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 Wednesday, May 07, 2014
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From AdoramaPix:
 
Adorama’s new expansive photo production and printing facility brings 70 jobs to Brooklyn.
 
New York, NY, May 06, 2014 – AdoramaPix Inc., Adorama’s in-house print lab and sellers of premium quality lay flat photo books and other photo finishing items, recently began production in its brand new Brooklyn-based facility. More than doubling in size and measuring in at 20,000+ square feet, the move to a larger space allowed AdoramaPix to upgrade its production processes and increase its capacity, resulting in two-times the production turn-around time. Located in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn at 370 19th Street, the operation brings 70 jobs to the area, which AdoramaPix hopes to increase even more over time.
 
“The move to a larger facility enables AdoramaPix to multiply our production capacity and has already resulted in several measurable changes,” says Herman Klein, director of AdoramaPix. “In addition to doubling production time, we’ve added new features and services, including more options for custom cover books and same day shipping. With more than two-times the space at our disposal, these are just the first of many new features and items AdoramaPix will offer.”
 
Partnering with the US Postal Service, AdoramaPix has already begun offering its new Metro Post service. The first company in New York City to test out this service, many local customers are already enjoying getting their high-quality prints shipped to them the same day their order is placed. The AdoramaPix Metro Post service is currently available to customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
 
AdoramaPix also recently announced that its custom cover photo books are now available in any even-numbered amount of pages, from 14 to 76 pages. Due to an upgrade in their production process, varied page counts are now available while still retaining the superior quality, durability and presentation. Klein states, “The flexibility afforded by our new variable page counts will give our customers the creative freedom to make whatever photo book they envision into a reality.”
 
The new printing facility will continue to offer its unique and popular products, in particular, its high quality photo books. Unlike binding systems used by many competitors where a sliver of glue at the spine must hold each page in place, AdoramaPix photo books feature a unique binding system called Leporello binding, where the pages are fused together in a way that holds the pages securely for a lifetime. With Leporello binding, the page spreads lay flat and seamless, so you don’t lose part of your photos in the gutter. Pages are made with professional grade archival photo paper for brilliant, life-like colors that will stand the test of time.
Post Date: 5/7/2014 7:24:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Canon Professional Network
From Canon Professional Network:
 
Until fairly recently, the ability to send and receive data wirelessly was the stuff of science fiction. Now it is widely available and being used by a growing number of photographers in various fields to change the way they capture and communicate their work. CPN writer Mark Alexander looks at ways to make your workflow wireless in a special technical guide...
 
Sections:

  1. Configuring Your Network
  2. Configuring Your Camera
  3. Real Life WiFi

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/6/2014 11:59:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon USA's YouTube Channel:

"A wide-angle lens lets you capture a broader field of view than most lenses and brings in everything around you. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski takes you through the best uses of wide-angle lenses and gives some tips on getting great photos with them."

So which wide-angle lens is best for you? Take a look at Bryan's Wide-Angle Lens Recommendations to find out which wide-angle lenses stand out from the rest.
 
Check out the other videos in the EF 101 video series:

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/6/2014 9:48:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From PocketWizard/Bowens/Sekonic:
 
The crisp lighting from Bowens, plus PocketWizard wireless freedom, and Sekonic's precision metering have joined forces and are issuing a call to action. Are you recruits ready for action, adventure, and the ability to capture images, taking your photography to a new level?
 
PocketWizard Bowens GEM Reciever Module

PocketWizard Bowens GEM Module

For a limited time, with the purchase of any new Bowens R or Pro series monolight or kit, you new recruits are automatically enlisted into the Bowens, PocketWizard, and Sekonic Technology Alliance, and for each purchased monolight, you will be issued from our armory, one free PocketWizard Bowens GEM receiver module. This PocketWizard module enhancement allows you to embrace the sovereignty of reliable and cable-free flash triggering in your studio or in the field.
 
PocketWizard Plus III Special Edition

Pocketwizard Plus III Transceiver Yellow

As a special commemoration of this new Technology Alliance, gathering some of the greatest veterans in the industry, PocketWizard proudly offers a special edition PocketWizard Plus III draped in Bowens accent yellow, to pair with a new Bowens Gemini R, Gemini Pro, or other PocketWizard compatible lighting and devices from any PocketWizard Flash Partner. So wear your colors on your sleeve or your hotshoe, as you enter the battle for better photography.
 
Sync wirelessly

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Available now, the Bowens-inspired PocketWizard Plus III wirelessly syncs with every PocketWizard ever made, yellow or otherwise, and can remotely trigger flashes and cameras, or in turn, can be triggered by cameras, meters, or other PocketWizards. Look for the PocketWizard Compatible logo throughout the Bowens Lighting range, as well as any other members of the PocketWizard Army.
 
Furthermore, through June 30th 2014, previously purchased Bowens Gemini R or Gemini Pro units may be sent back to HQ in for servicing, where we will update each unit for PocketWizard compatibility, ensuring additional value to your investment for years to come.
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard Bowens GEM Reciever Module and PocketWizard Plus III (Yellow) Tranceiver.

Post Date: 5/6/2014 8:46:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Datacolor:
 
Enter to win a week long, all-inclusive Alaskan photo safari with award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – May 6, 2014 –– Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced its Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes. The online promotion, beginning today through May 27, 2014, will award one lucky winner an all-expense-paid trip to Cook Inlet, Alaska to spend one week photographing the region’s most remarkable wildlife alongside award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal. To enter to win, visit datacolor.com/safari-sweepstakes-pr.
 
The grand prize, valued at an estimated $10,000, will include round-trip airfare to and from Anchorage, departing from the winner’s originating city July 8, 2014 and returning July 16, 2014; all meals and lodging, including a 5-night stay at Silver Salmon Creek Lodge; private charter flights to and from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve; one-on-one photo instruction both in the field and in a classroom setting; and a Datacolor SpyderCAPTURE PRO. Sponsored by Sigma, Datacolor’s Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes will also award the winner a 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM telephoto lens to be used while on the safari and long after. Second and Third prizes will include a SpyderCAPTURE PRO and SpyderCHECKR PRO.
 
Guided by professional photographer David Cardinal, who will be returning to Cook Inlet for his 15th year, the winner, along with an intimate group of photographers, will spend a week shooting some of the best scenery Alaska has to offer including coastal brown bears, or “grizzlies,” tufted and horned puffins, brilliant sunrises, and breathtaking landscapes.
 
“Photographing some of America’s most spectacular animals in their native and unstressed environment is an experience like no other,” said Cardinal. “Datacolor is not only offering someone the chance to capture world class images, but the opportunity to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”
 
For full contest details and official rules and guidelines, visit datacolor.com/safari-sweepstakes-pr
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 5/6/2014 7:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 05, 2014
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens
Just posted: Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Lens Review
 
Find out what I think of a lens with a focal length range untouched by a competitor.
Post Date: 5/5/2014 8:13:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
B&H created a video demonstrating budget-friendly microphone systems for DSLR video production. Each system is demonstrated in the video so that you can buy the system that [literally] sounds best for your needs.
 
Microphones Featured

Post Date: 5/5/2014 7:35:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 04, 2014
onOne Perfect Effects 8
For a limited time, onOne is offering their Perfect Effects 8 software for free. (thanks Duc)
Category: onOne Deals
Post Date: 5/4/2014 7:28:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 02, 2014

 
From Canon USA's YouTube Channel:
 
Tilt-shift lenses are most popular for architectural photography because it helps to correct the leaning effect we see in photos of tall objects like buildings and walls. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski gives some tips on architectural and landscape use of Canon tilt-shift lenses.
 
Relevant Reviews:

Other videos in the EF 101 video series:

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/2/2014 9:57:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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B&H's Explora Explora has a great article titled "Vincent Laforet and the Psychological Impact of Camera Movement." It's a great read for anyone who's interested in using their DSLR to create compelling videos.
 
I've just started doing more video work with my DSLRs and found this article to be very insightful. [Sean]
 
Questions Answered by Laforet in the Article

  • Let’s begin by getting a little bit of your background. You began your career as a still photographer, correct?
  • What was the hardest part about making the transition from still photographer to director?
  • How much experience, if any, did you have with camera movement prior to making the switch to the video world? What resources did you use to expand your understanding?
  • So there’s really no replacing hands-on experience, is there?
  • Can you explain "motivated" versus "unmotivated" camera movement?
  • Would you mind summarizing your approach and preparation in regard to motion, from when you first sit down with the screenplay to actually shooting on set?
  • Do you have a personal visual style with which you like to approach your films?
  • Do you have any gear recommendations for people who are just starting to learn and experiment with camera motion?

Post Date: 5/2/2014 8:20:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 01, 2014
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From Canon USA:
 
Research commissioned by Canon U.S.A. uncovers the counterfeit confidence trap in America
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 1, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will unveil today the results of a 2013 Anti-Counterfeit Study it commissioned on U.S. consumers’ attitudes and perceptions of counterfeit consumer electronics in the U.S. The study reveals that while counterfeit consumer electronics are a significant concern to U.S. consumers, most seem to be unaware of the full impact and risks of their purchase and use. The study revealed that consumers trust their instincts, but seem to lack the understanding of the possible safety risks and the true long-term costs of counterfeit consumer electronics.
 
According to the Department of Homeland Security, $145 million worth of counterfeit consumer electronics entered the U.S. in 2013. The research commissioned by Canon reveals, however, that while three out of every four consumers surveyed were concerned about counterfeit consumer electronics, only about one in two believed they can accurately identify counterfeit consumer electronics.
 
“Most American consumers are unaware of the full risks associated with these potentially dangerous devices. Four in ten of the U.S. consumers surveyed don’t know counterfeit consumer electronics can harm them, and this lack of awareness leads to what Canon calls a ‘Confidence Trap’,” said Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor, Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, Canon U.S.A, Inc. “Based on the survey, consumers seem overconfident in their ability to spot a fake, and as a result, are at risk of possible harm.”
 
The study revealed:

  • In 2013, 12 percent of the U.S. consumers surveyed knowingly bought fake consumer electronics, while 18 percent bought them unknowingly.
  • 40 percent of U.S. consumers surveyed were unaware that counterfeit consumer electronics may harm them.
  • 45 percent believed that counterfeit consumer electronics do the job just as well as genuine consumer electronics.
  • 97 percent wanted more information so they can identify counterfeits.
  • Millennials surveyed were five times more likely than the Baby Boomers surveyed to purchase fake goods.
  • While the majority of millennials (72 percent) surveyed consider themselves very knowledgeable in identifying a counterfeit consumer electronics product, about one in four continues to unknowingly buy one.

Based on the survey results, 18 percent of U.S. consumer electronic purchasers surveyed say they have unknowingly purchased counterfeit consumer electronics this past year. Further, the study revealed, overconfident in their abilities, a significant proportion of consumers surveyed fell victim to counterfeit purchases, largely unaware that they could be putting themselves at risk of inferior product performance.
 
When it comes to purchase drivers, according to this, the majority of consumers surveyed overwhelmingly value product performance, quality, and safety when buying an electronic good. 82 percent of respondents cited product performance and 70 percent said product safety is important to them. It seems that purchasing counterfeits is therefore largely driven by a knowledge gap. For instance, close to half (45 percent) of consumers surveyed believe that a counterfeit product does the job just as well as the genuine product.
 
“One of the most significant revelations of this Anti-Counterfeit Study is our obligation to take action and educate consumers about the potential health and safety risks of counterfeit consumer electronics,” commented Westfall. “This research indicates that education can largely impact perceptions of counterfeit consumer electronics, and steer consumers away from making uninformed and misguided purchases. After learning about the facts, 71 percent of the U.S. consumers surveyed said that they were less likely to buy them.”
 
Canon is committed to bridging this education gap for the majority of American consumers who believe more can be done to combat the counterfeit consumer electronics market. Contrary to popular consumer belief, it is not exclusively the job of government, law enforcement or retailers to raise awareness. Prevention lies in the collaboration of all stakeholders and Canon is working to promote the continued education of consumers.
 
Today, Canon and the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will host a panel discussion about the potential dangers of counterfeit consumer electronics. Event panelists include representatives from Canon U.S.A, City Tech College, Consumerist.com, U.S. Chamber of Commerece Global Intellectual Property Center and Underwriters Laboratories.
 
On April 23rd, Canon was also recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center at the 2nd Annual IP Champions Conference in Washington D.C. for its Anti-Counterfeit Consumer Awareness Campaign.
 
For more information visit: http://usa.canon.com/aboutcounterfeits

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/1/2014 12:23:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
For those that submitted their preorders early, good news!
 
B&H is now shipping the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon (review). From what I've been told, they haven't received a significant supply yet (low quantity shipment) but they are now shipping out what has hit their shelves.
 
B&H still lists the Sigm 50mm f/1.4 Art lens for Canon's status as being "Pre order. Released in limited qty."
 
B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/1/2014 10:46:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X AF Settings Guidebook Cover
From Canon Professional Network:
 
Canon has produced a new version of its AF Setting Guidebook for the EOS-1D X DSLR designed for smartphones and tablets, which is now available for download on CPN.
 
As well as being designed specifically for smartphones and tablets this latest version of the Guidebook has been fully updated in line with the EOS-1D X firmware update Version 2.0.3 that enhanced the camera’s AF, exposure and customisable options.
 
The 1D X was the first camera to feature menus which described the AF functions in detail, including example uses for each function, thus making the complicated task of setting up the AF easier. The 138-page guidebook explains all of these menu settings and is packed with illustrations, menu screen images, photographs and AF point overlays, so it’s an invaluable guide for photographers who want to get the most out of the sophisticated and customisable autofocus system within the EOS-1D X. Now you can take it everywhere with you on your smartphone or tablet.
 
The in-depth guidebook offers detailed explanations of how to use the various high performance features of the camera’s 61-point AF system, including introductions to the features of the AF system of the EOS-1D X and AF setting operability.
 
The guidebook is also separated into dedicated ‘click-through’ chapters (and sub-chapters) for: AF Configuration Tool (Presets), AF Configuration Tool (Parameters), AF area selection modes, EOS-1D X 61-point high-density reticular AF cross-type points, Release property settings during Servo AI, Utilizing the AF point setting and registration and Using ISO Auto.
 
Download
EOS 1D X AF Setting Guidebook: Smartphone & Tablet version (PDF, 11.8 MB)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/1/2014 7:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:

"Scott Kelby believes 'you never go wrong by doing the right thing.' And from what we've seen, he's done a lot of things right. Peek behind the curtain to learn more about the man who built an educational empire - while staying true to his passions as a photographer and family man.
 
Want more? Read our exclusive interview with Scott.
 
Check out Scott's Portfolio."

Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 4/30/2014 1:41:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon WR-1 Wireless Remote Control Transceiver
Nikon has published the WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller User's Manual. (PDF, 1.73MB).
 
B&H has the Nikon WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 11:42:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
In a recent post on Canon's Digital Learning Center, photographer Jack Reznicki explains how Auto ISO enabled him to greatly improve his "keeper" rate when shooting street photography. Reznicki elaborates on the usefulness of Auto ISO and how it gives him "...maximum control over [his] camera in situations where the light changes dramatically and extremely quickly."
 
Check out the article – Auto ISO with street shots – on Canon's Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 10:56:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Recent media reports have called attention to the disocovery of a security vulnerability in OpenSSL, an application widely used by network-connected devices and websites that encrypts information to enable secure communication. The vulnerability, known as the Heartbleed Bug, could result in the leak of information that was thought to be secure.
 
We have been evaluating Canon products equipped with network connectivity* as well as websites directly operated by Canon. At this time, however, we have not found any that are affected by this vulnerability.
 
We will work to further strengthen security measures to ensure that customers can continue using Canon products and websites with peace of mind.
 
* Products that do not include networking capabilities or are not used when connected to a network are not affected by this vulnerability.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 9:26:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
San Francisco, California—April 30, 2014 – Red Giant Universe, a revolutionary new community with access to an ever-expanding library of new tools and effects for filmmakers and motion graphic artists, is available today. Membership in Red Giant Universe is free and it allows our members to take control of the future of Universe development. Available now are 50 Free and Premium visual effects plugins built on a brand new platform—Supernova. Red Giant Universe is available at redgiant.com/universe for $10/month, $99/year or $399 for a lifetime license.
 
“Universe is a completely new platform for Red Giant and the culmination of nearly two years of work building a new architecture,” said Sean Safreed, co-founder and lead visionary behind Universe. “The Red Giant team has put together an amazing set of 50 fast and useful effects using Supernova, our new development engine. This really is the future of visual effects development for us and the filmmaking community.”
 
Free membership includes the use of 31 effects and transitions, including blurs, glows, distortion, generators and 3D transitions. Stand-out tools in our free membership include beautiful transitions such as Swish Pan and 3D Shutter as well as the unique Glo-Fi that creates pulsating, multi-hued glows for titling. These tools are truly free and NEVER expire. Premium membership includes access to 19 tools. The Premium tools include updated favorites such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Holomatrix, ToonIt (powered by Toonamation), and Retrograde, from CrumplePop and Red Giant.
 
"The new Universe toolset is so blazing fast, interactions with the parameters are instantaneous, even on my MacBook Pro," said Joey Morelli, owner of DigiDojo, and a veteran editor and compositor. "It's actually fun to play around and get instant feedback. And the effects are SWEET! The new version of Universe Holomatrix is worth the price of admission alone. I cannot wait for future updates!"
 
Red Giant Universe community is now open on the web as well with our first feature called Labs. Labs lets our members vote on the amazing visual effects that they want to see next. The tool that wins the Labs voting round goes right into Universe and is available as part of the Universe membership. Red Giant is committed to frequent updates throughout the year. Members will receive dozens of new tools in 2014 alone.
 
Built on a ground-breaking new platform called Supernova, Red Giant Universe is able to deliver tools faster than any other platform on the planet. The secret is a simple scripting system uniting the power of Javascript and a GPU framework to allow our developers to fulfill the desires of our community in a matter of hours instead of days or weeks.
 
All the tools in Red Giant Universe exploit the power of modern GPU (graphics processing unit) to render most effects in near real-time. The platform is also scalable, working across small and light laptops such as Macbook Air with modern Intel graphics processors (HD4000 and later) up to high-end workstation GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. All effects render with floating point quality for feature film-ready output.
 
Pricing & Availability
 
Red Giant Universe is available today as a subscription for $10/month or as a discounted yearly pre-pay for $99. Users who want the benefits of membership but don’t want to pay monthly can opt for a lifetime membership for $399. The lifetime membership never expires and includes all Universe updates and upgrades released over the months and years to come. All Red Giant Universe tools and effects work in After Effects (CS 5.5, CS6, and CC), Premiere Pro (CS6 and CC), Final Cut Pro X (10.1.1) and Motion (5.1), and work on both Mac OS X (10.8.4 and later) and Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1.
 
Sign up for a free Red Giant Universe account today at http://redgiant.com/universe.
 
B&H carries Red Giant software.
Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 4/30/2014 8:27:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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