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 Monday, November 21, 2016

 
From the Photoshop Tutorials YouTube Channel:
 
There are a lot of ways to process photos in Photoshop. But not everyone uses Photoshop in the most efficient way. In this tutorial, you’ll learn common mistakes photographers make and why you should avoid it.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 10:18:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, you can save 40% on a new SmugMug account during their Fall sale.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 10:05:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From now through November 28, use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at LensRentals to get 25% off your gear rental.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Promotion Details
 
  • Sale ends 11:59 PM CT November 28th.
  • Must use the code BLACKFRIDAY
  • One use per customer
  • Good for rentals arriving by March 31st, 2017
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 9:57:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
One of the first accessories I purchase after investing in a new lens is a UV or clear protection filter. That's why I'm always happy to see a free, high quality UV filter bundled with a lens on my wish list.
 
On that note, B&H is offering a free Hoya 82mm UV Haze NXT HMC Filter ($68.90 value) with purchase of the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens. Also nice is that the lens currently qualifies for a $200.00 mail-in rebate which makes its final price extremely attractive in the general purpose lens category, especially considering this lens' wide f/2.8 maximum aperture and the inclusion of Vibration Control.
 
Want to know more about the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD Lens? Check out Bryan's full review here.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 8:02:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Do you plan on visiting New York City in the next 12 months? If so, this deal offers significant savings on admissions to many of NYC's most popular distinations.
 
Through Thursday, use coupon code BF20 at NewYorkPass.com to save 20% on a 3, 5, 7 or 10 Day New York Pass, the the ultimate key that gets you free entry to over 80 New York tourist attractions.
 
New York Pass Benefits:
 
  • You can choose from 4 different duration types which qualify for this promotion: 3, 5, 7 and 10 days
  • There are no limits to how many attractions you can see
  • 15 busiest attractions offer Fast Track entry to NY Pass holders
  • There are 17 tours that Pass holders can book in advance and secure their place
  • You have full control on your budget, yet you can choose from 80+ NYC attractions
And if visiting New York City with a New York Pass, you may want to try photographing the city from the Rockefeller Center observation deck. If so, check out Bryan's Ultimate Guide to Photographing at Top of the Rock.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 7:43:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vanguard Sedona 51 DSLR Backpack (Blue) available for $79.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200mm, 3 Lenses & Flash
  • Fits up to 13.3" Laptop
  • Detachable Camera Insert
  • Front & Top Zip, & Side Mesh Pockets
  • Rear-Access Gear Compartment
  • Front & Side Tripod Attachment
  • Accessory Attachment Loops
  • Padded Backpack Harness
  • Sternum & Waist Belts
  • Removable Rain Cover & Security Whistle
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 7:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Until 9:00am Eastern Time, B&H has the Domke Next Generation Chronicle Camera Bag (Black Ruggedwear) available for $129.95 with free shipping. Regularly $269.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200 Lens, 3 Lenses, Flash
  • Accommodates iPad or Similar 9.7" Tablet
  • Expandable Exterior Pockets
  • GearProtex Customizable Insert System
  • Dual Zipper & Clip-Lock Closure
  • Detachable Shoulder Strap
  • Rear Trolley Strap
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 7:17:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon’s Annual Ranking Lists Michigan as Top Spot with Most Number of Stunning Foliage Photos, Besting Last Year’s Winner, New York
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon announced Michigan (#NikonFallMI) as this year’s top spot for stunning images of fall foliage. The results were based on thousands of submissions on Nikon’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels, which invited passionate photographers to submit creative and colorful fall images of their state’s most beautiful locations and landscapes.
 
During the nationwide campaign, Nikon received more than 8,000 entries from participants across the country, as photographers who love their state contributed to a dynamic collection of America’s most gorgeous Autumn landscapes from coast to coast. Images ranged from the fiery glow of the Sycamore trees of the West to the striking bright yellow Birch trees found in the serene forests of the East.
 
“The beautiful fall colors and changing of the leaves offer Americans from all states unique opportunities to capture stunning scenes from the great outdoors,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “After a fantastic response to last year’s campaign, we were determined to once again encourage people to get outside, capture, and share images that reflect both the beauty of the season and participants’ state pride.”
 
Michigan earned top honors for 2016 with more than 1,600 photos submitted through various social media channels. The most remarkable photos that were shared exhibited Michigan’s stunning hills, warm inviting parks and the Great Lakes contrasted against bright reds and blazing oranges. The vibrant submissions embody the goal of the program, which encouraged people to capture the best of autumn from every state.
 
After being named top spot for fall foliage last year, New York (#NikonFallNY) was this year’s runner up and showcased a diverse array of beautiful images spanning from Central Park to the Adirondacks. Pennsylvania (#NikonFallPA) and North Carolina (#NikonFallNC) tied for third in this year’s campaign, as both states offered creative images of breathtaking landscapes, serene waterfalls, scenic beaches, and epic highways to crystal-clear lakes with incredible and colorful reflections.
 
To view of all the submissions on Instagram and Twitter, search the hashtag #NikonFall followed by the state’s abbreviation (e.g. #NikonFallMI). On Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/NikonUSA to view the fall foliage submissions.
 
For tips on photographing fantastic seasonal landscapes, check out Nikon’s Learn and Explore website.
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Post Date: 11/21/2016 6:59:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 20, 2016
For a limited time, Sigma is offering significant instant rebates on its 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens ($150.00) and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens ($200.00).
 
Like Canon's Pre-Black Friday deals, I think these Sigma deals will carry on through Black Friday.
 
Sigma also has a few other rebates that you may want to check out.
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Post Date: 11/20/2016 9:01:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 (Download) available for $89.00. Regularly $149.00.
 
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
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Post Date: 11/20/2016 5:15:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens for Nikon F Mount available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $479.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Covers APS-C Sized Sensors
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Depth of Field Markings
  • Min. Focus Distance of 7.87 Inches
  • Bayonet Mount Lens Hood
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Post Date: 11/20/2016 5:10:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 19, 2016
Wildlife photographers can spend many days or weeks working with the same subject at the same location and, due to ever-changing behaviors of their subjects, they can continuously capture unique images. Sports photographers have unique action at every game/meet/match/race/etc. at the same field/track/event location. Street photographer are always finding new entertainment at the same locations. Wedding, event and portrait photographers have a steady stream of new subjects coming through the same locations. But you, landscape (and cityscape) photographer, usually find the same subjects in the same positions each time you go back. However, you still have reasons for going back.
 
Basically, you most often go back in hopes that something might be different this time.
 
Perhaps you didn't get it right the first time. You didn't provide adequate depth of field or didn't focus to the right distance to keep everything in the image sharp. Or, perhaps you want to use a wider aperture lens to better define the primary subject. Perhaps the focal choice was not ideal and part of the scene was cropped too tightly. Maybe you were too close or too far away and didn't get the ideal perspective. You want to move up/down, left/right or closer/farther to get it right the next time.
 
You now have better skills. Closely aligned with getting it right this time are your improved photography skills. You are now better at reading a scene and better able to select the composition, perhaps including a foreground element or better aligning the background within the foreground framing.
 
You go back to work on your creativity. The more bored you become with photographing a scene, the more likely you are going to find a creative new way to photograph it.
 
You go back because you have better gear. While we sometimes think that camera and lens technology is not moving forward fast enough, what is available today is far better than what was available not long ago. Taking your new camera(s) and lens(es) to a past-visited favorite location is an easy recipe for bettering your portfolio. Your higher resolution, lower noise camera and sharper lens will create results that look better, especially at high resolution. Taking a circular polarizer filter, a neutral density filter, etc. that you did not originally have can make a huge difference in your repeat visit results.
 
You go back in hopes for better weather conditions. You hope for better skies, a better sunrise, a better sunset, better clouds, more/less fog, less (or possibly more) wind, warmer light, etc. Everyone loves a fiery sunrise or sunset and those don't happen every day – you might need to go back repeatedly to find these. Fog? Some locations have it with some regularity, but many others have it only occasionally.
 
You go back because the timing is different or better. You may have better water flow, creating better waterfalls that give images a completely different look, one well worth the effort of a revisit. The seasons of the year provide a very different look to many locations. Spring brings bright green foliage and (usually) good water flow. Summer brings darker foliage and warmer weather (required for the snow to melt enough to access some areas). Late summer and fall brings amazing color to the trees in many areas. Winter brings snow, completely redecorating the landscape.
 
The timing of the visit also dictates the position of the celestial bodies. Go back when the sun, moon and/or stars (the milky way) are better aligned. Perhaps the sun shines between two mountain peaks at a certain time of the year. Perhaps you want to go back when the milky way is best aligned over a scene. The same applies to the moon with a specific desired phase and position.
 
Perhaps the scene has indeed changed and is no longer physically the same. While there are not usually macro changes occurring to landscape without a significant environmental disaster (such as a tornado, hurricane, fire, etc.), micro changes frequently happen. Trees fall, erosion occurs, sediment moves in streams during strong flows and fields have a different crop in rotation. If the scene is significantly altered, new images will be more current than those taken before the alteration. Before and after photos may be valued in this case.
 
Sometimes, you go back just because things can happen. Wildlife showing up can add a prize-winning element to any image.
 
If you are considering going back, the location is probably amazing and somewhere you love to be. That alone is a great reason to go back as just being there is awesome. There is no reason why the same location cannot be enjoyed time and time again. If you like the location that much, perhaps you want to share it with a friend or friends.
 
You go back because the location is a known entity. You know that it is repeatedly good for a quality image – an image worth sharing is sure to come out of the effort.
 
You go back for practice. If the location is relatively close to home, visiting the location to practice skills and technique prior to a big photo trip is a great idea. Unlike riding a bike, more like distance running, photography requires practice to stay in top shape. It also affords the opportunity to test the camera gear that will accompany you on the trip.
 
Again, a primary reason to go back is that something might be different this time and the reason that different is desirable is for, minimally, variation and, ideally, for bettering. Photographers are constantly striving to better what we have already done, to raise the bar, to take another step forward in our passion/profession.
 
The previous time I visited Oxbow Bend, Grand Teton National Park, was convenient, but not so well-timed for photography. It was mid-summer (not bad in itself). The sun was high and the leaves were green. The sky was forest fire-hazy. While my cameras and lenses were the best-available at the time, they were not as good as those I'm using today. While I was happy with my results at the time, they do not hold nearly as much value to me from a photographical perspective now.
 
Late this past year, I was blessed with a revisit to this very photogenic location. And, the results from my revisit were much higher grade in many accounts. Though I'm missing the moose that was in my first set of images (it was so small in the frame that I didn't know it was even there until reviewing the images back at home), but my late summer (photographer's fall in this location), early morning timing for the second visit to Oxbow Bend combined with my now-current camera gear and 9-year-upgraded skillset turned in much better results this time around. I'm sharing one of my favorites with you today.
 
What about you? Where do you want to revisit and why?
 
A larger version of this image is available on SmugMug, 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: 11/19/2016 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 18, 2016
For today only, Adorama has the Case Logic CPL-108 DSLR Camera and iPad/Netbook Backpack available for $21.95 with free shipping. Compare at $45.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed to fit a DSLR camera, 2 to 3 additional lenses, a flash and accessories
  • Dedicated, padded iPad compartment along the back panel features side access for quick retrieval
  • Adjustable, padded dividers allow you to customize the camera compartment and an elastic strap helps to secure the camera in place
  • Dedicated internal memory card slip pocket
  • Weather hood fits snugly over the bag to protect from the elements (when not in use, store in dedicated back panel compartment)
  • Front zippered pocket and top compartment provide organization for non-camera accessories
  • Side straps adjust to secure a tripod or monopod
  • Adjustable sternum strap and waist belt provides security and comfort
  • Innovative strap management system eliminates messy, hanging straps
  • Padded, mesh back panel provides comfort and breathability
For today only, Amazon is offering a $20.00 discount on Prime memberships for new customers.
 
To take advantage of this deal, click on one of the links above and then navigate to the deal page using the "click here" link found at the top of the page (see screenshot below).
 
Amazon Prime Discount Page Link

Benefits of Amazon Prime
 
  • Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime
  • Enjoy popular movies and TV episodes included with Prime (including The Grand Tour)
  • On-demand, ad-free music streaming
  • Over a thousand books, current issue magazines, comics, Kindle Singles, and more
  • Unlimited listening to original audio series
  • Get free game content every month, exclusive discounts, plus loads more
  • Free unlimited photo storage
  • 30-minute early access to select Amazon Lightning Deals
Fine Print: Until November 18th at 11:59 p.m., PT, eligible new members can join Amazon Prime for $79 plus applicable taxes for the first year and enjoy member-only benefits and content, including The Grand Tour. Although the price in your cart will show $99, the promotion discount will be applied at checkout. You will be charged when you place your order.
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Post Date: 11/18/2016 5:08:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro and ColorChecker Passport Bundle available for $209.00 with free shipping. Regularly $299.00.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • i1Display Pro
  • ColorChecker Passport
Product Highlights
 
  • i1Profiler Software - Wide Compatibility
  • Unlimited White Point, Luminance Control
  • Broadcast Video Standards Support
  • Ambient Light Measurement, Control
  • Profile Optimization: Custom Patches
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
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Post Date: 11/18/2016 4:46:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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