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 Monday, September 16, 2013
From Photoshelter:
The Wedding Photographer’s Pre-Event Checklist with Michael Duval
As a wedding photographer, you’re likely fun, bubbly and creative – but are you also exceedingly organized? Do you start preparing for a wedding months ahead of the actual date?
If you answered “no” or even “sometimes” to either of these questions, then you need Boston-based wedding photographer Mike Duval’s pre-event checklist in your back pocket. Mike has been shooting weddings with his wife (true story!) for the last eight years, and has found himself in enough sticky situations to know that you can never plan too much for the big day.
In this live webinar on Tuesday, September 17th at 4pm ET, Mike will take us through his pre-wedding prep list, starting from the time of booking up to the wedding day. He’ll cover:

  • Venue scouting: what to look for when researching online and during the site visit
  • Pre-wedding questionnaire: what to ask the couple before and on the big day
  • Gear checklist: must-have equipment for shooting weddings
  • Customer service: little things that can help put you and your clients at ease

Join us for this webinar, co-hosted by PhotoShelter and LensProToGo, and never be underprepared for a wedding again.
Register Now

Post Date: 9/16/2013 11:58:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Think Tank Photo:
Think Tank Photo today released the seventh in its “About A Photograph” video series. In it, photojournalist Joe McNally, described by American Photo magazine as “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today,” narrates the fascinating story behind his striking image of Bolshoi Prima Ballerina Nadia Grachevo taken atop a roof overlooking the Kremlin.
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Post Date: 9/16/2013 11:11:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
I've added a few sample pictures to the last two Sigma 120-300mm OS Lens Reviews. Remember, the "Sports" version of the Sigma 120-300 OS is the newer lens and is capable of matching or exceeding the samples shown for the older "DG" lens, so check out both sets.
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM "Sports" Lens
Post Date: 9/16/2013 10:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From AdoramaTV:
Adorama Photography TV Presents Photo on the Go with Joe McNally. In this episode, Joe takes us on a location shoot in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In this exclusive episode of Photo on the Go, shot exclusively for AdoramaTV, join Joe McNally as he deconstructs his lighting setup and relays some strategies on how to deal with bright sunlight when shooting an outdoor portrait, and also shows how using a Hoodman Loupe aids in seeing your LCD display in bright sunlight. Note: When using large light modifiers in windy environments, be sure to use plenty of sandbags to keep your light stands from toppling over.
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Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 9/16/2013 9:36:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 15, 2013

"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending September 14th, 2013
In the news...
On Monday, LensRentals announced they were opening a new office in Brentwood near Nashville, TN. If you live in the Nashville area, you will have the opportunity to pick up and drop off your rentals in person to avoid shipping charges.
On Tuesday, Canon Professional Services USA notified CPS members of upcoming program changes. Some of the changes include getting rid of paper vouchers for maintenance cleanings, shortening evaluation loan times, and modifying repair discounts for Gold and Platinum members.
In site news and reviews...
On Tuesday, Bryan published his full review of the Canon EOS 70D. Bryan was very impressed by the 70D’s responsive, full-featured autofocus system and image quality that seemed “just right.” For all the details, check out 70D’s full review.
On Wednesday, yours truly published a full review on the Spiffy Gear Light Blaster. The Light Blaster allows you to use items you probably already own – a flash and a DSLR lens – to project transparent slides onto any surface. You can use the Light Blaster to easily transform a drab background into something more intriguing. Check out the Light Blaster review for more information.
On Thursday, Bryan published a tutorial on how to create natural-looking HDR photos using any image editing program that allows you to create layers and masks. Want to keep the detail in your shadows without blowing the highlights in your next landscape photo? Check out Bryan’s tutorial to see how.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Wednesday, we posted a deal from where you could get a Canon 5D Mark III, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS, PIXMA PRO-100 printer, photo paper and an Adobe software bundle for $3,499.00 after rebate. Considering that a 5D Mark III sells for that retail price all by itself, the bundle was an especially good deal.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 9/15/2013 4:32:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 13, 2013
CanvasPeople is celebrating "Friday the 13th" by offering their custom Canvas Wraps at 70% off.
Sale Prices


Post Date: 9/13/2013 1:41:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon Professional Services (USA):
Since announcing the changes to the CPS program a few days ago, we have been monitoring feedback from our membership base. Please see below for additional information regarding the upcoming changes to the CPS program.
Effective Date for the New CPS Benefits Structure
The new CPS member benefit structure will become effective for all members on October 1, 2013.
Equipment Evaluation Loan Period
To allow for transit times, the period for equipment evaluation loans will be ten days, starting when the loaned product is shipped to you and ending when we receive the loaned product back.
Handling of Clean and Check Coupons that Have Not Yet Been Used
From October 1, 2013 until the end of your current membership term, the entire annual Canon Maintenance Service (CMS) benefit will be available for you to use (10 pieces of cameras or lenses for Platinum members and 5 pieces for Gold members). Since the number of CMS transactions allowed under the new benefits structure is greater than the previous number of Clean and Check coupons, the coupons will no longer be needed.
Shipping Charges for Canon Maintenance Service (CMS)
Shipping charges for eligible CMS requests will be handled in the same manner as eligible product repair requests. Platinum level members will receive free shipping for both inbound and return. Gold level members will receive free return shipping service.
Annual Repair Limits
From October 1, 2013 until the end of your current membership term, the entire annual repair limit benefit will be available for you to use (15 pieces for Platinum members and 10 pieces for Gold members).
We appreciate your feedback and understanding while we transition to the new program benefits.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2013 1:09:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today we're going to start something new - a discussion post. We'll post a topic and you're invited to sound off on our Facebook page.
What was the key feature that drove you to upgrade from your previous camera or caused you to choose a higher end model in the lineup?
Was it the AF system? Full-frame sensor? Burst rate? Build quality, weather sealing, electronic level, or something completely different?
Tell us what the catalyst was for your upgrade (and why) on our Facebook page.
Post Date: 9/13/2013 7:47:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The whole point of having camera gear is to take pictures. And posting pictures is one of those tasks I'm significantly backlogged on right now. To make a tiny dent in the project, I have added a handful of Canon EOS 70D sample pictures to the review.
I usually try to add educational and/or interesting commentary to the photos. Be sure to look AND read.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2013 8:36:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
Sep 12, 2013 – Preview 2 of both plug-ins is now available for download. This release enables installs on 32-bit operating systems.
Download DNG Flat Field plug-in (Preview 2)
Download DNG Recover Edge plug-in (Preview 2)
The Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw and Lightroom teams will occasionally release pre-production plug-ins that extend existing functionality inside Lightroom.
These plug-ins are provided free of charge, but without an official support program.
Like other technologies on Adobe Labs, these tools are not finished products, but rather beta or prototype utilities that may work in your particular environment.
Available Plug-ins for Photoshop Lightroom
The following list comprises all of the resources that are currently available to download. More tools and utilities may be added in the future.

Adorama carries Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/13/2013 7:23:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 12, 2013
From SanDisk:
SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash Cards Are Optimized For Cinema-Quality 4K Video Recording
PMA, MELBOURNE, Australia, Sept. 12, 2013 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK)), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced the availability of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card, the world’s first high-capacity, high-performance CompactFlash card with the latest Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification. Also being announced by SanDisk today are faster speeds across all other capacities of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line of memory cards.
"SanDisk has been at the forefront with storage solutions that enable the broader adoption of new video capture technologies. We always design our SanDisk Extreme Pro cards with professional photographers and videographers in mind," said Susan Park, director, mobile and imaging worldwide retail product marketing, SanDisk. "Cinema-quality 4K video capture demands tremendous performance and capacity, which is exactly what we have delivered with the new 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card."
The card delivers minimum sustained write speeds of 65MB/s, optimized to capture 4K and Full HD video. The 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card has industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 160MB/s, designed to dramatically improve workflow efficiencies, and delivers fast shot speeds of up to 140MB/s for advanced functions such as fast action and continuous burst mode shots.
"The speed and capacity of SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, as well as the ability to shoot and store 4K video directly to a CompactFlash card, are a major step forward for professional photographers and videographers,” said Sam Nicholson, founder, Stargate Studios. "My work rarely allows for a second chance to capture a big shot or important footage, so when I select SanDisk memory cards, I’m trusting them with assets that are essential to me and my clients."
SanDisk Extreme Pro memory cards are designed for professionals and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty. The cards are durability tested, include RTV silicone coating inside for added protection against shock and vibration, and perform in extreme temperatures from minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. The cards also include a one year downloadable offer for RescuePRO media recovery software, which lets photographers recover their images in case of accidental deletion.
Increased Speeds Across the Product Line
To coincide with the launch of the 256GB SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash card, SanDisk is increasing the speed across each capacity of the SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash line. The other SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards, available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, will now feature read speeds of up to 160MB/s4 and write speeds of up to 150MB/s, as well as the same VPG as the 256GB card.
Pricing and Availability
SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards are available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and are shipping worldwide now with MSRPs of $219.99 to $1,809.99.
Adorama carries SanDisk Extreme Pro (160mb/s) CompactFlash memory cards.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 9/12/2013 1:22:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
I frequently use the HDR imaging technique, but my processing of the multiple exposures omits the use of standard HDR software. In the latest tips article, I provide instruction on how to quickly and easily create natural-looking HDR images.
Post Date: 9/12/2013 9:53:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From ExpoImaging:
Watsonville, California – September 11, 2013 – ExpoImaging, Inc., designers of innovative camera accessories for the photographic market, today introduced the patent pending Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster, a unique attachment for DSLR cameras that concentrates light from the pop-up flash for photographing subjects at a distance. Optimized for use with telephoto zoom lenses that are 100mm and longer, the Rogue Safari focuses up to 8x more light (an improvement of up to 3 f/stops) on a subject than a DSLR’s unassisted pop-up flash, and up to 12x more than ambient light.
“Every photographer can think of a time when there just wasn’t enough light to get the shot they wanted, particularly at distances greater than 20-30 feet where the pop-up flash by itself simply isn’t powerful enough,” said Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging, Inc. “Using the Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster, it’s possible to light a subject at significantly greater distances, in some cases as far as 60-70 feet away. That extra light can make the difference between a sharp image with good color, and a dark, underexposed missed opportunity.”
The Rogue Safari is optimized to work with telephoto zoom lenses (100mm and longer) on most modern Canon APS-C or Nikon DX sensor cameras. The optically engineered lens captures light from the pop-up flash and narrowly focuses it for lighting more distant subjects, providing photographers of every skill level with increased flexibility to shoot in the most challenging lighting conditions.
“If you’re an avid weekend photographer shooting your kids’ soccer games, or you want to make sure to capture those vacation memories, you’ll be amazed at the amount of light you get from your pop-up flash with the Rogue Safari,” said Sowder. “The Rogue Safari puts out nearly as much light as a $500 accessory flash, except the Safari sells for just $35. At just 2 ounces (55 grams) the Rogue Safari is lightweight and simple to use, and it doesn’t require any batteries,” said Sowder.
With a flowing design aesthetic, the Rogue Safari looks like part of the camera. It is built to withstand the rigors of travel photography with the lens and body molded from rugged, impact resistant polycarbonate materials.
Pricing and Availability
The Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster is available now through ExpoImaging’s distribution partners worldwide. Rogue Safari retails for $34.95.
While the Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster is compatible with the vast majority of modern DSLR cameras, some older model DSLRs will not accommodate the Safari; owners of models launched before 2007 are encouraged to check the product compatibility chart here:
Adorama carries the Rogue Safari.
Post Date: 9/12/2013 6:58:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The Canon Store has the limited edition PowerShot N Facebook Ready Digital Camera in stock. Get a free built-in blue case, 8GB memory card and a wrist strap (shown above) with your order.
Check out the PowerShot N Facebook Ready press release for more information.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2013 2:49:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lighting Master Sean Setters is today sharing the latest weapon in his portrait arsenal with us. Fuel your creativity with the Spiffy Gear Light Blaster!
Post Date: 9/11/2013 9:09:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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