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 Friday, October 26, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Halloween is right around the corner, and what a great holiday for photographic inspiration: From cute kids in costumes to spooky haunted houses; eerie glowing jack-o’-lanterns to pastoral pumpkin patches – Halloween offers an endless variety of unique subjects.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 10/26/2018 5:45:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Wes Brewer, CEO ProGrade Digital has published a comparison between two emerging memory standards: SD Express and CFexpress.
Recently, the SD Association (governing body for SD card development and standardization) announced finalization of revision 7.0 for the card SD specification. This revision now includes a section 8.0, which adds an NVMe compliant, PCIe interface option. Like the announcement of CFexpress 1.0 made by the CompactFlash Association in August of 2016, the PCIe interface with NVMe provides a scalable path for improved performance in flash-based storage devices, and conforms to industry standards in use for devices such as SSDs.
 
This white paper provides an objective look at variances between the two standards SD Express and CFexpress.
See the ProGrade Digital SD Express vs. CFexpress White Paper for more information.
 
B&H carries ProGrade Digital memory products.
Post Date: 9/19/2018 6:23:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 17, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The term “senior portraits” can mean different things to different people. Some people may think of portraits of senior citizens and others may think about portraits of kids who are graduating from either high school or college. In the world of professional photography, senior portraits generally refers to those who want their portraits before they graduate school. And most of the time, if they are hiring a professional photographer to take their senior portraits, they are not looking for the “cookie cutter” photo of themselves in a fake tux or dress for the yearbook. They (or their parents) are looking for a creative photo to truly show who they are.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 8/17/2018 8:18:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 7, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
When we were little, every summer my Dad would take my sister and I backpacking. He carried all the gear, while we were left to carry the most important things: our stuffed animals and water bottles. One year, driving back at night after a long day of backpacking on our way out of the mountains in the Eastern Sierra, California, my Dad pulled over to watch a meteor shower. We laid on the ground looking up at the sparkling night sky. There were so many meteors, one after another. I was in awe and amazed. When we saw a shooting star, my dad would say, “Make a wish.” I was so happy that night because I got to make dozens of wishes!
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 8/7/2018 6:06:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 3, 2018
From Datacolor:
 
Making color management simple with an easy-to-follow guide that starts with the basics
 
Zurich, Switzerland, 1st August 2018 - Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, has today launched an extensive color management eBook for photographers and videographers. ‘Spyder5 eBook: Color management can be easy’ is a six-chapter guide providing practical advice to help any photographer or videographer understand color management, from the basics to the advanced. Chapters will be published in three-week intervals and sent to readers once they have registered online. Those who download the eBook will also receive 20% off the Spyder5Pro and Spyder5Elite. The first chapter is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.
 
"We repeatedly found that even after more than 20 years of digital photography, color management is regarded as a difficult and complex topic and is therefore often neglected. Users often have difficulties with achieving accurate color reproduction and maintaining the brightness of their images in photo books or prints," says Stefan Zrenner, Global Director of Sales and Marketing Consumer Products at Datacolor. "With our free eBook, we want to make our color management know-how accessible to everyone and show that this topic is not complicated at all."
 
The eBook explores the basics of color management, calibrated photography, and the steps needed to reproduce accurate colors on the monitor, when printing at home and through print service providers.
 
What to expect from ‘Spyder5 eBook
 
Chapter One – Understanding Digital Color
The first chapter will walk you through which color measuring instruments you need for color management, and why you should work with RAW data.
 
Chapter Two – Taking Calibrated Photos
Chapter Two is a guide to the first step in the color workflow – camera calibration. The chapter focuses on the tools available for calibration, obtaining evenly-balanced contrast with the SpyderCUBE, achieving color balance with the SpyderCHECKR, and razor-sharp autofocus using SpyderLENSCAL.
 
Chapter Three – Monitor Calibration
Discover how to initially calibrate your monitor and find out what a colorimeter can do for you during this process. Chapter three will also teach you how to control ambient light and demonstrate the options a soft proofing tool can offer.
 
Chapter Four – Fine-adjusting Monitors
Chapter Four delves deeper into monitor calibration, with a focus on making extended calibration settings, and an explanation of what an advanced analysis entails. Learn how to calibrate two monitors, and find out what different elements you need to pay attention to when calibrating a complete studio and a projector.
 
Chapter Five – Printer Profiling for Accurate Prints
The penultimate chapter teaches you all you need to know about printer profiles, and explains how to check if your printer and printer driver are working properly. Find out what you need to be aware of when working with a Spectrocolorimeter and discover Datacolor’s measuring technology.
 
Chapter Six – Monitor Proofing and Media
The final chapter deals with your questions on the final stage of your workflow – exploring how to proof your images on your monitor, and what to consider when printing your photos by yourself, on paper, canvas, and foil. The chapter will also tell you all you need to know about monitor proofing during photo printing from a service provider.
 
Each chapter also contains a detailed glossary of color management terms. The first chapter of the eBook is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.
Post Date: 8/3/2018 7:41:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 31, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Summertime is a great season to create beautiful outdoor portraits. With warm weather and abundant sunshine, summer can be one of the best times of year to photograph portraits on-location. These tips will help you capture a season of stunning portrait images.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 7/31/2018 11:57:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 27, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Laura Tillinghast
 
Photography is all about light, but understanding how to approach lighting for portraits can be intimidating. While there is a lot to learn, these lighting concepts are very easy to grasp once you start putting them into practice. The aim of this article is help you choose where you want to get started with natural light portraits.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 7/27/2018 12:41:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 23, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Watching a lunar eclipse is an incredible experience and photographing it is even more exciting. Capturing the moon as it transitions into a beautiful and colorful moon is thrilling. When I was photographing a lunar eclipse, I watched the full moon as it slowly darkened, turning a stunning deep orange color. The eerie experience moved me as I observed it transition from a bright full moon into a full lunar eclipse. I will share with you information on lunar eclipses and what I learned while photographing them.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 7/23/2018 10:03:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 25, 2018
Bryan often notes how just about any focal length can be useful for landscape photography. In this CDLC article, landscape photographer Erin Babnik supports that idea with intriguing landscape images taken with ultra-wide angle lenses, super telephotos and everything in between.
by Erin Babnik
 
There is a lot of truth to the old idea that we tend to see the world in terms of what we know about it. If we know that a location offers a photogenic vista to the north, then it can be easy to overlook the wonderfully gnarled trees to the south. Similarly, the compositions that photographers see most easily are usually those that fit well within the average field of view of two human eyes at a standing height—it’s the way of seeing that we know best. With only a little shifting or focusing, our eyes at that height can take in scenes that fall within the range of a 24-105mm lens quite nicely, and it is no wonder that focal lengths in this range are most traditional for landscape photography. Nonetheless, compositions that fall well outside these limits have the potential to evoke the more abstract qualities of human perception, such as the ability of our brains to combine certain visual stimuli and to isolate others. For the photographer who would like to emphasize the ‘mind’s eye,’ extreme focal lengths have a lot to offer.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/25/2018 10:38:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 18, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Jennifer Wu
 
It is 4:00 am and my chirping alarm clock abruptly awakens me. Heading out to photograph the fall colors at sunrise, I notice the car temperature reading 16°F. With a sudden drop in temperature and stormy weather from the previous day, I hope the leaves haven’t turned black from the freezing temperature.
 
Arriving at the lake, twilight begins and the deep blue sky just starts to get light. I am anxious to discover the fall color conditions. Walking to the lake, I see a beautiful moonlit image before me of fall colors plus the delight of the first dusting of snow for the season! I’m happy that the snow dapples the mountains and doesn’t cover them completely in white.
 
Seeing the moon shining on the mountain peaks, I quickly set up to capture the moonlit landscape, placing some rocks in the foreground of the icy lake. I press the shutter for my first shot of the day knowing it will be my favorite and sunrise isn’t even for another half-hour. What a wonderful morning!
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/18/2018 11:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 1, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Jeff Swinger
 
There are few places I’d rather be than sitting on an end line or kneeling on a sideline, as long as I have a camera in my hand.
 
Some of my favorite moments have been on the sidelines of a football field, in the dugout for a baseball game or with my toes in the sand at a beach volleyball match. But that doesn’t mean it has always been a major league game or an Olympics. Sports come in all shapes and sizes and there is speed, impact and drama at all levels. Some of my most memorable photos were from high school games, which I have shot hundreds of over my newspaper career. I started when I was just 14 years old with a Canon AE-1 Program and a 70-210mm lens, taking pictures at soccer games and of BMX riders in the woods behind my house. I realized then that I wanted to be a photojournalist and really wanted to shoot sports. I got my first job at a small newspaper and shot a ton of high school athletics.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center and be sure to check out our following resources:
 
Post Date: 6/1/2018 1:01:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 29, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rudy Winston
 
There’s no question that the completely electronic viewfinder in some recent interchangeable-lens cameras — think of “mirrorless” cameras, like Canon’s EOS M-series models — brings some cool features to their users. Some of these include the ability to see the effect of changes in camera settings, like exposure or white balance, and to see additional information like histograms and so on, before a picture is taken.
 
But there’s a lot of benefit to the traditional “optical” viewfinder, used in EOS digital SLRs like the EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77D. We’ll look at those benefits in this article.
Check out the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center. Also, check out our own article, "Comparing Electronic Viewfinders to Optical Viewfinders."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2018 10:30:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 23, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rick Sammon
 
Having just returned from another photo-successful safari to Africa, where I photographed the handsome lion that opens this article, I thought I’d put together some thoughts on how you can make a photo safari a photo success. After all, a photo safari to Africa is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers; so coming home with a selection of great photographs that tell the story of the amazing adventure is a top priority – in addition to having fun!
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 5/23/2018 7:25:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The Canon Digital Learning Center recently posted tips for photographing different events: graduation, bridal and baby showers. Check out the links below for more information.
 
CDLC Articles
 
Post Date: 5/8/2018 6:48:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 4, 2018

 
I really like Ian Spanier's use of lighting diagrams to help explain the various setups covered in this presentation. The diagrams alongside the captured images make following his lighting descriptions very easy. [Sean]
 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Award-winning photographer (and author) Ian Spanier shares his techniques for capturing great photos through proper lighting and storytelling; preparing for shoots by outlining sketches, setups, and lighting concepts; and adjusting on the fly when things don’t go according to plan. This video contains a wealth of useful information for aspiring and professional photographers alike.
Post Date: 5/4/2018 8:51:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 3, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
By Jennifer Wu
 
In awe of the spectacular colors, I dreamed of seeing the northern lights and photographing them. I called a friend, asking him to go with me to Alaska and though auroras were on his bucket list, he wanted his first trip to Alaska to be in summer. I promised rugged Alaskan landscapes with fall colors like summer, but with even better colors and he agreed! I hadn’t been to Fairbanks, Alaska before, but I was sure it would be grand. Arriving, we were greeted with a snow-covered landscape. “Where are the fall colors?” he asked and I quickly promised him that the northern lights would be spectacular.
 
The first two nights were completely overcast with no sign of the lights. By the third night we could only see a hint of green color through heavy clouds. With a promising weather forecast on the forth night, we drove north along the Haul Road to a mountain pass and waited in the bitter cold, hoping for clear skies and auroras.
 
The moon had set below the horizon, darkening the star-filled sky. At 1 a.m. the clouds finally cleared and the auroras appeared! They were dim at first, but at least visible. We photographed the light show as it danced in the night sky. It was more than I could have imagined! Curtains of light formed, swaying with rhythmic motion, dimming and then glowing more intensely. Excited, I watched a dream coming true. Now, my friend can’t wait to return to photograph more of these "fall colors!"
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/3/2018 11:41:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 27, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
By Loren Simons
 
For years, I’ve been searching for the perfect camera. Now, as a disclaimer, I don’t actually believe such a thing exists. Rather, there is a perfect balance of technology and physical size for my own intended purpose of everyday carry.
 
I categorize myself more as a cinematographer than a photographer, but I’ve always wanted a camera I could utilize as a director’s viewfinder for location scouting, as well as something that had the capability of capturing stunning candid photos for use in a look book or simply to share on social media. At the end of the day, I firmly believe that the best camera is the camera you have with you. Some may say, just use my trusty smartphone. However, I’ve rarely connected emotionally with an image produced by a small sensor the same way I do with images captured by more traditional cinema or larger format photography sensors. Aesthetically, achieving the shallow depth of field on a small sensor camera is much more difficult with current technology. I’ve used all of the fancy depth mapping and dual lens tricks that very smart people have built to try to simulate the depth of field achieved by a proper camera. However, whether it’s strange edge artifacts or just a much less pleasing focus roll off, those images just never felt right to me.
 
This same small-sensor aversion is also what kept me away from Canon’s original G Series and other PowerShots. However, with the introduction of the larger 1” sensors in cameras like the G Series, XC10, and XF400 I saw the beginning of a move in the direction I had always been hoping for.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III – B&H | Amazon US | Adorama
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Post Date: 4/27/2018 7:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 13, 2018
I find macro photography to be very relaxing because subjects are plentiful and photographing non-live subjects allows you to slow down and work methodically to achieve pleasing results. [Sean]
 
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
No macro lens? No problem! Although it may seem like the world of macro photography is out of reach and a world apart from our own, shooting macro is more accessible than you might think. From rigging your current gear, to creating DIY setups that tackle challenges like lighting, I’m here to be your guide for all things macro! My name is Matthew Cicanese (sick-uh-knees). I’m a National Geographic Explorer, documentary artist, and Canon USA Photographer who leads EOS Destination Workshops specializing in macro photography. I shoot macro subjects all over the world, from my own backyard to the rainforests of Sri Lanka! I’ve been a macro photographer for over ten years now, and have evolved along the way to overcome different challenges in macro and produce award-winning photographs. My goal with this article is to teach you how to accomplish more using less – less money, less frustration, and a drop of ingenuity.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Are you looking to add a macro lens to your kit? Check out our Macro Lens Recommendations.
Post Date: 4/13/2018 12:40:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 22, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The term “cross-type AF” has been used since the late 1980s in the camera industry, but perhaps not always with supporting information to clearly define what is meant by it. In this article, we’ll attempt to explain more clearly what the term means, and why it remains an advantage in SLR AF systems to this day.
Read the entire article at the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Want to know how many cross-type AF points your camera has? Check out our Camera Specifications Comparison Tool to find out!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/22/2018 1:30:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 16, 2018

 
The University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis) has posted a behind-the-scenes look at capturing its latest class picture.
Post Date: 3/16/2018 7:52:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rudy Winston
 
Here’s a relatively new Canon feature in mid-range and upper-end EOS DSLRs that I think flies a bit under the radar for many photographers. But every time I use it, I’m grateful that we have it as an option. I’m speaking of Canon’s “AE Lock with Hold” feature, which is an option within the camera’s Custom Controls (in the Custom Functions menu) on the following cameras:
 
  • EOS-1D X Mark II; EOS-1D X
  • EOS 5DS; EOS 5DS R
  • EOS 5D Mark IV; EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D Mark II; EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 80D; EOS 70D
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Want to know more about one of these cameras? There's a treasure trove of information available right here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/16/2018 5:34:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 15, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
When it comes to real estate photography, nothing will have a more positive impact on your target audience than an eye-catching image or video. If you’re a photographer hoping to take your real estate or architectural photography to the next level, here are some helpful tips!
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 3/15/2018 1:20:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 14, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
A wide variety of photographable wildlife is available to everyone, in fact many may live close to your home. How do you find suitable spots where photographable wildlife is plentiful?
 
Start with the Internet
A tremendous amount of wildlife information is easily found on the Internet. Search for potentially wildlife-rich places in nearby national parks, nature centers, lakeshores, state and city parks, seacoasts, public swimming areas on local lakes, boat docks, fishing lakes and hunting areas. And don’t forget local, state, and national wildlife refuges. Most of these places are open to the public.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 3/14/2018 6:34:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 8, 2018
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated CDLC articles I've seen in a long time. [Sean]
 
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Erin Babnik
 
One of the greatest rewards of photographing landscapes is the transformative experience of being outdoors. Regardless of how well the photography goes, spending time in beautiful or invigorating environments is time well spent. Nonetheless, most landscape photographers would prefer to return from an excursion with new additions to the portfolio to show for it, and that desire can make exploring new areas seem like an imprudent expense of time. Focusing on results can lead to a creative cul-de-sac, however, sometimes causing a photographer to privilege scenes that are ‘safe bets’ instead of taking risks with unknown territory. Although playing it safe with familiar locations can bring desirable short-term results, the greatest rewards come from venturing outside one’s comfort zone and into situations that encourage personal discovery. Exploring new terrain is one of the greatest habits that a landscape photographer can form for the purposes of creative growth, not only because exploration is challenging, but also because it is exciting and extremely fun.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 3/8/2018 11:38:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 26, 2018
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted several articles on the newly announced Speedlite 470EX-AI flash and EOS M50 MILC.
 
Canon Digital Learning Center Articles
 
Preorder the Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI and EOS M50 here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/26/2018 1:13:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 21, 2018
To be a successful commercial photographer (in whatever capacity), producing high quality images should be your number one priority. However, your second priority should likely be building a brand and marketing strategy. A good place to start? Your logo. It will ideally be featured on your website, letterhead, business cards and image watermarks.
 
In this Adobe Blog post, the Creative Cloud team offers some solid suggestions to consider when designing your logo.
 
Want to create a unique shape for your logo? Adobe Photoshop CC's paint symmetry feature may help. [Sean]
 
From the Adobe Blog:
Skim the pages of any fitness magazine and you’re likely to see a Nike Swoosh. Glance up at a billboard and you might see Mastercard’s dual circles staring down at you. Do you recognize these brands? Of course. What makes their logos work? First, recognize a logo on its own is not a brand identity, but just one part of it. Think of all the pieces of your identity together and how they can be aligned visually with your logo to make up a cohesive and effective brand identity.
 
Whether you’re trying to establish a new brand or get creative with one that’s already well-known, an effective logo is key. Context and style may vary from year-to-year, but the principles and best practices that guide logo design remain unchanged.
 
When we think about the elements of effective logos, here are some things to keep in mind.
See the entire article on the Adobe Blog.
Post Date: 2/21/2018 12:03:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 12, 2018
From FastRawViewer:
 
What DPRSplit application is for:
 
Canon 5D Mark IV's sensor has a somewhat unusual pixel arrangement: each pixel is composed of two subpixels. If Dual Pixel RAW mode is enabled in the camera, the resulting CR2 file contains two images, or two frames: one composite, made from reading both subpixels, summed; and the other is made out of one set of subpixels.
 
The intended use of this arrangement is to enable some extra editing after the shot: because of the parallax between the subpixels, Canon Digital Photo Professional software allows one to perform microadjustment of focus, bokeh shift, and ghosting reduction.
 
However, there is one more possible use for a dual-pixel raw, which is not covered by the manufacturer: the second frame, the one that is made out of one set of subpixels, collects half of the light that the composite frame does, as if it was exposed one stop lower compared to the composite frame.
 
In essence, in Dual Pixel Raw mode, the camera records into one file some equivalent of two shots, bracketed by (approximately) 1 EV.
 
The DPRSplit application allows one to:
 
  • Extract the second (1 EV down) frame or both frames from Dual Pixel RAW CR2 files;
  • And save the extracted frames as DNG files.
Resulting DNG files can then be opened and processed in (practically) any raw converter featuring DNG support.
 
System Requirements
 
  • Windows *: Windows 7 – Windows 10, 64-bit
  • Mac OX: Mac OS X/macOS 10.6-10.13, 64-bit processor (so, all Intel Macs, except for some models from 2005-06 with Core Solo and Core Duo processors)
  • Screen resolution no less than 1600x900
  • 50MB of disk space for the application
Download: DPRSplit (Beta 0.8)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/12/2018 6:42:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 9, 2018
Photo District News (PDN) recently published an article describing the pitfalls of photographers (in some states) treating their crew as independent contractors.
 
From PDN:
Others in the industry are at risk if they don’t know that various freelance crew members qualify as employees, not independent contractors—at least in California and New York. Employers in those states—including photographers and producers—must withhold taxes from the wages of employees, provide workers’ comp and unemployment insurance, and in California at least, pay employees immediately at the end of a job.
 
“It’s a huge can of worms,” says a freelance ad agency art buyer who asked for anonymity to protect relationships with her clients. “[M]any New York agencies and most editorial entities are refusing to reimburse any cost associated with payroll.” Those costs can increase crew expenses on a shoot by 20 to 30 percent.
 
The statutory penalty under California law for “willfully” misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor is now a minimum of $5,000 per infraction. And the statutory penalty for failing to pay an employee in California at the end of a job—including a still photo shoot—is the employee’s day rate times the number of days the paycheck is delayed, up to a maximum of 30 days.
Read the entire article on PDN.
Post Date: 2/9/2018 11:01:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 26, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
While casually looking through the Play store yesterday, Google suggested I take a look at an app called ASCII Art. As Google seems to know me fairly well (we've spent a lot of time together), I thought I'd give the app a shot. After about 20 minutes of throwing various images at the app to see its results displayed in glorious monospaced text, the point about Google knowing me very well was reiterated once again.
 
From Wikipedia:
ASCII – Abbreviated from American Standard Code for Information Interchange, is a character encoding standard for electronic communication. ASCII codes represent text in computers, telecommunications equipment, and other devices. Most modern character-encoding schemes are based on ASCII, although they support many additional characters.
From the viewpoint of a photographer who's always looking at high resolution, 14-bit, as-sharp-as-I-can-get images, there's something very fun and novel about seeing one's images displayed in a fixed size font. You can even choose to have your image converted using colored text for a slightly less archaic look.
 
After conversion, the file can be saved or shared as a .PNG, .TXT or HTML document (you'll need to change the file name extension from ".txt" to ".html" after saving). Click here to see the full resolution ASCII image from above.
 
I haven't done extensive testing, but my guess is that simpler images with a strong subject will work better than more complex ones. If you download and try out the app, share your favorite ASCII-converted (G-rated) image below.
Post Date: 1/26/2018 8:15:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 24, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Using two or more Canon Speedlites is a tremendously effective way to make exquisite wildlife images. My journey in wildlife photography began with multiple Speedlites four decades ago. The key is setting the exposure, placing the lights for the best lighting, and getting them to all fire instantly.
 
In the beginning, I wired photoelectric triggering devices to each flash, and then advanced to using PC sync cords to wire all the Speedlites and camera together. Both systems were fraught with problems. Then optical wireless systems became available and things improved considerably. And with the new radio controls, it is the best time for working with multiple Speedlites. It is so easy today with modern flash gear, so I hope you will take advantage of it.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries Canon Speedlite Flashes.
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Post Date: 1/24/2018 8:12:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 20, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Liza Gershman
 
On a professional commercial or editorial shoot, food stylists prepare food to make it look “real,” or better than real, which requires quite a few tricks. Setting the scene and telling a story is also the job of the stylist team, and once that has been created then the photographer and photo assistant handle the lighting, composition, and framing. If you are photographing for a blog, magazine, or cookbook, working with a great food stylist isn’t always possible, but using these helpful tips when photographing food will enhance your imagery.
 
Think of the food before you even begin to photograph and plan the steps that it takes to create a successful food image.
 
Ask yourself, what is the size, shape, height and dimension of the food? What makes the subject special or unique?
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 11/20/2017 10:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 26, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Liza Gershman
 
When you observe the world from a macro perspective, there is more to see than one that many photographers initially imagine. Even simple things that we see in regular life can appear more interesting, like the fine detail of lashes on an open eye as they transform into single, long black strands of mascaraed hair; the dots on a ladybug become the size of a tack, and the red cover looks more like a candy than an insect; water droplets look like diamonds, and more. Macro forces your view to shift from the large to the very very small, and in that you open yourself up to an entirely new perspective.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
Don'thave a macro lens just yet? Check out our Macro Lens Recommendations to find one that's right for you!
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Post Date: 10/26/2017 8:58:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 13, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Andrea Barbier
 
We shoot pictures with the best intentions of printing and distributing them, making art or books, or even just updating family photos… I’m certainly guilty of filing folder after folder away on external hard drives to be revisited ‘when I have more time.’ Even diligently doing all of the aforementioned things, there are still mountains of images that never see the light of day. A fresh approach to printing can inspire you to output more images, different types of images, and provide a perfect jump-start for your creativity. Here are some simple and delightful alternative photographic processes that will inspire you to get your images on paper.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 10/13/2017 12:57:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 10, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Jennifer Borget
 
Keeping up with the coolest new camera gear is almost as challenging as keeping up with kids. As a mom who loves to take pictures of her children I am always excited about new camera gear and eager to see how it can make photographing children easier, or help me take better pictures. If you’re a child photographer looking to take your photography to the next level, the new EOS 6D Mark II is definitely a camera you’ll want to consider.
 
I’ve had my fair share of cameras and I could see this one becoming a new favorite for a variety of reasons. In this article I’ll break down six reasons why the EOS 6D Mark II is great for family and childhood photography.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
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Post Date: 10/10/2017 10:21:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 15, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Gone are the days when engaged couples would sit for a professional studio photo to use in newspaper wedding announcements. Engagement photography is on the rise in the United States, as couples use social media to promote their upcoming weddings in a creative way. Couples use the photos in "save the date" cards, slideshows and even animated GIFs. Learn how you can give the future bride and groom the second happiest day of their lives with a fun engagement photo shoot.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
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Post Date: 9/15/2017 10:02:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 14, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
As a wedding photographer in New Jersey and New York City, having shot hundreds and hundreds of weddings throughout my 18-year photography career, I've tried out quite a few camera systems in my time. Don't get me wrong; I've always been a Canon baby. Even to the point of learning on and owning my own Canon A1 film camera that my mom passed down to me. I worked my way up from the EOS 10D, and then the EOS 40D, the EOS 5D, and then going to the EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS-1D X, and now EOS-1D X Mark II that I currently shoot with. There are some needs as a wedding and event photographer that are mandatory in a camera body, and other wants that are crucial, but really make your life a whole lot easier.
 
I recently had the chance to review the EOS 6D Mark II on a real wedding at Mallard Island in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The location is a beautiful Jersey Shore wedding venue, and the wedding day went just as you would expect a typical wedding day to go. It really allowed me the opportunity to see how the 6D Mark II handled different parts of the wedding day. After getting a feel for the camera, I evaluated it into the top six categories that I consider when choosing a camera to shoot with on a wedding day.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.
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Post Date: 9/14/2017 9:13:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 29, 2017
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted several articles covering the new gear announced early this morning.
 
CDLC Articles
 
Update: Canon Japan also has an interesting interview with the team that created the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM.
 
For preordering options, click here.
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Post Date: 8/29/2017 10:51:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 17, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learnin Center:
By Rudy Winston
 
Bringing full-frame imagery to event photography — whether you’re a serious photo enthusiast, a budding professional, or even a full-fledged pro wedding shooter — is a great way to raise the quality of your images. And while the original EOS 6D certainly acquitted itself well in terms of its picture quality, the new focus and performance features in the new EOS 6D Mark II make it a very appealing step-up for these fast-paced situations. We’ll look at the Mark II’s new-found features, and see how they might apply to users who shoot events regularly.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learnin Center.
 
Suggested Retailers: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Canon USA Store | Wex Photographic
Post Date: 8/17/2017 6:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 14, 2017
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted what seems to be its final solar eclipse article installments, one entitled "The Big Day" and the other featuring a pocket field guide designed to be a handy reference for the aforementioned "big day."
 
Latest Solar Eclipse Articles
 
For a full list of CDLC solar eclipse articles, see here.
 
With free expedited shipping at B&H, you can still likely get a new telephoto lens in time to capture the event! And if you can't find a solar filter to fit your lens, you may want to try the DIY approach.
 Tuesday, August 8, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
The new full-frame Canon EOS 6D Mark II is really a great platform for single-person video operation — whether video is a big part of what you do, or something you’d like to add to your still-image shooting. Many of the virtues this camera delivers to the still-image shooter are equally appealing for recording HD video, as we’ll discuss in a few moments.
 
As we get into the EOS 6D Mark II and its particular video features, keep the following points in mind:
 
  • This camera records Full HD video (1080p, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution). The only 4K capability is an option to generate in-camera Time Lapse Movies, which it can render as 4K files.
  • Full HD and HD (720p) video is recorded using the entire horizontal width of the full-frame sensor. While 16:9 aspect ratio for Full HD or HD defines that some of the top and bottom of the traditional 3:2 sensor be cropped, you do get the full width of the full-frame sensor.
  • Exposure modes available for video recording are full manual exposure (M on the Mode Dial), or totally automatic Program exposure if the dial is set anywhere else. Unlike some higher-end EOS models, there is no true Shutter or Aperture Priority operation during video recording.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in stock.
Post Date: 8/8/2017 9:10:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 1, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute
 
When preparing to shoot the upcoming solar eclipse, the most important consideration is safety for you, your eyes and your camera equipment. Part of the planning involves not only where will you cover the eclipse from, but also how will you stage it. For most of the country, the eclipse will happen midday, during the hottest month of the year.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center and check out the rest of their solar eclipse articles here.
Post Date: 8/1/2017 10:36:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 26, 2017
 Sunday, July 2, 2017
For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks. With so many fireworks displays occurring this week (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.
 
Fireworks Photography Tips
 
Post Date: 7/2/2017 3:00:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted some interesting articles on the newly announced Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Rebel SL2 DSLRs.
 
New CDLC Articles
 
Preorders: You can find the latest preorder retailers here.
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Post Date: 6/29/2017 9:26:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 28, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute A total solar eclipse is truly amazing and is absolutely the most majestic natural phenomenon for earth! That’s right… for earth! It’s nature’s gift to earth. Nothing beats it. Nothing! The thrill, however, began months ago when you decided that you weren’t going to let this eclipse pass you by. After all, it’s the kind of challenge all photographers live for. The challenge that expands our photography skill sets and allows us to photograph something new.
 
Afterwards you’ll sit back and reflect on what it was exactly that enabled you to get such great images and you’ll soon come to the realization that it was all in the planning.
 
That’s usually the case in almost everything we do.
 
It was over a hundred years ago that Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” What he meant is that a prepared person, with the right skills at the right place at the right time, can take advantage of an opportunity and create something.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries solar eclipse photography gear.
 Monday, June 19, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
Here's a seemingly simple question – "What is your camera's image resolution?"
 
Before you answer, let me warn you. If you're simply going to recite the "Effective Pixels" value listed in your camera's specifications, you'll be incorrect. Your camera's advertised resolution is different than the resolution of the recorded images. In fact, your camera's image resolution is a little lower than the widely accepted value.
 
Want proof? Multiply the pixel dimensions of your camera's highest image resolution setting and compare it to the advertised camera resolution. For convenience, I'll list a few examples below.
 
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Image Dimensions: 6720 x 4480
6720 x 4480 = 30,105,600 pixels (30.11 MP)
Stated Resolution: 30.4 MP
 
Canon EOS 80D
Image Dimensions: 6000 x 4000
6000 x 4000 = 24,000,000 pixels (24.00 MP)
Stated Resolution: 24.2 MP
 
Nikon D810
Image Dimensions: 7360 x 4912
7360 x 4912 = 36,152,320 pixels (36.15 MP)
Stated Resolution: 36.3 MP
 
Sony a7R II
Image Dimensions: 7952 x 5304
7952 x 5304 = 42,177,408 pixels (42.18 MP)
Stated Resolution: 42.4 MP
 
Are you seeing a pattern here?
 
Before I explain why the maximum image resolution is slightly smaller than the advertised effective pixels resolution, it's important to first understand the difference between the total and effective pixel specs. The term "total pixels" refers to the total number of pixels found on the sensor. The term "effective pixels" refers to a subset of the total pixels which fall within the image area.
 
Total and Effective Pixels

The pixels that fall outside of the image area are used in determining effective pixel color values at the image's borders. Pixels don't record color information themselves (only brightness); instead, pixels rely on a color filter array placed on top of the sensor to help determine what color value should be assigned to each specific pixel. As the final color of a pixel is determined by algorithms which take into account the colors (red, green & blue) and light intensity of nearby pixels, the overlapping area is necessary for correct color calculations at the recorded image's borders.
 
So the area outside the portion of the sensor used for recording the image accounts for the difference between the total pixels and the effective pixels. But, the question remains: What is the reason for a discrepancy between the advertised effective pixels and the actual number of pixels in the image?
 
The answer is that manufacturers use specially allocated pixels within the image area to aid in noise reduction, dark noise cancellation and other various image processing tasks. These pixels are not recorded in the final image, but can enhance the quality of the final image. Thus, the difference between the effective pixels value and number of pixels found in the final image equals the total number of specially allocated pixels used for the various processing tasks.
 
The next time someone sees one of your images and asks, "How many megapixels is it?", don't recite your camera's advertised resolution but instead pull out your calculator to give them the precise answer.
 
That said, does the difference really matter?
 
What do you think? Were you surprised? Let us know in the comments.
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Post Date: 6/19/2017 11:12:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 15, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
 
Since the earliest days of photography, scientists worked at making a successful image of the corona during a total solar eclipse. The first correctly exposed photograph of the corona during a total solar eclipse was made on July 28, 1851 by daguerreotypist Johann Berkowski at the Royal Prussian Observatory at Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, in Russia). The exposure was 84 seconds during maximum eclipse. Numerous attempts were made earlier, but Berkowski’s image was the first correctly exposed image.
 
A cropped and enhanced version of the original Berkowski daguerreotype of 1851 clearly shows that not only did Johann Berkowski correctly expose his 84 second daguerreotype, he was the first to document the solar flares, known as prominences, emanating from the sun's surface. This daguerreotype became the benchmark for later photographic attempts.
 
Throughout the remainder of the nineteenth century and on to today, photography has played a significant role in science. Correct exposure though, makes the photograph useful.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center. Click here for more CDLC articles with tips on photographing the upcoming eclipse.
 
B&H carries a wide range of solar eclipse related gear.
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Post Date: 6/15/2017 6:35:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 7, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
So far in our eclipse series we’ve discussed camera bodies and lenses that can be used to photograph the upcoming total solar eclipse. This article covers solar filters, the most important consideration for solar photography and direct viewing of the solar eclipse.
 
Warning
 
It is never safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection when any part of it is visible behind the moon!
 
This also includes not looking through your camera’s viewfinder when photographing the eclipse – use a solar filter on the front of the lens, and look through your LCD screen instead of the viewfinder!
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries solar filters and solar viewing glasses.
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Post Date: 6/7/2017 1:51:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 2, 2017
The Canon Professional Network has an in-depth article which provides details on each Canon battery series – NB, BP, NB & LP – with tips on how to get the most out of your Canon batteries.
 
B&H carries Canon battery.
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Post Date: 6/2/2017 7:52:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted two in-depth articles on the newly announced EOS C200:
 
The Production Brief covers many of the features found in the C200, including the detached touch-screen monitor, built-in dual rotary ND filter and 4-channel audio. The Post-Production Brief covers available recording formats including Cinema RAW Light.
 
B&H will carry the Canon EOS C200 Cinema Camera.
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Post Date: 5/31/2017 9:21:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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