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 Thursday, July 7, 2016

 
From the Feast Films Vimeo channel:
 
The Foley Artist sees a master of sound at work on a fashion film. If you’ve ever wanted to see the chasm between the finished product and the extraordinary lengths taken to produce it, this short is for you.
 
B&H carries tools for sound recording.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/7/2016 7:19:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube channel:
 
A quick, lighthearted video describing our adventures in the beautiful environs of Peru. From the desert of Paracas, to the bustling, colorful nexus of Peruvian life that is Lima, we spent two weeks on location with hair, makeup, styling, RV's, motorcycles, and, of course, gorgeous models!
 
Want lighting descriptions? See here.
 
Nikon Gear Used
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/7/2016 6:24:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the SmallHD 701 Lite 7" HDMI On-Camera Monitor available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7" 1200x800 HDMI Monitor
  • 450 cd/m² Brightness
  • Accepts LP-E6 and Sony L Batteries
  • User Definable Presets
  • Discrete Display/Output 3D LUT Support
  • Joystick Menu Navigation
Note: The HDMI + SDI version is also on sale [$599.00] with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/7/2016 5:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Air Laptop Computer (Early 2015) available for $849.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 (Broadwell)
  2. 4GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  3. 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  4. Integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000
  5. 13.3" LED-Backlit Glossy Display
  6. 1440 x 900 Native Resolution
  7. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  8. USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2
  9. 720p FaceTime HD Camera, SDXC Card Slot
  10. Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/7/2016 5:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 6, 2016
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Author: Jim Rose
 
Normally I would write this blog in the winter months when it is cold and rainy outside. However, since I like shooting in the rain and it’s going to be 102 degrees outside today there is no better time to set up my home macro studio and create some great pictures.
 
First, what do you need to set up a home macro studio? Let’s start with the lighting equipment. I used two table lamps purchased at a local department store. The best ones to get are the ones with adjustable necks so you can get the light where it needs to be. Also, make sure you get lamps with LED lights. LED lights are smaller and lighter than regular bulbs, and they produce very little heat.
 
Any Canon EOS DSLR will give you great results. For this project, I chose the Canon EOS 80D. One of the reasons for choosing the 80D is the articulated LCD screen. Since I use Live View for most of these images, the articulated screen can be very handy when the camera is in low or high positions. You can rotate the screen so it is easy to view without having to kneel down or get on a stool to see the screen. An EF-S 60mm macro lens was used for most of the shots because it allows you to get in really close. If you don’t have a macro lens, a standard kit lens like the EF-S 18-55mm or a similar lens will do the job although you won’t be able to get in as close as you would with a macro lens. You can add a close up lens or an extension tube to your standard lens to allow you to get in close if you don’t want to invest in a macro lens at this time.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
If you don't already own a macro lens but are interested in picking one up, check out Bryan's Macro Lens Recommendations.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2016 2:46:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has posted an open letter thanking rental customers for making the rental company he founded the great success it is today.
 
If you've ever rented from LensRentals, you've likely appreciated their excellent customer service. They are an excellent company and, as such, an easy recommendation when rental services are needed.
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
To Our Customers:
 
Ten years ago, if you wanted to try out some photography equipment, if you lived in a large market, your local camera store would have a few beat up copies of popular lenses for rent (with a 100% deposit). For the rest of us, we didn’t even have that option. I had this great idea to start an online rental offering, no deposits necessary and shared my idea with people I knew. Almost everyone said I would get robbed blind and lose every dime I had. Almost everyone said you’d get junky, beat-up rental equipment and were wasting your money renting online. Almost everyone said that my idea would be a massive failure.
 
I say ‘almost everyone’ because a few other people thought it was a good idea, too. You guys, our customers, thought it was a good idea. We’d never met each other unless emails count as a meeting. But we trusted each other because we all wanted this to work. Because we few thought that getting to use equipment for a few days or weeks at a reasonable price just made sense.
 
Almost everyone turned out to be dead wrong and we few turned out to be right. Lensrentals thrived beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Sure, I took risks, and the people who joined me here worked their butts off. But you guys, our customers, were our partners in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong. Without you, it never would have happened.
 
Ten years later, saying thank you just isn’t adequate. There are no words that would possibly express my gratitude for all of you who supported Lensrentals and created our success; you folks who shared in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong.
 
There are no words, but I believe actions are more important than words. Everyone who works here tries to show our gratitude in our actions. Whether it’s making all of our testing data public, making sure your rental arrives in better condition than you expected, drawing a dinosaur on your shipping box because you requested it, or just talking you through a difficult set-up on the phone, we want to show you our gratitude with every rental. We want you to know it’s more than just business. It’s a partnership between you and us. You’ve helped us achieve our goals; we want to make certain we help you achieve yours.
 
We wouldn’t be doing what we love to do every day without you. We want our actions, our attitude, and our service let you know, every time you rent from us, that we are grateful that you have partnered with us along this journey.
 
Roger Cicala
Founder
In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, LensRentals invites you to use promo code LR10YEAR to save on orders arriving before July 31st.
 
The code allows you to save $15.00 on orders of $100.00 - $249.00, $50.00 on orders of $250.00 - $999.00 and $250.00 on orders of $1000.00 or more.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:25:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
David Segal of the Financial Review has written a very interesting article on the success of fine art photographer Peter Lik and the market on which he thrives. [Sean]
 
From the Financial Review:
He's the creator of the world's most expensive photograph – it sold for $US6.5 million – but the success of Australian fine art photographer Peter Lik raises questions about his empire, and his art.
 
Peter Lik is in awe of himself. When he describes his career as a fine art photographer, he speaks with the satisfaction of a guy who has performed miracles, at the pace of a bystander who has just caught a glimpse of Superman.
 
The words tumble forth in self-exalting, run-on sentences, most of them laced with profanity, all of them in his sunny, chummy Australian accent.
 
"I'm the world's most famous photographer, most sought-after photographer, most awarded photographer," he said one recent afternoon, sipping a can of Red Bull in a conference room at Peter Lik USA, a 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Las Vegas devoted solely to the production and sale of Peter Lik photography.
 
"So I said" – and what Lik said next is an unprintable version of "the heck with it," and then – "I want to make something special, special, special, special."
 
That something special was a photograph called Phantom, an image of an eerily human-shaped swirl of dust in Antelope Canyon in Arizona. In December, his company announced in a news release that an anonymous collector had spent $US6.5 million ($8.4 million) for Phantom. That crushed the previous record, held by Andreas Gursky, whose Rhein II fetched $US4.3 million at an auction in 2011, and Cindy Sherman, whose Untitled #96 brought $US3.9 million at another auction the same year.
 
But Gursky and Sherman are titans, with solo shows in pre-eminent museums.
 
Who is Peter Lik?
The entire article can be read on the Financial Review.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:06:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Wondering what the new Pelican AIR hard cases are like? Check out the just posted Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case Review.
 
B&H has the Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 9:45:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,584.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2016 9:27:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System available for $169.00 with free expedited shipping after a $330.00 instant savings and $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $599.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Small Cameras Up to 5 lb
  • Create Smooth, Elegant Shots on the Fly
  • Folding Design
  • Ergonomic 3-Axis Gimbal Handle
  • Quick-Release Dovetail Plate
  • Secure Gimbal Lock for Precise Tuning
  • Adjustable Lens Support Platform
  • Large Easily Adjustable Knobs
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 8:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Manfrotto Off Road Hiker Backpack (30L, Blue) available for $139.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200 Zoom and Extra Lens
  • Removable Photo Insert with Zipper
  • Movable Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Large Top-Flap for Weather Protection
  • Protective Rain Cover Included
  • Two Adjustable Shoulder Straps
  • Padded Adjustable Waistband for Comfort
  • Waist Band Pocket for Smartphone
  • Padded Nylon Mesh to Reduce Moisture
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 7:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
 
Watch photographer Markus Berger demonstrate how to get your glow on under blacklight with these UV photography tips & tricks!
 
UV Tools and Products:
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 6:57:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has submitted a patent for an EF-M 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-118658
  • Published 2016.6.30
  • Submission date 2014.12.22
  • Zoom ratio 2.88
  • Focus distance 16.51 21.00 47.49
  • F-number 3.49 3.77 5.80
  • Field of view (degrees) 39.61 33.04 16.05
  • Width 13.66 13.66 13.66
  • Overall length of the lens 82.00 77.35 84.14
  • BF 10.70 10.70 13.31
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2016 5:28:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Refined Hair and Pet Fur Selections
  • Application-Based Resizing Guides
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Video Story and Favorite Moments Modes
  • Hollywood Effects, Motion Effects
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.9-10 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 7/6/2016 5:07:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 
Canon Collective Ambassador Colin Baker shows us how to shoot abstract frames using Multiple Exposures mode built in to your camera.
 
Learn more about Canon Australia at #VividSydney and how you can make the most of your time there: https://www.canon.com.au/vivid
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2016 9:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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