Webinars Hosted by Datacolor Color Experts Explore New Photography Techniques, Offer Ideas for Managing Color and Step-by-Step Techniques to Create Stunning Images
Lawrenceville, NJ – January 21, 2014 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, announced today its winter 2014 line-up of free color management webinars. Continuing its popular webinar series, Datacolor is partnering with new co-sponsors and offering a variety of webinars to demonstrate new techniques and help photographers enhance their skills. The webinars will cover an assortment of important photography topics for varying skillsets with the help of notable imaging companies including SanDisk, MyPix2, Zenfolio, Red River Paper and Moab.
Hosted by David Saffir, Datacolor expert and noted landscape and fine art photographer, the webinars focus on managing color using tools in both capture and processing stages, and mastering techniques such as high-resolution panorama photography. Each webinar includes step-by-step demonstrations using Datacolor’s line of Spyder color calibration devices, and in-depth discussions on how photographers can effectively use the right tools and techniques to improve upon their existing skills or venture down a new creative path.
“By continuously partnering with the top companies in the photo and video industry, we are able to provide the newest technology and techniques to photographers at every level,” said David Saffir. “Our Winter 2014 webinar series has something for everyone. From capturing breathtaking panoramic landscapes to printing fine art masterpieces, novice and professional photographers alike will learn techniques to take their work to the next level.”
Upcoming topics for the Datacolor color management webinar series to include:
Those interested in attending can register in advance for the free webinars. Attendees will be given discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors and automatically be entered to win a Datacolor Spyder product as well as products from co-sponsors. Guests will have the ability to interact with the speakers in a Q&A format, and get first-hand input about applying color management effectively within their workflow. Register now at spyder.datacolor.com/freewebinars.
As I mentioned a few days ago, I recently upgraded to Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. That left me with one problem, though – how do I modify my BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme and RS-4 camera straps to be compatible with Arca-Swiss plates?
The first product I stumbled across was the Acratech Swift Clamp. In fact, the product is endorsed (and sold) by BlackRapid.
For all intents and purposes, the Swift Clamp looks like the most secure solution to my problem. But at $149.95, the clamp would more than twice as expensive as either of the straps it would be used on. Converting both straps using the Swift Clamp would require a $300.00 investment. To me, that seemed a bit excessive. Therefore, I looked for an alternative solution.
With a little more research, I stumbled across this YouTube video (by Lee, Enthusiast Photographer) that described using a standard Arca-Swiss style clamp affixed to the BlackRapid FastenR-3 D-ring that comes standard with all BlackRapid straps. The video also noted that you can use an OP/TECH USA Uni-Loop to connect the BlackRapid ConnectR-2 to your L-bracket for added security (shown below). If you aren't using an L-bracket but you are using a battery grip, you can also connect the Uni-Loop to the battery grip's hand strap mount.
For even greater security, you can use Loctite between the BlackRapid D-ring and your clamp to ensure they don't work themselves loose. So far, I've been very happy with this setup. It seems more than adequately secure (even without the Loctite) as well as being cost-effective.
Make sure all of your parts and connections are solid as these setups are used at your own risk.
Updates included with this release - C:1.01
Updates included with firmware C: 1.02
Updates included with this release - C:1.03
Technical Report Includes
About six months ago, Scott Kelby switched from Nikon to Canon. In this video, Scott explains why he made the move with Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon.
From Canon USA:
PARK CITY, UT, January 17, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The Festival-which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of fostering a vibrant independent film community-will be held in Park City, Salt Lake City, Sundance, and Ogden, Utah from January 16-26, 2014.
The Festival's diverse roster includes nearly 200 films, of which approximately 20 percent were shot using Canon equipment. Blue Ruin, Song One, Memphis, This May Be The Last Time, Cesar's Last Fast, Happy Valley, Last Days in Vietnam, Life Itself, WHITEY: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Mitt, Alive Inside, and Ivory Tower are just a few of the Canon-shot films screening in 2014.
"Over the last 30 years, Sundance Institute has built a festival that is unrivaled; it is inspiring to be surrounded by the mountains of Park City and the artists and community who are at the peak of their craft, pushing the boundaries of film and artistic expression," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "At Canon, we are driven by delivering that same level of passion, innovation and commitment to our craft as the filmmakers and are excited to return as a Sustaining Sponsor."
At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Canon will host a special slate of programming dedicated to the craft of filmmaking and the artists behind each and every film.
Canon will invite Festival attendees to relax and reboot with fellow cinematographers, directors, and producers at the Canon Craft Services daytime lounge (427 Main Street; open Saturday, January 18th-Monday, January 20th from 11am-5pm), the hub of Canon's Festival activities.
The lounge will offer filmmakers the opportunity to touch-and-try the latest Canon gear, including the Cinema EOS C100, C300, and C500 cameras, cinema lenses, as well as DSLR cameras and professional products such as the XA25 high definition camcorder.
To inspire discussions about the latest storytelling techniques, technology, and trends, Canon will host craft conversations at its lounge, featuring panels of industry leaders and Festival filmmakers. Each panel will cover a different area of interest, ranging from documentary cinematography, to a focus on optics, to skeleton crew filmmaking. The craft conversation series will culminate in the Canon Spotlight: CNN Original Series screening and panel on Monday, January 20th at the Sundance New Frontier Microcinema (136 Heber Ave; 3pm).
To see the full schedule of events for Canon's activities at the Sundance Film Festival, check out the full press release.
Yeseterday, National Geographic senior writer Jennifer S. Holland published an evocative, insightful article on the Ethics of Wildlife Photography and Filmmaking. Through a discussion with wildlife photographer and filmmaker Jeff Hogan, the article examines several key questions such as:
Is it ethical to...
Check out the article on National Geographic.
What do you think? Where do you draw the line? Let us know in the comments.
FREE Online Course with John Greengo - January 20-24
Are you ready to reach your full potential as a photographer? Join professional photographer John Greengo for a five-day online course on of the fundamentals that will help you achieve your artistic goals. From shutter speeds to depth-of-field and much more, you’ll learn the core concepts every successful photographer needs to know. Whether you’ve just purchased your first digital camera or are a seasoned pro looking for a refresher, this course will give you the skills to take your work to new heights.
In this YouTube gem, Peter Read Miller shares images and discusses his experiences spanning 30 years of shooting for Sports Illustrated. It's a little over an hour long, but it's a great insight into the mindset of a sports photographer and the preparation necessary to get unique and compelling sports images.
Around the 15:00 mark, check out Peter's use of the Canon EOS-1D X's multiple exposure feature to capture fencing. Very cool. [Sean]
The SIGMA 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM F/SIGMA with F/NIKON fittings are scheduled to scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.
From Think Tank Photo:
When we launched Think Tank in 2005 one of our cornerstone products was the largest backpack we've ever released, the aptly named Airport Addicted. It was the first backpack designed to hold large lenses (e.g. a 400mm f/2.8 with lens hood and a 300mm f/2.8), as well as multiple SLR bodies and a laptop computer, that fit within domestic airline carry-on requirements for overhead storage compartments.
Win One and Fill It Up-on Us!
Fresh from our product archives, how would you like to win one of our very last Airport Addicteds, in pristine condition? Plus, you can select $300 worth of any other Think Tank Photo gear that you want to be packed inside of it! To enter, all you need to do is to send us one of your favorite photos taken in 2013. This random drawing ends on January 31st. Don't wait, enter now!
The Airport Addicted comes with a seam-sealed removable rain cover and shoulder straps that tuck away for storage, stretchable Span-Kodra front and side pockets for storage of cell phones, clothing, water bottles, and other items, a monopod/tripod mounting system, and lockable zipper sliders.
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
by Sean Setters
I recently upgraded my ballhead to an Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1 sp. First impression – I really liked the Z1 ballhead. It's a very solid piece of equipment. One thing I didn't like, however, was Arca-Swiss's newly re-styled quick release clamp. Therefore, I decided to purchase a Really Right Stuff BS-AS II clamp instead.
When my replacement clamp came, I prepared to disassemble the Z1 clamp using a wrench and an appropriate hex bit. Using a reasonable amount of force, the bolt didn't budge.
I steadily increased pressure until the wrench began to rotate. When I disengaged the bit from the bolt, I noticed that my bit looked like the beginnings of a corkscrew. The bolt had never loosened; instead, the bit had failed (and was ruined).
Not wanting to accept defeat (and reality), I thought I'd give a regular allen (hex) wrench a try. Nada. I used so much force that the allen wrench began to twist in the bolt. "Alright, " I said to myself, "...something's not right."
After a call to the US-based Arca-Swiss Representative, I learned that Arca-Swiss is now designing their heads to feature "non-interchangeable" quick releases. They're using an epoxy/glue to solidify the assembly bolt in place. The only "official" way to replace your clamp (and keep your warranty intact) is to send it to Precision Camera Works in Chicago, IL, the only authorized service center for ARCA-SWISS ballheads in the United States. There is a flat fee of $30.00 for replacement.
When I inquired as to what motivated Arca-Swiss to make the change, their US Rep mentioned three reasons:
First off, I'm not a fan of "closed systems." I don't appreciate it when a company makes it more difficult for me to customize a device for my own use. I understand Arca-Swiss's desire to capitalize on their product line. They developed a support system that has become an industry standard; it really is superior to everything else I've seen.
However, if people are consistently trying to replace Arca-Swiss's current QR clamps with a competitor's product, what does that say about the current QR clamps that Arca-Swiss offers? Instead of forcing consumers to keep the OEM QR clamps by introducing barriers to change, why not win them over with a design that leaves customers ultimately satisfied with the OEM clamps as-is?
In the end I decided send my ballhead to Precision Camera Works for the QR clamp replacement. The Z1 is a truly remarkable ballhead and the one I want to be using for the foreseeable future. That said, I want it my way.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.
Adobe Kicks Off 2014 With Innovations Across Essential Design Tools
Adobe today shipped new features across its flagship design applications and services, as part of a major Creative Cloud release. Additional new features in Photoshop CC include the groundbreaking Perspective Warp, which changes the viewpoint from which an object is seen, and linked Smart Objects that radically improves collaboration – updating the final design automatically if the reference file is changed.
Also, new features in Adobe Illustrator CC and InDesign CC revolutionize how designers work with type by seamlessly connecting to the Adobe Typekit font service. It’s now possible to integrate Typekit fonts into print projects, PDF files, DPS apps, and more, while new functionality in InDesign CC reduces the frustration of missing font errors by automatically searching the Typekit desktop font library for options. Dozens of new and enhanced features and services in today’s update will help designers and other creative professionals work more intuitively and efficiently.
Note: Adobe also added 3D Printing to Photoshop CC. You can read more about the 3D Printing update in the official press release.
Learn more about Creative Cloud on Adobe's Website.
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses(1) for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached eighty-five million at the beginning of January 2014.
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as the first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition has continued over the many years since that first lens was released. What's more, Nikon continues to expand its lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the first of which was released in October 2011, bringing total lens production to eighty-five million.
Nikon has steadily expanded its lineup of NIKKOR lenses incorporating advanced optical technologies cultivated over the years.
In August 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, an approximately 7.8x high-power normal zoom lens that covers a broad range of angles of view and is compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.
In October 2013, Nikon added the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a fast normal lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras that proposes new photographic creativity possible only with NIKKOR lenses, to its lineup. Since its release, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G has been extremely well received for its ability to minimize sagittal coma flare(2) for rendering of point light sources as sharp points with no distortion or fringes across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.
In September 2013, Nikon announced the world's first(3) waterproof and tough 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (included in the Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof zoom lens kit) and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 along with the Nikon 1 AW1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses. The current 1 NIKKOR lineup is comprised of eleven lenses, and Nikon will continue to expand and enrich this lineup.
In September 2013, Nikon deployed its Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer (OPTIA), a new measurement device that is able to measure all forms of aberration in interchangeable lenses for cameras, as well as a dedicated image simulator. Utilization of OPTIA and the dedicated image simulator not only enables greater control over resolution, but also development of lenses with control over varying characteristics of individual lenses, an aspect for which NIKKOR lenses have always been so well received.
The NIKKOR brand
NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding "r "—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.
Nikon's own high-quality standards are applied to all stages from initial design and development to final product release for design that responds to user needs, and production system and inspections that ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses.
Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses.
In 2013, Nikon celebrated the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses with a variety of activities conveying the advantages of NIKKOR lenses, including creation of the "Eyes of Nikon" photo collection, a collection of images by photographers active globally. Nikon will continue to develop and release high-quality products that appeal to users the world over.
(1) Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses
(2) A phenomenon with which the edges of pinpoint light sources in photos of night landscapes and the like appear distorted to resemble the outspread wings of a bird in flight
(3) Among interchangeable lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013. Statement based on Nikon research.
"Why are some of my pictures dark?" is a question I see with some frequency. And the dark images usually have the same cause.
In the latest photography tips page, I show some examples of what flickering Lights can do to your exposures.
From SmugMug Blog:
Two years ago, Montreal/Toronto-based photographer Benjamin Wong was a mining engineer who took pictures on the side. In 2012, he quit his engineering career and threw himself into photography full time. He’s now an award-winning photographer admired for his “epic, surreal, fantasy storytelling.” Today with the official launch of Ben’s spotlight in SmugMug Films, he’s shared more details about himself, his background, and exactly how he crafted those exquisite angel wings.
January 15, 2014 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade means that DxO Optics Pro 9 now supports the Panasonic Lumix GM-1, the Nikon 1 AW1, and the iPhone 5s.
DxO Optics Pro 9 includes powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG images. Its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology restores the finest details even in images taken at very high ISO. In addition, the software provides amazing optical and geometric corrections along with the DxO Smart Lighting tool, which intelligently optimizes exposure and contrast.
New DxO Optics Modules
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: 160 new camera/lens combinations can be found in the library, which today counts 17,000 available DxO Optics Modules.
DxO Optics Modules contain information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This unique database enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
Availability and New Year’s sale
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.2 for Mac and Windows are now available at photo resellers at a special discount price through January 31, 2014:
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From Amateur Photographer:
Jessops’ unsecured creditors, who include customers and suppliers, were owed around £115m – more than twice the amount feared when the chain collapsed under former owners a year ago, it has emerged.
The total value of unsecured creditor claims has risen to £114.8m - 135% higher than originally estimated, according to a new report by administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
PwC had estimated the figure to be less than £50m when the chain collapsed in January 2013, closing its 187 stores and shedding 1,500 staff.
The administrator says unsecured creditors are not likely to receive more than 0.2% of what they were owed.
Read the rest of the article at Amateur Photographer.
TOKYO, January 15, 2014 — Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2013, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 14, 2014.
Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.
Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 - 2013
* Number in parenthesis represents Canon’s ranking among all companies
Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following fixes:
by Sean Setters
We all want to succeed in whatever we do. If we didn't, we wouldn't put the effort in doing whatever it is we're attempting in the first place. However, to gain the experience necessary to master any skill, you must first fail time and time again. Photography is no different.
While portraiture has always been my first love, I've tried my hand at several types of photography over the past few years – sports, macro, landscape, architecture, infrared and panoramic (just to name a few). And I have failed miserably at all of them. At least, at first.
Every time I pick up my camera, my goal is to capture an image that I'm proud of – an image worthy of sharing on social media or simply with friends. But I'm not always successful at accomplishing my goal. But here's the most important part – I have learned infinitely more from failure than I ever have from success.
Each time I return home from a photo venture, and realize I have nothing that I'm ultimately proud of, I analyze the images to figure out why. This period of reflection (which usually includes research and brainstorming) has led to many of the best "light bulb" moments I've had throughout my photographic journey. And those moments of inspiration add up to a mountain of experience that I call upon when faced with future challenges. And it all comes from failure!
The moon image above is a prime example of this process. I had tried numerous times to capture the moon but was never very happy with the end result. But here are the things I learned from the failed attempts:
The fear of failure can be a paralyzing force. It can cause you to put your camera down and not pick it up again for ages. Instead, I urge you to perceive failure as an opportunity to gain valuable experience that will enable you to succeed spectacularly in the not-so-distant future. So keep shooting!
I challenge you to grab your camera, try something new and fail. But use the experience to hone your skills so that you are even better prepared to conquer the challenge the next time around. ;-)
Check out this short video created by a three man crew using a 5D Mark III, Magic Lantern, an awesome bike and a little creative film work.
From marc&R YouTube Channel:
"One of us bought a Ducati Monster and we all thought the bike looked amazing, so we decided to make a video about it. We shot this Ducati Spec in 2 days with the Canon 5d Mark III and a crew of 3 people including myself. Also I wanted to try out Magic Lantern RAW for quite a while and this was the perfect opportunity. The raw video really looks amazing. Thanks a lot to the developers of Magic Lantern. This is truly great! And of course: awesome bike!"
Graded in DaVinci Resolve 10.
Join Profoto and Mark Wallace as we take the new B1 off-camera flash out on location. The webinar will cover topics such as balancing strobes with ambient light, fill-in flash on location, light shaping techniques and other useful stuff for photographers who prefer having mother nature as their backdrop.
The webinar will take place on January 22 at 7PM CET (10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris, +2AM Beijing, +3AM Tokyo, +5AM Sydney).
Sign up below, and we'll send you a friendly reminder when the webinar is about to start!
A new page has been added to the site's Photography Tips section:
Along with (hopefully) inspiring your creativity, I share a favorite winter photography subject: Condensation.
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