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 Tuesday, July 31, 2018
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
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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
 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
 Wednesday, July 25, 2018
From NIkon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of a next-generation full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses featuring a new mount.
 
The new mirrorless camera and NIKKOR lenses that are in development will enable a new dimension in optical performance with the adoption of a new mount. The system is the result of Nikon’s unsurpassed optical and manufacturing capabilities gained through more than a century of imaging expertise. Proven reliability and trusted performance are core traits of Nikon Digital-SLRs, and decades of feedback from professional creators around the world has further contributed to the development of this system.
 
Through the development of this new mirrorless camera, Nikon reaffirms our commitment to providing photographers with the ability to capture images that are richer and more vivid than ever before.
 
Additionally, an F-Mount adapter is being developed that will enable the use of a wide variety of F-Mount NIKKOR lenses with the new camera.
 
Nikon will continue to lead imaging innovation with the launch of the new mirrorless camera and the continued development of Nikon Digital-SLR cameras as well as the impressive NIKKOR lens lineup. Soon, Nikon users will have two industry-leading camera systems to choose from, giving consumers the choice to enjoy the unique values that each system offers.
 
Content relating to this product is available for viewing at the following URL: http://www.nikonusa.com/mirrorlessiscoming. Please stay tuned for more information.
 
Details, including the release date and suggested retail prices, will be shared at a later date.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/25/2018 6:29:21 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

 
Want to see a silhouette of what's to come for Nikon? Look no further than the video above, posted by Nikon Europe yesterday. While the video is quite short (only 1:28 min long), you can skip to the 1:05 mark to see the really intriguing part of the video.
 
A full-frame mirrorless camera? A medium format mirrorless camera? What do you think?
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Post Date: 7/23/2018 6:18:18 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
 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 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 Nikon:
 
Nikon to Award $25,000 to Support Talented Photojournalists, from Around the World, Working on Documentary Photography Projects
 
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the five recipients of the 2018 Women Photograph + Nikon Grant. The Grant, a continuation of Nikon’s ongoing support for the next generation of visual storytellers, is a collaboration with Women Photograph to help elevate the voices of female and non-binary photojournalists. “As a brand, Nikon is committed to empowering photographers to tell impactful stories through compelling photography and videos,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager, Communications, Nikon Inc. “Each of these five talented individuals have a powerful visual voice, and we are proud to lend our support and help them continue to share their stories with the world.”
 
Nikon Inc. partnered with Women Photograph to identify five emerging and accomplished female and non-binary photographers and award each with a $5,000 USD grant to support their documentary projects and elevate their voices within the photojournalism community.
 
The five recipients are:
 
  • Anna Boyiazis (USA), an American documentary photographer, focusing on issues including human rights, public health, and women’s rights
  • Jess Dugan (USA), an American documentary photographer who focuses on social issues surrounding identity, gender, sexuality, and community, showcasing the LGBTQ community
  • Ana Maria Arevalo Gosen (Venezuela), a documentary photographer with an education in political sciences, documenting the economic hardships that have plagued her home country
  • Etinosa Yvonne Osayimwen (Nigeria), a self-taught photojournalist, using the power of photography to tell stories and amplify the voices of less privileged individuals in Nigeria
  • Tasneen Alsultan (Saudi Arabia), a freelance investigative writer and photographer working in the Middle East focusing on human rights and social issues specific to gender in the Arab Gulf region
To learn more about these photographers and their projects, please visit https://www.womenphotograph.com/grantees-2018.
 
“We received more than a thousand proposals for the Women Photograph + Nikon Grants from photojournalists around the world,” said Daniella Zalcman, founder and director of Women Photograph. “We are excited to see Nikon promoting our mission to diversify the photography industry and amplify the voices of women and non-binary storytellers from all corners of the globe.”
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/11/2018 7:24:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 10, 2018
From Nikon:
 
With its Impressive NIKKOR 24-3000mm Equivalent Optical Zoom Lens and Advanced Shooting Controls, the New COOLPIX P1000 Brings Creative Possibilities Closer Than Ever
 
July 10, 2018 – MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX P1000, the new undisputed powerhouse of superzooms. With an incredible 125X optical zoom (24-3000mm equivalent) powered by high performance NIKKOR optics; the P1000 is the ideal companion camera for birding, sports, wildlife and celestial-photographers seeking superior performance from extreme distances. Beyond its incredible zoom range, the versatile 16-megapixel COOLPIX P1000 captures 4K UHD video and offers a myriad of manual controls, as well as user-friendly functions including built-in Wi-Fi1 and Bluetooth2 connectivity, letting photographers of all levels explore and share their creativity.
 
“The COOLPIX P1000 is the first of its kind for a compact digital camera,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “It raises the bar for superzoom cameras and is a testament to our commitment to delivering innovative tools that offer creative freedom to capture and allow users to share their unique visions of the world.”
 
Powerful Optics go the Distance
 
The COOLPIX P1000 incorporates state-of-the-art NIKKOR technology, designed with ED and Super ED lens elements, boasts the world’s most powerful3 125X optical zoom lens (24-3000mm f/2.8-8) and 250X Dynamic Fine Zoom4, equivalent to a staggering 6000mm from macro to extreme distances. This powerful zoom range gives the P1000 the versatility to chronicle an adventure filled vacation, capture a favorite ballplayer from the top tier of a stadium or fill the frame with celestial objects like the moon, that normally only a telescope could reach.
 

To handle such extreme distances, the camera is equipped with the latest Nikon EXPEED image processing system and Dual Detect Optical VR technology for 5-stops5 of camera shake compensation that help capture sharp images and reduce blur. Featuring a 16-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range up to 6400, the P1000 affords users the versatility to capture superior image quality even under challenging lighting conditions. The COOLPIX P1000 also boasts a variety of high-speed features including a quick start-up and fast Autofocus (AF) system, making it an ideal choice for capturing action from the sidelines of your kid’s soccer game or from an adventure-packed safari. Additionally, whether capturing a ballplayer sliding into home plate or photographing a bird in flight from afar, users will feel confident finding, tracking and capturing these far-away subjects using the camera’s snap-back zoom feature which temporarily expands the field of view for super-telephoto shots.
 
Versatility Ignites Creativity
 
The COOLPIX P1000 makes it easier than ever for photographers to express their personal creativity. Through its host of manual functions and RAW (NRW) image output, the P1000 is great for advanced users seeking precise control from point of capture to post-production. The COOLPIX P1000 offers an innovative control layout complete with a function button, command dial and mode dial to bring frequently used functions to a photographer’s fingertips.
 
Additionally, the camera includes a focus mode selector that can be used to change the focus mode and a control ring that allows for the adjustment of settings such as the white balance and manual focus. Photographers will find the camera’s built-in 2.3-million dot OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) helpful when composing their shot, while the Vari-Angle 3.2-inch 921K-dot TFT LCD display is ideal for capturing challenging angles like framing a performer on a concert stage.
 
The COOLPIX P1000 offers numerous picture controls, creative modes and filter effects to help photographers bring their creative vision to life. Whether capturing the night sky or a bird perched on a tree branch, users can take advantage of the camera’s designated scene modes, such as Moon Mode and Bird Watching Mode, to automatically adjust settings to deliver brilliant results in a variety of environments. While amazing for extreme zoom, the COOLPIX P1000 also supports versatile shooting scenarios like capturing macro images from as close as 1 cm away. Beyond mastering still photography from both near and far, the P1000 is also capable of incredible 4K UHD video with stereo audio recording and time-lapse effects to further expand artistic expression. Lastly, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, images will transfer automatically to a photographer’s compatible mobile device so family and friends can view stunning vacation moments or epic shots of the night sky in real time.
 
New Accessory: Bluetooth Connected Remote
 
The new COOLPIX P1000 is equipped with an accessory terminal and an accessory shoe that supports a wide variety of compatible devices, including external Nikon Speedlights. To bring more capabilities and creative control to photographers, Nikon also announced the new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote as another optional accessory available for the COOLPIX P1000. The ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote control expands the shooting possibilities of the P1000 by enabling users to trigger various camera functions, including video start and smooth zoom control, remotely.
 
Price and Availability
 
The COOLPIX P1000 will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95 and will be available in September 2018. The new ML-L7 Bluetooth connected remote control will also be available in September 2018 for a SRP of $49.95.
 
Preorders:
 
Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Digital Camera – B&H
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/10/2018 7:22:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 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

 
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
 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
 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
 Friday, June 29, 2018
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the 37th Nikon Photo Contest. Held since 1969, the Nikon Photo Contest is a premier international photo contest that provides an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike.
 
It has been almost 50 years since the first Contest was held in 1969, and over its long history, photographers from around the world have participated and shown their support for it. To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1.62 million photographic works to the Contest, making it a truly international event.
 
A total of 21,511 photographers from 170 countries and regions submitted 76,356 works to the previous (36th) Contest, marking a new record in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.
 
Read success stories about the winners of the previous Contest, and view past award-winning works at the following website:
 
Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017
 
Details including information on how to apply will be released on the Nikon Photo Contest website starting from September 2018.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/29/2018 5:50:32 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
 Tuesday, June 26, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In Ep 121 David Bergman shows you what happens when you shoot through a lens that is detached from the camera body.
Post Date: 6/26/2018 7:45:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens Review.
 
The price of this lens is especially attention-garnering.
 
The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 6/26/2018 7:31:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 25, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Photographing sparklers is great fun and can create a wide variety of images. In this video Gavin Hoey shares his tips for creating simple but beautiful sparkler shots by placing a light bulb in front of the sparkler.
 
Gavin also shows you how to light the front of the bulb and then dives in to Photoshop for a quick tip on how the merge the two shots together.
 
This is a great technique to use around 4th of July, Guy Fawkes night, Diwali or new year celebrations but always keep safety in mind. Never touch a lit sparkler and place spent sparklers in water.
 
Amazon sells antique light bulbs.
Post Date: 6/25/2018 8:26:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adorama:
 
Whether you’re shooting photo or video, it’s tough to capture high-quality shots without a good source of light — that’s why most industry professionals rely on top-quality lighting equipment. Yes, sometimes you’re lucky enough to have natural light (a photographer’s — and videographer’s — dream!) but if you’re filming commercial work or weddings, you’ll undoubtedly be faced with poor lighting situations like dim reception halls or office buildings.
 
To help photographers and videographers light their shots effectively, Adorama is unveiling a new line of affordable and diverse lighting equipment and accessories. The new CLAR collection offers something for just about every visual professional — from documentary filmmakers to high-fashion photographers. Here’s a quick breakdown of the collection so you can see which product line is best for you!
 
Slim Series
 
Created with videographers in mind, the CLAR Slim Series lights attach easily to DSLR shoe mounts and have a wireless remote — the CLAR Remote for the Slim Series ($19) — that’s good for up to 100 feet (perfect when you’re managing multiple cameras at once!). As the name indicates, this product line is slim and lightweight — a must when you’re “running and gunning” for documentaries or wedding videos.
 
The line’s color temperature range is 3200K to 5600K (in increments of 100K), meaning you have optimal and precise control over the look and feel of your footage. As any wedding videographer knows, finding white balance in a reception hall can be super tricky, so this on-camera light (which also attaches to most lighting stands) can save you loads of time in post.
 
The CLAR Slim Series line includes three variations of new lights:
 
Surface Series
 
The CLAR Surface Series lights offer tremendous value and usability for videographers and photographers covering all types of work environments: press and documentaries, interviews, studio stills, location work, and weddings. The slim, lightweight lights can attach to the top of the camera or a stand, and they’re designed to supply a soft, glowing natural-looking light on the subject for a clean look.
 
Similar to the Slim Series, the Surface Series lights have a slender remote control for convenience and ease of use. Equally important — particularly for the news and documentary industry — is the tough plastic frame that protects these lights during activities like travel.
 
The Surface Series has two products:
 
Wand/Ring Light
 
Next in the new CLAR collection is the Wand and Ring Light Series, both favorites among fashion, glamour, and children photographers, and news reporters. These two products — the CLAR Luminous Pro 19? Bi-Color Ringlight Plus ($199) and the CLAR WandLux Pro and Ring Light Kit ($159) — produce soft, high-beauty light (but low heat) to keep the subject looking great and feeling comfortable throughout the full session. The ring light is also a hit for macro photographers, given its gentle yet targeted illumination finds its way into the nooks and crevices of all sorts of objects.
 
Like the previous two collections, wireless remotes give photographers the opportunity to balance and adjust luminance and white balance from afar. Additionally, the precise MultiTemp color range of 3,200 to 5,500 ensures photographers have full control over the look and the feel of their shots.
 
The CLAR Collection’s WandLux Pro and Ring Light Kit comes with the dimmable Ring Light as well as an LED handheld wand that ensures accurate colors, skin tones and hues — and lasts for at least 2.5 hours.
 
Luxpando
 
The CLAR Collection’s Luxpando series is one of the highest quality light sources you can buy. The three products across this series provide turbo-charged lighting that mimics sunlight, no matter where you are. Additionally, the Luxpando series was built for precision and power, with brightness controls from 1 to 100% and the “Dynamic TURBO Mode” that provides an extra 30% of light.
 
Perfect for media production sets, this unique series of LED lights is designed for fast movement and mega action — which is why the strong aluminum alloy housing is extra important for safekeeping. The series also has a console controller and optional wireless control for ease of use.
 
For a daytime look, try the Blackbezt Luxpando Series 5600K Daylight Studio panel ($600). For a warmer look, you’ll need the Blackbezt Luxpando Series 3000K Tungsten Studio Panel ($600). And, if you can’t decide — or know you’ll need both — CLAR has the Blackbezt Luxpando Series 3000-5600K Bi-Color LED Panel ($690), a must for major studios or production teams). All bundles come with $159.95 worth of free accessories — plus free shipping!
 
Accessories
 
To round out that new lighting arsenal, the CLAR collection features a handful of must-have accessories, including:
 
  • CLAR Honeycomb Grid ($49.95): This powerful grid helps the photographer gain more control over their light source, and helps feather unwanted hard light to avoid too much contrast or an unnatural look. The Honeycomb attaches to the CLAR Slim 500 barndoor frame, and is great for spotlight glows or, more creatively, cast shadows, sharp color projection and edge light.
  • CLAR Grid Softbox ($49.95): This accessory is designed for quick and easy use (a must for most photographers – especially on wedding days!). The Softbox comes with an Eggcrate grid that creates beautiful light feathering and attractive shadows that help the subject really “pop.” This is a must for portrait and fashion photographers, as the Eggcrate emphasizes facial structure and features in a glowing, attractive way.
Ready to take the plunge with a new lighting kit? Your future self will thank you! Here’s the full CLAR collection so you can amp up your gear arsenal today.
Category: Adorama News
Post Date: 6/25/2018 6:05:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 22, 2018

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to create a preset based on edited settings, quickly import and sync profiles and presets, and manage profiles and presets on individual devices.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/22/2018 9:28:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Shutterstock:
 
Product shots are among the most purely creative projects in visual production. You can throw on some music, take your time, pay close attention to detail, and hone your craft. There are no actors or models to wrangle and, typically, no strict timelines to contend with.
 
Whether you’re working on photos or video commercials, shooting product shots is pure imagination. You can dream up pretty much any solution to the problems you encounter, and you can create whatever visual world for your product that you want.
 
In the above video, we cover three vastly different setups for three entirely different products, and we do all of it for under $200.
Post Date: 6/22/2018 5:50:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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