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 Tuesday, November 7, 2017
For rentals arriving before November 17, use coupon code FREEWEEK at LensRentals to get 1 free week when your rental duration is 14 days or longer.
Post Date: 11/7/2017 10:29:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
If you have a dedicated studio space, keeping your subjects comfortable and happy is important for getting the best images from your studio session. Below are a few items you should consider adding to your studio to maximize your subjects' comfort.
 
Haier HC17SF15RB 1.7 Cubic Feet Refrigerator Freezer

1. Refreshments
 
Whether from warm tea or coffee in the winter or a cold bottle of water in the summer, a hydrated subject tends to be happier than a parched one. As such, items like a coffee pot, electric kettle and/or mini fridge can make worthwhile additions to your studio space. I've had a mini fridge in my studio for several years now, and subjects always appreciate cold water and/or soda in between sets. And when shooting on location, I usually grab a few water bottles and bring them with me so that my subjects stay hydrated (especially important if shooting outdoors in the heat and/or sun).
 
You might also consider keeping a few granola bars or various snacks on hand in case your subject suffers from hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or simply gets hungry while you're rearranging your lighting setup.
 
Espresso Finish Wooden Cheval Bedroom Floor Mirror

2. Full-Length Mirror
 
Many people tend to be self-conscious when a camera is pointed at them. And even if they aren't, they usually to want to verify they are presenting themselves at their best before the photo session starts. A full length mirror goes a long way in reassuring your subject that they have everything (especially hair) in order before stepping in front of the camera.
 
Barbicide Jar

3. Grooming Supplies
 
Speaking of hair, I've lost count of the number of subjects that have shown up to a shoot without a brush or a comb. Having these items on-hand can make a subject feel taken care of when they forget to bring their own personal grooming items. And, not only that, but a properly brushed/combed head of hair can save you hours of editing time removing flyaway stands if a clean/groomed look is what you or your subject is/are after.
 
Therefore, a jar with Barbicide disinfectant, an inexpensive hair brush and a comb can be worth their weight in gold considering the potential time saved in post-processing. Keep in mind, though, that shared grooming tools will need to be properly maintained in between uses. To avoid maintenance, you can choose to simply buy several inexpensive brushes/combs and give them to your subjects after use.
 
Coaster Home Furnishings Oriental Shoji 4 Panel Folding Privacy Screen Room Divider

4. Dedicated Changing Area
 
Of course, an accessible restroom is a requirement for just about any commercial space and can be used for changing outfits. However, most clothing changes in a studio setting tend to be minimal (changing a shirt, sweater, etc.). To provide some privacy for your subject, why not put up a panel room divider in an unused corner of the studio? The divider provides a convenient place for your subject to change and may even prove useful as a backdrop for various types of studio portraiture.
 
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5. Comfortable Seating
 
Either for your subject or for your subjects' family and/or friends who attend the studio session, comfortable seating will ensure everyone stays fresh and relaxed while not actively participating in the image making process. And just like the panel divider, an interesting chair can also be used as a prop, making it a no-brainer for addition to your studio. Interesting/comfortable seating may include papasan chairs, armchairs, love seats and/or couches.
 
Summary
 
As I mentioned in the introduction, a comfortable, happy subject is key to getting the most out of your studio sessions, making them all worthwhile additions for your studio space.
 
Do you have any suggestions for maximizing your subjects' comfort in a studio environment? Leave them in the comments section.
Post Date: 11/7/2017 9:44:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the HGST 6TB Deskstar 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS Drive Kit available for $186.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $221.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 6TB Storage Capacity
  • 3.5" Form Factor
  • SATA III 6 Gb/s Interface
  • 128MB Cache
  • 7200 rpm
  • 1 Million Hours MTBF
  • Rotational Vibration Safeguard (RVS)
B&H has a Used Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens (Condition: 9+) available for $1,475.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,896.95 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Two ED Glass & Three Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11"
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Built-In Petal-Style Lens Hood
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
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Post Date: 11/7/2017 6:45:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 11/7/2017 5:39:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the HP 15.6" ZBook 15u G4 B&H Custom Mobile Workstation available for $649.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,749.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for the Creative Professional
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-7200U Dual-Core
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM | 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" HDD
  • 15.6" 1920 x 1080 SVA Anti-Glare Display
  • AMD FirePro W4190M Graphics Card (2GB)
  • SDXC UHS-II Card Reader
  • USB 3.0 | DisplayPort 1.2 | VGA
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Includes Windows 10 Home (64-Bit) DVD
  • Includes B&H Installation Services
Post Date: 11/7/2017 5:28:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the FeelWorld FW760 7" On-Camera LCD Monitor available for $139.00 with free shipping. Compare at $189.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7" 1920 x 1200 IPS LCD Monitor
  • HDMI and Composite Inputs
  • Accepts SD, HD, and UHD 4K Video
  • 450 cd/m² Brightness
  • 1200:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Includes Battery Plate and HDMI Cable
  • 160° Viewing Angle
  • Focus Peaking
  • False Color
  • 1:1 Pixel Mapping
 Monday, November 6, 2017
For a limited time, B&H has the following Adobe editing software titles on sale for $69.99 each. Regularly $99.99 each.
 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018
 
Highlights
 
  • Automated Photo Editing & Organization
  • One-Click Effects & Corrections
  • 49 Step-by-Step Guided Editing Features
  • Create and Print Calendars, Cards & More
  • Photos Curated by Quality, Faces & More
  • Add Frames and Textures, Move Objects
  • Open Closed Eyes/Change Frowns to Smiles
  • Artistic Overlays, Watercolors, Paint
  • Replace Background, Double Exposures
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
Adobe Premiere Elements 2018
 
Highlights
 
  • Easy-to-Use & Automated Video Editing
  • Make Creative, Polished Movies Quickly
  • 18 Step-by-Step Guided Editing Features
  • Effects, Transitions, Text, Cartoon Look
  • Graphics, Motion Menus, Credits
  • 50+ Musical Scores, 250+ Sound Effects
  • Instant Themed Templates
  • Touch-Enabled Quick Edits
  • Supports up to Ultra HD 4K Resolution
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
Post Date: 11/6/2017 2:24:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Friday, November 17, select Nikon lenses are available with instant rebates. See below for more information.
 
Note: Nikon is warning its customers to expect delayed shipments of the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens.
 
Nikon Lens Instant Rebates Nov 5 - Nov 17, 2017
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S DX Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
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Post Date: 11/6/2017 12:12:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan IB508-v2 Bi-Color LED Light available for $319.00 with free shipping. Regularly $549.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Variable Color: 3200-5600K
  • 10-100% Dimming
  • LCD Display with Digital Readout
  • 1x Diffusion Filter
  • Built-in Reflective Barndoors
  • Two Sony L-Type Batteries
  • Battery Charger Included
  • 5/8" Stand Mount
  • One-Inch Thickness
Post Date: 11/6/2017 5:17:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Samsung C34H890WJN 34" 21:9 Curved FreeSync LCD Monitor available for $699.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • VA (Vertical Alignment) Panel
  • HDMI + USB Type-C + DisplayPort Inputs
  • 3440 x 1440 Resolution
  • 3000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
  • 300 cd/m² Brightness
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angles
  • 4 ms Response Time
  • 16.7 Million Colors
  • 100 Hz Refresh Rate
  • Built-In USB 3.0 Hub
Post Date: 11/6/2017 5:13:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 5, 2017
The World Trade Center Transportation Hub, or "Oculus", is a relatively new addition to New York City and, immediately upon seeing the unique architecture of this structure, looking something like a monster coming out of the streets of the city, my to-do list grew one line longer.
 
I was in the city for the PhotoPlus Expo and with the expo closing at 5:00 PM on weekdays, I always have time to go to a location not too far away, do some quick scouting and set up for a blue hour photo shoot (especially if I cut out of the show a little early). This year, I made that location the WTC Transportation Hub.
 
Upon arrival, I walked around the hub, looking for the best photographic angles with blue hour imagery being my primary objective. You are now looking at one of my favorite images coming out of that effort.
 
The first concept to share here is that the ultra-wide 16mm full frame focal length allowed me to get close enough to frame the entire structure without obstructions and because I was close and the hub was the closest building, perspective made it appear large relative to the other buildings. I included the crosswalks in the foreground because I liked how they balanced with the fins of the hub. Along with the crosswalks come a pair of streets that nicely frame the hub.
 
Another key to lack of obstructions in the frame came from the multiple-frame 8-second exposure composite. Moving people were blurred out of view during the exposure and those not moving were often in a different location in another frame captured just before or just after the primary one. The longer exposures come naturally when the sky starts getting darker and balancing with the lights (though a neutral density filter can also be used). The narrow f/16 aperture also helps extend the exposure time. I didn't need f/16 for the deep depth of field it provides, but in addition to extending the exposure duration, I like the starburst effect f/16 creates from bright lights, such as those on the police car on the left side of the frame.
 
And that brings me to another point. Before you attempt to recreate this image, check on the tripod rules for this location. As I was capturing the last frame included in this composite, with the tripod legs set narrow, between my feet (for both safety and courtesy reasons), the police officer drove over and stated "This is New York City. Tripods are not allowed on public property." Well, I have read (and experienced) otherwise, but ... some jurisdictions have their own rules (I'll have to research this one). I was tired, not interested in creating an issue and ... I already had the image I wanted. So, I moved on, though wishing that I had brought my Feisol TT-15 Mini Tripod along to make subsequent images significantly easier to capture.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 11/5/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 4, 2017
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Seven Low Dispersion Elements
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 11/4/2017 8:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 3, 2017
Through this weekend, B&H has the Ruggard DSLR Parka Cold and Rain Protector for Cameras and Camcorders (Black) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits DSLR/Lens/Camera Shoe-mounted Flash
  • Protects DSLR from Rain, Dust, Mud
  • See-Through Portal for LCD Screen/Finder
  • Full Access to DSLR Controls/Viewfinder
  • Can Be Used with Lens Hood
  • Zipper Closure
  • Tripod Mountable
  • Water-Resistant Nylon Outer Shell
  • Fleece Lined for Scratch Protection
  • Drawstring, Storage Pouch Included
Through this weekend, B&H has the Core SWX NPF-970, 6600mah L-Series Battery Kit available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Note: These types of batteries are sometimes used in LED lights.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Powers TL-BT200 LED Light for 2 Hours
  • TL-F970 Battery: 7.2V Li-Ion / 6600mAh
  • BC-F970 Charger with LED Indicator
  • Battery Can Be Used for Sony Camcorders
Post Date: 11/3/2017 3:32:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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