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3 January, 2013 - Colour Harmonies in Photography

Our first article for 2013 is the final installment in Alain Briot's series on Color Harmonies in Photography.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.

 

Now I need to get the LR4 video to see how much of Lightroom 4 I don’t know".





7 January, 2013 - Oh No, Not Another Superzoom!

Yes, another Superzoom. The Canon SX50, with the longest zoom range available at 24–1200mm equiv, all with decent (though not really great) image quality, and a very competitive price.

Is this the best Superzoom yet? Is it worth your attention? Find out in my just published review.

 

  

 "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!"




11 January, 2013 - Nikon 70-200mm f/4 Review

One of the most eagerly awaited new lenses from Nikon is the 70-200mm f/4 VR. The weight and cost savings are considerable, but how does this new lens perform. Find out in Nick Devlin's latest review.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.

 

Now I need to get the LR4 video to see how much of Lightroom 4 I don’t know".




14 January, 2013 - Architecture of a New Landscape

Many observers (myself included) see the mainstream of photography as somewhat constipated, endlessly self-referential, and boringly repetitious.

Today, one of our finest contemporary photographers, Eric Meola, looks at the use of colour in photography and explores The Architecture of a New Landscape.

 

  

 "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!"

 




18 January, 2013 - Briot's Favourite New Photoshop CS6 Features

Though it's been out for quite a while, many photographers are still making the transition to Photoshop CS6.

Last fall Alain Briot write a piece titled Alain's Favourite CS6 Features. Things were a bit hectic for me at the time, and I neglected to publish it then. Sorry Alain. Here it is now though.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.

 

Now I need to get the LR4 video to see how much of Lightroom 4 I don’t know". 




22 January, 2013 - Why What Works

We're at a crossroads. For the past 12–13 years since the digital era began in earnest we have focused on tools; more megapixels, bigger sensors, better high ISO and faster autofocus. All worthwhile areas of concern.

But a sort of plateau has now been reached. Real improvements in all of these areas are becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. New models appear at an increasing pace, but do they really give us that much more with which to pursue our art and our hobby?

With this in mind I have turned my attention away from gear this week and instead look at the question (or maybe it's a statement) Why What Works.

If you are interested in what makes a good image tick I highly recommend your reading this essay, maybe even more than once.


Our friend and colleague Sean Reid has just published a comparative review of  the Olympus OMD EM5, Ricoh GXR A-16, and Sigma DP2 Merrill. Sean does some of the most comprehensive photographer-oriented reviews anywhere. Reidreviews is a subscription site.


Whether you're a cinematographer or a still photographer, if you care about accurate and consistent exposure, and control your lighting yourself, then Adam Wilt's Cine Meter for iOS is a must-have App for you to check-out.

  

 "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!"

 




28 January, 2013 - Beyond Calibration : The Heresy of Artistic Intent

Are you a slave to colour management? If so, why, and if not....?

In a new essay entitled Beyond Calibration : The Heresy of Artistic Intent, contributor Chris Schneiter explores how and why we can become trapped by a mechanistic approach to colour management.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.

 

Now I need to get the LR4 video to see how much of Lightroom 4 I don’t know". 

 




3 February, 2013 - Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS Exclusive Preview

Whatever one might think about Canon's product strategy, they never let us down when it comes to innovative, interesting and hugely useful new lenses.

One such is the still-to-be released Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS, a critical focal length range that has been a Nikon exclusive for some time now. But Canon has upped the ante this time with a built-in 1.4X teleconverter.

Find out about this exciting new lens with an exclusive video review by Joshua Holko, published here today for the first time.


Irish photographer and teacher Peter Cox together with our friend Icelandic photographer Daniel Bergman, and Chas Glatzer are leading a workshop to the high Arctic and Svalbard island in August to photograph landscape and wildlife. 

As a bonus, Phase One's Kevin Raber will also joining-up, bringing a range of Phase One cameras, lenses, and backs for participants to use.

There are still a few spots left on this teriffic workshop.
Find out more.

  

 "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!"




7 February, 2013 - The Road Less Traveled

Join regular contributor Miles Hecker in reading his February travel essay called A Wise Old Owl – The Road Less Traveled.

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8 February, 2013 - Spaces Open on Kimberley Workshop with Michael Reichmann and Art Wolfe

The Kimberly PODAS Workshop June 1 - 8, 2013 has just had a couple of cancellations and now has a Double Cabin (2 people or a couple) and 2 single share berths available.  

This is one of the premier workshops for 2013 traveling to an incredible location with the finest instructors in the business.  Join Michael Reichmann, Art Wolfe, Christian Fletcher and Kevin Raber and shoot with a Phase One medium format digital system in one of the most remote locations on the planet.  If you interested please contact Kevin Raber at kwr@phaseone.com.

On a personal note, this will be the only workshop that I will be teaching during 2013. Don't miss it.

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11 February, 2013 - Self Publishing a Photography Book

Lives there a photographer who doesn't want to see a book of their work in print? Likely not. But publishers are reticent, book markets are contracting, and the costs of self-publishing are high. So how to finance such a venture?

Find out in Peter Cox's new essay Self-Publishing a Landscape Photography Book.

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17 February, 2013 - Rolleiflex 2.8F - An Old-Timer in The Digital Age

Nostalgia ain't what it used to be, but when it comes to cameras that I used in my youth, I'm a sucker.

Today's exclusive essay is a look at one of my favourites, the Rollei 2.8F by István Nagy.

 

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23 February, 2013 - From Passion to Vision

Our regular contributor and essayist, Alain Briot begins a new series today titled Vision

Sean Reid has just published an in-depth analysis of image quality from the new Leica M (240). Reid Reviews is a subscription site, but no one else on the web or in print delves as deeply into the subjective aspects of image quality as Sean.

My own review of the new M Leica will have to wait till I return from Mexico. Getting a prototype through the Byzantine world of Mexican Customs was too much to bother with. It also now appears that release of the new M has been delayed until at least late April. My own hands-on review will be completed by then and will appear at around that time.

 

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26 February, 2013 - Leica M (240) Beta Impressions

I have been a beta tester for Leica for several years, but the timing of the availablity of beta cameras this winter coincided with my being in Mexico, and therefore I was unable to take delivery of a testing sample of the new Leica M due to Mexican customs' Byzantine restrictions.

But my friend and colleague Sean Reid has been testing the as-yet unreleased camera for a couple of months now, and today provides us with some insights on what we can expect from the new M.

I will do my own hands-on field review in the weeks ahead once I have access to a full production review sample.


Adobe Labs has released updates to Lightroom and Camera Raw with new camera support, including completely revised support for Fuji X-Trans sensor cameras. Great news for Fuji fans.


   

 "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!"

 




2 March, 2013 - Great Basin National Park

Many photographers continue to seak out the iconic landscape locations in America's national parks. One of the lesser known western parks is Great Basin National Park, which is described on a new location article by Don Whitebread.


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3 March, 2013 - Three New Phase One Backs Announced

Phase One has announced three new backs, the IQ260, IQ280, and IQ260 Achromatic. Each features built-in Wi-Fi which allows an iPad to be used as a review screen in the field. The IQ260 once again allows for very long exposure times – up to one hour.

I will be reviewing the IQ260 next week. Watch for a review soon.


And what about Hasselblad? Well, by coincidence, I suppose, they announced today a limited red Ferarri edition of the H4D-40. No comment.


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6 March, 2013 - Using the NEX-7 as an M Leica Surrogate

What's a Leica M lens user to do while waiting for the new Leica M (240)? Put his lenses on a NEX-7, of course, and that's what I've been doing for the past few months while living and shooting in Mexico this winter.

How has that worked out for me? Read Waiting For The New M and find out.


You may also wish to check our Sean Reid's subscription web site Reid Reviews. He has just published today a review of the Sony RX-1, my favourite new camera of the past six months. He also has a new review of the Fuji X100s, and of course some initial tests with the Leica M240 – lucky devil.

  

 "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!" 

 




10 March, 2013 - Sigma DP3 Report

When it comes to image quality Sigma has hit an out-of-the-park home run with its Merrill sensor. They have just released their third camera in the DP series, the DP3 Merrill, and we today have an early-days review by Hulyss Bowman to tell you what it's all about.

Now – if Sigma could just put this sensor in a worthy successor to the ill-fated SD1 (and get its original pricing debacle behind them) they'd really have a DSLR competitor. Oh yes, and they need to bag their dreadful processing software, for good measure.

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15 March, 2013 - The Story of The Phase One IQ260 Sensor

The just-announced Phase One IQ260's sensor is a breakthrough in long exposure capability. Doug Peterson of Digital Transitions has just written an in-depth look at what went into designing a 60MP sensor capable of up to 1 hour exposures.

 Don't forget our "win-an-iPad
with all our software included" contest.

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19 March, 2013 - Is Medium Format Dead?

As American humourist Mark Twain was reputed to have once said, after a newspaper mistakenly reported his death, "The reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

What's the truth, then? I figured – who better to ask than the CEO of Phase One, the makers of Phase One, Leaf and Mamiya cameras, backs and lenses? Henrik Håkonsson kindly agreed to fly to Mexico for a sit-down to discuss the state of the industry on-camera.

I have just published a 41 minute long interview on video which took place between Henrik and myself at my winter home in San Miguel de Allende, in mid-March, 2013. You'll find it here.

   

 

 "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!"




21 March, 2013 - Three Free Streaming Videos about Phase One's New Backs

Following a visit with Phase One executives last week, I have produced three new short streaming videos.

The first is a long exposure field test with the IQ260 back, the second is a look at wireless tethering with the new IQ200 series, and the third is an interview with Jacob Frost, team leader for the Capture One software development group.

We hope that you enjoy these, along with the interview with Phase One's CEO published a few days ago.

   

 

 "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!" 




24 March, 2013 - Sony Duo 11 Review

What are you using to review and work on your images in the field? Our regular contributor Miles Hecker has just written a review of a new tablet / laptop, the Sony Duo 11. Maybe it's for you as well.

There is now less than a week to enter our latest contest that lets you win an iPad loaded with all of our videos.

 

Don't forget our "win-an-iPad 
with all our software included" contest.

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Including all Major Luminous Landscape Videos
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26 March, 2013 - Why I Hate Electronic Finders

It's safe to say – if you can't see it properly, you likely can't shoot it properly. For me that applies to electronic finders, which though they have improved greatly over the past few years still are deficient in terms of having a wide enough contrast range.

I share my thoughts on this in Why I Hate Electronic Finders.


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29 March, 2013 - HDR and How to Shoot Into The Light

There are many approaches to HDR, some better than others. In our latest techniques tutorial Glenn Guy explores the topic with HDR and How to Shoot Into The Light.

Don't forget our "win-an-iPad 
with all our software included" contest.

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1 April, 2013 - We Have a Winner

We're pleased to announce that the winner of our 128GB iPad with All Luminous Landscape Videos installed is Ole Loberg of Didsbury, Alberta. Contratulations Ole!

What is our next contest and giveaway, and what will be the prize? Well, it's still being set up, but any puchase you make from our store, beginning as of right now, will be eligible. Good Luck!

   

 

 "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!"




3 April, 2013 - Aerial Photography

Have you ever shot from a plane or helicopter? It's a whole new form of landscape photography. In Neal Rantoul's new article on Aerial Photography he tells us about his experience and shares some images.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.

 

 




6 April, 2013 - The Changing Magazine Business

I read about a dozen print magazines a month. But I never buy them in a store or receive them in the mail. For the past year or so I've been reading them on my iPad instead.

This trend is the most recent and dramatic change to happen in magazine publishing since the start of the Internet. Our friend, magazine publisher Nick Rains,  along with his magazine-publishing colleagues have addressed this challenge with an entirely new product. Have a read of his latest essay The Changing Face of Magazine Publishing to find out how. 

    

 

 "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!"




12 April, 2013 - The Age of Narcissism - Digitized, Homogenized

Me, me, me! Not an old phrase, and not an unfamilar one. But how does this play out in the always-connected digital photo age? Find out in Kathlene Hay's The Age of Narcissism – Digitized, Homogonized.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.




14 April, 2013 - I Will Not Buy That Camera - I Promise!

We've all said it at one time or another... I Will Not Buy That Camera, I Promise!. Well, Mark Dubovoy said it several times to several people over the past few months regarding the Leica M (240). Find out is he kept his promise in his just published review of the new Leica.

If you're a subscriber to Sean Reid's site ReidReviews (or would like to become one), Sean has just published a report on recently field testing the new Leica M (240) and the also new Fuji X100s in Florida.

    

 

 "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!"

 




18 April, 2013 - A Matter of Character - Not Just Another Camera Review

When we say someone or something has "character", what do we mean?And in particular, what does it mean for a camera to have character? Find out in my latest essay – A Matter of Character – Not Just Another Camera Review. Then let us know what your idea of a camera with character might be on our Discussion Forum.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.

 

 




22 March, 2013 - Saguaro National Park

Our regular contributor, Miles Hecker, has a new geo-tagged travel article for us today about Saguaro National Park, home of The Roadrunner.

    

 

 "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!"




28 April, 2013 - Vision, Part 2

We have just published Vision – Part 2, of an ongoing new series by Alain Briot.

I just returned from a shoot with Sean Reid and Mark Dubovoy where I had an opportunity to shoot with the new Leica M 240 for the first time.

I will have a First Impressions report here in a few days, and then in a while we will publish an extended round-table video discussion by the three of us in which the main topic is not just the M240 but non-DSLR camera in general. Watch for it!

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.

 




1 May, 2013 - Leica M(240) First Impressions

Last week I had an opportunity to shoot with the new Leica M for the first time along with with Sean Reid of Reidreviews and our own Mark Dubovoy. We did photography, talked equipment and did a lengthly video round table discussions about the current state of Leica M cameras and the whole non-reflex camera environment.

The video will appear soon, but today I am publishing my Leica M First Impressions Report and Sean's write-up on our get-together.

     

 

 "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!"




6 May, 2013 - Fuji X100s Review

One of the most innovative new cameras of the past few years was the Fuji X100. Fujifilm has now updated the line with the new X100s, and Nick Devlin falls in love once again.


For Better or Worse
I'm now on Facebook

Ok, I finally did it. After resisting Facebook for years (the web site is enough on-line exposure, don't you think) I have succumed to pressure from family and friends and have joined Facebook.

So, if you want to find out what I eat for breakfast (NOT), or at least what cameras I'm currently testing and some of the photography that I'm doing that isn't portfolio grade, come and visit. (Today – an Apple, two slices of Swiss cheese and a cup of green tea.)

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.




8 May, 2014 - Comments on Adobe Coming

I had a problem with Facebook the past 24 hours. They needed me to verify my identity by confirming I am who I am (like Popeye) by making me identify pictures of my Friends. Fine, except that the pictures that they used were in most cases people's baby pictures and pics of their cats. Dumb. Anyhow, problem now solved and I'm back on Facebook.


Adobe's announcement of a definitive move to the Cloud is proving to be very controversial, and somewhat misunderstood. I am currently in Chicago filming a Lightroom 5 tutorial with Jeff Schewe and we have been discussing the issue between ourselves. It's complicated.

We are shooting a roundtable video discussion on the topic and will be posting it here on the site in a couple of days.

      

 

 "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!"

 




9 May, 2013 - What's The Gold Standard of Inkjet Papers

Ilford has recently introduced five new inkjet papers. How do they compare to the previous "gold standard"? Find out in our latest paper review article, writtten by Mark Segal and Michael.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.




10 May, 2013 - The Adobe Creative Cloud Storm

Adobe is moving its Creative Suite apps, including Photoshop, to the Cloud. What does this mean for photographers, both Pros and amateurs?

Find out what I think in Clouding The Issue.


Update: Sean Reid has just published, on Reid Reviews, a review of the Pentax K5 II S, the company's new DSLR without an AA filter. This seems to be one of the first online reviews of this camera.

      

 

 "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 May, 2013 - Kevin Raber Joins LuLa as Publisher

This is an exciting day for me and this web site. My good and long-time friend, Kevin Raber, has joined The Luminous Landscape as our Publisher. In this role he will be responsible for site expansion and development, as well as our advertising and workshop activities.

I remain Editor in Chief and Primary Author of the site, and Chris Sanderson continues as Director and Producer of our video content.

Many of you recognize Kevin's name. For the past thirteen years he has been a Vice Preseident at Phase One, and prior to that served in various executive roles in the US photographic industry. His joining LuLa will allow us to actualize many of the plans that we have been putting in place for the past couple of years.

Welcome Kevin. It's going to be fun!




16 May, 2013 - Fuji 55-200mm Zoom First Impressions

Fuji is about to release their eagerly awaited XF 55-200mm OIS zoom lens. I have been working with a sample for the past couple of weeks and my First Impressions report is now online.

         

"Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I learned so much I think my brain is going to explode.




20 May, 2013 - Composition by Heart

Was there a moment when the desire to take up photography struck you in a flash? Bors Vesterby shares with us one such moment in Composition by Heart

 

 

 




22 May, 2013 - Medium Format Aerial Photography

As I prepare to head off for Australia in just a few days to teach a PODAS workshop aboard ship on the northwest coast it seems appropriate that I publish a new article by an excellent Australian photographer, Nick Rains.

It is titled Medium Format Aerial Photography and describes his use of a Leica S2 for this work. It should be mentioned that if you find yourself in Solms, Germany during the next month, Nick has an exhibit of his aerial work at the Leica Factory Gallery.


If you're in Sydney next week, and would like to say "Hi", you might want to visit the L&P Digital IQ2 World Tour event on Wednesday, May 29. Art Wolfe, Thomas Knoll, Kevin Raber, Peter Eastway, Tony Hewett, Alexia Sinclair, myself and other well known photographers will be there speaking as well as engaging in Q&A sessions.

 

 




24 May, 2013 - Off to Oz. What's in the Bag?

Other photographers are often interested in what gear is being carried (schlepped) to distant locations. I've just published Off to Oz, What's in the Bag? Kevin will have something about his particular kit tomorrow.

         

 "Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!!
I learned so much I 
think my brain is going to explode.




25 May, 2013 - What's In Kevin's Bag

We’re off to Sydney.  If you are in Sydney this week then visit us at the L&P IQ World Tour Event.  In the meantime enjoy What’s in Kevin’s Bag and see the gear he takes on a photographic trip.

Watch our Facebook pages as well as postings here for the latest on our Australia Adventure.

 


 

Stephen Johnson an instructor on our previous Antarctica workshops and well known landscape photographer has a few openings left on what looks like a great workshop into the Alaska Wilderness.  To check out this workshop and register visit his  Workshop Page

 





30 May, 2013 - The Ethics of Photo Manipulation

It's an old topic, but needs to be raised from time to time. In a new essay by Charles S. Johnson Jr., he looks at the question – What is a Fake Photograph?


I am now in Sydney, Australia and about to head to the west coast where I'll be teaching a PODAS workshop, along with Art Wolfe and Christian Fletcher.

My Internet access will be limited for the next 10 days, but there may be posts to the LuLa Facebook page as well as my own and Kevin's. Links are found at the top of this page.

      

 

 "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!"




1 June, 2013 - Boarding The Ship

In a few hours we board the True North and will be out of touch for a week as we cruise and photograph the remote Kimberley Coast of Western Australia.

The new Home Page photograph was taken last night and will be the last posting here till the 9th.

You can continue to follow me and the expedition via my Facebook page (link above) where I'll be posting via a satellite texting device. The messages are geocoded and will show our current location on a map on your browser. 




5 June, 2013 - Aboard The True North

It is Wednesday June 5th in Kimberley Austrailia where for the last five days we have been sailing to some of the most remote places on the planet.  We have seen some amazing things.  We are sailing aboard the True North on a Phase One PODAS workshop There are 34 attendees and instructors on board and it is all about photography and fun.  We have a helicopter that takes us to remote locations as well as some incredible sights from the air.  There isn’t enough room here to even begin to tell you what an amazing photographic adventure this has been so far.  There are still three more days to go and we are told that tomorrow will rank up there as a most amazing day.  When we get home home we’ll post more images and an article about this workshop.  

 

We have also started planning NEW workshops for 2014 and 2015.  A few of these will be aboard the True North again.  So, if you missed this workshop, be sure to register early when we announce the new ones.  We are assembling a great  group of instructors and locations we plan to visit.

 

 

Michael, Chris and I have been busy doing a number of video interviews and these will be posted in the near future too.  There is a lot going on and we have some new and informative features coming soon.  

 

If you are interested we have a link to our GPS tracker and you can follow our progress HERE.  You’ll have to select the GPS points you want to see as the map will only display the last 50.  

 

Also, follow the links to our Facebook pages for more photos.

 




10 June, 2013 - Vision Part 3

We have just published Alain Briot's latest essay, Vision and The Artists Statement – Part 3.


I returned from Western Australia yesterday after two days of almost continious travel. Whew. Four airports, five movies, two novels, and at least a half dozen indescribable airplane meals. But, no delays, no lost bags, and no drama, so lot's to be thankful for.

Kevin is still there, taking care of winding things up, and shipping all the Phase gear back to Denmark. He'll be home by Thursday.


Adobe started shipping Lightroom 5 today. We filmed our Lightroom 5 Tutorial Update a few weeks ago and it is now in the final editing stages. It will be ready shortly and will have compehensive tutorials on all of the new features in LR5.

Watch for a special promotional price soon.

         

 "Yes I downloaded the videos. THEY ARE AWESOME!!! 
I learned so much I 
think my brain is going to explode.




11 June, 2013 - New Leica X Vario Review on ReidRevies

I'm giving a plug here for my friend Sean Reid and his subscription web site, Reid Reviews.

Sean has just published the first review of the new Leica X Vario, which was announced this morning. This is bound to be a somewhat controversial camera (which new Leica isn't), and if you are interested in what it might have to offer you then Sean's write-ups are always a great place to find out what's what.

 




13 June, 2013 - The LuLa Guide to Lightroom 5 is Coming

We're just completing the final editing of our brand new Advanced Guide to Lightroom 5. Only a few more days until it's available.

In the meantime, you can watch the opening chapter.

 



14 June, 2013 - Waiting for Monroe - Leica X Vario

Leica raised a lot of false hopes when they ran teaser ads for a Mini-M. Instead, we got an X with a slow zoom lens. 

Our regular contributor Sean Reid comments on this new camera in an essay titled Waiting for Monroe.


Phase One is now running a special at 50% off for Capture One Express 7 and 20% off Capture One Pro.


Apparently the Hasselblad Lunar (cough, cough) has gone on sale, and is now available on Amazon. To celebrate this occasion we are offering the first person anywhere in the world who can prove that they have purchased a Lunar a complete collection of all of our training and travel videos as a reward (compensation?). We'll also offer to publish your review, if you care to write one. The review has to include a brief explanation of why you decided to pay $7,000 for a Sony NEX-7.




15 June, 2013 - LuLa's Advanced Guide to Lightroom 5 Now Available

We have just published our Advanced Guide to Lightroom 5. This "live" video tutorial, with Jeff Schewe, Michael Reichmann and Adobe's Eric Chan provides an in-depth explanation of all the new features in Adobe Lightroom 5.

You'll find a comprehensive Table of Contents here, and you can click directly on this link to purchase. No waiting, no taxes – available immediately to anywhere in the world. Swift Amazon S3 downloads.

Our Advanced Guide to Lightroom 5 is available for an introductory period at just US $19.95, a 20% discount over the regular price.




18 June, 2013 - Zeiss Touit Lenses in The Field

Any time Zeiss releases a new lens its a cause for heightened interest by photographers. Cameras come and go in the digital era, but lenses can become life-long friends, at least the best ones can.

Kevin and I had an opportunity to work with the new Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 and 32mm f/1.8 lenses in Fuji XR mount on our Kimberly PODAS Expedition in Australia earlier this month. These lenses are also available in Sony NEX-E mount.

 Our joint review is now online.




20 June, 2013 - Wide Angle Options for Sony NEX

Just published today is our latest report – Wide Angle Options for Sony NEX, by Rick Kattlemann. There are more alternatives than you might think.

"Michael's and Jeff's tutorial videos are absolutely awesome, not only because of the information transmitted but also because of the casual, conversational style which somehow really makes things stick in your memory."

 




24 June, 2013 - The Wind River Range

Miles Hecker's Geotagged location for this month is The Wind River Range.

"Michael's and Jeff's tutorial videos are absolutely awesome, not only because of the information transmitted but also because of the casual, conversational style which somehow really makes things stick in your memory."




25 June, 2013 - Fuji New Camera, Lenses and Firmware

Fujifilm officially announced (surprise) their new X-M1 camera as well as new Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 R and XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS lenses. Many sites around the web have full write ups and test reports.

Of particular interest, to me at least, is new firmware for the X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras that features focus peaking.

Fuji is to be lauded for continuing to update their existing camera line with firmware enhancements, something which other companies seem not to do with as great frequency.

It's curious to note though that there are two firmware updates being announced as available, one dated today, June 25, for V2.05 and another dated July 23 (a month from now) for Version 3.0. Both for the X-Pro 1. This is in the form of a pre-announcement.

But 2.05 isn't actually there. It's still V2.04 that shows up, at least the last time I tried it.

Ooops!?

Hopefully someone at Fuji will notice and give us 2.05.

"Michael's and Jeff's tutorial videos are absolutely awesome, not only because of the information transmitted but also because of the casual, conversational style which somehow really makes things stick in your memory."

 




27 June, 2013 - Sony Rx1R Initial Impressions

Last year the Sony Rx1 took the industry by surprise, and photographers were somewhat astonished. A pocket-sized 24MP full frame camera with a superb Zeiss lens. It was a wow, though an expensive wow.

Today Sony has upped the ante a bit more by introducing the Rx1R, the same camera but this time without an AA filter, for that little bit of extra resolution. My first impressions review is now online.

NB: In an earlier version of this announcement I called the new camera the Rx1N in error. It is of course the Rx1R. My only excuse is that the other day I was joking with a Sony executive that R didn't make sense to me (Revised?) and that N might be better (New?). Guess I lost sight of what the name really is. (It really should be N, but I guess that's just me).

"Michael's and Jeff's tutorial videos are absolutely awesome, not only because of the information transmitted but also because of the casual, conversational style which somehow really makes things stick in your memory."




30 June, 2013 - Leica Vario X Report

Many people are finding the Leica Vario X intriguing. It isn't the Mini-M that "marketing" teased it would be, as discussed in our earlier report by Sean Reid, but the new diminutive Leica seems to be capturing a lot of people's attention. Nick Rain's new report tells us more.

"Michael's and Jeff's tutorial videos are absolutely awesome, not only because of the information transmitted but also because of the casual, conversational style which somehow really makes things stick in your memory."




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