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 Monday, October 15, 2018
Adorama has the Glow 8x8' Portable Butterfly Light Modifier Collapsible Kit available for $299.95 with free shipping. Regularly $499.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Alters and modifies strong light sources into soft, diffused illumination
  • Serves as a great backdrop frame or support for material
  • Professional interchangeable screens for still and video production
  • Extremely stabile frame can be quickly assembled
  • Lightweight and tough extruded aluminum frame
  • Can be used outdoors even in windy conditions
  • Fabrics and fasteners of high quality materials
  • Highly portable. Take this kit anywhere in fabric cases
B&H has the Sony a7R II + 12-Month Adobe Photography Plan Subscription available for $1,798.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,998.00 + $119.88 for the Photography Plan subscription for a total kit value of $2,117.88. (thanks Chuck)
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 399 Phase-Detect AF Points & 5 fps Burst
  • 0.5" 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0" 1,228.8k-Dot Tilting LCD Monitor
  • ISO 102,400 and Silent Shutter Mode
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • Microfiber Cloth
Post Date: 10/15/2018 5:56:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern TIme, B&H has the Interfit Honey Badger 320Ws Compact Flash Head available for $189.99 with free shipping. Regularly $299.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7-Stop Power Range
  • Built-In Wireless Receiver
  • Optional S1 TTL / S1 Manual Transmitters
  • LED Modeling Lamp
  • Recycling at Full Power: 1 Sec
  • Short t.1 Flash Duration: 1/900 Sec
  • Measures Only 5 x 5 x 6"
  • Weighs Just 3 lb
  • Bowens Reflector Mount
  • Includes 24x24" Pop-Up Softbox
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 10/15/2018 5:40:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 13, 2018
by Sean Setters
 
I've been shooting a moderate amount of indoor studio portraits over the last couple of years and I am consistently impressed by the impact a fan has on the quality of my images. Take the shot above, for example. In it, I'm using six flashes to illuminate the subject and background (with various modifiers). Good lighting is a key to producing a high quality studio portrait. But the finishing touch, the element that makes this photo really interesting, is the hair movement provided by the fan placed just in front of the subject.
 
In this case, the fan is a oscillating, variable height/variable speed pedestal model that my dad gave me when he was moving [downsizing] a few years ago. He used it to minimize his home cooling expenses; I use it to get shots like this:
 
Brittney Headshot 1

And this:
 
Hope G Black Light - Oct 2018

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

 
Watch as Benjamin Warde demonstrates how to use the Compare View to narrow down your selects in Lightroom.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/12/2018 6:16:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 11, 2018
The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2018 has arrived with tons of great photography education materials and post-processing presets/actions. This is a value-packed bundle that you will not want to miss (it even includes a Skylum Luminar 2018 license!).
 
5DayDeal Buy Now Button
 
See below for all that's included.
 
MAIN BUNDLE - $89.00
 
ProductContributorRetail Value
Luminar 2018 + Photolemur 3.0Skylum Software$124.00
Zero Gravity Product PhotographyAlex Koloskov$245.00
Photo 101Zack Arias$199.00
The Hidden Garden Bundle CollectionAmanda Diaz$175.00
Artistry3: Master Expressionist Actions for PhotoshopDave Seeram$125.00
Finding Rembrandt: Shoot Like the Old MastersChris Knight$99.00
Creativity on a BudgetLindsay Adler$97.00
Travel Pro KitViktor Elizarov$79.00
Color Grading + Creating the Atmosphere in PhotoshopChristopher O’Donnell$299.00
Photographing the Bride | Wedding WorkshopSLR Lounge$149.00
Adobe Lightroom MasterclassSerge Ramelli$147.00
Keepsake Art Promo KitDesign Aglow$120.00
Beautiful World Road Map ActionsJessica Drossin$119.00
Adobe Photoshop FoundationsBlake Rudis$116.00
The Art of Black and White in Lightroom and BeyondAndrew S. Gibson$99.00
Beginning Photography + Drone Photography and VideographyTrey Ratcliff$98.00
Portrait Shoot PlaybookTamara Lackey$89.00
The Lightroom Mastery eBookcontrastly .com$59.00
Mastering the Model Shoot: Any Light Will DoFrank Doorhof$50.00
Jaw Dropping Drone ImagesphotoshopCAFE .com$49.99
Star Photography MasterclassMikko Lagerstedt$44.00
Lightroom Library: Beyond the BasicsPiet Van den Eynde$99.00
Total Value $2,680.99

CHARITY BONUS (OPTIONAL) - $19.00
 
ProductContributorRetail Value
How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding PhotographerFstoppers .com$299.00
Complete Bundle of ALL PHLEARN Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets + TutorialsPHLEARN .com$275.00
Start To Finish Workflow: Potts Harbor & Castle HillChristopher O’Donnell$140.00
Complete DJI Drone CoursephotoshopCAFE .com$127.00
Nicolesy Presets, Textures & Overlays BundleNicole S. Young$100.00
Big Sky Kit for ON1 Photo Raw + Nicaragua Premium Texture PackBrian Matiash$100.00
Something From NotRyan Dyar$65.00
Fixing 10 Common Photo Problems In LightroomLindsay Adler$47.00
Presets, Overlays and Actions BundleJake Olson$30.00
Total Value $1,183.00

PRO ADD-ON BONUS (OPTIONAL POST SALE OFFER) - $29.00
 
ProductContributorRetail Value
Mastering WeddingsZach & Jody Gray$597.00
Moody Matte + Sweet Light Lightroom Presets | Blush Social Media TemplatesTwig & Olive Photography$170.00
Contrastly Analog Presets Collectioncontrastly .com$163.00
The Newsletter Collection for Family PhotographersKate Densmore$125.00
Model Release for PhotographersThe LawTog$99.00
The Creative SolopreneurFrederick Van Johnson$97.00
Photographer Logo Course and TemplatesKelvin Pimont$97.00
Mastering Luminosity MasksNick Page$59.00
GOING PRO How to Make Money Through Your PhotographyDigital Photography School$49.00
Tutorial and Toolkit: Dodge & BurnRaw Exchange International$45.00
Total Value $1,501.00

Grab the 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2018 before it's gone!
Post Date: 10/11/2018 2:00:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
  • Canon EOS R
  • Fujifilm X-T3
  • Nikon COOLPIX P1000 (*)
  • Nikon Z 7
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-LX100 II
Download: Adobe DNG Converter 11.0 - Windows | Mac OS
Post Date: 10/11/2018 8:29:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PHLEARN YouTube Channel:
 
Today we show you how to realistically match lighting between two photos in Photoshop! Learn how to use a Threshold Adjustment Layer in combination with a Levels Adjustment Layer to adjust the highlights and shadows and help your subject to blend in seamlessly to a new background.
 
If you’re just learning how to composite, make sure that any photos you blend together were taken in somewhat similar lighting conditions!
 
Download the Sample Image (PSD) here.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/11/2018 8:18:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Screw-Knob Clamp (Condition: 10) available for $289.95 with free shipping. Compare at $380.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 18 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.2"
  • 90-Degree Notch for Portrait Orientation
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.1", Ball Diameter 1.6"
  • Weight: 16.1 oz
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.02
 
  • Added support for the Z 7 and Z 6.
Download: Nikon WR-1 Firmware v.1.02
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/11/2018 7:17:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the CINEGEARS Ghost-Eye 600MP Wireless Transmitter and Receiver (Gold Mount/L-Series) available for $1,199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,450.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Up to 2000' Range
  • 1 Transmitter & 1 Receiver
  • Supports 1080p60 with 10-Bit 4:2:2
  • Line-of-Sight Transmission/Reception
  • Supports Unlimited Number of Receivers
  • 3G-SDI and HDMI I/O and Cross Conversion
  • Gold Mount Battery Plate on Transmitter
  • L-Series Battery Plate on Receiver
  • Built-In Receiver Antennas
  • Included Hard-Sided Waterproof Case
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, October 10, 2018
B&H has the Impact 7' Improved Parabolic Umbrella (Silver) available for $59.97 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
If using this umbrella outdoors, be sure to secure your light stand with plenty of sandbags.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Secure Push Button Locking Mechanism
  • Durable Fiberglass Ribs
  • Reflective Silver Interior
  • Long Throw Capability
  • Black Backing
  • Reinforced Shaft
  • Carrying Case
Post Date: 10/10/2018 1:11:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

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