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5 Day Deal Photography Business & Marketing Give Away

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Signup to win, up to $10,000 worth of gear.  Here is the awesome list.

$1,299.00	Apple Macbook Pro (Year End)*
$586.78		DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter (Year End)*
$749.00		Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)
$54.95		LowePro StreamLine Sling Backpack (3 prizes)
$170.00		ThinkTankPhoto Retrospective 7
$450.00		AsukaBook album
$300.00		Private Business & Marketing Consulting Session + Signed Copy of Living the Dream (2 prizes)
$80.00		Carpe Diem Supply Co. Bundle by Chris Orwig (3 prizes)
$599.88		Adobe - Creative Cloud - All Apps - 1 Year Membership
$359.64		Adobe - Creative Cloud Photography (Ps & Lr) - 1 Year Membership (3 prizes)
$299.00		Sue Bryce Education Membership - 1 Year (3 prizes)
$379.00		The Wedding School Enrollment - Lifetime Access (2 prizes)
$49.00		FilterGrade Photoshop Actions Bundle (5 prizes)
$294.74		Photography Concentrate Giveaway Bundle
$329.00		Photoshelter Standard Account - 1 Year Subscription (5 prizes)

Product Photos and Full Specs for the Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked

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Product Photos and Full Specs for the Canon 5D Mark IV Leaked

The 5D Mark IV will sport a 30.4MP sensor, Dual Pixel AF, 61 point AF sensor with 41 cross-type, a 150,000-pixel RGB + IR sensor, 7fps continuous shooting, extended ISO from 100 to 102400, touchscreen LCD, dust and weather sealing, built-in WiFi, built-in GPS, NFC capability, 4K at 30fps, USB 3.0 and HDMI inputs, and a time-lapse movie mode.

Battle of the 85 mm Lenses

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At the NECCC conference this past weekend, I was able to test a few 85 mm lenses.  This is a great focal length for portraits and for creating lots of creamy bokeh.  They also tend to be pretty sharp since they are prime lenses.  I tested the Olympus 45 mm f1.8, Rokinon 85 mm f1.4, the Canon f1.2, and the Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5 mm f1.2.  Sony also has an 85 mm f1.4 G Master wich is supposed to be very good but I didn't test that lens since I don't have a Sony camera.

First of all, I would like to shot two images to show why you might want a lens with such a wide aperture.  It's certainly much easier to shoot with an f2.8 or f4 lens but you just don't get the same amount of bokeh.  Here is a shot taken with the Rokinon f1.4 and one taken with the Canon 24-105 mm f4.

Rokinon f1.4 at f2 shot on a Canon 5D MarkIII

Canon f4 at f4 shot on a Canon 5D MarkIII

As you can see in the first image the background is more blurred.  The bokeh is also affected by distance and the model on the right may have been a little closer to the wood but in general all of those shots were sharp throughout.

Canon f1.2 at f1.2 on the Canon 1DX MarkII

Rokinon f1.4 at f2 shot on the Panasonic GH4

I was shooting both of the above lenses on Canon bodies.  The Canon F1.2 is an amazing lens and produces a very unique look.  I had heard the autofocus on this lens was slow.  I didn't find that to be the case but focusing was a challenge at f1.2 and many of my images were out of focus.  I wasn't using my camera so I think with some practice this would be less of an issue.  The depth of field is so shallow, if you get the eyes in focus the skin looks very soft, probably because it's partially out of focus.  Click on the images to see them up close.  The Rokinon seemed to be a bit sharper but I was shooting it at f2.  The Rokinon is a manual focus lens and it was extremely difficult to get the eyes to be sharp.  I had a ton of images that were out of focus.  On the rare occasions when I did get the focus right, the images look amazing.  

The Canon would obviously be the better lens but it costs nearly $1900 while the Rokinon is only about $269.  I also tested the Nocticron for my Panasonic GH4 and I found this lens to be the easiest to use.  The images were always in focus and sharp with nice bokeh.  This lens also has image stabilization so it really does well in low light.  I only tested this lens in a dark hall so the images are terrible (shot at ISO 3200) but I think you can see this lens is pretty amazing as it should be since it costs around $1400.

42.5 mm Nocticron F1.2 shot on the Panasonic GH4

Olympus 45 mm F1.8 shot at F1.8 on an Olympus EM1

Post Images Directly from Lightroom to Instagram

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Lightroom to Instagram Plugin

Send images directly from Lightroom to your Instagram account.

My Instagram account:  more_than_a_snapshot

Is This Really the Death of Flickr?

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Is This Really the Death of Flikr?

Here is a link to the article I'm referencing.

If You like Bears this looks like a Great Trip

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An overview of the experience of photographing bears at Lake Clark National Park

Top 10 Photography Workshop Destinations for 2016

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Top 10 Photography Workshop Destinations for 2016

For those who love travel photography, heading to workshop destinations that also offer stunning scenery and ample opportunities to take exceptional photographs makes for a wonderful adventure. The good news is that for 2016 there are ten photography hotspots that you can make travel plans and have a great time discovering new worlds.

Cuba with Art Wolfe

In many ways, Cuba is still untouched and offers an incredible opportunity to visit this island nation which is just now opening up to American tourists. See Old Havana, Vinales Valley, and many other destinations.

Ethiopia Easter Festivities Photo Tour 

Travel to several exotic locations in Europe includes off the beaten path destinations in France and discover the many excellent travel photography opportunities that await you.

Iceland Aurora Photo Tours

Iceland in the winter is a remarkable sight thanks to black sand beaches, waterfalls, and so much more. Winter landscape photography workshops are available for individuals and small groups through

Mexico City – Land of the Aztecs 

Find the rich beauty of Mexico City and venture out to many of the colorful buildings, structures, and giant Toltec stone warriors that dot the countryside.  Santa Fe Workshops

New Orleans w/National Geographic

This remarkable city is an excellent destination for travel photographers to capture the unique combination of modern living amid old French architecture. This is a great place for a quick visit in one of the best photography hotspots.

Central Oregon One-on-One Tours w/

The sights of central Oregon are unique and offer plenty of great opportunities to brush up on your photographic skills. You get personal, one-on-one training in an incredible environment.

Santa Fe Workshop w/National Geographic

Led by a National Geographic photographer, you can visit the wonders that surround the Santa Fe area in this five day trip that is scheduled for three times this year. Find out why famous photographers like Ansel Adams were drawn to this unique part of the world.

West Virginia Nature Image Photography w/Bill and Linda Lane

Cover the back country of West Virginia with this remarkable workshop that offers nature at its most stunning. Contact for more information about their three to five-day field workshop destinations.

Yosemite National Park

You can enjoy one of the best workshop destinations that capture El Capitan, Half Dome, and other attractions in this marvelous US national park in all its glory. You can sign to see the many waterfalls and even rent a bicycle for this workshop by Ken Rockwell.

In addition, you can check out a number of different travel photography destinations that are well suited to individuals and groups that offer great photography hotspots. For those who want to get away and discover whole new worlds while expanding their photographic skills, these workshop destinations are for you.


First Look at the Retro Olympus Pen F

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The Olympus Pen F was a popular film camera in 1963 and now it's back again.  It doesn't replace the E-P5 but adds to their high-end line.  It's sort of OM-D like and it has a new 20 MP fours thirds sensor wich is probably the same as the Panasonic Lumix GX8.

Olympus PEN-F features:

  • 20MP Live MOS Four Thirds format sensor
  • 5-axis image stabilization with automatic panning detection
  • 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder
  • Up to 10 fps continuous shooting (20 fps with electronic shutter)
  • Highly customizable interface, twin controls
  • Fully articulating 1.04 million dot, 3" LCD touchscreen
  • 50MP High-res Shot mode
  • 1/8000 sec top mechanical shutter speed (1/16,000 with e-shutter)
  • 1080/60p video recording
  • $1199

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