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 Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Until midnight tonight, B&H has the Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit with Lead Battery, S Head and Transmitter available for $699.00 with free shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Quadra Hybrid Pack with Lead-Gel Battery
  • 1x RQ Hybrid Standard Head w/ Reflector
  • 1x Head Cable: 8.2'
  • 1x ELS Skyport Speed Transmitter
  • 1x Lead-Gel Charger, 1x Sync Cord: 16.4'
  • Up to 150 Full Power Flashes
  • 400Ws System, 2.6 Sec Recycling
Use coupon code PSWBH17 at B&H to get a 5% discount on select DJI Quadcopters.
 
Eligible for Discount
 
  • DJI Mavic Pro
  • DJI Phantom 4
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro
  • DJI Phantom 4 Pro+
  • DJI Inspire 2
Post Date: 4/19/2017 10:25:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the APC BE550G Back-UPS 550 8 Outlet Surge Protector and Battery Backup (120V) available for $42.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Output: 330W / 550VA
  • Input: 120V
  • 4 x Battery-Powered, 4 x Surge Protector
  • 50/60 Hz (+/-3 Hz) Output Frequency
  • Recharge Time 24 Hours
  • Audible Alarm
  • LED Status Display
  • Cold Start / Hot Swap Batteries
  • Delivers Battery-Powered AC
Among the categories that lenses can easily be grouped into, one of the least understood is the "tilt-shift" category. As such, we invite you to explore the latest installment in our Photography 101 series to find out what tilt-shift lens capabilities make them unique and alluring to photographers.
 
Photography 101: What is a Tilt-Shift Lens?
 
Check out our other posts in the Photography 101 series:
 
Post Date: 4/19/2017 7:50:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ExpoImaging Rogue Off-Camera Flash Shooter Kit available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 20x40" Soft Silver/White Reflector
  • Reflector is Collapsible, Reversible
  • FlashBender Bounce Reflector
  • Attaches via Belt & Buckle
  • Indicator Battery Pouch
  • Reversible Green/Red Charge Indicators
Kit Includes
 
  • 2-In-1 Super Soft Collapsible Reflector (20x40", Silver/Natural White)
  • Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Rogue FlashBender 2 Reflector (XL Pro, Silver)
  • Rogue Indicator Battery Pouch
Hot Deal: B&H has a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $89.88. Regularly $119.95.
 
Note: This deal is good for a new subscription or extending an existing subscription. In fact, I just added a 12-month subscription to my own account via this deal. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Subscription to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC
  • Tools to Organize, Edit, Enhance & Share
  • Constant and Automatic Feature Updates
  • Up-to-Date Camera Support
  • Extensive Library of How-To Videos
  • Cloud-Based Storage for Multiple Devices
  • Sync to Photoshop Mix & Lightroom Mobile
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
 Tuesday, April 18, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Choosing a lens to photograph the upcoming total solar eclipse in August takes a lot more consideration than the camera body to be used because the camera is simply a light-tight box that records the image produced by the lens.
...
Choosing a lens to photograph the sun or moon depends on how large of a sun or moon disk you want. The size of the disk is controlled by two things: your DSLR’s sensor size and the focal length of your lens.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries the gear you'll need to photograph the solar eclipse safely (checkout will be available at 9:00 PM ET tonight).
Post Date: 4/18/2017 5:37:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Firmware v.1.01:
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that 3D-tracking does not work when it is attached with TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 on a Nikon DSLR.
* For this update, it requires the firmware of the SIGMA USB DOCK for NIKON to be Ver.1.01 or later.
* Before updating the firmware of the 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for NIKON, Please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver1.4.1 or later for Windows, or Ver1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.

 


Sigma USB Dock Firmware v.1.03
 
  • Compatible with SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C017.


SIGMA Optimization Pro Download
 
B&H carries the Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports Lens and USB Dock and has the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens available for preorder.
 Monday, April 17, 2017
Roger Cicala of LensRentals has created a "Random Photo Marketing Generator" to help camera gear manufacturers sell their products. The following are a couple of samples that were generated when I tried the tool:
 
Sample #1
Using space-age technology including multiple floating elements and the industry’s most accurate autofocus system, this lens can take your professional performance to new achievements. See the world with a dramatic perspective you never dreamed was possible. Capture life in a way you’ve always wished you could. Designed with the sports photographer in mind, our newest lens provides the edge-to-edge performance needed to take your photography to profitability. Like all of our products, this lens is in a class of its own.
Sample #2
We joyfully announce the world’s first lens combining all-metal construction with fully computerized assembly, creating a lens that will be treasured by cinematographers and collectors alike. Capture life in a way lesser beings have always wished they could. We have created a game-changing new standard in photography that will amazingly improve your images. We are pleased to offer the world’s finest wide-angle lens, featuring 4 really, really low dispersion elements, 2 aspheric elements, and our new anti-glare coatings providing unparalleled flare resistance while providing amazing resolution. See your surroundings with a remarkable perspective you never knew was possible.
We expect Canon, Nikon, Sony, Tamron, Sigma & Zeiss will be slimming down their marketing departments in the not-so-distant future in favor of the free online tool.
Post Date: 4/17/2017 2:16:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 16, 2017
B&H has the E-Image 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod with GH03 Head available for $169.00 with free shipping. Regularly $249.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports Up to 11 Pounds
  • 75mm Ball/Bowl
  • GA752 2-Stage Legs with Mono-Lock Design
  • 26–61" Tripod Legs Height Range
  • Easy Lock Baseplate
  • Fixed Counterbalance
  • Variable Fluid Pan & Tilt Drag
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Accessory Socket
  • Padded Bag with Shoulder Strap
Post Date: 4/16/2017 6:16:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 14, 2017
From the Professional Photographers of America:
 
Time to Act: Contact Your Representative Today!
 
There's a bill in the House of Representatives that needs our attention now!
 
H.R. 1695 allows the position of Register of Copyrights to become a Presidential Appointee, picked from a list of recommendations from the Senate.* This is positive for all photographers, ensuring that someone with ample knowledge of I.P. and the Copyright world will lead the U.S. Copyright Office in an unbiased manner as it begins to undergo the modernization process. This bi-partisan bill will help guarantee that the Copyright Office will be able to serve all creative artists the way it was designed to.
 
Please take 30 seconds to ask your representative to support HR 1695.
 
Send a Letter to Congress
 
Additional Info
 
Note: And while you're at it, you may want to send a second letter to your representative expressing support for Net Neutrality. [Sean]
 
* In PPA's original publication, they mentioned that the list of recommendations would be provided by the "Judiciary." However, my understaning of the resolution is that the recommendation list would be provided by the Senate. [Sean]
Post Date: 4/14/2017 2:40:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to TheImagingAlliance, Sony has overtaken Nikon to become the #2 market leader in full-frame interchangeable lens cameras.
 
From TheImagingAlliance:
By Jackie Augustine
 
SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2017 – Sony Electronics – a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has announced today that their continued growth has vaulted them into the #2 overall position in the U.S. full-frame interchangeable lens camera market.
 
Sony’s interchangeable lens cameras and lenses have seen record sales in 2017, in particular within the U.S. full-frame camera market, where they have experienced double-digit growth (+23%) compared to the same period last year. The popularity of key models including a7RII and a7SII has been paramount to this success.
 
Additionally, Sony’s rapid growth has helped to drive growth of the overall full-frame interchangeable lens camera market compared to the same period last year. Without Sony’s contributions, the full-frame market would be facing a slight decline.
 
“Our commitment to the industry is stronger than ever,” said Neal Manowitz, VP of Digital Imaging at Sony North America. “We are always listening to our customers, combining their feedback with our intense passion for innovation to deliver products, services and support like no other.”
While this news may seem surprising, it should be noted that Nikon is still solidly #2 in the overall interchageable lens camera market (with crop-sensor cameras included). Also, I believe the statement "without Sony’s contributions, the full-frame market would be facing a slight decline" incorrectly assumes that those who purchased a full-frame Sony camera within the past year would not have purchased a competitor's camera if the Sony cameras were unavailable.
 
With that said, there's no doubt that Sony is selling a fair amount of a7R II and a7S II cameras; I see them frequently when photographing in downtown Savannah and while exploring nearby cities. [Sean]
 
B&H carries Sony full-frame cameras.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/14/2017 11:18:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the TheImagingAlliance:
By Jackie Augustine
 
Premium drones drive steady sales, while lower cost drones fly off shelves during the holidays
 
Port Washington, NY, April 10, 2017 – According to global information provider, The NPD Group, U.S. dollar sales of drones more than doubled in the 12 months ending February 2017, with a 117 percent increase year-over-year. While premium drones (priced $300+) fueled revenue growth, increased distribution and assortment during the holiday season helped drive unit demand for drones priced between $50- $100.
 
During the first two months of 2017, drones with a price tag over $300 drove 84 percent of dollar sales and nearly 40 percent of unit sales. According to NPD’s Store-Level Enabled Retail Tracking data, in that time period, drones sold for $1,000+ saw the highest rate of sales, which identifies the fastest turning products, while drones sold between $300 and $500 had the second highest rate. When comparing items sold in the $300-$500 price range, there is a clear consumer demand for premium features. Drones with auto pilot capabilities sold nearly five times more quickly than drones without, while drones that feature follow mode functionality, which programs the drone to follow the user, sold 19x more quickly than drones without (two months ending February 2017).
Read the entire article on the TheImagingAlliance.
 
Ready to pick up a drone for yourself? B&H carries a wide assortment of drones.
Category: Drone News
Post Date: 4/14/2017 11:06:47 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.
Post Date: 4/14/2017 6:44:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 13, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
Are you curious to know how awesome your image is? Would you trust a computer algorithm to judge the merits your photo?
 
The developers at EveryPixel have created a tool to distinguish good stock photos from not-so-good ones.
 
From EveryPixel:
We are building a stock image search engine. And we want it to be the best search tool for stock image users ever. At the moment we can search across hundreds of millions of stock images and unfortunately not all of them are great. Far from it. And this is where our aesthetic detector comes in handy. There are two very important tasks it can accomplish:
 
1. Automatic Image Curation
Neural network would estimate a visual quality of every image and apply aesthetic score to every file. Later on this data would take part in the overall mix of ranking factors and help improve search results by bringing aesthetically better images to the first pages.
 
2. Bad Stock Image Terminator
There are lots and lots of unforgivingly bad stock photos. Neural network would detect photos with the lowest aesthetic score and literally weed them out from the search results.
For fun, I uploaded a few photos from my most recent portrait session. One of the images (seen atop this article) was rated very highly by the tool, while others from the same session were determined to have a much lower probability of awesomeness.
 
EveryPixel Neural Network Awesomeness Image Analyzer 2

EveryPixel Neural Network Awesomeness Image Analyzer 3

While there is certainly some entertainment value in uploading a few images to the tool to see how they score, the real beauty of this neural network analyzer is its ability to fairly accurately generate key words/tags for your images. Using the suggested tags when uploading images to your preferred social media platform may prove extremely beneficial in allowing your work to be found by those who should be most interested in seeing them.
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