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 Friday, June 2, 2017
From Canon USA: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware v.1.1.2
 
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following fix:
 
  • Corrects the phenomenon in which remote shooting with the Camera Connect App is not possible after connecting the EOS 7D Mark II to a smartphone via the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1.
*This phenomenon only occurs when the firmware was updated from Version 1.0.5 or earlier to Version 1.1.1. There is no need to update the firmware if the firmware was updated from Version 1.1.0 to Version 1.1.1, or if the EOS 7D Mark II was equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 at the time of purchase.
 
Download: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Firmware v.1.1.2
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2017 11:54:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Impact Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Use with On-camera Flashes
  • Adjustable Flash Bracket
  • Extra Tall Flash Bracket Adjustment
  • Contoured Grip Handle for Hand-held Use
  • Attaches to Any 5/8" Light Stand Mount
  • Removable Front Diffuser & Inner Baffle
  • Bright Silver Interior
  • Easy Setup and Take Down
  • Adjustable Cold Shoe, Carrying Case
Post Date: 6/2/2017 8:51:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 2017 Complete Video Creators Bundle by 5DayDeal is a value packed collection of video tutorials, software, LUTs, and digital resources to help you thrive in the video industry – and this fantastic deal is short-lived.
 
Get instant access to more than $2,000.00 in cinematography training and tools and pay only $97.00. And when you pick up this bundle, $9.70 of the purchase price is donated to charity. Sale ends Tuesday at noon (PST).
 
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Post Date: 6/2/2017 8:12:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Daylight LED Light with 2x L-Series Battery Plates available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Daylight Color Balance: 5,600K
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8" Panel, Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming, CRI: 95
  • Low Power Draw: 29W
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
The Canon Professional Network has an in-depth article which provides details on each Canon battery series – NB, BP, NB & LP – with tips on how to get the most out of your Canon batteries.
 
B&H carries Canon battery.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2017 7:52:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via 6ave - 99.1% Positive feedback) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens available for $346.34 with free shipping. Compare at $599.00.
 
Note: This is a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty. However, the item is advertised as including a 1-year seller warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2017 6:42:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Drobo 5D Professional Storage Array available for $469.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $619.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Highly Desktop Scalable Storage Array
  • 2 x Thunderbolt / 1 x USB 3.0
  • Holds 5 x 3.5' SATA HDDs (not included)
  • Holds 1 x mSATA SSD (not included)
  • Hot Swappable Drives
  • Battery Backed Memory
  • Any Drive/Manufacturer/Speed/Spindle
Post Date: 6/2/2017 5:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 1, 2017
The 2017 Complete Video Creators Bundle by 5DayDeal is a once-in-a-life time collection of video tutorials, software, LUTs, and digital resources to help you thrive in the video industry.
 
Get instant access to $2,000+ in cinematography training and tools—pay only $97.00. And as a bonus, when you pick up the bundle, $9.70 of the purchase price is donated to charity. Sale ends Tuesday at noon (PST).
 
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Post Date: 6/1/2017 5:32:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
There are many types of off-camera flashes available for consideration, so let's go over the primary options. While the term "flash" could be used interchangeably to describe any of the following options, we'll be using the term "shoe-mount flash" to describe flashes featuring a hot shoe and "studio strobe" to describe the bulkier, more powerful flashes.
 
Shoe-Mount Flash: Camera Brand/Third-Party TTL Compatible
 
"Ok, so I own a Canon/Nikon/Sony camera... does that mean I have to buy all Canon/Nikon/Sony flashes for off-camera use?" The simple answer is, "No," but there are certainly some advantages to building a camera brand specific kit. Camera brand shoe-mount flashes – like the 600EX II-RT – can communicate with each other wirelessly through optical and/or radio means and can automatically calculate the amount of flash necessary to provide the correct exposure as determined by your camera (ETTL, iTTL). Optical triggering requires line-of-sight (each flash must be able to see the master flash or commander unit), and its range is fairly limited (especially outside in bright sunlight). Radio-enabled flashes provide much more range without the limitation of line-of-sight positioning. With an all Canon/Nikon/Sony flash system, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of high-speed sync (exceeding your camera's max flash syncs speed) and rear-curtain sync (where the flash is coordinated to end with the rear curtain). Note: Nikon users can enjoy the benefits of rear-curtain sync even with non Nikon-branded flashes.
 
There are also some third-party flashes that mimic the capabilities of the camera brand flashes providing full communication with your camera and similar features at a reduced cost. However, sometimes these flashes can be incompatible with older and/or yet-to-be-released camera bodies. If the third party flash manufacturer does not release an updated firmware, or otherwise, there is no way to update the flash's firmware, then you're simply out of luck.
 
Shoe-Mount Flash: Third-Party Manual
 
Third-party manual flashes offer a relatively no-frills option as they do not feature wireless communication and power levels must be adjusted manually. These types of flashes work well in indoor studio setups where the flash is placed in an easily accessible location (they are not very convenient when the flash is boomed above a subject and the power level requires adjustments). Manual flashes typically require a radio trigger to sync the flash with the camera's shutter, but some manual flashes offer optical slaves which can trigger the flash when it sees other flashes fire.
 
The downside to all shoe mount flashes is their somewhat limited power. They tend to work great indoors and in times when the ambient light is not necessarily abundant and bright, but outside of those situations or when modifiers are used, you may find yourself wishing you had a few more stops of flash power at your command. If your photography lighting applications require more power, you'll want to look at the available studio strobe options described below.
 
Studio Strobes: Monolights and Pack & Head Systems
 
The two most common types of studio strobes include monolights and pack & head systems. With monolights like the Profoto D1, the flash bulb, modeling light, cooling system and power supply (requiring AC input) are all contained within the flash head's housing. In a pack & head system (Profoto Pro/Acute/D4) , the power source (often called a generator or power pack) is a separate component from the flash head. As you likely guessed, both these systems have benefits and drawbacks compared to the other.
 
Benefits of a pack & head system include smaller/lighter flashes, the ability to run off of battery power or AC and remote control of power levels via the pack with only one radio device needed for triggering all connected flash heads. Downsides to a pack & head system include a single point of failure (pack) could render all flashes unusable, power cords running from a single location to all flash heads (making positioning lights difficult at times) and higher cost.
 
Benefits of monolights include [generally] lower cost and easier positioning of lights assuming multiple AC outlets are available. Downsides include the need for a radio trigger for each individual light (unless the monolight features a built-in optical slave and your shooting situation allows for that type of triggering), AC power requirements and having to adjust power levels at each light (unless a radio triggering system is available that can perform power level adjustments).
 
Studio Strobes: Battery Powered
 
Relatively new to the industry are battery powered studio strobes (Profoto B1, Broncolor Siros, Interfit S1, Dynalite Baja, Phottix Indra) which offer the power of traditional studio strobes with the flexibility and convenience of a user-replaceable, rechargeable battery built right into the flash head unit. Most of these strobes feature built-in wireless receivers providing benefits such as independent power control (possibly even TTL) and high-speed sync.
 
With benefits of increased power and the inclusion of built-in rechargeable batteries (making them an excellent option for on-location/outdoor setups), the downsides of battery powered studio strobes compared to shoe-mount flashes include increased size, weight and higher cost.
 
Wrap Up
 
While there are certainly products that fall in between these categories offering a blend of benefits and drawbacks, the groups listed above constitute the majority of what's available for off-camera flash use. And with so many options available, it's very likely that you can find a flash/strobe setup (or mix of these products) which can adequately cover your lighting needs.
 
In our next installment in this series, we'll take a look at the wide range of radio triggers available in the today's marketplace.
 
Other Photography Lighting 101 Posts
 
Post Date: 6/1/2017 9:03:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Bergün, a village in Switzerland, has banned photography in its municipality in order to prevent the overwhelming sadness experienced by those who view the images of the village on social media yet cannot experience Bergün in-person.
 
In the above video, President of the Board (Mayor) Peter Nicolay kindly asks NASA to remove or blur all its images of the beautiful village to spare viewers the inevitable sadness, despair and longing associated with not being there.
Post Date: 6/1/2017 7:36:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon's instant and mail-in rebates are scheduled to expire June 3. As we generally say, there's no guarantee that the rebates will be extended, so purchase qualifying gear now to ensure you get the best value for your investment.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/1/2017 7:27:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern TIme, B&H has the YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case available for $549.95 with free shipping. Regularly $899.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for Aerial Photo and Video
  • Capture Up to UHD 4K30 / 1080p120 Video
  • Take Up to 12MP Still Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • ST10+ Ground Station / Transmitter
  • 5.5" Touchscreen to View/Operate Camera
  • OSD Overlay of Flight Telemetry Data
  • No-Fly Database
  • Includes Two Flight Batteries
  • Aluminum Hard Case & Trolley Included
 Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 
From the Russell Brown Vimeo Channel:
 
In this tutorial I will demonstrate a classic technique to match colors in Adobe Photoshop. I discovered this technique in the beginning of time and it is still just as helpful today. This technique uses the RGB, grayscale channels to adjust colors within an image.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/31/2017 11:45:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to a recent press release, Canon is planning on purchasing roughly 14 million of its own shares – at an estimated cost north of $450 million dollars (50 billion yen) – with the "...aim of improving capital efficiency and ensuring a flexible capital strategy that provides for such future transactions as share exchanges."
 
The stock acquisition is scheduled to take place June 1 through July 14, 2017.
 
Note: At Canon's current stock price ($34.79 USD at the time of this article), they would only be able to purchase 12,976,343 shares with a 50 billion yen investment. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2017 11:13:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive available for $24.99. Regularly $39.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • An ultra-small, low-profile, high-speed USB 3.0 flash drive that's ideal for notebooks
  • The fast way to move media between your devices
  • Read speeds up to 150MB/s
  • Write up to 15X faster than standard USB 2.0 drives
  • Transfer a full-length movie faster than standard USB 2.0 drives
  • Keep private files private with included SanDisk SecureAccess software
Post Date: 5/31/2017 9:26:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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