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 Wednesday, March 26, 2014
From Manfrotto:
 
Manfrotto is proud to announce the launch of two innovative tools designed for every professional and enthusiast photographer: Nanopole Stand and Snap Tilthead.
 
These two products when used in combination, represent the best solution for strobist photographers.
 
Nanopole Stand
It is a new lightweight stand that can be easily carried everywhere. The closed size is only 49cm (13.3in), and the stand guarantees a payload of 1,5Kg and outstanding stability.
 
Snap Tilthead
It is an innovative and versatile tilthead with pioneering features that make it unique in the market. Easy to use and specifically designed to be actionable in few seconds, is perfect for an easy preparation of the set.
 
Technical Details:
 
Nanopole Stand MS0490A/MKSTRO1
 
Two-in-one Product
Its main characteristic is being a two-in-one product: pressing the button with Manfrotto’s logo, the central column can be pulled out and easily turns into a hand held boom. Manfrotto Nanopole Stand is suitable for a great variety of situations and provides exciting new possibilities to the photographer with no need to spend extra money for a boom.
 
Maximum Flexibility
Besides being the perfect portable tool for use in studio, the stand is also provided with an extendable leveling leg and with a hook for sandbag that make it suitable for use in outdoors sets.
 
Manfrotto Snap Tilthead MLH1HS
 
The Highest Safety for the Equipment
The Snap tilthead is provided with a smart counterbalance mechanism that prevents the flashgun from dropping along the stand; thus assuring maximum safety to the photographer’s equipment.
 
Instant SetUp
It is quick and easy to operate: it allows an instant and straightforward setup of the equipment thanks to its innovative locking system, which allows the set up to be completed in a matter of seconds.
 
The Manfrotto Nanopole Stand and Snap Tilthead will be available soon at authorized retailers.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto products.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 3/26/2014 8:13:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Custom SLR:
 
Featuring breathable vents, moisture-wicking fabric and a quick-adjust slider, the Air Strap packs the most comfort and versatility into a lightweight, portable design.
 
San Francisco, CA – March 25, 2014 – After exceeding its funding goal on Kickstarter, Custom SLR today announced the immediate availability of the all-new Air Strap, a camera strap that does more with less. With breathable vents, moisture-wicking fabric, a quick-adjust slider and universal compatibility, the Air Strap packs all the comfort and features photographers want into a sleek, lightweight design. Today’s announcement follows the completion of Custom SLR’s fifth consecutive successful Kickstarter campaign, in which the Air Strap reached 880% of its funding goal.
 
"The tremendous interest and support for the Air Strap on Kickstarter shows there is a high demand for a simple yet functional camera strap,” said Ivan Wong, chief operating officer of Custom SLR. “Photographers are looking to upgrade from traditional straps, and want something well-made, feature-rich and comfortable. We are thrilled to offer a premium camera strap at an affordable price."
 
Following the success of Custom SLR’s award-winning Split Strap, the Air Strap is the lightest and most versatile strap in the company’s growing line of innovative photography products. It is carefully engineered with breathable vents throughout the strap that keep it lightweight and channel heat and moisture away from the shoulder. Perfect for the photographer on the move, the strap introduces a convenient quick-adjust slider that makes it easy to keep your camera secure at your side while maneuvering through crowds and tight spaces, and provides easy access to extend the strap when you need to take a photo.
 
Unlike other camera straps, the Air Strap has a wider, more ergonomic design that distributes weight evenly on the shoulder to prevent fatigue. It also features a unique swivel buckle that adjusts with your body’s movements, and cushy neoprene padding that absorbs shock. The strap is compatible with most cameras and bags, and adjusts to fit most users. With an optional attachment, it can easily transition to laptop or gym bags for an instant upgrade. Use it with the Custom SLR C-Loop strap mount for a tangle-free camera strap system.
 
The Air Strap Kickstarter campaign was launched on Nov. 14, and hit its funding goal of $15,000 by the next day. By Jan. 9, it had exceeded its funding goal by more than $100,000, making it the most successful Kickstarter campaign Custom SLR has launched.
 
The Air Strap is now available at a retail price of $19.95.
 
Amazon carries the Custom SLR Air Strap
Category: Custom SLR News
Post Date: 3/26/2014 7:28:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Want to know the history and evolution of Canon's cross-type and high precision AF points? Canon pro Rudy Winston has written a great article for the Digital Learning Center that covers the subject quite thoroughly.
 
From Canon Digital Learning Center:

"One of the important design goals for Canon’s engineers in developing the new 61-point High Density Reticular AF system in the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X was to truly optimize the performance of each point on the autofocus sensor. It’s easy to toss around terms, but if a photographer is not clear on what they mean, they may miss out on a lot more than a marketing pitch. Knowing the characteristics of the AF array in these cameras puts the photographer in the position to get the most out of the AF system.
 
Cross-type AF points: what are they?
 
Certainly a fair question. And all the more so, because it's not something the photographer can see just looking through the viewfinder. Perhaps the easiest way to answer it is to take a trip down memory lane in AF SLR design..."

Read the information-packed article on the Canon Digital Learning Center. (thanks Stuart)

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/26/2014 7:07:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 
Canon Australia has published a very cool promo for its #WhatDoYouSee campaign.
 
From Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
There are over 7 billion of us on our planet, all looking at the world in our own way. But no one sees it like you. #Whatdoyousee?
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2014 12:58:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
In the latest tips article to be added to the site, I explain How to Calculate Lens Working Distance.
 
While this distance is easy to calculate with a tape measure or other distance measurement tool, you can also use the site's Lens Specifications and Measurements tool to obtain this information without leaving your seat.
 
Those having read the yesterday-posted Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review will recognize the discussed formula.
Post Date: 3/25/2014 9:49:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From JOBY:
 
New flash accessory lets photographers use a stop sign, a fence or a door to dramatically improve photo lighting
 
SAN FRANCISCO, March 25, 2014 – To create more dramatic lighting effects, photographers use off-camera flashes to avoid the flat images that often result from built-in camera flashes. In order to create more interesting lighting angles, a photographer often requires bulky tools or an assistant to hold the flash in place. With the JOBY Flash Clamp & Locking ArmTM photographers can now quickly place off-camera flashes at unique angles for a more professional look.
 
"We often see awkward setups with off-camera flashes, such as people holding their flash in one hand while holding their camera with the other, or people wrestling with a light stand or pole. We think that JOBY’s tools, with their ability to adapt to their environment, make for a much more fun and imaginative way of positioning your flashes." said Michael Jue, director of product design at JOBY.
 
The JOBY Flash Clamp & Locking Arm innovates with a clamp that lets users quickly secure their Canon Speedlite 430 EX II Flash, Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight i-TTL Flash, PocketWizard Plus III, or any other wireless flash to any surface less than two inches (5.08 centimeters) in width. Now, a stop sign can hold the primary key light. To bring more details to shadows, a fence can mount a fill light. To separate the subject from its background, the top of a door can be a backlight platform. The locking arm also has two fully articulating ball joints that position the flash at any angle needed while providing a long-lasting hold. The Flash Clamp & Locking Arm comes with a removable Universal Flash Shoe that can be used on any tripod with a 1/4"-20 screw.
 
"To achieve good lighting, it’s critical to create the best angles," said Noah Balmer, lead designer at JOBY. "Some people see everyday objects at the shoot as nuisances and obstacles. At JOBY, we see them as photography platforms. Combine a few Flash Clamp & Locking Arm with our GorillaPod Hybrid or SLR-Zoom, and now, the whole world becomes your flash mount."
 
The JOBY Flash Clamp & Locking Arm retails for $39.95 (US MSRP) and is available for purchase at popular photospecialty retailers and consumer electronics stores. The Universal Flash Shoe can also be bought separately for $4.95 (US MSRP).
 
B&H carries the JOBY Flash Clamp and Locking Arm and the Universal Flash Shoe.
Category: Joby News
Post Date: 3/25/2014 7:23:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 24, 2014

 
From the Vocative YouTube Channel:

Kirill Oreshkin likes taking photographs. Selfies, landscapes, the usual stuff—except his shots are captured atop some of the world's tallest buildings.
 
Once Oreshkin gets as high as the stairs or elevator will take him, he often scales up scaffolding or other parts of the structure. The tallest building he has climbed to date is the Mercury City Tower in Moscow. At 338 meters (about 1,109 feet), it's the tallest in Europe. Oreshkin is one of Russia's extreme urban climbers, known to hang off the edge of buildings by only his fingers. He does all this unsupervised and without any safety gear.
 
"Using safety measures changes something—no one is going to recognize that you really risked your life," Oreshkin says, adding that he knows what he's doing is dangerous.
 
Oreshkin's hobby started in 2008, when he began climbing to the roofs of homes and buildings in his neighborhood. He still doesn't do any particular physical training, since he says it's all about having the right mentality. He claims he was nervous about heights at first, and had trouble standing on the edge, which he now does with ease.
 
"It's no longer about overcoming myself," he says. "I just really like doing it. I like to look and study the city from different viewpoints."
 
Climbing has become second nature to him. "What's going through my head when I'm up there? Nothing special," he says. "I just try to think about hanging tight and staying alive."

Want to see more of Kirill Oreshkin's work? Check out his his 500px page for more photography from atop Russia's highest buildings.

Post Date: 3/24/2014 2:06:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is hosting "The Wedding Event of the Season" featuring a live broadcast of wedding photography specialists nearly all day.
 
MORNING SESSION

9:00am - 9:30amIntroduction, State of the Industry and Trends
with WPPI's Jason Groupp
9:30am - 11:30amBack to the Basics: Wedding Photography from the Heart
with Joe Buissink
11:45am - 12:30pmCapturing the Emotion
with Mel DiGiacomo

AFTERNOON SESSION

1:15pm - 3:00pmWedding Video Integration with Canon Digital Cinema and the C100
with Adam Forgione
3:15pm - 4:45pmPerfect Portrait, Venue Lighting and Posing
with Moshe Zusman
5:00pm - 6:15pmBalancing a Sustainable Business with Creative Drive
with Ryan Brenizer
7:00pm - 9:00pmSimplified Workflow for the Wedding Photographer in Adobe Lightroom 5
with Tim Grey

Post Date: 3/24/2014 9:11:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Doing some fundraising: I have my Used Gear for Sale page up and loaded.
 
Check it out to see if there is anything you can use.
Post Date: 3/24/2014 8:37:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review
 
This is a nice lens with great image quality. And it has a huge $300.00 instant rebate available right now, making it a bargain.
 
B&H has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens in stock.
Post Date: 3/24/2014 8:11:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
On March 19, Profoto and Mark Wallace did a live webinar on high-key and low-key lighting. Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.
 
Profoto hosts free webinars once a month. Click the link to sign up, and we'll send you a friendly reminder when the next one is about to start: http://www.profoto.com/webinar
 
Note: Be sure to check out Mark's uses of a gobo around the 32 minute mark. It's pretty amazing to see what a few holes in Rosco Cinefoil can do for you.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash and other Profoto products.
Post Date: 3/24/2014 7:41:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon USA has the PowerShot G1 X Mark II User Manual (10.4 MB, PDF - English) available for download. (thanks Niklas)
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II Digital Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2014 6:41:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 21, 2014
From Photoshelter:
 
Today, allotting time to your online marketing efforts is essential, so don’t waste the precious time you do carve out for it. Rather than taking guesses about what you should post, implementing a well thought-out strategy and solid plan will help yield a larger online audience, and ultimately drive more business.
 
In this webinar, professional photographer and digital marketing expert Rosh Sillars will join Allen Murabayashi to discuss tips, tricks, and secrets on how you can create a killer social marketing strategy, reaching new audiences and engaging your followers.
 
Rosh will answer your questions such as:

  • How do I develop a proper workflow for my social media channels?
  • Is Facebook still worthwhile?
  • Why use Twitter vs. Instagram vs. Facebook?
  • Is spending on Facebook ads worth it?
  • What kind of content should I share with my online audience?
  • What tools can I use to optimize my online workflow?

Date: Wednesday, March 26th
Time: 4:00pm Eastern
 
Register Now for the free webinar.


 
Last month B&H posted a great video by the Chicago-based Bob & Dawn Davis Photography called "Speedlites: The Power and Possibilities." Somehow this video initially slipped under my radar – so I'm really glad I found it today.
 
The video is about 2 hours long but is certainly worth watching if you've got a pair of Canon Speedlites and you're looking for inspiration.
Post Date: 3/21/2014 12:57:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Standard product images for the Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens have been added to the comparison tool.
 
The link will show the big Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens beside the medium-sized Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens and the smaller Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens.
 
The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens review page has addition on-camera product images.
Post Date: 3/21/2014 11:36:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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