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 Thursday, October 5, 2017

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Hot off the release of the new Nikon D850, B&H got a chance to give four of our photographers some time with the camera. With an incredible new 45.7MP sensor, massively improved auto-focus, 4k video, and even post-friendly features such as focus stacking, we see just what the D850 is capable of.
B&H carries the Nikon D850.
Post Date: 10/5/2017 7:18:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 4, 2017
From Photoshelter:
15 new photographers pull back the curtain & share how they got the shot
We partnered with Tether Tools for the third edition of How I Got The Shot. Inside, 15 new photographers breakdown how they arrived at their final vision — sharing work in commercial, fashion, portrait, time-lapse, headshot photography, and more.
Photographers like Scott Kelby, Clay Cook, and Vanessa Joy walk through:
  • Lighting setups
  • Post-processing workflows
  • Logistics and gear
  • BTS videos with step-by-step direction
You’ll learn that there is no one formula to ‘getting the shot’ – and that’s okay. Most importantly, you’ll walk away with tons of inspiration for your next project.
Get the Free Guide
Post Date: 10/4/2017 11:38:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a very limited time, Amazon has the Refurbished Apple iPad Air, 32GB / Black with Space Gray available for $239.99. Compare at $374.00 new.
Post Date: 10/4/2017 10:46:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens (Condition: 9) available for $4,349.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $6,996.95 new.
B&H also has lower grade used Nikon 200-400 f/4G VR II lenses available for slightly less.
From Adobe:
Being creative with your photos has never been easier.
October 4, 2017 – The Elements team is excited to announce the release of Photoshop Elements 2018 & Premiere Elements 2018.
Before we get into what’s new for this release, we’d like to reassure you that you didn’t miss versions 16 and 17! Moving forward both apps will take on the upcoming year of their release in-lieu of a version number; hence, the transition from version 15 to Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018.
With that, let’s get to the good stuff.
Over the years, the Elements products have emphasized easy photo and video organization, editing, creation, and sharing by combining content intelligence with a user-friendly interface and modes for every level of user.
This release focuses on enhancing the experience even further for memory keepers with hassle free organization, automated editing and some fun new Guided Edits that walk you through how to edit and create. As you’ll see, there are a number of exciting new features and enhancements so being creative with your photos and videos has never been easier.
Here’s what’s new and enhanced:
Adobe Elements Organizer 2018
  • Auto-Curate – You no longer need to painfully look through a large batch of your photos to select the best ones. The Elements Organizer now automatically curates your photos based on quality, faces, subjects and more.
  • Totally reimagined slideshows – Slideshows are a popular and fun way to showcase and share your memories, and now you can turn your curated photos and video clips into stylish and dynamic slideshows with just one click. And of course you can add your own personal touch by choosing a different theme and music, or adding captions.
  • New Guided Edits – Guided Edits transform seemingly complex tasks into easy to follow step-by-step instructions that guide you to fantastic results. Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements now offer 67 Guided Edits, including eight brand new ones in this release.
  • Swap Backgrounds – Replace backgrounds in seconds by selecting the subject of a photo and placing it on a background that’s more interesting.
  • Create Double Exposures – Double exposures continue to grow in popularity, but are difficult and time consuming. No more with this new Guided Edit that brings one photo to life within another to create the surreal effect.
  • Add Artistic Overlay Effects – Embellish any photo with a shape overlay and one-click effects that make it a work of art. This Guided Edit is great for scrapbook pages and photo crafts.
  • Make Amazing Watercolors – With this Guided Edit, turn any photo into a beautiful, textured watercolor—and even finish it off with text.
  • Create fun bounce-back effects – Get step-by-step help making a segment of your video run forward and backward repetitively. Export your bounce-back effect as an animated GIF or short video clip that you can quickly share across social channels with your friends and family.
  • Freeze frames with motion titles – Another new Guided Edit that helps you create a freeze frame of your video and add an eye-catching motion title for pro-looking results.
  • Fix Action Cam Footage – Eliminate the wide angle fisheye effect of action cams with guidance on how to expertly trim, correct color, and fix lens distortions so it looks its best.
  • Create animated social posts – Create a short visual story to share on social media by embellishing a video clip with either static or animated text.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018
  • Automatic Selection – Making a perfect selection is always tough, so we’ve simplified the process. With the new Auto Selection, making precise photo selections has never been easier – simply click, drag and it’s done.
  • Open closed eyes like magic – This happens all the time. You take several group photos and in every one someone has their eyes closed. Well we’ve got a fix for that. Photoshop Elements can now automatically copy the open eyes from one photo and blend them into another to create the perfect shot.
Adobe Premiere Elements 2018
  • Candid Moments – Now you can automatically extract great photos from your raw video footage with ease, and never need to worry about missing that critical photo while shooting your videos.
  • Smart Trim – Automatically trim the bad scenes and keep the good ones based on the style of your video. Smart Trim finds and brings together the best scenes based on the style of your video, and you can even customize that automation.
These are just some of the new and enhanced features in Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018. We hope you’re as excited about this release as we are and look forward to your feedback.
– The Elements Team
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 and Premiere Elements 2018 available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/4/2017 8:58:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
One or more of your camera's custom mode settings is your most-frequently-used mode, right? If not, you will probably find the Custom Shooting Modes and How Bryan Configures "C" Modes article useful.
If you've already read that page, I'll share the reason for my update:
Until recently, I reserved my camera's Custom Mode 3 for use in whatever unique situation I happen to be in. But, I've come to the conclusion that "Wildlife" is the pursuit that my Custom Mode 3 was most-frequently programmed for. In addition, after some experimenting while photographing elk in Rocky Mountain National Park last week, I determined that AF Case 4 (better accommodating erratically moving subjects) produced a better AI Servo AF experience for this type of photography than the case I most often used, Case 1 (optimized for general purpose needs). For the combination of those two reasons, I now reserve Custom Mode 3 for my most-frequently-used wildlife photography settings.
I should note that, because I am most often using a single AF point with the surrounding AF points in assist mode (not using the AF point auto switching feature), AF Case 6 should produce identical results to AF Case 4. And, AF Case 3, with an even slightly higher tracking sensitivity, stands to be another good AF Case option for wildlife photography.
If you are not using custom modes, and your camera has at least one of them available, consider learning to use this most-useful position on the mode dial.
More details here: Custom Shooting Modes and How Bryan Configures "C" Modes
Post Date: 10/4/2017 8:34:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
The breakthrough year for Sigma Global Vision Art, Contemporary and Sport lenses on display; brand new lens addition to be unveiled; Sigma Pros light up stage with new presentations
Ronkonkoma, NY – October 4, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, will showcase its full line up of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 26-28, 2017 (booth 837). The company will also have on hand its breakthrough optics for the cinema market – the Sigma Cine high-speed Primes and Zooms – as well as the Foveon sensor-based sd Quattro and Quattro H cameras. “Sigma has had a landmark year with the introduction of seven new lenses across our Global Vision and Cine product lines,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our research and development team is dedicated to creating superior optics that meet the ever-growing requirements of today’s high resolution cameras, taking advantage of every possible design and element to capture the greatest picture detail for both still and moving images. We look forward to showcasing the culmination of what has been a remarkable year in optical advancements for Sigma at this year’s PPE event.” Sigma 2017 introductions include the award-winning 14mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art, 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Sigma Global Vision lenses and the new Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 prime lenses.
Sigma Special PPE Presentation – Sigma Pro Phenom Jen Rozenbaum
Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum will take the PPE stage on Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM to deliver a PPE Master Class on “How to make every woman look amazing.” Jen will share with attendees her vast experience in boudoir photography, providing top tips and secret tricks - from wardrobe to posing - that flatter all women. Jen’s presentation will help attendees understand how to best dress and pose any woman of any size and shape as well as gain confidence behind the camera whether they are shooting boudoir, wedding or seniors!
Master Photographers Take the Sigma Stage
Showcasing the very best in photography craft, the expanded Sigma Pro family will headline the Sigma stage and offer attendees a behind the lens look at the techniques and technology that captured some of the year’s most outstanding photographs in the areas of aviation, editorial, glamour, landscapes, travel and weddings.
This year’s prestigious Sigma Pro PPE stage line-up includes outdoor sports and adventure travel photographer Liam Doran, aviation photo expert Jim Koepnick, renowned bird and travel photographer Roman Kurywczak, fearless woman photographer Jen Rozenbaum, and glamour and wedding photographer Jim Schmelzer.
For the Sigma Pro presentation schedule days and times, please visit: ?
Sigma Super Giveaways at PPE 2017
PPE 2017 attendees who visit Sigma at booth 837 will have a chance to enter and win a Sigma grand giveaway – a 24-70mm F2.8 Art – an MSRP value of $1299.00 USD!
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/4/2017 7:13:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Changes from Version 1.2.9 to Version 1.2.10
  • Fixed an issue with the Map workspace that resulted in maps not displaying correctly.
Download: Nikon ViewNX-i 1.2.10
Post Date: 10/4/2017 5:46:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the HGST 8TB Deskstar 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS Drive Kit available for $229.99 with free shipping. Regularly $329.99.
Product Highlights
  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • 3.5" Form Factor
  • SATA III 6 Gb/s Interface
  • 128MB Cache
  • 7200 rpm
  • 1 Million Hours MTBF
  • Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS)
 Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Every season provides unique benefits for capturing the world through a camera lens, but the fall season is probably my favorite. For those in North America (and the Northeast, especially), fall provides us with a beautiful array of colors in foliage and excellent opportunities to capture family holidays like Thanksgiving and Halloween or fast-paced action with high school and college sporting events ready to be frozen in time.
Want to sharpen your photography skills or otherwise enjoy some inspiration before setting out? Check out our Fall Photography Tips and then start planning your next photography outing!
Post Date: 10/3/2017 10:27:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

I must admit – I've wanted the ability to rotate the clone stamp tool many times but didn't realize it was possible. That tip alone makes this video worth watching. [Sean]
From the PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
Two Techniques and Shortcuts to Perform Better Cloning with Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop. Learn to customize the cloned sample to match with the surroundings, thus giving you a much more accurate replacement for the thing you want to remove or introduce.
In this video, we will learn how to rotate and scale the sample taken in the clone stamp tool to better line up the edges and create more convincing and natural cover-ups! Hope this video helps you. Thank you for watching.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/3/2017 9:52:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Glyph Technologies 480GB Blackbox Plus USB 3.1 Type-C External Solid-State Drive available for $144.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.95.
Product Highlights
  • 480GB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 450 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
  • Fanless Design
  • Preformatted for Mac
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
  • Includes 1-Year Advance Replacement
MindShift Gear has their MindShift Gear UltraLight Backpacks on sale for 20% off.
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:49:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
If you ever wanted to dabble in digital medium format, the financial bar for entry just got $1,500 lower.
B&H has the Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera available for $5,496.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $6,996.95.
Product Highlights
  • 51.4MP CMOS Sensor - 43.8 x 32.8 mm
  • Prime III Image Processor
  • Anti-Alias Filter-Less Design
  • 3.2" 1037K Dot Tiltable Air-Gapless LCD
  • Full HD 1080 60i/30p/24p Video Capture
  • ISO Sensitivity Range of 100 - 204,800
  • SAFOX II TTL 27 Point Autofocus System
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Weather Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Pentax Flucard and Eye-Fi Compatible
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:42:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has several Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags nicely discounted for a limited time.
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:28:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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