Any idea where Nik Collection is going?

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Nik Collection is free. I suppose we all know about Google’s move by now. For many, free is an end in itself and I have to say I cannot complain about this part. But even if it seems like it is the perfect deal, like everything else, there are advantages and disadvantages. As far as things stand right now, the advantages seem to have the upper hand: Continue reading

Lightroom CC 2015.4: Boundary Warp Tool Samples

The new boundary warp tool is evidence that Lightroom CC updates contain a lot more than new camera and lens profiles. From time to time Adobe sneaks in some life savings goodies. The recent dehaze tool is great for fuzzy photos and can be used in multiple ways. For me personally however, panorama and HDR stitching are the most handy tools because they reduce visits to Photoshop to a bare minimum. Generally, panorama stitching in Lightroom provides better out-of-the-box results than Photoshop, with less warp and less need for geometric corrections. Continue reading

A welcome Lightroom CC graphics improvement

 

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A few weeks ago Adobe got itself into trouble by significantly changing – for the worse – its Lightroom import process. As CC Photography membership allows installation of Lightroom and Photoshop on two PCs, I held back on my main editing machine but installed the update on my desktop to see what the it was all about. From the first instant I disliked the new import method, it felt like a smartphone app designed for small screens (is that where Adobe wanted to go?) rather than full blown desktop software. So the backlash was completely correct. But are Lightroom updates a problem? Not really. Continue reading

Why 50Mp files can only be a good thing

Canon 5DsWe finally have Canon’s high megapixel DSLR answer to Nikon’s D800/810. It is in the form of the 5Ds and it offers no less than 50 megapixel images. It is a major leap of resolution from Nikon’s very impressive D800/810 and roughly two and a half times the resolution of the 5D MkIII which was up to now Canon’s highest resolution body. This move also firmly puts Canon in medium format territory. An impressive technical achievement that Sony sensors will surely try to equal or better in the near future.

I have come across a lot of online opinions, groaning and moaning about how one does not need so much detail, how large the files will be, and so on. I have some limited understanding about these views, overall however I am all for increased resolution. Continue reading

Peak selfie symptoms and backstepping to film photography

Selfie_brushPhotography equipment and software is improving in giant leaps. It takes effort to just keep up the pace with all of the news… But as photography is in the heart and literally the hands of the masses via smartphone technology, we cannot avoid some silly propositions to ruin the party. I will just show here the two products that made me write this post. I know that writing about them is some form of advertisement, but they are evidence of the sorrowful side of photography that you could be in if you are not careful about what you buy. Continue reading

Why Lightroom is now the center of the photographic universe

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Us photographers always love epic battles between two sides and tend to support one of the two with fierce devotion. Think about film versus digital, color versus b&w, DSLRs versus mirrorless and probably the most well known of all, Canon versus Nikon, the epic battle that still rages on! Thinking about it the other day, unlike hardware, we never had anything similar on the software front. Continue reading

4 simple tips to avoid deleting your images by accident

The little girl in the video below is heart-breaking. But it can be much much worse if we are talking about lost precious memories made in a faraway destination or during an event that cannot be replicated or repeated. The worst is of course images of kids that grow up and will never be the same age again…

So here is a few tips that can help avoid accidental image deleting disasters: Continue reading

Is an expensive 46 megapixel Canon what we really need?

Canon_DSLRCanon has been at the DSLR cutting edge since the inception of digital SLR cameras. No question about it. It therefore has a moral obligation to do its best to stay at the number one spot, at least in sales volume and prestige with professionals. However, I have a bad feeling that it is trying to do so by alienating a market segment that has always been at the core of its strategy. And this is enthusiast photographers that are willing to pay a bit extra for their hobby, invest in a nice lens collection and so on. Continue reading