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 Thursday, May 11, 2017

 
From the Photos in Color YouTube Channel:
 
You know that perfect wedding photograph with the confetti, the guests and the married couple laughing and having a great time. Well its simple to get you just have to follow these 10 wedding photography tips. Wedding photography is definitely a skill and having a few wedding photography tips and tricks up your sleeve can go a long way. With this technique you don't have to worry about getting that important wedding portrait or missing that perfect wedding photography moment. Just set it up, get the settings right and you are good to got. This wedding confetti photo is always a favorite and is almost guaranteed to become someones Facebook cover which is always great for you wedding photography business.
 
Amazon carries paper confetti.
Post Date: 5/11/2017 10:11:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Tom Bol demonstrates how to capture a striking portrait of an athlete using three flash units and 3 Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grids.
 
Note from Sean: For my taste, the background is a little too underexposed in the final image. I think I would have gone with a 1-stop or 1.3-stop underexposure (instead of 2-stops) in regards to ambient light, which would have aided in filling in some of the shadow areas on the subject as well as bringing up the exposure on the background.
 
Thoughts? Sound off in the comments.
 
B&H carries ExpoImaging Rogue products.
Post Date: 5/11/2017 8:53:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 5/11/2017 8:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has posted their full year financial results for the financial year ending March 2017. In the "Business Environment" section of its Presentation Material, Nikon notes that its Imaging Products Business suffered from "continued market decline and downward pressure on profitability."
 
Financial Results (PDF:954KB)
Financial and Business Data (PDF:89KB)
Presentation Material (PDF:526KB)
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/11/2017 5:27:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 10, 2017
From Photoshelter:
 
12 new photographers share behind-the-scenes video, lighting diagrams & gear lists
 
We’ve partnered with Tether Tools for the second edition of How I Got The Shot. Inside, 12 new photographers break down how they arrived at their final vision -- sharing work in commercial, fashion, portrait, automotive photography, and more.
 
Each photographer pulls back the curtain to walk through:
 
  • Behind-the-scenes videos of their shoots
  • Lighting set-ups
  • Post-processing workflows
  • Logistics and gear
Also learn from photographers like Jeremy Cowart, Easton Chang, Glyn Dewis, and Brooke Mason how to collaborate on set and connect with a subject in unique ways.
 
Most importantly, walk away with tons of inspiration for your next project!
 
Get the Free Guide!
Post Date: 5/10/2017 11:49:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to present its Women of Influence series. Polly Morgan is an award-winning cinematographer who worked up the ranks of the filmmaking world. Having climbed the cinematography ladder, Polly got her start on big-budget films, eventually leading her to the BSC. Today, she continues her work as a cinematographer in both film and television.
 
Polly Morgan's Work
http://www.pollymorgan.net/
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1329360/
https://www.instagram.com/pollymorgan/
Post Date: 5/10/2017 11:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I often draw inspiration from the educational videos we post to the site, and one video in particular posted last week intrigued me. In the video, Mark Wallace used a small string of LED lights held in front of the camera lens to create an interesting bokeh effect for portraiture.
 
I love it when inexpensive tools can be used to create unique imagery, and the LED lights Mark used for his video cost less than most memory cards. Wanting a little variety, I purchased a set of 4 strings (2 warm white/2 purple) which are powered via AA batteries.
 
After the LED lights arrived, I enlisted my neighbor to sit for a short portrait session. Being a kindergartener, I knew I would only have a few short minutes of optimal attention span for creating the portrait I had in mind.
 
The Setup
 
Intending to emphasize the foreground blur, I used a Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM affixed to a tripod mounted EOS 5D Mark III.
 
For the lighting on the subject, I used a radio-triggered Canon Speedlite 580EX with a LumiQuest SoftBox LTp (now discontinued, but available here) camera right. For the background, I used an Impact 5 x 7' Black/White Collapsible Background held up by a Lastolite Magnetic Background Support atop a Matthews Maxi Kit Steel Stand. After a couple of test shots, I decided to add a white reflector (foam core board) camera left to fill in some of the shadow area on the other side of the subject.
 
Camera settings for the shot were f/1.4, 1/160 second, ISO 100.
 
Things I Learned
 
  • In order to maximize the shooting time with the subject, I used a super clamp to attach the LED lights to an extension arm (affixed to another light stand) and draped the lights in front of the lens. The upside to this particular setup was that it allowed me to specifically and easily position the subject within an area of the frame that was unobstructed by the LED lights. The downside, of course, is that there was no variation in lighting between shots. If working with a subject with a longer attention span, simply holding the lights in front of the lens and embracing the significantly varied results would likely work well.
  • When photographing a child of this age, having a medium height wooden stool is a great posing aid. Being positioned higher-up than normal helps instill a sense of importance that helps keep young subjects in a good mood.
  • My initial thought was that the lights would need to be positioned very close to the front of the lens for an optimal effect. However, that didn't necessarily prove to be the case with the 85mm lens I was using. When positioned very close to the end of the lens, the LED lights tended to be too large and distracting for my taste. For the shot above, the lights were positioned about 12" from the end of the lens, and as you can see, the out-of-focus LED lights are still quite large in the frame with the f/1.4 aperture in use.
  • I thought I would have to use a longer shutter speed or a higher ISO to get a bright exposure from the LED lights, but their proximity to the camera and the wide aperture being used meant that I could use a typical studio shutter speed of 1/160 second at ISO 100 for the exposure.
Conclusion
 
For a relatively small investment, a small strand of LED lights will likely be worth picking up for anyone interested in augmenting their creative portraiture capabilities. The lights are small, relatively easy to pack (for nighttime on-location shoots?) and utilize a power source that many photographers have in abundance – [rechargeable] AA batteries.
 
Give this fun and easy technique a try!
Post Date: 5/10/2017 10:15:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
We have a winner!
 
Joe M. was randomly selected from our newsletter subscribers to receive a MindShift BackLight 26L Backpack. He sent us his address and will be receiving his new backpack in the very near future. (Congrats!)
 
Didn't win the drawing? You can still get your MindShift Gear BackLight 26L at the following retailers: MindShift Gear | B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Post Date: 5/10/2017 9:07:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is listing tomorrow as its expected availability date for the Sigma 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens.
 
The Sigma 100-400 C lens was announced in February alongside the 14mm f/1.8, 135mm f/1.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 Art lenses. The 100-400 C is the second lens of the group to hit the streets, following a little more than a month after the 135mm Art's release.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/10/2017 7:20:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon Imaging Plaza YouTube Channel:
 
Introducing the first half of a tutorial series on filmmaking with Canon EOS (seen above).
 
LESSON 1 : Why shoot video?
LESSON 2 : How to craft a story
LESSON 3 : The importance of frame rate and resolution
LESSON 4 : How to expose for video
LESSON 5 : Camera Movement and stabilization
 
The second half of the Movie Tutorial series can be found here and includes:
 
LESSON 6 : The use of sound and music
LESSON 7 : Choosing lenses
LESSON 8 : Staying in focus
LESSON 9 : Editing video
LESSON 10 : Conclusion
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2017 5:19:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 9, 2017

 
From the Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
If we’re always looking for inspiration in the same places, we’re likely to come up with similar results. But what happens when you start finding ideas outside of your own art form - even outside of visuals altogether? Can our other senses be just as powerful sources of inspiration when it comes to creating unique images?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/9/2017 2:48:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto has introduced a new series of bags – the Manhattan Collection – intended for mirrorless photographers "...who commute and need their essentials to be close at hand to survive the everyday urban life." [Manfrotto]
 
At its introduction, the Manhattan Collection consists of the following:
 
Manfrotto Lifestyle Manhattan Mover-50 Camera Backpack
 
  • Holds Mirrorless, 70-200 f/2.8, 4 Lenses
  • Padded 15.6" Laptop & 9.7" iPad Pockets
  • Top and Rear Access to Camera Gear
  • Padded Insert with Movable Dividers
  • Front & Side Pockets for Accessories
  • Front Pocket with Straps for Tripod
  • Padded Shoulder Straps with Connector
  • Top Handle, Trolley Strap, & Waist Belt
  • Rain Cover Included
Manfrotto Lifestyle Manhattan Speedy-10 Camera Messenger Bag
 
  • Holds Mirrorless, 3 Lenses, Accessories
  • Padded Compartment for 12" Laptop/iPad
  • Front Flap with Buckles and Top Zipper
  • Padded, Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Front, Back, and Side Pockets
  • External Tripod Connection
  • Top Strap Handle
  • Adjustable, Padded Shoulder Strap
  • Durable, Water-Repellent Ballistic Nylon
  • Rain Cover Included
Manfrotto Lifestyle Manhattan Changer-20 3-Way Camera Bag
 
  • Holds Mirrorless, 70-200 f/2.8, 2 Lenses
  • Padded 15" Laptop & 9.7" iPad Pocket
  • Carry as Backpack, Shoulder Bag, or Tote
  • Zip Closure Top & Interior Dividers
  • Front, Back, & Side Pockets
  • External Tripod Connection
  • Dual Strap Handles, Shoulder Harness
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap with Pad
  • Trolley Strap
  • Rain Cover Included
B&H has the Manfrotto Manhattan bags available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 5/9/2017 11:18:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:56:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02:
 
Fixed the following issues:
 
  • The camera would stop responding if the multi selector was pressed right with Add items > CUSTOM SETTING MENU > c Timers/AE lock selected in MY MENU.
  • The shutter would sometimes not be released in response to live view touch shutter controls if autofocus was used with an SB-800 flash unit attached.
  • Optimal exposure would sometimes not be achieved in photographs taken during live view with lenses that support both autofocus and electronic aperture control (type E lenses).
  • If image review was enabled during viewfinder photography, the camera would sometimes display shooting information in place of the most recent picture when the user removed their eye from the viewfinder after shooting.
  • The camera would sometimes fail to store the option selected for a Autofocus > a3 Built-in AF-assist illuminator in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU after the mode dial was rotated to another setting.
Note: Once this firmware is installed, the Windows edition of Camera Control Pro 2 versions 2.22.0 and earlier will no longer be able to detect the camera. Upgrade to version 2.23.0 or later.
 
Download: Nikon D5500 Firmware v.1.02
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:19:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon UK:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.1 incorporates the following fixes:
 
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which, when the playback grid is set to "6x4", and a vertical image is displayed, or a horizontal image is rotated to be displayed vertically, the grid does not display correctly.
  • In languages other than Japanese, the phrase "no. of shots" has been corrected to "value" in the "Time-lapse movie settings > Interval/Shots" setting screen.
Firmware Version 1.0.1 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware.
 
Download: Canon EOS M5 Firmware v1.0.1
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/9/2017 7:10:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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