Nine loyal fans will receive choice of lens, be featured on Sigma website
RONKONKOMA, NY — March 4, 2015 – Are you a loyal Sigma camera and/or lens owner? Sigma Corporation of America is giving away nine lenses to its super fans from now until December with the launch of its #SigmaSuperFan contest.
The #SigmaSuperFan contest is open to all Sigma camera and/or lens owners, and entrants will be asked to share “what motivated you to buy a Sigma product and why are you a super fan?” for a chance to be a monthly winner of their choice of three lenses. Winners may choose from the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary or the 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, and will be notified on or about the first day of each month by a Sigma representative.
“As part of the contest, we’d like to hear from all of our loyal Sigma fans about their first encounter with Sigma, and how the relationship evolved into being a super fan,” said Christine Moossmann, Director of Marketing for Sigma Corporation of America. “Our family-owned business owes much of its success to the devotion of these photographers, and we’re using this contest as a way to engage with our community and thank them for their loyalty.”
Sigma is encouraging all U.S.-based photographers who own two or more Sigma products to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted from March 3 to November 16, 2015 on the Sigma website, and participants will be asked to fill out and submit a brief entry form. Each participant can only submit one entry, which will remain a submission throughout the duration of the nine-month contest.
Sigma encourages all fans and photographers who enter into the contest to share why they are a Sigma super fan, and photos of what they have shot using their favorite Sigma product on their social channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #SigmaSuperFan.
For a full list of terms and conditions for the Sigma Super Fan contest, please visit here.
B&H has changed the status of the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R to read, "Item will be available for purchase on Mon, Mar 23 12AM".
That means midnight between Sunday and Monday, you should be able to preorder the highest resolution full-frame camera ever produced in whichever flavor you prefer.
Keep in mind – this site depends on support received from purchases you make using the links on our site. Please to navigate to B&H using our links once the preorders go live:
Update: For those in the UK, it looks like the cameras are already available for preorder from Wex Photographic:
We'll be at the 2015 NAB Show, April 11th-16th. Stop by Booth #C10418 or our table outside of Post | Production World and get our show special: $250 off any rental order of $750 or more.
Register using code LV8838 and attend the show for free!
We'll be hosting a private event for our customers during NAB week (details TBA). If you're attending please let us know and sign-up for an invitation. We'd love to spend time with you!
From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
Camera Raw 8.8 is now available as a final release for Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC. DNG Converter 8.8 is provided for all Lightroom customers and Photoshop customers using versions of Photoshop older than Photoshop CS6.
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.8
(*) denotes preliminary support. Camera Matching color profiles for these models will be added in a future release.
New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.8 (only Canon / Nikon mount lens profiles shown here)
|Canon||Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM|
|Canon||Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM|
|Canon||TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD|
|Nikon F||Nikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED|
|Nikon F||Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II|
|Nikon F||Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR|
|Nikon F||Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS|
|Nikon F||TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N|
|Nikon F||Voigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical|
|Nikon F||Voigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical|
|Nikon F||Voigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton|
If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
Lightroom Customers –
If you’re using one of the newly supported cameras listed above, please download the DNG Converter. We’re working to add support to these cameras and they will be added in the next Lightroom release.
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Reikan has released a major update to its fully automated autofocus tuning software FoCal which provides autofocus fine tuning for both Nikon and Canon digital SLR cameras. Version 2 includes a unique ability for users to compare test results directly against results from other FoCal users around the world, helping to answer the age old question, "Is my camera/lens a good copy?".
Other highlighted features for Version 2 are routines to determine lens optical performance with an astigmatism metric and a large number of changes to the user interface to make calibration faster and FoCal easier to use.
Find out more about FoCal v2 on the Reikan website.
Note: The software is currently only available for those who have FoCal v1.x Pro licenses.
Modifications enabled with Ver. 2.21.0
Download: Camera Control Pro v2.21.0
Check out this great time lapse video created by photographer David Crewe of the Chicago River turning green in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Residents of Norway and the Faroe Islands will be fortunate to see a solar eclipse on March 20. The eclipse will start at 07:41 UTC and run through 11:50 UTC with the maximum eclipse occuring at 9:45 UTC.
Some cities where at least part of the total eclipse will be visible:
|Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands||Barentsburg, Svalbard, Norway|
|Klaksvík, Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands||Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway|
|Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway|
|Lisbon, Portugal||Berlin, Germany|
|Madrid, Spain||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Dublin, Ireland||Oslo, Norway|
|Paris, France||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Nuuk, Greenland||Alert, Nunavut Territory, Canada|
|London, England, United Kingdom||Tallinn, Estonia|
|Douglas, Isle of Man||Helsinki, Finland|
|Brussels, Belgium||Rovaniemi, Finland|
|Reykjavik, Iceland||Moscow, Russia|
|Amsterdam, Netherlands||Belushya Guba, Russia|
The following cameras can be used to update UT-1 firmware.
* Only the camera(s) indicated above can be used to update UT-1 firmware.
* Firmware updates can be performed for you at authorized Nikon service centers.
Modifications enabled with firmware Ver. 2.3
This light little lens is a great performer for the price.
Sekonic C-700 Overview
From Canon Australia:
Sydney, Australia – March 18, 2015 – Canon Australia and National Geographic Channel have announced their partnership to deliver Australian viewers a new television series that gives rare insight into the eyes of some of Australia’s, and the world’s best photographic storytellers. Titled Tales by Light, the series will air in six episodes premiering from 8.30pm AEST Sunday May 24 on National Geographic Channel.
Tales By Light is the first television series produced by Canon Australia and is a natural progression for the photographic brand, explains Canon’s Director of Consumer Imaging and Executive Producer for the Series, Jason McLean:
“We see our role in imaging as enabling people to tell their stories, and what better than inspiring a large and passionate audience through the eyes of some of the best storytellers in the world. The partnership with National Geographic Channel is a perfect fit for us given their dedication to telling powerful stories through captivating imagery.”
Produced by emerging cinematographer and Canon Master, Abraham Joffe, Tales by Light showcases five of Australia’s, and the world’s, best photographers pushing the limits of their craft in some of the world’s most extreme and fascinating environments.
Each a master of their respective field, the photographers give rare insight into their endless journeys as visual storytellers – their challenges, motivations, and moments of joy in capturing an elusive moment by light. Shot in 4K resolution, the series is a stunning visual spectacle to immerse and inspire viewers through new ways of viewing the world around them.
“There is growing opportunity in strong, aligned brands partnering to amplify each other’s efforts and be innovative in media, especially,” says National Geographic Channel’s Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Jacqui Feeney.
“Tales By Light is cool entertainment filmed in stunning 4K that appeals to our Nat Geo viewers. Both Canon and National Geographic Channel have shared values around the power of great imagery and technology being underpinned by great storytelling and reaching audiences in new and engaging ways. TV remains a powerful medium and storytelling is in our DNA so we were delighted to work with Canon on this new TV series.”
Art Wolfe has photographed for the world’s top magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and GEO. Photographing creatures of the planet has been a major portion of Art’s life’s work spanning the past five decades. In the words of Sir David Attenborough: “Art Wolfe’s photographs are a superb evocation of some of the most breathtaking spectacles in the world.”
Darren Jew is one of the world’s leading marine photographers. He has forged an impressive career having shot for the likes of Tourism Australia, WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and the CSIRO. His knowledge of the ocean and its creatures coupled with his adventurous spirit, makes a brilliant subject to document.
Richard I’Anson is an acclaimed travel photographer, founder of Lonely Planet Images and the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography. His work can be seen all over the world with hundreds of book titles featuring his photography. As a travel photographer, Richard lives and breathes his profession and has photographed in nearly 100 countries across all 7 continents.
Peter Eastway is an AIPP Grand Master of Photography best known for his exquisite landscape work. After learning his craft in the darkroom, he has embraced digital post-production to take a leading role in creating a new tradition of landscape photography. Peter's work continues to be published and exhibited internationally, including Qantas The Australian Way magazine.
Krystle Wright is a pioneering extreme sports photographer, driven by a passion to capture unique perspectives and increase the visibility of the most extreme sports and athletes. On a continual quest to challenge herself and others mentally and physically, Krystle achieves remarkable images that give insight into the demanding and beautiful world of adventure photography that few people get to see.
I don't know if B&H has enough stock to meet the preorder demand, but now would be a good time to submit your order if you haven't already.
Nikon Capture NX-D v. 1.2.0
Modifications enabled with Ver. 1.2.0:
Download: Nikon Capture NX-D v. 1.2.0
Updates included in this 2.1.0 download:
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Updates that apply to the Windows versions only:
Download: Picture Control Utility 2.1.0
Following Sean's recent winter photography tip suggestion, I took the Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens to New York City for a late-winter day. New York City is one of the most photogenic cities on the planet and it remains similarly so at all times of the year. Advantages of shooting architecture and cities when it is uncomfortably cold out include fewer people to interfere with your compositions, fewer photographers competing for the same shooting locations and easier isolation of composition-enhancing people while doing street photography.
New York City is extremely large and I doubt that anyone will ever exhaust all of the photo possibilities of this location. For sure I will not. This means that pre-trip scouting is especially important. Using available online resources to visualize the location's available compositions maximizes one's photo time. These resources include maps, satellite imagery, The Photographer's Ephemeris, reviewing photos others captured at the potential location, etc.
Part of this scouting involves determining the direction of sunrise or sunset as this effects the look of the image at a key time of the day for cityscape photography. The sun rising or setting to the side of an image will be the most challenging with the sky taking on a brightness gradient from one side of the image to the other. If the sun is rising or setting behind you, buildings will reflect the brighter sky and the background sky will be darker in relation to the buildings. The sky may also become pink above the horizon in this situation. If the sun is rising or setting in front of you, the sky will be brighter in relation to the buildings, but the building lights will become more pronounced. Both latter options are great. My choice in this example was the in-front-of-me sunset.
Arriving at the location early to verify the choice made during pre-trip scouting is highly recommended. You never know what you might find upon arrival (such as a large construction project), so arrive early enough to implement plan B if necessary. Yes, having at least a plan B and, better yet, a plan C and D is a very good idea. Arriving early also provides the best opportunity to score the perfect shooting location.
On this particular cold evening, there was no competition for shooting location and to completely avoid the chance of people walking into my composition (and to avoid an ugly sign and construction fencing), I setup so that no foreground was visible in the frame. To do so at the focal length I wanted to use (24mm – the longest available on the lens I was evaluating) required extending my tripod down through the curved East River fencing.
The Right Time of Day Makes the Difference
City lights do not come on (or become visible) until it gets somewhat dark and these lights are a key to one of my favorite cityscape looks. The lights add life to the buildings and while cityscapes can be captured in complete darkness, I find that some color remaining in the sky makes a better image.
The "Blue Hour", by definition, lasts for 1 hour just before sunrise and just after sunset (use your online tool or phone app to find out when it happens at your shooting location on your chosen shooting day). However, the perfect shooting time, when the sky color balances with the city lights (and possibly reflections), lasts for closer to 15 minutes within that hour. I'll dub this time period the "Perfect 15" and I can usually narrow my ultimate preference down to a subset of that duration. While the Perfect 15 are ideal for capturing a variety of image types, cityscapes are an especially great use of this short period of time.
While it is possible to capture a number of compositions within the Perfect 15, I find it best to concentrate on one composition at the key time of the day. Fifteen minutes sounds like a very adequate amount of time to capture one image, but I assure you, it is often not. Here is why:
At this time of the day, each f/11 image requires 30 seconds of exposure (roughly) followed by 30 seconds of long exposure noise reduction dark frame capture. Add a few seconds for mirror lockup and multiply each shot by two or three for exposure bracketing (if warranted for HDR) and those Perfect 15 minutes begin to look very short.
Reflect a Great Scene for a Better Image
Want to make a great scene even better? Reflect it in water to double the greatness. Many major cities exist because of the water located by them, and cityscapes often look best when reflected in water. However, these waterways are typically large enough and have enough wind and boat traffic on them to never permit a mirror-smooth reflection. Reflections in rough water can look OK (though somewhat distracting), but making a smooth blur of the water via a long exposure is usually my preference. The Perfect 15 happens at the right time of day for long water-blurring exposures, but the boat traffic presents a problem.
Even during a 30 second exposure, the waves created by a large boat are going to create possibly-undesirable lines in the final image. Also, at this time of the day, boats are required to have lights on and those lights show very clearly as long streaks in the image. Sometimes these light streaks can be removed in post processing (try the content-aware healing brush in Photoshop), but lights on the larger boats (such as ferries) streak across the city details, becoming much more difficult to remove. When this happens, an available option is to simply leave the light streaks remaining in the final image, adding an effect. Most of the time, I find this effect undesirable. Correcting the uneven reflections caused by 30-second wave blurs is usually very challenging.
The Perfect 15 is Short for Even One Image
So, in addition to the over-1-minute exposure captures along with similar durations for exposure bracketed shots (for potential HDR use), a boat moving through an image can cut the remaining available time drastically. A tug boat pushing a barge through the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Skyline scene takes a couple of minutes and the waves don't settle for a period of time after that. The East River Ferry is much faster, but it also makes significant waves. Boat traffic alone took a major chunk out of my Perfect 15 on this day.
Does the Tide Matter?
If your city's waterway is tidal-influenced and water-level subjects, especially in the foreground (such as pilings), are in your frame, make sure that your capture date is ideally timed with the tide. Use the tide charts available for your location to determine this.
The Weather Matters
If it were raining, snowing or foggy, I would not likely have been able to see the city I was photographing, so yes, the weather matters. Aside from being able to see the primary subjects, what the weather is providing becomes decreasingly important for cityscape photography at these times of the day. If you want the sunset to add a significant interest to the sky, there needs to be some clouds to catch color and an opening in the sky allowing the sun to illuminate those clouds. Since I wanted the city itself to be the primary interest in my image and because I wanted a high-percentage weather forecast, I chose a perfectly clear day for this trip. A clear sky provides a great blue color over the city and reflects in the water below it.
Seeing Stars and Aircraft
Cities are usually bright enough to overwhelm the visibility of most stars, but if you happen to be able to see the stars in your images, 30 seconds is probably going to give you some star trails. What to do with the handful of visible stars and their short trails is a matter of taste, but they appeared to be an anomaly in this image. There were not enough stars showing to make them appear as part of the scene, so I removed them.
Along with waterways, large cities usually have busy airports and air traffic very frequently becomes part of these images. The flashing lights from this aircraft generally create long dotted lines through a cityscape captured during 30 the seconds exposures typically in use during the Perfect 15. Again, the choice of what to do about these inevitable additions to the image is up to you. Fortunately, most of the aircraft are flying above the city and can be easily removed in Photoshop.
Replacing Light Bulbs
The waterways commonly found by large cities frequently have bridges over them. These bridges are often landmarks that you will want to incorporate into your images and these bridges commonly have many lights on them. The Brooklyn Bridge is one such bridge. After a severe winter, numerous light bulbs were in need of replacement. I'm sure that there had been very few maintenance crew members volunteering to scale the bridge under the severe temperatures (along with plenty of snow and ice) NYC had for many months prior, but I felt the missing lights negatively impacted the image and took the liberty of replacing the bulbs myself (in post of course).
Note that, while often the highest location in a city, bridges would seem to be great vantage points for cityscape photography during the Perfect 15. Unfortunately, for bridges with traffic on them, this is not the case. The amount of movement on most bridges with vehicular traffic is incredible (especially the large suspension bridges) and long exposure images captured from such bridges are typically very blurry.
This New York City Image
While reviewing the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens, I wanted to put some on-location hours behind this lens and decided that Brooklyn Bridge Park, just across the East River from downtown Manhattan, would be a good destination. I arrived early in the afternoon, spent an hour or so selecting what I thought was the ideal composition for capture during the Perfect 15 and then explored the area for other photographic opportunities.
About 45 minutes before sunset, I came back and anchored myself into the selected shooting location. I setup the camera, perfected the framing using a completely level camera (keeping the buildings vertically straight) and then established the proper focus distance setting. While I have yet to take a miss-autofocused image with this lens, I wanted no chance of that happening when the scene became dark. I used autofocus to get the initial setting, switched to manual focus mode and took a verification image.
While my selected image was captured 41 minutes after sunset, I captured images periodically before entering the Perfect 15. Some of these images are very nice and I'm glad to have them. More importantly, these images allowed me to monitor the exposure settings and how they were changing. There was no question about what settings I should be using when the ideal shooting time came.
While I did some bracketing and captured many exposures before, through and after the Perfect 15, everything came together in one image this time. The boat traffic stopped long enough for the waves to even out. The brightness in the sky leveled with the brightness of the city lights and the brightness of the reflection seems just right to me.
Aside from some of the tweaks I mentioned already (such as replacing burned out light bulbs), this image is basically right out of the camera. I shoot with the Neutral Picture Style selected in-camera to get a lower contrast histogram to best show the camera's available dynamic range and how I'm making use of it. Because this style's low contrast is not typically what I'm processing for, my usual first post processing step is to select Standard Picture Style. I added some saturation and turned the sharpness setting down to "1". Even with a very low "1" sharpness setting, all details in this image are tack sharp. Awesome lens.
Other "Perfect 15" Cityscapes
A few other recent cityscape images can be found here:
Pilings, Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC Skyline at Sunset
Capturing the Spirit of Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Manhattan Skyline and Hamilton Park
A majority of photographers and other observers pack it in when the sun dips below the horizon, but the show is just getting started at sunset. Stick around. If the sun is visible in the sky, unfortunately, the best AM photo time may be in the past. This is the time to make plans for tomorrow. Try shooting during the blue hour and learn what your "Perfect 15" is.
PETALUMA, Calif., March 16, 2015 — Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, today unveiled the next generation of its trusted, travel-centric camera and laptop backpacks: the Fastpack II series. These versatile packs are designed to provide the modern traveler with quick, easy access to their camera, laptop and other devices while maximizing storage space and device protection for travel.
“Our trusted Fastpack series is designed to give avid travelers easy access to their laptops and camera gear in addition to the growing number of other devices they want available on the road,” said Tim Grimmer, vice president of brand and product at Lowepro. “Photography and device enthusiasts trust Fastpack’s easy-access compartments and well-designed organization to fulfill all their needs from business trips to events, personal excursions, day trips or extended travel. The latest generation of the Fastpack series improves device protection and provides increased utility essential for modern travel.”
The Fastpack II series includes two new packs for the DSLR photographer: the Fastpack 150 AW II and the Fastpack 250 AW II. Each pack features a padded easy-access compartment for a DSLR camera with lens. New additions to this generation include an all-weather protective cover to keep gear safe no matter the weather or destination, and the ability to secure the pack to rolling trolleys for easy airport maneuvering. The Fastpack 150 AW II is designed to hold up to an 11-inch laptop in a dedicated, padded device zone, and one to two extra lenses or flashes in the camera zone; and the larger Fastpack 250 AW II can hold a 15-inch laptop, plus up to three additional lenses or flashes. Both packs come complete with a padded, removable waistbelt for extra comfort that can be stashed during travel.
Additional features of the Fastpack II series include a device zone with CradleFit tablet protection, an open zone for additional equipment and a tall stretch-mesh side pocket that can secure tripods. Each pack can safely hold smartphones, headphones, keys, accessories and a hard drive in addition to a camera, laptop and tablet.
Take a closer look at today's Google Doodle and you may notice that it pays tribute to early botanist photographer Anna Atkins (today is Ms. Atkin's 216th birthday). Some sources claim she is the first woman to ever create a photograph.
To learn more about Anna Atkins, simply click the Google Doodle on the Google Homepage.
Note: Depending on your specific region, the Google Doodle highlighting Anna Atkins may note be shown on the homepage. Click here for a link to the Doodle if your region does not display it automatically.
Question: What does Ben & Erin Chrisman, Chan Kit, Charles & Jennifer Maring, Dixie Dixon, Jaleel King, Jared Platt, JP Elario, Justin & Mary, Laurent Hini, Michelle Turner, Mike Allebach, Moshe Zusman, Ryan Brenizer, Sal Cincotta, Simeon Quarrie, Tamara Lackey, Tom Muñoz and Vanessa Joy have in common?
Answer: They have all tried the new Profoto Off-Camera Flash system. And they all shot a video while doing so.
On to Light Shaping Series
I have updated the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review with the following:
I'm loving this lens. I spent a cold Thursday in New York City with the 11-24, arriving home at 3:00 AM. I had a blast – and had to force myself to occasionally turn the zoom ring beyond 11mm.
From Think Tank Photo:
Sometimes all you need is just enough storage to hold one back-up battery and a CF or SD card. In April, we will release the CF/SD + Battery Wallet, a lightweight, secure, and convenient wallet for carrying a spare memory card and battery. No more fumbling for essentials, it’s all here in this compact package. Its organization makes this a must-have for anyone seeking small accessory management.
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has 420D diamond rip–stop nylon, 420D high–density nylon, nylon binding, and 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
From the Canon Professional Network:
"Canon Explorer David Noton was the first landscape photographer in the world to get the opportunity to work with the 50.6 Megapixel EOS 5DS DSLR and he promptly jumped on a plane to South Africa to photograph the stunning western Cape region and discover exactly what the camera was capable of. In an exclusive CPN interview and film he reveals his first impressions of working with a camera that combines easy portability and intuitive handling with high-resolution image quality never before seen in a DSLR..."Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Flashpoint’s Ring Li-on is a lithium-powered, self-contained ring flash system designed for on- and off-camera photography
New York, NY – March 12, 2015 – Flashpoint, a leading manufacturer of professional photography and video equipment, is now selling the Ring Li-on ring flash, the newest addition to its Flashpoint lithium ion family of on- and off-camera strobes. The Flashpoint Ring Li-on is a 400ws lithium powered, self-contained ring flash system optimized to meet the ever-innovative professional photographer’s vision.
As photography expert Gavin Hoey suggests in his tutorial video on the Adorama Learning Center, photographers can take advantage of numerous unique benefits when using a ring flash, and the Ring Li-on is a groundbreaking spin on the typical model. It produces even illumination and shadow-free light – a necessity for nature and field shooters in macro and close-up situations. Its shape also provides a creative bonus for fashion or portrait shooters who want to add circular catch lights in their subjects’ eyes. A compact, cordless flash system, the Ring Li-on can easily be used with any DSLR or medium format camera equipped with lenses up to 3.5 inches in diameter.
With a crystal clear LCD panel on the rear of the flash, photographers can easily view a number of settings on the Flashpoint Ring Li-on, such as indicators for battery level, LED model/video lamp power, audio confirmations and mode selection (manual, intelligent and standard optical slave, and stroboscopic). Photographers can also view power levels on the large panel, which are adjustable in third stop increments from full (400ws) to 1/128th power (3ws). The Ring Li-on’s sleek body also includes built-in overheat protection guards against setting the repetitive flashes too high, safeguarding against damage to the advanced flash head during shooting. An included diffuser provides even softer effects, and the remote power control Flashpoint Commander allows users to wirelessly change their flash power output on the fly from 150+ feet away for off-camera work.
Thanks to its generous internal interchangeable 11.1-volt lithium ion battery, this model from Flashpoint can deliver approximately 450 full power flashes per charge with a recycle range of .05 to 2.8 seconds. An excellent light source for fashion sequences and specialty lighting requiring edge-to-edge illumination, the Ring Li-on is a spectacular option with a solid guide number of 82 (ft. @ ISO 100) – rare power for portable ring flashes.
In addition to its easy on-camera setup, the Flashpoint Ring Li-on can be mounted to a tripod for simple and sturdy hands-free studio setups. An extremely versatile solution, photographers can use the easily affixed umbrella bracket to add an umbrella for even more lighting options. Plus, the included ¼ x 20” screw mount allows users to add a handle grip for balance when on the move. The Flashpoint Ring Li-On also offers constant LED lighting with three levels of output settings for modeling use or as a constant source for video light at a maximum 440 lux (0.5m). A smart flash, the LED lamps even feature auto shut-off to prevent excessive battery drain.
The rugged, streamlined Flashpoint Ring Li-on lights beautifully in any situation, be it macro detailing, fashion shooting, portrait placement or traditional softbox/umbrella applications, and with its on- and off-camera capabilities, it can be transported anywhere and everywhere for consistent, gorgeous lighting assistance.
Pricing and Availability
The Ring Li-on Ring Flash is now available for just $499.95 USD, exclusively from Adorama.
From the Creative Cloud YouTube Channel:
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop, CreativeLive asked 8 Photoshop experts to try their hand at Photoshop 1.0.
Big thanks to Dave Cross, Jared Platt, Ben Willmore, Chris Orwig, Julieanne Kost, Aaron Nace, Tim Grey, Matt Kloskowski, Jason Hoppe! And thank-you Adobe for 25 years of unleashing creativity!
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).