The Nikon European Film Festival is back! We're delighted to have Asif Kapadia, writer/director of AMY, as Chair of the Jury, along with fellow #NikonFF jury members Raindance founder Elliot Grove and Emmy-nominated photographer/filmmaker Pieter ten Hoopen.
This year's theme for short films of up to 140 seconds is 'Everyday Moments' and the Grand Prix is a Nikon D810 plus a networking trip to Cannes. The four other prize categories are Best Narrative, Technical Excellence, Best Student Entry and People's Choice.
Watch as Asif introduces the new competition and find out full entry details at www.nikonfilmfestival.com. Submissions open on 13 October, so start shooting now.
Profoto releases a new firmware upgrade for the B1 and the B2 Off-Camera Flashes, adding workflow improvements and enabling TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS.
September 30, 2015 – When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 was the world’s first off-camera flash to do TTL with both Canon and Nikon cameras. Earlier this year, the B1 was followed by the B2. The B2 is smaller and more portable than the B1, but offers the same TTL functionality as the B1.
The B1 and the B2, as well as the Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) and the Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon) that are needed to use the flashes in TTL Mode, operates on software that can be upgraded by the photographer themselves.
On September 30, Profoto will release the latest version of the firmware. The new upgrade brings a series of improvements, most noticeable is the one that enables TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R.
Below is a list of all the improvements. The upgrade and the full release notes will be available from that day for registered users at www.profoto.com/myprofoto as of September 30.
Note that flashes as well as Air Remotes have to be upgraded for these new improvements to work.
Added AirTTL Compatibility With Canon EOS 5DS And EOS 5DS R The problem with over-exposure that many experienced when using the new Canon models in TTL Mode is corrected with this new upgrade.
Improved Canon Integration for Faster Shooting in Manual Mode The improvement is especially noticeable with fast cameras such as Canon EOS-1D-X. The improved integration also makes it possible to select TTL or Manual Mode in the camera menu. (This was previously only possible to do on the Profoto Air Remote itself.)
Option To Deactivate Auto Power-Off On All Units Normally the B1 and the B2 shut down after 60 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. This automatic function can now be deactivated from the Air Remote, making it easy to set up the lights well before for a shoot and activate them later by a simple button press from the remote.
Improved Display Sleep Function On Air Remotes In previous firmware versions the Air Remote display turned black after 30 seconds of inactivity. With this new upgrade the display dims down partially after 20 seconds but stays readable for another 100 seconds before turning black.
Minor Bugfixes In addition the upgrades include over 15 minor fixes, making the system more stable and contributing to an even greater user experience.
Image quality results from a second copy of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site. The new results are shown under lens sample "1". A comparison between the two lens copies is preloaded into the first link.
Go behind the scenes of the Exploring NIKKOR Lenses: Mongolia series with filmmaker, Mike Rogers. Find out how he and his crew set up and establish the scenes using a range of Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses.
Phottix has introduced a new wireless triggering system called Laso which consists of a radio-enabled wireless trigger and receiver, both of which communicate using Canon's 2.4GHz radio standard.
That means you can use a mix of 600EX-RTs, 430EX III-RTs and older non-radio enabled EX flashes while controlling them all from the camera without the experiencing limitations of line-of-sight optical triggering.
With the moon as close to Earth as it gets, we'll be treated with a total lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon, this Sunday evening. Those in the mid-to-Eastern United States, South America, Western Africa and Western Europe will be able to see every stage of the total lunar eclipse (about 3 1/2 hours total), with other areas seeing the eclipse during various stages.
This is an especially important event because:
A total lunar eclipse occurring during a supermoon is a rare event. The last time it happened was 1982; after Sunday, it'll be 2033 before it happens again.
There will not be another opportunity to see (or photograph) a total lunar eclipse anywhere on Earth until 2018.
So charge your batteries, put memory cards in your cameras and get ready to capture this especially rare event.
Key Times for Total Lunar Eclipse, Sept. 27–28, 2015
The 35 L II has grown physically over the 35 L I, but as illustrated in this comparison image, most will not likely find the new size to be a differentiator when comparing like-specification lenses. The new lens' weight is also higher, but again, not likely higher enough to influence decisions.
September 24, 2015 – If you’re like most people, there’s a lot going on in your life. In addition to work and other day-to-day activities, you’re busy with back-to-school events, weekend outings, sports, hobbies, holidays and gatherings with friends and family. And since you always have your smartphone or tablet with you, you’re probably taking more photos and videos than ever before.
It’s great that you can easily capture these moments, but since you’re living the moments, too, you don’t want to have to worry about things like lighting, composition and trying to get the perfect shot or video. That’s why the Elements team is excited to announce the release of Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14. We built this version with the goal of helping you stay in the moment, enjoy your memories and make the most of your precious time. Elements 14 software uses content intelligence, automated features and a friendly interface to help you effortlessly turn your quick snapshots and video clips into amazing photos and movies.
We’ve created some great new features and we’ve enhanced existing ones to make them better and easier to use. Here’s a quick look:
What’s new in the Elements Organizer
Find and organize with ease: We’ve revamped the Elements Organizer so you can more quickly find the photos and videos you need. The enhanced People view does an even better job recognizing the faces in your photos, and it stacks them by person during import so it’s easy to find photos of specific people later.
The enhanced Places view makes it easier to assign locations to your photos and videos, and view them right on a map based on where you took them. And in the Events view, your media is clustered by date range making it easy to apply an Events tag to that cluster.
What’s new in Photoshop Elements 14
Bye-bye, camera shake: We call Shake Reduction “your selfies’ best friend,” but it’s great for any photo shot with a handheld camera. Just click to remove the camera shake blurs that come from unsteady hands.
Never a hazy day: Ever notice that, when you take a photo of an outdoor landscape, moisture in the air can cause the background to look hazy? Now you can use Haze Remover to make the background as crisp as what’s up front. De-haze in one click, or use sliders for more control.
Speed Guided Edit for action shots: Whether your photo captures a ball in flight, a bike zipping by, or some other cool moment, now you can get step-by-step help amping up the action by adding cool motion blurs.
Resize in seconds with a new Guided Edit: Want your photo to fit a certain picture frame or spot on a website? With step-by-step help, resizing has never been easier.
Select hair in a snap: It used to be a real chore to select hair, pet fur and other fine details in photos. Now you can just paint loosely over the area you want to select, and Elements detects the edges and does the rest with the Fine Detail Selection option.
Get custom looks to fit any photo: Want to give a photo some extra style, but not sure which effect will look best? Elements analyzes the subject, color and lighting and Smart Looks gives you five effects that fit perfectly.
Quick edits made easier: Quick Edit mode is now even friendlier and easier to use, letting you rotate photos and make quick fixes faster than before.
What’s new in Premiere Elements 14
Tell dazzling stories with motion titles: When you’ve made a great movie, why not start it off right? Grab attention with new, professional-looking motion titles. Premiere Elements makes it easy to animate text and graphics using built-in presets.
Color Pop Guided Edit for instant wow: Color Pop for photos was a big hit last year, so we added a Guided Edit for Premiere Elements this year. Create some visual drama by popping one or more colors in a scene and pushing everything else to black-and-white. You can fine-tune for hue, saturation and luminance, too. Elements walks you through it step by step.
Play with time using Guided Edits: Get step-by-step help creating slow-motion effects that add emphasis, suspense or drama. Or, get guidance with adding fast-motion effects that speed up your story and create energy, excitement or fun.
Go beyond HD with 4K: If you’ve got a 4K Ultra HD video camera and/or TV, you know what all the fuss is about. Now you can use Premiere Elements to edit and view 4K movies for the ultimate cinematic experience.*
Sound your best: Audio sets your movie’s mood, and now it’s easier than ever to fine-tune your sound. We’ve brought all of the audio features together in one place so they’re easy to find, and a new toggle screen lets you focus on just audio or video parts of a clip as needed.
Easily export optimized movies in multiple formats: Now when you’re ready to export your movie, Premiere Elements recommends settings for you. That way you get a movie that looks great on whatever device or screen you choose, from iPads, iPods and other smartphones to big-screen 4K and HD TVs.
We currently have two copies of the 35mm f/1.4 L II lens going through the lab. Results from both will be posted with at least one of the lenses being tested on the EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, allowing direct comparisons with lenses tested on those bodies.
This is a very sharp lens. The contrast at f/1.4 looks great.
A story by the Washington Post entitled "The secret life of baggage: Where does your luggage go at the airport?" briefly showed a picture of a TSA agent holding his set of master luggage keys. A France based individual going by the name Xylitol created CAD drawings of the master keys and made them freely available for download. And in the age of 3D printing, that's all it took to bring the TSA lock system to its knees.
Soon after the CAD drawings were made available, Bernard Bolduc of Montreal downloaded the files and 10 minutes later had created a 3D printed master key that opened his TSA lock. The result is staggering – millions of TSA locks are now [practically] useless as anyone with a 3D printer can churn out TSA master keys at will.
Photography is a powerful medium. It has ability to influence public policy or be the catalyst for war. On that note, a camera can be used as an instrument of great intentions or alternately, a dangerous weapon; be careful what you point it at. [Sean]
Special thanks to Roger at Olaf Optical Testing for the quick delivery of these charts! LensRentals.com has the 35mm L II ready to ship today. Simply hit the "Rent" button on the MTF tool page to give this lens a try.
I love these types of photography lighting walkthroughs. In this video, Karl Taylor explains each light's role in creating the final exposure and then builds the image up one light at a time so you can see exactly how each light fits into the equation.
If you are interested in lighting or product photography, this is definitely worth a little more than 5 minutes of your time. [Sean]
From the Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
In this video Karl Taylor demonstrates with Urs Recher his techniques for carefully and precisely lighting a product image of a designer brand mens shoe. With delicate positioning and accurate lighting a stylish image is created using broncolor's range of 'Picolites' for product photography.
Three Shoulder Bags and Small Backpack Added to Six-Piece Series for Mission-Critical Access to Compact Gear
Petaluma, Calif. – September 22, 2015 – Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, today launched four new models designed for compact camera setups – three shoulder bags and one backpack – as part of its award-winning ProTactic series. The urban-inspired, six-piece collection offers high performance and mission-critical access to professional photographers and enthusiasts who need a bag that delivers on all fronts: accessibility, versatility, comfort and organization.
“We received tremendous, positive feedback on our ProTactic series when it first launched a year ago,” said Tim Grimmer, vice president of brand and product at Lowepro. “Our design team couldn’t wait to expand the series to mirrorless kits as well as professional DSLRs, creating trustworthy bags as powerful as the compact gear carried by journalists, street photographers and enthusiasts.”
The first generation of the ProTactic series launched last year with the 350 AW and 450 AW. The expanded line now includes:
ProTactic SH 120 AW – A small but robust shoulder bag with room for a mirrorless kit, such as the Olympus OM-D E-M1, with attached lens, extra lens or flash, smartphone and personal essentials.
ProTactic SH 180 AW – A mid-sized shoulder bag that fits a standard DSLR, such as the Nikon D750, with a 24-70mm lens attached, one to two extra lenses, a tablet, smartphone and small personal items.
ProTactic SH 200 AW – A modern, photojournalist-style shoulder bag designed to fit a professional DSLR with a classic 70-200mm lens kit, two to three extra lenses or speedlights, up to a 13-inch laptop and tablet, smartphone, and accessories.
ProTactic BP 250 AW – A scaled-down pack that protects a complete mirrorless kit with a 12-40mm lens attached, space for three to four extra lenses or flashes, an 11-inch MacBook Air, smartphone and accessories.
ProTactic shoulder bags include cinch straps and zippered accessory pouches to expand the amount of gear as needed, SlipLock attachments and built-in memory card pockets. The SH 180 AW and SH 200 AW include a water-resistant top-zip opening as well for fast access to gear.
The new ProTactic BP 250 AW offers multiple modular accessories and cinch straps; back-entry access for easy setup and extra security; a convenient, turret-style top opening; two fast-access side pockets; and Lowepro’s ActivZone harness for targeted comfort and support.
The ProTactic line expansion also includes the photographer-friendly features of the first-generation packs, such as the patent-pending MaxFit system of padded and fully adjustable dividers for fine-tuning gear fit; a multiple-strap build for easily adding capacity; and a patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover to protect gear from the elements.
This October, Triggertrap is calling on the global photography community to help create an epic timelapse movie of the city they love.
Triggertrap are holding events in London, Cape Town, New York City, San Francisco, and Milan to create a crowdsourced timelapse snapshot of a single day in each city.
The events will bring together photographers of all experiences and include talks from timelapse professionals.
This October, Triggertrap – creators of the world’s most powerful timelapse photography tools – is calling on photographers from around the world to create timelapse movies featuring the cities they love. The timelapse clips will then be combined to create a powerful crowdsourced timelapse film - the biggest international timelapse project ever attempted.
Following the success of 2014’s LapseLondon event, in which London-based photographers teamed up to create a stunning timelapse film of their city, Triggertrap are calling photographers to action in cities all over the world in a bid to create an incredible international timelapse story of urban life. The timelapse events will take place in London, Cape Town, New York City, San Francisco, and Milan, kicking off with this year’s LapseLondon event on 11 October 2015. The events will all be free to attend.
Bringing together photographers of all skill levels and backgrounds, Triggertrap hopes to pool those collective skills and local insights to create the biggest and best internationally crowdsourced timelapse film yet. With footage being shot by teams of photographers in each city and a final film that spans continents, the end result will be a city symphony not to be missed.
Featuring timelapse tips from top photography experts, participating photographers from all backgrounds will be given the tools and the knowhow to create high quality, innovative timelapse footage.
From famous monuments to bustling crowds to office blocks, Triggertrap wants photographers to capture the local views that matter to them, and paint an honest picture of the photographer’s environment. This project is about uniting these photographers across the world with the common goal of celebrating urban life through timelapse photography.
Note that Canon does not officially support extenders being used with the 70-300 L lens. However, with-extender results are included in the image quality results for this lens. As this lens is extended to increase focal length, adequate space becomes available for extenders, with their protruding front elements, to physically mount. Care must be taken when using these lens combinations as impact will occur if the 70-300 L is retracted (zoomed out) far enough with an extender mounted behind it.
After a devastating motorcycle crash almost took her life, Renee Robyn turned to Photoshop to create surreal and mysterious worlds that stretch the boundaries of imagination. Though her body was immobile, her mind was free to fly. Get tips for how to create epic digital art at https://www.smugmug.com/films/renee-robyn. Browse Renee's photography on SmugMug: http://prints.reneerobynphotography.com.
"Generations have a significant influence on consumers’ digital and mobile photography habits. According to an InfoTrends’ report, Digital and Mobile Photography in 2015: Millennials vs. Gen X and Boomers, older Millennials, age 23-34 years old, are the most photo-active group when it comes to use of a digital camera and the number of photos taken, writes Ed Lee in an InfoTrends blog post. On the other hand, young Millennials, age 15-22 years old, are most likely to use a smartphone as their primary camera and capture the most photos on their phones."