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 Friday, January 5, 2018

 
In this video, Gavin Hoey creates a great looking wintry portrait in his studio with a couple of props (including fake snow), a gobo and three lights. Tip: During post processing, Gavin mentions that banding is occuring in his image (approx. 7:30 mark) after adding a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer. The banding could have likely been avoided by importing a 16-bit RAW file rather than an 8-bit JPEG. [Sean]
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/5/2018 7:29:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama's Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro TTL has been announced and its specs put it in league with the Profoto B1X. Even at half the cost, the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro has some key advantages over the B1X:
 
Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Pro vs. Profoto B1X
 
  • More power: 600Ws vs. 500
  • Faster recycling time: 0.9 sec vs. 1.9
  • More full-power shots per charge: 370 vs. 325
  • More powerful modeling lamp: 38W vs. 24
  • Better color consistency: +/- 75 K over entire power range vs. +/- 150 K
From Adorama:
 
Flashpoint today announced the XPLOR 600 PRO TTL, a new wireless strobe system with TTL connectivity to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Olympus cameras. With a guide number of 285 feet at ISO 100, the lights are designed for both studio and location use. Boasting rapid recycling times and up to 370 full power flashes per battery charge, the Flashpoint XPLOR is positioned as a powerful source for pro location lighting.
 
Key Features
 
  • 600Ws TTL Wireless Flash
  • GN 285ft/87m (ISO 100)
  • Built-in 2.4GHz Wireless R2 Remote System
  • TTL, Manual and Multi-Flash Modes
  • Links to simultaneous multi-camera systems
  • 262-feet remote range
  • Claimed 0.01-0.9 second recycle time
  • HHS up to 1/8000 sec
  • Flash duration 1/22-1/10000 sec.
  • 9-stop output control from full to 1/256 power in 25 steps
  • Color temp 5600 degrees K
  • Proportional, Variable and Synced Modeling
  • Compatible with Canon E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, and Fujifilm
Performance Upgrades
 
The XPLOR 600 Pro TTL boasts a fast 0.01 second recycle time at lower output settings, and 0.9 second at full power, making it a good choice for event photography as well as other settings where powerful and fast multiple flash is necessary. It’s powered by a 28.8v/2600mah Lithium battery pack that can be recharged separately in approximately two hours. And onboard fan keeps the unit from overheating.
 
The XPLOR 600 Pro TTL also doubles as a video light; its 38-watt LED modeling light throws the equivalent of a 400-watt conventional bulb, making it a good choice for video production as well as for other applications where constant light is important. At the other end of the spectrum, the unit offers high-speed synch flash at shutter speeds up to 1/8000 second.
 
The light is fronted by a Bowens mount for additional light modifiers, while an integrated reflector provides good light right out of the box.
 
The built-in R2 radio remote lets you link to simultaneous multi-camera systems, so you could shoot with both a Canon and a Nikon using the same flash units at the same time. The XPLOR 600 Pro TTL can be linked and synched to be triggered wirelessly in TTL mode with any R2 transmitting member of the R2 family, including the Flashpoint Streaklight 360, Zoom Speedlights, R2T and R2Pro Remote transmitters. So, if you have already invested in any of these models, you can seamlessly integrate the XPLOR 600 into your system.
 
In addition, a separate R2 receiver can be added to any remote flash that has a sync port, so you can add other brand flashes to your wireless TTL system.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The Flashpoint XPLOR 600Pro TTL is available for $899, including a flashtube, Lithium battery charger, reflector and cap, and compartment case. It can be ordered now, exclusively from Adorama.
Category: Flashpoint News
Post Date: 1/5/2018 5:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Freehands Men's Finger Mittens available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.00.
 
Multiple sizes are discounted and available via the links above.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Separate Index Finger
  • Fold-Back Thumb & Index Tips
  • Magnets Hold Tips Out of the Way
  • Pocket for Memory Card or Hand Warmer
  • Web Strap Wrist Closure
  • Dig
Post Date: 1/5/2018 5:39:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vanguard Reno 34 DSLR Sling Bag available for $24.99 with free shipping. Regularly $59.99.
 
Note: Three colors are available at the discounted price – Khaki Green, Blue & Orange.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR & Lens, Flash & Accessories
  • Fits iPad mini or Similar Tablet in Case
  • Quick Side Access to Gear
  • Top Storage Compartment
  • Front Zip & Side Mesh Pockets
  • Side Monopod Attachment
  • Breathable Mesh Padded Back
  • Accessory Attachment Loops
  • Padded Sling & Security Straps
  • Removable Rain Cover
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/5/2018 5:17:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 4, 2018
B&H has select MacBook Pros on sale with discounts up to $1,000.00.
Post Date: 1/4/2018 8:28:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the G-Technology G-RAID USB G1 16TB Removable Dual-Drive Storage System (2 x 8TB) available for $599.95 with free shipping. Regularly $949.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 16TB Capacity
  • 2 x 8TB 3.5" SATA III Hard Drives
  • 7200 rpm
  • USB 3.0 Interface / USB 2.0 Compatible
  • Data Transfer Speeds up to 400 MB/s
  • RAID 0, 1, and JBOD
  • Enterprise-Class Hard Drives
  • Aluminum Enclosure
  • Pre-Formatted for Mac OS 10.7+
  • Windows Compatible via a Reformat
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, January 3, 2018
B&H has a Used Formatt Hitech 82mm Firecrest ND 3.0 Filter (Condition: 9+) available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $185.94 new.
 
A 10-stop neutral density filter is a great tool to have in your gear bag. In fact, I was using a 10-stop ND filter this weekend. [Sean]
 
Talmadge Bridge Photographed from River Street with 10 stop ND Filter

Product Highlights
 
  • 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Increase Exposure Length
  • Greater Control Over Exposures
  • Neutral Results Across All Spectrums
  • 15-Layer Coating on Outside of Filter
  • Hydrophobic and Scratch-Resistant
  • SuperSlim 5.5mm-Thick, Stackable Ring
  • Schott Superwite Glass
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
B&H has the Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Leather Bag available for $249.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $399.95.
 
Product Description
Commemorating Nikon's centennial, the 100th Anniversary Premium Leather Bag is a messenger-style bag designed to hold a DSLR body with up to three lenses, an 11" tablet or laptop, and some other small accessories. Designed in collaboration with ONA, this bag is crafted from soft, full-grain antique cognac-colored leather, and bears a debossed Nikon 100th Anniversary logo on the front of the bag and on the removable padded shoulder strap. The bag is secured using metal clasp closures and the interior of the bag is padded to protect your gear, and has removable dividers to suit various equipment configurations. The large outer rear pocket can be used to carry larger accessories or a laptop, and two front pockets can be used to hold smaller accessories.
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed in Collaboration with ONA
  • Full Grain Italian Leather Construction
  • Debossed Nikon 100th Anniversary Logo
  • Holds DSLR, 2-3 Lenses, 11" Laptop
  • Front Metal Closures
  • Padded Interior, Removable Dividers
  • Large Outer Rear Pocket
  • Dual Front Pockets
  • Removable Padded Leather Strap
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/3/2018 10:26:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 2018 (Download or DVD) available for $99.99 with free expedited shipping (for the DVD version). Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Easy and Automated Photo & Video Editing
  • Centralized Photo/Video Media Organizer
  • Auto-Curated Photos & Tagged Videos
  • Combined Photo & Video Slideshows
  • Dynamic Photo Collages
  • One-Click Effects & Corrections
  • Step-by-Step Guided Editing Features
  • 50+ Musical Scores, 250+ Sound Effects
  • Up to UHD 4K Resolution Video Support
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
Post Date: 1/3/2018 9:52:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the tutvid YouTube Channel:
 
EASY & ADVANCED WAYS TO GET AMAZING COLOR IN PHOTOSHOP! | Use LAB color, Curves, targeted adjustments, and more for amazing vibrant color that will knock your socks off!
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/3/2018 5:45:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the CINEGEARS Ghost-Eye 150M V2 Wireless HDMI/3G-SDI Transmission Kit available for $1,349.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Up to 984' Line-of-Sight Transmission
  • 1 x Transmitter & 1 x Receiver
  • Supports up to 1080p60 HD Video
  • Uncompressed 10-Bit, 4:2:2 Video
  • HDMI/SD/HD/3G-SDI Input & Output
  • Under 1 ms of Latency
  • Use up to 4 Receivers with 1 Transmitter
  • Cross-Compatibility with 100M/300M/400M
  • HDMI to SDI Cross Conversion
  • AES-128 Encryption, Timecode Support
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System available for $329.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
If you want smooth, stable video but don't want to shell out for a Freefly MOVI or even a DJI Ronin-M, the Glidecam HD4000 may be for you.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4-10 lb Capacity
  • 20-28" Telescoping Centerpost
  • Weighs 3.3 lb with Counter Weights
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8" Mounting Holes
  • For Small Cameras
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/3/2018 5:13:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 2, 2018
B&H has the Lowepro Top Loader Pro 70 AW Camera Bag available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $69.99.
 
Note: This is a camera case that Bryan uses quite regularly. It's well suited for carrying a DSLR + general purpose zoom.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Pro D-SLR with Short Zoom Kit
  • 600D TXP Ripstop Nylon Exterior
  • Quick-release Buckle
  • Side Opening
  • Removable Shoulder Strap
Post Date: 1/2/2018 2:41:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For rentals arriving by January 21, use coupon code NEWGEAR at LensRentals during checkout to save 20%.
Post Date: 1/2/2018 2:03:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I spent some time this past Christmas in New Orleans. Fortunately for me, Audubon Park was located within walking distance of where we were staying. I spent several hours throughout the week photographing birds that could nearly always be found in and around Bird Island (Ochsner Island) in the park's lagoon. Because people are constantly walking around the lagoon or playing golf at a course that borders it, the ducks and other waterfowl/wading birds that inhabit the area have become very comfortable to having people nearby, a learned behavior that benefits just about anyone with a camera in-hand.
 
For the shot above, I used a Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens. The shot settings used were 250mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 640, and the image was slightly cropped in post processing.
 
I often take the 7D Mark II with me when I travel because it's much easier to cover a wide range of focal lengths in a significantly smaller kit compared to covering the same focal lengths in a full-frame compatible kit. And while a 250mm won't likely be adequate for bird photography under many circumstances, it worked great for a close-up on this occasion because of my ability to get close to the bird without spooking it.
 
In this case, an overcast sky provided a couple of key benefits that allowed this image to work. For one, the soft light reduced contrast allowing me to capture details in both the highlight and shadow areas of the frame. And second, the glare of the overcast sky in the water behind the duck enabled great separation (producing a high key style) that made shape of the subject really stand out in the frame.
Post Date: 1/2/2018 2:58:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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