Product Overview The Manfrotto MVT535HH Aluminum Single Leg Section Hi Hat Table Tripod is the perfect solution for those looking for a simple yet sturdy solution for Ground level shooting, Slider support, Table tripod application (heavy cameras). It features a Single Section for maximum compactness and a 75-60mm half bowl for quick leveling. The leg angle selector allows users to adjust operating height as needed. Its aluminum casting components make it a sturdy and reliable solution. It also includes the MVA060T adapter which converts the 75mm into a 60mm half bowl.
MELVILLE, N.Y., — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that Canon Marketing Japan Inc. (CMJ) has recently released 12 new free filters and editing functions that include copying and resizing text for the PERSTEXT iOS app that inserts dynamic text into photos so you can enjoy new types of expression.
CMJ is offering PERSTEXT as a free photo editing app for iPhone/iPad on the App Store. With PERSTEXT you can insert dynamic text into photos to convey a message and a greater design sense, and enjoy a new form of expression and communication.
This time, with 12 free filters that make it possible to express changes in color tone, and special effects, as well as the addition of copying and resizing text editing functions, you can enjoy expressing images that suit you with even greater freedom. The new version is available for download at canon.jp/perstext.
In addition to filters that adjust the color tone, a total of 12 filters to express special effects such as diorama, vignette, and zoom have been added. By changing the filter, it is possible to enjoy a variety of different impressions even with the same image. And, by using the text copy function, the photographer can insert their signature into images brimming with originality when uploading to SNS.
About PERSTEXT PERSTEXT is a free app for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch1 that makes it possible insert dynamic text into photos, and share them easily on various SNS. With the simple operations of just entering text and specifying the perspective lines with your fingers, you can easily enjoy creating works of art.
By copying edited text, it is now possible to paste into a different image. By pasting text into various works, it can be used for the photo's signature and help expand the range of expression. Also, a function that can retain the format of edited text when resized has been added, providing even better freedom of layout.
While most of the world bases the fall season on the calendar, a photographer's fall season starts when the foliage changes color and ends soon after the leaves "fall" from the trees. "Photographer's fall" is generally a subset of everyone else's fall, but ... not always. For example, in Alaska, photographer's fall starts and, in some locations, ends in what everyone else considers summer.
As you may have noticed in my September 11th-captured Denali National Park image, the landscape has some good color in it, but a significant percentage of the leaves are beyond peak and many have fallen already. And, as illustrated in this picture, very few leaves were left on the brush and snow was on the ground this September 12th morning. From a photographer's perspective, this was winter, but per the calendar, "fall" was still over a week away.
Planning the timing of "fall" foliage photography has never been easier. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
First, consult fall foliage maps. These maps will show you when to expect peak leaf color in the location you want to photograph in.
Note that I was intentional with the plural of "maps". If you have one watch, you think you know what time it is. If you have more than one watch, you might not be so sure. But, if you average the times of all of the watches, you are more likely to have the correct time. Not all maps are identical in their forecast timing and granularity. Averaging the forecasts together helps provide a better understanding of what normally happens.
There is good reason that these maps are not identical and that is because the fall foliage colors do not come at exactly the same time each year. Leaf color change can be influenced by a variety of factors including temperatures and ground moisture levels. If you know what the various forecasts say, you can plan your photography for the heart of what is typically fall foliage season for that region.
Another good way to determine the right timing for your fall photography is to look for fall photo tours occurring in your target location. Quality tours will be held during the window of highest likelihood for peak color. Even if not joining such a tour, note the date range for planning purposes.
As I write this tip, photographer's fall is coming to an end across the northern hemisphere. But, there have been a lot of fall landscape photos posted to the web in the last two months and those pictures are a gold mine for trip planning. Find out when the best pictures were taken in your target location and take notes. Also, take notes from your own photos.
At minimum, I photograph the fall foliage around home and usually at Ricketts Glen State Park, an amazing location less than 2 hours from my home. Each year, I record the leaf condition for the dates I photograph in those locations along with others I visit. As the next fall comes around, I have a very good idea of when I should be photographing in those locations.
Start now. Wherever it is that you keep notes, record your fall experience along with the information gleaned from research. Make plans for next fall's photos to be your best ever!
Erik Valind demonstrates how to create a quick, easy setup for on-location or in-studio senior portraits with two speedlights, a couple FlashBender 2 XL Pro Lighting Systems and a reflector. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
Photo management leader adds photo-enthusiast community app to its suite of products and services; challenges photographers to push the envelope of their creative style, and engage with and inspire other photographers.
Mountain View, Calif.—November 12, 2015— Eyefi, the global leader in digital photo-management apps and services, has acquired OKDOTHIS, the app that pioneered idea-sharing for photographers with its unique way of inspiring photographers to stretch their creativity. The acquisition expands Eyefi’s scope into a new area of digital photography: engaging directly with photographers to inspire creativity and the exchange of ideas. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
OKDOTHIS popularized the idea of a daily photography “DO” – an idea or suggestion designed to trigger creative inspiration for photographers. OKDOTHIS was created through a partnership between Nashville, Tennessee based Aloompa and Jeremy Cowart, acclaimed photographer and founder of See University. In 2014 Jeremy was recognized as the most Socially Influential Photographer on the Web. His body of work includes portraits of many familiar names such as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Tim Tebow, Sting and many others.
“When I meet photographers around the world, one common theme emerges: exploring new ideas to evolve their skills and get more enjoyment and satisfaction from their photography. That was the idea that led to the creation of OKDOTHIS,” said Jeremy Cowart. “Being a part of Eyefi means we can scale this idea and bring OKDTOTHIS to photographers everywhere.”
“We are delighted that the OKDOTHIS team has joined Eyefi,” said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eyefi. “Eyefi has always focused on helping photographers be more productive so they can focus on creativity. With OKDOTHIS, we’re adding the power of social interaction and engagement among photographers to inspire them to challenge and learn from each other.”
OKDOTHIS Challenges Photographers to be More Creative
OKDOTHIS is an innovative community of photographers who, every day, celebrate the role of creativity in the art of photography. The app is designed to get them out of the rut of taking the same picture over and over again by providing a “DO” — a specific idea of what subjects to shoot and what mood, topic, theme or attribute to highlight. OKDOTHIS encourages photographers to ‘stretch’ beyond their standard shooting styles. There are several categories of DOs, ranging from art & design, sports, work, life highlights, etc. Examples of some thought-provoking DOs include:
Doors that you wish could talk
Epitomize a city in one photograph
Tenebrism: violent contrasts of light and dark, where darkness dominates the image
Photographers can simply browse, select a DO, and use their phone to take and post the photo on the spot. Alternatively, a photographer might want to plan a day of DOs — select a few on which to focus for the day, head out with a preferred digital camera, and shoot. With the Eyefi Cloud integrated with the OKDOTHIS mobile app, photographers can now use photos from their digital camera (with a Mobi WiFi SD card) or their WiFi camera to submit a photo for one of the challenges.
Environmental Sustainability Initiative Achieved Goal of Contributing to the Planting of 50,000 Trees in 2015
MELVILLE, N.Y., — As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that the Company’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation has helped contribute to the planting of 50,000 trees this year. The achievement is the latest result of Canon U.S.A.’s long-lasting support of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Program, which helps to rebuild communities affected by natural disasters through the planting of trees.
Since 2009, Canon U.S.A.’s contributions to Arbor Day’s reforestation efforts and the Community Tree Recovery Program have helped in the planting of over 360,000 trees across national forests and communities that have been impacted by natural disasters.
“As a cornerstone of our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, Canon is a strong believer in community involvement,” said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Through our partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, we are proud to have achieved this goal in helping communities where natural disasters have struck.”
This year, the Community Tree Recovery Program has provided recovery support to 11 states across the nation, including New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas and Washington. Through the Canon Forest Program, which supports the Community Tree Recovery Program, Canon supported the planting of one tree for every eligible imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction system sold from April 1, 2015, up to the now-achieved goal of 50,000 trees planted. Various imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction systems have achieved outstanding Total Energy Consumption (TEC) ratings, received ENERGY STAR certifications, and have also received various EPEATi ratings, which is the global registry for greener electronics.
"We are thankful for the partnership with Canon as they help in the rebuild of communities across the country," said Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation, president. "Planting trees is a powerfully inspiring experience that will help to bring hope and healing back to the good people affected by these natural disasters."
I've been a photographer for many years but somehow never got around to adding a set of Christmas lights to my kit – until now. On a recent trip to CVS Pharmacy, I wondered down the newly stocked holiday seasonal aisle to find dozens of sets of Christmas lights.
When my eyes landed on a set of "icicle" lights, I immediately thought about how great they'd look as a background for a shallow depth-of-field portrait. After a quick checkout I was ready to set up a portrait session with Amanda.
I gelled both flashes with a full CTO so that the light hitting the subject would closely match the light emanating from the warm, tungsten Christmas lights. Gelling the flashes with a full CTO helped to create the illusion that the light hitting the subject's face might have been caused by another string of Christmas lights just behind the camera. I know that's a bit of a stretch, but at least the color of the light hitting the subject is at least somewhat motivated by the components within the scene. And with the color of light closely matching, I could use a global color correction to dial in just the amount of warmth I wanted in the image.
For the camera and lens, I used a tripod mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. The 85L II worked perfectly in the relatively small amount of space, providing a field of view narrow enough to fill the frame with the collapsible background and an aperture wide enough to throw the background out of focus.
Here's a shot of the setup that I took this morning:
The EXIF details for the final portrait were f/1.6, 1/60 sec, ISO 200. While I could have used an even wider aperture to further accentuate the bokeh, I thought f/1.6 was a good compromise between DOF and the effect in the background that I was going for (Amanda's nose is still a touch out of focus at f/1.6).
At the end of the evening, I was really glad I had finally added a set of Christmas lights to my kit. They're fun, relatively inexpensive and a great source of creative inspiration – be sure to pick some up this holiday season for enjoyment year round!
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