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 Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch
B&H has the Ubertronix Strike Finder Touch in stock and available with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • Five-in-One Camera Trigger
  • Programmable Touch Screen Interface
  • Less than 1 ms Triggering Time
  • Event-Driven Time Lapse Capabilities
  • Detects Lightning Strikes
  • Laser Trigger Mode
  • Can be Triggered by Sound
  • Infrared Motion Sensor with 30' Range
  • Runs on 4 AAA Batteries
  • Optional AC Power Adapter

Post Date: 8/14/2014 10:56:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flying By the Morning Moon
As I stood on my front porch this morning, I noticed the conditions looked optimal for using a circular polarizing filter. But what could I use as a subject in my uninspiring front yard? A glance to the left provided the answer – the moon set against a nearby tree.
 
I quickly set up a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, an EF 300mm f/4 L USM, a Kenko 1.4x teleconverter on a tripod positioned on the corner of my front porch. After snapping about five frames I noticed something odd on the LCD screen. It seems I had inadvertantly captured a commuter jet flying just past the moon. It immediately reminded me Bryan's Airplane Over Harvest Moon at 1680mm posted last fall.
 
EXIF: f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 160
 
I post-processed the image in Photoshop CS6 using Nik Viveza 2 and Topaz Labs Clarity plug-ins.
 
Sometimes a little luck is a wonderful thing! [Sean]
Post Date: 8/14/2014 8:51:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
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Post Date: 8/13/2014 4:29:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens for Canon EF-M
Want the widest aperture lens for your EOS M? Look no further!
 
B&H has the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Manual Lens for EF-M Mount in stock and ready to ship.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 10:48:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., August 13, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a multi-year partnership with the Little League International, which kicks off with the "Print to the Little League Baseball World Series" event in South Williamsport, PA. From today through the end of the tournament on August 24, baseball fans from around the world can utilize Canon PIXMA Printing Solutions and cloud technology to share photos and words of encouragement printed on-site to create "The Great Wall of Fandom." With the new partnership, Canon becomes the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball, the world's largest youth sports organization.
 
To celebrate the tournament and cheer on all of the competing teams, fans from around the world can submit their supportive comments and images via a custom microsite, thegreatwalloffandom.com. Canon will then print high-quality versions of the photos and messages on a Canon PIXMA MG7120 Wireless Inkjet Photo All-In-One printer, made possible via cloud connectivity, and the Canon team in Williamsport will add them to "The Great Wall of Fandom." Series attendees will see the photos and messages posted throughout the tournament, and images of how the exhibition evolves will also be shared online daily for the enjoyment of supporters worldwide.
 
Brand ambassadors will also be available at the World Series sites using Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital SLR and Wi-Fi equipped PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Cameras to take photos of attendees and post the content directly to "The Great Wall of Fandom." In addition, Best Buy has partnered with Canon to lend on-site support at the batting cage installation to answer any PIXMA printer or PPS questions.
 
"From input to output with Canon cameras and printers, the multi-year partnership with the Little League Organization will allow Canon to connect with a new generation of young families who want to capture and share quality memories of this exciting sporting event," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "We are thrilled that the 'Print to the Little League Baseball World Series' initiative allows us to demonstrate the ability to print from virtually anywhere to anywhere via PIXMA Printing Solutions (PPS). Moreover, we're connecting with fans who can't be there in person, but want to show their support and encouragement for the players."
 
While anyone can submit photos to "The Great Wall of Fandom" from virtually anywhere during each game, Canon will also produce keepsakes for on-site spectators and attendees of the Little League Baseball World Series by inviting them to pose in a Canon-branded batting cage located in the Family Fun Zone area, where on-site brand ambassadors will take photos using Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR cameras and then print the captured images directly on Canon PIXMA MG7120 printers as tokens of the attendees' experience.
 
This year marks the 75th Anniversary of Little League, and part of its longtime success in providing a healthy, safe environment for 2.4 million children in more than 80 countries can be attributed to the assistance provided by sponsorships. Canon joins Little League as its 20th National Sponsor, which help Little League maintain low team affiliation fees and provide valuable training and educational resources to coaches, parents, umpires, and volunteers. Many of Little League's national sponsors also participate in enhancing the fan experience at the Little League Baseball World Series Family Fun Zone.
 
"We are excited to welcome Canon as Little League's newest national sponsor and to the Little League Baseball World Series this August," said Liz DiLullo Brown, Little League Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "Little League is more than a youth sports organization, it is a youth leadership organization, and thanks to the support of our national sponsors, Little League is able to provide parents a healthy, affordable recreational outlet for their children."
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Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 9:47:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon YouTube Channel:
 
Canon is continuing to make efforts to help protect our customers from potentially dangerous counterfeits. How can you tell if your Canon battery is genuine? Select Canon products communicate with their battery to identify if the battery is genuine Canon. Watch this video to learn more. For more information, please visit:
http://usa.canon.com/cusa/about_canon/standard_display/aboutcounterfeits
 
Sean's Take: Canon has been on a crusade against counterfeit batteries and other accessories:

However, I think this latest video does a poor job of differentiating between third-party batteries and counterfeit batteries. It lumps both types of batteries into the same, scary "non-genuine battery" category.
 
Personally, I'd be much more concerned about using a conterfeit battery than a third-party battery. If a company is dishonest enough to slap a Canon logo on its battery, then there's a good chance the company doesn't care about the performance and safety of the product. And why would they? The dishonest comany's reputation is not at stake.
 
However, when a company puts their own name on a battery intended to be used in a Canon product, I'm more willing to believe that the company has taken sufficient precautions to ensure the battery will work as advertised and won't damage my camera. And if it does damage my camera, I know that Canon isn't responsible for the repair bill.
 
I understand that Canon wants to protect and educate its customers. There's nothing wrong with that. However, I think labeling third-party batteries and counterfeit batteries in the same way goes a bit too far, and I start questioning whether the movie's motive is really about public safety or the bottom line.
 
Share your thoughts in the comments.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 8:17:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, see how back button autofocus can be a useful tool.
 


 

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, learn more about dust delete data option in your camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/13/2014 7:05:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 12, 2014

 
This is an easy and extremely useful tip for highlighting specific color ranges in your images. I can't believe I went this long without exploring the color range slider in the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer. [Sean]
 
From the Phlearn.com YouTube Channel:
 
In today's episode, we show you how to select a specific color range and make those colors come to life! The images we used were from 2 of our awesome fans, Dusan & Morey Spellman!
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:16:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes explains how get a still image from a video in Photoshop.
 
You can get Photoshop CC as part of the Adobe Photoshop Photography Suite for only $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 8/12/2014 9:02:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 11, 2014
Kim Frick-Welker in the Lounge Chair
By Sean Setters
 
I run a small photography business and typically shoot high school senior photos, family portraits, maternity sessions as well as the occasional corporate work.
 
Last week I was hired by the Cookeville Performing Arts Center's Cultural Arts Program Assistant, Kim Frick-Welker, to shoot headshots to be used as promotional material for an upcoming show. After completing that assignment, Kim invited me back to CPAC to shoot another round of headshots for her own portfolio (Kim wanted various headshots because she occasionally acts in or directs theater performances).
 
Kim asked that her headshots be photographed using a black background. As she was wearing a black shirt, this requirement made the setup a little challenging. I had to push quite a bit of light onto the black curtain behind her (as well as use a hair/shoulder light) in order to provide enough separation between the subject and the background. Overall, Kim was happy with the images we got. The following was my personal favorite:

Kim Frick-Welker Headshot on Black

After shooting the headshots with the black background, Kim had what she had asked for. But the last time I was on stage, I was captivated by some of the set pieces being prepared for the upcoming play. I had imagined using the lounge chair as a prop and the understated, yet beautiful wallpaper as a backdrop. And I couldn't get that idea out of my head. So after we wrapped up the headshots Kim had asked for, I suggested we take a few more minutes and try something completely different. I explained to her what I was thinking and she readily agreed to extend our session a little longer. She decided a change of clothes might work better for the new setup, and I agreed.
 
Setting up the shot (seen at the top of this post) took 5 - 10 minutes. I used nearly the same lights and light modifiers that I had used in the previous setup, so it was merely a matter of moving around some furniture, a few light stands and my tripod.

Kim Frick-Welker Lounge Chair Setup

It only took a few shots to dial everything in. And after that, we captured some of the best images of the day. No, they weren't the images Kim had asked for – but she liked them even better (as did I).
 
So what did I take away from this experience? When clients hires you, they may have a set of guidelines (or restrictions) for you to follow in order to achieve specific goals. And there's nothing wrong with that. You have to give the client what they need.
 
But many times it's difficult to create the image that's in someone else's head, no matter how well they communicate it to you. So you do your best to give the client what they've asked for.
 
It may sound obvious, but here's something to keep in mind – anyone who hires you was likely impressed with the work you've already created. So if a shot really inspires you, it will likely inspire your client as well – so try to devote a few minutes to getting the shot you want to get, even if it's not a part of your agreed shot list. And then maybe both of you can walk away from the table getting more than you bargained for (in a good way).

Post Date: 8/11/2014 12:12:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon has created a fun and informative video explaining the differences between VGA, HD and Full HD video and various frame rates. While it may be targeted towards PowerShot customers, if you're new to shooting movies on your DSLR, the information presented in this video will still be relevant.
 
B&H carries Canon PowerShot and EOS cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/11/2014 7:06:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 08, 2014
Digital Photo Professional Splash Screen
From the Canon Professional Network:

"Digital Photo Professional (DPP) version 4.0 is the latest release of Canon’s free RAW image management and editing software, and this incarnation is heralded as the first major update since the software was launched. Canon has responded to feedback from Digital Photo Professional users and incorporated feature requests and suggestions into version 4.0 to create a better looking package that offers a smoother, faster workflow. In this article CPN writer George Cairns examines how DPP 4.0 is better equipped to support your photographic workflow – as you import, browse and develop large numbers of RAW images – and investigates new features, such as the ability to make selective hue, saturation and luminance adjustments for eight colour gamuts."

Read the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/8/2014 12:17:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The-Digital-Picture.com Discussion
I've been using our site-reviewed Canon EOS 7D for years (I received it not long after the review was published). I have thoroughly enjoyed using the camera and I have taken many memorable shots with it. However, being a bit long in the tooth, I can't help but wonder how it might be better...
 
Keep in mind, Canon has never indicated that it is working on an EOS 7D successor. However, it's fairly logical to assume they are working on something to fill the EOS 7D's market space (top-end APS-C DSLR).
 
So today, we'd like to know – what [relatively feasible] upgrades would you put into an EOS 7D Mark II? What new specs would make it the undisputed king of the APS-C camera line? [Sean]
 
Leave a comment below or comment on the Facebook feed.
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Post Date: 8/8/2014 8:36:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From KickStarter:
 
A paper USB business card with full analytics and remote access. Meet the new standard for premium business cards.
 
What is a swivelCard?
 
A swivelCard is a premium paper business card that includes a USB drive--a smart business card. It includes analytics and can be updated even after giving it out.
 
What Can swivelCard Do?
 
We patented a system for turning regular paper into a USB drive. Now we've included this technology in a business card. When you own swivelCard, you own the premium business card on the market.

  • Paper comes alive with embedded USB technology. Imagine giving your business card with pictures, videos, presentations, and websites for the recipient to interact with!
  • Analytics through a back-end software interface will allow you to access helpful information about your cards and how they are being used.
  • You can edit the destination you've selected remotely. Remote access to your swivelCard gives you many opportunities to continue interacting with the card's recipient. With the back-end interface you'll be able to log in to your account and remotely make changes to the destination. Plus, this can be done individually for each specific card. Want that potential client to go to a list of testimonials instead of your standard video greeting? You can make that change on the fly after they've left with the card!

Check out SwivelCard's Kickstarter Page for full details.

Post Date: 8/8/2014 7:09:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 07, 2014

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of Prospectives, Robert Rodriguez Jr shares with B&H his artistic process toward photographing landscapes. Based in the Hudson Valley area of New York, Robert emphasizes some key elements to maintaining inspiration and experimenting with the landscape through focusing on familiar scenery.
Post Date: 8/7/2014 10:03:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
692 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Module library for DxO Optics Pro and DxO ViewPoint, providing support for Canon, Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony 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 | Olympus | Pentax | Samsung | Sony
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9 and DxO Viewpoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 8/7/2014 8:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 8/7/2014 7:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 06, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
What words would you use to describe your photography brand?
 
Fun? Reliable? Adventurous? If you struggle to answer, our guide, 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers, will help you define and build a strong brand that will set you apart from the competition and attract the clients you want.
 
In this guide, you’ll also learn:

  • How to communicate your photographic style and personality
  • How to determine what aspects of your business are unique
  • Why developing a strong name, logo and aesthetic across all platforms is crucial
  • Why a consistent voice and style must be part of everything you do - including your website, social media, and business cards
  • Plus more!

Use these 10 secrets to build a brand that attracts your ideal market, accurately communicates your specialty and creates unique experiences for your clients.
 
Download 10 Branding Secrets for Photographers

Post Date: 8/6/2014 12:55:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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