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 Tuesday, May 3, 2016
B&H has Corel VideoStudio Pro Ultimate X8 available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $89.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 10 NewBlue and ProDAD Effects Plugins
  • Supports UHD 4K in XAVC S Codec
  • Balance Background and Foreground Audio
  • Built-In Screen Capture Tool
  • Includes Royalty Free Soundtracks
  • Media Management Library
  • Storyboard / Timeline Editing Modes
  • FastFlick 3-Step Easy Editing
  • Supports GPU Acceleration
  • Works with Windows XP and Later
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 5:38:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Industry acclaimed i1Display Pro Brings a More Accurate Color Viewing Experience to SmallHD Production-Monitors
 
Grand Rapids, MI – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, with subsidiary Pantone today announced partnership with SmallHD, the creator of durable production monitors for creative video, filmmaking, and broadcast professionals. SmallHD to bundle and support industry acclaimed X-Rite OEM i1Display Pro to seamlessly manage color calibration for their first-ever line of daylight-viewable, full-HD display with flexible power production-monitor models 1703-HDR, 2403-HDR and 3203-HDR.
 
As a design, manufacturer and distributor, SmallHD seeks to continue being an innovator, leading the on-camera monitor industry by bringing filmmakers affordable quality, durability and functionality to their professional monitor-displays. Known for outstanding customer support, SmallHD is driven by the needs and requests from their customers and filmmakers alike.
 
“It’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker, as camera technology evolves more rapidly than ever before. With demand for visual content at an all-time high, so is competition. The modern filmmaker needs confidence in knowing if the shot is in focus and that the color being displayed is accurate. It’s working more efficiently than ever before and having fun in the process. Our production monitors boost the confidence for content creators that find themselves in various indoor/outdoor shooting environments.” states SmallHD CEO, Weston Phillips. “Our partnership supporting X-Rite i1Display Pro for our new line of production displays, including our first-ever line of daylight-viewable HDR production monitors, supports our commitment to give customers a more accurate, professional color viewing experience.”
 
With a century of color theory science behind the X-Rite brand, the i1Display Pro is the ultimate solution for creative professionals who demand speed and flexibility to attain color accuracy. Accurate color representation on screen is paramount for the video and film industries, the i1Display Pro delivers fast measurement speed and unrivaled color accuracy on all modern display technologies. These benefits are especially important whether capturing or editing footage. i1Display Pro includes video color standards, for a more accurate color workflow.
 
“We are very excited to have our OEM i1Display Pro bundled across the new line of SmallHD Production-Monitor displays to enhance viewing accuracy. The announcement aligns with SmallHD recently released larger daylight-viewable HDR production monitors,” said X-Rite Vice President of Product Marketing Chris Winczewski. “The partnership with SmallHD demonstrates our focused commitment for the expansion of X-Rite’s photo and video products into the video, filmmaking and broadcast markets.”
 
B&H carries X-Rite and SmallHD products.
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Post Date: 5/3/2016 5:33:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 2, 2016
In addition to the $300.00 - $500.00 instant savings* already offered on the cameras, B&H is offering a free battery grip with a purchase of the following Nikon DSLR bodies:
 
Cameras that Qualify for a Free Battery Grip
 
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D810A
  • Nikon D750
  • Nikon D610
The battery packs range in value from $225.00 to $369.00, and the promotion will run through June 4, 2016.
 
* The Nikon D810A – optimized for Astrophotography – does not currently qualify for an instant savings.
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Post Date: 5/2/2016 2:33:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today only, use coupon code 50SPRING at Canvas On Demand to save 50% on your canvas print order.
 
Fine print: Campaign is valid until 05/02/16 at 11:59 PM EST. Cannot be combined with other offers. Excludes the purchase of gift cards. Discount does not apply to shipping rates.
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Post Date: 5/2/2016 1:23:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via QuickNDone) has the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon available for $768.88 with free shipping. Compare at $1,199.00 after $100.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and may not qualify for a Tamron USA warranty. The header image shows the Canon-compatible version of the lens.
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Post Date: 5/2/2016 12:14:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss has posted a teaser image via Facebook which seems to indicate the announcement of three new lenses next week.
 
Hmm....looks intriguing, doesn't it? [Sean]
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Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 5/2/2016 11:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 5/2/2016 10:29:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From B&H:
 
The second year edition bringing you inspiration, technique, and equipment for imaging of travel, wildlife, landscape and adventure photography brought to you by B&H and Lindblad Expeditions.
 
OPTIC 2016 is four days of presentations, events, live demonstrations, portfolio reviews, gallery exhibitions, cocktail parties, sunset cruises and a Central Park photo expedition along with a giant two day long trade show. Please see each day for a complete schedule of the many activities that OPTIC offers that you can choose from, to customize your experience. The main stage on day one and day two will be live streamed. All lectures will be available to view at a later time, so you can relive OPTIC and not miss a single exciting presentation!
 
All OPTIC trade show and lectures are open and free to the public, however we request each attendee register to attend either in-person, or for the Livestream (you will receive an email notification with the link at the start of the Livestream).
 
Click here to see the full 4-day schedule.
 
Keynote Speaker: Michael Kenna
 
Other Speakers:
 
Sven-Olaf LindbladGabriel Biderman
Robert Rodriquez JrMatt Hill
Brenda TharpChris Nicholson
Jay DickmanDavid Brommer
Krista RossowLance Keimig
Katrin EismannRoman Kurywczak
Erika LarsenKevin Gilbert
Flip NicklinIra Block
Ralph Lee HopkinsOmar Z Robles
Vincent VersaceClay Taylor
Charles ChesslerJohn Paul Caponigro
Ron MagilSteve Simon
Sara Cedar MillerStephen Mallon
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Category: B&H News
Post Date: 5/2/2016 9:21:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Sometimes the ambient light is just perfect. But usually it’s not. It’s too bright. It’s too dark. It’s the middle of the day when you want a glowing sunset.
 
That's why we use flash. With flash you’re in full control. If it’s too bright you use it to overpower the sun. If it’s too dark you light up your subject. If it’s the wrong time of day you add an orange color gel and create your own sunset.
 
The trick is to make it look natural. People shouldn’t be able to notice the flash light. They should pay attention to the image, not the technique behind it.
 
In this video, commercial photographer Adam Angelides shows you how. He uses color gels to recreate warm sunlight. He uses a large and deep umbrella as fill light. He uses High Speed Sync to control the ambient light. He uses gels to create a flare. All this in under five minutes.
 
B&H carries the following products:
 
Note: For a limited time, the Profoto B1 comes with a free Profoto OCF Beauty Dish and Speedring.
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Post Date: 5/2/2016 8:25:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Gitzo:
 
From now until May 31, buy any Gitzo Center Ball Head and receive $25.00 by mail*.
 
How to Claim Your Rebate:
 
  1. Purchase a qualifying Manfrotto Distribution product between 04/01/2016 and 05/30/2016. (See list of qualifying products at: manfrotto.rebateaccess.com.)
  2. Go to manfrotto.rebateaccess.com to claim your rebate by entering offer number 68021. In order to obtain a rebate, visit manfrotto.rebateaccess.com and enter the offer number shown above. You will then complete your rebate registration form online. You must have internet access, a valid email address and a printer in order to register your rebate.
Meet The Center Ball Head Family
 
ProductWeightLoad
Capacity
Center Ball Head Series 1 Quick Release D1.1 lbs30 lbs
Center Ball Head Series 1 Traveler Quick Release D0.86 lbs24 lbs
Center Ball Head Series 3 Quick Release1.7 lbs39 lbs

*Valid on items purchased between Apr. 1 and May 31, 2016. Rebate requests must be postmarked by Jun. 30, 2016.
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Post Date: 5/2/2016 5:58:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 29, 2016
Aspen trees do not all change color at the same time in the fall. This can be good or bad news. Good is that there is some flexibility in the timing of fall photo trips to aspen areas. Potentially bad is that there will likely be green or bare aspen trees in your targeted area.
 
In addition to leaf color, sky cover is a concern for aspen tree photography. While blue skies are beautiful, I much prefer to have photogenic clouds decorating a blue sky (with abundant amounts of sunshine coming through). My reasoning for this preference is probably obvious for images that include those clouds and the sky. But, clouds cast shadows and shadows can greatly contribute to imagery.
 
On the return hike from Crater Lake on this day, clouds blocked the sun just enough to shade Sievers Mountain while the foreground aspen trees glowed brightly in the sunlight. In the mid-ground was a patch of aspens with only their top-most leaves remaining (these are the last to fall). Also in the sun, these leaves appear as a flame over the trees. While it is not in the limelight, Sievers Mountain, full of character and framed in blue sky with white clouds further separating the sharpest peaks, makes this shot for me.
 
While a telephoto lens may not have been your first choice for a hike primarily focused on landscape photography, telephoto focal lengths are an integral part of my landscape kit. I often find composing landscape images with a telephoto zoom lens to be easier than a wide angle lens. The next time you head out to photograph the great outdoors, especially in big mountain areas, make sure that a telephoto zoom lens is in your bag.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 4/29/2016 11:23:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Advancing Your Photography YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes gives us his lighting tips and the secrets for controlling light in your photographs. You'll learn about the 3 types of light and how to control each.
 
Bob explains how to capture the shot using natural light without lots of equipment. He shares his decades of experience, knowledge and travels with you in this video.
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Post Date: 4/29/2016 6:44:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 & Lightroom 6.5.1
 
Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 and Lightroom 6.5.1 are now available. Our focus with this release was to add support for new cameras and also fix reported customer issues.
 
Please note that on first launch of Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1, you will need to log in to continue syncing images and metadata between desktop and your mobile devices. To sign in, click on the Activity Center in the upper-left corner and select the “Sign In” button. For more info see these detailed instructions.
 
Lightroom for iOS v2.3 is now live as well. Check it out here!
 
Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1
 
  • Droplets not working as export actions
  • Issues with incorrect folder permissions. Please see instructions to help correct user permissions issues.
  • EXIF lens name not visible for some camera models. Please see instructions to reparse the Lens metadata after installing the update.
  • Focus lost in the keyword panel when navigating to the next image
  • Error when merging to HDR or Panorama from a collapsed stack
  • Removed dependencies on QuickTime for some video codecs on Windows. Please see https://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/quicktime-uninstallation-impact.html for more information
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 / 6.5.1
 
  • Pentax K-1
  • Sony DSC-RX10M3
Known Issue
 
  • Image flickers when moving an adjustment slider. Note that this only occurs when using certain AMD graphics cards (such as 6450M and 6970M) on Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan). We are working with our partners to resolve this issue. In the meantime, you can workaround this issue by disabling “Use Graphics Processor” in Lightroom’s preferences.
Installation InstructionsPlease select Help > Updates to install the update. See Keeping Lightroom up-to-date.
 
Direct download links: Win | Mac
 


Lightroom Mobile for iOS 2.3
 
Lightroom for iOS 2.3 is now available, bringing with it a few important improvements and bug fixes. Most notably, we’ve taken steps to reduce the amount of steps that it takes to edit a photo from your camera roll. We heard from a number of users that editing and sharing a single photo was really important, so we made it possible to start editing immediately with a single photo. Importing multiple photos was also made easier by being able to swipe across a series of photos directly. By making it possible to start editing directly, you no longer have to find a photo, import it, find it again, and then start editing, so common workflows should be improved considerably.
 
We’re of course constantly working on ways to improve the many different workflows in Lightroom for iOS, and have a number of improvements in the pipeline. Let us know in the comments here what you think about this update as we all as what improvements you’d like to see in future builds of Lightroom for iOS.
 
Lightroom mobile 2.3 is available immediately for iPhones and iPads from the App Store.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/29/2016 6:30:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code OURFAVORITES during checkout at Shutterfly.com to receive a $10.00 discount on your order of $10.00 or more.
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Post Date: 4/29/2016 4:15:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 28, 2016
While exploring Middle Caicos, I came across this great little old boat on Bambarra Beach. I opted to go wide and move in close, emphasizing the boat relative to the rest of the landscape. As I worked the scene, I continued to move in closer and lower until ... cue the pelican ... I settled on this shot.
 
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens is a great beach and seascape lens option, with or without a tripod.
 
Whether or not to use a circular polarizer filter when using the widest angles of this lens on a full frame body (and similar angle-of-view-equivalent focal lengths on APS-C format bodies) is a question that one must ask themselves. At very wide angles, a CPL filter can create an unevenly-darkened sky and tastes for such vary widely. One strategy is to shoot in the middle of the day. A high sun places the most-darkened portion of the sky evenly over the horizon. This provides a more-evenly darkened sky within the frame, as seen in this image.
 
While there is some gradient in this sky, I much prefer the CPL look and the high sky-to-boat contrast over the lighter sky (which naturally has some gradient even without the filter).
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 4/28/2016 11:56:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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