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 Tuesday, October 8, 2013
From Nikon USA:
 
The Nikon D610 HD-SLR Delivers FX-Format Quality and Pro-Level Features for Enthusiasts Ready to Take Their Passion to the Next Level
 
October 8, 2013 – MELVILLE, N.Y. – Nikon Inc. today announced the Nikon D610, the latest FX-format HD-SLR to incorporate cutting-edge features and superior operability to help photographers create amazing images and Full HD video. Engineered for those enthusiasts who focus on the color, sharpness and clarity of their images, the D610 provides enhanced performance and image quality improvements, coupled with Nikon core technologies, all in a lightweight form factor. With image quality rivaled only by the 36.3 megapixel Nikon D800, the D610 is an attractive option for those willing to step up to FX-format.
 
“For many of us, photography is an unexplainable passion; a relentless pursuit of sharpness and fidelity in every image captured, as we endlessly seek a way to express ourselves,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon D610 is a tool to help us capture and share our creative vision with all the benefits of a full frame sensor, including expanded depth-of-field control, wide dynamic range, high image quality, low noise, fine color, and low-light capability.”
 
Superior Image Quality
Inside and out, the Nikon D610 is dynamically engineered to deliver the outstanding balance of image quality, performance and operability that only a full-frame camera can offer. The large 24.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) CMOS sensor is capable of creating low-noise images with amazing dynamic range, clarity and precise color, even in challenging light. No matter the type of photography, from landscapes to wildlife, portraits to sports, the Nikon D610 excels, delivering stellar sharpness, superior handling, and the ability to enjoy the full resolution benefits of a wide variety of NIKKOR glass. Image quality and performance are further bolstered with the aid of Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine, which helps to provide vivid colors and an exceptionally broad tonal range while quickly processing image data transfer from capture to card. Additionally, EXPEED 3 contributes to surprising energy efficiency for all-day shooting.
 
Serious Performance for the Advanced Photographer
Whether capturing an awe-inspiring vista at the golden hour, or portraits that absolutely have to flatter, the swift response and advanced feature set will appeal to a wide range of users. From Nikon core technologies to thoughtfully laid-out controls, the robust and innovative feature set of this D-SLR will satisfy even the most demanding enthusiast.
 
Low-Light Performance: A wide ISO range helps the user master any lighting challenge. From a clean ISO 100 to a versatile 6,400 (25,600, Hi-2), the D610 provides minimal noise and maximum confidence.
 
39-Point AF System and Scene Recognition System: Users can select single point, continuous, dynamic or 3D autofocus modes to adapt to any shooting situation from static subjects to dynamic athletics. The Nikon D610’s 39-point AF system quickly acquires focus throughout the frame, even on fast moving subjects. For further accuracy, the system uses Nikon’s exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2016 pixel RGB Sensor in conjunction with the Scene Recognition System to analyze the scene and adjust exposure, white balance and focus. The resulting images display a more balanced exposure, precise sharpness and accurate color. Furthermore, the D610 utilizes nine cross-type sensors, seven of which retain AF ability up to f/8, a true boon to wildlife and sports photographers who rely on teleconverters for maximum distance.
 
New Improved Automatic White Balance (AWB): With an updated AWB algorithm, users can capture more vivid skies, and more natural-appearing reproduction of artificial light than ever before. Additionally, more natural skin tones can be captured, rendering faces with a more three-dimensional appearance.
 
New Increased Speed and Performance: A new shutter mechanism in the D610 affords a faster frame rate. Users can now capture the action at a continuous 6 frames-per-second (fps), which is ideal for photographing action sports or elusive wildlife.
 
New Quiet Continuous Shutter Mode: Ideal for weddings and other sensitive events, the D610 features a new Quiet Continuous Shutter Mode. When selected via the main command dial, users can shoot discreetly at up to 3 fps.
 
100% Frame Coverage and 3.2-inch High Resolution LCD: Shoot all day comfortably and compose easily through the wide and bright optical viewfinder, which offers 100% frame coverage. Additionally, the high-resolution 921K dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen is viewable from a wide variety of angles making it easy to compose, review and share.
 
Unleash Creativity with Advanced Modes: With a wide variety of creative modes designed for enthusiasts, users can continue to express themselves in new, creative ways. A series of images with multiple exposures can be combined with built-in HDR, while users can explore their inner artist with an automatic Time Lapse Mode, or the intervalometer found in all advanced Nikon D-SLR’s. To adjust color, saturation and other image parameters on the fly, Picture Controls can be applied to both stills and HD video.
 
Dual SD Memory Card Slots: The Nikon D610 accepts two SD memory cards, which users can set to copy and overflow, or mark as one dedicated video when shooting multimedia. Additionally, the D610 accepts blazing-fast and high capacity SDXC and UHS cards.
 
Full High Definition Capabilities: Capture stunning Full 1080P HD video in a variety of frame rates, including a cinematic 24p and 30p. A useful feature inherited from professional Nikon cameras, the Nikon D610 can feed 100% full screen, uncompressed video via HDMI to an external device such as a monitor or digital recorder. Additionally, a stereo microphone and headphones can be connected through thoughtfully placed auxiliary input jacks for capturing and monitoring audio.
 
Share a Stellar Shot Instantly: When using the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter *(1), unbelievable images can be shared directly to a compatible smart mobile device such as a phone or tablet. Users can then share these images with friends and family through their own social networks or photo sharing applications.
 
Robust Construction: The Nikon D610 is sealed and gasketed, with dust and moisture resistance of the same caliber as the Nikon D800. The top and rear covers of the camera are made of magnesium alloy for maximum durability, while the shutter unit is tested to 150,000 cycles.
 
NIKKOR, Speedlight and System Compatibility
The Nikon D610 is compatible with a wide variety of NIKKOR Lenses, allowing users to truly realize a lens’ potential with an FX-format camera. For eighty years, photographers have come to rely on Nikon’s heritage of optical excellence for lenses that deliver the pinnacle of optical quality. Additionally, the Nikon D610 is fully compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting (CLS) System, and can act as a Commander to control up to two groups of Speedlights, in-camera.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon D610 D-SLR will be available in late October 2013 in a variety of configurations.
 
Body Only – $1999.95* Suggested Retail Price (SRP)
 
With AF-S NIKKOR 24-85MM F/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens - $2599.95* SRP
 
With AF-S NIKKOR 28-300MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens + 32GB Class 10 memory card + Large Laptop Bag - $3049.95* SRP
 
With AF-S NIKKOR 24-85MM F/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens + AF-S VR ZOOM-NIKKOR 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens + WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter + D-SLR Tablet Bag + 32GB Class 10 memory card - $3249.95* SRP
 
Adorama has the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/8/2013 6:03:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 7, 2013
From Canon:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
Affected Product
Canon LP-E6 Battery Pack when used with the Canon LC-E6 Charger
(Compatible with Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 7D, EOS 70D, EOS 60D, EOS 60Da)
 
Symptom
In rare cases, the orange lamp on the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 will blink rapidly at regular intervals when the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 is inserted. In such cases, charging the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 is not possible.

Battery Condition
Charge Lamp
Color
Indicator
Standby for charge
Orange
Blinks once per second
Communication error
Blinks rapidly
0 - 49%
Blinks once per second
50 - 74%
Blinks twice per second
75% or higher
Blinks three times per second
Fully charged
Green
Lights up

This symptom may occur when a Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 has been discharged due to being unused for a prolonged period of time, such as when it is first purchased. If this occurs, please follow the procedure below.
 
Procedure

  1. Plug the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6, with the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 inserted, into a power outlet.
  2. Wait for 20 seconds.
    If during this time the orange lamp blinks once per second, please continue to charge the battery until the green lamp lights up, which indicates a full charge. At this point, the battery is ready for normal use, and there is no need to follow the remaining steps.
    If during this time the orange lamp blinks rapidly, please move on to Step 3 of this procedure.
  3. If the orange lamp blinks rapidly, remove the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 from the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6.
  4. Wait for 10 seconds.
  5. Reinsert the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 into the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6.
  6. The Canon Battery Charger LC-E6’s orange lamp should begin to flash slowly (once per second) and charging will begin.
  7. Please note: If the orange lamp blinks rapidly again, please repeat steps 3-5 above. If, after a third attempt, the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 does not charge, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for assistance.
  8. Charge the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 until the green lamp on the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6 illuminates, signifying that the Canon Battery Pack LP-E6 is fully charged.

Use of non-genuine Canon Battery Packs
The situation may also occur when attempts are made to charge non-genuine Canon Battery Packs in the Canon Battery Charger LC-E6. However, the procedure provided above does not apply to the use of non-genuine Canon products.
 
Support
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Please register your Canon Products. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future firmware updates become available for download.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 8:30:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Upcoming Facility Provides Additional U.S.-Based Customer Service; Creates Job Opportunities in New Mexico
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 7, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Canon Information Technology Services, Inc. (CITS), its wholly owned subsidiary, will open a customer support center at 4041 Jefferson Plaza NE in Albuquerque, N.M. This center will provide additional customer service support and technical capabilities for Canon customers.
 
The 33,682-square-foot Albuquerque center will support small office and consumer imaging products, including digital cameras, camcorders, printers, and copiers. The new location will also support Canon's growing professional printing, cinema, and eCommerce customers. It is anticipated that the support center will create at least 150 call center positions over a three-year period. Hiring is expected to commence in early 2014, with operations anticipated to begin in April 2014.
 
"Expanding our support centers illustrates our continuing commitment to providing 100 percent U.S.-based customer service," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "We chose Albuquerque specifically because the area has a reduced exposure to weather-related disruptions, the ability to service multiple time zones, and an educated workforce, a large percentage of which has bilingual capabilities, all of which will help us serve our customers better."
 
"We thank Canon, an internationally-renowned company, for choosing Albuquerque for the site of their new tech services center and creating jobs for New Mexicans," said Governor Susana Martinez. "In addition to having a skilled workforce, our recently improved tax climate and incentives make New Mexico a great place for companies like Canon to operate and succeed. I also commend Mayor Berry and his leadership in creating a business-friendly city and for his partnership in recruiting Canon here."
 
"Canon ITS and Albuquerque are a great match for each other and we are very pleased they are joining our community," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "Like Albuquerque, Canon has a strong commitment to diversity and to providing a 'work environment that is technology driven and people-oriented.' It's no surprise they're ranked among Fortune's 'Most Admired Companies in America.' I'm pleased I was able to work with the executive team from Canon for the last few months to make this project a win-win for all of us."
 
"Bernalillo County is pleased to be part of the partnership that attracted Canon and its 150 new jobs to Central New Mexico," said Commission Vice-Chair Debbie O'Malley. "I know there are many qualified, talented New Mexicans who are excited about filling those positions and joining in Canon's long tradition of excellence."
 
Steve Maestas, Chairman of Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., praised the collaborative effort that successfully landed the project. "The community and state prosper when we are aligned, working together with a single purpose. Canon is an internationally respected leader whose expansion to Albuquerque is important to our goal of attracting the world's finest companies."
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 1:52:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Review
 
Find out if this ultra-wide angle zoom lens is worth half as much as the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens.
Post Date: 10/7/2013 9:58:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss Preorders
Post Date: 10/7/2013 9:47:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Zeiss:
 
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 stands out with technical features ideal for all-around professional photography with 35mm DSLR cameras
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 07.10.2013. – With an imaging performance that has hitherto only been seen with medium format systems, the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/55 offers ambitious photographers who do not accept any compromises in image quality the possibility for a more compact gear. DSLR cameras with high resolution 35mm sensors put enormous demands on lenses. The Otus1.4/55 can deal with these demands thanks to its outstanding sharpness, high image contrast and no visible chromatic aberrations. It creates the highest-possible image quality, even with an open aperture. The new ZEISS lens is especially suited for advertising, fashion and studio photography, and professional photographers working in these fields will not need to make any compromises in terms of performance and quality. The Otus 1.4/55 is the first lens in a family of uncompromising professional lenses from ZEISS. Additional focal lengths will follow. Otus is the Latin name for a type of owl known for its excellent vision in darkness — just like this new high-speed lens from ZEISS.
 

 
“Our goal was to bring the best standard lens for SLR cameras onto the market. The Otus 1.4/55 delivers outstanding sharpness and contrast rendition all the way into the corners of the image. The only way we could achieve this was through the complex Distagon optical design, which until now has only been found on wide-angle lenses,” explains Christophe Casenave, product manager for ZEISS Camera Lenses. “Thanks to the low level of longitudinal chromatic aberration, there are no visible aberrations. So an illuminated harbor scene by night with many light sources in front of and behind the actual focal plane appears close to reality, without displaying complementary, color contrast edges. The excellent performance delivered by Otus is constant for all shooting distances. Its high performance with an open aperture also makes this lens a good choice for close-ups or portraits. For architectural and landscape photography, the Otus 1.4/55 takes full advantage of modern high-resolution camera sensors, resulting in impressive resolution in the images, even for the smallest detail.”
 
Other unique features of the Otus 1.4/55 are its high image contrast all the way to the edges (even for low f-numbers) and the consistent high-resolution performance across the entire image field. The lens has a completely new optical and mechanical design, which was developed taking into account the special and increasing requirements of high-resolution DSLR cameras. The Otus 1.4/55 is equipped with a floating elements design with 12 lens elements in 10 groups, including a double-sided aspheric lens and six lenses made of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. These sophisticated features create image results without color fringing or distortion. Cameras with a lower number of pixels will also benefit from the lens’s unique features.
 
The performance delivered by the Otus 1.4/55 is especially obvious with night shots. When taking pictures with many image-dominant, open light sources, it is common for correction defects to show up. Because the Otus 1.4/55 is an apochromatic lens, longitudinal chromatic aberrations are corrected by its lens elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The color defects are therefore significantly lower than the defined limits. Bright/dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are rendered with no colorful artifacts. Although it is not a traditional focal length for architectural and landscape photography, here, too, the lens can deliver very good results. The edges of the image can be used for all apertures, giving full rein to the photographer’s creativity. For portraiture, the Otus 1.4/55 render the finest details precisely, and thanks to the maximum aperture of f/1.4, the photographer can consciously play with the depth of field and create a smooth bokeh. The Otus 1.4/55 stands out not only for its highly detailed pictures with no bothersome artifacts, but also for its mechanical quality. The smooth focus operation with the large angle of rotation allows for the finest variations when focusing — qualities that are only possible in a metal barrel. Its design as a manual focus lens allowed the engineers to work with much smaller tolerances during the construction. The lens’s robust metal barrel with the easy to grip focus ring makes it perfect for the demanding everyday situations of professional photographers, and guarantees a long product life. The yellow labels on the scales, which are borrowed from the professional ZEISS cinema lenses, contribute to better visibility. For its innovative product design, the Otus 1.4/55 already won the iF product design award 2013.
 
The Otus 1.4/55 will be available with F bayonet (ZF.2) and EF bayonet (ZE) starting at the end of October in all global markets. The recommended retail price will be €2,940 or US$3,999 (excl. VAT)*
 
Adorama has the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Lens available for preorder.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/7/2013 5:22:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 6, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending October 5th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Wednesday, we posted the news that Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 was being bundled Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs and 6Ds in the European market. Unfortunately, the promotion is limited to the European region – meaning USA customers will not be receiving Lightroom 5 with their camera purchases.
 
On Thursday, we posted about an economical, Do-It-Yourself method for controlling your Canon DSLR over Wi-Fi. Using a rooted Android media stick and the DSLR Controller and DSLR Controller Wi-Fi Stick apps, we were successfully able to remotely control a Canon 7D using an Google Nexus 7. Check out our post for more information.
 
On Friday, we covered a serious Adobe security breach. Adobe admits that it was recently hacked and sensitive data pertaining to 2.9 million user accounts was compromised. Unfortunately, that’s not all. Unauthorized parties were also able to gain access to source code for several Adobe products. This may eventually lead to problems for end users as the hackers learn how to exploit security issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
This week, Bryan celebrated “Filter Week” by updating various filter and filter accessory reviews. Bryan updated reviews for UV/clear filters, circular polarizers, neutral density filters, step up rings, and filter wrenches. Check out our filter review page for all the latest information.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Thursday, we posted an eBay deal from Adorama Camera where you could get a Refurbished Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens for $192.00 with free shipping [auction has ended]. That’s 60% savings off the normal, new retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 10/6/2013 2:33:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adorama:
 
Join award-winning photographers and visionaries Sue Bryce and Lara Jade for an exploration of the inspiring, lucrative world of experimental portraiture. In their 3-day online course, Sue and Lara will guide you through every step of creating conceptual fine art portraits by showing you how to:

  • gather inspiration and prepare for photo shoots
  • scout creative props and locations
  • light and shoot breathtaking photos
  • polish, edit, and enhance images in Photoshop and more!

By the end of this free workshop, you'll be prepared to take inventive editorial-quality photos that reflect your unique imagination and point of view as an artist.
 
Enroll Now!

Post Date: 10/6/2013 9:52:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 4, 2013
From Mushkin:
 
Austin, TX – Oct 04, 2013 – Mushkin, Inc., an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance and mission-critical computer products, announced today the official availability of the world's fastest USB flash drive -- the Ventura Ultra.
 
First unveiled at CES 2013, the Ventura Ultra 240GB USB 3.0 flash drive is the fastest in the world of its kind. The flash drive boasts ultra-fast data transfer rates of up to 380 MB/s read and 325 MB/s write with rugged aluminum casing for additional durability and resistance. The Ventura Ultra drive utilizes USB 3.0 -- 10 times faster than USB 2.0 -- and is backwards compatible with legacy USB ports and devices.
 
Additionally, the Ventura Ultra is one of the few USB flash drives in the world to offer USB Attached SCSI Protocol support, which allows for command queuing in order to maximize the transfer rate potential.
 
"The Ventura Ultra will be fantastic for anyone with the data transfer rates it offers. It is the fastest USB flash drive that Mushkin has to offer, and is the fastest that the world can currently offer. The media and large file transfer capability is phenomenal -- anyone will be able to maximize its potential," said Nicolas Villalobos, Director, Global Marketing at Mushkin, Inc.
 
The Mushkin Ventura Ultra is available October 7th 2013 worldwide from authorized Mushkin resellers and distributors.
 
Amazon carries Mushkin memory products.
Category: Mushkin News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 6:16:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From BlackRapid's Youtube Channel:
 
BlackRapid is proud to announce 4 new products today. First, a brand new women's strap called the KICK, the TETHER KIT which will give everyone peace of mind, 3 new sizes of LENSBLING for both Canon & Nikon to coordinate your bag, and lastly a new color for our popular CURVE strap.
 
Adorama carries BlackRapid products.
Category: BlackRapid News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 2:49:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From AdoramaTV:
 
Adorama Photography TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe deconstructs the lighting setup for an open, clean studio portrait.
 
Joe explains how to imply motion using a constant light source mixed with flash to produce a captivating portrait.
 
Related Products:

Posted to: Canon News
Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 10/4/2013 2:10:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From X-Rite:
 
Online educational tutorials with live trainers provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow
 
North White Plains, NY – October 2, 2013 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of free October 2013 webinars that have been developed to address specific photography and color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
 
During the month of October, X-Rite is offering three free webinars to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their photography and manage their workflow. The October webinars are designed to be informational as well as inspirational by offering photographers practical ways to improve their images. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.
 
“Highlighting the X-Rite webinars schedule in October are three sessions hosted by two X-Rite Coloratti members - Lee Varis and Jim DiVitale. These incredibly talented photographers, authors and educators will help photographers of all levels improve their photography, elevate their workflow techniques and post-production skills,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing.
 
October 2013 Webinar Schedule
 
Date: Wednesday, October 16th (2 sessions)
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT & 3:00 – 4:00 pm EDT
Title: Fantastic Photo-Illustration: Retouching, Masking & Compositing with Lee Varis
Presenter: Lee Varis
 
Mastery of Adobe Photoshop is an essential step in developing skills for photo-illustration and is a foundation for exploring the outer limits of fantasy, surrealism, and visual symbolism. X-Rite Coloratti Lee Varis will examine photo-retouching and illustration techniques in this webinar and emphasize the necessity of working on a calibrated and profiled monitor. Webinar attendees will see how Lee assembles different photo-illustration projects and be guided, step-by-step, to learn more advanced techniques including:

  • Masking and transparency effects
  • Smoke and fire effects
  • Glows, halos, and light beams
  • Other image compositing secrets

Along the way, attendees will also learn about specific features of Photoshop like:

  • Layer masks, Groups, and Blending Modes
  • The Refine Edge dialog
  • Editing masks with the Dodge & Burn, plus Blur tools
  • Displacement maps & distortion effects
  • And much, much more…

To register for the free 1:00 pm EDT (10/16) webinar, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/114977738
 
To register for the free 3:00 pm EDT (10/16) webinar, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/409107170
 
Date: Monday, October 21st
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Title: The Complete Digital Photography Process with Jim DiVitale
Presenter: Jim DiVitale
*Sponsored by Hunt's Photo & Video
 
Digital Photography is about quality control in a photographer’s image making. All photographers have the same goal in digital photography, to create beautiful images with precision tonal control, and to simplify the production workflow with predictable and repeatable results. In this program, Jim will demonstrate problem-solving techniques using digital capture and Photoshop to streamline both the creative and production of the digital imaging workflow to improve quality and save time.
 
Topics will include calibration and custom profiling of the camera, monitor and printer to achieve a closed loop of controlled color management. Webinar attendees will also learn how to use Wacom products to streamline the work, and a start to finish approach to digital photography, using several photographic elements to create multi-image photographs for commercial photo-illustrations. Jim's portfolio and digital imaging Blog can be viewed at DiVitalePhotography.com
 
To register for the free 1:00 pm EDT (10/21) webinar, visit:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/364556314
 
Adorama carries X-Rite products.

Post Date: 10/4/2013 1:03:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ever had a filter get stuck on your lens? This is an easy way to ruin your shooting day – or trip. The good news is that the tool to solve this problem is probably the least expensive item in your bag.
 
Concluding "Lens Filter Week" is the Lens Filter Wrench Review. Buy several pairs of these.
Post Date: 10/4/2013 9:16:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tenba:
 
North White Plains, NY – October 1, 2013 – Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces that it has expanded their popular Messenger collection. Messenger DNA bags which are available in 2 convenient sizes, contain all the crucial building blocks of a great everyday bag combined with the protection of a camera bag and the ability to use it while riding a bicycle. These new bags feature uncompromising weatherproof materials and durable hardware, lightweight yet protective padding, style and comfort, and great functionality — Tenba’s own custom-built double helix.
 
Messenger DNA bags were inspired by life in New York City and other big cities, where a photographer or filmmaker needs to potentially carry the same bag to a meeting with clients, then to a professional photo or video shoot, and finally to hanging out with friends in the evening. The new Messenger DNA bags include a security strap to anchor the bag behind the user while riding a bicycle or scooter, and the photo insert is removable to quickly convert it from a camera bag to a general-purpose carryall.
 
The bag’s exterior is made from a graphite-colored 600 denier Helix fabric with a durable water repellent coating. To enhance its wet-weather protection, the front flap extends over the top of the bag and includes a sewn hinge to provide excellent coverage at the corners. The bottom of the bag is made with an abrasion- and moisture-resistant tarpaulin that protects the bag on any wet or dirty surface, and can be easily wiped clean. Additionally, the new Messenger DNA bags include Tenba’s exclusive WeatherWrap removable rain cover for an extra layer of protection in bad weather. The WeatherWrap is silver on one side to reflect heat on sunny days, and to provide better visibility when riding a bicycle, and the other side is black for more stealth and subtlety.
 
“When users live and work in a big city environment, their messenger bag very often takes the place of an apartment and car — everything needed for a full day basically hangs off one shoulder,” said Peter Waisnor, Marketing Manager of Tenba. “The Messenger DNA bags meet that need for all-day comfort and versatility, defense from wet-weather surprises, and padded protection for expensive camera gear, whether the user is walking, taking the subway or riding a bike.”
 
Messenger DNA bags are built for speed, and the main closure uses Fidlock patented magnetic clips — the fastest clips in the world. They enable quick slide release and blind, drop-on reattachment that works when the bag is behind the user, or when wearing gloves. A top zipper in the flap allows camera gear to be quickly retrieved without opening the front flap. This is an important security feature as well, since it keeps the bag interior covered while swapping out cameras or lenses, which is critical when traveling in dangerous or unfamiliar locations.
 
The interior of the Messenger DNA is made from equipment-friendly, smooth ripstop nylon and soft, brushed tricot. There are pockets to organize camera accessories and personal items, and the padded camera insert can be quickly removed to convert the bag to a general-purpose, yet worldclass messenger bag. A rear trolley strap slides over the extending handle of a rolling suitcase or equipment case for secure and convenient piggyback travel when moving through an airport. Messenger DNA bags come in two sizes. The DNA 11 accommodates either a mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses, or a digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera with 2-3 lenses, plus accessories, and the rear-padded sleeve will hold an iPad or an 11-inch MacBook Air. The DNA 15 fits a professional DSLR with 2-3 lenses (up to an attached 70-200mm f/2.8), flash and audio gear, and has two padded interior sleeves: one for a laptop up to 15 inches, and another for an iPad.
 
Messenger DNA bags will begin shipping at the end of October at a suggested retail price of $129.95 for the DNA 11, and $159.95 for the DNA 15.
 
Adorama carries Tenba bags.
Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 7:36:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe has released an announcement that details security breach affecting 2.9 million user accounts. Customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and information relating to orders were accessed by unauthorized parties.
 
Adobe says they will be taking the following steps as a result of the breach:

  • "As a precaution, we are resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification from us with information on how to change your password. We also recommend that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.
  • We are in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter from us with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.
  • We have notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.
  • We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation."

Unfortunately, that's not all. Adobe has reported that source code for Adobe Acrobat, ColdFusion, ColdFusion Builder and other Adobe products was also accessed by unauthorized parties. This access will surely make it easier for hackers to find obscure security holes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Be sure to keep your software up-to-date to help avoid exploitation.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/4/2013 6:57:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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