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 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

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/28/2016 2:52:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
lf you're like me, you keep a catalogue (either mentally or on paper/electronically) of locations you'd like to photograph "...when the time is right." For many locations, timing is everything.
 
Yet the opportunities for some types of photography are remarkably fleeting and/or rare. One such photographic endeavor where time is really of the essence is lightning photography. Typically speaking, lightning photography is optimally captured at night and the circumstances which make it ideal for capture sometimes catch you by surprise (for example, when you're sleeping).
 
For instance, I've been awoken in the early morning hours by the distant sounds of thunder and immediately thought, "Now would be great time to capture a lightning strike featuring downtown Savannah, GA." Unfortunately, the last time this happened I was unprepared to rush out the door quickly. It took me about 15 minutes to gather all the items I thought I'd need to capture lightning, including double-checking battery and memory card capacities. As I was driving downtown, I saw the last lightning strike that the storm had to offer. The opportunity had slipped through my fingers.
 
That got me thinking. What I really needed to do is prepare a "go-bag" that's ready at a moment's notice. So for the last two evenings where thunderstorms have been forecast, I've packed a bag before going to bed so that I can bolt (pun intended) out the door when necessary.
 
My lightning oriented go-bag includes:
 
For what it's worth, I carry the Canon TC-80N3 for redundancy; if the MIOPS trigger's internal battery becomes exhausted, or I'm photographing in a location that's too bright for the trigger to sense faint lightning, I'll use the Canon Remote Timer and simply fire the camera continuously using the intervalometer.
 
When packing the bag, I always check to ensure my camera's batteries have a sufficient charge and that its memory cards are in place. After that, I place my Induro CT-314 tripod (similar to this) on top of the bag so that I don't forget to take it as well.
 
Preparing your go-bag well ahead of the time you actually need it has two very tangible benefits. The first is that you're able to get out of the door as quickly as possible. The second is that you're less likely to forget a vital piece of equipment because you aren't frantically rushing to get everything packed.
 
Cloud and/or sunset photography are other endeavors that may benefit from a prepacked go-bag including a circular polarizing filter, step-up rings (if needed), and possibly a strong ND for longer exposures. If the sky is filled with interesting clouds or a beautifully warm, hazy sunset, just grab your bag and head out to your favorite location before conditions change (wherever that may be).
 
Do you shoot bands in night clubs? Do you ever get calls 15-minutes before show time with requests to shoot a gig? Your go-bag would likely include several wide aperture primes and, maybe most importantly, earplugs.
 
While having a go-bag prepared isn't necessarily advantageous for all photographic disciplines, it can really come in handy for those all-to-fleeting photographic opportunities where minutes matter.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/28/2016 10:43:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Dance Photographer Lois Greenfield shares with us her insight on how she captures movement and the beauty of dance.
 
B&H carries Broncolor lights.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/28/2016 10:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
April 28, 2016, Commack, New York – Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces that its SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012), a fast aperture wide-angle lens, and SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), a fast aperture standard lens, both of which were launched in September 2015 as lenses compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras, have now won the "iF Design Award 2016" and the "Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016."
 
Design Concepts of the Products that Won These Prestigious Awards
 
  • Product design with maximum emphasis on the human interface in order to achieve the ultimate in functional beauty
    While the lens is constructed with the absolutely most modern technologies inside, the exterior is articulated to offer the best possible comfort and confidence under a product design philosophy of "Human Touch." Organically composed lines and patterns on the barrel produce subtle changes in its appearance by reflecting ambient light on the surface. Metal-based barrel materials provide a pleasant feeling of comfort, high quality and durability, fitting firmly in the hands of the photographer. Design of the front face of the lens is also taken into consideration so that it is not intimidating.
  • Brand ring and SP emblem
    A brand ring that's tinted "Luminous Gold" adorns the lens just above the lens mount. On one side of the lens barrel there is an SP emblem in the same luxurious color.
  • Design of distance and aperture scales
    The window over the distance scale has been enlarged by 20% to maximize visibility and legibility. Font style of the characters and numbers has been newly developed to enhance the legibility as a critical element of the overall product design.
  • Switches with optimized geometric shape and tactile feedback
    The geometric shape and sliding torque of the AF/MF change-over and VC On/Off switches have been configured and engineered to deliver the utmost comfort with secured operational feedback.
  • Lens hood and caps
    To complete the lens product design, accessories such as the lens hood and caps for front and rear have been totally redesigned as well. Attaching and removing the lens hood has been fine-tuned by optimizing the connection interface to render both secure seating and durability.
B&H carries the Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD lenses.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/28/2016 6:43:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Heliopan:
 
Introducing the First-Ever Filter Replacement Warranty!
 
Things break. And when they do, the cost to replace them is never pleasant. Heliopan UV and Protection Filters are meant to always be on your lens. They help protect your lens from damage. We want to protect you and your investment.
 
Heliopan is pleased to offer a one-time replacement warranty for any UV or Protection Filter purchased new from any of our authorized US Resellers. Proof of purchase in the form of a dated bill of sale with the name and address of the reseller is required. If you recently bought a Heliopan UV or Protection filter, this offer will be valid on purchases dating back to January 1, 2016.
 
Use it. And if it happens to break in the line of duty, replace it. No problem.
 
B&H carries Heliopan filters.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Heliopan News
Post Date: 4/28/2016 5:31:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Still Live: eBay (via CellTimeInc) has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (review) available for $229.00 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/28/2016 5:12:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the ikan VH7i-E6 7" HDMI LCD Monitor with Canon LP-E6 Type Battery Plate available for $259.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $399.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1280 x 800 High Definition Screen
  • NTSC/PAL/SECAM Auto Detect
  • IPS Screen with 178° Viewing Angle
  • HDMI In/Out
  • 400 cd/m² Brightness/800:1 Contrast
  • DSLR Scaling / Peaking / False Color
  • Flexible Power Options
  • Accepts Canon LP-E6 Type Batteries
  • Includes Ball Mount & Sun Hood Clip
Note: Any orders placed now at B&H will be processed after they reopen at 10am on Sun May 1.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/28/2016 5:02:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 27, 2016
While this beautiful bird had its eyes on dinner, I focused on getting a tight headshot with blue sky framing. The bird was in constant motion, so I aligned myself with the sun and held the single selected focus point (one to the right of top center) where I wanted the bird to be in the frame. As soon as the head turned to align with my vision for the shot, I pressed the shutter release. While my timing and/or framing was not successful on every attempt at this image, I really only needed to nail one of them. Persistence paid off.
 
The sky was clear (late in the day) and that meant the required exposure was not changing quickly. Stable exposure needs combined with a bright white subject shout "Manual Exposure" to me. I selected a manual exposure setting that made the brightest whites nearly blown and reduced brightness by 1/6 stop during post processing.
 
The sharpness of this image, captured handheld on the pixel-dense 7D Mark II with the 100-400 L II at 400mm, is really impressive. I see a lot of images, including a lot of sharp ones, but what I see here catches my attention. I highly recommend this lens (and camera), especially for birding and wildlife.
 
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.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/8.0  1/500s
ISO 100
5472 x 3648px
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/27/2016 11:09:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Live Again: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,899.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savigs.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2016 11:26:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this video we share some simple tips and tricks on how to mic talent for video shoots using lav microphones, including some clever ways of hiding or concealing your mics.
 
B&H carries lavalier microphones.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/27/2016 10:31:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality (D3x and D810), vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
There is a bit of a backstory to this post. This is the third copy of this lens we've put through the lab. I was not satisfied with the 50-70mm performance of the first copy, so I brought a second lens in. The results from the second lens were about the same as the first with great wide angle sharpness and not so great long end performance.
 
What to do next was the dilemma. Was this performance indicative of what you should expect from this lens? Did we get two duds in a row? Was there an issue with the Nikon D3x test camera? Perhaps something was not working well with the camera and lens combination?
 
Being unsettled, I opted to clean house and try again. I purchased a new Nikon D810 and brought in a third copy of the 24-70 VR. Here are the results of the 3rd lens on the D810 compared to the 2nd lens on the D3x.
 
Many comparisons can be made. I'll let you decide which of those to make.
 
Nikon D810 test results from more lenses are planned for the future, though it will take a long time to work all previously-tested lens models through the lab. Remember, all lens aberration correction is turned off for these tests (CA, if present, will be especially noticeable at high resolution). The same sharpness settings being used for the D3x (initially setup to match or perhaps slightly exceed the Canon settings) are being used for the D810. We will be looking more closely at this setting, probably after bringing in a 200 f/2 VR for testing (the original base lens used for sharpness setting selection).
 
Don't forget: we really need your support to keep the camera and lens tests coming in. Especially when copy quality is questioned, these tests become very expensive to conduct. Please use the site's links to make your purchases! Even buying diapers at Amazon helps.
 
B&H has the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/27/2016 9:53:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For today only, B&H has the B-Grip EVO Camera Belt Grip available for $24.99 with free shipping. Regularly $49.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Belt-Mounted Quick Release System
  • No Swinging or Jostling As You Move
  • Most Belts & Straps Can Thread the Mount
  • Includes Belt & Quick Release Plate
  • Extra Slots for Additional Straps
  • Safety Thumb Lock on Quick Release
  • 17.6 lb Load Capacity
Note: Any B&H orders placed now will be processed after they reopen at 10am on Sun May 1.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/27/2016 9:15:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In honor of Mother's Day, Tamron has increased the instant rebate on its 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (review) from $80.00 to $120.00 now through May 9, bringing the final price of this mega telephoto zoom to only $949.00.
 
If you can't wait for B&H to reopen, you can purchase the lens through Amazon (Canon/Nikon).
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/27/2016 8:51:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
TIME Magazine is reporting that Getty Images has accused Google of encouraging image piracy through its image search engine, Google Images. Getty has gone so far as to file an official complaint with the European Union Antitrust Commission.
 
In its complaint, Getty outlines key design features – like full-resolution slideshow previews – available in Google Images which leads to users being unwitting pirates.
 
From Time.com:
Getty argues that since image consumption is immediate, “there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site” once it’s seen in high resolution on Google. By making these images available to download, Google has “also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates,” Getty claims.
See the rest of the article on Time.com.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Google News
Post Date: 4/27/2016 8:08:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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