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 Friday, November 6, 2015
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"If you’re like me, you love looking at photographs. Creating images that capture a viewer’s interest and holds it usually doesn’t happen by accident. When you look at a photograph that captivates you, what is it that keeps you looking at the image? There are several answers to this question and in this blog, I’ll share with you some tips to help you create better composition in your images.
It’s important to look at a scene through your camera and intentionally use elements in the image to improve composition. I’ll talk about the use of compositional aids such as rule of thirds, negative space, leading lines, balance and the use of color. Sometimes making a great photograph means choosing a slightly different camera position or lens choice. More than simply pointing and shooting, a solid thought process should go into composing an image. Be an observer!"
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Post Date: 11/6/2015 6:10:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
Product Highlights
  • Adjustable Height Design
  • Hot Shoe Stabilizing Adapter
  • Multiple Accessory Mounting Holes
  • Corrosion Resistant Finish
  • Included Handle & Cold Shoe
Post Date: 11/6/2015 5:24:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 5, 2015
Zeiss Milvus Lens
Image quality (ISO 12233 Enhanced Resolution Chart) results from the EOS 5Ds R and EOS 7D Mark II, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the following pages:
Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens (exception: no image quality results presented at this time)
Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens
The Milvus 21mm image quality test results will be coming soon, along with the explanation of why these results are delayed.
Post Date: 11/5/2015 11:29:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 after $500.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/5/2015 9:02:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fall Photography Tips: Use Fall Foliage for Portrait Backgrounds
Mikayla (she's 13) decided to make a lion costume. After a week of diligent designing, a run to the craft store, lots of cutting and plenty of sewing, she had a very impressive made-from-scratch full lion costume complete with a stuffed tail that had a curve at the end of it. She created the best lion costume she possibly could and my goal was to capture the fruition of her effort the best I could, creating a memory to cherish for a lifetime.
She finished the costume just in time to wear it Trick-or-Treating. For those unfamiliar with this tradition, the kids spend an evening walking around town wearing costumes and people hand out candy from their front doors. Well in advance, I requested time for a photo session with Mikayla wearing the costume, but ... kids in their most photogenic moments seem to be completed (hair, makeup, etc.) just in time to ... leave for their big event.
I requested 15 minutes notice prior to the photo op (I know, I ask for a lot), got 10 minutes and scrambled to finalize my decision on what the short photo session was going to look like. The amount of remaining daylight was the biggest question I had prior to this moment. It seemed logical that a lion should be outdoors, so I was hoping for some light remaining in the sky and with at least some ambient light, outdoors was the final location selection.
While the leaves were just beyond their peak fall colors, they were still clinging to the trees and had a still-nice color that was indicative of the autumn season. A location that could incorporate this color in the background was the next decision.
I knew that I wanted a blurred background, that I had plenty of working distance available and that I wanted subject framing ranging from environmental to tight headshots. I went with the 200mm focal length as it would work well for those requirements and I went with the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS lens to maximize the background blur (and to get put the most available light possible onto the sensor).
Lions are known for their nasty predator look and for their roar. Mikayla was acting the part, but since she is a very sweet girl, the nasty-mean lion look made her naturally smile big soon afterward. I still find it a little unsettling to look at the pictures of her roaring, but definitely like the smiles that came afterward. And I like some of the little smiles that came between the two extremes, as seen here.
As planned, I captured a wide variety of poses and subject framing (in the 10 minutes of shooting time I was given). I liked many, but ... her crimped hair acting as the lion's mane "stood out" for me. So, I chose to share a moderately tightly-framed portrait with you.
The mechanics of taking pictures turned out to be an easy part of this series of images, with the ambient light working especially well. I've received a lot of positive comments from friends, with "Those are great photos!" being very common. The subject was of course largely responsible for these responses, but the ability of this lens to strongly blur the fall-colored background, making the subject pop, was another strong contributor to them. This lens, though not inexpensive, can do the same for photos of your own family, or for those for your clients.
The next time you have portraits planned for fall capture, look for trees that can provide a colorful background to your image. The color of the fall foliage should be complementary to your subject's clothing and the colorful trees should not steal the show from the primary subject, but especially when blurred, fall foliage can add a beautiful natural color to portrait backgrounds.
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
200mm  f/2.0  1/160s
ISO 320
5339 x 7887px
Post Date: 11/5/2015 8:06:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Elinchrom EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS
B&H has the Elinchrom EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • 20 Channels in Normal Mode
  • 20 Channels in Speed Mode
  • 4 Groups
  • Hi-Sync Mode Up to 1/8000 Sec.
  • LCD Display Screen
  • Up to 656' Triggering Range
  • Compatible with 3 Flash Unit Generations
Post Date: 11/5/2015 6:05:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Gitzo GT2532 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Through December 31, Gitzo is offering mail-in rebates up to $140.00 on select Mountaineer tripods. See details below.
Gitzo Mountaineer Mail-In Rebates
GT0532Mountaineer Tripod Ser.0 3S$100.00
GT0542Mountaineer Tripod Ser.0 4S$100.00
GT1532Mountaineer Tripod Ser.1 3S$100.00
GT1542Mountaineer Tripod Ser.1 4S$100.00
GT2532Mountaineer Tripod Ser.2 3S$120.00
GT2542Mountaineer Tripod Ser.2 4S$120.00
GT2543LMountaineer Tripod Ser.2 4S Long$120.00
GT3532Mountaineer Tripod Ser.3 3S$140.00
GT3542Mountaineer Tripod Ser.3 4S$140.00
GT3542LMountaineer Tripod Ser.3 4S Long$140.00
Post Date: 11/4/2015 2:28:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
ProOptic 4X4 (100mm) Filter Holder Foundation Kit and 5D III + 17-40L
Through tonight, Adorama has the ProOptic 4X4 (100mm) Filter Holder Foundation Kit available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
Product Features
  • Aviation-grade CNC process aluminum
  • Matte black frosted anti-reflective finish
  • Easy to use, compatible with 100mm wide and 2mm thick filters or round (86mm) camera filters
  • No vignette for wide angle lens larger than 18mm even when using 3 filters at once
Note from Sean: This is a really good deal. The LEE foundation kit costs about $90.00 and you still have to purchase an adapter ring to complete the kit. When adding ProOptic Foundation Kit to your cart, Adorama allows you to add an adapter ring up to 77mm at no additional charge (the 82mm adapter ring is $1.00) via the following screen.
I purchased the ProOptic 4X4 Filter Holder Foundation Kit (seen above on my 5D III) when we posted the deal on Oct. 30. My initial impression is that this is a very good filter holder and an excellent value at this price.
Induro CLT303L Classic Series 3 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod
Post Date: 11/4/2015 6:55:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photo District News:
"National Geographic has confirmed that 9 percent of their 2,000 employees (approximately 180 people) are being laid off, less than two months after the National Geographic Society announced that 21st Century Fox had acquired a controlling stake in the magazine and other media assets for $725 million. There is no word yet on how many people in National Geographic’s photography department have been affected. One photo editor for the magazine, Sherry L. Brukbacher, confirmed on Twitter that she was among the “many” let go today. In addition to the staffers being laid off, the company is offering buyouts to an unknown number of longtime employees."
See the entire article on Photo District News.
Post Date: 11/4/2015 6:09:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens
Just posted: Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
Tamron is onto something with their new line of image stabilized wide aperture prime lenses, featuring great styling with image quality that challenges the field.
B&H has the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 11/3/2015 7:51:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW Shoulder Bag available for $14.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
Note: I purchased one of these bags the first time this deal rolled around and I've taken it on several photo ventures already. It's a great bag and a steal at this price. I used the Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW this weekend while checking out Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island. [Sean]
Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Super Color IR

Post Date: 11/3/2015 6:35:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 after $500.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/3/2015 5:34:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Bella V Shoulder Bag (Black)
For a limited time, B&H has the Manfrotto Stile Collection: Bella V Shoulder Bag (Black) available for $19.99 with free shipping. Regularly $39.99.
Product Highlights
  • For DSLR With Lens,2-3 Lenses, Flash
  • Camera/Lens Stored In Shooting Position
  • Zip Closed or Secure With Buckle on Flap
  • Water-Repellent Nylon Exterior
  • Two Movable, Interchangeable Dividers
  • One Divider Folds to Remove Camera/Lens
  • Special Pocket for Pocket Tripods
  • Front Accessory Pocket for Cables,Memory
  • Comfortable Shoulder Strap
Post Date: 11/3/2015 5:24:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 2, 2015
Lastolite by Manfrotto Products
From Manfrotto:
Manfrotto, the world leader in photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, announces Lastolite By Manfrotto, a Co-Branding project that will involve Lastolite’s entire range of products. This co-branding will promote the cross selling between the products and will lead to a better shopping experience for customers thanks to the new packaging with a renewed look and feel. Lastolite by Manfrotto products will have the Manfrotto quality guarantee.
The First Two New Products Under the New Rebranding
Lastolite by Manfrotto starts this co-branding process with the launch of two new products, perfect for portrait photography: EZYBOX SPEED-LITE 2 and the PERSPECTIVE BACKGROUNDS.
Lastolite Ezybox Speed-Lite 2
Fulfilling the daily needs of hobbyists and professional photographers, the Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 is an improved version of the existing Ezybox Speed-Lite. The New Ezybox Speed-Lite 2, light and easy to use, is suitable for on and off camera use. With removable internal and external diffusers, it represents the best small and compact solution (22x22cm) for the photographer who needs peerless softness of light.
A new silicon strap and ratchet knob enables to adjust the strap tension according to the flashgun, ensuring a secure fit. Ezybox Speed-Lite 2 is easy to set-up and collapse, and to store away thanks to the new folding mechanism. The product is packed in a color carton box with images that illustrate the product’s use.
Lastolite Perspective Backgrounds
The top selling Lastolite by Manfrotto collapsible background range, is now implemented by 3 NEW PERSPECTIVE BACKGROUNDS - Stone Steps/Winter Trees, Stone Archway/Grecian Steps and Evening Street/Ivy Archway, making the range the best portable solution for set up’s in studio or outdoor’s portrait photography. New inspirational options: one background with a double side, providing a double source of inspiration for your scene portraits.
The Perspective Backgrounds can be attached directly to the Magnetic Background Support System, designed for collapsible backgrounds and are easy to store thanks to its practical blue bag.
B&H has the following gear available for preorder:
Post Date: 11/2/2015 8:47:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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