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 Wednesday, November 9, 2016
B&H has the Benro COM28C Combination Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $219.00 with free shipping. Regularly $369.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 33.1 lb
  • Max Height: 53.3"
  • Min Height: 5.1"
  • Folded Length: 20.5"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.97 lb
  • Replaceable Flat Plate, No Center Column
  • Flip Locks
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Post Date: 11/9/2016 5:59:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Through 11/22, use coupon code FALLROGO at LensRentals.com to get your second rental at half off.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Fine Print: Valid for orders placed through 11/8-11/22/16. Discount applies to the 2nd most expensive item.
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 12:27:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has posted their second quarter financial results for the financial year ending March 2017. As we've already mentioned, Nikon will be restructuring their semiconductor and digital camera businesses and intends on cutting 1,000 jobs in the process.
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/8/2016 8:49:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Yesterday we published a quote from the Nikkei Asian Review which stated that Nikon planned to cut 1,000 jobs from its shrinking semiconductor and digital camera businesses, choosing instead to focus on growing markets. Other articles I found seemed to support Nikon's financial troubles.
 
However, Nikon later published a press release which seemed to discredit the Nikkei Asian Review story (thanks AKH). Here's the full text of that release:
November 8, 2016 – There were media reports such as in The Nikkei this morning regarding Nikon's restructuring plan centering on headcount reduction during several years. Nikon has made no announcement in this regards.
 
Although Nikon is constantly studying various management options including headcount rationalization for strengthening company’s profitability mainly of Semiconductor Lithography and Imaging Products Businesses, nothing has been decided at this time.
 
Should any facts pertaining to this matter are decided, Nikon will immediately make an announcement.
If that's where the story had ended, we would all simply assume that The Nikkei Asian Review had been incorrect because of a grievous miscommunication. But in a bewildering move, Nikon then published a Notice of Restructuring (thanks Alaska) which confirmed the cutting of 1,000 jobs. Here's the relevant quote from that notice:
November 8, 2016
...
Based on the above initiatives to rationalize headcount, Nikon will be announcing a voluntary retirement program of approximately 1,000 employees. Eligible applicants and detailed conditions will be announced once officially finalized.
With contradictory official documents being published within hours on the very same day, we are left scratching our heads. What is going on with Nikon's public relations and communications divisions?
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Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/8/2016 6:37:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
You have 20 minutes to capture a complete set of homecoming pictures. And, there is a complication. Actually, three of them. A palomino horse, a blue roan (black) horse and a dog are to be included in most of the photos. And, one of the horses "needs" to be bridal-less for a segment of the shoot.
 
It was a crazy day (I know, that is not unusual), but high on one daughter's priority list was getting pictures of herself dressed up for homecoming. Having been through this scenario before, I knew what to expect. Primarily, there would be no time remaining for those pictures. I also knew about the desire to include the animals, but the specifics had not yet been communicated to me (even though I had asked).
 
Oh, I forgot to mention – it was lightly raining and with horses involved, the shoot was of course outdoors. Looking on the bright side, the heavy cloud cover made lighting easy with no harsh shadows and a reasonable level of dynamic range in the scene which included a black dress along with the black horse. Also positive is that with animals in the picture, the subject always seems to find it easier to smile naturally.
 
None of the subjects remained completely still at any point, meaning that my timing, framing, focus distance, etc. was always being challenged. In the end, I "borrowed" 10 minutes from the next-scheduled homecoming event and came away with an adequate number of keeper-grade photos. And, I thought that I would share one of them with you today.
 
For low light outdoor portraits with a variety of subject framing required, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens was my choice. It was a rather easy choice for me to make. It has only good portrait focal lengths in it and a nice range of them. The wide max aperture was ready for the low light levels and that this wide aperture was available over the entire focal length range, meant that I could lock in an exposure and, as long as the light levels did not change, all images would have identical brightness. While a right-on exposure was my intent, any adjustments needed could be globally applied for very fast post processing. The wide aperture combined with the telephoto focal length range created a nice background blur, making the subjects stand out in the scene. Being weather sealed made the light rain a non-issue. The Canon EOS 5Ds R behind this lens allowed me to shoot with framing slightly loose if I needed to, with cropped images still having very high resolution remaining.
 
As the animals were not overly cooperative, I tried to work with the positions that were available at any given time. Of course, the handler's position was partially dictated by the animal's position and ... there was a constant challenge to keep the subjects in attractive and complementary positions while keeping the background aligned in a pleasing manner. We didn't quite get the left hand position right, but all things considered, it was good enough.
 
Notice the low-to-the-ground camera position? There had been a long drought and the grass was thin with lots of brown spots showing. By shooting from low to the ground, the grass appeared thicker with a better-colored foreground being the result. As I was shooting downhill slightly, the low camera position was also complementary to the subjects.
 
After we finished, Brittany's hair was flat (due to the light rain), over two inches of her heels were covered in mud (shoes sunk into the grass) and the dress was dirty (the horse gets the blame for this one), but ... she made it to the big event and the photos I sent her later that evening made her day. So, all was good in the end.
 
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
95mm  f/2.8  1/200s
ISO 400
7643 x 5095px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/8/2016 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.11
 
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the touch-shutter option releasing the shutter when autofocus was used during live view with an SB-800 flash unit attached.
  • Changed the items checked when image sensor cleaning was performed using the SETUP MENU > Clean image sensor > Clean now option. We recommend that you use this option to perform image sensor cleaning after the update is complete.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.11
 
B&H carries the Nikon D500.
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 7:10:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 7, 2016
From Nikkei Asian Review:
TOKYO -- Nikon plans to eliminate about 1,000 jobs in Japan, or 10% of its domestic workforce, as the company shifts resources away from once core businesses to medical devices and other growth areas.
 
The cuts over the next two to three years will mostly affect Nikon's money-losing semiconductor equipment operations and its shrinking digital camera business.
 
Nikon likely will offer early retirement to workers at facilities including its Kumagaya plant in Saitama Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, which makes semiconductor lithography systems. Severance payments and other restructuring costs are expected to total hundreds of millions of dollars over two to three years.
 
Nikon is seen missing its forecast of a 64% jump in net profit to 30 billion yen ($287 million) for the fiscal year ending in March. Its net profit has fallen from a peak of 75.4 billion yen in fiscal 2007 to 18.2 billion yen last year.
Read the entire article on the Nikkei Asian Review.
 
Other Resources
 
via Nikon Rumors
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Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 2:46:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 8:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:47:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, you can get Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 or Premiere Elements 15 for only $69.99 at B&H. Regularly $99.99.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:41:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $1,849.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:31:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Sigma 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 Cine lenses, designed for the exacting standards of 6K and 8K cinematographers, are scheduled for availability next month. The lenses will be produced in EF, E and PL mounts, but only the EF and E mounts will be available initially.
 
Unfortunately, pricing information has yet to be released.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 5:57:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Originally announced and available to iOS users on October 5, 2015, Adobe's Android version of Photoshop Fix has finally been released.
 
Here's a quick rundown of the app:
 
Image Retouching & Restoration
 
Adobe Photoshop Fix enables powerful, yet easy image retouching and restoration on your Android phone. Heal, smooth, liquify, lighten and make other edits and adjustments that give you the precise look you’re after. Access edited photos within other Adobe mobile and desktop apps by signing in to Adobe Creative Cloud to further refine them or use them in other creative projects – it’s all powered by Adobe CreativeSync.
 
Photoshop Fix Features
 
  • Retouch and restore photos using tools that give you the exact look, structure and feel you want:
    • Face-aware Liquify – Make dramatic edits to facial features. Create a bigger smile, slim down those cheeks or edit other facial points with remarkable ease.
    • Liquify — Push, pull, rotate, swell or reshape any area to create subtle or drastic effects.
    • Heal and patch — Fix imperfections using content from surrounding areas and then blend the result.
    • Smooth — Simply paint to smooth or sharpen skin, landscapes or other content.
    • Lighten and darken — Add or remove light from specific parts of a photo.
  • Edit and adjust photos using a variety of essential tools:
    • Color — Desaturate to remove all color or to create a mix of color and black-and-white.
    • Paint — Get precise effects with an eyedropper that lets you sample colors, an adjustable brush and an eraser.
    • Adjust — Add vignettes and control exposure, contrast and saturation
    • Defocus — Blur part of a photo to draw attention to your key subject.
  • Send your images directly to Photoshop CC on the desktop so you can refine them and take them further. Fix converts all your edits to layers and packages your image as a PSD file.
You can download Photoshop Fix for Android from the Google Play store. The iOS version can be downloaded from the iTunes App store.
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 5:31:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 6, 2016
From now until 11/25, use coupon code ticktock at AdoramaPix to save on your purchase. If you purchase today the coupon code is worth 30% off, but the amount of reduction realized by the promo code declines by 1% daily through November 25th.
 
Act fast to maximize your savings!
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Post Date: 11/6/2016 11:59:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 5, 2016
There are few churches with a view comparable to that from The Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park. I'm thinking that this view would be a strong distraction from the sermon.
 
The next time you visit Grand Teton National Park, make sure that The Chapel of the Transfiguration is on your to-photograph list. It is as attractive outside as it is inside. Morning is the best time of the day to photograph at this location as the tall mountains go dark when the sun sets behind them. A visit timed for the right week (late September) results in brilliantly colored aspen trees for the mid-ground layer of interest (though the aspens are only barely visible in this image).
 
Obviously, I went inside to capture this photo. My goal was to see the mountains through the window while capturing most of the interior of this little log-constructed church. My preference was to see the mountain peaks in the window and this meant a low shooting position at the back of the sanctuary was required. That position seemed to work well for the rest of the scene, so I went with it.
 
Though a steady stream of people were coming through the little church, there were enough breaks that patiently waiting was all that was needed to capture a wide range of exposures. Because the dynamic range was extreme, the wide range of exposures were required. I later used a manual HDR technique to composite several of those images into a balanced final result.
 
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens were the perfect combination for this photo.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 11/5/2016 6:38:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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