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 Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 V2.0
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 available for $129.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
Product Highlights
  • Holds Pro DSLR,70-200mm f/2.8,5-8 Lenses
  • For 2 DSLRs,24-70mm f/2.8,70-200mm f/2.8
  • Expanding Front for 2 Pro DSLR Bodies
  • Looks Like Luggage and Not a Camera Bag
  • Side Loops for Optional Carry Straps
  • Pee Wee Pixel Pocket for Memory Cards
  • Non-Slip,Contoured Shoulder Strap
  • Rear Trolley Sleeve/Tethered Rain Cover
  • Accepts Optional Urban Disguise Straps
Post Date: 9/1/2015 8:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From WD:
New My Cloud OS 3 Puts Control of Content into the Hands of Consumers with Greater Photo Sharing, Backup and Synchronization
IFA - BERLIN, Germany – Sept. 1, 2015 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced significant enhancements to WD’s family of My Cloud personal storage devices, including a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system, Software Developer Kit (SDK) enabling enhanced app integration and a dual-drive My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage offering increased memory and faster processing performance than previous generations.
WD’s My Cloud OS 3 features an intuitive user interface delivering a rich content sharing experience, and back-up and sync capabilities that elevate the personal cloud NAS offering while retaining the privacy and control unique to personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office.
"We know our personal cloud customers place the highest value on their personal content and enjoy the peace of mind from backing up PCs, smart phones and tablets to and centralizing content on their My Cloud systems," said Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager of Content Solutions at WD. "They tell us they are confident in the privacy, control and anywhere access we provide them with the My Cloud OS. Now, with My Cloud OS 3, we’ve made users’ management of their digital lives easier than ever before."
My Cloud OS 3 features powerful new photo and video capabilities via two new user experiences: and My Cloud Albums app. provides users global access to their My Cloud via an intuitive web browser based user interface and enables file collaboration, comprehensive access management and a photos and videos gallery view. My Cloud Albums, available for download late September on iTunes and Google Play stores, allows a My Cloud OS 3 user to send a link to a common location, or "album", on the My Cloud to all their friends and family.
My Cloud OS 3’s new WD Sync feature syncs data across multiple PCs and notebooks, ensuring that important files are up to date and available to users from almost any device. The new OS also allows users to set up automatic camera-roll backup of photos from smartphones and tablets and offers a new transfer tool that enables users to easily and quickly move their files to My Cloud devices. The OS also includes Chromebook and Chromecast support.
As part of the My Cloud OS 3 launch, WD has introduced My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API enabling developers to build new extensions, features and capabilities within the My Cloud ecosystem of personal cloud storage devices. The My Cloud Device SDK, based on the Docker open platform technology, ensures developers can easily access and collaborate to create customized experiences. Partners already developing extensions and new features based on the new SDK include Plex and Milestone.
In addition to new software upgrades, WD has also introduced a new version of My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage devices, featuring two hard drives set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1), ensuring content is stored on one drive and automatically duplicated to a second drive. My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage includes the new features announced for My Cloud OS 3 and an improved processor and 1 GB RAM for faster file transfers and application support
Attendees of the annual IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin September 4-9, 2015 can visit the WD booth (#103) in Hall 11.2 of the Berlin ExpoCenter for a demo and hands-on experience with the new My Cloud OS 3, My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API.
Pricing and Availability
WD My Cloud OS 3 will be available at the end of the month as a free download on current My Cloud personal cloud storage devices. My Cloud devices supporting the new OS 3 include: My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Expert Series EX2/EX4, My Cloud Expert Series EX2100/EX4100 and My Cloud Business Series DL2100/DL4100. Customers can also download the new WD My Cloud mobile apps, which are now available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. All WD My Cloud devices are available today in the WD store at and at select retailers and distributors. Access to My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API will be available to interested developers late September.
My Cloud Mirror will have a Manufactured Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of 4 TB $309.99, 6 TB $379.99, 8 TB $429.99 and is available at select retailers and distributors beginning on September 30th.
B&H carries WD drives.
Category: WD News
Post Date: 9/1/2015 7:40:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
To respond to the growing demand from creatives worldwide, Adobe decided to expand its annual Adobe MAX conference, taking place in early October at the Los Angeles Convention Center, to 6,000 attendees this year. Last year, MAX attracted 5,500 attendees from 78 countries.
Adobe MAX is the world’s leading creativity conference bringing together the most creative minds across the creative industries, including inspirational and iconic speakers from graphic design and illustration; photography and creative imaging; video; digital publishing; as well as Web and app design.
Adobe president and CEO Shantanu Narayen and David Wadhwani, senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe, will kick off the show with a high-impact keynote presentation on Monday, October 5.
Check out the Adobe MAX website for more info.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/1/2015 7:21:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G  NIKKOR ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G NIKKOR ED VR Lens available for $1,139.00. Compare at $1,396.95.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/1/2015 4:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 31, 2015
Samyang Changes Name?
I received a Facebook notice this morning that one of the brands I was following – Samyang Optics – had changed its name to "Next77 Global."
I'm not quite sure what's behind the name change, but I'll keep an eye out for any press releases on the matter.
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/31/2015 1:16:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
Kudos to Sigma for bringing us a groundbreaking f/2 full frame zoom lens!
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 8/31/2015 10:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rokinon 8mm Fisheye Lens
For a limited time, B&H has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Ultra Wide Angle Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $179.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $239.00.
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • For APS-C Size Image Formats
  • Rounded Image When Used With Full Frame
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
Note: A fisheye lens is an excellent tool for inspiring creativity. I purchased this lens several years ago and I always have fun when I pull it out of the gear bag. [Sean]
Rokinon 8mm f 3.5 Fisheye Example Old Car
Post Date: 8/31/2015 5:23:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 28, 2015
Summer Photography Tips: Visit the Amusement Park After Dark
Amusements parks, carnivals, fairs, and similar are popular summer attractions. The next time you visit such attractions, be sure to take your camera gear (including a tripod) and ... make sure that you stay until the lights come on. To be more "attractive", amusement rides are typically well-lit at night and these rides (along with other signage) can make colorful images.
The first step: before you leave home, make sure that you know the park's rules for photography. The bigger the park, carnival, etc., the more likely that your activity will fall under regulation. The Ferris wheel shown here was captured at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA (America's largest free-admission park). This park requires permission for "Professional Photography".
Also before you go, scope out potential opportunities using the park's map, satellite imagery and photos found online. Look for colorful rides that move significantly and have lots of lights on the moving portions of the ride. While motionless lights can be attractive in images (especially if out of focus), moving lights can be made to cover much more of the frame, replacing dark sky with bright light. Spinning rides often work well, but roller coasters often do not.
A perfect night photography ride example is the big Ferris wheel at Knoebels. The park has recently installed a new LED lighting system that displays constantly changing colors as the big wheel spins. The ride looks impressive and attracts many spectators in addition to riders.
Though it has excellent image quality, my choice to use the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens for this image was foremost for the ultra-wide focal lengths. Because of the many obstructions around (notably, trees), I wanted to be as close to the ride as possible and also wanted the close, looking-up perspective. This position also helped avoid people (the spectators I mentioned) in the frame (and the model release complication they could potentially add).
There are many options for photographing amusement parks in the dark (or just before dark), but I like to fill a significant amount of the frame with light. In this particular case, I liked having the entire wheel in the frame while shooting (I was over 11 hours into my commercial shoot and had gone to bed at 3:00 AM that morning, so I can't argue that my decision making ability was not slightly clouded at the time). During post processing, I decided that I liked the wheel cropped tighter, showing even more color in the frame and making the support structure larger in the frame. That the 5Ds R has such extreme resolution enabled me to crop significantly into the frame and still have a high resolution image remaining (roughly 22 megapixels). And, I still have the full size image available if wanted at a later time.
Camera exposure settings for lights moving in the dark are often determined by aperture and ISO. That was the case here. Since the lights in the middle of the wheel are not moving as fast as the outermost lights, there is an overall exposure balance required. The LED lights were very bright and ISO 100 with an f/11 aperture worked well in this case (I reduced the brightness somewhat in post processing). I adjusted the shutter speed (in manual mode) to capture the complete movement between wheel spokes without overlap (which would cause overexposure), generating a complete circle of light that, with the changing lights, resembles a pinwheel.
Dark park photography will test your visualization ability, but it is great fun to anticipate and view the results. It is not hard to create attractive blurs of light at these venues. Give after-dark amusement park photography a go! It shouldn't be hard to entertain the kids while you do.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 8/28/2015 1:46:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From MindShift Gear:
The Industrial Designers Society of America named our sister outdoor company MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama Backpack a winner of the Silver IDEA Award. The rotation180° Panorama was selected from among more than 1,700 projects entered from around the globe in 20 categories.
“When we look at a design, we’re not just looking at what’s trendy or fashionable at the moment. We have the context of a long line of designers that came before us,” said IDEA Award Chair Matthew Marzynski, IDSA. “That collective knowledge exists within IDSA, kind of like a living treasure.”
New IDSA Board of Directors Chair, John Barratt—a former IDEA Jury Chair—calls the competition “the authority on design” and says IDEA jurying is “the most rigorous and thoughtful” in the world.
The rotation180° Panorama is the first rotating day hiker backpack. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, tablets, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access without first having to take off the backpack, or even stop hiking.
MindShift Gear backpacks are available from and other leading outdoor and photography retailers.
Post Date: 8/28/2015 5:43:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Instagram Now Displays Portrait and Landscape Images
From Instagram:
Today, we’re excited to announce that — in addition to square posts — you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram.
Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end. Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square.
Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way. To keep the clean feel of your profile grid, your post will appear there as a center-cropped square.
Instagram Announces Portrait and Landscape Photos

We’re especially excited about what this update means for video on Instagram, which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever. While we’ve historically had separate filters for photos and for videos, all filters will now work on all types of moments. You can also adjust the intensity of filters on videos, too.
We continue to be inspired by the creativity and diversity of the Instagram community, and we can’t wait to see what you create next.
To learn more about the changes in today’s update, check out the Instagram Help Center.
Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple's App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.
Category: Instagram News
Post Date: 8/28/2015 4:41:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Post Date: 8/27/2015 11:36:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Catching Color with the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art Lens and Why You Shouldn't Leave when the Sun Sets
Time after time, I am in position to photograph the sunset with many other photographers and observers around me. It is (usually) lots of fun talking to those nearby, but ... as soon as the sun goes behind the horizon, most people pack up and leave.
Last week, the same thing was happening as I was bayside in Seaside Park, NJ. Right after the sun disappeared, a friendly photographer came over and asked if I got "it" while showing me his favorite pic of the setting sun. I replied that I did, but indicated that the main show was likely still to come. He said that he liked to see the sun's reflection best. My thought was that his preference is fine, that we are all different, that I too like the sun's reflection and that I was still expecting the best yet to come.
Fortunately, this gentleman had enough question about my opinion vs. his that he stuck around. Fifteen minutes was all that was needed. The color in the sky was very impressive on this evening and Barnegat Bay was very calm. About 25 minutes after the sun set, the other photographer returned very excited. Upon a quick review of his website the next day, I found only one picture from that evening. One captured well after the sun had set.
Unless I am shooting landscape that the setting sun is directly lighting, I am usually more found of my post-sunset images. This image was my favorite from the night (though I have many close runners-up).
This is an HDR image, comprised of three exposures used to balance the overall brightness of the final image.
While an f/2 max aperture lens invites many uses in addition to landscape photography, the focal length range of the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens is great for this use. Since the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art Lens was what I was evaluating at the time, I put it to use for my sunset session. It performed excellently.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 8/26/2015 12:03:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/26/2015 7:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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CanvasPeople has all sizes of their standard and thick wrap canvas prints discounted by 80% with one exception – 16x20 standard wrap prints are almost 95% off and will set you back only $5.00 + shipping.
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20x30$128.99 $25.80-
24x36-$199.94 $39.99
20x48-$219.94 $43.99
Post Date: 8/26/2015 6:54:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apple 15.4
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Mid 2014) available for $1,749.00. Regularly $2,299.00.
Product Highlights
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell)
  • 16GB of Onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics (2GB)
  • 15.4" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics
  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Post Date: 8/26/2015 6:30:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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