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 Thursday, March 12, 2015
Eyefi Mobi Pro 32GB Wireless SDHC Memory Card
From Eyefi:
 
Advanced wireless image transfer features, photo apps and integrated cloud service deliver ultimate convenience for all photographers.
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 12, 2015 — Eyefi, the global leader in digital photo apps and services, today launched Eyefi Mobi Pro, a new 32GB WiFi SD card — the most powerful WiFi SD card ever. Mobi Pro is the latest in the company's product portfolio and combines advanced wireless transfer features with photo apps and integrated cloud services for photographers who appreciate speed, power and convenience. Eyefi Mobi Pro builds on the success of Eyefi Mobi — the leading WiFi SD card — that combines the quality of a digital camera with the convenience of a smartphone and the power of the cloud.
 
"Mobi Pro is the foremost product from Eyefi that builds on the state-of-the-art wireless image transfer and syncing we pioneered with Eyefi Mobi and Eyefi Cloud," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eyefi. "By adding RAW wireless transfer and workflow features demanded by photography customers around the world as well as powerful, automated photo categorization and search features it is now easier than ever to find, access and enjoy all your photos on any device at any time."
 
The most advanced WiFi SD card for image transfer
Simple and fast to set up, Mobi Pro provides photographers with unequalled power and flexibility when capturing images.
 
  • Selective transfer. Gives photographers control over which images transfer from their camera to their mobile device or to their computer for editing, sharing and syncing.
  • Wireless RAW & JPEG file transfer. Fast, wireless transfer of both RAW and JPEG give photographers the flexibility to work the way they want using the tools they want. Send JPEG images to your mobile device for instant preview, quick editing and sharing with others. Send RAW files directly to desktop for post-processing with tools such as Adobe Lightroom.
  • Infrastructure and direct mode network support. Images are securely and automatically transferred whether shooting on location, at home or in a studio. Away from home, Mobi Pro creates its own WiFi hotspot to enable instant transfer. At home, Mobi Pro connects to a local network to transfer images at high speeds.
Integrated apps and services speed workflow
Every Eyefi Mobi and Mobi Pro WiFi SD card includes fully integrated mobile and desktop apps that work from the moment of capture, speed workflow and make it easy to find and access photos anytime, anywhere. With the launch of Mobi Pro, powerful new capabilities have been added to Eyefi Cloud and apps.
 
  • Instant image compare. Advanced photo visualization tools let photographers quickly compare photos and view detailed image data such as shutter speed and aperture settings (EXIF data) to further enjoy their images and improve their skills.
  • Pictures in your pocket. Eyefi mobile apps work with Eyefi Cloud to intelligently retain original resolution images while rendering the best image for the viewing device. As a result, photographers can enjoy their entire photo collection on all their devices at any time. With Eyefi photo-uploading, photographers can even add all their computer-stored photos to their collection and enjoy them on any device.
  • Intelligent image categorization. Eyefi Cloud uses advanced image analysis to automatically classify images for instant organization, sharing and search by category. In addition to basic date, time and geo locations, images are automatically identified by subject area such as food, indoor, outdoor and dozens of other attributes making it fast and easy to find photos.
Pricing and availability
Mobi Pro is available worldwide through online and specialty retailers. Priced at $99.99 the card comes with 1 full year of membership to Eyefi Cloud with unlimited syncing and storage — a $49.99 value.
 
B&H carries the Eyefi 32GB Mobi Pro.
Categories: Eyefi News, Eye-fi News
Post Date: 3/12/2015 11:03:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle review.
 
This little device has been a part of my [Sean's] kit for the better part of a year now. While there are products that offer similar functionality, I don't know of any that are as versatile as the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle at comparable price point.
 
The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle is small, easy to pack and gives you tons of options for creative imagery. Check out our full review for more information on this fun little device.
 
The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle is available direct from the Triggertrap website.
Post Date: 3/12/2015 8:15:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
These updates provide support for such new cameras as the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and Olympus PEN E-PL7, as well as new correction tools and an improved user experience.
 
New camera support, new DxO Optics Modules available
With this update, the Nikon D5500, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, and Olympus PEN E-PL7 benefit from DxO OpticsPro’s 10’s numerous tailor-made corrections.
 
The DxO Optics Modules library benefits from the addition of 422 new camera/lens combinations, thus providing support for such lens manufacturers as Canon, Nikon, and Sony. It also provides support for other third-party brand lenses such as Tamron, Tokina, and Sigma for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung, and Sony cameras.
 
List of new DxO Optics Modules
 
DxO OpticsPro v10.3: Faster access to images, and refined tools
DxO OpticsPro v10.3’s tools have been optimized both to simplify photographers’ workflow and to boost productivity. A new search engine has been added to the Source Browser to help users easily find and load any folder available on the operating system by simply typing its name.
 
The OS X version also offers a new drag-and-drop feature that allows photographers to directly open a folder by dragging it into the Image Browser, providing quicker access to images. The correction tools have been revisited, now adding greater finesse and ease to DxO OpticsPro. The Horizon slider now makes small rotations easier to perform, and the Dust tool is also easier to use.
 
Availability
DxO OpticsPro v10.3, DxO FilmPack v5.1.1, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.3 are immediately available at authorized photo resellers.
 
B&H carries DxO OpticsPro 10, FilmPack 5 and ViewPoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 3/12/2015 7:01:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Just posted: The full Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
 
I'm loving this lens. I have a New York City trip planned for the near future and will (hopefully) capture some better grade 11-24 sample pictures to share.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder with deliveries expected soon.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2015 10:18:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2015 10:30:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens review.
 
This is one of my favorite lenses (though I most frequently use it on a full frame body).
 
B&H has the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 mail-in rebate available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2015 9:32:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5Ds with EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon Asia recently published two new articles on Canon's new ultra-high resolution cameras. [thanks Niklas]
 
The first article delves into the design of the optical low-pass filter cancellation effect of the 5Ds R, body design differences between the new cameras and the 5D Mark III and the 5Ds / 5Ds R's new Custom Quick Control Screen. The second article covers the crop shooting modes, ambience priority white balance and the fine detail Picture Style.
 
Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R Articles
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2015 8:59:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Soccer Star at Sunset
If you're like me, you probably have a huge amount of RAW files, JPEGs, and PSDs stored on your hard drive (or multiple hard drives, including backups). The advent of DSLRs able to capture 10 frames-per-second (or more), ever-increasing memory card capacities and the decreasing cost of hard disk drives means that it's more likely than ever that your image library may require multiple terabytes of storage.
 
When the temperature drops below your comfort threshold, or when weather conditions keep you confined to your home, take some time to go back through your old images. This simple activity can be beneficial in many ways...
 
One great thing about going through your old images is that you can free up hard drive space by deleting images that no longer meet your quality threshold. As you grow in your photography skill level, your quality cut-off correspondingly increases. Shots that once met your minimum quality level for retention may no longer qualify. While you may want to keep a few as memoirs to remember where you came from, the DELETE key will be easy to hit on many of these images.
 
You will likely come across some gems when sorting through your old images. More than once I've missed great images when hurriedly reviewing hundreds of shots after a portrait session or event. Going back through your images allows you to analyze each collection with a keen, fresh eye. You will likely find images that you are now better-skilled to post process, allowing you to improve upon an already-good image. This process has the additional benefit of continuing to grow your processing skills.
 
If nothing else, going through your old images can simply be fun. You will likely come across people that haven't crossed your mind in a long time and places that have long since been forgotten. So while you're going through your images, take a moment to enjoy the flood of memories they bring to the forefront of your mind's eye.
 
And when you have decided on what to delete, what to reminisce over and ultimately what to save, do yourself a favor – back everything up. Then do it again. If you do not have a backup (or two) of your most important images, they will be lost – it's only a matter of time. External and portable hard drives are great for protecting against drive failures, but cloud storage and off-site backups are optimal for protecting your data from the worst of circumstances (fire, flood, etc.).
 
Just in case you're curious, the shot above was taken the first week I began working for The-Digital-Picture in September, 2012. The lighting was provided by two gridded strip boxes (slightly behind the subject, used for rim lighting) and a small softbox in front. [Sean]
Post Date: 3/10/2015 7:45:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Digital Learning Center
From the Canon Canon Digital Learning Center:
"Have you ever looked at an image online and thought it to be a still photo, but then suddenly, a little part of it comes to life? Not the whole image, but maybe a smirk of the mouth, a blink of an eye or a wag of a tail while all else remains static? Call them a “Cinemagraph,” a GIF or a picture where something in it moves; these hybrid motion/stills have become ubiquitous. They have an element of the unexpected and further explores how to tell a story in a single frame. And when executed well, they allow the visual story to expand and become infinitely richer and more engaging."
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/10/2015 6:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 9, 2015
First Looks at Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
All of the standardized test results (image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements, standard product images and the owner's manual are now available on the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review page.
 
My plan is to have the full 11-24 L lens review completed this week.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 7:43:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS M3 with EF-M 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Canon Asia has the Canon EOS M3 User Manual available for download. (thanks Niklas)
 
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS M3 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/9/2015 6:53:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 6, 2015
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From Photoshelter:
 
It may not be obvious, but your wedding photography business’ brand and its worth -- i.e. what your able to earn -- go hand in hand. The stronger your brand, the more you’re able to capture the hearts and minds of potential clients and charge them accordingly. In this special webinar in partnership with Tamron, we’ll talk to internationally renowned wedding photographers Justin & Mary Marantz. The duo, with 10 years’ experience shooting and building their own business, has presented workshops to wedding photographers from London to Australia and been featured on Inside Wedding, Style Me Pretty & Martha Stewart. They also co-founded the blogs The Black Tie Bride and The Well-Groomed Groom.
 
As an added bonus, all webinar attendees will be entered to win a Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 lens!
 
This jam-packed 1 hour takes place March 12, 2015 at 4pm ET, and will include tips like:
 
  • Editing your portfolio to attract the clients you want
  • Finding your “brand personality”
  • What quality will have clients paying you more
  • Turning clients into ambassadors
  • Branding mistakes to avoid
Register Now
Post Date: 3/6/2015 12:25:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Aaron Nace of Phlearn (Photoshop and Photography Tutorials) shows us how to add a realistic reflection to sunglasses.
 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
Adding a little Paris to your studio portraits is simpler than you might think! Learn how to add a reflection to sunglasses in today's episode.
 
Start by scaling the scenery down to the right size. Lower the opacity to see how it will look inside of the lenses. Be aware that only one of the lenses needs to look good, because it will be copied!
 
Next, select the area right around the lens with the Marquee tool. Go to Select - Inverse, then press the delete key. Now you should have a little square of reflection over one eye. Copy that layer and move it over to be on top of the second eye. Now make the reflection layer invisible and select the Magic Wand tool. We use this to select out the lenses (be sure that “sample all layers” is checked). Use the refine edge tool to soften or bring the edge in a bit. Group those layers with themselves and hit the layer mask button.
 
To style the reflection so that it doesn’t look fake, create a levels adjustment layer. Darken the darks and mess with the output levels so that it looks more like a reflection. You can add a Hue/Saturation level as well, to match the color from the original lens. In this case, we make it a little bluer and lessen the saturation.
 
Being able to see through the glasses a little bit is extremely helpful in terms of realism. We use a black to transparent gradient to select areas to be darker, and others to be more see-through.
 
Now the part you’ve all been waiting for…time to blow some minds! Select the layer that the reflection is on with the Marquee tool. Go to Filter - Distort - Spherize. From here it’s very simple to adjust the slider to a certain amount of curve. This bulges the image out and makes it appear less flat!
Post Date: 3/6/2015 9:40:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 100-400 L II Captures Bahia Honda Railroad Bridge at Sunset
Few lenses have grown so important to me in such a short amount of time as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. Wildlife has been my first-choice use for this lens, but landscape photography is a very close second on the list (sports will compete with these other two uses as soon as the snow melts and more athletes go outside).
 
I love the great outdoors and landscape photography ties in very well with that love. Landscape photos allow me to take my favorite scenes with me and many hang in my house and studio. Many of these prints are very large (up to 40x60") and I'm always looking for the ultimate image quality. While I'm often using wide angle lenses to capture landscapes, I love using telephoto lenses nearly as much. Narrow angles of view are easy to compose with and, even mediocre sunrises and sunsets can fill the frame with color. The 100-400 L II provides a great focal length range and very impressive image quality, making it the perfect choice for landscape uses.
 
The historic Bahia Honda Rail Bridge (the bridge story) spans the channel between Bahia Honda State Park (Bahia Honda Key, mile marker 37 U.S. 1, the Overseas Highway) and Spanish Harbor Key (Florida). After the new highway was constructed, sections of the old bridge were cut away to accommodate boat traffic. The remaining portion of the steel truss construction bridge provides a great silhouette for sunset photos captured at the western end of the state park and the missing portion of the bridge definitely adds a uniqueness to the images captured here.
 
This is a single-frame HDR image. I simply processed the same raw image at two different brightness levels to bring up the ocean brightness slightly.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 3/6/2015 8:14:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
Canon Europe has revealed the latest members of its Ambassadors Program with the addition of six new ‘Explorers’ – highly talented photographers and filmmakers from across Europe who share a passion for photography and film with a love of shooting with Canon equipment.
 
The new Explorers joining the Ambassadors Programme have been specially selected by Canon representatives from across Europe and they come from a wide range of genres including wildlife, photojournalism, architecture, adventure and filmmaking.
 
The six new Explorers to become part of the Canon Ambassadors Program are:
 
The six latest Explorers joining the Ambassadors Program mean the Explorers tier has now swelled to 53 top imaging talents from right across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, each of whom being superb exponents of their art. They join the 11 Canon Ambassadors – world-class photographers from a wide range of photographic disciplines and from all corners of the world and the four Masters – world-renowned industry influencers and spokespeople.
 
Canon Europe’s Ambassadors Program was launched in June 2008 and over the past seven years the Canon Ambassadors, Explorers and Masters have lent their expertise to workshops, seminars and major photography shows around the world, as well as providing expert feedback to help in the development of future Canon imaging products.
 
Kieran Magee, Professional Imaging Marketing Director, Canon Europe, explained: “We very much value the relationship we have with our Masters, Ambassadors and Explorers, and the addition of six new Explorers means we can continue to connect with Canon photographers who are actively using our products to further their creative vision.”
 
To find out more about Canon Europe’s Ambassadors Program, and discover more about all of the current Ambassadors and Explorers, just click here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/6/2015 6:06:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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