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 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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
B&H is listing tomorrow as its expected availability date for the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens.
 
The Sigma 100-400 C lens was announced in February alongside the 14mm f/1.8, 135mm f/1.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses. The 100-400 C is the second lens of the group to hit the streets, following a little more than a month after the 135mm Art's release.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/10/2017 7:20:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:56:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02:
 
Fixed the following issues:
 
  • The camera would stop responding if the multi selector was pressed right with Add items > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > c Timers/AE lock selected in MY MENU.
  • The shutter would sometimes not be released in response to live view touch shutter controls if autofocus was used with an SB-800 flash unit attached.
  • Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photographs taken during live view with lenses that support both autofocus and electronic aperture control (type E lenses).
  • If image review was enabled during viewfinder photography, the camera would sometimes display shooting information in place of the most recent picture when the user removed their eye from the viewfinder after shooting.
  • The camera would sometimes fail to store the option selected for a Autofocus > a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU after the mode dial was rotated to another setting.
Note: Once this firmware is installed, the Windows edition of Camera Control Pro 2 versions 2.22.0 and earlier will no longer be able to detect the camera. Upgrade to version 2.23.0 or later.
 
Download: Nikon D5500 Firmware v.1.02
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:19:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 8, 2017
Just posted: Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Review.
 
This is a great little option to keep in the bag.
 
Get the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. Note that this lens has been difficult to keep in stock. Simply place your order to reserve your place in line.
Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Are you signed up for the site's email newsletter? If so, you are entered in the (international) prize drawing to win my favorite backpack, the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L (Charcoal), courtesy of MindShift Gear!
 
Not signed up? That problem is easy to fix. And if you do so before tomorrow, you'll have a chance to win. Just put your email address in the site's newsletter signup form, found near the top right of any page on the site, and then press the enter key or click on the submit button. If reading this post from a page on the site (vs. in a newsreader or social feed), the form provided below should work for you.
 
Please Note: our mailing list utilizes a double opt-in method for ensuring that the newsletter is only sent to those who want to receive it. Clicking the verification link in the welcome email is required to complete the signup process and become eligible for the drawing.
 
Don't worry about our emails filling your inbox – we send newsletters only infrequently.
 

If you are not familiar with the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L, check out this review.
 
Don't want to wait for the drawing? The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L is in stock at MindShift Gear | B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
The Details
Nothing complicated here. We have one backpack to give away and someone is going to get it. Approximately on, but no earlier than, Tuesday morning, May 9th, 2017, a random number will be computer-generated and correlated to the then-current newsletter signup list. The winner will be notified via email and will have 1 week to acknowledge the win and provide a shipping address (international). Upon receiving the delivery address, MindShift Gear will send this awesome backpack to the winner. If no reply is received from the first winner, new winners will be chosen using the same process until a successful delivery can be made.
Post Date: 5/8/2017 8:14:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, May 6, 2017
I have photographed the beautiful Cathedral Parish of St Patrick (Harrisburg, PA) one time prior, but a clear sky on that day meant sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows created hotspots that were detracting even with HDR processing. With the extreme wide angle Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens in my hands and a rainy day forecasted, I knew where I was going.
 
To get this image, I laid flat on my back directly under the center of the ceiling with the tripod positioned low, just above me, while I meticulously adjusted the camera angle to find the perfect alignment. The low linear distortion of this lens was a great aid in this challenging task.
 
There are currently very few lenses that can replicate this image. None of them are as small and light as the Laowa 12 and none of them have so little distortion.
 
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.
Post Date: 5/6/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 5, 2017
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens Review page.
 
I think that you will like what you see. Here are a pair of comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Laowa 12mm f/2.8 compared to Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
 
The Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/5/2017 7:22:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
RAID is the acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. A RAID 1, RAID 5 or RAID 6 disk array, using two or more disk drives storing enough redundant information to permit continued operation through at least a single drive failure and subsequent rebuilding of a replacement drive, is a great image file and video storage option and I highly recommend implementing it. But, a RAID array featuring mirrored drives (RAID 1) or a parity drive (RAID 5) is not, alone, enough protection. Here are some reasons why:
 
  1. RAID does not protect from inadvertent file deletion or other issues including undetected/accidental drag and drop. In a RAID system, all copies of data are immediately treated the same, with the redundant file and/or parity information being updated at the same time as the primary drive information. You will likely find yourself needing to retrieve a copy of a file from a backup more frequently than you will have the drive failures that RAID strategies protect against.
  2. RAID does not protect from malicious viruses.
  3. RAID does not protect from fire or other disasters.
  4. RAID does not protect from theft or other intentional destruction.
  5. RAID does not protect from data corruption. I have a long IT background and have multiple times lost servers due to RAID array corruption. While this should not happen, one of Bryan's Laws of Photography comes into play here: "If it can, it will."
  6. RAID does not always protect from a second drive failure prior to recovery from an initial drive failure. While the odds of two drives failing within a short period of time may be low, drives in a RAID array are often aging at the same rate and influenced by the same factors including power and heat issues. A friend just lost 3 of 5 drives in a name brand RAID array due to a firmware/software issue.
Your RAID array must be backed up frequently and at least one current backup must be stored securely off-site. Look at what you have at stake (your entire image collection?) and implement a backup strategy that adequately protects those assets.
 
What are the backup options for a RAID array?
 
RAID array backup options include:
 
  1. External hard drives including external RAID arrays
  2. Network attached storage including network attached storage drives
  3. LTO tape drives
There are online/internet backup options available for those fortunate enough to have adequate internet connection bandwidth, but if relying solely on an online service for your backup needs, you must have a great deal of trust in the company you are purchasing this service from. These companies can vanish at the throw of a switch. Also, make sure that some form of file archive access is provided to protect against inadvertent file deletions, etc. from being replicated to the service.
Category: Image Backup
Post Date: 5/5/2017 6:45:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the new Microsoft 13.5" Surface Laptops available for preorder with free expedited shipping (expected availability – June 15).
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/5/2017 6:00:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 4, 2017
From the Capture One Blog:
 
Today Phase One released Capture One Pro 10.1 with a bunch of marvelous new features.
 
The first major update brings new Styles interface to Capture One 10, “before/after” button, improved “delete” concept, read-only PSD support, token watermarking and vectorscope color wheels. Did I miss something? Oh, yes, Fuji compressed RAW support! Now, when you’re intrigued enough to read the whole article, let’s discuss new features of Capture One 10.1 in all the gory details.
 
New Styles Interface
 
Styles is an amazing tool to make processing faster and easier. You can save your favorite settings to styles and apply them to any image in one click or use artistic styles to find the best color correction solution for your image.
 
Previously there was only one issue with Styles – drop-down menu was blocking the image you were working with.
 
It was absolutely out of Capture One workspace logic and simply inconvenient.
 
In Capture One 10.1 Styles interface was completely rebuilt, and now all the styles and presets are located in one window. On top of the new tool, you’ll find applied styles list, below it – User & Built-in styles and presets. To navigate through your collections faster, you can expand/collapse each section. All the options like Import, Save, and Stack styles are now available in a standard tool’s menu; the Delete Style option could be found with a right-click on the style. What is also important, Styles tool is now resizeable and relocatable as any other tool in Capture One. If you have dozens of styles, Capture One 10.1 update delivers a huge improvement to your workflow. At the same time, you can continue using the old UI, just add Styles tool to the toolbar, and that would bring back the drop-down menu.
 
Another interesting feature of the new tool is Style Pack. It allows you to import a set of styles with a sub-folder structure. Simply create a zip-archive with folders with styles and change its extension to .costylepack; then import the pack as a standard style. If you’re looking for professional Capture One styles, take a look at our film styles at CaptureOneStyles.com. Create a “film” color in Capture One using all the power of RAW without any special plugins. There are 12 styles available for free!
 
“Before/After” button
 
Phase One always had a particular vision of how the “before/after” feature should work in Capture One. There are “new/clone variant” options, temporary reset for each tool and the good old “reset->undo” to compare the image before and after. With the update, developers added a new feature to Reset tool: hold the Alt key and click Reset icon to see all the adjustments temporarily switched off. In other words, now we have an actual “before/after” button in Capture One! It would be great to have a separate shortcut for this action as well, and I hope we will see it in the future releases.
 
New Delete Concept
 
For some reason “deleting” images from catalogs/sessions was one of the most confusing things in Capture One. Depending on different factors (file location, session/catalog mode, etc.) there were many variations of what could happen to your file after deleting it.
 
Capture One 10.1 update clarifies this issue; now you have three options of deleting the file:
 
1. Delete
The safest way to delete an image.
If you’re deleting an image from an album, that option would only remove the picture from the album. The same applies to other variants of the image, and only the selected variants would be removed.
 
If you’re deleting an image from “folders” (folder on HDD, catalog’s Folders section), “Delete” would move the file to Catalog/Session trash.
2. Move to Trash
Always moves an image to trash.
If your image is located in an album, it would remove the file from the album and move it to Catalog/Session trash. All the image variants would be moved to trash as well.
For files in “folders” it works in the same way.
3. Delete from Disk
Always deletes an image from disk.
If your image is located in an album, it would remove the file from the album and delete it from disk, skipping the trash.
Files in “folders” would also be deleted from disk.
This option doesn’t affect image variants – only selected variants would be deleted.
Support for Fuji compressed format
 
Yes, it’s here – Capture One 10.1 finally supports Fuji Compressed RAW files.
 
X-trans pipeline re-design
 
What? Another great news for Fuji photographers? With point one release, Capture One 10 delivers support for LCC, Chromatic Aberration Analysis, and Purple Fringing tools for X-trans type sensors Fuji cameras. OpenCL is now also supported by X-trans files, that would significantly increase overall processing speed.
 
PSD support (read-only) Well, it cost me a lot of effort not to use a clickbait headline here. “Capture One now supports PSD!”, you know. Sounds awesome. Unfortunately, it’s a read-only PSD support. It’s not half bad, but it lets you to only view and store PSD files in Capture One.
 
You can edit PSD file in Capture One and re-process it into a new file, but it would flatter PSD layers, what makes it quite meaningless. Anyway, thumbs up, Phase One! Step by step and we’ll see Capture One layers to PSD conversion feature!
 
Token Watermarking
 
That’s a really curious idea to implement the token system into the watermarking feature. If you’re not familiar with tokens, here is a short concept: you can take any metadata from your RAW (date, aperture, ISO, keywords, etc.) and use it for naming and processing.
 
With Capture One 10.1 you can use tokens for watermarking as well. I don’t think that most of the photographers would find it useful, but for editorial purposes that could work pretty well. For example, if you have a group of authors, there is now no need to add specific watermarks for each one of them. Simply add token “Creator” and Capture One would take the name from Creator IPTC field.
 
Improved Watermark Quality
 
The quality of text watermarks has been improved in Capture One 10.1 and it’s particularly noticeable on web-preview files.
 
Vectorscope orientation color wheels
 
Besides all these features, Capture One 10.1 brings vectorscope orientation color wheels as an additional option to the standard layout. Color wheels layouts could be changed in Color Settings. If you’ve never seen this type of color wheels, you’re probably not working with video. If you do – then Capture One would become now a little bit more convenient and habitual for you. For example, if you have used Tangent panels in other applications and got used to its workflow, now you can use the same layout in Capture One.
 
Automation with Apple Script
 
Apple Script integration becomes better with each major Capture One update. Capture One 10.1 version also brings support to some new functions:
 
  • Import
  • Keywords
  • Batch Rename/Batch Counter
  • Current collection
  • Next Capture Adjustments (configuration)
  • Output counter
  • Selections (improved syntax)
  • Camera controls
  • Stop live view
  • Sync folder
  • Adjustments clipboard (copy/paste)
  • General logging/error message improvements
(By the way, we are looking for an experienced Capture One and Apple Script users for collaboration. Let us know via email captureoneblog@gmail.com.)
 
OpenCL: UX improvements
 
OpenCL is the main hardware acceleration technology used in Capture One and for supported graphic cards it gives a significant speed boost. At the same time, OpenCL may lead to some visual issues with specific graphic cards. Capture One 10.1 update makes it much easier to find out how OpenCL works with you machine. At the first run, you will see a message indicating Capture One is analyzing your hardware. You’ll find the result of the test in General> Hardware acceleration settings. In case of any issues there would be a link to a help page as well.
 
Memory management on Mac
 
There are some under the hood changes to reduce memory consumption in open Catalogs/Sessions on Mac.
 
New Cameras Support
 
  • Sony A9
  • Nikon D5600
  • Nikon D3400
  • Fujifilm X-T20
  • Fujifilm X-A10
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Panasonic TZ85/ZS60/TZ80
  • Panasonic TZ100/ZS100/TZ101
  • Panasonic FZ2000/FZH1
  • Panasonic GH5
  • Pentax K-70
  • Pentax KP
New Lenses Support
 
  • Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR
  • Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13 mm F/3.5-5.6
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
  • Panasonic LUMIX G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH (H-H025)
  • Panasonic LUMIX G Fisheye 8mm f/3.5 (H-F008)
  • Panasonic LUMIX G MACRO 30mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. (H-HS030)
  • Panasonic LUMIX G X Vario PZ 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S. (H-PS14042)
  • Panasonic LUMIX G X Vario PZ 45-175mm f/4.0-5.6 ASPH (H-PS45175)
  • Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH MEGA O.I.S. (H-ES045)
  • Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 35-100mm F2.8
  • Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | C #886
  • Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | A #401
  • Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art #693
  • Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | A #321
  • Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 (SAL55200)
  • Sony DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 SAM (SAL55200-2)
  • Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF GM OSS (SEL100STFGM)
  • Sony FE 85mm F1.8 (SEL85F18)
  • Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16–35 mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z)
  • Zeiss Distagon T FE 35 mm F1.4 ZA (SEL35F14Z)
  • Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
  • Voigtländer 10mm/F5.6 Hyper Wide Heliar
  • Voigtländer 15mm/F4.5 Super Wide Heliar III
  • Zeiss Batis 2.8/135
  • Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85
  • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15
  • Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18
  • Zeiss Milvus 2/135
  • Zeiss Otus 1.4/28
What’s next?
 
With Capture One 10.1 release we can clearly see how subscription based model changed software development. New features are delivered by degrees now, that’s why I’ve written in Capture One 10 review “…we’ll see more new features in Capture One 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3 releases”. No, Phase One, I didn’t violate your NDA, I’m just a prophet.
 
And my next prediction is… more great features in the 10.2! That’s why if you didn’t switch to Capture One 10 yet, now is the time. You’ll receive a mass of useful tools today and a new batch of them in the next free updates.
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture One 10.
Post Date: 5/4/2017 7:53:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Photoshelter YouTube Channel:
 
For PhotoShelter's Third Thursdays in April, we brought back one of our most popular topics — "What Do Photo Editors Want From Photographers?" Joining our panel was:
 
  • Jeffrey Furticella, Sports Photo Editor at The New York Times
  • Mariah Tyler, Digital Assistant Photo Editor at Travel + Leisure
  • Raydene Salinas, Photo Editor at New York Magazine's The Cut
We found out how they discover new talent, how they like (and don't like) to be pitched, and some common mistakes they see photographers making.
Post Date: 5/4/2017 5:21:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 3, 2017

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Mark Wallace shows you how to use inexpensive LED lights to create color and depth to your indoor portraits. This is a technique that can be done by anyone in almost any indoor setting. It's very easy and tons of fun!
 
Note: You can find similar LED lights here. [Sean]
Post Date: 5/3/2017 12:46:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 2, 2017

 
From the ReefBum YouTube Channel:
 
It is easy to use a smartphone to stream live to Facebook but a DSLR will provide a much more vivid video experience. However, some solutions out there for the DSLR option require expensive hardware and software and are complicated to execute.
 
Well, I did a lot of research and found a low cost solution that is easy to follow in this step by step video guide.
 
For more information, please read this article I wrote to learn where you can find the programs and apps you will need to get this to work:
https://reefbum.com/photography-videography/how-to-use-a-dslr-for-facebook-live/
Post Date: 5/2/2017 3:51:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Don't worry about our emails filling your inbox – we send newsletters only infrequently.
 

If you are not familiar with the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L, check out this review.
 
Don't want to wait for the drawing? The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L is in stock at MindShift Gear | B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
The Details
Nothing complicated here. We have one backpack to give away and someone is going to get it. Approximately on, but no earlier than, Tuesday morning, May 9th, 2017, a random number will be computer-generated and correlated to the then-current newsletter signup list. The winner will be notified via email and will have 1 week to acknowledge the win and provide a shipping address (international). Upon receiving the delivery address, MindShift Gear will send this awesome backpack to the winner. If no reply is received from the first winner, new winners will be chosen using the same process until a successful delivery can be made.
Post Date: 5/2/2017 8:09:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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