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 Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
Learn from one of the world’s foremost authorities on Digital Asset Management, Peter Krogh.
 
Been meaning to get your photos organized for months (maybe even years)? Worried about losing your images or experienced the complete failure of a hard drive? Then this webinar is for you. Lightroom master Peter Krogh, will join us Wednesday, June 25th at 4pm ET to dive into all the in's and out's of Lightroom Storage Techniques.
 
Peter will dedicate a large portion of the webinar to taking viewers' questions - so get your questions prepped, tune in, and get ready to organize your images and streamline your workflow.
 
In this webinar Peter will cover :

  • Primary storage vs. Backup storage
  • Cloning your drives
  • NAS and the personal cloud
  • Cloud storage services
  • Using SSD for speed, upgrading your current computer

Register Now!

Canon Digital Photo Professional 4.0 Screenshot
From Canon Professional Network:
 
"Canon has launched Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 4.0, the first sweeping overhaul of Canon’s RAW processing software since its launch. The latest version of DPP - available for download at the end of June - has been updated with a raft of key changes to satisfy the most demanding of digital photographers."
 
Preview Coverage

  • DPP 4.0: ALL-NEW KEY FEATURES
  • Faster, real-time adjustments.
  • Improved RAW file workflow.
  • Better, more approachable user interfaces.
  • Compatible with 64-bit native environments.
  • Colour adjustments for specific colour gamuts.
  • Improved highlight recovery provides expanded tonality.
  • Improved shadow recovery function.
  • Support for movie playback.
  • Auto Lighting Optimizer can be applied to JPEG images.
  • Better integration with EOS Utility.
  • NEW COLOUR ADJUSTMENT PALETTE
  • ENHANCED HIGHLIGHT FUNCTION
  • DUAL DISPLAY SUPPORT
  • BETTER EOS UTILITY INTEGRATION
  • CAMERA COMPATIBILITY AND OS SUPPORT

See the full article on the Canon Professional Network site.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2014 10:08:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DPP 4.0 Splash Screen
Canon Australia has posted the newest versions of DPP and EOS Utility. You need to enter a serial number for a "compatible body" to download the file.
 
Compatible Bodies

  • EOS 1D C
  • EOS 1D X
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D

I had expected that all EOS DSLR users would be able to use the program, but also assumed there were some features that would only be available to "compatible body" users. Unfortunately, it looks like I was mistaken. DPP 4 will not open RAW files from incompatible bodies. So if you do not own one of Canon's current full-frame bodies, you're stuck using version 3.x instead.
 
From the viewpoint of someone who uses a 5D Mark III as a primary body and a 7D as a backup, I find this to be very inconvenient. It means that I have to keep two versions of DPP installed on my computer if I want to use the latest features while still being able to edit my backup body RAW files.
 
I hope Canon reconsiders this new software strategy. [Sean]
 
Download DPP 4.0 & EOS Utility 3.0*
 
* Please note: DPP 4.0 will be compatible only with 64-bit OS, such as Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, plus Mac OS X 10.8 and 10.9.

Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter Backpack
From Think Tank Photo:
 
The award-winning Shape Shifter is one of our most popular backpacks. It features the unique ability for you to expand or contract it depending on where you’re shooting and what you’re carrying. With our special Test Drive program, from now through the end of the month you will be able to try it for free for two weeks.
 
To take advantage of the Test Drive, simply call Think Tank Photo at 866-558-4465 ext. 1 and request participation in the program.
 
Shape Shifter Details
 
KEY FEATURES

  • Carry monopods and tripods in the bottom front pocket
  • Pro Speed Belt (sold separately) can be attached
  • Contoured harness for men and women with air channel

GEAR PROFILE

  • Holds a full assortment of photo gear and a laptop up to 17”
  • Compresses to 3 inches in depth when gear is removed
  • Neoprene pockets for cameras and lenses

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51.0 x 32.0 x 18.0 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51.0 x 32.0 x 8.0 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Interior Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48.0 x 30.5 x 4.0cm)
  • Weight: 3.75 lbs (1.73 kg)

MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It's also constructed with YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Rock Lockster buckles, nickel-plated metal hardware, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Post Date: 6/18/2014 7:44:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens and Cayuga Falls Sans Log
Great locations warrant revisiting. Seasons change, weather changes even faster. Clouds are rarely the same. And sometimes the scene itself changes.
 
In this case, a log that has been in Cayuga falls, Ricketts Glen State Park, for what seems like forever is now gone. Apparently the extraordinarily harsh/cold/icy winter forced the log from its prominent long-time resting place. I had some pictures from this falls that included the log, and, while I thought they were nice, I like the sans-log pictures I now have even better. That I visited immediately after a very heavy rain gave me an additional benefit of a more than usual amount of water to work with along with some color in the water.
 
The 15mm full frame angle of view is able to give the viewer a nice sense of presence in the scene, but being this close means that water drops splashing onto the lens becomes an issue. I was holding a microfiber cloth over the lens as much as possible when the shutter was closed and was using that cloth to wipe water drops from the CPOL filter between shots. Water drops on the filter are very noticeable in narrow-aperture 15mm images.
 
This is an HDR image. I used a slightly darker exposure for the water, better retaining the highlight and detail in the water.
Post Date: 6/18/2014 6:55:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Roger over at LensRentals posted a public service announcement yesterday entitled "Only You can Prevent Movi Fires."
 
In the post, Roger explains that when the battery cables are left connected to the battery, the copper tips may come into contact with one other and cause a fire.
 
How common is the issue? Well, the rental house documented three fires before figuring out a solution to the problem.
 
And their solution is as simple as it is effective. If you own a Movi (or plan to rent one in the near future), be sure to check out Roger's post.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 9:01:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby Camera Bag & My 2nd Brain Briefcase
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Airport Roller Derby Camera Bag
 
Ideal for travel, weddings and on-location assignments, our new Airport Roller Derby enables you to maneuver nimbly through crowded spaces and to minimize muscle fatigue. The four dual wheel sets (8 wheels) provide three ways to roll: upright at your side, tilt it to roll on its back wheels, or tilt it on its side wheels to roll through narrow airplane aisles.
 
This high-capacity carry-on camera bag's weight distribution allows for easily transporting a 15” laptop in its own dedicated pocket, along with two standard DSLRs, a tripod, and multiple lenses and strobes. Its travel-ready security features including a lock & cable and lockable zippers to tether the bag for domestic and international travel.
 
KEY FEATURES

  • Four dual wheel sets (8 wheels): Superior rolling ability and improved weight distribution provides greater stability and less fatigue on shoulder, arm, hand and wrist.
  • Meets most airlines’ US domestic and international carry-on requirements.
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop and a tablet in two dedicated interior pockets.
  • Lock & cable to secure lockable zippers and tether the bag.

GEAR PROFILE

  • Fits a 15” laptop, a tablet, and up to two standard DSLRs with lenses attached or one pro DSLR and one standard DSLR both with lenses attached.
  • Fits six to seven standard zoom lenses or strobes. Accommodates a 400mm f/2.8 unattached.

MATERIALS
 
The Airport Roller Derby features YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers,1680D ballistic nylon, 420D velocity nylon, custom-designed, replaceable wheels with sealed steel bearings, rubberized laminate reinforcement, 3D air mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Interior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 18.5” H x 5.5–7.5” D (32 × 47 × 14–19 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 22” H x 9.0” D (35.6 × 55.9 × 22.9 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.5” W x 10.3” H x 0.6” D (26.7 x 26.1 x 1.5 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10.5” W x 14.5” H x 1.0” D (26.7 x 36.8 x 2.5 cm)
  • Weight: 10.5-11 lbs (4.8–5 kg) -- Weight reflects all accessories removed while using only minimal dividers.

My 2nd Brain Briefcases
 
We have just released two new additions to our innovative My 2nd Brain line of carrying devices for Apple MacBooks and tablets: the My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13 and My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15. These “mobile offices” for Apple power-users stand out for their intuitive organization, providing rapid access to a 13” or 15” MacBook or Air, iPad, iPhone, and accessories. The My 2nd Brain briefcases improve the workflow of tech-focused travelers and creative professionals by keeping their second brains–their laptops and accessories–organized and their workflow clutter-free.
 
These lightweight, full-featured briefcases include easily identifiable dedicated clear padded pockets designed to hold the accessories most often used by serious Apple users. Their travel-ready design includes two compressible side pockets for water bottles or a compact umbrella, as well as a pass-through handle that slides over a rolling luggage handle. They come with their own rain cover, providing extra protection against the elements.
 
SERIES FEATURES

  • Device-specific pockets optimized for a MacBook, iPad and iPhone as well as support accessories.
  • Intuitive design for rapid access and an improved workflow.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover protects valuable electronics.

GEAR PROFILES

  • My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13”: Fits a 13” Macbook Pro or 13” MacBook Air, iPad (standard or mini), iPhone, over-ear headphones, a power brick with AC cable, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, network cable, USB drives, pens, business cards, folders, sketchbooks and other personal items. The two compressible side pockets fit water bottles or a compact umbrella and a large sunglasses case.
  • My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15”: Fits a 15” Macbook Pro, iPad (standard or mini), iPhone, over-ear headphones, a power brick with AC cable, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, network cable, USB drives, pens, business cards, folders, sketchbook and other personal items. The two compressible side pockets fit water bottles or a compact umbrella and a large sunglasses case.

MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, silver-toned nickel-plated metal hardware, dual-cross buckle, herringbone webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, nylex lined iPhone and iPad pockets, 150D hexa mesh pockets, closed-cell antilon foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13”

  • External Dimensions: 14.2” W x 11.8” H x 4.5” D (36 x 30 x 11.5 cm)
  • Front iPad Pocket: 9.9” W x 7.8” H x 0.5” D (25.2 x 19.8 x 1.3 cm)
  • Main Compartment: 13” W x 10.2” H x 2.8” D (33 x 26 x 7 cm)
  • Rear Laptop Compartment: 13” W x 9.8” H x 1.2” D (33 x 25 x 3 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 2.1 lbs (0.6 kg)

My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15”

  • External Dimensions: 16.5” W x 12.6 H x 4.5” D (42 x 32 x 11.5 cm)
  • Front iPad Pocket: 11.4” W x 8.7” H x 0.6” D (29 x 22 x 1.5 cm)
  • Main Compartment: 15” W x 11” H x 2.8” D (38 x 28 x 7 cm)
  • Rear Laptop Compartment: 15” W x 10.6” H x 1.2” D (38 x 27 x 3 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 2.4 lbs (0.7 kg)

Think Tank Photo has the Airport Roller Derby and My 2nd Brain Briefcases available for order.
 
As a reader of our site, receive a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

Post Date: 6/17/2014 8:21:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 June 2014 – Canon today announces a new addition to its EF-M lens range with the introduction of its first dedicated telephoto zoom lens – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, the new EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon's signature optical performance, advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM), a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, and provides a versatile 55-200mm focal range to help users get closer to the subjects they love
 
Taking you closer
The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm. The perfect addition to any EOS M kit bag, the new lens opens additional creative possibilities for EOS M shooters through its suitability to capture a wide selection of scenes – from eye-catching portraits at 55mm, to wildlife at 200mm.
 
Leading optical technologies for incredible images
Developed using the company’s unparalleled optical expertise, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s powerful optical Image Stabilizer and STM technology to deliver outstanding levels of detail when shooting stills and movies. When shooting movies specifically, STM technology ensures smooth focus transitions, as focus shifts from one subject to another. The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action.
 
Designed to make great photography easy
Constructed of a high quality metal exterior – a trademark of the EF-M lens range – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is also compact, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for everyday use. Inside the lens, an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element delivers outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range. Furthermore, its non-rotating front element makes it easy to maintain a consistent effect when using filters, and the full-time manual focus ring offers greater creative freedom to adjust focus during shooting.
 
Key Features

  • Get closer to the action with your EOS-M camera
  • Image Stabilizer keeps images sharp
  • Compact enough to go anywhere
  • Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring
  • Shoot great quality images – full of sharp details and rich colour

Pricing and availability
The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is available from July with a SRP £329.99/€389.99.
 
Note: This lens has not been announced by Canon USA indicating it may not be released to the American market.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/17/2014 7:49:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review page.
 
More test results for this lens are coming.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 7:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 16, 2014

 
From Profoto:
 
Walk Through a Wedding is a year long video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary as they set out to capture a young couple's most special day.
 
Click here to see other videos in the series.
 
Related Products:

Post Date: 6/16/2014 11:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Red Giant:
 
The latest version of Red Giant’s powerhouse audio syncing suite includes lightning-fast speed improvements and an expanded list of supported media types, plus faster and more accurate syncing for the most comprehensive package
 
San Francisco, California—Red Giant, designer of innovative filmmaking and motion graphics software, invites PluralEyes fans to join the public beta and test-drive the upcoming 3.5 release of the celebrated audio and multi-camera video syncing software
 
To become a beta tester, simply follow the link: http://redgiant.com/pluraleyesbeta.
 
What to Expect
In addition to a comprehensive interface update featuring many user requested enhancements, the new PluralEyes 3.5 includes

  • AVCHD playback - new for Windows
  • Support for AVCHD spanned clips on both Windows and OS X
  • An expanded list of supported media types for “Replace Audio” exports
  • Algorithm improvements that deliver faster and more accurate syncing
  • Automatic correction for sync drift for perfect sound matchup in longer videos

The PluralEyes 3.5 open beta software supports the following NLE applications and operating systems:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, CS6, CC
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 6, 7, X
  • Avid Media Composer 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 8
  • Sony Vegas Pro 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.9
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

Pricing & Availability
Beta testing for PluralEyes version 3.5 is free of charge and open to the public. When the product is officially released, existing users can choose to upgrade for 79 USD. Version 3.5 will be available for new users to download at 199 USD.
 
Users who purchased PluralEyes after March 31, 2014 are eligible for a free PluralEyes 3.5 upgrade when released

Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 6/16/2014 8:30:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to welcome back Jerry Ghionis who is widely considered to be one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world. As a master at posing, Jerry will share his posing techniques with live demonstrations that will keep you from running out of poses ever again. He will demonstrate how he directs his clients to achieve fun and fashionable images including specific poses for plus size brides, odd height couples and couples who don't want to be posed.
Post Date: 6/16/2014 7:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality, distortion and vignetting results have been added to the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
B&H has this new inexpensive ultralight ultra-wide angle lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2014 6:23:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon:
 
DPP 4.0
Canon developed the upgraded DPP 4.0 software for the editing of RAW images in response to the needs of professional and advanced-amateur users. The software delivers improved workflow efficiency for photographers who edit large numbers of images at an advanced level, helping them to achieve the key concepts of the EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras: speed, ease of use and high image quality.
 
The new software improves on the previous version in such areas as an expanded adjustment range for highlights and shadows as well as enhanced basic functions. Providing users with more freedom when adjusting images, DPP 4.0 includes such new functions as 8-axis color gamut adjustment and an Auto function that automatically analyses the brightness and darkness balance of a histogram and adjusts the tones, or luminance, of an image accordingly.
 
The new version of Canon’s DPP software delivers greatly enhanced operability and convenience during the image editing process. In addition to featuring an updated graphical user interface (GUI), the software is capable of displaying as many as 10,000 image thumbnails at one time. Further contributing to ease of use, the software lets users not only view selected images for comparison even in the preview window, but also assign ratings to images.
 
EOS Utility 3.0
Canon’s new upgraded EU 3.0 allows users to connect a camera to a computer via a USB connection or Wireless File Transmitter in order to remotely perform camera settings, transfer images and capture images. Delivering even greater workflow efficiency, EU 3.0 easily integrates with DPP 4.0 to allow users to select and compare images, enabling them to more easily choose the best shot, as well as make slight adjustments to camera settings and reshoot scenes.
 
Pricing and availability

ModelAvailabilityRelease DateSupport
DPP 4.0 / EU 3.0FreeLate June 2014EOS 1D C, 1D X, 5D III, 6D

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2014 6:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 12, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Watch Holly from the Canon Call Center as she shares her recommendations on how to properly take care of your camera batteries.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2014 7:14:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 for EOS C500 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 
For EOS C500

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

For EOS C500 PL

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.

Support
Download Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 for the EOS C500 / C500 PL.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

Note: Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 is only for EOS C100 cameras without the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade. If the EOS C100 camera has had the DAF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00.
 
Support
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C100 which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100.
 
Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
 

  1. Compatibility with the Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller (expected to be available in June 2014) has been added.
  2. Peripheral illumination correction data has been added for the [CN-E35mm T1.5 L F] EF Cinema lens and the [EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS STM] EF lens.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the EF Cinema lens’ F number was incorrectly displayed.

Note: Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 is only for EOS C100 cameras with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF Feature Upgrade applied. If the EOS C100 camera does not have DAF Feature Upgrade applied, please download Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00.
 
Support
Download the new version of the Instruction Manual for the EOS C100 which provides more information on the new features and benefits available in this firmware update.
 
Download Firmware Version 2.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C100.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C100 and C500 Cinema Cameras.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/12/2014 7:01:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Oak Island Pier, North Carolina
by Sean Setters
 
Even though I gravitate toward portraiture, I purchased a Hoya 77mm R72 Infrared Filter late last year. After several months of use, I can honestly say – I love shooting in IR.
 
Why?
 
1. Shooting in IR forces you to be much more deliberate with your image capture.
Digital photography tends to make shutter-bugs out of us all. When shooting with film, there were significant financial consequences involved with every roll of film you used. Today, the incremental cost of each shutter click is low – so low as to be negligible in the scheme of things.
 
The result? We tend to think less about each individual shot and instead rely on the multitude of framings and exposures until we find a shot that plucks that "Hey, I like that!" chord. In short, it's really easy, inexpensive and not very time consuming to shoot a lot of different images.
 
But when shooting with an infrared filter, each shot takes minutes to capture. Even in bright sunlight, I used a shutter speed of 4 1/2 minutes for the image above (f/10, ISO 100). When each click of your shutter takes almost 5 minutes to complete, you spend a lot more time thinking about the image you want before you snap away.
 
2. Bright sunlight (at nearly any time of day) becomes your friend.
As photographers, we know that the best sunlight comes during the golden hour – shortly after sunrise or just before sunset. While the old adage is true in a general sense, it bears less weight when it comes to IR filter photography. That's because in IR filter photography, bright sunlight is your friend.
 
Images taken even in midday sun tend to look very good in IR. In a sense, an IR filter expands your opportunity for capturing eye-catching images during times when a normal daytime view may be less than ideal.
 
3. Long shutter speeds allow you to create unique daytime views.
When there's an abundance of ambient light, it's pretty difficult to use extremely long shutter speeds to blur movement. Even with a 9 or 10-stop filter, you may only be able to achieve a 10-20 second exposure in bright conditions before your scene becomes over-exposed. This means that any movement in your scene may still be captured as ghostly trails. Sometimes that's exactly what you want; many times it's not.
 
The extremely long shutter speeds required mean that [generally] only static things get captured in the image. I've photographed several buildings where cars were consistently traveling in front of my camera. But the time the cars are in front of the camera was very short compared to the overall exposure, so they didn't show up in the final image. This means you can capture images void of distracting elements at times when those distracting elements are almost a certainty. And the things that do show movement blur – like clouds – only add to the image.
 
Drawbacks of shooting with an IR filter
 
Shooting with an IR filter does involve a few drawbacks, though. For one, a tripod is a must. With shutter speeds spanning minutes, your camera must stay stock still for a very long time. A remote timer (wired or wireless) is required as your shutter speed is usually more than 30 seconds.
 
You can't compose your scene through the viewfinder with the filter in place. The filter is completely black (it blocks all visible light). As such, my typical workflow is:

  1. Set up the camera mounted tripod and frame your scene.
  2. Set the camera to Bulb Mode, use manual focus and choose your exposure settings (experience helps you get it in the ballpark).
  3. Add the IR filter to the lens
  4. Use a remote timer to set the shutter speed and activate the shutter.

If shooting with a normal white balance, the image will be very red. I typically shoot in RAW and change my Picture Style to Monochrome because I prefer my IR images to be black & white. Changing the Picture Style in-camera allows me to get a good idea of what the final image will look like after post-processing.
 
To see a few of the IR images I've created, click the image at the top of this post.

Post Date: 6/11/2014 8:44:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
Travel offers extensive opportunities and challenges for the photographer. Whether your interests are a casual record of your family trip or a serious visual exploration of a place far from home, this presentation provides practical tips and visual stimulation so that you come home with pictures that make you proud.
 
Renowned photography instructor Lester Lefkowitz discusses pre-trip planning; what to take and how to pack; foreign travel considerations; interacting with and photographing the “natives;” time of day and weather issues; finding the good spots; protecting digital files while on the road; ways to improve your composition; some exposure pointers; cool things you can do with a digital camera (that you could never do with film), and what to do with all those great (and near-great) images when you get home.
Post Date: 6/11/2014 6:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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