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 Friday, January 13, 2017
Ever since I became enthralled with photography, I've enjoyed sifting through inspirational images and breaking them down so that I could understand how just the photographer created that specific look.
 
Earlier this week I ran across a profile image where the subject was wearing sunglasses. The portrait had a strong rim light but there was very little fill light on the face, yet there was a strong reflection that encompassed nearly the entire area of the sunglasses' lens.
 
Typically speaking, the eye is the most important element in a portrait. However, the prominence of the sunglasses (along with an eye which was deeply shadowed) replaced the importance of the eye in the image. I thought it would be a fun exercise to try and recreate the lighting used for the profile portrait. Note: If I could remember where I saw the image, I would link to it here. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I found it. Hopefully the image's description and my attempts to recreate it will be sufficiently illustrative.
 
My approach to dissecting an image usually mirrors the scientific method:
 
  1. Ask a question.
  2. Do background research.
  3. Construct a hypothesis.
  4. Test with an experiment.
  5. Does the procedure work?
In other words, "Wonder, think, test, repeat as necessary."
 
I thought I had a good guess as to how the image was lit, but upon testing my hypothesis, I realized I was very likely incorrect. After quickly going back to the drawing board, I came up with a result that achieved exactly the look I was going for:
 
Guess the Lighting Setup Self Portrait 2017 01 13 2nd Example

Notice how there is a huge reflection in the sunglasses yet there is very little fill on the face. That's precisely what I was attempting to duplicate.
 
However, after it was all said and done I wasn't entirely happy with the image. For my next attempt I used a looser framing, a different pair of sunglasses and a sweater to remove the emphasis from my Adam's apple. Although all the lighting tools were the same, the positions of the light modifiers were not identical (although they were very close), different camera settings were used and (as is likely obvious) the images were also post-processed in slightly different ways. The second image also has more fill light than what I was originally going for, but I liked the result anyway.
 
So here's the challenge:
 
  1. Analyze the image atop this post and try to figure out exactly how it was lit.
  2. Try to recreate the lighting in the image as closely as possible.
  3. Share your image, gear and camera settings and describe how it was lit.
It wasn't a complicated setup, but if I had not tried it myself, I would not have arrived at the same conclusion. If you prefer not to try to recreate the image yourself, you're more than welcomed to simply guess the lighting setup in the comments below. Otherwise, let's hear your guess and see your tested example image. I'll update the post Monday to reveal the answer.
 
Update: It looks like I forgot to update this on Monday, but... better late than never! The setup was as follows:
 
  • (1) Canon 580EX diffused by a 16x16" foldable softbox behind me
  • (1) 20x30" white foam core board handheld in front of my face and angled to catch the light from the softbox
With the softbox positioned behind me (camera left), it produced a clearly defined rim light without wrapping around my face with its relatively high output. The white reflective board positioned just out of the frame produced a large reflection in the sunglasses while also creating a small amount of fill light on the front of my face.
 
I liked seeing the guesses and attempts. I hope the exercise proved beneficial.
Post Date: 1/13/2017 6:40:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the BlackRapid 63" Cross-Shot Sling Camera Strap available for $27.95 with free shipping. Regularly $44.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Cross-Torso Right or Left-Side Strap
  • Non-Slip Molded Rubber Shoulder Pad
  • Durable Polypropylene Webbing
  • 63" Long, 1.0" Wide Strap
  • 10.5" Long, 1.5" Wide Shoulder Pad
  • FastenR, ConnectR, Lock Star Included
Post Date: 1/13/2017 5:20:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 12, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Author: Rick Sammon
 
Photography is more than just taking, or as I say, making, a picture. It’s about the entire photographic process (image capture and image processing) and the personal experience.
 
In this article I’ll share with you some of my favorite photographs and experiences from my recent trip to Sri Lanka – a magical destination – documented with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2017 11:20:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Have you ever wondered how this site's product images are created? If so, you'll want to check out our most recent addition to the Photography Tips page:

 
Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens/Canon EF 16 35mm f 2.8L III USM Lens Comparison

The Ideal, Simple, General Purpose Product Photography Setup (How this Site's Product Images are Captured)
In it, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at Bryan's product photography setup, details on the gear he utilizes to create the classic, white background product imagery found throughout the site and a few tips for creating your own product images.
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 12, 2017—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2016, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
 
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
 
Canon U.S. patent rankings among Japanese companies 2005–2016
 
YearRanking*No. of
patents
20161st (3rd)3,665
20151st (3rd)4,127
20141st (3rd)4,048
20131st (3rd)3,820
20121st (3rd)3,173
20111st (3rd)2,818
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,366
20051st (2nd)1,829

* Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies
 
Note: Number of patents for 2016 based on preliminary figures released by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services. Figures for 2005 to 2015 are based on information issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

 
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/12/2017 6:08:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Great Big Story YouTube Channel:
 
During the dark winter months in Finland, one man fills the night with light. Hannu Huhtamo is a light painter. The artist takes long exposure photographs and uses flashlights and other simple tools to transform dark and sometimes forgotten places into magical new worlds—no Photoshop required.
Post Date: 1/12/2017 5:58:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro FIT29AIH1 iTrip Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with IH1 Ball Head available for $89.95 with free shipping. Compare at $154.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 60.8"
  • Min Height: 16.3"
  • Folded Length: 21.5"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Simple Ball Head
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release Plate
 Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 
MotoCrane is scheduled to launch a universal automotive camera crane system this year with the following specifications:
 
Max Speed: 80 MPH
Max Acceleration: 1g lateral, longitudinal
Lens Height from Roof: 3' above, 3' below
Boom Length: 6' from center, 9' total
Max Controlled Speeds: ARMA: 4 sec 360º Swing | ACRO: 1 sec 360º Pan
Operating Temp: MIN: -30ºF, MAX: 120ºF *Over-heat protection
Weather: Water resistant
 
Unfortunately, there's no word yet on pricing or expected availability, but it's bound to be less expensive than the widely used Russian Arms.
Category: MotoCrane News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 1:32:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Adorama has the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens for Canon available for $439.00 with free shipping after a $40.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $539.00 after rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 11:38:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:
 
Canon has released a new update to its popular Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP4) software. Version 4.5.20 adds support for older cameras including EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS 5D, EOS 40D, EOS 30D, EOS 20Da, EOS 20D, EOS 400D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital X / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi), EOS 350D DIGITAL (EOS Kiss Digital N / EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT), PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, PowerShot S100, and PowerShot S100V along with support for the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens
 
Since its launch in 2014, Digital Photo Professional 4 has grown to support over 50 DSLR and PowerShot cameras. As well as supporting all the current professional full-frame DSLRs in the Canon range, this latest update now supports a wider range of older models and addresses a few other issues such as:
 
  • Improved accuracy of the lens data of Digital Lens Optimizer for EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro, EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM lenses.
  • Fixed the problem where it takes time to display a preview image on the high resolution display.
  • Fixed the phenomenon on the Mac OS in which RAW images imported via remote shooting are not displayed for preview in some cases.
Commenting on this latest DPP4 update, Mike Burnhill, Canon Europe’s Professional Imaging Technical Support Programme manager, told CPN: “DPP continues to prove itself as a popular workflow tool for those photographers dedicated to maintaining an all-Canon workflow from capture to print. Canon developed DPP to work seamlessly with Canon cameras and we are delighted more and more users are discovering its workflow benefits. We have been listening to customers and expanding support for new and existing models within DPP.”
 
Download: Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.5.20
 


Picture Style Editor 1.17.20
 
Changes for Picture Style Editor 1.17.20:
 
  • Supports PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Download: Canon Picture Style Editor 1.17.20
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 9:47:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ISO noise test results have been added to the Canon EOS M5 Review.
 
The word was that the M5 would have identical image quality to the Canon EOS 80D. Looking at the EOS M5 vs. 80D comparison, I see some slight differences. When I first loaded and compared the M5 results, I thought that I miss-focused the lens. Five tests later, I concluded that the M5 was turning in very slightly softer results than the 80D. However, it is likely the RAW processing is what is different. In DPP's Quick Check window, the M5 results are slightly sharper than the 80D results. In DPP's Edit window and in the processed TIFF files, it is the 80D that appears sharper.
 
What I think I like better is the EOS M5's reduced high ISO noise grain.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M5 in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 7:50:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Richard Curtis, Adobe Systems UK Principal Solution Consultant in Digital Imaging, writes exclusively for CPN on how to get the best from Adobe’s Lightroom for mobile app.
See the entire article and video on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2017 6:29:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 10, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The Canon Par Excellence Award recognizes imaging excellence through cooperation between Canon USA, Inc, and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Announced in 2008 at Imaging USA in Tampa, FL, this award represents the pinnacle of achievement at the PPA regional level.
 
Canon USA is committed to recognizing and supporting the photographic efforts of the Professional Photographers of America. The criterion for this award set it well above awards initiated by other corporate sponsors, and make it highly sought after. It serves as both an inspiration and an honor to participating members of the PPA.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/10/2017 1:01:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The following cameras have been added to the site's Camera Comparison Images:
 
  • Canon EOS M5
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Canon EOS M10
  • Sony a7R II
B&H carries the Canon EOS M3 / M5 / M10 and Sony a7R II mirrorless cameras.
Post Date: 1/10/2017 7:59:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
January 9, 2017 — Melville, NY — Nikon began celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2017 with its return to CES. Its latest digital imaging technologies were demonstrated at Nikon’s booth and at areas throughout the show floor.
 
Visitors to the Nikon booth had the opportunity for hands-on time with the newest Nikon products. These included the connected, compact D5600 DSLR and the KeyMission action camera line.
 
They also heard from Nikon professional photographers at the Nikon School Theater. Other experiences on the show floor included the return of Project HeliX powered by Nikon and an interactive VR (virtual reality) area featuring content captured with the KeyMission 360.
 
Nikon showcased several new products. They were headlined by the lightweight D5600 DSLR. The D5600 features easy sharing using Nikon SnapBridge technology, a 24.2MP sensor and an intuitive touch-screen, vari-angle LCD monitor.
 
Also announced were two additions to Nikon’s Coolpix compact, point-and-shoot camera line. The everything-proof W100 adventure camera exhibited along with the A300. The Coolpix A300 has a 20.1MP sensor, 8x optical zoom lens, vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization and also SnapBridge connectivity.
 
Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies.
 
Nikon 100-Year Anniversary Book
 
As part of the anniversary celebration, with the cooperation of Uli Koch, one of the most prominent Nikon collectors, the company released the Nikon – 100 Anniversary hardcover book.
 
Beside cameras, lenses and matching accessories, the book also contains binoculars, microscopes, industrial lenses and other technical instruments going back to 1917. With many never-seen-before details, the 416-page book has nearly 2,200 color photos. nikonusa.com
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/10/2017 7:11:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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