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 Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Putting up the Christmas tree is a highly-anticipated annual event at our house. We visit a local tree farm, driving up into the hills to select the perfect tree. The off-road 4x4 driving with the family might be my favorite part of the entire process. That, and causing the girls to complain about the trees I suggest. They think we need the tallest tree available, although I'm not fond of driving home with an enormous tree across the back of the SUV (on a Hitch Haul), usually with the trunk barely clearing the guard rail while the top is hovering above the road's center line on the other side.
 
I "get" to put the finally-agreed-upon tree in the stand (twice this year – it ran out of water and needed to have the stump cut off again to eliminate the sap seal) and try to keep it upright for the season (we understand firsthand that a fully decorated tree falling over is traumatic, at least to young kids). Oh, and I also "get" to string the lights, regardless of the height. Photographing the Christmas tree is the last job and one of my favorites. Who can resist capturing all of those sparkling lights?
 
While I photograph the result of a lot of work every year, I don't remember if I've ever used the same lens more than once for this task. There always seems to be a new one on hand that would work great for the task. This year, the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens on a Canon EOS R seemed like a perfect option.
 
Deciding on a composition is always an early decision for this task and this year I opted for a straight-on view from a level camera position. I wanted the windows to remain vertically straight and any camera tilt would create converging or angled lines. I determined that the timing for this photo should be during the blue hour so that a touch of color would show through the windows. With windows in the frame, reflections had to be controlled and in this case that meant that I needed a dark house. So, an afternoon when the girls were going Christmas shopping seemed ideal. That way, the have the house would be empty with no one's interests being hindered (i.e. a relaxed shoot). The exposure would not have to be timed for when no one was walking on the floor, creating vibrations for both the camera and the hanging ornaments. And, no one would care that the lights were off.
 
After sitting at my desk all day, I needed to get some exercise, ideally in the form of a trail run, before it was dark. A late start on that task meant that an increased pace was necessary. Despite a blown out sock along the way (requiring a stop and reversal to prevent a hot spot from becoming a blister), I still managed to complete my tough 3k course in near record (for me) pace. Phew. there was just enough time to cleanse the scene and set up the camera prior to the ideal shooting time.
 
Experience taught that when the outdoor ambient light was ideally balanced with the indoor light, an ISO 100 exposure of 30 seconds at f/16 would be ideal. Why f/16? Do you see the stars on the candles sitting on the windows? Every light on the tree also has a similar-but-smaller star. You need a narrow aperture to make those happen. Also note that a wide max aperture lens often creates the biggest stars and the RF 28-70's stars are awesome.
 
While f/22 will create even larger stars, the strong softness caused by diffraction at this setting is hard to accept. While some diffraction effects are visible at f/16, this seems to be an optimal choice for balance between star size and sharpness. Using a +1 sharpness setting is a good compromise for using f/16 over the sharper f/11 setting. Nice is that the deep f/16 depth of field makes it easy to keep everything in the image sharp.
 
Scene prep involved moving a couple of items (couch, ottoman, ...) out of the way and smoothing the carpet. As I began setting up the camera, my oldest daughter called (from the shopping excursion) to ask questions about a Christmas gift she was putting together for her husband. I of course wanted to help her, but ... the light was fading (so much for the relaxed shoot). Her questions were answered just in time to finalize the setup and begin shooting. It is difficult to visualize when the perfect blue hour light balance is achieved, so I usually opt to shoot through the period of time that contains the ideal balance. Then, during post processing, there is again a struggle to decide which time was best because subsequent images appear quite similar.
 
When there was no more blue left in the windows, I knew that additional images were not going to look any different than those already captured (without choosing a new perspective) and I went to find warmer clothes (there had been no time to change out of my running clothes prior to the shoot).
 
Amazingly, the girls opted for a tree that I selected this year! They did a great job decorating the tree (as always) and they like the results of my final job, the formal tree picture. That is ... my final job until I get to clean up the results of the Christmas morning package destruction (and later take the tree out).
 
That is probably more than you wanted to know about this Christmas tree, but ... from my family to yours, we wish you a very warm Merry Christmas! And, I wish you many memory cards full of memories from the day!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Note that you are going to be hearing more about this tripod. I'm impressed.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/16.0  30s
ISO 100
4480 x 6720px
Post Date: 12/25/2018 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/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
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/25/2018 8:10:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 24, 2018
Those wanting an entry-level, yet feature rich DSLR will likely be considering the Canon EOS 77D and Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D. And while the two bodies appear (and, in fact, are) very similar, there are a few differences that may tip the decision-making scales in one direction or the other. So, let's take a closer look at these DSLRs to see how they stack up against one another, beginning with their similarities.
 
Canon EOS 77D and EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Shared Primary Features
 
  • Sensor: 24.2 MP Dual Pixel CMOS AF 1.6x (crop) APS-C
  • Processor: DIGIC 7
  • Autofocus System: 45 cross-type AF points, 27 f/8 points
  • AF Working Range: EV -3 - 18
  • Metering Sensor: 7560-pixel RGB+IR, 63 segments
  • Metering Range: EV 1 – 20
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increment
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing: 2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
  • ISO: Auto (100 - 25600), 100 - 25600 (H1: 51200)
  • Shutter Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
  • Continuous Shooting: max. 6 fps for 27 RAW
  • Video: up to FHD 1920 x 1080 at 60p
  • Identical White Balance Settings
  • Viewfinder: Pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.82x magnification
  • LCD: Vari-angle touchscreen 7.7 cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040 K sRGB dots
  • Built-in Flash: 13.1m guide number, up to 17mm
  • X-Sync: 1/200 sec
  • Identical Shooting Modes
  • Identical Picture Styles
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Low-Energy Bluetooth
  • USB 2.0, HDMI micro, 3.5mm external microphone port
  • Single Secure Digital (SD, UHS-I) Memory Card Slot
  • Battery Life: 820 shots via an LP-E17 battery
  • Body Materials: aluminum alloy and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
  • Size: 5.16 x 3.93 x 3.00" (131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm)
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS 77D
 
  • Top LCD Data Panel
  • Multi-function Lock Switch
  • Auto Display-Off Sensor by the viewfinder
  • AF On button
  • Rear Control Dial vs. Cross Keys
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D
 
  • Lower cost
Who should opt for the Canon EOS 77D?
 
Few camera comparisons are as simple as this one. If the features listed in the Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS 77D section are worth its incremental cost over the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, then the decision is easy – get the 77D. The top LCD panel and AF On button (enabling back-button focus) specifically are features that many photographers will find especially beneficial, making the incremental investment over the Rebel T7i a worthwhile one.
 
Who should opt for the Canon EOS Rebel T7i?
 
If the EOS 77D's advantages listed above are of little value to you, or your budget is limited, then the Canon EOS Rebel T7i has gives you 95% of features of the 77D but at a lower cost. Like all top-end Rebels before it, you get a lot of value for your money.
 
Relevant Info
 
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Post Date: 12/24/2018 1:11:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Are you a procrastinator? Was there someone on your gift list that you forgot to get a gift for? Thankfully, there's still time to rectify the situation.
 
Purchasing a gift card from B&H or Adorama can ensure your gift recipient gets exactly what they want while your e-gift gets delivered before the big day.
Post Date: 12/24/2018 10:25:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From PiXimperfect:
 
Control the Light with the Amazing "Horizontal Curve" Technique in Photoshop! Discover the most natural way to adjust the brightness of any area without disturbing the colors, using a simple straight Curve.
 
In this tutorial, we will use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and combine with a Curves adjustment layer to create a "Light Map" that would allow us to control the amount of light all throughout the image.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/24/2018 8:23:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, December 21, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens Review page.
 
You ... want this lens under your Christmas tree.
 
The Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens from Lensrentals.
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Post Date: 12/21/2018 8:24:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In response to a tilt-shift lens question, Canon USA Technical Advisor Rudy Winston provided a detailed response that we though was worth sharing with you.
 
Canon TS-E Tilt-Shift Lens General Shooting Procedure
 
While there's no one "official" way to work with the TS-E lenses (I'm sure you'll find some diversity of opinion on what different users feel is best), the following is what works best in my experience. Keep in mind there's no "one-touch" way to set the lens up unless you've recorded previous settings and are shooting the same subject subsequently, at the same camera position, subject distance, and so on. Otherwise, there's a bit of trial-and-error, especially if you're trying to adjust the zone of sharpness (notice I avoided saying "depth of field," as that technically doesn't change; you're altering the plane of sharpest focus via the tilt operation).
 
THE BASIC OPERATIONS
 
It is important to be sure in one's mind what the two different possible adjustments – Shift and Tilt – do, and why you might want to apply one or the other. There are certainly many instances where just one will provide the look you want in finished images, so don't assume every shot will need a combination of both (of course, experimentation can be great fun).
 
A couple of other points:
 
I *always* recommend starting with both tilt and shift zero'ed out, before you begin to work with adjustments.
 
Metering with DSLRs: You MUST perform any in-camera metering with a TS-E lens at the zero Shift and Tilt positions. On any of the cameras with an optical viewfinder, you will get exposure errors or deviations if you meter daylight or E-TTL flash with a TS-E lens that's not at its zero adjust positions. Note that this is far less of a problem with the mirrorless cameras, since they're metering directly off the image sensor, and the light doesn't have to get reflected upward by a DSLR mirror, and then get scattered by a focus screen before it's read by a metering sensor in the prism area, near the viewfinder eyepiece. Bottom line, do any metering (manual mode, of course, is ideal for this, since nothing will change if you begin to adjust the TS-E lens), before you start tilting and/or shifting, and you should be in a good place to begin taking actual shots... don't freak out if you do need to tweak exposures, after a couple of quick test shots, to nail it down the way you want. Parenthetically, if you're using a separate hand-held meter (not the one built-in to the camera body), you can normally set the camera to whatever the meter suggests, whether you've engaged tilt and/or shift or not, as typically a hand-held meter will be pretty close to optimum exposure for ambient light.
 
Shift function
 
Shifting the lens up, down, left or right is primary for perspective control – the obvious example is keeping vertical lines on a building or product (like a cereal box) straight, and avoiding the "pyramid" effect of converging vertical lines. It can sometimes also be useful for literally shifting the subject in the frame, removing the image of photographer & camera if shooting into a wall with small mirrors (this won't work for an entire mirrored wall, of course!), and so on.
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Shift Example Cabin

Tilt function
 
Tilting the lens, so that the front section is no longer perfectly parallel with the image sensor/film plane, changes the plane of what is in sharp focus. Shooting with a lens from an angle (rather than straight into a subject, like a wide-angle shot of a car taken from around the front fender/wheel well), it's possible to focus on the near part of the subject, then tilt the lens so that the front section is closer to being parallel to the whole length of our hypothetical car (or any other subject), and you can get sharpness to run from the near area focused upon, down the length of the subject. To be clear, tilting has **nothing** to do with the architectural photography need to keep vertical lines straight; that's SHIFTING alone. Of course, you CAN combine tilt and shift in the same image... just be clear up-front about the role of each, or you'll spend a long time trying to dial-in an optimum setting.
 
Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Paddy Field Tilted at f 2.8

Shooting Aperture
 
Anything you want. If you apply tilt correctly, you won't require tiny f-stops like f/22 just to hope to get an entire subject sharp. In some cases, even a wide-open aperture can get the job done, which might never be possible with a conventional lens.
 
Tripod Use
 
Tripod use is definitely preferred where possible, since it keeps everything anchored and lets you concentrate on composing and working the lens's controls... though it *is* possible to do this hand-held. However, it's nowhere near as smooth an experience, and you can expect your arms to get tired after a while at the controls.
 
Release Knobs for Shift & Tilt
 
180 degrees from the actual adjustment knobs for each movement are locking knobs, slightly smaller in diameter. Be sure to UNLOCK each before trying to adjust shift or tilt, and then snug it back down once you've arrived at a desired setting to keep it from any inadvertent movement. This is especially important for SHIFT, since if you apply it vertically, the weight of the front section of the lens can sometimes allow it to drop downward slowly, if it's left unlocked after you've adjusted it.
 
Home Position and Rotating the Lens as Needed
 
By default, whether you've decided to apply shift/tilt or have everything zero'ed out, there's still a basic position from which you can apply your tilts and shifts. Mount the lens on the camera when it's all correctly oriented to the default settings, and you'll see the name plate at the TOP of the lens, when it's mounted and secured to the camera. AT THIS POSITION, any tilt movements (with most of the TS-E lenses, anyway) will be tilting the lens *left or right;* the larger Tilt knob will be facing upward and any shifting at the same default setting will move the lens up and down. This means the direction of each is at 90 degrees from the other movement, which is NORMAL operation for Canon TS-E lenses.
 
You're not locked-in to this. The lens can rotate, without loosening it from the camera. The 2nd generation lenses (see below) have TWO rotation points. However, the one closest to the camera body is definitely the primary one. It'll allow you to rotate the lens up to 90 degrees left or right. Example: in the standard position, the Shift is up and down. Say you wanted to shift side-to-side, for whatever reason. Ninety degrees to the right (think the 3 o'clock position, with the camera aimed at a subject, and in horizontal orientation) is a small, projecting tab, just inside the camera grip when the lens is correctly mounted. Press this release tab toward the camera body, and virtually the entire lens can be rotated in 30-degree increments, to the left or right. Move it 90 degrees, and your Shift now moves side-to-side (the Tilt moved as well, now tilting upward or downward).
 
In most real-life situations, you can rotate via this rear-most tab and move the desired adjustment to where you want it; much of the time, realistically, you won't be applying shift and tilt simultaneously. So just rotate the lens so your Shift *or* Tilt is where you need it.
 
Rotating Using the Forward-mounted Control
 
About 1/2 inch or so in front of the little, 3 o'clock projecting metal tab is another, very similar tab. THIS ONE allows you to rotate JUST the front section of the lens, while the rear section stays put. The primary purpose here is if you needed to apply both shift and tilt, and needed to change the normally standard orientation where tilt and shift are at 90 degrees from each other. However, DON'T use this rotation point to simply rotate the front section, if all you want is to change the tilt orientation... if you only want to change the direction of tilt, use the rear tab and rotation point to arrange the tilt where you want. There's a technical reason for not reaching for this forward rotation point if you can avoid it.
 
As I said, first-generation Canon TS-E lenses didn't have this forward mounted rotation capability... there is only one way to temporarily unlock and rotate the older TS-E lenses. Here are the lenses... check the lens naming at the front of the lens to determine which one you have.
 
First-gen TS-E lenses:
 
2nd-gen (current) TS-E lenses:
 
Shooting with the Canon TS-E Lenses
 
Example 1: Correcting converging vertical lines with SHIFT. I'll assume the camera is tripod-mounted, although again, you can do this hand-held if you can endure the hassle.
 
a. Keep the Camera Level – This is the most important part of being able to correct for converging lines, regardless of the lens you're using. Any upward angling of the entire camera, to "get the whole subject in," is going to make it impossible to correct for convergence... this is why buildings shot with conventional wide-angle lenses look like they're falling backward. It's perfectly normal not to get the entire subject in the frame at this stage.
 
Here's a wide-angle example of a typical building, with the camera aimed upward. The vertical lines converge inward, making the subject look a bit like a pyramid, or like it's falling over backward.
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Home Example Pointed Up

b. Aim the camera straight ahead, not tilted up. Obviously, you now can't see the entire subject, but that's the role of the Shift function. What you WILL notice is that now, with the camera level, the vertical sides of the subject are indeed parallel, and not tilting inward. This is your starting point!
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Home Example Straight Ahead Level

c. Now, start shifting the lens upward, to include more of the subject.
 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Home Example Shift Up 1

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Home Example Shift Up 2

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Home Example Shift Up 3

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Lens Home Example Shift Up 4

d. When the entire building (or cereal box, or whatever) is positioned where you want, lock the shift in-place, and begin shooting! You're done! Of course, if you move the camera, or go to a new subject, you'll likely need to use the Shift again to compose and align things as you want.
 
Example 2: Tilting to keep a subject sharp, as it recedes into the distance. Normally, this would require stopping-down to your minimum aperture, and hoping you have enough depth-of-field to cover you, front to back. TS-E lenses offer another alternative, and sometimes, you can even pull this off at the lens's widest aperture. Regardless, though, you'll find a lot less need to shoot at f/16, f/22 and so on!
 
a. Compose the scene as you desire, horizontal or vertical. We'll use a horizontal example here. b. **Focus on the NEAREST part of the subject or scene you want in sharp focus.** Of course, the background will be out of focus.
 
In this example, we've got a receding fence, drifting out of focus. Sharpest focus deliberately placed at nearest point we want in-focus; in this case, the first-generation TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lens was used wide-open, at f/2.8 throughout. No Tilt/Shift movements applied, yet.
 
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Lens Fence Example No Tilt Nearest Focus

c. Now, start to tilt the lens so that the front section starts to move in a direction closer to parallel to the subject you want to keep sharp. In this case, that meant the tilt section was moved so that (viewed from above) the front of the lens now tilts to the left.
 
IMPORTANT: As you start to tilt the lens, you'll see two things. The farthest part of the subject (fence in this case) will become progressively sharper. However, the front portion you just focused upon in step a will begin to drift a bit out of focus. Here's the key element to using tilt – you want to tilt until the degree of DE-FOCUS you see, front to back, is essentially constant. In other words, as you tilt, nothing in the fence or whatever the subject is will appear tack-sharp. What you want is to get the tilting so that the entire subject, front-to-back, appears about the same degree out of focus (it won't be radically out, but obviously just not tack-sharp, even at the point you focused on a moment before). This is absolutely normal.
 
d. Once you get the tilt so the entire subject looks pretty much the same, in terms of the degree of out-of-focus you see, you've got the tilt close to right-on. NOW, RE-FOCUS THE LENS TO GET THAT FRONT POINT SHARP AGAIN. If the amount of tilt was correct, the entire subject will now appear sharp. Again, if you examine the picture immediately below, keep in mind this was taken at f/2.8 with a 90mm telephoto lens.
 
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Lens  Fence Example After Tilt and Refocusing

A mistake many users make at first is tilting TOO MUCH, especially with relatively distant subjects. Do it in little increments, slowly, until you begin to get comfortable with the process. And, in general, the closer a subject is to the camera, the more you'll typically need to tilt the lens. This is something many users have to play with for a while, to get the hang of watching that entire scene/subject drift out of focus as they tilt, and stopping when the amount of de-focus is about the same, front to back. It's at that point, if done properly, that you've got the right amount of tilt dialed-in.
 
Thanks go out to Rudy Winston for providing this information. Images used in this article were provided by Mr Winston.
 
Read our Tilt-Shift lens reviews to find the right model for your needs:
 
Post Date: 12/21/2018 8:10:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 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.
 
Related Products
 
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
Post Date: 12/19/2018 2:45:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Really Right Stuff LCF-54 Foot Review.
 
After seven months of using the LCF-54, it has become a must-have accessory.
 
The Really Right Stuff LCF-54 Foot is in stock at B&H.
 
If you have a different lens with a tripod collar, check out the other Really Right Stuff replacement feet available. Wimberley and Kirk also make high quality replacement feet.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/19/2018 8:18:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, December 18, 2018
B&H has the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Nano USM AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/18/2018 7:16:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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 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

 
Terrell Lloyd discusses his career and passion for photography in our series of videos introducing our Explorers of Light. For more information on Terrell visit: https://Canon.us/r5ujz
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2018 9:00:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens Review.
 
This lens carries through with the light weight, small size and great image quality of the Canon EOS R.
 
The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/17/2018 8:24:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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 Canon:
 
Canon EOS C700 - EOS C700 PL: Firmware Version 1.0.7.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.0.7.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
 
  • Peripheral illumination / chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following lenses:
    • EF Cinema Lens: CN-E20mm T1.5 L F
    • EF Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
  • Chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following EFP lenses:
    • CJ45e×9.7B IASE-V H
    • CJ45e×13.6B IASE-V H
  • Support for these EFP lenses has been added:
    • CJ24e×7.5B IASE S
    • CJ18e×7.6B IRSE S / IASE S
    • CJ14e×4.3B IRSE S / IASE S
  • Enables AF/ face detection mode to be used during Super16mm sized (2K crop) recording.
  • For LUTs that can be applied to output footage, support for the ITU-R BT.2100 standard and ITU-R BT.2408 report have been added for the following terminals:
    • SDI OUT terminal
    • HDMI OUT terminal
    • [HDR-PQ(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-PQ*1].
    • Changes have been made so that the [HDR: PQ] and [HDR: HLG] base luminance correspond to Diffuse White (100%) being 203nits*2.
    • VIDEO terminal (optional Viewfinder)
    • [HDR1600%(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-1600%*1].
    • [HDR400%(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-400%*1].
  • Support for the [Reset] function that resets the clip number when the reel number is set, has been added.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which signal outputting of more than 100% occurs when in the HLG output of LUT.
    • LUT: HDR-HLG output
    • Color Space: BT.2020
  • Three sets of customizable submenu [My Menu] functions have been added.
  • 4X magnification has been added.
*1 :OOTF On
*2 The brightness before the change to OOTF On 83nits/OOTF Off 111nits
The HLG output is the brightness in the case of displaying on a 1000nits monitor.
Please use the Canon lookup table that is released on and after November, 2018.

 
Caution:
 
  • Firmware Version 1.0.7.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C700 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00-1.0.6.1.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 1.0.7.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
  • For customers who are using the optional OU-700 Remote Operation Unit, the firmware of the camera and the OU-700 Remote Operation Unit have to be the same. After updating the camera firmware, connect the camera with the OU-700 to update the firmware of the OU-700 from the camera's system settings.
Preparations for a firmware update:
 
  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
  • After the Firmware update has been performed, the camera’s menu settings and Custom Picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and Custom Picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. For further information on this, please refer to the section in the camera’s user manual titled Saving and Loading Camera Settings.
  • The downloaded firmware folder contains the firmware (File Name: VMA7.FIM, File Size: 112,296,156 bytes) and a procedure manual for updating the firmware (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Simplified Chinese). Please check the firmware update procedure manual carefully before starting update operations.
Download: Firmware Version 1.0.7.1.00 for the EOS C700 and EOS C700 PL
 


EOS C700 GS PL: Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
 
  • Peripheral illumination / chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following lenses:
    • EF Cinema Lens: CN-E20mm T1.5 L F
    • EF Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
  • Chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following EFP lenses:
    • CJ45e×9.7B IASE-V H
    • CJ45e×13.6B IASE-V H
  • Support for these EFP lenses has been added:
    • CJ24e×7.5B IASE S
    • CJ18e×7.6B IRSE S / IASE S
    • CJ14e×4.3B IRSE S / IASE S
  • For LUTs that can be applied to output footage, support for the ITU-R BT.2100 standard and ITU-R BT.2408 report have been added for the following terminals:
    • SDI OUT terminal
    • HDMI OUT terminal
    • [HDR-PQ(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-PQ*1].
    • Changes have been made so that the [HDR: PQ] and [HDR: HLG] base luminance correspond to Diffuse White (100%) being 203nits*2.
    • VIDEO terminal (optional Viewfinder)
    • [HDR1600%(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-1600%*1].
    • [HDR400%(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-400%*1].
    • Support for the [Reset] function that resets the clip number when the reel number is set, has been added.
    • Fixes a phenomenon in which signal outputting of more than 100% occurs when in the HLG output of LUT.
    • Three sets of customizable submenu [My Menu] functions have been added.
    • 4X magnification has been added.
*1 :OOTF On
*2 The brightness before the change to OOTF On 83nits/OOTF Off 111nits
The HLG output is the brightness in the case of displaying on a 1000nits monitor.
Please use the Canon lookup table that is released on and after November, 2018.

 
Caution:
 
  • Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C700 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 – 1.0.4.1.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 1.0.5.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
  • For customers who are using the optional OU-700 Remote Operation Unit, the firmware of the camera and the OU-700 Remote Operation Unit have to be the same. After updating the camera firmware, connect the camera with the OU-700 to update the firmware of the OU-700 from the camera's system settings.
Preparations for a firmware update:
 
  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
  • After the Firmware update has been performed, the camera’s menu settings and Custom Picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and Custom Picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. For further information on this, please refer to the section in the camera’s user manual titled Saving and Loading Camera Settings.
    • The downloaded firmware folder contains the firmware (File Name: VMB5.FIM, File Size: 112,296,156 bytes) and a procedure manual for updating the firmware (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Simplified Chinese). Please check the firmware update procedure manual carefully before starting update operations.
The following items are required to perform this firmware update:
 
  1. A Cinema EOS C700GSPL camera body
  2. A computer (OS: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1 or Mac OS X (10.7-10.14).
  3. A 128 MB or higher-capacity SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (both commercially available)
  4. An SD card reader-writer (commercially available) or an SD card slot on the computer.
  5. Fully charged V-mount battery (commercially available), 14.8 V DC (acceptable range: 12 V to 20 V DC)
  6. Power adapter (commercially available, DC IN 12V terminal): 4-pin XLR plug (female connector), 12 V DC (acceptable range: 11.5 V to 20 V DC), 10 A (acceptable maximum load current)
  7. The firmware (the file downloaded from the Canon Web site)
Download: Canon Firmware Version 1.0.5.1.00 for the EOS C700 GS PL
 


Canon EOS C700FF: Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
 
  • Chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following EFP lenses:
    • CJ45e×9.7B IASE-V H
    • CJ45e×13.6B IASE-V H
  • Support for these EFP lenses has been added.
    • CJ24e×7.5B IASE S
    • CJ18e×7.6B IRSE S / IASE S
    • CJ14e×4.3B IRSE S / IASE S
  • For LUTs that can be applied to output footage, support for the ITU-R BT.2100 standard and ITU-R BT.2408 report have been added for the following terminals:
    • SDI OUT terminal
    • HDMI OUT terminal
    • [HDR-PQ(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-PQ*1].
    • Changes have been made so that the [HDR: PQ] and [HDR: HLG] base luminance correspond to Diffuse White (100%) being 203nits*2.
    • VIDEO terminal (optional Viewfinder)
    • [HDR1600%(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-1600%*1].
    • [HDR400%(OOTF On /Off)] will change to [HDR-400%*1].
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which signal outputting of more than 100% occurs when in the HLG output of LUT.
    • LUT: HDR-HLG output
    • Color Space: BT.2020
  • Support for Double slot recording in Full Frame sensor mode has been added for the following settings:
    • XF-AVC 59.94P/50P
    • ProRes 59.94P/50P
*1 :OOTF On
*2 The brightness before the change to OOTF On 83nits/OOTF Off 111nits
The HLG output is the brightness in the case of displaying on a 1000nits monitor.
Please use the Canon lookup table that is released on and after November, 2018.

 
** Double slot recording cannot be used together with relay recording, or with slow & fast motion recording. Refer to the Instruction manual for more details.
 
Caution:
 
  • Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C700 cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 1.0.0.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
  • For customers who are using the optional OU-700 Remote Operation Unit, the firmware of the camera and the OU-700 Remote Operation Unit have to be the same. After updating the camera firmware, connect the camera with the OU-700 to update the firmware of the OU-700 from the camera's system settings.
Preparations for a firmware update:
 
  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
  • After the Firmware update has been performed, the camera’s menu settings and Custom Picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and Custom Picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. For further information on this, please refer to the section in the camera’s user manual titled Saving and Loading Camera Settings.
  • The downloaded firmware folder contains the firmware (File Name: VMI2.FIM, File Size: 112,225,000 bytes) and a procedure manual for updating the firmware (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Simplified Chinese). Please check the firmware update procedure manual carefully before starting update operations.
Download: Canon Firmware Version 1.0.1.1.00 for the EOS C700FF
 


Canon EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL: Firmware Version 1.1.2.1.00
 
Firmware Version 1.1.2.1.00 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:
 
  • Peripheral illumination / chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following lenses:
    • EF Cinema Lens: CN-E20mm T1.5 L F
    • EF Lens: EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
  • Support for the [Reset] function that resets the clip number when the reel number is set, has been added.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which joy stick operation does not reverse in Mirror mode for the LM-V1.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which a green image may display when using OLED Viewfinder EVF-V70.
  • Optimizes the [Black Gamma] compensation when [Normal 1] to [Normal 4] is set for [Gamma] in the Custom Picture settings.
  • Optimizes color accuracy in areas of high brightness when [Normal 1] to [Normal 4] is set for [Gamma] in the Custom Picture settings.
Caution:
 
  • Firmware version 1.1.2.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C300 Mark II cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 - 1.1.1.1.00. If your camera's firmware is already version 1.1.2.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
  • Please note that after updating the camera to Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 or later, if you wish to continue using CFast (VPG130) cards that were used before the firmware update, you will need to format the CFast cards with the camera. After the firmware update, and before formatting the CFast cards with the camera, make sure to back up the clips saved to the CFast cards.
Preparations for a firmware update:
 
  • You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 64MB or more for the firmware update.
  • After the firmware update has been performed, the camera's menu and custom picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and custom picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. For further information on this, please refer to the section in the unit's Instruction Manual titled "Saving and Loading Camera Settings".
  • The downloaded folder contains the firmware (file name: VLB3.FIM / file size: 43,843,616bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Simplified Chinese). Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.
The following items are required to perform this firmware update:
 
  1. An EOS C300 Mark II or EOS C300 Mark II PL Digital Cinema Camera
  2. A computer (OS requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.14)
  3. SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card with a capacity of 64 MB or more (commercially available)
  4. An SD card reader/writer (commercially available) or an SD card slot built into the computer
  5. A fully charged battery pack for the camera
  6. Compact power adapter bundled with the camera
  7. The firmware (the downloaded file)
Download: Canon Firmware Version 1.1.2.1.00 for the EOS C300 Mark II and for the EOS C300 Mark II PL
 
B&H carries the following:
 
LensRentals has posted a teardown of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens. This lens does not appear to be a good candidate for do-it-yourself repairs.
 
You can rent the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens from LensRentals or purchase the lens at B&H, Adorama, Amazon US, Wex Photo | Video and Henry's.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2018 8:02:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
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
 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
Want a really inexpensive 35mm f/1.4 prime lens with AF? This may be the lens you've been looking for.
 
Amazon has the Yongnuo 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon in stock and and it has an MSRP that's almost $1,400.00 less than its Canon L-series counterpart (without rebates).
 
So how well does the Yongnuo 35mm f/1.4 perform? We have no idea, but we'd love to hear your thoughts if you pick one up.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2018 12:46:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to image quality test results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens page.
 
The affordable Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
 
Rent the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/10/2018 9:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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
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
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens in stock with free next day delivery.
 
The newest version of the 400 f/2.8L is 26% lighter than its predecessor; the weight savings is definitely noticeable.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Super UD and Fluorite Elements
  • Super Spectra and Air Sphere Coatings
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Customizable Electronic Focusing Ring
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/6/2018 9:58:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens page.
 
This lens falls under the budget-friendly category of the still-small RF lens lineup.
 
When comparing results, remember that the site-standard sharpness setting renders EOS R images slightly less sharp than some of the other EOS models. Here is a comparison of the RF 35 vs. near perfection, showing the difference.
 
The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
 
This lens is not expensive to buy and renting is especially affordable. Rent the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/6/2018 8:45:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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
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

 
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
 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
Canon has released firmware updates for their ME20F-SH and ME200S-SH multi-purpose cameras. See below for details.
 
Canon ME20F-SH v.1.0.5.1.00 and ME200S-SH v.1.0.3.1.00
 
Firmware incorporates the following enhancements:
 
  • Support for the color matrix function has been added.
  • Support for the color correction function has been added.
  • The following features are enabled for the CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S when “NU Protocol” is selected:
    • Focus position control
    • Zoom position control
*In some cases, the firmware of these lenses needs to be updated in order to enable these enhancements. Contact your Canon dealer for details.
 
For further information, please refer to the latest version of the unit’s Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update.
 
B&H carries the Canon ME20F-SH and ME200S-SH multi-purpose cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/29/2018 6:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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