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 Sunday, March 8, 2015
Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive
If your hard drive failed right now, what would you lose? While I hope that your answer would be "Practically nothing", unfortunately, I know that the percentage of photographers lacking regular backups is very high.
While shooting at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge last week, I overheard one gentleman asking another why he was shooting a particular scene, indicating that the person already had photographed that particular scene numerous times before. The response sent a chill down my spine: "My hard drive crashed. I didn't have a backup and lost most of my pictures. I'm trying to replace what I lost."
PLEASE don't let me hear those words from you. Hard drives fail or become corrupted far more frequently than you want to believe. You could be the next victim and you could become so right now. Theft and fire are additional perils you should guard against.
With so many good backup options available today, there is no good excuse for not backing up. Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drives are currently my first choice backup strategy. I have 15 of the 2 TB models in active use and another dozen or so smaller capacity models acting (mostly) as archive drives. The small size and high capacity of these drives allow me to easily rotate current copies off-site and also to a second location in my studio regularly.
If you are lacking a regular backup strategy, decide right now to tackle that problem and commit to a routine that protects what you've worked so hard to create.
Post Date: 3/8/2015 8:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 7, 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
For today only, Amazon is featuring Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and has the software available for $49.99. Compare at $79.99.
Post Date: 3/7/2015 8:54:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 6, 2015
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From Photoshelter:
It may not be obvious, but your wedding photography business’ brand and its worth -- i.e. what your able to earn -- go hand in hand. The stronger your brand, the more you’re able to capture the hearts and minds of potential clients and charge them accordingly. In this special webinar in partnership with Tamron, we’ll talk to internationally renowned wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz. The duo, with 10 years’ experience shooting and building their own business, has presented workshops to wedding photographers from London to Australia and been featured on Inside Wedding, Style Me Pretty & Martha Stewart. They also co-founded the blogs The Black Tie Bride and The Well-Groomed Groom.
As an added bonus, all webinar attendees will be entered to win a Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 lens!
This jam-packed 1 hour takes place March 12, 2015 at 4pm ET, and will include tips like:
  • Editing your portfolio to attract the clients you want
  • Finding your “brand personality”
  • What quality will have clients paying you more
  • Turning clients into ambassadors
  • Branding mistakes to avoid
Register Now
Post Date: 3/6/2015 12:25:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Aaron Nace of Phlearn (Photoshop and Photography Tutorials) shows us how to add a realistic reflection to sunglasses.
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
Adding a little Paris to your studio portraits is simpler than you might think! Learn how to add a reflection to sunglasses in today's episode.
Start by scaling the scenery down to the right size. Lower the opacity to see how it will look inside of the lenses. Be aware that only one of the lenses needs to look good, because it will be copied!
Next, select the area right around the lens with the Marquee tool. Go to Select - Inverse, then press the delete key. Now you should have a little square of reflection over one eye. Copy that layer and move it over to be on top of the second eye. Now make the reflection layer invisible and select the Magic Wand tool. We use this to select out the lenses (be sure that “sample all layers” is checked). Use the refine edge tool to soften or bring the edge in a bit. Group those layers with themselves and hit the layer mask button.
To style the reflection so that it doesn’t look fake, create a levels adjustment layer. Darken the darks and mess with the output levels so that it looks more like a reflection. You can add a Hue/Saturation level as well, to match the color from the original lens. In this case, we make it a little bluer and lessen the saturation.
Being able to see through the glasses a little bit is extremely helpful in terms of realism. We use a black to transparent gradient to select areas to be darker, and others to be more see-through.
Now the part you’ve all been waiting for…time to blow some minds! Select the layer that the reflection is on with the Marquee tool. Go to Filter - Distort - Spherize. From here it’s very simple to adjust the slider to a certain amount of curve. This bulges the image out and makes it appear less flat!
Post Date: 3/6/2015 9:40:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 100-400 L II Captures Bahia Honda Railroad Bridge at Sunset
Few lenses have grown so important to me in such a short amount of time as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. Wildlife has been my first-choice use for this lens, but landscape photography is a very close second on the list (sports will compete with these other two uses as soon as the snow melts and more athletes go outside).
I love the great outdoors and landscape photography ties in very well with that love. Landscape photos allow me to take my favorite scenes with me and many hang in my house and studio. Many of these prints are very large (up to 40x60") and I'm always looking for the ultimate image quality. While I'm often using wide angle lenses to capture landscapes, I love using telephoto lenses nearly as much. Narrow angles of view are easy to compose with and, even mediocre sunrises and sunsets can fill the frame with color. The 100-400 L II provides a great focal length range and very impressive image quality, making it the perfect choice for landscape uses.
The historic Bahia Honda Rail Bridge (the bridge story) spans the channel between Bahia Honda State Park (Bahia Honda Key, mile marker 37 U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway) and Spanish Harbor Key (Florida). After the new highway was constructed, sections of the old bridge were cut away to accommodate boat traffic. The remaining portion of the steel truss construction bridge provides a great silhouette for sunset photos captured at the western end of the state park and the missing portion of the bridge definitely adds a uniqueness to the images captured here.
This is a single-frame HDR image. I simply processed the same raw image at two different brightness levels to bring up the ocean brightness slightly.
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 3/6/2015 8:14:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $603.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 3/6/2015 7:15:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Canon
For a limited time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Canon available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
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Post Date: 3/6/2015 6:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash available for $414.00. Compare at $499.00.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 3/6/2015 6:44:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon Professional Network:
Canon Europe has revealed the latest members of its Ambassadors Program with the addition of six new ‘Explorers’ – highly talented photographers and filmmakers from across Europe who share a passion for photography and film with a love of shooting with Canon equipment.
The new Explorers joining the Ambassadors Programme have been specially selected by Canon representatives from across Europe and they come from a wide range of genres including wildlife, photojournalism, architecture, adventure and filmmaking.
The six new Explorers to become part of the Canon Ambassadors Program are:
The six latest Explorers joining the Ambassadors Program mean the Explorers tier has now swelled to 53 top imaging talents from right across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, each of whom being superb exponents of their art. They join the 11 Canon Ambassadors – world-class photographers from a wide range of photographic disciplines and from all corners of the world and the four Masters – world-renowned industry influencers and spokespeople.
Canon Europe’s Ambassadors Program was launched in June 2008 and over the past seven years the Canon Ambassadors, Explorers and Masters have lent their expertise to workshops, seminars and major photography shows around the world, as well as providing expert feedback to help in the development of future Canon imaging products.
Kieran Magee, Professional Imaging Marketing Director, Canon Europe, explained: “We very much value the relationship we have with our Masters, Ambassadors and Explorers, and the addition of six new Explorers means we can continue to connect with Canon photographers who are actively using our products to further their creative vision.”
To find out more about Canon Europe’s Ambassadors Program, and discover more about all of the current Ambassadors and Explorers, just click here.
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Post Date: 3/6/2015 6:06:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 5, 2015
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (review) available for $229.00 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 3/5/2015 7:57:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool
B&H has the FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool (review) on sale for $20.00 off – now only $69.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Post Date: 3/5/2015 10:41:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
B&H has updated the status of both the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R to read, "Item will be available for purchase on Mon, Jun 29 12AM."
We are awaiting clarification from B&H and Canon as to whether or not preorders will be available before this time.
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Post Date: 3/5/2015 8:02:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 3/5/2015 9:01:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through midnight tonight, use coupon code STAR50 at to get 50% off your entire order (excluding shipping).
Post Date: 3/5/2015 8:25:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
First Looks at Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
To put these results into perspective, check out the Canon 11-24mm L Lens vs. Sigma 12-24mm DG II Lens comparison. Spin through the focal lengths and apertures. The price difference between these two lenses is significant, but so is the image quality difference.
Standard product images are also available. Create your own comparisons.
I knew how wide this lens was going to be, but I'm still blown away by the 11mm angle of view. Even my kids were enthralled by this extremely wide view.
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder. A significant second shipment of this lens model is scheduled to arrive this week.
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Post Date: 3/5/2015 8:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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