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 Wednesday, January 15, 2014

 
From SmugMug Blog:
 
Two years ago, Montreal/Toronto-based photographer Benjamin Wong was a mining engineer who took pictures on the side. In 2012, he quit his engineering career and threw himself into photography full time. He’s now an award-winning photographer admired for his “epic, surreal, fantasy storytelling.” Today with the official launch of Ben’s spotlight in SmugMug Films, he’s shared more details about himself, his background, and exactly how he crafted those exquisite angel wings.
 
Read SmugMug's interview with Benjamin Von Wong.
Post Date: 1/15/2014 9:04:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
January 15, 2014 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade means that DxO Optics Pro 9 now supports the Panasonic Lumix GM-1, the Nikon 1 AW1, and the iPhone 5s.
 
DxO Optics Pro 9 includes powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG images. Its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology restores the finest details even in images taken at very high ISO. In addition, the software provides amazing optical and geometric corrections along with the DxO Smart Lighting tool, which intelligently optimizes exposure and contrast.
 
New DxO Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: 160 new camera/lens combinations can be found in the library, which today counts 17,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
 
DxO Optics Modules contain information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This unique database enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
 
Availability and New Year’s sale
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 for Mac and Windows are now available at photo resellers at a special discount price through January 31, 2014:

ProductOrig. PriceSale Price
DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition$169$99
DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition$299$199

B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 1/15/2014 8:38:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Amateur Photographer:
 
Jessops’ unsecured creditors, who include customers and suppliers, were owed around £115m – more than twice the amount feared when the chain collapsed under former owners a year ago, it has emerged.
 
The total value of unsecured creditor claims has risen to £114.8m - 135% higher than originally estimated, according to a new report by administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
 
PwC had estimated the figure to be less than £50m when the chain collapsed in January 2013, closing its 187 stores and shedding 1,500 staff.
 
The administrator says unsecured creditors are not likely to receive more than 0.2% of what they were owed.
 
Read the rest of the article at Amateur Photographer.
Post Date: 1/15/2014 7:36:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 Download available for $99.00. Regularly $129.00.
Post Date: 1/14/2014 6:21:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera with 18-105mm VR DX Lens
B&H has the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera with 18-105mm VR DX Lens available for $1,346.95 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $1,596.95.
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Post Date: 1/14/2014 9:24:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm VR Lens
1SaleADay.com has the Nikon D5100 with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $449.99 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
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Post Date: 1/14/2014 8:07:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Moon shot using a 300mm Lens (Cropped)
by Sean Setters
 
We all want to succeed in whatever we do. If we didn't, we wouldn't put the effort in doing whatever it is we're attempting in the first place. However, to gain the experience necessary to master any skill, you must first fail time and time again. Photography is no different.
 
While portraiture has always been my first love, I've tried my hand at several types of photography over the past few years – sports, macro, landscape, architecture, infrared and panoramic (just to name a few). And I have failed miserably at all of them. At least, at first.
 
Every time I pick up my camera, my goal is to capture an image that I'm proud of – an image worthy of sharing on social media or simply with friends. But I'm not always successful at accomplishing my goal. But here's the most important part – I have learned infinitely more from failure than I ever have from success.
 
Each time I return home from a photo venture, and realize I have nothing that I'm ultimately proud of, I analyze the images to figure out why. This period of reflection (which usually includes research and brainstorming) has led to many of the best "light bulb" moments I've had throughout my photographic journey. And those moments of inspiration add up to a mountain of experience that I call upon when faced with future challenges. And it all comes from failure!
 
The moon image above is a prime example of this process. I had tried numerous times to capture the moon but was never very happy with the end result. But here are the things I learned from the failed attempts:

  1. On a clear night, the moon can be very bright. Therefore, you can use a relatively fast shutter speed, low ISO and moderately wide aperture to capture it. The fast shutter speed reduces motion blur caused by the moon's movement across the sky.
  2. Shooting a full moon is not ideal. When the sun rakes across the moon (as in the shot above), the features of the moon become much more clearly defined because of the shadows cast by those features.
  3. A 300mm focal length (when used on a current, high resolution full-frame camera) is enough to get a reasonably good picture of the moon (with some very heavy cropping, that is). Even more focal length is preferable, though.
  4. Manual focus using 10x Live View, manual mode, a 2-second timer and a solid support system are ideal.
  5. Fun Tip: Using a tripod mounted camera and 10x Live View, you can actually watch the moon travel across the sky in your LCD. The magnification makes the movement much more obvious (it's really cool!).

The fear of failure can be a paralyzing force. It can cause you to put your camera down and not pick it up again for ages. Instead, I urge you to perceive failure as an opportunity to gain valuable experience that will enable you to succeed spectacularly in the not-so-distant future. So keep shooting!
 
I challenge you to grab your camera, try something new and fail. But use the experience to hone your skills so that you are even better prepared to conquer the challenge the next time around. ;-)

Post Date: 1/14/2014 7:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Spyder4Express Display Calibration System
B&H has the Datacolor Spyder4Express Display Calibration System available for $74.00 with free shipping. Regularly $114.00.
Post Date: 1/14/2014 7:00:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DXO Optics Pro 9
B&H has the DXO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition available for $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $179.00.
 
Note: DXO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition is also on sale and is available for $179.95 with free shipping. Regularly $279.95.
Post Date: 1/14/2014 6:54:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 13, 2014
SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive
Adorama has the SanDisk Extreme II 480GB Solid State Drive (SSD) available for $289.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards. Compare at $428.00.
 
Note: Adorama is currently out-of-stock, but the item is "...expected in a few days."
Post Date: 1/13/2014 5:55:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme 64GB Class 10 microSDXC Memory Card
B&H has the SanDisk Extreme 64GB Class 10 microSDXC Memory Card available for $80.95 with free shipping. Compare at $96.37.
Post Date: 1/13/2014 1:42:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens available for $1,617.93 with free shipping. Compare at $1,886.95.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the Nikon lens deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Nikon USA warranty and is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
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Post Date: 1/13/2014 11:16:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
From Profoto:
 
Join Profoto and Mark Wallace as we take the new B1 off-camera flash out on location. The webinar will cover topics such as balancing strobes with ambient light, fill-in flash on location, light shaping techniques and other useful stuff for photographers who prefer having mother nature as their backdrop.
 
The webinar will take place on January 22 at 7PM CET (10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris, +2AM Beijing, +3AM Tokyo, +5AM Sydney).
 
Sign up below, and we'll send you a friendly reminder when the webinar is about to start!
 
Sign Up Now!
 
Post Date: 1/13/2014 10:24:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Using White Balance for Artistic Purposes
A new page has been added to the site's Photography Tips section:
 
Using White Balance for Artistic Purposes
 
Along with (hopefully) inspiring your creativity, I share a favorite winter photography subject: Condensation.
Post Date: 1/13/2014 8:10:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,332.82 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the camera deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Nikon USA warranty and is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.2%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to call them a "Top Rated Plus" seller and to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
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Post Date: 1/13/2014 7:45:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $359.99 with free shipping. Compare at $526.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/13/2014 7:04:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 50 Camera Bag
Through February 6, buy any of Think Thank Photo's Retrospective bags and receive a free Powerhouse Air or Powerhouse Pro case for free!
 
Download the rebate form
 
Qualifying Bags

  • Retrospective 13L
  • Retrospective 15L
  • Retrospective 7
  • Retrospective 40
  • Retrospective 50

To receive this offer, you must provide proof of purchase and complete the requested information on the rebate form and mail it, along with the following::

  • Original or legible copy of the sales receipt
  • Original UPC symbol/Bar-Code

Mail To:
Think Tank Photo
1105 N. Dutton Ave., Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Post Date: 1/13/2014 6:58:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 11, 2014
Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $829.00. Compare at $899.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/11/2014 8:53:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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