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 Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-In-One Inkjet Printer
From Epson:
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Epson America, Inc. today introduced its next generation of ultra-slim, ultra-powerful Expression Small-in-One wireless photo printers. Designed to suit the needs of busy households and creative enthusiasts, the Expression Premium series including the Expression Premium XP-530, XP-630 and XP-830, leverages a Claria Premium five-ink system to deliver superior quality, borderless prints up to 8” x10” and documents with sharp text. The Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One printer features six-color Claria Photo HD inks to deliver photo enthusiasts with vivid, professional-quality borderless photos up to 11” x17”.
The Expression Small-in-Ones offer auto two-sided printing to save paper as well as easy to use creative tools for printing lab-quality photos. Designed as complete wireless solutions, the printers feature built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n1 and Wi-Fi Direct for network-free printing, as well as a variety of solutions to easily print from iPhone, iPad, Android, smartphones and tablets2 while at home or on the go. Plus, enjoy PC-free printing3 with built-in memory card slots and USB ports. Each feature-rich Small-in-One also allows users to edit, scan and share photos directly to Facebook or the cloud4. All models are compatible with the Epson Creative Print app to easily print Facebook photos and create custom cards, coloring books, stationary and more.
“We understand that families typically lead hectic, on-the-go lifestyles, and as such require a versatile printing solution – one that is affordable, but packs a punch in terms of features and performance,” said Monika Dees, senior product marketing manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. “The latest Expression printers make it easy for busy families and photo enthusiasts to stay connected, creative and productive.”
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones offer superior photo quality with a versatile set of features to meet a range of creative printing needs:
  • Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One – The newest addition to the Expression Photo family features the Claria Photo HD ink system and a larger 4.3-inch LCD screen to print stunning, professional quality photos up to 11”x17”, with borderless 4”x6” photo printing in as fast as 11 seconds5. The XP-960 comes equipped with an innovative fold-over scan lid that allows documents and photos to stay in place for high quality scans and a rear paper feed for specialty paper such as card stock, envelopes, labels and more.
  • Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One – The feature-rich XP-830 delivers superior photo quality and versatility with a 30-page Auto Document Feeder and auto 2-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing to save time. Print vivid, borderless 4”x6” photos in as fast as 12 seconds5 using the intuitive 4.3" touchscreen, or print on specialty paper6, a variety of sizes of photo paper and CDs/DVDs with dedicated input trays. The printer also features an auto-extend and retract output tray for added convenience so prints don’t end up on the floor when printing remotely.
  • Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One – The ultra-powerful XP-630 delivers superior photo quality and convenient features for fast, easy printing. The XP-630 prints vivid, borderless photos up to 8" x 10", and provides dedicated trays for printing photos and DVDs. Plus, save time with auto two-sided printing. Other features include a 2.7" LCD as well as built-in USB port and memory card slot2 for PC-free printing.
  • Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One – Perfect for busy families, the ultra-slim XP-530 delivers superior photo quality for vivid, borderless prints up to 8" x 10”. Use the built-in memory card slot2, plus lined paper and calendar templates, for simple, PC-free printing. Or, easily print Facebook photos, coloring books, stationery and more with Epson's Creative Print App.
Pricing and Availability
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones are now available through photo specialty, major e-tail and retail stores nationwide:
Expression Printer EditionsPrice
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One$299
Epson Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One$199
Epson Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One$149
Epson Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One$129

B&H carries the following:
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/15/2015 6:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,295.06 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
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Post Date: 9/15/2015 6:05:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From NIkon:
Nikon D7100
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the display to darken when images were viewed by pressing the (playback) button.
  • Fixed an issue with the menus for some languages where continued scrolling would cause the camera to freeze.
  • Fixed issues with the virtual horizon displayed using the Viewfinder virtual horizon option.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D7100 Firmware v.1.03

Nikon D5200
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D5200 Firmware v.1.03
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Post Date: 9/15/2015 5:37:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 14, 2015
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Roger Cicala of LensRentals has posted a very informative article detailing the history of glass and covers naturally occuring varieties, the Middle East around 2000 B.C., Roman-era glass, the glassmakers of Venice and even advancements through the 1700s.
It's definitely worth a read if you're interesteed in glass (or simply interested in history) and have a few minutes to spare.
Post Date: 9/14/2015 11:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The opportunity in the photo industry continues to grow, as more and more pictures are taken. Blogger Benedict Evans reports, in 1999, the peak of the film-camera industry, consumers took around 80 billion photos, according to Kodak. We’re taking far more now, but how many more? At least 2 trillion, maybe double that, maybe more.
According to Evans, no-one can know this exactly, but there are some points of triangulation:
  • Facebook said in May 2015 that two billion photos are shared on its systems every day, by 1.4bn users - a 730bn/year run-rate.
  • This does not include WhatsApp, which in April 2014 it said it was seeing 700m photos a day from 500m users (255bn a year) - it seems pretty likely that that number has risen since.
  • Snapchat gave a number of 700m a day, back in May 2014 - again, that will have risen (a lot) since.
Evans said, just rounding WhatsApp and Snapchat up to 1 billion a day to account for growth in the last year and presuming no growth at Facebook this year gets us to a figure of 1.5 trillion photos shared this year. Growth in usage in the year across these could easily take that to over 2 trillion. That presumes no duplication between these three networks, which is not certain but might not be enormous.
For more information, check out or the original post on Ben Evans Blog.
Note: To put that number into perspective, if two trillion one-dollar bills were place on top of each other, the stack would be 135,732 miles tall, or a little over halfway to the moon. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/14/2015 8:36:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson SureColor P-series Large Format Printer
Eight-Color and 10-Color Printers Set New Standards for Color Gamut, Color Matching Accuracy and Black Density
September 14, 2015 – Epson is once again redefining large format commercial ink jet printing with the announcement of the SureColor P-Series line-up. Incorporating the latest imaging technologies, including Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printhead, the new P-Series printers deliver extraordinary performance for the professional printing industry along with unparalleled color matching capabilities. Leveraging Epson’s UltraChrome HD eight-color ink set, the 24-inch SureColor P6000 and 44-inch SureColor P8000 are designed for graphic designers, commercial printers and photographers. Successors to the award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 900-Series, the 24-inch SureColor P7000 and 44-inch SureColor P9000 incorporate a reformulated Epson UltraChrome HDX 10-color ink set for both commercial and flexographic printers, as well as graphic designers, photographers, and fine art reproduction houses.
Poised to set new industry standards for commercial and flexographic proofing applications, the SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 are available in a Commercial Edition featuring an all-new Violet ink for expanded color gamut delivering output matching 99-percent of the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated. In addition, the printers are configurable with an optional Epson SpectroProofer UVS in-line spectrophotometer designed to provide automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications.
“Epson is committed to bringing the most advanced printing and proofing solutions to market for creative, graphic arts and printing professionals,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The new SureColor P-Series family brings together the most sophisticated printing technologies available to deliver extraordinary results, whether for graphic design, contract proofing for commercial and flexographic printing, fine art, or photography.”
More about the SureColor P-Series
The complete SureColor P-Series printer family – the SC-P6000, SC-P7000, SC-P8000, and SC-P9000 – redefine wide-format, aqueous imaging applications with a vast array of workflow solutions and robust media handling. All models seamlessly integrate with industry leading workflow software solutions to meet the needs of the proofing and graphic arts community. Additional features include:
  • Epson UltraChrome HD and HDX Ink: The SC-P6000/P8000 leverage the eight-color UltraChrome HD ink and the SC-P7000/P9000 use the 10-color UltraChrome HDX ink. Both professional ink sets deliver outstanding color with improved black density; new Black ink is 1.5 times denser than previous ink formulation, providing significant improvements to overall contract ratio and optical clarity, and improved Resin Encapsulation Technology delivers superior gloss uniformity. All SureColor P-Series printers are designed to work exclusively with Epson UltraChrome HD and HDX ink1.
  • Epson PrecisionCore TFP Printhead: The SureColor P-Series delivers consistent, high-performance with variable size ink droplet technology as small as 3.5 picoliters for remarkable print quality. New enhancements include a new wave form, improving dot placement and accuracy. User-scheduled cleaning cycles improve print head health.
  • The Proofing Standard: Ideal for all commercial and flexographic proofing, the SC-P7000/P9000 Commercial Edition printers include an all-new Violet ink for expanded color gamut targeting improved spot color matching accuracy.
  • Robust Media Handling: Supports virtually any media type in roll or cut-sheet, from photographic paper to 1.5 mm thick fine art media and poster board. New roll media handling offers user-selectable 3 mm top and bottom margins and improved guide rollers for reduced media surface impressions. High-speed rotary cutter included.
  • Optional Internal Print Server: Internal 320GB print server boosts workgroup productivity by quickly transferring print jobs to free-up workstations; adds print queue management and print job save and reprint functionality.
  • Optional SpectroProofer UVS: Developed jointly with X-Rite, the in-line spectrophotometer provides automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications. It supports all current illumination standards for UV and UV-Cut measurement and is UV selectable between M0, M1 and M2.
The Epson SureColor P-Series will be on display at Graph Expo, Sept. 13-16, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago in Epson’s booth, #841, highlighting graphic design and commercial proofing applications.
Support and Availability
The Epson SureColor P-Series will be available in October 2015 through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers:
P-Series Printer EditionsPrice
Epson SureColor P6000 24-inch – Standard Edition$2,995
Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)$3,995
Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Starter Ink Set)$3,995
Epson SureColor P8000 44-inch – Standard Edition$4,995
Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)$5,995
Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Ink Starter Set)$5,995

B&H carries Epson large format printers.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/14/2015 8:00:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
In this 'how to' video Karl Taylor & Urs Recher look at the techniques required for good bottle product photography. In this case a bottle of wine is photographed in a small set to add ambience and style to the product. Enjoy!
B&H carries Broncolor equipment.
Post Date: 9/14/2015 6:42:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $829.00. Compare at $1,099.00 after $250.00 instant savings.
Relevant Reviews:
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 9/14/2015 5:19:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 13, 2015
Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496RC2 Ball Head
B&H has the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496RC2 Ball Head available for $189.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $319.88.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Max Height: 70.5"
  • Min Height: 19.6"
  • Folded Length: 28"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 4.4 lb
  • 496RC2 Ball Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Two-Position Leg Angle Selection
Post Date: 9/13/2015 7:38:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 11, 2015
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard was introduced a little more than a month ago at an MSRP of $799.00. However, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is in stock and available for only $699.00 at B&H with free expedited shipping.
There's no indication of how long this pricing will be in effect, so if you've had your eye on DJI's latest basic quad, now's your time to pick one up.
Product Highlights
  • Gimbal Stabilized 2.7K Camera
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Downlink for HD Live View
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Auto-Takeoff / Auto Return Home
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Post Date: 9/11/2015 10:23:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens available for $329.00 with free shipping. Compare at $496.95 new after $150.00 instant savings.
Note: This is a factory refurbished item and therefore qualifies for a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 9/11/2015 7:13:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RØDE Announces Six new Products at IBC
From RØDE:
Sep 11th, 2015 – In its largest-ever simultaneous product release RØDE has announced six new products today at the IBC show in Amsterdam, including two new microphones, a pair of carbon fibre boompoles, an XLR interface for Apple iOS devices and an XLR adaptor for the company’s popular RØDELink 2.4GHz digital wireless system.
RØDE’s VideoMic family is the world’s favourite on-camera microphone, and the company is proud to announce two new models in the range – the VideoMicro, and the VideoMic Me.
Measuring only 80mm long, the VideoMicro is a small, lightweight on-camera microphone designed for use on compact cameras. A directional microphone, it reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focuses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup is more forgiving than RØDE’s other on-camera microphones providing a more natural sound when recording indoors. Perfect for capturing incredible audio to accompany inspiring vision.
Included with the VideoMicro is a camera shoe mount with Rycote Lyre shock mount. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, it will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
The VideoMic Me is a high-quality directional microphone designed for Apple iPhone and iPad. Featuring a TRRS connector and adjustable mount it is compatible with a range of Apple devices and can even accommodate some cases. It features a headphone jack conveniently located at the rear, to allow for monitoring and playback without removing the microphone.
Both microphones include a deluxe furry windshield and feature bodies made from aluminum, giving them a high level of RF rejection. The microphones are finished in RØDE’s high-grade ceramic anti-glare black coating.
Continuing its innovation in the mobile audio space, RØDE has announced the i-XLR, a digital XLR interface for Apple iOS devices. Used to connect professional XLR microphones to an iPhone or iPad to record audio in the field, the i-XLR allows reporters, correspondents and audio professionals to quickly and easily capture professional interview dialogue to a smartphone or tablet.
An intuitive record button provides the user with operation without accessing the mobile device, and an LED indicates the recording status (in supporting apps). A headphone jack with variable level is conveniently located on the body to allow the operator to monitor their audio during interviews, and for dynamic microphones the i-XLR features a +20dB level boost, giving these microphones a high level of clean gain.
To accompany the i-XLR RØDE has previewed an updated version of its RØDE Rec app that supports remote record functionality for the new interface device, as well as an innovative set of EQ presets for industry-standard interview microphones, that optimise the audio for consistency across recordings, as well as an optional 'safety track' that can be set at a lower level.
The revolutionary RØDELink digital wireless system has been making waves since its release earlier this year. Currently available as the 'Filmmaker Kit', including a camera mounted receiver (RX-CAM), beltpack transmitter (TX-BELT) and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone, its 2.4GHz digital communication technology allows for robust, secure transmission of audio at ranges up to 100m.
RØDE is excited to announce that it is expanding the RØDELink range, with the launch of the 'Newsshooter Kit', which includes a camera-mounted transmitter and the new XLR transmitter (TX-XLR).
It easily connects to handheld presentation microphones as well as shotgun microphones, with a 3.5mm input and headphone output. Providing one-touch sync with RØDELink receivers and supplying P48 phantom power, the unit can be powered by 2 x AA, a Sony NP-F970 battery or continuously via Micro USB.
RØDE also plans to make each of the RØDELink devices available separately, so customers can mix and match to suit their needs.
Closing out the product announcements, RØDE has introduced two new professional carbon fibre boompoles, complementing the company’s popular range of aluminium poles.
Weighing only 535gm (18oz), the new RØDE Boompole Pro extends to a full 3m (10’) and collapses to 810mm (2’8”). Each of the five pole sections is comprised completely from carbon fibre making it incredibly lightweight while maintaining high levels of strength. The sections are easily extendable with one hand thanks to an intuitive twist-lock mechanism.
Designed for use with professional shotgun microphones such as the RØDE NTG3 as well as the Blimp windshield system, the Boompole Pro joins RØDE’s popular boom pole range which now consists of five models ranging in size, weight, and construction material.
Alongside this RØDE has also announced the Micro Boompole Pro, a very thin version of the full-size carbon fibre model, optimised for use with the new VideoMicro microphone. Using a unique modular design, the Micro Boompole Pro’s three sections combine to a maximum length of 2.2m (7’2”). Using an industry standard 3/8” thread, these sections can also be used to extend the Boompole Pro.
The VideoMicro, Boompole Pro and Micro Boompole Pro are shipping now, and the VideoMic Me, i-XLR and RØDELink Newsshooter Kit will be available Q4 2015.
B&H carries RØDE products.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 9/11/2015 6:01:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DJI Phantom 2 v2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal
For a limited time, B&H has the DJI Phantom 2 v2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal available for $499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
Product Highlights
  • Stabilized Shooting with GoPro HERO
  • Compatible with HERO3/HERO3+
  • 6-channel, 2.4 GHz Radio Transmitter
  • Up to 3,280' Line-of-Sight Radio Range
  • Naza-M V2 Flight Control System
  • GPS-Based Autopilot with Return to Home
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Supports Dual Flight Control Modes
  • Smart Battery Lasts up to 25 Minutes
  • LED Indicators & Low Voltage Protection
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Post Date: 9/11/2015 5:36:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 10, 2015

ZEISS has just announced a new series of high quality, weather-sealed, manual focus DSLR lenses called Milvus. The new lineup includes the following lenses with noticeable OTUS design cues:
ZEISS Milvus DSLR Lenses

B&H has the ZEISS Milvus lenses available for preorder.
Note: The composite photo above may not show the lenses perfectly to scale. I tried to make the mounts all the same size, but I may not have gotten them exact. [Sean]
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/10/2015 9:14:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Personal Trainer Promo Shot1
When faced with the task of deciding on a new home, I had one requirement – an extra room (or garage) that I could convert into a small studio space. Previously, I would have to clear a portion of a room (usually the living room) and set up my lighting equipment only to tear it down a few hours later in order to conduct a portrait session in my home. Having set up and broken down my equipment many more times than I care to count, I was relieved when we found a new home with a large extra bedroom that I could convert into my dedicated studio space.
But even though the room is a decent size for a bedroom, I worried that it would still be a little cramped for studio use. I needed a real-world portrait session in order to understand the benefits and limitations of the room. That's where Melinda comes in...
Melinda is a personal trainer who wanted some marketing images to promote her business via website and social media. This was the opportunity I had been looking for to give my new studio space a real "workout." We scheduled her session for Labor Day and I immediately started planning for the shoot.
I actually started setting up equipment two days in advance in order to test out a few ideas before settling on the setup you see below.
Personal Trainer Promo Shots Setup

Don't let the [Rokinon] fisheye perspective mislead you – the space is not nearly as roomy as it appears. The width of the room is only 12'. Subtract the amount of space required for the background, subject separation (from the background) and the amount of room the tripod takes up and you're left with a relatively small working space between the camera and the subject.
Here are some thoughts and details regarding the setup:
  • It took me a while to decide on what backdrop I wanted to use. At first I used piece of black felt fabric I had but 1) it was a bit too small for anything more than a headshot and 2) it absorbed so much light that I couldn't effectively use colored gels with it. I then tried a Botero 5x7 Collapsible Background but eventually decided it was too small. Then I remembered that I had something else in the closet – a 6' x 50' roll of weed block fabric that I had purchased for a previous shoot (the weed block fabric was significantly less expensive than a traditional fabric of the same size).
    I had originally cut the weed block fabric into three sections and hung it from a background support crossbar to use as a dark background. I thought it would work well for this type of shoot, too, especially if the sections were doubled over and hung over the crossbar with folds like a curtain.
  • To give the background some color I used two gridded Canon Speedlite 580EX flashes with CTB (blue) gels. The grids helped me limit the background light to specific areas while also keeping the colored light from hitting my subject.
  • I wanted to create a strong rim light on the subject. That's very typical of the athletic/workout image genre and I thought it would work well here. I used two monolights with small gridded strip boxes to keep the light from contaminating the background (light spilling from ungridded modifiers on high-powered lights could easily kill the color in the background).
  • I used a RoundFlash Ringflash Adapter affixed to an on-camera 580EX to provide a touch of fill light to capture details in the shadow areas and trigger every other light in the setup using optical slaves. With this light dialed down, it didn't wash out the background light very much.
  • I used a monolight and gridded 16" beauty dish boomed above the camera as a main light whenever the subject was looking at the camera. The position of the light (above) and the fact that it was gridded helped keep the light off the background. Note that I'm using a drop down pin to suspend the monolight from the boom arm. The drop down pin allows the monolight and its modifier to hang so that the weight is supported by the tensioning knob, not the screw that would usually simply attach the rig to the top of a light stand. That particular screw isn't designed to support a large amount of weight but simply keep your light perched in its place and pointed in the right direction.
  • As for the camera and lens, I was using a Canon 5D Mark III and the ever-so-useful EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM. The great focal range of the 24-105L allowed for a lot of flexibility in framing, especially considering the relatively small working space.
The only specific concept that I wanted to try during the shoot was to have Melinda punching her fist into her palm causing a cloud of talcum powder to erupt from the impact. Unfortunately, none of our attempts to capture that particular shot were satisfactory enough to post-process. The rest of concepts/poses we captured were conceived in a collaborative manner as the shoot progressed.
Below are some additional images created during the session. Note that the boomed beauty dish was not used in the last image.
Personal Trainer Promo Shot 2

Personal Trainer Promo Shot 3

Personal Trainer Promo Shot 4

I cooled down the color of the shadows, adjusted brightness/contrast and varied the saturation of the blue channel (mostly affecting the background) in post-processing.
You can see high resolution images on my flickr photostream.
The client was extremely happy with her images, so it was a successful shoot overall. My takeaways from the session:
  1. The studio space is certainly adequate for headshots; not so much for full-body portraits and/or 3/4 portraits in landscape orientation (especially when using a background that isn't the wall).
  2. I probably should have tried different background options but I was happy with the results we were getting and didn't want to risk ruining the flow of the session by taking the time to change the setup. Having another background at hand (rather than in my closet) may have changed that decision and allowed for more variation in the images.
  3. Shooting with a ring light complicated things a bit. I had to adjust my focal length/framing a couple of times to avoid hard vignetting caused by capturing the inside of the ring light in the shot.
  4. Care must be taken when using the strip boxes so that light doesn't leak out the side in between the mount and the speed ring (washing out the background color). Adjusting the flap of the strip box material can usually solve this problem.
  5. Suggesting that the client bring several props can be a real benefit. I don't have much workout gear (my one dumbell was relegated for use as a door stop only a month after its purchase several years ago). The clients dumbells and gloves looked great in the shots and gave the client something to do with her hands.
I hope this session has demonstrated that you can produce professional results in a relatively confined space. I'm sure this isn't the last time you'll see me utilize this space for client work.
Post Date: 9/10/2015 8:10:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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