Sep 022015
 

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It looks like the hype surrounding the new Sony a7R II is justified… at least when it comes to sensor quality. DxOMark tested backside-illuminated full-frame sensor in the camera — a world’s first — and the sensor received the highest overall quality score ever awarded by the testing lab.

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Sep 022015
 

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You’re a photographer, not a printer. You’re the artist, not the laborer; the visionary and not the executive. This is how most photographers see themselves, and they are most likely right. Are there photographers out there with phenomenal grasps of the technical side of the digital photo world? Sure, throw a rock in a room of a thousand and you’re bound to hit three or four, but they are the exceptions, and you’re likely the rule. In this digital age, where the playing field is greatly leveled, you should cross that line in the sand to be an exception.

But how does one do this? Well, for a start, understand that there’s a lot more to being a photographer than taking great images, and part of that is understanding the digital space in which we all now work. When we think of digital spaces (not that we all do very often), in this instance what I’m referring to is color spaces. It’s sort of a dreaded topic because, for an artist, it’s sort of the antithesis of what we want to be learning. But if you want your work to look as good as you know it is, you should have a grasp on it.

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Aug 272015
 

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Should you be excited about Ultra HD Blu-ray? We answer the biggest questions about the new players, the movies you’ll be able to watch and the essential kit you’ll need to enjoy higher resolution movies

Well, this is awkward. Just at a time when the tech world’s chattering classes are rushing to declare physical media dead and buried, the movie studios and consumer electronics manufacturers are getting together in a startling show of unity to tell us that actually what we all really want are more discs on our shelves.

The discs in question are called Ultra HD Blu-rays, and the core thinking behind them is that they will finally give consumers a way of unlocking all the picture quality potential of the new 4K UHD TVs currently sweeping the TV marketplace.

Here we take a look at these and other questions to try and figure out just how high up on your ‘next big purchase’ list Ultra HD Blu-ray should be.

How will Ultra HD Blu-ray improve your viewing experience?

By using much higher capacity discs Ultra HD Blu-ray will be able to deliver your TV pictures containing an Ultra HD (also known as 4K) resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, versus the 1920×1080 pixels delivered by most current Blu-ray discs.

This amounts to four times as much resolution and pixel density, giving an experience – when delivered well – that’s often described as feeling more like looking through a window than watching TV.

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Aug 272015
 

Adobe Mobile Retouching

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Aug 252015
 

 Jason Paul and Pasha Petkuns created this fun video incorporating a variety of visual effects!
 
Click this link to see how it was done:
 
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Aug 252015
 

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Call it the “Instagram Effect”—that filtered, shadowed, sharpened, brightened, tilted, faded, structured, saturated way of seeing life through a lens. It’s changed the way people portray themselves and see others.

And it’s having the same impact on brands.

Design teams are beginning to see the benefit of moving away from over-lit, over-staged and generally over-edited photography for their campaigns and instead are favoring a more organic (albeit filtered) look and feel that matches the medium—on Instagram itself, obviously, but also in print and across an array of other media.

“We kind of call it ‘perfectly imperfect,'” said Nathan Iverson, evp and design director at Deutsch LA. “People will call you out pretty easily if your food looks overly propped or overly perfect, because that’s not how it is.”

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Aug 252015
 

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Amazon has just announced the UK availability of high dynamic range (HDR) content on its Amazon Prime Instant Video platform.

Starting today any Prime Instant Video subscribers can access Amazon Original series in HDR at no extra cost…so long as they have a compatible TV to watch them on.

Amazon initially launched its first HDR content to its US subscribers on Samsung SUHD televisions back in June and is now bringing the service to the UK. Like the US launch content is mighty thin on the ground – and you thought Ultra HD content was few and far between – with only the first series of Mozart in the Jungle and the pilot of the upcoming Red Oaks show.

HDR is expected to be one of the talking points coming out of next week’s IFA tradeshow in Berlin, so it’s a good time for this feature to find its way over to the UK and continental Europe.

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