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 Thursday, November 21, 2013

While this video is targeted towards video shooters, the techniques employed could very well benefit still photographers as well.
Joey uses household items - like colored milk, water, hydrogen peroxide, paper towels and a sheet of glass - to create cosmic scenes.
You can find more of Joey's work on http://www.moviemagicnow.com/.
Post Date: 11/21/2013 8:55:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ExpoImaging ExpoDisc 2.0
From ExpoImaging:
ExpoDisc 2.0: The Original Professional White Balance Filter Gets Even Better; New Filter Design Includes Selectable Custom Warming Gels
Set white balance, meter for exposure and dust map the image sensor with the only calibrated and certified 18% transmission incident light metering filter
Watsonville, California, November 18, 2013 – ExpoImaging, Inc., designers of innovative camera accessories for the photographic market, today introduced the patented ExpoDisc 2.0 Professional White Balance Filter, an incident light metering filter for digital cameras, for both still and video applications.
"With the original ExpoDisc, we invented the digital white balance filter and established it in the market as the premium white balance tool by individually testing and certifying every ExpoDisc,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “Now, ExpoDisc 2.0 introduces user-selectable warming gels, an improved mounting design, and a new lower price-point.”
Whether shooting in RAW or JPEG, photographers using ExpoDisc 2.0 to white balance their images save valuable time during the photo editing process.
Beyond its primary function as a white balance tool, the precision calibration and uniformity of the ExpoDisc 2.0 means that it can also be used to meter for an 18% incident exposure and to dust map the image sensor. Made in the USA, every ExpoDisc 2.0 is tested by hand on a transmission spectrophotometer and individually adjusted using custom filters to ensure neutrality and an 18% total light transmission across the visible spectrum. This neutrality is important because using a non-neutral tool for white balance can actually add undesirable color casts to images.
The original ExpoDisc Professional White Balance Filter was available in separate Neutral and Portrait (warming) versions. ExpoDisc 2.0 combines these versions into a single tool. ExpoDisc 2.0 includes two levels of custom warming gels which can be inserted into recesses on the face of the ExpoDisc, enabling photographers to add varying degrees of warmth for pleasing skin tones.
The ExpoDisc 2.0’s new filter mount design attaches securely to lenses and even to low-profile threaded lens filters.
The ExpoDisc 2.0 will initially be available in a 77mm filter size with more sizes to follow. As with the original ExpoDisc, a larger ExpoDisc 2.0 can be used with smaller filter size lenses by simply holding the ExpoDisc 2.0 over the lens during the white balance procedure.
Pricing and Availability
ExpoDisc 2.0 is available now through ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. The ExpoDisc 2.0 77mm White Balance Filter retails for $49.95.
Adorama carries ExpoImaging products.
Post Date: 11/21/2013 7:49:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Hot Deal: For a very limited time, Adobe is opening up their Photoshop Photography Program to all photographers - no previous version of Photohop is required for registration.
From now until December 2, you can sign up for the Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99 per month with a 1-year commitment whether you currently own Photoshop or not.
For what its worth, I'm a Photoshop Photography Program member and love it. In my opinion, the software is well worth the small monthly fee. [Sean]
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/20/2013 2:27:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
Nikon and Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts Team Up to Capture Magical Photo Moments
Nikon Inc. Becomes the Official Camera of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Nikon Inc. and Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts today announced a multi-year strategic alliance naming Nikon the official camera of Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Ca. Bringing together a global leader in imaging and the world’s leading family vacation destinations, this relationship continues the longstanding commitment to help guests capture every moment of their vacation.
“The alliance between Nikon and Disney allows us to connect with millions of passionate Disney guests who want to tell their stories through the capture of amazing imagery,” said Nobuyoshi Gokyu, president, Nikon Inc. “Through this agreement, Nikon will play an integral role in helping Disney guests to preserve and share every unforgettable moment.”
As the “Official Camera of Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts,” Nikon will have branded Picture Spots throughout the theme parks at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, providing guests and their families with the opportunity to document their journey at ideal locations throughout the Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, as well as Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.
“Our Disney Parks are among some of the most photographed locations in the world, so it is only natural for us to further develop our relationship with Nikon, who shares our commitment to capturing magical moments and making memories,” said Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, US and France.
Nikon will also be integrated into the Disney PhotoPass Service, the perfect way for guests to capture their vacation memories in great photos—and get everyone in the shot. Disney PhotoPass Photographers will now be exclusively equipped with Nikon cameras and accessories, ensuring each memory is preserved with the quality that consumers have come to expect from Nikon.
Disney Fine Art Photographers at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings and Honeymoons, as well as Adventure Guides with Adventures by Disney, will also be outfitted with Nikon cameras.
Adorama carries Nikon cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 11/20/2013 11:52:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce that we have updated the firmware of the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
The latest firmware enables our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses fully functional with the Nikon D5300 camera. For those customers who own following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.

  • 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A012 NIKON
  • 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C013 NIKON
  • 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 NIKON
  • 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013 NIKON
  • 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S013 NIKON

Please update SIGMA Optimization Pro Software to Ver. 1.1 before attempting firmware update.
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page:
Adorama carries the Sigma USB Dock (necessary to upgrade firmware).

Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/20/2013 7:03:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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From Sigma:
Thank you very much for purchasing and using Sigma products.
We have found that the current firmware of our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon D5300’s OS and Live View Auto Focus functions.
For those customers who own Sigma lenses in Nikon mount, we are going to provide a free firmware update service.
Please note that all the products we dispatch from the factory will have the latest firmware.
Without the latest firmware, the OS and Live View Auto Focus functions do not work properly when it is used with the Nikon D5300.
Concerned Products
Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses that incorporate an internal motor
* Firmware upgrade cannot be applied to the lenses that do not have an internal motor.
* For some discontinued products, we may not be able to offer the firmware update due to the discontinuation of related repair parts. Please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the further details.
For those customers in need of the latest firmware, we are going to provide free firmware update from November 20th. For discontinued products, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the further details.
For lenses that are compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK, it is possible to update them via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/19/2013 7:09:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 18, 2013
Retrospective 15L Casual Canvas Laptop Bag (Pinestone)
11/18/2013 - We just introduced a retro-inspired alternative to conventional and obvious laptop cases for carrying expensive technical devices discreetly—the Retrospective Laptop Case. Inspired by the popularity of the company's inconspicuous Retrospective canvas shoulder bag series, these new laptop cases are available in 13-inch and 15-inch sizes and three colors: Pinestone or Blue Slate in sand-washed 100% premium cotton canvas, or Black in polyspun.
The Retrospective 13L and Retrospective 15L laptop cases’ retro look mixes "Old-School" with "New-School" that is a throwback to the days when bags where visually simple but highly functional. These new laptop cases are designed for today’s laptop owners whose personal style resonates with classic materials and design, as well as wanting their electronics to be readily accessible yet well-concealed.
Like all shoulder bags in the series, the Retrospective Laptop Cases are built with durability and comfort in mind. They feature premium quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, metal hardware, leather accents, and a cushioned and padded nonslip shoulder strap that can be positioned for all-day comfort. A breakthrough in design is the smooth back-panel that reduces wear and tear on clothing. Besides carrying and concealing expensive laptops, the rear pocket is designed to hold a Tablet and the main compartment easily fits file folders, books or binders. An easily accessible front organizer features a key tether with pockets for pens, business cards and small accessories. Treated with a water resistant coating, Retrospective Laptop Cases offers double protection from the elements with a seam-sealed rain cover.
Another attractive aspect of the Retrospective collection is the price. In fact, distressed canvas bags of comparable quality are priced up to $300 whereas the Retrospective 13L is $149.75 and Retrospective 15L is $159.75.

  • Pine Stone & Blue Slate Exterior: All fabric exterior treated for durable water resistance, plus fabric underside has a polyurethane coating for extra water resistance, sand-washed 100% cotton canvas, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, premium quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, polyspun webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Pine Stone & Blue Slate Exterior Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Black Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistance, plus fabric underside has a polyurethane coating for extra water resistance, 1100D polyspun, antique nickel-plated metal hardware, premium quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
  • Black Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread

Retrospective 13L

  • External Dimensions: 14.6” W x 11.4” H x 2.8” D (37 x 29 x 7 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 13” W x 9.4” H x 1.2” D (33 x 24 x 3 cm)
  • iPad Compartment: 9.8” W x 7.9” H (25 x 20 cm)
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)

Retrospective 15L

  • External Dimensions: 16.1” W x 12.2” H x 2.8” D (41 x 31 x 7 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 15” W x 11” H x 1.6” D (38 x 28 x 4 cm)
  • iPad Compartment: 11.8” W x 9” H ( 30 x 23 cm)
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs (1.3 kg)

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Post Date: 11/18/2013 3:03:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From RØDE:
The new VideoMic GO is the latest release in the Australian audio company’s successful range of VideoMic microphones for on-camera usage.
Compact and light weight by design, the VideoMic GO delivers clear, crisp, directional audio with incredible ease of use.
Its tight pickup area focuses directly in front of the microphone and reduces other surrounding sounds, ensuring that the user can isolate their subject from distracting background noise. At only 73gm (2.5oz) it is RØDE’s lightest on-camera microphone and sports an impressively compact form factor.
Designed to be as user-friendly as possible, the VideoMic GO has no switches or settings, and is powered by the camera or recording device’s external microphone input, requiring no batteries to operate.
The microphone features an integrated suspension based on Rycote’s Lyre system, which utilises a single piece of thermoplastic to isolate the microphone from knocks and bumps that could otherwise interfere with performance. In addition to its superior performance the Lyre system is hard-wearing and will never wear out, sag or snap, unlike traditional elastic-based suspension.
“The VideoMic GO is the perfect microphone for consumers wanting to get started shooting high-definition video with their DSLR, ‘point-and-shoot’ or even GoPro cameras.” Commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Marketing & Sales Director. “We’ve all experienced how terrible the audio can be using a camera’s built-in microphone, and the VideoMic GO is the answer to getting audio that matches the quality of the images, without the additional EQ and level features that are available on our other VideoMic models.”
“This user-friendly ‘plug and play’ approach, combined with its lightweight, small form factor make it ideal for carrying in small camera bags, ready at any time to capture the moment.”
Adorama carries RØDE microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 11/18/2013 12:54:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Shenandoah National Park Buck
Field use is incredibly helpful for gear evaluation. As you likely figured out through the newsletter and the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review, I was able to spend some time in Shenandoah National Park last month. While wide angle landscapes were on the to-capture list, wildlife photography was my primary purpose for this trip.
To be more specific, I wanted to know which of three following big white lenses was my favorite for wildlife photography.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
And my answer, as you may have predicted, is "It depends." Each lens has its strengths.
From an image quality standpoint, all of these lenses deliver very high pro-grade results. It doesn't matter which lens you pick in this regard. From a "look" perspective, I prefer the more-blurred background, more-compressed look of the longest focal lengths. Again, all of these lenses have very long focal lengths available, but the 600 f/4 has the advantage. The 200-400 L's long focal length comes with the built-in 1.4x extender moved into the optical path, which sets it back one stop in the max aperture comparison. The two primes also did less focus hunting in low light, peripheral AF point scenarios.
If you can get closer to your subject and there are obstructions (trees, branches, weeds, etc.) in play, a longer focal length quickly becomes a liability. The farther away you are from the subject, the more likely that these obstructions will factor into your results. The first problem is that obstructions detract from your final image. A branch across your subject's head is not going to be welcomed. And an even bigger problem is that the obstructions can catch the attention of your camera's autofocus system, resulting in a subject that is not even in focus. Such images are throw-aways – if you can even get the photo. In SNP, I had a black bear cub run past me in the thick woods and I was not able to even capture a memory photo as the camera could not lock focus.
Because the white-tailed deer in Shenandoah National Park are relatively tolerant of humans, I was able to get closer to my subjects (at least some of the time) on this trip. And because I was shooting with LOTS of obstructions (often in relatively thick woods), getting closer was typically desirable. The 200-400 L quickly became my go-to lens on this trip and has earned permanence in my kit. Having the very long range of focal lengths immediately available when needed/desired, this lens was the ideal choice for this type of photography.
I had been pursuing a pair of buck for two hours when the larger of the two finally and suddenly walked out into a clearing. And at the perfect moment, it stopped and became alert. I had diffuse sunlight at my back. The deer's head was framed between the closest background trees and the foreground was uninterrupted. In the very short duration of time that the ideal picture remained available, I would have been very fortunate to get one acceptably-framed picture with a prime lens (due to the sneaker zooming required). But with the 200-400 L, I was able to rapidly capture a number of framing variations.
I used the 500 L IS II and 600 L IS II during the trip and they performed excellently, but when the shot really counted, I found myself going with the 200-400 L IS in this location.
Check out some images in the Shenandoah National Park gallery.
Since many of these images were captured with the big white zoom lens, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens sample pictures are also now available.
Post Date: 11/18/2013 11:02:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
PNY SDXC 128GB High Performance Memory Card
From PNY:
Bordeaux – 18 November 2013 – PNY Technologies, a leading manufacturer and supplier of memory, imaging and graphics solutions, is pleased to unveil its new SDHC/XC High Performance memory card. The high-speed, high-capacity card is the latest solution in PNY’s imaging range to meet the demands of the high-end digital imaging market.
Offering exceptional speeds of 80MB per second, these cards are specifically designed for professional and semi-professional photographers who want to maximize the number of shots in continuous (burst) mode.
Certified Class 10 UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed), this card is ideal for photographing or filming any subject in Full HD in the most extreme conditions.
Features include:

  • Operating Temperature: 0 ° C to 60 ° C
  • Storage Temperature: -40 ° C to 85 ° C
  • Storage Humidity: 95% max, non-condensing
  • Shockproof: 1.000G max use

Price & Availability
The High Performance SDHC/XC 80M/s cards are now available from PNY’s usual distribution network in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. The super high capacity allows the most enthusiastic photographers to shoot without limit in high definition.

Product Details MSRP
SDHC 16GB High Performance £17.99
SDHC 32GB High Performance £25.74
SDXC 64GB High Performance £52.63
SDXC 128GB High Performance£98.99

Amazon carries PNY memory cards.

Category: PNY News
Post Date: 11/18/2013 7:13:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 17, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending November 16th, 2013.
In the news...
On Wednesday, Canon released firmware updates for the C100 and C300 cinema cameras. The firmware updates included several user-interface improvements as well as expanding the maximum ISO setting and peripheral illumination database. Unfortunately, the firmware updates caused discrepancies in color balance leading to Canon removing them from their site late Thursday. Expect the fixed firmware updates to be available once again very soon.
On Thursday, Canon Japan finally introduced the body Asia has been hinting at since late last week – a white Kiss X7 (aka Rebel SL1) with matching special edition EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. The camera is set to be available in Japan at the end of this month. Whether or not Canon will be releasing a white SL1 aimed at the North American market is, as of yet, unknown.
In site news and reviews...
On Tuesday, Bryan posted his full review of the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE lens. In short, the Zeiss 15mm lens has found a permanent home in Bryan’s landscape lens collection because of its superb image quality, durable build quality, and compatibility with front mounted screw-in filters. See Bryan’s full review for more details.
On Thursday, Bryan updated the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM review to address concerns about focus shift. Bryan found the lens does exhibit a rearward focus shift; however, the focus shift is unlikely to cause significant issues for most shooters.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from Adorama where you could get a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM lens for $1,899.00 with free shipping after $300.00 mail-in rebate. That’s a $300.00 savings off the normal after-rebate price.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 11/17/2013 11:19:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 16, 2013
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From Nikon:
Nikon NEF Codec v1.20.0 Changes:

  • Supports NEF (RAW) images taken with the D5300, Df.

Nikon NEF Codec v1.20.0 for Windows

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/16/2013 10:18:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 15, 2013
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From Photoshelter:
Action photographer David Bergman has made a name for himself for everything from his iconic shots of Bon Jovi on tour to his GigaPan image of President Obama’s first inauguration. He’s shot for Sports Illustrated, MLB.com, CBS, The Travel Channel, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, numerous musicians and record labels, and has even started a series of workshops.
But, this self-professed “band geek” didn’t set out to be a photographer at the beginning. In this webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 4pm EST, learn directly from David as he tells his story about making the move from music production major to full-time staff photographer to freelancer. During this webinar you'll learn from David's own experience:

  • What the transition from going to full-time to freelance can be like
  • How to leverage professional relationships to get more work
  • Why learning new techniques keeps your work relevant
  • What it’s really like to hang around and photograph a stadium packed show with Bon Jovi

Date: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 4:00pm EST
Register Now

Post Date: 11/15/2013 3:47:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Imaging USA 2014
From Imaging USA:
Annual International Photography Convention and Expo Heads to Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ – November 15, 2013 – Imaging USA, the annual get together for professional photographers, is bringing photography education, networking and inspiration to Phoenix this winter.
Just two months away, the 2014 edition of Imaging USA is set for Jan. 12 to14 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. More than 10,000 industry professionals will descend upon the Valley of the Sun for the three day convention.
Imaging USA is organized by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world’s largest non-profit photography association. The event features a three-day Imaging EXPO tradeshow with more than 600 booths, several all-inclusive parties and more than 100 speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations by some of the most respected names in the photographic industry.
This year, Imaging USA will feature a man more known for music than his photography, the legendary singer songwriter Kenny Rogers. Rogers, who was just inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with a stirring tribute at the Country Music Awards, will be on-hand at Imaging USA to be recognized by PPA for his imagery with an honorary master of photography degree. He will also present his new photography book, give an hour-long Q&A to discuss his life and photography and an exhibit of his work will be display throughout the convention.
“We could see in his work that Mr. Rogers is an accomplished photographer, but when we approached him about the honorary master’s degree, we were immediately impressed with his enthusiasm for photography,” said PPA president, Ralph Romaguera Sr., M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API, F-ASP. “He’s obviously well-known as an entertainer, but he truly is a remarkably talented photographer. PPA is excited to honor Kenny and have him share his passion with us all in Phoenix.”
Rogers will receive his degree along with the 161 other photographers who earned PPA degrees in 2013. Immediately following PPA’s Award and Degree ceremony will be the inaugural presentation of the World Photographic Cup (WPC). Twenty three countries from all over the globe formed teams to participate in the first-ever WPC, an event geared to unite photographers in a spirit of friendship and cooperation, and crown the best photography in the world.
Along with Kenny Rogers are programs from some of the biggest names in photography. Imaging USA’s renowned educational classes are geared to improve a photographer’s business skills, photographic repertoire and use of photography and post-production technologies. The event also features several photographic exhibits, mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews and much more.
Imaging USA is the longest running international photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the world, drawing thousands of professionals from across the globe. The event dates back to 1880, when it began as the annual convention and trade show for PPA. It continues to grow and evolve along with industry trends and technology.
Because PPA believes in the value Imaging USA provides, it offers a free full-registration to Imaging USA as a perk for new members. Professional Active PPA memberships are available for $27.92 a month.
For everyone else, there are many different ways to experience Imaging USA, including but not limited to the full conference, a full conference plus pre-conference courses option, tradeshow only, the International Photographic Competition and off-site classes throughout the surrounding areas.
Visit imagingusa.org for complete registration information and pricing options. And keep checking back for updates to the event schedule.
Post Date: 11/15/2013 8:07:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Australia Photo5 Winners 2013
Above: Canon Photo5 2013 Winning Images
Row 1, left to right: Kylie Garner, Sally Patterson, Josh Bakkum
Row 2, left to right: Denise McKenzie, Janis Unkovich, Nick Ch’ng

From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia, 31 October 2013: Today,Canon Australia announces the six winners of Canon Photo5, Australia and New Zealand’s most creative and original photography competition.
Each year, Canon Photo5 sparks a creative imaging movement across Australia and New Zealand, bringing out and celebrating people’s originality through the inspiration of five everyday objects in a simple brown box. Bringing together everyday people with a range of photography skill levels and creative backgrounds, the Canon Photo5 competition this year saw over 5260 entries with no one entry looking the same.
“The calibre of entries to this year’s competition was phenomenal. There’s an incredibly enthusiastic photography community across both Australia and New Zealand, and it’s amazing to see the originality that five everyday objects bring out in each person,” said Chris Macleod, Manager Consumer Segments & Digital Communications, Canon Australia. “Our Canon Masters, who are some of Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative image makers, were astounded by the results! Each interpretation of the objects was unique to the photographer, so it was no easy task for them to select the winners.”
Coming from as far as Western Australia and Queensland, the 2013 Canon Photo5 winners are:

  • Josh Bakkum, Brief One – Reflection, Open brief: “As far as reflections go this has it all. The images shows a lot of imagination, creativity and technique all combined to make this stunning picture. I especially like the combination of remote and time exposure. All in all a great picture." – Judge Mark Horsburgh
  • Denise McKenzie, Brief Two – Flour, Contrast: “This photo is striking and mysterious with the clash of red, white and black its strength. Compositionally well captured and a good use of the theme with strong sense of beauty and light.” – Judge Stephen DuPont
  • Sally Patterson, Brief Three – Eyes, Personify: “A rather simplistic yet brilliant photograph! Really well shot and framed and finished. A whole new way to say Cartoon Eyes.” – Judge Graham Munro
  • Kylie Garner, Brief Four – Jelly, Light: “A stand-out-from-the-crowd shot that moves away from a contrived black room and artificial light. Fundamental photography techniques have been applied to give jelly the focus and its intrigue when lit via natural light. Love the short depth of field to control where we look. Good post with colours dropped back in the background and highlight red on the Jelly.” – Judge Eugene Tan
  • Janis Unkovich, Brief Five – Shadows, Stencil: “The photographer has taken the brief and created an idea that goes further than the actual stencil. It's a nice concept and well executed.” – Judge Jonas Peterson
  • Nick Ch’ng, Portfolio competition, All briefs: “This portfolio stood out because of the use of selective colour. Black and white with the main subject in colour. Great ideas, well balanced compositions that all work well in expressing the individual briefs. Shows creative flair.” – Judge Jackie Rankin

Photo5 starts with everyday items in a simple brown box. This year, the items in the box were flour, cartoon eyes, jelly and a stencil, each designed to inspire people to use new subject matter in different ways and bring out their own unique perspectives. These items each represented one brief, in addition to the People’s Brief, “Reflections,” and the “Portfolio” competition.
This year a new line-up of Australian and New Zealand photography expert judges was carefully selected from Canon’s Masters program to come on board to guide entrants and determine the most creative images in the competition: Mark Horsburgh, Stephen Dupont, Graham Munro, Eugene Tan, Jonas Peterson and Jackie Rankin.
The winner of each brief and the winner of the Portfolio Competition will win an incredible creative photography workshop with Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford in New Zealand. Accommodation and flights are included with the workshop prize. Plus, each winner will receive an exhibition quality wall hanging of their choice from photoPICO.
Additionally, Rebecca Sullivan was awarded the voters’ prize, winning a Canon PowerShot G15.
To view the entries and winners of this year’s Canon Photo5 competition visit the Photo5 website.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/15/2013 7:56:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Custom SLR:
San Francisco, CA – November 14, 2013 – With four successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns under its belt, Custom SLR, a photography accessories company in Silicon Valley, today launched its fifth project: the Air Strap, a camera strap that does more with less. Featuring breathable vents, moisture wicking fabric and a quick-adjust slider, the Air Strap provides more comfort and versatility for any photographer looking to replace the uncomfortable, hard-to-adjust strap that comes with his or her camera.
“Every photographer deserves a comfortable shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, chief operating officer at Custom SLR. “With the Air Strap, we wanted to create a professional-quality strap that was affordable enough for anyone who uses a camera. We’re excited to deliver a feature-rich strap at a great price point.”
Following the overwhelming success of its patent-pending Split Strap, Custom SLR now has a second camera strap to add to its line of innovative photography solutions. The Air Strap features a convenient quick-adjust slider that allows photographers to shorten the strap to keep the camera secure at their side when maneuvering through crowds and tight spaces; when they need to take a photo, they can easily pull the slider to extend the strap. For maximum comfort and flexibility, the Air Strap has cushy neoprene padding with wicking fabric on the top and bottom, and it has buckles that swivel with each movement. The Air Strap is compatible with most cameras, and with an optional attachment, it can be used with most bags, such as laptop and gym bags.
The Air Strap will be made available first to backers who fund the project during its campaign, which ends on Jan. 9, 2014 at 8 p.m PST. For more details, visit the Custom SLR Air Strap Kickstarter page.
Post Date: 11/15/2013 7:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
To Users of the Canon EOS C300 and C300PL Cinema EOS Cameras.
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have suspended download services for Firmware Version that was posted Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 8PM EST, because it has been determined that discrepancies in color balance can occur with footage captured by the EOS C300 and EOS C300PL running Firmware Version
We are currently preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue and will release it as soon as it is available.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience, but we ask for your patience during this time.
We are preparing new firmware with a fix for this issue. If you have updated your EOS C300 or EOS C300PL firmware to version, Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region for further details. Contact information is provided below.
Canon will restore the camera’s firmware version to for any EOS C300 or EOS C300PL camera running firmware version Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon EOS C300 or your EOS C300PL Cinema EOS camera. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future service upgrades.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free), 1-855-246-3367
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/15/2013 6:46:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 14, 2013
From Apple:
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

  • Canon PowerShot G16
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Nikon COOLPIX P7800
  • Nikon D610

For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5955.
Apple Digital Camera RAW 5.01

Category: Apple News
Post Date: 11/14/2013 12:34:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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