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This tutorial is from the Pro Video Tips series presented by lynda.com author Anthony Q. Artis. Pro Video Tips offers a new video tip every week, on topics like shooting techniques, storytelling, audio, and miking.
April 10, 2015 – MANHATTAN, ILLINOIS – Several exhibitors will be on hand at the History of Photography Exhibit sponsored by the Manhattan Township Historical Society.
The free and interactive exhibit will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 18, at 255 S. State Street, Manhattan, Illinois..
Displays will include the historical development of the camera from the early pinhole camera and camera obscura, through various plate and film equipment, to modern digital cameras.
Various historic processing methods will be described with examples of photographs produced by these processes. Visitors can experience a mock-up of a chemical process dark room and load a film-processing tank. An active present day light room will present modern digital processing techniques.
An astrophotography exhibit will feature the equipment, techniques and subject matter for capturing images of the night sky, including meteors, wide-angle sky images, deep space objects and lightning.
April 9, 2015 – Manfrotto is proud to announce the launch of the XPRO Geared Head. The new 3-way tripod head is designed for amateur and hobbyist photographers who require precise composition adjustments via geared movements, including macro, landscape and architectural photography.
Portability For passionate photographers requiring precision, especially on location, this head designed by Manfrotto weighs only 750 g (1.65 lbs), but can support up to 4kg (8.8 lbs) of payload. Its Adapto body, a strong and rigid technopolymer, makes this head the most precise, lightweight head that Manfrotto has ever created. This allows landscape and architectural photographers to achieve their images on-location with less bulk than ever before.
Framing precision Thanks to the XPRO Geared Head’s patent pending micrometric knobs, photographers can achieve their desired composition and refine their selections along a single axis faster than traditional ball heads. The geared movement of the head allows precise, micro step framing on all three axis, with confirmation via the three included bubble levels, one for each axis. The newly designed rotating knobs ensure ergonomic comfort even during extensive usage. Moreover, if the photographer doesn’t need to make fine adjustments, the axis locking system may be loosened with the Quick Movement levers, allowing for free movement along the axis.
Convenience By using one of the most common photographic plates in the world, the 200PL, the new XPRO Geared Head is compatible with Manfrotto’s most popular ball and 3-way tripod heads including the XPRO 2-Way fluid head, XPRO 3-Way head and 496RC2 ball head. This strikes the perfect balance between quick setup and savings: one plate is always attached to the camera, ready to be used in any situation with whatever photo or video support the photographer has on location.
Made in Italy The new XPRO Geared Head is designed and manufactured in Italy. Utilizing premium materials and advanced engineering processes, the new XPRO Geared Head features a 10 year Canadian warranty.
The new Manfrotto XPRO 3-Way Geared Head will be available in Canada in late April at the suggested retail price of $259.95.
Mountain View, Calif. – April 9, 2015 – LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 300 million members worldwide, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire lynda.com, a leading online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals. Based in Carpinteria, CA, lynda.com was co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin.
The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5 billion, subject to adjustment, in a combination of approximately 52 percent cash and approximately 48 percent stock. Subject to the completion of customary conditions, the acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015.
Through a subscription to lynda.com’s service, individual members and organizations have access to a comprehensive collection of top quality courses taught by industry experts, offered in English, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese. In addition to individual subscribers, lynda.com serves corporate, government and educational organizations through its lyndaEnterprise, lyndaPro, lyndaCampus, lyndaLibrary and lyndaKiosk products. lynda.com stands out as a leader of owned and operated premium skills content, offering a massive library of high-quality courses.
“The mission of LinkedIn and the mission of lynda.com are highly aligned. Both companies seek to help professionals be better at what they do,” said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn. “lynda.com’s extensive library of premium video content helps empower people to develop the skills needed to accelerate their careers. When integrated with the hundreds of millions of members and millions of jobs on LinkedIn, lynda.com can change the way in which people connect to opportunity.”
"This is such an exciting moment in the 20-year history of lynda.com, and I couldn't imagine a better pairing than lynda.com and LinkedIn," said Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of the board of lynda.com.
"In LinkedIn, we have found an incredible partner who shares our vision and passion for empowering people around the world to make real change in their lives through access to information, learning and professional development," said Eric Robison, CEO of lynda.com.
Following closing, most members of the lynda.com team are expected to join LinkedIn.
RONKONKOMA – April 9, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has select two Sigma products for the TIPA Awards 2015. The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary lens has been lauded Best Entry Level DSLR Lens, and the recently released 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens won Best Expert DSLR Prime Lens.
With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, the TIPA organization has a worldwide membership of 27 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. When TIPA member magazines began the TIPA Awards, their goal was to develop an award that would showcase the best photography, imaging products and services introduced to the market during the past year. According to TIPA, only products that the General Assembly think deserve recognition are considered in the voting process.
“On behalf of Sigma Corporation, we are honored to have two Sigma lenses receive TIPA awards this year, and be recognized by such a far-reaching organization,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re especially proud to be acknowledged as a company that continues to produce leading-edge technology in the photo industry. The addition of the 24mm F1.4 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 lenses to our Global Vision lineup demonstrates how Sigma is continuing to redefine expectations and improve the experience for our loyal users.”
As the ninth addition to Sigma’s iconic Global Vision Art line-up, the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The 24mm excels at indoor photography in low light, thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded-aperture blades. The lens features both "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification, especially at the edge of the image field. It also has the ability to achieve a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches.
The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary lens is designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors and features a 16.6x high-ratio zoom lens that equates to a 27-450mm zoom range. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element. This enables the lens to minimize the chromatic aberration, especially toward the telephoto-end, and provide clear image quality with high color fidelity. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical stabilization (OS) system, ensuring better compensation.
Both lenses are compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service and Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens firmware and change focus parameters.
MELVILLE, NY – At NAB 2015, Nikon (Booth # C8818) will be showing a full range of tools for a modern production environment, with versatile DSLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses for professional video applications. Several Nikon Ambassadors and industry professionals will be presenting at the Nikon booth throughout the show, demonstrating a variety of different filmmaking techniques. Additionally, Nikon Corporation will be announcing the development of new firmware, for select Nikon DSLR cameras, to improve workflow for professional video applications by enhancing capability with third party external recording devices. Nikon plans to release the new firmware later this summer, which will be available at no cost to customers.
Nikon at NAB 2015:
Industry professionals are invited to the Nikon booth to view the company’s full line of DSLR cameras for content capture, including the D750 and D810 Filmmaker Kits. Attendees are encouraged to visit the booth to learn about the production possibilities with Nikon cameras and hear from some of the most innovative filmmakers today including Corey Rich, Dixie Dixon, Anthony Arendt, PES and Chris Hershman. Visitors to the Nikon booth can also discover a vast range of NIKKOR lenses and see first-hand the unrivaled clarity and sharpness that these lenses deliver for any project.
New Nikon DSLR Firmware:
The new firmware in development will be available for the Nikon D4S, D810 and D750, and will enhance capture workflow. With the new firmware, Atomos Shogun or Ninja-2 external recorders will recognize recording start/stop commands of the external recorder and can be synchronized with recording start/stop commands of the camera. This new firmware will provide greater support for recording of high-definition, uncompressed data that makes the most of the superior resolution of the D4S, D810 and D750, plus the excellent rendering performance of NIKKOR lenses to external recorders. Demonstrations of the firmware (which is currently under development) will be available at both the Nikon (#C8818) and Atomos (#C8825) booths from Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16. The firmware will be available in late Summer 2015 as a free download.
Nikon D750 and D810 Filmmakers Kits
For users who are looking to take advantage of the Nikon D810 or D750’s advanced video capabilities, Nikon is now offering a Filmmaker’s Kit for each camera that includes everything needed to get started in the world of cinema. The kit contains the camera, three NIKKOR lenses in popular focal lengths, including the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens; all of which provide stunning HD clarity and excellent depth of field control for filmmakers. The kit also contains two additional EN-EL15 batteries, an ME-1 Stereo Microphone, one Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-stops) for superior control of light. In addition, the Nikon Filmmaker’s Kits feature custom foam inserts, which are ideally sized for use in a hard case for transporting equipment to the next video production.
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF 100-400mm L IS II Lens and a great egret make a great combination. With the egret perched above me and the setting sun behind me, the remaining challenge was to catch the constantly moving bird in ideal positions with AF locked on the eye. The camera and lens performed really well on the latter requirement and my own performance on the former was good enough to land me a pile of shots that I like.
What are the ideal subject positions for bird photography? There are many, but side-on to the bird with its head straight forward or turned slightly toward the camera is a basic ideal position. While this bird was directly facing me, that long neck could position the head in a variety of positions and the sideways but turned slightly toward me position worked well in this situation. The gust of wind ruffling the egret's feathers added the extra interest I'm always watching for.
Compositionally, I like the two black legs (leading lines) coming up into the frame, positioning the bird at about 1/3 of the way into the frame. The bird looking into the frame adds the needed balance to the image. Cropping the legs (vs. including the entire legs and feet) in-camera allowed the bird's beautiful body to be larger in the frame and allowed me to avoid the background distractions that lower framing would have included. With the wide zoom range available in this lens, I had a large variety of framing options available and I used many.
The 7D II's top-center AF point was selected and placed on the on the bird's eye. That the 7D II's AF system covers an area that close to the edge of the frame made capturing this particular image very easy relative to the focus and recompose technique most other DSLRs require in this situation. The great egret's long neck was constantly moving the head to new positions and I had only an instant to catch any of these positions. By the time I would have recomposed after focusing, the bird would have been in a new position most of the time.
Though an f/10 aperture used with the 7D II will show some softening due to the effects of diffraction, I wanted as much of the close bird to be in focus as possible. A low sharpness setting of "2" was used in DPP with very light/fine sharpening added in Photoshop CC for a very sharp end result. Even with f/10 selected, I had enough light to use a 1/320 sec shutter speed (though marginal for the moving bird) at ISO 100.
My "great" image is basically straight out of the camera with a small amount of bill cleanup done and white balance cooled slightly as the light was extremely warm at the moment of this capture.
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What do designers think and how do they create lenses? Takayuki Sensui and Toshinori Take, designers of NIKKOR lenses, talk about features and advantages of interchangeable lenses, challenges in lens design and their personal preferences.
We’ve returned to the Phantom and have redesigned its core systems to bring you the most advanced, forward-thinking aerial videography solution the world has ever seen. The Phantom 3 takes the look and feel of big-budget professional image capture and puts it in the palm of your hand.
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New line of color management devices includes Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO, and Spyder5ELITE
Lawrenceville, NJ – April 7, 2015 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today released Spyder5, the next generation of its popular monitor calibration solutions.
Datacolor Spyder5 is the color accuracy solution designed by photographers for photographers, to help them see, share and print their images, just as they intended. The 3 versions of Spyder5 – EXPRESS, PRO and ELITE – reduce the hassle of figuring out why digital photographs look different on screen, and why the colors on screen don’t match photo prints. All Spyder5 product versions adjust, or calibrate, monitors to an industry color reference standard so colors are accurate and shadow and highlight details are preserved. With true screen color, photographers can more accurately edit their photos and achieve better print matching.
The next generation Spyder5 colorimeter is compact, portable and protected for use on all laptop and desktop monitors. Datacolor has redesigned Spyder’s patented 7-detector optical engine to deliver up to a 55% improvement in tonal response, resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.
“A picture is more than a photograph – it contains a photographer’s emotional connection with the scene they’re shooting. It’s critical that a photographer’s computer monitor displays accurate color, so they can see, share and print their captured moments just as they intended them,” said Heath Barber, Imaging Market Manager, Datacolor. “Spyder5 is an important tool for all photographers. Spyder5 calibrates a computer monitor to industry color reference standard so an image’s true color, with accurate shadow and highlight detail is displayed. Seeing accurate color makes photo editing easier and faster and provides better print matching so less ink and paper are wasted. Spyder5 saves photographers time and energy so they can spend more time doing what they love doing – taking photographs.”
Spyder5EXPRESS is a cost-effective tool for serious photographers seeking an easy-to-use color accuracy solution through a simple, interactive four-step process guide. Using it’s before and after feature, users can evaluate calibration results using a professional Datacolor composite image. Spyder5EXPRESS also supports multiple monitor calibrations.
Spyder5PRO is ideal for photographers and creative professionals looking to take their skill and artistic vision to the next level by achieving precise color accuracy. Advanced features include an integrated ambient light sensor for room light monitoring, an extensive range of calibration settings, display analysis and the ability to import images for before and after calibration evaluation.
Spyder5ELITE offers professional photographers, studios, and calibration perfectionists who demand the highest levels of color accuracy, ultimate control of the calibration process. Spyder5ELITE offers a built-in tripod mount to easily calibrate front projector displays. Expert features include an unlimited range of calibration settings, comprehensive display analysis, advanced before and after evaluation of imported images, monitor matching and tuning, and optimized gray balance routines.
Pricing and Availability
The new Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO and Spyder5ELITE are now available at photography and consumer electronics retailers nationwide or online at datacolor.com/spyder5-pr. The Spyder5EXPRESS is priced at $129, Spyder5PRO at $189, and Spyder5ELITE at $279.
Our Velvet 56 classic portrait lens gives you a velvety, ethereal start with a smooth finish, from the big picture to the smallest details. Bringing modern-day simplicity to the carefully crafted build and look of mid-20th century portrait lenses, this 56mm f/1.6 manual portrait and macro lens evokes an experience like no other. Embrace the moment as you easily go from capturing gorgeous, radiant environments to intimate details in the same scene.