Month: November 2014

Black Friday Photography Deals

Deals are done! Click HERE to make sure you don’t miss out on any amazing Black Friday photography deals next year!   Yes it’s that time of year again when all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals start to come online. Over on Shutter Muse I am running a dedicated list of all the best deals that I’ve come across so far.  This includes such amazing things as 25% off Peak Design products and 25% of all Graph Paper Press products + much, much more!  Head on over to the list and bookmark it because I’ll be updating...

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20% Discount On FotoQuote & FotoBiz

I know that many readers of this site have read my free eBook, “10 Incredible Tools For Professional Photographers“.  One of these 10 tools is FotoQuote, from Cradoc software.  A program that takes the guesswork out of pricing your photography for commercial and editorial sales.  Normally we can offer readers a 10% discount here, but since Cradoc software are celebrating their 20th birthday, they have kindly extended this coupon to offer 20% off their software until the end of the year 2014. All you have to do is use the coupon code: SM0414  on their website...

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7D Mark II Saves The Day

Last weekend I set out on a quick camping trip to make the most of some gorgeous clear weather we had here in British Columbia.  Of course I took the 7D Mark II with me as part of my ongoing test program for it and this time I’d planned to shoot some night sky images, particularly some star trails.  Since I needed to carry both camera gear AND camping gear, I transferred things into a much larger hiking pack.  I thought that I’d got everything, but I was in a rush and unfortunately the one thing that I managed to forget was my bag of remote cable releases.  A pretty essential accessory for star trails where you want to set up an intervalometer to capture a long series of long exposures for stacking later in Photoshop.  Kicking myself, I thought I’d have to make do with single images and not a star trail. The temperature was well below zero degrees and I wasn’t about to stand there and press the button 150 times at 30 second intervals!  Then it struck me…..the 7D Mark II has a built-in intervalometer! Canon 7D Mark II @iso3200 with Canon 24mm f/1.4 L II Yes for the first time ever, Canon has included an intervalometer in the menu of the 7D Mark II and I was able to set it up to shoot the star...

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Lightroom 5.7 Includes 7D Mark II Raw Support

Adobe have finally released an update for Lightroom that contains support for the Canon 7D Mark II‘s Raw files, as well a number of other new cameras like the Nikon D750 and Canon G7X.  Head to Adobe’s blog post for a full list of new additions. The good news for me is that I can now begin to evaluate the 7D Mark II’s image quality in more detail, particularly when it comes to high iso performance.  As a taster, here is a shot from a couple of nights ago that captures a sizeable meteor streaking across the night sky in British Columbia.  This is an iso3200 image and now that I’ve run it through Lightroom, I’m more than pleased with the quality at this sensitivity. More to come…..     Your browser does not support iFrame. ...

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Think Tank Production Manager

This new roller bag from Think Tank Photo popped a few weeks ago but I was buys at the time and forgot to mention it.  I’m a big fan of Think Tank’s gear and I’ve used their tough-as-nails roller bags to travel with for many years.  The Production Manager is the largest one yet!  Really the photos do all the talking, so just let your imagination run wild with what you might be able to fit in this thing!  Designed primarily for lighting equipment, but equally at home storing your long lens collection on the road or at the...

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