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 Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
New Courses and New Locations Offer Wide Variety of Topics, Focusing on Specific Photography Styles or Techniques and Video Capture
 
MELVILLE, NY (September 22, 2014) Today, Nikon Inc. announced the upcoming schedule for the new Nikon School program, which will now feature a wider variety of classes and a more interactive experience for photographers of all levels from beginners to enthusiasts. Held across the United States, Nikon School educates and inspires photographers, with classes for anyone who wants to take their photography to a next level, both creatively and technically.
 
This year, Nikon School will offer a greater variety of classes targeted towards an individual’s specific photographic passions. The new courses focus on specific styles and techniques and include Travel and Landscape, Creative Lighting, Action and People and Video Production. Realizing attendees’ busy schedules, full-day and half-day sessions will now be available to make classes more accessible for photography lovers nationwide. Additionally, Nikon School will now be structured as a more visual and interactive learning experience for students, with more enhanced content that demonstrate how to get the most out of a camera. Accredited instructors will incorporate live demonstrations and encourage students to let their creativity shine.
 
“From parents to grandparents, hobbyists to artists, to people who just love to create and share images, photography is becoming more popular; the aim of Nikon school is to help people get the most from their cameras, while implementing fresh ideas to help educate and inspire photography lovers everywhere,” said Mark Suban, Senior Manager, Nikon Professional Services at Nikon Inc. “Whether an amateur photographer is looking to upgrade from a smartphone, or an enthusiast photographer interested in advancing a skillset, Nikon School offers a class that can help anyone achieve their photographic dreams.”
 
Nikon School will host more than 50 classes from September 2014 to June 2015 in 25 locations nationwide. The programs are taught by six instructors, all of whom are recognized as experts in the industry.
 
To get more information on Nikon School or access to the most updated schedule, please visit: www.NikonSchool.com/newclasses.
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Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 9/23/2014 6:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Acquisition and New Creative SDK Accelerates Delivery of Mobile Apps that Integrate with Adobe Creative Cloud
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 22, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs (Software Development Kits) for the delivery of creative apps. With millions of people already using Aviary-powered photo-editing apps and thousands of developers using Aviary’s SDKs, across mobile platforms, the acquisition accelerates Adobe’s strategy to make Creative Cloud a vibrant platform for third-party apps, through a new Creative SDK. Currently under development, Adobe Creative SDK is a software library that enables developers to tap into Adobe’s creative technologies to build mobile apps and drive new connections between mobile devices and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications and services.
 
“Aviary has an exceptional team and technology platform, as well as expertise serving a robust developer ecosystem. We're thrilled to leverage Aviary's technology to make our Creative SDK even more powerful for app developers,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Creative Cloud Ecosystem & Behance at Adobe. “This is great news for developers because thousands of mobile apps will have the opportunity to become compatible with industry-defining desktop tools like Photoshop CC, as well as new Creative Cloud services."
 
Adobe Creative SDK gives third-party developers access to Adobe APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), previously only available to Adobe’s internal engineering teams. Examples include: browsing files stored in Creative Cloud; extracting elements from PSD files; Adobe’s “Touch Slide” software for straight-line drawing; and cloud image-editing services like Content-Aware Fill and Upright. Adobe Photoshop Mix, a recently launched mobile app for iOS, utilizes these new APIs and offers some of Adobe’s best imaging technology for applying Photoshop looks and compositing images. Adobe Creative SDK is currently being tested by developers and a beta launch is expected in the coming months.
 
"Aviary was founded to bring creative freedom to the world,” said Avi Muchnick, Aviary’s co-founder. “We're excited to join Adobe and tap into their incredible wealth of creative technology and supercharge our collective SDK offering. Together, we will help nurture the next generation of third party creative apps.”
 
For further details on today’s announcement, visit Scott Belsky’s blog and Aviary's blog.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/23/2014 6:38:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 22, 2014
PNY Elite Performance 256GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card
Granted, a $10.00 savings isn't huge, but the storage capacity you get for less than $100.00 certainly is – HUGE.
 
B&H has the PNY Elite Performance 256GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card available for $99.99 with free expedited shipping after a $10.00 mail-in rebate (rebate expires Sept 30).
HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5
Need more storage space? (Who doesn't?!)
 
B&H has the HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive available for $179.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $219.99.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 3:26:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drive
For today only, B&H has SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drives on sale. See below for details.
 
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
SanDisk 240GB Extreme Pro SSD$195.99$46.00$149.99
SanDisk 480GB Extreme Pro SSD$378.99$119.00$259.99
SanDisk 960GB Extreme Pro SSD$599.00$149.01$449.99
Post Date: 9/22/2014 3:15:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD Memory Card
For one day only, B&H has SanDisk Ultra microSD Cards on sale.
 
For what it's worth, I just picked up the 64GB card to use in my phone. :-) [Sean]
 
Sale Details
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
SanDisk Ultra 8GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$12.69$1.70$10.99
SanDisk Ultra 16GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$16.95$6.00$10.95
SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$27.95$10.00$17.95
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$50.95$20.00$30.95
Post Date: 9/22/2014 2:34:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $1,949.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,915.51.
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Post Date: 9/22/2014 11:05:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how to create a vignette in Photoshop in this episode of the Photoshop Playbook.
 
The Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite is only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 7:50:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 6:36:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 19, 2014
B&H Buy Together and Save - Adobe Photoshop Elements Deal
Through Sept. 20, use the Buy Together and Save option at B&H when purchasing a new DSLR camera or lens to get Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for $39.00. Regularly $99.00.
 
Note: Look for the Bundle deals in the Savings Available section on the item page.
 
If you're not planning on purchasing a new DSLR camera or lens, you can still take advantage of a $40.00 discount on Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 through tomorrow – only $59.00 with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 9/19/2014 1:15:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
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Post Date: 9/19/2014 10:20:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto:
 
On September 17, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to match your strobes with the available light on location.
 
Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 9/19/2014 9:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW II Bag
PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 — Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, launches its agile and flexible toploading design from the Professional Collection: the Toploader Pro Series. Sports, event and active photographers will benefit from the updated features, including four wearing options.
 
“We looked at how people carry and work with their bags and designed a flexibility strap and harness system that lets photographers wear it four ways,” said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director.
 
The multiple wearing options allow for tremendous freedom of movement. The bag includes 2 utility straps to configure as an over-the-shoulder strap, 3-point holster, or 4-point chest harness. The Toploader Pro may be secured at the waist using a belt or strapped to another bag via its SlipLock attachment loop.
 
Toploader Pro 75 AW II and 70 AW II are built to protect pro-sized set-ups with a snug, protective fit and fast access from the contoured, body-side opening.
 
Lowepro takes its patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover up a notch by adding a 360 degree All Weather AW Cover that protects contents from the bottom to the lid, so photographers can work out of the bag in the snow or rain.
 
The Toploader Pro Series also includes these premium features: super-strong metal D-rings from Duraflex to keep straps and harness secure; glove-friendly, U-shaped zipper pulls; soft, tricot lining on inside lid to protect screen; multiple storage pockets for small accessories and essentials.
 
Toploader Pro 75 AW II fits: Pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; small accessories
US MSRP $99.95
 
Toploader Pro 70 AW II fits: Pro DSLR with 24-70mm f/2.8 or 14-25mm f/2.8 lens attached; accessories
US MSRP $89.95
 
B&H carries the new Lowepro Toploader AW II bags.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/19/2014 8:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Western Digital 2 TB Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Western Digital 2 TB Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive available for $79.99. Compare at $96.99.
 Thursday, September 18, 2014

 
Devin Graham used a Canon EOS 1D C and a Glidecam HD4000 stabilizer to shoot this fantastic promotional video for a skate park in Utah.
 
Takeaways from a Video Novice [Sean]
 
  1. The first element to a fantastic video is a great concept. Skateboarding through 5000 balloons? Who thinks of that?! Devin Graham – and that's a big reason why his video productions are so well-liked.
  2. Big ideas usually require a lot of setup. A reliable group of friends is an excellent asset to have.
  3. The Glidecam HD4000 is a great tool for helping to stabilize the video at the time of capture. But it also requires a strong forearm and quite a bit of determination when filming with a heavy camera like the 1D C. I know this first hand because I've shot video for two weddings in the past couple of months using a gripped 5D III with an external audio recorder sitting atop of the HD4000. Filming can be exhausting, but the end result is well worth the effort.
  4. Capturing scenes of static camera angles to mix in with your stabilized motion segments allows for a wide variety of options when piecing the video together. Sometimes I don't capture enough b-roll.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video here:
 
Post Date: 9/18/2014 10:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $853.84 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 9/18/2014 8:26:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
broncolor Siros Studio Flash
From broncolor:
 
broncolor is to introduce two new products at this year's photokina. Not only will they present a powerful addition to the versatile HMI series but also a completely new compact device. All photographers working with studio lighting will not want to miss these unveilings.
 
broncolor's new compact device combines unbeatable flash and super-fast charging times with reliable and intuitive handling. At 400 and 800 joules, Siros will not only be available in two output versions but also as a basic- or S-model. The flash time curve in the new Siros is controlled by broncolor's widely known ECTC technology, which also guarantees flash times of up to 1/13,000 s (t 0.5) and constant colors. Charging times of 0.02 up to 0.65 s at 400 joules as well as an enormous control range – up to 9 apertures and reducible to only 2 joules – round off the impressive performance of the S-highend-model.
 
Furthermore Siros is fully compatible with the extensive accessory range of light shapers that broncolor is so well known for and which offer limitless creative possibilities. Two of these light shapers have been especially developed for Siros: an umbrella reflector, which, combined with a lid, can also be used for protection during transport and an L40 reflector, optimized in size and, through a snap-in system, easily extendable with a honeycomb grid.
 
Handling and menu navigation are both easy and intuitive with Siros and are regulated through a single control dial, which allows for aperture adjustments in 1/10 steps or, by using the new twist function, in full apertures.
 
Brand-new app – bronControl – for all-round control
 
Also new with Siros is the bronControl app, which allows remote control of all functions. As soon as Siros has established a WiFi network, different devices in the studio or outdoors are recognized via multi-colored LEDs and can be controlled via a smartphone or tablet.
 
PocketWizard technology for undreamt-of possibilities
 
Siros is not only ideal as an addition to already existing studio flashlight setups. The compact devices with their integrated PocketWizard receivers allow for the integration in already existing setups but also open the gates to the world of HyperSync photography, which enables a shutter speed of up to 1/8000 s. The ideal pairing of Siros and PocketWizard allows for limitless creativity while remaining simple to operate.
 
B&H carries broncolor products.
Category: Broncolor News
Post Date: 9/18/2014 6:16:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder. The price – $1,999.00 with free shipping.
 
This price point makes the new Sigma lens about twice as expensive as the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD. It'll be interesting to see how the two lenses compare.
Post Date: 9/17/2014 2:44:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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