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 Monday, October 22, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
Oatmeal raisin, white chocolate macadamia nut or classic chocolate chip? No, I'm not referring to one of those types of cookies. In lighting terms, a "cookie," or cucalorus, is a "...device for casting shadows or silhouettes to produce patterned illumination." [Wiki]
 
A cookie is placed between your light source and the subject or background and casts a desired pattern of highlight and shadow. What can be used as a cookie? Fabrics with interesting weaves, potted plants, venetian blinds and matte black cinefoil with custom cut-out designs are popular choices. In the example above, I used an old lace curtain suspended between my main flash (camera right) and the subject, producing the interesting effect (a flash positioned camera left/low provided fill light).
 
So the next time you're looking to create a unique portrait, look around your home or antique/fabric stores for items that can be used to cast an interesting pattern of light onto your scene.
Post Date: 10/22/2018 10:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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!
 
Bryan's Used Gear for Sale
Post Date: 10/22/2018 8:21:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nissin:
 
Nissin i400 – For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm & Olympus/Panasonic Camera Systems
 
The pocket-sized powerful mini
 
The pocket-sized Nissin i400 weighs only 7.2 oz. (1), and is perfect for use as a fill-in flash even on the sunniest of days. Its compact dimensions make the i400 the ideal flash for family outings, indoor/outdoor shootings and is especially suitable for traveling. Professional functionality: Syncs up to 1/8000 sec. (3); flash output GN 40 at 105 mm; simple operation panel with two selector dials to operate the flash; flash head tilts up and rotates to make bounced lighting more versatile by utilizing more angles.
 
Selector dial - simple and innovative
 
The Nissin i400 has two selector dials, a function dial and a power dial. The small lamps indicate the current settings so that even beginners can quickly get started.
 
Professional flash head design
 
The flash head rotates 180° horizontally from left to right, and tilts upwards to 90° making bounce shooting more arbitrary and maximizing the angles that can be used.
 
Metal hotshoe and quick release button(3)
 
The i400 has a durable metal hotshot (not available for the Sony version due to limitation of the Multi Interface Shoe design) and features a quick release button. It is easy to attach to your camera and reduces the risk of damage caused by frequent or quick installation.
 
Automatic mode
 
Use this setting when you use your camera in the automatic mode. The camera and flash will communicate to produce the proper amount of flash output for the scene.
 
TTL flash level compensation
 
The power of the flash can be regulated using the TTL flash level compensation. Whereas the total exposure is controlled by the camera's EV compensation function, the flash can compensate for exposure on the main subject only, with little impact on the exposure of the background scene. The flash power level can be adjusted from -2EV to +2EV in 0.5EV steps.
 
Manual mode
 
This mode allows the user to determine the output of the flash and set it manually from full power, 1/1 , down to 1/256 power.
 
Four AA batteries (not included)
 
The i400 operates with 4 AA batteries. This lessens recycling time and reduces the need to change batteries frequently.
 
Technical Information
 
  • For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm & Olympus/Panasonic camera systems (4)
  • GN 40 (105 mm) / GN 27 (35 mm) at ISO 100
  • Focal length coverage 24 - 105 mm (35 mm CCD format)
  • Built-in wide angle diffuser
  • Professional flash head design
  • Built-in AF assist light (5)
  • Metal hotshoe (3) and quick release button
  • High-Speed synchronization
  • Operates with only four AA batteries (not included)
(1) Weight excluding batteries.
(2) The maximum synchronization speed depends upon the camera model - High speed sync is available only for compatible cameras. Please refer to the compatibility chart.
(3) Not available for Sony cameras.
(4) Please refer to the compatibility chart.
(5) If camera body emits an AF assist light, it will not activate the AF light on the i400.

 
B&H carries the Nissin i400 Flash.
Category: Nissin News
Post Date: 10/22/2018 8:09:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Purchase an eligible product between now and January 5, 2019 and you'll get 13 months of Canon CarePAK PLUS damage and spill protection at no additional cost.
 
CarePAK PLUS Benefits Include
 
  • Protection from Accidental Damage
  • Coverage from Normal Wear and Tear
  • Free Two-Way Shipping
  • $0 Deductible
  • Service & Support Directly from Canon
  • Priority Service
  • Camera Maintenance with Sensor Cleanings
  • Transferable
Eligible Canon Products
 
EOS REOS 6D Mark IIEF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EOS-1D X Mark IIEOS 80DEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EOS 5D Mark IVEOS 77DEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
EOS 5D Mark IIIRF 28-70mm F2 L USMEF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EOS 5DsRF 50mm F1.2 L USMEF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EOS 5Ds REF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USMEF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
EOS 6DEF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USMEF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EOS 7D Mark IIEF 17-40mm f/4L USMEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Post Date: 10/22/2018 6:31:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Joel Grimes suggests ways to keep your strobe from rotating while affixed to the end of a boom pole. While the first technique (grinding the stud) he suggests will work, it's not the ideal method. In fact, of the three methods he suggests, none of them are as good as the simplest answer – get a baby drop-down pin.
 
The drop-down mounts to the end of your boom and allows you to affix your strobe and modifier so that they're hanging vertically, avoiding the stresses that cause your strobe to twist if mounted directly to the boom pole. Plus, since the drop-down pin swings freely, it stays in place (hanging straight down) as you change the angle of the boom. A drop-down pin has been part of my kit for many years now; it has a permanent home in my monolight bag and is utilized any time I pull out the boom. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/22/2018 6:16:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 21, 2018
I signed up for an east Maui rainforest waterfall hike and knew that the path could be wet and muddy. What I didn't know was that, thanks to a just-previous hurricane, "wet" meant I would be fording swift rain-swollen streams up to waist-deep with the MindShift Gear Trailscape 18L camera backpack being held overhead. That certainly upped the hike's entertainment value (and provided a new understanding of how well Gore-Tex trail-running shoes hold water).
 
Having both stories and images always makes an adventure better.
 
The Canon EOS R and Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens were used to capture this idyllic Hawaiian rainforest waterfall. Aiding was a Breakthrough Photography circular polarizer filter, cutting reflections and increasing saturation. These filters are nearly a requirement for waterfall photography. An f/8 aperture would have provided adequate depth of field for this 29mm image, but the narrower f/11 opening permitted a longer exposure, creating a more strongly motion-blurred waterfall.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 10/21/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, October 20, 2018
An evening sail was part of the Canon Hawaii 2018 announcement event and I saw a great sunset in the making as the boat was coming ashore, returning to the beach in Lahaina. I hurried down the ladder and ran across the beach to find a clear composition. With a Canon EOS R and Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens in hand, the rest was easy.
 
Photographing the ocean (usually) is a type of action photography as the scene is constantly changing. Water reflects and smooth water provides the best definition of whatever is being reflected. Although they nicely reflect sky color in general, most oceans I've visited are far from smooth. However, the thin layer of water remaining on the sand immediately after a wave recedes is often quite smooth and can provide some definition of the colorful clouds, the subject most often desired to be reflected. Consider timing the capture of some of your beach images for this wave position.
 
Another beach photography consideration is what the leading edge of the waterline looks like. I like the frothy white roll clearly delineating the sand and water as seen in this image, but other options can also work well.
 
I always find a great sunset to be photographically irresistible. Islands often have very long distance views of the setting (or rising) sun, making them ideal locations for watching this time of the day through a viewfinder.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/250s
ISO 400
6655 x 4453px
Post Date: 10/20/2018 9:30:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, October 19, 2018

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
With this new command in Adobe Camera Raw, you’ll be able to create beautiful, raw, high-dynamic-range panoramas using Merge to HDR Panorama.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/19/2018 9:38:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tokina:
 
Thank you for using Tokina products.
 
We have thoroughly tested all current Tokina interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount) with the Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera using the Nikon mount adapter FTZ.
 
The results confirm that current Tokina lens models showed no issues in general operations with the following exceptions:
 
  • Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF
    Issue: Compared with general conditions AF speed is slower.
  • Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 FX VCM-S
    Issue: AF communication error. However, the lens will operate normally in manual focus mode.
Please, note that due to mount adapter FTZ specifications, the following Tokina lenses do not AF but will operate in manual focus mode:
 
  • Tokina AT-X M100 AF PRO D
  • Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX NH Fisheye
  • Tokina AT-X 107 AF DX Fisheye
For any question about compatibility of Tokina interchangeable lenses with Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera contact us via contact form.
 
B&H carries the Nikon Z 7 and Tokina lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 10/19/2018 6:10:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 18, 2018

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Join AB and Doug as they discuss the different challenges and techniques faced when recording and mixing audio for video. They cover topics such as equipment choice, EQ, compression, room acoustics, and more, and there are in-depth demos with screen captures that show how to go from an initial draft to a completed product.
Post Date: 10/18/2018 8:04:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 will be accepted from 1:00 p.m. today, October 18, 2018 until 1:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019 (all dates and times JST).
 
Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest that aims to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate, as well as to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Since the first Contest was held in 1969, photographers from countries and regions around the world have participated and shown their support. To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1,620,000 imaging works, making it a truly international event.
 
In the previous (36th) Contest, a total of 21,511 photographers from 170 countries and regions submitted 76,356 works, marking a new record for the Contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.
 
Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 Overview
 
The Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019, the 37th Contest since its beginning, will be comprised of three categories — Open, Next Generation, and Short Film.
 
The theme for the Open Award is "Change". We live in a time full of great changes in a variety of contexts, from our work and lifestyles, to the climate. We are calling for entries that express changes that you want to share with the world.
 
The theme for the Next Generation Award, open to photographers aged 25 or younger, is "Identity". We look forward to entries unique to younger generations that explore who they are.
 
The theme for the Short Film Award is "Hope". In this category, we await entries that shine a hopeful light on the path to the future.
 
We plan to announce winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 in August 2019, and to also hold an awards ceremony.
 
Eligibility
 
The Contest is open to all professional and amateur photographers, regardless of age, gender, or nationality.
 
Entry period
 
1:00 p.m. on October 18, 2018 to 1:00 p.m. on January 31, 2019 (all dates and times JST)
 
How to enter
 
Enter the contest by providing the required information in the entry form on the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website. Visit the Nikon Photo Contest 2018-2019 website for further details regarding Contest eligibility, submission rules, judging, etc.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/18/2018 6:41:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
 
  • Fixed an issue that in rare circumstances would delay the shutter release or the start of the autofocus operation.
Download: Nikon D850 Firmware v. 1.03
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/18/2018 6:33:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Nikon Z7 with Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
 
B&H also has the Nikon FTZ Mount Adapter in stock. All items come with free overnight/next-day delivery.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/17/2018 11:03:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 16, 2018
From SIGMA:
 
This firmware update makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E compatible with the latest SIGMA interchangeable lenses firmware. For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro* by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
*Before updating the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 105mm T1.5 FF EF mount Cine lens from the FF High Speed Prime Line.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Art for Canon which has the latest firmware Ver.2.00.
Post Date: 10/16/2018 6:18:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 15, 2018
Some of you may be wondering, "What's New in Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC 2019?" If so, here's a quick overview of the changes.
 
Lightroom Classic CC
 
Depth range masking
 
Beginning this release, a new range mask option is added to the local adjustment tools. Make selections based on a range of depth values in supported HEIC photos that contain embedded depth map data.
 
Using the Depth Range Mask, after making an initial selection mask on your photo with Adjustment Brushes or Radial Filter/Graduated Filters, you can refine the mask area based on the depth range of the selection:
 
  1. From the Brush settings area in the Adjustment panel, choose the Range Mask type as Depth from the drop-down list. By default, Range Mask is set as Off.
  2. To sample a depth range within the mask area, do any of the following:
    • Adjust the Range slider to define the endpoints of the selected depth range.
    • Select Depth Range Selector from the Range Mask panel. Click+drag an area on the photo you want to adjust.
  3. Select the Show Depth Mask check box to view the depth of the image in black and white representation and use the Smoothness slider to control the falloff at either ends of the selected depth range.
After refining the mask area, you can now apply selective adjustments from the Effect pop-up menu to create precise photographic edits.
 
For more Help information, see Depth range mask.
 
Single-step HDR Panorama merge
 
Create HDR Panos faster now that you can merge multiple bracketed exposures into multiple HDR photos and then stitch them into a panorama — all in one step.
 
Simply select your exposure-bracketed pano source photos in the grid and select Photo > Photo Merge > HDR Panorama. In the HDR Panorama Merge Preview dialog box, you can adjust other settings using Boundary Warp slider, Auto Crop and Create Stack checkboxes.
 
For detailed information, see Create panoramas and HDR panoramas.
 
Faster tethering for Canon camera
 
Experience greater speed and stability when tethering supported Canon camera models to Lightroom Classic CC.
 
  1. Connect a supported Canon camera to your computer and choose File > Tethered Capture (Canon) > Start Tethered Capture.
  2. In the Tethered Capture Settings dialog box, specify how you want to import the photos using: Session, Naming, Destination, Information, Disable Auto Advance, Save A Copy To Camera.
  3. Click OK to start the photo-capture session.
  4. Use the floating tethered capture bar to adjust the camera controls and develop settings.
For more details, see Import photos from a tethered camera.
 
Additionally, tether support for the following Canon camera models has been provided in this release:
 
  • Canon EOS 2000D (Rebel T7)
  • Canon EOS M50
For a full list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom Classic, see Tethered camera support.
 
Process version improvements
 
With Process Version 5 update, Lightroom Classic's raw image processing has been updated to include improvements to image quality for high ISO raw files that reduces purple color cast in your low-light shots and you see less noise when you move the Dehaze slider to the left of zero (negative dehaze).
 
To check the process version in Lightroom Classic, switch to the Develop module. In the Calibration panel, select the Process drop-down list to see a list of available versions.
 
For related information, see Process versions.
 
HEVC file support (macOS)
 
Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC supports Apple's HEVC video format (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265) on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.
 
For related information, see HEIC and HEVC media files support in Lightroom and Camera Raw.
 
Support for new cameras and lenses
 
For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:
 


Lightroom CC
 
People View
 
(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)
 
Quickly find the people you care about with Adobe Sensei-powered People View. Lightroom CC automatically tags people in photos and provides you with an easy way to see all the photos the person appears in.
 
Improved Search
 
(Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and ChromeOS)
 
Get better search results with automatic search suggestions provided to you as you type in the search box. Lightroom CC provides suggestions for metadata like cameras, lenses, aperture, ISO, locations, keywords, and more.
 
Share Tab
 
(Mac, Windows, iOS)
 
The new Share tab gives you an easy way to browse and access shared albums and images that you made through lightroom.adobe.com.
 
Connectors
 
(Mac and Windows only)
 
As part of the new Share tab, you can also share albums directly to your portfolio hosted on Adobe Portfolio from within Lightroom CC using the new Connector feature.
 
We’re building out the Connector service to have a full menu of third-party services (like photo labs, photo book printers, and others). Please get in touch if you’re interested in working with us.
 
Apple Photos Migrator
 
(Mac only) Use the new Apple Photos Migrator to easily migrate your Apple Photos library into Lightroom CC on your desktop.
 
Additional Sharing Options
 
(iOS and Android only)
 
When sharing your albums to Lightroom Web you can now choose to only share images that are flagged or that have a certain star rating or higher, while controlling the display theme, directly from Lightroom CC.
 
Display View
 
(lightroom.adobe.com only)
 
The new Display view within lightroom.adobe.com lets you see a preview of the page, exactly how your viewers will see it. While in the Display view, you can control the layout and background color while inserting breaks between images and text to help tell the story that accompanies your photos. When you’re done setting up the layout, you can then share the album using the controls under Sharing.
 


Photoshop CC 2019 v.20.0.0
 
Content-Aware Fill reimagined
 
Choose which pixels to use in your fills using a new, dedicated workspace, and rotate, scale, and mirror your source pixels thanks to Adobe Sensei technology. You can even create fills on separate layers to preserve your original images.
 
Frame tool for easy masking
 
Turn shapes or text into frames that you can use as placeholders or fill with images. Easily replace an image by dropping another one into the frame — it automatically scales to fit.
 
Multiple Undo
 
Use CMD-Z to undo multiple steps, just like in other Creative Cloud apps.
 
Usability improvements
 
Now you can hide your reference point, double-click the canvas to edit text, and efficiently crop, transform, and place and enter text faster with auto-commit. Plus, Photoshop transforms pixel and type layers proportionally by default and makes it harder to move panels by accident.
 
Live blend mode previews
 
No more guessing which blend mode to use. Just scroll over the different options to see how they look on your image.
 
Symmetry mode
 
Paint your brush strokes in a perfectly symmetrical pattern — even on curves. Symmetry mode lets you define an axis or axes and then choose from preset types, including circular, radial, spiral, and mandala.
 
Color wheel
 
Visualize the color spectrum to choose complementary colors more easily.
 
Home screen
 
Get started quickly with the Photoshop home screen. Access it at any time to find out about new features, connect to learning content, and jump right to your open documents.
 
Improved in-app learning
 
Use your own assets while working through tutorials to get the looks you want in less time.
 
Top customer requests
 
You asked, we delivered. Now you can distribute the spacing between objects, type simple math operations into fields that require numeric values, see the end of long layer names, and find Japanese fonts with Match Font and Font Similarity.
 
UI size preference
 
Get more control when scaling the Photoshop UI, and adjust it independent of your other apps to get the UI size just right.
 
Better “Export As” experience
 
The “Export As” menu loads faster and offers a streamlined UI to make things easier. And you can preview multiple artboards at one time.
 
And so much more
 
Also includes: A Flip Document view that lets you flip your canvas horizontally, a Lorem Ipsum text mode for quickly placing sample text, and customizable keyboard shortcuts for the Select and Mask workspace.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/15/2018 2:28:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Major Updates to Flagship Apps, Launch of Premiere Rush CC for Social Video and Previews of Photoshop CC and Project Gemini on iPad Accelerate Creative Cloud Innovation and Value
 
LOS ANGELES – Today at Adobe MAX, the Creativity Conference, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced major updates to Creative Cloud applications including Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Premiere Pro CC and Adobe XD. Adobe also introduced Adobe Premiere Rush CC, the first all-in-one, easy-to-use video editing app for social media creators, simplifying video creation and sharing on platforms including YouTube and Instagram. Adobe previewed new iPad versions of Adobe Photoshop CC and Project Gemini, a drawing app, reinforcing the company’s commitment to delivering high-performance apps that work seamlessly across surfaces.
 
“Today, we unveiled a portfolio of next-generation creative apps that deliver meaningful value to our community by transforming creative workflows across devices and platforms,” said Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president, Creative Cloud, Adobe. “By continuing to innovate in our flagship apps, extending into exploding segments such as experience design and social video creation, and pioneering in emerging mediums like touch, voice, 3D and augmented reality, Adobe Creative Cloud has truly become the creativity platform for all.”
 
Expanding Innovation Across Creative Cloud Applications and Services
 
Adobe introduced major updates to its desktop applications, including: a new Content-Aware Fill workspace in Photoshop CC; performance and workflow improvements across Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic; the ability to design with photorealistic, Freeform gradients in Illustrator CC; a powerful Content-Aware Fit in InDesign CC; the power to instantly create and animate unique, stylized puppets using a webcam and reference artwork with Character Animator’s new Characterizer; a new rendering engine for improved render preview performance in Dimension CC; and new Sensei powered search features and exclusive content in Adobe Stock, including a new library of clips from GoPro. In addition, Adobe announced it is addressing the needs of the video animation industry with new workflows and integrations across apps, including Animate to After Effects, Animate to Character Animator and Adobe XD to After Effects.
 
Adobe XD, the all-in-one UX/UI solution for designing websites and mobile apps, now features new capabilities leveraging recently acquired Sayspring technology to empower designers to prototype experiences and apps for voice-powered devices, such as Amazon Echo. New voice capabilities, including voice triggers and speech playback, enable designers to create powerful experiences with screen and voice prototyping now in one application. In addition, developers can now leverage Adobe XD APIs to build plug-ins and app integrations that add new features, automate workflows and connect XD to the tools and services designers use every day.
 
Unleashing Social Video Content Creators with Premiere Rush CC
 
Designed specifically for online video creators, Premiere Rush CC integrates capture, intuitive editing, simplified color, audio and motion graphics with seamless publishing to leading social platforms, such as YouTube and Instagram, all together in one easy-to-use solution. With Premiere Rush CC, content creators do not have to be video, color or audio experts to publish professional-quality videos. Premiere Rush CC harnesses the power of Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC, offers built-in access to professionally designed Motion Graphics templates in Adobe Stock to get started quickly and features a Sensei-powered, one-click auto-duck feature to adjust music and normalize sound. It also allows access anywhere, enabling users to create compelling video projects – optimized for social distribution – on one device and publish from another with a consistent user experience across desktop and mobile.
 
Previewing High-Performance Creative Imaging and Drawing Apps Across Devices
 
Adobe previewed two future mobile apps designed to usher in a new era of multi-surface creation while complementing workflows across Adobe’s existing flagship desktop applications:
 
  • Photoshop CC on iPad: Redesigned for a modern touch experience, Photoshop CC on iPad will deliver the power and precision of its desktop counterpart. Photoshop CC on iPad will let users open and edit native PSD files using Photoshop’s industry-standard image-editing tools and will feature the familiar Photoshop layers panel. With Photoshop CC across devices, coming first to iPad in 2019, you will be able to start your work on an iPad and seamlessly roundtrip all of your edits with Photoshop CC on the desktop via Creative Cloud.
  • Project Gemini: A new app designed to accelerate drawing and painting workflows across devices, Project Gemini, coming first to iPad in 2019, combines raster, vector and new dynamic brushes into a single app experience built for drawing. Project Gemini enables artists to use and sync their favorite Photoshop brushes and works seamlessly with Photoshop CC.
Unparalleled Productivity Enhancements with Adobe Sensei
 
The 2019 release of Creative Cloud delivers more than a dozen new Adobe Sensei-powered features and productivity enhancements – building on dozens of existing Sensei-powered features already available to Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud customers. Sensei-powered features in the 2019 release include:
 
  • An expanded Content-Aware Fill workspace in Photoshop CC that offers greater precision and control to save editors valuable time when working with their images.
  • A new Content-Aware Fit feature in InDesign CC that intelligently detects an image and crops or fits it to an image frame automatically.
  • New Freeform Gradients in Illustrator CC that enable the creation of natural gradients.
  • A new tool in Character Animator CC, Characterizer, that transforms any style of portrait into a vivid, animated character.
Designed to make creatives more successful and supercharge their productivity, the 2019 Creative Cloud release delivers significant performance and usability improvements, greater cross-application integration, intuitive collaboration features and faster access to file assets and services. Among the new capabilities, Adobe is optimizing the in-app Start experience to accelerate customer on-boarding with new apps and improve discoverability of new features and product capabilities.
 
Additional workflow improvements include a contextually-aware Properties Panel in InDesign CC to display options based on the object selected, expanded Undo and auto-resizing in Photoshop CC, a customizable toolbar in Illustrator CC and a modern UI in Bridge CC with support for bulk uploads of libraries. Creative Cloud members also get the all new Adobe Acrobat DC, which provides a completely reimagined way to share work and get it reviewed and approved without sending email attachments or managing version control.
 
Previewing the Future of Immersive Design
 
Adobe previewed Project Aero, a new cross-device AR authoring tool that enables creators to design augmented reality experiences. Project Aero is the first AR app built for designers and artists and was first sneaked on-stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference earlier this year. Project Aero enables optimal delivery of AR experiences, empowering creatives to place digital content in the real world. At Adobe MAX, Adobe showcased an AR-powered retail store of the future, revealing the exciting possibilities of immersive design experiences.
 
Empowering Enterprise Customers
 
Adobe announced deeper integrations between Creative Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud that unify creative and marketer workflows. With these integrations, brands can now easily access assets in Experience Manager within Creative Cloud apps, Adobe Stock images can be leveraged in Experience Manager, and 3D content designed with Dimension CC can be adjusted in Experience Manager and published as marketing assets.
 
For a comprehensive feature summary and overview of Creative Cloud innovation and new features visit:
 
  • Digital and Creative Imaging: including Photoshop CC, Photoshop CC on iPad, Dimension CC, Project Aero and Project Gemini
  • Photography: including Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic
  • Digital Video and Audio: including Premiere Rush CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Audition CC and Character Animator
  • Design and Visual Storytelling: including Adobe XD, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and Adobe Spark
  • Services: including Adobe Stock, Adobe Portfolio and Adobe Fonts
Pricing and Availability
 
Updates to Creative Cloud desktop software are now available to all Creative Cloud subscribers, including membership plans for individuals, students, teams, educational institutions, government agencies and enterprises. Adobe’s mobile apps are available for download from the iOS App Store and Google Play.
 
Photoshop CC on iPad, Project Aero and Project Gemini on iPad will be available in 2019. Spark Post on Android, previously available as a public beta, is now available as a 1.0 app in the Google Play store.
 
The all-new Premiere Rush CC, available now on Windows and macOS and via the iOS App Store (Google Play store availability coming in 2019), is offered across a series of plans tailored for customers’ unique needs.
 
  • Premiere Rush CC is available for $9.99/month to individuals, $19.99/month to teams and $29.99/month to enterprise customers. Premiere Rush CC is also included as part of All Apps, Student and Premiere Pro CC single app plans and comes with 100 GB of CC storage. Additional storage options, up to 10 TB, are also available for purchase.
  • Premiere Rush CC Starter Plan: Available for free, the Starter Plan gives customers access to all Premiere Rush CC features, use of desktop and mobile apps and the ability to create an unlimited number of projects and export up to three projects for free.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan and Creative Cloud subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/15/2018 11:13:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 13, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
I've been shooting a moderate amount of indoor studio portraits over the last couple of years and I am consistently impressed by the impact a fan has on the quality of my images. Take the shot above, for example. In it, I'm using six flashes to illuminate the subject and background (with various modifiers). Good lighting is a key to producing a high quality studio portrait. But the finishing touch, the element that makes this photo really interesting, is the hair movement provided by the fan placed just in front of the subject.
 
In this case, the fan is a oscillating, variable height/variable speed pedestal model that my dad gave me when he was moving [downsizing] a few years ago. He used it to minimize his home cooling expenses; I use it to get shots like this:
 
Brittney Headshot 1

And this:
 
Hope G Black Light - Oct 2018

Note that a fan doesn't have to be motorized for it to be useful for portraiture. Anything that's flat and somewhat rigid will do the job if you have a photo assistant available (or the ability to operate the camera remotely). Things like collapsible reflectors and foam core boards can easily be used in place of a dedicated electric fan, again, assuming someone is available to operate the device. A nice thing about non-motorized fanning tools is that they can very easily be used outdoors to create a wind effect on an otherwise calm day.
 
Of course, for a fan to have an impact on portraiture, it must influence at least a part of the composed scene in some way. You can use the fan to introduce movement in hair, fabric/clothing or props (such as leaves). The opportunities for capturing dynamic, fan-induced movement in your portraits are too numerous to list.
 
If shopping for a fan for studio use, from my personal experience, a pedestal model with an adjustable height is ideal as you can easily set it to an optimal height for your subject. However, a pedestal-style fan certainly isn't a requirement. If you already have a floor model or tabletop fan, you can simply place it on a higher surface (table, apple boxes, etc.) if needed. While some may appreciate an oscillating feature (especially if the fan is doing double duty as a cooling device), I typically lock my fan into a static position so that it's always blowing air in the desired direction.
 
Note that constantly blowing air at a subject's face can cause uncomfortable dry eyes. To prevent this, tell your subject to keep his/her eyes closed right up until the moment a photo is taken and use an audible countdown to alert the subject of an impending shutter release.
 
A fan is an inexpensive tool that can have a big impact on the quality of images delivered to your clients, making it a must-have item for any studio photographer.
Post Date: 10/13/2018 12:50:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 12, 2018
From Kenko Tokina:
 
Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the worldwide sales date for the new Tokina opera 50mm F1.4 FF lens (Canon EF/Nikon F mount) for full frame DSLR cameras.
 
Sales will commence on October 26th, 2018.
 
50mm F1.4 FF is the debut lens in the new Tokina opera series released on September 21st and presented at Photokina 2018, marking the launch of the new generation premium full frame line for high-end DSLR cameras.
 
Preorders:
Tokina opera 50mm f/1.4 FF Lens - B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 10/12/2018 7:09:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Benjamin Warde demonstrates how to use the Compare View to narrow down your selects in Lightroom.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/12/2018 6:16:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 11, 2018
From Adobe:
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
  • Canon EOS R
  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Nikon COOLPIX P1000 (*)
  • Nikon Z 7
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-LX100 II
Download: Adobe DNG Converter 11.0 - Windows | Mac OS
Post Date: 10/11/2018 8:29:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PHLEARN YouTube Channel:
 
Today we show you how to realistically match lighting between two photos in Photoshop! Learn how to use a Threshold Adjustment Layer in combination with a Levels Adjustment Layer to adjust the highlights and shadows and help your subject to blend in seamlessly to a new background.
 
If you’re just learning how to composite, make sure that any photos you blend together were taken in somewhat similar lighting conditions!
 
Download the Sample Image (PSD) here.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/11/2018 8:18:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02
 
  • Added support for the Z 7 and Z 6.
Download: Nikon WR-1 Firmware v.1.02
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/11/2018 7:17:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 10, 2018

 
Watch as Julieanne Kost demonstrates how to modify the edge of a Layer Mask or Vector Mask in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/10/2018 9:50:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results from a Nikon D850 have been added to the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens page.
 
The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G VR features an excellent general purpose focal length range, a moderately fast max aperture and VR – a combination which results in a highly useful lens with a modest price tag and travel-friendly size.
 
Here are a couple of comparisons to get you started:
 
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR compared to Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR compared to Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS Lens
 
The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon 24-120mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/10/2018 7:01:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 8, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Today in Episode 136 of Two Minute Tips, David Bergman explains the difference between first curtain and second curtain sync.
Post Date: 10/8/2018 9:48:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 5, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
I was reading an article yesterday that stated the Canon EOS R had a "1.83x crop factor" when recording 4K video. However, while the EOS R certainly has a crop factor in 4K recording, it's actually a slightly lower crop factor of 1.75x.
 
I can understand the source of the confusion and, as such, I thought we'd take a minute to go over the math involved in determining a camera's sensor or video recording crop factor.
 
Before we dive into the crop factor calculations, it's important to understand why a crop factor is relevant. The crop factor determines the field of view we see in a given situation. For more information on the root of this phenomena and how it relates to sensor size, check out our Field of View Crop Factor explanation.
 
At the heart of it, the formula for determining crop factor is easy: you determine the ratio of the larger area's hypotenuse (diagonal) to the smaller area's hypotenuse measurement. For that, we'll need to use the tried-and-true Pythagorean theorem (a2+b2=c2). For example, to determine the crop factor of a Canon APS-C sensor, the math looks like this:
 
EOS-1-series Full-Frame Sensor Hypotenuse (mm)
362 + 242 = c2
1,296 + 576 = c2
1,872 = c2
√1,872 = c
43.27 = c
 
EOS 7D Mark II APS-C Sensor Hypotenuse (mm)
22.42 + 152 = c2
501.76 + 225.00 = c2
726.76 = c2
√726.76 = c
26.96 = c
 
Now the crop factor can be calculated by dividing the full-frame hypotenuse by the APS-C one:
 
APS-C Crop Factor
43.27 / 26.96 = 1.605
 
We know that APS-C sensor cameras feature a 1.6x crop factor, so with a little rounding, the calculation proves correct in determining the crop factor. The process for calculating video crop factor (when the video recorded is sampled via a 1-to-1 readout of the pixels in the center of the sensor which creates the video's resolution) is similar, but not exactly the same. The first difference involves our units of measure; we'll be using pixels to determine the hypotenuses for comparison. We can do this because the pixel size is the same (a standard) throughout the comparison. The second difference is that we'll need to normalize the aspect ratios to figure out the appropriate crop factor.
 
As I mentioned the EOS R above, we'll use it as an example of how to calculate the camera's (4K) video crop factor. First we need to determine what part of the sensor would be used if the video recording utilized the entire width of the sensor. To do that, we need to calculate the pixel area of a 16:9 (4K) ratio crop of the camera's 3:2 ratio frame. To do that, we simply divide the sensor's pixel width by 16 and then multiply by 9 to get the area utilized by an uncropped 16:9 video.
 
EOS R Video Pixel Height (Full Sensor WxH = 6720 x 4480 px)
6720 * 16 / 9 = 3780
 
So in a world where the EOS R captures "uncropped" 4K footage, the sensor would utilize an area of the frame that is 6720 x 3780 pixels and then downsample it to the lower 4K resolution. The video is technically cropped from a 3:2 ratio frame, but it's referred to as "uncropped" because the horizontal field of view remains the same (it's cropped at the top and bottom, not the sides).
 
Now that we know the portion of the frame that would be utilized for a 16:9 aspect ratio video, we need to compare it to the video size actually being recorded by the EOS R, or 3840 x 2160 pixels. Because of the rather large numbers, I'll shorten the following equations by eliminating some of the calculation steps.
 
"Uncropped" 16:9 Video Hypotenuse (px)
√(67202 + 37802) = c
7710.175 = c
 
EOS R 4K Video Hypotenuse (px)
√(38402 + 21602) = c
4405.814 = c
 
Crop factor of EOS R
7710.175 / 4405.814 = 1.75
 
So for practical purposes, the EOS R has a 4K crop factor of 1.75x, where a 20mm lens delivers a 16:9 field of view equivalent to a 35mm lens when recording in 4K. From a technical standpoint, saying that the EOS R has a 1.83x crop factor could be accurate if we also labeled the Sony a7 III as having a 1.05x crop factor in video mode. But when you call the a7 III's 4K video "uncropped," you necessitate normalizing the field of view captured in the EOS R's 4K 16:9 aspect ratio frame, resulting in the 1.75x result.
Post Date: 10/5/2018 11:56:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.
 
Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.
 
We would like to announce that we have discovered issues that some of Tamron Di/Di II series for Nikon mount models may not operate properly on Nikon Z7, which was newly released on September 28, 2018, with Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ.
 
We are investigating the causes and will make further announcement of the compatibility for every single model once we find the solution.
Post Date: 10/5/2018 7:31:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 4, 2018
Skylum's Aurora HDR 2019 is now available for purchase/download. It's $99.00 for first-time users or $59.00 to upgrade (use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get a $10.00 discount).
 
I installed the software earlier this morning and was really impressed with the results I got with the few HDR batches I loaded for testing. Real estate photographers will especially love the realistic results the software can achieve balancing interior ambient light with the exterior window light.
 
From a processing standpoint, this looks to be a worthwhile upgrade for Aurora 2018 users. My one complaint – Skylum hasn't increased the size of the scroll bars. They're ridiculously thin and hard to click (same as they were in the 2018 version of the software), making the scroll bars practically useless. Thankfully, using a mouse scroll wheel mimics the scroll bars' functionality. [Sean]
Categories: Skylum News, Aurora HDR
Post Date: 10/4/2018 10:41:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
The Elements team is excited to announce the release of Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019.
 
The 2019 release focuses on:
 
A home screen designed for you
 
The first thing you’ll notice when opening Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 2019 is the brand-new Elements Home Screen that welcomes you every time you open the apps. The new Home Screen offers a personalized experience by surfacing info on what’s new since your last version of Elements and content suited to your level of expertise.
 
Auto creations, made just for you
 
Beautiful photo and video slideshows and collages are automatically created just for you highlighting memorable moments like birthdays and vacations and delivered upon launch in the Home Screen. It’s all thanks to photo and video automation powered by Adobe Sensei AI technology.
 
Beyond the Home Screen, there are a number of exciting new features and enhancements across Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 2019 to help you create stunning photo creations, videos, and movies so that you can then quickly share your memories in print, DVDs, the web and across your social media channels.
 
So, let’s dig in to what’s new and enhanced.
 
Redesigned photo collages
 
In this release we’ve redesigned your photo collage creation experience so that you can create collages with fewer clicks and quickly choose from stylish new templates that look great as Instagram posts and more. You also have the ability to customize your photo collages by adding frames and changing up backgrounds for the perfect finishing touch.
 
Guided edits
 
Photoshop Elements 2019 is introducing four all-new Guided Edits, bringing the total to 53 step-by-step photo editing guides to help you quickly edit and create.
 
  • Create amazing multi-photo text: Now you can design visual text that features a different photo inside each letter to make words or names that look great as wall art, invitation cards or scrapbook pages.
  • Make fun memes: This Guided Edit walks you through the process of typing in text, adding filters, borders and more to turn your photos into memes that are perfect for sharing on social media.
  • Turn part of your photo into a sketch: Make a unique artistic statement by turning part of a favorite photo into a sketch by brushing on the medium of your choice, including colored pencil, old paper, or an aged photo look.
  • Add polish with text and border overlays: This new Guided Edit teaches you how to embellish photos with borders and text that make them stand out – whether you plan to print it out or post it online to social media.
Enjoy better performance and HEIF support
 
The team worked hard to improve your experience with Photoshop Elements, and you’ll notice it right off the bat with a faster download and installation process and improved performance throughout common photo editing tasks. We’ve also added support for importing and editing HEIF images on macOS.
 
Redesigned Quick Edit mode
 
Creating your movies is now easier than ever with our completely redesigned Quick Edit mode. The new, user-friendly, editing interface presents you with two options:
 
  • Smart Trim, which automatically finds your best footage and walks you through a series of steps for trimming a video.
  • A simplified Sceneline for combining clips, photos, titles, music and more into a unique production that you can then share on DVD, the web or social media.
Guided edits
 
Premiere Elements 2019 is introducing two all-new Guided Edits, bringing the total to 20 step-by-step video editing guides in Premiere Elements that help you get started.
 
  • Make glass pane effects: This Guided Edit helps you make the action in your scene appear like its taking place behind the glass. You’ll learn how to add a video overlay to create this sleek look.
  • Create Luma fade transitions: Add a professional looking dramatic scene transition, which walks you through the process of fading in the colors from darkest to lightest in your video creations.
Enjoy better performance plus VFR, HEIC and HEVC support
 
Just like in Photoshop Elements, you’ll experience the same faster download and installation process and improved performance on common video editing tasks. We’ve also added support for variable frame rate (VFR), import and editing of HEIF images on macOS and HEVC video on macOS 10.13 and above.
 
Adorama has Adobe Photoshop 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 in stock.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/4/2018 10:02:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens page. You are going to like these results.
 
There is a rather long story behind why test results from this lens' are showing up on the site at this time. I'll try to make this brief while filling in some blank space for you.
 
We first began testing Nikon lenses many years ago using a D3x. As imaging sensor resolutions increased, I felt the need to re-test Nikon lenses with the latest model, highest resolution Nikon camera available at that time. That was the D810. Not long after begining the D810 lens testing project, we ran into a number of bad lens copies that cost us significantly and I placed Nikon lens testing on the backburner. At the same time, many requests were coming in for Sony lens testing and thus, we moved Sony lens testing to a higher priority.
 
As we worked through the Sony full frame lens reviews, the Nikon lens testing project was rising on the priority list and now, the significantly higher-resolution D850 is available. I decided that we needed to acquire a D850 before investing further in Nikon lens evaluations (our like-new, lightly used D810 is for sale).
 
Then a few things happened, aligning the stars, so-to-speak. For over a year, I've had an elk photography trip booked at a private ranch in Idaho. Then Canon announced the replacement for my wildlife-go-to Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. While the image quality promised to be similar (extremely good), the weight savings on the III is incredible. The difference is game-changing – and it feels even more significant when holding the II and III at the same time. I placed an order for the 600mm f/4L IS III the minute preorders opened. BTW, the 400 f/2.8L IS II and III weight difference feels just as major.
 
Back to the Nikon story: it seemed wrong for someone who reviews cameras and lenses to take a being-replaced lens for primary (almost exclusive) use on a big photo trip. Then a Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens in 9+ condition showed up in B&H's used department.
 
With the D850 closely approaching the resolution of my Canon EOS 5Ds R and boasting a much-faster 9 fps frame rate with the MB-D18 grip and EN-EL18c battery installed, I decided that I would sell my current 600 f/4L II to fund the III and use the Nikon 600 f/4E to challenge the D850 in the interim. The elk photo trip would be an especially great opportunity to get to know this gear (and I always love figuring out new gear).
 
While I am not often a proponent of buying used gear, buying used gear from B&H is relatively safe and I thoroughly tested the lens upon arrival. I was especially wary because, years ago, we tested a number of Nikon supertelephoto lenses that ... didn't perform very well. After AF calibrating the lens and giving it some initial testing, I had a close black bear and cubs encounter in heavy fog that proved out the functionality and capabilities of this setup. The gear worked great on my trip and ... my photo processing backlog has been greatly increased.
 
Photographing, evaluating gear and image processing – I can pick 2 of those right now and opted to narrow down and process images later, perhaps over the winter. I have spent a lot of time behind cameras and lenses this summer and fall and have a lot to share over the following months.
 
Back to the Nikon D850 results: note that, after careful consideration, we have increased the standard sharpness setting of the Nikon D850 results from "0" to "1" (using Nikon software for RAW conversion). Evaluating highly magnified images shows very slight sharpening halos present at this setting, but comparatively, we think "1" is the right number to go with. The Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens vs. Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens at f/5.6 shows the two lenses appearing similarly sharp with their respective high resolution cameras behind them (Nikon D850 vs. Canon EOS 5Ds R).
 
Also note that we remain committed to evaluating Canon gear as our highest priority (our primary kits are Canon) and will bring additional brand camera and lens test results and reviews as time and resources permit.
 
The excellent Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/3/2018 7:31:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
You've got the space, but do you have the gear necessary to make it a functional photography studio? Watch as photographer Daniel Norton goes over the must-have gear for any studio.
 
Product Links:
 
Sandbag 25 Pound - Adorama (Full) | Amazon (Empty)
 
Sandbag 15 Pound - Adorama (Full) | Amazon (Empty)
 
Shot Bag - Adorama | Amazon
 
Apple Box - Adorama | Amazon
 
C-Stand - Adorama | Amazon
 
650 Pin - Adorama | Amazon
 
Cable Cuffs - Amazon
 
Black Flags - Adorama | Amazon
 
Step Ladder - Amazon
Post Date: 10/3/2018 7:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 2, 2018
From Benro:
 
Today, Benro announced the availability of Tripster, a reverse folding travel tripod that also converts to a monopod. Currently available in three sizes, three colors (Black, Blue and Titanium) in your choice of aluminum or carbon fiber, this travel friendly tripod is well suited for smaller mirrorless and action cameras up through full frame DSLRs.
 
Tripster easily converts from a tripod to a full size monopod by combining one of the legs with the center column. The Arca-Swiss style ballhead is attached via a 3/8"-16 stud which can easily be removed. A 1/4"-20 mount on the tripod shoulder is ideal for attaching additional accessories. A Carrying bag is included.
 
"Whether you’re heading to your closest hiking trail or traveling overseas, there’s really no better option than a compact travel tripod. And for capturing the night sky or long exposures, the end results are worth it. We designed the Benro Tripster to be the go-to travel tripod with usability in mind," says Brian Hynes, Benro USA Brand Manager.
 
Features & Benefits:
 
  • Reverse folding legs – Allows for maximum compactness when traveling
  • Converts to Monopod - The center column connects to the tripod leg to form a full size monopod.
  • Removable Ballhead - The ballhead is attached via a 3/8"-16 stud and can easily be removed.
  • Telescoping 2-Section Center Column - The column can be extended for additional height.
  • Accessory Mount - A 1/4"-20 accessory mount is located on the shoulder for attaching additional accessories.
  • Arca-Swiss style camera plate - This camera plate will work with most other Arca-Swiss style heads.
Benro Tripster is currently available online and through camera stores nationwide from $99.00 up to $279.00.
 
B&H carries Benro Tripster tripods.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 10/2/2018 1:28:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We are pleased to announce that a new firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E and EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 compatible with the latest firmware of SIGMA interchangeable lenses. For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable. Before updating the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art (For SIGMA: Ver.1.03, For Canon: Ver.2.02).
Post Date: 10/2/2018 1:04:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma: Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a new firmware update for the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA, Canon and Nikon is now available
 
This firmware update improves the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver.1.4.1 or later for Windows, and Ver.1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA, Canon and Nikon
Benefit of the update
 
  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.
Post Date: 10/2/2018 8:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 1, 2018
From Sigma:
 
Operating condition of Nikon “Z7” and SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Nikon mount
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that we have confirmed that SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Nikon mount in the current lineup do not have any issues with general operation when they are used on the “Z7”, released by Nikon Corporation, via their “Mount Adapter FTZ”.
 
In addition, please note the information below when using the following lenses.
 
  • Interchangeable lenses that do not incorporate an AF drive motor will operate only in manual focus.
  • Some interchangeable lenses shipped out before November 2013 that are not compatible with the latest DSLR cameras will not operate.
We will continue verification and provide updates on the operating conditions including discontinued models.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/1/2018 8:37:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 28, 2018
The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM User Manual is available for download.
 
Preorders:
Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens – B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 9/28/2018 10:51:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to Nikon Japan, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S's release – originally slated for availability in late October – has been delayed until mid December.
 
Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Preorders - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/28/2018 8:16:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Gitzo Mini Traveler is especially dedicated to professional photographers and promising amateurs who use mirrorless cameras or DSLR cameras with small lenses. This mini tripod provides great stability on a tabletop as well as on the ground and many other surfaces, unleashing photographers’ creativity without the hindrance of cumbersome equipment. It is the perfect photographic travel companion for those who want to travel light and fully equipped with reliable accessories, as it fits any photographic bag without taking up space needed for the main imaging gear.
 
The Gitzo Mini Traveler provides convenience and functionality during every outdoor photographic project. Thanks to its state-of-the-art carbon eXact tubes and aluminium head, it weighs only 265g (117g legs only) enabling photographers to always take the best performance with them wherever they go. It is built of premium materials from the plate to the feet, ensuring always the best reliability. The machined aluminium spider and head are strong and dependable, supporting up to 3 kg in fully splayed configuration. Moreover, when an even lighter solution is required, the detachable head is easily removed and the legs provide standalone support for up to 25 kg of gear. Its performance is the highest in terms of minimum footprint, for low angle shots, when taking backstage pictures and when placing secondary cameras. Engineered with a brand new (patent pending) Pull & Fix leg angle selector system, it features two leg angles for maximum flexibility and long-lasting rubber feet designed to increase grip on most surfaces. The ergonomic rubberised gear easily locks and controls the strong stainless steel sphere of the aluminium ball head, which is also perfectly compatible with the Gitzo Traveler Tripod, and the Mini Traveler legs can be matched with the smallest Gitzo Traveler ball head.
 
Available in two attractively refined colour combinations, full black and classic Gitzo noir décor, the Mini Traveler boasts Gitzo’s unique, unmistakable finish and design reminiscent of the exquisite shape of the successful Gitzo Ball Heads. The precision machining accentuates the shapes and ensures the strongest aluminium structure and, together with the hard anodic oxidation treatments that protect the tripod surface, makes the Mini Traveler a durable and reliable support for every occasion.
 
Like for all the Gitzo products, each detail of the Mini Traveler revolves around lightweight and high-quality materials, with accurate assembling and fine manual control. The uncompromising attitude of Gitzo crafters is always in harmony with the uncompromising expectations of Gitzo fanciers.
 
B&H has the Gitzo Mini Traveler Tripod available for preorder.
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 9/28/2018 6:23:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 27, 2018

 
From Sekonic:
 
The new C-800-U Spectromaster offers ultra-precise color measuring performance designed specifically for the cine and photographic industries. Developed with the input from leading lighting manufacturers, filmmakers, photographers, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science and Technology Council, the C-800-U solves the problems image makers have when understanding color properties of light, and how lights will reproduce colors on camera.
 
WHAT MAKES THIS METER DIFFERENT?
 
The C-800-U has more Color Rendering Standards than any other field meter in the industry.
 
It is the first and only meter to include SSI (Spectral Similarity Index) developed by the Sci-Tech Council of the Academy. SSI gives the user the ability to set any light as a standard, or use predefined standards (such as CIE D55), and then gives other lights an SSI score based upon how well they will match. The C-800-U also includes TLCI (Television Lighting Consistency Index), TLMF (Television Lighting Matching Factor), TM-30-15 (Technical Memorandum) in addition to CRI (Color Rendering Index), which can be measured singularly or in two light comparison mode.
 
DESIGNED TO BE USED ON SET
 
CRI The new Spectromaster C-800-U takes the great features of the C-700 with the same bold 4.3” touchscreen, and same ability to read LED, HMI, Florescent, Tungsten, Natural Light and Flash from 1,600 to 40,000 Kelvin. Built on its CMOS linear image sensor, the C-800-U is capable of measuring in 1 nanometer (nm) increments to detect spikes using fluorescent or LED lighting. With the same ergonomic button layout, swivel head, and built-in dark slide that enables easy use on set and expands on the C-700-U’s color rendering standards, units of measure and memory.
 
MATCHING YOUR LIGHTS JUST GOT EASIER.
 
The C-800-U now has more color control parameters specifically designed to help match lights to one another. CIE1931 (x, y) has been added, giving users the ability to measure and dial-in specific chromaticity coordinates into lights of some major brands. Hue and Saturation units of measure have also been added to better match RGB LEDs to any light source. In addition, new display screens provide easy interpretation and understanding of the new data fields, making this the best meter for all applications.
 
“The enhancements to the new C-800-U show our commitment to leading the category with regards to new and emerging trends in the color control industry, while also responding to the changing needs of our end users. The new Spectromaster C-800-U was developed to provide increased confidence to filmmakers and photographers working with a range of lights; with a focus on rendering true to life skin tones, realistic color, and matching lights better than any other meter on the market. The Sekonic C-800-U empower everyone focused on color control to light better.” - Mr. Kenji Sawai Executive Officer and General Manager, Sekonic Japan
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Measures LED, HMI, Fluorescent, Tungsten, Natural Light and Flash, from 380 to 780 nm
  • Expanded Color Rendering Properties (CRI, SSI, TLCI, TLMF, TM-30-15)
  • Extended Color Control Parameters (Hue/Saturation, CIE 1931 x, y chromaticity coordinate)
  • Wide measurement range of Color Temperature (1,600 to 40,000K) and illumination (1 to 200,000lx in ambient light, 20 to 20,500lx©s in flash light)
  • User-friendly design: 270 degrees swivel head, dark calibration without a cap, large 4.3” color touch panel LCD and Customize function
  • Various displays (Text, Spectrum Graph, Spectrum Comparison, CRI, CRI Comparison, SSI, TLCI/TLMF, TM-30-15, Lighting Filter for Rosco© and LEE©, Camera Filter for Kodak Wratten© , LEE© and Fuji©, Multiple Lights Comparison, White Balance Correction)
  • Measurements of Kelvin (K), Illuminance (lux/fc), LB/CC Filters (for Camera Lens or Lighting Filters), LB/CC Index, CRI (Ra, R1 thru. R15), ?uv, SSI, TLCI, TM-30-15(Rf, Rg), CIE1931(x, y), Hue, Saturation
  • Up to 99 data measurements can be stored in memory
B&H carries Sekonic devices.
Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 9/27/2018 8:35:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
 
Make Your Images Pop, FAST! Learn how to add beautiful Radiance to your images in Photoshop using a special Blend Mode. With this Quick and Easy Technique, we'll learn how to add depth and punch to flat boring images.
 
To make this technique even quicker, we'll also provide a downloadable Action. Besides, to enhance the look, even more, Gradient Maps, Curves, and Color Lookup would be of great use.
 
PiXimperfect Radiance Action
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/27/2018 6:06:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe PhotoShop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to export Documents, Layers, and Layer Groups in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/27/2018 5:48:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 26, 2018
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Wireless Transmitter Utility
 
Changes from Versions 1.7.0 to 1.8.0
 
  • Added support for the Z 7.
  • The Z 7 can now be paired with computers and upload pictures via built-in Wi-Fi.
Download: Nikon Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.8.0
 


Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 2.27.0
 
Changes from Version 2.26.0 to 2.27.0
 
  • Added support for the Z 7.
  • The principal features added with support for the Z 7 are as follows:
    • Target-tracking AF
    • AE lock only, Vibration reduction, and Diffraction compensation
    • Support for Vignette control, Auto distortion control, and AF-area mode and Focus mode selection during movie recording
    • A Record timecodes option
    • Support for Output data depth and N-Log setting options when the camera is connected to external video recorders
Download: Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 2.27.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/26/2018 12:13:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in uneven peripheral illumination in wide-angle shots taken with VR enabled.
Download: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Firmware v.1.01
 


Nikon COOLPIX P1000
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
 
  • Adjusted some compensation values for NRW (RAW) data.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Firmware v.1.1
 


Nikon WT-7
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.2 to 1.3
 
  • Added support for the Z 7 and Z 6.
Download: Nikon WT-7 Firmware v.1.3
 


Nikon SB-5000
 
Changes from Firmware Version 14.002 to 14.003
 
  • Added support for the Z 7, Z 6, and D3500.
Download: Nikon SB-5000 Firmware v.14.003
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/26/2018 12:06:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
By now, she's actually a couple of weeks old. But at the time this image above was taken, Olivia Jane had been breathing air for only about an hour. My life has change a lot since September 11 at 4:50pm, but one thing remains the same – the importance of photography in documenting the world around me. Specific endeavors require specific gear, and lately I've been leaning heavily on certain lenses more than others. Specifically, I've been relying on wide-aperture prime lenses, with their ability to create subject isolation and freeze motion (using moderate ISOs) when second-chance opportunities are fleeting or non-existent.
 
A couple of years ago, I posted an article urging site visitors to prepare a Go-Bag packed with the photography gear necessary to accomplish a certain goal. With my wife nearing her due date, I took my own advice and packed a Lowepro backpack with the following:
 
Sharp-eyed site visitors have likely noticed two aspects regarding the kit listed above. The first is that all the lenses I packed were prime lenses. I chose to pack a large assortment of wide aperture prime lenses because I wasn't sure how well lit the hospital would be and the max aperture of my general purpose lens, a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, seemed too narrow to rely on for the indoor event. As it turns out, the room where my wife gave birth was "softly lit for patient comfort" (hospital terminology for "relatively dark") with a couple of bright spot lights illuminating the delivery zone. The wide aperture primes proved essential for maximizing image quality while documenting the life-changing event. When packing the bag, I suspected the longest and shortest focal length primes would be too long/short for effective use in the areas I'd be shooting in during our 2-day hospital stay, and that largely proved to be true.
 
The second thing you might have noticed is the lack of a backup camera. Knowing the importance of the situation ahead, I packed a second very small shoulder bag with the following items:
 
This kit in this bag had two purposes. One, it provided me with a backup camera should something happen to the primary camera in the other bag. Second, it gave me a couple of STM lenses that I could pair with the 7D II should I decided to capture video. Not knowing how much room I'd have to store things in the delivery and post-partum rooms, my plan was to leave this backup camera bag in our car parked in the parking lot and simply run out to the car if I wanted/needed it. Of course, a primary camera failure at a critical time would have left me without an easy-to-access backup, but... thankfully, that didn't happen. In fact, the backup camera bag never made it out of the car. Note: I don't recommend leaving your camera gear in an automobile for long periods of time because of prolonged heat/humidity and chance of theft. In this case, however, I prioritized a less-cluttered hospital room over my gear's safety (the bag was well hidden/out of view in the vehicle).
 
So which lenses did I utilize most during the big event?
 
LensShots
Captured
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro157
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM156
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art42
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art31
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM17
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM2
Rokinon 14mm f/2.82
Total407

Olivia Grasps Finger September 11, 2018

Unfortunately, the data is a bit misleading. I used the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro to capture lots of close-ups of Olivia's feet, hands, ears, etc. However, without stabilization (and not wanting to push ISOs too high), a lot of those images came out blurry. However, I was shooting the macros when I wasn't pressed for time and the baby was relatively content, so I often shot a large number of images for each framing I wanted. In other words, the macro lens was only used for a limited number of compositions, but I recorded many shots of each composition to ensure I got what I wanted.
 
Alexis Going Into Labor

The lens that was mounted to my camera for most of our hospital stay (and just before leaving for the hospital) was the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. The moderately wide focal length paired with image stabilization made it an extremely versatile lens, able to capture enough slightly-blurry background with the subject to tell a story while remaining easy to work with in relatively tight spaces. The lens' IS system meant that I could use even-slower-than-usual shutter speed when subject movement was minimal, while the wide f/2 aperture allowed me to freeze action even in dimly lit conditions.
 
Olivia Moments After Birth

The next most-used lens was the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art. It was the lens I chose to mount as soon as Olivia saw light for the first time. At that point, I wanted to limit distractions in the composition by using a narrower field of view to focus on my wife and baby seeing each other for the first time. A wide-aperture 50mm prime lens gave me the composition I desired along with action-stopping shutter speeds and a relatively low ISO setting.
 
In the Waiting Room

The rest of the lenses I brought were used sporadically, but looking back, I could have sufficed without them. That said, different hospitals may present different opportunities for various focal lengths, so having several available is nearly always a good idea. Could I have gotten away with using only a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens? Maybe, but the max f/2.8 aperture would have required a 2-4x higher ISO to be used to achieve the same action-stopping shutter speeds compared to most of the primes I brought. Also, considering the amount of background distractions found in a typical hospital room, an f/2.8 aperture would not have allowed me to blur those elements quite as much. The downside to primes, of course, is the need to change lenses when a new focal length is desired for the optimal composition.
 
My Father Holding Olivia

My backpack full of prime lenses proved equally useful after returning home from the hospital. I left it sitting just inside our dining room and would quickly grab the camera for capturing the various "awwww" moments that occurred in our home over following week.
 
It's been two weeks now, and that day is a bit of a blur in my memory. But thankfully, I have a wonderful set of images to look back on to remind me of the way during my child's first few days outside the womb. My photographic style is typically very deliberate, with lighting and/or tripod setups that slow down the capture process. While prime lenses fit well into that kind of workflow, they aren't absolutely necessary as lighting (either added to the scene or recorded via a slower shutter speed) isn't really a problem. But when documenting life as it happens, what a wide aperture prime lacks in focal length range, it more than makes up for in the versatility and aesthetic afforded by its max aperture.
Post Date: 9/26/2018 11:52:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
The SIGMA Corporation announce the opening of a new state-of-the-art building at the Aizu factory located in Fukushima, Japan which is now fully operational and dedicated to the processing of magnesium alloy, a useful component that provides toughness and durability for SIGMA Global Vision products while being lightweight.
 
Stable procurement of magnesium parts indispensable to achieving both lightweight and toughness
Lightweight is a desirable characteristic for interchangeable lenses and provides an advantage over other manufacturer’s products especially with relatively large mass telephoto lenses. These lenses often use metal parts with high strength and rigidity for exterior parts to securely hold optical elements with a large diameter together as well as to protect the internal parts. Generally the use of metals such as aluminum for this purpose poses a challenge as it makes the product too heavy and therefore difficult to handle.
 
SIGMA has taken this into consideration and adopted the use of magnesium parts processed in-house for the first time with the development of the new 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM|Sports, due for release in October. The lens achieves lightweight, an attribute which is increasingly sought-after by users, while being tough and durable to ensure lens performance.
 
Further promotion of ultra-highly efficient “mass production” by in-house integrated production
SIGMA believes it is important to be flexible and act quickly enabling the delivery of unique, surprising, and pleasing products. Its own integrated production system with a high in-house production ratio is essential to meet the demand for small-lot production of diverse products, the demand for which will be likely to grow even more in the future. To intentionally incorporate magnesium alloy processing, which requires rigid safety control, in the in-house manufacturing process, SIGMA constructed a building dedicated to magnesium alloy processing and started operations for mass production, contributing to the stable production of high quality and high accuracy parts at reasonable costs.
 
The magnesium parts produced in the dedicated building will be used for many products in the future including the 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM|Sports and the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports announced at Photokina 2018.
 
Outline
Magnesium Building, SIGMA Aizu Factory
6594 Aza-Nitchizaka, Ohaza-Ohtani,
Bandai-Machi, Yama-gun,
Fukushima prefecture, Japan 969-3395
Total floor space: 1,995 m2 (3 stories)
Completion of construction: January 2018
Start of operations: February 2018
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 9/26/2018 5:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 25, 2018
From Skylum:
 
We made some important decisions this week concerning Luminar, and we think you’ll like them.
 
We’re always working hard to take our products to new heights, but this last year has been special. We’ve been intensely working on new tools that will elevate Luminar from a supercharged photo editor to THE home for editing, organizing and enjoying your images. It’s been a long time coming, but it will completely change the way everyone uses Luminar. I’d like to give a preview of the big things that are coming… Starting with Luminar Libraries in December, we've got a series of huge updates coming over the next year. A much anticipated addition to Luminar, Libraries will allow photographers to organize, browse and edit images the fly. Libraries will be powerful right out of the gate, but it represents the first of many photo organization and management updates launching over the following months.
 
From Libraries to other killer features, these updates are so powerful, that we want them in the hands of as many photographers as possible. To this end, we're going to do something unprecedented. Through late 2019 (at least), we're making every new feature available to all Luminar 2018 users - at no cost! While software companies typically roll out paid updates every year, there will be no paid updates for Luminar until late 2019 at the earliest. From Libraries to innovative new editing tools, every monumental advance and every new feature will be provided as free updates for Luminar 2018 users. This is a reflection of how much we value our customers, and how confident we are in the incredible value of the features we've got coming! With so much on the horizon, communication is key! Check the blog regularly for updates on all the exciting upcoming features. We look forward to your feedback and support. Thanks for taking this journey with us!
 
Luminar with Libraries.
 
As mentioned last week, the new version will be released later this year. Anyone who owns Luminar will get the new update for free in December, if not earlier. This new version is now in a closed beta testing, and the feedback we have been getting so far has been overwhelming.
 
The first version of Libraries in Luminar is all about these main points: performance, comfort, and a complete user experience. This means the new version will give you speed to browse & organize images without the extra wait time. This means that you’ll enjoy your photos moments after you start the software.
 
Here’s a short speed test I did last week. Take a look and stay tuned for more videos, webinars, posts and live sessions about other features.
 

Most importantly, with the new version of Luminar, you’ll be able to conveniently group photos into albums, rate pictures, sync edits between hundreds of images, and do more without the need to check back a manual every time.
 
We spent years, studying the needs, workflows, and preferences of different photographers. So in the new Luminar, you get a truly great viewing/browsing experience that draws you in and helps you enjoy and organize your photos without extra distractions.
 
And since Luminar is already packed with dozens of innovative tools to edit, enhance, and share photos, you will soon get the most comprehensive and well-rounded photography experience available in a piece of software.
 
No paid upgrade. You will get all the great stuff for free.
 
Alongside the new Libraries feature, we also poured a lot of hard work, time & research to bring you new editing tools for portraits, landscapes, aerial and other genres of photography; new features powered by Artificial Intelligence, new looks and styles, and more.
 
We have initially planned to release those features in Luminar 2019, as a paid upgrade, just like we usually do. However, this week, we made a decision to forgo any paid upgrades at least until the end of 2019, and add those features to Luminar 2018 for free.
 
We will incorporate the new tools and features in the latest version of Luminar instead of asking you to pay for the upgrade. Expect first updates as soon as this year. And throughout the next year we will be frequently rolling out more free updates to make Luminar Libraries, and its Editing & Sharing tools faster, better and more powerful for you.
 
A new price for a limited time.
 
Skylum's software are priced so that everyone can afford them and designed so that everyone can easily use them. We do this because everyone takes photos, not just experienced and pro photographers. We do this because photos are more than just the captions they come with.
 
We believe that every single person deserves to make his/her photos look their best without the extra hassle and without having to study and master all those photo editing tips the pros use.
 
So for a limited time, Luminar will be available for just $59 for new users who have yet to purchase the software. For this price, you’ll get the current version of the software, the free update to the new version that boasts Libraries, and free updates for the new features we initially developed for Luminar 2019.
 
No subscriptions. No upgrade fees. No extra charges.
Post Date: 9/25/2018 2:15:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Sigma’s 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary, 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, and 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports will make their public debut at Photokina 2018
 
Cologne, Germany – September 25, 2018 – Sigma today announced five new Sigma Global Vision lenses shown for the first time at the 2018 Photokina expo in Cologne, Germany from September 26th-29th in Hall 4.2 on Stands B020, B028I and C029. From wide-angle to hyper-telephoto, the new Sigma Global Vision introductions arrive as some of the most anticipated lenses in the industry, further facilitating artistic expression for photographers.
 
Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
The new Sigma wide-angle model stands out with its thoroughly corrected magnification chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare, as well as completely minimized distortion thanks to its optical design. It features water- and oil-repellent coating on the front lens element and its overall dust- and splash-proof structure ensures excellent performance even in the most challenging shooting conditions. The high-speed AF, thanks to the HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) with an updated algorithm, captures the perfect moment instantly. Available in Sigma, Nikon, Canon and Sony E camera mounts, this lens is a great contender for street photography, as well as shooting landscapes and night skies.
 
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
The 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is Sigma’s first lens developed originally to live up to the sought-after angle of view and performance standard for a benchmark cine lens. This lens effectively arranges three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements to correct axial chromatic aberration and magnification chromatic aberration. Designed for exceptional sharpness at maximum aperture, this lens excels at available light photography. With less than 1% distortion and near non-existent sagittal coma flare, this lens demonstrates consistent optical results featuring both 8K-compatible resolution and a beautiful bokeh. It is available for Sigma, Nikon, Canon and Sony E mount camera systems.
 
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
This lens completes the Sigma large aperture series of portable wide-angle, standard, and telephoto prime lenses in Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mounts. Featuring compact design, light weight and outstanding image quality offered in Sigma’s Contemporary line, this lens stuns with a beautiful bokeh effect and the amount of brightness expected from F1.4 lenses even in the mid-telephoto range for cropped sensor cameras. In addition, this lens is characterized by smooth and quiet autofocus ideal for video shooting. Compatible with the Sony E mount Fast Hybrid AF, it also achieves precise AF tracking. By using the face recognition or eye AF functions of the camera, focus will continuously be on the face or the eye even if the subject moves during the shoot.
 
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports
One of the most anticipated lenses from the Sigma Global Vision line, the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is the new flagship large-aperture telephoto zoom lens that meets the most stringent needs of professional photographers. Robust yet lightweight, the lens’ magnesium body ensures high mobility and its dust- and splash-proof structure together with the water- and oil-repellent coating on the front element ensure safe use even in the most challenging shooting conditions. It also incorporates Intelligent OS with an acceleration sensor and the latest algorithm capable of panning in all directions. The lens’ optical design, incorporating 10 exclusive low-dispersion glass elements, allows for extremely high resolution, from the center to the corners. By optimizing spherical aberration, a smooth and natural bokeh effect is achieved when using the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports for portrait photography. The versatility of this lens is demonstrated in various customization options via an AF Function button either through the camera body or Sigma USB Dock. The newest F2.8 large-aperture zoom lens from Sigma comes in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts.
 
Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports
The Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is the world’s first 10x optical zoom telephoto lens with a tele end of 600mm. Incorporating 25 elements in 19 groups, excellent and consistent image quality can be achieved throughout the entire zoom range. This lens’ intelligent OS featuring the latest algorithm delivers an image stabilization effect of 4 stops. Its optical design ensures maximum correction of magnification chromatic aberration encountered in hyper-telephoto shooting. This offers both high resolution and consistent edge-to-edge performance throughout the entire zoom range. In addition, when shooting at the focal length of 200mm, the Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports can also be used for telephoto macro photography, with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.3, thanks to its high rendering performance. Its multi-material build, which incorporates magnesium among other components, ensures durability and enhances portability, allowing for comfortable handling of the 10x zoom lens. The zooming mechanism has been engineered to make both smooth rotation and straight zoom possible. Versatile and robust, the new Sigma hyper-telephoto zoom lens is available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts starting in late October 2018 for $1999 USD.
 
Preorders:
 
Sigma 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports - B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 9/25/2018 1:45:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From ProGrade Digital:
 
Company Adds Two New USB 3.1, Gen. 2 Card Readers: microSD Dual-Slot Card Reader, CompactFlash & SD Dual-Slot Card Reader
 
COLOGNE, Germany – photokina – ProGrade Digital, founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions, expands product range with introduction of professional grade microSDXC memory cards, plus two USB 3.1, Gen. 2 dual-slot workflow readers. New ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, U3, Class 10, V60 card delivers maximum read speed up to 200MB/s and maximum write speed up to 80MB/s. Video Speed Class V60 tested and certified, the card’s sustained write speed will not dip below 60MB/s, which ensures no dropped frames during video recording. Company also announces microSD Dual-Slot Card Reader, plus CompactFlash & SD Dual-Slot Card Reader. Booth readers support USB 3.1, Gen. 2 protocols and offer data transfer rates up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s).
 
ProGrade Digital microSDXC UHS-II, V60
 
  • Certified to perform at maximum read up to 200MB/s; maximum write up to 80MB/s
  • V60 tested and certified to perform at minimum sustained write speed of 60MB/s
  • Optimized for 4K, UHD, Full HD, most high bit rate MPEG-4 CODECs
  • Rigorous full card testing, plus component-level testing down to individual memory chips
  • Laser-etched serial number to track key components and manufacturing data for highest quality control
  • 32GB ($49.99); 64GB ($74.99); 128GB ($114.99)
  • 3-year warranty
CompactFlash & SD Dual-Slot Card Reader and microSD Dual-Slot Card Reader
 
  • USB 3.1, Gen. 2 interface provides speed up to 10Gb/s (1.25GB/s)
  • Concurrent maximum speed data transfer from cards in both slots
  • Includes two 18” connection cables: one Type A to Type C and one Type C to Type C
  • Magnetized bottom connects reader to laptop
  • Each reader MSRP $79.99 USD
  • 2-year warranty
Products available Q4 at Amazon.com, B&H Photo and Video websites. ProGrade Digital products now shipping to 27 European countries via Amazon and Amazon Prime.
With fall officially upon us, now would be a good time to check out our Fall Photography Tips to ensure you don't miss the great opportunities this colorful season brings.
 
  • Great fall subjects include:
  • Landscapes with colorful foliage
  • Waterfalls
  • Wildlife
  • Halloween decorations and costumes
  • Thanksgiving festivities
  • and more!
Post Date: 9/25/2018 7:39:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Photograher Armando Flores takes his NEW SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2, model A041 to the majestic Glacier National Park in Montana.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 15-30 F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens.
Post Date: 9/25/2018 6:14:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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