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 Thursday, December 20, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
If you're looking for a portrait project that's a little different and captures a bit of the festive season then this simple fine art shoot by photographer Gavin Hoey is for you.
 
Download Gavin's Festive Stars background from here.
 
After Gavin has given an overview on how he shot and edited the background he moves on to the portrait shoot, lighting the model to match the mood of the background.
 
Finally Gavin takes you into Photoshop to make a simple composite of the portrait and background stars.
 
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Post Date: 12/20/2018 3:11:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Eurasian magpies are common in many locations, but not where I live. Thus, they are more interesting to me than others. Especially interesting is that they are extremely intelligent (relative to animals in general). That these birds' loud calls can become annoying surely leads to local disinterest, but with their great colors and shape, it is hard to argue that magpies do not look amazing.
 
Magpies are not a subject I have set out to specifically target with a camera, but I will take advantage of incidental encounters. When one landed in a tree in front of me as I was chasing elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, I went into opportunistic mode. I had the right lens in hand and all I had to do was adjust the monopod height, direct the camera at the bird, focus on the eye and press the shutter release.
 
I of course pressed the shutter release many times in the short period of time the bird cooperated with me. Why did I select this particular image to share? Here are some reasons:
 
First, I like the head angle, turned slightly toward me with some sky reflecting in the eye to add life to the subject.
 
I also like the body angle. While the bird may be turned very slightly away and that is not usually my favorite angle, in this case, that angle allowed the iridescent feathers on the wing to show their colors prominently. The tail was angled downward enough to fit in the frame (that can be an issue when photographing magpies) and with a slight toward-the-camera angle, the iridescent tail feathers also showed their colors.
 
Aspects I like that were common to this set of images, in addition to the beauty of the magpie, include:
 
I was able to get to eye level with the bird (by quickly adjusting the monopod).
 
The background was very distant and became completely blurred with a close subject photographed at 600mm f/4. With all details in the background eliminated, the bird stands out prominently.
 
I also like that the lighting was very soft with a touch of rim lighting happening. Looking closely at the catchlight in the eye tells me this day was partly cloudy and that clouds were blocking the sun during this exposure.
 
Unless flying, birds are on something – a branch, sand, rock, water, etc. In this case, that something was a dead tree limb. That this particular limb did not distract from the bird and even had a little character was a positive aspect.
 
While Rocky Mountain National Park is an awesome location for elk photography, it offers much more. Including magpies.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/20/2018 11:33:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:
 
December 20, 2018, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. announces a new firmware update for the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for compatibility with the Canon EOS R and Mount Adapter EF-EOS R. The new F/W version makes the model compatible with Canon "EOS R" and Canon "Mount Adapter EF-EOS R" for general operations[1].
 
The lens firmware can be updated with the separately sold TAP-in Console. Customers may also contact Tamron USA's service department at 1-800-827-8880, option 1 for information on sending in the lens for the update.
 
Compatible Tamron Lenses as of 12/20/18[2]
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Canon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Canon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Canon
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Canon
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Canon
  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Canon
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO (Model F017) for Canon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Canon
  • 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Canon
[1] Functions used on DSLR cameras
[2] With the latest version of lens firmware
Post Date: 12/20/2018 8:54:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 19, 2018
 Tuesday, December 18, 2018
LensRentals has posted a teardown of the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens.
 
This is a very well designed lens that features exceptional build quality.
 
You can pick up your own Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens at B&H, Adorama, Wex and Henry's.
Post Date: 12/18/2018 6:08:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon recently introduced their first full frame mirrorless cameras – the highly anticipated Z 7 and Z 6 – to much fan fair. Aside from the nameplates and price tags, there's no obvious difference between the cameras when you pick them up and hold them in your hand. In fact, they share many highlight features, such as:
 
  • New (mirrorless) Z mount
  • Full frame sensor with 5-axis stabilization
  • EXPEED 6 image processor
  • 0.5" (1.27cm) approx. 3690k-dot (Quad VGA) OLED viewfinder
  • Full width 4K recording at 30p
  • 3.2" (8cm) 2100K-dot tilting touchscreen LCD
  • Shutter Speed Range: 1/8000 to 30 sec, x-sync 1/200 sec
  • Size: 5.3 x 4.0 x 2.7" (134.0 x 100.5 x 67.5mm)
  • Weight: 20.7 oz (585 g)
The list above represents only a small portion of the features these two cameras have in common; they are much more similar than different. So many may be wondering, "What are the differences between the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6?" The table below provides the answers.
 
 Nikon Z 7Nikon Z 6
Sensor Resolution45.7MP24.5MP
AF Points493273
AF Working Range-2 – +19 EV-4 – +19 EV
Max Continuous Burst Rate
(12 bit / 14 bit)
9 / 812 / 9
Metering Range-3 – +17 EV-4 – +17 EV
Native ISO Range64-25600100-51200
Expanded ISO Range32-10240050-204800
4K full-frame samplingline skippingoversampling
4K N-Log Recording Area100%90%
High Frame Rate and Slow-Motion
Full-HD Recording Area
DX (APS-C crop)FX (Full Frame)
Max Wi-Fi Output Power
(2.4 GHz / 5 GHz, dBm)
7 / 12.17.4 / 12.2
Max Bluetooth Output Power
(Reg. / Low Energy, dBm)
1.5 / 01.9 /0.4

The Nikon Z 7's higher price tag is largely the result of its significantly higher resolution sensor as well its more advanced AF system. The difference between 45.7MP and 24.5MP is significant, with the higher resolution sensor allowing for significantly more cropping headroom while maintaining sufficient resolution for many output needs. And if a lower resolution photo is acceptable for the desired output, a higher resolution image which is downsampled often produces better image quality than a lower resolution captured image.
 
The Z 7's more advanced AF system could prove beneficial in certain situations, but even the Z 6's 273 points should prove more than sufficient, especially if coming from a DSLR with significantly less AF points / AF point frame coverage. The Z 6's faster burst rate will especially be appreciated by sports and wedding photographers.
 
That said, the Z 7's higher resolution sensor – and Nikon's method for sampling the Z 7's 4K footage (line skipping) – means that the Z 6 may be the better choice for those prioritizing 4K capture over stills, as the Z 6 should produce sharper, cleaner footage compared to its higher priced sibling. However, note that Z 6 footage is slightly cropped when outputting 4K 10-bit N-Log to an external device.
 
Another video capture difference that may prove significant for filmmakers is that you're limited to a DX (APS-C) crop when filming at 120/100p or with the camera set to Slow-Motion recording with the Z 7, whereas the Z 6 is limited to FX (full frame) recording under the same circumstances. Those filming weddings or events will likely prefer the wider field of view afforded by the Z 6 if high frame rate/slow motion video recording is desired.
 
So, we have two simultaneously-introduced cameras that are, in most aspects, the same. However, their few differences can be quite significant, depending on one's needs. Most will find the resolution, video performance and price being the differentiating factors for purchase.
 
Authorized Retailers
 
Nikon Z7 Mirrorless Camera - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex | Henry's
Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex | Henry's
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/18/2018 10:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has posted a couple of tips for using N-Log recording on the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6.
 
In addition to the tips, you can also download the N-Log Specifications from Nikon.
 
Note that Nikon still can't decide whether or not the space belongs in their Z-series camera names. Even though Nikon's official stance is that the names should include a space, both versions of the camera model names are listed on the Technical Solutions page.
 
Nikon Technical Solutions Z 7 / Z 6 Screenshot

B&H carries the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6.
Post Date: 12/18/2018 8:05:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 17, 2018
B&H is offering free next day delivery on 1,000s of item through December 19. If you're needing (or wanting) one more gift under the Christmas tree before the big day arrives, then head to B&H before time runs out. They have a ton of items with holiday savings and an extended return period through February 1, 2019.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 12/17/2018 2:33:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Keeping track of their memory cards just got a whole easier for you with our Secure Pixel Pocket Rockets. They are designed with zippered pockets for maximum security in holding multiple card sizes, such as six CF memory cards, or six XQD memory cards, or 12 SD memory cards, or multiple Micro SD memory cards.
 
In addition to the zippered closure, the Secure Pixel Pocket Rockets can be mounted on belts, or attached to clothing or bag with the removable lanyard. They feature a clear identification window.
 
Our existing memory card holders, the Pixel Pocket Rocket, Pee Wee Pixel Pocket Rocket, and the SD Pocket Rocket, are now available in black. The additional color presents an optional organizational strategy: keep empty cards in one color and used in another. They all have been updated to account for modern media sizes.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
Folded: 5.2” W x 2.8” H x 0.8” D (13.3 x 7 x 2 cm)
Weight (with lanyard): 0.2 lbs. (0.1 kg)
 
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with a durable water-resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, 250D shadow ripstop nylon, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Think Tank Photo has the new Secure Pixel Pocket Rockets in stock.
Post Date: 12/17/2018 2:26:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this episode of Two Minute Tips (Ep 146), David Bergman shows you how to use negative fill to add drama to your images.
 
Products Used
 
Post Date: 12/17/2018 12:24:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 16, 2018
When the landscape is attractive, incorporating it into your wildilfe photography is a great idea. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is my go-to lens for this scenario. The focal length range keeps both the animal and the background large in the frame and provides plenty of framing flexibility.
 
A partly cloudy day sometimes provides ideal lighting. This image was captured just before the shadow of a cloud reached the bull elk, leaving the surrounding background dark, helping the bull and its antlers stand out.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
158mm  f/9.0  1/1600s
ISO 1250
4787 x 7181px
Post Date: 12/16/2018 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, December 15, 2018
As usual, this gear is being sold to fund new gear for review. Check the updated list to see if anything fits into your kit. Most items are like new in the box.
 
Be sure to check out the super-cool Schneider Kreuznach PC TS Super Angulon 50mm f/2.8 Lens in Canon Mount that I am selling for a friend! Other brands include Nikon, Sony (wireless flash gear), Really Right Stuff, Gitzo, Manfrotto, Hakuba, B+W, Maha and more.
 
Bryan's Used Gear for Sale
 
Tell your friends!
Post Date: 12/15/2018 10:03:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 13, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Cold winter days can be the perfect time to shoot portraits inside a home studio but that doesn't mean you can't bring the outside inside. In this video Gavin Hoey shoots a winter portrait complete with falling snow.
 
Download Gavin's free Photoshop snow action
Post Date: 12/13/2018 6:06:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 12, 2018
B&H has the Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Two ED and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Stepping Motor AF System
  • Programmable Control Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/12/2018 12:29:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 11, 2018
From Sigma:
 
Benefits of SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.5
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.5 for Windows
 
  • It has added the “AF function button setting” to the customization menu. With this setting, it is possible to allocate various functions to the AF function button incorporated in the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports.
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.5 for Macintosh
 
  • It has added the “AF function button setting” to the customization menu. With this setting, it is possible to allocate various functions to the AF function button incorporated in the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports.
  • It has become compatible with Mac OS Mojave (10.14).
  • It has corrected the display error of the customization menu in traditional Chinese language.
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.5 is available for download here.
Post Date: 12/11/2018 1:52:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements such as customization of Develop Panel, Add to Collection option in auto-import settings, Grid Snap option in book module, other enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
 
Customize the order of Develop panels
 
With this release, you can now drag the Develop module panels in the order you would like to see them in.
 
To customize the Develop panel menu, do the following:
 
  1. Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) on the header of any panel.
  2. Select Customize Develop Panel from the context menu that opens.
  3. In the Customize Develop Panel dialog box that opens, drag the panel names in the desired order.
  4. Click Save. To restore the default order, click Default Order before Save.
  5. Relaunch Lightroom Classic to see the Develop panels in the new order in the Confirm dialog that opens.
For detailed information, see Customize the order of Develop panels.
 
Add photos from a watched folder to a Collection with Auto Import
 
In the Auto Import settings, you can now use the Add To Collection option to directly pull photos from a watched folder into a specified Collection.
 
The Auto Import feature monitors a watched folder for photos and automatically imports them into the Collection you've set as the destination. After you set up a watched folder and specify a destination Collection in the auto-import settings, you can simply drag photos into the watched folder. Lightroom Classic CC automatically imports those photos in the specified Collection, allowing you to bypass the import window.
 
To add photos from a watched folder to a Collection, do the following:
 
  1. Go to File > Auto Import > Auto Import Settings.
  2. In the Auto Import Settings dialog box, set up a watched folder and select the Enable Auto Import option.
  3. In the Destination area of the dialog box, select the Add to Collection check box. Lightroom Classic now displays a list of all your Collections.
  4. Select any Collection as your destination for auto-import.
  5. Optionally, you can also click Create Collection to create a new collection and select it as the destination for import.
  6. Click OK.
For detailed information on photo import on tethering, see Import photos automatically.
 
Align photos in a Book layout with the Grid Snap guides
 
You can now easily align photos in a Book layout using the Grid Snap option in the Guides section. In Grid Snap, choose either Cells to align the cells of two photos with respect to each other, or Grid to align photos with the grid guide lines.
 
On moving the photo, it would snap into place based on the selected setting. By default, the Grid Snap option is set to Cells.
 
For more helpful information, see Create photo books.
 
Duplicate preset handling
 
With this release of Lightroom Classic CC, if you attempt to create a duplicate preset with the same name under the same group, a Duplicate Preset Name dialog box opens with options to:
 
  • Replace - Select this option to keep only the latest preset with the same name in the group
  • Duplicate - Select this option to keep two presets with the same name listed in the same group
  • Rename - Select this option to append a numeric extension to the name by default or rename it yourself
For detailed information about working with Develop presets, see Work with Develop presets.
 
Show partially compatible presets
 
On opening a photo in the Loupe view in the Develop module, some presets may not appear in the Presets panel due to incompatibility with the selected photo, such as camera profiles that are not applicable to the current photo or presets that only apply to raw files. The non-compatible presets are shown as faded and in Italics style in the Presets panel in Develop.
 
To see all presets even if they are not compatible with the current photo, do the following:
 
  1. Open a photo in Loupe view and click Edit.
  2. Select Preferences from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select Presets under the Preferences panel.
  4. In the Visibility section, select/deselect Show Partially Compatible Develop Presets to show/hide partially compatible develop presets.
For detailed information about working with Develop presets, see Work with Develop presets.
 
Photo merge enhancements
 
  • Photo merge: Requirements for merge operations that could have led to merging failures in earlier versions have now been relaxed. Now you can merge images with differing dimensions, focal lengths, and orientation.
  • Photo merge preview caching: Lightroom Classic now caches the previews generated for Photo Merge operations. This improves performance and provides a better user experience.
  • Single-step HDR-Pano merge: Now you can perform single-step panorama HDR merge using smart previews.
For more helpful information on merge operations, see Create Panoramas and HDR Panoramas.
 
Performance enhancements
 
  • Improved sync reliability and stability.
  • Improved performance while doing batch operations such as import, preview generation, DNG conversion, and export.
  • Improved grid scrolling performance on Hi-DPI displays.
  • Improved performance when switching between Develop and Library Loupe.
Other enhancements
 
  • Cancel on exit: With this release, you would see a confirmation dialog on exit so that you can choose to cancel exiting from Lightroom Classic CC. If you select Don’t show again checkbox from the confirmation dialog, you need to reset warning dialogs (Preferences > General > Reset All Warning dialogs) to see the confirmation dialog on exit again.
  • Color Labels for folders: Support has been added for color labels for offline folders. For more helpful information, see Create and manage folders.
  • Support for Photoshop Elements 2019 catalogs: Support has been added for importing Photoshop Elements 2019 catalogs in Lightroom Classic CC. For more helpful information, see Import photos from Photoshop Elements.
Support for new cameras and lenses
 
Newly added camera support:
 
  • Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2018 model)
  • Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018 model)
  • Apple iPhone XR
  • Apple iPhone XS
  • Apple iPhone XS Max
  • Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • GoPro HERO7 Black
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Leica D-Lux 7
  • Leica M10-D
  • Leica M10-P
  • LG G7 ThinQ
  • Nikon COOLPIX P1000
  • Nikon D3500
  • Nikon Z 6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S6
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
  • Sony DSC-HX95
  • Sony DSC-HX99
Newly added lens support:
 
LensMount
Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) back camera 3mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPad Pro (11-inch) front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation) back camera 3mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (3rd generation) front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XR back camera 4.25mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XR front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XS back camera 4.25mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XS back camera 6mm f/2.4 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XS front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XS Max back camera 4.25mm f/1.8 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XS Max back camera 6mm f/2.4 (DNG+JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Apple iPhone XS Max front camera 2.87mm f/2.2 (JPEG+HEIC)Apple
Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STMCanon
Google Pixel 3 Rear Camera (DNG+JPEG)* Google
Google Pixel 3 XL Rear Camera (DNG+JPEG)*Google
HERO7 Black (Raw+JPEG)GoPro
HERO7 SilverGoPro
Hasselblad XCD 1,9/80mmHasselblad
Hasselblad XCD 2,8/135mm + 1.7xHasselblad
Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8Canon, Sony, Nikon
LG G7 ThinQ Front Camera (DNG+JPEG)LG
LG G7 ThinQ Rear Main Camera (DNG+JPEG)LG
LG G7 ThinQ Rear Wide Camera (DNG+JPEG)LG
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Rear Camera 26mm F1.5-2.4 (DNG+JPEG)Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Rear Camera 52mm F2.4Samsung
Samyang AF 24mm F2.8Sony
SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A018Canon
SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S018Canon, SIGMA
SIGMA 105mm T1.5 FF HIGH-SPEED PRIME Canon
SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN C018Sony
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GMSony
TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A041Canon, Nikon
Voigtlander VM 40mm f/1.2 Nokton AsphericalLeica
Voigtlander VM 50mm f/1.2 Nokton AsphericalLeica
Voigtlander NOKTON classic 35mm F1.4Sony
Zeiss Batis 2/40 CFSony

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/11/2018 12:07:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The following information was provided by Datacolor; we are sharing it for the benefit of our readers. Color calibration is a vital part of the photographic process and we personally rely on Datacolor products (purchased online/retail) for our own display calibration needs.
 
From Datacolor:
 
The need to have a calibrated monitor is of paramount importance, but very often overlooked. Every photographer knows they should be calibrating their monitor, yet many still don’t bother with it, seeing it as a complex and time-consuming task that will hinder instead of help their workflow process.
 
You want to be able to trust your monitor, as it’s the window to your digital photography and the gateway allowing you to view the true image. However, this would not be the case if you have a non-calibrated monitor, as your colors might not look how you intended due to skin tones being off, crucial shadow detail being missed or whites not being as pure as they should or need to be.
 
Photography Workflow
 
Making monitor calibration a key part of your photography workflow eliminates factors such as tiredness, human error, and the lack of dependability you will have by solely relying on your eyes to adjust the monitor correctly.
 
You want all on-screen images to match the initial shot taken, and using a screen calibrator is crucial to this process. Datacolor’s Spyder5 will measure light and color that appears from your screen, and make corrections to ensure the colors and details of your image are displayed as accurately as possible.
 
Using Different Monitors
 
Every monitor displays colors differently. Just because your images look accurate on one monitor doesn’t necessarily mean they will be the same on another screen you use. As they are not built ready-calibrated, their colors will in fact shift over time. Not calibrating properly and using different monitors can lead you to wasting unnecessary time editing, with your images on screen not displaying the true colors or details of your photos.
 
Using a colorimeter to an industry color reference standard not only gives you refined color accuracy for better print matching, but will eliminate the guesswork out of image editing, helping you to save time and efficiently manage your workflow better.
 
Regular Calibration
 
Staying up to date with calibration is vital, as making a regular habit of calibrating your display on a monthly basis will give you confidence your edited images will always match your prints best as possible. Also determining optimal monitor brightness, calibration will keep your monitor fresh with the display’s output intensity and stops you from needlessly buying abundant amounts of ink and paper.
 
Without calibrating your monitor, you can’t fully trust the colors you see on-screen, which then leads you to make questionable editing decisions, and waste time, paper and ink on re-printing as the color on your images don’t appear right.
 
To ensure printed images are as close of a match as to what you see on screen, an accurate color calibrated screen is the best starting place.
 
Datacolor’s eBook
 
If you’re serious about photography, taking advantage of color management tools in your workflow to prepare your images will save you time, effort and money. Furthermore, if you’re planning to edit or view your images, using a reliable colorimeter to profile your monitor and calibrate any device can only help improve your process and photos.
 
To help photographers and videographers of all standards understand color management better, Datacolor has launched an extensive color management eBook, ‘Spyder5 eBook: Color management can be easy’. All six chapters are available for you to download here.
Post Date: 12/11/2018 9:13:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is available for preorder at B&H, Adorama, Henry's and Wex Photo.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Dust- and Moisture-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters
Categories: Preorders, Sigma News
Post Date: 12/11/2018 6:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
This is a great idea. Start your DIY project with a camera lens mug from Amazon.
Post Date: 12/11/2018 6:33:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 10, 2018
This is a story I shouldn't have to write. It is about how a small mistake made by Nikon USA, the simple omission of a space, has created a problem. One that I shouldn't have to spend any mental energy dealing with.
 
The name for a completely new series of products is important and sets the stage for future models. When Nikon's first full frame mirrorless cameras were announced, the product information disseminated from Nikon to the media clearly listed the model names as "Z 6" and "Z 7" – with a space between the letter and the number. I immediately thought those were reasonable names, short and simple, yet featuring separate line and model names with room to grow.
 
The problem came as we began integrating the information for those cameras with the retailer links. Apparently, there was a mistake in the new product information disseminated to retailers – the space between the letter and number was omitted. All retailers listed the cameras as "Z6" and "Z7".
 
That left us stuck in the middle. The parent should know the baby's name, right? When asked about this problem, Nikon’s official response was:
 
"“Z” is a letter symbolizing Nikon’s new camera brand. To emphasize this, there is a space between Z and 7/6."
 
Perfect. Now we know the right answer. The problem is that there are a lot more retailer websites listing the camera names incorrectly than Nikon USA websites with the correct names. To a computer, "Z 6" is different than "Z6", so in many cases, the space does matter. Even Google thinks the retailers must be right with its AI suggesting visitors searching for "Z 6" and "Z 7" instead search for "Z6" and "Z7". Retailers (and Google) have now trained those looking for these cameras to search for the space-less model names at an approximately 40:1 ratio.
 
Accuracy in a major product name seems important. Thus, we are leaving the space in place ... at least for now. Help spread the word – save the space!
Post Date: 12/10/2018 8:28:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 7, 2018
B&H has the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
Post Date: 12/7/2018 12:55:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results from the Nikon D850 have been added to the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens Review.
 
This is a key lens for serious Nikon kits. Here are some comparisons:
 
Nikon vs. Canon
Nikon vs. Sony
 
The Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/7/2018 7:54:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – December 7, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced that its anticipated cine lens – Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF – will begin shipping in December 2018 for $3,499.00, with the option to purchase a fully luminous version (FL) for $4,499.00.
 
Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF is a fast and sharp T1.5 cine lens compatible with full-frame camera sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K productions. Featuring a 180-degree focus rotation, this lens is available in EF, E and PL mounts with lens support foot and cap included.
 
It is the ninth lens in the Sigma Cine FF High Speed Prime Line. As a standard lens in the cinema industry, the focal length of 40mm has become an essential part of a typical cine prime set. By adding this lens to the Sigma Cine offering, its cine prime set can now satisfy all the demands of professional cinematographers.
 
Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF is the first lens that was designed and developed for the cinema use rather than converting a still photography lens into a cine lens. This development illustrates Sigma’s commitment to the cine market – by always listening to its customers and what their needs are, and now even more than ever with the fully operational Sigma Burbank showcase facility, Sigma strives to develop new products based on that customer feedback.
 
The Sigma 40mm T1.5 FF lives up to the performance standard required by high-end cinematographers as it achieves the highest optical quality as well as consistent rendering performance over the entire image circle. The lens produces one of the best MTF charts ever, making it an excellent choice for all levels of filmmakers.
 
Prominent Characteristics of Sigma Cine Lenses
 
  • Individual inspection of every single lens with A1 proprietary Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) measuring system using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of their quality control inspections.
  • Computer-based ray tracing has been used from the design stage onward to minimize flare and ghosting and enhance contrast in backlit conditions. Ghosting has also been checked at every prototype stage, with its causes identified, assessed and eliminated.
  • Color balance standardized across the line to make color correction a breeze.
  • Dust-proof and splash-proof construction, with each ring and mount sealed to prevent water and dust from entering.
  • The body is made 100% of metal to stand up to tough professional use over the long term.
  • Luminous paint for enhanced visibility
  • Laser engraving for enhanced durability
  • Mount Conversion Service allows users to convert their lenses to and from EF and E-mounts (charges apply). If the camera system changes, it is possible to simply convert the mount system to continue using the high-performance Sigma lenses.
  • The Sigma USB Dock allows the user to connect the lens to a computer and update firmware, while the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 allows users to enjoy the high performance of Sigma’s Canon EF mount interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body.
B&H carries Sigma Cine lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 12/7/2018 6:12:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 6, 2018
From the Caputre One Blog:
 
The new Capture One 12 offers powerful upgrades to existing tools and introduces new features for efficient workflows. This post will quickly guide you through the best of the best.
 
Re-designed interface and menus
 
The design of Capture One 12 has been refined, providing a flatter and more modern interface with bigger font sizes. This will help photographers not only navigate more easily but also decrease fatigue from having too much to focus on.
 
Additionally, the Tool Tab icons have been re-designed for a better indication of what they represent. Remember, you can always customize the Tool Tabs and their content if needed!
 
Radial and Linear Gradient Masks
 
If you need other tools than a brush to create your masks, look no further! Radial and Linear Gradient Masks are here. They are parametric, meaning you can transform them after they are created making these tools dramatically more flexible than what you could previously do in Capture One.
 
Radial Gradients are the new thing, and they let you create circular masks with soft feathering. They can be transformed, rotated and masked either on the inside or the outside of the round shape. Linear Gradients now allow transforming, moving, rotating and even changing the fall-off asymmetrically.
 
Watch the tutorial below for in-depth information.
 

Luminosity Masks
 
Yes, you read that right. Luminosity masking is now possible in Capture One, and it’s easier than you think.
 
The Luma Range tool can be applied on any mask, even gradients like the above, and will effectively restrict your mask to certain areas based on the luminosity in your image.
 
“Why do I need this?”, you might ask. Well, have you ever wanted to desaturate your shadows a bit? Or apply color grading with more control than the Color Balance Tool can provide? Or maybe add clarity to the clouds in your landscape image with a tricky horizon line? Luminosity masks make all of this a breeze. Watch the tutorial below to learn more.
 

Improved shortcuts with search functionality
 
It’s no secret that Capture One features a massive library of keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts are customizable, letting you do most actions with a few clicks on the keyboard.
 
Capture One 12 makes this much easier. You can now search, not only for features and commands, but also for specific keys to see their function. Additionally, shortcuts for features that were previously inaccessible are added for an even larger library of shortcuts.
 
Plug-in platform
 
Capture One delivers an extensive suite of powerful tools to manage, edit and export images. Now the new Capture One plug-in ecosystem allows third-party developers to create plug-ins that can add even more features and capabilities to Capture One’s toolset. The first plug-ins will enable direct publishing, round-trip editing, and open-with workflows.
 
We are just getting started with plug-ins, much more will come! Find out what’s already available and send us your wishes here: www.phaseone.com/plugins
 
Intelligent copy/apply of adjustments
 
Capture One has a powerful feature to copy adjustments from one image to others. The functionality will auto-select any adjustments applied to an image, making them easy to apply to other images. Previous to Capture One 12, any composition change, for example, a crop, would also be automatically selected and carried over.
 
By default Capture One now exclude compositional changes from the auto-select functionality, making it easy to synchronize edits and color gradings between images with different crops and rotations.
 
Fujifilm Film Simulations
 
If you have ever shot with a Fujifilm X-series camera, you’re probably aware of the built-in simulations like Acros, Classic Chrome, Velvia etc. Extending on the collaboration with Fujifilm, these simulations are now available in Capture One 12 and will change the starting point of your editing to one of these simulations.
 
The simulations are available for Fujifilm camera models as Curves within the Base Characteristics Tool.
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture Pro 12.
Post Date: 12/6/2018 8:53:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
You can pre-order Luminar 3 with Libraries for a reduced price along with additional bonuses during this pre-order offer, December 6- 19, 2018. Those who purchase Luminar during this campaign will instantly receive Luminar 2018 + bonuses and then a free upgrade to Luminar 3 with Libraries after its release on December 18.
 
Pricing
 
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for US$59 ( US$49 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).
  • Current users of Luminar 2018 will be able to update for free .
  • Current users of Luminar 2017 can upgrade for US$49 ( US$39 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).
  • Current users of a Luminar 2018 trial (those who have downloaded it before November 1) can purchase Luminar 2018 for US$49 ( US$39 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).
  • Owners of Skylum legacy products (Creative Kit, Noiseless, Intensify, Tonality, FX Photo Studio, Focus, Snapheal, Filters for Photos) can purchase Luminar for US$49 ( US$39 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).
  • Current users of Aurora HDR (2016–2019) can purchase Luminar for US$49 ( US$39 with your coupon code).
  • Current users of Photolemur can purchase Luminar for US$49 ( US$39 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE
Note that the price after the Luminar 3 with Libraries release will be US$69.
 
Bonuses
 
  • ViewBug: 3-Month Pro Membership (US$42 value)
  • KelbyOne: 2-Month Pro Membership (US$40 value)
  • Rocky Nook: Choice of ANY e-book (US$40 value)
  • Daniel Kordan: Awesome Landscapes Tutorial (US$80 value)
  • Manfrotto & Gitzo: US$20 Gift card with US$120 purchase (US$20 value)
Preorder: Luminar 3 with Libraries
Post Date: 12/6/2018 8:00:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 5, 2018
It is time to put some to-be-anticipated events on the calendar. Consider this a personal invitation to join me for one or all of the following instructional photo tours. Photographers at all skill levels are welcome!
 
Rocky Mountain National Park
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
1 opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
Filled: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
Wait List or Sign Up for 2020.
 

 
Shenandoah National Park
 
"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 

 
Acadia National Park
 
Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019
 
Feel free to contact me with your destination request.
Post Date: 12/5/2018 6:03:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I have the Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 in my hands and it is time to set up the cameras for use. Following are the 31 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Nikon Z 6/7 ready for use.
 
  1. Charge battery
  2. Install neck strap
  3. Mount a lens
  4. Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  5. While looking at an in-focus subject through the viewfinder, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the view is sharp. To do this, pull out on the adjustment knob beside the viewfinder and turn it until the view is sharp. Then press it back in to lock in the setting.
  6. Download and install any Nikon software you want to have available.
  7. Insert memory card
  8. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  9. Playback Menu: Display Options: Highlights, RGB Histogram
  10. Playback Menu: Image review: On
  11. Photo Shooting Menu: Image Quality: NEF (RAW)
  12. Photo Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Neutral with Sharpening = +1, all other parameters set to 0 (this option provides a low contrast view and better shows available dynamic in the histogram)
  13. Photo Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: OFF (Low is also a good option)
  14. Photo Shooting Menu: Vignette control: OFF
  15. Photo Shooting Menu: Diffraction compensation: OFF
  16. Photo Shooting Menu: Auto distortion control: OFF (* I'm not able to turn this setting off with the Z 24-70 f/4 S Lens mounted)
  17. Movie Shooting Menu: Frame size/frame rate: 3840x2160; 30p
  18. Movie Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Standard with Sharpening = +2, Mid-range sharpness = +1, Clarity = +1, all other parameters set to 0
  19. Movie Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: Low
  20. Custom Setting Menu: Auto Focus: AF-C priority selection: Focus
  21. Custom Setting Menu: Auto Focus: AF-S priority selection: Focus
  22. Custom Setting Menu: Auto Focus: Store by orientation: Yes
  23. Custom Setting Menu: Shooting/display: Framing grid display: On
  24. Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/flash: Bracketing order: Under > MTR > over (having my bracketed shots in brightness sequence makes post processing visually easier)
  25. Custom Setting Menu: Controls: Custom control assignment: Sub-selector: Same as multi selector; Sub-selector center: RESET Select center focus point, Fn1 button: AF lock only
  26. Setup Menu: Format memory card
  27. Setup Menu: Time zone and date: <use current>
  28. Setup Menu: Copyright information: <set as desired>, Attach copyright information: selected
  29. Setup Menu: Airplane mode: ON
  30. Setup Menu: Slot empty release lock: Lock (I want the camera to prevent me from taking a picture if a memory card is not installed)
  31. My Menu: Add items: Shooting/display: d4 Exposure delay mode (great for tripod use); Setup menu: Format memory card, Shooting menu: Vibration reduction, Long exposure noise reduction, Flicker reduction, Silent photography, Focus shift shooting
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format (highly recommended). While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will likely be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings any reason (or you purchase a second model), having your list available means you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera into service.
 
More Information
 
Nikon Z 6 | Nikon Z 7
 
The Nikon Z 6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 6 from Lensrentals.
 
The Nikon Z 7 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon Z 7 from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/5/2018 10:37:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Genustech:
 
New headquarters in New York supports expanding media and vlogger teleprompting business
 
Bohemia, NY – December 4, 2018 – Genustech, a global leader in camera accessories technology including matte boxes, filters and more, has officially moved its corporate headquarters to Bohemia, New York. All Genustech operations, including R&D, customer service and support, and manufacturing, have been transitioned to the United States from Hong Kong to allow the company to continue to innovate and grow its product line while maintaining superb customer support.
 
The move in operations puts Genustech at the intersection of media production and technology, enabling the company to meet increased product demands through accelerated manufacturing and shipping. “With the launch of Genustech ScriptShade, we have seen an increase in business in non-traditional broadcast markets, in particular with the online vloggers,” comments Kevin Reilly, president, Genustech. “While traditional broadcast and TV operations remain a cornerstone of our customer base, we have a rapidly growing business across YouTube influencers who have enhanced the quality of their programming as well as efficiency with professional gear like ScriptShade.” Reilly adds, “With the potential growth opportunity in front of us, establishing headquarters in New York puts us in the hub of media activity with tremendous access to talent to expand design, sales, service and manufacturing personnel.”
 
Crafted for the changing media landscape, ScriptShade is a multifunctional, high-quality Matte Box - Teleprompter combination that is lightweight, portable and easy to use. ScriptShade brings professional camera and prompting capabilities in a form factor that is ideal for smaller and remote productions.
 
According to videographer Keith White, “Genustech ScriptShade is a one-of-a-kind handheld teleprompter, with nothing like it on the market. It’s an ideal solution for on-the-go production crews who need a portable kit to enhance the production value and control the narrative at the same time. It’s incredibly cost-effective, self-contained and nicely packaged with an easy and quick setup.”
 
Genustech On-Demand Design and Manufacturing
 
With the Genustech product design and manufacturing teams located in New York in one facility, engineering can incorporate customer feedback into the product design on the spot, with manufacturing building the latest product design to order. Reilly elaborates, “Our core product design philosophy is anchored around customer feedback. With our finger on the pulse of what the customer wants and needs, Genustech can anticipate where the market will grow and thus innovate with new designs and functionality. With such a strong customer support system in place in New York, we are able to always design, build and enhance products on demand.”
 
In addition to Genustech ScriptShade, the company offers other matte boxes & accessories, filters, adapter rings, camera cages, brackets, plates, arms, jibs, cranes, monitors and much more.
 
B&H carries Genustech products including the ScriptShade.
Category: Genustech News
Post Date: 12/5/2018 5:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 4, 2018
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.0.0 to 1.1.0
 
  • The application no longer uses Microsoft Silverlight and consequently a network connection is no longer required.
  • Added support for Russian and Turkish and ended support for Swedish.
  • IPTC categories are now listed both in the selected language and in English.
  • Added support for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
  • Ended support for Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Download: Nikon IPTC Preset Manager v.1.1.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/4/2018 8:29:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, photographer David Bergman explains how to create images with custom shapes in your bokeh. This technique can be a lot of fun and can help you produce some very creative imagery. [Sean]
 
Tall Grass with Birds (Super Color IR)
Post Date: 12/4/2018 6:23:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 3, 2018
From photokina:
Imaging industry and Koelnmesse decide on new starting point for the new annual cycle
 
Following a successful photokina 2018, the German Photo Industry Association (PIV), as conceptual sponsor of the trade fair, and the event's organiser Koelnmesse have agreed not to organise the next leading global trade fair in May 2019, as initially planned, but in May 2020. From Wednesday 27 May 2020 to Saturday 30 May 2020, all the market leaders in the imaging industry are expected once again in Cologne. The decision to postpone the start of the announced annual cycle by one year is intended to give all participants the opportunity to further develop the new concept for photokina and to tap into new target groups among exhibitors and visitors in order to heighten the status of the trade fair as a global platform for the photography and imaging industry.
This is an interesting development because it may reshape when the major camera manufacturers announce new products in 2019. Without the fanfare surrounding the big event, manufacturers won't necessarily feel compelled to announce highly anticipated new products in the weeks leading up to the end of May.
Category: photokina News
Post Date: 12/3/2018 12:42:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: UniqBall IQuick3Pod 40.4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
What if the tripod spider became a ball housing and the top plate became the ball? Great idea!
 
The UniqBall IQuick3Pod 40.4 Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H and Adorama
Post Date: 12/3/2018 7:22:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Meredith Stotzner uses Curves in Photoshop to add a ‘pop’ to her images. Find out how the Targeted Adjustment Tool helps her achieve the tones she wants.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/3/2018 6:56:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 30, 2018
On the evening of January 20, North/South America, Greenland and Iceland will be treated to a total lunar eclipse – or blood moon – with the full moon at perigee (supermoon).
 
At this point, the full moon will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest distance from earth (full moon at apogee, a.k.a. micromoon). Between now and January, be on the lookout for good vantage points to capture the big event. Want more information and tips for photographing a lunar eclipse? B&H has you covered.
 
Here are the details for a couple of cities on the east coast and west coast (from timeanddate.com):
 
New York City, New York, USA
Duration:5 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds
Duration of totality:1 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds
Penumbral begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 9:36:29 pm
Partial begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 10:33:54 pm
Full begins:Jan 20, 2019 at 11:41:17 pm
Maximum:Jan 21, 2019 at 12:12:14 am
Full ends:Jan 21, 2019 at 12:43:15 am
Partial ends:Jan 21, 2019 at 1:50:39 am
Penumbral ends:Jan 21, 2019 at 2:48:02 am

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

Category: Eclipse News
Post Date: 11/30/2018 8:22:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
 
Use The Power of 3D to Apply Amazing Contrast, Depth, and Dimension to Your Portraits in Photoshop! Learn how to make the images pop by generating three-dimensional bump maps.
 
In this tutorial, we have two examples to illustrate how to automatically add the highlights and shadows to just the right places very easily, and create intricate details to make the image come to life.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 11/30/2018 6:28:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Nikon Z 6 with Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens is in stock at B&H and Adorama with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine
  • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • 273-Point Phase-Detect AF System
  • Built-In 5-Axis Vibration Reduction
  • 0.80x 3.6m-Dot EVF with NIKKOR Optics
  • 3.2" 2.1m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 12 fps Shooting; ISO 100-51200
  • NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens
  • FTZ Mount Adapter
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/30/2018 6:16:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 29, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode you will learn about producing your own sound effects which is also known as creating a Foley.
Post Date: 11/29/2018 9:34:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality (noise) test results have been added to the Nikon D850 page.
 
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon D850 compared to Nikon Z 7
Nikon D850 compared to Canon EOS 5Ds R
Nikon D850 compared to Sony a7R III
 
Note that these images were processed in their respective brand's RAW converter (Sony-blessed Capture One Express for Sony was used for the a7R III results). With a sharpness setting of one (our current Nikon and Canon standard), the Canon appears undersharpened.
 
Also note that I updated this tool to permit additional scenarios, including not-full-stop ISO settings for some cameras. The D850 (and Z 7) results have ISO 32 (extended) and ISO 64 included and (I'm sure you have been anxiously awaiting this) ISO 40000 results for the EOS R are now included. Please report any problems found.
 
Please share these results with your friends with Nikon-based kits!
 
The Nikon D850 is (finally) in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorders).
 
Great deal: Save nearly $330 on the D850 in 10-condition at B&H used.
 
Rent the Nikon D850 from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 11/29/2018 8:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 28, 2018
From CyberLink:
 
Subscribers can access the latest features and unlimited premium add-ons with valuable yet affordable subscription plans
 
Taipei, Taiwan—November, 28th 2018 — CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW), the world’s leading consumer multimedia software company, today released PhotoDirector 365, the subscription version of CyberLink’s award-winning photo editing software, PhotoDirector. PhotoDirector 365 ensures subscribers always get the latest product and feature updates, as well as unlimited access to an ever-growing collection of premium add-ons, templates & unique AI Style Packs, offering the best photo editing and creation package available.
 
PhotoDirector 365 provides a comprehensive and robust photo editing solution with easy-to-use tools, streamlined workflow, and point-of-use tutorials. It incorporates a variety of PhotoDirector’s powerful editing tools like Layer Packs, HDR, Black & White and Split Tone Presets, Motion Still, Keystone Correction, and 360° photo editing. It comes with the latest advanced features in the recently released PhotoDirector 10 Ultra, including the support of AI Style Effects, Tethered Shooting and Soft Proofing. Subscribers will be able to turn their photos into works of art, and enhance their photography editing workflow.
 
PhotoDirector 365’s subscribers have unlimited access to a wide and growing collection of CyberLink’s premium add-ons. They include AI Style Effects for Oil Paintings, Mosaic Art, Pencil Sketches and Watercolors, Express Layer Template Packs for multi-layer projects, and background music to create slideshow videos. A number of new style packs are released every quarter, providing PhotoDirector 365 subscribers with hundreds of dollars’ worth of unique tools throughout the life of their subscription.
 
"Software subscription plans consistently offer users new unique tools to ensure they stay ahead of the creative curve. People are striving to discover new features and techniques that will push boundaries and stimulate their inspiration, and our subscription service does just that," said Dr. Jau Huang, CEO of CyberLink. “PhotoDirector 365 provides value, flexibility and all the tools, effects and plug-ins content creators need to bring their artistic visions to life.”
 
365 Subscription Benefits
 
  • Unlimited access to CyberLink professional effects, templates and style packs for photo editing
  • Unlimited access to CyberLink AI Style Packs for PhotoDirector
  • Exclusive sound effect and background music packs every month
  • Always up-to-date with the very latest version of PhotoDirector, features and supported formats
Versions & Pricing
 
  • PhotoDirector 10 Ultra: US$99.99
  • PhotoDirector 365 (Monthly Plan – 1 month): US$14.99
  • PhotoDirector 365 (Quarterly Plan – 3 months): US$29.99 (US$9.99/month)
  • PhotoDirector 365 (Annual Plan – 12 months): US$54.99 (US$4.58/month)
Product Availability
 
The above products are available in select retail outlets worldwide in the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Japanese and Korean.
 
B&H carries CyberLink PhotoDirector 10.
Category: CyberLink News
Post Date: 11/28/2018 8:56:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality (noise) test results have been added to the Nikon Z 6 page.
 
Here are some comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon Z 6 compared to Nikon Z 7
Nikon Z 6 compared to Nikon Z 7 (both overexposed 2 stops)
Nikon Z 6 compared to Nikon Z 7 (both underexposed 3 stops)
Nikon Z 6 compared to Canon EOS R
Nikon Z 6 compared to Sony a7 III
 
Note that these images were processed in their respective brand's RAW converter (Sony-blessed Capture One Express for Sony was used for the a7 III results). With a sharpness setting of 1 (our current Nikon and Canon standard), the Canon appears under-sharpened. Note that I'm sharing ISO 50 results for this camera.
 
The Nikon Z 6 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorders).
 
Rent the Nikon Z 6 from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 11/28/2018 7:52:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has what looks to be a new, exclusive, high-end brand of carbon fiber tripods available – Robus.
 
It will be interesting to see how the Robus Vantage tripods stack up against the established brands in this segment, including Gitzo and Really Right Stuff.
 
Robus Vantage Tripod Highlights
 
  • 10x Carbon Fiber Legs
  • CNC-Machined Aluminum Spider
  • Interchangeable Top Plates
  • All Surface Capable
  • Variable Leg Angles with Twist Leg Locks
  • Tactile and Comfortable Rubber Leg Grips
Post Date: 11/28/2018 6:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Image quality (noise) test results have been added to the Nikon Z 7 page.
 
Here are a couple of comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon Z 7 compared to Canon EOS R
Nikon Z 7 compared to Sony a7R III
 
Note that these images were processed in their respective brand's RAW converter (Sony-blessed Capture One Express for Sony was used for the a7R III results). With a sharpness setting of one (our current Nikon and Canon standard), the Canon appears undersharpened.
 
The Nikon Z 7 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorders).
 
Great deal: Save up to nearly $700 on the Z 7 at B&H used, including an "Open Box with full manufacturer warranty" option with $400 savings (I took this option to get the test camera).
 
Rent the Nikon Z 7 from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 11/27/2018 8:53:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In Ep143 of Two Minute Tips, David Bergman shows you how to get reflections under your subject using clear sheets of acrylic.
 
Amazon carries clear plexiglass.
Post Date: 11/27/2018 6:32:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 26, 2018
Just posted: ProMediaGear TR344/TR344L Pro-Stix Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
If you appreciate high-precision USA CNC-machined photography accessories have not heard of ProMediaGear, add this name to your brand name short list. And with a 10% off Cyber Monday discount at B&H and Adorama, there's never been a better time to get a ProMediaGear tripod (sale ends tomorrow at midnight).
 
The ProMediaGear TR344/TR344L Pro-Stix Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 11/26/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 22, 2018
To Our Loyal Visitors,
 
Earlier this month – November 6, to be exact – we quietly celebrated the site's 15th birthday. Bryan sent me an email to let me know about the momentous occasion, but neither of us had the time to create a post to announce that the site can now get a learner's driving permit in 23 states.
 
Of course, being busy is a good thing.
 
With that in mind, as we prepare to enjoy Thanksgiving with our own families, we wanted to take this moment to convey our thankfulness for you and the friendship that so many of you have offered. We so much appreciate you stopping by the site all these years and for your support. We're extremely fortunate to be able to share our love of photography and photography gear with you and we hope to be here for you for many years to come.
 
Sincerely,
Sean
Post Date: 11/22/2018 10:36:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron has added general Nikon Z 7 / FTZ Adapter support via firmware updates for the following lenses:
 
  • Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 for Nikon
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 for Nikon
  • Tamron 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD for Nikon
A Tamron TAP-in Console is required for the firmware updates.
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in uneven peripheral illumination in shots taken at short focal lengths with VR enabled.
Download: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Firmware v.1.01
Post Date: 11/22/2018 7:09:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Nikon has added Z 6 compatibility to the newest versions of Camera Control Pro 2 and Wireless Transmitter Utility. Download links below.
 
Download Nikon Software Updates
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/21/2018 9:15:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 20, 2018
'Tis the season for adding much wanted gear to your photography kit as well as buying gifts for all your close family and friends. As you shop this holiday season, please remember that this site is supported by your purchases. Using our links to make your purchases doesn't cost you anything additional, but it brings vital support that we need to keep the site updated with fresh content including photography tips, lab tests and gear reviews. This site is here for you and it is up to you to keep us funded to continue working for you – your support is needed right now. Without it, we simply couldn't do what we do.
 
Just use one of the many retailer links on this site immediately prior to purchasing anything from that retailer (it doesn't have to be photography related) and in turn, we receive the support needed to serve you. Other options, including direct one-time and monthly donations are available on our support page.
 
If you see what looks like a deal at a local store, that deal is likely also available at one of the online retailers we work with. Shopping at one of our primary retailers will allow you to avoid driving in traffic and waiting in long shopping lines. Spend that extra time photographing or sharing ever-fleeting moments with your family. Better yet, do both, documenting your family togetherness time.
 
There have already been some great deals posted to the site over the last couple of days. Many Canon items are at their lowest price ever thanks to special holiday instant rebates, including higher-than-ever rebates on the 5D Mark IV and 6D Mark II with free battery grips. Not to be outdone, several popular Sony a-series cameras are also at their lowest price ever. This week (including Cyber Monday) is typically your best opportunity to save big on photography gear. Be sure to take advantage of the savings before the best deals are gone.
 
Along with purchasing items to use personally over the holidays or to gift to someone else, this is a good time to consider renting something fun for recording the holidays. Renting from LensRentals.com is another win-win for you and TDP.
 
We are grateful for your support!
Post Date: 11/20/2018 12:22:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Lume Cube AIR LED Light in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact 30' Waterproof Photo/Video Light
  • 1/4"-20 Mounting Thread & Magnetic Rear
  • Supports Phone, Action Cam, Other Mounts
  • 5600K Daylight Color Temperature, 90 CRI
  • 400 Lux Brightness at 3.3'
  • Lens Custom-Designed for Smooth Falloff
  • Onboard Button & Lume-X iOS/Android App
  • Four Brightness Levels, Strobe Mode
  • 2.5-Hour Runtime at 50% Brightness
  • 30 to 45-Minute Runtime at Full
Post Date: 11/20/2018 11:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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