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 Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Envision celebrating Memorial Day weekend with some awesome photo gear. LensRentals.com is making that vision easier to become reality with their "Save 15% On Rentals Arriving May 18-19" deal.
 
To take advantage of the offer:
 
  1. Select a May 18th or May 19th arrival date.
  2. Enter the code MDAY15 in the Special Instructions box during checkout.
To support this site through you rental, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Post Date: 5/12/2015 10:52:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 11, 2015
Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter
For a limited time, B&H has the Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport available for $369.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Color Touch Screen Interface
  • Incident, Reflected, Flash Exposures
  • Wireless Flash Power Control
  • Custom Exposure Profiles and Calibration
  • Flash Exposure Analyzing Function
  • Adjustable Menu Navigation
  • Retractable and Removable Lumisphere
  • AAA Battery Power Source
  • Includes X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
  • Includes Sekonic Gray Balance Card
 Sunday, May 10, 2015
Cotton Carrier Lite Belt System
Ever think you wanted to try a Cotton Carrier? If so, now would be a good time to act on that desire.
 
B&H is featuring the Cotton Carrier Lite Belt System for All Camera Types (Black) as their Deal Zone deal for today. The price is 50% off – $49.99 (regularly $99.99).
Post Date: 5/10/2015 7:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 8, 2015
MindShift Gear rotation180° Horizon Backpacks
From Mindshift Gear:
 
Tired of having to take off your backpack to get at your essential gear, our sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear, has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating backpack. The rotation180° Horizon backpack with rotating beltpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. Daisy chains and ice ax loops provide additional lash points.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: camera, 10” tablet, binoculars, maps, guidebook, and snacks.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment on side fits most 3L reservoirs
  • 2 bags in 1: removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings
  • 13” laptop fits in main compartment
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch, etc.
  • Front zippered pocket provides quicker access to smaller items, such as climbing gear, field instruments, first aid kit, and climbing shoes
  • Small trekking tripod, or fly rod/reel carry easily on the front or side panels
  • Load–lifter straps adjust the weight distribution for comfortable fit
  • Side water bottle pocket fits most 32 oz. water bottles
  • Two rows of daisy chains for additional attachment points
  • Beltpack compression straps adjust for custom fit
  • Integrates with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit
  • Webbing rail for attaching additional components to waist belt
  • Breathable padded airmesh shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Aluminum stay in frame sheet, provides for custom fit
  • Optional seam–sealed rain cover
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PROFILES FOR BELTPACK
 
  • Canon 5DMIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached + 16–35 mm f/2.8 + tablet
  • Nikon D810 with 70–300 f/4.5–5.6 attached + 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5 + Flash + tablet
  • 1–3 GoPro bodies, LCD BacPac, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adaptors + tablet
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water–resistance, all exterior fabric has durable water–repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high quality YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high–density nylon, 100D shadow Ripstop nylon, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra–Stretch fabric, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester lining, belly–o mesh pockets, closed–cell antilon foam, 3–ply bonded nylon thread
 
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Horizon Backpacks available now.
Post Date: 5/8/2015 3:04:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sanho HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA2 Wireless Transmitter
For a limited time, B&H has the Sanho HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA2 Wireless Transmitter available for $188.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $298.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Control DSLR Remotely via Mobile Device
  • Live View from Smartphone or Tablet
  • Compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLRs
  • Touch AF, Manual Focus & Focus Stacking
  • Wireless Range: Up to 300'
  • Backlit LCD Screen
  • Photo Streaming to 12 Wi-Fi Devices
  • Two USB 2.0 Host Ports & microSD Slot
  • Integrated 3300mAh Battery
Post Date: 5/8/2015 9:20:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail Backpacks
From MindShift Gear:
 
Tired of having to take off your backpack to get at your essential gear, our sister outdoor company, MindShift Gear, has released the new, higher volume rotation180° Horizon rotating backpack. The rotation180° Horizon backpack with rotating beltpack allows for instant access to food, binoculars, cameras and lenses, and other essential equipment. Plus, there is now added extra space in the main pack for larger gear, including clothing, climbing gear, and up to a 13” laptop. Daisy chains and ice ax loops provide additional lash points.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Integrated rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: camera, 10” tablet, binoculars, maps, guidebook, and snacks.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment on side fits most 3L reservoirs
  • 2 bags in 1: removable beltpack can be worn separately for shorter outings
  • 13” laptop fits in main compartment
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch, etc.
  • Front zippered pocket provides quicker access to smaller items, such as climbing gear, field instruments, first aid kit, and climbing shoes
  • Small trekking tripod, or fly rod/reel carry easily on the front or side panels
  • Load–lifter straps adjust the weight distribution for comfortable fit
  • Side water bottle pocket fits most 32 oz. water bottles
  • Two rows of daisy chains for additional attachment points
  • Beltpack compression straps adjust for custom fit
  • Integrates with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit
  • Webbing rail for attaching additional components to waist belt
  • Breathable padded airmesh shoulder harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Aluminum stay in frame sheet, provides for custom fit
  • Optional seam–sealed rain cover
OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PROFILES FOR BELTPACK
 
  • Canon 5DMIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 attached + 16–35 mm f/2.8 + tablet
  • Nikon D810 with 70–300 f/4.5–5.6 attached + 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5 + Flash + tablet
  • 1–3 GoPro bodies, LCD BacPac, remote, batteries, SD cards, various mounts and adaptors + tablet
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water–resistance, all exterior fabric has durable water–repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high quality YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high–density nylon, 100D shadow Ripstop nylon, 210D velocity nylon, Ultra–Stretch fabric, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester lining, belly–o mesh pockets, closed–cell antilon foam, 3–ply bonded nylon thread
 
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail Backpack available for purchase.
Post Date: 5/8/2015 9:01:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Register by July 31 to get Early Bird pricing — a full MAX pass for US$1,295, a savings of US$300.*
 
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/8/2015 8:30:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 7, 2015
by Sean Setters
 
When a friend of mine posted on Facebook, "Does anyone have any use for a TON of expired coffee beans?," I quickly replied, "I'll take 'em."
 
As others expressed interest in the coffee beans for gardening purposes, and I didn't need much for the macro shots I thought I might use them for, I only ended up getting a couple of bags out of the seventeen pounds she was offering (though I'm sure I could have found an interesting use for that many coffee beans).
 
As I was picking up the graciously free props I asked my friend if there was anything specific she wanted me to shoot with them. Much to my surprise she had a very quick answer. "Amanda. Something with her hair, maybe?"
 
While it certainly wasn't what I had in mind, it sounded right down my alley. I nodded my head and replied, "Okie dokie. I'll see what I can do."
 
With a vague idea in my head, Amanda and I took the opportunity of some free time yesterday afternoon to bring it to fruition. I laid a standard sized (32x40") white foam-core white poster board on my living room floor. I then extended the legs of my Induro CT314 to their fullest extent, reversed the center column, attached my 5D Mark III + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and positioned the tripod directly above the board. After that, I set up one light stand with a Canon 580EX and an 24" Glow softbox and another light stand with a 580EX and a Westcott RapidBox Octa (both triggered via radio slaves).
 
I asked Amanda to lay on the white board so that her head was basically centered in the board. We then spread out her hair so that it filled a majority of the space after which I began taking test exposures while fiddling with the position of the lights. I settled on f/6.3, 1/160 second at ISO 160 for the exposure with the lights set to between 1/8 and 1/4 power.
 
Getting the light just right proved a little challenging because of the orientation of the subject and the background and the fact that both were on the ground. I positioned the RapidBox Octa toward the top of Amanda's head, camera left, feathered a little downward. I positioned the 24" softbox camera right but feathered slightly toward the top of the frame. This lighting position and close power ratio provided a relatively flat lighting from a highlight to shadow perspective, yet there was still a direction to the light which helped to sculpt and highlight Amanda's features.
 
Then the coffee beans. If I had thought through this setup a little more, I would have laid down a garbage bag or two beneath the white board in order to catch stray coffee beans before they hit the carpet – but I didn't. When I opened the bag and started pouring the beans onto the background, the beans bounced much more than I had imagined. While most of the coffee beans stayed within the confines of the white board, more than a few landed on the carpet. Tip: If a coffee bean lands on your carpet, be careful not to step on it. It can make the mess infinitely more difficult to clean up.
 
We tried several different poses throughout the session including several with Amanda holding a coffee mug. But in the end, this was the keeper from the shoot. And while I typically see the world in a 2x3 (and increasingly, 16x9) frame, I ended up liking the square crop best and knew it would work well as a profile picture.
 
Since updating her Facebook profile picture yesterday afternoon, the picture has amassed 95 likes with several nice comments as well. It's amazing what you can do with a little space on your floor, a white board, a tripod, a couple of lights, a pretty girl and a bag of magic [coffee] beans. ;-)
 
Click on the image atop this post to see a larger sized version on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/7/2015 10:02:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Triggertrap App on Pebble Smartwatch
From Triggertrap:
 
Pebble support from day one; Apple Watch coming very soon!
 
Triggertrap - creators of the world’s most versatile camera triggering solution - have today unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for their popular iOS app, Triggertrap Mobile. The new Wearables mode enables photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera via an iOS app for the very first time.
 
Photographers everywhere now have the ability to trigger their camera remotely from their wrist. This can be incredibly useful for simple applications, such as taking self-portraits, to more advanced techniques like triggering long exposures for light painting or starting a timelapse sequence. All these possibilities lie within the photographer’s smartwatch.
 
This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Meanwhile, Triggertrap’s development team are working hard to bring Apple Watch support to the app in the coming weeks.
 
As well as being a handy tool, using a smartwatch to take photos is great fun. An early user of the Pebble Smartwatch alongside Triggertrap’s Android app explained that using the watch to trigger the camera “makes me feel a bit like James Bond”.
 
The update is available to download on the iOS app store now and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.
 
The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle (review) is available direct from Triggertrap.
Post Date: 5/7/2015 10:21:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results from a second Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens are now available on the site.
 
The second lens (sample "2") is slightly sharper in the center and slightly less sharp in the corner.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art Lens available for order with "coming soon" the expectation.
Post Date: 5/7/2015 8:47:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 13
Today Only: Amazon is featuring Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 13 [Download & Boxed Versions] as Gold Box Deals and are available for $67.99. Regularly $149.99.
 
Note: The link above takes you to the Windows Download version. If you'd like a different version, simply select it using the options on the page.
Post Date: 5/7/2015 8:23:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 6, 2015

 
From the SmugMug Films YouTube Channel:
 
Last year, Elena Shumilova took photos of her sons by the Russian countryside and put them online. Those photos struck magic and went viral with over 60 million views. She invited SmugMug onto her farm in Russia, where we got a behind-the-scenes look at how she captures these beautifully nostalgic photos.
 
Learn more about Elena on SmugMug Films.
 
Cinematography: Anton Lorimer
Translated Voiceover: Kerry Ellis
Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 5/6/2015 11:55:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 5, 2015

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Erik Valind demonstrates how to capture a portrait with soft light using only one speedlight, one window, and a Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting System.
 
B&H carries the Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro.
Post Date: 5/5/2015 3:29:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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May 5, 2015, Commack, New York – Tamron USA Inc. announces its 2015 eBook series, with the first installation in the series already available for free download at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php. Expansive, breathtaking photographs serve as the visual backdrop for each 12-page-plus eBook, accompanied by descriptive commentary and hands-on techniques and tips for each book's specific photographic theme, genre, or location.
 
First in the 2015 series is "Road Trip Across the Southwest," a gorgeous pictorial journey with photographer Ken Hubbard through the mountains, tufa towers, and slot canyons of the American Southwest. In this edition, Hubbard and fellow Tech Team colleague André Costantini take the Tamron Tailgate Tour van on a side trip to test-drive the new Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC lens, the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilization. The second eBook, "Sports Photography: A Guide to Camera Setup and Exposure" with Tamron Pro Photographer, Jillian Bell, was also posted last week. Four more eBooks are in the works and will be posted in May, June, July/August and September.
 
Featured eBook authors are members of Tamron's exclusive Tech Team, a highly skilled group of photographers, educators, and experts in Tamron lenses and lens technology. Tamron's eBook authors hone their craft behind the lens every day, then share that photography expertise with beginners, serious amateurs, and professionals across the country through visits to dealers, schools, camera clubs, and photography shows.
 
The 2015 eBooks will be companion pieces to the eBooks already available at http://www.tamron-usa.com/lenses/ebooks.php, including Close-Up Photography by Jillian Bell; Nighttime Photography by Jeff Allen; Sunrise/Sunset Photography by Rob Moody; Travel & Landscape Photography by Ken Hubbard; and Natural-Light Photography by André Costantini.
 
B&H carries the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/5/2015 3:18:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Use coupon code PXPOS2030 at AdoramaPix to get poster-sized 20x30" prints for only $10.99 + shipping.
 
I'm currently combing through my archives to see which images I want to have printed. At this price, 20x30" prints on metallic paper are simply too good to pass up. [Sean]
Post Date: 5/5/2015 10:41:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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