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 Monday, December 11, 2017
From Tenba:
 
Secure Gear Access and All-Day Carrying Comfort
 
Tenba has designed a new collection of lightweight backpacks for the uncompromising outdoor enthusiast photographer and filmmaker. Built with secure rear access to equipment, Solstice backpacks allow the user to remove cameras and lenses without ever setting their bag down on rough, wet or muddy terrain. A versatile interior divider system allows the allocation of more or less space as needed to camera and personal gear so no space is wasted.
 
Rear Camera Access
Secures gear up against the user's back and enables access to equipment without fully removing the bag. Also prevents common issues with gear theft, as the camera equipment can only be taken out when the user wants it to be.
 
Comfortable Airflow Harness
The Airflow harness is comprised of ventilating 3D air mesh and Tenba’s Pivot-Fit auto-adjusting straps to ensure a comfortable fit. The hip belt can be used to support the weight of the bag when it is loaded.
 
Compression Straps Adjust for Oversized Items
By threading the compression straps through the front lash points, the bag can accommodate a large jacket or other oversized items.
 
Tablet/Laptop Protection
The 12L, 20L and 24L backpacks fit an iPad Mini, full-size iPad and 13-inch laptop respectively.
 
Versatile Protection for Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras
Solstice backpacks can fit all sizes of mirrorless and DSLR cameras. Both the 12L and 20L packs will fit a camera with an attached 24-70mm 2.8, and the 24L will fit a Pro-size DSLR with an attached 70-200mm 2.8. By removing the dividers, each bag can fit longer Super-telephoto lenses, up to 300mm for the 12L and 20L, and up to 400mm for the 24L.
 
All-Day Carrying Comfort
Waist belt and adjustable sternum strap allow for easy weight balancing, and 3D air mesh ensures comfort on hot days.
 
Tripod-Ready
Side pockets fit a tripod or a large water bottle, and they compress flat against the bag when not in use, so they don’t catch on branches and other brush.
 
WeatherWrap Rain Cover
Included WeatherWrap rain cover adds another layer of protection in wet weather conditions. Removable so it can be washed when needed.
 
Durability and Weather Resistance
Built with the finest materials and hardware, including water-repellent 210D shadow ripstop and 420D plain-woven nylon, 300g brushed tricot interior, YKK zippers and clips, and heavily-reinforced stitching.
 
Solstice Backpacks come in three sizes of 12-, 20- and 24-liter capacities, and in both blue/gray and black colorways. They are available to purchase immediately through Tenba Authorized Resellers for suggested retail prices of: 12L $149.95, 20L $169.95 and 24L $199.95.
 
B&H has the Tenba Solstice Bags either in stock or available for preorder (depends on size/color).
Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 12/11/2017 2:20:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 30 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone with Leather) available for $155.85 with free shipping. Regularly $259.75.
 
One thing I especially like about the Retrospective 30 is that it doesn't really look like a camera bag, making your valuable gear less conspicuous. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For 1 Pro DSLR/70-200mm f/2.8 Sideways
  • For 1 Pro DSLR Body, 2-4 Lenses
  • Two Expandable Front Pockets for DSLRs
  • Sound Silencers Eliminate Opening Noises
  • Main Flap Covers Bag / Hides Gear
  • Inside Organizer Pocket for Accessories
  • Customizable Interior Dividers
  • Rear Storage Paper Pocket/Side Pockets
  • Rain Cover
  • Web Loops Accept Optional Pouches
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – For professional videographers who need to know that all of their gear will arrive in good working order, including their tripods, Think Tank Photo has just released the Video Tripod Manager 44 rolling case. This well-cushioned, highly rigid rolling case provides hard case protection with soft case convenience. It is designed to hold cinema-sized tripods, stands, sliders, and/or modifiers up to 40” in height.
 
The rolling case features robust handles on four sides, so it’s easy to load into a vehicle. It is an ideal travel solution as its rectangular shape stacks easily, saving space. Built tough with the quality Think Tank is known for, this roller’s crush-resistant ABS twinwall reinforcement provides impact protection. Shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions. Protective zipper flap will keep zippers running smoothly after years of use.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Included lock and cable secure the main compartment and case to a fixed object
  • Multiple tie-down straps secure tripod, stands or slider when transporting between locations
  • Coffin-style opening gives unencumbered access to gear
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon and ABS Twinwall reinforcement are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Bolster cushions provide support for different sized gear
  • ID plate can be registered on the Think Tank website to help locate a lost or stolen bag
  • Large interior mesh pockets for organizing tools and accessories
  • Adjustable lid straps keep bag open and accessible
  • Rear skid rails and tall wheel housings allow easy vehicle loading
  • Easy-to-clean internal bottom lining for messy shoot locations
  • Clear pocket for documents and easy identification on top panel
  • User-replaceable wheels and hardware
MATERIALS
 
External: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, replaceable shock-absorbing wheels, antique plated metal hardware, nylon seatbelt webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
Internal: 210D silver-toned nylon, 420HD nylon, closed cell foam, open cell foam bolsters, twinwall stiffened divider, belly-o mesh pockets, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 44.5” H x 12.6” D (32 x 113 x 32 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 40.2 H x 9.8” D (25 x 102 x 25 cm)
Weight: 17.8 lbs. (8 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Case in stock and you'll get a free gift when using our links for your purchase.

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Today’s cameras allow us to capture night skies in a way that was impossible just a few years ago. Yet night photography does not come without its challenges.
 
In this video, National Parks at Night’s Chris Nicholson discusses topics such as white balance for night skies, shutter speeds for capturing star points, techniques for creating star trails, compositional effects and considerations, how to deal with moonlight and light pollution, post-processing tips and techniques, and more.
Post Date: 12/11/2017 9:39:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter available for $899.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K / 12MP Camera
  • Visual Sensor for Obstacle Avoidance
  • Streamlined Shell / Magnesium Unibody
  • Top Speed of 44.7mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 3.1 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Up to 32.8' Vision Positioning Altitude
  • TapFly - Fly With a Tap of the Finger
  • Avoids Obstacles When Returning Home
  • Up to 28 Minutes Flying Time
Post Date: 12/11/2017 7:18:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sony UWP-D11 Integrated Digital Wireless Bodypack Lavalier Microphone System available for $379.99 with free shipping. Regularly $599.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • UTX-B03 Bodypack Transmitter
  • URX-P03 Portable True Diversity Receiver
  • ECM-V1BMP Electret Condenser Lavalier
  • Digital Companding Circuitry
  • Selectable Mic/Line Input
  • USB Charging and Power
  • Tone Squelch Suppression Circuitry
  • Automatic Channel Scanning
  • Infrared Synchronization
  • Simultaneous Multi-Channel Operation
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the CyberPower CP1500PFCLCD PFC Sinewave UPS System available for $119.99 with free shipping. Regularly $214.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1500VA / 900W Pure Sine Wave UPS
  • 10 Outlets with USB and Serial Ports
  • EMI/RFI Filters
  • Resettable Circuit Breaker
  • Audible Alarms
  • AVR & GreenPower UPS
  • LCD Diagnostic Display
  • Reduced Fan Operation for Low Emissions
  • USB Connectivity with USB Charger
  • RJ-11/RJ-45 and Coax RG6 Protection
Post Date: 12/11/2017 5:32:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Daylight LED Light with 2x L-Series Battery Plates available for $139.95 with free shipping. Regularly $399.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Daylight Color Balance: 5,600K
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8" Panel, Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming, CRI: 95
  • Low Power Draw: 29W
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Sunday, December 10, 2017
Many of you know that I usually consider the ideal wildlife light to be from behind me, directing my shadow toward the animal (though keeping it outside of the frame of course), but that is just another of the many photography rules looking for an opportunity to be broken.
 
It was a great start to the day. I had found this beautiful large-bodied 10-pt buck right away in the morning while there was barely light enough to see it. The buck was staying close to a calmly-feeding doe and defending against the occasional intruder. I was ready to photograph as soon as there was enough light to make it worth attempting.
 
When the buck moved, I would also change position to what I felt would be photographically optimal (often moving farther away as it approached) and was able to stay with the buck until the sun rose high enough to directly light it. It was at that point when the buck made a short charge to contain the doe, deterring it from going toward a distant intruder. The buck ideally stopped on the crest of a hill. The sunlight was hitting the deer nearly horizontally and I was up-light in position, but ... I saw the background that I had been looking for and that became the higher priority for me.
 
Shenandoah National Park is known for its many mountain ridges and incorporating them into a white-tailed deer image background is a great goal, but one that is not so easy to achieve, especially with the narrow field of view that a 600mm focal length presents. The lighting was making hard shadows, but the intruding buck was positioned toward the sun and that meant this buck was watching toward the sun, easing the shadow issue.
 
Selecting the to-share image from the couple-of-minutes take was challenging and I eventually narrowed the choice down to two. In the other example, the buck had its head turned even farther to the right with its left ear angled back, resulting in no shadows on the head. While that pose made the deer appear larger, I opted for the wider rack perspective shown by the more-toward-the-camera head angle.
 
Especially cool is that, with the Canon EOS 5Ds R's extreme resolution, I can crop this image down to a tight full-body portrait and still have about 24 mp of very sharp resolution remaining.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/10/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 8, 2017

 
by Sean Setters
 
One of the greatest features found in current Canon DSLRs is a Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus (DPAF) sensor which allows for easy and smooth autofocus tracking in video mode. This capability alone is a compelling reason to upgrade cameras if your current camera lacks the DPAF feature.
 
On that note, I was recently asked to film a high school basketball game and create a highlight reel of the team. I had never filmed or produced a sports highlight reel before, but here are a few things I learned during the process.
 
1) Small, inexpensive (even variable aperture) Canon STM lenses work great in moderately well lit gymnasiums.
 
When photographing indoors sports, I typically rely on very wide aperture prime lenses in order to achieve the fastest shutter speeds (to free action) while keeping my ISO as low as possible (for the cleanest possible images). However, an action-stopping shutter speed isn't a requirement when shooting video. Optimally, your shutter speed should be double the reciprocal of your video frame rate. That means that when capturing, for instance, 1080p video at 29.97 fps, your shutter speed should be 1/60 second.
 
At 1/60 second, even lenses with a max aperture of f/5.6 can be used in reasonably well lit gymnasiums without requiring the use of your camera's highest ISO settings to achieve a proper exposure. For the game above, I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II combined with the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lenses, with the same manual exposure settings of f/5.6, 1/60 sec., ISO 2000 employed for all of them.
 
And with STM lenses in-use, AF transitions are smooth and AF sounds are [typically] minimized (though the ambient sound level in a gym with cheering/jeering fans can drown out a substantial amount of AF noise).
 
2) A monopod is really helpful to have for stabilizing video and reducing fatigue.
 
Lenses with built-in image stabilization are certainly handy, but a monopod with a tilt head is a relatively inexpensive universal stailization solution that is especially handy when using prime, non-stabilized lenses (like the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM). You can easily pivot a monopod for horizontal panning while using the tilt head to track subjects vertically (be sure your monopod features a rubber foot that will not damage the gym floor).
 
3) Where you can position yourself on the floor will depend on the most conservative referee's consideration of safety.
 
For the game shown above, two referees were perfectly fine with me being anywhere along the baseline or sides of the floor. However, one particular referee requested that I go no further than about 5 feet in on both ends of the floor. Gyms offer differently sized areas designated as "safe zones" around the playing floor, and those zones are often up for interpretation. Respect the referees and the venue by following all rules, regulations and requests to ensure you can film in the same venue (or in another venue with the same referee crew) in the future.
 
4) Record everything that could result in a great play and use your camera's Rating feature to mark the best videos recorded.
 
After I got home from the basketball game, I had recorded over 100 individual videos. Unfortunately, I had to preview each one to determine whether or not it was worth including in the highlight reel. While previewing, I marked videos that I would definitely include with a special character (I added an underscore) and videos that could possibly be used with another special character and moved uninteresting videos to the trash. This left me with only the videos I needed for the highlight reel.
 
After going through my organization process, I realized that I could have simply rated the videos right after they occurred, opened up my memory card in Digital Photo Professional 4, filtered by the star rating and then only copied the relevant videos to my hard drive to begin with, quickly culling the videos that weren't interesting enough to use. You can even distinguish between "will use" clips and "possible filler clips" with a two star and one star rating, respectively, to further expedite the organization process.
 
5. In post processing, separate the video and audio tracks and extend/blend the after-play audio with the next play's audio.
 
When an exciting play happens, the crowd usually cheers afterwards. To best capture the drama, preserve some of the audio captured just after an exciting play and blend it into the following clip. Even if the clip doesn't feature a cheer-worthy play, blending a clips audio with the adjacent clip(s) will ensure the audio of the crowd sounds natural.
 
Summary
 
Offering to shoot highlight reels is a good way to earn a little extra income and gain exposure (especially if wearing a t-shirt displaying your photography/videography services brand) while getting to enjoy a sporting event up close. And, not only does the team get something awesome to show for their efforts, your highlight reel could possibly help a student get noticed by college scouts resulting in a scholarship offer.
 
That sounds like a good deal for everyone involved.
Post Date: 12/8/2017 9:18:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Macphun/Skylum: Today, Apple named Aurora HDR 2018 as their Best Mac App of 2017. This is a big honor for all of the team and we’re very grateful to cap off a year of hard work this way. At the same time, we will continue to work hard to achieve our bigger goal of ensuring Aurora HDR is the industry standard for HDR photography
 
To celebrate this milestone, and help even more people access this great photography tool, Aurora HDR 2018 — both Mac & Windows — will be available for the rest of December at $20 OFF with a pack of special bonuses included. Read below for the detailed information about the offer.
 
Pricing:
 
  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a Special price of $39
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $79
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
Bonuses:
 
  • Deep Dive video tutorial from Trey Ratcliff
  • “How to create realistic HDR images” Ebook
  • 2 Preset Packs - 40 presets! Preset pack 1 - Winter Vibes. Preset Pack 2 - Wonderland.
Download / Purchase: Aurora HDR 2018
Post Date: 12/8/2017 9:21:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Using candles as a source of light for portraits is an exciting idea but it comes with some problems. Slow shutter speeds and unflattering light on your model are two pitfalls photographer Gavin Hoey will demostrate and resolve in this video.
 
After the shoot Gavin will take you into Adobe Photoshop where he'll add some finish touches such as the instant snow effect.
 
You can download the instant snow action here.
Post Date: 12/8/2017 5:31:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (Black) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Canon DSLRs
  • For Nikon DSLRs with Square Viewfinders
  • For Lenses 7 to 14" Long
  • Fits Lenses with 4 to 4.5" Diameter
  • Water-Resistant Protection
  • Camera-Access Control Window
  • Eyepiece Port for Viewfinder
  • Adjustable Lens Barrel Sleeve
  • Three Assorted Eyepieces with Caps
  • Drawstring Case
Post Date: 12/8/2017 5:09:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Throug this weekend, B&H has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo (Pink) available for $49.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Accurate Consistent Color
Post Date: 12/8/2017 5:07:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 7, 2017
B&H has HGST 4, 6, 8 & 10 TB SATA III Hard Drives discounted for a limited time.
 
The images from high resolution DSLRs and mirrorless cameras tend to consume hard drive space at an alarming rate. Upgrade your storage now before you run out of space to store or back up your files.
Post Date: 12/7/2017 11:56:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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