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 Monday, August 15, 2016

While some of these tips may seem a little obvious, they're all worth considering if interested in investing in a gimbal stabilizer system. Note that the video author's tip for using a quick release doesn't mention that a completely enclosed QR system – like the Manfrotto RC2 – would be best to ensure quick setup/breakdown without the need for rebalancing. With an Arca-style QR system, it's difficult to get the plate identically positioned when mounting. And when it comes to stabilizers, "close" won't usually cut it. [Sean]
B&H carries gimbal stabilizers.
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Post Date: 8/15/2016 5:30:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 12, 2016
Plane rides are often a means to an end, but this one was so much more. Flying in a float plane over the Shelikof Strait and along the remote southeast coast of Katmai National Park was ... breathtaking. And those breathtaking sights were very photo-worthy, but not without complications.
Airplane windows are not designed with photography in mind and there is some non-optical glass between the camera and the subject. Reflections, uneven contrast reduction and color toning (mostly in the sky in this frame) were among the complications. After an initial attempt at cleaning up the image, I revisited it a number of times over the nearly 1 year that has passed since this flight. The incredible scene was worth the extra effort that went into post processing, but ... I'm still not sure I have this right.
What do you think?
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/8.0  1/1600s
ISO 500
8688 x 5792px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/12/2016 10:12:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Having an idea is one thing. Having the tools to make it happen is amazing. Watch YouTuber, ScottDW, unlock his creativity on the set of ‘High School Dance Battle –Gym Class Disaster!’ with the help of his Canon EOS 80D video creator kit.
B&H carries the Canon EOS 80D and has the 80D Video Creator Kit available for preorder.
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Post Date: 8/12/2016 9:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through August 19, you can enter to win an LG 34" 21:9 UltraWide Thunderbolt Curved LED Monitor at B&H. Simply click the "Enter Now" button beside "Win a Free 21:9 Monitor of Your Own," fill out the information and submit your entry.
If looking for a new monitor, you may want to consider the non-curved LG 34" UltraWide LED which is currently only $348.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $598.00.
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Post Date: 8/12/2016 6:27:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 11, 2016
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
You’ve planned your family vacation for weeks, months or even longer. You’ve put in a lot of work deciding where you’re staying, what you’re going to eat, and what you’ll do for entertainment. Now you want to make sure you capture the special moments you’ve worked so hard to create.
A family vacation is one of those special events throughout the year that you’ll want to remember. It’s a good idea to plan ahead, so you’re prepared to photograph the moments you want to cherish. Here are a few things to think about from packing to unpacking.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 8/11/2016 1:46:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
Get creative lighting ideas and prep for a great next shoot
You might be a lighting master, just starting out, or maybe somewhere in between. Either way, our latest guide, The Photographer’s Lighting Handbook, in partnership with Profoto, will have you conjuring up ways to improve your next shoot.
Inside, we’ve got tips on both the creative and the business side of lighting. So, you’ll learn:
  • How to plan for a well lit shoot, including questions to ask your clients
  • Tips to bill your clients for location lighting
  • Lighting modifiers you should own (and why)
  • Advancements in lighting that may not be on your radar
Also hear from photographers Tommy Shih, Brian Smith, Lindsay Adler and Vanessa Joy on lighting the perfect portrait, environmental lighting, and more.
Up your lighting game; download the free guide today!
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Post Date: 8/11/2016 11:38:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Nikon D810 have been added to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Nikkor Lens page.
The 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II is a core piece of kit for Nikon users.
B&H has the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Nikkor Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/11/2016 10:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 10, 2016
From Eyefi:
UPDATE: Information Regarding "End of Life" (EOL) of X2 and Prior Generation Products
We have started work on a new desktop software utility designed to enable impacted cards to continue operating beyond the previously announced EOL date of September 15, 2016. The new software is called the "Eye-Fi X2 Utility" (X2U) and will be provided free of charge as a download.
The X2U will enable cards impacted by the EOL to transfer images to a desktop computer via an Infrastructure or Direct network connection. The utility will be made available in early August on the Mac (OS X) platform. We are also exploring the feasibility of offering the X2U on the Windows platform but are unable to commit to availability at this time. We will provide updates should this situation change.
X2U will be a one-time release provided to enabled continued use of an EOL impacted card for desktop transfer only on a transitional basis. The utility will not have the full capabilities of Eye-Fi Center and/or Eye-Fi View. ALL other Eye-Fi provided software will have to be uninstalled prior to installing the X2U on a supported device. The company will provided X2U documentation and knowledge base but no help desk support, no warranty and restrictive terms of service.
More information about this project will be available in this Community section the week of August 8th.
B&H carries Eyefi Mobi Pro wireless SDHC memory cards.
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Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 8/10/2016 10:28:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens and Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens reviews.
These same lenses were recently tested on the Canon EOS 5Ds R (in case you missed those announcements).
B&H has the 200mm f/2.8L II, 300mm f/4L IS and 400mm f/5.6L lenses in stock with 4% rewards (the 400 also has a $70 instant rebate).
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Post Date: 8/10/2016 8:54:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the YouTube Channel:
A camera slider is a wonderful tool to add cinematic movement to your shots. In this video you'll learn 5 creative tricks with your DSLR camera slider.
Exactly 3 years ago we published a tutorial video about different ways you could use a camera slider. We got so many great reactions on it that we had to create another video! This time we share 5 more creative tricks and tips with a camera slider.
See the Original 10 Slider Tricks Video here.
B&H carries camera sliders.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/10/2016 6:32:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Genustech 77mm Solar Eclipse Variable ND and Circular Polarizing Filter in stock.
Product Highlights
  • Variable 0.6-2.4 Neutral Density Element
  • Reduce Exposure by 2 to 8 Stops
  • Darkens Entire Image
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
  • Allows Reduced Shutter Speed
  • Allows Wider Aperture
  • Circular Polarizer Element
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • Aluminum-Alloy Rings, 82mm Front Threads
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/10/2016 5:47:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Watch the video above to see how Getty photographers are capturing underwater photos at the Rio Olympics.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/10/2016 5:36:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 9, 2016
From Adobe:
Photoshop 2015.5.1 Update (8/8/2016)
8/8/2015 – Today we released Photoshop CC 2015.5 update version 2015.5.1 (Mac and Windows) to address several issues.
Customer reported issues resolved
  • Fixed customer submitted crashing issues
  • Subtool reverts to primary tool after using keyboard shortcut
  • Unable to Export individual layers that are nested in Artboard > Group
  • “Rasterize EPS Format” dialogue box doesn’t remember Mode setting
  • Embed color profile result reflects whatever it was set last time
  • Text accidentally commits when try to transform Paragraph text using bounding box transform handles
  • Cursor doesn’t correctly change to Commit cursor to differentiate from Rotate and Move cursor
  • Print color is off when using App Manage Color (Mac only)
  • Error: “Could not apply the workspace because the file was not found” when opening a file
  • Several fixes and improvements for Select and Mask:
    • Select and Mask: Command not available on non-pixel layer masks
    • Select and Mask: Refine Edge Brush Tool creating artifacts along the brush stroke in mask
    • Select and Mask: Redraw corruption (RGB 16bit/32 bit) with Show Original in certain zoom levels (preview mode “black and white”)
    • Select and Mask: Using the Refine edge brush on one area of a pre-existing selection may cause certain hard edges in another area to change a few pixel values, especially when the image is in very high resolution
    • Select and Mask: Using brush tool with feather 8 or more and zoom level 50 or lower get redraw issue
    • Select and Mask: With a selection, the output defaults to selection, even if the previous output setting was a mask
    • Select and Mask: Inverting a selection outputs the original selection
    • Select and Mask: Crash when double-clicking adjustment mask
    • Select and Mask: Program error when image is multi-channel
How to get the updates
Launch Photoshop and choose Help > Updates.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 8/9/2016 10:33:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
This is a wild baby cottontail rabbit photographed in the studio using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens. Yes, there are some inconsistencies in that statement. The 100mm macro is not a first choice for a serious photographer photographing wild rabbits and ... why is the wild rabbit in the studio? Let me explain.
First, apparently the dog couldn't help itself and had to show us a baby cottontail rabbit (called a "kit") from a nest it found. Golden retrievers have soft mouths and she gently delivered the rabbit to the front door unharmed. The baby rabbit was so cute that a few photos were a requirement.
To create a natural scene, I took a decorative piece of driftwood and placed it on the shooting table along with a couple of ferns sacrificed from the flower bed just outside. With control over many aspects of the image, the 100mm macro lens was the ideal choice in this case. The 100 L is one of my MFU (Most-Frequently-Used) around-the-house lenses because of its versatility (great image quality, relatively small size with a light weight, image stabilization, 1:1/1x magnification ability, ...). It seems that there is always a subject available for this lens.
A large softbox and studio monolight is always beside my shooting table, ready to light whatever small or medium-sized subject that shows up. From lenses to backpacks to ... baby rabbits. A light source significantly larger than a close subject creates a soft light, lacking hard shadows. In this case, the light was a bit too soft for my taste, making the scene appear somewhat unnatural. Adding a few exposure adjustment layers with creatively painted layer masks (in Photoshop) created a more-natural unevenness (digital flagging) to the lighting. Of course, an octagonal catchlight in the eye is not going to say "sun" to anyone.
The rabbit (mostly) cooperated and after capturing a few photos, the kids asked Sierra (the dog) to find the nest. I thought that request was unrealistic and that the rabbit was orphaned, but ... Sierra took the girls to the middle of a nearby field of thick grass and impressively used its nose to point out the covered nest. The rabbit was reunited with its siblings with ... an unbelievable story to share.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
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Post Date: 8/9/2016 9:18:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Get a behind the scenes look at Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich’s 24 days on the road, traveling to diverse geographic locations to capture different subjects with the flagship Nikon D5. Watch the full-length film, INSPIRED.
B&H carries the Nikon D5.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/9/2016 7:57:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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