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 Monday, May 4, 2015
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Use promo code BHOPTIC15 ($20.00 off) at B&H to get one full year of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC) for only $99.88. Regularly $119.88.
 
Note from Sean: I've been an Adobe CC Photography Plan customer ever since it first became available. It is undoubtedly one of the best investments I make each month and well worth the normal price of $9.99 per month. However, at this price ($8.32 / mo), it's an absolute steal. [Sean]
Post Date: 5/4/2015 9:32:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oben CT-2391 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
For a limited time, B&H has select Oben Carbon Fiber Tripods on sale for 15% off.
Post Date: 5/4/2015 9:23:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spring 2015 Canon Big White L Lens Family Picture (with Hoods)
With the arrival of the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, it seemed like a good opportunity for the Canon family to sit down for the Big White Lens spring 2015 family picture (download larger images below).
 
Canon Big White Lens Family Picture Spring 2015 without Hoods Post Resolution

 
Featured in these pictures, from left to right, are the following lenses:
 
Download Larger Images
 
Download larger images for your wallpaper, physical wall – or just to get a closer look (grab a tissue to catch the drool):
 
FHD (1920x1080): No Hood | Hood
Retina (2880x1800): No Hood | Hood
Post Date: 5/4/2015 8:35:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
For a limited time, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for Mac and Windows (DVD) available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced Image Enhancement Tools
  • Additional Quick Edit Effect Variations
  • Integrated Learning Channels
  • Enhanced Direct Social Network Sharing
  • Friendly and Intuitive Editing Interface
  • Blend Facebook Profile and Cover Photos
  • Crop and Composition Tools
  • Black and White Photo Effects
  • Easily Mix and Merge Multiple Images
  • Efficient Tagging and Searching Tools
Post Date: 5/4/2015 7:34:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Westcott Ice Light 2
The Westcott Ice Light 2 LED light is an enhanced version of its predecessor built on the wish lists of photographers in the field. Ice Light 2 is engineered with patented new LED technology offering 50% brighter output than the original Ice Light and 1,740 lumens of beautiful daylight-balanced light while maintaining a compact housing. Weighing a mere 20 ounces, the Ice Light 2 can be easily operated with one hand, giving photographers and filmmakers the ability to simultaneously shoot and light their subjects.
 
Unlike traditional LED panels, the Ice Light has a built-in diffuser that is custom-designed to protect the LEDs and provide a vast 73° beam angle. This casts a large spread of incredibly soft quality light.
 
The Ice Light 2`s LEDs feature the advantages of high efficiency and colour purity with low energy consumption and long lifetime. Daylight-balanced at 5500K and rated for 50,000 hours with a stunning Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 96 meaning the subject will be presented in near perfect light also the Ice Light 2 provides flicker-free output and stable light consistency perfect for photographers and videographers alike.
 
A removable Lithium-ion battery is yet another Ice Light 2 refinement. A 2.5-hour charge gives you 60+ minutes of runtime with the convenience of being able to charge a backup battery outside the unit. Affordable replacement batteries are available for prolonged use.
 
The Redesigned Handle offers a dedicated on/off power slider with an 18-step flicker-free range and a light output memory which remembers your last power setting between uses. Battery indicator displays the current battery level using illuminated blue lights. Both ends of the Ice Light 2 include 1/4"-20 thread`s to mount to a light stand, tilter bracket or tripod.
 
Ice Light 2 is designed for the future with built-in Bluetooth with USB connectivity that will allow use with smart device apps and is compatible with all existing accessories including the original Ice Light barn doors, tungsten gels, two-way connectors, and more.
 
Product Features
 
  • 50% Brighter Than Original Ice Light
  • CRI: 96
  • 73° Beam Spread
  • Digital Display 18-Step Dimming
  • Wireless Bluetooth Technology
  • Removable 60 Minute Lithium-ion Battery
  • 100-240 VAC Charger
  • 50,000 Hour LEDs
B&H carries the Westcott Ice Light 2.
Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 5/4/2015 6:53:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Professional real estate photographer Scott Hargis walks us through the gear he takes with him on every shoot in this video spanning 17+ minutes.
 
While I've compiled a list of the gear below, it's worth watching the video to catch his great tips about packing your gear for ease of use and airline travel. [Sean]
 
Photography Gear Used:
 
Lighting
 
Prep Tools
 
Transportation
 
Post Date: 5/4/2015 6:34:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 3, 2015
 Friday, May 1, 2015
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Tamron just announced new mail-in rebates starting today, May 1, and running through June 30.
 
Note: Through May 10, there is an additional $50.00 mail-in rebate (separate form) for the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens for a total of $100.00 in mail-in rebates.
 
Tamron Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Category: Tamron Rebates
Post Date: 5/1/2015 12:31:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 7D II, 100-400 L II and a Preening Sandwich Tern
What was the hardest part of this capture?
 
It was not the exposure. With a solid cloud cover, I was able to lock in a manual exposure for perfect results on every shot. In this case, I chose a 1/1000 shutter speed (the bird was moving a lot and quickly), an f/5.6 aperture (to isolate the bird using shallow depth of field) and ISO 160 to bring the brightest whites up to near RGB 255,255,255.
 
The challenge was not the tight framing of the bird. I was able to slowly belly-crawl close to the small flock of terns. So close that I only needed a 234mm focal length in front of the 7D II's APS-C sensor. I should have used a slightly wider angle still as I added a small amount of canvas on the left in post, providing additional breathing room for the wing.
 
The challenge was also not the low shooting position. Using the NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II, I was able to push the camera forward as I crawled in the sand. Shooting from on the ground gave me a clean background (only sky) and the remaining land in the frame is primarily a blur of texture.
 
The big challenge? Timing the shutter release in conjunction with using the proper AF tactics to get this specific composition with the head included in focus. The sandwich tern cleaning process involved a wide array of moves, few of which I was able to predict and all of them fast. The head was constantly moving in what seemed like all directions and fast framing adjustment with a properly-selected AF point proved very challenging. A narrower aperture would have reduced the AF task, but the result would have been more ground in focus for a different look.
 
One aspect of this image that I like is the complete separation of the head from the body. Many of the preening positions did not have this attribute (and many had a completely hidden head). I also like the balance. While I don't often place my subject in the center of the frame, I felt that centered worked best in this case. The wing and tail balance the bird over the dark, eye-catching legs. The head extended to the right caused me to want the legs shifted just left of center to get what I felt was the right overall balance. My shooting position was low enough that only the legs intersected the color of the sand. The small amount of feather pulling through the bill is the bonus feature. I'll credit the 7D II's short shutter lag for enabling that timing.
 
This sandwich tern was on the gulf shores of Captiva Island, just north of Blind Pass. This location in southwest Florida is ideal for expanding one's bird photography portfolio.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
234mm  f/5.6  1/1000s
ISO 160
5622 x 3648px
Post Date: 5/1/2015 10:10:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From May 1 through June 30, Tokina is offering a $40.00 mail-in rebate on its AT-X 16-28MM F/2.8 FX (review) and a $30.00 mail-in rebate on its AT-X 11-16MM PRO-II DX (review).
Post Date: 5/1/2015 8:30:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
How-Old.Net Age Guess
Corom Thompson and Santosh Balasubramanian, Engineers in Information Management and Machine Learning at Microsoft, used the software giant's newly released Face detection API to develop a web page which attempts to guess the age and gender of the people shown in user-submitted photos.
 
By Microsoft's estimation, the photography business must have taken its toll on me – I was actually less than two weeks shy of 32 when the image above was taken.
 
You can read more about the project on the Technet Blog or have fun this Friday morning by uploading your own photo.
Category: Microsoft News
Post Date: 5/1/2015 7:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Tamron USA:
 
"Tamron Tailgate Tour Unofficial Field Guide" Series Captures Photo "Odd Couple" On a Cross-Country Photo Journey
 
Commack, NY - April , 2015: Tamron USA announced today their first foray into "phototainment" with Season 1 of a video series designed to entertain while teaching valuable photo tips for all levels of photographers. Launched in conjunction with year two of their national Tailgate Tour to promote photography, the six-episode series captures the adventures of two photo road warriors as they make their way across the country, capturing some of the most beautiful photo vistas in the United States. The series features photographer and filmmaker André Costantini, and portrait and landscape photographer Ken Hubbard.
 
In a lesson taken from some current successful binge series, all six episodes of the "Tamron Tailgate Tour Unofficial Field Guide" season will premiere on May 1st on YouTube.com/tamronvids. The episode descriptions are as follows:
 
  • Episode 1: André and Ken explore the Dunes in Death Valley, talk turkey and catch a sunset in Ken's favorite park.
  • Episode 2: André and Ken take the van to the Racetrack on an unpaved road to witness the unexplainable.
  • Episode 3: André and Ken battle the elements and a cactus in search of great images around Zion.
  • Episode 4: André and Ken shoot the sunrise at Horseshoe Bend, discuss proper free fall techniques and harass each other at Antelope Canyon.
  • Episode 5: André and Ken take a trip to "Monkey Lake" and photograph the Milky Way at the Red Toadstools.
  • Episode 6: André and Ken experience a life changing event at the Grand Canyon.
"André and Ken are like Tamron's photo 'odd couple'. They have a long history together as friends, pro photographers and photo educators, and their banter tends to showcase their brotherly love/hate relationship, which adds to the fun of the series," said Stacie Errera, Chief Marketing Officer of Tamron USA. "The Tamron Tailgate Tour covered over 32,000 miles last year, and in addition to all of the camera store stops, they were able to capture amazing images across the country. While showcasing their photographic talents, they passed the time with a lot of laughs and a few insults, and we thought it would be fun to capture their adventures in an educationally-based web series."
 
"While Ken and I aren't exactly the iconic TV Odd Couple, I guess we bring our own brand of honesty that I think photo enthusiasts will appreciate," said André. "It's a no-holds-barred expose that captures maybe one too many hours together in a van." Planning for continuing the series into 2017 is already underway.
 
Season 1 is being released in conjunction with this year's Tamron Tailgate Tour, which will offer a seminar in camera stores across the country called "The Field Guide to Inspired Photography: See It, Capture It, Work It." The 2-hour evening course will be available for $25 in over 75 cities.
 
The Tamron Tailgate Tour works with local camera retailers to deliver a unique learning experience. The Tamron equipped van will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education. Details and dates for the Tailgate Tour, including dates and times for the seminar, can be found at tamron-usa.com/tailgate/.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/1/2015 6:20:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 30, 2015
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,049.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,496.95 new after $500.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 4/30/2015 12:48:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II, 55-200mm VR and Adobe Elements 12 Bundle available for $439.99. Compare at $596.95 new without software.
 
Bundle Includes:
 
  • Refurb. Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera
  • Refurb. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
  • Refurb. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR Lens
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Lens Captures Sanibel Island Lighthouse
Essentially all lighthouses attract photographers and casual observers alike, but not all are similarly photogenic. While it is hard to take a bad photo of the Portland Lighthouse, I found the Sanibel Island Lighthouse to be more challenging (especially with the weather conditions I was given). If you search for images of the Sanibel Island Lighthouse, you will primarily find the normal from-the-side, from-a-distance variation. While some of these images are great, I was looking for something different.
 
The skeletal, pyramidal iron structure of this lighthouse is somewhat unique, and that uniqueness captured my attention. One way to emphasize part of a subject is to make that part closer to the camera than what is to be de-emphasized. Using a wide angle focal length is one key to de-emphasizing more-distant subjects and that is the tactic I used for this image.
 
To get this perspective, I was flat on my back under the lighthouse. For the record, no, I wasn't napping (but it was a comfortable shooting position). It is of course not possible to get under most lighthouses, but the design of this one makes that position possible and that makes the image even more unique.
 
While this shooting location and position brought my state of mind into question from other observers (I received some light-hearted attention), the wide 15mm focal length and careful framing made this image happen.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
15mm  f/11.0  1/80s
ISO 100
5724 x 3816px
Post Date: 4/30/2015 10:57:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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