware is embedded into cameras enabling them to instantly detect when an Eyefi SD card is inserted. This functionality allows the photographer to control the wireless features using the in-camera menu options to seamlessly transfer pictures to their smartphone, tablet or PC, wirelessly. Eyefi Connected cameras also include features such as the ability to power toggle the WiFi radio, select when photos transfer and advanced power management to maximize battery life.
 
Eyefi Connected has been adopted by virtually every digital camera manufacturer, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Casio, Ricoh, Pentax, JVC, Olympus and Panasonic – representing nearly 100 percent of all digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras sold in 2014.
 
"Our research shows that even with the explosive growth in mobile photography, many consumers still rely on digital cameras for important picture-taking occasions and special events," said Alan Bullock, associate director of connected imaging trends at InfoTrends. "Eyefi brings WiFi connectivity to nearly any digital camera and with Eyefi Connected technology built-in to most cameras, Internet connectivity is a seamless part of the camera's function."
 
This achievement coincides with the one year anniversary of Eyefi Mobi – the company's flagship product offering. In April, the company launched Eyefi Cloud, making Eyefi Mobi the world's first WiFi SD card to automatically transfer photos from the camera to the cloud, making every picture instantly accessible, anytime, anywhere—to enjoy, curate and share securely and privately.
 
"Eyefi Connected is one of the most important benefits we offer our camera partners and consumers," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eyefi. "When combined with Eyefi Mobi and Eyefi Cloud, photographers can enjoy the full power and quality of their digital cameras with the convenience of their smartphone, tablet or smart TV".
 
B&H carries Eyefi wireless memory cards.
Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 6/25/2014 7:36:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From LensRentals:
 
Get your July 4th weekend order early, and save 15%. Just set your order to arrive on Monday, June 30th, or Tuesday, July 1st, and get 15% off your total rental fees!
 
To take advantage, just use the JULY4TH promo code. Already have an order for July 4th weekend? Simply call or email us to change the order to arrive on an eligible date, and apply the discount code.
 
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Post Date: 6/25/2014 7:19:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
Fashion photographers, this one's for you!
 
We’ve partnered up with Breed, an online community of fashion photographers, for our latest guide, Breaking Into Fashion Photography. Inside, get tips to market yourself right, establish your brand, approach photo buyers, and find work.
 
In this new guide, you’ll also learn:

  • Tips to break into the industry and find clients
  • Strategies to establish a lasting fashion photography brand
  • Social media do’s and don’ts to help connect with dream clients online
  • How outlets like New York Magazine’s The Cut want to be pitched
  • The 5 biggest mistakes photographers make when submitting their work
  • Plus more!

Also get advice from experienced fashion photographers like Lindsay Adler, Melissa Rodwell, Jonathan D Pryce and the founders of Bello Mag who have learned important lessons along the way on growing a successful fashion photography business.
 
Get the free guide!

Post Date: 6/24/2014 11:28:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95 new.
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Post Date: 6/24/2014 8:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto's YouTube Channel:
 
On June 18, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to shoot dramatic night portraits. Jared brought a B1 Location Kit and a selection of Light Shaping Tools to take some portraits of piano rock star Kevin Burdick.
 
Gear Used

Post Date: 6/24/2014 8:09:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 23, 2014
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Through July 15, use promotion code PATIENCE at FractureMe.com to get 25% off your glass print order.
 
I have a glass print from FractureMe.com hanging in my living room. It's a very unique and attractive way to display your best images. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/23/2014 1:42:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/23/2014 12:28:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool
Just posted: FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool Review
 
Want to add some dramatic focus pulls to your DSLR video? The FocusMaker might be just what you're looking for...
Post Date: 6/23/2014 12:21:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens available for $249.99 with free shipping. Compare at $349.00.
 
Update: The deal has expired.
Post Date: 6/23/2014 6:51:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 20, 2014
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From PocketWizard:
 
MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for CANON
 
TTL support for the 1D X, 6D, 70D – Beta Version 6.686
 
A major breakthrough in firmware development has enabled full TTL compatibility with modern mid- and high-end Canon cameras: the Canon EOS 1D X, 6D, and 70D are now fully supported on the ControlTL platform. Future cameras will be added *much* more quickly as a result of this breakthrough. Please help us put this firmware through its paces, and tell us what you find. Click here for Canon 6.686 release notes.
 
MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for NIKON
 
COMING SOON! Support for the latest mid- and high-end Nikon cameras such as the D4s, D610, Df, and D7100 will be ready for public beta testing soon. Watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the announcement.
 
The current OFFICIAL firmware release for MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon is 3.400 and instructions for downloading the firmware can be found here. Click here for Nikon 3.400 release notes.
 
Relevant Link: Guide for Installing Beta Firmware with the PocketWizard Utility
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio triggers. (thanks Eric)
Post Date: 6/20/2014 3:20:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 8.5 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release provides new features including new preview controls, the ability to modify graduated and radial filters, and a new visualization mask for graduated and radial filters. In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses. DNG Converter 8.5 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
 
Release Notes
 
Features:

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
  • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
  • Use the ‘Brush +’ and ‘Brush -’ icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
  • Press the ‘Clear’ button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
  • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • For more information, check out this video here
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added Per-Panel Preview default toggle button
  • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
  • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings.
  • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls.
  • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After panel.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.5

MountName
Canon Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
Canon Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
Nikon Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Nikon Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Nikon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
Nikon Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

Known Bug
 
Customers using the Sony RX100 M3 and capturing images at ISO 125 may find the default rendering in ACR and Lightroom too dark. This is a known issue and we are working to improve this in a future update.
 
Download Links:
DNG Converter 8.5 – Windows | Macintosh

Post Date: 6/20/2014 10:20:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fireworks Display Over the Ohio River 2013
For those in the United States, our Independence Day holiday is only 2 weeks away. This represents one of the best opportunities we have to capture an epic scene with the grandure of a fireworks display.
 
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

"Fireworks are one of the most inspiring and photogenic, yet challenging subjects, to capture. And unfortunately, this is one of those shooting situations where fully automatic exposure and focusing may not help. However, with these tricks up your sleeve, a few accessories and a willingness to experiment, you'll capture amazing fireworks photos this Fourth of July!"

Check out the entire article over at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Also be sure to check out Bryan's own Fireworks Photography Tips.
 
Yet Another Tip from T-D-P: Use a tripod and mulitple exposures (blended in Photoshop) to create the scene with background/sky detail.
 
Last year my father and I [Sean] spent Independence Day in Metropolis, IL. The town had a fireworks display right on Ohio River.
 
We arrived at the event location rather early. I set up a tripod-mounted EOS 7D + EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and attached a shutter release cable for easy shooting. I took several exposures to ensure I had the framing I wanted. I also loved the color of the sky and was happy to capture a few images of it.
 
Unfortunately (but predictably), the event staff waited until it was completely dark to start the fireworks display. As there were very few ambient light sources around, the framing I intended was quite meaningless – the setting simply would not be visible in the exposures containing the fireworks (at the lower ISOs I was hoping to use). But then I had an epiphany...
 
I shot about 70-80 images of the fireworks with an exposure that left me with completely black background but with good looking fireworks bursts – f/8, 4-6 seconds, ISO 200.
 
After the fireworks were finished I sorted through them and picked out the best sky/background exposure and my favorite fireworks burst images. I used the Lighten blend mode for the fireworks images and layered several on top of my base image. The end result appears at the top of this post.
 
In hindsight, I should have captured several varying exposures of my base image so that I could have retained detail in the trees and water (through blending the various images). But otherwise, I was happy with how it turned out.
 
And technically speaking, you could do this in-camera using the EOS 1-series, 5D Mark III or 6D's Mulitple Exposure feature. However, I prefer the post-processing method as it reduces the complexity of capturing images during the event.
 
Questions or commnets? Additional tips? Leave them in the comments section below.

Post Date: 6/20/2014 8:48:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 19, 2014
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From Red Giant:
 
AVCHD and Canon XF Support. Faster Import. PluralEyes Integration.
 
June 19, 2014 – Today, Red Giant released BulletProof 1.2, an update that brings more camera support and other improvements to its footage backup and review tool.
 
BulletProof has been updated to support the AVCHD and Canon XF formats, two mainstays of the industry. In addition to the existing support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DSLRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras.
 
BulletProof is designed to solve several challenges that, since the DSLR revolution, have plagued shooters, both on set and right before post-production. One of those is the issue of simple, secure and reliable backup.
 
BulletProof, which boasts robust automated backup and verification tools, allows shooters to do what they are already doing, but with confidence. Once the camera card is in the card reader, BulletProof creates copies of your footage and verifies them to ensure a perfect duplication. In addition, while the footage is being backed up, the shooter can use BulletProof’s GPU-accelerated playback tools to review the footage and make sure they got the shots they need.
 
Also new to BulletProof is a highly-requested feature called “Add Mode” - a reference mode that speeds up the import process by cataloging media that has already been copied to disk.
 
While BulletProof's features start with back-up and review of footage on set, it also addresses the next area of pain in the shooter’s process - preparing the footage and notes for post-production. BulletProof includes powerful tools for tagging, adding metadata, notes, in and out points, and even suggested color correction to the footage - all to help bring the shooter’s intention over to the timeline. These features can be used right on set or once the shooter gets back to the edit suite.
 
In addition, BulletProof is now integrated with PluralEyes 3.5, Red Giant’s automated audio/video sync tool. One of the editing industry’s most popular tools, PluralEyes literally saves hours or days of audio/video syncing work, with the touch of a button. BulletProof now makes the process even more fluid by sending the footage over to PluralEyes in an organized way, so that you can sync your footage immediately. Once synced, PluralEyes sends the footage directly to the editing timeline, ready for editing.
 
The combination of these two products together allow the shooter to work with the confidence that comes with knowing that their footage will make it home safe, sound and in sync.
 
Pricing & Availability:
BulletProof 1.2 is available now for $199. It is a free upgrade for existing users of BulletProof 1.0 and 1.1..
 
B&H carries Red Giant BulletProof software.
Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 1:40:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Creative Cloud 1-Year Subscription Card
B&H has the Adobe Creative Cloud 1-Year Subscription available for $50.00 off – now only $549.95. Regularly $599.95.
 
Product Highlights

  • 1-Year Full Creative Cloud Membership
  • 20+ Programs & 20GB Free Cloud Storage
  • Complete Collaboration Solution
  • Keeps Files, Settings & Updates in Sync
  • Programs Downloadable Upon Cloud Access

Post Date: 6/19/2014 1:25:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Adobe's YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, Julieanne takes a close look at several feature enhancements and refinements made to Photoshop CC that give you powerful tools for creating your designs and working with your images.
 
Features Covered

  • New Color Palette
  • Brush Preset Recall
  • Swatch Recall
  • Sync Settings
  • Experimental Features
  • Liquify Pin Edges
  • Custom Color Lookup Tables
  • Full Tool Reset

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 12:04:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Gura Gear:
 
Court Approves the Sale of Tamrac Brand and Assets to Gura Gear
 
OGDEN, UT (June 18, 2014) – GuraGear, LLC, makers of innovative carrying solutions for discerning creative professionals has agreed to acquire the brand and assets of Tamrac, Inc. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale through the Chapter 11, Section 363 Sale of Assets process. Tamrac entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2014 and has a 37 year history of developing affordable carrying solutions for photographers.
 
Gura Gear President, Gregory Schern stated, “this acquisition represents an exciting opportunity for Gura Gear to build upon a brand with a legacy of designing solutions for photographers and a dedicated customer following while leveraging worldwide distribution. We look forward to providing customers a high level of service and implementing solutions from a new perspective in a rapidly evolving industry.” Tamrac, Inc. will continue to operate normally until the acquisition is finalized in late June. Once the transaction is complete, Gura Gear will relocate Tamrac's assets and expand its Ogden, Utah facilities.
 
B&H carries Gura Gear and Tamrac camera bags.
Post Date: 6/19/2014 11:19:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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