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 Friday, August 4, 2017
For a limited time, B&H is offering a free 1-Year Adobe Photography Plan Membership ($119.88 value) with select Wacom Intuos Pro Tablets.
Post Date: 8/4/2017 6:00:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello Light Bouncer Plus with Cinch Strap Kit available for $14.90 with free shipping. Regularly $24.90.
Post Date: 8/4/2017 5:45:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 3, 2017
The United States Postal Service has issued a special edition Forever Stamp which features a total solar eclipse which "...transforms the solar eclipse image into the Moon from the heat of a finger."
 
Segments from the USPS Press Release:
Jim Cochrane, Chief Customer and Marketing Officer of the United States Postal Service dedicates the first-of-its-kind Forever stamp which transforms the solar eclipse image into the Moon from the heat of a finger. The Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp commemorates the upcoming Aug. 21 eclipse.
...
 
“With the release of these amazing stamps using thermochromic ink, we’ve provided an opportunity for people to experience their own personal solar eclipse every time they touch the stamps,” says Cochrane. “As evidenced by this stamp and other amazing innovations, the Postal Service is enabling a new generation to bridge the gap and tighten the connection between physical mail and the digital world.”
...
 
This stamp image is a photograph taken by retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak of Portal, AZ, who is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on total solar eclipses with 27 under his belt. The photograph shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.
 
“I’m honored to have my images on this unique stamp. But more importantly, the stamp will spread the news about America’s great eclipse to many more people than I could ever reach,” said Espenak, who began collecting eclipse stamps after witnessing his first as a teenager. “A total eclipse of the Sun is simply the most beautiful, stunning and awe-inspiring astronomical event you can see with the naked eye — but you’ve got to be in the 70-mile-wide path of totality that runs across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina. So where will you be on August 21?”
 
“Having witnessed so many total eclipses myself, I know that two minutes inside the moon’s shadow could have a profound impact on the younger generation,” said Guhathakurta. “The Sun can be viewed safely with the unaided eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse. Partial eclipses or partial phases of total solar eclipses are never safe to watch without solar eclipse glasses.”
The pane of 16 Forever stamps are available now at Post Office facilities nationwide and can be ordered via this link.
Post Date: 8/3/2017 3:12:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I recently shared my experience making a DIY Automotive Photography Boom Rig and I thought I'd share another example image created using the same setup. My goal in creating the image above was to capture a moving vehicle during the daytime without over exposing the sky. The best method I could come up with was to use a location that blocked out most (if not all) of the sky in the frame.
 
The first location that came to my mind was a parking garage. However, parking garages are generally busy during the day, offer little wiggle room for maneuvering in the aisles and require a [minimal] fee to use them. The second location that came to mind was the nearby Wormsloe Historic Site which features a long avenue flanked by live oaks whose branches are filled with Spanish moss. As I already have an annual pass to Georgia's Historic Sites, and the avenue was wide enough to provide plenty of room for boom rig testing, I decided on the latter option.
 
To get an idea of how dense the tree canopy is, here's a shot of the avenue (with early morning fog) that I took in late 2016:
 
Wormsloe Historic Site Morning Fog

After arriving at the location and setting up the boom rig, I set my Canon EOS 7D Mark II (fitted with the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM + 4-stop ND filter) to interval mode at f/11, 0.8 sec, ISO 125 and drove down the dirt/gravel avenue at 10 mph (16.1 kph) for roughly 3/8 mile (0.6 km) before parking along a small side road. At that point, I removed the camera from the rig and previewed the images.
 
Every single image was blurry. I had underestimated just how bumpy the dirt/gravel road was.
 
Unfortunately, I needed to keep the shutter speed open as long as possible to capture a significantly blurred background at such slow driving speeds. However, driving faster would decrease the interval between bumps in the road. I settled on increasing the shutter speed by 1/3 stop (to 0.6 sec) for my next attempt. I backed out of the side road onto the main avenue, turned my wheels toward the park's entrance and drove back to the parking lot. With the only available spot, I had to swing the wheel pretty hard to park in the open space after passing a sign that marked the beginning of the avenue. It was a shot captured during my turn into the empty parking space that provided the sharpest results while also recording enough movement to significantly blur the background, with every other shot from the second attempt too blurry for practical use.
 
In post processing, I limited the area used by Photoshop when determining how to fill in areas using "Content Aware Fill", and the technique worked very well for removing the boom rig as well as the boom rig's shadow on the ground.
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Post Date: 8/3/2017 10:47:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this behind the scenese video, photographer Markus Hofstaetter shows us how he captured a single exposure image of a wedding couple's embrace in front of a wall of fire.
 
I must admit; when I saw this image, my jaw dropped. The concept and execution are, in my opinion, top-notch. [Sean]
Post Date: 8/3/2017 8:37:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Yesterday, the Adobe YouTube Channel posted 7 videos in a new tutorial series called "3, 2, 1... Photoshop!" in which various features of Photoshop CC are explained.
 
Adobe 3, 2, 1... Photohop! Videos
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 8/3/2017 8:20:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Daylight LED Light with 2x L-Series Battery Plates available for $259.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Daylight Color Balance: 5,600K
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8" Panel, Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming, CRI: 95
  • Low Power Draw: 29W
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
For a limited time, use coupon code C117722270 ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the full-frame compatible Rokinon 35mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E available for $349.00 with free standard shipping. Regularly $399.00.
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Post Date: 8/3/2017 6:09:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Approximately once every 18 months (on average) a total solar eclipse is visible from some place on the Earth’s surface. However, the average duration between solar eclipses that are visible from any specific location on earth is roughly 375 years. If you live in the U.S. and miss the upcoming opportunity on August 21, 2017 to see the total solar eclipse, you won't have another opportunity until April 8, 2024 when the path goes from Texas to Maine. And if you miss that one, your next two chances will occur in August 2044 and 2045.
 
In other words, the upcoming total solar eclipse is so rare that you have few opportunities in your lifetime to see (and photograph) the event in North America. Don't wait! Prepare for the solar eclipse today.
 
Here's a list of suggested gear for photographing the event:
 
As to which telephoto lens you should choose, that depends on how large you want the sun to be in your frame. Generally speaking, the longer the focal length, the better. Below you can see how the sun will appear at various full-frame focal lengths.
 
Sun at Various Full-Frame Focal Lengths.gif

A couple of things to keep in mind:
 
  • During totality, you won't be photographing the sun, you'll be photoraphing the sun's corona, so the area of the frame taken up by the sun's corona will be larger than what is shown above.
  • With APS-C sensor cameras, you need to multiply your lens's focal length by 1.6 to get the full-frame equivalent focal length.
There are several great options in regards to long focal length lenses, including the following 400mm+ lenses:
 
** Budget consideration with an MSRP less than $1,500.00 USD.
 
Of course, the benefits of having a long focal length telephoto lens in your kit extend far beyond the August 21 event.
 
Total Solar Eclipse Resources
 
Post Date: 8/2/2017 10:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ultra-high resolution DSLRs like the Canon EOS 5Ds R offer great cropping and framing flexibility, but... the high resolution files require increased storage requirements. As well as online and remote backup solutions, it's handy to have a sizable hard drive for local storage.
 
B&H has the HGST 8TB Deskstar 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS Drive Kit available for $259.00 with free shipping. Regularly $289.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • 3.5" Form Factor
  • SATA III 6 Gb/s Interface
  • 128MB Cache
  • 7200 rpm
  • 1 Million Hours MTBF
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Zhiyun-Tech Crane v2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer available for $499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $649.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 360° Rotation Along All Three Axes
  • Supports Compact Cameras up to 3.9 lb
  • Includes Lens Support for Long Lenses
  • Three 32-Bit MCUs Running at 4000 Hz
  • 4-Way Stepless Joystick
  • Tool-Less Camera Attachment
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Hole On the Bottom
  • Can Be Controlled via iOS/Android App
  • 12-Hour Runtime with Included Batteries
 Tuesday, August 1, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute
 
When preparing to shoot the upcoming solar eclipse, the most important consideration is safety for you, your eyes and your camera equipment. Part of the planning involves not only where will you cover the eclipse from, but also how will you stage it. For most of the country, the eclipse will happen midday, during the hottest month of the year.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center and check out the rest of their solar eclipse articles here.
Post Date: 8/1/2017 10:36:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to the image quality results shared recently, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements are now available on the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
You already how good the image quality results are, but I expect that you will like the f/1.8 vignetting results, dislike the amount of geometric distortion and like the flare test results.
 
The Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 8/1/2017 8:13:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The previous Canon instant rebate program which was scheduled to end July 29 have been extended with minor changes through September 2.
 
Instant Rebate Program Notes
 
  • Special $500.00 instant rebate on the 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS USM & W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter through Aug 5
  • Instant rebates for the 80D are scheduled to end August 5
Changes from Previous Program
 
  • EOS 80D top-end IR has been lowered $100.00 ($700.00 to $600.00)
  • EOS Rebel T6i top-end IR has been lowered $50.00 ($400.00 to $350.00)
  • EOS Rebel SL2 low-end IR has been raised $50.00 ($150.00 to $200.00)
  • M5 $50.00 - $280.00 IR range has changed to a single rebate on the M5 + 18-150 IS STM kit ($180.00)
  • EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM IR lowered by $30.00 ($80.00 to $50.00)
  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM IR lowered by $30.00 ($100.00 to $70.00)
Canon Camera and Lens Instant Rebates
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Buy$200.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 6D Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 80D Buy$100.00 - $600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 70D Buy$400.00 - $650.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 77D Buy$50.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Buy$50.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$100.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$200.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Buy$100.00 - $250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M5 Buy$180.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M6 Buy$50.00 - $180.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M10 Buy$150.00 - $170.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 8/1/2017 6:55:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 31, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro HFTA28CS4H Hybrid Carbon Fiber Tripod with S4H Pan/Tilt Head available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $449.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Max Height: 63.4"
  • Min Height: 21.3"
  • Folded Length: 25.6"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 5.6 lb
  • Integrated Leveling Base
  • Split Center Column
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Arca-Type Compatible Head and QR Plate
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