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 Thursday, June 23, 2016

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
In today’s episode, we give you the gift of facial hair! Whether for fun or for professional retouching, creating hair can always come in handy.
 
Creating a custom brush: Step One
 
The first and possibly most important step is to make one single hair with the brush tool. This hair should be as perfect as possible and match the other hairs on the face, because it will become the custom brush. If you want to create stubble, simply make the brush a little smaller to resemble a single spot of stubble.
 
Create a white background around the hair by using the marquee tool. Then, after selecting the boxed hair, go to Edit - Define Brush Preset. After it is saved, you can open it in the brushes panel.
 
Creating a custom brush: Step Two
 
Spend time playing around in the brush menu! Many little adjustments add up to an amazingly realistic look. Make changes such as increasing the angle jitter, roundness jitter, scattering, opacity, spacing, etc.
 
A Hairier Face
 
When you are satisfied with your custom brush, it’s time to paint! All you have to do is paint on the face where you want the hair to be.
 
Remember: hair is not always the same color, so a good mixture of lights and darks is important when making realistic facial hair. Hold ALT/OPT and sample multiple colors as you go. You can also paint with white to create some highlights.
 
B&H carries the Adobe Photography Plan Subscription Cards.
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Post Date: 6/23/2016 10:38:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has Canon's new Video Creator Kits available for preorder.
 
Note: There's apparantly no discount realized by buying the items combined rather than separately. In fact, as these kits don't seem to qualify for rebates right now, you're actually better off buying the individual components rather than the kit and save $200.00 in the process.
 
EOS 80D Video Creator Kit Components
 
EOS M3 Video Creator Kit Components
 
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Post Date: 6/23/2016 10:04:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Review.
 
Anyone ready for a version II of this lens? Or is it good enough now?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens in stock with $100.00 instant savings, 4% B&H reward and 13 months of coverage.
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Post Date: 6/23/2016 8:19:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
See how you can alter the color, contrast and sharpness of your images using any of the five predefined Picture Style settings in any EOS DSLR.
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Post Date: 6/23/2016 7:20:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phase One:
 
Unprecedented Power, Precision and Quality
 
COPENHAGEN, June 23, 2016 – Phase One, creator of the world’s finest open-platform high-end camera systems and professional imaging software, today released Capture One Pro 9.2. Known for its outstanding tethered capture capability, high-quality raw conversion, and precision image editing tools, Capture One Pro is already considered by many to be the only image capture application for the serious professional photographer. The release of version 9.2 aims at a better culling workflow from selections and metadata sources to accelerate editing workflow to new levels.
 
New camera support includes:
  • Pentax K-1
  • Nikon D500
  • Canon EOS M10
  • Canon G5x
  • Canon G7x MkII
  • Canon G9x
Powerful new workflow features include:
  • Access assets quickly and precisely: Select from file list, select by variant position and create album from selection form a large group of improvements under targeted selections;
  • New rate and cull workflow using “Select Set”: Select a number of images for viewer preview, then advance through the browser by the same number. Navigating within the selection to rate and cull makes editing and comparing fast and efficient;
  • Capture One 9.2’s new color management module for Tiffs gives users more accurate preview returned from retouching/round trip applications – making Tiff handling in Capture One better than ever before;
  • Phase One XF camera users can turbocharge focus stacking workflow with a multi-image round trip to the Helicon Focus application. Shoot, organize, group, process and stack -- all in a few clicks;
  • New Shortcut Engine: More functions can be shortcut than ever before! All cursors can now be shortcut, users can navigate the library collections (even when hidden) and shortcut support for the new 9.2 selection methods all help to make the workflow sing.
Pro photographers deserve a strong ally to vanquish workflow issues and give them the most reliable, efficient workflow and performance,” said James Johnson, Software Product manager, “Capture One Pro 9.2 is about workflow, not work!”
 
For more details on all the new and improved features in Capture One Pro 9.2, including new cameras and lenses supported, please go to: www.phaseone.com/ninetwo
 
Availability and Pricing
 
Capture One Pro 9 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems from Phase One authorized partners worldwide.
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture One Pro.
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Post Date: 6/23/2016 7:08:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro FVY18AIH0 Velocity Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Max Height: 58.5"
  • Min Height: 16.3"
  • Folded Length: 21.7"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Arca-Type Compatible Head and QR Plate
  • Carrying Case
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Post Date: 6/23/2016 5:25:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 22, 2016

 
From the DSLR Video Shooter YouTube Channel:
 
Today I upgrade my camera bags and cases with new zipper pulls. Seems simple, but these new zipper pulls make a big difference.
 
Here is the paracord I used for this easy project.
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Post Date: 6/22/2016 1:20:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
To capture its latest luxery car marketing image, Bently used the same gigapixel image technology that NASA currently uses to compile panoramic images of the Martian landscape to capture a sweeping image of a Mulsanne crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. At its widest (seen above), the bridge appears to the be the main subject of the image.
 
Looking a little closer, we can see a luxery car at the center of the image.
 
Bentley Mulsanne Picture Zoomed In1

The image seen on the Bentley's website is comprised of 697 images and allows you to zoom in all the way to the embroidered logo on the sleek leather seats where you can see every individual thread.
 
Bentley Mulsanne Picture Zoomed In2

Note that I didn't zoom all the way in for the last screenshot shown here. Instead, I opted to keep a bit of the headrest in the shot to provide context for the logo.
 
Want to know more about how photographer Simon Stock (and his team) captured the image? See the behind-the-scenes information here. If you want the Bentley Mulsanne Extended featured in the image, be ready to shell out a little more than $400,000.00.
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Post Date: 6/22/2016 12:16:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has devloped an algorithm that is designed to determine just how memorable an image is.
 
From the LaMem website
Progress in estimating visual memorability has been limited by the small scale and lack of variety of benchmark data. Here, we introduce a novel experimental procedure to objectively measure human memory, allowing us to build LaMem, the largest annotated image memorability dataset to date (containing 60,000 images from diverse sources). Using Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs), we show that fine-tuned deep features outperform all other features by a large margin, reaching a rank correlation of 0.64, near human consistency (0.68). Analysis of the responses of the high-level CNN layers shows which objects and regions are positively, and negatively, correlated with memorability, allowing us to create memorability maps for each image and provide a concrete method to perform image memorability manipulation. This work demonstrates that one can now robustly estimate the memorability of images from many different classes, positioning memorability and deep memorability features as prime candidates to estimate the utility of information for cognitive systems.
Ready to give it a try? Just click here.
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Post Date: 6/22/2016 10:59:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
One of the keys to getting good wildlife photos around the house is of course having wildlife around the house. With even small yards able to attract wildlife (especially birds), the next key is having a camera with a good wildlife lens mounted and ready for immediate use when the wildlife shows up.
 
The incredible combination of the 1D X Mark II and EF 200-400mm f/4L IS lens has been taking on this duty for me recently. I have had a very high number of black bear sightings this spring (most frequently after the sun sets), and the range of focal lengths this lens has, including up to 560mm with the built-in extender, along with the f/4 aperture has been valuable.
 
On this rainy Wednesday, it was an ovenbird that made my day. This bird is typically found deep in the forest. While they tend to be low to the ground, the light levels there are dismal. On this day, heavy cloud cover provided reasonably bright and very soft lighting at the edge of the forest where this bird happened to be. The wet conditions provided a saturation boost and some tiny water droplets on the bird. The situation was ideal.
 
I quickly grabbed the camera and lens combo, threw the switch to place the extender in the optical path and went into action. I worked into a position that gave me an attractive background with a clear view of the bird, initially a profile. While I captured some ideal profile images, the bird began hopping into different positions and in this one, the tail wind ruffled its feathers. I'm still undecided between which of the two poses I like best, but decided to share this one as it appears more lively.
 
What is in the ovenbird's mouth? Good question. One item is an insect leg, perhaps from a grasshopper. The other is unknown, but perhaps a piece of moss or similar.
 
On this day, having a camera and lens ready to use for wildlife gave me a nice set of photos out of a very brief encounter with circumstances aligning nicely. The entire session only took a few minutes out of my day. Be ready and when opportunities arise, make the effort to go after them.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
560mm  f/7.1  1/200s
ISO 2500
5472 x 3648px
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Post Date: 6/22/2016 10:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $1,899.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,599.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 6/22/2016 10:24:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review.
 
With a TDP popularity rank of 63 among Canon EF and EF-S lenses, only 4 places higher than the EF 20mm f/2.8, this lens is not a favorite of many. Make some comparisons at 28mm and see if you think this one deserves better.
 
This lens, aside from the center of the frame, was not good enough for the EOS-1Ds III and the higher density sensor DSLRs are far less kind to its even relatively wide aperture results. Stopped down, this lens needs a lot of CA correction.
 
There is no other 28mm lens with an aperture wider than f/2.8 in Canon's lineup. Does this lens deserve to remain a current model?
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/22/2016 7:32:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Aviator Wireless Flash Trigger Transceiver & Receiver Kit (for Canon/Nikon) available for $134.90 with free shipping. Regularly $309.90.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL II or Nikon i-TTL (model dependent)
  • 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency with 300' Range
  • 4 Channels, 3 Groups (A, B, C)
  • Remotely Adjust Group Ratios
  • Top Hot Shoe for Mounting Flash
  • Backlit Digital LCD Screen
  • High-Speed Sync
  • Receiver has Cold Foot & 1/4"-20 Thread
  • 3.5mm Sync, PC Sync, and USB Ports
  • Each Device Runs on 2 AA Batteries
 Tuesday, June 21, 2016
From the Federal Aviation Administration:
 
Regulations will create new opportunities for business and government to use drones
 
WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.
 
“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information, and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We look forward to working with the aviation community to support innovation, while maintaining our standards as the safest and most complex airspace in the world.”
 
According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
 
The new rule, which takes effect in late August, offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.
 
The rule’s provisions are designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground. The regulations require pilots to keep an unmanned aircraft within visual line of sight. Operations are allowed during daylight and during twilight if the drone has anti-collision lights. The new regulations also address height and speed restrictions and other operational limits, such as prohibiting flights over unprotected people on the ground who aren’t directly participating in the UAS operation.
 
The FAA is offering a process to waive some restrictions if an operator proves the proposed flight will be conducted safely under a waiver. The FAA will make an online portal available to apply for these waivers in the months ahead.
 
“With this new rule, we are taking a careful and deliberate approach that balances the need to deploy this new technology with the FAA’s mission to protect public safety,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “But this is just our first step. We’re already working on additional rules that will expand the range of operations.”
 
Under the final rule, the person actually flying a drone must be at least 16 years old and have a remote pilot certificate with a small UAS rating, or be directly supervised by someone with such a certificate. To qualify for a remote pilot certificate, an individual must either pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center or have an existing non-student Part 61 pilot certificate. If qualifying under the latter provision, a pilot must have completed a flight review in the previous 24 months and must take a UAS online training course provided by the FAA. The TSA will conduct a security background check of all remote pilot applications prior to issuance of a certificate.
 
Operators are responsible for ensuring a drone is safe before flying, but the FAA is not requiring small UAS to comply with current agency airworthiness standards or aircraft certification. Instead, the remote pilot will simply have to perform a preflight visual and operational check of the small UAS to ensure that safety-pertinent systems are functioning property. This includes checking the communications link between the control station and the UAS.
 
Although the new rule does not specifically deal with privacy issues in the use of drones, and the FAA does not regulate how UAS gather data on people or property, the FAA is acting to address privacy considerations in this area. The FAA strongly encourages all UAS pilots to check local and state laws before gathering information through remote sensing technology or photography.
 
As part of a privacy education campaign, the agency will provide all drone users with recommended privacy guidelines as part of the UAS registration process and through the FAA’s B4UFly mobile app. The FAA also will educate all commercial drone pilots on privacy during their pilot certification process; and will issue new guidance to local and state governments on drone privacy issues. The FAA’s effort builds on the privacy “best practices” (PDF) the National Telecommunications and Information Administration published last month as the result of a year-long outreach initiative with privacy advocates and industry.
 
Part 107 will not apply to model aircraft. Model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all the criteria specified in Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 (PDF) (which will now be codified in Part 101), including the stipulation they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.
 
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Post Date: 6/21/2016 12:00:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
IRVINE, Calif. – June 21, 2016 – Western Digital Corporation ("Western Digital") (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today introduces the WD Pro Series: My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage.
 
My Passport Wireless Pro
 
My Passport Wireless Pro Wi-Fi mobile storage lets creative professionals and enthusiasts leave the laptop behind when on a shoot. Using the direct Wi-Fi connection, creators can automatically backup files from compatible cameras, as well as save, edit and transfer work seamlessly from up to eight other devices connected to the drive. Tethered connections are also available for faster transfers and include a built-in SD card reader as well as a USB 2.0 port.
 
Available in capacities up to 3TB, the My Passport Wireless Pro device also features up to 10 hours of battery life* and a built-in battery pack that can even be used to charge phones and other devices like digital or video cameras.
 
To ensure creative professionals can continue to work while in the field, My Passport Wireless Pro devices include compatibility with Adobe's Creative Cloud for mobile photo and video editing, as well as compatibility with Plex Media Server, which is capable of playing up to four streams of content while on-the-go.
 
B&H carries the WD My Passport Wireless Pro External HDs.
 
Note: The product image originally posted was not correct. The correct product image is now displayed.
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Post Date: 6/21/2016 11:25:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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