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 Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Latest Canon PowerShot Digital Camera Provides Impressive Image Quality and Zoom Range in a Compact Size
MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduced today the new Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera - ideal for individuals looking for a convenient, easy-to-carry compact digital camera capable of producing high-quality photos and videos. This new camera boasts a 20.2 Megapixel* CMOS imaging sensor and a powerful 25X Optical Zoom lens (25-625mm equivalent) in a form factor that will easily fit in a pocket or purse, making it an ideal camera for those passionate about photography to capture gorgeous imagery no matter where they are.
The camera’s built-in wireless capabilities make it convenient to share images and videos on the go, and its powerful 25X optical zoom lens makes it ideal for those wanting to zoom in and out of the action. The Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera is a great companion for those looking to visually document their daily adventures and easily share their experiences as they explore new places and do new things.
As the successor to Canon’s PowerShot SX610 HS digital compact camera, the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera also features:
  • An Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) that helps optimize image stabilization for virtually shake-free images in a variety of shooting conditions
  • Built-in Wi-Fi** and Near Field Communication (NFC)*** to allow for easy sharing and transferring of images and videos to a personal computer or other compatible devices such as the Canon Connect Station CS 100
  • 20.2 megapixel* CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4+ Image Processor to help deliver stunning image quality, even in low light
  • The ability to capture spectacular 1080p Full HD video
  • Large 3.0-inch (approximately 922,000 dots) LCD to allow for easy viewing, even from a wide angle
  • Hybrid Auto mode that allows for recording up to four seconds of video before each image that is captured, then automatically combines each clip and still into a quick video recap of the day
  • Smart AUTO mode which intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on pre-defined shooting situations to help create the best possible image
  • Creative Shot mode that uses composition, color and lighting from an original image to create unique images with an artistic flair
  • An Auto Zoom feature that, when enabled, makes the camera automatically zoom in on subjects and help keep them in focus
Canon’s PowerShot SX620 HS digital camera, available in black, red and silver, is scheduled to be available in May 2016 for an estimated retail price of $279.99.
B&H has the Canon PowerShot SX620 HS Digital Camera available for preorder.
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 12:01:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 10, 2016
With 9 students planning to arrive for prom pictures within a short period of time, I had to be ready. The entire week preceding the big day was extra cloudy with lots of rain. The forecast for the Saturday afternoon shoot was calling for clouds with a 30% chance of light rain. Clouds would be perfect for afternoon outdoor lighting, the grass was very green and the new spring leaves on the trees were a great color for a background, but that chance of rain required a studio setup be on standby.
White matches everything, so ... I went with white this year.
Setting up for a high key white background is not hard nor is it expensive. If shooting partial body portraits, a white wall, white reflector or white foam core can work well as the background. For full body portraits, rolled paper is often the best option and it works great. Savage Widetone Seamless Paper Background is what I use.
To hold the rolled paper in place, a background stand (I have Impact and Manfrotto brands) is needed. The rolled paper slides onto the top bar of the background stand and rolls out onto the floor to the front (get another person to hold the background stand up while unrolling the paper as the stand could easily tip over during this step). I gaffer tape the paper to the floor to keep it from rolling back up and clamp the roll of paper to the top bar to keep it from further unrolling.
High Key Lighting Setup
More complicated than the background setup is the lighting and the balancing of the lights. I typically start my light balancing setup with the camera exposure settings. With powerful strobes in use, I have a lot of flexibility even at the lowest noise ISO setting of 100. With the EOS 1D X Mark II and similar-resolution full frame cameras, I generally start with f/11. This aperture gives me a lot of depth of field, keeping much or all of the subject in focus along with room for error (it is rare to get an out of focus portrait at f/11) without compromising image sharpness to diffraction. Note that, when using a solid-colored background such as rolled paper, there is little benefit to blurring the background via a wide aperture. A 1/160 shutter speed is about as fast as I trust the PocketWizards to trigger the first strobe and for the rest to optically trigger while the shutter is fully open, so that is what I go with. The f/11, 1/160 and ISO 100 combination is generally enough to overwhelm any ambient light present.
For lighting with consistent requirements, manual flash settings are ideal and ... the only option I have with my Elinchrom Digital Style studio monolights (Elinchrom ELC Pro HD Flash Heads are the current models).
For the high key background, I place a softbox-fitted strobe on each side of the paper with the power set high enough to blow out the background in the selected exposure (but not higher than necessary as flare could become an issue). I was tempted to place a 4x8' piece of clear Plexiglas on the floor under the subject to better reflect the bright background, but ... I feared that the parade of subjects flowing through my studio would not be kind to this relatively-expensive piece of plastic's useful lifespan.
To keep the background reflection from strongly influencing the lighting on the subject (a wrapping light the softens the transition from subject to the background), the subject should be positioned well in front of the background. The subject to background distance was about 10' (3m) in this example.
Prom is all about the dress (or tux) and a 54" octagonal softbox angled just slightly downward and directly at the subject from camera-left created an even light emphasizing the dresses. This light was adjusted to the output needed for proper dress brightness with care taken to not overexpose the dress as reducing brightness during post processing can reduce the background's whiteness. A 24x24" softbox on a Manfrotto boom was positioned above the subject to light their head with the appropriate brightness setting used for that.
While it takes multiple lights to effectively create a high key effect and light the subject, the light sources do not have to be studio strobes. I have done the same many times with Speedlites and constant lights, can also be utilized. And, the background does not have to be pure white as long as your background lights are bright enough to make whatever color is available bright enough. I've even shot high key corporate portraits using a light-colored wallpaper background. Hit it with enough light and it turns white.
Umbrellas can be used in place of softboxes.
By the time my first subject arrived (my own daughter was first and about 1 hour late), the day was bright, sunny and unfavorable for lighting in my preferred outdoor locations. It didn't take much thought to know that the indoor option was best.
With the lighting and camera settings all dialed in before any subjects arrived, I was able to take lots of photos in a short/compressed amount of time.
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is an excellent portrait lens and 70mm is just wide enough for comfortably shooting full length portraits in my studio space. The just-arrived Canon EOS 1D X Mark II was my camera choice for this shoot. This scenario was a walk in the park for this camera.
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Camera and Lens Settings
80mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
3648 x 5472px
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 11:13:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via CookieElectronics) has the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $799.00.
Update: This deal is now listed as "Out of Stock."
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 11:14:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the National Geographic YouTube Channel:
German artist Thorsten Brinkmann is a self-proclaimed serial collector. He works primarily with items from resale shops and junkyards, incorporating the found objects into his photography and site-specific installations. Wearing a trash can for a helmet and a fabric scrap for a vest, he is suddenly transformed into a seemingly noble character that mimics the style of paintings done by the old masters. In this short from Walley Films, watch how Brinkmann creates these whimsical self-portraits for his latest show at the Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, Texas.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 10:38:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Due to a trademark issue (with Foveon), Breakthrough Photography has renamed their "X3" to line "X4". While the change means nothing to the quality of the product, it could cause confusion if you were looking for the older product name as it no longer exists.
In regards to the quality of these products, it is very high. Breakthrough Photography X4 ND Filters are what I use. Read the 10 Stop Neutral Density (Black) Filter Review. Then go get creative.
B&H has Breakthrough Photography X4 10-Stop ND Filters in stock.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 10:17:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Vello FreeWave IR TTL Flash Commander for Canon/Nikon available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.95.
Product Highlights
  • Wireless Infrared E-TTL/i-TTL Control
  • Sets and Controls E-TTL/i-TTL Flash Ratios
  • 180° Rotation
  • Up to Three Flash Groups
  • Up to Four Independent Channels
  • High-Speed Synch
  • Powered by Two AA Batteries
  • Drawstring Storage Pouch Included
Note: The Canon version of the Vello FreeWave IR TTL Flash Commander is similar in functionality to the significantly more expensive Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter. On the plus side, the Vello Flash Commander features a rotating head which can come in handy under certain shooting conditions. However, a downside is that the Vello Flash Commander does not feature an AF Assist beam like the Canon ST-E2.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 8:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Senal SC-550X Professional Cardioid Condenser Microphone available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $129.99.
Product Highlights
  • Condenser Element
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
  • Selectable Hi-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
  • 140 dB Maximum SPL
  • Wide, Linear Frequency Response
  • Accurate Transient Response
  • All-Metal Body
  • Designed for Multiple Applications
  • Includes Shockmount, Pop Filter, & Case
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 7:53:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $419.00 after $250.00 instant savings.
From Auction: "Brand new, USA Warranty"
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 6:52:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Impact Hexi 24 Softbox Speedlight Solution Kit available for $152.85 with free shipping. Regularly $257.85.
Kit Includes
  • Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox
  • Carrying Case
  • Outer Diffuser
  • Inner Baffle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Air-cushioned Light Stand (Black, 8')
  • PowerSlave Wireless Flash Transmitter and Receiver Kit
Note: This would be a great starter kit for anyone wishing to gain experience with off-camera flash. Just be sure to select the appropriate kit (Canon or Nikon) as the flash triggers are brand specific. [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 6:44:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tonight, the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens (review) qualifies for a $200.00 instant savings which brings the final price down to $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.00.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 5:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Eyefi 32GB Mobi Pro SDHC Wi-Fi Memory Card available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Product Highlights
  • 32GB Storage Capacity
  • Class 10 Performance
  • Secures Full Resolution Photos
  • Categorizes and Identifies Photos
  • Wirelessly Transfer JPEG & RAW Images
  • One Unified and Organized Camera Roll
  • Identifies and Categorizes Photos
  • Includes 1-Year Eyefi Cloud Membership
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 4:59:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 9, 2016
Right now, the Canon EOS 5Ds R qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings. But in addition to the instant savings, B&H is throwing in a free WD 4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Drive ($149.00 value) via this special bundle deal.
I suppose B&H thought you might need some extra storage for all those 50.6 MP files, huh? [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 1:42:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM currently in stock. (thanks Will)
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 1:30:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Tri-State1) has the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens Available for $1,362.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,896.95.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 11:52:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, you can save $100.00 on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens (review) at B&H.
This is easily one of my favorite lenses. It's impressively sharp and (from my experience) one of Sigma's best performing Art lenses from an AF perspective.[Sean]
Amanda Lights Sigma 50 1.4 Art

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Post Date: 5/9/2016 10:23:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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