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 Wednesday, July 29, 2015
PhotoPlus Expo 2015
From PhotoPlus Expo:
Register now and join everyone in the industry for the photography event of the year at Javits Center in New York City!
Experience over 100 educational seminars, Master Classes, Photo Walks and the largest display of new products and creative solutions to touch, try and compare from over 200 exhibitors.
New for 2015
  • 4 Days of Education
  • All the Latest Products
  • New Speakers & Seminars
  • Young Adult Pass (17-25 years old)
Save up to 30% on all conference passes when you become a PHOTO+ Member (WPPI,
Register Now
Post Date: 7/29/2015 7:25:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apple 13.3
For a limited time, B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook with Retina Display (Mid 2014) available for $1,499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,999.00.
Product Highlights
  • 3.0 GHz Intel Core i7 (Haswell)
  • 8GB of Onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Integrated Intel Iris Graphics
  • 13.3" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2560 x 1600 Native Resolution
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics
  • Includes Mac OS X 10.10 or OS X 10.9
 Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Nikon D800E DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D800E DSLR Camera available for $2,199.95 with free shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 8:31:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $139.99.
Product Highlights
  • Advanced Photo & Video Editing Programs
  • Friendly and Intuitive Editing Interface
  • Mobile Support for Viewing and Sharing
  • Enhanced Direct Social Network Sharing
  • Guided Editing Modes and Auto Smart Tone
  • Efficient Tagging and Searching Tools
  • Seamless Compatibility Between Programs
  • Content Aware Move and Fill Modes
  • Distinct Quick and Expert Editing Modes
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:58:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has Avid Pro Tools 11 Audio/Music Software available for $349.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
Product Highlights
  • Eligible for PT12 (No Upgrade Plan)
  • 64-bit Architecture
  • Core Audio and ASIO Compatible
  • Offline Bounce
  • Low-Latency Input Buffer
  • Dynamic Host Processing
  • Work Directly with HD Video
  • AAX Plug-In Format
  • Mac OS X, Windows
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:49:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod
Focus Camera has the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $199.88.
Product Features
  1. Light and compact design
  2. Supports up to 8.8lbs
  3. Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks
Post Date: 7/28/2015 4:58:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 27, 2015
Facebook Cover Photo Continuous Image Example
by Sean Setters
In this day and age, Facebook is as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola (and maybe even more so). As such, I'm guessing that most of our site visitors have Facebook accounts. With that in mind, I thought I would share some things to keep in mind when making your profile cover photo.
First of all, the cover photo is that wide, panoramic-looking image that adorns the top of a user's profile. As a photographer, this space offers a great opportunity to show off your skills and/or creativity. But to create an image with the greatest impact, you need to understand the following:
1) The Facebook cover photo’s dimensions are 851 x 315 pixels.
Utilizing the space accordingly means having to keep that [uncommon] aspect ratio in mind. I strongly suggest uploading your cover photo at a resolution of 2048 x 768px so that it looks best when someone clicks on the image to view it full screen.
2) The image is blocked in several areas, either by the profile picture or by the user’s name or miscellaneous buttons.
Understanding where those visual blockages occur can help with deciding on your image's composition. We've designed a handy Photoshop CS5 (and later) template to help you out with that.
3) Facebook darkens the bottom part of your cover photo with a gradient.
Not only is a substantial amount of the bottom part of the image blocked by various buttons, but you'll notice that the bottom part of your cover photo image is darkened. Be sure to keep this in mind when choosing your image framing as this darkening can further de-emphasize this part of the image.
4) Only the bottom half of your cover image will be seen when someone loads your profile on a computer.
When someone clicks on your profile, only the bottom half of the cover photo is visible. The full cover photo is only displayed if the user scrolls up.
5) Your cover photo will look completely different on mobile devices as only the center part of your cover photo will be displayed.
If you care about how your image will look on mobile devices (and you probably should), then you must keep in mind that mobile devices will display only the middle-part of your image (just how much of the "middle-part" shows depends on the device's orientation and resolution).
Here's what you'll see when opening the Cover Photo Template:
Facebook Cover Photo Template TDP on Load

How to use the template:
  1. Crop your image using a ratio of 851 by 315. Downsize the image to 2048 pixels wide. Otherwise, simply import your photo at 100% resolution and downsize/position the image for optimal framing. If you import at 100%, you'll need to crop your cover photo before exporting it for use (851x315 ratio)
  2. Place the image in the layer group named "Place 2048px Cover Photo Here" and position the image so that it snaps into an upper corner of the template.
  3. If you'd like to watermark your image, place your watermark just above your cover photo layer and position it for optimal visibility, taking into account the areas of the image which will be covered by various elements.
  4. Use the template to preview how your cover photo will look on the initial load, full monitor and various mobile screens.
  5. If you imported a 2048px resolution image and you're happy with it, you can simply upload it to Facebook using the small camera icon at the top/left of your profile picture. If you imported a larger image, you'll need to turn off the overlay group layer and crop the image using an 851x315 ratio selection box and save the image for uploading.
You can toggle the visibility of the smartphone and initial view guide layer group to see your entire cover photo in all its glory. You can also get rid of the PS guides by pressing CONTROL+H for a much cleaner view.
Bonus Tip: The guides can be used to create a continuous cover photo where your image continues through your profile picture (like the one at the top of this post). In order to get it right, you'll need to do the following:
  1. Make a square selection on your cover photo layer that encompasses the part of the image that is covered by the profile picture.
  2. I'm not quite sure why, but to get it to line up just right on Facebook, you'll need to move the selection down by pressing the down arrow twice.
  3. Edit --> Crop
  4. Make the Overlay Group Layer invisible and save your new profile picture.
  5. When updating your profile picture on Facebook, be sure to set the Zoom/Crop to none. Otherwise, Facebook will default to a zoom/crop that does not include the white area at the bottom of the image.
Did I miss any good tips/considerations when making a cover photo? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 7/27/2015 8:51:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
Post Date: 7/27/2015 8:01:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, B&H has the Lensbaby Special Edition Spark 50mm f/2 Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $129.95.
If you've ever wanted to experiment with a Lensbaby lens, this looks like a great opportunity to pick one up inexpensively. In fact, I'm adding one to my cart right now. [Sean]
Product Highlights
  • 50mm Lens with f/2 Aperture
  • Sweet Spot Selective Focus Lens
  • Nine Selectable Bokeh Shapes
  • f/2.8, f/4, and f/5.6 Aperture Discs
Category: Lensbaby Deals
Post Date: 7/27/2015 6:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 24, 2015
Rode Microphones Logo
24th Jul 2015 – RØDE Microphones is extremely proud to announce its acquisition of legendary audio technology manufacturer, Aphex.
RØDE founder and Managing Director, Peter Freedman, today announced the purchase of the US based company, well known for its range of audio signal processing equipment that features various proprietary technologies including the iconic “Aural Exciter”.
Founded in the mid-1970s, Aphex (then known as Aphex Systems) has since become one of the music and broadcast industries’ most revered brands, contributing to nearly every commercially successful record for decades. Today, Aphex products and technologies are used in a wide range of applications for music, film, video, theatre, gaming and communications.
The company’s legendary “Exciter” technology was inducted into the TEC “TECnology” Hall of Fame in 2013, in recognition of its contribution to improving decades of music and voice for countless artists, albums, movies, TV and radio shows around the world.
Aphex is regarded as an innovation leader, holding numerous patents, and licensing to a wide range of brands around the world. With its expertise in manufacturing, RØDE Microphones’ acquisition of Aphex heralds a giant leap for both companies.
“Growing up in professional audio as I did, I have always had incredible respect for Aphex.” commented Mr Freedman. “They’ve always been the best in the business at enhancing the recorded audio experience, and that is as true today as it was when the company was founded forty years ago”.
“I am so excited about creating the next chapter in the Aphex story, bringing the company’s game-changing technology to a wider audience, and improving the audio of hundreds of thousands of artists, engineers and content creators around the globe”.
Aphex will continue to trade as usual.
B&H carries Rode microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 7/24/2015 8:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,539.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty or repair service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon Deals
Post Date: 7/24/2015 8:03:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 23, 2015
Breakthrough Photography 77mm X3 10-Stop ND Filter
B&H has the Breakthrough Photography 77mm X3 10-Stop ND filter in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks Paul)
Product Highlights
  • 1,000x Filter Factor, 10 Stop
  • Darkens Entire Image
  • Allows Reduced Shutter Speed
  • Allows Wider Aperture
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Nano Coating
  • Schott Superwhite B270 Glass
  • 77mm Front Filter Threads
  • Thin Brass Filter Ring
  • Knurled Sides
Post Date: 7/23/2015 6:30:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 22, 2015
COMODO Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig
For a limited time, B&H has the COMODO Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,299.00.
Product Highlights
  • Single Shot Cinematic Tool
  • Dual Gimbal Handgrips
  • Load Capacity: 11 Pounds
  • Easy Balancing & Intuitive Operation
  • No Weights, Motors, Batteries Required
  • Tilt Control to Mimic Jib-Style Shots
  • Twin Grips for Multi-Operator Shooting
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Screw
  • 3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 Accessory Threads
  • Carrying Case Included
Post Date: 7/22/2015 3:35:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 50
B&H has a large selection of Think Tank Photo Shoulder Bags significantly reduced. Many are nearly half off! (thanks George)
Post Date: 7/22/2015 12:39:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
PocketWizard Logo
From PocketWizard:
New distribution channel allows LPA Design a closer connection with the photographer.
South Burlington, VT – As the wireless market and the photo industry as a whole continues to become more competitive and challenging, LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, has realized the need to get closer to the photographer and has started selling direct to USA dealers. This change in distribution only affects the US market. LPA Design continues to rely on their network of global distributors and dealers throughout the world. “As we transition to our new sales and marketing approach, we are excited by the possibilities of working more directly with our Dealers and building closer relationships with the community of PocketWizard photographers. We’re exploring the means to hear and respond to our customers in a more direct and informative way. We’ve already heard some comments and suggestions, and are making changes that will offer a range of mutual long term benefits. We’ve had a great partnership with the MAC Group over the past 14 years, as they’ve been integral in building the PocketWizard brand in the US market. We wish them continued success in the future,” commented Heather Ambrose, Marketing Manager at LPA Design.
To spearhead our direct to dealer initiative, we have engaged the services of Lorenzo Gasperini of Inovanti, LLC to represent LPA Design / PocketWizard as our National Sales Manager. Lorenzo has a deep history with PocketWizard which started back in 1994 when he encountered PocketWizard and later joined Bogen Photo (Manfrotto USA) and LPA Design as the first US distributor. In 2000 Lorenzo joined the MAC Group and as the National Marketing Manager he inspired new products, markets and partnerships that lead to significant growth and success for the brand. In 2008 Lorenzo was paramount in building the PocketWizard brand internationally as the International Sales and Marketing Manager. In addition to his responsibilities with PocketWizard, Lorenzo (Inovanti) also works with the Sekonic light meter division and Syrp motion and linear control devices. Lorenzo has a tremendous amount of knowledge in the photographic and video market and will be an asset to the PocketWizard Sales and Marketing Team once again. PocketWizard looks forward to continuing toward a closer and stronger alliance with all their US dealers in an effort to strengthen their USA-built brand.
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 7/22/2015 12:11:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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