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 Saturday, May 9, 2020

Bryce Canyon National Park is awesome and Bryce Point is a great location to photograph this canyon from. This vantage point has a complete view of the Bryce Canyon amphitheater with good lighting both early and late in the day. This image was captured just before sunset with the warm late day light reflecting into the scene from the back-lit pinnacles.

Sometimes we don't get it right when we first process an image. Usually, the older the image is, the less likely we got the processing right. As our skills increase, our older work does not seem as good as it once did, and that was the case with this image.

Significant underexposure was the issue I grew to dislike the most. Truth is, I'm not really sure what I was thinking when first processing this image, but I later prefered a much brighter brighter exposure (while still managing the highlights).

Check out our full list of Stuck at Home Ideas for Photographers.

Camera and Lens Settings
105mm  f/10.0  1/40s
ISO 100
5616 x 3744px
Post Date: 5/9/2020 8:59:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 8, 2020

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

A love letter to our city and to all those creatives out there hustling, dreaming and creating.

On the notes of George Gershwin's immortal "Rhapsody in Blue," New York City wakes up and begins the daily cycle of life, dreams, and their inevitable intersections. We follow three creatives as they hustle and fight against and within the rhythm of the city to chase their artistic visions.

Most say about New York: “You love it or you hate it!” It’s a city of contrast — of black and white — but many often miss its countless shades of gray.

Behind the Scenes Look at NEW YORK RHAPSODY

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adorama News
Post Date: 5/8/2020 5:35:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 7, 2020

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this episode of #PHOMO, Adobe Evangelist Paul Trani shares a little known step-and-repeat trick to save you time when duplicating graphics in Photoshop.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 5/7/2020 5:32:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 6, 2020

From Flashpoint:

Lightweight, Portable Flash Now Available Exclusively at Adorama

NEW YORK (May 5, 2020) – Flashpoint announces the XPLOR 300 Pro TTL R2 Battery-Powered Monolight, a portable, versatile light built for on-the-go photography. The Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro is a powerful yet compact 300W strobe light, built on the renowned R2 series of wireless flashes. The lightweight flash has a speedy, one-second recycle time, with a 328-feet R2 signal reception range and the capability to work seamlessly across all major camera systems. “We’re so excited to debut the next generation Flashpoint monolight that is the ultimate combination of power and size for on-the-go photography,” said Solomon Leifer, Brand Manager at Flashpoint. “The XPLOR 300 allows photographers to capture high-quality images using any camera system, while its easy-to-use modifier mount allows for unlimited lighting creativity.” Features of the Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro monolight include:

  • Compact and Portable: With a lightweight, three-pound body and measuring in at 7.5” x 3.8” x 3.4”, the Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro is perfect for wedding, event, commercial, and environmental portrait photographers, as well as run-and-gun photojournalists and adventure travelers.
  • Seamless Syncing Across Camera Systems: Sync cameras across any of the major brands (Canon, Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympic, and Pentax) to guarantee accuracy and consistency across images, even if one photographer’s on Sony while the other shoots on Canon. The XPLOR 300 automatically senses the camera system, and responds accordingly to guarantee a seamless, cohesive, and high-quality final product.
  • High Performance, Large-Capacity Battery: A 2600mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery delivers up to 320 full power flashes, and re-charges in less than 2.5 hours. Easily swap out a new battery on the rear port in seconds to keep shooting without delay.
  • Bowens S-Mount compatibility: The XPLOR 300 Pro is designed with compatibility in mind. Attach the Glow S2 Round flash bracket or the AD-AB Adapter ring and enjoy the world of the popular Bowens S-Type modifier mount, with limitless light shaping tools from softboxes to focusing spot lenses.
  • Bi-Color LED Modelling Light: Intense Bi-Color LED guided modeling offers unlimited flexibility, combined with the dimmable Bi-Color LED modeling lamp to aid pre-visualization. Its 12W continuous light is also great for creating short form video.
  • Optional Modifiers: Easily attach any XPLOR 300 or 400 Pro direct mount modifiers to achieve more light effects, such as a softbox, snoot, or barndoor.

Additional features include:

  • Flashpoint R2 2.4GHz Radio System
  • Manual flash over 9 stops
  • TTL/M/Multi flash modes
  • 32 channels to isolate and protect the signal
  • High speed sync up to 1/8000 second
  • Last shot auto memory function
  • Second curtain sync
  • Professional balanced color temperature at 5600K – 200K
  • Bi-color LED modeling light (3000K – 6000K)
  • Quiet fan cooled mechanism
  • Large dot matrix LCD display

Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Giveaway

Now through May 17, Adorama has teamed up with Art of Visuals to give away ten Flashpoint lighting systems to photographers. To enter, follow @adorama, like the contest post, tag three friends in the comment section, and post a photo to your personal Instagram created using any form of artificial lighting and use the hashtags #aovLitUp #CreateNoMatterWhat.

Pricing and Availability

The Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro moonlight is available now for $499 at, and comes with a reflector and cap, flashtube, AD-E2 bracket, and lithium battery charger and cord, all in a convenient carrying case. A Softbox Kit, Travel Kit, and Location Kit are also available with added accessories at a discounted price.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Flashpoint News
Post Date: 5/6/2020 5:28:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 4, 2020

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

Jake shares more premiere pro tips, showing you how to edit videos faster with keyboard shortcuts, how to use auto reframe, and more!

More video editing tutorials

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 5/4/2020 5:37:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 1, 2020

From Tamron:

18-400mm All-In-One Zoom and Two of Tamron's Fast Zooms for Sony Mirrorless Cameras Each Carry Mother's Day Instant Savings for 10 Days Only

May 1, 2020, Commack, NY --Tamron USA, Inc. announced Instant Savings for Mother's Day on three of the company's best-selling zoom lenses. The world's only 22.2X All-In-One Zoom, 18-400mm, for crop-sensor Canon and Nikon DSLRs as well as crop-sensor mirrorless cameras with the manufacturer adapter has a $100 Instant Savings. And Tamron's fast wide-angle and standard zooms for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras-the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD and 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD-each have a $50 Instant Savings. The Tamron Mother's Day Instant Savings runs for 10 days only starting May 1st through May 10th and is available at time of purchase at any authorized Tamron USA retailer only.

Instant Savings Details

The Mother's Day Instant Savings is effective 5/1 through 5/10. Purchasers save up to $100 on the following:

Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD$100
Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD$50
Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD$50

Instant Savings on More Tamron Lenses

Tamron's Spring Instant Savings is effective through 5/31 and purchasers save up to $200 on the following Tamron lenses:

Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2$100
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2$100
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2$100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2$200
Tamron 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD$200
Tamron 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 $50
Tamron 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 $50
Tamron 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 $50
Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD$200
Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD$200
Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC $50
Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di 1:2 Macro $20

Lens Hood, Six-Year Warranty & 3-Business Day Repair Turnaround Included Tamron USA takes confidence in and satisfaction of a user's lens purchase seriously. All Tamron lenses purchased from an authorized retailer include a lens hood that is an integral part of the lens design. Tamron lenses sold in the USA through authorized channels also include Tamron's 6-Year Limited Warranty. Lenses not purchased from an authorized retailer (grey market) will not be serviced in the USA, even for a fee, and are not entitled to Instant Savings. In case service is ever needed, Tamron USA provides 3-Business Day Turnaround for all owners, guaranteed, at no extra charge.

Register Your Tamron Lenses Towards 2021 VIP Status and Reap the Rewards

Tamron USA's new VIP Club rewards users who have registered their eligible Tamron lenses through our online warranty registration system since May 2011. There are three VIP Club levels: Silver for those having registered three to four purchased lenses; Gold for those having registered five purchased lenses; and Platinum for those having registered six or more purchased lenses. Club membership will be evaluated each year to include new members who qualify and to increase the status level of current members if applicable. Get complete rules and program details at

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron Rebates
Post Date: 5/1/2020 5:34:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 29, 2020

by Sean Setters

Over the past several months I've been bolstering my video-specific kit, and those acquisitions have made a big impact on the overall quality of the home movies I'm able to produce. And each time I create one of these movies, I'm immediately reminded of the home movies my parents shot with their VHS (and then MiniDV) camcorder – shaky, with terrible sound quality, and completely unedited – the catalyst for my desire to produce videos my family will actually enjoy watching a decade (or two) from now. That's my hope, at least.

To be perfectly frank, I'm not sure if our current situation will become the "new normal" in the years ahead or if this is a once-in-a-generation type of event. Regardless, now seemed like a great time to shoot another "Day in the Life of Olivia Jane" video (previously produced version here) to document our family's life while in social isolation. To record the video embedded above, here's the gear I used:

To film video, a camera is of course required. Not long after my daughter was born, I added a Canon EOS R to my kit to gain the advantages of eye-detect AF, and it has proven to be a great investment from both a stills and video perspective. All of the gimbal shots were filmed with the EOS R + EF 40mm f/2.8 STM with the Deity V-Mic D3 Pro Microphone + windscreen in the hot shoe. Of course, the windscreen wasn't necessary indoors, but I opted to balance the setup with the windscreen on and leave it there so I wouldn't have to rebalance the gimbal when adding it for any outdoor shooting.

The tripod-based shots were captured with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and EF 300mm f/4L IS USM + 1.4x II Extender (outdoors) or EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM (indoors). Speaking of the tripod, the Benro A373T Tripod and Manfrotto 502AH Video Head proved to be an excellent choice for this video and my overall filming needs in general. Note that I attached the SMALLRIG DBC2506 Quick Release Clamp so that I could quickly affix my camera to the tripod when desired, and an extra clamp with a plate attached to the bottom of it (which in turn is clamped into the SMALLRIG clamp) provides the ability to use a tripod foot plate that's turned 90-degrees from the camera's while also allowing for enough vertical camera clearance to properly balance the rig using the fluid head's mounting plate. This setup was particularly handy when switching between the EF 300mm f/4L IS USM and 1.4x II Extender combo and shorter lenses.

In terms of audio capture, I previously mentioned that I used the Deity V-Mic D3 Pro on the EOS R. In addition to that (and the cameras' built-in microphones), I also used two Tascam DR-10L Portable Audio Recorders – paired with tiny Polsen PL-5 microphones that were hidden on my wife and myself – to capture audio while using the telephoto lens + extender or when I wanted to include myself in the scene (we started using the Tascam recorders just after the planting scene). Also listed in the gear list above is the Zoom H2n, which I used to record an outdoor track (with birds singing) which I used as ambient sound for the scene where my wife and child are walking down the sidewalk (the lav mic didn't seem provide enough ambient context). For editing the video, I used Adobe Premiere Pro.

So that's my current setup for recording home movies. Are there any other pieces of gear you find vital for such projects? Strongly prefer a different video accessory than what I'm using? Let us know in the comments.

Post Date: 4/29/2020 6:02:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Learn more about the DJI Mavic Air 2 at at B&H.

B&H is taking DJI Mavic Air 2 preorders.

Check out all of the drone options at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/28/2020 7:31:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 27, 2020

From Nikon:

Nikon D850

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.11

  • Fixed an issue that disabled firmware updates for certain lenses and accessories.

Download: Nikon D850 Firmware v.1.11

Nikon D780

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented use of certain SD memory cards.

Download: Nikon D780 Firmware v.1.01

Post Date: 4/27/2020 5:46:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 24, 2020

If you're looking for a simple stay at home photo project then Gavin Hoey has the perfect technique for you to try. All you need is a glass or two of filled with water and some of Gavin's custom made backgrounds.

Download Gavins Backgrounds here.

The technique uses a little bit of simple science. When a curved glass is filled with water it becomes a basic lens and will reverse anything seen through it. Which means if you place it in front of an object, the image seen through the water will the backwards to the real world. When that object is a bold, graphic background you have the potential for some amazing photos.

Post Date: 4/24/2020 5:06:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has the Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid available for $39.00 with free shipping. Regularly $69.00.

Product Highlights

  • Test Your Camera's Autofocus

Post Date: 4/24/2020 4:49:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 23, 2020

by Sean Setters

In this video, Keith Alexander gives us a quick overview of Audacity, a free audio editing program that's amazingly capable. I've been using Audacity for several years and it's been my go-to choice for quick audio editing (I used it yesteray, in fact).

Speaking of audio, I've recently pieced together a studio audio recording kit that's been working very well for voice-over/narration work. Here are the components:

If you don't need the vesatility of the Senal SCM-660's multi-pattern [selectable] pickup, you can save a little money by getting the Senal SCM-600 instead.

So far, using the gear above (and Audacity) I've recorded several audio books or my 19 month-old daughter and an IVR (Interactive Voice Response) phone tree for a local company and all have been very pleased by the sound quality produced (although my daughter probably isn't the most discerning listener).

Post Date: 4/23/2020 5:50:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 21, 2020

From Lensbaby:

Portland, OR -- Lensbaby – makers of award-winning DSLR & mirrorless lenses, optics and accessories announces today the availability of its newest lens, the Velvet 28, a 28mm, f/2.5 all-metal, hand-crafted art lens that, at its brightest apertures, captures tack-sharp detail beneath a layer of radiant glow. Velvet 28 also features exceptional 1:2 macro capabilities. Built with landscape, adventure, travel, street photographers & videographers in mind, the Velvet 28 offers Lensbaby’s popular variable glow effect at a wide 28mm focal length, with a design that makes flat light interesting and harsh light more pleasing. “With this solid, beautifully crafted lens, every hour is magic hour. There’s no need to take the day off from shooting between dawn and dusk,” says Craig Strong, Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder. “The amount of effect in your image is up to you. Add as much or as little variable glow as you like by changing your aperture. The Velvet 28 offers more effect at brighter apertures - then stop down for corner-to-corner sharpness.”

Lensbaby’s Velvet effect lenses add an ethereal mood to scenes. This unique, in-camera creative effect elevates imagery with depth, dimension and soulful expression. The Velvet 28’s close-focus capabilities, combined with effects varying from impressionistic to just a touch of velvety smoothness, provides a set of visual tools that will help creative shooters expand their vision of the world. Velvet 28’s 1:2 macro capability makes it an ideal in-camera effects lens for photographers & videographers who like to shoot wide, while also offering the versatility to capture closer details. The lens allows image makers to move seamlessly from shooting street scenes or capturing landscape, adventure & travel images to capturing details such as a subject’s clothing or wildflower blooms and butterflies in an alpine meadow.

The Velvet 28 comes in standard lens mounts, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Canon RF, Nikon Z, Sony E, Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds. It will be available for order on April 21, 2020 for $549.95.

Velvet 28 Product Specifications

  • Focal Length: 28mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 - 22 with bonus 1/3 stop of light (indicated by + on aperture dial) beyond 2.5
  • 12 aperture blades
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2 inches
  • Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
  • 67mm filter threads
  • Focus type: Manual
  • DSLR version Size/ Weight: 1.04 lb (471.74g)
  • MIL version Size/Weight: 1.31 lb (594.2g)
  • 8 multi-coated glass elements, in 7 groups

B&H carries the Lensbaby Velvet 28.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 4/21/2020 5:32:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon USA:

Superb Combination of Focal Range, Compact Size and Light Weight Makes it Ideal for a Range of Broadcast and Cinema Productions

MELVILLE, NY, April 20, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions today announced the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S), a new CINE-SERVO cinema lens designed for use with 4K cameras. The new lens, which is available in both EF and PL mount, features 10x optical zoom, a built-in 1.5x extender and a powerful and removable servo motor drive unit, providing broadcast-friendly shoulder operation for ENG/EFP and documentary style shooters. The lightweight design of the lens (6.7 lbs.) is remarkable given the zoom range and feature set, especially when compared with other lenses of similar focal lengths. This outstanding model, as well as the Sumire Prime Lenses announced in 2019, have further strengthened Canon’s robust lineup of Cinema Lenses.

“As the lines between broadcast, cinematic and commercial productions continue to blur, it becomes more important to have a seamless product line that can provide solutions across a broad scope of applications,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president of the Canon U.S.A., Inc. Imaging Technologies and Communications Group. “The CINE-SERVO lens family combines outstanding performance and an unmatched focal range from 17mm up to 1500mm in the three-lens family. The new CINE-SERVO 25-250mm lens adds a great deal of versatility to the lineup, and will soon be a favorite of productions large and small.”

Similar to the existing award-winning 17-120mm and 50-1000mm lenses, the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm offers outstanding 4K optical performance thanks to its ultra-low dispersion glass and a large-diameter aspherical lens. Combined with Canon’s unique optical design technology, these components work to help correct color fringing and limit chromatic aberration during operation. The lens features Canon’s renowned warm color science and an 11-blade aperture that produces a beautiful, smooth bokeh.

The new lens is ideal for cameras with a Super 35mm sensor. While the 10x zoom covers a focal range of 25-250mm, the built-in extender stretches that range to an impressive 375mm with an added benefit of allowing for full-frame sensor coverage with only a stop of difference in light loss.

The servo drive unit included with the 25-250mm lens can be easily removed to allow for manual operation, and the gear pitch is compatible with standard cinema controls of zoom and focus. The EF mount version of the lens allows for the utilization of Canon’s proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides users with smooth AF operation and high-speed tracking performance, and the PL mount version supports Cooke/i Technology. In addition, like the 17-120mm, the 25-250mm lens also features a macro function to enable close-up shooting.

Pricing and Availability

The Canon CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S) is scheduled to be available later in 2020 for an estimated retail price of $29,999.00.

B&H has the Canon CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S) available for preorder.

Post Date: 4/21/2020 5:25:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 20, 2020

Just posted: Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens Review.

This is a very popular lens and a great value.

The Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/20/2020 7:59:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 17, 2020

From Canon Europe:

Canon Ambassador Ulla Lohmann would normally be out in the world. Now, spending time at home, she explains how to create the same sense of adventure and narrative, shooting the people and places nearest to you. She says: "Since I left school, I never spent this time at home." Get an insight into how she is using her time at home to tell her own story, and how you can tell stories that are close to your heart. Are you ready to share yours? We'd love to see it. #CanonConnected

Post Date: 4/17/2020 5:26:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 16, 2020

This old buck has its eyes on the doe it is pursuing.

I like some animal leg positions better than others. In this case, the lifted-high front leg and corresponding raised back leg show that the deer is in motion. When I have the mental wherewithal to time image captures with the ideal leg positions, I do. When I don't, that is what a fast frame rate is for.

While the beautiful early morning sunlight gives the image a warm look, the frost-covered whiskers indicate the true scenario. This was a very cold day. While I was functionally challenged by the heavy gloves (and my breath freezing on the camera), the Sony a7R IV worked flawlessly in these low temperatures.

It only takes a short amount of time with a great subject in a great scenario to generate a large selection of good images. Selecting a single image to share from such a situation becomes the next challenge. I opted to share two images (for now) of this buck, the other illustrating the lip curl behavior.

Post Date: 4/16/2020 9:45:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTub Channel:

Sometimes it’s the little things that can be the most rewarding to photograph and in this video Gavin Hoey shows you how to capture the hidden beauty contained within a tiny drop of water. Using nothing more than the gear he would normally use to light portraits and a few everyday items from around the house and garden, Gavin shows you how to set up and use a miniature splash studio.

Once you’ve watched the video, grab your towel and tripod and have a go yourself. You don’t need the exact same kit to achieve similar images and making use of what you have around you is actually a great way to create images that are similar but also unique to you. Don’t forget to share your best shots and remember to use the tags #createnomatterwhat #adorama

Want to create dramatic results more consistently? The Miops Splash Kit makes it easy to capture splash patterns with up to 4 drops released at precisely the intervals you specify.

Post Date: 4/16/2020 5:05:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Watch as Adobe Evangelist Julieanne Kost demonstrates the ever-so-useful clipping mask feature in Photoshop.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 4/16/2020 4:48:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 13, 2020

A colorful image requires a colorful subject. Where do you find a colorful subject? Look no further than your local candy store (or candy aisle in the supermarket). As a generalization, candy not sold in individual wrappers is brightly colored – eye candy inviting consumption. Another benefit to this subject is that it is usually not expensive – and that you get to eat it after you are done photographing it is a benefit that cannot be overlooked.
To arrange the candy, I simply dumped it into a large dish and pressed the top level. Finding the right composition of the randomness was a bit more challenging. Most options worked, but in general, I liked when the candy not fully contained in the frame was mostly out of the frame. The color of the eggs could have been arranged, but I went with the default as-they-landed pattern.
Lighting this subject was easy. Rogue FlashBender Softboxes were mounted on a pair Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes that were sitting on the floor on opposite sides of the dish. The flashes were supported by their shoe stands and their heads were directed straight up. A hot shoe-mounted Canon ST-E3-RT triggered the flashes. The result of this setup was an even, soft light across the entire dish. I was able to move closer or farther away and could photograph at various angles with no change to the lighting.

I originally shared this image many years ago, but with the just-passed Easter holiday potentially providing this subject and with the candy isle likely full of discounted options, I am re-sharing to illustrate one of our Stuck at Home Ideas for Photographers. No special equipment such as a macro lens is required to create an image like this and lighting options abound.

The kids may not be happy to see you take their candy, but just ensure them that flash does not hurt candy (use caution with hot lights) and that you will return it soon.

Post Date: 4/13/2020 10:50:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 11, 2020

Water in the shade with a reflected subject in the sun is a great photographic scenario. Add maple trees in their peak fall color to that background and the opportunity value increases significantly. That is the scenario that can be found in the fall at The Tarn in Acadia National Park.

The number of composition opportunities at this location is a bit overwhelming and changing continuously as the sun rises and the wind ebbs and flows. Selecting an image to share from the hundreds captured is the resulting challenge.

This is an example of telephoto lens being ideal for landscape photography. Most often a 100-400mm lens is in my landscape kit and on this day it was the excellent Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens. Many of my favorite landscape images have been captured within the range offered by this lens.

Here is another selected image from The Tarn.

Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/11.0  1/25s
ISO 200
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 4/11/2020 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 10, 2020

Sony has made a9 II firmware version 2.00 available for download.

Benefits and Improvements from the latest update

  • Adds the Hi Frequency flickerfunction, which allows you to reduce the impact of flickering of artificial light sources (e.g. digital signage, electronic signboards, LED lights, etc.), by more finely adjusting the shutter speed
    NOTE: The Imaging Edge Remote, Imaging Edge Mobile, and Remote Camera Toolsoftware will not be supported after April 9th, 2020
  • Improves the Face/Eye Priorityin the AF function:
    When set to a custom key, the Face/Eye Priority in the AF function can be activated or deactivated each time the custom key is pressed
    If Face/Eye Priority is already set to custom key, this improvement will be available after the camera is updated
  • Improves the Remote Camera Tool function by adding support for displaying Focus Frame for almost all scenes
    NOTE: Version 2.00 (or later) of the Remote Camera Tool is required. Please update to the latest version.
  • Improves the FTP transfer function
  • Allows the camera's MAC address to be displayed as a QR code
  • Adds a function to close the shutter when you turn off the camera to prevent dust or debris from adhering to the image sensor when you change lenses
  • Allows you to save or load the customized camera settings to My MENU
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera

B&H and Amazon have the Sony a9 II in stock.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 4/10/2020 7:43:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 9, 2020

Just posted: Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Lens Review.

This is a very fun lens.

The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/9/2020 7:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 7, 2020

From Tamron:

Tamron Announces the Launch of Lightest and Most Compact Large Aperture Telephoto Zoom Lens in Its Class for Sony Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056)

Third model in Tamron's series of fast F/2.8 zoom lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras delivers quiet, fast focus and superb performance

April 6, 2020, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch date of the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056), a large aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras that is the lightest and most compact in its class[1]. The lens will be available in the U.S. on May 14th at $1199. However, due to the spread of COVID-19, the release date or the product supply schedule could be delayed.

The 70-180mm F/2.8 features a compact and lightweight design with a 67mm filter diameter, the same as Tamron's highly esteemed 17-28mm F/2.8 (Model A046) and the 28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A036). The optical construction includes several special lens elements that contribute to the lens's overall superb imaging performance. Its very short 33.5" MOD (Minimum Object Distance) expands overall versatility. The lens utilizes Tamron's newly developed VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear motor focus mechanism that produces an autofocus drive that's quieter and quicker than ever before. Additionally, a floating system is used to achieve excellent optical performance at all shooting distances. By simultaneously operating two VXD units via electronic control, the system produces clear and sharp images of all objects near and far. Other features that support a great shooting experience include Moisture-Resistant Construction for added weather protection and Fluorine Coating for easy maintenance. In addition, the 70-180mm F/2.8 is fully compatible with various camera-specific features including Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF. Developed under the concept of "making large aperture zoom lenses user-friendly," the 70-180mm F/2.8 provides users with complete portrait-to-telephoto lens range coverage. This new model joins the 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD to complete Tamron's fast zoom lens trinity for full-frame mirrorless cameras.

[1]Among interchangeable F/2.8 AF telephoto zoom lenses (As of January 2020: Tamron)

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1. Compact size maximizes the mobility advantages of mirrorless cameras

A true marvel of portability and utility, the 70-180mm F/2.8 incorporates an innovative zoom mechanism and 180mm telephoto power. It was possible to maintain extreme light weight and compactness even while attaining a fast F/2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range by leveraging camera-based image stabilization. It is small: filter diameter 67mm, maximum diameter 81mm, length 5.9" at the 70mm setting, and also light weight: 28.6 oz. The super-compact size helps make handheld shooting a breeze. As part of our constant, ongoing effort to achieve both high image quality and supreme compactness, Tamron went to great lengths to create this product in answer to demands of the new generation of digital cameras.

2. Newly developed VXD linear motor focus mechanism delivers high-speed and high precision autofocus performance

Tamron developed its first-ever linear motor AF drive focus mechanism, VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), especially for the 70-180mm F/2.8. While operating faster than ever before, the drive also maintains positional accuracy down to 0.005mm (0.0002"), less than one tenth the width of a human hair! This provides unprecedented fast and precise AF performance. A floating system that uses two high-speed, high-precision VXD units with advanced electronic control is also used. This innovative design produces clear and beautiful images of all objects from near to far and at the same time helps reduce size and weight. In addition, its exceptional quietness enables low noise shooting in silent settings. Active athletes and moving vehicles are among the subjects commonly photographed with telephoto zoom lenses. The enhanced, highly responsive focus features of the 70-180mm F/2.8 enable following a subject's movements to provide users with a whisper-quiet, high-precision shooting experience, not just for still images but also video.

3. Superior design for uncompromised image quality

The 70-180mm F/2.8 has an optical construction of 19 elements in 14 groups. It includes a total of six XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements combined, and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) and hybrid aspherical lens elements combined. Special lens elements are generously and optimally arranged to correct chromatic aberration and maintain very high-resolution performance from edge-to-edge. This model also features BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating, which minimizes ghosting and flare and produces stunning, clear images with brilliant, sharp subject detail. Furthermore, excellent high image quality across the entire zoom range is enhanced by camera-based distortion and shading correction. Additionally, the bokeh effect obtained using the fast F/2.8 aperture delivers beautifully smooth and soft transition from the subject to the background. The images created with this lens are emblematic of Tamron's pursuit to combine supreme compactness with superb image quality.

4. 67mm filter diameter for system convenience

The 70-180mm F/2.8 features the same 67mm filter diameter as Tamron's other lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras including the 17-28mm F/2.8 (Model A046), a fast ultra-wideangle zoom, and the 28-75mm F/2.8 (Model A036), a fast standard zoom, as well as the close-focusing prime lens series (20mm, 24mm and 35mm). This uniformity significantly reduces cost and trouble when working with PL, ND and other filters. Even the front lens caps are the same size, eliminating the hassle of sorting caps when switching lenses. These features combine to produce a highly convenient and mobile system that adds more fun to photography.

5. Close focusing to a mere 33.5 inches

The new 70-180mm F/2.8 lens has a MOD of 33.5" throughout the entire zoom range. This is astonishingly close for a large aperture telephoto zoom lens. The short MOD paves the way for impressive telephoto shooting at a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.6 at the 180mm telephoto end. Moreover, a floating component equipped with two VXD linear focus mechanisms maintains high image quality while effectively controlling aberrations so that the 70-180mm F/2.8 ensures great image quality even at close-up. To effectively suppress optical aberrations, this lens features a floating mechanism that ensures great image quality at distances as short as 33.5".

Note: At the 70mm setting only, it is possible to shoot closer than the specified MOD of 33.5" (as close as 10.6") when manual focus (MF) is set on the camera. However, results may be less than optimal since image quality decreases in peripheral areas. For more details, please visit this website:

6. Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, and Zoom Lock switch

Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to deter infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. Additionally, the conventional Zoom Lock switch prevents unwanted barrel extension during transportation.

7. Compatible with main camera-specific features and functions Tamron's new 70-180mm F/2.8 is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. This includes the following:

  • Fast Hybrid AF
  • Eye AF
  • Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
  • In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
  • Camera-based lens unit firmware updates

* Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera's instruction manual for details. (As of January, 2020.)

8. Tamron's 'Dream Team' of large aperture zooms for full-size mirrorless cameras

Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Lens Specifications

Tamron's 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) ultra-wideangle zoom and the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) standard zoom lens earn high marks for user-friendliness and high image quality among large aperture zoom lenses for both E-Mount and FE-Mount Sony mirrorless cameras. Now, the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) telephoto zoom lens joins the lineup to complete the Dream Team Trinity of high-speed zoom lenses for full-size mirrorless cameras. A key advantage of this series is their portability. The three models altogether weigh surprisingly little, just 62.8 oz. Featuring light weight, compact size, a fast F/2.8 aperture and superb image quality, Tamron's Dream Team is easy to carry, easy to deploy and easy to enjoy.

* Shooting at a close range of 0.27m, at the 70mm setting, is possible only when manual focus (MF) is set on the camera. However, it may be difficult to focus since the image quality decreases in peripheral areas. For detail, please visit this website.

** Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

***The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.

This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.

Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Lens MTF

Preorder the Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD Lens at B&H.

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Post Date: 4/7/2020 8:36:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 6, 2020

Just posted: Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens Review.

Find out what I think of this general-purpose lens ideally-sized for Sony's full frame mirrorless cameras.

The Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX

Also check out the used Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens at B&H.

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Post Date: 4/6/2020 8:10:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 3, 2020

A cow elk gives her calf a bath while standing in a lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Long telephoto lenses were meant for times like these. This was a scenario where I couldn't get any closer – wetter was not an option I was willing to accept. Not only did this lens's 600mm focal length make the animals substantial in the frame but the f/4 aperture created a blurred background even at this long distance, making the subject stand out.

I am considering a return to Rocky Mountain National Park in September. Let me know if you want to be part of this trip!

Post Date: 4/3/2020 12:08:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 2, 2020

From Sony:

Tokyo, Japan - Sony Corporation today announced the establishment of the “Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19,” a 100 million US dollar fund to support those around the world affected by the COVID-19 virus.Through this fund, Sony will provide support in three areas: assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work remotely, and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry, which has been greatly impacted by the spread of the virus.

In terms of medical support, 10 million U.S. dollars of the fund will be devoted first to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO powered by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, as well as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to assist medical workers and others on the frontline of response efforts to the virus. Sony will also work with its external partners to explore ways that it can support activities that prevent the further spread and contribute to treatment of the COVID-19 virus.In the area of education, where children, who represent the next generation, are losing education opportunities as a result of school closures, Sony will explore ways to leverage its technologies in support of education activities, and cooperate with educators to implement these measures.

Furthermore, in terms of the creative community such as music, pictures, games and animation, together with its group companies engaged in the entertainment industry, Sony will seek ways to support up-and-coming creators, artists and all those in professions supporting the industry, who have been impacted by the cancellation or postponement of concerts and live events, or the shutting down of film and television productions.Sony also announced that employees will be able to provide their support through a matching gift program that is scheduled to be offered to its approximately 110,000 employees worldwide.

Kenichiro Yoshida, President and CEO, Sony Corporation, said, “Sony extends its condolences to the families of those who have passed away as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and extends its sympathies to all those who have been impacted. In order to overcome the unprecedented challenges that as a society we now face around the world, we will do all we can as a global company to support the individuals on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19, the children who are our future, and those who have been impacted in the creative community.”Going forward, Sony will work together with its partners and stakeholders to explore ways to further extend these initiatives.

Post Date: 4/2/2020 1:01:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Just posted: Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter Review.

This is a really handy accessory and a great value.

The Oben ASPTA-20 Smartphone Tripod Adapter is in stock at B&H

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Post Date: 3/31/2020 10:34:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The most difficult aspect of capturing this sunset image was being there. Once in location, wait until the sun is nearly set behind a distant mountain, use an f/16 aperture to create a sunstar (but not lose too much sharpness to diffraction), select a shutter speed that nearly blows the red channel at ISO 400 (I had been running and did not have a tripod), compose for the foreground, sun, and clouds, focus roughly 1/3 into the frame, press the shutter release, and get that great feeling of knowing that a beautiful scene was part of the evening's take-home.

On this mid-July evening, I timed a trail run with the sunset and the clouds and slightly hazy summer sky cooperated to provide great color. The Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, small and light enough to not pose a physical limitation, was also getting a workout. This lens has the core general-purpose focal length range needed and it handled this scene nicely.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr (and the foreground appears brighter in the larger size).

Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/16.0  1/40s
ISO 400
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 3/31/2020 8:52:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 30, 2020

Just posted: Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Review.

How does Sony's inexpensive general-purpose zoom lens perform?

The Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

For a much lower price, buy a used model at B&H.

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Post Date: 3/30/2020 7:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 26, 2020

From Canon USA:

Printing Simplified with the New Canon PIXMA TR150 Printer

Wireless1 Printer Provides Exceptional Quality Prints, While Small Size and Optional Battery Allow Portability for Out Of the Office Business Professionals

MELVILLE, NY, March 26, 2020 – Millions of people across the United States routinely work from home. It’s helpful if they, along with people who work from other remote locations, have transportable equipment that can fit into a variety of work-related circumstances. In the spirit of working wherever the business takes you, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, unveils today the new Canon PIXMA TR150 Wireless1 Printer, as well as its optional battery for portability . The Canon PIXMA TR150 printer, when paired with the optional battery (sold separately), provides a lightweight portable option for quality printing needs for the out of the office business professional.

“With their time-consuming schedules, today’s business professionals require products that are easy to use and produce high-quality documents,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The new Canon PIXMA TR150 printer can help business professionals in and out of the office to conduct business efficiently, leveraging Canon print technologies and features, including an OLED screen and Wi-Fi®1 connectivity.”

Printing Where and When Needed

If your office is the kitchen table or the living room sofa, bulky and clunky office equipment would not be feasible. Powered by USB charging or the optional battery, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer can be your “whenever and wherever business calls” printer. Coming in at 4.5 pounds2 and approximately 12.7 inches x 7.3 inches x 2.6 inches, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer features a 1.44 inch OLED display to help users easily install, set-up and connect the printer to compatible mobile devices. The screen also alerts the user to any troubleshooting issues such as paper needing to be refilled or low ink, helping to alleviate certain additional stresses that could occur during crunchtime moments.

The new Canon PIXMA TR150 printer features wireless connectivity via built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi®1 and if available, 5GHz Wi-Fi®1and, for users of compatible mobile devices, the added benefit of access to the Canon PRINT app3, allowing for easy setup and basic operations on compatible smartphone devices. Through the Canon PRINT app, users can easily access PIXMA Cloud Link3 to print documents from popular online social platforms and services, such as Box®, Facebook®, Dropbox®, Evernote®, Google Photos™, Google Drive™ and Microsoft® OneDrive®.

The new printer also features two black inks: a pigment-based black ink that delivers laser-like sharp text and a dye-based black ink that works to improve color contrast and image stabilization when printing photographs. With print speeds, of up to 9.0 ipm for black4 and 5.5 ipm for color4 – which stay consistent when using the optional battery, this small, lightweight printer can help you deliver client-ready projects quickly and professionally.

Pricing and Availability of the PIXMA TR150 Printer

Planned to be available in late March 2020, the Canon PIXMA TR150 printer will have an estimated retail price of $199.995 and the optional battery will have an estimated retail price of $99.995 For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit

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Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

1 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g/n/ac or ad capability, operating at 2.4/5.0GHz. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.

2 Weight without optional battery.

3 Requires an Internet connection and the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, available for free on the App Store and at Google Play. Compatible with Apple devices running iOS® 11 or later, and AndroidTM mobile devices running Android 4.4 or later. Your device must be connected to the same working network with wireless 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ad capability as your printer.

4 Document print speeds are the averages of ESAT in Office Category Test for the default simplex mode, ISO/IEC 24734. Print speed may vary depending on system configuration, interface, software, document complexity, print mode, page coverage, type of paper used etc. See for additional details.

5 Price is subject to change without notice. Actual price is set by individual dealers and may vary.

The Canon PIXMA TR150 Wireless Portable Printer is available for order at B&H.

Post Date: 3/26/2020 8:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 25, 2020

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

Meredith Stotzner shows you how to get rid of tools that don’t spark joy. Do some spring-cleaning in your Photoshop Toolbar to make it simple and more efficient.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 3/25/2020 5:25:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Life has become crazy for a vast number of people as I create this post and the fragility of life has become more real. Know that the time we are in is a temporary one. As always, hold onto Faith and make the most of the situation.

If temporarily unemployed, you suddenly find yourself with a huge amount of time available. Even if still working but from home, you no longer have commute time in your schedule. While relaxation has some value (I keep telling myself that), I challenge you to stay motivated and make good use of your extra time.

Kid Portrait

Shoot the Kids

If you have kids, they are extremely important to you but finding time in overlapping schedules is often a major obstacle for photographing them. Your schedule and their schedule have likely been cleared, green-lighting this project. I promise that you will not regret having the images and your kids might find it of value to share the pics on their social media (market that usage to get their buy-in).

Shoot formal portraits ranging from full-body (slightly wide-angle to normal focal lengths) to tight headshots (telephoto lens), find brightly-colored clothing and props, go wild with lighting, photograph them doing something they are passionate about, make them go out and get some exercise while you work a run and gun approach to catch them in action, etc.

When the kids lose patience, move to the pets — or consider including the pets to extend the kids' patience.

Bryan Carnathan

Shoot yourself

Perhaps your Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media profile pictures are lacking in quality? No need to hire someone for this — go into full selfie mode. Consider photographing yourself doing something you frequently do such as exercise (which should always be part of your routine) and consider using an exposure long enough to create some motion blur as motion is a minimum requirement for exercise.

Canvasback Duck

Shoot Something Different

If birds and wildlife are your thing, try shooting architecture. If you are a portrait photographer, try wildlife. Browse Instagram, Flickr, etc. for ideas. Now is a great time to learn to shoot video. Perhaps the portfolio you build from this experience will open new doors.

Love Is Patient

Shoot with Something Different

A lot of the fun of photography is using new gear and that is a valid reason to try another brand camera. This is a great time to try a mirrorless camera model. Tilt-shift lenses are very educational (and useful).

A new season is coming and now is a great time to research the gear you need to capture it. If unsure about your future with that gear or you can't afford to buy it, go big for a small cost by renting something. It is super easy to order a camera, a lens, lighting gear, etc. from Lensrentals and have it show up on your doorstep.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Number 1 Sample Picture

Shoot from New Heights and Angles

Shoot from positions that require you, your tripod, and/or minimally your camera to go into positions they are not normally used in. This may be from up high, down low, very close, very far, etc. Go for a walk with your camera with a self-imposed limitation such as "All images must be captured within 6" (150mm) of the ground.

I know, that electronic viewfinder level not showing all green makes us perfectionists hesitate to press the shutter release but sometimes it is OK to take a not-gravity-level photo. Consider imposing a limitation on the angle of the camera such as angled 45° downward, tilted 45° sideways, or both.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Architecture Sample Picture

Shoot Your House

Think like a real estate photographer and photograph your house. Shoot the exterior during the blue hour. Stage and photograph the interior with an ultra-wide-angle lens, timing the shooting with exterior light levels if relevant for your space. Then market yourself to the local real estate companies.


Shoot Something Small

Especially for a macro lens, there are unending subjects available.


Bring a flower in from your garden. If your garden is bare, perhaps a neighbor would trade one of their flowers for a much-longer-lasting print. Or, perhaps you can buy a subject.


Go through your cabinets and drawers looking for interesting subjects that could include noodles, candy, utensils, etc. Find colorful art supplies such as crayons and pencils.

Hint: if it comes in a box or bag and is in your cupboards, it might make a great pattern subject. Consider photographing one unique small subject among a significant amount of similar subjects.

Hint 2: Avoid eating too much of your subject until the project is finished.

Hint 3: This is a great time to learn lighting including with flash.

Hint 4: Try focus stacking.


Hint 5: Try strong white balance adjustments.

Blurred Pansies

Shoot Blur

Everyone loves a lens blur and an easy way to get artistic is to intentionally blur a scene by making it out of focus. I often shoot intentional focus blurs when testing lenses and sometimes I like the results enough to keep them. Shooting these blurs will teach you how to approach a scene differently with the structure created by color and contrast taking over the frame.

Consider going really crazy with zoom blurs. Use an exposure long enough to allow you to turn the zoom ring a noticeable amount while the exposure is being captured. A tripod will usually improve these results.

Attach your camera to something moving. Use an exposure duration that is long enough to make the scene blurred with, ideally, whatever the camera is attached to remaining sharp. If lacking a good mounting platorm, simply hold the camera in front of a colorful scene and, while using a long exposure, pan the camera left and right to create a sea of color. Note that a Neutral Density Filter may prove vital for achieving exposure durations necessary for optimal results.

Include something very close in the foreground that adds blur to an otherwise-common-appearing subject such as a person (please do not block their face).

Tilt-Shift Lens Blur

Consider using a tilt-shift lens to create interesting blurs.

Bear Cub Picture

Shoot Sharp

Focus calibrating cameras and lenses can be time-consuming but the adjustments can be worthwhile to make. Go through your kit, shooting a Datacolor SpyderLensCal or other focus calibration aid and fine-tune your combinations to perfection.

Loon Picture

Shoot for the Background

Find a background that works superbly with the focal length you are using and then find an attractive subject to place in the foreground for a sure win. Sometimes different lighting on the subject and background can create a look that stands out.

New York City Tribute Lights Sample Picture

Research Your Next Shoot

Determine what subject you want to photograph, determine where and when is optimal for that subject, and make plans to be there with the right gear. Utilize apps such as The Photographer's Ephemeris and Photo Pills to determine the alignment of the celestial attractions.

Milky Way, Rocky Mountain National Park

Sign up for a workshop going to a location that interests you. Enjoy the anticipation of capturing your planned image(s).

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Improve an Image You Already Shot

Re-post-processing is a thing. Hopefully your photo editing skills are improving and likely you captured some great images in the past that could now be re-processed for better results. Perhaps some challenging images you didn't attempt processing are now within your capabilities.

Now is a great time to learn a new software application. Consider adding Photoshop & Lightroom, Capture One, and/or Luminar (use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get a $10.00 discount) to your kit and skill set.


Share What You Shot

If you are not already maintaining a portfolio site, now is a great time to set one up. I use SmugMug and highly recommend their service which optionally includes selling. Plans start at only $48 per year and a 14-day trial is available.

Consider taking your marketing/professionalism to the next step by purchasing a personal domain name and hosting for it. Through experience, I can tell you that there are a lot of bad web hosts out there. There are also some very good ones and an inexpensive host I have grown to trust is InMotionHosting. SmugMug can also utilize your custom domain name with their hosting.

If you already maintain a portfolio site, this is a good time to remove the lower-grade images still there. Your skills are surely improving and some of those old images are no longer reflecting your abilities.


Print What You Shot

You now have time to create that family or trip photo book you have been putting off. Perhaps it is time to put some of your prints on your walls. Consider metal prints — they are awesome and you don't have to select or buy a frame. Also not requiring a frame and loved by most are canvas prints. Printique (formerly AdoramaPix) is one of my favorites.

Backup What You Shot

You have a backup plan that includes secure, remote off-site storage, right? If so, make sure that those backups are current. If not, fix that problem ASAP. WD My Passport external drives are a great option.

Scan What You Shot

Still have prints and slides hanging around? Don't wait any longer to digitize them. I used the predecessor to the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Film and Document Scanner to digitize my old prints and the kid's artwork and still use it to eliminate most of my paper receipts.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Learn to Shoot Better

Learning is worth intentionally interrupting work for and the decision to spend time learning during a forced interruption is a no-brainer. Our Photography Tips page is a good place to start. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has made a huge set of free online classes available.


Upgrade your Computer and Home Office

You have been tolerating that old, slow computer for long enough. It is time for a change and you have time to set up a new system, migrating your images and workflow. A faster system will save you valuable time later and a more reliable system will save more than time. I have been using Dell XPS computers for about 20 years.

While at it, if kids are involved, upgrade all of the systems. Education is extremely important and making learning easier will encourage that practice.

Is your printer adequate? A wireless printer makes life much easier in our house.

If spending a significant amount of time sitting, the ergonomics of your chair become very important. Check out the full range of home computing necessities at B&H and Amazon.

Do you enjoy music while at your desk? A quality sound system can make a big difference.

During a time of change is a good time to drop bad habits and start new ones. Hopefully something just said has stirred your creativity and motivation. Move in positive new directions. This world is a better place with you in it — carpe diem.

Post Date: 3/24/2020 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 23, 2020

Just posted: Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Review.

You are going to want this lens.

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock or available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 3/23/2020 7:46:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 21, 2020

It is so hard to get kids to smile nicely but apparently, even animal kids have this problem. What was this black bear cub thinking? What induced it to bend its nose sideways? I have no idea, but I love humor in wildlife images and am always looking for it.

A second cub is facing the opposite direction in the background and the side of the mother bear can be seen along the left edge of the frame.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 3/21/2020 1:42:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 20, 2020

From the LensRentals Blog:

By Roger Cicala

I’m qualified to talk about this subject to some degree; I take care of a ton of camera equipment, and I was a physician in my past life. And I’ve had so many requests for information about this that it seems logical to put something out, so everyone has access to it.

Disinfecting Equipment and People – What you can and can’t accomplish.

If you are going out amongst people, you’re taking some risk. You can reduce it, but you can’t eliminate it. Masks protect others from you a bit; they don’t protect you from others. Beards increase your risk of both giving and receiving a bit and negate any benefit of a mask. Gloves keep stuff from getting on your fingers, but otherwise, virus transfers from gloves-to-face and gloves-to-anything else just fine.

This virus transmits by aerosol, so if you breathe an infected person’s air, bad things happen. That’s what the 6-foot rule is about, although 6 feet probably isn’t quite enough. The virus also settles on surfaces, and if you touch the surface and then your face, bad things happen. How long the virus can live on surfaces isn’t clear and depends a lot on the surface and ambient conditions. At least 8 hours is a reasonable rule for encapsulated virions (virus particles), but under ideal (for the virus) conditions 24 hours seems likely. There have been some reports of 72 hours in lab conditions, but that seems unlikely in real-life conditions.

So there’s one thought for you; if the gear hasn’t been touched or breathed on in 24 hours, it’s almost certainly safe; at 72 hours, you can take off the almost.

Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.

Read that.

Then go rent something.

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Post Date: 3/20/2020 1:48:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag Review.

This is a quick review of an excellent tripod accessory.

Available in a range of sizes, the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag is in stock at B&H.

Please share!

Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:56:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

A university administration building had caught my eye. It seemed a perfect subject for the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens I was reviewing and photographing it was on this evening's to-do list. During the blue hour is a great time to photograph architecture and starting with a shooting direction away from the sunset provides the earliest brightness balance between the building lights and the sky. As the sky darkened, the light balance on the other side of the building, looking toward the sunset (brighter sky), improved and that was the direction the camera was facing for this image capture.

To get a level camera for this perspective required fully extending the Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod legs and positioning the feet as close together as possible without risking stability. The camera was well above head height but the tilt LCD enabled proper leveling and composition. The low geometric distortion of this lens makes it a great option for photographing subjects with straight lines along the edges of the frame.

This was a single RAW image (not an HDR) captured with the brightest areas of the image somewhat too bright. In post, utilizing the Sony a7R IV's excellent dynamic range, the highlights were pulled back and the shadows were boosted for a balanced appearance.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:

Mountain Biker Mitchell Bryan. Shot with Tamron's SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 on Canon mirrorless R camera.

B&H carries the Canon EOS R and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2.

Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:24:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

MELVILLE, NY, March 18, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Mr. Eliott Peck, the company’s executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, will retire effective March 31, 2020. Canon U.S.A. credits Mr. Peck’s 45 years of strong leadership, dedication and achievements shaping the success of Canon’s consumer and professional imaging products, which include camera, lens, video, inkjet printer, projector, display, broadcast lenses and new business innovation.

“Over the past 45 years, I have been fortunate to assume different roles at Canon and to have been part of the growth that saw the company become one of the premier brands in the world, said Mr. Peck. “It has been a true honor for me to have worked with some amazingly bright and supportive people that have helped define and revitalize our industry through the years and created a brand that has emerged, adapted and grown to be the digital imaging solutions leader it is today.”

Mr. Peck is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the art and practice of filmmaking. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association. He is also on the Executive Steering Committee of the Canon Americas Board of Group Management.

“Eliott is a respected leader within our organization as well as within the imaging and consumer technology industry, said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “On behalf of Canon U.S.A., we share our immense gratitude for his service as well as his innovative contributions to our company.”

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Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:02:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 19, 2020

The "Which software should I use for image editing?" question hit the inbox so I thought I'd share the software I am using with you.

If processing Canon RAW images, I use Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP). While this software is not as feature-filled as other options, it is easy to use and more important is that it produces very good image quality, including very good color. That this software is free is a strong positive feature.

The huge industry favorite is feature-packed Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop is included in the Adobe CC Photography Plan required to acquire this software. I process Nikon images with Lightroom and finish most web-bound images with Photoshop.

I use Capture One for editing Sony RAW images. This is well-designed software and when I last compared results, Capture One produced noticeably-better-looking noise patterns in Sony images than Lightroom. The Sony Express version is free.

Another app growing rapidly in popularity is Skylum Luminar.

Nikon and Sony both offer free image processing software but I find both challenging to use.

Post Date: 3/19/2020 1:31:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Skylum has just released Luminar 4.2 featuring AI Augmented Sky and improved portrait tools.

Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get an additional $10.00 discount!

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Post Date: 3/19/2020 9:31:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

No, post-processing was not used to create that perfectly-placed shadow. Outdoor photography is often about being at the right place at the right time. On this day, my timing was about perfect for the shadow of a large university field house to fall across the lanes of the outdoor track next to it, shading all but the first lane.

Also aiding in emphasizing the "1" was the perspective. With the 20mm lens positioned closer to the "1" than the other numbers, the "1" becomes the largest in the frame and therefore the most prominent. Everyone loves number "1" and there are far more uses for an emphasized "1" than any other number.

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is very fun to walk around with, letting your creativity take over. The results from this lens are quite impressive.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Camera and Lens Settings
20mm  f/11.0  1/80s
ISO 100
9504 x 6336px
Post Date: 3/19/2020 8:13:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

In this episode of #PHOMO, you’ll learn how to match the color, brightness, and tone of your photo composites using Photoshop. Follow along with Paul Trani to see how.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 3/19/2020 5:13:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens page.

You are going to like these results. The full review for this lens should be available soon.

The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock (or available for order) at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX

Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

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Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:49:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Just posted: Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod Review.

This tripod is very impressive, outperforming many significantly larger, heavier models.

The Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod is in stock at B&H

Please share!

Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

What is focus stacking, and how does it work? In this product photography tutorial, Jake and Bobby show you how taking and processing multiple images at different focus distances can produce a greater depth of field than a single image is capable of. The final effect being the full image in sharp focus.

Note from Sean: I often use focus stacking when photographing flowers and highly recommend giving the technique a try when photographing small [motionless] objects.

Dalmatian Orchid

Post Date: 3/18/2020 5:18:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 16, 2020

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

In this video Gavin Hoey takes you through his process of using fake walls, made of fabric, for a portrait shoot in his small home studio. Gavin's idea is to create the feeling of depth by lighting his model but letting the far corner drop in to dark shadow. It sounds simple enough but in order for the set-up to work, Gavin will have to compromise on his vision and come up with some creative lighting solutions. Problem solving and compromise, it's all part of the photographic process.

Equipment Used

Post Date: 3/16/2020 5:19:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

With the new Capture from Image functionality in Photoshop, you can automatically create patterns, shapes, color themes and gradients from your images. For more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques, and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, check out Julieanne’s blog.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 3/16/2020 5:06:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 12, 2020

Just posted: Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 Lens Review.

A great value like its siblings.

The Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/12/2020 7:43:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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