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3 July, 2010 - LuLa Gallery in Toronto Closing & Print Sale

The Luminous Landscape Gallery is closing as of July, 2010. It's been a fun three years since it opened, and I thank everyone who visited for your interest and support.

The gallery has served primarily as a teaching space and print studio. It also has functioned as a gallery whenever I was working there and in town, but given my travel commitments this hasn't been often enough to justify keeping it open.

On next Saturday, July 10, 2010, from 11am until 3pm I will be having a print sale. This will consist of approximately 30 large matted and framed prints that are currently on display on the gallery walls, as well as a number of large format unmatted and unframed prints.

For those that are interested, I will be continuing my print studio and teaching activities out of my new studio space near Creemore, Ontario. Details to be announced. I may also have gallery shows from time to time at other Toronto area galleries, as I would in the days prior to my Carlaw gallery.




5 July, 2010 - Finally Here: 10-bit LCD Graphic Monitors

If you can't view it properly, you can't print it properly. That's a mantra that I and many other fine art printers subscribe to. But, is the latest $299 monitor special from Best Buy the way to go?

Possibly for some, but since the discontinuation and eventual demise of the famous Sony Artisan the search has been on for the next candidate for monitor nirvana.

Our regular contribotor Pete Myers today shares with us his experience with and impressions of the Eizo Nanao ColorEdge CG243W in his report titled – Finally Here: 10-bit LCD Graphic Monitors.

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NOW AVAILABLE

The Luminous Landscape Guide
to Capture One Pro

Thank´s for one of the best tutorials I´ve seen so far!
It´s much easier to listen and learn when there is an educated discussion going on
between two very knowledgeable guys!

Find out more and watch our sample training video.

 




10 July, 2010 - Saturday - LuLa Gallery in Toronto Print Sale

A Reminder....

The Luminous Landscape Gallery is closing. It's been a fun three years since it opened, and I thank everyone who visited for your interest and support.

The gallery has served primarily as a teaching space and print studio. It also has functioned as a gallery whenever I was working there and in town, but given my travel commitments this hasn't been often enough to justify keeping it open.

On Saturday, July 10, 2010, from 11am until 3pm I will be having a print sale. This will consist of approximately 30 large matted and framed prints that are currently on display on the gallery walls, as well as a number of large format unmatted and unframed prints.

For those that are interested, I will be continuing my print studio and teaching activities out of my new studio space near Creemore, Ontario. Details to be announced. I may also have gallery shows from time to time at other Toronto area galleries, as I would in the days prior to my Carlaw gallery.




12 July, 2010 - Gear For Trecking Photography

What does the well dressed and well equipped trecking photographer wear and use? Find out in our latest essay by Bernard Languillier.

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14 July, 2010 - NEX VG10 Video Camera Announced

Sony has announced the NEX-VG10, a hybrid video / stills camera that uses the same APS-C sized sensor used in the recently introduced NEX still cameras. It will become available in September at a US price of $2,000, including an 18-200mm lens.

Pretty cool, you say. But, when you read the specs you'll find that the camera can only shoot video in 1080/60i mode. Yes – interlace mode only. No progressive. And no 720 mode. ?????

Memo to Sony: No one wants interlaced video any more. It's old technology from more than 50 years ago. All computer monitors and current TVs are progressive devices. At least the VG10 should have had 30P. 24P would have been very nice as well and might have made creative film makers looking for narrow DOF excited. But, 60i? Fail!

Though the VG10 can shoot 14MP stills, Sony has eliminated raw mode. So the question has to be asked, who is this camera for? It's video modes seem crippled as do its stills modes.

I'll let you know when I get one for testing – if Sony is still speaking to me after this rant.

 

 




16 July, 2010 - Plustek Optic Film 7600i-Ai Film Scanner Review

Most photographers are shooting digital these days, but some still shoot film, and many have large slide and negative collections.

The choice of quality scanners and software grows smaller each year, but in today's exclusive review Mark Segal looks at an excellent choice – the Plustek Optic Film 7600i-Ai Film Scanner.

His review is in two parts – an executive summary online and a comprehensive and in-depth review available as a free downloadable PDF.

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NOW AVAILABLE

The Luminous Landscape Guide
to Capture One Pro

Thank´s for one of the best tutorials I´ve seen so far!
It´s much easier to listen and learn when there is an educated discussion going on
between two very knowledgeable guys!

Find out more and watch our sample training video.




22 July, 2010 - LuLa Guide to Lightroom 3 Training Video Now Available

No need to say much more. It's finally here – The Luminous Landscape Guide to Lightroom 3.

We have just published roughly the first two hours of this, the most comprehensive training guide to Lightroom ever produced. The complete training video will run more that nine hours when completed. New segments will be added every week for the next month or so until all nine hours and 40 segments are online.

The price of US $49.95 is currently being discounted by 10%, until the full tutorial is online. And, if you already own our Lightroom 2 tutorial we are offering an additional10% discount. (You must request a discount coupon before ordering).

Full details are available on this page. We also have a brief streaming preview available, and for the first time we are making available a free 10 minute full HD Video segment of the training video as a complimentary download so people can see for themselves what this training video is all about.




24 July, 2010 - We're Overwhelmed!

Thank you everyone for your purchases of our new tutorial video – The Luminous Landscape Guide to Lightroom 3. Your response has been literally overwhelming.

The good news is that the server is holding up well and people are reporting not having any download delays. The bad news is that our customer service staff is simply overwhelmed with upgrade coupon requests from previous LR2 tutorial purchasers.

We are doing our best to issue these electronic coupons as quickly as possible, but unlike the rest of the process, it's handled manually and thus takes some time.

If you've e-mailed requesting a discount coupon we ask for your patience, and thank you for your ongoing support!  – Michael




28 July, 2010 - Composing With Color - Part 3

Our regular columnist Alain Briot today publishes Part 3 of his series – Composing with Colour.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




30 July, 2010 - Three New Lightroom Videos Published

We have just published three new video segments in our new Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial; Files 8, 9 & 10 are now available. These cover Import, Export, and Publish Services.

We have also replaced the original seven files to change the audio codec to AAC for those who had playback issues, and also to allow import to an iPad more easily. If you have had audio issues you may wish to redownload these.

The Table of Contents in File #40 and the downloadable Contents PDF reflect these changes.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."

 




4 August, 2010 - Winterscapes Of The Alaskan Arctic

Where will you be shooting next winter? How about Alaska where the temperature will be about -30C (at this temperature Fahrenheit and Celsius are the same). A far cry from the +30C that many of us in the North East are feeling right now.

Our newest photographic travel essay is by Ben Hattenbach and is titled Winterscapes Of The Alaskan Arctic. Think cold, and enjoy.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




6 August, 2010 - Six New Lightroom 3 Tutorial Videos Just Added

We have just made available six additional video segments to our new Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial.

- Quick Develop
- Develop: Histogram & Crop
- Develop: Basic Panel
- Develop: Tone Curve
- Develop: HSL & Color
- Develop: Black & White

If you've already purchased, just log onto your account on the LuLa Store and download them. If you haven't yet discovered the most comprehensive learning tool available for Adobe's Lightroom, now's the time to do so while it's still priced at -10%.

And remember, if you previously purchased the LuLa Guide to Lightroom 2 you can get an additional 10% off through the use of a special coupon code. More in formation can be found here.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




9 August, 2010 - Sinar ArTec Hands-On Review

The Sinar ArTec has been available for a couple of years, but only with a proprietary back mount. Now, Sinar has released a version able to work with just about any Phase One, Leaf, or Hasselblad back.

I recently had the opportunity of working for the new ArTec for a couple of weeks and my hands-on review is now online.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




10 August, 2010 - Forum Upgrade with More Coming

Regular readers may have noticed here and on the site's forum during the past year or so mention of changes that will be coming to LuLa.

Our development process has now reached the stage where we will be starting to roll out some pretty exciting new features, starting today (Tuesday) with new Discussion Forum software.

The main site and Store will be unaffacted today, but the Forum will likely be down for several hours on Tuesday afternoon (Eastern Daylight Tme). If all goes well it will be up and running again by evening.

Big deal, you say. Forum software is forum software. Right? Actually not, because in this case your forum registration will be the key to a broad range of new personalized information services which will be rolled out over the next few months.

Stay tuned, as they say on TV. I think you're going to like what you see.

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UPDATE

Adobe has just released updates to Lightroom and Camera Raw. These provide bug fixes as well as additional support for quite a few new cameras.

You can find out more and download the Lightroom 3.2 update here and the Camera Raw 6.2 update here.

And of course, if you want to learn how to use Lightroom 3 in depth, our new 10 hour live training video is what you may need.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."

 




11 August, 2010 - Forum Update Now Complete

Tuesday's Discussion Forum update was completed in the evening and looks to be stable.

Please let us know of any problems encountered. More new stuff soon!

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




13 August, 2010 - Canon XF300/305 Professional Camcorder Review

One of the hottest topics in the DSLR world are video capable still cameras. But, real video cameras are still very much in use by cinematographers who produce commercial films and videos.

Canon makes not just consumer camcorders, but also professional models, competing in this arena with Sony, Panasonic and JVC. But for the past three years they have been the last hold-out to produce a memory card based pro-grade camera. Their pro camcorders until last month were all tape based (Remember videotape?).

But now the Canon XF 300 and XF305 camcoders are shipping and they have been blessed by the BBC as certified for full broadcast use, a first for a just-released camera and also for one at this price point – about the same as a top pro rank DSLR.

We have been working with these two camrras for the past month, and our in-depth review of the Canon XF300/305 is now online.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




15 August, 2010 - More Than 90 Minutes of New LR3 Training Videos Now Online

We have just made available more than 90 minutes of new video segments to our new Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial.

New topics which have changed dramatically since LR2 and which are now covered in depth, include Sharpening and Noise Reduction.

If you've already purchased our LR3 tutorial, just log onto your account on the LuLa Store and download them.

BUT FIRSTPlease Read the New Table of Contents PDF.

You will learn that we have restructured the files and the ZIPs that they are found in. There are now multiple video files per ZIP. Also, if you've already downloaded ZIP #15, please do so again, because it now contains new material.

THEREFOREPlease Read the New Table of Contents PDF.

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If you haven't yet discovered the most comprehensive learning tool available for Adobe's Lightroom, now's the time to do so while it's still priced at -10%.

And remember, if you previously purchased the LuLa Guide to Lightroom 2 you can get an additional 10% off through the use of a special coupon code. More in formation can be found here.

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Earlier this year, Sean Reid of Reid Reviews surveyed photographers about they would like to see happen with the evolution of the Leica DRF (digital rangefinder) camera. Readers may recall that I looked at this same topic in an essay called An Open Letter to Leica and Mark Dubovoy also contributed ideas in an essay called Leica, A Different View.

Sean has just published a summary and analysis of the survey results and the new article on his site titled Thoughts About a Future Leica DRF. It provides engaging reading for anyone who is interested in the future of the DRF camera. Reid Review is a paid subsciption web site and accepts no advertising.

"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




19 August, 2010 - ID-Release, a Model Release Manager

There are a vast number of useful apps for the iPhone, but one that pro photographers may find of use is ID-Release, a model release manager. Contributor Jim Martin today provides us with his review.

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I have been shooting near Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park this past week with the exciting new Sony VG-10 and 18-200mm lens. The VG-10 is the world's first camcorder with a large sensor (APS-C) and interchangable lenses. It is also a still camera with a 14MP sensor as well as being a camcorder.

How did it fare? Watch for my field report by the weekend.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




21 August, 2010 - Five New Lightroom 3 Video Tutorials Added

We have just made available five new videos to our new Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial in Zip files 20, 21 & 22.

This is the final hour on the Develop Module.

- Lens Correction
- Effects
- Camera Calibration
- Spot Removal
- Sync & Auto-Sync

If you've already purchased our LR3 tutorial, just log onto your account on the LuLa Store and download them.

BUT FIRSTPlease Read the New Table of Contents PDF.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."

 




22 August, 2010 - Sony NEX VG10 HD Camcorder / 14MP Stills Camera Field Report

Convergence is happening – like it or not. Just about every new DSLR model has HD video, and now Sony has introduced the world's first  interchangable lens, APS-C sized sensor camcorder, the Sony VG10.

Along with a small group of web and print journalist I spent part of last week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park working with the VG10 and its included E mount 18-200mm lens.

My Sony NEX VG10 HD Camcorder / 14MP Stills Camera Field Report is now online. 

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




24 August, 2010 - Sony A55 In The Field Preview Report

Sony today is introducing three new DSLRs and three new lenses. These include the A560, A55 and A33, as well as a Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm F2, a DT 35mm F1.8 SAM and an 85mm F2.8 SAM.

I had an opportunity to work for several days last week with the exciting new A55, and have just published my Sony A55 Preview Field Report.

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Phase One and Mamiya have announced the long-awaited vertical grip for the DF cameras. You can find out more about it on the Phase One site. The V-Grip Air should be available at the end of September for US $1,290, with the optional Profoto wireless receiver at $199.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."


 




26 August, 2010 - Canon 60D Announced Along With Six New L Series Lenses

'Tis the season for new product announcements. Photokina is just around the corner and all of the major manufacturers seem hell-bent on announcing their latest offerings a month before the show even opens. (Can't let the other guy beat us to the punch, can we?)

Nikon announced the D3100 along with several lenses last week, and Sony began this week with four new camera (A33, A55, A560 and A580). There have also been about 712 new point-and-shoot (but who's counting)?

Today, it's Canon's turn with the announcement of the 60D and six new L series lenses.

The Canon 60D is the replacement for the 50D and will be available at the end of September for about US $1,100. It features an 18 Megapixel sensor, an articulated high-res LCD, 5.3 FPS shooting rate, and in-camera raw to JPG conversion – something first seen a couple of years ago on the Nikon D60 and D90, and before that, in 2006, in the Pentax K10D.

Of interest to those looking for a video DSLR, like other Canon, Nikon and Panasonic DSLRs the 60D shoots 24P.

(Hello Sony – can we please dump the ersatz 30P using 60i PsF and have real 30P and especially 24P on your cameras? Interlaced is so 20th Century).

The six new L series lenses (Canon's best) include an 8-15mm Fisheye f/4L, (wow); a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS L, an upgraded 300mm f/2.8L IS, an upgraded 400mm f/2.8L IS, and third generation 1.4X and 2X extenders.

You can find out more on the Canon USA, Canon Canada, and Canon Europe sites.

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Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 for Micro Four Thirds

Cosina, who sell their products internationally under the venerable Voigtlander brand, has just announced that they have formally joined the Micro Four Thirds group.

Their first offering is a brand new 25mm f/0.95 lens, which should become available in October for around US $1,000. This is just 1/10th of the cost of the world's only other current f/0.95 lens, the amazing Leica Noctilux.

I would expect many of their other excellent and reasonably priced lenses to become available in M4/3 mount in the days ahead. This is a major boost for the format.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




28 August, 2010 - Eight New Lightroom 3 Tutorial Modules Just Published

We have just made available seven new videos to our new Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial videos 30 through 37, within Zip files 23-26.

These include...

- Print 1: Page Setup, Settings & Resolution
- Print 2: Print Sharpening & Color Management
- Print 3: Page Panel, Print to JPEG, Picture Packages
- Identity Plate
- Lightroom 3 & CS4 - a gotcha!
- Roundtrip to Photoshop (Soft Proof)
- Merge to Panorama with Photoshop
- Sync Develop Settings

If you've already purchased our LR3 tutorial, just log onto your account on the LuLa Store and download them.

BUT FIRSTPlease Read the New Table of Contents PDF.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




31 August, 2010 - Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2 Available

Adobe has just released Lightroom 3.2 and Camera Raw 6.2. These are available for download here. There is support for a number of new cameras, including the Canon EOS 60D, Fuji FinePix HS10, Panasonic DMC-FZ100, Panasonic DMC-FZ40 (FZ45), Panasonic DMC-LX5, Pentax 645D, Samsung NX10, Samsung TL500 (EX1), Sony A290, Sony A390, Sony Alpha NEX-3, Sony Alpha NEX-5, Sony SLT-A33, Sony SLT-A55V.

There are also more than 120 new lens profiles available as part of the free download update.

What's very gratifying to note is that many of these new cameras aren't even shipping yet, which means that these manufacturers are working closely with Adobe to provide early samples for profiling.

One manufacturer notable by the absence from this list is Nikon with the D3100. What's the matter guys, didn't you get the memo?

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And speaking of Lightroom, if you want to learn it from two of the industry's leading educators, Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann, there's no better way than our new Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial.

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My friends at Phase One are running a medium format workshop in Iceland this week. Kevin Raber is keeping it updated with commentary and snapshots. You can follow it on the PODAS blog.

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Those of you familar with the work of large format nature photographer Clyde Butcher will be interested in catching a live video interview with him on Fine Art Photography Weekly this Wednesday at 1:30 PM Pacific time, at http://smibs.tv/live.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."

 




2 September, 2010 - Canon Expo 2010 New York

Once every five years Canon holds a technology exposition. The latest took place in New York City, opening yesterday, September 1st.

This event is for Canon's customers and partners (as well as selected media), and includes business, education and government participants. Attendance is by invitation only.

I spent the day at the show, and while there was only one new product announced – the Canon XF100 and XF105 video cameras, there was an impressive array of expo type future products on display.

I have just posted a brief overview of the show and also a 2 minute video that tries to give a taste of what it was like.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




3 September, 2010 - Six New Lightroom 3 Tutorial Videos Posted

We have added six new video files today to our new Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial; Numbers 38 through 43, which are found in zipfiles 27 through 30.

This will be the last time files are added before the final videos are completed on or before September 15th.

- Slideshow
- Web
- Keywords & Painter
- Metadata
- Metadata changes made outside of Lightroom
- XMP sidecar Files

This is your last chance at the 10% off Pre-Publication Sale price.

If you've already purchased our LR3 tutorial, just log onto your account on the LuLa Store and download them.

BUT FIRSTPlease Read the New Table of Contents PDF.

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"These tutorials have made my understanding of much of the digital world so much easier.
It is far easier to watch these two experts and learn than trying to understand from some of the 'encyclopedias' that are on the market, and at a price that is excellent value for money."




6 September, 2010 - 40 Megapixel Pentax 645D First Look Report & Video

The Pentax 645D has been a long time coming. But this brand new 40 Megapixel 645 camera is now shipping in Japan and should start to become available in the rest of the world within the next few months.

Recently LuLa corespondent Nick Devlin spent several hours closely examining the camera with Pentax Canada's Bill Gouge, while Michael Reichmann filmed their discussion.

Nick's First Look Report is now online, as well as a 15 minute long video interview with Bill.

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"Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."


 




10 September, 2010 - The Leica M8 and Infra-Red Photography

If you were paying attention a few years ago (and maybe even if you weren't) it was hard to not have heard about the Leica M8's excessive infra-red sensitivity. Owners were provided with free IR blocking filters by Leica, and that was about that – with the subsequent Leica M9 pretty much relegating the issue to a historical footnote.

But there are some people who enjoy actually doing infra-red photography, and one of them is Harold M. Merklinger, a scientist, author and a regular contributor to this site. His newest tutorial, The Leica M8 and Infra-Red Photography is now online.

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"Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."




11 September, 2010 - Lightroom 3 Video Tutorial Now Complete

We have just posted the final video files of the our Lightroom 3 Tutorial.

They are videos 44-52 and are found in Zip files 31-37.

- DNG Files
- Edit Capture Time
- Sort Order
- Ranking & Labeling
- File Renaming
- Stacking
- Synchronize Folder
- Dual Displays
- Shooting Tethered

The last Table of Contents V.8 can be found here.

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We will be working on the server this weekend adding new features and capabilities to the site. The discussion forum will be unaffected, but the main site may be up and down occasionally. Thanks for your understanding.

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"Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."




13 September, 2010 - Sony A55 Further Evaluation & MORE

The Sony A55 promises to be one of the hottest new cameras of the season. Following my earlier first review I've had an opportunity to work with one for another couple of weeks on my home turf. Today sees my latest article, Sony A55 – A Further Evaluation.


If you just logged onto the site for the first time in a while you may have noticed a slight change in the cosmetics, and also a new box in the upper right corner for "Contributor Log-In".

While the appearance change is small, underneath the skin there have been massive changes which have been in development for the past 12 months.

In the days ahead we will be rolling out a number of new services to readers, so stay tuned.

PS: Try the new site search box on the left panel or here. I think you'll find it helpful in finding content among the 4,000+ pages on the site.


Michael Reichmann will be interviewed live online on Smibs TV this coming Wednesday, September 15th at 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30pm Eastern. That's 20:30 GMT. I hope that you can watch.


 

"Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."

 




15 September, 2010 - Michael Interviewed Live Online Today

 

Michael Reichmann will be interviewed live online on Smibs TV today, Wednesday, September 15th. The interview will take place at 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30pm Eastern. That's 20:30 GMT if you're outside of North America.

Among topics to be discussed will be some exciting changes coming to the site.

I hope that you can watch.

The live interview is now concluded,
but you can watch a streaming recording of it
at your convenience on 
Smibs TV.

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NOW AVAILABLE

The Luminous Landscape Guide 
to Capture One Pro

Thank´s for one of the best tutorials I´ve seen so far! 
It´s much easier to listen and learn when there is an educated discussion going on 
between two very knowledgeable guys!

Find out more and watch our sample training video.

 




17 September, 2010 - Definitive Black and White with Nik Silver EFEX Pro

Over the past several years new software options have become available for converting RGB images into Black and White.

One of the most versatile programs on the market for doing this is NIK Silver EFEX Pro. It has developed an avid user base, including our regular contributor, Mark Segal, who today takes us through the full preparation of an image to demonstrate key aspects of the program's creative possibilities.

 

"Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."

 




20 September, 2010 - Photography, Rain or Shine

Is the weather rotten? Raining? Snowing? Too hot? Too cold? A good day to stay in bed and read LuLa on your iPad?

Fugedaboutit. Get up, grab your camera and get outside. That's the lesson learned by many photographers over the years. Get outside your comfort zone. Push yourself. You may come home at the end of the day, cold and wet, and possibly without a single worthwhile shot. Or you might have captured something wonderful.

You can read more on this thought by Contributor Mark Dubovoy in his latest essay – Photography, Rain or Shine.

Speaking of Mark, he is now on his way to Germany for this week's bi-annual Photokina show. Mark will be reporting regularly throughout the week on the major product announcements as well as many of the more obscure ones that we know will interest LuLa readers.

"Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."

 




20 September, 2010 - Mark Dubovoy's Photokina Blog Now Online

Photokina opens Tuesday, and our Contributor Mark Dubovoy will be there filing daily reports from the show floor.

Due to a scheduling conflict Michael will not be attending this year, but will be filling in Mark's reports with fresh press announcements and observations.

If you're interested in the world of speciality cameras, medium format, large format, image processing, lenses, printers, papers and other pro gear this will be the place to find out about what's new and what's coming.

Mark's Photokina Blog is now online.

Most Recent Update was at 11:15 am EDT


 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
 




21 September, 2010 - Photokina Blog Updated

Today is the official opening day of Photokina and the announcements are pouring out.

New cameras from Panasonic, Sigma, and Leica have been announced as well as three new printers from Epson.

Mark Dubovoy's Photokina Blog

Most Recent Update was at 10 am EDT

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NOW AVAILABLE

The Luminous Landscape Guide 
to Capture One Pro

Thank´s for one of the best tutorials I´ve seen so far! 
It´s much easier to listen and learn when there is an educated discussion going on 
between two very knowledgeable guys!

Find out more and watch our sample training video.




22 September, 2010 - The Next Chapter in Photographic Lighting

For professional photographers few tools are as important as lighting equipment. From tungsten to electronic flash, even HMI, little has fundamentally changed over the years and even decades.

But now there's a new kid on the block – LED lighting. One of the pioneers of LED photographic lighting technology is Scott Geffert, and today he provides us with an exclusive essay on the history of lighting equipment, and what we can expect from LEDs in The Next Chapter in Photographic Lighting.

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Mark Dubovoy's Photokina Blog

Most Recent Update was at 2:30pm EDT

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 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."




23 September, 2010 - Photokina Blog Updated Again. Lots of Medium Format News

Mark continues to prowl the halls of Photokina, looking for some of the speciality items that we know our readers will be interested in.

Mark Dubovoy's Photokina Blog

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 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."




24 September, 2010 - Review of Sony's NEX Firmware Update

When the Sony NEX 3 and NEX 5 started to ship a few months ago Sony was taken to task, by both reviewers and end users for its poor user interface. At the time I called the menu design "a dog's breakfast".

But now, just three months later, Sony has announced a firmware update and plans to make it available by mid-October.

I have been testing this new firmware for the past few days, and my report on what it does and how well it addresses the failings of the original design is now online in my exclusive Sony NEX Firmware Update Review.

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Mark Dubovoy's Photokina Blog
Has Been Updated with
A Day Four Report

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 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
 

 




26 September, 2010 - Photokina Blog Final Installment

Photokina 2010 ended on Saturday afternoon and Mark Dubovoy, who has been filing daily reports from the show floor all week, is now on his way home to SFO.

His final report, including a video interview with Photokina TV, is now online.

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NOW AVAILABLE

The Luminous Landscape Guide 
to Capture One Pro

Thank´s for one of the best tutorials I´ve seen so far! 
It´s much easier to listen and learn when there is an educated discussion going on 
between two very knowledgeable guys!

Find out more and watch our sample training video. 

 




28 September, 2010 - Yosemite Sanctuary

One of the most respected landscape photographers working in America today is William Neill, who is becoming a new regular contributor to this site.

His latest essay is titled Yosemite Sanctuary. Yosemite is an icon of the American West, and many of us have photographed there over the years, but it has been home to Bill for the past 30+ years.

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
 

 




1 October, 2010 - Bombay Taxi - On the Pursuit of Images

Today's new essay is titled Bombay Taxi. It is by Azhar Chougle, a photojournalist who lives in Bombay, India, and who also studies in New York. In it he explores what it takes to persevere in the pursuit of images.


I have been shooting in the mountains of Virginia this past week, with my Sony A900, and also a Sony A55, kindly loaned to me by Sony Canada for further testing. (If you haven't already done so, you might want to look at my A55 Preview Report and also my recent A55 Further Evaluation)

I continue to be impressed by the A55, though when used alongside the A900 the EVF does leave something to be desired. Image quality doesn't though, and while only 16MP vs 24MP, IQ is excellent, displaying at least two stops lower noise than the A900 at higher ISOs.

Today's Home Page image was taken with the A55 on my shoot this past week, and there will be a few more on these pages in the days ahead.

Of note to those interested in the A55 and A33 is that Sony just announced that the camera is subject to overheating after a certain amount of time when shooting video with sensor stabilization turned on.

I am not surprised, since I noted this issue in my A55 Further Evaluation report several weeks ago – to my knowledge that being the only test report of this camera that observed and reported on this phenomenon thus far.

 




5 October, 2010 - You Can't Do That With Medium Format

Medium format is for fashion, landscape, advertising, and the like – right?

Well, not necessarily. In his essay You Can't Do That With Medium Format photographer and educator James Martin explains that MF digital is a lot more versatile that some folks think.


Regular readers know that I usually don't mention or draw much attention to the images that I put on the Home Page. These are usually simply something that I have recently shot, often with a camera that I am testing.

Today's Home Page image is one that tickles my fancy, and so I thought I'd mention it. I'm drawn to both humorous juxtapositions and also puns, and today's shot has both.

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




11 October, 2010 - Art Wolfe's Travels To The Edge

 

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Master photographer Art Wolfe needs little introduction. Over the course of his 30-year career, Art has worked on every continent and in hundreds exotic of locations worldwide. Through his public television series, Art Wolfe’s Travels To The Edge, Art has been taking us on fascinating visual journeys to visit and photograph far flung lands, people and creatures. His love and respect for our planet’s beauty, and talents as a photographer continue to inspire viewers.

Now, through a joint publishing effort between Art and The Luminous Landscape, we are excited to provide you with all 26 episodes of his award winning television series Art Wolfe’s Travels To The Edge as immediate HD video downloads Each episode shows Art working in one of the most remote and photographically challenging locations on earth.

Going into its third season,  Art Wolfe’s Travels To The Edge is recurrently airing worldwide. Now, for the first time and only available on the Luminous Landscape, is the downloadable version in HD!

Find Out More And Download

 




14 October, 2010 - Canon SX30 vs. Panasonic FZ100

It's time for a Superzoom Shootout

Both Canon and Panasonic have introduced a new generation of Superzooms – small sensor cameras with huge zoom ranges and 14 Megapixel sensors. Both are in the low US $400 range, and both can fit in a jacket pocket.

But, can they deliver the goods?

Our latest review is of the Canon Powershot SX30 vs. the Panasonic Lumix FZ100. Is there a winner? Yes there is. But not because of image quality.

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 

 




16 October, 2010 - Art Wolfe's Travels To The Edge - Season 1 Now Online

We have now completed publication of all thirteen episodes of Season 1 of Art Wolfe's Travels to The Edge series.

Individual episodes are just $9.95 each. The complete 13 episode series is also available at a special discount price of US $99. These programs are presented exclusively here as 720P High Definition downloads. 

Find Out More And Download


 ANTARCTICA

LuLa friends Andy Biggs, John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick have announced they are running a photographic workshop to Antarctica in November 2011.

I have lead three workshops to Antarctica in the past, and can faithfully say that Antarctica as a photographic destination should be near the top of the list for every nature photographer. Eric Meola and Arthur Meyerson are additional instructors, so this voyage won't disappoint.

PHOTOGRAPH ANTARCTICA

November 29-December 10, 2011 

 




19 October, 2010 - Composing With Color : Part 4

Alain Briot's latest essay is titled Composing With Color : Part 4. For those following Alain's essay series this long overdue installment (my fault, not Alain's) will be welcome. If you haven't yet read the first three parts, now is a good time to get caught up.

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 

 




21 October, 2010 - Mark Dubovoy Interview on Technical Cameras

Mark Dubovoy, a Luminous Landscape partner and regular contributor, is an acknowledged expert on technical cameras and medium format digital. Peter Urban recently interviewed Mark at his home near Palo Alto, and his video interview will be streaming live for the next few days on Smibs.tv.


Not too long ago, Nick Devlin reviewed the intriguing Cosina Voigtlander 50/1.1 Nokton lens for rangefinder cameras. Now, after over a month of testing and preparation, Sean Reid - of Reid Reviews - has published an in-depth review that compares this new Nokton with the new Leica 50/.95 Noctilux and previous 50/1.0 Noctilux.

Reid Reviews is a subscription site written for professional and serious amateur photographers. Sean has also been a contributor to Luminous Landscape for many years now and has been a professional fine art, magazine and commercial photographer for over twenty-five years.


NOW AVAILABLE

The Luminous Landscape Guide 
to Capture One Pro

Thank´s for one of the best tutorials I´ve seen so far! 
It´s much easier to listen and learn when there is an educated discussion going on 
between two very knowledgeable guys!

Find out more and watch our sample training video.

 

 




23 October, 2010 - Seven New Art Wolfe Videos Online

We have just published seven new episodes of Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge from Season Two of this award-winning series. These are available in 720P HD for immediate download.

If you are not yet familiar with this PBS television series, you can find out more and watch an HD preview here.




25 October, 2010 - Digital Tools for Architectural Photographers

Architectural photography is one of the technically most demanding disciplines of our craft. In days of yore (more than about 5 – 10 years ago) it was the almost exclusive domain of large format technical cameras and film. Not so much today.

Our regular contributor Richard Sexton has just provided us with his latest essay titled Digital Tools for Architectural Photographers. This is a must-read if the topic is of interest to you.


Observant readers who check the site's Home Page will notice that its lead photograph was taken with the upcoming Panasonic GH2 and 100-300mm G lens.

I have been testing a pre-production sample, along with the also new 14mm f/2.5 pancake lens. My first-impressions report will be published this coming Wednesday. Watch for it.

I will also be going to New York City later this week for the PhotoPlus Show. Maybe I'll see you there.




26 October, 2010 - Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 RC Now Available

Adobe has announced the immediate availability for download of Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 RC. These new version are a free update for anyone that owns Lightroom 3 or Camera Raw 6 (Photoshop CS5) or later. A number of new lens profiles are also available.

No new features in this dot release, but support for eight newly released cameras, including the Canon PowerShot S95, Nikon D3100, Nikon D7000, Nikon Coolpix P7000, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2, Samsung NX100, and the Samsung TL350 (WB2000).

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




27 October, 2010 - An Open Letter to Major Camera Manufacturers

When you use a fast lens wide open on your DSLR and you set the ISO to a desired speed, is your camera giving you what you ask for? Or, is the camera increasing the ISO without reporting what it's doing?

Indeed – does it even make sense to use fast lenses on a CMOS sensor DSLR when you could get better quality, along with smaller size and lower weight with a slower lens to start with?

The Luminous Landscape's Mark Dubovoy, using data kindly provided by DxO Labs, has been investigating this issue and today publishes An Open Letter to Major Camera Makers


Publication of my First Impressions report on the Panasonic GH2 and two new lenses has been delayed until Friday.

 




30 October, 2010 - Panasonic GH2 First Look

The Panasonic GH2 looks to be a winner. It addresses the shortcomings of its predecessor the GH1, and more. After a week with a pre-production sample I now have my First Look Report online.


We have just published the final six episodes of Season Two of Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge. You can purchase individual HD downloads of each of the 26 episodes, or each of the season's combined 13 shows at a reduced rate. Find out more.


The new Home Page photograph is my homage to the Halloween season. Trick or Treat.




3 November, 2010 - In Search of the Ultimate Inkjet Print

For most fine art photographers the ultimate goal of photography is the exhibition or portfolio print. But what are the techniques and tools used to achieve the best results?

Our video tutorial, From Camera to Print teaches the basics in depth, but is there more? How does a master printer achieve utlimate print quality?

In today's new tutorial, In Search of the Ultimate Inkjet PrintMark Dubovoy provides suggestions of how to increase ink saturation to achieve superior colour, and he also looks at the Imageprint 8 RIP.


 

MR & JS c2p

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I have downloaded the entire series and am a little over half way though watching it.
It is absolutely first rate and is clarifying a lot of questions I've had about the entire digital workflow. 
I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown

 




7 November, 2010 - Why Are My Prints Too Dark?

One of the most common questions asked by newcomers to printing is "Why are my prints too dark?"

To understand the problem requires looking at the entire chain from viewing environment to screens to printer profiles. In a new tutorial for LuLa, colour management expert Andrew Rodney address the question – Why Are My Prints Too Dark?




10 November, 2010 - Photographic Examples #1 & #2

Our regular columnist Alain Briot has created a series of fourteen brief essays on the making of particular photographs. I will be publishing two new essays per week between now and the end of the year.

The first two essays, Hoodoos and Clearing Spring Storm are now online, as is their permanent Index Page.

____________________

NOW AVAILABLE

The Luminous Landscape Guide 
to Capture One Pro

Thank´s for one of the best tutorials I´ve seen so far! 
It´s much easier to listen and learn when there is an educated discussion going on 
between two very knowledgeable guys!

Find out more and watch our sample training video.




13 November, 2010 - Pentax 645D First Review

The Pentax 645D, a medium format 40 Megapixel camera, has been a long time coming. But now it's here, or at least available in Japan. They are promised for North America and Europe at the end of this year.

A few weeks ago regular contributor Nick Devlin ordered one from Japan and has been working with it since. Today we have published his exclusive First Impressions Review of the Pentax 645D. Nick will have a lot more to say about this milestone camera in the weeks ahead.

 


 

MR & JS c2p

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I have downloaded the entire series and am a little over half way though watching it.
It is absolutely first rate and is clarifying a lot of questions I've had about the entire digital workflow. 
I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown




16 November, 2010 - Mini Medium Format Shoot-Out

What happens when an experienced photographer and reviewer gets his hands on one of the first of a new model medium format cameras? He writes a review of course, which is what Nick Devlin did a few days ago with his exclusive report here on the exciting new Pentax 645D.

Then what happens when a friend of his (another experienced photographer / reviewer, and also a contributor to this site, Mark Segal) who owns a Phase One 645DF and P40+ gets together with Nick? They of course do a shoot-out test and jointly publish their 2010 Mini-Medium Format Shoot-Out here on LuLa.

Oh yes – they also throw a Leica M9 and a Canon 1Ds MKIII into the mix. What fun!


Photokit Sharpener 2 Announced

You probably know that Jeff Schewe, my co-instructor on a number of LuLa training videos, is a partner in Pixel Genius, the company that developed the highly regarded Photokit Sharpener (also the basis for the sharpening in Lightroom).

Pixel Genius has announced today that Photokit Sharpener 2 is coming before the end of the year. Upgrade pricing for current PhotoKit SHARPENER 1.x users provides a 70% discount for an upgrade price of $29.99. Users who purchased PhotoKit SHARPENER 1.x on or after October 1st, 2010 are eligible to receive a free upgrade to PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0.

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




18 November, 2010 - Photographic Examples #3 and #4

Our regular columnist Alain Briot has created a series of fourteen brief essays on the making of particular photographs. I will be publishing two new essays per week between now and the end of the year.

The second two essays, Storm Along The Green River and Teepees Sunrise are now online, as is their permanent Index Page.

 




20 November, 2010 - Panasonic GF2 First Impressions

Panasonic recently announced the GF2, a new even smaller Micro Four Thirds camera, with a touch screen. But fans of the GF1 were upset, because they didn't see the GF2 as an appropriate next-generation version of its predecessor.

Why not? Because it isn't. It's a different camera altogether aimed at a different audience than was the GF1. The problem isn't with the camera, it's with its name.

Find out more in my Panasonic GF2 First Impressions review.

MR & JS c2p

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I have downloaded the entire series and am a little over half way though watching it.
It is absolutely first rate and is clarifying a lot of questions I've had about the entire digital workflow. 
I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown




22 November, 2010 - Mirrorless - Video - Convergence

The two big stories in digital photography technology during the second half of 2010 have been interconnected. These are Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and Convergence – not just DSLRs with video capability, but video cameras with large still camera sized sensors.

To put some perspective on this I have just published an essay titled Mirrorless – Video – Convergence

On this same topic, this coming Wednesday, Nov 24, at 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30 Eastern (21:30 GMT) together with well known videographer and industry pundit Phillip Bloom, I will be participating in a live TV webcast interview on this very topic at http://smibs.tv/live


Pentax 645D cameras are now starting to become available outside Japan. Nick Devlin has consequently updated his 645D review.

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




24 November, 2010 - Thanksgiving Sale & Two New Essays

As we do each year, we're having a Thanksgiving week sale. Between Wednesday midnight CST and Sunday midnight all of our videos are on sale at discounts of either - 15% or -25%.

If you're Canadian and celebrated Thanksgiving last month, consider it our belated gift. If you live outside North America and haven't the foggiest what Thanksgiving is about, don't worry. Just enjoy the sale.


Our regular columnist Alain Briot has created a series of fourteen brief essays on the making of particular photographs. I am publishing two new essays per week until the end of the year.

The third two essays, Comb Ridge Clouds and Playa Reflections #1 are now online, as is their permanent Index Page.




27 November, 2010 - Nokton 25mm f/0.95 First Impressions Review

For some photographers the most interesting tool is the camera. For others (myself among them) it's lenses that have the greatest appeal and fascination.

Every now and then a lens comes along that grabs our attention and becomes a must-have for some photographers. The brand new Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Nokton in Micro Four Thirds mount is one such lens.

I purchased one from the first batch available and have been shooting with it for the past few weeks. My First Impressions Review of what I call the Naught Dot Nokt is now online.





29 November, 2010 - Panasonic GH2 Shipping in Canada + Cyber Monday Sale

Those who thought (and some who claimed) that the highly anticipated Panasonic GH2 was delayed can now eat crow. As of late last week a major Canadian retailer, Henry's, has started shipping both GH2 bodies as well as bodies with kit lenses. The new 14mm and 100-300mm lenses are also shipping.

To my knowledge Henry's are the first retailer outside of Japan to ship to end users. They are also likely out of stock for the moment, having first filled back-orders. Other retailers in Canada may already have them or be about to receive them as well.


Due to high demand our Thanksgiving / Black Friday Sale, with 15% – 25% off on all our download videos has morphed into a Cyber Monday Sale and will extend until midnight tonight.


Two video interviews which were online live in recent weeks have now been made available for download and on-demand viewing; Mark Dubovoy's episode is now up at http://smibs.tv/fine-art-photography-weekly/Mark-Dubovoy and the one with Michael Reichmann at http://smibs.tv/fine-art-photography-weekly/Video-Revolution.


Mark Dubovoy's Open Letter to Manufacturers has been updated with a link to some new DxO sensor data.




1 December, 2010 - On The Road to Taos & Adobe Printer Utility

It's the first of a new month and with it we are beginning a new monthly series of geotagged photo-related travel articles by author and photographer Miles Hecker.

The first in the series is titled On The High Road to Taos. You can expect a new installment on around the first of every month from now onward.


Adobe Labs has just released their Color Print Utility that allows for printing profiling targets directly. Mark Dubovoy who has been testing this new application for Adobe describes its background and use in his latest article.


DxO Labs has today announced the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.1 for both Mac and Windows. It adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Nikon D7000 and Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.


As you read here earlier this week, Panasonic has started shipping their new GH2 outside of Japan, with the first dealers to get them being those in Canada. 

Video producer Chris Sanderson and I had placed our orders early – after having been so impressed by both its stills and video capabilities when I previewed the camera on these pages back in October. We have just received our ordered cameras and will be using them on a combined stills and video project later this month in Mexico.

You can therefore expect to see a lot here about this new camera's capabilities in the months ahead. This includes the phenomenal but hidden 1:1 video mode, which I'll be reporting on here next week.

Today's featured Home Page image was taken just yesterday with the new GH2.


UPDATE

Phase One announced late today the availability of Capture One 6.0. You can read about the new features here.

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




3 December, 2010 - Server Problems - But We're Back!

From about noon EST Dec 2 until noon Dec 3, the Texas-based server that hosts the main part of The Luminous Landscape & the Forum was down. A cascading series of problems that had our very best working non-stop to solve, meant that we were essentially invisible during that time.

The solutions have meant machine replacements and complete re-installation from backups. Our warm thanks to Mark Guertin and Vincent Roman who have spent a sleepless night to come up with solutions. It appears that there was no data loss. There may still be some anomalies – let us know! And as they say in the airline business – Thanks for your patience!!


I recently wrote about Cosina Voigtlander's very interesting new 25mm f/0.95 Nokton lens for MFT cameras. Earlier this year Cosina also released a new, M-mount, 75/1.8 rangefinder camera lens.

After more than a month of testing and preparation, Sean Reid – of Reid Reviews – has just published an in-depth review that compares this new Voigtlander 75/1.8 Heliar Classic with the Voigtlander 75/2.5 Color Heliar, Leica 75/2.0 Summicron APO ASPH and Leica 75/2.5 Summarit.

Reid Reviews is an independent subscription site that is written primarily for professional and serious amateur photographers. Sean has also been a contributor to The Luminous Landscape for many years now and has been a professional fine art, magazine and commercial photographer for over twenty-five years.




4 December, 2010 - Panasonic GH2 ETC Video Mode Revealed

What if a manufacturer built a terrific new capability into one of its latest cameras, then forgot to tell customers about it?

That's the case with Extra-Tele Converter video mode (ETC) on the new Panasonic GH2. This is a 2.6X virtual teleconverter capability with no light loss and essentially no image quality degradation.

Find out more in our latest exclusive review.


UPDATE

Joe Holmes is one of the most diligent and tech savvy fine art printers in the world. Like many of us he has been struggling with Photoshop and CS5 printing issues.

Joe has just written a report on his investigations which, if you use the latest version of Photoshop to print to an Epson, should be on your must-read list.

MR & JS c2p

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I have downloaded the entire series and am a little over half way though watching it.
It is absolutely first rate and is clarifying a lot of questions I've had about the entire digital workflow. 
I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown

 




7 December, 2010 - New Stuff From Epson and Adobe

Adobe announced release candidate versions of Lightroom 3.3, Camera Raw 6.3 and DNG Converter 6.3 a few weeks ago, and has now released the updated products. The new cameras supported include...

Canon PowerShot G12
Canon PowerShot S95
Nikon D3100
Nikon D7000
Nikon Coolpix P7000
Olympus E-5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Pentax K-5
Pentax K-r
Ricoh GXR, GR LENS A12 28mm F2.5
Samsung NX100
Samsung TL350 (WB2000)
Sony A560
Sony A580

Your can downloaded the Mac version of Lightroom 3.3 here, and the Windows version here. Mac Camera Raw 6.3 is found here and Windows here.

Epson US has announced two new printers, the Stylus Pro 7890 and 9890. These use eight colour Ultrachrome K3 inks with Vidid Magenta.


Panasonic has updated the firmware for its 14-140mm lens, allowing for improved stabilization and AF in movie mode.

 




8 December, 2010 - iD-Release, an iPhone Model Release Program

Do you bother with model releases? Most amateurs don't, but for pros it can be a real hassle, especially in foreign countries.

For fine art photography it's rarely an issue, but for commercial photographers and other pros who will be publishing their images, a model release can make the difference between a money maker or a dud, or even a law suit.

Jim Martin today reviews iD-Release, a really slick and convenient model release application for the iPhone. 




10 December, 2010 - Rice is Nice - Hahnemuhle's Forthcoming Fine Art Rice Paper

One of the reasons why I believe that this is the golden age of photography (at least at the tools and materials level) is because of the vast selection of terrific printing papers that we currently have available. 

In an exclusive first-look report titled Rice is Nice, I look at some pre-production samples of a new fine art rice paper from Hahnemuhle.

 

 

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13 December, 2010 - Yemen- A Leap Back in Time

Of all the places in the world to do photography Yemen is not high on most people's list of places to visit.

But today California-based fine art photographer Don Whitebread provides us with a fascinating insight into doing photography there in Yemen, A Leap Back in Time.


Film Maker Chris Sanderson and I are currently on a road trip down to Mexico. We hit the mid-west snow storm yesterday, but managed to avoid the worst of it. Only about 15 jack-knifed tractor trailers and 30 spun out cars noted in a 7 hour period between Akron and St. Louis!

And for those that will inevitably write about the dangers of Mexico – well, all I can say is that I'm escaping the 7 shootings in Toronto this past two weeks and the 10 gang-related shootings in Vancouver the other day, for somewhere safer, like San Miguel de Allende, where I'll be spending the winter.

Today's Home Page photo, though nothing terribly special, was shot along the way earlier today.

MR & JS c2p

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16 December, 2010 - Marshall HDMI V-LCD50 Monitor

More and more still cameras have HDMI output. While video cameras have had these for years, still cameras have mostly used them for TV playback.

But now most cameras also shoot video and provide live video output while shooting and in Live View mode. This makes a small and light battery-operated monitor something worth having on location, and the just-shipping Marshall HDMI V-LCD50 is therefore the subject of our latest review.




17 December, 2010 - En Mexico

I've just arrived at our home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and will be living here until spring returns to Toronto. 

Many people have written asking how my drive from Toronto to Mexico went. I've just published a brief account for those that might be interested.




19 December, 2010 - Ricoh GXR Module

Earlier this year, Sean Reid and Mitch Alland wrote an article  for this site about Ricoh's unusual GXR modular camera.

Ricoh recently introduced a new module for the camera that combines a new (roughly APS-C sized) sensor and an 18.3 mm (28 mm EFOV) F/2.5 lens. The new module creates a camera with not only a wider field of view (than the "50 mm" A12) but also more compact dimensions - enough so that it can now fairly be called a "large pocket" camera.

Sean recently published an in-depth review of this new module on Reid Reviews  – an independent subscription site written primarily for professional and serious amateur photographers. Sean has been a contributor to The Luminous Landscape for many years now and has been a professional fine art, magazine and commercial photographer for over twenty-five years.

Beginning next month, Sean will be periodically writing short articles for The Luminous Landscape. These won't duplicate the content he creates for Reid Reviews but should provide interesting readingWatch for them.




20 December, 2010 - Medium Format : Which is the Best Camera?

Which medium format camera is the best? If you want an opinion based on many years of working with and testing almost all available brands and models, ask Mark Dubovoy.

In his new essay, Thoughts on Medium Format Cameras, Mark gives his biased yet highly informed opinion on which of today's top-end systems work best for him. 


End of Year Sale

It's here and it's now live. Our annual end-of-year sale. All of our training videos and travel videos, including Art Wolfe's Travels to The Edge, are now on sale through the New Years holiday at 15% off.

Go Ahead – Treat Yourself!

 




23 December, 2010 - Leica S2 Firmware Update Analysis

Leica has just released a firmware update for the S2 camera. Mark Dubovoy and Nick Rains have contributed their comments on this update in a new report.


End of Year Sale - up to 20% off

It's here and it's now live. Our annual end-of-year sale. All of our training videos and travel videos, including Art Wolfe's Travels to The Edge, are now on sale through the New Years holiday at 15% off. New customers receive a coupon for an additional 5% discount making new purchases 20% off our regular prices. 

Go Ahead – Treat Yourself!

 




24 December, 2010 - Feliz Navidad

 

Best Wishes for the Holidays from
the LuLa gang...
Michael, Chris, Mark D, Charlene, and Mark G 




27 December, 2010 - Rethinking Talent

Does it take talent to be a good photographer? And what does it mean to have talent?

Find out what our regular contributor Alain Briot thinks in his latest essay – Rethinking Talent.


End of Year Sale - up to 20% off

It's here and it's now live. Our annual end-of-year sale. All of our training videos and travel videos, including Art Wolfe's Travels to The Edge, are now on sale through the New Years holiday at 15% off. New customers receive a coupon for an additional 5% discount making new purchases 20% off our regular prices. 

Go Ahead – Treat Yourself!

 

 




29 December, 2010 - Panasonic GH2 Video Discoveries

Cinematographer Chris Sanderson and I have been working with a couple of Panasonic GH2 systems in Mexico for the past few weeks. We are preparing a new video tutorial titled Cinematography for Photographers. It will be available here for download some time in Q2, 2011.

As we have been shooting with the GH2's we have uncovered a few operational treats as well as gottchas, which are now detailed in our latest report titled Panasonic GH2 Video Discoveries.

If you're into video you'll also be interested to note that we will be reviewing the just-released Panasonic AF-100 /101 in the weeks ahead. This is the world's first affordable, full-featured large-sensor camcorder, and it looks to be spectacular.


I have been posting new pictures from San Miguel every few days on the Home Page. I have now created a portfolio page of the images so far, and will be updating it regularly in the months ahead.


End of Year Sale - up to 20% off

It's here and it's now live. Our annual end-of-year sale. All of our training videos and travel videos, including Art Wolfe's Travels to The Edge, are now on sale through the New Years holiday at 15% off. New customers receive a coupon for an additional 5% discount making new purchases 20% off our regular prices. 

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30 December, 2010 - A Blizzard and a Video DSLR

What did talented cinematographer Jamie Stuart and a video DSLR produce in a single evening? Have a look at this three and a half minute video on YouTube titled Idiot with a Tripod.

I point this out because it illustrates what someone with a consumer camera, passion and talent can produce with no budget and in a short period of time.

Film critic Robert Ebert said that the film deserved to win the Academy Award for best live-action short.

What are you doing with your video capable DSLR?


End of Year Sale - up to 20% off

It's here and it's now live. Our annual end-of-year sale. All of our training videos and travel videos, including Art Wolfe's Travels to The Edge, are now on sale through the New Years holiday at 15% off. New customers receive a coupon for an additional 5% discount making new purchases 20% off our regular prices. 

Go Ahead – Treat Yourself!




31 December, 2010 - Epson 4900 Review / Adios Kodachrome

Epson continues to fill all of the bases with its latest photographic printer, the Stylus Pro 4900. Our regular contributor Mark Segal has been putting one through its paces for the past few weeks and today we publish our last review of 2010, Epson 4900 – Hands-On and Down to Work.

Today, the last day of 2010, is also the end of an era. The last roll of Kodachrome to be processed in the world comes off the line. I guess Mama did take our Kodachrome away after all. Mark Dubovoy comments in his brief essay, The End of an Era

Happy New Year Everyone

 


End of Year Sale - up to 20% off

It's here and it's now live. Our annual end-of-year sale. All of our training videos and travel videos, including Art Wolfe's Travels to The Edge, are now on sale through the New Years holiday at 15% off. New customers receive a coupon for an additional 5% discount making new purchases 20% off our regular prices. 

Go Ahead – Treat Yourself!

 




2 January, 2011 - Winter in Yellowstone

Our regular contributor Miles Hecker's geotagged travel article for this month is Winter in Yellowstone.

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  




4 January, 2011 - Two New Photographic Example Essays

Our regular contributor Alain Briot has just published two new essays in his Photographic Examples series, #7 Playa Reflections #2 and #8 Spiderock Snowstorm.




8 January, 2011 - Immersion Course - What it Takes

What does it take to succeed artistically in photography? Find out in William Neill's latest essay, Immersion Course.

 MR & JS c2p


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Eleanor Brown

 




10 January, 2011 - Telling a Story With Video

OK. You've got a video-capable DSLR. But, what should you shoot?

In Cacophony – Telling a Story With Video I offer my take on the matter.


 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




13 January, 2011 - Photographing Lighthouses

Photographers are passionate about many different subjects. Irish photographer Peter Cox today provides us with a tutorial about one of his passions, Photographing Lighthouses.

 




15 January, 2011 - PhotoKit Sharpener 2 Review

How do you make the best available sharpening program better? Find out in Mark Dubovoy's review of PhotoKit Sharpener 2.

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




18 January, 2011 - Common Sense: Photographers Have Noses

Sean Reid first began writing essays and reviews for The Luminous Landscape in 2004. Today, we're publishing the first essay in a series called "Common Sense" which Sean is writing specifically for this site. The first article is titled Photographers Have Noses. I think you'll enjoy it.

In this series overall, Sean will be looking at camera design as it relates to aspects such as ergonomics, controls, seeing the subject and focusing effectiveness. Readers who find this article interesting may want to look into Sean's own subscription site, http://www.reidreviews.com where you will find some of the most insightful camera reviews and essays anywhere. Sean's latest article for his own site is an extensive review of the Pentax K5. He finds it to be not only a worthwhile SLR but also a compact, quiet and weather-sealed alternative for photographers who might otherwise be looking at an EVF model.


 

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Eleanor Brown

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20 January, 2011 - Do You Need an HDR Intervention?

What do you think of HDR? Does it work for you? What tools do you use?

In a new essay by Christopher Schneiter he looks at the tools and techniques involved in producing HDR images and asks – Do You Need an HDR Intervention?

 




21 January, 2011 - Are Your Pictures Out of Focus?

Because of manufacturing tolerances, most camera / lens combinations are out of focus at the sensor plane.  In a new article titled Are Your Pictures out of Focus, Mark Dubovoy explains the causes and possible solutions.

Mark's essay features a look at the latest version of Michael Tapes' LensAlign MKII.


I always pay attention to the phases of the moon. If landscape work is in the cards, the rising and setting of a full moon at sunset and sunrise can add an extra dimension to a shot.

Yesterday morning I knew there would be a full moon setting just before sunrise, but I didn't feel like heading out. At about 6am though, I glanced out the bedroom window, just to see what the day would be like.

The new photograph on the Home Page was taken a few minutes later from my roof.

  

 

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I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




23 January, 2011 - New Advertising Policy

As part of the ongoing expansion and enhancement of this site we are also going to be expanding our advertising program to include products and services from a variety of companies serving the photographic community.

Like death and taxes, advertising is simply a reality that needs to be accepted. But we feel that on our site at least it needs to be appropriate and non-intrusive.

You can read more about our new advertising policy here




24 January, 2011 - Phase One IQ Backs Announced Including 80MP

Phase One has today announced a brand new line of medium format backs. Designed IQ, these backs will be lead off with the flagship 80 Megapixel IQ180.

My report on the IQ180 is now online, and I will begin testing a pre-production model later today, as will Mark Dubovoy later this week.

 MR & JS c2p


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Eleanor Brown

 

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We will have extensive hands-on reports here within the next few days. Stay tuned and heck back later in the week for much more on this exciting and dramatically improved MF backs.




25 January, 2011 - Phase One IQ180 Live TV Today

Kevin Raber, Phase One's VP and Michael Reichmann will be guests today (Tuesday) live online on SMIBS TV at 21:30 GMT.

(1:30 PM PST, 3:30 PM CST, 4:30PM EST, and so on).

We will be discussing the just-announced Phase One IQ180 80 Megapixel digital back, showing files and prints which we have shot during the past 24 hours, and discussing the future of medium format digital.

 




27 January, 2011 - Video Interview with Leaf and Phase One

Both Phase One and Leaf now have 80 Megapixel medium format backs. I've just spent three days working with representatives of both companies and their respective products, the Leaf Aptus II 12 and the Phase One IQ180.

I had an opportunity to record a video interview with Yair Shahar and Kevin Raber about these new developments and that interview is now online.

 

  

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




29 January, 2011 - An Analysis of DxOMark Sensor

DxOMark Sensor is a service that benchmarks camera bodies. These measurements of primarily noise-behavior are published on DxOMark.com.

In today's new article, Peter van den Hamer analyzes the benchmark. The article explains that increasing resolution doesn't necessarily increase image noise. In contrast, using a physically bigger sensor typically does lower noise and increase dynamic range. This is explained in terms of the underlying theory, but also illustrated using actual DxOMark data.

Last, but not least, the article provides overviews showing how the various DxOMark measurements on actual cameras vary for cameras with different sensor sizes.




31 January, 2011 - Aptus II 12 Review - The First Shipping 80 MP Back

The Phase One IQ180 80 Megapixel back has caused a lot of excitement over the past few days. But Phase's sister company Leaf had the honor of shipping the first 80 Megapixel back, the Aptus II 12 last month.

I had the pleasure of working with the Aptus for a few days last week and my hands-on test report is now online.

 

  

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 

 




2 February, 2011 - Phase One IQ180 First Field Report

It's been only a few days since the remarkable Phase One IQ180 back was announced, but as you may have read I've had an opportunity to shoot with a pre-production back for a couple of days.

Not all features were fully functional, but enough were so that the basic operability of the back was readily apparent.

How was image quality? Read my First Field Report to find out.

 MR & JS c2p


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Eleanor Brown

 

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5 February, 2011 - IQ180 Back First Impressions

We round out our week of coverage of new medium format backs from Leaf and Phase One, and especially the 80 Megapixel Phase One IQ180, with a First Impressions Report by Mark Dubovoy.




7 February, 2011 - Grand Teton National Park Photomap

For February Miles Hecker continues his monthly contribution of geotagged photo locations with Grand Teton National Park.


If you follow some of the photo news blogs you may have read last week that Schneider-Krueznach has joined the Micro Four Thirds lens standard. Today Carl Zeiss has similarly announced that they will be manufacturing MFT lens. Voigtlander / Cosina joined last year, and their f/0.95 25mm has been a sell-out success.

 

  

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 

 




10 February, 2011 - Planning Your Photography Trips

Do you plan your landscape shoots and photography trips, or do they just happen?

Premier landscape photographer and regular contributor to this site, Peter Cox, shares some insights with us in his latest essay Planning Your Photography Trips.


A Note to Potential Advertisers

Our new advertising program launched just a few days ago and is already mostly sold out for February and March. 

If you are interested in advertising to more than 1 million unique readers world-wide each month please contact Michael Reichmann

  

 

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I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
   




13 February, 2011 - Two New Photographic Examples

Our regular contributor Alain Briot has just published two new Photographic Examples, #9 and #10 in his on-going series.

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I just finished going through again your recent seminar series on Where the #%*! Are my Pictures? with you and Seth Resnick, and I must compliment you and Seth on producing a great seminar.  I never learned so much in so little time and I have started implementing some of the strategies presented already.  

Your interviewing style seems to bring out the best in your seminar partners presenting the content as a story with a logical end.  DAM is an intimidating subject, but after watching the seminars, I walked away with a total understanding and how (with Seth’s experience) to increase my workflow process.




16 February, 2011 - Does Equipment Affect Creativity?

We all think (and hope) that some new piece of gear will enhance our photography. Does Equipment Affect Creativity?

Find out in Mark Dubovoy's newest article.

 MR & JS c2p


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Eleanor Brown

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18 February, 2011 - Panasonic GH2 Revisited

The Panasonic GH2 caused quite a stir when it was announced and then started to ship late last year. I reported on the camera several times, but focused mostly on its excellent video capabilities.

I have been shooting a lot of stills with the GH2 over the past few months, and have just placed online my latest report titled the Panasonic GH2 Revisited.

 




23 February, 2011 - Epson 4900 Review Addendum

This Review by Mark Segal supplement addresses questions that have been raised about any evidence of colour inconstancy using the Epsion 4900 printer and the colour rendition from the Epson 4900 compared with the Epson 9900 and 7890 models. It examines these questions for several papers: Epson Enhanced Matte, Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper and Ilford Gold Fibre Silk, and shows the extent to which colour values of the prints reflect the colour values of the reference image used for the prints. A "surprise" on print preview awaits the reader at the very end of the article.


Phase One has just launched its 2011 series of PODAS field workshops. These are taught by some of the best instructors in the world, and provide an opportunity to work with some of the best gear available – in fantastic locations. Find out more.


 

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I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown

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28 February, 2011 - The Numbering Affair

Do you number your prints and limit your editions? What about your portfolios?

If there's any topic likely to cause mild-mannered fine art photographers to throw punches at each other it's the issue of print numbering and whether or not to do it.

Find out what one of America's best selling fine art landscape photographers has to say on the issue in Alain Briot's The Numbering Affair.

   

 

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
   

 

 

 




4 March, 2011 - Into The Land of Giants

Miles Hecker continues his exclusive monthly series of geotagged photo location articles with Into The Land of Giants.

 

  

 

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
   

 




8 March, 2011 - Returning To The Leica Fold

What is it about Leica M cameras? It seems that photographers of a certain age just get hooked, and have a hard time leaving the classic Leica rangefinder behind.

Its latest iteration, the Leica M9, has been a huge success for the company, mainly because with it rangefinder enthusiasts can get state-of-the-art image quality along with the classic M series Gestalt.

Bill Caulfeild-Browne explores this recurring obsessions in his new essay Returning to The Leica Fold.

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Eleanor Brown

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10 March, 2011 - Adobe Releases Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4

Adobe announced today that Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs. The Release Candidates bring raw file support to seven popular camera models including Canon EOS Rebel T3i and Olympus E-PL1s, improve on lens correction profiles introduced in the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 releases, and add over 10 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration.

In addition, the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidates address a number of issues reported by customers on the previous releases. 

The Lightroom 3.4 Release Candidate is available as a free download for Lightroom 3 customers, and the Photoshop Camera Raw 6.4 Release Candidate is available as a free download for Photoshop CS5 customers. For more information and to test out the updates, visit http://labs.adobe.com/

What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann
Teach You Lightroom

  

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
  

 




11 March, 2011 - Cinematography for Photographers

What's all the excitement about? Why has every camera maker added video to their DSLRs over the past couple of years? Why are Hollywood feature films and major TV shows being shot with inexpensive stills cameras?

In Cinematography for Photographers (a 3 Part Video Tutorial Series) Michael Reichmann and Chris Sanderson provide an in-depth look at the entire subject – explaining all of the jargon, as well as the tricks, tips and techniques needed to begin shooting effective video.

This video tutorial is suitable for
professional still photographers
as well as serious amateurs interested in learning
about the tools and techniques of shooting video.

Chris is an award winning director / cinematographer with 30 years experience in the commercial film industry, and Michael, in addition to his expertise in still photography, has worked in the television and film industry for many years as well.

Together, in Cinematography for Photographers they teach what you need to know about the gear and techniques of film making.

Part One is now available for immediate download.

You can read the Table of Contents here
and also
view a sample video here.

 

 




15 March, 2011 - Vortex Digiscoping

Lusting after a really long lens? Consider digiscoping. A high quality spotting scope combined with the right camera allows for photography at focal lengths of 1,500mm and more.

I've been working with a Vortex Razor HD scope along with a couple of different cameras, and my review of the Vortex and article on digiscoping is now online.


I would like to welcome Alpa, our newest advertiser, to The Luminous Landscape. Their ad will be found at the top of our Discussion Forum pages.

I am a long-time admirer of Alpa cameras, and plan on working with their new Alpa 12 STC in May when the Phase One IQ180 back becomes available.


The Monterey Museum of Art has a new exhibit called  "Adams and Weston and the Masters of California Photography". The show runs through the end of October.

I mention this because LuLa partner and contributor Mark Dubovoy has one of his hand-made multilayer Carbon Pigment prints as part of the exhibit. Congratulations Mark!

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested."




18 March, 2011 - Fifteen Thoughts on Composition

Light, composition, subject, equipment. All are critical components of a worthwhile photograph. 

In our latest essay by Alain Briot titled Fifteen Thoughts on Composition, Alain explores some of the things that make composition that most elusive of talents.

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested."

 




21 March, 2011 - Smibs TV About Photography Now Live on LuLa

This site is about a passion for photography. Almost every aspect of photography, from the technology, to the craft, to the art. We are constantly looking for ways to expand our coverage and enhance our content. 

To this end we have now teamed up with Smibs TV, a webcaster offering two live weekly programs on photography – Fine Art Photography Weekly, and Photo Espresso. Both shows are hosted by Peter Urban.

These two programs are now carried live each week
here on The Luminous Landscape.

Fine Art Photography Weekly broadcasts live on Tuesday's at 20:30 UTC (1:30pm Pacific / 4:30pm Eastern).

Photo Espresso is seen live on Thursdays at 18:00 UTC (11:00am Pacific / 3pm Eastern).

At other times reruns of recent shows are available, and selected previous programs are also available on demand. (Please note that Live Program Audio Starts When Page Loads). 

UPDATE

Michael Reichmann will be the live guest on Tuesday's Smibs TV episode of Fine Art Photography weekly at 20:30 UTC (1:30pm Pacific / 4:30pm Eastern).




25 March, 2011 - Mounting Prints on Aluminum

Finding effective and inexpensive ways of displaying fine art prints (at home or in a gallery) is a juggling act between cost and attractiveness.

Mounting Prints on Aluminum Composite is an attractive and cost effective alternative in many cases to traditional mattes, frames and glass. Find out more in Mark Segal's new article.

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 




26 March, 2011 - Art Wolfe's China Workshop Photo Blog

Our colleague Art Wolfe is currently in China conducting photo workshops. Over the next two weeks he and his co-instructor Jay Goodrich will be uploading photographs and commentary to this page, exclusively here on The Luminous Landscape.

Check back here daily during the next couple of week for new entries, with the most recent appearing at the top of the page.

You can also always find a link to the blog from our COLUMNS page.

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 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
   

 




28 March, 2010 - Testing the Fuji X100

 Art Wolfe's China Blog has been updated.


I have just started a two week-long field test of the Fujifilm Finepix X100, currently the hottest new camera, and one that is in very short supply world wide. Today's Home Page photograph was taken with it just this morning, my first day out shooting with the camera.

I don't know if it was the camera, or simply some good luck, but a two hour walk yielded four portfolio-grade images. Remarkable.

How is the camera? First impressions are that image quality is spectacular, including the lens and the sensor. The user interface at first appears to be ideal, with traditional manual controls for exposure. But, once you have to use the rear control wheel and menus the cursing starts.

My review will appear here in about two weeks, after my drive back to Toronto from Mexico. I plan on shooting extensively with the X100 along the way. Some interface issues notwithstanding, the X100 looks like a winner.

 




30 March, 2010 - Memories of Colors

Memory of Colors is the name of an ambitious photography project by the French/Colombian photographer Jaime Ocampo-Rangel

The project involves photographing portraits of people from distinctive indigenous cultures in remote parts of the world. 

Peter Van Den Hamer has now written an exclusive article about this project for our site. 

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




1 April, 2011 - Spring is Sprung Sale

Spring is here, (except if you're Down Under, in which case Fall is here).

Regardless of where on this lovely planet you may live, we're helping to celebrate the change of season with a 15% Off Sale off our entire catalogue of download videos.

Like spring flowers, this Sale will not last long, so click here and buy one of the videos you've been thinking about at a great price.

What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
   

 

 




2 April, 2011 - Beyond The Wave - South Coyote Buttes

Miles Hecker continues his invaluable monthly geo-tagged travel guides to the American Southwest with Beyond The Wave – South Coyote Buttes.


Watch for my field report on the exciting new Fujifilm X100,
now scheduled to be published here on Monday.


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 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




4 April, 2011 - Fujifilm X100 Field Report

So, what's the year's most anticipated and difficult to obtain camera like to shoot with? Find out in my Fujifilm X100 Field Report, just published.


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  MR & JS c2p


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I have downloaded the entire series and am a little over half way though watching it.
It is absolutely first rate and is clarifying a lot of questions I've had about the entire digital workflow. 
I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown

Learn Fine Art Printing From The Experts  

 




5 April, 2011 - Art Wolfe's China Blog Updated

Our colleague Art Wolfe is leading a workshop in China this month and is regularly updating his blog on these pages. His latest entry is not online.


Thanks everyone for your comments on yesterday's review of the Fujifilm X100. Like me, many seem to agree that its UI flaws are far outweighed by its excellent image quality and shooting features.

I am now on the road traveling back to Canada from Mexico, and as time permits will be writing a follow-up report with some additional thoughts on the X100. Look for it by the end of this week.


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6 April, 2011 - X-Rite i1Profiler Review

It's been some seven years since a major new release of pro-grade profiling software was released.

X-Rite i1Profiler has just been released, and colour management expert  Andrew Rodney today provides us with his review.


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8 April, 2011 - Art Wolfe's Final China Blog

Art Wolfe has just completed his workshop in China, and we have just published his final blog entry from the trip.


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11 April, 2011 - Fujifilm X100 Follow-Up Report

Some cameras just get under ones skin. Sometimes it feels like a glow, and other times a burr. Rarely is it both at the same time.

But the Fujifilm X100 is one of those cameras – a real pleasure to work with, and offering fantastic image quality – but hobbled with some annoying interface flaws.

Find out more in my just published X100 Follow-Up Report.


Our friend and contributor to this siteMiles Hecker, has just completed several months of working with the Pentax 645D. His report, featuring both studio tests and field work is now online on his site.


 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




14 April, 2011 - My Own Private Rhino

For many photographers a wildlife safari somewhere in Africa is a life's dream. But, what if you live right next door to one of Namibia's greatest wildlife locations?

Read Chris Johnston's My Own Private Rhino to learn a bit more about what this must be like, and to view some of his images from a recent week's shoot.

What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
   

 




18 April, 2011 - Scanning Colour Negatives: Raw of Not?

Though the digital juggernaught has all but brought film use to a demise, there are still quite a few serious photographers shooting film, and many more still scanning their libraries.

Today, our expert on scanning, Mark Segal, discusses scanning colour negatives in a new tutorial titled Scanning Colour Negatives: Raw of Not?

This article is also available as a PDF download for those that would like to print it out. See the link at the end of the tutorial.


UPDATE #2

Tuesday's topic on the Fine Art Photography Weekly TV series, carried here live every week, is with talented Austrian photographer, Rainer Mirau. Host Peter Urban will be talking about shooting landscapes in Europe and the “life balance” Rainer gets from being in nature.  


 

UPDATE #1

Sean Reid has just published his review of the fascinating Fuji X100. This review is an opus – without doubt the most in-depth report yet. Reid Reviews is a subscription site. The price is modest though for the depth of insight that Sean provides when it comes to camera design and lens performance.

 

Memo to Fujifilm – Please make Sean's review required reading for your camera designers and firmware engineers. If ever there was a flawed jewel of a camera it's the X100. Fortunately most of the camera's problems are fixable with a firmware update, and if you want to know what to fix, just read Sean's review. My X100 review as well, if you don't mind.

 


 

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




23 April, 2011 - Two New Photographic Examples

We have just published Photographic Examples #11 and #12 by our regular contributor Alain Briot.

You can find an index to all of these brief but insightful articles here.

What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

 "Awesome video presentation.
 
I have learnt so much more after looking through this on the weekend.  The tip about pushing blacks and fill light in the Basic Module was worth the price alone.  My images of a recent trip to the Australian Outback are popping and punching with delight!
 
Thanks Michael and Jeff – I really appreciate you taking the considerable time to share your in-depth knowledge and insights."
   

 

 




25 April, 2011 - Alpa STC Camera Review

Some photographers are neurotic perfectionists. I know that I am – at least some of the time.

Alpa makes a line of medium format technical cameras designed specifically for use with high resolution MF backs. The folks who run Alpa are perfectionists as well, and understand our neurosis.

The Alpa STC is their latest camera, and I have recently acquired one for use with my Phase One P65+ and upcoming IQ180. You can now read my just published Alpa STC review.

 




27 April, 2011 - Palouse PODAS Workshop Announced

Phase One has just announced a workshop in the Palouse, Washington statethis fall. 

Here is an opportunity to shoot with world famous photographer Art Wolfe and Luminous Landscape publisher Michael Reichmann for five days in a most remarkable location. We will be visiting the Palouse at harvest time where golden fields of wheat will contrast beautifully with big open skies and puffy clouds.

Find Out More


Adobe today announced the Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 updates are available for immediate download on Adobe.com. Originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, the final updates bring raw file support to 13 popular camera models including Canon EOS Rebel T3i, Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100, and add over 25 new lens profiles to help photographers automatically correct unwanted distortion and chromatic aberration. 


Phase One today released Capture One 6.2.  An upgrade to the popular raw conversion and image editing software that supports both professional medium format systems and more than 170 different DSLR camera models.

Capture One 6.2 adds camera support for Samsung, Fuji, Ricoh, Panasonic, Canon, Sony and Nikon and for Phase One IQ180, IQ160 and IQ140, including tethered support.

Features and Enhancements

-- Local Adjustments (Local adjustment of saturation and clarity; Invert local adjustments mask; Copy local adjustments mask from other layer)
-- Auto sync of XMP metadata (sidecars only)
-- Additional camera controls for Canon and Nikon
-- Improved OpenCL and 64 bit performance

Camera Support

-- Samsung NX5, NX10, NX11 and NX100
-- Fuji X100
-- Ricoh GR DIGITAL, GR DIGITAL II, GR DIGITAL III, GX100, GX200, GRX S10, GXR P10, GXR A12
-- Phase One IQ180, IQ160, and IQ140
-- Canon EOS-600D/Rebel T3i and EOS-1100D/Rebel T3 including tethered support
-- Panasonic DMC-GH2 and DMC-GF2.
-- Sony SLT-A55, SLT¬A33, NEX-3 and NEX-5
-- Nikon D-7000 tethered support

Availability and Pricing
Capture One version 6.2 is available now; for details please see: http://www.phaseone.com/6


What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

"Your Lightroom 3 tutorial is absolutely wonderful.
It's better than anything else out there.

I especially enjoyed your conversational format. 
Very entertaining, 
yet so much deeper
than a simple instructor's voice over screenshots.

I am hoping for more (maybe special photographic topics) to come!
The 2 of you make a great team!

Thanks again for this highly educational and engaging journey."

 




1 May, 2011 - Aerial Photography

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to photograph from a light plane or helicopter with the window open or the door off?

In today's new Techniques Essay, UK photographer Jason Hawkes gives us some insights in a piece titled Aerial Photography.


I will be in Utah this week, shooting with the new Phase One IQ180 back on my Alpa STC camera. (I know it's tough – but someone's got to do it – right?)

Once a year a group of friends and I get together somewhere in the world for a one week shoot; some photography, some good wine, and some laughs.

But this year there's a special treat. One of our shooting group is Claus Molgaard, Phase One's Chief Technology Officer. He'll be bringing two IQ180 backs, one each for Mark Dubovoy and me – hot off the assembly bench in Denmark. These are the first production IQ180 backs to be used in the field.

Mark and I will (as time permits) be posting reports on our experiences and findings. Watch for them here in the days ahead.




7 May, 2011 - Teton Crest Trail

Miles Hecker's photo location column for May covers the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park. This is part of an ongoing series of geotagged location essays.


I have just returned from a shoot in southern Utah. What makes this worth mentioning is that Mark Dubovoy and I each spent the week working with full production Phase One IQ 180 backs.

I had hoped that I would have time to post some initial observations during our shooting week, but the days were long and it didn't happen.

Mark and I are now working on our reviews and will have them up this coming week.


Sean Reid has just published Part Two of his review of the Fuji X100. This review is an opus – without doubt the most in-depth report yet. Part II focuses on the results of Reid's formal studio tests including side by side file quality tests of the X100, Leica X1, Sigma DP2s and Leica M8.2.

Reid Reviews is a subscription site. The price is modest though for the depth of insight that Sean provides when it comes to camera design and lens performance.

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 

 




10 May, 2011 - More Than Megapixels - An IQ180 Field Review

At 80 Megapixels the new Phase One IQ180 medium format back is one of the two highest resolution single shot imaging devices available, the other being the Aptus II 12, reviewed here a few months ago.

I've just returned from a week shooting with a production IQ180 back in Utah, and my field report titled More Than Megapixels is now online.

Mark Dubovoy's report will appear here in a few days, and we both expect to have follow-up articles in the weeks ahead as we take the measure of this remarkable new back.

 MR & JS c2p


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It is absolutely first rate and is clarifying a lot of questions I've had about the entire digital workflow. 
I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown

Learn Fine Art Printing From The Experts  




14 May, 2011 - Mark Dubovoy's IQ180 Field Review

Mark Dubovoy and I agreed that we would write our reviews of our production Phase One IQ180 backs seperately, without either of us seeing what the other had written. Mine was published a few days ago and Mark's report is now online.

It's interesting to note the similarity of the things that we consider to be of significance with this new back, and it isn't Megapixels.

– Mark's article also contains a brief video on how he shimmed his IQ180 on an Alpa STC camera.

We both intend on writing a lot more about our thoughts about and experiences with the IQ180 in the weeks ahead, as it simply isn't possible to fully appreciate a piece like this after just a week's use. Also, there will be a major firmware update in June, adding Live View and some other significant features.

 


 

What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

"Your Lightroom 3 tutorial is absolutely wonderful. 
It's better than anything else out there.
 

 

I especially enjoyed your conversational format. 
Very entertaining, 
yet so much deeper 
than a simple instructor's voice over screenshots.

I am hoping for more (maybe special photographic topics) to come! 
The 2 of you make a great team!

Thanks again for this highly educational and engaging journey.

 

 




18 May, 2011 - Driving Your Camera

Sean Reid first began writing essays and reviews for The Luminous Landscape in 2004. Today, we're publishing the second essay in a new series called "Common Sense" which Sean is writing specifically for this site. It is titled Driving Your Camera.

In this series Sean will be looking at camera design as it relates to aspects such as ergonomics, controls, seeing the subject and focusing effectiveness. Readers who find this article interesting may want to look into Sean's own subscription site, http://www.reidreviews.com where you will find some of the most insightful camera reviews and essays anywhere.

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




20 May, 2011 - Sigma Drops its SD1 Bombshell

Sigma has announced pricing and availability of its new flagship SD1 camera. It features the largest and highest resolution Foveon sensor yet, featuring an APS-C sized sensor with a spatial resolution of 15.3 Megapixels. Due to its Foveon X3 sensor design it has a colour resolution of 46 Megapixels. 

The SD1 will start to ship in early June, but the price is the real shocker – US $9,700.  Can Sigma successfully market the world's most expensive 35mm DSLR? Find out more here.

 



23 May, 2011 - Fixing Wide Angle Lens Cast on the IQ180

The new Phase One IQ180 back is just starting to arrive in photographer's hands. One problem that has been uncovered is that the back is much more sensitive to Lens Cast when used with non-retrofocus wide angle lenses on technical cameras.

Phase One anticipated this issue and has incorporated a new Analyse Technical Wide Angle function under the LCC section of the Lens Correction tab in Capture One 6.2.1.

My latest article explains how to use it.


 What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

"Your Lightroom 3 tutorial is absolutely wonderful. 
It's better than anything else out there.
 

 

I especially enjoyed your conversational format. 
Very entertaining, 
yet so much deeper 
than a simple instructor's voice over screenshots.

I am hoping for more (maybe special photographic topics) to come! 
The 2 of you make a great team!

Thanks again for this highly educational and engaging journey.

 




24 May, 2011 - Explaining the Sigma SD1's Untenable Launch Price

The launch of the Sigma SD1 camera last Friday, with a MSLP of $9,700 outraged most prospective buyers and stunned industry observers. It would be like trying to sell a Ford Focus (a decent economy car) for $150,000 because it got terrific gas mileage (if indeed it did).

The question has to be asked, who thought that this was a good idea? How could the executives of a major lens and camera maker so misjudge the marketplace? Was it a typo? Was it a delayed April Fools joke?

I thought that the only possible explanation was unexpectedly low sensor yields which had driven up the price. But by some $8,000? No! The weekend spent discussing this with industry experts told me that my initial conjecture was wrong.

The only answer had to be that someone senior within Sigma thought that the SD1's image quality justfied a nose bleed level price.

In my essay on this subject, Explaining the SD1's Untenable Launch Price – Rationalizing the Irrational, I look at this issue in detail and make a suggestion for how to rectify the problem before it sinks the product, if not the company.

 




26 May, 2011 - J.P. Caponigro & X-Rite

We have a new advertiser beginning with us today – X-Rite. The reason that I mention this is because their ad, now running in rotation at the top of both the main site pages and the Forum pages features my friend John Paul Caponigro. JP, as he's called, is not just a superb photographer but also a great teacher and author.

If you click on the ad, or here, it will take you to a fascinating video about JP, and also, of course, a plug for i1Photo Pro.


Sigma remains in the news. Firstly, while there has been no change in the SD1 camera's MSLP of $9,700 the company has pointed out that (in the U.S at least) the retail price is actually $6,899, and some retailers have started listing it at this price.

Better, but in my view not enough better to make the camera competatively priced.

Of possibly greater significance is that Nikon has filed suit in Japan against Sigma for patent infringement over lens Image Stabilization claiming nearly 13 Billion Yen (US $154 Million). 

Not a good week for Sigma given how important a successful launch for its new flagship camera was supposed to be.




28 May, 2011 - Leaf Adds In-Camera Lens Cast Correction to Aptus II

Of interest to medium format enthusiasts – Leaf has just introduced new Aptus II firmware. Of particular interest is that they have built in the ability to do lens cast correction within the back itself rather than after-the-fact in post processing.

Today, Leaf's Product Manager Yair Shahar provides us with an exclusive essay on shooting with this new in-camera lens cast correction capability.

  

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 




31 May, 2011 - Why Photographs Work - A Review

Possibly the most valuable book about photography published this year is George Barr's Why Photographs Work. If you want to become a better photographer have a look at my just published review then buy the book. It's that simple.


 What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

"Your Lightroom 3 tutorial is absolutely wonderful. 
It's better than anything else out there.
 

 

I especially enjoyed your conversational format. 
Very entertaining, 
yet so much deeper 
than a simple instructor's voice over screenshots.

I am hoping for more (maybe special photographic topics) to come! 
The 2 of you make a great team!

Thanks again for this highly educational and engaging journey.

 

 




4 June, 2011 - Yellowstone National Park Geotagged Photo Location

Miles Hecker's Geotagged Photo Location for June is Yellowstone National Park.

 MR & JS c2p


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I have downloaded the entire series and am a little over half way though watching it.
It is absolutely first rate and is clarifying a lot of questions I've had about the entire digital workflow. 
I find the discussion format between Michael and Jeff particularly helpful. I'm sure I'll rewatch many segments.

Eleanor Brown

Learn Fine Art Printing From The Experts   

 




7 June, 2011 - Preparation in Fine Art Landscape Photography

Did you ever get up before dawn, drive 100km to be at a special spot for first light, and then discovered that your camera's battery was dead, or that you'd left the memory card in the card reader on your desk the night before? No? Lucky you!

For the rest of us our senior contributor Alain Briot today provides is with Part One of a two part essay titled Preparation in Fine Art Landscape Photography.

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




8 June, 2011 - Sony NEX-C3 First Impressions

To no ones surprise (since they were widely leaked weeks ago), Sony has today announced two new cameras, the Alpha A35, the succesor to the A33, and NEX-C3, both with a new 16MP sensor.

I have been working with a pre-production NEX C3 for the past couple of weeks and my First Impressions Report is now online.


My friend Pierre Claquin is offering an exclusive photographic field workshop in Bangladesh this coming September.

As regular readers know I shot there with Pierrre in 2005, and it was one of the most productive and memorable shoots that I've ever done. Bangladesh is a truely exotic and remarkable country, and Pierre who has lived, worked and photographed there for 16 years knows the country and its people intimately.

If your time and budget allow, this shoot is a must. Don't miss the opportunity.


 What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

"Your Lightroom 3 tutorial is absolutely wonderful. 
It's better than anything else out there.
 

 

I especially enjoyed your conversational format. 
Very entertaining, 
yet so much deeper 
than a simple instructor's voice over screenshots.

I am hoping for more (maybe special photographic topics) to come! 
The 2 of you make a great team!

Thanks again for this highly educational and engaging journey.

 

 




9 June, 2011 - William Neill Print Offer

I am pleased to plug a special print offer by The Ansel Adams Gallery.

The gallery is offering a limited edition of prints by leading photographers that it represents. These prints will only be available for a few days at -25% off.

Until June 12 (this coming Sunday) our friend, and contributor to this site, William Neil, has two new prints on offer.

If you are a collector of fine art landscape prints you owe it to yourself to check it out.




10 June, 2011 - The Paper That Almost Got Away

There are so many fascinating printing papers available that it's hard to stay on top of the latest offerings.

One that almost got away from Mark Dubovoy and me is Canson Infinity Platine Fiber Rag. Wow!

Mark's review of this paper is now available.


ProFusion 2011, June 17 and 18, at the Toronto Congress Centre, is Canada’s largest professional photo and video tradeshow. In  addition to the exhibits some high profile lecturers who will be doing presentationinclude Jay Maisel, Vincent Laforet, Philip Bloom, Seth Resnick, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Peter Krogh, and Mark Cleghorn.

If you live in Ontario, Quebec or upstate New York this is a show not to be missed.




13 June, 2011 - Olympus XZ-1 Field Report

Which is the best pocket-sized camera available? It just might be the new Olympus XZ-1. My field report is now online.

 

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




14 June, 2011 PODAS Ireland blog and One Spot for The Palouse

Phase One's workshop in Ireland is underway and those interest can follow Kevin's blog on it here.

The PODAS workshop in The Palouse in August has just one attendee spot left. Note that Mark Dubovoy has been added as an instructor, joining Kevin Raber, Art Wolfe and Michael Reichmann.


And while discussing seminars, Art Wolfe is also doing a couple of events in Vancouver B.C. in early August.


15 June Update...

Leica has just released firmware version 1.162 for the Leica M9 camera. It is available here




17 June, 2011 - Is The Photo Equipment Supply Chain Totally Broken?

Have you tried to purchase a newly introduced or very popular photo product in the past year or so? A Panasonic GH2? A Nikon D3x? A Leica M lens?

If so you've likely discovered that these and other high demand items are almost impossible to find in stock, anywhere in the world. What on earth (literally) is going on?

Mark Dubovoy looks at the situation in his new essay – Is The Photo Equipment Supply Chain Totally Broken?


 What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

"Your Lightroom 3 tutorial is absolutely wonderful. 
It's better than anything else out there.
 

 

I especially enjoyed your conversational format. 
Very entertaining, 
yet so much deeper 
than a simple instructor's voice over screenshots.

I am hoping for more (maybe special photographic topics) to come! 
The 2 of you make a great team!

Thanks again for this highly educational and engaging journey.

 




19 June, 2011 - William Neill Photography e-Books Now Available

William Neill (Bill) is widely recognized as one of America's finest landscape photographers. Widely published and exhibited, his work is truely inspirational. Bill is also a columnist for this site.

We are pleased that Bill has now agreed to make his four e-Books available through our on-line store.

You can find out more on this information page.


Looking for a remarkable photographic adventure? Join workshop leaders John Paul Caponigro, and Seth Resnick from September 4-17, 2012 in the Arctic (Spitsbergen, Greenland, Iceland) for a digital photography workshop/cruise unlike any other.

Guest instructors are Eric MeolaArthur Meyerson, and Ragnar th Sigurdsson.

You will visit spectacular fiords with towering ice cliffs, magnificent glaciers calving icebergs, ancient villages, and wonderful wildlife – polar bears, walrus, seal, whales, and many sea birds.

 




20 June, 2011 - NEX Firmware Update Now Available

If you have a Sony NEX-5 or NEX-3 be aware that there is now a firmware update available that adds "focus peaking", just as found in the new NEX-C3.

If you use manual focusing, and especially if you use third party manual focus lenses via an adaptor, this update is a must have!

It can be found in English on the Sony Asia/ Pacific web site. This file is multilingual and can be used by any NEX-3 or NEX-5 in the world. This firmware update will likely be found later in the day on Sony Europe and Sony U.S. web sites as well.

A note to Mac users.... If you have a recent Mac that runs in 64 bit mode you will need to reboot before installing the update by holding the 3 and the 2 keys down. This will boot your Mac in 32 bit mode and allow the installation.

  

William Neill e-Books Now Available for Download Here




21 June, 2011 - Sony HX100 Field Review

So-called Superzooms are a very popular camera catagory, especially among people who need to travel light. 

Though image quality is usually no better than pocket cameras with similarly small sensors, the latest generation is improving.

Today we publish our field review of the Sony HX-100V, which may well be the new Superzoom Champ.

   

William Neill e-Books Now Available for Download Here




22 June, 2011 - A New Product Trifecta

Tuesday was the first day of summer and also a great day for really interesting product announcements. A new product trifecta, as it were.

Leica introduced the M9P, a mostly cosmetic update to its flagship camera. The Leica 21mm Super-Elmar-M f/3.4 ASPH was also introduced.

Our "Common Sense" columnist Sean Reid has just published an article for his own site – Reid Reviews – which looks at what is, and is not, different about this new camera.

Reid Reviews is an subscription site but is well worth its modest annual cost. Its a particularly rich resource for rangefinder camera photographers.


Hartblei has just announced the development of an exciting new RB/RZ 645 lens adaptor called the HCam. This is a complex product that can't be done justice in just a few sentences. Find out more and place your pre-order here.


Apple has just released the long awaited Final Cut Pro X at the remarkable price of U.S. $299. This appears to be a revolution in editing software. I'm just downloading it now and will have more to say about it in the days ahead.


This Thursday at 11AM Pacific Photo Espresso will feature a live interview with Greg Poole, vice-president of the Imaging and Recording Media Division with FujiFilm.  He will be talking about the new Fuji X100

    

 William Neill e-Books Now Available for Download Here




24 June, 2011 - ToughTech Duo QR Portable RAID

How do you handle file backup on location? A hardware based RAID 1 system would be nice, but not really portable.

There is a new solution, and it's called the ToughTech Duo QR. My review is now online.


I am in Mexico at the moment, shooting for the next week or so with the new Panasonic G3 camera and Panasonic / Leica 25mm f/1.4 Summilux for MFT.

I'll have images on the home page from time to time (starting today) during the next couple of weeks, and then a report in July.


  What's The Best Way to Learn Lightroom?

From The Experts – of Course

 Let Jeff Schewe and Michael Reichmann 
Teach You Lightroom

  

"Your Lightroom 3 tutorial is absolutely wonderful. 
It's better than anything else out there.
 

 

I especially enjoyed your conversational format. 
Very entertaining, 
yet so much deeper 
than a simple instructor's voice over screenshots.

I am hoping for more (maybe special photographic topics) to come! 
The 2 of you make a great team!

 

Thanks again for this highly educational and engaging journey.

 




28 June, 2011 - The Best Leica M Backup Body

So – you have an M8 or an M9. But, what do you do about a backup body? Another digital M is a pricey deal.

But what about a Micro Four Thirds or NEX camera body? With a lens adaptor vitually any M Leica lens you might own can be used. Which one is best though? A Panasonic, Olympus or Sony?

Read my new report to find out.

  

 "Cinematography for DSLR users is the best $14.95 I have spent in a very long time. Your episodes on CODEC and Sound were worth the price alone.

I realize these installments are "overviews" but they are jam packed overviews that are done very succinctly the way only two individuals with a great many years in both still & motion photography could deliver.

I really did have a blast watching all the episodes and really appreciate the additional web sites and reading material suggested." 

 




30 June, 2011 - Olympus Ups Its Game

Olympus today announced a complete revamp of its Micro Four Thirds line up. There are three new cameras, two new lenses and a new flash.

Doug Brown has his report online titled Olympus Ups Its Game.


Its been no secret within the photographic industry that Hasselblad's owners, the Hong Kong based Shiro Group, have been looking for a buyer for the company for some time. 

It was announced today that a European venture capital fund, Ventiz Capital Fund LP, has acquired Hasselblad. 

Hopefully this new ownership and captial injection will lead to renewed strength and direction for this venerable company.

    

 

 William Neill e-Books Now Available for Download Here

 




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