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 Tuesday, August 9, 2016
From Adobe:
Photoshop 2015.5.1 Update (8/8/2016)
8/8/2015 – Today we released Photoshop CC 2015.5 update version 2015.5.1 (Mac and Windows) to address several issues.
Customer reported issues resolved
  • Fixed customer submitted crashing issues
  • Subtool reverts to primary tool after using keyboard shortcut
  • Unable to Export individual layers that are nested in Artboard > Group
  • “Rasterize EPS Format” dialogue box doesn’t remember Mode setting
  • Embed color profile result reflects whatever it was set last time
  • Text accidentally commits when try to transform Paragraph text using bounding box transform handles
  • Cursor doesn’t correctly change to Commit cursor to differentiate from Rotate and Move cursor
  • Print color is off when using App Manage Color (Mac only)
  • Error: “Could not apply the workspace because the file was not found” when opening a file
  • Several fixes and improvements for Select and Mask:
    • Select and Mask: Command not available on non-pixel layer masks
    • Select and Mask: Refine Edge Brush Tool creating artifacts along the brush stroke in mask
    • Select and Mask: Redraw corruption (RGB 16bit/32 bit) with Show Original in certain zoom levels (preview mode “black and white”)
    • Select and Mask: Using the Refine edge brush on one area of a pre-existing selection may cause certain hard edges in another area to change a few pixel values, especially when the image is in very high resolution
    • Select and Mask: Using brush tool with feather 8 or more and zoom level 50 or lower get redraw issue
    • Select and Mask: With a selection, the output defaults to selection, even if the previous output setting was a mask
    • Select and Mask: Inverting a selection outputs the original selection
    • Select and Mask: Crash when double-clicking adjustment mask
    • Select and Mask: Program error when image is multi-channel
How to get the updates
Launch Photoshop and choose Help > Updates.
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Post Date: 8/9/2016 10:33:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
This is a wild baby cottontail rabbit photographed in the studio using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens. Yes, there are some inconsistencies in that statement. The 100mm macro is not a first choice for a serious photographer photographing wild rabbits and ... why is the wild rabbit in the studio? Let me explain.
First, apparently the dog couldn't help itself and had to show us a baby cottontail rabbit (called a "kit") from a nest it found. Golden retrievers have soft mouths and she gently delivered the rabbit to the front door unharmed. The baby rabbit was so cute that a few photos were a requirement.
To create a natural scene, I took a decorative piece of driftwood and placed it on the shooting table along with a couple of ferns sacrificed from the flower bed just outside. With control over many aspects of the image, the 100mm macro lens was the ideal choice in this case. The 100 L is one of my MFU (Most-Frequently-Used) around-the-house lenses because of its versatility (great image quality, relatively small size with a light weight, image stabilization, 1:1/1x magnification ability, ...). It seems that there is always a subject available for this lens.
A large softbox and studio monolight is always beside my shooting table, ready to light whatever small or medium-sized subject that shows up. From lenses to backpacks to ... baby rabbits. A light source significantly larger than a close subject creates a soft light, lacking hard shadows. In this case, the light was a bit too soft for my taste, making the scene appear somewhat unnatural. Adding a few exposure adjustment layers with creatively painted layer masks (in Photoshop) created a more-natural unevenness (digital flagging) to the lighting. Of course, an octagonal catchlight in the eye is not going to say "sun" to anyone.
The rabbit (mostly) cooperated and after capturing a few photos, the kids asked Sierra (the dog) to find the nest. I thought that request was unrealistic and that the rabbit was orphaned, but ... Sierra took the girls to the middle of a nearby field of thick grass and impressively used its nose to point out the covered nest. The rabbit was reunited with its siblings with ... an unbelievable story to share.
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Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
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Post Date: 8/9/2016 9:18:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Get a behind the scenes look at Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich’s 24 days on the road, traveling to diverse geographic locations to capture different subjects with the flagship Nikon D5. Watch the full-length film, INSPIRED.
B&H carries the Nikon D5.
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Post Date: 8/9/2016 7:57:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the IDX System Technology VL-2 Endura-type Lithium-Ion Battery Charger available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $441.00.
B&H has the Genustech 82mm Eclipse ND Fader Filter available for $129.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $159.99.
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Post Date: 8/9/2016 6:20:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 8, 2016

Speaking as a guy who loves capturing outdoor portraits with strobes while underexposing the ambient, I thought this was a fairly neat trick. That said, setting up an 8x8 diffusion frame, hanging the net and then sandbagging the whole thing means that Joel Grimes (and crew) probably spent just as much time (or more) setting up this scrim as I would setting up a strobe, power pack and light modifier. Also, this doesn't look to be a very flexible option as moving the setup would take a lot of time and work.
That said, a diffusion panel and net would be a more reliable solution as there aren't any electronic components to fail and battery power is not required. And compared to a high-power monolight solution, the scrim is probably a less expensive option. [Sean]
From the F.J. Westcott YouTube Channel:
Have you ever had trouble shooting in full sun? World renowned commercial portrait photographer Joel Grimes discusses how to cut bright sunlight and backgrounds in this portrait tutorial.
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Post Date: 8/8/2016 2:13:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Profoto US YouTube Channel:
Lin & Jirsa Photography shares their secrets to achieving unique and creative wedding imagery in this behind-the-scenes video series. Learn how they use Profoto Off-Camera Flash to control light to match their creative vision and overcome wedding day challenges.
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Post Date: 8/8/2016 9:41:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I recently mountain biked to a nearby wildflower field and spent a very enjoyable end of day with the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens (and a large black bear that also showed up). The Samyang 135 is not a macro lens (it's not a good bear lens either), but this lens is great at creating a strong background blur and that is precisely what I wanted this evening.
The sun had set, giving me even, low contrast lighting, and the wind had practically stopped, allowing sharp images to be made without clamping the flower stems in place. I worked along the edge of the field (to avoid damaging the flowers), looking for compositions that could work. This white-trimmed brilliant red poppy caught my attention and I found an angle and background combination that I liked.
When photographing people and wildlife with shallow depth of field, the eye(s) are nearly always the right focus point. When there are no eyes, more difficult decisions sometimes need to be made. In this case, I set the lens to its minimum focus distance and moved in so that the front edge of the upper set of petals was in sharp focus. I later second-guessed my decision and focused on the top edge of the closer flower petal, but ... in the end, I liked the first choice best. The very shallow depth of field covers more of the flower and the stem (also known as a leading line) is more prominent in this version.
The Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens performed excellently for me this evening. This lens holds lots of creativity-unleashing potential (and it is a very good value).
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 8/8/2016 8:43:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Samyang:
Explore Your Wideness
Samyang 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC is a wide angle manual focus lenses for DSLR cameras with full frame sensor size. The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance.
The bright f/1.8 aperture secures a fast shutter speed even under the restricted lighting conditions to offer best quality images. It will brighten up your everyday snapshots. Also it creates an outstanding out-of-focus look by highlighting the main object effectively. In between ultra-wide 16mm and wide-standard 24mm, 20mm lens is a perfect fit to explore wide angles not only for shooting indoor images such as concerts and interior photos but also street snaps. The 0.2m of minimum focusing adds versatility to the lens.
Based on Samyang Optics’ exceptional optical technology, Ultra Multi Coating and two aspherical lenses and three extra-low dispersion have been included among 13 glasses in 12 groups to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.
Samyang 20mm f/1.8 is compatible with 10 camera mounts: Canon EOS, Nikon AE, Pentax K, Sony E, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FT, MFT.
Samyang 20mm f 1.8 ED AS UMC Lens Specifications

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.
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Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/8/2016 7:47:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (DVD or Download) available for $49.99 with free standard shipping. Regularly $99.99.
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Post Date: 8/8/2016 5:04:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 5, 2016
Adorama has the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter with Extra Battery available for $898.99 with free shipping. The extra battery is valued at $118.49.
It wasn't that long ago that the retail price of the Phantom 3 Professional was $1,259.00 without an extra battery. Of course, the introduction of Phantom 4 was the catalyst for the lower Phantom 3 prices we're seeing now. But make no mistake – the Phantom 3 Pro/Advanced models are still extremely capable (and fun) machines.
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Post Date: 8/5/2016 11:25:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma has firmware updates available for the following lenses:
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary
  • Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary
  • SIGMA 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports
All three firmware updates resolve an underexposure issue when the lens is used with a Nikon D500. The 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports firmware update is only required if using a TC-1401 or TC-2001 teleconverter with the lens.
Sigma Global Vision lenses (like the ones above) can be updated using Sigma USB Dock. Before updating, be sure to download and install the latest version of Sigma Optimization Pro.
If you do not own a USB Dock, you can send your lens to a Sigma Service Center and have its firmware updated free of charge. However, considering the cost of shipping a lens insured and the universal nature of the dock, simply buying the USB Dock seems to be the most practical way to update your lens' firmware.
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Post Date: 8/5/2016 7:37:29 AM 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.
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Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/5/2016 6:42:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Watch as Rudy Winston, Technical Advisor for Canon USA, explains the 1D X Mark II's feature set in this nearly 16 minute video.
Want even more information? Check out our full review of this awesome camera.
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Post Date: 8/5/2016 5:26:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 4, 2016
From the Canon Professional Network:
As Laci Perényi prepares for his tenth summer Olympic Games, CPN writer Mark Alexander spoke with the celebrated sports photographer and Canon Explorer about his relationship with one of the greatest shows on earth...
Laci Perényi's boundless energy is matched by seemingly endless experience, giving the German photographer an unbeatable temperament that inspires confidence. He has witnessed Olympic history first-hand, capturing moments of heroic success and failure in stunning detail and beautifully timed observation. He is a staple of the sports photography industry and a character to boot.
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2016 11:43:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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