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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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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

 




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.


 

 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  




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.

  

 

 "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 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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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  

 

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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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 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

  

 

 "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 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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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  

 




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.


 

 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  

 




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.

 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  




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/

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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 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?

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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."
   

 

 




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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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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