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 Thursday, February 19, 2015
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From Adobe:
 
Adobe Photoshop Turns Twenty-Five – A Cultural Icon, Photoshop Shapes the Way We View the World
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Feb. 19, 2015 — Adobe Photoshop, the imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age, turns 25 today. Photoshop touches virtually all the inspirational imagery that surrounds us: the high-impact logo on your morning cup of coffee; the new app you download on your iPhone; the sleek design of your running shoes; the Hollywood blockbuster that you’ll see tonight. Photoshop continues to blaze a trail, with amazing new features added in every release and new mobile apps that extend the power of Photoshop to iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
 
“For 25 years, Photoshop has inspired artists and designers to craft images of stunning beauty and reality-bending creativity,” said Shantanu Narayen, Adobe president and chief executive officer. “From desktop publishing, to fashion photography, movie production, website design, mobile app creation and now 3D Printing, Photoshop continues to redefine industries and creative possibilities. And today that Photoshop magic is available to millions of new users, thanks to Adobe Creative Cloud.”
 
Photoshop is one of the most recognized software brands in the world with tens of millions of users, and is the go-to application for digital image manipulation across all media: from print, to film, to the Web. Photoshop features — such as Layers, The Healing Brush, Content Aware Fill and Camera Raw — have empowered creatives to produce their best work. Photoshop technology is also at the heart of Adobe Lightroom, essential software for both professional and amateur photographers. And to meet the needs of today's visual artists, Photoshop and Lightroom mobile apps enable creatives to work on image files seamlessly across desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.
 
Photoshop’s success helped Adobe deliver the creative industry’s most comprehensive set of tools. No other company serves the creative industry with such a wide range of products and services. In addition to Photoshop, applications like Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver and others have pushed creativity forward, no matter what the media. And today Adobe Creative Cloud services, such as Behance and Creative Talent Search, are helping a new generation of creatives find a global audience and market for their work.
 
The secret of Photoshop’s massive popularity has been its constantly evolving capabilities and an incredible pipeline of deep image science. This pipeline of innovation is now getting to customers faster than ever before, with Photoshop and Lightroom desktop and mobile apps constantly updated, as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.
 
To celebrate this Photoshop milestone, Adobe is showcasing 25 of the most creative visual artists under 25 who use Photoshop. To be considered, artists upload their projects to Behance and use the tag “Ps25Under25.” In the coming months, those selected will take over the Photoshop Instagram handle (@Photoshop) for two weeks and present their work for the world to see. Fredy Santiago, a 24-year old Mexican-American artist and illustrator based in Ventura, California will be the first to display his incredible images, beginning today.
 
The company is also launching an advertising campaign, “Dream On," for The Academy Awards — as a tribute to 25 years of amazing art created in Photoshop. The TV commercial includes incredible work from Photoshop artists and iconic images from major motion pictures that used Photoshop in the making, including Avatar, Gone Girl, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Shrek. The spot can be seen here.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/19/2015 7:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens
B&H has the Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens available for $229.95 with free shipping and 4% Rewards. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • Full-Circle Image
  • Wide 5.8mm Focal Length
  • Aperture Range of f/3.5-22
  • APS-C & Full Frame Compatibility
  • Close Focusing from 0.25" to Infinity
  • 185° Angle of View
  • Focus Distance & DOF Scale
  • Smooth Manual Focusing
  • Creative Flare Effect
Post Date: 2/19/2015 6:47:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 18, 2015
DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer
Hot Deal: For a limited time, B&H has the DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer available for $500.00 off – now only $2,499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,999.00.
 
Features:
 
  • Supports Cameras up to 16 Pounds
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control
  • Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System
  • Assistant Software for iOS and Windows
  • Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup
  • 15mm Rods + Mount Points for Accessories
  • USB and PowerTap Power Outputs
  • Gimbal Tuning Stand Included
  • Included Hard Case Holds Gimbal and More
Post Date: 2/18/2015 11:48:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Winter Photography Tips: Go Where the Temperature is Warm
It was -4° F (-20° C) this morning and the wind was howling. The meteorologist was warning of frostbite occurring to exposed skin within 15 minutes.
 
I can take cold weather, but wind chills approaching -30° F (-34° C) are getting uncomfortable enough to keep me and a large majority of other photographers indoors. What is the answer for someone wanting to photograph outdoors when weather conditions reach this extreme? Wait until warmer weather arrives or go somewhere that is warm. The latter is of course my preference. Where to go? Closer to the equator, of course. Or, cross the equator to find summer.
 
One example of a winter photography location is southwest Florida. This location is renowned for its bird photography and the weather here is very comfortable most of the time including the middle of winter. Take you long lens and migrate with the birds.
 
This Roseate Spoonbill was found at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida in late winter. The spoonbill was standing in place for a long time and I had taken plenty of shots of various standing poses – and insurance shots of the same. I was waiting, looking for a new and hopefully more interesting behavior. A preening session provided just that.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
800mm  f/8.0  1/400s  ISO 100  2623 x 3935px
Post Date: 2/18/2015 8:21:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $379.00. Compare at $499.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 2/18/2015 6:59:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD 2TB Elements Portable HD
BuyDig.com has a WD 2TB Elements Portable HD + Lightroom 5 Bundle available for an in-cart price of $99.99 with free standard shipping.
 
Note: Price drops to $99.99 in-cart. Considering that the drive alone sells for $84.00 after $30.00 instant savings, this is like getting Adobe Lightroom 5 for only $16.00 (excellent deal).
Post Date: 2/18/2015 6:47:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Flashpoint StreakLight 360 Ws Flash with Blast Power Pack
Adorama has a Flashpoint StreakLight 360 Ws Flash with Blast Power Pack Bundle available for $399.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $519.95 if purchased separately.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Flashpoint StreakLight 360 Ws Flash
  • Flashpoint Blast Power Pack BP-960 - (Li-polymer, 4500mAh)
  • Flashpoint Wireless Remote
  • Flashpoint Wireless Receiver for StreakLight Flash
  • Flashpoint Streaklight Umbrella Reflector Kit
Post Date: 2/17/2015 3:39:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From CreativeLive:
 
Third Annual CreativeLive Photoshop Week Gathers Renowned Experts on Photoshop and Lightroom to Educate Photographers and Creative Pros …Free!
 
Seattle, WA – February 17, 2015 – Nearly every photographer and graphic artist relies on Photoshop to help them refine and perfect their creations before presenting them to clients, friends, and family members. CreativeLive, the premier source for online education, is once again bringing together the world’s foremost experts to create Photoshop Week (February 23-28, 2015), a weeklong series of online seminars brought directly to the convenience of your computer, and in the comfort of your studio or home. To register for the live seminars and view a complete class schedule of Photoshop and Lightroom topics, visit CreativeLive.com.
 
Over the course of six days, CreativeLive will stream 49 live classes presented by the industry’s leading Photoshop experts including Dave Cross, Tim Grey, Jason Hoppe, Mike Kelley, Matt Kloskowski, Julieanne Kost, Jared Platt, Julia Kuzmenko McKim, Aaron Nace, Chris Orwig, Colin Smith, Paul Trani and Ben Willmore. Each 90 minute class provides a detailed look at the hottest topics for a comprehensive learning experience that can be applied to your graphics and photography.
 
Viewers will also have an opportunity to purchase and download any of the 49 classes to create an on-demand personal library of Photoshop and Lightroom tutorials from the very best in the business. The cost for downloading the entire course curriculum is $299. Individual classes can be downloaded and archived for on-demand viewing for $19 each.
 
“CreativeLive is the source more than two million photographers have turned to for live online learning,” explains George Varanakis, General Manager of Photo at CreativeLive. “Photoshop Week offers a very comprehensive curriculum presented by the most renowned experts in the industry. While all the classes are available free when airing live, the entire collection of classes are also available for on-demand viewing and critical study.”
 
From beginner to advanced users, photographers who tune into Photoshop Week will find what they learn to be an invaluable asset to their day-to-day workflow actions. Whether it’s a new feature or technique such as Introduction to 3D in Photoshop or a refresher course on Layer Effects, the viewers will listen and learn from the very best in the business. Visit the CreativeLive website to review the entire schedule of classes and build your personal calendar for Photoshop Week.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 3:11:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Get tips to attract clients and land more wedding gigs
 
It's hard to believe wedding season is just around the corner! To help you put your best foot forward, we've partnered up with Tamron to put together our latest guide, How to Grow a Wedding Photography Business. Get tips to attract the wedding clients you want, develop a solid pricing plan, and have your clients bubble over with excitement when it comes to your exceptional customer service.
 
In this guide you’ll also learn:
 
  • How to screen for the best clients
  • The most important thing to do when first starting out
  • What to do on the big day to make an impression
  • How to establish a strong brand identity
  • Why your customer service should be above-and-beyond
  • How to take natural looking photos
Plus get insights from 6 seasoned wedding photographers who share their tips to tackle the market and build a successful wedding photography business.
 
Get the free guide.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 2:21:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through February 27, use coupon code WINTER15 at LensRentals to save 15% on your rental.
 
Promotion Details:
 
  • Valid for any order placed between Feb 16-27th, 2015
  • Can not be combined with any other offers
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 11:12:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
I wanted to visually see the new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens beside the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. So, I sized the lenses to scale and composited a prime Art lens family photo. You can definitely see the family resemblance.
 
B&H is accepting preorders for the Sigma 24mm Art Lens with initial shipments expected to arrive March 20th, 2015.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 9:56:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Through February 22, use coupon code PXAPB35 at AdoramaPix to receive 35% off your photo books order.
Post Date: 2/17/2015 8:57:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sean and Amanda's Valentine's Day 2015 Image
by Sean Setters
 
Amanda and I have been dating a little more than a year now. And even though I have a camera in my hand nearly every day, we have relatively few pictures of us together. This Valentine's Day, however, we decided to address that issue.
 
I've slowly been accumulating a collection of old, 35mm transparent slides for use with my Light Blaster. One recent eBay auction win left me with a set of humorous title slides designed for use with early films. Considering our fondness of hats, one slide in particular seemed well-suited for inclusion in our image.
 
We used my driveway (with a bordering fence) as the location for our shoot. The chair shown usually occupies a spot in my living room. I chose that specific chair because it was bulky enough to help me conceal the lower part of the light stand that the Light Blaster would be on.
 
For optimal results, the timing of the shoot proved essential. I needed the ambient light to drop low enough so that the projected image would show up well on the fence. Too much ambient light would make the projected image less distinct. Therefore, we set everything up shortly before sundown and kept shooting as dusk rolled in.
 
The mainlight consisted of a 580EX Speedlite flash diffused by a 24" Glow Collapsible Softbox positioned just out of the frame to the right. The softbox was chosen because its directionality allowed me to keep light from contaminating the background projection. I used a Lumopro LP180 flash zoomed to 105mm for the rim light which was positioned behind us, camera right. I used another 580EX positioned directly behind the chair with the Light Blaster + Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens attached. This lens provided the perfect size projection while its wide f/1.4 aperture also allowed me to squeeze every bit of illumination out of my flash (wider aperture = brighter projection). I used radio triggers to trigger the flashes and a Canon RC-1 wireless remote to trigger the tripod-mounted 5D Mark III + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens (f/2.8, 1/160 sec, ISO 320). We positioned ourselves very carefully to conceal the top half of the light stand and flash / Light Blaster.
 
After a couple of dozen attempts we had the shots we wanted. After a small amount of post processing, we arrived at the image shown above. Amanda was especially happy with the shot, so it was well worth the effort.
 
And just in case you're curious, the shirt I'm wearing underneath the jacket says "Bokehlicious".
Post Date: 2/17/2015 7:32:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 16, 2015
Rokinon 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens
B&H has the following Rokinon lenses in stock and available with free expedited shipping.
 
Post Date: 2/16/2015 12:36:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the FAA:
 
Regulations will facilitate integration of small UAS into U.S. aviation system
 
February 15, 2015 – WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations (PDF) that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
 
The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.
 
The proposed rule also includes extensive discussion of the possibility of an additional, more flexible framework for “micro” UAS under 4.4 pounds. The FAA is asking the public to comment on this possible classification to determine whether it should include this option as part of a final rule. The FAA is also asking for comment about how the agency can further leverage the UAS test site program and an upcoming UAS Center of Excellence to further spur innovation at “innovation zones.”
 
The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which can be found at www.regulations.gov. Separate from this proposal, the FAA intends to hold public meetings to discuss innovation and opportunities at the test sites and Center of Excellence. These meetings will be announced in a future Federal Register notice.
 
“Technology is advancing at an unprecedented pace and this milestone allows federal regulations and the use of our national airspace to evolve to safely accommodate innovation,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
 
The proposed rule would require an operator to maintain visual line of sight of a small UAS. The rule would allow, but not require, an operator to work with a visual observer who would maintain constant visual contact with the aircraft. The operator would still need to be able to see the UAS with unaided vision (except for glasses). The FAA is asking for comments on whether the rules should permit operations beyond line of sight, and if so, what the appropriate limits should be.
 
“We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an undue regulatory burden on an emerging industry.”
 
Under the proposed rule, the person actually flying a small UAS would be an “operator.” An operator would have to be at least 17 years old, pass an aeronautical knowledge test and obtain an FAA UAS operator certificate. To maintain certification, the operator would have to pass the FAA knowledge tests every 24 months. A small UAS operator would not need any further private pilot certifications (i.e., a private pilot license or medical rating).
 
The new rule also proposes operating limitations designed to minimize risks to other aircraft and people and property on the ground:
 
  • A small UAS operator must always see and avoid manned aircraft. If there is a risk of collision, the UAS operator must be the first to maneuver away.
  • The operator must discontinue the flight when continuing would pose a hazard to other aircraft, people or property.
  • A small UAS operator must assess weather conditions, airspace restrictions and the location of people to lessen risks if he or she loses control of the UAS.
  • A small UAS may not fly over people, except those directly involved with the flight.
  • Flights should be limited to 500 feet altitude and no faster than 100 mph.
  • Operators must stay out of airport flight paths and restricted airspace areas, and obey any FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).
The proposed rule maintains the existing prohibition against operating in a careless or reckless manner. It also would bar an operator from allowing any object to be dropped from the UAS.
 
Operators would be responsible for ensuring an aircraft is safe before flying, but the FAA is not proposing that small UAS comply with current agency airworthiness standards or aircraft certification. For example, an operator would have to perform a preflight inspection that includes checking the communications link between the control station and the UAS. Small UAS with FAA-certificated components also could be subject to agency airworthiness directives.
 
The new rules would not apply to model aircraft. However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95, including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes. Generally speaking, the new rules would not apply to government aircraft operations, because we expect that these government operations will typically continue to actively operate under the Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process unless the operator opts to comply with and fly under the new small UAS regulations.
 
In addition to this proposal, earlier today, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum concerning transparency, accountability, and privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections for the Federal Government’s use of UAS in the national airspace system which directs the initiation of a multi-stakeholder engagement process to develop a framework for privacy, accountability, and transparency issues concerning commercial and private UAS use.
 
The current unmanned aircraft rules remain in place until the FAA implements a final new rule. The FAA encourages new operators to visit:
http://www.knowbeforeyoufly.org
 
You can view the FAA’s Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking later today at:
http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/recently_published/
 
An overview of the Small UAS rule can be viewed at:http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/rulemaking/media/021515_sUAS_Summary.pdf
 
You can view the fact sheet at:http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=18297
 
Press Conference audio is available here.
Post Date: 2/16/2015 10:34:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Restrap Shoot Camera Strap via Kickstarter
From the Restrap Shoot Camera Straps Kickstarter UK Campaign:
 
Less than a second. That’s the time it takes for a camera to be attached to the Shoot strap. No extra pulling or tightening, just one single action, with one single hand - all through the power of magnets.
 
The Shoot’s magnetic connection system (“SNAPS”), capable of bearing 100kg, allows any camera to be carried with unfailing security. The SNAPS are a pair: one side attaches to the camera, the other to the strap. The result is a seamless connection. Cameras are fastened, removed, swapped and fine tuned with unbeatable ease.
 
Shoot is the brainchild of Restrap, a well-established, British brand with expertise in producing innovative products, totally hand-made in Yorkshire.
 
There are two versions of the strap: The Shoot (£35) secures the camera around the photographer’s neck or in a sling style, whilst the Shoot Mini (£20) attaches around the wrist – either right or left – to keep the camera closer to hand.
 
In addition to the powerful forces of the magnets, the straps themselves are designed to withstand anything. Made from recycled, automotive-grade seatbelt webbing in 50mm (Shoot) and 25mm (Shoot Mini), they are secured with custom laser-cut tri-glide buckles and are stylishly finished with genuine, hard-wearing suede. Both models are available in red or black.
 
Nathan Hughes, founder and director of Restrap, says: “We set out to design a strap that would offer unparalleled strength without compromising the flexibility photographers want when shooting on the streets. The Shoot range gives them the security they need, whilst letting them play around with the camera quickly and easily.”
 
For more information, check out the Restrap Shoot Camera Straps UK Kickstarter Campaign.
Post Date: 2/16/2015 8:47:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through tomorrow, use coupon code Pesidents40aff at CanvasOnDemand.com to recieve a 40% discount on your canvas print order.
 
Note: I have a 20x30" Canvas on Demand print hanging just above my TV and it looks great. It also arrived in one of the most protective packages I have ever seen. If you've never tried Canvas On Demand, I highly suggest giving them a chance. I think you'll be very satisfied with your order. [Sean]
Post Date: 2/16/2015 8:21:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens review page.
 
I think that you are going to like what you see from this lens. You will notice strong barrel distortion at 15mm (details in the top crop sample get enlarged) and some chromatic aberration to be corrected, but overall this lens is looking good including at f/2.8.
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Tokina 16-35mm f/2.8
Tamron 15-30mm VC vs. Zeiss 15mm f/2.8
 
B&H has the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 2/16/2015 7:54:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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