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 Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Roger over at the LensRentals Blog has a very good post on various methods for protecting yourself from gear theft. In the post, Roger covers everything from preventing theft to methods of gear recovery.

"In case you don’t know it, cameras and lenses are prime theft targets. You may never think it’s going to happen to you, but almost every day I hear from someone who is missing thousands of dollars worth of gear with no hope of getting it back.
 
As a rental company, we have lots of experience with preventing theft and recovering stolen items. I’m not going to give specifics about all the exact measures we take; that would be like leaving a blueprint for those who want to steal our gear. But we’ve learned a lot and have at least tried everything I’m going to talk about today."

Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.

Post Date: 6/26/2013 7:53:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
June 26, 2013 - At a Board of Directors meeting held on June 26, 2013, Canon Inc. (the “Company”) passed a resolution regarding distribution of a retained earnings dividend, record date June 30, 2013, as follows.
 
1. Dividend Details

Determined amountMost recent dividend forecast
(Announced April 24, 2013)
Previous period result
(First half of fiscal year 2012)
Record dateJune 30, 2013June 30, 2013June 30, 2012
Dividend per share65 yenUndetermined70,270 million yen
Total dividend amount74,932 million yen 60 yen
Effective dateAugust 27, 2013 August 27, 2012
Dividend resourceRetained earnings Retained earnings

2. Reason
The Company works to provide a stable return and actively return profits to shareholders, mainly in the form of a dividend, taking into consideration medium-term profit forecasts along with planned future investments, cash flow and other factors. The Company plans to distribute an interim dividend of ¥65 per share for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013 (the 113th Business Term), half the amount of the annual dividend paid out in fiscal year 2012 (includes commemorative dividend), to provide a stable return to shareholders. The year-end dividend, however, has yet to be decided.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/26/2013 7:24:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 25, 2013
B&H has the Lowepro DryZone Duffle Bag 20L (Yellow) in stock with free shipping.
Post Date: 6/25/2013 12:52:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
 
June 25, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO FilmPack v4.0.2, its celebrated film simulation and creative rendering software. This update allows DxO FilmPack 4 to interact perfectly with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.
 
With DxO FilmPack v4.0.2, users of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 can apply to their digital images all of the characteristic color, contrast, and grain of dozens of analog films that have made photo history.
 
DxO FilmPack 4 also offers numerous original looks, filters, tonings, and visual effects, all of which can be infinitely combined and customized. In addition, 65 renderings and stunning visual effects are available to allow photographers to give their images greater emotional impact and an even more unique style, whether in color or in black & white.
 
Available in two editions, Essential and Expert, DxO FilmPack v4.0.2 can be installed as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 and 5, Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS6, Photoshop Elements 10 and 11, Apple Aperture 3, and DxO Optics Pro v8.2, and as a standalone application for Mac and Windows — all with the same license.
 
Photographers who purchased a DxO FilmPack 3 license on or after March 1, 2013 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 4. Other customers are entitled to a special discount on their upgrade directly from their client account, through June 30, 2013.
 
B&H carries DxO FilmPack 3. They also have DxO FilmPack 4 available for preorder.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/25/2013 8:35:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
We just released the second in our “About A Photograph™” video series. Sports Illustrated staff photographer Simon Bruty narrates the events behind his London Olympics’ image of German Olympic weightlifter Matthias Steiner barely escaping injury when he dropped a 432 pound barbell onto his neck.
 
Said Simon, “The thing about being a sports photographer, it wasn’t like I created everything. What it is down to is me getting there early, me getting a decent spot, and then paying attention and concentrating.”
 
During his career, Bruty has traveled extensively to work on feature stories as diverse as soccer in Zambia, golfers in Greenland, and badminton in Indonesia. Somewhere along the way he learned how to make people sit still and developed a diverse archive of portraiture including Michael Phelps with his eight Olympic gold medals, Lance Armstrong, Ben Bradlee, and David Beckham, among other modern luminaries. In 2003, The London Observer chose one of Bruty's photographs to be included in their list of the World's 50 Greatest Sports Photographs.
 
Think Tank Photo’s “About a Photograph™ video series features some of the world’s leading photographers recounting the stories behind their images that captured global attention. Each short video focuses on the forces that led up to that perfect moment in time when subject, story, setting, equipment, and photographer converged.
 
“About A Photograph” is being produced by Kurt Rogers and Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo’s co-founders and award-winning photojournalists. The video series will feature current as well as classic and historic photographs that span a range of styles, including documentary/photojournalistic, fine art, nature/environment, sports, and politics.
 
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: 6/25/2013 7:22:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From CamRanger:
 
Alexandria, VA - June 25, 2013 - CamRanger LLC, creators of the award winning CamRanger, a device that wirelessly controls Canon and Nikon digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, has released a new Android app for wireless control of Canon and Nikon DSLRs for photography and movie recording. The new application allows wireless tethering to Android users with their Canon or Nikon DSLR camera using the CamRanger device or allows wireless file transmission to the Android device.
 
“Until now, the CamRanger has been a great tool for photographers with iPads, iPhones, or Mac and Windows computers,” stated Dave Pawlowski, co-founder and co-developer of CamRanger. “We are pleased to announce that users of Android tablets and phones can now control their Digital SLR camera using the CamRanger device.”
 
The CamRanger is a wireless device that plugs into your Digital SLR camera to create an ad hoc wireless network that can be used without existing internet to connect a camera to an Android tablet or phone (running OS 3.2 and higher), as well as to an iPad, iPhone, or Mac or Windows computers. Free apps are either available from the Google Play store or the iTunes store.
 
“We regularly update the CamRanger software, making it compatible with more devices and cameras in the market,” added Dave Pawlowski. “It was a natural step to allow photographers who own Android devices to use the CamRanger device.”
 
The CamRanger has a wireless range of up to 150 feet for wireless tethering for photography and video monitoring and control. The CamRanger allows wireless tethering for over 30 different Canon and Nikon cameras. The included software includes live view, touch focusing, focus stacking, intervalometer, HDR, changing settings, record and focus during movie, client mode and much more. The CamRanger can also act as a wireless file transmitter for Canon and Nikon cameras. It operates on a rechargeable and replaceable battery and can be recharged using a USB cable or AC adapter. The system comes with its own protective case for safe storage and an Ethernet cable for firmware upgrades.
 
The cameras compatible with the CamRanger:
Canon: Xsi, T1i, T2i, T3i, T4i, 40D, 50D, 60D, 6D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 1DS Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Dx
Nikon: D5000, D5100, D5200, D90, D7000, D7100, D300, D300S, D700, D600, D800, D800E, D3, D3s, D3x, D4
 
The devices compatible with the CamRanger:
iOS: iPad 1 and newer (including iPad mini), iPhone 3GS and newer, and iPod Touch 3rd generation and newer (download at the iTunes store)
Android: 3.2 software and up (download at the Google Play store)
Mac OSX: 10.7 and 10.8 OS (download at CamRanger.com)
Windows: Windows 7 and 8 OS (in beta, download at CamRanger.com)
 
B&H carries the CamRanger wireless tethering transmitter.
Category: CamRanger News
Post Date: 6/25/2013 7:08:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date June 25, 2013

  • When images captured using a flash in Manual or Repeating flash mode were played back with the “Overview” display enabled, flash output level was displayed in the flash compensation portion of the display. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the AE/AF lock button was pressed with Special Effects mode enabled, Selective Color selected, and the view magnified with selective color options displayed in live view, the image did not change while live view was active. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused the Viewfinder Virtual Horizon to freeze when certain operations were performed has been resolved.
  • When images captured with white balance bracketing enabled were played back, a white balance fine-tuning value of 9 (steps) was displayed even for images captured with a fine-tuning value of 10 (steps) applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented cursor movement when certain operations were performed in calendar playback mode has been resolved.
  • The size of some text displayed in calendar playback mode has been modified.
  • Display of focal lengths in 35mm [135] format recorded in image Exif data has been corrected.
  • With movie recording at 1920 × 1080/24p in M exposure mode, subject brightness did not change, even when shutter speed was adjusted. This issue has been resolved.

Confirming the firmware version:

  1. Turn on the D7100
  2. Press the MENU button and select Firmware Version from the setup menu. The camera's firmware version will be displayed.
  3. Turn off the D7100

Basic Upgrade instructions:

  1. Create a new folder with an appropriate name on your computer.
  2. Choose the correct download below for the computer system you are using, and save the download to the folder created in step 1.
  3. Run the downloaded file to create the folder titled D7100Update, containing the following file: D7100_0101.bin
  4. Format an approved memory card in the camera, then remove .
  5. Copy the D7100_0101.bin file to the top level of the memory card using a memory card reader or similar device, do not copy the file into any folder on the memory card.
  6. Insert memory card into the cameras memory card slot, and switch on.
  7. Select Firmware Version from the setup menu and follow the instructions displayed to upgrade the camera's firmware.
  8. DO NOT switch off the camera at any time during the update, doing so may result in the need for service.
  9. After the upgrade is complete, trun the camera off and remove the memory card.
  10. Check the cameras firmware version to be sure it completed.
  11. Format memory card in camera for use.

* - Firmware updates can be performed for you at authorized Nikon service centers.
 
Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon D7100 DSLR camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/25/2013 6:51:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 24, 2013
 Sunday, June 23, 2013

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending June 22nd, 2013
 
In the news...
 
On Monday, Canon announced a service notice for its 1D X and 1D C DSLR cameras. Canon warns that insufficient lubrication within the cameras’ drive mechanism may lead to its inability to autofocus correctly. Check out the service notice to see if your camera is affected and steps for resolving the issue.
 
Also on Monday, Adobe announced a major update to Creative Cloud. Among other things, the update added new features to Photoshop CC like Camera Shake Reduction and an all-new Smart Sharpen tool. Adobe Creative Cloud is available now through Adobe and authorized retailers.
 
On Wednesday, Spider Holster announced the newest addition to its product lineup – the Large Lens Pouch. The pouch features a built-in solution for tethering a rear lens cap, a removable pouch lid, and the ability to add additional accessories through the Spider Holster clip system.
 
On Thursday, Nikon released an apology regarding “Image Space” account issues. Apparently, a technical glitch led to 43 user accounts being accessible by two people – the original user and one additional person. To remedy the situation, Nikon says they have fixed the technical glitch and emailed affected users with a personal apology and directions on how to proceed with their accounts.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Tuesday, we posted a deal from DigitalRev where you could get a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens for $369.00. That’s a $280.00 savings off the normal retail price.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 6/23/2013 12:51:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 21, 2013
From Canon Professional Network:

"With the advent of video capture on DSLR cameras the craft of cinematography has moved within the reach of many of those who previously just thought in terms of stills. Carey Duffy (Technical Director of filter company Tiffen in the UK) writes for CPN on what to look for when selecting the right filters for photography and filmmaking..."

The full article covers the basics of neutral density filters (solid, graduated and variable), circular polarizing filters, and low-contrast filters for use in HDSLR video.
 
B&H carries Tiffen filters.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/21/2013 9:58:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From National Geographic:

"Over the past year, Anna Possberg and her husband, Claus Possberg, have traveled four times to the Scandinavian Arctic to photograph the [auroras] phenomena, which appear as stunning light shows in many northern countries, especially during dark winters.
 
Claus is a radiologist who’s also an avid traveler and photographer, and Anna is a full-time professional filmmaker. The Arctic Lightscape project, which the couple funds independently, resulted in a time-lapse video: a series of still photographs stitched together into a video format and published on Vimeo last week."

The full article illustrates some of the challenges faced by the Possbergs and how they overcame obstacles such as freezing temperatures, less-than-ideal weather, and finding shelter.

Post Date: 6/21/2013 8:52:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon Professional Services:

"Long established as the world's largest independent motorsport picture agency, Sutton Images exclusively concentrates on every aspect of motorsport imagery. With a team of ten dedicated professionals, we offer an extensive range of services from our headquarters situated at the heart of Britain's motorsport industry near Silverstone Circuit, England."
 
----
 
Keith Sutton's career as a freelance motorsport photographer took off when a young Ayrton Senna approached him and employed his services as he swiftly climbed the motorsport ladder in Britain during the early 1980s. Afterwards, Keith went on to form Sutton Photographic in 1985 with his younger brother Mark. The company aimed to cover every Formula One Grand Prix, in addition to other motorsport races around the world.
 
Today, Sutton Photographic has evolved into Sutton Images, and the company continues to go from strength to strength. Based in state-of-the-art offices in Towcester, near Silverstone, Keith and Mark, along with their staff and a team of agents worldwide, continue to cover the best motorsport the world has to offer.

Read the entire article on the Nikon Professional Services website.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4 DSLR Camera used by Sutton Images for Formula One racing photography.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/21/2013 7:54:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From AdoramaTV:
 
Lightroom 5 has just arrived! Find out why Mark Wallace is stoked about its new features.
 
In this episode of Exploring Photography, shot exclusively for AdoramaTV, Mark Wallace shares his favorite features of the new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom V5, which was just released and is available now at Adorama. He'll talk about the Upright tool, Radial Gradients and his absolute favorite new feature - the healing brush. See why he says that last feature alone is worth the price of admission! Is there still any reason to own full Photoshop?
 
Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.
Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 6/21/2013 6:29:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 20, 2013
From Nikon Australia:
 
Attach this accessory to any 1 NIKKOR lens featuring a 40.5mm filter-attachment size and you can get closer to subjects and capture close-up shots with blurred background easily.
 
A handy lens accessory that enables you to get closer to subjects and capture close-up shots
 
Simply by attaching the N1-CL1 to any 1 NIKKOR lens that features a 40.5 mm filter-attachment size, minimum focus distance of the prime lens is shortened, and you can capture subjects at a larger size. Even when using a lens with longer minimum focus distance, you can get closer to subjects, enabling image expression utilizing background blur. When attached to a lens such as the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 or 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6, you can take shots like those achieved with a micro lens. Even the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 that originally features a high reproduction ratio achieves a clear effect. This accessory is ideal for those who want to easily take close-up shots of flowers or for tabletop photography, for example.
 
When the N1-CL1 is attached to the 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6, you can approach the subject as close as approx. 0.24 m from the tip of the N1-CL1 and the maximum reproduction ratio of the prime lens is increased, making the image of the subject larger by approx. 3.8x.
 
Carry it anywhere together with a camera body and a lens
 
With its approx. 10 g weight and 7 mm thickness, superior portability is ensured. Because you can instantly get closer to subjects simply by attaching it to the tip of a 1 NIKKOR lens, you won't miss decisive shutter opportunities.
 
High-quality texture that matches 1 NIKKOR lenses
 
The frame delivers a natural color tone and refined texture. Its well-balanced design, achievable only by a genuine Nikon accessory, is perfectly demonstrated when attached to a 1 NIKKOR lens.
 
B&H carries Nikon 1 cameras and accessories.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/20/2013 7:35:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Adorama:
 
Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video and electronics retailers, is again holding one of New York City’s most popular, free summer family events, its Third Annual Street Fair, on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in support of the Boomer Esiason Foundation to fight Cystic Fibrosis.
 
Special Guests:
 
12:00-2:00PM: WFAN radio personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton
1:30-2:30PM: Steve Weatherford of the New York Giants will be signing footballs
 
Last year's festival attracted more than 20,000 attendees. With more rides, games, food and technology vendors confirmed, this year's festival is expected to be even bigger. Adorama has lots to offer, too – Adorama PIX, Rentals, Used and the Learning Center will all have booths to visit at the fair.
 
In addition, visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras—not just to take pictures of the many photo opportunities, but to get them cleaned by Photo Tech for a special fair-only flat rate of $30. (They usually charge $40-65 for a camera cleaning)
 
The Street Fair is a great way for families to enjoy a fun-filled day together, kick off the summer season and participate in a variety of interactive games and activities, including free photography clinics in Adorama's outdoor Learning Center tent.
 
Festival highlights include:

  • Carnival Games and Petting Zoo – A host of carnival games and a live petting zoo will be great fun for kids, and kids-at-heart, throughout the day.
  • Food! – An amazing variety of food choices – it just wouldn't be a Street Fair without it.
  • Prizes and Raffles – Dozens of raffle items and prizes will be given away all day long.
  • Vendor Exhibits – Test drive the latest digital imaging technology from some of the biggest brands in photography.
  • Celebrity Appearances
  • Adorama Technology Learning Center – Learn how to make better photos and videos from some of the best photographers in the world at Adorama's outdoor Technology Learning Center. Learn to shoot like a pro!
  • Get a Technology Makeover with special product pricing from Adorama – Bring your old camera gear and upgrade to the latest digital technology. Adorama is offering special pricing and trade-ins for one day only.

Adorama’s Third Annual Street Fair will be held on Sunday, June 23, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., on West 18th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Adorama’s retail superstore is located at 42 West 18th Street, making the street an ideal place for families to take advantage of the technology-related activities happening during the fair.

Post Date: 6/20/2013 7:25:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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