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 Thursday, February 5, 2015
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From Photoshelter:
 
Joe McNally has proven to be one of the most influential photographers of our time, even called “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today” by American Photo.
 
Over the years, Joe has learned invaluable lessons about creating fantastic work, the industry, and how to transverse shifts in technology while staying relevant. Join us for this special webinar as PhotoShelter’s Allen Murabayashi and Joe discuss his career, advice he would give to those just starting in the business, an inside look at some of his work and the stories behind the images.
 
In this webinar Joe & Allen will cover:
 
  • Being successful with a “generalist” approach to photography
  • Dealing with economic downturns and financial hardships
  • Honest advice and inspiration for those just starting in the industry
  • Adjusting to the physical demands of being a photographer
  • A specific look at some of Joe’s most famous projects
Tuesday, Feb. 10th
 
12:00pm Eastern
11:00am Central
10:00am Mountain
9:00am Pacific
5:00pm GMT
 
Sign up today, space is limited!
 
Register Now!
Post Date: 2/5/2015 2:33:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Lightroom mobile 1.3 for iPhone and iPad is now available as an update in the App Store. The goal of this update is to provide new features and bug fixes for issues identified in previous versions of Lightroom mobile.
 
Release Notes
 
New Features:
 
  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Easily find your favorite images ! The new Segmented view in Collections gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Want to pass your device around the family to look at your photos? With Presentation Mode, you can do that without worrying about your flags, ratings and adjustments being accidentally changed.
Bug fixes:
 
  • Abnormal exit that occurred when downloading images for offline use and account token expires
  • Issues creating collections after initial login
  • Abnormal exit when editing account settings
  • When opening an image in other applications, Lr mobile incorrectly provided an .ig file instead of a jpeg file. This only occurred with Dropbox and Adobe Reader.
  • Unable to open smart previews from certain Fuji RAF raw files
Download Adobe Lightroom Mobile 1.3 from the App Store.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 1:10:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer
B&H has the new Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer in stock. The version with wireless flash triggering is available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Measures LED, HMI, Fluorescent,
  • Measures Tungsten, Natural Light, Flash
  • 4.3" Touchscreen with 9 Display Modes
  • Displays Rosco, Lee, Fuji, Wratten Names
  • Displays CRI, White Balance Compensation
  • Multiple Light Comparison
  • CMOS Sensor and Linear Variable Filter
  • Stores 99 Full-data Measurements
  • Reads Color Temp. from (1,600-40,000K)
  • Reads 0.09 to 18,600 fc (1-200,000 lux)
Post Date: 2/5/2015 6:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 6:33:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 4, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
Consumers with Great Stories Invited to Share Photos Using #IAmNextContest for a Chance to Win a Nikon Camera and be Featured as the Next Voice of Generation Image
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. has announced the #IAmNextContest to search for the next passionate individual to share their story for a chance to be featured as the next representative of Generation Image. This contest is the latest component of the “I Am Generation Image” integrated campaign, Nikon’s platform to amplify the voices of individuals who want to stand out in a world of visual noise. In addition to being featured among seven others on Iamgenerationimage.com, the crowd-sourced winner will receive a complete Nikon D750 camera system, and a platform to tell their story to the world.
 
“Each and every one of us shares more visual content than ever before, and we all have amazing stories to share; but with all of this visual noise, it’s easy for our images and their intent to get lost. With this contest we want to invite more people to share what they are passionate about with the world and be heard,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc.
 
#IamNextContest
Whether it’s family, a project, a hobby or a charitable cause, we all have something we want to share far beyond our immediate social networks. Starting today, all members of Generation Image are encouraged to upload their photos or videos to either Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #IAmNextContest. This is a chance for these individuals to reveal to the world what they are passionate about, and have their message reach further than ever before. The submission period will close on March 3, 2015, and finalists will be announced in late March 2015. From these finalists, the community will vote for the winner whose story needs to be shared.
 
The winner will receive the same full-featured camera kit used by the other individuals representing Generation Image and will be invited to become a part of the campaign. Along with the acclaimed Nikon D750 DSLR camera, the winner will get a full complement of lenses and accessories, including the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 VR, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G ED and telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 VR lenses, to ensure that their images are captured with maximum clarity and fidelity. The winner will also have an opportunity to be featured prominently on the IAmGenerationImage web site, which is an immersive portal celebrating this generation as the first to overwhelmingly express themselves through images on a global scale.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/4/2015 1:11:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens
The Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens is now available for purchase through eBay.
 
About the Venus 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens:
 
Venus Optics, a new Chinese manufacturer of camera lenses, has unveiled the world’s first 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro lens, with focusing range from 18.5mm to infinity.
 
The new Venus 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens features a magnification range from 0.1x to 2x. Users could easily alter the magnification ratio without installing any extension tube or teleconverter, making it ideally suited for rapidly changing macro photography scenarios. This wide magnification range also makes it extremely useful for shooting macro objects (e.g. insects) with different sizes. Moreover, the lens is also designed for normal shooting purposes with a 60mm focal length, which provides an all-in-one solution for normal portrait shooting as well as ultra-macro photography.
 
Venus 60mm f 2.8 2X Ultra Macro Lens Sample Image
 
The lens houses with 9 elements in 7 groups patented optical structure to provide great deal of image clarity and color rendering. The optical system consists of 2 major moving lenses groups in order to minimize the barrel distortion. 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture, capable of creating creamy shallow depth of view. The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. A complimentary lens pouch and filter are included in the package. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mount are available.
 
Note: If you're interested in a mount other than Canon, try this link.
Post Date: 2/4/2015 12:40:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sean Setters Photography Wax Seal on Box
Over the years I've delivered countless photos to clients via CD, DVD, flash drive as well as cloud storage (DropBox, Copy) – but rarely have I delivered prints. For all of those methods outside of prints, delivery of digital images can seem like a sterile and impersonal process.
 
One way I combat this perception is to deliver CDs/DVDs that feature Lightscribe labeling. I prefer Lightscribe to printed labels because they are more durable and eye-catching. As the label is actually burned into the disk, it can't get smudged. And the label has a wonderful luminescent, almost holographic look to it. My clients love their custom Lightscribe discs.
 
After having shot a few wedding this past summer (not something I normally do), I realized that a flash drive was the easiest method of delivery for 1000s of full-resolution images. But handing over a flash drive is unexciting and impersonal, to say the least. I wanted to find a way to provide a small "wow" factor when delivering flash drives.
 
A few weeks ago I ran across a wonderful product – a Custom Made Wax Seal Stamp. In our modern, digital age, a wax seal looked like the wonderfully elegant and timeless solution I was looking for.
 
I created a 3 cm, 800 dpi template in Photoshop and designed a black and white (not greyscale) logo to be used on the wax seal. Here's what I came up with:
 
Sean Setters Photography Wax Seal
 
The total after shipping was around $27.00. Not cheap, but not unreasonable for a custom manufactured product. The seal stamp would arrive a couple of weeks later.
 
In the meantime, I looked for various seal waxes I could use with my seal stamp. There are definitely inexpensive options available, but I decided to try out the more convenient Glue Gun Sealing Wax Sticks. They're more expensive, but in my opinion, the convenience is worth the extra cost.
 
I put together a sample delivery box after receiving my seal stamp and wax (shown atop this post). Final impressions? I love it! This is a unique and personal way to promote my photography business. No one else has a seal stamp like mine.
 
If $27.00 seems like a lot for this type of thing, you might also consider looking at the less unique (but significantly less expensive) monogram seal stamps.
 
Of course, there are countless other ways to help differentiate your photography services from your competitors when delivering images. This just happens to be one of my new favorite techniques. :-)
Post Date: 2/4/2015 10:20:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/4/2015 9:09:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
We have recently confirmed the issue described below with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses.
 
Please be advised of the details of this issue and its countermeasures. Nikon will provide free inspection and service to address this issue as indicated below.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
 
Issue
When the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens is used for an extended period of time, or zoom operations are frequently repeated, proper communication with the camera may not occur, which may cause an error message to be displayed in the camera monitor, and the lens may not function properly.
 
Applicable product
 
  • This issue only occurs with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
  • This issue does not occur with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
  • The image below is of the black 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6, but this issue occurs with all color variations of the lens

1 NIKKOR VR 10 30mm f 3.5 5.6 Lens Black Service Advisory 1
 
Lenses for which countermeasures to resolve this issue have already been applied may be identified by the black dot indicated below.
 
1 NIKKOR VR 10 30mm f 3.5 5.6 Lens Black Service Advisory 2
 
Identifying lenses that have already been inspected and/or repaired
Lenses with a black dot at the bottom of the slot for the pin on the camera's lens mount have already been inspected and/or repaired by a Nikon service center.
 
Service procedure
Nikon service centers will inspect lenses and replace applicable components as needed, free of charge, and provide free shipping regardless of the status of the product warranty. If your lens was previously serviced by Nikon for this issue and you were charged for it by Nikon, please contact Nikon Customer Relations Department as instructed below.
 
Requesting service
 
Request Service
 
Nikon will notify you by email when your 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens has been received at the repair center and upon completion of this service. Lenses will be return shipped free of charge via UPS Ground.
 
Contact information for inquiries regarding this issue
For more information regarding this matter, contact Nikon Customer Relations by phone at 1-800-Nikon US (1-800-645-6687), 9AM–8PM EST, Monday to Friday (closed certain holidays) or online here.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/4/2015 7:07:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Imaging USA 2015 Exhibition Floor
by Sean Setters
 
I decided to attend the opening day of Imaging USA 2015 this past Sunday. I had never been to the event promoted as "...the largest annual convention and expo organized by pro photographers, for pro photographers" so I was eager to see what it had to offer.
 
This year's event was held in the beautiful and usually spacious Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. I say "usually spacious" because just about any event venue will become a bit crowded with approximately 15,000 people moving about.
 
I originally intended on shooting a few video interviews while I was at the event. I packed my EOS 7D Mark II, EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and a couple of external audio recorders into a small Tamrac bag. I also brought my tripod to complete the single-operator interview setup.
 
Unfortunately, the event proved to be too crowded, too cramped and too noisy for me to capture the interviews I wanted to get (I tried a couple but was unsatisfied with the results). Therefore, you'll simply find some images I took using the 7D II + EF-S 24mm throughout this post. The image found above illustrates just how crowded the event was. Keep in mind, everything's relative – if attending something like a PhotoPlus Expo, you may have little more than elbow room.
 
My first stop was the Canon booth, positioned right in front of the entrance leading into the exposition hall. Canon had one of the largest booths and they had a lot of great gear and presenters on hand to keep you entertained and informed. In addition to the super telephotos they had available to test out, they also had the hard-to-find EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM on hand so that visitors could get a first glimpse of Canon's newest big white lens offering (under close supervision, of course).
 
Imaging USA 2015 Canon Booth EF 400mm DO IS II USM
 
My first impressions? It's very well built and AF locks on very quickly. If this lens's MTF charts are any indication of the IQ that's possible, this is going to be a very popular lens for those who don't want to carry the DO lens's f/2.8 (non-DO) big brother (a difference of almost 4 lbs).
 
Along with the various gear Canon had brought to the show, they were also hosting various pro photographer presentations and conducting a Live Learning session in the back of the booth.
 
One part of the booth I found particularly interesting was the Canon Professional Services section. As a service to (Gold and Platinum) CPS members, pros could have their Canon DSLRs cleaned for free at the show. And not only that, you could actually watch the CPS techs clean the bodies right in front of you.
 
Imaging USA 2015 Canon Booth CPS Cleaning
 
Another stop high on my list was the Tamron booth. Their new SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD had just started shipping a couple of days before the show and I wanted to get my hands on the lens.
 
Upon picking up the lens to mount it to my gripped 7D II, I was actually surprised by the beefiness of the lens. It's actually quite heavy. I had seen the specs, but actually holding the lens in your hand puts those specs into perspective. That said, I don't think it's inconveniently large and heavy and it balances fairly well on a gripped DSLR body. But if you're looking for small, light and inconspicuous wide-angle lens....this won't be it. Also, the zoom ring was a little stiffer than most of my other lenses. It wasn't a bad thing, just noticeably different.
 
Imaging USA 2015 Tamron 15 30 f2.8 VC
 
I did take a few images with it, but I didn't shoot enough with it to get a good sense of how it would perform in the real world. I think Bryan's full-review will be the best reference when it comes to this lens's performance (when the review becomes available, of course).
 
Another stop that was on the top of my priority list was the LensRentals booth. There, they had a Freefly Movi M5 set up and available for testing (and that was lots of fun). I was also fortunate enough to meet and talk with Roger Cicala, a friend of the site and a guy I admire greatly. His LensRentals blog is always an informative and entertaining read – I highly suggest checking it out if you aren't in the habit of doing so already. One of his latest posts featuring eccentric Sidney Cotton was especially interesting.
 
After walking the exposition floor for several hours, I was exhausted but I'd had great time. If you ever get a chance to attend an Imaging USA event, don't hesitate to do so. Even if all you do is walk around the exposition floor, it'll be well worth your time. This years event runs through this evening (with the Exhibition Hall opening at 11:30am Central Time).
Category: Imaging USA
Post Date: 2/3/2015 9:34:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/3/2015 8:18:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PIXMA PRO-10S and PIXMA PRO-100S
Sydney, Australia, 4 February 2015 – The new PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S replace Canon’s existing PRO-100 and PRO-10 printers retrospectively and deliver a whole host of connectivity options to allow you to easily print and bring your creations to life in stunning detail.
 
Ideal for professional photographers, the new PIXMA PRO’s are not only equipped with enhanced solutions and abilities but also offers high image quality printing for the professional photographer.
 
The PIXMA PRO-100S uses 8 dye-based inks to produce vibrant, high quality prints up to A3+ in size at fast speeds. The PIXMA PRO-10S meanwhile, features a pigment ink system using 10 individual colour inks, complete with Chroma Optimiser, for stunning quality prints with high black density and increased longevity.
 
Canon’s latest PIXMA PRO printers also allow you to connect and print with ease. Whether you need to print from cloud storage services such as DropBox, Flickr Facebook, Google Drive and One Drive, direct from Canon’s PIXMA Cloud Link, or set up to print via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, PictBridge or via mobiles or tablets, the choice is yours.
 
PIXMA PRO-100S and PIXMA PRO-10S are also compatible with Canon’s new Pro Gallery Print app, which allows you to connect to cloud photo and video hosting services Zenfolio and SmugMug from your tablet, so that you can print your work in exceptional quality and ensure they are showcased in all their magnitude.
 
PIXMA PRO-100s and PIXMA PRO-10s key features:
 
  • Exceptional quality colour & monochrome prints
  • Simplified workflow & professional colour control
  • Print speeds to enhance your productivity
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/3/2015 6:48:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 2, 2015
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
The good news? The Canon EOS 1D X's MSRP dropped by $800.00 in February – it's now only $5,999.00 from authorized retailers.
 
The bad news? That is the same price as the after-rebate price from last month, but the 1D X is not included in the current round of rebates.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/2/2015 3:19:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vanguard Havana Shoulder Bag and Backpack
From Vanguard:
 
The Havana line of travel camera bags will let you maneuver effortlessly through city streets, navigate your commute, or stroll down the beach. With easy access to your gear, you'll be able to snap a photo at a moment's notice. This versatile pack will hold and protect your gear - or, you can take out the padded camera insert and dividers to make it your everyday carry-all. Its timeless design is discreet, spacious, and comfortable, allowing you to embrace your leisure time without distraction.
 
The line includes:
 
  • Havana 21 Shoulder Bag
  • Havana 36 Shoulder Bag
  • Havana 33 Messenger Bag
  • Havana 38 Messenger Bag
  • Havana 41 Backpack
B&H has the Vanguard Havana Travel Camera Bags available for preorder.
Category: Vanguard News
Post Date: 2/2/2015 2:18:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens review.
 
This is a great little lens that holds up to the high resolution sensor of the 7D II. Image stabilization is a key additional reason to choose this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/2/2015 12:37:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, February 1, 2015
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Adorama has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM in stock.
 
This lens has been in extremely short supply. If you've been wanting to add it to your kit, don't hesitate to add it to your cart (it may not be in stock very long).
Post Date: 2/1/2015 6:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 31, 2015
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From Imaging USA:
 
Professional Photographers of America Reporting Record Attendance Numbers
 
Nashville, Tenn. – January 30, 2015 – Imaging USA, PPA’s photographic convention and tradeshow, opens this Sunday at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. The show runs through Tuesday, February 2.
 
This year, the show looks to be the event’s biggest yet in its history. Well over 9,000 photographers have already registered for the show, with 4,000 to 5,000 more on-site registrations expected at the event. The demand has surpassed the Opryland hotel to capacity, with registrants now directed to overflow accommodations.
 
“This will be our biggest event in our 146-year history,” said PPA CEO David Trust. “More importantly, it will be our best. The response this year has been fantastic. We can’t wait for photographers to enjoy the charm of Opryland and the Music City and get all the photography fuel and deals on gear they need to be more in 2015.”
 
All-access registration passes as well as expo-only tickets are still available at ImagingUSA.org/Register.
 
Imaging USA is the longest-running international photographic convention, tradeshow and image exhibition in the world. The event dates back to 1869, when PPA began organizing its annual convention and tradeshow, ran by professional photographers for professional photographers.
 
More than 10,000 photography enthusiasts will descend upon the Music City for three days of photography education and inspiration as well as some exclusive photography-related shopping.
 
Highlights of this year’s event include the three-day Imaging Expo tradeshow, featuring more than 600 booths, giving photographers the opportunity to demo and purchase the latest products at deeply discounted and tradeshow-only prices. The event also includes more than one hundred speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations by some of the most respected names in the industry. Photographers will also find mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews and 10,000+ photographers to network with and create career-spanning relationships—a real bonus for photographers, who typically work for themselves. There is also three days of more intimate, pre-convention classes for an extra learning opportunity.
 
New to Imaging USA this year will be a new mobile app and game, extended viewing hours for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibit, a special, exhibit of super-sized images from record-breaking, acclaimed landscape photographer, Peter Lik, the PPA Charities 5K run, fundraiser and shoe drive, and an opening night Super Bowl viewing party, sure to be the biggest around.
 
It’s not too late to register. Photographers have the option to sign up for an Imaging USA all-access pass, or join PPA as a Professional Active member. PPA offers a free full-registration to Imaging USA as a perk for new members. Professional Active PPA memberships are available for $27.92 a month.
 
There is also an expo-only option available to those who just want to check out the tradeshow. Complimentary expo passes are available online by using the promo code TSC2015.
 
Visit ImagingUSA.org for complete program and registration information.
 
Note: If you go to Imaging USA, you might just see me there! I plan on checking out the Expo tomorrow. [Sean]
Post Date: 1/31/2015 11:54:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Google has just announced that Google Earth Pro, formerly $399.00 per license, is now free. Google Earth allows users to "View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies far in space, and the deepest depths of the ocean." The Pro version takes these capabilities up a big notch.
 
From Google:
 
Google Earth Pro includes the same easy-to-use features and imagery as the free version of Google Earth, but with additional professional tools designed specifically for business users. [And I suspect for some photographers]
 
  • Utilize data layers to locate your target demographic
  • Compute distances and areas using measurement tools
  • Use Movie Maker to produce media collateral
  • Print high-resolution images for presentations and reports
  • Import large vector image files to quickly map GIS data
  • Map addresses with the Spreadsheet Importer
Learn more about Google Earth Pro, including comparison charts with the standard version, here.
 
Getting Google Earth Pro for Free, Step-by-Step:
 
Post Date: 1/31/2015 9:03:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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