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 Friday, September 30, 2016
by Sean Setters
 
As I mentioned in our Infrared Camera Conversion Review, having an infrared camera at hand greatly increases the "great light" portion of the day. It's well known that golden hour (shortly after sunrise and just before sunset) provides the greatest opportunities for capturing scenes with beautiful, interesting and/or compelling light in traditional photography. Typical landscape scenes don't as good in the middle of the day. And since there are a lot more hours in the day that aren't golden hours, that presents a bit of a problem from an inspiration standpoint for landscape photographers.
 
As landscapes captured in IR typically look best with a lot of hard, midday sun, getting an IR-converted DSLR can provide ample opportunities to capture beautiful landscapes with the sun right overhead.
 
Sometimes I'll simply grab my Super Color IR-converted EOS 7D and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and/or EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM and walk around my neighborhood to see what piques my interest. Typically speaking, my neighborhood isn't very inspiring from a landscape photography perspective. However, there are a few spots nearby that tend to draw my eye. This large oak tree in the middle of a field is one of them.
 
When it comes to IR landscapes, I typically set my camera to aperture priority (Av) mode at f/8, ISO 100 and let the camera choose the shutter speed (dialing in exposure comensation if needed). Considering that IR landscapes are typically captured at times with an abundance of ambient light available, using f/8 allows me to achieve near maximum sharpness (though the setting is just slightly above the camera's diffraction limited aperture, or DLA) while typically keeping everything in focus (assuming the point of focus exceeds the hyperfocal distance for the situation).
 
For the shot above, I used the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM and the exposure settings were f/8, 1/160 second and ISO 100.
 
I first inverted the red and blue color channels in post processing and then desaturated the yellow hues to achieve the traditional IR white foliage look while maintaining the blue color captured by the Super Color IR sensor. Click on the image above for access to a higher resolution version.
 
Learn more about infrared photography and IR conversions in our Infrared Camera Conversion by LifePixel Review.
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Post Date: 9/30/2016 8:17:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
As usual, B&H will be closing in observance of Rosh Hashana. Below are the closing details.
 
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed starting at 1pm ET on Sunday, October 2 through Wednesday, October 5.
We will reopen at 9am ET on Wednesday, October 5.
 
Online Orders
Online ordering will pause beginning at 6:30pm ET Sunday, October 2 until 7:45pm ET on Tuesday, October 4.
 
Shipping
Orders placed before 12am ET on Sunday, October 2 will be processed prior to the Holiday closing.
Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Wednesday, October 5.
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Category: B&H News
Post Date: 9/30/2016 6:12:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon is featuring the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens for Canon as a Gold Box Deal of the Day with the lens available for $249.99. Compare at $339.00.
 
Note: The Nikon version with AE chip is also on sale for $289.99. Compare at $372.00.
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Post Date: 9/30/2016 5:16:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Elvid OptiView 150 3.0" LCD Viewfinder available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $89.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Most 3.0" LCD Screens
  • Compatible with 3:2 & 4:3 Aspect Ratios
  • Magnifies Display by 300%
  • Blocks Light from Hitting Screen
  • Soft Eyecup Can be Used with Either Eye
  • Rear Half Flips Up and Out of the Way
  • Plastic Mounting Frame & Glass Protector
  • Lanyard Included
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Post Date: 9/30/2016 5:06:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 29, 2016
For a limited time, B&H has the Lenovo 15.6" Ideapad 310 Series Notebook available for $329.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i3-6100U Dual-Core
  • 6GB of 2133 MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 15.6" (1366 x 768) LED Backlit Display
  • 1TB 5400 rpm SATA III HDD
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520
  • SuperMulti DVD Drive + Media Card Reader
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / VGA / HDMI
  • Windows 10 Home
Note: It may not be the most powerful or most full-featured laptop, but something like this would work well for displaying [close to] real-time photo galleries at a wedding reception.
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Post Date: 9/29/2016 2:39:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is expecting to have the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 in stock later this afternoon with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 9/29/2016 1:01:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Photoshop Tutorials by PHLEARN YouTube Channel:
 
Learning keyboard shortcuts is the best way to work faster and more efficiently in Photoshop. In today's episode, we explore 5 Keyboard Shortcuts that are sure to speed up your workflow in Photoshop.
 
Keyboard Shortcuts - Mac
 
Spacebar + CMD + Click & Drag - Precise Zoom
Use this keyboard shortcut to quickly zoom in and out of specific areas of a photo. Especially great for detailed editing work in Photoshop. Zoom in for detailed work, then zoom-out to see the results.
 
CTRL + ALT + Click & Drag - Change Brush Size and Hardness
Click & Drag Left and Right to change brush size. Click & Drag Up and Down to change brush hardness.
 
V, 1-9, 0 - Adjust Layer Opacity
To change layer opacity, first select the Move Tool by pressing "V". This will make any changes applicable to the layer, not a specific tool like the Brush Tool. Use the numbers on the top of the keyboard to correspond to layer opacity. "1" will make opacity 10%. "5" will make opacity 50%. OPTN + CMD + SHIFT + M - Add Layer Mask
 
Learn how to create keyboard shortcuts in this episode. There is no default keyboard shortcut for making a layer mask - we suggest making one to save time!
 
OPTN + CMD + SHIFT + S - Save for Web and Devices
To save images with the correct settings for display online, be sure to use "Save for Web and Devices"
 
Keyboard Shortcuts - PC
 
Spacebar + CTRL + Click & Drag - Precise Zoom
Use this keyboard shortcut to quickly zoom in and out of specific areas of a photo. Especially great for detailed editing work in Photoshop. Zoom in for detailed work, then zoom-out to see the results.
 
CTRL + ALT + Right-Click & Drag - Change Brush Size and Hardness
Right-Click & Drag Left and Right to change brush size. Right-Click & Drag Up and Down to change brush hardness.
 
V, 1-9, 0 - Adjust Layer Opacity
To change layer opacity, first select the Move Tool by pressing "V". This will make any changes applicable to the layer, not a specific tool like the Brush Tool. Use the numbers on the top of the keyboard to correspond to layer opacity. "1" will make opacity 10%. "5" will make opacity 50%.
 
ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + M - Add Layer Mask
Learn how to create keyboard shortcuts in this episode. There is no default keyboard shortcut for making a layer mask - we suggest making one to save time!
 
ALT + CTRL + SHIFT + S - Save for Web and Devices
To save images with the correct settings for display online, be sure to use "Save for Web and Devices"
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 9/29/2016 10:36:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.We plan to test Macintosh versions of the following software applications for compatibility with macOS Sierra. We will announce our findings once testing is complete. We cannot guarantee the compatibility of these applications with macOS Sierra until we have completed testing.
 
  • Capture NX-D
  • ViewNX-i (including ViewNX-Movie Editor and Nikon Transfer 2)
  • Picture Control Utility 2
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (previously WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • IPTC Preset Manager
It has become clear that the current version of the Wireless Transmitter Utility is unable to function properly under macOS Sierra. We do plan to update the Utility to provide compatibility with macOS Sierra, so we ask that you refrain from updating to macOS Sierra until the Wireless Transmitter Utility update becomes available.
 
We do not intent to provide compatibility with the following applications.
 
  • ViewNX 2 (including Movie Editor)
  • Capture NX 2
  • Short Movie Creator
  • Capture NX Ver. 1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Capture series
  • ViewNX Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver. 1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Select Edition
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition
  • PC-PJ Transfer
  • Thumbnail Selector
In addition, we do not plan to provide compatibility for other software, or SCSI- or serial-connection products. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For more information regarding this matter, please contact Nikon Customer Support.
 
Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
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Post Date: 9/29/2016 6:42:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 28, 2016

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Ever found yourself lost in the maze of codec options when shooting, editing, and delivering your video? You're not alone. In this video, Chase from Zacuto explains the basics of choosing and setting up your codecs for every step of your production. Concepts such as interframe vs. intraframe, color depth, and bitrates are explained as they pertain to your workflow.
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Post Date: 9/28/2016 3:25:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Westcott Flex X-Bracket Daylight LED Mat Set (1 x 1') available for $389.95 with free shipping. Compare at $699.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Flexible, Moldable LED Panel
  • Daylight 5600K Color Temperature
  • Beam Angle: 140-360°
  • CRI: 95
  • Splash and Dustproof, IP 64 Rating
  • Thin Profile Measures 0.25" Thick
  • External Dimmer, 0-100% Control
  • Compatible with Scrim Jim Cine Frames
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Post Date: 9/28/2016 5:17:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Nikon D5 DSLR Camera (Dual CF) available for $5,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,496.95.
 
Note: This is a grey market item and would not qualify for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 9/28/2016 5:13:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 27, 2016
From DJI:
 
Small Size And Folding Design Make Mavic Pro Perfect For Wherever You Go
 
NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2016 – DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology, Tuesday revolutionized personal flight by introducing Mavic Pro - a portable, powerful and easy-to-use drone featuring DJI's most innovative flight technology in a sleek, foldable package that enables creative fun wherever you go.
 
DJI Revolutionizes Personal Flight With New Mavic Pro Drone Mavic Pro is DJI's first personal drone designed to be taken just about anywhere. Small enough to toss in a bag and easy enough to launch quickly whenever the time and place are right, its unique folding design compresses the entire drone to practically the size of a water bottle.
 
The compact body of Mavic Pro holds a drone built for uncompromising performance. Equipped with a stabilized 4K camera and a visual navigation system, with a 4.3 mile (7 km) range and 27 minute flight time, Mavic Pro sets the new standard for compact drones.
 
"DJI has spent a decade making it easier for anyone to fly, and by rethinking everything about how a drones look, we have created an entirely new type of aerial platform for anyone to explore their creativity," said Frank Wang, DJI's CEO and founder.
 

"Mavic Pro is a technological triumph filled with features that once again show how DJI leads the industry. Most importantly, Mavic Pro allows you to reach the skies easily, see the world with new eyes and tell your stories like never before."
 
Mavic Pro is designed to be ultra portable and quick to launch so it can take to the skies as soon as you need it. With four folding arms and propellers that tuck neatly away against its streamlined body, it can be easily carried in a purse or backpack, saving you the trouble of mounting propellers before a flight. It can be operated by the powerful long range remote controller, or simply by your smartphone at shorter range. When controlled by a smartphone, the whole system can be set up and airborne in less than a minute to capture every key moment.
 
Unparalleled Flight Experience
DJI's commitment to unparalleled stability, maneuverability and safety is clear in Mavic Pro's new FlightAutonomy system. FlightAutonomy is Mavic Pro's brain and nervous system, a complex network of hardware and software consisting of five cameras, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, a pair of ultrasonic range finders, redundant sensors and 24 powerful computing cores. FlightAutonomy can position, navigate and plan routes for Mavic Pro, enabling it to avoid obstacles in various environments, with or without the help of satellite signals. FlightAutonomy provides a significant boost in working range and can cope with complex 3D environments. For navigation and obstacle avoidance, FlightAutonomy provides a superb speed-range envelope to make Mavic Pro self-navigational in various intelligent flight modes, and will avoid most obstacles at speeds up to 22 mph (36 kph).
 
An ultra light and aerodynamic airframe, together with DJI's state-of-the-art propulsion and battery system, enables Mavic Pro to fly for up to 27 minutes. To experience the pure joy of flying, Mavic Pro can be switched to Sport Mode, which allows speeds of up to 40 mph (64.8 kph), increasing the drone's agility and responsiveness. Mavic Pro flies smoothly and will remain stable in winds of up to 24 mph (38.5 kph), and uses DJI's GEO geofencing system to help identify restricted areas, preventing flight in locations that might raise safety or security concerns automatically, and helping pilots make smarter decisions about when and where to fly.
 
As with all DJI drones, Mavic Pro is set to automatically return to its launch location if it ever loses contact with the controller or reaches critically low battery levels. The new Precision Landing feature records a burst of video with two stereo cameras every time Mavic Pro launches, then uses both video and satellite information when it returns to land within an inch of where it took off. If a pilot lets go of the controls, the drone will simply hover in place.
 
Advanced Stabilized Camera System
Mavic Pro's small size is packed with powerful features. DJI's advanced technology now includes our smallest-ever three-axis gimbal for shake-free photos and video. The autofocus camera features a minimum focusing distance of just 19 in (0.5 m) and can be flipped 90 degrees to portrait mode for vertical selfies and video. Mavic Pro records 4K video at 30fps and full 1080p HD at 96fps. Its 12-megapixel camera with Adobe DNG RAW support has been expertly tuned for aerial images. With the help of the high-precision gimbal, you can confidently shoot 2-second-long exposures in the air to get the most jaw-dropping aerial images.
 
New Remote and Live View Performance
A revolutionary new compact remote controller has been designed to provide a fully ergonomic experience with optimum comfort, and can accommodate a smartphone or control Mavic Pro on its own. Its built-in LCD screen displays essential telemetry data, while dedicated buttons for functions such as Return-to-Home and pausing during Intelligent Flight modes ensure a confident flight every single time. The video link system, OcuSync, represents new heights in DJI's communication technology. It supports a range up to 4.3 miles (7 km) and live view resolutions up to 1080p.
 
The new band management algorithm makes OcuSync more robust in environments with many frequencies in operation. Mavic Pro is equipped with dual-band WiFi as a secondary link, allowing easy control via your smartphone for close range operation or for quick downloading of content from Mavic Pro straight to your device.
 
Most Intelligent Drone Ever
The powerful systems inside Mavic Pro are easy to use, even for beginners. Using just your phone's touchscreen, you can use TapFly to direct Mavic Pro to go wherever you want, avoiding obstacles along the way. When you want to take a hands-free selfie, FlightAutonomy makes it possible to control the drone completely with just your gestures.
 
In Gesture mode, you can use gestures to have Mavic Pro locate you, center you in the frame and take the perfect shot as Mavic Pro's flashing lights count down to the photo. Sharing your best aerial moments has never been easier with live streaming to Facebook Live, Periscope and YouTube through the DJI GO app.
 
An updated version of DJI's ActiveTrack recognizes common subjects such as people, bicyclists, cars, boats and animals, which then sends Mavic Pro to follow behind, lead in front, circle above or track alongside the subject, keeping the camera focused on the subject while you concentrate on flight maneuvers. The new Terrain Follow mode means that you can race up a slope behind a subject while remaining at a constant height between 1 ft (0.3 m) and 33 ft (10 m).
 
At the other extreme, the new Tripod Mode is designed for indoor use, slowing and fine-tuning Mavic Pro's position and angle based on controller movement inputs to allowing for precision framing and safe indoor flight.
 
Immerse Yourself
Mavic Pro also pairs with DJI's new immersive DJI Goggles, displaying an 85-degree view from the drone in full 1080p for a true bird's-eye view of the world below. With built-in OcuSync, the goggles receive video directly from Mavic Pro in the air and not through the controller, reducing lag to a minimum - and allowing you to share the in-flight view with a friend.
 
Specially designed for aerial first-person view (FPV) applications, DJI Goggles allows you to flick between third person view and FPV in under a second. You can comfortably wear your glasses while wearing the goggles and quit FPV mode instantly by flipping the mask up.
 
Price and Availability
Mavic Pro's U.S. retail price will be $999 with the remote controller included, and $749 without the remote controller. Additional Mavic Pro Intelligent Flight Batteries will cost $89. A Mavic Pro Fly More Combo, which includes a Mavic Pro, two extra Intelligent Flight Batteries, extra propellers, a charging hub, an adapter, a car charger and a shoulder bag, will be available for $1,299.
 
Mavic Pro is immediately available for pre-order and will begin shipping October 15.
 
B&H has the DJI Mavic Pro available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 9/27/2016 3:30:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tomorrow, use coupon code CIDER50 at CanvasOnDemand.com to get 50% off your entire order.
 
Campaign is valid until September 28th 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Cannot be combined with other offers or sample orders. Excludes the purchase of gift cards. Discount does not apply to shipping rates.
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Post Date: 9/27/2016 9:29:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
The word on the street is that you simply cannot make sharp images with teleconverters (TCs) especially with the 2X. Nothing could be further from the truth. With some practice and good sharpness techniques you can learn to use TCs effectively to photograph small, distant, or shy subjects.
 
Teleconverters or multipliers come in a variety of strengths, most usually 1.4X and 2X. Nikon also offers a 1.7X TCE. Each will multiply your effective focal length by the factor in its name. A 1.4X TC will make your 400mm lens into a 560mm lens. A doubler, aka a 2X TC, will enable your 600mm lens to give you 1200mm of reach.
 
In this program, Arthur Morris, internationally noted bird photographer and educator, will share the tips and secrets that he has developed and used for more than three decades so that you too can use TCs to improve your photography. This program will be well-illustrated with Artie’s spectacular images of birds, wildlife, flowers, and even a few unexpected subjects.
 
B&H carries teleconverters.
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Post Date: 9/27/2016 7:11:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Konova K2 Slider (47.3") available for $199.00. Regularly $269.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Roller Bearing Sliding System
  • 39.6 lb Load Capacity
  • 47.3" Track Length
  • Tension-Adjustable Ball Bearings
  • Friction Adjustable Knob
  • 3/8"-16 Tie-Down Screw
  • Detachable Legs with Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ruler for Precise & Repeatable Moves
  • Dual Oil Seals for Cleaning Rails
  • Carrying Bag
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Post Date: 9/27/2016 6:40:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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