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 Wednesday, July 16, 2014

 
After a rather large EOS 6D On-Camera Tutorial Series, Canon is expanding its HD Video Tutorial Series with the relase of two new videos – Using Filters and Tripod Systems.
 
Current List of HD Video Tutorials

B&H carries DSLR video gear.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/16/2014 7:21:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PDN:
 
Registration is now open for the 2014 PhotoPlus Conference + Expo.
 
Register now for the best seminars, most popular speakers, and special events, including our keynote presentations, new Photo Walks and intimate Master Classes.
 
Join us at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Conference will be held October 29, through November 1, 2014 and the Expo will be held October 30 through November 1.
 
The event will feature over 80 educational seminars, a dozen intimate Master Classes, plus a major display of new products and creative solutions to touch, try and compare from over 200 exhibitors. You’ll also see inspirational photo galleries and enjoy evening networking events, all designed to help you expand your expertise, your business, and your passion for photography, digital imaging and filmmaking, surrounded by the many attractions of New York City.
 
And now is the Best Time to become a Photo Group Member (PDN, PhotoServe.com, & WPPI). All the great perks, discounts and advantages got better, just in time for PhotoPlus.
 
Members save up to 30% on ALL conference seminar passes: Full Conference Pass, One Day Conference Pass, A-la-Carte Passes, and Master Classes. You can even purchase your membership while registering for PhotoPlus and take full advantage of all the savings.
 
A PhotoGroup Membership includes:

  • Discounts on PhotoPlus and WPPI Conference seminars
  • Subscriptions to PDN and Rangefinder magazines (print, online, and digital editions)
  • Listing on PhotoServe.com portfolio display site with hot links and up to 10 searchable specialties
  • 30% discount on all entry fees for PDN and Rangefinder photo contests and select WPPI competitions
  • Vendor / association discounts (TCP Insurance, ASMP, Agency Access, BlinkBid) and more

Relevant Links

Post Date: 7/16/2014 6:42:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
The Nikon D810 User's Manual is now available for download.
 
Nikon D810 User's Manual - English (PDF, 23.9 MB) | Nikon D810 User's Manual - Spanish (PDF, 24.2 MB)
 
B&H carries the Nikon D810 DSLR camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/15/2014 2:42:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Mosquito Bites Black Bear Cub
See the mosquito on this black bear cub's ear? The black bear is at the top of the food chain in Pennsylvania, but that does not mean they don't get bit. Getting bit is certainly going to be on the back of everyone's mind when photographing a bear cub this small as the highly protective mother is guaranteed to be nearby.
 
A mother bear nearby makes the zoom capabilities of the Canon EF 200-400 f/5.6 L IS Lens highly desirable. To capture this picture of a tiny cub required use of the built-in extender for 560mm of focal length (plus a small amount of cropping). To capture a full body portrait of the much larger mother (with or without cubs in the frame) required a wider focal length. Bears are very unpredictable and may not have tolerated (or stayed long enough for) a lens change. The 200-400 L lets me work fast, capturing the ideal framing potential from the situation.
 
This was a very productive bear session (and not the same as the recently shared bear picture was captured during). I'll try to share a few more shots from this encounter with you soon.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/5.6  1/320s  ISO 1250  5095 x 3397px
Post Date: 7/15/2014 8:00:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Capture NX-D Software
Nikon Capture NX-D is now out of beta with version 1.0.0 available for download.
 
Download Nikon Capture NX-D v1.0.0.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/15/2014 7:30:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 14, 2014

 
At an hour and forty minutes long, this isn't exactly "light viewing." However, this video may prove useful if playing in the background while you're completing other tasks. If you overhear a tip you're interested in, you can always focus your full attention on the video at that time. At least, that's how I usually enjoy these videos... [Sean]
 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
Is trying to master certain aspects of Photoshop making you pull your hair out in frustration? The Event Space and expert Andy Graber are here to help. We tried something new with this class: We asked YOU to help us design the curriculum by interacting with us on social media. What aspects of Photoshop are you having trouble with? What is it you need to learn about? In advance of the class, we chose a selection of your questions and built this workshop around them.
Post Date: 7/14/2014 9:37:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Just posted: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review
 
The ultra-wide, ultra-light, ultra-small, ultra-affordable Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens will be a no-brainer choice for a large number of APS-C DSLR kits.
 
Get your Canon EF-S 10-18mm IS STM Lens at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/14/2014 8:44:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch
From Ubertronix:
 
The Strike Finder TOUCH is our top of the line device in our camera trigger line-up. It has a programmable touch-screen interface that features 5 capabilities in one device. One of the most exciting features is the ability to trigger time lapse based on an external event such as lightning, motion and sound. When it detects high-speed flash events (such as lightning or fireworks), a tripped laser beam, movement, or sound, it sends a signal to the camera or flash at the precise moment to capture the photograph. The fully programmable touch-screen interface allows you to set multiple options (e.g. Sensitivity, Exposure, Timing, Delay (in milliseconds) and will detect motion up to 30 feet away! The motion and sound sensors can be extended by adding additional extension cables.
 

 
The Time Lapse is one of the hallmarks of the Strike Finder TOUCH, it contains all options you’d expect from an intervalometer but also boasts a unique feature that allows a photographer to start time lapse based on external events such as motion, a high-speed flash, sound, etc. Anytime one of these external events occurs, it will take multiple photos based on your setup taking a sequence of pictures from one to several thousand and also lets you adjust the frequency and exposure.
 
Adjustable Settings:

  • Time
  • Exposure
  • Number (number of pics to take)

Additionally, it has the ability to start time lapse when:

  • Motion is detected
  • Sound is detected
  • Lightning is detected
  • Laser beam is broken

When using the Lightning feature, it can capture lightning strikes day or night depending on how far the storm is. Since lightning strikes can last for several hundred milliseconds (ms) and contain dozens of strikes, the Strike Finder TOUCH has plenty of opportunity to catch the lightning bolt. The device is very fast, triggering the camera in less than 1ms!
 
Adjustable Settings:

  • Delay
  • Sensitivity
  • Number (number of pics to take)

The Laser Trigger was designed to capture anything that breaks the laser beam from water droplets to insects, to bigger things such as a sprinting runner. Once the laser has been tripped, the device instantly sends a signal to the camera telling it to release the shutter (external laser pointer required).
 
Adjustable Settings:

  • Delay
  • Sensitivity
  • Number (number of pics to take)

The Sound Trigger allows you to do high speed photography using sound. The sensor attachment plugs into the side of the Strike Finder TOUCH with an 12? cable. When it senses a loud sound, the device sends a signal to your camera to release the shutter.
 
Adjustable Settings:

  • Delay
  • Sensitivity
  • Number (number of pics to take)

The Motion Trigger uses a passive infrared sensor that is capable of detecting motion of any kind. Once detected, the device will trigger your camera once or multiple times depending on your setup. The sensor comes as an attachment that plugs into the side of the device with an 12? cable and can be extended with additional extension cables.
 
Adjustable Settings:

  • Interval (frequency(in seconds) to take pics while motion is present)
  • Number (number of pics to take)

Technical Specs:
 
Size 4" x 2 1/4" x 1"
 
Powered by 4 AAA batteries or optional power adapter Sound and motion sensors are external attachments that plug into the device, extension cables are available too.
 
B&H carries the new Strike Finder Touch.

Category: Ubertronix News
Post Date: 7/14/2014 7:33:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From RODE:
 
RØDE Microphones has today announced the iXY with Lightning connector for iPhone 5, 5s and 5c -- the highly-anticipated update to RØDE’s stereo microphone for Apple iPhone devices, that allows high-quality recording at sample rates up to 24-bit/96kHz.
 
The original iXY was announced in early 2013 and was the world’s first microphone for iOS devices, able to record at such a high-quality resolution. This innovative approach saw the iXY awarded several product design awards, culminating with the prestigious International Red Dot Design Award, which recognizes products of the very highest quality by an expert panel of 37 judges from around the world.
 
Equipped with the same broadcast audio performance as the original 30-pin microphone, the iXY with Lightning connector features a matched pair of ½ inch condenser capsules arranged in a stacked X-Y configuration, with on-board high-fidelity analogue to digital conversion. This ensures accurate, immersive and true to life stereo recordings.
 
Interchangeable rubber mounting clamps are supplied to suit both iPhone 5/5s and 5c, which also provide shock mounting and help to minimise vibration transferring to the microphone capsules. A foam windshield for outdoor recording and protective storage pouch are also included. The RØDEGrip mount is optionally available for mounting the iXY and iPhone on a camera or microphone stand, and a “deadcat” windshield for high wind conditions will be available shortly.
 
“The original iXY was an industry leader in both design and function, so we’re thrilled to continue this success with the updated version for iPhone 5.” commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Being able to record at this quality with a device that sits in your pocket has been a game changer not only for audio professionals, but for enthusiasts alike. We saw this first-hand with so numerous entrants to our My RØDE Reel short film competition choosing to use the iXY for their amazing short films”.
 
Finally, RØDE’s field recording app for iOS devices, RØDE Rec also recently received an update to increase compatibility and stability on the iOS 7 platform. RØDE Rec and RØDE Rec LE are available now in the App store for iPhone and iPad.
 
B&H carries RODE products.
Category: RODE News
Post Date: 7/14/2014 6:43:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 11, 2014
Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2014 9:20:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2014 8:25:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Lightroom Journal:
 
What happens to Lightroom after my membership ends?
 
Since the launch of the Creative Cloud, Adobe has engaged in an ongoing dialog with the photographic community. We’ve tackled mobile workflows, provided ongoing enhancements and lastly, provided a membership plan tailor made for all levels of photographers. With the latest update to Lightroom 5.5 I believe we’ve also addressed a lingering concern in the community: What happens to my photographs after my membership ends?
 
With Lightroom 5.5, at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function. We hope this meets the expectations of our customers and we look forward to an ongoing dialog.
 
TDP Note: For what it's worth, I'm a big fan of Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program. In my opinion, a continuously updated Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month is a great deal – and one I'll be more than happy to invest in for the foreseeable future. [Sean]
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/11/2014 7:19:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Petzval Lens for Canon
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has put the new Petzval lens to the test using his Trioptics MTF bench and OLAF machines.
 
Check out LensRentals Blog post to see how the lens (with its 175 year-old design) performed.
Post Date: 7/11/2014 7:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 10, 2014
B&H Expedited Shipping Map
From B&H:
 
We are proud to announce our recently-upgraded shipping policy for the continental U.S.
 
In keeping with our tradition of bringing you the greatest shopping experience, we have launched our new B&H FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING PROGRAM that delivers your orders of $49 or more in 1, 2, or 3 business days, depending upon your order’s destination. There are NO membership fees.
 
B&H constantly seeks new ways to improve your shopping experience and we hope you’ll enjoy this new program.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 12:08:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sahara Desert Dust takes out My St John, USVI Landscape Photography
See the aqua blue water in this photo? Caribbean blue may be my favorite color and this is the color that I hoped to capture a lot of on my recent St John, USVI photography trip. I mentioned in the 100 Megapixel Francis Bay, St John, USVI Sunset post that I faced a big challenge to my landscape photography on this trip. That challenge was dust blowing nearly 5,000 miles from the Sahara Desert to the Virgin Islands, causing haze.
 
To get the brilliant blue color I like so much requires white sand under clear water and a clear sky with an overhead sun. The white sand and clear water are generally abundant on this island, but the haze caused by dust took out the clear sky requirement and with the exception of about one day, the blue water did not pop like I wanted during my trip. Since that one day was partly-to-mostly cloudy, shooting was only good for part of that day. Some clouds are of course desired for adding interest to an otherwise solid blue sky, but too many clouds become an issue.
 
This picture of Ram Head and Booby Rock was captured during a break in the clouds with part of Ram Head, the distant sea and the island under shade from the clouds. I shot a variety of compositions of this scene, but liked the panoramic captured handheld at 53mm the best.
 
Often, an extremely wide angle of view captured using a circular polarizer filter will result in an unevely darkened sky, and I have been asked about the evenly polarized skies in this image. The key was that this image was captured at 12:48 PM under a very high sun. With the sun was high in the sky, the 90 degree angle of strongest sky darkening is at the horizon – the entire horizon, making wide panorama skies captured using a polarizer filter look great (if significantly more sky was included in this photo, you would start to see the sky lighten toward the top of the frame). I frequently shoot under a high sun for this reason. Use a circular polarizer filter to create mid-day amazement.
 
Even without landscape photography being greatly successful on this trip, I had success in another area of photography and will share some of those results soon.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
53mm  f/11.0  1/50s  ISO 100  14829 x 3805px
Post Date: 7/10/2014 9:55:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From DxO:
 
07/10/2014 – DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7 are now available! These two upgrades allow both software products to integrate perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 edition).
 
DxO FilmPack: All the quality and emotion of fine arts photography
 
Acclaimed by professionals for the fidelity of its analog film renderings, DxO FilmPack lets photographers apply to their digital images all the characteristics of the analog films that have made photographic history, as well as many original looks, filters, tones, and visual effects. All of these renderings and effects can be infinitely combined and customized for unlimited creativity.
 
Coming in two editions, Essential and Expert, a single DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 license lets the software be used as a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and DxO Optics Pro.
 
DxO ViewPoint: the indispensable companion to wide-angle lenses
 
DxO ViewPoint fixes even the most complex problems with perspective, and easily restores the natural shapes of subjects located on the edges of images. Taking advantage of all of DxO Labs’ know-how in terms of optical calibrations, the software corrects barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortions. DxO ViewPoint supports all photographic equipment, much of which also benefits from the automatic corrections provided by DxO Optics Modules.
 
DxO ViewPoint is available as a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture — all with the same license.
 
Availability
 
The Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint 2.1.7 for Mac and Windows are available at photo resellers.
 
B&H carries DxO FilmPack 4 and DxO ViewPoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 8:44:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack and BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod
From Manfrotto:
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – July 10, 2014 – Manfrotto, a manufacturer of premium photo and video accessories, unveiled a new travel backpack in its Advanced bag collection: the MB MA-BP-TRV BeFree backpack. Billed as the perfect travel companion to the Manfrotto BeFree tripod, this new backpack features a unique carrying slot in the extendable side-padded pocket that is designed to fit the BeFree and other compact travel tripods.
 
The interior of the backpack was created to provide durability, flexibility and ease of use for travel-minded photo enthusiasts to carry their photographic gear and personal belongings in one compact bag. As part of the Advanced bag collection, the travel backpack features hard-wearing fabrics and professional features.
 
The backpack employs the Manfrotto Camera Protection System (CPS), which is designed to provide protection at its most vulnerable spot—the center of the bag, where the lenses are stored. The CPS consists of specially structured 3D foam encasing dividers that reduce shock and absorb and dissipate the force of impact.
 
It also has a rugged, durable bottom half that’s made of high-density nylon as well as nylon material on the top. It’s carbon detailing ties it in with Manfrotto’s Italian heritage.
 
The all-in-one carry solution is divided into two main compartments. The upper section is dedicated to personal belongings, while the bottom section has a quick side access. It can fit a DSLR with attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. Additionally, a 13-inch laptop can be stored in a back compartment. The bag can also be converted into an everyday backpack by removing the main compartment divider. And its extendable side-padded pocket makes it possible to add additional space to the bag by unzipping the pocket to insert a travel tripod.
 
Manfrotto’s Advanced bag collection includes six basic bag designs, each in various sizes, including active backpacks, tri-backpacks, gear backpacks, active slings, shoulder bags and holsters. Manfrotto’s new BeFree travel backpack is available now at Manfrotto Authorized Resellers.
 
B&H carries the new Manfrotto Advanced Bag Travel Backpack and BeFree Tripods.
 
Update: Manfrotto is offering up to a $100.00 rebate if purchasing the backpack and tripod together - see this form for details. (thanks Yoderz)
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 7:43:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Toronto Star YouTube Channel:
 
Toronto Star photographer Randy Risling shows many ways that photographers can ruin the intimate moments of a wedding.
Post Date: 7/10/2014 7:22:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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