Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wednesday, July 8th 2009

This moment brought to you by the Helton Newly Weds, The Nikon D300, and Gary Fong Light Sphere. Congratulations to Nick and Lindsay(pictured above). We did their wedding two weeks ago, but I didn't want to share their images until they had their copies and a chance to view them. Lots to talk about today. So much going on in the world of photography.

First and for most if you have been following me for any amount of time you know that I am a huge fan of David Hobby and the The Strobist. That site will teach you everything you need to know about small flash units, and using them manually off camera to achieve beautiful light. Well David is doing a photo contest/assignment right now that is designed to get you shooting different subjects, and trying new techniques. The first assignment was shooting headshots. If you want to read more about exactly what was involved click HERE, but we are on to the second assignment now. It involves doing a food photo. Read about it HERE. The deadline is this coming Saturday, so if you want to get involved you better get to it.

Next is a little news that comes from Rumor sites. Nikon Rumors reported last week that the 70-200 2.8 that is the "go to lens" for just about every photographer that I know, is being discontinued. Read that report HERE. Nikon is supposedly replacing it with a newer 70-200 2.8 with the "N" classification. The rumor is that there will be added lens assphericals to help with softness encountered on full frame sensors. We shall see.

If you aren't following the Photoshop Insider, you should be. There is a special guest blog today by Deke McClelland about how to do a proper mask in photoshop. See it HERE. Learn to do a mask like a pro!

That's if for me today, but check back tomorrow. I have a great how to post along with a review on the classic Vivitar 283 flash. Great little flash. Cheap to buy, and great for Strobist style work. See you tomorrow!

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