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 Friday, September 12, 2014
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
From Nikon USA:
 
Along With the D750, Nikon Announces Attractive New Offerings for Advanced Enthusiast and Professional Photographers, Including the SB-500 Speedlight and AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED Lens
 
September 12, 2014 MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D750, the D-SLR that provides adept enthusiasts with the powerful combination of pro-caliber photo and video features with FX-format image quality. The new D750 represents a leap forward for this camera segment, inheriting some of the best elements from Nikon’s revered full-frame professional cameras, with new and refined features aimed at sparking creativity and sharing with built-in Wi-Fi. Additionally, Nikon has also announced the SB-500, a versatile yet compact multimedia Speedlight, and Nikon’s fastest ultra wide-angle lens yet, the new AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED. These new products easily supplement a professional’s kit, while making it more appealing than ever for enthusiasts to discover the intense and immersive image quality that only an FX-format sensor can offer.
 
“The Nikon D750 is the camera many have been waiting for; never before has this level of functionality and vast feature set been offered in a full frame D-SLR, at such an attractive price,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “These new products, including the SB-500 Speedlight and 20mm f/1.8 lens are meant to directly address those who care about image quality and want the gear that will help drive their passion to the next level.”
 
Serious Features for Advanced Shooters
 
The new Nikon D750 provides professional-level features and performance in a durable, lightweight body. Whether the user is an advanced enthusiast or seasoned pro in need of a second body, the D750 easily complements any photographic discipline with a pro-caliber capability.
 
Sharp landscapes and portraits are simple with Nikon’s advanced 51-point AF system, the same used on Nikon’s high-end D-SLRs. The Advanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX II AF focus system also easily tracks fast moving wildlife or sports, even at the rapid, high-speed burst rate of 6.5 frames per second (fps), at full resolution. Similar to the Nikon D4S, the D750 features the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III and its blazing fast AF system uses 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, with 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional up to f/8. In addition to normal, wide area, face priority and subject tracking AF modes, the D750 also features the new Group Area AF mode for enhanced accuracy. Challenging light such as a poorly lit wedding reception is also no problem for the D750, as the AF system has been improved with the ability to lock on to subjects in as little as -3 EV illumination, a first for any Nikon D-SLR.
 
The D750 is Nikon’s first FX-format D-SLR with a tilting Vari-Angle LCD, with robust construction to meet the needs of working in the field. The precision 3.2-inch, 1,229K dot screen tilts to accommodate shooting overhead, at waist level and is ideal for shooting photos or HD video on a tripod. For those serious about using a D-SLR for video, the D750 delivers the same level of functionality found in the Nikon D810, with the maximum amount of manual control that’s essential for production applications.
 
Next Level Image Quality
 
The Nikon D750 features a newly developed 24.3-MP FX-format CMOS sensor to provide adept photographers with image quality that’s nothing short of astounding; with rich colors, beautiful gradation and a vast dynamic range. A myriad of other intelligent features help photographers to unlock their potential to create and share vibrant, tack-sharp images that takes an imaginative story from concept to reality.
 
The new Nikon D750 features the EXPEED 4 Image Processing Engine, similar to the pro-level D810 and D4S. In addition to increasing energy efficiency and performance, EXPEED 4 contributes to the overall image excellence with noise reduction performance and other benefits.
 
Whether shooting a vista bathed in full sun to a reception in minimal light, the camera produces images with exceptionally low noise in a variety of lighting conditions. The broad ISO range extends from 100-12,800, expandable from (Lo-1) 50 to (Hi-2) 51,200.
 
Highlight Weighted Metering is ideal for capturing stage performances and events, preventing blown-out highlights in photo and video.
 
The D750 also features the latest generation of Nikon’s Advanced Picture Control settings. The “Clarity” setting enhances midtones to emphasize intense image details and “Flat” Picture control is used for a broad tonal range, which is ideal for photo and video applications. Picture controls are also customizable in .25 increments, for maximum versatility in any shooting situation.
 
Full Control of Advanced Video Features
 
The D750 features the same level of advanced video functionality as the Nikon D810, an HD-SLR known in studios and on-set for its professional production pedigree. The camera can capture video in Full HD 1920x1080 resolution at 60/30/24p and gives videographers and multimedia artists full manual control, including aperture adjustment. Like D810, the Power Aperture feature provides smooth transitions while adjusting the aperture during recording, and in manual mode, users can control shutter speed and ISO.
 
The D750’s compact size and affordability will make it a welcome addition to any production environment, as will its FX and DX-format crop modes that make it a snap to adjust the focal range without swapping lenses. Implementing another indispensable feature on-set, footage can be recorded to the dual SD memory card slots, or simultaneously output to an external recorder or monitor via HDMI for a variety of applications. Camera operators will also enjoy features such as headphone and microphone jacks, Zebra stripes to spot overexposed areas, as well as the ability to select frequency ranges for the internal stereo microphone. For time lapse, the camera utilizes Exposure Smoothing, a great feature that creates balanced exposure transitions between frames when using the time lapse or intervalometer feature.
 
FX-Format Connectivity
 
The Nikon D750 is Nikon’s first full frame D-SLR to include built-in Wi-Fi, which enables photographers to both share their images and capture remotely. Using Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility App1, users can connect with their compatible mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. Once connected, a tap on the screen engages auto focus, while the camera can be triggered remotely, making it easy to position the camera in areas where access could be difficult. Once downloaded, users can also utilize popular applications and social networks to seamlessly share images, bringing the exciting image quality of full-frame to the feeds of friends and family, on the fly. The feature can also be used to scout and send location photos to clients, or instantly deliver photos processed with the in-camera editing features.
 
For professional photographers and videographers, the camera also has the capability to transmit images over FTP using the WT-5a wireless transceiver plus the UT-1 Communications Unit. With these optional accessories, the camera can be triggered and controls operated in HTTP mode using the web browser of a mobile device. Live view as well as start/stop recording can also be enabled remotely, providing the ability to capture otherwise impossible footage, for example when the camera is mounted on a crane.
 
Command Agility and Durability
 
The camera is manufactured using a “monocoque” structural skin technique, which adopts durable carbon fiber for the front body and front cover, and resilient magnesium alloy for the rear cover and top cover. The resulting camera body is the ideal balance of substantial build quality and compact, yet lightweight design for comfortable all-day shooting. The structure is also sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture, and the shutter has been tested to 150,000 cycles. To further enhance build quality, the 3.2-inch tilting Vari-Angle LCD screen is joined to the camera using a durable three-axis metal mount, designed to withstand the rigors of professional use. Users can also opt to compose through a bright viewfinder with 100% frame coverage, with shooting info displayed using organic EL illumination. 
From a newlywed’s first kiss to a bouquet toss, a split-second can make or break an image; ergonomics and the ability to quickly adjust camera functions are important factors to consider for enthusiasts and pros. The new body design ensures a secure and comfortable grip regardless of the size of user’s hands, while button placement is considered for peak performance.
 
Comprehensive Photographic System
 
Whether upgrading a current system or switching to Nikon’s legendary image quality, Nikon offers an all-inclusive system of NIKKOR Lenses, Speedlights and accessories for every type of photographer. The Nikon D750 is compatible with more than 80 FX and DX-format NIKKOR lenses, the same optics that have built a lasting legacy of amazing image quality with brilliant sharpness and faithful color reproduction. For those upgrading from a DX-format lens system the D750 can also shoot in DX mode at 10.3-megapixels. The camera is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) using the camera’s built in flash to control remote Speedlights for creative lighting possibilities. The new MB-D16 battery pack will also be released with the camera, to provide users with extended battery life as well as a functional vertical grip.
 
Nikon AF S NIKKOR 20mm f 1.8G ED Lens
 
AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED: Fast Ultra Wide-Angle Lens
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular f/1.8 series of FX-format lenses, which provide enthusiast photographers with fast, quality optics at an attractive price. This is Nikon’s first ultra wide angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture, allowing users to shoot in challenging light and create images with a pleasing separation between subject and background. With a 94-degree angle of view (FX), the lens is ideal for architecture, interiors, wide-angle landscape and creative group portraits. When paired with the compact D750, this lens is also a great solution for video applications that call for shooting in cramped quarters. This AF-S lens provides whisper quiet and fast autofocus capability, an internal focus design, and features Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghost and flare.
 
Nikon SB500 Speedlight Flash
 
SB-500: Versatile and Compact Video Speedlight
 
The SB-500 Speedlight is an exciting addition to Nikon’s Speedlight lineup, offering users the unbeatable yet versatile combination of a compact yet powerful Speedlight and LED video light, covering a wide 16mm/24mm (FX/DX). The controls on the SB-500 are simplified, making it easy to explore the possibilities of creative lighting with Speedlights. For full control over illumination, the head of the Speedlight has a 90-degree vertical swivel to bounce light off ceilings, and rotates 180-degrees for soft lighting effects. For remote lighting possibilities, the SB-500 Speedlight can be integrated into a CLS system with two-group/two-channel control. The powerful LED light (100 lux) is a great option for lighting video, and can be operated independently. Additionally, the SB-500 Speedlight is also powered by only two AA batteries, reducing both its weight and size.
 
Price and Availability
 
The Nikon D750 D-SLR will be available in late September for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $2299.95* (body only). The Nikon D750 will also be available as a kit with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 VR lens in mid-October. The MB-D16 battery pack/grip will be available for $485.00 SRP. The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED will be available in late September for an SRP of $799.95. The SB-500 Speedlight will also be available in late September for $249.95 SRP.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
 
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera - B&H
Nikon SB-500 Speedlight Flash - B&H
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED - B&H
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Post Date: 9/12/2014 12:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 11, 2014
SanDisk 512GB Extreme Pro SDXC Memory Card
From SanDisk:
 
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 11, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today launched its 512GB** SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card, the world’s highest capacity SD card on the market. The new offering is designed to meet the demands of industry professionals who require the most advanced gear available for shooting 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p) video, Full HD video (1920x1080) and high-speed burst mode photography.
 
“As an industry leader, SanDisk continues to push the boundaries of technology to provide customers with the innovative, reliable, high-performance solutions they have come to expect from us,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “4K Ultra HD is an example of a technology that is pushing us to develop new storage solutions capable of handling massive file sizes. The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card is a tremendous advancement that enables professionals to reliably store more content on a single card than ever before.”
 
Built for the Pros
 
Since SanDisk unveiled its first 512MB SD card in 2003, capacity demands have increased exponentially and the new 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card represents a 1,000-fold capacity increase in just over a decade, yet maintains the same size footprint. SanDisk’s most powerful and highest capacity SD UHS-I memory card yet, the 512GB card delivers write speeds up to 90 MB/s* and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) recording speed for high resolution, real-world color and stutter-free 4K Ultra HD video1. Transfer speeds up to 95 MB/s* move data quickly for efficient post-production workflow.
 
The 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card delivers both the speed and capacity needed to support 4K Ultra HD video capture, enabling users to shoot tremendous amounts of content without disrupting the moment.
 
The new offering comes with key features designed for pro-level action:
 
  • Built for and tested in harsh conditions—temperature proof, water proof, shock proof, and x-ray proof
  • Lifetime limited warranty
  • RescuePRO Deluxe data recovery software download offer, for bringing accidentally deleted images back to life
SanDisk Extreme Team member Sebastian Devaud, renowned director and producer, relies on cutting edge technologies to continuously advance his productions. “I am always interested in new technologies to help improve how I work and the quality of my results,” said Devaud. “With higher capacities, I have greater flexibility to capitalize on the moment and let the camera roll without worrying about the performance of my equipment.”
 
“The new 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I card offers incredible speed and capacity,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Our Pocket Cinema Camera customers shoot in every type of circumstance and location, and get amazing wide dynamic range RAW images capturing the brightest highlights and darkest shadows at the same time. The additional capacity of the SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I card will extend the creative freedom for our customers shooting in RAW and open up the ability to use wide dynamic range RAW files with even more productions.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDHC/SDXC memory cards are available worldwide in capacities of 512GB, 256GB and 128GB. The 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I card will be available for $799.99 (MSRP).
 
Adorama has the new SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC Memory Cards available for preorder.
 
Update: B&H now has the new SanDisk Extreme PRO memory cards available for preorder:
 
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 9/11/2014 9:31:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Let me introduce you to the highest quality 85mm DSLR lens available:
 
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens Review
 
B&H is accepting Zeiss Otus 85mm preorders, with shipments expected to start around September 16th.
Post Date: 9/11/2014 8:15:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, CA – September 11, 2014 – Think Tank Photo’s newest “About A Photograph” short film features the disturbing story behind Getty photographer John Moore’s stark image of Ebola virus victims who await their fate in a clinic waiting room in the Liberia’s capital of Monrovia.
 
“It was a horrific scene. There were people who were healthy and people who were unhealthy all in the same rooms,” said Moore. "In fact, when I went back there were people who had died overnight in the same room with living people.”
 
Moore continued, “I don’t do these things because they are dangerous, I do them because they are difficult.”
 
John Moore is a senior staff photographer for Getty Images. He has been honored four times from World Press Photo for both domestic and international work. The Overseas Press Club awarded him the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal for his work in Pakistan and the John Faber Award for his work in the refugee camps in Zaire. Both Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association have named him the photographer of the year. He was part of the Associated Press team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of the war in Iraq and, as a Getty staffer, was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography for his coverage of the Arab Spring.
 
Moore joined Getty Images in 2005 based in Islamabad, Pakistan until July 2008. During that time he worked throughout South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and particularly in Pakistan, where he courageously captured the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, Moore joined the Associated Press, first based in Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico and Egypt. He has photographed in more than 75 countries on five continents
Post Date: 9/11/2014 7:47:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 10, 2014
PPA Model Release Logo
From Professional Photographers of America:
 
Do you need a model release? The answer is yes, and we'll give you one for FREE.
 
Here's why:
 
  • Because, depending on what state you live in, it might be legally required.
  • Because, should you want to use someone's likeness in the future, you'll have permission in writing and never have to worry about facing legal action. Your copyright alone isn't enough!
Click here to get your free Model Release White Paper with Sample Release
Post Date: 9/10/2014 11:35:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this jam-packed and fun seminar Fashion/Celebrity photographer Frank Doorhof guides you through many tips that will make your photo-shoot go from ok to WOW without breaking the bank. Frank talks about using light more creatively, using props, but most of all how to style your sessions and coach the models to get that one expression and tell that story that will make your shots stand out.
Post Date: 9/10/2014 11:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Stamps Design Group - Greg Stamps
By Sean Setters
 
I tend to see the world in a 2x3 ratio frame. That's how my camera captures the world, so that's how I'm accustomed to framing the world in my imagination (with the exception of panoramas).
 
I also tend to like tighter shots rather than wider framed shots. I like seeing more detail in my subjects rather than the surroundings. Generally speaking, that's just fine. However, the value of an extra-wide environmental shot should not be underestimated.
 
The biggest reason? Facebook. Many of my clients these days are wanting images that can be used in a multitude of ways, whether they be for conference promotion, marketing material, business cards, social media or their own business websites. The aspect ratios required for these uses vary considerably. Therefore, you have to keep in mind that your 2:3 ratio image may need to be cropped down to a 1:1, 16:9 or 851:315.
 
851:315 – huh?
 
Yep, that's right – 851:315. That's a very thin strip of your 3:2 image. But right now, it's an extremely prevalent aspect ratio – thanks to Facebook. Facebook's cover photo is exactly 851x315 pixels. Not only that, but you have to take into consideration other issues like how much real estate the profile picture takes up on the left side of the cover photo. Check out this Facebook Cover Photo Size Helper for more details.
 
I was specifically thinking about the Facebook cover photo requirements when shooting the image for Stamps Design Group at the top of this post. On the whole, it works well at a 2:3 ratio image. But it also works well when cropped down to the aspect ratio of the cover photo:
 
Greg Stamps Architect Cover Photo
 
Yes, you lose a lot of content – the beautiful brick in the top and the scale model in the bottom portion of the image are gone – but the impact is still there when cropped down.
 
So keep in mind – when shooting for clients, be sure to grab an extra wide shot so that it can work well in a variety of different aspect ratios, including the almost-panoramic 851:315 aspect ratio.
Post Date: 9/10/2014 8:51:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye lens
From Samyang:
 
Samyang Europe announces the upcoming Autumn release of the full-frame Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye lens. The lens will be officially introduced during Photokina in Cologne on September 16th 2014.
 
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is a bright, super wide-angle fisheye lens designed especially for full-frame cameras. It offers the image area in 24 x 36mm format and the diagonal angle of view of 180 degrees. In terms of the optics, it is one of the most advanced "fisheye” lenses. The product's sophisticated optics consists of 12 lens elements arranged in 8 groups. This includes three elements made of low dispersion ED glass and two aspherical lens elements to ensure perfect image depth and minimized chromatic aberration. Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is the third lens of the brand (along with 10mm f/2.8 and 12mm f/2.0) with highly effective nanocrystal anti-reflection NCS coating applied together with standard UMC coatings. Because of these advanced coatings and its fast aperture (f/2.8) the lens can be used as a perfect tool in diverse lighting conditions, as it provides great focus, high contrast and natural color reproduction even when used wide open. The premiere of Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is like a dream coming true for professional photographers and filmmakers who seem to have an increasing demand for this type of lenses since the release of 8mm and 7.5mm models, which are considered to be the best "fisheye" lenses on the market.
 
You will have an opportunity to take a look at the pre-production copy of the new lens on the Samyang stand (hall 2.1, A-025) during the upcoming Photokina 2014 in Cologne. The visitors will be also able to test two other recently introduced lenses: Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and Samyang V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC.
 
The market release date for the new lens and its retail price will be announced at a later date.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 9/10/2014 6:48:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Apple iPhone 5s Black
Amazon allows you to trade in your old iPhone for Amazon credit. It's definitely something to consider if you've got your eye on the new Apple iPhone 6.
Post Date: 9/9/2014 3:04:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby Sweet 50 Optic
Note: This announcement from last month flew under my radar. Better late than never! [Sean]
 
PORTLAND, Ore, – August 19, 2014 – Lensbaby, one of the world’s leading makers of creative-effects camera lenses, today announced the availability of the Sweet 50, a 50mm selective-focus optic compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System for DSLR, mirrorless and motion picture cameras.
 
The Sweet 50 optic is a 50mm selective focus optic with a 12-blade adjustable aperture ranging from f/2.5 through f/22. Along with controlling depth of field, the aperture controls the size of the sweet spot of focus. The Sweet 50 is part of the Lensbaby Optic Swap System and is mounted to the DSLR, mirrorless or motion picture camera via the Composer Pro lens body.
 
Product specs:
 
  • Manual focus
  • Curved field of focus optic (creates a spot of focus surrounded by blur)
  • Two multi-coated glass elements in one group
  • Minimum focus distance: 15 inches
  • Maximum focus distance: Infinity
  • 46mm front threads
  • Compatible with Lensbaby Composer Pro, Muse, Control Freak and Scout lens bodies
Pricing and availability
 
The Sweet 50 will be available on September 16 at Lensbaby-authorized photo specialty stores worldwide. It will sell for $299.95 (MSRP) with the Composer Pro lens mount or $119.95 (MSRP) for the optic only.
 
B&H carries the Lensbaby Sweet 50 optic.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 9/9/2014 1:54:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
ZEISS Servo Unit for Compact Zoom Lenses
From ZEISS:
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 09/09/2014 – This year during the IBC in Amsterdam (September 12-16, 2014) ZEISS will present another highlight for discerning cinematographers at its booth 11.F50: prototypes of a servo unit for the high-end ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 cine lenses.
 
With the CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9, ZEISS has set new performance standards for cine zooms. Equipped with an exchangeable mount (IMS), the CZ.2 lenses can be used flexibly on virtually all current and future camera models. The full-frame cine zooms (36x24mm) are suitable for HDSLR cameras, as well as for professional HD video and cinema cameras. All lenses in the ZEISS Compact Zoom family already correspond to 4K production standards.
 
With the new modularly-built ZEISS Servo Unit which will be shown in Amsterdam, cinematographers can leverage all of these advantages for situations when there is no direct access to the lens, for example on a crane, on rails or a Russian Arm. The servo unit also supports the comfortable operation of the zoom when using a shoulder camera, thus allowing the ZEISS Compact Zooms to be used conveniently for reportages.
 
The ZEISS Servo Unit was specially designed for the three ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses and can be flexibly used with all three of them. The user-friendly surface of the cine zooms enables them to be operated manually and, if desired, with follow-focus systems or the new ZEISS Servo Unit attached. The main unit controls aperture and zoom through powerful electric motors. A sensitive rocker switch allows for smooth zooming as well as fast changes in the image crop. An integrated iris motor enables the automatic control of the aperture via the camera. A manual operation of the aperture is, of course, still possible.
 
The new ZEISS Servo Unit can be controlled directly on the hand grip, through broadcast demands, or via wireless lens control systems, as is often the case for cranes.
 
Unique for the ZEISS Servo Unit is that no tools are needed for assembly, which can save time in critical moments. With a snap-on mechanism, the main unit can be exchanged easily, fast and without tools between the three different ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses. For each lens, this is done with a sleeve and installation plate. In addition, the optional focus unit can be mounted on the main unit with little effort, and adjusts quickly to the respective lens during lens changes. Electricity to the servo unit can be supplied via a PL-mount with contacts (at the zero position), through the camera interface cable, or externally. For ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses already available on the market, the necessary modifications for the contacts on the PL-mount can be carried out by ZEISS Service.
 
“The new ZEISS Servo Unit for the Compact Zoom CZ.2 family consistently expands the creative uses of our cine zooms, which have a growing fan community among professional cinematographers, production companies and in the rental business,” said Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager with ZEISS Camera Lenses. “Flexibility and longevity were our guiding ideas when developing the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses and these principles are reflected in the patented interchangeable mount system (IMS) and the optical design for the full frame. The ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses are therefore growing in step with the requirements of their users. The new servo unit is a powerful component that lets cinematographers flexibly extend the use of their CZ.2 lenses, whether for professional film productions or on a hand camera for reportage, documentary, and live events.”
 
During the IBC 2014, ZEISS will again present its comprehensive product portfolio of lenses for movie productions and HD video: ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2, ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic, ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime, ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2, and SLR lenses for HD video. Visitors to the booth will be able to test ZEISS lenses on a large variety of the latest camera models, as well as meet and talk to experts on site.
 
The official market launch for the new ZEISS Servo Unit is planned to coincide with the NAB 2015. The total price of the system, including the focusing element, is expected to lie between € 5.000 and € 6.000 or US$ 7,800 and (net price). Orders can be taken starting April 2015.
 
B&H carries ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/9/2014 10:08:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Billy Hollis by the Tree Headshot
By Sean Setters
 
Last month I posted about my experience regarding shooting headshots for Kim Frick-Welker, a local actress and theater director. The gist of the post – trust your instincts and find a way to capture the images that are in your imagination (even if the client hasn't asked for them specifically).
 
The point became relevant once more as I was shooting headshots for Billy Hollis, software designer, at his home in Nashville this weekend. Billy told me that his last headshot was "...taken about five years – and fifteen pounds – ago" and he was ready for an update. He wanted a few different versions of his headshot for display on social media, conference bios and various marketing tools. The only shot he specifically asked for was the "...boring, traditional on-white headshot." Other than that, I could shoot whatever I thought was appropriate (indoors or outdoors).
 
We decided to start with outdoor shots as the sky was overcast which provided a good, soft ambient base to work with. I found a spot behind his tool shed that provided an interesting combination of elements – a tree trunk, some limbs and an old window surrounded by weathered bricks. I used Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM and a Canon 580EX diffused by a 24" Glow Pop Soft Box (camera right) to light the subject and a bare 580EX to light the background (camera left). His favorite from that series is shown at the top of this post.
 
Moving indoors, I created a white background setup by placing a Botero #037 Collapsible Black/White Background behind the subject (lit with three flashes). I used the same Glow softbox for the main light (camera right) and added a 580EX reflected into white umbrella for fill light (camera left). As I was firing my off-camera flashes with manual triggers, the first shot was simply a test shot to dial in the power of my lights; it was a throw-away. I'm usually pretty close on the first shot after setting up my lights. However, I had forgotten to change the aperture on my camera when moving to the indoor setup. With my camera set to f/3.5, my test shot was extremely over-exposed. I nearly deleted the picture right after seeing it, but I didn't.
 
Realizing my mistake, I set my camera to f/6.3 and the next exposure was in the ballpark. But after reviewing the images the next day, I kept coming back to the horribly over-exposed test shot. Something about it captivated me. I sent it to Billy and he's now using it as his Twitter profile picture. New lesson learned – make sure and take a good look at your "throw-aways" before actually throwing them away.
 
Billy Hollis Headshot Over-Exposed
 
After about 20 minutes of shooting (trying various shirts and poses), Billy had the standard headshot on white that was a "must-have" request.
 
Billy Hollis Headshot on White
 
But while we were shooting the headshot on white, I started formulating another shot in my mind – a profile shot. So before packing up, I asked him if he would like to try one more setup. He readily agreed. I asked him to change into a black shirt while I made a few changes to the setup.
 
While he was changing, I turned off all of the background lights and flipped the Botero background around to its black side. I then took my mainlight and placed it on the left side just beside of (and slightly behind) where Billy was standing. I added a grid to the softbox and angled it away from the background to keep it from spilling onto the background. I remove the umbrella from my fill light, added a Honl Speed Grid and moved it to the right side to illuminate the back of Billy's head. The shots that followed were undoubtedly our favorites from the day.
 
Billy Hollis Profile on Black
 
So again, let me reiterate something that I mentioned in the Kim Frick-Welker headshot post:
"It may sound obvious, but here's something to keep in mind – anyone who hires you was likely impressed with the work you've already created. So if a shot really inspires you, it will likely inspire your client as well – so try to devote a few minutes to getting the shot you want to get, even if it's not a part of your agreed shot list."
It was true then, and it was true again this weekend. Trust your instincts and shoot for yourself. Never leave your best shots on the table. ;-)
Post Date: 9/9/2014 8:52:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
DigitalRev has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/9/2014 7:17:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
September 8, 2014 – San Jose, CA – Adobe plans to significantly update Adobe Creative Cloud video desktop apps and Adobe Anywhere for video. The new capabilities will build on Adobe’s integration across video workflows to enable professionals to create, collaborate and deliver productions across multiple screens. Adobe is previewing the upgrades at IBC 2014, Europe’s largest professional broadcast show. The company is also demonstrating the new solutions online at adobe.com/go/video.
 
Key updates include new media and project management tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CC; a refreshed user-interface across all Adobe video desktop apps; and more streamlined production workflows to allow video professionals to edit more efficiently.
 
Updates also will be added to Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers users of Adobe professional video solutions—such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC—to work together to shoot, log, edit, share and finish video productions. Enhanced support for Adobe After Effects CC will enable visual and motion graphic artists to collaborate more effectively so they can spend more time working creatively and less time searching for missing footage and collecting files. Additionally, new options in the Adobe Anywhere app for iPad will be added so users can review video footage faster.
 
“As the video and broadcast industries continue to rapidly evolve, so too does Adobe’s video technology. With Creative Cloud, we have accelerated the rate at which we deliver the features our customers need to create compelling new experiences and transform the video industry with high-quality productions,” said Bill Roberts , senior director of professional video product management, Adobe.
 
At IBC 2014, Adobe will showcase the new video technology that streamlines video workflows for video professionals, broadcasters and media companies. Key updates include: the acceleration of support for cutting-edge hardware and standards via Adobe Creative Cloud, enabling the company to respond quickly to new hardware and software standards; the extension of native file support, with the addition of AJA RAW; performance enhancements that include accelerated masking & tracking; and new GPU-optimized playback to deliver better performance when viewing high-resolution 4K and Ultra HD footage from Phantom Cine, Canon RAW and RED R3D files. In addition, a refreshed user-interface across all the video applications supports HiDPI displays for Mac Retina and Windows 8.1.
 
New media and project management features, including consolidate & transcode, search bins and multi-project workflows, will be added to offer more ease and flexibility at the project level, so Adobe Premiere Pro CC users can complete tasks more efficiently. And Adobe Media Encoder now includes “destination” publishing with preset options so users can render, deliver and share projects to multiple locations such as FTP sites and Creative Cloud folders. Extended match source support also now includes added support for the QuickTime and DNxHD formats.
 
Learn more about Creative Cloud on Adobe's Website.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/9/2014 7:01:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 08, 2014

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to blend multiple images with different depths of field with Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes.
Post Date: 9/8/2014 2:14:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through September 14, AdoramaPix is offering a Buy 1, Get 1 Free deal on their premium photo books (use coupon code PXGDBOGO to take advantage of this offer).
 
This is a great opportunity to buy a photo book for yourself and receive a second to gift to a loved one (grandparents especially love photo books).
Post Date: 9/8/2014 12:19:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
It's never too early to jumpstart your holiday sales!
 
What does September signal? Most think back-to-school, but here at PhotoShelter we know it's really about getting ready for your incoming holiday sales. It's never too early to start planning, so to help you get a jumpstart, we've compiled our favorite photo sales and marketing tips so you can generate more revenue and increase your profits before saying goodbye to 2014.
 
You'll find tips to:
 
  • Sell and market your prints to the right audience
  • Talk money and negotiate with clients
  • Market your work better with 10 examples of great photographer promos
  • Price your wedding and portrait photography
  • Sell your fine art photos, plus get insights from those succeeding with sales
  • And more!
And better yet? With a plan in place now, you’ll be in great shape during the holidays when consumers are looking to buy.
 
Get more tips and start selling today!
 
See Photoshelter's Selling and Marketing Tips
Post Date: 9/8/2014 12:11:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H
 
Lensbaby's new 5.8mm circular fisheye lens is a fully manual lens for Nikon or Canon mounts that works with full-frame or APS-C sensor sized sensors.
 
B&H carries the LensBaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye.
Post Date: 9/8/2014 9:03:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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