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 Thursday, June 19, 2014

 
From B&H Explora:
 
Watch this vide to acquire the answers to everything you wanted to know about copyright and other legal issues, but were too scared to ask. There is a boatload of bad information, myths, factoids, and half-truths regarding copyright and other photo-related legal issues, such as model releases, floating around.
 
Photographer Jack Reznicki and lawyer Ed Greenberg demystify and illuminate the gray areas in an easy, humorous, and understandable manner that only this pairing of a photographer and lawyer with so much “real-life, in-the-trenches” experience can provide. Just like their popular "Copyright Zone" column in Photoshop User magazine, and their book, Photographer’s Survival Guide, they have a light, humorous touch bolstered by accessible explanations of this generally dry subject matter. As one past attendee to their lecture stated, it will “rock your world.”
Post Date: 6/19/2014 9:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Adobe:
 
Today we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile on iPhone. With the addition of the iPhone, Lightroom now seamlessly connects your desktop, iPad and iPhone.
 
As with iPad, Lightroom mobile on iPhone extends your workflow beyond your desktop. You can now use either your iPhone or iPad to review and edit images and sync the changes back to the Lightroom catalog at home. And now with the 1.1 update for iPad, you can also apply star ratings to your images and also use the custom order that you’ve set within your collections.
 
Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your iPad and iPhone once it is connected to the internet.
 
Lightroom mobile on iPhone utilizes Smart Previews to provide raw editing functionality to your smartphone. First introduced in Lightroom 5 beta, Smart Previews are:

  • Based on the DNG file format
  • Limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Smaller versions original raw files
  • Can be used to make adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • Adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available

How to get started:
 
Download Lightroom 5.5
 
Lightroom mobile is a companion to Lightroom desktop. Lightroom 5.5 is the latest version of Lightroom desktop that includes the ability to sync images to Lightroom mobile. Please update to the latest version of Lightroom 5 using either the Creative Cloud app or by clicking on the “Help-> Check for Updates” menu option.
 
Sign In
 
Lightroom mobile utilizes cloud services to sync Smart Previews and changes between Lightroom desktop and Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile requires a qualifying Creative Cloud or Photoshop Photography Plan subscription:

  • Creative Cloud Photography plan
  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

A free 30-day trial of Lightroom mobile is available
 
Sync a collection
 
Lightroom mobile is organized around Collections. Images within Collections will be synced and be available in Lightroom mobile.
 
Download Lightroom mobile
 
Visit the App Store on your iPhone or iPad and Download Lightroom mobile. Once you login with the same Creative Cloud account, you’ll see all of your synced Collections.
 
Check out your photos at lightroom.adobe.com
 
In addition to Lightroom mobile, we’ve also launched Lightroom web, a new way to view and share your images from any web browser. Available at http://lightroom.adobe.com.
 
System Requirements
 
Lightroom mobile for iPad is available now on iPad 2 or later, and works on iOS7 or later.
 
Lightroom mobile for iPhone is available now on iPhone 4s or later and works on iOS7 or later.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 8:20:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom 5.5 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5. The goal of this release is to provide support for Lightroom mobile, additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
 
Release Notes
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.5

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fujifilm FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.5

MountName
Canon Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
Canon Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Canon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163
Fujifilm Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100
Nikon Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
Nikon Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Nikon Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Nikon Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
Nikon Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N
Pentax Sigma 30mm F.14 DC HSM A013
Sigma Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
Sigma Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
Sony Alpha Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013
Sony Alpha Sony Alpha 28-75mm F2.8 SAM

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom5.5

  • Improved responsiveness in Develop module while Lightroom mobile sync is occurring.
  • Custom Develop module default settings were not syncing correctly to Lightroom mobile.
  • Initial rendition in Develop would sometimes appear posterized.
  • Undo function failed and applied a preset instead.
  • Scaling looked inaccurate when scaling to 200% in Windows.
  • Manual slideshows sometimes did not advance to the next slide as expected.
  • Aspect ratio changed when modifying the crop rectangle and when rotating the crop
  • Image flips between portrait and landscape after switching orientation while shooting tethered with Leica S cameras.
  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Preferences dialog.
  • Nikon D1
  • Nikon D1H
  • Nikon D1X
  • Nikon D2H
  • Nikon D2Hs
  • Nikon D2X
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D100
  • Nikon D200

Download Links:
Lightroom 5.5 for Windows
Lightroom 5.5 for Macintosh
 
B&H carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 8:08:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron All-In-One 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD Lens
From Tamron:
 
Innovative All-In-One zoom integrates state-of-the-art optical design, PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron's exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to achieve superb image quality in a remarkably compact, lightweight package.
 
June 19, 2014, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc. has announced the delivery date of the anticipated 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010), an advanced new All-In-One zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens will be available in the U.S. in both Canon and Nikon mount (Sony mount availability to be announced) on June 26, 2014 at $849.
 
Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens - which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design - Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world class optics to benefit consumers. Having revolutionized the optical design of the previous 28-300mm (Model A20), Tamron developed a powerful new, high-power zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras that enhances image quality and incorporates the PZD (Piezo Drive)-a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system optimized for swift, quiet AF-and the acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism in an amazingly compact configuration.
 
Featuring a new, sophisticated external finish, this lens complements the performance and style of full-frame DSLRs, while delivering the practical advantages of an All-In-One zoom lens.
 
Product Highlights

  • State-of-the-art optical design technology delivers superior image quality.
    The advanced optical construction of this lens includes four elements of LD (Low Dispersion) glass, three Molded-Glass Aspherical elements, one Hybrid Aspherical element, one XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass element, and one element of UXR (Ultra-Extra Refractive Index) glass, which has greater refractive index than XR. The full use of specialized glass elements in its design contributes to making this outstanding lens as compact and lightweight as possible, while minimizing aberrations, resulting in superior image quality. Particularly impressive is the thorough compensation of chromatic aberrations at the telephoto end, yielding images of enhanced clarity and crispness.
  • Focus on portability - The lens is now even smaller and lighter.
    In addition to state-of-the-art optical design that facilitates downsizing of the lens body, the mechanical design leads to a smaller overall lens compared to the existing Tamron 28-300mm (Model A20). The incorporation of a highly sophisticated multi-stack-cam layout that takes up far less space as well as the PZD (Piezo Drive) AF, an autofocus drive system with a simpler, more compact structure, make it possible to reduce the overall dimensions of this lens. These technologies are the fruit of Tamron's more than 20 years of research and development in the high-power zoom lens field.
  • Advanced anti-reflection coating.
    The application of BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings for suppressing reflections on lens element surfaces minimizes unwanted flare and ghosting to deliver sharp, crisp, high-contrast images.
  • Upgraded cosmetic design - Elegant tungsten silver brand ring.
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an elegant tungsten silver brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • PZD (Piezo Drive) delivers faster, quieter autofocus action.
    The PZD (Piezo Drive), a standing-wave ultrasonic motor system, delivers faster, quieter, more precise action when the autofocus is engaged. The full-time manual focus system is easy and intuitive, enabling quick and convenient manual focus at any time.
  • Sharper images with VC (Vibration Compensation)
    Tamron's acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism reduces image blur caused by camera shake to deliver significantly sharper images even when shooting handheld.
  • Circular diaphragm facilitates achieving spectacular blur effects
    Using a circular diaphragm[4], this lens achieves spectacular background blur effects that enable creative use of depth of field
  • Moisture-resistant construction for worry-free outdoor shooting.
    Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating the lens.

Specifications

ModelA010
Max Format size35mm FF
Focal length28–300 mm
Image stabilisationYes
Lens mountCanon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sony/Minolta Alpha
Maximum apertureF/3.5 - F/6.3
Minimum apertureF/22.0 - F/40.0
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesCircular diaphragm
Elements / Groups19 / 15
Minimum focus0.49 m (19.29")
Maximum magnification0.29×
AutofocusYes
Motor typePZD Ultrasonic
Full time manualYes
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleYes
Weight540 g (1.19 lb)
Diameter74 mm (2.93")
Length96 mm (3.78")
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Zoom lockYes
Filter thread67 mm
Hood suppliedYes

B&H has the Tamron All-In-One 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 DI VC PZD Lens available for preorder.

Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/19/2014 6:53:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Adobe Creative Cloud 2014
Mobile Apps and New Hardware Extend Creative Cloud Workflow; All Major CC Desktop Apps Updated
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE), the leader in creative software, today continued to drive Creative Cloud innovation by announcing 14 new versions of CC desktop applications, including essential tools such as Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC. The biggest Adobe software release since CS6, it also includes four new mobile apps, the immediate availability of creative hardware, updates to Creative Cloud services and new offerings for enterprise, education and photography customers. Yesterday, Adobe announced that there are now over 2.3 million Creative Cloud subscriptions, far exceeding original projections when it was unveiled two years ago.
 
“Our shift to Creative Cloud has given us a broad canvas on which to innovate like never before,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Digital Media, Adobe. “We’ve taken bold steps with this milestone release, fast-tracking new features to industry-defining tools like Photoshop and InDesign, while introducing mobile apps that turn tablets into indispensable creative tools.”
 
The release serves a creative industry that is changing at a staggering pace: three in four creatives believe the industry has changed more in the past five years than the previous 50 and about two thirds believe their role will significantly change in the next 3 years (see The New Creatives Report, surveying 1,000 U.S. creatives, issued June 16). Creatives cited new technologies as the top driving force behind the rapid change.
 
Mobile Apps Extend CC Desktop Workflows
Delivering on mobile innovation, Adobe launched three new mobile apps for iPad – Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line, and Adobe Photoshop Mix; and began shipping new creative hardware called Adobe Ink, a new digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a new digital ruler (see separate release). The mobile apps were developed using a new Adobe Creative SDK that unlocks over 30 years of Adobe innovation and makes it available on mobile devices for the first time. These new apps are professional-grade quality but easy enough for anyone to use, similar to the recently launched Lightroom mobile for photographers and Adobe’s new animated video app for storytelling, Adobe Voice, which were also updated with this release. These powerful, yet easy-to-use apps add significant mobile capabilities to Creative Cloud, integrate workflows with the CC desktop apps and bring tablets into serious creative workflows for the first time.
 
New Versions of CC Desktop Apps
Beyond mobile innovation, the 2014 release of Creative Cloud delivers more Adobe magic, makes everyday tasks easier and faster, while delivering new support for cutting-edge hardware and standards. Highlights of top features in the 14 new desktop apps include:

  • New capabilities in Photoshop CC for photographers such as, Blur Gallery motion effects for creating a sense of motion; Focus Mask that makes portrait shots with shallow depth of field stand out; new Content-Aware capabilities; and the recently introduced Perspective Warp for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area. Designers using Photoshop CC will enjoy enhanced Mercury Graphics Engine performance as well as the ability to link Smart Objects and share them across multiple documents. With improved Layer Comps, users save time by changing the visibility, position, or appearance of one layer and simply syncing to see the change reflected in all other Layers. Photoshop CC also has ability to pinch and zoom images, create smoother strokes, and deliver a more responsive experience on Windows 8 Touch devices, such as Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
  • Also for designers, new capabilities in Illustrator CC include Live Shapes to quickly transform rectangles into complex shapes and then return to the original rectangle with just a few clicks, as well as faster rendering of vector graphics with GPU acceleration on Windows with an Adobe-certified NVIDIA graphics card. In InDesign CC, layout artists can now select table rows and columns and use EPUB Fixed Layout to easily create digital books. Adobe Muse CC now includes 64-bit support, HiDPI display support for sharper-looking images, objects, and text, and the ability to preview and optimize desktop, smartphone and tablet versions of your sites before going live.
  • New features in the video apps include, Live Text Templates and Masking and Tracking, new integrations that leverage the power of Adobe After Effects CC inside Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Race through projects thanks to enhanced graphics performance in Premiere Pro; precise new keying effects in After Effects; a more flexible Direct Link color pipeline in Adobe SpeedGrade CC; and enhanced multi-track tools for audio work in Adobe Audition CC. Integration between apps has also been further improved to save time when working between Premiere Pro and After Effects or SpeedGrade.
  • Web tools now include the ability to look at the markup in a document using the new Element Quick View in Dreamweaver CC, which allows Web developers to easily see, navigate, and modify the HTML structure of pages. CSS Designer improvements help apply CSS properties like gradients, box shadows and borders and then easily undo. SVG export in Flash Pro CC lets developers export any frame in Flash projects as an SVG file, while native HTML video support in Edge Animate CC allows the direct import of HTML5-friendly video clips.

Your Creative Assets and Your Creative Profile Anywhere
The new CC desktop apps, mobile apps, and hardware are tightly integrated through Creative Cloud services. This integration helps liberate the creative process by enabling users to access and manage everything that makes up their creative profile – their files, photos, fonts, colors, community and more – from wherever they work. Also introduced today is the new Creative Cloud app for iPhone and iPad that allows users to access and manage their files, assets, and more from their mobile device.
 
New Creative Cloud Offerings For Enterprises, Educational Institutions and Photographers
Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise is an offering designed specifically for large-scale software deployments that works with other Adobe enterprise offerings such as Adobe Marketing Cloud, Acrobat, Adobe Anywhere, and Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Updates include more services with collaboration and file storage, expanded options for deployment, and a new dashboard for managing users and entitlements. For education, Adobe now has a device-based licensing offer for classrooms and labs, which allows multiple users to access software on a single device rather than tying it to an individual with an Adobe ID, critical in an environment where students come and go. And for photography customers, Adobe has introduced a new Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $9.99 per month.
 
Pricing and Availability
Today’s updates to CC desktop tools are immediately available for download by Creative Cloud members as part of their membership at no additional cost. The new mobile apps are free to everyone. To join Creative Cloud, special promotional pricing is available to existing customers who own Adobe Creative Suite 3 or later. Membership plans are available for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. To download free trials of any of the new Creative Cloud desktop apps, go to: Explore the desktop apps. For pricing details, visit: How to Buy.

Post Date: 6/18/2014 2:23:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
New Creative Cloud Technology Connects Latest Photography Tools; New Photoshop Mix Debuts for iPad
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 18, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the availability of the new Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Designed for anyone interested in photography, the new plan brings together -- for USD$9.99 per month -- Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, two tools that have fundamentally impacted how photographs and imagery shape our visual culture, as well as Lightroom’s breakthrough mobile apps on iPad and now iPhone. Also introduced today is the all-new Photoshop Mix, a new iPad app that provides access to powerful Photoshop features normally confined to the desktop, enabling compositing and transformative edits while on the go. Built using the new Adobe Creative SDK (see separate release), Photoshop Mix delivers new levels of Adobe imaging precision and magic to mobile users.
 
“With our Lightroom products alone managing over 100 billion images, we know there’s a huge appetite from photography enthusiasts to have powerful, world-class software available on their mobile devices as well as their computers,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president, digital imaging, Adobe. “With Photoshop, Lightroom and new mobile photo apps, we’ve created the most complete photography solution on the planet, ensuring that anyone interested in photography can be creative with their images, no matter where they are.”
 
Create and Manage Beautiful Images in Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5
Photoshop CC, part of the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, was updated, with stunning new features -- as part of a milestone release of Adobe Creative Cloud. Features for photographers, include:

  • Perspective Warp – The recently introduced capability for fluidly adjusting the perspective of a specific part of your image without affecting the surrounding area.
  • Blur Gallery motion effects - Two new additions, Path Blur and Spin Blur create a sense of motion, even if not originally captured with a camera, enabling photographers to tell their story or express just the right feeling in an image. There’s also faster performance when creating blur effects with the Mercury Graphics Engine delivering a performance boost with OpenCL.
  • Focus Mask - Lets Photoshop CC create the first step of a mask by automatically selecting the in-focus areas of an image. The Focus Mask feature works great with headshots and other images that have shallow depth of field.
  • Content-Aware color adaptation improvements - Previously when using Content-Aware features, if a selected area contained smooth gradients, it didn’t necessarily appear in the final image. Now retouched images using Content-Aware Fill, Move, and Patch gets more seamless and realistic. Additionally, new technology blends areas containing gradients, like skies, to give exceptional results.
  • Improved stylus support and experimental features for Windows 8.1 – Enjoy smoother brush strokes and a simple out-of-the-box experience with expanded stylus support for Windows 8.1. Turn on experimental features for touch and gesture controls and bigger touch targets on devices like Surface Pro 3.

The Creative Cloud Photography plan includes Lightroom 5 desktop software, a staple for all photographers, making digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Photographers can experiment without limits in a nondestructive editing environment and perfect shots with advanced controls for tone, contrast, color, and more. Efficient organizing tools help sort thousands of photos and make it simple to share them almost anywhere.
 
Mobile Solutions Takes Serious Photography Work Anywhere
Following its April 2014 release on iPad, Lightroom mobile is now available for iPhone. Lightroom mobile for iPhone and iPad provide the most efficient way to manage and edit images across desktops, mobile devices and the Web. The apps can automatically import images from the iPhone camera roll and sync back to a Lightroom catalog on the desktop. Lightroom mobile provides photography essentials, including non-destructive processing of files using Smart Preview technologies to enable professional class photo editing from the confines of the desktop. Quickly apply star ratings, flag or reject images and edit them on iPhone and iPad. Edits and metadata changes automatically sync back to the Lightroom catalog on the desktop and are also viewable from any Web browser at lightroom.adobe.com. Lightroom mobile photo collections are also accessible for users of Adobe Voice, the recently introduced free animated video storytelling app.
 
Photoshop Mix, provides a connected mobile workflow to Creative Cloud, aimed at anyone who wants access to powerful editing tools on their mobile device. Open Adobe Photoshop documents, individual layers from PSDs, and images from Lightroom mobile. Easily apply looks, create advanced selections and masks, and access advanced Photoshop features like Upright, Content-Aware Fill, and Camera Shake Reduction to take creativity on the go. Then export your layered and masked composition to Photoshop CC for further refinement on the desktop. Share work, or even save it to a Photoshop document for a mobile workflow that works seamlessly with Photoshop CC.
 
Technology Optimized for Mobile Photography
The Creative Cloud Photography plan’s desktop and mobile apps are connected by a powerful technology designed to enable users to edit and sync photos non-destructively from anywhere. By combining the same non-destructive editing pipeline found in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw, with Adobe’s renowned Smart Preview technologies, the amount of information being moved between apps is minimized, without compromising the end result. This gives users confidence that edits will be saved while being able to access their images with unprecedented speed, no matter what device.
 
Pricing and Availability
Creative Cloud Photography plan is available at $USD9.99 per month. For additional details, please visit www.adobe.com/go/photographyplan.
 
To get started with Lightroom mobile, visit www.adobe.com/go/lrmobile_getstarted.
 
Photoshop Mix is free and available for download in the Apple app store. To learn more about Photoshop Mix, please visit mix.adobe.com.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/18/2014 2:06:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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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!

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Through June 30, use promo code PXWLD40 at AdoramaPix to get a 10x10 Lay Flat Photo Book for 40% off.
Post Date: 6/18/2014 12:07:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX II Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX II Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $449.99 with free shipping. Compare at $525.00.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 3:04:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
Use promo code SUMMERPIX ($32.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the WD My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive + Lexar 64GB USB Flash Drive for $107.00 with free shipping. Compare at $109.99 without flash drive.
Asus Google Nexus 7 32GB FHD Tablet
eBay (via DigJungle) has the Refurbished Asus Google Nexus 7 32GB FHD Tablet available for $159.99 with free shipping. Compare at $229.00 new.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 10:04:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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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.
 
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Post Date: 6/17/2014 8:21:52 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
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Through 6/20, CanvasPeople has select Thick Wrap canvases on sale.
 
Special Pricing on Thick Wrap Canvases

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16x20$113.99$25.00
18x24$124.99$30.00

Post Date: 6/16/2014 12:38:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
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