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 Wednesday, June 15, 2016
B&H has the Cotton Carrier Camera Vest available for $119.20 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for 1 Camera/One-Size Fits All
  • Includes Hand Strap/Tripod Adapter
  • Eliminates Neck Strain
  • Secure Locking System/Quick Release
  • 1680 Denier Polypropylene
  • Lexan Camera Receptacle
  • Good for Sports, Nature, Weddings
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
The Cotton Carrier Camera Vest with Side Holster (designed for 2 cameras) is also available at 20% off.
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 5:45:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 128GB iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray) available for $549.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" IPS LCD Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Native Resolution
  • Tri-Core Apple A8X CPU with M8 Chip
  • 0.98 lb and 0.24" Thick
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor
  • Front 1.2-Megapixel FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 8-Megapixel 1080p iSight Camera
  • Lightning Connector, AirPlay, AirDrop
  • Gyro, Accelerator, Ambient Light Sensor
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 5:20:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 14, 2016

 
Join Central Park Conservancy Photographer and Historian Sara Cedar Miller for a short illustrated presentation on the beautiful design and spectacular features of the Park. Learn about the miraculous transformation of the Park from national disgrace to national treasure by the Central Park Conservancy, the not for profit organization that has managed, restored and maintained the nation's most celebrated urban park for the past 35 years.
 
Note from Sean: Speaking as someone who has never visited Central Park, I found this video very informative. Miller describes the history of the park and how the Conservancy brought it back to life.
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 12:05:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
A couple of weeks ago my work laptop went kaput (SSD failure). And while I had a relatively recent backup of my entire system, what I didn't have was an install file for the Flickr Uploadr program I've been using for years. That wonderful little program allowed me to right-click images and choose "Send to Flickr."
 
After choosing "Send to Flickr," the following window would pop-up (I still have it installed on my home desktop and simulated my last upload for this post):
 
Flickr Uploadr Screenshot

If I wanted to add more images, all I had to do was drop them in the window.
 
The old Uploadr program did everything I wanted. It allowed me to upload batches of images with the same titles, descriptions & tags to whichever album I wanted and in whatever order I wanted. Also great was that nothing was uploaded until the entire batch was ready. And with the program set to an "Anyone" privacy setting, images were immediately available for everyone to see after the upload completed.
 
I expected that the new Flickr Uploadr program would provide similar functionality. After installation, I decided to walkthrough adding an image using the new program. I was dismayed to learn that it didn't add a right-click shortcut "Add to Flickr." In order for the program to upload the image, I had to specify where the image was stored or save the image in some [rather mundane] location, like the Pictures folder.
 
New Flickr Uploader Screenshot

I assumed the program would introduce a new window once it found an image (or group of images) that would allow me to edit the title, description, tags, and specify which album I wanted the image to be added to. But that didn't happen. Instead, the program just uploaded the image with the filename being used for the title. And ridiculously, it automatically created a new album for the image (I think it used the folder name as the album name, but that may not be right). So after the image was uploaded, I had to use the web interface to add all the necessary information and move the image into the correct album before setting the image's Privacy setting to "Public."
 
How. Incredibly. Stupid.
 
The new Uploadr does exactly one thing – it automatically uploads images that are saved to specified folders. Then you're required to edit your images' information using a web browser, just as if you had uploaded the image through the web browser to begin with.
 
I don't use Flickr as a image backup system. I use it to showcase images that I think are worth sharing. I shoot quite a bit, but I'm selective in what I post. But when I want to post a batch of images, I want all the information to be in place before the images are uploaded.
 
When a program is updated, we generally get more features, not fewer features. And in this case, the full functionality of the old program has been replaced with a single – and quite useless for my needs – feature, UPLOAD NOW!
 
And this program is a Pro feature? Really? To say I'm bitter about the change is an understatement.
 
What do you think? Are there any Pro users who find the new Uploadr program useful for anything? Am I missing something?
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 8:42:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
I've been using Blend If in the Layer Style window for quite some time as an easy way to combine/composite images with white/dark backgrounds, but I never thought to use it to selectively apply noise reduction to shadow areas.
 
Also, Blake's use of the Color Fill Layer (via Clipping Mask) to visualize where the noise reduction is taking place is simple yet ingenious. [Sean]
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 6:44:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Peter Hurley YouTube Channel:
 
Peter's friend and Oracle Team USA tactician, Andrew Campbell, gives Peter a tour of the compound in Bermuda as the team is busy preparing to defend their America's Cup title. The tour randomly turns into a full on photo shoot and we can see Peter's excitement as he incorporates the use his portrait skills with these talented sailors at the top of their sport. A sport Peter traded for a camera after training for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
 
Gear used: Canon 5Ds R, 11-24mm, 70-200 f4, Profoto B1's, Westcott Peter Hurley Flexkit, Hurleypro H2PRO bags, TetherTools Aero Table & High Visibility Tether Cable
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 6:29:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Air Laptop Computer (Early 2015) available for $829.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 (Broadwell)
  2. 4GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  3. 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  4. Integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000
  5. 13.3" LED-Backlit Glossy Display
  6. 1440 x 900 Native Resolution
  7. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  8. USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2
  9. 720p FaceTime HD Camera, SDXC Card Slot
  10. Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11
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Post Date: 6/14/2016 5:43:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 13, 2016

 
From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
 
Watch photographer Benjamin Von Wong detail how to level up your epic photography game!
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 1:44:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Review.
 
The 135mm f/2 lens is notably absent from the third party lens lineup, leaving the Nikon 135 f/2 as the only directly comparable lens. Zeiss has an amazing MF-only alternative – here is that comparison (1Ds III tests).
 
If 100mm f/2 can get the job done for you, the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens could be considered a close-comparable with a more-affordable price. If shooting at f/2, the 135L will make you happier.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 7:59:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store has a wide selection of refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses and speedlight flashes on sale for 15% off or more.
 
In Stock Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 5DS R Body3,119.20120.202,999.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20160.202,799.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20270.201,449.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20240.201,199.00
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20439.21799.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19319.20879.99
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20429.21649.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98330.00629.98
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20159.21799.99
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20309.21649.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99170.00629.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99170.00549.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99160.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9960.00459.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99110.00329.99
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9936.00203.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9978.00441.99
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20191.881,087.32
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.9970.00569.99
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM703.99105.60598.39
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM439.9966.00373.99
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.9960.00339.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.9984.00475.99
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20227.881,291.32
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99200.00599.99
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM1,959.20293.881,665.32
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.9930.00169.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.99110.00129.99
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM959.20143.88815.32
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99150.00369.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9998.0089.99
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM1,359.20203.881,155.32
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9964.80367.19
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9918.00101.99
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9972.00407.99
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9924.00135.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9970.00249.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7911.0089.79
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7915.1285.67
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9956.40319.59
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM1,599.20239.881,359.32
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT439.9960.00379.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9970.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9940.00159.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9956.0079.99
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9930.0089.99
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 7:37:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Erik Valind demonstrates how to fill in shadows with ambient light using the Rogue Super Soft Silver/Natural White reflector and shows the difference between standard silver reflectors and the new Rogue Super Soft Silver Reflector.
 
Note from Sean: A reflector is an inexpensive, simple piece of gear that every portrait photographer should have at his/her disposal. If you are new to photography and want to explore portrait lighting, investing in a reflector is a good place to start. And if you do not have an assistant to help you hold/position the reflector, consider picking up a light stand and reflector holder as well.
 
B&H carries the Rogue Collapsible 2-in-1 (Super Soft Silver/White) Reflector.
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 6:37:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The Canon USA YouTube Channel has released another round of videos featuring its Explorers of Light.
 
New Canon Explorers of Light Videos
 
Previously Published Canon Explorers of Light Videos
 
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Post Date: 6/13/2016 6:03:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 12, 2016

 
From the BBC YouTube Channel:
 
Look at the photo in the clip. From a picture that contains no colour our brains are able to construct a full colour image.
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Post Date: 6/12/2016 4:05:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has temporarily extended its DSLR rebates with a few minor [confusing] modifications. As usual, the rebate amounts depend on bundled lenses and accessories. However, many of Canon's consumer-grade DSLRs currently qualify for two separate on-going rebate programs through June 18. After that point, the second rebate program continues through July 2nd.
 
Because of the complexity of the programs, we'd rather you get the information straight from the sournce rather than try to summarize the programs here.
 
Canon's Current DLSR Instant Rebates
 
A few items to note:
 
  1. The 5D-series and 6D instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the 1D-X/1D-X II rebates run through July 2.
  2. The 1D X Mark II Premium Kit will continue qualifying for a $300.00 rebate (free Cfast card and reader) through July 2.
  3. The 7D II and 70D instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the 80D rebates run through July 2.
  4. The Rebel T6i instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the remaining Rebel-series cameras feature rebates going through July 2, but exactly which kits qualify for rebates depends on the date range of purchase (June 12 - June 18 or June 18 - July 2).
  5. The EOS M3 instant rebates are scheduled to expire June 18; the EOS M10 rebates run through July 2.
Unfortunately, Canon decided to dramatically scale back the number of lenses and flashes which qualify for instant rebates in the now-current program. By my count, Canon removed 34 items (30 lenses + 4 flashes) and added only 1 (the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM).
 
However, there is a silver lining. Some of the more popular L-series zooms are still on the list and several of those rebates actually increased $50.00 compared to the last rebate program.
 
Canon DSLR, Lens & Flash Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 1D X Buy$700.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 80D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$300.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$200.00 - $400.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$200.00 - $400.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS M3 Buy$250.00 - $600.00
Canon EOS M10 Buy$250.00 - $600.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$80.00
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Post Date: 6/12/2016 10:47:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 10, 2016
Acording to the Egami Blog, Canon has patented the optical formula for a 30mm f/2.8 DO lens. However, the blog mentions that the lens has been designed for "Fullsize-Mirrorless," indicating that Canon may be working on a camera system to directly compete with Sony.
 
Patent Details
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-102851
  • Published 2016.6.2
  • Filing date 2014.11.27
  • Zoom ratio 1.00
  • Focal length 31.35
  • F-number 2.86
  • Angle of view 34.61
  • Image height 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 85.29
  • BF 29.99
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Post Date: 6/10/2016 6:33:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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