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 Monday, July 31, 2017
It looks like Canon underestimated the demand for the EOS 6D Mark II + EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM kits. In a recent statement, Canon Japan admits that orders have exceeded supply and that the kits won't likely be available on August 4 as originally intended.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/31/2017 3:10:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro HFTA28CS4H Hybrid Carbon Fiber Tripod with S4H Pan/Tilt Head available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $449.95.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Max Height: 63.4"
  • Min Height: 21.3"
  • Folded Length: 25.6"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 5.6 lb
  • Integrated Leveling Base
  • Split Center Column
  • Reverse-Folding Legs
  • Arca-Type Compatible Head and QR Plate
B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens for Canon available for $1,299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,122.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/31/2017 12:47:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Are you going on vacation soon, or do you need a longer telephoto lens to photograph a summertime sporting event?
For rentals arriving before 8/11, use coupon code HOTDEAL at LensRentals to get 20% off all rentals.
Post Date: 7/31/2017 10:23:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Transportation Security Administration recently modified their screening procedures so that travelers will now have to remove items "larger than a cell phone" – including DSLRs and mirrorless cameras – from their carry-on bags and place the isolated items in bins for separate screenings.
The new standard screening procedure will surely be an inconvenience to most photographers, especially as the rules regarding "electronics" may seem a bit ambiguous. For instance, during a call with the TSA this morning, the service representative could not provide a definitive answer as to whether or not lenses would also have to be removed with each being put in a separate bin, ultimately advising that the procedure for lenses would be determined by a TSA checkpoint agent at his/her discretion.
Few (if any) photographers will want to place each individual camera and lens into separate screening bins because of the increased screening time and frustration and increased probability of lost/stolen/mishandled (dropped) gear.
Thankfully, there's a relatively easy (though not free) way to avoid the complications of the new screening procedures – get TSA PreCheck certified.
Benefits of getting TSA PreCheck certified include:
  • Not having to remove shoes, laptops, camera gear, 3-1-1 liquids, belts and light jackets.
  • Avoiding body scanners (traditional metal detectors are used), important for those with radiation and privacy concerns
  • Shorter line wait times
Getting TSA PreCheck certified is relatively straight-forward and easy, assuming you meet the specified criteria. According to the TSA:
It takes five minutes to submit an online application and schedule an in-person appointment that includes a background check and fingerprinting at an enrollment center.
The cost of receiving PreCheck benefits varies depending on the program you wish to qualify for. The regular TSA PreCheck certification costs $85.00, lasts 5 years and is available for U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents. For $15.00 more, you can choose the Global Entry program which receives the benefits of TSA PreCheck plus "expedited processing through CBP at airports and land borders upon arrival in the U.S.," but also requires a passport or other lawful resident card for the application process. If planning on traveling outside the U.S. within the next 5 years, the extra $15.00 will likely prove to be a worthwhile investment. To learn about other programs which receive TSA PreCheck benefits, click here. Note that if your application is denied for any reason, the application fee is not refunded.
Following are some important details regarding the TSA PreCheck program:
  • Applicants may be ineligible due to incomplete or false application information, violations of transportation security regulations, or disqualifying criminal offenses and factors.
  • The name on your application must be an exact match to the name on the identification and proof of citizenship/immigration documents you provide at enrollment. The name provided must be the name used when making your airline travel reservations.
  • Participating airlines print a TSA PreCheck indicator directly on your boarding pass if you are eligible for TSA PreCheck on that flight. In addition to the indicator, TSA PreCheck eligibility is embedded in the barcode of the boarding pass. Once the boarding pass is scanned at the checkpoint, the TSA officer may refer you to the TSA PreCheck lane. If you do not have a valid boarding pass with TSA PreCheck embedded in the barcode, you cannot access the TSA PreCheck lane.
  • Not all airlines participate in TSA's PreCheck program. See the participating airports and airlines map for more information.
The TSA notes that PreCheck appointment times are filling up and advises applying now if traveling in the next few months.
Post Date: 7/31/2017 9:00:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
Product Highlights
  • Easy-to-Use Editor for Pro-Level Videos
  • Ultra HD 4K, HD, and 3D Format Support
  • Unlimited Video and Audio Tracks
  • Sophisticated Audio Tools
  • 2000+ Effects & 1000 NewBlue Presets
  • Motion Tracking with Mosaic Blur
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • 360° Video Editing
  • 6-Camera Multi-Cam Editing
  • Windows Compatible
Post Date: 7/31/2017 5:21:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 29, 2017
This little green heron was hunting for early morning breakfast in a relatively thick-growth area over shallow, duckweed-covered water. While the bird was not at all concerned about my presence, I was struggling to acquire a clear view of it, and finding a good body angle along with a pleasing background aligned within such an opening was especially challenging. When the bird hopped up onto this dead limb and walked to the end of it, pausing to determine its next move, I at least had a few seconds with a relatively still bird.
And at that moment, I had two of those three goals met. The heron was horizontal to the camera and the background was distant with good color. The foreground obstructions were the remaining issue.
I shifted my position enough to get a clear view of the bird's head, focused and held the shutter release down for a short burst (always photograph birds in high speed burst mode as you, minimally, never know when a nictitating membrane is going to come across the eye). When reviewing the result, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens faded the foreground obstructions into a "dreamy" look. Note that calling any kind of photo effect "dreamy" always put a positive spin on an effect that might otherwise be used to downgrade an image, but ... I do like how this one turned out with this photo having a unique appearance.
The lighting conditions for this shoot were ranging from direct early morning sunlight to full shade. I was using Manual exposure mode with the aperture set to wide open (f/4) and ISO set to Auto, allowing the camera to adjust to the lighting conditions as needed with me adjusting the exposure composition as lighting situations required. While shooting, I could quickly adjust the shutter speed by simply rolling the top dial. When the bird was about to strike at prey or otherwise move, I quickly selected a fast shutter speed (such as 1/1600 or higher).
Of course, when the subject was in full shade, as seen here, 1/1600 meant a very high ISO and that of course means higher noise level in the image. When the bird paused at the end of this dead limb, I quickly rolled the shutter speed down to 1/400 with ISO 2000 being camera-selected. Full frame ISO 2000 looks great. And, that is my little green heron story for today.
A larger version of this image is available on, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/400s
ISO 2000
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 7/29/2017 8:46:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 28, 2017
The Canon Store has a wide selection of refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses and flashes reduced by 10% or more.
Expect like-new gear with great pricing. All refurbished items come with a full 1-year retail-matching Canon USA warranty.
In Stock Refurbished Gear
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 5DS R Body3,119.20220.202,899.007%
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20260.202,699.009%
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20240.001,999.2011%
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19450.191,509.0023%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20220.001,499.2013%
Canon EOS 70D + 18-55 IS STM & 70-300 IS USM1,599.19500.001,099.1931%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20340.201,099.0024%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20240.001,199.2017%
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20260.201,099.0019%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20439.21799.9935%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19389.20809.9932%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20280.20799.0026%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20429.21649.9940%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98399.99559.9942%
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20310.21648.9932%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20210.00749.2022%
Canon EOS 80D Body959.20160.20799.0017%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98319.99559.9936%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20180.00699.2020%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99221.00498.9931%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s Body679.9981.00598.9912%
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9961.00578.9910%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99161.00478.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9951.00548.999%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98269.99329.9945%
Canon EOS M3 Body543.99195.00348.9936%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9971.00448.9914%
Canon EOS M10 + EF-M 15-45 IS STM479.9931.00448.996%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99110.00329.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99141.00298.9932%
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9950.00189.9921%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9980.00439.9915%
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9964.00575.9910%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.2810%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM879.2087.92791.2810%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.9916%
Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM439.99110.00329.9925%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99100.00299.9925%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.9938%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.2810%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.9980.00719.9910%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9980.00399.9917%
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9938.40345.5910%
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM1,959.20195.921,763.2810%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM279.9950.00229.9918%
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1,679.20167.921,511.2810%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20111.921,007.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99200.00319.9938%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM439.9944.00395.9910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9918.80169.1910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM1,679.20167.921,511.2810%
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.7910%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9920.0099.9917%
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.1910%
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9944.00395.9910%
Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,159.20115.921,043.2810%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7921.0079.7921%
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9976.00299.9920%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9976.00259.9923%
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.81,119.20111.921,007.2810%
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM399.9940.00359.9910%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 Macro USM1,119.20111.921,007.2810%
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM599.9960.00539.9910%
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM5,175.20517.524,657.6810%
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM999.2099.92899.2810%
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9921.00178.9911%
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9921.0098.9918%
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2017 1:57:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through August 1st at 11:59 PM PST, use coupon code PCOLLEGE10 on eBay to get 10% off select items (up to $50.00).
Details: Minimum $25.00 purchase; maximum $50.00 discount. Coupon can be used once per PayPal account within a single transaction (or cart), while supplies last. Only eBay members registered with an address located in the United States or Canada and paying with PayPal are eligible for the Coupon.
Qualifying Listings (BigValueInc)
ItemPricePrice w/
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera$736.94 $686.94$799.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens$1,726.18 $1,676.18$1,999.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens$1,618.66$1,568.66$1,899.00
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens$143.39$129.05$299.00

Notes: "Compare at" pricing is MSRP with current North American rebates. The items above are likely grey market items and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2017 10:46:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2017 7:28:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe has announced that it is ending support or Flash, a plugin technology that – although outdated – may still be an integral part of many photographers' websites. Thankfully, those photographers have ample time to update their websites using alternative natively supported technologies.
From Adobe:
Adobe has long played a leadership role in advancing interactivity and creative content – from video, to games and more – on the web. Where we’ve seen a need to push content and interactivity forward, we’ve innovated to meet those needs. Where a format didn’t exist, we invented one – such as with Flash and Shockwave. And over time, as the web evolved, these new formats were adopted by the community, in some cases formed the basis for open standards, and became an essential part of the web.
But as open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly have matured over the past several years, most now provide many of the capabilities and functionalities that plugins pioneered and have become a viable alternative for content on the web. Over time, we’ve seen helper apps evolve to become plugins, and more recently, have seen many of these plugin capabilities get incorporated into open web standards. Today, most browser vendors are integrating capabilities once provided by plugins directly into browsers and deprecating plugins.
Given this progress, and in collaboration with several of our technology partners – including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla – Adobe is planning to end-of-life Flash. Specifically, we will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.
Several industries and businesses have been built around Flash technology – including gaming, education and video – and we remain committed to supporting Flash through 2020, as customers and partners put their migration plans into place. Adobe will continue to support Flash on a number of major OSs and browsers that currently support Flash content through the planned EOL. This will include issuing regular security patches, maintaining OS and browser compatibility and adding features and capabilities as needed. We remain fully committed to working with partners, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Mozilla to maintain the security and compatibility of Flash content. [To see each partner’s announcement on this news, click on the links inside each partner name.] In addition, we plan to move more aggressively to EOL Flash in certain geographies where unlicensed and outdated versions of Flash Player are being distributed.
Adobe will also remain at the forefront of leading the development of new web standards and actively participate in their advancement. This includes continuing to contribute to the HTML5 standard and participating in the WebAssembly Community Group. And we’ll continue to provide best in class animation and video tools such as Animate CC, the premier web animation tool for developing HTML5 content, and Premiere Pro CC.
Looking ahead, Adobe will continue to provide the best tools and services for designers and developers to create amazing content for the web.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/28/2017 7:45:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the f64 Academy YouTube Channel:
In today's tutorial, I will show you how to fix the electric blue color cast in both Adobe Camera Raw (or Lightroom) and Photoshop!
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/28/2017 7:43:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/28/2017 6:24:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
07/27/2017 – Our largest rolling photography equipment case, the Production Manager 50, has been honored by Professional Photographer magazine as a 2017 Hot Ones. The Production Manager 50 is designed to hold an immense amount of gear, including lighting equipment and large light modifiers.
It features stabilizing, wide-set, shock-absorbing wheels that roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions, the ability to lock the main compartment and secure the bag with the included lock and cable, and a fully customizable interior with dividers to protect small and large lighting equipment including c-stands and large modifiers.
This year marks the 18th edition of Professional Photographer magazine’s Hot Ones. The official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, Professional Photographer helps readers advance their businesses and careers through editorial content that addresses the artistic, technological, and business aspects of their work. For more than 100 years, pros have relied on Professional Photographer to deliver the education and inspiration they need to be successful: practical lessons and of-the-moment images that define an industry.
Think Tank Photo carries the Production Manager 50.
Through this weekend, B&H has the WD 2TB My Passport Wireless Pro USB 3.0 External Hard Drive available for $149.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
Product Highlights
  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • SD Media Card Slot
  • Simultaneously Streams up to 8 HD Videos
  • Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life
  • Charge Mobile Devices
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Formatted in ExFAT
  • Compatible with iOS/Android Devices
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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