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 Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Billy Hollis by the Tree Headshot
By Sean Setters
 
Last month I posted about my experience regarding shooting headshots for Kim Frick-Welker, a local actress and theater director. The gist of the post – trust your instincts and find a way to capture the images that are in your imagination (even if the client hasn't asked for them specifically).
 
The point became relevant once more as I was shooting headshots for Billy Hollis, software designer, at his home in Nashville this weekend. Billy told me that his last headshot was "...taken about five years – and fifteen pounds – ago" and he was ready for an update. He wanted a few different versions of his headshot for display on social media, conference bios and various marketing tools. The only shot he specifically asked for was the "...boring, traditional on-white headshot." Other than that, I could shoot whatever I thought was appropriate (indoors or outdoors).
 
We decided to start with outdoor shots as the sky was overcast which provided a good, soft ambient base to work with. I found a spot behind his tool shed that provided an interesting combination of elements – a tree trunk, some limbs and an old window surrounded by weathered bricks. I used Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and a Canon 580EX diffused by a 24" Glow Pop Soft Box (camera right) to light the subject and a bare 580EX to light the background (camera left). His favorite from that series is shown at the top of this post.
 
Moving indoors, I created a white background setup by placing a Botero #037 Collapsible Black/White Background behind the subject (lit with three flashes). I used the same Glow softbox for the main light (camera right) and added a 580EX reflected into white umbrella for fill light (camera left). As I was firing my off-camera flashes with manual triggers, the first shot was simply a test shot to dial in the power of my lights; it was a throw-away. I'm usually pretty close on the first shot after setting up my lights. However, I had forgotten to change the aperture on my camera when moving to the indoor setup. With my camera set to f/3.5, my test shot was extremely over-exposed. I nearly deleted the picture right after seeing it, but I didn't.
 
Realizing my mistake, I set my camera to f/6.3 and the next exposure was in the ballpark. But after reviewing the images the next day, I kept coming back to the horribly over-exposed test shot. Something about it captivated me. I sent it to Billy and he's now using it as his Twitter profile picture. New lesson learned – make sure and take a good look at your "throw-aways" before actually throwing them away.
 
Billy Hollis Headshot Over-Exposed
 
After about 20 minutes of shooting (trying various shirts and poses), Billy had the standard headshot on white that was a "must-have" request.
 
Billy Hollis Headshot on White
 
But while we were shooting the headshot on white, I started formulating another shot in my mind – a profile shot. So before packing up, I asked him if he would like to try one more setup. He readily agreed. I asked him to change into a black shirt while I made a few changes to the setup.
 
While he was changing, I turned off all of the background lights and flipped the Botero background around to its black side. I then took my mainlight and placed it on the left side just beside of (and slightly behind) where Billy was standing. I added a grid to the softbox and angled it away from the background to keep it from spilling onto the background. I remove the umbrella from my fill light, added a Honl Speed Grid and moved it to the right side to illuminate the back of Billy's head. The shots that followed were undoubtedly our favorites from the day.
 
Billy Hollis Profile on Black
 
So again, let me reiterate something that I mentioned in the Kim Frick-Welker headshot post:
"It may sound obvious, but here's something to keep in mind – anyone who hires you was likely impressed with the work you've already created. So if a shot really inspires you, it will likely inspire your client as well – so try to devote a few minutes to getting the shot you want to get, even if it's not a part of your agreed shot list."
It was true then, and it was true again this weekend. Trust your instincts and shoot for yourself. Never leave your best shots on the table. ;-)
Post Date: 9/9/2014 8:52:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
DigitalRev has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/9/2014 7:17:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
September 8, 2014 – San Jose, CA – Adobe plans to significantly update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. The new capabilities will build on Adobe’s integration across video workflows to enable professionals to create, collaborate and deliver productions across multiple screens. Adobe is previewing the upgrades at IBC 2014, Europe’s largest professional broadcast show. The company is also demonstrating the new solutions online at adobe.com/go/video.
 
Key updates include new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows to allow video professionals to edit more efficiently.
 
Updates also will be added to Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions—such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC—to work together to shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions. Enhanced support for Adobe After Effects CC will enable visual and motion graphic artists to collaborate more effectively so they can spend more time working creatively and less time searching for missing footage and collecting files. Additionally, new options in the Adobe Anywhere app for iPad will be added so users can review video footage faster.
 
“As the video and broadcast industries continue to rapidly evolve, so too does Adobe’s video technology. With Creative Cloud, we have accelerated the rate at which we deliver the features our customers need to create compelling new experiences and transform the video industry with high-quality productions,” said Bill Roberts , senior director of professional video product management, Adobe.
 
At IBC 2014, Adobe will showcase the new video technology that streamlines video workflows for video professionals, broadcasters and media companies. Key updates include: the acceleration of support for cutting-edge hardware and standards via Adobe Creative Cloud, enabling the company to respond quickly to new hardware and software standards; the extension of native file support, with the addition of AJA RAW; performance enhancements that include accelerated masking & tracking; and new GPU-optimized playback to deliver better performance when viewing high-resolution 4K and Ultra HD footage from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW and RED R3D files. In addition, a refreshed user-interface across all the video applications supports HiDPI displays for Mac Retina and Windows 8.1.
 
New media and project management features, including consolidate & transcode, search bins and multi-project workflows, will be added to offer more ease and flexibility at the project level, so Adobe Premiere Pro CC users can complete tasks more efficiently. And Adobe Media Encoder now includes “destination” publishing with preset options so users can render, deliver and share projects to multiple locations such as FTP sites and Creative Cloud folders. Extended match source support also now includes added support for the QuickTime and DNxHD formats.
 
Learn more about Creative Cloud on Adobe's Website.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/9/2014 7:01:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 08, 2014

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to blend multiple images with different depths of field with Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes.
Post Date: 9/8/2014 2:14:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through September 14, AdoramaPix is offering a Buy 1, Get 1 Free deal on their premium photo books (use coupon code PXGDBOGO to take advantage of this offer).
 
This is a great opportunity to buy a photo book for yourself and receive a second to gift to a loved one (grandparents especially love photo books).
Post Date: 9/8/2014 12:19:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
It's never too early to jumpstart your holiday sales!
 
What does September signal? Most think back-to-school, but here at PhotoShelter we know it's really about getting ready for your incoming holiday sales. It's never too early to start planning, so to help you get a jumpstart, we've compiled our favorite photo sales and marketing tips so you can generate more revenue and increase your profits before saying goodbye to 2014.
 
You'll find tips to:
 
  • Sell and market your prints to the right audience
  • Talk money and negotiate with clients
  • Market your work better with 10 examples of great photographer promos
  • Price your wedding and portrait photography
  • Sell your fine art photos, plus get insights from those succeeding with sales
  • And more!
And better yet? With a plan in place now, you’ll be in great shape during the holidays when consumers are looking to buy.
 
Get more tips and start selling today!
 
See Photoshelter's Selling and Marketing Tips
Post Date: 9/8/2014 12:11:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,659.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after MIR.
 
Note: This appears to be a grey market item. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/8/2014 11:04:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H
 
Lensbaby's new 5.8mm circular fisheye lens is a fully manual lens for Nikon or Canon mounts that works with full-frame or APS-C sensor sized sensors.
 
B&H carries the LensBaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye.
Post Date: 9/8/2014 9:03:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
In addition to the press release, you can find more Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens information and lots of eye candy on the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens Review placeholder page. Otus 85 images are also loaded into the product image comparison tool. I'll be sharing a full review of this amazing lens very soon.
 
B&H has the ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/8/2014 7:42:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
From Zeiss:
 
ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 expands lens family with another focal length for the highest level of professional image quality
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 08/09/2014 – Given its focal length and speed, at first glance the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 appears to be a traditional portrait lens. But a closer look reveals that this is a fast all-rounder for photographers who do not accept any limitations when it comes to detail – whether it is for general studio work, or fashion, advertising, product or architectural photography. In combination with modern DSLR cameras, this lens delivers unprecedented image quality – even with an open aperture. ZEISS will present this new world-class lens for the first time to the public at photokina in Cologne/Germany from September 16 to 21, 2014.
 
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 displays all of its advantages in the classic short telephoto range, i.e. portraits and people. Its focal length, longer than a normal lens, makes it possible to keep a decent distance from the subject. Photographers who like using a landscape not just as a background will find that the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 is no ‘normal’ lens, but a surprisingly powerful companion for nature photography. The edges of the picture can be used for compositional purposes at all f-stops.
 
Unique creative possibilities can be achieved for pictures even with little ambient light. Today’s image sensors are extremely sensitive with little noise, which has significantly pushed the limits of what is possible even without artificial light. Fast lenses such as the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 still offer enormous benefits compared with lenses that are two or three f-stops slower, especially when weak light meets fast-moving objects. Even when the light disappears completely, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 retains its excellent “vision”, just like the owl species from which this lens family gets its name. Lenses reveal correction deficits very clearly with night shots with lots of open light sources that dominate the image. Not so with the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85: in challenging lighting situations with low ambient light, the performance edge of this lens becomes obvious.
 
The ZEISS Otus family of lenses and its newest member have been specially designed to meet professional photographers’ most rigorous demands. Inner focusing, the dial window, and the dials’ clearly recognizable yellow labeling, familiar from professional cine lenses like ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, are just a few of the features that are setting new standards.
 
Optically, the ZEISS Otus series stands out for its high image quality, even with an open aperture. Specifically, that means a neutral bokeh in the background, highly detailed images without any optical artifacts, consistently high resolution power across the entire image field, no color fringing or distortion, and an extremely high image contrast all the way into the edges. The imaging performance remains almost entirely consistent for all shooting distances. High apertures can be used even for close-ups right down to a working distance of 0.65 meters.
 
Particularly when used in combination with high-definition 35mm DSLR cameras, ZEISS Otus lenses achieve a medium-format quality never previously achieved. In other words: lower investments, more compact gear and imaging excellence.
 
A view inside the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 reveals how such quality is realized: The lens consists of eleven lens elements in nine groups. One of the lens elements has an aspheric optical surface and six are made of special glass. The optical design is based on the Planar. Because the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 is apochromatic, chromatic diagonal aberrations (longitudinal chromatic aberrations) are corrected with the help of lens elements made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. As a result, practically no perceptible color fringing appears on contrast-rich edges in front of and behind the focal plane. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and in particular highlights, are rendered free of color artifacts. In addition, the variable air spaces between certain lens groups (“floating elements design”) enable a consistently high imaging performance across the entire focusing range from 0.8 m to infinity.
 
All members of the ZEISS Otus family are characterized by the exceptional mechanical quality that sophisticated photographers are used to from ZEISS. As they were designed as manual focus lenses, it was possible to work with considerably narrower tolerances in the construction. Its smooth focus operation with the large angle of rotation allows for the finest variations when focusing. The freedom to focus – one of the most important creative elements in photography – has literally been put in the hands of the photographer as an artistic tool.
 
The extra-fine haptics and the precision of the focusing mechanism can only be achieved with a metal design. The robust all-metal barrel is also well equipped to deal with the rough daily work of a professional photographer, ensuring a long product life. In contrast to lenses containing a lot of plastic, which can become unbalanced over time, the metal ZEISS Otus lenses remain stable for many years. This ensures that the image quality remains consistently high. And for all photographers who in addition to the actual optics also rely on screw-on filters in their work, matching T* UV and POL filters with a diameter of 86 millimeters will be available from ZEISS for the ZEISS Otus 1.4/85.
 
In the fall of 2013, ZEISS presented the ZEISS Otus 1.4/55, the first representative of a high-end SLR lens series with manual focusing. This has since fulfilled its promise to be “the best standard lens on the market”. Both the trade press and users were impressed.
 
“When we launched the Otus 1.4/55, our customers immediately understood the benefits they can get from such a lens: using their high-end full-frame camera, they can shoot pictures with a quality and look they were previously only used to getting from expensive medium-format systems,” explains Christophe Casenave, Product Manager, ZEISS Camera Lenses. “With the Otus 1.4/85 we are now bringing out the second lens with this promise. Again with the Otus 1.4/85 we can say that this is a lens without any compromise on image quality. Contrast and resolution power are at the maximum level; there are no chromatic aberrations, even in the most challenging light situations; and there’s no distortion, ghosting or flare. And all of this at any aperture. When you use an Otus lens, you can focus on the composition of your images. You don’t need to spend any time thinking about whether the technology could possibly be a limiting factor.”
 
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/85 will be available worldwide with EF-mount (ZE) and F-mount (ZF.2) from mid-September 2014. The expected recommended retail price is €3,360.50 or US$ 4,490 (excl. VAT).
 
Official sample photos can be found on Zeiss's Flickr Photostream.
 
B&H has the ZEISS Otus 85mm f/1.4 available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/8/2014 6:46:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 07, 2014
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
The Canon Store has refurbished EOS 7Ds on sale right now. See below for details.
 
Refurbished ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera$1,199.20$479.68$719.52
Canon EOS 7D with EF-S18-135mm IS Lens$1,439.20$575.68$863.52
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/7/2014 8:45:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-M Lens Adapter
Amazon (via Another Deal Site) has the Canon EF-M Lens Adapter for $59.95. Compare at $129.00. (thanks Shannon)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/7/2014 7:04:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 05, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Adorama has a couple of printer bundle deals and a few lens bundle deals that are worth taking a look at:
 
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and Printer Bundle - $1,999.95 with free shipping after $550.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Bundle Includes:
 
  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professonal Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
  • Toshiba 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag
  • Green Extreme LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack

 
Canon EOS 60D and Printer Bundle - $599.00 with free shipping after $350.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Bundle Includes:
 
  • Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets

 
Using the same rebate form, you can also save on several lenses when you buy a qualifying DSLR.
 
Qualifying DSLR Cameras
 
Lens Rebates
 
LensReg. PriceRebate w/
Eligible DSLR
Price
After Rebate
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM$999.99$250.00$749.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM$649.00$250.00$399.00
Canon EF-100mm f/2 USM$499.00$100.00$399.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM$949.00$100.00$849.00
Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 IS USM$549.00$100.00$449.00

 
The really interesting thing about these lens rebates is that you will qualify for a stackable rebate when purchasing the EOS 6D. That's because the EOS 6D has a $200.00 rebate on its own. Therefore, if you were to purchase the EOS 6D with the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM, you would qualify for a total of $450.00 in rebates.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 1:31:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 128GB 633x microSDXC Memory Card and USB Card Reader
From Lexar:
 
New High-Capacity Card Delivers Read Transfer Speeds up to 633x (95MB per second) and Includes a USB 3.0 Reader
 
Milpitas, CA, September 5, 2014 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new 128GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 633x (95MB per second).* Designed for sports camcorders, tablets and smartphones, the Class 10 microSDXC card can capture up to 15 hours of HD video.**
 
“Whether it’s on a sports camera, aerial camera, tablet or smartphone, more video is being captured than ever before,” said Adam Kaufman, director of card product marketing, Lexar. “With the new Lexar 128GB microSDXC UHS-I card, users can continue to capture and store high-quality content, without having to worry about changing cards or running out of space.”
 
The 128GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card (633x) comes with a USB 3.0 reader and allows for high-speed file transfer of photos and videos from the card to a PC or Mac. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
 
The new card is available for purchase in October 2014 with an MSRP of $119.99 and includes a limited lifetime warranty.
 
B&H carries Lexar high-performance microSD memory cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 12:25:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX P530 Digital Camera
Use coupon code ULTRAZOOM ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX P530 with Adobe Lightroom 5 for $249.95. Compare at $346.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 11:59:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Did you ever want to know what it's like at the Canon Americas Headquarters in Melville, New York? In this exclusive video, take a tour of our showroom, lobby, courtyard and other great amenities that Canon USA HQ has to offer.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 8:10:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon ST-E3-RT and ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitters
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon’s wireless flash system means that you can fire two or more Speedlites together without any cables linking them.
 
Working with multiple Speedlites gives you creative control over your subject lighting. A main light can be used away from the camera, and other units can be used to provide backlighting or illuminate the background.
 
It has been possible to work with two or more flash units almost since the day they were invented. However, the problem has always been getting the exposure correct. Just synchronizing the flash outputs is not enough. You also need to control each output to give the correct amount of light for the subject.
 
Canon’s wireless flash does away with all this. You just set up the Speedlites and press the camera’s shutter release button. A series of pre-flashes are fired and the system automatically calculates the output required from each unit. It then fires all the units to give what should be a correctly exposed, well-balanced flash image.
 
The Canon wireless flash system is based on a master-slave relationship. The master unit is a flashgun, flash transmitter or built-in flash master fitted on or connected to the camera. The slave units are positioned on their own away from the camera. You can work with one master and one slave unit, or one master and between three and five slave groups. Each slave group can have one or more units. The system is very versatile, allowing almost unlimited control and creativity.
 
There are two types of wireless flash control within the Canon system. The newest and most versatile is the Radio Wireless system, introduced with the Speedlite 600EX-RT. The original system is an optical pulsed light system, found on previous Speedlite models.
Check out the entire Infobank article at the Canon Professional Network.
 
Want even more details about Canon Speedlites? Check out Bryan's Speedlite flash reviews.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2014 7:46:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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