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 Tuesday, June 03, 2014
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From SanDisk:
 
New Client SATA SSD Delivers Blazingly Fast, Sustained Speed for Graphics-Intensive Environments
 
COMPUTEX 2014 — TAIPEI, Taiwan — June 3, 2014 — SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the availability of its new SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD—a drive designed for gamers, PC enthusiasts and media professionals who demand the highest possible consistent, real-world performance1. With sequential read speeds of 550 megabytes/second (MB/S) and write speeds of up to 520 MB/s, the SanDisk Extreme PRO loads and runs graphics-intensive applications and game levels in a heartbeat. Additionally, by offering up to 1TB-Class of capacity, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD provides the space needed to store even the biggest programs, games or files, and load them blazingly fast—transforming any PC or console into a serious gaming machine.
 
“Building off the success of our award-winning SanDisk Extreme II, the new SanDisk Extreme PRO leverages the latest developments in our innovative nCache Pro Technology to enable 24x7, real-world drive performance and responsiveness,” said Kevin Conley, senior vice president and general manager, Client Storage Solutions at SanDisk. “With its ability to deliver consistently fast computing backed by the industry’s first 10-year limited warranty, the Extreme PRO SSD delivers the performance, trusted reliability and value that enthusiasts and professionals expect from SanDisk.”
 
SanDisk’s nCache Pro technology utilizes a two-tiered caching architecture to optimize speed and endurance for heavy workloads, efficient multi-tasking, and incredibly fast responsiveness from desktops, laptops, and gaming consoles. The technology allows the SanDisk Extreme PRO to super-charge a PC for power gamers, developers, media professionals and PC enthusiasts who need consistent, real-world, pro-level performance for their most demanding and graphics-intensive applications.
 
According to DFC Intelligence, PC gaming revenue recently eclipsed console gaming and they forecast that the PC gaming market will exceed $25 billion in 20142. This increasing popularity is being largely driven by the rise of multiplayer online battle arena titles and free-to-play games. With the SanDisk Extreme PRO, an industry leading, real-world performance SSD, anyone can upgrade their PC to boot up faster, open files more quickly, and load programs, applications, and games in a fraction of the time. The SanDisk Extreme PRO is also supported by the new SanDisk SSD Dashboard application for Windows, which provides drive performance monitoring, firmware updates, manual or scheduled TRIM, secure erase, drive health, longevity, and temperature indicators, so that users can increase the operating efficiency of their SSD. The SanDisk SSD Dashboard is available for download immediately at www.sandisk.com/ssddashboard.
 
The SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD will be available online and purchasable through SanDisk’s worldwide network of authorized distributors and resellers in June. Offering an industry-leading 10-year limited warranty, the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD is compatible with any PC, laptop or game console that accepts 2.5’’ SATA storage devices, and is offered in capacities of 240GB (MSRP $189), 480GB (MSRP $369), and 960GB (MSRP $599).
 
B&H carries SanDisk Solid State Drives.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 6/3/2014 6:54:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
We're making it easier than ever to build your design skills. Join us June 16-21 for a special live event that will arm you with working knowledge of the most powerful software suite in the world. During this week of hands-on instruction, we'll be dedicating an entire day to each of the major Adobe Apps - Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and After Effects. From creating motion graphics to editing photos like a pro, this one-of-a-kind event will give you the tools to use Creative Cloud to take your projects to new creative heights. If you're new to Creative Cloud and want to learn the basics, or are an experienced user who wants to take advantage of all the latest Adobe updates, this is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you need to know. RSVP Now!
 
Everyday Photoshop: From Workflow to Smartflow with Dave Cross
Get ready for Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit by optimizing your Photoshop workflow. Join Adobe expert Dave Cross, June 9-11, to learn how to transform your editing workflow into an efficient smartflow system. In his three-day class, Dave will share non-destructive techniques that will help you save time, work smarter and be more creative. RSVP Now!
 
Adobe Creative Apps Starter Kit Schedule:
 
Adobe Photoshop CC
with Ben Willmore
June 16
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Premiere Pro CC
with Larry Jordan
June 17
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
with Janine Warner
June 18
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe After Effects CC
with Jeff Foster
June 19
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe InDesign CC
with Khara Plicanic
June 20
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Adobe Illustrator CC
with Erica Gamet
June 21
RSVP FOR THE FREE LIVE CLASS
 
Note: Adobe has extended their Photoshop Photography Program Special. Now through June 17, you can get Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commitment) with no previous ownership requirements.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/3/2014 6:27:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 02, 2014

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Watch Holly from the Canon Call Center as she shares common recommendations to help you take good care of your Canon cameras and lenses. For more information, please visit: http://usa.canon.com/support
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 2:07:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto Blog:
 
A couple of months ago, I [Andrea Belluso] shared with you a shoot I did for Pall Mall Barbers, one of the oldest and most respected barbershops in London. Today’s shoot was done for the same client. But this time they wanted the model portrayed in more relaxed kind of environment.
 
After giving it some thought, I decided to keep things simple. We brought the team and our model Knut to Story Restaurant just across the street from the Profoto office in Stockholm to shoot Knut relaxing in their lounge with a cup of tea in his hand.
 
The same thinking went into our choice of equipment – keeping it simple. So, we brought a single B1 off-camera flash, an Umbrella Deep Silver L and an Umbrella Deep White XL.
 
The B1 was chosen because I knew we would be shooting with a limited amount of time and space. Because in my experience, the B1 tends to make those kinds of shoots a lot easier.
 
The Umbrella Deep Silver L was brought to be our main light. I wanted a crispy light, rich in contrast, but with a focused and quite small light spread, and the Umbrella Deep Silver L is great for that. As most umbrellas, it’s also easy to carry with you and easy to use in a narrow space such as this.
 
The Umbrella Deep White XL was brought to light up the brick wall and a small part of the reception behind our model. This light needed to be a bit wider than out main light. I also wanted a bit less contrast and a slightly softer light. So, the Umbrella Deep White XL felt as an obvious choice.
 
All in all, it was a quite simple yet practical and portable set up that gave me exactly the result I was after in almost no time.
 
B&H carries Profoto umbrellas.
Post Date: 6/2/2014 8:47:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements have been added to the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:49:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 1D X AF Settings Guidebook Cover
The Canon USA YouTube Channel has posted three separate videos where Scott Kelby explains the new features of firmware version 2.0 and how to take advantage of them.
 
EOS 1D X Firmware v2.0 Videos

  1. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: Setting up
  2. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: AI Servo Controls
  3. EOS-1D X Firmware 2.0 Features: AF point Management and Exposure Options

DigitalRev has the grey market Canon EOS 1D X available for $5,780.00.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
Using small flashes on location is often preferable to lugging around larger studio lights and battery packs or even gasoline-powered generators. Whether you shoot fashion, weddings, families, seniors, or events, let Bob Harrington show you how to mix light on location with small flashes and simple lighting gear.
 
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Post Date: 6/2/2014 7:19:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Lowepro puts one of their Pro Roller X-Series AW bags through a myriad of tests and see how they celebrate. Cheers!
 
B&H carries Lowepro Pro Roller X-Series AW bags.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/2/2014 6:48:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 30, 2014
Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens
The Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens Review page now includes image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements.
Post Date: 5/30/2014 8:37:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Adobe:
 
Version 1.6.0.393 released on 05/27/2014

  • You can now install older versions of Adobe products straight from Creative Cloud Desktop. These are installed side-by-side with existing versions.
  • Improved performance when syncing a large number of files.
  • Fixed scenarios where font sync would show perpetual spinner.
  • Improved overall font sync stability.
  • Improved error handling for file sync, including the addition of notifications when retrying can resolve an error.
  • Batched notifications of file sync operations, limiting the number of notifications when a large number of files are synced in a short period of time.
  • Redesigned Sign In experience.
  • Increased types of enterprise identities accepted for licensing products.

Note: Don't miss Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program deal expiring soon. That's Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99 per month with no previous ownership requirements (offer valid through May 31).

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/30/2014 7:14:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 29, 2014
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs/measurements have been added to the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Review page.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:55:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A Call from my Wife, a Dandelion Field and the Zeiss 15mm Lens
I always appreciate photo subject and location scouting help and my family looks out for me in this regard. It was early-mid morning and I was sitting in my office when the phone rang. As you guessed from the title, it was my wife. "The neighbor's field is full of yellow dandelions in full bloom. The light is perfect."
 
My wife has a good eye for beauty (she married me, didn't she? OK, OK, just kidding). I knew that the field she was talking about was indeed full of these yellow flowers and I had already considered photographing them. The part of the report that I was most questioning was the perfect light part. It was well after the golden hour and the sky did not look hazy enough to remain warm and/or soft this late in the morning.
 
The big question was, "Did I want to carve out an hour+ of my day for this shoot?" Keeping the scouts happy always has merit, the blooms were not going to last for long and a circular polarizer filter can take care of the high sun issue, so I loaded a couple of lenses and a 5D III into a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Backpack and drove a couple of miles to the field.
 
My goal was to create an attractive photo highlighting the massive quantity of yellow dandelions, so the lenses I took were of the wide angle variety. Upon walking up to the field, I realized that looking downward revealed a much lower flower density than I wanted to see and dirt showed between many of the green plants in this hay field. Looking at the field from a low vantage point (from near or far) showed the bed of bright yellow flowers perspective I was looking for.
 
The chicken barn was not going to be avoided being included in the frame with the wide angle lenses I had with me, so I embraced it. Much of the very long barn was featureless, but taking a position close to the feed bins allowed the bins to become a prominent feature of the barn.
 
With the sun still relatively low in the sky, the CPOL filter needed a specific angle into the scene to work its magic.
 
The final composition involved finding the best-available foreground flower clumps relatively close to the grain bins, getting down close to ground and shooting in the angle providing the best CPOL filter effect. While I often avoid getting much of a clear sky in the frame, I felt that the bright polarized blue gradient sky color was attractive and added balance to this overall composition.
 
Down low and up close to the foreground flowers meant that an f/16 depth of field was not quite enough to give me sharp details in the closest foreground subjects, so I shot a second frame with those subjects in better focus. The two frames were stacked in Photoshop layers and the not-sharp-enough foreground details were erased from the top layer to allow the sharper second layer to show through.
 
What I didn't remember from childhood is that the yellow readily comes off of dandelion flowers. Upon getting into the car, I realized that my pants were very yellow. They were still yellow after blowing them off with an air compressor and they were still somewhat yellow after their first washing. All photos have a cost, but some have unforeseen costs.
 
In the end, I was glad my wife called and the collection of images I captured on this morning were worth the costs.
Post Date: 5/29/2014 9:06:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 28, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:
 
Have you ever stood on the edge of an active volcano or swam in 110 degree water while ducking lava bombs? Photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway do it so that you don't have to.
 
Kale and Selway are former rescue swimmers who devote their lives to capturing the ever-changing Hawaiian landscape, where active volcano meets crashing waves. Their work is physically grueling and oftentimes dangerous, but the challenge and beauty of the volatile landscape keep them coming back for more.
 
See more from CJ Kale and Nick Selway at http://lavaphotoart.com/
Category: SmugMug Films
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:26:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 1 in a Hundred Million Video Contest
From Canon USA:
 
Create a short video of 100 seconds or less using a Canon camera and lens, telling us how Canon Lenses have made an impact on your life professionally or personally.
 
Submit your video for a chance to win the new EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM lens!
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 12:16:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
Insurance can be a complicated beast, but knowing how to cover yourself and your equipment is a must-do for your business. In this guide, we review the types of insurance you should consider as a working photographer, plus offer up tips from insurance experts and additional resources to help you make the smartest decisions for your business.
 
Get the free Protect Yourself: What Photographers Should Know About Insurance Guide
Post Date: 5/28/2014 11:02:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From B&H:
 
Our NYC SuperStore and Offices will be closing early on Tuesday, June 3 at 2:00pm EDT and remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday, June 4 and 5. We will reopen on Friday, June 6 at 9:00am EDT.
 
To ship your package before we close:

  • Standard, Expedited or UPS Shipping - Place your order by Tuesday, June 3 by 12:00pm Noontime EDT.
  • Other Domestic or International Shipping - Place your order by Tuesday, June 3 by 7:00am EDT.

Orders placed after above times will be processed after we reopen.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.

Category: B&H News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 10:35:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift Lens
Commercial advertising photographer Jim Divitale has written a short but informative article for Canon's Digital Learning Center: Perspective Control with Tilt Shift Lenses.

"When photographers want quality in their images, they know it starts with as much attention and detail as possible before the shutter clicks. We know we have post-production there to enhance the images, but it should be used like an artist with a fine brush, not like a construction worker with a jackhammer.
 
I am a big believer in the nondestructive workflow to its fullest degree and refer to my approach to this as “the way of the fast retreat,” which requires being ready for any change with the least amount of backtracking as possible. It comes after a career of working with advertising photography projects that need to have as many options for last minute changes as possible. We used techniques like creating HDR images from multiple exposures, stitching panoramic images, and depth of field image stacking to increase both the quality and dynamic range of our images. But the most important factor is to get the best possible original image captured. One way to maintain the highest quality in a photograph is the ability to control the image perspective before the image is taken."

Check out the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center for more info and example pictures.
 
Related Reviews

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/28/2014 9:34:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II Lens Captures Senior Track Picture
Brianna, my high school senior, has had a very successful high school track career from multiple perspectives including having her name on three school records. This success did not come without a huge effort on her part, and we had discussed shooting a more-formal senior picture highlighting her passion for mid-distance running. Track season became busy and I shot many images of her competing, but time got away from us and suddenly we had only one evening remaining before she had to turn in her uniform.
 
The weather forecast for that evening called for scattered showers and we were watching the radar very closely. I was packed and ready, and we decided to go for it. After determining the ideal location on the track to shoot at, I began unpacking.
 
I had three Canon 600EX-RT Speedlites and a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter to control them with. Two Speedlites were mounted on background light stands (small, light and simple) with Justin Clamps used to hold the Speedlites to the poles at any height I wanted. The third Speedlite was mounted to a weighted light stand with a 60" reversed/shoot-through umbrella mounted to a Manfrotto umbrella adapter.
 
I first mounted the umbrella to the stand and almost immediately a light rain began to fall. I quickly put Brianna, who feared that her hair and makeup would be ruined, under the Photogenic "umbrella". The rain mostly passed within 10 minutes or so and we went to work.
 
The two flashes on background light stands were set to group B and used as rim lights, placed to the side or slightly behind the subject as composition allowed. The shoot-through umbrella's flash was set to group A and used as the main light. Ambient light (for the entire background) was controlled through a manually-set camera exposure. The flashes were in E-TTL mode and +/- exposure for the two groups was controlled by the ST-E3-RT's Group mode.
 
While this may all sound complicated, it was not. Setup was very simple and I was able to quickly and easily adjust/balance the ambient, main and background light levels from the camera. While the rain stayed away for much of the two hours we were shooting, it did not fully stay away. Fortunately, this entire kit, including the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens, was weather-sealed and we were able to make many great images in this time.
 
I had planned this shoot for an evening so that the flashes would be able to overpower the ambient light levels, though I had hoped for a bit more light than we had. The aperture was wide and the ISO was moving up by the end of the evening. Still, the shoot was a big success for us.
 
Even selecting this particular image from the many shots of just this pose was difficult. With lighting dialed in, I had Brianna repetitively start from specific position on the track and take one big stride with her left knee and right arm (with the baton) forward. I timed the shutter release (a short shutter lag is extremely useful in this situation) for a near-top-of-stride subject position that coincided with the lighting setup. The composition was arranged to take advantage of the lines on the track.
 
With a wireless flash system and a little effort, we created the images we had envisioned.
Post Date: 5/28/2014 8:12:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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