APC BR24BP external battery pack

Tracking down replacement UPS batteries

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) batteries have an expected lifespan of 3 to 5 years and need upkeep and maintenance just like your rechargeable camera and flash batteries. Unfortunately, after a failed self-test, maintenance pretty much translates to battery replacement for high-end units or upgrading to a new UPS for low-end consumer units. And, whether replacing […]

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The Canon rumormill is working overtime…

The Canon rumormill is currently buzzing over the fact that dozens of lenses have disappeared off of Canon’s EOS (SLR) Camera Systems Web site and are now in the discontinued product archive. I first noticed the missing products while researching Canon’s last flagship 35mm film body, the Canon EOS-1v, which was also moved to the […]

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Cleanse your metadata...

Metadata and thumbnails can out your sources

Most photojournalists have started tagging their photos with IPTC metadata to aid in copyrighting and indexing their massive collection of images. Some news organizations also require that all digital images be tagged to properly track and attribute the file during the production process. This metadata, however, can lead to some compromising moments if not properly […]

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Get 15% off the already amazingly-priced Nik Collection by Google!

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A couple years ago Google acquired Nik Software and heavily discounted the price of the entire Nik Collection to just $149. An amazing deal considering the bundle weighed in at around $500 before the acquisition. Now you can get 15% off and drop that price down to just $126.65! During checkout apply coupon code cdodds and the discount will be reflected in your shopping cart.

  • Analog Efex Pro – Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.
  • Color Efex Pro – A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.
  • Silver Efex Pro – Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls.
  • Viveza – Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections.
  • HDR Efex Pro – From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.
  • Sharpener Pro – Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.
  • Dfine – Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.

Dell 28-inch Ultra HD monitor coming soon? More like coming today!

Dell P2815Q

Dell’s groundbreaking Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor – P2815Q was announced at CES and has been listed as Coming Soon and available January 23 (tomorrow). This will probably be the defacto Mac Pro monitor until Apple releases new affordable Apple-branded displays. Well, good news. The $699.99 P2815Q appears to be available for sale early but you have to search for it. Then use coupon code QZLZVG878LG5V6 to save 10% off. For an even bigger discount use “Continue Personalizing” and “Buy a second monitor and save” to get a second one for $524.99.

You’re welcome.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for $79 (Black Friday)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for $79 (Black Friday)

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for $79 (Black Friday)

Adobe has Photoshop Lightroom on sale for Black Friday as usual. Grab it while it’s hot!

Official UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo and event photostream

UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo

UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo

Those of you in the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo must have been quite disappointed this time around! Instead of having to climb precarious ladders or hang out of third-story windows to get the shot I had a nice stable balcony to stand on! Truth be told, while taping the boundaries, my cohort Brian and I were trying to figure out how to get me up into the tree for sheer comedy value. No luck. Maybe next time.

Ubuntu Developer Summit Raring Ringtail (UDS-R) at Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, EU – 29th Oct – 1st Nov 2012 [cc by-sa 2012 Sean Sosik-Hamor]. High-resolution originals can be downloaded in the SmugMug galleries:

About the shot…

Since my shiny new EOS M was still preordered and didn’t arrive in time the setup was the same as Budapest, Orlando, and Oakland; shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the  EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Unfortunately the poor lighting meant I was shooting relatively high ISOs so there’s quite a bit of noise on the originals. Flash photography in the rest of the gallery was lit by a Speedlite 580EX II with a few shots here and there taken with the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo

Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo (Photo by Jeff Lane)

 

Taking the plunge into Adobe Creative Cloud

I’m a little late to the game but Adobe Creative Suite 6 was announced a month or so ago. Rather than pay the $1,000+ to follow the CS5 to CS6 Design & Web Premium upgrade path I opted instead to subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud which grants full access to Master Collection. At $29/month for the first year for current Creative Suite owners then $49/month thereafter it was a simple decision to make.