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 Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In Ep 121 David Bergman shows you what happens when you shoot through a lens that is detached from the camera body.
Post Date: 6/26/2018 7:45:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
The price of this lens is especially attention-garnering.
 
The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 6/26/2018 7:31:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 25, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Photographing sparklers is great fun and can create a wide variety of images. In this video Gavin Hoey shares his tips for creating simple but beautiful sparkler shots by placing a light bulb in front of the sparkler.
 
Gavin also shows you how to light the front of the bulb and then dives in to Photoshop for a quick tip on how the merge the two shots together.
 
This is a great technique to use around 4th of July, Guy Fawkes night, Diwali or new year celebrations but always keep safety in mind. Never touch a lit sparkler and place spent sparklers in water.
 
Amazon sells antique light bulbs.
Post Date: 6/25/2018 8:26:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adorama:
 
Whether you’re shooting photo or video, it’s tough to capture high-quality shots without a good source of light — that’s why most industry professionals rely on top-quality lighting equipment. Yes, sometimes you’re lucky enough to have natural light (a photographer’s — and videographer’s — dream!) but if you’re filming commercial work or weddings, you’ll undoubtedly be faced with poor lighting situations like dim reception halls or office buildings.
 
To help photographers and videographers light their shots effectively, Adorama is unveiling a new line of affordable and diverse lighting equipment and accessories. The new CLAR collection offers something for just about every visual professional — from documentary filmmakers to high-fashion photographers. Here’s a quick breakdown of the collection so you can see which product line is best for you!
 
Slim Series
 
Created with videographers in mind, the CLAR Slim Series lights attach easily to DSLR shoe mounts and have a wireless remote — the CLAR Remote for the Slim Series ($19) — that’s good for up to 100 feet (perfect when you’re managing multiple cameras at once!). As the name indicates, this product line is slim and lightweight — a must when you’re “running and gunning” for documentaries or wedding videos.
 
The line’s color temperature range is 3200K to 5600K (in increments of 100K), meaning you have optimal and precise control over the look and feel of your footage. As any wedding videographer knows, finding white balance in a reception hall can be super tricky, so this on-camera light (which also attaches to most lighting stands) can save you loads of time in post.
 
The CLAR Slim Series line includes three variations of new lights:
 
Surface Series
 
The CLAR Surface Series lights offer tremendous value and usability for videographers and photographers covering all types of work environments: press and documentaries, interviews, studio stills, location work, and weddings. The slim, lightweight lights can attach to the top of the camera or a stand, and they’re designed to supply a soft, glowing natural-looking light on the subject for a clean look.
 
Similar to the Slim Series, the Surface Series lights have a slender remote control for convenience and ease of use. Equally important — particularly for the news and documentary industry — is the tough plastic frame that protects these lights during activities like travel.
 
The Surface Series has two products:
 
Wand/Ring Light
 
Next in the new CLAR collection is the Wand and Ring Light Series, both favorites among fashion, glamour, and children photographers, and news reporters. These two products — the CLAR Luminous Pro 19? Bi-Color Ringlight Plus ($199) and the CLAR WandLux Pro and Ring Light Kit ($159) — produce soft, high-beauty light (but low heat) to keep the subject looking great and feeling comfortable throughout the full session. The ring light is also a hit for macro photographers, given its gentle yet targeted illumination finds its way into the nooks and crevices of all sorts of objects.
 
Like the previous two collections, wireless remotes give photographers the opportunity to balance and adjust luminance and white balance from afar. Additionally, the precise MultiTemp color range of 3,200 to 5,500 ensures photographers have full control over the look and the feel of their shots.
 
The CLAR Collection’s WandLux Pro and Ring Light Kit comes with the dimmable Ring Light as well as an LED handheld wand that ensures accurate colors, skin tones and hues — and lasts for at least 2.5 hours.
 
Luxpando
 
The CLAR Collection’s Luxpando series is one of the highest quality light sources you can buy. The three products across this series provide turbo-charged lighting that mimics sunlight, no matter where you are. Additionally, the Luxpando series was built for precision and power, with brightness controls from 1 to 100% and the “Dynamic TURBO Mode” that provides an extra 30% of light.
 
Perfect for media production sets, this unique series of LED lights is designed for fast movement and mega action — which is why the strong aluminum alloy housing is extra important for safekeeping. The series also has a console controller and optional wireless control for ease of use.
 
For a daytime look, try the Blackbezt Luxpando Series 5600K Daylight Studio panel ($600). For a warmer look, you’ll need the Blackbezt Luxpando Series 3000K Tungsten Studio Panel ($600). And, if you can’t decide — or know you’ll need both — CLAR has the Blackbezt Luxpando Series 3000-5600K Bi-Color LED Panel ($690), a must for major studios or production teams). All bundles come with $159.95 worth of free accessories — plus free shipping!
 
Accessories
 
To round out that new lighting arsenal, the CLAR collection features a handful of must-have accessories, including:
 
  • CLAR Honeycomb Grid ($49.95): This powerful grid helps the photographer gain more control over their light source, and helps feather unwanted hard light to avoid too much contrast or an unnatural look. The Honeycomb attaches to the CLAR Slim 500 barndoor frame, and is great for spotlight glows or, more creatively, cast shadows, sharp color projection and edge light.
  • CLAR Grid Softbox ($49.95): This accessory is designed for quick and easy use (a must for most photographers – especially on wedding days!). The Softbox comes with an Eggcrate grid that creates beautiful light feathering and attractive shadows that help the subject really “pop.” This is a must for portrait and fashion photographers, as the Eggcrate emphasizes facial structure and features in a glowing, attractive way.
Ready to take the plunge with a new lighting kit? Your future self will thank you! Here’s the full CLAR collection so you can amp up your gear arsenal today.
Category: Adorama News
Post Date: 6/25/2018 6:05:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 22, 2018

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to create a preset based on edited settings, quickly import and sync profiles and presets, and manage profiles and presets on individual devices.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/22/2018 9:28:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Shutterstock:
 
Product shots are among the most purely creative projects in visual production. You can throw on some music, take your time, pay close attention to detail, and hone your craft. There are no actors or models to wrangle and, typically, no strict timelines to contend with.
 
Whether you’re working on photos or video commercials, shooting product shots is pure imagination. You can dream up pretty much any solution to the problems you encounter, and you can create whatever visual world for your product that you want.
 
In the above video, we cover three vastly different setups for three entirely different products, and we do all of it for under $200.
Post Date: 6/22/2018 5:50:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 21, 2018
From Sirui USA:
 
Verona, NJ—The joining of forces between Sirui USA and Guangdong Sirui Optical Co., Ltd., was announced. Effective immediately, Sirui USA, LLC, is a direct subsidiary of the Guangdong Sirui Optical Company. The parent company is located in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province, China.
 
Guangdong Sirui Optical is the design, development as well as manufacturing headquarters for all Sirui imaging products worldwide. Moreover, this acquisition brings the two companies together to strengthen the capabilities of Sirui USA to support and service its retailers as well as consumers.
 
“I am very pleased to welcome the Sirui USA team to the Guangdong Sirui Optical Family,” said J. Li, president of Guangdong Sirui Optical Co., Ltd. “We look forward to much success and to continue to expand our strong business in the USA.”
 
In addition, Sirui USA is led by photo industry veteran Louie Lu as general manager for all USA operations and John Mascis as vice president of Sales. Furthermore, all operations will continue out of the current Verona, New Jersey, headquarters. This includes including Sales, Marketing, Service, Customer Service and Distribution.
 
“The Sirui USA team is very happy to become part of the Guangdong Sirui Optical Family,” added Louie Lu. “We look forward to working closely with our new headquarters to maximize our abilities to serve our valuable USA retailers and consumers.”
 
Sirui USA will continue to represent all of the Sirui photo-imaging product lines. These include photo/video tripods and heads, photo/video monopods, broadcast video tripods and heads as well as filters. Moreover, the company provides mobile phone accessories. It also offers humidity and security photography equipment cabinets.
 
Guangdong Sirui Optical Co., Ltd.
 
Founded in 2001, Sirui manufactures a full range of professional photographic and video support equipment. It provides a seamless system of camera tripods, video tripods, camera monopods, specialty tripod heads, mobile phone accessories, lenses, filters and camera humidity control and safety cabinets.
 
Moreover, stringent quality control standards are incorporated into every segment of the manufacturing process. As a result, the company provides a six-year warranty on most products and worldwide customer support.
 
B&H carries Sirui products.
Category: Sirui News
Post Date: 6/21/2018 9:52:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates several techniques for findind, filtering, and isolating layers in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/21/2018 6:48:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Skylum:
 
Aurora HDR 2018 now up to 2x and 4x faster on MacOS and Windows computers, respectively, and compatible with the brand-new Loupedeck+ photo editing console
 
Skylum Software has released the latest update to its award-winning photo editing software, Aurora HDR, bringing improved performance, new features, and updated tools to both MacOS and Windows versions.
 
What's New and Improved in Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0:
 
Here are the most essential changes:
 
  • Speed boost for editing and adjusting. We’ve dramatically increased performance across all areas of Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 on Windows and Mac.
  • Fast single-file opening. With an improved image processing engine, Aurora HDR is now much faster when opening single files.
  • Loupedeck integration (for Mac & Windows). Now, users can quickly process photos in Aurora HDR using physical dials, knobs, and keys.
  • Batch processing (for Windows). Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 will allow Windows users to edit a large number of photos simultaneously.
  • Better memory management. Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 is also optimized to make better use of memory, with more intelligent memory management and improved stability.
  • Windows version catches up to Mac version. Windows users will receive a flip/rotate tool, bringing Aurora HDR for Windows more in line with its macOS counterpart.
  • Aurora HDR now supports more cameras than before. The full list across both Windows and MacOS includes: Canon EOS 3000D / Rebel T100 / 4000D, FujiFilm X-H1, FujiFilm X-A20, FujiFilm X-A5, FujiFilm X-E3, Olympus E-PL9, Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90, Panasonic DC-GX9 / DC-GX7MK3, Panasonic DC-TZ200 / DC-ZS200 / DC-TZ202 / DC-TZ220 / DC-ZS220 / DC-TX2, PhaseOne IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, Sony A7 III.
Here’s a full list of the new features and improvements:
 
MAC:
 
  • Performance boost when editing and opening single files
  • Faster export
  • Loupedeck integration
  • Better brackets sorting during Batch processing
  • Better memory management
  • Plugin stability improved
  • New camera support
  • Better export performance
  • Fixed brush drawing
  • Improved opening of .DNG image
WINDOWS:
 
  • Performance boost when editing and adjusting
  • Faster export
  • Better stability and memory management
  • Batch processing added
  • Added layers menu and layer options menu
  • Ability to rename layers
  • UX improvements
  • Quick loading of single RAW files
  • Hover on blends
  • Added white balance color picker
  • Localisation fixes
  • Changed order of preset categories
  • UI fixes and improvements
  • Added histogram to tone curve filter
  • Improved stability of Dodge & Burn filter
  • Added context menu in the filters menu
  • New camera support
  • Better Windows document support
  • Added flip/rotate
  • Exif saving to document fixed
  • Loupedeck integration
  • Improved opening of .DNG image
Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 Offer Information:
 
Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $59 ($49 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).
New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0 for $99 ($89 with coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE).
 
Bonuses included in the offer:
 
  • 119 Dramatic & Romantic Sky overlays ($29 value) – The ultimate collection of 119 dramatic high-res sky overlays to turn photos with boring skies into eye-catching works of art.
  • Complete HDR Tutorial by Trey Ratcliff ($99 value) – This entirely new HDR tutorial is perfect for beginners to mega-advanced professionals who want to see all of the latest post-processing techniques. Lisa and Trey discuss their artistic inspirations and challenges, how they compose a shot, their camera settings, and much more. You’re then transported back to Trey’s studio where he slowly takes you step-by-step through his latest techniques.
  • Deep Dive into Aurora HDR 2018 video by Trey Ratcliff ($20 value) – Trey Ratcliff, the most famous HDR photographer, shares his editing process in the new Aurora HDR 2018.
Download: Aurora HDR 2018 1.2.0
Post Date: 6/21/2018 5:32:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 20, 2018

 
From Westcott:
 
Make the Switch to Westcott’s new Switch light modifier series! These ingenious modifiers give photographers the ability to quickly interchange off-camera flashes while maintaining the original Rapid Box’s convenient collapsible design. The quick-release thumb-lock on these softboxes ensures that the modifier stays securely affixed to the light while allowing users to quickly switch mounting inserts without additional tools or accessories.
 
Built with durable framework, long-lasting construction, and color-accurate fabrics, these modifiers are designed to withstand years of use on location or in the studio. The Rapid Box Switch’s taut silver interior provides maximum light output for working in any environment and the Beauty Dish Switch’s white interior provides ultra-soft lighting for portraits. Understanding that output and color accuracy are important to professionals, Westcott has vigorously tested their diffusion panels to create the most color-accurate fabrics in the industry.
 
Each Rapid Box Switch and Beauty Dish Switch includes a softbox, diffusion panel(s), and durable carry case for convenience and storage. The Rapid Box Switch is available in three octogonal, two rectangular, and three strip variations. The Beauty Dish Switch, a 24-inch collapsible beauty dish, includes a deflector plate and was designed in conjunction with professional photographer, Joel Grimes.
 
A total of 13 Switch Inserts (sold separately) are available for the industry’s most popular brands, including Balcar/Paul C Buff, Bowens, Broncolor, Dynalite, Elinchrom, Hensel, Norman, Photogenic, and Profoto. Speedlite and Profoto A1 inserts are also available. For precise light control, newly-designed 40-degree egg-crate grids are also available for each and every Switch modifier. All Switch items are backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
 
B&H carries the Westcott Rapid Box Switch lineup.
Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 4:46:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today Only: Adorama has the Gitzo Mountaineer Series 3 GT3532 Carbon Fiber Tripod with GH3382QD Center Ball Head available for $999.88 with free shipping. Compare at $1,249.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Maximum Height: 68.9" / 175.01cm
  • Minimum Height: 11.4" / 28.96cm
  • Maximum Height (with center column down): 134cm / 52.76"
  • Closed length: 76.5cm / 30.12"
  • Tripod Material: Carbon fiber
  • Tripod Load Capacity: 46.3lbs / 21.00kg
  • Tripod Maximum Height: 63.4" / 161.04cm
  • Tripod Height without Column Extended: Max. 52.4" / 133.10cm
  • Tripod Minimum Height: 6.3" / 16.00cm
  • Tripod Folded Length: 25.2" / 64.01cm
  • Tripod Leg Sections: 3
  • Tripod Leg Lock Type: Twist
  • Tripod Feet: Rubber, removable
  • Tripod Head Mount Thread Size: 3/8"-16
  • Tripod Leg Tube Diameters: 32.9, 29, 25.3mm
  • Head Height: 5" / 12.70cm
  • Head Quick Release: Yes
  • Head Bubble Level: Yes, bull's eye
  • Head Friction Control: Yes
  • Head Separate Panning Lock: Yes
  • Head Tripod Mount Thread Size: 3/8"-16
  • Head Camera Mount Thread Size: 1/4"-20
  • Kit Weight: 2.650kg / 5.84lbs
  • Tripod: 4.1lbs / 1.86kg
  • Head: 1.7lbs / 0.77kg
From Loupedeck:
 
Next Generation Includes Skylum Aurora HDR Compatibility, Upgraded Build and More Customization Options, All Based on the Photography Community’s Feedback
 
HELSINKI, Finland – June 20, 2018 – Loupedeck, the custom photo editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced the next evolution, Loupedeck+. While the Loupedeck was the only device on the market custom-built to improve the Adobe Lightroom experience, the Loupedeck+ is now also compatible with popular photo editing software Skylum Aurora HDR (in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC), and is designed with more functionalities, control and increased customization options. Following a year of overwhelming success and customer feedback, the Loupedeck+ was designed in Loupedeck’s headquarters in Finland, with all updates solely based on feedback from the invested photography community.
 

Specifically, upgrades to the Loupedeck+ include:
 
  • Mechanical keys with a more precise and sturdy feel
  • Improved build quality
  • Two dedicated customizable dials and seventeen buttons
  • “Custom Mode” that allows full user control of all dials
  • Configuration software built from scratch for an even better, faster and more stable photo editing experience
“We know how dedicated both the professional and amateur photography communities are in their work, and we’re committed to making their lives easier and more productive,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “There’s no better way to create the next evolution of our flagship product than by going straight to the source and taking their feedback to heart. By adding even more control, efficiency and customization options to the editing process, we’re able to help photographers be more successful by increasing their output and artistry, and look forward to continue supporting them in their work.”
 
Following Loupedeck’s new partnership with Skylum, the Loupedeck+ will include future integrations with Skylum’s other professional photo editing products, including Skylum Luminar. It is also currently in beta integration with Capture One, with full integration on the way, as well as additional software integrations to follow later this year. These options will provide photographers with a more diverse, intuitive experience, helping to expedite the editing process and maximize the photo editing experience.
 
“Skylum and Loupedeck share the same vision. We want to help photographers create great photos, differently,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Sklyum. “When I discovered that the new version of Loupedeck keyboard is coming out, I knew Skylum software should be the first to support it. This is the kind of innovation modern photographers really need.”
 
The Loupedeck+ is available for purchase at B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $229. Loupedeck is also offering a cashback opportunity of $50 for current Loupedeck owners.
Category: Loupedeck News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 9:12:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Authorized U.S. Sigma dealers host hands-on workshops covering travel, portrait, editorial and urban photography with photo shoots at hotspot locations and guidance from established pros
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – June 19, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its Sigma Lens Workshops initiative. Designed in collaboration with Sigma dealers around the country, the program will engage photographers eager to learn new techniques and refine their photography skills through a series of classroom lectures and hands-on workshops. Led by Sigma technical representatives and photography experts, each workshop session hones in on a specific genre of photography such as portraiture, landscape, astrophotography and more. Normally a two-day workshop event, day one will focus on theory and educational best practices such as lighting, gear setup, camera settings, lens focal length and more. On day two, attendees put their newly acquired knowledge to the test with immersive hands-on, real world photoshoots and photo walks. Photographers of all skill levels, from novice to professional, are welcome to join in. The upcoming workshops schedule and details, including registration, cost, special promotions and agenda, can be found on the Sigma Events webpage.
 
“The Sigma Lens Workshops provide a valuable education vehicle for the local photography community. Lenses are an investment and these workshops aim at making sure you are getting the most out of your Sigma lens investment. The workshops also give you a chance to learn about specific genres of photography and hone your skills while practicing during real-world photo shoots,” comments Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The initial workshop feedback has been extremely positive. Customers appreciate the opportunity to up their photography game and test-drive some of the newest lens models. We are confident the positive experience will continue with the rest of the tour.”
 
Rahul Tuteja, founder of Pixel Connection in Avon, OH and host of a recent Sigma Lens Workshop, welcomed the initiative by saying, “More than just offering our customers the best gear for their photography needs, we strive to engage with them in a non-sales environment to bring them education, inspiration and opportunities to practice their skills. Sigma Workshops are a great platform to do that. These events help our customers get inspired and learn from the pros who show them what's in front of them so they can make educated gear choices and ultimately become better photographers. Sigma has been instrumental in helping us show our customers what a good product can do and elevate the photo community.”
 
Sigma Lens Workshops June Lineup:
Portrait Workshops at Bedford Camera & Video (Tulsa & Oklahoma City, OK)
Sigma technical representative Brian Linhoff is leading two two-day workshops on how to shoot stunning portraits at Bedford Camera & Video on June 20-21, 2018 in Tulsa, OK and June 22-23, 2018 in Oklahoma City, OK.
Portrait Photography Class – Wednesday, June 20th 5-6pm
Harley Davidson Photo Shoot – Thursday, June 21st 5-7pm
@ Bedford Camera & Video – 8172 East 68th St. Tulsa, OK 72223
FREE; Register Here
The first day of the Tulsa workshop will cover basics of portrait photography, including various lighting setups for indoor and outdoor shooting, how to work with your subject on posing and best lenses for portrait photography. During the second day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting Harley Davidson photo shoot with guidance from Brian and the Bedford Camera & Video staff. Participants will practice what they’ve learned as they photograph models and motorcycles. Lighting equipment will be provided and Sigma’s latest lenses will be on hand to test-drive during the shoot. Those participating in the photo shoot need to bring their own cameras.
Photo Model Walk – Friday, June 22nd 7-9pm
Portrait Photography Class – Saturday, June 23rd 10-11am
@ Bedford Camera & Video – 3110 North May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112
FREE; Register Here
Join Brian and the Bedford Camera & Video staff during a Myriad Botanical Gardens photo walk in Oklahoma City during the first day of the Oklahoma workshop. Sigma lenses will be available on loan to capture the beautiful flora. During the second day, Brian will cover the basics of portrait photography, including lighting, lenses, posing and more. Attendees will receive a professional print of their favorite image from the photo walk the day before, courtesy of Bedford Camera & Video.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/20/2018 6:13:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 19, 2018
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom Classic CC v7.4 | June 2018
 
This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
 
Manage Presets and Profiles You can now choose to show or hide various preset/profile groups that are displayed in the Presets panel/Profile Browser, allowing you to scan through the profiles and presets you use the most.
 
Color label for folders and faster folder search
 
In the Folders panel (Library module), you can now organize your images by adding a color label to the folders. You can also filter all the folders that have been assigned a color label.
 
HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra
 
Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.
 
Auto stack HDR and panorama
 
You can now prevent the HDR and Panorama stacks from cluttering the grid view by selecting the new Create Stack option in the HDR/Panorama Merge Preview dialog.
 
Support for new cameras and lenses
 
For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:
 
Fixed customer issues
 
Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.4 (June 2018 release)
 
  • Keyboard shortcuts not working for rotate left and right in French, Swedish, Spanish, and Italian
  • Crop overlay is hard to see
  • Tone curve enabled not copied by sync, auto sync, presets, or snapshots
  • Settings are reset when develop preset is applied via script
  • (macOS-only) When backing up catalogs on macOS, Lightroom Classic doesn't compress (zip) catalogs that have a file size less than 4 GB.
  • Lightroom unresponsive after Eject SD Card/USB Drive
  • Presets no longer record and apply the turn on/off settings in the Develop Module
  • Hitting “Previous” and/or Copy/Paste is triggering an bad error message
  • Not saving new saving new presets if they contain special characters
  • iPhone video play in wrong orientation


Lightroom CC v1.4 | June 2018
 
This release of Lightroom CC desktop rolls out new features and enhancements, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.
 
Presets and Profiles syncing
 
Beginning with this release, your Presets and Profiles (including third-party, custom user presets and profiles) now automatically sync across Lightroom CC desktop and mobile.
 
However, the custom user presets and profiles that you add in Lightroom CC do not sync with Lightroom Classic CC desktop.
 
Manage Presets and Profiles
 
You can now choose to show or hide various preset/profile groups that are displayed in the Presets panel/Profile Browser, allowing you to scan through the profiles and presets you use the most.
 
Copy and paste edits across multiple photos
 
Enhanced in this release of Lightroom CC on desktop You can now copy the edits from a photo and paste across multiple photos.
 
You can also choose which edit settings to copy from a photo using the new Choose Edit Settings To Copy option. To access this option, select a photo and then choose Photo > Choose Edit Settings To Copy from the menu bar. Alternatively, press Control + Shift + C (Win) or Shift + Command + C (Mac) keys.
 
HEIC image files support on macOS High Sierra
 
Beginning with this release, Lightroom CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on macOS High Sierra v10.13 or later.
 
Reset photo edits to the last opened state
 
You can now restore your photo edits to the state when last opened it Lightroom CC using the new Reset To Open option in the Photo menu. To reset your photo edits, you must be in Detail view.
 
Specify share settings for a web gallery
 
While sharing a Lightroom CC album as a web gallery, you now control the following preferences:
 
  • Allow Downloads: Select this preference to allow others to download the shared album photos.
  • Show Metadata: Select this preference to allow others to view metadata of the shared album photos.
  • Show Location Info: Select this preference to allow others to view location info of the shared album photos. Deselect it to hide location info.
To modify the sharing preferences of an album that is already public, right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) the album and choose Share Settings from the context-menu.
 
Sort photos by Modified Date
 
In this release of Lightroom CC, a new option to sort the grid photos by Modified Date has been added.
 
Get Lightroom CC mobile by texting a download link to your phone
 
From Lightroom CC desktop, you can now text a link on your phone number to download Lightroom CC for mobile from Google Play/App Store.
 
Support for new cameras and lenses
 
For a full list of supported cameras and lens profiles, see these resources:
 
Fixed customer issues
 
Issues fixed in Lightroom CC v1.4 on desktop (June 2018 release)
 
  • iPhone videos play in wrong orientation
  • Incorrect translation of the UI strings 'Portrait' and 'Landscape' in Adobe Raw profiles and Camera Matching profiles
  • Preset and Profile import fails when there are illegal characters in the filenames
  • Dehaze tool causing lag in the edit operations
  • Pressing the G key toggles Guided Upright instead of Grid mode
  • Hovering over a preset doesn't display its effect when Edit panels are toggled to the off position
  • When trying to edit a raw file in Lightroom CC mobile, the app starts downloading the image and then freezes
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/19/2018 2:32:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
B&H has uploaded 20 presentations from its OPTIC 2018 event to YouTube channel. The presentations last anywhere from [roughly] half an hour to and hour and a half and cover a wide range of subjects.
 
B&H OPTIC 2018 Presentations
 
  • Myth, Magic, and Mojo | Keith Carter
  • Photographing Cuba | Vincent Versace
  • Seeing Color and Enhancing Creativity | Seth Resnick
  • Decisive Moments with Fujifilm | Xyza Cruz Bacani
  • Doors Off Over Baja California’s Wild Coast | Ralph Lee Hopkins
  • A Portrait Photographer's Guide to Street and Travel Photography
  • Time Lapse Photography | Rich Reid
  • iPhone Photography | Rich Reid
  • Out of This World - In the Footsteps of Lowell Thomas | David Wright
  • Photographing in Extreme Environments | Ira Block
  • Step into the Frame: How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography | Adam Marelli
  • How to Approach Travel & Cultural Photography (Advanced) | Adam Marelli
  • Beyond the Milky Way | National Parks at Night
  • Travel Photography and the Self Assignment | Liz Groeschen
  • Photographing Nature with a Fine Art Eye | Joyce Tenneson
  • Following the Light at National Geographic | Mark Thiessen
  • Bears, Bears, Bears - Making the Most of Your Bear Trip | Charles Glatzer
  • Capturing the Wonders of Wildlife | Ron Magill
  • Imagining Spaces: Interior & Architecture Photography | Simon Lewis
  • Coincidental Portraits, Travel and Street Photography | Sissie Brimberg
Post Date: 6/19/2018 8:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported strong financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2018 ended June 1, 2018.
 
Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.20 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2018, which represents 24 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.33 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.66 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.55 billion, with Creative revenue growing to $1.30 billion and Document Cloud achieving record revenue of $243 million, which represents 22 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $6.06 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $343 million. Creative ARR grew to $5.37 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $694 million.
  • Digital Experience segment revenue was $586 million, which represents 18 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 39 percent and net income grew 77 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 33 percent and net income grew 62 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $976 million, and deferred revenue grew 27 percent year-over-year to approximately $2.63 billion.
  • Adobe repurchased approximately 2.6 million shares during the quarter, returning $589 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
 
Executive Quotes
 
"Adobe delivers all the capabilities to enable transformative digital experiences, including content creation and management, predictive analytics and commerce," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. "Our record results in Q2 reflect continued execution against this significant opportunity where Adobe is the clear market leader."
 
“Adobe delivered record revenue with strong earnings and cash flow, and we expect our momentum to continue in the second half of fiscal 2018," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2018 7:36:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 18, 2018
I advised my daughter and then-future son-in-law that something would go wrong with the wedding and that they should be ready to adjust plans as necessary.
 
What went wrong started with my youngest daughter waking up at 3:00 AM with a fever of 101.7° F (38.7° C) on the day before the wedding. I was so sad for her and expected the virus to have her in its grasp through the wedding day and beyond. Fortunately, after many prayers and sleeping much of the morning, she was feeling much better the same evening and was able to enjoy the wedding rehearsal and dinner afterwards.
 
That rehearsal dinner afterwards (at our house) became the next issue. The food was all out and everyone was ready to eat (and hungry), but ... the rolls needed to hold the main course were missing. Apparently an assignment was missed and a 40-minute round trip to the grocery store ensued, resolving this relatively minor issue.
 
As I mentioned, I was (mostly) not photographing this wedding, but received a request to "just" set up a video camera. I assembled the gear I intended to use (multiple cameras, tripods, mic, sound recorder, Pelican cases, extra batteries, etc.) the day before (amidst plenty of other chaos) and ran a gear check late in the day. I planned to use the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II as the primary camera, recording the entire ceremony in 4k. Strangely, when attempting to record video with this body, all I saw was black. After checking for an installed lens cap multiple times and verifying that live view worked in the still photo modes, I resolved to call Canon CPS in the morning, hoping that there was some obscure setting I had missed. Unfortunately, the phone call determined that the camera had a failure of some sort (I was not surprised by that news) that was preventing the shutter from opening in video mode.
 
So, it was wedding day for my daughter and the primary camera I intended to record video with had failed. This is the perfect example of why a backup camera is mandatory when photographing weddings and other important events.
 
I had a 4k-capable Sony a7 III with a Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens, the focal length range I needed, sitting on my desk. That setup was untested, so I opted to double-record using a Canon EOS 5Ds R and Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. I set up the two cameras immediately next to each other, one on a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Carbon Fiber Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head and the other on a ProMediaGear TR344L Tripod with a UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head.
 
A relative captured other video angles handheld using a Canon EOS 80D and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. Audio was recorded with a Tascam digital audio recorder positioned under the flowers near the pastor, on a Rode Stereo Video Mic mounted on the 5Ds R in the back (closer to some of the musicians) and in-camera on the other two cameras. The setups appear to have all worked great and there is plenty of audio and video available to assemble a nice edited movie.
 
While I had time to put together a revised camera setup prior to leaving for the wedding, that is not always the case with equipment failures. I had an additional camera and various accessories (including batteries) along to cover any on-site failures (OK, I had enough to cover any of the contracted photographer's equipment failures as well).
 
Then there was the tomahawk injury that required a trip to the medical center and 8 stitches on the groom's ankle on the morning of the wedding. Don't ask – but it involved fruit. I'll just say that there was little spring in the groom's step as he walked his bride down the aisle, but the wedding worked and I now officially have a son.
 
As I said, I was mostly not photographing the wedding, but ... the girls happened to be ready just before the official photographers arrived and I happened to have rolled paper on a background stand and two lights in softboxes (one large octagonal overhead, a medium-sized rectangle on the back/left) ready. I needed time to set up and dial in two more lights, including one on a boom, but with a very rushed schedule, I accepted a compromise.
 
Overall, the wedding was awesome. Thanks for sharing in my excitement!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
5733 x 8599px
Post Date: 6/18/2018 10:31:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
While Bryan and I are fans of Adobe's Creative Cloud offerings, most notably Photoshop CC and Lightroom Classic CC, we know that many are interested in alternatives to Lightroom in particular. The official blog for one of the most popular alternatives, Phase One Capture One Pro, recently posted an article aimed squarely at those looking to make a change.
 
From the Phase One Capture One Blog:
11 Killer Tips For Switching From Lightroom to Capture One
 
Getting used to new software is rarely easy – but it doesn’t have to be frustrating. If you are considering switching from Lightroom to Capture One, here are 11 tips for making the transition easy.
 
1. Interface
 
There are a few things to take notes of when switching from Lightroom to Capture One:
 
  • No modules! The interface in Capture One uses one main window, where all tools are organized in Tool Tabs.
  • The default layout has tools to the left and browser to the right of the viewer.
  • To choose a layout more similar to Lightroom, simply select ‘Window > Workspace > Migration’. This will provide a workspace that more closely resembles Lightroom’s layout.
  • Most tools in Capture One can be re-organized, moved freely around and even scaled, by simply clicking the Tool Title and dragging. Parts of the interface can also be hidden. For an easy overview, use the View menu.
To see all of the tips, check out the Phase One Capture One Blog.
 
B&H carries Phase One Capture One download licenses.
Post Date: 6/18/2018 9:13:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, Julieanne Kost goes over four very popular blend modes – Multiply, Screen, Overlay and Soft Light – and demonstrates how they can be used when compositing images in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/18/2018 7:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 16, 2018
Mostly, this post is to let you share in our excitement and that sentence probably caught your attention with many thoughts potentially entering your mind.
 
Perhaps for those of you following this site from the early days, it is hard to believe that she is that old. Yes, the years really do fly by (every year goes by faster). This image was captured in 2003, the year TDP showed up on the web:
 
Brianna at Age 7
 
And now, my baby has become a beautiful young lady.
 
While the girls are taking care of many of the wedding's fine details, I am also involved. One of the requests of me was to assemble a set of pictures suitable for use in a slide show. While gathering those, many great memories were brought back and, as you probably guessed, I had a solid selection to choose from.
 
While on that topic, heed my advice: now is when you need to spend time with your kids and of course, make them feel special by photographing them constantly (and giving them that reason why). Only photographs (and videos) can keep them that age forever. Capture your times together and all of the special moments. Grandparents, you are included here – you get to photograph the grandkids when that generation shows up (I look forward to that day).
 
Answering another common question: yes, we love the incoming son and look forward to him being an official part of the family (he's been hanging around for years already). With him and his great family joining our lives, all of the parent wish list boxes are being checked here.
 
I know, the first question you really wanted answered was "Are you photographing the wedding?" Well, the official answer is no – there are hired photographers for the event. But ... I just might have (a few cases of) gear stashed somewhere handy. You know – just in case!
 
Then came the "Oh, can you just set up a camera to video the wedding?"
 
In what seems a blink of an eye, the kid is grown and moving on with her life. Fortunately, she is not moving too far. And, we have plenty of pictures to look back on.
 
The lead image for this post is a recent one, commemorating college graduation. It was a cloudy day and light green spring colors were still on some of the trees. I positioned Brianna under the shade of a tall tree to gain some direction to the ultra-soft cloud-diffused light and aligned with a distant tree of interest in the background. At 200mm, the f/2 aperture turns the tree into an interesting blur of color and Brianna pops from the background. Due to the color of the background, my eyes struggled to properly recognize the right color balance this image but, in the end, I opted to use the black cap and gown for a custom white balance.
 
The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens is a killer portrait lens and it has captured some of my favorite portraits of the kids. This is not an inexpensive lens, but the results can be priceless.
 
The girls are due home from their hair appointments at any time – gotta go!
 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.0  1/500s
ISO 100
5398 x 8097px
Post Date: 6/16/2018 11:13:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 15, 2018
From Nikon:
 
Offers superior agility and optical performance
 
June 14, 2018 – TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the development of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be a high-performance super-telephoto lens that is significantly smaller and lighter than comparable predecessors due to the adoption of the same type of Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element used in the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, released in January 2015. This lens makes hand-held photography easy, despite it being a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens that supports 500 mm focal length. The portability of the lens allows it to be used in a wider variety of situations, and for capturing fast-moving and unpredictable subjects in scenes such as sporting events.
 
Details, including the release date and suggested retail price for this product, will be shared at a later date.
 
Nikon continues to encourage the pursuit of imaging expression possibilities through its innovative products and solutions, built on its 100 years of heritage and advanced technical capabilities.
 
PF (Phase Fresnel) Lens Elements
 
The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon*. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with less number of lens elements.
 
* Diffraction phenomenon: Light has characteristics as a waveform. When a waveform faces an obstacle, it attempts to go around and behind it, and this characteristic is referred to as diffraction. Diffraction causes chromatic dispersion in the reverse order of refraction.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/15/2018 12:47:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Sigma has released firmware updates for the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 and 8 Lenses as follows:
 
Mount Converter MC-11
Now compatible with the Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Lens and the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Lens.
 
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.). "
 
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
 
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Now Compatible with Sigma Mount Converter MC-11.
 
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "
 
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the continuous shooting speed of some SIGMA interchangeable lenses with firmware Ver.2.00 decreases in certain combinations with some cameras. "
 
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens
"It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.)."
 
Sigma EF-630 Flash
"It has corrected the phenomenon where it occasionally stops communicating after recovering from Auto Power Off."
 
 
For the lenses, updating firmware is as easy as plugging in the Sigma Dock, mounting the lens and running the Sigma software.
Post Date: 6/13/2018 9:25:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 12, 2018
From Lowepro:
 
New QuickShelf technology, premium materials and added features deliver flexibility and superior gear protection in an everyday pack designed for the way today’s content creators work.
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – June 12, 2018 – Lowepro, a company with a 50-year reputation in creating protective gear-carrying solutions for image makers, today announced the launch of FreeLine BP 350 AW, a new premium, versatile daypack designed for today’s content creators, photographers, and videographers. The FreeLine BP 350 AW is the first in a collection of innovative bags intended to organize and protect the tools that capture the vision of content creators, wherever they go, leaving them free to focus on the big picture.
 
Features for the way today’s creators work
 
  • QuickShelf Divider System – the revolutionary interior divider system that unfolds into a 3-tier shelf or folds flat to remove revealing an open interior space includes pop-in lateral dividers allows for quick, fully customizable and wholly protected array of gear sets including multiple mirrorless bodies and lenses; full-framed DSLR with mounted 70-200mm f2.8 lens and additional lenses, compact drones and more.
  • Constructed of super high-grade Nylon 66 exterior fabric with water and abrasion resistant Carbonite, YKK weather-proof zippers and All Weather AW Cover provide unmatched protection from everyday use and the elements.
  • Dual side-access panels allow for easy access to gear.
  • CradleFit pocket suspends and protects up to a 15” laptop.
  • Integrated Gear Box offers customizable storage for cords, cables, batteries and more.
  • ActiveZone Back Panel provides excellent support and comfort.
“The professional landscape is shifting with this rise of the independent content creator,” explains Tim Grimmer, Senior Director of Product for Lowepro. “In collaboration with our partner brand JOBY, owner of the world famous GorillaPod, we delved deeply into the world of today’s Content Creators, vloggers, YouTubers, and storytellers. We learned more about how their gear kits and shooting locations frequently change as they produce content every day. Our goal became to create a solution that offers the freedom to carry what they need each day. We’re excited to offer FreeLine, a premium daypack that pairs our company’s signature protection with the adaptability content creators crave.”
 
The FreeLine BP 350 AW is now available for purchase for $259.95 at select Lowepro dealers and will be on display during VidCon June 21 – 23, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.
 
B&H has the Lowepro FreeLine BP 350 AW Backpack in stock.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 6/12/2018 11:49:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
As I said when offering the Whitetail Fawns and More photo tour, meeting more of you is always high on my to-do list, I have wanted to offer photo workshops/tours/experiences for a long time (many of you have requested such) and my Shenandoah National Park commercial use permit is in hand. While I enjoy others enjoying my images, my primary goal is always to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me for 3 or 6 days of wildlife and outdoor photography in this great location. I have cleared space in the schedule and made it through the logistical issues involved in making this trip happen, including acquiring the necessary SNP permit and having an important-for-wildlife-photography park policy change implemented (again, this will be one of the first tours falling under the new rules).
 
When and Where: Sun, November 11 to Wed, November 14, 2018 and/or Wed, November 14 - Sat, November 17, 2018 in Shenandoah National Park
 
Based on recent workshop survey results, this trip is offered in a choice of 3 or 6 full days (other options will be considered). The plan is to meet at the lodge on Sunday and/or Wed mid-day and we will wrap up after a morning shoot on the last day.
 
Update: The Wed-Sat dates have been filled. Slots for only two people remain open during the Sun-Wed dates. I'd still love to have you along!
 
Who
 
Hopefully you, along with 3 others. Large groups are far more profitable from a business perspective, but seriously photographing wildlife in the field is very challenging in large groups. Keeping the group small means better opportunities and more personal attention. It also means that we can travel together throughout the park in one SUV.
 
Cost
 
The cost for this IPT is $995 per 3 days with a 50% deposit locking in your spot. Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
First-Light Buck, Shenandoah National Park
 
What are We Photographing?
 
Our primary photo subject will be wildlife. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, Shenandoah National Park is a very reliable location to photograph whitetail deer and the environment/scenery here is quite photogenic.
 
During much of the year, whitetail buck in SNP have their heads down feeding. That changes during the rut and whitetail bucks exhibit great behavior at this time of the year. Late fall colors provide our backdrop and very few park visitors are expected at this time of the year, just prior to the last lodge closing for the season.
 
Deer are not the only wildlife subject found here and there is high likelihood that black bears will avail themselves as subjects along with a variety of birds and other smaller mammals. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any subjects that we encounter – and discovering those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography.
 
My time in the field is very limited and I look for locations with a high probability of good opportunities when I make the time investment. Shenandoah National Park rarely lets me down in that regard. Basically, we will work hard to improve your photography skills along with capturing some great images. And, we'll have fun along the way.
 
There is a Sense of Urgency for this Trip
 
As I mentioned with the fawn IPT, CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) has been detected within 11 miles of SNP (according to the SNP wildlife biologist I talked to in Mar 2018). This awful disease is always fatal to deer and when it reaches within 5 miles of the park, implementation of an already-established plan will significantly reduce the deer population here. That means this awesome experience is at high risk and that is one of the reasons I chose this park first.
 
Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition
 
While the implied definitions of these terms varies, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach, answer questions (bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will also be a primary part of our time together.
 
In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be the primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible.
 
An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.
 
Physical Requirements
 
This will be a modestly strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. There will likely be some easy wildlife photography opportunities encountered, but we will be carrying our gear through the woods, tall grass and light brush over hilly terrain at times, often attempting to keep ahead of moving wildlife. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.
 
What is Included
 
Transportation during the experience (if staying for the entire 6 days, I am happy to provide free transportation to and/or from the park from anywhere directly on my route from the north - primarily RT 81) along with everything described in the Tour/Workshop/Adventure/Expedition section above is included. By not including the items listed below in the fee, individuals are able choose their level of spending.
 
What is Not Included
 
Transportation to/from Skyland Resort including the required National Park entrance fee.
 
Lodging. We will be staying at the Skyland Resort, a national park lodge. I usually get a basic room, but other options are available including cabins.
 
Food. Because of the remoteness of this location, our food will primarily consist of what is offered at the Skyland Resort (dining room, take out or tap room) along with any food brought along into the park. We will typically begin photographing before food services are open so I usually pack breakfast to eat in my room prior to the morning shoots. I take a cooler with jugs of ice and ice is available at the lodge (you need bag/bucket to transport it from the ice machine). I suggest packing granola bars and other snacks along to keep energy levels up while photographing (especially in case we find an amazing subject that we don't want to leave). Plan to have water or other drink available to take with you.
 
Schedule
 
At this time of the year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are correspondingly getting longer. Our best opportunities will be found early and late in the day and we will target these times, but sometimes it is worth staying out all day. The sun is relatively low in the sky and the animals often remain active during the day. We will take time to review images, especially back at the lodge in the evening. These plans are all very flexible and we can target any specific interests the group has.
 
Big Meadows Whitetail Buck
 
Cancellation Policy
 
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. If a cancellation notice is received between 90 and 179 days before the workshop start date, a 50% refund of any payments made will be provided. If a cancellation notice is provided within less than 90 days of the workshop, no refund of payments made will be provided. Regardless of the cancellation notice received date, any workshop openings that are re-filled will be refunded payment in full minus a $195 administrative fee.
 
Let's Do This! Sign Up Now!
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
 
10-Point Whitetail Buck
 
Camera Gear Needed
 
Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in learning wildlife photography, you are going to need some gear and while most cameras with a telephoto lens will work, mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for best results from this event.
 
When photographing bucks in rut, I am not as concerned about a fast frame rate as with some other subjects. There will be times when the fast rate is beneficial, but rut posturing is often done at slower speeds and I usually opt for higher resolution cameras. A DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.
 
A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available will be appreciated at times. Wildlife activity is greatest early and late, so wide apertures are often an advantage and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.
 
My current plan is to take the Canon EOS 5Ds R along with the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens for my primary wildlife kit with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens (with built-in 1.4x extender) likely seeing some use. In addition, I'll take a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in case I decide that I want the fast frame rate. I'll bring a variety of other lenses and accessories including a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry the big lenses with.
 
I primarily use a monopod while photographing wildlife in this location. It is not as stable as a tripod and requires more effort to use, but it is much faster to set up and adjust. While neither are mandatory, one or both is preferred and I always take both.
 
We can potentially make use of a full range of landscape photography gear, including ultra-wide to wide angle lenses along with circular polarizer and neutral density filters.
 
Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, enabling review of your images throughout the time we have together. Bring an external hard drive for an additional level of backup. Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day and enough chargers to restore that capability overnight.
 
Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience and consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.
 
As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.
 
Whitetail Buck in Morning Light
 
Weather / Clothing
 
The weather in late November is typically very nice, though cool, in Shenandoah National Park. However, the mountain can create its own weather and that can be at least somewhat unpredictable. Rain gear may be very appreciated at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.
 
Plan for walking in light brush (including mild briars) and woods. The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and they do not seem to care what we are wearing (though you might get their attention if you dress in all black like a black bear, a primary deer predator). Camo clothing is not necessary, but it is a good option. I wear mostly camo and part of the reason is to be less obvious to other park visitors, though there are not many at this time of the year.
 
Insects can be annoying at this location, but they are not typically bothersome in mid-November. Ticks are reportedly present, though I have yet to find one on me.
 
Sign Up or Ask Questions!
 
Contact me at Bryan@Carnathan.com.
 
Buck in the Brush, Shenandoah National Park
Category: Workshops
Post Date: 6/12/2018 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 6, 2018
I was positioned between this red fox's den (and her two kits) and her feeding grounds with a good sun angle for an approach. She had recently brought home dinner and would always go right back out to hunt again and that was the case this time. I knew that she was coming, but I was not able to see her as her distance closed due to the thick brush.
 
Suddenly, she hopped up on this log, in plain view at a close distance, stopped and looked back while being lit by a late afternoon sun. I couldn't have orchestrated her behavior any better.
 
I grabbed a quick burst of insurance shots and quickly moved the selected focus point for a better composition. Being able to quickly change focus points is a key skill for wildlife photography. The fox being close, made the framing tight, but in the seconds it paused, I was able to capture enough images to build this panorama, adding a small amount of border to the top and left side of the primary frame.
 
This particular fox's mottled coat and head angle along with the bright sun causing her to squint produces an especially sly look.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 125
9165 x 6160px
Post Date: 6/6/2018 9:05:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 5, 2018
From Manfrotto:
 
Three premium models are being added to the award winning traveler collection including: Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber, Befree Live Carbon Fiber and the brand new Befree GT.
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ, June 5, 2018 - Manfrotto, the world leader in the photography, imaging equipment, and accessories adds three new solutions for travel photography and videography. With the release of the carbon fiber versions of the Befree Advanced, the Befree Live, and the new Befree GT family, Manfrotto continues to create for professionals on the go, blending maximum portability and stability.
 
Manfrotto’s Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber travel tripod features carbon fiber legs that ensure best-in-class performance, support, and rigidity. When trekking for miles to get that unique shot, every ounce in your pack matters and the Befree Advanced Carbon delivers top-notch stability while weighing just 2.75lbs. Like the aluminum version, this new model features Manfrotto’s updated 494 Center Ball Head with friction control. Manfrotto’s brand new Befree GT travel tripod, available in aluminum and carbon fiber, meets the highest expectations of professional photographers who want maximum performance even when they are traveling. The ergonomic design, inherited from the Befree Advanced, is the perfect combination of portability and impressive stability, folding down to 17 inches yet ensures flawless operation with up to 22 lbs of equipment. The Befree GT mounts the new Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with fiction control providing higher performance in terms of capacity and precision. Both the Befree Advanced Carbon and the Befree GT models feature the M-lock, the new twist lock developed by Manfrotto that enhances compactness and speed of use, making them the perfect solution to carry in a backpack and quickly set up. Moreover, both tripods feature the ergonomic leg-angle selectors, which can be set to three independent angles and are designed to operate easily with either left or right hand. The lightweight, solid spider features the Easy Link like Manfrotto’s professional 190 & 055 tripods, allowing photographers to boost their creativity by adding accessories such as lights, reflectors, or monitors. These new models mount a unique plate, the 200PL-PRO, which makes them fully compatible with the world’s most widespread standard head attachments: Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-swiss style.
 
Manfrotto’s Befree Live Carbon Fiber completes the range with a solution independent content creators have been eagerly waiting for: a lightweight, ergonomic video travel tripod, built to record amazing video footage using DSLRs, compact system cameras or small camcorders. This model’s small size and minimal weight, just 3lbs, does not compromise sturdiness or image quality. The Befree Live Carbon has the same new tripod legs as the photographic Befree Advanced Carbon with an added feature of a leveling column allowing for a horizontal set up on uneven surfaces. This model features the Befree Live Fluid Head, which has a fluid drag system on pan and tilt and keeps the camera perfectly balanced thanks to its sliding video plate. Easy to use and set up, the Befree Live Fluid Head has two intuitive knobs that lock and unlock the head’s pan and tilt movements separately. This outstanding kit allows videographers to express their creative nature with the confidence of a professional solution they can rely on.
 
Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber, Befree GT Aluminum and Befree GT Carbon Fiber are available at authorized Manfrotto Dealers. The Befree Live Carbon Fiber will be available late June.
 
B&H has the following Manfrotto Tripods in stock:
 
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 6/5/2018 11:16:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 4, 2018
We recently interviewed Mikko Kesti, Founder & CEO of Loupedeck to find out more about the custom Lightroom console and how he brought it to the marketplace.
 
Q: First of all, what is the Loupedeck and what are its benefits for photographers, especially when compared with other console options, such as using MIDI controllers with the MIDI2LR or LrControl plugins?
Loupedeck is the only photo editing console custom-built solely for the purposes of improving the Adobe Lightroom experience. Its intuitive design – featuring buttons, dials and knobs corresponding with that of Lightroom’s – makes editing more creative and more efficient when working on large quantities of photos at once by allowing photographers to produce a greater quality output in less time.
Q: After doing quite a bit of research, a $50.00 midi console and a free (or $60.00) plug-in offer compelling options to speeding up a Lightroom workflow. I think it’d be interesting to hear from the developer what makes Loupedeck a better choice by comparison. What specifically does Loupedeck and its software offer that justify its price over less expensive, not-tailor-made options?
For the Loupedeck, Lightroom customization is key and its exact parallel to the Lightroom software sets it apart. I find other consoles to be less intuitive and not as comfortable to use. MIDI controllers are not designed for photo editing. In fact, the Loupedeck is more affordable than most modular solutions that enable photographers to build their own consoles, which might be difficult for some. Our setup process is much simpler and doesn’t require photographers to assemble the tool themselves.
Q: You graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) and later worked as a mechanical engineer while enjoying photography as a hobby. What was the watershed moment that was the genesis for the Loupedeck console?
Photography has been a hobby of mine for the past 20 years and it’s something I’ve really developed a love for. I used Adobe Lightroom to edit more than 1,000 photos at one point but found relying on my mouse and keyboard to be time-consuming, impractical and ergonomically-poor. I couldn’t find a console on the market specifically intended to expedite this process, so I decided to build my own!
Q: You presented your idea to former senior Nokia developers in February 2016 and then initial research and development costs for the Loupedeck were funded by a Finnish Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) grant. How were you introduced to the Nokia team, and meeting them shape your business plan, product design and marketing strategy? How important was the RDI grant for developing a working prototype?
I heard from a friend of mine that there were three senior level Nokia employees let go a few months prior and they were building up a company with the goal to bring product ideas to life in just a few weeks. I contacted them with my idea, and they presented me a prototype in just a few weeks like they promised. It was an amazing opportunity to find, as I was looking for the right people with the right skill-set for three years to work with.
 
I knew that without a proper prototype no one would take the idea seriously. The design had to be perfect: sleek and Scandinavian.
 
The RDI grant was essential to me because I was a young father and had to feed my family. I couldn’t risk everything in starting a company just on an idea. With the help of that grant we built a fully working prototype which we presented to investors and on Indiegogo. After Indiegogo’s huge success, it was easy to talk to investors.
Q: How did photographers’ feedback influence the final design?
The design itself was taken very well. Photographers just love it!
 
We promised to listen to our customers and bring new features to the service software and we’ve been constantly improving it.
Q: You used an Indiegogo campaign to help fund Loupedeck’s initial production run. What advantages did crowd funding bring and what were its downsides?
Indiegogo successfully introduced our proof-of-concept to the consumers and other people who instantly understood its value. They responded so well to the unique value proposition and we exceeded our funding goals by 488 percent after just four weeks.
 
As far as downsides are concerned, once we exceeded the funding goals the pressure was on to produce and deliver the device! But we hit that goal too.
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the Loupedeck’s construction, especially in regard to its durability?
We constructed the Loupedeck with functionality and comfort in mind. After multiple ergonomic assessments and tests, from the knob placement to the length of the slides, we made sure that every part of the console was the most user-friendly and efficient as possible. In regard to durability, we didn’t want to create a bulky, heavy piece of equipment that users would have to lug around and worry about fitting on a desk. The Loupedeck is lightweight and the size of any standard keyboard. Its knobs and buttons are very durable, and we rarely experience damaged or broken products.
Q: What features have been added since the console’s introduction via software updates and what features do you hope to incorporate soon?
We are always working on new ways to improve the Loupedeck software and do implement software updates frequently, especially when new enhancements come through from Lightroom. From new features, customizable options and bug fixes (like the recent Lightroom 7.3).
Q: What advice would you give to other photographers who may have a product idea but are unsure how to get it off the ground?
To any photographer with a product idea who doesn’t know how to get it off the ground, it’s likely that you aren’t the only photographer who has the need for that product. The first step is sourcing feedback from peers to get a comprehensive understanding of the problem you are trying to solve. Then, leverage your network to partner with engineers and developers able to develop a proof-of-concept for your idea, in addition to any business or entrepreneurial advisors able to support the business plan for your launch. I personally reaped the benefits of crowdfunding, but there are many other ways to get your vision in front of distributors or directly in front of the consumers themselves.
Now that you know the story behind the Loupedeck editing console, check out this device at B&H!
Category: Interviews
Post Date: 6/4/2018 2:15:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 2, 2018
I had a backpack full of new gear that needed an in-the-field workout and the right timing for waterfall photography happened – a forecast for very cloudy skies with a strong percentage chance of rain combined with recently prior rains (to provide waterflow). So, I took advantage of the opportunity, photographing in Watkins Glen State Park.
 
While I knew this could be a busy park, I thought that going on a mid-spring weekday with a weather forecast that most would consider dismal would solve that problem. I was wrong. While I don't know what a normal day is like in this park, the gorge trail had plenty of people on it.
 
Watkins Glen is a beautiful park but being limited to the trail (mostly stone and concrete) makes it especially challenging to photograph the best scenes without random people in the composition. I spent well over an hour trying to capture this Cavern Cascade and Spiral Tunnel image. Apparently tour bus groups were being dropped off at the gorge trail's upper parking lot and being picked up at the lower lot as hundreds of people were going in the downhill direction.
 
At one point, I decided to leave and come back later. That approach worked especially well because, in the evening, the path light in the tunnel (very dark) better-balanced with the ambient daylight. I noticed that the tunnel walls were dark in some areas and opted to use my phone light to paint the walls slightly brighter.
 
I bracketed this exposure to ensure that I had the right brightness options available for HDR processing. The final image is mostly two captures with the longer exposure providing the brighter tunnel.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 6/2/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 1, 2018
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 - 32
  • Two Fluorite and Two ED Lens Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor and MF Override
  • Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
  • Electromagnetic Aperture Mechanism
  • Magnesium Alloy; Dust & Water Resistant
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Included Dedicated 1.25x Teleconverter
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/1/2018 1:13:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Jeff Swinger
 
There are few places I’d rather be than sitting on an end line or kneeling on a sideline, as long as I have a camera in my hand.
 
Some of my favorite moments have been on the sidelines of a football field, in the dugout for a baseball game or with my toes in the sand at a beach volleyball match. But that doesn’t mean it has always been a major league game or an Olympics. Sports come in all shapes and sizes and there is speed, impact and drama at all levels. Some of my most memorable photos were from high school games, which I have shot hundreds of over my newspaper career. I started when I was just 14 years old with a Canon AE-1 Program and a 70-210mm lens, taking pictures at soccer games and of BMX riders in the woods behind my house. I realized then that I wanted to be a photojournalist and really wanted to shoot sports. I got my first job at a small newspaper and shot a ton of high school athletics.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center and be sure to check out our following resources:
 
Post Date: 6/1/2018 1:01:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 31, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
I took a shot yesterday that I thought looked interesting, so I thought we'd have a little fun with it today.
 
Can you guess what the subject of the photo is? You can click on the image above to download a higher resolution version for analysis. Then scroll down for the answer.
 

 

 

 
Answer: It's the seed head of a grass plant.
 
Backstory
 
I really wanted to create a macro focus stack image, but I was having a difficulty coming up with an idea for an interesting subject. As I often do when I'm experiencing a mental block for a macro subject, I strolled around my lawn to see what I could find. It had been raining off and on in Savannah, GA for several days, so I hadn't been able to mow the lawn in quite some time. Some of the grass had gotten very tall, and one such plant drew my attention. I marveled at the plant's seed head as I inspected it closely, and decided my search for a macro subject was complete. Now onto the photography bit.
 
I attached stacked Kenko extension tubes and a Kenko 1.4x Teleconverter to my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM and mounted it all onto my EOS 5D Mark III (tripod mounted, of course). Two studio strobes were already set up in my studio with one firing through a 4 x 6' (1.2 x 1.8 m) and a 3' x 8" (0.9 x 0.2 m) gridded stripbox, so I simply used those for lighting. A bottle provided a nice stand for the stem the grass plant.
 
I originally shot it without a background which caused the background to be completely black. However, while the light colored part of the seed head stood out very well, the black portions (unsure what their name is), understandably, did not. So, I searched my home for something that might provide a suitable background color for the subject (I didn't expect to see recognizable details in the macro shot because of the limited depth-of-field and camera-to-subject and subject-to-background distance). I found my answer donning the wall of our kitchen – a calendar someone had given us for Christmas.
 
I attached the calendar to a backlight stand via a reflector holder and positioned the calendar so that the pictured flowers were directly behind the seed head. So here's what the setup looked like:
 
What Is This Subject? - The Setup

And here's a closeup with the flashes illuminating the subject:
 
What Is This Subject? - The Setup Closeup

I captured 36 images with the Focus Stack feature of Magic Lantern (installed on the 5D III) which were compiled in Helicon Focus. EXIF settings for the individual images were f/6.3, 1/160 sec, ISO 100.
 
After compiling the images in Helicon Focus and a little bit of editing in Photoshop CC, I arrived at the image below.
 
What Is This Subject? - Uncropped

At this point, I was pretty happy with the image. But as I as I began to look at it in detail, the black parts of the seed head reminded me of trees. With that in mind, I rotated the image so that the stalk portion of the seed head was horizontal and cropped it so that the other half of the stalk (and the mirrored portion of the seed head) would remain unseen. Unfortunately, I didn't give myself enough leeway in the original framing to allow for the background to cover the entire frame at such an extreme angle of rotation. Therefore, I had to recreate the background (using content aware fill) in the areas where no background existed. But after that, the image you see atop this post was finished.
 
For what it's worth, I'm consistently amazed by the details found in readily available (very common) subjects that await capture with a macro lens and (sometimes) the higher magnification made possible by extension tubes and teleconverters.
Post Date: 5/31/2018 9:45:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Pelican (thanks Trent):
 
TORRANCE, CA – May 30, 2018 – Pelican Products, Inc. (Pelican), the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, has assumed exclusive control of the TrekPak brand, along with all production, sales and marketing for this innovative divider system. The TrekPak system provides the ultimate organization and protection as an interior solution for a wide variety of applications for your Pelican cases. The new agreement allows Pelican to extend the TrekPak dividers across a broader range of Pelican’s cases, including the Pelican Air, Protector Case and Storm Case lines.
 
In 2016, Pelican began distributing TrekPak dividers as a new configuration in 6 of their most popular sizes. Today, Pelican offers TrekPak dividers in 18 case sizes, with plans to extend the divider system to most case models. Additionally, customers are now able to purchase the TrekPak divider system as an accessory, as well as a case configuration, directly and exclusively from Pelican.
 
TrekPak first introduced the divider system in 2012 as an aftermarket case accessory, recognizing the need for a modular solution that organizes and protects equipment inside Pelican cases. Users across multiple industries soon adopted the design as the premium alternative to foam or padded dividers in their cases. “Pelican continues to set the standard for protection and transportation across a variety of industries,” said Georgia Hoyer, Founder of TrekPak.
 
“Pelican looks forward to bringing new innovative TrekPak solutions for various applications to market soon and continuing to enhance our customer experience when it comes to protecting all that you value” stated John Luna, Director of Product Management for Pelican.
 
Pelican case authorized retailers: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Category: Pelican News
Post Date: 5/31/2018 7:28:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Harvard Business Review:
by Shigeki Ichii
 
He [Masashi Oka, CFO] asked one former major investor for a reaction to the company’s prediction (accompanying poor quarterly results): “that the [current] market contraction will bottom out soon and our profits will improve.” The reply he got was like a cold shower: “Management is delusional about their long-term prospects,” said the investor, adding, “Every time we meet … it truly shocks me how far behind it is and how slow they have been to grasp the trends of the industry.”
...
 
The company took note and duly committed to reducing costs at a rate exceeding market contraction. Six months later, with Nikon’s prospects looking much brighter, it was time to check in with investors. Their responses, like Nikon’s fortunes, had reversed course. The very same former major investor who had previously described Nikon’s management as “delusional” had now changed its tune. “I am very impressed with the bold actions you have taken thus far, and I look forward to monitoring your progress from here. It sounds like Nikon will be a very different company five years from now—at a minimum a much more profitable one.” The new attitude was reflected in the company’s share price: One year into its transformation, Nikon’s stock price had risen by 35%.
Read the entire article on the Harvard Business Review.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/31/2018 7:12:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 30, 2018
From Really Right Stuff:
 
Since launching our first carbon fiber tripods in 2009, we have been dedicated to making the world’s finest tripods. With the help of our customers’ invaluable feedback, we continuously make improvements. After years of development, we are excited to present our new Mark 2 tripod line with patent pending features!
 
New and Improved: Improved ergonomics make operating the tripod more comfortable and seamless. What hasn’t changed is our attention to detail, high-quality craftsmanship and commitment to proudly make and hand-assemble all our tripods in the USA.
 
Weight Hook: The integrated weight hook (comes installed on all TVC models) gives users an easy option for creating ballast when shooting in high-wind / waves.
 
Optional QD Strap: The ¼-20 accessory port is designed with subtle recesses for the optional RRS Mk2 Tripod Apex QD Mount or RRS Mk2 ‘Pod QD Strap Set.
 
Lightweight: Using the RRS Mk2 ‘Pod QD Strap Set creates an easy and secure way to transport your tripod.
 
Accessory Sockets: We redesigned our tripods to include additional ¼”-20 sockets along the outside of the tripod’s apex. This provides an extremely low-profile option for better placement of accessories like QD attachments or a BC-18 micro ballhead.
 
Sealed Twist Locks: The new sealed twist lock minimizes the amount of contaminants, such as sand and grit, that gets caught inside the twist locks. In addition to improving the feel and operation of the twist locks, the seals extend their life. This new feature is also important in sub-freezing environments, preventing moisture from entering the assembly and freezing, which inhibits the user from either extending or collapsing the legs.
 
Easier to Clean: Mark 2 tripods use a 360 degree collet and wiper shield that can be easily removed from the twist locks for cleaning. If you do need to clean out the twist-locks in the field, the process just got a lot easier. Gone are the days of difficult to remove and reinstall split gibs, maintenance is now a breeze!
 
Interchangeable Feet: RRS manufactures three different kinds of feet; rubber feet, rock claws, and spike feet. The rubber feet (come pre-installed on all Mark 2 tripods) are designed with a tapered silhouette for maximum stability at any angle. The rock claws are designed for maximum grip on rocky terrain and their solid stainless steel designed ensures constant performance. The foot spikes (shown above) bite info soft surfaces to keep your tripod feet from slipping.
 
Vented Clevis: We designed a discrete air vent to port air out just under our pull-tabs towards the center of the tripod. These air vents prevent pressure gradients from building up, allowing smoother leg extraction and collapse. The inward-facing vents also ensure air flow is directed towards the center of the tripod and away from mounted lens elements. Positioned at the top and inside of each leg, the air vents are also less likely to allow water or other debris enter the leg assembly.
 
Updated Sure Grip Set Screw: For added convenience, we changed the Sure Grip set-screws to use the same hex key as the one used to attach our L-plates to cameras. This means fewer tools to keep on hand. Also, if you have one of our L-brackets with a hex key storage feature, the requisite tool is at your fingertips. If you ever needed to swap out your Quick Column for a leveling base in the field, life just got easier.
 
B&H has the new Really Right Stuff Mark II tripods available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/30/2018 12:47:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 29, 2018

 
From B&H:
 
DJI has just revealed final details for its highly-anticipated single-handed gimbal stabilizer—the Ronin-S. This exceptionally capable device will help smooth footage when working with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras up to 7.9 lb. For now, the Ronin-S will be exclusive to B&H
 
NEW YORK, May 29, 2018 – B&H Photo would like to share the official announcement of the DJI Ronin-S 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer, a lithe, single-handed tool used to smooth movement when shooting video with a DSLR or mirrorless camera. DJI is daring us to move, and the Ronin-S makes that dare easy to accomplish with its clean and high performance, for camera systems weighing up to 7.9 lb. It also offers one-handed design, enabling simple, intuitive operation, and a slimmer profile for working in confined spaces with ease.
 
Among the major advantages provided by the Ronin-S is a design that moves the roll axis to a 45-degree angle, ensuring there is a clean line of sight to the camera’s rear screen for monitoring purposes. Also, it is a part of DJI’s constantly growing ecosystem, and will offer immediate support for plenty of their accessories, including the Master Wheels and Master Force. It has a dual handle system, multiple types of wireless receivers, a focus control setup, and more. Also included are standard mounting points for attaching useful tools like microphones and lights.
 
Three operational modes are available for added versatility—underslung, upright, and flashlight. Each of these is determined by the desired grip and angle of the shot, and make it more comfortable to operate for longer periods of time. The gimbal can even be removed from the handle and mounted on other supports, such as a jib or RC car, for which there is a dedicated mode to ensure silky smooth motion. A Sport Mode can be enabled for moments of fast-paced action.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Three-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Holds DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras
  • Offset Roll Motor for Screen Visibility
  • One-Handed Operation
  • Interchangeable Parts Ecosystem
  • Accessory Dock
  • Customizable Parameter Groups
To provide an excellent operating experience, the Ronin-S offers multiple control options, including a precise joystick located on the handle, with multiple customizable parameters. Users will enjoy support for camera control as well, with the ability to connect to select Canon, Sony, Nikon, and other systems where they can adjust focus settings, initiate recording and more without taking their hands off the Ronin-S. Other settings include a Virtual Joystick option, Time-Lapse, Track, and Panorama modes.
 
A wide range of movement is possible with this gimbal, including continuous 360 degrees of rotation, tilt from -95 to 185 degrees, and a complete 360 degrees of roll in a Roll 360 mode that will come in handy for rapid movement and repositioning of your camera. Additionally, it is powered by a rechargeable 18650 2400mAh Li-ion polymer battery pack that will operate for hours on a single charge, while Bluetooth 4.0 and USB Type-C connections permit the stabilizer to be connected directly to mobile devices and computers.
 
The DJI Ronin-S will be exclusive to B&H Photo for a limited time. It is already open for pre-order, and will soon be available.
Post Date: 5/29/2018 5:40:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 28, 2018
I was in coastal Katmai National Park primarily to photograph brown bears feasting on salmon, but the landscape was also very impressive. As the light faded on the bears, clouds settled into the mountaintops and the setting sun brightly lit the clouds not shaded by the mountain. Direct sunlight just before sunset (or just after sunrise) is warm in color and very significantly warmer than the light in shaded areas. I often like that difference in color.
 
While I carried a wide angle zoom lens along with me on the bear treks, primarily to use for landscape photography, it was not the right lens choice for this scene. My subjects were mountain tops and I wanted them large in the frame. Meeting this goal calls for telephoto focal lengths and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens I primarily intended for wildlife use worked perfectly here.
 
Sometimes capturing a great landscape image with a telephoto lens seems too easy. While the 100-400 L II is not a small or light lens, it is usually with me when photographing landscape exclusively. This is an extremely versatile lens that delivers very impressive image quality.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
182mm  f/8.0  1/80s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 5/28/2018 8:34:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 25, 2018

 
From the We Eat Together YouTube Channel:
 
Ever wondered how to create levitation photography? Quickly learn how to make flying food photos and freeze time and space.
Post Date: 5/25/2018 10:16:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Two SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Removable Rotating Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/25/2018 10:11:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount are scheduled to start shipping in June, 2018.
 
While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C), which is not addressed by SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11. Like the converter MC-11, the lenses will be compatible with in-camera image stabilization and in-camera lens aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations, and distortion.
 
B&H lists the lenses' expected availability as "mid June."
 
Preorders:
 
SIGMA 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E – B&H | Adorama
SIGMA 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony E – B&H | Adorama
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/25/2018 8:38:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
The “Bokeh Master” will begin shipping in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts in late June for a retail price of $1,599.00 USD
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – May 25, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced that its 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera mounts in late June for $1,599.00 USD through authorized US dealers. The Sony E-mount availability will be announced later.
 
The “Bokeh Master” with Longest Focal Length Among Sigma Wide-Aperture F1.4 Art Lenses
 
The Sigma 105mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is the ninth lens in the Sigma F1.4 line-up designed for full-frame cameras. To combine outstanding wide-aperture, mid-telephoto performance with F1.4 brightness at maximum aperture, this lens incorporates 17 optical elements in 12 groups, including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements and one aspherical lens element. This optical setup minimizes axial chromatic aberration to deliver ultra high resolution along with ample peripheral light volume, which minimizes vignetting. As a result, the area in focus is extremely sharp, while the out-of-focus area features a beautiful bokeh effect with highly natural colors, making this a desired lens for portrait photography. The optical design also minimizes sagittal coma flare, making it an excellent choice for capturing starry skies.
 
Featuring the Sports line level dust- and splash-proof design, this lens can be used in varying weather conditions. The high-speed, high-accuracy autofocus helps photographers react in an instant to capture those special moments. Other lens highlights include carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood for durability and compatibility of the Canon mount lens with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.
 
Preorders will be available at the following retailers: B&H | Adorama
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/25/2018 7:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 24, 2018

 
Best known for her role in Game of Thrones, actress Emilia Clarke can be seen taking a starring role in several classic business stock photos. Do you have a business meeting coming up in the near future? You'll probably be seeing her face in the next slide show you're forced to sit through.
Post Date: 5/24/2018 5:15:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Dr Andrew Steele uses an infrared-converted DSLR to demonstrate the hidden world of IR that resides all around us.
 
Interested in converting a camera to infrared (or full-spectrum)? I highly recommend checking out LifePixel's vast assortment of conversion options.
Post Date: 5/24/2018 2:04:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
A few new interesting gear protection items are now in stock at B&H. Note that each of the dry boxes comes in a padded insert and sans padded insert version.
 
Ruggard Portable Dry Case (Black, 22.4L)
 
  • Holds Photo, Electronic, and Other Gear
  • Renewable Desiccant Humidity Protection
  • Hygrometer Displays Relative Humidity
  • Silent Operation
  • Weatherproof Rubber Gasket Seal
  • Manual Pressure Release Valve
  • Latches with Hasps for Optional Padlocks
  • Ergonomic Top Handle
Ruggard Portable Dry Case (Clear/Yellow, 8.5L)
 
  • Holds Photo, Electronic, and Other Gear
  • Renewable Desiccant Humidity Protection
  • Hygrometer Displays Relative Humidity
  • Silent Operation
  • Weatherproof Rubber Gasket Seal
  • Manual Pressure Release Valve
  • Latches with Hasps for Optional Padlocks
Ruggard Renewable Dehumidifier for Portable Dry Case
 
  • Use with Portable Dry Cases or Alone
  • Rechargeable in an AC Wall Outlet
  • Space-Saving Retractable Outlet Prongs
  • Silent Operation
  • Status Display Window
  • Silica Gel Works Without Power
Post Date: 5/24/2018 1:16:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From ZEISS:
 
With its 13 high-speed, full-frame, prime lenses for high-quality film productions, ZEISS is focusing on maximum quality, low weight, and significant versatility when it comes to creating superb visual imagery.
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 2018-05-24 – ZEISS has introduced a new family of high-speed lenses for high-end film production: The ZEISS Supreme Prime family consists of 13 lenses with fixed focal lengths between 15 and 200 millimeters, the majority with a maximum aperture of T1.5. “The lenses are designed for film productions of an extremely high quality,” says Christophe Casenave from ZEISS. “They are perfect for high-budget advertising or feature films, for example.” ZEISS Supreme Primes are designed to cover cinematic large format camera sensors and are compatible with all of the latest camera models, such as the Sony Venice, ARRI Alexa LF, and RED Monstro. According to Casenave, the versatility of the Supreme Prime lenses to create different visual looks is due to the gentle sharpness, the aesthetic focus fall-off and elegant bokeh. The lenses are extremely flexible and can be used equally well for science fiction thrillers as well as for dramas.
 
Compact and Lightweight
 
"Weighing an average of 1600 grams (3.5 pounds), ZEISS Supreme Primes are significantly lighter and smaller than comparable lenses on the market,” says Casenave. With these compact and lightweight lenses, ZEISS is responding to many camera operators’ desire for compact equipment that stills meets the highest standards of quality. “ZEISS Supreme Primes are unbelievably rugged and reliable. Regardless of whether filming in the desert or in the Arctic, the lenses perform flawlessly. And in the event that something should ever break, our worldwide service network provides fast and professional help.”
 
ZEISS eXtended Data Metadata Technology
 
The ZEISS Supreme Primes are equipped with the ZEISS eXtended Data metadata technology. Introduced in 2017, ZEISS eXtended Data provides frame by frame data on lens vignetting and distortion in addition to the standard lens metadata provided using Cooke's /i technology1 protocol. This greatly speeds up the entire film production’s workflow. When using visual effects for example, with only a few clicks, the lens properties can be removed so that computer-generated effects imagery can be accurately applied to the captured imagery. The lens properties can then be reapplied with the same click of a button and combined with the film material to create a realistic image. Previously, all of the data had to be measured manually so that it could be corrected in post-production. But ZEISS eXtended Data eliminates this time-consuming job.
 
Price and Availability
 
The first ZEISS Supreme Primes lenses with focal lengths of 25, 29, 35, 50, and 85 millimeters will be available starting on August 1, 2018. The ZEISS Supreme Prime 100 millimeter will be available in December 2018. The set of six lenses, consisting of the focal lengths mentioned above, is available from ZEISS Cinema lens dealers for $108,000.00 USD. The remaining focal lengths will be released successively until 2020.
 
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Post Date: 5/24/2018 7:57:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT: Firmware updates cannot be performed if Enable is currently selected for Network > Network connection in the SETUP MENU. Select Disable for Network connection before proceeding.
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.21 to 1.30
 
  • Added Recall shooting functions to the functions that can be assigned to camera controls. Holding the selected control recalls previously-saved exposure settings (including shutter speed and aperture), a feature that can for example be used to switch rapidly between scenes that require different exposures.
     
    Recall shooting functions can be assigned to the following controls using Custom Setting f1 (Custom control assignment): Preview button, Fn1 button, Fn2 button, AF-ON button, Sub-selector center, AF-ON button for vertical shooting, and Lens focus function buttons. It can also be assigned to the Fn button on a WR-1 or WR-T10 remote control using the Assign remote (WR) Fn button option in the SETUP MENU.
     
    For more information, see the addenda to the User’s Manual available from the Nikon Download Center (Nikon Download Center > D5 > Manuals > Supplementary Firmware Update Manual).
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • If Backup or RAW Slot 1 - JPEG Slot 2 was selected for PHOTO SHOOTING MENU > Role played by card in Slot 2 in http server mode, the shutter would sometimes not be released during burst shooting.
    • Reactivating the standby timer would sometimes fail to re-establish the link between the camera and some makes of mobile router connected via Ethernet cable (Prioritize power saving selected for SETUP MENU > Network > Options > Power saving).
  • The focal lengths displayed when teleconverters for AF-S or AF-I lenses are attached have been updated as follows:

  • Lens focal lengthTeleconverterBefore updateAfter update
    400 mm1.4×550 mm560 mm
    400 mm1.7×650 mm680 mm
    800 mm1.4×1150 mm1120 mm
    800 mm1.7×1350 mm1360 mm

    The focal length displays for some combinations of lenses and teleconverters may differ from those given above.
     
  • The SETUP MENU > Time zone and date > Time zone display now shows only the names of major cities in the currently selected zone.
Download: Nikon D5 Firmware v.1.30
 
B&H carries the Nikon D5 DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/24/2018 7:22:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Well, it looks like Tamron will be announcing an update to their Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens in the very near future as B&H has the new lens, the similarly named Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens, available for preorder in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 28.8-432mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Elements
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • BBAR and Fluorine Coatings
  • PZD Autofocus Motor
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
Categories: Preorders, Tamron News
Post Date: 5/24/2018 6:54:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
05/23/2018 – Digital Imaging Reporter recently asked 85 retail photography dealers to indicate their favorite products in 12 different categories based on product quality, support and ease of selling. According to the magazine’s editors, “For the third year in a row, Think Tank Photo carried the day, winning the bag category with 48% of the votes going to its StreetWalker series.”
 
The StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0 is so spacious, it will fit two DSLR bodies with lenses attached (including a 200-400mm f/4), and a 15” laptop. The StreetWalker HardDrive V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lenses attached or a gripped body with a 200–400mm f/4 attached, a 15” laptop and a 13” tablet. The StreetWalker Pro V2.0 backpack fits two bodies with lens attached or a 400mm f/2.8 unattached, and a 10” table. And, the StreetWalker V2.0 backpack fits one gripped DSLR with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, one standard DSLR with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, a 16–35mm f/2.8, and a 10” tablet.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
StreetWalker Rolling Backpack V2.0
 
  • Comfortable harness system allows you to roll the bag or carry it on your back
  • Dedicated laptop compartment that holds up to a 15” laptop
  • Fits two bodies with lenses attached including a 200–400mm f/4
  • Specially designed interior to maximize gear for carry-on, meets most U.S. and International airline carry-on requirements
  • Reinforced telescoping handle with rubberized touch points
  • Tripod mount on front panel
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Lockable YKK RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high-density velex and closed cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, feet and kick plate extends product life
  • Adjustable dividers allow a customized fit for your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Hypalon reinforced rear panel for increased durability
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
StreetWalker Backpacks V2.0
 
  • Tripod mount on front panel (tripod cup for larger tripods included on Pro and HardDrive versions)
  • Padded shoulder straps comfortable for all day trekking
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, high density velex and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Adjustable dividers allow you to customize the fit of your DSLR or Mirrorless gear
  • Two side water bottle pockets and two side zippered pockets
  • Dedicated smartphone pocket fits today’s large phones with a 5.5” (14cm) screen size
  • Removable webbing waist belt detaches easily
  • Lockable YKK RC Fuse zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Interior clear zippered pockets for accessories
  • Organizer pocket
  • Shoulder harness pockets, D-rings, daisy chain and adjustable sternum strap
  • Clear business card holder on top panel for identification
  • Compatible with Camera Support Straps (sold separately)
  • Compatible with our Thin Skin and Pro Speed Camera Belts (sold separately)
Think Tank Photo has the StreetWalker series in stock and you'll get a free gift when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).
Post Date: 5/24/2018 5:23:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 23, 2018
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available. This firmware update makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E compatible with the new product SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art for Canon.
 
* Before updating the 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 from the following download page.
 
Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefit of the Update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art for Canon
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 
B&H carries the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 EF-E.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/23/2018 7:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 
From the Pond5 YouTube Channel:
 
The importance of well-mixed audio in a video project can’t be overstated. Dialogue, ambient noise, sound effects, and music all need to be mixed together properly to enhance the viewer’s experience. Here are 5 basic audio mixing techniques for editing video.
Post Date: 5/22/2018 2:31:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Julieanne Kost goes over several shortcuts for using Point Type in in Photoshop CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/22/2018 1:03:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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