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Mitch Aunger runs the extremely-popular Planet 5D community. Founded around the advent of HDSLRs, the site has evolved over the years to not only being a host to reviews and news, but also aggregating lots of the cultural changes within the HDSLR community, and interviewing top professionals.

We recently had the chance to squeeze some time in with Mitch to ask him a couple of questions about HDSLR culture, and lots more.

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This week in the news: Canon announces their highly-anticipated 5D Mk III and 600 EX-RT flash; Westcott has a new Flash Modifier; Sony announced new Cybershot cameras; Toshiba announced new tablets for Mobile World Congress; the thinnest K-mount lens ever, and lots more.

This is your B&H Pulse news feed for March 2nd, 2012.

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David Black is a photographer who has been shooting sports for many years. He's also seen a lot of changes: autofocus, priority modes, and digital photography only being a couple of them. We recently got the opportunity to talk to him about how he started off by shooting only one sport to gaining the abilities to shoot various others.

If you're a sports fan, you'll want to take a look.


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As I prepare for another dive off the Island of Roca Partida, everything is perfect, as it has been the past five days. It is a beautiful day, sea conditions are ideal, and I am thinking about the wonders I will photograph as this amazing trip is coming to an end. I check all my life support equipment and camera gear before boarding the Zodiac (rubber raft type boat).

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Emiliano Granado is a young photographer who has made the PDN 30, shot various advertising campaigns, and has a wide variety of experience. As a young man who has quickly gained respect in the photo community, he states that he doesn't want to be a photographer—he needs to be a photographer.

We recently caught up with him to talk about how he made it, and the changes that happened in such a short period of time.

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One of the most valuable lessons that I apply to photography on a daily basis was actually taught to me by a theater professor in college, well before I had a passion for taking pictures. “The most interesting characters are the ones that struggle between good and bad. Show me this conflict,” Dr Edwards said, “because it is this conflict that we are drawn to.”

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It had been one of those amazing days for photography, where everything was put in front of us, to shoot to our hearts' content. We’d spent a great afternoon with Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep outside Big Sky, MT, and we were walking back down the road. Then, out of the corner of my eye I saw a dash of white. It could be only one thing, a Short-tailed Weasel. We stopped and watched, and a few moments later, the cutest critter in winter popped its head back up and stared at us. For nearly the next hour it entertained us, running to and fro, running between our legs and way down the hill, and then back again. It knew all the secret tunnels, and would go down one hole and back up another. In the dusk of day, on the backside of a mountain, swinging the 600mm around to keep up with it was a real challenge. And, oh, so much fun!

Editor's Note: This is a guest blog post from Moose Peterson.

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Jim Goldstein is a full-time professional photographer based in San Francisco, CA.

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Tastes vary, but I've never seen an image with a watermark that wouldn't have been better without it.

The disadvantage of using a watermark is obvious. It introduces a distracting visual element that doesn't belong in an image. The effect of a watermark on an image ranges from mildly distracting at best, to ruinous at worst. When I see a photograph with a watermark, the watermark is almost invariably the first thing I look at. If it's large and obtrusive, it's also usually the last.

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One of the main reasons why photographers lug their cameras around when the sun goes down, is to capture the night sky. For a lot of us, this means leaving the bright lights of the city in search of where the stars shine the brightest. Until recently, the only way a photographer could successfully capture the night sky was with long exposures that resulted in star trails. If you wanted to capture star points, or a more celestial night, exposures needed to be less than 30 seconds. Otherwise, the earth’s rotation turned the points into trails. But with DSLRs now capable of capturing cleaner ISO output at 1600 and 3200, we are entering a new celestial era that would make Van Gogh proud! 

So whether you choose the drama of the longer star trails or the subtler star points, here are some tips to follow.

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Katie O'Beirne is an artist in NYC who recently launched the New York Shots project, which placed disposable cameras all over NYC and different places in the world, asking people to take photos with them. In the end, we get a crowdsourced documentary project combined with portraiture with interesting results. We talked to Katie recently about the project, and here's what she had to say. 

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Recently, we published Part I of a full interview with Wedding and Portrait Photographer David Ziser. Today we feature Part II, where we talk to him about touring, his blog, and business.

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The Canon strobist specialist Syl Arena recently chatted with us in the B&H SuperStore in between his presentations at the B&H Event Space. We talked about photography, his workshops, and what's on his wishlist. Here's our quick interview.


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David Ziser is a famous wedding photographer who regularly lectures on the craft. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, David has photographed weddings for years, and was one of the first photographers to make a full transition from film to the digital world. Besides lecturing, David also offers lots of tutorials on his blog, Digital Pro Talk.

We had the opportunity to talk with the wedding great for a bit. This is Part I of his perspective on the photo industry.

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If you've been following B&H Pulse on Twitter, you've noticed that we've been tweeting the latest announcements as they came in. Now that the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is over, here's a roundup of the most-watched stories, to cut through all the clutter.

If you want to keep in the loop of all the latest announcements, be sure to follow Pulse on Twitter.

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