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 Friday, July 22, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
There is no question that this one is 5Ds R-ready. The 200 f/2.8 II is a great lens and you are probably not going to be surprised by the excellent results it delivers in front of the 5Ds R. Results with extenders are included as usual. The sharpness of this lens is especially impressive considering its price.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 7/22/2016 9:14:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
London, UK, 22 July 2016 – Canon Europe will be demonstrating its full range of professional imaging products at IBC 2016, the leading global tradeshow for the media and broadcast industry in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Having exhibited at IBC for more than three decades, Canon will display its latest industry-leading innovations – the range will include professional cameras, broadcast live streaming, reference displays and in excess of 100 lenses.
 
The Canon stand will provide visitors with the opportunity to get hands-on with Canon’s Full HD, 4K and HDR products, through a variety of end-to-end workflow scenarios – from shooting experiences, to review and editing processes, including innovative low-light and long distance live shooting demos.
 
Since its inception in 2011, Canon’s Cinema EOS range has been instrumental in transforming the professional video industry – with a range of innovations, including Dual Pixel CMOS AF for effective autofocus, leading sensor technology and advances in resolution. In April 2016, Canon saw the family of Cinema EOS products expand further with the launch of the versatile ME200S-SH, a compact professional multi-purpose video camera, and CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS, a compact cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality. Both will be on display for touch and try, for the first time in Europe.
 
“The recently announced ITU HDR TV standard reaffirms the importance of both HDR and 4K for the future viewing experience, at Canon we continue to listen to our customers when developing the product range to ensure our innovations meet their needs,” said Kieran Magee, Director Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “We understand that content providers and creators demand quality products that will deliver the creative vision in HDR and 4K. At IBC 2016, we’ll display our largest range of 4K HDR products to-date.”
 
At the show, broadcast and cinematography professionals will be able to get hands-on with Canon’s full range of 4K, Full HD and HDR products including the prestigious Cinema EOS Range, stunning reference display units and broadcast solutions. Visitors can experience the full power of the company’s optics portfolio, with Canon’s extensive range of lenses, from broadcast to cinema and EF lenses.
 
Canon’s IBC stand can be found at Hall 12, stand D60.
 
Wex Photographic is a Canon authorized retailer in Great Britain.
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Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 7/22/2016 8:59:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Tamron has patented the optical formula for a 70-200mm f/4 VC lens.
 
Description of Patent
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-126278
  • Published 2016.7.11
  • Submitted 2015.1.8
  • Focal length 71.8092 109.9915 205.9615
  • F-number 4.0989 4.1033 4.1023
  • Field of View 16.7567 10.8972 5.8621
  • Inner zoom
  • Inner focus
  • Vibration control
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Post Date: 7/22/2016 6:25:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 21, 2016

 
From the KelbyOne YouTube Channel:
 
Scott Kelby shares a really slick little tricky for aligning two piece of anything and have it be right-on-the-money pixel perfect using (wait for it...) a little used Blend Mode. It's cooler than it sounds.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 7/21/2016 9:42:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 20, 2016
From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 9.6.1 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application. Our focus with this release was to fix reported customer issues.
 
Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Camera Raw.
 
Bugs Fixed in Camera Raw 9.6.1
 
  • Uncompressed DNGs files converted from Fuji X-E2 RAF source images were are unable to be read
  • Errors that preventing customers from creating a panorama from two HDR DNG source images.
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9.6.1
 
  • Fujifilm XT-2
Installation Instructions
 
Please select Help>Updates to install the update. See Keeping Photoshop & Camera Raw up-to-date.
 
Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
 
http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html
 
DNG Converter Links: Win | Mac
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 7/20/2016 3:24:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron USA:
 
Deadline for Tamron lens users residing in the USA to create their exhibit entry on myphotoexhibits.com for a chance to win any Tamron lens is September 30, 2016
 
July 20, 2016, Commack, New York - Tamron USA announces its fifth "My Travel Exhibit" photo contest, offered exclusively to Tamron USA lens users. Entrants will create a 3D virtual exhibit showcasing 8-14 of their best images in a travel theme on Tamron's unique photo-sharing exhibit site, myphotoexhibits.com. Tamron judges will select the winning exhibit based on overall image quality and originality of the collection. The winning exhibit will be featured on the Tamron USA website and in the Tamron eNewsletter. The winner will also receive his/her choice of any Tamron lens.
 
About MyPhotoExhibits.com
 
Unlike traditional static online galleries, Tamron's SoHo-styled MyPhotoExhibits (MPE) interface, available at myphotoexhibits.com, allows users to create customizable gallery exhibits with a vibrant interactive experience. Photographers simply set up a user avatar and bio, upload their favorite high-resolution images, and create their personalized online exhibit space. After organizing the exhibit and captioning the photographs, users can put finishing design touches on their exhibit. By choosing wall and floor textures and colors, frames, furniture, and lighting, photographers are invited to extend their creativity and show their work in complimentary settings. It's easy to go back into the MPE interface at any time to add more photos, tweak presentation specs, or create an unlimited number of new exhibits that feature travel pictorials, special events, projects, and more.
 
Spreading the word about these custom exhibits is another way in which MyPhotoExhibits stands out from other online galleries. Once an exhibit is ready to "open," it's easy to share it with friends. Users simply send invitations from the website or the iPhone and iPad app to Facebook or other social media platforms or by email. Visitors can sign the photographer's guestbook, choose favorite exhibits, and follow exhibiting photographers.
 
Companion App for On-the-Go Viewing and Sharing
 
An app for iPhone and iPad for photography enthusiasts on the go will further enhance MyPhotoExhibits' convenience and user-friendliness. The free app-available in the iTunes App Store, which can also be accessed from tamron-usa.com/lenses/apps_mpe.php, offer easy mobile access to MyPhotoExhibits. Through their iPhone or iPad, users can browse through all available MPE exhibits, view their own exhibits, check out other photographers, and share exhibits by sending out invites to friends.
 
Want to know more about Tamron lenses? Check out the site's Tamron lens reviews!
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 7/20/2016 3:06:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
East coast beaches are usually better situated for sunrises than sunsets and Island Beach State Park, just south of Seaside Park in New Jersey, is usual in this regard.
 
A habit I have while photographing at the edges of the day, is to make regular glances to the east, "watching my back". While that habit may apply to safety in some locations, I'm referring to the lighting and color in the sky. It is natural for us to watch and photograph the sun rising or setting, but often great images are found behind you at these times of the day.
 
While photographing the colorful post-sunset sky to the west on this evening, I took that glance to the east. What I saw was that the color in the sky was visible toward the north while the rest of the easterly scene was very evenly lit. The ultra-wide 14mm focal length lens' angle of view was sufficient to capture that color along with the Atlantic Ocean and lots of sand in the foreground. To add some foreground interest, I moved in close to the sand fence post, placing it approximately 1/3 into the frame with the beach fishing party framed between it and the dunes to the left.
 
While the lighting was rather even, I still used a combination of three 1-stop-different exposures combined via a manual HDR process to darken the brightest portion of the sky relative to the rest of the beach scene.
 
Capturing a colorful sky is just one of the many reasons that your kit should have 14mm covered.
 
While the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens is a great deal at regular price, the Canon mount version is a killer deal right now at B&H. Use promo code PSWBH16 to save $40.00 on the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens for Canon. Free expedited shipping is included.
 
A larger version of this image is available on 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: 7/20/2016 8:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Sometimes, it's all about the ears. The white-tailed deer mother cleaning its fawn's ear in the bright green grass of Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park was just too cute to not share.
 
As I have mentioned before, photographing white-tailed deer in Big Meadows is very challenging. Though I took a lot of photos in my few days there, some quickly stand out over the rest to me. In addition to the cuteness factor, I liked this frame for a couple of reasons. The first is because of the relatively evenly colored bright green grass framing and strongly-contrasting the animals – but not obstructing them. I also like the balanced overall position of the animals. And, all the eyes are sharp.
 
One of the big challenges to photographing moving animals is often keeping the proper AF point(s) selected and when an animal changes direction, the proper AF point may be on the opposite side of the viewfinder. If the primary subject's eyes are not in focus, the image will likely end up in my recycle folder. This means that keeping the selected focus point(s) on the primary subject's eyes is more important than maintaining ideal subject framing. Getting both right is the goal of course, but I am more likely to delete an image because the eyes are out of focus than because the framing isn't perfect. Cropping can often solve the latter issue.
 
While I concentrated on keeping the ideal AF point selected and placed on the subjects (the doe's nose in this case – to keep both sets of eyes in focus), the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II's high speed burst mode took care of catching the frame of what seems like the ideal ear position in both animals.
 
Seeing and capturing too-cute moments like this one feed the addiction!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/5.6  1/640s
ISO 800
4450 x 2967px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/19/2016 9:58:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens Review (also branded as (Rokinon/Bower/Vivitar/Falcon/Walimex/Opteka/Bell and Howell/Polar/Pro-Optic)).
 
This lens is a great value at regular price, but it is a killer deal right now at B&H. Use promo code PSWBH16 to save $40.00 on the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens for Canon. Free expedited shipping is included. Regularly $339.00.
 
Other mount versions of this lens are also in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/19/2016 7:14:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 18, 2016

 
From the Audio Network YouTube Channel:
 
Want to add music to a film, video or TV production? Don’t know your sync rights from your master rights? Our guide to music rights for video explains all.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/18/2016 10:07:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
A new XEEN lens has appeared on Samyang's website. The new 135mm T2.2 model joins a lineup that already includes the 14, 24, 35, 50, and 85mm cinema lenses. This is the first of five lenses to be introduced every Monday for five straight weeks.
 
From Samyang:
 
Expand your video and filmmaking experiences with XEEN cinema lenses. With a T2.2 and outstanding optical performance for 4K+, focus on the Mise-en-scène of the images you want to create.
 
XEEN lenses feature declicked gear rings in identical locations, so that changing lenses is no longer a hassle. Mounts are interchangeable, meaning each lens can be used on a variety of cameras. The XEEN series aims to delivers unparalleled performance with affordability to satisfy the needs of videographers and filmmakers, regardless of the situation or equipment.
 
Features
 
  • Bright T2.2 aperture
  • X-coating - Minimizes flares and ghosts
  • Designed for Films – 114mm Front Size, High-durability, FFG & Declicked aperture
  • Circular aperture with 11 blades
  • Smooth Focus Ring
Samyang XEEN lenses are sold under the Rokinon brand at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 7/18/2016 8:53:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Tamron has patented the optical design for an SP 60mm f/2.8 Di VC USD.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-126086
  • Published 2016.7.11
  • Submitted 2014.12.26
  • Focus distance 61.79 61.21 56.74
  • F-number 2.88 2.92 3.16
  • Field of View 38.58 38.03 34.57
  • Inner focus
  • Anti-vibration (the second group)
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/18/2016 8:25:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Is this pro-grade full-frame superzoom ready for the ultra-high resolution Canon EOS 5Ds R? Your answer to that question is now available. Image quality results from the 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Review.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/18/2016 8:20:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 15, 2016
From PhotoPlus:
 
Register now for North America's largest Photography conference and expo — all taking place under one roof at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City! Take advantage of our early-bird pricing, which ends soon!
 
No other conference packs as much education into four days, covering everything from Mastering Lighting to Filmmaking Essentials. Among this year's highlights is a full schedule of intensives including: Photoshop with Chris Orwig; Lightroom with Jared Platt; and a Wedding Intensive with a superstar lineup.
 
Also don’t miss out on our annual seminar series featuring legendary photographers such as Jay Maisel, Gregory Heisler, Ami Vitale, Gerd Ludwig, Gillian Laub, Kira Pollack, Kathy Ryan, Art Streiber, Joe McNally, Cig Harvey, and Deanne Fitzmaurice. See the full list of seminars here.
 
As if you need another excuse to come to NYC, how about having your work reviewed by the world's best photo editors and art buyers? America's premier review event for commercial & fine art photographers is back: Registration is now open for the Official Portfolio Review, presented by the Palm Springs Photo Festival. All participants receive FREE admission to the Expo.
 
There’s over 100 conference Seminars, Intensives, Photo Walks, and Master Classes; the Photography Resource Center; the WPPI wedding/portrait photographers pavilion; and, of course, all of your favorite imaging brands together under one roof. Over 200 exhibitors from the industry’s top brands will feature the latest products, previews, and more. Don’t wait; many of these classes sell out fast, plus you can save by taking advantage of our early-bird pricing! What are you waiting for?
 
Register Here
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/15/2016 4:30:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
While working with The-Digital-Picture.com has enabled me to become competent in a variety of photographic disciplines, I always find myself coming back to my first love – portraiture. The look on someone's face when they see themselves in a whole new light [pun intended] is such a joy for me.
 
But alas, there are some types of portraiture I'm just not that interested in pursuing. If someone wants their 2-3 year-old photographed, I will gladly refer them to someone else. Being 34 and not a father, I never acquired the patience it takes to photograph young children. For those who can create great pictures with kids of that age group, I tip my hat to you. But as for me, there are three things I look for in clients:
 
My ideal clients...
 
  • must be able to follow directions.
  • actually desire having their picture taken.
  • are interested in creating unique and/or creative imagery.
For the longest time, high school seniors have been the group that I preferred working with most. High school seniors are young, exuberant and usually excited at the idea of standing out from the pack. And with high school graduation being such an important event in one's life, a graduate-to-be's parents are typically willing to mark the occasion with a significant photo investment. All of these factors make high school senior photography very attractive to me (as well as many others).
 
But it wasn't until this week that I realized another, fairly untapped market existed that also met all the criteria for my ideal client – those with online dating profiles.
 
We've previously promoted the importance of creating an eye-catching self-portrait for the purpose of online dating, and even the CDLC provided some self-portrait tips specifically for this purpose. But until recently it never occurred to me to mention this as an available service to potential clients.
 
With that in mind, let's take a look at our potential market. In 2014, census data showed that 45% of Americans over the age of 18 were unmarried. That's about 107 million Americans. Large market – check! And with a seemingly increasing number of single Americans being older and educated, my guess is that here is a lot of disposable income at stake.
 
From a consumer's perspective, putting your best foot forward in the form of an attractive profile picture is the easiest way to generate interest in your profile (more interest = greater odds in finding an ideal partner). Your first impression – that little profile picture – is big factor in causing potential partners to click "View More Details." And after your detailed profile has been explored, more great images can further increase interest. Let's face it – physical attraction is a part of life (thankfully!).
 
From a photographer's perspective, if we can help people find their soul mates while making money at the same time, everyone wins. The relatively small investment for a portrait session tailored for online dating may turn out to be the most gratifying and fulfilling investment the client ever makes.
 
And that brings us to Teddy. Teddy is 40 years-old, single, has a good job and has recently tried online dating. He's been on a few dates over the last couple of months and his dates always noted that he "...looked better in person than he did in his profile pictures." Armed with that feedback, Teddy hired me to take a variety of pictures to replace the iPhone snapshots he was currently using.
 
Being relatively new to the Savannah area, Teddy temporarily rents the third floor of a large, beautifully decorated home. With lots of interesting rooms to work with, choosing to shoot inside the common areas of the home was an easy decision. And while I packed quite a bit of gear, I ended up using only the following items:
 
Using a two-speedlite setup allowed me to easily move to different areas throughout the common areas of the home that he and his landlord share. Following are some of my favorite images from the roughly 2-hour session:
 
Teddy Profile Picture 2-3

Teddy Profile Picture 4

Teddy Profile Picture 5-6

Overall, Teddy was extremely pleased with his images and quickly changed his Facebook profile picture to one of the images above soon after delivery. I assume his dating profile images were updated around the same time.
 
In short, the online dating market is growing because of social and cultural factors, and the proliferation of mobile devices means this market is poised to be very strong for the foreseeable future. Adding dating profile pictures to your advertised list of services will likely generate clients that are easy to work with and eager to get the most out of their session. And maybe best of all, you can help someone find a companion for life while doing something you enjoy. That's rewarding for everyone.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/15/2016 5:09:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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