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 Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Carrying lots of gear for your wedding or event photography? This utility cart may be good solution for transporting all of your gear from the car to your on-site storage/shooting location in a single trip.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the On-Stage UTC2200 Utility Cart available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $119.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact & Expandable for Audio Equipment
  • Adjustable from 28.5 to 42.5" in Length
  • Holds up to 485 lb
  • 8" Solid, Wear-Resistant Rear Wheels
  • 4" Front Casters with Brakes
  • 10.5" Platform Bed Height
  • 31" Handle Height
  • Foldable for Transport/Storage
Post Date: 7/19/2017 6:19:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
You are planning to photograph the eclipse, right? This rare opportunity is coming to most of North America with the path of totality running coast-to-coast through the heart of the USA. The moon is going to cause the sun to disappear and that event is causing solar filters to disappear from retailer inventories. Don't wait to get yours!
 
Which solar filter should I get for my super telephoto lens? I just posted a review of that answer: The Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter.
 
You might be surprised at how inexpensive this filter is. The Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. At least some sizes are in stock – preorder out of stock items immediately to get them in time for the big event.
 
You can also view the entire selection of solar filters at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.
 
If you don't own a super telephoto lens, this event is a great excuse to get one (some of these are also becoming scarce). If such a lens is not affordable or does not have long-term use, consider renting one.
 
Solar Eclipse Photography Resources
 
Here are some links that you may find useful. The first is NASA’s interactive map (click anywhere on it to get that location’s information). The second is our news feed of useful articles:
 
NASA: Interactive Solar Eclipse Map
Solar Eclipse Photography Tips (TDP posts)
Space.com's Solar Eclipse Guide
Solar Eclipse Exposure Calculator
American Astronomical Society: How to Shoot Solar-Eclipse Images & Videos
MREclipse.com: Solar Eclipse Photography Guide
NASA: Solar Eclipse Maps
NASA: Eclipse Photography
 Tuesday, July 18, 2017
From the Lightroom Journal:
 
Today, we’ve got lots of great updates for Lightroom for iOS and Android.
 
iOS
Available now through the iOS App Store, today’s release includes a new selective brush, a new details tab, and an improved interface for iPads. As always, Lightroom for iOS is free to use and can be downloaded here.
 
Selective Brush
 
One of the most requested features in Lightroom for iOS is now here—the selective brush. Using this tool, you can selectively paint in enhancements to any part of your image. If you’re using an iPhone that supports 3D Touch (such as an iPhone 6s or later), you can even vary the effect by just pressing softer or harder as you paint. And for iPad Pro users working with an Apple Pencil, you get the same capability—press harder to apply more of the effect, or softer to apply less.
 
We’ve also added in the ability to selectively erase both the linear and radial gradients, making them even more powerful than before.
 
Details Tab
 
Another often requested feature has been added in this release—global control over sharpening and noise reduction. These advanced tools are often used to add the finishing touches to photographs by controlling noise and enhancing image details.
 
New iPad Interface
 
With the introduction of the iPad Pro, and now the iPad Pro 2, the iPad has become a serious option as a laptop replacement for any photographer. To that end, we’ve worked hard to make a truly portable and yet powerful version of Lightroom that is designed for the larger touch-based interface of an iPad.
Android
We wanted to provide the best Android experience possible so we redesigned Lightroom for Android from the ground up to be faster, more efficient, and, well, more Android-y. Every screen has been redesigned with the goal of ensuring a natural, native Android experience while providing the highest quality, professional-grade mobile photo editing app ever.
 
Check out some of the new and updated interfaces by downloading this free update now by tapping here.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/18/2017 12:10:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I just moved into a new house in Savannah and, unfortunately, this one didn't have a large extra bedroom with high ceilings to use as my studio/office space. Fortunately, it did have a detached building that served as the previous owner's workshop.
 
The floor space available inside the workshop is 17' 5" x 11' 2.5" x 10' 5". The ceiling is 10' 5" at its apex but angles down to create walls which are roughly 7' high. As far as photography studios are concerned, this area is adequate for many needs but few would consider it spacious (especially with the gear that would eventually fill it).
 
After cleaning out the shop, washing the walls, installing insulation in the ceiling and fixing a minor electrical issue, it was time to decide on what color to paint the walls. Traditionally speaking, white is a good option. But I decided that the traditional option wasn't right for this space.
 
My previous studio was very slightly larger than this one. And even in that space, controlling light spill could prove problematic. That's because of the numerous nearby bright (yellow) colored walls for the light to bounce off of. Aside from the wall color making color balancing a pain (an x-rite ColorChecker Passport helped), limiting fill light in the space required using black [negative fill] cards for certain shoots.
 
So while white walls would have helped me avoid color balance issues, it would have compounded my previously-experienced light spill issues in a small (but larger than this) space. After thinking it over, I went to Home Depot and asked the associates in the paint department to mix me "middle gray," or specifically, 18% gray. Apparently, that's not a color that's found in their system. The next day I took a gray card to Home Depot and asked for a color match.
 
The above photo was taken just after the studio was painted. There's substantially less useable space now that my studio gear is all in place.
 
For this relatively small space, the benefits of having 18% gray walls include:
 
  • Less light is reflected compared to white walls, helping to limit light spill for better overall control.
  • For the light that does bounce off the walls, color influence is negligible.
  • A gray background is great for classic portraiture.
  • When gelling the background with flash, gray tends to work better because gelled flashes firing at white walls tend to get washed out relatively easily if any of your ungelled main light contaminates the background.
Unfortunately, there's only one small section of the room where the wall is actually bare and useable for background purposes, and that particular section is located on one of the longer sides of the room (shown above, left side between two power outlets), leaving a relatively small working space that is more appropriate for headshots or head-and-shoulder portraits as opposed to full length portraits. I can of course shoot longways in the studio with many other background options available. Below is recent head-and-shoulders shot I made in the new studio that was used by the subject's parents for a modeling call.
 
Head and Shoulders Modeling Image

So far, I'm pretty happy with how the studio turned out. I'll be making another post later this week about some of my organizational techniques utilized for the space.
Post Date: 7/18/2017 7:30:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the PocketWizard MultiMAX II Transceiver in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Combination Transmitter and Receiver
  • Frequency: 340-354 MHz (FCC)
  • Works with Most PocketWizard Radios
  • Range: 1600' / 3200' (Long Range Mode)
  • 32 Channels; Selective Quad-Triggering
  • 20 ControlTL Channels with Three Zones
  • Infinite Intervalometer; Multi-Pop Mode
  • SpeedCycler; Lag Time Equalizer
  • Rear Curtain Sync; Precision Delay Times
  • Max Sync Speed: 1/125 to 1/1000 Second
Post Date: 7/18/2017 5:32:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 15 (either together or separately) on sale for 33% off for a limited time.
Post Date: 7/18/2017 5:26:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the E-Image EK60AAM Fluid Drag Video Head and Tripod available for $159.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 17.6 lb Capacity Fluid Drag Tripod Head
  • Sliding Balance Plate with Safety Lock
  • Spring Loaded Counterbalance System
  • Fixed Tilt and Pan Drag
  • 75mm Claw Ball
  • 2 Stage Tripod with Mid Level Spreader
  • 31 to 63" Height Range
  • Independent Leg Adjustments
  • Removable Anti-Slip Pads / Spike Covers
  • Travel Soft Case
Note: A version of this tripod with a dolly kit is also on sale.
Post Date: 7/18/2017 5:18:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 17, 2017
B&H has select DJI Phantom 4 Pro & Advanced Quadcopters on sale for $100.00 off.
Post Date: 7/17/2017 2:12:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler talks about her favorite approaches to creating conceptual, stylized portraits for her subjects including story-telling, styling, mood boards and more.
 
Lindsay then does a demo shoot showing how to create stylized images, a quick retouch, and see the finished image come to life in print.
Through 7/23, use coupon code PXHUDSON10 at AdoramaPix to get 10% off Hudson albums.
Post Date: 7/17/2017 12:40:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The pronghorn is a beautifully-colored animal and this sharp-looking buck gave me a glance perfectly timed with a brilliantly-colored background.
 
I shared the pronghorn chase story (with me being chased most of the time) before, but got around to processing another favorite from that experience. I won't tell you the same story twice, but head over to that page if you do not remember reading the story and strategy before.
 
The 5D Mark IV is a great general purpose camera and wildlife photography is just one of many excellent uses for this model.
 
Do you have your fall photography plans in place?
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1000s
ISO 320
5088 x 3392px
Post Date: 7/17/2017 8:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SmallHD 702 7" OLED On-Camera Monitor available for $999.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,599.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7" 1280 x 800 Display
  • SDI and HDMI Inputs
  • 300 cd/m² OLED Panel
  • 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Wide Color Gamut with LUT Support
  • SDI-HDMI Cross Conversion
  • Dual L-Series and LP-E6 Battery Support
  • Page Builder OS
  • Milled Aluminum Construction
  • Scratch-Resistant Gorilla Glass Screen
Post Date: 7/17/2017 5:30:56 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 $499.95 with free shipping. Regularly $899.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 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
 Sunday, July 16, 2017
Until midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the WD 4TB My Book Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive available for $97.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Includes AC Adapter
  • 256-Bit AES Hardware Encryption
  • Includes WD Backup Software
  • Acronis True Image WD Edition Software
  • Windows & Mac Compatible
  • May Require Reformatting Before Use
 Friday, July 14, 2017

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/14/2017 10:24:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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