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 Monday, October 19, 2015

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
In today's episode, we show you how to stylize a magazine cover in Photoshop!
 
Note: I tried something very similar to this a few years ago. It was a fun personal project and a great way to help hone my Photoshop skills. [Sean]
 
Suburban Rapper Magazine February 2012 by Sean Setters

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Post Date: 10/19/2015 9:07:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
I hope to have a full review of this lens completed by midweek or early next week at the latest. Stay tuned!
 
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 10/19/2015 8:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Elinchrom YouTube Channel:
 
After 10 years and over 400,000 Skyport units sold, Elinchrom decided to not only raise the bar but also leap way over it with the launch of the EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS, (or Skyport HS for short).
 
The most advanced Skyport ever, it gives Elinchrom users the ability to control and visualize power settings across all their lights directly from the Skyport transmitter plus the ability to shoot at speeds up to 1/8000s in Hi-Sync mode.
 
EL-Skyport Plus HS Features:
 
  • Large LCD with unique, real-time display of remote flash power settings
  • Easy access buttons and Digital Dial for fast setup and control
  • 20 Channels*, 4 Groups for Normal and Speed Sync Modes
  • Hi-Sync, up to 1/8000sec with Canon and Nikon cameras
  • Extended working range up to 656ft (200m)
  • AF Illuminator and sure-lock mounting foot
  • USB port for future-proof upgrades
B&H carries Elinchrom products.
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Category: Elinchrom News
Post Date: 10/19/2015 6:18:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks Emory)
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Post Date: 10/19/2015 5:26:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 16, 2015
From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
 
Lightroom 6.2 Import Update
 
I’d like to thank our customers for their patience while the team reviewed several options for restoring import workflows and addressing quality in Lightroom. We can now confirm that, in our next dot release, we will restore the previous import experience. We are still working on details and timing. In the meantime, if you need to restore previous import functionality prior to the next update, please refer to this document on how to roll back to Lightroom 6.1.1.
 
We will continue to investigate ways to improve the ease of use of our photography products and will do so via an open dialog, with both existing and new customers.
 
Regards,
Tom Hogarty
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/16/2015 8:12:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
There is a lot of advice to be found regarding photography during the autumn season, but the primary visual difference of fall is the color of the foliage and to capture that color, one must go outside.
 
While that tip might sound simple, it is easy to sit in front of a computer or TV instead of making the effort to go out. You can DVR the football game to be watched later. Darkness comes earlier in the fall, so you have some time to catch up on the game or what is going on in the photography world after the light is gone. You can catch up on your post-processing backlog in the winter (what I'm telling myself).
 
A great fall location is Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA. With 22 named waterfalls in this park, along with many other photogenic woods and stream scenes, it is not hard to find wall-grade compositions. Located just below Waters Meet on the Falls Trails, Harrison Wright Falls, shown here, is one of my favorites.
 
Don't let the weather keep you inside. My favorite weather condition for shooting in RGSP is a light rain or immediately after any rain. The rain provides more flow in the stream, but it serves a couple of other important purposes. It keeps the other hikers and less-serious photographers out of the image (they stay home). It also makes everything in the scene wet, giving the surroundings a deep, rich color when photographed through a circular polarizer filters.
 
You will not capture images like this one indoors. Get out and find the colorful fall foliage. Get some exercise and breathe in the crisp air while doing so. Your body and mind will be rewarded along with your portfolio.
 
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Post Date: 10/16/2015 8:49:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Our friends at MindShift Gear have just announced a unique opportunity for you to take one of their FirstLight 20L or 30L (press release) outdoor photography backpacks on a 30-day, risk-free “test drive.”
 
Call them toll free at 866-558-4465 x1, 8:30 AM - 5 PM PST Mon - Fri and they'll process your free test drive trial. Ask for FedEx Ground shipping and they'll include it at no charge. And, be sure to mention The-Digital-Picture.com when ordering.
 
The FirstLight backpacks are designed for the traveling outdoor photographer. The two packs are carry on compatible on virtually any regional and large commercial flight, making getting to your destination with your gear a worry free experience. The FirstLights' contoured, 11-point adjustable torso harness fits most men and women. A shaped aluminum torso stay provides additional support. The packs also utilize ballistic nylon bottoms for long lasting durability.
 
They have dedicated water bottle pockets on both sizes, while the 30L also accommodates up to a 3L hydration reservoir. Both have long lens capacity, big stuff pockets, sternum strap whistles, with extra room for your 15" laptop and personal gear. Use the accessory straps to carry a tripod, monopod or hiking poles. They've also included a seam-sealed rain cover. When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions.
 
The FirstLight 30L is sized for gripped DSLRs and larger gear and will hold up to a 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached. The FirstLight 20L is sized for standard size DSLRs and robust mirrorless kits and will hold up to a 200–400mm f/4 attached or 300 f/2.8 attached.
 
Product Links
MindShift Gear FirstLight 20L
MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L
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Post Date: 10/16/2015 7:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RONKONKOMA, NY — October 16, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, is setting new benchmarks for wide-angle image quality with the announcement of the newest Global Vision and market’s first full-frame 20mm F1.4 lens, the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The lens will be on display at PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo in New York City from October 22-24. The lens will become available late November for the street price of $899.
 
This revolutionary prime lens is designed to bring out the full potential of ultra-high-megapixel DSLR cameras. With a focal length of 20mm and F1.4 aperture, this lens delivers outstanding large-aperture brightness and bokeh. Through decades of experience in lens design and Sigma Global Vision lens craftsmanship, the 20mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass, and five Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups. The combination of advanced optics and optimized lens power distribution minimizes spherical aberration, axial chromatic aberration and field curvature, producing outstanding image quality. The wide angle and outstanding image quality make this lens great for seascape, cityscape, and astrophotography, as well as for photos in low light, indoor photography, portraits, and event and wedding photography.
 
“While many saw the development of a 20mm lens for today’s super-resolution DSLRs as challenging, Sigma approached it head-on utilizing our advanced manufacturing technologies to create the world’s first 20mm F1.4 ultra-wide-angle lens,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “This new lens is a result of years of experience by the company’s optical engineers in developing state-of-the-art lens designs and proven production knowledge, and high-precision craftsmanship by our factory team in Aizu, Japan.”
 
From the start of the design process, Sigma took steps to minimize flare and ghosting, and established an optical design that is resistant to strong incidental light sources such as backlight with its Super Multi-Layer Coating. As with all Sigma Global Vision lenses, the 20mm F1.4 lens incorporates the latest Sigma technology, including an optimized autofocus (AF) algorithm for smooth, fast, and accurate focusing. In addition, Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) compound material is used, which has a high affinity to metal parts, consistently performs well at extreme temperatures, and reduces the size and weight of the lens.
 
This lens is compatible with Sigma’s USB Dock, (sold separately) which allows photographers to update the lens’ firmware, adjust focus points and customize full-time manual focus over-ride function settings using Sigma’s Optimization Pro software. A new metal lens cap (LC907-02) is also available as a separate accessory for $23.
 
The Sigma 20mm F1.4 Art lens will also feature:
 
  • A Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that ensures a silent, high-speed AF function. Smoother AF is achieved when the this AF algorithm is optimized
  • A nine-blade, rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
  • A brass bayonet mount of highly precise and durable construction to enhance mount’s strength and long-term wear resistance
  • Specifications: Weight of 33.5 ounces; a diameter and length of 3.6 inches by 5.1 inches; a minimum aperture of F16; and angle of view (35mm) of 94.5°; minimum focusing distance of 10.9 inches; and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.1
Sigma fans can feel confident knowing that every 20mm lens that leaves Japan’s factory has been tested using Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system, “A1.” Other prime lenses in the Art line include: 24mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM.
 
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
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Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/16/2015 5:27:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
We're still waiting for the official press release, but in the meantime, B&H has the first ever 20mm f/1.4 lens for full-frame cameras – the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art – available for preorder.
 
Can't wait for the press release? B&H has a brief preview of the lens on Explora.
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Category: Preorders
Post Date: 10/16/2015 5:23:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 15, 2015
It seems that most of us photographers are intrigued by the circles created by motion blur. I don't know exactly what it is about spinning subjects, but ... when blurred, they frequently make good compositions. Amusement parks, fairs and other events featuring rides are great locations to find circular motion.
 
Creating the blur simply requires a tripod and the exposure duration long enough to get the desired amount of blur effect. Since long exposures generally require low light levels, dawn and dusk (as seen in this example) are good times for this type of photography. Alternatively, use a neutral density filter under brighter lighting conditions.
 
Do you have a favorite spinning subject? Share it with us in the comments!
 
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Post Date: 10/15/2015 10:43:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Carl Zeiss Lenses YouTube Channel:
 
The world's best wide-angle lens - ZEISS Otus 1.4/28
 
Uncompromising performance across the entire image field makes this full-frame lens unique and sets new standards among wide-angle focal lengths. Raise your photos to a totally new dimension by capturing even the tiniest details of your subject.
 
Note: Retail price of the lens has yet to be determined.
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Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:46:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
This year at #AdobeMAX, we traveled through time to showcase 25 years of Photoshop and get you feeling all tingly again. Watch the video and walk through the last 25 years with us.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan is only USD$9.99 per month and includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
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Post Date: 10/15/2015 7:00:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Notice Regarding the Phenomenon of Skipped Frames in Footage Recorded in Slow Motion on the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
We have become aware that there may be cases of skipped frames in footage recorded in slow motion on the EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.
 
We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users for the inconvenience caused by this phenomenon. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence.
 
Phenomenon
Except as provided below, footage recorded in slow motion in Slow & Fast Motion Recording Mode, in 4K and 2K/HD, and at all frame rates, may have skipped frames.
 
This phenomenon does not occur for slow motion recording at the following settings:
2K/HD recording at 59.94P & 50.00P frame rates
 
Affected Product
EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. Cameras with firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 are affected.
 
The camera’s firmware version can be checked from [System Setup] on the menu.
 
Press the MENU button, then select [System Setup] ? [Firmware] ? [Camera].
 
Support
We are planning to release new firmware that incorporates a fix for this phenomenon in early November.
 
Once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our website. If you wish to use the slow motion recording function before that time, please contact the Canon Service Center.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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Post Date: 10/15/2015 5:23:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 14, 2015
From Lexar:
 
New High-Capacity Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II Card Leverages UHS-II Speed Class 3 Technology for High-Speed Performance
 
Milpitas, CA, October 13, 2015 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 128GB capacity of the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II memory card. Available for purchase later this year, the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be the fastest UHS-II memory card available at this capacity on the market.
 
Leveraging the Ultra High Speed II, UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) specification, the Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC card quickly captures and transfers extended lengths of 4K, 1080p full-HD, and 3D video, as well as high-quality images. The new 128GB capacity card offers read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and write speeds up to 260MB per second.* Additionally, the Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card includes an SD UHS-II reader for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to any PC or Mac system, dramatically accelerating workflow and offering users immediate performance right out of the package.**
 
“By delivering the fastest SDXC memory card with the highest capacity available on the market, Lexar is focused on providing professional videographers and photographers with the necessary tools to perform at new levels,” said Steffi Ho, product marketing manager, Lexar. “Demand for cinematography-grade video and images requires the ability to shoot, store, and transfer more content than ever on a single card, and the 128GB Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC empowers professionals to meet those demands.”
 
The Lexar Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card is backwards compatible with older cameras and readers, performing at UHS-I and Class 10 speeds. Additionally, all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to validate performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The card comes with a limited lifetime warranty*** and includes a lifetime copy of Image Rescue software.**** The Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x SDXC UHS-II card will be available in October with an MSRP of $289.99.
 
B&H carries Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards.
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Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto has released two new sliders aimed squarely at the DSLR video market.
 
Both the 2' and 3.3' versions feature eight high-precision steel ball bearings, high quality machined sufaces and high performance polymer wheels to ensure smooth and relable movement. Both sliders can also be purchased in a kit form with the Manfrotto 500 fluid head paired with the 2' slider and the 502 fluid head paired with the 3.3' version.
 
B&H carries the new Manfrotto sliders and kits.
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Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 10/14/2015 10:09:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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