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 Tuesday, February 27, 2018
From Sigma:
 
New Products
 
SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art
 
Stunning resolution and clarity for a breathtaking visual experience — a razor-sharp macro lens joins the Art line
 
The new SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art lens is designed to prioritize optical performance. In the standard to mid-telephoto range, it delivers stunning resolution and incredible clarity that greatly exceed expectations for a macro lens. Photography enthusiasts will recall a certain legendary, razor-sharp macro lens—the SIGMA MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG—and be glad to learn it is available in a new form, updated with outstanding Art line quality.
 
SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art
 
Zero distortion. The ultimate 14-24mm wide-aperture zoom lens. SIGMA is introducing the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art as the ultimate ultra-wide-angle zoom. While minimizing distortion, this lens offers outstanding F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and delivers top-level image quality at every focal length and every shooting distance. For these reasons, it is the definitive wide-aperture ultra-wide-angle zoom lens.
 
SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
 
Introducing the “bokeh master”—featuring incredible resolution and designed for full-frame sensors, this is the longest focal length of the Art line’s F1.4 lenses
 
Since introducing its first SIGMA Global Vision F1.4 lens in 2012, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA has been adding wide-aperture F1.4 options to the lineup. SIGMA has designed all of these lenses to offer minimal optical aberration and deliver incredible resolution and stunning contrast. The SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art has earned its place as the flagship of the F1.4 Art line lenses, prioritizing image quality above all to fulfill the promise of the line, delivering truly amazing optical performance.
 
New Product Features
 
SIGMA launches seven interchangeable Art lenses for Sony E-mount cameras with full-frame sensors
 
While offering the same high-performance optical design as other lenses in the Art line, the new Sony E-mount models will feature a newly developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Sony’s Continuous AF (AF-C) and high-speed autofocus, which are not addressed by MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
The lineup will include the Art line set of seven prime lenses covering 14mm to 135mm. It will also include two models that SIGMA will be exhibiting at CP+ 2018: 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art and 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art (launch date TBD). Further, SIGMA plans to introduce additional Sony E-mount models in the Art line going forward.
 
B&H carries Sigma Global Vision lenses.
Post Date: 2/27/2018 5:43:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 26, 2018

 
Join Canon U.S.A.’s Rudy Winston as he illustrates the benefits of the new Speedlite 470EX-AI, the world’s first flash with an Auto Intelligent Bounce function* that automatically sets the optimal bounce angle so you achieve amazing flash results indoors.
 
Preorders:
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash - B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 2/26/2018 7:46:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 25, 2018
This bull elk was in full rut, was not in a good mood and he was looking for some cows to steal (could be a Charlie Daniels song). This is an un-cropped image captured with a 600mm lens on a full frame body and under many circumstances, I was waaaay too close. What you can't see in the frame is both a Rocky Mountain National Park ranger directing visitors and vehicles and my rental SUV between the bull and I.
 
The meadow at Moraine Park is closed from late afternoon until morning and that means most photography opportunities in that location are then found alongside the road. That also means heavy competition for viewing positions when elk are present and finding a parking spot can be challenging at those times. A 4x4 vehicle with some clearance is helpful in accessing the more challenging parking opportunities (think rocks) and the rangers are also helpful, and especially helpful is preventing people from stopping in the middle of the small road, which of course still happens and creates long traffic jams. Increasing my safety were the people more "bold" (being nice here) than I.
 
At the moment this picture was taken, this solitary bull was about to cross the road. The ranger parted the crowds and I took cover behind the SUV. Because the meadow is lower than the road, the bull had been lower than camera level. While good images can be made from a higher level, eye-level is often ideal and that height was reached as the bull approached the road.
 
A catchlight in the eye adds life to an animal and that light usually comes from the sun and/or sky. There was no sun at this time (it was dark and rainy), but the more-upward angle helps to get a stronger sky reflection, lighting up the eye.
 
I could not adjust my position and was using a prime lens. That meant this subject was going to be cropped in the frame. While I like having the entire subject in the frame, I also like tightly framed portraits. Full subject framing of wildlife is usually easier to accomplish and when tighter framing avails itself, especially with an animal like this one, I usually take advantage of that opportunity.
 
When cropping a subject, there is often a variety of creative options. But, I most often want the eye in the frame. Keeping the head in the frame is often a next priority and ideally, giving the subject some space on the side of the frame being faced (the gaze weights that side of the frame). In this case, my next decision was determining how to adjust the vertical framing and more or less antler was the question. I find antlers very interesting and opted to go big on the antlers, smaller on the body. However, I left enough body showing to send the back line and a portion of the body out the left side of the frame and kept enough space below the chin to include the reverse-curving lines of the beard.
 
In this case, the elk's head, the primary part of the animal, falls approximately on the intersection of the right and lower 1/3 grid lines. The photographic rule of thirds often works well for composition, but ... I more frequently first approach composition from inclusion/exclusion and balance perspectives. What I find is that the rule of thirds can frequently later be applied to my results.
 
In general, the tighter the framing, the faster the shutter speed needs to be. For an image to be tack sharp, the exposure duration must be short enough that no details cross over to another pixel. It was dark out and I wanted to keep the ISO setting down. The 1/320 second exposure used here was a compromise and I tossed many images from this encounter due to motion blur. In the end, this was my favorite image from the series.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/25/2018 7:05:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 24, 2018
Upon seeing this image, what was the first word that came to your mind? Does the dictionary-present "Aw" stretched to "Awwwww" count?
 
Being tame, this adorable 1-day-old fawn had zero concern with my presence and that opened up the opportunity to capture some unique-perspective close-up images. When it became obvious that she was going down for some solid sleep time (about the only time fawns become motionless), I swapped the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens for the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and moved in close. The close perspective emphasizes the fawn's head, ears and hoof, making them appear large in proportion to what is farther away. As those are especially cute parts of this little animal, that perspective works well.
 
Having a still subject was only the first challenge solved and several others remained. Shooting under a high tree canopy created several additional challenges for this capture. First, it was rather dark at the ground level. Second, the backlit, light-spring-green-colored hardwood tree leaves created a green cast on the scene. And, as the breeze moved the branches, spots of direct sunlight was intermittently hitting the subject, causing bright hot spots in the image.
 
Using a monopod braced against my leg allowed me to shoot at a relatively-long 1/25 second shutter speed, addressing the darkness challenge. The color cast had to be removed during post processing and I had to revisit the color balance adjustments over a period of time until I grew comfortable with the result. I may change my mind about the color adjustments tomorrow. The last challenge was resolved with careful timing of the moving shadows, avoiding most of the hot spot problem.
 
As is so often the case with photography, the effort was worth the reward.
 
Hopefully the sleeping fawn brought a smile to your day! A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/24/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 23, 2018
Adorama has the Tiffen NATural Circular ND Filters in stock (or available for preorder, depending on the specific model/size) with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Provides perfect neutrality across the visual and IR spectrum.
  • Uses Tiffen’s ColorCore Process to laminate the filter effect between two pieces of glass, ensuring the user unparalleled quality and the guarantee that the effect will not scratch off.
  • Prevents excess light from coming in contact with the cameras sensor.
  • Will not fade when exposed to harsh lighting conditions.
  • Maintains authentic skin tones without washing out the image
Post Date: 2/23/2018 8:06:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Benjamin Warde demonstrates the usefulness of the newly added Range Mask feature found in the local adjustment section of Lightroom.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/23/2018 6:47:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA 30mm f/1.4 DC DN | Contemporary in Sony E-mount is now available.
 
Benefits of this firmware update
 
  • Improved AF performance when the “Eye AF” function is selected.
  • Improved AF performance in the peripheral areas in the image, when the “Lock on AF” function is selected.
  • Improved feeling of the MF operation of the lens.
To update the firmware, please refer to this link.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN | Contemporary Lens.
Post Date: 2/23/2018 5:41:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder.
 
According to Sigma, the 14-24mm f/2.8 Art lens is scheduled to begin shipping in mid-March.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 2/23/2018 5:34:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 22, 2018

 
'Through The Lens' is a web docu-series presented by ADORAMA. TTL is a look at the evolving aesthetic of photography as seen through this generation's creator class.
 
Check out the companion article, 6 Tricks to Bring Your Food Photography to the Next Level, on the Adorama Learning Center.
Post Date: 2/22/2018 8:06:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
New f/4 telephoto zoom lens featuring superb optical performance and a lightweight and compact body for easy portability
 
February 22,2018, Commack, New York – Tamron announces the launch of the 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034), a compact telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A034 provides superb optical performance throughout the entire zoom range and features a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1, the highest in its class.* The design includes an internal zoom mechanism that provides solid mechanical construction and stable, reliable operation. Model A034 also employs a Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) design, which enables high-speed and high-accuracy AF performance as well as powerful VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization for flexible and versatile use in various situations. For dependable outdoor use, the new telephoto zoom is equipped with Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction. The lens will be available in Canon and Nikon mounts in April at $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
1. High-performance telephoto zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F/4
Leveraging Tamron's years of knowhow developing telephoto zoom lenses, Model A034 achieves superb optical performance with high contrast and resolution. The optical construction (20 elements in 14 groups) uses three LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements to effectively compensate for axial and transverse chromatic aberrations, thereby ensuring crisp and crystal-clear image quality across the entire frame. Furthermore, Model A034 features a constant maximum aperture of F/4 throughout the entire zoom range, thus providing superior control over depth-of-field and excellent bokeh. Compared to large aperture telephoto zoom lenses, the new A034 is lighter with a weight of just 30.3 oz. and is more compact with a total length of only 6.8 in. for excellent portability. The lighter weight and smaller size make this new lens easier to carry and instantly spring into action.
 
2. Class-leading magnification ratio and MOD (Minimum Object Distance)
Model A034 boasts the highest-in-class maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1 and the shortest-in-class* MOD of 37.4 in. The shorter working distance enables photographers to capture close-up images of small objects like flowers while using a telephoto zoom. *Among 70-200mm F/4 class interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras (as of January 2018: Tamron)
 
3. Highly reliable internal zoom mechanism
Thanks to an internal zoom mechanism, the physical length of the A034 does not change during zooming, thereby minimizing changes in the center of gravity and providing more stable use and operation. In addition, it's not necessary for the photographer to move backwards even when shooting space is limited, for instance, when photographing through a wire mesh fence at a zoo. So-called "zoom creep" is impossible because the overall length never extends. Furthermore, the design provides a very robust and sturdy feeling, and the non-rotating front element makes the use of polarizing filters much easier.
 
4. High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers responsive autofocus performance plus outstanding VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization
The Dual MPU system includes two high-performance MPUs (micro-processor units) dedicated to VC processing and lens system control. Both MPUs have a DSP (Digital Signal Processing) block that provides high-speed digital signal processing, improving the computing power of the entire system. This new control system achieves high-speed and precise AF performance as well as assured VC effects.
 
Excellent autofocus performance
Model A034's AF drive system uses a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ring-type ultrasonic motor for outstanding responsiveness and to ensure fast, precise focusing. Plus, the new zoom is equipped with a Full-time Manual Focus override mechanism that enables a photographer shooting with AF to instantly make fine manual focusing adjustments without switching the AF-MF mode switch.
 
Outstanding vibration compensation effects
The new A034 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC system and achieves the CIPA image stabilization performance level of 4 stops.* Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.
*CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon: EOS-5D MKIII is used; for Nikon: D810 is used.
 
5. 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.
 
6. 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.
 
7. Compatible with Tamron teleconverter
The new lens is also compatible with the TELECONVERTER 1.4x (Model TC-X14) and TELECONVERTER 2.0x (Model TC-X20), which increase the focal length of the lens to 1.4 times and 2 times the original, respectively. Both teleconverters are carefully designed and constructed to provide outstanding high image quality.
 
8. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new A034 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 and VC.
 
9. Optional tripod mount compatible with Arca-Swiss style quick release plates
For rapid attachment to a tripod, an Arca-Swiss style tripod mount is available as an optional accessory. Featuring a hinge-type ring section, connection is easy even when the lens is mounted on a camera. To maximize the advantages of the small and lightweight F/4 zoom lens, the tripod mount is made of lightweight, sturdy magnesium alloy.
 
10. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses.* More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.
*Available only with cameras compatible with the electromagnetic diaphragm
 
Specifications
 
ModelA034
Focal Length 70-210mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Angle of View (diagonal) 34°21' -11°46'(for full-frame format)
23°01' -7°46'(for APS-C format)
Optical Construction 20 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Object Distance 37.4 in
Maximum Magnification Ratio13.1
Filter Size67mm
Maximum Diameter 76mm
Length*for Canon6.9 in.
for Nikon 6.8 in.
Weight** for Canon 30.3 oz.
for Nikon 30 oz.
Aperture Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperturef/4-F/32
Image Stabilization Performance 4 stops (CIPA Standards Compliant)
For Canon : EOS-5D MKIII is used / For Nikon : D810 is used
Standard Accessories Lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon

Preorder: Tamron 70-210mmf/4 Di VC USD: B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 2/22/2018 7:06:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 21, 2018
To be a successful commercial photographer (in whatever capacity), producing high quality images should be your number one priority. However, your second priority should likely be building a brand and marketing strategy. A good place to start? Your logo. It will ideally be featured on your website, letterhead, business cards and image watermarks.
 
In this Adobe Blog post, the Creative Cloud team offers some solid suggestions to consider when designing your logo.
 
Want to create a unique shape for your logo? Adobe Photoshop CC's paint symmetry feature may help. [Sean]
 
From the Adobe Blog:
Skim the pages of any fitness magazine and you’re likely to see a Nike Swoosh. Glance up at a billboard and you might see Mastercard’s dual circles staring down at you. Do you recognize these brands? Of course. What makes their logos work? First, recognize a logo on its own is not a brand identity, but just one part of it. Think of all the pieces of your identity together and how they can be aligned visually with your logo to make up a cohesive and effective brand identity.
 
Whether you’re trying to establish a new brand or get creative with one that’s already well-known, an effective logo is key. Context and style may vary from year-to-year, but the principles and best practices that guide logo design remain unchanged.
 
When we think about the elements of effective logos, here are some things to keep in mind.
See the entire article on the Adobe Blog.
Post Date: 2/21/2018 12:03:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to use Variable Radial Symmetry in this week's new episode.
 
Note: Try it – it's fun! :-) [Sean]
 
Mandala Symmetry by Sean

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/21/2018 7:46:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.0.3 to 1.1.0
 
  • Images can now be zoomed in and out in smaller increments.
  • The standard aspect ratio for spherical 360° content is now 16:9. When images with an aspect ratio of 16:9 are viewed at 4:3, the right and left edges will not be displayed.
  • Loop playback is now available with movies.
  • The movie editing progress bar is now easier to use.
Download: Nikon KeyMission 360/170 Utility v.1.1.0
 
B&H carries Nikon KeyMission Action Cameras.
Post Date: 2/21/2018 7:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
To be perfectly frank, I was less impressed by the results of the third installment of "Character Portraits" by Joe McNally and Daniel Norton (I thought Episode 1's portaits were more striking). However, there was a very interesting tip covered in this video. In order to create a gradation on the background, Joe and Daniel place a V-flat over a studio light placed on the ground. After that, the background gradation was controlled by simply changing the angle of the V-flat and its relative distance to the background. [Sean]
 
Other Character Portraits
 
B&H carries Profoto lighting tools.
Post Date: 2/21/2018 7:08:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From X-Rite:
 
New “Data Save” Workflow adds efficiency and flexibility
 
North White Plains – February 20, 2018 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, is pleased to announce key features and updates for its recently launched i1Studio, the start-to-finish color management solution for photographers, filmmakers and designers of all levels. Perfecting your prints starts with creating the best possible printer profiles. This initial process takes time but the result is worth the effort.
 
The new Data Save Workflow feature in i1Studio works with your schedule. This exclusive feature is now available in i1Studio v1.1 and enables users to start the printer profiling process, pause it any time and resume automatically where they left off, providing a more efficient and flexible workflow.
 
i1Studio 1.1 release also includes:
 
  • Ability to save ICC profiles in either Version 4 or Version 2
  • Profile Reminders to keep display profiles current
  • Optimized sepia look for Black & White profiling
  • Several usability improvements and minor bug fixes
The i1Studio package comes with:
 
  • i1Studio device – The all-in-one i1Studio spectrophotometer is the only device color perfectionists need to profile their monitors, scanners, projectors, mobile devices and printers.
  • i1Studio software – The i1Studio software, based on X-Rite’s award winning i1Profiler software, provides an easy to navigate interface that delivers expertly calibrated and profiled monitors for both photo and video as well as projectors, scanners and printers.
  • ColorChecker Classic Mini Target – the industry standard 24 patch target can be utilized for creating both scanner and camera profiles
  • ColorChecker Camera Calibration Software – Combining the included Classic Target together with the Camera Calibration software provides photographers the ability to set a custom white balance and create a custom camera profile for virtually any lighting situation.
  • ColorTRUE Mobile App for iOS Devices – A simple way to calibrate Apple iOS mobile devices utilizing the i1Studio hardware for a true mobile to desktop color match of all images.
B&H carries X-Rite i1Studio Spectrophotometers.
Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 2/21/2018 6:40:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 20, 2018
From Samsung:
 
New 'PM1643' is built on latest 512Gb V-NAND to offer the most advanced storage, featuring industry-first 1TB NAND flash package, 40GB of DRAM, new controller and custom software
 
Korea on February 20, 2018 – Samsung Electronics, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s largest capacity Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) solid state drive (SSD) – the PM1643 – for use in next-generation enterprise storage systems. Leveraging Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology with 64-layer, 3-bit 512-gigabit (Gb) chips, the 30.72 terabyte (TB) drive delivers twice the capacity and performance of the previous 15.36TB high-capacity lineup introduced in March 2016.
 
This breakthrough was made possible by combining 32 of the new 1TB NAND flash packages, each comprised of 16 stacked layers of 512Gb V-NAND chips. These super-dense 1TB packages allow for approximately 5,700 5-gigabyte (GB), full HD movie files to be stored within a mere 2.5-inch storage device.
 
In addition to the doubled capacity, performance levels have risen significantly and are nearly twice that of Samsung’s previous generation high-capacity SAS SSD. Based on a 12Gb/s SAS interface, the new PM1643 drive features random read and write speeds of up to 400,000 IOPS and 50,000 IOPS, and sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,100MB/s and 1,700 MB/s, respectively. These represent approximately four times the random read performance and three times the sequential read performance of a typical 2.5-inch SATA SSD*.
 
“With our launch of the 30.72TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president, Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems.”
 
Samsung reached the new capacity and performance enhancements through several technology progressions in the design of its controller, DRAM packaging and associated software. Included in these advancements is a highly efficient controller architecture that integrates nine controllers from the previous high-capacity SSD lineup into a single package, enabling a greater amount of space within the SSD to be used for storage. The PM1643 drive also applies Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology to interconnect 8Gb DDR4 chips, creating 10 4GB TSV DRAM packages, totaling 40GB of DRAM. This marks the first time that TSV-applied DRAM has been used in an SSD.
 
Complementing the SSD’s hardware ingenuity is enhanced software that supports metadata protection as well as data retention and recovery from sudden power failures, and an error correction code (ECC) algorithm to ensure high reliability and minimal storage maintenance. Furthermore, the SSD provides a robust endurance level of one full drive write per day (DWPD), which translates into writing 30.72TB of data every day over the five-year warranty period without failure. The PM1643 also offers a mean time between failures (MTBF) of two million hours.
 
Samsung started manufacturing initial quantities of the 30.72TB SSDs in January and plans to expand the lineup later this year – with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions – to further drive the growth of all-flash-arrays and accelerate the transition from hard disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs in the enterprise market. The wide range of models and much improved performance will be pivotal in meeting the growing storage needs in a host of market segments, including the government, financial services, healthcare, education, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, social media, business services, retail and communications sectors. Samsung reached the new capacity and performance enhancements through several technology progressions in the design of its controller, DRAM packaging and associated software. Included in these advancements is a highly efficient controller architecture that integrates nine controllers from the previous high-capacity SSD lineup into a single package, enabling a greater amount of space within the SSD to be used for storage. The PM1643 drive also applies Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology to interconnect 8Gb DDR4 chips, creating 10 4GB TSV DRAM packages, totaling 40GB of DRAM. This marks the first time that TSV-applied DRAM has been used in an SSD.
 
Complementing the SSD’s hardware ingenuity is enhanced software that supports metadata protection as well as data retention and recovery from sudden power failures, and an error correction code (ECC) algorithm to ensure high reliability and minimal storage maintenance. Furthermore, the SSD provides a robust endurance level of one full drive write per day (DWPD), which translates into writing 30.72TB of data every day over the five-year warranty period without failure. The PM1643 also offers a mean time between failures (MTBF) of two million hours.
 
Samsung started manufacturing initial quantities of the 30.72TB SSDs in January and plans to expand the lineup later this year – with 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB, 1.92TB, 960GB and 800GB versions – to further drive the growth of all-flash-arrays and accelerate the transition from hard disk drives (HDDs) to SSDs in the enterprise market. The wide range of models and much improved performance will be pivotal in meeting the growing storage needs in a host of market segments, including the government, financial services, healthcare, education, oil & gas, pharmaceutical, social media, business services, retail and communications sectors.
 
* Compared to 2.5-inch Samsung SSD 850 EVO
Category: Samsung News
Post Date: 2/20/2018 11:57:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Tamron YouTube Channel:
 
Legendary Photojournalist Nick Ut is a self proclaimed "Lunartic" and in this video he uses his Tamron SP 150-600mm G2 to capture a silhouette of an airplane as it passes over the moon.
 
B&H carries the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens.
Post Date: 2/20/2018 9:12:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 19, 2018
From Life Pixel:
 
With this filter you will be able to capture images like never before! After years of research and developement, we are able to bring forth a new chapter to the infrared market. The world leader in infrared conversions is once again leading the way into a new exciting experience!
 
What Makes This Filter So Special?
 
  • In Camera White Balance – That's right! No more being forced into the manufacturer's RAW software. Use your in camera white balance setting (even kelvin!) and get a vast variety of tones in your images. Then bring them into photoshop, lightroom, or any other editing software you like and you are set! No color manipulation, no extensive post-production, no channel mixing! Oh yeah, we forgot to mention you can have EVEN MORE control of your black and white images with this filter!
  • Natural Looking Skin – With infrared, portrait work is incredible! Skin looks creamy smooth and can make anybody look great out even without post production. The one drawback, is sometimes you want a more natural looking skin tone, well, now you got it! Portrait work is probably the strongest point with Hyper Color. Achieve more natural looking skin tones, whilst still capturing IR light to give foliage and the sky a dreamy effect.
  • The Most Versatile Filter – With Hyper Color, you are really getting the most adaptable infrared filter out there! Stack on any other of our infrared filters (except Super Blue) on your Hyper Color converted camera and you will be able to achieve the exact look those filters are known for. From our Super Color (590nm) to our Deep B&W (830nm), you'll be able to take advantage of any of these styles as they will overpower the internal filter and give you the desired result without long exposure times.
Ready to try it out? Click the following link to get started: Life Pixel Hyper Color IR Conversion
Category: Life Pixel News
Post Date: 2/19/2018 11:02:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 18, 2018
Getting one wild animal in ideal position for a photograph is challenging and getting multiple animals simultaneously-posed definitely ups the game. Especially when using a long telephoto lens, depth of field becomes one of the challenges. I love the subject-isolating shallow depth of field look created by these lenses, especially when used at their widest apertures, but keeping that look with multiple animals in the frame further increases the challenge. This bull and cow elk in the Moraine Park meadow cooperated very nicely for me.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/18/2018 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 17, 2018
San Luis Obispo, CA, 16 February 2018 – Really Right Stuff, LLC (RRS) is pleased to announce it is moving its manufacturing operations and headquarters to Lehi, Utah by the end of summer 2018. The move to a new, 2 ½ times larger building enables continued growth and allows RRS to better serve its customers.
 
CEO Joseph M. Johnson, Sr. commented, “Continually rising costs in California make it tough for a small business to compete in the global economy. We love beautiful San Luis Obispo, but our employees can’t afford to buy a home. The business-friendly environment and low cost of living in Lehi, Utah made it a clear choice for us to best serve our customers and employees long-term. I’m happy to see most of our employees coming with us, keeping our RRS family largely intact.”
 
Located 35 minutes south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front of the Rocky Mountains, Lehi is an ideal location for Really Right Stuff. It is the fifth fastest growing city in the country at the center of the high tech “Silicon Slopes.” Lehi’s beautiful natural surroundings provide easy access to hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, skiing, hunting, and, of course, excellent outdoor photography that spurred the birth of RRS. Six national parks are within a 4-5 hour drive from Lehi, including Yellowstone and Zion.
 
B&H carries Really Right Stuff Gear.
Post Date: 2/17/2018 12:54:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 16, 2018
Are you an accomplished photojournalist who is good at writing, very interested in politics and can work nights and weekends? If so, this is the job for you.
 
The New York Times has posted a job opening for a White House and Capitol Hill photographer.
 
Here are the details:
The New York Times is seeking a staff photographer who will primarily cover the White House and Capitol Hill. The ideal candidate is an experienced photojournalist committed to visual storytelling of all kinds, and must possess a deep interest in and understanding of American politics and government.
 
The position will be based in Washington, D.C., but will entail national and international travel.
 
The ideal candidate is a versatile visual journalist who is technically adept and open to working in a wide array of visual approaches and formats. This position requires diplomacy, ingenuity, and the ability to convey the world of Washington to our readers with images that go beyond press briefings and photo sprays. The ideal candidate will excel under deadline pressure and will also possess excellent reporting and writing skills, as he or she will be expected to provide not only imagery, but accurate and thorough captions and accompanying reporting.
 
The candidate should be an excellent collaborator and should be able to generate and execute story ideas and project proposals.
 
This Guild job is based in Washington, D.C., and may include night and weekend work.
 
The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics.
You can apply for the White House Photographer Position on the New York Times website.
Post Date: 2/16/2018 2:03:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The Canon USA recently uploaded an EOS C200 and C200B Video Training Series to its YouTube channel.
 
Canon EOS C200 and C200B Video Training Series
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C200 and C200B Cinema Cameras.
Post Date: 2/16/2018 8:32:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 15, 2018
From ProGrade:
 
Former Lexar Executives Start New Company: Pledge to Focus on Developing and Marketing Products of Superior Performance, Quality and Reliability
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Feb 15, 2018 8:00 am EST — ProGrade Digital, a new company founded on a mission to provide the highest quality, professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions available, today announced a new line of products designed to uniquely fill the needs of today’s high-end DLSRs, camcorders and digital cinema cameras. Memory cards will be offered in a variety of formats and industry-leading capacities. The company will also design and market a selection of card readers, starting with a CFast & SD Dual Slot Workflow Reader that boasts a USB 3.1, Gen. 2 transfer protocol. ProGrade Digital’s new memory cards and card readers will become available in the month of February Amazon.com and B&H Photo and Video.
 
ProGrade Digital was founded by former executives from Lexar who held management or technical leadership positions at the company recognized as the pioneer in memory card development for digital photography. The team has more than 60 years of combined experience in the design, development and manufacture of memory cards gained while working for Lexar, SanDisk and other firms. Leveraging its experience and industry relationships, the team will focus exclusively on developing and marketing memory cards, card readers and software optimized for use within professional cinema and photography markets.
 
“Our goal is to be the professional’s source for top performing, professional grade memory cards and workflow solutions,” says Wes Brewer, founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “We will be committed to focusing our efforts on the digital imaging pro who is meticulous about his equipment and workflow—delivering the best service, plus best product quality and reliability.”
 
Key Features of ProGrade Digital Memory Products
 
Imaging experts who shoot RAW, RAW HD video, 4K, 8K, 3D and 360-degree video may rely on ProGrade Digital’s high-performance storage cards and workflow accessories.
 
Memory Card Key Features
 
  • Professional-level capacities for CFast 2.0 and SDXC UHS-II memory cards
  • Optimized controllers specifically designed for use in professional-grade cameras
  • Rigorous full-card testing with serialized tracking of key components and manufacturing
  • ta for the highest quality control
  • Component-level testing down to individual memory chips for optimal quality
  • 3-year warranty
Card Reader Key Features
 
  • Dual slot reader for CFast 2.0 and SDXC UHS-II card formats
  • USB 3.1 Gen. 2 transfer speed of up to 10Gb/second
  • Supports concurrent full-speed flow of data from cards in each slot
  • Portable and compact
  • Includes two 18” connection cables: one for Type A to Type C and one for Type C to
  • pe C
  • Magnetized reader bottom firmly connects reader to laptop (using included metal
  • unting plate)
  • 2-year warranty
Card FormatSpeedCapacitiesPricing
CFast 2.0 550MB/sec128GB, 256GB, 512GB$229.99, $349.99, $699.99
SDXC UHS-II, Class U3200MB/sec64GB, 128GB, 256GB$54.99, $94.99, $189.99

ReaderSupported MediaInterfaceSpeedPricing
CFast & SD Dual Slot Workflow ReaderCFast 2.0, SDXCUSB 3.1 Gen. 2 Up to10Gb/sec79.99

ProGrade Digital memory cards are designed to provide the highest levels of performance, quality and reliability in high-end DSLRs, camcorders and digital cinema cameras from manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Sony and Blackmagic.
 
ProGrade Digital cards and card readers are available online at Amazon.com and B&H Photo and Video.
Post Date: 2/15/2018 6:26:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
In October 2017, Macphun announced that it would be changing its name to Skylum. Four months later, the name change is officially complete.
 
To celebrate the finalization of its name change, Skylum is offering special discounts on Luminar 2018 and Aurora HDR 2018 through February 26 when you use our special promo code, THEDIGITALPICTURE.
 
Luminar 2018
 
  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade for $39 with coupon code
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $59 with coupon code
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase
Bonuses:
 
  • 2 E-books from Andrew Gibson: "The Creative Photographer" and "Mastering Exposure"
  • Ultra Violet LUTs by Richard Harrington
  • Ultra Violet Preset Pack by Richard Harrington
  • Futuristic Preset Pack
Aurora HDR 2018
 
  • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $49 with coupon code
  • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89 with coupon code
  • A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase
Bonuses:
 
  • "Accelerate Your Photography" Ebook by Anne McKinnell
  • Deep dive Video Tutorial from Trey Ratcliff
  • Warm & Beautiful Preset Pack
Download Trials:
 
Skylum Luminar 2018
Skylum Aurora HDR 2018
Category: Skylum News
Post Date: 2/15/2018 11:18:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lensbaby:
 
Portland, OR (February 15, 2018) - Lensbaby—makers of award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories—announces the launch of an entirely new kind of creative effects lens, the Burnside 35.
 
The first ever wide angle adaptation of the Petzval lens design, this 35mm f/2.8 lens creates images with a large, bright central area of sharp focus and striking color rendition surrounded by variable, swirling bokeh and vignette. It also features an effect slider that operates as a second internal iris that changes the shape and amount of swirl in the bokeh; all while adding or removing vignette and center brightness.
 
Lensbaby Burnside 35 Sample Image

Burnside’s 35mm focal length lets you capture a scene at a normal-wide perspective with a dimensionality that makes your subject jump off the page. This lens opens up a new world of creative possibilities for those shooting street photography, landscapes, environmental portraits and more.
 
“The Burnside 35 is one of the most versatile Lensbabies we’ve made,” said Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Craig Strong. “It gives you the ability to have a strong or subtle creative effect in a single lens, a lens you might just keep on your camera all day long.”
 
Adding to the Burnside 35’s versatility is the radical, new effect slider that can be used to add center brightness, in-camera vignette and adjust bokeh detail. You can toggle the gold-anodized effect slider on the barrel of the lens to create variable balance and harmony between center brightness, bokeh and vignette. The effect slider features a four-stop range of vignette and bokeh enhancement so you can dial in the exact look that appeals to you.
 
Burnside 35 joins Lensbaby’s lens lineup as an all-metal, non-tilting lens similar to their bestselling Velvet series. Made specifically for full frame and crop sensor cameras, this lens is compatible with Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Sony E, Fuji X and Samsung NX.
 
Burnside 35 Product Specs:
 
  • Focal Length: 35mm
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-16
  • 6 blade internal aperture
  • 8 blade secondary internal aperture for the effect slider
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 6 inches
  • Maximum Focus Distance: Infinity
  • 62mm filter threads
  • Focus type: Manual
  • Size/ Weight: 13.2 oz (374.21g)
  • 6 multi-coated glass elements, in 4 groups
The Burnside 35 is now available for purchase on lensbaby.com and select Lensbaby-authorized retailers for $499.95.
 
B&H has the Lensbaby Burnside 35 available for preorder.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 2/15/2018 6:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Godox AD600Pro Witstro All-In-One Flash in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
If I were building an outdoor lighting kit today, this high power, battery-operated flash would definitely be on my short list. If you don't already have a compatible wireless trigger, check out the AD600Pro Wistro flash/wireless TTL trigger bundles. [Sean]
 
Note: The Godox AD600Pro Witstro is basically identical to the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro TTL, available at Adorama.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz Wireless X System
  • Compatible with Most TTL Systems
  • 600Ws, 1/256 to 1/1 Power Output
  • Runs on Lithium Battery or AC Power
  • Up to 360 Full-Power Flashes
  • Flash Duration: 1/220 to 1/10,100 Sec
  • 1/8000 Sec High-Speed Sync
  • 0.01-0.9 Sec Recycling Time
  • 38W Modeling Lamp
  • Stable Color Temperature Mode
Post Date: 2/15/2018 5:41:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 14, 2018

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
This time around, Jake traveled upstate to explore and hike the beautiful Hudson Valley with the new DJI Mavic Air, which offers improved image quality, new high frame rates, refined flight controls and advanced quick capture modes. So bundle up, and join Jake on a cold winter drone flying adventure!
 
B&H has the DJI Mavic Air (Onyx) in stock.
Post Date: 2/14/2018 8:56:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the PHLEARN YouTube Channel:
 
Like many other techniques in photography, creating effective composition is best done in-camera rather than during the editing process. That being said, there will be times where you may want to make minor adjustments or even completely change the composition in a shot. For those situations, the Crop Tool in Photoshop provides useful guides for some of the most common compositional techniques.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/14/2018 7:14:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron USA posted the image above to its Facebook account around midnight last night. The big question is, of course – "What is it?"
 
Let us know in the comments below what you think the new lens will be.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/14/2018 5:37:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Adobe has released a new version of Photoshop CC with the following reported changes:
 
  • This update addresses several high priority issues discovered since the last release.
  • Photoshop Camera RAW 10.2(CC): Update to Camera Raw plug-in that ships with Photoshop CC. Adds raw support for new camera models.
Unfortunately, we cannot elaborate more on what "high priority issues" mean because... Adobe hasn't made that information publicly available yet (as far as we can tell).
 
The new version of Photoshop CC can be downloaded via the Creative Cloud desktop app.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/13/2018 12:56:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., February 13, 2018 – As a testament to the company’s strong standing as a good corporate citizen and its proactive approach to corporate social responsibility initiatives, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has been recognized as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This recognition is based on a variety of factors including: measuring and improving culture, leading with integrity and committing to transparency, diversity and inclusion. In 2018, 135 companies were recognized across 23 countries and 57 industries.
 
“I’d like to thank the Ethisphere Institute for this honor, which Canon takes great pride in,” said Kenneth Sharpe, Vice President, Corporate Audit, Ethics and Business Consultation, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “To be named as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies is a true reflection of the values, culture and leadership that drive our organization. This distinction speaks to the integrity that is present throughout every level of our organization and represents the hard work and dedication of our cherished colleagues who work to meet this high standard every day.”
 
“While the discourse around the world changed profoundly in 2017, a stronger voice emerged. Global corporations operating with a common rule of law are now society’s strongest force to improve the human condition. This year we saw companies increasingly finding their voice. The World’s Most Ethical Companies, in particular, continued to show exemplary leadership,” said Timothy Erblich, Chief Executive Officer of Ethisphere. "I congratulate everyone at Canon U.S.A., Inc. for being recognized as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies."
 
The World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient (EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. Scores are generated in five key categories:
 
  • Ethics and compliance program (35%)
  • Corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%)
  • Culture of ethics (20%)
  • Governance (15%)
  • Leadership, innovation and reputation (10%)
Research by the Ethisphere Institute has found that, when indexed, companies listed among the “World’s Most Ethical” outperformed the U.S. Large Cap Index over five years by 10.72 percent and over three years by 4.88 percent. Ethisphere refers to this as the Ethics Premium.
 
The full list of the 2018 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at www.worldsmostethicalcompanies.com/honorees.
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/13/2018 12:16:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Adobe Blog:
 
Today we’re proud to release updates to the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem, including updates for Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS. We’ve optimized performance, added support for new cameras and lenses, and added some great new features for desktop and Android.
 
Our primary focus with this release was internal beauty, as we put a lot of effort into tuning and improving stability. In Lightroom CC on Mac and Windows, you’ll notice big improvements like moving to the next photo, grid scrolling, and exporting, while all apps have become a lot more stable. Download the latest updates via the Creative Cloud app and let us know what you think.
 
The February update includes other great features across the ecosystem:
 
LrCC desktop
 
Add copyright to imported images
 
The new Copyright preference (listed under Preferences -> General) enables you to automatically include your copyright on all photos added to Lightroom CC. All images added after you enable this preference will include your copyright.
 
LrCC Android
 
Geometry tab — premium editing features
 
Now the most powerful tools for correcting perspective distortion are available on a mobile device. Use the Auto Upright tools to automatically identify how to correct your photo or use the incredibly precise Guided Upright tool to take complete control over your photo. Additional control provided with the Geometry sliders helps you take the correction even further.
 
Available now on Android devices and coming soon to iOS.
 
Add watermark on export
 
First introduced for mobile on iOS and now available on Android, you can use the Watermark feature to add a text-based watermark when you share or save your photos. You can find this feature under the Preferences > Sharing Options menu.
 
Search your Lightroom library with Google Assistant — premium feature
 
Our Adobe Sensei-based search algorithms are now accessible from your phone’s home screen. Open the Google Assistant and, for example, say, “Search mountains in Lightroom” to launch Lightroom and find matching photos. This feature requires an internet connection and Android Marshmallow or later.
 
Add photos to Lightroom from your favorite apps
 
A new “Add to Lr” option is now available within the share sheet of your favorite apps, enabling you to send photos from another app directly into your Lightroom library, making it easier than ever to get all of your photos into Lightroom.
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC and Camera RAW 10.2
 
  • Fujifilm X-A5
  • Fujifilm X-A20
  • Olympus PEN E-PL9
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-GF10 (DC-GF90)
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-GH5s
New Lens Support in Lightroom CC and Camera RAW 10.2
 
CanonCanon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
Canon7.2/10.2
LeicaLeica NOCTILUX-M 75mm f/1.25 ASPH.
LeicaLeica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2
RokinonRokinon SP 14mm f/2.4
RokinonRokinon SP 85mm f/1.2
SonySony E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
TamronTAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035
TamronTAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035 x1.4
TamronTAMRON 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 Di VC USD A035 x2.0
ZeissZeiss Milvus 1.4/25 ZE
ZeissZeiss Milvus 1.4/25 ZF.2

Experience faster performance with CPU and memory optimizations
 
Experience faster Lightroom Classic performance on machines with 12 GB of RAM or more, when you import and export photos, move between photos in Loupe view, or create HDR images and panoramas.
 
Issues fixed in Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 (February 2018 release)
 
  • Info overlay disappears when moving between modules
  • Watermark omitted from embedded thumbnails of exported JPEGs
  • Palette Gear not working in Dutch, French, Italian, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
by Sean Setters
 
If you're like me, you sometimes get the itch to photograph something, but your immediate surroundings leave you somewhat uninspired. Thankfully, the Multiple Exposures feature found in most mid-to-high level Canon cameras can help with that.
 
Canon Cameras that can shoot multiple exposures in-camera include:
 
  • EOS 1D X Mark II
  • EOS 1D X
  • EOS 5D Mark IV
  • EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 6D Mark II
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D Mark II
  • EOS 80D
  • EOS 70D
While most of the DSLRs above can be set to record the final multiple exposure image and the images used to create the final exposure, the EOS 70D, 80D, 6D and 6D Mark II only allow for saving the finished image (not the component images). This feature limitation can be important as you will not be able to create your own multiple exposure in post-processing using the component images.
 
While testing out some different lighting setups in my studio this weekend, I remembered that a dark silhouette-style portrait can create an ideal base for a multiple exposure image. However, I didn't want a complete silhouette, and instead opted to use two rim lights (studio strobes with gridded strip boxes) for the profile image so that the lit areas of my face and head would still be visible in the combined exposure. A single, bare 580EX Speedlite provided the lighting for the background.
 
Multiple Exposure Base Image Feb 2018

The image was captured with a tripod mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark III and EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro set to Manual mode, 2-second delay (shutter tripped via wireless remote), f/5.6, 1/160 second, ISO 320.
 
With my base image captured and specified in the Multiple Exposure menu options, I switched my camera to Av mode (leaving the camera set to f/5.6 and ISO 320), walked out my studio door and searched for subject/composition that might work well for the multiple exposure. At first, the trunk of a large tree that borders the backyard caught my attention. This was the result:
 
Multiple Exposure with Bark Image Feb 2018

After seeing the combined result on my screen, I thought the bark overlay was interesting, but I wasn't completely satisfied. Looking upward, I found another possible subject – my neighbor's tree. I shot three different compositions using the tree, with my favorite appearing atop this post.
 
If you'd like to try out your camera's Multiple Exposure feature, here are a few tips we outlined in our article, Multiple Exposures: Yet Another Way to Add Value to Your Wedding Services.
 
Set the camera as follows:
 
Multiple exposureOn:Func/ctrl
Multi expose ctrlAdditive
No. of exposures2
Save source imgsAll images
Continue Mult-exp1-shot only

* The option to save source images may not be available on some cameras.
 
  1. Create a silhouette image to use as the base layer. Note that the brighter areas of the each image will be what comes through prominently in the final image. An underexposed profile/silhouette set against a bright sky (or pure white background) tends to work well for a base layer.
  2. Turn on Live View. Use the LCD's preview to help you align the next shot. Note that you may need to use negative exposure compensation (for both the base and second image) to keep from overexposing the final image.
  3. Preview your results. If you don't like the final image, simply go back into the Multiple Exposure options and designate your original base image to be used for your next attempt.
Take this opportunity to think about what kinds of subjects could be silhouetted in your multiple exposure image, capture it, and then brainstorm what kinds of subjects may work well as an overlay (or simply walk out our door and go for a walk as I did). You might even change focal lengths and apertures between your base and overlay images to create interesting effects. With a little bit of practice, and the help of the preview on your camera's LCD monitor, you'll be able to create interesting multiple exposures in no time!
Post Date: 2/13/2018 8:01:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 12, 2018
From Sigma:
Front Conversion Service: Service Overview
 
To support the needs of virtual reality creators engaged in multi-camera videography, SIGMA is offering the new Front Conversion Service for the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens . With this service, SIGMA converts the petal-type hood of the lens to an exclusive round component that lacks a light-blocking function. The new front helps prevent the lens from interfering with other lenses or from casting a visible shadow during multi-camera work. This is a for-fee service performed exclusively by SIGMA. Use of the service has no impact on the validity of the product warranty.
 
Cost, service time and warranty depends on each country and territory.
 
Please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA service station for more information.
I can't help but think that very few people will be removing their Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art's hoods, but the option is available for those doing "multi-camera work."
 
Can you think of any other reasons why you would want to leave such a large front element unprotected? Also, can you spot another notable difference in the lenses pictured above, aside from the missing lens hood? My guess is that at least one of these pictures was taken earlier in production, when the final design hadn't been fully estabilished. [Sean]
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/12/2018 10:03:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Christopher Burress YouTube Channel:
 
25 Hopefully helpful tips that you may not know, as fast as possible!
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/12/2018 5:33:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 11, 2018
The Cathedral Parish of St Patrick is one of my favorite churches and I previously shared an image of its ceiling captured at 12mm. While I liked that one a lot, I wanted to see what the same scene looked like captured at 11mm.
 
Can a 1mm difference in focal length make a significant difference in an image? Absolutely. While a 1mm difference is meaningless at 400mm, it is substantial at extreme wide angles and the difference between 11mm and 12mm is very noticeable. Of course, wider is not always better and sometimes 12mm is a better choice than 11mm. If you must decide between these two focal lengths, keep in mind that an 11mm image can be cropped to 12mm framing. Cropping of course results in reduced resolution, but going the other direction requires panorama capture and that becomes especially complicated when mixed with an HDR technique as was required by this image.
 
While it seems that going into a church and photographing straight up would be easy, this image was very challenging to capture. Getting the camera alignment (nearly) perfect was the big part of the challenge. The camera had to be perfectly centered in the scene, directed straight upward and aligned square with the architecture. Any misalignment meant that certain aspects in the scene would not match throughout the image, such as the bottom of the arches being equally aligned with the designs painted on the ceiling.
 
A slight misalignment makes it appear that you didn't do your job correctly. Intentionally framing the scene so that it is not close to square saves a lot of effort. Challenges are fun, but those not wanting to make that effort should consider the latter.
 
If you don't have the very-fun 11mm focal length covered in your kit, the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens is an inexpensive option that performs very well.
 
Take advantage of an Irix Firefly $50 instant savings promotion (or save $125 on the Blackstone version) at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 2/11/2018 6:45:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 9, 2018
Photo District News (PDN) recently published an article describing the pitfalls of photographers (in some states) treating their crew as independent contractors.
 
From PDN:
Others in the industry are at risk if they don’t know that various freelance crew members qualify as employees, not independent contractors—at least in California and New York. Employers in those states—including photographers and producers—must withhold taxes from the wages of employees, provide workers’ comp and unemployment insurance, and in California at least, pay employees immediately at the end of a job.
 
“It’s a huge can of worms,” says a freelance ad agency art buyer who asked for anonymity to protect relationships with her clients. “[M]any New York agencies and most editorial entities are refusing to reimburse any cost associated with payroll.” Those costs can increase crew expenses on a shoot by 20 to 30 percent.
 
The statutory penalty under California law for “willfully” misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor is now a minimum of $5,000 per infraction. And the statutory penalty for failing to pay an employee in California at the end of a job—including a still photo shoot—is the employee’s day rate times the number of days the paycheck is delayed, up to a maximum of 30 days.
Read the entire article on PDN.
Post Date: 2/9/2018 11:01:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/9/2018 8:42:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adroama YouTube Channel:
 
'Through The Lens' is a web docu-series presented by ADORAMA. TTL is a look at the evolving aesthetic of photography as seen through this generation's creator class.
 
Tune in every Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 AM EST starting February 7, 2018 for a new creator.
 
Follow Elizabeth:
https://www.instagram.com/elizabethgadd/
https://www.elizabethgadd.com/
Post Date: 2/9/2018 7:05:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the development of a new ultimate ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art.
 
Now SIGMA is introducing the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art as the ultimate ultra-wide-angle zoom. While minimizing distortion, this lens offers outstanding F2.8 brightness throughout the zoom range and delivers top-level image quality at every focal length and every shooting distance. For these reasons, it is the definitive wide-aperture ultra-wide-angle zoom lens.
 
Features:
 
  • Outstanding Art line image quality
  • Compatible with Canon Lens Aberration Correction
  • Dust- and splash-proof structure
Specifications
 
Lens construction17 elements in 11 groups
Angle of view114.2° - 84.1°
Number of diaphragm blades9 (Rounded diaphragm)
Minimum apertureF22
Minimum focusing distance26cm* / 10.2 in.*
Maximum magnification ratio1:5.4
Dimensions
(diameter x length)
96.4mm × 135.1mm / 3.8in. x 5.3in.
Weight1,150g / 40.6oz.

* At 24mm end of the zoom range
 
Corresponding AF Mounts
 
  • SIGMA / NIKON / CANON
The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism. Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.
 
Release date and price: TBD
Accessories: Case, Cover Lens Cap (LC964-01)
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/9/2018 5:39:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 8, 2018
Nikon has released its third quarter financial results for the year ending March 31, 2018. As usual, we find the presentation material tobe the best way to digest the information.
 
3rd Quarter 2018 Financial Results
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/8/2018 12:32:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Zoom F1 Field Recorder with Shotgun Microphone is in stock at B&H with free expedited shipping.
 
Unfortunately, the Zoom F1 Field Recorder with Lavalier Microphone hasn't arrived in stock just yet, but it won't likely be long until it hits the shelves as well. If you already have a lavalier microphone, getting the shotgun mic bundle can greatly increase the versatility of your audio capture kit for only $50.00 more than the lavalier bundle. This mic should work very well for those who are creating wedding videos with their DSLR gear.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2-Channel Field Audio Recorder
  • SGH-6 Shotgun Microphone
  • SMF-1 Shockmount Attaches to Camera
  • 1/8" Stereo Mic/Line Input
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz Audio, WAV and MP3
  • On-Board Limiter and Auto-Level Control
  • One-Touch Controls, Easy-to-Read Display
  • Up to 32GB on microSD or microSDHC Card
  • 2 x AAA Batteries Record up to 6.5 Hours
  • Windscreen, Audio Cable for Camera
Post Date: 2/8/2018 11:26:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Let's face it, while light stands can be extremely handy, they can also take up a lot of space in your studio when in use (especially when multiple light stands are being used) and cumbersome to transport. Other times, a light stand simply won't fit where you want to place your light. Thankfully, there are a few good alternatives for propping up your shoe-mount flashes and/or studio strobes when a light stand just won't do or is otherwise unavailable.
 

 
Manfrotto 175F Justin Spring Clamp with Flash Shoe

1) Justin Clamp
 
The Justin Clamp is a spring clamp with a cold flash swivel shoe. It's great for clamping shoe-mount flashes to boards/pipes/banisters up to approx. 1.6" (4 cm) thick.
 
So why is it called a "Justin" Clamp? We have famed photographer Joe McNally to thank for that. According to his 2009 blog post:
I was hanging SB-80 flashes all over aircraft with these cheesy, flimsy, third party [lousy] hot shoe clamping doobers, and getting frustrated as [could be], cause the little ball heads really couldn’t hold more than a thimble full of weight, and they were always slipping and the flashes would spill light in unwanted directions.
 
I called my bud Justin Stailey, then of the Bogen Corporation, and complained. Photographers. We’re good at complaining. I said there had to be a better way, and Justin being Justin, found one. He brought some off the shelf Manfrotto parts over to my studio and cobbled this little Frankenstein of a clamp together. I said "Perfect, that’s what I want, give me 10 of them."
 
I wrote about in American Photo, and called it the Justin Clamp. Got Justin in hot water, though, cause his professors at RIT were pretty upset that a relatively recent graduate all of a sudden had a frikkin’ piece of equipment named after his own self. Justin is now with Leica cameras, and exploring the wonders of German optics.
So now you know!
 
Impact Super Clamp with Ratchet Handle

2) Super Clamp with Stud or Pin
 
The Super Clamp allows you to affix your flash to pipes/tubes 0.5" - 2.1" (1.3 - 5.3 cm) and also includes a wedge insert that allows you to securely clamp the device to flat surfaces as well. The standard Super Clamp comes with a hex stud that you can use to mount an umbrella swivel or a studio strobe (some studio strobes may require a Super Clamp with Pin). Also, if using with a monolight, you may be better off getting a T-handle/ Mafer version of the super clamp as the ratchet version may impede using ratchet mechanism on your studio light.
 
Avenger C1000 Drop Ceiling Scissor Clamp

3) Drop Ceiling Scissor Clamp
 
A drop ceiling scissor clamp is an inexpensive tool that is especially well suited for office environment lighting applications. Hop on a chair (carefully), reach up and affix the clamp on a cross bar and it's ready for mounting an umbrella swivel or strobe. I've had a pair of these in my lighting kit for years and they've been very helpful for on-location headshots (I typically use them with shoe-mount flashes to light the background or for a hair/separation light positioned behind a subject). Drop ceiling scissor clamps are so small, and so inexpensive, there's no excuse not have at least a couple of them in your lighting kit.
 
Avenger F1000 Pump Cup with Baby Swivel Pin

4) Suction Cup with Baby Pin
 
If you don't have room to set up a light stand, but you have a smooth, flat surface (such as glass) available, the Avenger Pump Cup can really save the day. With a load capacity rating of 4.41 lbs (2 kg), you won't want to use this tool with heavy modifiers on your lights. However, for loads within the load capacity rating, the stability of this device is impressive. I recently got a second one to use in my automobile boom rig, and decided to test the new F1000 before having to depend on it for a shoot. After pumping the cup to the proper suction (the red line disappears), the tool was impossible to remove from a window pane. In fact, it remained there for 3 days (with me trying to release it each day) before it finally released after a significant amount of effort.
 
Note that Avenger makes a swivel pin version (seen above) and one with a straight pin. While the straight pin model is slightly less expensive, I think the versatility afforded by the swivel pin is well worth its slightly higher price.
 
Impact 3in Baby Pin Wall Plate

5) Baby Pin Wall Plate
 
For permanent studio applications, baby pin wall plates provide fixed mounting options at a bargain price compared to quality light stands. For less than $15.00 and the cost of 4 screws, you can mount a 3" or 6" (7.6 or 15.2 cm) baby pin wall plate to your ceiling, a wall stud or a support beam/column. For those with small studios, mounting your lights to the walls and ceiling can help you maximize the space you have for posing your subjects. On that note, I recently installed an Avenger F805 6.0" Baby Wall Plate to a ceiling support beam in my studio so that I could leave a hair/separation light semi-permanently installed in a typically optimal location.
 
Wrap-Up
 
Don't get me wrong, I love light stands, especially C-stands and my personal favorite, the Matthews Maxi Kit Steel Stand. But there are times when adding a (or another) light stand to your setup is impractical or even impossible, given certain constraints. In those situations, the tools above can provide you with various ways to mount your lights without requiring the use of a light stand. Also, don't underestimate the importance of minimizing the number of light stands you have set up for a particular session; one less light stand erected means there is one less light stand leg for your subject (or yourself) to trip over, possibly causing injury or equipment damage in the process.
Post Date: 2/8/2018 7:27:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Watch as Charles Glatzer, Canon Explorer of Light shows how, why, and when to use the various meter patterns and modes to best advantage. The advantages and detriments of Manual and Auto priority modes will be covered at length. Easy to remember exposure tips and techniques will be provided.
 
Charles covers a number of post-production techniques in Lightroom, Photoshop, stand alone/plug-in software, and more to ensure you are extracting all the highlight detail captured in your RAW file.
Post Date: 2/8/2018 7:15:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vello BG-N19 Battery Grip for Nikon D850 in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
The Nikon MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack has been in short supply, making the Vello option even more enticing.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Extended Grip for Vertical Composition
  • Extends Shooting Time
  • Holds One EN-EL15a Battery
  • Also Works with Eight AA Batteries
  • Holds EN-EL18b Battery with BL-5 Cover
  • Supports EP-5B + EH-5c AC Adapter
  • Shutter Release Button with Control Lock
  • Two Command Dials, AF-ON and Fn Buttons
  • Slot for Holding Rubber Contact Cover
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Slot for Tripod Use
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/8/2018 6:56:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.2.10 to Version 1.2.11
 
Fixed the following issues:
 
  • The XMP/IPTC Information > Keywords history could not be deleted.
  • Auto Play sometimes failed to function as expected when Filters were enabled.
Download: Nikon ViewNX-i 1.2.11
Post Date: 2/8/2018 5:22:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 7, 2018
B&H has the Steadicam AIR 25 Monopod in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Instant Push-Pedal Height Adjustment
  • Quickly Adjust Between High & Low Angles
  • Ideal for Fast-Paced Scenes, Like Dances
  • 3 Sections, Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Twist Leg Lock for 360 Degree Rotation
  • Supports Full-Size Cameras & Long Lenses
  • Gas Lift & Spring Activated Pedal
  • 25 lb Weight Capacity
  • Lightweight at 3.5 lb
Post Date: 2/7/2018 12:22:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In 2011, I [Sean] attended a Flash Bus Tour event in Nashville, TN hosted by David Hobby (the Strobist) and Joe McNally where the two famed photographers shared a multitude of off-camera flash tips gained from years of experimenting with various lighting techniques. It was a great experience. I was a big fan of David Hobby's going into the event, and I came out of the event with an equal amount of appreciation and admiration for Joe McNally.
 
In regards to the video above, even with years of experience under their belts, it's really interesting to listen to Joe and Daniel Norton discuss their brainstorming session before the shoot. It's also important to realize that not everything you try as a photographer is going to work; don't let fear paralyze you. As Joe says, "Sometimes you throw a dart at the wall, and sometimes it doesn't work. Then you regear and go a different direction."
 
Things to take away from the video:
 
  • V-flats (either white or black) are easy to create, relatively inexpensive and extremely versatile tools. In some cases, heavy black fabric (duvetyne) can work just as well.
  • Adding more flashes (reducing the power output required by each flash) can allow you to shoot more quickly, portraying confidence to your subject(s) and potentially reducing the amount of time required to get the shots you need.
  • Shooting tethered makes it easier (and faster) to confirm your depth-of-field is adequate to cover your subject.
  • Although not specifically elaborated on, the softness of the giant diffused light source along with the large fill reflector helps minimize the look of lines and wrinkles that may be prominant on older subjects. Instead of using hard light to create contrast and convey power, Joe is relying on the subject's light skin and hair set against the black background (paired with the subject's wardrobe) for contrast.
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Join Photographers Joe McNally and Daniel Norton for the first in a series of character portrait studies. Character portraiture is not just about finding interesting subjects, but creating light that hi-lights the subject in such a way to emphasize what it is we as photographer’s see in them. In the case of Mary, Joe and Daniel saw a beauty refined over a lifetime and a commanding yet subtle presence. To capture this, a large (thus soft) diffused light was used. This allowed for a flat almost shadowless light on Mary that was then contrasted by the choice of a black background and wardrobe. This combination focuses the viewer on the delicate quality of Mary’s expressions.
Post Date: 2/7/2018 11:12:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
How old is your computer? I'm prompted to ask because Sean just posted a hot deal on a model similar to what I upgraded to a few weeks ago (the model I purchased has the i7-8550U 1.8GHz processor).
 
I typically upgrade my laptop annually as the improved performance is usually worth the cost and effort of doing so. But, I had been using a Dell XPS 15 (9530) for nearly 3 years (it was a very fast model when I bought it) and I was still struggling to find the time to make the switch. Finally deciding to make the move, I chose to go with Dell's powerful-but-tiny XPS 13. What it delivers in the tiny form factor is quite impressive.
 
While there are a lot of benchmarks for measuring computer performance, highly relevant to me is the RAW image conversion time. A hand-timed measurement for processing 8 RAW EOS 5Ds R files into 16-bit TIFF files using Canon Digital Photo Professional on the 3-year-old laptop was 2:00. The new laptop smoked the old one, knocking out the same task (same RAW files) in 0:50. Update: I was later testing another feature with a fresh set of RAW files and, for whatever reasons, was getting considerably longer processing times on the new laptop. The times were still faster than the old one, but not so dramatically so.
 
So, how old is your computer? We focus on keeping our camera gear up to date, but today, computers fill a key role in our photography workflow. If your computer is more than a couple of years old, you may find great benefit in upgrading it. Think about the difference I experienced if you are processing images from a sporting event, wedding or other shoot that generates a large number, perhaps even thousands, of images.
 
Not all tasks, especially less-intensive ones, seem to be accomplished noticeably faster in my upgrade. But, does the computer you are using now have an SSD? If not, brace yourself for the speed improvement a model with this drive type will bring. That difference is dramatic even for short tasks like opening applications.
 
If this sweet little Dell XPS 13 is not the model you are looking for, B&H has many other options for you to choose from. Head over and take a look.
 
What do you do with the old laptop/computer? While computers don't hold their value as well as lenses, they are still worth something on the used market. Try selling it on eBay (always use the eBay link at the bottom of all pages on the site).
 
Another good option is keep the old computer for secondary use, including as a backup to the primary model. Turning the replaced computer into a digital picture frame, bringing your deep archives to life, is a great idea. One more suggestion: there are many charities that would love to put your used machine to use in doing good.
 
I had planned to share this suggestion with you, but today's Dell XPS 13 deal accelerated my timeframe for this post. I wanted you to be able to catch the deal.
Post Date: 2/7/2018 9:59:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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