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 Tuesday, October 3, 2017

I must admit – I've wanted the ability to rotate the clone stamp tool many times but didn't realize it was possible. That tip alone makes this video worth watching. [Sean]
From the PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
Two Techniques and Shortcuts to Perform Better Cloning with Clone Stamp Tool in Photoshop. Learn to customize the cloned sample to match with the surroundings, thus giving you a much more accurate replacement for the thing you want to remove or introduce.
In this video, we will learn how to rotate and scale the sample taken in the clone stamp tool to better line up the edges and create more convincing and natural cover-ups! Hope this video helps you. Thank you for watching.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/3/2017 9:52:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Glyph Technologies 480GB Blackbox Plus USB 3.1 Type-C External Solid-State Drive available for $144.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.95.
Product Highlights
  • 480GB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.1 Type-C Interface
  • Up to 450 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • Bus Powered
  • Fanless Design
  • Preformatted for Mac
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
  • Includes 1-Year Advance Replacement
MindShift Gear has their MindShift Gear UltraLight Backpacks on sale for 20% off.
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:49:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
If you ever wanted to dabble in digital medium format, the financial bar for entry just got $1,500 lower.
B&H has the Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera available for $5,496.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $6,996.95.
Product Highlights
  • 51.4MP CMOS Sensor - 43.8 x 32.8 mm
  • Prime III Image Processor
  • Anti-Alias Filter-Less Design
  • 3.2" 1037K Dot Tiltable Air-Gapless LCD
  • Full HD 1080 60i/30p/24p Video Capture
  • ISO Sensitivity Range of 100 - 204,800
  • SAFOX II TTL 27 Point Autofocus System
  • 3 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Weather Sealed Magnesium Alloy Body
  • Pentax Flucard and Eye-Fi Compatible
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:42:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has several Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags nicely discounted for a limited time.
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:28:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the LG 43MU79-B 43"-Class UHD Commercial LED Monitor available for $649.95 with free shipping. Regularly $999.95.
Product Highlights
  • UHD (3840 x 2160) Native Resolution
  • 60 Hz Refresh Rate, 8 ms Response Time
  • 1000:1 Typical Contrast Ratio
  • DisplayPort, 4 x HDMI, 2 x USB Inputs
  • 1/8" Headphone Output
  • Dual Built-In 10W Speakers
  • RS-232C Controllable
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:10:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the MeFOTO BackPacker Travel Tripod (Titanium) available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Max Height: 51.2"
  • Min Height: 17.3"
  • Folded Length: 12.6"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.6 lb
  • Two Leg Angle Positions
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head
  • Separate Ball and Pan Locks
  • Carrying Case Included
Post Date: 10/3/2017 5:04:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 2, 2017
B&H will be closing this week for the Succos holiday. If you need something soon, order now to avoid a delayed shipment. See below for more information.
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed starting at 1pm ET Wed Oct 4 through Sat Oct 14. We will reopen at 10am Sun Oct 15.
Online Orders
Online ordering will pause during the following holiday observance periods:
  • 6:30pm Wed Oct 4 until 7:45pm Sat Oct 7
  • 6:15pm Wed Oct 11 until 7:45pm Sat Oct 14
Regular checkout will resume starting at 7:45pm Sat Oct 14.
Any orders placed after 11:59pm Tue Oct 3 will be processed when we reopen on Sun Oct 15.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 10/2/2017 12:25:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Most of those who photographed the solar eclipse captured images from the beginning until the end, from C1 through C4. While every one of those images may be intriguing, showing all of the stages of the solar eclipse in the same image can take the intrigue to a new level. So, plan on creating at least one solar eclipse composite image. Fortunately, the process is easy. Here are the steps necessary:
First, visualize the composite image you want to create. In this case, I went with a single row, but curves, multi-stacked rows, etc. can also work well. Consider searching for results others have created, or just let your imagination go wild for a completely new take on this event.
With a design in mind, select the individual images to be included. You likely want a near-equal time period between the partial eclipse selections and that means breaking out your math skills.
Use the EXIF information in the images you captured to determine the precise time of totality (or maximum coverage within totality) (or use a reference to find this information). Then look at the capture time of the first image you want included. This gives you a timespan that can be divided by the number of partial eclipse images you want included on either side of totality/max. Select images captured at each of the timespan milestones you selected. Having equal time periods between images is not a rule and I veered slightly from it in my example (partially to avoid some clouds encountered).
To cleanly merge into a black background, each image being included in the final composite should have a completely black perimeter. While partial eclipse images most likely already have this attribute, a tightly framed HDR image of totality may not. An easy way to darken the border of these non-conforming images is to darken the darks. Adjust levels or curves to make the dark colors darker until they turn pure black along the entire perimeter.
Each image being included in the final composite should be cropped relatively tightly. This facilitates image position adjustment in the composite image without having frame borders overlaying lower layers.
Next, the images should be loaded into layers in Photoshop (or a similar app). 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.
Once all images are loaded into the PS file, they will likely be stacked directly on top of each other with a canvas size equal to the largest individual image loaded. So, the next step required is to increase the canvas size (press CTRL-ALT-C) sufficiently to hold the visualized layout. Don't worry if you get this setting wrong as it is easy to further increase the canvas size or crop the image later. My preference is to go big and opt for the crop.
The increased canvas size results in insufficient border color with the newly added space likely being transparent. This is an easy problem to fix. Create a new layer (click on the new layer button at the bottom of the layers palette). Select the paint bucket tool (press G, or SHFT-G repeatedly until the paint bucket is the selected tool). Then change the selected color to black (press D, then X). Then click anywhere on the canvas with the new layer selected. That entire layer will turn black. In the layers palette, drag the new layer to the bottom of your layers stack to make it serve as the background.
Next, move the image on each layer into place using the move tool (press V, or SHFT-V repeatedly until the move tool is selected). After selecting the layer to be moved (turning off the move tool's auto-select feature might be helpful), drag it into place. Repeat Consider using a grid (View > Show > Grid) with the grid size adjusted (Edit > Preferences > Guides, Grid & Slices...) to something that works for you to help with the alignment process.
Massage the design as desired and then publish it to the world. Consider creating multiple layout designs as most of the work has been done at this point and new designs require only minimal effort. Simply drag the layers around as you like, saving a new version of the file each time you create a design you like.
While I had three complete camera setups in operation during the eclipse, it was the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens-based setup that I relied most upon. When I need the most focal length possible, this lens is my go-to option. Yes, the 600 f/4 is big and expensive, but the combination of the impressive image quality it delivers and the frequency in which I use it makes the cost a good value to me. In this case, I relied heavily on the focal length and image quality attributes as a 2x Extender will magnify any aberrations present and there were already enough of them between earth and the extreme-distant subject.
Back to the main point of this article: make the effort to create some composite images and you will be rewarded by the results. It has been over a month since the 2017 total eclipse event captivated us, and simply looking back into the images captured on this day will bring back great memories, helping you to re-live that rare experience.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 10/2/2017 11:21:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tether Tools:
Phoenix, Arizona – September 26, 2017 – Tether Tools, the leader in providing innovative equipment and accessories for tethered photography, announces that the company will be assuming exclusive manufacturing, global sales, and distribution of TetherBlock products.
One of the photography industry’s most reliable cable management tools for tethered photography, the TetherBlock, created by professional photographer David Blattel, is a well-designed solution that helps tethering cables stay connected and secure.
Camera data ports are fragile and expensive to repair. When shooting tethered in-studio or on location, a trip or tug can cause a photographer’s tether cable to become dislodged or cause serious damage to a camera’s data ports. Blattel originally developed TetherBlock to solve this common issue and TetherBlock has become a must-have for photographers shooting tethered both hand held or using a tripod.
The TetherBlock’s patented cable-channeling design prevents accidental removal of a cable from the camera's data ports by routing a USB, FireWire, or HDMI cable through the TetherBlock’s S-channel. From there, a photographer can either shoot hand held or attach the TetherBlock to their camera's tripod mount or with the TetherBlock Arca, directly to an Arca compatible tripod.
B&H carries Tether Tools and TetherBlock products.
Post Date: 10/2/2017 8:08:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
AdoramaPix is bringing back one of their most popular print promotions. Through Oct. 3, you can use coupon code ADOPRT25 at AdoramaPix to save 25% on photo prints.
Post Date: 10/2/2017 7:24:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: B&H has the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens (review) available for $399.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.00.
Product Highlights
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element, Two Aspherical Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio
Post Date: 10/2/2017 7:19:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast Camlux Pro Bi-Color On-Camera Light Kit available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
Product Highlights
  • 3200 to 5600K Variable Output
  • Includes Battery and Charger
  • 95 CRI
  • 160 LEDs with 0 to 100% Dimming
  • Supports Dual L-Type Batteries
Post Date: 10/2/2017 5:29:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Lavalier Digital Wireless Set (ME2-II Lavalier) available for $399.95 with free shipping. Regularly $699.95.
Product Highlights
  • EKP XLR Receiver
  • SK Bodypack Transmitter
  • ME2-II Lavalier Microphone
  • Plug and Record Functionality
  • Automatic Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Receiver Switches On/Off Via 48V
  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Metal Housing
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Color Management Solution available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $459.00.
Product Highlights
  • Camera, Monitor & Projector Profiling
  • RGB & CMYK Printer Profiling
  • Ambient Light Measurement
  • Spot Color Measurement
  • Built-in White Calibration
  • No Cumbersome Accessories
  • DigitalPouch Communication Tool
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