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 Monday, May 15, 2017
From Profoto:
 
Ever since Profoto redefined the on-location flash with the creation of the B1, it has become the benchmark. Now the benchmark is about to be set again with the launch of the Profoto B1X.
 
This is more than an update, it is a significant replacement with improvements in three important areas: power, power and power. A more powerful modelling light, a more powerful battery and extended HSS power range. And when we talk about power in all the right places, we really mean it. Like its predecessor, the B1X is the ultimate on-location flash.
 
The B1X features a new LED modelling light which adds 80% more light output, while increasing color rendering (CRI) beyond 90. The additional power and improved color rendering make it even more useful as an on-location modelling light, while also becoming an extremely efficient main or effect light, helping you to enhance natural light in dull conditions.
 
It’s not unusual for shooting days to go on for longer than expected so you need a battery that can do the same. The new battery pack holds an impressive 50% more energy with no extra size or weight. It also fits existing B1s and B1 chargers. And now, in HSS mode, the B1X has the same power range as in normal flash mode - 9 f-stops for all compatible cameras! That makes it the widest HSS range available on any flash so it’s even easier to shape light with flash in all light conditions including sunrise, broad daylight and sunset (existing B1 owners can download and install this as an upgrade free of charge from the Profoto website).
 
Speaking of power, we’re also launching two new OCF reflectors that add lots of punch and direction to overpower the sun. Adding hard light to the shaping palette of Profoto OCF Light Shaping Tools, the OCF Zoom Reflector and the OCF Magnum Reflector are compact and lightweight, making them ideal for shooting on-location. The OCF Zoom Reflector is so portable it even fits into the B1 case while mounted on the B1 or B1X - a handy timesaver when packing up.
 
The OCF Zoom Reflector doubles the effective light output at a two meter range, while the slightly larger OCF Magnum Reflector adds even more effective power output making it perfect for throwing light over long distances without being overpowered by natural light. Both reflectors also offer a wide beam angle adjustment range that further extends light shaping opportunities.
 
The B1X and the two new reflectors continue our dedication to on-location shooting alongside the B2 and our existing range of OCF Light Shaping Tools. In addition, we’ve recently also extended our camera TTL compatibility to four major brands with AirTTL remotes now available for Canon and Nikon, and official Profoto partners Sony and Olympus.
 
Truth is the only people who can improve on an original are the people who made the original. Born of the B1 come the all new B1X and new Profoto OCF Light Shaping Tools. No matter where you’re shooting, you’ll have power in all the right places.
 
Features B1X
 
  • Shoot with AirTTL or manual mode and connect wirelessly with other AirTTL flashes.
  • Cordless design and wireless controls allow you to shoot without any restraints.
  • 10 times as powerful as the average speedlight, with 500Ws adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments over a 9 f-stop power range.
  • Quickly exchangeable and rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides up to 325 full-power flashes and tens of thousands at lowest power.
  • Fires up to 20 flashes per second, with flash durations of up to 1/19,000s and fast recycling times of 0.05-1.9s.
  • Control ambient light with HSS and create crisp images without motion blur at shutter speeds up to 1/8,000s.
  • Can be wirelessly controlled from up to a 300 m range with any optional Air Remote.
B&H has the Profoto B1X available for preorder and will have the new reflectors in stock soon.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 5/15/2017 5:33:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 12, 2017
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Here is a visual size comparison you might find interesting.
 
The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/12/2017 8:20:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From B&H:
 
OPTIC 2017 is four days of presentations, gear trade showings, live demonstrations, portfolio reviews and gallery exhibitions, plus a cocktail party, a sunset photo cruise and a New York Botanical Garden Photo Walk.
 
Please see complete daily schedule of activities to customize your OPTIC experience. The Main Stage on June 4th and 5th will be Livestreamed. All lectures will be available to view at a later time, so you can relive OPTIC 2017 and not miss a single exciting presentation! The first two days of OPTIC 2017 (June 4-5) take place at the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets. Doors open at 9am. OPTIC trade show events and lectures are free and open to the public; however, we do request that each attendee register to attend, either in-person or for the Livestream
 
Register Now
 
Keynote Speaker: Brooks Jensen
Special Guest: Art Wolfe
 
Additional Speakers:
 
Alison WrightLucas Gilman
Art WolfeMike Corrado
Charles GlatzerRalph Lee Hopkins
Cristina MittermeierRoman Kurywczak
Eric WehrmeisterRuddy Roye
Erick KruszewskiRudy Winston
Jeff MauritzenSam Abell
Jill and Kyla
from Our Wild Abandon
Steve Simon
Jonathan IrishVivienne Gucwa
Kara MercerWilliam Innes
Categories: B&H News, B&H OPTIC
Post Date: 5/12/2017 7:07:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/12/2017 5:45:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Tim Grey, instructor at the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging, provides tips on how to create subtle and realistic looking HDRs.
Post Date: 5/12/2017 5:30:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 11, 2017
B&H has the following Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens mounts in stock: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E & Sony A.
 
Check out the full review of this impressive, ultra-wide angle manual lens here.
Post Date: 5/11/2017 2:35:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Photos in Color YouTube Channel:
 
You know that perfect wedding photograph with the confetti, the guests and the married couple laughing and having a great time. Well its simple to get you just have to follow these 10 wedding photography tips. Wedding photography is definitely a skill and having a few wedding photography tips and tricks up your sleeve can go a long way. With this technique you don't have to worry about getting that important wedding portrait or missing that perfect wedding photography moment. Just set it up, get the settings right and you are good to got. This wedding confetti photo is always a favorite and is almost guaranteed to become someones Facebook cover which is always great for you wedding photography business.
 
Amazon carries paper confetti.
Post Date: 5/11/2017 10:11:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Tom Bol demonstrates how to capture a striking portrait of an athlete using three flash units and 3 Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grids.
 
Note from Sean: For my taste, the background is a little too underexposed in the final image. I think I would have gone with a 1-stop or 1.3-stop underexposure (instead of 2-stops) in regards to ambient light, which would have aided in filling in some of the shadow areas on the subject as well as bringing up the exposure on the background.
 
Thoughts? Sound off in the comments.
 
B&H carries ExpoImaging Rogue products.
Post Date: 5/11/2017 8:53:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 5/11/2017 8:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (May 10, 2017) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, announces the launch of two new Lastolite by Manfrotto products: the Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus and the Smoke/Concrete Urban Collapsible Background.
 
Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus - A quick and easy way to create a soft, flattering quality of light from your on-camera flash.
 
The Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus includes Joe’s preferred white interior for a softer/creamier look, as well as a removable internal diffuser and a deep recessed outer diffuser to reduce any unwanted spill of light. The 8.5” x 8.5” mini softbox features a unique, design-patented folding mechanism with an innovative twist lock silicon strap for a quick and secure attachment for your flashgun, making it an ultra-portable, quick assembly softbox.
 
Incorporated within the internal folding mechanism are also two magnets that enable quick attachment of the Lastolite by Manfrotto Strobo Honeycomb and Gel Holders for creative control of the light from the flashgun.
 
Key Benefits:
 
  • Recessed outer diffuser
  • White interior
  • Internal diffuser
  • Extremely lightweight construction
  • Quick to set-up and collapse
  • Unique mechanism to attach to a flashgun

Lastolite Urban Collapsible Background 5 x 7' Smoke Concrete

Smoke/Concrete Urban Collapsible Background
 
Distinctive vintage style, great for portraits, fashion and product photography.
 
This versatile 5’ x 7’ reversible background provides a timeless hand painted backdrop look that subtly complements the chosen subject. The darker of the two surfaces, Smoke, offers a combination of grey tones with a subtle hint of green and features a dark vignette effect. The reverse surface, Concrete, offers a more evenly distributed grey tone texture. Collapsible to a third of its original size due to the sprung steel band, this background is quick and easy to collapse for ease of use and storage. The background comes with its own carry bag, making the product easy to transport and safely store.
 
Key Benefits:
 
  • Extremely versatile with two unique backgrounds in one product
  • Quick to set up and collapse with pop-up construction
  • Carry bag included for safe transport and storage
The Lastolite by Manfrotto Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus and the Smoke/Concrete Urban Collapsible Background are now available nationwide:
 
Model #DescriptionMSRP
LL LS2430JMJoe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus$78.99
LL LB57455’x7’ Smoke/Concrete Urban Collapsible Background$217.99

B&H has the Lastolite by Manfrotto Joe McNally Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 Plus and Concrete Urban Collapsible Background available for preorder.
Nikon has posted their full year financial results for the financial year ending March 2017. In the "Business Environment" section of its Presentation Material, Nikon notes that its Imaging Products Business suffered from "continued market decline and downward pressure on profitability."
 
Financial Results (PDF:954KB)
Financial and Business Data (PDF:89KB)
Presentation Material (PDF:526KB)
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/11/2017 5:27:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
From Photoshelter:
 
12 new photographers share behind-the-scenes video, lighting diagrams & gear lists
 
We’ve partnered with Tether Tools for the second edition of How I Got The Shot. Inside, 12 new photographers break down how they arrived at their final vision -- sharing work in commercial, fashion, portrait, automotive photography, and more.
 
Each photographer pulls back the curtain to walk through:
 
  • Behind-the-scenes videos of their shoots
  • Lighting set-ups
  • Post-processing workflows
  • Logistics and gear
Also learn from photographers like Jeremy Cowart, Easton Chang, Glyn Dewis, and Brooke Mason how to collaborate on set and connect with a subject in unique ways.
 
Most importantly, walk away with tons of inspiration for your next project!
 
Get the Free Guide!
Post Date: 5/10/2017 11:49:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to present its Women of Influence series. Polly Morgan is an award-winning cinematographer who worked up the ranks of the filmmaking world. Having climbed the cinematography ladder, Polly got her start on big-budget films, eventually leading her to the BSC. Today, she continues her work as a cinematographer in both film and television.
 
Polly Morgan's Work
http://www.pollymorgan.net/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1329360/
https://www.instagram.com/pollymorgan/
Post Date: 5/10/2017 11:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I often draw inspiration from the educational videos we post to the site, and one video in particular posted last week intrigued me. In the video, Mark Wallace used a small string of LED lights held in front of the camera lens to create an interesting bokeh effect for portraiture.
 
I love it when inexpensive tools can be used to create unique imagery, and the LED lights Mark used for his video cost less than most memory cards. Wanting a little variety, I purchased a set of 4 strings (2 warm white/2 purple) which are powered via AA batteries.
 
After the LED lights arrived, I enlisted my neighbor to sit for a short portrait session. Being a kindergartener, I knew I would only have a few short minutes of optimal attention span for creating the portrait I had in mind.
 
The Setup
 
Intending to emphasize the foreground blur, I used a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM affixed to a tripod mounted EOS 5D Mark III.
 
For the lighting on the subject, I used a radio-triggered Canon Speedlite 580EX with a LumiQuest SoftBox LTp (now discontinued, but available here) camera right. For the background, I used an Impact 5 x 7' Black/White Collapsible Background held up by a Lastolite Magnetic Background Support atop a Matthews Maxi Kit Steel Stand. After a couple of test shots, I decided to add a white reflector (foam core board) camera left to fill in some of the shadow area on the other side of the subject.
 
Camera settings for the shot were f/1.4, 1/160 second, ISO 100.
 
Things I Learned
 
  • In order to maximize the shooting time with the subject, I used a super clamp to attach the LED lights to an extension arm (affixed to another light stand) and draped the lights in front of the lens. The upside to this particular setup was that it allowed me to specifically and easily position the subject within an area of the frame that was unobstructed by the LED lights. The downside, of course, is that there was no variation in lighting between shots. If working with a subject with a longer attention span, simply holding the lights in front of the lens and embracing the significantly varied results would likely work well.
  • When photographing a child of this age, having a medium height wooden stool is a great posing aid. Being positioned higher-up than normal helps instill a sense of importance that helps keep young subjects in a good mood.
  • My initial thought was that the lights would need to be positioned very close to the front of the lens for an optimal effect. However, that didn't necessarily prove to be the case with the 85mm lens I was using. When positioned very close to the end of the lens, the LED lights tended to be too large and distracting for my taste. For the shot above, the lights were positioned about 12" from the end of the lens, and as you can see, the out-of-focus LED lights are still quite large in the frame with the f/1.4 aperture in use.
  • I thought I would have to use a longer shutter speed or a higher ISO to get a bright exposure from the LED lights, but their proximity to the camera and the wide aperture being used meant that I could use a typical studio shutter speed of 1/160 second at ISO 100 for the exposure.
Conclusion
 
For a relatively small investment, a small strand of LED lights will likely be worth picking up for anyone interested in augmenting their creative portraiture capabilities. The lights are small, relatively easy to pack (for nighttime on-location shoots?) and utilize a power source that many photographers have in abundance – [rechargeable] AA batteries.
 
Give this fun and easy technique a try!
Post Date: 5/10/2017 10:15:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
We have a winner!
 
Joe M. was randomly selected from our newsletter subscribers to receive a MindShift BackLight 26L Backpack. He sent us his address and will be receiving his new backpack in the very near future. (Congrats!)
 
Didn't win the drawing? You can still get your MindShift Gear BackLight 26L at the following retailers: MindShift Gear | B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Post Date: 5/10/2017 9:07:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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