Mar 262015
 
“At WPPI earlier this month, I kept hearing about Mylio, the first complete photo organizing system for everyone who loves photography. Chris already wrote up an overview of the software, which you can read here: MYLIO | AIMING TO MAKE MANAGING YOUR IMAGES EASIER, so I wasn’t sure if I should take the time to check it out. I’m so glad I did though, because this software has already saved me a ton of time and solved a major, ongoing problem I’ve had since I bought my first Nikon Coolpix in 2003. What problem is that, you ask? How to quickly organize and find my photos, from all of the many electronic devices we use these days.”mylio1

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Mar 262015
 

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According to a report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, the A7R II will indeed feature the same 36MP sensor as the original A7R. In addition to that, the A7R II will have the upgraded grip, in body stabilization and AF upgrades that we have seen in the A7 II. It does, however, appear that the camera is getting some sort of processor upgrade, as the post notes improved ISO performance from processor upgrades.

Sony A7R II Details

  • Same A7R 36 megapixel sensor
  • Improved high ISO
  • Faster autofocusing
  •  5 axis stabilization
  • A7II alike body size
  • Silent shutter mode

The report goes on to say that there are no dates being thrown around at them yet that can be taken seriously, but that “the release really appears to be imminent.” I would be very surprised if we make it past the first week of April without the A7R II being announced.

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Mar 262015
 

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Canon has long been rumored to have a small 4K camera up its sleeve, and now the world is getting its first glimpse of the new product. The company has unveiled the camera at a press event in China ahead of its rumored official launch in the United States at the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas next month.

The 4K concept camera is roughly DSLR-sized and appears to have a rotating grip. Different views of the camera were captured at the event by the Chinese Photo Association, photographer Li Bai, and Chinese gadget site Evolife.

Canon Rumors suggests that the camera will have a 1-inch CMOS sensor, a 10X optical zoom 8.9-89mm (24-240mm in 35mm terms) f/2.8-5.6 lens, a 58mm filter, built-in Wi-Fi, and an external viewfinder. “This definitely looks to be Canon’s foray into the drone market,” they write.

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Mar 242015
 

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Any photographer who wants their work to stand out has to offer something unique to the viewer. The following list contains ideas, poses and editing techniques that probably aren’t too original and should be avoided. If I had known this when I started photography, I probably would have found a signature look sooner.

Before you read please take note that photographers knocking other photographers is not ok and not the intended purpose of this article. This is why I dug through my own photos that I took within the first 6 months I owned a camera. With that being said, everyone has to start somewhere and I am thankful for the way my photography journey panned out.

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Mar 232015
 

 Photographer David Noton was chosen by Canon to be the first landscape photographer in the world to experience a preproduction model of the new 50.6 megapixel Canon 5DS, the world’s highest resolution full frame DSLR. In this video, Noton, a Canon Explorer, shares his thoughts about the 5DS.

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The highly anticipated Canon EOS-5DS and 5DS R camera bodies are now available topre-order at Adorama! The EOS-5DS and EOS-5DS R cameras will be bundled with aShure VP83F LensHopper Camera Mount Condenser Microphone.

 

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Canon EOS-5DS R Body

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Mar 202015
 

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Canon kicked off the next bout of the Megapixel Wars with the announcement of their 5Ds and 5Ds  R – both 50MP monsters. But a problem with announcing things so far ahead of time is that you open the door to have your thunder stolen, and it looks like Sony could be gearing up to do just that.

Canon’s 50MP bodies are not expected to be ready until June, but according to the latest rumors, Sony could be announcing their own 50MP body within the next month, and it is said to ‘easily outperform’ the Canon offering.

Currently, the rumors say that Sony will have two cameras utilizing this new 50MP sensor: the A7R II, which will retain the 36MP sensor in the A7R, and a new body. The new body possibly being that long rumored A9 ‘Pro’ mirrorless camera, or maybe a new flagship A mount body.

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Mar 192015
 

Traditionally, the market for photo cameras that can shoot video is being ruled by the Japanese manufacturers, but now it looks like Samsung, the mighty Korean giant manufacturer is very determined to change the face of the pro-sumer camera industry especially when it comes to affordable large sensor 4K video recording within those photo cameras.

samsung-nx500The Samsung NX1 was their first serious attempt to enter this slowly growing market and now they are proudly presenting the “little sister”, the Samsung NX500.
As stated in the “important notice” above, I kindly ask you NOT to conclude any final thoughts regarding that camera based on the sample Footage above, simply because it is a very early “engineering sample” and as such it has some limitations like:

  • 4K resolution recording is not functioning. The highest resolution I could shoot on was 2560×1440
  • x0.5 and x0.25 Slowmotion is not enabled

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Mar 192015
 

Knowing when to stop is the hardest lesson to learn for those new to retouching. In this tutorial we will look at how to recover lost texture and over smoothed skin tones, even when your file has been flattened. In this image the texture has been over retouched resulting in a significant loss in the skin texture. The transitions between skin tones have also been slightly overdone. Frequency Separation is a term we see in retouching all the time its also a technique I’m working on using less and less and bring in as a last resort. By using frequency separation here we can borrow texture and tone from the original, straight out of camera, image. This saves us from having to scrap the work that has been done and can save us hours of work.

Above is a sample from another image in the same series. The middle image is the original and un-edited image. On the left is an over edited version of the image, in this version the texture information has been stripped out. On the right is the correct or properly retouched version. There is much less of a change from the original. Larger texture has been replaced and tones have been smoothed out, but with dodge and burn instead of frequency separation. There is no frequency separation work done on the right hand version at all.
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