Sunday, September 21, 2014

40% off all French Kiss Textures Sept 20-23

I love, love, love French Kiss Textures and even more so when they are on sale :-)

40% off all French Kiss Textures Sept 20-23

The sale starts next week!!
Mark Your Calendars
Next Saturday
September 20th
Fall Sale
Everything 40% Off
Through September 23



Saturday, September 20, 2014

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM - The Portable Super Telephoto Lens


EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM - The Portable Super Telephoto Lens
Super telephoto lenses are essential whether on a safari or the sidelines to bring the image in tight on a subject, but they often are not the lightest lenses to carry around. Canon's new compact and lightweight EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens will help lighten the load of professional and advanced amateur photographers. At only 4.6 lbs., it is roughly half the weight of the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. The new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens features newly developed gapless dual-layered diffractive optical (DO) elements that help improve optical performance while maintaining virtually the same size and weight as its predecessor. The DO element in the new lens is optimally positioned deeper within the optical formula than in the original EF 400mm DO lens to help reduce flare around backlit subjects. Other optical improvements include the use of a large-diameter ground and polished aspherical element and a UD glass element that work together with the DO elements for thorough correction of spherical, chromatic and other optical aberrations. Canon's original SWC (Sub Wavelength Structure) lens coating is also used internally to help improve resistance to flare. Fluorine coating is applied to the front and rear lens elements to repel dust and make lens cleaning easy. A nine blade curved diaphragm is also incorporated to help produce smooth, natural-looking bokeh in areas outside the depth of field surrounding the main subject.


The new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens features Canon's Optical Image Stabilization with up to four shutter speed steps of correction**. In addition there are three IS modes - standard, panning and during exposure only - that help to provide superb results in a variety of shooting situations. For greater convenience, the Image Stabilizer does not have to be disabled when shooting with a tripod. Four programmable buttons on the front of the lens allow photographers to customize lens and camera operation to fit their unique shooting style, or simply pause autofocus (AF) adjustment at any point to hold focus on a subject in a busy scene. Even in AF mode, full-time manual focus can be employed at any time. The lens also features a Power Focus mode for smooth focus "pulls" ideal for filmmaking. For those mobile shooters and documentarians truly "on-the-go", the lens is also highly resistant to dust and water for durability and reliability when shooting in even the harshest conditions.



Friday, September 19, 2014

HDR: How to Shoot and Process High Dynamic Range

HDR: How to Shoot and Process High Dynamic Range

Lisa Cuchara offering a class on HDR as part of a nationwide educational event by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Sign up here: http://www.ppa.com/edu/content.cfm?ItemNumber=5589#ct01


Hamden, CT—Many people have an interest in photography, but how many actually have the skills and knowledge to become a professional? On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Lisa Cuchara of BREA Photos in Hamden will be sharing her expertise as a professional photographer, helping you learn how to shoot and prcoess HDR (High dynamic range). Sign up here: http://www.ppa.com/edu/content.cfm?ItemNumber=5589#ct01

Lisa Cuchara's class, HDR, is part of a nationwide educational event by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Called Super 1 Day, these classes occur during a two-week period and have been a huge success each year. Known for individual and focused attention, Super 1 Day features educational classes on diverse topics around the country, hosted by professional photographers.

Step into the world of HDR and discover the techniques you need to create incredible images! Lisa starts with some basics in camera set-up and what you need to capture the highlights and shadows of a scene. Discuss what you need, in-camera, and learn how to tone map and process high dynamic range images. You’ll explore both stylized and natural post processing, as well as selective HDR. This is your chance to get  in-depth with HDR and unlock its potential!

Discover more about Lisa Cuchara's Super 1 Day class at ppa.com/super1day.


Lisa Cuchara, PhD, MNEC, is very passionate about photography, both behind the lens and in the digital darkroom. She and her husband teach photography a variety of image capture and post-processing workshops and seminars, in the classroom and in the field. They have been photographing professionally for over 15 years and have their own Photography Studio in Hamden, CT.  Find out more about them, their classes and workshops and view their photographs here: www.BREAphotos.com

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a worldwide association, exists to assist more than 26,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information, visit ppa.com/super1day.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

40% off all French Kiss Textures Sept 20-23

I love, love, love French Kiss Textures and even more so when they are on sale :-)

40% off all French Kiss Textures Sept 20-23

The sale starts next week!!
Mark Your Calendars
Next Saturday
September 20th
Fall Sale
Everything 40% Off
Through September 23





    













PPANE NEWS Gerry Ghionis How to Wow Tour

PPANE NEWS Gerry Ghionis How to Wow Tour

HOW to WOW Tour with Gerry Ghionis
Thursday September 25, 2014
Peabody, MA


PPANE Members Save $20 promo code: HTWPPANE

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

photograph at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum (NJ)

Come photograph at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum (NJ)
Sept 20th HDR and Macro at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum (NJ)
    • http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/171512862/
    • This Farmstead museum is chock full of things: kitchen, a general store, farm equipment, a barber shop, dentist and doctor paraphernalia, you name it. It has all of the details for macro and is perfect for HDR. We will meet at 9am and we have the entire place to ourselves, with tripods, for six and a half hours (previous sessions were only 3.5 hours). You are not registered for this event until we receive your payment. We will have the entire place to ourselves (no public), with tripods!



Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm

Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm

Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm (a historic a zoo in Catskill, New York) 
Sept 21 2014 (10:30-3). Email me or sign up here 
http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/204060482




Monday, September 15, 2014

classes and photo tours

Contact: BREAphotos@comcast.net for more information
Email us if you do not want to sign up with Meetup and we can arrange alternative payment. 

  • Sept 20th HDR and Macro at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum (NJ)
    • http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/171512862/
    • This Farmstead museum is chock full of things: kitchen, a general store, farm equipment, a barber shop, dentist and doctor paraphernalia, you name it. It has all of the details for macro and is perfect for HDR. We will meet at 9am and we have the entire place to ourselves, with tripods, for six and a half hours (previous sessions were only 3.5 hours). You are not registered for this event until we receive your payment. We will have the entire place to ourselves (no public), with tripods!
  • Sept 21st Photograph at the old Catskill Game Farm 
    • http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/204060482/
    • Catskill Game Farm was a zoo in Catskill, New York, U.S.A.. It closed permanently on Columbus Day 2006 after 73 years of operation. The Game Farm is still closed today." but we will be able to walk the grounds, go into the cages, walk into the Giraffe house, the Rhino house, Kodak film selling yellow stores, see the mini-golf - great place for a photo shoot, a snapshot into the past of this historic landmark. 
  • Oct 21st Night photography and light painting at the Trolley Museum 
    • We have the place all to ourselves, small group (as usual). (Branford CT)
    • http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/198441382/
    • Photograph inside the closed Victory Theatre in Holyoke (MA)
      • http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/events/206172142/
      • "The Victory Theatre (in stone on building, spelled "re") is a theater in Holyoke, Massachusetts. It was built in 1920 by the Goldstein Brothers Amusement Company. The architecture is in the Art Deco style and is considered the last of its type between Boston and Albany. The theater closed in 1979 and has sat derelict since then. However the Holyoke City Council, owners of the theater, have agreed to hand ownership of the theater to the non-profit Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts. The group hopes to restore and open the theater to performances in 2016."
    We have also been holding a bunch of one-on-one photo tours and post-processing workshops. Contact us if you are interested. breaphotos@comcast.net

    Other upcoming workshops and classes
    • HDR, HDR capture, and how to set up your camera to take HDR images
    • HDR processing 
    • Textures and how to apply them
    • ACR (Adobe Camera RAW) post processing 
    • Layers and Masks
    • Get a new headshot 
    • HiJinx
    • Posing
    • Taking better family photographs
    • Taking better Holiday photographs
    • Night Holiday Lights Hubbard Park CT
    • Night Holiday Lights Longwood Gardens PA
    • HiJinx - setups galore (2015)
    • Post Processing Intensive Weekend (2015)
    • HDR and Light Painting at Carrie Steel Furnace (2015)
    • HDR at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (2015)
    • HDR and Macro at the Waterside Woolen Mill (2015)
    You can see what we are offering here: http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/ Sign up today (free) to get notified of new workshops are they are posted... 

    Highlights: 
    • Textures Workshop (flower setups, photograph textures, learn texture post-processing)
    • Night photography 
      • at Sleepy Hollow and Woodlawn Cemeteries
      • at Longwood Gardens
      • at Trolley Museum
      • at local parks, beaches and piers
    • HDR (and Macro) at Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum (with tripods)
    • Morovian Tile Factory (with tripods)
    • HDR  (with tripods) at Grand Central Terminal
    • HDR and Architecture inside at Gillette Castle (with tripods)
    • HDR and Architecture at the various theaters (Warner, Palace, Bushnell, Landsdowne Theater, Victory, Sterling Opera House, etc.) (with tripods)
    • Models and Architecture at the Morovian Tile Factor
    • Models at Grand Central Terminal 
    • Photo Hi-Jinx (photo setup) Workshop
    • Macro Workshops at various locations
    • Classes on using your Camera, Exposure, Manual, HDR photography, etc.
    • Classes on post-processing (emphasis on layers and masks) 
    • Classes on post-processing using plugins in Photoshop and Lightroom
    • Classes on post-processing using Lightroom (emphasis on the Library & Develop modules)
    • Project Nights -- come and work on a HDR or other photography project. We all have lots of images in our computer, these project nights are designed to get your photographs processed and for you to learn a particular post-processing skill you want to learn.


    Contact                                          BREAphotos@comcast.net for more information.
    Website:                                        http://www.BREAphotos.com
    Classes and workshops:           http://www.meetup.com/Image-Enhancement/

    NEW - The Highly Anticipated Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

    Fuel Your Creative Passion With The Highly Anticipated Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

    New EOS 7D Mark II Camera Provides Captivating Creative Power at an Affordable Price



    MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2014 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, incorporating professional features and quality in an affordable DSLR. Building upon the proven success of the EOS 7D camera, this new EOS model features a range of "EOS firsts" such as Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors for superb image quality and rapid burst shooting up to 10 frames per second (fps), as well as Canon's first 65-Point* All Cross Type autofocus (AF) system for compositional freedom and accurate, spot-on fast focus. Great for shooting indoor activities such as sporting events, concerts, or weddings, the camera's impressive low-light shooting capabilities along with its up-to-10 fps high-speed shooting can capture a fast-break basketball dunk, a band's encore performance, a bird in flight or wildlife in exceptional quality. In addition, the EOS 7D Mark II is the second EOS DSLR camera to incorporate Canon's innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF system for rapid and precise focusing of video as well as still images.



    "With more processing power than any other EOS camera available today, the highly anticipated EOS 7D Mark II camera has everything serious photographers have come to expect from Canon's DSLRs and more," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And, recognizing that for some, creative expression may expand beyond still photography, we continue to support these creative passions by offering new and innovative Full HD video capabilities, such as second generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology in the EOS 7D Mark II camera as well."

    Outstanding Performance
    Within the camera's durable magnesium alloy body resides a newly developed 20.2 megapixel APS-C Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors, safeguarded by enhanced dust and weather resistance to protect the camera. Ideal for shooting in challenging lighting conditions ranging from indoor sports to dimly lit weddings, the camera features a standard ISO range of 100-16000 for both still and video (expandable to ISO 51,600). A new 65-point* All Cross-Type AF system with EV -3 sensitivity at the center point helps deliver sharp focus for still photos even in extreme low-light conditions on subjects with limited visible detail. The EOS 7D Mark II camera also features an enhanced version of Canon's EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF, originally introduced with the EOS-1D X DSLR camera, enabling the camera to recognize subjects based on face and color detection utilizing the new AE system, and can track subjects using all 65 AF points.

    The camera's improved EOS Scene Detection system features a new 150,000-pixel RGB+IR 252-zone metering sensor for enhanced precision. The wide-area 65-point AF array combined with EOS iTR and adjustable high-speed continuous burst shooting up to 10 fps enables the easy tracking and capturing of fast moving subjects virtually anywhere in the frame such as birds in flight or running backs eluding a tackle. A new and innovative AF Area Selection Lever nestled around the multi-controller on the back of the camera makes it easier than ever for photographers to switch between the seven supplied AF Point Selection modes without removing their eye from the viewfinder.

    At 10 fps, the camera's buffer capacity can consecutively capture up to 31 RAW images or 1,090 Large Fine JPEGsi. Built to last, the camera also features a shutter durability rating up to 200,000 cycles, approximately thirty three percent more than the original EOS 7D camera. A newly developed mirror mechanism uses motorized control to help reduce impact and enhance camera performance during high-speed continuous shooting. In addition to adjustable high- and low-speed continuous shooting modes, single-frame shooting and two self-timer settings, the EOS 7D Mark II camera also features silent drive modes for single frame and continuous shooting. The silent settings support discreet camera operation in quiet locations.

    The EOS 7D Mark II camera's advanced AE system can detect and compensate for flickering light sources such as sodium vapor lamps that are often used in gymnasiums and indoor swimming pools. When enabled, this system automatically adjusts shutter release timing to help reduce disparities in exposure and color especially during continuous shooting.

    Innovative AF Technology
    The EOS 7D Mark II camera features the next generation of Canon's exclusive Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology, originally introduced with the EOS 70D DSLR camera. New DAF features include user-selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF Speedii and Movie Servo AF Tracking Sensitivity. Additionally, overall focusing speed, face detection performance, and performance in low light and with low-contrast subjects have been improved over previous Canon models. Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs proprietary Canon sensor technology in which effective pixels are able to perform both imaging and phase-detection focus measurement simultaneously to achieve dramatically improved AF performance in both video and Live View still imaging modes.

    With Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and customizable Movie Servo AF, the camera provides continuous phase-detection AF during video recording for quick and accurate focus tracking of moving subjects over approximately eighty of the image area measured horizontally and vertically. DAF focusing modes include Face Detection with Tracking, FlexiZone Multi with 31 AF zones, and FlexiZone Single that allows users to position a focusing frame on the camera's LCD screen. Canon's DAF supports over 100iii models of Canon EF lenses (including many earlier models), providing a wide array of options for photographers to explore.

    Expanding Creativity
    The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides a wealth of creative controls building on the features and functions of the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X professional digital cameras. The new camera's AI Servo AF III autofocusing algorithm is similar to that of the EOS-1D X camera in that tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching) can be easily customized for specific shooting situations, using the same type of AF Configuration Menu. This capability makes it easy for EOS 7D Mark II camera users to match AI Servo AF settings when used together with EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III cameras, while also providing a high level of performance at an affordable price point.

    The EOS 7D Mark II camera also offers the same level of High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Multiple Exposure (ME) functionality that was originally featured in the EOS 5D Mark III camera. The HDR mode includes five HDR shooting functions and allows users to save all source images in addition to the composited HDR image. Similarly, Multiple Exposure mode provides four compositing methods and also allows users to save individual source images.

    Photographers and cinematographers will appreciate improved custom controls including a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer, also EOS DSLR firsts, to enable the capture of time-lapse images and long- exposure images. These features are ideal for recording fireworks, star trails, sunrises and more.

    In addition to optional settings for Peripheral Illumination Correction and Chromatic Aberration Correction, found in other current high-end EOS models, the EOS 7D Mark II camera, for the first time, adds Distortion Correction that operates with most EF and EF-S lenses to improve image quality even further while recording video and in-camera JPEGs. The My Menu feature has also been improved with the ability to store more user-selected settings in five additional tabs.

    A new and improved Intelligent Viewfinder provides approximately one hundred percent field of view, while adding the ability to superimpose a customizable selection of camera settings data such as dual-mode electronic level display, grid, exposure mode, white balance mode and AF mode. A bright, three-inch Clear View II LCD monitor (approximately 1,040,000 dots) on the back of the camera displays information and menus clearly even in bright sunlight. The EOS 7D Mark II camera is compatible with interchangeable focusing screens including the standard Eh-A as well as the optional Eh-S Super Precision Matte for use during manual focusing with large aperture lenses.

    A built-in GPSiv Receiver provides a digital compass and can record location information including longitude, latitude, elevation, camera direction and universal coordinated time (UTC) as EXIF data for geotagging both images and movie files in real time. The built-in pop-up flash is convenient for many applications and can also act as an optical controller with compatible off-camera EX-series Speedlites for enhanced pro-quality lighting effects.

    The EOS 7D Mark II camera features dual card slots for SD/SDHC/SDXC and CF memory cards, including Ultra High Speed (UHS-1) SD cards. Data transfer speeds from the camera to a personal computer are enhanced with the addition of a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port.

    Stunning Movie Capability
    The EOS 7D Mark II camera offers users the ability to shoot in 1080p Full HD or 720p HD video up to 60p enabling slow-motion capture at full resolution in either ALL-I or IPB codecs with optional embedded time code, exceeding the specifications of other current EOS cameras. Users can also choose between .MOV and .MP4 recording formats for maximum flexibility. The EOS 7D Mark II camera's mini HDMI port can be used to record uncompressed Full HD video to external recorders.

    Canon's Stepping Motor (STM) lenses, such as the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, significantly reduce focus motor noise, letting the EOS 7D Mark II camera's built-in microphone capture clear audio of the scene being shot without picking up unwanted noise from the lens. The EOS 7 D Mark II camera also features a stereo microphone port and outputs stereo audio via the camera's mini-HDMI port. The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is equipped with a headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring, as well as a silent control feature that allows users to adjust audio levels during recordings. Other built-in ports include a PC socket for external flash units and an N3 socket for dedicated Canon wired remote control accessoriesv. A cable protector is provided to maximize safety when using the USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI ports.

    Availability
    The EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2014 for an estimated retail price of $1,799.00 for the body only and $2,149.00 bundled with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. It will utilize a new LP-E6N lithium ion battery pack with increased storage capacity. The LP-E6N is fully compatible with the LC-E6 battery charger, which will be supplied as a standard item in all EOS 7D Mark II body only and zoom lens kits. Also scheduled to be available are the new optional Battery Grip BG-E16 and optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A Version 2, with shipping dates and estimated retail pricing to be announced at a later date. Both the EOS 7D Mark II camera and Battery Grip BG-E16 are backwards-compatible to the current LP-E6 lithium ion battery pack.

    For more information about the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the full list of product specifications and compatible lenses, visit www.usa.canon.com/eos.




    About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2013† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

    Canon - Three New Lenses

    Canon U.S.A. Celebrates 75 Years Of Optics Heritage With The Addition Of Three New Lenses

    New Lenses Enable Photographers of All Levels to Create Stunning Images

    MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2014 - Following on the heels of its milestone of 100 million EF lenses produced worldwide*, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce three new lenses adding to it's rich history of developing and delivering outstanding optics to all types of photographers, cinematographers, online content creators and image makers from budding amateurs to the most seasoned professionals. The three new lenses include two EF series lenses - the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens and the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens, as well as one EF-S series lens - the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM wide-angle pancake lens. These new lenses will also be the latest addition to Canon's GlassFirst.com online resource, helping image makers explore the Company's vast EF lens portfolio.

    "Canon's heritage is rich with over 75 years of optical innovation. Our engineers are dedicated to delivering high-quality optics for everyone from the amateur photographer to directors of photography on Hollywood movie sets," said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "And having reached a milestone of 100 million lenses produced earlier this year, Canon launched in celebration its 'Glass First' campaign to assist image makers in realizing the artistic potential offered by our various lenses. These new lenses will fit in well with the ever growing family of Canon optics."

    EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM - The Portable Super Telephoto Lens
    Super telephoto lenses are essential whether on a safari or the sidelines to bring the image in tight on a subject, but they often are not the lightest lenses to carry around. Canon's new compact and lightweight EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM super telephoto lens will help lighten the load of professional and advanced amateur photographers. At only 4.6 lbs., it is roughly half the weight of the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens. The new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens features newly developed gapless dual-layered diffractive optical (DO) elements that help improve optical performance while maintaining virtually the same size and weight as its predecessor. The DO element in the new lens is optimally positioned deeper within the optical formula than in the original EF 400mm DO lens to help reduce flare around backlit subjects. Other optical improvements include the use of a large-diameter ground and polished aspherical element and a UD glass element that work together with the DO elements for thorough correction of spherical, chromatic and other optical aberrations. Canon's original SWC (Sub Wavelength Structure) lens coating is also used internally to help improve resistance to flare. Fluorine coating is applied to the front and rear lens elements to repel dust and make lens cleaning easy. A nine blade curved diaphragm is also incorporated to help produce smooth, natural-looking bokeh in areas outside the depth of field surrounding the main subject.


    The new EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens features Canon's Optical Image Stabilization with up to four shutter speed steps of correction**. In addition there are three IS modes - standard, panning and during exposure only - that help to provide superb results in a variety of shooting situations. For greater convenience, the Image Stabilizer does not have to be disabled when shooting with a tripod. Four programmable buttons on the front of the lens allow photographers to customize lens and camera operation to fit their unique shooting style, or simply pause autofocus (AF) adjustment at any point to hold focus on a subject in a busy scene. Even in AF mode, full-time manual focus can be employed at any time. The lens also features a Power Focus mode for smooth focus "pulls" ideal for filmmaking. For those mobile shooters and documentarians truly "on-the-go", the lens is also highly resistant to dust and water for durability and reliability when shooting in even the harshest conditions.



    EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM - Smooth Quiet Focus in a Versatile Lens
    The new EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the first EF-series zoom lens for full-frame sensor cameras to include a lead screw-type stepping motor (STM) that provides virtually silent AF while shooting video. The 24-105mm is one of the most versatile focal range options in the EF lineup as it can be used as a wide-angle lens while out on the town as well as a portrait-length zoom when trying to get closer to your subjects.

    The Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction,** while two aspheric lenses plus a UD lens combine to provide high-quality results for both still images and video. New to the EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is a seven group zoom optical formula that enables a conveniently compact design while maintaining high-quality optical performance. The lens' lightweight inner focusing system, high-speed CPU, and improved AF algorithm enables high-speed AF. In addition, the seven bladed circular aperture combined with the optimized lens placement and coatings delivers beautiful, soft bokeh, and exceptional color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare. The new EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens provides a lighter and more affordable option with STM focus capabilities to Canon's popular EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.



    EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM - The Slim, Compact Lens That Stacks Up to the Competition
    The affordable EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens is the slimmest and lightest Canon EF-S lens ever produced. This compact, lightweight wide-angle "pancake" style lens features STM technology and was developed for photographers and videographers who are aiming to capture bright, clear images with beautiful softly blurred backgrounds at a fixed focal length. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens features an aspheric lens element and the optimized lens arrangement and coating helps to minimize ghosting and flare while delivering excellent image quality. The seven bladed aperture delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds, while the Electro-Magnetic Drive aperture mechanism uses a micro-stepping driver control for quieter operation, especially useful when shooting video.



    It All Begins With the Glass
    Canon's heritage of producing outstanding optics dates back over 75 years, and the company's current EF line of lenses is over 100 lenses strong and counting. To help educate consumers, Canon's GlassFirst.com online resource was launched in June 2014 to inspire visitors to grow creatively and expand their photographic tools. The site aims to educate visitors on the power and differences between various lenses, including macro, zoom, telephoto, prime, wide-angle, STM, tilt-shift and fisheye, using informative videos and sample images showing the results that can be created by using each lens. To learn more about Canon's rich optics heritage or for more information about Canon's optics please visit either explore-lenses.usa.canon.com or glassfirst.usa.canon.com.

    Pricing and Availability
    The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM are both scheduled to be available in November for estimated retail prices of $6,899.00 and $149.99 respectively. The EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is scheduled to be available in December for an estimated retail price of $599.99. For additional information please visit usa.canon.com/consumer

    In addition to these new announcements, Canon U.S.A. is proud to announce newly reduced prices on a range of EF and EF-S lenses in honor of reaching the EF Lenses 100 Millionth Milestone. For additional information please visit: www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/lens_prices

    About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
    Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2013† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014. In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers' Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the tenth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past three years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact pr@cusa.canon.com.

    September Program ~ CRAIG LAMERE ~ September 22nd

    Get ready to enjoy...
    SEPTEMBER 2014


    September Program ~ CRAIG LAMERE
    ~ September 22nd ~ Hartford/Windsor Marriott Hotel, 28 Day Hill Rd, Windsor, CT


    Sign up now to see Craig entertain and educate you for the WHOLE DAY with a mix of FASHION driven portraiture, LIGHTING patterns, and his post processing WORKFLOW that makes his life a whole lot easier!

    Come meet CRAIG LAMERE!

    "My name is Craig LaMere, I am a professional Portrait photographer from Pocatello, Idaho. I was a 39 year old commercial insurance agent making a great living but was sooooo unfulfilled as a person. I literally hated what I was doing with my life. As luck would have it Costco opened in my little town and I purchased a Canon Rebel as a creative outlet to my insurance life. To understand what buying that camera was to me, I would liken it to a person going into a convenience store, on a whim, buying a lottery ticket and winning the whole pot! Life Changer. As dumb or cliche as it might sound, when I picked up that camera I knew what i was supposed to do with my life. I was placed here to be a photographer. I feel so lucky and blessed that it and me crossed paths at the right time and as they say the rest is history!

    I’m a pretty technical shooter and my shooting style is very light pattern driven. I feel if, you can master the fundamentals of lighting and the base lighting patterns, you will be able to create any image you want. I know we are in the greatest industry on planet earth and we are so lucky and blessed to do what we do.

    My personal philosophy on life:
    I believe the most important things in life are your family and friends. I believe that you should follow your dreams. I believe hard work does pay off. I believe you should be kind to others. I believe you should enjoy your life. I believe in my photography mission: Show my clients a great time and create the absolute highest quality art they will love."

    Check out Seshu Photography's CTPPA sanctioned interview with Crag LaMere here:  http://tiffinbox.org/craig-lamere-coming-connecticut/

    An additional workshop is being offered after the all-day seminar for an additional cost of $100.00 for CTPPA members and $250.00 for non-members.  This workshop is limited to 15-20 people.  Craig will work 1-on-1 with the member of this workshop to enforce the material that he taught during the day. There will be several shooting bays with models for the hands on experience.  
    We will also be raffling off a chance for six attendees to have lunch with Craig.  
    Craig is sponsored by White House Custom Colour and will also be bringing lots of giveaways!
    • Includes, PPA, WPPI, PPANE, Other State PPA Affiliates.
    • Workshop from 6:30-10:pm
    • Not affiliated with any other professional association.
    • Hands On Workshop from 6:30pm to 10:00 pm
    • June 25, 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Crowne Plaza Hartford - Cromwell @ 100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416

    Registration

    • A Guest of CTPPA who belongs to no other professional photography association
    • A Guest of CTPPA who belongs to another state PPA or professional photography association.
     

    Join us at the Hartford/Windsor Marriott Hotel, 28 Day Hill Road, Windsor, CT.   

    Please register at www.ctppa.com

    For any questions regarding registration, email registration@ctppa.com
    For any questions regarding the program, email programs@ctppa.com

     
    DON'T MISS OUT ON SPENDING A DAY WITH PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY'S HOTTEST PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE CIRCUIT!

    Join Us!

     

    Sunday, September 14, 2014

    Autumn Photography and Creativity in Lightroom Workshop

    Autumn Photography and Creativity in Lightroom Workshop

    Shape the fall colors and characters of Maine using Adobe Lightroom to reach your creative vision.

    This workshop is perfect for emerging and experienced photographers who are driven to make better photographs. Our week is a marriage of guided fall color shooting in classically beautiful coastal Maine, and learning the best of Adobe Lightroom. Through presentations, demos, reviews and patient coaching, students immerse themselves into an exciting week of inspired play, practice and deep learning. On shooting trips to record the light and textures of mid-coastal Maine, David shares many tools, options and favorite techniques for capturing each subject in the changing light we encounter. Returning to the digital lab with fresh images and excitement, participants learn how to convert, edit and organize captures, and expertly control qualities of color, lighting, sharpness, sensor noise, distortion, toning, B+W conversions and even creating slideshows, web galleries and books.


    Our lab is fully-equipped with fast computers, scanning, printing and a ton of loaner gear from Canon, Nikon and Zeiss. No prior experience in Lightroom is required. An appetite for lobsters and laughs is recommended.

    david julian : photographer, illustrator & educator
    cell:  206-364-9077
    web:  DavidJulian.comlearn: Photography,Travel, Photoshop & Lightroom workshopsread:  Publications in arts magazinesblog: "Notes From a Creative Soul"

    Autumn Photography and Creativity in Lightroom at Maine Media WorkshopsOne Week: October 12 – 18, 2014, in picturesque mid-coast Maine
    Workshop Fee: $1,195

    This workshop is perfect for emerging and experienced photographers who are driven to make better photographs. Our week is a marriage of guided fall color shooting in classically beautiful Maine, and learning the best of Adobe Lightroom. Through presentations, demos, reviews and patient coaching, students immerse themselves into an exciting week of inspired play, practice and deep learning. On shooting trips to record the light and textures of mid-coastal Maine, David shares many tools, options and favorite techniques for capturing each subject in the changing light we encounter. Returning to the digital lab with fresh images and excitement, participants learn how to convert, edit and organize captures, and expertly control qualities of color, lighting, sharpness, noise and distortion, precise split-toning and artful B+W conversions…
    Please read full description here

    The Tough Mudder Challenge Meetup event on Sunday Oct. 12th

    If you like sports photography, people photography, street photography and getting great action shots, don't miss the opportunity to participate in The Tough Mudder Challenge Meetup event on Sunday Oct. 12th.
    https://toughmudder.com/events/2014-tri-state

    The "Tough Mudder" competition is the premier obstacle course series in the world. It is a blend of the Iron Man Thriathlon, Marine Boot Camp and a mud wrestling event. It's cruel and tests the strength, endurance and character of the participants. Join us to photograph the "Agony and Ecstasy" of this ultimate competition.

    The course covers 10 - 12 miles with 20 - 25 obstacles. "Tough Mudder" events are hardcore obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. "Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world.

    The "Big Mudder" likes to keep the course details a mystery until two weeks before the event in order to keep everyone on their toes. There will be a hefty dose of mud, ice, fire, and electric shocks to test whether or not competitors are tough enough to earn the coveted orange head band and an ice cold Dos Equis at the finish line. Average completion time of a course is typically 3 - 4 hours.

    You can check out the obstacles at the following link:

    http://toughmudder.com/obstacles/

    Event Overview
    Home to one of the country’s fastest drag racing tracks, Raceway Park is no stranger to speed. An adrenaline junkie’s playground, this course features some of America’s grittiest terrain, highest climbs and deepest mud pits. Having turned Raceway Park into a marvel of Mudder mayhem before, just wait ‘til you see what we have in store for 2014.
    Event Location
    RACEWAY PARK
    230 Pension Road
    Englishtown, NJ 07726
    United States