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 Friday, November 22, 2013
Canon Professional Network has published part five of its five part "Inside Lightroom 5" series.
 
From Canon Professional Network:
 
"Examining the output options of Lightroom is the final part of this series, but it is equally as important as the rest. There are multiple output choices that we have available to us: options such as making books, creating web galleries or slide shows or just printing and exporting to social platforms (such as Facebook or Behance). This guide explains all of them and will give you a flavour of each option and how to use them to your advantage."
 
Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.
 
Check out the full "Inside Lightroom" series:

  1. Modules & Importing
  2. Ranking & Selecting Images
  3. Global Adjustments
  4. Local Adjustments
  5. Output Options

Post Date: 11/22/2013 6:37:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 21, 2013
Standard test results, including image quality (ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crops), flare, light fall-off, distortion and measurements & specs, are now available for the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/21/2013 9:16:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
While this video is targeted towards video shooters, the techniques employed could very well benefit still photographers as well.
 
Joey uses household items - like colored milk, water, hydrogen peroxide, paper towels and a sheet of glass - to create cosmic scenes.
 
You can find more of Joey's work on http://www.moviemagicnow.com/.
Post Date: 11/21/2013 8:55:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From ExpoImaging:
 
ExpoDisc 2.0: The Original Professional White Balance Filter Gets Even Better; New Filter Design Includes Selectable Custom Warming Gels
 
Set white balance, meter for exposure and dust map the image sensor with the only calibrated and certified 18% transmission incident light metering filter
 
Watsonville, California, November 18, 2013 – ExpoImaging, Inc., designers of innovative camera accessories for the photographic market, today introduced the patented ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter, an incident light metering filter for digital cameras, for both still and video applications.
 
"With the original ExpoDisc, we invented the digital white balance filter and established it in the market as the premium white balance tool by individually testing and certifying every ExpoDisc,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “Now, ExpoDisc 2.0 introduces user-selectable warming gels, an improved mounting design, and a new lower price-point.”
 
Whether shooting in RAW or JPEG, photographers using ExpoDisc 2.0 to white balance their images save valuable time during the photo editing process.
 
Beyond its primary function as a white balance tool, the precision calibration and uniformity of the ExpoDisc 2.0 means that it can also be used to meter for an 18% incident exposure and to dust map the image sensor. Made in the USA, every ExpoDisc 2.0 is tested by hand on a transmission spectrophotometer and individually adjusted using custom filters to ensure neutrality and an 18% total light transmission across the visible spectrum. This neutrality is important because using a non-neutral tool for white balance can actually add undesirable color casts to images.
 
The original ExpoDisc Professional White Balance Filter was available in separate Neutral and Portrait (warming) versions. ExpoDisc 2.0 combines these versions into a single tool. ExpoDisc 2.0 includes two levels of custom warming gels which can be inserted into recesses on the face of the ExpoDisc, enabling photographers to add varying degrees of warmth for pleasing skin tones.
 
The ExpoDisc 2.0’s new filter mount design attaches securely to lenses and even to low-profile threaded lens filters.
 
The ExpoDisc 2.0 will initially be available in a 77mm filter size with more sizes to follow. As with the original ExpoDisc, a larger ExpoDisc 2.0 can be used with smaller filter size lenses by simply holding the ExpoDisc 2.0 over the lens during the white balance procedure.
 
Pricing and Availability
ExpoDisc 2.0 is available now through ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. The ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White Balance Filter retails for $49.95.
 
Adorama carries ExpoImaging products.
Post Date: 11/21/2013 7:49:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Hot Deal: For a very limited time, Adobe is opening up their Photoshop Photography Program to all photographers - no previous version of Photohop is required for registration.
 
From now until December 2, you can sign up for the Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99 per month with a 1-year commitment whether you currently own Photoshop or not.
 
For what its worth, I'm a Photoshop Photography Program member and love it. In my opinion, the software is well worth the small monthly fee. [Sean]
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/20/2013 2:27:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon and Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts Team Up to Capture Magical Photo Moments
 
Nikon Inc. Becomes the Official Camera of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Nikon Inc. and Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts today announced a multi-year strategic alliance naming Nikon the official camera of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Ca. Bringing together a global leader in imaging and the world’s leading family vacation destinations, this relationship continues the longstanding commitment to help guests capture every moment of their vacation.
 
“The alliance between Nikon and Disney allows us to connect with millions of passionate Disney guests who want to tell their stories through the capture of amazing imagery,” said Nobuyoshi Gokyu, president, Nikon Inc. “Through this agreement, Nikon will play an integral role in helping Disney guests to preserve and share every unforgettable moment.”
 
As the “Official Camera of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts,” Nikon will have branded Picture Spots throughout the theme parks at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, providing guests and their families with the opportunity to document their journey at ideal locations throughout the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, as well as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.
 
“Our Disney Parks are among some of the most photographed locations in the world, so it is only natural for us to further develop our relationship with Nikon, who shares our commitment to capturing magical moments and making memories,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, US and France.
 
Nikon will also be integrated into the Disney PhotoPass Service, the perfect way for guests to capture their vacation memories in great photos—and get everyone in the shot. Disney PhotoPass Photographers will now be exclusively equipped with Nikon cameras and accessories, ensuring each memory is preserved with the quality that consumers have come to expect from Nikon.
 
Disney Fine Art Photographers at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons, as well as Adventure Guides with Adventures by Disney, will also be outfitted with Nikon cameras.
 
Adorama carries Nikon cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 11/20/2013 11:52:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that we have updated the firmware of the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
 
The latest firmware enables our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses fully functional with the Nikon D5300 camera. For those customers who own following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.

  • 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 NIKON
  • 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 NIKON
  • 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 NIKON
  • 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013 NIKON
  • 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013 NIKON

Please update SIGMA Optimization Pro Software to Ver. 1.1 before attempting firmware update.
 
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page:
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/
 
Adorama carries the Sigma USB Dock (necessary to upgrade firmware).

Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/20/2013 7:03:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 19, 2013
From Sigma:
 
Thank you very much for purchasing and using Sigma products.
 
We have found that the current firmware of our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon D5300’s OS and Live View Auto Focus functions.
 
For those customers who own Sigma lenses in Nikon mount, we are going to provide a free firmware update service.
 
Please note that all the products we dispatch from the factory will have the latest firmware.
 
Phenomenon
 
Without the latest firmware, the OS and Live View Auto Focus functions do not work properly when it is used with the Nikon D5300.
 
Concerned Products
 
Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses that incorporate an internal motor
 
* Firmware upgrade cannot be applied to the lenses that do not have an internal motor.
 
* For some discontinued products, we may not be able to offer the firmware update due to the discontinuation of related repair parts. Please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the further details.
 
Support
 
For those customers in need of the latest firmware, we are going to provide free firmware update from November 20th. For discontinued products, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the further details.
 
For lenses that are compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK, it is possible to update them via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/19/2013 7:09:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 18, 2013
11/18/2013 - We just introduced a retro-inspired alternative to conventional and obvious laptop cases for carrying expensive technical devices discreetly—the Retrospective Laptop Case. Inspired by the popularity of the company's inconspicuous Retrospective canvas shoulder bag series, these new laptop cases are available in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes and three colors: Pinestone or Blue Slate in sand-washed 100% premium cotton canvas, or Black in polyspun.
 
The Retrospective 13L and Retrospective 15L laptop cases’ retro look mixes "Old-School" with "New-School" that is a throwback to the days when bags where visually simple but highly functional. These new laptop cases are designed for today’s laptop owners whose personal style resonates with classic materials and design, as well as wanting their electronics to be readily accessible yet well-concealed.
 
Like all shoulder bags in the series, the Retrospective Laptop Cases are built with durability and comfort in mind. They feature premium quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, metal hardware, leather accents, and a cushioned and padded nonslip shoulder strap that can be positioned for all-day comfort. A breakthrough in design is the smooth back-panel that reduces wear and tear on clothing. Besides carrying and concealing expensive laptops, the rear pocket is designed to hold a Tablet and the main compartment easily fits file folders, books or binders. An easily accessible front organizer features a key tether with pockets for pens, business cards and small accessories. Treated with a water resistant coating, Retrospective Laptop Cases offers double protection from the elements with a seam-sealed rain cover.
 
Another attractive aspect of the Retrospective collection is the price. In fact, distressed canvas bags of comparable quality are priced up to $300 whereas the Retrospective 13L is $149.75 and Retrospective 15L is $159.75.
 
Materials

  • Pine Stone & Blue Slate Exterior: All fabric exterior treated for durable water resistance, plus fabric underside has a polyurethane coating for extra water resistance, sand-washed 100% cotton canvas, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, premium quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, polyspun webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Pine Stone & Blue Slate Exterior Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Black Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistance, plus fabric underside has a polyurethane coating for extra water resistance, 1100D polyspun, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, premium quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Black Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

Specifications
 
Retrospective 13L

  • External Dimensions: 14.6” W x 11.4” H x 2.8” D (37 x 29 x 7 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 13” W x 9.4” H x 1.2” D (33 x 24 x 3 cm)
  • iPad Compartment: 9.8” W x 7.9” H (25 x 20 cm)
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)

Retrospective 15L

  • External Dimensions: 16.1” W x 12.2” H x 2.8” D (41 x 31 x 7 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 15” W x 11” H x 1.6” D (38 x 28 x 4 cm)
  • iPad Compartment: 11.8” W x 9” H ( 30 x 23 cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg)

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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/18/2013 3:03:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From RØDE:
 
The new VideoMic GO is the latest release in the Australian audio company’s successful range of VideoMic microphones for on-camera usage.
 
Compact and light weight by design, the VideoMic GO delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use.
 
Its tight pickup area focuses directly in front of the microphone and reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that the user can isolate their subject from distracting background noise. At only 73gm (2.5oz) it is RØDE’s lightest on-camera microphone and sports an impressively compact form factor.
 
Designed to be as user-friendly as possible, the VideoMic GO has no switches or settings, and is powered by the camera or recording device’s external microphone input, requiring no batteries to operate.
 
The microphone features an integrated suspension based on Rycote’s Lyre system, which utilises a single piece of thermoplastic to isolate the microphone from knocks and bumps that could otherwise interfere with performance. In addition to its superior performance the Lyre system is hard-wearing and will never wear out, sag or snap, unlike traditional elastic-based suspension.
 
“The VideoMic GO is the perfect microphone for consumers wanting to get started shooting high-definition video with their DSLR, ‘point-and-shoot’ or even GoPro cameras.” Commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Director. “We’ve all experienced how terrible the audio can be using a camera’s built-in microphone, and the VideoMic GO is the answer to getting audio that matches the quality of the images, without the additional EQ and level features that are available on our other VideoMic models.”
 
“This user-friendly ‘plug and play’ approach, combined with its lightweight, small form factor make it ideal for carrying in small camera bags, ready at any time to capture the moment.”
 
Adorama carries RØDE microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 11/18/2013 12:54:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Field use is incredibly helpful for gear evaluation. As you likely figured out through the newsletter and the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review, I was able to spend some time in Shenandoah National Park last month. While wide angle landscapes were on the to-capture list, wildlife photography was my primary purpose for this trip.
 
To be more specific, I wanted to know which of three following big white lenses was my favorite for wildlife photography.
 
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
 
And my answer, as you may have predicted, is "It depends." Each lens has its strengths.
 
From an image quality standpoint, all of these lenses deliver very high pro-grade results. It doesn't matter which lens you pick in this regard. From a "look" perspective, I prefer the more-blurred background, more-compressed look of the longest focal lengths. Again, all of these lenses have very long focal lengths available, but the 600 f/4 has the advantage. The 200-400 L's long focal length comes with the built-in 1.4x extender moved into the optical path, which sets it back one stop in the max aperture comparison. The two primes also did less focus hunting in low light, peripheral AF point scenarios.
 
If you can get closer to your subject and there are obstructions (trees, branches, weeds, etc.) in play, a longer focal length quickly becomes a liability. The farther away you are from the subject, the more likely that these obstructions will factor into your results. The first problem is that obstructions detract from your final image. A branch across your subject's head is not going to be welcomed. And an even bigger problem is that the obstructions can catch the attention of your camera's autofocus system, resulting in a subject that is not even in focus. Such images are throw-aways – if you can even get the photo. In SNP, I had a black bear cub run past me in the thick woods and I was not able to even capture a memory photo as the camera could not lock focus.
 
Because the white-tailed deer in Shenandoah National Park are relatively tolerant of humans, I was able to get closer to my subjects (at least some of the time) on this trip. And because I was shooting with LOTS of obstructions (often in relatively thick woods), getting closer was typically desirable. The 200-400 L quickly became my go-to lens on this trip and has earned permanence in my kit. Having the very long range of focal lengths immediately available when needed/desired, this lens was the ideal choice for this type of photography.
 
I had been pursuing a pair of buck for two hours when the larger of the two finally and suddenly walked out into a clearing. And at the perfect moment, it stopped and became alert. I had diffuse sunlight at my back. The deer's head was framed between the closest background trees and the foreground was uninterrupted. In the very short duration of time that the ideal picture remained available, I would have been very fortunate to get one acceptably-framed picture with a prime lens (due to the sneaker zooming required). But with the 200-400 L, I was able to rapidly capture a number of framing variations.
 
I used the 500 L IS II and 600 L IS II during the trip and they performed excellently, but when the shot really counted, I found myself going with the 200-400 L IS in this location.
 
Check out some images in the Shenandoah National Park gallery.
 
Since many of these images were captured with the big white zoom lens, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens sample pictures are also now available.
Post Date: 11/18/2013 11:02:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PNY:
 
Bordeaux – 18 November 2013 – PNY Technologies, a leading manufacturer and supplier of memory, imaging and graphics solutions, is pleased to unveil its new SDHC/XC High Performance memory card. The high-speed, high-capacity card is the latest solution in PNY’s imaging range to meet the demands of the high-end digital imaging market.
 
Offering exceptional speeds of 80MB per second, these cards are specifically designed for professional and semi-professional photographers who want to maximize the number of shots in continuous (burst) mode.
 
Certified Class 10 UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed), this card is ideal for photographing or filming any subject in Full HD in the most extreme conditions.
 
Features include:

  • Operating Temperature: 0 ° C to 60 ° C
  • Storage Temperature: -40 ° C to 85 ° C
  • Storage Humidity: 95% max, non-condensing
  • Shockproof: 1.000G max use

Price & Availability
 
The High Performance SDHC/XC 80M/s cards are now available from PNY’s usual distribution network in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The super high capacity allows the most enthusiastic photographers to shoot without limit in high definition.

Product Details MSRP
SDHC 16GB High Performance £17.99
SDHC 32GB High Performance £25.74
SDXC 64GB High Performance £52.63
SDXC 128GB High Performance£98.99

Amazon carries PNY memory cards.

Category: PNY News
Post Date: 11/18/2013 7:13:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 17, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending November 16th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, Canon released firmware updates for the C100 and C300 cinema cameras. The firmware updates included several user-interface improvements as well as expanding the maximum ISO setting and peripheral illumination database. Unfortunately, the firmware updates caused discrepancies in color balance leading to Canon removing them from their site late Thursday. Expect the fixed firmware updates to be available once again very soon.
 
On Thursday, Canon Japan finally introduced the body Asia has been hinting at since late last week – a white Kiss X7 (aka Rebel SL1) with matching special edition EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. The camera is set to be available in Japan at the end of this month. Whether or not Canon will be releasing a white SL1 aimed at the North American market is, as of yet, unknown.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Tuesday, Bryan posted his full review of the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE lens. In short, the Zeiss 15mm lens has found a permanent home in Bryan’s landscape lens collection because of its superb image quality, durable build quality, and compatibility with front mounted screw-in filters. See Bryan’s full review for more details.
 
On Thursday, Bryan updated the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM review to address concerns about focus shift. Bryan found the lens does exhibit a rearward focus shift; however, the focus shift is unlikely to cause significant issues for most shooters.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens for $1,899.00 with free shipping after $300.00 mail-in rebate. That’s a $300.00 savings off the normal after-rebate price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 11/17/2013 11:19:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 16, 2013
From Nikon:
 
Nikon NEF Codec v1.20.0 Changes:

  • Supports NEF (RAW) images taken with the D5300, Df.

Download:
Nikon NEF Codec v1.20.0 for Windows

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/16/2013 10:18:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 15, 2013
From Photoshelter:
 
Action photographer David Bergman has made a name for himself for everything from his iconic shots of Bon Jovi on tour to his GigaPan image of President Obama’s first inauguration. He’s shot for Sports Illustrated, MLB.com, CBS, The Travel Channel, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, numerous musicians and record labels, and has even started a series of workshops.
 
But, this self-professed “band geek” didn’t set out to be a photographer at the beginning. In this webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 4pm EST, learn directly from David as he tells his story about making the move from music production major to full-time staff photographer to freelancer. During this webinar you'll learn from David's own experience:

  • What the transition from going to full-time to freelance can be like
  • How to leverage professional relationships to get more work
  • Why learning new techniques keeps your work relevant
  • What it’s really like to hang around and photograph a stadium packed show with Bon Jovi

Date: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 4:00pm EST
 
Register Now

Post Date: 11/15/2013 3:47:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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