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 Sunday, October 30, 2016
Amazon has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 available for $39.99 with free shipping for prime members. Compare at $99.00.
 
Note: The item is currently out of stock, but you can still order it for delivery when it becomes available.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Organize - It’s easier than ever to find photos by the people in them, the places they were taken and the events they depict.
  • Edit - Make any snapshot extra-special with everything from one-click fixes to artistic looks
  • Create - Surround yourself with your memories by creating beautiful collages, slideshows, calendars, scrapbook pages, and cards.
  • Share - Share with friends and family the way that works for you-Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and more
  • Make any snapshot extra-special with everything from one-click fixes to artistic looks that will wow friends and family.
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Post Date: 10/30/2016 8:00:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 28, 2016
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images (both sizes) have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review page.
 
I've spent a lot of time with this lens this week and hope to have the full review completed early next week.
 
B&H has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 10/28/2016 8:22:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, B&H has the Ruggard Thunderhead 35 DSLR & Laptop Backpack available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLR, 70-200mm, 3 Lenses, Flash
  • Dedicated Compartment for 13" Laptop
  • Three Front Zippered Pockets
  • Full-Front Access to Main Compartment
  • Padded Touch-Fastened Dividers
  • Exterior Side Mesh Pockets
  • Side Tripod Attachment
  • Water-Repellent Exterior
  • Removable Rain Cover
  • Security Whistle
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Post Date: 10/28/2016 7:36:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 27, 2016
B&H has the new Apple MacBook Pros available for preorder with free shipping.
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Category: Preorders
Post Date: 10/27/2016 8:15:48 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
October 27, 2016 – Nikon AG (Zurich, Switzerland), a subsidiary company of Nikon Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) had been disputing the Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO)'s 2011 decision regarding infringement of Swiss competition law by Nikon AG in an appeal before the Swiss Federal Administrative Court. On September 28, 2016, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court rendered its judgment dismissing Nikon AG's appeal.
 
As a result of the review of the judgement as well as an overall analysis of the legal proceedings, Nikon has decided not to appeal the judgment to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, and consequently, to make a payment of a fine of approximately CHF 12 million (approximately 1.3 billion yen).
 
For us, the Nikon Group, compliance with applicable laws forms part of our most important company principles, and is the basis of the trust of our shareholders, customers and other stakeholders. We have therefore already taken all steps necessary in order to ensure that all employees of the Nikon Group are fully aware of and comply with the provisions of competition law, and intend to increase our efforts in this respect.
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Post Date: 10/27/2016 10:01:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Nikon has published another video in its series, "Philosophy of NIKKOR." I find it interesting when I can associate names, faces and manufacturing environments to lens production. I really appreciate seeing the details of production, including the people responsible, first-hand. [Sean]
 
B&H carries Nikon lenses.
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Post Date: 10/27/2016 9:52:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through October 29, Nikon is offering special pre-Halloween rebates on select DSLRs and kits. See below for details.
 
Pre-Halloween Instant Rebates
 
ItemInstant
Rebate
Nikon D500$200.00
Nikon D500 + 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR$670.00
Nikon D750$200.00
Nikon D750 + 24-120mm f/4G ED VR$800.00
Nikon D810$500.00
Nikon D810 + 24-120mm f/4G ED VR$900.00
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Post Date: 10/27/2016 5:41:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a large number of Photo Plus Expo 2016 Specials that are expiring tomorrow.
 
Special pricing on select items may require promo code PPEBH16 to be entered at checkout.
 
A Few of the Promo Code Items
 
ItemPromo Code
Savings
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (12 Month Subscription, Download Card)$20.00
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Video$15.00
X-Rite ColorChecker Classic Card$15.00
X-Rite i1Display Pro$50.00
WD 3TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Secure Portable Hard Drive$15.00
Pelican 1654 Waterproof 1650 Case with Dividers (Black)$30.00
Pelican 1510SC Studio Case (Black)$40.00

Another item that's currently discounted is the Miops Camera Trigger (no promo code required). This is a great device and I highly recommend it for those interested in lightning photography.
 
Lightning Over Savannah GA June 28 2016

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Post Date: 10/27/2016 5:27:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,896.95 new after $100.00 instant savings.

 
From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
 
Here are some fun DIY ideas, tips & hacks to raise your photography game to the next level!
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Post Date: 10/26/2016 11:21:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
Discover how photographers use Snapchat to tell stories and showcase their personality
 
If you’ve dismissed Snapchat as a mysterious social app only for teens, it’s time to think again. Photographers have jumped on board using Snapchat as a marketing tool, a new creative outlet and even an additional source of revenue. Plus, it’s fun.
 
In The Photographer’s Guide to Snapchat, get the rundown on how and why photographers are using Snapchat for their photo businesses.
 
Inside, check out interviews from photographers who share:
 
  • How to use Snapchat to make your personality shine through
  • Tips to be a master storyteller
  • What it’s like to manage Snapchat takeovers for brands
  • Pros and cons when weighing Snapchat vs. Instagram Stories
  • Plus more!
Photographers are using Snapchat as the go-to app to showcase their personality - one of the most important factors to getting hired these days. But it’s up to you to decide which stories will engage your audience and get them excited about who you are.
 
Let this guide get you started!
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Post Date: 10/26/2016 9:13:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sports photography allows you to record pivotal game-changing momentum swings, capture the thrill of victory or illustrate the agony of defeat. When it comes to sports, being well prepared (and comfortable) can make the difference in getting key shots or missing golden opportunities. Following is a list of five key accessories to help outdoor sports photographers stay on the top of their game (pun intended).
 
Gitzo GM5540 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod

1. Monopod
 
Take a look at the sidelines in any large field pro sport and you'll likely see a collection of big white lenses and the monopods used to support them. Typically speaking, camera supports are used to stabilize the camera so that longer shutter speeds can be used. However, because sports photographers generally use very fast shutter speeds to freeze action, the primary benefit of using a monopod is to reduce fatigue. Anyone who has handheld a Canon super telephoto lens for an extended period of time knows how exhausting it can be. A monopod relieves the photographer's arms by transferring much of the support responsibility to the ground, yet it is easy to set up, adjust or break down allowing for maximum versatility compared to a tripod.
 
MindShift Gear FirstLight Backpacks

2. Photography Backpack
 
These days there are a number of options when it comes to photography gear transport. And while hard cases, rolling cases & messenger style bags certainly have their uses, many sports photographers prefer a good old fashioned backpack.
 
Why? Because sports photography may require you to constantly move in order to follow the action. I've shot several football games over the last few years and the ability to stay mobile is a big plus. Using a backpack means that your gear moves with you relieving the worry that your expensive gear may suddenly go missing if unattended.
 
Blackrapid Sport Breathe Shoulder Strap

3. Sling Strap Especially when photographing large field sports, you may find your long telephoto lens limiting when it comes to capturing other aspects of the event, such as sideline interactions, the crowd, fireworks and halftime demonstrations (just to name a few). That's why many sports photographers carry a second (and possibly third) body with a general purpose or wide angle lens attached to cover these needs.
 
My particular favorite is the BlackRapid Sport Breathe Camera Strap (an update to the RS-Sport Extreme). This strap dramatically lessens the burden of carrying a camera for long periods of time and even feels comfortable (to me, at least) while wearing a backpack at the same time.
 
LensCoat RainCoat Rain Sleeve Large

4. Weather/Dust Protection
 
Yes, it's true that the Canon L-series lenses typically used for sports photography feature some type of weather sealing. While the sealing can protect your gear from the unexpected storm, it's not a feature you should rely on for extended exposure to the elements. A simple rain cover is easy to pack, relatively inexpensive and can save your gear from damage when the light rain turns into a massive downpour. But not only can a rain cover protect from downpours, it can also shield your camera from the fine dust particles that fill the air at events such as dirt track racing. Trust me – cleaning a plastic bag after events like this is 10x easier than cleaning your DSLR camera and/or lens.
 
Hoodman Compact HoodLoupe Optical Viewfinder for 3.2in LCD Screens

5. LCD Loupe
 
Trying to review images in the bright sun can be problematic (to say the least) because of glare. The solution is simple – use an LCD Loupe to provide glare-free viewing of your images. My particular favorite is the Hoodman Compact HoodLoupe Optical Viewfinder for 3.2" LCD Screens which packs down to a compact size for storage and features a strap for hanging around the neck for easy access.
 
If you can't decide on which lens to use for sports photography, check out Bryan's Canon Outdoor Sports Lens Recommendations.
 
So that's our top 5 sports photography accessories. Do you have other suggestions? Let us know in the comments.
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Post Date: 10/26/2016 8:33:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released their 3Q 2016 financial results.
 
An excerpt from the speech summary details some of the issues Canon faced this quarter:
The U.S. economy, despite showing signs of weakness in investment and other areas, remained on a path of gradual recovery, supported by continued improvement in employment and consumer spending. As for the European economy, although consumer spending and export activity was firm, we could not take an optimistic view as there are concerns over the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU. In Japan, and in emerging countries like China, no material changes in economic activity were seen. Overall, the global economy was limited to gradual recovery.
 
Under these conditions, the yen, which at one point in August fell below the 100 yen-to-U.S. dollar mark and remained high throughout the quarter, had a large negative impact on net sales and profits. On top of this, within our businesses, sales of laser printer consumables declined significantly, as they did in the first half of the year, and for cameras, we recorded a 50% decline in compact camera sales. As a result, net sales and profits declined.
Additional Resources (Source: Reuters)
 
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Post Date: 10/26/2016 6:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the HP 13.3" ProBook 430 G3 Notebook available for $379.95 with free shipping. Regularly $549.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3-6100U Dual-Core
  • 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
  • 13.3" SVA Anti-Glare Display
  • 1366 x 768 HD Resolution
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520
  • 128GB M.2 SATA SSD
  • SD & microSD Media Card Reader
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / HDMI / VGA
  • Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
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Post Date: 10/26/2016 5:39:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 25, 2016
by Sean Setters
 
Let's have some fun this morning with a little guessing game. I photographed the item seen above yesterday in the studio. Here's what I want to know:
 
  • What is the device and what is the device's purpose?
  • How was the item lit?
  • What post-processing technique was used to create the final look of the image?
For those that frequent the site regularly, the first two answers may be relatively easy to guess. The third [rather vague] question may not be.
 
Provide your guesses in the comments. I'll post the answers at noon today.
 


Update: The Reveal
 
Flash Grid Macro Setup

As many of you guessed, the item pictured was indeed a Speedlite flash grid. It was lit using a single, radio triggered Canon 580EX modified with a blue gel. The light was positioned below the grid, but I had to create some distance between the light and the grid so that there would be even illumination across the grid's surface (that's where the glasses come in). I also used a 1-stop ND gel beneath the blue gel to knock down the flash's power even more.
 
You'll likely also notice the device attached ot the camera. That's my DIY battery operated Wi-Fi tethering solution. With it, I was able to use the DSLR Controller app to capture incrementally focused images used for focus stacking. In all, I combined 65 incrementally focused images in Helicon Focus to achieve the full depth of field I was looking for.
 
Gear Used
 
EXIF for images: f/32, 1/160 sec. ISO 100
 
I sharpened the image and brightened the upper half in Photoshop CC.
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Post Date: 10/25/2016 6:19:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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