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 Friday, October 20, 2017
Adorama has the Sirui 77mm Ultra Slim S-Pro Nano MC Circular Polarizer Filter available for $30.94 with free shipping. Regularly $85.94.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Perfect for reducing reflections, enhancing colors and increasing contrast.
  • Extremely thin and measures only 3.8mm.
  • Thin profile eliminates vignetting even with wide angle lenses.
  • German manufactured Schott plate glass B270.
  • Multi-layer, anti-reflective and protective coatings for high image quality.
  • Available in 67mm, 77mm and 82mm.
B&H has the Used Really Right Stuff TVC-44 Versa Series 4 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 9) available for $1,099.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,418.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 100 lb
  • Max Height: 74.8"
  • Min Height: 7.1"
  • Folded Length: 25.9"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 6.5 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Bubble Level, Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
  • Made in the USA
B&H has the Gitzo GT4533LS Systematic Series 4 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long, Open Box) available for $779.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $939.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 55 lb
  • Max Height: 61.4"
  • Min Height: 4.3"
  • Folded Length: 27.2"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 5.1 lb
  • Carbon eXact Tubes
  • G-Lock Ultra Twist Locks
  • 50mm Rubber Feet
  • Easy Link Attachment Thread
This item comes with a full manufacturer warranty.
B&H has the Used Canon EOS 5Ds R DSLR Camera (Condition: 8+) available for $2,899.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $3,699.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
 
This item comes with a 90-Day B&H Used Warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2017 11:40:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens (Condition: 9+) available for $1,449.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,649.00 new after $150.00 instant savings.
 
This lens comes with a 90-Day B&H Used Warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2017 11:35:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (Condition: 9+) available for $1,477.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
 
This lens comes with a 90-Day B&H Used Warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2017 11:31:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens (Condition: 9+) available for $1,638.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,999.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
 
This lens comes with a 90-Day B&H Used Warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2017 11:27:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via 6ave - 98.9% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS M6 Mirrorless Camera available for $548.65 with free shipping. Compare at $729.00 after $50.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2017 11:15:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
In September of 2008, Canon announced a DSLR that would have a major impact on the photography and videography industry. The first full-frame camera to record video at 1080p – the EOS 5D Mark II – was a huge success, and it was a catalyst for the industry's focus on including the advanced video features in our cameras that we enjoy today.
 
Fast forwad almost a decade later, and now we have features such as great autofocus in video mode (via Dual Pixel CMOS sensors), 4K recording with individual frame grabs, high framerate recording, lenses with smooth and quiet AF, touchscreen focus and in-camera timelapse video creation. And while not every recently released camera has all of the features just mentioned, creating high quality 1080p videos – even with consumer grade DSLRs – is well within reach of most digital photographers.
 
The deluge of video features readily available in our DSLRs and mirrorless cameras undoubtly spurs a few questions for us photographers, such as:
 
  • Is it possible to do photography and videography and be good at both?
  • Can videography support my photography efforts, or vice versa?
  • Should I be shooting video as well as stills in order to stay competitive in my desired markets, or is photography enough?
  • What additional equipment and/or software will I need to create documentary video, short films or commercials?
Can I do both?
 
If your camera can capture high quality video, can you rationalize neglecting to fully utilize the capability? I can see arguments going both ways on this dilemma.
 
For instance, if a family member gifted you a piano in their will, you might be inclined to invest some (or, more likely, a substantial amount of) time and energy learning to play the piano so that the instrument's capabilities would not be wasted. On the other hand, you may want to devote that same time and energy to a previously explored, thoroughly enjoyed endeavor in order to become a master at that specific skill. For the sake of the hypothetical situation, let's say it is playing the guitar.
 
Could you do both? Sure. But doing so would mean splitting your time – a limited, non-renewable resource – between the two skills. Focusing on both skills simultaneously lengthens the time it takes to master each skill, and the time-investment-to-reward trade-off that may not prove to be worthwhile (that's assuming you're not already a master at playing the guitar). Then again, simultaneous practice of both skills may engender perpetual creativity and prevent burnout.
 
When it comes to photography and videography, the fields are related in that they both involve storytelling with imagery, and the same camera can be used to capture both. But aside from that, the two disciplines are vastly different. In photography, you need everything to fall in place for only a fraction of a second (or possibly several seconds in the case of long exposures) in order to capture a compelling story-telling image. But in videography, you have the flexibility to tell a story over time, but the entire sequence needs to be fluid, well composed and compelling. Lighting, composition and audio needs have to be considered on a second-by-second basis as the camera continues to record. For those of us who think who are used to thinking in "moments," videography can be exhausting as it requires constant attention to significantly more variables. And while the same camera can be used for both disciplines, the rest of the equipment required to perform each to a professional level varies greatly, although there is some overlap (more on this later).
 
Can video support my photography, or vice versa?
 
With many photographers owning multiple DSLRs, it's important to note that videos can help bolster one's photography business (of course, owning at least two cameras is ideal as you'd likely want to be using a camera in the frame while promoting your own photography). Great examples of this would be short promotional films (possibly added to the front page of one's photography website) and behind the scenes videos. Both are easily shared by happy clients and followers on social media platforms and can help generate more business.
 
Photography can also help support one's filmmaking goals, as printed media is often more easily disseminated to potential film audiences and can serve as an easily recognizable symbol for the film (movie posters would be a good example). In smaller productions, a good photograph used as the title card for a YouTube video can aid in giving that video a polished and professional look.
 
Will offering video services be required to stay competitive in my regional market?
 
The fact that most cameras can shoot video is not lost on modern-day consumers. If a bride and groom inquire about your wedding photography, they'll often ask "Do you shoot video too?" Of course, it's very difficult to shoot video and still imagery of the same event simultaneously and provide sufficient coverage, but most consumers don't realize that. So you're more likely going to provide one service or the other for a specific event (although you may also have someone else on your team providing the additional service).
 
So, assuming you've already invested the time, energy and equipment into becoming proficient at videography, offering videography services makes a lot of sense as it increases your potential client base. You could even give try to partner with other photographers/videographers in your area with the agreement that they recommend you as a videographer when potential clients inquire about wedding photography services, or otherwise recommend you as a photographer if they are approached for wedding videography services (with you recommending them for the other service when you are alternately approached by clients).
 
Of course, becoming proficient in a separate skill and offering an additional service is only necessary if you need to expand your business. If you're already having trouble finding free hours in the day while offering only photography services, it doesn't make sense to expand into a new market. But if you have the time and could use additional income, branching out into videography could certainly make sense from an economic perspective, especially if you already have sufficient video production tools at your disposal.
 
What extra equipment will I need to create high quality videos?
 
If you didn't read the last part of the previous sentence carefully, please read it again. Just because your camera shoots 1080p video does not mean you have everything you need to create high quality videos. Although anyone can push the shutter button on a camera and take a picture, it takes education, persistence and oftentimes special equipment to produce a captivating photograph. As far as photography is concerned, "special equipment" might include neutral density or polarizing filters, tripods, special triggering devices, shoe-mount flashes and/or studio lights, radio triggers, etc. You also likely use special software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom for post processing needs. Videography is no different, and thankfully, some of the previously mentioned photography products can help in videography as well (filters, tripods, lights).
 
If pursuing videography, you may need to invest in such things as LED lighting, audio recording devices/microphones/headphones/booms, gimbal stabilizers, shoulder mount rigs, sliders/jib cranes, etc. Of course, not every project is going to require all of those items, but... some of those items will be essential on just about any film project. And on top of that, you'll need some type of professional video software – such as Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve or MAGIX Vegas Pro – to turn your raw clips into a polished video.
 
Summary
 
While photography and videography share many similarities, including a subset of shared equipment, they are very different creative disciplines and each requires a vast amount of resources – in time, education, equipment and experience – to master. Whether or not it is wise to pursue both disciplines will depend heavily on one's personal drive and available resources. For those who do choose to pursue photography and videography, it can be a long, but likely fruitful adventure.
Post Date: 10/20/2017 9:09:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
OK, perhaps calling it a composite would be more accurate, but "Hyper-HDR" makes a more-dramatic title, right?
 
During a solar eclipse, the moon moves between the sun and our viewing location, taking, minimally, a bite out of the solar disk. While it is possible to use an exposure that captures a small amount of detail in the moon during totality, I am not aware of anyone able to do so during the partial phases and, even during totality, the moon is poorly lit with the perimeter of the moon quickly becoming too bright. So, to get a perfect moon exposure, a composite is needed.
 
Remember us suggesting that you capture an image of the full moon just-prior to the August 2017 solar eclipse? Well, this post is about what you can do with that image.
 
Start by selecting one of your partial solar eclipse photos to use as the base image. The moon is going to show full regardless of the sun image selected and that means the balance between the amount of sun and moon showing is going to be determined by the sun image. I opted to show a significant portion of the sun in this composite. Hint: error on the side of showing too much sun because the moon can be positioned over more than just the missing portion of the sun.
 
Because my moon image showed a very slight amount of shadowing on the top right (clouds prevented me from getting an image on the night of the fullest moon), the bottom-left side of the moon blended better with the sun, driving my option to select a sun image with the top-right being eclipsed.
 
Process both of the images (if captured in RAW format) and open them as layers in an image editing program (Photoshop is perfect). Position the moon image on the top layer and use a layer mask to allow only the moon itself to remain visible (masking out all of the black). Reposition the moon layer so that it aligns properly over the sun and make any layer mask edits necessary for ideal blending.
 
That's it. The perimeter of the image will be pure black, so feel free to adjust the framing or cropping or even increase the canvas size to create the final image desired.
 
OK, so you missed one or both of these events? No problem. Get your solar filter and take a picture of the sun on the next clear day. Then, on a clear night during the next full moon, capture the moon image with the same lens (sans solar filter of course). Process both images and position your cut-out moon partially over the sun, creating a fake solar eclipse. Very few will spot the difference.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 10/20/2017 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Macphun, makers of Aurora HDR 2018, are teasing a Digital Asset Management module that will eventually be included in Luminar 2018. For those who are uneasy about the direction Adobe is heading with cloud-focused software, Macphun's Luminar 2018 may prove to be a viable alternative.
Post Date: 10/20/2017 5:34:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 19, 2017
Below, Tom Hogarty (director of product management for all things photography at Adobe) answers a few questions about Photoshop CC and Photoshop Classic CC.
 
From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
 
How does this update affect my old Photography/Creative Cloud Plan?
TH: Within the Creative Cloud Photography plan we’ve updated the Lightroom you know and love to include performance and editing enhancements in a new version called Lightroom Classic. We added new Lightroom CC and a small amount of storage for you to experiment and try out the new cloud-based Lightroom offering. The Creative Cloud Photography plan – Lightroom Classic, Photoshop CC, and now the new Lightroom CC plus Adobe Spark – is still $9.99 per month. There is also a new Lightroom CC plan that is $9.99 per month that does not include Lightroom Classic or Photoshop CC but does include 1TB of cloud storage for your photography library.
 
Is Lightroom Classic being phased out? How long will it be until Adobe kills Lightroom Classic?
TH: No, we’re not phasing out Lightroom Classic and remain committed to investing in Lightroom Classic in the future. We know that for many of you, Lightroom Classic, is a tool you know and love and so it has an exciting roadmap of improvements well into the future. But please hold us accountable as we make updates in the following months and years to let us know if we’re meeting your expectations.
 
Does everything have to be synced to Lightroom CC or can users pick and choose what content syncs with the cloud?
TH: For this 1.0 release, everything imported is intended to upload to Creative Cloud. We clearly understand that there are situations where a customer would not want all of their images uploaded to Creative Cloud so let’s talk about those situations and how we can address them. In the case where a customer doesn’t want any images in the Creative Cloud, Lightroom Classic is and will continue to be an excellent workflow choice.
 
Some users have about 8TB worth of photos. How do they fit that into 1TB of space?
TH: We have plans available for 1TB, 2TB, 5TB and 10TB right now at $9.99 per TB per month. Let us know if you want more.
 
What if you don’t have superfast, unlimited Internet to sync everything? Won’t it likely take days to upload a full shoot of raw files to a cloud server?
TH: Upload times depend on your bandwidth but you can still start working on your images immediately. If your bandwidth is not going to support your current volume of photography, Lightroom Classic is and will continue to be an excellent workflow choice.
 
In regards to Lightroom 6, why did you abandon the Lightroom standalone version?
TH: Customers are overwhelmingly choosing the Creative Cloud Photography plan as the preferred way to get access to Lightroom. We’re aligning our investment with the direction our customers have signaled over the last several years.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/19/2017 7:10:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
A true test of the radio capabilities of the SB-5000. At night, helicopter to helicopter, exceeding the triggering distance I thought possible. This short video is technical in nature, and shows the placement and progress of lighting the helicopter. We used four SB-5000 Speedlights to get the interior lit before taking off over the NYC skyline.
 
The Shot
 

An alternate version of the shot can be found here.
 
B&H carries the Nikon SB-5000 AF Speedlight Flash.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/19/2017 1:10:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Refurbished Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon available for $774.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,099.00 new.
 
This item comes with a 90-day manufacturer's warranty.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the QNAP TS-253A Two-Bay NAS Enclosure available for $374.00 with free shipping. Regularly $449.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 x 2.5"/3.5" SATA III Drive Bays
  • 1.6 GHz Intel Celeron N3150 Quad-Core
  • 4GB of DDR3L 1600 MHz RAM
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports, Wake on LAN
  • HDMI and USB 3.0 Ports
  • RAID 0, 1, JBOD, Single Disk
  • 224 MB/s Read Speeds
  • AES-NI Hardware Encryption
  • Virtualization Ready
  • QTS 4.2 Operating System
Post Date: 10/19/2017 12:08:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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