What to do if you love photo editing plugins

Are you one of those heartbroken photographers that consider themselves treated unfairly after having the Nik collection installed for free? Think again. Before Google made the Nik collection available to all for free (the certain sign of death), it cost $100+. And when it first appeared in the pre-Google ownership days it cost a lot more. So who is really unlucky? Irrespective of the outlay, the biggest disruption is to those that heavily really on Nik for their editing. There are diehard fans that fully embraced Nik in their workflow and made it a part of their money making strategy. Many would surely be prepared to pay extra $ to keep Nik functional in the future. 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

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

Photo backups when on the move

Backups and storage of photos are two of the most serious issues photographers of all types are facing from moment they take their first series of shots. I would like to distinguish situations in two types. First we have to deal with backups as we proceed with our actual photographic session and secondly we have to worry about more permanent storage when back to our base. This post deals with the first face of backups when we actually take our pictures. Continue reading