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 Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how get a still image from a video in Photoshop.
 
You can get Photoshop CC as part of the Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite for only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:02:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 11, 2014
Kim Frick-Welker in the Lounge Chair
By Sean Setters
 
I run a small photography business and typically shoot high school senior photos, family portraits, maternity sessions as well as the occasional corporate work.
 
Last week I was hired by the Cookeville Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Program Assistant, Kim Frick-Welker, to shoot headshots to be used as promotional material for an upcoming show. After completing that assignment, Kim invited me back to CPAC to shoot another round of headshots for her own portfolio (Kim wanted various headshots because she occasionally acts in or directs theater performances).
 
Kim asked that her headshots be photographed using a black background. As she was wearing a black shirt, this requirement made the setup a little challenging. I had to push quite a bit of light onto the black curtain behind her (as well as use a hair/shoulder light) in order to provide enough separation between the subject and the background. Overall, Kim was happy with the images we got. The following was my personal favorite:

Kim Frick-Welker Headshot on Black

After shooting the headshots with the black background, Kim had what she had asked for. But the last time I was on stage, I was captivated by some of the set pieces being prepared for the upcoming play. I had imagined using the lounge chair as a prop and the understated, yet beautiful wallpaper as a backdrop. And I couldn't get that idea out of my head. So after we wrapped up the headshots Kim had asked for, I suggested we take a few more minutes and try something completely different. I explained to her what I was thinking and she readily agreed to extend our session a little longer. She decided a change of clothes might work better for the new setup, and I agreed.
 
Setting up the shot (seen at the top of this post) took 5 - 10 minutes. I used nearly the same lights and light modifiers that I had used in the previous setup, so it was merely a matter of moving around some furniture, a few light stands and my tripod.

Kim Frick-Welker Lounge Chair Setup

It only took a few shots to dial everything in. And after that, we captured some of the best images of the day. No, they weren't the images Kim had asked for – but she liked them even better (as did I).
 
So what did I take away from this experience? When clients hires you, they may have a set of guidelines (or restrictions) for you to follow in order to achieve specific goals. And there's nothing wrong with that. You have to give the client what they need.
 
But many times it's difficult to create the image that's in someone else's head, no matter how well they communicate it to you. So you do your best to give the client what they've asked for.
 
It may sound obvious, but here's something to keep in mind – anyone who hires you was likely impressed with the work you've already created. So if a shot really inspires you, it will likely inspire your client as well – so try to devote a few minutes to getting the shot you want to get, even if it's not a part of your agreed shot list. And then maybe both of you can walk away from the table getting more than you bargained for (in a good way).

Post Date: 8/11/2014 12:12:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Want the best all-round Canon DSLR for your dollar? Want a 1D X-style AF system without spending $6,700.00? How about dual memory card slots and great, full-frame high-ISO performance?
 
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 8/11/2014 10:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $959.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,099.00.

 
Canon has created a fun and informative video explaining the differences between VGA, HD and Full HD video and various frame rates. While it may be targeted towards PowerShot customers, if you're new to shooting movies on your DSLR, the information presented in this video will still be relevant.
 
B&H carries Canon PowerShot and EOS cameras.
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Post Date: 8/11/2014 7:06:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 08, 2014
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CanvasPeople is featuring special deals on most of their standard gallery wrap canvas print sizes. See below for pricing details.
 
Standard Gallery Wrap Canvas Print Sale

SizeOrig. PriceSale Price
8x10$49.00$10.00
11x11$68.99$15.00
11x14$69.99$15.00
16x16$82.99$20.00
9x27$86.99  
16x20$91.00$20.00
18x24$104.99$25.00
20x30$129.00$30.00
24x36--
20x48--

Post Date: 8/8/2014 3:11:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens (review) in stock and available for $1,495.32 after 15% savings. Compare at $2,049.00 new after $150.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Update: Well, that didn't last long. The item is now out-of-stock.
 
List of Remaining Refurbished Lenses & Flashes In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM671.99100.80571.19
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM1,079.20161.88917.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20167.88951.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9961.20346.79
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9948.00271.99
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9978.00441.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9984.00475.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00120.00
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM279.9942.00237.99
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.59
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99

Digital Photo Professional Splash Screen
From the Canon Professional Network:

"Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 4.0 is the latest release of Canon’s free RAW image management and editing software, and this incarnation is heralded as the first major update since the software was launched. Canon has responded to feedback from Digital Photo Professional users and incorporated feature requests and suggestions into version 4.0 to create a better looking package that offers a smoother, faster workflow. In this article CPN writer George Cairns examines how DPP 4.0 is better equipped to support your photographic workflow – as you import, browse and develop large numbers of RAW images – and investigates new features, such as the ability to make selective hue, saturation and luminance adjustments for eight colour gamuts."

Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

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Post Date: 8/8/2014 12:17:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The-Digital-Picture.com Discussion
I've been using our site-reviewed Canon EOS 7D for years (I received it not long after the review was published). I have thoroughly enjoyed using the camera and I have taken many memorable shots with it. However, being a bit long in the tooth, I can't help but wonder how it might be better...
 
Keep in mind, Canon has never indicated that it is working on an EOS 7D successor. However, it's fairly logical to assume they are working on something to fill the EOS 7D's market space (top-end APS-C DSLR).
 
So today, we'd like to know – what [relatively feasible] upgrades would you put into an EOS 7D Mark II? What new specs would make it the undisputed king of the APS-C camera line? [Sean]
 
Leave a comment below or comment on the Facebook feed.
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Post Date: 8/8/2014 8:36:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From KickStarter:
 
A paper USB business card with full analytics and remote access. Meet the new standard for premium business cards.
 
What is a swivelCard?
 
A swivelCard is a premium paper business card that includes a USB drive--a smart business card. It includes analytics and can be updated even after giving it out.
 
What Can swivelCard Do?
 
We patented a system for turning regular paper into a USB drive. Now we've included this technology in a business card. When you own swivelCard, you own the premium business card on the market.

  • Paper comes alive with embedded USB technology. Imagine giving your business card with pictures, videos, presentations, and websites for the recipient to interact with!
  • Analytics through a back-end software interface will allow you to access helpful information about your cards and how they are being used.
  • You can edit the destination you've selected remotely. Remote access to your swivelCard gives you many opportunities to continue interacting with the card's recipient. With the back-end interface you'll be able to log in to your account and remotely make changes to the destination. Plus, this can be done individually for each specific card. Want that potential client to go to a list of testimonials instead of your standard video greeting? You can make that change on the fly after they've left with the card!

Check out SwivelCard's Kickstarter Page for full details.

Post Date: 8/8/2014 7:09:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 07, 2014
Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens
B&H has the Bower 35mm f/1.4 Lens (All Mounts) available for $329.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $379.00.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 2:53:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $349.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 2:13:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
Canon Refurb. DSLR Cameras In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 18-135 IS1,439.20431.761,007.44
Canon EOS 7D + EF-S 28-135 IS1,359.20407.76951.44
Canon EOS 7D Body1,199.20359.76839.44
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20209.80629.40
Canon EOS 60D + EF-S 18-135 IS 767.36191.84575.52
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99170.00509.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99150.00449.99
Canon EOS 60D Body575.99144.00431.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body559.99140.00419.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1479.99120.00359.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99144.00335.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3 + EF-S 18-55 IS359.99108.00251.99

Canon Rerfurb. Lenses and Flashes In Stock

Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM1,359.20203.881,155.32
Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM671.99100.80571.19
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM1,839.20275.881,563.32
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM1,199.20179.881,019.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM919.20137.88781.32
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99115.20268.79
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM1,079.20161.88917.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20167.88951.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM1,279.20191.881,087.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99156.00363.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9928.20159.79
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9961.20346.79
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9948.00111.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM1,295.20194.281,100.92
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9948.00271.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7930.2470.55
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9950.40285.59
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.81,119.20167.88951.32
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM839.20125.88713.32
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM655.9998.40557.59
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9978.00441.99
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9996.00543.99
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM703.99105.60598.39
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM 439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9984.00475.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II239.99120.00120.00
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM279.9942.00237.99
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.59
Canon EF 2x III Extender399.9960.00339.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9936.00203.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9930.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9920.40115.59
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9918.00101.99


 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of Prospectives, Robert Rodriguez Jr shares with B&H his artistic process toward photographing landscapes. Based in the Hudson Valley area of New York, Robert emphasizes some key elements to maintaining inspiration and experimenting with the landscape through focusing on familiar scenery.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 10:03:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
692 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony cameras.
 
To see the combinations supported by DxO Optics Pro and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
New DxO Optics Modules for DxO Optics Pro (also supported by DxO ViewPoint):
 
Canon | Fujifilm | Nikon | Olympus | Pentax | Samsung | Sony
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO Viewpoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/7/2014 8:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Use coupon code SAVE20NOW at FractureMe.com to receive a 20% discount on your next Fracture purchase.
 
About Fractures: Fractures are different from traditional pictures and frames. Instead of printing on paper, Fractures are printed directly on glass. Instead of separating the picture, frame, and mount, a Fracture combines all three into a beautiful, lasting, final product.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 8:10:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Hoya 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
B&H has the Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter available for $119.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $219.00.
Post Date: 8/6/2014 3:03:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
What words would you use to describe your photography brand?
 
Fun? Reliable? Adventurous? If you struggle to answer, our guide, 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers, will help you define and build a strong brand that will set you apart from the competition and attract the clients you want.
 
In this guide, you’ll also learn:

  • How to communicate your photographic style and personality
  • How to determine what aspects of your business are unique
  • Why developing a strong name, logo and aesthetic across all platforms is crucial
  • Why a consistent voice and style must be part of everything you do - including your website, social media, and business cards
  • Plus more!

Use these 10 secrets to build a brand that attracts your ideal market, accurately communicates your specialty and creates unique experiences for your clients.
 
Download 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers

Post Date: 8/6/2014 12:55:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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