Win a Lens from Sigma!

In Celebration of its 50th year, Sigma is giving away some pretty nice photo gear.  This month, Sigma is giving away a copy of its 8-16mm f4.5-5.6 DC HSM lens.  Interested?  Of course you are.  To enter your name for a chance to win this lens visit this page to toss your name into the hat.  Good Luck!  And, Happy 50th Anniversary Sigma!

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Happy Belated Birthday Month!

On September 6, Camera Light and Lens forum turned one year old.  Unfortunately, our one year anniversary came and went without much of a bang at all.  I had some big changes occurring in my real life so the forum and blog got put on the back burner for a while but now that things are clearing up a bit it’s time to celebrate, although belated, our first birthday
So what is in store for CLL?  How about a photo contest with some cash prizes?  The Theme for our monthly contest during this month will be “Happy Birthday”.  Prizes will be a $50 gift card (code) from for first place, $25 gift card for second, and a $10 gift card for third.  Hop on over to the forum for the rules and to submit your photo.

Thank you to everyone for supporting this project.  The Forum would be nothing without the members.

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Camera Light and Lens’ Belated Birthday

On September 6, 2011, our forum turned one year old.  Thanks everyone for supporting the forum.  But the big birthday celebration never really happened.  As circumstances would have it, CLL’s birthday just happened to fall right as I was starting my hunt for a new house.  As time went on and the house hunting continued the birthday of our forum fell by the wayside so we should make things right dont you think?

Starting November 1, 2011 we will be having a Belated Birthday Month for CLL.  We will resume the monthly photo contests in November with a “Happy Birthday CLL” theme.  I’ll be giving out prizes to the winners of the contest.  First prize will be a $50 Amazon gift card.  So get your thinking caps on and stop by the forum.

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New Home on the Horizon!

The Blog has crawled to just short of a dead stop.  I have to apologize for that.  But you may ask why?  With kids grown and off to college, and ever increasing property tax bills, it was time to downsize a bit.  The past month or so I have been busy looking for a new house.  With all the other crazy things in life, adding the search for a new home on the pile really bit into my free time.  So, I’m sorry to say, something had to be put on the back burner.

Things are progressing fairly well in the search for a new house and if all goes according to plan I should be moved out of the current house and into the new one by mid November.  Of course nothing is a done deal until the “Fat Lady Sings” so wish me luck.


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Lancaster, PA

My “other” job had brought me to Lancaster, PA.  I have to attend a conference in Harrisburg, PA but due to a competing conference, there were “no rooms at the Inn” in Harrisburg.  Everything was booked solid so Lancaster was the next choice.  Two days of non photography related conference then off to Virginia to pick up the youngest to bring her home from college for the weekend.  Hopefully I’ll have a moment to take some photos of the countryside.  This part of the world is beautiful.

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Adobe Lightroom Half Price!

I have been busy with some house shopping the past few weeks/months and I hope to be back to blogging soon.  But in the mean time, if you have been looking for a discount on Adobe Lightroom, B&H Photo is selling it for a very low price of $150.  Click this link and head on over to B&H Photo and check it out!

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Review: Vagabond Mini Portable Power Pack

Unless you’re a professional photographer, having portable battery power packs for your monoblock strobes has usually been a bit out of reach of the budget for the average photog.  Even if you could afford to plunk down your hard-earned cash, you probably wouldn’t want to lug those heavy battery packs around anyway.  Well, this is no longer an issue.  Thanks to Paul C Buff, for about $240 USD (plus shipping), you can have your very own portable battery pack that will power your AC powered monoblock strobes.

Does this sound too good to be true?  Well, when things sound too good to be true, you can usually bet that they are.  But read on, you may be surprised by this little powerhouse.  I know I was. Continue reading

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Free Photo Webinar: Everyday Imaging Miracles with Suzette Allen

Nik Software and Xrite Photo are offering a free webinar titled “Everyday Imaging Miracles” with Suzette Allen.  The webinar will be live web cast on Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

From the website…
Join Suzette Allen as she discusses her specialty environmental & studio
portraits, fine art and commercial photography. She will cover useful and time
saving tips for Photoshop in addition to the latest X-Rite color management and
Nik Software solutions.
Suzette will demonstrate how she takes control of her color workflow allowing
her ultimate creative control. She’ll also demonstrate how to quickly tackle
tricky corrections in portraits & landscapes, clean up backgrounds in the
studio, and even how it can take your sports images up a few notches in mere

Two sessions are available.  Click here to sign up for the 12PM USA Eastern session or click here for the 2PM USA Eastern session.

You can also view other free training by clicking the training menu at the top of this page!

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View Your RAW files in Windows. Microsoft Releases Camera Raw CODEC pack

From the article on the Microsoft Download Page…

The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack enables the viewing of a variety of device-specific file formats. Note: Clicking Download means you agree to the Microsoft service agreement and privacy statement. Additional details below.

A listing of supported Cameras and a link to the download page can be found after the jump. Continue reading

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$100 off Adobe Lightroom 3

Adobe is offering a $100 savings for those purchasing the full version of Adobe Lightroom.  To take advantage of this offer just go to Adobe’s webstore.  You can get there directly by clicking this link.  Be sure to enter the code “LR3JUL199″ without the quotes and you will receive a $100 discount off the regular price of Lightroom.  The code should bring down the price of Lightroom to $199.  This offer is good until July 27th, 2011.

If you live in the US you can get a better deal.  Pop on over to  B&H Photo and you can get a $100 instant discount off your purchase of Lightroom.  The B&H price is normally $280 which is a $20 discount compared to buying direct from Adobe.  With the $100 instant savings you’ll be able to pick up Lightroom for a cool $180.  Head on over to B&H photo or you can just go directly to the Adobe Lightroom page by clicking this link.  The B&H offer is valid until August 20th, 2011.

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