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 Wednesday, August 13, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, see how back button autofocus can be a useful tool.
 


 

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, learn more about dust delete data option in your camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 7:05:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 
This is an easy and extremely useful tip for highlighting specific color ranges in your images. I can't believe I went this long without exploring the color range slider in the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. [Sean]
 
From the Phlearn.com YouTube Channel:
 
In today's episode, we show you how to select a specific color range and make those colors come to life! The images we used were from 2 of our awesome fans, Dusan & Morey Spellman!
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:16:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how get a still image from a video in Photoshop.
 
You can get Photoshop CC as part of the Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite for only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:02:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 11, 2014
Kim Frick-Welker in the Lounge Chair
By Sean Setters
 
I run a small photography business and typically shoot high school senior photos, family portraits, maternity sessions as well as the occasional corporate work.
 
Last week I was hired by the Cookeville Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Program Assistant, Kim Frick-Welker, to shoot headshots to be used as promotional material for an upcoming show. After completing that assignment, Kim invited me back to CPAC to shoot another round of headshots for her own portfolio (Kim wanted various headshots because she occasionally acts in or directs theater performances).
 
Kim asked that her headshots be photographed using a black background. As she was wearing a black shirt, this requirement made the setup a little challenging. I had to push quite a bit of light onto the black curtain behind her (as well as use a hair/shoulder light) in order to provide enough separation between the subject and the background. Overall, Kim was happy with the images we got. The following was my personal favorite:

Kim Frick-Welker Headshot on Black

After shooting the headshots with the black background, Kim had what she had asked for. But the last time I was on stage, I was captivated by some of the set pieces being prepared for the upcoming play. I had imagined using the lounge chair as a prop and the understated, yet beautiful wallpaper as a backdrop. And I couldn't get that idea out of my head. So after we wrapped up the headshots Kim had asked for, I suggested we take a few more minutes and try something completely different. I explained to her what I was thinking and she readily agreed to extend our session a little longer. She decided a change of clothes might work better for the new setup, and I agreed.
 
Setting up the shot (seen at the top of this post) took 5 - 10 minutes. I used nearly the same lights and light modifiers that I had used in the previous setup, so it was merely a matter of moving around some furniture, a few light stands and my tripod.

Kim Frick-Welker Lounge Chair Setup

It only took a few shots to dial everything in. And after that, we captured some of the best images of the day. No, they weren't the images Kim had asked for – but she liked them even better (as did I).
 
So what did I take away from this experience? When clients hires you, they may have a set of guidelines (or restrictions) for you to follow in order to achieve specific goals. And there's nothing wrong with that. You have to give the client what they need.
 
But many times it's difficult to create the image that's in someone else's head, no matter how well they communicate it to you. So you do your best to give the client what they've asked for.
 
It may sound obvious, but here's something to keep in mind – anyone who hires you was likely impressed with the work you've already created. So if a shot really inspires you, it will likely inspire your client as well – so try to devote a few minutes to getting the shot you want to get, even if it's not a part of your agreed shot list. And then maybe both of you can walk away from the table getting more than you bargained for (in a good way).

Post Date: 8/11/2014 12:12:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon has created a fun and informative video explaining the differences between VGA, HD and Full HD video and various frame rates. While it may be targeted towards PowerShot customers, if you're new to shooting movies on your DSLR, the information presented in this video will still be relevant.
 
B&H carries Canon PowerShot and EOS cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/11/2014 7:06:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 08, 2014
Digital Photo Professional Splash Screen
From the Canon Professional Network:

"Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 4.0 is the latest release of Canon’s free RAW image management and editing software, and this incarnation is heralded as the first major update since the software was launched. Canon has responded to feedback from Digital Photo Professional users and incorporated feature requests and suggestions into version 4.0 to create a better looking package that offers a smoother, faster workflow. In this article CPN writer George Cairns examines how DPP 4.0 is better equipped to support your photographic workflow – as you import, browse and develop large numbers of RAW images – and investigates new features, such as the ability to make selective hue, saturation and luminance adjustments for eight colour gamuts."

Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/8/2014 12:17:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The-Digital-Picture.com Discussion
I've been using our site-reviewed Canon EOS 7D for years (I received it not long after the review was published). I have thoroughly enjoyed using the camera and I have taken many memorable shots with it. However, being a bit long in the tooth, I can't help but wonder how it might be better...
 
Keep in mind, Canon has never indicated that it is working on an EOS 7D successor. However, it's fairly logical to assume they are working on something to fill the EOS 7D's market space (top-end APS-C DSLR).
 
So today, we'd like to know – what [relatively feasible] upgrades would you put into an EOS 7D Mark II? What new specs would make it the undisputed king of the APS-C camera line? [Sean]
 
Leave a comment below or comment on the Facebook feed.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/8/2014 8:36:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From KickStarter:
 
A paper USB business card with full analytics and remote access. Meet the new standard for premium business cards.
 
What is a swivelCard?
 
A swivelCard is a premium paper business card that includes a USB drive--a smart business card. It includes analytics and can be updated even after giving it out.
 
What Can swivelCard Do?
 
We patented a system for turning regular paper into a USB drive. Now we've included this technology in a business card. When you own swivelCard, you own the premium business card on the market.

  • Paper comes alive with embedded USB technology. Imagine giving your business card with pictures, videos, presentations, and websites for the recipient to interact with!
  • Analytics through a back-end software interface will allow you to access helpful information about your cards and how they are being used.
  • You can edit the destination you've selected remotely. Remote access to your swivelCard gives you many opportunities to continue interacting with the card's recipient. With the back-end interface you'll be able to log in to your account and remotely make changes to the destination. Plus, this can be done individually for each specific card. Want that potential client to go to a list of testimonials instead of your standard video greeting? You can make that change on the fly after they've left with the card!

Check out SwivelCard's Kickstarter Page for full details.

Post Date: 8/8/2014 7:09:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 07, 2014

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of Prospectives, Robert Rodriguez Jr shares with B&H his artistic process toward photographing landscapes. Based in the Hudson Valley area of New York, Robert emphasizes some key elements to maintaining inspiration and experimenting with the landscape through focusing on familiar scenery.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 10:03:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
692 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony cameras.
 
To see the combinations supported by DxO Optics Pro and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
New DxO Optics Modules for DxO Optics Pro (also supported by DxO ViewPoint):
 
Canon | Fujifilm | Nikon | Olympus | Pentax | Samsung | Sony
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO Viewpoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/7/2014 8:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/7/2014 7:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
What words would you use to describe your photography brand?
 
Fun? Reliable? Adventurous? If you struggle to answer, our guide, 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers, will help you define and build a strong brand that will set you apart from the competition and attract the clients you want.
 
In this guide, you’ll also learn:

  • How to communicate your photographic style and personality
  • How to determine what aspects of your business are unique
  • Why developing a strong name, logo and aesthetic across all platforms is crucial
  • Why a consistent voice and style must be part of everything you do - including your website, social media, and business cards
  • Plus more!

Use these 10 secrets to build a brand that attracts your ideal market, accurately communicates your specialty and creates unique experiences for your clients.
 
Download 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers

Post Date: 8/6/2014 12:55:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
“My biggest fear is regret. So I follow my curiosity to the ends of the earth. To capture the fleeting moment, the soul of a place.”
 
Meet Canon Master Krystle Wright, adventure photographer:-http://www.canon.com.au/krystlewright
 
To celebrate the inspirational personality and sports photography of our newest Canon Master, we sent Krystle and Abraham Joffe of Untitled Film Works on a mission to explore Australia – with our most extreme sports athletes.
 
Our new film starts atop the vertigo-inducing heights of Mount Wellington deep in the wilds of Hobart, Tasmania as Krystle photographs her friends, rock climbing experts Simon Bischoff and John Fischer, plus the mountain landscape.
 
From ascending sheer faces to jumping off them, Krystle then takes her Canon 1DX camera canyoneering with Anthony O'Hern and Leon Bedford at Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain – complete with Aquatech underwater photography housing.
 
Krystle then returns home to Sydney, to go free diving with world vice-champion master diver Yoram Zekri, and then photograph mountain-biking with Chris Southwood, of Flow Mountain Bikes.
 
Finally, she returns to the rocks with Tom Farrell, capturing the art and athleticism of the most simple of action sports: bouldering.
 
"I've an insatiable desire to explore with a camera. Adventure photography is a lifestyle I live and breathe. But, also a passion and obsession." – Krystle Wright.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/6/2014 7:24:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Photoshelter News
From Photoshelter:
 
Are you using Instagram and Facebook the right way to grow your photo business? Finding success through social media is not just about amassing followers. Instead, learn how to build a strong brand and increase potential work opportunities by sharing content that sparks engagement, including likes, shares, comments, and the most coveted – visits to your website.
 
In this upcoming webinar our own Amy Fitzgibbons, Director of Marketing at PhotoShelter, and Nathan Latka, Founder and CEO of Heyo, team up for a must-watch webinar on The Top 3 Ways to Get More Engagement with Your Imagery on Instagram and Facebook.
 
In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • 3 ways to get likes, comments, and shares on every photo you post
  • How a photographer generated 2100 engagements on a simple photo concept you can copy
  • 3 creative ideas to get your visitors to check out your website and purchase your work
  • Plus more!

Details:
 
Thursday, August 7th
3:00pm Eastern
2:00pm Central
1:00pm Mountain
12:00pm Pacific
8:00pm GMT
 
Register for the Free Webinar

Post Date: 8/5/2014 10:37:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From PocketWizard:
 
Latest TTL firmware update expands extensive list of compatible cameras making PocketWizard more in sync with what today’s photographers are shooting with.
 
So. Burlington, VT – August 5, 2014 - LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and flash power control with Sekonic light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Firmware version 3.700 for Nikon includes compatibility with the recently released D810, D610, D4S and other Nikon cameras. Additionally, firmware version 6.700 for Canon now provides TTL compatibility with the Canon 1D X, 6D and T4i as well as other recently released Canon cameras. See the compatibility list below. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install this version via USB and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility. PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later is required before installing this update.
 
“Not only are we now compatible with all current Canon and Nikon DSLRs, we’ve added resources to our firmware department allowing us to have a significant breakthrough in firmware development. We can react much more quickly to newer cameras entering the market,” said Heather Ambrose, Marketing Director at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “We received a Nikon D810 two weeks ago and our firmware engineers got right on it. A focused look under the hood and they found that the camera behaved similar to the D4S. After a few iterations of firmware, combined with comprehensive testing, it was determined that the D810 could be added to the current firmware release. This is by far the fastest turnaround we’ve been able to achieve, and we hope to keep this momentum going.”
 
For more information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection and to view current release notes for Nikon firmware update version 3.7 and Canon firmware version 6.7 please click here.
 
The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 are now fully compatible with the following recently released Canon and Nikon DSLRs:
 
Canon Cameras

  • 70D
  • 1D X*
  • 6D*
  • T5i / 700D
  • T4i* / 650D
  • T5 / 1200D
  • SL1 / 100D

Nikon Cameras

  • D810
  • D610
  • D4S
  • Df
  • D7100
  • D5300
  • D5200
  • D3300

* Now with TTL compatibility.
 
For a complete compatibility list, please visit:
Canon Compatibility | Nikon Compatibility
 
B&H carries the Pocketwizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radio triggers.

Post Date: 8/5/2014 10:02:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Spydercheckr 24 Color Calibration Target
From Datacolor:
 
Affordable, portable target offers photo and video professionals an on-the-go solution for color control
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – August 5, 2014 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced Spydercheckr 24, a new addition to the Spydercheckr product line, which includes the flagship 48 patch Spydercheckr. Spydercheckr 24 is a precise and versatile camera color calibration and white balance target for photo and video color control for on-the-go professional photographers and videographers. Portable and affordable, Spydercheckr 24 is designed to color manage camera and scene for both still and motion imaging workflows.
 
Spectrally engineered with 24 pigment patches, Spydercheckr 24 offers the accuracy of a full size, large patch photo target in a thin, compact design. Spydercheckr 24’s gray face provides in-camera and post-process white balance and exposure adjustment, while the color face allows users to color correct capture automatically in Adobe Photoshop ACR, Adobe Lightroom, Hasselblad Phocus, and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.
 

 
“The biggest advantage of the system is that camera calibration is not limited to RAW files but can also be applied to JPEGs and video too,” said Lee Varis, professional photographer and digital imaging artist. “For imaging professionals who shoot a combination of still and motion, especially site photography and videography, Spydercheckr is a game changer.”
 
The Spydercheckr 24 is available immediately for $49.00 USD at photo and video retailers.
 
B&H has the Datacolor Spydercheckr 24 available for preorder.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 8/5/2014 7:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 04, 2014
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Bummed that Apple has decided to cease Aperture support? Want to migrate to Lightroom? Adobe has you covered with a free informative guide.
 
From Making the Switch from Aperture to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom:

"At Adobe, we’re working on a migration tool to help you bring your photos into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from Aperture, but if you’re eager to switch before the tool is ready, this guide can help ease your transition. We recognize that this migration may be a challenging process and offer the following resources and methodology to help get you up to speed with Lightroom and provide a road map for successfully migrating your photos.
 
The first challenge is that the terminology, layout, and controls of the two applications are different. It’s a good idea to start processing photos in Lightroom and become familiar with it before you migrate your photos from Aperture. You can do so by taking some new photos, importing them into Lightroom, and then using Lightroom.
 
Here are some resources to get you started with Lightroom:

We are providing a workaround solution for the second challenge of switching: Aperture and Lightroom use different image-processing engines, which means that Lightroom cannot read adjustments made in Aperture. For any photos you have edited in Aperture, you should transfer the original plus a .tiff file with adjustments applied. Then, in Lightroom, you can organize the original and the .tiff file so that they appear alongside each other.
 
In addition, Lightroom cannot read Aperture color labels, flags, or custom metadata fields. So, before you export your originals, use Smart Albums or the search filter to find images by those attributes, and apply corresponding keywords (for example, Color-red, Flagged, or Meta-ModelRelease-Yes).The steps that follow provide a generalized method for migrating your photos from Aperture to Lightroom. Please keep in mind that this guide outlines a basic workflow: you may need to tailor the steps to fit your particular setup."

Read the entire guide for full details.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/4/2014 3:31:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Reflection
Just posted: Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash Review
 
The MR-14EX is a great addition to a macro lens kit, making otherwise very challenging photos easy to capture.
 
B&H has the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2014 7:08:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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