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 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
According to a recent press release, Canon is planning on purchasing roughly 14 million of its own shares – at an estimated cost north of $450 million dollars (50 billion yen) – with the "...aim of improving capital efficiency and ensuring a flexible capital strategy that provides for such future transactions as share exchanges."
 
The stock acquisition is scheduled to take place June 1 through July 14, 2017.
 
Note: At Canon's current stock price ($34.79 USD at the time of this article), they would only be able to purchase 12,976,343 shares with a 50 billion yen investment. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2017 11:13:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive available for $24.99. Regularly $39.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • An ultra-small, low-profile, high-speed USB 3.0 flash drive that's ideal for notebooks
  • The fast way to move media between your devices
  • Read speeds up to 150MB/s
  • Write up to 15X faster than standard USB 2.0 drives
  • Transfer a full-length movie faster than standard USB 2.0 drives
  • Keep private files private with included SanDisk SecureAccess software
Post Date: 5/31/2017 9:26:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted two in-depth articles on the newly announced EOS C200:
 
The Production Brief covers many of the features found in the C200, including the detached touch-screen monitor, built-in dual rotary ND filter and 4-channel audio. The Post-Production Brief covers available recording formats including Cinema RAW Light.
 
B&H will carry the Canon EOS C200 Cinema Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2017 9:21:20 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
From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 31 May 2017 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, today announces the launch of the EOS C200, the latest addition to the esteemed Cinema EOS range. Offering exceptional creativity and flexibility, the new 4K compact digital cinema camera is perfect for a broad range of imaging professionals.
 
As the first Cinema EOS camera to support the new RAW recording format – Cinema RAW Light – the EOS C200 provides the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW in a smaller file size, enabling filmmakers to record internally to a CFast 2.0 card.
 

Newly developed Canon Dual DIGIC DV6 processors provide the ability to record internally 4K UHD/50P MP4, 4K DCI RAW and continuous 120fps High Frame Rate (HFR) in Full HD without crop. At the same time, advances in Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF) technology and a new touch screen LCD monitor provide smooth AF operation and effective tracking.
 
Capability drives creativity
The EOS C200 features Canon’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 8.85MP, along with the newly developed Dual DIGIC DV6 image processors. As a result, it can deliver Cinema RAW Light recording at 4K DCI 50P internally to a CFast 2.0 card. It can also deliver 4K UHD recording at 150Mbps, and 2K or Full HD at 35Mbps to SD cards in MP4 format.
 
Supporting up to 15-stops of dynamic range with Cinema RAW Light and up to 13-stops of dynamic range in MP4 (Canon Log / Log 3), the camera is perfect for capturing highlight and shadow details.
 
The EOS C200 is also capable of delivering both slow and fast motion recording at up to 120fps with no crop in Full HD/MP4, ideal for those wanting creative slow motion capture.
 
An ISO range of 100 to 102,400 guarantees excellent performance, even in difficult lighting conditions, such as when quickly switching between locations. The built-in optical ND filters of up to 10 stops provide further flexibility and convenience, allowing filmmakers to shoot in bright light and expand the depth of field control.
 
Advanced operability and ergonomic design
Built for professionals and ideal for single shooters, the EOS C200 features an advanced AF system that provides reliability and accuracy when shooting 4K, as well as a touch screen LCD panel for filmmakers to easily select their subject. For those who need to switch effortlessly between several subjects in a single shot, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables smooth AF operation whilst the Manual Focus Assist Function, Face Detection with Face Priority and Face-Only options provide greater creative focus control.
 
The EOS C200’s lightweight body of just 1.4kg is designed for comfortable hand-held shooting and will benefit those who are filming for long periods. The compact size also makes the camera suitable for mounting onto a drone or gimbal.
 
Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity allows for browser remote control and the ability to transfer files via FTP, whilst the camera’s compatibility options mean new and existing accessories can be used, including Canon’s electronic viewfinder - the EVF-V70.
 
Cinema RAW Light for next generation workflows
Canon has worked with several partners to ensure Cinema RAW Light is integrated with various software programs. As a result, editing and grading of the Cinema RAW Light video format will be supported in DaVinci Resolve of Blackmagic Design. Editing will be possible in Media Composer from Avid Technology, using Canon RAW Plugin for Avid Media Access. This format can also be processed using a Canon application, Cinema RAW Development.
 
Support for Cinema RAW Light is also scheduled for EDIUS Pro, Grass Valley’s editing software, during 2017. Additionally, a future version of Final Cut Pro X from Apple Inc. will support Canon’s Cinema RAW Light, using Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro X.
 
Future Firmware upgrade
Canon’s XF-AVC video format will be available with a future firmware upgrade. This upgrade is free of charge and is planned to be available from 1H 2018.
 
EOS C200 key features:
 
  • Internal 4K recording with Cinema RAW Light and MP4 format
  • Continuous 120fps (maximum) High Frame Rate with no cropping at Full HD
  • Up to 15-stops dynamic range (Cinema RAW Light)
  • Professional High Quality image and audio
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with touch control and extensive shooting functions
  • Easy operation and flexible configuration
B&H will carry the Canon EOS C200 Cinema Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2017 8:13:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
So. Burlington, VT – May 30, 2017 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the global leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new FlexTT6 Transceiver for Canon – the latest in PocketWizard’s flagship TTL radios. With new under-the-hood technology, it is compatible with the Canon 5D Mark IV, 1D X Mark II, 80D, 77D, T7i and T6 cameras, along with Canon’s 600 EX II-RT and 430 EX III-RT flashes. It is legacy compatible with more than 20 additional Canon cameras and flashes. The FlexTT6 addresses faster camera sensor speeds and is future-proof for next generation camera releases. The new FlexTT6 includes all the features and reliability as the FlexTT5, such as TTL, HSS and PocketWizard’s patented HyperSync technology.
 
“Owners of newer Canon cameras can now access the remarkable wireless TTL technology pioneered and patented by PocketWizard,” comments Karen Marshall, CEO of LPA Design. “Our engineering team was able to conquer the challenges presented by faster camera sensors with this hardware solution.”
 
The FlexTT6 is forward, backward and cross-compatible with the PocketWizard family of wireless radios. This includes compatibility with the FlexTT5 as a receiving radio, as well as the entire line of Plus radios, the MultiMAX, MiniTT1, AC3 ZoneController and Control TL receivers.
 
“We remain focused on the essential value and reliability of the PocketWizard family of wireless gear for our photographers. Add the FlexTT6 to your gear bag, get your flash off your camera and you are ready to shoot with new and older Canon cameras supported by your PocketWizard wireless radios”, said Marshall. “Our customers also tell us that in an increasingly overcrowded 2.4 GHz smart device world that our unique 344 MHz (FCC) and 433 MHz (CE) radios cut through the wireless clutter delivering reliability every shot,” said Patrick Clow, Manager of Customer and Technical Support.
 
Patented HyperSync technology allows photographers to shoot at higher sync speeds, over power the sun, stop action, and control both ambient light and flash at the same time. HSS allows for shooting wide open apertures (up to 1/8000th) in bright sun with speedlites for amazing lighting effects.
 
“At PocketWizard we’re here for one reason, to create and support products that allow you to take your best image every time,” added Clow.
 
The new FlexTT6 for Canon will be available at retail and on line in the US and Canada starting June 8, 2017.
 
B&H has the PocketWizard FlexTT6 for Canon available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2017 7:11:51 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.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Color Range: 3200 to 5600K
  • 10.23" Diameter
  • 0.59" Profile
  • 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

 
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.
 
Other Photography Lighting 101 Posts
 
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
 Monday, May 29, 2017
For today only, B&H has most BlackRapid camera straps available for 15% off.
 
Interested in converting a BlackRapid strap for compatability with Arca-Swiss style plates? See here.
Post Date: 5/29/2017 10:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 9.7" iPad Pro (32GB, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE, Gold) available for $579.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $729.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Screen Resolution (264 ppi)
  • Apple A9X 64-bit SoC with M9 Coprocessor
  • 4G LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Front 5MP FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 12MP iSight Camera
  • Four-Speaker Audio Design
  • Night Shift, True Tone Display
  • Lightning Connector, Smart Connector
  • iOS 9.3
Post Date: 5/29/2017 10:38:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 (Download) available for $92.99. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Post Date: 5/29/2017 10:09:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Davis & Sanford Provista 7518B Tripod with V18 Fluid Head available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fluid Head with 18 lb Capacity
  • 75mm Claw Ball Leveler
  • Double-Strut Top Leg Section
  • Height Range of 28 to 64"
  • Metal Quick-Flip Leg Locks
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Rubber Leg Tips
  • Dual Pan Bar Handles
  • Padded Carrying Case
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