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 Wednesday, September 03, 2014

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains the different file formats in Photoshop and when to save your image as what.
 
Keep in mind, the Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite (Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5) is only $9.99 per month. For photographers, it's $10.00 well spent. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/3/2014 10:22:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photoflex LiteDome XS Kit
Adorama has the Photoflex LiteDome XS Kit available for $75.99 with free shipping. Regularly $134.95.
 
Kit Includes:
 
  • LiteDome XS Softbox 12" x 16" x 9"
  • Basic Connector
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount hardware
  • ShoeMount MultiClamp
Post Date: 9/3/2014 9:18:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
Still Live: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $3,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
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Post Date: 9/2/2014 10:14:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS captures Black Bear Sow and 4 Cubs
Seeing a mother black bear with 4 cubs is a rare opportunity. To get a photo opportunity of the same is even rarer, and to get a decent photo of the same is ... priceless.
 
The cubs were very fun to watch. They were in non-stop motion, running around, climbing on things (including mom) and playing with each other (rolling over each other). This activity level meant that things happened fast. Getting all four cubs in a single frame was very challenging (an image with less-than-four cubs would be far less remarkable) and a decent composition of the same was nearly impossible. Having the 200-560mm (with built-in extender) zoom focal length range was extremely helpful in this situation.
 
In this specific scenario (my only 4-cub image worth posting from this encounter), I decided to center the primary subject – the apparently-not-happy momma bear. I generally like to compose animals (and people) with more space on one side frame – so that they are looking into the frame. But, the large bear was positioned straight forward and looking (more like glaring) in the same direction with cubs on either side adding balance. I moved the camera just slightly to the right of perfectly centering the large bear to give the cub on the right a little more room to look into the frame because it was a "stand"-out.
 
Selecting the ideal aperture was another challenge for this encounter. At f/4, I needed and an ISO setting of 800 to get a barely-adequate-for-the-activity 1/320 shutter speed. At 300mm, at this distance, the under-1' (.3m) depth of field provided by f/4 does not keep more than the primary bear's eyes in focus. Using a narrower aperture of course provides more depth of field, but it also requires raising the ISO setting.
 
Raising the ISO to 1600 would have been acceptable to me, but ... I didn't want to go to ISO 3200 and the resulting f/8 aperture would have provided a still-not-nearly-deep-enough DOF of about 1.5' (.5m). Yes, the cubs would be less out of focus with the narrower apertures, but the background would also be more-focused, creating less separation from the big bear. As is often the case, there were multiple setting combinations that would have worked for this example and a compromise was required. I'd probably make the same decision the next time.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
300mm  f/4.0  1/320s  ISO 800  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 9/2/2014 7:58:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Post Date: 9/2/2014 8:02:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 01, 2014
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4 DSLR Camera available for $4,099.99. Compare at $4,495.00 refurbished.
 
Note: This is a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. However, this item is advertised as having a 1-year warranty issued by the seller.
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Post Date: 9/1/2014 11:36:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 29, 2014
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $134.99.
Post Date: 8/29/2014 12:09:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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FractureMe.com is celebrating Back to School season with special savings. Through September 1, use coupon code BACKTOSCHOOL to receive 15% Off your order.
 
About FractureMe.com: Fractures are different from traditional pictures and frames. Instead of printing on paper, we print directly on glass. Instead of separating the picture, frame, and mount, a Fracture combines all three into a beautiful, lasting, final product.
Post Date: 8/29/2014 9:03:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens
DigitalRev has the Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens (for Canon/Nikon) available for $459.00. Compare at $491.00.
Post Date: 8/29/2014 7:50:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 28, 2014
DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer
B&H has the DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
If you haven't seen what tihs stabilizer can do, then check out the awesome video below and the behind-the-scenes look at its creation.
 

 
Post Date: 8/28/2014 1:02:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate
From Corel:
 
New editing tools, faster brushes and modern UI updates make PaintShop Pro X7 the affordable photo and design choice for creating stunning images and projects
 
Ottawa, ON – August 27, 2014 – Corel’s Photo Editing group introduces Corel PaintShop Pro X7 and Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate, the latest editions of its professional quality photo editing and design software. Photographers and designers can achieve their best work faster with the new content-aware Magic Fill, extensive user interface improvements and brushes that offer a 30% performance boost. Giving photo pros and enthusiasts an image editing application that’s affordable and easy to use, Corel PaintShop Pro X7 delivers the impressive feature set and power expected from a professional caliber software package.
 
“With the new PaintShop Pro X7, we’re continuing our commitment to give photographers and creative users the tools they need to create their best-ever work. X7 offers more creativity, speed and productivity to help you achieve amazing results, faster,” said Greg Wood, Senior Product Director for Photo Products at Corel. “This array of creative possibilities is available for just $79, making PaintShop Pro X7 a must-try app for anyone who’s felt the sticker shock from subscription or high license pricing.”
 
PaintShop Pro X7 offers new tools and redesigned features to deliver an unmatched photo editing experience:
 
  • New! Make it vanish with Magic Fill: The new Magic Fill provides content-aware editing that works with your favorite selection tools. Erase an unwanted element in your photo and seamlessly replace it with content that matches the background area—even if it’s textured or varied.
  • Improved! 30% faster brush performance: Enjoy more responsive brushes, including the Paint Brush, Airbrush and photo retouching brushes that are up to 30% faster. Plus, 64-bit power means you can achieve results quickly.
  • New! Text and Shape Cutter tools: Instantly create a unique photo object by using text or shapes to clip underlying photos or imagery. Paste or drag the resulting photo object to any image to build a collage. More than professional-quality photo editing, PaintShop Pro X7 is also a powerful design program for any visual project.
  • New! Materials Palette featuring Color Harmonies: Find the color, texture or pattern you want more quickly. Easily sample colors with a Dropper tool and create your own custom palettes to keep track of your favorite color combinations. New in the Materials Properties, Color Harmonies help you create a custom palette for your creative projects. Select one of the preset color harmony settings to see color suggestions and choose colors that look great together.
PaintShop Pro X7 enables you to learn as you go with built-in training tools, including the award-winning Learning Center and video tutorials. With RAW editing, an enhanced layer workflow, HDR and more, PaintShop Pro X7 is the photo-editing and digital design software that’s ideal for any project.
 
For users looking for a total photo editing, design and RAW workflow solution, PaintShop Pro X7 is the ideal complement to Corel AfterShot Pro 2, the industry's fastest RAW converter and photo management software.
 
Take your creativity even further with the new PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate which also includes these valuable add-ons:
 
  • Perfectly Clear by Athentech Imaging: award-winning intelligent photo correction
  • Reallusion FaceFilter3 Standard: versatile photo retouching for beautiful portraits
  • Creative collection: dozens of brushes, textures and over 100 royalty-free backgrounds
Also introducing Corel Photo Video Suite X7
Corel also today announced Corel Photo Video Suite X7, delivering PaintShop Pro X7 and VideoStudio Pro X7 for photo and video editing in one complete package.
 
Availability
Corel PaintShop Pro X7 and Corel PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate are available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese Traditional and Japanese.
 
B&H has Corel PaintShop Pro X7 available for preorder.
Category: Corel News
Post Date: 8/28/2014 8:53:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Transcend 64GB Class 10 SDXC UHS-I U3 Memory Card
Adorama is featuring special pricing on select Transcend SDHC/SDXC/microSD memory cards. The sale is scheduled to last through 9/3 or until supplies have been exhausted.
Post Date: 8/28/2014 6:44:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Logo
From Think Tank Photo:
 
8/27/2014 – Photography is easy. Good photography is hard. To aid aspiring and experienced photographers in honing their art and craft, we launched a weekly blog column, “Ask the Pros,” that solicits insights from top pro photographers.
 
The column is located at: blog.thinktankphoto.com/2014/08/thinktankphoto-asks-the-pros-photo-q-and-a/
 
The first column asks 14 leading professional photographers, "What techniques do you use with people who don't want to be photographed?" Their answers run the gamut, from “I avoid photographing people who do not want to be photographed” to “flattery goes a long way.”
 
“Ask the Pros” features luminaries from all fields of professional photography. They include David Burnett (named one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography"), Pulitzer-winning photojournalists Al Diaz, Deanne Fitzmaurice, and Vince Laforet, photojournalist, member of VII Photo, and a National Geographic contributor Ed Kashi, street photographer Alex Coghe, architectural and design photographers Dallas Dahms and Mike Kelley, digital innovator and eclectic shooter Falcon, photography publisher Jose Atunes, documentary and humanitarian photographers Ziv Koren, Melissa Lyttle and Ami Vitale, and commercial photographer Nathan Pask.
 
“It’s fascinating how just one insight can emancipate a photographer. By posing the same question to these photography luminaries, who come from such different perspectives, ‘Ask the Pros’ surrounds the answer with an immense amount of knowledge learned the hard way,” said Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo co-founder. “Our hope is that the richness and depth of their answers will accelerate other photographers’ learning curves.”
Post Date: 8/28/2014 2:38:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 27, 2014
AdoramaPix Logo
Through August 31, use promo code PXEOSS35 at AdoramaPix to save 35% on photo prints (up to 12x18) during their End of Summer Sale.
Post Date: 8/27/2014 12:02:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera Body available for $5,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,496.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty; however, the seller advertises that a 3-year warranty is included.
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Post Date: 8/27/2014 10:26:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DxO Logo
From DXO:
 
DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 supports the Nikon D810 and surpasses 20,000 available Optics Modules
 
August 27, 2014 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 for Mac and Windows, the image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 9 to offer support for the Nikon D810 (Elite Edition only) and to surpass the milestone of 20,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
 
Unparalleled highlight management and color rendering
Thanks to its exclusive DxO Smart Lighting feature, DxO Optics Pro optimizes the overall contrast of an image by intelligently adapting to its contents. Details in the four different light ranges, once thought to be unrecoverable, are revealed, even when the information was missing in the original RAW files. This makes it the perfect tool to use with the Nikon D810, which offers a great depth of color and very large dynamic range, resulting in subtle gradations of tone in both highlights and shadows.
 
20,000 Optics Modules available for unequaled optical corrections
DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 also adds 894 new camera/lens combinations to its library of DxO Optics Modules, thus providing support for Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for numerous Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras.
 
DxO Optics Pro has surpassed the milestone of 20,000 DxO Optics Modules. Developed in the laboratory through an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain all the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This database, unique in all the world, allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
 
With five laboratories throughout Europe, DxO Labs has greater capacity for calibrating and measuring cameras and lenses, thus ensuring an even higher production rate of DxO Optics Modules.
 
Availability and prices
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro for Mac and Windows are immediately available at photo resellers at the following prices:
 
USD
 
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $169
  • DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $299
B&H carries DXO Optics Pro 9.
 
Update: Coincidentally enough, B&H just uploaded a video called Intro to DXO Optics Pro 9 Photo-Editing Software.
 
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/27/2014 8:26:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 32GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Black
B&H has the Lexar 32GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive available for $9.99 with free shipping. Regularly $22.95.
Post Date: 8/27/2014 8:14:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Eyefi and IFTTT Logos
From EyeFi:
 
Photo hobbyists can now use Eyefi Cloud on IFTTT for automating how and where photos are published and shared.
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., August 26, 2014 — Eyefi, the global leader in connecting digital cameras across devices and to the Internet, today announced an official integration with IFTTT (short for If This Then That). Photo hobbyists now have a fast and simple way to take photos with their digital camera, wirelessly transfer and automatically sync them to Eyefi Cloud, and trigger customized and automated actions in IFTTT that simplify their workflow. Photo hobbyists can also now connect their cameras to over 125 Channels to quickly and easily trigger actions for how and where their photos are published and shared, how they are stored and how they integrate with other applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Evernote.
 
"As a photographer, I want to spend time behind the lens taking pictures, not in the office mired in the details of photo management," said Sergey Sus, recently named a Top Socially Influential Photographer. "Eyefi Cloud integration with IFTTT automates many of the manual tasks involved with organizing and posting photos to multiple social networks so I can share instantly and organize them the way I want without being burdened with multiple steps."
 
IFTTT enables anyone to create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that. Now Eyefi Cloud members can access the Eyefi Channel on IFTTT and create custom "Eyefi Recipes" that integrate with more than 125 other Channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Dropbox. Custom recipes help hobbyists save time by automating tasks that would otherwise be manual. For example, an Eyefi Recipe can be created so that if a photo in Eyefi Cloud is tagged "social," then it will automatically be posted to Twitter, Facebook or other networks, rather than having to individually post each photo. This gives photographers of all skill levels the ability to share pictures the moment they are captured, across the major social networks. In addition Eyefi Recipes can be created to send favorite pictures from social networks to a personal photo library. For example, if a photo on Instagram is tagged #myfavorite then it will automatically be uploaded to Eyefi Cloud.
 
"We are constantly improving digital camera connectivity, and our integration with IFTTT supports that," said Sam Hui, Vice President Products at Eyefi. "Eyefi Cloud integration with IFTTT eliminates manual tasks, enabling digital cameras to directly connect to the Internet and social networking applications with ease."
 
Earlier this year, Eyefi announced Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. Eyefi Cloud is designed for photo enthusiasts who require the superior image quality provided by digital cameras but are frustrated with the time-consuming processes required to enjoy those photos on multiple devices. Eyefi Cloud, along with the Eyefi Mobi wireless SD card and Eyefi Mobi apps, allows every picture taken to be instantly organized and accessible, anytime anywhere—to enjoy, curate and share securely and privately.
 
B&H carries Eyefi wireless memory cards.
Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 8/27/2014 8:05:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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