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 Friday, August 19, 2016

 
From Canon Australia:
 
LEAP is all about taking your creativity and photography further, and the only way to do that is to keep capturing images that are unlike anything you’ve shot before.
 
So for the month of September, we’re going to give you as much inspiration as you can handle. With a new brief every day, the last thing you’ll need to ask is “what should I shoot”? #taketheleap
 
Learn more at: https://www.canon.com.au/leap
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Post Date: 8/19/2016 7:30:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
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.
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Post Date: 8/19/2016 4:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 18, 2016
I have long admired images of Lake Moraine in The Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff National Park (Alberta, Canada), especially those taken from the Rockpile. While huge numbers of great images have been captured here, none of them were captured by me. That is, none until recently.
 
The Rockpile (ascended via the Rockpile Trail) is a foreground-rich location overlooking an amazing turquoise glacier-fed lake that, when the wind is not blowing, reflects the close, steep, craggy, with-character mountains beyond it. I was blessed to spend 3 very early mornings at this location (and would return in a heartbeat). One quickly forgets the 3:00-4:15 AM alarms (followed by 11:30 PM bedtimes) when reviewing Moraine Lake images.
 
For this composition, I moved in close to a carefully-selected large rock. This rock, with plenty of leading lines, appears to fit into the edge of the mountain reflections like a puzzle piece, with even the notches appearing to align with reflected peaks. With the large mountain weighing heavily on the top left of the image, the large foreground rock is positioned proportionally higher on the right to, along with the shaded trees, aid in the overall image balance. Required for this perspective, and not visible in this image, are the tripod feet (and me) precariously positioned on the top edge of several different rocks.
 
With the mountain peaks being directly hit with sunlight and the dark evergreens being in deep shade, the dynamic range in this scene was extreme. Thus, I was shooting bracketed exposures. A camera's built-in HDR feature is a good way to capture bracketed exposures, but ... I didn't want the in-camera-generated JPG image and didn't want to wait for that composited image to be created.
 
My favorite method of shooting bracketed exposures is via the camera's AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) feature. Simply select the number of bracketed images desired and the desired exposure difference between them. Each image captured in succession, up to the selected number of bracketed frames, will have a different exposure (ideally for landscapes, the shutter speed is varied), insuring that all parts of the scene are adequately exposed in at least one of the frames.
 
To speed up the capture, select and use the camera's high frame rate (burst) mode. When the sun is rising, speed matters for HDR captures (this is a manual HDR image). The line between sun and shade moves quickly and ... that line becomes hard to composite if time lapses between captures. With AEB selected, a high speed burst will stop after the selected number of AEB frames.
 
I usually have MLU (Mirror Lockup) enabled when photographing landscapes, avoiding any possible vibration caused by the mirror raising. However, using MLU adds a short, but undesired, delay between the frames captured in an AEB burst. There is a better way: Live View is another method of achieving MLU. By using a remote release with Live View and high frame rate (burst) mode selected, one press of the remote shutter release (pressing and locking the release button down for long exposure brackets) captures the set number of frames in very fast succession (without the mirror moving).
 
Depending on the Lake Moraine scene and scenario, I was shooting 5 or 7 frames varied by 2/3 or 1 stop. From most sets, I deleted all except 3 or 4 images with the exposure variations needed remaining available. This image was created from three exposures.
 
Due to packing restrictions, I nearly left the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens at home. Upon arriving at Moraine Lake, I was SOOO thankful that I had it with me. Aside from using the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on a second camera and tripod setup some of the time, the 11-24 was the only lens I needed at this location. And, it performed extremely well as did the Canon EOS 5Ds R camera I used behind it.
 
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. If you find these tips useful, please share them in your circle of friends!
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Post Date: 8/18/2016 9:12:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Daily Deal: Amazon has the Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SATA III Internal SSD available for $119.99. Compare at $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • NAND flash-based, lightweight, and shock and vibration resistant for working on the go
  • Encryption and Secure Erase provide reliable data protection while maintaining high performance
  • Included Contents: 2.5" (7mm) SATA III (6GB/s) SSD & User Manual (All Other Cables, Screws, Brackets Not Included).
  • Free download of Samsung Data Migration and Magician software available for easy installation and SSD management
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Post Date: 8/18/2016 8:15:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Professional Network:
Photographer, conservationist, activist and Canon Master Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, bowed out from National Geographic in suitably impressive style this year. His final photo essay – a grand finale involving teamwork, logistical hurdles and the occasional stray bear – was perhaps his biggest career challenge yet, as he reveals to CPN Editor David Corfield...
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
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Post Date: 8/18/2016 5:16:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 17, 2016
eBay (via 6ave – 99.1% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,617.81 with free shipping. Compare at $3,499.00 USA retail 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: 8/17/2016 2:59:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Santa Rosa, Calif. – A revolution in backpack design when it first released, Think Tank’s Shape Shifter expanded and contracted to hold gripped camera bodies and a laptop. In response to input from professional photographers, Think Tank has released the Shape Shifter in three new configurations. The Shape Shifter 15 V2.0 is designed to hold a 15” laptop and the Shape Shifter 17 is designed to hold a 17” laptop. The Naked Shape Shifter allows photographers to attach Skin Pouches or Lens Changers inside to create a totally customized modular backpack.
 
“While traveling or on location, the Shape Shifter V2.0 lets photographers adjust their backpack to fit their workflow,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank’s CEO and lead designer. “The Shape Shifters compress to three inches in depth when gear is removed, allowing photographers to have their gear at the ready while maintaining a slimmer profile when maneuvering through crowds.”
 
Key Features
 
Shape Shifter 15 & 17 V2.0
 
  • A great travel bag with extra space to fit a jacket, food, or additional gear
  • Tripod attachment on front of bag keeps tripod weight centered and allows access to gear without detaching the tripod
  • Easily accessible, plush pocket fits smartphones with displays up to 5.5”
  • Roller handle pass-through sleeve to attach to rolling luggage
  • Detachable water bottle pouch
  • Pro Speed Belt or Thin Skin Belt (sold separately) can be attached
  • Contoured shoulder harness with air channel for all body types
  • YKK RC-Fuse zippers with lockable sliders (lock not included)
  • Upper front pocket with organizer for accessories
  • Lower front pocket with zippered pocket for accessories
  • Removable waist belt
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-Rings, and sternum strap
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
Gear Capacity
 
Shape Shifter 15 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 15” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus one DSLR (gripped or un-gripped) and three lenses (detached) and personal items
Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 17” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus one to two DSLRs (gripped or un-gripped) and three to four lenses (detached) and personal items
Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0 Gear Capacity
 
  • Holds a 17” laptop, tablet up to a 12” or 13”, plus four to seven modular pouches or lens changers and personal items
Materials
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The bag also has 600D twill, YKK RC zippers, 320g dry-flow airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, polyurethane backed liner and dividers, 200D polyester, laminated non-woven backed nylex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 190T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
Shape Shifter 15 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 18.9” H x 12” W x 7” D” (48 x 30.5 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 18.9” H x 12” W x 3” D (48 x 30.5 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 16.8” H x 11.4” W x 1.5” D (42.7 x 29 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 9.4” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (24 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 6.7” W x 4.5” H x 1.6” D (17 x 11.5 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.3 lbs. (2 kg)
Shape Shifter 17 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1kg)
Naked Shape Shifter 17 V2.0
 
  • Exterior Dimensions When Expanded: 20” H x 12.5” W x 7” D” (51 x 32 x 18 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions When Compressed: 20” H x 12.5 W” x 3” D (51 x 32 x 8 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment Dimensions: 19” H x 12” W x 1.5” D (48 x 30.5 x 4 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.2” W x 12.2” H x 0.6” D (26 x 31 x 1.5 cm)
  • Smart Phone/Glasses Pocket: 7.1” W x 4.7” H x 1.6” D (18 x 12 x 2 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 3.8 lbs. (1.7 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the newly announced bags in stock.
 
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 2:43:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roger Cicala of LensRentals recently tested the following lenses on their Olaf Optical Testing bench to see how they compare to one another at 400mm:
 
  • Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 1.4x Extender III (actual focal length = 420mm)
  • Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
Want to know which lens(es) came out on top? Check out the LensRentals Blog post to find out.
 
Want more information? We have full reviews of all the Canon-compatible lenses Roger tested.
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 9:00:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today Only: B&H has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $599.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $749.00 after $150.00 instant rebate.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • One ELD and Two SLD Elements
  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) AF System
  • Internal Focus
  • Front Filter Thread: 82mm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Post Date: 8/17/2016 8:13:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 10:36:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW Backpack available for $169.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $259.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits D-SLR Camera, 6-7 Lens Kit
  • Holds Notebook with Screen up to 15.4"
  • Weather-resistant 600D Ripstop PU
  • Padded Interior
  • Padded Inserts and Adjustable Dividers
  • All Weather AW Cover and Rain Flaps
  • Hideaway Tripod Mount
  • SlipLock Attachment Loops
  • Exterior and Interior Pockets
  • Backpack Harness
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 10:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $484.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $694.95.
 
Free Included Items (Total Value: $223.53)
 
  • Dracast Barndoors for LED500
  • Dracast DLS-805 Air-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast 360-Degree Swivel Mount
  • Dracast 60-Degree Honeycomb Grid for LED500 Panel
Product Highlights
 
  • 3,200-5,600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with V-Mount Batteries
  • 12 x 6 x 2" Panel, Weighs 4 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
B&H has the Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact Design
  • Adjustable Condenser Mics
  • Records to SD/SDHC Media
  • WAV/BWF and MP3 Recording
  • XLR and 1/4" Combo Inputs
  • Phantom Power
  • USB 2.0 Connector
  • Integrated Speaker
  • 3.5mm Headphone/Line Output
  • Battery, AC, or USB Power
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 8:44:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (12-Month Prepaid Card) available for $94.99 (today only). Regularly $119.88.
 
Already have a subscription? No problem! Just provide Adobe with the activation code on the card and you'll get a year's worth of credit added to your account. With this deal, you'll be getting Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for only $7.92/month.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan features the world's best photography tools, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom desktop, mobile and web at an amazing price
  • Everything you need to organize, edit, enhance and share stunning photos on any device, anywhere
  • Always stay up to date. Automatically get access to the latest features and product updates including support for new cameras, hardware and operating systems
  • Access an extensive library of video tutorials to get you up to speed quickly and master new skills
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 5:57:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Domke F-7 Double AF Canvas Shoulder Bag (Sand or Black) available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $224.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Cotton canvas shoulder bag with over sized weather flap
  • Open cell foam liner sewn into bottom.
  • Removable padded floor support
  • Two large padded inserts for cameras and accessories
  • A two compartment insert holds extra lenses or pro flash
  • Fourteen compartments and pockets
  • Three see-through mesh accessory pockets sewn into oversized weather flap.
  • Adjustable non-slip Gripper Strap runs completely around the bag, double-tracked on bottom for added strength and support.
  • Removable, adjustable belt features side-release buckle and accessory/key clip.
  • Four point suspension carrying handle included.
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Post Date: 8/16/2016 5:44:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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