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 Wednesday, July 12, 2017
From the Lightroom Journal Blog:
On Lightroom Performance
I would like to address concerns recently voiced by our community of customers around Lightroom performance, as improving performance is our current top priority. We have a history, starting with our first public beta, of working with our customers to address workflow and feature needs, and we’d like to take that same approach regarding your performance concerns. We already understand many of the current pain points around GPU, import performance, certain editing tasks and review workflows and are investing heavily in improving those areas. Over the past year we’ve added numerous enhancements to address your performance concerns but we understand we will have a lot of work to do to meet your expectations. If you have feedback or would like to work with the Lightroom team on your most pressing issues, please fill out this survey.
Tom Hogarty
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/12/2017 5:26:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $499.95.
Included Free
  • Dracast DLS-805 Spring-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast 2x NP-F 2200mAh Batteries and Charger Kit
Product Highlights
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with NP-F Batteries
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8", Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Tuesday, July 11, 2017
In celebration of their 11th birthday, use coupon code ELEVEN at LensRentals to save 11% on your rental this month. Promotion expires 7/21 and the gear must arrive by 7/31.
Post Date: 7/11/2017 8:28:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
MELVILLE, NY – MELVILLE, NY - Today, Nikon announced the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR, modernizing this popular zoom lens with a myriad of the latest Nikon technologies. The new lens features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens. This new NIKKOR lens is a versatile, compact telephoto option for intermediate FX and DX-format photographers looking to capture sports, wildlife, candids, travel and other subjects at long distances, all with stunning clarity.
“This latest lens reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to giving FX-format shooters of all levels the unparalleled quality of NIKKOR glass, with the benefits of our latest optical technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
Updated with the Latest NIKKOR Lens Technologies
Whether capturing a baseball game from the bleachers or the sights of a scenic vacation, the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is a versatile lens that helps users capture sharp images and video, even in challenging light. The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm is lighter than its predecessor, despite packing new technologies that help those shooting photos and video achieve stellar results. Enhancements to the lens include:

  • Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) System: The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens provides users with up to 4.5 stops* of VR stabilization, to help create sharp photos and smooth video, even in low light or while handheld. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes for added stability when shooting from a non-stationary location.
  • Lightweight with Stepping Motor Technology: This AF-P lens uses a stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus, which reduces the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight, making it easy to carry on all-day excursions.
  • Electronic Diaphragm: This lens takes advantage of the fast burst speed of Nikon DSLR cameras, as the Electronic Diaphragm not only provides smooth exposure transitions during video capture, but also helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting, such as when photographing sports.
  • Get Close: The AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens features a minimum focus distance of only 3.94 ft. (1.2 meters) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x, letting users get even closer to capture the most extravagant details, even at 300mm.
  • Lens Construction: The lens features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. It features a 9-blade diaphragm for a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce instances of chromatic aberration.
Price and Availability
The Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95**, and availability will be announced at a later date.
Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2017 8:06:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.20
  • Added two new AF-area modes: group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL). The user selects a row (HL) or column (VL) of focus points; when AF-C is selected for focus mode, the camera will give priority to the point in the selected row or column containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Updated the photo info display to show the color temperature for photos taken with Auto selected for white balance.
  • Added an Exif tag listing the difference between the local time zone and UTC, part of the Exif 2.31 specification.
  • Added the support for the following features of AF-P lenses:
    • If the standby timer expires after the camera has focused, the focus position will not change when the timer is reactivated.
    • In manual focus mode, the focus indicator in the viewfinder (or in live view, the focus point selected in the monitor) will flash to show that infinity or the minimum focus distance has been reached by rotating the focus ring.
  • Changed the checks performed when Clean image sensor > Clean now is selected in the SETUP MENU. We recommend that you perform image sensor cleaning after updating the firmware.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The higher the amount of Active D Lighting selected when optional flash units were used with auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode, the more the resulting images would be underexposed.
    • Changes to exposure (including exposure compensation) would not be reflected in the photo live view exposure preview while the display was zoomed in.
    • Photo live view display WB could not be selected in the i-button menu while the exposure preview was displayed in photo live view.
    • Taking long bursts of photos with On selected for Network > Options > Auto send would sometimes drastically slow the recording of data to the memory card.
  • Reduced the amount of time needed to connect to hidden SSIDs when WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK is selected for Authentication.
  • Updated some help text.
Notice: Users of the software listed below will need to update to the following versions to support the changes in this firmware update:
Download: Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.20

Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.13
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.12 to 1.13
  • Fixed an issue that interfered with pairing or resulted in unreliable connections when the camera was used with the Android edition of the SnapBridge app.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.13
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2017 6:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Corel Painter 2017 (Multi-Lingual Retail Edition, Boxed) available for $129.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
Product Highlights
  • Texture Painting
  • Dab Stencils
  • Glazing Brushes
  • Interactive Gradient Tool
  • Gradient Express Paint
  • Palette Drawers
  • Artist Layouts
  • Property Bar
  • Brush Selector
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
Post Date: 7/11/2017 6:03:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch available for $27.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
Timer Remote Switch Versions Available
  • Canon 3-Pin
  • Canon Sub Mini
  • Nikon 10-Pin
  • Nikon DC2
  • Sony Multi-Terminal
Product Highlights
  • Wired Remote Controller
  • Power Off and Reset Options
  • Set Timer Delays & Intervals
  • Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
  • 4-Line Backlit LED Display
  • Take Photos without Camera Shake
  • Great for Time-Lapse Recording
  • Powered by Two AAA Batteries
Post Date: 7/11/2017 5:57:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 10, 2017
Scheduled for July 11, Amazon's Prime Day actually started tonight at 9:00pm Eastern Time.
With so many items on sale, there's a good chance at least a few items on your wish list are likely to be featured. Be sure to check in often to find the discounts you're looking for!
Post Date: 7/10/2017 8:39:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zacuto Marauder Foldable Camera Rig available for $500.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $775.00.
Product Highlights
  • For DSLR Cameras or Small Camcorders
  • Foldable Design
  • Adjustable Camera Support Arm
  • Gunstock with Angle Adjustment
  • Articulating Handgrip
  • Zacuto Gorilla Plate V2 Included
Post Date: 7/10/2017 3:47:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the FocusMaker DSLR Focusing Tool available for $49.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Note: While many new Canon DSLRs feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensors, the FocusMaker (review) can be especially useful for those using older cameras. [Sean]
Post Date: 7/10/2017 3:42:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Rokinon/Samyang SP 14mm f/2.4 Lens Review.
Learn about this new premium-grade lens from Rokinon/Samyang, the company that has long been the source of great value lenses.
This lens currently has a $200.00 instant savings available. The Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 7/10/2017 8:59:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Davis & Sanford TR654C-36 Traverse Carbon Fiber Grounder Tripod With Ball Head available for $99.99 with free shipping. Regularly $169.99.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 12 lb
  • Max Height: 65"
  • Min Height: 9"
  • Folded Length: 18.5"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.25 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Ball Head with Arca-Type QR Plate
  • Rubber and Spiked Feet
  • Carrying Bag Included
B&H has the Angler Muslin Background (10 x 12', in either Black, White or Chroma Green) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $58.95.
Product Highlights
  • Seamless, Durable 10 x 24' Fabric
  • Absorbs Light & Eliminates Reflections
  • Sewn-In 4" Rod Sleeve for Hanging
  • Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low
  • Included See-Through Zippered Carry Bag
 Friday, July 7, 2017
The Canon Digital Learning Center has two new articles for those who are interested in photographing the upcoming solar eclipse.
Multiple Camera Eclipse Coverage
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute
It’s always a good idea to take advantage of technology and labor saving devices and try to multi-task whenever you can.
For example, your automatic lawn sprinklers water your yard, while your dishwasher is washing the dishes, while your robotic vacuum cleans your floors and your DVR records your favorite ball game – all while you are having fun editing your vacation photos on your computer. Add to that a self-driving lawn mower and that would be the ultimate in multi-tasking.
The same multi-tasking possibilities occur in photography.
It is possible to have one camera shooting a time-lapse sequence with an intervalometer automatically clicking the shutter while you’re operating a second camera. You can add to that a video camera documenting your movements and/or that of your friends and family at the same time. It just takes planning, coordination and equipment.

Planning Multiple Exposure Sequences
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute
A photograph is all about visual communication and telling a story.
Combining multiple images into one composite photograph helps to tell a complete story in one view. The process however, takes some forethought.
First you have to visualize the end result. Do you want to produce a sequence of the eclipse at several phases, or a series of images of the entire eclipse crossing the sky with a recognizable foreground? With that decision in mind, you have to put a plan into motion and begin accumulating the hardware you’ll need to make it happen and begin scouting your foreground location.
The illustrations shown below are composites, meaning that each image is composed of numerous individual component photographs. What makes the two composite images different is the concept and the execution.
In this article, we're going to discuss using an image-editing program (such as Adobe Photoshop), to stack numerous individual images of the sun into one finished composite image. It's beyond the scope of this article to go into detail about the software process of layering images, working with layer masks, and so on, but this information is readily available online from numerous sources. We won't be using the in-camera multi-exposure feature found in many Canon EOS and other digital cameras, although that's an alternative users can consider. One benefit of the composite approach — using individual images and creating a final image in software — is the creative flexibility it provides, after the eclipse has occurred.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions and solar eclipse gear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 9:54:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
On August 21, Americans can experience the first total solar eclipse in the US in nearly 40 years! Nikon Ambassador Lucas Gilman shares important safety tips, a list of suggested gear and his favorite camera settings and tips for creatively capturing the solar eclipse.

B&H carries solar eclipse supplies.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/7/2017 9:43:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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