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 Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Captures Monarch Butterfly
Capturing good butterfly pictures can be challenging. Perhaps the biggest two challenges to butterfly photography are constant, significant subject motion and tattered wings.
Butterflies are seldom still and often have a mild fear of humans. Add a little wind to their lightweight, wing-dominated bodies and even a stationary butterfly has motion.
Tattered wings are often best overcome by finding a new subject. It is hard to get a great butterfly picture without a near perfect wings and butterfly wings seem to deteriorate rapidly in their short lives. Even good quality subjects can require significant post processing to make wing repairs.
Raise your own subjects and these two challenges are erased. Well, erased for a short period of time at least. The kids have taken such an interest in monarch butterflies that we now have milkweed (the monarch caterpillar's food source) growing amongst a section of our house landscape. I'm not sure what others think about these "weeds" in our landscape, but ... the girls collected some monarch eggs this summer and raised them indoors, out of the reach of predators. Last week, the monarch metamorphosis moved from the chrysalis stage to the butterfly stage.
A bit of warning is given before the butterflies hatch – the color of the chrysalis turns from bright green to transparent, showing the dark butterfly tightly packaged inside. But, it takes a watchful eye to see the chrysalis open as this event occurs very quickly. Once open, the monarch pumps its wings up rather quickly and then appears to remain the same – and motionless – for a long enough period of time to capture many photos.
I was ready for this particular hatching. I had the milkweed leaf holding the chrysalis in a Delta Grip-It Clamp that was sitting on the kitchen island. A moderate distance behind the main subject was a cardboard box with a sheet of printer paper taped onto it.
A Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash was mounted to a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens and the lens was mounted to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR. A Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash was in its shoe stand and configured as an optical remote slave to the ring flash.
The perfect-condition butterfly hatched and hung motionless from its chrysalis while I went into action.
The lighting I used for the butterfly image series I captured on this day, and a great technique for lighting in general, was separated by layer. The ring lite was providing the main subject layer lighting and the slave 600EX-RT took care of the background light with brightness levels individually controlled from the ring lite. With a white background and a set of Rogue Flash Gels, I was able to create a large variety of background colors for the images, but this particular shot's background was simply a green notebook. A variation I incorporated into some images, to create a less-even background color, was to use a coarsely crinkled sheet of aluminum foil as a reflector beside the printer paper.
After nearly two hours of posing, the butterfly became active and was released outdoors. After the forth butterfly hatched in as many days, I had enough willpower to just observe the process without a camera.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 1:14:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Canon STM lenses capture great photos and even better videos. They’re named after a new kind of technology called a Stepping Motor, which lets the lenses focus smoothly and quietly.
Want more? Check out the "Day in the Life - Behind the Scenes" video.
Relevant Reviews:
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Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:29:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Following up on Jeff’s “The 15 Features of the DSLR That Every Photographer Should Know”, and “The 15 Features of Photoshop That Every Photographer Should Know”, this presentation discusses 15 of the most common mistakes that people make when taking photos. Jeff will discuss composition, proper use of flash, good focus technique and much more. As always, with Jeff, we know that his stories will be as much fun as his photos. Learn the techniques that pro sports photographers use to get better photos.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:09:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera with AF-S 24-85mm Lens
The following Nikon firmware updats are now available:
All of the firmware updates contain the following modification:
  • Support for distortion control data Ver. L: 2.000 and later has been added.
Note: Camera firmware must be updated before distortion control data can be updated to Ver. L: 2.000 or later.
You can download the firmware updates using the links above.
B&H carries the Nikon D610 and D7100 DSLR cameras.
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Post Date: 8/26/2014 10:49:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
  • If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
  • The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
  • Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update
Updates included with this release C:1.10 - dated August 26, 2014
  • When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
  • When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system. They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
  • Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
  • The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
  • The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons has been revised.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
  • When NEF (RAW) recording > Image size in the shooting menu was set to RAW S (Small), the number of shots possible with uninterrupted shooting (buffer capacity, C-REM) displayed by the camera differed depending upon the NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth setting selected.\
  • When Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take pictures with Record set to PC+CARD, and Secondary slot function in the camera's shooting menu set to Overflow, the shutter could not be released when the memory card in the primary slot became full.
  • When Image review in the playback menu was set to On, images were sometimes not displayed in the monitor when the shutter was released while exposure meters were off.
  • When images were output to an HDMI device, resolution seemed insufficient with display in full-frame playback mode (did not apply to playback zoom display).
  • When images, captured with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, were automatically displayed in the monitor immediately after capture, auto distortion control was sometimes not applied.
  • When the multiple exposure function was used to capture images with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, auto distortion control was not applied to the recorded images.
  • When an image to which an image comment had been added was copied to White balance > Preset manual, only the first 24 characters of the image comment were copied.
  • If log-in to the FTP server failed when network settings were applied with Wired LAN selected for Network > Choose hardware in the camera's setup menu, and FTP upload selected as the connection type and IP address acquisition set to Obtain automatically with the Connection Wizard, the IP address displayed when the camera tried again to obtain it automatically was "".
  • When a movie recorded at a frame rate of 30p, 25p, or 24p was played back on a TV to which the camera was connected via HDMI with HDMI > Output resolution in the the camera's setup menu set to 1080p (progressive), display on the TV was distorted.
  • When a file containing an IPTC preset (IPTC information) that included double-byte characters in its profile was copied to the camera, the camera froze when attempting to view the contents of the IPTC preset.
  • When Add items was selected for My Menu, OK was displayed even for items that cannot be added.
  • When Language in the setup menu was set to Arabic, text and icons in some menu displays overlapped, and text was positioned too far to the right.
Nikon D4S Firmware C:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
Update Instructions (English) - Windows | Macintosh
B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 9:21:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

This video was apparently uploaded to the Canon YouTube Channel back in July. However, it's an unlisted video – meaning it doesn't show up in the channel content or in searches. I stumbled across it on the CDLC this morning.
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Join Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield as he shows how to use the various AF Modes built into the Canon EOS 70D when recording video.
B&H carries the Canon EOS 70D.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/26/2014 7:17:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
B&H has the Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 6:50:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 25, 2014
Lexar 32GB Professional 1066x Compact Flash Memory Card (UDMA 7)
Post Date: 8/25/2014 3:01:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
Focus Camera has a Canon PowerShot S110 with PIXMA PRO-100 Printer Bundle available for $165.00 after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $249.00 without printer bundle.
Bundle Includes:
  • Canon PowerShot S110 Digital Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • 50 Sheets of 13x19 Canon Luster Photo Paper
  • 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card
  • Digital Camera Case
  • Optics Cleaning Kit
  • Memory Card Wallet
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Post Date: 8/25/2014 11:36:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00.
Note: - This appears to be a grey market item. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2014 11:21:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
From Samyang (translated):
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC has been designed for cameras with full-frame sensors or smaller. The lens offers a field of view of 46.2 degree, and due to the wide T1.5 (f / 1.4) aperture, it allows users to shoot in low light while providing excellent image quality and a shallow depth of field. The optical lens design consists of nine lenses arranged in six groups (including one aspherical and one hybrid aspherical). To ensure high contrast and faithful color reproduction, lenses are covered with anti-reflex multilayer coatings UMC.
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 features a beautifully smooth bokeh. With an eight-bladed aperture, objects outside the depth of field are extremely soft, which professional filmmakers and photographers specializing in portrait photography will especially appreciate.
The new Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens will be first unveiled at Photokina 2014. Samyang cordially invites you to visit its booth No. A-025 in hall 2.1 at the fair in Cologne on 16 - 21.09.2014.
B&H carries Samyang Cinema Lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:56:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Stingray on Caribbean Ocean Floor
Underwater photography is very challenging, but with some tips, that challenge is minimized. Check out the just-posted Underwater Photography Tips for Snorkeling to jump start your learning.
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:34:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 24, 2014
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From Canon Professional Network:
"It’s that time of year again, when millions of children leave the comforts of home to start a new school year. For parents with children going to school for the first time, this is an important milestone they will want to remember for years to come. Even for an older child, documenting them at the start of each year, or when they start new legs of their education (such as entering Junior High, and High School) is a rewarding project.
Luckily, great back-to-school photos are easy to take – with little more than a basic digital SLR (for greater imaging control) and some attention to details.
Here are a few tips that will elevate what may have been just a quick snapshot into a truly meaningful portrait:"
Check out CPN's Tips for helpful information on School Portraits.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/24/2014 10:07:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for Nikon USA service or warranty.
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Post Date: 8/24/2014 9:19:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 22, 2014
Canon EOS Rebel T5 Kit
Adorama has a Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera Bundle on sale for only $399.00 after $400.00 mail-in rebate. Shipping is free. Compare at $499.00 after $50.00 rebate without the printer.
The bundle includes:
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens ($499.00 value)
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer ($398.00 Value)
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets ($38.41 Value)

This deal expires 8/30/2014.
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Post Date: 8/22/2014 10:53:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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