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 Monday, April 27, 2015
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Canon has released its financial results for the first quarter of 2015. We suggest checking out the easy-to-understand, graphically-enhanced Presentation Material.
 
Relevant Article:
Canon Q1 profit drops as compact camera demand collapses (Reuters)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/27/2015 6:10:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 24, 2015
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From CreativeLive:
 
Retouch faster and stay organized.
 
Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in The Ultimate Lightroom CC Workflow, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.
 
In The Ultimate Lightroom CC Workflow, Jared will show you how to radically cut your workflow time while improving the quality of your product and the organization of your digital world. Jared will teach you how to:
 
  • Protect your images with simple backup strategies
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Create impressive photobooks and slideshows
  • Take advantage of video editing tools
  • Improve your SEO using Lightroom features
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom
Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.
 
Whether you are new to Lightroom or simply ready to improve your process, The Ultimate Lightroom CC Workflow will help you organize your images in Lightroom so you have more time to focus on the other important aspects of your business.
 
Date: Apr 28-30
Time:9:00am - 4:00pm PDT / 12:00pm - 7:00pm ET
 
RSVP for the Free Live Class
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad). Lightroom 6 (stand-alone) is available at B&H.
Post Date: 4/24/2015 12:34:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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If you're an American Photo subscriber like me, you'll likely be getting this notice very soon (if you haven't already):
"Dear Reader,
 
I am sorry to inform you that American Photo magazine has discontinued publication effective with the March/April 2015 issue. The good news is that in its place, you will receive Popular Photography magazine – two copies for every issue owed to you on your American Photo subscription.
 
Popular Photography delivers great tools, techniques and creative ideas for photographers at every level.
 
I welcome you as a reader and hope you enjoy all of the exciting issues planned for the coming year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Miriam Leuchter
Editor-in-Chief
Popular Photography"
I wonder if American Photo will take into account that I'm already a Popular Photography subscriber and add the "owed" issues to my current subscription, or if I'll simply be getting two of the same magazine in the near future? Only time will tell... [Sean]
Post Date: 4/24/2015 12:10:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
We get it: Search Engine Optimization can seem complicated, and you probably want to throw in the towel on the whole thing if you’ve tried time and again to start showing up on the first page of Google search results. Fortunately, for those who feel a little lost we’ve broken down easy tips and tricks you can do to build your SEO in our recent guide, SEO for Photographers, and we’re hosting a live Google Hangout with tips from it next week, April 29th at 2pm ET. In this live Google Hangout, Allen Murabayashi will be showing examples of photographer websites with good SEO practice, the inner workings of Google Analytics, how to create a free Google Business listing and more.
 
In this hour Allen will cover:
 
  • How to make sure your site appears properly in Search Engine Result Pages
  • The importance of mobile friendly sites
  • How/where you can “link to yourself” to boost your SEO
  • Creating a keyword list
  • How to perform backlink analysis
  • How PhotoShelter can boost your SEO
Join us to get ahead in the SEO game, Thursday 4/29, 2pm ET. Register below to receive an email with the link to the Google Hangout.
 
Photoshelter's Boost your SEO: 8 Tips To Get You Started Webinar
Post Date: 4/24/2015 10:36:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review.
 
Great lens, though I doubt it will become highly popular on the APS-C format.
 
B&H has the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens in stock.
Post Date: 4/24/2015 8:03:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 9.0 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
 
New Features
 
Merge to HDR and Panorama
 
Combine your photos to produce panoramas and HDR images in ACR. The merged result is a DNG file and is saved to disk alongside the input images. If you are merging raw files, then the merge is performed using raw image data and the resulting DNG is just as much a raw file as the originals (and retains all the editing flexibility that comes with shooting raw). Because of this, you no longer need to edit your photos before merging. To see the new Merge feature in action, check out these videos: Merge to Pano | Merge to HDR
 
Usage Instructions:
 
  1. To merge files in ACR, select the photos that you want to merge then press the “Merge…” button at the top of the filmstrip. Select “Panorama” or “HDR” from the pop-up menu.
  2. After a preview of the merge is generated, select desired options in the merge preview dialog and click the “Merge” button to start a full-size merge.
  3. The full-size merge is performed in the background so you can continue to edit other photos or start other merges while you wait. To view status, or cancel a merge, press the link in the lower left area of the main ACR window (it will say “1 remaining” if you’ve started a merge).
  4. Once the full-size merge is complete, the resulting DNG file will be added to the bottom of the filmstrip and be available for further editing.
  5. HDR deghosting has three amounts: low, medium, and high. In order to make it easier to select the best option for a given image, a visualization option is also available
Known issues:
 
  1. Color artifacts in deep shadow areas of some HDR merges with deghosting and HDR panorama merges.
  2. If the merged pano result is larger than ACR’s largest supported image size then you will get an error. In future builds we plan on adding an option to scale the result so that it’s within ACR size limits.
Performance Improvements
 
Camera Raw can now use the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to speed up interactive image editing. The GPU is particularly helpful when using high-resolution screens, such as 4K and 5K displays.
 
Minimum system requirements:
 
  • 64-bit only
  • Mac OS 10.9 and higher or Windows 7 and higher
Usage Instructions:
 
  • Ensure then GPU support is enabled by visiting the Camera Raw Preferences dialog and check the “Use Graphics Processor” box at the bottom.
  • When this box is checked, Camera Raw will automatically determine whether the system’s GPU (if any) can be used to accelerate image drawing. If yes, Camera Raw will display the name of your graphics card below the checkbox. Otherwise, Camera Raw will display an error message.
  • Note that the GPU options in Photoshop’s Preferences and Bridge’s Preferences have no effect on Camera Raw.
  • Camera Raw’s GPU implementation is used only to accelerate the drawing of the main preview image within the Camera Raw dialog. It is not used for other tasks, such as saving images to disk, or opening images into Photoshop.
  • Scrubby Zoom: Camera Raw offers a “Scrubby Zoom” option in GPU mode. With the Zoom tool selected, click on the Zoom menu (bottom-left of the image preview). Select “Scrubby Zoom” from the bottom of the menu to toggle scrubby zoom behavior on/off. When enabled, click-dragging on an image with the zoom tool will zoom smoothly in and out.
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9
 
  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i)
  • Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D)
  • Canon EOS M3
  • Casio EX-ZR3500
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Fujifilm XQ2
  • Hasselblad Stellar II
  • Nikon D5500
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
  • Olympus Stylus SH-2
  • Olympus Tough TG-4
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
  • Samsung NX500
New Lens Profiles in Camera Raw 9
 
MountName
CanonCanon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
CanonCanon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
CanonCanon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
CanonCanon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
CanonCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
CanonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
CanonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E
CanonSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
CanonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
DJIDJI Inspire 1 FC350
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 28mm f/1.9 Ultron Aspherical
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 28mm f/3.5 Color Skopar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/2 Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 50mm f/3.5 Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar
LeicaVoigtlander LTM 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar
LeciaVoigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar
MFTVoigtlander MFT 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Aspherical
MFTVoigtlander MFT 25mm f/0.95 Nokton
MFTVoigtlander MFT 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton
NikonLomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
NikonNikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
NikonNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
NikonNikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
NikonNikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
NikonTAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
NikonVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
NikonVoigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
NikonVoigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
PentaxVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
PentaxSIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
Sigmadp1 Quattro (*)
Sigmadp2 Quattro (*)
Sigmadp3 Quattro (*)
SigmaSIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
SigmaSIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
Sony AlphaSIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Sony AlphaTAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII PZD MACRO AB016S
Sony AlphaTAMRON 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD A010S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD A009S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD A011S
Sony AlphaTAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD F004S
Sony AlphaVenus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
Sony ESony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter
Sony ESony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter
Sony ESony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA
Sony ESony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
Sony EZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro
YuneecCGO2gb

(*) Lens corrections for the SIGMA dp1, dp2,and dp3 Quattro cameras are for JPEG images only.
 
Download Links
Camera Raw 9 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6
DNG Converter 9: Macintosh | Windows
 
Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Post Date: 4/24/2015 7:03:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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LONDON, 23 APRIL 2015 – Canon Europe today announces that it is acquiring London-based digital start-up Lifecake, marking a major step in the development of Canon’s digital consumer services business. This brings Canon closer to its ambition to play a part in every image taken no matter what device is being used, and enables the business to establish a presence within London’s ‘Tech City’.
 
Lifecake is the company behind the Lifecake photo-sharing app for families, which allows parents to store, organise, share and relive key moments of their children’s lives. With Lifecake, parents can create photo and video timelines that the whole family can experience on smartphones, tablets, computers and in printed photobooks.
 
Alberto Spinelli, Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe, says: “Today, we are all taking more photos on more devices than ever before but often become overwhelmed and even disconnected from them. We would all like to be able to quickly find our photo as we remember a moment – at the swipe of a finger – and relive it on any screen, or print it to hold. At Canon, we are building digital services to help people do just that with tailored experiences.
 
“Lifecake is an extremely exciting addition to the Canon Group providing a digital service that makes it easy for families to take control of their ever-increasing number of photos. This acquisition fits perfectly with our vision to give everyone taking photos the tools to bring their stories and experiences to life – and engage with them whenever and wherever they choose.”
 
CEO and co-founder of Lifecake, Nicholas Babaian comments: “With the reach and technology of Canon, we’ll strap booster rockets onto our service. At the same time, our team will accelerate the growth of Canon’s digital services ecosystem. But we’re most delighted that our existing and potential customers will know their precious memories are safe with one of the most trusted brands in photography – a company that’s helped families capture and relive moments for nearly 80 years and will continue to do so for generations to come.”
 
Lifecake is currently available in English language worldwide. Today sees the launch of additional language versions in French, German, Spanish and Italian.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 4/24/2015 5:51:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 23, 2015
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If you're wanting a more in-depth look at Adobe's newest version of Lightroom, look no further than the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel where they added more than 50 videos since yesterday (and that's in addition to the 4 videos I posted about yesterday)..
 
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 DVD available for preorder. However, you can purchase the download version for even faster delivery.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 1:41:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
A convenient tool that offers various information on interchangeable lenses and accessories for Nikon cameras
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it has developed and released the "NIKKOR & ACC" app (exclusively for iPad) that introduces NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses and a variety of accessories. The "NIKKOR & ACC" app can be downloaded free of charge from Apple's App Store. In addition, a short movie has also been released for introduction of the contents of the app.
 
NIKKOR & ACC
 
Installing the "NIKKOR & ACC" app makes it possible to download the contents of "Digital Catalog". "Digital Catalog" that includes the entire lineup of NIKKOR lenses is a convenient app that allows users to search for lenses based on lens type, technology used, specifications and sample images. Quick confirmation of lens information helps users who are considering the purchase of new lenses to find those most desired or most appropriate for their purposes.
 
The "Digital Catalog" menu offers 5 items, specifications, lens categories, focal length, f-number, and a variety of sample images shorted by shooting scenes. By using these items, users can compare various lenses to find the one most desired. "Contents Maps" that allows users to directly select desired contents of "Digital Catalog" is also available. Added to this are the "NIKKOR Lens Technology" movie that introduces Nikon's representative lens technologies and the "The Optical Masterpiece" movie that demonstrates the high-quality and reliability of sophisticated NIKKOR lenses.
 
In addition to various information such as lens characteristics, primary specifications, illustration of lens construction, MTF curves, sample images, accessories as well as external design included in the introduction of each lens, focal length and angle of view of the lens are illustrated with sample images for easier understanding. The information necessary to select lenses is richly provided so that information on any NIKKOR lens is readily available to users.
 
Information on lens basics, NIKKOR lens technology, Speedlights, etc. will be added to the contents of "Digital Catalog" in the future to make this app more informative. In addition to the "NIKKOR & ACC" app, Nikon plans to create more apps for Nikon imaging products such as an app for Nikon digital SLR cameras.
 
Download
NIKKOR & ACC App for iOS
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 10:55:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens review.
 
As with the 1Ds III test results for this lens, the "Sample 1" lens shows results without the internal 1.4x extender in the optical path (except for the first set of 560mm results). The "Sample 2" results show the built-in 1.4x extender included in the optical path for all images.
 
Even with the high-density 7D II sensor behind it, the 200-400 L performs very impressively.
 
While this is still not an inexpensive lens, the recent $800 price drop definitely makes it more affordable. B&H has the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in stock.
 
Save an additional $1,700 on the 200-400 L
 
B&H a used 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in "9" condition in stock. Buying used always involves some risk, but buying used from B&H with a "90-Day B&H Used Warranty" dramatically reduces that risk.
 
Browse the B&H Used Department to find other deals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 9:47:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Canon USA:
 
Real 4K technology goes far beyond the label. Canon 4K optics are born from decades of research and design, creating brilliant, vivid, rich images. And it all begins with the lens.
 
Note: The factors outlined in this video – resolving power, contrast ratio, lateral chromatic aberration & modulation transfer function – are applicable to all lenses, not just 4K ones. On a side note, isn't it kind of ironic that a movie explaining the aspects of 4K lenses is only available in 720p?
 
B&H carries Canon lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/23/2015 7:01:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., April 22, 2015 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that Kat Candler, a decorated filmmaker best known for “Hellion” and “Black Metal”, has signed on to Canon’s Project Imagination: The Trailer, a consumer contest helmed by Ron Howard. Howard and actor Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) will choose one winning trailer to inspire a Hollywood short film starring Hutcherson and written and directed by Candler. Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson hand selected Candler for the project who’s film “Hellion” was in the 2014 U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive Honorable Mention for the Gamechanger Award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival.
 
“I’m so excited to work with Kat Candler and after watching ‘Hellion’, it was clear that she is extremely intuitive and can bring thought-provoking work to the screen,” said Josh Hutcherson. “The best part about the project is that I have no idea how the script will unfold with Kat or what type of part I’ll play — it’s totally up for interpretation!”
 
“Kat’s films are cinematic and she has a very real approach to capturing life experiences in a way that viewers can relate to,” said Ron Howard. “With everyday moments at the crux of this creative experiment, Kat’s technique and skill will lend themselves in the most authentic ways possible.”
 
“It is an honor to work with Canon, Ron Howard and Josh Hutcherson on this project,” said Kat Candler. “I’m a firm believer that there are many great stories living within each of us and the Project Imagination platform is the perfect opportunity to share and inspire others.”
 
Project Imagination: The Trailer contest launched in February 2015 and is open for submissions through April 29th. Based on the concept that anything in life can be a movie, and every movie starts with a trailer, even those who have never picked up a camera before can easily turn everyday photo and video footage into a creative movie trailer, with titles, Hollywood style voice-overs and epic soundtracks. Consumers of all skill levels can create and submit trailers of their everyday moments using Canon’s Trailer Editor tool at imagination.usa.canon.com.
 
For the third iteration of Project Imagination, Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle Picture Company are once again producing the film, this time with Josh Hutcherson.
DIY On-Camera Flash Modifier
A few days ago I posted the following video from ExpoImaging's YouTube Channel:
 

The video outlined nearly the exact same technique I had used for many events (banquets, wedding receptions, etc). The only difference was that I had used the large version of the original FlashBender. There were definitely some drawbacks to using the large version. One drawback was that the flash modifier was quite heavy (the new FlashBenders are lighter) and the overall size made it a cumbersome setup. Another drawback was that modifier's large size caused it to reflect just a little too much fill light for my taste. It could be bent in ways to reduce the issue, but that wasn't an ideal solution.
 
Upon watching the video I realized that the small version of the FlashBender 2 was better suited for my needs, so I ordered one.
 
But what if you were in a bind and couldn't wait for a FlashBender 2 to land on your doorstep? I figured that a DIY solution would be fairly easy to fabricate. And the best part is you probably have everything you need already in your home (and if not, the tools and materials would be easy to find).
 
Tools Required:
 
Directions:
 
  1. Download and print out the template on an 8.5 x 11" piece of card stock and cut along the lines.
  2. Fold the lower flaps of the modifier around your flash head and tape the modifier and gel in place. Voilà, you're ready to go.
DIY On Camera Flash Modifier

Granted, this DIY solution won't be as good or as durable as the FlashBender 2, but you may be surprised by how well it works for the relatively small amount of effort (and investment) involved.
Post Date: 4/22/2015 9:01:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens
Image quality results from a second lens have been added to the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens review.
 
The second lens is at least as awesome as the first.
 
B&H is taking orders for the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens with stock expected very soon.
 
Can't wait? Check Adorama (bundle) and Amazon has 1 lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/22/2015 9:02:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera
The Canon EOS Rebel T6i is now in stock and shipping from B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/21/2015 3:00:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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