Dec 192014
 

Here are chapters 7 through 12 of the excellent George Eastman House presentations on the history of photographic processes:

Dec 192014
 

photo01_b-575x394We have all heard about the GH4; its stellar 4K video and other impressive features, and apparently, so has Canon. A new rumor says that the camera giant has set its sights on the GH4 and plans to release a direct competitor in 2015.

The report, from Canon Rumors, states that the rumor comes from a trusted source, someone who has given correct and solid information in the past. So at this point, there is no reason to disregard this, but rather try and sort out how Canon plans to release their own 1″ sensor ILC.

In addition to the 1″ sensor, the camera is expected to have a removable EVF and Grip, and will be small enough that it can be mounted to quadcopters. But as I mentioned above, the interesting question here is, what mount will this camera be?

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Dec 182014
 

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We have been hearing a lot about what I am dubbing, “The Second Great Megapixel War,” or basically, the race to 50MP Full Frame Sensors. Sony and Nikon are both rumored to have options coming, and today ,we noticed a report indicating that Canon’s model is ‘confirmed’.

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Dec 182014
 

Three of the most exciting cameras of the year, the Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4 and Samsung NX1 are about to go into a different league as far as video quality and monitoring go. The Atomos Shogun 4K monitor / recorder is now shipping ($1995 / £1220 + VAT) and one is on the way to me, scheduled to arrive this week. I plan to put it to use with all 3 of the aforementioned cameras. I’ll do a shootout comparing them. We’re unlocking as yet unexploited features like 4K mode on the A7S and 10bit 422 on the GH4. For the NX1 it will be useful to record straight to an editable format for a quick turnaround rather than having to transcode from H.265. I’m also expecting image quality gains across the board.

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Dec 162014
 

Back in 2012, the George Eastman House released a series of six videos showing six photo processes used in the history of photography. This month, the museum re-released those six videos alongside six new ones. It’s a video series that now spans 12 videos showing major processes spanning from the Daguerreotype all the way up through digital photography. Here are the first six. In the next day or two we will post the remaining ones.

Dec 152014
 

When Zeiss first released their Otus 55mm f/1.4, most photographers couldn’t get past the $4000 price tag. Then the reviews started coming out and Otus became synonymous with perfect image quality. Lens manufacturers fixed their crosshairs on the Otus line, attempting to achieve similar image quality. Now there’s a 2nd lens in the Otus lineup, the 85mm f/1.4, and the 85mm focal length is one of my and Pye’s favorite when it comes to portraits. Check out our thoughts on the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 in the video below!

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Dec 122014
 

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This week, Alien Skin announced version 7 of their wildly successful editing platform, Exposure. Along with a beautiful UI, several new film-stock emulations, new non-destructive tools (including a new straighten tool), new texture overlays (some of which were made by Lara Jade and Parker Pfister) and new file browsing interface, the most exciting addition to Exposure 7 is new comprehensive raw file support. Exposure 7 is available now for $149, existing Exposure 6 users can nab a copy as a free upgrade for people who purchased after June, 2014 or $69 for other Exposure 6 owners. Alien Skin Software

What’s New

RAW Support

As a standalone program, Exposure 7 will now allow you to work on RAW files from a wide range of cameras from all manufacturers without having to convert to a TIFF or JPEG first.
Supported RAW Formats
Non-Destructive Editing

Exposure 7 provides true non-destructive editing for RAW files in standalone mode. Your workflow is about to get a lot simpler and more streamlined!
Rapid Folder and File Browsing

Exposure 7 now provides rapid folder and file browsing right within the same UI when working in standalone mode. No need to switch between modules like in other programs; you can simply pull up batches or individual images and work on them right then and there.
Crop & Rotate

Also in standalone mode, Exposure 7 features a new, easy-to-use Crop and Rotate panel, which will help you get your images looking just right.
New Film Emulation Presets

We’ve also developed some cool new film presets based on careful research of the original film stock:

Color:

KODAK PORTRA 160*
KODAK PORTRA 400*
KODAK PORTRA 800
KODAK GOLD 100
KODAK GOLD 200
KODAK GOLD 400
KODAK ULTRA MAX 400
FUJI PRO 800Z
FUJI SUPERIA X-TRA 400
FUJI SUPERIA X-TRA 800
*NEW VERSIONS BASED ON 2010/11 FILMS

B&W:

KODAK BW400CN
ILFORD XP2 SUPER 400
KODAK T-MAX 400
New Textures

Finally, you can put the finishing touches to your images by using a series of cool new textures that we’re adding to the Overlays panel. Developed by world-renowned photographers Lara Jade and Parker J Pfister, these textures can be applied subtly or aggressively to get the exact look you’re after.

Pricing and Availability

Exposure 7 is now available through www.alienskin.com for $149 USD. Owners of any version of Exposure may upgrade for $69 USD. Free upgrades have already been sent out to everyone who purchased or paid to upgrade to Exposure 6 directly from Alien Skin Software on or after June 10th, 2014. If you feel like you have missed out on this, please check your spam folder and any other email accounts you might have used for registering with us before contacting us at support@alienskin.com.

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Dec 112014
 

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The Sony World Photography Awards season is well on its way. The competition, famously open to amateur and professional photographers alike, prompts anyone with a camera and an eye for the world’s natural and artificial wonders to submit the best and brightest in contemporary image making. The contest began in 2007, and has since collected an impressive 700,000 entries from across the globe. This year alone has seen submissions from Romania to New Zealand, Indonesia to Portugal, the US to the Netherlands.

We’ve already given you a taste of the early stages of the 2015 awards participants. Now, we’re showcasing 15 of the best images across categories (everything from architecture to current affairs to wildlife) that are in the running for accolades this year.

See a sneak peek of the photographers leading the race right now. In the meantime, you still have time to submit your own works, whether you’d like to compete in the professional, open, youth or student contests. Those competing in the professional contest will be judged by the 2015 honorary jury consisting of Oliver Schmitt, Matthew Leifheit, Xingxin Guo, Joanna Milter, Maria Pieri, Enrica Viganò, and Sasha Erwitt. The deadlines for this season ends on January 8, 2015. Check out the website for more information.

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