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 Thursday, August 23, 2018

From Nikon:

Designed Exclusively for the Nikon Z Mount System, Featuring a New, Larger-Diameter Mount

MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of three new lenses designed for the next-generation Nikon Z mount system's full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras, for which a new larger-diameter mount has been adopted. The three new lenses are the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and the standard prime NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S. Nikon has also announced the Mount Adapter FTZ for Z System compatibility with existing NIKKOR F mount lenses and development of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens1.

NIKKOR Z lenses pursue a new dimension in optical performance, by taking advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the larger Z mount with its inner diameter of 55mm, and a short flange focal distance of 16mm. The lenses offer sharp resolution with both still-image and video recording, and are equipped with functions that include: compensation for focus breathing (the shifting of the angle of view when focus is adjusted), quiet operation, smooth exposure control, a control ring and performance that is well suited for video capture.

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S are S-Line interchangeable lenses. The S-Line is a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, realizing rendering performance that surpasses that of conventional f/4 standard zoom lenses and f/1.8 wide-angle or standard prime lenses. From maximum aperture, clear and sharp resolution can be achieved as well as beautiful bokeh characteristics.

Additionally, the Mount Adapter FTZ has been designed to allow users of Nikon SLR cameras to utilize their existing NIKKOR F mount lenses with the Z mount system and enjoy taking advantage of an even wider variety of lens characteristics with their photography.

Development of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct

Nikon is currently developing the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, a standard prime manual focus lens and the fastest lens in Nikon’s history. The design of the Noct lens exemplifies Nikon’s mission to pursue the ultimate optical performance in the mirrorless category. As the result, the Noct is positioned at the top of the S-Line. In addition, Nikon is planning on releasing a variety of new lenses that will continue to expand its line of attractive, high-performance NIKKOR Z lenses that further extend photographers' creative expressions.

NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Primary Features

  • Standard focal-length range from wide-angle 24mm to medium-telephoto 70mm can effectively cover a wide variety of scenes and subjects with rendering performance that will change the perception of what is possible with zoom lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4
  • Optical design that suppresses variations in aberrations from shooting distances of close-up to infinity, demonstrating sharp resolution even in the peripheral areas of the frame from the maximum aperture, as well as fine point-image reproduction
  • Achieved a minimum focus distance of just 0.3 m across the zoom range
  • Adoption of an ED glass element, an aspherical ED lens element, and three aspherical lens elements
  • Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghosting and flare
  • Has the size needed to deliver an extremely high standard of optical performance, yet provides outstanding portability; employs a retracting mechanism that can be set on/off without pressing a button and reduces total length for a compact lens that can easily be taken anywhere
  • In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed
  • Fluorine coat applied to front lens surface

NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Primary Features

  • Superior rendering ignites creativity, and redefines perceptions of what a 50mm f/1.8 lens can do
  • Thorough suppression of axial chromatic aberration ensures superior resolution with faithful reproduction of the fine textures in subjects, even from maximum aperture
  • Sharp and clear rendering of details from the center of the frame to the peripheral edges, regardless of the shooting distance
  • The soft and beautiful bokeh characteristics at any shooting distance possible only with a fast (bright) lens
  • Adoption of two ED glass, and two aspherical lens elements
  • Nano Crystal Coat adopted to suppress ghosting and flare
  • Adoption of a new, powerful stepping motor (STM) enables quiet and accurate AF control during both still-image capture and video recording
  • In consideration to a dust- and drip-resistance, the entire lens, including moving parts, has been sealed

Mount Adapter FTZ Primary Features

  • Full compatibility with more than 90 lenses and functionality with approximately 360 existing NIKKOR F lenses from AI type onwards2
  • The unique characteristics of NIKKOR F mount lenses can be applied to Z mount system image quality
  • In-camera VR (Vibration Reduction) with three-axis VR is available when attaching a NIKKOR F lens without built-in VR; in-camera VR also performs well with stills and video recording
  • When attaching a NIKKOR F lens with built-in VR, lens VR and in-camera VR effectively work together to compensate for camera shake by enabling three-axis VR.
  • Various sections of the adapter are effectively sealed to ensure dust- and drip-resistant performance equivalent to that of NIKKOR F lenses
  • Designed to be lightweight yet tough with consideration for superior operability as a part of a complete system

Development of the New NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct Lens that Pursues Ultimate Optical Performance

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct that Nikon is currently developing will be a large aperture, standard 58mm prime focal-length, the fastest lens in Nikon’s history3, manual-focus lens positioned at the very top of the S-Line. It will stand to symbolize the Nikon Z mount system's new dimension in optical performance.

It has inherited the design concept behind the original AI Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2, a standard prime lens released in 1977, named for “Nocturne” (a musical composition inspired by or evocative of the night), and was popular for its ability to finely reproduce point light sources as point images. This new Noct lens that is currently in development will take advantage of the advanced design flexibility afforded by the Z mount, pursuing ultimate optical performance. Development continues with the goals of achieving an extremely fast maximum aperture of f/0.95, offering the ultimate in NIKKOR rendering performance with superior detail and sharpness. Additionally, the goal is to achieve beautiful blur characteristics, or bokeh, with good continuity, and ensure outstanding point-image reproduction capabilities for more compelling, three-dimensional imaging.

The NIKKOR Z Lens Roadmap

NIkon Z Mount S Series Lens Release Roadmap

Information in the roadmap, including release dates, are subject to change. Product names after the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct are not yet finalized.

Price and Availability

The NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S and NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S will be available September 27 for the suggested retail prices (SRP) of $999.95* and $849.95*, respectively. The NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens will be available in late October for the SRP of $599.95*. The Mount Adapter FTZ will be available September 27 for $249.95* SRP (Additional $100 savings when purchased together with a Z 7 or Z 6, through 12/31/2018).


Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex

Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex

Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens - B&H | Adorama | Amazon | Wex

Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ - B&H | Adorama | Wex

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 8/23/2018 12:27:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, a fixed focal length super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a high-performance, FX-format, super-telephoto lens that supports 500 mm focal length. The adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element has significantly reduced the size and weight of the lens, making hand-held super-telephoto photography easier and more enjoyable.

With a maximum diameter of 106 mm and length of 237 mm, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, which weighs 1,460g (roughly the same weight as the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR) is significantly lighter than previous 500mm lenses which can typically weigh up to more than 3,000g. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is designed with consideration to dust- and drip- resistance, which in addition to the fluorine coat applied to the front lens surface, allows greater agility when shooting.

The use of one PF lens element and three ED glass elements enables extremely sharp and detailed rendering that is compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras. In addition, the materials used in the new PF lens element have been developed effectively to reduce PF (diffraction) flare, allowing light sources to be reproduced in near-original colors. In combination with Nikon's coating technologies, such as the Nano Crystal Coat, effective in controlling ghost and flare, extremely clear images are achieved.

AF speed has been increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter. The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is equipped with a VR mechanism that offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.01-stop increase in shutter speed. The SPORT VR mode that has been adopted is especially effective when photographing fast-moving and unpredictable subjects such as wild birds, or in scenes such as sporting events. The stabilization of the image displayed in the viewfinder is also an effective feature for recording movies.

Additionally, the use of the Mount Adapter FTZ will allow the lens to be used with mirrorless cameras Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, also announced today. Users will be able to enjoy super-telephoto shooting at the 500 mm focal length with a system that is even more compact than ever before.

We are also planning to release the Dot Sight DF-M1, an accessory that is highly effective with super-telephoto photography. With super-telephoto shooting, a narrow field of view in the viewfinder tends to be made visible – making it easy to lose track of the subject. The Dot Sight DF-M1 makes it easy to keep track of the intended subject within the frame, even if the subject exhibits sudden movement.

PF (Phase Fresnel) Lens Elements

The PF (Phase Fresnel) lens, developed by Nikon, effectively compensates chromatic aberration, utilizing the photo diffraction phenomenon2. It provides superior chromatic aberration compensation performance when combined with a normal glass lens. Compared to many general camera lenses that employ an optical system using the photorefractive phenomenon, a remarkably compact and lightweight body can be attained with fewer lens elements.

Primary Features

  • Significantly smaller and lighter with the adoption of a Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element, making 500 mm hand-held super-telephoto photography easier and more enjoyable
  • Designed with consideration to dust- and drip-resistance; fluorine coat applied to front lens surface, effectively repelling water droplets, grease, and dirt
  • Adoption of one PF lens element and three ED glass elements for extremely sharp and detailed rendering, compatible with high pixel-count digital cameras
  • Optical performance that is not compromised with the use of the TC-14E III AF-S teleconverter
  • Materials used in the new PF lens element effectively control PF (diffraction) flare
  • Ghost and flare effectively suppressed with the adoption of the Nano Crystal Coat, enabling clear images
  • AF speed increased by making lens elements in the focusing group lighter
  • Equipped with a VR mechanism that offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.01-stop increase in shutter speed, in two modes: NORMAL and SPORT
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism adopted for extremely precise aperture control

Optional Accessories

We will release the Dot Sight DF-M1 (available separately), an accessory that is highly effective with super-telephoto photography. This accessory makes it easy to keep track of the intended subject, even if the subject exhibits sudden movement.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR will be available September 13 for the suggested retail prices (SRP) of $3,599.95. The Dot Sight DF-M1 will be available for $174.95 SRP.


Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens - B&H | Adorama | Wex

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 8/23/2018 12:07:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I am very much looking forward to spending some time photographing whitetail buck during the rut in beautiful Shenandoah National Park this fall and would love to have you join me! The Wed-Sat spaces have been filled, but space for two people remains available during the Sun-Wed dates. Interested in taking your wildlife photography skills to the next level? join me!

Get the details here: Whitetail Buck in Rut and More

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Workshops
Post Date: 8/22/2018 12:43:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Adobe:

This release of Lightroom Classic CC rolls out new features and enhancements such as Book module update, customizing pages, uploading Presets and Profiles in bulk, support for new cameras and lenses, and bug fixes.

Book module enhancements

New Blurb Book styles and Paper type

In this release of Lightroom Classic CC, two new book types (Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book) and a new paper type (Standard Layflat) have been introduced in the Book module.

New Blurb Book styles

To access the new Blurb book styles, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Book module.
  2. In the Book Settings panel on the right, click the Book drop-down list.
  3. In the drop-down list, you can choose from Blurb Photo Book, PDF, JPEG, and the newly introduced Blurb Magazine and Blurb Trade Book.
New Paper type

  1. In the Book Settings panel, select Book as Blurb Photo Book.
  2. In the Paper Type drop-down list, you can choose from Premium Lustre, Premium Matte, ProLine Uncoated, ProLine Pearl Photo, Standard, and the newly introduced Standard Layflat. When using Standard Layflat, the minimum page count is 33 due to the binding requirements. The minimum page count for all other paper types is 20.
Choose where a page number is visible when printed

You can now select where page numbers are printed on a book, including on only left or right pages, or all pages. To adjust the location and display of page numbers in a book, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the Book module.
  2. In the Page panel on the right, select the Page Numbers check box to enable the following options:
    1. Location: Choose where you want to print the page number on page - Top Corner, Bottom Corner, Top, Side, or Bottom.
    2. Display: Choose which pages in the book you want to print the page numbers on - Left and Right, Left Only, or Right Only.
Customize cells within a page

You can now add your own custom-sized cells within a page that are not restricted by the standard padding. Add multiple cells on a page, move specific cells to the front or back and drag the cell exactly where you want it. Then, save the look as a custom page to use the look again for another photo book. To add a new cell to a page:

  1. Select the page in the preview area.
  2. Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) anywhere on the page and choose Add Cell > Photo or a Photo Description from the context-menu.
To resize or move the cells:

  1. Select a cell. A bounding box appears around the cell.
  2. To move the selected cell to a specific location on the page, drag the square icon at the center of the bounding box. Alternatively, use Alt (Win)/Option (Mac) + Arrow keys to move the selected cell.
  3. To adjust the size of the selected cell, drag one of the corner handles of the bounding box.
To arrange a cell to the front or back:

  1. Select a cell.
  2. Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) and choose one of the Send to Back or Bring To Front options from the context-menu.
To save your page modifications as a custom page:

  1. Select a page in the preview area.
  2. Right-click (Win) / Control-click (Mac) anywhere on the page and choose Save As Custom Page from the context-menu. You can access the saved custom page in the Page panel on the right.
Pause and resume the upload of book to Blurb

In the Activity and Status area at the upper-left corner of the window (next to the Lightroom icon), you can now also pause and resume the upload of the pages to Blurb in the expanded progress bar.

Upload Presets and Profiles in bulk

Starting with this release, you can now import multiple presets or profiles in a zip file into Lightroom Classic.

  1. Navigate to the Develop module.
  2. Do any one of the following:
    • From the menu bar, choose File > Import Develop Profiles and Presets.
    • In the Presets panel, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-right corner and choose Import Presets from the menu.
    • In the Basic panel, click the Show Profile Browser icon in the Profile area. In Profile Browser, click the plus (+) icon at the upper-left corner and choose Import Profiles from the menu.

  3. In the import dialog that appears, select the .zip containing profiles and presets that you want to import. You can import XMP presets and profiles, DCP profiles, and LCP profiles as part of a zip file. However, .lrtemplate presets can't be imported as part of a zip file.
HEIC image files support on Windows

Beginning with this release, Lightroom Classic CC now supports Apple's HEIC image file format on Windows 10.

Support for new cameras and lenses

  • Parrot Anafi
  • Sony RX100 VA (DSC-RX100M5A)
  • Sony RX100 VI (DSC-RX100M6)

Fixed customer issues

Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.5 (August 2018 release)

  • Touch workspace appears broken (thumbnails missing)
  • Preset incorrectly disables Lens Correction
  • Preset works all the time with raw files but only some of the time with a JPG file
  • Export using percentage results in wrong dimensions
  • Crop/Transform overlays are hard to see on lighter images
  • Imported movie file is saved to a different folder from capture date and time
  • In Book module, the sample text in the layout caption prints as 'Page Text' when exported to a PDF or a Blurb Book
  • Turning off Black & White Mix panel changes profile from Adobe Monochrome to Adobe Standard B&W
  • Dehaze tool causes lag in develop sliders
  • Unable to read multiple metadata fields in CR3 files
  • GPU rendering will not complete in Develop mode at Fit/Fill zoom levels
  • Replacing an existing preset doesn't work
  • Right-click to create new collection will default to the wrong collection set
  • Toggling Camera Calibration panel on/off after selecting Camera Matching Profile shows visual difference in Loupe
  • Incorrect date-time applied to filename when renaming video files

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/22/2018 7:07:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:

Learn how to change the Canvas Size of a document in Photoshop. For more in-depth tutorials, training, techniques, and shortcuts for working with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, check out Julieanne’s blog at

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/22/2018 6:37:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 21, 2018

I have refreshed the list of gear that I'm moving out, funding some changes we've made (and providing a glimpse at those):

Bryan's Used Gear for Sale

Let me know if you have any questions!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 8/21/2018 5:51:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Delkin:

POWAY, CA, AUGUST 21, 2018 - Delkin Devices, a manufacturer of flash storage solutions and camera accessories, announced today the newest addition to their ever-growing line of memory-based products: Premium 2933X XQD memory cards. Version 2.0 compliant with speeds suitable for professional photographers and videographers, Delkin XQD cards are specifically designed to excel in the latest generation of cinematic hosts from both Sony & Nikon. As not all memory manufacturers are authorized to produce and sell XQD, Delkin is grateful for the opportunity to provide consumers another choice.

Utilizing a 2nd generation PCI Express interface and delivering blazing-fast write speeds up to 400MB/s (up to 440MB/s read speeds), Delkin Premium XQD memory cards are capable of capturing flawless cinema-quality footage, including DCI 4K & Full HD video at 180 fps, as well as RAW photos in burst mode. Each card has undergone extensive testing to ensure compatibility in today's high-end XQD hosts, including the Nikon D5, D500 & D850, as well as several of Sony's XDCAM Super 35 broadcast camcorders (PXW-FS7 & PXW-FS7M2). It is important to note though that XQD cards are not backwards compatible with either CompactFlash or CFast 2.0 hosts.

As proof that Delkin's XQD cards are built to the highest standard and full compatibility, each card is serialized, like your camera. This allows Delkin to offer the ultimate level of customer support, while providing customers additional protection and insurance for their purchase. Owners can register their Delkin Premium XQD cards at

In addition to their "Lifetime Warranty" policy, Delkin also offers a unique built-in insurance policy for their XQD memory cards, called their "48 Hour, No-Questions-Asked Replacement Guarantee". Not offered anywhere else in the world, Delkin will replace any non-working XQD card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends), prior to receiving your non-working card. Cards can also be replaced over-the-counter at any authorized Delkin XQD reseller.

"This covers the unthinkable, from salt exposure to even pet and child inflicted damage" Jenn Sherry, Delkin's Marketing Manager explains, "Should anything happen, just give us a call and we'll send you a brand new replacement card that you'll receive in less than 48 hours, along with a pre-paid shipping envelope to get your damaged card back to us."

Delkin's "48HR Replacement Guarantee" is also offered on all Premium memory card lines, including BLACK (SD, microSD & CF), PRIME & POWER (SD & microSD), as well as CFast 2.0.

Delkin Premium XQD memory cards come in the following capacities and will start shipping mid/late October: 64GB, 120GB and 240GB.

B&H has the Delkin Premium XQD memory cards available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Delkin News
Post Date: 8/21/2018 11:38:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 20, 2018

I know, your summer is busy and hopefully you are out capturing amazing images. But, I need to remind you that this site, a free resource that hopefully has value to you, needs your help. The costs, in both time and money, of maintaining and developing this site are substantial.

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Basically, there are five ways you can help support us. The first is my favorite (and it costs you nothing additional), but hopefully you can use at least two or three of these options regularly:

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The support page has been updated and will clarify any of the above options.

We thank you for your support and look forward to serving you long into the future!

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Post Date: 8/20/2018 10:06:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

New York, New York – August 20, 2018 – Rokinon has announced its new AF 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Wide Angle Lens for Nikon. It is Rokinon’s 8th auto focus lens and its frst AF lens designed specifcally for Nikon F mount cameras. This new 14mm F2.8 AF lens is designed for high-resolution, well-corrected imagery with the most advanced Nikon Full Frame image sensor cameras. It can also be used on APS-C Nikon models where it will provide a 21mm equivalent focal length.

State of the art manufacturing techniques and an advanced optical design (15 Ultra Multi Coated elements in 10 groups including 2 Aspherical, 1 Extra-Low Dispersion, and 4 High Refractive Index) minimize aberrations, control distortion and provide excellent resolution. The new Rokinon 14mm Lens is also more affordable than others in its class and also provides a slightly wider angle of view of 116.6°.

The ergonomically designed aluminum alloy housing incorporates a M/AF switch that allows the choice of fast and quiet autofocusing or full manual focus control. In addition, when in AF mode, a manual focus override feature is available for fine tuning focus after the lens has autofocused. Additional features include weather sealing, a rounded seven blade aperture for pleasing bokeh and star effects, a built-in lens hood, and a padded lens pouch.

The new Rokinon AF 14mm F2.8 Full Frame Lens for Nikon F is Ideal for real estate interiors and exteriors, astrophotography, landscapes, and travel. It is expected to be available in September with a street price of only $799.00.

B&H carries Rokinon lenses.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 8/20/2018 9:53:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review.

Unsurprisingly, we see the 5Ds R stressing this lens' capabilities more than the 1Ds Mark III. Here are a couple of comparisons to get you started:

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art compared to Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art compared to Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 Otus Lens

Be sure to also compare the prices.

The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Rent the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 8/20/2018 8:17:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In a recent blog post, the LensRentals team makes a simple request – "Please, don’t take our photography and video gear to Burning Man."

Just like Color Run marathons, photographing Burning Man is a great way to ruin [even weather sealed] photography gear. LensRentals warns that damage incurred while using their gear at the cultural event is not covered under the LensCap Protection offered (such damage is considered neglect, not accidental).

Want to see what gear looks like when it returns from Burning Man? Check out the blog post for some cringe-worthy pictures.

Post Date: 8/20/2018 8:25:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The countdown to Nikon's mirrorless camera(s) announcement keeps ticking and and with less than 3 days to wait, the company has released another teaser video. In this film, photographers provide insights on using the soon-to-be-released products.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Teaser Videos
Post Date: 8/20/2018 6:41:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 17, 2018

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

The term “senior portraits” can mean different things to different people. Some people may think of portraits of senior citizens and others may think about portraits of kids who are graduating from either high school or college. In the world of professional photography, senior portraits generally refers to those who want their portraits before they graduate school. And most of the time, if they are hiring a professional photographer to take their senior portraits, they are not looking for the “cookie cutter” photo of themselves in a fake tux or dress for the yearbook. They (or their parents) are looking for a creative photo to truly show who they are.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Post Date: 8/17/2018 8:18:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In a video uploaded yesterday, DJI invites us to "go beyond the horizon" and "see the bigger picture." An announcement event is scheduled for 10am ET on August 23 in New York City.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 8/17/2018 7:21:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 16, 2018

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce that two of its products, the Nikon D850 and the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto lens, are respectively recipients of the EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2018-2019 and the EISA Professional Lens 2018-2019 awards, presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

Reasons the D850 was selected as the EISA Professional DSLR Camera 2018-2019 (EISA comments)

The Nikon D850 is an outstanding and powerful full-frame digital SLR camera that can handle anything the user throws at it. Its 45.7-megapixel backside-illumination CMOS sensor allows photographers to capture both high-resolution still images and full-frame 4K UHD video. The D850 can shoot seven frames per second at full resolution (nine when the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack is used), and has the same 153-point autofocus system as the Nikon D5, which allows it to track moving subjects reliably. The large and bright optical viewfinder makes it easy to frame subjects.

Reasons the AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR was selected as the EISA Professional Lens 2018-2019 (EISA comments)

Nikon's first lens for Nikon SLR cameras with a built-in teleconverter is a dream come true for many professional sports and action photographers. With the easy-to-use teleconverter, it provides focal lengths up to 560 mm at a maximum aperture of f/5.6. The lens delivers sharp images throughout the zoom range, even when you are shooting at maximum aperture. Its effective stabilization allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops (according to CIPA standards) slower than would otherwise be possible. The lens provides superior weather-resistant performance with a fluorine coating that protects the front element against water, dust and dirt.

B&H carries the Nikon D850 DSLR Camera and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Lens.

Posted to: Nikon News   
Post Date: 8/16/2018 7:03:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In its latest teaser for its upcoming mirrorless camera system, Nikon highlights its newly developed series of lenses. Right now, we're less than 1 week away from the big reveal.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Teaser Videos
Post Date: 8/16/2018 5:56:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 15, 2018

From 3 Legged Thing:

British Tripod Manufacturer and Lucie Technology Award winner, 3 Legged Thing, announces the release of Patti, a new Punks tripod.

3 Legged Thing is excited to announce a brand new addition to its Punks range of tripods. Patti, named after Punk legend Patti Smith, is an incredibly capable general use tripod, and the company’s first full size tripod priced below £100.

Boasting a higher maximum load capacity than is usually found in tripods of this class, Patti is able to support up to 10 kg / 22 lbs of camera equipment. This is due to Patti’s secure flip leg locks. Formed from rugged hard-wearing ABS plastic, the flip locks have a smooth action which secures the legs into position.

3 Legged Thing Punks Patti flip lock Perfect for photographers of multiple genres, and adaptable to a wide variety of situations, Patti is an ideal starter tripod for users of compact, bridge, mirrorless, and lightweight DLSR cameras.

3 Legged Thing CEO & Founder, Danny Lenihan, commented: “Patti breaks three barriers for 3 Legged Thing – the first tripod we have named for a female rockstar, the first to have a flip-lock mechanism rather than friction locks, and our first tripod to retail for under £100.

“When I first introduced our Punks range to the public, I did so to try and offer the technological advancements available in our Pro range, for a price point that was affordable to the masses. With Patti, we have taken that to a new level and introduced a sub £100 tripod with a 10kg working payload. It’s an exciting time.”

Patti is made from aircraft grade magnesium alloy and features a single-section centre column that is both removable and reversible. The tripod’s three optimal leg angles (23 ° 55 ° and 80 °) give photographers greater versatility, allowing them to undertake shooting as low as 11 cm / 4.25 “ from the ground.

Maintaining its versatility and ease-of-use, Patti ships with a new, simplified ballhead – the AirHed Mini – which features just two controls; the release plate clamp knob, and a combined panning and ballhead tension knob, which allows photographers to make composition and position changes using a single control.

3 Legged Thing AirHed Mini With a single column section and four-section legs, Patti is just 45 cm / 17.7” long when counter-folded yet extends to 1.63 m / 64” making her an ideal tripod to carry for a broad range of photographic uses. Patti also features 3 Legged Thing’s patented Tri-Mount plate, which enables a compact profile when counter-folded, and includes 3 hollowed spurs for the attachment of accessories.

Patti is available in two colours – Punks grey with blue AirHed and accents of copper, and Punks Anarchy matte black with accents of British Racing Green. Patti ships with rubber Bootz which are detachable and can be replaced with 3 Legged Thing’s range of footwear – Heelz, Stilettoz, and Clawz (available separately).

Patti is available to pre-order now ahead of a worldwide release on 15th September. Suggested retail price is £99.99 UK / $119.99 US.

Patti will be on show at Photokina 2018 in Cologne, along with 3 Legged Thing’s range of professional tripods, monopods and accessories. Visit 3 Legged Thing in Hall 2.1 on stand A25/B26.

B&H has the 3 Legged Thing Patti Tripod available for preorder.

Post Date: 8/15/2018 5:49:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 13, 2018

From the LightPaintingPhoto YouTube Channel:

In this episode of the Light Painting VLOG Efren Herrera, Melissa Meyer, Darren Pearson and I Light Paint the main stage artist including Shawn Mendes, Sabrina Carpenter, Janelle Monae, Ryan Seacrest, Backstreet Boys, Lance Bass, Miguel, and Meghan Trainor for the 2018 Wango Tango iHeartRadio concert in Los Angeles.

Post Date: 8/13/2018 11:16:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

In the latest episode (Ep 128), David Bergman shows you how to properly angle your photo reflector to get the best light on your subject.

A collapsible reflector should be a part of every photographer's kit.

Post Date: 8/13/2018 10:26:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Datacolor Spyder5PRO Display Calibration System available for $94.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $189.95.

Product Highlights

  • Calibrate Laptops, Desktop Monitors
  • Includes Color Probe
  • 16 Calibration Choices
  • 3 Ambient Light Settings
  • Before and After Evaluation
  • Basic Display Analysis
  • Comes in a Reusable Box / Case

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.

Post Date: 8/13/2018 5:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, August 11, 2018

From Nikon Asia:

Watch how the Nikon D850 is verified by strict reliability tests to offer high resolution, high-speed performance and versatile functions. From conducting drop, impact and vibration tests, to simulating temperatures and humidity levels far beyond the operating range, the D850 has proven its durability in harsh and extreme weather conditions.

B&H carries the Nikon D850 DSLR camera but is currently on backorder.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 8/11/2018 4:20:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 10, 2018

From the Art of Photography YouTube Channel:

Organize your gear with these 6 ideas from household items.

Photographers end up with a lot of cameras and lenses. If your gear is taking up too much space or lives all over the house, I've got some tips for you on how you can get it organized and ready for use at all times. All of these storage devices are repurposed from items you can get at the store and are affordable.

Post Date: 8/10/2018 1:19:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, Benjamin Warde demonstrates the new folder color label feature in Lightroom Classic CC.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/10/2018 8:05:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Vanguard is running a pretty interesting contest. It's free to enter, so... why not? The giveaway ends in only 5 days, so don't wait!

Update: According to recent feedback, it appears the sweepstakes may only be available to USA residents.

From Vanguard:

Peaks & Pixels Photo Gear And Trip Giveaway

Are you ready for the biggest giveaway of the summer? Not only are we putting you on a plane, but we are packing your suitcase full of gear. Check out all of the amazing prizes from Sony, Ikan, GNARBOX, NISI, Vanguard, and Adorama! Enter for your chance to win $8K in prizes!!

Prize Includes

  • $1,000 Travel Voucher to the Destination of Your Choosing
  • Sony a7R II camera + Sony Zeiss 24-70mm F4 lens
  • IKAN DS2-A 3-Axis Gimbal & Stratus Camera Cage
  • GNARBOX 128GB Backup & Storage Solution
  • NiSi 100mm Advanced ND Kit II with V5 Pro
  • Vanguard VEO2 235CB Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Vanguard ALTA Rise 48 Backpack
  • $500 Gift Card to ADORAMA

Enter the Giveaway

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Giveaways
Post Date: 8/10/2018 7:55:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 9, 2018

From the Elinchrome YouTube Channel:

For his recent Dakine assignment, Paris Gore was tasked with shooting an action photo and supporting images for a two-page ad featuring men's biking apparel.

Paris's rig-it-on-a-tree approach is a perfect, albeit unique, example of what you can do with the compact, lightweight and powerful ELB 500 TTL lights. Even if you are not shooting a world class mountain biker in the middle of the woods…. yet.

See the behind the scenes write-up here.

B&H carries Elinchrom ELB 500-series gear.

Post Date: 8/9/2018 6:07:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

With a little less than 2 weeks left to go before the announcement, Nikon has released another teaser video for its mirrorless camera.

From Nikon USA:

We’ve pursued the development of the ultimate camera for many years. Our new mirrorless system further embodies our spirit of manufacturing cameras without compromise.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Teaser Videos
Post Date: 8/9/2018 5:46:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 8, 2018

From Epson:

Second-Generation FastFoto, the World’s Fastest Personal Photo Scanner, Offers Versatile Solution for Scanning, Restoring, Organizing, and Sharing Photos

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 7, 2018 – Epson today expanded its high-speed scanning line with the new Wi-Fi enabled FastFoto FF-680W High-Speed Photo and Document Scanning System. The FF-680W scanner is the world’s fastest personal photo scanner, scanning thousands of photos – as fast as one photo per second at 300 dpi3 at up to 36 photos per batch. Building on the success of the FastFoto FF-640 scanner, the FF-680W scanner offers worry-free scanning for a variety of media types and sizes, including postcards, panoramic photos up to 36 inches and Polaroid photos as well as convenient photo restoration, editing and smart file organization tools. Families can scan, restore and organize collections of photos for quick and easy sharing, archiving and enlargements with the new FF-680W scanner. And, with the Easy Auto-Upload feature, the FastFoto scanner software makes it simple to share images to cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive4.

“Epson recognized the need for a fast and easy scanning solution that enabled people to digitize photos held captive in shoeboxes and albums stored away in closets and attics, and vulnerable to natural disasters, fires and floods,” said David Hawkes, product manager, Scanners, Epson America, Inc. “FastFoto unlocked a new market with the introduction of the FastFoto in 2016, making it affordable and feasible to preserve a family’s legacy. The new FastFoto FF-680W incorporates feedback from customers with a host of new features, making it easier to bring memories of yesterday back to life using the latest digital technology.”

Featuring Epson ScanSmart software, the FastFoto FF-680W scanner is also a powerful document scanner. Using the intuitive software users can easily scan, organize, email, and store important contracts, receipts, documents, and files. In addition, easily edit documents and save time with automatic file naming, plus powerful productivity tools. With built-in Nuance OmniPage Optical Character Recognition (OCR), users can create searchable PDFs, plus editable Word and Excel files.

FastFoto FF-680W Scanner Features:

  • World’s Fastest Personal Photo Scanner2 — scan thousands of photos as fast as 1 photo per second at 300 dpi
  • Preserve Your Priceless Photos — SafeTouch Technology for worry-free scanning up to 8.5" wide, plus postcards, Polaroid photos and panoramas
  • Second-Generation Epson FastFoto Software — scan, restore, organize, and share precious memories; offers intelligent file organization tools
  • Flexible Scanning — offers modes for easy sharing (300 dpi), archiving (600 dpi TIFF) and enlarging (1200 dpi5); handles multiple sizes in one batch
  • Powerful Document Scanning — includes Epson ScanSmart Software with OCR; scan receipts, tax records, wills, and more, up to 45 ppm/90 ipm6
  • Easy to Connect — includes both USB and wireless connectivity for flexible placement
  • Perfect Picture Imaging System — bring new life to old photos with auto enhancement, color restoration, red-eye reduction, de-skew, crop, and rotate
  • Easy Auto-Upload and Backup — instantly share your memories as you scan via Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Single-Step Technology — capture both the image and any handwritten notes on the back in a single scan

Pricing and Availability

The Epson FastFoto FF-680W scanner (MSRP $599.99) is now available through select major retailer stores.

B&H has the Epson FastFoto FF-680W Scanner available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Epson News
Post Date: 8/8/2018 9:05:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

There more to an overhead portrait then simply looking down on your model, there's the background, lighting and styling to consider. In this video photographer Gavin Hoey takes the overhead portrait idea on location and uses an area of green grass as his background. He also shows how working in the right kind of light can make a big difference and then adds some flash and props to create the final shot.

After the shoot Gavin takes you through his editing steps to create a photo which has a warm, faded summer fashion look.

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Post Date: 8/8/2018 7:55:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 7, 2018

In this video, Julieanne Kost provides tips for working with guides in Photoshop CC.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/7/2018 12:27:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has released its financial results for Q1 2019 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019. The operating profit in their Imaging division has grown from Q1 last year and Nikon attributes that growth to the following:

  • While the DSLR market shrinks significantly due to expansion of ML cameras, the D850 is still highly evaluated even after a year from its launch: exceeding the sales forecast in all regions and the product mix has been improved.
  • Decrease in expenses such as marketing purposes, and defer of advertisement expense, resulting in increase of operating profit.

Interestingly enough, while Nikon forecasts an 11.3% reduction in Imaging Products revenue for the fiscal year, it's projecting an increase in operating profit of ¥2.8 billion yen (approx. $25 million USD) year-over-year.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Financial Results
Post Date: 8/7/2018 7:15:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

When we were little, every summer my Dad would take my sister and I backpacking. He carried all the gear, while we were left to carry the most important things: our stuffed animals and water bottles. One year, driving back at night after a long day of backpacking on our way out of the mountains in the Eastern Sierra, California, my Dad pulled over to watch a meteor shower. We laid on the ground looking up at the sparkling night sky. There were so many meteors, one after another. I was in awe and amazed. When we saw a shooting star, my dad would say, “Make a wish.” I was so happy that night because I got to make dozens of wishes!
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Post Date: 8/7/2018 6:06:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Lensbaby:

A tool to inspire. A tool to be bold. A tool to build memories.

Portland, OR (August 7th) - Lensbaby—makers of award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories—announces the launch of their most playful and accessible lens yet, the Sol 45.

“Sol 45 opens up a new creative experience for those who want to dip their toes in the Lensbaby pool,” said Craig Strong Lensbaby Co-Founder and CCO. “Sol inspires visual artists to find new and fun ways to see their world by creating unique images in camera - no filters needed.” The Sol 45 responds to those curious and insightful individuals who desire intention, imagination, and passion within each experience they live. This fixed aperture lens features an ease-of-use that injects the classic Lensbaby energy into images while creating a fun photography experience that benefits from the creation of unique photos that are representative of the users’ passions. Users simply identify a subject in frame, bend the lens toward it, rotate the focus ring to bring subject into focus and shoot, ultimately creating a tack-sharp circular area of focus surrounded by bold blur and smooth bokeh. In addition, users can bring the lens’s bokeh blades - situated on hinged arms hiding at the edge of the lens - into the lens’s field of view. These bokeh blades add subtle lines of texture in-camera to the bokeh, creating stylized texture effects that many photographers only experience post-edit.

Since 2004, Lensbaby has challenged photographers to make their creative process one that distinctly captures the voice they find behind the camera. Today, the Sol 45 opens this door to all creatives, regardless of skill level. Enthusiast DSLR and mirrorless camera shooters, especially those who are newer to Lensbaby, now have the opportunity to experiment with the brand’s iconic look for an affordable price of $199.95.

The Sol 45 is made specifically for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and is compatible with Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Sony E, and Fuji X. The lens will also be available in a 22mm version specifically for Micro 4/3rd shooters. The Micro 4/3rd community is a passionate group who has embraced Lensbaby for years, all while longing for lenses tailored specifically for them. The Sol 22 was developed in a 22mm focal length (44mm equivalent) to serve these photographers.

The Sol 45 will be available for purchase at select Lensbaby-authorized retailers for $199.95 on August 7th, 2018, and the Sol 22 will be available for purchase in September.

B&H has the Lensbaby Sol 45 lens available in stock with free expedited shipping.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 8/7/2018 5:56:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 6, 2018

From Tamrom:

August 6, 2018, Commack, New York – Tamron announces the launch of a new ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, the 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037), for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras. The vision behind the Model A037 is that of an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that has a separate concept from SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012), with superb image quality and easy portability. At just 3.5 in in length and 16.2 oz. in weight, it is the smallest and lightest in its class. The focal length ranges from an ultra-wide 17mm that is suitable for professional landscape photography to a standard 35mm perfect for snapshot photography. As for F-stops, the wide-angle end is a large aperture F/2.8, and at the telephoto end is a fast F/4. The Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating help to enhance the user's photographic experience. For those looking to try out an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the first time, as well as having a lens that is easily portable, the A037 is the definitive choice. The lens will be available in Nikon mount on September 4, 2018 at suggested retail price of $599. The launch of the Canon mount model will be announced at a later date.

Product Highlights

  • High-performance imaging for shooting vast landscapes in sharp detail
    The optical construction (15 elements in 10 groups) uses four LD (Low Dispersion) lens elementsto minimize axial chromatic aberrations that can occur with ultra-wide-angle zoom lenses. With two properly positioned GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lenses, distortion and other aberration can be satisfactorily corrected as well. Being the smallest and lightest in its class and dedicated to high quality imaging, the engineers have paid particular attention to size. The lens has also been carefully designed to allow peripheral point image reproducibility and thereby facilitate a high degree of sharpness and contrast. The Minimum Object Distance (MOD) for the entire zoom range is a short 11 in., so background blurring is still possible when opening the aperture and approaching the subject close-up with this ultra-wide-angle zoom.
  • Advanced coating technology along with proprietary ghosting analysis simulation technology enabled the high level of backlighting control
    Resistance to backlighting is extremely important for wide-angle lenses as they are often subjected to strong light sources. The Model A037 has a high level optical construction that repeatedly employs comprehensive ghosting analysis simulation. The BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating is highly effective in reducing reflection, allowing ghosting and flare throughout the entire zoom range to be controlled.
  • OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) enables both excellent AF speed and drive noise reduction
    The AF drive system employs an OSD (Optimized Silent Drive) to ensure quiet operation. Through the innovative optimization of the system that includes AF system speed reduction gear, Tamron could greatly reduce the drive noise in comparison to conventional AF types with built-in DC motors. AF performance and speed have also been vastly improved. Thus, even if silence is required, AF can be employed without having to worry at all about noise creation. The Model A037 can provide superlative AF precision for exact focus even when shooting moving objects, as well as outstanding trackability.
  • Circular aperture to produce a smooth-edged bokeh
    A 7-blade diaphragm is configured to retain a smooth, circular-shaped aperture opening even when stopped down by two stops from the wide-open aperture. This produces a smooth-edged bokeh in background light spots and avoids rugged aperture geometry.
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
    Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
  • Fluorine Coating
    The surface of the front element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The front surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years.
  • Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
    The new A037 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update a lens's firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF.


Focal Length17-35mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8-4
Angle of View (diagonal)103°41' - 63°26'(for full-frame format)
78°46' - 43°29'(for APS-C format)
Optical Construction15 elements in 10 groups
Minimum Object Distance11.0 in.
Maximum Magnification Ratio14.9
Filter Size77mm
Maximum Diameter3.3 in.
Length*for Canon 3.6 in.
for Nikon 3.5 in.
Weightfor Canon 16.2 oz.
for Nikon 16.2 oz.
Aperture Blades7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperturef/16-F/22
Standard AccessoriesLens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
**The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

B&H has the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 DI OSD Lens available for preorder.

Post Date: 8/6/2018 6:02:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 3, 2018

In this video, Profoto brand ambassador Jared Platt breaks down the lighting in several of his images and explains the motivation behind the chosen light setup and how the result enhances the story behind the images.

B&H carries Profoto gear.

Post Date: 8/3/2018 8:23:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Datacolor:

Making color management simple with an easy-to-follow guide that starts with the basics

Zurich, Switzerland, 1st August 2018 - Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, has today launched an extensive color management eBook for photographers and videographers. ‘Spyder5 eBook: Color management can be easy’ is a six-chapter guide providing practical advice to help any photographer or videographer understand color management, from the basics to the advanced. Chapters will be published in three-week intervals and sent to readers once they have registered online. Those who download the eBook will also receive 20% off the Spyder5Pro and Spyder5Elite. The first chapter is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.

"We repeatedly found that even after more than 20 years of digital photography, color management is regarded as a difficult and complex topic and is therefore often neglected. Users often have difficulties with achieving accurate color reproduction and maintaining the brightness of their images in photo books or prints," says Stefan Zrenner, Global Director of Sales and Marketing Consumer Products at Datacolor. "With our free eBook, we want to make our color management know-how accessible to everyone and show that this topic is not complicated at all."

The eBook explores the basics of color management, calibrated photography, and the steps needed to reproduce accurate colors on the monitor, when printing at home and through print service providers.

What to expect from ‘Spyder5 eBook

Chapter One – Understanding Digital Color
The first chapter will walk you through which color measuring instruments you need for color management, and why you should work with RAW data.

Chapter Two – Taking Calibrated Photos
Chapter Two is a guide to the first step in the color workflow – camera calibration. The chapter focuses on the tools available for calibration, obtaining evenly-balanced contrast with the SpyderCUBE, achieving color balance with the SpyderCHECKR, and razor-sharp autofocus using SpyderLENSCAL.

Chapter Three – Monitor Calibration
Discover how to initially calibrate your monitor and find out what a colorimeter can do for you during this process. Chapter three will also teach you how to control ambient light and demonstrate the options a soft proofing tool can offer.

Chapter Four – Fine-adjusting Monitors
Chapter Four delves deeper into monitor calibration, with a focus on making extended calibration settings, and an explanation of what an advanced analysis entails. Learn how to calibrate two monitors, and find out what different elements you need to pay attention to when calibrating a complete studio and a projector.

Chapter Five – Printer Profiling for Accurate Prints
The penultimate chapter teaches you all you need to know about printer profiles, and explains how to check if your printer and printer driver are working properly. Find out what you need to be aware of when working with a Spectrocolorimeter and discover Datacolor’s measuring technology.

Chapter Six – Monitor Proofing and Media
The final chapter deals with your questions on the final stage of your workflow – exploring how to proof your images on your monitor, and what to consider when printing your photos by yourself, on paper, canvas, and foil. The chapter will also tell you all you need to know about monitor proofing during photo printing from a service provider.

Each chapter also contains a detailed glossary of color management terms. The first chapter of the eBook is now available for download from the Datacolor website here.

Post Date: 8/3/2018 7:41:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 2, 2018

The My Nikon LIfe YouTube Channel has released a teaser video which boldly proclaims "Gateway to a New Dimension" and shows the new mirrorless mount. Below is a screenshot if you'd like to save yourself 30 seconds.

Nikon Mirrorless Mount Teaser Screenshot

Posted to: Nikon News   
Post Date: 8/2/2018 7:38:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

by Sean Setters

I thoroughly enjoy lightning photography, but until recently, I had never seriously attempted to capture lightning during the day. Soon after receiving the MIOPS Camera Trigger, I tested the device during a daytime thunderstorm to see how well it worked. Site visitors interested in lightning photography are often curious if a triggering device will work in the daytime, and my test revealed that the MIOPS Camera Trigger worked perfectly under even relatively bright conditions. The same cannot be said about other lightning triggers I've tried.

Even with a good camera trigger, lightning photography during the daytime presents a problem. How do you balance the exposure so that the lightning bolt is visible in the bright sky while keeping the foreground details from being silhouetted?

The best answer I've come up with – a graduated ND filter and a covered shooting location.

The image above of the Savannah River was taken just before 7:00pm (an hour and 23 minutes before sunset). While it wasn't as bright at 7:00pm as it would be with midday sun, relatively few opportunities for lightning will be photographed in conditions that bright. The storm clouds that bring lightning typically block out the sun or at least darken the sky in the area being photographed to some degree. However, the darkening rarely lowers the sky's exposure to that of the ground beneath it. That's where the graduated ND filter comes in. For this shot, I mounted my 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, MIOPS Camera Trigger on my tripod which was set up under the Savannah Belles Ferry Waving Girl Landing, adjacent the Marriott Hotel along the Savannah River. To the end of the lens, I attached a 100mm filter holder containing a Cokin NUANCES Z-Pro Soft-Edge 2-stop Grad ND. By positioning the filter in the holder so that it primarily covered the sky, I was able to better balance out the exposure between the ground/river elements and the sky.

Remember when I mentioned that a covered shooting location was an important part of this technique? While a lens hood will often prevent rain from accumulating on your front lens element or protective filter, the use of a 100mm filter holder and filters precludes the use of a lens hood. With a much larger surface area to gather water droplets and ultimately impacting image quality, a location that protects the entire camera rig from rain is ideal. Of course, if photographing a storm from a vantage point where it isn't raining, no covered location is necessary. Unfortunately, storms tend to move and photographing lightning is very much a waiting game. If it isn't raining in your location, the same may not be true 10 minutes later.

And while I'm on the subject of rain, here's some advice: invest in some type of waterproof camera backpack for transporting your gear to and from your shooting location. I recently picked up a used Lowepro DryZone 100 – predecessor to the now available Lowepro Dryzone 200 – and it's been perfect for these types of outings. The DZ100 and DZ200 are completely watertight, have plenty of room and are comfortable to wear for moderate distances even with a tripod strapped to the back (although the waist strap sits high on my 6'2" / 1.88m frame). If you're serious about photographing in extreme conditions, pick up a Lowepro DryZone 200 or similar bag.

Figuring out your desired exposure level for daytime lightning photography is easier than for nighttime lightning photography. At night, a lightning bolt becomes the primary light source for the sky – where it bounces off of nearby clouds – and, if not illuminated by artificial light, the ground. It usually takes a few test shots and a little bit of luck to determine the optimal exposure settings for a given nighttime storm. You can typically vary the shutter speed until the ground is sufficiently bright enough at your chosen aperture and ISO, but that aperture and ISO are keys to determining the brightness level of the sky that results from a lightning strike. That said, if your shutter speed is too long, you may record multiple lightning strikes within the same image which will cause a substantially over exposed sky. In other words, sufficient skill and a little bit of luck are important in getting properly exposed nighttime lightning shots.

On the contrary, lightning doesn't typically impact the brightness level of the surrounding sky to a consequential degree during the daytime, generally speaking, unless there is a significantly thick blanket of dark clouds overhead. Therefore, you can set usually set your exposure to slightly underexpose the sky and your lightning will simply pop out against the underexposed background, such as in the example above. The ease of setting an exposure really paid off in this case. The lightning bolt I captured is the only lightning that occurred within my camera's field of view while I was photographing on this particular evening.

In post processing, I darkened the sky a bit further by reducing the luminosity of the blue channel and increased the image's overall contrast and saturation.

The following day I photographed from the same location around 3:30pm and while I didn't catch any lightning, the retreating storm provided an inspiring view.

Storm Over the Savannah River

As you can see, one benefit of attempting to photograph lightning during the day is that, even if you are unsuccessful, the clouds may reward your effort. I used the Cokin NUANCES Z-Pro Soft-Edge 2-stop Grad ND for this image as well.

If you don't have a graduated ND filter in your kit, you can combine multiple exposures to arrive at a similar result (under-expose the sky in the lightning shot and combine that with a brighter ground exposure). However, any elements that move during the exposure that reside within the field between those two images (the part that simulates the graduated part of the ND filter) will have to be dealt with on an individual basis with specific masking. I've worked with exposure blending quite a bit over the last few years, and while some extreme exposure latitude situations can certainly benefit from the technique, I've really been enjoying the use of graduated NDs lately. I suppose I'd rather spend more time in the field setting up the camera to capture the image I want (or very close to it) as opposed to spending more time in front of my computer attempting to create a similar image.

Post Date: 8/2/2018 6:35:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Anhui China, Aug 1, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, are proud to announce the Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe Lens, a unique & revolutionary macro tool.

Laowa 24mm f/14 2x Macro Probe is the world’s first consumer-grade probe lens that was developed to provide photographers and videographers with a new perspective and remove their shooting barriers while using conventional macro lenses.

Below are the key features of this lens.

Bug-Eye Perspective
The new Laowa 24mm Probe lens can create a Bug-Eye perspective that cannot be done by conventional macro lens. Not only can it focus really close (2cm @ 2:1) and show a great amount of detail and texture, but also achieve a compelling wide angle 'Bug Eye' view (84.1°). More background details can then be included into the shots to create a very informative and stunning macro bug-eye perspective. For telephoto macro lenses, the subject will fill most of the frame and appear isolated from the surrounding environment instead.

2:1 Magnification to Infinity Focus
The new Laowa Probe covers a focusing range from 2:1 macro magnification to Infinity Focus. Photographers can take advantage of the 2:1 maximum magnification to shoot really small bugs/objects and reveal details that cannot be seen by naked eye. The wide focusing range (from Macro to infinity) is also particularly useful for videography as both finer details and environmental background can be captured in one shot.

Deep Depth-of-Field
The wide angle design also means much more depth of field at close distance (compared to the telephoto macro lens) so that more background details will now be visible. Being able to focus so close but still having a deep depth of field is a BIG advantage for both studio and wildlife shooting. The less blurry background allows the habitat of the subject to be visible in your photo.

Waterproof front lens barrel
The front barrel of the lens is waterproof and it can be used to shoot in any environment. This makes shooting in liquid no longer a limitation. The waterproof design also implies that shooting in super dusty environment or with fine powders are not going to be a problem.

40cm long & Tubular Lens Barrel
Thanks to the 40cm (15.7") long barrel, photographers can focus really close to the subject but still keep themselves and cameras distance away. This unlocks the possibility of shooting in areas which were not accessible in the past. E.g. Shooting a frog hiding in the bushes using our Probe lens, compared to getting a telephoto macro lens super close to avoid leaves blocking your subject. The long lens barrel also allows photographers to keep a safe distance away when shooting lethal animals. The big camera body and lens will no longer 'alert' the subject too.

Tiny 2cm lens tip
The tiny 0.2cm-in-diameter lens tip unlocks the possibility to get very low to the ground level to capture a 'delicious' perspective and maximize the visual impact. The viewers will be like walking on your shooting subject (e.g. Pizza) now. Moreover, you can insert the lens into tiny caves, bottle or burrows to shoot. The smaller lens tip also enables proper lighting hitting onto the subject whereas typical macro lenses with larger lens barrels will block most of the light.

LED Ring Light at the tip
A LED ring light (powered through the micro-USB slot on the barrel) is mounted at the tip of the lens to provide additional lighting for focus assistance and video shooting.

Full frame coverage
The Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe can cover both the standard 35mm full frame and Super35 image sensor.

Lightweight The new Laowa weighs only 1.04 pounds (474 grams) and it’s super light and easy to carry.

The lens has one of the most complicated optics design and houses with 27 elements in 19 groups to deliver the exceptional image quality. Canon EF, Nikon F and Sony FE mounts are currently available for standard version. A cine version with click-less aperture and focus gears in Arri PL mount is also available to order.

The lens is expected to retail at USD 1,499/pc (ex-VAT). It is currently available to preorder via Kickstarter at a discounted price. The earliest expected delivery date is September. The lens will also be available via authorized resellers from October onwards.

You can find more information on the lens via Kickstarter.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Venus Optics News
Post Date: 8/1/2018 11:32:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo/MindShift Gear:

Combined company will drive premium camera bag innovation

Santa Rosa, CA – Think Tank Photo Inc. (“Think Tank”) and MindShift Gear LLC (“MindShift”), innovators in premium camera bag design, today announced the merger of the two companies, creating an integrated product suite for professional and advanced photographers. The merger is effective today, and the companies have immediately combined their business operations.

The combined company will be privately held and operate under the Think Tank brand. MindShift will continue as a distinct product line for outdoor photography bags and accessories. Doug Murdoch, Think Tank's founder, president, and lead designer, will continue as Chairman of the Board and president of the combined company. Corporate headquarters will remain in Santa Rosa, CA. “We celebrate a milestone today as we formally join two of the top brands in camera bags and photo accessories, Think Tank and MindShift,” said Doug Murdoch. “Combined under the Think Tank umbrella, and with MindShift's powerful position in the outdoor photography market, we will draw on our decades of experience to push the boundaries of carrying solutions and enhance our reputation as The Choice of Working Professionals.”

Over the past 15 years, Think Tank and MindShift have delivered some of the most innovative and successful carrying solutions addressing the needs of professional and serious photographers and videographers. These solutions cover the full spectrum of a photographer’s needs including genre-specific features, transportation needs and rapid access to camera gear – enabling them to “Be ready before the moment.”

Murdoch continued, “Both Think Tank and MindShift are growth companies focused on chasing an enormous opportunity ahead of them. By combining operations for both companies, we can streamline access to our complete product line, making it easier for our international distributors and retail partners to do business with us.” Combined, Think Tank and MindShift products can be efficiently distributed throughout the world and in hundreds of retailers in the United States.

Use our links at Think Tank Photo and you'll get a free gift and free ground shipping with your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

Post Date: 8/1/2018 9:43:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Greg Benz YouTube Channel:

Normally, panoramas are pretty straight-forward. But if you're also blending multiple exposures, things seem a little more complicated. But Lightroom offers a simple solution to do both with a set of RAW images, learn how in this tutorial.

Post Date: 8/1/2018 7:59:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 31, 2018

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

Summertime is a great season to create beautiful outdoor portraits. With warm weather and abundant sunshine, summer can be one of the best times of year to photograph portraits on-location. These tips will help you capture a season of stunning portrait images.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Post Date: 7/31/2018 11:57:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Changes from Firmware Version 1.2 to 1.3

  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Interval timer photography would end after 1800 shots.
    • The camera would sometimes stop responding to controls other than the power switch when movies were filmed in Moon mode.

Download: Nikon COOLPIX P610 Firmware v.1.3

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 7/31/2018 8:18:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 30, 2018

by Sean Setters

Pictured above is my wife, Alexis, and as you can probably tell – in mid-September, assuming no unforeseen calamity arises – our life is going to change in a very dramatic way. We're expecting a girl.

Our preparations for the new arrival have been going on for months. A crib has replaced the bed in the second bedroom, new curtains adorn the windows and a matching rug ties it all together. And all those things would all look great if it weren't for the tons of boxes filling the room containing car seats, tiny clothes, baby wipes, diapers, a diaper bag and all the other things seemingly necessary for a child to survive infancy. Of course, we're very fortunate to be experiencing a clutter problem. Those boxes will help us through the challenging months ahead.

Even before my wife and I were actually expecting a child, we had started preparing in our own ways. For Alexis, that meant hand knitting baby accessories that would someday keep miniature hands and feet warm. Those handmade accessories came in handy for notifying close friends and family of the expected arrival.

Expected Arrival Test

As for me, I started preparing by purchasing used baby photography props from local photographers and stacking them in a pile in the corner of my studio. But that pile of baskets, ribbons, fuzzy blankets and knitted hats got me thinking – the images that I will look back on most fondly, the images that will be most dear to me, I haven't even taken yet. Bryan's been hammering this point home in many of his portrait lens reviews and in the captions of many of the pictures that he posts to the site; the most important pictures you will ever take will be of the ones you love. Birthday parties, sporting events, vacations, family get-togethers, graduations, and many more events are all great reasons to have a camera and an appropriate lens readily available. Increasing height, missing teeth and hairdos that will be well out of style in the next decade should all be documented formally on a monthly basis.

It's at this point in my life that I'm most happy to have a pretty well fleshed-out photography kit. I know that it's going to be well used over the next few years, and I look forward to looking back at the images created and wondering, "Where did the time go?"

Post Date: 7/30/2018 8:35:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Aputure YouTube channel:

In today's episode of Ask Aputure, production sound mixer Andrew Jones walks us through four tips for getting better audio in your interviews. Use these sound hacks in your next documentary, corporate interview, or PSA to make your audio sound clearer and more crisp. These sound mixing techniques will help you take your filmmaking to the next level!

Post Date: 7/30/2018 6:22:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 29, 2018

Did you ever see a whitetail buck wrap a pine branch around its face? The rut brings out the best in unusual whitetail activity. This buck is creating (or freshening) a scrape used for communication purposes at this time of the year and the location selected for a scrape typically has a scent branch just above it.

Only a couple of spots remain open: join me for the "Whitetail Buck in Rut and More workshop in Shenandoah National Park!

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/29/2018 7:37:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 28, 2018

In Watkins Glen State Park, visitors are (mostly) confined to the trail which primarily consist of rock, rock steps and rock walls. I usually prefer to keep the hand of man out of my landscape photos, but that is not so easy to do at this location. That the man-made features are so interesting is part of the attraction of this park and that made it easier for me to get out of my box.

While trying to figure out what to do with this scene, I used one of my frequent wide angle tips and that was to get in close to something interesting in the foreground. I didn't have to get too creative with that advice here because the only foreground I could get close to and still see the waterfall (Pluto Falls) was ... the wall. Fortunately, that worked out OK.

I especially like how the man-made lines in the stone stairs and wall interact with the natural lines in the rock. The vertical lines of the water and gorge cutting through the rock intersect those horizontal lines and draw the viewer's eye into the frame.

The Sony a7R III and Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens were a very nice combination for this hike.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/28/2018 8:04:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 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
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