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 Tuesday, March 10, 2015
WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Metal Edition
B&H has the WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Metal Edition available for $109.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $139.00.
Post Date: 3/10/2015 8:32:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Soccer Star at Sunset
If you're like me, you probably have a huge amount of RAW files, JPEGs, and PSDs stored on your hard drive (or multiple hard drives, including backups). The advent of DSLRs able to capture 10 frames-per-second (or more), ever-increasing memory card capacities and the decreasing cost of hard disk drives means that it's more likely than ever that your image library may require multiple terabytes of storage.
 
When the temperature drops below your comfort threshold, or when weather conditions keep you confined to your home, take some time to go back through your old images. This simple activity can be beneficial in many ways...
 
One great thing about going through your old images is that you can free up hard drive space by deleting images that no longer meet your quality threshold. As you grow in your photography skill level, your quality cut-off correspondingly increases. Shots that once met your minimum quality level for retention may no longer qualify. While you may want to keep a few as memoirs to remember where you came from, the DELETE key will be easy to hit on many of these images.
 
You will likely come across some gems when sorting through your old images. More than once I've missed great images when hurriedly reviewing hundreds of shots after a portrait session or event. Going back through your images allows you to analyze each collection with a keen, fresh eye. You will likely find images that you are now better-skilled to post process, allowing you to improve upon an already-good image. This process has the additional benefit of continuing to grow your processing skills.
 
If nothing else, going through your old images can simply be fun. You will likely come across people that haven't crossed your mind in a long time and places that have long since been forgotten. So while you're going through your images, take a moment to enjoy the flood of memories they bring to the forefront of your mind's eye.
 
And when you have decided on what to delete, what to reminisce over and ultimately what to save, do yourself a favor – back everything up. Then do it again. If you do not have a backup (or two) of your most important images, they will be lost – it's only a matter of time. External and portable hard drives are great for protecting against drive failures, but cloud storage and off-site backups are optimal for protecting your data from the worst of circumstances (fire, flood, etc.).
 
Just in case you're curious, the shot above was taken the first week I began working for The-Digital-Picture in September, 2012. The lighting was provided by two gridded strip boxes (slightly behind the subject, used for rim lighting) and a small softbox in front. [Sean]
Post Date: 3/10/2015 7:45:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens (review) available for $715.00. Compare at $799.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 3/10/2015 7:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
CobraCrane I, Single Bar Jib Arm
B&H has the CobraCrane I, Single Bar Jib Arm available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $296.01.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Single Bar Jib Arm
  • 3' (0.9 m) Reach Past Pivot Point
  • 6.5 lb (3 kg) Capacity
  • Camera Platform Tilt Capability
Post Date: 3/10/2015 7:11:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 9, 2015
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
It may not be necessarily photography related, but Amazon has the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player available for $76.99. Compare at $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Faster and more powerful. With up to 1080p HD video* and extended-range, dual-band wireless performance for increased speed
  • Amazing remote with headphone jack. Use the included in-ear headphones to crank up that late-night flick while the kids (or parents) sleep
  • One-stop search. Find your favorite movies and TV shows all from one place from top TV and Movie services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu Plus.1500+ channels and growing. The best selection of streaming out there.
  • Free iOS and Android device app. Use it like a remote. Browse and add new channels. Even stream your music and photos from your phone or tablet to your HDTV
Note: I purchased a Roku 3 in June 2013 and it's been my main source of home entertainment for almost two years now. Some of my favorite Roku channels include Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Google Play Movies, Sling TV, Pandora and YouTube.
Category: Roku Deals
Post Date: 3/9/2015 9:51:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PNY Metal Attaché 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
For a limited time, Amazon is featuring the PNY Metal Attaché 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive as a Lightning Deal and is available for $10.99. Compare at $15.99.
 
Note: I've had one of these flash drives on my key ring for over a year now and it's been as useful as it is rugged. I highly recommend it. [Sean]
Post Date: 3/9/2015 9:37:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ v2.0 Quadcopter with Stabilized 1080p Camera
For a limited time, B&H has the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ v2.0 Quadcopter with Stabilized 1080p Camera available for $699.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,159.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Camera with 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Takes 14MP Stills and 1080p Video
  • Wi-Fi Downlink for Smartphones
  • iOS/Android App for Monitoring/Control
 Sunday, March 8, 2015
Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive
If your hard drive failed right now, what would you lose? While I hope that your answer would be "Practically nothing", unfortunately, I know that the percentage of photographers lacking regular backups is very high.
 
While shooting at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge last week, I overheard one gentleman asking another why he was shooting a particular scene, indicating that the person already had photographed that particular scene numerous times before. The response sent a chill down my spine: "My hard drive crashed. I didn't have a backup and lost most of my pictures. I'm trying to replace what I lost."
 
PLEASE don't let me hear those words from you. Hard drives fail or become corrupted far more frequently than you want to believe. You could be the next victim and you could become so right now. Theft and fire are additional perils you should guard against.
 
With so many good backup options available today, there is no good excuse for not backing up. Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drives are currently my first choice backup strategy. I have 15 of the 2 TB models in active use and another dozen or so smaller capacity models acting (mostly) as archive drives. The small size and high capacity of these drives allow me to easily rotate current copies off-site and also to a second location in my studio regularly.
 
If you are lacking a regular backup strategy, decide right now to tackle that problem and commit to a routine that protects what you've worked so hard to create.
Post Date: 3/8/2015 8:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 7, 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
For today only, Amazon is featuring Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and has the software available for $49.99. Compare at $79.99.
Post Date: 3/7/2015 8:54:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 6, 2015
Photoshelter Logo
From Photoshelter:
 
It may not be obvious, but your wedding photography business’ brand and its worth -- i.e. what your able to earn -- go hand in hand. The stronger your brand, the more you’re able to capture the hearts and minds of potential clients and charge them accordingly. In this special webinar in partnership with Tamron, we’ll talk to internationally renowned wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz. The duo, with 10 years’ experience shooting and building their own business, has presented workshops to wedding photographers from London to Australia and been featured on Inside Wedding, Style Me Pretty & Martha Stewart. They also co-founded the blogs The Black Tie Bride and The Well-Groomed Groom.
 
As an added bonus, all webinar attendees will be entered to win a Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 lens!
 
This jam-packed 1 hour takes place March 12, 2015 at 4pm ET, and will include tips like:
 
  • Editing your portfolio to attract the clients you want
  • Finding your “brand personality”
  • What quality will have clients paying you more
  • Turning clients into ambassadors
  • Branding mistakes to avoid
Register Now
Post Date: 3/6/2015 12:25:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera Body available for $4,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,996.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty or service; however, the seller advertises that a 3-year warranty is included.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/6/2015 12:03:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Aaron Nace of Phlearn (Photoshop and Photography Tutorials) shows us how to add a realistic reflection to sunglasses.
 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
Adding a little Paris to your studio portraits is simpler than you might think! Learn how to add a reflection to sunglasses in today's episode.
 
Start by scaling the scenery down to the right size. Lower the opacity to see how it will look inside of the lenses. Be aware that only one of the lenses needs to look good, because it will be copied!
 
Next, select the area right around the lens with the Marquee tool. Go to Select - Inverse, then press the delete key. Now you should have a little square of reflection over one eye. Copy that layer and move it over to be on top of the second eye. Now make the reflection layer invisible and select the Magic Wand tool. We use this to select out the lenses (be sure that “sample all layers” is checked). Use the refine edge tool to soften or bring the edge in a bit. Group those layers with themselves and hit the layer mask button.
 
To style the reflection so that it doesn’t look fake, create a levels adjustment layer. Darken the darks and mess with the output levels so that it looks more like a reflection. You can add a Hue/Saturation level as well, to match the color from the original lens. In this case, we make it a little bluer and lessen the saturation.
 
Being able to see through the glasses a little bit is extremely helpful in terms of realism. We use a black to transparent gradient to select areas to be darker, and others to be more see-through.
 
Now the part you’ve all been waiting for…time to blow some minds! Select the layer that the reflection is on with the Marquee tool. Go to Filter - Distort - Spherize. From here it’s very simple to adjust the slider to a certain amount of curve. This bulges the image out and makes it appear less flat!
Post Date: 3/6/2015 9:40:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 100-400 L II Captures Bahia Honda Railroad Bridge at Sunset
Few lenses have grown so important to me in such a short amount of time as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. Wildlife has been my first-choice use for this lens, but landscape photography is a very close second on the list (sports will compete with these other two uses as soon as the snow melts and more athletes go outside).
 
I love the great outdoors and landscape photography ties in very well with that love. Landscape photos allow me to take my favorite scenes with me and many hang in my house and studio. Many of these prints are very large (up to 40x60") and I'm always looking for the ultimate image quality. While I'm often using wide angle lenses to capture landscapes, I love using telephoto lenses nearly as much. Narrow angles of view are easy to compose with and, even mediocre sunrises and sunsets can fill the frame with color. The 100-400 L II provides a great focal length range and very impressive image quality, making it the perfect choice for landscape uses.
 
The historic Bahia Honda Rail Bridge (the bridge story) spans the channel between Bahia Honda State Park (Bahia Honda Key, mile marker 37 U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway) and Spanish Harbor Key (Florida). After the new highway was constructed, sections of the old bridge were cut away to accommodate boat traffic. The remaining portion of the steel truss construction bridge provides a great silhouette for sunset photos captured at the western end of the state park and the missing portion of the bridge definitely adds a uniqueness to the images captured here.
 
This is a single-frame HDR image. I simply processed the same raw image at two different brightness levels to bring up the ocean brightness slightly.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 3/6/2015 8:14:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 5, 2015
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
B&H has a Nikon D610 + Battery Pack Bundle available for $1,496.95 with free expedited shipping. Regulary $2,363.46 ($500.00 instant rebate + $366.51 in free accessories).
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
  • Nikon MB-D14 Multi Battery Power Pack
  • Watson EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V, 1800mAh)
  • SanDisk 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
  • Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/5/2015 4:04:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool
B&H has the FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool (review) on sale for $20.00 off – now only $69.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Post Date: 3/5/2015 10:41:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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