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 Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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
 Tuesday, September 23, 2014

 
From the Carl Zeiss Lenses YouTube Channel:
 
With the Otus 1.4/85 ZEISS is expanding its high-end lens family. The Otus 1.4/55, an SLR standard lens, already set new global standards in what it means to achieve perfection. The expectations for the 85-mm focal length are just as high. This new member of the Otus family is an outstanding and fast all-around lens that accepts no compromises
 
Want more information? Read our Zeiss OTUS 85mm f/1.4 Review.
Post Date: 9/23/2014 5:54:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
DigitalRev has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens available for $979.00. Compare at $1,199.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 9/23/2014 10:31:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurbished Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm & 55-200mm Lenses
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm & 55-200mm Lenses available for $329.99 with free shipping. Compare at $519.00 new.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Refuribhsed Nikon D3100 DSLR Camera
  • Refurbished AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens
  • Refurbished AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/23/2014 10:05:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Product photographer Tony Roslund shows us how to save money by mounting and framing prints yourself.
 
Relevant Tools/Supplies
 
Post Date: 9/23/2014 9:00:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
New Courses and New Locations Offer Wide Variety of Topics, Focusing on Specific Photography Styles or Techniques and Video Capture
 
MELVILLE, NY (September 22, 2014) Today, Nikon Inc. announced the upcoming schedule for the new Nikon School program, which will now feature a wider variety of classes and a more interactive experience for photographers of all levels from beginners to enthusiasts. Held across the United States, Nikon School educates and inspires photographers, with classes for anyone who wants to take their photography to a next level, both creatively and technically.
 
This year, Nikon School will offer a greater variety of classes targeted towards an individual’s specific photographic passions. The new courses focus on specific styles and techniques and include Travel and Landscape, Creative Lighting, Action and People and Video Production. Realizing attendees’ busy schedules, full-day and half-day sessions will now be available to make classes more accessible for photography lovers nationwide. Additionally, Nikon School will now be structured as a more visual and interactive learning experience for students, with more enhanced content that demonstrate how to get the most out of a camera. Accredited instructors will incorporate live demonstrations and encourage students to let their creativity shine.
 
“From parents to grandparents, hobbyists to artists, to people who just love to create and share images, photography is becoming more popular; the aim of Nikon school is to help people get the most from their cameras, while implementing fresh ideas to help educate and inspire photography lovers everywhere,” said Mark Suban, Senior Manager, Nikon Professional Services at Nikon Inc. “Whether an amateur photographer is looking to upgrade from a smartphone, or an enthusiast photographer interested in advancing a skillset, Nikon School offers a class that can help anyone achieve their photographic dreams.”
 
Nikon School will host more than 50 classes from September 2014 to June 2015 in 25 locations nationwide. The programs are taught by six instructors, all of whom are recognized as experts in the industry.
 
To get more information on Nikon School or access to the most updated schedule, please visit: www.NikonSchool.com/newclasses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 9/23/2014 6:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Acquisition and New Creative SDK Accelerates Delivery of Mobile Apps that Integrate with Adobe Creative Cloud
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 22, 2014 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs (Software Development Kits) for the delivery of creative apps. With millions of people already using Aviary-powered photo-editing apps and thousands of developers using Aviary’s SDKs, across mobile platforms, the acquisition accelerates Adobe’s strategy to make Creative Cloud a vibrant platform for third-party apps, through a new Creative SDK. Currently under development, Adobe Creative SDK is a software library that enables developers to tap into Adobe’s creative technologies to build mobile apps and drive new connections between mobile devices and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications and services.
 
“Aviary has an exceptional team and technology platform, as well as expertise serving a robust developer ecosystem. We're thrilled to leverage Aviary's technology to make our Creative SDK even more powerful for app developers,” said Scott Belsky, vice president of Creative Cloud Ecosystem & Behance at Adobe. “This is great news for developers because thousands of mobile apps will have the opportunity to become compatible with industry-defining desktop tools like Photoshop CC, as well as new Creative Cloud services."
 
Adobe Creative SDK gives third-party developers access to Adobe APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), previously only available to Adobe’s internal engineering teams. Examples include: browsing files stored in Creative Cloud; extracting elements from PSD files; Adobe’s “Touch Slide” software for straight-line drawing; and cloud image-editing services like Content-Aware Fill and Upright. Adobe Photoshop Mix, a recently launched mobile app for iOS, utilizes these new APIs and offers some of Adobe’s best imaging technology for applying Photoshop looks and compositing images. Adobe Creative SDK is currently being tested by developers and a beta launch is expected in the coming months.
 
"Aviary was founded to bring creative freedom to the world,” said Avi Muchnick, Aviary’s co-founder. “We're excited to join Adobe and tap into their incredible wealth of creative technology and supercharge our collective SDK offering. Together, we will help nurture the next generation of third party creative apps.”
 
For further details on today’s announcement, visit Scott Belsky’s blog and Aviary's blog.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/23/2014 6:38:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 22, 2014
PNY Elite Performance 256GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card
Granted, a $10.00 savings isn't huge, but the storage capacity you get for less than $100.00 certainly is – HUGE.
 
B&H has the PNY Elite Performance 256GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card available for $99.99 with free expedited shipping after a $10.00 mail-in rebate (rebate expires Sept 30).
HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5
Need more storage space? (Who doesn't?!)
 
B&H has the HGST 4TB Deskstar 3.5" SATA III Internal Desktop Hard Drive available for $179.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $219.99.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 3:26:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drive
For today only, B&H has SanDisk Extreme Pro Solid State Drives on sale. See below for details.
 
SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
SanDisk 240GB Extreme Pro SSD$195.99$46.00$149.99
SanDisk 480GB Extreme Pro SSD$378.99$119.00$259.99
SanDisk 960GB Extreme Pro SSD$599.00$149.01$449.99
Post Date: 9/22/2014 3:15:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSD Memory Card
For one day only, B&H has SanDisk Ultra microSD Cards on sale.
 
For what it's worth, I just picked up the 64GB card to use in my phone. :-) [Sean]
 
Sale Details
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
SanDisk Ultra 8GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$12.69$1.70$10.99
SanDisk Ultra 16GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$16.95$6.00$10.95
SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$27.95$10.00$17.95
SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 UHS-I$50.95$20.00$30.95
Post Date: 9/22/2014 2:34:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $1,949.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,915.51.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/22/2014 11:05:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how to create a vignette in Photoshop in this episode of the Photoshop Playbook.
 
The Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite is only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 7:50:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Review page.
Post Date: 9/22/2014 6:36:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 19, 2014
B&H Buy Together and Save - Adobe Photoshop Elements Deal
Through Sept. 20, use the Buy Together and Save option at B&H when purchasing a new DSLR camera or lens to get Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for $39.00. Regularly $99.00.
 
Note: Look for the Bundle deals in the Savings Available section on the item page.
 
If you're not planning on purchasing a new DSLR camera or lens, you can still take advantage of a $40.00 discount on Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 through tomorrow – only $59.00 with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 9/19/2014 1:15:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/19/2014 10:20:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto:
 
On September 17, Profoto and photographer Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to match your strobes with the available light on location.
 
Did you miss it? No worries. The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 9/19/2014 9:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW II Bag
PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 15, 2014 — Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, launches its agile and flexible toploading design from the Professional Collection: the Toploader Pro Series. Sports, event and active photographers will benefit from the updated features, including four wearing options.
 
“We looked at how people carry and work with their bags and designed a flexibility strap and harness system that lets photographers wear it four ways,” said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director.
 
The multiple wearing options allow for tremendous freedom of movement. The bag includes 2 utility straps to configure as an over-the-shoulder strap, 3-point holster, or 4-point chest harness. The Toploader Pro may be secured at the waist using a belt or strapped to another bag via its SlipLock attachment loop.
 
Toploader Pro 75 AW II and 70 AW II are built to protect pro-sized set-ups with a snug, protective fit and fast access from the contoured, body-side opening.
 
Lowepro takes its patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover up a notch by adding a 360 degree All Weather AW Cover that protects contents from the bottom to the lid, so photographers can work out of the bag in the snow or rain.
 
The Toploader Pro Series also includes these premium features: super-strong metal D-rings from Duraflex to keep straps and harness secure; glove-friendly, U-shaped zipper pulls; soft, tricot lining on inside lid to protect screen; multiple storage pockets for small accessories and essentials.
 
Toploader Pro 75 AW II fits: Pro DSLR with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached; small accessories
US MSRP $99.95
 
Toploader Pro 70 AW II fits: Pro DSLR with 24-70mm f/2.8 or 14-25mm f/2.8 lens attached; accessories
US MSRP $89.95
 
B&H carries the new Lowepro Toploader AW II bags.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/19/2014 8:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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