Nikon News (Page 16) RSS Feed for Nikon News Report News & Deals  ►

 Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Kat and Laura Instrumental Duo
by Sean Setters
 
Kat is a musician and operates a music instruction business that is literally a stone's throw away from my mailbox. I often see her going in and out of her studio when walking to the nearby grocery store.
 
One day we struck up a conversation and, naturally, I mentioned that I was a photographer. With a look of surprise she said, "Really? What a coincidence! My music partner and I were just talking about doing some promotional shots for our business."
 
Kat would go on to explain that she had teamed up with Laura, a cello player, and they were doing side gigs playing wedding receptions and various events. They wanted a few images to promote their own music (single portraits) and to promote their instrumental duo.
 
When I asked what Kat what kind of look or feel she wanted for the images, she replied, "Something with nature."
 
I told her I'd come up with something.
 
One evening a few days later, I was visiting a friend when I noticed a home in his neighborhood that featured a beautifully landscaped yard. The yard had fantastic rock formations, a stream and several trees that all screamed "nature." Another benefit of the location was its proximity to the road and a small area off to the side for parking. In short, the location was close to town, easily accessible and could be framed in a way to make it look like we were out in the middle of nowhere. Perfect.
 
I immediately knocked on the home's front door with the intent of asking the homeowner if I could use his yard for a shoot (a bit bold, yes). The homeowner wasn't home. I took a few pictures of the yard using my cell phone to document the location with a mental note to return again to introduce myself to the home owner.
 
I returned the following day with a typed, signed letter introducing myself to leave for the home owner just in case he/she was once again not home. When I pulled up to the home, the homeowner – a very nice gentleman by the name of Danny – was blowing the leaves and grass off his driveway obviously having just finished mowing. He looked a bit standoffish as I approached, likely because I looked like a traveling salesman or an evangelist walking down the driveway.
 
The first words out of my mouth set him at ease. "Don't worry, I'm not selling anything. I simply have a favor to ask. My name is Sean and I'm a local photographer..."
 
I continued to explain about my clients, their desire for a natural setting, and how the images were intended to be used. I complimented his yard and landscaping several times in the conversation (sincere flattery) and noted that I thought it would be absolutely perfect for their needs. A little to my surprise, Danny didn't even hesitate. "Sure, come over anytime. It doesn't matter whether I'm here or not. No need to tell me you're coming. Just be careful around the rocks."
 
I love the South. :-)
 
I emailed Kat the location images I had snapped with my phone and she thought the scene looked great. With the "go-ahead," we scheduled the shoot.
 
On the day of the shoot I arrived a little early to set up the lighting gear. Using the Photographer's Ephemeris web app, I knew that the sun would be positioned behind the spot I wanted to use around 4pm. This would have been ideal. Unfortunately, Kat and Laura were only available in the morning, meaning I would have to fight the sun which was positioned in front of them.
 
I tackled the direct sunlight problem by shading the duo with two umbrellas camera left (boomed above). I originally intended on shooting my tripod-based images with the umbrellas in the scene and then shooting a reference image without the umbrellas so that I could remove the umbrellas from all of the images in post. When the cloud cover arrived later in the shoot, I simply removed the umbrellas. All the example shots in this post occurred after we removed the umbrellas from the scene.
 
Here's how I lit the scene:
 
  • White Lightning x1600, camera right, diffused by a 43" octabox
  • White Lightning x3200, camera left, diffused by an extreme silver parabolic umbrella (with diffusion cover in place)
  • Canon 580EX, camera left (behind subjects), 1/2 CTO gelled
You can see the setup below.
 
Kat and Laura Setup

 
For my camera and lens, I used a tripod mounted 5D Mark III and one of my favorite lenses, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM with a Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo. The 85mm focal length was a good fit considering that I had to position the camera on the other side of a ditch between the subjects and myself. Being pretty far back from the scene, the 85mm focal length also allowed for a not-too-tight / more loosely framed composition which would give Kat and Laura more ways to crop the image for a wide range marketing materials (letter, postcard, brochure, web, etc). The variable ND filter (mounted via a step-up ring) allowed me to utilize the lens's wider apertures (f/1.8 in this case) while keeping the shutter speed at or below the flash sync speed for a more blurred background.
 
While the setup was a lot of work, the results proved worth the effort (I think). Here were some of the individual promotional images we shot.
 
Kat and Violin
Kat and her Violin

Laura and Cello 1
Laura and the Cello 1


Laura and Cello 2
Laura and Cello 2


Takeaways:
 
  1. Always be on the lookout for good locations. You never know when and where you'll run across something that's just perfect.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask permission to use a location. The worst they can say is "no."
  3. Arrive ahead of your clients if you anticipate needing a decent amount of setup time. Doing so will ensure your clients are ready to shoot fresh upon arrival.
  4. Frame loosely for promotional images that won't be used in a large format. Doing so gives your client much more flexibility to use the images on a wide range of materials with varying aspect ratios and typesetting needs.
In the end, the clients loved the images and even gave me a bonus on top of the agreed-upon fee. It proved to be a great session all-around.
 
You can find higher resolution images on my Flickr photostream:
 
Post Date: 5/20/2015 10:16:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 24-70 L II Visits the Last Dollar Ranch, Telluride
Colorado is known for its big ranches and a big ranch calls for a grand entrance. The Last Dollar Ranch on Last Dollar Road near Dallas Divide (and RT 62) has one of my favorite such entrances. The huge mountains behind large golden fields fronted by a rustic wooden fence and of course, a grand entrance create a simply beautiful scene.
 
To make the entrance appear grand in the image, I moved in close and used a wide angle focal length.
 
Just looking at this photo brings back memories of the large heard of elk in the distance and I can still hear the large bull bugling. That is the power of an image.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/20/2015 9:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
TinyPrints Logo
Through May 26, use coupon code MEMORIAL30 at TinyPrints.com to get 30% off your order.
 
Need to make a sizable print order? Try using promo code AFFGRAD50FS to save 50% in addition to FREE standard or USPS shipping on orders over $150.00.
Post Date: 5/20/2015 8:03:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Impact 5-in-1 Collapsible Circular Reflector Disc 42
For a limited time, B&H has Impact 5-in-1 Collapsible Circular Reflector Disc 42" available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • White, Silver, Gold & Silver/Gold Colors
  • One Stop Diffusion Panel
  • Folds to 1/3 Open Size
  • Includes Storage Bag
Post Date: 5/20/2015 7:19:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Tamron Logo
From Tamron USA:
 
Tamron lens users can post and share photos with dedicated hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to earn a spot on the Tamron USA website
 
May 19, 2015, Commack, N.Y - Tamron USA announces its #WithMyTamron social media initiative, exclusively offered to all Tamron USA lens users. Participants simply capture photos with their favorite Tamron lenses, tag them with the #WithMyTamron, and upload them to their public Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Photographers may also directly upload from their device, computer or Facebook photos for consideration in the #WithMyTamron gallery at www.tamron-usa.com by using the "Submit a Photo" button.
 
Tamron staff will select their favorite photos tagged with the #WithMyTamron hashtag to appear on the Tamron USA website, where even more viewers-from budding photo enthusiasts to pros-will be inspired by real images taken by real people with Tamron's unmatched lens lineup.
 
Users will be able to search for and share photos with the #WithMyTamron hashtag on social media, fostering a community of dedicated Tamron aficionados who want to see what others are capturing with their own Tamron lenses.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 3:50:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via RobertsCamera) has a Refurbished Nikon D7100 with 18-55mm & 55-300 VR Lenses Bundle available for $699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $896.95 new (camera only).
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Refurb. Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
  • Refurb. Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Lens
  • Refurb. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
Note: These items are factory refurbished and come with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 11:15:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo Video Logo
B&H has posted a great articlce on their Explora site called "44 Tips to Improve Your Photography."
 
Yes, it's a fairly lengthy read as each tip is supported with a small 2-4 sentence paragraph, but the author (Todd Vorenkamp) has done a good job compiling the list and concisely explaining why each one is important.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 9:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 5D III and 70-300 L Visit the San Juan Mountains
After spending a late September day scouting from Crested Butte to Durango and back north to near Telluride with practically no pictures captured, the sun finally broke through an opening in the heavy clouds that had produced rain and the season's first snow for most of the day. This is the breathtaking scene that was presented to me.
 
Capturing attractive landscape images with a telephoto lens is sometimes so easy that it almost feels like cheating. I safely pulled off the road, setup and quickly shot until the sun went back behind the curtain of heavy clouds.
 
Looking for a fall foliage photography trip? Few locations are better than the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The aspen trees play a starring role in this spectacular landscape.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM available for $344.00. Compare at $399.00 after $100.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:36:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rode VideoMic Pro with upgraded Rycote Lyre Suspension System
From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.
 
Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.
 
Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.
 
Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
 
Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.
 
“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”
 
The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now.
 
B&H carries the RØDE VideoMic Pro.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Post Date: 5/19/2015 7:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon 1 J4 with 10-30mm Lens with Waterproof Case
Use promo code SCUBAFUN ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get a Nikon 1 J4 with 10-30mm Lens, Waterproof Case & Photoshop Elements 12 Bundle for $349.00 with free standard shipping. Compare at $375.00 for only the camera and the lens.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Nikon 1 J4 with VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Lens ($375.0 value)
  • 3780 1 WP-N3 Waterproof Case ($515.00 value)
  • 32GB SDHC High Speed Memory Card
  • Adobe PEPE12 MAC / PC - Bundle Package
  • Micro Fiber Cloth
 Monday, May 18, 2015
Benro MoveOver12 Slider Kit and MoveUp4 Jib
From Benro:
 
May 13, 2015 – North White Plains, NY – Benro announces the addition of SystemMove, which includes camera movement tools such as a travel jib and camera sliders.
 
Benro’s lightweight travel jib, known as the MoveUp4, features a folding design making it compact and well suited for traveling. It can support up to 8.8 lb and has a vertical reach of 6 feet making it ideal for HDSLR as well as mid-size professional cameras.
 
The family of camera sliders ranges from an entry-level single rail option up to the fully featured carbon fiber rail MoveOver12, which can support just above 26 lb.
 
“Its no secret that adding camera movement increases your production value and we’ve made it our priority to make the tools to do so more accessible. Having a jib and slider in your toolkit is a must these days, especially when aiming for that cinematic look,” said Brian Hynes, Benro’s brand manager for marketing.
 
MoveUp4 Jib features:
 
  • Folding Design – The MoveUp4 Travel Jib folds up into a small, portable package making this ideal for filmmakers who need travel friendly gear. Its compact design pairs nicely with smaller tripods and lightweight cameras, therefore reducing the overall amount of equipment required to enhance your production value.
  • Vertical reach – With a vertical reach of just over 6 feet, the MoveUp4 Travel Jib can achieve sweeping shots for that cinematic look.
  • Accessory Mounting – Threaded mounting points allow you to attach a monitor arm to view your shot live while operating from the back of the jib.
  • Carrying Case – Each MoveUp4 Travel Jib comes with its own carrying case for easy transportation and protection.
MoveOver4 Slider features:
 
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 bearings that run along two stainless steel embedded rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 8.8 lb (4 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and small video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Vertical mounting – The threaded end blocks (1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16) make it easy to mount your slider vertically, which helps provide more diverse movements.
  • Articulating rubber feet – Easily adjust and level your slider with the articulating rubber feet.
MoveOver8 Slider features:
 
  • Carbon Fiber Rails – Ideal for strength and lightweight support, the MoveOver8 includes two 100% 18mm carbon fiber rails.
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 quiet operation bearings that run along two carbon fiber rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 17.6 lb (8 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and HD video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Stand Adapters – Each end block includes a 3/8"-16 female adapter that when removed becomes a 5/8" port for mounting on C-stands and light stands.
  • All-Terrain Legs – Conquer any terrain and level your slider with the articulating all-terrain legs with adjustable rubber feet.
  • Carrying Case – Deluxe carrying case included for easy transport and protection.
MoveOver12 Slider features:
 
  • Carbon Fiber Rails – Ideal for strength and lightweight support, the MoveOver12 includes two 100% 22mm carbon fiber rails.
  • Flywheel with Belt Drive – Precise control flywheel with rubber track belt drive.
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 quiet operation bearings that run along two carbon fiber rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 26.5 lb (12 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and heavier HD video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Stand Adapters – Each end block includes a 3/8"-16 female adapter that when removed becomes a 5/8" port for mounting on C-stands and light stands.
  • All-Terrain Legs – Conquer any terrain and level your slider with the articulating all-terrain legs with adjustable rubber feet.
  • Carrying Case – Deluxe carrying case included for easy transport and protection.
  • Available in 600mm and 900mm lengths.
The MoveOver12 is also available in a kit, which comes equipped with two Travel Flat tripods, two Leveling Bases, one S8 flat base video head, one carbon fiber slider, a flywheel with belt drive control and a deluxe rolling case.
 
B&H carries the Benro MoveUp4 and MoveOver Slider lineup.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 12:07:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
CreativeLive Logo
From CreativeLive:
 
Follow your dream of becoming a wildly successful wedding photographer! Tune in today at 9 AM Pacific for the live kickoff of The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience.
 
In this six-week class, Jasmine Star will cover every aspect of both the business and creative sides of wedding photography. Watch Now and tune in every weekday throughout the series for a new lesson.
 
Watch Live Now
Post Date: 5/18/2015 11:34:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Logo
Nikon has posted their financial results for the year ending March 31, 2015. As usual, the presentation material is our preferred method for obtaining easy-to-understand information.
 
Note about Imaging Products Business:
"Sales and income declined 15% and 12% respectively, year on year due to delayed market recovery in China and Europe. Operating income ratio posted 9.7%, exceeding the previous year ratio (9.4%) and the revised forecast (9.0%). "

The Year ended March 2015 [May 14, 2015]
 
Financial Results (PDF:693KB)
 
Financial and Business Data (PDF:94KB)
 
Presentation Material (PDF:812KB)
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 10:01:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 |    
Canon News, Nikon News Archives
Feedback
Help  |  © 2015 The Digital Picture, LLC  |  Bryan CarnathanPowered By Christ!