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 Sunday, July 7, 2019
Untimely was that Mount Evans and the other high peaks in the Colorado Rockies were the recipients of a summer snowstorm that dumped up-to-2' (that's right, feet, not inches — 0.6m) of snow the weekend just prior to my Monday afternoon arrival, closing the mountain for the first two days of my trip. Weather is one of the many reasons for planning more time at a location than seems necessary and for this trip, 4 days was definitely not too long.
 
There is often a photographic upside to bad weather and in this case, that upside was snow available for inclusion in both the foreground and often the distant background of images. Adorable baby mountain goats in snow works for me.
 
Bonus points are awarded for images having all of a wildlife subject's feet visible. Very often subjects are in an environment that does not allow the feet to be completely visible (grass in a meadow for example). This little kid (what a baby goat is called) was racing around and conveniently opted to run over this rock (it's what all kids do, right?).
 
I have a tendency to frame my wildlife images too tight and the base image used for this shot was vertically tighter than I liked. Fortunately, I had another image in the burst sequence that permitted a vertical panorama to be created, giving my kid some breathing room.
 
While I would like the Canon EOS 5Ds R to have a higher frame rate for wildlife photography, the images it creates are simply awesome, especially when a lens like the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is in front of it. I lugged a 600mm f/4 with me for the duration of this trip but used it very infrequently due to extremely high winds at the over-14,000' (4,267m) elevation making subject framing too difficult. That issue along with 400mm being often sufficient at the top of this mountain meant the 600 spent most of the week in the SUV. The 100-400 allowed capture of environmental wildlife portraits as desired and that technique was definitely desirable at the top of this mountain.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/8.0  1/2000s
ISO 400
8688 x 6312px
Post Date: 7/7/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 3, 2019
For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks. With so many fireworks displays occurring this evening (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.
 
Fireworks Photography Tips
 
Post Date: 7/3/2019 8:50:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates a dynamic portrait using the qualities of hard light. While soft light hides texture, hard light brings it out, casting shadows and patterns as well as helps with color saturation and contrast.
 
Related Products at Adorama
 
Post Date: 7/3/2019 5:07:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Advancing Your Photography:
 
John Todd is a dynamic sports photographer who's managed to capture some of the biggest sporting events from surfing, to golf, to soccer. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the New York Times, and the list just goes on. I sat down with him and asked him for his inside tips for outstanding sports photography that you can go right out and use.
 
Be sure to check out more of John Todd's work on Instagram.
Post Date: 7/3/2019 4:37:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 2, 2019
If you are a bull elk, there comes a time in life when you are mostly alone during the rut. The other bulls your size have become your enemies and the larger bulls are going to beat you up if you get too close to the herd. You become referred to as a satellite bull.
 
While this bull is relatively large, he is no match for those having the cows. Bigger is usually better in terms of bull elk subjects, but I cannot resist photographing the smaller bulls in the right scenarios.
 
While I often seek sunlight from my back when photographing wildlife, the animal looking directly into the sun often works well from a lighting perspective. In this case, I was aligning a non-distracting background (that happened to be in the shade of a cloud) to help the elk prominently stand out in the frame.
 
There is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour!
 
Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!
 
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
 
Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019
 
"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 7/2/2019 12:46:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Join Canon Advisor Eric Stoner in the Ghost Town in Nelson, Nevada as he shows you how to get creative with your images by combining CTO, or Color Temperature Orange, gels with your flash to achieve moody night skies during the day.
 
Related Videos
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS RP and colored gels.
Post Date: 7/2/2019 5:23:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 1, 2019
From Skylum Software:
 
Relive your best memories with Luminar 3.1.2
 
This morning, we released Luminar 3.1.2, the latest update to our award-winning photo editing and management software. One of the big things we’re excited to introduce is a brand-new feature, called “On this day.”
 
“On this day” will let you relive your photography memories. Available for both Mac and Windows, this new feature gives you the opportunity to look back on what pictures you took on this day exactly one or more years ago. To get started with this, simply click the “On this day” shortcut in the menu.
 
Please note that the “On This Day” feature will only show up if you have photos in your Library taken on the current month and day in previous years.
 
It’s a great way to look back on how you’ve grown as a photographer, and provide you with some inspiration to get your day started!
 
On the Mac side of things, we’ve also added a faster import from your memory card, giving you less time waiting and more time to spend creating amazing images.
 
You can also now easily add plugins from Nik Collection to your workflow, and enjoy what they offer in cooperation with Luminar 3.
 
As for the Windows side, you’ll see a faster scroll on Single Image view. You can now scroll more quickly and more effectively. Additionally, you’ll see speed improvements to the switching process between Single Image view and Gallery view.
 
We’ve also fixed a bug with the Japanese calendar that caused crashes.
 
Finally, both Mac and Windows users will see overall performance and stability improvements. As Luminar continues to develop into a groundbreaking management and processing platform, it’s important to our team to make sure that Luminar’s performance is up to par. With every update, we try our best to make it work faster and more seamless than before, giving you a more reliable and quicker way to express your creativity through photography.
 
Mac users can update to version 3.1.2 by choosing Luminar 3 in the top menu bar, and then clicking “Check for updates.” Windows users can choose Help > Check for updates on the top toolbar.
 
Use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to save $10.00 on a Luminar 3 purchase.
Post Date: 7/1/2019 9:05:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Think Tank Photo:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Think Tank Photo announces the Digital Holster 150, a camera holster designed to offer quick access and transport for your super telephoto zoom lenses. With the versatility of a 150–600mm, you don’t need a backpack full of lenses to shoot wildlife or sports photography. Instead, a camera holster dedicated to a single DSLR body with a 150–600mm attached is an ideal solution.
 
The Digital Holster 150 is a top-loading solution that minimizes the weight and bulk of bigger bags so you can focus on the action. Wear the holster comfortably on a belt or over the shoulder, so you’re ready to shoot at a moment’s notice.
 
“Sports and Wildlife photography requires rapid reaction times and quick gear access,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The Digital Holster 150 delivers on both fronts, ensuring that your 150-600mm-attached camera is at-the-ready when you see your shot.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Designed to form fit a 150–600mm or equivalent sized lens with body attached
  • Quick access top opening
  • Carry with the included robust shoulder strap or belt mount
  • Fits a 105mm filter in its case in a zippered front pocket
  • Attachment for a monopod, a small tripod or a modular component
  • Rotate or Lock attachment on a Think Tank belt like the Pro Speed Belt V3.0
  • Front stretch pocket for lens caps, back caps, and other items
  • Removable screen protector separates your camera strap from the LCD
  • Metal hardware and YKK RC Fuse zippers for long lasting durability
  • Additional divider allows you to stack smaller lenses
  • Zippered side pocket for larger accessories or rain cover
  • Inner lid pocket for SD cards or lens cloth
  • Top grab handle for quick carry
  • Business card holder on top of lid
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
WHAT FITS
 
Holds a gripped or un-gripped camera body with up to a 12” (30.5cm) lens attached
 
Example:
 
  • Nikon D5 with 200–500mm f/5.6 VR II attached
  • Canon 7D MII with Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Sport attached
Compatible Lenses:
 
  • Sigma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 Sport or Contemporary
  • Sigma 60–600mm f/4.5–6.3 Sport or Contemporary
  • Tamron 150–600mm f/5–6.3
  • 3
  • Nikon 200–500mm f/5.6 VR
  • Nikon 500mm f/5.6 VR
  • Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR
  • Sigma 300mm f/2.8
  • Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II
  • Canon 24–70mm f/2.8 + 16–35mm f/2.8
  • Nikon 24–70mm f/2.8 + 14–24mm f/2.8
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 600D polyester, 420D high-density nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, Ultra Stretch front pocket, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, high-density extruded nylon, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, high-density closed cell foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 8” W x 16” H x 8” D (20.3 x 40.6 x 20.3 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 7.3” W x 15.3” H x 7.3” D (18.4 x 39 x 18.4 cm)
Weight (with all accessories): 1.7 lbs. (0.8 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the Digital Holster 150 in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our links to make your purchase.
 Friday, June 28, 2019

 
In this video, Aaron Nace demonstrates how to get perfect white balance and colors in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions, and for a limited time, you can get a $25.00 gift card with a 12-month subscription plan.
Post Date: 6/28/2019 5:40:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H (and Adorama) has the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens for Nikon F in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
According to Adorama, the Canon EF-mount version of this lens is scheduled to hit retail shelves July 25th.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/28/2019 5:13:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Photographer Sam Hurd gives us 5 tips to add creativity to virtually any environment you’re shooting in. From using a smartphone to add reflections to creating a “ring of fire” by shooting through a small copper pipe, these methods can transform a standard photo into something unique and stunning. Check it out.
 
Products Mentioned
 
Post Date: 6/28/2019 5:47:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 26, 2019
HELSINKI – June 26, 2019 – Loupedeck, the custom photo and video editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced its integration with Adobe’s Camera Raw for Photoshop, expanding its compatibility within the Adobe ecosystem. The Camera Raw integration provides more flexibility for Adobe users, allowing them to bring some of the basic features to the Loupedeck+ and increase functionality with Photoshop. Camera Raw is one of several Loupedeck+ integrations announced since launching one year ago, including Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition.
 
Camera Raw and Photoshop users using Loupedeck+ will be able to:
 
  • Categorize their images with stars and colors
  • Use Loupedeck+ to boost their raw images before editing them fully with Photoshop
  • Manage all basic adjustments (e.g. exposure, contrast, temperature) with Loupedeck+
  • Color correct their images using HSL scrolls that work seamlessly with Adobe’s HSL-adjustments tab
  • Fine tune their image with tone curves, details (sharpening, noise reduction), split toning, lens corrections, effects (vignette, grain) and use camera calibration to fix tones
“We value a customer experience that is always evolving to benefit our users most,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “We’re looking forward to offering our users new Adobe product compatibility with Camera Raw, as it’s something many of them have been specifically asking for. We’re confident bringing this new integration into the mix will help them further increase their productivity with the Loupedeck+ and provide the flexibility they require on a day-to-day basis.”
 
The Camera Raw integration is available starting today across all regions. Loupedeck+ is available for purchase at B&H Photo and Amazon US.
Category: Loupedeck News
Post Date: 6/26/2019 5:45:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this Photoshop tutorial, Meredith Stotzner shows you how to use Adobe Sensei to find the perfect fonts in Adobe Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/26/2019 5:18:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 25, 2019

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In Part 4 of our multi-part Audio for Video series, AB walks you through the pros and cons of recording audio to your camera versus using an external audio recorder. Learn about when direct-to-camera recording may be ideal, and when you’ll need to start thinking about additional devices, such as mixer adapters and external multi-track recorders. As usual, AB breaks down many important considerations and helpful tips that you need to know for high-quality audio capture in the field.
 
Here’s a look at already released and upcoming videos in the “Audio for Video” series:
 
B&H carries Beachtek mixers for DSLRs as well as other on-camera mixers and off-camera mixers.
Post Date: 6/25/2019 5:23:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 24, 2019

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
The Patch Tool is one of the best ways to remove large objects from a photo in Photoshop. Learn how to select distractions and replace them with textures that blend in seamlessly with the rest of an image. Help your portraits by removing background distractions and clean up any landscape for a picture perfect look!
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/24/2019 5:26:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photographers and Filmmakers Can Choose the Ideal Size Target for Any Shot
 
Grand Rapids, MI USA – June 18, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, the world leader in color management and measurement technologies, introduces an extended ColorChecker family with new sizes including Nano, Mini, XL and MEGA. With a range of new sizes for both the ColorChecker Classic and ColorChecker Video targets, now there is a ColorChecker to help every photographer and filmmaker tell their story, no matter the size of their shoot. ColorChecker targets are essential color tools designed to save valuable time from pre-production through post-production.
 
The ColorChecker Classic target has been a photo industry standard for more than 40 years. It is an array of 24 natural object, chromatic, primary and gray scale colors, arranged in four rows. This iconic color reference target is now available in five sizes – Nano, Mini, Original, XL and MEGA. Simply include your preferred size ColorChecker Classic in your photo or video capture and then when editing, use it to create custom DNG or ICC camera profiles, color grade video footage or visually compare, measure and analyze differences in color reproduction in any color rendition system.
 
The ColorChecker Video target was first introduced in 2015 and is now available in 3 sizes – Original, XL and MEGA. This target, developed specifically for the filmmaker workflow, has gained wide adoption by filmmakers, DITs, editors and colorists. It includes chromatic color chips, skin tone chips and gray reference chips so filmmakers can easily set exposure, match multiple cameras and speed up color grading for ideal color balance throughout their footage. These targets are great for Cine wide shots – landscapes, cityscapes, custom sets; for Event filmmaking – concerts, churches, sports, stage; and for Aerial filmmaking – drones, booms, planes and helicopters.
 
The five newest products joining the existing ColorChecker line are:
 
  • ColorChecker Classic Nano: 1x1.75”/24x40mm – for macro or close up photography
  • ColorChecker Classic Mini: 2.5x4.25”( 63.5x109 mm) – for archival photography or where the protective case of the Passport is too cumbersome
  • ColorChecker Classic XL: 21x14.75” (53.3x37.5 cm) – for photographers working in large studios, doing long distance photography or camera/lighting testing. This target is available in three configurations: Target Only, Target plus Sleeve, Target plus Case
  • ColorChecker Classic Mega: 40x60” (10x152 cm) – for photographers working on large sets and doing extreme distance photography or camera/lighting testing
  • ColorChecker Video Mega: 40x60” (10x152 cm) – for filmmakers working on large sets and doing extreme distance filmmaking or camera/lighting testing
“Over the years, X-Rite has produced custom-sized ColorChecker targets for specific applications across many industries. Bringing these various sized targets to the broader photo and video markets is a natural extension of the line to better meet the needs of all our customers. Now every photographer and filmmaker will have the ability to use an appropriate size target no matter the size of the subject, project or idea.” - Liz Quinlisk, Global Business Unit Manager, Photo & Video at X-Rite Incorporated
 
ColorChecker Camera Calibration Software – Free Download
 
ColorChecker Classic targets have been used by color perfectionists for the past decade to create custom DNG profiles for Adobe Lightroom® and Photoshop® workflows. Now photographers can build custom ICC camera profiles for use in Capture One® (or other ICC compatible software) when combining ColorChecker Classic with the latest version of X-Rite ColorChecker Camera Calibration software. Camera profiles provide accurate color at capture based on specific lighting, camera and lens combination during any given shoot, saving valuable time in edit. This software is also compatible with X-Rite ColorChecker Digital SG target for creating even higher quality custom ICC camera profiles.
 
Scanner Profiling
 
Pair the ColorChecker Classic with X-Rite i1Studio or i1Profiler software (both sold separately) to create a custom ICC scanner profile.
 
3rd Party Support
 
ColorChecker targets are supported by several third-party software developers including:
 
  • Black Magic DaVinci Resolve – Classic and Video targets
  • Hasselblad Phocus – Classic target
  • 3DLUT Creator – Classic and Video targets
B&H carries the following:
 
Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 6/24/2019 5:12:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 21, 2019

 
Watch as Benjamin Warde provides a quick demonstration of the usefulness of Lightroom's new Texture slider.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 6/21/2019 5:42:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lensbaby:
 
Portland, OR – Lensbaby – makers of award-winning lenses, optics and accessories announces today the availability of the OMNI Creative Filter System by Lensbaby.
 
The OMNI System offers control and repeatability when shooting through crystals and other objects engineered by Lensbaby to create distinct and compelling in-camera effects. This unique, professional system is unlike anything currently on the market and geared to work on photographers’ existing prime and zoom lenses.
 

“Shooting through handheld objects can add something special - but it’s difficult to hold an object in front of your lens and achieve the desired effect, while also framing your subject and operating your camera. The OMNI Creative Filter System puts unique, variable and repeatable in-camera effects right at the fingertips of video and still photographers,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder. “OMNI's Effect Wands attach magnetically and can easily be manipulated, offering a simple, intuitive and elegant solution.”
 
The OMNI Creative Filter System utilizes a lightweight ring that screws onto the lens’s filter threads. It includes three Effect Wands that magnetically attach to the filter ring, for quick and easy positioning anywhere around the front of the lens.
 
“This system brings Lensbaby’s pursuit of in-camera creative effects to those who don’t shoot with Lensbaby lenses,” said Strong. “OMNI is not another camera lens. It’s the ultimate tool for adding artistic control while you are interacting with your subject and making pictures.”
 
The OMNI Creative Filter System and the Crystal Expansion Pack will be available for pre-order June 18. The OMNI Creative Filter System will retail for $99.95. The Crystal Expansion Pack will retail for $49.95.
 
B&H has the Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System available for preorder.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 6/21/2019 5:23:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
For #HowToWeek we visit visual engineer, photographer and robot master Steve Giralt. He takes us on a tour of his NYC studio to show us how he makes his creative videos using high speed robotic cameras.
 
He's come a long way from being only a still photographer. Today he challenges himself and pushes the boundaries of what a product commercial should look like.
Post Date: 6/21/2019 5:09:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 20, 2019
From Nikon:
 
June 20, 2019 – TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) has invested USD $7.5 million in wrnch, Inc. (CEO: Dr. Paul A. Kruszewski, head office: Quebec, Canada, hereafter referred to as wrnch), a computer vision and deep learning startup.
 
Established in 2014, wrnch uses deep learning to develop and provide tools and software development kits (SDKs) that enable computers to see and understand human movement and activity. wrnch has also used its advanced work in pose estimation technologies to establish ties with major entertainment and communications companies. The company continues its operations in technical development, while raising funds continuously.
 
In accordance with its Medium-Term Management Plan, Nikon is striving to enhance its Imaging Business not only in the BtoC, but also in the BtoB markets. Nikon decided to make this investment based on the determination of new synergies created by combining resources of each company, which will expand the range of Nikon's Imaging Business.
 
By fusing Nikon's optical technologies and the automatic tracking shooting technologies of Mark Roberts Motion Control Limited, a subsidiary of Nikon, with wrnch's pose estimation technologies, Nikon hopes to enhance its automatic shooting solutions, primarily for the sports market. Additionally, Nikon will endeavor to provide new imaging experiences with technologies such as AI.
 
Nikon will continue to pursue imaging possibilities by making further use of its optical technologies and collaborating with companies that offer their own innovative solutions and technologies.
 
wrnch overview
 
Company Namewrnch, Inc.
Head Office1001 rue Lenoir Suite B101, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
CEODr. Paul A. Kruszewski
BusinessThe development and sale of computer vision and deep learning software
Foundation (Year) 2014
Stock MarketUnlisted
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/20/2019 5:13:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Firmware v.1.01
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.00 to 1.01:
 
  • Exposure for photographs taken with Continuous H (extended) selected for Release mode is now more consistent (Z 7/Z 6 camera firmware “C” version 2.00 or later).
Download: Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Firmware v.1.01
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/20/2019 4:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Just posted: Zeiss 100mm f/1.4 Otus Lens Review.
 
Object of desire.
 
As always, please share!
 
The Zeiss 100mm f/1.4 Otus Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Zeiss 100mm f/1.4 Otus Lens from Lensrentals.
 
(Note that one of the standard product images will be incorrectly sized until the cache clears.)
Post Date: 6/19/2019 8:24:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
 
Achieves 25 Percent Year-Over-Year Growth with Strong Creative, Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Experience Cloud Revenue
 
SAN JOSE, Calif.–Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its second quarter fiscal year 2019 ended May 31, 2019.
 
Q2 FY2019 Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $2.74 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2019, which represents 25 percent year-over-year growth. Diluted earnings per share was $1.29 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.83 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.89 billion, which represents 22 percent year-over-year growth. Creative revenue grew to $1.59 billion and Document Cloud achieved revenue of $296 million. Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $7.47 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $406 million. Creative ARR grew to $6.55 billion, and Document Cloud ARR grew to $921 million.
  • Digital Experience segment revenue was $784 million, representing 34 percent year-over-year growth.
  • GAAP operating income in the second quarter was $750 million, and non-GAAP operating income was $1.05 billion. GAAP net income was $633 million, and non-GAAP net income was $901 million.
  • Cash flow from operations was $1.11 billion.
  • Remaining Performance Obligation was $8.37 billion.
  • Adobe repurchased approximately 2.5 million shares during the quarter.
  • A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
Executive Quotes
 
"Adobe's continued momentum is being fueled by the explosion of creativity across the globe and the widespread business transformation agenda to deliver engaging customer experiences," said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. "With an innovative technology platform, exciting product roadmap and strong ecosystem of partners, we are well positioned for the second half of FY19 and beyond."
 
"Adobe delivered another record quarter in Q2," said John Murphy, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. "Highlights include 25 percent year-over-year revenue growth, strong net new Digital Media ARR and operating cash flow of $1.11 billion."
 
Adobe Provides Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Targets
 
The following table summarizes Adobe’s third quarter fiscal year 2019 targets.
 
Adobe total Q3 fiscal year 2019 revenue~$2.80 billion
Digital Media segment revenue~20% year/year growth
Digital Experience segment revenue~34% year/year growth
Net new Digital Media annualized recurring revenue (“ARR”)~$360 million
Tax rateGAAP: ~11%, Non-GAAP: ~11%
Share count~491 million shares
Earnings per shareGAAP: ~$1.40, Non-GAAP: ~$1.95

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/19/2019 4:26:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 18, 2019
From Datacolor:
 
Lawrenceville, New Jersey, USA, June 18, 2019 - Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, announced the launch of two new product bundles for photographers to manage their color workflow: SpyderX Capture Pro and SpyderX Studio. Both include the recently launched SpyderX color calibrator for monitors – the most accurate, fastest (4X faster) and easiest-to-use Spyder, ever.
 
SpyderX Capture Pro provides all the essentials needed to precisely manage color from image capture through editing, and includes:
 
  • Spyder LensCal - Calibrate cameras, lenses and DSLR components.
  • Spyder Cube – Set white balance and RAW conversion.
  • Spyder Checkr – Next-level camera color calibration.
  • SpyderX Elite – Professional monitor calibration.
SpyderX Studio is the essential all-in-one photographic workflow solution for precision control from capture, to editing to print, and includes:
 
  • Spyder Cube – Set white balance and RAW conversion.
  • SpyderX Elite– Professional monitor calibration.
  • Spyder Print – Printer profiling for any printer/ink/paper combination.
Datacolor is kicking off the launch of these two products with a special 20% savings introductory offer. From June 18 through July 14, 2019, you can purchase the SpyderX Capture Pro for $319.99 (reg. $399.99) or the SpyderX Capture Pro for $399.99 (reg. $499.99).
 
B&H has the SpyderX Capture Pro and SpyderX Studio available for preorder.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 6/18/2019 8:00:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 13, 2019

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this second video in the Audio for Video series, AB discusses ways to choose the best mic for the type of content you’re recording. He discusses pickup patterns, lavalier and shotgun mics, mic placement, and more. If you want to know how to use the right mic to capture audio for different video applications effectively, this is a great resource.
 
B&H carries audio recording gear, including a wide range of microphones.
Post Date: 6/13/2019 5:27:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Post Date: 6/12/2019 5:50:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In this video, photographer Daniel Norton demonstrates how using subtle color filters can take your beauty portraits to the next level.
 
Adorama carries the Rosco 12x12" Beauty Filter Kit.
Post Date: 6/12/2019 5:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 10, 2019
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
With the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, we have found a phenomenon whereby when pressing the shutter button on the camera body, it may occasionally stop operating and not respond to the reoperation. In this circumstance, we would like to provide a lens firmware update free of charge to the customers using the applicable products with the serial numbers mentioned below.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.
 
Phenomenon
 
  • When pressing the shutter button on the camera body, it may occasionally stop operating and not respond to the reoperation.
Applicable products and Serial No.
 
  • SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA, CANON EF, NIKON F mount
    • Serial No.53824160 or earlier
  • SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA, CANON EF, NIKON F mount
    • Serial No.53846990 or earlier
Corresponding method
 
For customers using the applicable products with the mentioned serial numbers, we are going to provide a lens firmware update free of charge.
 
* The SIGMA USB DOCK cannot be used for this firmware update as it requires an adjustment to optimize each lens individually.
 
How to identify already supported products
 
Among the applicable products with the mentioned serial numbers, those that had their firmware updated have a black sticker on the lower right corner of the product gift box, as shown in the image below.
 
Sigma 60 600 and 70 200 Sports Lens Product Advisory Image

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
Post Date: 6/10/2019 5:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes provides a few tips for getting magazine-worthy travel/documentary imagery.
Post Date: 6/10/2019 5:12:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 7, 2019
B&H has the Godox V1 Flash available for preorder.
 
When preordering, you may want to pick up the Godox AK-R1 Accessory Kit as well.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compatible with TTL
  • Output: 76Ws
  • Auto Zoom Control, Zoom Range: 28-105mm
  • 2.4 GHz Wireless X-System Transmitter
  • Built-In LED Modeling Lamp
  • Tilts -7 to 120°, Rotates 330°
  • Round Flash Head Design
  • Magnetic Light Modifier Attachment
  • 1.5 sec Recycle Time, HSS Support
  • Removable, Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/7/2019 5:24:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 6, 2019
B&H has the Zeiss Otus 100mm f/1.4 Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Nine Low Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic Sonnar Optical Design
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
Post Date: 6/6/2019 5:31:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
Fast fixed focal SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045) boldly demonstrates Tamron’s lens-making expertise
 
June 6, 2019, Commack, NY— Tamron announces the launch of a new fixed focal lens, the SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD (Model F045), for full-frame DSLR cameras. The lens, announced as under-development this February, will be available at Tamron USA authorized retailers at approximately $899 on June 26th in Nikon mount and July 25th in Canon mount.
 
Tamron’s SP (Superior Performance) lens series was born in 1979, based on the concept of delivering lenses for taking the perfect picture for those who love photography. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the series. In celebration, Tamron has developed the Model F045, the distillation of Tamron’s accumulated lens-making expertise and craftsmanship. This orthodox fixed focal lens, which some consider the most basic of all interchangeable lenses, is the embodiment of all optical technology and manufacturing knowhow Tamron has developed to date. The Model F045’s unprecedented high-resolution image quality and beautiful, appealing background bokeh lets photographers capture any scene down to the finest details. The external lens barrel was developed through the tireless pursuit of operability and durability, focusing constantly on the needs of photographers. This lens is equipped with a large F/1.4 aperture and high-speed, high-precision AF functionality offering exceptional reliability, plus various other features for increased convenience, making it the perfect everyday lens for your creative pursuits. It is ideally suited for nearly every photographic genre, including photojournalism, landscape, sports, street life, wedding groups and family snapshots.
 
Product Development Background
 
“To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tamron’s renowned SP series lenses that are designed and constructed to deliver the highest levels of performance, we drew upon our accumulated expertise and technologies to create the ‘ultimate lens’ — the Model F045,” said the person responsible for product planning. “Our goal was to achieve high resolution, fidelity of point light source and beautiful bokeh,” he continued. “We deployed existing skills, like our highly regarded knowhow for producing bokeh, and combined them with new innovations like BBAR-G2 (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection Generation 2) Coating for anti-reflection performance. Today we announce with sincere pride that the Model F045 embodies Tamron’s philosophy for manufacturing and is the finest lens in Tamron’s history.”
 
PRODUCT HIGLIGHTS
 
1. Consummate image quality across the entire frame from edge-to-edge The optical construction (14 elements in 10 groups) leverages the best of Tamron technology and features a generous arrangement of special glass materials including four LD (Low Dispersion) and three GM (Glass Molded Aspherical) lens elements.
This combination of components successfully eliminates the effects of chromatic aberrations (which are particularly perilous for high-speed lenses) as well as other optical aberrations to the greatest extent possible. Even at its maximum aperture of F/1.4, high resolution performance is achieved from the center of the frame to the edges, providing superior aberration correction to maintain perfect fidelity of point shapes. The result is ultimate ultra-high image quality. This exceptional optical performance extends to the quality of defocused bokeh areas. With this lens, photographers can capture dramatic images that neatly sculpt their subjects against large and beautifully appealing background bokeh.
 
2. Next-generation BBAR-G2 Coating To maximize the optical performance and ultra-high image quality of this lens, special measures are in place for optimal correction against ghosting and flare.
Tamron has developed BBAR-G2 Coating through continued research into the coating technologies they have developed over many years. This new BBAR-G2 Coating vastly exceeds the performance of the original BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating that enjoys a long and well-established reputation in its own right. In addition to minimizing ghosting and flare, BBAR-G2 Coating enables clear images with stunning, unprecedented contrast.
 
3. Exceptionally reliable, fast and accurate AF
The AF drive is equipped with Tamron’s proprietary USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). This technology affords an autofocusing system with high speed, precision and quiet operation—even in a large aperture lens, which is typically bigger and heavier. Additionally, thanks to the Dynamic Rolling-cam mechanism that has been newly developed specifically for this lens, Tamron has succeeded in minimizing the drive load placed on the focus lens component. This breakthrough ensures stable AF operating performance and improves reliability even under the harsh shooting conditions of professional use, including high and low temperature extremes. This exceptional lens is also equipped with a Full-Time Manual Focus override system so photographers can instantly make fine adjustments to the point of focus, even when using the AF mode.
 
4. Vastly improved highly durable Fluorine Coating
The front surface of the lens element is coated with a Fluorine Coating based on a newly developed fluorine compound with high water- and oil-repellent properties. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, dust, moisture, and fingerprints, and enabling your important lenses to be continually protected on a long-term basis.
 
5. Moisture-Resistant Construction
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature affords an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
 
6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The Model F045 is compatible with the TAMRON TAP-in Console, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update a lens’s firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF.
 
7. Locking lens hood for precise positioning
The included lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism. Being able to reliably attach the hood prevents it from unintentionally shifting position or coming off at the wrong time.
 
8. Consistent with Tamron’s sophisticated design concepts
The smoothly contoured body and the texture of fine details reinforce simple operation and ensure intuitive use. The shape boasts a high-grade feel worthy of a next-generation model that’s packed with advanced technologies. The form snugly houses the internal components, while the carefully finished Luminous Gold brand ring and painstakingly precise construction speak loudly of the extreme high quality of the lens. Combined with the ergonomic switch box shape, highly legible distance-scale window and sturdy metal mount, the lens boasts a finely-finished rugged and functional design.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
ModelF045
Focal Length35mm
Maximum ApertureF/1.4
Angle of View (diagonal)63°26' (for full-frame DSLR cameras)
Optical Construction14 elements in 10 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.3m (11.8 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:5
Filter SizeØ72mm
Maximum DiameterØ80.9mm
Length*for Canon 4.1 in (104.8mm)
for Nikon 4 in (102.3mm)
Weightfor Canon 28.7 oz (815g)
for Nikon 28.4 oz. (805g)
Aperture Blades9 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum ApertureF/16
Standard AccessoriesFlower-shaped hood, Lens caps, Lens pouch
Compatible MountsCanon EF mount, Nikon F mount

* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
 
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
 
All DSLR camera functions are possible when the Model F045 is attached to a mirrorless camera via the manufacture’s adapter.

 
Tamron SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama
 
 Wednesday, June 5, 2019
From Profoto:
 
With the B10 Plus, shooting on location isn't about problems, it's about opportunities.
 
Because shooting on location forces you to make choices.
 
For the most part, those choices inevitably come down to how much gear to bring and how much gear to leave behind.
 
Because if you’re shooting a wedding, for example, you can’t afford for your gear to slow you down. And if the location is remote there’s only so much you can realistically carry. Ultimately, there’s always a compromise.
 
Here at Profoto, we’re not big on compromise. That’s what drove us to create the Profoto B10 and now, it’s ever so slightly bigger brother, the Profoto B10 Plus.
 
“Like the Profoto B10, the B10 Plus is a seriously small flash.” Commented Göran Marén, Product Manager at Profoto.
 
“It’s around the size of a large lens. That means you can fit it in your bag with the rest of your gear and because it's cordless and lightweight, it's easy to bring and set up anywhere.”
 
Despite its small and lightweight appearance, the Profoto B10 Plus packs a considerable punch. Twice as powerful as the B10 the B10 Plus gives you ten times more light than a speedlight. And the quality of that light is exactly what you’d expect from a Profoto flash; completely natural with a beautifully soft fall off.
 
The B10 Plus is also a powerful light that you can use for both stills and video. And lt’s easy to use. A separate dial on the sleek B10 interface allows you to adjust both brightness and color temperature until it blends perfectly with the ambient light.
 
"The B10 Plus uses the same stand adapter and battery as the B10” Göran adds, “the stand adapter can be quickly removed allowing you to mount the B10 Plus on any camera tripod.
 
The battery too is just as swiftly replaced, and you can charge it while you’re using it.”
 
The ‘no compromise’ approach continues with the huge range of compatible Profoto light-shaping tools. Profoto´s compact and lightweight OCF series is the perfect choice for light shaping on location. If they´re not enough, there are 120 more to choose from in the full Profoto range.
 
Controlling the B10 Plus off-camera is, again, easy. You can trigger and control the B10 Plus from any Profoto Air Remote, or from the Profoto A1 or A1X. Remotes are available for all major camera brands.
 
And you’ll also benefit from smart connectivity with the Profoto app. With the B10 Plus connected to the Profoto app you can view and control all the settings from your smartphone screen, experience creative capture with your smartphone, and download all the latest updates.
 
Ultimately, like it’s slightly smaller brother the B10, the B10 Plus is a big light in a small package. And the extra power means the possibilities are enormous.
 
Göran concluded. “we call it ‘more power of small.’ Because there are more possibilities to be creative with light in so many more ways. The opportunity to let your imagination run riot on any location.”
 
The Profoto B10 Plus; now, there’s no need to compromise.
 
B&H will carry the Profoto B10 Plus.
Post Date: 6/5/2019 5:40:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 3, 2019
 Saturday, June 1, 2019
When the fog is present, contrast is significantly decreased and heavy fog can reduce visibility to very short distances. While in Shenandoah National Park for two days in the spring, heavy fog was the only visibility I had. The dozens of turnouts and trails designed to show off spectacular views of the mountains and valleys far below all had the same view. White fog.
 
When this happens, one option is to find close subjects. With close subjects resulting in less light-scattering fog between the camera and subject, good color and contrast is retained. The large patches of bright green ferns were one such subject that always catches my attention in the spring in Shenandoah National Park. Fog scatters light in all directions, creating very even lighting even deep in the woods.
 
The one problem remaining was a light breeze. Some of the ferns I was photographing were waist high. With a big sail and a small stem, these ferns moved in even the lightest breeze. I would rather the slight motion blur in the lower left fern blade not be there.
 
Options for dealing with the subject motion were limited. Embracing the movement and allowing the subject to become blurred is an easy one. Results vary when using this technique.
 
Waiting for short breaks in the breeze was option I worked on. Taking many shots was another, trying to catch a fern at the end of its motion.
 
Making shorter shutter speeds available by increasing the ISO setting is another good option. This option results in increased noise in the image, but sometimes a scene can be captured at a low ISO for the stationary subject and then at a higher ISO setting to keep the moving parts stabilized. The two (or more) image can then be stacked during post processing with only the in-motion portion of the frame being shown for the high ISO capture.
 
Using a narrower aperture offers the same shutter speed advantage with reduction of DOF being the penalty.
 
A last method I was working with involved placing small temporary Y-shaped twigs at the base of the closest ferns (the ones moving across the most pixels) to help stabilize them. A Wimberley Plamp is a good tool for this purpose.
 
Moving farther away from the moving branch and/or using a wider focal length make the moving subject smaller in the frame which means they cross over imaging sensor pixels less rapidly which means they are sharper in the final image.
 
Remove the light-cutting circular polarizer filter can help establish faster shutter speeds, though this is not often a good choice for landscape photography. While on the fog topic, note that CPL filters very significantly cut through fog. The difference can be very noticeable. Rotate the filter to turn on or off the fog effect, obtaining the look you want.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/11.0  1/4s
ISO 400
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 6/1/2019 11:20:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 30, 2019
5DayDeal has just launched a $10,000 prize giveaway. Signing up is simple — just do it now!
 
5DayDeal's next video education bundle, Complete Video Creators Bundle 2019, launches on June 6th. Stay tuned for the details!
Post Date: 5/30/2019 2:00:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Meredith Stotzner dives into the Layers Panel and shares her tips for making layer thumbnails easier to see in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/30/2019 5:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the IDX System Technology CUE-D150 147Wh V-Mount 2-Battery Kit with Dual-Battery Charger available for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $629.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 x 16.8V 147Wh Li-Ion V-Mount Batteries
  • Dual-Bay, Fanless, Sequential Charger
  • Supports up to 10A Draw
  • 4-LED Power Gauge
  • XLR DC Output on Charger
  • D-Tap Output on Battery
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Credentialed access to a 4 hour concert in a 15,000-seat indoor stadium seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the Canon EOS R and Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens a workout while the mostly high-energy performers also got a workout.
 
When photographing low light action, one historically had to choose between a moderately wide aperture (f/2.8) in a zoom lens and an ultra-wide aperture (f/1.4 for example) in a prime lens. With the RF 28-70, you can have both a wide aperture and a zoom focal length range. While some prime lenses still have the wide aperture advantage, the RF 28-70 f/2 L lens bridges the divide and, especially from an image quality perspective, is an outstanding option for low light needs including concert photography.
 
The spot lights happened to be on the singer (Ledger) in this image, allowing a very clean ISO 800 with a shutter speed adequate to stop most of the motion at f/2. Other images were captured at ISO settings as high as 6400 where the 1-stop advantage this zoom lens has over most other zooms makes a considerably bigger difference in image quality.
 
At concerts, the location of the action is often unpredictable and changing fast and that means focal length changes are required, ideally fitting for a zoom lens. Yes, some prime lenses could have given me another 1-stop lower ISO setting, but I would have minimally needed multiple cameras to cover the same range and often the performers were moving so fast that the shot would have been long gone by the time the cameras were swapped. Shooting wider and cropping later is an option, but lower resolution images are the result.
 
Also great for fast moving subjects was the R's touch and drag AF. With the left hand adjusting the focal length and the right thumb moving the focus point as needed for ideal framing, the EOS R was an ideal choice.
 
Every shoot teaches new lessons and here are a few concert photography tips from that night.
 
First, if photographing with a media pass, know without a doubt which gate you are supposed to enter through and be ready to politely ask for a additional opinions when the first person(s) thinks they know the different gate you are required to enter through. This saves walking half way around a stadium to the shipping and receiving area and waiting for a security guard to make a series of phone calls to figure out what you already knew and send you back to the other side of the stadium. If opting to ignore this advice, strongly consider arriving at least 1 hour early.
 
Also if photographing with a media pass, make sure that you have a signed copy of that pass (minimally on your phone) with you because the media reps for some reason may not have your name on the list. If offered a label with your name handwritten on it, request a lanyard because your camera strap is going to peel the label off within 10 minutes of your arrival, leaving you without the pass. Minimally attach the label to something that avoids the peel-off risk.
 
While your media pass may specify where you are supposed to photograph from, the media pass may not have been updated since the 360° stage was implemented. The specified locations may not exist and those working the show may have no clue about the topic or even how to get to the floor from the entrance level. Arrive early enough that if the instructions do not align with reality there is time to figure out where you are permitted to go without negatively impacting the show (it is probably not being performed for you).
 
Oh, if the tour is promoting a 360° stage, just get a ticket and leave the camera at home. Within seconds, the performer can be a basketball court distance away and even two cameras with complementing zoom lenses are not adequate. Compounding the problem is that you will have backs toward you for at least 270° of the stage.
 
I'll add these notes to the concert photography tips page.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/2.0  1/500s
ISO 800
4480 x 6720px
Post Date: 5/29/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 28, 2019

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
AB from B&H introduces a new series on recording audio for video, which is designed to give you all the tools you’ll need to properly record audio for your video projects. This intro gives a basic overview of topics that will be covered in detail in subsequent videos, from choosing the right mic and location to setting recording levels and fixing things in post. If you want a good, basic intro to gear, tips, and techniques, this first video is a great place to start.
 
B&H has everything you need to record great audio.
Post Date: 5/28/2019 7:23:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 24, 2019
This bull had just lost a fight over a harem of cows and headed for the hills. His rack was larger than that of the opponent, but the opponent's body was larger and that is where the battle strength comes from.
 
Capturing this image was primarily a matter of repeatedly getting out in front of the bull and properly predicting where it would enter a clearing at the right distance for the big prime lens I was using. As you will notice from the camera settings for this image, it was quite dark when this image was captured. The pursuit started under cloudy weather that deteriorated into light rain.
 
I still have one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park (or get on the 2020 waiting list). Consider joining a small group of photographers (all skill levels welcome) pursuing these awesome animals and other wildlife and landscape opportunities in this great park!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/24/2019 11:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adorama YouTube channel:
 
We often see beams of light created my nature but being at the right place at the right time when you're shooting portraits is tricky. So in this video Gavin Hoey will show you how to use flash to create rays of light on a location shoot, whenever you want them.
 
Using a single flash fired through a small window, Gavin adds smoke to the scene in order to see the real rays of light. He then adds a second flash to light his model and create a dark and moody urbex style portrait in a disused building.
 
Related Products
 
Post Date: 5/24/2019 6:58:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 23, 2019
B&H has the Godox X2 2.4G Flash Triggers available for preorder.
 
The value of a good set of flash triggers is immense. These are very well priced for the features they offer.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports TTL, High-Speed Sync, Multiflash
  • User Friendly Design
  • Bluetooth Support
  • Quick Lock Hotshoe
  • Full to 1/256 power levels in 1/10 step adjustments
  • Backlit Buttons
  • Works with Canon E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL, Sony TTL, Fujifilm Autoflash, Olympus TTL, Petax TTL
Categories: Preorders, Godox News
Post Date: 5/23/2019 7:59:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF
 
This firmware corrects the phenomenon whereby it does not reflect the changes set by custom mode on SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver.1.5.0 or later.
 
Benefit of the update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby it does not reflect the changes set by custom mode on SIGMA Optimization Pro.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 


SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
 
This firmware makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 compatible with the latest firmware of SIGMA interchangeable lenses, and improves the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable. Before updating the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver.1.5.0 or later.
 
Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera and put it back in again.
 
SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E
 
Benefit of the update
 
  • It has improved the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA.
* For customers who own the SONY a9, please update the firmware of the camera to Ver.5.00 or later.
 
SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
 
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.01.
  • It has improved the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount.
* For customers who own the SONY a9, please update the firmware of the camera to Ver.5.00 or later.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 


SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 for CANON and NIKON
 
This firmware makes the SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 compatible with the full-frame mirrorless cameras released by Canon Inc. and Nikon Inc..
 
For customers who own the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for CANON and NIKON and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 for CANON
 
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras.
* To update the firmware, the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for CANON mount which is updated to Ver.1.01 is required.
 
SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 for NIKON
 
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby it shows overexposure on the slave side when it is used for wireless shooting.
* To update the firmware, the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for NIKON mount which is updated to Ver.1.01 is required.
 
Before updating the SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver.1.5.0 or later from the download page below. The firmware update will take approximately 3 minutes to complete.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 
 Wednesday, May 22, 2019
B&H has the DJI Osmo Action 4K Camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor, Wide f/2.8 Lens
  • Up to 4K60 Video, 12MP Still Photos
  • Up to 3200 ISO, HDR Support
  • Wide Dynamic Range in 4K30
  • RockSteady Digital Video Stabilization
  • Time-Lapse, Hyperlapse, Slow-Motion Mode
  • Waterproof to 36' without a Housing
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Support
  • Touchscreen Displays on Front and Back
  • Records to microSD/SDXC/SDHC Cards
Post Date: 5/22/2019 7:39:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lastolite:
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ - MAY 21, 2019 - The Lastolite Panoramic Background is a collapsible 13’ (4m) wide, 7’5” (2.3m) high background that folds down neatly into its own carry case and fits easily into a car. Weighing only 19.8lb (9kg), it’s ideal for busy image-makers on the move. The background is completely self-supporting and can be set up in minutes. The structure comprises three individual aluminum framed sections, connected together with a hinge clip to allow the background to be set up flat to lean against a wall or with the side frames folded in to create a wraparound effect. The Chroma Key Blue cover simply clips to the aluminum frame and creates a taught, seamless surface.
 
The background is ideal for live stream and post-production keying projects. Its impressive 13' width creates enough working area for multiple camera angles and subjects. Although the brushed fabric is incredibly non-reflective, the height and width combined is enough to place the subject(s) at a good working distance from the background eliminating risk of any color spill from the Chroma Key Blue surface.
 
Whether you are shooting a single person, a larger group or even products, the Lastolite Panoramic Background offers ultimate versatility. The wider format allows the image-maker to introduce props and accommodate animated poses from the likes of dancers or athletes. The Chroma Key Blue now sits alongside the highly successful Chroma Key Green, Black, White, Granite and Limestone versions.
 
All models are available at select Authorized Lastolite Dealers.
 
B&H has the Panoramic Background 13' Chroma Key Blue available for preorder and the other Lastolite Panoramic Backgrounds in stock.
Category: Lastolite News
Post Date: 5/22/2019 7:13:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the following [quietly introduced] Lowepro products available for preorder with free expedited shipping:
 
Lowepro Photo Active BP Backpack Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, Mirrorless, or Video Gear
  • For Travel and Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Ripstop Nylon & High-Abrasion Polyester
  • 3 Easy-Access Entry Points
  • Top Compartment for Personal Gear
  • Configurable QuickShelf Divider System
  • CradleFit for Laptop/Tablet or Hydration
  • Side Pockets for Bottle & Compact Tripod
  • IP-6/7 Rated DryZone & AW Cover
  • Ventilated ActivZone Back Panel
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/22/2019 6:59:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Apple announced new 13.3" and 15.4" MacBook Pro models today. B&H has an overview of the new systems here.
 
B&H is accepting preorders for the new Macs.
 
If you don't need the latest models, save up to $800 on the mid-2018 Macbook Pro models.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 9:31:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Via KickStarter, Peak Design has introduced a unique, ultra-compactable travel tripod.
 
From Peak Design:
 
Peak Design Unveils The Next Generation of Camera Tripods
 
New Travel Tripod Promises to Redefine Product Category for Years to Come
 
San Francisco, CA (May, 2019) – After multiple award-winning bag releases, Peak Design, the worldwide leader in crowdfunding and everyday carry solutions, is proud to disrupt yet another product category—the camera tripod. More than four years in the making, Peak Design’s newest release, Travel Tripod, is a ground-up reexamination of camera tripod design to produce the world’s most portable, packable, and easy-to-setup tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike.
 
Peak Design directly addressed their biggest rub about traditional tripods: spatial inefficiency and unnecessary bulk. Peak Design’s goal was to eliminate the dead space within a tripod, an ever-present inefficiency that often doubles or triples the effective diameter of a packed tripod. Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and center column to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 60 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors.
 
“During my travels in 2008 I began wondering why on Earth my tripod was so big. The thing was full of negative space and knobs, and I felt like something designed for portability could do much better,” commented Peak Design CEO, Peter Dering. “I quickly realized that anything short of a complete design overhaul would fail to meet my criteria of the perfect travel tripod. It took years of development but the outcome is a camera tripod that seamlessly integrates into all aspects of travel and adventure.”
 
Travel Tripod is among the quickest-to-deploy and most intuitive to use tripods on the market. Peak Design developed a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.
 
Peak Design also optimized the Travel Tripod ball head to operate more fluidly than traditional tripod heads while still prioritizing spatial efficiency. Travel Tripod eliminates bulky and confusing knobs with a single adjustment ring for simple and smooth 360-degree adjustment. Peak Design’s proprietary quick-release plate technology facilitates lightning-fast camera attachment—easily accommodating a full frame DSLR with telephoto lens—and is compatible with Peak Design carrying equipment and with Arca Swiss tripod dimensions. Furthermore, Travel Tripod’s ball head measures just 3.25 inches in diameter, keeping it aligned with the packed profile of the tripod’s legs for exceptionally compact carry.
 
In addition to a thorough rethinking of a tripod's architecture and user interface, carefully considered material choices and construction techniques provide the stability and vibration dampening demanded by avid photographers. A builtin universal phone mount, bubble-level, hook for counterweights, and included soft case round out a packed feature list that fans of Peak Design have come to expect.
 
Available both in carbon fiber and aluminum legs (MSRP: $599.95 // $349.95) the Travel Tripod will launch on KickStarter (peakdesign.com/ks) for a pre-sale discount beginning May 21, 2019. The tripod will then be available for purchase online at peakdesign.com and through major retailers in time for the 2019 holiday season.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 8:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens page.
 
Note that the product images are cropped hard due to my choice to keep them in the smaller lens comparison format where this lens can be compared to the 100-400mm lens class and others.
 
The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is in stock or coming soon at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX
 
Rent the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 7:34:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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