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:

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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:

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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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Nov 192014
 

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Aperture users and G.A.S. sufferers take note: version 5.7 of Adobe’s Lightroom and 8.7 of Camera RAW have officially dropped with the Aperture Importer Tool and support for some of the newest and most exciting DSLRs now built right in.

The Aperture Importer Tool we already told you about when it launched as a stand-alone plugin, but now it comes baked into Lightroom 5.7. Read more at the link below:

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Nov 142014
 

When cameras get put through a review, it’s often done at a pixel-peeping level in a studio, where the lighting is consistent across the board and variables are few and far between. This is NOT one of those reviews.

When it came time to review Canon’s new APS-C flagship, the 7D Mark II, DPReview reached out to professional wildlife photographer Adam Jones and asked him to take the camera out into the wild… literally. More at Petapixel.com

Nov 132014
 

Today, at its 2014 Developer Conference, Samsung unveiled Project Beyond: a camera capable of capturing true 3D video in a full 360-degrees. The saucer-shaped design captures a gigapixel of 3D footage every single second! Which sets the stage for Samsung’s endeavors to make virtual reality more realistic than ever.

The camera, whose footage is designed to work seamlessly with Samsung’s own Gear VR headset, packs quite a punch inside its considerably small form factor. Along the outside of the device, there is an array of 16 Full-HD cameras, each of which have an ultra-wide-angle lens attached.

Beneath the camera is the device’s processor and storage, which includes a means of high-speed connectivity to get the footage off the camera and onto other devices. An image sensor and controller is placed between the camera arrangement to ensure Project Beyond captures everything exactly as planned.

For more info please click the link below:

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Nov 122014
 

Read at at slrlouge.com:

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Widening Your Horizons

If you are a professional photographer, you know how the photography market has morphed over the last few years. We have more competition than ever from our fellow pro shooters. The relative ease of creating digital images has inundated stock photo agencies to the point that our images often get lost in a “sea of similars.”

To add insult to injury, we are now seeing a tidal wave of smart phone images and a perception that images should be free!

Over the last 21 years, the art of creating visually compelling (and highly marketable) panoramic images has brought me the unique appeal I always wanted as a professional photographer. 

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A Profitable and Fun Niche

I found that the panoramic format is fun, as well as challenging, in many ways. I love the cinematic feel of panoramas and enjoy the compositional opportunities the format has to offer. By concentrating my efforts, I have found a unique way to compete in a changing marketplace.

Creating Your Panoramas

First of all, you may want to investigate the technical aspects and gear requirements of the format. One of the most important technical aspects of creating panos is that your lens must rotate around the entrance pupil of the lens. Sometimes, this point is called the “Nodal Point.” This is essential to getting a good stitch. You can read a good explanation about it here.

When shooting images for a pano be sure your camera is set on manual exposure and focus. If these change during your exposure sequence, the resulting panorama will be useless. Also, be sure to use a remote to trigger your exposures as any vibrations can ruin the panorama.

I set my exposure based on the brightest portion of the panorama using “Expose to the Right” technique.

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Use Gear You Already Own 

Add a good a panoramic tripod head, either manual or automated and you are on your way. Here are a few panoramic gear suppliers;

360 Precision

Nodal Ninja 

Really Right Stuff 

Seitz Roundshot 

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Dedicated Panoramic Cameras?

With the exception of the Seitz Roundshot Digital cameras, all of the dedicated panoramic cameras use film… not that there’s anything wrong with that! Actually, the Fuji and Linhof panoramic cameras are fantastic. The problem is that we just don’t know how much longer we’ll be able to purchase film and find labs to process it. These cameras served me well for many years. That being said, I have rarely used my film cameras in the last few years. 

Most camera manufacturers have not produced digital panoramic cameras due largely to the lack of appropriate sensors. Development costs and what would be a miniscule scale of production are to blame. The Seitz cameras are the exception, as I mentioned. Their panoramic cameras are famous for their Swiss precision and durable design. I use their VR-Drive tripod head which automates the process of shooting images needed for the subsequent stitching process. The customer service at Seitz is first rate! Ask for Werner Seitz. Mr Seitz has been very helpful to me over the years.

Aspect Ratio?

Panoramics can be any aspect ratio greater than 2-1. However the best selling and most common aspect ratio used is 3-1. Unless there is a compelling compositional reason not to use the 3-1 aspect ratio, that is what I recommend. The 3-1 ratio being exactly double the width of the full frame 35mm standard format. As such, 3-1 works well for advertising and coffee table books where the images are often displayed across two pages. 

Specialized Software 

Though you can stitch panos in Photoshop CC, I use specialty software; 

PTGui 

Autopano Giga 

HDR Expose 3 

PTGui and Autopano Giga are stitching programs which allow a greater degree of stitching control and precision over Photoshop CC. These programs allow you to create panoramas, but also 360 degree virtual reality images. HDR Expose 3 will allow you to create extremely precise and realistic HDR images and HDR panoramic images. Although there are many HDR software programs, HDR Expose 3 now has a unique “Pano Prep Batch Processing” mode. This new mode allows the application of identical tone-mapping to the HDR panels for subsequent stitching. 

What to Shoot

You will need to consider the types of subject matter that are in demand if you are hoping to get your images licensed on the one hand, or sold as “Print On Demand” on the other. My experience is that compelling scenics will sell, however well composed city skyline images can do extremely well. Nicely executed composites are salable if you have a great concept, and if you have excellent compositing skills. 

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I have found that standard views of well known places may well become best sellers. The images must be well composed, clean and taken in attractive light. 

Marketing Your Panoramas

Working with a specialty panoramic stock agency can be very helpful. I am under contract with Panoramic Images (Doug Segal, President).

Other options for marketing your panoramic images are increasing and well worth investigating. Here are a few that come to mind;

Stocksy 

500px Prime 

I suggest you also set up a section of your website to show off your panoramas. My website is tightly focused on my panoramic work.

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Mastering the Panoramic Medium

The rules of composition for panoramas are no different from standard formats. I have found that one point perspective to be especially effective with panos. The Golden Mean or Golden Ratio is a powerful tool. For years, I used a Golden Mean grid over the ground glass of my V-Pan 617 MKIII panoramic view camera. 

Learning More

The varied technical aspects of panorama shooting are beyond the scope of this article, but stay tuned as I plan to follow up soon with more information on the subject! 

About the Guest Contributor

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Twenty one years ago, I began a voyage to photograph the American landscape with high-resolution panoramic cameras. I used several cameras for this project, including the Fuji G617, the V-Pan 617 Mark III and more recently, high resolution Canon digital cameras and an advanced panoramic device called the Seitz VR-Drive.

There have been many moving moments during this long journey. However, the people I met along the way, have been the greatest source of inspiration throughout my travels.

I wish you the best with your own dreams, photography and adventures of discovery.

Richard Sisk – www.richardsiskproductions.com

Nov 122014
 

Think about a lot of the issues that you currently have with your camera’s performance: moire, rolling shutter (in video), ISO performance, under 10fps burst mode, etc. All of these issues would no longer be a problem if this rumor about some upcoming Sony sensor tech is legit.

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According to a report over on Sony Alpha Rumors, which is rating this rumor an SR4 (out of 5, with 5 being most reliable), Sony is poised to announce a new “Active-Pixel Color Sampling” sensor in 2015. This new sensor is technology completely different from what is in your current camera, which is based on Bayer methodology. This is also completely different from Foveon or other multi-layer technology.

Read full article at: SLRLounge

Nov 102014
 

I hope this “Rumor” proves true. I have been hearing about this update for several years now! Is it finally here?

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Price: $2199 USD
Release Date: November 11, 2014
Ship Date: Unknown

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6
Lens Construction: 21 elements in 16 groups
Diagonal Angle of View: 24º-6’10’
Focus Adjustment: Inner focus system / USM
Closest Focusing Distance: 3.2 ft. / 0.98m
Filter Size: 77mm
Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 3.7 in. x 7.6 in. / 94mm x 193mm; 3.46 lbs. / 1,570g
Overview
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power that’s great for sports and wildlife photography.

Read the full article  at:

Canon Rumors

 

Nov 062014
 

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KODAK PIXPRO SP360 ALL AROUND YOU: See the amazing 360° view taken with the new SP360 Action Camera under the water by a professional photographer in Tokashiki Island, Okinawa, Japan. KODAK SP360 Action Camera’s fisheye lens enables you to catch a wide view by Front mode and a full 360 degrees panorama movie by Round mode with FULL HD quality even in the water.
The movie shows the rarely seen moment of a moray attacking the Action Camera with its sharp teeth and the warm shot of a friendly turtle guiding the diver in the blue ocean were caught by the KODAK PIXPRO SP360 Action Camera.

Buy it NOW
Nov 012014
 

DXO Optics Pro 10 is my choice for processing RAW images when I need the absolute highest quality results.

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Visit the DXO Optics Pro website and download your free trial:

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Oct 312014
 

In this tutorial John Omvik demonstrates the basic Adobe Lightroom workflow using the HDR Express 3 plug-in with the full workflow to produce natural looking tone mapped images from high contrast (HDR) scenes.

To purchase HDR Express 3 with your HDR360pro discount,
please click the image below:

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Please click the image below to download the free trial version:

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To purchase HDR Express 3 with your HDR360pro discount,
please click the image below:

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HDR Photography Beyond Your Imagination

Capturing a high contrast scene has always vexed photographers. We’ve all tried neutral density filters for landscapes and lighting equipment for interior shots in order to balance the wide range of light levels in our scenes. The results could be good but the work to get to the final image was intense. No longer!

Capturing high contrast scenes is now as simple as shooting three or more images of varying exposures and then merging those images into one high dynamic range file that reveals all your shadows and highlights. The magic is done with HDR software. But, not all HDR software is created equal.

Previously, HDR applications performed their contrast manipulation or “tone mapping” by creating an 8-bit or 16-bit image. Using an 8-bit or 16-bit file to create a large, high dynamic range file significantly reduces the file’s dynamic range, clips its color range and degrades the precision of image data.

That’s why we created our stand-alone HDR applications HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and the Photoshop plug-in 32 Float v3. These are the only HDR applications that merge multiple exposures into a full 32-bit file using our patented Beyond RGB™ color model. And, most importantly, these are the only HDR photo editing applications where all tools and operations work in 32-bit, floating-point precision.

Creating an HDR Image – One Click or Total Control

HDR Expose 3 and HDR Express 2 use powerful image alignment algorithms to create an HDR image from multiple exposures. The resulting 32-bit image is then ready to have its wide contrast range adjusted to fit into the contrast range of your output device. Unlike other HDR applications which “tone map” their 8-bit or 16-bit image into a useable range, our applications take all the valuable data in your HDR image and “dynamic range map” it into a file that retains naturally clear highlights, vibrant mid-tones and beautifully open shadows.

HDR Expose 3 and HDR Express 2 can do this for you with a single click using the Dynamic Range Mapping tool. And, with HDR Express you have additional one-step tone mapping and style preset buttons. You can also choose to have full control over the mapping process by individually adjusting the image’s dynamic range, brightness, highlights, shadows and saturation. With these powerful tools you can dial in a beautifully natural HDR image or a highly stylized image depending on your artistic vision.

Advantages of Working in 32-bit Mode in the Beyond RGB Color Space

In digital photography the colors and brightness of each pixel are recorded as binary numbers. Depending on the power of your image editing application the numbers used to describe those pixels are restricted to 8-bits (256) or 16-bits (65,535). Naturally, the more numbers you have available to you the more variation you can describe in each pixel. The more variation that you can describe, the richer and more detailed your digital image will be.

Because color information is restricted to at most 16 bits in the RGB space used in most image editing applications and output devices, RGB is inherently a restricted color model — it is a restricted color space that cannot describe all the colors that can be seen by the human eye.

Imagine the tonal variations available to you by working in 32-bit, floating point mode in the Beyond RGB color space, the basis of HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3. The Beyond RGB color space brings all the colors your eye can see to the task of creating your HDR photography image.

Because the 32-bit floating point Beyond RGB color model is not based on the RGB model, the brightness and contrast changes made to your image in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 or 32 Float v3 will not alter your original colors as you would in an 8-bit or 16-bit program.

In fact, every tool and operation in HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3 always works in the high-precision 32-bit floating point mode. This is why many pro photographers are using HDR Expose 3, HDR Express 2 and 32 Float v3 to perform non-color-destructive brightness, contrast and color adjustments to their non-HDR images. These pros create their images from RAW camera files and save out their files in 32-bit format as a base reference file before moving on to Photoshop or other programs for further editing. Why lose data before you have to? Why lose data at all?

It’s time for you to try HDR imaging and discover the beauty in a high dynamic range image and then working with that image in full, non-destructive 32-bit floating point mode. Download a free, 30-day trial version of HDR Expose 3 or HDR Express 2 today and experience the beauty of true HDR photography.

Oct 272014
 

Probably one of the biggest complaints I have heard in regards to Canon’s two latest big releases, the 7D Mark II and the C100 Mark II, is the lack of 4K video recording. Well, it seems that Canon may finally be seeing the light about 4K, and a new rumor indicates it could be coming soon!

To view full article please click the link below:

slrlounge

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Oct 232014
 

Introducing the Samsung NX1 Smart Camera!  With 28 megapixels, 15 fps, and UHD 4K video. The features on this camera look excellent. In particular, the new H265 video codec promises far better quality than the old H264. I am looking forward to seeing footage from this soon.

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Oct 222014
 

Canon just announce this new updated version of the C100. It is the C100 Mark II.Some highlights of the new model includes higher frame rates (60 fps) in 1080p, a practical new 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel that pivots and rotates, internal mic build into the body, a build in 2.4 GHz and 5GHz WiFi support and Canon replaced the ageing DIGIC DV III Image Processor with the more sophisticated DIGIC DV 4.

EOS-D179-1-optimized
Same Super 35mm CMOS Sensor (24.6 x 13.8 mm) as previous C100
Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor (improved edge transitions, low false color moiré, and enhanced overall color reproduction)
1080p: 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94
720p: 23.98, 25, 29.97
640 x 360: 23.98, 25, 29.97
ISO 320 to 80,000 in 1/3-step increments
Dual Pixel CMOS AutoFocus is Now Standard (Also includes Face Detection AF with STM Lenses)
Canon Log LUT Support on the HDMI Output (so you can see what the final image will look like while still recording log)
4:2:0 to SD card, 4:2:2 via uncompressed HDMI out, Timecode over HDMI
Dual SDHC/SDXC Card Slots
Simultaneous recording in AVCHD or MP4 formats
AVCHD: 28, 24, 17, 7 Mb/s
MP4: 35, 24, 17, 4, 3, Mb/s
New 40% slow motion to 250% fast motion in MP4
AAC Audio Recording
Built-in 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi support
New internal mic built into the body, not just the top handle
New 1.23MP OLED Screen that can be tilted to the side of the camera
New 0.45″ 1.23 MP viewfinder

Buy it Now

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What’s in the Box:

C100 Mark II Camera body
Eyecup
Handle Unit
Thumb Rest
Tripod Base
Shoulder Strap (SS-1200)
Battery Pack (BP-955)
Compact Power Adaptor (CA-940N) – for North America
Compact Power Adaptor (CA-941) – for other than North America
Battery Charger (CG-940)
DC Cable (for CA-930)
AC Cable
Data Import Utility Disc

Oct 182014
 

Short film shot at the Isle of Skye, Scotland, in June 2014.
“In colabaration with Pathgate Institute we produced a series of images to be used in an upcoming remake of the Buddhist film ‘Life Story of Guru Rinpoche.’ The film is still in production but this short film showcases a selection of the time lapse photography shots as well as video footage shot from a quadcopter.
For the film, the sequences are being processed in a 3D space so that mountain ranges and sky replacement can be added in order to emulate Tibet and the Himalyan region. This is an ongoing project with more shooting locations being planned.
All shot in Isle of Skye over 5 days in June 2014 except one shot at Red Tarn, Lake District.”

-Fourth Dimension

Oct 162014
 

Today Apple announced several interesting new products. The new iMac features an astounding 27″ 5K display! Here now! Unfortunately Apple did not announce a standalone 5K display…

Oct 152014
 

If you are planning to travel to shoot fall foliage, this interactive map from smokymountains.com may help. Better hurry though as the color will not last much longer!

Please click the image below to view the interactive map:

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Oct 062014
 

Adobe’s largest creativity conference kicks off today and nearly 6,000 creatives from all over the world are attending in LA this week, while another half a million will view online. MAX is where the Adobe creative community comes together to share ideas, inspiration and learn from one another.

View Now

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Oct 012014
 

This new Sigma 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Sport lens looks like a winner. Here are a few sample images!

For more info please click the link below:

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Sep 302014
 

I have seen so much Time-Lapse video over the last few years that I am quite jaded. However this 4k Time-Lapse adventure in Norway is excellent! Congratulations to filmmaker Morten Rustad.