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 Friday, March 18, 2016
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom on the web makes it possible for you to access all of your Lightroom images from nearly any computer around the world, and today we’re announcing the addition of Technology Previews, a series of features that will let you test drive new functionality before it’s officially available. The first Technology Preview we’re making available is Search, which coupled with our new image analysis technology, lets you search through any image you have synchronized online, either with Lightroom for mobile, Lightroom on the web, or with Lightroom desktop through a synchronized collection. We’ll be releasing new Technology Previews as they’re ready, which you’ll be able to use and even provide feedback on the functionality, helping to shape the feature.
 
To access search, launch Lightroom on the web, and log in. Then, click on the Lr menu in the top left to open the menu and select Technology Preview. Toggling Search on will start indexing your photos, which makes it possible for you to search through your photos. Don’t worry, at no time will anyone else be able to search through or find your photos. Searching is only available in English for now, but will be available in other languages once we launch the final feature. The functionality will also grow and improve before we release it, adding in the ability to search through an image’s metadata and more, making the search even more powerful and able to find a specific image precisely. Try searching your library for things like food, temples, flowers, animals, and more.
 
Using Lightroom on the web, you can organize your images, flag and add star ratings, perform basic edits using the same quality found in Lightroom desktop and Lightroom for mobile, and share your photos and collections with your friends, family, and clients.
 
We’re eager to hear what you think about search and look forward to sharing more Technology Previews with you in the near future.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
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Post Date: 3/18/2016 12:11:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With 4K steadily gaining traction, you might wonder what kind of computer hardware you may need to render and edit the higher resolution video and which upgrades will likely be of most benefit. If so, B&H has an Explora post just for you.
"With all the buzz surrounding 4K (dubbed UltraHD in the home theater world) many filmmakers, videographers and digital content creators are anxious to understand just what a switch to 4K will mean in terms of new investments. In this article we will explore what 4K means to the editor and colorist; the kind of hardware that might be required and what to consider when building a fresh system or upgrading and existing setup. As we will show, a lot will depend on the specific application; therefore this article will attempt to provide a general overview of post production hardware as it relates to 4K rather than a comprehensive blueprint for building a system."
See the entire article on B&H's Explora.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: B&H Explora
Post Date: 3/18/2016 11:06:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Strong Cloud Product Adoption in Q1 FY2016 Fuels 25 Percent Year-over-year Revenue Growth
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mar. 17, 2016 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2016 ended Mar. 4, 2016.
 
First Quarter Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.38 billion, representing year-over-year growth of 25 percent.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.50 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.66 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue grew by 33 percent year-over-year to a record $932 million, with Creative revenue growing 44 percent year-over-year to a record $733 million.
  • Strong Creative Cloud adoption drove Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) to $3.13 billion exiting the quarter, an increase of $246 million.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud achieved strong bookings growth, and record revenue of $377 million that represents year-over-year growth of 21 percent.
  • Year-over-year operating income grew 78 percent and net income grew 200 percent on a GAAP-basis; operating income and net income both grew 48 percent on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $498 million, and deferred revenue grew to $1.61 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares during the quarter, returning $133 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided here.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month and, as shown above, is a big reason for Adobe's success right now.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/18/2016 8:05:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
In today’s digital era, where Instagram is king, “likes” are a form of digital currency, and outdoor corporate brands are among the best platforms for content distribution, planning adventure travel is a highly valued skillset for freelance photographers. Whether capturing a tiny person amidst a big mountainous landscape, a selfie next to a Great White, or an exploding volcano in the heart of Africa, the adventure lifestyle brand covers a huge genre and is categorically in high demand. The final output can be magical, alluring, and seemingly effortless. So much so that it often masks the tireless hours of hard work necessary to identify a location, create an expedition, plan the logistics and then quest forth like a modern-day frontiersman into a foreign land.
 
To fill in the blanks around what’s required to “get the shot,” I’m [Ted Hesser] going to share the details of one of my latest trips to ascend Mt. Nyiragongo, the most active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 3/18/2016 6:27:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 17, 2016
From the Canon Professional Network:
Belgian filmmaker Matthew Vandeputte is rapidly emerging as one of the leading exponents of motion timelapse photography. CPN Editor David Corfield caught up with him to find out how technology, social media, and Canon’s high-resolution EOS 5DS R have helped take his work to exciting new heights...
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
Note: Don't miss seeing the timelapse captured on the observation deck of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. [Sean]
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5Ds R (review) which currently qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 3/17/2016 12:03:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
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Post Date: 3/17/2016 10:38:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Review.
 
The lens that overshadows this one in optical performance and versatility (and price) is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens. Here is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L vs. f/2.8L IS II Lens comparison.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens in stock with a $100 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock with a $150 instant rebate and 4% B&H rewards.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/17/2016 9:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From EPI:
 
27’’ Monitor Delivers 50 Percent More Color Than Traditional LED Displays
 
Fremont, California – March 15, 2016 – Today EPI (North America brand license partner for Philips Monitors) announces the world’s first quantum dot-based monitor (E-line 276E6ADSS) is now available in North America. The new 27-inch monitor delivers 99% Adobe RGB color - 50 percent more color than traditional LED displays - thanks to Color IQ technology from QD Vision. The new E6 is ideal for entertainment, gaming, professional photography and design. It combines Color IQ optics with full HD resolution, resulting in a professional quality display at the price of mainstream monitors. The Philips 27-inch Quantum Dot display is now available on Amazon for $299.
 
QD Vision's Color IQ solution uses an innovative new semiconductor technology called quantum dots to precisely and efficiently convert light, delivering bluer blues, greener greens and redder reds. The result — vibrant, dynamic, “you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it” color.
 
Most of today's high-end monitors are capable of displaying only 95% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, while mainstream models are often limited to showing 70% of the Adobe spectrum. Using QD Vision's Color IQ solution, the Philips 27-inch Quantum Dot Display will deliver over 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum - more than 100% of the standard sRGB color gamut - but at a fraction of the price of commercial displays.
 
The IPS-ADS display offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast, 5ms response time and 178°/178° viewing angles, making it possible to view the display from almost any angle. Unlike standard TN panels, IPS-ADS displays give you remarkably crisp images with vivid colors, making them ideal not only for photos, movies and web browsing, but also for professional applications that demand color accuracy and consistent brightness at all times. Ports include; VGA, DVI-D, HDMI (with MHL) and a 3.5mm audio output jack.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Phillips News
Post Date: 3/17/2016 7:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 16, 2016
From Adobe:
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4
Download: Windows | Macintosh
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Post Date: 3/16/2016 2:38:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom CC 2015.5 and Lightroom 6.5 are now available on Adobe.com. Our focus with this release was to add support for new cameras and lenses, and also fix many bugs that existed in previous versions of Lightroom.
 
Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Lightroom.
 
Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5
 
  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge
    • Scared that pesky sensor dust spots will ruin your perfect pano? No problem, remove spots in 1 image and then merge to pano. Lightroom takes care of the rest.
    • Boundary Warp gets better as we fixed a bunch of bugs
    • Removed the ‘auto’ projection option. Turns out, it always picked the same projection mode.
  • Other Bug Fixes
    • Rename failed if raw+jpeg pairs were copied to a second location
    • Shooting tethered, shutter button will not move to top of the screen
    • The video cache was not correctly limited to the size set in Preferences
    • Photomerge fails with virtual copies
    • Droplets no longer work with Export Actions
    • Impromptu slideshow gave error message “video support is disabled”
    • Import didn’t work if you weren’t signed in
    • Certain dates couldn’t be entered in Edit Capture Time dialog (1966, 1969, 1999, etc.)
    • Videos wouldn’t play on some systems
    • Slideshow module wouldn’t work on some systems
    • Fixed a ton of sync errors. Faster sync to the Lightroom iOS and Android apps
    • Scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back! (sorry that it went away in the first place)
    • Slideshows are back in high-resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected
    • Books are made for browsing. We’ve reinstated scroll bars so that you can browse faster in the Book module
    • Incorrect value for EXIF:ColorSpace in exported TIFFs
    • After export shortcut CTRL+ALT+S not working in Develop
    • Crashes when tethered to Canon cameras (5dm3, 5ds, 1dsm3)
    • SDK broken edit_field’s validate function, disabling existing plugins
    • Months in non-English configurations show in English
    • Secondary Window blocks mouse clicks even when closed after switching desktop spaces
    • Can’t import DNG files from Parrot Bebop drone
    • Watermark loses setting after Edit dialog opened
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5
 
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4
New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5*
 
Canon EFSIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
Canon EF-MBower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Nikon FNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon FNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Nikon FNikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Nikon FNikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED

* Only Canon & Nikon compatible lens profile additions are shown. For a full list of new lens profiles, click here.
 
Installation Instructions
 
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
 
Direct download links: Win | Mac
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/16/2016 2:29:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
 
If you are shooting APS-C format and have been wanting an aperture wider than f/2.8 in focal lengths wider than 18mm, your only option has just arrived.
 
B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/16/2016 8:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Just posted: UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head Review.
 
You may have noticed the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head showing up on the gear list for the Philadelphia Skyline picture I posted yesterday. I have been using this head for a couple of months now and ... it is truly "unique" – in a good way.
 
B&H carries the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head, expected in stock soon.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 3/15/2016 9:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 14, 2016
After researching potential Philadelphia photography locations, I decided to make the sunset and blue hour view of center city from the South Street Bridge my priority. After conveniently parking at the Penn Museum parking garage, I carried a MindShift Gear BackLight 26L full of gear a short distance to the bridge to finalize my scouting. As expected, the bridge piers could be photographed from, eliminating the potentially major mid-span issue of bridge movement caused by vehicle traffic. Satisfied with my plan, I went on to explore the great Philadelphia riverfront and some of the inner city.
 
I came back to my bridge position about an hour before sunset, setup two tripods and cameras and began taking some long exposures using 6 and 10-stop Breakthrough Photography neutral density filters, capturing the setting sun bathing the city in warm color. Warm color turned into orange in the sky for another nice set of images. But, the best was yet to come.
 
When the lights in the city became sufficiently bright relative to the sky, the images took on significantly more sparkle – exactly what I was looking for. While I have a very good idea of when this time is happening, I shoot images from before the expected time until the color in the sky is gone. I later select the image captured at the most-ideal time as it is most easily discernable in post.
 
A 30 second exposure was ideal for eliminating moving people from the image (the riverfront walkway was filled with walkers, joggers, bikers, etc.) and for blurring the water. While a far wider aperture would have provided an adequate depth of field for this image, but f/11 and f/16 create larger starburst effects from the lights. An even narrower aperture will create even larger stars, but I find the detail-softening effects of diffraction to become too strong for this purpose beyond f/16. At this capture time, f/16 at 30 seconds needed ISO 200 for the desired brightness. I could have gone to a 1-minute exposure and ISO 100, but with long exposure noise reduction turned on, that means 2 minutes per image and I wanted a faster capture rate.
 
Post processing adjustments to this Philadelphia skyline image were primarily adding saturation along with a minor curves adjustment. Often the case when photographing city lights is that some areas of the photo are illuminated more strongly than others, often the photogenic tops of skyscrapers go pure white first. To counter this issue, I captured bracketed exposures and selected a 2-stop shorter variant to put the color and details back into the triangular-shaped gridded roof-top on the BNY Mellon Center building via an HDR process. I usually remove airplane light trails, but ... the up-curving arc, to my eye, seemed to work in this image, so it remains.
 
I mentioned using two complete camera and tripod setups. I was using a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on one (capturing a wider image including the west side of the Schuylkill River) and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on the other, capturing a more-tightly framed image emphasizing the city's great architecture with the riverwalk providing a strong leading line into the frame. The two cameras in simultaneous use essentially doubled the take-home from the prime time of this day's shoot.
 
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Post Date: 3/14/2016 10:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Review.
 
You don't want surprises from a Zeiss Otus lens. Hopefully you will find none in this review.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 3/14/2016 8:27:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Profoto:
 
Add color to your palette with Profoto OCF Gels
 
Ever since the company was founded in 1968, Profoto has been strongly associated with the colors black and white.
 
Now, Profoto releases its first tool for shaping light in color – the OCF Gels.
 
There are 20 different OCF Gels to choose from. Ten of them are color correction gels for balancing your flash with ambient light. The other ten are color effect gels used for creative purposes, such as creating a colored highlight or background.
 
All 20 OCF Gels are pre-cut to fit Profoto Off-Camera Flashes, and mounted with a unique snap-on solution. No need for scissors or tape. Just flip through the wallet that the OCF Gels are stored in, take your pick and place it in the OCF Grid&GelHolder, snap it on, and you are good to good. Looks better, works better.
 
The OCF Gels are sold in three different kits. The OCF Color Gel Starter Kit includes ten of the most popular gels plus the actual OCF Grid&GelHolder and two gel attachment pieces, allowing you to switch gels fast and easy.
 
The OCF Color Correction Gel Pack includes 20 color gels in orange, blue and green for balancing flash light with sunlight, moonlight and fluorescent light respectively.
 
The OCF Color Effects Gel Pack includes 20 gels in Rose Pink, Gold Amber, Light Lavender, Just Blue, Deep Straw, Chrome Orange, Scarlet, Peacock Blue, Magenta and Yellow.
 
Being a fully integrated part of Profoto’s Off-Camera Flash system, the OCF Gels can be used with the B1 and the B2 Off-Camera Flashes, as well as any of the OCF Light Shaping Tools.
 
The OCF Gels are available from March 7. The OCF Color Gel Starter Kit is sold at a recommend price of €90/$99, while the gel packs are sold at a recommend price of €50/$59.
 
B&H has the Profoto OCF Gels available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 3/14/2016 6:04:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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