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5 January, 2008 - Nikon D3 and D300. Nikon's Latest Compared to Canon's Best

The Christmas holiday and New Years is now past, and we find ourselves locked in the dead of winter (at least where I live). But there are exciting things going on in the world of photography, and among them has been the recent reemergence of Nikon as a heavy hitter in the DSLR marketplace with the shipment of the new D300, and their D3 flagship.

As mentioned recently on these pages, after being a Nikon user for some 30 years, and having Canon DSLRs as my main tools for the past decade, I have now purchased a D3 and a D300 with a range of lenses, not to replace my Canon gear, but so that I can report more fully on what's happening on both side of the fence, as well as provide some hopefully useful insights into the difference between the marques.

This starts today with an essay wordily titled...
and a Biased Evaluation of The Differences Between the Nikon and Canon Brands

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Our Antarctic Expedition Contest is now concluded and the winner has been selected. As soon as this person has been contacted and accepted his prize his name will be announced here.
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The Luminous Landscape Endowment Fund has now raised $20,000 toward funding selected photographic projects world-wlde. Full details as well as application requirements will be announced here shortly.
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Just prior to the new year the TSA in the US announced restrictions on the transport of lithium ion batteries aboard aircraft. If you missed the announcement you can read about it here.
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I recently purchased From Camera to Print and wasn't sure what to expect considering the very low price.  Now that I've watched all of the series,

I just wanted to say "WOW!"  Out of all the books I've read, all of the online tutorials, all of the forum tips, and all of my experimenting your video provided the most useful information of all. 

I took notes, something I haven't done since college (many years ago) and now find myself going back to my notes or the video itself when I am working through my process.



6 January, 2008 - Antarctic Contest Winner Announced -New Contest Begins

The winner of our Antarctic Expedition Contest is Donald Hartwell of Hermosa Beach, California. Congratulations Donald!

Thanks to everyone who entered and also for your participation and purchases. They help make this site possible.
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Published on Saturday...

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Our next competition has already started. Anyone who makes any purchase from our online store – books, DVDs or downloads, is automatically entered.

First Prize is the exciting new Nikon D300 camera with lens, and Second Prize is possibly the best digicam yet, the Canon G9.


"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



9 January, 2008 – Moose and the Intimate Landscape – Workshop Announcement

My next workshop is now available for registration. Titled Moose and The Intimate Landscape it will take place in Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario May 2 – 5, 2008.

My co-instructor on this field workshop will be the world famous photographer and educator Jack Dykinga. Participation is limited to just 9 photographers, so if this interests you, act quickly.

Update: Sorry. SOLD OUT.



I recently purchased From Camera to Print and wasn't sure what to expect considering the very low price.  Now that I've watched all of the series,

I just wanted to say "WOW!"  Out of all the books I've read, all of the online tutorials, all of the forum tips, and all of my experimenting your video provided the most useful information of all. 

I took notes, something I haven't done since college (many years ago) and now find myself going back to my notes or the video itself when I am working through my process.



10 January, 2007 - Workshop Almost Sold Out. RRS Shipping Nikon Plates

The Moose and The Intimate Landscape workshop which I announced yesterday now has just one spot left.

Two of the best teachers in the business, Charlie Cramer and Bill Atkinson, have just announced their Digital printing seminar schedule for 2008. As those that attended it at my Toronto gallery last fall know, this is one great experience.
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Really Right Stuff has started shipping their L brackets and plates for the new Nikon D300 and D3 cameras. If you have one of these cameras on order now's the time to order your plates, because RRS is still in a backorder situation.

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"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



12 January, 2008 - Endowment Fund Applications Now Open

Last summer we announced creation of The Luminous Landscape Endowment Fund. Using a percentage of the revenues from the sale of our download tutorials, the purpose of the fund is to provide photographers anywhere in the world with financial assistance for worthwhile photographic projects.

The initial funding period is now concluded and there is currently US $20,000 in the fund that is available to be given to photographers like you to help begin or complete a creative photographic project.

The Fund is now open for applications. Our panel of judges, some of the finest photographers and photographic educators in the world, will award between $1,000 and $5,000 each to individuals whose applications are accepted. Awards will be granted by mid-March.

Thanks for your ongoing support of this site, and the fund, through the purchase of our tutorials, downloads and DVDs. Find out more.

 

"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



14 January, 2008 - Asian Speaking Tour Announced

I will be in Chicago this week videotaping a new tutorial with Jeff Schewe, titled Camera Raw in the Real World. If things go according to plan this multi-hour video tutorial should be available here for download within the next few weeks.
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In late February and early March I will be on a speaking tour in Asia and Australia. Titled Landscape – Nature – Documentary Photography: Inspiration and Technical Insight, this lecture series will take place in Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney, and Melbourne. Dates, venues, and contact information for reserving your seat for one of these seminars are found on this information page.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



18 January, 2008 - Olympus E3 Field Review / Open House at LL Gallery

Along with new pro cameras from market leaders Canon and Nikon, the past few months has seen a new top-tier model from Olympus as well, the long-awaited E3. Photojournalist Doug Brown today shares with us his recent field experiences with the E3 in his exclusive new report – Olympus Makes Its Move.
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I would like to extend a cordial invitation to everyone in the Toronto area to visit The Luminous Landscape Gallery next weekend. We'll be having an open-house, and the opening of my latest show – Madagascar.

Hours are 11am till 5pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 25, 26, 27. I hope to see you there.
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Jeff and Becky setting up a still life shoot as part of
The Luminous Landscape Guide to Camera Raw

I just returned from several days in Chicago videotaping our next major download tutorial at Jeff Schewe's studio. It will be an in depth look at Adobe's Camera Raw and how to use it, along with Bridge and Photoshop, to process raw files. This video tutorial will also include interviews with members of the Camera Raw development team, along with some fascinating insights into how and why Camera Raw was developed.

The final download tutorial will likely run between 6 – 7 hours. Watch for it here in about a month's time.
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"Wow!  Uberfantabulous!  The tutorial will keep me busy for M-O-N-T-H-S….sometimes my head was just spinning when you and Jeff were talking…obviously you are both fun guys who are SERIOUSLY passionate about what you do…and I can identify with that."



20 January, 2008 - New Seminars and Workshops



Sorry – Sold Out



24 January, 2008 - The Canon G9 on The Road in Japan

UPDATE


In advance of PMA which opens this week in Las Vegas, Canon has announced the Rebel XSi (450D), replacing the previous XTi. This will be a 12.2 Megapixel camera, which has the now requisite 3" rear LCD, Live View, and 14 bit mode along with higher ISO capability (up to ISO 1600).

Throw away your CF cards though, as the XSi now only takes SD cards. That's an advance we've all been asking for, isn't it?

The camera will become available in April and will have a U.S. MSLP of $800, or $900 with 18-55mm kit lens.

As many people have suspected there will not be a 5D replacement announced this week at PMA. Recent discounting had lead many to believe that a 5D MKII was imminent, but my guess is that it will at least late Q2 till it shows up.

Two new high end Canon lenses had availability and prices announced; the 800mm f/5.6L IS is due in May at about $12,000 and the 200mm f/2L a month earlier at about $6,000.

Since I don't shoot indoor sports much I'll pass on the new 200mm, but the 800mm is due for a test this summer, as soon as I can line up a Sherpa to help me carry it.

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The Canon G9 is a unique beast. It is one of the only digicams that sports usable raw capability.

What happens when a serious photographer goes on a fall vacation in Japan with his Leica M8 and also brings the new Canon G9 along as his snapshot camera. Which gets the most use?

Read The Canon Powershot G9 in Japan to find out.
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Gallery and Print Studio Open House
– Madagascar Show Opening This Weekend –

I am extending an invitation to everyone in the Toronto area to visit The Luminous Landscape Gallery beginning tomorrow and this weekend. We'll be having an open-house, and the opening of my latest show – Madagascar.

Hours are 11am till 5pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 25, 26, 27. Refreshments will be served. I hope to see you there.

UPDATE: For the 99.99% of readers who will not be able to visit the gallery this weekend, I have create a Flash slide show of the 25 images which are contained in the show.
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I recently purchased the "From Camera To Print" video tutorial and just wanted
to say how completely, utterly and absolutely satisfied I
am with the video. 

The tips, tricks and just general excellent advice
given by you and Jeff was like
having an apprenticeship with the two
of you.

I've learned more from the video than reading any book. 
As
a result of the video, my acceptance rate for images being submitted
to iStockPhoto has gone from 50% to 100% after applying the techniques
of sharpening, noise reduction and image punch.

Thanks for an
outstanding product at a very affordable price.



25 January, 2008 – Gallery Reception – Open House


Opening Reception, Jan 24

– Madagascar Show Opening This Weekend –

I am extending an invitation to everyone in the Toronto area to visit The Luminous Landscape Gallery today, Friday, and this weekend. We'll be having an open-house, and the opening of my latest show – Madagascar.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".


Hours are 11am till 5pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 25, 26, 27. Refreshments will be served. I hope to see you there.

UPDATE: For the 99.99% of readers who will not be able to visit the gallery this weekend, I have create a Flash slide show of the 25 images which are contained in the show.
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28 January, 2008 - A Few Quick Takes

Regular readers will recall George Barr's excellent series here last year titled Take Your Photography to the Next Level.

Rocky Nook has now published a much-expended version of this series as a book, and my review is now online.
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Interest in high quality pocket cameras remains as high as ever, but manufacturers continue mostly not to get it, with Canon and Ricoh among the few companies producing such cameras with raw capability.

Nick Devlin recently wrote a compelling article here on the Canon G9, and now Sean Reid has an in-depth report on the Ricoh Digital II on his subscription-only web site.
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One of the world's leading fashion photographers is Melvin Sokolsky. This is not hyperbole. He is recognized as such by much of the industry and many of his peers.

I mention this because Melvin has A Three Day Workshop - February 29th, March 1st, and 2nd 2008 at Smashbox Studio in Los Angeles. This is definitly worth your while if you have the time and are in the LA area.
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In this Sunday's New York Times (or subscribe online) you'll find a fascinating article in the Arts and Design section titled The Capa Cache. It chronicles the discovery of thousands of negatives by Robert Capa, taken during the Spanish Civil War, which were previously believed to be lost. This is a significant find, and an important addition to the legacy of documentary photography in the first half of the 20th Century.
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A warm thank you to everyone that took the time to visit The Luminous Landscape Gallery for my Madagascar show opening  this past weekend. More than 200 people came though over three days. It was a real pleasure to meet and have a chance to chat with so many people, many of them regular site visitors.
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"I recently purchased From Camera to Print. After seeing your Lightroom 1.0 tutorial, I knew that From Camera to Print would be invaluable. I was not disappointed. From Camera to Print was more than I could have hoped for: an indispensable resource regarding not only the process, but the theory, of fine art printing. It's comprehensive level of detail truly makes it worthy of the title From Camera to Print.

You and Jeff Schewe are a dynamic team, and your video tutorials are the obvious choice for Lightroom, fine art printing, and soon, as I understand, Camera Raw.

I have seen a dramatic increase in the quality of my prints and fully intend to keep up with all of your future tutorials."



29 January, 2008 - New Nikon Camera and Lenses Announced

Apparently there was a press preview of Nikon's new products in London on Monday evening. These will be shown publicly for the first time at PMA later this week.

A site called dPHOTOxpert now has fairly comprehensive details and pics available on their site, so I won't bother to do more than mention a couple of highlights, which include a D60 entry-level DSLR and several lenses.

The most interesting of these for pros and advanced amateurs, at least in my view, were a brand new line of tilt/shifts, including a 24mm, 45mm, and 90mm. The 24mm will become the first available, with the other two to follow at some future date. Canon's decade-long virtual exclusivity with T/S lenses has now come to an end.

I'll be in Las Vegas at the end of this week and hope to have some initial impressions of these and other new products from several companies with whom I have appointments scheduled.


30 January, 2008 – New Full Frame Sony Sensor. New Essay by Alain Briot

To the surprise of almost no one who follows the industry, Sony today announced a 25 Megapixel full frame sensor.

Undoubtedly this will show up sooner rather than later in a new flagship DSLR from Sony, and since Sony is an OEM supplier of sensors to a number of companies in the industry, other maker's cameras eventually as well. Canon's five-year-long dominance of both full-frame and very high resolution sensor cameras has now truly come to an end. And, the implications for medium format back makers is a fascinating question as well.

Of course trade sources have been saying that Nikon will have a 24MP camera this year to follow up on their recently released D3 camera. Since Sony is almost certainly their fabricator (if not co-designer) this is all starting to make perfect sense.
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Alain Briot's latest essay titled Introduction to Composition begins a new eight-part series which will run throughout 2008. If photography means more than gear to you, don't miss this.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".




31 January, 2008 - Bruce Fraser Tribute

The tribute site to our friend, guide and mentor is now live.  www.brucefrasertribute.com 

The site provides the opportunity for Bruce's friends and fans to request a commemorative DVD of the Macworld 2007 Tribute in which industry leaders gathered to celebrate his life and achievements. The DVD is free -- with a nominal amount requested to cover shipping expenses.

Donations are also being accepted via a PayPal link on the site to help retire lingering medical bills that continue to affect Bruce's widow, Angela. As a special bonus, donors making contributions of $100 or more may request either a set of programs and etched shot glasses from the Macworld celebration or a print of the iconic image of Bruce signed by Jeff Schewe. Supplies are limited for both premium gifts.


1 Feb, 2008 – Snowbound

I had hoped to be PMA-bound today, but instead I find myself snowbound. Much of Northeastern North America is being hit by a pretty sever winter storm, and so far today more than 200 flights out of Toronto have been canceled.

So, rather than driving though a snow storm, sitting in a crowded airport waiting for a flight that might or might not take off, and possible missing my connections to Las Vegas, I decided to spend today relaxing, doing some winter shooting, and generally chill'n. Much more fun than a trade show.

I wasn't going to be reporting on the show that much here, but rather using it as an opportunity to meet with various companies and conduct some interviews.

There are a half dozen sites on the web with in-depth PMA reports (729 new pocket digicams so far and counting) so go surfing and see what's new. All the really interesting stuff (what there was of it) has already been announced in any event.

I'll have some commentary here on the state of the industry over this weekend, along with a review of the Epson 11880 printer.



I recently purchased the "From Camera To Print" video tutorial and just wanted
to say how completely, utterly and absolutely satisfied I am with the video. 

The tips, tricks and just general excellent advice given by you and Jeff was like
having an apprenticeship with the two of you.

I've learned more from the video than reading any book. 
As a result of the video, my acceptance rate for images being submitted

to iStockPhoto has gone from 50% to 100% after applying the techniques
of sharpening, noise reduction and image punch.

Thanks for an outstanding product at a very affordable price.



3 Feb, 2008 - Epson Stylus Pro 11880 Review

This is a "SUPER" few days, at least in the U.S. The Superbowl is being played today, and this week brings us "Super Tuesday", a likely decisive date in the seemingly never-ending American election primary process.

So, no better time than to publish my review of Epson's latest super printer, the Stylus Pro 11880. Will one of these find its way into your den or studio? Probably not, given its size and cost. But it is a harbinger of things to come in large format printer technology, and is therefore well worth knowing about.

 
 
"I recently purchased From Camera to Print. After seeing your Lightroom 1.0 tutorial, I knew that From Camera to Print would be invaluable. I was not disappointed. From Camera to Print was more than I could have hoped for: an indispensable resource regarding not only the process, but the theory, of fine art printing. It's comprehensive level of detail truly makes it worthy of the title From Camera to Print.

You and Jeff Schewe are a dynamic team, and your video tutorials are the obvious choice for Lightroom, fine art printing, and soon, as I understand, Camera Raw.

I have seen a dramatic increase in the quality of my prints and fully intend to keep up with all of your future tutorials."



6 February, 2008 - Reading Tea Leaves - PMA and After

Having not traveled to Las Vegas and PMA because of a local snow storm, I have been free to think about the products introduced, and their possible implications, rather than actually having to report on them in detail.

My latest essay titled Reading Tea Leaves is now online.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



7 February, 2008 - Seminars and Workshops & Video Journal #17


At long long last Video Journal #17 is available for download. Or, at least part of it is. The segments currently available include an hour-long interview and portrait of Jay Maisel, one of America's leading photographers; a short travel piece featuring elephants in a S. African game reserve, and a half hour chat with Ray Maxwell - colour scientist & colour management guru.

Coming over the next few weeks will be a half hour interview with digital imaging pioneer, industry consultant, and pixel masher Jeff Schewe, and a major travel video on our 2005 Antarctic Expedition.

This new issue is, for the first time, available as both a standard definition version and also a high definition version. The standard definition version (smaller file sizes, faster download, better for iPod conversion) sells for $9.95. The high definition version costs $14.95, covering the extra bandwidth requirements.

Remaining subscribers to our DVD edition will have to be patient until all segments are completed and a DVD can be replicated and shipped. The DVD will also not feature all of the content of the downloads due to space limitations.

If you'd like to convert your remaining DVD subscription to download please contact customer service.
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I'll also take this opportunity to mention my speaking tour in Asia and Australia, sponsored by Phase One, which begins in just a few weeks. I'll be visiting Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. I hope to see you there.

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More convenient for some will be my all-day seminar (click on Seminar then Download the Registration Brochure) at the Latow Photographer's Guild in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, April 26, titled Photography and Technology, The Uneasy Alliance.


9 February, 2008 - Epson Exhibition Fiber - A Review

Few papers have been as eagerly awaited as Epson Exhibition Fiber, which is now shipping. For the past number of weeks photographer, scientist, and writer Mark Dubovoy and I have been working with this paper.  Our joint review is now online.
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Another sad passing in the photographic products industry was announced yesterday – Polaroid. The company has said that it is closing its remaining film manufacturing plants and discontinuing its photographic products, both professional and consumer. This is a real blow to professional photographers who have been using products like Type 55 for decades, and who have come to rely on them.



12 February, 2008 - Canon iPF6100 Printer Review

The photographic printer market is now a three-way race, with Canon and HP both challenging Epson's 10 year hegemony, particularly in the area of large format pigment ink printers.

Canon's latest entry is the 24" iPF6100, and my review is now online.
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Apple announced today the release of Aperture 2. This follows just a day after the release of the latest Leopard update – OS X 10.5.2. This update was necessary for Aperture 2.0 to support several of the latest cameras, including the Canon 1Ds MkIII and G9, Nikon D3 and D300, Sony A700, Hasselblad CF-22 and CF-39, and Leaf 75s.

Along with a slew of new features, including a revised user interface, the price of Aperture has been reduced to $199, with an update fee to previous owners of $99.

I expect to review Aperture 2 in the weeks ahead.

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Applications for the Luminous Landscape Endowment Fund end today. As of this morning we have received some 210 applications, each requesting a portion of the $20,000 made available by your recent purchases of our Camera to Print video tutorial.

These applications will now be sent to the jury panel, and winners will be announced on March 11. Full details on the winning applications will be provided here at that time. Thank you to everyone who applied!








14 February 2008 - 7 Cities in 5 Countries in 21 Days + A New Photoshop Masking Tutorial

Since I am now traveling for the next three weeks (see below) I'm leaving you with something meaty in the form of an exciting new Photoshop tutorial by the exceptional landscape photographer and teacher Charlie Cramer, titled Tough Selections Made Easy.
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If you've already purchased either the Hi-Def or Standard Definition download of Video Journal #17 you'll be pleased to learn that the more-than 30 minute long interview with digital imaging pioneer and pixel masher Jeff Schewe is now available for download.

If you haven't purchased it yet – what are you waiting for?


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I am now on the road for the next three weeks, with stops in San Francisco, Maui, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. The first week is vacation (SFO and Maui) and the rest is my speaking tour in Asia and Australia, sponsored by Phase One and its local partners. If you live in one of these cities I hope you can make it to one of my talks.

While there will likely not be new content added until I return on March 6 (it depends on my time and Internet access, and definitely not during the first week of my vacation) site activities continue, with our store and Forum in operation under the supervision of Chris Sanderson.

There are more than 3,500 pages of essays, tutorials and product reviews, so if you're hankering for something new to inspire your photography click on one of the subject headings on the left-hand panel or use the site's Search function.



I recently purchased the "From Camera To Print" video tutorial and just wanted
to say how completely, utterly and absolutely satisfied I am with the video. 

The tips, tricks and just general excellent advice given by you and Jeff was like
having an apprenticeship with the two of you.

I've learned more from the video than reading any book. 
As a result of the video, my acceptance rate for images being submitted

to iStockPhoto has gone from 50% to 100% after applying the techniques
of sharpening, noise reduction and image punch.

Thanks for an outstanding product at a very affordable price.



17 February, 2008 - Botswana Expedition Opening

Due to a cancellation, a single opening is now available in my September '08 Botswana Photographic Safari.

If you would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity please contact Chris Sanderson. This spot will not last long.


18 February, 2008

Apologies are due to those who had difficulty completing purchases in our web store yesterday, it appears that our credit card gateway experienced a DNS 'problem'... It seems to be fixed but it may take several hours for the revived DNS to populate servers around the world.

UPDATE: The inability to connect to Internet Secure remains a problem for some customers - we apologise. A DNS change can take up to 48 hours to propagate through the internet. We are currently seeing about 80% of "normal" volume, so most ISP's have already recognised the change, but many have not. We ask for your patience...


20 February, 2008

February 19th marked the first Birthday of Adobe's Lightroom and intriguingly Photoshop 1.0 was released on the same date back in 1990. Photoshop News has a story on the coincidence of dates.

All appears 'normal' back in the Store - finally...

The opening in the September '08 Botswana Photographic Safari expedition remains unfilled. If you have ever thought about a 1st Class photographic camping trip in Southern Africa in areas where  big game abounds, you owe it t yourself to check this one out...


21 February, 2008 - Lunar Eclipse and Hello from Maui

There was a partial lunar eclipse last night, visible (weather permitting) from much of the world. I found myself in Maui, Hawaii, on vacation, and spent a while earlier in the day scoping out a good location to view, and hopefully to photograph the event. Fortunately we were on the east side of the island and had a clear view of the rising moon over the Pacific, as it did so in partial eclipse just at sunset.

My favourite photograph from last night's event is now on the home page, and though it likely won't win any awards, it's a pleasant memory. I hope that you had clear skies and a chance to view the eclipse, the last one till 2010.

This weekend I begin my Asia / Australia speaking tour and will likely continue to be mostly off-line until about March 5th.



I recently purchased the "From Camera To Print" video tutorial and just wanted
to say how completely, utterly and absolutely satisfied I am with the video. 

The tips, tricks and just general excellent advice given by you and Jeff was like
having an apprenticeship with the two of you.

I've learned more from the video than reading any book. 
As a result of the video, my acceptance rate for images being submitted
to iStockPhoto has gone from 50% to 100% after applying the techniques
of sharpening, noise reduction and image punch.

Thanks for an outstanding product at a very affordable price.



29 February, 2008 - Botswana Safari sold out

An update to inform those interested, that the Botswana Photographic Safari is again sold out.

Also for those waiting... the LLVJ-17 Antarctica video is in the hands of the music composer and the completed download video should be posted to the product within 2 weeks.


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6 March, 2008 - I'm back

After being on the road, in Hawaii, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Australia for the past few weeks, I'm finally home. I arrived late last night after 24 hours of flying from Melbourne to Toronto. Body and luggage arrived safely, though my brain may have been left behind somewhere over the International Date Line. Sixteen hours of jet lag is the pits.

I'd like to express my thanks to everyone that attended my presentations. It was really enjoyable meeting you all.

I'd also like to comment on my impressions of the state of photography in Australia. I had an opportunity while there to view work by several of that county's finest photographers, and found them to be most impressive. There is also a vibrant photographic magazine and book publishing industry that puts to shame that in the US, especially considering that Oz has a population significantly less than 1/10th that of America. Good on-ya.

New articles and reviews will begin again this weekend, and we hope to have our latest download tutorial on Camera Raw available by mid-month. Our major Antarctic video will also become available for download quite soon.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



9 March, 2008 - Global Chroma Noise Reduction in Photoshop

Noise in digital image files is becoming less of a problem with each new generation of cameras. ISO 400 is now looked at as an anytime setting, whereas once it was at the high end. Cameras like the new Nikon D3 allow shooting at ISO 25,000 – previously almost inconceivable.

But, there are cameras and situations where noise, especially chroma noise, still needs to be dealt with. Today's new tutorial by contributor Andrew Masur  is titled Global Chroma Noise Reduction in Photoshop. It's easy to do and quite effective.
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The Home Page photograph has been changed to one taken last week in Sydney, at Luna Park, the venue for my seminar in that city. It was shot with a Ricoh GX100, a camera which I picked up the week before in Tokyo.

I'll have a brief hands-on review of this fascinating little camera later in the week.
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Our panel of judges has spent the past month reviewing applications for grants from The Luminous Landscape Endowment Fund. I am now in the process of collating their selections, and though an announcement is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, March 11, due to my recent travels it might be a day or so longer till the selection process is completed. Stay tuned.





11 March, 2008 - Endowment Recipients Announced

I'm very pleased to announce today the recipients of the 2007 / 2008 Luminous Landscape Endowments. These eight award winners were chosen by our panel of judges from more than 200 applicants.

Your purchase of our download videos, along with generous donations from our private contributors and corporate sponsors made this possible. Thank you all.

Thanks as well to our judges. I know what a tough job it was selecting from such a wealth of talent and worthwhile projects.





12 March, 2008 - Two Nikon D300 Reviews Now on Other Sites

Thom Hogan has published his Nikon D300 review this week, and today DPReview published theirs as well. An interesting alternative to the latest Eliot Spitzer reports, and never-ending Democratic primary stories. :-)



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



13 March, 2008 - Your Camera Does Matter

Enough. I can't take it any more. If I read one more time – It's not the camera, it's the photographer – I'm going to scream.

Or, instead of screaming, how about if I write an essay, which I have now done, titled Your Camera Does Matter : A Rebuttal.



I recently purchased the "From Camera To Print" video tutorial and just wanted
to say how completely, utterly and absolutely satisfied I am with the video. 

The tips, tricks and just general excellent advice given by you and Jeff was like
having an apprenticeship with the two of you.

I've learned more from the video than reading any book. 
As a result of the video, my acceptance rate for images being submitted
to iStockPhoto has gone from 50% to 100% after applying the techniques
of sharpening, noise reduction and image punch.

Thanks for an outstanding product at a very affordable price.



14 March, 2008 - What The Duck

Today's What the Duck cartoon is either a coincidence, or a most apropo rejoinder to yesterday's essay. In either event, it's funny, and I've added it to Your Camera Does Matter : A Rebuttal.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



17 March, 2008 - Free HD Video Journal Intro Online

The final segment of Video Journal #17 Download Edition, an almost hour-long travel segment on Antarctica, will be online within a couple of days. It's availability via our store will be announced right here as soon as it's online.

In the meantime we have made available the HD Introduction to Issue #17 as a free streaming video for everyone to sample.
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Duhhhh!

Last week's essay Your Camera Does Matter : A Rebuttal has generated a lot of debate. That's fine. But, based on emails received and what I read on this site's forum and some others, there is a small percentage who either didn't get it, or who simply have sub-optimal reading skills.

Firstly, just because I was arguing that good and appropriate equipment is important when doing many types of photography doesn't mean that the inverse is untrue; in other words, that talent isn't necessary. This is a simple logical fallacy that is taught in any reading comprehension course, yet which some seem to have assumed to be the case.

So just for the record, and as the kids say  – Duhhhh! Of course talent and artistic skill are also necessary. How could anyone think otherwise? That's why I put the cartoon on the page. It makes that very point!

Secondly, people have said that I was misinterpreting Rockwell's article. No. I don't think so. Unfortunately, from what I have seen of his writing in the referred to essay, as well as the rest of those on his site, consistency of thought and clarity of expression are not hallmarks of his writing style. I was simply using his headlined position as a jumping off point to make my rebuttal.



18 March, 2008 - It's Up - Antarctica

At long last the Antarctica segment of Video Journal #17 is now online for purchase and download. Both SD and HD versions are available. This completes the issue. The DVD will be sent to the duplicator shortly, and mailed out to subscribers when ready.

If you have already purchased LLVJ #17 Download Edition all you need to do is go to the site's Store, Log In and then select My Account. Click on the version that you have already purchased and all download files including the two new ones on Antarctica will be available.

Please download only one file at a time as simultaneous downloads by a single user tends to clog the server.

If you ever wondered what a photographic expedition to Antarctica might be like, but lack the time or funds to go there yourself,
this hour-long video report is a must!





19 March 2008 - New Phase One 645 Camera Announced. Antarctic HD Clip Online

Phase One announced at a trade show in Japan today their new Phase One 645 AF camera. This camera was developed jointly with Mamiya, and is being released simultaneously as the Mamiya AFD III. My initial report, based on interviews with Phase One executives, is now online. A full field review will follow once a test sample of the camera becomes available in a month or so.
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We have just placed online a free HD streaming video extract from our Antarctic Expedition segment of Video Journal #17 – Download Edition. Enjoy!




20 March, 2008 - Mamiya AFDIII, New Lenses and a Leaf Promotion

I don't usually simply publish new product press announcements, but following yesterday's Phase One announcement it's appropriate to mention some further medium format releases.

Mamiya has, as expected, announced the AFD III camera, with enhanced communication abilities with digital backs, faster and more accurate autofocus, and a number of additional enhancements. The camera is scheduled for release in June.

Mamiya has also introduced three new lenses, an improved 80mm f/2.8, a 150mm f/2.8 IF, and a 45-90mm f/4.5 Aspherical – very welcome additions to the line up.

Leaf America also announced today a special promotion –  Buyers of a new Leaf Aptus 75, 65, or 22 back, or the Aptus S equivalent in Mamiya AFD mount, will receive a Mamiya 645 AFDII camera free of charge, with an automatic upgrade to a new AFDIII at no charge when it becomes available in June.

If you ever wondered what a photographic expedition to Antarctica might be like, but lack the time or funds to go there yourself,
this hour-long video report is a must!




Watch a free HD streaming video extract.



22 March, 2008 - Moose Spot Available

An opening has just appeared for my May 2 – 5, 2008 Moose and the Intimate Landscape workshop with Jack Dykinga, in Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario. If you are interested in joining please drop me a line. First come, first served. SORRY, SOLD OUT – AGAIN
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At last week's PIE show in Tokyo, Sony was showing its upcoming 25MP full frame A900 DSLR. Ship date will likely be in August or September. Can Nikon's D3x be far behind?



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



24 March, 2008 - Ricoh GX100 Review

Is that a camera in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?

So someone might ask – if you had a digicam in your pants pocket. And if that camera is the Ricoh GX100, you'd have what may be the smallest yet most versatile pocket camera currently on the market. My review of the GX100 is now online.

If you ever wondered what a photographic expedition to Antarctica might be like, but lack the time or funds to go there yourself,
this hour-long video report is a must!




Watch a free HD streaming video extract.



26 March, 2008 - All Day Seminar on Photography and Technology

One month from today, on Saturday, April 26th, I will be conducting an all-day seminar titled Photography and Technology – The Uneasy Alliance. This is a much expanded version of the talk which I gave last month is Korean, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

If you live in the Northeast or Northcentral part of the continent, and think you would like to spend a day near Toronto attending what I believe you will find to be a stimulating and challenging presentation, click on the link below to sign up. I hope to see you there next month.


An all-day seminar (click on Seminar then Download the Registration Brochure) at the Latow Photographer's Guild in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, April 26, titled Photography and Technology, The Uneasy Alliance.


28 March, 2008 - DXO Optics Pro V5 Introduction and Tutorial

Though Adobe dominates the raw file processing marketplace with Camera Raw and Lightroom, DXO Optics Pro is quite popular because of its lens correction capabilities. Today, Alain Briot, a DXO Image Master, provides us with an Introduction and Tutorial to DXO Optics Pro V5.
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Speaking of Adobe, the company announced this week Photoshop Express, a web-based photo sharing service that allows for online image editing.

UPDATE 1:

Several people have drawn to my attention the following paragraph from Adobe's "Terms of Use" for Photoshop Express, in Paragraph 8a it states...
"Adobe does not claim ownership of Your Content. However, with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed.”
Caveat emptor!

UPDATE 2:
The Draconian rights terms contained in the Photoshop Express user agreement seems to have come as a surprise to Adobe's management as well as to its prospective users. Late today a company spokesman issued a statement that their legal team will be revisiting the current terms in response to initial media and consumer reaction.
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Apple today released Aperture 2.1, which introduces an open plug-in architecture that makes it easy for photographers to use third party imaging software from within Aperture. Available today as a free software update, Aperture 2.1 includes the Apple-developed plug-in, Dodge & Burn, which adds brush-based tools for dodge (lighten), burn (darken), contrast, saturation, sharpen and blur. Over the coming months, third party software developers will deliver image editing plug-ins for localized editing, filters and effects, noise analysis and reduction, fisheye lens correction and more.

This appears to be a very significant new capability, and is bound to raise the competitive stakes against Adobe's Lightroom for Mac users.
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Just wanted to send you and Jeff a big thanks for your From Camera to Print video.

With the info you and Jeff provided about colour management and workflow I was able to get perfect and consistant prints right from the start and have continued to do so as I experiment to settle on my favourite matte papers.
 
So thank you to you and Jeff, you've taken an admittedly complex art and made it easy and clear enough for anyone to follow. This has taken my art to a new level and has allowed me to continue to grow as a photographer.



29 March, 2008 - LLVJ DVD Subsciption to Download Promo

Issue #17 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal has been available for download for a couple of weeks and it will begin shipping on DVD within the next two weeks.

Due to the space limitations of DVDs, the Download editions contain about one hour's more content than the DVD. The HD download edition is also of higher screen quality and resolution than the DVD.

Since there are still a number of people who have DVD subscriptions, we would like to offer them the chance to switch to one of the two download editions with a good deal.

Each paid up DVD can be exchanged for either two Standard Definition downloads or approximately one and a half High Definition downloads. Just contact our Customer Service.

Check out the high quality of the HD version here or the Standard Definition here. The shipment of plastic DVD disks will soon be a thing of the past. We urge you to switch.
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Photographers with a strong interest in camera sensor technology may find this article on a site called Chipworks to be of interest. It looks at some of the factors involved in manufacturing and pricing of CMOS sensors, and even speculates as to who might be the fab for the Nikon D3 sensor.



Watch a free HD streaming video extract.



31 March, 2008 - Yes it Matters - A counterpoint essay.

In mid-March I penned an essay titled Your Camera Does Matter : A Rebuttal which fanned a bit of debate on this site's forum as well as elsewhere. Much of it, unfortunately, by those who either didn't read what I actually wrote or who wished to interpret it though their own set of mental filters.

Today author, reviewer and photographer Sean Reid provides a further counterpoint essay titled Yes, it Matters.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



2 April, 2008 - Adobe Lighroom 2.0 beta Available : DXO Article Update

I don't normally reprint press releases on this page, but today's announcement of the Lightroom 2.0 beta has a lot of meat on its bones, so here it is.

SAN JOSE, Calif. - April 2, 2008 - Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta, a public preview of new and improved functionality to be delivered in the next major release.


Lightroom is the professional photographer's essential toolbox, providing one application for managing, adjusting, and presenting large volumes of digital photographs. Lightroom 2.0 beta will feature enhancements such as dual-monitor support, localized dodge and burn correction and will be the first Adobe application to support 64-bit for Mac OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Microsoft Vista 64-bit operating systems.

"Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta provides early access to requested improvements over version 1.3 and continues our ongoing dialogue and open communication with the photography community," said Tom Hogarty, senior product manager for Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw. "We're excited not only for our existing customers, but also for the general public who will have an opportunity to take Lightroom 2.0 beta on a test run."

New in Lightroom 2.0 beta

An improved layout in the Library module allows for a more intuitive approach to image organization by simplifying the location of the features needed to find and filter photographs. A new feature called Smart Collections automatically updates collections with images that match desired criteria such as star-rating, keyword or other metadata. "The Suggested Keywords feature eases the task of keywording by making recommendations based upon keyword associations across a catalog as well as the use of keywords in neighboring images."

Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta includes improved memory handling through 64-bit support for OS X 10.5 Intel Macs and Vista 64-bit operating systems. Additional enhancements in Lightroom 2.0 beta include support for a dual monitor configuration that maximizes a photographer's workspace and can be easily adjusted to meet a particular workflow. Additionally, the Develop module has been updated to provide the ability to correct specific parts of an image without affecting other areas. Now, fundamental photographic techniques such as dodge and burn can be performed using the same non-destructive approach, allowing unprecedented control within the Lightroom program.

Beta Availability

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.0 beta is available as a 30-day trial for free download on Macintosh and Windows platforms at http://www.labs.adobe.com/downloads. Existing Lightroom 1.0 customers will be able to test the beta for an extended period until Aug. 31, 2008 and can invite friends to take part in this trial period. Recommended system requirements are Macintosh OSX 10.4, 10.5 1 GHz PowerPC G4 or G5 or Intel-based processor, or Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise, Intel Pentium 4 processor, 1 GBRAM and a 1024x768 resolution screen.

You can find out more, and download the beta at this Adobe Labs web page. Make sure that you also read the important information on this page.

If you're an experienced Lightroom user I highly recommend Ian Lyons' new tutorial page on Lightroom 2.0 beta. Nicely done Ian!

Jeff Schewe and I will be producing a comprehensive updated Lightroom 2.0 video tutorial to coincide with the end of the beta period. In the meantime our 5 hour-long Lightroom 1.3 video tutorial will get you up to speed on 90% of the program's features.

When the Lightroom 2.0 video tutorial becomes available there will be a special discounted price for anyone that will already have downloaded the Lightroom 1.3 tutorial, so no need to wait to get started now with Lightroom.



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Author Mikkel Aaland, O'Reilly Media and Adobe have teamed up again for a Lightroom Adventure – this year in Tasmania. Last year's expedition to Iceland, which I greatly enjoyed being part of, resulted in Mikkell's Lightroom Adventure book, and this year's will as well, but will also include live updates from the field. Check it out regularly over the next couple of weeks.
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Alain Briot's Tutorial on DXO Optics Pro 5.0 last week raised a number of questions. Alain was on a shoot in France at that time, but he has now returned and has written a response to these questions. This is now available as an update to his original piece.



4 April, 2008 - Red raw, the Casio EX-F1, and the Convergence of Stills and Video

There's something new in the wind – the convergence of stills and video. My new essay titled Seeing Red – Raw Goes to the Movies is now online.
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UPDATE:

Adobe's lawyers have been spanked. Following up on last week's announcement of Photoshop Express, an online image file sharing service that had a pretty ridiculous rights grab by Adobe (clearly unintentional), the company has now issued the following update to its terms...
"Adobe’s Rights – Adobe has retained only those limited rights that allow us to operate the service and to enable you to do all the things the service offers. If you decide to terminate your Photoshop Express account, Adobe’s rights also will be terminated. Adobe doesn’t claim ownership of your content and won’t sell your images".


Watch a free HD streaming video extract.



7 April, 2008 - Balmoral Mist Deconstructed

What makes a great photograph? Why do some images (sometimes even ones own) speak to us, and others – often technical excellent ones – leave us emotionally and intellectually unsatisfied?

On a recent visit to Australia I met one of that country's leading photographers, David Oliver, and was captivated by one of his photographs. In Balmoral Mist Deconstructed I discus what it is that makes this particular image so resonant for me.
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Issue #17 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal is now available on DVD. Existing DVD subscribers should start receiving theirs in the mail within the next couple of weeks. Those wishing instant gratification can always download our Hi-Def version right now.



Just wanted to send you and Jeff a big thanks for your From Camera to Print video.

With the info you and Jeff provided about colour management and workflow I was able to get perfect and consistant prints right from the start and have continued to do so as I experiment to settle on my favourite matte papers.
 
So thank you to you and Jeff, you've taken an admittedly complex art and made it easy and clear enough for anyone to follow. This has taken my art to a new level and has allowed me to continue to grow as a photographer.



9 April, 2008 - Jay Maisel Workshop Next Week in NY


I'm going to give a blatant plug to a workshop being offered next week in New York by my friend Jay Maisel. Jay has been unarguably one of the world's leading photographers for much of the past 40 years.

Issue #17 of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal features an hour-long interview with Jay.





11 April, 2008 - Adobe Updates

Adobe has updated both Camera Raw and Lightroom to versions 4.4.1 and 1.4.1 respectively. These updates include bug fixes as well as the addition of support for new camera formats.

Anyone considering purchasing our 5-hour-long video tutorial on Lightroom should note that it covers 99% of the content in releases up to and including the new 1.4.1. The changes to Lightroom 1x since the tutorial was released have been almost exclusively bug fixes and new camera additions.
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There has just been a cancellation on my September Botswana Safari. If you are interested in this single spot, please contact me right away.



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



12 April, 2008 - Olympus E3 Second Opinion

Late last year, after a wait of some four years, Olympus users finally got an updated flagship camera in the form of the E3. Photojournalist Doug Brown reviewed it here in January, and now UK pro Mark Pinder weighs in with his Olympus E3 Second Opinion.


Watch a free HD streaming video extract.



15 April, 2008 - Sigma DP1 Review / Camera Raw Video Tutorial / Scarlet Announced

Adobe Camera Raw Download Video Tutorial
Now Available



Chris Sanderson, Jeff Schewe and I are very pleased to announce the immediate availability of our Download Video tutorial on Adobe Camera Raw.

This nearly 8 hour long, 28 segment live instructional video covers Camera Raw in great depth, and includes detailed instruction on topics like raw workflow, Photoshop / Bridge integration, the use of Smart Objects, and more.
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Sigma DP1 Review



The much anticipated Sigma DP1 started shipping just a couple of weeks ago. I have been putting this new pocket camera, which uses a Foveon technology, APS sized sensor though its paces, and my review is now online.
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Scarlet Previewed



The National Association of Broadcasters show (NAB) opened Monday in Las Vegas, and the much anticipated Scarlet camera from RED was announced. Not due until early next year, and unpriced as yet, though rumoured to be under $3,000, Scarlet could well change the face of still photography as well as video production.

If you believe in the inevitability of stills and video convergence, as I do, this is a product to watch.




19 April, 2008 - Announcing a Talk

One week from today, on Saturday, April 26th, I will be conducting an all-day seminar titled Photography and Technology – The Uneasy Alliance. This is a much expanded version of the talk which I gave recently in Korean, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

If you live in the Northeast or Northcentral part of the continent, and think you would like to spend a day near Toronto attending what I believe you will find to be a stimulating and challenging presentation, click on the link below to sign up. I hope to see you there next week.


An all-day seminar (Download the Registration Brochure at this link) at the Latow Photographer's Guild in Burlington, Ontario on Saturday, April 26, titled Photography and Technology, The Uneasy Alliance.
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Coming Soon...

We have the following articles in preparation and scheduled over the next few weeks:
– a review of the new and unique Casio EX-F1 crossover camera

– a review of the new Nikon 24mm T/S lens, including a tutorial on using Tilt / Shift lens

– how to use an HP Z3100 printer's built-in spectrophotometer to profile any other printer

– an introduction to videography, for still photographers

– more essays on deconstructing images 



24 April, 2008 - Casio EX-F1 Review

The Casio EX-F1 is a hybrid stills / video / high-speed camera with capabilities unlike those of any camera seen to date. Does it fulfill its promise, and is it the first of a new breed of convergence cameras? Read my review to find out.
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Our Almost Spring contest ends next week. Will you be the one to win a Nikon D300 or Canon G9 camera?



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



25 April, 2008 - Free Tutorial Video Preview & Botswana Opening

We have just placed online a free video preview from our new Camera Raw Download Video Tutorial. It covers using Adobe Camera Raw to process JPGs.

Well, I just made my first pass of the Guide to Adobe Camera Raw videos (all of them). They are excellent! I have the Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS3 book by Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe.

The video is a perfect companion to this book. I'm about 1/3 of the way through the book, and have enjoyed it greatly so far. I like the modular arrangement of the Guide to Adobe Camera Raw videos. It means I can play only the video (again) that relates to what I'm studying in the book.

It is also nice that the book was essentially put together by Jeff Schewe who is also doing the demonstrations in the Video. Thanks for putting such a wonderful thing together.

Find out what these unique in-depth tutorials are like, and then imagine the benefit of almost 8 hours of this type of material (not to mention the pleasure of viewing Jeff's Hawaiian shirt for that long).
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In September Andy Biggs and I will be conducting a Photographic Safari Expedition to Botswana. One spot has just come open. If you are able to take advantage of it act quickly and drop me a line so we can discuss it further. Sorry – Sold Out

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Our Almost Spring contest ends next week. Will you be the one to win a Nikon D300 or Canon G9 camera?



"I have just purchased the excellent Camera to Print Tutorial. This
wonderful and exhaustive resource clearly and entertainingly explains
what really matters within the digital workflow from camera to print.

You and Jeff make a great and wise double act and bring passion and fun
to the topics covered. Many questions have been answered for me. I feel
I understand the fundamentals far better. I know my work will improve".



29 April, 2008 - Using the HP Z3100's Spectro to profile Other Printers

The HP Z3100 large format printers have proven to be very popular, in large measure due to their built-in spectrophotometer. This makes automatically producing high quality profiles for these printers a breeze.

Many of us have wondered whether it would be possible to use a Z3100 to produce profiles for other printers as well. After all, why let the spectro and its automation capabilities go underutilized?

Many of us have thought about it, but no one has figured it out – until now. Charlie Cramer now has an exclusive tutorial here titled Making Profiles with the Z3100 Printer.

Please note that in addition to a Z3100 printer you will also need the HP Advanced Profiling software and files which can be downloaded from this site.
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The Home Page photograph has been updated with one taken with a video camera, of all things. The new Sony SR12 HD camcorder is able to shoot 10MP stills, and doesn't do too bad a job of it. More on this in the days ahead.
Ps: Before the Lolita crowd get too bent out of shape, thinking  I've gone over to the dark side, the photograph's title is a literary allusion to a poem by the 19th century British author William Blake.
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
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For those interested in (or familiar with) some of the personalities in the industry the fact that after 17 years Mark Hamburg has left Adobe to work for Microsoft is news. Mark is a brilliant coder, the former architect of Photoshop, and the father of Lightroom. You can read more about him and his going-away party, which was held last week, at Photoshop News.com.




30 April, 2008 - Fund Raising Print Sale For Our Friend Alexis

Beginning today, and running through the month of May, I am offering a special print sale to help raise money for a dear family friend in the US who is unable to meet her ongoing medical care costs.

I invite you to purchase one or more of my fine-art landscape prints, with 100% of the proceeds going to our friend Alexis' ongoing medical care expenses.


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Canadian Fujifilm S5 Price Drop

I don't usually pay a lot of attention to international price arbitrage on photo equipment. I know though that a lot of Europeans, Brits and Australians do since often their prices are so much higher than in the US, or Canada.

But my attention has been drawn to a curious bit of pricing on the part of Fujifilm, so I though some might be interested in knowing about it.

The Fuji S5 camera is now selling at Canadian retailers for $999. This is a camera which when it started to ship just a year or so ago was priced at some $400 more than the Nikon D200 on which it is based.

Today, one can buy the Fuji S5 for $999 at Canadian retailers such as Henrys in Toronto. In the US I see that B&H currently has it for $1,699, and when you add it to your shopping cart it is discounted to $1,549. Since the Canadian and US dollar has been at or around par for some time this huge price discrepancy is notable.

In Europe the S5 is selling for about 920 Euro, which is $1,500 Canadian, similar to the B&H price. In the UK things are a bit better (surprising, for a change) and an S5 costs about 625 GBP, or about $1,240 Canadian.

So – without really knowing what this all implies, if you're in the market for a Fuji S5 camera Canada is the place to shop at the moment.


2 May, 2008 - Spring Prize Winners Announced

Our Almost Spring contest ended on Wednesday.The winner of the Nikon D300 is M.N. Hutchinson of Alberta, and the winner of the Canon G9 camera is Konstantin Dubinets of New York. Congratulations to both of them!

Our next contest will be announced soon, and all purchases from our online store beginning as of yesterday, May 1, will be eligible. I'll be announcing what the prizes will be and additional contest details within a few days. Purchases from the Help Alexis Special Print Offer as well as any of our DVDs, download Video Journals, and download video tutorials will be eligible.




6 May, 2008 - The Convergence of Still Photography and Video

I have just returned from a long-weekend workshop photographing moose and spring landscape in Algonquin Park. My co-teacher was Pulitzer prize winning landscape photographer Jack Dykinga. A good time was had by all, though it rained almost the whole time. (Great light though.) I'll have a small portfolio of mine as well as of the participants on these pages within the next couple of weeks. The first of my images from Algonquin is now on the home page.

This was also the first multi-day shoot in which I used the Nikon D3 exclusively, and I'll have more to say on this remarkable camera in a separate article in the days ahead.

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A new essay has just been published titled The Convergence of Still Photography and Video. I have written about this peripherally in recent weeks, and now because of the importance of the subject, thought it worthwhile to gather my observations in one place. Pros should ignore this trend at their peril.
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I would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming response to our Help Alexis Special Print Offer. There have been literally hundreds of orders, and every penny will be going toward helping our friend with her ongoing medical expenses. My wife Teya and I say a big thank you!

Because of the shear quantity of prints on order producing and shipping them will take some time, so please be patient. It will likely be 2-3 weeks after an order is placed until it is received.



8 May 2008 - Strange Pricing in Canada (Again)

Last week I mentioned that the Fuji S5 DSLR was selling in Canada for under $1,000 while in the US it was some 50% more expensive. (See What's New for April 30).

Today I've noted that the 24" HP Z3100 printer is available at several Canadian dealers for around $1,500. Even more curious, in one case, DirectDial.com, their online Canadian store has the printer for $1,518 while their US online store has it for $3,254, more than double the price. At B&H, though it shows as currently out of stock, the 24" Z3100 is listed at $4,095.

I'm only guessing here, but it's pretty clear that for some reason both Fujifilm and HP have decided to use Canada as an outlet for discontinued products. Given that the internet now allows for complete pricing transparency on a global basis it's hard to figure that they aren't aware that word gets around – instantly. (Readers outside the US and Canada should note that the Canadian and US dollars are essentially at par, and have been for months).

In the case of the Z3100, $1,518 is an incredible deal. At this price it costs not much more than a Eye One Spectrophotometer kit, and if you figure that you can now use the Z3100 as an automated profiling machine (as written about here last week), it's almost like getting a free 24" printer at this price.
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And speaking of deals, My friend Mikkel Aaland who organized this year's Adobe Lightroom Adventure in Tasmania just told me about a contest to win a free trip for two to downunder. All it takes is filling in an online entry form.

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Watch a free HD streaming video extract.



10 May, 2008 - Win Any Lens of Your Choice

It's time for a new contest. Announced today is our Win The Lens of Your Choice contest. Any lens, from any manufacturer, valued at up to $2,000.

What do you need to do to enter? Simple – just make a purchase of any tutorial download, Video Journal download, book, print or DVD from our online store. Each purchase made is counted as a separate entry. Any purchase made between May 1 and August 31 is an automatic entry. This contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Why have this contest? To gently persuade you to make a purchase. There's bound to be something which we publish that matches your needs and interests. All you need to do is click here and then on any of the informational links to find out what that might be. Thanks.




13 May, 2008 - Nikon 24mm PC-E Lens Report and Advanced Tutorial on Focusing T/S Lenses

Today sees two new articles – the first a field report in the brand new Nikon 24mm PC-E lens, and the second an advanced tutorial on focusing perspective control and view camera lenses, by David Summerhayes.

The 24mm Nikkor report also features a brief free video on the lens' features and functions.




15 May, 2008 - Misc Announcements

A few items for your attention today...

– Our customer service team is currently offline but will resume tomorrow, Friday. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Sean Reid at Reidreviews has published a review of the NEC 2490 monitor. Included are Karl Lang's comments about the monitor (Carl is one of the industry's leading lights when it comes to monitor design), and both seem to agree that the 2490 may well be the best LCD monitor yet (for the money) for photographers. Sean's site is subscription based, and well worth it.

Canon has released new firmware for the 1D MKIII and the 1Ds MKIII.

Tom Hogarty of Adobe has announced on his blog that the DNG format specification has been updated. Big deal, you say. Well, maybe so. Here's a quote to ponder...
"The definition of a camera profile for the DNG format as well as the allowance for multiple camera profiles to be embedded in a single DNG file will provide the industry with the ability to characterize raw data in an efficient and standardized format. (Think ICC profiles but for raw data)."
What are the implications of this? For the moment I'll leave it for you to ponder :-)
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18 May, 2008 - Hasselblad H3D2 Field Report

Some people accuse me of having an anti-Hasseblad bias. Nothing could be further from the truth. I own two H series bodies, five H series lenses, and use them along with a Phase One P45+ back for all my serious landscape work.

Does the system have flaws? Yes, of course it does. Which one doesn't? Does the company and its management practices do things which I am not happy with? Yes, and as with other companies and products which I find fault with I state my concerns. Does this make me biased against them? No, not at all. I like to think of myself as an equal opportunity criticizer.

In any event, when my friend Nick Rains offered to do a report on a recent shoot with an H3D2 I immediately said yes. Though I happen to own a Phase One back I have now seen enough of the newest Hassy backs to know that they are comparable in image quality. First rate.

Here then is Nick's brief fields report. Nothing to get someone familiar with the system excited, one way or the other, but of interest to anyone thinking of moving to the top level of medium format digital.


24 May, 2008 - Taping and Waterfalls

This is simply a heads-up that I have been mostly off-line for the past week and won't be adding new content now until the beginning of next week. The reason is that Jeff Schewe and I were in Niagara Falls on a shoot for a couple of days to create content for our new Lightroom 2.0 video tutorial. Subsequently we have been sequestered in my gallery / studio taping this new multi-hour video.
Jeff has been a contributor to the development of both Photoshop and Lightroom since their beginnings. Among his other professional activities he is the publisher of Lightroom News, Photoshop News, and the co-author with the late Bruce Fraser of Real World Camera Raw.
Jeff and I were joined in Niagara by the world's leading expert in colour image preservation, Henry Wilhelm, of Wilhelm Imaging Research. An interview with Henry will appear in an upcoming issue of The Luminous Landscape Video Journal.

The Lightroom 2.0 tutorial will be the sixth educational video that Jeff and I have done in the past couple of years. It will be released simultaneous with the shipping version of 2.0.
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The new Home Page photograph was taken on the Maid of The Mist boat excursion beneath the falls. Looks like South Georgia Island from my last Antarctic expedition more than southern Ontario though.




27 May, 2008 - Epson 2880, HP LP3065 Monitor, Noise Reference Article and Moose

Miles Hecker has just published a review of the 30" HP LP3065 monitor on his site. I second Miles' motion that when processing images destined to be large prints it's hard to beat having a 30" monitor, especially now that prices are no longer stratospheric and quality has increased.
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Epson US
has announced today the Stylus Pro R2880 printer. It is a replacement for the popular 13" 2400 model, and will appear next month with a MSLP of $799. This new printer utilizes Vivid Magenta ink, as do Epson's Pro level printers, the 4880, 7880, 9880 and 11880. Makes one wonder when an 80 series Pro 3800 will come along.
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An article titled Noise, Dynamic Range and Bit Depth in Digital SLRs appeared online this week. It's quite academic and will take time to digest, but for those that care about this topic beyond the practical level, highly recommended.
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Photographs by several of the participants in my Algonquin Park Moose Workshop last month are now online.
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My friend Jay Maisel is one of America's leading photographers and an excellent teacher. He has just announced three new workshops. These are intensive and expensive, but also possibly the most valuable photographic experiences one can have.





30 May, 2008 - New Epson Wide Format Printers Announced

Epson (at least in some countries) has announced two new wide format printers of particular interest to photographers, the Stylus Pro 7990 and 9900 – 24" and 44" versions of the same model.

These feature what is called UltraChrome HDR ink and the printers accept 11 cartridges (350 or 700ml). There is (finally) automatic switching of matte and photo black inks. Green and orange inks have been added to widen the printer's gamut along with vivid light magenta.The ink complement is now photo black, light black and light light black - plus cyan, light cyan, vivid magenta, vivid light magenta, yellow, orange, and green, along with matte black.

Much of the new head technology seen in last year's Stylus Pro 11880 is included in the new printers. This includes automatic head clogging detection and cleaning. I've been running an 11880 at my gallery for almost 6 months now and have never seen a head clog, so I can report that this really does work.

And, as if this wasn't enough, Epson takes a page from HP's playbook and makes available an optional on-board X-rite designed spectrophotometer for automated profile generation.

There's no word yet on pricing, though don't expect them to be inexpensive. Availability is said to be late Spring in Australia, which translates into Fall in the northern hemisphere.

You can read more here and elsewhere on European and Australian web sites.

Please note that Epson US has not officially announced these printers yet, though I imagine that they will eventually.
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The Home Page photograph has been updated.
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31 May, 2008 - Alexis Print Offer Ending Today

This is the last day to purchase one of 20 selected prints at a special price in support of my friend Alexis.

My wife Teya and I would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone that has purchased prints this month. This has allowed us to raise over $40,000 in support of Alexis' ongoing medical costs as she battles with post surgical treatment for a brain tumor. She is having a tough time at the moment, but is one strong lady, and has the loving support of many friends and family.

Prints ordered prior to May 15 have now been shipped. Prints ordered between then and now will be printed this coming week and mailed shortly. Thanks for your patience.

I would especially like to thank those people that made direct financial contributions. This was unexpected generosity and is most appreciated. Thank you all!


1 June, 2008 - A Decent Backpack for View Camera and Medium Format Photographers

Being a photographer means having to carry gear; sometimes lots of gear. Sometimes lots of heavy and bulky gear. When this also includes traveling and shooting in the outdoors a quality backpack becomes necessary.

Contributor Mark Dubovoy has tried them all, and today tells us about his latest finding in A Decent Backpack for View Camera and Medium Format Photographers.



Just wanted to send you and Jeff a big thanks for your From Camera to Print video.

With the info you and Jeff provided about colour management and workflow I was able to get perfect and consistant prints right from the start and have continued to do so as I experiment to settle on my favourite matte papers.
 
So thank you to you and Jeff, you've taken an admittedly complex art and made it easy and clear enough for anyone to follow. This has taken my art to a new level and has allowed me to continue to grow as a photographer.



3 June, 2008 - Some Noise About Noise

Contributor Mark Segal today provides us with a research paper and essay on noise and resolution titled Some Noise About Noise.

This work has been underway for the past month or two; during which time Emil Martinec's more academic piece, mentioned here last week, was published. Looking it over we didn't find any contradiction, where relevant, between his technical analysis and our empirical findings. But the two articles reflect very different ways of examining the same general territory, such that taken together there is something for everyone.
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Nikon announced today an update to its raw image processing software in the form of Capture NX 2. More from the press release below.
"Capture NX 2 will be available for purchase throughout the United States in late June 2008 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $179.95 (full version) or $109.95 (upgrade). A 60-day free trial version will be available today for users who wish to experience all that Capture NX 2 offers. For more information, and to download the 60-day trial version please visit www.nikonusa.com".
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6 June, 2008 - Two New Shirt Pocket Cameras Reviewed

It's summer (at least on the top half of the planet), which means vacation time and short sleeved shirts. Today's questions is – what camera to put in that skimpy breast pocket when you want to have a camera along but anything weighing more than a few grams is not on?

In today's new article Two New Shirt Pocket Cameras, I review the Samsung NV24-HD and the Sony W300, one winner and one loser.
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The Home Page photograph has been updated with something a bit whimsical.
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Just wanted to send you and Jeff a big thanks for your From Camera to Print video.

With the info you and Jeff provided about colour management and workflow I was able to get perfect and consistant prints right from the start and have continued to do so as I experiment to settle on my favourite matte papers.
 
So thank you to you and Jeff, you've taken an admittedly complex art and made it easy and clear enough for anyone to follow. This has taken my art to a new level and has allowed me to continue to grow as a photographer.



7 June, 2008 - Summer Sale. Take it Off (15% that is)

We're having a sale. For the next two weeks – until June 22 – we're having a 15% off sale. Everything in our on-line store is reduced by 15%. That includes our download videos as well as DVDs.

If you've been thinking about our multi-hour From Camera to Print, Adobe Lightroom, or Photoshop Camera Raw download videos, now's the time to satisfy that itch.

Our Luminous Landscape Video Journal DVDs as well as high def download editions are also all reduced by 15%.

Come one! Got for it. You know you want to.
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Another way to get your photographic juices going as well as to improve your skills and expand your portfolio will be to attend the Sixth Annual Photography and Printing Summit being held at Bryce Canyon in early November. This event is put on by Alain Briot and Uwe Steihmueller and this year's guest instructor is famous photographer and author Tony Sweet.


9 June, 2008 - Photographers and Painters - A Symbiosis

What can photographers and painters learn from each other? Find out in an exclusive new essay by Jack Perkins (yes, that Jack Perkins) in an exclusive new essay titled Photographers and Painters – A Symbiosis.




10 June, 2008 - Do Sensors Outresolve Lenses?

Have we reached the end of the line as far as lenses go? Do the latest generation of high resolution sensors actually outresolve our best lenses?

This is not an easy subject to come to grips with, and though many have opinions few have had the rigour to put this to detailed examination.

In our latest exclusive article, Do Sensors “Outresolve” Lenses? by Rubén Osuna and Efraín García we have what may be the definitive analysis of this question.
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Canon Europe announced today the EOS 1000D, which will be called the EOS XS in North America. This is a new entry level DSLR. No word yet from Canon USA on pricing or availability.

No word yet either on the inevitable Canon 5DII, nor for that matter the Nikon D3x or D90. All should be announced soon though. (Gee, what prescience).
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UPDATE
As of today all prints from the Alexis print sale that were ordered during the second half of May have now shipped. Depending where in the world you are located it can take up to two weeks for postal delivery. Thank you again to everyone for your kind support and generosity.
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11 June, 2008 - Of Passing Interest

Michael Kamber a photojournalist working out of The New York Times' Baghdad Bureau has been working with the Leica M8 system under combat conditions, and has just placed on-line an in-depth report of his impressions. War is hell. So to can be making and selling cameras apparently.
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I've written a couple of pieces recently about the convergence of stills and video, both from a technology and an aesthetic perspective. There is now a fascinating piece on Wired's web site that explores the world of Israeli combat photographer Ziv Koren and the topic of convergence.
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The latest issue of Hammacher Schlemmer's mail-roder catalog arrived in the mail yesterday. You know – the people that sell gadgets, like the underwater Pogo stick. (I'm not kidding). In any event, I note that they are now carrying the Casio EX-F1, which was reviewed on these pages a couple of months ago. I mention this because at the time it was noted that Casio was not going to be selling the EX-F1 through mass merchants and on-line, for reasons not made clear at the time.  And, the HS catalog price is $1,200, 20% higher than when the camera was introduced. Oh well.
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It looks as if specs on the anticipated Nikon D90 have now been leaked. Funny, it doesn't feel like April.
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13 June, 2008 - Landscapes of The Spirit

This will be the last post until June 23. I am off on a shoot with some friends in Newfoundland for six days.

I will be field testing the new Phase One 645 camera along with a P45+ back and a complete suite of lenses.  I will also be shooting with my Canon 1Ds MKIII, and will be testing the new Canon Rebel XSi 450D as well. Reports on the Phase and Rebel cameras will appear here in July.
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William Neill is one of America's leading fine art landscape photographers. I personally find his work to be some of the most compelling that I have seen. His 1996 book Landscape of the Spirit is an important and beautiful work, but unfortunately has been out of print for years.

Bill has now made a downloadable Digital Edition of the book available at a very modest price. The original essay that introduced the book is our latest article, and that page contains links to his offering. Bill has also agreed to become a regular contributor to this site, and I greatly look forward to his future writings.
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FORUM NOTICE

This site has a lively discussion forum, usually without the rudeness, tribalism and childishness so often found on on-line forums. Keeping it this way takes work, and this includes managing the hundreds of spammer attacks and false registration attempts made daily. Yes daily – it's a deluge from would-be spammers and pornographers.

For this reason, while the discussion forums will remain open this week, new registrations are temporarily closed and will reopen June 22. We regret any inconvenience.

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22 June, 2008 - Nikon R1C1 Close-Up Speedlight System Review

I am now back from a six day shoot in Newfoundland with friends. A good time was had by all, and a photo essay titled Fog, Whales, and Icebergs will appear here in the weeks ahead. The first of the photographs from this series is now found on the Home Page.

New registrations for this site's discussion forum, which were turned off while I was away, are now permitted again.

A review of the Nikon R1C1 Close-Up Speedlight System is now online, along with a brief streaming video which illustrates its components and use.


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25 June, 2008 - Some Thoughts on Camera Collecting

Have you been involved with photography for more than a decade? If so chances are that you either have something of a camera collection, or at least wish that you'd kept some of your older cameras, if only for nostalgia's sake. (Can one be nostalgic for digital yet?)

Today, contributor Bill Caulfeild Browne shares with us his thoughts on Nostalgia : Some Thoughts on Camera Collecting.
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Just wanted to send you and Jeff a big thanks for your From Camera to Print video.

With the info you and Jeff provided about colour management and workflow I was able to get perfect and consistant prints right from the start and have continued to do so as I experiment to settle on my favourite matte papers.
 
So thank you to you and Jeff, you've taken an admittedly complex art and made it easy and clear enough for anyone to follow. This has taken my art to a new level and has allowed me to continue to grow as a photographer.



26 June, 2008 - Camera Raw 4.5 RC Now Available

Adobe has released Camera Raw 4.5 Release Candidate for download. It provides support for new cameras as well as other enhancements.
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29 June, 2008 - 'Please stand by!'...

Michael is having difficulty with his wireless ISP up in North Central Ontario (aka Muskoka). It seems that competing wireless providers are overlapping each other's frequencies and causing major interference problems to the point that internet access is currently impossible. Hopefully this will be fixed within 48 hours...

New content for this week will include a review of the Phase One 645 camera  used extensively on the recent trip to Newfoundland. Also slated for publication this week is a review of the new Canon Rebel XSi. Please stay tuned! [Chris S]




30 June, 2008 - Phase One 645 Camera Review

After 24 hours in an Internet black hole I am now online again with a new ISP at my summer house in Muskoka, Ontario. I'll be here for the rest of the summer. My gallery in Toronto will therefore be closed until late September.

To celebrate I am publishing the web's first review of a production Phase One 645 camera, which I was able to test and work with on a shoot in Newfoundland earlier this month.
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Not that this has anything to do with photography, and of course it's only of significance to Canadians, but if you are in Canada and think that an iPhone is in your future, consider signing the online petition against Roger's Communications announced rip-off pricing. These are proposed to be the highest rates on the planet for iPhone service. Rise up yee oppressed masses.





1 July, 2008 - Two New Cameras Announced, by Sinar and Nikon




Two new cameras were announced within the past 24 hours. Sinar has introduced the arTec, seen above, a technical camera designed to accept medium format backs. Preliminary specifications are...
- Revolving Adapter
- Sliding Back for ground-glass composing
- Lenses 23mm to 135mm (Sinaron Digital)
- 5° Tilt/Swing, in all directions
- Shift V +25/-15mm
- Shift H +20/-20mm
- 360° turnable tripod mount
- 1.5 Kg
Availability is said to be shortly after Photokina 2008, in late September. No word yet on price.

The only curious thing is that it appears that the arTec will only be available with a Sinar Hy6 back mount, so Phase One, Leaf, Contax, Mamiya, and Hasselblad H and V owners are left out. Who thought that ignoring 90% of the potential market for this fascinating new camera was a good idea?


Not a complete surprise, because it was leaked over a week ago, the Nikon D700 is an exciting addition to that company's DSLR resurgence, started last year with the D300 and the full-frame D3. The new D700 announced today uses the same 12 MP full-frame (FX) chip as found in the D3, and should consequently have almost identical image properties.

The D700 camera is a direct competitor to the Canon 5D, which is due for a refurb any day now. The new D700 appears to be a camera of about the same size as the D300 externally but pretty-much a D3 internally. It differs from the D3 in some areas, such as 5 FPS instead of 9, though the addition of a battery grip raises it to 8 FPS, just as with the D3. One improvement over the D3 is the inclusion of dust removal by shaking the sensor, the same system as found in the D300, and of course a built in flash. Nikon's top-of-the-line 51 point  AF is also found, as is a top ISO capability of ISO 25,000.

Price is set at US $2,999 (2,599) Euro and deliveries will start worldwide by the end of this month. I expect to review this camera as soon as it becomes available.


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