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 Thursday, January 19, 2017
From Phase One:
 
Capture One 10.0.1 released: new lenses support + bug fixes
 
New Lenses Support
 
  • Schneider Kreuznach RS 110mm (Aerial)
  • Schneider Kreuznach RS 150mm (Aerial)
  • Rodenstock RS 32mm (Aerial)
  • Sony FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens profile
  • Sony 28–75mm F2.8 SAM Lens profile
  • Sony 135mm F2.8 [T4.5] STF Lens profile
  • Sony Ultra Wide Converter Lens profile
  • Sony Fisheye Converter Lens profile
  • Sony 300mm F2.8 G SSM II Lens profile
  • Sony 70–300mm F4.5–5.6 G SSM II Lens profile
  • Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens profile
Bug fixes: Mac
 
  • Lagging while quickly browsing through images by holding the arrow key down
  • The Mac crash reporter does not nd a crash report when Capture One is force quit
  • Crash if no collection selected and we select next collection
  • The Mac crash reporter often fails to nd the correct crash report for Capture One
  • Decreasing Target Highlight Value via keyboard shortcut does not work
  • Wrong naming for custom ICC profiles that are not in library in catalogs
  • Crash when entering “/” in the Format field in the Next Capture Naming tool
  • Cannot apply preset/style with custom ICC if the ICC is not in the library
  • The “Applied Styles and Presets” section is missing in the “Styles and Presets” tool
  • Changing library in full screen mode causes CO to crash
  • Crash when closing the Import Window while it is populating with images
  • Crash when moving smart albums in a catalog
  • Magenta color cast before style applying
  • Loupe will not work on thumbnails
  • Iris GPU on new MBP causing artifact in fit-view
  • Crash when exporting variants with Open CL enabled on MBP2015
  • Crash when selecting an image in the browser on Mac Pro with non-OEM Nvidia card
  • CMYK readouts give wildly different values in Capture One 10
Bug fixes: Win
 
  • Changing brush size with Tangent Knobs does not work
  • Large TIFF crashes
  • Crash when .NET installation is older than 4.6.2
  • The readouts won’t show when the window is small
  • Cannot Click Between Thumbnails when Loupe Is Selected
  • Express and DB version can not check for software updates
  • Deactivating DB version thinks it is Express For Sony
  • Localization Issue: German. There is no Capture One 10 Engine, There are two Capture One 9 Engines.
  • “Show Mask Always” doesn’t show adjustments when changing exposure
  • Delete file from session does not refocus browser window on next selection • Brush tool does not display right physical size in brush settings
  • Multiple Card readers not displayed in CO import window
  • Lens EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is not recognized automatically
Download: Download Capture One 10.0.1
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture One 10.
Post Date: 1/19/2017 3:10:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Schwabachers Landing in Grand Teton National Park is a huge favorite location for photographers, especially in the fall. There is good reason for this of course. The Grand Teton range is incredible from many vantage points, but with several beaver ponds making reflections possible, Schwabachers Landing offers twice as many mountain peaks in images captured here.
 
I captured many composition variations here, but in this simple example, I wanted to emphasize the distant mountains and the 53mm focal length was effective at keeping them large in the frame. Though wide angle focal lengths also created nice compositions here, the mountain peaks were rendered small and much less significant.
 
The angle of the mid-September morning light is rather flat on this mountain range, but I think that the color of the trees more than offsets this time-of-the-year deficiency.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 1/19/2017 10:01:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, January 19, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has renewed its contract and become the first company to serve as an official sponsor for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, which will take place in twelve cities and prefectures across the country from September 20 to November 2, 2019.
 
Hosted every four years, Rugby World Cup is one of the world's most prestigious sporting events with the world's top 20 national teams competing across 48 matches to win the ultimate prize in the sport, the Webb Ellis Cup.
 
Japan 2019 will be the event's ninth edition and the first in Asia. The 2015 Tournament, which was hosted in England, was the best attended with 2.48 million fans, the most viewed with record broadcast, digital and social coverage in more than 207 nations.
 
As with other sporting competitions in the past, both in Japan and overseas, Canon will provide behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering the Rugby World Cup 2019 Tournament, including camera and lens maintenance services and product loans, to enable the best possible capture of the top-class athletes competing at the zenith of their sport. The Canon Group will also provide print and copying solutions used by the Tournament Organizing Committee, supporting the event by facilitating the printout of handout materials and the streamlining of document workflows.
 
As a Rugby World Cup 2019 official sponsor, Canon offers the full support of its diverse businesses, ranging from input and output products—including cameras, lenses, video camcorders, network cameras, copiers, multifunction devices, printers and projectors—to medical equipment.
 
Canon Inc. Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai said, "Following on from Rugby World Cup 2015 in England, Canon is delighted to continue backing the tournament, which will take place in Asia for the first time, as an official sponsor of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. In addition to supporting professional photographers and news media from Japan and overseas as they capture the intense action of the world's top teams facing off in peak condition; Canon, working together with World Rugby, the organizing committee, relevant authorities, local government and other corporate sponsors, will do the utmost to support Rugby World Cup 2019 throughout Japan."
 
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said, "We are delighted to be extending our relationship with Canon as a Rugby World Cup 2019 official sponsor. Canon is an important supporter of rugby in Japan, an innovator in its field and a perfect match for our premier event."
 
"This exciting relationship underscores the significant global appeal of the first Rugby World Cup in Asia and we look forward to working in partnership with Canon to extend the reach and impact of the sport in Japan, across Asia and around the globe."
 
The Canon Group will continue contributing to the advancement of sports through the use of Canon products and technologies.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/19/2017 6:46:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
We are checking out the Tascam DR-10L pocket-sized audio recorder with lavalier microphone. We also try it out with lavs from Sanken and Countryman.
 
Note from Sean: The Tascam DR-10L is very similar to the juicedLink Little Darling Distributed Audio Recorder, a product I was very happy to see hit the market. However, a lav microphone is included with the Tascam DR-10L for the same price as the Little Darling on its own. By the looks of it, the Tascam's interface seems simpler to use.
 
B&H carries the Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder.
Post Date: 1/19/2017 6:39:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I have a Canon EOS M5 in my hands and it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 27 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Canon EOS M5 ready to use (please note that these steps may change slightly as I continue to dial in this camera for my uses).
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery, place it in the charger and plug it in.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Attach the neck strap.
  5. Insert the battery (after charging completes) and power the camera on.
  6. The date, time and timezone setup screen will show at the first startup. Use the Rear Control dial and the Set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: Use top dial to set RAW to "RAW" and Rear Control dial to set JPEG to "-"
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Screen info/toggle settings: Update #1 to select only Grid display and Electronic level (all options selected for #2), uncheck #3 and #4 (I may alter these settings later)
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: VF info/toggle settings: Uncheck #1, update #2 to select only Grid display and Electronic level, check all options for #3 (again, I may alter these settings later)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Shooting information display: Histogram dispay: RGB
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Image review: 4 sec.
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: Continuous AF: Off
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: MF Peaking Settings: Peaking: On
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Lens aberration correction: disable all (I correct lens aberrations during post processing if warranted)
  18. Shooting Menu, Tab 5: Auto Lighting Optimizer: Off
  19. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness = 1 (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  20. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: Long exp. noise reduction: Auto
  21. Shooting Menu, Tab 6: High speed NR: Off (or Low) (noise reduction is destructive to images details - I prefer to add NR sparingly in post)
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Off
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Hints & Tips: Off
  24. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom shooting mode (C1, C2): Auto update set: Enable (see also: Configuring Custom Shooting Modes)
  25. Custom Functions Menu, Tab 1: C.Fn II: Others: Set M.Fn button to ISO (I may make more changes here after acclimating to this camera)
  26. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Expo.comp./AEB (found back up near the top of the list)
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While this setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
Unless you are certain that you can remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information: Canon EOS M5
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 11:08:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon Professional Network:
Canon Europe has announced two significant specification options for its flagship EOS C700 digital cinema cameras, offering users the option of changing the camera’s original lens mount to either an EF mount with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount (with Cook/i support) and back again, and – for the first time – an option to have the standard sensor replaced with a Global Shutter sensor. Read on to find out more...
Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C700 Cinema Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 7:13:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced its Board of Directors has approved a new stock repurchase program granting the company authority to repurchase up to $2.5 billion in common stock through the end of fiscal year 2019. Under the new stock repurchase program, which is designed to return value to Adobe’s stockholders and minimize dilution from stock issuances, the company may repurchase shares in the open market and also enter into structured repurchase agreements with third parties. The new stock repurchase program, approved by Adobe’s Board of Directors, is substantially similar to the company’s previous program authorizing the repurchase of up to $2.0 billion in common stock through fiscal year 2017, which authority will soon be exhausted.
 
“We’re coming off a year of record cash flow generation and our balance sheet continues to be strong. Adobe’s new share repurchase program underscores our commitment to returning value to our stockholders, as we execute on our long-term growth strategy,” said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Adobe.
 
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to Adobe’s stock repurchases and business momentum, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including but not limited to, risks and uncertainties described in Adobe’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year 2015 ended Nov. 27, 2015, and Adobe's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q issued in fiscal year 2016. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe’s SEC filings.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 7:04:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon DIgital Learning Center:
Welcome back to our “Introduction to Shooting Stars.” In Part I we covered the essentials of getting you ready to shoot. In the second part we are going to cover what to do when you are on location and ready to shoot.
 
Since we are talking about shooting at night, pulling focus is a little harder than during the day, so this will take a little more time and explanation to cover.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/18/2017 6:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 17, 2017
B&H has the Rokinon XP 85mm f/1.2 Lens for Canon EF available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Two High Refractive Index Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Aluminum Lens Housing
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:35:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon Xeen 16mm T2.6 Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping
 
Available Mounts
 
  • Canon EF
  • Nikon F
  • Sony E
  • PL
  • MFT
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/17/2017 1:27:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 16, 2017
From Profoto:
 
Good news, Nikon users! We can now offer TTL and HSS support for Nikon D5 and Nikon D500. Both cameras are fully compatible with this upgrade installed in the Air Remote TTL-N.
 
How to download the new TTL-N and Pro-10 firmware
 
All Registered users can download the new Air Remote TTL-N firmware from the My Profoto webpage.
 
B&H carries the Profoto Air Remote.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 1/16/2017 9:57:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Harvard has published their Digital Photography course on Alison, a free certified learning website.
 
Here's the course description:
Digital photography technology is continually changing, however, the principles behind good photography don't. ALISON's free online photo course gives you the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge and understanding of digital photography including topics such as exposure settings, how to read and use the histogram, how light affects a photograph, how the camera sensor and lenses work, and how to process a photograph using computer software. You will also learn tips and techniques on what not to do when taking a photograph.
 
ALISON's free online course is ideal for those who wish to increase their understanding of digital photography and want to know how to process and produce photographs digitally.
Sign-up is easy and – as previously mentioned – free.
Post Date: 1/16/2017 9:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the CBS Sunday Morning YouTube Channel:
 
President Obama is leaving behind a huge photo album of his time in the White House - about two million images - all thanks to the man our Bill Plante has been talking to: Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza.
Post Date: 1/16/2017 8:36:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 13, 2017

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/13/2017 12:09:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ever since I became enthralled with photography, I've enjoyed sifting through inspirational images and breaking them down so that I could understand how just the photographer created that specific look.
 
Earlier this week I ran across a profile image where the subject was wearing sunglasses. The portrait had a strong rim light but there was very little fill light on the face, yet there was a strong reflection that encompassed nearly the entire area of the sunglasses' lens.
 
Typically speaking, the eye is the most important element in a portrait. However, the prominence of the sunglasses (along with an eye which was deeply shadowed) replaced the importance of the eye in the image. I thought it would be a fun exercise to try and recreate the lighting used for the profile portrait. Note: If I could remember where I saw the image, I would link to it here. Unfortunately, I cannot remember where I found it. Hopefully the image's description and my attempts to recreate it will be sufficiently illustrative.
 
My approach to dissecting an image usually mirrors the scientific method:
 
  1. Ask a question.
  2. Do background research.
  3. Construct a hypothesis.
  4. Test with an experiment.
  5. Does the procedure work?
In other words, "Wonder, think, test, repeat as necessary."
 
I thought I had a good guess as to how the image was lit, but upon testing my hypothesis, I realized I was very likely incorrect. After quickly going back to the drawing board, I came up with a result that achieved exactly the look I was going for:
 
Guess the Lighting Setup Self Portrait 2017 01 13 2nd Example

Notice how there is a huge reflection in the sunglasses yet there is very little fill on the face. That's precisely what I was attempting to duplicate.
 
However, after it was all said and done I wasn't entirely happy with the image. For my next attempt I used a looser framing, a different pair of sunglasses and a sweater to remove the emphasis from my Adam's apple. Although all the lighting tools were the same, the positions of the light modifiers were not identical (although they were very close), different camera settings were used and (as is likely obvious) the images were also post-processed in slightly different ways. The second image also has more fill light than what I was originally going for, but I liked the result anyway.
 
So here's the challenge:
 
  1. Analyze the image atop this post and try to figure out exactly how it was lit.
  2. Try to recreate the lighting in the image as closely as possible.
  3. Share your image, gear and camera settings and describe how it was lit.
It wasn't a complicated setup, but if I had not tried it myself, I would not have arrived at the same conclusion. If you prefer not to try to recreate the image yourself, you're more than welcomed to simply guess the lighting setup in the comments below. Otherwise, let's hear your guess and see your tested example image. I'll update the post Monday to reveal the answer.
 
Update: It looks like I forgot to update this on Monday, but... better late than never! The setup was as follows:
 
  • (1) Canon 580EX diffused by a 16x16" foldable softbox behind me
  • (1) 20x30" white foam core board handheld in front of my face and angled to catch the light from the softbox
With the softbox positioned behind me (camera left), it produced a clearly defined rim light without wrapping around my face with its relatively high output. The white reflective board positioned just out of the frame produced a large reflection in the sunglasses while also creating a small amount of fill light on the front of my face.
 
I liked seeing the guesses and attempts. I hope the exercise proved beneficial.
Post Date: 1/13/2017 6:40:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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