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 Tuesday, November 4, 2014

From B&H:
Jeff shows you some of his favorite high school senior portraits and tells you how he captured them. He gives you tips for shooting locations, and talks about how to capture the personality of the senior in your photos - and how to make money doing it.
Post Date: 11/4/2014 11:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached the ninety million milestone at the end of October 2014. Additionally, production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM), the autofocus motor developed exclusively by Nikon, recently reached fifty million.
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. Since then, the NIKKOR tradition has continued. Nikon continues to actively release new NIKKOR lenses utilizing advanced technologies cultivated over its long history, while further expanding its lineup of lenses for the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Since reaching the eighty-five million lens milestone in January 2014, production of NIKKOR lenses continues at a steady rate.
In addition, total production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) has reached fifty million. Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics, which achieves extremely quiet autofocus photography. In just eighteen years since the 1996 release of the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED, which was one of the first lenses to employ SWM technology, a total of 72 lenses equipped with a SWM and covering a broad range of focal lengths have been released for both FX and DX-format DSLR cameras.
In September 2014, Nikon responded to a variety of user needs by adding the new ultra wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED to its already robust lineup of fast f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses for FX-format cameras. The new 20mm f/1.8 lens utilizes the latest optical design technologies to achieve superior resolution, while the adoption of Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat controls ghost and flare. Lightweight and extremely portable, Nikon’s newest ultra-wide angle lens is ideal for fulfilling one’s photographic vision.
In June 2014, Nikon announced a new super-telephoto zoom lens for the Nikon 1 system, the 1 NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, the world’s smallest and lightest lens in its class. The 1 NIKKOR lineup consists of twelve lenses with focal lengths ranging from 6.7mm to 300mm (angles of view equivalent to 18mm to 810mm in 35mm format) for coverage from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto.
B&H carries Nikon lenses.
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Post Date: 11/4/2014 9:50:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pilings at Brooklyn Bridge Park with Manhattan Skyline during Blue Hour
With a seven hour round trip drive included, fitting the PDN PhotoPlus Expo trip into 24 hours makes for a huge day. Increase the drive time to 10 hours (thanks to traffic), include a 1 hour wait at the show admission line due to a system outage (yes, I was preregistered), attend seven planned meetings plus a dinner meeting and I am left searching for a word that means much bigger than huge. Perhaps mammoth?
Still, with the show floor closing at 5:00 PM and rest seeming so unproductive, I decided to plan a shoot between the show and the dinner meeting. This year, I headed over to Brooklyn Bridge Park near Pier 1 (in Brooklyn) to the pilings shown in this picture.
I got onto the shoreline rocks beside the boat ramp and positioned the camera so that the opening between some of the pilings curved into the frame. I adjusted the focal length (with some mostly minor variety used) for a good size balance between the buildings and the pilings. An ultra-wide angle would emphasize the pilings while a standard or short telephoto lens would place more emphasis on the buildings. Another consideration is the levelness of the camera. With the camera vertically level, the buildings toward the sides of the frame remain vertically straight in this image.
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens mounted to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III was the perfect choice for this scene. Perfect for both the angle of view/focal length range and for the impressive image quality it provides.
I was in position in front of the piers as the sun set. While I have images captured during sunset that I like, including the sun against the horizon with the last sunlight of the day reflecting on the water, the city lights were not showing at this time of the day and the colors were not as attractive to me as the late blue hour example shown here. I also have some shorter exposures of this scene, but the choppy river did not attract my eye like the buttery-smooth blurred alternatives. I used neutral density filters and adjusted the aperture slightly (between f/8 and f/11) to keep my exposure times at or near 30 seconds as sunset turned into blue hour and then into dark. I started with a 6-stop ND, moved to a 2-stop ND and removed that filter as darkness came.
While this may seem like a long time to shoot a single scene, this was the shot I wanted and I wanted a variety of options to choose from. I was shooting 3 bracketed frames (this is an HDR image) with the longest exposure at or near 30 seconds in duration and I had long exposure noise reduction enabled, meaning that dark frames were captured for an equally long period of time. This means that I was spending several minutes for each potential final image. With exposures that long, one cannot predict the large boats and other detractants that will possibly influence an image and I threw away some frames for this reason. In the end, I had a nice amount of images, but not a crazy number.
Likely, only a few of the images from this shoot will see the light of day. But, I really like those few images and consider the time and effort well spent. I can cross "Pilings at Brooklyn Bridge Park" off of my location bucket list.
The day started at 5:00 AM and ended at 2:45 AM the next morning. The overall results from the day, including the meetings and the show, were totally worth the effort.
A larger version of this image is available on: Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
Post Date: 11/4/2014 8:36:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Tim Cooper, shares tips and tricks to create light painting masterpieces. Painting with light is an exciting and artistic way to portray your subject in a completely unique manner.
Post Date: 11/4/2014 7:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto AcuteB2 600Ws AirS LiFe Power Pack with Lamp Head
Adorama has a Profoto AcuteB2 600Ws AirS LiFe Power Pack with Lamp Head Bundle available for $1,499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,374.00 when purchased separately.
Bundle Includes
  • LiFe Battery
  • Multi-Voltage (100-240VAC) Battery charger 1A
  • 16' Synchro Cable
  • User's Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • Profoto Acute-B 600W Lamp Head
Post Date: 11/4/2014 7:27:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 3, 2014
Tascam DR-70D DSLR 4-Channel Audio Recorder
Adorama has the recently announced Tascam DR-70D DSLR 4-Channel Audio Recorder in stock with free overnight shipping.
  • Two built-in microphones
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo jacks allow a wide range of setups
  • Built-in mixer with 4 inputs and 2 outputs
  • High audio quality through HDDA microphone preamps
  • Compact and tough design
  • Camera input and output
  • Slate tone generator for easy alignment with video files
Post Date: 11/3/2014 12:46:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through November 8, use coupon code PXHBOOKS14 at AdoramaPix to save 30% on premium quality, lay-flat custom photo books.
Post Date: 11/3/2014 9:58:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Art Wolfe's Live Composition, Technique and Impact Webinar
Last Chance: Paying the regular/full $25 price to hear Art Wolfe's wisdom and insights sounds like a great deal to me, but we have been provided with coupon code that reduces the price of Art's upcoming Composition, Technique and Impact webinar to an amazing you-can't-afford-to-miss-this price of only $7.00 (with this site still receiving support from your signup).
On Nov 3rd at 9:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Pacific), Art will present live on the following topics:
  • How to capture more compelling compositions
  • How to improve your technique
  • 5 ways to shoot with more impact
  • Questions and Answers
  • Photo Review of 20 Submissions
To take advantage of this educational opportunity and great deal, navigate to (using this link or the one from above) and use coupon code thedigitalpicture. The site includes a warning indicating that "Space is limited and these LIVE trainings always fill up, so RSVP today to reserve your spot." I signed up, and there seem to be just a few spots left.
Profoto Announces RFi 4' Octa
From Profoto:
Octagonal softboxes are great for portraits, fashion and beauty shots, as they create an appealing round catch light in the subject's eyes.
A new octa softbox has now been added to Profoto's extensive line of RFi Softboxes. The new 4' Octa fills in the gap in between the 3' Octa and the 5' Octa.
The new octa is not too small and not too large. It is just perfect.
Benefits of Profoto's RFi Softboxes
  • 13 unique models in four shapes.
  • Compatible with over 20 flash brands, thanks to our speedring adaptors.
  • Deeper shape and recessed front for more precise control.
  • Double-layered diffusers and a highly reflective silver interior.
  • Optional Softgrid available for even more precise light shaping.
  • Color-coded speedrings and Velcro attachments result in hassle-free assembly and disassembly.
  • Designed to withstand years of professional use.
B&H carries the Profoto RFi 4' Octa Softbox and other RFi Softboxes and accessories.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 11/3/2014 8:23:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kindle Fire HDX 7
Amazon is featuring the Refurbished Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and is only $119.00 for the 16GB version or $149.00 for the 32GB one.
Post Date: 11/3/2014 7:07:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 1, 2014
Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera (Orange) available for $169.95 with free shiping. Compare at $289.00 new.
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Post Date: 11/1/2014 12:37:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 31, 2014
DxO Optics Pro 10
Use coupon code BHPPE14 at B&H to receive special discounts on DxO Optics Pro 10 Essential and Elite Edition downloads.
Discount Details:
ProductReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
DxO Optics Pro 10 Essential$129.00$30.00$99.00
DxO Optics Pro 10 Elite$199.00$50.00$149.00
Post Date: 10/31/2014 1:44:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive
B&H has the WD 1.5TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive available for $69.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Post Date: 10/31/2014 12:52:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tiffen IRND 3.0 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter
B&H has the Tiffen IRND 3.0 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter [77mm] available for $69.00 with free shipping after $33.00 instant savings with promo code BHPPE14. Regularly $102.00.
Product Highlights:
  • 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Attenuates Infrared Light
  • ColorCore Water White Glass
Post Date: 10/31/2014 12:41:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration System
B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration System available for $149.00 with free shipping after $75.00 instant savings with promo code BHPPE14 and $25.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $249.00.
Other Color Calibraiton Deals with Promo Code: (use links from above)
  • X-Rite ColorChecker Passport - $59.00 after $30.00 instant savings and $10.00 mail-in rebate (Reg. $99.00)
  • X-Rite ColorMunki Display - $119.00 after $25.00 instant savings and $25.00 mail-in rebate (Reg. $169.00)
  • X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Color Management Solution - $339.00 after $70.00 instant savings and $50.00 mail-in rebate (Reg. $459.00)
Post Date: 10/31/2014 12:16:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 14mm T3.1 Ultra Wide Cinema Lens
B&H has Rokinon Cinema Lenses on sale with instant savings of $50.00 - $100.00.
Post Date: 10/31/2014 10:45:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Use promo code BHPPE14 at B&H to receive $50.00 off the following Sigma lenses:
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
  • Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
  • ...and many others
Note: The promo code box should be displayed in your cart screen if you use the links from above.
Post Date: 10/31/2014 7:50:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tascam DR-100 Mark II 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-100 Mark II 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $299.00.
Product Highlights
  • 4 Built-In Microphones
  • Dual XLR Inputs with 48V Phantom Power
  • 24-bit/96kHz WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Record to SD and SD-HC Cards
  • Line Level I/O
  • S/PDIF Input
  • Variable Speed Playback (-50% to +16%)
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Rugged Aluminum Casing
  • AC or Battery Power
Post Date: 10/30/2014 11:52:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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