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17 May 2013

In this recurring column, we'll highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at a different perspective on the Creative Cloud, an easy Fujifilm infrared setup, Think Tank Photo's new test drive program and a free Jardine video.

  • Adobe's John Nack posted Apples, Oranges, & Creative Cloud: My Thoughts on CC, a thoughtful take on the move to Creative Cloud. He describes the application-centric 18-24 month development cycle compared to the "services that help [creatives] do their jobs, make money, and sustain their craft." Light room, he writes ,"was born of the realization that photographers didn't just need us to go deeper & deeper with Photoshop, but to go broader in addressing workflow challenges."
  • Derrick Story tried his RM-72 infrared filter his Fujifilm X20 with an X-Trans sensor that doesn't have a low pass filter. Presto! The X20 became "a capable infrared camera."
  • Think Tank Photo has launched a Test Drive Program for its Retrospective shoulder bags, which we personally prefer for our more compact gear. You select a bag, uses it for two weeks and if you liked it, you're billed for it about a month after placing the order or you return it with your suggestions for improving the bag. We like the Retro 5 for mirrorless gear but it's a little small for a dSLR.
  • George Jardine has released A Few Thoughts on Exposure & Tone Mapping, a free video "to help demystify the relationship between exposure values that are captured by your camera, and the brightness values they are mapped to during Raw processing."

More to come...

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