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 Monday, December 5, 2016

 
From the TIME YouTube Channel:
 
On the day the Yankees retired Babe Ruth’s number, Nat Fein’s instinct to shoot him in 1948 from behind paid homage not only to the baseball legend but to the House that Ruth Built.
 
See TIME's exploration of 100 photographs that shaped the human experience (updated daily).
Post Date: 12/5/2016 12:06:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Last week we shared the news that B&H was going to start carrying popular tripod, ball head and accessory brand manufacturer Really Right Stuff. Now I'm happy to say that B&H's RRS inventory is 235 products strong with all images and product information loaded onto the site.
 
Have you ever wondered about the small tripod featured in many of Bryan's product review images? You can find the tripod right here.
Post Date: 12/5/2016 11:22:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
There are only a small handful of DSLR lenses that can take in a view this wide. Basically, excluding fisheye lenses, the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens or one of the three Sigma variants including the latest, the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens are your choices.
 
With the senate recessed for the holiday, I made a visit to this location to give the Sigma 12-24 Art a workout. The angle of views afforded by this lens are a blast to use and with the widest, I was able to capture a great deal of the French Renaissance architecture in the senate chamber.
 
While the 12mm angle of view was great to have, the bright lights were a bit of a problem from an exposure standpoint. But, they were very beautiful and I wanted to see some of the detail in them. Thus, an HDR technique was needed.
 
The primary image was captured at 2.5 seconds with a second image captured at .4 seconds (2 2/3 stops darker) to retain some of the detail in the lights. It can be very challenging to composite two images captured at such drastically different brightness while retaining a natural appearance, but here is a technique that proves rather easy.
 
First, stack the two images in Photoshop with the brighter image on top. Then add a layer mask to the top layer and select the layer mask. Select the brush tool, select black as the color and reduce the opacity to something low, such as 10%. Select a brush size appropriate for the area that needs detail added (areas too bright in the original exposure) and adjust the brush hardness as desired (softer may be better in this situation). Then paint the blown areas until just the right amount of detail shows through. The process is easy and the results appear natural.
 
When photographing a symmetrical scene such as this one, it is usually desirable to have the scene perfectly centered in the frame (for perfect balance) and to have the camera perfectly centered in the room (to avoid perspective-caused converging horizontal lines) and horizontally level (to keep horizontal lines parallel to the frame borders). As you can figure out from the resulting image dimensions, I cropped this image very slightly from the top left to perfect my capture. Note that no distortion correction was used. Even at 12mm, this lens is a good performer in this regard.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image. If you find these tips useful, please share them in your circle of friends!
Post Date: 12/5/2016 9:50:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple added the ability to edit RAW files in its iOS 10 update released earlier this year. This left many asking, "What's the easiest way to transfer RAW files to my iPhone/iPad?"
 
According to photography Brian Worley, the answer is to use a Lightning 8-Pin to USB Female OTG Adapter and your camera's USB cable to transfer files directly to your mobile device.
 
Directions
 
  • With the camera turned off, plug the USB cable into the camera's USB port and attach the OTG adapter.
  • Unlock the smart device and plug in the OTG adapter.
  • Turn on the camera. At this point the Apple Photos app will open and an import icon will be visible.
iOS Devices with Lightning Connectors
 
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone 6S/6S Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models)
  • iPad Mini (1st generation)
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Mini 4
Post Date: 12/5/2016 10:06:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto US YouTube Channel:
 
Finding the perfect light depends on your subject matter and the desired effect.
 
In the latest video of our Ordinary to Extraordinary series, Pye Jirsa gives you 3 dramatic lighting techniques to take extraordinary athletic portraits.
 
B&H carries Profoto lighting equipment.
Post Date: 12/5/2016 9:32:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $849.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,069.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Mechanism
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Removable Tripod Mount
Post Date: 12/5/2016 8:39:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the MTA New York City Transit:
MTA New York City Transit and the New York Transit Museum are putting extra magic on the rails with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s annual holiday tradition of rides to the past via its vintage fleet. These subway cars will help customers experience the most magical time of year the way that New York straphangers did long ago.
 
A special eight-car subway train that is typically displayed in the Transit Museum is put into service for special Sunday rides. This “Shoppers Special” takes customers between Lower Manhattan to Queens on four consecutive Sundays from Thanksgiving weekend to the week before Christmas, all for the swipe of a MetroCard.
See the entire article on the MTA New York City Transit website.
Post Date: 12/5/2016 5:37:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until 9:00am Eastern Time, B&H has the Vivitar 1.4x Teleconverter for Canon available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Canon Cameras & Lenses with EF Mount
  • High Definition
  • Multicoated Optical Glass
  • Increases Focal Length by 1.4x
  • Suppresses Aberrations
  • Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Not Compatible with EF-S Lenses
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/5/2016 5:23:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 4, 2016
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
I hope to have the full 12-24 Art review done early this week. Here is an interesting visual comparison.
 
B&H has the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 12/4/2016 12:29:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, December 3, 2016
eBay (via redtagcamera - 99.9% Positive Feedback) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,796.95 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/3/2016 9:04:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
My favorite wildlife subject lighting comes from a low-in-the-sky sun behind me, but ... wildlife is not always (not often?) cooperative. In this case, the elk was in the shade while the incredibly-colorful background remained in direct sunlight of a setting sun.
 
When the subject is in the shade and the background is in direct sunlight, you are most likely going to have a different white balance for each. Usually, the sunlit background will be warmer in color than the shaded subject. However, that is a difference I sometimes welcome. Adjust the overall white balance for the subject and the background becomes especially warm/golden. This is often an ideal situation for fall foliage, making the colors especially vibrant.
 
For this image, I used an exposure that pushed the red channel nearly against the right side of the histogram (nearly R=255) and let the rest of the image fall where it may. I initially thought I would have a complete silhouette (totally black elk), but there was plenty of light remaining in the shade to work with. While I could have very significantly increased the brightness of the elk in this photo (and did use a +3 shadow adjustment), I chose to keep the animal dark to emphasize the outline.
 
A mature bull elk with a set of headgear this big is ... really big. Creating a very strong background blur while including most of or the entire animal in the frame requires a large sensor camera, a long telephoto lens and a wide aperture. The Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens at f/4 created what you see here.
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/3200s
ISO 640
7646 x 5097px
Post Date: 12/3/2016 3:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Think Tank Photo Outlet Center has the following reduced bags right now:
 
Note: From what I understand, very few Shape Shifter backpacks remain in the Outlet Center inventory. [Sean]
 
Outlet Center Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
SHAPE SHIFTER$264.75 $149.75
MY 2ND BRAIN BRIEFCASE 15 (MIST GREEN)$144.75 $85.00
MY 2ND BRAIN BRIEFCASE 13 (HARBOR BLUE)$129.75 $75.00
MY 2ND BRAIN BRIEFCASE 13 (MIST GREEN)$129.75 $75.00
RETROSPECTIVE LAPTOP CASE 15L$159.75 $75.00
RETROSPECTIVE LAPTOP CASE 13L$149.75 $69.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (MIST GREEN)$99.75 $55.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 15 (HARBOR BLUE)$99.75 $55.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (MIST GREEN)$94.75 $50.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 13 (HARBOR BLUE)$94.75 $50.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (MIST GREEN)$84.75 $35.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 11 (HARBOR BLUE)$84.75 $35.00
MY 2ND BRAIN TABLET (MIST GREEN)$74.75 $30.00
MY 2ND BRAIN TABLET (HARBOR BLUE)$74.75 $30.00
LOW RIDER STRAP$31.75$19.75
Post Date: 12/3/2016 6:06:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 2, 2016
From the LensRentals Blog:
by Roger Cicala
 
We recently tested the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S lens and were mightily impressed. Optically it was better than I’d ever expected. We had idly talked about doing a teardown when stock allowed, but we got an unexpected opportunity yesterday: one of our week-old copies had some significant dust in both the front and rear lens groups. We know (like hopefully you know) that some dust doesn’t affect images, but our customers like their lenses dust-free, so we decided to open this one up and clean the dust out of it and to take a few pictures while we were doing it.
 
I try to identify where my head is whenever I write about anything, so you’ll understand when I go all fan-boy or all snarky. Like everyone else, my expectations going in have a lot to do with my impressions coming out. In this case, I told Aaron before we started that given how awesome this lens was optically that I expected Nikon’s optomechanics were going to modernize, too. Unlike previous Nikon lenses, I thought this lens would have nice, modular construction, no soldered wires running hither and yon, not so much Kapton tape holding stuff down, and maybe even some curved circuit boards. You know, like a lens from the 21st century, not like one from the 1980’s. Aaron didn’t think so.
 
Well, I was a little bit right but mostly wrong. There is some real modularity and superb construction to this lens. There were also big chunky square circuit boards and wires soldered hither and yon held down with Kapton tape. None of which has anything to do with making a lens take better pictures or making it last longer, but it does make it a pain to take apart and work on.
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED Lens in stock.
Post Date: 12/2/2016 1:24:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
A few days ago Kai Wong announced that he had left DigitalRev. Now his cameraman and oftentimes partner in front of the lens, Lok Cheung, has also officially announced his departure from the Hong Kong based retailer.
Post Date: 12/2/2016 12:36:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon has the DJI Intelligent Battery for Phantom 3 Drones available for $99.00. Compare at $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Intelligent charging, cell health display via the DJI Pilot app, one-touch power check onboard
  • Compatible with Phantom 3 drones only; will not work with the Phantom 2 or Phantom 1
  • 4,480 mAh at 15.2 V (4 cells in serial, 4S)
  • Simple slide-in design means no unsightly wires or difficult plugs to connect
Post Date: 12/2/2016 11:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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