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 Monday, July 4, 2016

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
Scale Pattern into Place
Start by scaling and rotating the pattern into place. In this example, we also invert the pattern to change colors by pressing CTRL/CMD + I. Make sure to make the pattern a bit larger than the piece of clothing so it can be warped into place.
 
Use the Pen Tool to Cut Out Clothing
It is important to have an accurate cut out of the clothing, so the pattern looks seamless. In this example, we use the Pen Tool to cut out the original shirt. Create a pen path around the clothing by clicking and dragging to create curves.
 
After completing the pen path, right-click and turn it into a selection and feather the edge by 0.5 pixels. Next, load the selection as a layer mask for the pattern, making it only visible where the original piece of clothing is.
 
Liquify the Pattern to Fit the Clothing
To make the pattern look like it flows with the fabric, it must be warped into place. Use the liquify tool to bring in the edges of the pattern, making it look like the pattern wraps around the piece of clothing.
 
To re-create folds of fabric, use the freeze mask tool to paint over one-half of the fold. Then use the forward warp tool to push the pattern under the freeze mask. If done correctly, it will look like the original pattern curves around the folds of fabric.
 
Add Highlights and Shadows from Original Photo
The last step is to blend the pattern into the original image. In this example, we change the blend mode to ‘Multiply’ and lower the opacity to 90%.
 
Next, add shadows and highlights from the original piece of clothing. Duplicate the background layer and place it on top of the fabric layer. Right-click on the layer and select “create clipping mask”, then change the blend mode to ‘Multiply’.
 
To add highlights, duplicate the background layer and clip it to the fabric, just like the previous layer. This time set the blend mode to ‘Screen’. If needed, adjust the brightness of this layer by using a Levels adjustment - CTRL/CMD + L. Drag the black point slider to the right until the layer only appears over the highlights.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 7/4/2016 8:49:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
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: 7/4/2016 6:58:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
During this video Bob Davis goes through the evolution of light using Speedlites, direct flash, bounce flash, multiple wireless remote flashes, and creating studio quality light anywhere, anytime.
 
Full Version: http://bit.ly/WhatTheFlashFull
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Post Date: 7/4/2016 6:39:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Refurbished DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter available for $899.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $999.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal Stabilized 4K Camera
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • 720p HD App-Based Monitoring
  • Gimbal Control Dials on Transmitter
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Auto-Takeoff / Auto Return Home
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 23 Minutes Flying Time
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/4/2016 6:21:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Still Live: eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 99.6% Positive feedback) has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS II USM Lens available for $1,649.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,099.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/4/2016 5:39:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 1, 2016
by Sean Setters
 
Back in late 2014 I purchased a Vello FreeWave Stryker from B&H (via a Daily Deal) with the intent of exploring lightning photography. After only a few times using the device, I fell in love with the endeavor. However, while the device worked well for me in very dark conditions, the device could not be correctly set to trigger the camera if the ambient light was above a certain [very low] level.
 
That left me wondering, "Is there a more flexible lightning triggering device that's also reasonably cost effective?"
 
In this case, patience paid off. In February B&H featured the Miops Camera Trigger in another Daily Deal; I decided to pick one up. Not long afterwards I also purchased the OP/TECH USA 8" Small Rain Sleeve to protect my camera during the anticipated downpours.
 
With storm season well underway, I can say I've been very impressed with the device. It can be set to detect lightning and trigger the camera in significantly brighter conditions compared to the Vello FreeWave. And the OP/TECH USA rain sleeve has proven to the perfect tool for protecting the camera. I even used it when photographing dirt track racing with Bryan a few weeks ago.
 
Miops camera trigger and camera protection in-hand, I began planning where I wanted to capture lightning. After a little bit of exploration, I settled on a view of River Street as seen from the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center just across the Savannah River. The location was optimal because it gave me a great view of downtown Savannah with City Hall (the gold domed building) being recognizable in the center of the frame. The convention center's awning also provided a decent amount of rain protection, though gusts of wind would still compromise gear if left uncovered/unprotected.
 
With the location decided upon, I needed to organize the right gear to tackle the job. And just in case I forgot to check the weather for a given day, I also installed Dark Sky - Hyperlocal Weather on my Android phone in order to receive alerts whenever precipitation was imminent. I also created a bookmark for LightningMaps.org which showed lightning activity around Savannah. After receiving a notice of precipitation, I would quickly check the map to see if lightning was also headed my way.
 
I keep a Go-Bag packed and ready for immediate use whenever storms are in the forecast. This allows me to bolt (pun intended) out the door at a moment's notice.
 
While the lenses have changed slightly in my Go-Bag over the last couple of months, most of the items remained constant. For the image above, my Go-Bag contained:
 
Every time I received a Dark Sky precipitation warning and confirmed lightning was headed toward Savannah, I would grab my gear, head downtown, drive across the Talmadge Memorial Bridge and make my way to the convention center. It took me four attempts, but this past Tuesday I was finally able to capture the lightning I had envisioned.
 
As I crossed the Talmadge Bridge Tuesday evening, I could see a significant amount of storm activity to the west. The storm was getting very close. As I was setting up my equipment, a light sprinkle of rain began to wet the ground. Soon after, it looked like a strobe light was illuminating the sky. Most of the lightning was occurring above the clouds, but every now and then one would connect with the ground within my camera's field of view.
 
I chose to use the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM because its hood would be more protective against the rain compared to the EF 17-40mm f/4L IS USM's hood. I used 10x Live View and manual focus with the camera set to f/5.6, 8 seconds at ISO 100. The f/5.6 aperture was chosen because it allowed me enough depth of field at 24mm to have most everything in focus while also keeping individual lightning bolts from overexposing the sky. An 8-second shutter speed allowed for the city lights to be decently exposed. While these settings worked well under individual strikes, multiple strikes within the 8-second shutter speed would cause overexposure in the sky especially if the bolts were large and nearby.
 
I varied the Miops Trigger's sensitivity throughout the evening so that I could limit the camera's captures to instances when they were more likely to capture a compelling lightning strike. With the sensitivity set too high, the camera would trigger at the reflection of lightning bouncing off of the clouds with no actual bolt within view. Finding the preferred setting proved very easy, though.
 
The final image above is a composite of several images taken that night. In post processing, I layered all the individual images that featured interesting lightning bolts and set them to a "Lighten" blending layer to allow the brighter parts of those images to come through. A few parts of the scene required masking so as not to have duplicate ghost items in the image (especially true around the flag poles where wind blew the flags occasionally).
 
I wish more lightning had occurred on the right side of the frame so that the image would appear more balanced, but... I didn't like any of my shots with lightning on the right side.
 
In short, I captured an image that was very close to what I had in my head and the Miops Trigger helped me do it. For what it's worth, there's currently a $40.00 instant savings on Miops Camera Trigger + cable kits and the device allows for many other types of triggering, including sound and laser triggering (which certainly increases its value). Personally, I wouldn't bother getting the mobile-branded kit as you can just as easily control the Miops trigger (connected to the camera) via your mobile phone rather than control your phone (connected to the camera, requiring an additional cable) via the Miops trigger. The only time the mobile kit would be beneficial is if you need the Miops device to be positioned well away from the camera for triggering purposes.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/1/2016 7:10:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon Prime Day is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, and is promised to be the "Biggest Global Amazon Event Ever." In addition to the deals occurring on July 12, Amazon will also be offering several prime-exclusive deals for the entire week leading up to Prime Day (July 5 - 11).
 
While the deals last year were a little lackluster (in my opinion), there are many other Prime benefits that make being a member worthwhile.
 
Prime Benefits Include
 
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping
  • FREE Same-Day Delivery (in eligible zip codes)
  • Prime Video
  • Prime Music
  • Prime Photos
  • Prime Pantry
  • Amazon Elements
  • Amazon Dash for Prime
  • Prime Early Access to Lightning Deals
  • Kindle Owners' Lending Library
  • Kindle First
  • Video Add-On Subscriptions
  • Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Family
  • Prime Exclusive Savings in Video Games
  • Prime Now
  • Restaurant Delivery
  • Membership Sharing
You can read more details about the benefits here.
 
Of all the benefits, I enjoy free two-day shipping and Prime Video most. FYI: The last season of Downton Abbey is now free on Prime Video. Yay!
 
And who knows? Amazon might surprise us with some good photography equipment deals this year. We'll just have to wait and see...
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Amazon News
Post Date: 7/1/2016 7:00:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through July 5, use coupon code FREEPRINTS at AdoramaPix to get 100 free 4x6 prints* ($27.00 - $34.00 value).
 
* Offer does not apply to wall decore prints. Shipping is not included.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/1/2016 6:31:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/1/2016 5:42:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Apple:
 
Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.20
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to OS X El Capitan:
 
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D / Kiss X80
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 Mark II / GX80 / GX85
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS100 / TZ100 / TX1
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III
For more information on supported RAW formats, see here.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/1/2016 5:09:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 30, 2016
eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 99.6% Positive feedback) has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS II USM Lens available for $1,649.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,099.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2016 1:44:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Eyefi:
 
To Our Eye-Fi X2 and Earlier Generation Product Customers:
 
This message is for customers that purchased an Eye-Fi Pro X2 or earlier generation products prior to March 2015. Effective today, June 30th 2016, we will no longer be offering support for our legacy product lines, a complete list of which appears below. This notice formally begins the final stage of the “end-of-life” (EOL) process started in mid-2015 for the affected products. It’s very important that customers cease using these products no later than September 16, 2016 as some key services these products rely on will be shut down at that time. All customers who have a Mobi or Mobi Pro products purchased since 2013 are not affected by this announcement.
 
We began EOL on these product lines in 2015 largely driven by technological obsolescence of some of the key technologies included in these products. The primary technologies relate to Internet security and authentication mechanisms that were state-of-the-art in 2007 when we built them into our products but have since proven to be vulnerable. Since mid-2015 we have been offering migration services free of charge for Customers who have paid Eyefi Premium accounts. We will continue to offer this service migrating your Eyefi View data to Eyefi Cloud. You can request a migration here. For those customers that wish to use an Eyefi Mobi Pro card in place of their earlier generation products, we have also made a limited quantity available at a deep discount, see details here if you wish to take advantage of this offer.
 
Please note that we will maintain our customer service Web site and content for all customers. The support site includes detailed explanations for how to accomplish migration to Eyefi Mobi/Mobi Pro and Eyefi Cloud services. We are grateful to all the customers around the world that used Eye-Fi products in the past as well as for our newest customers. The EOL of a product line is always difficult and we have made every effort to minimize the impact of this change on our customers. Thanks for your loyalty and understanding.
 
LISTING OF IMPACTED PRODUCTS
 
Customers with Eye-Fi 1.0 product line and Eye-Fi Premium subscriptions will be impacted by this EOL process. Effective September 16, 2016 the following products may no longer operate:
 
Eye-Fi 1.0 Products:
 
  • All original pre-X2 products (Original, Home, Share, Explore, Video Share, Video Explore, Pro)
  • 4GB Geo X2
  • 4GB Connect X2
  • 8GB Explore X2
  • 8GB Mobile X2
  • 8GB Pro X2
  • 16GB Pro X2
  • Visioneer X2
  • Sandisk X2
  • Eye-Fi Windows desktop software (Eye-Fi Center)
  • Eye-Fi Mac desktop software (Eye-Fi Center)
  • Eye-Fi app for iOS
  • Eye-Fi app for Android
  • Eye-Fi Center web app
The Mobi, Mobi Pro and Eyefi Cloud products and applications are unaffected and will remain operational with continued future developments.
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
  • I just purchased an X2 card, why isn’t it supported?
    Eye-Fi began phasing out sales of the X2 product line in 2012. The last version produced by the company were sold through authorized channels in the United States in March, 2015. Although Eye-Fi stopped shipments of these products via authorized channels, some units were still available from third party sellers and after-market resellers. Eye-Fi’s warranty period for the affected products purchased through our authorized channels has expired.
     
  • Will I still be able to create an Eye-Fi Center account after September 16th?
    No, you will not be able to create an Eye-Fi Center account or log in to an existing Eye-Fi Center account.
     
  • Can I still download and install Eye-Fi Center applications after September 16th?
    The Eye-Fi Center applications can be installed, but since account creation and logging in will no longer work, these applications will not be functional.
     
  • Will I be able to use my Eye-Fi 1.0 card after September 16, 2016?
    Certain functions, such as Direct Mode, may not be directly impacted by our end of life process. If you wish to try Direct Mode you will need to set it up prior to the end of life date. You can find instructions on how to set up direct mode here for Android and here for iOS. Please note that while Direct Mode may not be directly affected, Eye-Fi applications will no longer be updated for operating system updates, and their functionality is not guaranteed - additionally, no support will be provided either for the setup or functionality of Direct Mode.
THERE IS NO GUARANTEE THAT DIRECT MODE CONFIGURATIONS WILL CONTINUE FUNCTIONING AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 16, 2016 SHUT DOWN.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 6/30/2016 1:32:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, 1Ds Mark III and 7D Mark II have been added to the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens (also branded as Rokinon, Bower, etc.) page.
 
You are going to like what you see from this lens, especially for the price. Here are some comparisons:
 
Samyang 135mm f/2 compared to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens
Samyang 135mm f/2 compared to the Zeiss 135mm f/2 lens
 
A full review of this lens is planned.
 
B&H has the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/30/2016 8:34:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
If you are a USA resident, I am sure you are keenly aware of the explosive holiday that is approaching. Of course, I'm talking about Independence Day (July 4th) and with it brings an excellent opportunity for festive image making.
 
As you enjoy the colorful explosions this year, be sure to bring along your camera to capture the action. Here are a few basic tips:
 
  1. Arrive early and find out exactly where the fireworks will be setting off from at your chosen location. Use this information to plan your optimal shooting location, keeping in mind various elements that might be used as a background.
  2. Choose a wider focal length to capture background elements in your fireworks photos; choose telephoto focal length to isolate the explosions. A general purpose zoom works well and allows you to capture a wide range of framings without the need to change lenses.
  3. Use a sturdy tripod to allow you to capture the fireworks from their lift off point to explosion. The trails leading back from the explosions will help viewers' eyes wonder around the image.
  4. Bring a shutter release cable for a more relaxed style of shooting. It's easy to enjoy the fireworks from a folding chair and still get compelling images with a cable release trigger in your hand.
Want to get creative? Check out these posts on capturing fireworks:
 
And if you plan on shooting off fireworks off this year (or plan on being in close proximity to them), please BE SAFE and enjoy the celebration!
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Post Date: 6/30/2016 6:30:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the availability of a new firmware update for the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Nikon mount and the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Nikon mount. This firmware update can be installed using SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
The lens firmware update corrects the phenomenon of overexposure when the lens is attached to the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 on Nikon Digital SLR camera “D500”, released by NIKON CORPORATION.
 
For customers who own the following applicable products and also SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the lens firmwareusing SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
For customers who do not own SIGMA USB DOCK, the lens firmware update will be provided free of charge. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributor of SIGMA.
 
Applicable products
 
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports – Nikon mount
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary - Nikon mount
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that it shows some overexposure when it is attached with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 on Nikon D500.
* For customers who are using SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.1 or earlier, please ensure to update it to Ver1.3 from the Optimization Pro download page before updating the lens firmware.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports, 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary & USB Dock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/30/2016 6:27:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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