Monday, April 16, 2012

Quick Hit Monday – New Canon Flash News; Another New Camera??; Inspirational Photography; and More!

Good Morning Everybody,

Hey gang, I'm stoked this morning - we are kicking off my 5-day Digital Master Class/Workshop.  The batteries are charged - mine included,  workbooks are printed, models are ready to go, we've selected all the locations , and my coaches are waiting in the wings ready to assist for another great week.  And, the weather looks like it's going to hold for our shooting sessions too - always a good thing for a workshop;~)  Of course, I'll keep you posted with our progress throughout the week.

Anyway, before I get to class, I've got a few HOT links for you to check out for today's Quick Hit Monday.  Here we go...

Canon 5D Mark III & 600EX-RT Flash Update!

600EX-RTI was doing my web cruise over the weekend and saw that my blogging buddy and good friend, Syl Arena, just nabbed three of Canon's NEW, not yet released in the US, 600EX-RT (for radio control) strobes from his European Canon connection!  Hey Syl, I wish we all had connections like that ;~)

Here is the deal'; Syl ran the strobe units through about every test and shooting situation you could possibly put those "flash puppies" through and reports on his experience in these next two links.  Enjoy!  Hey Syl, can I play with them when you're finished?

-First Impressions: Testing Canon’s New Speedlight 600EX-RT & Speedlight Transmitter ST-E3-R: [link]


-Video: Hands-On With The Canon 600EX-RT Speedlight & ST-E3-RT Speedlight Transmitter: [link]


Ok, you know how I'm blown away with the High ISO abilities of the new Canon camera.  Check out this video over at YouTube that once again shows amazing results of some high ISO night videos captured with the new camera - amazing!!

-Canon 5D Mark III High ISO Performance Tested at Night: [link]

How About Some Inspiration Photography to Get Your Week Off To A Great Start

Wedding Couples40 Gorgeous Photographs of Wedding Couples: Some really nice images and some good ideas too. [link]

Absolutely creative people photography by Elox:  Very exciting and captivating images - worth the trip. [link]

PDN's 30 2012: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch:  Check out each of these photographers - some absolutely amazing images!!! [link]

Is This My Next Camera?

CAnon 4KA few weeks ago I blogged about how I shot some HD video at a recent wedding and then used Lightroom 4 Frame Capture feature to nab the best frames - in JPEG, of course.  I then used those frame grabs to design in Lightroom 4 some cool wedding album pages for the client.  The size limitation of the frame grab let's me get, just barely, up to an 8x10 image. [link]

So have you checked out Canon's latest 4K Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL digital cinematography camera announcement? [link]  What’s a 4K camera? It's a video camera that captures 4x the resolution of the 5d Mk 3.  It can output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160) 10 bit RAW video stream.  Now were getting serious!  With that kind of resolution, I suspect you’ll have the ability to output some amazing images from those frame grabs!

Does this mean the end to still photography as we know it? I would think not. But just wait until the price drops and more photographers capture images from video grabs.  Looks like a brand new way of thinking and capturing images to me.    Here is the entire story right here.  What do you think?

Some Cool Lightroom 4 and Photoshop Tidbits For You

LR4 RetouchAdvanced Portrait Retouch on a Male Subject in Lightroom 4 – Part 1 of 3:  This is a hit-it-out-of-the-park LR4 tutorial.  It's well thought out and makes some great points about how to use many of the new features of the recently released Lightroom 4. Definitely worth the trip. [link]

Colorize B-W picColorize a Black and White Photo in Photoshop: This is an utterly fascinating tutorial on how to colorize a black and white image.  The walk through of the techniques is definitely worth the visit. [link]


Hey gang, that should get you going for the week.   Once again we have an international student roster which always makes the  Master Class even more exciting and informational as we explore weddings from other parts of the world.  After the class today, it's back to our home for our Welcome Party.  It's a fabulous way to begin the week and allows everyone get to know each other in a casual atmosphere.  On that note gang, I've got to get moving - class starts shortly. Have a great rest of the day and I'll see everyone tomorrow for another brand new Technique Tuesday.

See ya' then,  David

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