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 Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens
B&H has the Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens available for $249.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
Product Highlights
  • Covers APS-C Sized Sensors
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Depth of Field Markings
  • Min. Focus Distance of 7.87 Inches
  • Bayonet Mount Lens Hood
Post Date: 11/10/2015 1:52:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 128GB 95MB/s Class 10 UHS-1/U3 SDXC memory card
Amazon is curretly featuring Sony SDHC/SDXC & microSD Memory Cards as a Gold Box Deal of the Day.
The Sony 128GB 95MB/s Class 10 UHS-1/U3 SDXC memory card for $66.59 seems to be an especially attractive deal.
Post Date: 11/10/2015 8:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Redrock Micro:
Mobile app and parabolic motorized slider combine to speed setup, enhance interview intimacy
Dallas, TX and Hollywood, CA - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional cinema accessories, today announced the release of the new iOS remote app for One Man Crew Director. The mobile app enables wireless setup and control of the One Man Crew motorized parabolic slider, and adds features for streamlining small crew workflow and enhancing on-set intimacy for interviews. The app is available for immediate download from the Apple App store.

Streamlining Interviews and Enhancing Set Intimacy
The remote app for iOS works on iPhone or iPad, and connects wirelessly to the One Man Crew Director. Once connected, all of the functions of the One Man Crews side panel are available on the app. Building on the remote functions, the App adds new Gesture Screen so camera movement can sync with the interview's tempo and emotion without looking away from your subject.
Benefits of the iOS One Man Crew Remote App include:
  • Faster setup with touch-screen control of all the unit's side panel operations.
  • More convenient operation to start and stop camera movement, change speed, and start and stop camera recording, saving time and effort.
  • Enhance interview intimacy with the new Gesture Screen to sync camera movements to tempo and mood of interview without looking away from the subject or having additional crew on set.
  • Improved support with mobile access to the One Man Crew operating manual.
"The OMC Remote App is fantastic," said Matthew Allard of "It is intuitive and very straightforward to use. This makes operating the One Man Crew Director so much easier. The ability to control your device while standing next to another camera saves you a lot of time and gives you the added versatility of being able to change the speed or modify your parabolic moves..."
Great Interviews for Solo or Small Crews
The iOS remote app works with the award-winning One Man Crew Director, the only parabolic motorized slider that adds camera movement without requiring a dedicated operator while keeping the subject in focus and anchored in frame. This feature makes the One Man Crew Director uniquely well-suited for interviews, reality television, talking head, corporate, and documentary work.
"(We) Love the new One Man Crew Director app. It's really convenient to operate the slider from anywhere on set," said Zach Rutledge, Co-Owner of Songbird Media Group. Songbird Media is a full-scale, state-of-the-art media production company. Songbird relies on gear including the One Man Crew Director to create polished, higher quality interviews for their clients.
The latest version of the iOS Remote App includes an API for developers. Using the API, the One Man Crew Director control can be integrated into third party applications.
The iOS Remote App for One Man Crew joins the Android version of the Remote App that is also available.
Owners of the original One Man Crew can use the Remote app with an upgrade to the One Man Crew Director, currently on sale at $300 discount for a limited time.
B&H carries the Redrock Micro One Man Crew Director.
Post Date: 11/10/2015 6:41:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System
For a limited time, B&H has the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System available for $259.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $399.00.
Product Highlights
  • For Small Cameras Up to 5 lb
  • Create Smooth, Elegant Shots on the Fly
  • Folding Design
  • Ergonomic 3-Axis Gimbal Handle
  • Quick-Release Dovetail Plate
  • Secure Gimbal Lock for Precise Tuning
  • Adjustable Lens Support Platform
  • Large Easily Adjustable Knobs
By the way, B&H's Daily Deals 1-Year Anniversary Celebration is still live with special pricing on miscellaneous gear that's been featured over the past 12 months.
Post Date: 11/10/2015 5:28:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 9, 2015
Adobe Creative Cloud
Through November 27, Adobe is offering a 20% discount on an annual subscription to its entire Creative Cloud Suite of Apps.
The normal price for the Creative Cloud Suite is $49.99 / month. With the current discount, the monthly rate is only $39.99 / month. The entire suite of apps includes:
PhotoshopAuditionMedia Encoder
IllustratorEdge AnimateScout
InDesignEdge CodeSpeedGrade
Premiere ProEdge InpsectStory Plus
After EffectsEdge ReflowPhoneGap Build
DreamweaverFireworksPrelude Live Logger
MuseFlash BuilderGaming SDK
Flash ProfessionalInCopyExtension Manager
Acrobat Pro DCPreludeExtendScript Toolkit
Post Date: 11/9/2015 12:52:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lumiquest Big Bounce Kit
B&H is celebrating their Daily Deal's 1-year anniversery with special pricing on select items that have been featured as Daily Deals over the past 12 months.
Misc. Featured Deals
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Canon$349.95$249.95
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon$239.00$179.00
Lensbaby Spark 50mm f/5.6 Selective Focus Lens$89.95$48.95
Manfrotto MK293A3-D3Q2 Aluminum Tripod$179.88$109.88
Elvid SkyVision 7" Wireless LCD Monitor$329.95$199.95
Beachtek DXA-POCKET Compact Audio Adapter$199.95$79.95
Polsen VM-150 DSLR/Video Microphone$109.95$59.95
Polsen VM-180M DSLR/Video Microphone$139.95$69.95
Senal MS-66-K DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone$99.00$49.00
Sanho HyperDrive iUSBportCAMERA2 Wireless Transmitter$298.99$188.99
Gura Gear Kiboko 22L+ Backpack (Black)$299.00$149.00
Gura Gear Chobe 19-24L Shoulder Bag Kit (Black)$299.95$139.95
Tamrac 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Grey)$99.95$44.95
Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (White)$69.95$29.95
LumiQuest Big Bounce Kit with Cinch Strap$41.90$16.90
LumiQuest 80-20 Pocket Bouncer Kit with Cinch Strap$31.90$14.90
Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport$499.00$369.00
Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport$439.00$319.00

One notable deal on the list is the LumiQuest Big Bounce Kit with Cinch Strap. I purchased the Big Bounce when it was featured as B&H's Daily Deal in May and I've been using it for many of my most recent macro shots. To use it, I simply handhold a flash with the Big Bounce attached and use a camera-mounted ST-E2 for triggering. It's a quick and easy setup that can provide especially good illumination for macro subjects.
Orange Flower Macro Oct 2015

Post Date: 11/9/2015 10:17:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fund Gear
Safe to say is that nearly everyone reading this post has their eye on a piece of camera kit, that one piece that will take their capabilities to the next level. Usually, money is the barrier to taking that next step, so let's talk about increasing available cash. Raising funds generally involves earning money by working, selling something of value and/or spending less.
Sell Your Images and Photography Services
Since photography is our love, most of us will find the best option to raise money for camera gear is to sell our images and/or photography services. This is of course easier said than done, but get a sales channel going and you will have a recurring revenue stream to support your photo kit growth long term. Advertise your portrait services to your Facebook friends. Ask your kid's teammates' parents if they would be interested in spending a few dollars for some great sports action pics. Hang prints for sale in local establishments.
An upside to selling prints and services is that, if you sell enough, your accountant will likely allow you to write-off your gear costs and other expenses, saving you a lot of money by effectively reducing your costs significantly.
Sell Your Old Camera Gear
You have likely been upgrading to the latest camera and lens models as they are released. But, are you cleaning out what doesn't get used any longer? If there is gear in your kit has not been used in a year or two and is not needed for backup purposes, it is probably not worth keeping and is a potential source of funding for the hot new gear.
Selling camera gear direct to a buyer can bring you the most revenue, but ... it doesn't get easier and the risk doesn't get lower than selling to B&H. They take care of everything and you can count on getting paid.
Sell Something Else
For many of us, the camera gear is the priority, so ... what else can you sell? What is taking up space in your house, garage, attic, basement, etc. but has been unused for a year? Are you really going to use it again? Sell it on eBay. The process is easy and you might be surprised at what other people want. Even if you don't make a lot per item, repeat the process enough times and the funds start adding up. Available space in your house also increases. Perhaps enough to make room for a new photo setup, even if it is only a product/macro setup.
Offline, the "Bake sale" suggestion keeps bubbling to the surface around here. Beats selling a body part for sure and a good sandwich sale could finance an L lens.
Get More Money from the Day Job
If your day job is not photography related, I hesitate to recommend that you work more hours as doing so may cut into your photography time, but ... a little overtime in your off season (winter perhaps?) could go a long way in financing some new glass. Another option with longer term payback: spend some time educating yourself to qualify for a position that commands a higher salary.
If your day job is commission based, put in more sales time and effort for a greater compensation reward. Finding a side job that you find enjoyable, even if for only an evening or two each week, can raise considerable funds over a period of time.
I should note here that time with the family should not suffer if you are working more hours. Make your family your highest priority. Take the extra working hours out of your personal time (put away the video games).
Increase Your Rates
Do you charge a rate for the work you do? Being the low-priced option might be necessary for someone starting out in an industry, but the goal is to quickly leave the bargain basement pricing behind you. Increase your rates. Get good enough to become worth more in the eyes of your clients or your employer. Study your craft and deliver the highest quality of work possible. Then educate why your work is better.
Work More Efficiently
The amount of time we have cannot be increased, but better utilizing the time we do have is the goal.
Post processing consumes a large part of many photography jobs and especially with the additional bandwidth requirements of the ultra-high resolution DSLR cameras arriving on the scene, computing performance is a common bottleneck. There are likely few of us who find the anticipation of an image loading to full resolution to be worth the time spent watching it do so. I recently replaced the lab laptop with a model that processes images twice as fast. It is not hard to justify an expense that frees time like this.
Another consideration is to outsource the work that is not core to your services (or that you do not like, or are not good at). This work can include accounting, payroll, lawn mowing, cleaning, etc. Or, hire an assistant that complements your skill set and/or handles the tasks that do not require your skills. Working smart includes working carefully (mistakes are very time consuming), quickly and of course, hard.
Tighten the Budget
Increasing available cash from an existing revenue streams (such as the day job) can be accomplished by tightening the budget. Even a modest $20 per week savings will net over $1,000 in a year in after tax dollars. Pack a lunch a couple of days per week. Give up a few of the fancy cups of coffee each week. Ride a bike to work. Look at where your money is going and stop some of the flow.
How Not to Fund Camera Gear
Your credit card makes it easy to place an order for any gear that you want right now. But, I strongly recommend not using your credit card as the source of a loan for camera gear. While I very highly recommend using credit cards (pick a good rewards card with the warranty extension feature), credit card companies charge extremely high interest rates that can become a long term burden. Pay the credit cards in full every month to avoid this additional cost. Find another source for a loan if necessary.
Get a Loan
I was not going to include this option, but since I strongly discouraged using a credit card as a loan source, I wanted to note that a loan is not always a bad decision for camera and post production gear purchased for business use. If you think that a capital investment in camera gear will allow you to increase your business opportunities and revenue, a loan from a reputable source with a reasonable interest rate may be a valid consideration. Before signing for the cash, make sure that you have a business plan in place that includes loan repayment. Lenses hold their value especially well, meaning that aborting the plan early will not likely prove disastrous. Even so, go into debt only with careful forethought.
Watch for Deals
One of our goals here is to maximize your kit improvement per dollar. The retailers we promote (especially B&H) always offer low prices combined with excellent customer service. The highly relevant short term deals we search out and share on the news page/feed range from very good to amazing. Make sure to check in at least daily to insure that you don't miss the opportunity to save on the gear you want or need.
Basically, the camera gear kit funding strategy is: make more, spend less, sell what you are not using and shop smart. Then watch your kit grow. Sounds simple, right?
What are your kit-funding strategies?
Post Date: 11/9/2015 9:20:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From the Flickr Blog:
Flickr for iOS 9 is here! And we have some cool new features to help you get the most out of the latest Apple software and devices.
3D Touch
On the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, we’ve added 3D Touch support, enabling you to preview photos, people, notifications and more with a light press of your screen.
In your Flickr Camera Roll, we’ve developed a new 3D Touch gesture to help you find your best shot. Lightly press a photo to see a preview, then move your finger left/right to page through neighboring photos. Once you’ve found your favorite, press harder to Pop full-screen.
Quick Actions
New in iOS 9, 3D Touch “Quick Actions” let you do the things you do most often, faster and in fewer steps. Lightly press our app icon to upload a photo, skip directly to notifications or the feed or to kick off a search right from your homescreen.
Spotlight Search
Using Spotlight search in iOS 9, search for albums, groups or recently-viewed photos without even opening the Flickr app.
Universal Links
With universal link support, links you send or receive will now open directly in the Flickr app, instead of as a web page in Safari. So the next time you share photos from a night out, last weekend or a recent trip, the recipient can view your photos in a beautiful, interactive and native experience.
Get the latest Flickr app for iOS – available in the App Store!
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Post Date: 11/9/2015 8:19:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Genaray LED-7100T 312 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light
B&H has the Genaray LED-7100T 312 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light available for $129.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $189.00.
Product Highlights
  • Genaray Professional Series LED Light
  • 3200-5600K Adjustable Color Temperature
  • Up to 1400 Lux Brightness at 3 ft
  • 100-10% Flicker Free Brightness Dimmer
  • Smooth, Stepless Color/Brightness Dials
  • Dual Sony L Series Battery Mount
  • Hot-Swappable
  • Batteries, Charger, AC Adapter Included
  • Magnetic, Snap-On Diffuser Included
  • Ball Head and Carry Case Included
Post Date: 11/9/2015 5:44:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 6, 2015
Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag
From Manfrotto:
Purchase any of the Manfrotto video kits listed listed below and receive a $125.00 MasterCard prepaid card!
Valid on items purchased between Nov. 1 - Dec. 31, 2015. Rebate requests must be postmarked by Jan. 31, 2016.
Eligible Tripods
MVK504AQ504 Aluminum Single Leg Video System
504HD,535K504HD Head & 535 tripod system w/bag
MVK500CPro Video MVH500A w/ 535 tripod system w/ bag
504HD,536K504HD Head & 536 tripod system w/ bag
504HD,546GBK504HD Head & 546GB tripod system w/ bag
MVK502C-1Pro Video Carbon System-4KG
MVH502A,546BK-1Pro Video MVH502A w/546B tripod system w/ bag
MVK502AM-1Kit Video Telescopic Twin Leg
504HD,546BK504HD Head & 546B tripod system w/ bag
MVH502A,546GB-1Pro Video MVH502A w/546GB tripod system w/ bag

How to Claim Your Rebate
  1. Purchase a qualifying Manfrotto Distribution product between 11/1/2015 and 12/31/2015.
  2. Go to to claim your rebate by entering offer number 64865. In order to obtain a rebate, visit and enter the offer number shown above. You will then complete your rebate registration form online. You must have internet access, a valid email address, and a printer in order to register your rebate.
Submission details:
  1. Complete and Print the rebate registration form.
  2. Cut out and enclose the ORIGINAL UPC bar code from the product packaging.
  3. Enclose a copy of the store identified sales receipt dated between 11/1/2015 and 12/31/2015, indicating your qualifying purchase.
  4. PROOF OF PURCHASE REQUIREMENTS: Completed Online Registration Form – Original UPC Barcode Label – Copy of Sales Receipt
  5. Mail all of these items to the address indicated on the form you print from the website.
  6. Submission must be postmarked by 1/31/2016 in order to qualify.
IMPORTANT: Keep copies of all materials submitted for your records. Materials submitted cannot be returned. This form is for instructional purposes only and should not be used to submit your rebate.
Post Date: 11/6/2015 10:09:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fall Photography Tips: Shooting Leaves in the Wind
More often than not, wind is the enemy of photographers. Blowing wind puts not-fixed objects into motion, including light stands, reflectors, subjects' hair and ... leaves. Landscape photographers are perhaps most negatively affected by wind, with moving flora being their problem (along with mirror-like reflections on bodies of water being disturbed). You can't stop the wind. At least not on a large scale such as a landscape.
Fortunately, there are options for dealing with the wind.
The first option involves selecting a time when the wind is not blowing. Shoot early or late in the day when the winds tend to be most calm. Of course, shooting early or late in the day may mean less light and with a wind-unfriendly longer exposures necessary. If possible, come back on another day when the wind is not blowing.
The next option is to stop the wind, not physically, but in-camera. Use a faster shutter speed, enabled by using a narrower aperture and/or a higher ISO setting. Right, you may not be able to use ISO 100 for ALL of your landscape photos and I give you permission to bump up the ISO as high as you need to go (in case you are mentally struggling with this option). Our modern cameras can still create great imagery at high ISO settings and more often than not, noise is better than motion blur.
One way to mitigate the high ISO noise to a varying degree is to capture two images of the same scene from a stationary camera using different ISO and shutter speed settings. Later during post processing, stack the two images in Photoshop or a similar app and allow the lower noise level image to show for the sky, rocks, buildings and other non-wind-affected subjects. A touch of noise reduction on the higher ISO-captured layer should help. The result is an image with the lowest noise levels possible throughout the scene. If using this suggestion, I recommended shooting multiple pairs of frames to have more options to deal with potential subject movement overlap.
Another option available on a small scale is to stabilize the subject. Various clamping devices including the Wimberley Plamp are available to hold a subject in place while a photo is captured. I've used Y-shaped sticks stuck into the ground to keep smaller flora in place.
And the last option I have to share with you: Embrace the wind. Use a longer exposure and capture blurred leaves. I know, having a not-sharp part of the landscape frame is hard for those of us used to striving for everything sharp in the frame, but give it a try. When the wind is blowing, every frame can be unique including the position of tree branches in relation to the rest of the composition. If you think one position will be better than the others, time the shot with the branch in that location. Shoot a lot of frames with a variety of camera settings and prepare for a long review session to determine which images rise above the rest.
When composing for wind motion blur, I usually like to incorporate some non-blurred elements in the photo (such as a tree trunk) to anchor the frame. This is not a requirement, but I usually want the frame to include subjects that are either sharp or noticeably blurred as images with slight blurs may leave the viewer uncomfortable with or confused by your technique. To increase the amount of blur, zoom in or move closer to the subject so that its movement covers a larger area of the frame. Better preserving a desired composition is the use a longer exposure to give the in-motion subject time to show more movement. Use a neutral density filter if more time is needed than your desired in-camera settings can produce.
Because the path of wind-blown flora is not always predictable, composing slightly wider than what appears to be ideal is often a good decision. Crop to taste during post processing.
Part of the fun of shooting wind-blown flora is the anticipation of seeing the results. We can envision what the images are going look like, but seeing them appear on the LCD brings the effort to fruition. Hopefully with a positive outcome.
Don't let the wind be your excuse for not getting great shots. Either work around it, work with it or, my favorite option, do both!
Post Date: 11/6/2015 9:47:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan Logo
For a limited time, use coupon code PXAFN30 at AdoramaPix to get 30% Off Metallic Prints.
Also, though 11/16 select large-sized paper prints have been reduced (no coupon code required). See below for details.
Large Print Special Pricing
Print SizeLuster, Glossy
& Silk Price
Metallic Paper
16x20$9.60 $5.99$13.70 $7.99
11x14$3.99 $1.99$4.99 $2.99
8x10$1.49 $0.99$1.84 $1.50
Post Date: 11/6/2015 8:04:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon has released its financial results for 2Q of the fiscal year ending in March, 2016.
Second Quarter of the Year ending March 2016 [November 6, 2015]
Financial Results (PDF:218KB)
Financial and Business Data (PDF:94KB)
Presentation Material (PDF:1,028KB)

Related Article
Nikkei rebounds after Wall Street surges; Nikon tumbles (Reuters)
"Japan's Nikkei share average rebounded on Friday morning after Wall Street surged on receding worries about a U.S. interest rate hike, while Nikon Corp tumbled after releasing a weak earnings forecast. Nikon fell 13.5 percent to a three-month low of 1,483 yen after it forecast a 30.9 percent fall in its operating profit to 30 billion yen ($250 million) for the year to March 2016. Its American Depositary share price had dropped 13 percent overnight. Morgan Stanley MUFG Securities cut its rating to 'underweight' from 'equal-weight'."
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Post Date: 11/6/2015 6:11:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"If you’re like me, you love looking at photographs. Creating images that capture a viewer’s interest and holds it usually doesn’t happen by accident. When you look at a photograph that captivates you, what is it that keeps you looking at the image? There are several answers to this question and in this blog, I’ll share with you some tips to help you create better composition in your images.
It’s important to look at a scene through your camera and intentionally use elements in the image to improve composition. I’ll talk about the use of compositional aids such as rule of thirds, negative space, leading lines, balance and the use of color. Sometimes making a great photograph means choosing a slightly different camera position or lens choice. More than simply pointing and shooting, a solid thought process should go into composing an image. Be an observer!"
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.
Post Date: 11/6/2015 6:10:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Walimex Pro Aptaris Universal XL Adjustable DSLR Cage available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
Product Highlights
  • Adjustable Height Design
  • Hot Shoe Stabilizing Adapter
  • Multiple Accessory Mounting Holes
  • Corrosion Resistant Finish
  • Included Handle & Cold Shoe
Post Date: 11/6/2015 5:24:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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