Canon and Sony News for Jan 2015 (Page 3)

 Saturday, January 17, 2015

From PocketWizard:

You must be using PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later before installing the latest firmware.

Canon MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 – 7D Mark II (beta)
The current Canon ControlTL beta firmware version is 6.726 and is available through the PocketWizard Utility right now. It adds support for Canon's latest DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, and corrects a few issues. See the release notes for more information.

Nikon MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 – D750 / SB-500 (beta)
You should install the latest camera firmware, C:1.01, in your Nikon D750 before continuing.

The current Nikon ControlTL beta firmware version is 3.707 and is available through the PocketWizard Utility right now. It adds support for Nikon's latest DSLR, the Nikon D750, as well as the SB-500 Speedlight. It also corrects a few issues. See the release notes for more information.

B&H carries PocketWizard products.

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Post Date: 1/17/2015 10:02:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 16, 2015

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

The Flex is a 10”x10” flexible light panel with 166 LED diodes which are dimmable 5600k daylight balanced, or there’s a model with 3200k tungsten LEDs.

B&H carries the Wescott Flex LED Light Panel.

Post Date: 1/16/2015 12:39:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

I generally prefer to avoid the hand-of-man in my wildlife images and when setting up at the Conowingo Dam, I positioned myself to best avoid the dam, wires and other non-natural objects in my backgrounds. But ... those man-made objects were not always avoidable and ... the Conowingo Dam is a big reason why the eagles are there in the first place. And, it is a landmark among bird photographers. It is not unusual to find half a million dollars worth of gear on the shoreline below this dam. So, I find it fitting to include the dam in the background of a bald eagle image. In this example, I like the evenly-repeating pattern of the heavily blurred dam in the background.
 
The 7D II performed very well this day. I used the 600 L II IS lens for maximum reach and used the 1.4x III extender some of the time. The 1344mm effective angle of view proved challenging for tracking the erratically-flying eagles and I eventually removed the extender. However, some of my favorite shots of the day would not have been nearly as good without the extender in place. So, the with or without extender decision must be weighed in light of circumstances.


Post Date: 1/16/2015 11:52:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

With some significant steps up in speed, flexibility and responsiveness from previous EOS 5D Series cameras, you'll see why the Canon EOS 5D Mark III deserves your serious consideration.

B&H has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III Bundle that's available for $2,499.00 after rebate.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 1/16/2015 9:40:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

"There’s nothing like a fresh snowfall to make a landscape truly dramatic! Snow is an inspiring photographic subject, whether you’re shooting mountain vistas, or single flakes. But it’s also a tricky subject, and many photographers find that the glowingly bright snow scene in front of their lens mysteriously turns into a depressingly gray photo after they take the shot.This article explains why that happens, and how to avoid it, for wonderful snow photos this winter season!"
Check out the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Post Date: 1/16/2015 6:15:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 15, 2015

by Sean Setters

Ever since posting about the Canon EOS 7D L on April Fool's Day back in 2013, we receive the occasional email from site visitors who are truly interested in a camera they can operate with their left hand. More often than not, the user has experienced a trauma or some other condition which has left them partially (or completely) disabled on the right side of their body.

Being able to use both hands with relative equal dexterity is a blessing that I (as well as most of us, I'm sure) take for granted. I can scarcely imagine the obstacles and challenges of completing everyday tasks with one hand. And photography gear, with its overwhelming preference for right-handed design, becomes especially challenging to use if you do not have complete functionality on your right side.

As such, we wanted to provide a solution for those photographers who may not have full use of their right hand. What we came up with appears at the top of this post.

It's a Flip Flash Bracket from Alzo Digital with their Flash Bracket Shutter Release.

Normally speaking, the flash bracket and shutter release are designed to be used in a right-handed fashion. However, if you simply mount the camera backwards and then change the direction of the shutter release (so that it points the other way), the bracket can be held with the left hand and the shutter can be triggered with the left index finger.

One benefit of this solution is that it is camera body agnostic – it can be used with any camera body that has a tripod socket and a remote sync port (Alzo Digital sells several different versions of the shutter release to fit all types of cameras). Also, it's a relatively inexpensive solution at around $100.00.

Is it a perfect solution? Not really. In order to change camera settings, the user will need to set the camera down and go through the rather clunky process of changing settings with the left hand. However, this camera bracket does at least provide a viable solution for holding and triggering the camera for those who may only have the use of their left hand.

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Post Date: 1/15/2015 8:31:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Tonight we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile for Android phones.

Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop, allowing you to utilize your Android phone to review and edit your images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home, including:

  • access images in your Lightroom catalog
  • make selects, reject unworthy photos
  • apply a preset
  • fine tunes your images using the Basic panel
  • import new photos directly from the Gallery

Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your Android phone once it is connected to the internet. Any changes you make in Lightroom mobile will be automatically synced and updated back to the Lightroom catalog on your desktop.

Lightroom mobile utilizes Smart Previews to provide raw editing functionality on the go. Smart Previews are:

  • Based on the DNG file format
  • Limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Smaller versions original raw files
  • Can be used to make adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • Adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available

How to get started:

Download the latest version of Lightroom 5

Lightroom mobile is a companion to Lightroom desktop. Please update to the latest version of Lightroom 5 using either the Creative Cloud app or by clicking on the “Help-> Check for Updates” menu option.

Sign In

Lightroom mobile utilizes cloud services to sync Smart Previews and changes between Lightroom desktop and Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile requires a qualifying Creative Cloud or Photoshop Photography Plan subscription:

  • Creative Cloud Photography plan
  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan

Sync a collection

Lightroom mobile is organized around Collections. Images within Collections will be synced and be available in Lightroom mobile.

Download Lightroom mobile

Visit the Google Play store and download Lightroom mobile. Once you login with the same Creative Cloud account, you’ll see all of your synced Collections.

Check out your photos at lightroom.adobe.com

In addition to Lightroom mobile, we’ve also launched Lightroom web, a new way to view and share your images from any web browser. Available at http://lightroom.adobe.com.

System Requirements

  • Processor : Quad Core CPU with 1.7 GHZ ARMv7 architecture
  • RAM : 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB
  • Android Jellybean, KitKat, or Lollipop

Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5) is only $9.99 per month.

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Post Date: 1/15/2015 7:01:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

Thank you for using Canon products.

The purpose of this announcement is to inform our customers of the details of the phenomenon described below, as well as of the actions Canon is taking to address this phenomenon. Because we value the trust our customers have placed in us, we are dedicated to delivering industry-leading service and support for our products. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customer who may be inconvenienced.

Phenomenon
In rare instances, it is possible that units of the Potentially Affected Products listed below may exhibit the following operation errors, depending on usage conditions, due to insufficient contact between the camera’s battery terminal and the battery, even when the battery has sufficient power remaining.

  • The message “Charge the battery” appears immediately.
  • The power sometimes does not turn on.
  • The power turns off during use.

Potentially Affected Product
Please confirm whether your camera may be a Potentially Affected Product by checking the sixth digit from the left in the serial number which is located on the bottom of the camera body.

ProductLocation of serial numberPotentially Affected units
PowerShot ELPH 135Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 Serial NumberProducts whose sixth digit from the left is “0” may be affected.
PowerShot ELPH 150 ISCanon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Serial Number.pngProducts whose sixth digit from the left is “0” may be affected.
PowerShot ELPH 340 HSCanon PowerShot ELPH 340 IS Serial Number.pngProducts whose sixth digit from the left is “0” may be affected.
PowerShot SX280 HSCanon PowerShot SX280 HS Serial Number.pngProducts whose sixth digit from the left is “0” to “4” may be affected.
PowerShot S120Canon PowerShot S120 Serial Number.pngProducts whose sixth digit from the left is “0” or “1” may be affected.
PowerShot ELPH 140 ISCanon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS Serial Number.pngProducts whose sixth digit from the left is “0” may be affected.

Among products with the serial numbers described above, if there is a marking inside the battery cover like the ones in the images below, the issue has already been corrected, and you may continue to use your camera as is with no further action required.

ProductExample ImageMarking Position
PowerShot ELPH 135Canon PowerShot ELPH 135 Inside Battery Cover.pngMarking is on the inside of battery cover.
PowerShot ELPH 150 ISCanon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS Inside Battery Cover.pngMarking is on the inside of battery cover.
PowerShot ELPH 340 HSCanon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Inside Battery Cover.pngMarking is on the inside of battery cover.
PowerShot SX280 HSCanon PowerShot SX280 HS Inside Battery Cover.pngMarking is on the inside of battery cover.
PowerShot S120Canon PowerShot S120 Inside Battery Cover.pngMarking is on the inside of battery cover.
PowerShot ELPH 140 ISCanon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS Inside Battery Cover.pngMarking is on the inside of battery cover.

Support
If your camera exhibits the phenomenon described in this announcement, your camera, battery pack and battery charger will be inspected, and repaired or replaced with a refurbished product (in Canon’s sole discretion), free of charge. Moreover, if you paid repair fees to have your camera repaired specifically for this phenomenon, Canon will refund the fee paid, subject to Canon's confirmation that the repair was performed. If you own a camera that exhibits this phenomenon, or if you have a question about whether your camera is a Potentially Affected Product, please contact our Customer Support Center.

Please note that the support above will be available until the end of 2019 only.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Product Advisories
Post Date: 1/15/2015 6:37:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 14, 2015

From Lexar:

New Cards Provide High-Performance Capture, Play Back, and Transfer of Photo Files and 1080p Full-HD, 3D, and 4K video

Milpitas, CA – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards, offering read transfer speeds up to 150MB per second.* Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the new microSD cards leverage Ultra High Speed II (U3) to provide faster capture, play back, and transfer of photo and video files. The cards are also an excellent choice for photographers needing multiple memory cards for extended use to capture aerial content with a quadcopter.

Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards can quickly capture, play back, and transfer extended lengths of the highest quality 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, making it easy to preserve more than 15 hours of your greatest moments and then relive the action.*** As with all Lexar Professional cards, a lifetime copy of Image Rescue software is included to recover any lost or deleted files, and each card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.****

“As the many uses for microSD cards grow and evolve, we want to provide users with the best possible workflow solution,” said Adam Kaufman, director of memory card product marketing, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards allow users to enjoy the benefits of the latest UHS-II devices, while also performing at the maximum speed threshold of UHS-I devices, and provide exceptionally fast file transfer when used with the included reader. Whether it’s with a tablet, smartphone, or quadcopter, the new Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will capture and move content faster than ever before.”

“While the new UHS-II technology allows us to boost read performance in our microSD product line by more than 50%, we’ve retained full backward compatibility to older SD 2.0 and UHS-I SDR-104 hosts, allowing consumers to have full use in older devices while benefitting from the higher read speeds of the new interface,” said Wes Brewer, vice president and general manager, Lexar. “This ability, combined with a unique reader, sets the high performance Lexar Professional microSD cards miles apart from others in the market.”

The Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards are backwards compatible with UHS-I cameras and readers at UHS-I speeds, as well as non-UHS-I devices at Class 10 speeds. Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2015 with a MSRP of $59.99 (32GB), $109.99 (64GB), and $189.99 (128GB).

B&H carries Lexar memory cards.

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Post Date: 1/14/2015 10:27:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

It seems that, every time there is an astronomical event scheduled, the sky turns cloudy where I am. I'm sure that this is one of Murphy's laws, but ... sometimes everything works out anyway.
 
This particular lunar eclipse was happening early in the morning and I setup my gear the evening before. After checking the weather report immediately prior to going to bed, I turned off the alarm. The odds of the cloud cover clearing were very low and I decided that a clear mind from a solid night of sleep was the wiser decision.
 
Fortunately, my Mother-In-Law was wiser than I was (or more excited about the event) and, upon seeing some clearing in the sky, she called me at 4:30 AM. I crawled out of bed, dressed warmly, hauled the ready-to-go gear out to the front yard and found a chair to sit on. I established the focus distance and changed the lens to MF. I then established the exposure needed to keep the moon very slightly darker than blown (mostly avoiding pure white/blinkies on the LCD). The clouds indeed cleared (mostly) by the time of the event and I was able to capture many good shots.
 
As is generally the case with landscape photography, I had to embrace what the weather provided me and in this case, some remaining clouds moved across the moon at times during the eclipse. The brightness of the moon was much for the clouds to remain visible in the frame most of the time (except when the moon was very obscured), but I wanted to show the clouds in some images with the moon only slightly obscured. Thus, I used an HDR technique involving two exposures stacked and merged in Photoshop.
 
The result of this particular image is that the eclipsed portion of the moon is not as dark (due to the presence of the clouds) as those captured without clouds, but the clouds appearing to radiate from the moon yields a different look to this infrequent occurrence.
 
Obviously, for this lunar eclipse, I opted to fill the frame with just the moon vs. including a landscape in the frame. The 600mm f/4L IS II is a much-appreciated part of my kit, and this was an instance where the 2x extender proved useful.


A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.

Post Date: 1/14/2015 9:47:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Canon Professional Services:

Dates:
January 29, 2015 – February 1, 2015

Location:
Stadium at University of Phoenix
Photo Media Offices
1 Cardinals Drive
Glendale, Arizona 85305

Canon Professional Services will be on site at the stadium providing support to photographers shooting the Big Game in Arizona. All photographers must hold valid credentials issued by the event’s organizers in order to gain access.

Our Canon factory service technicians will be providing complimentary Clean & Check service on your DSLR cameras and EF lenses. (Limited to two items)

Daily equipment evaluation loans will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pro Market representatives will be available to answer technical questions and offer product demonstrations.

The CPS support center will be located on-site, in the Photo Media Offices of the stadium.

Dates and Hours of CPS Operations:

ThursdayJanuary 29, 20159:00 am - 5:00 pm
FridayJanuary 30, 20159:00 am - 5:00 pm
SaturdayJanuary 31, 20153:30 pm - 6:00 pm
SundayFebruary 1, 20159:00 am – until 15 minutes after trophy presentation

(All times are local time and schedule and content subject to change without prior notice)

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Professional Services
Post Date: 1/14/2015 9:27:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

Following the old adage in photography, learn one light before you add more, join Bob Harrington as he shows you ways to use one light creatively and efficiently to get you on your way to lighting mastery.

Post Date: 1/14/2015 7:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of two new slim and stylish COOLPIX S-series cameras, a line of compact digital cameras that incorporate advanced functions in a refined design, the COOLPIX S3700 and the COOLPIX S2900.

The S3700 has an elegant, compact body with a depth of approximately 20.1 mm. It offers an effective pixel count of 20.1-million pixels, and is equipped with an 8x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 25 mm to telephoto 200 mm angles of view (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format), and utilizes Dynamic Fine Zoom to increase zoom capability up to approximately 16x. It is equipped with a variety of advanced functions suited to portrait photography, including Smart Portrait mode, which offers an array of effects that users can enjoy applying prior to shooting, as well as Glamour Retouch, which allows users to add various effects that enhance the faces of human subjects after images are captured. In addition, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support allow users to easily transfer images to a smart device. This means that users can not only preserve beautiful images of vacations and special events, but it expands the ways in which they enjoy connecting with others.

The S2900 offers an effective pixel count of 20.1-million pixels, and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 26 mm to telephoto 130 mm angles of view (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format) and utilizes Dynamic Fine Zoom to increase zoom capability up to approximately 10x, all in a slim body with a depth measuring approximately 19.8 mm. 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom makes it easier for users to enjoy zoom photography equivalent to approximately 260 mm (equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format). In addition to an array of in-camera image editing functions, the S2900 is equipped with a number of functions that make capturing beautiful images easy while leaving everything up to the camera, including Scene Auto Selector, with which the camera identifies the subject and shooting conditions to automatically enable the optimal scene mode, and Target Finding AF, with which the camera automatically focuses on the most suitable subject when the user simply frames a photo.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 1/14/2015 7:41:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

Two compact digital cameras that enable capture of beautiful photos with simple operation

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of two new COOLPIX L-series cameras, which are developed for ease of use and equipped with functions that make these digital cameras fun to use. The COOLPIX L32 makes shooting simple and processing images enjoyable, and the COOLPIX L31 offers simple operation that can be quickly mastered by even those new to digital cameras.

The L32 is a model that offers simple operation and superior image quality with an effective pixel count of 20.1-million pixels and a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths, from the wide-angle 26mm to the telephoto 130mm (equivalent angles of view in 35mm [135] format). The 3-inch, approximately 230k-dot TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating built into the camera ensures clear viewing with both shooting and image playback. In addition, the camera is equipped with a Glamour Retouch function (offering 8 effects) that allows users to create memorable portraits with the addition of a variety of effects to the faces of human subjects after photos are taken.

The L31 is a model that enables reliable, worry-free automatic shooting. It offers an effective pixel count of 16.1-million pixels*, and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths, from the wide-angle 26mm to the telephoto 130mm (equivalent angles of view in 35mm [135] format).

Both the L32 and L31 make photographic expression, as intended, easy and enjoyable with adoption of Scene Auto Selector mode, with which the camera automatically chooses the optimal scene mode when the camera is simply pointed at the intended subject, as well as Special Effects mode and Quick Effects, which make enhancing images easy. What's more, the cameras are powered by readily available AA batteries, a common feature of L-series cameras. This means that users need not worry about whether or not batteries are charged, and can easily replace exhausted batteries.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 1/14/2015 7:26:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 13, 2015

B&H has the Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine DS Lens available for preorder.

Product Highlights

  • 135mm Lens
  • Full-Frame Coverage
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Removable Lens Hood
  • Accepts 77mm Threaded Filter Rings

Post Date: 1/13/2015 5:47:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From CNN:

January 12th, 2015 – CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting.

The cooperation arrangement will integrate efforts from CNN's existing research partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Coordination between and among CNN, GTRI and the FAA has already begun. The FAA will use data collected from this initiative to formulate a framework for various types of UAVs to be safely integrated into newsgathering operations.

"Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante. “Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace.”

“Unmanned aircraft offer news organizations significant opportunities,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We hope this agreement with CNN and the work we are doing with other news organizations and associations will help safely integrate unmanned newsgathering technology and operating procedures into the National Airspace System.”

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Post Date: 1/13/2015 1:07:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 1/13/2015 11:51:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

I previously outlined how to use Microsoft Cliplets to turn video clips into animated GIFs. This time around, I'm going to show you how to use the 7D II's awesome burst rate capability and Adobe Photoshop to do the same thing (I like this way better, actually).

First, let's set up the 7D II for optimal capture of GIFs.

  • This may be the only time you'll ever hear me say this – set your camera to JPEG (Large, or better yet – S1 or S2).
    There are several good reasons for setting your camera to capture JPEGs in this scenario. First, you'll want to be able to capture a consistent 10 fps burst for an extended period of time which would exceed the camera's buffer if shooting RAW. Second, shooting in JPEG will lessen the post-processing burden. The GIF at the top of this post was created using 60 images that were captured in a single burst, meaning my Photoshop file had 60 different layers right from the get-go. Unless your post-processing machine is a beast (mine isn't), your computer may slow to a crawl if you try working with a Photoshop PSD that has 60 (or more) 20+MP layers. As your end goal is to create a rather small GIF (that utilizes 256 colors at the most), you just don't need the benefits of RAW or even the camera's full resolution (unless you plan on cropping heavily). Shooting in JPEG S1 (2736 x 1824 pixels) or S2 (1920 x 1280 pixels) should provide plenty of resolution for most GIF applications.
  • Use a tripod and a remote release.
    Most of the best GIFs have a large percentage of static imagery in the scene with a little bit of movement to capture your attention. As such, using a tripod ensures that the static parts of your scene stay just that [static] allowing for the moving parts of your scene to have a good frame of reference. Also, a remote shutter release (either corded or wireless) will help make the capture process easier.
  • Set your camera to Manual Mode with High Speed Burst, Manual Focus and a relatively low ISO.
    These settings (along with recording images as JPEGS) will allow the camera to maintain its maximum burst rate for as long as you need to record the action you're looking to capture while the locked down exposure settings and focus ensures your scene remains static in composition and exposure (except for your moving subject, of course).
  • Choose your scene and fire away.

It may take several tries (and several hundred frames) to get the action you're looking for. Regarding the traffic GIF above, I probably shot 400-500 images because I couldn't actually see what or how much traffic was coming (the buildings blocked my view). Timing my burst to start just before the cars appeared was challenging, but after a few attempts (and a lot of long bursts) I had the images I wanted.

Now for the post processing...

1. If you shot in S1 or S2, you can probably move on to Step 2. Otherwise, you'll likely want to resize (and possibly crop) your images to reduce your post-processing workload. In my opinion, most photo GIFs work best in the 640-800 pixel range. You might also consider changing the aspect ratio of your images here (16x9, maybe?). For resizing my images, I generally use CoolTweak if I don't need to do any cropping. Once you've resized and/or cropped your images, you're ready to load the resized images into Photoshop.

2. In Photoshop (I'm using Photoshop CC), go to File --> Scripts --> Load Files Into Stack. In the following pop-up window, browse to and select your reduced sized images and click "OK." Wait for Photoshop to load the images.

Photoshop Load Images Into Stack

3. Go to Window --> Timeline. The Timeline Window should appear at the bottom. Click "Create Frame Animation."

Photoshop CC Timeline Window

4. In the top right corner of the Timeline Window, click the options button and select "Make Frames from Layers." You may also need to choose "Reverse Frames" in the same menu if your frames are playing in the wrong order (which is likely).

Photoshop CC Timeline Window Make Frames From Layers

5. Now you can press the Play button in the Timeline Window to see a preview of what your GIF will look like. At this point, here are some things you may want to do...

  • Add adjustment layers above the top-most layer in the Layers Palette. These adjustments will be applied to all the frames.
  • If there are long pauses in your sequence that you'd like to get rid of, you can simply delete the unnecessary frames from the Layers Palette.
  • If you notice distracting elements in some of the frames, you can use a base frame and mask out areas in it that you do not want to change over the animated sequence. Find the frame that you want to use as the base frame in your Layers Palette and Right Click --> Duplicate Layer. Now move that duplicated layer above all the other layers, apply a white layer mask and paint black over the areas of your frame where the movement occurs that you want to capture throughout the sequence. You can see my base layer below.

Traffic GIF Base Layer Mask

6. Once you have your GIF sequence edited, hold down CTRL + SHIFT +ALT + S (on Windows) to bring up the Save for Web window. Choose GIF from the drop-down menu, select "Forever" from the Looping Options menu and tailor the other settings to suit your needs (you can see which settings I used below).

Photoshop CC Save for Web GIF

7. And now you have your GIF! For easy sharing on social networks, you can upload your creation to Giphy and they will provide the embed code that you can use to share your GIF.

Check out Bryan's full review of the EOS 7D Mark II for more information on this full-featured (and fun) camera.

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Post Date: 1/13/2015 9:14:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA, has 28 named falls including the namesake Ricketts Glen Falls. If you don't mind climbing down from the trail and don't mind placing your tripod in the water, Ricketts Glen Falls is an easy location to get a keeper. Pick a cloudy day and use a circular polarizer filter.
 
What is the ideal exposure duration for motion-blurred water? That answer is both situational and personal preference. In this location, my personal preference is around half a second. Experiment to learn what works well and what doesn't. Watch the details in the water (typically air bubbles) go from sharp to smeared to an indistinguishably smooth color as exposure times increase. When the right amount of blur is obtained, that is the right shutter speed.


A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.

Post Date: 1/13/2015 9:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon Digital Learning Center:

"Most Canon super telephoto lenses have a cool feature called Focus Preset, which allows for quick focusing to a predetermined distance. It is an ideal tool when shooting sports or wildlife, where you might be rapidly changing focus from two vastly different distances. At a basketball game, for example, you can preset the focus on a basketball rim. Then, follow-focus the action using AI Servo AF mode via either the shutter button or the back button. When the action shifts to under or around the rim you’ve preset focus on, a slight twist of the serrated Focus Preset Ring brings that preset distance immediately into focus. The ring, located just in front of the manual focus ring, falls readily to my hand, whether I am hand-holding the lens or shooting from a monopod."
Current Canon Lenses with Focus Presets

See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.

Post Date: 1/13/2015 7:13:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Canon:

TOKYO, January 13, 2015—Canon Inc. again ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall for the number of U.S. patents awarded in 2014, according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services on January 12, 2015.

Canon actively promotes the globalization of its business and places great value on obtaining patents overseas, carefully adhering to a patent-filing strategy that pursues patents in essential countries and regions while taking into consideration the business strategies and technology and product trends unique to each location. Among these, the United States, with its many high-tech companies and large market scale, represents a particularly important region in terms of business expansion and technology alliances.

Canon U.S. patent ranking among Japanese companies 2005 - 2014

YearRanking*No. of patents
20141st (3rd)4,055
20131st (3rd)3,817
20121st (3rd)3,173
20111st (3rd)2,818
20101st (4th)2,551
20091st (4th)2,200
20081st (3rd)2,107
20071st (3rd)1,983
20061st (3rd)2,367
20051st (2nd)1,828

*Number in parenthesis represents Canon's ranking among all companies

Canon prizes its corporate DNA of placing a high priority on technology. And with regard to research and development results, the Company actively promotes the acquisition of patent rights in accordance with the management direction of the Canon Group and technology trends while conducting thorough pre-application searches to raise the quality of applications. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.

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Post Date: 1/13/2015 6:31:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 12, 2015

B&H has the long rumored and hinted about Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens available for preorder.

Post Date: 1/12/2015 11:31:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Independence Pass is at 12,095' elevation on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range in Colorado. The top of a really tall mountain is often a great location choice for photographing (or just watching) a sunset, but the best photo (or view) is not always directly into the sun to the west. Really great sunsets also light up the eastern sky and on this particular evening, a storm to the east provided great color over the stark landscape at this pass.
 
A wide angle landscape photo composed of rock and clouds and captured on a tripod generally would not need ISO increased to 200 to maintain a 1/25 second exposure just to retain sharpness. But, the wind was ripping across the top of this mountain and I was not comfortable even with this 1/25 shutter speed.
 
There are various ways to deal with wind when photographing, but a solid tripod setup is the first key. Without any other protection from the wind available at the location I was shooting from (such as a vehicle or building), I opted for my frequently-used technique of holding my coat open around the camera and much of the tripod. The coat greatly reduces the amount of wind hitting the camera, yielding a potentially much sharper image – though it leaves me quite cold sometimes. The picture lasts far longer than my coldness.


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Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/8.0  1/25s
ISO 200
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/12/2015 10:00:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens review.

As expected, the 7D II results show sharper details and slightly more resolution. The bottom line is that this lens is a bargain.

B&H has the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock.

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Post Date: 1/12/2015 8:12:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 1/12/2015 6:18:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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