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 Monday, February 13, 2017

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
What sets a professional photographer apart from everyone else is the ability to create the perfect light. Los Angeles-based portrait photographer Sue Bryce has spent decades creating contemporary fashion-inspired portraiture that makes everyday women look like Vanity Fair fashion models. And she built an international reputation using natural light almost exclusively. Recently, though, she has fallen in love with the Profoto B1.
 
“I started seeing studio lights the way I see, use and master natural light. I bounce and zig-zag it the same way I do with natural light. The B1 is extraordinary, and it has the ability to dial down to low, soft light with big modifiers so I can create the exact same daylight I have been working with for the last 27 years. I can shoot at any time of the day and still control the light”.
 
B&H carries the Profot B1 Off-Camera Flash.
Post Date: 2/13/2017 8:34:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight, use the following coupon codes to save on canvas prints at Canvas On Demand Pro.
 
Coupon Codes
 
  • HEART65 – Save 65% on Premium Canvas Prints
  • LOVE55 – Save 55% on Traditional Canvas Prints
Post Date: 2/13/2017 7:54:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today, use coupon code PXLGPRINT1620 at AdoramaPix to get 16x20" prints for only $5.99. Regularly $11.99 - $16.99.
Post Date: 2/13/2017 7:13:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, February 11, 2017
eBay (via 6ave – 99.2% Positive feedback) has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $646.93 with free shipping. Compare at $899.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2017 5:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 10, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
 
North America will experience a wonderful astronomical event on August 21, 2017 - a total eclipse of the sun. This hasn’t happened in the United States in 38 years and is the first one to race across the entire country since 1918! This will be the first total eclipse in North America in the digital photography era, and that means that everyone from novice to professional photographers will be able to photograph it.
 
We are embracing this rare phenomenon and will publish articles, photos and videos between now and August to give you the necessary photographic skills and background information to capture this eclipse.
 
Considering the path of totality and partial eclipse phases, almost a half billion people will have the opportunity to view at least a partial eclipse. Millions will undoubtedly travel to the narrow path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s estimated that about 225 million people live within a day’s drive of the path of totality.
 
Areas north and south of the totality path will see a partial eclipse. The partial eclipse will be visible as far north as the Arctic, and to the south as far as Ecuador and Brazil.
 
You don’t need to be a seasoned pro. Anybody will be able to shoot this with the proper precautions but if you really want to do it up right, you’ll need to plan ahead.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 2/10/2017 1:12:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
B&H has the Glidecam Ultra-Shot available for special order with free standard shipping (expected availability: 2-4 weeks).
Category: Glidecam News
Post Date: 2/10/2017 8:43:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The balance of standardized test results, (vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements and many product images (including the standard comparison images) have been added to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review page.
 
The lenses shown in this 24-70mm lens comparison image are, from left to right:
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens
 
B&H has the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens in stock. This lens is also included in the Sony Trade-in Savings Event. Trade in a camera or lens (even something of very low value) and get an additional $330.00 off of this lens in addition to the trade-in value.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/10/2017 7:32:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/10/2017 5:23:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is featuring select Freehands gloves as its Daily Deal (live through this weekend). The gloves are usually $24.95 but are on sale for $12.95. See below for the discounted models*.
 
* Multiple sizes available.
Post Date: 2/10/2017 5:15:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 9, 2017
A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur tomorrow night at approximately 07:44 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:44 PM Pacific Time.
 
Unfortunately, this particular eclipse is unlikely to yeild any spectacular photo opportunities as the moon will only pass through the outer edge of the Earth's shadow making it much less impressive than a total lunar eclipse. Therefore, you might want to leave your camera in the bag, turn your head to the sky and simply enjoy a slight darkening of the Snow Moon (i.e., a full moon in February).
 
Read more at SpaceWeather.com.
Category: Eclipse News
Post Date: 2/9/2017 1:05:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
February 9, 2017 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President) and its equity-method company Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. (Takashi Tanzawa, President and CEO) are pleased to announce that their products receive the iF Design Award 2017 for the product discipline. iF Design Award is a globally prestigious design award sponsored by iF International Forum Design GmbH since 1953.
 
iF Design Award consists of several disciplines such as product, communication and packaging. This time, 5,575 entries from 59 countries were evaluated by renowned experts.
 
iF Design Award Winners
 
  • Nikon D5 Digital SLR Camera
  • Nikon D500 Digital SLR Camera
  • KeyMission 360 Action Camera
  • ECLIPSE Ti2 Inverted Research Microscope
  • Nivo-i Digital Imaging Solution
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/9/2017 5:54:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
TOKYO, February 9, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that six Canon product designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2017 iF Design Awards.
 
Established in 1953, the iF Design Awards are recognized internationally as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design, with outstanding industrial designs chosen from all over the world each year. This year 5,575 entries from 59 countries and regions were judged by internationally active design experts across seven disciplines: product, packaging, communication, service design, architecture, interior architecture, and professional concept.
 
This year marks Canon's 23rd consecutive year of winning iF Design Awards. Encouraged by the recognition of the Company's design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.
 
iF Design Award Winners
 
  • EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera
  • PowerShot G5 X Digital Compact Camera
  • imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Large-format Inkjet Printer
  • 3rd generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE Multifunction Office Systems
  • i-SENSYS LBP350/LBP710 Series Laser Printers
  • XEED 4K500ST/4K501ST Projector
B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, PowerShot G5 X & imagePROGRAF PRO-1000.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/9/2017 5:45:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm f/2 PRO DX Lens available for $599.00 with free expedited shipping after $200.00 instant savings. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 22.4-32mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Plastic-Molded Aspherical Element
  • Two Glass-Molded Aspherical SD Elements
  • Two Super Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 2/9/2017 5:38:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS System and P606 Home Office Surge Protector Kit available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $153.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1000VA / 600W Pure Sine Wave UPS
  • 10 Outlets with USB and Serial Ports
  • AVR & GreenPower UPS
  • EMI/RFI Filtration
  • Multifunction LCD Display
  • 6 Total Surge-Protected Outlets
  • 750 Joules of Surge Suppression
  • 125V Input
  • 15A Circuit Breaker
  • 60,000A Maximum Surge Current
 Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The first thing you reach for when a rainbow shows up is of course a camera, but ... what is the first lens you reach for? Probably one with wide angle focal lengths, enabling you to get as much of the rainbow in the frame as possible. That is often a great choice, but ... what if the landscape does not support a wide angle composition?
 
Especially if you find rainbows intriguing (where else can you find the entire visible spectrum separated and displayed brilliantly?), you will, over time, likely accumulate many average rainbow photos. These will have a narrow arc of color running through the image with whatever scene happens to be in front of you at the time, including houses, streets, power lines, etc. The rainbows always look great, but eventually ... something more is needed for the image to be worth keeping. With plenty of average rainbow images on my hard drives, I now often keep driving, working, etc. while admiring a rainbow as a so-so landscape is no longer a good enough supporting background.
 
Especially when facing a rainbow with a just-average landscape surrounding it (or, when there is a partial rainbow), consider grabbing a telephoto lens to photograph it. With a narrower angle of view than wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses can make great images with a less scenic background available, allowing the rainbow's beauty to be isolated from less-desirable surroundings. If the sun is high enough, a short telephoto focal length (70mm in that example) can even keep some of the arc in the frame. Zooming in to 150mm permits more surroundings to be excluded (an entire town in that case).
 
For the image I'm sharing here, I zoomed to the longest focal length I had available. A benefit of that 400mm focal length was that the amazing colors of the rainbow filled a much higher percentage of the frame than a wide angle focal length would have provided. It also made the sheets of rain more prominent within the rainbow.
 
Yes, an even longer focal length would have filled an even higher percentage of the frame with color and 600mm through 800mm focal lengths should also be considered for rainbow capturing at times. But, as mentioned, I didn't have a longer lens available. However, a benefit from having 50 megapixels of resolution is that this image can be cropped considerably and still retain very high quality, a result that can still be output to a large size. While I contemplated cropping (and still may create that variation), I decided to share this one as-captured with additional elements supporting the color. I like the ocean providing a base and context for the storm and the shading variations to the sides of the rainbow help indicate the heavy storm's presence.
 
The heavy, dense rainstorm approaching over the Atlantic was a welcomed sight on this afternoon (from an imaging perspective at least). The direct sunlight reaching the storm created an intense display of color that lasted long enough to ... allow me to create more images than I needed. I admit to capturing some wide angle images of this scene with the lens I was already using prior to reaching for one of my favorite telephoto zoom lenses. After installing and adjusting a circular polarizer filter, I captured a variety of images, including both camera orientations, a variety of focal lengths and sometimes with clouds passing in front of the rainbow worked into the compositions.
 
This rainbow image was captured in North Caicos, but aside from the water color, it could have been over any large body of water. I mentioned that wind was an issue on this entire trip and, with a storm approaching, the wind was especially strong while photographing this rainbow. With the sun at my back and the wind in my face, I left the lens hood in the pack. The filter was completely shaded by the lens and large hoods become a source of vibration in the wind. I sat on the ground with my elbows on my knees, my left hand holding tightly over the lens mounted to a retracted Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Carbon Fiber Tripod. With the camera's eyepiece pressed against my eyebrow, the setup was completely locked down and my sharp image rate was nearly 100%.
 
Rainbows are made possible by the right weather conditions and ... the weather can be unpredictable. But, when your next rainbow shows up, consider chasing it with your telephoto lens.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 2/8/2017 9:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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