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 Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,584.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 9:27:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
B&H has the Manfrotto Off Road Hiker Backpack (30L, Blue) available for $139.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200 Zoom and Extra Lens
  • Removable Photo Insert with Zipper
  • Movable Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Large Top-Flap for Weather Protection
  • Protective Rain Cover Included
  • Two Adjustable Shoulder Straps
  • Padded Adjustable Waistband for Comfort
  • Waist Band Pocket for Smartphone
  • Padded Nylon Mesh to Reduce Moisture
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 7:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
 
Watch photographer Markus Berger demonstrate how to get your glow on under blacklight with these UV photography tips & tricks!
 
UV Tools and Products:
 
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 6:57:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has submitted a patent for an EF-M 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-118658
  • Published 2016.6.30
  • Submission date 2014.12.22
  • Zoom ratio 2.88
  • Focus distance 16.51 21.00 47.49
  • F-number 3.49 3.77 5.80
  • Field of view (degrees) 39.61 33.04 16.05
  • Width 13.66 13.66 13.66
  • Overall length of the lens 82.00 77.35 84.14
  • BF 10.70 10.70 13.31
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 5:28:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Refined Hair and Pet Fur Selections
  • Application-Based Resizing Guides
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Video Story and Favorite Moments Modes
  • Hollywood Effects, Motion Effects
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.9-10 & Windows 7, 8, 10
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 5:07:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 
Canon Collective Ambassador Colin Baker shows us how to shoot abstract frames using Multiple Exposures mode built in to your camera.
 
Learn more about Canon Australia at #VividSydney and how you can make the most of your time there: https://www.canon.com.au/vivid
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 9:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to image quality results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens pages. As mentioned before, both of these lenses are scheduled to have full reviews completed in the near future.
 
B&H has the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 8:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I mentioned a couple of lens' TDP rank recently and by request, I'm sharing the full list. Keep in mind that there are a lot of factors that can influence a lens' popularity (including search engine referrals) and popularity can be measured in a variety of ways. But, here is a rough look at the popularity of Canon's current (on retailer shelves) lenses:
 
  1. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy
  2. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  3. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  4. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  5. Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  6. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  7. Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  8. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  9. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  10. Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  11. Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy
  12. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy
  13. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  14. Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  15. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  16. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  17. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  18. Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  19. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy
  20. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy
  21. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  22. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  23. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy
  24. Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  25. Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  26. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  27. Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy
  28. Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy
  29. Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  30. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy
  31. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy
  32. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens Buy
  33. Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Buy
  34. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens Buy
  35. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  36. Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens Buy
  37. Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  38. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM Lens Buy
  39. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  40. Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  41. Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  42. Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy
  43. Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy
  44. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy
  45. Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Buy
  46. Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  47. Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy
  48. Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy
  49. Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  50. Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  51. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy
  52. Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens Buy
  53. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy
  54. Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy
  55. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy
  56. Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy
  57. Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens Buy
  58. Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy
  59. Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Buy
  60. Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy
  61. Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro Lens Buy
  62. Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  63. Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy
  64. Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy
  65. Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy
  66. Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  67. Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy
  68. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy
  69. Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  70. Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy
  71. Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  72. Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  73. Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
  74. Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens Buy
  75. Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM Lens Buy
  76. Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens Buy
  77. Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy
Let us know which rankings are surprises to you!
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 6:26:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Canon “Explorer of Light “ Chas Glatzer will share the thought process behind the making of an image, and the techniques used to produce consistently successful images in the field. Learn how to see and understand light, its quality, physical properties, etc., and how they relate to your subject and capture medium will allow you to take control of your imagery.
 
Link to Full Version: https://youtu.be/TT9IAusMs_c
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 5:34:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Dell 11.6" Inspiron 11 3000 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook available for $329.95 with free shipping. Regularly $449.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Pentium N3700 Quad-Core
  • 4GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 11.6" Truelife IPS Multi-Touch Display
  • HD 1366 x 768 Native Resolution
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics
  • 128GB SSD
  • 2-in-1 SD & MMC Media Card Reader
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / HDMI
  • Windows 10 Home (64-Bit)
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 5:15:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 4, 2016
From National Geographic:
National Geographic’s top editors explain how to keep photography honest in the era of Photoshop—and why they’ll never move the pyramids again.
 
In the digital age, when it’s easy to manipulate a photo, it’s harder than ever to ensure that the images we publish, whether on paper or on a screen, reflect the reality of what a photographer saw through his or her viewfinder. At National Geographic, where visual storytelling is part of our DNA, making sure you see real images is just as important as making sure you read true words.
 
I’ll explain how we strive to keep covertly manipulated images out of our publications—but first an admission about a time when we didn’t. Longtime readers may remember.
Check out the entire article on the National Geographic website.
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Post Date: 7/4/2016 10:54:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
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
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