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2 January, 2012 - HDR Workflow for The Rest of Us

In our latest tutorial, HDR Workflow For The Rest Of UsVegard Brenna takes a look at how HDR when actually needed can be integrated into a normal photographic workflow. The aim is to produce consistent, high quality, natural looking images with a minimum of fuss and time spent.


SALE EXTENDED BY 1 DAY ONLY

Please note that we are extending our 15% off sale on everything in our on-line store until Tuesday evening. The reason for this is that demand on our server has been so high that some people have not been able to place their order successfully.

We regret any inconvenience. Today and tomorrow are the last days to save money on any of our training videos or other products.




3 January, 2012 - A 365 Day Exposure

It isn't often that someone does something new and unique in photography. Today's Toronto Star newspaper reports on photographer Michael Chrisman's pinhole camera shot taken last year of the Toronto skyline. 

When last year? All of last year! Read the article to find out more. Nicely done Michael.




5 January, 2012 - Camera to Print & Screen Complete. -25% Discount Ends Tonight

After two weeks of studio production, two months of post planning, and six months of actual editing, Chris has just completed our opus Camera to Screen and Print

It contains close to 13 hours of  live video instruction with printing experts and renown teachers Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann.

While the production was being finalized and published on a serial basis these past few months, we have offered a -25% discount. That discount will end tonight at midnight Central time.

The 25% Discount Ends at
Midnight Central Today
0600 UTC

       

The Guess Jeff's Shirts Contest

Jeff Schewe has a thing about shirts. He changes them often. We even launders them from time to time. In Camera to Screen and Print we anounced a contest – guess the number of different shirts that Jeff wore during the production, and win a prize.

Now that the entire 13 hours of content is live, so is the contest. There will be three prizes of a print of your choice from any of the samples shown during the video. All you need to do is send in your guess (err...count), and we will select three winners from the first ones received. (No, you don't win one of Jeff's shirts, They wouldn't fit you.)

The Winners Are 

We now have our three winners. They are...

David Garcia Perez
Ken Davidson
Tim Elliott

Congratulations gentelman. We'll be in touch soon about your prints.

Oh yes, how many shirts were there? There were a total of nine, eight flowered shirts and one black T-shirt.




7 January, 2012 - Two New PODAS Master Classes, One in SMA

Phase One has just announced two new Master Class Workshops, one in Namibia in September and the other in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in March.

The Master Class in San Miguel is being taught by Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy. It takes place here in San Miguel from March 4–9. It is intended for photographers, both pros and enthusiasts, who currently use Phase One equipment. It is an opportunity to refine your skills, learn new techniques, and work with the instructors and like minded individuals in a stimulating environment.

This is a 100% all-inclusive workshop. From the group getting on the plane in Houston till you return there later that week for your flight home, everything is included. Just bring your Phase One camera gear!

The Namibia Workshop, from Sept 23 – Oct 3, is being taught by Andy Biggs.  It too is a Master Class intended for current Phase One equipment owners, and it too is all inclusive.

Both workshops have limited enrollement, so if you are eligible and find either of these of interest, now is the time to book your place.


Mea Culpa

Unfortunately we are the victims of our own success. With the completion this week of our long-anticipated Camera to Screen and Print tutorial, along with our Holiday Sale, sales (and therefore downloads) of our videos have far exceeded expectations.

That's the good news. The bad news is that our server, which can comfortably handle many dozens of simultanious multi-megabyte downloads is being swamped with many hundreds of multi-gigabyte downloads. Burp.

Things will settle down over the next few days, but we do appologize for the inconvenience. Just wait a day or two and video downloads will be back to normal. But if you're really pissed off, we understand. Just ask for a refund and you'll get it right away.

 




8 January, 2012 - Battling Bighorns Geotagged

 Miles Hecker's geotagged travel photo article for January is The Battling Bighorns.

 




9 January, 2012 - Fujifilm X-Pro1 Introduced

Fujifilm has just introduced today the X-Pro1, an interchangable lens hybrid viewfinder camera, similar to their hugely popular X-100. This camera has an APS-C sized 16 Megapixel sensor, no anti-aliasing filter, and a unique new 6X6 quasi-random colour filter array to eliminate moire.

The first of a new X series of fast prime autofocus lenses have also been introduced. These include a 18mm f/2, 35mm f/1.4 and 60mm f/2.4 macro. Fuji will also be producing their own Leica M lens adaptor.

I expect to have a camera and lenses for review shortly. In the meantime, here's what we know at the moment.




10 January, 2012 - What's New in Lightroom 4?

Adobe has just anounced the availability of Lightroom 4 Public Beta. You can find out more, watch a free 22 minute streaming video with Michael Reichmann, and link to the free program download.




12 January, 2012 - Two New Gura Gear Camera Bags

Whenever I tease my wife about how many shoes she has, she (quite rightly) zaps me back about my camera bags.

I don't know about you, but I think that one can never have too many bags for ones gear. There are backpacks for hiking, rolling bags for travel, small shoulder bags, large hip bags... well, you get the idea.

Gura Gear makes some of the best and most versatile bags around, and Nick Devlin and I have been using two of their latest offerings for the past several months. Our review of the latest Gura Gear bags is now online.


Adobe Relents

Sometimes vocal consumer ire pays dividends. Adobe pissed off a lot of its loyal customer base last year by announcing that Photoshop users would only be able to upgrade to Photoshop CS6 (when it ships) from the latest earlier version, rather than three versions back as has always been the case.

Adobe has now relented, as described in this article. Well done Adobe.

 




15 January, 2012 - Do You Have a 4K Future?

Do you have a 4K future? 4K is the next major development in motion picture and TV production (forget 3D), and while the RED Scarlet-X is the current 4K tool of choice for film and TV producers as well as simultaneous stills production, there are some new cameras coming. This includes a 4K prototype from Canon, recently shown.

But JVC has just stolen a big march on the competition with it's just-announced 4K HMQ10 camcorder, priced at under $5,000. My look at the unfolding 4K environment and the new JVC are in a just published essay titled Do You Have a 4K Future?

  


Pikto's Top Pick contest was very successful, with 280 entries from around the world. They will have an opening to highlight the winning entry on Saturday January 21st 6-10pm at the Pikto Gallery in Toronto. The winning entry by Anastasia Taylor-LInd has just been featured in theNew York Times. Anastasia is flying over fromn the UK for the opening.




18 January, 2012 - Comparing the NEX-7 and A900

Someone had to do it eventually. How does the exciting new 24 Megapixel Sony NEX-7 compare with the now somewhat aged, but still excellent 24 Megapixel full-frame A900?

Contributor Rick Kettelmann has done some considerable work comparing these two cameras in a review entitled Comparing the NEX-7 with the A900.

 

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner).

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again." 




20 January, 2012 - Sony NEX-7 Video Review

I've had more mail over the past few weeks, asking when my NEX-7 video report would be online, than just about any topic in recent months.

Well, the answer is, today. Sony NEX-7 Video is the final installment in my NEX-7 Rolling Review, which was published over the past couple of months.

  




23 January, 2012 - Everything Matters

In the first of a major two part essay titled Everything Matters, Mark Dubovoy explores the unseen and hyper-realism in photography.

 

 

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner).

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again." 

 




27 January, 2012 - Learning Video Production The Hard Way

High end video production is now within the reach of any modern DSLR owner. What does it take to achieve something really worthwhile though? Regular contributor Peter Cox shares the trials and tribulations of producing an hour long video tutorial/travelogue in Learning Video Production the Hard Way.

 

"I have purchased many of your tutorials in the past and found them very helpful.  However, Camera to Print and Screen is truly over the top in usefulness and helpfulness.  I have gone back to it several times to get up to speed on a subject, or answer a question about sharpening, printing and/or moving photos to an iPad; it is great, and well worth the cost."




1 February, 2012 - The Game of Photography - What Are The Rules

Today's new essay is by scientist, photographer and author Harold Merklinger. It is titled The Game of Photography – What Are The Rules?

  

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner).

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again." 

 




5 February, 2012 - A Photographer's Eulogy for Eastman Kodak

It's the end of an era. The Kodak that we knew and loved (or not) for the past hundred years is no more. Michael Chiusano shares with us today A Photographer's Eulogy for Eastman Kodak.

 

 

"I have purchased many of your tutorials in the past and found them very helpful.  However, Camera to Print and Screen is truly over the top in usefulness and helpfulness.  I have gone back to it several times to get up to speed on a subject, or answer a question about sharpening, printing and/or moving photos to an iPad; it is great, and well worth the cost." 

 




7 February, 2012 - Master Class in San Miguel with Michael Reichmann

As previous announced, Phase One is having a Master Class in San Miguel de Allende in early March. It is being taught by Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy.

There have just been a couple of cancellations and these spots are now open. If you do not own Phase One gear, a loaner system can be made available for use during the workshop.

Find out more right away.


NEW

I normally don't do new product announcements unless they are really significant. There are two though today that will have far reaching implications.

Nikon has announced the 36 Megapixel D800, also available in a version without an AA filter. Be prepared for lots of pixel peeping around the net in the months ahead, comparisons with medium format, and endless mind-numbing discussions about the need for such high resolution and the need for and effects of AA filters.

Timing is perfect for the introduction of the first widely available 35mm camera without an AA filter (Anyone that writes and mentions Sigma will get a booby prize).

The reason the timing is good is because of the availability of Lightroom 4 (beta) which has an excellent anti-moire brush, which makes dealing with occasional moire issues a breeze.

Too bad Nikon uses a proprietary raw format. This means D800E purchasers will have to wait for Adobe to reverse engineer the format and release a support update.

Last November Kodak sold its image sensor business to Platinum Equity. Today, the formation of Truesense Imaging Inc., has been announced.  The company remains headquartered in Rochester, NY, where it will manufacture high performance image sensors used in demanding commercial, industrial, and professional imaging applications.

Good news indeed for companies that use Kodak sensors in their products.

 




8 February, 2012 - New Cameras, and New Pricing from Sigma

Sigma has announced that their controversial SD1 camera has been re-launched as the SD1 Merrill, in honour of Dick Merrill the late co-founder of Foveon. The new MSRP is $3,300, but the MAP (Minimum Advertised Price) will be $2,299, which likely means an actual retail price of around $2,000 when it's released in March. This is the price that it should have launched with last year.

This re-launch and price reduction quickly follows the recent passing of Sigma's co-founder and CEO Michihiro Yamaki. The new CEO is Kazuto Yamaki, the founder's son and the company's previous COO.

The SD1 has been highly controversial because of its very high price at launch. We reviewed the SD1 on these pages and discussed the price disconnect on these pages last summer.For additional perspective on the SD1 you should read Sean Reid's in-depth and insightful review at Reidreviews.com. Sean's site is subscription-based but well worth the modest investment.

Sigma has also announced that there will be a "points" program in new products for previous SD1 purchasers, a very appropriate and repairative strategy.

Unfortunately this repricing comes just one day after Nikon launched its exciting D800 and D800E. Without quibbling over megapixels, this will likely blunt the impact that a price-reduced SD1 might have. The new Nikon simply looks like a far superior device for a non dissimilar price. Sadly, too many months likely have been lost by Sigma at this point for it to re-gain traction with the SD1.

Speaking of the Nikon D800, our contributing editor Nick Devlin will be reviewing this camera as soon as a production sample is available, and will also have a preview report here shortly.

The other new camera announced today is the Olympus E-M5, a very appealingly styled and speced new Micro Four Thirds 16MP camera.




9 February, 2012 - Advanced Guide to Lightroom 4 - 35% Discount

Today we are announcing a pre-release of our upcoming Advanced Guide to LR4.  Until the release of Lightroom 4 we are offering a 35% discount.

This advanced tutorial is designed for those who are already familiar with previous versions of Lightroom and it will concentrate in depth on the new features of Lightroom 4.

This new Advanced Guide video tutorial will also include the videos for a new seperate tutorial: The New User's Introduction to Lightroom 4. This multi-hour tutorial will be priced at $19.95 on the release of Lightroom 4.

No videos for any Lightroom 4 tutorial will be available
until the release of Lightroom 4 by Adobe.

We will begin to release the first videos on the LR4 release date, at which point, this 35% discount will end. 

This is the lowest price that this tutorial will ever be
including for those that have purchased our LR3 tutorial.


We have also just published a new travel essay titled Photographing a Classic Chinese Village by Glenn Guy.




13 February, 2012 - The Making of Sugarloaf Rock

It's always fascinating to learn how really good photographs were make, particularly when described by a great teacher.

In a new series well-known Australian photograper and author Peter Eastway gives us The Making of Sugarloaf Rock.

Too much? Too little? You decide.

NEW

NEW




15 February, 2012 - The Naked Sensor

For several years now, contributor Sean Reid has been arguing for the advantages of cameras without AA filters and encouraging manufacturers to seriously consider that approach. His thoughts on these recent developments can be found in his newest essay for this site which he calls, with some intentional hyperbole, The Naked Sensor.

Readers who find this article interesting should seriously consider looking into Sean's own subscription site, http://www.reidreviews.com where they will find some of the most insightful camera reviews and essays anywhere. His latest articles include an extensive look at how the Sony NEX 5n and the Ricoh GXR Mount A12 perform as bodies for "challenging" rangefinder camera lenses. He also recently published a comprehensive review of five 21 mm lenses on the Leica M9, a review of the Voigtlander 15 - 35 Zoom finder and updated his review of the Fuji X10. A full index of his articles can be found here.

 

NEW

NEW




18 February, 2012 - Everything Matters, Part 2

What's important when it comes to photography? Mark Dubovoy thinks that Everything Matters, in Part 2 of his recent essay.

NEW

 




22 February, 2012 - Tablet PCs for Photographers Pt1 & Pt2

If you're a photographer you may already own a tablet PC. It's hard to imagine a more handy device for displaying and sharing ones work. Our regular contributor Miles Hecker has written about the latest offerings in this area in a two part article, both of which are published here today.

Tablet PCs for Photographers – Part 1 – Hardware

Tablet PCs for Photographers – Part 2 – Software

 

NEW




25 February, 2012 - Hyperdeck Shuttle - Worth the Trouble?

External video recorders are becoming increasingly popular. The Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle permits recording uncompressed video at the rate of 10 Gigabytes per minute.

Does this produce better image quality than AVCHD from a pro-grade camcorder? To find out I tested the Hyperdeck on the Sony FS-100. My report is now online.

 

NEW




29 February, 2012 - Photographing the Human Condition

When we photograph people, what are we really photographing? In Photographing the Human Condition contributor Glenn Guy explores this pertinent question.

NEW

 




2 March, 2012 - Fine Art Printing Mastery

This is the initial announcement of a weekend workshop that will take place in Toronto, Canada on the weekend of May 5 – 6, 2012.

Fine Art Printing Mastery is a two day seminar being taught by Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy. It will take place at the teaching studio of 44 Wide.

In addition to this weekend printing workshop Michael and Mark will be leading a two day shooting workshop in Algonquin Park the week following the printing workshop.

In addition to these two workshops Mark and Michael will be having an exhibit and sale of their work at the 44 Wide Gallery, with an opening reception on Friday, May 4. We hope to see you there.

Fine Art Printing Mastery


Miles Hecker's geotagged travel essay for March is titled 
A Journey to The Subway.


NEW

 




3 March, 2012 - Reminders & Fuji X-Pro 1 Review Noted

One of the most eagerly awaited cameras of the season is the Fuji X-Pro 1. It began shipping in Japan just recently but is not scheduled for North American or European release until the end of March. To my knowledge no reviewers outside of Japan have yet received production cameras for evaluation. I know that I haven't.

But just as the Net puts any product news a nano-second away, Fedex makes any product commercially available in Japan just 48 hours away. Our enterprising colleague Sean Reid of Reid Reviews has just published the first installment of his rolling Fuji X-Pro 1 review online having procured a production camera from an agent in Tokyo.

As you may know Reid Reviews is a subscription site. But Sean is one of the most informed and insightful writers on the current scene regarding rangefinder and window finder cameras, and so if the Fuji X-Pro 1 is in your sights, then I highly recommend his on-going report.


Our special sale price 35% OFF on our new Lightroom 4 Advanced User's Guide is still on, but will come to an end as soon as Lightroom 4 ships. You know that you're going to kick yourself if you miss the sale.


 Fine Art Printing Mastery Workshop
With Michael Reichmann and Mark Duboboy 





6 March, 2012 - Lightroom 4 & Our New Video Tutorials Released!

...as is our Lightroom 4 Tutorial!

Check out the details of the 2 hour+ Introduction to Lightroom 4

 The Advanced Guide and New User's Introduction to Lightroom 4 is on Sale at 25% off until completion in Q2 2012

There is a free video preview of the Introduction to the new Basic panel available here

Those who purchased the Pre-Release of the LR4 tutorial will find the first 20 videos posted to their download page

Update: Our store server is extremely busy and some customers are getting errors on downloaded files. If your download fails, we suggest waiting for the rush to abate (24-48 hours) - and our apologies for the inconvenience.




7 March, 2012 - San Miguel PODAS Workshop Underway

This week Mark Dubovoy and I are instructing a Phase One Master Class field workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Many of the participants are working with Alpa technical cameras with their Phase One backs, and I am particularly enjoying testing a brand new lens from Alpa, the 32mm f/4 HR Alpagon from Rodenstock, which one of the participants brought with him for this shoot from Switzerland. This looks like it's going to be stunning performer. The new Home Page photograph was taken with it on Tueday, at a church in Atotonilco.

Kevin Raber from Phase One is blogging about this PODAS workshop here this week.

And speaking of testing, I now have a Canon G1X for testing, courtesy of Henry's in Canada, and I'll have a field test report online soon.


Update

The huge surge in downloads because of our new Lightroom 4 tutorials is stressing our servers, Because we can't provision for these peaks you may find that downloads are problematic for the next couple of days. We regret any inconvenience!!

Also, because of local weather, our customer service people are having trouble staying online. A perfect storm, though we'd rather calmer weather. Thanks for your understanding and patience.





9 March, 2012 - Fuji X-Pro 1 Review Begins

Fuji X-Pro 1 cameras are finally available for review outside of Japan, and our colleague and regular contributor Nick Devlin attended a press launch in Toronto yesterday.

We have just published Part 1 of his review, with his first impressions of this significant new camera. Nick will be conducting an intensive hands-on test shoot next week and we can expect a follow-up report before the week is out.


"The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"

 


The Surge Has Abated

The launch of Lightroom 4 and our new video tutorials lead to thousands of people attempting to download them at the same time over the past few days. This stressed our Store server and many people could not log-on or had download problems. The surge now seems to have abated and you should not have any problems downloading. Thanks for your patience.

Some people were upset that our server was unable to handle the load. Understandably so. But, in our defence, no business can be realistically structured to handle peak demand. The phone company serves up busy signals on Mothers Day, highways are not built to handle rush-hour traffic, and if you tried to purchase one you'll have noted that even Apple's servers couldn't handle the demand this week when the iPad 3 was announced.




12 March, 2012 - What Slide Film Taught Me

Photography is as much a learning process as it is a practice. Contributor Mahesh Venkitachalam today provides us with his thoughts on this subject titled What Slide Film Taught Me.


Workshop Spaces Still Available

There are still a few spaces avalable for the fine art printing mastery workshop being taught by Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy in Toronto in early May. A couple of spaces are also available for our Algonquin Park shoot right afterward.


 "The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"

 

 




14 March, 2012 - Canon G1X Field Review

The Canon G series cameras have been very popular for some years. Now, Canon has released a large sensor version, the G1X. (I know – yet another "X" camera. When will it end?)

Thanks to Canadian retailer Henry's, who loaned me a camera from their first shipment, I have been working with a G1X for the past couple of weeks here in Mexico.

How is it? Read my new Canon G1X Field Review to find out.


Workshop Spaces Still Available

There are still a few spaces avalable for the fine art printing mastery workshop being taught by Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy in Toronto in early May. A couple of spaces are also available for our Algonquin Park shoot right afterward.


 "The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"

 




16 March, 2012 - Nikon D800 or D800e. Which to Choose?

Nikon's announcement of the new D800 and D800e has shaken things up. A high-spec full-frame 36 Megapixel camera for under $3,000 is one thing. But, to have two models, one of them without an AA filter is quite another.

Which one to choose? The answer isn't simple, or obvious. My article titled Nikon D800 or D800e – Which to Choose explores the question.


Two New Recommended Products

Two new products became available this week, both of which I can personally recommend. One is the JTec L Bracket for the Sony NEX-7. If you have a NEX-7 or plan on using one on a tripod, this is the mount to get.

The second is an e-book titled Seeing the Unseen - How to Photograph Landscapes at Night by Alister Benn. Exceptionally well written and full of insights and helpfull information, I can highly recommend this book.

 




18 March, 2012 - Lightroom 4 Video Tutorials Updated

We have just published several new installments to our Lightroom 4 Introduction and Advanced User Tutorials.

New Tables of Content Version #2 are found for the Pre-Release and Combo Advanced & Introduction here, and for the Advanced Guide to LR4 here

The following are some of the topics covered in the newly released videos...

– Technique: Desaturate. Michael Reichmann's desaturation technique

– Tip: Basic Panel Auto adjustment secret

– HSL in Colour. Precise adjustment of specific colours -  technical and aesthetic demonstrations

– HSL & Split Tone in B&W. The use of HSL for fine-tuned and dramatic Black & White conversion. Split-Toning to give platinum, sepia or cyanotype tones to B&W images

– Split Tone in Colour. How to add warm highlights and cool shadows to colour photographs

– Detail: Sharpening. A deep dive into the technique of input sharpening for optimal image quality.

– Detail: Noise Reduction. A close look at the 'flip side' of sharpening. How to sharpen noisy images while dramatically reducing luminance & colour noise.

 

 "The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"

 




19 March, 2012 - I Turned 40 Last Sunday - From D100 to D800

A decade can seem to last for forever or can seemingly pass in the blink of an eye. In an essay titled I Turned 40 Last Sunday, which I have subtitled From D100 to D800, our regular contributor Bernard Languiller looks back at his purchase 10 years ago of a Nikon D100, and the imminent arrival of his D800.

Bernard, who lives in Tokyo, expects to receive his D800 this week, and has promised to provide us with a rolling review beginning the week after.

In a remarkable show of unintentional unanimity a half dozen of this site's regular contributors have recently told me that they too, like me, have ordered D800s or D800Es. So, like it or not, there is bound to be quite a bit of discussion of this new camera here in the weeks ahead.

 "The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!" 




21 March, 2012 - Fuji X-Pro 1 Review : Part II

Nick Devlin has now spent a further week working with the new Fuji X-Pro 1 camera. Part II of his insightful review is now online.


Update

Fuji has just released a significant update to the firmware for the X100 camera. This appears to address a number of concerns that reviewers and users have had.

This portends well for firmware fixes for some of the issues noted by Nick in his X-Pro 1 review.

Phase One has also just released a firmware update for the IQ series backs.


Workshop Spaces Still Available

There are still a few spaces avalable for the fine art printing mastery workshop being taught by Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy in Toronto in early May. A couple of spaces are also available for our Algonquin Park shoot right afterward.


 




22 March, 2012 - Photoshop 6 Beta and Training

Adobe has just released Photoshop 6 Beta as a free download from Adobe Labs. The Beta is available to anyone, not just current Photoshop users. Once the beta period is over (before Q3, 2012) you'll be able to purchase the final version if you wish, either as a new product or an upgrade.

If you'd like to quickly get up to speed on PS6, for a limited time lynda.com has opened its Photoshop CS6 Beta Preview course to the public, giving both members and nonmembers access to experience the software’s upgrades. The course is taught by Deke McClelland, an expert in the field who has written a number of books on Photoshop.

 

"The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"




24 March, 2012 - Artistic License & D800 Rating

Alain Briot's latest column is titled Artistic License. If you are a fine art photographer I strongly urge you to read it, as it explores some of the critical issues which we all face in describing what we do, and why.


DxOMark has just today published their test results for the new Nikon D800, which began shipping this week. They rate Nikon's newest camera at an overall 95, the highest score yet, exceeding every other camera thus far including the $40,000 Phase One IQ180 medium format back.

Now – DxOMark ratings are controversial. Some people (myself included) have expressed concerns that these scores do not necessarily track real work experience. Also, small numerical differences are usually just that, small, and not necessarily something to hang ones hat on. Finally, these scores only measure the sensor, not the goodness of the camera as a whole. 

Regardless of the weight that one gives to DxOMark test results and numerical analysis, they are rigorous and consistent. Therefore if read properly they can provide comparative insights into a camera's sensor performance. 

It would appear that Nikon has scored a real coup with the D800, and other camera makers are going to have to seriously up their game to stay competitive, at least in this market segment and at this price point.

 

"The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"




26 March, 2012 - J'Accuse - Why Do Camera Makers Produce Flawed Products?

We've all been there. After long research and due deliberation we spend our hard earned money on a new camera. But then, sometimes only minutes are starting to work with it, we encounter a design flaw. Sometimes its minor, but other times it's so annoying that it makes working with the camera downright unpleasant.

Why is this the case? In my new essay J'Accuse – Why Camera Makers Produce Flawed Products I explore this issue.

 

  

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner).

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again." 

 




29 March, 2012 - The Making of Sugarloaf Rock

Many photographers find it of interest to learn how a particular image was created. In the second of a new series for this site, Australian photographer Peter Eastway describes The Making of Sugarloaf Rock. 

OOOPs

It seems that I wasn't paying close attention last night when I posted the above article. I cut and pasted one that I had already published. I then went out for the evening and didn't go online or look at the site till the next morning. No harm, no foul.

"The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"




31 March, 2012 - Super 35mm - A Sony FS100 Report

Video DSLRs are hot. Versatile, compact and able to produce shallow DOF footage, they are all the rage in amatuer and professional production circles.

But even hotter (and able to shoot much better video) are the new generation of so-called Super 35mm video cameras from Sony and Canon.

I have been shooting with the Sony FS-100 for the past few months and my hands-on field report is now online.

 




1 April, 2012 - New LR4 Training Videos Now Online

There are now three new ZIP files available as part of our Lightroom 4 Advanced Video Tutorial. These are found in LR4_16.zip, LR4_17.zip & LR4_18.zip.

The new Table of Contents v3 is now online.

These videos include in-depth coverage of...

– Lens Corrections: Profile & Manual. Use Lightroom's Lens profiles to correct aberration in capture and learn to correct perspective issues manually

– Effects: Post-Crop Vignetting & Grain. How to 'improve' the look of a capture.

– Camera Calibration: DNG Profiles. Choose or adjust your camera's default colour processing

– Crop Tool: all those handy shortcuts

– Spot Removal. Heal or clone out sensor dust spots

– Synchronize Settings: When & how to use the 'batch mode' for Spot Removal and Basic adjustment

– Graduated Filter & Adjustment Brush: How to create asymmetrical grad filters

– Adjustment Brush - Moiré: Quickly eliminate colour moiré and reduce tonal moiré

– Adjustment Brush - Noise Reduction: use when a global Noise Reduction messes up mid-tone detail

– ETTR - Expose to the right: the Develop adjustments to make when processing a 'light' image

 

"The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"

 

 




4 April, 2012 - They Are Stealing Our Work!

What the Internet giveth, the Internet taketh away. This is true of the millions of photographs that photographers put online. The web gives us broad exposure but unfortunately also allows clueless individuals and businesses to illegally copy and use our images for commercial and other purposes.

Our regular contributor Alain Briot explores this in his new essay entitled The Are Stealing our Work!

  

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner).

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again." 

 




5 April, 2012 - Nikon D800 Vs. Canon 5DMKIII Comparison Video

Our friends at The Camera Store, a major photographic dealer in Calgary, Alberta have just produced a 20 minute long video comparing these two new cameras. This is the first of three projected video comparison reports.

It is up on YouTube but is also now found here on our site.

"The content delivered by Michael and Jeff, so far, is just what I was hoping it would be, technically highly informative, and entertaining. Can be watched over, and over, and it will still keep you engrossed! 

The image quality you've achieved is the best to date, what clarity!! I'm viewing the tutorial on a 27" iMac.

Based on what I've seen I don't think I'll be disappointed with what is to come. They are the masters and I don't think I could get any better tuition anywhere, and it's never boring! 

Looking forward to the next "episodes" with great anticipation!"

 




7 April, 2012 - Here Comes The D800

Our regular contributor Bernard Languillier has now been working with his Nikon D800 for several days and updates us with his first impressions in Here Comes The D800.

Though we're giving the new 36 MP Nikon a lot of coverage here, and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead, there are other new cameras and lenses which we'll also be reporting on including, of course, the Canon 5D MKIII.

One other new camera just coming to market is the Pentax K-01. Our colleague Sean Reid of Reid Reviews has just published a review and also recently published a review of the Ricoh GXR A16 "24 - 85" Zoom Lens module. 

As you may know Reid Reviews is a subscription site. But Sean is one of the most insightful writers on the current scene and his site is worth its modest cost.

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself
returning to them often.




11 April, 2012 - Eye One Pro II Review

One of the best ways to ensure accurate colour prints is to make your own profiles. XRite has just announced the Eye One Pro II, and colour expert Andrew Rodney today provides us with his review of this new version of a recognized standard product.


Just FYI, I am on my way back from Mexico to Canada this week, currently trucking along through Arkansas.

  

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner).

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again." 

 




14 April, 2012 - Part II of the Nikon D800 Vs. Canon 5DMKIII Comparison Video

Our friends at The Camera Store, a major photographic dealer in Calgary, Alberta have just released Part II of their three part video series comparing these two new cameras. 

These are up on YouTube but is also now found here on our site.


FYI – Chris and I have completed our drive back from Mexico to Canada. 4000 km in 4 days (39 hours of driving). Car, dog and both drivers doing well, though the latter two still a bit brown around the edges.

Took delivery of a Nikon D800 on Friday, and will be starting my long term report shortly. Hopefully my D800e will arrive soon as well, so that I can start my planned comparisons. 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.

 




16 April, 2012 - New LR4 Videos Now Online

If you have purchased our new Lightroom 4 Advanced Training video tutorials please note that some 21 minutes of new content is now available in LR4_19.zip.

Table of Contents v4

This section is all to do with working between Lightroom 4 & Photoshop – specifically PS CS6.

– Move a file in and out of Lightroom to Photoshop, making edits

– Use Raw files as Smart Objects

– Blend two Raw files with different sharpening settings for high and low frequency areas. Yes, take two versions of a Raw file and blend them together!

– Merge to Panorama in Photoshop CS6.

– HDR with Photoshop CS6

– Merge layers in Photoshop to blend different exposures for a more 'natural' look to HDR

As usual, if your LR4_19.zip shows no size, hit Download Now anyway - it means we have not updated the shopping cart yet - but the files are there and will download.

This completes the Develop part of LR4. Next release will concentrate on various functions & techniques within Library .

 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.

 




17 April, 2012 - Sony NEX-7 after 6 Months: What Succeeded, What Failed?

As a reviewer, I'm as eager to find out how a new product (especially a camera) is going to perform as you likely are to read about it. But, it sometimes can take months and many thousands of frames to get the full measure of a new piece of sophisticated gear.

It's now been six months since I started working daily with the Sony NEX-7, with more than six thousand frames captured, mostly shot in Mexico this past winter.

So, how did the NEX-7 do? Find out in my newest product review – Sony NEX-7 – What succeeded, what failed?

  

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner).

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again."  

 




19 April, 2012 - Nikon D800 / D800E First Comparison

I have been working with a Nikon D800 for the past 10 days or so. It arrived in the second wave of shipments to hit Canada last week. I am currently working on my field review.

But then Wednesday morning I received a call from my dealer. "Your Nikon D800E just came in. When can you pick it up"? The first wave of D800E deliveries have started.

Needless to say I wasted no time collecting it from the dealer, and then spent the rest of the day shooting comparisons between it and the D800.

Is the D800E sharper? Is moire really an issue? Read my Nikon D800 / D800E First Comparison to find out.

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.

 




20 April, 2012 - Photography in Space + More Nikon Comparisons

Imagine being a photography enthusiast and also an astronaut. What photographs you could take!

Well, Alan Poindexter is both a passionate photographer and an astronaut, and today shares with us some of his work as well as descriptions of his experiences doing photography aboard the shuttle Discovery, in a new exclusive article titled Photography in Space.


Nikon D800 / D800E Second Comparison

Yesterday's comparison between the Nikon D800 and D800E raised a lot of commentary. (Gee, what a surprise). To address some of the concerns I have redone the test, using a different venue, a different lens, and some different technique. Results? Have a look at my Second D800 / D800 Resolution Comparison Report.


Fred Miranda has just published a Canon 5D MKIII vs. Nikon D800 Field Report. Interesting reading for anyone considering the pros and cons of each camera.


Though nothing has been made public that I am aware of, it has been reported by dealers in Canada and the UK that Canon has informed them that new shipments of the 5D MKIII have been halted until a solution to the top LCD light leak has been implemented.


   

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again."  




23 April, 2012 - The World Ice Art Championships

Though many of us are glad to see the ice of winter disappear for the time being, Miles Hecker's latest Geotagged location article is titled Ice is Nice – The World Ice Art Championships.


UPDATE

Leaf Mamiya has today announced three new medium format backs, the Credo 40, 60 and 80 with matching megapixel counts. 

These will become available from June, in Mamiya / Phase One, Hasselblad V and H and Contax backs. These new backs are priced at $19,500, $32,500 and $39,000.

Commentary

It would be, of course, be disingenuous if we didn't at some point mention "the elephant in the room" – the new Nikon D800/E. The affect that this $3,000 36 Megapixel full-frame DSLR, with its top-ranked sensor, will have on the medium format industry is yet to be felt or fully understood. We'll have more to say on this in the days ahead. 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.

 




25 April, 2012 - D800 Here to Stay & 2 Printing Workshop Spaces Available

Our regular contributor from Japan, Bernard Longuillier, gives us a second report on his thoughts and experience using the Nikon D800 over the past few weeks in The D800 is Here to Stay.

Many readers have written asking about my own Nikon D800/E review. I have been working on it daily, along with doing as much field shooting with the cameras as my schedule allows. These are sophisticated and complex cameras and require some time to get the measure off. I expect though to have my full report ready within a week or so.


Mark Dubovoy and I will be teaching an advanced printing workshop here in Toronto weekend after next at 44Wide. Two space have become available, so if you are a printer who wants to bring your skills in image processing and printing to the next level, do consider attending.

   

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos that have helped me grow once again."  




27 April, 2012 - Nikon D800 / D800E Review by Michael Reichmann

It's now been a few weeks since I started using the Nikon D800, and then shortly afterward also the D800E. Part of me wants to continue working with and discovering the nuances of these new cameras before publishing a full review, but so many people have been asking – is it soup yet? – that I've decided to wrap up the review process a bit early.

My Nikon D800/E Initial Field Impressions report is therefore now online.

My colleague Mark Dubovoy will have his own first impressions available here early next week, and undoubtedly we'll have more to say about this landmark camera in the days ahead.

 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.

 




29 April, 2012 - Adios Purple Fringing : New Palouse PODAS

One of the annoying defects of digital imaging is the occasional occurence of so-called purple fringing. The new release of Lightroom 4.1 RC2 addresses these issues and is quite effective.

The new Defringe controls are designed to fix axial (longitudinal) CA, color aberrations due to ghosting or flare, and color aberrations (thin fringes) due to charge leakage, which affects some CCD sensors.

You can read more, find links to the new Lightroom beta download, and a write up by Eric Chan here.


Palouse PODAS Announced

Our friends at Phase One have a new PODAS workshop planned for The Palouse in June. If you are fascinated by the geometry of landscapes caused by the hand of man, and are interested in working with high-end medium format equipment, then this is a workshop to seriously consider.


We're Moving

On Sunday evening, Eastern time, we will be moving our servers to a new hosting company. The switch-over will be instantaneous, but because this also means a move of IP address, there may be some problems for the next day or two as DNS servers around the world are updated.

Nothing for you to do – just be aware that if you see anything strange going on, it's not at your end, it's just a ripple caused by the change-over.

 

 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.

 




29 April, 2012 - Welcome to the New Server

If you're reading this What's New post you have arrived on our new server.  Welcome and enjoy. 




30 April, 2012 - Reichmann & Dubovoy Two Man Show

 A Two Man Show of Recent Work
by Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy

44 Wide Gallery 

171 East Liberty Street. Unit 122
Toronto, Ontario
Inside the arcade at Liberty Village

Opening Night: Friday, May 4, 2012.  6–9PM 
Michael and Mark will be in attendance
Refreshments will be served

The show will run until May 31

If you live in or near Toronto and can attend the opening
on Friday evening, we'd love to see you there.
Please come and say "Hi", and have a glass of wine with us.

 

 




1 May, 2012 - An Embarrassment of Riches - Two New Cameras

There is a constant flow of new cameras from the major manufacturers. It's what keeps the industry alive. But many (most?) are simply rehashes of what came before...new chrome and a fresh bumper design, as a colleague once put it.

But every now and then there are new cameras that really move the art foreward. Two of these are the Sony NEX-7 and the Nikon D800/E, devices which have received considerable coverage on these pages.

Today, Mark Dubovoy discusses these in a new essay titled An Embarrassment of Riches.

Incidently, as noted in yesterday's What's New announcement below, Mark will be in Toronto for a new gallery show featuring some of his as well as my new work, at the 44 Wide Gallery. The public opening is this coming Friday evening, from 6–9pm.

This show runs for the next month. Mark is also here to teach an advanced printing workshop with me this weekend, and also an Algonquin Park field workshop next week.

   

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos
that have helped me grow once again." 
  

 

 




3 May, 2012 - A Critique of Contemporary Camera Design

Why are cameras designed the way that they are? This engaging topic is explored today in an original and insightful essay titled A Critique of Contemporary Camera Design, by Richard Sexton.


 

Friday Evening – Gallery Show Opening
New Work by
Michael Reichmann and Mark Dubovoy

@ 44 Wide Gallery 

171 East Liberty Street. Unit 122
Toronto, Ontario
Inside the arcade at Liberty Village

Opening Night: Friday, May 4, 2012.  6–9PM 
Michael and Mark will be in attendance
Refreshments will be served

The show will run until May 31

If you live in or near Toronto and can attend the opening 
on Friday evening, we'd love to see you there. 
Please come and say "Hi", and have a glass of wine with us.


 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.




6 May, 2012 - New Lightroom 4 Advanced Training Videos

We have just added ten new videos our new Lightroom 4 Advanced Training video tutorials; LR4_20.zip, LR4_21.zip, LR4_22.zip, LR4_23.zip

Here is the new Table of Contents.

These videos are largely about various functions in the Library module

– Changing the default rendering of a Raw file on import. If you have a particular camera & ISO that you know is going to require some basic noise reduction, learn how to apply that automatically on import.

–  Smart Collections. How to let Lightroom do the organization of files for you; let the database do the work.

-– Video Files. How to view, trim, colour correct and export video.

–  Location Catalogs. How to work with new empty catalogs on a per project basis and then import them into your main master catalog. This video shows Jeff Schewe's Selection Editing workflow.

-– Michael Reichmann's Selection Editing workflow: a different 'take'

– Keywording. How to make key wording work for you

-– Keywording on location. Work with a Master Keyword list and keep everything organized when you import a new catalog. Avoid having to insert and edit keywords from two lists.

- DNG. Learn about the new abilities of LR4 in saving out DNG files

–  Make a Virtual Copy the Master Image. When a Virtual Copy becomes the file interpretation you want, change it to become the master image.

– Publish Services. Use this valuable feature of LR to automatically publish and edit photographs onto an iPad or other external source such as Flickr or FaceBook. 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.

 




9 May, 2012 - Tonal Adjustments in the Age of Lightroom 4

Charlie Cramer is one of America's preminant landscape photographers and photographic educators. Today he provides us with an exclusive tutorial titled Tonal Adjustments in the Age of Lightroom 4. Don't miss it!

 

   

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos 
that have helped me grow once again." 
  

 




10 May, 2012 - Leica M Monochrom - Meet Henri

It isn't every day that a new M Leica comes along. It's only happened less than a dozen times in the past 50 years. Today is one of those days though, with the introduction of the Leica M Monochrom

I am currently in Berlin, Germany for the launch event, but have also been working with a pre-production sample of the M Monochrom for the past 10 days or so. My initial hands-on impressions report is now online.

For a more detailed report you may want to look at Sean Reid's in-depth review at Reid Reviews, a pay site, but one which focuses in considerable depth on Leica and related products.

 

Your videos are overflowing with fascinating lessons and insights into the why as much as the how of the creative process. They have become a valuable resource for me and I find myself 
returning to them often.




12 May, 2012 - Leica S Hasselblad H Lens Adaptor

Leica has been making adaptors for various medium format camera's lenses. But now, in an industry first, they have released a full autofocus adaptor for Hasselblad H series lenses

I tried it out at the Leica event in Berlin this week, and it simply does what it claims to do. Now the full range of H series lenses is available for current and potential Leica S owners. Very cool.

 

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos.
I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!
 




14 May, 2012 - Leica S2 Field Report

There has been a lot of sturm und drang in the photo community these past couple of months about the Nikon D800/E, and deservedly so. But the Leica S2 continues to sell very well to a segment of the marketplace that values tremendous build quality and what are arguably the world's finest camera lenses.

Last week's media event in Berlin for the launch of the M Monochrom also gave me an opportunity to handle the S2 for a while, and it reminded me of how appealing I had found the camera a few years ago, the last time I was in Germany for that product's launch.

By coincidence, our colleage Andy Biggs has recently completed a US Southwest and an Antactic photographic expedition using the Leica S2 and today shares with us his impressions

    

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos 
that have helped me grow once again." 
  




15 May, 2012 - Nikon D800E vs Pentax 645D in The Field

Our good friend Nick Devlin, also one of this site's contributing editors, was just out in Calgary last week picking up his new Nikon D800E. Nick has been a long time Pentax 645D afficionado and shooter, as well as a good friend of the folks at The Camera Store in Calgary.

Put the two together for a few days, and what you get is another one of TCS's fascinating video test reports. How does the larger, heavier and more expensive Pentax hold up against the new Nikon challenger? Watch it and find out

Britain's high regarded Amateur Photographer magazine has today published a Nikon D800E vs Hasselblad review in which they conclude "... the Hasselblad HD4-31 has more than met its match for large reproduction of fine detail in what is the smaller, quicker and more affordable form of the D800E." (AP is available on newsstands in the UK and via download on Zinio.)

And, to round out the sub-40 Megapixel medium format Vs. D800/E comparison field, Lloyd Chambers at Diglloyd (a subscription site) has recently performed a test of the Nikon D800 vs the Leica S2. The results are not much different than what we now see against the Pentax 645D or Hasselblad H4D31. The consistancy of these comparisons simply can not be ignored. It would appear that the lower end of the medium format industry has been formally put on notice by Nikon.

 

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 
I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!
 




16 May, 2012 - Some Thoughts on the Leica X2

Leica showed the X2 in Berlin last week. This update to the popular X1 features a new 16MP sensor and a number of additional enhancements.

Due to other committments I have not had a chance as yet to work with the X2, but my colleague Sean Reid of ReidReviews has, and has kindly provided us with a brief overview of the new Leica X2. Sean also has a much more comprehensive review of the new camera on his own subscription site.

    

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos 
that have helped me grow once again." 
  




18 May, 2012 - Sony NEX-7 Redneck Edition

If you own and use a Sony NEX-7 camera, you almost certainly have many minutes if not hours of video clips, showing your shoes, the sky, or the inside of your lens cap. The reason is that the camera has a very badly placed video record button that is far to easy to press accidently during normal handling, and it can't be disabled.

Mark Dubovoy has a solution though, and it is detailed in his new essy titled Sony NEX-7 Redneck Edition.


Truesense Imaging is the new name for the Kodak sensor division that was purchased by Platinum Equity late last year. The company now has a new web site, which may be of interest to some readers.


UPDATE

Hasselblad today announced massive price reductions (up to 23%) on a number of its cameras, backs and lenses. These have been rumoured within the industry for a while now, with much speculation as to the reason why. 

Is it because of the Nikon D800/e? Likely not, because they are even discounting their top-of-the-line H4D-60 by almost $10,000 (6,200 euros). Nevertheless their 31MP camera / back combo is now down to $12,000 and the 40MP is $17,000, still about 5X the price of the D800/e. Quo vadis medium format?

We have yet to hear from those that have recently bought Hasselblad systems, and their reactions to this devaluation of their new purchases.

Then there's the question of how Leica, Phase One and Leaf will respond. Is the sub 50MP segment of the medium format market threatened?

  

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 
I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!
  




20 May, 2012 - Second to Last Lightroom 4 Tutorials Just Published

We have just posted another hour-plus of videos in LR4_24.zip, LR4_25.zip & LR4_26.zip from our Lightroom 4 Advanced User's Guide Video Tutorials.

– The Creation of a Portrait. In a studio portrait shooting session, Jeff demonstrates Tethered Shooting & using a 'live' Develop Preset. Then he shows selection editing, basic corrections and finally retouches a 'beauty shot' - all within Lightroom 4.

– Map - an overview

– Map - GeoTagging. How to edit capture time. How to add a GPS' tracklog to Lightroom 4 using a freely available translator. Learn how to reverse GeoCode.

– Book. Create a PDF book of your photographs, publish to a PDF and import a portfolio book of images to an iPad.

– Saved Creations. New to LR4 and a critical element in working with Books, Slideshows, Prints & Web Galleries. Learn how to create a 'saved creation' in those modules.

– Layout Overlay. Create and use a Layout overlay when shooting to a layout. Preview the photograph, type & graphic elements of a final printed page within Lightroom.

Please note that this is the second to last posting of videos. When we post again, that will mark the completion of the Tutorial and thus the 25% Off 'Incomplete' Sale will end.

The latest Table of Contents V6 is found here.

  

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 
I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!
  




21 May, 2012 - Eclipse - Preparation and Execution

There was a solar eclipse visible in much of Asia and North America yesterday. In Ontario, Canada, where I live, the sun was setting just as the moon started to take a bite out of the lower right hand corner of the sun.

In Eclipse 2012 – Preparation and Execution I discuss how I shot yesterdays eclipse along with what worked and what didn't.

    

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos 
that have helped me grow once again." 
  

 




23 May, 2012 - Light, Land, Life & Magic eBook

Our regular contributor Miles Hecker has been creating a monthly series of Geotagged Photographic location articles for us for the past year or two.

With my encouragment Miles has now expanded on this concept and has produced an e-book exploring 20 of his fine-art landscape images and how how each was made, titled Light, Land, Life and Magic. This is an inexpensive way to look inside the mind and skill set of a talented photographer and teacher.

 

  

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 
I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!
  

 




25 May, 2012 - Scanning Workflow e-Book

Scanning doesn't get much love these days. But there are literally millions of people with archives of negatives and transparencies who either regularly do scanning, or if they don't, should be. My goodness, there are even people who actually still shoot film. 

Our regular contributor Mark Segal has just written a 380 page e-Book titled Scanning Workflow with SilverFast 8. SilverFast is the leading scanning software on the market and it supports a great many different scanners, both past and present. Mark's book explores every facit of SilverFast 8 and SilverFast HDR and also how these integrate with Photoshop and Lightroom. Most importantly Mark explores the issue of best practices and most efficient and appropriate workflow.

The linked report points to where you can download a couple of free chapters as well as purchase the book if you wish.

    

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, I learned new technique and ideas even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos 
that have helped me grow once again."    

 




26 May, 2012 - Last Chance -25% on Lightroom 4 Training

We are just a day or two from publishing the final sections of our Lightroom 4 Advanced User's Guide Video Tutorials. These have been on sale for -25% while the series was being completed. 

But now the day of final publication is neigh, and the discount is coming to an end. Come on – you know you want to learn Lightroom 4, you want your training from experts. 

   

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 
I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!
  




27 May, 2012 - Nikon's Hidden Lens Jewel

Amazingly, Nikon is still making one of its lenses after more than 30 years – the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S. I call it Nikon's Hidden Lens Jewel, and in my new report on this lens I explain why it's unique and desirable for some photographers.


Our friend Kevin Raber, VP of Phase One, is currently in Iceland running a PODAS workshop together with Australian photographer (and LuLa contributor) Peter Eastway. You can follow their adventure this week on the PODAS Blog.


ONLY A COUPLE OF DAYS LEFT ON OUR -25% DISCOUNT

   

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 
I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!
  

 

 




28 May, 2012 - Lightroom 4 Advanced Video Tutorial Now Completed

We have just published the final chapters in our Lightroom 4 Advanced User's Guide Video Tutorials. These have been on sale for -25% while the series was being completed. 

Because of the holiday weekend in the U.S.,
we are extending the -25% off sale until
Midnight Central Time on Tuesday.

Table of Contents v7

New Content Just Added...

– The Slideshow module; adding a soundtrack, titles and exporting to video

– Print - an overview

– Print - Four Features: how to quickly create a contact sheet; how to create a custom print using multiple images; how to print to a file for photo-lab printing; how to use the page layout potential of Picture Package 

– Print Resolution. Another look at the right resolution at which to print your images

– Print. A comparison Black & White print 'test' using regular  ColorSync printing vs. Epson's Advanced Black & White mode

– RGB readout in Soft Proofing. Yes, Lightroom 4 shows 0 to 255 RGB levels in Soft Proofing instead of percentages.

– Web. A look at some of the Flash-based web galleries available in Lightroom 4

– The Wrap. Michael & Jeff discuss Process 2012 and its greater processing requirements. How to optimize your setup for the new demands of Lightroom 4. (Mike & Jeff enjoy a margarita overlooking San Miguel de Allende, Mexico...)

We will be adding a few more videos on things that we were unable to cover during the shoot in Mexico. We will be shooting that additional content during June. BUT – Chris is taking July off for vacation so the additional material will likely not be available until late August or September. Something to look forward to.

   

 "Every time I go back to a module I had already seen, I learn additional things.  I have never seen tutorials that have the excellent mix of what the features are,
how to use them, enough of the under-the-hood information
and concepts so that I can utilize the features creatively and efficiently,
and just enough humor to keep the motivation level high.  Wow!
"




30 May, 2012 - Creating Meaningful Photographs

Our regular contributor Alain Briot today provides us with a new essay titled Creating Meaningful Photographs. In it he explores the issues and challenges involved 

Alain has also just updated his workshop schedule for the rest of 2012 and early 2013. It is found on our Workshops page.


Other Items of Interest Today

1: Our -25% off sale on the now completed Lightroom 4 Advanced User's Guide Video Tutorials ends (ended) Tuesday at midnight CDT.

2: I have started working with the new Olympus OM-D E-5M towards a long-terms usage report. Today's Home Page shot was taken with it.

3: Nikon has announced a firmware update for the D800, D800E and D4.

4: Sean Reid has just published a very extensive article based on controlled tests comparing file quality and noise of four window finder cameras: the Fuji X100, Fuji X-Pro 1, Leica M9 and Leica M Monochrom. Sean's site, Reid Reviews, is a subscription site but it is not expensive and is worth the money given the insightful way in which he writes about cameras and photography.

 

   

 "Every time I go back to a module I had already seen, I learn additional things.  I have never seen tutorials that have the excellent mix of what the features are, 
how to use them, enough of the under-the-hood information 
and concepts so that I can utilize the features creatively and efficiently, 
and just enough humor to keep the motivation level high.  Wow!
"

 




30 May, 2012 - UPDATE - Lightroom 4.1 Now Shipping - Discount Training Video Available

UPDATE

Adobe has today released Lightroom 4.1 and Camera Raw 7.1 (Photoshop / Bridge / DNG Converter). There is now raw support for a wide range of recent cameras including the Nikon D4, D800, D800e, Canon 5D MKIII, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Olympus OM-D E-5M.

– Discount LR4 Training Video Available –

If you are one of the thousands of photographers who previously purchased one of our Lightroom 2 or 3 tutorials, we are now are offering a -15% off coupon if you purchase our new final-release Lightroom 4 Advanced User's Guide Video Tutorials. Just contact customerservice@luminous-landscape.com and request your -15% discount coupon before you place your download order in our online Store.




2 June, 2012 - Dynamic Patience and Photography

What's your patience quotient when it comes to photography? Do you rush from one location to the next? Are you willing to wait for the moment, no matter how long it takes?

A new contributor, Bors Vesterby, explores this topic in an essay titled Dynamic Patience.

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 

I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!   




5 June, 2012 - Nikon V1 - A Quick Take

Nikon's entry into the mirrorless segment passed me by last winter. But with the competition in this market now heating up I figured it was time to see how the little Nikon stacks up against the competition in Nikon V1 – A Quick Take on a Small Camera


UPDATE

The New York Times via Reuters is reporting that Panasonic is negotiating the purchase of a USD $650 Million share in Olympus. This would make them the company's largest shareholder.

Olympus was rocked by a $1.7B accounting scandal last year and needs the funds for "restructuring", which translates as "survival".

Panasonic, for its part, is likely as interested in Olympus' medical equipment business as they are in their smaller, though attractive photographic division.

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 

I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!   

 




9 June, 2012 - The Making of Stirling Ranges

The mountains in Australia might be relatively tame, but they can be beautiful nonetheless. In his latest tutorial Peter Eastway steps us through the creation of his photo of the Stirling Ranges, Western Australia.


Peter Cox, Irish landscape photographer and contributor to this site has launched a Kickstarter project to fund his first book of landscape photographs. Titled 'The Irish Light', it reached its initial funding goal of $11,000 in just 60 hours!

The fundraising will continue until July 5th and a new goal of $25,000 has been set to further improve the quality of the finished product. There is also a special edition being produced at an artisan bindery that will feature a leather spine, linen cover, slip case and a portfolio of 5 signed and titled archival prints in a presentation pouch. Each book in the special edition is individually numbered. Backers receive the book for less than retail price.

I've already placed my pledge!

Brilliant Lightroom 4 videos. 

I thought I was a knowledgable pro. Hah!   




11 June, 2012 - The New MFT King & Pany 12-35mm f/2.8 Report

The mirrorless camera segment continues to be hot and the hottest new entry is the Olympus OM-D E-M5, which in my opinion is the new Micro Four Thirds king. My review is now online.

The new Panasonic Lumix G X 12-35mm f/2.8 is the latest high-end zoom from that company, and together with cameras such as the OM-D point toward MFT beginning to target the more advanced user segment of the marketplace.

 

   

 "Every time I go back to a module I had already seen, I learn additional things.  I have never seen tutorials that have the excellent mix of what the features are, 
how to use them, enough of the under-the-hood information 
and concepts so that I can utilize the features creatively and efficiently, 
and just enough humor to keep the motivation level high.  Wow!
"

 




14 June, 2012 - Three Master Class Workshops with Michael Reichmann this Winter

I'm please to announce that I will be teaching Three Master Class Photography Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico this winter – during December, January and March.

I've been living and shooting in San Miguel each winter for the past few years and did a highly successful PODAS workshop there last year. Since then I have received requests that I do additional workshops this coming year. There will be just three workshops with only three people in each. Find out more.

SORRY –  SOLD OUT
Accepting Waitlist Requests


    

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual,
I learned new technique and ideas
even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos  that have helped me grow once again."




15 June, 2012 - Summer Madness Giveaway

 

Sales always slow down in the summer. We wanted to do something to motivate you to spend a bit, here on your favourite web site.

So, we're doing a give-away. Every order for one of our download videos – tutorials as well as Video Journals, entitles you to a chance to win a new Olympus O-MD E-M5 camera, one of the hottest cameras of the year.

This contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. All you need to do is purchase something. Come on. Don't just sit there – make a purchase and become eligable to win!




18 June, 2012 - Fuji X-Pro 1 in Havana

Contributor Daniel Webb recently did a shoot in Havana, Cuba with the Fuji X-Pro 1. Today he shares with us that experience.

My own report on the new Fuji will follow later this week.

 

 

Sales always slow down in the summer. We wanted to do something to motivate you to spend a bit, here on your favourite web site.

So, we're doing a give-away. Every order for one of our download videos – tutorials as well as Video Journals, entitles you to a chance to win a new Olympus O-MD E-M5 camera, one of the hottest cameras of the year.

This contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. All you need to do is purchase something. Come on. Don't just sit there – make a purchase and become eligable to win!




21 June, 2012 - Fuji X-Pro 1 Redux - Hands On with Michael Reichmann

I've given quite a bit of coverage to the fascinating new Fuji X-Pro 1 during the past half year. But for a variety of reasons outside my control always by contributors, never based on my own experience.

During the past couple of weeks I've had a chance to finally work with the new Fuji and my hands-on report is now online.

 

Sales always slow down in the summer. We wanted to do something to motivate you to spend a bit, here on your favourite web site.

So, we're doing a give-away. Every order for one of our download videos – tutorials as well as Video Journals, entitles you to a chance to win a new Olympus O-MD E-M5 camera, one of the hottest cameras of the year.

This contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. All you need to do is purchase something. Come on. Don't just sit there – make a purchase and become eligable to win!

 




25 June, 2012 - Creating Meaningful Photographs

What does it take to create meaningful photographs? Find out in Alain Briot's latest monthly essay.

     

"You and Jeff did it again!  A great series of videos.

I've watched the earlier Camera to Print series as well as the LR 2 & 3 videos and as usual, 
I learned new technique and ideas 
even though I've been behind a camera for 45 years.

Additionally, the rapport you two have is most engaging, enjoyable, and totally different than the sterile video tutorials from others (I'm afflicted with being a visual learner). 

Again, a great series of videos  that have helped me grow once again."




27 June, 2012 - MacBook Pro Retina - A Photographer's View

Every now and then a product comes along that has the ability to strongly influence the way that we work. I believe that the MacBook Pro Retina from Apple is one such.

My review of this new laptop – A Photographer's View – is now online. (Updated with a gamut plot).

 

   

 "Every time I go back to a module I had already seen, I learn additional things.  I have never seen tutorials that have the excellent mix of what the features are, 
how to use them, enough of the under-the-hood information 
and concepts so that I can utilize the features creatively and efficiently, 
and just enough humor to keep the motivation level high.  Wow!
"

 




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