(Page 14) RSS Feed for  Report News & Deals  ►

 Monday, September 4, 2017
B&H has the following new DJI drones available for preorder:
 
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Integrated 12MP 4K Camera
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • 4 dB Quieter Than Mavic Pro
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • DJI GO App-Based Control and Monitoring
  • Top Speed of 40 mph in Sport Mode
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flight Time
  • Tap- and Gesture-Based Commands


DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Edition
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1" 20MP CMOS Sensor
  • Electroplated Magnesium Gimbal
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
  • Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Distinctive Matte-Gray Obsidian Finish
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 9/4/2017 3:37:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Porta Brace PB-2750F Hard Case with Foam Interior (Blue) available for $179.99 with free shipping. Regularly $245.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Video, Audio and Photo Equipment
  • TTX01 High-strength Resin Case
  • Cubed Foam Interior
  • Hard Rigid Grip Handles
  • Retractable Handle
  • Built-in Wheels
B&H has the Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro APS-C Lens for Canon available for $249.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $449.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Canon APS-C Cameras
  • 19-45mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • Silent Drive-Module AF Motor
  • AF/MF Clutch Mechanism
  • Molded Glass Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Glass
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2017 12:26:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sold: B&H has the Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Open Box) available for $399.95 with free shipping. Compare at $489.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.7"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.9", Ball Diameter 2.2"
  • Weight: 1.96 lb
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
Tamron's newest instant and mail-in rebate program runs from September 3 to October 28 and includes a very attractive $100.00 instant rebate on the popular SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD.
 
Most of the rebates listed below are instant rebates, with the only exceptions being the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD being mail-in rebates.
 
Note: The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 VC aren't officially part of the new rebate program, however, they remain discounted because of relevant G2 lens introductions.
 
Tamron Instant and Mail-in Rebates
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$130.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$190.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 9/4/2017 6:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Photographic legend meets ballet’s enfant terrible. Albert Watson’s painterly eye and mastery of light, and Sergei Polunin’s astonishing physicality were ably assisted by the Profoto Pro-10. And the result? Extraordinary imagery we were proud to be a part of. Watch the BTS to learn from one of the great masters of photography.
 
B&H carries Profoto gear.
Post Date: 9/4/2017 5:22:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 2, 2017
How to Process Solar Eclipse Exposure Bracketed Images – A Simple HDR Technique Like scores of others, you (probably) and I photographed the solar eclipse this year. While partial solar eclipse images are easy to process (simply make them bright without blowing the red channel), the total eclipse images when bracketed, are in a different league in terms of complexity. So, like me, you are probably now asking, "How do I process the exposure-bracketed total eclipse pictures?" While there were many articles teaching us how to photograph the eclipse, those telling us how to process the images we captured during totality are scarce.
 
A great solar eclipse photography strategy is to extensively bracket exposures during totality, when the corona becomes visible. While the corona is relatively bright just outside the edges of the moon, it becomes very dim far away from the sun. Of course, with the sun being 93 million miles away, the word "far" takes on a significant meaning.
 
While I hoped I could simply load a set of bracketed-exposure images into my favorite HDR software (Photomatix or Photoshop) and be finished, the results returned were not acceptable to me for a couple of reasons. The primary problem was that the software did not properly align the moon (it moves across the frame in subsequent images), creating ghosting and still did so even if I pre-aligned the moon in each image. I could have overlaid the moon from a single frame, but ... I still wasn't satisfied with the overall look of the results.
 
In the end, after numerous trial and error attempts, I settled on an easy, relatively fast way to merge the results in Photoshop as my solution. Note that there are many techniques that can be used to process a stack of bracketed total solar eclipse images, so don't think this is the only option. But, this technique is easy and it produces a nice result.
 
Hopefully you captured your images in RAW format for the highest quality and in that case, processing those RAW files into 16-bit TIFF format is the first step needed.
 
Next, the images need to be loaded into layers in Photoshop. I use Adobe Bridge for this task, browsing to the folder the files are located in, clicking on the first of the series and shift-clicking on the last to select them all. Then select the "Tools" menu, "Photoshop", "Load files into Photoshop Layers ..." and a new Photoshop document will open with all of the images stacked in layers.
 
Unless you were using a tracking mount, the moon disk will need to be aligned in the layers. I simply moved each layer into identical position. Click on the layer and move it using the move tool. Toggle layer visibility of the image containing the targeted moon position for use as a guide and use the arrow keys to slide the layer being adjusted into position.
 
Once the images are properly aligned, crop the image as desired. Trimming away the missing edges and centering the sun was my decision.
 
Next, Order the layers from top down in darkest to brightest sequence. Because I set up the camera to shoot brackets from darkest to brightest (using three custom modes), this sequencing happened automatically for me.
 
Select the first/top layer and shift-click on the second-to-last layer. With all except one layer selected, reduce the layer opacity using the "Opacity" box at the top of the layers palette. Try starting at 20% and adjust to taste from there. I suggest keeping the image on the bright side at this point.
 
Making the opacity adjustment (likely) immediately produced an image that looks decent, but one ready for some contrast adjustment. Click on the top layer and create a new adjustment layer. The adjustment layer type you should select depends on your Photoshop skill level, but it needs to be a contrast-adjusting layer type that you are comfortable with, curves being the most powerful and levels being very easy. Use the adjustments the selected tool offers to bring life into the image. If using curves, try selecting two points to create an S-curve that darkens the darks colors and brightens the light (though likely only slight brightening is needed if the layer opacities were set low enough). If using levels, try reducing the mid adjustment slider. You may find that adding multiple adjustment layers is helpful. The beauty of adjustment layers is that they are non-destructive and can be created or deleted at any time.
 
Because the edges of the moon become brighter as the exposure becomes increases, the edges of my moon were not as crisp as I liked. Also, Baily's Beads were one of my favorite aspects for the solar eclipse and they were only found in the images captured just before C2 and just before C3. So, I incorporated an additional layer into the top of my layer stack and used a layer mask to make only the lunar disk and Baily's Beads visible. This means a black mask (use CTRL-I with a newly-created mask selected), with the desired visible attributes painted white (I used the paint brush). Another option for sharpening the moon is to duplicate one of the existing layers (CTRL-J), likely a darker one, giving it a 100% opacity and a layer mask with only the lunar disk made visible.
 
A technique that can be used to bring out some contrast in the corona is via Photoshop's High Pass filter. There are a number of ways to do this, but here is one of them:
 
Select and combine all layers by clicking on the topmost layer, shift-clicking on the last and pressing CTRL-E. Then copy the combined layers to the clipboard by press CTRL-A to select the entire image and then pressing CTRL-C to copy it. Next, undo changes until one step back past the layer-combining step. Select the top layer and press CTRL-V to paste in the copied combined layer.
 
With the new layer selected, desaturate it by pressing CTRL-SHFT-U. Implement the High Pass filter selecting from the menu: "Filter" > "Other" > "High Pass...". From the High Pass filter dialog, adjust the radius until it seems like the results will work well, with a low value being good for sharpening hard edges such as the border of the moon and a high value being good for adjusting overall image contrast, such as the corona.
 
The next step is to change the blending mode of the High Pass layer to "Overlay" by using the blending mode drop-down list founds at the top of the layer palette. The opacity of the High Pass layer can be adjusted to reduce the amount of effect and a mask can be used to hide undesirable portions of that layer. You can create a second or even third High Pass layer if you think it will help.
 
Adjust individual or smaller groups of layer opacities is another step that can be taken to optimize the final appearance.
 
For the total solar eclipse HDR image shown here, I combined eight 1-stop-bracketed exposures (out of 14 captured) using opacity values of 100% on the bottom (the brightest frame), 25% for the next three up, 20% for the next three up and 30% for the darkest layer on top. The top layer has a layer mask that allows only the center of this frame to show with a strongly-feathered border creating a natural transition to the layer below (one click in the center with a very large, totally-soft paint brush tool selected).
 
With so many options available, you may decide it worthwhile to create multiple versions of your HDR image and that is a great idea. You worked hard to prepare for and capture the solar eclipse, so having multiple images processed differently simply increases the reward.
 
Try this technique and let us know how it works for you! If you like it, share it with others. If you know how to improve it, share that with us. I may update this article as feedback comes in, so ... it might be worth stopping back to read it again later.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
For a limited time, Amazon has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 & Premiere Elements 15 available for $67.49. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Turn frowns upside down Transform frowns into smiles, adjust squinting eyes and make other quick tweaks, so everyone in your photos looks their best.
  • Guided Edits for help along the way Photoshop Elements offers 45 Guided Edits that step you through to fantastic results.
  • Picture incredible text Get step-by-step help turning a photo into cool visual text and then adding an embossed look and drop shadows to really make it pop. Great for collages, scrapbook pages, cards, signs, and more.
  • System Requirement Note: Only compatible with 64-bit processors
Post Date: 9/2/2017 7:46:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 1, 2017
Want to know what happens when you don't take the proper precautions to safeguard your (or your rental company's) gear when photographing an eclipse? If so, you will find the latest LensRentals Blog post to be quite illuminating.
 
In their latest blog installment, LensRentals shows us rental gear returned with holes burned into sensors, damaged mirror box assemblies and melted aperture blades.
 
See the entire post on the LensRentals Blog.
Post Date: 9/1/2017 12:15:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Strength of Lexar Brand Combined with Longsys’ Consumer Storage Dedication Enables Continued Support to Existing Lexar Customers as well as Exciting New Growth Opportunities
 
SHENZHEN, China and SAN JOSE, Calif (Aug. 31, 2017) – Longsys, a world leader in consumer flash storage, today announced that it has acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights from Micron Technology, Inc. The Lexar brand has long been recognized as a leading brand for high-performance, high-reliability removable storage solutions for a wide variety of applications, such as the professional photography market. This acquisition provides assurance to existing Lexar customers that the solutions and support they have come to expect from Lexar branded products will continue to be available. Additionally, the market reach and product breadth provided by Longsys promises to expand the Lexar customer experience into new market segments and geographies.
 
“We are very honored to acquire the Lexar brand,” said Huabo Cai, CEO of Longsys Electronics Limited. “Lexar has built a great brand name and our vision is to make it even greater. Existing customers can rest assured that the innovative solutions and excellent support that they have experienced from Lexar will continue. The mission to make Lexar the go-to brand for high-performance removable storage continues, and we will expand upon it to offer even more compelling solutions as the age of wireless and big-data impact the consumer storage markets.”
 
Longsys has been focused on flash storage for over 18 years and provides a broad portfolio of solutions. Its embedded storage brand FORESEE is leading in the market in China and growing rapidly on a worldwide basis. The company develops complete solutions, including software and hardware, which is key to innovation and deploying leading-edge flash technologies, such as 3D NAND. Longsys currently sells over 100 million flash-based products to the market on an annual basis. Lexar customers will benefit from the strategy and company culture of Longsys, including innovation, stability, strict quality control, localized and customized support and services, and a consumer storage focus.
 
Longsys envisions continued growth in the removable storage market, as many industry trends impact the consumer, including big data, wireless, and Quality of Service (QoS). Virtual reality, 8K video, automotive infotainment, video surveillance and drones are all examples of emerging applications expected to drive demand for high-performance, high-reliability removable storage. Longsys, with its focus on consumer storage, innovation, quality and reliability, is uniquely positioned to offer Lexar products and services to help solve these complex problems and provide solutions the market will demand.
 
B&H carries Lexar memory cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 9/1/2017 11:26:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
These charts, especially that from the TS-E 135mm f/4L, should make you say "Wow!" Find all of Canon's current TS-E lens MTF charts along with some other models in comparison format here:
 
Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens
Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Macro Lens
 
Perhaps now we know why these lenses are priced are so high.
 
Preorders for All New Canon Products
 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens - B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens - B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens - B&H | Amazon| Adorama | Wex Photographic
Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens - B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash - B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Canon EOS M100 - B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/1/2017 8:33:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sony a7R II-captured Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens page.
 
With the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens being announced, it seemed an appropriate time to take a look at the Sony alternative.
 
The Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 9/1/2017 8:19:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through September 4, you can save 20% on 3, 5, 7 and 10-day New York Passes.
 
With prices scheduled to increase September 5, there's no better time than now to get your New York Passes. For anyone traveling to New York City within the next 12 months, a New York Pass can help you save a decent amount of money if planning to visit even a small number of popular destinations.
 
New York Pass Highlights
 
  • Save time and money — The New York Pass makes sightseeing easy
  • Great value — Save up to 70% when visiting just 3 attractions a day
  • More choice — Over 90 NY attractions to choose from
  • Unlimited — The ONLY pass that lets you see as many attractions as you like
  • Fast track — Skip ticket lines at many of the busiest places
  • Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off Tours included
Post Date: 9/1/2017 8:11:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello Bluetooth ShutterBoss Advanced Intervalometer for Canon/Nikon available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Bluetooth Communication with iOS Devices
  • Use Free Vello app
  • Compatible to iOS 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Multiple Shooting Modes
  • Intervalometer with 10 Scheduling Modes
  • 9999 Maximum Shots
  • Powered by 2 AAA Batteries
Through this weekend, B&H has the Cotton Carrier Cotton Carrier-Lite for Regular SLR Camera Body with Lens Attached available for $39.00 with free shipping. Regularly $99.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Heavy-duty Padded Waist Belt
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap
  • Camera Tether
  • Removable Side Holster
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 |    
Canon News, Nikon News Archives
2017   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct
2016   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2015   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2014   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2013   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2012   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2011   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2010   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2009   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2008   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2007   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2006   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
2005   Jan   Feb   Mar   Apr   May   Jun   Jul   Aug   Sep   Oct   Nov   Dec
Feedback
Help  |  © 2017 The Digital Picture, LLC  |  Bryan CarnathanPowered By Christ!