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 Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 
From Canon USA:
 
When you travel, time seems to fly by. Don't regret it later because your experiences are too extraordinary to remember with photos that are just "good enough." The places you go, the people you meet and your adventures of a lifetime are worth getting the right shot with a Canon camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/20/2015 6:41:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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From Tamron USA:
 
Tamron lens users can post and share photos with dedicated hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to earn a spot on the Tamron USA website
 
May 19, 2015, Commack, N.Y - Tamron USA announces its #WithMyTamron social media initiative, exclusively offered to all Tamron USA lens users. Participants simply capture photos with their favorite Tamron lenses, tag them with the #WithMyTamron, and upload them to their public Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Photographers may also directly upload from their device, computer or Facebook photos for consideration in the #WithMyTamron gallery at www.tamron-usa.com by using the "Submit a Photo" button.
 
Tamron staff will select their favorite photos tagged with the #WithMyTamron hashtag to appear on the Tamron USA website, where even more viewers-from budding photo enthusiasts to pros-will be inspired by real images taken by real people with Tamron's unmatched lens lineup.
 
Users will be able to search for and share photos with the #WithMyTamron hashtag on social media, fostering a community of dedicated Tamron aficionados who want to see what others are capturing with their own Tamron lenses.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 3:50:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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B&H has posted a great articlce on their Explora site called "44 Tips to Improve Your Photography."
 
Yes, it's a fairly lengthy read as each tip is supported with a small 2-4 sentence paragraph, but the author (Todd Vorenkamp) has done a good job compiling the list and concisely explaining why each one is important.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 9:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 5D III and 70-300 L Visit the San Juan Mountains
After spending a late September day scouting from Crested Butte to Durango and back north to near Telluride with practically no pictures captured, the sun finally broke through an opening in the heavy clouds that had produced rain and the season's first snow for most of the day. This is the breathtaking scene that was presented to me.
 
Capturing attractive landscape images with a telephoto lens is sometimes so easy that it almost feels like cheating. I safely pulled off the road, setup and quickly shot until the sun went back behind the curtain of heavy clouds.
 
Looking for a fall foliage photography trip? Few locations are better than the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The aspen trees play a starring role in this spectacular landscape.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rode VideoMic Pro with upgraded Rycote Lyre Suspension System
From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.
 
Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.
 
Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.
 
Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
 
Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.
 
“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”
 
The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now.
 
B&H carries the RØDE VideoMic Pro.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Post Date: 5/19/2015 7:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 18, 2015
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From CreativeLive:
 
Follow your dream of becoming a wildly successful wedding photographer! Tune in today at 9 AM Pacific for the live kickoff of The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience.
 
In this six-week class, Jasmine Star will cover every aspect of both the business and creative sides of wedding photography. Watch Now and tune in every weekday throughout the series for a new lesson.
 
Watch Live Now
Post Date: 5/18/2015 11:34:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon has posted their financial results for the year ending March 31, 2015. As usual, the presentation material is our preferred method for obtaining easy-to-understand information.
 
Note about Imaging Products Business:
"Sales and income declined 15% and 12% respectively, year on year due to delayed market recovery in China and Europe. Operating income ratio posted 9.7%, exceeding the previous year ratio (9.4%) and the revised forecast (9.0%). "

The Year ended March 2015 [May 14, 2015]
 
Financial Results (PDF:693KB)
 
Financial and Business Data (PDF:94KB)
 
Presentation Material (PDF:812KB)
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 10:01:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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CPS regularly updates their Tips & Tricks section with new, relevant items. The latest additions may prove useful for those who will soon be receiving their preordered EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R cameras.
 

EOS 5DS R: using the interval timer
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R both feature a built-in interval timer to allow you to shoot timelapse sequences without needing a separate intervalometer. If you plan to use the Interval timer, first make sure you are not in Live View mode. In Live View the intervalometer options will be greyed out so you can’t select them. Equally, if you set the interval timer to ‘On’ and then go into Live View, the timer will be cancelled. To avoid this, you should set up your camera position with Live View first and then stop Live View, before going to the menu and setting the interval timer options.

EOS 5DS and 5DSR: capturing an image during timelapse
When shooting with the EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras interval timer function, you will still be able to manually capture an image during the sequence simply by pressing the shutter button. If you try to capture an image manually, but the camera does not actually take the picture, check when the next interval image is due to be taken. The camera will prepare itself for the next interval 5 seconds before it is due to be captured. During this time, you will be unable to shoot any other images or access the camera menu.

EOS 5DS and 5DSR: ending a timelapse sequence
During an interval timer shooting session, if you have set the number of images to 0 so the camera captures continuously until you decide to stop, you may be wondering how exactly to stop the interval shooting. If you have an interval frequency of greater than 5 seconds between images you may be able to access the menu and select ‘disable’ to end the interval shooting. However, if you are shooting images every 3 seconds, for example, you should simply turn the camera off to end the interval. This will not corrupt any images or risk losing the last image provided you wait until all image writing has been completed before opening the card slot door.

EOS 5DS R: interval timer image review
Using the interval timer built into the menu of the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R makes it simple to capture timelapse sequences without needing any additional accessories. When using the timelapse function you will find that the shooting frequency is quicker than once every five seconds, so there is no image review between shots, even if image review is turned on in the menu. This can make it tricky to judge your exposure and ensure the light levels are not changing enough that you need to adjust the exposure. If you do need to keep an eye on the exposure, look instead at the exposure scale on the top plate of the camera – if you make a note of where it was when you started the timelapse, you will be able to see if the exposure has gone up or done and therefore decide if it needs adjusting between frames.

Be sure to check out the rest of CPS's Tips & Tricks for even more information covering a wide variety of camera functions.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 8:56:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode we get to join Andrea at The Palm in Dubai on sunny shoot for Cadillac cars. To match and even overpower the strong sunlight, Andrea uses Profoto flashes and Profoto Off-Camera Flashes. The light is controlled and shaped with softboxes and Hard Reflectors. And the result is stunning.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 5/18/2015 8:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this Wedding Tips Episode, videographer Adrian Toto touches base on wedding videography for photographers interested in expanding their skill sets.
 
Need some gear to fill out your wedding photography kit? B&H has you covered.
Post Date: 5/18/2015 7:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 15, 2015
Sigma Tripod Foot TS-81
From Sigma:
 
We are pleased to announce the availability of TRIPOD SOCKET TS-81 that is the optional lens foot which can be attached to the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports. It is compatible with the Arca Swiss quick release plate and the clamp. The deliberately designed length of its rail provides the flexibility to adjust the center of gravity making it balance perfectly, even while zooming or using accessories, such as a tele converter and battery pack. Consideration has been given to the portability and transportation of the lens when Tripod Socket TS-81 is attached. The lens hood can still be reversed and the lens stored in its original padded case, even with the Tripod Socket TS-81 attached. Incorporated into the Tripod Socket are safety stopper screws to prevent the lens from falling. There are 2 sizes of screw holes, 1/4 and 3/8, making it compatible with tripods other than Arca Swiss, too. When it is compared to the supplied tripod socket, it offers more space between the lens and device, and the change of grip has improved the usage as a handle for carrying.
 
 
That last line addresses what I think is a significant design problem with the supplied tripod foot on this lens. While the standard foot is robust and low profile, the second joints of my medium-sized fingers do not fit through the low clearance foot, making it very difficult to carry this lens via the tripod foot. For the same reason, it is also difficult to control the lens by the foot while using a monopod or tripod. While I have not yet used the TS-81, I really like the concept. I previously asked for such a foot as a standard feature.
 
Note that this is not the announcement of a new product; the TS-81 was already announced. Sigma is saying that it is now available. However, we are not finding it available at retailers, even for preorder. We'll let you know when it shows up.
Post Date: 5/15/2015 2:24:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 14, 2015
DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter
Want to try out drone-based aerial photography/videography? If so, B&H has a great deal for you. Today only, get the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter (original version, refurbished condition) on sale for $230.00 off: $349.95 (originally $579.95).
 
  • 6-channel, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi Transmitter
  • Up to 3,280' Line-of-Sight Wi-Fi Range
  • Up to 22 Minutes Flying Time
  • Naza-M V2 Flight Control System
  • GPS-Based Autopilot with Return to Home
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Supports Dual Flight Control Modes
  • LED Indicators & Low Voltage Protection
  • Self-Tightening Prop Design
Camera not included: This drone is GoPro-ready (mount included), but the GoPro (or other) camera is not included. The GoPro Hero, the least expensive GoPro model, is $129.99.
Post Date: 5/14/2015 10:59:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A 5-Step Recipe for Bird Photography Success
Cookbooks are filled with successful recipes and successful bird photography is similarly not limited to a single recipe, but here is a recipe that works every time.
 
1. Start with a great camera and lens.
 
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens are excellent choices.
 
2. Find a beautiful bird properly posed against a clean background.
 
A snowy egret in breeding plumage easily qualifies for this main ingredient. A practically uninterrupted clear blue sky background frame keeps the viewer's eye on the main subject.
 
3. Time the bird meetup with an early or late day sun at your back.
 
Lighting is one of the most important ingredients to any photo. Early and late day direct sunlight, generally warm in color and slightly diffused in hardness, is a highly desired source of light. The 5:50 PM light was so warm in this case that I decided to cool the 7D II's AWB (Auto White Balance) choice very noticeably in post processing. Because the sunlight was directing my shadow toward the bird, subject shadows are very minimal.
 
4. Cue a side or tail wind to ruffle the bird's feathers.
 
Birds like to face the wind, keeping their feathers in line. When a side or tail wind presents itself, I like to take advantage of it. The ruffled feathers add a character to the image and in this case, the wind pushed the breeding plumage into better view.
 
5. Carefully time the shutter release
 
Birds are often constantly moving and timing the shutter release, in conjunction with balanced framing and accurate AF, is a challenge. With the 7D II's wide-set AF points, I was able to select a point that covered the bird's head without recomposing needed. When the bird turned its head to the side, I quickly pressed the shutter release and the 7D II's short shutter lag did not get in the way.
 
Compared to the effort required for many of my photos, this was a very easy photo to capture. Being at the right place at the right time to apply the recipe was all that was needed.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
371mm  f/8.0  1/200s
ISO 100
3648 x 5472px
Post Date: 5/14/2015 9:43:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Drop-Down List Tip
As the number of lenses with test results available in our database increases, the amount of scrolling necessary to navigate the drop-down list boxes also increases, especially for brands sorting lower in the alphabet. To speed up the lens selection process, after opening the drop-down list, simply press the first letter of the brand name you want to select using the keyboard. The first-sorted option that starts with the typed letter will immediately be selected.
 
For example, to get to the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens in a drop-down list box, click the list box's down arrow to show the list of all lenses tested, then press "z" and finish scrolling to find and select this lens.
 
Since I know in advance that Zeiss lenses will be at the end of the list, I could also have pressed the "End" key to quickly scroll to this lens. If a Zeiss lens is already selected and a high-in-the-list Canon lens is the selection target, the "Home" or "c" keys will take you there fast.
 
Try this tip now using the image quality tool.
Post Date: 5/14/2015 8:21:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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