Last Minute Year-End Deals

Lexar 32GB SDHC Card

If you’re looking for a nice little year-end tax deduction, or you just want to save a buck on some camera gear, we’ve got you covered.  Here are a few great deals that expire today.

Lexar 32GB Class 10 SDHC card – $32.95
(just ordered one for myself)  Class 10 speed rating with a maximum transfer speed of 15MB/s.  A very good (probably the best you’ll find) price for a competent 32GB memory card.  This card is good for all HD video cameras and still images on digital cameras up to entry-level DSLRs.  If you want to know the ins and outs of what the SD card speed ratings and classifications mean, check out Demystifying SD Cards.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM – $1974
This deal has popped up and down a handful of times over the past couple months.  For now, it looks like it will come to an end tonight. [Read more...]

Photography from Space: Inside the ISS

Remember the above cool time lapse video from the International Space Station.  NASA has now given us a behind the scenes look from the ISS.

Astronaut Mike Fossum talks us through his thoughts on photography from space and how the Nikon D3 (NASA is a big fan of Nikon) allows them to take incredible images at night.  Check it out in the video below. [Read more...]

HDR Expose 2

HDR Expose 2

HDR Expose 2 is a new HDR program that leverages Unified Color’s Beyond RGB color technology.  There are a gaggle of HDR programs out there and most of them seem to do very similar things.  However, I had the chance to sit down for a walk-through of the pre-release version of HDR Expose 2 at PhotoPlus in October and was stoked at what I saw this program do.

Check out this intro video to the brightness histogram for a little taste of how HDR Expose 2 works. [Read more...]

Canon DSLR Instant Rebate Update

Canon 5D Mark II Instant Rebates

There have been all kinds of crazy deals from Canon in the recent weeks. Canon recently updated many of the DSLR kits and lenses that have rebates.  Now, everything from the Rebel T3 to the 5D Mark II has some very solid savings available.

Below is a quick rundown of the current instant rebate offers for Canon DSLRs.  (If you are looking for lenses or Speedlites on their own, see this chart of all the Fall/Winter Canon lens & Speedlite instant rebates.) [Read more...]

Joe McNally’s New Book: ‘Sketching Light’

Sketching Light by Joe McNally

Joe McNally has a new book.  It’s called Sketching Light.  It’s pretty big at 432 pages.  And, it’s all about lighting.

He tells readers what works and what doesn’t via his let’s-see-what-happens approach, he shows how he sets up his shots with plentiful sketches and behind-the-scenes production shots….

I loved his earlier lighting book, The Hot Shoe Diaries, and I’m really looking forward to this new book.  I enjoy McNally’s stories and wit about as much as I do the information he provides.  Expect good stuff.

Sketching Light retails for $49.99; however, you can find it for $29.99 on Amazon at the time of this post.  There’s also a Kindle version of Sketching Light.