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Canon EOS 7D Deals at Adorama

Sun July 6, 2014

Starting tonight, midnight July 6, Canon EOS-7D body and 2 lens kits will have instant rebates of up to $600 through August 2.

Canon EOS-7D body:

http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60276/51926/1036?u=http://www.adorama.com/ICA7D.html
Canon EOS-7D Digital SLR Camera Body, 18.0 Megapixel, with Advanced Movie Mode & 8 FPS Shooting
Reg: $1,499.00 Instant rebate: $500.00
Final price: $999.00 + free US shipping and 2% Adorama rewards

http://adorama.evyy.net/c/60276/51926/1036?u=http://www.adorama.com/ICA7DA.html
Canon EOS-7D Digital SLR Camera Body Kit, Bundle With 16GB CF Memory Card, Camera Bag, Cleaning Kit
Reg: $1,499.00 Instant rebate: $500.00
Final price: $999.00 + free US shipping

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Videos

How Lenses Are Made

Sat July 5, 2014

We “discovered” this 2011 Discovery Channel video on how lenses are made. (The video refers to “television” lenses and the lenses are from JML Optical.) Though there are lots of marketing videos out there promoting this or that brand lens, they do not really educate much. This video, on the other hand, is more technical and gives an eye-opening explanation of how camera lenses are made, including the all-important electron-beam coating.

It seems to be a very manual endeavor and I wonder if it’s not much more automated these days. Anyways, it is very dependent on the people grinding the glass, polishing it and assembling it to make the finished product. After watching this video, it makes you want to handle your lens with a little bit more care, doesn’t it?


Tutorials, Videos

DIY: Build A $5 DSLR LCD Hood

Fri July 4, 2014

Most digital camera LCDs don’t fare too well in bright sunlight. The image displayed is washed out and it can be quite challenging composing on the LCD. If you have a viewfinder, it helps tremendously. However, when you are filming a movie, you do really depend a lot on the larger image displayed on the LCD. One solution to the washed out LCD in bright sunlight is to purchase an LCD Hood. If you do lots of filming in bright sunlight, the expense is fully justified. But, if you only do it occasionally, you may want to consider the following DIY option.

An LCD Hood is a cover for your DSLR’s LCD to block out the sun’s rays so you can have a clear unwashed view in bright light. Why spend $200 for an LCD hood when you can easily build one for around $5 from items you probably already have lying at home? In this Youtube video, user Knoptop shows how to build one.


From Knoptop

There are other designs out there but we found this one easy to understand and it seems to require less effort and no maths. ;) The one problem you may have is to find a container that is the right size for your LCD.


Tutorials

Shooting Mode Dial: Shutter-Priority AE

Thu July 3, 2014

The (Shooting) Mode Dial is the round dial sitting on the top of your camera, usually on the top right side (viewing from the rear). It has different settings marked on it, such as Auto, PASM, and perhaps C, SCN, etc., depending on your camera. Most beginners leave it on the Auto setting (in the picture above, it’s the iA setting), which tells the camera to go ahead and make all the exposure decisions for you.

Enthusiast photographers may opt to choose one of the other settings, usually one of the PASM settings, giving them more control over the exposure. In this article, we look at the Shutter-Priority AE shooting mode, what it is, why you would want to use it and a couple of practical ways how you can make use of it for more creative photography.

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Articles

Five Ways Canadians Acknowledge the Poignant 1940 Photograph “Wait For Me, Daddy”

Thu July 3, 2014

This video presents “Stories from the Northwest: WWII – The Photo That Almost Wasen’t.”

  • The story behind, “Wait for Me Daddy.”

Wait for Me, Daddy, taken by Claude P. Dettloff, a Vancouver Daily Province photographer. British Columbia Regiment, (Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles), marching in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, 1940.

Wait for Me, Daddy, taken by Claude P. Dettloff, a Vancouver Daily Province photographer. British Columbia Regiment, (Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles), marching in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, 1940.

“On October 1, 1940, Dettloff was photographing The British Columbian Regiment march down 8th Street enroute to battle overseas. In a random moment, Dettloff snapped a young boy, Whitey Bernard, escape his mother’s grasp and run towards his father marching off to war. Wait for Me Daddy became an enduring symbol of Canada’s WWII effort. The photo appeared on the cover of Life Magazine, was displayed in every school in BC during the war, was showcased in the Canadian war bond fundraising campaign with Whitey Bernard on tour, is the 2nd most requested photograph in the National Archives and is amongst the 30 most popular photographs in the world.”

The City of New Westminster
http://waitformedaddy.com/monument/

More so in this year than in those past years, Canadians will acknowledge the historical significance of this world-famous photograph by partially reproducing Dettloff’s photograph in five ways as follows.


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Tutorials

Celebrate Independence Day With Creative Fireworks Photography

Tue July 1, 2014

Most of us can shoot good fireworks pictures by simply pointing at the sky and taking a snapshot of the exploding cascade of colors. But after dozens, if not hundreds of such photos, you tire quickly of them. This is when it’s time to get creative with your fireworks photography: instead of simply shooting the fireworks themselves, consider shooting a landscape with fireworks in it.

Location
You can choose recognizable buildings and scenery, or some element that looks interesting at night.

This means that you may have to scout the area ahead of time to find the right perspective and a composition that you like. You need an interesting foreground and/or background, and lots of unobstructed sky space.

When scouting a place, one thing that you may not consider that will ruin all your preparations is that, if it is a public place where a lot of people will congregate to watch the fireworks show, then you may have lots of people standing in front of you when the event starts, perhaps obscuring the scene you have so carefully composed earlier when the place was empty. So, some kind of higher ground may be preferable.

Equipment

  • With fireworks photography, long exposures are common, and so a sturdy tripod is a must.
  • A small flashlight (or your cellphone plus the light app) can help you see in the dark to experiment and change settings on your camera.
  • Lens cap, a (black) card or hat/cap to put in front of your camera lens when the shutter is open and you are waiting for the next explosion to occur. Or, do as many of us do: use your hand (but do not touch the glass element of your lens for that wil leave a smudge that will get recorded).

Exposure Settings
If you have a point-and-shoot camera, chances are there will be a Fireworks scene mode that you can use. This will usually leave the shutter open for about 3 to 4 seconds.

With an Interchangeable Lens Camera, you have more options in choosing shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Remember that, if you include a scene in your picture, you are then exposing for the scene. You may want to choose a low ISO for the best image quality. This will also give you a longer shutter speed to record more than one fireworks explosion.

One important choice is whether you like to capture the trail and, if so, whether you prefer it to be fat or thin. This is where you decide on whether to use a big (fat trail) or small aperture (thin trail). I prefer to leave the trail out of my fireworks picture completely and expose only for the shimmering colors after the explosion.

I find the explosion itself too bright and it usually results in a big overexposed blob of light in the sky. By waiting just a second or so later after the explosion, I uncover the lens to capture the fully bloomed and falling sparks, then cover the lens and wait for the next explosion. This way, you are still exposing for the scene and capturing interesting fireworks without overexposing your shot.

Continue reading for more tips in our Fireworks Tutorial.


Articles

Happy Canada Day / Bonne fête du Canada!: Celebrate & Enjoy Photo Exhibits in the Capital on July 1, 2014

Mon June 30, 2014

This video presents “Happy Canada Day from Google Maps!”

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As part of the Canada Day celebration on July 1, 2014, there will be four FREE photo exhibits in Ottawa, the Capital City of Canada.

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Heroes: Photo Exhibit  / Nos héros olympiques et paralympiques canadiens – exposition de photos 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Arctic Exploring: Photo Exhibit  / Explorons l’Arctique : exposition de photos 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Location is Major’s Hill Park, Ottawa.
  • “See spectacular photos and explore the Arctic through this exhibition featuring the work of scientists in Canada’s Great North.
    • Join them aboard a sailing ship in the Arctic Ocean to discover how they study seabirds, orcas, and other wildlife; and learn why this work is so important.
    • Experience the Arctic like never before!”
  • Presented by the Canadian Museum of Nature in collaboration with Students on Ice and the Canadian Wildlife Service. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Canadian Museum of Nature: FREE general admission to the Museum’s “castle” on Canada Day!
    • Also, at the Canadian Museum of Nature there is the FREE Arctic Up Close: Outdoor Photo Exhibition
      • “Enjoy 10 beautiful photos of beloved Arctic animals, from a muskox pausing to enjoy the flowers to a sleepy walrus chilling on a bed of snow.
      • A leisurely stroll on the museum’s west lawn is a delightful way to encounter Arctic animals up close!”

Photo Exhibit – 2014 Canada Day Challenge  / Exposition de photos : le Défi de la fête du Canada 2014 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. 

  • Location is Jacques-Cartier Park, Ottawa.
  • “Using their creativity and imagination, youth from all across Canada took up the challenge to explore Canada’s history, culture, and identity and to discover what makes this country a truly special place.


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Tutorials

A Beginner’s Guide to RAW File Format

Mon June 30, 2014

If you are just starting out in photography — or if you have used been shooting JPEG exclusively — and wondered just what shooting in RAW means, here’s a primer on it.

Understanding RAW File Format

When you take a picture in JPEG file format with your digital camera, a couple of things happen before the image is even saved to memory card:

  • The image sensor gathers the information from its photosites, converts it from analog to digital, and holds it for further processing. At this stage, the image data captured can be thought of as being “unprocessed” — or, RAW data.
  • If you have specified white balance, sharpening, contrast, saturation, filter effects, etc., these are applied to the RAW data.
  • If you have specified image quality and size, these are also applied to the RAW data.
  • The resulting image is a JPEG image, processed (“in-camera process”), and compressed, which is then written to your memory card.

After you have transferred the image from your memory card to your PC, you may decide to further process it (“post-processing”) in an image editing software, such as Photoshop. Most photographers will usually adjust levels and sharpen the image a bit.


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Firmware Updates

Fujifilm Firmware Updates for X-Series Cameras

Sat June 28, 2014

Fujifilm has issued a number of firmware updates for their X-Series and fixed-lens cameras:

There are some fixes, support for new lenses and upgrades.

Click through the link for your camera to download the appropriate firmware update. As usual, you would want to read the instructions carefully before an update.


Press Releases

Olympus ‘Anywhere Classroom’ Video Series Starts June 26, 2014: An Online Free Photography Class Using Olympus OM-D Cameras & Lenses

Thu June 26, 2014

This video presents “Season 1: Episode 1 – Shooting Landscapes” in and around Gunnison, Colorado, USA.

  • “The Anywhere Classroom Series is a virtual photography class where Olympus Visionaries share their tricks and tips for taking amazing photos. In this episode, you’ll learn how to best-capture landscape shots. What are you waiting for? Class is in session.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

The following video presents “Season 1: Episode 2 – Shooting Wildlife” in and around Gunnison, Colorado, USA.

  • “In this episode, you’ll learn how to capture wildlife. What are you waiting for? Class is in session.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

This video presents “Season 1: Episode 3 – Shooting Nature” in and around Gunnison, Colorado, USA.

  • “In this episode, Olympus Visionary and National Geographic Photographer, Jay Dickman will take you on a Photo Safari. What are you waiting for? Class is in session.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

PRESS RELEASE

CLASS IS IN SESSION: OLYMPUS LAUNCHES
‘ANYWHERE CLASSROOM’ VIDEO SERIES

Online Series Follows Members of the Olympus Visionary Program as they Share Their Photography Expertise from Locations throughout the Country

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 26, 2014 — Olympus Imaging America Inc. launches today the Anywhere Classroom video series, an online photography class hosted by members of the Olympus Visionary program that inspires anyone from snap shooters to working professionals to enhance their photo skills using the Olympus OM-D® family and lens system. In season one, now available at www.getolympus.com/anywhereclassroom, National Geographic and Olympus Visionary photographer Jay Dickman takes viewers on location in Colorado to share his outdoor photography expertise.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

In the three Anywhere Classroom season one videos, Jay adventures through the majestic scenery just outside of Gunnison, Colorado, the “Base Camp of the Rocky Mountains,” with the award-winning OM-D E-M1. During each of the approximately five-minute videos, Jay shares his insights on topics, including nature, wildlife and landscape photography, offering tips on watching for the best light, composition and choosing the right lens.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

“Olympus developed the Anywhere Classroom as a compelling way for photographers at all levels to learn from the professionals and enthusiasts who make up our Olympus Visionary program,” said Stephanie Sherry, Director, Marketing Communications, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “There’s no better way to kick off this series than with celebrated photographer, instructor and longtime Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman. The Anywhere Classroom videos and the online conversation happening around the series will inspire users to enhance their skills and continue to explore the possibilities of photography.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.


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Press Releases

Nikon Canada: New Nikon D810 HD-SLR Camera for Professional Photographers and Cinematographers

Thu June 26, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the release of the D810 HD-SLR, the next benchmark in HD-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers.

Some of the key features of the D810 include the following:

  • 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor;
  • Optical low pass filter (OLPF) has been removed to allow for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range;
  • Option to shoot in new RAW Size Small format, which is half the resolution and approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files;
  • EXPEED 4 image processing engine;
  • ISO range from 64 to 12,800, expandable from 32 to 51,200;
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Colour Matrix Meter III;
  • New “Clarity” setting added to Pictural Control settings to adjust mid tones to enhance details;
  • New “Flat” Picture Control Profile to preserve detail in shadows and highlights;
  • Ability to make adjustments in .25-step increments;
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording and built-in stereo microphone;
  • Zebra pattern display during Live View to make it easy to spot overexposed areas;
  • Highlight weighted metering to help prevent blown-out highlights in video;
  • Enhancements to the D810′s durable magnesium alloy structure;
  • Redesigned mirror sequencer/balancer unit to minimize vibration during shooting; and
  • Compatible with wireless remote systems.

Additionally, Nikon Canada will be releasing Capture NX-D, a new FREE software package for processing and adjusting RAW, JPEG, and TIFF images captured with Nikon digital cameras.

PRESS RELEASE

June 26, 2014

Power to Create Compelling Images: Nikon D810 HD-SLR Delivers Unmatched Image Quality and a True Cinematic Experience

With extreme resolution, powerful video features and enhanced performance, Nikon D810 is the essential asset for pro photo and video applications

Mississauga Canada –

Nikon Canada today announced the D810, the next benchmark in HD-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers. The D810 features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) to allow for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range. Bolstered by Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D810 delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines. Whether photographing weddings, fashion or landscapes, shooting documentary-style cinema or video for broadcast, this HD-SLR provides the ultimate in versatility and capability.

“Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail rendered by the immersive resolution of the D810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “When coupled with the industry-leading imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness.”


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Articles

Nikon D810 HD-SLR / HD-SLR D810 de Nikon: Product Videos / Les Vidéos du produit

Thu June 26, 2014

The video presents “Introducing the Nikon D810 HD-SLR: Part 1 – Powered to Create Compelling Images” as follows.

  • In this video, Nikon Canada’s Mark Cruz provides a brief feature set overview of the Nikon D810 HD-SLR in regards to still images, including:
    • 36.3-megapixel FX-format (7360 x 4912 resolution) CMOS sensor,
    • ISO range from 64 to 12,800,
    • Option to shoot in full-resolution 14-bit RAW/NEF file format, or the new RAW Size Small format,
    • Expandable ISO range – from 32 (Lo-1) to 51,200 (Hi-2),
    • Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 image processing engine, and
    • “Clarity” setting added to the available Picture Control adjustment parameters — adjusts mid tones to enhance details within an image.

The video presents “Introducing the Nikon D810 HD-SLR: Part 2 – Delivering a True Cinematic Experience” as follows.

  • In this video, Nikon Canada’s Mark Cruz provides a brief feature set overview of the Nikon D810 HD-SLR in regards to video recording, including:
    • Broadcast quality video — Full HD (1080p) 1920 x 1080 video capture at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p,
    • Both FX and DX crop modes,
    • Flat Picture Control Profile — provides flexibility in post-production,
    • Smooth in-camera time-lapse and interval timer,
    • Audio capture records wide and voice frequency ranges,
    • Zebra stripes — displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas,
    • Highlight weighted metering, and
    • Full manual control.


La Vidéo: “HD-SLR D810 de Nikon: Partie 1 – Le pouvoir de créer des images captivantes.”

  • Dans cette vidéo, Paul Reid de chez Nikon Canada, propose une présentation brève des atouts du reflex numérique HD-SLR D810 de Nikon relatifs aux images fixes, tels que:
    • Capteur CMOS 36,3 mégapixels au format FX (résolution 7360 x 4912),
    • Plage ISO de 64 à 12 800,
    • Choix entre pleine résolution 14 bits format RAW/NEF, ou le nouveau format RAW réduit,
    • Plage ISO extensible — de 32 (Lo-1) à 51 200 (Hi-2),
    • Processeur de traitement d’image EXPEED 4 exclusif de Nikon, et
    • Ajout du paramètre « Clarté » aux options de réglage déjà disponibles dans le menu « Picture Control »,ajustement des tons moyens pour mettre en valeur les détails d’une image.

La Vidéo: “HD-SLR D810 de Nikon : Partie 2 – Offre une véritable expérience cinéma.”

  • Dans cette vidéo, Paul Reid de chez Nikon Canada propose une présentation brève des atouts du reflex numérique HD-SLR D810 de Nikon relatifs à l’enregistrement vidéo, tels que:
    • Qualité vidéo professionnelle — Full HD (1080p) 1920 x 1080, enregistrement vidéo en différents choix d’images par seconde dont 60/30/24p,
    • Modes recadrage FX et DX,
    • Profil « Uniforme » ajouté au menu « Picture Control » — Offre plus de souplesse en post production,
    • Fonctions Intervallomètre et Accéléré intégrées et fluides,
    • Enregistrement audio à larges plages sonores ou fréquences vocales,
    • Affichage à Zébrures pendant la visée écran pour faciliter le repérage des zones surexposées,
    • Nouvelle option de posemètre : Mesure pondérée hautes lumières, et
    • Contrôle manuel complet.

Pour plus d’information sur le reflex numérique HD-SLR D810 de Nikon, visiter http://bit.ly/Tm5u8w

Pour plus de vidéos Nikon Canada, visiter notre chaine YouTube http://www.youtube.com/NikonCanada.


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