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January 3, 2007 – Phase One P30 First Impressions

Our ongoing coverage of the world of medium format digital continues today with a Phase One P30 First Impressions report by new contributor William Carter.

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January 5, 2007 – HP Z-3100 printer review

HP's new large format pigment printers, the Z Series, have generated quite a stir in the industry. These utilize 12 inks, have a built-in spectrophotometer, a gloss enhancer, simultaneous glossy and black inks, 4 seperate blacks, a built--in 40 GB hard drive, and a web server.

I have been testing a 24" Z3100 for the past month, and my in-depth review is now online.
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It will come as no surpass that Adobe's Lightroom is getting closer to final release. For the past week Jeff Schewe and I have been busy filming our Lightroom V1.0 video tutorial. We're seen in the shot above, in the studio with director / cameraman Chris Sanderson.

This promises to be a multi-hour, in-depth tutorial which you will not want to miss. It will become available as a download and / or a DVD once Lightroom becomes commercially available. We'll have further details on pricing and availability soon. In the meantime Chris has 17 hours of videotape to contend with.


January 9, 2007 – Taking Your Photography to the Next Level

Our newest contributor is George Barr, who today begins the first of a three-part series titled – Taking Your Photography to the Next Level. I first met George when he attended one of my workshops a few years ago, and since then he has seen a portfolio of his published in Lenswork magazine as well as in a recent gallery exhibition in Toronto.
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The Home Page photograph has been updated with one taken a few days ago.

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I am now traveling, and will be mostly offline until Thursday the 18th. Please hold your emails until then.
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Due to a medical emergency leading to a last minute cancellation, two berths have become available on my Feb 4-23 Antarctic Expedition. If you have the ability to join us on this unique adventure please contact Chris Dunham at Quark Expeditions. She has all the details.
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UPDATE: Alain Briot has a seminar on Composition Mastery taking place in Phoenix on Feb 7-8. If you're looking to enhance and mature your photographic skils, not to mention escape the mid-winter blahs, this is one to consider. Also, check out some of the other workshops and seminars being offered by the several talented photographic educators that I regularly work with.
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January 18, 2007 – Lens Equivalents

I have just returned from a week vacationing and doing photography in Marrakech and surrounding areas in Morocco. It's a remarkable and exotic country. I'll have an article on this adventure, as well as an on-line portfolio, before the end of the month. In the meantime the new Home Page is one from Marrakech.

Ever since the first non-full frame DSLRs appeared there have been endless online debates about lens focal length equivalence, and depth of field issue. Much of this discussion has been either ill-informed, or just plain wrong.

Our latest article is by Charles S. Johnson, and is excerpted from his forthcoming book on the science of photography. The piece is titled Lens Equivalents.


January 20, 2007 – Book Recommendation

A lot of new photography books cross my desk each month. One that stands out, and which I want to recommend, is Digital Restoration by Ctein. He was once described by Kodak as the world's finest colour printer. He is also one of the last dye transfer process printers left in the world.

Because of its specialized nature Ctein's new book isn't for everyone. But if you ever have wanted to restore an old family photographic treasure that has faded or been damaged, or are looking for a new photographic niche to explore, this new book will be found to be the definitive reference.

Digital Restoration is available from major book sellers. But if you buy direct from Ctein's web site you will receive an autographed copy, not to mention helping to support one of our craft's greatest practitioners.
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The Home Page photograph has been updated with another taken last week in Marrakech. My article on that shoot along with a small online portfolio, will appear here on Monday.


January 22, 2007 – The M8 in Mysterious Marrakech

For all of its teething pains the Leica M8 has turned out to be a brilliant camera for anyone who appreciates the M Leica esthetic and who wants to move to digital in this camera format.

I spent a week in Marrakech, Morocco earlier this month, and had my first opportunity to do an intensive real-world shoot with the M8 and a number of different Leica and Zeiss lenses, including the new Zeiss 15mm Distagon and Leica 16-18-21 Tri-Elmar.

Over the next two weeks I will be publishing several M Leica related lens reviews, but begin today with my new article titled Photography with the Leica M8 in Marrakech.

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Sean Reid at Reid Reviews has just published a comparison review of several 24/25mm lenses for the Leica M8. Well worth a read for those interested in all things M8ish, and specifically anyone considering this focal length. Reid Review is a subscription web site, and well worth the modest cost for its in-depth reports.


January 23, 2007 – Updates

As is often the case with technical articles, there can be more than one perspective. Charles S. Johnson's Lens Equivalents, published here last week, offers a highly informed perspective on the issue of depth of field. But, it's just one perspective.

In a follow-up contribution today by Nathan Myhrvold we see that there is a digital dimension that also needs to be considered.

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In my article Photography with the Leica M8 in Marrakech I expressed some concerns regarding the handling of the Leica M8. Some poeple whom I spoke to after my return, but prior to publication, suggested that I look at the Leica Handgrip M. I now have, and am pleased to report that it almost completely fixes the problems that I was having, as it changes the manner in which the camera is held. My brief update is now online.



January 24, 2007 –Voigtlander Heliar 15mm f/4.5 on the M8

Today brings the first of three ultra-wide lens reviews for the Leica M8. The Voigtlander 15mm Heliar  f/4.5 is the least expensive of the trimumvirate, which also includes the Zeiss 15mm Distagon and the new Leica Tri-Elmar 16-18-21. Reviews of the other two lenses will appear here during the next week or so.

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January 25, 2007 –Instant Gratification from the Luminous Landscape

This is an very exciting day on The Luminous Landscape. After five years of publishing The Video Journal on DVD, we are now making it available as a high resolution download.

Instant Gratification!

Now, for just US $9.95 you can download the full content of the Video Journal as well as our special tutorial DVDs. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and ten bucks. The cost is just a third of that of the DVD's (including shipping), and you can start watching immediately while downloading additional segments. Each segment may be downloaded up to three times over a three month period.

We are also making each video available in a special small format appropriate for viewing on a Video iPod. These iPod videos will be made available to you at no additional cost.

For the price of a modest lunch (and why not download these while you're having lunch?) you can have the full 2 hours + of the latest version of the Video Journal or our Lightroom tutorials. And, you'll be supporting this non-commercial independent site at the same time.

Feed your passion for photography. Help feed this web site. Download Issue #15 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal now. (All back issues will be made available for download in the weeks ahead, and will be announced here when they become available).

The time for excuses is over. Go for it!

UPDATE: Heavy demand for our new Hi-Res Download Videos, announced early today, have put a strain on the server. We are upgrading the hardware to handle the new load, and response times will likely  be back to normal by tomorrow. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for your support.

UPDATE: Adobe Lightroom is hot, and soon to get hotter. There is a now a new interview online with Mark Hamburg, the program's architect, which you may find of interest.

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Charles S. Johnson's recent article on Lens Equivalents lead to a fascinating response by Nathan Myhrvold. Now, Charles provides us with some further thoughts. Heavy stuff, but if optical theory is your thing, you'll enjoy the dialog.


January 27, 2007 – Three New Zeiss ZM Lenses Reviewed

I leave for three weeks in Antarctica next Friday, so there will be more new content than usual between now and then.

We start off with a report today on three new lenses from Carl Zeiss for the M Leica, the Distagon 15mm f/2.8 ZM, the Biogon 21mm f/2.8 ZM, and the Sonnar 50mm f/1.5 ZM. All three were field tested with both film and digital, with a Leica M8, M6, and Voigtlander R2A.

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Thanks to everyone for your interest and support of our new Hi-Res Downloads of Issue #15 of The Video Journal. Response has been remarkably positive, and considering the magnitude of the traffic (more than 100GB of bandwidth in 24 hours) the server has held up very well. We have upgraded the server to handle the new load, and as of Friday morning things were back to running smoothly, even with an exponential increase in traffic.

There will be some additional exciting news about downloads early next week, so watch for it.

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The evolving debate between Charles Johnson and Nathan Myyhrvold continues. I'm sticking to the sidelines.
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January 29, 2007 – Lightroom Illuminated & V1.0 Download Tutorial

In development for several years, and in public beta since mid-2006, Adobe Lightroom V1.0 was formally announced today. The program is expected to ship in mid-February, for US $199 and Euro 199. This price will remain in effect until April 30, at which time it will increase to $299. Beta 4.1 expires on Feb 28. Lightroom will not be bundled with either Photoshop or the Creative Suite, but will only be sold as a stand-alone.

Numerous new features have been added in addition to those seen in the betas. These include Virtual Copies, Stacks, a Healing and Cloning tool, and the remarkable Targeted Adjustment Tool.

To coincide with the announcement of Lightroom V1.0 I am pleased to announce the Luminous Landscape Lightroom V1.0 Hi-Res Download Tutorial. Available exclusively from this web site, this video tutorial consists of more than 4.5 hours of live video instruction by Michael Reichmann and Jeff Schewe. It sells for just US $14.95 (but available until Feb 25 at 20% off – just $11.96). The Introductory segment of this serialized tutorial is available immediately, with new modules totaling more than 4.5 hours of content being released on a regular basis beginning on Feb. 25.

Also available today is a new on-going tutorial page called Lightroom Illuminated which will contain hints, tricks, tutorials and free streaming videos designed to help you make the most of Lightroom.

I don't believe it is an exaggeration to say that Adobe Lightroom promises to be the most significant new program for photographers since Photoshop. For many photographers it will become their "home" tool – the one in which they center their image organization, processing, presentation and printing activities.

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If you purchase The Luminous Landscape Adobe Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial before Sunday, 25 Feb., you will only pay US $11.96, rather than the regular price from then onward of $14.95. A 20% discount. Just as Adobe is discounting LightRoom for the first few months as a statement of their appreciation we too are offering this discount as a way of thanking you for your support and patience.

Just in case you wondered why Feb. 25, and not sooner – it's because Chris and I will be offline and in Antarctica until the evening of the 24th. Since Lightroom V1.0 is due to ship some time before Feb. 28, when the Beta expires, we believe that this timing works out well for everyone.

Note that because this tutorial is a Hi-Res download
there are no shipping costs, import taxes, or duties.

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January 30, 2007 – Leica 16-18-21mm f/4 Tri-Elmar ASPH

There are now three ultra-wide lenses for M Leica cameras, the Voigtlander 15mm Heliar, the Zeiss 15mm Distagon, and now the Leica 16-18-21mm Tri-Elmar. My review and field report on the superb new Tri-Elmar is now online.
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When the review of the 50mm Sonnar was first published there were some rather derogatory comments made on an online forum about our review because of the concerns we had expressed about the sharpness (or lack thereof) of this lens when used wide open. I suppose no one likes to have their favourite ox gored.

I had contacted Zeiss about our finding and was told that the lens tested would be checked and also that the factory would be contacted for their feedback. Zeiss' response, confirming the appropriateness of our findings, and explaining why this is the case, is now online.
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Two of the best instructors in the area of photographic fine art printing are Bill Atkinson and Charles Cramer. For several years their classes at Calypso Imaging have drawn photographers from all over the world. Charley and Bill's workshops are now listed on this site together with some of the world's best photographic educators.


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February 1, 2007 – Leica WA-TE Update

An update to my Leica Wide Angle Tri-Elmar review is now online.

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CC Lockwood, a photographic workshop instructor with whom I have had the pleasure of working on two Grand Canyon rafting expeditions, has now joined the list of instructors whose workshops and seminars are supported on this site. CC has a new and exciting Alaska Workshop coming up in July.


February 2, 2007 – Understanding Aspect Ratios and the Art of Cropping

It constantly amazes me that some photographers feel that it's worthwhile, necessary, or even obligatory to print their images to the format and aspect ratio provided by their particular camera. But they do.

I have therefore just published a new Understanding Series essay titled Understanding Aspect Ratios and the Art of Cropping. Maybe this can help in some way cure those afflicted with this syndrome.
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I am now offline until February 25, spending most of February on my Antarctic Expedition Workshop. There will therefore be no new material published during that time. This makes it a good opportunity for you to get caught up on the more than 3000 pages of product reviews, tutorials, essays and columns to be found on this site. The links at the top-left of each page as well as the site's search function will help you find what you may be looking for.

You may also wish to purchase any of the fifteen available issues of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal, a unique resource for passionate photographers. And, as we often do while I travel, we are having a 15% Off – While the Cats Away the Mice will Play Sale on all of our DVDs and DVD packages.

Our new Hi-Res Download Edition of Issue #15 is also available and on sale at -20% off when purchased in combination with our brand new Lightroom V1.0 Hi-Res Download Tutorial – also available separately.

In other words – there's lots of free material in the site to read and catch up on, and also some great broadcast-quality video for DVD purchase or immediate download.

Have a great February – see you here on the 25th!

Ps: Our customer support as well as system administrator for the web site, forum, and store are always available to you during this time.


February 25, 2007 – Back from Antarctica. New Downloads Available

I returned on Saturday from my three-week-long photographic workshop / expedition to Antarctica. The trip was a great success, though I have to say that I am very glad to be back on dry land and sleeping in my own bed again – especially one that doen't try and toss me on the floor evey now and then.

There's lots to catch up on, and I'll do my best over the next few days to do so. For now the two new items are the first of my images from Antarctica, which is on the Home Page and which is discussed in a new article called Antarctic Portfolio 2007.

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Two additional new download files have been added to the Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial. These cover the Library module in depth, and last more than one hour. Anyone who has already purchased this tutorial can download these files immediately. Additional segments of this tutorial series, totaling more than 4.5 hours, will be added in a week or so.


February 27, 2007 – Induro C413 Tripod Review and New Lightroom Tip

Three weeks, the time I've been offline this month, is a long time in the digital photography industry. Lot's has happened, but here are a few of the highlights.

Canon introduced the EOS 1D MKIII camera last week. This was a surprise announcement to almost everyone, as the company had not provided any pre-release information or samples to any reviewers. You can read the details of the announcement as well as about a renewed 16-35mm f/2.6L II lens, 580EX II flash and WFT-E2 WiFi transmitter at DPReview. I expect to have a look at the new camera within the next week, and receive a review sample in the not too distant future.

Leica has discontinued the Digital-R Module for the R-8 and R-9 cameras. No details yet on what's next for R owners.

Olympus appears to have some new cameras coming on March 5th, and Pentax continues to threaten to release a digital 645 format camera – for about the fourth time in three years. All of this and more will become manifest at the PMA show in a couple of weeks.

I will not be attending the PMA show this year as it falls half way between my just concluded Antarctic trip, and my mid-April Amazon workshop. I'll be commenting here though on developments as they are announced, and providing any worthwhile insights that may come my way.
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An extended field shoot is a great place to test new gear, and on the Antarctic trip this year I was able to work with a new high-end carbon fiber tripod, the Induro C413. My field report is now online.
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I used Adobe Lightroom on the expedition, as did most of the trip's members and instructors. One issue on return is how to merge files and create a new library, since V1.0 does not provide a means yet of merging libraries.

In a new addition to my ongoing Lightroom hints page, Lightroom illuminated, I now describe a couple of techniques for working around this limitation.
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The current issue of Photo Techniques magazine (March / April 2007) features my review of the HP Z3100 printer. It is now avaiable on newsstands in the US and Canada.

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We have just published an FAQ about our Lightroom Tutorial downloads. This addresses some technical questions which several people have been asking.
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March 2, 2007 –ThinkTank International bag. An on-the-road review.

As someone who travels internationally on shoots several times a year I'm particularly sensitive to the issue of how to travel most effectively with my camera gear.

A new bag from ThinkTank called the International has recently become available, and my on-the-road review of the ThinkTank International is now available.
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The Home Page photograph has been updated, and along with a few others added to my Antarctic Portfolio 2007.
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Phase One's Capture One is obviously feeling the heat from Lightroom and Aperture. In an attractive marketing move the company announced today a bundle of Capture One Pro and Microsoft's iView Media Pro for $549 – a saving of $149 over the price of the two products when purchased seperately.

Both programs are due for upgrades soon, Capture One to a radically redesigned V4 and MediaPro is being released as Microsoft Expression Media. Purchasers of this current bundle from Phase One will receive free upgrades to both products when they ship.
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If you're having trouble figuring out how to download new segments of our Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial, please refer to the FAQ which is now online.



March 3, 2007 – Lunar Eclipse Tonight

If you live in eastern North America there is the opportunity to see and photograph a lunar eclipse which occurs as the moon is rising this evening (Saturday).

In May of 2003 I travelled to Death Valley with a workshop group to photograph a similar event, and we ended up with some very satisfying results. Mine was published in Astronomy magazine a couple of months later.

Since this evenings occurance takes place in the northeast in mid-winter the chances of clear skies are much slimmer than they were in Death Valley that spring, but if there's any chance for clear skies on the eastern horizon tonight, it could be worth your seaking out a good locale.

I have one scoped out that provides me with a view of the Toronto skyline, positioned so that the rising moon will be directly behind it. All I need now are clear skies (and patient friends who will be waiting for me to join them for dinner). Eclipse? What eclipse?

You'll want a 400 – 500mm lens and a very sturdy tripod. The moon will be quite faint as it rises, but the eclipse lasts for a while, so have patience.

Send me a shot if you get a good one.


March 5, 2007 – Eclipse and Antarctic updates

Saturday night's eclipse was a bust where I live. The day was partially sunny, but by mid-afternoon heavy cloud rolled in and I didn't even both to try a setup. When I emerged from a restaurant at about 9:30pm after dining with friends I saw that the full moon was then high in the sky, and the clouds almost gone. Murphy was obviously at work.

But people in other locales fared better. I received about a dozen images shot by people in the northeast as well as Europe. The one I liked best was taken by Tim Ernst in the Ozark hills of Arkasas. Nice work Tim.


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Steve Johnson, one of our instructors in Antarctica has just posted a brief write-up as part of his monthly web newsletter.
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National Geographic has just published an online guide to some of the best resources for photographers to be found on the web. Of course I'm pleased to note that The Luminous Landscape is one of the sites featured.

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Jeff Schewe has published today a page related to our Antarctic trip. While we were away Adobe celebrated the launch of Lightroom, and Chris Sanderson created a brief video in honour of that occasion for use at Adobe's post-launch party which took place last week. It is one of the featured items on Jeff's page.

The video has been sanitized a bit for family viewing, and is somewhat zany, but if you've got a high-speed connection it's a lot of fun to watch.

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Other expedition members have started to post their images and impressions online as well. Here are a few currently available...

Kevin BurkeBill AtkinsonIan LyonsBill Lloyd
(more to come)



March 6, 2007 – Antarctica: What Worked & What Didn't?

A three week shoot on an expedition ship in Antarctica means that you can't run out to pick up another CF card or hard drive if you run short. You also can't call B&H and have them Fedex a replacement body or lens if one of yours bites the dust (or ice, as it were). You bring it with you, or you do without.

In my new article In The Bag – Antarctica: What Worked and What Didn't? I report on both my own equipment experience on this shoot as well as that of the 50 other photographers and instructors on the trip. A lot of gear just didn't make it.

The article contains some new photographs of mine from the shoot, and these are also found in an update to my ongoing Antarctic Portfolio – 2007.
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PMA opens in a few days and the floodgates of new product announcements have started to open. I will not be at PMA this year because of other travel committments prior to and following the show. But contributor Pete Myers will be at the show and will be fileing reports on those items which catch his fancy. I'll be kibbitzing from the sidelines.

In the meantime you should check the usual equipment review sites as they have up-to-date information on all the cameras, including two new Olympus offerings announced today, the E-410 and E-510, and some pics of a mock-up of the E-1's successor, the P-1. Given that it's just a mock-up at this point though means that it's still a looong way off.



March 7, 2007 – PMA First Report. New Tutorial video segments available

It's show time – or at least it will be on Thursday when PMA opens. The floodgates of new product announcements have started and in our ongoing PMA Report, which will be updated regularly over the next several days, you can read about what contributor Pete Myers (who is attending the show for The Luminous Landscape) and I think of the latest announcements.
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We have just posted Part 1 of 3 of Develop from our Lightroom Tutorial Download. To download it simply log in at the store then follow this path: Log In / MyAccount / PreviousOrders - View / Download Now.

The iPod version of this segment will be available within 24 hours, and Parts 2 and 3 will following over the next few days. They will be announced here as soon as they are available.
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Leica has just posted  firmware update 1.92 for the M8. It addresses a number of issues, but not yet the cyan drift occasioned by the use of IR filters on wide angle lenses. Apparently we will have to wait until April and V1.10 for this.
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I looked at the site's usage stats on Tuesday afternoon and was astonished to see a huge spike in visitors. It quickly was evident that the reason was a large number of people on various forums discussing the report from yesterday on the equipment failures that we had in Antarctica, especially those caused by rain.

I won't enter the debate, but the partisan bikkering online over this is quite astonishing. What I will add are two comments.
1: We were unprepared for rain that day in South Georgia. We found ourselves ashore, it started to rain, and we kept shooting. None of us had anything more than a hand towl or plastic bag for protection of our equipment. There was nowhere to go for shelter, and short of leaving our cameras in their bags nothing to do except keep shooting in an extraordinary environment.

2: If there had been 45 Nikon and 5 Canons in use, rather than the other way round, I think it likely that the shoe would have been on the other foot.
I have used my canon 1Ds and 1Ds MKII in snow stroms, dust storms, heavy rain and worse. I've never had one die. Similarly in past years with Nikon gear. On my trip to Namibia last year the front element fell off a Hasselblad lens on its third day of use. The same thing happened to a new Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L on a shoot in Costa Rica a few years ago.

Pros and ardent amateurs use their equipment in all sorts of conditions, sometimes harshly, and sometimes not. But gear does fail. Sometimes its the elements, sometimes abuse, and yes, sometimes poor craftsmanship and materials. But no one should draw any unwarrented conclusions from my report. There just arent enough facts available, and the sample was highly scewed statistically.



March 8, 2007 – PMA Report Update

Our PMA Report has been updated, including a pre-show preamble by Pete Myers, who has been shooting and traveling in Nevada for a few days prior to the show's opening.



March 9, 2007 – PMA Update and new Lightroom tutorial downloads

Today was the opening of PMA and there's lots to report on. Though no earth shattering new products were announced, there was lots of interest to be found. Read our updated report along with Pete Myers observations from the show floor.
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We have just posted Part 2 of 3 of Develop from our Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial Download, both the Hi-Res and iPod versions. To download it simply log in at the store then follow this path: Log In / MyAccount / PreviousOrders - View / Download Now.



March 10, 2007 – PMA Wrap-up and Two new Leica M8 Articles

Following my article earlier in the week on Antarctica: What Worked and What Didn't? quite a few people wrote asking why I hadn't used my M8 in Antarctica. The short answer is that I didn't regard it as the most appropriate tool for that task. I had brought it along to use for shooting in Buenos Aires before heading down to Antarctica, and again on-ship for documentary style shooting.

Nick Devlin did use his M8 in Antarctica, and today he writes an exclusive report, titled naturally enough, The Leica M8 in Antarctica.

Because I didn't use mine there, I wrote a companion piece titled Using the Leica M8 at the Cementerio de la Recoleta.

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Our coverage of PMA 2007 concludes today with a brief wrap-up by both Pete Myers and me.
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A number of people have written asking that we provide email alerts when new segments to our Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial Download are placed online, as was the case with Part 2 of 3 of Develop on Thursday evening.

Wanting to please, we did so on Friday morning, which immediately brought the server to its knees as hundreds of people tried to simultaniously download the 227MB segment. Bad idea.

So, much as it seemed like a good idea at the time, I think we're better off having people come to the site at random times, find new segments to be available from this page, and then download them. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Jeff Schewe's blog about our recent Antarctic shoot is now online.



March 13, 2007 – Lightroom Tutorial Develop module Part 3 of 3 now available

Pete Myers has published an amusing tale of his experience at The Museum. It is bound to resonate with a number of photographers. This is a download PDF.
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There have been discussions in several forums, including this site's, regarding HP’s Designjet Z3100's ability to print saturated reds. A PDF on this subject is now available.
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We have just posted Part 3 of 3 of Develop from our Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial Download, both the Hi-Res and iPod versions. To download it simply log in at the store then follow this path: Log In / MyAccount / PreviousOrders - View / Download Now.



...after watching for a while, with frequent pauses to try out things on your own images, you´re suddenly aware that you know a lot about how to use Lightroom for YOUR OWN workflow, mainly because Michael and Jeff discuss the workings of, and the philosophy behind, the software instead of just telling you "do this, and then do that", like too many other instructional videos. This is pedagogy at work.

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March 14, 2007 – Fancy Graphics Galore Part II – Exploring printer profiling

Today Gerard Kingma gives us part two of his report on printer profiling which was published here in January. It is titled Fancy Graphics Galore Part II.
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My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.
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My new photo gallery and print studio in Toronto is nearing completion. The contracters should be finished by the end of this week. There won't be an official opening until May, at which time I'll be doing a show of my work from Antactica and the Amazon.

But beginning next week the gallery will be open, and I will be having a sale of framed prints which have been on exhibit at previous gallery shows. Stay tuned for details.


March 16, 2007 – HP Z3100 Vs. Epson 9800. Who's king of the hill?

Whever there's a new pretender to the throne everyone wants to know if they are worthy of the crown. In my newest comparison test report we pit eight eyeballs with a combined 100 years of printing experience against a comparison of the new HP Z3100 printer Vs. the current king of the hill, the Epson Stylus Pro 9800.
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When I published last Wednesday's Fancy Graphics Galore Part II I inadvertantly uploaded an incomplete version of the article. It has now been updated with the full text as prepared by Gerard Kingma.
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The Luminous Landscape Gallery and Print Studio – Toronto

At long last my gallery and print studio in Toronto opened its doors for the first time yesterday. I'll have full details here on Monday as to its location, hours, activities schedule, and an upcoming exhibition and sale of prints.
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My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.



March 19, 2007 – Luminous Landscape Gallery & Print Studio Announced

I'm very pleased to announce that The Luminous Landscape Gallery and Print Studio is now a reality. Located in the east end of Toronto, just five minutes from the city's downtown core, the gallery will serve five purposes...

– as a permanent venue for the display of my photography

– as a gallery for displaying the work of visiting instructors / photographers

– as a working print studio

– as a teaching space which will be used by me as well as for sessions with some of the world's top visiting photographic educators

– as a studio for the filming of our tutorial videos

This is not a typical retail art gallery. It's open when I'm there working, and closed when I'm not. If you're in the area and you'd like to drop in on short notice, call the gallery at (416) 462-1170 to see if I'm currently in. Otherwise, if you'd like to make an appointment for a viewing, drop me a line.

March Print Sale

On March 23 – 25 (Friday through Sunday) the Luminous Landscape Gallery will be having a print sale. These are prints which have appeared in gallery shows over the past few years. Each is printed on photo rag paper with pigment-based archival inks, and every print has been professionally matted and framed.

Please come by the gallery, and say hello – even of you're not looking to buy a print. I'll be pleased to meet you and show you around.

March Print Sale Opening Hours

Friday March 23: 11am – 6pm

Saturday March 24: 11am – 5pm

Sunday March 25: Noon – 5pm

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Update:

An independant review of our Lightroom Tutorial is now available at Lightroom Tools.

My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.



March 21, 2007 – New Lightroom Tutorial Download Available

We have just posted the 45 minute video file covering the Print, Slideshow & Web modules from our Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial Download, both the Hi-Res and iPod versions. To download it simply log in at the store then follow this path: Log In / MyAccount / PreviousOrders - View / Download Now.



March 23, 2007 – Taking Your Photography To The Next Level – Part 2

George Barr's January article Taking Your Photography To The Next Level evoked a great deal of interest. Today in Part 2 of a three part series he continues to explore this topic.
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March Print Sale

If you live in the Toronto area drop into the Luminous Landscape Gallery, because over the  weekend we're having a one-time print sale. These are prints which have appeared in gallery shows over the past few years. Each is printed on photo rag paper with pigment-based archival inks, and every print has been professionally matted and framed.

Please come by the gallery. I'll be pleased to meet you and show you around.

March Print Sale Opening Hours

Friday March 23: 11am – 6pm

Saturday March 24: 11am – 5pm

Sunday March 25: Noon – 5pm



March 25, 2007 – Final Lightroom Tutorial Download Now Available

We're pleased to announce that the final segment of our 4.5 hour-long Lightroom V1.0 Tutorial Download training videos is now available in both Hi-Res and iPod formats.

Previous purchasers will find the new files by simply logging in at the store then following this path: Log In / MyAccount / PreviousOrders - View / Download Now.

If you have not yet discovered how easy it is to learn and master Lightroom with this live video training series, why wait any longer? The cost is only US $14.95 and the gratification is immediate since you can start downloading right away. You could be watching within minutes.
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UPDATE

I've received a number of  queries regarding my current workflow with Lightroom. What do I do about sharpening, noise reduction and soft proofing? I've now addressed these questions in an update to my ongoing tutorial – Lightroom Illuminated.
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My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.

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Outback Photo has just introduced a new sister site, Outback Print. Congratuations Uwe.
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The Mamiya ZD 22MP medium format camera is now officially available in Canada, and likely will be soon in the US, along with the ZD back for Mamiya AFD cameras. I have been shooting with the ZD camera, and my hands-on report will be published here early this coming week. Watch for it.



March 27, 2007 – The Mamiya ZD in a hands-on report

After a delay of two years following its announcement at Photokina in 2004 the unique 22MP Mamiya ZD camera started to ship. But, and it's a big but, not in the US or Canada.

Now, some eighteen months later the ZD has become available in Canada, and the ZD back for the Mamiya AFD and RZ cameras has started to ship worldwide as well. There are even hints that these products may become available in the US soon as well.

Vistek, the new distributor for the Mamiya line in Canada, was kind enough to lend me a ZD for testing recently, and my hands-on report on this camera is now online.

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Adobe has announced today the release of its Creative Suite 3 product line with six configurations of Adobe Creative Suite 3 – Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium and Design Standard editions; Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium and Web Standard editions; and Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Photoshop CS3 Extended are also to be officially announced today.

There will be a live press conference webcast today at 3:30pm EST.

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I'd like to thank everyone that turned out this past weekend for the introductory print sale at my new gallery in Toronto. It was a great succes, and I very much appreciated meeting so many people, new faces as well as those who have attended some of my seminars at various venues in Toronto in the past.

The print sale continues, so if you're in the Toronto area, drop in. I'd enjoy meeting you. Call first though to make sure that I'm there that day. (416) 462-1170.

I'm announcing today that the formal opening of the gallery will be on Friday, May 18th at 6pm, with a public reception, and then an open-house on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 / 20. The inaugural show will feature work from Antarctica done in February of this year, along with my upcoming shoot in The Amazon which comes up in a few weeks.

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March 29, 2007 – The Future of The Video Journal

The Luminous Landscape Video Journal has now been in existence for more than five years, and we will soon be publishing our 16th issue.

Back in 2001 we asked readers of they would prefer delivery on VHS or DVD. At the time VHS was still the dominant format. Most people wanted DVD, and the fate of VHS is now well known.

We are now at a crossroads again. The packaging and mailing costs of DVDs has increased year after year, and postal delivery service world-wide has deteriorated, especially due to security concerns. No one wants to wait weeks for the latest issue, and theft and losses in the mail have become all too common.

Therefore while individual DVDs will continue to be available, we no longer offer subscription renewals or new multi-issue subscriptions. The reason is that we are emphasising and encouraging Download Video. Issue #15 is currently available for download, and all back issue will be online soon as well.

While we anticipate the continuation of distribution on DVD for the near term, we also hope to phase out the physical distribution of DVDs within a year or two. The download product
seems very popular and its quality is very good so we believe most viewers will be pleased with this decision.

For existing subscribers  we would be delighted to convert your subscription to Download Video (both HiRes and iPod versions). In fact we plan to announce an offer to subscribers to encourage just that; an offer which we believe is quite advantageous to subscribers. Basically you will get 2 issues of LLVJ Download Video for every paid up DVD. You'll be hearing more about this offer shortly.
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If you're not yet familiar with The Video Journal you may wish to read an independent review that was just published online yesterday at Blogcritics Magazine.


March 31, 2007 – Canon iPF 5000 User Experience Report

The Canon iPF 5000 printer has been controversial since my first review appeared here last June. It has developed a reputation for exceptional image quality, but also for quite a few annoyances, as well as poor customer service, especially in the US.

John Hollenberg, the founder and maintainer of the Canon iPF5000 Wiki today gives us a comprehensive Canon iPF 5000 User Experience Report.
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Gallery Print Sale

Last weekend I had a sale at The Luminous Landscape Gallery of framed prints which have been exhibited at some of my previous gallery shows. Several people have written and called to say that they couldn't make it, and would there be another opportunity?

Yes, there will be.  This Sunday, April 1, from noon till 5pm the gallery will be open and all framed prints will be on sale for just CDN $350, half of their usual price. If you just want to say "Hi", and see the gallery, I'll be pleased to meet you. I'll also have a sneak peek available of some of my Antarctica prints, which will be on display at my upcoming May show.
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My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.



April 1, 2007 – Botswana Photographic Safari Announced


Today sees the announcement of my newest expedition – A Photographic Safari in Botswana in September 2008.

Together with well known African photographic safari leader Andy Biggs I will be leading 16 people on an all-inclusive high-end shoot in Africa's most prolific wildlife area. Botswana is the pinnacle of the Safari experience, and the wildeness lodges and camp accomodations that we'll be using are literally the best in Africa.

We will be flying between locations in our own chartered aircraft, maximizing shooting time and avoiding long dustry drives. We will also have a private helicopter available for aerial shooting.

This is an expensive safari / expedition, and therefore obviously not for everyone. But if it is within your ability to join this trip you will be part of one of the most exciting photographic safaris ever offered.

Of the available 16 places, only 8 currently remain available as a result of pre-sales to people on the workshop waitlist. The remaining places will not last long. Find out more.
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Confused about which version of Photoshop CS3 to buy? Geek Culture now has the solution to your quandry.
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Coloreyes Display Pro for Mac has been updated to V1.21 and a beta of the Windows version is now available for download as well. The best monitor calibration software just got better.



April 4, 2007 – Alain Briot and The Creative Process

Alain provides us with some insights into the creative process with his latest short essay titled New Lands Night.
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There are now just two places remaining available on my Photographic Safari in Botswana in September 2008. If this caught your eye over the weekend, don't delay. Remember – you only live once.
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My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.
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Gallery Print Sale

A sale at The Luminous Landscape Gallery of framed prints which have been exhibited at some of my previous gallery shows continues this coming Saturday, April 7 from noon till 5pm. All framed prints from previous shows will be on sale for just CDN $350, half of their usual price. If you just want to say "Hi", and see the gallery, I'll be pleased to meet you. I'll also have a sneak peek available of some of my Antarctica prints, which will be on display at my upcoming May show.



April 6, 2007 – Video Journal #14 now available as download


Reguar readers know that we have started making our video publication, The Luminous Landscape Video Journal available as a hi-res download as well as on DVD. The processes of making our entire back-issue library available started a few weeks ago with #15, and today we add Video Journal #14, together as Hgh-Res and iPod downloads – both for just $9.95.

This issue contains an in-depth visit and interview with photographer Clyde Butcher, including a shoot with him in the everglades and a visit to his darkroom with a look at how to make room-sized prints. We examine doing street photography in China, and also how medium format digital backs are made, with a visit to Phase One's factory in Denmark– a total of more than 2 hours of video content.

In response to customer feedback, these HiRes files are slightly different from those for LLVJ-15. They are .mp4 files (MPEG4) instead of native QuickTime .mov; this will make them more generally playable on various media players. The codec used (compression/decompresssion) is still the high quality and scalable H.264, thus the video quality is still excellent - in fact improved over LLVJ-15 by a slightly higher bitrate and frame rate (18 fps). The only downside is the loss of chapter markers - essential on Tutorial videos but less necessary on LLVJ content. As an added convenience, the 2 hours and twenty minutes of the LLVJ-14 DVD are now also concentrated in fewer files: three versus
seven. We look forward to your reaction.

And for those eager for Issue #16 – it's in the final editing process and will appear here online soon, though somewhat later on DVD. Chris is in the home-stretch.


April 9, 2007 – Delkin SensorScope: shedding some light on sensor dust

The biggest problem when removing dust from DSLR sensors is seeing exactly where it is and easily knowing when its been removed. The SensorScope is the first product to address this problem effectively, but does it have a fatal flaw?
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My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated again with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.



April 12, 2007 – An alternative to micro-payment agencies

In an article here late last year George Munday explored the issue of micro-payment agencies. For photographers who make part or all of their living from stock sales this is a controversial subject.

In a new follow-up article George now looks at Alternatives to Micro-Payment Agencies.
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Our transition to download publishing of our tutorials and The Video Journal continues to be very well received. Though we will continue to also publish the VJ on DVDs for some time, we want to encourage existing subscribers to convert to download, if possible. To that end we are now making a Two for One Offer; two download issues of the VJ for every subscription issue still owing.

UPDATE: In just the first hours since this announcement we have had a strong response from subscribers to our Two-For-One offer. Thanks! The way this will be handled is by providing you with a numeric coupon that can be used on the store for free downloads. These coupons will be sent out next week.
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Before the end of this week we will be publishing Video Journal Issue #16 online for downloading. The first available segments will feature over two hours of content, with more to come when Chris and I return from The Amazon in a few weeks.

The DVD version will be available later in May once editing and DVD mastering has been completed, though it will not contain as much content as the download version, due to the size limitations of DVD. (Of course there are no such limit on downloads – another advantage for this new approach).
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My Antarctic Portfolio – 2007 page has been updated again with information about the photograph which is the new Home Page image.



April 14, 2007 – Video Journal #16 Download Now Available

This will be the last What's New until April 27th. I am now in Brazil leading an Amazon River Expedition and Workshop along with Jay Maisel, Andrew Rodney, and naturalist Fiona Reid.

I will be offline until the 27th, so please hold your e-mails until then.
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The curse of using a roll paper printer is paper curl. But there's a simple and elegant, though somewhat expensive solution called the D-Roller. My review is now online.
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The brand new Issue #16 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal is now available online for immediate download. This new issue contains a look at my just-opened photography gallery and print studio and the display tools that I use there. Contents include three in-depth interviews with outstanding photographers; Bill Atkinson, Chalres Cramer and Brooks Jensen, the publisher of Lenswork Magazine. The cost of this entire video download issue is just $9.95 for both the Hi-Res and iPod versions together. These files have no copy protection or DRM and will play on any PC or Mac or video file viewer.

A photographic journey through the redwoods of northern California with Bill and Charlie, where we were all shooting with 39 Megapixel backs, will also be available for download in a few weeks. Availability will be announced here at that time.

The DVD edition will appear in May and will be mailed to subscribers once final editing and disk mastering is complete.
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Please be aware that during April because of the high number of downloads our customer service department may take 24-48 hours to respond to any queries. Thanks for your understanding.



April 26, 2007 – Back from the Amazon

I returned last night from my Amazon River Expedition and Workshop. It was a great success and I'll have lots to write about it, along with, of course, numerous photographs. The first of these is the new Home Page photograph.

There will also be a page devoted to Amazon photographs with descriptions of the situation surrounding their making. New articles will start again this weekend, but first I have to catch up on some sleep.

E-mails will be responded to over the next several days. This may take a while.



April 28, 2007 – Speaking Photography, The Language of Our Art

Photography is a language, just as is English, Spanish or Japanese. Struggling with an unfamiliar pronunciation and vocabulary, learning a new language is difficult for most people. But photography is a language unto itself, and yet many assume that becoming fluent in this language doesn't require any effort.

In my newest essay – Speaking Photography, The Language of Our Art – I explore this important topic.
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Fine art printing in the chemical darkroom was a craft that could take many years to learn to do well. Similarly, inkjet printing presents its challenges, and the learning curve is often steep and filled with time consuming and expensive pitfalls. There are books, seminars and workshops available to help people master printing, but for some people one-on-one instruction is the better way to learn.

I am now offering Printing One-On-One instruction in fine art printing at my print studio and gallery in Toronto. Both 3 hour evening sessions as well as all-day weekday or weekend sessions are available.
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A new page which will contain photographs from my just concluded Amazon Expedition is now online. New images from that shoot will be added regularly over the next several weeks. The Home Page photograph has been updated.


May 1, 2007 – The Amazon: What Worked and What Didn't

After each of my shoots and workshops I write a brief summary about the equipment use by me and others, and summarize our experiences. Today's new article is titled The Amazon – What Worked and What Didn't. It contains some additional photographs, as does the Amazon portfolio page which has been updated.
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I please to invite everyone in the Toronto area to the official opening of my new gallery. An exhibit of 30 new prints from my recent Antarctic and Amazon trips will be on display.

There will be a reception on the evening of Friday, May 18, from 6–9pm, and an open house that weekend. More details can be found here. I hope to see you there.

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Andrew Rodney, The Digital Dog, and one of the instructors on our Amazon Expedition, has just published slide shows of both his fun stuff and more serious photographs from the trip.



May 4, 2007 – Taking Your Photography to the Next Level – Part 3

I am pleased to publish today Part 3 of a three part series by George Barr titled Taking Your Photography to the Next Level.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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We regularly have special pricing on Luminous Landscape Video Journal Downloads. Be sure to check out all the Specials currently available.

For those who have purchased the Lightroom Tutorial bundled with LLVJ-15, there is a special bundle of LLVJ-14 and the LLVJ-16 Download Video.

And for those who are interested in a deal check out the special bundle of LLVJ-14, 15 & 16 Download Video.

Our FAQ on Luminous-Landscape Download Video will help you answer many questions.

For Luminous Landscape Customer Service and help with your order, billing or download, please contact us at: customerservice@luminous-landscape.com
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The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



May 7, 2007 – Canon 1D MKIII : First Impression

Though it looks like just a refresh of the Canon 1 Series flagship camera line, the new 1D MKIII is in fact an almost completely new camera, from viewfinder, to battery system, to sensor, to frame rate. After a week's shooting with the new MKIII my first impressions are now online.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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Art Wolfe is one of the most prolific and successful nature photographers working in the US today. TRAVELS TO THE EDGE WITH ART WOLFE is premiering this month on most PBS channels. It promises to be well worth watching for.

Art is also visiting seven cities in the US in 2007, and four in Europe in early 2008 with his Creative Sessions Tour.
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Sean Reid at Reid Reviews has been busy for the past few months preparing a number of fascinating new reviews. Reid Review is a subscription web site, and well worth the modest cost for its in-depth reports.


May 11, 2007 – Medium Format Digital on Large Format Cameras

Large format photography has adopted medium format digital backs, and this site continues to explore this hybridization with a new article by Richard Sexton titled Digital Capture with the Ebony View Camera.
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Pentax, struggling to survive as an independant company, according to Japanese wire services, has announced that its 645 digital camera project has been deep-sixed. This just shortly after a working pre-production camera was finally shown at a recent Tokyo equipment show.

This is distressing news, particularly for those photographers with substantial investments in Pentax 645 systems and lenses. These now appear to have become a digital dead-end.
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Canon has been showing two new high-end printers at press previews. These are the imagePROGRAF iPF5100 (a replacement for the 17" iPF5000) and the 24" iPF6100. Both feature 4 new black inks, and built-in self calibration capability (not to be confused with self-profiling as done by HP's Z series). Rob Galbraith now has the most comprehensive on-line report yet.

Let's hope that Canon has addressed some of the concerns expressed here and elsewhere regarding its initial offering, the iPF5000, such as poor documentation and a less than intuitive user interface.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



May 14, 2007 – Book Recommendation

A great many technical books on photography cross my desk each month. Most are competent, but few cover new ground, or do so noticably better than what's come before.



One that I can recommend is Mastering Digital Black and White by Amadou Diallo. If working in monochrome is part of your craft, then this new book deserves to be on your desk.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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It was announced today that DPReview has been acquired by Amazon.com.
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UPDATE

Neil Snape has published a review of the HP Z3100 that should be on the must-read list of anyone considering a next-generation large format printer.



May 15, 2007 – On-Demand Books; Retrospective Book Offer; Gallery Opening

A trend over the past few years that has many photographers excited is on-demand book publishing. Rather than having find a publisher, or self publish and then have to find a way to market thousands of books, it is now possible to have printed even a single book. Though the cost per book can be high, the satisfaction of seeing ones work in book form is considerable.

There are numerous online as well as local service companies doing on-demand book printing. Recently I worked with Toronto's Pikto to produce an 80 page Luminous Landscape Ten Year Retrospective book. An article on that process as well as an announcement of that book's availability (along with a matching large format print) is now online.
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I will be having an opening of a new show at The Luminous Landscape Gallery this Friday evening, from 6 – 9 PM. There will also be an open house over the weekend.

The show contains 30 new prints from Antarctica and Amazonia produced during the past few months. I hope to see you at the gallery.
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A Flash slide show of the 70 plates from my new book is also now online.



May 16, 2007 –The Lolita Affair

To my complete astonishment, the photograph which currently appears on the site's Home Page is causing a bit of a teapot tempest on certain web discussion forums.

But most amazing of all is that it's not the photograph itself that has some self-appointed members of the morality police upset – it's the title!

I have put my thoughts on the matter in a brief essay titled The Lolita Affair, and that's about all that I intend on saying on the matter. Any more would be to give it more legs than it deserves, and it deserves next to none in my opinion other than to be illustrative of how self-important the political correctness movement can become.
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UPDATE: I'd like to express gratitude to the literally dozens of people who have written so far today expressing their support for my position on The Lolita Affair. Pros are outnumbering cons about 20:1, so I guess I know where the bulk of my readership stands on this issue. Thanks!


May 17, 2007 – Digital Camera Calibration: Part One – ACR Calibrator

Whether or not it's necessary (or even possible) to calibrate a DSLR remains a controversial subject. I have published today the first of a three part series on the topic, looking at a (free) calibrator for use with Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom called ACR Calibrator, from Chomaholics. Future reviews will cover third party profiling and a high-end do-it-yourself system.
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A final reminder for those in Toronto and Southern Ontario (at least those that haven't gone away for the holiday weekend) that I am having an opening of a new show at The Luminous Landscape Gallery tomorrow (Friday) evening, from 6 – 9 PM. There will also be an open house over the weekend. Everyone is welcome.

The show contains new prints from Antarctica and Amazonia produced during the first half of this year. I hope to see you at the gallery.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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Thank you to everone who bothered to write about the Lolita Affair of earlier this week. The final tally (please – no more) is about 200 e-mails supportive, and 6 against. One subscription cancellation.

Semiotics was never really my bag (and that's all this really is about). So, let's move on shall we?
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The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



May 22, 2007 – Shooting a New Tutorial

Firstly, I'd like to thank everyone that attended the formal opening of my gallery this past weekend in Toronto. It really was a pleasure to meet so many of you. The opening and the Antarctica and Amazon show has been a great success.

Jeff Schewe is in town this week, and he and I, together with director Chris Sanderson, are filming a major new multi-hour download video tutorial titled – From Camera to Print – The Luminous Landscape Guide to Inkjet Printing.

So, if there is no new content on the site till later in the week, and I am tardy in responding to e-mails, it is simply that we are currently working 16 hour days shooting the new tutorial.
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Those waiting for the final segment of Issue #16 of The Video Journal will be pleased to hear that Stephen Sauve is just completing the music for the California segment, and it will be avalable for download before the end of next week. At that time it will also go into the DVD version which will then be sent to the duplicator for manufactruing and fullfilment.


May 24, 2007 – Finding Inspiration

Alain Briot continues his multi-part series titled Reflection on Photography, with Part 7 –– Finding Inspiration. Alain also has updated his seminar and workshop offerings for 2008 and that listing is now found on my Workshops page.
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The past week has been very hectic, with my gallery's offical open, mounting a new show, and filming two major new tutorials. Jeff Schewe was in town and we filmed a V1.1 update to our Lightroom download video tutorial. This update will become available without charge to everyone who has purchased the tutorial, once Lightroom 1.1 ships.

We also filmed a major new tutorial on printing, which could run as much as 5–6 hours. It is very comprehensive. Chris has a significant amount of editing to do, but we hope to have it available for online purchase and download before the end of the summer.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



May 28, 2007 – LLVJ 16 California Segment Now Available for Download

The final segment of the latest Luminous Landscape Video Journal, Issue #16, is now available for download. It is a look at a landscape shoot in the Redwood National Park of Californa and along coastal Hwy 1, including Big Sur and Point Lobos.

On the shoot were photographers Bill Atkinson and Charlie Cramer, and I was working with the Linhof 679CS technical view camera together with Phase One P45 back for the first time on location.

This new segment is available to everyone that has purchased the download version of Issue #16, by simply going to the site's online Store and then – Log In / MyAccount / PreviousOrders - View / Download Now. Both Hi-Res and Ipod versions are available. If you have any difficulties please be sure to check the FAQ before contacting customer support.

With the completion of this segment the DVD version of Issue #16 is now ready to go to the duplicator. It should ship within the next 10 days or so.


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I have no idea what the captions are saying, but the photographs are a hoot. Thanks to Mike J. for the link.
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UPDATE – Updated again

An update to the Adobe's Camera Raw plug-in is supposed to become available for download some time late on Wednesday, (Adobe's PR agency jumped the gun on the announcement). The Camera Raw 4.1 update includes improved noise reduction and sharpening tools and raw file support for 13 additional camera models and camera backs.

The new Camera Raw 4.1 plug-in supports 13 digital cameras including the Canon EOS-1D Mark III, Fuji FinePix S5 Pro, Nikon D40x,  Olympus E-410, Olympus SP-550 UZ, Sigma SD14, Phase One H 20, Phase One H 25, Phase One P 20, Phase One P 21, Phase One P 25, Phase One P 30 and Phase One P 45.

CR 4.1 and Lightroom now have essentially identical image processing controls, and when the V1.1 update to Lightroom becomes available soon cameras supported will also be identical. Camera Raw 4.1 is a free download for anyone owning Photoshop CS3.

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Steve Johnson has announced his seminar and workshop schedule for 2008, and it is now listed on this site's Workshop page along with upcoming workshops given by other teachers who I regularly work with and whom I know will provide you with very high quality experiences.



May 30, 2007 – Photoshop News Story on LL Gallery Opening, & Slide Show

Jeff Schewe was in town last week to film a major new tutorial with me, titled – From Camera to Print – The Luminous Landscape Guide to Inkjet Printing. This will be a marathon (5 – 6 hour) download video which should be available here later this summer, once editing has been completed. We also filmed an update to our best-selling Lightroom Video Tutorial, covering changes to the program which will appear in Lightroom V1.1, expected soon. The update will be available without additional charge (as will the Lightroom update).

Coincident with our filming was the formal opening of my new gallery, and a showing of my recent work from Antarctica and The Amazon. Jeff was there, of course, and now has a small photo essay and report on the opening reception, which can be found at Photoshop News.

For those that couldn't attend the opening, or visit the gallery, I now have a small online slide show of the images that were in it.

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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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After a very hectic two weeks I am taking a brief vacation and will be offline for a while. New content coming soon.



June 1, 2007 – Schewe Explains What's New in Camera Raw 4.1

Camera Raw 4.1 is now available as a free upgrade for anyone with Photoshop CS3. In addition to support for a number of new cameras it has quite a few exciting new capabilities, and these are explored in a new article by the Jeff Schewe on PhotoshopNews.com.
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Mamiya Digital has announced the Mamiya ZD 645AFD II Digital System. The System consists of the Mamiya 645AFD II Medium Format Camera with 80mm f/2.8 AF lens and the newly- introduced Mamiya ZD 22 Megapixel Digital Back.  The US retail price of the package is $9,999. The ZD back alone, compatible with the Mamiya 645AFD II, 645AFD and RZ67 Pro IID, will have a street price of $6,995. All ZD backs will come bundled with Adobe Lightroom.
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Attn: Luminous Landscape DVD Video Journal Subscribers

The LLVJ-16 DVD will ship soon and we are in the process of making up the shipping list. Should you have moved in the past two years, DVD subscribers should make sure that our Customer Service has your new address. (Shipping address updates must be done by Customer Service since your original Subscription order must be edited.)

Plase note that we have a special offer for DVD subscribers to convert to download.

The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



June 4, 2007 – Mike Johnson Locked Out of His Blog by Rampaging Anti-Spam Robots

I've been traveling for the past few days, including doing some shooting with a new camera (no hints, except that it's not digital). New content will resume tomorrow.
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My long-time friend and once-columnist for this site, Mike Johnston, has been locked out of his blog site by rampaging anti-spam robots. He wanted me to let people know that theonlinephotographer and he are alive and well, so below is the latest word from Mike and how to find him...
As of about last Thursday, Blogger's Spam-Fighting Robots (I don't know about you, but I picture the "Iron Giant") put The Online Photographer on lockdown, mistaking it for a "spam blog." Evidently we triggered the robots' excessively fuzzy recognition systems somehow.

Solution? There is none. You can't get through to humans at Blogger, evidently by design (it's a free service, after all). I've submitted a "review request" and now I get to...wait. And wait. Three days and counting, so far, and I'm told it could be as much as a WEEK before I'm let into the house again. In the meantime, the site will look like it's frozen in amber, and there's no way for me to even tell people what's wrong.

So, to pass the time, I burned the midnight oil over the weekend and built an entirely NEW "Online Photographer," using TypePad. Why TypePad? Because TypePad offers a little thing called "Customer Support." Very Web 2.0.

Our new address will eventually be theonlinephotographer.com. If that doesn't work for you right away, you may need to try http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com. The new site is looking pretty rough still, but I'm working on it. Please come over and have a look around, and let me know what you think.

When they let me in again over at Blogger, I'll post a pointer. Until then, informing people can only be done by word of mouth. So if you can help spread the news around, please do, and many thanks.



June 6, 2007 – A Reviewer's Responsibility: Thoughts on the question of bias.

Are you biased? I'm accused of being biased on a regular basis – at least whenever I review a new product. I don't regard it as an insult (though it usually is meant to be), because I feel that bias is what informs a reviewer.

Find out what I mean by this in a new essay titled A Reviewer's Responsibility.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



June 7, 2007 – Canon Issues New Warrenty Policy on iPF Print Heads

One of the areas of concern with the iPF generation of printers from Canon has been the lack of warrenty on print heads. Since these are expensive items (the two heads together are worth  more than two thirds of the retail price of a new iPF 5000) both prospective as well as current owners have rightly been concerned about head longevity.

In fact, I had a head failure on my iPF 5000 printer last month, less than one year after purchasing the printer. After some discussion with Canon they agreed that the failure was premature and that the heads would be replaced without charge. I expressed concern that with a stated policy which excludes heads from warrenty coverage they needed to provide an official statement on the subject, rather than responding to individual problems on an ad hoc basis. They agreed, and also indicated that such a statement would be forthcoming.

A new head replacement warrenty policy has now been issued, and the bottom line is that Canon is offering a warrenty on their iPF printer heads of one year, and approximately 2,200 A2 size (17"x24") prints. Details of this announcement can now to be found here.


June 8, 2007 – Bibble 4.9.8 updated with new camera support

Bibble has been one of the most popular (and effective) low-cost raw converters for several years. Bibble Labs, Inc. announced today availability of Version 4.9.8 of its "Pro" and "Lite" RAW workflow software.

New cameras added in this release include Canon 1D Mark III, Fujifilm S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, Olympus E-510, E-410, and SP500 UZ and Panasonic FZ8, This release also adds tethered shooting support for newer Canon cameras (Windows Vista and Intel Mac)  and Fuji S5 (Windows). This latest update of Bibble also adds support for Fujifilm's unique Wide Dynamic Range technology. Like its preceding eleven major and minor releases, this latest update is free for all current Bibble 4 customers.


June 9, 2007 – Canon printer warrenty details, and two summer suggestions

Looking to give yourself a photographic treat this summer? One activity that I can highly recommed is an upcoming workshop with Steve Johnson. His summer digital bootcamp titled From RAW to Print (in a week) begins in just over two weeks in the San Francisco area.

The other is the upcoming exhibition by John Paul Caponigro titled New Work 2007, which will take place August 4-5 in his gallery & studio in Cushing, Maine where once a year, he opens his studio to the public, unveils new images, and speaks about his work. This year includes images from his second voyage to Antarctica and related images from the series Suffusion.
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A couple of days ago I mentioned here Canon's new (and welcome) warranty policy on the print heads for its iPF 5000 printers. Severval poeple read the fine print and due to its vague wording believed that the warranty does not apply to the series of heads used in the original printers.

I have now spoken with a senior Canon executive who has stated unequivocally that the new 1 year warranty on heads applies equally to the PF-01, PF-02 and PF-03 series heads.

He agreed that the wording of the warranty statement could have been clearer, but he has double-checked within Canon and there is no question that all three models of the heads for the iPF printers will receive equal treatment.


June 11, 2007 – LLVJ #16 DVD Now Shipping. Free video clips online.

The Luminous Landscape Video Journal Issue #16 DVD is now shipping. Whether you prefer the download edition (with instant gratification and lower price) or the somewhat higher image quality of the DVD edition, find out more about this new issue by having a look at the free Video Clips preview page.
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Current as well as new DVD purchasers may want to download both jewel box and Amray case artwork for their disks.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



June 13, 2007 – Seven Quick Takes

A number of new products have crossed my desk over the past couple of months. My quick take reviews of seven of these is now online.
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The Amazon Portfolio page and the site's Home Page have been updated.
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Andy Biggs is off once again on one of his African photo safari workshops. But before leaving he posted his preferred camera settings for the new Canon 1D MKIII – just in case you're interested.



June 14, 2007 – The Hy6 is Coming

Medium format fans have reason to be pleased. First announced at Photokina last fall, camera maker Franke & Heideche (Rolleiflex) has announced that they have now begun providing preproduction samples of their new Hy6 camera to their OEM customers, Sinar and Leaf.



Anticipated commercial production of Sinar's Hy6 and Leaf's Afi (camera's plus digital backs) is expected to begin in late July after back integration testing. The camera will also be available without a digital back under the Rolleiflex brand.

This camera is 6X6 format, not 6X4.5 like the Hasselblad H2 or Mamiya AFD, and therefore capable of accepting up to 48X48mm sensors in future digital backs. Whether there is a need or a market for these remains to be seen, but the Hy6, for the moment at least, is the first digital-ready medium format camera designed for such a future back. Initial backs available though will be models from Sinar and Leaf and will be based on their current offerings.

Retail availability, distribution details in various regions and countries, and retail pricing of the cameras, backs, prisms and lenses remains to be seen. (Previous Rollei 6000 series manual focus and AF lenses are compatible, with several new lenses currently under development).



June 20, 2007 – Photography as a Framing Art

I am now offline, doing a week-long shoot in Washington state with some friends. I will be testing the new Phase One P45 Plus, which just arrived before my departure. I'll also be using the new (at least new to me) and unique Seitz Roundshot 28/220.

 

Field test reports on both of these cameras will be available here by the end of the month.
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The place of photography in the fine arts is explored in a new essay titled Photography as a Framing Art, by previous contributors Juan Oliver, Efraín García, Javier Martín, Cristina Alonso and Rubén Osuna.
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Video Journal director Chris Sanderson and I were in New York this past weekend filming an interview with Jay Maisel. Jay is one of the 20th Century's leading photographers, and a fantastic educator as well. This interview will be available here as a major download video later this summer. Jay will also be coming to Toronto to teach this Fall at an exclusive two-day seminar at The Luminous Landscape Gallery. Details to come soon.

While at Jay's studio a thunderstorm passed through, and afterward we went up on the roof. The late afternoon light was remarkable, and the new Home Page photograph was taken there. Jay often speaks of anomalies in photography. I describe them as enigmas, but whatever you want to call them they sometimes can lead to provocative images.
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You may have read about the new sensor filtration array that scientists at Kodak have just announced. Some people think that this could eventually supplant the Bayer Array. Mike Johnston at The Online Photographer now has an interview with Dr. John F. Hamilton, Jr., of the Photographic Science and Technology Center at Kodak Research Labs, one of the inventors responsible for the just-announced partial-panchromatic array.
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We have received some very kind feedback on the latest edition of The Video Journal. Here are what some recent purchasers have had to say.

The Lightroom V1.0 Download Video Training Series is Now Complete.
Video Journal Issue #16 joins #15 and #14 as online downloads.



"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



June 26, 2007 – Adobe Lightroom V 1.1 Now Available

I am now back from my week-long shoot in Washington state with several friends. It was a very enjoyable and productive shoot, and also was an opportunity to test some new equipment. I'll have lots more here on all of this in the days ahead.

Adobe has just announced the availability of Lightroom V1.1. This is a signifcant upgrade and is offerred free to anyone who is a current user. Anyone who has not yet tried Lightroom can download V1.1 and use it without charge for 30 days.
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Lightroom-News.com now has a comprehensive list of the new features available in V1.1.
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Jeff Schewe and I have produced a V1.1 update to our extensive download video tutorial. This will become available by this coming weekend, and it will be made available without additional charge to anyone who has already purchased our 4.5 hour-long live Lightroom Tutorial. This is an easy and ideal way to both learn Lightroom, and to get up to speed quickly on the latest version.
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The first of a new series of images from The Palouse region of Washington state is now found on the site's Home Page. I have also started a page titled The Palouse, which over the next few weeks will contain additional  images and anecdotes from this location and shoot.
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"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".



June 28, 2007 – Video Journal DVD-Res Download Now Available

Regular readers know that we are transitioning from publishing our Luminous Landscape Video Journals on DVD, to download delivery. These videos are currently available in medium and iPod resolutions.

By popular demand (I've always wanted to write that phrase) we now have Issue #16 online as a 4.1 GB download which can be burned onto a DVD for high resolution viewing on a TV rather than a computer monitor (but also on a computer, of course).

So, now The Video Journal is available four different ways – as a download in iPod or medium resolution, as a DVD-quality download, or mailed on a DVD, playable anywhere in the world on any DVD player.
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DxO Labs has announced the availablility of Optics Pro 4.5. Among its new features is integration with Adobe Lightroom through the ability to import and export files both ways, with metadata preserved. DxO describes this as a Lightroom plug-in, but since the Lightroom SDK isn't even available yet this appears to be a slight case of hyperbole. Nevertheless, even this initial level of integration with Lightroom is welcome, and is indicative of the groundswell of support that Lightroom is garnering in the photographic community, not just from end users but from competitors as well.



June 29, 2007 – Free Lightroom V1.1 Video Tutorial Now Available

Lightroom V1.1, which became available a couple of days ago as a free upgrade, has generated a lot of excitement. It offers quite a bit more than a typical point release, and it addresses many of the concerns that early users rightfully had. Foremost among these is the ability to export and merge Libraries (now called Catalogs).

There are two new learning resources available as of today for current and prospective Lightroom users. The first is an excellent introduction to the program's new features from Ian Lyons at Computer Darkroom.

The second new resource is a V1.1 update to the live video tutorial which Jeff Schewe and I produced. This update runs 36 minutes and is available without additional charge to anyone who has purchased our original 5 hour long video. Simply log onto your account at the site's Store and download File 9 of your original Lightroom Tutorial order - the one that is   named"LRT_Spare_1of2.mov.zip" - the 1.1 update video is inside that file..

PLEASE NOTE

If you have any difficulty logging into the store, accessing your account, or downloading the file, please be sure to check the FAQ before contacting customer support.
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BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!! (That's what advertisers are supposed to say when they really want to grab your attention).

To help convince those of you who have not yet purchased our Lightroom video tutorial, we are offering you our new 35 minutes Lightroom V1.1 update for free. All you need to do is set up an account at our Store, enter the "free coupon code" provided, and download the 222MB file. No credit card is needed, and be assured that we NEVER provide our customer's names or other information to any third party.

ENJOY. And, if you do find our new V1.1 Lightroom Video Tutorial Update of value please consider downloading the full 5 hour tutorial. It only costs $14.95.
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"I just completed viewing your LR Tutorial.

I simply cannot express my gratitude and my admiration for the superb job that you did...comprehensive, professional, fun, enlightening...and above all clear.

Without question, from an education standpoint,
the best money I have ever spent in photography".
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The photograph on the sites Home Page has been updated, along with my ongoing report and portfolio on The Palouse,



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