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 Thursday, December 15, 2016
Through Saturday, B&H has the Phottix Mitros+ TTL Flash and Odin Flash Trigger Combo (for Canon/Nikon) available for $349.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $549.99.
Want more flashes? Buy multiple flash+trigger kits because it's $50.00 less expensive than buying the flash on its own plus you'll have backup TTL Flash Triggers.
Product Highlights
  • Built-In Odin Transmitter/Receiver
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II
  • Guide Number: 190' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (14mm with Panel)
  • Tilts from -7° to +90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Wireless Master/Slave TTL Functionality
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5 Seconds
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Odin TCU TTL Flash Trigger Included
Until 2:00pm Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro TAD18C Series 1 Adventure Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $119.99 with free shipping. Regularly $229.99.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 56.5"
  • Min Height: 11.6"
  • Folded Length: 19.3"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.6 lb
  • Flip Locks
  • Carrying Case
Post Date: 12/15/2016 10:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW Backpack (Slate Gray) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds DSLR with 18-105mm, 2,3 Lenses
  • Dedicated iPad/Tablet Compartment
  • Removable Camera Box with Flap Closure
  • Converts to Daypack When Box is Removed
  • Side Access to Gear
  • Top Loading Compartment
  • Room for Water Bottle, Personals
  • Adjustable Backpack Straps
  • 210D Nylon Ripstop Polyurethane

From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
Tom Bol demonstrates how to create a creative and unique portrait for a stylized shoot with two speedlights and some Rogue FlashBender 2 Gear. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
B&H carries the ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender 2 XL Pro and Rogue Gels.
Post Date: 12/15/2016 6:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the LG 34UM95-P 34" 21:9 UltraWide IPS Monitor with Thunderbolt available for $549.00 with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
Product Highlights
  • In-Plane Switching (IPS) Technology
  • HDMI / DisplayPort / Thunderbolt
  • 3440 x 1440 Resolution
  • 1,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 320 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • Covers 99% of the sRGB Color Spectrum
  • 100 x 100mm VESA Mount Compatible
  • Built-In USB 3.0 Hub
Until the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $394.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $694.95.
Note: The Gold Mount version of the LED light is also reduced.
Free Included Items (Total Value: $223.53)
  • Dracast Barndoors for LED500
  • Dracast DLS-805 Air-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast 360-Degree Swivel Mount
  • Dracast 60-Degree Honeycomb Grid for LED500 Panel
Product Highlights
  • 3,200-5,600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with V-Mount Batteries
  • 12 x 6 x 2" Panel, Weighs 4 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Wednesday, December 14, 2016
B&H has the full-frame compatible Rokinon 12mm f/2.8 ED AS IF NCS UMC Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $389.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
Product Highlights
  • Canon EF Mount Lens/ Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Extra Low Dispersion Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal and UMC Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus & Manual Aperture Lens
  • 180º Angle of View
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 7.9"
  • Included Petal-Shaped Lens Hood
Post Date: 12/14/2016 1:28:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

How fast do you need your memory card order? How about 30 minutes or less? No problem – Amazon's drone is headed your way.
It may be just that easy in the not-so-distant future for those customers within range of an Amazon Prime Air facility.
From the Amazon YouTube Channel:
Amazon Prime Air has begun private trials in England, and the first customer delivery by drone recently took place. Check it out!
Category: Amazon News
Post Date: 12/14/2016 12:03:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the SanDisk 128GB iXpand Flash Drive available for $79.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.99.
Product Highlights
  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Connector
  • 1 x Lightning Connector
  • Designed for iPhone or iPad
  • Includes iXpand Drive App
Post Date: 12/14/2016 11:36:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until 6:00pm Eastern Time tonight, B&H has the ASUS ZenPower 10050mAh Portable Battery Pack available for $14.99 with free shipping. Regularly $24.99.
Product Highlights
  • 10050mAh Battery Capacity
  • 2.4A Power Output
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Compact Size
Post Date: 12/14/2016 11:07:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Syrp:
With 5-10 stops of adjustable exposure control, the Syrp Super Dark Variable ND Filter is a must-have tool for any photographer's gear bag and is available for pre-order from today, with a planned shipping date of the 15th of December. The Super Dark is available in two sizes and includes hard stops at the minimum and maximum ends for reducing X-pattern.
Long exposures are fundamental to landscape photography as they capture the effect of time passing, giving your images an expressive and often surreal look. They also add a creative element to your time lapses making them more fluid and giving them a dreamy effect. Silky smooth waterfalls or glassy lakes can be captured in full day light with just a simple twist of the filter to allow you to slow your shutter speed and record long exposures.
Both the Small and Large Filter Kits come with a genuine leather carry case to house the filter and ensure it stays protected from dust and scratches. Our Super Dark Variable ND Filter provides exposure reduction of 5 (ND32) to 10 (ND1024) stops using a smooth, adjustable front ring. The filter also has a front thread so you can easily stack filters if needed and will fit your regular lens cap.
Included in each Filter Kit are two step up rings for maximum compatibility with the range of lenses in your kit. The Large Kit (82mm) has 77-82mm and 72-82mm rings and the Small Kit has 58-67mm and 52-67mm rings. An invaluable tool for time-lapse, the Super Dark creates a more natural and fluid transition between frames, reducing the appearance of moving elements' flickering and stuttering.
B&H has the Syrp Super Dark Variable ND Filter available for preorder.
Category: Syrp News
Post Date: 12/14/2016 8:53:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the National Geographic YouTube Channel:
Of the many ways Earth is polluted, light pollution may be the least talked about. It's not an illusion; astronomers measure it from one to nine on the Bortle scale, and earlier this year, one study suggested that light pollution may be causing spring to come earlier. This short film, shot mainly in California by Sriram Murali, goes through all the levels of the scale, showing how the view of the cosmos gets better in less light-polluted areas.
Post Date: 12/14/2016 8:35:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The girls were my support staff on this trip and we rolled into Whistler late in the afternoon after a challenging 10 hour drive through western Canada. We checked into the hotel, unloaded, drove to the other end of the village to park in the free lot and began walking back through the village to find dinner. The girls were a bit vague about what we were doing on this end of our trip ("Whistler" wasn't a location they knew much about) and they were quite awestruck as we came into the beautiful and impressively-designed Olympic village. Fitting were the Olympics rings being one of the first sights seen in the village as the 2016 summer Olympics were scheduled to begin a few days later. To be at one of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics venues was very fun to them.
I knew that our schedule was tight (and I was really tired and hungry), so I tried to keep moving them along (vs. stopping at every shop we were walking past). We finally found a restaurant (with reasonable prices and still open), ate and went back to the hotel. It was nearly midnight until we got to bed and that meant the morning was not going to be an early one as I needed enough sleep to drive to Vancouver the next night.
By the time we packed in the AM, finished breakfast and waited in line for lift tickets, it was afternoon and we arrived near the top of Whistler at about 2:00 PM. As we got off of the gondola, we noticed a sign stating that the last lift ride down was at 5:00 PM. While it would have been nice to know that piece of information before heading up the mountain (and even better to know it the night before), the 6 mile (9.5km) High Note Trail was a high priority and we were determined to make loop trail hike happen. We had another line and chair lift to go before hitting the trail head and we proceeded. So, we were left with about 2.5 hours to do the moderately difficult hike with photos of course being the primary goal.
Although I had the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L loaded with several lens options, I mounted the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and left the pack on my back for the duration of the hike, due to the time constraints. That lens mounted to the Canon EOS 5Ds R worked great for the scenery encountered on this hike. I hadn't brought a tripod along and, with image stabilization doing its job, I didn't need one.
If photographing landscapes during the middle of a sunny day, I nearly always have a circular polarizer filter installed and did on this day. By cutting reflections, these filters significantly increase saturation, making colors "pop".
The hike ended up being mostly a run with stops for photos while trying to resist some of the constant photo temptations along the way (for time reasons). At about 7,000' (2,133m) in elevation, the view over the valley 5,000' (1,524m) below (including the turquoise-colored Cheakamus Lake seen in this image) was continuously spectacular. The timing of this trip, to coincide with wildflower season, was also perfect. I captured numerous images I liked and, though exhausted, made it back to the lift in time to ride down. That was a very good thing as hiking the 3 mi (5 km) down the steep mountain would have been rough at this point.
A larger version of this image is available on, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/50s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 12/14/2016 7:54:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the LensRentals Blog:
By Chase Reynolds
If you’re at all like me, you’re the designated photographer for your family and friends. If there’s a family photo, you take it. At some point on New Year’s Eve, you’ll have 4 or 5 random iPhone in your hands at once, taking the group shot for everyone to post on social media. Have you ever been invited to an event, or even a wedding, and it’s casually suggested that you bring a camera along? If they ever refer to you as the one with the “nice” camera, it can be a little annoying. Most of the time, though, people are asking because you know stuff and they trust you to do a good job. You are the photographer. This means that eventually you will get asked to build a photo booth.
One of the popular questions we get asked from customers that call and email us, is that they need to build a photo booth for an event they’re either working or hosting, and want our expertise on how to create an effective booth using some of the gear we have available. It’s a tough question because there is no right answer, but we wanted to give you a headstart on how to go about it, for any upcoming holiday parties you may have planned.
I’ll pretense, and tell you that I’ve never made the same exact photo booth twice. There are a hundred ways of doing it and I’m constantly changing my mind based on the location, type of event, gear at hand, or maybe a fleeting creative inspiration. At the core, however, all photo booths have the same basic requirements. It’s a camera, locked off on tripod or stand, taking photos of people standing in front of a backdrop. So I’d like to start by describing the different areas of setup you should think about.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
Post Date: 12/14/2016 7:47:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
Just a few weeks ago, Apple revealed the all new MacBook Pro featuring a breakthrough new interface that replaces the traditional row of function keys with a Retina-quality Multi-Touch display called the Touch Bar. We’ve been working hard to build custom support for the Touch Bar, and I’m pleased to announce that, as promised, it is available in today’s update to Photoshop.
I’ve had a chance to use the Touch Bar a bit and I find it exciting for two reasons. First, the Touch Bar is useful for surfacing a contextual “next step”. This is helpful both for a beginner who might not know how to navigate Photoshop, and for an experienced user in giving them speedier access to the desired next action. Second, the Touch Bar is useful for accessing controls in a new way, especially controls that were sometimes clumsy with a keyboard and mouse.
In designing the interaction with the Touch Bar, we imagined three distinct categories of functions that would be useful to our customers: Layer Properties, Brushes, and (true to Photoshop’s ethos) your customizable Favorites.
Adobe Photoshop CC MacBook Pro Touch Bar Support Example.gif

Inside the Layer Properties section, you can quickly access common actions like place a Smart Object, clip Layers, and open Select & Mask. Controls for changing the blend mode and scrubbing through the history are especially nice to use on the Touch Bar Retina display because of a visual preview of the result.
The Brushes section gives you quick access to brush color, size, hardness, opacity and flow. Each of these commands has a movable slider to pick just the right value.
The Favorites sections allows you to configure your own set of favorite actions. This includes any combination of actions from the previous sections, or other commands like Full screen mode, Flip Horizontal/Vertical, and launching the macOS share menu.
More details on of the new Touch Bar capabilities are available here.
It’s an exciting time in computing, bringing all new ways to interact with your content and control your device. The Photoshop team is constantly evaluating new technologies and thinking of ways to make our customers more productive. As we continue to evolve our support for the Touch Bar and other alternative input methods, we would love to hear your feedback. Please let us know your feedback and suggestions here.
To install the update, choose Help > Updates… More info here.
For a complete read me including fixed customer issues, see here.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/14/2016 7:28:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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