You simply have to get in on this deal. The awesome folks at ON1 have made the Lightroom and Photoshop plugins for Effects 10 available for FREE. Act right freaking now, before they figure out how awesome a deal this is. To get them, click the links in this post.Read More
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While the entire ON1 Photo 10 suite is extremely awesome, I really want to credit the ON1 team. When I first saw ON1 Photo 10, just prior to formal release, i was impressed but noticed that there was no standalone Perfect Resize. Many of the functions were in other modules, but for me, and a lot of other pros, Perfect Resize had proven itself as the fastest and most consistent resizing tool on the planet, back to when it was still called Perfect Fractals.Read More
I've been a cheerleader for the original 1Dx since mine arrived just before the London Olympics. It built on the framework of the 1D Mark IV and the 5D Mark II to make a superbly capable professional camera. I loved it then, and it is my go to body to this day. When word started to leak that there was a new version imminent, lots of folks asked me what I thought. I was very clear then. The only thing that would make a Mark II extraordinarily compelling would be a significant increase in dynamic range. The Mark II was officially announced on Feb 1, 2016. Let's take a look at the announcement and see what Canon has done.Read More
Last week Daniel Zhang over at Fotor pinged me to see if I would be willing to have a look at what they do over at Fotor. With such a gracious request, how could I say no? I had not been familiar with Fotor, and offer this quick look as they do some very cool things over there.Read More
I accept up front that paper cutters don't fit a need for everyone. But if you print, at some point you will need a good paper cutter, and I want to save you some pain and money by helping you buy your last cutter first.Read More
The demand for fast, high quality video increases every week. Youtube and Vimeo libraries continue to grow as more and more people and companies use mirrorless and DSLR cameras to create video content for friends, communities and customers. We also know that the thing that destroys good video fastest is bad audio.Read More
The space of long reach zooms at affordable pricing has long been the realm of third party lens builders such as Tamron and Sigma. And, they've done a really great job producing very good glass at pricing that serious amateurs can afford. Nikon surprised the marketplace this past fall with the announcement of their entry in this space, that is priced very competitively with the third parties, so folks want to know, is it good, and is it better than the alternatives.Read More
Why do we back up? For security? For confidence? For redundancy?
We back up because we are smart enough to understand the science of storage. It's not a question of WHETHER storage will fail, it's a question of WHEN.Read More
I was one of those people who supported this project via Kickstarter. I received my bag earlier this week, about two days before it showed up in retail stores. Not exactly the early preview I was expecting, particularly given that some folks have had theirs for well over a month. I liked the concept online very much and paid my money to support a company whose products I really like and recommend highly. Sometimes, expectations and reality don't end up in the same place and this is what happened to me.Read More
Nikon decided to use the Consumer Electronics Show as the vehicle for their first product announcements of 2016. CES is best known as the debut site for new electronics and another four million iPhone cases, not so much for photography and video. Still, Nikon made some pretty distinctive announcements that tell us about the company direction and give us a sense of what they see coming up.Read More
In this video I look at what goes into the whole concept of tilt / shift, starting with examples on the view camera and then moving to the popular style of tilt shift lenses available for digital cameras.Read More
When you're working to a deadline, or with a client who needs to see the work quickly, tethering is a huge asset. No one is scrambling over a miniscule image on the camera, you aren't looking at some JPEG rendition, you see the converted RAW on a large screen in real time. Fortunately, most cameras can be tethered. Let's look at some options to make that work.Read More
Hooray! You received a new camera for Christmas! Or you went out on Boxing Day and got yourself a new camera. Good for you! But now you have a box of stuff, you want to get started and aren't exactly sure where to start. You want to be making photographs, RIGHT FREAKING NOW, but are concerned about what could go wrong, what got missed, and what you forgot. Relax, I'm here to help!Read More
Let's say you are out shopping for Boxing Day, or are so crazy to be shopping today (the 24th) and just aren't quite sure which focal length prime or zoom range to choose. I was out doing some test work with Nikon's new 200mm-500mm today (more on that in it's own review) and put together this simple sequence to give you a sense of what different focal lengths will deliver with the same camera position.Read More
I am very pleased to let folks know that the podcast model will return in 2016. It's going to be different from what I did years ago as there are more than enough newsfeeds in the photo and video marketplace and people don't really need another one.
This round, the audio podcast will focus on tips, tricks, problem solving and simple how tos that can be conveyed in audio format. I will also talk briefly about new gear I've seen and tried, while full reviews will appear as articles on the site.Read More
Look, I get it. Apple wants users to find it really easy to access images on memory cards from their cameras. Maybe the average user only has one card. Not I, he said, I have many and use them in different cameras, and always reformat each time I install one, so Photos ALWAYS thinks every card is brand new. The mode to stop the auto-launch has been to try to tell Photos not to launch for each card individually. Which only works so long as the card does not get reformatted. This is, a pile of crap, considering it used to be possible to tell the Image Capture function to never auto-launch. There are dozens of posts on Apple Support Communities since the inception of Photos and Apple has done NOTHING. I however, have an answer that works.Read More
Hotshoe flash is wonderful, except when shot direct from the hotshoe. There are myriad modifiers in the marketplace but many of them don't deliver the light that you really want. Rogue's Flashbender lineup is different so have a look and you'll see why.Read More