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 Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Join Central Park Conservancy Photographer and Historian Sara Cedar Miller for a short illustrated presentation on the beautiful design and spectacular features of the Park. Learn about the miraculous transformation of the Park from national disgrace to national treasure by the Central Park Conservancy, the not for profit organization that has managed, restored and maintained the nation's most celebrated urban park for the past 35 years.
Note from Sean: Speaking as someone who has never visited Central Park, I found this video very informative. Miller describes the history of the park and how the Conservancy brought it back to life.
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 12:05:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
A couple of weeks ago my work laptop went kaput (SSD failure). And while I had a relatively recent backup of my entire system, what I didn't have was an install file for the Flickr Uploadr program I've been using for years. That wonderful little program allowed me to right-click images and choose "Send to Flickr."
After choosing "Send to Flickr," the following window would pop-up (I still have it installed on my home desktop and simulated my last upload for this post):
Flickr Uploadr Screenshot

If I wanted to add more images, all I had to do was drop them in the window.
The old Uploadr program did everything I wanted. It allowed me to upload batches of images with the same titles, descriptions & tags to whichever album I wanted and in whatever order I wanted. Also great was that nothing was uploaded until the entire batch was ready. And with the program set to an "Anyone" privacy setting, images were immediately available for everyone to see after the upload completed.
I expected that the new Flickr Uploadr program would provide similar functionality. After installation, I decided to walkthrough adding an image using the new program. I was dismayed to learn that it didn't add a right-click shortcut "Add to Flickr." In order for the program to upload the image, I had to specify where the image was stored or save the image in some [rather mundane] location, like the Pictures folder.
New Flickr Uploader Screenshot

I assumed the program would introduce a new window once it found an image (or group of images) that would allow me to edit the title, description, tags, and specify which album I wanted the image to be added to. But that didn't happen. Instead, the program just uploaded the image with the filename being used for the title. And ridiculously, it automatically created a new album for the image (I think it used the folder name as the album name, but that may not be right). So after the image was uploaded, I had to use the web interface to add all the necessary information and move the image into the correct album before setting the image's Privacy setting to "Public."
How. Incredibly. Stupid.
The new Uploadr does exactly one thing – it automatically uploads images that are saved to specified folders. Then you're required to edit your images' information using a web browser, just as if you had uploaded the image through the web browser to begin with.
I don't use Flickr as a image backup system. I use it to showcase images that I think are worth sharing. I shoot quite a bit, but I'm selective in what I post. But when I want to post a batch of images, I want all the information to be in place before the images are uploaded.
When a program is updated, we generally get more features, not fewer features. And in this case, the full functionality of the old program has been replaced with a single – and quite useless for my needs – feature, UPLOAD NOW!
And this program is a Pro feature? Really? To say I'm bitter about the change is an understatement.
What do you think? Are there any Pro users who find the new Uploadr program useful for anything? Am I missing something?
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 8:42:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

I've been using Blend If in the Layer Style window for quite some time as an easy way to combine/composite images with white/dark backgrounds, but I never thought to use it to selectively apply noise reduction to shadow areas.
Also, Blake's use of the Color Fill Layer (via Clipping Mask) to visualize where the noise reduction is taking place is simple yet ingenious. [Sean]
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 6:44:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Peter Hurley YouTube Channel:
Peter's friend and Oracle Team USA tactician, Andrew Campbell, gives Peter a tour of the compound in Bermuda as the team is busy preparing to defend their America's Cup title. The tour randomly turns into a full on photo shoot and we can see Peter's excitement as he incorporates the use his portrait skills with these talented sailors at the top of their sport. A sport Peter traded for a camera after training for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
Gear used: Canon 5Ds R, 11-24mm, 70-200 f4, Profoto B1's, Westcott Peter Hurley Flexkit, Hurleypro H2PRO bags, TetherTools Aero Table & High Visibility Tether Cable
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 6:29:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 13, 2016

From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
Watch photographer Benjamin Von Wong detail how to level up your epic photography game!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/13/2016 1:44:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Review.
The 135mm f/2 lens is notably absent from the third party lens lineup, leaving the Nikon 135 f/2 as the only directly comparable lens. Zeiss has an amazing MF-only alternative – here is that comparison (1Ds III tests).
If 100mm f/2 can get the job done for you, the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens could be considered a close-comparable with a more-affordable price. If shooting at f/2, the 135L will make you happier.
B&H has the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 7:59:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
Erik Valind demonstrates how to fill in shadows with ambient light using the Rogue Super Soft Silver/Natural White reflector and shows the difference between standard silver reflectors and the new Rogue Super Soft Silver Reflector.
Note from Sean: A reflector is an inexpensive, simple piece of gear that every portrait photographer should have at his/her disposal. If you are new to photography and want to explore portrait lighting, investing in a reflector is a good place to start. And if you do not have an assistant to help you hold/position the reflector, consider picking up a light stand and reflector holder as well.
B&H carries the Rogue Collapsible 2-in-1 (Super Soft Silver/White) Reflector.
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 6:37:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The Canon USA YouTube Channel has released another round of videos featuring its Explorers of Light.
New Canon Explorers of Light Videos
Previously Published Canon Explorers of Light Videos
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 6:03:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 12, 2016

From the BBC YouTube Channel:
Look at the photo in the clip. From a picture that contains no colour our brains are able to construct a full colour image.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/12/2016 4:05:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has temporarily extended its DSLR rebates with a few minor [confusing] modifications. As usual, the rebate amounts depend on bundled lenses and accessories. However, many of Canon's consumer-grade DSLRs currently qualify for two separate on-going rebate programs through June 18. After that point, the second rebate program continues through July 2nd.
Because of the complexity of the programs, we'd rather you get the information straight from the sournce rather than try to summarize the programs here.
Canon's Current DLSR Instant Rebates
A few items to note:
  1. The 5D-series and 6D instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the 1D-X/1D-X II rebates run through July 2.
  2. The 1D X Mark II Premium Kit will continue qualifying for a $300.00 rebate (free Cfast card and reader) through July 2.
  3. The 7D II and 70D instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the 80D rebates run through July 2.
  4. The Rebel T6i instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the remaining Rebel-series cameras feature rebates going through July 2, but exactly which kits qualify for rebates depends on the date range of purchase (June 12 - June 18 or June 18 - July 2).
  5. The EOS M3 instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the EOS M10 rebates run through July 2.
Unfortunately, Canon decided to dramatically scale back the number of lenses and flashes which qualify for instant rebates in the now-current program. By my count, Canon removed 34 items (30 lenses + 4 flashes) and added only 1 (the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM).
However, there is a silver lining. Some of the more popular L-series zooms are still on the list and several of those rebates actually increased $50.00 compared to the last rebate program.
Canon DSLR, Lens & Flash Rebates
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Buy$300.00
Canon EOS-1D X Buy$700.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 80D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$300.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$200.00 - $400.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$200.00 - $400.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $600.00
Canon EOS M10 Buy$250.00 - $600.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$80.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2016 10:47:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 10, 2016
Acording to the Egami Blog, Canon has patented the optical formula for a 30mm f/2.8 DO lens. However, the blog mentions that the lens has been designed for "Fullsize-Mirrorless," indicating that Canon may be working on a camera system to directly compete with Sony.
Patent Details
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-102851
  • Published 2016.6.2
  • Filing date 2014.11.27
  • Zoom ratio 1.00
  • Focal length 31.35
  • F-number 2.86
  • Angle of view 34.61
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 85.29
  • BF 29.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/10/2016 6:33:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
A Helpful Resource for Any Walt Disney World Vacation, Nikon’s “Unforgettable Memories” Page on Showcases Iconic Photo Spots and Curated Tips from Nikon Ambassadors
MELVILLE, NY – Recognizing the millions of magical memories made and captured at Walt Disney World Resort every year, Nikon Inc. and Disney have collaborated to offer park guests a guide to capturing precious moments in amazing quality. Located in the “Learn & Explore” area of, Nikon’s new “Unforgettable Memories” page is a resource for guests and their loved ones to document their adventures at Walt Disney World Resort and preserve their memories for generations to come.
On the “Unforgettable Memories” page, Nikon, the Official Walt Disney World Camera and the Official Disneyland Camera, lends its expertise in the world of imaging to offer highlights of “must-have” shots at a variety of locations throughout the resort, alongside practical photography tips that will allow guests to capture the people and things they love with confidence. Also included are real-world how-to videos curated by Nikon Ambassadors, an elite group of influential visual artists and leaders in modern photography, that will help even novice photographers get the most out of their vacation photos.
“A Walt Disney World vacation is a magical experience for visitors from around the world and Nikon remains as committed as ever to giving them the tools to capture and share the love and happiness of the vacation in the quality they deserve,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Building upon our alliance with Walt Disney World Resort, the ‘Unforgettable Memories’ page serves as a one-stop destination for helping families preserve precious moments that can last a lifetime.”
The site showcases the most iconic locations to document one’s journey throughout Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Visitors can also access a complimentary photography checklist, curated by Nikon, to take with them on their next Walt Disney World Resort vacation.
In 2013, Nikon Inc., Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort announced a multi-year strategic alliance, bringing together a global leader in imaging and the world’s leading family vacation destinations. Through the relationship, Nikon was named the “Official Walt Disney World Camera” and the “Official Disneyland Camera” and the brand has become fully integrated in the parks through Nikon-branded Picture Spots and Disney PhotoPass Service, where Disney PhotoPass Photographers are exclusively equipped with Nikon cameras and accessories. Disney Fine Art Photographers at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, as well as Adventure Guides with Adventures by Disney, are also exclusively outfitted with Nikon cameras.
For full details on how to help capture “Unforgettable Memories” at Walt Disney World Resort, please visit:
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 6/10/2016 6:19:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 9, 2016
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/9/2016 7:59:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon:
MELVILLE, N.Y., JUNE 1, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today its partnership with Emmy Award nominee Candace Cameron Bure, host of TV’s The View and star of the hit Netflix series Fuller House, in support of the Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers. As part of the "Picture Perfect Season” initiative that kicked off last month, Bure will be on hand at the Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, PA, on August 21 to meet the winners and unveil the winning photos.
“As a mom and sports enthusiast, I’m a huge fan of activities that bring families together to create special memories,” said Bure. “I’m excited to join Canon and Little League in this celebration of family photos, and showcase the love of the game.”
Fans are encouraged to make the season last a lifetime by submitting some of their favorite photo moments to the Canon Little League Photo Contest. By submitting photos through June 30, fans will have the chance to win one of three trips to join Candace in South Williamsport, PA, and see their photos on display in the World of Little League Museum in the Richard “Hank” Bauer, Jr. Little League Photography Exhibit in the World Series Gallery presented by Easton Foundations.
“Canon is delighted to welcome Candace to this year’s Little League World Series, to join us as we encourage fans everywhere to capture and share quality memories of this exciting sporting event,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “She is a great supporter who understands the power of the printed image and the importance of sharing those images with fans worldwide.”
The Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers focuses on three themes:
  • Stepping Up To The Plate—an in-action game shot
  • Fandemonium—a photo that showcases fandom
  • Team Spirit—a photo that showcases team spirit
So whether it’s a whole crowd cheering in the stands or a victorious Little League team on the field, all images should capture the spirit of what it means to be a fan. Entries will be judged on the use of the theme and on the quality of the image and overall impression.
For tips and tricks on capturing the winning shot, fans are encouraged to print PIXMA’s “Picture Perfect Season Toolkit”.
Canon Little League Photo Contest: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are age 18 and older and a legal adult at the time of entry. The photo contest started at 9:00 a.m. ET on May 2, 2016 and ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2016. See OfficialRules for complete entry details and restrictions, photo guidelines and prize descriptions. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/9/2016 5:16:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 8, 2016
From Adobe:
Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6 are now available. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. This release also includes a new Guided Upright feature for Creative Cloud members.
Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Lightroom.
Introducing Guided Upright
We included Upright as a tool that helped Lightroom customers easily straighten images, fix horizons, and reduce or eliminate the keystone effect in buildings. Upright works well when there are prominent vertical and horizontal lines. Not all images contain prominent lines, limiting the effectiveness of Upright.
Starting with Lightroom CC 2015.6, Guided Upright allows you to provide ‘hints’ that enable Upright to work its magic. You draw the vertical and horizontal lines directly on the image and Upright will automatically transform the image. Here’s how to get started.
  1. Select an image and click on the Develop Module.
  2. Enable Lens Profile Corrections. Upright works better with Lens Profile Corrections.
  3. Notice that there is a new “Transform” Panel. Transform includes both Upright and the manual perspective correction sliders together in a convenient place.
  4. Within Transform, click on the “Guided” button.
  5. Draw 2-4 guides on the image. Upright will transform the image once you draw at least 2 guides.
  6. Fine tune the results (if needed) with the manual transform slides, including the new X and Y transform sliders. They can be used for repositioning/moving the image within the canvas after applying strong perspective corrections to choose which part of the (warped, non-rectangular) image to show within the rectangular canvas.
Adobe Lightroom CC Guided Upright Tool

Check out this great video by Julieanne Kost to learn more about Guided Upright!
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
  • Leica M-D (Typ 262)
  • Nikon COOLPIX B700
  • Panasonic DMC-GX85 (DMC-GX80, DMC-GX7MK2)
Also please note that Lightroom CC 2015.6/6.6 also includes camera matching color profiles for the Pentax 645Z, Pentax K-1, and Pentax K-3 II cameras.
Additional Updates in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6
  • Merge to Panorama and HDR now works with Smart Previews. Previously, Lightroom required the use of original images for the Merge to Panorama or HDR features.
  • The Preferences -> Lightroom mobile section now contains a “Pending Sync Activity” section. This area is useful for helping identify any potential issues related to image sync across the Lightroom family of applications (desktop, mobile and web).
Tethered Camera Support for the following cameras:
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D / Canon Rebel T6
New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.6 / 6.6*
Canon EFCanon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EFCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM +1.4x
Canon EFCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM +2.0x
Canon EFTAMRON SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD F016E
Canon EF-MRokinon 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II
Canon EF-MSamyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO
Canon EF-MSamyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC
Nikon FTAMRON SP 85mm F1.8 Di VC USD F016N
Nikon FTAMRON SP 90mm F2.8 Di MACRO VC USD F017N
Nikon CoolpixNikon COOLPIX B700

* The list has been filtered to only display Canon, Nikon and DJI compatible lenses. The full list can be found here.
Customer reported issues resolved
  • The “As Shot” White Balance showed different values when using the Adobe Standard color profile and other camera matching color profiles. Please note that this only occurred with the Canon EOS IDx MKII, Canon EOS 80D, and Canon EOS Rebel T6 cameras
  • Error: “The file appears to be damaged” When opening a Pano merge result from HDR merge sources
  • DNG Flat Field plug-in would not work if the source image contained GPS metadata
  • Added support for automatic lens profile corrections for Tokina and Tamron lenses on Canon and Nikon camera bodies
  • Exif version info is removed while exporting
  • Unable to export user-created / custom Develop presets. Please note that this only occurred on Mac
  • Unable to create panoramas using Smart Previews when originals are unavailable or offline
  • Tethered shooting with Canon 5D did not work on MacOS 10.11 El Capitan
  • Unable to see the New Folder preview inside the Destination panel within the Import Dialog
  • “Print to File” feature does not work if the default filename was changed by the customer. Please note that this only occurred on Mac OSX 10.11.3
  • Removing Virtual Copy Smart Preview also deleted original’s smart preview
  • Older files expanded using the Recover Edges plug-in fail to merge with “Unknown Errors”
  • Scrollbars missing from book module. Please note that this only occurred on Windows
  • Lightroom would crash when using tethered shooting with certain Canon camera models
  • Removing face tags causes photos to get stuck in “To Be Republished” state when using Publish Service Plugins such as Smugmug
  • Inconsistent dialog behavior when using full-screen mode in Mac OSX 10.11
  • Text overlays within the Slideshow Module appeared fuzzy
Installation Instructions
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 6/8/2016 12:19:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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