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 Thursday, April 2, 2020
From Sony:
 
Tokyo, Japan - Sony Corporation today announced the establishment of the “Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19,” a 100 million US dollar fund to support those around the world affected by the COVID-19 virus.Through this fund, Sony will provide support in three areas: assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work remotely, and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry, which has been greatly impacted by the spread of the virus.
 
In terms of medical support, 10 million U.S. dollars of the fund will be devoted first to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO powered by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, as well as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist medical workers and others on the frontline of response efforts to the virus. Sony will also work with its external partners to explore ways that it can support activities that prevent the further spread and contribute to treatment of the COVID-19 virus.In the area of education, where children, who represent the next generation, are losing education opportunities as a result of school closures, Sony will explore ways to leverage its technologies in support of education activities, and cooperate with educators to implement these measures.
 
Furthermore, in terms of the creative community such as music, pictures, games and animation, together with its group companies engaged in the entertainment industry, Sony will seek ways to support up-and-coming creators, artists and all those in professions supporting the industry, who have been impacted by the cancellation or postponement of concerts and live events, or the shutting down of film and television productions.Sony also announced that employees will be able to provide their support through a matching gift program that is scheduled to be offered to its approximately 110,000 employees worldwide.
 
Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation, said, “Sony extends its condolences to the families of those who have passed away as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and extends its sympathies to all those who have been impacted. In order to overcome the unprecedented challenges that as a society we now face around the world, we will do all we can as a global company to support the individuals on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, the children who are our future, and those who have been impacted in the creative community.”Going forward, Sony will work together with its partners and stakeholders to explore ways to further extend these initiatives.
Post Date: 4/2/2020 1:01:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has a 9-rated used Really Right Stuff TFC-24L Series 2 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) in stock for only $728.50 with free shipping. Compare at $985.00 new.
 
Check out the rest of the used RRS gear available at B&H.
B&H has a 10-rated used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp in stock for only $543.95 with free shipping. Compare at $640.00 new.
Today only: check out the B&H DealZone Deals featuring the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for only $529.00 (save $270).
 
Other deals include Tascam, Rotolight, Peak Design, Porta Brace, and more.
Post Date: 4/2/2020 7:34:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Amazon has the Canon EOS 6D Mark II with EF 24-105mm IS STM Lens for only $1,454.67 (compare at $1,799.00).
 
Act fast – I'm not sure how long this price will hold.
B&H has a 9-rated used Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II in stock for only $475.95. Save nearly $120.00 off of the new price of $595.00.
 
This head is a highly-recommended choice for long lens support.
Post Date: 4/1/2020 10:28:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 31, 2020
One of my Stuck at Home Suggestions for Photographers was to "Share What You Shot".
 
Timely is that SmugMug is having a World Backup Day 20% Off Sale.
 
Enter into a 14 day free trial between now and Monday (4/6) and you'll automatically save 20% if you purchase a new account.
Post Date: 3/31/2020 11:59:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter Review.
 
This is a really handy accessory and a great value.
 
The Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter is in stock at B&H
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/31/2020 10:34:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The most difficult aspect of capturing this sunset image was being there. Once in location, wait until the sun is nearly set behind a distant mountain, use an f/16 aperture to create a sunstar (but not lose too much sharpness to diffraction), select a shutter speed that nearly blows the red channel at ISO 400 (I had been running and did not have a tripod), compose for the foreground, sun, and clouds, focus roughly 1/3 into the frame, press the shutter release, and get that great feeling of knowing that a beautiful scene was part of the evening's take-home.
 
On this mid-July evening, I timed a trail run with the sunset and the clouds and slightly hazy summer sky cooperated to provide great color. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, small and light enough to not pose a physical limitation, was also getting a workout. This lens has the core general-purpose focal length range needed and it handled this scene nicely.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr (and the foreground appears brighter in the larger size).
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/16.0  1/40s
ISO 400
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 3/31/2020 8:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today only - act now:
 
One of my Stuck at Home Suggestions for Photographers was to get your backup plan fully implemented. Timely is that B&H is celebrating World Backup Day with big discounts on drives. Internal, external, portable, NVMe M.2, SSD, NAS, RAID, SDXC, USD drives, and more are included. Portable external drives start at $45.99 (1 TB) and savings amounts are up to $1,000.00.
 
Here are the deals by brand:
 
WD
Glyph Technologies
Seagate
NVMe M.2 Internal SSD
G-Technology
Promise Technology
Synology
SanDisk
Post Date: 3/31/2020 8:38:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Save on a great tripod: B&H has a 9-rated used Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Versa Series 3 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock for $949.95.
Post Date: 3/31/2020 8:07:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Act very fast: B&H has a 10-rated (like new) used Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in stock for only $5,718.95. Save $780.00 over new. A free CFexpress card and reader are included and free next day delivery is available.
 
How fast can you check out? This camera should be sold in minutes.
 Monday, March 30, 2020
Post Date: 3/30/2020 10:03:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In the DealZone (today only): B&H has the Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Strip Softbox (12 x 36") on sale for only $59.95. That is a $130.00 (68%) savings over the regular $189.95 price for this significant light modifier and a free grid is included (a $67.95 value).
 
Get two to surround your subject.
 
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Saturday, March 28, 2020
 Friday, March 27, 2020
Through 10:00am Eastern Time, Adorama has the Sirui EP-224S 4 Section Multi-Function Flip Leg Lock Carbon Fiber Photo/Video Monopod available for $109.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $189.90.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8-layer carbon fiber in 4 sections
  • 360 deg panning system for smooth movement
  • Ball head for 20 deg tilting in any direction
  • Spider with three support feet than can be positioned in two angles for uneven ground
  • Sealed clip locks for secure support
  • Comfortable wrist strap and soft leg wrap
  • Reversible 1/4" and 3/4" screw for tripod head or camera
  • Spider is completely removable - can be used as floor or table-top tripod
Through 7:00pm Eastern Time, B&H has the Genaray MonoBright Daylight LED 1200 available for $198.95 with free shipping. Regularly $354.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • HiBrite microLED PCB
  • High CRI: >90
  • 10-100% Dimming
  • Multi-Voltage for Worldwide Use
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/27/2020 5:09:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the RucPac Dual Camera Strap available for $49.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 2 DSLR/Mirrorless Cameras & Lenses
  • Sling Strap Design
  • Front and Rear Connecting Straps
  • Shoulder Pads
Post Date: 3/27/2020 5:01:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Senal SCM-660 Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone available for $149.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
If you only need a cardiod pickup pattern, you can save about $40 and pick up the also-reduced Senal SCM-600.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Dual 1.3" True Condenser Capsule
  • Gold-Plated Diaphragm
  • 3 Selectable Polar Patterns
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
Through this weekend, B&H has the Magnus MegaGrip Flexible Tripod available for $12.95 with free shipping. Regularly $29.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Flexible Legs Grip Trees, Pipes, etc.
  • Supports up to 3.3 lb
  • Compatible With Pocket Video Cameras
  • Ideal for Point-and-Shoot Cameras
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/27/2020 4:41:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 26, 2020
Very sorry for the annoying ads we are currently dealing with here. In an attempt to keep the site going (even before the virus hit), I am working with a new ad ops company and the startup is not going so well (they are not satisfied either).
 
The re-sizing ads are driving me crazy and I'm sure you are not fond of them. We are working on the issue and hope to have things improved very soon (I have a conference call scheduled in the morning).
 
Thanks for your patience!
 
Bryan
Post Date: 3/26/2020 7:48:47 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has assembled groups of products to make your suddenly-changed life better:
 
Basic Work from Home Kit Business Work from Home Kit Work From Home Adobe Live Streaming Podcaster Learn From Home
Post Date: 3/26/2020 3:34:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Printing Simplified with the New Canon PIXMA TR150 Printer
 
Wireless1 Printer Provides Exceptional Quality Prints, While Small Size and Optional Battery Allow Portability for Out Of the Office Business Professionals
 
MELVILLE, NY, March 26, 2020 – Millions of people across the United States routinely work from home. It’s helpful if they, along with people who work from other remote locations, have transportable equipment that can fit into a variety of work-related circumstances. In the spirit of working wherever the business takes you, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils today the new Canon PIXMA TR150 Wireless1 Printer, as well as its optional battery for portability . The Canon PIXMA TR150 printer, when paired with the optional battery (sold separately), provides a lightweight portable option for quality printing needs for the out of the office business professional.
 
“With their time-consuming schedules, today’s business professionals require products that are easy to use and produce high-quality documents,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Canon PIXMA TR150 printer can help business professionals in and out of the office to conduct business efficiently, leveraging Canon print technologies and features, including an OLED screen and Wi-Fi®1 connectivity.”
 
Printing Where and When Needed
 
If your office is the kitchen table or the living room sofa, bulky and clunky office equipment would not be feasible. Powered by USB charging or the optional battery, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer can be your “whenever and wherever business calls” printer. Coming in at 4.5 pounds2 and approximately 12.7 inches x 7.3 inches x 2.6 inches, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer features a 1.44 inch OLED display to help users easily install, set-up and connect the printer to compatible mobile devices. The screen also alerts the user to any troubleshooting issues such as paper needing to be refilled or low ink, helping to alleviate certain additional stresses that could occur during crunchtime moments.
 
The new Canon PIXMA TR150 printer features wireless connectivity via built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi®1 and if available, 5GHz Wi-Fi®1and, for users of compatible mobile devices, the added benefit of access to the Canon PRINT app3, allowing for easy setup and basic operations on compatible smartphone devices. Through the Canon PRINT app, users can easily access PIXMA Cloud Link3 to print documents from popular online social platforms and services, such as Box®, Facebook®, Dropbox®, Evernote®, Google Photos™, Google Drive™ and Microsoft® OneDrive®.
 
The new printer also features two black inks: a pigment-based black ink that delivers laser-like sharp text and a dye-based black ink that works to improve color contrast and image stabilization when printing photographs. With print speeds, of up to 9.0 ipm for black4 and 5.5 ipm for color4 – which stay consistent when using the optional battery, this small, lightweight printer can help you deliver client-ready projects quickly and professionally.
 
Pricing and Availability of the PIXMA TR150 Printer
 
Planned to be available in late March 2020, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer will have an estimated retail price of $199.995 and the optional battery will have an estimated retail price of $99.995 For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit http://shop.usa.canon.com
 
# # #
 
Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 
Availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.
 
1 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac or ad capability, operating at 2.4/5.0GHz. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
 
2 Weight without optional battery.
 
3 Requires an Internet connection and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with Apple devices running iOS® 11 or later, and AndroidTM mobile devices running Android 4.4 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ad capability as your printer.
 
4 Document print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734. Print speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage, type of paper used etc. See www.usa.canon.com/ipm for additional details.
 
5 Price is subject to change without notice. Actual price is set by individual dealers and may vary.
 
The Canon PIXMA TR150 Wireless Portable Printer is available for order at B&H.
Post Date: 3/26/2020 8:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Polsen RM-650 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone available for $69.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Studio Recording/Broadcast/Podcasts
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Large 1" Gold-Plated Diaphragm
  • Wide Frequency Response
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Input / 4-Track Multitrack Field Recorder available for $129.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Filmmaking, TV, and Web Broadcast
  • Optimized for DSLR Shooters
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Inputs with Phantom Power
  • 3.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF/Nikon F available for $999.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/26/2020 4:44:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The Apple Shopping Event at B&H features substantial savings on a huge list of Apple products.
 
Now is a great to time upgrade your system and accessories.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 10:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Samsung S20 and S20+ on sale for $200.00 off and $158.00 worth of free accessories are included.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 11:02:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Meredith Stotzner shows you how to get rid of tools that don’t spark joy. Do some spring-cleaning in your Photoshop Toolbar to make it simple and more efficient.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 5:25:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Arco Video Dr. Bag 20 available for $69.00 with free shipping. Regularly $119.00.
 
While this bag may have been designed to carry a camcorder, the section dividers provided make it a good bag for general photography gear as well.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Video Cameras up to 16.5" Long
  • Wide Opening for Easy Access to Gear
  • Water-Resistant Hard Exterior Shell
  • Removable Interior Bucket Design
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 5:08:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Steadicam AIR 25 Monopod available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Instant Push-Pedal Height Adjustment
  • Quickly Adjust Between High & Low Angles
  • Ideal for Fast-Paced Scenes, Like Dances
  • 25 lb Payload / 28 - 62.5" Height
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 4:51:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filter for $49.95 – $69.95 with free shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate (price varies with the size of the filter – 72, 77 & 82mm).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Provides 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Rotating Ring to Choose Degree of ND
  • Eliminates Buying Many ND Filters
  • Use to Create Blurs/Special Effects
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 4:44:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Life has become crazy for a vast number of people as I create this post and the fragility of life has become more real. Know that the time we are in is a temporary one. As always, hold onto Faith and make the most of the situation.

If temporarily unemployed, you suddenly find yourself with a huge amount of time available. Even if still working but from home, you no longer have commute time in your schedule. While relaxation has some value (I keep telling myself that), I challenge you to stay motivated and make good use of your extra time.

Kid Portrait

Shoot the Kids

If you have kids, they are extremely important to you but finding time in overlapping schedules is often a major obstacle for photographing them. Your schedule and their schedule have likely been cleared, green-lighting this project. I promise that you will not regret having the images and your kids might find it of value to share the pics on their social media (market that usage to get their buy-in).

Shoot formal portraits ranging from full-body (slightly wide-angle to normal focal lengths) to tight headshots (telephoto lens), find brightly-colored clothing and props, go wild with lighting, photograph them doing something they are passionate about, make them go out and get some exercise while you work a run and gun approach to catch them in action, etc.

When the kids lose patience, move to the pets — or consider including the pets to extend the kids' patience.

Bryan Carnathan

Shoot yourself

Perhaps your Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media profile pictures are lacking in quality? No need to hire someone for this — go into full selfie mode. Consider photographing yourself doing something you frequently do such as exercise (which should always be part of your routine) and consider using an exposure long enough to create some motion blur as motion is a minimum requirement for exercise.

Canvasback Duck

Shoot Something Different

If birds and wildlife are your thing, try shooting architecture. If you are a portrait photographer, try wildlife. Browse Instagram, Flickr, etc. for ideas. Now is a great time to learn to shoot video. Perhaps the portfolio you build from this experience will open new doors.

Love Is Patient

Shoot with Something Different

A lot of the fun of photography is using new gear and that is a valid reason to try another brand camera. This is a great time to try a mirrorless camera model. Tilt-shift lenses are very educational (and useful).

A new season is coming and now is a great time to research the gear you need to capture it. If unsure about your future with that gear or you can't afford to buy it, go big for a small cost by renting something. It is super easy to order a camera, a lens, lighting gear, etc. from Lensrentals and have it show up on your doorstep.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Number 1 Sample Picture

Shoot from New Heights and Angles

Shoot from positions that require you, your tripod, and/or minimally your camera to go into positions they are not normally used in. This may be from up high, down low, very close, very far, etc. Go for a walk with your camera with a self-imposed limitation such as "All images must be captured within 6" (150mm) of the ground.

I know, that electronic viewfinder level not showing all green makes us perfectionists hesitate to press the shutter release but sometimes it is OK to take a not-gravity-level photo. Consider imposing a limitation on the angle of the camera such as angled 45° downward, tilted 45° sideways, or both.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Architecture Sample Picture

Shoot Your House

Think like a real estate photographer and photograph your house. Shoot the exterior during the blue hour. Stage and photograph the interior with an ultra-wide-angle lens, timing the shooting with exterior light levels if relevant for your space. Then market yourself to the local real estate companies.

Moth

Shoot Something Small

Especially for a macro lens, there are unending subjects available.

Rose

Bring a flower in from your garden. If your garden is bare, perhaps a neighbor would trade one of their flowers for a much-longer-lasting print. Or, perhaps you can buy a subject.

Candy

Go through your cabinets and drawers looking for interesting subjects that could include noodles, candy, utensils, etc. Find colorful art supplies such as crayons and pencils.

Hint: if it comes in a box or bag and is in your cupboards, it might make a great pattern subject. Consider photographing one unique small subject among a significant amount of similar subjects.

Hint 2: Avoid eating too much of your subject until the project is finished.

Hint 3: This is a great time to learn lighting including with flash.

Hint 4: Try focus stacking.

Condensation

Hint 5: Try strong white balance adjustments.

Blurred Pansies

Shoot Blur

Everyone loves a lens blur and an easy way to get artistic is to intentionally blur a scene by making it out of focus. I often shoot intentional focus blurs when testing lenses and sometimes I like the results enough to keep them. Shooting these blurs will teach you how to approach a scene differently with the structure created by color and contrast taking over the frame.

Consider going really crazy with zoom blurs. Use an exposure long enough to allow you to turn the zoom ring a noticeable amount while the exposure is being captured. A tripod will usually improve these results.

Attach your camera to something moving. Use an exposure duration that is long enough to make the scene blurred with, ideally, whatever the camera is attached to remaining sharp. If lacking a good mounting platorm, simply hold the camera in front of a colorful scene and, while using a long exposure, pan the camera left and right to create a sea of color. Note that a Neutral Density Filter may prove vital for achieving exposure durations necessary for optimal results.

Include something very close in the foreground that adds blur to an otherwise-common-appearing subject such as a person (please do not block their face).

Tilt-Shift Lens Blur

Consider using a tilt-shift lens to create interesting blurs.

Bear Cub Picture

Shoot Sharp

Focus calibrating cameras and lenses can be time-consuming but the adjustments can be worthwhile to make. Go through your kit, shooting a Datacolor SpyderLensCal or other focus calibration aid and fine-tune your combinations to perfection.

Loon Picture

Shoot for the Background

Find a background that works superbly with the focal length you are using and then find an attractive subject to place in the foreground for a sure win. Sometimes different lighting on the subject and background can create a look that stands out.

New York City Tribute Lights Sample Picture

Research Your Next Shoot

Determine what subject you want to photograph, determine where and when is optimal for that subject, and make plans to be there with the right gear. Utilize apps such as The Photographer's Ephemeris and Photo Pills to determine the alignment of the celestial attractions.

Milky Way, Rocky Mountain National Park

Sign up for a workshop going to a location that interests you. Enjoy the anticipation of capturing your planned image(s).

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Improve an Image You Already Shot

Re-post-processing is a thing. Hopefully your photo editing skills are improving and likely you captured some great images in the past that could now be re-processed for better results. Perhaps some challenging images you didn't attempt processing are now within your capabilities.

Now is a great time to learn a new software application. Consider adding Photoshop & Lightroom, Capture One, and/or Luminar (use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get a $10.00 discount) to your kit and skill set.

SmugMug

Share What You Shot

If you are not already maintaining a portfolio site, now is a great time to set one up. I use SmugMug and highly recommend their service which optionally includes selling. Plans start at only $48 per year and a 14-day trial is available.

Consider taking your marketing/professionalism to the next step by purchasing a personal domain name and hosting for it. Through experience, I can tell you that there are a lot of bad web hosts out there. There are also some very good ones and an inexpensive host I have grown to trust is InMotionHosting. SmugMug can also utilize your custom domain name with their hosting.

If you already maintain a portfolio site, this is a good time to remove the lower-grade images still there. Your skills are surely improving and some of those old images are no longer reflecting your abilities.

Printique

Print What You Shot

You now have time to create that family or trip photo book you have been putting off. Perhaps it is time to put some of your prints on your walls. Consider metal prints — they are awesome and you don't have to select or buy a frame. Also not requiring a frame and loved by most are canvas prints. Printique (formerly AdoramaPix) is one of my favorites.

Backup What You Shot

You have a backup plan that includes secure, remote off-site storage, right? If so, make sure that those backups are current. If not, fix that problem ASAP. WD My Passport external drives are a great option.

Scan What You Shot

Still have prints and slides hanging around? Don't wait any longer to digitize them. I used the predecessor to the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Film and Document Scanner to digitize my old prints and the kid's artwork and still use it to eliminate most of my paper receipts.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Learn to Shoot Better

Learning is worth intentionally interrupting work for and the decision to spend time learning during a forced interruption is a no-brainer. Our Photography Tips page is a good place to start. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has made a huge set of free online classes available.

Laptop

Upgrade your Computer and Home Office

You have been tolerating that old, slow computer for long enough. It is time for a change and you have time to set up a new system, migrating your images and workflow. A faster system will save you valuable time later and a more reliable system will save more than time. I have been using Dell XPS computers for about 20 years.

While at it, if kids are involved, upgrade all of the systems. Education is extremely important and making learning easier will encourage that practice.

Is your printer adequate? A wireless printer makes life much easier in our house.

If spending a significant amount of time sitting, the ergonomics of your chair become very important. Check out the full range of home computing necessities at B&H and Amazon.

Do you enjoy music while at your desk? A quality sound system can make a big difference.

During a time of change is a good time to drop bad habits and start new ones. Hopefully something just said has stirred your creativity and motivation. Move in positive new directions. This world is a better place with you in it — carpe diem.

Post Date: 3/24/2020 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SmallHD FOCUS OLED SDI Monitor Gimbal Kit available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $849.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 5.5" FOCUS OLED SDI Onboard Monitor
  • D-Tap to L-Series Battery Adapter
  • FOCUS Tilt Arm & Focus Sun Shade
  • L-Series Type Battery
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF Lens for Sony E available for $949.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Three Aspherical Elements
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/24/2020 5:15:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 23, 2020
Check out the Deals of the Week at B&H!
 
This is just a small selection of the available deals:

  • Save $130.00 on the Canon Pixma TS8220 Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer — Now Only $69.99
  • Save up to 40% on LensCoat products
  • Save $150.00 on the ProGrade Digital 325GB CFexpress 2.0 Cobalt Memory Card
  • Save $100.00 on the Miops Nero Trigger Kit for Canon, Nikon or Sony
  • Much More!

A huge range of items are available and most deals include free shipping.

Post Date: 3/23/2020 12:04:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code STWRBKJ3Y4D9 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save 25% on orders arriving by 3/31/2020.
 
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
Post Date: 3/23/2020 9:39:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Impact Panel Frame Reflector Kit - Zebra Gold / Zebra Silver (43 x 67") available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Reversible Two Sided Fabric
  • Collapsible Aluminum Alloy Frame
  • Tool-Free Assembly
  • Padded Shoulder Bag Included
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sony 64GB CFast 2.0 G Series Memory Card (2-Pack) with USB 3.0 Card Reader available for $199.99 with free shipping. Regularly $372.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 64GB Storage Capacity per Card
  • Max Read Speed: 530 MB/s
  • Max Write Speed: 510 MB/s
  • Min Write Speed: 130 MB/s
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Today only, B&H has Ruggard Electronic Dry Cabinets on sale for $60.00 - $500.00 off.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Electronically Controlled Dehumidifier
  • Reduces Humidity
  • Protects Stored Items from Dust and Dirt
Post Date: 3/23/2020 4:52:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 UMC Lens for Canon EF/Sony E available for $249.00 with free shipping. Regularly $349.00.
 
The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon with AE Chip is also on sale for $80.00 off (now $269.00).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 14mm Lens
  • Compatible w/ Full Frame & APS-C Cameras
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses -- Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/23/2020 4:44:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 21, 2020
It is so hard to get kids to smile nicely but apparently, even animal kids have this problem. What was this black bear cub thinking? What induced it to bend its nose sideways? I have no idea, but I love humor in wildlife images and am always looking for it.
 
A second cub is facing the opposite direction in the background and the side of the mother bear can be seen along the left edge of the frame.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/21/2020 1:42:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From PPA:
 
Unlock all of PPA's Education
 
Make the most of your downtime; over the next few weeks we are unlocking all of our education.
 
Times are tough - we need to be at our best. More kindness. More patience. More giving. And we at PPA want to pitch in to make things a little easier. What better way to spend your time at home than preparing your business for when things kick back into high gear?
 
That’s why PPA is opening ALL of our online education to ALL photographers and small business owners worldwide for the next two weeks.
 
All you need to do is create a free account to access over 1,100+ online classes. If you already have a PPA account, login to access all of PPA's education.
Post Date: 3/21/2020 7:57:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 20, 2020
Through April 3rd, get Topaz Labs Sharpen AI for $20.00 off.
 
Not sure about this deal? Check out the samples and then check out the free trial.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 3:58:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the LensRentals Blog:
By Roger Cicala
 
I’m qualified to talk about this subject to some degree; I take care of a ton of camera equipment, and I was a physician in my past life. And I’ve had so many requests for information about this that it seems logical to put something out, so everyone has access to it.
 
Disinfecting Equipment and People – What you can and can’t accomplish.
 
If you are going out amongst people, you’re taking some risk. You can reduce it, but you can’t eliminate it. Masks protect others from you a bit; they don’t protect you from others. Beards increase your risk of both giving and receiving a bit and negate any benefit of a mask. Gloves keep stuff from getting on your fingers, but otherwise, virus transfers from gloves-to-face and gloves-to-anything else just fine.
 
This virus transmits by aerosol, so if you breathe an infected person’s air, bad things happen. That’s what the 6-foot rule is about, although 6 feet probably isn’t quite enough. The virus also settles on surfaces, and if you touch the surface and then your face, bad things happen. How long the virus can live on surfaces isn’t clear and depends a lot on the surface and ambient conditions. At least 8 hours is a reasonable rule for encapsulated virions (virus particles), but under ideal (for the virus) conditions 24 hours seems likely. There have been some reports of 72 hours in lab conditions, but that seems unlikely in real-life conditions.
 
So there’s one thought for you; if the gear hasn’t been touched or breathed on in 24 hours, it’s almost certainly safe; at 72 hours, you can take off the almost.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
Read that.
 
Then go rent something.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 1:48:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out eBay's Tech savings on the way sale:
 
Apply coupon code PUSHPLAY (no min, max $100 off, 1x use, ends 3/24, full terms and conditions available at eBay) at checkout to save 15% on a wide range of tech gear.
 
The Cameras & Photo category will be of high interest to most of us.
 
Dig deep — there are some great deals such as the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD A036 Lens for Sony in a bundle from an authorized dealer starting at $769.00 (regular price is $879.00).
Post Date: 3/20/2020 9:34:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag Review.
 
This is a quick review of an excellent tripod accessory.
 
Available in a range of sizes, the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag is in stock at B&H.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:56:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A university administration building had caught my eye. It seemed a perfect subject for the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens I was reviewing and photographing it was on this evening's to-do list. During the blue hour is a great time to photograph architecture and starting with a shooting direction away from the sunset provides the earliest brightness balance between the building lights and the sky. As the sky darkened, the light balance on the other side of the building, looking toward the sunset (brighter sky), improved and that was the direction the camera was facing for this image capture.
 
To get a level camera for this perspective required fully extending the Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod legs and positioning the feet as close together as possible without risking stability. The camera was well above head height but the tilt LCD enabled proper leveling and composition. The low geometric distortion of this lens makes it a great option for photographing subjects with straight lines along the edges of the frame.
 
This was a single RAW image (not an HDR) captured with the brightest areas of the image somewhat too bright. In post, utilizing the Sony a7R IV's excellent dynamic range, the highlights were pulled back and the shadows were boosted for a balanced appearance.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Mountain Biker Mitchell Bryan. Shot with Tamron's SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 on Canon mirrorless R camera.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS R and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:24:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, NY, March 18, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Mr. Eliott Peck, the company’s executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, will retire effective March 31, 2020. Canon U.S.A. credits Mr. Peck’s 45 years of strong leadership, dedication and achievements shaping the success of Canon’s consumer and professional imaging products, which include camera, lens, video, inkjet printer, projector, display, broadcast lenses and new business innovation.
 
“Over the past 45 years, I have been fortunate to assume different roles at Canon and to have been part of the growth that saw the company become one of the premier brands in the world, said Mr. Peck. “It has been a true honor for me to have worked with some amazingly bright and supportive people that have helped define and revitalize our industry through the years and created a brand that has emerged, adapted and grown to be the digital imaging solutions leader it is today.”
 
Mr. Peck is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the art and practice of filmmaking. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association. He is also on the Executive Steering Committee of the Canon Americas Board of Group Management.
 
“Eliott is a respected leader within our organization as well as within the imaging and consumer technology industry, said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “On behalf of Canon U.S.A., we share our immense gratitude for his service as well as his innovative contributions to our company.”
Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:02:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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