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 Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $3,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,699.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 7/15/2015 12:12:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $519.95 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00 new after $100.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 7/15/2015 11:23:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Creative Fireworks Photography
Fireworks are captivating, especially from a photography perspective. But even a captivating subject can become mundane over time.
The local fireworks show happens annually during the summer and attending has become our family tradition. This is not a New York City East River-scale fireworks show, but it is well done, is relatively low effort to attend and is very easy to photograph. After photographing the show over many years, I've grown somewhat bored with the same-old imagery and have been looking for something different. While I have a great unobstructed view from a close distance, the area is void of additional subject matter to include in these shots.
A technique that is showing some popularity right now is to utilize manual focus ring adjustment during exposure to change the appearance of the fireworks. When in focus, fireworks blasts appear as thin lines arcing through the frame during long (bulb) exposures. When out of focus, those lines become thick. If you rack focus during the exposure, those lines can be made to vary in thickness.
Focus Blur to Sharp Fireworks
Go from out of focus to in focus to create a many-faceted star-like subject as shown above. Do the opposite and the narrow lines grow thick as they expand:
Sharp to Focus Blur Fireworks
A key to long exposure photography is visualization and this technique will exercise your brain in this regard. But, there are no rules and the technique is not hard to try.
Before the shoot, establish the ideal focus distance mark in the focus distance window or using the distances printed on the lens. Note that this may not be at the full rotation extent of your focus ring and the subject may become blurred at focus distance longer. This is true even though fireworks photographed at a safe distance would be considered at infinity. Remember the ideal setting and have a small, dim (to not bother others nearby) flashlight handy to allow re-establishing of sharp focus. As Tony suggested (in the comments), Follow Focus device (even an inexpensive model) can work great for this purpose as long as the slected model cannot be rotated beyond set stop points (or care is taken to avoid this).
Ideally, press and hold the remote release to open the shutter immediately when a rocket is launched. As the rocket explodes, adjust focus smoothly until the burst goes dark and stop the exposure.
How much rotation to give the focus ring depends on the focal length, aperture and lens being used. A telephoto focal length is going to create a stronger blur more rapidly than a wide angle lens. A wide aperture will create a stronger blur more rapidly than a narrow aperture. Lenses have differing focus ring rates that also need to be accounted for.
The rate of focus adjustment also plays a role in the final shape of the blurs.
Use your creativity to expand the focus blur technique. For example, capture two subsequent explosions with the focus ring going in opposite directions. Or just leave the entire explosion blurred.
There is no reason that you cannot mix your standard fireworks photos with your creatively blurred versions.
Too late to get creative in the field this year? Edit your fireworks photos in Photoshop or your favorite image editing app. Experiment with the blur filters available to you there.
The fireworks images on this page were photographed a Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens at about 47mm. This lens and focal length permitted an easy full extent focus adjustment. The camera was a Canon EOS 5Ds R. With the incredible resolution this camera offers, I framed the fireworks slightly wider than I typically do. This meant more cropping, but fewer large bursts went out of the frame.
For the fireworks images on this page, I utilized a 2-stop neutral density filter. Without this filter, the softening effects from diffraction would have been noticeable with the required f/16 aperture. The filter permited a sharp f/8 aperture with properly exposed bursts.
Fireworks Tentacles
Are you bored of the standard fireworks pictures you capture regularly at your easy-to-attend location? Are you tired of the thin lines of color in your fireworks images? Get more frame coverage from your fireworks color by making them out of focus.
Learn more about fireworks photography.
Post Date: 7/15/2015 10:47:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

As mentioned earlier this month, Canon is offering free 1-year subscriptions to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan and KelbyOne Online Training with the purchase of a 5D Mark III, 6D or 7D Mark II.
With the promotion in full swing, Canon has released the video above highlighting the offer.
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Post Date: 7/15/2015 8:38:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon Celebrates Prime Day
The hype is over; the day is here: Amazon Prime Day is upon us. The picture above says it all, "More Deals than Black Friday."
Unfortunately, only Prime customers are eligible for the deals. If you're not already a prime member, it's worth taking a look at as the benefits include:
  • Free 2-Day Shipping
  • Prime Photos
  • Prime Instant Video
  • Prime Music
  • Kindle Owners Lending Library
I must admit, I'm seriously considering getting the iRobot Roomba 595 today... [Sean]
Category: Amazon Deals
Post Date: 7/15/2015 7:46:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RODE Microphones Logo
A new messsage is now adorning the top of Rode's homepage:
Important information about purchasing from Amazon in the US.
RØDE Microphones does not authorize Fulfilled By Amazon. If you purchase any RØDE microphone from an unauthoized dealer via Fulfilled By Amazon you will not receive any US warranty or technical support.
Here is a screenshot of a "Fulfilled by Amazon" listing:
Rode Fulfilled by Amazon Seller

Amazon sells many Rode products directly, and those would indeed be eligible for the standard Rode warranty and technical support.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 7/15/2015 7:11:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (Black)
For a limited time, B&H has the Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (Black) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
Product Highlights
  • For Canon DSLRs
  • For Nikon DSLRs with Square Viewfinders
  • For Lenses 7 to 14" Long
  • Fits Lenses with 4 to 4.5" Diameter
  • Water-Resistant Protection
  • Camera-Access Control Window
  • Eyepiece Port for Viewfinder
  • Adjustable Lens Barrel Sleeve
  • Three Assorted Eyepieces with Caps
  • Drawstring Case
Post Date: 7/15/2015 6:44:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 14, 2015

From SanDisk:
With more capacity and improved user experience, the new SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick gives consumers even greater flexibility to share and access photos and videos between their favorite devices
MILPITAS, Calif., July 14, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today expanded its mobile storage portfolio with a new wireless mobile flash drive, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick. This new drive enables easy sharing, transferring and accessing of photos and videos between mobile devices and computers. Building on its award-winning SanDisk Connect Wireless family, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a higher capacity, up to 128GB, a new app and cool, compact design – all at a great price.
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick now gives consumers even more freedom to save and access photos, videos and other files from their favorite Wi-Fi-enabled devices. As consumers continue to embrace premium mobile features such as high-quality photo capture and Full HD video, SanDisk’s new wireless storage device is designed to meet their quickly growing storage needs, at an affordable price. The availability of up to 128GB of capacity allows users to effectively double their mobile storage for greater flexibility on the go.
“We live in an era where we are truly living a mobile lifestyle. We use our devices to capture life’s moments, and work in a way that was never before possible - all of which has created the need for a new generation of mobile storage,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is designed to give people a simple, intuitive way to save and access all of the great content they create and consume across multiple devices, without breaking the bank.”
Share Wirelessly With Multiple Devices
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick works with smartphones, tablets and computers1. Whether in a briefcase or in a pocket, the new drive allows users to wirelessly access media or transfer large files; save and share photos and videos; or stream HD videos and music to and from mobile devices – up to three at a time. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is capable of supporting a single stream for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge. With its USB connector, users can also connect directly to a computer to save and transfer files instantly. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick delivers access that empowers users to take control of their content anytime, anywhere.
Seamless App Experience
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features an intuitive app, the SanDisk Connect app, which enables nearly effortless management of content between people’s favorite devices including, iOS and Android devices; Fire tablets; and Macs and PCs – all via password-protected Wi-Fi connectivity. Available for download through the App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore for Android, the new app also enables other cool features like auto-back up of photos and videos from the camera roll to the drive.
Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick features a one year warranty is now available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB at U.S. MSRPs ranging from $29.99-$99.99.
Amazon carries the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 7/14/2015 4:22:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro microSD Memory Card
From SanDisk:
microSD format instrumental in expanding market for smartphones, extreme photography and other devices
July 13, 2015, MILPITAS, Calif. & SHANGHAI – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced it has shipped more than two billion microSD cards since it started commercial shipment of the technology ten years ago. The company commemorates this milestone on the eve of Mobile World Congress Shanghai.
Invented by SanDisk in 2004, the microSD format was initially known as TransFlash. In 2005 SanDisk contributed the technology to the SD Card Association who renamed and released the final specifications for the microSD format on July 13, 2005. This format has become the most popular removable memory card in SanDisk’s history. Collectively, SanDisk’s two billion microSD cards could store an estimated 11,103 billion megabytes (MB)* worth of memory – the equivalent of more than 100MB of flash storage for every man, woman and child that ever lived on Earth.
The microSD card —which reduced the size of removable memory cards by approximately 75 percent —has played a pivotal role in a wide variety of consumer markets. For example, the vast majority of “point of view” or action cameras — the fastest-growing segment in digital imaging — are based around the microSD format.
The microSD format has also helped propel the smartphone market by giving both manufacturers and consumers greater flexibility and freedom. Approximately 75 percent of smartphone models on the market today contain microSD slots, according to data from Strategy Analytics1. Google included microSD slots in two of its fastest-growing and largest mobile product segments — Android One, its mobile operating system for sub-$200 phones, and phones designed for emerging markets. Android M, Google’s next mobile operating system, and Windows Mobile both permit consumers to run applications directly on microSD cards and/or increase the primary storage capacity of their devices.
“Demand for storage never stops growing. We will soon see smartphones with multiple-aperture lenses, phones capable of shooting UltraHD video and applications for taking and viewing virtual reality environments,” said Shuki Nir, senior vice president, corporate marketing and general manager, Retail, SanDisk. “microSD memory cards will also be instrumental in the growth of the Internet of Things by lowering the barrier to experimentation. Two billion is just the beginning, and we look forward to contributing to future technologies enabled by the microSD format.”
A decade of SanDisk microSD technology:
  • The first microSD cards featured capacities starting at 32MB. SanDisk’s latest microSD form factor card is a microSDXC that offers up to 200GB of capacity, a 6,250x increase in just 10 years.
  • It took three years for CompactFlash cards to reach one million shipments. By contrast, over one million microSD cards were shipped in the first full quarter of availability.
  • On average, SanDisk has shipped 6.34 microSD cards every second since the formal unveiling of the specifications.
  • If you lined up SanDisk’s two billion microSD cards end-to-end, they would extend 18,451 miles or three-quarters of the way around the world.
  • In 2014, SanDisk announced the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card, a twist on the format that enabled the company to vertically stack up to 16 memory die in the same card and expand capacity without changing the footprint of the device. Each memory die in this microSDXC card is thinner than a strand of hair.
  • In 2015, SanDisk introduced the 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card, Premium Edition, a high capacity for the form factor, upping capacity by 56 percent in just one year.
  • SanDisk flash memory cards have held the number-one market share position worldwide for 13 straight years.
With more than 5,000 patents, SanDisk positively impacts many markets through its flash memory innovations. In recognition of its achievements, SanDisk was named a Thompson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovator, an honor the company has received for four consecutive years.
B&H carries SanDisk microSD memory cards.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 7/14/2015 4:02:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Benro C1182TB0 Travel Flat II Transfunctional Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ball Head
Post Date: 7/14/2015 11:14:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pluto by New Horizons - July 14, 2015
From NASA:
"NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.
After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface -- roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India - making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.
"I'm delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space," said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple missions orbiting and exploring the surface of Mars in advance of human visits still to come; the remarkable Kepler mission to identify Earth-like planets around stars other than our own; and the DSCOVR satellite that soon will be beaming back images of the whole Earth in near real-time from a vantage point a million miles away. As New Horizons completes its flyby of Pluto and continues deeper into the Kuiper Belt, NASA's multifaceted journey of discovery continues."
"The exploration of Pluto and its moons by New Horizons represents the capstone event to 50 years of planetary exploration by NASA and the United States," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "Once again we have achieved a historic first. The United States is the first nation to reach Pluto, and with this mission has completed the initial survey of our solar system, a remarkable accomplishment that no other nation can match."
Per the plan, the spacecraft currently is in data-gathering mode and not in contact with flight controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physical Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. Scientists are waiting to find out whether New Horizons "phones home," transmitting to Earth a series of status updates that indicate the spacecraft survived the flyby and is in good health. The "call" is expected shortly after 9 p.m. tonight."
For more information (and see the full resolution image), check out the entire article on NASA's website.
Category: NASA News
Post Date: 7/14/2015 10:19:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive
Post Date: 7/14/2015 8:20:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens available for $249.00 with free shipping. Compare at $349.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
Note: This item is advertised as being a factory refurbished model with a 4-year warranty.
Post Date: 7/14/2015 7:44:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System
For a limited time, B&H has the Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth Wireless Microphone System available for $89.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
Product Highlights
  • Supports Talk-Back Communication
  • For Camcorders, DSLRs, Audio Recorders
  • Receiver with 3.5mm Mini-Jack Output
  • Headphones Jacks On Transmitter/Receiver
  • Microphone Attaches to an Arm or a Belt
  • Includes Two Monaural Earphones
Post Date: 7/14/2015 6:49:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 13, 2015
Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $9.95 with free shipping. Regularly $14.99.
Product Highlights
  • 32GB Capacity
  • Class 10 - UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: 40 MB/s
  • Min. Write Speed: 10 MB/s
  • Waterproof
  • Withstands Extreme Temperatures
  • Downloadable File Rescue Software
Post Date: 7/13/2015 12:08:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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