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 Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Canon New Zealand has the Canon EOS M100 User's Manual available for download.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS M100 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/6/2017 9:56:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 5, 2017 – With massive flooding, thousands left homeless and communities in need of medical supplies, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced it will be making a donation of $100,000 to Americares to be used toward the relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey.
 
“On behalf of all employees at Canon U.S.A., we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to our customers, partners and all the people in the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Joe Adachi, chairman and CEO, Canon U.S.A. Inc. “May you have strength, peace and hope during this difficult time.”
 
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. The organization responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Americares has a long history of responding to severe storms in the United States including Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/6/2017 7:25:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has issued several software updates for compatibility with the D850. See below for more details.
 


Capture NX-D v.1.4.6
 
Changes from Version 1.4.5 to 1.4.6
 
  • Added support for the D850.
  • Added support for the D850’s new White balance > Natural light auto option.
  • Added the following features to support D5 “C” firmware version 1.20:
    • Added support for group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL).
    • The color temperature for pictures shot using auto white balance can now be viewed in the metadata tab.
Download: Capture NX-D v.1.4.6
 


ViewNX-i v.1.2.9
 
Changes from Version 1.2.8 to Version 1.2.9
 
  • Added support for the D850.
  • Added support for the D850’s new White balance > Natural light auto option.
Download: ViewNX-i v.1.2.9
 


Picture Control Utility 2 v.2.3.1
 
Changes from Version 2.3.0 to 2.3.1
 
  • Added support for the D850.
  • Added support for the D850’s new White balance > Natural light auto option.
Download: Picture Control Utility 2 v.2.3.1
 


WT-7 Firmware v.1.2
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
  • Added support for the D850.
Download: WT-7 Firmware v.1.2
 


Wireless Transmitter Utility v.1.7.0
 
Changes from Versions 1.6.1 to 1.7.0
 
  • Added support for the D850.
  • The current page number/total number of pages are now displayed at the top right corner of the Setup Utility.
  • Fixed an issue that caused only one type of profile (wireless LAN or Ethernet but not both) being imported from D750, D810, D810A, or D7200 cameras after their firmware was updated for compatibility with the WT-7.
Download: Wireless Transmitter Utility v.1.7.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/6/2017 7:03:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Nikon D850 User's Manual is now available for download.
 
B&H has the Nikon D850 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/6/2017 5:50:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 5, 2017

 
Mount : RainbowAstro RST-150H Harmonic Drive Mount
Location : Warm Springs, OR, US
Date : 21, Aug, 2017
 
Director : Prof. JunHo Oh
Photographer : ByoungJun Jeong, YoungSam Choi
BGM : Flowing Air - Mattia Vlad Morleo
Post Date: 9/5/2017 10:21:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon PowerShot G5 X with PIXMA PRO-100 Printer available for $649.00 with free shipping after $350.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $1,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 20.2MP 1" High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.36m-Dot Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Multi-Angle Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • ISO 12800 & 5.9 fps Continuous Shooting
  • PIXMA PRO-100 Printer and 13 x 19" Paper
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/5/2017 8:48:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The prices on all used gear in my fundraising sale have been reduced by amounts ranging from $1 to $50. If something caught your eye before, it probably looks even more attractive now.
 
Items still available include a couple of excellent Gitzo tripods, an Arca-Swiss Z1 with RRS lever clamp, a Surefire headlamp (originally $250) and much more. Take another look!
Post Date: 9/5/2017 8:03:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 4, 2017
eBay seller Deals-All-Year has several Canon DSLRs discounted right now. I'm not sure how long these deals will last (they might even end tonight), so if you're interersted, jump on them.
 
Note: These are gray market items and therefore will not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
 
Post Date: 9/4/2017 9:09:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the following new DJI drones available for preorder:
 
DJI Mavic Pro Platinum
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Integrated 12MP 4K Camera
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Camera
  • 4 dB Quieter Than Mavic Pro
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • DJI GO App-Based Control and Monitoring
  • Top Speed of 40 mph in Sport Mode
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flight Time
  • Tap- and Gesture-Based Commands


DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian Edition
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1" 20MP CMOS Sensor
  • Electroplated Magnesium Gimbal
  • Gimbal-Stabilized 4K60 / 20MP Imaging
  • Four Directions of Obstacle Avoidance
  • Top Speed of 45 mph in Sport Mode
  • Maximum Control Range of 4.3 Miles
  • Visual Tracking of Moving Subject
  • Distinctive Matte-Gray Obsidian Finish
  • Up to 30 Minutes Flying Time
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 9/4/2017 3:37:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Porta Brace PB-2750F Hard Case with Foam Interior (Blue) available for $179.99 with free shipping. Regularly $245.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Video, Audio and Photo Equipment
  • TTX01 High-strength Resin Case
  • Cubed Foam Interior
  • Hard Rigid Grip Handles
  • Retractable Handle
  • Built-in Wheels
B&H has the Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro APS-C Lens for Canon available for $249.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $449.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Canon APS-C Cameras
  • 19-45mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • Silent Drive-Module AF Motor
  • AF/MF Clutch Mechanism
  • Molded Glass Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Ultra-Low Dispersion Glass
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/4/2017 12:26:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sold: B&H has the Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Open Box) available for $399.95 with free shipping. Compare at $489.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.7"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.9", Ball Diameter 2.2"
  • Weight: 1.96 lb
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
Tamron's newest instant and mail-in rebate program runs from September 3 to October 28 and includes a very attractive $100.00 instant rebate on the popular SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD.
 
Most of the rebates listed below are instant rebates, with the only exceptions being the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD being mail-in rebates.
 
Note: The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 VC aren't officially part of the new rebate program, however, they remain discounted because of relevant G2 lens introductions.
 
Tamron Instant and Mail-in Rebates
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$130.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$190.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 9/4/2017 6:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Photographic legend meets ballet’s enfant terrible. Albert Watson’s painterly eye and mastery of light, and Sergei Polunin’s astonishing physicality were ably assisted by the Profoto Pro-10. And the result? Extraordinary imagery we were proud to be a part of. Watch the BTS to learn from one of the great masters of photography.
 
B&H carries Profoto gear.
Post Date: 9/4/2017 5:22:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 2, 2017
How to Process Solar Eclipse Exposure Bracketed Images – A Simple HDR Technique Like scores of others, you (probably) and I photographed the solar eclipse this year. While partial solar eclipse images are easy to process (simply make them bright without blowing the red channel), the total eclipse images when bracketed, are in a different league in terms of complexity. So, like me, you are probably now asking, "How do I process the exposure-bracketed total eclipse pictures?" While there were many articles teaching us how to photograph the eclipse, those telling us how to process the images we captured during totality are scarce.
 
A great solar eclipse photography strategy is to extensively bracket exposures during totality, when the corona becomes visible. While the corona is relatively bright just outside the edges of the moon, it becomes very dim far away from the sun. Of course, with the sun being 93 million miles away, the word "far" takes on a significant meaning.
 
While I hoped I could simply load a set of bracketed-exposure images into my favorite HDR software (Photomatix or Photoshop) and be finished, the results returned were not acceptable to me for a couple of reasons. The primary problem was that the software did not properly align the moon (it moves across the frame in subsequent images), creating ghosting and still did so even if I pre-aligned the moon in each image. I could have overlaid the moon from a single frame, but ... I still wasn't satisfied with the overall look of the results.
 
In the end, after numerous trial and error attempts, I settled on an easy, relatively fast way to merge the results in Photoshop as my solution. Note that there are many techniques that can be used to process a stack of bracketed total solar eclipse images, so don't think this is the only option. But, this technique is easy and it produces a nice result.
 
Hopefully you captured your images in RAW format for the highest quality and in that case, processing those RAW files into 16-bit TIFF format is the first step needed.
 
Next, the images need to be loaded into layers in Photoshop. I use Adobe Bridge for this task, browsing to the folder the files are located in, clicking on the first of the series and shift-clicking on the last to select them all. Then select the "Tools" menu, "Photoshop", "Load files into Photoshop Layers ..." and a new Photoshop document will open with all of the images stacked in layers.
 
Unless you were using a tracking mount, the moon disk will need to be aligned in the layers. I simply moved each layer into identical position. Click on the layer and move it using the move tool. Toggle layer visibility of the image containing the targeted moon position for use as a guide and use the arrow keys to slide the layer being adjusted into position.
 
Once the images are properly aligned, crop the image as desired. Trimming away the missing edges and centering the sun was my decision.
 
Next, Order the layers from top down in darkest to brightest sequence. Because I set up the camera to shoot brackets from darkest to brightest (using three custom modes), this sequencing happened automatically for me.
 
Select the first/top layer and shift-click on the second-to-last layer. With all except one layer selected, reduce the layer opacity using the "Opacity" box at the top of the layers palette. Try starting at 20% and adjust to taste from there. I suggest keeping the image on the bright side at this point.
 
Making the opacity adjustment (likely) immediately produced an image that looks decent, but one ready for some contrast adjustment. Click on the top layer and create a new adjustment layer. The adjustment layer type you should select depends on your Photoshop skill level, but it needs to be a contrast-adjusting layer type that you are comfortable with, curves being the most powerful and levels being very easy. Use the adjustments the selected tool offers to bring life into the image. If using curves, try selecting two points to create an S-curve that darkens the darks colors and brightens the light (though likely only slight brightening is needed if the layer opacities were set low enough). If using levels, try reducing the mid adjustment slider. You may find that adding multiple adjustment layers is helpful. The beauty of adjustment layers is that they are non-destructive and can be created or deleted at any time.
 
Because the edges of the moon become brighter as the exposure becomes increases, the edges of my moon were not as crisp as I liked. Also, Baily's Beads were one of my favorite aspects for the solar eclipse and they were only found in the images captured just before C2 and just before C3. So, I incorporated an additional layer into the top of my layer stack and used a layer mask to make only the lunar disk and Baily's Beads visible. This means a black mask (use CTRL-I with a newly-created mask selected), with the desired visible attributes painted white (I used the paint brush). Another option for sharpening the moon is to duplicate one of the existing layers (CTRL-J), likely a darker one, giving it a 100% opacity and a layer mask with only the lunar disk made visible.
 
A technique that can be used to bring out some contrast in the corona is via Photoshop's High Pass filter. There are a number of ways to do this, but here is one of them:
 
Select and combine all layers by clicking on the topmost layer, shift-clicking on the last and pressing CTRL-E. Then copy the combined layers to the clipboard by press CTRL-A to select the entire image and then pressing CTRL-C to copy it. Next, undo changes until one step back past the layer-combining step. Select the top layer and press CTRL-V to paste in the copied combined layer.
 
With the new layer selected, desaturate it by pressing CTRL-SHFT-U. Implement the High Pass filter selecting from the menu: "Filter" > "Other" > "High Pass...". From the High Pass filter dialog, adjust the radius until it seems like the results will work well, with a low value being good for sharpening hard edges such as the border of the moon and a high value being good for adjusting overall image contrast, such as the corona.
 
The next step is to change the blending mode of the High Pass layer to "Overlay" by using the blending mode drop-down list founds at the top of the layer palette. The opacity of the High Pass layer can be adjusted to reduce the amount of effect and a mask can be used to hide undesirable portions of that layer. You can create a second or even third High Pass layer if you think it will help.
 
Adjust individual or smaller groups of layer opacities is another step that can be taken to optimize the final appearance.
 
For the total solar eclipse HDR image shown here, I combined eight 1-stop-bracketed exposures (out of 14 captured) using opacity values of 100% on the bottom (the brightest frame), 25% for the next three up, 20% for the next three up and 30% for the darkest layer on top. The top layer has a layer mask that allows only the center of this frame to show with a strongly-feathered border creating a natural transition to the layer below (one click in the center with a very large, totally-soft paint brush tool selected).
 
With so many options available, you may decide it worthwhile to create multiple versions of your HDR image and that is a great idea. You worked hard to prepare for and capture the solar eclipse, so having multiple images processed differently simply increases the reward.
 
Try this technique and let us know how it works for you! If you like it, share it with others. If you know how to improve it, share that with us. I may update this article as feedback comes in, so ... it might be worth stopping back to read it again later.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
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