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 Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 Digital Camera
Use coupon code C3RDS ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Lens (White) for $179.00 with free shipping. Regularly $229.00.
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Post Date: 9/30/2014 12:58:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
No guarantees you will come out of this presentation a star. But, you will learn some useful tips on working with them. This presentation takes a look at Deborah’s work from the last 35 years of photographing musicians and other people of notoriety.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 9:55:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
James and Amy's Steam Punk Engagement Shoot
By Sean Setters
 
A photographer friend of mine – James – recently asked me to shoot his engagement pictures. He and his fiancée were planning a steampunk wedding and wanted engagement pictures to match the theme.
 
If you're you've never heard of "steampunk," check out Wikipedia for a good introduction to the science fiction sub-genre.
 
James and Amy had spent countless hours hand crafting or altering Victorian age clothing, accessories and props. They wanted their engagement photos to showcase their passion for the genre. And considering James is a fellow photographer, I really wanted to bring my A-game to this shoot.
 
We planned the shoot for the late afternoon. I arrived at the location about 30 minutes early to scout out the location, determine my shooting angles and set up my gear. This is an important step if you shoot with off-camera flash – arrive early. Setting up light stands, wireless triggers, light modifiers and power options is time consuming. Arriving early allows me to hit the ground running once your clients arrive fresh on the set.
 
While setting up I realized that it was hotter than I thought it would be when I planned the shoot. About 20 minutes into setup I was already sweating through my t-shirt. I knew James and Amy would be wearing multiple layers of clothing (they had sent me a preview of their outfits). If I was already hot, they were going to be much more uncomfortable than I was.
 
I decided to purchase a few cold bottles of water from a nearby food vendor so that my clients could stay hydrated throughout the shoot. It was a small – but certainly appreciated – touch.
 
One big challenge for the location was that the front of the train faced the setting sun. This meant that my subjects would be staring straight into the sun whenever they looked into the direction of the camera. This caused two problems: 1) the subjects would be squinting and 2) the direct sunlight would make them even hotter in their multiple layers of clothing.
 
To combat these issues, I set up large 64" umbrella behind the camera's position so that it shaded my subjects from the sun. The umbrella didn't shade them completely, but it allowed the subjects to pose comfortably while the sun was making its way over the horizon in front of them. The shade umbrella also had another benefit – it provided a blank canvas to work with as far as lighting is concerned. It converted the sun into an ambient base instead of limiting it for use as a main light. That means I could position my main light anywhere to sculpt the scene as I saw fit while simply adjusting my shooting variables to obtain the base exposure I wanted (soft, ambient fill light on my subjects).
 
In short, here are the three things I did to help keep my subjects comfortable on this shoot:
 
  • Arrived early to set up equipment
  • Provided cold water to the clients to combat the hot afternoon
  • Used an umbrella to shade my subjects so that they weren't staring into the sun
And those small things combined to keep my subjects happy on this shoot. Throughout the shoot, James and Amy stayed fresh, fun and full of ideas. And it really paid off in the end.
 
If you'd like more details on the lighting setup, check out my description below the picture on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 8:17:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 26, 2014
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Amazon has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport featured as a Lightning Deal and is available for $74.99. Compare at $99.00.
 
Note: This deal ends in less than an hour.
Post Date: 9/26/2014 1:07:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag
Adorama has the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag available for $39.00 with free shipping. Regularly $68.00.
Post Date: 9/26/2014 7:25:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 25, 2014
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
From AmateurPhotographer.co.uk:
"Nikon has advised D750 DSLR users to manually activate the security setting on Nikon’s Wi-Fi software app for mobile devices, to avoid the risk of unauthorised access to the camera’s images by a third party.
 
Amateur Photographer (AP)’s technical team has discovered a potential security flaw during their review of a full-production sample of the D750, which went on sale in the UK two days ago.
 
If users do not manually activate the Wi-Fi security settings, via the app, then they could expose the D750’s images to unauthorised access."
AP technical editor Andy Westlake added:
"If you have Wi-Fi turned on, anyone with a smart device and the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility can connect to the camera and download images from the memory card without the owner’s permission."
You can read the entire article on AmateurPhotographer.co.uk.
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Post Date: 9/25/2014 11:37:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Glass Light Meter
Photographer David Young has developed a free app that allows you to use Google Glass as your light meter. You can read more about the developer's inspiration on his site, LeicaLux.com.
 
Download Google Glass Light Meter.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 9/25/2014 9:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through September 28, use promo code FALL20 at FractureMe.com to get 20% off your fracture (glass print) order.
Post Date: 9/25/2014 7:01:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Fotodiox Flapjack LED Lights
Waukegan, IL – September 24, 2014 – Fotodiox Pro, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality photography and videography accessories, has announced their newest concept in LED lighting: the FlapJack LED Edgelight series. Designed to be lightweight, portable and easy to set up, the FlapJacks produce soft, even light that is ideal for almost any shooting scenario, like impromptu interviews, capturing beautiful portraits or even shooting tabletop food or product photography. Their interior diffusion materials eliminate the need for additional softboxes, and each of the four models can easily fit into a messenger or camera bag, making them a truly complete lighting solution – right out of the box.
 
Rather than using forward-facing LEDs common in conventional panels, the FlapJacks’ LEDs are mounted around their outer edge, aimed inward at layers of diffusion material. Instead of producing a direct beam, they produce bounced light that creates a soft, even glow with no hotspots. They are the perfect solution for filling in shadows, shooting glamour portraits or expertly lighting small spaces, like car interiors or office cubicles.
 
Furthermore, the FlapJacks feature an elegant form factor – each measuring less than 1/2" at its thinnest point – and can be placed almost anywhere. Their compact design makes it easy to mount them to light stands, tabletop tripods, light clamps or even a camera’s accessory shoe. The FlapJacks are so lightweight that they can even be mounted with Velcro, cord or tape, making it easier than ever before to get creative with light placement.
 

 
Quick Facts About the Flapjack LED Edgelight Series:
 
  • Two circular models: the C-200R (7” diameter) and the C-300R (10” diameter)
  • Two rectangular models: the C-200S (8" x 5") and the C-200L (11" x 4 1/4")
  • Feature edge-mounted LEDs and layers of built-in diffusion to produce soft, even lighting with no hotspots
  • Fully dimmable, with no change in color temperature, from 10-100%
  • Thin, portable design makes each model only 1/2” deep at thinnest point
  • Run on either AC power or a NP-F style rechargeable battery (both are included in each kit)
  • Contain a backlit LCD indicator that displays both light level and battery life status
  • C-200 lights come with ballhead mounting bracket for light stand or accessory shoe mounting
  • C-300 lights come with mounting yoke for light stand
  • Each light comes with a custom fitted hard case and is backed by Fotodiox’s 2-year warranty
Amazon carries the new Fotodiox FlapJack LED lights.
Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 11:08:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
129 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Olympus, Pentax, Samyang and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax and Samsung cameras.
 
To see the combinations supported by DxO Optics Pro and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
 
Supported or planned combinations
 
New DxO Optics Modules for DxO Optics Pro (also supported by DxO ViewPoint):
Canon | Fujifilm | Nikon | Panasonic | Pentax | Samsung
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO Viewpoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 10:22:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates provided with this release, C:1.12
 
  • An issue that sometimes prevented appropriate exposure control with interval timer photography has been resolved.
Download the Nikon COOLPIX A Firmware C:1.12
 
B&H carries the Nikon COOLPIX A digital camera.
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Post Date: 9/24/2014 10:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 9/24/2014 9:29:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto Air Remote TTL-N
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Post Date: 9/24/2014 9:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
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Post Date: 9/24/2014 8:53:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo Video
From B&H:
 
The B&H SuperStore and Offices will close today, Wednesday at 1:00PM EDT, in observance of Rosh Hashanah and will reopen on Sunday, September 28th at 10:00AM EDT.
 
Rush orders placed before 11:00AM EDT, will be processed before we close.
All other orders placed before 7:00AM EDT, will also be processed before we close.
All shipping orders placed after the above time will be processed when we reopen.
 
Online ordering will be unavailable from 6:45PM EDT through Saturday, September 27th at 8:00 PM EDT.
 
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.
 
Full Autumn Closing Schedule
 
Online ordering will be unavailable on the following days:
 
Wednesday, September 24, at 6:45PM EDTthroughSaturday, September 27, at 8:00PM EDT
Friday, October 3, at 6:30PM EDTthroughSaturday, October 4, at 8:00PM EDT
Wednesday, October 8, at 6:15PM EDTthroughSaturday, October 11, at 7:45PM EDT
Wednesday, October 15, at 6:15PM EDTthroughSaturday, October 18, at 7:30PM EDT
Post Date: 9/24/2014 8:46:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From AdoramaPix:
 
As we are every year, we will be closed on September 25-26 in observance of Rosh Hashanah. We will also be closed from October 9-17 in observance of Sukkot.
 
Our site will be up and running and you can place orders, but no orders will be processed until we return from holiday. When we return on October 19, please allow an additional 2-3 days processing time.
 
We urge you to plan ahead for your printing needs and place any orders that you anticipate needing in late September or October now.
Category: AdoramaPix News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 8:41:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Announced last week, Lowepro's Hardside Series is set to compete with Pelican – the industry standard in hard cases. If this video is any indication, Lowepro may have positioned themselves as a worthy competitor.
 
B&H has the new Lowepro Hardside cases available for preorder.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 7:54:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13
From Adobe:
 
Get Amazing Results with Advanced Technology that Makes Photo and Video Editing Quick and Easy
 
Adobe today announced the availability of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Elements 13, the latest versions of the No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software. Adobe serves up a fresh collection of easy-to-use editing tools and guided techniques to help consumers achieve the results they want. Also new this year, Elements Live: a dynamic channel within the software that's designed to spark creativity and improve user skills.
 
"Our customers don't always have the time or the know-how to get the results they desire," said Shanmugh Natarajan, senior director, engineering, core technologies and products at Adobe. "In Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13, we focused on developing tools that automate the process or guide customers through the steps to create the photos they'll love and want to share."
 
New Creative Features and Tools Inspired by Consumer Favorites
 
Adobe debuts features and tools based on the most popular consumer requests.
 
Photoshop Elements 13
 
  • Better Photo Mashups – Copying people or objects from one photo to another is a consumer favorite and is now as easy as copy and paste with new Photomerge Compose. Used in conjunction with the new Refine Selection Brush for precise selections and Adobe's Match Color Tone that automatically blends lighting and shading, the final photo will look as if it had been taken that way.
  • Stand Out with an Innovative Facebook Page – Easily combine Facebook Cover and Profile photos with text and graphics to create an integrated layout that's sure to get noticed.
  • Black and White Photos with Personality – Three new Guided Edits add flair to black and white photos with pops of color or fine-tuning for a more dramatic approach.
Premiere Elements 13
 
  • Minimize Time Spent Trimming Footage – Use Favorite Moments to mark the best parts of a clip, and then assemble them into a short movie ready for sharing.
  • Introduce a Little Hollywood Flare – Add video footage to movie titles with Video in Titles or apply a blur or other popular effects to specific areas of the frame with Effects Masking.
Extraordinary Results in One Click
 
Personalizing photos and videos is even easier.
 
Photoshop Elements 13
 
  • Fifty Stylish Ways to Customize Photos – Building on to the most popular enhancements in Expert mode, new Effects Variations offers four additional options per look for a total of 50 ways to tailor photos in a single click.
  • Crop Photos Like a Pro – Improve photos with Intelligent Crop Suggestions, a tool that analyzes faces, horizons and other photographic elements to recommend four different crops based on the rules of composition.
Premiere Elements 13
 
  • Steady Shaky Footage – The popularity of shooting video with hand-held smartphones and action cameras is at an all-time high but often results in shaky footage. With the enhanced Shake Stabilizer it's easy to steady shaky video in seconds.
Elements Live Educates and Inspires
 
Regularly updated to deliver fresh content, the Elements Live portal serves up tips, tricks and inspiration from within the application. From how to get started to inspiration and tutorials on more complicated techniques, Elements Live is sure to excite with all the creative possibilities.
 
Creative Storytelling in Fewer Steps
 
Build engaging narratives with imaginative slideshows and videos, then share finished creations directly to social media or generate a private album for only the people that matter most.
 
Premiere Elements 13
 
  • Produce a Perfect Tale in Minutes – Themes based on various occasions, such as Wedding and Birthdays, walk users through the process of building a compelling video. Video Story automatically assembles the clips, adds transitions and music based on the chosen theme for a polished finished piece.
  • Transform Humdrum Into Something Special – From within the Elements Organizer, add photos and videos into a themed slideshow complete with transitions and automated music, or choose an MP3 from a personal collection. Slideshow will sync the pace based on the beat of the selected song.
Pricing and Availability
 
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Elements 13 (Mac and Windows) are immediately available for purchase for US$99.99 via www.adobe.com and retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, Staples, Office Depot and Campus Bookstores. Upgrade pricing is also available for US$79.99. The Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 bundle is available for US$149.99, with upgrade pricing of US$119.99.
 
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 available for purchase.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 6:50:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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