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 Thursday, June 26, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
From Nikon USA:
 
With Extreme Resolution, Powerful Video Features and Enhanced Performance, the New Nikon D810 is the Essential Asset for Pro Photo and Video Applications
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D810, the next benchmark in D-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers. The D810 features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range. Bolstered by Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D810 delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines. Whether photographing weddings, fashion or landscapes, shooting documentary-style cinema or video for broadcast, this is the one D-SLR that provides the ultimate in versatility and capability.
 
“Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail they are able to render using the immersive resolution of the D810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “When coupled with the amazing imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness.”
 
Nikon’s Greatest Image Quality Yet
 
The Nikon D810 is the pinnacle of D-SLR image quality, continuing to rival medium format cameras thanks to a variety of Nikon technologies engineered for professional image capture. At the core of the D810 is a brand-new, 36.3-megapixel FX-format (7360 x 4912 resolution) CMOS sensor that lets photographers wield the benefits of extremely high resolution, with rich tonality and a broad dynamic range. This super-high resolution gives professionals the power to capture with stellar sharpness, make massive prints or crop liberally with confidence. The OLPF has been removed to maximize the potential of every pixel, resulting in outstanding resolution and sharpness, yielding images that render subtle details with striking fidelity.
 
Image quality further benefits from the application of Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 image processing engine, which also provides enhancements to overall performance while suppressing instances of false color and moiré. Photographing in the field or in the studio, users will see the difference with the ability to create stunning images with unprecedented clarity in gradation rendering, expanded dynamic range and high accuracy white balance. Additionally, EXPEED 4 enhances noise reduction performance, and helps to achieve a wider ISO range, from 64 to 12,800, to improve low-noise image capture in a variety of lighting conditions. The ISO range is also expandable from 32 (Lo-1) to 51,200 (Hi-2) letting the photographer shoot with maximum fidelity under studio lighting or confidently capture a faintly-lit wedding reception or other subjects in even the most challenging light.
 
Nikon has also implemented a myriad of new features aimed at improving overall image quality for all types of photographers. Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III provides unbelievably balanced exposures in difficult scenes. The system analyzes each scene to recognize factors such as color, brightness and human faces with startling precision to determine what type of subject a user is shooting. The system then compares all the data using an image database to adjust exposure, AF, auto white balance, i-TTL flash control and enhances subject tracking.
 
Further enhancing the D810’s image quality, a “Clarity” setting has been added to the available Picture Control adjustment parameters, which adjusts mid tones to enhance details within an image. To help preserve the most amount of detail in shadows and highlights, the new “Flat” Picture Control Profile is now available. This Picture Control Profile allows both photographers and filmmakers to get the widest tonal range out of their cameras for maximum flexibility in post processing. For further customization of Picture Controls, users are now able to make adjustments in .25 step increments for the maximum level of custom color, saturation and brightness levels. Additionally, the D810 employs a new highlight-weighted metering option, which detects the brightness in a scene and determines optimum exposure, preventing blown-out highlights, which is ideal for stage and performance capture.
 
Video Features Fit for Production
 
The D810 has powerful video features that make it a valuable tool for any production environment. Whether a user is looking for manual control for pro video application or portability and lens selection for episodic broadcast, the D810 delivers a truly cinematic experience with a wide range of professional-oriented features:

  • Broadcast quality video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p.
  • Versatile crop modes: FX and DX crop modes give users a telephoto boost when needed, a feature that has been very popular with camera operators because of its added flexibility on set.
  • Flat Picture Control profile: This neutral color profile is ideal for video and gives the user maximum flexibility in post-production.
  • HDMI output: The D810 can relay uncompressed digital video to an external recorder via HDMI, while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and external LCD monitor. Operators can now also record both to the internal card (compressed) and to the external recorder (uncompressed) simultaneously.
  • Smooth in-camera time-lapse and interval timer: Like the Nikon D4S, the D810 uses an auto-exposure setting to help create super-smooth exposure and tonal transitions for professional results with time-lapse and interval-time shooting.
  • Audio control: The D810 features a built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone can also be attached, such as the Nikon ME-1. Additionally, wide and voice frequency ranges are also now available for audio capture.
  • Expanded ISO for video: The ISO range is expanded for video, now encompassing a clean ISO 64 to a versatile 12,800. The Auto-ISO function is also available while recording to adapt the exposure as the light changes, which can eliminate the need to adjust the aperture (in manual mode, ISO 200- 51,200).
  • Zebra stripes: A zebra pattern can be displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas.
  • Highlight weighted metering: This new setting helps to prevent blown-out highlights in video. This is especially useful when capturing spot-lit stage performances or shoots with harsh directional lighting.
  • Full manual control: With the innovative Power Aperture setting, it is simple to adjust the exposure and depth of field on the fly while recording to an external recorder or SD/CF cards. In manual mode, users can also control shutter speed and ISO while recording. Additionally, white balance and exposure compensation can be adjusted prior to recording.
  • Full time AF: The Live View AF has been improved, and now provides faster full-time AF (AF-F mode).
  • NIKKOR lenses: Cinematographers and filmmakers are supported with more than 80 NIKKOR lenses, many of which are a popular choice for cinema applications because of their brilliant optical quality and characteristics.

Accuracy and Speed
 
With the ability to brandish the results of such staggering resolution, accuracy and precision become paramount as the need for razor-sharp focus is critical. The D810 renders every subtle detail and nuance in epic clarity, with the enhanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF sensor module that utilizes new AF algorithms for fascinating precision, even in challenging light. The focus system also has 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, and works with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder. The camera also utilizes 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (aperture value up to f/8), which is especially useful for wildlife photography. In addition to normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking modes, the D810 also features the new Group AF mode for enhanced accuracy, even while tracking subjects.
 
Despite the D810’s immense imaging power, it will astound with its rapid response and speedy performance, thanks to the implementation of the EXPEED 4 image processing engine. The addition of EXPEED 4 allows for an overall 30% boost in performance, as well as a faster burst speed and enhancement to overall energy efficiency. Now the D810 is capable of shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution and 5:4, 6 fps in DX or 1.2x modes, (15.4-megapixel, 25.1-megapixel, respectively), and 7 fps in DX mode (15.4-megapixel), with battery pack. For full workflow versatility, the D810 also gives users the option to shoot in full resolution 14-bit RAW/NEF file format or the new RAW Size Small format. This 12-bit file format is half the resolution and approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files, for increased flexibility when speedy downloads are desired or memory space is at a premium.
 
Refined Controls and Construction
 
From all day in the studio to an extended assignment in the field, the D810 has been engineered for superior comfort and operability. When looking through the wide and bright viewfinder with 100% coverage, users will see shooting data displayed on an organic EL display element for maximum visibility. The viewfinder now also features a prism coating for enhanced clarity. In addition, the grip has been refined for comfort and ergonomics, and the “i” button has been added for quick access to common mode-dependent settings.
 
Both photographers and videographers will clearly see the benefits of the new high-resolution (1229K-dot) 3.2-inch LCD screen, which makes it simple to check focus, review images or compose a scene. The color space of the LCD screen can now also be fully customized, a feature that is useful for matching monitor or print calibration settings. Using the high-resolution LCD screen, users can also activate the new Split Screen Display Zoom function. This new mode magnifies two separated points on the same horizontal line, making it easier to confirm the two points are both level and in focus; a true advantage for architecture, industrial and landscape photographers.
 
Inside the durable magnesium alloy structure of the D810 improvements have also been made, including the use of a redesigned mirror sequencer / balancer unit, which minimizes vibration during shooting to increase sharpness during multiple frame bursts. Additionally, the electronic front curtain can now act as an electronic front shutter when using live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This new feature is useful to attain exacting sharpness when shooting slow-shutter landscapes or astrophotography. The shutter unit has also been tested to 200,000 cycles for years of maximum reliability. For further durability, the body of the D810 has been thoroughly sealed and gasketed to resist the elements, reinforcing this camera’s role in extreme production environments.
 
Superior System Support
 
Such extreme resolution requires that no compromise be made on glass, and NIKKOR lenses are the perfect choice to complement the D810. With more than 80 FX and DX-format lenses available, NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in image quality with sharpness and faithful color representation that is second to none. To light a scene imaginatively, the D810 has a built-in flash and is compatible with Nikon's acclaimed Creative Lighting System, including a built-in Commander mode for controlling wireless Speedlights. The MB-D12 battery grip is also available to give users both extra grip and extra power when it is needed most.
 
For wireless control, the D810 is compatible with a full range of Nikon’s remote systems, including the new wireless remote system with the WR-1 to trigger the camera remotely. This system uses radio frequency rather than infrared, eliminating the need for line of sight communication.
 
Nikon will also be making a Software Developers Kit (SDK) available in the near future for the D810. This SDK will give third party developers the resources needed to create applications and enhance the flexibility of the D810.

Nikon Capture NX D Software

Robust New Software Suite: Nikon Capture NX-D
 
Capture NX-D is Nikon’s new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras. Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 program, and adds interface and performance enhancements. In addition to RAW images, the program can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files. This new software will support many functions needed by professional photographers, including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. Additionally, photographers will also have the ability to adjust parameters including exposure and white balance in RAW files, and can adjust tone curves, brightness and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration and vignetting in JPEG and TIFF files. The software also features a new “sidecar” format, which retains and saves the adjusted image as a separate file.
 
Nikon will also make available at no charge the new Picture Control Utility 2 software. This new software allows users to create custom Picture Control profiles, which can be easily loaded into the camera.
 
Price and Availability
 
The Nikon D810 will be available in late July for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,299.95. The MB-D12 battery pack is currently available for $616.00 SRP. The new Capture NX-D software package will be available mid-July for download at no additional cost.
 
Additionally, Nikon will be offering two kits designed for videographers and filmmakers; the D810 Filmmaker’s Kit consists of the D810 body, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mmm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses, 2 additional EN-EL15 batteries, ME-1 Stereo Microphone, Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops). For stop motion applications, the D810 Animator’s Kit features the D810 body, AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, EH-5b Power Adapter, EP5B Power Supply Connector and Dragonframe Stop Motion Software plus Dragonframe USB Keypad Controller.
 
Preorder Opportunities: B&H | Adorama | Amazon

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Post Date: 6/26/2014 2:08:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Soft Shutter Release AR-11 for Df
From Nikon:
 
Adoption of ebonite resin for an elegant look and feel that creates a unique and rich texture over time
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Soft Shutter Release AR-11, developed for use with the Nikon Df FX-format digital SLR camera.
 
The AR-11 is an optional accessory that may be attached to the camera by screwing it into the release socket on the camera's shutter-release button. Adoption of ebonite resin for the top surface of the AR-11 allows users to enjoy a soft and light feel when pressing the shutter-release button. Ebonite resin creates a unique and rich texture over time that melds with the finger. It is often used in high-end fountain pens and the mouthpieces of wind instruments such as saxophones and clarinets.
 
The combination of adoption of a material with a soft and light feel for the AR-11, and the utilization of a magnesium alloy for the elegant body and large metal mechanical dials, excellent in their ability to offer simple visual confirmation of settings, for the Df increases the superior look and feel of the camera as a precision instrument. Users can further increase their enjoyment of owning the Df with the texture and operational feel of their own camera that changes according to the way they use it.
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Post Date: 6/26/2014 2:05:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 25, 2014
PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $69.95 with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • UHS-1, Class 10, SD 3.0 Rated
  • Read Speed up to 90 MB/s
  • Write Speed up to 60 MB/s
  • Magnet, Temperature, Shock, Water Proof

Post Date: 6/25/2014 11:58:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
100 Megapixel Francis Bay, St John, USVI Sunset
I'm just back from a 10-day photo trip to St John, USVI. St John is an extremely beautiful island and landscape photography was intended to be a major component of my trip, but I found myself highly challenged in this regard. I'll share more about the primary reason for this challenge later, but lack of color in the sky at sunset was another challenge.
 
My St John, USVI photo gallery is predominated by blues and whites. While the Caribbean blue water under full sun is probably my favorite color, one of my goals for the recent trip was to capture some new colors from this island. Nine evenings of chasing sunsets resulted in pics from only one night with color worthy of sharing.
 
It had been a long, hot day of hiking and I was tired. Analyzing the sky, I decided to go light with only the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS Lens and Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS Lens and a single Canon EOS 5D Mark III body. I guessed that these two lenses would cover my entire range of needs for the balance of the evening. What I didn't plan adequately for was the sky completely exploding overhead, leaving me seriously focal length limited on the wide end. While I captured many images of the cropped sky show, I wanted the bigger picture.
 
There was no time to hike back to get the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens from the SUV, so I took the next-best alternative – I captured a few panoramic photos that, when stitched together, frame nearly all of the color in the sky that night. Using completely manual settings, I captured overlapping images (overlapping by at least 1/3) and later stitched them together using Photoshop's Photomerge tool. Containing nearly 100 megapixels, this panoramic image has many good crops available in it. I can decide what a print will look like later.
 
In the end, a colorful sunset helps accomplish the new color for St John goal.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/13s  ISO 100  14022 x 7268px
Post Date: 6/25/2014 9:25:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Through 6/30, use promotion code PXSUM16 at AdoramaPix to get glossy and lustre 16x20 prints for $5.95 each. Metallic paper prints of the same size are only $7.95 each.
 
I'm a huge fan of AdoramaPix. I've always been very satisfied with the prints that I have received from them. Kodak Professional Metallic is my paper of choice – its unique look is well worth the small incremental cost over the more traditional papers, in my opinion. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/25/2014 7:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Eyefi:
 
Seamlessly transfer, organize, sync and share photos from smartphones, tablets and PC's anytime, anywhere
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 24, 2014 — Eyefi , the global leader in digital camera connectivity, today announced that more than 300 digital camera models now include Eyefi Connected functionality. In achieving this milestone Eyefi Connected is by far the most widely adopted technology for connecting digital cameras to a wireless SD card, providing customers with the easiest and most capable connectivity solution on the market.
 
Eyefi Connected firmware is embedded into cameras enabling them to instantly detect when an Eyefi SD card is inserted. This functionality allows the photographer to control the wireless features using the in-camera menu options to seamlessly transfer pictures to their smartphone, tablet or PC, wirelessly. Eyefi Connected cameras also include features such as the ability to power toggle the WiFi radio, select when photos transfer and advanced power management to maximize battery life.
 
Eyefi Connected has been adopted by virtually every digital camera manufacturer, including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Casio, Ricoh, Pentax, JVC, Olympus and Panasonic – representing nearly 100 percent of all digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras sold in 2014.
 
"Our research shows that even with the explosive growth in mobile photography, many consumers still rely on digital cameras for important picture-taking occasions and special events," said Alan Bullock, associate director of connected imaging trends at InfoTrends. "Eyefi brings WiFi connectivity to nearly any digital camera and with Eyefi Connected technology built-in to most cameras, Internet connectivity is a seamless part of the camera's function."
 
This achievement coincides with the one year anniversary of Eyefi Mobi – the company's flagship product offering. In April, the company launched Eyefi Cloud, making Eyefi Mobi the world's first WiFi SD card to automatically transfer photos from the camera to the cloud, making every picture instantly accessible, anytime, anywhere—to enjoy, curate and share securely and privately.
 
"Eyefi Connected is one of the most important benefits we offer our camera partners and consumers," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eyefi. "When combined with Eyefi Mobi and Eyefi Cloud, photographers can enjoy the full power and quality of their digital cameras with the convenience of their smartphone, tablet or smart TV".
 
B&H carries Eyefi wireless memory cards.
Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 6/25/2014 7:36:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From LensRentals:
 
Get your July 4th weekend order early, and save 15%. Just set your order to arrive on Monday, June 30th, or Tuesday, July 1st, and get 15% off your total rental fees!
 
To take advantage, just use the JULY4TH promo code. Already have an order for July 4th weekend? Simply call or email us to change the order to arrive on an eligible date, and apply the discount code.
 
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Post Date: 6/25/2014 7:19:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
Fashion photographers, this one's for you!
 
We’ve partnered up with Breed, an online community of fashion photographers, for our latest guide, Breaking Into Fashion Photography. Inside, get tips to market yourself right, establish your brand, approach photo buyers, and find work.
 
In this new guide, you’ll also learn:

  • Tips to break into the industry and find clients
  • Strategies to establish a lasting fashion photography brand
  • Social media do’s and don’ts to help connect with dream clients online
  • How outlets like New York Magazine’s The Cut want to be pitched
  • The 5 biggest mistakes photographers make when submitting their work
  • Plus more!

Also get advice from experienced fashion photographers like Lindsay Adler, Melissa Rodwell, Jonathan D Pryce and the founders of Bello Mag who have learned important lessons along the way on growing a successful fashion photography business.
 
Get the free guide!

Post Date: 6/24/2014 11:28:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95 new.
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Post Date: 6/24/2014 8:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto's YouTube Channel:
 
On June 18, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to shoot dramatic night portraits. Jared brought a B1 Location Kit and a selection of Light Shaping Tools to take some portraits of piano rock star Kevin Burdick.
 
Gear Used

Post Date: 6/24/2014 8:09:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 23, 2014
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Through July 15, use promotion code PATIENCE at FractureMe.com to get 25% off your glass print order.
 
I have a glass print from FractureMe.com hanging in my living room. It's a very unique and attractive way to display your best images. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/23/2014 1:42:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95.
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Post Date: 6/23/2014 12:28:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool
Just posted: FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool Review
 
Want to add some dramatic focus pulls to your DSLR video? The FocusMaker might be just what you're looking for...
Post Date: 6/23/2014 12:21:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens available for $249.99 with free shipping. Compare at $349.00.
 
Update: The deal has expired.
Post Date: 6/23/2014 6:51:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 20, 2014
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From PocketWizard:
 
MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for CANON
 
TTL support for the 1D X, 6D, 70D – Beta Version 6.686
 
A major breakthrough in firmware development has enabled full TTL compatibility with modern mid- and high-end Canon cameras: the Canon EOS 1D X, 6D, and 70D are now fully supported on the ControlTL platform. Future cameras will be added *much* more quickly as a result of this breakthrough. Please help us put this firmware through its paces, and tell us what you find. Click here for Canon 6.686 release notes.
 
MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for NIKON
 
COMING SOON! Support for the latest mid- and high-end Nikon cameras such as the D4s, D610, Df, and D7100 will be ready for public beta testing soon. Watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for the announcement.
 
The current OFFICIAL firmware release for MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon is 3.400 and instructions for downloading the firmware can be found here. Click here for Nikon 3.400 release notes.
 
Relevant Link: Guide for Installing Beta Firmware with the PocketWizard Utility
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio triggers. (thanks Eric)
Post Date: 6/20/2014 3:20:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 8.5 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. This release provides new features including new preview controls, the ability to modify graduated and radial filters, and a new visualization mask for graduated and radial filters. In addition, this release also includes bug fixes, support for new cameras and new lenses. DNG Converter 8.5 is provided for customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
 
Release Notes
 
Features:

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
  • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
  • Use the ‘Brush +’ and ‘Brush -’ icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
  • Press the ‘Clear’ button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
  • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
  • For more information, check out this video here
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added Per-Panel Preview default toggle button
  • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
  • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings.
  • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls.
  • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After panel.

New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.5

MountName
Canon Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
Canon Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
Nikon Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Nikon Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Nikon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
Nikon Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.5

  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

Known Bug
 
Customers using the Sony RX100 M3 and capturing images at ISO 125 may find the default rendering in ACR and Lightroom too dark. This is a known issue and we are working to improve this in a future update.
 
Download Links:
DNG Converter 8.5 – Windows | Macintosh

Post Date: 6/20/2014 10:20:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fireworks Display Over the Ohio River 2013
For those in the United States, our Independence Day holiday is only 2 weeks away. This represents one of the best opportunities we have to capture an epic scene with the grandure of a fireworks display.
 
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

"Fireworks are one of the most inspiring and photogenic, yet challenging subjects, to capture. And unfortunately, this is one of those shooting situations where fully automatic exposure and focusing may not help. However, with these tricks up your sleeve, a few accessories and a willingness to experiment, you'll capture amazing fireworks photos this Fourth of July!"

Check out the entire article over at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Also be sure to check out Bryan's own Fireworks Photography Tips.
 
Yet Another Tip from T-D-P: Use a tripod and mulitple exposures (blended in Photoshop) to create the scene with background/sky detail.
 
Last year my father and I [Sean] spent Independence Day in Metropolis, IL. The town had a fireworks display right on Ohio River.
 
We arrived at the event location rather early. I set up a tripod-mounted EOS 7D + EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and attached a shutter release cable for easy shooting. I took several exposures to ensure I had the framing I wanted. I also loved the color of the sky and was happy to capture a few images of it.
 
Unfortunately (but predictably), the event staff waited until it was completely dark to start the fireworks display. As there were very few ambient light sources around, the framing I intended was quite meaningless – the setting simply would not be visible in the exposures containing the fireworks (at the lower ISOs I was hoping to use). But then I had an epiphany...
 
I shot about 70-80 images of the fireworks with an exposure that left me with completely black background but with good looking fireworks bursts – f/8, 4-6 seconds, ISO 200.
 
After the fireworks were finished I sorted through them and picked out the best sky/background exposure and my favorite fireworks burst images. I used the Lighten blend mode for the fireworks images and layered several on top of my base image. The end result appears at the top of this post.
 
In hindsight, I should have captured several varying exposures of my base image so that I could have retained detail in the trees and water (through blending the various images). But otherwise, I was happy with how it turned out.
 
And technically speaking, you could do this in-camera using the EOS 1-series, 5D Mark III or 6D's Mulitple Exposure feature. However, I prefer the post-processing method as it reduces the complexity of capturing images during the event.
 
Questions or commnets? Additional tips? Leave them in the comments section below.

Post Date: 6/20/2014 8:48:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 19, 2014
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From Red Giant:
 
AVCHD and Canon XF Support. Faster Import. PluralEyes Integration.
 
June 19, 2014 – Today, Red Giant released BulletProof 1.2, an update that brings more camera support and other improvements to its footage backup and review tool.
 
BulletProof has been updated to support the AVCHD and Canon XF formats, two mainstays of the industry. In addition to the existing support for Canon and Nikon DSLRs and GoPro cameras, BulletProof now includes support for Panasonic and Sony DSLRs, and for the Canon C-series and XF-series cameras.
 
BulletProof is designed to solve several challenges that, since the DSLR revolution, have plagued shooters, both on set and right before post-production. One of those is the issue of simple, secure and reliable backup.
 
BulletProof, which boasts robust automated backup and verification tools, allows shooters to do what they are already doing, but with confidence. Once the camera card is in the card reader, BulletProof creates copies of your footage and verifies them to ensure a perfect duplication. In addition, while the footage is being backed up, the shooter can use BulletProof’s GPU-accelerated playback tools to review the footage and make sure they got the shots they need.
 
Also new to BulletProof is a highly-requested feature called “Add Mode” - a reference mode that speeds up the import process by cataloging media that has already been copied to disk.
 
While BulletProof's features start with back-up and review of footage on set, it also addresses the next area of pain in the shooter’s process - preparing the footage and notes for post-production. BulletProof includes powerful tools for tagging, adding metadata, notes, in and out points, and even suggested color correction to the footage - all to help bring the shooter’s intention over to the timeline. These features can be used right on set or once the shooter gets back to the edit suite.
 
In addition, BulletProof is now integrated with PluralEyes 3.5, Red Giant’s automated audio/video sync tool. One of the editing industry’s most popular tools, PluralEyes literally saves hours or days of audio/video syncing work, with the touch of a button. BulletProof now makes the process even more fluid by sending the footage over to PluralEyes in an organized way, so that you can sync your footage immediately. Once synced, PluralEyes sends the footage directly to the editing timeline, ready for editing.
 
The combination of these two products together allow the shooter to work with the confidence that comes with knowing that their footage will make it home safe, sound and in sync.
 
Pricing & Availability:
BulletProof 1.2 is available now for $199. It is a free upgrade for existing users of BulletProof 1.0 and 1.1..
 
B&H carries Red Giant BulletProof software.
Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 1:40:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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