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 Friday, August 30, 2013
Canon Professional Network has published an informative article highlighting the PowerShot G16's key features, benefits, technologies and specifications.
Adorama has the Canon PowerShot G16 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/30/2013 7:08:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 29, 2013
Canon EOS 70D results have been added to the site's Image Quality tool. These results show the resolution of the 70D's sensor along with the base level of sharpness Canon has dialed in.
The IQ tool link above will load a comparison to the Canon EOS 60D. The 70D is looking very nice against the 60D with just-the-right amount of improved sharpness. Increasing sharpness *can* increase noise levels. I'll have that comparison available for you soon.
The other 70D comparison I find interesting is against the Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D. I find the T4i images to be slightly oversharpened even with a very low sharpness setting of "1". Look for the halos and jagged edges around the black details in the T4i's ISO 12233 chart test results. The 70D results, again, look just right. And, there is a noticeable resolution increase in subjects with fine details.
Add the 70D to Your MP3 Playlist
With a fast SDHC card, I am getting 20 frame bursts from the 70D. This camera rocks, so ... rock to the sound of this camera using the following MP3 files. All sounds clips illustrate the max burst rate and buffer depth of the respective cameras:
Canon EOS 70D Burst Mode
Burst Comparison: T4i, 60D, 70D and 7D
Now In Stock
The Canon EOS 70D is now in stock: Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/29/2013 12:37:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Photoshelter is offering a free guide - Growing Your Portrait Photography Business: Part 1. The first installment focuses on families, kids, and high school seniors.
Post Date: 8/28/2013 11:59:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
The Canon Digital Learning Center Blog now features regularly updated educational information, tips for imaging enthusiasts and news on Canon products
Created for imaging enthusiasts and professionals eager to learn new techniques and get expert advice on a variety of topics, the revamped Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC) Blog offers the insights they seek.
Expert contributors such as Explorers of Light, and Canon Technical Specialists and Advisors, show what the CDLC has to offer firsthand via weekly blog posts. Recent topics include field reports from Canon Live Learning events, protecting camera gear from summer elements, dissecting an EOS C500 Steadicam rig, and a little-known LP-E6 battery management trick.
Visit the CDLC Blog at:
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/28/2013 11:03:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adorama:
New York, New York - August 28, 2013 - Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, imaging and electronics retailers, recently launched its brand new photography diffusion and accessories line, Glow by Flashpoint. Adorama’s brand new line of professional studio and on-location lighting modifiers employs advanced technology designed to create perfect editorial and product still life images. Glow by Flashpoint offers softboxes in varying shapes and sizes, including the Grand Softbox in two different sizes, and unique HexaPop products, which combine the flattering diffusion of a softbox with the soft focused light from the reflective, curved surface of an umbrella. All Glow lighting accessories are completely heat resistant and are designed with superior construction and materials, including a super-strength, silver, gridded fabric lining the interior surfaces of the box that adds a crisp quality to the output. Made in Korea, these new lighting accessories from Adorama are available now exclusively in the Adorama store, located at 42 West 18th Street in New York City, and online at at highly competitive prices.
Glow - R Series
Every Glow - R Series product features removable double diffusers with extremely soft, even light spread that is contrast-balanced. Reinforced support rod pockets, seams and Velcro closures make assembly and setup trouble-free.
The unique Glow Grand Softboxes feature a construction of parabolic design, creating a light source that imitates natural sunlight. The highlight/shadow ratio is optimized with a concentrated focus of illumination from the special bowl reflector and reverse umbrella design. Both the 71” and 47” Grand Softboxes combine the strength of a key light while acting as a great reflector, maximizing a single light source into a blaze of directed soft light. The super even coverage is perfect for larger groups and objects. The design features exceptional light efficiency with flattering results.
The Glow 71” Grand Softbox optimizes the extreme potential of studio strobes, whether covering live, unpredictable action or simply large-scale location illumination. It can also be used for typical fashion, portrait and beauty photography. The Glow 47” Grand Softbox is perfect for brilliantly lit, full-length fashion, portrait and beauty photography. By adding the gridded outer diffuser shield, photographers can transform the overall wash of sharper light into a less harsh mood.
The Glow Strip Rectangle - R Series Softboxes are specifically able to isolate the glow effect, not only used as a directional soft light source but as a specialty rectangular shape in reflective and translucent objects. This unique, oblong softbox comes in three different sizes - 12” x 36”, 16” x 48”, and 30” x 60”. Each of the Glow Strip Rectangle Softboxes creates a tower of light that limits coverage to create a more dramatic effect. They are ideal for photographing people in isolated light treatment where controlled contrast is desired, when working with glass and metallic objects, and when sharper fall-off occurs.
Glow Rectangle - R Series Softboxes are designed as the softbox standard for studio and location situations where diffused light is desired. A mainstay for any photographer’s lighting kit, these rectangular softboxes are available in three different sizes: 24” x 36”, 36” x 48”, and 40” x 56”. The remarkably even light covers larger objects in a still life setting and creates smooth fall-off effects when used as an overhead light bank on a boom. The Glow Rectangle - R Series Softboxes from Adorama are also great as a rectangular shape in reflective and translucent objects.
Adorama also offers the Glow Square Softbox - R Series, a prime “harder” soft light for studio and location shooting where diffusion is desired but richer contrasts suggest more direct lighting. While rectangular softboxes create a more “open window” look, smaller banks focus more intensity into the scene - making the 28” x 28” square softbox from Glow a must-have lighting solution for any photographer.
The ultimate one-source “people” light, the Glow Softbox Octo - R Series combines the strength of a portrait key light while acting as a soft wrap, blending perfectly with additional fill soft lights. Available in three different sizes - 24”, 36” and 60” - the highlight/shadow ratio of Adorama’s octagonal softboxes is optimized with a concentrated focus of illumination from the special bowl reflector and reverse umbrella design. The smallest of the bunch, the 24” adds slightly more “pop” to contrast due to its tight reflector spec, while the 60” is an optimal tool for mastering on-location shoots, imitating natural light.
Glow HexaPop - the Marriage of Softboxes and Umbrellas
Softboxes diffuse and spread light through baffles and reflection. As the nature of the source light is more widely distributed, the light reaches all surfaces with less contrast, filling in details and shadows at the expense of ill-defined contours. Umbrellas produce soft, focused light from their reflected, curved surfaces. The sharper quality of directional light beams makes for a more seductive treatment of people and skin tones. Light aimed at the umbrella’s center focal point bounces off the internal surfaces at different angles, but leaves the umbrella as parallel rays.
The marriage of the softbox to the umbrella, Glow HexaPop lighting solutions offer a parabolic umbrella that does not cast divergent or convergent light, creating more natural, sun-like shadows and fill light. The reflector shape directs all the light in one controllable direction, while the added diffuser softens the light, creating an incredibly flattering result.
The Glow HexaPop, available in 20” and 24” sizes, brings flattering, soft and rich color lighting to normally harsh, direct on-camera flash. It can be used as a key light off-camera with a remote trigger, or attached to hot shoe camera automation with a camera bracket and cable. The lightweight HexaPop opens easily and locks to create the perfect reflector diffuser. The ultra-efficient parabolic reflector has virtually no fall-off from edge to edge. Flashpoint engineers use UV-A and UV-R diffuser materials, which are exceptionally heat resistant. The internal silver reflector fabric rivals all other flexible materials, imitating polished lame. A speedlight attaches to the speed ring assembly and aligns almost all brands of flashes.
The unique six-sided shape of the HexaPop and narrow profile provides a large 105-degree light spread in a light, space-saving package. The shadows are slight and beautifully graduated. Colors are rich and vibrant without the flat pancake “flashpan” look of direct strobe.
Speed Rings
Also available in the Glow by Flashpoint collection are the Glow Speed Rings for Bowens and for Balcar/White Lightning. Glow Speed Rings provide 360 degrees of rotation; regardless of which softbox or brand of flash is in use, full control is always achievable.
Pricing and Availability
Glow by Flashpoint products are now available in the Adorama store, located at 42 West 18th Street in New York City, and online at the Adorama website. Visit to learn more about pricing and availability.
Post Date: 8/28/2013 6:45:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Adorama has the Asus Google Nexus 7 Travel Cover (light blue, light gray & pink colors for the original Nexus 7) available for $2.99 with free shipping.
I've been using the dark grey travel cover ever since my original Nexus 7 arrived. I'm seriously considering buying a couple more colors just to mix things up a bit. ;-) [Sean]
Category: Google Deals
Post Date: 8/27/2013 8:40:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
This past month we had a TUESDAY sale and so many of you guys took advantage of it. This time we're taking it further! From now, through the end of the year, use promo code EARLYBIRD10 to save 10% on any and all rentals arriving on Mondays OR Tuesdays!
The details:

  • Arrival date for the rental must be a Monday or Tuesday (Eligible until December 31st, 2013)
  • Cannot be combined with any other promotions or discounts.
  • Discount only applies to rentals

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button located on the product review page.

Post Date: 8/27/2013 10:45:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PocketWizard:
New hot shoe to miniphone (HSFM3) cable allows photographers to connect any speedlight style flash to a PocketWizard radio, whether it has a PC port or not.
So. Burlington, VT - August 27, 2013 - LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, announces the immediate availability of the new hot shoe to miniphone cable (HSFM3). This three-foot cable, which has a basic (non-TTL) hot shoe on one end and a mono miniphone connector on the other, allows photographers to slide any speedlight style flash into the shoe to avoid using the sometimes unreliable or missing PC port. The miniphone end plugs into either a Plus radio (PlusX, Plus III, Plus II or Plus Receivers), MultiMAX Transceiver or FlexTT5 Transceiver. With another PocketWizard radio on the camera, photographers now have the most reliable triggering setup possible.
"This cable has been long overdue in our line,” says Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for PocketWizard. “There are several flashes on the market that skipped the basic PC port making this cable a necessity and the PC port is not known for its reliability. This high-quality cable will provide the connectivity and reliability photographers expect from PocketWizard,” Schmidt added.
Other features of the new HSFM3 include a 1/4-20 socket below the hot shoe, gold plated contacts and robust design to ensure reliability.
Also available is the new locking PC to miniphone adapter (MPCF-L). This handy adapter allows users to convert any cord with a PC connection into a miniphone connection.
Amazon carries PocketWizard's new hot shoe to miniphone cable.
Post Date: 8/27/2013 10:08:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From JP Distribution:
08-27-2013 - JP Distribution is excited to announce the introduction of the New SkyLux by Westcott. The first daylight-balanced Studio LED with a CRI Rating of 94+ that allows photographers to utilise their favourite modifiers with the addition of a single Bowens Mount Speedring.
The SkyLux is a beautiful full-colour spectrum of light, housed in a high-quality compact all-metal unit, which embodies a unique design with a flat front panel to protect the LED light source (meaning, there’s no protruding bulb or globe to shatter). The durable construction allows photographers to utilise their largest modifiers, like the Westcott 7’ Octabank. The Bowens S-Type mount allows for the usage of softboxes, umbrellas, snoots, barn doors and gels. Unlike units utilising halogen or tungsten bulbs, the SkyLux gives off little heat with its unique LED design and has a lifespan of over 50,000 hours. Photographers will find an internal fan to keep the unit cool with virtually zero sound while in operation. The quiet fan and flicker free LED technology is a perfect setup for videographers.
Features Include:

  • Dimmable daylight-balanced LED for motion and still capture
  • Pristine 5600K continuous output
  • Cutting-edge 94CRI LED technology
  • Quiet operation essential for video
  • Lightweight, solid metal housing
  • Diffused front emits shadow-free output
  • Built-in tilter bracket and umbrella mount
  • Attaches virtually any light modifier
  • Regulated ballast for flicker-free output
  • Muliti-voltage for international use

Adorama carries the Westcott Skylux LED Studio Light.

Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 8/27/2013 7:49:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 26, 2013
From Photoshelter:
Today there’s a balancing act between protecting your photos and sharing - and selling - them with the world. In this live webinar on Tuesday, August 27th at 4pm ET, former ASMP President and Pittsburgh-based photographer Richard Kelly will discuss how photographers can use copyright law to their business’ advantage. He’ll cover:

  • Determining the most profitable image licensing model for your business
  • Negotiating a fair price with clients
  • Must-do tactics for protecting your images online
  • Copyright registration and creative commons
  • Emerging technologies that are helping photographers protect their work

Despite the pressure to turn over your work’s rights for less and less money, you can actually use technology to track and monetize your copyright.
Register Now

Post Date: 8/26/2013 11:01:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 25, 2013


"This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending August 24th, 2013
In the news...
On Tuesday, we posted about the 5D Mark IIIs with Magic Lantern pre-installed available for rent from LensRentals. The cameras ships with a 1000x memory card and enable users to capture amazingly clear RAW video.
On Thursday, Canon announced four new PowerShot cameras - the G16, S120, SX510 HS & SX170 IS - and a special edition Facebook-ready PowerShot N. Canon’s new top-of-the-line PowerShot, the G16, has been updated with a DIGIC 6 processor, improved AF, shorter lag, and built-in WiFi connectivity.
Also on Thursday, Canon announced the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. Building on the popularity of the previous 55-250mm consumer zoom, the new lens features an improved AF system, reduced chromatic aberrations, and Canon’s stepping motor for reduced AF noise in video mode.
In site news and reviews...
On Monday, Bryan posted an atypical review for the site - the Toshiba KIRAbook 13. In short, Bryan liked the laptop’s cutting-edge speed, dense screen resolution and out-of-the-box color calibration. Check out Bryan’s review for more information.
Also this week, Bryan sent out the site’s inaugural newsletter and announced a giveaway. Anyone who signs up for the newsletter, or is already on the distribution list, will automatically be entered to win a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive Camera Backpack.
The newsletter will include review updates, new product announcements, prize giveaways, picture explanations, and exclusive deals. If you’re interested in getting the newsletter, or want to enter the camera backpack giveaway, look for the signup box located above the menu bar on the site.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Tuesday, we posted an eBay deal from 47th Street Photo where you could get a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM “Art” lens for $779.00 with free shipping [deal has expired]. That’s a $120.00 savings off the normal retail price.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!'

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 8/25/2013 12:37:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Canon EOS 70D in stock - as does via eBay. (thanks Marcel)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/25/2013 9:12:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 23, 2013
Answer: Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park and Seaside Heights, NJ
I took a Pelican case full of gear for a 2-day road trip last week. This area was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy last year, but the recovery effort has been remarkable. Repair of the unfortunate Barnegat Bay pier shown above was obviously remaining on the to-do list.
This image is a 2-frame composite. I was able to hold adequate highlights and shadows in a single frame, but using a 2+-stop overexposed frame allowed for a much better motion blur of the water. The two images were processed in DPP (the longer exposure was darkened 2 stops) and then stacked in Photoshop where the lower portion of the shorter-exposed top layer was deleted to let the water show through.
Watch for a review of this 16mm-capable full frame lens.
Post Date: 8/23/2013 8:47:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In case you haven't noticed, there is a signup form at the top of each page on the site – for's newsletter. We would be honored to have you on our list. Don't worry about getting too many emails – I don't have time to overwhelm your inbox. My current (but remaining flexible) plan is to send infrequent (perhaps bi-weekly?) newsletters featuring:

  • Review updates
  • New product announcements
  • Cool prize giveaways
  • Sample pictures with explanations
  • Promised exclusive deals on great gear
  • And more!

These newsletters will not be as all-encompassing as the site's news page/feed, but may include additional features and information.
The First Giveaway
Think Tank Photo is generously providing an awesome StreetWalker® HardDrive Camera Backpack for the first newsletter giveaway. The first winner will be randomly-selected from the entire email registration list just prior to the next newsletter being sent. Simply signup for the newsletter for your chance to win!
Sign up now. Enter your email address in the form below (or at the top of any page on the site if this form does not display/function properly in your feed reader). It is easy to unsubscribe later if you change your mind.

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Post Date: 8/23/2013 8:27:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/23/2013 8:57:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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