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 Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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From the SmugMug Blog:
 
Today we’re announcing the latest SmugMug for iOS App, the app that gives you easy photo uploading to your SmugMug galleries from your iPhone or iPad. Finally, you (and your fans) have the power to view all your galleries and archive your mobile photos in a place you know they’ll be safe.
 
The app helps bridge the gap between the photo galleries on your camera and on your computer, so you have access to both when you’re away. Here’s how it works.
 
All Your Beautiful Photos in Your Pocket
 
The free, completely redesigned SmugMug for iOS app lets you take all your galleries with you, anywhere. You can:
 
  • Browse all your own SmugMug folders and galleries (including private and unlisted ones)
  • Upload photos to your SmugMug galleries
  • Save galleries for offline viewing
  • Mark galleries as favorites for easy, instant access
  • Save and share photos and videos via SMS, email, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Follow other SmugMug users and browse their public galleries, too
Grab it now for free from the App Store.
Category: SmugMug News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 11:59:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apple 27
B&H has the Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display and the new Mac mini available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:18:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
Adorama has the following Rode microphones on sale with free shipping:
 
Item:Reg. PriceSale Price
Rode NTG-2 Dual Powered Directional Condenser Shotgun Microphone$269.00$209.00
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone$229.00$179.00
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:07:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 20, 2014
The Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Strikes Gold at Maroon Bells
I'm just back from an intensive 9-day photo trip to Colorado. Overall, the trip was great, though the weather was not cooperative for about half of the daylight hours. Bad weather can create the dramatic skies that are highly desired for landscape photos, but rain, snow and heavy fog can be especially challenging when distant mountains are a primary subject.
 
At the top of my distant mountains list were the Maroon Bells, a pair of fourteeners (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) located in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area near Aspen. These tree-less, maroon-colored peaks are generally considered the most-photographed mountains in North America. They are most-photographed for good reasons. The mountains are beautiful, the scene in front of them, including Maroon Creek Valley and Maroon Lake, is beautiful and the access is very easy. Getting this picture into the portfolio, however, was definitely not easy.
 
I mentioned that access to the beautiful Maroon Bells scene is easy. The hike from the relatively-small parking lot to Maroon Lake is a short one. I carried about 50 lbs. of gear to the lake in a Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack and a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker worn as a front pack. But, this hike is the easy part of getting this photograph.
 
There are basically two ideal sections of the Maroon Lake shoreline to shoot from with a limited number of photographers fitting into them. Getting the perfect location requires you to be there before the other photographers wanting the same easy-to-get-to location (just getting a parking space can be a challenge). Factor a 30 minute drive from the nearest hotel to the early arrival time requirement at the parking lot (a limited amount of campsites are available closer to the location) and the result is a very early AM alarm. By the time this photo was taken, there were nearly 100 photographers standing beside Maroon Lake, and I assure you that many did not have optimal shooting positions (just hanging out with this many friendly, enthusiastic landscape photographers makes this trip worth the effort).
 
Aspen in their brilliant yellow (and red) fall foliage colors were my other primary photography target for this trip. There are only a handful of days each year when the aspen trees are at their peak, so the timing of this trip has to be perfect. Locals can simply watch the foliage reports and make the drive (just over 4 hours from Denver) when the trees are peaking, but the rest of us need to plan ahead with airline ticket purchases, hotel reservations and vehicle rentals. My strategy was simple: plan the trip for peak foliage dates from recent years. In Aspen, this strategy worked perfectly for me. Some trees were beyond peak and some remained green, but most were at or near peak color. Though this is a highly desired location most of the year, the peak foliage definitely factored into the large crowds I encountered.
 
To get the peaks of the Maroon Bells to glow at sunrise requires a clear sky in the east during sunrise and to get a perfectly clear reflection of the peaks requires no wind. I was not hopeful during my 2 hour lakeside wait. Unlike many of the other mornings on this trip, the sky was perfectly clear. But, there was enough of a breeze blowing to create mirror-reflection-destroying ripples in the water. A moment before this photo was captured, the lake became a giant mirror and remained nearly flat for the next 3-4 hours (this duration is unusual for Maroon Lake) until the sun lit the entire valley floor below.
 
With the right scene unfolding in front of me, capturing the right framing and exposures became the next challenge. The framing was not hard (it is hard to go wrong at this location), but the exposures required more attention. With direct sunlight hitting the mountain peaks and the light-absorbing evergreens in deep shade, there was a significant amount of dynamic range to be captured. Using a multiple exposure HDR technique was the key to capturing the entire scene and all I had to do in the field was to insure that, for each final image, I had proper exposures captured for the highlights (shorter exposure) and for the shadows (longer exposure).
 
Back home in the studio, the processing work was much more difficult than capturing the right exposures in the field. Blending the two RAW images into a natural-looking HDR image was a complex process. I'd be embarrassed to say how many revisions I've made to this image, and while I have many variations that I like, I can't say that I am completely satisfied yet. This is my favorite revision today.
 
The iconic photograph of the Maroon Bells reflecting in Maroon lake with an apron of brilliantly-colored aspen trees lining Maroon Creek Valley was high on my bucket list and checking this line item off was my highest priority for this trip. No, this photo is not going to be unique (at least not completely unique). A lot of other photographers (close to 100 from this day alone) could have this or similar photos in their portfolios (if they executed and processed properly). I enjoy looking at photos taken by others, but this one is mine and there is something special about having iconic images in your own portfolio and having photos you created hanging on your walls. The memories these photos hold are part of their specialness. This particular image does not tell much of a story, but the story behind the image is big. That my father joined me on this particular trip was part of the specialness.
 
Because this shot was a priority, I allotted the most trip time (two full days and an additional half day if needed) to the Aspen area. The first morning was perfect (I shot from the side of the lake until about 11:00 AM and in the valley most of the day) and the second morning was an exact duplicate of the first until a breeze picked up just after sunrise (I moved to other shooting locations at this time – as planned).
 
Lakeside, I was simultaneously shooting with two complete tripod-based setups (one under the other when space was tight or to better protect tripod legs from accidents). With all of the effort and timing coming together perfectly and with the short duration of mountain peaks being lit, two rigs allowed me to maximize my take-home. This particular image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and one of the best landscape lenses ever made, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. They worked perfectly.
 
A larger version of this image is available on: Google+, Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
35mm  f/11.0  .3s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 10/20/2014 12:04:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive
B&H has two SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drives on sale. See below for details.
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
SanDisk 32GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive$58.45$44.95
SanDisk 64GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive$96.95$69.95
Features
 
  • Includes a microSDHC/microSDXC Memory Card
  • Wirelessly Store, Share, Stream Content
  • Apple iOS and Android Device Compatible
  • Supports 3 Simultaneous Media Streams
  • Supports 8 Simultaneous Connections
  • Wireless Range up to 150'
  • USB 2.0 Connection, Charges Via USB
  • Up to 4 Hours of Battery Runtime
  • Wi-Fi (WPA2) Password Protection
Category: SanDisk Deals
Post Date: 10/20/2014 10:05:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In the final episode of the Photoshop Playbook, Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes takes a closer look at the greatest hits from the JDI (Just Do it) Project.
 
The Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite is only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 10/20/2014 8:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Delkin BLACK SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards
From Delkin:
 
Toughest, Most Reliable Memory Card on the Market.
 
Delkin BLACK SD Cards combine industrial strength & reliability with unparalleled speed, plus a quality guarantee like no other card. This exclusive media is sold only through authorized camera stores that are chosen for their commitment to customer service & knowledgeable staff. BLACK is the toughest, most reliable & trustworthy memory card on the market.
 
Unbreakable
Utilizing a new, more durable casing, Delkin BLACK cards can withstand up to 45 lbs. of force and is more durable than any other card on the market. Whether you accidentally drop something on top of it or step on it, you can rest assured that your images and videos are safe and will remain undamaged.
 
Waterproof & Dustproof
A sealed & molded design provides protection against water damage and foreign debris, even when fully submerged for up to 72 hours.
 
Extended Temperature
Each card is tested to an extended temperature range and is able to withstand temperatures ranging from -40°C to 85°C. Confidently use it in your camera wherever you go, whether you’re in freezing, snowy climates or in hot, humid desert areas.
 
Built for Exceptional HD Video & RAW Performance
Capable of writing data at speeds over 80MB/s, BLACK cards are designed to excel in DSLR cameras and advanced camcorders that require faster speeds and performance. The cards support slow motion recording for professional film-making and promise not to drop frames or slow down your camera’s buffer, even in the most most demanding shooting or recording scenarios. They are also rated UHS-I (Speed Class 3), guaranteeing a minimum constant write speed of 30 MB/s.
 
48 Hour Replacement
In addition to our Lifetime Warranty, BLACK cards come with a premium 48 hour replacement guarantee. Simply register your card online, and call our friendly customer service team if you ever experience any issues. We will happily replace any non-working card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends), prior to receiving your non-working card. You can also replace your card over the counter at any Delkin BLACK Authorized Reseller. To activate your free replacement program & lifetime warranty, please register your Delkin BLACK card online, at delkin.com/Black.
Category: Delkin News
Post Date: 10/20/2014 7:19:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Tiffen:
 
For imagemakers, by imagemakers, Tiffen ImageMaker promotes a new global community of photographers and videographers where creating great images is everything
 
Hauppauge, NY – October 17, 2014 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning imaging accessories, recently launched Tiffen ImageMaker, a community-oriented social media hub site. The site aims to build a global community where information is shared on techniques and technologies for creation of great images.
 
ImageMaker’s Special Features Include:
 
Explore
Explore some of the world’s most beautiful locations as imagemakers chronicle their shooting adventures.
 
Behind the Scenes
Get an exclusive look at how Tiffen products are created and produced in its U.S. manufacturing facilities, and see the latest and greatest Tiffen products launched at tradeshows.
 
Tiffen Selects
Check back each week for Tiffen’s featured picks from images shared on Instagram. Users are invited to submit their own photography by using hashtags such as #tiffen, #steadicam, #lowel, #tiffendfx and #domke.
 
ImageMakers
Want to see how today’s industry professionals are using Tiffen products in their workflow? ImageMakers highlight the work of these photographers and cinematographers.
 
Media Room
Keep updated on the latest Tiffen news and events, and pick up some tips and tricks along the way.
 
Photo
Need some inspiration? View Tiffen’s gallery of images to learn some great techniques for getting beautiful still image results.
 
Tiffen TV
Sometimes, being a part of the action is the best way to gain practical education. Tiffen TV showcases video tutorials, user submissions and more.
 
Users are encouraged to share their own imagemaking stories by submitting content to media@tiffen.com. To learn more about ImageMaker’s exciting features, please visit http://www.tiffen.com/imagemaker/.
Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 10/20/2014 7:03:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 17, 2014
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sigma are scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.
 
B&H has the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/17/2014 6:45:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 16, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
As promised in a blog post here, we are proud to introduce the Aperture and iPhoto import plugin for Lightroom 5. The plugin allows Aperture and iPhoto customers to migrate their images and key metadata (such as keywords, events, project structure) into Lightroom catalogs in a seamless way.
 
The plugin is available for download here and please follow these instructions to install the plugin:
 
  1. Ensure that you’re using Lightroom 5.6. You can check your Lightroom version by going to Help->System Info inside Lightroom. If not using Lightroom 5.6, please update to the 5.6.
  2. Download the plugin zip file to a known location (such as your desktop)
  3. Double click on the downloaded zip file to extract it.
  4. Navigate to the Users//Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom folder. Please note that the Library folder is hidden by default and that you will need to hold down the Option/Alt key to make it visible.
  5. Check to see if there is a Modules folder. If not, please create this folder.
  6. Copy the extracted aperture_iphoto_importer.lrplugin file to the Modules folder.
  7. Start Lightroom.
For Aperture Customers: click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from Aperture Library and follow the prompts.
 
For iPhoto Customers: Click on File -> Plugin Extras -> Import from iPhoto Library and follow the prompts.
 
Download link -> aperture_iphoto_importer
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 12:02:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2 update
 
Updates enabled with this release:
 
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL12 was completely discharged has been resolved.
  • When RAW (NRW) images captured with a burst of continuous shooting at a setting of Continuous H were opened in image-processing software such as ViewNX 2 for development, image colors were abnormal. This issue has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P340 Firmware: 1.2.
 

COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2 Update
 
Updates enabled with this release
 
  • An issue that prevented charging of the Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL23 using the camera and charging AC adapter when the EN-EL23 was completely discharged has been resolved.
Download the COOLPIX P600 Firmware: 1.2.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/16/2014 9:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through October 31, use coupon code HOLIDAY20 at FractureMe.com to save 20% on your next fracture order.
 
Glass prints look very impressive hanging on the wall. Buy now to ensure it arrives before the holidays if you're planning on giving one as a gift.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 8:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as France's Airgonay club sets up a drone race in the middle of a forest. The resulting video looks astonishingly similar to the speeder chase scene in Return of the Jedi.
 
Now I want a drone even more... :-) [Sean]
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:57:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
In this video pro-photographer, film maker, & director of DEDICATED, Corey Rich highlights why the D4S allows him to focus only on content and not the technology; the three most meaningful improvements made on the D4S; & how its features helped capture scenes that were previously impossible to capture. 'Hollywood crews could do this but not guys like me.' - Corey Rich.
 
Note from Sean: Oh my goodness! Why didn't I ever think to use Auto ISO when shooting video to compensate for transitioning from very dim environments to very bright ones (or vice-versa)? The EOS 5D Mark III works in the same way; it changes ISO on the fly when set to Auto ISO. The Nikon D4s's algorithm may allow for smoother ISO changes, but otherwise, the 5D III does the exact same thing.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Post Date: 10/16/2014 7:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $309.00 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 10/15/2014 10:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera
Use coupon code EXPLORE ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 + Lightroom 5 Bundle for $199.00 with free shipping. Compare at $289.00 new (without software).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 9:05:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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International Awards Exhibition Printed with Epson Printers and Papers Opens at Smithsonian on Oct. 24
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Epson today announced it is a global sponsor of the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards Exhibition for the third consecutive year. As the official inkjet printer and paper partner for the ongoing print exhibition, Epson’s professional printing technology allows visitors to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography. On the second floor of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., museum guests will see award-winning photographs displayed from one of the world’s most prestigious nature photography competitions.
 
“The annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards program began as a creative tool to celebrate the beauty and diversity of nature and encourage greater public interest in outdoor enjoyment and conservation stewardship,” says Awards Director, Steve Freligh. “The high caliber of photographic prints we are able to achieve through using Epson printers, inks and papers bring these images to life in a way that truly showcases the spectacle of nature and the creative talent delivered by photographers in the field."
 
The Smithsonian exhibition opens on Oct. 24, 2014, and features winners from the annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards program. Chosen from more than 20,000 entries from photographers in 50 countries, the exhibition will showcase the Grand Prize winner, the Photographer of the Year and the Youth Photographer of the Year, as well as finalists selected in 13 separate categories. The images are displayed as large format prints ranging in size from 2x3 feet to nearly 4x6 feet in the nation’s most visited museum, which welcomes more than eight million visitors annually.
 
“We are honored to be supporting one of the most highly-respected and visually compelling nature photography competitions in the world,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Our goal is to provide these photographers with access to the most advanced printing technology and pro-quality papers to produce true-to-life output that accurately and completely conveys the true vision and story behind their photographs.”
 
The exhibition-quality prints were created with Epson’s award-winning 44-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 9900. With the precision of its Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead and the performance of Epson UltraChrome HDR ink, the printer delivers superb photographic prints with an extremely wide color gamut and incredible sharpness. Used with Epson Professional Papers, this advanced printing technology produces the richest blacks and smooth tonal transitions.
 
The exhibition will be viewed by millions of visitors at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and is open daily, free to the public. The annual photo competition is open to the public and encourages submissions from photographers at all levels of expertise – pros, amateurs and youth. For more information, visit www.NaturesBestPhotography.com.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/15/2014 8:05:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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