Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Aug 2019 (Page 3)

 Monday, August 5, 2019
Canon has released EOS 80D Firmware Update v1.0.3.
 
Firmware Version 1.0.3 incorporates the following improvement and fix:
 
  • Corrects a PTP communications vulnerability.
  • Corrects a vulnerability related to firmware update.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/5/2019 8:34:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
Today we show you how to quickly outline any text in Photoshop! Learn how to use the Type Tool and Layer Styles to create your own custom graphics and advertisements.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 8/5/2019 6:08:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 2, 2019

 
TTL (Through-the-Lens) makes shooting a breeze. Point the camera at your subject, set the exposure values in-camera and the amount of light hitting your subject is dynamically determined by a pre-flash emitted by your TTL-enabled light before each shot. Unfortunately, using TTL has notable drawbacks, as illustrated in the video above.
 
When shooting in a studio or under very controlled conditions, using manual flash settings will ensure consistent exposures throughout the session. Alternately, when shooting under circumstances with quickly changing ambient light and/or subject-to-flash distances, the benefits of TTL will be very much appreciated. [Sean]
 
Gear Used in the Video
 
Post Date: 8/2/2019 6:27:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to release the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art.
 
Many photographers like to use low sensitivity shooting to minimize noise as much as they can. Particularly in the photography of starry skies, bright wide-angle lenses are often selected because they can efficiently collect weak light. The 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art has been developed as the ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens by optimizing the standard specifications for photographing starry skies for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The uniform rendering performance and outstanding resolution to the edge of the frame make it the “definitive lens for astrophotography.” By utilizing the characteristics of the short flange focal length, this new-generation large-diameter zoom lens combines both compact body and unprecedented high-resolution image quality.
 
*About Product Name: Product name includes “DG” when the lens is designed to deliver the ultimate in performance on cameras with full-frame sensors, and “DN” when the lens design is optimized for mirrorless cameras with the short flange focal length.
 
Launch: August, 2019
Accessories: Case, Cover Lens Cap (LC850-01) supplied
Available AF mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount
 
* The L-Mount Trademark is a registered Trademark of Leica Camera AG.
* The appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 
B&H has the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 8/2/2019 5:57:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Up next in the Performers Series, Joe McNally goes behind-the-scenes with Las Vegas showgirl Joli Irvine to document all the glamour on stage and organized chaos backstage. “There’s a lot of performance experience that I’m photographing here on stage. That’s what I’m trying to capture – the feeling and glamour of the stage; the performer right before the lights go up and the crowd starts cheering.” From photographing low-light moments to stunning portraits, Joe utilized the #mirrorless #Z7 high resolution 45.7MP sensor to capture the fine details.
 
Gear used:
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/2/2019 5:48:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 1, 2019
My favorite camera mode is manual mode. But, when lighting conditions are changing rapidly, it is often helpful to get the camera involved in the decision-making process via auto exposure. When using auto exposure, most often I'm still using manual mode, but with auto ISO being selected.
 
In auto exposure modes, the camera must be able to guess the proper exposure, or close enough that the result can be adjusted to perfection during post-processing without detriment to image quality (increased noise for example). When photographing deer, a subject rather neutral in relative brightness, in their natural environment, the camera often gets the auto exposure right. Wildlife photography is usually very challenging, involving unpredictable action and fast camera work, and having the camera take care of the exposure can make the difference between getting a great shot and getting nothing. With the exposure being determined by the camera, I can focus on getting the shot.
 
When the camera can guess the exposure with good accuracy and auto ISO in manual mode is being used, the shutter speed alone can be rapidly changed as needed to produce a sharp image. For example, if an animal that has been in fast motion (requiring a fast shutter speed) pauses and stares at something while motionless, a quick roll of the top dial can increase the exposure times to allow lower ISO settings be taken advantage of.
 
One thing I need to focus on is not getting too close to my wildlife subjects. While getting close enough to wildlife is a common challenge, being over-successful, getting too close, can sometimes be an issue. Wildlife subjects often need some space around them in the frame, some breathing room. Getting closer means a stronger background blur, but in this case, it meant not enough breathing room around the mule deer buck. Fortunately, Photoshop helped me increase the canvas size, adding some background to the perimeter of this image.
 
Another teaching point illustrated here is the catchlight in the buck's eye. In practically all images containing an eye, catchlights will add positively to the result, giving sparkle and life to the subject. Catchlights can be created with flash lighting, but when photographing wildlife, the sun, or at least the bright sky, is my favorite catchlight source as it usually provides the most natural appearance.
 
For catchlights to happen, something bright, often the sun/sky, must be able to reflect in the subject's eye. Think about the animal's rounded eye reflecting such and the camera angle needed for that to happen. The subject's head position can make a difference with a raised head increasing the chances for catchlight reflections. Your position can also make a difference. The lower your position relative to the subject, the more likely you are to get catchlights reflecting the light source. When the sun is the catchlight source, the lower the sun, the better the odds are that it will reflect in the eyes. The more exposed the sky is, the better the likelihood of a reflection.
 
In this example, I had a catchlight. However, with just a slight amount of the sky reflecting in the top of the deer's eye, it was a weak one. Using an exposure adjustment layer in Photoshop, I added a mask that was entirely black (not affecting the image) except for the little catchlight and then slid the exposure adjustment slider slightly to the right to increase the brightness, affecting only the catchlight. This tiny adjustment made a noticeable difference in the final result.
 
I'm always looking for an entertaining or at least unusual behavior to capture in wildlife images. This buck's large rack added points to the entertainment factor, but its behavior was rather boring — it was mostly feeding. While smelling the small plant is not dramatic behavior, it does speak to this animal's keen sense of smell and its ability to communicate in this way. The huge rock behind the buck provided an out-of-the-norm background for the image and the position of the antlers allowed all of the points to be seen. Thus, this image was my pick from this session.
 
A reminder: there is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park. While elk are our primary subject, we'll be opportunistic, taking advantage of other wildlife that avails itself as illustrated here.
 
Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to join!
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 8/1/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Tamron YouTube channel:
 
Tamron is a global manufacturer of optical equipment that offers premium-quality products, Interchangeable lenses for 35mm / Digital SLR camera, Interchangeable lenses for Non-Reflex type camera, Surveillance camera lenses, FA and Machine vision lenses, Camcorder lenses, and Drone lenses and others for many different industries.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Post Date: 8/1/2019 6:01:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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