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 Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
We're making it easier than ever to build your design skills. Join us June 16-21 for a special live event that will arm you with working knowledge of the most powerful software suite in the world. During this week of hands-on instruction, we'll be dedicating an entire day to each of the major Adobe Apps - Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and After Effects. From creating motion graphics to editing photos like a pro, this one-of-a-kind event will give you the tools to use Creative Cloud to take your projects to new creative heights. If you're new to Creative Cloud and want to learn the basics, or are an experienced user who wants to take advantage of all the latest Adobe updates, this is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know. RSVP Now!
 
Everyday Photoshop: From Workflow to Smartflow with Dave Cross
Get ready for Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit by optimizing your Photoshop workflow. Join Adobe expert Dave Cross, June 9-11, to learn how to transform your editing workflow into an efficient smartflow system. In his three-day class, Dave will share non-destructive techniques that will help you save time, work smarter and be more creative. RSVP Now!
 
Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit Schedule:
 
Adobe Photoshop CC
with Ben Willmore
June 16
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
with Larry Jordan
June 17
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
with Janine Warner
June 18
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe After Effects CC
with Jeff Foster
June 19
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe InDesign CC
with Khara Plicanic
June 20
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Illustrator CC
with Erica Gamet
June 21
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Note: Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program Special. Now through June 17, you can get Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/3/2014 6:27:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 02, 2014

 
From the Profoto Blog:
 
A couple of months ago, I [Andrea Belluso] shared with you a shoot I did for Pall Mall Barbers, one of the oldest and most respected barbershops in London. Today’s shoot was done for the same client. But this time they wanted the model portrayed in more relaxed kind of environment.
 
After giving it some thought, I decided to keep things simple. We brought the team and our model Knut to Story Restaurant just across the street from the Profoto office in Stockholm to shoot Knut relaxing in their lounge with a cup of tea in his hand.
 
The same thinking went into our choice of equipment – keeping it simple. So, we brought a single B1 off-camera flash, an Umbrella Deep Silver L and an Umbrella Deep White XL.
 
The B1 was chosen because I knew we would be shooting with a limited amount of time and space. Because in my experience, the B1 tends to make those kinds of shoots a lot easier.
 
The Umbrella Deep Silver L was brought to be our main light. I wanted a crispy light, rich in contrast, but with a focused and quite small light spread, and the Umbrella Deep Silver L is great for that. As most umbrellas, it’s also easy to carry with you and easy to use in a narrow space such as this.
 
The Umbrella Deep White XL was brought to light up the brick wall and a small part of the reception behind our model. This light needed to be a bit wider than out main light. I also wanted a bit less contrast and a slightly softer light. So, the Umbrella Deep White XL felt as an obvious choice.
 
All in all, it was a quite simple yet practical and portable set up that gave me exactly the result I was after in almost no time.
 
B&H carries Profoto umbrellas.
Post Date: 6/2/2014 8:47:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements have been added to the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:49:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
Using small flashes on location is often preferable to lugging around larger studio lights and battery packs or even gasoline-powered generators. Whether you shoot fashion, weddings, families, seniors, or events, let Bob Harrington show you how to mix light on location with small flashes and simple lighting gear.
 
Related Products

Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:19:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Lowepro puts one of their Pro Roller X-Series AW bags through a myriad of tests and see how they celebrate. Cheers!
 
B&H carries Lowepro Pro Roller X-Series AW bags.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 6:48:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 30, 2014
Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Camera with 11-27mm Lens (Red)
B&H has the Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $249.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 12:08:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics - 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens (for Canon/Nikon) available for $189.99 with free shipping. Compare at $229.95.
Post Date: 5/30/2014 10:13:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens
The Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens Review page now includes image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements.
Post Date: 5/30/2014 8:37:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
Right now, you can get the Nikon D800 DSLR camera for $2,796.95 with free shipping after $200.00 instant savings. But don't wait – the rebate is scheduled to expire tomorrow, May 31.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 8:27:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Version 1.6.0.393 released on 05/27/2014

  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error handling for file sync, including the addition of notifications when retrying can resolve an error.
  • Batched notifications of file sync operations, limiting the number of notifications when a large number of files are synced in a short period of time.
  • Redesigned Sign In experience.
  • Increased types of enterprise identities accepted for licensing products.

Note: Don't miss Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program deal expiring soon. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 7:14:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 29, 2014
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB External Hard Drive
Adorama has a WD My Passport Ultra 2TB External Hard Drive with Samsung 64GB microSDXC Card Bundle available for an in-cart price of $114.99 with free shipping. Compare at $108.05 without 64GB microSD card.
 
Bundle Includes

  • WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive
  • Samsung Pro Series 64GB Class 10 microSDXC Card ($50.00 value)

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements have been added to the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Review page.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:55:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
SanDisk Extreme 64GB CompactFlash Memory Card 160MB/s
B&H has select SanDisk Extreme / Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory cards on sale with free shipping. See below for details.
 
SanDisk Deals

ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB 160MB/s CompactFlash$272.95$75.00$197.95
SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB 160MB/s CompactFlash$126.95$28.00$98.95
SanDisk Extreme Pro 16GB 160MB/s CompactFlash$74.45$4.50$69.95
SanDisk Extreme 64GB 120MB/s CompactFlash$143.95$64.00$79.95
SanDisk Extreme 32GB 120MB/s CompactFlash$79.95$30.00$49.95
SanDisk Extreme 16GB 120MB/s CompactFlash$47.95$8.00$39.95

Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:50:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
A Call from my Wife, a Dandelion Field and the Zeiss 15mm Lens
I always appreciate photo subject and location scouting help and my family looks out for me in this regard. It was early-mid morning and I was sitting in my office when the phone rang. As you guessed from the title, it was my wife. "The neighbor's field is full of yellow dandelions in full bloom. The light is perfect."
 
My wife has a good eye for beauty (she married me, didn't she? OK, OK, just kidding). I knew that the field she was talking about was indeed full of these yellow flowers and I had already considered photographing them. The part of the report that I was most questioning was the perfect light part. It was well after the golden hour and the sky did not look hazy enough to remain warm and/or soft this late in the morning.
 
The big question was, "Did I want to carve out an hour+ of my day for this shoot?" Keeping the scouts happy always has merit, the blooms were not going to last for long and a circular polarizer filter can take care of the high sun issue, so I loaded a couple of lenses and a 5D III into a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Backpack and drove a couple of miles to the field.
 
My goal was to create an attractive photo highlighting the massive quantity of yellow dandelions, so the lenses I took were of the wide angle variety. Upon walking up to the field, I realized that looking downward revealed a much lower flower density than I wanted to see and dirt showed between many of the green plants in this hay field. Looking at the field from a low vantage point (from near or far) showed the bed of bright yellow flowers perspective I was looking for.
 
The chicken barn was not going to be avoided being included in the frame with the wide angle lenses I had with me, so I embraced it. Much of the very long barn was featureless, but taking a position close to the feed bins allowed the bins to become a prominent feature of the barn.
 
With the sun still relatively low in the sky, the CPOL filter needed a specific angle into the scene to work its magic.
 
The final composition involved finding the best-available foreground flower clumps relatively close to the grain bins, getting down close to ground and shooting in the angle providing the best CPOL filter effect. While I often avoid getting much of a clear sky in the frame, I felt that the bright polarized blue gradient sky color was attractive and added balance to this overall composition.
 
Down low and up close to the foreground flowers meant that an f/16 depth of field was not quite enough to give me sharp details in the closest foreground subjects, so I shot a second frame with those subjects in better focus. The two frames were stacked in Photoshop layers and the not-sharp-enough foreground details were erased from the top layer to allow the sharper second layer to show through.
 
What I didn't remember from childhood is that the yellow readily comes off of dandelion flowers. Upon getting into the car, I realized that my pants were very yellow. They were still yellow after blowing them off with an air compressor and they were still somewhat yellow after their first washing. All photos have a cost, but some have unforeseen costs.
 
In the end, I was glad my wife called and the collection of images I captured on this morning were worth the costs.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:06:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D5200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has a Refurbished Nikon D5200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens & Adobe Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $696.95 without Lightroom 5.
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,457.82 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/29/2014 6:44:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:
 
Have you ever stood on the edge of an active volcano or swam in 110 degree water while ducking lava bombs? Photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway do it so that you don't have to.
 
Kale and Selway are former rescue swimmers who devote their lives to capturing the ever-changing Hawaiian landscape, where active volcano meets crashing waves. Their work is physically grueling and oftentimes dangerous, but the challenge and beauty of the volatile landscape keep them coming back for more.
 
See more from CJ Kale and Nick Selway at http://lavaphotoart.com/
Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:26:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Insurance can be a complicated beast, but knowing how to cover yourself and your equipment is a must-do for your business. In this guide, we review the types of insurance you should consider as a working photographer, plus offer up tips from insurance experts and additional resources to help you make the smartest decisions for your business.
 
Get the free Protect Yourself: What Photographers Should Know About Insurance Guide
Post Date: 5/28/2014 11:02:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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