From Canon Digital Learning Center
Join Explorer of Light Vincent Laforet on location in New York City as he shares practical examples of how to use Canon's tilt-shift lenses for architecture, portrait, lifestyle, and tabletop photography. Learn how a tilt-shift lens can correct, enhance and dramatically change a composition.
In Episode 1
, Vincent gives an overview of what a tilt-shift lens is and how it differs from other lenses in the EOS lineup.
In Episode 2
, Vincent talks about the shift property of the lens and how it can be used to correct distortion and also aid in multi-shot stitching by showing a few practical examples from around the city.
In Episode 3
, Vincent shows a few examples of how the tilt functionality of the lens can shift the plane of focus to create a miniature look as well as increase the focus plane.
You can watch the entire series at the Canon Digital Learning Center
. Tilt-Shift Lens Reviews
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:58:42 AM CT Posted By: Sean
still has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
) available for $1,799.00 with free shipping after $200.00 mail-in rebate
This price won't last long; don't miss your chance to save on this fantastic general purpose lens.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:25:30 AM CT Posted By: Sean
A handful of sample pictures
have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens review
This lens continues to see demand exceeding supply. Preorder now
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:10:49 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon: IMPORTANT
- If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
- The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
- Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update.
- Do not load settings data saved with A:1.05/ B1.03 or earlier using the Save/ Load settings option in the setup menu after updating D4 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10. Settings data saved with D4 A:1.05/ B:1.03 or earlier is not compatible with D4 A and B firmware Ver. 1.10.
- When transferring images recorded to a memory card with a capacity greater than 128 GB to a computer using a card reader or similar device, be sure that the computer's operating system and the card reader support capacities greater than 128 GB. If they do not support capacities greater than 128 GB, it may not be possible to transfer images in this way. As support for memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB is provided with D4 A:1.10 / B:1.10 firmware, images may be transferred by connecting the camera to a computer via USB cable.
Updates included with this release A:1.10 / B: 1.10 - dated March 18, 2014
- Custom Setting f17: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added * .
- Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
- When an XQD memory card and one of certain CompactFlash memory cards were inserted in the camera at the same time, "Err" was displayed in the top control panel. This issue has been resolved.
- When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.
- Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
- AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
- Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus
* - We have prepared a supplementary user's manual that covers this function. Click here to download the supplementary user's manual [T-D-P.com Note: Preceding link from Nikon was broken this morning]. Adobe's Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer to view this file.
Nikon D4 Firmware A:1.10 / B:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
B&H has the Nikon D4's successor, the D4s, available for preorder.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 7:54:59 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Samyang dropped a not-so-subtle hint on its Facebook page
letting us know to expect announcements in the very near future.
"New stuff from Samyang coming soon, really soon. Stay tuned!"
What do you think it is? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 7:33:13 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: BuyDig.com
has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
) available for $1,799.00 with free shipping after $200.00 mail-in rebate
You must go all the way through checkout to see the reduced price of $1,999.00 before mail-in rebate. Update: B&H
just matched the in-cart price of $1,999.00
for this lens. After the $200.00 mail-in rebate
, that's an equally great $1,799.00!
Post Date: 3/17/2014 3:46:39 PM CT Posted By: Sean
has the Canon EOS-M with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
) available for $349.00 with free shipping.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 3:17:25 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From X-Rite: ColorTRUE App launch includes ColorTRUE Aware Partner Program allowing any app developer to include color management. Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 17, 2014
– X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced the release of ColorTRUE for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. ColorTRUE provides photographers, designers, and prepress professionals the ability to calibrate and profile their tablet and mobile devices for accurate color matching. ColorTRUE includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on the Apple App Store
and Google Play Store
. ColorTRUE Calibration
ColorTRUE creates a custom display profile for iOS and Android mobile devices using a supported X-Rite measurement device. The user simply places the connected device on the tablet or phone when prompted and the measurement process begins automatically. The profile is applied to all images displayed through the ColorTRUE Image Gallery, providing the user with the most accurate color match to a desktop reference monitor, or other color managed monitors.
Steve Rankin, Product Manager, at X-Rite, commented: “While iOS and Android devices deliver pleasing color right out of the box, ColorTRUE is the first app that will provide photographers, designers, and prepress professionals with a true color match from desktop to mobile. Tablets have become increasingly important in imaging workflows and getting accurate color on the mobile device is now as critical as it is on the desktop. Whether showing your portfolio to a perspective client or soft-proofing an image before final run, ColorTRUE delivers color accuracy at the level X-Rite customers expect, while maintaining the speed and simplicity of use necessary in the mobile environment.” ColorTRUE Image Gallery
ColorTRUE is the only mobile color management app that delivers an Image Gallery viewer with a unique set of tools that enables the highest level of color accurate viewing:
- Ambient Light Compensation – ColorTRUE will adjust to any ambient viewing condition ensuring that images are displayed correctly regardless of the lighting condition and display brightness setting
- Print Simulation – Preview or soft-proof images using different printer profiles and rendering intents
- White Point – Match your tablet to your desktop – to ensure you are assessing the same image on tablet and desktop, ColorTRUE lets you choose between D65, D50 and Native white point
- ICC Profile – Embedded image profiles are used or you can manually select correct working color spaces for your images (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB)
- Before and After – Toggle the calibration on and off to see the color accuracy improvements on your images
Coloratti George Jardine states, "It only makes sense that X-Rite would be first to the party with a super-easy mobile calibration solution that really works! ColorTRUE gives me the confidence that what I'm seeing on my iPad will match the corrections that I've made on my professional i1Display-calibrated and profiled desktop displays. And the best part is...ColorTRUE uses my existing hardware."
ColorTRUE Aware Partner Program
With the launch of ColorTRUE, X-Rite also announces its ColorTRUE Aware partner program. Unlike laptop or desktop operating systems, iOS and Android operating systems do not have system wide color management capabilities. This means each app must apply color profiles independently. X-Rite will soon release a Software Developers Kit (SDK) that will allow 3rd party app developers access to the ColorTRUE profile, enabling them to seamlessly deliver color management within their own app(s). ColorTRUE users can be confident any third party app such as image editing or viewing, inline production approval, or even creative sketching for proof of concept is color managed whenever they see the ColorTRUE Aware logo. More information can be found at xritephoto.com/colortrueSDK.
Steve Rankin, Product Manager, at X-Rite, continued, “As tablets and mobile devices increasingly permeate color and image based workflows, it has never been more important that these devices become truly color accurate. With ColorTRUE and the ColorTRUE Aware partner program, X-Rite now offers the missing color management components on iOS and Android platforms. Our goal is to enable app developers and help create an eco-system of color managed apps. We encourage all app developers where color is important to their users to contact us and learn more about our ColorTRUE Aware partner program.”
Supported X-Rite Devices
An X-Rite measurement device (sold separately) is required for the ColorTRUE calibration process. iOS phones and tablets support ColorMunki Smile, ColorMunki Display, i1Display Pro, and i1Pro 2, while Android phones and tablets support ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro. Visit xritephoto.com/colortrue for complete specifications list.
B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 1:10:08 PM CT Posted By: Sean
has the Kata 3N1-33 DL Sling Backpack
available for $74.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99. Features:
- Holds DSLR, 5-6 Lenses
- Holds 15.4" Laptop or iPad/Tablet
- Memory Card Storage Compartments
- Rain Cover Included
Post Date: 3/17/2014 11:56:13 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 3/17/2014 11:40:42 AM CT Posted By: Sean
has the Westcott 24x24" Soft Box with Bowens S-Type Adapter
available for $60.00 Off
– now only $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $89.95.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 11:31:08 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Tamron: 100-City Tour Will Turn Photo Store Parking Lots Into A Full Day Photo Experience March 17, 2014, Commack, New York –
Tamron USA announced today that they are embarking on a 100-city national Tailgate Tour to promote photography and Tamron lenses. A fully equipped Tamron van will be visiting camera stores throughout the country, turning mundane parking lots into photo celebrations, complete with free photography mini-sessions, test drives on the latest Tamron products, full evening seminars, specials on Tamron lenses and complimentary tailgate lunches at most participating retailers. This casual and fun approach to photography education is designed to offer easy and free access to great information to anyone interested in photography.
"Our Tamron Tailgate Tour demonstrates our commitment to help all levels of photographers take better images," said Stacie Errera, Chief Marketing Officer of Tamron USA. "Everyone can use a little help with their photography, and we want to come to hometowns across the country to invite people to discover how new technologies and simple suggestions can improve their results."
The Tamron Tailgate Tour will work with local photo retailers to deliver this unique learning experience. The Tamron van will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education with Tamron tech team members on-hand from 12pm to 4pm to help people with their photography questions. And each day will feature team members offering four free mini-sessions under the Tamron Tailgate Learning Tent - "Configuring Your Camera Bag," "Achieving True Colors," "Enhancing Your Image," and "Choosing Your Next Lens," offered every hour starting at 12:30 PM. Raffles will take place at the end of the last session that begins at 3:30 PM.
For those looking for even more tips to creating better photographs, Tamron will offer a two-hour evening seminar entitled "10 Steps to Epic Images," taught by experienced Tamron tech photographers. The cost of the seminars will be $25 dollars and will include a welcome bag with a reporter notebook and lens cleaning cloth. In select cities, an evening seminar plus an in-the-field workshop the next day will be offered for a total of $75.
Visitors will also see the latest in Tamron products, and be eligible to enter the #winatamron Instagram contest, where they can win one of three Tamron 16-300mm All-In-One 18.8X zoom lenses at the end of the tour. Full contest details can be found at the Tamron Tailgate website on April 13th for the kick off of the tour. A Tailgate lunch will be served at most locations from 12pm to 2pm.
"We hope that our Tamron Tailgate Tour will help inspire all of our attendees, from the casual snapshooter to the serious enthusiast, to take better images that will last a lifetime," said Errera.
For more information and to find out when the Tamron Tailgate Tour will be in your area, visit www.tamron-usa.com/tailgate
carries Tamron lenses
Post Date: 3/17/2014 8:50:46 AM CT Posted By: Sean
A handful of sample pictures
have been added to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens review
. Some sample pictures include small tips to incorporate into your own photography.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 8:29:26 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, DigitalRev
has the Nikon D3300 DSLR with 18-55 VR II Lens
available for $595.00. Compare at $646.95. Note:
When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 7:32:13 AM CT Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
I spent the majority of last week exploring the wonders of the Windy City on Lake Michigan – Chicago, IL. On this trip you could find me:
I must admit something, though – I am directionally challenged. The phrase, "He couldn't find his way out of a paper bag" aptly describes my navigation abilities. My father spent 15 years as a truck driver and can tell you what direction he's facing with his eyes closed on an overcast day. Unfortunately, I didn't get that gene. But where genetics and experience fall short, software and technology step in to fill the void.
The first thing that made life so much easier in Chicago was a smartphone loaded with the Transit App. The Transit App proved essential in allowing me to find my way throughout the city. The app uses the GPS on your smartphone to calculate possible routes from your location to your destination using various forms of public transportation.
Want to go from the Skydeck to the Field Museum? Easy enough. The app gives you 4 possible routes, with this one being the least time-consuming:
- Walk 348 meters to the Monroe/Franklin bus stop.
- Take the J14 Bus toward 103rd/Stony Island.
- Get off the bus at 1100 S Columbus.
- Walk .6 km to your destination (follow the map).
The app estimates the entire trip to take about 24 minutes (I found time estimates to be fairly accurate). Other routes proposed by the app may take a little longer (with multiple transfers), but usually involve less walking.
Unfortunately, navigating constantly using your smartphone can be taxing on its battery. That, combined with other high-drain activities – like playing Candy Crush while waiting for the bus [hey, don't judge!] – may leave you with a dead battery before you get back to the AC outlets of your temporary living quarters.
That's where this second item came into play – an external battery pack for mobile devices. I purchased the RAVPower Element 10400mAh External Battery Pack in October of last year and it's come in very handy on many occasions. Fully charged, this external battery can charge my phone 4 or 5 times (from near 0% to 100%) before needing to be recharged itself.
This trip proved just how useful a tiny, relatively inexpensive external power device can be. Without it, I would have been lost nearly every day just after lunch!
So there you have it – a smartphone app and an external battery pack kept me navigating the city efficiently all week. Have any more suggestions? Alternate navigation apps? Leave us a comment!
Post Date: 3/17/2014 6:53:36 AM CT Posted By: Sean