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 Thursday, May 2, 2019

 
From PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
 
PSD Files Taking Too Long to Open? Learn how to open a merged copy of you entire file in 1-2 seconds! In this tutorial, we will learn a Photoshop shortcut to read the composite data and open a flattened version of the image instantly.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/2/2019 8:03:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Get deeper into the backcountry with the MindShift BackLight Elite 45L backpack from Think Tank Photo. Forty-five liters of internal volume provides ample room for a combination of photo/personal gear and dedicated laptop/tablet. External attachment points accommodate adventure equipment such as a static rope, set of axes, snowboard/skis, and of course, a tripod.
 
Weather-resistant zippers and materials protect your gear when trekking in extreme environments. And like the other BackLight backpacks, rear-panel access adds security when traveling since your camera gear is protected behind your back. Built “Mountain Tuff” for protection against the elements, the BackLight Elite 45L features YKK AquaGuard zippers and waterproof/tearproof sailcloth, robust lumbar padding, and a quick-dry back panel for increased ventilation. Elite outdoor photographer, Dan Carr, rigorously tested the pack claiming, “The Backlight Elite 45 is the rugged companion for every adventure.”
 
“We paid special attention to the needs of backcountry photographers while designing the Elite 45L,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “In design, fit, protection, and durability, the BackLight Elite 45L stands up to the demands of outdoor photo expeditions like no other bag we have ever released.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Storm-resistant construction with YKK AquaGuard zippers and
  • terproof/tearproof Sailcloth
  • Superior Fit: Robust lumbar padding, hip-hugging waist belt, quick-dry back
  • nel, and foam ridges for increased ventilation
  • Back and top panel access to all of your camera gear, allowing you to work out
  • your bag without getting your harness dirty or wet
  • Aluminum internal frame supports the load and keeps it in place
  • Dedicated compartments fit up to a 17” laptop and a 10” tablet
  • Meets most international and U.S. carry-on requirements*
  • Advanced Airflow: Dual-density, honeycomb mesh shoulder straps
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Trekking capacity! Front pockets totaling 17L carry personal gear for a day’s outing:
  • tra layers, a jacket, food, etc.
  • Hydration reservoir ready (reservoir not included)
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit 32 oz. water bottles
  • Snowboard or ski carry with tuck-away, protected edge lash straps
  • Top-lid converts into a belt pack with the removable waist belt
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Seam-sealed, brown colored rain cover blends in with the environment
  • Removable camera compartment with emergency shoulder straps to avoid gate check
  • Removable waist belt for ease when traveling
  • Expandable capacity on all five sides with daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional
  • sh points
  • Compatible with the MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest/Hive & Switch Case
WHAT FITS - Sample gear packs
 
  • Nikon D3S attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, SB-910 Speedlight, 105mm f/2.8 Macro,
  • gma 35mm f/1.4 ART, 50 f/1.4, Filter Nest Mini, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8
  • Canon 1DX attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic
  • ntroller, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E
  • Sony A7R II attached to 24–70mm f/2.8 GM, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic
  • ntroller, Filter Nest Mini, A7R II attached to 16–35mm f/4
  • Holds a gripped Nikon DSLR and a 600mm f/4 FL ED VR 70–200mm f/2.8 GM, 90mm
  • 2.8 Macro
  • Canon 1DX attached to 24–70mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, 85mm f/1.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E,
  • X attached to 16–35mm f/2.8, 70–200mm f/2.8, 2x Teleconverter
  • Nikon D3S attached to Sigma 150–600mm f/5-6.3 Sport, SB-910 Speedlight
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has highestquality weather-resistant YKK AquaGuard zippers, high-performance Sailcloth, 420D rip-stop nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, ribbed and perforated dual-density foam, 350G airmesh, honeycomb airmesh, perforated closed-cell foam, heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions (travel mode*): 13” W x 23.5” H x 8” D (33 x 59.7 x 20.3 cm)
Camera Compartment: 11.4” W x 19.3” H x 6.8” D (29 x 49 x 17.3 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 11.2” W x 16.1” H x 1”D (28.5 x 41 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet: 0.6” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (27 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 45L
Weight: 3.9–7.0 lbs. (1.8–3.2 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the BackLight Elite 45L Camera Backpack in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.
Post Date: 5/2/2019 7:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 1, 2019

 
In its latest marketing video, Tamron gives its new 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD the moniker, "The Portrait Zoom." And in focal length regards, there's certainly something to that. The lens contains many of the most popular prime focal lengths for shooting portraiture, including 35, 50, 85, 100/105 and 135mm (and all are conveniently marked on the zoom ring). We don't know what the precise max aperture step-down for this lens is yet, but it's safe to say that the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD's max aperture will lag behind popular prime lenses anywhere from 1-3 stops at comparable focal lengths. That said, the Tamron 35-150's total focal length range, moderately-wide max aperture range and price point that's significantly less than a bag full of primes should make it an intriguing option for many [especially budget] photographers' portrait needs.
 
Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/1/2019 8:02:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tilt-shift lenses from Canon, Nikon and Rokinon (Samyang) are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
The image shared on this post should get your attention!
Post Date: 4/30/2019 9:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to presenting danger, this large Pennsylvania mother black bear was looking for danger, a move that often includes a pause that gives a photographer time to carefully focus, compose, and shoot.
 
At this distance, the bear was not close to fitting in the 600mm frame. Keeping the bear's head in the frame is the primary compositional goal and shooting vertically with a sideways pose meant that a large portion of the frame was empty. Fortunately, the mamma bear's second-year cub was moving in and added interest to the empty portion of the frame.
 
As I had no control over either subject, this result depended on situational awareness along with a bit of serendipity. Time spent in the right locations increases the chance of serendipity.
 
While the bright gray background may appear studio-like, it was courtesy of a heavy morning fog between the subject and the distant background.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 2800
5504 x 8256px
Post Date: 4/30/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 29, 2019
Join me for the Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour!
 
Acadia National Park is considered the "Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast." Consuming about half of Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine, Acadia National Park has significant photographic appeal in all seasons, but it is especially appealing in my favorite season, fall.
 
No one can predict long in advance when the ideal fall foliage color will occur, but this tour's dates have been within the reported peak foliage color time period for the last many years. Regardless of the foliage, the New England coast does not get better than Mount Desert Island's rocky coast that can provide a different experience even daily, with varying tide schedules and especially with surf conditions that can range from quite calm to very rough.
 
One of my primary goals is to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me to photograph the landscape in this great location. Beginners can start with the basics and all, including the most-advanced photographers, will be positioned in ideal locations to build out their portfolios. Unleash your creativity in this field-intensive tour in a world-class outdoor classroom environment — Acadia National Park.
 
Plan on hanging out in a beautifully scenic location with a small group that shares your passion for photography. Bring your friends, make new friends. Just putting this tour together has made me excited!
 
When and Where: Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019 in Acadia National Park
 
The plan is to meet at the inn on Tuesday evening for a short orientation/meet & greet, preparing for an early AM shoot. We will wrap up after an early morning shoot on Sunday.
 
Get the full details here: Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
Post Date: 4/29/2019 10:37:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Just in Time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations and Summer Vacations, Nikon Will Be Offering Incredible Instant Savings Offers on a Wide Variety of Its Cutting-Edge Imaging Products
 
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is excited to announce the “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event, featuring compelling instant savings offers on imaging products for all levels of storytellers and content creators.* Starting this Sunday, April 28, instant savings offers will be available across Nikon’s leading mirrorless, DSLR and NIKKOR lens lineups for a limited time. This event is the ideal time for consumers to find cameras and lenses that will help them capture their passion projects and share all their unforgettable moments this spring and summer, from graduations and soccer games, to beach vacations and family barbeques. “Available for a limited time only, Nikon’s ‘Capture the Savings’ seasonal sales event is a great way to share the gift of creativity this Mother’s Day or Father’s Day,” says Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “With amazing instant savings offers for every level of photographer, this sales event demonstrates Nikon’s commitment to making it as easy as possible for anyone to upgrade or give the ‘latest and greatest’ imaging technology.”
 
Nikon Z Series
Nikon will be providing several special offers on the innovative Nikon Z Mount System, including up to $600 instant savings on the full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z 7.
 
With its high-resolution Nikon-designed image sensor, the Nikon Z 7 is ideal for advanced shooters who want to capture stunning detail and clarity in their photography, while the versatile and powerfully cinematic Nikon Z 6 is ideal for emerging content creators who need a camera that will capture stills and full-frame 4K Ultra HD video in an incredibly affordable package. Nikon will also be offering additional instant savings offers on the Mount Adapter FTZ when purchased together with a new Nikon Z 6 or Nikon Z 7 camera, allowing users to enjoy their favorite NIKKOR F-Mount lenses with their Z Series camera.
 
Nikon D850
The “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event will also include instant savings offers on the critically acclaimed and award-winning Nikon D850. Nikon will be offering up to $300 instant savings on the powerful D850, which boasts an impressive combination of extreme speed and epic resolution, making it a versatile DSLR camera that is great for capturing everything from weddings and events to fine art and sports. Now is the perfect time for professional photographers and multimedia creators looking to upgrade to a full-frame DSLR that provides high-speed capture, intense clarity, amazing low-light capabilities as well as incredible fidelity and tonality.
 
NIKKOR Lenses, Nikon DSLR and COOLPIX Cameras
Nikon will also be offering a variety of instant savings offers on their easy-to-use entry-level and intermediate level DSLR cameras, making it simple to step up from smartphone photography. For a limited time, Nikon will be offering excellent instant savings offers on its popular Nikon D5600 and Nikon D7500 DSLR cameras, great gifts for budding photographers looking to take their creativity to new heights. Many of Nikon’s DSLR cameras are also available as affordable two-lens kits, giving consumers everything they need to start taking amazing photos whether capturing the ballgame or the family vacation.
 
Nikon will also be offering instant savings offers on a variety of COOLPIX cameras, including the P900. With a powerful 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm equivalent) NIKKOR ED glass lens, the P900 is a great camera for capturing sharp images and videos from extreme distances.
 
For those looking to experience Nikon’s superior optics, the “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event will include limited-time instant savings offers on more than 30 of the brand’s most popular prime and zoom lenses. Customers can step up their photography and take advantage of instant savings offers on coveted NIKKOR lenses, including the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR or the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR.
 
Nikon Instant Rebates: April 28 - June 1, 2019
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Nikon Z 7 Buy$600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon Z 6 Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon D850 Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon D810 Buy$200.00 - $800.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-P DX VR Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$60.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens Buy$650.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E AF-P VR Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens Buy$140.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$40.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro Lens Buy$90.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/29/2019 7:45:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 28, 2019
An easy way to get a unique photo is to find a unique subject. I have seen a lot of different antler abnormalities, but this buck sported a new one.
 
Antlers are very strong, but deer frequently break their tines and even main beams, especially when fighting. However, the broken tine or beam nearly always breaks cleanly, detaching immediately, never to be seen again. Or, often due to injury, antlers grow in abnormal directions. This buck's right antler was broken off under the skin, dangling from the skin keeping it attached.
 
When photographing animals, I like to see separation between the legs and especially like to see one of the front legs stepping forward, showing action. I'll rarely complain about wildlife photography lighting when there is a setting sun behind me with the catchlight in the eye adding life to the animal.
 
What will this buck's next rack look like? I hope to find out this fall. Want to join me to photograph these great animals in Shenandoah National Park?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 320
8006 x 5338px
Post Date: 4/28/2019 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 27, 2019
Welcome to Island Pond, located by Red River Camps in Deboullie Public Reserved Land of T15-R9 in the North Maine Woods. That this location is a nearly 1-hour drive from the grid and paved roads should help set the scene. Along with natural beauty, what you get here is a dark sky and at this time in August, a beautiful view of the Milky Way and the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.
 
Aside from the effort required to get to this location, this was a very easy image to create.
 
  • Mount the camera and lens on a solid tripod
  • Manually focus the lens on a bright star using fully-magnified live view
  • Adjust the composition as desired with the camera leveled for roll
  • Dial in a manual exposure of f/1.8 (use your widest available), ISO 6400 and 30 seconds (a stretch)
  • Set the camera to its high-speed frame rate
  • Plug in a remote release
  • Capture a test image and verify that it looks good
  • Lock the release button down (press down and slide forward)
  • Return later
The camera continuously captures images, hopefully with perfectly-positioned meteors in them. These frames can also be made into a time-lapse.
 
After setting up the first camera, you have plenty of time, so set up a second camera the same as the first, capturing a different composition.
 
On this night I had three camera setups with four of what I consider the best night sky lenses available. One of the cameras was a Nikon model and the only Nikon-mount star-capable lens I had along (not a Nikon model) showed a serious image quality problem, leaving two cameras in operation.
 
I mentioned that the 30-second exposure was a stretch and that is what happens to the stars at this focal length, exposure duration, and imaging sensor pixel density combination. They get stretched.
 
A blur is created when details in an image move across pixels on the imaging sensor, regardless of the reason why that happens. As we all know, due to the earth's rotation, stars are moving across the frame when the camera is in a fixed position. The longer the exposure, the more they are magnified (longer focal length lens) and the higher pixel density the imaging sensor has, the more that star blur will be visible at the pixel level.
 
Note that when final images are viewed and compared, the imaging sensor's pixel density-caused blur becomes equalized. For example, if you are printing at 8" x 12", the pixel density factor no longer matters in regards to the star trail blur created by two different resolution, equal-sensor-sized cameras.
 
Also, note that not all stars move at the same rate relative to the camera position. For example, the North Star (Polaris) does not move at all. If you are primarily including the northern sky in the frame, you might be able to use longer exposures than if your camera was directed west, east or up. There are star blur rules that can be helpful, but photography skills rule. Analyze your results as soon as they are captured and make adjustments as needed.
 
I mentioned having 4 of my favorite star lenses along with me. They are my favorites, but the perfect star lens, at least from a lens in the realm of affordability for most individuals, does not exist. All lenses have at least some issue keeping them from reaching perfection and corner performance is typically their biggest limiting factor.
 
This image was captured with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens. It is a great choice for this purpose.
 
For star photography, ultra-wide angles are helpful for taking in a greater area of the sky and allowing longer exposures before star trails become visible, though ultra-wide angles produce rather small stars. Ultra-wide apertures (that produce sharp enough image quality to be used) create a brighter image in less time or at a lower ISO setting. The Sigma 14mm Art lens has those two features.
 
The worst case: even if the entire night's shoot was a failure, just hanging out under a starry sky would be totally worth the time and effort.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 4/27/2019 8:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 26, 2019
A handful of Rokinon (Samyang) Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
Go make some comparisons!
Post Date: 4/26/2019 9:44:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
 
As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate the many benefits of being well organized. Why is that? Far too often, I have experienced the consequences resulting from not being very well organized or thorough in my planning. And that's an ideal segue into the following story.
 
Our small family was planning on spending the long Easter holiday weekend with some friends and their two kids in Gerton, NC (about 17 miles southeast of Asheville, NC). As I contemplated what photography equipment to bring, my wife advised me that the Honda CRV we would be taking was going to be very full, so I needed to "think carefully" about how much camera equipment I brought along. Typically speaking, I like to bring the kitchen sink, so to speak, when photography is on the agenda. But in this case, there wouldn't be room in the car for the I-maaaaay-use-that type of gear I typically bring along.
 
Knowing that the gear I packed had to be versatile enough to capture indoor/candid portraiture as well as landscapes/waterfalls didn't make the job any easier, especially since I wanted to also bring some off-camera flash gear to take formal portraits of our hosts' kids (as well as my own, possibly) if given the opportunity. So, here's what I packed into a medium-sized photography backpack the night before we set off:
 
I knew I wouldn't be shooting enough to exhaust the two camera batteries stored in the camera's battery grip, so there was no need to bring the LC-E6 battery charger. I considered bringing an LCD Loupe and a rocket blower, but there wasn't enough room in the bag and I thought I could make do without them.
 
In addition to the backpack, I also stowed the following lighting gear in another part of the automobile:
 
At this point, sharp-eyed observers might have noticed a vital omission from the items I packed if I wanted to use the off-camera lighting gear. However, I didn't notice what I had forgotten until we were all eating dinner the first evening of the trip. For some reason, I was going through the gear I had packed in my head when it hit me. I turned to my wife and said in astonishment, "I forgot to bring my radio trigger and the 5D III doesn't feature a pop-up [master] flash. The off-camera flash gear I brought is completely useless."
 
Of course, "completely useless" was a bit of an exaggeration, as I could still use the flash on-camera and bounce it off a neutral colored surface if shooting indoors. But in essence, forgetting the tiny radio trigger meant that I had packed several of the items in vain, a frustrating revelation to say the least.
 
Thankfully, the first floor of the house where we were staying had a large bank of windows that provided ample soft light in the family/dining room and kitchen areas of the house, as evidenced by the picture atop this post and the one below.
 
Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip 2

Next door to our weekend home was an old abandoned house. It was the kind of location that made me miss having the ability to use off-camera flash, but we found a few areas to utilize the light that was available.
 
Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip Abandoned House 1

 
Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip Abandoned House 2

So while my lack of proper planning certainly left some photo opportunities on the table (or at least impove on what could be captured with available light), it certainly wasn't a devastating mistake (this time).
 
However, the mistake did get me thinking about how I could avoid a similar issue in future photography outings. The simplest solution – a checklist system – seemed to be an adequate solution to the problem. Of course, there are many types of photography, with different subjects requiring different types of gear. With that in mind, I've put together a few sample checklists that you may want to use as starting point when packing for your next photo adventure.
 
Always Bring
 
  • DSLR/Mirrorless Camera(s) with at least (1) lens, memory card(s) and a sufficiently charged battery (or batteries)
  • Color calibration target (i.e., ColorChecker Passport)
Portraiture, Natural Light Checklist
 
  • General purpose or prime lens
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Reflector
  • LCD loupe
  • Camera strap
Portraiture, Flash Checklist
 
  • General purpose and/or prime lens(es)
  • Flash(es)
  • Extra flash batteries
  • Proprietary flash trigger (for flash units with built-in receivers)
  • Radio Trigger (or Transceiver)
  • Radio Receiver (or Transceiver) for every flash + backup
  • Triggering cables
  • Hot shoe/cold shoe adapters
  • Extra batteries for trigger/receiver
  • Light Meter
  • Flash gels
  • Light stands
  • Super Clamp and Justin Clamp (for attaching the flash to different surfaces)
  • Umbrella swivels
  • Modifiers - soft box, umbrella, beauty dish, grid
  • Sand bags
  • Neutral Density filters (useful if flashes are not capable of high-speed sync)
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Gaffer tape
Landscape/Cityscape Checklist
 
  • General purpose and wide-angle lenses
  • Tripod with head (ensure the camera has the appropriate plate/means for attaching to the head)
  • Neutral Density filters – variable, 10-stop and/or graduated
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Rain cover (for both the camera and the camera bag)
  • Intervalometer (if not a built-in feature of the camera)
  • LCD loupe
Architecture/Real Estate Checklist
 
  • Camera with high-end exposure bracketing
  • Ultra-wide, wide angle and/or tilt-shift lens
  • Tripod
  • Possibly off-camera lighting gear (see "Portraiture, Flash")
Sports Checklist
 
  • Camera with advanced AF, light flicker detection, fast continuous burst rate and a large buffer
  • General purpose and telephoto/telephoto zoom lens
  • Monopod and/or camera strap
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Rain cover (for both the camera and the camera bag)
  • LCD loupe
Make your checklists now so that they're ready when you need them, and keep your lists updated as you find additional items necessary for your particular endeavors. Doing so will help you avoid forgetting a vital piece of gear and the resulting embarrassment/frustration caused by the slip-up.
Post Date: 4/26/2019 9:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 25, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.
 
Here is the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. G1 Lens image quality comparison. Obviously, the camera resolution is quite different in these results, but if you visualize the chart details in the G1 results being enlarged to the G2's detail size, you will likely determine that these two lenses perform very similarly. That they perform similarly is not a surprise.
 
Here are some more comparisons for your entertainment:
 
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC G2 vs. Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens (different resolution)
 
The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 4/25/2019 9:33:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
While it is always great to photograph a beautiful sunset, better is to find a way to create sunset images that are different from the hordes of others in my archives. A silhouette often makes a good sunset image differentiator, adding a little something to the image, and in this case, a tiki torch hints at the location the image was captured at.
 
Note that sunsets do not always have to be in focus. To mix things up a bit, I decided that I wanted the tiki torch and its flame to be sharp with the background going out of focus. Thus, a wide aperture was selected. The wide aperture had the secondary purpose of enabling a flame-freezing shutter speed.
 
The composition decisions for this image were made primarily for overall balance in the frame. The tiki torch is dark and heavy, so placing it near the center was helpful for balance. I wanted the torch flame in the frame along with the other flame, the sun, along and the color surrounding it was another subject of primary interest. With the latter seeming stronger than the prior, moving the tiki torch slightly to the right seemed to make sense. Keeping the perimeter of the frame clear of lines often helps keep the viewer's eye in the frame.
 
As the flame was changing rapidly, I captured a burst of images and later selected the flame shapes I liked best.
 
The Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens are a perfect walkaround combination. The camera and lens used to capture this image were on loan, but I eventually added this pair to my personal kit.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
88mm  f/4.0  1/400s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 4/25/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Skylum:
 
We’ve been hard at work on Luminar 3 and we’ve got a significant update to share with you. With Luminar 3.1.0 you’ll find several new improvements for both Mac and Windows. The next generation of Accent AI makes enhancing your images easier than ever before. Plus some performance and usability enhancements will make your editing workflow even faster.
 
Accent AI 2.0. Reimagined.
 
The improved Accent AI filter lets you get natural-looking results in less time. New “human-aware” technology recognizes people in your photos and applies adjustments selectively for more realistic images.
 
With Accent AI 2.0, you can make dozens of adjustments (done quickly) with just one slider. Fix tone, detail, exposure, depth, color, and more thanks to behind-the-scenes AI. In less than a second, your photos can look their absolute best. Make Accent AI 2.0 your go-to filter. (Tip: It can even replace the Develop step for most photographers!) For beautiful photos, rely on Accent AI 2.0 as your starting point.
 
Follow your style.
 
Whether you’re working with the Library to organize your images or using the QuickEdit command, it’s now even easier to get the results you want. Take advantage of image-aware filters and professionally designed Luminar Looks to unlock the best image possible. Once you’ve created the perfect style, apply it to all shots in your series with the improved Adjustment Sync. You can now select multiple photos and apply the same adjustments in just one click. Filters and Looks are transferred in just one click, while image-specific changes like cloning and cropping are ignored.
 
RAW shooters can stay organized.
 
If you capture RAW and JPEG at the same time, it’s even easier to stay organized in Luminar 3. When you import RAW and JPEG pairs, you can decide which files to see. View just RAW or just JPEG for a less cluttered library, or see both and use the JPEG file as a reference while you edit. Edits to JPEG and RAW files are independent but can be easily synced. Use the View menu to control which images are shown for a clutter-free library.
 
Better Sorting.
 
Using the Gallery view to get organized or search for that perfect image? Now when you sort using a method like File Type or Color Label, a second organization is also applied. When you sort your images they are sorted by the new category first and then automatically sorted by date.
 
Trust your editing to Luminar.
 
Thanks to our users for reporting different issues. This version of Luminar offers general stability improvements. We’ve made hundreds of under-the-hood performance improvements based on user feedback. Windows users, in particular, will see tons of new features that bring Luminar for Mac and Windows into close alignment. Improved stability and performance along with robust catalog backups help keep your images and edits safe.
 
Luminar Updates for Windows Users
 
The Windows version of Luminar receives several updates with version 3.1.0 We hope you enjoy this new release of Luminar and appreciate your feedback and reports.
 
New features
 
  • IMPORT IMAGES. You can now import images from a memory card or hard drive and copy them to a folder. You can also choose to include subfolders when importing
  • SMUGMUG SHARING. The ability to post images to SmugMug has now been added to Luminar for Windows.
  • SHORTCUTS. Folders and user albums can be added to the Shortcuts list. Just right-click for a context menu or drag & drop them into the list.
  • IMPROVED SELECTIONS. Want to choose a range of photos in the Gallery view? Try the Shift or Ctrl key to select a range or group of images. You can also deselect images from a multiselection by Ctrl+clicking on an image.
  • ROTATE IN GALLERY. Images selected in the gallery can be quickly rotated left or right by 90 °increments with no need to switch to edit view. Just use the Image > Rotate menu or just right-click.
  • PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS SUPPORT. We’ve added Photoshop Elements support to the Windows platform. Just choose the Install Plugins command if you want to load Luminar as a plugin. For future versions of Luminar, plugin users should switch to Luminar Flex.
Performance Improvements
 
Get additional speed and performance from the Luminar update
 
  • IMPROVED HISTORY. Undo a Sync/Copy/Paste adjustments with one step in the History list.
  • HIDDEN FILES. Luminar does a better job of filtering hidden folders and photo. Additionally, unwanted items like Backups, History, Previews, and Caches won’t be shown when opening Luminar Catalogs.
Luminar Updates for Mac Users
 
Several performance improvements, as well as new features, await Mac users. We hope you enjoy this new release of Luminar and appreciate your feedback and reports.
 
  • PROGRESS BAR. Keep better track of what’s happening when working with Luminar. You’ll see a progress bar when using tools like Erase or when running Luminar as a third-party filter.
How to Update
 
Updating your Luminar software is easy. Be sure to also rerun the plugin installer if using Luminar as a plugin for Photoshop or Lightroom Classic.
 
Mac – Please, launch Luminar 3, then in the Top Menu Bar choose Luminar 3> Check for updates.
 
Windows – Please, launch Luminar 3, then in the Top Menu Bar choose Help > Check for updates.
 
We hope you enjoy these improvements. We’re hard at work on more performance updates and features
 
Use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to save $10.00 on a Luminar 3 purchase.
Post Date: 4/25/2019 9:01:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, photographer Lindsay Adler demonstrates three techniques for using V-flats for beauty lighting.
 
Relevant Gear
 
Post Date: 4/25/2019 7:01:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
April 25, 2019, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch of a new zoom lens, the 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Photographers everywhere, especially those who enjoy photographing people, can add wider range to their creative expression with the new Model A043 that extends from 35mm to 150mm and offers a fast F/2.8 aperture at the wide-angle end while maintaining a bright F/4 at the telephoto end. The lens will be available May 23 in Nikon mount and June 20 in Canon mount at approximately $799 at authorized Tamron USA retailers.
 
The zoom range incorporates the 85mm focal length (often regarded as optimum for portrait shooting) and covers everything from full-body shots that include the surrounding environment to head-and-shoulders shots that stand out from a natural defocused "bokeh" background for which Tamron is renowned. The compact Model A043 is designed for fast handling and easy transport, measuring only 4.9 in long and perfectly balanced. On the technical side, three optimally placed LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements and three hybrid aspherical lenses quash various optical aberrations. Autofocus is exceptionally quiet with improved precision and speed thanks to the OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor. Furthermore, the Model A043 incorporates the Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) system, which strikes the perfect balance between AF performance and effective vibration compensation. For close-focusing, the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is 17.7 in across the entire zoom range. Providing greater flexibility when used outdoors, a Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction deliver extra measures of protection. The new 35-150mm portrait zoom is the most useful and most creative lens a portrait photographer can own.
 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
Superb optical performance meets requirements of high-resolution 50+ megapixel DSLRs
Chromatic aberration and other imperfections that can diminish and degrade resolving power are thoroughly controlled by an optical design that combines three high-performance LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements with three hybrid aspherical lens elements aligned in perfect balance. The result provides the high levels of sharpness and contrast that today's high-resolution digital cameras require. Tamron's exclusive formula is optimized for exceptional performance around the mid-zoom 85mm range because that focal length has long been regarded as the preferred choice for portrait shooting. True to its designation as a "portrait zoom," the Model A043 leverages Tamron's optical technologies across the entire zoom range from wide-angle to telephoto to assure the finest experience at any setting. Making full use of the controlled depth-of-field properties only fast-aperture lenses can provide, Tamron employed proprietary simulation technologies to maximize the soft and natural "bokeh" defocused blur it has cultivated over many years. As a result, in-focus areas are rendered sharp and crisp down to the fine details that makes the subject stand out against a gently and beautifully blurred background. This technique is highly prized by portrait photographers and is potent for virtually every other type of photography.
 
Outstanding performance even in strongly backlit situations
Tamron's legendary BBAR (Broad-Brand Anti-Reflection) Coating works in harmony with an optical design that suppresses internal lens reflections to significantly reduce all traces of ghosting and flare. Because portraits are often shot under backlight conditions for impact, Tamron uses these advanced technologies to preserve high image quality even when strong sources of light-including the sun-are in frame.
 
High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers fast and highly responsive autofocus performance plus outstanding vibration compensation
 
  • Silent autofocus driven by OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) DC motor - The OSD DC motor debuted in the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) with favorable response. OSD technology reduces drive noise significantly (compared to previous DC motor-equipped lenses) while boosting autofocusing precision and speed by a wide margin. This eliminates noisy distractions during portrait shooting. Furthermore, the superior AF precision also provides more accurate tracking when locked on moving subjects.
  • Outstanding VC (Vibration Compensation) - Tamron's original VC system is enhanced in the A043 with an independent MPU dedicated to image stabilization without detracting from AF processing functions. Consequently, the VC (Vibration Compensation) achieves 5 stops*, according to CIPA Standards. This is highly beneficial when shooting at the telephoto end where camera movement is magnified. It's also very valuable when shooting at slow shutter speeds in dim lighting conditions.
* CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used. For Nikon: D810 is used.
 
MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 17.7 inches across the entire zoom range
Close focusing, the A043 delivers an MOD of 17.7" at all focal lengths thereby expanding versatility and creative freedom. This allows portrait photographers to get in close to capture expressions and smaller details and allows them to adjust camera-to-subject distance with greater control. Even when shooting indoors where movement is restricted, users can make use of this feature to find the perfect shooting position and angle.
 
Next-generation design is consistent with brand identity and is ergonomically superb
Tamron has applied magnificent craftsmanship to a beautiful, intuitive design to produce a zoom with superior look and feel. From the outer contours of the lens, to the deftly worked Luminous Gold brand ring, the quality of this lens is second to none. Even details like the shape of the switch box and the precision and stability of the metallic mount reveal a commitment to functionality as well as design.
 
Moisture-Resistant Construction
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
 
Fluorine Coating
The surface of the front element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance.
 
Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new Model A043 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer for easy updating of the lens's firmware as well as customization of features including fine adjustments to the focus position of AF and VC control.
 
Covers a broad range of diverse scenarios when combined as a set with the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) ultra-wide angle zoom
For the discerning travel photographer who wants to pack light while maintaining excellent image quality, the new 35-150mm zoom pairs perfectly with Tamron's 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) wide-angle zoom. The two lenses together cover 17mm to 150mm affording creative and versatile capture of landscape, street scenes, architectural details, food, street portraits and more, at a total weight of just 44.1 oz* with fast F/2.8 at the wide ends and F/4 at the tele end of each.
 
* Weight applies to the model with the Nikon mount.
 
B&H has the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/25/2019 6:14:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 24, 2019
For wildlife photography, timing, in a variety of ways, is critical.
 
The time of the year is one timing factor. In Shenandoah National Park, spring brings bright green foliage and these adorable whitetail fawns.
 
Another timing factor is where the animal is at the moment it is photographed. That timing involves determining (guessing) where the animal is going next, determining an ideal photo position in that path, being the right distance away for framing and composition purposes, and being ready when (OK, if) they get there.
 
This time, the timing worked and this image of a fawn against a bed of green was the reward.
 
Often, wildlife looks best when photographed with a camera that is level for both tilt and roll. The tilt part means getting the camera at the animal's level and when the animal is small (and not at a higher elevation than you), that means getting down low. Photographing from a low position is not always the most comfortable, but the effort is usually worth it and the images taken with a downward angle are often deemed not good enough after some level captures are on the card.
 
In this example, the low green foliage permitted a level position, but a compromise is sometimes needed if visual obstructions become an issue.
 
Fawns are constantly moving and a monopod lets me adjust the height very quickly while trying to photograph them.
 
There is still room for you on the "Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photography Tour. All skill levels are welcome!
 
Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 4/24/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Zeiss:
 
The Telephoto Lens.
 
With its new Otus 1.4/100, ZEISS has expanded the tried and tested Otus family to include a new telephoto focal length. The ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is one of the best lenses in its class due to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality.
 
With the same uncompromising performance that makes all Otus lenses stand out, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/100 is a truly exceptional lens. A lens that is a reflection of the comprehensive expertise and extensive experience of ZEISS.
 
Although developed for 35 mm full-frame cameras, the Otus 1.4/100 gives you the quality and look of a medium-format system.
 
Whether in the studio or on location, this lens stands out in every situation thanks to its high resolution and excellent sharpness – even at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.
 
Whether portrait or product photography, the bokeh will impress you. The apochromatic lens design with aspherical lenses and special glass prevents almost all conceivable aberrations. In addition, the high-quality coating keeps the contrast high, even when shooting against the light, and minimizes lens flare.
 
Apochromat
Because this lens is an apochromat, chromatic aberrations (axial chromatic aberations) are corrected with elements of special glass with anomalous partial dispersion. The chromatic aberrations are therefore significantly below the defined limits. Bright-dark transitions in the image, and especially highlights, are reproduced almost completely free of color artifacts.
 
The ultimate in image contrast
Aberrations caused by extreme differences between shadows and highlights are particularly obvious in images captured at night. Thanks to the outstanding correction of lateral chromatic aberration, the floodlit facade is reproduced with absolute perfection.
 
No colour fringing
Sources of light located in front of or behind the plane of focus present particular challenges to every lens. In the case of the ZEISS Otus, longitudinal chromatic aberration is so low that practically no colour fringing occurs.
 
The medium format look
Thanks to its exceptional sharpness, the ZEISS Otus exploits the full potentials of contemporary high-resolution sensors and rewards photographers with images characterised by breathtaking rendition of even the finest details.
 
Aspherical design
The aspherical lens design ensures consistent imaging performance throughout the entire focusing range as well as sharpness to the periphery of the image. The asphere's more complex surface profile can reduce or eliminate spherical aberration and also reduce other optical aberrations compared to a simple lens.
 
Technical Specifications
 
Focal length100 mm
Aperture rangef/1.4 – f/16
Camera mountCanon EF-Mount* (ZE) | Nikon F-Mount* (ZF.2)
Format compatibilityFull Frame
Focusing range1,0 m (39.4") – 8
Free working distance0,83 m (32.7") – 8
Angular field** (diag. | horiz. | vert.)24° / 20° / 14°
Diameter of image field43 mm (1.69")
Coverage at close range (MOD)**206 x 309 mm (8.11 x 12.17")
Image ratio at minimum object distance01:08.6
Lens elements | groups14 / 11
Flange focal distanceZE: 44 mm (1.73") | ZF.2: 47 mm (1.83")
Entrance pupil position (front of image plane)35 mm (1.38")
Filter threadM86 x 1.00
Rotation angle of focusing ring315°
Diameter max.ZE: 101 mm (3.96") | ZF.2: 101 mm (3.96“)
Diameter of focusing ringZE: 90 mm (3.54?) | ZF.2: 90 mm (3.54?)
Length (with lens caps)ZE: 152 mm (6.00") | ZF.2: 150,1 mm (5.91")
Length (without lens caps)ZE: 129 mm (5.07") | ZF.2: 127 mm (4.98")
WeightZE: 1405 g (3.10 lbs) | ZF.2: 1336 g (2.95 lbs)

The lens is expected to be available for preorder at B&H and Adorama.
Post Date: 4/24/2019 6:55:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this Photoshop Magic Minute, Meredith Stotzner uses the Refine Edge Brush to pull in edge details like fur and hair.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/24/2019 6:18:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Unless you are a local, Bowers Beach in Bowers, DE, referred to as sleepy fishing village (population about 335), is probably not on your radar. That this town and beach border the Murderkill River, north of Slaughter Beach, surely does not help spur interest.
 
Exploring with a camera is one of my favorite things to do and late on this day, I ended up on the very peaceful Bowers Beach at low tide. With the Delaware Bay drawn back, the low angle light emphasized the ripples left in the sand. Those ripples consumed my attention for the last hour of direct sunlight.
 
The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens mounted on a Sony a7R III were perfect for walking around the beach. For each image, I selected an aperture that would keep all details in the frame sharp (commonly f/11) and focused roughly 1/3 into the depth of the image. I varied the focal length, the camera height, and the camera's up/down angle while trying out a variety of ripple locations on the beach.
 
When the right set of ripples are found, there seems to be endless compositions available. That of course creates a selection challenge during post processing. For this set, I simply picked one image I liked and archived the rest of the RAW files.
 
Images of patterns are seldom among my most-liked social shares, but ... I love them. They are great for interior decorating and they work very well as backgrounds for various media.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/11.0  1/50s
ISO 100
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 4/23/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.15 to 1.20
 
  • The camera can now connect via Wi-Fi to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
    • The camera would sometimes stop responding during shooting in continuous high-speed (CH) release mode.
    • The camera would sometimes not turn off after the power switch was rotated to “OFF”.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.20
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/23/2019 6:09:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 22, 2019

 
In this video, photographer Vanessa Joy demonstrates her techniques for editing bright and colorful photos.
Post Date: 4/22/2019 8:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 21, 2019
It was an early morning in Crested Butte, Colorado and the sky was dark, heavily overcast and quite uninspiring. Then the clouds rolled away and suddenly there was bright light bringing life to the fall-colored aspens.
 
I was primarily shooting with the Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens this morning. As there was adequate light, shooting this combination handheld permitted rapid and significant location and composition changes as dictated by the rapidly changing light.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
58mm  f/8.0  1/100s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 4/21/2019 6:05:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 19, 2019

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Wedding photographer JB Salle gives tips on off-camera lighting and how to use strobes effectively. He discusses lighting techniques that mimic the sun when there isn’t enough natural light, as well as how to use a reflector to separate the subject from the backdrop. There are a lot of useful nuggets of information in this video, so check it out!
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:07:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 18, 2019
(New York, New York) April 17, 2019 – Rokinon has announced the new AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for for Nikon F mount which is the 10th lens of its autofocus series of lenses for Sony, Canon and Nikon cameras.
 
This ideal portrait-length prime is designed for optimal quality imaging with the most advanced Nikon Full Frame image sensor cameras. It also performs with Nikon APS-C sensor cameras as a high speed 127.5mm equivalent AF telephoto lens.
 
A variety of advanced lens technologies, including a Hybrid Aspherical element, allow for a more compact (< 3 inches long) and lightweight (17oz) design that also minimizes aberrations, controls distortion, and provides excellent resolution. Ultra Multi-Coating is applied to all optical surfaces to suppress flare and ghosting while increasing contrast and color accuracy. Autofocusing is fast, quiet and accomplished by two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM’s) that only have to adjust a single inner lens group to achieve precise focus.
 
Additional notable features of the new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 include Weather Sealing, all metal construction, an ergonomically designed size, shape and grip for enhanced comfort, and a rounded 9 blade aperture that helps to achieve beautiful bokeh.
 
The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Nikon F will be available in early May with a street price of only $799.00. It will include a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.
 
B&H carries Rokinon lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 11:22:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Nikon F mount
 
Benefit of the update (v.1.03)
 
  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.
B&H carries the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 6:33:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 17, 2019
As usual, B&H and Adorama will be closing in observance of the upcoming Passover holiday. If you need something in the near future, get it now to ensure it is delivered on time. Below are the details:
 


B&H Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule


 
B&H will be closed starting at 7pm ET Thu April 18.
We will reopen at 10am Sun April 28.
 
Online Orders
 
Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:
 
  • 7:30pm Fri April 19 until 9pm Sun April 21
  • 7:45pm Thu April 25 until 9:15pm Sat April 27
Shipping
 
Orders placed before 6pm ET Thu April 18 will be processed prior to the holiday closing.
Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Sun April 28.
 
Store Pickup
 
Store Pickup orders placed up to 1 hour before store closing will be available for same-day pickup until store closing.
Store Pickup orders placed within 1 hour of store closing, or while the store is closed, will be available for pickup 30 minutes after the store reopens.
 


Adorama Passover 2019 Holiday Closing Schedule


 
Orders submitted before our holiday closing time (4/19/2019 12:30PM) will be processed on the day submitted - subject to our verification process.
 
Orders submitted to us during the Passover Holiday (Friday, April 19th thru Sunday April 28th) will be shipped Monday April 29th.
 
Thank You for your understanding, and for your business.
 
Store Hours:
 
Friday April 19th – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday April 28th – 9:30am – 5:00pm
Post Date: 4/17/2019 7:04:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The Nikon Prime Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
Once again, I'll share my favorite Nikon lens chart in this post.
 
Go determine which Nikon lens produced your favorite MTF results. Then begin comparing against the other brands.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/16/2019 9:30:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, the MindShift PhotoCross 15 backpack by Think Tank Photo will protect your gear from another punishing trip into the wild. The PhotoCross 15 is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. An extra-large side panel provides quick access to your gear when you’re ready to take the shot — without taking off the backpack.
 
The PhotoCross 15 comes in two colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The backpack fits an ungripped DSLR, three to five lenses, including a 70-200mm f/2.8 attached, and up to a 15” laptop. Constructed with durable, abrasion-proof materials and weatherproof zippers, the PhotoCross 15 is the ideal backpack for your next adventure.
 
“The PhotoCross 15 backpack delivers uncompromising protection and comfort, while offering fast and intuitive gear access,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The incorporation of a waterproof, tarpaulin base and weatherproof zippers and materials demonstrate how Think Tank continues to offer the protection, comfort, and innovation that are customers require.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Weatherproof zippers and materials
  • Durable materials provide abrasion resistance
  • Extra-large side panel gives you complete access to all your gear
  • Tripod or jacket carry with included straps
  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits 15” laptop
  • Waist belt is wide and removable providing comfort and flexibility
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Wide, body forming shoulder straps provide superior comfort
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Back panel with breathable 320G air-mesh keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pockets for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry-handles
  • Fully-customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water-resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK weatherresistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3- ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Internal Dimensions: 10.6” W x 17.3” H x 5.5” D (27 x 44 x 14 cm)
External Dimensions: 13” W x 19.7” H x 7.5” D (33 x 50 x 19 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 10.2” x 15” x 1” (26 x 38 x 2.5 cm)
Maximum Weight (with all accessories): 3.0 lbs. (1.4 kg)
Shoulder Strap Length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
Waist Belt Length: up to 60.6” (154 cm) (includes length of product)
Volume: 20 liters
 
Think Tank Photo has the MindShift Gear PhotoCross 15 Backpack in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.
Post Date: 4/16/2019 8:48:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron has released updated software for use with its TAP-in Console, TAP-in Utility v.1.4.0 (download here).
 
So what's new with this version of TAP-in Utility? Unfortunately, Tamron doesn't think we need to know such trivial information, as no indication has been made on the reference page. However, an interesting thing to note is that the Mac version of the software ballooned from 10 MB for v.1.3.0 to 36 MB for the new version (the Windows application size stayed the same at 1.5 MB).
 
Download: Tamron TAP-in Utility v.1.4.0
Post Date: 4/16/2019 7:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 15, 2019

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
If you love Lightroom Classic CC, have we got a trick for you! Today Aaron shows you how to select and change the color of anything in a photo–all in Lightroom. Learn how to use the Adjustment Brush to make rough selections, a Range Mask to refine them, and the HSL/Color panel to dial in the color you want.
 
Now a fair warning; it’s much easier to change colors in Photoshop. But if your workflow lives in Lightroom Classic, this technique is just another reason to stick with what you love.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 4/15/2019 7:10:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 12, 2019
Think you've seen everything? Think again. In yesterday's post on the LensRentals Blog, LensRentals' Roger Cicala describes the ramifications of finding a fly deep in the inner workings of a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens.
Of course, if there’s going to be a fly in the lens, it’s going to be way deep inside where it’s really hard to get to. I don’t know why flies do that, but I promise you they do. You never see a fly just under the front or rear element. They get into the deepest groups, leaving little fly parts all over, and usually, get smushed by the zoom or focus element.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
Post Date: 4/12/2019 6:49:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 11, 2019
From X-Rite:
 
Now includes 18% gray target and updated software to create custom ICC Camera Profiles for Capture One Pro users; plus, added support for ColorChecker Digital SG target
 
New York, NY – April 4, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies (http://xritephoto.com/) announces ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, an improved solution that helps professional and enthusiast photographers alike to reduce image processing time and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit. Quickly and easily set white balance and exposure, create custom DNG or ICC camera profiles, and instantly enhance portraits and landscapes.
 
X-Rite created the industry-standard ColorChecker Passport 10 years ago which included three photographic targets plus DNG camera calibration software. Passport Photo 2 now combines four photographic targets, featuring a new 18% Gray Balance target, plus upgraded ColorChecker Camera Calibration software that adds ICC camera profile creation, especially useful for Capture One users, or anyone working in an ICC compatible workflow.
 
“Our original ColorChecker Passport quickly became an industry standard for managing color at capture,” says Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated. “Now, with the added functionality of a gray balance target and ICC camera profiling, it’s more powerful than ever. Not only have we broadened our ability to serve Capture One and other ICC workflow users, but every photographer will have all the targets they need in a very portable, protective case.”
 
ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 includes:
 
NEW Camera Calibration Software v2.0
 
Now create a custom DNG or ICC camera profile utilizing an X-Rite ColorChecker Classic or Digital SG target. Camera profiling ensures accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit. The newly supported ColorChecker Digital SG target offers an extended gamut to create a more accurate ICC profile.
 
18% Gray Balance Target
 
NEW Gray Balance Target Often referred to as middle gray, the 18% Gray Balance target is the de facto industry standard reference. Set proper camera exposure or check lighting ratios and light distribution, which is especially important for portrait photography. It can be used with either a reflective hand-held light meter or in-camera meter for determining exposure and can also be used to set neutral balance and remove color casts.
 
White Balance Target
 
Create custom in-camera white balance for a consistent white point across a set of images with no need to correct each individual image later. Setting custom, in-camera white balance allows quick switching between shooting stills and video.
 
Classic Target
 
For more than forty years, the Classic 24-patch target has been the industry standard color reference used for visual color assessment and for creating custom camera profiles.
 
Creative Enhancement Target
 
Neutralize and create a look with single click enhancement patches; check and evaluate shadow details and highlight clipping; control color shifts.
 
Lightroom® Plug-In
 
Create custom DNG camera profiles directly in Adobe® Lightroom® Classic and Lightroom® Classic CC.
 
Portable Protective Case
 
Adjusts to accommodate multiple positions to easily incorporate into any scene. Also includes a new handy lanyard.
 
“Since colors fade with age and light exposure, replacing a target that is several years old ensures complete color accuracy when building camera profiles,” adds Liz Quinlisk.
 
“Now is the perfect time for photographers to upgrade their toolkit with a Passport Photo 2 and take full advantage of the power and versatility that the updated hardware and software deliver together to save valuable time and achieve the ultimate in color accuracy.”
 
X-Rite recommends replacement of color reference targets every 18-24 months.
 
ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is currently available through X-Rite global authorized resellers. ColorChecker Camera Calibration software is available as a free download at xrite.com/getCOLORCHECKER.
 
With more color science experience than anyone in the industry, X-Rite Color Checker Passport Photo 2 was truly created by Color Perfectionists for Color Perfectionists.
 
Color Perfectionists Unite.
 
 
The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo 2 is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
 
The Sony Prime Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
Once again, I'll share my favorite chart in this post and will this time add a comparison in the above link. The Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens is razor sharp.
 
Did I pick the best? Go determine out which Sony lens produced your favorite MTF results.
 
Note that the Zeiss Loxia and Batis prime lens results are coming soon and many additional Lensrentals-sourced test results are promised.
Post Date: 4/11/2019 10:10:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From B&H:
 
What: OPTIC 2019 Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference
 
When: Sunday, June 2nd – Wednesday, June 5th
 
Where: The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001
 
This year’s keynote speaker is recognized as one of the world’s greatest photographers of our time, Frans Lanting. Frans will be joined by a host of Lindblad National Geographic Photographers and contemporary outdoor photographers such as Erika Skogg, Paul North, Lana MacNaughton, Stephen Wilkes, Ron Magill and many others.
 
What to expect at OPTIC 2019:
 
  • Inspirational and Technical Presentations
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Photo Walks
  • Signature Sunset Cruise
  • Hands-On Photography Stations
  • OPTIC Challenge
  • Camera Cleanings
  • Trade Show
All this free of charge making OPTIC the photo event of the spring for the outdoor, travel, and wildlife photography world.
 
Learn more and reserve your seat at OPTIC 2019.
 
Register Now for FREE
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/11/2019 7:16:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens page.
 
This is a good lens.
 
The Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/9/2019 8:25:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 8, 2019
Just Posted: PolarPro Peter McKinnon Edition Variable ND Filter Review.
 
Definitely check out these just-announced, high-grade and highly-useful filters.
 
The PolarPro Variable ND Filter will be in stock soon at Amazon.
Post Date: 4/8/2019 10:03:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 5, 2019
The Sigma Art Prime Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
I'll share my favorite chart in this post. The Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens results will get most of us drooling.
 
Feel free to share which Art lens produced your favorite MTF results.
Post Date: 4/5/2019 8:28:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Benro:
 
Benro BVX consists of two new professional heavy-duty carbon fiber video tripod and head combinations:
 
The BVX16CFK provides 8-steps of counterbalance (steps 1-8) and the BVX25CFK has 16 individual steps of counterbalance allowing you to dial in the right amount of counterbalance required for each setup. Each step is repeatable which helps save time when changing lenses or adding accessories. The pan drag and tilt drag mechanisms each provide 6 individual steps (1-6) of drag adjustment to help fine tune the smooth movements. A sliding top plate with a snap-in style quick release can be shifted forward or backward to help properly balance your camera rig.
“After years of our customers requesting a video tripod that could support heavier payloads for things like teleprompters or beefy camera rigs with long lenses, Benro has delivered just that. We’re super pleased with the way the product turned out and so are the pros that have been testing it for months on the road.”
 
- Brian Hynes, Brand Manager
The carbon fiber tripod is a 2 stage, 3 section tandem style which incorporates a 100mm bowl. The leg locks are oversized levers that can be operated while wearing gloves. The lower stage leg lock lever has an additional lip, which can be opened and closed with your foot. This allows you to hold onto your camera rig while adjusting the height of the tripod. Each tripod includes a floor spreader, a telescoping pan arm and a padded carrying case.
 
BVX16CFK Features & Benefits:
 
  • 8-step counterbalance - Dial in the right amount of counterbalance required for each setup. Each step is repeatable which helps save time when changing lenses or adding accessories.
  • Supports Heavy Payloads - The BVX16H video head supports up to 35 lb (16 kg) and the 100mm bowl tripod has a maximum load capacity of 132 lb (60 kg).
  • Sliding Top Plate - The sliding top plate with a snap-in style quick release can be shifted forward or backward to help properly balance your camera rig.
  • Carbon Fiber Legs - The carbon fiber tripod is a 2 stage, 3 section tandem style which incorporates a 100mm bowl.
  • Carry Case & Floor Spreader Included – A floor spreader, a telescoping pan arm and a padded carrying case are included in the box.
BVX25CFK Features & Benefits:
 
  • 16-step counterbalance - Dial in the right amount of counterbalance required for each setup. Each step is repeatable which helps save time when changing lenses or adding accessories.
  • Supports Heavy Payloads - The BVX25H video head supports up to 55 lb (25 kg) and the 100mm bowl tripod has a maximum load capacity of 132 lb (60 kg).
  • Sliding Top Plate - The sliding top plate with a snap-in style quick release can be shifted forward or backward to help properly balance your camera rig.
  • Carbon Fiber Legs - The carbon fiber tripod is a 2 stage, 3 section tandem style which incorporates a 100mm bowl.
  • Carry Case & Floor Spreader Included – A floor spreader, a telescoping pan arm and a padded carrying case are included in the box.
B&H carries the Benro BVX tripods.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 4/5/2019 6:20:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 4, 2019
B&H has the Rode Wireless GO Compact Wireless Microphone System available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
This looks to be a very interesting and welcomed addition to the [usually costly] wireless microphone market space.
 

Product Highlights
 
  • For Mobile Journalist, Videographer
  • Built-In Omni Mic & 3.5mm Mic Input
  • Miniature Clip-On Transmitter
  • Miniature Clip-On Receiver
  • Easy Setup with No Menus
  • Three Adjustable Gain Settings
  • 7-Hr Rechargeable Batteries + USB Power
  • Bright, Informative LCD Screen
  • Battery Status & Audio Level on Display
  • Up to 8 Mics on Set / 230' Range
Categories: Preorders, Rode News
Post Date: 4/4/2019 6:27:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 3, 2019
by Sean Setters
 
My wife, Alexis, rarely asks me to take a photo for her. She is generally satisfied with documenting everyday life with her smartphone, so when she asks me to photograph a particular subject, I usually take notice and fulfill the request as soon as possible. But I admit to dragging my feet a bit when my wife noticed one of her aloe plants blooming and said, "You should take a picture of that."
 
Personally speaking, I didn't find the aloe plant's bloom to be very intriguing, which is probably why I didn't immediately rush to photograph it. It doesn't feature colorful petals or otherwise interesting elements that typically make blooms ideal photographic subjects. To my eye, the aloe bloom's shape reminds me of a tall, thin pine tree, a not-very-compelling subject, especially considering the background context provided by my back yard (again, not very photogenic). However, when my wife sent me a reminder the following morning, "You should take a pic of that aloe bloom!," her use of an exclamation point was a clear sign that she was very serious about the suggestion. So, I dropped what I was doing to satisfy her request.
 
To photograph the bloom, I moved the aloe plant's pot from the back porch to a spot in the yard where sunlight would be hitting the bloom but not the background, allowing me to use the difference in luminosity to make the subject stand out. With the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro mounted to my Canon EOS 5D Mark III, I also used a wide f/2.8 aperture and a distant background to further accentuate the subject/background separation. Other than moving the plant (which was actually quite cumbersome and somewhat heavy), the image was relatively simple to capture. I proudly sent her the result of my efforts, having precisely fulfilled her request.
 
Aloe Plant Bloom Sean Setters March 2019

Her reaction, "Where's the rest of the plant?," left me a bit perplexed.
 
First, she hadn't asked for a photo of the plant with the bloom. She had twice asked for a picture of the bloom. Plus, from my perspective, the plant doesn't change very much day-to-day. If she wants to see the plant, she can just open back door and walk the 10 paces to its home on the porch. The bloom was what made the plant different from its typical appearance, that is what she asked me to photograph and that is indeed what I documented.
 
But that's not what she – in this case, the client – wanted. And if I had been more inquisitive from the get-go, I would have had more context and could have discerned exactly what she desired in the image. As it turns out, this particular aloe plant used to be her grandmother's who passed away a couple of years ago. And in all the years her grandmother owned the plant, the family had never known it to bloom. So while the bloom was indeed special, the plant itself garnered feelings of great sentiment, giving the bloom much more important context.
 
After realizing exactly what my wife wanted, I dragged the plant into my studio for a formal portrait session involving three studio lights, two shoe-mount flashes and my favorite mottled gray collapsible background. So why not photograph the plant outside? Because the increased camera-to-subject distance would require an increased subject-to-background distance to achieve a similar background blur, and the background distance, in this case, wasn't variable. I was already using nearly the full width of my backyard when I photographed the isolated bloom; photographing the whole plant would have left the backyard – including my neighbor's house and fence – too recognizable.
 
The resulting studio image can be seen below.
 
Aloe Plant with Bloom Sean Setters March 2019

She was much happier with my second attempt at capturing "the bloom."
 
Of course, the initial failure to capture what my wife really wanted did not have devastating consequences as I was able to rectify the situation with another (more complex) photo shoot the following day. However, the lesson learned from this ordeal is quite clear, and it will surely pay more tangible dividends down the line. Don't take seemingly simple requests at face value; always dig deeper to ascertain the precise needs of your client, potentially avoiding the wasted time, effort, frustration – and dissatisfaction – resulting from not fulfilling those needs the first time around.
Post Date: 4/3/2019 7:30:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Photographer Tim Grey gives us some HDR photography tips & tricks and discusses how to use Adobe Lightroom to combine multiple images into a single, more detailed high-dynamic-range photo. Tim also demonstrates the use of Auto Align and de-ghost features to best process your HDR images in post.
Want to create an HDR panoramic image? If so, Adobe released a Lightroom CC update a few months ago that made the process significantly easier.
 

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions. Another great option for HDR photo editing is Skylum's Aurora HDR 2019.
Post Date: 4/3/2019 6:55:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Roger Cicala over at Lensrentals has spent years perfecting his lens MTF testing procedures and has begun sharing the results of his work with us. The-Digital-Picture.com's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool has been refreshed with the latest results, currently including Canon and Zeiss prime lenses with many more results coming soon.
 
Note that only wide-open aperture results will be shared. Zoom lenses will have results for multiple focal lengths.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 4/2/2019 8:02:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 29, 2019

 
The Profoto Connect trigger's press release hit our email inbox early yesterday, but after looking into the product, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. Being keenly interested in lighting and lighting gear, a button-free trigger that required your smartphone to manually adjust your flash's power levels seemed a bit ridiculous. Profoto is an industry standard for a reason. They have a knack for developing highly reliable, extremely useful lighting solutions. But I can't help but think this product misses its mark.
 
Who wants to be constantly pulling out their phone during a photo shoot? I know I don't. So whom exactly is this product for? The video above provides some clues.
 
Profoto believes that those who have so far been intimidated by off-camera lighting may appreciate a simple, no-fuss sort of trigger. But would somone who is tepid about trying off-camera lighting lay down nearly $1,000.00 for a Profoto A1 and then another $300.00 for the Connect trigger? And from a practical standpoint, if you're going to handhold your flash like the photographer in the video, why not simply use your camera brand's flash and an inexpensive TTL Flash Cord to trigger it?
 
I think this product could have been so much better. Imagine if it had featured a touch sensitive scroll wheel around the top of the device with a small display in the middle. With something like that, a user could easily change power levels of individual flashes (maybe a double finger tap would allow you to cycle among them?) using the display as a reference, all while maintaining the hook of a "button free" trigger. But then, the Connect would basically be a redesigned Air Remote, so Profoto would have to limit its functionality in some way for differentiation (shorter range, fewer channels, etc.).
 
If you're seriously considering investing in a Profoto lighting kit, including the excellent B1X and B2 (or even the A1) flashes, I highly suggest you spring for the slightly more expensive Profoto Air Remote instead. [Sean]
 
Profoto Connect Highlights
 
  • Smartphone control: Yes, via Bluetooth through
  • Profoto app
  • Profoto AirTTL: Yes
  • Operation modes: Auto/Manual
  • Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
  • No. of frequency channels: 8
  • Range: Up to 300m (1000 ft) (free line of sight in open space)
  • Typical battery lifetime: >30 hours
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 3/29/2019 7:48:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 25, 2019

 
In this video, Aaron Nace of Phlearn demonstrates how to create custom keyboard shotcuts in Photoshop. For what it's worth, I set up a keyboard shortcut long ago for "Trim" (ALT+F1, Windows) because I use that Photoshop tool daily while working with the site. [Sean]
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/25/2019 7:04:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 22, 2019

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Portrait photographer Peter Hurley gives 5 quick tips on taking better headshots. Peter talks about the importance of keeping things simple and making sure your subjects look confident and approachable in their photos. Check out the video for more great advice!
 
Additional Resources
 
Post Date: 3/22/2019 6:05:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 21, 2019
 Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The rut is the perfect time to get great bull elk poses. This bull was without a harem but staying close to a larger bull that has one. These satellite bulls are constantly watching for their opportunities to move in.
 
What is the best technique for composing an image of an entire animal? While this answer can quickly become complicated and is situationally dependent, a simple strategy that often works is to center the entire animal in the frame and open up to the side it is looking toward. In this example, the elk is looking almost straight at me, but with its head angled slightly toward the right of the frame, adding weight to that side, I positioned the elk slightly to the left of center to create an overall balance.
 
Picture yourself here! As recently shared, I have added a second week for the Rocky Mountain National Park workshop. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
  • 2 openings: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21
  • Possibly 1 opening: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28
  • Wait List or Sign Up for next year
Contact me to sign up!
 
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
 
"Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019
 
"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/20/2019 7:56:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Newsday has reported that 60 employees – formerly of Canon USA's Melville, NY location and primarily in the camera division – have been laid off.
 
The site goes on to say:
Canon employed 1,569 people in Melville in 2017, according to the most recent state records. It must report its local employment annually to the state and to Suffolk County, both of which aided in the construction of Canon’s $500 million headquarters near Exit 49 of the Long Island Expressway.
 
The company moved from Lake Success to Melville in 2013 after a 25-year search for a new home. It has exceeded the employment promises made to the state and Suffolk so far. State records show Canon's employment cannot fall below 1,360 people or it would have to pay back some of the grant money and tax-break aid it has received.
Read the entire article at Newsday.
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/20/2019 5:58:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 19, 2019

 
LEE Filters has introduced its new LEE100 Filter Holder system and it looks very interesting (check out the video for more details).
 
B&H has the LEE Filters LEE100 Filter Holder available for special order.
Post Date: 3/19/2019 11:00:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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