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 Friday, June 2, 2017
The 2017 Complete Video Creators Bundle by 5DayDeal is a value packed collection of video tutorials, software, LUTs, and digital resources to help you thrive in the video industry – and this fantastic deal is short-lived.
 
Get instant access to more than $2,000.00 in cinematography training and tools and pay only $97.00. And when you pick up this bundle, $9.70 of the purchase price is donated to charity. Sale ends Tuesday at noon (PST).
 
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Post Date: 6/2/2017 8:12:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Daylight LED Light with 2x L-Series Battery Plates available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
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  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8" Panel, Weighs 2 lb
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  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming, CRI: 95
  • Low Power Draw: 29W
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
Through this weekend, B&H has the Drobo 5D Professional Storage Array available for $469.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $619.00.
 
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  • Highly Desktop Scalable Storage Array
  • 2 x Thunderbolt / 1 x USB 3.0
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Post Date: 6/2/2017 5:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 1, 2017
The 2017 Complete Video Creators Bundle by 5DayDeal is a once-in-a-life time collection of video tutorials, software, LUTs, and digital resources to help you thrive in the video industry.
 
Get instant access to $2,000+ in cinematography training and tools—pay only $97.00. And as a bonus, when you pick up the bundle, $9.70 of the purchase price is donated to charity. Sale ends Tuesday at noon (PST).
 
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Post Date: 6/1/2017 5:32:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
There are many types of off-camera flashes available for consideration, so let's go over the primary options. While the term "flash" could be used interchangeably to describe any of the following options, we'll be using the term "shoe-mount flash" to describe flashes featuring a hot shoe and "studio strobe" to describe the bulkier, more powerful flashes.
 
Shoe-Mount Flash: Camera Brand/Third-Party TTL Compatible
 
"Ok, so I own a Canon/Nikon/Sony camera... does that mean I have to buy all Canon/Nikon/Sony flashes for off-camera use?" The simple answer is, "No," but there are certainly some advantages to building a camera brand specific kit. Camera brand shoe-mount flashes – like the 600EX II-RT – can communicate with each other wirelessly through optical and/or radio means and can automatically calculate the amount of flash necessary to provide the correct exposure as determined by your camera (ETTL, iTTL). Optical triggering requires line-of-sight (each flash must be able to see the master flash or commander unit), and its range is fairly limited (especially outside in bright sunlight). Radio-enabled flashes provide much more range without the limitation of line-of-sight positioning. With an all Canon/Nikon/Sony flash system, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of high-speed sync (exceeding your camera's max flash syncs speed) and rear-curtain sync (where the flash is coordinated to end with the rear curtain). Note: Nikon users can enjoy the benefits of rear-curtain sync even with non Nikon-branded flashes.
 
There are also some third-party flashes that mimic the capabilities of the camera brand flashes providing full communication with your camera and similar features at a reduced cost. However, sometimes these flashes can be incompatible with older and/or yet-to-be-released camera bodies. If the third party flash manufacturer does not release an updated firmware, or otherwise, there is no way to update the flash's firmware, then you're simply out of luck.
 
Shoe-Mount Flash: Third-Party Manual
 
Third-party manual flashes offer a relatively no-frills option as they do not feature wireless communication and power levels must be adjusted manually. These types of flashes work well in indoor studio setups where the flash is placed in an easily accessible location (they are not very convenient when the flash is boomed above a subject and the power level requires adjustments). Manual flashes typically require a radio trigger to sync the flash with the camera's shutter, but some manual flashes offer optical slaves which can trigger the flash when it sees other flashes fire.
 
The downside to all shoe mount flashes is their somewhat limited power. They tend to work great indoors and in times when the ambient light is not necessarily abundant and bright, but outside of those situations or when modifiers are used, you may find yourself wishing you had a few more stops of flash power at your command. If your photography lighting applications require more power, you'll want to look at the available studio strobe options described below.
 
Studio Strobes: Monolights and Pack & Head Systems
 
The two most common types of studio strobes include monolights and pack & head systems. With monolights like the Profoto D1, the flash bulb, modeling light, cooling system and power supply (requiring AC input) are all contained within the flash head's housing. In a pack & head system (Profoto Pro/Acute/D4) , the power source (often called a generator or power pack) is a separate component from the flash head. As you likely guessed, both these systems have benefits and drawbacks compared to the other.
 
Benefits of a pack & head system include smaller/lighter flashes, the ability to run off of battery power or AC and remote control of power levels via the pack with only one radio device needed for triggering all connected flash heads. Downsides to a pack & head system include a single point of failure (pack) could render all flashes unusable, power cords running from a single location to all flash heads (making positioning lights difficult at times) and higher cost.
 
Benefits of monolights include [generally] lower cost and easier positioning of lights assuming multiple AC outlets are available. Downsides include the need for a radio trigger for each individual light (unless the monolight features a built-in optical slave and your shooting situation allows for that type of triggering), AC power requirements and having to adjust power levels at each light (unless a radio triggering system is available that can perform power level adjustments).
 
Studio Strobes: Battery Powered
 
Relatively new to the industry are battery powered studio strobes (Profoto B1, Broncolor Siros, Interfit S1, Dynalite Baja, Phottix Indra) which offer the power of traditional studio strobes with the flexibility and convenience of a user-replaceable, rechargeable battery built right into the flash head unit. Most of these strobes feature built-in wireless receivers providing benefits such as independent power control (possibly even TTL) and high-speed sync.
 
With benefits of increased power and the inclusion of built-in rechargeable batteries (making them an excellent option for on-location/outdoor setups), the downsides of battery powered studio strobes compared to shoe-mount flashes include increased size, weight and higher cost.
 
Wrap Up
 
While there are certainly products that fall in between these categories offering a blend of benefits and drawbacks, the groups listed above constitute the majority of what's available for off-camera flash use. And with so many options available, it's very likely that you can find a flash/strobe setup (or mix of these products) which can adequately cover your lighting needs.
 
In our next installment in this series, we'll take a look at the wide range of radio triggers available in the today's marketplace.
 
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Post Date: 6/1/2017 9:03:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Bergün, a village in Switzerland, has banned photography in its municipality in order to prevent the overwhelming sadness experienced by those who view the images of the village on social media yet cannot experience Bergün in-person.
 
In the above video, President of the Board (Mayor) Peter Nicolay kindly asks NASA to remove or blur all its images of the beautiful village to spare viewers the inevitable sadness, despair and longing associated with not being there.
Post Date: 6/1/2017 7:36:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern TIme, B&H has the YUNEEC Q500 4K Typhoon Quadcopter with CGO3 Camera, SteadyGrip, and Camera Aluminum Case available for $549.95 with free shipping. Regularly $899.95.
 
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  • Designed for Aerial Photo and Video
  • Capture Up to UHD 4K30 / 1080p120 Video
  • Take Up to 12MP Still Photos
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • ST10+ Ground Station / Transmitter
  • 5.5" Touchscreen to View/Operate Camera
  • OSD Overlay of Flight Telemetry Data
  • No-Fly Database
  • Includes Two Flight Batteries
  • Aluminum Hard Case & Trolley Included
 Wednesday, May 31, 2017

 
From the Russell Brown Vimeo Channel:
 
In this tutorial I will demonstrate a classic technique to match colors in Adobe Photoshop. I discovered this technique in the beginning of time and it is still just as helpful today. This technique uses the RGB, grayscale channels to adjust colors within an image.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/31/2017 11:45:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive available for $24.99. Regularly $39.99.
 
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  • The fast way to move media between your devices
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  • Keep private files private with included SanDisk SecureAccess software
Post Date: 5/31/2017 9:26:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
With a moderate temperature and sparse clouds overhead, I set off with the goal of photographing a local marsh with my infrared converted Canon EOS 7D and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. I was particularly interested in photographing the dormant trees often found in such locations. After a little exploration, I found an area behind an apartment complex that seemed perfect. The marsh was mostly dry and featured obvious walking paths used by nearby residents.
 
The dry marsh featured dozens of dormant trees which I intended on photographing as my primary subjects, using the wide, flat marsh and blue sky as a backdrop. However, I photographed several trees but was unsatisfied with my results.
 
And then I started thinking about my composition. A good landscape image needs to have a distinct foreground, middle and background, or else it needs an element that guides the eye through the composition. When photographing the trees with an ultra-wide angle lens, the images had a distinct foreground and background, but the lack of an element clearly connecting the two – guiding my eye through the scene – resulted in boring photographs. With that revelation and a fresh set of eyes looking at the scene, I began searching for ways to connect the foreground and background in the composition. The answer appeared just beneath my feet.
 
The curved pathway that snaked through the scene seemed ideal for leading a viewer's eye through the image. If the path had been straight, it wouldn't have had the same effect. But with a gentle S-curve running from the foreground through the middle part of the image, the resulting composition (including interesting clouds) proved to be my favorite shot from this outing. Of course, the image doesn't feature one of the trees I was so anxious to photograph, but... the trees aren't going anywhere, so I'll likely try again another day.
Post Date: 5/31/2017 8:58:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast Silkray 400 Bi-Color LED Round Light available for $149.95 with free shipping. Regularly $236.95.
 
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  • Color Range: 3200 to 5600K
  • 10.23" Diameter
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  • AC or Battery Operation
  • 0-100% Dimming
  • Low Power Consumption
Post Date: 5/31/2017 5:07:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 30, 2017
LensRentals has the Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera in stock and available for rent.
 
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Post Date: 5/30/2017 12:00:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode Mark Wallace demonstrates three ways to add light to interior room to match the bright light from the sun. After watching this tutorial you'll be able to balance the light so your interior shots look natural with the light from outside. Mark shows how you can use a speedlight, a small off-camera flash, and even a fully manual studio setup.
 
Note: Instead of using high-speed sync, you can also use ND filters to reduce the shutter speed required for a proper exposure to arrive at a shutter speed at or below your camera's max flash sync speed. [Sean]
Post Date: 5/30/2017 9:57:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Before we address the need for off-camera flash, it's vital to understand why investing in any flash – whether it be an on-camera shoe-mount flash or a studio strobe – is worthwhile. While beautiful, natural, soft ambient light is ideal, many times circumstances don't line up with pre-scheduled portrait sessions. With a flash (or multiple flashes) in your kit, you gain the ability to create the ideal light wherever and whenever you need it.
 
Now let's say you have invested in a shoe-mount flash. However, with the shoe-mount flash mounted to the camera's hot shoe and pointing forward, you find your portraits don't look quite right. There's a good reason for that. Think of it this way – how often do you view the world with a bright, small sized light emanating from your forehead? My guess is... not often (outside of you spelunkers out there).
 
When you view the world day in and day out, light is usually generated from many different sources, and therefore, it comes from varying directions (but as we established, rarely from your forehead). One way to change the size and direction of your camera mounted flash's output is to swivel the flash head and bounce the light off of a nearby neutral colored wall or ceiling. For flash owners, this is the first and easiest step to improving the look of images taken using [on-camera] flash. But unfortunately, bounce flash is not a panacea. Sometimes there isn't a nearby surface suitable for bouncing your flash, and other times you may want more control over the light than this option permits.
 
Now let's consider positioning the flash in a location other than the camera's hot shoe. With the flash off-camera, more natural looking portraits can be created compared to portraits utilizing on-camera (especially bare, pointed forward) flash. With a huge array of light modifiers available, each influencing your flash's light quality in a unique way, the possibilities for creative, compelling and professional looking imagery are endless.
 
In the next installment in this series, we'll take a look at the various types of off-camera flashes and studio strobes.
 
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Post Date: 5/30/2017 8:37:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For customers using SONY a9 (ILCE-9) camera
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We have found that the combination of SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 (SA-E and EF-E) and some of SIGMA's interchangeable zoom lenses may not focus precisely, if it is attached to SONY a9 (ILCE-9), released by SONY in May in 2017. When using AF-S mode and shooting in telephoto range, it could occasionally display the shot is in focus, although it may not properly be focused on the subject.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience experienced by customers who use these products. We are now investigating the phenomenon and will make a further announcement on the website shortly.
 
We appreciate your continued support for our company.
 
For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/world-network/
Post Date: 5/30/2017 5:17:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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