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 Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $1,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2015 6:11:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 9, 2015
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Lens for Canon
eBay (via Adorama) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Lens for Canon available for $269.00 with free shipping. Compare at $372.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 3:30:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 EF-S IS STM Lens (review) available for $194.99 with free shipping. Compare at $299.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Update: DigitalRev has the same lens (also grey market) for $189.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 11:11:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player
It may not be necessarily photography related, but Amazon has the Roku 3 Streaming Media Player available for $76.99. Compare at $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Faster and more powerful. With up to 1080p HD video* and extended-range, dual-band wireless performance for increased speed
  • Amazing remote with headphone jack. Use the included in-ear headphones to crank up that late-night flick while the kids (or parents) sleep
  • One-stop search. Find your favorite movies and TV shows all from one place from top TV and Movie services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu Plus.1500+ channels and growing. The best selection of streaming out there.
  • Free iOS and Android device app. Use it like a remote. Browse and add new channels. Even stream your music and photos from your phone or tablet to your HDTV
Note: I purchased a Roku 3 in June 2013 and it's been my main source of home entertainment for almost two years now. Some of my favorite Roku channels include Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Google Play Movies, Sling TV, Pandora and YouTube.
Category: Roku Deals
Post Date: 3/9/2015 9:51:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PNY Metal Attaché 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
For a limited time, Amazon is featuring the PNY Metal Attaché 32GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive as a Lightning Deal and is available for $10.99. Compare at $15.99.
 
Note: I've had one of these flash drives on my key ring for over a year now and it's been as useful as it is rugged. I highly recommend it. [Sean]
Post Date: 3/9/2015 9:37:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
B&H has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, PIXMA PRO-100 & Paper Bundle available for $2,249.00 with free expedited shipping after $300.00 instant rebate and $250.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $2,799.00.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19" (50 Sheets)
  • SanDisk - 32GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard - Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
  • Watson - LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 8:36:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
First Looks at Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
All of the standardized test results (image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements, standard product images and the owner's manual are now available on the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review page.
 
My plan is to have the full 11-24 L lens review completed this week.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 7:43:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Canon Asia has the Canon EOS M3 User Manual available for download. (thanks Niklas)
 
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS M3 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 6:53:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ v2.0 Quadcopter with Stabilized 1080p Camera
For a limited time, B&H has the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ v2.0 Quadcopter with Stabilized 1080p Camera available for $699.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,159.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Camera with 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Takes 14MP Stills and 1080p Video
  • Wi-Fi Downlink for Smartphones
  • iOS/Android App for Monitoring/Control
 Sunday, March 8, 2015
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $599.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/8/2015 9:15:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive
If your hard drive failed right now, what would you lose? While I hope that your answer would be "Practically nothing", unfortunately, I know that the percentage of photographers lacking regular backups is very high.
 
While shooting at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge last week, I overheard one gentleman asking another why he was shooting a particular scene, indicating that the person already had photographed that particular scene numerous times before. The response sent a chill down my spine: "My hard drive crashed. I didn't have a backup and lost most of my pictures. I'm trying to replace what I lost."
 
PLEASE don't let me hear those words from you. Hard drives fail or become corrupted far more frequently than you want to believe. You could be the next victim and you could become so right now. Theft and fire are additional perils you should guard against.
 
With so many good backup options available today, there is no good excuse for not backing up. Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drives are currently my first choice backup strategy. I have 15 of the 2 TB models in active use and another dozen or so smaller capacity models acting (mostly) as archive drives. The small size and high capacity of these drives allow me to easily rotate current copies off-site and also to a second location in my studio regularly.
 
If you are lacking a regular backup strategy, decide right now to tackle that problem and commit to a routine that protects what you've worked so hard to create.
Post Date: 3/8/2015 8:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 7, 2015
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
For today only, Amazon is featuring Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and has the software available for $49.99. Compare at $79.99.
Post Date: 3/7/2015 8:54:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 6, 2015
Photoshelter Logo
From Photoshelter:
 
It may not be obvious, but your wedding photography business’ brand and its worth -- i.e. what your able to earn -- go hand in hand. The stronger your brand, the more you’re able to capture the hearts and minds of potential clients and charge them accordingly. In this special webinar in partnership with Tamron, we’ll talk to internationally renowned wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz. The duo, with 10 years’ experience shooting and building their own business, has presented workshops to wedding photographers from London to Australia and been featured on Inside Wedding, Style Me Pretty & Martha Stewart. They also co-founded the blogs The Black Tie Bride and The Well-Groomed Groom.
 
As an added bonus, all webinar attendees will be entered to win a Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 lens!
 
This jam-packed 1 hour takes place March 12, 2015 at 4pm ET, and will include tips like:
 
  • Editing your portfolio to attract the clients you want
  • Finding your “brand personality”
  • What quality will have clients paying you more
  • Turning clients into ambassadors
  • Branding mistakes to avoid
Register Now
Post Date: 3/6/2015 12:25:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera Body available for $4,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,996.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty or service; however, the seller advertises that a 3-year warranty is included.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/6/2015 12:03:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Aaron Nace of Phlearn (Photoshop and Photography Tutorials) shows us how to add a realistic reflection to sunglasses.
 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
Adding a little Paris to your studio portraits is simpler than you might think! Learn how to add a reflection to sunglasses in today's episode.
 
Start by scaling the scenery down to the right size. Lower the opacity to see how it will look inside of the lenses. Be aware that only one of the lenses needs to look good, because it will be copied!
 
Next, select the area right around the lens with the Marquee tool. Go to Select - Inverse, then press the delete key. Now you should have a little square of reflection over one eye. Copy that layer and move it over to be on top of the second eye. Now make the reflection layer invisible and select the Magic Wand tool. We use this to select out the lenses (be sure that “sample all layers” is checked). Use the refine edge tool to soften or bring the edge in a bit. Group those layers with themselves and hit the layer mask button.
 
To style the reflection so that it doesn’t look fake, create a levels adjustment layer. Darken the darks and mess with the output levels so that it looks more like a reflection. You can add a Hue/Saturation level as well, to match the color from the original lens. In this case, we make it a little bluer and lessen the saturation.
 
Being able to see through the glasses a little bit is extremely helpful in terms of realism. We use a black to transparent gradient to select areas to be darker, and others to be more see-through.
 
Now the part you’ve all been waiting for…time to blow some minds! Select the layer that the reflection is on with the Marquee tool. Go to Filter - Distort - Spherize. From here it’s very simple to adjust the slider to a certain amount of curve. This bulges the image out and makes it appear less flat!
Post Date: 3/6/2015 9:40:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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