Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for May 2019 (Page 5)

 Monday, May 13, 2019
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Oben AT-3565 Aluminum Tripod and BZ-217T Triple-Action Ball Head available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 20 lb
  • Maximum Height: 61.8"
  • Minimum Height: 9.1"
  • Folded Length: 16.1"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • Reverse-Folding Aluminum Legs
  • Detachable Leg Converts into Monopod
  • BZ-217T Ball Head & Arca-Type QR Plate
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Friday, May 10, 2019
Canon USA has Digital Photo Professional version 4.10.20 available for download.
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.10.20 for Windows
 
  • Supports EOS Rebel SL3 / EOS Kiss X10 / EOS 250D / EOS 200D II
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2019 10:04:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In an unusual move earlier this year, Canon showed (some of) their cards in a development announcement. Mock-ups of these new lenses were on display at a press event held just before that announcement and sharing some pictures from that event has been on my to-do list since. Note that all of the images shared in this article can be clicked on to see a significantly larger version.
 
The lead image shows all of the 2019 RF lenses and R-series cameras. From left to right in this image (new lens quotes are from Canon Europe) are the:
 
Not surprising is that the RF lenses show many similarities to each other. The black L-zooms all feature an ideally-positioned (toward the rear of the lens, though not as far back as their EF counterparts) zoom ring and all but the RF 24-240mm lens feature a forward-positioned control ring. The two or three rings on each lens have a differing tactile surface and the feel for each ring purpose is similar throughout the lineup with the control ring being knurled. Notice that the RF 24-240 does not have a dedicated focus ring. It is expected that the control ring will optionally be able to serve that function.
 
I was told to expect RF lens image quality to be as good or better than that of the nearest equivalent EF lens with reduced size being another benefit in some cases.
 
Note that the lenses shown on display boxes are lens mount-deep in their holders. Still, we can discern some of the sizes. I'll start with the RF 70-200 as I added a sizing prop next to it. Canon USA was very protective of the new lens mockups the Canon Inc. engineers brought with them (we could not touch them and they used white gloves to move them), but with reluctance, I was permitted to place a phone next to the tiny 70-200.
 
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Size Comparison
 
The iPhone 7 measures 5.44" (138mm) in length. If the phone were completely upright, it would about match the lens in length. What if your 70-200 f/2.8 was nearly as small as your EF 16-35 f/2.8L III? That is about the size difference we are looking at and here is a visual comparison. I haven't seen a lens that wow'd me as much as the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens in a long time. Where is the rest of the lens? The size is so dramatically smaller that it will have an impact on the case or backpack this lens is carried in.
 
Interesting is that a tripod ring (hinge-removable) remains included. Is this an indication that weight will be moving forward, justifying the ring for proper balance? Or is the ring included because we expect a lens with these specs to have one, essentially checking the requirements box?
 
When the dust settles, I'll not likely care for the forward-positioned zoom ring and that this lens extends is not ideal. But, the considerably smaller size (the smallest Canon white L lens ever) should easily make up for those downsides. Note that this lens also has a rear-positioned control ring.
 
Here is a closer look at the new lenses.
 
Canon RF Lenses New for 2019
 
Along with the RF 70-200, the RF 15-35 and RF 24-70 complete the RF f/2.8 lens "trifecta". These two similar-sized lenses appear to be slightly longer than the RF 24-105 (the spec will likely land at around 4.5" or 114mm) and will have a width very similar to the RF 24-105. Here is a current visual comparison with the RF 24-105. The wide-angle lens gets a very-welcomed extra 1mm of focal length on the wide end, making 15mm available with filter threads. It also adds image stabilization, a Canon first for full frame f/2.8 in this range. Additionally welcomed is that this lens appears to be slightly reduced in length and perhaps even more reduced in width.
 
The standard professional zoom lens does not get a focal length adjustment and the size appears not dramatially reduced, but the long-awaited image stabilization feature has arrived (woo hoo!).
 
With the RF 85 announced, we can directly compare the Canon RF 85mm to the Canon RF 50mm and see that the 85 is, as expected, a bit larger and heavier.
 
Only the second RF lens to be missing the red ring, the RF 24-240 relatively-affordably covers a huge range of focal length needs in a single lens, making it ideal for times when lens changes cannot be made, cannot be made quickly enough, or are simply not wanted to be made.
 
Still glaringly missing in the RF lineup is a value-priced general-purpose zoom lens. The RF 24-240 is positioned to be a great lower-budget option for all-around use, but although thin, it has a length similar to the RF 15-35 and RF 24-70 which does not completely align with the compactness of the EOS RP. Watch for at least one shorter-range option to arrive soon. It makes sense.
 
Lenses are a critical component of a camera system and the right lens can make a huge difference in the results and also in the ease in which those results are captured. Canon's new RF lens mount has obviously opened up new possibilities for lens designers and they are rolling out some of the best lenses ever. It's a great time to be a photographer.
 
 
A great set of rebates (up to $500) makes now an ideal time to add an R-series camera to the kit. The included Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R makes integration into an existing Canon kit easy. While I have access to evaluation cameras, I decided that I wanted my own R and recently added one to the kit.
 
The Canon EOS R is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
The Canon EOS RP is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/10/2019 7:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
Shop Mother’s Day savings on an array of Sigma Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses and its Mount Converter MC-11 for Sony shooters
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – May 9, 2019 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special promotion, offering incredible savings on 11 Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses and its Mount Converter. Renowned for its uncompromising performance, Sigma’s Art and Contemporary lenses and Mount Converter help the family storyteller capture the magic moments. Sigma Ambassador, Meg Loeks, comments on the artistry and significance in the every day, “I can't emphasize enough how important it is to document my family's story. The little things really are the big things and capturing these every day moments is easy with my Sigma lenses. My go-to favorite, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art lens, captures the emotion and depth of these passing moments in a way smart phones are not capable of. I can effortlessly document our days while being present and close to my children, enjoying moments that unfold before me.” Through May 20th, 2019, shoppers can save up to $150.00 USD on some of Sigma’s magic-making lenses. Shop the Sigma Mother’s Day Sale Now.
 
Sigma Mother’s Day Promotion Details
 
ItemInstant
Rebate
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma Mount Converter MC-11$100.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00

Post Date: 5/10/2019 7:35:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Benro MoveOver12 35.4" Dual Carbon Rail Slider Kit with Video Head & Tripods available for $699.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,549.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Complete Professional Slider Package
  • For Cameras up to 17.6 lb
  • 35.4" of Carriage Travel
  • Belt Drive System with Weighted Flywheel
  • S8 Pro Video Head
  • Two Travel Flat AL Series 2 Tripods
  • LBA2 Leveling Bases for the Tripods
  • 46.75" Max. Tripod Height with Levelers
  • Rolling Case for Storage and Transport
  • Includes SuperUser Group Membership

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Most photography has with one thing in common... all the photos are taken at eye height. But if you want to give your portraits a new look consider mixing up your shooting height.
 
In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how getting down low or higher up then your model can radically change the look and emphasis of a portrait. Low level shots can change the background and emphasize the foreground and high shots can be framed to completely remove the background that you see when shooting at eye height.
 
After Gavin has shared his shooting tips he goes on to try out all three shooting heights while taking portraits in a field of flowers.
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:59:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Europe:
 
Watch wedding photographer and Canon ambassador Félicia Sisco, as she talks about shooting bridal portraits with the newly-released Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens. What does she look for in the perfect prime for portraits? One of Félicia’s secrets to getting a flattering look in her images is shooting at her favourite focal length, 85mm. "With an 85mm lens, I can do everything, close-up portraits and full-length shots". She enjoys the versatility to shoot both unposed, spontaneous images and editorial style setups make her appealing to brides-to-be. Félicia likes to shoot with fast shutter speeds, ideally around 1/2000 sec, so in lower light increases the ISO setting to compensate. “Every little girl looks in the mirror and wants to look beautiful, and on the wedding day, in her bridal dress, her dreams come true..."
 
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:32:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff PC-LR Round Panning Clamp with Lever-Release Release (Condition: 8+) available for $179.95 with free shipping. Compare at $255.00 new.
 
B&H still has a few RRS Series 3 Tripods in its used inventory; be sure to check them out to ensure you don't miss a great deal on a new (to you) set of sticks.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Arca-Type Compatible Base and Clamp
  • 3/8"-16 Central Mounting Socket
  • Panning Range: 360°
  • Diameter: 2.9"
  • Height: 1.4"
  • Laser Engraved Degree Markings
  • Bubble Level
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
Through this weekend, B&H has the Ansmann Energy 8 Plus Charger and maxE PRO AA NiMH Battery Kit available for $29.99 with free shipping. Regularly $79.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Energy 8 Plus Charger (100-240 VAC)
  • Suitable for NiCd, NiMH Batteries
  • Quick Capacity Test for Approx 5 Seconds
  • Microprocessor-Controlled Charging
  • Five-Way Over-Charging Protection
  • Auto Detection of Damaged Cells
  • Full and Trickle Charging
  • 4 x maxE Pro AA 2000mAh NiMH Batterie
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through this weekend, B&H has the XIT Elite Series Locking LCD Viewfinder for 3" DSLR Screens available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3.4x Magnification
  • Mounts to 1/4"-20 Camera Thread
  • Elastic Strap for Secure Attachment
  • Designed for Both Left and Right Eye Use
  • Foam Padding Protects Camera LCD
  • 2 Mounting Plates & 1/4"-20 Hand Screw
  • Lanyard and Carrying Pouch
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 9, 2019
Deal expires tonight at 11:59PM ET: B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019 available for $99.00 with a free $10 gift card. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Adobe Sensei AI Technology
  • Automated Slideshow and Collage Creation
  • Updated Home Screen and Guided Edits
  • Integrated Social Media Sharing
  • Intelligent File Organization
  • HEIF and HEVC File Support
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
Post Date: 5/9/2019 8:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has released its 2019 financial results for the fiscal year ending today, May 9, 2019. The presentation material shows that Nikon's Imaging Business revenue suffered a 17.9% decline year-over-year.
 
Other notes from the Imaging Business section of the presentation material:
 
Revenue: ¥64.6B down YoY
 
  • ASP was buoyed by new product launch including full-frame ML cameras
  • The sales volume and revenue of fullframe cameras grew two years in a row
  • The sales of interchangeable lens type cameras and interchangeable lenses did not reach the plan in the continuing severe condition in Q4: ¥8.9B short of the forecast
Operating Profit: ¥8.2B down YoY
 
  • OP for FY18/3 and FY19/3 was ¥36.0B and ¥22.6B, respectively, if excluding restructuring relevant expenses
  • Revenue/profit reduction and the initial development cost increase pushed down the OP by ¥3.0B from the forecast
Financial Results and Presentation Material
 
Related Information
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2019 7:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D850 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.03 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
Download: Nikon D850 Firmware v. 1.10
 


Nikon D7500 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • If the mode dial was rotated from P to U1 and then back to P, ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for U1.
    • Repeatedly pressing the zoom in and zoom out buttons during movie live view would cause unexpected behavior when 3840x2160; 30p was selected for Frame size/frame rate in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU
Download: Nikon D7500 Firmware v.1.10
 


Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.03 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • If the mode dial was rotated from P to U1 and then back to P, ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for U1.
    • Touch Fn would sometimes not be available.
Download: Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.10
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2019 7:21:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, photographer Daniel Norton goes over a traditional three point lighting setup as well as a variation on that setup.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 5/9/2019 6:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the LensCoat RainCoat Large Sleeve (Black) available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $69.99.
 
The medium and small size options are also discounted today.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Camera/Lens Combinations Up to 21"
  • Protects Gear from the Elements
  • Rear Access to Camera Controls
  • Lens Access via Bottom Closure
  • Cinch Straps Adjust Length
  • Elastic Cord Around Hood Section
  • Waterproof Poly Tricot Material
  • Tape Sealed for Maximum Protection
  • Mesh Storage Pouch Included
  • Made in USA
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/9/2019 6:22:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Head & Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Kit (100/75mm, Mid-Level Spreader) available for $549.88 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 26.45-Pound Load Capacity
  • Carbon Fiber Legs
  • 29.53 to 69.29" Height Range
  • Continually Variable Counterbalance
  • Fluid Drag System
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Padded Tripod Bag
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, May 8, 2019
With the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens announced and coming soon and the similarly-purposed Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens not being slated for delivery until the second half of the year, some need to make a buy or wait decision. In his usual clear and accurate style, Canon USA's Rudy Winston has explained the differences between these two lenses.
 
What are the differences between the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens and the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens?
 
Per Rudy:
 
  • Reduced light transmittance:
    The Defocus Smoothing coatings in the 85mm F1.2 L DS lens will reduce actual light transmission by up to 1.5 stops, when the lens is at its widest aperture.
  • Defocus Smoothing effect is aperture-dependent:
    The visual impact of softer-edged, out-of-focus highlights, is at its maximum when the DS lens is shot wide-open. The visual impact of Defocus Smoothing diminishes, vs. the RF 85mm F1.2 L lens, as the DS lens’ aperture is stopped-down, and essentially disappears if the lens is stopped-down several stops from wide-open.
  • Depth-of-field is rendered differently:
    At wider lens apertures where the Defocus Smoothing effect is visible, for technical reasons, depth-of-field will appear deeper in shots taken with the DS lens, vs. identical shots taken with the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens.
Rudy provides additional information worth reading, but click on the two sample images that are shared in the article for comparison purposes. They should open in new tabs. Then click back and forth between the two tabs while observing changes.
 
The first observation to make is that the DS lens produces much smoother blurred lights in the background and this is the key advantage of this lens. While looking at those lights, you will likely notice that the non-DS lens' sample image has larger-sized blurred lights. However, the size difference may not be related to the non-DS vs. DS designs. Next notice the sharpness of the model's shoulders in the two images. That the front shoulder is sharper in the non-DS lens image and that the reverse is also true may indicate that the non-DS lens was focused to a closer distance, causing the blurred lights to be larger on this account.
 
Portrait photographers are going to love these lenses and Rudy's "Which lens is right for you?" section should be helpful to those selecting between the two.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 3:47:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has shared a pair of RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens sample images. Note the lack of color fringing in the white details and out of focus jewelry.
 
Canon USA also has a few sample pictures available. Click on the "Sample Images" link just above the "Features" section.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is scheduled to be available in June and Amazon USA has put a date of June 20th on their product page. I don't know if that date is accurate or a complete guess, so use your discernment in that regard.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is available for preorder at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 2:38:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Thanks to a development announcement, we knew that the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens was coming. Based on the performance of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens (and all of the other RF lenses), we expected the RF 85 to be a great performer. Based on the RF 85's price, announced in the press release earlier today, that expectation was raised to a new level. And now, with the MTF chart strongly supporting that expectation, it is practically guaranteed that the RF 85 is going to be an amazing lens.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is available for preorder at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 10:04:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan Traveler Series Li-Ion Pro 14.8V 192Wh Two-Part Battery (Gold Mount) available for $199.99 with free shipping. Regularly $499.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Two 96Wh Parts Connect to Provide 192Wh
  • 13Ah Capacity
  • 150W Max Output
  • 5-Level LED Indicator
  • D-Tap Output
  • 5V USB Output
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
From Canon USA:
 
The New L-Series Lens is Canon’s First RF Lens to Feature Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Helping to Greatly Reduce Chromatic Aberration
 
MELVILLE, NY, May 8, 2019 – Continuing the company’s commitment to providing photographers with core focal-length lenses for the EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless camera system, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM standard prime lens. The fifth lens in the RF family, the RF 85mm lens provides another vital tool for photographers using the EOS R or EOS RP cameras, in particular, those shooting portrait photography.
 
“Optics is at the core of Canon’s heritage. It is engrained in our DNA and the top priority when developing the EOS R Camera System around the RF mount and accompanying lenses,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is very enthused to now bring the lenses we shared in the RF lens development announcement, starting with the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM. We envision this product as being the quintessential workhorse lens for portrait photographers of all skill levels.”
 

The new lens features a bright f/1.2 aperture which, along with the 85mm focal length, encompasses an ideal lens for portrait photographers. 85mm is often the preferred focal length selected by photographers when shooting portraits because it provides an appropriate depth and perspective of the subject relative to the background, helping to capture high-quality imagery with beautiful and desirable bokeh. The focal length also allows for the photographer and subject to maintain optimum distance apart to support strong communication, while not being too close.
 
The most unique feature of the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is Canon’s proprietary optical technology, Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics that helps to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations that could occur with large aperture lenses. The BR optical element, first introduced in the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, is inserted into the lens and refracts blue light between the concave and convex lenses. This enables the convergence of the entire wavelength of light to one point, resulting in higher image quality from the center to the edges of an image.
 
Additional Features of The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Include:
 
  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet/0.85 meters
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • One Aspheric and one UD Lens, along with BR optics help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps minimize lens flare and ghosting
Pricing and Availability
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is scheduled to be available June 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2699.00.
 
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 6:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 7, 2019
A whitetail deer's ears are extremely perceptive. So good is their hearing that they have the practical equivalent of eyes in the back of their heads. The buck in the foreground, with ears turned back and raised high, is essentially "watching" the buck in the background while looking the other direction.
 
The buck in the background is using his ears for another purpose, to communicate threat. While his ears are also turned back, the big difference is that they are laid low. The threatening laid-back-and-low ear position is not unique among deer and should serve as a warning to wildlife photographers if the warning is being directed toward them. Buck in rut frequently use this communication technique with other deer.
 
Another communication strategy deer and other animals use is the raising of their hair. In a moment, a buck can go from having a sleek, normal-appearing coat to appearing huge and fuzzy with every hair (thousands per square inch) standing straight out (imagine what humans could look like if we possessed that skill).
 
Always be looking for that something extra in your images and when photographing wildlife, communication is one such extra that can take an image to the next level. Another extra illustrated in this image is the incoming buck's raised front leg. This shows action.
 
This scenario pictured here unfolded quickly and capturing the action was the first priority. The image that showed the best juxtaposition of the two bucks was not as well-balanced in the frame as I wished, cutting off some of the trees on the right side. Fortunately, another image in the sequence included more of the right side of the scene and stitching the two images together allowed the full set of trees to be included, creating a natural frame.
 
There is still room to join me this fall for the "Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photo Tour. Stay for the entire time and I'll pick you up at/near the Dulles International Airport.
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
 
"Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019
 
Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
1 opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
Filled: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
Wait List or Sign Up for 2020.
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/500s
ISO 2200
8910 x 5476px
Post Date: 5/7/2019 10:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In this video, photographer Ab Sesay explains his technique for getting maximum saturation from using gels. If you want to skip the needlessly lengthy video (not all of the meter readings taken were necessary to explain the concept or arrive at the preferred settings, but I'm sure Sekonic appreciated how many times the photographer used one of their meters), I'll cut to the chase for you – set your gelled lights to underexpose the areas they hit, and keep other light sources (such as an ungelled main light) from spilling onto that area. Voilà, instant saturation. The more underexposed the gelled light is in your image (as long as it is still perceptible), the more saturated it is.
 
And don't misunderstand me; a light meter is a very handy device for studio and on-location photography and videography work. However, in this particular instance, I question the value of metering your ungelled lights just to see how much light each gel is blocking. You can likely skip that step, attach the gels and meter them to achieve the desired underexposure (as Sesay mentions, about 1.5 stops under the main light), knowing that different gels will require different flash power levels to achieve the precise exposure you're going for.
 
B&H carries Sekonic light meters.
Post Date: 5/7/2019 7:30:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through May 14, Skylum is offering Spring Savings on its Luminar 3 software with new Accent AI 2.0, and you can save even more when using our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE:
 
  • Luminar 3.1 is US$60 (US$50 with coupon) instead of US$70
  • Luminar 3.1 + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle is US$69 (US$59 with coupon code) instead of US$169
  • Luminar 3.1 + Aurora HDR (worth US$99) + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle is US$129 (US$119 with coupon code) instead of US$268
Post Date: 5/7/2019 7:21:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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