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 Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Interfit S1 500Ws HSS TTL Battery-Powered Monolight available for $549.99 with free shipping. Regularly $999.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Optional Canon/Nikon/Sony Transmitter
  • AC Power and Removable Battery
  • Up to 350 Full Battery-Powered Flashes
  • 328' Wireless Range
  • Li-Ion Battery
  • High-Speed Sync to 1/8,000 Sec
  • 3-Sec Recycling to Full Power
  • LED Modeling Lamp
  • 7-Stop Power Range
  • 5700K Color Temperature
Note: This monolight may not work with older camera bodies.
 Tuesday, June 20, 2017
B&H has the Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013) available for $1,999.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core
  • 12GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (2 x 2GB)
  • Six Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Four USB 3.0 Ports, One HDMI 1.4 Port
  • Supports up to Three 4K Displays
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Unique Compact Cylinder Design
  • Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra
Post Date: 6/20/2017 11:26:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
B&H has just added three more videos to its Optic 2017 presentations on YouTube. The latest three videos include:
 
  • Brooks Jensen: The Spectrum
  • Eric Kruszewski - Connecting with Cultures
  • Jeff Mauritzen - Landscape & Wildlife Photography
Previously Posted Optic 2017 Presentations
 
  • Ruddy Roye - The Photographer's Journey
  • Art Wolfe - The Creative Process of Art Wolfe
  • Jonathan Irish - On Assignment in the U.S. National Parks
  • Cristina Mittermeier - Sacred Ecology
  • Roman Kurywczak - For the Love of Landscapes
  • Roman Kurywczak - Create Tack Sharp Macro Images
  • Vivienne Gucwa - How I Traveled to the Arctic with Only One Camera and Lens
  • Kara Mercer - A Suitcase, FUJIFILM and the Open Road
  • Charles Glatzer: Yellowstone in Winter
  • Mike Corrado - Photographing Birds In Your Own Backyard
  • Lucas Gilman Presents: Capturing The Action
  • Jill Mann & Kyla Trethewey Presents - Our Wild Abandon
  • Sam Abell Presents: The Life of a Photograph
  • Brooks Jensen Presents: Those Who Inspire Me (and Why)
  • Alison Wright Presents: Photographing People with Passion and Purpose
  • Ralph Lee Hopkins: On Thin Ice
Post Date: 6/20/2017 11:04:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto:
 
There is certainly something airy and graceful about the Hollywood Golden Age and Chris Knight is one of the few photographers that can transfer the sensation of celluloid and silver to a modern-day photo shoot. Here Chris explains how to create grand and cinematic portraits using the Profoto D1 and a set of Profoto umbrellas.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 6/20/2017 8:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has 4 Induro tripod / tripod + panhead kits nicely reduced with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 6/20/2017 7:41:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Marantz Professional PMD661 MKII Professional Portable Flash Field Recorder available for $269.00 with free shipping. Regularly $479.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Up to 24-Bit/96 kHz Recording
  • SD/SDHC Flash Media
  • SD Card Check Compatibility Feature
  • Passcode Protection For The Device
  • Passcode Protected File Encryption
  • Linear Style Retake Record Function
  • OLED Display
  • Dual XLR Inputs, S/PDIF Digital Input
  • USB 2.0
  • 4 AA Batteries For 6 Hours of Recording
The Canon Store now has the Refurbished EOS-1D X Mark II in stock with free shipping. (thanks Scott)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/20/2017 5:15:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 19, 2017
B&H has the VariZoom Solo Jib (Carbon Fiber) available for $329.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $389.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7 lb Load Capacity
  • 2-Stage Telescoping Arm
  • 9.2' Max Height with 5' Tripod
  • For 75/65mm Bowls or Flat Base Heads
  • Telescoping Tail
  • Soft-Stop Pan and Tilt Brakes
  • 5.5 lb Counterweight Included
  • 38" Stored Length
  • Weighs Only 6.9 lb
  • Carrying Bag Included
Post Date: 6/19/2017 2:53:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Core SWX HyperCore Slim RED V-Mount Battery (14.8V) available for $229.00 with free shipping. Regularly $265.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Inch Slimmer Than Original HyperCore
  • Designed for UAV and Gimbal Applications
  • Communicates Battery % to RED VF LCDs
  • Handles 10A Draws for Extended Periods
  • Clear Gimbal Rails
  • Suitable for Any Low-Profile Application
  • TSA-Friendly at 82Wh Nominal Capacity
  • Anti-Self-Discharge Hibernation Feature
  • Uses RED, IDX, Sony, Core SWX Chargers
  • 1,000 Charge/Discharge Cycles
Have you ever wondered what kinds of Lightroom adjustments were made to an image you found online? Now, there may be an easy way to find out.
 
Assuming that the JPEG image in question was saved with all EXIF information intact, a website called Pixel Peeper can display the camera and lens used, exposure settings and exactly what types of adjustments were made to that specific image in Lightroom.
 
I loaded a few images into the tool and it seemed to work as advertised. Give it a try and see what you think. [Sean]
Post Date: 6/19/2017 12:00:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Here's a seemingly simple question – "What is your camera's image resolution?"
 
Before you answer, let me warn you. If you're simply going to recite the "Effective Pixels" value listed in your camera's specifications, you'll be incorrect. Your camera's advertised resolution is different than the resolution of the recorded images. In fact, your camera's image resolution is a little lower than the widely accepted value.
 
Want proof? Multiply the pixel dimensions of your camera's highest image resolution setting and compare it to the advertised camera resolution. For convenience, I'll list a few examples below.
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Image Dimensions: 6720 x 4480
6720 x 4480 = 30,105,600 pixels (30.11 MP)
Stated Resolution: 30.4 MP
 
Canon EOS 80D
Image Dimensions: 6000 x 4000
6000 x 4000 = 24,000,000 pixels (24.00 MP)
Stated Resolution: 24.2 MP
 
Nikon D810
Image Dimensions: 7360 x 4912
7360 x 4912 = 36,152,320 pixels (36.15 MP)
Stated Resolution: 36.3 MP
 
Sony a7R II
Image Dimensions: 7952 x 5304
7952 x 5304 = 42,177,408 pixels (42.18 MP)
Stated Resolution: 42.4 MP
 
Are you seeing a pattern here?
 
Before I explain why the maximum image resolution is slightly smaller than the advertised effective pixels resolution, it's important to first understand the difference between the total and effective pixel specs. The term "total pixels" refers to the total number of pixels found on the sensor. The term "effective pixels" refers to a subset of the total pixels which fall within the image area.
 
Total and Effective Pixels

The pixels that fall outside of the image area are used in determining effective pixel color values at the image's borders. Pixels don't record color information themselves (only brightness); instead, pixels rely on a color filter array placed on top of the sensor to help determine what color value should be assigned to each specific pixel. As the final color of a pixel is determined by algorithms which take into account the colors (red, green & blue) and light intensity of nearby pixels, the overlapping area is necessary for correct color calculations at the recorded image's borders.
 
So the area outside the portion of the sensor used for recording the image accounts for the difference between the total pixels and the effective pixels. But, the question remains: What is the reason for a discrepancy between the advertised effective pixels and the actual number of pixels in the image?
 
The answer is that manufacturers use specially allocated pixels within the image area to aid in noise reduction, dark noise cancellation and other various image processing tasks. These pixels are not recorded in the final image, but can enhance the quality of the final image. Thus, the difference between the effective pixels value and number of pixels found in the final image equals the total number of specially allocated pixels used for the various processing tasks.
 
The next time someone sees one of your images and asks, "How many megapixels is it?", don't recite your camera's advertised resolution but instead pull out your calculator to give them the precise answer.
 
That said, does the difference really matter?
 
What do you think? Were you surprised? Let us know in the comments.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 11:12:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Macphun:
 
The Accent AI Filter is part of new Luminar Neptune – a major update to Macphun’s best-selling photo software.
 
San Diego, CA – June 15, 2017Macphun, the California-based developer known for making complex photo editing simple and user-friendly, today launched the update to its award-winning photo editor Luminar.
 
The most significant innovation in Luminar Neptune is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology developed in-house by Macphun’s Research and Development Lab. The new Accent AI Filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It takes just a second and one swoosh of a slider to remarkably improve a photo.
 
The Accent AI Filter in Luminar uses artificial intelligence to analyze different areas of an image based on its structure, objects, dark and light zones, colors and other parameters. As a user moves the slider, the filter intelligently and automatically “understands” what each area on the photo is lacking and improves it. Moving the slider can also adjust the intensity of changes, making the picture look more natural or revealing a more dramatic look, depending on the desired effect.
 
To put it simply: the Accent AI Filter in Luminar is a substitute for dozens of traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation, exposure, details and many others. It eliminates tedious manual editing for hobbyists who want superb quick results and creates a fantastic foundation for further advanced image manipulation for pro photographers.
 
“Our mission to make complex photo editing tasks simple and fun led the team at our R&D Lab to explore Artificial Intelligence technology for image enhancement,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice-President at Macphun. “The Accent AI Filter emerged as a ground-breaking way to make perfect images instantly, incorporating the power of dozens of filters into one convenient tool.
 
This is something other photo software is missing; and what’s more important, it’s something that all photographers will greatly benefit from,” concluded La Rue.
 
Luminar Neptune also introduces a new workspace called Quick & Awesome?. As the name implies, the workspace consists of 3 essential filters which quickly create fantastic results: the aforementioned Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity. Using the Accent AI Filter gives users amazing instant results, however if there is still fine-tuning to be done, the other two filters can quickly help improve the photo without any extra effort.
 
Luminar Neptune includes many other updates: plug-in integration with Aurora HDR 2017 and Creative Kit allows users to seamlessly access their favorite features from Macphun’s other products. Faster masking/brushing?, an improved Vignette filter and better memory management? are among other notable changes.
 
The latest update of Luminar is available for Mac only. In July however, Macphun will be launching a “public beta” of Luminar for PC to give Windows users the first taste of the powerful all-in-one photo editor for creating bold images in minutes.
 
To stay current with the latest news, and to sign up for access to beta test versions when available, visit https://macphun.com/pc.
 
New feature highlights in Luminar Neptune:
 
  • Accent AI filter – Uses artificial intelligence to create stunning images with a single slider movement, tapping into the power of dozens of filters.
  • Quick & Awesome workspace – A workspace consisting of the Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity filters. Perfect for achieving great results in a fun and easy way within seconds.
  • Plug-in integration with Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – Seamlessly access favorite features from Macphun’s other photo editing tools.
  • Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools – Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
  • Vignette filter – Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes delivers even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
  • Memory management – Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
  • User Interface changes – Extensive improvements to in-app animation and mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
  • Crop tool update – Ability to specify custom crop sizes bring the ultimate usefulness to cropping.
  • Local history – Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.
Pricing (with coupon code "THEDIGITALPICTURE")
 
$49 / 49€ / £46 / AU$69 for anyone who already owns Macphun photo software
$59 / 59€ / £55 / AU$84 for all new users
 
Free trials are available at macphun.com/luminar.
Category: Macphun News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 10:36:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 (DVD) available for $59.99 with free shipping. Regularly $92.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Versatile Photo Editing Software
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown and Squint Adjustments
  • Quick Edits and 45 Guided Edits
  • Batch Corrections
  • Camera Shake Reduction and Haze Removal
  • Simplified Filter Gallery
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Post Date: 6/19/2017 9:06:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From 4:00 - 6:00pm Eastern Time this evening, B&H is hosting "Understanding Solar Photography with Christopher Witt and Todd Vorenkamp," a live panel discussion aimed at helping you get the most out of the upcoming total solar eclipse (August 21).
 
Register Now
 
From B&H:
The world of solar photography is beautiful yet complicated. As humans we’ve had a natural inclination to look skyward and wondered what we could learn from the mysterious points of light. Those stellar stars, have driven the engine of curiosity that has led humans to build civilizations, plant our crops and guide sea wary sailors back to port. Because of this, we have a better idea of how the universe works. At B&H we want to inspire our customers to again look skyward and record your findings for future generation to learn from and enjoy. The B&H Event Space is happy to host Christopher Witt and Todd Vorenkamp who will not only inspire but really break down the world of astrophotography, whether you have questions about which filters one would use for certain shooting conditions, or which mount will work for your camera. They’ll make sure you are out shooting the stars in no time.
B&H also carries solar photography and eye protection equipment.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 6:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SmallHD 1703 Full HD 17" Studio Production LCD Monitor available for $1,499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra-Rugged Rapid-Deploy LUT Monitor
  • 1080p Display & Full Software Features
  • Milled from Billet Aluminum
  • Cold Shoe Accessory Rail System
  • Power: 4-Pin XLR Input / LEMO Output
  • Dual 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI Input/Output
  • 8-Bit Color Depth
  • 700:1 Contrast Ratio
  • De-Squeeze, Waveform, and Much More
Post Date: 6/19/2017 5:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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