From the B&H YouTube Channel:
The video review checks out the new H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Audio Recorder. This new update keeps the smart feature set that made the original a big hit and adds a few significant improvements.
B&H has uploaded more of its Optic 2016 event presentations to YouTube. Below is a list of the presentations availalbe.
Newly Available Presentations
Previously Posted Presentations
Pye Jirsa of Lin and Jirsa Photography shares his tips for photographing bridal parties with Profoto's off-camera flashes.
Nikon's new YouTube series – Exploring NIKKOR Lenses – highlights specific lenses in Nikon's lineup. The two lenses that have been featured so far (70-200mm f/2.8 VR II & 85mm f/1.4) can be seen below.
According to a study published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, approximately 80% of those in North America live in ares where the Milky Way is no longer visible.
We found that about 83% of the world’s population and more than 99% of the U.S. and European populations live under light-polluted skies (that is, where artificial sky brightness at the zenith is >14 µcd/m2). Due to light pollution, the Milky Way is not visible to more than one-third of humanity, including 60% of Europeans and nearly 80% of North Americans. Moreover, 23% of the world’s land surfaces between 75°N and 60°S, 88% of Europe, and almost half of the United States experience light-polluted nights.Read the entire study at ScienceAdvances.com.
The countries with the populations least affected by light pollution are Chad, Central African Republic, and Madagascar, with more than three-quarters of their inhabitants living under pristine sky conditions. The countries and territories with the largest nonpolluted areas are Greenland (only 0.12% of its area does not have pristine skies), Central African Republic (0.29%), Niue (0.45%), Somalia (1.2%), and Mauritania (1.4%).
On the other side, the most light-polluted country is Singapore, where the entire population lives under skies so bright that the eye cannot fully dark-adapt to night vision. Other populations experiencing this level of light pollution are Kuwait (98%), Qatar (97%), United Arab Emirates (93%), Saudi Arabia (83%), South Korea (66%), Israel (61%), Argentina (58%), Libya (53%), and Trinidad and Tobago (50%); all of these countries have more than half of their inhabitants living under extremely bright skies.
With a TDP popularity rank of 67 among Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the EF 20mm f/2.8 doesn't get a lot of love. Make some comparisons at 20mm and see if you think it deserves better.
It looks like Canon will soon be offering the new EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM in EOS M3 and M10 kits in Japan (and possibly other regions as well). You can see the kits below.
B&H has uploaded a number of its Optic 2016 event presentations to YouTube. You can find the current list below.
B&H Optic 2016 Presentations
The dark side has never been so attractive.
Hampstead, MD — June 14, 2016 — Only a few months after having introduced NUANCES Full ND filters – the best Neutral Density filters available, Cokin is proud to announce NUANCES Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters.
Cokin states that their biggest challenge has been to adapt their coating technology to make it graduated. A nano-metallic alloy is gradually applied on both sides of a highly resistant tempered Schott Glass B270, renowned for its high transmittance and low reflection. The result is stunning neutrality, completely free of infrared pollution. Multiple NUANCES filters (GND or Full) can be stacked without color cast.
NUANCES GND filters are dedicated to landscape photography. When the dynamic range of film or the sensor is too narrow, they allow a balanced brightness between two parts of an image by efficiently keeping details in overly-bright part of a scene. GND filters effect cannot be reproduced in post-processing, where clipping is hard to recover. The transition between the dark and light areas is soft, making it easier to use in most situations.
NUANCES GND filters are designed to fit Cokin’s range of CREATIVE filter-holders, from M to XL sizes. They can be combined with other filters from the CREATIVE Filter System range for unlimited creativity. L and XL sizes to begin shipping in late June with M sizes to ship in late July.
British photographer Mark Lloyd works in the specialised world of sailing and over the last 15 years has won himself a reputation for exceptional action images of all manner of watery pursuits. His latest assignment, to photograph the America’s Cup catamarans as they ‘fly’ across the race course, is being made infinitely easier thanks to the EOS-1D X Mark II, as he explains to CPN Editor David Corfield...See the entire article on CPS website.
Want even more info on the 1D X II? Check out Bryan's full review for all the details.
What other 14 L II comparisons do you like?
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
I used to consider myself a “natural light” photographer and I got really good at controlling the light that was provided to me to make beautiful portraits. Speedlites were somewhat of a mystery to me for some reason because while using TTL (through-the-lens flash metering), I never knew exactly how much light I was putting on my subject. For some reason, that was important to me, most likely because I learned on manual flash units that had three settings . . . 50 watt seconds, 100 watt seconds and 200 watt seconds. Anyway, once the 600EX-RT was released back in early 2012, a whole new world of lighting control opened up to me. I love these Speedlites for a few reasons:See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
I’m absolutely a Speedlite guy because they are so darned reliable and portable.
- I have the reliability of radio transmission from camera to off camera Speedlites.
- TTL automatic flash is very accurate, more so than it’s ever been.
- With this system I had complete control over all units in up to five different groups with the ability of having some flashes in E-TTL and others in manual.
While on a recent trip to ShutterFest, a terrific photography conference in St. Louis each Spring, I taught a class entitled Great light Anywhere, Anytime with Speedlites. The goal of the class was to give students more confidence, something I didn’t have until 2012 when this Speedlite made its debut!
During the class we made some terrific images of our model, Anna Elizabeth Truett, and I’d like to share some of them by walking you through the progression of how the final portrait was created . . . all with Speedlites.
From the FJ Westcott YouTube Channel:
Go on location and behind the scenes with Joel Grimes in Phoenix, AZ as he discusses the best setups for lighting outdoor portraits with a beauty dish and strobe.
From the I AM NIKON Blog:
“It’s all a big mess,” that’s how Nikon Europe Ambassador, Joel Marklund, described covering each adrenaline-fuelled moment of the recent nail-biting UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.See the entire post on the I AM NIKON Blog.
Setting up on the sidelines, handling his remote cameras, the pressure to send images ‘live’ & using the ethernet, the importance of position and a little creative thinking: Joel shares what it takes to really deliver the signature shots everyone wants.
From Canon USA:
MELVILLE, N.Y., June 15, 2016 – Expanding upon the excitement of the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of four new large format media options, including three media for the fine arts and photography market, as well as a signage media that can be used outdoors. The Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster, and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media, previously available in cut sheet for the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer users, are now available in 100-foot rolls for those images that were meant to be printed in large format. The first of its kind to be added to the imagePROGRAF media lineup, the Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene paper expands the applications available for imagePROGRAF large format printers.
Fine Arts and Photography Media
Providing photographers with an outstanding medium for their images, the Photo Paper ProPlatinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media are available in widths of 17, 24, 36 and 42-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length. Leveraging the image performance of the newly developed LUCIA PRO pigment ink, these newmedia are great for customers with 12-channel models, including the new imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 and PRO-4000 printers.
For prints with vivid color and deep blacks, the durable Photo Paper Pro Platinum (300gsm) provides excellent color fastness, to help minimize fading or running. Another medium offering ample fade-resistance, the Photo Paper Pro Luster paper (260gsm), features a calm texture that is resistant to the effects of lighting, making it suitable for exhibition and gallery settings. This photo paper also dries quickly for easy handling. The Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte (210gsm) offers professionals and skilled amateurs a media with smooth surface quality for outstanding color performance. Great for printing black-and-white photography, this paper provides a natural whiteness, thickness and smooth texture while also offering superb gradations.
With this newly developed, Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene media, posters can now be displayed outdoors for up to six months without lamination.* The durable, synthetic medium uses a binder for water and light resistance, helping to prevent the ink-receiving layer from peeling. The addition of a UV absorber limits density reduction on printed areas to help keep output vibrant over time while exposed to sunlight.
Best-suited for the production signage and poster printing markets, this new media is compatible with existing imagePROGRAF pigment printers, including the new PRO Series and the imagePROGRAF branded 12-color, eight-color and six-color devices. At 115gsm, this paper is available in widths of 24, 36, 42 and 54-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length.
“Whether printing a photo to be hung in a gallery or outdoor signage subject to the elements, image quality should be consistently vibrant and beautiful from the moment a picture is captured to the time it leaves the printer,” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With these new media, large format customers can expect their prints will be created with the same Canon quality they have come to know and love.”
These new media are now available for purchase through authorized Canon dealers. The new imagePROGRAF PRO Series Large Format printers are now available for ordering and will ship mid-June.
From the FJ Westcott YouTube Channel:
Go behind-the-scenes with world-renowned photographer Joel Grimes in Phoenix, AZ as he discusses the best techniques and tricks for lighting portraits with a beauty dish and strobe.
Commercial photographer Joel Grimes has nearly thirty years of experience in the field. Throughout his successful career, Joel's assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and to over fifty countries around the globe. Aside from his commercial work, Joel views himself as an ambassador for the photographic creative process, teaching hands-on workshops around the world as a Canon Explorer of Light.
Designed by Joel, the 24" Rapid Box Beauty Dish is a collapsible, travel-friendly softbox for beauty and fashion photography. This ultra-portable beauty dish directs a soft, clean pattern of light. Featuring a soft white interior, 16 durable ribs, and a true parabolic form, this softbox is a must-have modifier for any portrait photographer.
WATSONVILLE, CA. – JUNE 15, 2016 – ExpoImaging, Inc., creator of the patented Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid, the first stacking honeycomb grid system for off-camera flash speedlights, today announced availability of new accessory White Grid Inserts for the Rogue Flash Grid.
Honeycomb grids attach to flashes in portrait photography help create mood or drama in an image. They are typically used to modify hair light, rim light, background light, or the main light to focus attention on the subject.
The new White Grid Inserts from Rogue Photographic Design were designed to scatter light exiting the product’s honeycomb grid cells. When directed towards a flat surface they produce a light pattern different from traditional black grids, a center spot surrounded by a glowing halo-like aura.
“Portrait photographers looking for a more gradual transition from light to shadow with their grids will be thrilled with our new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid,” said Erik Sowder, ExpoImaging CEO. “When used in portrait photography, the edge of the lighting pattern produced by the white grids appears much softer and gentler, compared to the rapid fall-off and more dramatic lighting effect produced by black grids. This provides an advantage for creating smoother background lighting when shooting elegant or feminine styled portraits.”
The White Grid Inserts will not change the color of the flash. “Our experience manufacturing the ExpoDisc White Balance Filter helped us in our search to identify the best material to use in making the white grids,” said Sowder. “The result is consistent color from the center grid spot to the outer edge of the light pattern.”
As an accessory attachment to the popular Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid for speedlights, which offers photographers the versatility to choose between a 16º, 25º and 45º spot of light, the new White Grid Inserts give photographers even more choices to help them create the style of lighting and mood they envision for their subject’s image.
To use Rogue’s new White Grid Inserts, photographers need the attachment Grid Strap included with the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid (sold separately). The White Grid Inserts cannot be attached to the flash without the Grid Strap. The Grid Strap can be purchased separately online for $14.95 at RogueFlash.com
Pricing and Availability
The new White Grid Inserts for the Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid are available from ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. The White Grid Inserts package includes the Grid Bezel, the 25° White Honeycomb Grid insert, and the 45° White Honeycomb Grid insert. The Rogue White Grid Inserts retail for $19.95.
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed an optical design patent for an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens. While the patent does not specifically mention the "L" branding or "IS," the current 24-105L is more than a decade old and may be due for a refresh in the not-so-distant future.
That said, the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is a lens I use very frequently, and right now you can get a Canon USA refurbished model for only $599.99 + tax & shipping.
Join Central Park Conservancy Photographer and Historian Sara Cedar Miller for a short illustrated presentation on the beautiful design and spectacular features of the Park. Learn about the miraculous transformation of the Park from national disgrace to national treasure by the Central Park Conservancy, the not for profit organization that has managed, restored and maintained the nation's most celebrated urban park for the past 35 years.
Note from Sean: Speaking as someone who has never visited Central Park, I found this video very informative. Miller describes the history of the park and how the Conservancy brought it back to life.
by Sean Setters
A couple of weeks ago my work laptop went kaput (SSD failure). And while I had a relatively recent backup of my entire system, what I didn't have was an install file for the Flickr Uploadr program I've been using for years. That wonderful little program allowed me to right-click images and choose "Send to Flickr."
After choosing "Send to Flickr," the following window would pop-up (I still have it installed on my home desktop and simulated my last upload for this post):
The old Uploadr program did everything I wanted. It allowed me to upload batches of images with the same titles, descriptions & tags to whichever album I wanted and in whatever order I wanted. Also great was that nothing was uploaded until the entire batch was ready. And with the program set to an "Anyone" privacy setting, images were immediately available for everyone to see after the upload completed.
I expected that the new Flickr Uploadr program would provide similar functionality. After installation, I decided to walkthrough adding an image using the new program. I was dismayed to learn that it didn't add a right-click shortcut "Add to Flickr." In order for the program to upload the image, I had to specify where the image was stored or save the image in some [rather mundane] location, like the Pictures folder.
How. Incredibly. Stupid.
The new Uploadr does exactly one thing – it automatically uploads images that are saved to specified folders. Then you're required to edit your images' information using a web browser, just as if you had uploaded the image through the web browser to begin with.
I don't use Flickr as a image backup system. I use it to showcase images that I think are worth sharing. I shoot quite a bit, but I'm selective in what I post. But when I want to post a batch of images, I want all the information to be in place before the images are uploaded.
When a program is updated, we generally get more features, not fewer features. And in this case, the full functionality of the old program has been replaced with a single – and quite useless for my needs – feature, UPLOAD NOW!
And this program is a Pro feature? Really? To say I'm bitter about the change is an understatement.
What do you think? Are there any Pro users who find the new Uploadr program useful for anything? Am I missing something?
I've been using Blend If in the Layer Style window for quite some time as an easy way to combine/composite images with white/dark backgrounds, but I never thought to use it to selectively apply noise reduction to shadow areas.
Also, Blake's use of the Color Fill Layer (via Clipping Mask) to visualize where the noise reduction is taking place is simple yet ingenious. [Sean]
From the Peter Hurley YouTube Channel:
Peter's friend and Oracle Team USA tactician, Andrew Campbell, gives Peter a tour of the compound in Bermuda as the team is busy preparing to defend their America's Cup title. The tour randomly turns into a full on photo shoot and we can see Peter's excitement as he incorporates the use his portrait skills with these talented sailors at the top of their sport. A sport Peter traded for a camera after training for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.
From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
Watch photographer Benjamin Von Wong detail how to level up your epic photography game!
The 135mm f/2 lens is notably absent from the third party lens lineup, leaving the Nikon 135 f/2 as the only directly comparable lens. Zeiss has an amazing MF-only alternative – here is that comparison (1Ds III tests).
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
Erik Valind demonstrates how to fill in shadows with ambient light using the Rogue Super Soft Silver/Natural White reflector and shows the difference between standard silver reflectors and the new Rogue Super Soft Silver Reflector.
Note from Sean: A reflector is an inexpensive, simple piece of gear that every portrait photographer should have at his/her disposal. If you are new to photography and want to explore portrait lighting, investing in a reflector is a good place to start. And if you do not have an assistant to help you hold/position the reflector, consider picking up a light stand and reflector holder as well.