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 Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rarely does photographing wildlife subjects (and human ones also) at eye level not work well. Bull elk are very large animals, but when they bed down, a standing position may yield a downward camera angle. While I don't always mind a downward camera angle, it is frequently not my first choice. So, when they go down, consider taking the camera down with them. A lower position increases the likelihood of catchlights showing in the eyes.

It was raining lightly during much of the time I spent with this bull. There are a lot of benefits for photographing wildlife under cloudy skies, but such images typically have relatively low contrast and often respond nicely to a small contrast increase during post processing. A slight saturation increase is another adjustment that frequently helps images captured under heavy clouds.

There are now two openings remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour, one for each week. It's not too late for you to join a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals and the beauty of RMNP. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!

Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:

Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019

Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H Photo Video YouTube Channel:

Jake challenges James O'Connor, freelance Director of Photography (DP), to light an interview scene in an office conference room using only a budget lighting setup. Can he do it? Watch to find out!

Gear Used

Post Date: 8/14/2019 5:46:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Improvements to Lightroom Classic & ACR

Updates are available today for Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw, our two desktop-centric photography applications. These updates focus on performance and improving your workflow.

GPU Accelerated Editing

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw take advantage of the more powerful graphics cards (GPUs) while editing, providing a smoother and more responsive experience. GPU acceleration is more pronounced with larger resolution monitors (4k and above) as well as with more powerful GPUs.

PNG export support

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw

The PNG file format is a popular uncompressed file format often used on the web. Lightroom and Camera Raw have supported importing and opening PNG-based files for some time, and now you can export your photos as PNGs.

Library Module Improvements

Lightroom Classic

As part of our on-going effort to improve speed and performance in Lightroom Classic, significant improvements were made to the Library module while browsing folders.

Color Labels for Collections

Lightroom Classic

Color labels have long been used in Lightroom Classic as a way to quickly visualize different groups of photos and recently we made it possible to add color labels to folders. In this update, we added the ability to also add color labels to Collections. Find what you’re looking for faster by adding color labels to collections, collection sets, and smart collections.

Batch Merge for HDR, Panoramas, and HDR Panoramas

Lightroom Classic

Batch processing is a great way to speed up your workflow by helping you gang up processor-intensive efforts and letting your computer do the heavy lifting without having to wait for each task to be done. The August release of Lightroom Classic makes it possible to batch process HDR and panorama merges. To batch merge, first make a stack of each HDR or pano that you want to merge (make sure that you’re selecting like stacks, all HDR or all pano merges, without mixing up the two types). Then, select each stack you want to merge and select the appropriate option from the Photo > Photo Merge menu.

New Features Throughout the Lightroom Ecosystem

The August releases for Lightroom, our cloud-centric photography ecosystem, include the ability to recover deleted photos, improvements to the in-app educational tools released in May, as well as improvements to search.

Recover Deleted Photos

Lightroom for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, and lightroom.adobe.com

Discover posts were introduced in the May 2019 release and allow you to see the edit process applied to a photo. Now you can turn those edits into a preset that you can apply to any of your photos. Tap to open a Discover post and then tap on the three-dot menu at the top-right and select Download as Preset. You’ll be able to find that new preset named after the Discover post within your preset library.

Improved Search Options

Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS

Three new auto-complete search tools were added to Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS (these tools were already available in Lightroom for Windows and Mac) making it easier than ever to find the exact photo you’re looking for. You can now search for photos shot with a specific focal length, for raw, HDR, or pano photo types, and for images that include a depth map. To use, start typing “focal length:”, “type:”, or “depth map:” and the search auto-complete will let you pick from the available options in your catalog.

Batch Metadata

Lightroom for Android and ChromeOS

In addition to being able to copy and paste edits to a series of photos, you can now select a range of photos and adjust the metadata of all of the selected photos. You can change the title, caption, copyright, star rating, and flag status for all selected photos at once. This functionality is being worked on for iOS and will be made available as soon as possible.

Adobe Camera Raw 11.4

The August 2019 release of Adobe Camera Raw (version 11.4) rolls out new features - enhanced GPU support to accelerate editing of images and edge-aware editing in 360-degree panoramas. This release also adds support for new cameras and lenses and fixes several issues.

Latest cameras added in August 2019

  • Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
  • Hasselblad X1D II 50C
  • Leica V-LUX 5
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX880
  • Sony A7R IV (ILCE-7RM4)*
  • Sony RX100 VII (DSC-RX100M7)*

*Denotes preliminary support

Latest lenses added in August 2019

ManufacturerLensLens mountMin ACR plug-in version requiredMin LR version requiredMin LR Classic version required
CanonCanon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 28-70mm F2 L USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 50mm F1.2 L USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 85mm F1.2 L USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
NikonNikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AISNikon F11.42.48.4
SigmaSIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN A019Sony FE11.42.48.4
SigmaSIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN C019Sony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSSSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 1.4X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 2X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 600mm F4 GM OSSSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS + 1.4X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS + 2X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD F045Canon EF11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD A043Canon EF11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD F045NNikon F11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD A043NNikon F11.42.48.4
TokinaTokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE AF MACROSony FE11.42.48.4
ZeissZeiss Otus 1.4/100 ZECanon EF11.42.48.4
ZeissZeiss Otus 1.4/100 ZF.2Nikon F11.42.48.4

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

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Post Date: 8/14/2019 5:10:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results have been added to the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens page.

The results look good, especially for the price of this lens. Here are some comparisons to get you started (use your visualization skills in the comparisons showing different resolution test cameras):

Compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens

Compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Lens

Compared to Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Lens

Compared to Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR Lens

Compared to Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Lens

Compared to Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens

Compared to Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

Compared to Tamron SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD IF Lens

Compared to Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 Lens

Compared to Tokina 17-35mm f/4 Lens

As hinted to, this is a very affordable lens. The Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Share these results with your friends!

Post Date: 8/13/2019 9:32:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has the following available for preorder with free expedited shipping:

Z CAM E2-F6 Full-Frame 6K Cinema Camera

  • 6K @60fps & 4K @120fps max, 10-bit color
  • Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • 15 stops dynamic range
  • ZRAW supported
  • EF / PL lens mount
  • Gigabit Ethernet for data, control & live streaming

Z CAM E2-F8 Professional Full-Frame 8K Cinema Camera

  • 8K resolution
  • Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • Dual native ISO
  • ZRAW supported
  • EF / PL lens mount
  • Gigabit Ethernet for data, control & live streaming

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Post Date: 8/13/2019 5:15:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 12, 2019

Just posted: Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens Review

Check out how this new lens featuring a unique focal length range performs! Share the review with your friends.

The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 8/12/2019 7:31:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From RODE:

Lavalier GO is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications. The 3.5mm TRS connector is designed to pair perfectly with the RØDE Wireless GO and most recording devices with a 3.5mm TRS microphone input.

Lavalier GO is designed to perform excellently in any broadcast application. Featuring a discreet 4.5mm omnidirectional microphone, it delivers crystal clear audio in all environments and is incredibly forgiving when it comes to placement on talent, allowing for greater flexibility in fast-paced situations.


A foam pop shield is supplied to minimise wind noise and vocal plosives (hard ‘b’, ‘t’ and ‘p’ sounds), as well as a durable mounting clip with in-built cable management for quick and easy rigging. It also features a hard-wearing Kevlar reinforced cable, designed to withstand the rigours of any shoot.

Key Features

  • Broadcast-grade lavalier microphone with 3.5mm TRS jack.
  • High-quality omnidirectional condenser capsule.
  • Durable, hard-wearing Kevlar reinforced cable.
  • Optimised for use with the RØDE Wireless GO.
  • Includes pop shield, mounting clip, and carry pouch.

B&H carries the Rode Lavalier GO Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone and Rode Wireless GO Compact Wireless Microphone System.

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Post Date: 8/12/2019 5:36:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the f64 YouTube Channel:

Have you ever returned from a shooting location to find you had what could have been a good composition if you would have moved about 4 feet to the left or right? I know I have. It has happened to me more than once. I have good news for you. Photoshop has this Content-Aware Fill tool that can work wonders on situations just like this! You may have already seen the content-aware fill tool and used it many times. The technology behind the tool is in many other assets within Photoshop like the Clone Stamp Tool, the Content-Aware Move Tool, and the Patch Tool (to name a few). While I am sure the technology is sophisticated, it is effortless to use.

In this example, I use Content-Aware Fill to patch an area of the composition that never existed. Yep, I moved the image to the right, and that empty white space was filled in with grass, clouds, and even a finished road path. But how? Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill uses data from around the image to replace the white space. It is similar to the healing brush or even the dust removal tool in Lightroom. It assesses the environment it is replacing and looks for pixel data that is similar to it.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it can be if you understand that you will also need a bit of help fixing the areas it replaces. In today’s tutorial, I will show you how I use this technique to fix poor compositions and show you how to use the Clone Stamp Tool to repair the wonky-bits.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/12/2019 5:08:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 9, 2019
Post Date: 8/9/2019 7:40:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we're joined by Aaron's mom as he teaches her how to edit childhood photos in Photoshop! Learn how to make some quick and easy photo fixes like cropping, removing distractions, removing red eye, and recreating film noise. You'll also learn a little bit about Aaron and his family along the way!

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/9/2019 5:49:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

Are you just getting started in the world of audio recording? Today we're going to help you translate some of the words and phrases you may come across when recording and editing. AB takes you through some of the most common lingo and gives you some tips for getting started in audio recording and editing. Are there other words or phrases you've come across that you need help with? Let us know in the comments.

Post Date: 8/9/2019 5:31:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 8, 2019

In this video, photographer Daniel Norton demonstrates how to use a ring light as a fill light for portraits. We covered the same concept a few years ago in this article.

B&H carries ring lights and ring light adapters.

Post Date: 8/8/2019 5:39:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has released its 1Q financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2020.

Nikon 1Q of the Year Ending March 2020 Financial Results

From the presentation notes:

FY2020/3 Q1 Actual

  • Revenue and Operating profit dropped ¥24.0B and ¥9.7B, respectively, YoY due to sales volume reduction in entry/mid DSLR cameras and FPD lithography systems, etc.
  • Q1 OP resulted in ¥9.3B, 51% down YoY, yet proceeding accordingly to the full-year forecast.
  • Buy-back of 6,667,200 shares was conducted at approx. ¥10.0B from May 10 to June 20, 2019, which accounts for approx. 1.7% of the outstanding shares.

Q1 YoY Change:

  • The unit sales of the high-end full-frame camera increased mainly in Europe and US thanks to a growth in sales of ML camera. However, revenue dropped, impacted largely by the reduced sales of entry/mid DSLR cameras in Asia including China.
  • In addition to the sales impact above, the initial development cost for new ML camera lenses suppressed the profit.

The operating profit for Nikon's Imaging Business fell 15% year-over-year.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Financial Results
Post Date: 8/8/2019 5:06:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 7, 2019

From Tamron:

Notice about Canon EOS R and EOS RP compatibility

Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.

Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.

We would like to announce that we have clarified compatibility of following Tamron Di & Di II lenses on Canon EOS R and EOS RP with Canon "Mount Adapter EF-EOS R".

Planned to be released (F/W release dates will be announced once they are decided.)

  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) for Canon (*)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) for Canon (*)
  • SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) for Canon (*)
  • SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A030) for Canon (*)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD MACRO (Model F004) for Canon (*)

Compatible as they are

  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) for Canon (*)

F/W readily available (Updating to the latest version confirms compatibilty.)

  • 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023) for Canon
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Canon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Canon
  • 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) for Canon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Canon
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Canon
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Canon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon
  • 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Canon
  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Canon
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon
  • 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) for Canon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Canon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) for Canon(*)

Operational only in MF (No plan for new F/W.)

  • SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR DiLD Aspherical [IF] MACRO(Model A09) for Canon(*)

(*) Not supported in TAP-in Console.

Note:

  1. All Canon-mount models released after in May, 2019 are compatible with EOS R and EOS RP.
  2. F/W updates can be performed using Tamrons TAP-in Console (sold seperately) or by visiting your local Tamron Service Center.


Notice about Nikon Z6 and Z7 compatibility

Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.

Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.

We would like to announce that we have clarified compatibility of following Tamron Di & Di II lenses on Nikon Z6 & Z7 with "Nikon mount adapter FTZ".

New F/W update coming soon

To be released on 7 August, 2019 (Click here for the updating process.)

  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Nikon

Planned to release in September, 2019 (Exact date will be announced once they are decided.)

  • 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Nikon
  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Nikon
  • 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) for Nikon

Planned to be released (Release dates will be announced once they are decided.)

  • 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023) for Nikon
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Nikon
  • SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A030) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Nikon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) for Nikon (*)

F/W readily available (Updating to the latest version confirms compatibilty.)

  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Nikon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Nikon
  • 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) for Nikon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Nikon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Nikon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Nikon

Operational only in MF (No plan for new F/W.)

  • SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A09) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) for Nikon (*)
  • SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 (Model 272E) for Nikon (*)

(*) Not supported in TAP-in Console.

Note:

  1. All Nikon-mount models released after in May, 2019 are compatible with Nikon Z6 and Z7.
  2. F/W updates can be performed using Tamrons TAP-in Console (sold seperately) or by visiting your local Tamron Service Center.

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Post Date: 8/7/2019 6:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, the film crew at B&H gives us a quick overview - including the ineresting origins - of film set lingo.

Post Date: 8/7/2019 5:53:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 6, 2019

From Nikon:

Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1

Fixed the following issues:

  • Tapping particular areas of the display when attempting to select certain items in the Fn menu would cause the camera to stop responding.
  • Tapping to the right of 6400 when attempting to select a value for ISO sensitivity in the Fn menu would result in the camera exiting to a menu one level higher.
  • Photographs taken under certain lighting with Auto (normal) or Auto (warm lighting) selected for White balance would have a bluish cast.
  • In Continuous H, Continuous M, and Continuous L release modes, frame advance rates would slow as shutter speeds became faster.
  • The camera would sometimes stop responding during burst photography when RAW was selected for Image quality.
  • The camera would sometimes stop responding during playback of photographs taken during burst photography with RAW selected for Image quality.
  • Audio for movies filmed under certain conditions would sometimes break up.
  • Location data downloaded via SnapBridge would sometimes not be recorded with pictures.

Download: Nikon COOLPIX A1000 Firmware v.1.1

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 8/6/2019 5:20:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 5, 2019

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we show you how to quickly outline any text in Photoshop! Learn how to use the Type Tool and Layer Styles to create your own custom graphics and advertisements.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/5/2019 6:08:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 2, 2019

TTL (Through-the-Lens) makes shooting a breeze. Point the camera at your subject, set the exposure values in-camera and the amount of light hitting your subject is dynamically determined by a pre-flash emitted by your TTL-enabled light before each shot. Unfortunately, using TTL has notable drawbacks, as illustrated in the video above.

When shooting in a studio or under very controlled conditions, using manual flash settings will ensure consistent exposures throughout the session. Alternately, when shooting under circumstances with quickly changing ambient light and/or subject-to-flash distances, the benefits of TTL will be very much appreciated. [Sean]

Gear Used in the Video

Post Date: 8/2/2019 6:27:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:

Up next in the Performers Series, Joe McNally goes behind-the-scenes with Las Vegas showgirl Joli Irvine to document all the glamour on stage and organized chaos backstage. “There’s a lot of performance experience that I’m photographing here on stage. That’s what I’m trying to capture – the feeling and glamour of the stage; the performer right before the lights go up and the crowd starts cheering.” From photographing low-light moments to stunning portraits, Joe utilized the #mirrorless #Z7 high resolution 45.7MP sensor to capture the fine details.

Gear used:

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 8/2/2019 5:48:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 1, 2019

My favorite camera mode is manual mode. But, when lighting conditions are changing rapidly, it is often helpful to get the camera involved in the decision-making process via auto exposure. When using auto exposure, most often I'm still using manual mode, but with auto ISO being selected.

In auto exposure modes, the camera must be able to guess the proper exposure, or close enough that the result can be adjusted to perfection during post-processing without detriment to image quality (increased noise for example). When photographing deer, a subject rather neutral in relative brightness, in their natural environment, the camera often gets the auto exposure right. Wildlife photography is usually very challenging, involving unpredictable action and fast camera work, and having the camera take care of the exposure can make the difference between getting a great shot and getting nothing. With the exposure being determined by the camera, I can focus on getting the shot.

When the camera can guess the exposure with good accuracy and auto ISO in manual mode is being used, the shutter speed alone can be rapidly changed as needed to produce a sharp image. For example, if an animal that has been in fast motion (requiring a fast shutter speed) pauses and stares at something while motionless, a quick roll of the top dial can increase the exposure times to allow lower ISO settings be taken advantage of.

One thing I need to focus on is not getting too close to my wildlife subjects. While getting close enough to wildlife is a common challenge, being over-successful, getting too close, can sometimes be an issue. Wildlife subjects often need some space around them in the frame, some breathing room. Getting closer means a stronger background blur, but in this case, it meant not enough breathing room around the mule deer buck. Fortunately, Photoshop helped me increase the canvas size, adding some background to the perimeter of this image.

Another teaching point illustrated here is the catchlight in the buck's eye. In practically all images containing an eye, catchlights will add positively to the result, giving sparkle and life to the subject. Catchlights can be created with flash lighting, but when photographing wildlife, the sun, or at least the bright sky, is my favorite catchlight source as it usually provides the most natural appearance.

For catchlights to happen, something bright, often the sun/sky, must be able to reflect in the subject's eye. Think about the animal's rounded eye reflecting such and the camera angle needed for that to happen. The subject's head position can make a difference with a raised head increasing the chances for catchlight reflections. Your position can also make a difference. The lower your position relative to the subject, the more likely you are to get catchlights reflecting the light source. When the sun is the catchlight source, the lower the sun, the better the odds are that it will reflect in the eyes. The more exposed the sky is, the better the likelihood of a reflection.

In this example, I had a catchlight. However, with just a slight amount of the sky reflecting in the top of the deer's eye, it was a weak one. Using an exposure adjustment layer in Photoshop, I added a mask that was entirely black (not affecting the image) except for the little catchlight and then slid the exposure adjustment slider slightly to the right to increase the brightness, affecting only the catchlight. This tiny adjustment made a noticeable difference in the final result.

I'm always looking for an entertaining or at least unusual behavior to capture in wildlife images. This buck's large rack added points to the entertainment factor, but its behavior was rather boring — it was mostly feeding. While smelling the small plant is not dramatic behavior, it does speak to this animal's keen sense of smell and its ability to communicate in this way. The huge rock behind the buck provided an out-of-the-norm background for the image and the position of the antlers allowed all of the points to be seen. Thus, this image was my pick from this session.

A reminder: there is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park. While elk are our primary subject, we'll be opportunistic, taking advantage of other wildlife that avails itself as illustrated here.

Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 8/1/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Tamron YouTube channel:

Tamron is a global manufacturer of optical equipment that offers premium-quality products, Interchangeable lenses for 35mm / Digital SLR camera, Interchangeable lenses for Non-Reflex type camera, Surveillance camera lenses, FA and Machine vision lenses, Camcorder lenses, and Drone lenses and others for many different industries.

B&H carries Tamron lenses.

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Post Date: 8/1/2019 6:01:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens page.

Create comparisons – share with your friends.

The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 7/31/2019 7:36:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Nikon USA:

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S Delivers Gorgeous, Natural Bokeh and Remarkable Edge-to-Edge Sharpness for Crisp Portraits and Dramatic Video

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens, bringing a fast prime with a classic medium telephoto focal length to Z series full-frame mirrorless cameras. Ideal for headshots, fashion, wedding/event photography and tight video shots, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is designed to take full advantage of the wider, brighter and faster Z mount. This new addition to the S-Line delivers exceptional sharpness all the way to the corners of the frame, even at f/1.8, while integrating the latest NIKKOR optical technologies for intense rendering capability. Nikon Z series photographers and videographers who want to bring striking clarity to a subject’s eyes or who demand shallow depth of field and beautiful, natural bokeh will find the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S a welcome addition to their kit.

“The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens is so sharp, yet the background blur is so natural; the incredible detail captured with this lens is nothing short of striking,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “For fashion and portrait photographers, to wedding shooters and all types of videographers, now is the time to discover why the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 will be an indispensable asset for those creatives who are familiar with the outstanding performance of the Nikon Z series.”

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

With the addition of the new 85mm f/1.8 S, Nikon Z series photo and video shooters now have a native Z mount option for capturing incredible portraits, fashion photography, event images, tight interview shots or B-roll footage that add emphasis to any scene. This is also the latest lens to join the NIKKOR S-Line, representing pinnacle in optical superiority and construction.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm’s fast f/1.8 maximum aperture allows users to confidently shoot in low light and capture gorgeous, shallow depth of field that adds dimensionality and character to high-resolution images and 4K video footage alike. Helping to provide a natural look is a lens diaphragm consisting of nine rounded blades, which produce smooth, natural bokeh that gently leads the viewer’s eye to the subject of the frame. With the addition of Eye-Detection autofocus included in the recent release of Firmware 2.0, the Nikon Z series cameras and NIKKOR Z lenses offer even more control and capabilities when capturing stunning portraits and candids.

This lens uses an all-new optical design of 12 elements in 8 groups and features the industry-leading lens technology consumers have come to expect from NIKKOR glass. Two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements help ensure minimal aberration, while Nikon’s patented Nano Crystal Coating offers superior control of ghosting and flare. Additionally, the high-speed Multi-Focus System realizes superior resolving power at minimum focus distance. These cutting-edge features are protected from the elements by Nikon’s professional-grade dust and drip resistance.

As with all NIKKOR Z S-Line lenses, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is crafted to cater to the needs of videographers as well as image-makers. The lens features ultra-quiet focus motors, minimized focus breathing, a customizable control ring for smooth adjustment of aperture or exposure compensation, and full compatibility with the in-body 5-axis VR found in the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 full-frame mirrorless cameras.

NIKKOR Z S-Line

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S joins the superb “S-Line” of NIKKOR Z lenses. Designed alongside the revolutionary Nikon Z mount system, S-Line lenses boast superior resolution, beautiful bokeh rendition, exceptional point-image reproduction, enhanced video recording performance and unmatched edge-to-edge sharpness, even when shooting at the maximum aperture.

Born out of Nikon’s heritage of optical excellence, the S-Line sits at the cutting edge of imaging technology and innovation and represents a new potential for image expression.

Price and Availability

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S will be available in September 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.95.

Preorders: Nikon NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 7/31/2019 5:37:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Nikon Z 7/Z 6 Firmware v.2.01

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 2.00 to 2.01:

Fixed the following issues:

  • If the camera detected faces during still photography or movie recording at the settings listed below, it would in very rare instances begin to respond more slowly, display an error, or stop responding altogether.
    • Stills - Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • Stills - Face and eye detection on or Face detection on selected for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU
    • Movie - Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU
    • Movie - Face and eye detection on or Face detection on selected for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU

  • In very rare instances, the bottoms of pictures taken with all the following settings in effect would not appear as expected:
    • Mode dial rotated to AUTO, P, or A
    • An NEF (RAW) option selected for Image quality in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • 14-bit selected for NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • Auto selected for Custom Setting d5 (Shutter type) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU
    • Continuous H (extended) release mode selected with the release mode/self-timer button

Download: Nikon Z 7 Firmware v.2.01 | Nikon Z 6 Firmware v.2.01

B&H carries the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6.

Post Date: 7/31/2019 5:24:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 30, 2019

If you photograph outdoors, now is the time to start thinking about fall photography opportunities and there are few better places to be in the fall than Acadia National Park. Consider joining a small group of enthusiastic photographers in this bucket-list-grade location from Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019. Sign up now – only two spots remain open.

Hare are the details: Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Contact me now to sign up!

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Post Date: 7/30/2019 7:53:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

In this 6th video in our audio-for-video series, AB gives us a simple introduction to audio post production, highlighting the different steps of treating your audio once you’re done shooting your video. From naming your files correctly to thinking about your final output levels, this video will give you a general sense of the common practices used to get your audio sounding just right. Check it out!

Post Date: 7/30/2019 5:21:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 29, 2019

From Pelican:

Torrance, CA - Users no longer have to choose between the versatility of the TrekPak divider system or the protection of Pick N Pluck foam with the new Pelican Hybrid Cases. Available as a new standard offering in either the Pelican 1510 or Pelican Air 1535 Carry On Case, the interior features both the TrekPak system and the classic Pick N Pluck manually customizable foam.

“This new, extremely versatile configuration offers users the best of both worlds and a host of new organizational options,” said John Luna, Director of Commercial/Government Product Management, Pelican Products, Inc.

TrekPak Divider System

Case owners simply need to lay out their gear the way they wish for it to appear in the case, measure and cut the divider sections, and lock them in place with the provided U-pins. Each divider section is manufactured from a waterproof, closed-cell foam that is laminated to a rigid corrugated plastic panel. They are light weight, strong and almost impossible to tear or shred. Additional divider panels are available separately to switch up the layout any time.

Pick N Pluck Foam

Classic and simple Pick N Pluck foam is pre-scored and cubed for easy manual customization and offered standard in almost all Pelican case models. Replacement foam is available separately when the interior layout changes.

The Pelican Air 1535 Carry On case is engineered with a next generation polymer construction that is up to 40% lighter than standard Pelican Protector Case brand cases, yet still stands up to the harshest conditions on earth. It also features a removable rugged ID card holder. Since its introduction in 2004, the Pelican 1510 Carry On case has been the industry standard for travelling with sensitive equipment that users don’t want to check in. Its extremely tough polymer construction protects mission critical equipment in worst case scenarios.

Both cases sport a sturdy pull handle coupled with smooth stainless steel ball bearing wheels for effortless transport, a polymer O-ring for a dust and water-resistant seal, and an integrated automatic pressure equalization valve that keeps moisture out and prevents vacuum lock, ensuring the case is easier to open at any altitude. Available in black only, both cases are backed by the Pelican Products Legendary Guarantee of Excellence. Pelican Air 1535 Carry On case with hybrid foam MSRP is $324.95 US and the Pelican 1510 Carry On Case with hybrid foam MSRP is $299.95 US.

B&H has the Pelican 1535AirTPF Wheeled Carry-On Case with TrekPak Dividers and Pick-n-Pluck Foam available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Pelican News
Post Date: 7/29/2019 5:28:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 26, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

At B&H’s OPTIC 2019, photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins discusses the importance of patience when searching for the right shot. Capturing powerful photos is possible when the perfect combination of variables occurs: anticipating action; being in the right place at the right time; and practicing patience. For great images and an education on the importance of respecting nature, you should check out this video.

Lindblad Expeditions Santa Fe-based photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years, he has led expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between. Images from Ralph’s travels are published widely. His work documenting conservation issues in Baja California was published in the National Geographic Traveler story, Is Baja on the Block? A selection of his polar images was featured in the companion book to the major motion picture Arctic Tale.

Ralph Lee Hopkins' Work

Post Date: 7/26/2019 5:29:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Topaz:

Welcome to Topaz Studio 2, the future of creative photo editing. Harness the power of Topaz Studio to create stylized and striking works of art from your digital images. Edit your images beautifully with powerful filters and frictionless masking in a fine-tuned non-destructive layer workflow.

Topaz Studio 2 has only one purpose: creative photo editing. This starts after you select your image and ends when you export your finished work. It's designed specifically around the artisanal post-processing workflow of carefully crafting a single image to your vision. Get it on sale now for $79.99 before August 9th! Don't Just Take Your Photo - Make It.

Don't Just Take Your Photo - Make It.

Topaz Studio 2 includes an extensive creative toolbox containing over 30 powerful filters to give you full creative control over your image. You'll find that these aren't your everyday image editing filters as soon as you give them a try. Check out some featured filters below.

  • AI CLEAR
  • TEXTURE
  • IMPRESSION
  • GLOW

Filters work really well individually, but they work even better combined together. Explore creative one-of-a-kind looks for your images with a single click. Give your image a unique look from earthy to grunge, bright to dramatic, and more.

For a limited time, when you purchase Topaz Studio 2, you will receive a curated Look collection by award-winning photographer Hazel Meredith for free! Don't miss out on this special promotional deal. You can get Topaz Studio during this special introductory sale for just $79.99 ($20 off the original price!). The sale ends August 9th, so don't miss out on this one-time offer!

Post Date: 7/26/2019 5:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 25, 2019

When a great animal is found, staying with it can lead to great images. Sometimes, it can lead to a lot of great images.

When photographing wildlife, the stay or go decision is often a tough one. The subject in front of us may not be entertaining for relatively long periods of time and the thought that a better opportunity may be nearby runs through our minds. On this day, staying was the right decision.

There is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour!

Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!

Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:

Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019

Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/25/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we show you how to get perfect perspective in Photoshop using Grids to help straighten buildings and architecture. Learn how to add custom Rulers, create custom Grids, and use Transform tools to adjust any horizontal and vertical edges in your photos!

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 7/25/2019 7:57:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The Peak Design Travel Tripods (both carbon fiber & aluminum models) are available for preorder at B&H.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

  • Load Capacity: 20 lb
  • Maximum Height: 60"
  • Minimum Height: 5.5"
  • Folded Length: 15.5"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.8 lb carbon fiber / 3.4 lb aluminum
  • Single Adjustment and Locking Ring
  • Peak Design Plate & Arca-Type Compatible
  • Aluminum Leg Locking Cams
  • Mobile Mount Stores Inside Center Column

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 7/25/2019 7:55:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Canon, Nikon, and Sony 70-200mm f/4 lenses, along with the Canon 70-300 L lens, are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

When the size and weight (and price) of the f/2.8 models are too much, the f/4 models are the easy alternative.

Go make some comparisons, then share them with your friends.

Post Date: 7/24/2019 7:17:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he makes some simple beautiful portraits with a less commonly used light shaper, the Lantern. The great thing about a lantern is it throws light everywhere creating a gentle and soft light that looks great on any subject that sits for your portrait session.

Related Products

Post Date: 7/24/2019 5:54:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 23, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

At B&H’s Optic 2019, photojournalist and New York attorney Richard P. Liebowitz discusses the ownership of intellectual property, and he emphasizes that, as a photographer you need to iron out details—in writing—of who owns the copyright to your work before you sign a contract. If you’re a photographer interested in the best ways to protect your photos, this is a video you need to watch.

Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq., is a New York attorney who focuses on intellectual property law related to copyrights at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC. A 17-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA), he has produced award-winning photojournalism. Richard now helps his fellow NYPPA members and other artists around the world resolve intellectual-property infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis. As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and is passionate about helping the creative community.

Post Date: 7/23/2019 5:25:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 22, 2019

Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens page.

Make some comparisons. I think that you will like what you see!

The Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/22/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Matt Kloskowski YouTube Channel:

This is a great tip for landscape and outdoor photos when you want to add color to a certain part of the photo inside of Lightroom.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 7/22/2019 5:24:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Aurora Aperture YouTube Channel:

One Set of Filters for Every Lens

Aurora Aperture Adapter Mount Format Filter (AMF) filter is a revolutionary filter format that works for all DSLR lenses on popular mirrorless mount adapters. You will only need one set of filters for all your adapted lenses, no more multiple sets of filters or step-up rings, or complicated and bulky square filter systems.

The AMF drop-in filters work extremely well with ultra wide-angle lenses, especially those that have a protruding front element and are without front filter threads. Those types of lenses require a bulky filter adapter paired with very large filters. They are inconvenient to carry around and are unfriendly to your wallet. The AMF Filters is currently available through a kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign.

Post Date: 7/22/2019 5:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 20, 2019

It started out innocently. After verifying firsthand that Mount Evans was closed due to snow and ice, despite it being summer, we decided to explore Guenella Pass. Traveling the entire previous day gave Brittany a strong desire to go for a hike and she didn't have to expend much energy convincing me to take that option.

The plan was to explore the nearby alpine tundra from trails leading from a parking area near the top of the pass. We grabbed a backpack, some water, snacks, and rain shells and set off on what we thought would be a mini-adventure. Carrying the Canon EOS 5Ds R with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens mounted (primarily for wildlife) and a Nikon Z 7 with a Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens mounted (primarily for landscape) seemed to be an ideal set of gear for the planned short hike.

While hiking, Brittany continuously wanted to see what was over the next ridge. In this location, deception reigned and the answer to the what is over the next ridge question is always another ridge. Still, we kept asking the question until having climbed mostly rock and snowfield over 2,400' (730m) up in roughly 3.5 mi (5.6km). Unintentionally, we found ourselves on top of a very high mountain.

The view at the top of the 13,800' Table Top Mountain was spectacular. What Brit was feeling from the altitude ... was not nearly as pleasant.

Unfortunately, we needed to promptly go back down and couldn't spend much time on top. Fortunately, Brit found the mental fortitude to get some great photos despite the altitude sickness but she didn't feel good until after a nap back in town.

While I was not as strongly affected by the high elevation, I definitely should have left the 100-400 in the SUV as it gained a lot of weight on this hike.

See the distant thunderhead cloud looming over Brittany's head in the image? That was another reason to go down quickly. That storm brought us near white-out snow conditions for a short period of time during our descent, adding to the day's story.

While photography is great for storytelling, going on photo adventures is a great option for creating stories.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/200s
ISO 100
8256 x 5504px
Post Date: 7/20/2019 7:29:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 19, 2019

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we show you how to change a subject's pose with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop! Whether you're trying to get the perfect composition or trying to nail a particular effect, the Puppet Warp Tool can help you reshape and reposition any body part–for the perfect pose, every time.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 7/19/2019 5:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Shooting on location gives you an instant backdrop which will immediately tell a story about what you're shooting. However having a great location is only the start of the process however, so in this video photographer Gavin Hoey has some simple tips for maximizing the character in your location portraits shoots.

It's all about forward planning. Gavin starts by hiring the right model and outfit for the look he's after. In this case he combines a grimy urbex location with a beautiful red dress. Then he works on adding controlled flash to the existing ambient light to create some drama in his images. Finally he adds some simple props which when used on their own or combined together, create a variety of different looks within the same location.

Post Date: 7/19/2019 5:24:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 18, 2019

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he walks you through the process of creating natural looking flash photography by working and balancing the strobe with the natural available window light coming into the location. When people claim flash photography does not look natural, often times they are not mixing it well with the environment. By working with the natural light in the space, your flash photography will be elevated to the next level.

Related Product - Profoto B10 Plus

Post Date: 7/18/2019 5:10:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 17, 2019

From DJI:

Capture Smooth Footage With The New Compact, Lightweight Ronin-SC, A Single-Handed Stabilizer For Mirrorless Cameras

Updated design offers excellent portability and the latest intelligent features including subject tracking

July 17, 2019 - DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today announced the latest addition to the renowned Ronin series, the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed for popular mirrorless cameras. Using over a decade of experience creating aerial and handheld gimbals, the Ronin-SC offers a highly compact design, high-grade materials and advanced technology to open the world of creative possibilities for users capturing videos and photographs.

“The Ronin-SC took the powerful technology from the Ronin-S and put it in a lighter and smaller form factor,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager. “Now users can pair their mirrorless system with a stabilizer that is easier to transport, easier to set up, easier to use yet still equipped with high-performance features and technology.”

Compact, lightweight for ease of use

The Ronin-SC was created to be portable and travel friendly, weighing only 2.4 lbs., 41% lighter than the Ronin-S and can be taken apart to easily fit into backpacks and cases. The reduced weight makes the Ronin-SC not only easily transportable but aids in reducing fatigue when using it on extended photo and video shoots.

Robust and intuitive design

Using high quality materials including magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic, the Ronin-SC’s durable construction is built to last and endure everyday use. Its powerful high-grade motors are capable of supporting up to 4.4 lbs and its dedicated battery offers users up to 11 hours of operation. Taking feedback from the Ronin-S, the Ronin-SC offers new design features including 3 axis locks on the pan, tilt and roll axis which makes balancing the camera simplified as well as helping during transportation. Additionally, the Ronin-SC features a new position lock system. Once the gimbal is balanced, the time it takes to remount the camera and start working is mere seconds, saving precious time during shoots. Similar to the Ronin-S, users can control the gimbal movement with the responsive joystick and easily access different modes and gimbal settings with the use of the Mode (M) button and the front trigger button.

Intelligent modes for endless creative possibilities

A staple in the Ronin series, the Ronin-SC features a host of intelligent modes to inspire all levels of content creators. Using the redesigned Ronin app, users can set up to 3 different custom profiles, adjust various settings such as motor output and even run balance tests to ensure that the camera system is properly setup. The popular 360-degree roll movement can be saved in one of the custom profiles by simply selecting it in the app and for fast paced scenes, Sport mode, which increases the response speed of the gimbal, is easily accessed by holding the Mode (M) button. The Ronin-SC offers the same modes as Ronin-S but with several exciting new additions, including Force Mobile and ActiveTrack 3.0:

  • New Force Mobile: The new Force Mobile, similar to Force Pro, conveniently synchronizes the movement of your connected mobile device* with the Ronin-SC gimbal, offering an immersive filming experience. Users can now operate gimbal movements at a max distance of 82 feet** using the new Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
  • New ActiveTrack 3.0: Using a mobile device, Ronin-SC users can select a subject for the gimbal to accurately follow. The new algorithms include deep learning and optimized calculations for human figures. Similar to the technology found in some DJI drones and the Osmo Series, ActiveTrack 3.0 uses the mobile phone’s camera view and sends this information to the Ronin-SC. Users can mount the mobile phone to the top of the camera’s hotshoe with the included phone holder mount, open the Ronin app and select the subject to follow automatically.
  • Virtual Joystick: Control gimbal movement remotely using the virtual joystick, ideal for when Ronin-SC is on a tripod or monopod.
  • TimeLapse: Create compelling TimeLapse content, adjusting settings including interval, clips and frames per second.
  • Motionlapse: Add the element of motion to your TimeLapse.
  • Motion Control: Set unique movement paths with Motion Control by selecting up to 10 different points.
  • Panorama: Automatically capture panoramas in multiple rows or columns.

Wide array of camera compatibility and accessories

Ronin-SC was created to work seamlessly with popular mirrorless camera systems on the market. A full list of compatibility can be found https://www.dji.com/ronin-sc. Additionally, the Ronin-SC is compatible with a variety of DJI accessories including a new, lighter external focus motor, Command Unit, DJI Force Pro, DJI Master Wheels, and some third-party accessories. Detailed information on compatible accessories can be found at https://store.dji.com/category/ronin-sc-and-accessories.

Pricing and availability

The Ronin-SC will be available for purchase at www.dji.com, flagship stores and retail partners today. Customers can choose between Ronin-SC Standard, which includes the essentials to get you up and running for $439 USD or the Ronin-SC Pro Combo, which adds the focus wheel along with the external focus motor and the Remote Start Stop (RSS) Splitter for $539 USD.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for Ronin-SC. For an additional $49 USD, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

* Currently Force Mobile functionality will only work with iOS devices.
** Distance is tested in an open unobstructed environment.

B&H has the new DJI Ronin SC Gimbal Stabilizer in stock. Adorama is accepting preorders.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 7/17/2019 8:52:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

Kyle T. Webster shares one of his favorite brush tricks in Photoshop. Watch to learn how he achieves this realistic, painted look.

Other videos by Kyle T. Webster:

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 7/17/2019 6:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The wildy-successful (nearly $10 million raised) KickStarter for the Peak Design ultra-compactable travel tripod ends tomorrow, Thu, July 18 2019 8:00 PM EDT. This is your last chance to get this tripod at the reduced KickStarter price.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Peak Design News
Post Date: 7/16/2019 12:28:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

70-200mm f/2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, and Tamron are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

The 70-200mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens is a staple to many kits. Start comparing! Then share the results with your friends.

Post Date: 7/16/2019 8:20:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H just added a significant number of items, many in "10" condition, to their used Really Right Stuff inventory.

RRS gear is extremely well made but not inexpensive. The 9+ rated gear should barely appear used and the 10-rated gear is like new. The discounts are significant.

Used Really Right Stuff gear currently available includes:

  • Many tripods (TVC-34L Mk2, TVC 24L Mk2, TQC-14 Mk2, and more)
  • Ball heads (BH-55, PG-01)
  • Gimbal heads (PG-02, PG-01)
  • Monopod head
  • Ultra Pocket Pod
  • L-brackets for some of the latest cameras (Canon 5D IV, Sony a7III & a7R III, Nikon D850 & D5)
  • Leveling bases
  • Clamps, rails, feet, and more

Post Date: 7/16/2019 7:30:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel: In this fifth video in the Audio for Video series, AB discusses tips and techniques for how to best capture audio with lavalier and boom mics. From ways to conceal lavs on talent to proper operation of a boompole, you’ll see real-world examples of the types of methods that are used to enable great audio capture, regardless of environment or application. Check it out.

B&H has all you need to capture audio.

Post Date: 7/16/2019 5:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 14, 2019

I spotted this lone bristlecone pine tree on my first drive up Mount Evans. The uniquely shaped tree alone on the side of the mountain begged to be in an image and on the last day of this trip, I made that pine my sunrise subject.

A clear sky does not hold promise for an amazing sunrise or sunset, but what can be counted on is the opportunity to incorporate a great sunstar into the image.

To create a sunstar from a point light source requires a narrow aperture. The narrower the aperture, the bigger the sunstar is the rule. I often select f/16 for these types of images as the effects of diffraction are usually tolerable at this aperture, even on the highest resolution cameras. A downside to using a narrow aperture with the sun in the frame is that flare effects are increased, especially from lenses with high element counts. Whether or not the flare shapes are attractive and desired may be a personal preference. Also note that, in general, wide aperture lenses create the largest sunstars.

Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens' f/4 aperture isn't terribly wide and in this case, I opted for f/22 to get a larger and more attractive (including stronger points) star. I don't like the softness that diffraction creates at f/22 so the portion of the frame without the sunstar in it was merged from an f/11-captured frame. I captured a 5-shot bracket (varying by 1 stop) at each aperture setting and opted to use a brighter f/11 image for the foreground.

The other property a clear sky can promise is a very warm light immediately after the sun rises or immediately before the sun sets and the warm first or last light of the day raking over a scene is often welcomed from a landscape photography perspective.

The small crescent moon included in the frame just above the left side of the pine tree was a bonus for this image.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/14/2019 3:12:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 12, 2019

Just posted: ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket Review.

I've wanted a universal L-bracket for a long time and this is the one I picked.

The ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket is in stock at Adorama

Post Date: 7/12/2019 8:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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