Jun 232016
 

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After teasing us with the magic that is Content-Aware Crop a few weeks ago, Adobe is finally ready to release that feature and a few more into the wild. Photoshop CC 2015.5 is officially here, and it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve.

The newest version of Photoshop CC comes with a couple of speed and performance improvements like we see in most updates—this time it’s a 3x performance improvement when working with fonts and Content- Aware Fill features. But beyond that, there are three new features you need to know about: Content-Aware Crop, Face-Aware Liquify, and the Selection and Masking Taskspace.

 

Let’s take them one by one.

Content-Aware Crop

If you haven’t been reclining beneath a shady rock recently, you’ve already heard of and probably seen this feature in action. As the name suggests, this much-requested feature brings Content-Aware technology to the Crop tool.

Basically: it lets you crop outside the lines by intelligently filling in any empty space you create. This lets you straighten crooked photos without losing precious bits of your image, or simply expand the canvas you’re working with.

So you can go from this:

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Jun 232016
 

OK, after having seen the incredible timelapse masterpiece covered in this post, one could think everything is said and done regarding timelapsing. Nobody needs to do it ever again. But wait, there is hope for the rest of us. Elysia Visuals have just introduced a neat little timelapse controller, the Ramper Pro 3.

Evolution of the Ramper Pro

The original Ramper Pro by Elysia Visuals, a company from the Netherlands, has been in the the hands of many timelapse shooters around the world for a couple of years now. The developers clearly believed it was time for an upgrade, so here comes the brand new version 3 of the Ramper Pro timelapse machine.

This new version makes it even easier to capture the so called holy grail of timelapsing, the transition from day to night or vice versa. In order to achieve this trick, the Ramper Pro 3 device takes full control over the connected camera (or even 2 cameras at the same time), including an advanced light sensor for necessary measurements.

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Jun 232016
 

 

While capturing and crafting moving images may be our primary focus, there’s a lot to be gained by taking your photography just as seriously. I’d like to quickly highlight six reasons why you should spend as much time capturing stills as you do motion.

Actually… I’ll take it one step further. As much as I love even shooting with my iPhone, and much of what I’m about to say applies no matter what medium or camera you use… preferably you should put away your digital cameras altogether and get yourself an all-manual SLR.

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Jun 102016
 

The Canon XC10 is underrated on paper, not least by me! Having very little interest in one I decided anyway to give it a try.

Glad I did.

When Zeiss build a lens they do it at a very high technical level, but the also tune it subjectively to give it a cinematic look. It’s the same with cameras. What Canon do, in particular with regard to colour is that they don’t just ramp up the tech-specs, without tuning the image for a subjectively more pleasing result. When Sony build a camera they do so at a very high technical level, but they’re not currently applying an artisan touch in the lab. Never has this been more apparent with the Sony RX10 III.

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Jun 102016
 

As a boudoir photographer for over seven years, I am always seeking new ways to keep the artistic appeal to my images. Sometimes we work so hard to create something so epic, that we forget about that simplicity is usually the key to greatness.

Creatively Diving Into The Past

A huge step into the world of color photography was due to the introduction of Kodachrome in 1936. Color correction took a another step in 2008 with the version of CS4 releasing the adjustment panel. Users had an advantage than those before to improve on color in a whole new workflow.

This ability to work color into so many different levels may also have lead to the current desire to jump back to the simplicity of black and white images. Color has somewhat taken away the main foundation of an image. Tone, texture, and contrast are key features that color sometimes overwhelms and takes focus from.

Less Distractions

While color boudoir photography can be sultry and beautiful in its own way, there is just something captivating about the mood of a black and white image. Kara Marie shows a perfect example on how you can take the smaller distractions in the background out of the final image without deleting them entirely. The background is blended into shades of dark but not creating a pure black. The levels of color themselves lend way to creating a few color coordinates in the light and dark areas. This creates depth yet maintaining the eye to be drawn to the subject. The shaded between light and dark in the black areas on skin tone also create excellent highlights and accent strong features.

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Jun 102016
 

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There’s no shortage of smartphone lenses out there to choose from, but these two from DynaOptics promise to be both special, and unique. Designed with their patented ‘free-form’ technology, the OOWA smartphone lenses claim they are “the highest-quality lens attachments ever created for mobile photography.”

That’s quite the claim, especially with competition from high-end glass lenses like the Moment offerings, but DynaOptics has a technological ace up their sleeve: “patented free-form technology” they say results in “unprecedented” edge-to-edge sharpness, minimal distortion, no chromatic aberration, and no vignetting.

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May 252016
 

There is no such thing as an action camera in the Japanese company’s lineup of cameras. Until now. Today, Olympus introduced their latest piece of gear, the Stylus TG-Tracker action cam.

Yet another action cam!

It seems that we are witnessing another competitor emerging in the territory of the original inventor of the action cam, GoPro. The freshly announced Stylus TG-Tracker comes with a set of unique features and a form factor of its own, so it’s far from being another copycat GoPro clone. That said, we will have to wait to find out whether it can compete with the current “go-to” action cameras.

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