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 Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Italian company PrimaLuceLab has produced a modified Nikon D5500 featuring a double Peltier cell cooling system which has been designed to minimize noise during long exposures.
 
According to Filippo Bradaschia, PrimaLuceLab's CEO, the "Nikon D5500a Cooled" includes the following features:
 
  • Cooling system that cools down the sensor's temperature up to -27°C in respect of ambient temperature and stabilize the working temperature to the desired value
  • Modified front filter that improve sensitivity especially in red part of the spectrum (similar to the one of Nikon D810a)
  • Anti dewing system that allows it to avoid dewing problems when the cooling system starts
  • Integrated shutter control to perform sequence of long expositions without the need of an external controller
  • Power without the Nikon battery (in long exposure astrophotography usually DSLR camera runs out of battery, also because of cold conditions)
To learn more about this interesting camera, check out PrimaLuceLab's website.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/11/2016 8:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Western Digital:
 
Irvine, CA - October 11, 2016 – Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital”) (NASDAQ: WDC), today introduced modern and innovative redesigns of its My Passport, My Passport for Mac, and My Book hard drive lines, which have been highly recognized leading sellers for more than a decade. In partnership with fuseproject, an award-winning industrial design and branding firm, the reimagined products were built with the customer in mind. Developed to help make a connection between the device and user, the new drives also include password protection and hardware encryption so customers will love their hard drive as much as they cherish the content stored on it.
 
“As the storage landscape continues to rapidly evolve, and the bars for design and user-experience have increased, the team focused on the design and user experience to catapult My Passport and My Book to the next level,” said Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Content Solutions Business Unit, Western Digital. “Through the reimagined design language, we want to engage consumers in a conversation about how storage is core to their lives and how they feel more empowered by the real benefits of capturing, protecting and enjoying life’s precious memories.”
 
“The way we use data is changing; it’s becoming much more of a personal commodity, something we value,” says Yves Béhar, founder and Principal Designer at fuseproject. “Western Digital lies at the intersection of our physical life and the digital world, and we wanted to create a quality aesthetic that symbolizes this intersection.”
 
As part of the reimagined design, the My Passport drives will come in six vivid colors – Black, Yellow, Red, White, Orange and Blue – while still providing reliable portable storage that perfectly complements an on-the-go lifestyle. The My Passport for Mac drive is available in a stylish Black color. The trusted desktop storage device, My Book, combines personal style with a massive amount of storage space, up to 8 TB, so users can keep their photos, videos, music, and documents. Each storage device comes with an automatic backup solution for a seamless, user-friendly process, as well as password protection to keep your precious data safe.
 
The new WD products include:
 
My Passport portable hard drives – trusted and loved portable storage, in a reimagined design, that fits in the palm of your hand
 
  • New attractive design with textured bottom
  • Password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption
  • Automatic backup with included WD Backup software
  • Up to 4TB capacity
My Passport for Mac drives – your MacBook computer’s best friend
 
  • New attractive design with textured bottom
  • Password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption
  • Formatted for Mac OS X and Time Machine ready for easy backup
  • Up to 4TB capacity
My Book desktop hard drive – trusted, high capacity backup for PC and Mac
 
  • Password protection with hardware encryption
  • Automatic backup with included WD Backup software
  • Up to 8TB capacity
Pricing and Availability
My Passport and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are protected by a 2-year limited warranty and are available from wd.com and at select retailers and distributors around the world. My Passport drives have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $79.99 USD and the My Passport for Mac drive has a starting MSRP of $79.99 USD.
 
My Book desktop hard drives are protected by a 2-year limited warranty and are available from the WD store at wd.com and at select retailers and distributors. My Book drives have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $129.99 USD.
 
B&H carries WD My Passport and My Book drives.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/11/2016 7:41:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Preston Kanak Vimeo Channel:
 
Finding ways to improve the way in which I work with my timelapse footage as well as ways to create unique looks is a huge passion of mine. Whether through refining the look and feel or total experimentation, this desire definitely keeps me on my toes. This video walks through three methods of smoothing out your timelapse footage while removing the staccato effect.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/11/2016 6:23:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.31 to 1.32
 
  • Fixed the following issues, which would in rare cases occur when RAW+JPEG photographs were taken with write-enabled cards inserted in both the XQD and CompactFlash card slots, RAW primary - JPEG secondary selected for Secondary slot function in the SHOOTING MENU, and On selected for Network > Options > Auto send in the SETUP MENU.
    • The camera would sometimes freeze on restart after users had (1) pressed the shutter-release button all the way down without first activating the standby timer and then (2) allowed the timer to expire or turned the camera off without first reactivating the timer.
    • If the shutter-release button was pressed all the way down to begin shooting with the standby timer off, the first shot would sometimes neither be marked for transfer nor uploaded.
Download: Nikon D4s Firmware v1.32
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/11/2016 5:13:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 10, 2016

 
From Photoshop Tutorials by PHLEARN YouTube Channel:
 
Want to work faster and more efficiently in Photoshop? We compiled a list of 6 Tips and Tricks that are sure to boost your Photoshop speed and efficiency! Photoshop Tips & Tricks Add More "Undo" States Photoshop will allow you to go "back in time" through "Undo - CTRL/CMD +Z" and "Step Backward - ALT/OPTN+CTRL/CMD+Z." Many people find they run out of "Undo States" and can't go back any further. You can increase the number of times you can "undo" in Photoshop's preferences.
 
Open Photoshop Preferences and navigate to "Performance." Here you will see "History States," this is the number of times you can "undo." Increase the slider until you feel comfortable. Keep in mind that with more History States, Photoshop will use more computer resources to store those states.
 
Quick Export – After editing your images in Photoshop, it is time to post them online. The easiest way to export images for online viewing is through "Quick Export." To change the Quick Export Settings, go to "Photoshop - Preferences - Export" and adjust the settings to your desired output. In most cases, you will want JPEG, for transparency use PNG, and for animations use GIF.
 
Increase Performance – The best way to boost Photoshop performance is to add RAM. You can also allow Photoshop to use more of the RAM on your computer by going to "Photoshop - Preferences - Performance." Here you will see the amount of available RAM and a slider to increase or decrease how much of that RAM Photoshop can use.
 
Try increasing the slider to 80%-90%. Keep in mind, if Photoshop is using most of the computer's available RAM, other programs will slow down. For intense editing sessions, close down all other programs and give Photoshop a ton of RAM! Use Scratch Disks Once Photoshop has used all the available RAM, it will store temporary information on a "Scratch Disk." a is a physical drive attached to your computer. You can choose to use the internal hard drive, but it is best to use a secondary drive without an operating system on it. For instance, if you have two internal hard drives, choose the one that doesn't run the Operating System.
 
You can also use external drives connected via USB or Thunderbolt. Hard drive speed and connection method will influence Photoshop performance. For best results, use USB 3.0 + or Thunderbolt 2.0 + and a Solid State External Hard Drive or a Raid Array External Hard Drive.
 
Proper Color Settings – Photoshop offers many options when it comes to Color Space. Some of these Color Spaces are larger than others, allowing you to use more colors when editing. In most cases, you will want to edit with the most colors available. Our suggested Color Space is ProPhoto RGB, which is the largest available color space.
 
To change Photoshop's working Color Space, go to "Edit - Color Settings," and in the "Working Spaces" RGB Dropdown, choose ProPhotoRGB. Be sure to check the boxes in "Color Management Policies" for "Profile Mismatches - Ask When Opening, Ask When Pasting" and "Missing Profiles - Ask when Opening." Learn Keyboard Shortcuts Most of Photoshop's tools and features can be accessed via Keyboard Shortcuts, and learning these shortcuts can dramatically speed up your editing process. A great way to learn Keyboard Shortcuts is to print them from Photoshop! Go to "Edit - Keyboard Shortcuts," here you can view the existing keyboard shortcuts and even customize your own.
 
To print out a list of existing shortcuts, click on the "Summarize" button to save a .HTM file. Open this file in any web browser and print it as a quick-reference guide to keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop!
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/10/2016 6:51:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
With today’s amazing photographic gear that includes camera bodies with surreal autofocus that can routinely produce superb image files in the right hands and fast, sharp lenses (including and especially the amazing super-telephotos) creating images of various birds, animals, flowers, and landscapes, is pretty much child’s play. Anyone can do it. In this program, Arthur Morris, internationally noted bird photographer and educator, will teach you to take your images to the next level. You will learn to identify good situations, to create pleasing backgrounds, to photograph action and behavior, to choose the best perspective, to read and use the light, when and how to create pleasing blurs, and to consistently create dramatic, evocative images with contest-winning potential.
 
This program is well-illustrated with several hundred of Artie’s spectacular images, many published around the world above his most fitting credit line: BIRDS AS ART.
 
Arthur Morris's Site
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/10/2016 1:07:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens (Open Box) available for $1,699.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,949.00 new after $150.00 instant savings.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/10/2016 11:03:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review page.
 
I was more than a little surprised to see such a big-hit lens being replaced less than 3 years after it was introduced, but I was traveling when the G2 version lens was first announced and didn't have time to figure out why the replacement was coming. I quickly put the lens on the to-test list and would have to figure out the "Why?" question later. Well, "later" is now.
 
The new lens arrived and as usual, photographing it was my first priority, while it was still in pristine, dust-free condition. The new exterior design, being very modern in appearance, is very pleasing both to the eye and to the touch, but my first surprise was how extremely tight the zoom ring was. Midway through the photo session, I by-accident discovered the push/pull zoom ring lock feature (mentioned in the press release of course). Pulling back on the zoom ring made a huge, positive difference. I think I'm going to like this feature.
 
While my anticipation for the updated design was strong, I was most anxious to see the image quality results from this lens. While the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens' MTF charts appear nearly identical to the original Tamron 150-600 VC's charts, these lenses do not share an identical optical design. The biggest clue to this difference is the lenses/groups count of 21/13 vs. 20/13 in the older lens along with the improved minimum focus distance. Of course, what matters most is real world performance and that is what we are looking at today.
 
The ultra-high resolution EOS 5Ds R was not available when the original 150-600 hit the streets, but I wanted the 150-600 VC G2 results from the highest resolution camera, so one needs to use some visualization skills to compare the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens with its predecessor. My initial thought was that the older lens performed slightly better, but comparing again with fresh eyes shows the two lenses being nearly identical as hinted to by their MTF charts. I do see a slight G2 advantage in the 600mm comparison, easily the weakest focal length for the original lens.
 
Simply being compatible with extenders is a G2 advantage. I have to admit not being very optimistic about the extender feature for this lens, even though they are (at least for now) dedicated models. My low expectations were in part due to the soft performance of the original lens at 600mm, the focal length that extenders would most often be needed at. And, I have to admit being modestly impressed with the 840mm results. Although the max aperture is a narrow f/9, resulting image degradation is slightly below my expectations.
 
The 300-1200mm focal length range created by the 2x extender is very impressive. The image quality at 1200mm is not so impressive. Nor is the f/13 maximum aperture and the dark viewfinder that it brings.
 
Comparing the Tamron 150-600mm VC G2 Lens to the Canon 100-400mm L IS II Lens is interesting. Compare the Canon-with-1.4x to the Tamron also (remember to select the same apertures).
 
B&H has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/10/2016 9:47:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via photovideo4less) has the Nikon D3400 with 18-55mm VR AF-P Lens available for $474.95 with free shipping. Compare at $546.95 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/10/2016 6:06:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon Australia:
 
Australia is as diverse a country as it is vast. Across its breadth, we enjoy a huge variety of landscapes, city scapes and architecture, cultures and communities, sports and passions that make where we live special.
 
In the spirit of No One Sees It Like You, Canon wants to help all Australian’s capture and share their local community as they see it – that’s the real Australia.
 
Launching on 10 October 2016, Snap Australia is a four week program through the network of 108 individual News Community Media and their associated websites and social media channels. Each week, you will have the opportunity to shoot practice briefs in the lead up to the big day on 16 November.
 
Helping you take photos that show Australia in its best light, the Canon Collective Ambassadors in each state will give you simple tips and inspiration through editorials in your local newspaper and online in short videos.
 
“Snap Australia is a great opportunity to grab your camera and show your community in its best light to the rest of Australia and the world,” says Steve Loughran, General Manager of the Canon Collective. “We’re looking forward to helping people with simple pointers to take shots that bring out the stories, characters, beauty and passions that make up a community. And because everyone sees things differently, we’ll see loads of unique perspectives come through which is really exciting.” Keep an eye out for us in your News Community Media newspaper – online or in print – and to get involved just visit snapaustralia.com.au.
 
Where is Snap Australia taking place?
The Snap Australia program is a News Community Media program comprising the five community publishing divisions in Sydney/Central Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
 
How do I get involved?
Keep an eye out for the weekly brief in your News Community Media newspaper or visit snapaustralia.com.au
 
Who are the Canon Collective?
The Canon Collective provide people with a range of unique experiences to learn and practice photographic skills together, regardless of age or skill. Why not come and join us?
 
  • Enjoy unique photography experiences
  • Meet passionate people
  • Try the latest Canon gear
Take a look at the Canon Collective site and select your location for photography events near you.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/10/2016 5:22:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the CyberPower SX625G 8-Outlet Surge Protector and Battery Backup UPS (120V) available for $34.95 with free shipping on orders over $49.00. Regularly $64.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Output: 375W / 625VA
  • Input: 120V
  • 4 x Surge-Protected Outlets
  • 4 x Battery-Powered/Surge-Protected
  • 8 x NEMA 5-15R Outlets
  • Recharge Time: 8 Hours
  • Audible Alarms and LED Indicators
  • 890 Joule Surge Suppression
  • 5' Power Cord with Right-Angled Plug
  • PowerPanel Personal Edition Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/10/2016 5:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 8, 2016
Through 10/15, the Canon Store has a selection of refurbished gear specially marked down for Columbus Day. Free standard shipping is included.
 
A few of the reduced refurbished items that caught my eye:
 
  • Canon PowerShot G7X
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i with 18-55 & 55-250 IS STM
There are also a few lenses which don't qualify for the Columbus Day sale but are in stock at the regular refurbished discount:
 
  • Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
  • Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
  • and many more!
Check out the following links for all the available gear:
Refurb. Canon DSLRs | Refurb. Canon Lenses
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2016 8:46:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sold Out: eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon available for $679.00 with free shipping. Regularly $989.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2016 7:44:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pronghorn were on my to-photograph list for my time in Grand Teton National Park and I had some success in this pursuit.
 
Upon arriving at the park, I made a scouting drive around the main loop and then drove through Antelope Flats where a large heard of bison roams and pronghorn are frequently found. In this last section of the drive, a line of short trees in brilliant red and orange fall colors caught my attention. I made a mental note about working these trees into an image, perhaps as a background to a bison or pronghorn portrait.
 
The next morning, the buck pictured here and I spent some quality time together. It didn't care that I was there and I was mostly moving away from it to maintain my distance. The pronghorn was walking and feeding in what appeared to be a random route. After about 30 minutes and over a mile covered, this buck crossed the road and unbelievably walked right up into the beautiful red and orange trees I had been admiring. I was of course seeing what could unfold in front of me and made sure that I was in place to capture the visualized image.
 
Pronghorn are most typically seen with grass and sage surroundings, so capturing one in front of fall foliage was unique for me.
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV performed splendidly behind the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens and another favorite image joined my collection.
 
The 5D IV's increased resolution over the 5D III was appreciated in this situation. While the entire frame looked nice, I decided that modest cropping would greater-emphasize the beautifully colored animal.
 
I very much appreciated the 5D IV's fast 7 fps high speed continuous frame rate as I was able to select an image with both good body position and good alignment with the background. The animal was in constant motion, so AI Servo AF mode was selected with a single point selected and held on the eye or base of the horns. I rapidly changed the selected AF point to match the animal's current position (this is often a challenge).
 
With heavy cloud cover yielding a varying amount of light, a relatively neutral-brightness subject/scene and my focus being on getting a well-framed shot, I gave the camera the job of determining the brightness. Although I utilized the camera's AE capabilities, I still used manual mode so that I could choose the aperture (wide open f/4 for maximum light and background blur) and shutter speed (I adjusted this as needed to keep the subject sharp). The Auto ISO setting took care of the brightness (I adjusted this image +.13 EV in post).
 
Note that I was using a monopod instead of a tripod in this situation due to the faster setup and height adjustment it afforded as I worked fast while maintaining good position with the pronghorn. The downside of this strategy was the challenge of keeping the animal in the frame due to very strong winds I was shooting in. This large lens catches a lot of wind.
 
A tripod would have better kept the lens in place and made the job easier (if I could have set it up in time). However, this better support would not have resolved the issue as the tripod head would not have been tightened due to the animal being in constant motion and the wind would have remained an issue. Removing the large lens hood could have helped greatly, but I was shooting in rain some of the time and even the huge hood was not deep enough to keep all of the rain off of the front lens element.
 
Grand Teton National Park is a very popular photo destination – for more than one good reason. The wildlife is one of those reasons and I was able to check off the pronghorn line item on my to-photograph list during this trip.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook, 500px and Instagram. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1000s
ISO 320
4961 x 3307px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/8/2016 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 7, 2016

 
Shooting a wedding can be a nerve–racking experience. However, photographing under the pressure of enemy fire makes wedding photography seem like casual walk in the park.
 
Watch as British photographer Rupert Frere switches seemlessly from his Nikon to his combat rifle as enemy fire ensues.
 
For more information, check out this interview with Rupert Frere and the adrenaline fueled photography on his website.
 
via Petapixel
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 10/7/2016 1:24:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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