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 Monday, July 11, 2016

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
DJI’s new Geospatial Environment Online system, or GEO for short, is a best-in-class flight information system that helps drone operators make smart decisions about where and when to fly. It combines up-to-date live airspace information, a warning and flight-restriction system, and a mechanism for authorized users to unlock flight restrictions in certain locations.
 
B&H carries DJI quadcopters.
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Category: DJI News
Post Date: 7/11/2016 6:19:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 7/11/2016 5:58:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 8, 2016
From National Geographic:
 
wild_life With Bertie Gregory Launches Wednesday, Aug. 3, on Nat Geo WILD’s YouTube Channel and NationalGeographic.com
 
July 06, 2016 04:18 PM ET – WASHINGTON – Nat Geo WILD inspires people to let the wild in every day. The network is dedicated to creating content for animal lovers everywhere to enjoy, whether it’s on TV, in magazines, or in books. Now, Nat Geo WILD is bringing the wild online with the launch of its first-ever digital series, wild_life With Bertie Gregory, premiering Wednesday, Aug. 3, on the network’s YouTube Channel, as well as on NationalGeographic.com.
 
Join 22-year-old wildlife filmmaker Bertie Gregory (@bertiegregory) as he journeys to the west coast of Vancouver Island in search of the elusive coastal wolves, a species that inhabits one of the last places on the planet where a wild forest meets a wild ocean.
 
For a sneak peek of the series, click here.
 
“This series is as much about the adventure to get the shot as it is about the shot itself,” said Gregory. “I’m taking viewers into the wild and getting up close and personal with Canada’s sexiest coastal predators. The camera is always rolling. It’s raw. It’s real. It’s intimate. And I’m excited to be a part of Nat Geo WILD’s first venture into the digital space.”
 
Over the course of 16 episodes, Gregory finds that tracking down these wolves proves to be harder than expected … but he’s not giving up. He also attempts to get face to face with some of the other charismatic species that live along this pristine coastline. Each episode features Gregory’s encounters with epic animals, including humpback whales, bald eagles and black bears. He occasionally gets closer than anticipated, as he must untangle himself from a few sticky situations, like ending up with his head in the jaws of a playful 2,000-pound sea lion.
 
“We are thrilled to extend the WILD brand beyond television to reach our audiences wherever they are,” said Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager, Nat Geo WILD. “Bertie is a great ambassador for us, and his adventures in this new series will be celebrated across National Geographic’s many platforms, including SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Nat Geo LIVE! and more.”
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Post Date: 7/8/2016 10:19:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Before I go any further, I must make one thing very clear:
 
  • The image above [closely] resembles the image I had intended to capture. It does not represent the reality of the event.
Backstory
 
Having never attended an Independence Day celebration on Savannah's River Street before, I asked several people where exactly the fireworks were launched from. I was told the fireworks launched from behind the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa on the other side of the Savannah River. Therefore, my plan was to position myself on the east end of River Street near Belles Ferry, where I hoped I could include the Westin hotel and possibly a small portion of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge in my fireworks image.
 
The fireworks were scheduled for 9:30pm. Expecting a sizable crowd on River Street, my goal was to pack my gear so that it was minimally cumbersome and as light as possible. I knew that shooting fireworks would require some type of support, but the idea of carrying a full tripod downtown (even if affixed to the outside of my backpack) did not appeal to me. In this particular case, I didn't think my very-travel-friendly Feisol TT-15 Mini Carbon Fiber would be a feasible option as I would likely have to utilize one of the concrete supports positioned by the river as the base, and having my camera atop a tiny tripod next to a river did not sound like a good idea. I wondered if I could cobble together a few odds and ends from around the house that could do the job.
 
So here's the solution I came up with:
 
Mobile Support Setup

Above you'll find older Cullman (my first) ball head with an Arca-style plate attached to the bottom. Affixed to that is an Arca-style clamp which has been bolted to an Impact Super Clamp with T-Handle.
 
This setup can be broken down into two pieces (at the clamp) for compact backpack storage and, when assembled, affixed to just about any fence which borders the Savannah River along River Street.
 
Not knowing exactly which focal length might provide the optimal framing for the event, I packed a Lowepro Flipside 400AW with my mobile support setup and the following gear:
 
Independence Day
 
Amanda and I planned to meet up with a few friends downtown before the scheduled fireworks. Unfortunately, we ended up getting to River Street later than I had intended (8:45pm). As we descended onto River Street, I realized the crowd was much larger than I had anticipated. Almost every square inch of the fence bordering the river was accounted for. It took me about 20 minutes to find a gap along the fence where I could position my camera, after which I attached my support rig, 5D III, TS-E 24mm f/3.5L and TC-80N3 remote timer. With only 10 minutes left before the show, I hurriedly composed the scene and took a few pictures at 10x Live View to obtain proper focus on the hotel building (in this case, anything beyond 14 feet would be in focus because of the hyperfocal distance). My camera settings were f/4.5, 5 seconds and ISO 200.
 
Unfortunately, my tardiness in getting to the location combined with the hot/humid Savannah night meant that condensation was inevitable. While I did wipe off the end of the lens before shooting my test images used for focusing, condensation immediately reappeared and caused halos around all the bright lights in the image. I decided to wait for the condensation to clear up in hopes that it did so before the fireworks show began.
 
At almost precisely 9:30pm, the fireworks started. However, instead of being launched from directly behind the hotel as I had been led to believe, they were actually set off several hundred yards to the east. I quickly rotated the ball head, re-leveled the camera and began shooting the fireworks (using the remote). Unfortunately, this framing led to a very uninteresting backdrop for the colorful display.
 
With my original plan out the window, I decided to try something I had used on a previous fireworks image – compositing. I changed my camera settings to isolate the explosions from the surrounding background: f/5-6.3, 8 seconds, ISO 100. These settings allowed me to capture 1-4 bursts in each frame, depending on how fast they were launched. In post processing, I would overlay my favorite fireworks images with the original framing I had imagined.
 
At the end of the night, I was left with about 150 images of fireworks that looked like this:
 
Savannah Fireworks Single Frame

Post-Processing
 
Unfortunately, I only captured a few test shots of the hotel scene before the fireworks started. As such, even my best image showed very noticeable halos around the lights.
 
I selected my favorite fireworks images in post processing and composited them with my hotel image using a "Lighten" blending mode in Photoshop CC. Note that this blending mode also allowed the fireworks' reflections in the water to be seen which was key to making the image look somewhat realistic. I also added a slight Gaussian Blur to the fireworks to simulate the type of halos/lack of sharpness visible in the base image.
 
Final Thoughts
 
Things don't always go as planned. As photographers, we sometimes have to roll with the punches and do the best with the cards we're dealt. In this case, the fireworks launching location meant that I couldn't capture the scene I had in mind in-camera. And the lateness of my arrival, combined with the hot/humid weather meant that my base image in the composite didn't turn out as well as I would have liked. However, my mobile support rig worked very well and I'm not completely dissatisfied with the final image. The halos seem in the base image actually add a dreamlike quality to it; maybe it's a fitting look as the image never actually happened in real life, but only in my dreams.
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Post Date: 7/8/2016 9:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Samsung:
 
Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today unveiled the industry’s first removable memory cards based on the JEDEC Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension Standard, for use in high-resolution mobile shooting devices such as DSLRs, 3D VR cameras, action cams and drones. Coming in a wide range of storage capacities including 256, 128, 64 and 32 gigabyte (GB), Samsung’s UFS cards are expected to bring a significant performance boost to the external memory storage market, allowing much more satisfying multimedia experiences.
 
“Our new 256GB UFS card will provide an ideal user experience for digitally-minded consumers and lead the industry in establishing the most competitive memory card solution,” said Jung-bae Lee, senior vice president, Memory Product Planning & Application Engineering, Samsung Electronics “By launching our new high-capacity, high-performance UFS card line-up, we are changing the growth paradigm of the memory card market to prioritize performance and user convenience above all.”
 
Samsung’s new 256GB UFS removable memory card - simply referred to as the UFS card will provide greatly improved user experiences, especially in high-resolution 3D gaming and high-resolution movie playback. It provides more than five times faster sequential read performance compared to that of a typical microSD card, reading sequentially at 530 megabytes per second (MB/s) which is similar to the sequential read speed of the most widely used SATA SSDs. With this UFS card, consumers have the ability to read a 5GB, Full-HD movie in approximately 10 seconds, compared to a typical UHS-1 microSD card, which would take over 50 seconds with 95MB/s of sequential reading speed. Also, at a random read rate of 40,000 IOPS, the 256GB card delivers more than 20 times higher random read performance compared to a typical microSD, which offers approximately 1,800 IOPS.
 
When it comes to writing, the new 256GB UFS card processes 35,000 random IOPS, which is 350 times higher than the 100 IOPs of a typical microSD card, and attains a 170MB/s sequential write speed, almost doubling the top-end microSD card speed. With these substantial performance improvements, the new 256GB UFS card significantly reduces multimedia data downloading time, photo thumbnail loading time and buffer clearing time in burst shooting mode, which, collectively, can be particularly beneficial to DSLR camera users. To shoot 24 large/extra fine JPEG photographs (1,120 megabyte (MB)-equivalent) continuously with a high-end DSLR camera, the 256GB UFS card takes less than seven seconds, compared to a UHS-1 microSD card which typically takes about 32 seconds, at 35MB/s.
 
To achieve the highest performance and most power-efficient data transport, the UFS card supports multiple commands with command queuing features and enables simultaneous reading and writing through the use of separately dedicated paths, doubling throughput.
 
As the leading memory storage provider, Samsung has been aggressive in preparing UFS solutions for the marketplace, while contributing to JEDEC standardization of the Universal Flash Storage 2.0 specification in September 2013 and the Universal Flash Storage (UFS) 1.0 Card Extension standard in March 2016. Following its introduction of the industry-first 128GB embedded UFS chip in January 2015, the company successfully launched a 256GB embedded UFS memory for high-end mobile devices in February of this year. As of earlier this month, Samsung also completed the Universal Flash Storage Association (UFSA)’s certification program that evaluates electrical and functional specifications for compatibility of a UFS card, and Samsung’s new UFS card products were approved as UFSA-certified UFS cards with the right to use the official UFS logo for the first time in the industry.
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Category: Samsung News
Post Date: 7/8/2016 5:21:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 7, 2016
From Canon USA:
 
Changes:
Firmware Version 1.0.2 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.
 
  1. Incorporates countermeasures for a phenomenon in which the bottom part of still images recorded to SanDisk CFast cards become corrupted.
  2. Enhances communication reliability between the camera and CFast cards.
If you are using the affected CFast cards, after having updated the camera firmware to Firmware Version 1.0.2, please make sure to use the camera to format the CFast card.
 
The Version 1.0.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware. The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.
 
Download: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware v.1.02
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 3:49:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Mixing brilliant turquoise-colored water with a dramatic sunset is not so easy. The ideal light to bring out the water color is from a high overhead sun and that is of course not available at sunset. However, the water in some locations is amazingly colored enough to still show turquoise even at sunset. Three Mary Cays in North Caicos is one such location.
 
Most of the west side of North and Middle Caicos islands is inaccessible without a boat, leaving few good locations for mid-winter sunset photography (with the sun setting farther north mid-summer, more northern locations can work well at this time of the year). Of those remaining locations, the shoreline by Three Mary Cays presents very nice winter sunset views. And, the shoreline and islands all have the character I was looking for.
 
Three Mary Cays is amazingly beautiful and also amazing is how seldom it is photographed by serious photographers. Online scouting revealed very few images and I spent two evenings watching the blazing ball drop into the Atlantic Ocean at this location with no one else as far as the eye could see.
 
While the cloud moving over the sun helped significantly with the brightness balance in this image, I still opted to use an HDR technique to balance the overall exposure.
 
It has become rare for me to photograph landscapes without the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in the pack. This lens delivers amazing results every time. Well, at least every time I do my part of the job correctly. It is hard to believe that my other primary piece of landscape kit, the 5Ds R, is now over 1-year-old. #lovingthiscamera.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 11:33:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Feast Films Vimeo channel:
 
The Foley Artist sees a master of sound at work on a fashion film. If you’ve ever wanted to see the chasm between the finished product and the extraordinary lengths taken to produce it, this short is for you.
 
B&H carries tools for sound recording.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 7:19:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube channel:
 
A quick, lighthearted video describing our adventures in the beautiful environs of Peru. From the desert of Paracas, to the bustling, colorful nexus of Peruvian life that is Lima, we spent two weeks on location with hair, makeup, styling, RV's, motorcycles, and, of course, gorgeous models!
 
Want lighting descriptions? See here.
 
Nikon Gear Used
 
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 6:24:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the SmallHD 701 Lite 7" HDMI On-Camera Monitor available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7" 1200x800 HDMI Monitor
  • 450 cd/m² Brightness
  • Accepts LP-E6 and Sony L Batteries
  • User Definable Presets
  • Discrete Display/Output 3D LUT Support
  • Joystick Menu Navigation
Note: The HDMI + SDI version is also on sale [$599.00] with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 5:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Air Laptop Computer (Early 2015) available for $849.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 (Broadwell)
  2. 4GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  3. 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  4. Integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000
  5. 13.3" LED-Backlit Glossy Display
  6. 1440 x 900 Native Resolution
  7. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  8. USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2
  9. 720p FaceTime HD Camera, SDXC Card Slot
  10. Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 5:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has posted an open letter thanking rental customers for making the rental company he founded the great success it is today.
 
If you've ever rented from LensRentals, you've likely appreciated their excellent customer service. They are an excellent company and, as such, an easy recommendation when rental services are needed.
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
To Our Customers:
 
Ten years ago, if you wanted to try out some photography equipment, if you lived in a large market, your local camera store would have a few beat up copies of popular lenses for rent (with a 100% deposit). For the rest of us, we didn’t even have that option. I had this great idea to start an online rental offering, no deposits necessary and shared my idea with people I knew. Almost everyone said I would get robbed blind and lose every dime I had. Almost everyone said you’d get junky, beat-up rental equipment and were wasting your money renting online. Almost everyone said that my idea would be a massive failure.
 
I say ‘almost everyone’ because a few other people thought it was a good idea, too. You guys, our customers, thought it was a good idea. We’d never met each other unless emails count as a meeting. But we trusted each other because we all wanted this to work. Because we few thought that getting to use equipment for a few days or weeks at a reasonable price just made sense.
 
Almost everyone turned out to be dead wrong and we few turned out to be right. Lensrentals thrived beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Sure, I took risks, and the people who joined me here worked their butts off. But you guys, our customers, were our partners in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong. Without you, it never would have happened.
 
Ten years later, saying thank you just isn’t adequate. There are no words that would possibly express my gratitude for all of you who supported Lensrentals and created our success; you folks who shared in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong.
 
There are no words, but I believe actions are more important than words. Everyone who works here tries to show our gratitude in our actions. Whether it’s making all of our testing data public, making sure your rental arrives in better condition than you expected, drawing a dinosaur on your shipping box because you requested it, or just talking you through a difficult set-up on the phone, we want to show you our gratitude with every rental. We want you to know it’s more than just business. It’s a partnership between you and us. You’ve helped us achieve our goals; we want to make certain we help you achieve yours.
 
We wouldn’t be doing what we love to do every day without you. We want our actions, our attitude, and our service let you know, every time you rent from us, that we are grateful that you have partnered with us along this journey.
 
Roger Cicala
Founder
In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, LensRentals invites you to use promo code LR10YEAR to save on orders arriving before July 31st.
 
The code allows you to save $15.00 on orders of $100.00 - $249.00, $50.00 on orders of $250.00 - $999.00 and $250.00 on orders of $1000.00 or more.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:25:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
David Segal of the Financial Review has written a very interesting article on the success of fine art photographer Peter Lik and the market on which he thrives. [Sean]
 
From the Financial Review:
He's the creator of the world's most expensive photograph – it sold for $US6.5 million – but the success of Australian fine art photographer Peter Lik raises questions about his empire, and his art.
 
Peter Lik is in awe of himself. When he describes his career as a fine art photographer, he speaks with the satisfaction of a guy who has performed miracles, at the pace of a bystander who has just caught a glimpse of Superman.
 
The words tumble forth in self-exalting, run-on sentences, most of them laced with profanity, all of them in his sunny, chummy Australian accent.
 
"I'm the world's most famous photographer, most sought-after photographer, most awarded photographer," he said one recent afternoon, sipping a can of Red Bull in a conference room at Peter Lik USA, a 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Las Vegas devoted solely to the production and sale of Peter Lik photography.
 
"So I said" – and what Lik said next is an unprintable version of "the heck with it," and then – "I want to make something special, special, special, special."
 
That something special was a photograph called Phantom, an image of an eerily human-shaped swirl of dust in Antelope Canyon in Arizona. In December, his company announced in a news release that an anonymous collector had spent $US6.5 million ($8.4 million) for Phantom. That crushed the previous record, held by Andreas Gursky, whose Rhein II fetched $US4.3 million at an auction in 2011, and Cindy Sherman, whose Untitled #96 brought $US3.9 million at another auction the same year.
 
But Gursky and Sherman are titans, with solo shows in pre-eminent museums.
 
Who is Peter Lik?
The entire article can be read on the Financial Review.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:06:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Wondering what the new Pelican AIR hard cases are like? Check out the just posted Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case Review.
 
B&H has the Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case in stock.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 9:45:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System available for $169.00 with free expedited shipping after a $330.00 instant savings and $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $599.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Small Cameras Up to 5 lb
  • Create Smooth, Elegant Shots on the Fly
  • Folding Design
  • Ergonomic 3-Axis Gimbal Handle
  • Quick-Release Dovetail Plate
  • Secure Gimbal Lock for Precise Tuning
  • Adjustable Lens Support Platform
  • Large Easily Adjustable Knobs
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 8:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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