The world presents us with a variety of subjects to photograph. Some may be extremely small and a bit difficult to discover or even recognize their full potential. Macro photography allows us to capture an extreme close-up and emphasize intricate detail. It can be challenging and demands a great deal of attention to photographic technique.
Join us, Tuesday, July 16th from 3PM-4PM EDT, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie explore techniques and possibilities in Macro photography, including camera and lens selection, camera supports, focusing rails and focus control, lens reversal, extension tube lighting, capture color control, image stacking for depth of field, and post-production techniques. You'll find that Macro photography is easier than it looks which will enable you to produce impressive images in no time!
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have.
Webinar attendees will have the chance to win a free SpyderLENSCAL, Fotodiox Macro Extension, DIY Photography Camera Cookie Cutter set or Bokeh Masters Kit. Tune in to also receive exclusive discounts!
Title: Macro Photography
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
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In this video tutorial by Julieanne Kost (Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5), you’ll learn the additional, seldom talked about, features in Lightroom 5 that can make a huge difference in the way that you work with your images.
Learn to use DxO Optics Pro's many advanced tools to control the white balance, the vibrancy and saturation, and the contrast and sharpness of your images during this one-hour webinar presented by professional photographer Hector Martinez.
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The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens is the first "Sports" model from Sigma's Global Vision lineup to hit the streets. The review page now has links to image quality, flare, vignetting and distortion test results along with product images and lens specs/measurements.
"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending July 6th, 2013
In the news...
On Monday, Nikon published an updated “Lens Vibration Reduction Performance Chart” to coincide with newly introduced CIPA standards. The new standards established by the CIPA mean that Vibration Reduction performance values advertised before July 1, 2013 may be inaccurate.
Also on Monday, Canon North America celebrated one million views on YouTube. This milestone came less than 4 months after Canon celebrated a similar milestone – 1 million minutes watched on its YouTube channel.
On Tuesday, Canon announced the EOS 70D. The new camera features an all-new 20.2 megapixel sensor, a DIGIC 5 processor, built-in WiFi, intelligent viewfinder and a 7 frames-per-second burst rate. And speaking of the sensor, the 70D is the first camera to feature Canon’s Dual Pixel AF system. The new AF system allows for instant, precise, continuous focusing in live view and movie recording. The new technology is touted as being a “game changer” by Canon; we certainly look forward to putting it through its paces first hand.
And, we have a three-way tie for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we posted two deals from Adorama where you could get a Canon EOS M with 22mm f/2 STM lens for $299.00, or an EOS M with the 18-55mm IS STM lens for $349.00 – both with free shipping and 2% Rewards. For perspective, the EOS M with the 22mm lens originally debuted for $799.00.
And on Thursday, we posted another deal from Adorama where you could get the Canon EOS 6D plus EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens kit with the PIXMA PRO-100 Printer and Photo Paper for $1,999.51 after $400.00 mail in rebate. At that price, it’s like buying the camera and getting the lens, printer, and paper – for free.
Note: Deals have expired.
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"
Happy Independence Day, USA! I know – I'm a day late (the holiday is on the 4th). But, the cake was not done in time to post this yesterday.
One of my life's best investments was in The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook. We gave it to my oldest daughter, Brianna, for Christmas a couple of years ago. The cookbook seldom left her side for the next year and it still gets lots of use. Brianna has become an excellent chef in that time – with deserts being one of her specialties.
Fast forward to earlier this week. I showed Brianna a picture of a cake decorated as a flag using fruit and whipped cream (our Independence Day holiday is best represented by the American flag).
Yesterday, the investment in the education (the cookbook and the time Bri spent with it) and the inspiration of a picture came together to yield this cake.
The cake of course turned into a photo subject. This time the Canon SL1 was paired with the Canon EF-S 18-55mm STM IS Lens (above) and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC Lens (below). While the lenses were not the most drool-worthy, the subject sure was.
The design was a few blueberries short of authentic, but the cake still looked great. And I can tell you that it tasted twice as good as it looked.
What inspiration are you finding in pictures? Are you generating inspiration with your pictures?
One of my jobs here is to make sure that we have the funding necessary to continue producing this site for you. Another is to find and recommend the best deals for you. Along with a great price, my definition of a good deal includes a reliable retailer with great customer service.
Adorama has emphasized again and again how much they like the site and you, our site's family. And to this point, they are making a significant commitment to all of us. While Adorama's support is going to be critical to our ongoing operations here, it is with great confidence that I direct you back to them via "BUY" buttons and other links on this site. I have personally trusted Adorama for far over $100,000 worth of gear purchases in the last 4+ years and I fully trust them to take care of your needs equally well. Adorama is a great company to work with.
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132 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing support for Canon, Leica and Panasonic lenses for Canon, Leica, Olympus and Panasonic cameras.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
New DxO Optics Modules:
Then check out Canon's special Dual Pixel CMOS AF site.
Canon UK has also posted an explanation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF in a PDF document.
Big News: Canon has just announced the EOS 70D DSLR Camera. Head straight over to the Canon EOS 70D Review page for tons of information including complete specifications (loaded into the site's comparison tool), direct comparisons, product images and the press release (link at top of page).
Note that I expect to have more information for you later today.
Canon BG-E14 Battery Grip: Adorama
From Mike Chan at the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Memory card management during a shoot is very important and we all strive to avoid that sinking feeling when you take a memory card out of your card wallet, insert it into the camera, format the card, take a shot and realize that you inadvertently overwrote a full card. A lack of battery management is not AS catastrophic, but it can mean missing a series of key shots while trying to find a fully charged battery out of your bag.
There are many different methods to battery management and it is up to you to decide what feels comfortable. For example, Canon Explorer of Light Vincent Laforet mentions in his time-lapse tutorials his method of putting colored gaffers tape over the battery contacts as a visual cue for unusable batteries. For users of the Canon LP-E6 battery (found in the EOS 60D, EOS 60Da, EOS 70D, EOS 7D, EOS 6D, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark III), Canon Inc.’s engineers have built a battery management system into the yellow battery cover.
See the entire article on Canon Digital Learning Center.
"It has been almost 3 years since I released The Unseen Sea and I'm excited and proud to share with you my latest project Adrift.
Adrift is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction between the soft mist, the ridges of the California coast and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. This is where “Adrift” was born.
The weather conditions have to be just right for the fog to glide over the hills and under the bridge. I developed a system for trying to guess when to make the drive out to shoot, which involved checking the weather forecast, satellite images and webcams multiple times a day. For about 2 years, if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am, recheck the webcams, and then set off on the 45-minute drive to the Marin Headlands.
I spent many mornings hiking in the dark to only find that the fog was too high, too low, or already gone by the time I got there. Luckily, once in a while the conditions would be perfect and I was able to capture something really special. Adrift is a collection of my favorite shots from these excursions into the ridges of the Marin Headlands.
I hope with my short film I am able to convey the feeling of happiness I felt while I experienced those stunning scenes."
RØDE Microphones is excited to announce its purchase of the acclaimed FiRe audio recording application for Apple iOS devices, from leading US based developer, Audiofile Engineering.
Audiofile are considered one of the world’s best audio software development studios across all iOS platforms. This acquisition now makes RØDE the world leader in iOS based audio recording innovation and expertise.
Under the terms of the agreement, RØDE has taken complete ownership of the app as well as the fundamental code to continue to refine new and innovative software in this growing market sector. In the next few months RØDE will release improved versions of its existing app based on the FiRe platform, RØDE Rec, and is working on new, advanced hardware.
“When we first looked at the smartphone market as a development area for RØDE, I knew that it wasn’t enough to just make a hardware product. RØDE’s goal from day one was to create a complete recording solution -- a platform that we can build around.” remarked RØDE President, Peter Freedman. “I had known and used FiRe for some time and considered it to be the best field recording app available. So in conjunction with its developers, Audiofile Engineering, we built RØDE Rec to further enhance its already impressive audio capabilities, as well as providing high-resolution support for all our hardware products. In addition to the world’s first 24/96 field recorder for iOS, the iXY”.
“Today’s purchase of the FiRe platform brings all of the IP in-house here at RØDE, allowing us to fully control the development schedule and realise many of the great plans we have for RØDE Rec and our iOS based customers around the world.” Mr Freedman continued.
Audiofile Engineering has built a strong relationship with RØDE over the past eighteen months of development, and is excited to see the application now in the hands of a pro-audio company ready to take it to the next level.
“All of the features that make FiRe an incredibly powerful field recorder for iOS make it a perfect fit for RØDE.” commented Matthew Foust, Managing Partner at Audiofile Engineering. “Creating great audio software is our passion, so we’re elated to see RØDE unite FiRe with best-in-class accessories and leverage their global presence to put it in the hands of even more people around the world.”
Audiofile Engineering will continue to support FiRE customers while the transition is occurring.
Canon has published a list of lenses that have limited compatibility with the 70D's new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. Here is that list:
|EF 14mm f/2.8L USM||EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5|
|EF 24mm f/1.4L USM||EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5A|
|EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro||EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6|
|EF 400mm f/2.8L USM||EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 PZ|
|EF 500mm f/4.5L USM||EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM|
|EF 600mm f/4L USM||EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II|
|EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM||EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III|
|EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM||EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5|
|EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM||EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6|
|EF 20-35mm f/2.8L||EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM|
|EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM||EF 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5|
|EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM||EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM|
|EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5||EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM|
|EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 II||EF 70-210mm f/4|
|EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM||EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6|
|EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6||EF 80-200mm f/2.8L|
|EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM||EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6|
|EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II||EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM|
|EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM||EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II|
|EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 III USM||EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6|
|EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USM||EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM|
|EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USM||EF 100-200mm f/4.5A|
|EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM||EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM|
|EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM||EF 100-300mm f/5.6|
|EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6||EF 100-300mm f/5.6L|
|EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM|
My understanding is that the "limited compatibility" lenses will be able to autofocus in Live View using the more-conventional contrast detection method, but they will not support the new Dual Pixel AF. The reason is likely due to a lack of capability in the lens' CPU.
"The EOS 70D digital SLR camera is ideal for anyone looking to take more control of the photographic process for satisfying creative results. Replacing the popular EOS 60D and sitting above the EOS 700D, the EOS 70D is the first DSLR camera in the world to feature all-new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and combines powerful creative features with wireless sharing functionality for a highly responsive, all-purpose camera."
Be sure to check out the "making-of" section that follows the movie (starts around 3:15 mark).
|Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM Lens||$50.00|
|Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens||$100.00|
|Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM||$150.00|
|Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens||$75.00|
|Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens||$150.00|
|Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens||$150.00|
|Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens||$100.00|
|Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens||$75.00|
|Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens||$200.00|
|Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter||$25.00|
|Sigma 2x EX DG Tele Converter||$50.00|
|Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens||$50.00|
|Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC Lens||$50.00|
|Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di II Lens||$20.00|
|Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens||$30.00|
|Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens||$100.00|
|Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens||$100.00|
|Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens||$100.00|
"Thank you to all of our Canon fans in helping us reach a new milestone of 1 million video views on our channel (and counting)! We could not have accomplished this without your help and support. As a thank you, we've created this short video including clips of our products, tutorials, movies, explorers of light and much more! We hope you enjoy!"
In March, Canon celebrated 1 million minutes watched on its YouTube channel.
Longer focal length lenses tend to have a Vibration Reduction (VR) function to compensate for image blur caused by camera shake. The function is built into the lens itself and is not camera dependent. When VR is not used a fast shutter speed is required to prevent image blur. When VR is active, slower shutter speeds can be used to produce an image without blur. The effectiveness of the VR function is measured in terms of how many shutter speed 'stops' advantage VR provides over normal use without VR.
From the 1st July, 2013 CIPA introduce a standard for Image Stabilization preformance for Digital Cameras. Nikon comply to this standard together with other manufacturers. The CIPA standard allows users to compare product VR performance in a way that is easy to understand.
This change means that VR performance figures (number of 'stops') provided in Nikkor lens product documentation and user manuals before 1st July 2013 may differ from the CIPA VR performance figures provided below.
The table below lists the Nikkor Lens VR performance according to CIPA standards.
|FX Nikkor Lens||VR Performance|
|AF-S Micro NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED||3|
|AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II||3|
|AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II||3|
|AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR||3|
|AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR||3|
|AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR||2.5|
|AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f5.6E FL ED VR||4.5|
|AF-S NIKKOR 800mm + AF-S TELECONVERTER TC800-1.25E ED||4|
|AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR||2.5|
|AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR||4|
|AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR||3.5|
|AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||3.5|
|AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II||3.5|
|AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR||4|
|AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED||2.5|
|AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED||2|
|AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR||4|
|AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II||3|
|DX Nikkor Lenses||VR Performance|
|AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR||3|
|AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||3.5|
|AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||3.5|
|AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR||3|
|AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||3.5|
|AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II||3.5|
|AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED||3|
|AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR||3|