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 Friday, July 27, 2018
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Laura Tillinghast
 
Photography is all about light, but understanding how to approach lighting for portraits can be intimidating. While there is a lot to learn, these lighting concepts are very easy to grasp once you start putting them into practice. The aim of this article is help you choose where you want to get started with natural light portraits.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 7/27/2018 12:41:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 7/27/2018 8:29:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube channel:
 
How to be a wedding photographer is one thing, but how to attract high end, luxury weddings is another. There’s a reason top brides and grooms choose certain wedding vendors and it’s really no secret! Watch this video to find out how to get high end wedding clients in your door and especially how to keep them happy (and sending all of their friends too)!
Post Date: 7/27/2018 8:04:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from Lightroom team members Michelle Wei & Josh Haftel.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/27/2018 7:25:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 7/27/2018 6:27:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 26, 2018

 
This image of Alfred Hitchcock taken in 1973 was a turning point in his Albert Watson’s career. In fact, Albert believes “It is the most important shot I ever did because it was a confidence builder.” Read the story here.
 
Profoto Equipment Retailers: B&H | Adorama | Wex Photo Video
Post Date: 7/26/2018 7:22:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In Ep125, David Bergman shows you why sometimes it's better to turn off the motor drive and shoot single frames to capture peak sports action.
Post Date: 7/26/2018 6:20:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon has released its financial results for 2Q 2018. You can download the results, presentation material and speech summary here. Also available for download is a Notice Regarding Retained Earnings Dividend.
 
From the looks of it, camera sales have slipped considerably compared to this quarter last year leading to a lower operating profit (displayed below), but Canon projects only a 4.4% decrease in sales growth over the entire year.
 
Canon 2Q 2018 Financial Statement Screenshot

Related Article
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/26/2018 6:06:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 25, 2018
The Canon USA Store has the Refurbished Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens in stock with free shipping. (thanks Will)
 
Refurbished items from the Canon Store come with a retail matching 1-year warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/25/2018 9:38:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 24, 2018
From Manfrotto:
 
Manfrotto unveils the new Noreg Bags Collection, a totally brand new stylish and functional carrying solution, designed for traveling photographers who use premium mirrorless cameras and enjoy drone photography.
 
  • Noreg Camera Backpack-30
  • Noreg Camera Messenger-30
In addition, Manfrotto releases two new models of its Manhattan Bags Collection, designed for today’s busy city dwellers and commuters with a passion for street photography, for completing its compelling offer of lifestyle photographic bags.
 
Calling all travelers! The Noreg Collection is designed for people who combine a special passion for photography with the love for travel. Cool colors and design, combined with minimalist shapes and premium textures around a core feature that references the essence of Scandinavian design: modularity.
 
  • 3-in-1 modular bags with two detachable components that can be used separately: a shoulder bag and a laptop sleeve.
  • Designed for passionate travel photographers who want to escape the ordinary.
  • Highly distinguished new personal style through the camouflage texture and the cross-positioned straps.
Manfrotto Manhattan carrying solutions are versatile city bags designed to be highly functional. Manfrotto Manhattan bags transform from photography to media carrier, comfortably holding all the equipment you need around the city.
 
New models include:
 
  • Manhattan Camera Backpack Mover-30
  • Manhattan Camera Messenger Speedy-30
B&H carries the Manfrotto Noreg Bags and the Manfrotto Manhattan Bags.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 7/24/2018 8:13:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 23, 2018

 
The Profoto YouTube channel has added several A1-themed tips videos lately. See below for a list of newly added videos.
 
Profoto A1 Tips Video Series
 
You can purchase the Profoto A1 flash at the following retailers: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 7/23/2018 2:04:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Watching a lunar eclipse is an incredible experience and photographing it is even more exciting. Capturing the moon as it transitions into a beautiful and colorful moon is thrilling. When I was photographing a lunar eclipse, I watched the full moon as it slowly darkened, turning a stunning deep orange color. The eerie experience moved me as I observed it transition from a bright full moon into a full lunar eclipse. I will share with you information on lunar eclipses and what I learned while photographing them.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 7/23/2018 10:03:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 20, 2018

 
Yesterday, Adobe released 7 new videos where photographer Pei Ketron outlines how she uses specific features of Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC to enhance her travel photos.
 
The videos are very short (most are less than 90 seconds), but you get to see the entire editing process of one of Ketron's travel images.
 
Travel Photography Tips by Pei Ketron
 
Post Date: 7/20/2018 7:46:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 19, 2018

 
From the Adroama YouTube Channel:
 
Sometimes you get lucky with the light on a location portrait shoot and it's perfect for the look you're after. But as photographer Gavin Hoey sees it, if you're adding light to your scene you need make sure what you add looks better then what was already there.
 
In this video Gavin goes on location to shoot a vintage portrait in a field of long grass. After assessing the quality of the ambient light he uses off camera flash to make the recorded light a lot more dramatic.
 
Adorama carries the Flashpoint XPLOR AD600.
Post Date: 7/19/2018 1:57:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
This is a fun lens. Very unique. What should it be compared to? I'll start you with this one:
 
Sigma 105mm vs. 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens comparison
 
The Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in short supply. Order quickly to find one in stock (or preorder) at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX. Note that the Sony mount version is due later this year.
 
Rent the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 7/19/2018 8:07:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 18, 2018
B&H has a few of the new mid-2018 Apple MacBooks in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Silver)
 
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 Six-Core
  • 16GB of 2400 MHz RAM | 512GB SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display


Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Silver)
 
  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Six-Core
  • 16GB of 2400 MHz RAM | 256GB SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display


Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro (Mid 2018, Silver | Gray)
 
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
  • 8GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB SSD
  • 13.3" 2560 x 1600 Retina Display


Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2018, Silver)
 
  • 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 Six-Core
  • 16GB of 2400 MHz RAM | 256GB SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
Post Date: 7/18/2018 1:58:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the CanonUSA YouTube Channel:
 
Go behind the scenes with Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford as he photographs a fine-art project with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dance company. As a lifelong adventure photographer and filmmaker, Tyler had almost never set foot in a photo studio. But then, inspiration came in an unlikely way...
 
See a collection of the final images here.
 
Relevant Reviews
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/18/2018 11:45:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 17, 2018

 
Watch as Zhang Yi Cheng provides a good explanation of how phase detect AF systems work.
Post Date: 7/17/2018 6:24:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 16, 2018
From Gitzo:
 
The special edition Traveler a Tripod and the brand new L-Bracket a
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – July 16, 2018 – In the wake of the collaboration between Vitec Group and Sony, Gitzo presents two best in class products developed specifically for Sony a7 and a9 cameras: the Traveler a tripod and L-Bracket a, addressing professional photographers and premium camera users. Both new products feature a tailored design to perfectly fit Sony a7 and a9 camera models, helping to increase grip and stability for precise framing and extraordinary composition.
 
With a dedicated Sony a plate, the Traveler a brings Gitzo’s premium travel tripod to demanding photographers using Sony a cameras. The new black and silver finishing and new design match the modern aesthetic of Sony a cameras. The Traveler a is a compact, lightweight travel tripod in Gitzo’s distinctive high-quality design and materials. It weighs 3.15lbs/1.43kg, extends to 64.96in/165cm high and safely holds up to 22lbs/10kg of gear. The 180° leg-folding system, pioneered by Gitzo, allow the Traveler a’s legs to reverse-fold around its center column and head, folding down to 16.93in/43cm. The legs are made of Carbon eXact tubing for superior strength and stiffness in a slimmer size and feature the Traveler G-lock, a travel-size version of Gitzo’s G-lock, designed to ensure security and reduce size and weight. The specially designed compact rubber feet ensure perfect stability. The Traveler a features Gitzo’s most compact professional carbon fiber tripod head. This perfectly balanced, versatile head is engineered to provide the ultimate smoothness and precision of movement and secure locking with independent pan/tilt lock. The special edition Traveler a tripod features an ergonomic strap made of genuine Italian leather crafted to resemble carbon fiber.
 
Gitzo also introduces a pioneering L-bracket developed to enable effortless orientation of the a7R III & a9 from Sony.
 
Gitzo L Bracket for Sony a7R III and a9 Cameras

At 2.7oz/77g, Gitzo’s L-Bracket a is the lightest of its kind on the market. It is made of a single solid aluminum piece, machined to become one with the most high-level professional mirrorless cameras on the market. The unique design offers four main attachment points for the camera strap connection, ensuring a secure coupling. The L-bracket a's upper side is designed to provide full and easy access to camera cabling, either for video shooting or indoor tethering. It also features dedicated housing for its hex key accessories. The Gitzo L-Bracket a makes switching from landscape to portrait orientation extremely easy, keeping the camera perfectly balanced.
 
The Gitzo Traveler a is $999.99 and will be available at authorized Gitzo dealers the week of July 16, 2018 while the Gitzo L-Bracket a is $199.99 and available now at authorized Gitzo dealers.
 
B&H has the Gitzo L-Bracket a in stock and the Gitzo Traveler a Tripod available for preorder.
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 7/16/2018 9:49:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 13, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Ever wonder why clients don’t read emails? You could wish that clients would read your emails, or you could just better your methods of communication. If you’re a wondering how to set up a wedding photography business, communication is the number one. Actually, communication is key in how to set up up a photography business of any kind… or any business of any kind! If you want to speak so that your customers can hear you, this is for you!
 
Click here for the FREE eBook 9 Secret Ways to Brand Your Business.
Post Date: 7/13/2018 9:20:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Discover how to combine bracketed exposures into a High Dynamic Range image that has all of the editing flexibility of a raw file.
 
*The product featured in this video is Lightroom Classic CC, previously known as Lightroom CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/13/2018 8:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware update makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E compatible with the latest firmware of existing SIGMA interchangeable lenses. For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro? by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable. Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefits of the Update
 
  • It has become compatible with the following SIGMA interchangeable lenses for Canon that have the latest firmware Ver.2.00*.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon with firmware Ver.1.01.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon with firmware Ver.2.02.
* SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art?SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art?SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art?SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art?SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art
 
Download: SIGMA Optimization Pro
Post Date: 7/13/2018 6:59:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
This firmware allows compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function to enable correction matching the optical characteristics of each lens. It also corrects the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when the function is enabled. This firmware also corrects the phenomenon whereby the continuous shooting speed decreases in certain combinations with some cameras when used with the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon, and the phenomenon whereby the AF speed occasionally becomes unstable when used with the 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and Ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
Applicable Products
 
  • SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for CANON
  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for CANON
  • SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art for CANON
  • SIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art for CANON
Benefits of the Update
 
  • It has ensured compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens.*
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.
* Compatible Canon camera models:EOS-1DX mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 5D mark IV, EOS 6D mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D(EOS Rebel T6s, EOS 760D), EOS 9000D(EOS 77D) , EOS Kiss x8i(EOS Rebel T6i, EOS 750D), EOS Kiss x9i(EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 800D), EOS Kiss x9(EOS Rebel SL2, EOS 200D)
 


Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON
Benefits of the Update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby the continuous shooting speed decreases in certain combinations with some cameras.


Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary CANON
Benefit of the Update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby the AF speed occasionally becomes unstable.
Download: SIGMA Optimization Pro
 
Sigma USB DockB&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/13/2018 6:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Apple:
 
Now Featuring Up to 6-Core Processors and 32GB of Memory, True Tone Display and the Apple T2 Chip
 
Cupertino, California — Apple today updated MacBook Pro with faster performance and new pro features, making it the most advanced Mac notebook ever. The new MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar feature 8th-generation Intel Core processors, with 6-core on the 15-inch model for up to 70 percent faster performance and quad-core on the 13-inch model for up to two times faster performance — ideal for manipulating large data sets, performing complex simulations, creating multi-track audio projects or doing advanced image processing or film editing.
 
Already the most popular notebook for developers around the world, the new MacBook Pro can compile code faster and run multiple virtual machines and test environments easier than before. Additional updates include support for up to 32GB of memory, a True Tone display and an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing. And with its powerful Radeon Pro graphics, large Force Touch trackpad, revolutionary Touch Bar and Touch ID, dynamic stereo speakers, quiet Apple-designed cooling system and Thunderbolt 3 for data transfer, charging and connecting up to two 5K displays or four external GPUs, it’s the ultimate pro notebook.
 
“The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with 8th-generation 6-core processors, up to 32GB of system memory, up to 4TB of super fast SSD storage, new True Tone technology in its Retina display and Touch Bar, the Apple T2 chip for enhanced security and a third-generation quieter keyboard packed into its thin and light aluminum design with all-day battery life, it’s the best notebook for pro users.”
 
Faster, More Powerful Pro Notebook Computing
 
The new MacBook Pro is now faster and more powerful, with 8th-generation 6-core Intel Core processors on the 15-inch MacBook Pro for up to 70 percent faster performance and 8th-generation quad-core Intel Core processors on the 13-inch model for performance that’s up to twice as fast.1 With the option to add up to 32GB of memory on the 15-inch MacBook Pro, users can run more apps simultaneously or load larger files into memory. And with up to a 2TB SSD on the 13-inch model and up to a 4TB SSD on the 15-inch, MacBook Pro gives customers the flexibility to work with large asset libraries and projects wherever they go.
 
Retina Display with True Tone Delivers Ultimate Viewing Experience
 
With 500 nits of brightness and support for the P3 wide color gamut, the Retina display on MacBook Pro is the best Mac notebook display ever. Now with True Tone technology, the display and Touch Bar deliver a more natural viewing experience for design and editing workflows, as well as everyday tasks like browsing the web and writing email.
 
Apple T2 Chip Delivers Enhanced Security and “Hey Siri” on Mac
 
Also new to MacBook Pro is the Apple T2 chip, first introduced in iMac Pro. With the Apple T2 chip, MacBook Pro now delivers enhanced system security with support for secure boot and on-the-fly encrypted storage, and also brings “Hey Siri” to the Mac for the first time.
 
15-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights
  • 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory
  • Powerful Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory in every configuration
  • Up to 4TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
13-Inch MacBook Pro Highlights
  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM
  • Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM
  • Up to 2TB of SSD storage2
  • True Tone display technology
  • Apple T2 Chip
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
New Leather Sleeves for MacBook Pro
 
First introduced with MacBook, Apple leather sleeves are now available for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro in Saddle Brown, Midnight Blue and, for the first time, Black. Designed with high-quality leather and a soft microfiber lining for extra protection, the sleeves are a perfect complement to MacBook Pro for users on the go.
 
macOS Mojave Coming This Fall
 
This fall, MacBook Pro can be updated with macOS Mojave, the latest version of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, with new features inspired by pros but designed for everyone. In macOS Mojave, a new Dark Mode transforms the desktop with a dramatic new look that puts the focus on user content. The new Stacks feature organizes messy desktops by automatically stacking files into neat groups. Familiar iOS apps, including News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home, are now available on the Mac for the first time. FaceTime now adds support for group calling, and the Mac App Store gets a full redesign featuring rich editorial content and the addition of apps from top developers, including Microsoft and Adobe.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
Starting at $1,799 and $2,399 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are available today through select Apple retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers later this week.
 
B&H has the new MacBook Pros available for preorder.
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 7/13/2018 6:33:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 12, 2018
Just posted: Really Right Stuff PC-LR Round Panning Clamp Review.
 
Do you wish you would have opted for a panning clamp version of your tripod head? Or, do you only occasionally need a panning clamp? Those are just two reasons why this product might appeal to you.
 
The Really Right Stuff PC-LR Round Panning Clamp is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 7/12/2018 8:19:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 11, 2018
From Skylum:
 
The 1.3.0 update includes numerous features enhancements and bug fixes for the Windows and Mac versions.
 
Mac New & Improved Features:
 
  • IMPROVED Raw Develop. The Raw Develop filter has improved handling of the Lens and Transform effects. Effects are not shown on the left side (Before) when using the Compare option. The effects are also not blended with original when using the Filters Amount slider.
  • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate. As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.
  • IMPROVED Batch Processing. You can now export to several file formats including new options for PDF and JPEG-2000.
  • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter. Just hover your mouse over a LUT and it updates in real-time.
  • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers eight Improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
  • IMPROVED Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file with the “Windows Compatible” option. Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop and Develop filters.
  • NEW Plugin Support. The following third-party plugins can now be used via the Plugins menu: Imagenomic Noiseware 5, Imagenomic Portraiture 3, Imagenomic Realgrain 2, and DxO FilmPack 5.
  • IMPROVED Filter Controls. To save you time, all filter checkboxes can be enabled or disabled by clicking on the control name or the checkbox. Additionally, be sure to try scrubbable number sliders. Just mouse over the value for a filter and then click and drag left or right to move the slider.
  • IMPROVED JPEG Controls. Take precise control over JPEG and JPEG-2000 compression. You can see a numeric value for the Quality slider. You can also click on the number and enter a precise value.
Windows New & Improved Features:
 
  • NEW Faster opening of RAW-files. You can now open raw files much faster thanks to improvements in our RAW engine.
  • NEW White Balance Tool. A new White Balance functionality and eyedropper tool have been added to the Raw Develop, Develop, and Color Temperature filters.
  • NEW Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file. Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop, Develop and Color Temperature filters.
  • NEW Layer Renaming. For all new layers, you add to a document (except for the original image) you can choose to assign a custom name. Just double-click on a layer’s name to edit it. This is a great way to organize adjustment and image overlay layers in your project.
  • IMPROVED Filter Performance. You can now add or subtract filters more quickly to an image.
  • IMPROVED Blending Modes. When you choose a blending mode for an Adjustment or Image Layer, the experience is even easier. Just hover your mouse over a blending mode and it updates in real-time. This is an easy way to simply mouse-over the list to find the perfect blending mode.
  • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter.
  • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers seven improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.
  • NEW Canvas Color. You can now set the Canvas background color to White. Choose View > Background > White to set the working Canvas to White or choose from other shades of gray or black.
  • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate. As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.
  • NEW DNG Camera Profiles (DCP). Are you looking for truly professional control over your raw files? Then give DNG Camera Profiles a try. Luminar recognizes the industry standard DCP files that you may already have on your computer (or have bought from third parties).
  • IMPROVED Batch Processing. Windows users gain the useful Batch Processing improvements. These include the ability to “Replace or Skip Files” when saving the file with the same name when Batch Processing. Additional options include the ability to create JPEG and TIFF files as well as improved reliability when renaming and numbering files on export.
Note: Use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to save $10.00 on your Skylum Luminar purchase.
 
Download: Skylum Luminar v.1.3.0
Post Date: 7/11/2018 11:38:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Really Right Stuff FG-02 Fluid-Gimbal Head Review.
 
After reviewing the Really Right Stuff PG-02 Pano-Gimbal Head, I couldn't resist trying the fluid version of that head. That was a good decision.
 
The Really Right Stuff FG-02 Fluid-Gimbal Head is available for order at B&H.
Post Date: 7/11/2018 8:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Our eyes are typically drawn to the areas of an image containing the strongest contrast. The head and antlers of a whitetail buck are typically this animal's most interesting features and placing those against a nearly blown-out sky utilizes the contrast principle, making them especially eye-catching.
 
Being in the right place at the right time is always a key for wildlife photography, but in this situation, a key to getting the desired framing was to adjust the camera height. Lowering the camera position until the foreground grasses were just below the buck's head and neck provided an angle that positioned the buck's head against the sky and void of distracting lines intersecting the animal. A lower camera position also makes it easier to get the catchlight sparkle in the eyes. Working from a monopod makes that elevation adjustment able to happen very fast.
 
The strong background blur created by the 600mm f/4 lens of course further emphasizes this subject. The blur this lens creates is addicting.
 
Are you joining me to photograph whitetail buck in rut in November? There are still spots open for this tour/workshop. Bring a friend, make new photography-enthusiast friends there!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 7/11/2018 8:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Cactus:
 
The last remaining X-TTL firmware version for Canon is NOW available!
 
Hong Kong, June 1, 2018 – Besides retaining the revolutionary cross-brand abilities of remote power control and wireless HSS of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sigma flashes simultaneously, the new system-specific X-TTL firmware for Canon adds TTL on-camera and wireless TTL in off-camera setup for Canon flashes.
 
Wireless E-TTL
 
The Canon system is unique where only Canon system flashes, Cactus RF60 and RF60X flash can be triggered by a Canon camera for wireless TTL.
 
Features at a glance
 
  • Cross-brand wireless wireless wireless manual power and zoom manual power and zoom manual power and zoom control control control with HSS/FP with HSS/FP with HSS/FP support support support of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sigma flashes;1
  • Wireless E-TTL of Canon and Cactus wireless flashes; 2
  • Two Exposure Locks offer consistency with the conve Two Exposure Locks nience of wireless TTL;
  • Worksseamlessly with Cactus RF60X and RF60 seamlessly with Cactus RF60X and RF60 seamlessly with Cactus RF60X and RF60 to support remote HSS, TTL, as well as power and zoom control.
New Protocol and Upcoming Firmware Releases
 
Since the release of Pentax X-TTL firmware, a new wireless protocol has been adopted.3 To work seamlessly with a Cactus RF60 and RF60X, be sure to also update to the latest firmware.
 
This Canon version is the last leg of X-TTL firmware on the Cactus V6 II. Together with recent released X-TTL firmware for Fujifilm, Sigma and Sony, now are X-TTL firmware versions are running on the new wireless protocol. Next on the list for update is the original V6 (current firmware 2.1.001) and Multi-brand HSS firmware on the V6 II (current firmware 1.1.013) where they will be made to operate on the new protocol in the near future.
 
To download the latest firmware versions for each of the Cactus devices, get the latest Cactus Firmware Updater and you will be able to select the latest firmware versions.
 
Price and Availability
 
System-specific X-TTL firmware versions are FREE of charge. Download the Cactus Firmware Updater and select the corresponding system firmware to install the Canon X-TTL firmware on the Cactus V6 II.
 
Cactus V6 II Transceiver RetailersB&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
1 With the exception of Pentax system flashes due to special timing requirements so it must be paired with a Pentax camera in order to support HSS.
2 Applies to both on and off-camera setups.
3 To understand more about the new protocol and how to update your firmware, please visit X-TTL microsite at https://www.cactus-image.com/special/X-TTL/.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2018 7:56:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.0.4 incorporates the following fixes:
 
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which in rare instances, the operation buttons and some touch panel functions do not respond.
Download: Canon EOS 6D Mark II Firmware v.1.0.4
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2018 7:20:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
See how easy it is to improve the look of your photos with automatic bounce flash. Join photographer Vanessa Joy as she walks you through the features of Canon's Speedlite 470EX-AI at a lively kids' birthday party.
 
Order your Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photo
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/11/2018 7:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Just posted: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
This is a great little lens. While image sharpness was not improved significantly in this lens upgrade, other aspects have been significantly improved.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/10/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 9, 2018

 
by Sean Setters
 
When you hear the phrase "105mm f/1.4 lens," what kinds of image characteristics or shooting circumstances immediately come to mind? For me, it's a wonderful subject/background separation via soft, creamy bokeh and a compression that helps create a pleasing head shot. It's low light shooting, where the wide f/1.4 aperture allows for capturing imagery in situations where an f/2.8 just won't do. But in its latest promo video, Sigma decided not to feature any of the traits that make its 105mm Art lens so desirable. Instead, they had photographer Sascha Hüttenhain shoot full-bodied images dancers, in his studio, in front of a white backdrop.
 
Why?
 
This has got to be one of the worst marketing videos I've ever seen. It doesn't highlight the product's strengths, at least through its concept or imagery.
 
While the narrorator indeed mentions that the lens is "...ideally suited for low-light situations, or to seperating subject and background," the video doesn't highlight either of these uses. First of all, the entire shoot takes place in a studio that's lit with high-power strobes and/or fresnel lights. If you're in a studio using strobes, guess what? You don't need an f/1.4 aperture. And second, the blank white background used makes it impossible to discern any subject-to-background separation created by the lens. But even if the background wasn't blank, the loosely framed full body portraits wouldn't really show off the lens' background separation capabilities unless the background was miles away. Throughout the video, there's only one image out of five (found at the 1:40 mark) that even hints at the lens' wide aperture results.
 
In otherwords, the photographer could have used any lens featuring a 105mm focal length for the featured shoot. Do you already own a 70-200mm telephoto zoom? How about a 24-105mm general purpose zoom? Good! You already have what you need for shooting dancers in a studio using a blank white wall.
 
Sigma, if you're going to make me want this lens, you're going to have to showcase what makes the lens special. Show me what the results look like at f/1.4 where you're blurring a not-so-photogenic background into oblivion. Show me how I can capture a dancing couple in very low light with string lights draped in the background. But please, Sigma, don't show me an official marketing video that makes the unique features of your product seem completely irrelevant.
 
If you have more imagination than Sigma and know how to make the 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens shine, you can preorder the lens at the following retailers:
B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex Photo Video
Post Date: 7/9/2018 8:35:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 6, 2018
Image quality test results from a second Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens are now available.
 
The difference between the two lenses is only slight.
 
Here is a difference that you are not going to struggle to see. That's an impressive improvement.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/6/2018 11:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
 
Make hair more glamorous by adding shine and dimension in Photoshop! Learn how to add highlights to hair using the basic concepts of Masking, Curves, and Blend-If.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/6/2018 7:20:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Learn tips for working with Layer Groups in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/6/2018 7:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 5, 2018
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review page.
 
The first comparison you want to see is the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens vs. the previous Canon f/4L IS Lens. The version I lens has superb image quality and the II appears similar in its capability.
 
Here are two more suggested comparisons:
 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens vs. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II Lens vs. Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2018 7:59:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 4, 2018
For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks. With so many fireworks displays occurring this evening (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.
 
Fireworks Photography Tips
 
Post Date: 7/4/2018 8:17:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Science'n'me YouTube Channel:
 
Have you ever wondered how Canon rebel cameras (600D+) wirelessly trigger speedlights with just its flash? In this video, the pre-flash signal is analysed, decoded, and finally emulated using a microcontroller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/4/2018 6:46:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 3, 2018
From 3 Legged Thing:
 
Complementing their highly-acclaimed range of tripods and accessories, and inspired by the Bletchley Codebreakers and 90s industrial metal (there’s a sentence you never thought you’d read), 3 Legged Thing has announced the release of Alan, a rugged carbon fibre professional monopod; Trent, an ultra-tall Punks monopod; and Docz; a foot stabiliser that works with both monopods, and which is also available separately.
 
“It’s been five years since we last had a monopod in the range, and it was really important that we made sure that anything we develop is relevant in the current market place,” commented Danny Lenihan, Founder and CEO of 3 Legged Thing. “With these two monopods, kitted with our Docz foot stabiliser, we have straddled the divide between photo and video, without compromise, and at a price point that makes them hugely competitive.”
The perfect blend of size, weight and capability, Alan is built for versatility and resilience. Ideal for action and sports photography and to add stability when creating video footage, Alan has a stored height of 45 cm / 17.5 ”, and is compact enough for transportation in hand luggage. Alan extends to a maximum height of 1.49 m / 58.7 ”.
 
Formed from 8 layers of 100% pure carbon fibre and aircraft grade alloys, ensuring he is both light and incredibly strong, Alan can support a maximum load of 60 kg / 132 lb – almost 100x his own weight!
 
Both ends of the monopod feature dual 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 threads allowing Alan to connect to a variety of accessories, and to be used as a camera or microphone boom. The patented Tri- Mount plate has three hollowed spurs for the attachment of accessories, and the unique Big Grip provides maximum grip for security and has deep channels designed to disperse moisture.
 
Punks monopod Trent’s full extended height is over 2 m (80”) making him one of the tallest monopods in the world today. Formed from aircraft-grade magnesium alloy, Trent is both strong vertically, and is capable of lateral loads making him ideal for use as a camera or microphone boom. Trent’s maximum load capability is 30 kg / 66 lb, giving him an impressive load-to-weight ratio of 50:1.
 
Trent features 3 Legged Thing’s unique Bubble Grip technology on the leg locks and column grip. This offers users improved leverage, and maximum grip in inclement weather conditions. Like Alan, Trent also has dual 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 threads at either end allowing for use with a variety of accessories.
 
Both Alan and Trent have a detachable rubber Boot at the bottom, which can be replaced with any of 3 Legged Thing’s footwear – Heelz, Stilettoz, and Clawz – or can be used with the new foot stabiliser Docz.
 
Docz is a rugged foot stabiliser with a 30 cm /12 “ base, designed specifically to add stability to monopods. With an alloy base construction, a rugged ABS top cover and rubber boot adjuster, Docz adds a stable, solid base for monopods with no flexing. The rubber adjuster controls the friction and tension settings on Docz’ ball mount, enabling an ultra-smooth motion for action and sports photography. The ball mount has a 3/8”-16 thread, and can also be locked upright for extra stability. Trent features 3 Legged Thing’s unique Bubble Grip technology on the leg locks and column grip. This offers users improved leverage, and maximum grip in inclement weather conditions. Like Alan, Trent also has dual 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 threads at either end allowing for use with a variety of accessories.
 
Both Alan and Trent have a detachable rubber Boot at the bottom, which can be replaced with any of 3 Legged Thing’s footwear – Heelz, Stilettoz, and Clawz – or can be used with the new foot stabiliser Docz.
 
Docz is a rugged foot stabiliser with a 30 cm /12 “ base, designed specifically to add stability to monopods. With an alloy base construction, a rugged ABS top cover and rubber boot adjuster, Docz adds a stable, solid base for monopods with no flexing. The rubber adjuster controls the friction and tension settings on Docz’ ball mount, enabling an ultra-smooth motion for action and sports photography. The ball mount has a 3/8”-16 thread, and can also be locked upright for extra stability. Docz legs can be folded upwards, creating a more compact footprint for transportation.
 
Alan, Trent and Docz will each be available separately, as well as in kits with the following suggested retail pricing:
 
  • Alan – £129.99 / $149.99
  • Alan Kit (Alan + Docz) – £169.99 / $199.99
  • Trent – £69.99 / $79.99
  • Trent Kit (Trent + Docz) – £109.99 / $129.99
  • Docz – £49.99 / $59.99
All products are available to pre-order via retailers worldwide, and will ship in time for the official release date of 1st August 2018.
 
Preorder
 
3 Legged Thing Alan - B&H | Adorama
 
3 Legged Thing Alan Kit - B&H | Adorama
 
3 Legged Thing Trent - B&H | Adorama
 
3 Legged Thing Trent Kit - B&H | Adorama
 
3 Legged Thing Docz - B&HAdorama
Post Date: 7/3/2018 9:23:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, YouTube channel Mango Street demonstrates a few fun in-camera video transitions you can use to enhance your story.
Post Date: 7/3/2018 6:15:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 2, 2018

 
David Bergman shows you how to get a wide-angle image with shallow depth of field using a multi-shot technique called the Brenzier Method.
Post Date: 7/2/2018 12:55:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Corpus Christi Camera, Kenmore Camera and Pro Photo Supply will host hands-on workshops covering travel, night sky, moving water and macro photography led by photo experts Brett Wells and Aaron Norberg
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – July 2, 2018 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its Sigma Lens Workshops lineup for July. Workshops will be led by Sigma’s Brett Wells and Aaron Norberg, and will focus on various photography genres including astrophotography, how to shoot moving water, travel and macro photography.
 
Sigma Lens Workshops July Lineup
 
Workshops at Corpus Christi Camera Fest
Sigma’s Brett Wells will lead two workshops on how to shoot starry skies and moving water at Corpus Christi Camera & Video on July 2-3, 2018 in Corpus Christi, TX.
 
  • Shoot for the Stars: Intro to Night Sky Photography – Monday, July 2nd 7:30-10pm
  • Moving Water Photography – Tuesday, July 3rd 5-7pm
@ Corpus Christi Camera – 1220 Airline Road #135, Corpus Christi, TX 78412
FREE – Register Here
 
The first day of the Corpus Christi workshop will cover the basics of astrophotography, including how to choose the best lenses and camera settings to get started in astrophotography. Sigma expert photographer Brett Wells will cover the fundamentals of photographing the night sky as well as the natural landscape at night to help you achieve dramatic results. After the lecture, attendees will go on a field trip to shoot the night sky. The second day of the workshop will focus on how to photograph moving water, freezing or blurring the motion, while capturing the environment around. This workshop will provide a unique take on motion photography and will also be followed by an optional field trip.
 
Workshops at Kenmore Camera
Sigma’s Aaron Norberg will lead a two-part travel & macro photography workshop at Kenmore Camera on July 12, 2018 in Kenmore, WA.
 
  • Travel & Macro Photography Workshop – Saturday, July 14th 8:30am-3:30pm
@ Kenmore Camera – 6708 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028
$25 – Register Here
 
Join Aaron Norbeg in his two-part workshop covering travel & macro photography. The day will begin with Aaron’s instruction on how to utilize depth of field and shutter speed to create interesting and engaging imagery while abroad or near home. During the second part, Aaron will focus on shooting small objects. He’ll cover tips and techniques for capturing great macro images. Following the morning instruction, Aaron will take participants into the field to get hands-on experience with Sigma lenses.
 
Workshop at Pro Photo Supply
Sigma’s Aaron Norberg will lead a workshop teaching the basics of travel photography at Pro Photo Supply Event Center on July 21, 2018 in Portland, OR.
 
  • The Basics of Travel Photography Workshop – Saturday, July 21st 9:00am-3:00pm
Pro Photo Supply Event Center – Northwest 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
$25 – Register Here
 
Attendees will have a chance to learn the ins and outs of travel photography during this workshop. The class will help improve photographers’ skills, execute their artistic vision and turn documenting into storytelling. Aaron will cover lens selection, composition and how to utilize depth of field and shutter speed to capture the most stunning images during the most adventurous trips. After the morning lesson, participants can meet up on Sauvie Island for a guided photo walk and shoot some exciting images. Loaner equipment will be available.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 7/2/2018 10:05:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, June 30, 2018
Oneida Falls is one of my Rickets Glen favorites and I always stop to photograph it when in this state park. Yes, I have numerous images from this location. But, different days bring differing water flows, foliage and lighting. And, I frequently bring differing gear and creativity.
 
On this day, the excellent little Sony a7 III was what I was using and a compact Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens was the lens option I selected from several I had along with me.
 
This is a subtle HDR image and I captured enough bracketed exposures to significantly brighten the darker areas. However, I liked the natural brightness accentuating the near and distant falls (especially in higher resolution versions).
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 6/30/2018 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 28, 2018

 
Canon Europe has launched its latest campaign, in collaboration with elite Parkour athletes Storror. Filmed in the historic city of Istanbul in Turkey, the campaign encourages people to try a new experiences for the first time and capture it on a Canon camera.
 
London, UK, Monday 25th June 2018 – The challenge saw the seven-strong UK based group jump, vault and climb over a combination of obstacles, including the Galata Bridge, the domed cupola rooftops near Süleymaniye, culminating with a leap onto the roof of a passenger ferry, carrying them to the cargo seaport of Haydarpasa on the Asian side of the Strait, to successfully complete the challenge.
 
Storror filmed their adventure exclusively using a variety of Canon cameras and lenses, which included the award-winning EOS M50 and an EOS C200 cinema camera. The EOS M50 mirrorless camera was selected due to its lightweight and compact body, fast autofocus and seamless connectivity to social media, making this the perfect choice.
 
The elite athletes have earned a loyal following on social media, with over 1 million subscribers to their YouTube channel alone. Over the years, the free-runners have travelled to over 78 countries and are unique in the way they shoot, direct and edit their own material. Storror’s Drew Taylor has previously helped choreograph action scenes in blockbuster movies such as Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle and Dr Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
 
Lee Bonniface, Marketing Director, Canon Europe said: “We are delighted that we were able to support Storror become the first Parkour group to cross continents. We challenged them to attempt something bold and capture their experience to inspire others to do the same. Whilst we don’t expect everyone to be quite as daring, every day can produce a first and Canon will help you capture it.”
 
Drew Taylor from Storror, said: “When Canon Europe challenged us to do something for the first time, we came up with the idea of using Parkour to cross continents. Rather than making things easy for ourselves, we took things to the next level, creating something that had never before been attempted, by doing it over moving boats and vehicles and traversing through the busy streets of Istanbul.” He added: “Canon Europe also provided us with the awesome EOS M50 to use, which is lightweight and has great autofocus, perfect for fast moving parkour. We were able to connect the cameras to our smartphones for a quick and easy upload to our social channels.”
 
On location in Istanbul with Storror was Samo Vidic, a highly acclaimed sports photographer and Canon ambassador. Samo used a selection of Canon equipment to photograph and capture Storror’s first, which included the EOS M50, EOS 5D MK IV, EOS 1DX MK II and an EOS C200.
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Post Date: 6/28/2018 6:49:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at the following retailers:
B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Category: In Stock Notics
Post Date: 6/28/2018 6:20:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 27, 2018

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
John Russo has spent more than 20 years as a photographer to the stars. Over this time, he has perfected his approach to light and his ability to connect with people. The alignment of these two elements of his work has culminated in stunning celebrity portraits.
 
B&H carries the Profoto D2 and Profoto light modifiers.
Post Date: 6/27/2018 11:23:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nope, that's not a typo; you read the headline correctly. Sony has been a master of marketing over the past several years, but their latest stunt may be their greatest yet.
 
Unbelievably, Sony found a half-bodied, floating man to be the centerpiece of their a7 III marketing campaign. Don't believe me? Well, we have proof. Check out the final official product photo found on the Sony a7 III + Lens Kit listings at B&H and Adorama (the same picture can be found in the body-only listing at B&H). Click on the photo so that it appears large and centered in your browsing window. Notice anything odd about the image?
 
Sony a7 III Official In Use Product Photo Floating Man

Why they didn't crop the image lower to showcase this interesting casting decision is unclear, but what the photo shows is pretty obvious. What we're seeing is an unprecedented levitation technology being utilized by a man with nothing below the jacket line.
 
Note that this is as official as a marketing image gets. A cropped version of the same picture is displayed on Sony.com's a7 III page.
 
Sony a7 III banner image

We were so intrigued by Sony's casting decision that we decided to interview the now-famous brand amabassador, Kenny Torso, seen above.
 
Q: So, Kenny, how did you end up doing marketing for the Sony a7 III?
“Well, I was doing carnival shows in the midwest – The Amazing Floating Kenny – when a Sony representative found me. We got to talking and one thing led to another, and suddenly I was the face of their budget-friendly a7 III.”
Q: That’s awesome. Did you get to use the camera much while shooting images for the marketing campaign?
“Oh yeah, the camera’s awesome. And its light weight is great for me, personally. I tried shooting with a traditional DSLR, but it made levitating really difficult. With an a7 III, I can float anywhere I please.”
Q: Isn’t it kind of odd that Sony didn’t go all out in featuring your special abilities in the campain? I mean, being able to levitate is pretty rare.
“Yeah, I thought their choice of a brick wall was kind of odd. I mean, I can float over difficult terrain, the kind you see in those captivating sunrise mountain images. But Sony wanted an urban theme. Go figure.”
We wish Kenny the best of luck in his endeavors and look forward to seeing more (or, rather the same amount) of him as Sony releases future mirrorless cameras.
Post Date: 6/27/2018 10:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Breakthrough Photography Night Sky Light Pollution Filter Review.
 
Check out this interesting tool for photographing the night sky in areas affected by light pollution (where most of us live).
 
The Light Pollution Filter is in stock at Breakthrough Photography.
 
What do you think? Are light pollution filters important for photographing the night sky?
Post Date: 6/27/2018 8:05:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Have you already preordered the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and plan on picking up the tripod ring too? Well, if you'd like to get some of your shopping completed before the lens hits retail shelves...
 
Adorama has the Canon Tripod Mount Ring AII(WII) in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/27/2018 7:52:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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