Quick Look : Helicon Focus for professional grade focus stacking

Quick Look : Helicon Focus for professional grade focus stacking

I've recently done some tutorials on macro photography and a popular sub-topic to this kind of work is the subject of Focus Stacking.  Most of the attendees have the Adobe Photographer's Bundle, and so have Photoshop CC which does pretty darn good focus stacking, but some object to subscription software and others wanted something that was perhaps easier to use and that was more focused on stacking, as it were.

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REVIEW : Fujifilm X-H1

REVIEW :  Fujifilm X-H1

Fujifilm recently released the X-H1 and courtesy of the fine people at Fujifilm Canada, I have received a complete kit for evaluation and review.  I have the luxury of checking out lots of gear, but am always excited to receive a new Fujifilm product for review, because the offerings consistently show a commitment to creative usability.  All opinions expressed are my own, and any reader is free to do their own assessment and disagree completely.  

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Can Lightroom CC Enhance Your Lightroom Classic CC Experience?

Can Lightroom CC Enhance Your Lightroom Classic CC Experience?

If you are a committed user of Lightroom Classic CC, is there any use for you of Lightroom CC, not as a replacement, but as another tool in the chest?  I wanted to find out, and was surprised by the outcome.  Read along to learn what I discovered.

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Studio Strobes for the Rest of Us. The Godox AD600Pro

Studio Strobes for the Rest of Us.  The Godox AD600Pro

I've had the good fortune recently to get some solid hands-on time with flashes from Godox.  This time, I have been able to work with the new Godox AD600Pro strobes, and the Godox 2.4GHz Xpro radio remote.  My setup for the test is Canon, but you can get a remote for Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Sony or Fujifilm.  The remote talks to your camera in its native protocol and then uses it's own language to control the strobes.  I tell you straight upfront, I have never see a third party radio control system this reliable and this easy to use.

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Solving the Background Challenge with Collapsibles

Solving the Background Challenge with Collapsibles

Backgrounds can be a real challenge for a photographer or videographer.  If we are shooting in ambient light, what is there may not be optimal.  A busy background detracts from the primary subject, or there may be elements that just don’t fit, and while you can use content aware fill in Photoshop to remove these things, we do not yet have that capability in video editing that is easy to do.  In this article, I want to explore some options.

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MacOS High Sierra Issues Formatting NTFS Partitioned External Drives

MacOS High Sierra Issues Formatting NTFS Partitioned External Drives

I've recently been approached by a number of folks who like using portable hard drives for travel and for their photo libraries for their laptops who have been unable to prepare the drives with an Apple file system and partition.  Here's the fix.

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ON1 Photo RAW 2018 and Video Cards

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 and Video Cards

All software has some minimum hardware requirements, but I was reminded the other day in  a comment by respected photographer Brian Matiash, that since software no longer arrives in packaging, many users do not read the requirements.    I would add that this may have led makers to spend less time making this information well known, if few are bothering to read it.  And those together may contribute to a lot of the complaints with newer software.

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