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 Wednesday, June 15, 2016

From the FJ Westcott YouTube Channel:
Go behind-the-scenes with world-renowned photographer Joel Grimes in Phoenix, AZ as he discusses the best techniques and tricks for lighting portraits with a beauty dish and strobe.
Commercial photographer Joel Grimes has nearly thirty years of experience in the field. Throughout his successful career, Joel's assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe. Aside from his commercial work, Joel views himself as an ambassador for the photographic creative process, teaching hands-on workshops around the world as a Canon Explorer of Light.
Designed by Joel, the 24" Rapid Box Beauty Dish is a collapsible, travel-friendly softbox for beauty and fashion photography. This ultra-portable beauty dish directs a soft, clean pattern of light. Featuring a soft white interior, 16 durable ribs, and a true parabolic form, this softbox is a must-have modifier for any portrait photographer.
B&H carries the Westcott Rapid Box Beauty Dish.
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 1:49:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $73.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds SLR camera with lens attached
  • Under arm safety tether
  • FR-3 fastener couples to connector-2
  • CR-2 connector-2 a smooth swivel with a positive lock to ensure the safety of the camera and lens
  • BRAD MOD secures the strap during action shots
  • Ballistic nylon with Cordura nylon
  • TPE foam,
  • 1.0" bomb proof nylon webbing
  • Duraflex acetal bomb proof nylon used in connectors
Note from Sean: This is my all-time favorite camera strap. If my camera's not on a tripod, it's likely attached to one of these. The strap makes carrying the camera for long periods of time almost effortless.
If you use Arca-style plates and clamps, be sure to check out my post on converting the BR strap for use with Arca-style plates.
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 12:47:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Tenba Messenger Large Photo/Laptop Bag (Black) available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $109.95.
Product Highlights
  • Main compartment with photo insert
  • Laptop compartment holds a computer up to 17"
  • A removable photo insert allows you to convert it quickly from a camera bag to a general-purpose gym bag, book bag, school bag or briefcase
  • One large zippered pocket on front flap
  • Two zippered pockets on front flap
  • Over 20 assorted interior pockets
  • Molded grip handle
  • Removable, adjustable shoulder strap
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 7:01:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Wacom Intuos Pro Professional Pen & Touch Tablet (Medium) available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.00.
Product Highlights
  • 8.8 x 5.5" Active Area
  • 2048 Levels of Pen Pressure Sensitivity
  • Multi-Touch Support, USB Interface
  • Express View Display, Touch Ring
  • 8 Programmable Express Keys
  • Included Wireless Kit
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 6:48:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From ExpoImaging:
WATSONVILLE, CA. – JUNE 15, 2016 – ExpoImaging, Inc., creator of the patented Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid, the first stacking honeycomb grid system for off-camera flash speedlights, today announced availability of new accessory White Grid Inserts for the Rogue Flash Grid.
Honeycomb grids attach to flashes in portrait photography help create mood or drama in an image. They are typically used to modify hair light, rim light, background light, or the main light to focus attention on the subject.
The new White Grid Inserts from Rogue Photographic Design were designed to scatter light exiting the product’s honeycomb grid cells. When directed towards a flat surface they produce a light pattern different from traditional black grids, a center spot surrounded by a glowing halo-like aura.
“Portrait photographers looking for a more gradual transition from light to shadow with their grids will be thrilled with our new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “When used in portrait photography, the edge of the lighting pattern produced by the white grids appears much softer and gentler, compared to the rapid fall-off and more dramatic lighting effect produced by black grids. This provides an advantage for creating smoother background lighting when shooting elegant or feminine styled portraits.”
The White Grid Inserts will not change the color of the flash. “Our experience manufacturing the ExpoDisc White Balance Filter helped us in our search to identify the best material to use in making the white grids,” said Sowder. “The result is consistent color from the center grid spot to the outer edge of the light pattern.”
As an accessory attachment to the popular Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid for speedlights, which offers photographers the versatility to choose between a 16º, 25º and 45º spot of light, the new White Grid Inserts give photographers even more choices to help them create the style of lighting and mood they envision for their subject’s image.
To use Rogue’s new White Grid Inserts, photographers need the attachment Grid Strap included with the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid (sold separately). The White Grid Inserts cannot be attached to the flash without the Grid Strap. The Grid Strap can be purchased separately online for $14.95 at
Pricing and Availability
The new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid are available from ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. The White Grid Inserts package includes the Grid Bezel, the 25° White Honeycomb Grid insert, and the 45° White Honeycomb Grid insert. The Rogue White Grid Inserts retail for $19.95.
B&H carries the White Grid Inserts for Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grids.
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 6:28:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed an optical design patent for an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens. While the patent does not specifically mention the "L" branding or "IS," the current 24-105L is more than a decade old and may be due for a refresh in the not-so-distant future.
That said, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is a lens I use very frequently, and right now you can get a Canon USA refurbished model for only $599.99 + tax & shipping.
Patent Details
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-71283
  • Published 2016.5.9
  • Submitted 2014.10.1
  • Zoom ratio 4.13
  • Focus distance 24.70 32.04 102.11
  • F-number 4.10
  • Field of View (degrees) 41.22 34.03 11.96
  • Like high 21.64
  • The total lens length 148.96 152.86 207.64
  • BF 35.80 36.22 53.51
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Post Date: 6/15/2016 5:56:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
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