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 Tuesday, January 22, 2019
From Kenko:
 
Kenko is proud to announce details and availabiliy of their TELEPLUS HD pro series of teleconverters.
 
The TELEPLUS HD pro series replaces the previous TELEPLUS PRO300 series, with redesigned optics and multi-layer coatings, to match contemporary high-resolution DSLR cameras and lenses. The HD pro series joins the existing, new-generation TELEPLUS HD line up (1.4x and 2x types) as a superior series in terms of optical design and coating quality.
 
* available in Nikon F and Canon EF mounts
 
Optical Improvements
 
Optical construction has been redesigned by implementing additional optical elements and improved multi- layer, anti-reflection coatings to maintain the original performance of new-generation DSLR cameras and lenses.
 
Communication with the Camera
 
HD pro teleconverters are equipped with all electrical contacts to support communication between the camera and the lens. The focal length and aperture values are recorded in EXIF data and converted to the actual shooting values with the teleconverter attached.
 
High-end External Finish
 
The external design has been re-finished in a black leather tone to perfectly match with the latest lenses and DSLR cameras.
 
Compact Size
 
With approx. 0.79" (2 cm) in height for the 1.4x type and 1.57" (4 cm) for the 2x type these small, compact and convenient to carry tele converters will extend the focal length of the lens providing the photographer a great chance to shoot even more impressive images.
 
Kenko's new TELEPLUS HD Pro Teleconverters are available now at Kenko-Tokina authorized retailers.
 
B&H has the Kenko TELEPLUS HD pro DGX Teleconverters in stock with free expedited shipping.
Category: Kenko News
Post Date: 1/22/2019 7:16:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this episode, David Bergman provides tips for using the hot shoe stand that comes with most external flashes. Have you lost your original Speedlite Foot? Don't worry – you can buy a replacement.
Post Date: 1/22/2019 6:12:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 21, 2019
Just posted: Nikon D850 Review.
 
Is this the best DSLR ever?
 
The Nikon D850 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Save 10%: B&H currently has a 10-rated used Nikon D850 in stock.
 
Rent the Nikon D850 from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/21/2019 10:08:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, January 20, 2019
The fast frame rate of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II caught this high-stepping fawn with a couple of leg joints high in the air, making the already adorable animal look even cuter.
 
Joining me in Shenandoah National Park this spring? Learn more here.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
350mm  f/5.6  1/1000s
ISO 640
5203 x 3469px
Post Date: 1/20/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 18, 2019
On the evening of January 20 (Sunday night), North/South America, Greenland and Iceland will be treated to a total lunar eclipse – or blood moon – with the full moon at perigee (supermoon).
 
At this point, the full moon will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest distance from earth (full moon at apogee, a.k.a. micromoon). Want more information and tips for photographing a lunar eclipse? B&H has you covered.
 
Here are the details for a couple of cities on the east coast and west coast (from timeanddate.com):
 
New York City, New York, USA
Duration:5 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds
Duration of totality:1 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
Penumbral begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 9:36:29 pm
Partial begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 10:33:54 pm
Full begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 11:41:17 pm
Maximum:Jan 21, 2019 at 12:12:14 am
Full ends:Jan 21, 2019 at 12:43:15 am
Partial ends:Jan 21, 2019 at 1:50:39 am
Penumbral ends:Jan 21, 2019 at 2:48:02 am

San Francisco, California, USA
Duration:5 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds
Duration of totality:1 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
Penumbral begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 6:36:29 pm
Partial begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 7:33:54 pm
Full begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 8:41:17 pm
Maximum:Jan 20, 2019 at 9:12:14 pm
Full ends:Jan 20, 2019 at 9:43:15 pm
Partial ends:Jan 20, 2019 at 10:50:39 pm
Penumbral ends:Jan 20, 2019 at 11:48:02 pm

Category: Eclipse News
Post Date: 1/18/2019 6:28:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 17, 2019
B&H has the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E and Sigma SA mounts.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/17/2019 3:07:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PHLEARN YouTube channel:
 
Today Aaron breaks down how to help any set of eyes look their absolute best in Photoshop. Learn to sculpt the highlights and shadows using Curves, enhance and change colors with Solid Color Fill Layers, and apply professional sharpening with Unsharp Mask.
 
Download the Sample Image here.
Post Date: 1/17/2019 7:26:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon COOLPIX B600
 
A versatile camera that covers wide-angle to super-telephoto shooting for imaging experiences simply not possible with a smartphone
 
January 17, 2019, TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the COOLPIX B600, a compact digital camera equipped with a high-performance 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens.
 
The COOLPIX B600 employs a 60x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a range of equivalent focal lengths beginning at wide-angle 24 mm*1 and ending at super-telephoto 1440 mm*1 (Dynamic Fine Zoom further expands the zoom ratio to 120x*2), making it possible for users to enjoy super-telephoto photography without compromising sharp and clear resolution.
 
The camera has an effective pixel count of 16.0 megapixels and supports a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400. Its combination of backside illumination CMOS sensor and EXPEED high-performance image-processing engine captures superior still and video quality, even at high sensitivities. The COOLPIX B600 is also equipped with a variety of functions that enable a diverse power of expression, including 19 scene modes, as well as a Creative mode that offers a total of 36 different effects.
 
The camera also features functions that make it easier to use as a high-power zoom model and ensure increased operability, such as a Snap-back zoom button and Side zoom control, as well as a shooting mode dial that enables immediate switching between frequently used shooting modes. It is also SnapBridge compatible, so high-quality images can be automatically downloaded to a smart device*3 for easy sharing.
 
*1 Equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format.
*2 At the maximum image size.
The maximum zoom ratio varies by image size. Dynamic Fine Zoom refers to the area in which the camera can zoom while maintaining resolution from the maximum zoom position, and is the combined ratio of optical zoom from the maximum wide-angle position and digital zoom. *3 iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices to which the SnapBridge app has been installed can be used. The SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play. See Nikon's website for further information.

 
Primary features
 
  • A compact body equipped with a 60x optical zoom lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths from wide-angle to super-telephoto
  • Superior image quality that enables recording of beautiful stills and movies
  • Diverse power of expression that is easy to achieve
  • Superior operability that pursues user friendliness as a high-power zoom model
  • SnapBridge support for automatic transfer of photos captured with the camera to a smart device
  • Additional features
    • A mode dial that allows users to easily apply one of the ten most frequently used shooting modes by simply rotating the dial to the appropriate icon
    • A Pre-focus function that is effective with zooming and shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings due to the camera always focusing automatically
    • Target finding AF, where the user simply points the camera at the intended subject and the camera automatically predicts and focuses on it
    • Recording of 1080/60i (50i) and 1080/30p Full HD movies with stereo sound
    • Short movie show that allows users to easily create a movie up to 30 seconds in length from multiple movie clips
    • Support for the ML-L7 Remote Control, which is capable of a variety of operations over a Bluetooth connection to the camera
    • Adoption of the EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery, which can be charged while inserted in the camera, over a USB connection


Nikon COOLPIX A1000
 
A stylish and compact high-power zoom model with a built-in electronic viewfinder providing superior image quality and operability
 
January 17, 2019, TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the COOLPIX A1000, a stylish compact digital camera equipped with an electronic viewfinder that supports 35x optical zoom.
 
The COOLPIX A1000 boasts a compact size for ease of portability, and comes equipped with a 35x optical zoom lens that covers a range of equivalent focal lengths — from the wide-angle 24 mm*1 to the super-telephoto 840 mm*1 (Dynamic Fine Zoom further expands the zoom ratio to 70x*2). This allows users to easily enjoy super-telephoto photography that delivers images with sharp and clear resolution.
 
The COOLPIX A1000 supports a maximum sensitivity of ISO 6400. The camera is also equipped with a lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function for still-image shooting, and hybrid vibration reduction (VR) for movie recording that is effective even when recording 4K UHD movies. The camera's Active D-Lighting function reduces the loss of details in highlights and shadows in high-contrast situations such as backlit scenes. The function can be applied to both still images and movies. Additionally, photos can be captured in RAW (NRW) format, which allows users to process and edit images according to their own artistic preferences and intent without compromising image quality.
 
The COOLPIX A1000 is also equipped with a number of features designed to make this high-power zoom model easier to use. These include an approximately 1166k-dot equivalent electronic viewfinder with an eye sensor, a 3-inch, approximately 1036k-dot, tilting TFT LCD monitor with a touch screen, Snap-back zoom button and Side zoom control, as well as four exposure modes (P/S/A/M). The camera is also compatible with SnapBridge, an application that provides support for the automatic download and sharing of high-quality images using smart devices*3.
 
*1Equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format.
*2At the maximum image size. The maximum zoom ratio varies by image size. Dynamic Fine Zoom refers to the area in which the camera can zoom while maintaining resolution from the maximum zoom position, and is the combined ratio of optical zoom from the maximum wide-angle position and digital zoom.
*3iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Android devices to which the SnapBridge app has been installed can be used. The SnapBridge app can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play. See Nikon's website for further information.

 
Primary features
 
  • A stylish body equipped with a 35x optical zoom lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths - from wide-angle to super-telephoto
  • Superior image quality that is sharp and clear, even when shooting at high sensitivities, and support for RAW (NRW) recording
  • 4K UHD movie recording that supports vibration reduction (VR), and Active D-Lighting which prevents loss of detail in highlights and shadow
  • Superior operability with enhanced user friendliness as a high-power zoom model
  • SnapBridge support for automatic transfer of photos captured to a smart device
  • Additional features
    • An MF peaking function that highlights areas in focus to make manual focusing easier (for still-image photography)
    • 20 creative modes support the application of preferred effects to photos (for still-image photography)
B&H carries Nikon COOLPIX cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/17/2019 6:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 16, 2019
While the name above may appear familiar, I can assure you it is indeed a new product.
 
The Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO HSS Battery-Powered Monolight from Adorama is identical to its prior-released sibling except for two differences – this new flash is all manual (no TTL) and, as a result, it's priced slightly lower. For those that don't need or want the TTL feature, the Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO HSS Battery-Powered Monolight appears to be an excellent option.
 
Flashpoint XPLOR AD600Pro Features
 
  • The Manual (no TTL) R2 twin brother of the 600 Pro TTL Studio Quality Light
  • Delivers 600ws, with a GN of 285ft/87m ISO 100, standard reflector.
  • Wireless Radio: Built-in Flashpoint R2 wireless 2.4Ghz system, compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic camera systems.
  • Blazing fast Recycle time: 0.9s at Full Power rivals AC strobes.
  • Precise power output: power adjusts 9 stops from full power 1/256 to 1/1 in 25 steps.
  • Stable Color Temperature mode: color temperature guaranteed within ±75°K over the entire power range.
  • LED Modeling Lamp: Brilliant 38W LED module with Proportional and Variable settings.
  • HSS supremacy: Up to 1/8000s high-speed sync flash triggering overcomes sunlit situations.
  • Advanced functions: Mask Sequencing, Multi Flash, Slave Delay.
  • Dot-matrix LCD panel: Clear and convenient operation.
  • Modifier Accessories: Bowens mount ease for softbox, beauty dish, snoots, color gels, reflectors...
Post Date: 1/16/2019 12:33:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
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 for general operations (*1) of the following Tamron Di & Di II lenses with the latest version of lens firmware (*2) when used with the Nikon Z6 and Nikon mount adapter FTZ.
 
*1 Defined to work on existing DSLR cameras
*2 Firmware for Nikon Z7 (announced on November 16th and 22nd, 2018)
 
Compatible models for general operations
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Nikon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Nikon
  • 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) 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
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Nikon
The lens firmware can be updated with the separately sold TAP-in Console.
Post Date: 1/16/2019 6:20:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 15, 2019
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.2 to 1.3
 
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the camera charging if it was off when connected to the computer via USB.
  • Fixed an issue that caused photos shot with a lens for selfies (camera 2) being flipped vertically when taken with the camera in landscape orientation.
Download: Nikon KeyMission 80 Firmware v.1.3
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/15/2019 7:13:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto US (a Vitec Group company) has posted the following warning to its site:
Buy only from US AUTHORIZED DEALERS and get the benefits of our WARRANTY program.
 
If you buy from an unauthorized dealer you will not receive any US warranty or technical support. View full list of NON-AUTHORIZED DEALERS.
In the warranty section of Manfrotto's site, the company provides a supplemental warning:
Additionally, if you purchase any Manfrotto product from an unauthorized dealer via Fulfilled By Amazon you will not receive any U.S. warranty or technical support.
Third-party lens manufacturers have adopted similar policies in the past (e.g., Tamron), but what's unique about Manfrotto's warning is that they specifically list unauthorized retailers in addition to the usually-provided authorized retailers.
 
While the authorized retailer warning isn't necessarily included on their other brands' websites, a Vitec Group representative I spoke with clarified the policy. I was told that the authorized retailer requirement for warranty claims / technical support applies to all the Vitec Group brands, including:
 
  • Avenger
  • Bowens
  • FeiyuTech
  • Gitzo
  • Gossen
  • Joby
  • Lastolite
  • Lowepro
  • Manfrotto
  • Metz
  • National Geographic
So, if you want warranty protection, make sure you only purchase from authorized retailers.
 
Vitec Group US Authorized Retailers: B&H | Adorama | Amazon US (3rd party sales excluded)
Markins products are now available for special order at B&H. Available products include:
 
Post Date: 1/15/2019 6:37:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Chinese photographer Alexvi creates a Dystopian vision of the future at an abandoned steel plant.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B10.
Post Date: 1/15/2019 6:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 14, 2019

Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 2 Pro DSLRs, 4 Lenses, 17" Laptop
  • Holds a DSLR & Attached 400 f/2.8 Lens
  • Front Zip Lid Closure with Hinge
  • Exterior Zip Pockets
  • Zippered Interior Lid Pockets
  • Padded Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Side/Top Grip Handles & Tripod Attach
  • 2 Rear Transport Wheels
  • Built-In TSA Combination Zipper Lock
  • Water-Repellent Fabric & Rain Protector
B&H has the Manfrotto Pro Light Reloader Air-55 available for preorder.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 1/14/2019 11:26:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Adobe's Benjamin Warde demonstrates why the Quick Develop module in Lightroom may be more useful than you first thought.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/14/2019 6:28:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost provides thirteen tips for working with curves in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/14/2019 6:23:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 13, 2019
With wildlife photography, being at the right place at the right time is a key to success. Of course, being in the right place for a lot of time improves the odds. During this week, I spent time around groves of brilliantly-colored maple trees and on this morning a big bull elk obliged, summiting a distant ridge in the early morning sunlight.
 
The bull was not in a hurry and, as you probably guessed, I captured a lot of images of it (at 9 fps). This image stood out to me primarily because of the elk's position. Its position in the opening gave it high contrast against the still-shaded background. With viewers' eyes drawn to contrast, the elk is able to command attention over the brilliant red maple trees. The position of the bull's legs, all visible and showing movement, works well. The head angle is usually important and the slightly-toward-the-camera angle is usually a good one.
 
Shooting at very long distances in direct sunlight usually results in significant heat wave distortion when using a high magnification focal length. Because the sun was just beginning to reach this area, the heat waves were not yet an issue and that problem was avoided.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/140s
ISO 140
8379 x 4664px
Post Date: 1/13/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 11, 2019
Just posted: Nikon Z 6 (AKA Z6) Review.
 
Only a small set of differences separate the Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 cameras and the two reviews, created simultaneously, will also share significant content. The low price will be the most significant Z 6 advantage for most. Again, please share the review with your Nikon friends.
 
The Nikon Z 6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 6 from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/11/2019 11:03:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to release the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.
 
The classical angle of view with the latest lens design
 
28mm angle of view used to be a representative wide-angle in the era of film cameras, and attracts many fans even today. To accommodate the request from many photographers who expressed the strong interest in using the familiar 28mm with Art line quality, SIGMA produces the SIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, based on the know-how gained through development of the Art F1.4 prime lens lineup released so far. This newest traditional wide-angle lens, advantaged by the latest design and materials, as well as the processing technologies, is now available from SIGMA’s Art line.
 
Accessories: Case, Hood (LH828-01) supplied
Corresponding AF mounts: SIGMA / Nikon F mount / Canon EF mount / Sony E-mount
 
SIGMA, Nikon F mount and Canon EF mount are scheduled to start the shipment in January, 2019. Launching date of Sony E-mount is not determined yet.
 
Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama | Wex
Post Date: 1/11/2019 6:17:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 10, 2019
Just posted: Nikon Z 7 (AKA Z7) Review.
 
As you likely expected to hear, the Z 7 is a great little camera (though not flawless). Be sure to share the review with your Nikon friends!
 
The Nikon Z 7 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Check out the used Nikon Z 7 cameras at B&H in conditions rated as high as "Open Box with full manufacturer warranty".
 
Rent the Nikon Z 7 from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/10/2019 11:18:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
The Docu Series 24 Pictures A Second focuses on following and hearing from working professionals in the film, tv, and pro-video industry. In this episode, colorist Josh Bohoskey of The Mill walks through the color correction of a new, and stylistically specific, narrative piece with Framework Productions. After detailed discussion with style references, each moment is graded and then layered, creating a look that is both visually cohesive and narratively supportive. From saturating and desaturating to keying and tracking, the thrust of the story and every other element combine and even "pop" under this execution of the color-vision.
 
Featured Products
 
Post Date: 1/10/2019 6:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
San Jose, USA, January 9, 2019 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory solutions, today announced the new Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card with 1 terabyte (1TB) of memory.
 
Shoot and record more of what you love without changing cards with this high-capacity 1TB memory card that supplies the space you need for capturing all the action. Designed for your mid-range DSLR, HD camcorder, or 3D camera, the Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card lets you quickly capture, and transfer high-quality photos and stunning 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video**, with read speeds of up to 633x (95MB/s)*. This Class 10 card leverages UHS-I technology to deliver high-speed performance to get the shot you want, while providing the reliability you need.
 
“Almost fifteen years ago, Lexar announced a 1GB SD card. Today, we are excited to announce 1TB of storage capacity in the same convenient form factor. As consumers continue to demand greater storage for their cameras, the combination of high-speed performance with a 1TB option now offers a solution for content creators who shoot large volumes of high-resolution images and 4K video,” said Joey Lopez, Senior Marketing Manager.
 
All Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 1,100 digital devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability. The 1TB Lexar Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I card is available now at an MSRP of $499.99. It also comes with a limited-lifetime warranty. For more information visit www.lexar.com
 
Lexar will be exhibiting at this year’s CES, Las Vegas, Nevada January 8th – 11th, the world’s largest consumer technology show.
 
B&H has the Lexar Professional 1TB 633x SDXC UHS-I Memory Card available for preorder.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 1/10/2019 5:49:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 9, 2019
From ProGrade Digital:
 
CFexpress 1.0 Memory Cards Provide Read Speeds of up to 1400MB/s to Maximize Workflow for Professionals
 
LAS VEGAS, NV, CES JANUARY 08, 2019 – ProGrade Digital, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions, is taking part in a technology demonstration highlighting its CFexpress 1.0 card teamed with Thunderbolt 3.0. Professional photographers using the Nikon Z series cameras are demonstrating workflows, both mobile and desktop, as paired with the ProGrade Digital CFexpress card plus Thunderbolt 3.0-enabled personal computers. The presentation is taking place at CES in Central Hall 10048.
 
“ProGrade Digital is delighted to be participating in this technology demo highlighting the speed of the ProGrade Digital 1TB CFexpress card and Thunderbolt 3.0 within the digital workflow,” said Wes Brewer, founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “With read speeds up to 1400MB/s, this technology provides peak performance for offloading cinema-quality video and still image files at speeds that are at least three times faster than ever before.”
 
ProGrade Digital CFexpress 1.0:
 
  • Fully compliant with CompactFlash Association 1.0 specification
  • XQD host interoperable with firmware support
  • 1,400 MB/s continuous read speed capable; write speed 1000MB/s
  • Certified to perform at a minimum sustained transfer speed of 400MB/s
  • Dimensions: 29.6 mm x 38.5 mm x 3.8 mm
  • Metal enclosure/encasement to endure high temperatures and provide better thermal conductivity
  • Built-in thermal throttling to protect card and its content in the event of overheating
B&H carries ProGrade Digital products.
Post Date: 1/9/2019 11:39:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens page.
 
This is a much-loved lens that has great utility. However, this model does seem to show more than average image quality variability. This particular copy shows good performance at the focal length extents (typically the most-used on a zoom lens). The lateral CA in the with-2x Teleconverter III corners is ... rather extreme.
 
The Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens is in stock at B&H (note the used options in up to 10 condition) | Amazon (note the certified refurbished option)| Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/9/2019 8:00:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
 
Canon USA often offers excellent rebates on their PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printers. Not long ago, I took advantage of one of those rebates and received my PIXMA PRO-100 shortly afterward.
 
Aside from the great build quality of the printer itself, I was thoroughly impressed by the box that the printer was shipped in. I realize that reading that previous statement may invoke a quizzical look on many site visitors' faces, but hear me out. Not all cardboard is the same, and the cardboard used in the PIXMA PRO-100's packaging (it's likely the same for the PRO-10 as well) is extremely rigid and durable, a fact that was clearly evident when I attempted (and eventually succeeded) in cutting out the barcode for rebate claim purposes.
 
Why would someone care about the quality of cardboard? Well, if you're like me, you may have a decent amount of 8.5 x 11" photo paper lying around because you took advantage of a couple of great printer paper deals which tend pop up every now and then. However, 8.5 x 11" is rarely a requested print size; more often than not, an 8 x 10" print is desired. It's easy enough to produce an 8 x 10" print on an 8.5 x 11" piece of paper, but cutting is required to make that print fit in most 8 x 10" frames.
 
While scissors are certainly an option for accomplishing the task, if you're like me, you may have trouble cutting in a straight line. Even though a print with slightly not-so-straight edges will rarely be noticed once it's in the frame, handing such a print over to a customer is a bit embarrassing. We strive to produce the highest quality photos possible, so why would we hand over a print that gives the impression of a low quality product without exquisite attention to detail?
 
My solution for obtaining clean, straight cuts on my prints involves an X-ACTO knife (with plenty of spare blades), a stainless steel ruler and cardboard. Before the PIXMA PRO-100 arrived, I had been using whatever cardboard box was in the recycling pile waiting to be picked up (usually an Amazon box). But I often didn't have a large enough box on-hand to make the required cuts, and even if I did, a single project made the box unusable for future projects because the cardboard was too weak to endure multiple uses. A single PIXMA PRO-100 box top panel, on the other hand, has sustained multiple uses (I've created about a dozen prints with it) and shows no signs of imminent failure. And when (or possibly, "if") that panel ever becomes too worn to do its job, I've got another panel waiting to take its place.
 
Everyone who has received a hand-cut print from my Canon PIXMA PRO-100 printer has been extremely happy with the quality of the finished product. Of course, the quality of the photos and the quality of the printer deserve most of the credit for my clients' satisfaction, but the printer's box top also deserves some credit for helping me to produce those high quality 8 x 10" prints.
 
Oh, and by the way – select Canon Printer Paper products (including 8.5 x 11" sheets) are on sale at B&H for a limited time.
Post Date: 1/9/2019 7:11:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 8, 2019
From the MAC Group:
 
New York, NY – January 8, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies announces a public beta release of ColorChecker Camera Calibration software v1.2, an updated version for photographers working with Capture One software that now includes TIFF file support. This allows them to quickly and easily create custom ICC Camera profiles to maintain consistent color control from capture to edit.
 
Photographers can now create and save custom ICC camera profiles for virtually any lighting situation utilizing either an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo or ColorChecker Classic target together with the X-Rite Camera Calibration software v1.2. Whether working in a DNG or ICC workflow, camera profiling ensures that a user can obtain accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit.
 
“It’s been a long-standing request from Capture One users to be able to take advantage of our ColorChecker products to produce ICC camera profiles.” says Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated. “It’s been something we’ve been working on and now our customers can immediately try out this pre-release software and provide feedback on any suggestions for improvement.”
 
The public beta software is now available free of charge. To register and download the software for Mac or PC and view a step-by-step instruction guide, simply go to xritephoto.com/cameraICC.
 
B&H carries X-Rite ColorChecker products.
Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 1/8/2019 2:05:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From DJI:
 
Remote Lets Pilots Fly Newest Mavic Drones Without A Mobile Device
 
DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, continues its tradition of making aerial technology accessible to everyone by introducing a powerful new remote controller for its drones at CES 2019. The Smart Controller features an ultra-bright display screen and controls optimized for DJI drones, allowing pilots to fly the newest drones without using a smartphone or tablet. DJI will also be exhibiting its full lineup of consumer drones and handheld imaging products at its booth at CES 2019, including the new Osmo Pocket stabilized camera, and will host exciting workshops, hands-on product demonstrations and more. Attendees can find DJI in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #25602.
 
Smart Controller Expands Pilot Options
 
The DJI Smart Controller expands the ecosystem of accessories built around DJI's industry leading drone technology. Using a crisp 5.5”screen built into the controller itself, the Smart Controller allows pilots to quickly get their drone in the air without the need to connect a mobile device. It can be paired with DJI's newest drones including Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro[1] which use DJI's OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system, displaying vivid images in Full HD resolution. Drone pilots can take advantage of its compact, highly portable design that has been optimized for use in direct sunlight. It features an ultra-bright display with an output of 1000 cd/m2, twice the brightness of standard smart phones. A customizable Android dashboard supports DJI GO 4, DJI Pilot[2], along with various third-party apps such as editing programs. The DJI GO 4 app also touts several new features including SkyTalk, that allows pilots to livestream the drone's camera feed to social channels including Facebook, Instagram and WeChat so that anyone can experience the thrill of flying a drone. Another new feature is DJI GO-Share which easily transfers imagery from the Controller to your mobile device. The DJI Smart Controller brings a new level of reliability when flying, with 2.5 hours of battery life and the ability to operate in adverse temperatures as cold as -4° Fahrenheit and as hot as 104° Fahrenheit.
 
Price and Availability
 
The new Smart Controller will be available for purchase beginning January 8th, 2019 for the retail price of $649 USD. Combination packages of the Smart Controller with Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom will be available as well.
 
Adorama has the DJI Smart Controller available for preorder.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 1/8/2019 12:43:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube Channle:
 
Adobe’s Creative Residency program provides a year of financial and creative support to artists growing their careers. Learn more and apply here.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/8/2019 11:58:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L Review.
 
The MindShift Gear FirstLight series cases are really nice. After falling in love with the 40L, and hearing the same report from so many site friends, I opted to give the 30L a try and ... it is just as nice.
 
The MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L is in stock at Think Tank Photo (MindShift Gear) | B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 1/8/2019 9:01:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
A compact and lightweight lens that supports filter attachment and offers superior optical performance
 
January 8, 2019 – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S, a high-performance ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that is compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras for which the new larger-diameter mount has been adopted.
 
The NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that covers a 14 mm to 30 mm range of focal lengths with a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the range. Furthermore, the lens is part of the S-Line, a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, creating new definitions of design principles and quality control.
 
The combination of superior optical performance and compact size is made possible by the new Z mount system. The NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S features four ED glass and four aspherical lens elements in its lens optics, and demonstrates outstanding optical performance that maximizes the potential of high-pixel-count digital cameras. These features are evident in cameras like the Z 7, with its effective pixel count of 45.7 megapixels and excellent resolving power. Additionally, the use of Nikon's exclusive coating technologies, including Nano Crystal Coat, effectively suppresses ghost and flare, contributing to the output of extremely clear photos and videos. This achieves rendering performance that will change the perception of ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4.
 
The adoption of a button-less retractable mechanism provides excellent mobility while preserving optical performance, enabling a smaller, more portable size that allows for quick shooting. Nikon's exclusive fluorine coat, which is effective in the repelling of dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt, and possesses superb anti-reflection characteristics, has been applied to the external surface of the front lens element.
 
Furthermore, the NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S is the world's first*1 full-frame lens to support direct filter attachment despite starting at a 14 mm focal length. This allows users to enjoy the effects of different filters such as polarizing and neutral density filters, which was not possible before. The support for filter attachment also enables shooting in more active situations as the front element is better protected by the filter and lens hood, in addition to the dust- and drip-resistance considered in the design of the lens.
 
The NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens barrel is equipped with a control ring. The focus (M/A)*2, aperture, or exposure compensation function can be assigned to the control ring. The control ring does not click with rotation, supporting smooth shooting. Its quiet operation is especially beneficial with movie recording. Additionally, focus breathing is also effectively controlled. This not only captures natural footage in which the angle of view does not change when the focus position is shifted forward or backward, but also makes capturing a series of images that can be combined to create a single image with increased depth of field easy using focus shift shooting.
 
The high-performance NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S, with its superior mobility and operability, makes it possible for users to enjoy dynamic imaging expression utilizing the ultra-wide-angle to wide-angle range of focal lengths for still images and videos that exhibit excellent image quality.
 
*1 Among FX-format interchangeable lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses with a focal range beginning at 14 mm or lower, available as of January 8, 2019. Statement based on Nikon research.
*2 A function that enables immediate switching from autofocus to manual focus using the control ring.

 
Primary features
 
  • Support for a range of focal lengths that allows users to enjoy dynamic expression from the ultra-wide-angle 14 mm to the highly practical wide-angle 30 mm commonly used to capture a wide variety of subjects and scenes
  • The world's first* full-frame ultra-wide-angle zoom lens starting at 14 mm focal length to support filter attachment
  • A retractable mechanism that works without buttons helps achieve compact portability while supporting immediate shooting
  • Outstanding optical performance that delivers excellent image and video quality throughout the entire zoom range
  • Optics for which four ED glass and four aspherical lens elements have been adopted ensure excellent resolution, across all edges of the frame, from maximum aperture
  • Nikon's exclusive coating technologies, including Nano Crystal Coat, effectively suppresses ghost and flare for clear images
  • A constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom range maintains exposure settings while the zoom function is in use
  • A control ring that demonstrates superior operability with quiet and smooth operation
  • Focus breathing control that is effective not only with movie recording, but also for focus shift shooting
  • Designed with consideration to dust and drip resistance; fluorine coat effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt
  • Adoption of a stepping motor (STM) realizes a fast, quiet, and accurate AF drive for both still-image and movie recording
  • An electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism enables extremely precise aperture control
* Among FX-format interchangeable lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses with a focal range beginning at 14 mm or lower, available as of January 8, 2019. Statement based on Nikon research.
 
The Nikon Z Series: Upcoming Firmware on Display at CES
 
The Nikon Z series will continue to adapt to changing user needs through the development and roll-out of firmware updates to meet and exceed creative expectations. Taking into account feedback from photographers and creators, Nikon will display three feature updates under development that open creative opportunities for the Z 6 and Z 7. Displays will include:
 
  • CFexpress - Coming soon to the Z 6 and Z 7 cameras is support for CFexpress, which is compatible with the XQD memory card form-factor.
  • Eye AF - Under development is an Eye AF function, which will automatically detect the subject’s eyes to make attaining critical focus on the eyes easier. It will allow users to capture photos in which focus has been clearly acquired on the subject's eye, which is useful for portrait, event and street photography scenarios.
  • RAW Video Support - Nikon is currently developing a feature that works with the ATOMOS Ninja V to output video in RAW format, using the ProRes RAW codec.
Details, including the release date of new firmware updates, will be shared at a later date.
 
New for CES 2019 – Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit
 
For content creators and filmmakers looking to fully utilize the Nikon Z 6’s advanced video capabilities, Nikon has created a new Filmmaker’s Kit incorporating the camera as well an array of essential video capture accessories. The bundle includes: a Nikon Z 6 camera, NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens, Mount Adapter FTZ, Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR 5” Monitor Recorder, Rode VideoMic Pro Plus, MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Hand-Held Gimbal Stabilizer, an additional EN-EL15b battery, a coiled HDMI cable, a 12-month Vimeo Pro membership and a complimentary Nikon School Online class. The Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit will be available in late January 2019 for a suggested retail price of $3,999.95.
 
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens Preorders: - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | Wex
Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit Preorders - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/8/2019 6:12:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 7, 2019
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, NY, January 7, 2019 – It’s easy to love going to the office when your office is wherever you want it to be. Road warrior, traveling sales person, start-up founders – whatever the title, work doesn’t have to take place within the confines of a traditional office. Using lightweight, portable and versatile office equipment – work can happen anywhere. That’s why Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a portable mini projector, the new Canon Rayo S11, allowing business professionals and consumers to mirror their smartphones, project photos, videos and documents, and play audio files wherever the job takes them.
 
With the ability to run for up to two hours completely wirelessly and share presentations from a USB drive or internal storage, the art of business pitches and presentations can now be refashioned thanks to the Rayo S1 and its variety of features. Users can showcase PDFs, word-processing documents and slide presentations, as well as host conference calls where office space is limited. The Rayo S1 projects up to 84 inches, giving users the ability to take their presentations on the road. In addition, the transition from office life to home life is seamless. The Rayo S1 can easily integrate into family activities making it the quintessential tool for projecting movies at sleepovers and playdates or sharing photographs during family gatherings. The pre-installed Canon Camera Connect app allows for connection to compatible Canon cameras.
 

"The average person’s workday isn’t the traditional nine-to-five within an office - it’s early mornings, late nights and being on-the-go. In order to align with the consumer’s needs, it is necessary to provide business equipment that matches the work lifestyle of today,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With its sleek design and compact size, the Rayo S1 effortlessly fits into a consumer’s work life as well as their home life.”
 
At the core of the Rayo S1 is portability – weighting 0.5 pounds and measuring 4 inches x 4 inches in size. The projector is a small but mighty image solution featuring 4GB of internal storage as well as:
 
  • A smart touchpad for easy navigation
  • Compatibility with select wireless mouse, keyboard and presenters
  • The ability to connect and mirror a smartphone or tablet
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard to type
  • Built-in power bank for charging mobile devices
  • 3 Watts Bluetooth speaker
  • Built-in web browser
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Built-in Canon Camera Connect application
  • Android OS
  • Tripod mount
The new Canon Rayo S1 is scheduled to be available for purchase in May 2019 at an estimated retail price of $259.99.
 
B&H will carry the Canon Rayo S1 Mini Projector.
Post Date: 1/7/2019 11:31:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this episode of Two Minute Tips with David Bergman, David explains the benefits of using an L-bracket on your camera.
 
Warning: Once you get used to using an L-bracket, you may find living without one to be quite difficult/annoying. I always factor in the cost of a Really Right Stuff or Kirk L-bracket when purchasing a new camera. Be sure to choose the correct model to fit your camera; if you intend on using a battery grip, you'll need to purchase an L-bracket specifically designed to fit your camera+battery grip combination. [Sean]
Post Date: 1/7/2019 10:25:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Stories are great. Sometimes a picture tells a story and sometimes a story comes from getting the picture. One afternoon during a fall photo trip to Colorado, we headed to Owl Creek Pass. This area is very scenic, especially with fall colors.
 
The dirt road over the top of this pass can be questionable after a rain (at least without an off-road-capable vehicle) and we had plenty of rain but opted to give it a go with the small Ford Edge AWD SUV we had rented. At a relatively high elevation, we discovered that the road was being worked on and by the time we reached the top, we were bottoming out on loose gravel being dumped (tailgated) onto the road. By maintaining forward momentum, we made it over this rather long obstacle but were then greeted by a thick mud road surface until finally reaching the top of the pass.
 
As we went over the top, the serious question was whether or not we should risk going down the other side. That answer was quickly provided in the form of a 6-wheel-drive grader coming up the other side. It was mostly sideways and consuming the entire width of the relatively narrow road. The large machine had its rear scarifier down and was tearing up the road surface, preparing it for a fresh layer of stone similar to what we had just driven through. The decision to turn back was easy and immediate with a strong sense of that get-out-while-you-can feeling.
 
While on our way back down the mountain (it is easier to plow stone when going down hill), beyond the active road construction area, the sun broke through the clouds and we stopped to take pictures at the next clearing. Very few people were around this rather remote area, but a couple was at this spot taking a selfie. My daughter asked them if they would like us to take their picture, volunteering me to do so. They were quite happy about that and I quickly obliged while very anxious to get my shot before the small hole the clouds passed and the sunlight again was again shut off.
 
Looking at my hat, purchased in Hawaii over 5 years prior, the young guy asked if I had been to Hawaii. Turns out that he was a crew member for the boat company I had sailed with during the Canon Hawaii product announcement event only a few weeks prior. He showed me pictures on his phone of the boat I had been on. What are the odds that?
 
We chatted for a while and I of course captured a large number of images of this spectacular scene while doing so.
 
Direct sunlight shining under heavy clouds is at the top of my favorite lighting scenarios list. When the light is this good, the image results can be striking without much processing. The standard picture style was used to process this image and no additional contrast adjustments were made. The biggest processing challenge was to determine which image to share with you.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
50mm  f/9.0  1/180s
ISO 100
6516 x 4344px
Post Date: 1/7/2019 7:43:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Canon USA:
 
Join Canon Explorer of Light Joel Grimes as he takes you through his portraits session with the Canon EOS R and Canon tilt-shift lenses. Go behind the scenes throughout the entire workflow; from capture, to edit, to print.
 
Learn more about the gear used here:
 
Post Date: 1/7/2019 7:39:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Laowa:
 
Featuring a 113° field of view, close-to-zero distortion & affordable pricing, Laowa 9mm f/2.8 DL Zero-D is a dream lens for DJI Inspire 2 pilots.
 
Anhui China, 3 Jan 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to introduce the widest lens currently available for the DJI X7 cameras on Inspire 2 drones, Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DL.
 
The new DL mount has the same specifications and optical performance as the existing Fuji X, Sony E and Canon EF-M mounts launched in 2018. All of them feature an ultra-wide 113° angle, cover Super35-sized sensor and have a close-to-zero distortion. The Laowa 9mm is significantly wider than the currently widest DL lens (i.e. 80°) in the market, allowing aerial cinematographers to capture more in limited distances. The ultra-fast f/2.8 lens also provide more flexibility to do night time aerial videography.
 
The lens is carefully designed to reduce the optical distortion to a close-to-zero level. It allows straight lines to be perfectly retained and saves videographers tremendous time in post-processing. Venus Optics is reputable in producing distortion-free lenses for multiple systems including the widest f/2 lens for full frame E-mount cameras (i.e. Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D).
 
The size and weight of the lens have also been compressed to the minimal in its class. It weighs only 210g (0.46 lbs) and 60mm (2.36 in) long. This compact and lightweight lens comprises of 15 elements in 10 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extralow dispersion elements. This optical design successfully minimizes the distortion and chromatic aberrations to its lowest but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance. A 49mm filter thread is also included for cinematographers to use with ND filters.
 
Specifications
 
Focal Length9mm
Max. Aperturef/2.8
Angle of View113°
Format CompatibilitySuper35
Lens Structure15 elements in 10 groups
Aperture Blades7
Filter Thread49mm
Dimensions60 x 53mm
Weight210g
MountsDJI DL

Pricing & Availability
 
The retail selling price of the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D DL mount in US is USD $499.00 (ex- VAT). Pricing may vary in different countries.
 
The lens is now available to order from Venus Optics authorized resellers and is available to ship immediately.
 
B&H carries Venus Optics Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D Lenses (DL mount will likely be available soon).
Category: Laowa News
Post Date: 1/7/2019 6:19:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 6, 2019
I love Pronghorn most because of their colors. But, they have many other great qualities. The dark, semi-heart shaped horns are one and that mohawk hair style is great.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/2000s
ISO 2000
3948 x 2632px
Post Date: 1/6/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 5, 2019
From ProGrade Digital:
 
Get Simultaneous Transfer of Files from Cards in Both Slots at Speeds of to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s)
 
SAN JOSE, Calif., January 04, 2019 — ProGrade Digital, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade digital memory cards and workflow solutions, introduces and announces immediate availability of its newest product, the SD Dual-Slot USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Card Reader, $79.99 USD. As with all other ProGrade Digital USB 3.1, Gen. 2 workflow readers, files on each card transfer simultaneously at speeds of up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s).
 
“Many of today’s professional cameras have two SD slots, so it is only natural that ProGrade Digital’s newest USB 3.1, Gen. 2 workflow reader be a dual-slot for SD cards,” said Wes Brewer, founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “Based on the successes of earlier workflow readers, we know that our patent-pending magnetic base, compact rugged design and inclusion of two USB cables (Types A to C and C to C) really resonates with both professionals and prosumers. The dual-slot reader for SD cards provides just one more choice for our customers.”
 
The Prograde Digital USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Dual-Slot SD Card Reader is available on Amazon.
Post Date: 1/5/2019 9:18:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
When going afield, I often have some image goals in mind. Being opportunistic, taking advantage of every opportunity afforded, is always the primary plan with wildlife photography, but looking for opportunities to capture the goal shots is also part of the plan.
 
When viewed straight on from the front, most animals appear symmetrical and that is a look that can often work well in an image. One of my goal shots for this trip was a head-on image of a bugling bull elk (cow elk do not bugle) with its head and antlers characteristically laid back. Put that elk in a meadow with a strongly blurred background and I'd be even happier.
 
This shot nailed the head position I was looking for and most of the other aspects were in line with the goal. The elk's body position is nearly ideal, but the bull seemed to have its neck shifted slightly, breaking perfect alignment. Few sets of antlers are perfectly symmetrical and this set has some side-to-side variation.
 
I'll be attempting to one-up this image in the fall.
 
Coming with me?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 1/5/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 4, 2019
It is time to put some to-be-anticipated events on the calendar. Consider this a personal invitation to join me for one or all of the following instructional photo tours. Photographers at all skill levels are welcome!
 
Acadia National Park
 
Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019
 

 
Shenandoah National Park
 
"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
 

 
Shaking Brown Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska
 
Brown Bear Chasing Salmon, Remote Katmai National Park, Alaska
 
Thu, September 17 to Fri, September 24, 2020
 
Feel free to contact me with your destination request.
Post Date: 1/4/2019 8:29:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
These days, digital cameras support various types of memory cards such as CompactFlash, CFAST, XQD, Sony MemoryStick and – the focus of today's article – the ultra-popular Secure Digital (SD/SDHC/SDXC).
 
If you have ever been shopping for SD memory cards, you likely noticed a lot of different numbers of symbols on the cards' labels. Although seemingly cryptic, those numbers and symbols reveal important information about a card's performance, and whether or not that memory card is right for your intended use. So let's take a closer look at a typical SD card's label to see what information is available.
 
Secure Digital Memory Card Label (SanDisk)

Format
 
In 1999, SanDisk, Panasonic and Toshiba jointly introduced the Secure Digital memory card format (later referred to as Secure Digital Standard Capacity, or SDSC) in an attempt to improve upon the existing MultiMediaCard (MMC). The following year, those same companies formed the SD Card Association to develop SD standards and promote the new memory card format. In 2006, the SD Card Association outlined the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) format in the second version of its SD specifications with support for memory cards up to 32 GB and speeds up to 25 MB/s. Later, the development of Ultra High Speed bus systems would increase the speeds available for SDHC memory cards. Three years later, the SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) format was introduced supporting capacities of 2 TB and speeds of 104 MB/s with the addition of the UHS-I (Ultra High Speed) bus standard. When UHS-II was introduced in 2011, speeds up to 312 MB/s became possible. In 2018, The SD Card Association developed the SDUC (Secure Digital Ultra Capacity) format with support for 128 TB and speeds up to 985 MB/s.
 
Card TypeSupported
Capacity
Supported
Bus Speed
File System
SDSCup to 2 GB12.5 MB/sFAT12/FAT16
SDHCup to 32 GB25 MB/sFAT32
SDXCup to 2 TB312 MB/sexFAT
SDUCup to 128 TB985 MB/sexFAT

Max Read Speed
 
The max read speed indicates how fast the data from the memory card can be read under ideal circumstances. On some cards, an x-rating value is displayed. The x-rating is based on the original data transfer speed of CD-ROMs (150 KB/s). Because there may be a significant discrepancy between read speeds and write speeds, max read speeds (and x-ratings) are not truly indicative of the kind of performance you can expect from a memory card when used in your camera (where write speeds are significantly more important). Note that some manufacturers list separate max Read/Write data specs to clarify their card's performance, and the SD Association's introduction of Speed Classes (and Video Speed Classes) also help to clarify SD memory cards' performance (more on that later).
 
x Speed RatingApprox. Max
Read Speed
300x45 MB/s
400x60 MB/s
633x95 MB/s
1000x150 MB/s
2000x300 MB/s

UHS Class Speed
 
UHS-I and UHS-II cards (more on these later) may list a UHS class rating to designate the minimum write performance for the card, with U1 indicating 10 MB/s and U3 indicating 30 MB/s or more.
 
Capacity
 
Listed big and bold, and probably what most consumers pay the most attention to, is the memory card's capacity. Of course, a larger capacity means more images/videos can be saved before running out of room.
 
Video Speed Class
 
In order to cater to the needs of videographers, the SD Association created a Video Class Speed to designate the minimum sequential writing speed of the card. The number following the "V" indicates the minimum number of MB/s the card is capable of sequentially writing. In the example above, the card is minimally capable of writing 30 MBs of data to the card every second.
 
Bus Interface
 
An SD memory card's UHS (Ultra High Speed) rating indicates the maximum amount of data that can physically move into and out of the card. Along with the SDXC standard released in the SD Association's v.3.01 specification standards (2009), the UHS-I standard was also introduced. UHS-II and UHS-III soon followed allowing for even greater bus speeds, but these technologies required a second row of pins to be added to memory cards. The latest UHS bus iteration is dubbed "UHS Express" and has a theoretical limit of 985 MB/s.
 
Bus InterfaceBus Speed
UHS-I12.5 MB/s (SDR12)
25 MB/s (SDR25)
50 MB/s (SDR50, DDR50)
104 MB/s (SDR104)
UHS-II156 MB/s (FD156)
312 MB/s (HD312)
UHS-III312 MB/s (FD312)
624 MB/s (FD624)
UHS-Express985 MB/s (FD985)

Speed Class
 
Speed Classes 2, 4 and 6 support write speeds to a fragmented card of 2, 4 and 6 MB/s respectively. Class 10 cards, on the other hand, support a minimum of 10 MB/s sequential writing to a non fragmented card in addition to utilizing a high speed bus mode. As you can see, there's a lot of room for a Class 10 memory card to exceed the minimum spec, which is probably why the other class ratings (such as UHS/Video) were implemented.
 
Speed ClassMin. Seq.
Write Speed
Suggested Use
Class 22 MB/sSD Video
Class 44 MB/sup to 1080p/30p
Class 66 MB/sup to 1080p/30p
Class 10, U1/V1010 MB/sup to 1080p/120p
Class 10, U3/V3030 MB/sup to 4K/120p
Class 10, U3/V6060 MB/sup to 8K/120p
Class 10, U3/V9090 MB/sup to 8K/120p

Which memory card should I get for my camera?
 
In short, the memory card that has a sufficient capacity, the performance necessary to meet your most data-hungry needs and falls within your budget range. Keep in mind that SD memory cards are backward compatible; even if a memory card maxes out the capabilities of your camera to record data to it, you may find the extra performance useful when a) transferring images or video to other devices via a card reader or b) when your next camera offers features such as higher resolution images and/or video.
 
Secure Digital Memory Card Suggested RetailersB&H | Adorama
Post Date: 1/4/2019 8:28:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is set to host the second annual Depth of Field – Professional Portrait, Wedding and Event Photography Conference next month on February 5-6, 2019.
 
From B&H:
 
B&H Photo Video Pro-Audio is proud to present the second annual Depth of Field conference. Over the course of two days, photographers looking to elevate their craft will experience the hottest gear, hands on demonstrations, interactive experiences, portfolio reviews, inspirational and motivational speakers and more!
 
RSVP now to guarantee your free ticket and be updated with the event’s agenda, a complete list of speakers and details about special events at Depth of Field.
 
What to Expect
 
Inspirational lectures from iconic photographers and industry leaders; fully equipped studios and models with which to build your promotional body of work; one-on-one portfolio reviews; advanced lighting and workflow demonstrations… plus the Depth of Field Challenge!
 
Keynote Speaker, Albert Watson
 
As one of the world’s most successful and prolific photographers since 1970, Albert Watson has created some of the most iconic images ever seen in art, fashion and commercial photography. From portraits of Alfred Hitchcock and Steve Jobs and beauty shots of Kate Moss to Las Vegas landscapes and still-life photographs of King Tutankhamen artifacts, Watson’s diversity and body of work are unparalleled. His striking photographs and stunning hand-made prints are featured in galleries and museums around the globe.
 
Regiser for the Event
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 1/4/2019 6:09:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 3, 2019
LensRentals has posted a teardown of the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens.
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
So what did we learn today? Really, not a lot. The Sony 400mm f/2.8 G is exactly what we expected; a very solidly built lens that is everything construction-wise you would hope for in a big beast of a super telephoto that costs $12,000. It has excellent weather sealing, heavy-duty engineering between the barrel segments, a very solid chassis, and components that all appear up to the task.
Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Retailers - B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 1/3/2019 12:48:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Robus RC-5570 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
This is an impressive tripod with an equally impressively low price.
 
The Robus RC-5570 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 1/3/2019 7:42:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Irix:
 
We would like to announce and confirm that there are no issues with Irix lenses, as regards their general operation for the Canon EF mount in their current line-up when used on the Canon EOS R camera, and as released by the Canon Corporation via their Canon EOS R Adapter (Canon EF to Canon EOS R mount).
 
Thanks to this, it is possible to control the aperture from the camera, information about the distance transmitted to which the lens is focused, and to save full information about the exposure parameters in the EXIF format.
 
Compatible Irix lenses:
 
  • Irix 11mm f/4
  • Irix 15mm f/2.4
  • Irix 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro
B&H carries IRIX lenses.
Category: IRIX News
Post Date: 1/3/2019 6:29:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Daniel Norton Photographer YouTube Channel:
 
In this video I put to the test my statement that if you only have one light, an Octagon softbox is the best and most versatile modifier for portraits.
 
Gear Used
 
Profoto B1X - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Profoto Air Remote - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Profoto 3’ RFI Octa - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Profoto RFI Speedring for Profoto - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 1/3/2019 5:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Just posted: Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens Review.
 
Having the RF 28-70mm F2 L mounted is like having a kit full of prime lenses mounted at the same time.
 
Get in line now – the first delivery of these lenses didn't fill the initial demand. The Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H (expected in stock on 1/7) | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 1/2/2019 8:05:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 1, 2019
One of my primary goals is to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me for 3 or 6 days of wildlife and outdoor photography in this great location. I have made space in the schedule and have the necessary Shenandoah National Park permit in hand.
 
When and Where: Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019 in Shenandoah National Park
 
This trip is offered in a choice of 3 or 6 days (other options will be considered). The plan is to meet at the lodge on Sunday and/or Wed mid-day and we will wrap up after a morning shoot on the last day.
 
Who
 
Hopefully you, along with 3 (at most) others. While large groups are far more profitable from a business perspective, photographing wildlife in the field is challenging in large groups and keeping the group small means better opportunities and more personal attention.
 
Cost
 
The cost for this IPT is $995 per 3 days with a 50% deposit locking in your spot (balance is due 90 days prior to the IPT). Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
Whitetail Deer Fawns in Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
 
What are We Photographing?
 
Our primary photo subject will be wildlife. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, Shenandoah National Park is one of the best locations in the world to photograph whitetail deer and whitetail fawns are one of the cutest creatures on the face of this planet (it seems that everyone loves pictures of them). The timing for this trip is such that most of the fawns will be recently-born and the foliage for the always-important image backgrounds, which are also excellent here, should include beautiful bright green colors. Even with the high whitetail density found in SNP, fawns remain quite challenging to photograph, but the rewards are worth the effort.
 
Deer are not the only wildlife subject found here and, especially at this time of the year, there is high likelihood that black bears will avail themselves as subjects along with a variety of birds and other smaller mammals. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any subjects that we encounter – and those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography. My time in the field is limited and I need to have a high probability of good opportunities when I make such time investment. SNP rarely lets me down in that regard. Basically, we will work hard to capture some great images, attempting to build out your portfolio and light up your social feeds as well as working on improving your photography skills. And, we'll have fun along the way.
 
A Sense of Urgency for this Trip
 
CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) has been detected within 11 miles of SNP (according to the SNP wildlife biologist I talked to in Mar 2018). This awful disease is always fatal to deer and when it reaches within 5 miles of the park, implementation of an already-established plan will significantly reduce the deer population here. That means this awesome experience is at high risk and that is one of the reasons I make this location a priority.
 
Shenandoah National Park Black Bear
 
Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition
 
While the implied definitions of these terms vary, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach (including as we are actively photographing), answer questions (please bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will also be a primary part of our time together – an "Instructional Photo Tour".
 
In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be a primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions during the IPT are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible.
 
An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.
 
Physical Requirements
 
This will be a moderately strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. There will likely be some easy wildlife photography opportunities encountered, but we will be carrying our gear through the woods, tall grass and light brush over hilly terrain, often attempting to keep ahead of moving wildlife. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.
 
What is Included
 
Transportation during the experience along with everything described in the Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition section above is included. By not including the items listed below in the fee, individuals are able choose their level of spending.
 
What is Not Included
 
If staying for the entire duration of the trip and as long as our schedules align, I can provide transportation to and from the Dulles International Airport region or from anywhere directly on my route from the north — primarily RT 81. Otherwise, transportation to/from Skyland Resort is not included. Also, the National Park-required entrance fee is additionally required.
 
Lodging. We will be staying at the Big Meadows Lodge. I usually get a very basic lodge room, but other options are available, ranging from camping to cabins. I am happy to connect you with other participants if a shared room are desired.
 
Food. Because of the remoteness of this location, our food will primarily consist of what is offered at the Wayside Diner or the park lodge along with any food brought along into the park or purchased at the camp store. Because it gets light very early at this time of the year (getting enough sleep will be one of our challenges), we will begin photographing before services are open. I usually pack breakfast to eat in my room prior to the morning shoots. I take a cooler with jugs of ice and ice is available at the lodge (you need bag/bucket to transport it from the ice machine). Typically, we will eat second breakfast/early lunch (or perhaps both) at the Wayside Diner (usually open 8-8 at this time of the year) or optionally the lodge and we will likely eat at the lodge for early or late dinner (it closes at 9:00). I suggest packing granola bars and/or bringing other snacks along while photographing (especially in case we find an amazing subject that we don't want to leave). Plan to have water or other drink available to take with you.
 
Schedule
 
At this time of the year, the days are long and the nights are correspondingly short. Our best opportunities will be found early and late in the day and we will target these times. Fatigue can dampen mental and physical sharpness, so we will usually return to our rooms mid-day for some downtime and a nap. We will go back out mid-late afternoon and stay out until the light level drops too low for good images. These plans are all very flexible and we can target any specific interests the group has.
 
Cancellation Policy
 
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. If a cancellation notice is received between 90 and 179 days before the workshop start date, a 50% refund of any payments made will be provided. If a cancellation notice is provided within less than 90 days of the workshop, no refund of payments made will be provided ... regardless of the cancellation notice received date, any workshop openings that are re-filled will be refunded payment in full minus a $195 administrative fee.
 
Let's Do This! Sign Up Now!
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
Camera Gear Needed
 
Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in photographing wildlife, you are going to need some gear and mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for good results from this event.
 
For fawns, a camera with a reasonably fast frame rate (fawns are almost constantly moving) and high-performing AF system is preferred, though not required. This generally means a DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.
 
A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available is preferred. Wildlife activity is greatest early and late, so wide apertures are often an advantage and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.
 
Ideal is a camera such as the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with a Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens (with built-in 1.4x extender) or Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is usually in my primary wildlife kit. I'll bring a variety of other lenses and accessories including a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry the big lenses with.
 
I primarily use a monopod while photographing wildlife in this location. It is not as stable as a tripod and requires more effort to use, but it is much faster to set up and adjust. While neither are mandatory, one or both is preferred. I always take both to this location.
 
We can potentially make use of a full range of landscape photography gear, including ultra-wide to wide angle lenses and circular polarizer and ND filters.
 
It is highly recommended to bring a laptop, enabling review of your images during our time together. Bring an external hard drive for an additional level of backup. Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day with enough chargers to restore that capability overnight.
 
Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience. Consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.
 
As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.
 
Weather / Clothing
 
The weather in early June is typically very nice in Shenandoah National Park. However, the mountain can create its own weather and that can be at least somewhat unpredictable. Rain gear may be very appreciated at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.
 
Plan for walking in light brush (including mild briars) and woods. The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and does not seem to care what we are wearing (though you might get their attention if you look like a black bear, a primary deer predator). Camo clothing is not necessary, but it is a good option. I wear mostly camo and part of the reason is to be less obvious to other park visitors.
 
Insects can be annoying here and ticks are reportedly present (I have yet to find one on me at this location). Permethrin and other insect repellent may be appreciated and I also wear a ball cap to help keep gnats out of my eyes (and avoid sunburn). Especially mid-day, shorts may prove the most comfortable option at times.
 
Sign Up or Ask Questions!
 
Contact me at Bryan@Carnathan.com.
 
Whitetail Fawns – Cutest Animals on the Face of This Planet?
Consider this a personal invitation to join me in Rocky Mountain National Park in mid-late September! RMNP is an incredible location (any park with "mountain" in its name has to be great) and the elk rut there is simply awesome, combining for a bucket list wildlife and outdoor photography experience. This trip is timed for the peak of the elk rut combined with what can be the peak of fall aspen color.
 
I have rented an ideally-located (quick access to the hot spots) home for us to stay in. Each participant will have a private room and the home will make a great base for our adventure as well as a great location to gather in for image review. Yes, we'll eat at Smokin Dave's BBQ (maybe more than once). Yes, we'll spend time along Trail Ridge Road (the highest paved road in North America).
 
Plan on hanging out with a small group that shares your passion for photography in a spectacularly scenic location.
 
When and Where
 
1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
 
1 Opening: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
 
Wait List for 2020
 
We will be based in Estes Park, CO, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park.
 
This trip is initially offered for 6 full days (other options will be considered – be sure to let me know of your preferred alternative). The plan is to meet in Estes Park on Sunday and we will wrap up after a morning shoot on the last day.
 
Who
 
Hopefully you, along with 3 other participants. Large groups are far more profitable from a business perspective, but seriously photographing wildlife in the field is very challenging in large groups. Keeping the group small means better opportunities and more personal attention. It also means that we can travel together throughout the park in a single SUV.
 
Cost
 
The cost for this 6-day IPT is $2990 including lodging (an approximately $1,000 value) with a 50% deposit locking in your spot (balance is due 90 days prior to the IPT). Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
Beautiful Bull Elk, Rocky Mountain National Park
 
What are We Photographing?
 
Our primary photo subject will be wildlife. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, Rocky Mountain National Park is a very reliable location to photograph rocky mountain elk and the bulls should be vying for herds of cows. In addition, the environment/scenery available for backgrounds here is excellent.
 
In addition to elk, we will likely see mule deer and other animals. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any interesting subjects that we encounter – and discovering those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography. The views from the alpine tundra and Trail Ridge Road are awesome. Alluvial Fan Falls is conveniently located and other subjects abound.
 
Bull Elk and Rocky Mountains
 
Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition
 
While the implied definitions of these terms vary, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach (including as we are actively photographing), answer questions (please bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will also be a primary part of our time together – an "Instructional Photo Tour".
 
In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be a primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions during the IPT are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible.
 
An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.
 
Physical Requirements
 
This will be a modestly strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. There will likely be some easy wildlife photography opportunities encountered (possibly in our back yard), but we will be carrying our gear through the woods and tall grass over hilly terrain at times, often attempting to keep ahead of moving wildlife. Some trail hiking is planned. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.
 
What is Included
 
As mentioned, I have a house rented for this tour and lodging is included. This home has 5 bedrooms along with 3 or 4 bathroooms. Transportation during the experience along with everything described in the Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition section above is included. By not including the items listed below in the fee, individuals are able choose their level of spending.
 
What is Not Included
 
Transportation to/from the house and the required National Park entrance fee. Denver International Airport is convenient and often an inexpensive destination from an airfare perspective. I'm happy to attempt connection with other participants for sharing a ride to/from the airport.
 
Food. For expediency, breakfast will be on your own at the house. Typically, we will come back to the house after the morning shoot and will stop for lunch before heading out. We may pick up food to go for the evening, but will be flexible. The house is close to a small grocery store, a deli and a couple of small restaurants. Nearby Estes Park has many food options, but we will mostly avoid the heavy traffic in town there unless there is group consensus to visit a destination there.
 
Schedule
 
Our best opportunities will be found early and late in the day and we will target these times. The plans are all very flexible and we can target any specific interests the group has.
 
Bull Elk in Rut, Rocky Mountain National Park
 
Cancellation Policy
 
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. If a cancellation notice is received between 90 and 179 days before the workshop start date, a 50% refund of any payments made will be provided. If a cancellation notice is provided within less than 90 days of the workshop, no refund of payments made will be provided unless ... regardless of the cancellation notice received date, any workshop openings that are re-filled will be refunded payment in full minus a $195 administrative fee.
 
Let's Do This! Sign Up Now!
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
Camera Gear Needed
 
Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in learning wildlife photography, you are going to need some gear and while most cameras with a telephoto lens will work, mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for best results from this event.
 
There will be times when a fast frame rate is beneficial, but rut posturing is often done at slower speeds and I usually opt for higher resolution cameras that typically do not have the fastest-available frame rates. A DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.
 
A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available will be appreciated at times (full frame 600mm equivalent is ideal). Wildlife activity is greatest early and late, so wide apertures are often an advantage and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.
 
My current plan is to take a pair of high resolution cameras such as the Canon EOS 5Ds R along with a 600mm lens such as the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens (along with a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry it with) and a telephoto zoom lens such as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens for my primary wildlife kit. In this location, I sometimes carry the second camera and smaller telephoto lens in a Lowepro Toploader Case.
 
I primarily use a monopod while photographing wildlife in this location. It is not as stable as a tripod and requires more effort to use, but it is much faster to set up and adjust. While neither are mandatory, one or both is preferred and I always take both.
 
We will likely make use of a full range of landscape photography gear, including ultra-wide to wide angle lenses along with circular polarizer and neutral density filters. I'll bring a variety of other lenses and accessories.
 
Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day and enough chargers to restore that capability overnight. Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, enabling review of your images throughout the time we have together. Bring an external hard drive for an additional level of backup. Bring a flashlight.
 
Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience and consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.
 
As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.
 
Frosty Bull Elk, Rocky Mountain National Park
 
Weather / Clothing
 
The weather in RMNP in late September is typically very nice, though cool and sometimes even cold (mostly mornings and late evenings). Especially at higher altitudes in the park, snow can even come into play. Dressing in layers is the best plan. Rain protection may be very appreciated at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.
 
Plan for walking in woods and tall meadow grass (that can be wet at times). The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and does not seem to care what we are wearing. Camo clothing is not necessary, but it is an option.
 
Altitude
 
The altitude at Estes Park is 7,500' and Trail Ridge Road reaches altitudes over 12,000'. If you've never experienced altitude sickness, I assure you that it is not fun. For those of us traveling from low altitudes, staying overnight, at least in Denver, the day before significant activity is a good idea.
 
I am authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Rocky Mountain National Park.
 
Sign Up or Ask Questions!
 
Contact me at Bryan@Carnathan.com.
 
Bugling Elk in the Frost, Rocky Mountain National Park
One of my primary goals is to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me for 3 or 6 days of wildlife and outdoor photography in this great location. I have again cleared space in the schedule and have the necessary Shenandoah National Park permit in hand.
 
When and Where: Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019 in Shenandoah National Park
 
This trip is offered in a choice of 3 or 6 days (other options will be considered). The plan is to meet at the lodge on Sunday and/or Wed mid-day and we will wrap up after a morning shoot on the last day.
 
Who
 
Hopefully you, along with 3 others. Large groups are far more profitable from a business perspective, but seriously photographing wildlife in the field is very challenging in large groups. Keeping the group small means better opportunities and more personal attention. It also means that we can travel together throughout the park in a single SUV.
 
Cost
 
The cost for this IPT is $995 per 3 days with a 50% deposit locking in your spot (balance is due 90 days prior to the IPT). Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
First-Light Buck, Shenandoah National Park
 
What are We Photographing?
 
Our primary photo subject will be wildlife. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, Shenandoah National Park is a very reliable location to photograph whitetail deer and the environment/scenery here is quite photogenic.
 
During much of the year, whitetail buck in SNP have their heads down feeding. That changes during the rut and whitetail bucks exhibit great behavior at this time of the year. Late fall colors provide our backdrop and very few park visitors are expected at this time of the year, just prior to the last lodge closing for the season.
 
Deer are not the only wildlife subject found here and black bears sometimes avail themselves as subjects along with a variety of birds and other smaller mammals. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any subjects that we encounter – and discovering those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography.
 
My time in the field is limited and I look for locations with a high probability of good photo opportunities when I make the time investment. Shenandoah National Park rarely lets me down in that regard. Basically, we will work hard to improve your photography skills, including photo critiques if desired, along with capturing some great images. And, we'll have fun along the way, hanging out with a group sharing the passion.
 
A Sense of Urgency for this Trip
 
As I mentioned in the previous trip invitation, CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) has been detected within 11 miles of SNP (according to the SNP wildlife biologist I talked to in Mar 2018). This awful disease is always fatal to deer and when it reaches within 5 miles of the park, implementation of an already-established plan will significantly reduce the deer population here. That means this awesome experience is at high risk and that is one of the reasons I have made this park a priority.
 
Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition
 
While the implied definitions of these terms vary, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach (including as we are actively photographing), answer questions (please bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will also be a primary part of our time together – an "Instructional Photo Tour".
 
In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be a primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions during the IPT are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible.
 
An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.
 
Physical Requirements
 
This will be a modestly strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. There will likely be some easy wildlife photography opportunities encountered, but we will be carrying our gear through the woods, tall grass and light brush over hilly terrain at times, often attempting to keep ahead of moving wildlife. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.
 
What is Included
 
Transportation during the experience along with everything described in the Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition section above is included. By not including the items listed below in the fee, individuals are able choose their level of spending.
 
What is Not Included
 
If staying for the entire duration of the trip and as long as our schedules align, I can provide transportation to and from the Dulles International Airport region or from anywhere directly on my route from the north — primarily RT 81. Otherwise, transportation to/from Skyland Resort is not included. Also, the National Park-required entrance fee is additionally required.
 
Lodging. We will be staying at the Skyland Resort, a national park lodge. I usually get a basic room, but other options are available including cabins. I am happy to connect you with other participants if a shared room is desired.
 
Food. Because of the remoteness of this location, our food will primarily consist of what is offered at the Skyland Resort (dining room, take out or tap room) along with any food brought along into the park. We will typically begin photographing before food services are open so I usually pack breakfast to eat in my room prior to the morning shoots. I take a cooler with jugs of ice and ice is available at the lodge (you need a bag/bucket to transport it from the ice machine). I suggest packing granola bars and other snacks/food along to keep energy levels up while photographing as we often decide we don't want to leave the action to find lunch. Sandwiches and other snacks are usually available for purchase at Skyland Resort. Plan to have water or other drink available to take with you.
 
Schedule
 
At this time of the year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are correspondingly getting longer. Our best opportunities will be found early and late in the day and we will target these times, but it is usually worth staying out all day. The sun is relatively low in the sky and the animals often remain active during the day. The plans are all very flexible and we can target any specific interests the group has.
 
Big Meadows Whitetail Buck
 
Cancellation Policy
 
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. If a cancellation notice is received between 90 and 179 days before the workshop start date, a 50% refund of any payments made will be provided. If a cancellation notice is provided within less than 90 days of the workshop, no refund of payments made will be provided ... regardless of the cancellation notice received date, any workshop openings that are re-filled will be refunded payment in full minus a $195 administrative fee.
 
Let's Do This! Sign Up Now!
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
10-Point Whitetail Buck
 
Camera Gear Needed
 
Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in learning wildlife photography, you are going to need some gear and while most cameras with a telephoto lens will work, mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for best results from this event.
 
When photographing bucks in rut, I am not as concerned about a fast frame rate as with some other subjects. There will be times when the fast rate is beneficial, but rut posturing is often done at slower speeds and I usually opt for higher resolution cameras. A DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.
 
A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available will be appreciated at times. Wildlife activity is greatest early and late, so wide apertures are often an advantage and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.
 
My current plan is to take a high resolution camera such as the Canon EOS 5Ds R along with a 600mm lens such as the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens and a telephoto zoom lens such as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens for my primary wildlife kit. I'll bring a variety of other lenses and accessories including a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry the big lenses with.
 
I primarily use a monopod while photographing wildlife in this location. It is not as stable as a tripod and requires more effort to use, but it is much faster to set up and adjust. While neither are mandatory, one or both is preferred and I always take both.
 
We can potentially make use of a full range of landscape photography gear, including ultra-wide to wide angle lenses along with circular polarizer and neutral density filters.
 
Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, enabling review of your images throughout the time we have together. Bring an external hard drive for an additional level of backup. Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day and enough chargers to restore that capability overnight.
 
Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience and consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.
 
As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.
 
Whitetail Buck in Morning Light
 
Weather / Clothing
 
The weather in late November is typically very nice, though cool and sometimes even cold, in Shenandoah National Park. However, the mountain can create its own weather and that can be at least somewhat unpredictable. Rain gear may be very appreciated at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.
 
Plan for walking in light brush (including mild briars) and woods. The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and does not seem to care what we are wearing (though you might get their attention if you dress in all black like a black bear, a primary deer predator). Camo clothing is not necessary, but it is a good option. I wear mostly camo and part of the reason is to be less obvious to other park visitors, though there are not many at this time of the year (aside from a wave of guests on Sunday before Veteran's day).
 
Insects are not typically bothersome in mid-November. Ticks are reportedly present, though I have yet to find one on me.
 
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Buck in the Brush, Shenandoah National Park
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