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 Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Want the best all-round Canon DSLR for your dollar? Want a 1D X-style AF system without spending $6,700.00? How about dual memory card slots and great, full-frame high-ISO performance?
 
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 9:54:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
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Post Date: 8/13/2014 4:29:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens for Canon EF-M
Want the widest aperture lens for your EOS M? Look no further!
 
B&H has the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount in stock and ready to ship.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 10:48:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Logo
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 13, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a multi-year partnership with the Little League International, which kicks off with the "Print to the Little League Baseball World Series" event in South Williamsport, PA. From today through the end of the tournament on August 24, baseball fans from around the world can utilize Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions and cloud technology to share photos and words of encouragement printed on-site to create "The Great Wall of Fandom." With the new partnership, Canon becomes the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports organization.
 
To celebrate the tournament and cheer on all of the competing teams, fans from around the world can submit their supportive comments and images via a custom microsite, thegreatwalloffandom.com. Canon will then print high-quality versions of the photos and messages on a Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer, made possible via cloud connectivity, and the Canon team in Williamsport will add them to "The Great Wall of Fandom." Series attendees will see the photos and messages posted throughout the tournament, and images of how the exhibition evolves will also be shared online daily for the enjoyment of supporters worldwide.
 
Brand ambassadors will also be available at the World Series sites using Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR and Wi-Fi equipped PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Cameras to take photos of attendees and post the content directly to "The Great Wall of Fandom." In addition, Best Buy has partnered with Canon to lend on-site support at the batting cage installation to answer any PIXMA printer or PPS questions.
 
"From input to output with Canon cameras and printers, the multi-year partnership with the Little League Organization will allow Canon to connect with a new generation of young families who want to capture and share quality memories of this exciting sporting event," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are thrilled that the 'Print to the Little League Baseball World Series' initiative allows us to demonstrate the ability to print from virtually anywhere to anywhere via PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS). Moreover, we're connecting with fans who can't be there in person, but want to show their support and encouragement for the players."
 
While anyone can submit photos to "The Great Wall of Fandom" from virtually anywhere during each game, Canon will also produce keepsakes for on-site spectators and attendees of the Little League Baseball World Series by inviting them to pose in a Canon-branded batting cage located in the Family Fun Zone area, where on-site brand ambassadors will take photos using Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras and then print the captured images directly on Canon PIXMA MG7120 printers as tokens of the attendees' experience.
 
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Little League, and part of its longtime success in providing a healthy, safe environment for 2.4 million children in more than 80 countries can be attributed to the assistance provided by sponsorships. Canon joins Little League as its 20th National Sponsor, which help Little League maintain low team affiliation fees and provide valuable training and educational resources to coaches, parents, umpires, and volunteers. Many of Little League's national sponsors also participate in enhancing the fan experience at the Little League Baseball World Series Family Fun Zone.
 
"We are excited to welcome Canon as Little League's newest national sponsor and to the Little League Baseball World Series this August," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Little League is more than a youth sports organization, it is a youth leadership organization, and thanks to the support of our national sponsors, Little League is able to provide parents a healthy, affordable recreational outlet for their children."
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 9:47:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon YouTube Channel:
 
Canon is continuing to make efforts to help protect our customers from potentially dangerous counterfeits. How can you tell if your Canon battery is genuine? Select Canon products communicate with their battery to identify if the battery is genuine Canon. Watch this video to learn more. For more information, please visit:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon/standard_display/aboutcounterfeits
 
Sean's Take: Canon has been on a crusade against counterfeit batteries and other accessories:

However, I think this latest video does a poor job of differentiating between third-party batteries and counterfeit batteries. It lumps both types of batteries into the same, scary "non-genuine battery" category.
 
Personally, I'd be much more concerned about using a conterfeit battery than a third-party battery. If a company is dishonest enough to slap a Canon logo on its battery, then there's a good chance the company doesn't care about the performance and safety of the product. And why would they? The dishonest comany's reputation is not at stake.
 
However, when a company puts their own name on a battery intended to be used in a Canon product, I'm more willing to believe that the company has taken sufficient precautions to ensure the battery will work as advertised and won't damage my camera. And if it does damage my camera, I know that Canon isn't responsible for the repair bill.
 
I understand that Canon wants to protect and educate its customers. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I think labeling third-party batteries and counterfeit batteries in the same way goes a bit too far, and I start questioning whether the movie's motive is really about public safety or the bottom line.
 
Share your thoughts in the comments.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 8:17:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, see how back button autofocus can be a useful tool.
 


 

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, learn more about dust delete data option in your camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 7:05:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Canon EOS 6D DSLR with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens available for $1,899.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00. (thanks Chuck)
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2014 8:42:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Want the best all-round Canon DSLR for your dollar? Want a 1D X-style AF system without spending $6,700.00? How about dual memory card slots and great, full-frame high-ISO performance?
 
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2014 2:16:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens available for $999.00. Compare at $1,499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are grey market items.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2014 11:49:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,599.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,899.99.
 
Note: This may be a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty. However, the item is advertised as coming with a 3-year (non-manufacturer) warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2014 11:32:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens
DigitalRev has the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens (review) available for $9,599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $10,399.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2014 10:27:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,779.00. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/12/2014 10:18:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
This is an easy and extremely useful tip for highlighting specific color ranges in your images. I can't believe I went this long without exploring the color range slider in the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. [Sean]
 
From the Phlearn.com YouTube Channel:
 
In today's episode, we show you how to select a specific color range and make those colors come to life! The images we used were from 2 of our awesome fans, Dusan & Morey Spellman!
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:16:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how get a still image from a video in Photoshop.
 
You can get Photoshop CC as part of the Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite for only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:02:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 11, 2014
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $319.99. Compare at $476.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/11/2014 6:00:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kim Frick-Welker in the Lounge Chair
By Sean Setters
 
I run a small photography business and typically shoot high school senior photos, family portraits, maternity sessions as well as the occasional corporate work.
 
Last week I was hired by the Cookeville Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Program Assistant, Kim Frick-Welker, to shoot headshots to be used as promotional material for an upcoming show. After completing that assignment, Kim invited me back to CPAC to shoot another round of headshots for her own portfolio (Kim wanted various headshots because she occasionally acts in or directs theater performances).
 
Kim asked that her headshots be photographed using a black background. As she was wearing a black shirt, this requirement made the setup a little challenging. I had to push quite a bit of light onto the black curtain behind her (as well as use a hair/shoulder light) in order to provide enough separation between the subject and the background. Overall, Kim was happy with the images we got. The following was my personal favorite:

Kim Frick-Welker Headshot on Black

After shooting the headshots with the black background, Kim had what she had asked for. But the last time I was on stage, I was captivated by some of the set pieces being prepared for the upcoming play. I had imagined using the lounge chair as a prop and the understated, yet beautiful wallpaper as a backdrop. And I couldn't get that idea out of my head. So after we wrapped up the headshots Kim had asked for, I suggested we take a few more minutes and try something completely different. I explained to her what I was thinking and she readily agreed to extend our session a little longer. She decided a change of clothes might work better for the new setup, and I agreed.
 
Setting up the shot (seen at the top of this post) took 5 - 10 minutes. I used nearly the same lights and light modifiers that I had used in the previous setup, so it was merely a matter of moving around some furniture, a few light stands and my tripod.

Kim Frick-Welker Lounge Chair Setup

It only took a few shots to dial everything in. And after that, we captured some of the best images of the day. No, they weren't the images Kim had asked for – but she liked them even better (as did I).
 
So what did I take away from this experience? When clients hires you, they may have a set of guidelines (or restrictions) for you to follow in order to achieve specific goals. And there's nothing wrong with that. You have to give the client what they need.
 
But many times it's difficult to create the image that's in someone else's head, no matter how well they communicate it to you. So you do your best to give the client what they've asked for.
 
It may sound obvious, but here's something to keep in mind – anyone who hires you was likely impressed with the work you've already created. So if a shot really inspires you, it will likely inspire your client as well – so try to devote a few minutes to getting the shot you want to get, even if it's not a part of your agreed shot list. And then maybe both of you can walk away from the table getting more than you bargained for (in a good way).

Post Date: 8/11/2014 12:12:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Want the best all-round Canon DSLR for your dollar? Want a 1D X-style AF system without spending $6,700.00? How about dual memory card slots and great, full-frame high-ISO performance?
 
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,559.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/11/2014 10:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon has created a fun and informative video explaining the differences between VGA, HD and Full HD video and various frame rates. While it may be targeted towards PowerShot customers, if you're new to shooting movies on your DSLR, the information presented in this video will still be relevant.
 
B&H carries Canon PowerShot and EOS cameras.
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Post Date: 8/11/2014 7:06:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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