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 Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Canon Digital Learning Center
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
"As a commercial photographer for over 30+ years, my thought process has leaned towards using large strobe light systems in my studio and location photography and to keep the Speedlites for on-camera projects and mostly people subjects. Working with the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT along with the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT over the last year has really opened up my mind into a different way of thinking about exposure control and lighting.
 
Coming from being trained as a film photographer, lighting is something that I have tried to keep as constant like shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Digital was no different – you still need to get it correct in the camera. When working with strobe lighting, if I was happy with the composition, shutter and F-stop settings and I needed to change the overall exposure of an image, it was time to manually adjust the lighting. If the light were exactly in the right position already, I manually raise or lower the power output until I get exactly what I’m looking for. Now at this point, if lighting or camera settings change, everything would need to be reconfigured. For example, if you wanted to change the F-Stop setting from f/22 to f/2.8 for a selective focus effect, you would now have to manually dial down the lighting with some trial exposures to see if you got the exposure correct for the new settings. If you moved the lights in closer for a different lighting effect, it’s time to reconfigure the exposure again. The lighting and exposure changes can go on and on."
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 2:46:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
Adorama has a very enticing deal right now. If you buy a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit, they're throwing in a free Cam Ranger ($299.99 value) along with free shipping.
 
About the Cam Ranger:
 
The CamRanger device and associated free iOS and Android apps and Mac and Windows programs enables wireless tethering control of supported Canon or Nikon DSLRs from an iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android device, Mac or Windows computer.
 
CamRanger creates its own WiFi network so there is no need for additional computers or existing Internet. CamRanger provides near complete control of a camera from up to 150 feet away, including the following features:
 
  • Live View
  • Live View touch focusing and focus adjustments
  • View and set parameters (ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance, Focus Mode, Capture Mode, image format, etc)
  • Remote Capture
  • View 100% resolution images with meta data including histogram (supports JPG and Canon RAW)
  • Import all image formats (including RAW) to iOS Photo Library
  • Movie Recording and Focusing (select cameras)
  • Focus Stacking
  • Intervalometer/ Time Lapse
  • Bulb Mode
  • Advanced Bracketing/HDR
  • Grid lines and aspect ratio support
  • GPS tagging of imported images
Note: iOS compatibility for Canon 7D Mark II requires (free) app update available from CamRanger Nov 14th 2014.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 12:58:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon Prime Photos with Unlimited Storage
I [Sean] have been an Amazon Prime member for a couple of years now. Why?
 
  • Free two-day shipping on most of the items I buy
  • Prime Instant Video offers a few entertaining selections that Netflix doesn't have (including original programming)
There are certainly other benefits, but those are the two I take advantage of most often. However, Amazon just added a new benefit that's perfect for us photographers:
 
  • Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
Yes, you read that correctly – unlimited photo storage. *yay!*
 
From Amazon:
"Store your photos safely in Cloud Drive and you can access them anywhere, from almost any device by signing in with your Amazon account. Cloud Drive offers free mobile apps, secure access from any computer, and it's built in to all Fire devices.
 
With Prime Photos, the photos you've previously uploaded to Cloud Drive and photos you upload in the future will not count against your Cloud Drive storage limit."
If you're not already a member of Amazon Prime, now would be a great time to sign up. If you are already a member, you can start uploading photos to your Amazon Cloud Drive Account.
 
Mobile Access Apps
 
Category: Amazon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 12:38:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
Jeff shows you some of his favorite high school senior portraits and tells you how he captured them. He gives you tips for shooting locations, and talks about how to capture the personality of the senior in your photos - and how to make money doing it.
Post Date: 11/4/2014 11:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $4,799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,999.00 after $800.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 10:40:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pilings at Brooklyn Bridge Park with Manhattan Skyline during Blue Hour
With a seven hour round trip drive included, fitting the PDN PhotoPlus Expo trip into 24 hours makes for a huge day. Increase the drive time to 10 hours (thanks to traffic), include a 1 hour wait at the show admission line due to a system outage (yes, I was preregistered), attend seven planned meetings plus a dinner meeting and I am left searching for a word that means much bigger than huge. Perhaps mammoth?
 
Still, with the show floor closing at 5:00 PM and rest seeming so unproductive, I decided to plan a shoot between the show and the dinner meeting. This year, I headed over to Brooklyn Bridge Park near Pier 1 (in Brooklyn) to the pilings shown in this picture.
 
I got onto the shoreline rocks beside the boat ramp and positioned the camera so that the opening between some of the pilings curved into the frame. I adjusted the focal length (with some mostly minor variety used) for a good size balance between the buildings and the pilings. An ultra-wide angle would emphasize the pilings while a standard or short telephoto lens would place more emphasis on the buildings. Another consideration is the levelness of the camera. With the camera vertically level, the buildings toward the sides of the frame remain vertically straight in this image.
 
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens mounted to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III was the perfect choice for this scene. Perfect for both the angle of view/focal length range and for the impressive image quality it provides.
 
I was in position in front of the piers as the sun set. While I have images captured during sunset that I like, including the sun against the horizon with the last sunlight of the day reflecting on the water, the city lights were not showing at this time of the day and the colors were not as attractive to me as the late blue hour example shown here. I also have some shorter exposures of this scene, but the choppy river did not attract my eye like the buttery-smooth blurred alternatives. I used neutral density filters and adjusted the aperture slightly (between f/8 and f/11) to keep my exposure times at or near 30 seconds as sunset turned into blue hour and then into dark. I started with a 6-stop ND, moved to a 2-stop ND and removed that filter as darkness came.
 
While this may seem like a long time to shoot a single scene, this was the shot I wanted and I wanted a variety of options to choose from. I was shooting 3 bracketed frames (this is an HDR image) with the longest exposure at or near 30 seconds in duration and I had long exposure noise reduction enabled, meaning that dark frames were captured for an equally long period of time. This means that I was spending several minutes for each potential final image. With exposures that long, one cannot predict the large boats and other detractants that will possibly influence an image and I threw away some frames for this reason. In the end, I had a nice amount of images, but not a crazy number.
 
Likely, only a few of the images from this shoot will see the light of day. But, I really like those few images and consider the time and effort well spent. I can cross "Pilings at Brooklyn Bridge Park" off of my location bucket list.
 
The day started at 5:00 AM and ended at 2:45 AM the next morning. The overall results from the day, including the meetings and the show, were totally worth the effort.
 
A larger version of this image is available on: Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
Post Date: 11/4/2014 8:36:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Tim Cooper, shares tips and tricks to create light painting masterpieces. Painting with light is an exciting and artistic way to portray your subject in a completely unique manner.
Post Date: 11/4/2014 7:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
Canon EF-M lenses are compatible only with the compact Canon EOS M MILCs (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras). The 55-200 IS STM is the telephoto lens option in the "M" lineup (though others are available via the EF to EF-M adapter). This lens has good image quality with a very small size and light weight.
 
Please note: Like the T5i, T4i and 70D, the EOS M has image sharpness dialed up (by Canon) in-camera. Even though the EF-M lens test results shown use our standard sharpness setting of "1", you will see the sharpness difference when comparing against EOS 60D-based lens test results. The increased sharpness comes directly at the expense of increased high ISO noise and can be adjusted to taste. Still, this is a good lens.
 
Canon USA is not currently importing this lens. My suggestion is to order your EF-M 11-22mm IS STM Lens from DigitalRev.
 
Special thanks to John S for loaning us this lens!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 7:40:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Profoto AcuteB2 600Ws AirS LiFe Power Pack with Lamp Head
Adorama has a Profoto AcuteB2 600Ws AirS LiFe Power Pack with Lamp Head Bundle available for $1,499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $2,374.00 when purchased separately.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • LiFe Battery
  • Multi-Voltage (100-240VAC) Battery charger 1A
  • 16' Synchro Cable
  • User's Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • Profoto Acute-B 600W Lamp Head
Post Date: 11/4/2014 7:27:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Kit
From the LensRentals Blog:
"For those who want to take my word for it and skip on to some other blog, the Canon 7D Mk II may be the best weather-sealed camera I’ve run across. It’s excellent. For those who would rather see for themselves, gory camera dissection pictures follow!!
For the complete set of teardown images, check out the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/4/2014 7:07:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 03, 2014
Canon EOS 70D EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
The Canon Store has the Refurb. Canon EOS 70D EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens available for $929.40 with free shipping. Compare at $1,349.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
Tascam DR-70D DSLR 4-Channel Audio Recorder
Adorama has the recently announced Tascam DR-70D DSLR 4-Channel Audio Recorder in stock with free overnight shipping.
 
Features:
 
  • Two built-in microphones
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo jacks allow a wide range of setups
  • Built-in mixer with 4 inputs and 2 outputs
  • High audio quality through HDDA microphone preamps
  • Compact and tough design
  • Camera input and output
  • Slate tone generator for easy alignment with video files
Post Date: 11/3/2014 12:46:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.
 
Canon EF-M lenses are compatible only with the compact Canon EOS M MILCs (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras). The results from the 11-22 are very good – this lens will be a great addition to any "M" kit.
 
Please note: Like the T5i, T4i and 70D, the EOS M has image sharpness set higher in-camera. Even though the EF-M lens test results shown use our standard sharpness setting of "1", you will see the sharpness difference when comparing against EOS 60D-based lens test results. The increased sharpness comes directly at the expense of increased high ISO noise. Still, this is a good lens.
 
Canon USA is not currently importing this lens. My suggestion is to order your EF-M 11-22mm IS STM Lens from DigitalRev.
 
Special thanks to John S for loaning us this lens!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/3/2014 10:04:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Through November 8, use coupon code PXHBOOKS14 at AdoramaPix to save 30% on premium quality, lay-flat custom photo books.
Post Date: 11/3/2014 9:58:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished PowerShot SX280 HS Digital Camera available for $80.00 off – now only $149.99 with free shipping. Regularly $229.99.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/3/2014 9:30:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,039.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,999.00 after $800.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/3/2014 9:21:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Art Wolfe's Live Composition, Technique and Impact Webinar
Last Chance: Paying the regular/full $25 price to hear Art Wolfe's wisdom and insights sounds like a great deal to me, but we have been provided with coupon code that reduces the price of Art's upcoming Composition, Technique and Impact webinar to an amazing you-can't-afford-to-miss-this price of only $7.00 (with this site still receiving support from your signup).
 
On Nov 3rd at 9:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Pacific), Art will present live on the following topics:
 
  • How to capture more compelling compositions
  • How to improve your technique
  • 5 ways to shoot with more impact
  • Questions and Answers
  • Photo Review of 20 Submissions
To take advantage of this educational opportunity and great deal, navigate to PhotographyWebinars.com (using this link or the one from above) and use coupon code thedigitalpicture. The site includes a warning indicating that "Space is limited and these LIVE trainings always fill up, so RSVP today to reserve your spot." I signed up, and there seem to be just a few spots left.
Profoto Announces RFi 4' Octa
From Profoto:
 
Octagonal softboxes are great for portraits, fashion and beauty shots, as they create an appealing round catch light in the subject's eyes.
 
A new octa softbox has now been added to Profoto's extensive line of RFi Softboxes. The new 4' Octa fills in the gap in between the 3' Octa and the 5' Octa.
 
The new octa is not too small and not too large. It is just perfect.
 
Benefits of Profoto's RFi Softboxes
 
  • 13 unique models in four shapes.
  • Compatible with over 20 flash brands, thanks to our speedring adaptors.
  • Deeper shape and recessed front for more precise control.
  • Double-layered diffusers and a highly reflective silver interior.
  • Optional Softgrid available for even more precise light shaping.
  • Color-coded speedrings and Velcro attachments result in hassle-free assembly and disassembly.
  • Designed to withstand years of professional use.
B&H carries the Profoto RFi 4' Octa Softbox and other RFi Softboxes and accessories.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 11/3/2014 8:23:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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