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 Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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Post Date: 3/29/2016 6:56:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro Double Action V3 Ball Head available for $112.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $242.00.
 
Product Specifications
 
  • 77 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Swiss Style Quick Release System
  • Double Safety Lock
  • Separate Pan and Positioning Control
  • Tilt Range of -45°/+90°
  • Panning Range of 360°
  • Lock Limiter Tension Disk
  • Standard 1/4"-20 Camera Mount
  • Integrated Bubble Level
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Post Date: 3/29/2016 6:05:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens (for Canon or Nikon) availale for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $599.00.
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Post Date: 3/29/2016 5:13:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 28, 2016
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (DVD or Download) available for $44.99. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Versatile Photo Editing Software
  • Camera Shake Reduction
  • Haze Removal
  • Quick Edits and 34 Guided Edits
  • Refined Hair and Pet Fur Selections
  • Application-Based Resizing Guides
  • Content-Aware Move and Fill Tools
  • Auto Smart Tone and Creative Effects
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.9-10 & Windows 7, 8, 10
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Post Date: 3/28/2016 8:56:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I'm sure you've seen them before, but in short, a photomosaic is a photo that is made up of lots of individual photos. If arranged and edited properly – and viewed from a distance – the individual tiles transform into one beautiful overall image.
 
My first experience with photomosaics came in high school. A favorite history teacher of mine had a photomosaic of Abraham Lincoln adorning his door which used utilized of the Civil War as the tiles. It was captivating.
 
After college I came across a very cool free program – AndreaMosaic – that allowed users to create photomosaics simply and easily by adjusting a few variables and letting the computer do all the hard work. I created several photomosaics at the time but I hadn't created one in several years before last week.
 
The good news is that AndreaMosaic is still in development and works better than ever. The desktop application is compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2003, Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10, OS X 10.7 - 10.11, and can even be installed and run from a flash drive (Windows only). And the best news – it's still free. There are a few very advanced features that are unlocked by purchasing the software, but... my guess is that very few people will feel limited by the features included in the free version.
 
The ease and simplicity of creating photomosaics – along with the large batch of images necessary to create a good one – make it a perfect add-on for your wedding photography services. Wedding clients typically love them.
 
For the example photomosaic seen above, I used a little more than 450 images from a wedding I shot in late 2014 as the individual tiles. The overall image was my favorite shot of the couple, Kim and Brian, on their wedding day.
 
Below is an enlargement of the happy couple from the photomosaic above:
 
AndreaMosaic Photomosaic Sample Image by Sean Setters Closeup

How to Create a Photomosaic with AndreaMosaic
 
For starters, the more tile images you have to start with, the better off your final photomosaic will look (with fewer duplicates). My suggestion is to create a resized batch of tile images to reduce the algorithmic processing load. I personally used COOLTWEAK to create a set reduced resolution images that were 800 pixels on the longest side (although I could have resized to an even smaller resolution). If using Lightroom or DPP, simply set the Resize option accordingly in the program's export/batch dialogue.
 
The main reason for using reduced resolution tile images is that your photomosaics will be calculated and compiled much more quickly, meaning that you can easily modify the various parameters and create several different versions of your photomosaic in a very short amount of time. And since your tiles will likely end up relatively small (depending on your chosen settings), you won't likely miss the incremental resolution you gave up to gain faster processing time (each tile in the photomosaic seen above is only 120 x 80 pixels at full-resolution).
 
Once your tiles are ready, the next step is to open AndreaMosaic. You'll be greeted with the following screen:
 
Andrea Mosaic Start Screen

As you are visiting this site, you are probably most interested in the "DSLR Tiles (3:2)" option, and that's what I chose for creating the example atop this post. After that, another window will appear:
 
Andrea Mosaic Screenshot

Now use the "+" button at the top of the window to point AndreaMosaic to your main mosaic image. Using a full resolution file is preferable here, as it gives the program the best chance to closely match details using the tile images.
 
Next, click the stacked images below the number "2" to select your tile images. The program will bring up another window. Click the Add Images or Add Folder buttons to specify your tile images.
 
Loading Tile Images List Window

Now click "Save List" to save this collection of tile images. Doing so will expedite the process of creating future photomosaics with the same images. The program will then analyze your tiles and provide some handy information on them.
 
Loading Tile Images List Saved

Notice the part at the bottom that says, "307 Landscape images, 157 Portrait images" from my example tile set. It's important to note an approximate ratio of landscape to portrait images as it will help us choose an optimal Pattern algorithm later on. Click the OK button to return to the main parameters window.
 
The Size Parameters will vary widely based on need, but I chose to create a [roughly] 20 MP image at 300 PPI. Because details in my overall image are quite small, I chose a relatively large number of tiles per row (30) because smaller tiles will help define smaller details. If your overall mosaic image has larger (and fewer critical) details, you can easily choose a lower number of tiles per row. However, if your photomosaic features a relatively small number of tiles per row, your individual tiles will have to be large enough in resolution to fill the row accordingly.
 
The Tile Parameters, just like size parameters, will vary significantly from user to user and from job to job. For my image, I set the Pattern option to "Mixed (2.0L 1P)" because I had roughly a 2-to-1 ratio of landscape to portrait images in my tile set, meaning that the program should utilize my tile set more effectively (with less need for duplication) using that option. I also could have chosen "Parquet (2L 1P)" or "Mixed2 (2.0L 1P)" for similarly tile-efficient results but with a different looking pattern. If you resized your tile images as advised, you can easily try several different tile variations in a short amount of time to see which one best suits your overall image and intended use.
 
Note that some of the features, like certain patterns and select 1/2 and 1/4 tile options, are only available to those who donate at least $2.00 to the developers.
 
Let's take a look at the next set of options – Use same tile up to, Duplicate spacing & Color Change.
 
By default, AndreaMosaic will analyze your tiles and attempt to use the place them in the overall image where it calculates they look best. This means some of your image tiles may get used significantly more than others. To minimize duplication, you can limit how many times the program utilizes any one tile with the Use same tile up to option.
 
One way AndreaMosaic helps you improve the look of your photomosaic is to allow you to space out duplicate tiles with the Duplicate Spacing option. I chose the "5 tiles minimum" spacing option, but if you're starting with a large number of tiles (with less need for duplication), you might want to set this value even higher for optimal results.
 
The next option, Color Change can have a huge impact on how your final photomosaic will look. If you set this value to a low percentage, your final photomosaic may not be recognizable as far as the overall image is concerned. Setting this value to a higher number will ensure that the overall photomosaic is a good representation of your featured image, with the downside that each individual tile will be automatically adjusted to a higher degree. For my purposes, I chose "65%."
 
The next set of options is the Tile Variants. These parameters are here to help bolster your number of tiles available (reducing duplicates) by allowing rotated, mirrored and flipped images. Note that the "Integral Tiles" option is new (it isn't even shown in the User Manual that's installed with the program) and, from my understanding, is supposed to keep your final row intact (uncropped) by adjusting the overall dimensions of the image slightly to accommodate for any discrepancies in sizing. Unfortunately, my final row was cropped even though I left a checkmark beside the option.
 
You can save your parameters in the Load/Save Settings section for future use and/or specify file type, mosaic filename/save location using the More Options icon located at the top/right of the window. When ready, simply click the Mosaic icon at the top of the window (it has a "3" beside it) to compile your photomosaic.
 
And voilà! Your photomosaic will be created after processing.
 
Keep in mind, the photomosaic market isn't limited to wedding couples. Hospitals, large businesses and any medium-to-large sized organization will likely enjoy seeing their logos comprised of hundreds of images of their employees or group members. And creating a photomosaic is an excellent way to generate income through large print sales and billable hours of photography services necessary capturing the tile images.
 
As I noted earlier, a donation of at least $2.00 will unlock a few additional features of the program. If you need even more flexibility in creating photomosaics, you can unlock Professional options with a $35.00 donation.
 
What do you get with the Professional version of the software? Take a look at the following screen shot from their User Manual.
 
Andrea Mosaic Professional Benefits

Want to create a 100 Gigapixel photomosaic? The price for the Professional version of the software will be well worth the investment. And even if you don't plan on making photomosaics that ambitious, you might consider throwing a few dollars the developers' way to thank them for providing an excellent profit-generating program.
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Post Date: 3/28/2016 8:40:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has published a Technical Solutions Guide with tips for the D5.
 
Sections Include
 
B&H has the Nikon D5 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 3/28/2016 8:03:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The DJI Phantom 4's Active Track and Obstacle Avoidance features were heavily hyped during the product launch, but the question remains - just how reliable are the new features? Early purchasers are now finding out.
 
Here's a small bit of advice if you have a new DJI Phantom 4 headed your way - try not to be overconfident in the Phantom 4's new technology. Always be aware of your drone's surroundings and understand the limits of its capabilities. [Sean]
 
From the LIXI Studios Vimeo Channel:
 
We just got the new DJI Phantom 4 here at Lixi Studios, and decided to try the new Active Track feature in the most ironic way: by trying to track the DJI Phantom 3!
 
We also do a review of the new features, show off test footage, compare it with the DJI Phantom 3, and participate in our usual hijinks along the way.
 
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 available for preoreder.
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Post Date: 3/28/2016 6:03:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Sigma has patented the optical formula and technology for a 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | Art lens.
 
Patent Details
 
Patent Publication No. 2016-38502
 
  • Published 2016.3.22
  • Zoom ratio: 2.74
  • Wide-angle intermediate telephoto
  • Focus distance: 24.85 50.00 68.00
  • F-number: 2.92 2.92 2.93
  • Angle of View: 83.71 45.71 34.33
  • Image height: 21.63 21.63 21.63
  • The total lens length: 150.73 167.12 178.30
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Post Date: 3/28/2016 5:18:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 25, 2016

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
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Post Date: 3/25/2016 5:48:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
What’s New with Version 1.28.0
 
  • Added support for NEF (RAW) files created with the D5.
Download: NEF Codec v.1.28.0
 
B&H has the Nikon D5 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 3/25/2016 5:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 24, 2016
From Google:
 
Today we’re making the Nik Collection available to everyone, for free.
 
Photo enthusiasts all over the world use the Nik Collection to get the best out of their images every day. As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it.
 
The Nik Collection is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities -- from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.
 
Starting March 24, 2016, the latest Nik Collection will be freely available to download: Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine. If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund, which we’ll automatically issue back to you in the coming days.
 
We’re excited to bring the powerful photo editing tools once only used by professionals to even more people now.
 
Download: The Google Nik Collection
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Category: Google News
Post Date: 3/24/2016 7:26:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
ABC's Dancing with the Stars is a show built on dynamic motion and physicality. It's no surprise that they had DJI assist on some of the most complex and intricate shots of the season. With the help of the DJI Ronin, they were able to pull it off night after night.
 
B&H carries the DJI Ronin and Ronin-M gimbal stabilizers.
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Post Date: 3/24/2016 2:29:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe recently released Camera Raw 9.5 with support for the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, 80D, T6, Nikon D5 & D500. Unfortunately, if you're using OS X 10.7 or 10.8, you'll want to hold off on installing the update.
 
From Adobe:
Camera Raw 9.5
 
We have a critical issue with support on OSX 10.7 and OSX 10.8. Please continue using Camera Raw 9.4 until we issue an update that resolves the issue.
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/24/2016 6:32:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the new iPad Pro (12.9" | 9.7") available for preorder.
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Category: Preorders
Post Date: 3/24/2016 5:34:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Nikon D5 User's Manual is now available for download.
 
B&H has the Nikon D5 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 3/23/2016 10:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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