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Jaron Schneider

Features Editor, Marketing Communications http://jaronschneider.com/ +Jaron Schneider@jaronschneiderFacebook
Jaron Schneider is a portrait/headshot and commercial product photographer based out of San Francisco, California. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in marketing and business administration, Schneider spent some time in the photographic lighting business, learning how the industry works, what products are actually high quality, and how to communicate with photographers and videographers around the world. Schneider joined Fstoppers.com in 2011 to aid in the sales and marketing, management and to build the editorial content. He now acts as Features Editor and manages relationships with gear brands.

Hasselblad Announces Three New “Stellar” Models Priced at $3,175

Well, I guess Hasselblad is continuing on their path of form-over-function despite critics and general malaise from actual photographers the world over, adding more to their previously announced Stellar line. “The latest Stellar models offer photographers the choice of three new camera body colurs: black, white and orange – and ship with bespoke camera cases in black or white leather with signature stitching and shoulder and wrist straps.” [more]

Ty Foster Takes a Shot at Unique Pet Photography with His “Lick” Project

A couple weeks ago we reviewed a book by Carli Davidson that was a culmination of a long-term project called “SHAKE.” Not long after, we came across Ty Foster’s project that focuses on another aspect of something many of us love about dogs. His project is called “Lick” and it’s gosh darned adorable. [more]

Need Some New Glass? Sigma Has 25 Lenses on Discount

We like to keep you all informed of the best time to make your larger purchases to save your hard-earned money, and now is one of those times. Sigma has 25 lenses on up to $200 off some of their top selling glass. They also have three flashes on sale, including a macro ring flash. [more]

Can’t Make it to PhotoPlus? Catch Sigma’s Live Stream from the Show

If you couldn’t make it to the Photo Plus Expo in New York (PPE) which kicks off today, you don’t have to miss out on everything. Not only will our own Zach Sutton be reporting from the show floor, but Sigma is providing a live stream from their booth that they are calling “Sigma Safari,” featuring hands-on shooting experiences starring professional models transformed into safari animals. [more]

Pricing and Availability Released for Sigma’s Upcoming 24-105mm f/4

Tonight from the PhotoPlus Expo, Sigma has announced the pricing and availability of its new 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM Art lens. It will be on shelves next month, starting with Canon mounts, for the MSRP of $899. That’s quite a bit less than the Canon equivalent that, for many, leaves a lot to be desired. If Sigma’s past lenses have been any indication of quality, we can expect it to be worth it. [more]

Is Nikon Teasing a New Full Frame Compact in this Video?

Nikon put out a video that seems to be teasing something huge for the company… the retro full frame compact that has been hitting the rumor mill pretty heavily in the past week. That said, this video from Nikon seems to be pointing to the rumors being more fact than fiction. This camera looks like it’s coming, and soon. [more]

BorrowLenses Acquired by Shutterfly

This was unexpected: the popular retailer and manufacture of digital and physical imagery products, Shutterfly, has aquired BorrowLenses, one of the top online gear rental outlets in the country. As part of the deal, BorrowLenses’s Founders Max Shevyakov and Mark Gurevich, will join Shutterfly Inc. Aside from vesting stock information for the two founders (and even then, that information includes no explicit dollar amount), no monetary value of the exchange has been released. [more]

UPDATED: Adobe Creative Cloud Experiencing Issues

I am not sure how widespread the issue is, but for some of us who updated to Apple’s latest OS, Mavericks, Adobe Creative Cloud doesn’t seem to be functioning fully. Some Fstoppers staff are reporting the inability to access their cloud files, inability to update their apps, and in an extreme case, the inability to even open any Adobe apps. So we ask, how is it working for you? [more]

Must Read: Carli Davidson’s “SHAKE” is a Glorious Compilation of Dog Cuteness

In 2012 I interviewed Carli Davidson regarding her animal portrait photography. She was able to bring out and show personality and emotion in our furry friends in a way that was truly unique. She recently released her book “SHAKE” which is filled with pages upon pages of dogs shaking off, caught in the action. If you or anyone you know is a dog-lover, this is a book you’ll want sitting on your coffee table. [more]

Amazing Beauty Retouching Done in Video: Before and After

I don’t speak Russian, but to understand what is going on in this video, you don’t have to. It’s amazing what can be done in post, but to be honest, I wasn’t even aware the extent this could be done in video. You can see the “cloud” following her hair on the right, so I’m guessing they did some retouching on a still frame, and then motion-tracked those layers with her eyes. Perhaps? I don’t know. It’s pretty amazing stuff. [more]

Nikon Unveils the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Lens

Nikon has unveiled the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens priced at $1696, apt timing after Zeiss released their $4000 55mm last week. The lens uses two aspherical elements, a Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating in an attempt to remove all traces of flaring or light falloff. Nikon claims this will allow it to be used in low-light situations by maintaining edge-to-edge sharpness and even lighting at all apertures. [more]

With Sony’s New Full Frame on the Market, Who is Next?

Sony’s new Alpha 7R is flying off the shelves at B&H. From what I’ve gathered, they’re selling pre-orders at a ridiculously rapid pace for a camera body that has not yet been reviewed. Based on that, and generally the hankering by photographers for more full frame bodies, it is only a matter of time before it’s joined by other camera makers. [more]

Sony Aims for the Bleachers with Full Frame Alpha 7 & Alpha 7R

I’ve wanted to be impressed with Sony for a long time, and I think that time has finally come. The rumored full frame compact interchangeable lens camera is real, as Sony has announced the Alpha 7R and Alpha 7. Featuring full frame sensors, fast hybrid AF with phase-detection and a new image processing engine, these might be everything we’ve wanted in a compact camera. [more]

UPDATED: Sigma 24-105mm F/4 OS Art Lens Confirmed

UPDATED: Estimated arrival date released. In a stunning development, Sigma has placed the rumored 24-105mm on their website. I say stunning, because the whole of the Sigma USA team is on holiday today and we were never briefed on this lens officially (which is HIGHLY unusual, eg. this is the first time it’s happened). This story is still developing, but the page is live and you can look at it yourself. [more]

Benro Adds Larger Video Monopod with 13.2 Pound Capacity to Lineup

If you’ve been following Fstoppers, you might recall the Benro S2 and S4 video monopods that we reviewed in the spring of 2013. They’re solid, and despite an abundance of plastic parts that could be a turn off, the larger S4 was a great monopod. Seeing the need for one just a bit larger, Benro today announced the S6 video monopod. [more]

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