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 Monday, November 21, 2016
For a limited time, B&H has the Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Provides 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Rotating Ring to Choose Degree of ND
  • Eliminates Buying Many ND Filters
  • Use to Create Blurs/Special Effects
  • Use With Film or Digital
  • Wide Outer Ring Reduces Vignetting
  • Black Aluminum Filter Ring
  • ColorCore Glass
  • Made in the USA
  • 10-Year Warranty
Note: The 82mm version of this filter is also discounted and eligible for the $20.00 mail-in rebate.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 11:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Photoshop Tutorials YouTube Channel:
 
There are a lot of ways to process photos in Photoshop. But not everyone uses Photoshop in the most efficient way. In this tutorial, you’ll learn common mistakes photographers make and why you should avoid it.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 10:18:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, you can save 40% on a new SmugMug account during their Fall sale.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 10:05:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From now through November 28, use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at LensRentals to get 25% off your gear rental.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Promotion Details
 
  • Sale ends 11:59 PM CT November 28th.
  • Must use the code BLACKFRIDAY
  • One use per customer
  • Good for rentals arriving by March 31st, 2017
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 9:57:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS 80D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Kit available for $899.20. Compare at $1,149.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
Just posted: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review
 
This was a highly anticipated lens. Did it meet expectations? Read the review.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for preorder and very recently in stock in the 5D Mark IV kit.
 
The 24-105 L II is in stock in the EOS 5D Mark IV kit at: Adorama and The Canon Store.
 
This lens is currently available individually on eBay (for a premium price) and is also available there in the 5D IV kit.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 8:20:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One of the first accessories I purchase after investing in a new lens is a UV or clear protection filter. That's why I'm always happy to see a free, high quality UV filter bundled with a lens on my wish list.
 
On that note, B&H is offering a free Hoya 82mm UV Haze NXT HMC Filter ($68.90 value) with purchase of the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens. Also nice is that the lens currently qualifies for a $200.00 mail-in rebate which makes its final price extremely attractive in the general purpose lens category, especially considering this lens' wide f/2.8 maximum aperture and the inclusion of Vibration Control.
 
Want to know more about the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens? Check out Bryan's full review here.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 8:02:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Do you plan on visiting New York City in the next 12 months? If so, this deal offers significant savings on admissions to many of NYC's most popular distinations.
 
Through Thursday, use coupon code BF20 at NewYorkPass.com to save 20% on a 3, 5, 7 or 10 Day New York Pass, the the ultimate key that gets you free entry to over 80 New York tourist attractions.
 
New York Pass Benefits:
 
  • You can choose from 4 different duration types which qualify for this promotion: 3, 5, 7 and 10 days
  • There are no limits to how many attractions you can see
  • 15 busiest attractions offer Fast Track entry to NY Pass holders
  • There are 17 tours that Pass holders can book in advance and secure their place
  • You have full control on your budget, yet you can choose from 80+ NYC attractions
And if visiting New York City with a New York Pass, you may want to try photographing the city from the Rockefeller Center observation deck. If so, check out Bryan's Ultimate Guide to Photographing at Top of the Rock.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 7:43:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vanguard Sedona 51 DSLR Backpack (Blue) available for $79.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200mm, 3 Lenses & Flash
  • Fits up to 13.3" Laptop
  • Detachable Camera Insert
  • Front & Top Zip, & Side Mesh Pockets
  • Rear-Access Gear Compartment
  • Front & Side Tripod Attachment
  • Accessory Attachment Loops
  • Padded Backpack Harness
  • Sternum & Waist Belts
  • Removable Rain Cover & Security Whistle
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 7:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until 9:00am Eastern Time, B&H has the Domke Next Generation Chronicle Camera Bag (Black Ruggedwear) available for $129.95 with free shipping. Regularly $269.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200 Lens, 3 Lenses, Flash
  • Accommodates iPad or Similar 9.7" Tablet
  • Expandable Exterior Pockets
  • GearProtex Customizable Insert System
  • Dual Zipper & Clip-Lock Closure
  • Detachable Shoulder Strap
  • Rear Trolley Strap
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 7:17:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 20, 2016
For a limited time, Sigma is offering significant instant rebates on its 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens ($150.00) and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens ($200.00).
 
Like Canon's Pre-Black Friday deals, I think these Sigma deals will carry on through Black Friday.
 
Sigma also has a few other rebates that you may want to check out.
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Post Date: 11/20/2016 9:01:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS-1D X DSLR Camera available for $3,999.20. Compare at $4,599.00 new. (thanks Scott)
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Post Date: 11/20/2016 8:46:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 (Download) available for $89.00. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
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Post Date: 11/20/2016 5:15:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot News: Canon has just discounted several popular items ahead of Black Friday. See below for details.
 
My guess is that these instant rebates will carry on through Black Friday, meaning that Canon simply started their Black Friday deals early.
 
Newly Discounted Gear
 
ItemInstant RebateFinal Price
Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera$100.00$1,099.00
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens$20.00$129.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens$50.00$459.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens$15.00$110.00

Instant Rebate Increases
 
ItemInstant RebateIncrease ofFinal Price
Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55 STM Lens$200.00$100 $1,149.00
Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135 IS USM Lens$400.00$200 $1,399.00
Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135 IS USM Lens Video Creator Kit$550.00$200 $1,499.00
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera$300.00$100 $899.00
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55 STM Lens$350.00$100 $999.00
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135 STM Lens$350.00$100 $1,199.00
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-135 IS STM Lens Video Creator Kit$400.00$100 $1,249.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55 and EF 75-300 Lenses$400.00$100 $499.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55 IS II Lens$100.00$50 $449.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55 and EF 75-300 Lenses$200.00$50$549.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens$80.00$30 $469.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens$150.00$50 $1,649.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens$150.00$50 $1,849.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens$100.00$30$1,149.00
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Post Date: 11/20/2016 11:14:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 19, 2016
Wildlife photographers can spend many days or weeks working with the same subject at the same location and, due to ever-changing behaviors of their subjects, they can continuously capture unique images. Sports photographers have unique action at every game/meet/match/race/etc. at the same field/track/event location. Street photographer are always finding new entertainment at the same locations. Wedding, event and portrait photographers have a steady stream of new subjects coming through the same locations. But you, landscape (and cityscape) photographer, usually find the same subjects in the same positions each time you go back. However, you still have reasons for going back.
 
Basically, you most often go back in hopes that something might be different this time.
 
Perhaps you didn't get it right the first time. You didn't provide adequate depth of field or didn't focus to the right distance to keep everything in the image sharp. Or, perhaps you want to use a wider aperture lens to better define the primary subject. Perhaps the focal choice was not ideal and part of the scene was cropped too tightly. Maybe you were too close or too far away and didn't get the ideal perspective. You want to move up/down, left/right or closer/farther to get it right the next time.
 
You now have better skills. Closely aligned with getting it right this time are your improved photography skills. You are now better at reading a scene and better able to select the composition, perhaps including a foreground element or better aligning the background within the foreground framing.
 
You go back to work on your creativity. The more bored you become with photographing a scene, the more likely you are going to find a creative new way to photograph it.
 
You go back because you have better gear. While we sometimes think that camera and lens technology is not moving forward fast enough, what is available today is far better than what was available not long ago. Taking your new camera(s) and lens(es) to a past-visited favorite location is an easy recipe for bettering your portfolio. Your higher resolution, lower noise camera and sharper lens will create results that look better, especially at high resolution. Taking a circular polarizer filter, a neutral density filter, etc. that you did not originally have can make a huge difference in your repeat visit results.
 
You go back in hopes for better weather conditions. You hope for better skies, a better sunrise, a better sunset, better clouds, more/less fog, less (or possibly more) wind, warmer light, etc. Everyone loves a fiery sunrise or sunset and those don't happen every day – you might need to go back repeatedly to find these. Fog? Some locations have it with some regularity, but many others have it only occasionally.
 
You go back because the timing is different or better. You may have better water flow, creating better waterfalls that give images a completely different look, one well worth the effort of a revisit. The seasons of the year provide a very different look to many locations. Spring brings bright green foliage and (usually) good water flow. Summer brings darker foliage and warmer weather (required for the snow to melt enough to access some areas). Late summer and fall brings amazing color to the trees in many areas. Winter brings snow, completely redecorating the landscape.
 
The timing of the visit also dictates the position of the celestial bodies. Go back when the sun, moon and/or stars (the milky way) are better aligned. Perhaps the sun shines between two mountain peaks at a certain time of the year. Perhaps you want to go back when the milky way is best aligned over a scene. The same applies to the moon with a specific desired phase and position.
 
Perhaps the scene has indeed changed and is no longer physically the same. While there are not usually macro changes occurring to landscape without a significant environmental disaster (such as a tornado, hurricane, fire, etc.), micro changes frequently happen. Trees fall, erosion occurs, sediment moves in streams during strong flows and fields have a different crop in rotation. If the scene is significantly altered, new images will be more current than those taken before the alteration. Before and after photos may be valued in this case.
 
Sometimes, you go back just because things can happen. Wildlife showing up can add a prize-winning element to any image.
 
If you are considering going back, the location is probably amazing and somewhere you love to be. That alone is a great reason to go back as just being there is awesome. There is no reason why the same location cannot be enjoyed time and time again. If you like the location that much, perhaps you want to share it with a friend or friends.
 
You go back because the location is a known entity. You know that it is repeatedly good for a quality image – an image worth sharing is sure to come out of the effort.
 
You go back for practice. If the location is relatively close to home, visiting the location to practice skills and technique prior to a big photo trip is a great idea. Unlike riding a bike, more like distance running, photography requires practice to stay in top shape. It also affords the opportunity to test the camera gear that will accompany you on the trip.
 
Again, a primary reason to go back is that something might be different this time and the reason that different is desirable is for, minimally, variation and, ideally, for bettering. Photographers are constantly striving to better what we have already done, to raise the bar, to take another step forward in our passion/profession.
 
The previous time I visited Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, was convenient, but not so well-timed for photography. It was mid-summer (not bad in itself). The sun was high and the leaves were green. The sky was forest fire-hazy. While my cameras and lenses were the best-available at the time, they were not as good as those I'm using today. While I was happy with my results at the time, they do not hold nearly as much value to me from a photographical perspective now.
 
Late this past year, I was blessed with a revisit to this very photogenic location. And, the results from my revisit were much higher grade in many accounts. Though I'm missing the moose that was in my first set of images (it was so small in the frame that I didn't know it was even there until reviewing the images back at home), but my late summer (photographer's fall in this location), early morning timing for the second visit to Oxbow Bend combined with my now-current camera gear and 9-year-upgraded skillset turned in much better results this time around. I'm sharing one of my favorites with you today.
 
What about you? Where do you want to revisit and why?
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 11/19/2016 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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