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 Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vidpro LED-330X Variable-Color On-Camera LED Video Light Kit available for $59.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 180W Equivalent Light Output
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 70° Beam Angle
  • 10-100% Stepless Dimming
  • Accepts Sony L-Series Batteries
  • NP-F550 Type Battery & Charger Included
  • Soft Diffuser Filter
  • Adjustable Shoe Mount
  • Slim, Lightweight, and Portable Design
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Off road Aluminum Walking Sticks available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 5.5 lb
  • Max Height: 52.1"
  • Min Height: 23.4"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 12.8 oz
  • One Stick Doubles as Monopod
  • Spikes, Rubber Feet, and Baskets
Post Date: 1/4/2017 5:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 3, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
Some photography and general purpose accessories are so useful, so vital and/or so inexpensive that they're worth having in every single camera bag you own.
 
The first thing you're probably thinking is, "Why wouldn't I simply remove all the items in one bag and put them in another?" And while this practice does work in theory, unfortunately it does not work as well in practice. That's because the purpose of having different camera bags is because they serve different functions. As such, we may not (or simply cannot) put the exact same items in similar places in another bag. That means that it's too easy to miss something when transferring items unless you are diligent enough to use a checklist every time you switch bags. However, using a checklist and transferring items also takes time which may leave you rushed if the perfect photo opportunity is fleeting.
 
For these reasons, I prefer to keep duplicates of the most useful accessories in each of my main camera bags (2 backpacks and 2 messenger bags). To be considered for this list, the gear must meet the guidelines outlined in the first sentence of this post.
 
1. Memory Card(s)
 
It's a pretty simple concept – without a way to store images, the best camera & lens in the world are not going to help you capture the moment. Memory cards are an essential part of the digital imaging process (unless you are tethering, and even then, many DSLRs require a memory card).
 
Memory card capacities have increased substantially over the years with the result of the previous high-to-mid-range capacity cards dropping in price. And when it comes to a backup memory card, you don't necessarily need the highest capacity, highest performance card on the planet. You just need something that will cover your temporary needs in case of an emergency.
 
2. Microfiber Cloth
 
Few tools in the photography arsenal are as inexpensive as they are invaluable, but that would be an apt description of microfiber cloths. They're so inexpensive that they're often given away for free with various purchases, yet I can never seem to have enough of them. Be sure to keep at least one in every camera bag and/or lens case; you'll be glad you did.
 
3. Filter Wrenches
 
I'm a big fan of buying filters which fit my largest diameter lenses and using step-up rings to allow those larger filters to be used on lenses featuring a smaller front filter diameter. However, filters have a way of [seemingly] becoming glued to step up rings. It's difficult for me to imagine how many times I've needed a filter wrench to aid in separating a filter stuck to a step-up ring or a filter stuck to another filter. A circular polarizer stuck to anything can be especially difficult to remove as there is very little gripping surface to work with. In those cases, a set of filter wrenches can really save the day.
 
4. Weather Protection
 
Even if your gear bag is full of L-series lenses and professional bodies which feature a good degree of weather sealing, it's always a good idea keep some type of weather protection on-hand for those times when torrential rain is on the horizon or wind gusts are blanketing your location with fine dust/sand. One of my personal favorite rain sleeves is the OP/TECH USA 8" Small Rain Sleeve. It's perfect for a (gripped or non-gripped) DSLR with small to medium-sized lenses. It's inexpensive and easy to pack insurance that's hard not to justify adding to every camera bag you own.
 
5. Small Rocket Blower
 
Have you ever zoomed in on one of your landscape images only to find a dark spot in the middle of your clear, blue sky? If so, a Small Rocket Blower could have likely saved you the trouble of removing the blemish(es) in post processing. The Rocket Blower is also handy for removing fine dust from cameras, lenses and lens elements.
 
6. Small Flashlight
 
If you photograph any type of nighttime scene (cityscapes, astrophotography, etc), then you'll need some type of light source for finding your gear (or your way) in the dark. While a smartphone can work in a pinch, it's often best to have a small, dedicated AAA flashlight in your camera bag ready for when you need it.
 
7. Camera/Lens Plate & Allen Wrenches
 
Additional tools that you may find useful on occasion include camera/lens plates and the corresponding Allen wrenches. For instance, when using a gimbal stabilizer or otherwise mounting your camera in a way where reduced weight is a priority, you may want to remove the camera's battery grip and L-bracket (if applicable) and substitute a standard camera plate for affixing to your platform. And to do that, you'll also need the corresponding filter wrench(es). I typically keep a Multi Bicycle Tool in my main camera bag and a couple of my most-used Allen wrenches in all of my camera bags. They take up very little room and can definitely come in handy when tripod and/or plate adjustments are required.
 
8. Garbage Bag
 
Bryan eloquently detailed the value of keeping garbage bags in your camera bag in his article, "The 1 Cheap Accessory that should be in All of Your Camera Bags". Garbage bags are cheap, versatile and easily accessible. If you don't add anything else from this list to your camera bag(s), there's simply no excuse for neglecting to one of these.
 
9. Pen and Notepad
 
While a smartphone may be the ultimate Swiss Army knife of gadgets, its need for constant power to make use of the device means that there's still room for tried and true analog tools in your kit, especially when they take up little space and are so easy to stow away in a pocket. A small notepad and pen are perfect examples. I personally prefer the reliability and versatility afforded by the Fisher Space Pen and Rite in the Rain Tactical 3x5 Notebook, a combination that allows for usage in extreme environments (including rain) where I am much less likely to prefer using my smartphone.
 
10. Business Cards
 
Have you ever struck up a conversation with a total stranger just because you were spotted photographing with a "nice camera?" One of the best ways to convert a complete stranger into a photography client is to have a business card at your fingertips when the conversation is initiated.
 
11. Photographers' Rights Reference Material
 
Police, security personnel or even everyday citizens may have the best intentions, but they may also prove a little overzealous if they decide they do not like you photographing a particular scene. A little education goes a long way, and keeping some sort of reference material in your gear bag can be advantageous in any confrontation where the law is clearly on your side. Print out the relevant information and keep a folded copy in a camera bag's pocket; hopefully you'll never need it, but you'll likely appreciate it if and when you do.
 
So that's our 11 small, inexpensive things you should consider adding to all of your camera bags. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments below.
Post Date: 1/3/2017 9:07:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Audio-Technica AT8024 Stereo/Mono Camera-Mount Microphone available for $124.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ideal for DSLRs and Video Cameras
  • Mono/ Stereo Selectable
  • 3-Position Adjustable Input Pad
  • Switchable Low Frequency Roll-Off
  • Powered by a Single AA Battery
  • 1/8" Mini-Jack
  • Coiled 39" Cable
  • Windscreen
  • Fuzzy Windscreen
  • Includes AA Battery
B&H has the Lowepro Photo Hatchback 22L AW Backpack (Slate Gray) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR with 18-105mm, 2,3 Lenses
  • Dedicated iPad/Tablet Compartment
  • Removable Camera Box with Flap Closure
  • Converts to Daypack When Box is Removed
  • Side Access to Gear
  • Top Loading Compartment
  • Room for Water Bottle, Personals
  • Adjustable Backpack Straps
  • 210D Nylon Ripstop Polyurethane
Through midnight tonight Easetern Time, B&H has the CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra (DVD) available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced & Intuitive Prosumer NLE
  • Sophisticated & Express Editing Tools
  • New Action Camera Center
  • New 360° Video Toolkit
  • Motion Tracking, Color Correction & More
  • New Vertical Mobile Video Workflow
  • Video Blending Modes
  • Includes 5 Different Effects Packages
  • 25GB CyberLink Cloud Service for 1 Year
  • Windows Compatible
Post Date: 1/3/2017 5:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 2, 2017
Just Posted: Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
This is the upgrade to my most-loved Gitzo GT3542LS Tripod. The GT3543LS has received some nice upgrades and a lower price, but I found one notable downside.
 
B&H has the Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock.
Post Date: 1/2/2017 8:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Induro GIT204 Grand Series 2 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $349.00 with free shipping. Regularly $525.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Max Height: 53.9"
  • Min Height: 4.9"
  • Folded Length: 21.3"
  • Load Capacity: 44.1 lb
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.2 lb
Adorama has the FLM CP10 Aluminum Tabletop Tripod available for $89.20 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $129.20.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. Still & Video Tripod Leg
  2. Made of Aluminum
  3. 3/8" 1 Leg Sections
  4. Tabletop/mini tripod
Post Date: 1/2/2017 5:34:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Fusion Basic Wireless Trigger System available for $27.95 with free shipping. Regularly $44.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • FreeWave Fusion Basic Transmitter
  • FreeWave Fusion Basic Receiver
  • 2.4GHz Radio Signal
  • 328' Wireless Range
  • 16 Channels
  • Flash Sync Speeds up to 1/250 Sec.
  • Single Shot or Continuous Shooting
  • Trigger Camera or Flash
 Saturday, December 31, 2016
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time (12/31), use coupon code PXNYMETAL at AdoramaPix to save 33% on your metallic print order.
Post Date: 12/31/2016 4:30:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Max Height: 68.8"
  • Min Height: 4"
  • Folded Length: 24.4"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.7 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
Post Date: 12/31/2016 4:26:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
On this day in Shenandoah National Park, white-tailed deer and more specifically, fawns, were my primary target. However, I knew that sunsets from the Big Meadows area were often beautiful and therefore, I coordinated my efforts to be in position to photograph the sky should it blow up in color. And on this evening, it did.
 
I only had the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with a EOS 5Ds R behind it and a Gitzo monopod under it. Fortunately, that ended up being an ideal setup. With the brilliantly colored sky being relatively small in scale, the telephoto focal lengths allowed me to get a frame full of color.
 
I photographed this scene through and after sunset, but liked this image, with the last bit of sun still shining over the distant mountain, the best. With a great sky, interesting and colorful images can be made with little or no content other than just the sky in the frame. In this situation, I liked how the mountain in shadow gave the image a base in addition to adding some needed framing below setting sun.
 
The colorful sky found just before, during and just after sunrises and sunsets help to create some of the best landscape images possible. But, there is one post processing adjustment that can give these images some extra "pop" and that adjustment is saturation. Find the saturation slider in your image processing tool, slide it to the right and watch your image come alive.
 
But, don't move it too far to the right. Use caution in the amount of saturation you add as this adjustment can easily be (and often is) overdone. Add the desired life to the image without creating a garish overdone look that screams "I ADDED TOO MUCH SATURATION!" I like to come back to a processed image the next day to see if I still agree with my original decision. Sometimes, I change my mind months later.
 
The sky was so amazingly colored on this evening that I only adjusted the saturation setting for this image to "1" (in Canon's Digital Photo Pro software).
 
It seemed fitting to post a sunset image on New Year's Eve, the sunset of another year. My family and I wish you and yours a Happy New Year and hope that your 2017 is a blessed one!
 
Camera and Lens Settings
377mm  f/5.6  1/1250s
ISO 100
7460 x 4973px
Post Date: 12/31/2016 7:55:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 30, 2016

 
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: 12/30/2016 9:54:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Japan has released a product advisory warning that images may be corrupted when using Nikon Trasnfer 2 with View NX-i. See below for the Google translated version of the Nikon announcement.
Thank you very much for your continued patronage of Nikon products.
 
It turned out that image data may be corrupted when transferring images using Nikon Transfer 2 on macOS Sierra version 10.12.2 in our software "View NX - i".
 
ViewNX-i Ver.1.2.4 which was released on November 22, 2016 supported macOS Sierra version 10.12, but since it was not designed for macOS Sierra version 10.12.1 or later, we are currently working on compatibility.
 
For this reason, until compatibility with macOS Sierra version 10.12.1 or later can be confirmed, and please do not use Nikon Transfer 2 until an announcement from us.
 
We are diligently working on a solution for this phenomenon and we will notify once a fix has been issued.
 
We appreciate your continued patronage of Nikon products.
via Nikon Rumors
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/30/2016 8:43:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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