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Syrp & Canon Rumors Motion Control Giveaway Valued at Over $3000

Syrp & Canon Rumors Motion Control Giveaway Valued at Over $3000

By Canon Rumors | February 24, 2017 | Deals on Gear

If you’re into timelapse or simply want more control of your video motion, Syrp has the gear for you!

The Giveaway
This is a Canon Rumors exclusive! Syrp is offering 3 prizes (see below) worth $3,000 to 3 winners (1 prize each).

Giveaway Dates
The giveaway will run until March 7th at 9pm CT. 

After the giveaway closes, three random names will be generated from the entry list.

  • Prizes:
    • 1st Prize: Genie 3 Axis Kit
      Capture full 3-Axis motion control for simultaneous Tracking, Panning and Tilting time-lapse and video. Full 3-Axis control is setup entirely using the Syrp Genie App available on iOS or Android.
    • 2nd Prize: Genie Tracking Kit
      The Genie Tracking kit includes everything you need to produce silky smooth tracking shots for video or time-lapse motion. Using the Genie you can produce professional Tracking OR Panning motion.
    • 3rd Prize: Genie Mini Pan Tilt Kit
      The Genie Mini Pan Tilt Kit provides all you need to create smooth 2-axis time-lapse and real-time video, all controlled wirelessly via the Syrp Genie App!
    • 1st prize: Genie Pan Track Kit (Genie, Genie Mini, Ballhead, Short Track)
    • 2nd prize: Magic Carpet Epic Kit (1 x Short Track, 1 x Long)
    • 3rd prize: Magic Carpet Short Track

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Datacolor Partners with Adobe to Offer the Ultimate Photography Workflow Bundle

Datacolor Partners with Adobe to Offer the Ultimate Photography Workflow Bundle

By Canon Rumors | February 16, 2017 | Sponsored Post

Datacolor Partners with Adobe to Offer the Ultimate Photography Workflow Bundle

Datacolor and Adobe work hand-in-hand to offer the ultimate package for your photography workflow. Save time, money and frustration –with an efficient editing process and more accurate viewing, proofing and printing. Get a complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan – 90 day trial with a qualifying Datacolor Spyder5 purchase.

Already have an Adobe plan? You have the choice to begin a 90 day trial or add 90 days on to your current plan.

How it works:

Step 1: Purchase a qualifying Spyder product

Step 2: Install and activate your Spyder product

Step 3: Click the redemption link in the Spyder activation email

Step 4: Your Adobe redemption code will be sent to you by email

Step 5: Visit Adobe to redeem your 90 day trial

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The Ultimate Package


Is Your Display Color Accurate?

The most-essential color calibration tool in the Spyder family is the Spyder5 colorimeter and software. It allows you to get accurate color on your display, and serves as the basis for getting the best possible results out of your color correction. In addition to great visual results, by supporting a fully-color-managed workflow, you’ll be able to get predictable color whether you print, share your images online, or send them to clients or publications.

Why Calibrate Your Monitor?

Most monitors come out of the box with the brightness set too high and with oversaturated colors – plus they degrade over time. Your display is the window into your digital image, you need to be able to trust it. Spyder5 calibrates your display to an industry color reference standard to ensure your colors are accurate for better print matching. Your image editing will be easier and faster, you’ll spend less time in the ‘print-edit-print’ cycle, and you’ll waste less ink and paper.

Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan

Create incredible images every day, anywhere, with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan. Get the magic of Adobe Photoshop CC and Photoshop Lightroom CC, plus everything else you need to organize, enhance, and share your photos like a pro on your desktop and mobile devices.



Easily keep track of all your shots

Organize all your photos in one place, whether you’re at your desk or on the go. Rate and label them, and find them fast based on where they were taken, who’s in them, and other characteristics.


Enhance your shots on any device

Easily make dark, dull-looking photos bright and vibrant. Adjust exposure, color, tone, contrast, and more on your computer, the web, or even your smartphone or tablet. And you can always revert to your original in just a click.

Create stunning black-and-whites

Add depth and drama by creating black-and-white photographs. Experiment with a variety of one-click presets, and fine-tune your results to get looks you love.

Remove distractions

Don’t let distracting objects like power lines or dust spots ruin a great shot. Make unwanted objects disappear with just a few clicks. Now you see it, now you don’t.

Easily straighten tilted images

Fix tilted horizons, bowed buildings, and other perspective distortions fast. Automatically apply the same edit to the entire batch of photos.

Easily adjust haze

Use a simple slider in Lightroom to remove atmospheric haze from your images, or add haze to create an artistic effect.

Cut out and combine photos

Transform your photos anywhere you are — cut out, combine, and seamlessly blend pictures to create sophisticated multilayered images.

Create full panorama images

Capture super-wide fields of view and amazing detail. Lightroom CC lets you stitch together multiple images, including raw files, to create stunning panoramas.


Show off your photography with Adobe Portfolio

Quickly and easily build a professional-quality website to showcase your best photography. Then get back to doing what you do best — creating amazing shots.

Create visual stories with Adobe Spark

Do more with your photos using Adobe Spark. Turn words and images into beautiful web stories and create compelling animated videos and stunning social graphics — in minutes.

Take Advantage of this special offer Now!

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Are You Color Calibrated?

Are You Color Calibrated?

By Canon Rumors | October 3, 2016 | Sponsored Post

By David Cardinal – Professional Travel & Nature Photographer

Most photographers know they need to use a hardware device, like the Spyder®5, to help calibrate and profile their monitor to get the most accurate color they can, but may not realize that monitor profiling is only one of the places where calibration tools can make a huge difference in your image quality. Those tools can help you all the way through your workflow — starting even before you shoot.

Fortunately, Datacolor® has released a value-priced bundle of all its photographer tools for capture and editing – Spyder5CAPTURE PRO – including Spyder5ELITE, SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCUBE, and SpyderLENSCAL. Let’s walk through what you get and how each tool can be used to improve your image quality.

Fine Tune your Autofocus

SpyderLENSCAL is unique in Datacolor’s product line, as it helps with image focus, rather than image color or tone. A very simple device, it checks whether your camera and lens combination is focusing accurately. This is particularly important for those using a variety of equipment, as just because a lens focuses accurately on one camera body doesn’t necessarily mean it will on another. Fortunately, the SpyderLENSCAL is very light, folds flat, and can be set up on a flat surface or tripod mount. So you can test your focus anytime you have any worries. I bring one on all my photo safaris so my clients can check their lens focus and have confidence in their equipment before they start shooting. With many higher-end cameras now, you can even adjust the focus, so the SpyderLENSCAL can be used to help you tune your camera and lens to solve font-or-back focusing issues.


Color Correct Images & Calibrate any Camera

SpyderCHECKR provides a full, accurate color chart, as well as gray scale patches – making it perfect for achieving both accurate color and tonal range. SpyderCHECKR is a versatile tool that can be used either in advance, to generate a custom camera profile that allows Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, or Hasselblad Phocus to quickly get accurate colors from your camera, or during a shoot to allow the best possible color correction of your images. Its fold-flat, rugged construction and embedded tripod mount make it easy to use in a variety of situations, and it features a built-in FadeCheckr so you know when the color panels need to be replaced.


Perfect Exposure and White Balance

For serious photographers shooting in their camera’s RAW mode, it is essential to be able to set the white point, black point, and white balance of your images when you post process them. Relying on Auto modes in software is error-prone, as after the fact it is difficult to tell which highlights are real surfaces and which are specular reflections. Software can also only do an imperfect job of estimating white balance from an after-the-fact captured image.

Using a SpyderCUBE provides a reliable way to not only allow you to set the true white point and black points in an image, but its dual-surface gray patches allow you to separately estimate the white balance of both your primary and secondary light sources. Simply shoot a scene with one, and either crop it out later, or remove it from the scene, keeping your test images for reference. For more information, read my article on using SpyderCUBE in the field.

Scenes like this that emphasize a single color can give Auto White Balance tools issues. Using a SpyderCUBE is a great way to ensure accurate color rendering.


Color Calibrate your Display

The best-known, and most-essential, product in the Spyder family is the Spyder5 colorimeter and software. They allow you to get accurate color on your display, and serve as the basis for getting the best possible results out of your color correction. In addition to great visual results, by supporting a fully-color-managed workflow, you’ll be able to get predictable color whether you print, share your images online, or send them to clients or publications.

Datacolor keeps adding new features to Spyder, so even if you have an earlier version, there are plenty of good reasons to upgrade to Spyder5. I cover them in more detail in my full review of Spyder5.


Interested in learning more about Spyder5CAPTURE PRO or color calibration?

Visit Datacolor’s website for more information here: Datacolor Spyder

Is Your Monitor Color Accurate?

Is Your Monitor Color Accurate?

By Canon Rumors | December 15, 2015 | Sponsored Post

Is Your Monitor Color Accurate?

Your monitor is a tool you need to be able to trust. If your monitor color isn’t accurate, you won’t see true-to-life colors, highlight and shadow details, not to mention correct skin tones. And if you’re looking at an image that isn’t true, how can you edit it properly, or get your screen to match your prints? You can’t. Datacolor Spyder5 will solve all of that in minutes.

Learn More about Datacolor Spyder5

Q&A with world renowned fashion and beauty photographer Lindsay Adler

Why is color calibration important to you?

As a fashion and beauty photographer, accurate color becomes essential to my career. When photographing clothes for a designer, I need to capture and deliver files that accurately represent the true color of those clothes. When I’m photographing skin or beauty images, I need to have stunning skin tones and accurate color. Overall, color is essential to my career!

How do you use color calibration within your workflow?
I start by photographing a color chart as a way to get a reference point for accurate colors in my images. This will help not only make adjustments to white balance, but ensure each color is being correctly represented in the photograph.

Next, I use custom profiles in Lightroom to automatically read the color chart and adjust colors as necessary.

When viewing my images, I work on a variety of monitors. I make sure these monitors are calibrated and also try to work with the highest quality monitors I can afford. I am in particular a fan of Eizo products, and was first introduced to these monitors on high-end fashion shoots in NYC.

What are some issues that may arise if you are not properly calibrated?
For me, there are three big issues that arise when I don’t have proper calibration. First, when my images end up in print in a magazine the quality of the images could be severely lacking. I always want a beautiful rendition of my work, and without color calibration it is possible that they will look bad in print. Second, if colors are inaccurate for a designer, they are going to feel that I did not provide the services they required and I will have an unhappy customer. Finally, skin tones become important as a way to help a subject look their best and also help my clients sell their products. If the skin is not accurate, then the image will not meet its potential. If you look at my work, you see just how pervasive and important rich color is!

How long have you been using Spyder products?
I first got a Spyder product when I had a small portrait business in upstate NY more than a dozen years ago. At that time I was shooting, retouching and printing all of my files. For this reason color calibration became important as I managed each part of the image-making process.



What are some things you like about the new Spyder5?
Spyder5 helps me to take control of the many variables that may effect my color. For example, it helps me determine optimal monitor brightness– something that previously had been up for a lot of debate and varies from monitor to monitor. Furthermore, it is easy to use as always and even offers me the ability to monitor how ambient light can effect my images appearance. All of the elements that effect my monitor calibration have been considered!


About Lindsay:
Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator and having been named one of the top 10 best fashion photographers in the world, she is one of the most sought after speakers internationally. Lindsay enjoys teaching on the industry’s largest platforms and most prestigious events. She has worked with some of the top brands in the photographic and related industries such as Canon, Adobe and Microsoft. Her client list consists of Grey, Edelman, Microsoft, Saatchi & Saatchi and more.

For more than half of her life, Lindsay has been refining her craft, vision and knowledge… and now she’s sharing it all with you in one place. Want to learn about lighting? It’s there. Want to learn posing? It’s there. Want to learn her favorite Photoshop techniques? Yep… there too! Want to be inspired to push yourself? Oh yes, you can certainly find that there. Sit back and enjoy hundreds of hours of tutorials created for you to dive right in, learn and grow!

Visit Lindsay’s educational site here

Want to connect with Lindsay?

Visit her website here. You can also check her out on (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter)!