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 Tuesday, October 29, 2013
From Epson:
 
Epson Exhibition Watercolor Paper Textured Provides Quality and Versatility for Professional Photography and Fine Art Reproduction Markets
 
NEW YORK – Oct. 25, 2013 – Epson America today announced the newest addition to its award winning portfolio of Signature Worthy media. Engineered for the most discerning professional photographers, artists, museums, and fine-art reproduction houses, Epson Exhibition Watercolor Paper Textured is designed to deliver a distinctive feel along with rich blacks, a wide color gamut and smooth tonal gradations for the ultimate in quality, both visually and tactility.
 
“In response to the growing demand for a superior cotton fiber digital fine art paper with the look and feel of a traditional artist’s watercolor paper, Epson worked in collaboration with the world’s leading creative professionals to design an extremely versatile paper that meets their requirements and upholds our reputation for delivering only the highest quality media,” said Jeff Smith, product manager, Epson America, Inc. “The unique textured surface, combined with industry-leading physical properties and exceptional roll to roll consistency, offers professional photographers and fine artists an excellent new paper to better exhibit their work.”
 
Epson Exhibition Watercolor Paper Textured is manufactured with the revered mould-made process, utilizing custom made felts for a unique, highly textured watercolor surface and finish to help achieve the best combination of image quality and image permanence1. In addition to the 22 Mil caliper and 310 gsm, Exhibition Watercolor Paper is 100 percent cotton fiber and acid, lignin and OBA-free, making it an ideal fine art paper for today’s printing professionals.
 
The paper will be available in November through Epson Authorized Resellers in roll widths of 17, 24 and 44-inches, and 8.5” x 11”, 13” x 19” and 17” x 22” cut sheets. Pricing information (MSRP) is available in the following table.

Size:

MSRP:

17" x 50’ roll

$149

24" x 50’ roll

$209

44" x 50’ roll

$389

8.5" x 11” cut sheets
(25 sheets per box)

$49

13" x 19” cut sheets
(25 sheets per box)

$129

17" x 22” cut sheets
(25 sheets per box)

$189

Adorama carries Epson paper products.

Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/29/2013 6:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 28, 2013

 
From AdoramaTV:
 
Adorama TV presents Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey.
 
The polarizing filter is possibly one of the most useful things you can own as a photographer. In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how to use a circular polarizing filter to create amazing colors in clear plastic objects.
 
Then follow Gavin in to Photoshop where he combines the best parts of two images before adding a custom made retro texture to the final image
 
Download the custom texture.
 
The-Digital-Picture.com Note:
 
This is one of those neat tricks that can inspire creativity – especially good for a rainy day. After watching the video, I thought I'd try the technique with my own tape. :-)

Tape Cross-Polarized

Gear Used:

Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 10/28/2013 1:20:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/28/2013 11:57:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Our latest "About A Photograph" film features photojournalist Nick Ut’s story behind his iconic Vietnam War image of a terrified young girl, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, escaping a South Vietnamese napalm bomb attack.
 
In the video, Ut recounts how he had to make an ethical choice between capturing images as a photojournalist and helping this severely burned girl. In the end he did both. He captured one of the most impactful war images in history and was able to take the burn victim forty minutes to Cu Chi hospital.
 
You can read more on what happened that day, here - bit.ly/1idL2g9.
 
Warning: The video (seen here) shows the iconic Vietnam War image of a naked girl running from the remnants of a napalm attack. While the largely ubiquitous image is not something we'd usually share on the site, I decided the laregly unkown backstory of Nick Ut saving the young girl's life was certainly worth sharing. [Sean]
Post Date: 10/28/2013 9:18:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Think Tank Photo released this video in their "About A Photograph" a couple of weeks ago and I simply missed it. I'm glad I stumbled across it this morning. The video reiterates the old adage, "Persistence pays off."
 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Randy Olson talks to us about how he needed to have his Indian assistant press the shutter for this photograph. Captured when global population hit seven billion, National Geographic commissioned Randy to tell the story.
 
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Post Date: 10/28/2013 8:59:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From AdoramaTV:
 
Adorama TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally.
 
In this episode, Joe demonstrates the powerful effect of using one large light source for a studio portrait. By carefully placing the model near the edge of a Elinchrom Octa Light Bank 74", Joe creates a ravishing image.
 
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Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 10/28/2013 6:49:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 27, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending October 26th, 2013.
 
In the news...
 
On Tuesday, Canon announced the development of firmware updates for the EOS 1D X and 1D C DSLR cameras. The 1D X will receive several AF improvements as well as a feature Bryan’s been requesting for ages – exposure compensation when using Auto ISO.
 
The 1D C firmware update will improve communication between the camera body and EF lenses as well as allow audio recording from Line inputs. The 1D C firmware will be available in November of this year, with the 1D X firmware’s availability scheduled for January 2014.
 
On Wednesday, DxO announced Optics Pro 9. The headline feature in Optics Pro 9 is PRIME denoising. The PRIME algorithm allows Optics Pro 9 to better distinguish between noise and fine details – thereby preserving those details while reducing high ISO noise.
 
DxO allowed me to test drive the software a couple of weeks before its release. I must say, I was quite impressed with Optics Pro 9’s overall user experience in addition to its PRIME noise reduction. DxO Optics Pro 9 is available now at photography retailers.
 
Also on Wednesday, LensRentals announced the first annual Photogeek Geek Photo Contest. A few of the categories include Sharpest Corner, Bokehliciousness & Largest Number of Accessories Between the Lens and the Camera. If that sounds a bit odd to you, then you should really check out the prizes as well! And while you’re on the LensRentals Blog, check out a familiar name in the judges list.
 
On Friday, one of the biggest questions regarding the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lens was finally answered – its price. The lens will carry an MSRP of $899.00 and will be available in November.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Wednesday, Bryan posted his full review of the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. The lens proved to be a significant upgrade to its predecessor – especially in the areas of autofocus and image quality. For the entry-level price, this lens turns in surprisingly good results. Check out Bryan’s full review for all the details.
 
And, for our deals of the week…
 
On Monday, BigValueInc posted two incredibly good deals on eBay. First, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM for $639.99. Second, the 5D Mark III for only $2,549.99. Both deals featured free shipping and significant savings compared to traditional retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recaps
Post Date: 10/27/2013 8:50:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 25, 2013
Adorama has the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/25/2013 10:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Versatile and stabilized standard zoom lens starts shipping in November for street price of $899
 
NEW YORK, NY — Oct. 25, — Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today from PhotoPlus Expo 2013 announced the pricing and availability of its new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art lens.
 
This new Art lens was developed as part of the company’s Global Vision and will be on shelves next month, starting with Canon mounts, for the street price of $899. The full frame lens, which will also work with APS-C sensor cameras with an effective increase in focal length, will be available in Nikon and Sigma mounts in December, and Sony mounts will soon follow. All but the Sony mounts will incorporate Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology to compensate for camera shake. This functionality is omitted from Sony mounts to accommodate for that manufacturer’s in-camera image stabilization system.
 
The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM covers the basic shooting range from wide to medium tele with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, enhancing the lens stability and allowing the use of circular polarizing filters. Moreover, it was designed to surpass the required quality inspection of every Global Vision lens with Sigma’s own modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system to create a new optical standard to align with the high-spec cameras on today’s market.
 
“This is a top-notch lens in its design and image quality. Our engineering team in Japan continues to wow the industry with the caliber of the new lenses we’re producing and we expect Sigma users to be just as pleased with this new 24-105 F4,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.
 
The lens offers the largest possible fixed aperture to zoom ratio that will maintain optimal integrity for many kinds of photography, including landscapes, architecture, portraiture and still-life. With a minimum focusing distance of 45cm and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.6, this lens is also excellent for close-up photography.
 
High-performance glass elements, including SLD and FLD, which is equal to fluorite, and glass-molded single- and double-sided aspheric lenses have been included into the optical system to prevent aberration, field curvature, distortions and color aberration. The 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM lens is also able to suppress chromatic aberration very effectively at the telephoto-end, and can achieve superior image quality throughout the zoom range. Unlike lenses with similar specifications, this lens overcomes low peripheral brightness. Although it is designed for full frame cameras, it also works with APS-C sensors, giving an increase to focal length.
 
The lens’ Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures a silent, high-speed auto focus function and enables full-time manual focusing capability. The 24-105mm is also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock allowing photographers to update its firmware and change focus parameters using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s recently announced Mount Conversion Service.
 
Adorama has the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/25/2013 9:04:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Shutterfly:
 
Gives Consumers Access to Premium Photography and Video Equipment Marketplace
 
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), the leading manufacturer and digital retailer of high-quality personalized products and services, announced today that it has acquired BorrowLenses, the premier online marketplace for photographic and video equipment rentals. BorrowLenses's Founders, Max Shevyakov and Mark Gurevich, will join Shutterfly Inc.
 
"BorrowLenses addresses the growing consumer demand for high-quality products and services that are delivered on demand without high up-front costs," said Jeffrey Housenbold, president and CEO of Shutterfly. "BorrowLenses is a perfect addition to the Shutterfly Inc. family of lifestyle brands, as they are the premium provider in the photo equipment rental category and are passionate about helping their customers capture moments by providing them with best in class photography and video equipment."
 
"This acquisition gives Shutterfly a presence in the rapidly expanding sharing economy. We now have a greater ability to diversify our revenue streams, reduce fourth quarter seasonality and improve upsell and cross-sell opportunities among our family of brands," added Housenbold.
 
With operations in San Carlos, CA and Boston, MA, BorrowLenses provides professional and amateur photographers and videographers with a choice of thousands of camera, lens, and equipment options delivered through the mail or local pick up at more than 30 local and independent camera stores in 12 states across the nation.
Post Date: 10/25/2013 7:35:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network has just published part three of its five part "Inside Lightroom 5" series.
 
"Inside Lightroom 5 (Part 3): Global Adjustments" will guide you in how to use Lightroom's non-destructive editing to "...add lift, excitement and drama to the image."
 
Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/25/2013 7:00:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 24, 2013
Sample pictures have been added to the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Review.
 
Again, make sure you read this review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/24/2013 12:11:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Joby:
 
New Pro Sling Strap lets professional photographers shoot then secure their camera instantly and safely even in the most active situations.
 
SAN FRANCISCO, October 24, 2013 Building on the success of its UltraFit Sling Strap, JOBY introduces the Pro Sling Strap for professional photographers. With its patent-pending SpeedCinch pulley system, the Pro Sling Strap length dynamically adjusts, letting photographers quickly secure their DSLR camera in one moment and shoot in the next. Made with the highest-quality custom textiles, the Pro Sling Strap continues JOBY’s focus on marrying design and engineering to create innovative products.
 
The feature that sets the Pro Sling Strap apart from other camera slings is its SpeedCinch pulley system, which lets pro photographers secure their camera close to their body to keep it safe and then instantly deploy it to take a shot. SpeedCinch has two modes: a fast-cinch mode for instant deployment and a locked mode where photographers can run, hike or bike without putting their DSLR in harm’s way. For additional peace of mind, the Pro Sling Strap also comes with a camera tether.
 
"Many photographers, even pros, settle for stock camera straps which can be uncomfortable, bulky and unsafe," said Michael Jue, director of product design at JOBY. "We don’t think a $4,000 camera should just hang on your shoulder like a messenger bag. Today’s pro photographers shoot in more crowded, dynamic settings and need a camera strap that not only protects their camera, but also deploys quickly to capture the shot as it happens."
 
To build the Pro Sling Strap, JOBY searched globally for materials with the right combination of weight, size and durability. Using computer-controlled looms, JOBY created a custom textile for this new shoulder strap. The Pro Sling Strap compresses to a tiny footprint in a camera bag but is still extremely durable and supple. "As soon as photographers touch our camera strap, they’ll feel the research and design that sets it apart," said Fred Polito, JOBY designer.
 
Retailing at $69.99 (US MSRP), the JOBY Pro Sling Strap is available in S-L and L-XXL sizes. JOBY camera straps are available for purchase at popular photography retailers and consumer electronics stores.
 
Adorama carries the Joby Pro Sling Strap (S-L).

Category: Joby News
Post Date: 10/24/2013 11:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
There have been a few rumors regarding a retro-styled full-frame camera from Nikon. The video doesn't give us much information regarding the camera being used except for the shutter sound and a split second shot showing the camera's hot shoe.
 
The video above appears in the FX section of their DSLR Camera Lineup page. And they have a teaser picture on the video's dedicated page:

Nikon Teaser Picture

The picture seems to give a little bit more of a hint as to the camera's shape and size. If it's not the rumored retro-styled FX camera from Nikon, then what is it?
 
Let us know what you think on our Facebook Page.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/24/2013 8:42:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
We are pleased to announce the following regarding compatibility testing of our Windows software products with Windows 8 in desktop mode (touch screen operation is not supported).
 
Operation is confirmed with the following.

  • ViewNX 2 - Ver. 2.7.0 and later.
  • Capture NX 2 - Ver. 2.3.5.
  • Camera Control Pro 2 - Ver. 2.13.0 and later.
  • Short Movie Creator - Ver. 1.3.1.
  • Nikon Message Center 2 - Ver. 2.1.0.
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (previously WT-4 Setup Utility) - Ver. 1.3.1.
  • NEF Codec - Ver. 1.16.0 and later.
  • NRW Codec - Ver. 1.3.0.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition - Ver. 3.0.0.4.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Select Edition - Ver. 3.0.0.3.
  • IPTC Preset Manager - Ver. 1.0.0.
  • GP-N100 Utility - Ver. 1.1.0.
  • PC-PJ Transfer - compatibility testing is planned. We will announce our findings when testing is complete.

We do not intend to provide compatibility with the following applications.

  • Capture NX Ver. 1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Capture series
  • ViewNX Ver. 1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver. 1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 (Select Edition)
  • my Picturetown Utility
  • USB driver for GP-1
  • Image Authentication Software
  • Thumbnail Selector Ver. 1.3.0 - operational issues occur during installation that prevent the application functioning.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/24/2013 9:58:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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