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 Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 
Pizza Hut wants to warn the public about the dangers of using Selfie Sticks.
 
Keep in mind, Selphie Stick abuse is not limited to smartphone users. Even DLR users are at risk.
 
DSLR Selphie Stick

Setup: 5D Mark III + EF 17-40mm f/4L USM mounted on a Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod with Desmond DMH-01 Tilt Head. Vignetting added in post.
Post Date: 5/20/2015 12:24:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 5/20/2015 11:52:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kat and Laura Instrumental Duo
by Sean Setters
 
Kat is a musician and operates a music instruction business that is literally a stone's throw away from my mailbox. I often see her going in and out of her studio when walking to the nearby grocery store.
 
One day we struck up a conversation and, naturally, I mentioned that I was a photographer. With a look of surprise she said, "Really? What a coincidence! My music partner and I were just talking about doing some promotional shots for our business."
 
Kat would go on to explain that she had teamed up with Laura, a cello player, and they were doing side gigs playing wedding receptions and various events. They wanted a few images to promote their own music (single portraits) and to promote their instrumental duo.
 
When I asked what Kat what kind of look or feel she wanted for the images, she replied, "Something with nature."
 
I told her I'd come up with something.
 
One evening a few days later, I was visiting a friend when I noticed a home in his neighborhood that featured a beautifully landscaped yard. The yard had fantastic rock formations, a stream and several trees that all screamed "nature." Another benefit of the location was its proximity to the road and a small area off to the side for parking. In short, the location was close to town, easily accessible and could be framed in a way to make it look like we were out in the middle of nowhere. Perfect.
 
I immediately knocked on the home's front door with the intent of asking the homeowner if I could use his yard for a shoot (a bit bold, yes). The homeowner wasn't home. I took a few pictures of the yard using my cell phone to document the location with a mental note to return again to introduce myself to the home owner.
 
I returned the following day with a typed, signed letter introducing myself to leave for the home owner just in case he/she was once again not home. When I pulled up to the home, the homeowner – a very nice gentleman by the name of Danny – was blowing the leaves and grass off his driveway obviously having just finished mowing. He looked a bit standoffish as I approached, likely because I looked like a traveling salesman or an evangelist walking down the driveway.
 
The first words out of my mouth set him at ease. "Don't worry, I'm not selling anything. I simply have a favor to ask. My name is Sean and I'm a local photographer..."
 
I continued to explain about my clients, their desire for a natural setting, and how the images were intended to be used. I complimented his yard and landscaping several times in the conversation (sincere flattery) and noted that I thought it would be absolutely perfect for their needs. A little to my surprise, Danny didn't even hesitate. "Sure, come over anytime. It doesn't matter whether I'm here or not. No need to tell me you're coming. Just be careful around the rocks."
 
I love the South. :-)
 
I emailed Kat the location images I had snapped with my phone and she thought the scene looked great. With the "go-ahead," we scheduled the shoot.
 
On the day of the shoot I arrived a little early to set up the lighting gear. Using the Photographer's Ephemeris web app, I knew that the sun would be positioned behind the spot I wanted to use around 4pm. This would have been ideal. Unfortunately, Kat and Laura were only available in the morning, meaning I would have to fight the sun which was positioned in front of them.
 
I tackled the direct sunlight problem by shading the duo with two umbrellas camera left (boomed above). I originally intended on shooting my tripod-based images with the umbrellas in the scene and then shooting a reference image without the umbrellas so that I could remove the umbrellas from all of the images in post. When the cloud cover arrived later in the shoot, I simply removed the umbrellas. All the example shots in this post occurred after we removed the umbrellas from the scene.
 
Here's how I lit the scene:
 
  • White Lightning x1600, camera right, diffused by a 43" octabox
  • White Lightning x3200, camera left, diffused by an extreme silver parabolic umbrella (with diffusion cover in place)
  • Canon 580EX, camera left (behind subjects), 1/2 CTO gelled
You can see the setup below.
 
Kat and Laura Setup

 
For my camera and lens, I used a tripod mounted 5D Mark III and one of my favorite lenses, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM with a Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo. The 85mm focal length was a good fit considering that I had to position the camera on the other side of a ditch between the subjects and myself. Being pretty far back from the scene, the 85mm focal length also allowed for a not-too-tight / more loosely framed composition which would give Kat and Laura more ways to crop the image for a wide range marketing materials (letter, postcard, brochure, web, etc). The variable ND filter (mounted via a step-up ring) allowed me to utilize the lens's wider apertures (f/1.8 in this case) while keeping the shutter speed at or below the flash sync speed for a more blurred background.
 
While the setup was a lot of work, the results proved worth the effort (I think). Here were some of the individual promotional images we shot.
 
Kat and Violin
Kat and her Violin

Laura and Cello 1
Laura and the Cello 1


Laura and Cello 2
Laura and Cello 2


Takeaways:
 
  1. Always be on the lookout for good locations. You never know when and where you'll run across something that's just perfect.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask permission to use a location. The worst they can say is "no."
  3. Arrive ahead of your clients if you anticipate needing a decent amount of setup time. Doing so will ensure your clients are ready to shoot fresh upon arrival.
  4. Frame loosely for promotional images that won't be used in a large format. Doing so gives your client much more flexibility to use the images on a wide range of materials with varying aspect ratios and typesetting needs.
In the end, the clients loved the images and even gave me a bonus on top of the agreed-upon fee. It proved to be a great session all-around.
 
You can find higher resolution images on my Flickr photostream:
 
Post Date: 5/20/2015 10:16:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 24-70 L II Visits the Last Dollar Ranch, Telluride
Colorado is known for its big ranches and a big ranch calls for a grand entrance. The Last Dollar Ranch on Last Dollar Road near Dallas Divide (and RT 62) has one of my favorite such entrances. The huge mountains behind large golden fields fronted by a rustic wooden fence and of course, a grand entrance create a simply beautiful scene.
 
To make the entrance appear grand in the image, I moved in close and used a wide angle focal length.
 
Just looking at this photo brings back memories of the large heard of elk in the distance and I can still hear the large bull bugling. That is the power of an image.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/20/2015 9:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Canon USA:
 
When you travel, time seems to fly by. Don't regret it later because your experiences are too extraordinary to remember with photos that are just "good enough." The places you go, the people you meet and your adventures of a lifetime are worth getting the right shot with a Canon camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2015 6:41:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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From Tamron USA:
 
Tamron lens users can post and share photos with dedicated hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to earn a spot on the Tamron USA website
 
May 19, 2015, Commack, N.Y - Tamron USA announces its #WithMyTamron social media initiative, exclusively offered to all Tamron USA lens users. Participants simply capture photos with their favorite Tamron lenses, tag them with the #WithMyTamron, and upload them to their public Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Photographers may also directly upload from their device, computer or Facebook photos for consideration in the #WithMyTamron gallery at www.tamron-usa.com by using the "Submit a Photo" button.
 
Tamron staff will select their favorite photos tagged with the #WithMyTamron hashtag to appear on the Tamron USA website, where even more viewers-from budding photo enthusiasts to pros-will be inspired by real images taken by real people with Tamron's unmatched lens lineup.
 
Users will be able to search for and share photos with the #WithMyTamron hashtag on social media, fostering a community of dedicated Tamron aficionados who want to see what others are capturing with their own Tamron lenses.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 3:50:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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B&H has posted a great articlce on their Explora site called "44 Tips to Improve Your Photography."
 
Yes, it's a fairly lengthy read as each tip is supported with a small 2-4 sentence paragraph, but the author (Todd Vorenkamp) has done a good job compiling the list and concisely explaining why each one is important.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 9:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 5D III and 70-300 L Visit the San Juan Mountains
After spending a late September day scouting from Crested Butte to Durango and back north to near Telluride with practically no pictures captured, the sun finally broke through an opening in the heavy clouds that had produced rain and the season's first snow for most of the day. This is the breathtaking scene that was presented to me.
 
Capturing attractive landscape images with a telephoto lens is sometimes so easy that it almost feels like cheating. I safely pulled off the road, setup and quickly shot until the sun went back behind the curtain of heavy clouds.
 
Looking for a fall foliage photography trip? Few locations are better than the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The aspen trees play a starring role in this spectacular landscape.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rode VideoMic Pro with upgraded Rycote Lyre Suspension System
From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.
 
Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.
 
Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.
 
Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
 
Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.
 
“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”
 
The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now.
 
B&H carries the RØDE VideoMic Pro.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Post Date: 5/19/2015 7:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 18, 2015
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From CreativeLive:
 
Follow your dream of becoming a wildly successful wedding photographer! Tune in today at 9 AM Pacific for the live kickoff of The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience.
 
In this six-week class, Jasmine Star will cover every aspect of both the business and creative sides of wedding photography. Watch Now and tune in every weekday throughout the series for a new lesson.
 
Watch Live Now
Post Date: 5/18/2015 11:34:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon has posted their financial results for the year ending March 31, 2015. As usual, the presentation material is our preferred method for obtaining easy-to-understand information.
 
Note about Imaging Products Business:
"Sales and income declined 15% and 12% respectively, year on year due to delayed market recovery in China and Europe. Operating income ratio posted 9.7%, exceeding the previous year ratio (9.4%) and the revised forecast (9.0%). "

The Year ended March 2015 [May 14, 2015]
 
Financial Results (PDF:693KB)
 
Financial and Business Data (PDF:94KB)
 
Presentation Material (PDF:812KB)
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 10:01:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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CPS regularly updates their Tips & Tricks section with new, relevant items. The latest additions may prove useful for those who will soon be receiving their preordered EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R cameras.
 

EOS 5DS R: using the interval timer
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R both feature a built-in interval timer to allow you to shoot timelapse sequences without needing a separate intervalometer. If you plan to use the Interval timer, first make sure you are not in Live View mode. In Live View the intervalometer options will be greyed out so you can’t select them. Equally, if you set the interval timer to ‘On’ and then go into Live View, the timer will be cancelled. To avoid this, you should set up your camera position with Live View first and then stop Live View, before going to the menu and setting the interval timer options.

EOS 5DS and 5DSR: capturing an image during timelapse
When shooting with the EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras interval timer function, you will still be able to manually capture an image during the sequence simply by pressing the shutter button. If you try to capture an image manually, but the camera does not actually take the picture, check when the next interval image is due to be taken. The camera will prepare itself for the next interval 5 seconds before it is due to be captured. During this time, you will be unable to shoot any other images or access the camera menu.

EOS 5DS and 5DSR: ending a timelapse sequence
During an interval timer shooting session, if you have set the number of images to 0 so the camera captures continuously until you decide to stop, you may be wondering how exactly to stop the interval shooting. If you have an interval frequency of greater than 5 seconds between images you may be able to access the menu and select ‘disable’ to end the interval shooting. However, if you are shooting images every 3 seconds, for example, you should simply turn the camera off to end the interval. This will not corrupt any images or risk losing the last image provided you wait until all image writing has been completed before opening the card slot door.

EOS 5DS R: interval timer image review
Using the interval timer built into the menu of the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R makes it simple to capture timelapse sequences without needing any additional accessories. When using the timelapse function you will find that the shooting frequency is quicker than once every five seconds, so there is no image review between shots, even if image review is turned on in the menu. This can make it tricky to judge your exposure and ensure the light levels are not changing enough that you need to adjust the exposure. If you do need to keep an eye on the exposure, look instead at the exposure scale on the top plate of the camera – if you make a note of where it was when you started the timelapse, you will be able to see if the exposure has gone up or done and therefore decide if it needs adjusting between frames.

Be sure to check out the rest of CPS's Tips & Tricks for even more information covering a wide variety of camera functions.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 8:56:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode we get to join Andrea at The Palm in Dubai on sunny shoot for Cadillac cars. To match and even overpower the strong sunlight, Andrea uses Profoto flashes and Profoto Off-Camera Flashes. The light is controlled and shaped with softboxes and Hard Reflectors. And the result is stunning.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 5/18/2015 8:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this Wedding Tips Episode, videographer Adrian Toto touches base on wedding videography for photographers interested in expanding their skill sets.
 
Need some gear to fill out your wedding photography kit? B&H has you covered.
Post Date: 5/18/2015 7:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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