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12/15/2015 10:49:54 AM · #226
Originally posted by tanguera:

Originally posted by Neil:

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport for PC or Mac for $49 + free shipping

Good deal for a very useful tool. (I have one.)


I've always wondered about these. I can see how it would be useful for bulk-type shoots where you have hundreds of images. But I don't shoot that sort of stuff...


If you use Lightroom, you can create a camera profile for each of your cameras using this. Then you use that instead of the Adobe Standard in camera settings, and your results will be much better. You don't have to create a profile everytime, but in tricky lighting, it can be handy. That may also work in PS's RAW converter as well, but I use LR for RAW files.

If you photograph it in your target lighting, it can also be used to warm/cool or otherwise adjust the colors from a shoot. However, I mainly use the profile it creates for each of my cameras.

X-Rite has a tutorial on it...it's free but they require an email address/login.

12/15/2015 11:37:33 AM · #227
Hmmm, LR already has a camera profile for me.... As I said, I know a lot of folks swear by these, but I have yet to run into a situation where I felt my current software couldn't handle my needs. Could be I'm just too ignorant ;)
12/15/2015 01:21:14 PM · #228
Originally posted by tanguera:

Hmmm, LR already has a camera profile for me.... As I said, I know a lot of folks swear by these, but I have yet to run into a situation where I felt my current software couldn't handle my needs. Could be I'm just too ignorant ;)


Horses for courses, I say. If you were doing product photography for clothing, for instance, you would probably feel differently. For myself, that kind of color accuracy is not at all a requirement. It's more about what I feel represents the scene. Sounds like it is much the same for you.
12/15/2015 01:29:34 PM · #229
Originally posted by tanguera:

... I have yet to run into a situation where I felt my current software couldn't handle my needs.

"If it ain't broke ..."
12/15/2015 01:59:13 PM · #230
Yup. I think that's the case. I just wasn't sure if I was missing something. I can definitely see it's application in product/catalog photography
12/18/2015 03:37:57 PM · #231
I was looking at Amazon deal of the day (need a small gift for gift exchange on N.Y.E.):

This peaked my interest...could it be a good mirrorless camera at greatly discounted price?


Mystery Digital Camera and Accessories


Guess what it is?

Ah, spoiler in the user comments on Amazon...they at least seem pretty sure they know what it is.

Message edited by author 2015-12-18 15:41:53.
12/20/2015 07:23:15 AM · #232
Not necessarily just photo related, but if you've been thinking of getting a Mac, B&H Deal Zone deal today is a 27" iMac for $1299.

//www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp?utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=DealZone&utm_source=bhphotovideo%20151220&utm_content=Retail&utm_term=apple%20imac%2027-inch%20desktop%20computer
12/21/2015 08:15:21 AM · #233
for cancukleheads especially:

//www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/sony-sony-32gb-94mb-s-sdhc-memory-card-sf32ux2-tq/10389979.aspx?cmp=fly-15BBdec18-10389979-WDH
32gb Sony Class10 (94mb/s write speed) memory card, reg $89 on for $29.

***
also available in 64gb version for $50 (down from $130)
link here

Message edited by author 2015-12-21 08:25:55.
12/23/2015 03:24:20 PM · #234
A Holiday Gift From Craft&Vision ... expires tomorrow night.
01/14/2016 10:34:53 AM · #235
For those who do not have Canon 6D, I think this would help to do remote shutter from your cell phone!

Bluetooth ShutterBoss

Message edited by author 2016-01-14 10:35:08.
02/16/2016 01:46:25 AM · #236
I think this ends in a few hours, since it says good for the 15th:

//hip2save.com/2016/02/15/amazon-70-off-pny-memory-cards-flash-drives-more-prices-as-low-as-6-39/

I just ordered a 64GB card for $18 + tax (free ship)

"""
Today only, Amazon is offering up to 70% off select PNY memory products including select PNY microSD cards, SD cards and Flash drives prices start as low as $6.39! Shipping is free with a $35 order or get free 2-day Shipping with Amazon Prime.
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Message edited by author 2016-02-16 01:46:58.
02/28/2016 10:51:51 AM · #237
Hiking on rough terrain? Want to be able to move around without the camera swinging?

This is a great deal. I paid about 3 times this for this kit. Downside: You will look weird with it on. But it works well.

Cotton Carrier with side holster: $69.95 deal of the day, today only!

//www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp?utm_medium=Email%201607245&utm_campaign=DealZone&utm_source=BH%20160228&utm_content=Retail&utm_term=cotton-carrier-camera-vest-with-side-holster

Message edited by author 2016-02-28 10:52:02.
02/28/2016 02:17:53 PM · #238
sold out. looks great.
03/10/2016 01:14:26 AM · #239
Looks like a good travel tripod deal! Get yours quick...they will sell out (given I think Benro is a top brand):

//www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp?utm_medium=Email%201608604&utm_campaign=DealZone&utm_source=BH%20160310&utm_content=Retail&utm_term=benro-travel-flat-series-tripods

Benro Travel Flat Series 1 & 2 Tripods

Today's Deal

Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with IN0 Ball Head:
You Pay: $89.95
(reg $199.95) Save $110.00
Series 2 Aluminum Tripod with IN1 Ball Head:
You Pay: $99.95
(reg $249.95) Save $150.00
Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod with IB0 Ball Head:
You Pay: $149.95
(reg $329.95) Save $180.00
Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with IB1 Ball Head:
You Pay: $169.95
(reg $389.95) Save $220.00
03/10/2016 08:08:56 AM · #240
Originally posted by Neil:

Looks like a good travel tripod deal! Get yours quick...they will sell out (given I think Benro is a top brand):

//www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp?utm_medium=Email%201608604&utm_campaign=DealZone&utm_source=BH%20160310&utm_content=Retail&utm_term=benro-travel-flat-series-tripods

Benro Travel Flat Series 1 & 2 Tripods

Today's Deal

Series 1 Aluminum Tripod with IN0 Ball Head:
You Pay: $89.95
(reg $199.95) Save $110.00
Series 2 Aluminum Tripod with IN1 Ball Head:
You Pay: $99.95
(reg $249.95) Save $150.00
Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod with IB0 Ball Head:
You Pay: $149.95
(reg $329.95) Save $180.00
Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with IB1 Ball Head:
You Pay: $169.95
(reg $389.95) Save $220.00


Great heads up. The Series 2 are the Benro equivalent of the MeFoto Roadtrip that I use all the time. It's an excellent tripod and I may just pick up the Carbon Fiber equivalent and stick the regular in the back of my car so I don't have to think about tossing one in when I go out.

Thanks Neil!!
03/10/2016 09:38:06 AM · #241
It's a very decent travel tripod. We have one of the 13.2 lb models, the smaller one. My only beef is that it's a bit of a chore to unscrew and reset 12 different leg locks plus a column lock each time you set it up. Flip locks are much easier. But then again, that's what makes it a "travel" tripod; the ability to be small :-)
03/10/2016 10:57:41 AM · #242
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

It's a very decent travel tripod. We have one of the 13.2 lb models, the smaller one. My only beef is that it's a bit of a chore to unscrew and reset 12 different leg locks plus a column lock each time you set it up. Flip locks are much easier. But then again, that's what makes it a "travel" tripod; the ability to be small :-)


Yeah, there is that. ;)
03/28/2016 11:27:18 AM · #243
Today's deal may be of interest.

Photoshop elements 14 for $44.95.

Box or download.

B&H Here: //www.bhphotovideo.com/find/dealZone.jsp?utm_medium=Email%201610451&utm_campaign=DealZone&utm_source=BH%20160328&utm_content=Retail&utm_term=Adobe-Photoshop-Elements-14
04/02/2016 07:30:16 PM · #244
Woot has a Lowepro camera backpack up today for $59.99. Haven't researched to see how good a deal it is.

Lowepro Backpack
04/02/2016 10:24:12 PM · #245
Originally posted by Nobody:

Woot has a Lowepro camera backpack up today for $59.99. Haven't researched to see how good a deal it is.

Lowepro Backpack

LowePro sells 'em for roughly $160.00... B&H has 'em discounted to $74.95 (from 149,95) at the moment. So it's a good deal. BUT it's not really a camera pack; it's designed for sport backpacking, with a compartment to hold a DSLR with a kit-size lens mounted; the rest of it is devoted to backpacking (or daypacking) needs...
06/11/2016 02:48:54 PM · #246
Giveaway of the day has standalone/plugin focus stacking software today for free.

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/focus-projects-pro-2-winmac/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+giveawayoftheday%2Ffeed+%28Giveaway+of+the+Day%29#

I haven't tried it and compared it to PS CC's focus stacking, but it does appear to support a lot of options. Works stand-alone or as a plugin. For free, today only, worth a try if you do a lot of focus stacking!
06/11/2016 09:02:26 PM · #247
Originally posted by Neil:

Giveaway of the day has standalone/plugin focus stacking software today for free.

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/focus-projects-pro-2-winmac/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+giveawayoftheday%2Ffeed+%28Giveaway+of+the+Day%29#

I haven't tried it and compared it to PS CC's focus stacking, but it does appear to support a lot of options. Works stand-alone or as a plugin. For free, today only, worth a try if you do a lot of focus stacking!

Well, I grabbed it and installed it. I'll try it soon...

ETA: Extraordinary! Who knew how lacking PS was in that regard? I guess those of you who already have dedicated software for the job... Anyway, the alignment is much better, there's a tremendous amount of customization possible, effects you can dial in, all sorts of stuff. Great software so far! I did a quick remerge of this 6-image PS merge, and there were NO visible flaws to correct. There was a lot of pasting and cloning to clean up the PS one you see here.

' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/2000-2999/2254/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1177974.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/2000-2999/2254/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1177974.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

I'm not posting the new one because I haven't really worked on the image processing, I was playing with variables...

Message edited by author 2016-06-11 21:30:22.
06/11/2016 09:44:39 PM · #248
DXO

The webpage linked is in German.

Google translate:

To get your free license for a full version of DxO OpticsPro 9 Elite Edition, enter to August 31, 2016 Your e-mail address.

then

Thank you for your interest in DxO OpticsPro.

You will receive an email with your registration code and download links for the Mac and Windows versions of DxO OpticsPro 9 Elite.

We wish you much pleasure with your software. Please note that your software is not upgradable.


I'm downloading now. (out of curiosity...)
06/11/2016 10:03:43 PM · #249
Originally posted by Neil:

Giveaway of the day has standalone/plugin focus stacking software today for free.

https://www.giveawayoftheday.com/focus-projects-pro-2-winmac/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+giveawayoftheday%2Ffeed+%28Giveaway+of+the+Day%29#

Doesn't say on the linked page but, as I suspected, though it will work on several Windows systems it takes an Intel-Mac and OS 10.7+ ... :-(
06/22/2016 11:38:35 PM · #250
Starus Photo Recovery 4.4
June 22, 2016
Recover digital pictures and RAW files from cameras and PCs.
04 hours 20 mins 54secs
link here

Message edited by author 2016-06-22 23:38:55.
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