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Volume 2

Glow HexaPop

Snap Art 4

DxO Optics Pro 9

Fotomagico 4

Rogue Safari

ViewPoint 2

AElements 12

Video Editing

OpticFilm 120

A Lightroom 5 Licensing Issue

Exposure 5 Ups The Ante

FilmPack 4 Takes Effects Beyond Emulsion Emulation

Mastering Image Development With Jardine

Correcting Distortion In ViewPoint, Lightroom

Lightroom 5 Beta Preview

Printing On Ilford Galerie Prestige Fine Art Papers

We Test Epson's Natural Canvas

Big Lens App Is Free

Cortex Camera App Is Free

Most Used Tool: Crop

Teaching

A Christmas
Wish

A Christmas Scene

Candlestick

Assembling A Softbox

The Restorers

Anything Your Heart Desires

Using Someone Else's Camera

Scanning Slides With A Camera

A Beautiful Day

Happy Thanksgiving

Can YesVideo Save Your Life?

Fifty Years After

Serious Camera Advice

Getting Out Of Jail Card

Mavericks Diary

Nadar's Lesson On Photography

Appearances Are Everything

Photographers & Comedians

Taking Your Photo Collection Inventory

Shooting The Minister

A Trip To The Store

The Fiber Optic Game

A DIY Camera Finder

An Evening Out

'Because They Marched'

Sending Small Raw Files Without Lightroom

Windisch Exhibit of 1960s Surf Photography

Perspective

Inkjet Printing Misconceptions

Kodachrome, Browsers, Color, Memories

A Baby Shower Gift Idea

The Secret To Success

The Big Deal With Big Printers

Camera Reviews & Photography

Fluency, LeBron, Chumash, Sign & So On

Photography Does Not Come In A Bottle

Portrait Of The Photographer As A (Very) Young Man

Shooting A Wedding

Independence Day

Carrying On About Carry-On

Chicago Stanley Cup Victory In 2,000 Words

Two Simple Lessons

Can You Hierarchy?

How To Read A Photo

The Panic of 2013 -- Accessing Your Work

A Salute

Going Beyond The Wigglegram

A First Communion

An Old $8 Rexatar Zoom Survives Into The Digital Age

Painting A Photo

Improving Your Craft

The Old Gray Mare

The Water's Fine

Getting Started In Photography

Warm Water Cove, Ilford Galerie

Roger Ebert On Image Composition And Life

Why The Cat Runs Away With The Bride

A Modest Proposal For The Creative Suite

Bent Out Of Shape Over Two Shows

Springing Back After The Fact

Making Photo Coasters

Sharing Photos With Visitors

Shooting Rivera's Murals

How Sweet Is Pellegrin?

Playing With Aspect Ratios

A Valentine

Photographs From The Unembedded

Our Secret Backup & Archiving Strategy In Action

The Dentist Shoots, We Smile

On Assignment: The Party

Avoiding 'The Chair'

What's A Prime Lens?

Fraenkel Gallery Hangs 'The Unphotograph-
able'

Golden Gate Heights

Twin Peaks

Mount Sutro

City Walk

100 Ideas That Changed Photography

iPad for Digital Photographers

The ASMP Guide To New Markets In Photography

Man Ray

My Favorite Brunette

Andre Kertesz

Photography

David, the Sleuth

George Eastman House

Harry the Photographer

Robert Frank

Edward Steichen

Alfred Stieglitz

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Diane Arbus

Edward Weston

John Dominis

Saul Leiter

Jack Mitchell

Editta Sherman

Deborah Turbeville

Bill Eppridge

Bert Stern

Helen Brush Jenkins

Abigail Heyman

Wayne Miller

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December

Auld Lang Syne, My Friend!

31 December 2013

We sing it every year (thanks to Guy Lombardo) but what does it actually mean? Well, this year, we're providing a public service. A translation of the peculiar song of Scottish poet Robert Burns titled Auld Lang Syne...

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Remembering John Dominis

31 December 2013

Life photographer John Dominis passed away yesterday at home with his partner of three decades, the sculptor Evelyn Floret, at his side. He was 92.

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Around The Horn

31 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 an inexpensive Web album application, plastic lens mounts, a year wearing Google Glass and a poignant photo essay.

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Eastman House Q&A With Lisa Hostetler

30 December 2013

Rachel Pikus, manager of online engagement at George Eastman House, has posted an interview with Lisa Hostetler, the new Curator-in-Charge of the Dept. of Photography on the Eastman House blog.

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Photoshop's Most Used Tool: Crop

30 December 2013

Speaking about good teachers, Adobe's Bryan O'Neil Hughes covers the new and improved version of the Crop tool in Photoshop CC. It's one of our favorite tools, particularly since our images here are pretty small.

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Teaching

30 December 2013

In our remarkably warm winter spell, we've been sitting on the patio in the sun reading Oblivion, A Memoir by Hector Abad about his father, who was also named Hector, an epidemiologist and the founder of Colombia's National School of Public Health.

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Matinee: 'Man Ray, The Man Who Invented Himself'

28 December 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Around The Horn

27 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 smartphone photo workflow, DxO's extended holiday sale, a deal at Ink361 and some forgotten Mount St. Helens images.

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A Christmas Wish

25 December 2013

On the way to the tree this morning, we noticed Rudolph resting by the piano, his work done for now. We thought his legendary nose seemed a bit more monochromatic than usual. But when we looked a little more closely, we could see it still glowing.

Rudolph at Rest. Still glowing, though.

Our very best to you and those in your circle. May that circle continue to expand, letting in even more light.

A Christmas Scene

24 December 2013

We came across this Christmas scene over the weekend on our way to the Legion of Honor to hear the organ concert, one of our favorite holiday activities. It struck us as something like an urban nativity scene, a modern creche, a non-religious holiday tableau.

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Say Au Revoir But Not Goodbye To Candlestick

23 December 2013

It's entirely possible that tonight's 49er-Falcon game will be the last 49er game at Candlestick Park. It isn't certain, so we'll serenade the old reinforced concrete lady with Harry Kennedy's 1893 performance of Say Au Revoir But Not Goodbye.

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Matinee: 'My Favorite Brunette'

21 December 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Never Done

20 December 2013

There may be no guarantees in life but there are nevertheless sure bets. And one of those familiar to anyone who has ever used a camera is that as soon as you cap the lens and tuck the camera away, a wonderful image will walk right up to you, pose and smile just long enough for you to kick yourself.

The job is never really done.

We were indulging in a little Christmas street photography today with a polarizer on the end of a 35mm prime. Hoping to come up with an image or four we could use as Christmas cards, we'd bagged 85 shots. By then our transfer was expiring, so it was time to get back on the streetcar and head for home.

But we remembered -- for no particular reason -- the advice to look behind yourself every once in a while. And when we did, we saw this couple entering the Delancy Street tree lot at Pier 30.

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Around The Horn

20 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Hobby's recommended gear, Flickr embedding, Kost's 2014 slide show and a slide show of Volunteers of America Santas.

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Adobe Sets Date for MAX 2014

19 December 2013

Adobe will once again hold its Max Creativity Conference in Los Angeles but in 2014 it will be held in October rather than May. The Oct. 4 to 8 conference will feature "over 5,000 of the most creative minds in the world," the company said.

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White House To Expand Media Access To President

18 December 2013

A month after complaining that White House press photographers were "routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties," news media representatives sat down with the White House to resolve the dispute.

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Around The Horn

18 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Apple's Raw update, iPhoto Library Manager, iPhotos+ and Jardine's ACR 8 video workshop.

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The Trick To Safely Assembling A Softbox

18 December 2013

Light modifiers travel small but work big. Even an umbrella has to be opened. And larger softboxes actually have to be assembled. That's not a bad thing because that's what makes it possible to transport these huge diffusers in small, cue-stick like cases. But it can be dangerous if you don't know the trick to assembling them.

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DxO Releases Optics Pro 9.1.1

18 December 2013

DxO Labs has released Optics Pro v9.1.1 with support for the Nikon Df (Elite Edition), the Sony Alpha 7 (Elite Edition), plus the Sony RX10/A3000, Pentax K-3 and the Panasonic LF1.

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Around The Horn

17 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 GraphicConverter, the Fujifilm X100S, file organization and a FilmPack webinar.

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Custom SLR Erects Forty-Tripod Christmas Tree

17 December 2013

With a table full of its Fotopro tripods, Custom SLR got into the holiday spirit by turning them into a Christmas tree complete with garland, lights and a Santa tree-top.

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Around The Horn

16 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Jim Kenny, a fire, the Sony A7/A7R and the Nikon Df.

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Matinee: 'Andre Kertesz'

14 December 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Friday Slide Show: Golden Gate Heights

13 December 2013

Yesterday was our fifth consecutive Spare the Air day. No burning in the fireplace. Prevented from rubbing two sticks together to keep warm, we bundled up, popped the Rexatar on the Nikon D300 and hiked up to Golden Gate Heights.

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Around The Horn

13 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 cameras of the year, David Vestal tributes, the Creative Cloud and creativity.

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Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.3, Camera Raw 8.3, DNG Converter

12 December 2013

Adobe has announced the availability of Lightroom 5.3 and ACR 8.3 final release on the Adobe site, according to the Lightroom Journal. We'll publish the download links below but the products have various update routes, which we also detail.

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Boinx Releases FotoMagico 4.4

12 December 2013

Boinx Software has released Fotomagico 4.4, which the company calls "a major update" to its $99.99 slide show creation tool. The update focuses on "the underlying sytems" to improve the user experience with smoother transitions, better color accuracy and faster exports.

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X-Rite Announces Three Free December Webinars

12 December 2013

During December -- and starting today -- X-Rite is offering three free webinars to help photographers "gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their photography and manage their workflow."

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Apple Updates iPhoto For Mavericks

12 December 2013

Apple has released iPhoto for Mavericks 9.5.1 to fix "an issue that could cause print previews to render incorrectly." The 1.15-GB update includes unspecified stability and performance improvements as well. Older versions of iPhoto for systems before OS 10.9 are not affected.

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The Restorers

11 December 2013

At the Legion of Honor you can watch the restorers work on various pieces in the collection through a large window. Their work light is quite intense as they take pains to restore the art.

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Anything Your Heart Desires

10 December 2013

A year ago today, we launched Photo Corners as a way of "continuing to discuss our passion for getting the picture," as we put it that day in our first story. But it was more about your passion than ours.

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Microsoft Enhances Photosynth Experience

10 December 2013

Microsoft has updated its Photosynth technology to produce synths that "are as smooth as a Steadicam video, but they're ultra-resolution and completely interactive," according to the Photosynth blog.

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Flying Meat Releases Acorn 4.2

9 December 2013

logo Flying Meat has updated Acorn, Gus Mueller's image editing software for OS X, to version 4.2. Mueller said the update implements "some of the top feature requests from professional users." That includes OpenGL, 16 bit channels, new text rendering, a Radial Gradient Blur and more.

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Using Someone Else's Camera +

9 December 2013

We knew it was coming when we saw the grandmother fumble with her daughter's Nikon D90 at the baby's christening. "I don't know how to use this thing," she pleaded. "Would you do it?"

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Matinee: 'Photography'

7 December 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Deals: Photoshop Photography Program Extended Again

7 December 2013

On the Photoshop.com Blog, Adobe announced its ~Photoshop Photography Program~ () has been extended without restrictions for the second time this month to Dec. 31. The post explained...

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Scanning Slides With A Camera

6 December 2013

A very long time ago we wrote about copying slides with a Nikon 990 and Nikon's slide copying accessory. It worked pretty well. But we never did experiment with a higher resolution dSLR. Until today.

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Sakar Drops Polaroid Nikon Clone

6 December 2013

Nikon reported today that Sakar International has agreed it will "no longer manufacture, import, advertise, promote, offer for sale, sell or ship the Polaroid iM1836 digital camera in its present configuration."

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Around The Horn

6 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 the Fine Art Photography business, balanced camera design, camera menu systems and Lightroom image sizes.

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The Glow HexaPop Solution

5 December 2013

Sometimes we pull on our multi-colored tights and put on those shoes with the curled toes and jump up on our steed (an old office chair with a pneumatic piston) to fight the good fight. The good fight, in today's battle, is a soft on-camera flash. Something you can walk around with.

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Datacolor To Host Two Free December Webinars

4 December 2013

Datacolor has announced two free Webinars this month. The first covers landscape photography and the second discusses optimizing your workflow. Both require registration.

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DxO Releases Optics Pro 9.1 With More Detailed Denoising

4 December 2013

If there was a complaint about the new PRIME denoising technology in Optics Pro 9, it was that it was a bit too smooth. Today's v9.1 update takes care of that.

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DxO Adds Two Effects To FilmPack v4.5

4 December 2013

With the release of v4.5 of FilmPack, DxO has added Agfa Scala 200x and Kodak Ektar 100 film emulations to the package.

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A Beautiful Day

3 December 2013

It was just a spectacularly beautiful day here today -- and, as you know, we don't fling adjectives around lightly. The air was unusually clear, the sun low, the shadows deep, the color rich.

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Deals: Adobe Extends Photoshop Photography Program

3 December 2013

Late today Adobe extended its holiday promotion for the Photoshop Photography Program, which offers any photographer Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for $9.99/month as an annual subscription through Dec. 8. No prior Photoshop or Lightroom license is required.

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Around The Horn

3 December 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Tenba Classic camera bags, PocketWizard rebates, CM Batch Photo Processor and AccuRaw.

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A Quick Peek At Alien Skin's Snap Art 4

2 December 2013

Usually we'd publish this news in an Around The Horn article but we've been following natural media conversion software (for lack of a more confusing term) for a long time. We had to try Alen Skin's new release of Snap Art 4.

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November Harvested

1 December 2013

With autumn waning, we've pulled in the harvest. November was a very encouraging month here with new highs in many readership metrics as we continued to deliver the news that matters in as efficient a format as we can devise.

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November

Matinee: 'David, the Sleuth'

30 November 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Around The Horn For Black Friday II

29 November 2013

In this recurring column, we 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). In addition to our earlier Around The Horn For Black Friday, we look at today's deals from B&H, Adobe, Adorama, Canon, DxO and Ink361.

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Happy Thanksgiving

28 November 2013

All happy families, the novelist Tolstoy once observed, resemble each other. He was, we think, disqualifying them from further scrutiny in favor of the unhappy variety, which he found infinitely more interesting.

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Remembering Saul Leiter

27 November 2013

Just as he was about to get famous, Saul Leiter passed away. It just wasn't in his nature.

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Around The Horn For Black Friday +

27 November 2013

In this recurring column, we 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). With Black Friday upon us, we look at a few unusual shopping resources, including Story's Gift Guide, Joe McNally's shopping tips, Aquafadas discounts and Adorama's Gift Guides. We'll update this page as we run across more items.

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Can YesVideo Save Your Life?

26 November 2013

At a secret, undisclosed (as opposed to secret, disclosed) location downtown the other day (we're not saying which day), we had a brief but illuminating conversation with YesVideo CEO Michael Chang.

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Datacolor To Host Daily December Giveaways

25 November 2013

Datacolor has announced a month-long holiday giveaway during December with "a new door opening each day to reveal the featured prize and partner." Anyone can enter the Datacolor Happy Holidays Giveaway for a daily chance to win.

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Black Friday: BorrowLenses Rentals 15 Pct. Off

25 November 2013

BorrowLenses is offering a Black Friday discount of 15 percent on all rental orders placed placed Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 for ant future delivery date.

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Camera Bits Holds Online Vote To Thank Nonprofits

25 November 2013

Camera Bits, celebrating Photo Mechanic's 15th anniversary, has come up with an unusual idea to express its gratitude to "the nonprofit organizations who help make our industry stronger with their dedication and hard work." The company will donate 15 Photo Mechanic licenses to the winner of an online poll where you can vote for your preferred nonprofit through Dec. 15.

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RawDigger 1.0 Released

25 November 2013

LibRaw LLC has released RawDigger 1.0 [MW] as shareware with a 30-day trial period. The Raw data analysis tool is available in three editions, each of which is discounted 33 percent until Jan. 1, 2014.

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Apple Sets Photo Sharing Limits

25 November 2013

Claiming "no limit to the number of photos you can upload to My Photo Stream over time," Apple has set a limit to how many photos you can send to iCloud "within a given hour, day, or month." The company said the policy is designed "to prevent unintended or excessive use."

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Matinee: 'George Eastman House: Picture Perfect'

23 November 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Fifty Years After

22 November 2013

It is as sunshiny a day this morning as it was in Dallas five decades ago. And we have spent the morning reading what people remember of that weekend, of that man, of that time.

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Press Photographers Protest White House Ban

21 November 2013

White House press photographers have sent a letter to the administration claiming they are "routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties." At the same time, they note, the administration has been releasing its own photos and video of the events.

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Serious Camera Advice

21 November 2013

As someone who used to compile a camera gift guide this time every year, it's a pleasure to point out two real-world lists of recommended gear. And we're doing it in plenty of time for those Black Friday specials next week, too.

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Around The Horn

21 November 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Epson Mavericks support, Saul Leiter, Sami Sagolj's photojournalism rules and photo evidence of the JFK assassination.

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Think Tank Photo Launches Laptop Retro Line

20 November 2013

Think Tank Photo has launched the Retrospective Laptop Bag series, a new line-up of laptop bags. These new bags feature the classic materials and design of Think Tank Photo's Retrospective line, offering quick access to your well-concealed gear.

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Adobe Extends Photoshop Photography Program +

20 November 2013

When Adobe launched it Photoshop Photography Program~ in September, the $9.99/month subscription was restricted to owners of CS3 and later. Until Dec. 2, Adobe is ~extended that offer to anyone.

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Tweaking The Site +

19 November 2013

We've made a few changes to our front page today, as you may have noticed. They do a better job of presenting our content so you don't miss anything important.

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Around The Horn +

18 November 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Taitiana Altberg, an 'in spec' lens, making fine hair selections and a simple three-light portrait setup.

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Phase One, Tether Tools Host Webinar On Tethering, Offer Pro Kit

18 November 2013

Phase One and Tether Tools have teamed up to co-host a free webinar on using Capture One Pro and Tether Tools for tethered shooting. The Nov. 20 demo will also feature a question and answer session with co-hosts David Grover and Lauren Kapinos.

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Matinee: 'Harry the Photographer'

16 November 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Getting Out Of Jail Card

15 November 2013

Some days you just need a Getting Out of Jail, Free card. Yesterday was that kind of day here. Oh, we posted the important news and worked on a few reviews but at a certain moment we just had to stop and roll the dice, hoping to pick up that card.

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Iridient Digital Updates Iridient Developer

14 November 2013

Brian Griffith has has released Iridient Developer 2.3.2, updating the $75 Raw image editing software for Mac OS. Griffith said the update addresses "several bug fixes (including a critical issue with some slider adjustments on non-English systems running 10.6.8) and various improvements particularly with Sigma Merrill models." In addition, Raw file support has been added for the following cameras...

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Apple Issues Raw Compatibility Update 5.01

14 November 2013

Apple has released Digital Camera Raw Compatibiity 5.01 with support for new cameras in Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. But there's a catch.

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Custom SLR Kickstarts Air Strap

14 November 2013

Camera straps are getting to be like camera bags. There's one for every mood. Or move. Custom SLR thinks most of them, though, are thin, uncomfortable and hard to adjust. So they've launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new design they call the Air Strap.

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Mavericks Update

13 November 2013

No Crashes. Fujifilm X-S1 at 1/900 sec. and f8 with ISO 200 and 158.6mm.

After a few days of doing the configuration dance, we've actually resumed our normal activities on the MacBook Pro whose operating system we updated to Mavericks.

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Verschoren Script Mimicks Everpix Flashback

12 November 2013

On his Pint of Code blog, Thomas Verschoren has described an Automator action to move old images into a Dropbox folder where he can view them with an app on his iPad. The scheme mimicks Everpix's daily flashback feature, Verschoren said.

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Around The Horn

12 November 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 job cuts at newspapers, the Ollocip 4-in-1 convert lenses, disk drive longevity and a Think Tank Photo rebate.

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Remembering Jack Mitchell

11 November 2013

Jack Mitchell, who passed away last week at the age of 88, made a name for himself photographing celebrities. But not the kind that fly into your TV screen every night like flies at a window. He focused his lens on artists, dancers, actors, musicians and writers. People who made art.

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Matinee: 'Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait Of Robert Frank'

9 November 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Lightroom 5.3, Camera Raw 8.3 Release Candidates Posted

8 November 2013

Adobe has posted its Lightroom 5.3 and Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 release candidates on Adobe Labs. The Camera Raw candidate for Photoshop CS6 users does not include Photoshop CC features, but it does include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes.

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Hostetler Appointed Eastman House Curator-in-Charge

8 November 2013

George Eastman House has appointed Lisa Hostetler as curator-in-charge of the Deptartment of Photography, a post she will assume before the end of the year.

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Remembering Editta Sherman

7 November 2013

The Duchess of Carnegie Hall, who had to leave the studio penthouse over Carnegie Hall where she'd raised her family and run a portrait studio for 61 years, left the larger stage at the age of 101 last week. "She is at peace now and she is clothed in her ballerina dress with her diamond shoes dancing her way home to our hearts," her Web page announced.

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Tamron Developing 150-600mm Ultra-Telephoto Zoom

7 November 2013

Tamron has announced the development of an ultra-telephoto zoom lens ranging from 150mm to 600mm for full-frame and APS-C format dSLR cameras in Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. The zoom range surpasses the company's current 200-500mm model.

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A Third Day At The Beach With Mavericks

6 November 2013

When we spoke about the complexity of our OS X environment yesterday, we had just scratched the surface. Reconfiguring Apache to run PHP and recognize our virtual hosts locally was a nuisance but not rocket science. Testing a few critical applications was rewarding if a bit inconclusive. But today we rolled up our sleeves.

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DxO Optics Pro Adds Support For Nikon D610, Coolpix P7800

6 November 2013

DxO Labs has added support for the Nikon D610 and Nikon Coolpix P7800 in Optics Pro 9.0.1, bringing its innovative PRIME denoising technology to both cameras. We reviewed the image processing software's unique denoising approach last month.

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A Second Day At The Beach: The Mavericks Saga

5 November 2013

Why is it that "upgrades" always seem to entail a dramatic loss of productivity? Had we upgraded to Mavericks on our main machine, we'd have gotten a lot less work done today than we did. But there's an explanation for that.

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Everpix To Shut Down

5 November 2013

In a blog post titled We Gave It Our All..., Everpix announced it "will be shutting down in the coming weeks." The service has gone into read-only mode and will continue to operate until Dec. 15.

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Induro Introduces PHD3 Multi-Axis Panhead

5 November 2013

Induro's new PHD3 Mult-Axis Panhead combines "the convenience and speed of a ballhead with the precise control of a panhead," the company said in announcing the $385 tripod topper that includes a matching Arca-Swiss compatible quick release plate.

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Deals: BorrowLenses 10 Pct. Off, Free Day

5 November 2013

Affiliate BorrowLenses is making a Thanksgiving offer you'll be grateful for when you rent "cameras, lenses, strobes and more and get an extra day free when your rental period ends on Thanksgiving."

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Nikon Introduces 'Digital Fusion' Df +

4 November 2013

After a series of Pure Photography video teasers, Nikon official announced its Df FX-format dSLR that harkens back to a simpler time in the art. The Df packs the same 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 3 image processor as the D4 into the company's smallest and lightest FX-format body.

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Fotomagico 4 To The Rescue

4 November 2013

Now and then the editor in us chuckles amicably before slapping the wrist of our other hand to remind us we shouldn't give it all away in the headline. But we just can't curb our enthusiasm sometimes. This is one of them.

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X-Rite Fills November With Color Calibration Festival, Webinars

4 November 2013

In addition to a robust schedule of seven November webinars, X-Rite has announed its first annual Festival of Color Calibration, "a nationwide celebration of digital color calibration for photographers, filled with education, demonstration, creative workflow revelation and jubilation both in stores and online."

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A Day At The Beach +

4 November 2013

Well, not quite. We're finishing up a review for publication later today on our main machine but, as the screen shot shows, we've decided to update our traveling MacBook Pro to OS X 10.9.

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Around The Horn

4 November 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 the Nikon D610 dust problem, David Hobby's worst "lighting" mistake, a Sekonic rebate and Derrick Story's new fast lens and shoulder bag.

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Matinee: 'Masters of Photography: Edward Steichen'

2 November 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Fall Back

2 November 2013

Only a public service announcement (of the most significant kind) would oblige us to interrupt either of our weekends. But we have a pressing one: the end of Daylight Saving Time (for those of us under its thumb) at 1 a.m. tomorrow. Which instantly becomes midnight again.

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October Archived +

1 November 2013

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When the month ends, we sit down with a cup of coffee and compile its archive manually. It's not something we want to automate because it gives us a chance to review our work. Were the news stories worth archiving? Did we get enough reviews done? Were our features insightful? And were those editor's notes both fun and useful?

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October

Around The Horn

31 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 software reviews, iPhoto Library Manager, Photomatix Pro Beta and two galleries: Nikon's Small World 2013 winners and a gallery of Shorpy images from the early 1900s.

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Nadar's Lesson On Photography

30 October 2013

The Italian poet Guido Gozzano, admiring the difference between a goose and a man, summed it up succintly...

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DxO Perspective Free In Mac App Store

30 October 2013

DxO Labs has released DxO Perspective for Mac OS X on the Mac App Store. And it's free until Nov. 3. DxO Perspective corrects perspective and horizon problems, much like its $79 ViewPoint 2, which we recently reviewed.

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Adobe Breach: 38 Million Users, Photoshop Code

29 October 2013

KrebsonSecurity said today that Adobe has reported the ~data breach earlier this month~ (03-adobe-hacked.htm) involved 38 million active users and included at least some Photoshop code in addition to the Acrobat, Reader and ColdFusion code previously acknowledged.

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A Peek At Google+ HDR Scrape, Analog Efex Pro

29 October 2013

When Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra introduced new tools for photographers today, he said they'd be "available this week." What he meant, though, was that they'd be available today.

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Google+ Improves Photo, Video Services

29 October 2013

In Google+ Hangouts and Photos: save some time, share your story, Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra described the Google+ improvements to its photo and video services showcased at today's October event in San Francisco.

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Olympus Announces Stylus 1 Megazoom

28 October 2013

The $699.99 Stylus 1 won't be available until December but Olympus has already unwrapped its 28-300mm megazoom with an f2.8 constant aperture, high resolution EVF, control ring and WiFi in a dSLR-like body.

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Rogue Safari Spotlights Your Subject

28 October 2013

The Safari dSLR pop-up flash booster from Rogue Photographic Design in Santa Cruz is a clever solution to the problem of casting a weak pop-up flash a few feet further. And make no mistake, it does work. Rogue claims a three-stop or 800 percent increase in distance that works out to about 70 feet away.

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Around The Horn

28 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 nice PhotoPlus Expo story, digitizing books, using Lightroom on location and how to update to Mavericks.

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Remembering Deborah Turbeville

28 October 2013

Surrounded by friends, listening to Rachmaninoff on her iPad, photographer Deborah Turbeville passed away last week in a Manhattan hospital at the age of 81.

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Matinee: 'Ansel Adams, Photographer'

26 October 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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DxO To Host Optics Pro 9 Webinar

25 October 2013

DxO will host a one-hour Optics Pro 9 interactive webinar featuring professional photographer Hector Martinez. The webinar will cover the new features in Optics Pro 9, which we recently reviewed.

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Epson Adds Waterpaper Sheet to Signature Worthy Line

25 October 2013

Epson has introduced Exhibition Watercolor Paper Textured, the newest of its Signature Worthy line of fine art media. Designed to deliver a distinctive feel, it also features rich blacks, a wide color gamut and smooth tonal gradations.

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Shutterfly Acquires BorrowLenses

24 October 2013

In a A Letter From Borrowlenses Founders today, Max Shevyakov's and Mark Gurevich announced, "Today we've announced that BorrowLenses.com is now part of the Shutterfly, Inc. family of brands. While the news is big we're still the same loyal and devoted team you can rely on for your photo and video gear rental needs. The best is yet to come!"

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Iridient Digital Updates Iridient Developer +

24 October 2013

Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 2.3.1, updating its $75 Raw image editing software for Mac OS. Among the highlights of the new version are...

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MindShift Gear Introduces Rotating Backpack +

24 October 2013

It won't hit the shelves until January, but MindShift Gear can't keep it a secret. The rotation180° Panorama will be "the world's first rotating day hiker backpack." No need to take it off your back to get at your gear.

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Adorama Introduces Flashpoint 3Pod Tripods

23 October 2013

Adorama has unveiled a comprehensive lineup of supports for both still and video cameras, including a line of ballheads for the still tripods and fluid heads for the video tripods.

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PhoozL 'Beauty' Contest To Benefit Photo Charity

23 October 2013

Photography competition site PhoozL has announced a special Beauty photo contest that will benefit the Josephine Herrick Project, the former Rehabilitation Through Photography. With a $25 entry for up to three images, photographers may win one of the contest prizes but will certainly help JHProject via their entry fees.

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Eye-Fi Introduces 32-GB Mobi WiFi Card

23 October 2013

Our inbox included an email today from Eye-Fi announcing a 32-GB version of its Mobi WiFi SD card. Included with the announcement was an offer for a free 8x10-inch framed canvas print with the purchase of the $99.99 Class 10 card on the Eye-Fi Web site through Dec. 31.

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A Comparison Review of DxO Optics Pro 9 +

23 October 2013

It was, as we expected it would be, an interesting briefing. DxO Optics Pro product manager Laurent Prost and DxO chief scientist Frederic Guichard introduced us to Optics Pro 9, announced early today, by explaining that recent gains in ISO sensitivity have been primarily via software.

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DxO Updates ViewPoint For Aperture, Lightroom 12

23 October 2013

DxO has released an update to ViewPoint, its optical distortion correction software, with several improvements. Among them are...

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Datacolor Adds Lightroom/Photoshop Webinar

23 October 2013

Datacolor has added Top Tips With Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to its October webinar schedule. Adobe's Richard Curtis and Datacolor's Richard West will reveal "he latest tips and tricks on how to get the best out of Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop software as well as how to combine this into a color managed workflow."

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DxO Releases Optics Pro 9 With Improved Denoising

23 October 2013

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DxO Labs has released DxO Optics Pro 9 with Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement or PRIME noise reduction technology that, the company claims, adds a full stop in image quality over the competition.

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Adobe On Mavericks Compatibility: 'No Major Issues' +

22 October 2013

With the release of Mavericks today, Adobe has published OS Compatibility and FAQs for Mac OS Mavericks (v10.9). According to Adobe, "All Adobe CC and CS6 products are compatible, but a few products require updates to the latest builds to work properly. Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS4 and CS3 were also tested with Mac OS X Mavericks and there are currently no major issues known."

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It's The Little Things

22 October 2013

We took the Rogue Safari, here for review, on a little safari yesterday to see what it could do in the real world. And then we came across an out-of-this-world tree stump.

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Around The Horn

21 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Pogue's new job, Einstein monoblocs, Elements+ and a free treatise on movie editing.

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Matinee: 'Alfred Stieglitz: The Eloquent Eye'

19 October 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Fujifilm Announces X-E2, XQ1 Cameras

18 October 2013

Fujifilm has announced two cameras which straddle the magical $500 to $1,000 price range in which most cameras are sold. The compact "XQ1's sensor size approximately doubles those in ordinary compact digital cameras." And the interchangeable lens X-E2 features the "latest APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor." Both cameras boast WiFi and very fast phase detect autofocus.

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Nikon Introduces Entry-Level D5300, Zoom/Focus Lever

17 October 2013

Updating its D5200, Nikon has introduced its $800 D5300 DX-format dSLR with a 24-Mp CMOS sensor, no low-pass filter, built-in WiFi plus GPS, a 3.2-inch LCD and support for 1080p movies at 60p. The body will be available in black, red or a new gray color.

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Nikon Announces 58mm f1.4 Prime

17 October 2013

Celebrating Nikkor's 80th anniversary, Nikon has announced a 58mm f1.4 prime lens inspired by the company's legendary Ai Noct Nikkor 58mm f1.2 released in 1977. The new lens distinguishes itself for its corner-to-corner brightness and sharpness wide open and reduced flare and ghosting, the company said.

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Fotodiox Introduces Three LED Lights

17 October 2013

Fotodiox has introduced two new 312-model LED lights and a larger 12x12-inch LED panel. The compact panels, which can lock onto each other to build larger units, feature locking barn doors, filters, battery operation and a backlit LCD panel showing light color, intensity and battery status. The smaller units even include a ballhead mount.

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Around The Horn

16 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 bad filter fit, diffusing a beauty dish, the iPhone 45s in Patagonia and Akvis social sharing updates.

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Sony Introduces A7/A7R, RX10, New Lenses

16 October 2013

Sony made a trio of announcements overnight, introducing a full frame camera with a new lens mount based on the NEX E-mount, a 24-200mm superzoom and several new full-frame E-mount lenses.

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Datacolor Schedules Remaining 2013 Free Webinars

15 October 2013

Datacolor has announced the remaining schedule of its free Color Management Webinars co-sponsored by Metz/Manfrotto School of Xcellence, Lowepro, Joby and DxO.

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Around The Horn

15 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Lightroom's tone curves, the Wirecutter's printer recommendation, VueScan and a new Configurator panel for Photoshop CC.

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Nikon Sues Sakar Over Polaroid iM1836

15 October 2013

Nikon has sued Sakar International "for the alleged infringement of the design patent and trade dress right owned by Nikon" related to the $367 Nikon 1 and Sakar's $299 Polaroid-brand iM1836. The company claimed it had negotiated with Sakar "to amicably solve this problem" before filing the suit.

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Mission Rock Holiday

14 October 2013

Isn't this an ambiguous image? Perfect for such an ambiguous holiday. A shadow falls on this golden gerbera just as highlights on its opposite petals are burned out by the light. It rests in nothing more than a Ball storage jar as a vase. And behind it, nicely blurred, are some pier pilings in the bay imitating a painting hanging on the wall.

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Matinee: 'Henri Cartier-Bresson: Pen, Brush and Camera'

12 October 2013

As we've said before, Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Spiraling ...

11 October 2013

We're no stranger to the marble staircase at the Mechanics' Institute. "Take the stairs," we mumble under our breath whenever we walk through the lobby, passing the invitingly open door of one of the three small elevators.

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Around The Horn

11 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 lens testing, dual pixel autofocus, Comic Life and F-Stop.

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Iridient Developer 2.3 Released

10 October 2013

Brian Griffith has released an update to Iridient Developer 2.3 which "greatly expands support for Raw image information based lens corrections to numerous new cameras including most all recent models from Canon, Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic," Griffith said.

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Free Webinar On Printer & Output Calibration

10 October 2013

Datacolor will present The Essentials Of Printer And Output Calibration, a free webinar with Richard West on Tuesday, Oct. 15. West will explain how to use the Spyder4 and SpyderPRINT to calibrate your monitor, deal with color spaces and build your own print profiles for any paper you want.

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Subscriber Benefit: Copyrighter +

9 October 2013

We had an interesting problem the other day. Harald Johnson sent us a photo to use with a story about the first photo ever taken. It was stripped of most of its Exif data but we wanted to put his copyright on it. We put our copyright in the Exif header on all of our images but we didn't have a way to put someone else's copyright in there.

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Around The Horn

9 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 new features in Adobe Camera Raw 8.2, McNally's traveling strobes, Snap Art and free Android apps for photographers.

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Richardson Shoots Scotland With iPhone 5s

8 October 2013

National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson challenged himself to shoot with Scotland with only an iPhone 5s in Capturing the Aura of the Scottish Highlands With the iPhone 5s. It wasn't always easy.

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Fotodiox Introduces Sony RX1 Accessories

8 October 2013

Fotodiox has launched a line of accessories designed just for the Sony RX1. They include a hefty grip, a handsome lens hood and a bigger shutter release button.

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Nikon Announces D610 +

7 October 2013

You can exhale now. Nikon has announced its D610, the replacement for the D600, plagued by a dust and oil spot controversy since its release. The D600 also disappointed with a 1/200 sync speed and the lack of a sync jack (but we are in the world of the Creative Lighting System, after all).

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Around The Horn

7 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 affordable mirrorless cameras, free scripts to move your photos out of iPhoto, GraphicConverter and Snapheal Pro.

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Ricoh Unveils Pentax K-3 +

7 October 2013

Ricoh has announced its Pentax K-3, an APS-C dSLR with a few new wrinkles, including a selectable anti-aliasing filter, autofocus sensors that can function in very low light and wireless control from your smartphone or tablet in a magnesium alloy, weather-sealed body with dual SD card slots and body-based image stabilization.

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Kost To Teach Free Lightroom Workflow Workshop

7 October 2013

This weekend, Adobe Lightroom evangelist Julieanne Kost will host Revitalize Your Workflow with Lightroom 5, a free two-day seminar on the Lightroom workflow. "I'll show you how to save time every step of the way, from importing Raw images to exporting expertly enhanced photographs -- and everything in between," she promised.

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MindShift Gear Introduces Tripod Suspension Kit

7 October 2013

The Think Tank Photo spin-off MindShift Gear has developed a solution for carrying a tripod on a hike. The $47.50 Tripod Suspension Kit includes two adjustable connection straps and one tripod collar strap, plus custom sprint gate aluminum attachment clips. The kit is designed to attach to a backpack shoulder harness.

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Appearances Are Everything

7 October 2013

One morning, after waking up from another unresolved bad dream, we resolved to have only pleasant dreams in the future. The dream itself was trivial. A reminder we hadn't performed a particular chore. But we didn't like waking up on that side of the bed.

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Matinee: 'Masters of Photography: Diane Arbus'

5 October 2013

As we said last week, Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Burtynsky Follows 'Oil' With 'Water'

4 October 2013

Photographer Edward Burtynsky has followed his 12-year project photographing the culture of oil with an appreciation for water with shows at several galleries, a Steidl-published book, a film and a new iPad app.

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Remembering Bill Eppridge

3 October 2013

He was invisible. And now he's gone. Bill Eppridge, who told his subjects, "I'm not going to ask you to do a thing. I just want to be there," captured history in his camera before passing away today at the age of 75.

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Adobe Customer Data, Source Code Hacked

3 October 2013

KrebsOnSecurity is reporting today that hackers broke into Adobe's network, accessing nearly three million customer credit card records and stole login data for an undetermined number of Adobe user accounts. Adobe also said the hackers accessed source code for some of its products including ColdFusion and possibly Acrobat.

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A Photographer's Grave

3 October 2013

The Halloween decorations are out and the pumpkins piled up at the supermarket but the real thing is always more engaging. PhoozL founder Harald Johnson recalled his visit to "the world's oldest photograph in a display case in Austin, Texas."

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Around The Horn

3 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 mirrorless cameras, Margo Seibert, Narrative (formerly Memoto) and new bags from Lowepro and Tenba.

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Bampton Releases Free 'Lightroom 5 Quick Start Guide'

2 October 2013

Victoria Bampton has released a free Lightroom 5 Quick Start Guide ebook. The 5.2-MB PDF covers a lot of territory in just 76 pages.

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Turnley's 'French Kiss' Available For Pre-Order

2 October 2013

Photojournalist Peter Turnley's 144-page French Kiss -- A Love Letter to Paris, his homage to "romance, beauty, hope, and love," is now available for pre-order at the photographer's site.

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DxO Optics Pro v8.3.2 Adds Canon 70D, Sony RX1R

2 October 2013

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DxO Labs has released DxO Optics Pro v8.3.2 [MW] with support for the Canon 70D and Sony DSC-RX1R. The new version also adds 448 new Optics modules to its library of over 14,000 modules.

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Welcoming The Baby

1 October 2013

The announcement came from the mother this morning as an email with all the details of the baby's 3:18 a.m. birth. Four image were attached, all smartphone shots, showing each parent holding the newborn, whose eyes were tightly shut. Bright lights are an acquired taste.

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Around The Horn

1 October 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 PocketWizard rebate, relinking missing Lightroom files, Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk and Sight Control.

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Lightroom's Warde Shows How To Create Camera, Lens Profiles

1 October 2013

At a Lightroom User Group meeting in San Francisco last week, Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde demonstrated how to create your own camera and lens profiles. And how to use them.

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September Archived

1 October 2013

Not to sound like a broken record but records were made to be broken. After publishing a record 48 stories in August, we put up 49 in September, a shorter month. That included eight features (including a new Saturday Matinee movie), 22 commented news items, eight Around The Horn articles highlighting 32 items, plus four editorial pieces, three site notes and four reviews, including the final piece in our series on the OpticFilm 120.

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September

The 'Pied Piper' Returns

30 September 2013

Usually, it isn't good news to hear that the Pied Piper has returned. But last month, the cherished Maxfield Parrish painting by that name returned to its spot above the bar at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. And, after doing a little research at the Mechanics' Institute across the street, we dropped in to welcome it back.

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Matinee: 'Edward Weston: The Photographer'

28 September 2013

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Around The Horn

27 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 DIY strobe repair, an iPhone light meter, ArtWork and VueScan's latest improvements.

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Photographers & Comedians

26 September 2013

You hear the car fire up as you see the tail pipe vibrate. Cut to the car cruising down the expressway with quick cuts to a close-up of the idiosyncratic dash, and the bright lacquer paint on the hood. More cruising before a quick cut to some brilliant chrome sparkling detail in the sunlight. All the time, you hear that engine purring.

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Adobe Releases Photoshop CC 14.1.2

25 September 2013

Just two weeks after fixing the user preferences problem with Photoshop 14.1.1, Adobe has released another update to address the F5 issue. The update, available via either the Creative Cloud application or Photoshop's Help menu includes a few other fixes as well...

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Taking Your Photo Collection Inventory +

25 September 2013

If spring is for cleaning, fall must be for taking inventory. Of our photo collection, that is. We're in the middle of it now and already there have been a few surprises.

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ViewPoint 2 Delivers More -- And Less

25 September 2013

DxO Labs takes an unorthodox approach to software development. It solves problems, making its tools more and more useful. Sometimes that means the tool gets a little less powerful, a little less theoretical and a touch more natural. Which his precisely what has happened in the newest version of ViewPoint, the company's lens distortion tool.

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'The Greatest Comeback In Sports'

24 September 2013

Team New Zealand enjoyed a 6-1 and 8-1 lead over Team USA earlier in the 34th America's Cup but today they dock their 72-foot wing-sail catamarans tied 8-8. The winner of the next race will take home the Cup.

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A Tip Sheet For Readers

24 September 2013

Knowing how to use a printed publication is no mystery: you flip the pages until something catches your eye. Knowing how to use a Web publication like Photo Corners is nearly as simple: you scroll until you find something to click. But we've built in a number of small conveniences to make it more efficient for you to know what we've published, what we've updated and what people say about it.

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Adobe Releases Elements 12

23 September 2013

If the end of the baseball season and the start of the football season don't make you feel like crawling under a rock, if you have the irresistible urge to tear off your t-shirt and paint some enormous capital letter on your chest, if you aren't hoarse already from all the excitement, you'll be glad to know that Adobe has freshened up its tandem Elements offering again this fall.

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Datacolor Hosts Free Webinar On Solving Capture Problems

23 September 2013

The best solution to a problem is to avoid it in the first place. Or, put another way, if you don't have time to do it right, when are you going to find the time to do it over? On Thursday, former Apple and Nik Software guru Richard West will explain how to apply Datacolor's solutions to imaging issues before they become problems. So you won't have to do anything over.

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Shooting The Minister

21 September 2013

As we were finishing the saga of how we managed to burn a DVD of the wedding video with chapter markers, the made-you-look story of the moment was of an Episcopal minister turning around mid-ceremony to tell two cameramen to go away.

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Video Editing: The DVD

20 September 2013

The movie was finished. But the show had not yet begun. Nobody was going to launch Premiere Pro CC to see our production. We had to encode it for at least one output medium.

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Deals: DxO FilmPack 3 Essential Edition For Free

19 September 2013

Give DxO your email address before Oct. 31 and it will send you an activation code for its FilmPack 3 Essential Edition. Just use the form on the DxO site.

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Around The Horn

19 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Tiffen rebate, Darktable, Acorn and iOS 7.

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Nikon Introduces Nikon 1 AW1 With Two Lenses, Strobe

19 September 2013

Nikon has announced a new Nikon 1 designed to be used underwater up to 15m using two new waterproof lenses, a 10mm f2.8 prime and an 11-27.5mm zoom. The company also introduced a filter for the lenses to prevent fogging and an underwater strobe expected to ship in the spring of 2014.

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InVision Photo Festival Headliners Announced +

18 September 2013

Olympus and ArtsQuest have announced that photographers Eugene Richards, Olivia Bee, Roxanne Lowit, Chase Jarvis and Olympus Trailblazer Victor Rodriguez, Jr. will highlight the lineup at the 2013 Olympus InVision Photo Festival Nov. 1-3 in Bethlehem, Pa.

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Nikon Introduces OPTIA For Camera Lens Design

18 September 2013

Nikon has developed an Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer, a device to measure aberration in interchangeable camera lenses. The tool was first developed for evaluating the company's IC steppers and scanners but has been extended to handle the wider band of wavelengths and amount of aberration in camera lenses.

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Epson Announces Perfection V550 Scanner +

18 September 2013

Epson has announced its $199 Perfection V550 scanner with very good technical specifications and one feature for which there is no known cure. Like Canon's latest multifunction devices and LaserSoft Imaging's latest version of SilverFast, the V500 is capable of social networking. In this case, it can share scans directly to social networking sites like Facebook.

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Adobe: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop Photo Program, Pen & Ruler

17 September 2013

Adobe has released Lightroom 5.2, marked the start of its Photoshop Photography Program, upgraded its pen and ruler project to a planned product and reported Creative Cloud has over one million paid subscribers. No wonder the America's Cup race today was postponed.

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Fujifilm Announces X-A1, XC Lenses

17 September 2013

Fujifilm has announced its $599 X-A1, an entry-level X mirrorless camera with a 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 XC OIS kit lens and a 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 XC OIS zoom. Unlike the X-M1's X-Trans sensor for $200, the X-A1 uses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor that can be cranked up to ISO 25,600.

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Around The Horn

17 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 PhotoPresenter, camera backpacks, VueScan and another fairy door.

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Follow Photo Corners On Twitter +

16 September 2013

In addition to our RSS feed, which is updated immediately with every story we publish, you can now follow Photo Corners on Twitter. Our plan is to tweet each story we publish immediately after updating the RSS feed.

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A Trip To The Store

16 September 2013

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Friday night our LaserJet 4M refused to power on. We use a monochrome laser to print text documents. We generate a lot of text for Photo Corners, but we produce even more for other things. And printing any of it with an inkjet is like bathing in champagne.

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OpticFilm 120 Reflections +

13 September 2013

It's hard to believe we published the first segment of this eight-part review on Feb. 22. The long delay between then and now, as we wrap up our final thoughts, is due to both a generous loan period and some unresolved issues we patiently waited out.

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Around The Horn

13 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Apple's Raw Compatibility Update, The Birmingham Project, Pablo Inirio and Lando's week with Heisler.

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Adobe Quickly Resolves Two Photoshop CC Issues

12 September 2013

Adobe has updated Photoshop CC to v14.1.1, quickly resolving two recent issues for subscribers. At the same time, the company acknowledge a mis-mapped keyboard shortcut, promising "an additional update to correct this issue in the very near future."

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Rogue Safari Extends Pop-Up Flash Eight Times

11 September 2013

The Rogue Safari Pop-Up Flash Booster from ExpoImaging attaches to your pop-up flash, concentrating its output to extend its reach up to eight times, according to the company.

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The Online Photographer To Hold Father-Son Print Sale Sunday +

11 September 2013

A father-son pairing of two images will be the first print offer of the Fall season at The Online Photographer. And it's not just any father-son combo either. A collaborative image by the Caponigro boys, Paul and his son John Paul, will go on sale Sunday.

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Around The Horn

11 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 lens perfection, Zack Arias, JAlbum and PrintLife.

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Team USA Ducks, Apple Enhances iPhone Experience +

10 September 2013

We spent the afternoon buffeted by the wind as we shot the America's Cup. The Kiwis embarrassed Team USA, which used too big a jib for the wind and made an inexplicable tactical mistake to lose the lead on the third leg. Team USA called off the second race of the afternoon using its one postponement card, so it trails by five races now.

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Olympus Introduces Flagship OM-D E-M1, Two Zooms +

10 September 2013

A real grip, more physical controls and a dual focusing system are behind Olympus' new Micro Four Thirds flagship OM-D E-M1, which can be pre-ordered for $1,399, body only. The company also announced two new premium m4/3 lenses, a 12-40mm zoom and a 40-150 zoom with a fixed f2.8 aperture.

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Opera By The Dahlias

10 September 2013

Opera Stars. Move your cursor from left to right over the image to see the dahlia-divas Spotlight, Applause and Backstage. Shot with a Nikon D300 and 18-200mm Nikkor using a polarizing filter then processed in Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 and Nik Sharpener Pro.

While we're polishing up our Reflections on the OpticFilm 120, finally concluding a review begun in February, we thought we'd treat you to a few of the stars we shot at Opera in the Park on Sunday. Not the singers, unfortunately. We were too far back. But these three beauties held a candle to no one.

The slide show technique is a variation on a Friedlgram, for lack of a better word, which we wrote about in May. The user-paced display of similar images simply becomes a user-paced slide show with different images.

The Fiber Optic Game

9 September 2013

We received an ominous notice from AT&T the other day titled "Important Changes Are Coming to your AT&T Internet Service." Our street address was listed right under it. They know where we live.

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Around The Horn

9 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 an Apple Raw Update bug, image processing chips, social media rights and an interview with Thomas Knoll.

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A DIY Camera Finder

6 September 2013

You remember them, perhaps fondly. They had these big button panels in lovely colors that asked you if you knew what you wanted or not and if you were buying new or upgrading your digital camera. You tapped into their expertise enthusiastically, hoping to find your dream on sale at the end.

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CyberLink Releases PhotoDirector 5

6 September 2013

CyberLink has released its $99.99 PhotoDirector 5 [MW] image editing application that includes advanced features like beauty enhancements (Body Shaper, Eye Blinger, Skin Smoother), video color grading, High-DPI support and automatic lens corrections. In addition, presets put many of these features to work for you right away.

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Adorama Launches Glow Series Light Modifiers

5 September 2013

Adorama has launched Glow by Flashpoint, a new brand of heat resistant light modifiers including umbrellas, diffusers and softboxes designed with superior construction and materials, including a super-strength, silver, gridded fabric lining the interior surfaces of the box that adds a crisp quality to the output.

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Around The Horn

5 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 new title of Vietnam War photos, Akvis Sketch, Snapheal Pro and using a 50mm lens to report the news.

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Nikon Announces Two Digicams, System 1 LED Light

4 September 2013

Nikon has announced two new Coolpix digicams and an LED light for the System 1. Highlights include...

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Around The Horn

4 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Metabones Speed Booster, Galaxy Gear, Instagram's Gotham filter and Wacom tablets.

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Deals: Creative Cloud Photography Bundle For $9.99/Month +

4 September 2013

At Photoshop World today Adobe announced a Photoshop Photography Program that "includes access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, plus feature updates and upgrades as they are available; 20GB of cloud storage for file sharing and collaboration; and Behance ProSite for your own fully customizable professional portfolio." And the price, Hilda? Just $9.99 a month, about half the single application price.

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Sony QX10, QX100 Previewed

4 September 2013

One day it's the revival of that old 35mm efilm concept with the DigiPod and the next it's Sony slapping digicam muscle onto your puny smartphone.

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Tom Hogarty Demos Lightroom Mobile at Photoshop World

4 September 2013

The keyword is "seamless" but the technology is based on Lightroom 5's Smart Preview and, it seems, a little of Revel, too. The product is Lightroom Mobile for tablets and, in the words of Lightroom Product Manager Tom Hogarty, it's "the future of Lightroom."

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DxO Releases Optics Pro v8.3.1 With Support For Five New Cameras

4 September 2013

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With today's update of Optics Pro to v8.3.2, DxO's image processing software now supports five new cameras, including the Panasonic GF6/G6, Olympus PEN E-P5, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 and Pentax K-50 II. The update also includes minor bug fixes, according to the release notes.

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New Eastern Span Of Bay Bridge Opens

3 September 2013

Last night after 10, the Bay Bridge reopened, allowing motorists to cross the new eastern span for the first time. But they didn't do it quite like they usually do.

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MindShift Gear Introduces Lens Switch Case

3 September 2013

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The Think Tank Photo spin-off MindShift Gear has developed a solution for quickly swapping lenses in the field. The $42.50 Lens Switch Case attaches on a belt or backpack like the rotation180 to carry up to a 70-200mm lens.

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X-Rite Announces Free September Webinars

3 September 2013

This month X-Rite has planned three free webinars with a question-and-answer session following the live presentation. Topics include portrait retouching, color management and processing ice and snow images.

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August Archived

1 September 2013

As we archived our August editorial work, we discovered we'd broken a record, publishing 48 stories. That included seven features, 20 commented news items, 10 Around The Horn articles highlighting 40 items, plus four editorial pieces, three site notes and three rather extensive installments in our review of Premiere Pro CC in our video editing series.

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August

The Cantilever Closes Forever

31 August 2013

When the Bay Bridge closes, it's more than an inconvenience. It's a time warp. Twenty minutes becomes two hours. We've had a few closures since the Loma Prieta quake in 1989 but this week the cantilever span closed forever.

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Video Editing: The Ins & Outs

30 August 2013

So what's the difference between all those clips spliced together into a rough cut and the final movie? The art of editing. And it makes quite a difference.

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An Evening Out

30 August 2013

Dinner was served. But the lady across from us was puzzled. "Is this the chicken piccata?" No, it was the roasted chicken.

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File Sync Returns To Creative Cloud

29 August 2013

Adobe has announced the return of file syncing to the Creative Cloud, according to an email we received today. It's been rolling out the revised feature since earlier this month.

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Around The Horn

29 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Access for the iPad, WiFi cards, Image Smith and Image Dream.

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'Because They Marched'

28 August 2013

Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. described his dream of a better world, President Obama honored the ordinary citizens whose march on Washington that day began turning that dream into reality.

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PictureCode Releases Photo Ninja Update

28 August 2013

PictureCode has updated Photo Ninja, its $129 Raw image editor, to version 1.1.1 following its 1.1.0 release just two weeks ago. Highlights of the new release include...

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Around The Horn

27 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 hot-shoe cable, the Canon 70D, GraphicConverter and the Eclectic Photography Resource.

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Sony Introduces A3000, NEX-5T, E-Mount Lenses

27 August 2013

Sony made three E-mount system introductions today, including an APS-C dSLR-style mirrorless camera using the NEX lens mount, an ultra-portable NEX-5T with WiFi plus a power zoom and three new E-mount lenses, including a power-zoom G-series zoom.

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Sending Small Raw Files Without Lightroom

26 August 2013

George, what hast thou wrought? One little article about Smart Previews and sharing small Raws and the Web is abuzz with Victoria Bampton's shortcut of a DNG export with lossy compression and small previews.

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Windisch Exhibit of 1960s Surf Photography

24 August 2013

Canonflex, Janis Joplin, long foam boards, Plexiglass, another era. The 1960s in San Francisco. A kid from Washington High hanging out at Kelly's Cove in the Richmond District, the Cliff House blocking the view to the north but not the waves. He surfed. With a 35mm camera bolted to his board. Shooting the action in black and white. Before autofocus. Before wet suits.

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Around The Horn

23 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Kelby's kit for the NFL preseason, USC's photo library, an Apple Raw update and PhotoLine.

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Tips For Using Text Search

23 August 2013

We haven't stopped working on our new Text Search after we launched it last week. But it was good enough right out of the box that we didn't wait until we'd polished it up. Based on code we'd run for a decade elsewhere, we knew it was working but on our own site we had a chance to refine it.

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Around The Horn

22 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 silky multimedia presentation, Raw Photo Processor, the highest resolution photos of the night sky ever captured and how some smart kids did the right thing.

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Canon Introduces New PowerShots, Printers, Printing App +

22 August 2013

Canon has introduced a number of new products, including a Facebook-ready version of its diminutive Power N, the PowerShot G16 plus three more PowerShots, two new AirPrint all-in-ones, an app to print images from social networking sites and a 55-250mm zoom.

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Perspective

21 August 2013

We're in that twilight zone where some kids have started school and the rest are enjoying the end of summer. Two of our nephews in the latter camp dropped in for a visit and we made the rounds, including McCovey Cove. His 521 homers as a lefty are still the National League record. Because right field was his front porch, we explained, the end of Mission Creek over the right field wall was christened McCovey Cove.

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Kost Reveals Mysteries of Lightroom Print Module

20 August 2013

We almost never print directly from Lightroom. Usually that's because we use it for event coverage and that stuff is published to the Web, not printed. But the truth is we've never really understood how to play the print game in Lightroom. Fortunately, Julieanne Kost reveals all in Print the Perfect Image in Lightroom 5.

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Of Editing & Editors

20 August 2013

The N.Y. Times Lens Blog is always worth a click. Not only (as you might expect) are the images worth a peek but the text is just as illuminating. Today's story, though, transcended the usual fare.

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Wacom Brings Pressure-Sensitive Stylus To iPad

19 August 2013

With its $99 Intuos Creative Stylus, Wacom brings a Bluetooth-based, pressure-sensitive solution to the iPad 3 and later. The feature, which supports 2048 pressure levels, works with Wacom's Bamboo Paper app as well as Autodesk SketchBook Pro for iPad, ArtRage by Ambient Design, ProCreate by Savage Interactive and Psykopaint.

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Nikon Adds Digiscoping Attachment For New Monarch Scopes

19 August 2013

Nikon has introduced an F-mount attachment for its dSLRs and another compatible with its Nikon 1 mount to use its new Monarch scopes with those camera systems.

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Deals: Jardine Master Class Plus Workflow Video

18 August 2013

It's just for today but you can get George Jardine's Lightroom Location Workflow & Catalog Management video series for free when you buy either the online or DVD version of his Image Correction Master Class.

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Video Editing: Rough Cut

16 August 2013

The old Braun espresso maker huffed and puffed and steamed out a little espresso. The birds chirped in the trees, the sun warmed the fog, the fog diffused the sunlight. It was such a lovely morning that we thought we'd just go back to bed without the coffee.

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Inkjet Printing Misconceptions

16 August 2013

We couldn't help it. Among the reader reports at MacInTouch, there was a request for a recommendation for an inkjet printer. We clicked. We read it. We sighed.

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Around The Horn

16 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 protecting your online photos, sunglasses for the color blind, Walmart's 10-year-old USB drives and Amazon's user reviews.

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Custom SLR Introduces Fotopro Tripod Line

15 August 2013

Custom SLR has partnered with Fotopro to bring a new line of professional and travel tripods to the U.S. The initial offering includes the C5i tripod, which converts to a monopod, and the TT-1 travel tripod kit, which includes a sling bag.

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Think Tank Photo Launches TurnStyle Light Sling Bag Line

15 August 2013

Think Tank Photo has introduced its TurnStyle line of lightweight but spacious sling bags in three sizes and two colors for both dSLR and mirrorless systems with room for a small tablet, too.

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Getty Museum Launches Open Content Program

15 August 2013

In a Getty Museum blog posting this week, Getty President and CEO Jim Cuno announced the museum's Open Content Program, noting it's "an idea whose time has come." As a result, some 592 vintage photographs have become available in high resolution "free to use, modify and publish for any purpose."

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An Improved Text Search

14 August 2013

When we designed this site, we thought it would be silly to write our own software to search the site for specific text. Isn't that what Google is for? It is but it turns out that Google doesn't update it's database as often as we publish. So the results of a Google search on our site are almost always incomplete.

Here's the new and improved version:

Text Search:

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Kodachrome, Browsers, Color, Memories

14 August 2013

When National Geographic photographer Nathan Benn was featured on the New York Times Lens blog the other day, Mike Johnston at The Online Photographer observed that the blog's color was off. The images "have had their color jacked up digitally ... so they look a lot like digital and unlike Kodachrome," Johnston wrote. He continued...

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Around The Horn

14 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Photo Ninja update, a 41-Mp camera in a watch, Mac Pro pricing and a VueScan update.

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MindShift Gear Introduces Contact Sheet

13 August 2013

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The Think Tank Photo spin-off MindShift Gear has developed a solution for those on-site locations that are inhospitable to expensive gear. The $39.99 Contact Sheet is a 3.5 x 5-foot ground tarp that stuffs into a mesh pouch for travel.

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Flying Meat Releases Acorn 4.1

13 August 2013

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Flying Meat has updated Acorn [M] to version 4.1, adding a number of new features to the company's $49.99 image editing software. Among the highlights are CMYK exports, vertical/horizontal canvas flips, a background blur filter, a mirror filter and more.

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Iridient Developer 2.2 Released

12 August 2013

Iridient Digital has updated Iridient Developer [M] to version 2.2 with support for lens vignetting corrections including automatic correction from LCP lens profile files, DNG format images with embedded lens metadata and some camera manufacturer's Raw metadata.

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Around The Horn

12 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 the Samsung NEX300, the Nikon 1 System, color vision and a war photography exhibit.

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Video Editing: Prep

9 August 2013

The DVD is sitting in a jewel case by the HDTV as we sit down to describe what it was like to edit 107 video clips, 113 stills and two long audio files into a one-hour and seven-minute movie of our recent wedding video project. Which suggests that it can be done.

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'Too Much Johnson' Found In Italy

8 August 2013

Orson Welles directed Too Much Johnson in 1938 but the silent film was thought to be lost forever until someone found it in an Italian warehouse.

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Deals: $10 Off Seim Effects Power Workflow 4

8 August 2013

Seim Effects has released its $59 Power Workflow 4 with a $10 discount, along with its 45-day money-back guarantee. The suite of presets designed for event photographers is compatible with Lightroom 4 or 5 but a legacy version is also included that works with Lightroom v1 to v3. That's how long photographer Gavin Seim has been working on this set of presets.

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Around The Horn

8 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 the Zeiss 135mm lens, m4/3 IR lenses, Sabi Sabi and the clandestine film Sous Le Manteau.

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Going Places

7 August 2013

As a lover of exotic automobiles, we're a regular rider of public transit. "Beautiful things," Auntie once explained it, "are impractical." She was referring to her antique collection but who's to say exotic automobiles are not antiques?

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Around The Horn

6 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 Amazon Art, rental lens repair data, Lighting 101 and a special offer from Think Tank Photo.

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Nikon Announces DX Zoom, 14x Coolpix, WiFi Coolpix, Compact Strobe

6 August 2013

Nikon has introduced four new products, including a new 18-140mm zoom for DX-format dSLRs, two new digicams and a lightweight speedlight. Three of the products are available for pre-order with units shipping at the end of the month.

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A Baby Shower Gift Idea

5 August 2013

We were under the impression that males were exempt from attending baby showers. But apparently we're mistaken. We received an invitation a month or so ago and not only were we invited but one of the hosts was a male, too.

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A Monopod With A Twist +

5 August 2013

Five twists, actually. There's the four locks that extend the 18-inch WalkAbout monopod to 60.4 inches and the one on top with the embedded compass. The one on the top is a nicely colored metallic bulb that lets the monopod function as a walking stick, too.

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The Secret To Success +

2 August 2013

He led his college football team to two straight undefeated seasons, won the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Trophy and was voted the Associated Press athlete of the year in his senior season. Who was he?

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X-Rite Announces Free August Webinars

1 August 2013

X-Rite has announced three free August webinars. In addition to a color management webinar by X-Rite's Brenda Hipsher, two sessions will be led by professional photographers Cristina Mittermeier and Marc Muench on travel photography, image organization, photography with a social purpose and efficient post-production workflow habits.

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Around The Horn

1 August 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 choosing a Safari camera, scouting a location (Part 2), the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Sigma's mount swap program.

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July Just Archived

1 August 2013

We've just added our July stories to the Archive, which functions much like a monthly magazine for readers who prefer to drop in every few weeks. In fact, we had triple the visits to the Archive this month as new readers found it a good place to catch up on what we've been doing here.

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July

Adobe Releases Lightroom 5.2, Camera Raw 8.2 Candidates +

31 July 2013

In addition to addressing some Lightroom 5 "hot issues," new Lightroom and Camera Raw release candidates from Adobe Labs added some new features and additional camera support, too.

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Out To Lunch

31 July 2013

Some images just cry out to be monochrome. And some monochrome images just sob and sob if they aren't black and white. Here the white plates of various shapes present an appetizing portrait even as the blackened skillets on the back shelf suggest a darker side. How could this not be a black and white image?

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The Big Deal With Big Printers

31 July 2013

There's no certification program to become an expert. You just wake up one day older than someone else who gets in touch to ask you a question that never occurred to you. Merely out of courtesy, you mumble something or other in general before more comfortably harping on your pet peeve for a while and then finally getting into a lather about what really bugs you. And -- presto -- you're an expert.

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Smithsonian Shows Fitch, Flick, Mayes Landscapes

30 July 2013

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibit Landscapes In Passing features the work of three photographers who separately photographed the American landscape 40 years ago.

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Around The Horn

30 July 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 camera shake, the Canon PowerShot N, Giles Duley's portraits and a Behance demo.

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Around The Horn

29 July 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 scouting a location, unearthing diagnostic info from your camera, a slide show sharing service and plans to develop 300-GB optical discs.

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Novelist Shteyngart Reflects On Google Glass Experience

29 July 2013

The New Yorker has published O.K., Glass, Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer by Gary Shteyngart, author of the novel Super Sad True Love Story. Shteyngart reports from the field on what it's like to wear Google Glass all day.

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Datacolor To Offer Free Summer Color Management Webinars

29 July 2013

Datacolor, manufacturers of the Spyder color management system, has announced four free webinars hosted by Datacolor's David Tobie and photographer David Saffir and co-sponsored by Sigma, Hoodman, onOne Software and Eizo. Topics include safari photography, composition, post-production and selective color editing.

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Deals: Jardine Twofer Today Only

28 July 2013

George Jardine is offering his Catalog Management & Location Workflow series free with the purchase of his new $29.95 Lightroom 5 Develop series. But the deal is for today only.

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Corny Friday

26 July 2013

There's more to this corny shot taken at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco than first meets the eye. But that would be a potato joke.

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Deals: Attend Photoshop World, Get Creative Cloud Free

26 July 2013

Scott Kelby has announced that full conference attendees to National Association of Photoshop Professional's Photoshop World will get a one-year full subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud. A pass to the conference, which is being held from Sept. 4 to 6 at the Madalay in Las Vegas, is $598 (with a $100 discount before Aug. 2 or for NAPP members).

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Johnson Revisits Digital Printing

26 July 2013

When PhoozL founder Harald Johnson wrote Mastering Digital Printing in 2003, he wanted "to create an in-depth reference to the new world of digital printing for photography and fine art." Ten years later, the question is unavoidable: "Is anybody still printing photos?"

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Ilford, Canon Will Print Your Photo For Free

25 July 2013

If you buy your photo paper at a big old office supply store, today is your lucky day. Ilford and Canon are again teaming up to show you what a fine art paper can do for your image with their Try My Photo program, which runs through Sept. 30.

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Jardine Releases Free Lightroom 5 B&W/Split Toning Video

24 July 2013

George Jardine has just released a free video on Black & White and Split Toning in Lightroom 5. It's the ninth video in his new series on Lightroom 5, which he said he expects to complete shortly.

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Around The Horn

24 July 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 new image sharing site, a m4/3 prediction, an image editor designed for retouching and a news large lens pouch.

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Adorama Introduces Flashpoint Folding Bracket

24 July 2013

Adorama has expanded its house-brand Flashpoint flash bracket collection with the $15.95 Flashpoint Folding Bracket, which can be attached to either side of a camera or camcorder and folds flat for storage.

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A Lightroom 5 Licensing Issue +

23 July 2013

At first, we thought it was just us. A subscriber asked us if Lightroom 5's Copy Settings command always applies any crop. So we launched Lightroom to see what happens only to be met by the registration screen. We thought that odd because we registered it with a permanent license weeks ago. Still, we filled out the forms and clicked the Finish button. And Lightroom quit.

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It Must Be Monday...

22 July 2013

We escaped the fog yesterday, motoring south half an hour for a little sunshine. But this morning we're sweating more figuratively. Lightroom 5 won't launch so we can't investigate two issues readers brought to our attention.

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Around The Horn

19 July 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 Fred Ritchin, Photospector, Peekpoke and FotoMagico.

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Camera Reviews & Photography

18 July 2013

At the end of his short (and happy) review of the Olympus EP-5, Kirk Tuck talks about what he finds interesting about a camera....

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Book Bag: '100 Ideas That Changed Photography'

17 July 2013

This is the big orange book in the '100 Ideas' series from Laurence King Publishing, which covers Art, Graphic Design, Film and Architecture in addition to Photography.

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Fluency, LeBron, Chumash, Sign & So On

16 July 2013

We don't know how it happened. One day we were the ones behind the wheel. And they were tucked into their car seats behind us. Now we sit in the back as they drive.

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Around The Horn

15 July 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 Neil Steiberg's photos, Light Blue, AccuRaw and VueScan.

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DxO Optics Pro 8 Adds Support For GoPro, Smartphones, Samsung NX/EX

15 July 2013

With v8.3, DxO Labs Optics Pro now corrects optical distortions for GoPro cameras, five of the latest Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones and nine Samsung NX and EX cameras. And through July 31, the new version is available at a significant discount, too.

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Around The Horn

12 July 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 photojournalist's car trunk, a Photoshop plug-in that uses gestures, Think Tank Photo's beltpack promo and Photoshop CC sync settings.

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Photography Does Not Come In A Bottle

12 July 2013

If only you could bottle that," one uncle or another would say. "You could make a fortune." We dream of fortunes but think in bottles. Nice, hermetically sealed, little things that can float on oceans to faraway destinations or sit in the basement with a prestigious label gathering dust.

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Portrait Of The Photographer As A (Very) Young Man

11 July 2013

We took a long walk Sunday from the Marina to the Ferry Building, stopping to rest a bit at Aquatic Park. There's a retaining wall to hold the grassy hill back from sidewalk that follows the sea wall that's just the right height for a stool.

We'd passed a portly gent, to use the nautical term, in a Yosemite sweatshirt, a recent Canon dSLR hung from his neck with a long zoom lens on it. The gear obscured the wisp of a boy at his feet, pestering him with questions.

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'Beginner's Flash' Collects 13 Years Of Tips & Techniques In 390 Pages

11 July 2013

We're pleased (relieved even) to announce the publication of Beginner's Flash. Written over a 13 year period, these 134 short pieces first appeared by special arrangement as columns in the Imaging Resource Newsletter, which we edited from 1999 to 2012.

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Around The Horn

10 July 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 Derrick Story's free Flickr tutorial, Pier 24's new exhibit, a show featuring the current work of former Chicago Sun-Times photographers and David Hobby's LumoPro LP180 review.

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Canon Rebates Pixma Pro Printers

10 July 2013

Canon is offering some stunning rebates on its relatively new line of 13x19-inch professional printers. And by stunning, we mean a $300 mail-in rebate on its $399 dye-based printer, $200 on one of its $699 pigment-based printer and $200 on its other $999 pigment-based printer.

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DxO Updates ViewPoint For Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 Compatibility

10 July 2013

DxO Labs has updated ViewPoint, its distortion correction application, for plug-in compatibility with Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5. We reviewed ViewPoint in May, comparing it to Lightroom 5's new distortion controls.

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PhoozL Launches First Cash Prize Photo Contest

9 July 2013

Photo competition site PhoozL has launched Pets in B&W, its first contest featuring cash prizes.

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NEC Introduces PA242W 24-Inch Monitor With GB-R LED Backlight

9 July 2013

NEC Display has introduced the MultiSync PA242W, a new 24-inch, GB-R LED backlit display with "a wider color gamut and more color control than a conventional white LED backlight."

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On Reflection

9 July 2013

We thought this was going to be a three-part series on shooting a wedding video. And we thought our experience would scare you into hiring a professional. By the time we sat down to tell our story, we had indeed shot the video. But there was one thing we hadn't done that has made us reconsider a few things.

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New Zealand Flies Solo In Cup Regatta +

8 July 2013

Emirates Team New Zealand picked up a point in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series yesterday when Luna Rossa Challenge, the Italian boat, sat it out. Luna Rossa had earlier protested over a switch to heavier rudder winglets as part of regatta director Iain Murray's safety recommendations.

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Around The Horn

8 July 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 free Martin Evening PDF on Camera Raw 8.1, gear theft, GraphicConverter and JAlbum.

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On Assignment: At The Reception +

5 July 2013

We had tried to tour the reception room the day before the wedding with the father of the groom. But it was being used for a business meeting. So we got our first look at it as we entered the door with the tripod.

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Independence Day

4 July 2013

Last year we celebrated the Fourth with spiral hot dogs, which patriotically promised more surface area for condiments to salute the meat. This year, we're in a more reflective mood, looking for something a little less filling to chew on.

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On Assignment: Shooting The Wedding +

3 July 2013

The day of the wedding we awoke to freshly charged batteries and clean media that had been battle tested during the rehearsal or earlier. With a late afternoon wedding, we had all day to get ready.

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On Assignment: Wedding Video Prep

2 July 2013

Rehearse. We might have liked this angle if we hadn't attended the rehearsal.

Before we start cooking the raw video into a multi-layered, special effects emotional lasagne, we're taking a moment to reflect on the shoot itself. What we did, what worked, what didn't. Unlike your usual Wedding Video Tips article, this one will have some tasty appetizers and belly-expanding advice.

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Remembering Bert Stern

1 July 2013

I like," Bert Stern once explained, "to put feelings into my photographs." The noted commercial photographer passed away last week at the age of 83 in Manhattan.

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Adobe Releases Lightroom 4.4.1 Update

1 July 2013

Adobe has released an update to Lightroom 4, the version prior to the current Lightroom 5, to address two issues....

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X-Rite Announces July Color Management Webinars

1 July 2013

X-Rite has announced it will host three free webinars in July, including one co-sponsored by White House Custom Colour. They include....

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June

June Has Swooned

30 June 2013

With the end of the month falling on a Sunday, we hastened to update our Archive for June, which functions much like the table of contents for a monthly photo magazine.

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Carrying On About Carry-On

28 June 2013

Traveling with photo gear has always been an adventure but the peril seems to have increased dramatically since the airlines started charging for checked luggage.

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Chicago Stanley Cup Victory In 2,000 Words

28 June 2013

The SunTimes/DarkTimes blog compared the front pages of the Sun-Times.com and Tribune after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup this week.

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Hoping To Depart

27 June 2013

That's as close a look to the clouds as we got yesterday when our plane was held up in Chicago by storms. By the time it got to our airport, it was nearly four hours late, which meant we would have missed our connection by a few hours.

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Iridient Developer Adds Support For X-Trans, Retina Display

26 June 2013

Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 2.1.1 [M] with new demosaic processing for Fujifilm X-Trans cameras, 25 percent reduced memory usage for noise reduction, Retina display improvements, preview scrolling improvements and bug fixes.

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Boinx Releases Fotomagico 4.3

26 June 2013

Boinx Software has released its $9.99 Fotomagico 4.2 [M] with a new file format, automatic repair of missing media files, downscaling for grayscale and CMYK images, fixes for playback and control with the iPhone remote and other changes.

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'Never Miss'

25 June 2013

We made the acquaintance of the stunning Never Miss on Sunday as we recuperated from our wedding video adventure. Delivered to the U.S. Air Force on March 9, 1945, she's still flying that 12-cylinder Rolls Royce engine but doing it in private hands now.

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Around The Horn

25 June 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 SilverFast IT8 target discount, preorders for the Fujifilm X-M1, a Filmpack update for Lightroom 5 compatibility and GraphicConverter.

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On Assignment: I Do, I Do

24 June 2013

The wedding went off without a hitch. Not counting the Hitch for which it was held. And we shot the video as promised sneaking in a few 16:9 stills to use in the final production. This one shows the bridesmaids' gowns flowing in the wind off Bristol Harbor behind the bride's niece, who was also the flower girl. And that lady in the foreground with the smile is the mother of the groom.

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On Assignment: Wedding Video

21 June 2013

We flew all night, drove all morning and are just setting up in the hotel room before attending the rehearsal dinner for our wedding video assignment. A bit off our beaten path, but an adventure we can all learn from. And we've already sat down with the groom to go over the day's events. But there's a lot more to do. Stay tuned!

Around The Horn

20 June 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 fireworks advice, Adobe's assessment of its move to the cloud, a Harper's Magazine story about a special photograph and PhotoStitcher.

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Nikon Resolves Nikon Image Space Access Issue

20 June 2013

Nikon released a statement today detailing an access issue with Nikon Image Space, its image sharing service, earlier this month. A software bug in the registration process that failed to provide unique ID numbers prevented a few dozen members from accessing the service.

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Around The Horn

19 June 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 the history of color photos, a 33.8-gigapixel portrait of Prague, Google's patent for a camera in a cane and Julieanne Kost's Photoshop CC tutorials.

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Photoshop CC Drops Additional Plug-Ins Folder

18 June 2013

According to Jeff Tranberry's Updating/Upgrading to Photoshop CC FAQ on his Digital Imaging Crawlspace blog, Photoshop CC has done away with the Additional Plug-Ins Folder option in the Plug-Ins section of its Preferences. We can, sadly, confirm that.

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Deals: Datacolor, onOne Software Bundle; Free Webinar

18 June 2013

Through September, purchasers of a Datacolor Spyder4Elite monitor calibration device will receive a free download of onOne Perfect Effects 4 Premium Edition software, a $99.95 value.

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Exposure 5 Ups The Ante

18 June 2013

With the release last week of Alien Skin's Exposure 5, the competition has heated up in the film-look and preset game. Exposure 5 joins DxO's FilmPack 4 and Digital Film Tools' Film Stocks in providing special effects plug-ins based on an emulsion emulation.

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Digital Film Tools Updates Film Stocks 1.5

18 June 2013

The film emulation game is heating up with Digital Film Tools' update of its Film Stocks to version 1.5. That's the third release this month, following DxO FilmPack 4 and Alien Skin Exposure 5.

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Around The Horn

18 June 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 Lightroom 5 issues, the Leica X Vario, Eye-Fi Mobi and Zeiss Touit lenses.

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Adobe Releases Creative Cloud Applications, Adds Behance +

17 June 2013

In a major update tonight of its Creative Cloud service, Adobe released the "CC" versions of its desktop applications, including Photoshop CC, and integrated the Behance community into the service.

CC Versions. Now available.

"We've added a ton of new innovation to all our CC desktop apps like Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. "These apps include new features that increase productivity, streamline the effort to build mobile content and showcase some stunning new imaging and video science.

"And in addition to the traditional areas of innovation these apps are now connected to the powerful publishing and community features integral to the Creative Cloud experience."

Current Creative Cloud subscribers can use the Adobe Application Manager to look for New Applications to find the downloads. The prior CS6 versions are listed first as "Up To Date" and the new CC versions are listed under them with an "Install" option.

A progress bar is displayed instead of the "Install" button for applications that are downloading.

At the same time, Adobe has launched Create Now: a Celebration of Creativity. During the program's first month, the company will host a variety of collaborative art projects, commemorate the birthday of a design icon and provide a forum for creatives to use Adobe tools to express themselves "in fun, engaging and unexpected ways," Adobe said.

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Friday Slide Show: Twin Peaks

14 June 2013

Earlier this week when the sun came out, we hiked up Twin Peaks. We work in the saddle between Mount Davidson, San Francisco's highest peak, and Twin Peaks (Eureka and Noe). So we can just wander up the street and there we are. On top of the world.

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Remembering Helen Brush Jenkins

14 June 2013

Earlier this week Helen Brush Jenkins passed away at the age of 94. The pioneering photojournalist got her start in the business when World War II caused a shortage of local photographers.

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Free Lynda.com Course on B&W in Lightroom, Photoshop

13 June 2013

Photoshop Senior Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes shares his tips and techniques for converting color captures into black and white images in a 42-minute Lynda.com course. Access to the course is free until June 21.

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Epson Video Series Celebrates B&W Printing

12 June 2013

Epson has announced a series of videos on black-and-white printing. The series includes four-part interviews with John Sexton and Kim Weston as well as four tutorials covering printing workflows. The series is available at no charge on the Epson Web site.

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Two Simple Lessons

12 June 2013

And so it goes, wrote a colorful character who went his way not long ago. We don't know where he went (where writers go, we suspect) but we do know what we're left with. A couple of lessons from Adobe's move to the cloud and Apple's peek at both iOS 7 and Mavericks, the next version OS X. And they are....

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Around The Horn

12 June 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 the new Fujifilm/Panasonic sensor, Hogan's analysis of the sensor, that graphene photodetector and the new Mac Pro.

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Alien Skin Ships Exposure 5 +

11 June 2013

Alien Skin promised Exposure 5 in June and today they've delivered its $199 photo effects software with a refreshed user interface and a new preset browser to show how the image is affected by any preset.

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Around The Horn

10 June 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 two Camera Raw 8.1s, Sigma's USB Dock, an OpticFilm 120 status update and Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote.

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Mighty The Pen, Napoleon the Ruler

10 June 2013

Tools of the Trade. A carpenter's pencil, an adjustable triangle are overlaid on our print of the Palace of Fine Arts.

Do photographers draw? They do when they retouch their images. Removing a utility line, for example, from a sunset. Erasing blemishes from a portrait. And sometimes that drawing is helped with a pressure-sensitive stylus. It certainly isn't necessary, but it's nice.

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Lightroom 5 Released

10 June 2013

Adobe has released Lightroom 5 with two licensing options. The application is available as an individual license or via Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Remembering Abigail Heyman

10 June 2013

We note the passing of photographer Abigail Heyman this May, at 70 of heart failure. Her photographs illustrated the problem with traditional female roles while her life described a solution.

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Can You Hierarchy? +

7 June 2013

There are two kinds of people in this world. The ones who can hierarchy and the others who can't. Only the ones who can hierarchy get this, though.

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The Bow Of The Bridge

6 June 2013

Illuminated Tower. Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS in monochrome with f9, 1/159 second and ISO 100 at 46.2mm (35mm equivalent). The JPEG was processed in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS6.

A view of the side of the Bay Bridge that tankers run into (not the side that has been propped up since the 1989 earthquake), framed by Cupid's Span, the bow and arrow sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. With lingering morning fog, not dry ice, providing the atmosphere.

NYC Teens Make Epson Gallery Prints

5 June 2013

Epson is providing a New York City non-profit with R2000 and R3000 13-inch printers and a 3880 17-inch printer along with supplies so the teens it serves can see what it's like to make gallery prints.

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Deals: Father's Day Discounts on Elements

5 June 2013

Adobe is offering a Father's Day discount on its various Elements 11 packages, much as it did for Mother's Day. In fact, exactly as it did.

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FilmPack 4 Takes Effects Beyond Emulsion Emulation

5 June 2013

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What's the road map for a mature application designed to mimic film emulsions? It's not as if there are more and more emulsions to emulate every year. And it's not as if there are more and more photographers suddenly enamored of the "film look." Film isn't a growth industry.

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Optics Pro Update Adds Three Cameras, FilmPack 4 Compatibility

5 June 2013

Along with the release of FilmPack 4 today, DxO has released Optics Pro v8.2. And the two are not entirely unrelated. The update includes:

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DxO Releases FilmPack 4 With Creative Effects

5 June 2013

There may not be any new film emulsions in DxO's FilmPack 4 but that hasn't prevented the company from innovating its image effects package. With v4, FilmPack adds creative renderings and special effects to film simulation, which should extend its appeal beyond nostalgic film photographers.

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Adobe Updates Photoshop CS6 Perpetual

4 June 2013

logo On the Photoshop.com blog today, Product Manager Jeffrey Tranberry has announced the release of Photoshop CS6 v13.0.5 [M] and v13.0.1.2 [W] for perpetual license customers. At the same time, he announced Photoshop CC for Creative Cloud subscribers will be released on June 17 "and will include any fixes that aren't already in version 13.1.2 along along with all the new features."

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How To Read A Photo +

4 June 2013

This Is Not a Pipe. They aren't flowers either. They only exist here.

We were channel flipping the other night and growing increasingly frustrated. It was all either CSI stuff (CSI El Cajon, CSI Carson City, CSI St. Paul/Minneapolis) or reality TV stuff (Chef Swap, So You Think You Can ... Skateboard, The Biggest Hoosier). We started hunting for commercial interruptions.

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Around The Horn

3 June 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 Fujifilm X-E1 review, a Zeiss Touit review, birds of paradise and a page of photography links to explore.

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X-Rite June Webinars To Cover Digital Workflow, Video Color Management

3 June 2013

X-Rite has announced it will host two free webinars in June, including one co-sponsored by Wacom.

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Tuning For June

1 June 2013

Late last night we updated the Archive with May's stories. And we spent a little time tuning the site, too. But that's not all.

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May

Apple Issues Raw Compatibility Update 4.06

31 May 2013

Apple has released its free Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 4.06 to add support for Raw files from nine recent cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11.

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Around The Horn +

30 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 Chicago Sun-Times layoffs, Fujifilm lens reviews, Neat Image and Projecteo.

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The Panic of 2013 -- Accessing Your Work +

29 May 2013

When Adobe announced it would stop developing the Creative Suite to focus on Creative Cloud versions of its production software, the sky fell on photographers once again....

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Around The Horn

28 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 Nikon email, QPict, Photomatix Pro and Adobe's acquisition of Ideacodes.

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A Salute

27 May 2013

At Fort Mason Center,, Memorial Day 2013. The flag flies over the one of the docks of the former San Francisco Port of Embarkation for the U.S. Army during World War II.

The Long Weekend

24 May 2013

Livermore. Nikon D200 at f8, 1/250 second and ISO 200.

Keep it in the fairway this weekend. And may the light last as long as you like. Come back safe. We'll be here.

Around The Horn

24 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 opening a Photoshop CC file in Photoshop CS5, using iPhoto and Aperture libraries together, a nine-panel image of Central California and Akvis Retoucher.

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Remembering Wayne Miller

23 May 2013

Photographer Wayne Miller passed away yesterday at his home in Orinda, Calif. He was 94. His advice for photographers was simple. "Just go out and do it," he said.

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Going Beyond The Wigglegram +

22 May 2013

A Rose. A single frame from a 24-frame animated wigglegram. See how to animate it with JavaScript (batteries included).

Take your ordinary stereogram of the last century, turn it into a two-frame animated GIF that loops continuously and you have a wigglegram....

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Around The Horn

22 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 Google+'s photo search, SimpleImage, VueScan and a 3D printer that could save you a trip to the refrigerator.

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Around The Horn

21 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 more Photoshop Hidden Gems, iPhoto+, iPhoto Library Manager and LightZone.

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Flickring And Tumblring Along

20 May 2013

Flickr launched its redesign with a free terabyte of storage space on the day Thumblr was acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion. Big numbers. But it isn't all about the numbers this time.

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Mastering Image Development With Jardine +

20 May 2013

Ansel Adams opened his multi-volume technical series on photography with a chapter titled Visualization, which "refers to the entire emotional-mental process of creating a photograph," as he put it. He continued:

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Adorama Announces Compact Flashpoint 180 Monolight Kit

20 May 2013

Adorama has announced a compact Flashpoit 180 Monolight Kit designed for location lighting. The two NP-F960 batteries provide up to 700 full-power flashes. The kit includes the batteries, charger, a small umbrella, cords and a carrying bag.

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Around The Horn

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.

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Adobe Labs Posts Camera Raw 8.1 Release Candidate For Photoshop CS6

17 May 2013

Adobe has posted a release candidate of Camera Raw 8.1 on Adobe Labs. The new version adds support for HiDPI displays, seven new cameras and 15 new lens profiles.

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Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager: UPS Truck Of Bags

16 May 2013

It's big enough to be the kitchen sink but Think Tank Photo's rolling Logistics Manager 30 is designed for "transporting and using a lot of gear while on location."

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Optics Pro Adds New Cameras, Surpasses 12,000 Optics Modules

15 May 2013

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With the release of Optics Pro v8.1.6, DxO Labs has surpasses the 12,000 milestone for its Optics modules of camera/lens combinations. The new release also adds support for six new cameras: the Canon EOS 700D/REBEL T5i, Leica M, Nikon Coolpix A/P330, Pentax MX-1 and Sony NEX-3N.

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Book Bag: 'iPad for Digital Photographers'

14 May 2013

Four generations after the introduction of the first iPad, the controversy and confusion about tablet computing is settling down. It isn't just for content consumption.

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A First Communion

13 May 2013

It wasn't an assignment but Giovanna's First Communion this weekend was an interesting excursion all the same. First we had to decide on which gear to use, then we had a few interesting conversations about photographs and photography.

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Olympus Launches New Flagship PEN Camera

10 May 2013

On the 50th anniversary of the Olympus PEN F, Olympus has launched the PEN E-P5, the new flagship of its compact mirrorless lineup. The feature list includes a 1/8000th of a second shutter speed, built-in Wi-Fi, autofocus advancements, easy-access manual controls and more.

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Think Tank Photo Introduces Mirrorless Mover Camera Bag

10 May 2013

Think Tank Photo has introduced a camera bag solution for compact mirrorless cameras. The new The Mirrorless Mover collection includes four bags that can accommodate a single one camera or a small studio, including an iPad.

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Iridient Digital Releases Iridient Developer 2.1

10 May 2013

Brian Griffith has updated his Iridient Developer to version 2.1. "This release brings a major overhaul of the noise reduction, color processing updates, a new monochrome conversion method, support for Apple Raw conversion and more," Griffin said.

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Around The Horn

10 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 ACDSee Pro, Pixemator, HoudahGeo and Akvis Refocus.

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Nixey: 'Dear Apple, Let's Talk About Photos'

9 May 2013

Rails developer Peter Nixey describes his evolution as a digital photographer in a recent blog post. Using a Mac, it was very simple at the start. "I pulled my photos off my camera on the computer, imported them into iPhoto and arranged them. Life was good."

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Under (Real) Construction

9 May 2013

New Gas Lines. That would be the yellow plastic roll there, destined for the deep dark holes in the street where the new main has been installed..

It's not business as usual around here today as our utility company installs new high-pressure gas service to the buildings on our block. This shot, tweaked in Lightroom 5 Beta with a slight vignette, says more than we can about the situation. Meanwhile, we are working on some interesting original stuff for you. It's just going to take longer than usual, it seems.

Rewinding With 'I Still Shoot Film'

8 May 2013

When's the last time you dropped by a photography site that featured images from a Hasselblad 503 Cxi, Rolleiflex SL66, Polaroid SX-70, Contax 645, Pentax 67 II or any other film camera? That's main attraction at I Still Shoot Film.

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X-Rite Sets Dates For Four Free May Webinars

7 May 2013

X-Rite has scheduled four free webinars this month covering "photography, travel and presentation tips, post-production workflow and professional level monitor calibration for still-imaging and video applications."

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Deals: Aquafadas PulpMotion, KidsMotion Mother's Day Sale

7 May 2013

Aquafadas has announced a half-off sale through May 14 on its OS X slide show software for Mother's Day. The company will offer the Standard version of its template-based PulpMotion application for $24.50 and the fun-themed KidsMotion version for $12.50.

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Hogarty Addresses 'Modest Change' In Adobe Raw, Lightroom

6 May 2013

On the Lightroom Journal today, Product Manager Tom Hogarty commented on the ~Photoshop CC announcement.

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Adobe MAX: Photoshop CC, June CC Updates, CS Development Ended

6 May 2013

logo Today at Adobe MAX in Los Angeles, Adobe announced Photoshop CC, the next iteration of Adobe's flagship digital imaging software would be available in June but only via the Creative Cloud, as the CC designation suggests. The company also announced a full suite of Creative Cloud desktop apps and the end of Creative Suite development although Creative Suite 6 products "will continue to be supported and available for purchase," the company said.

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Around The Horn

6 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 Hunter S. Thompson's impersonation of a photograher, chasing Skip Bolen around Jazz Fest, Derrick Story's panorama at Oracle Arena and Eposure's comparison of U.K. and U.S. photographers' day rates.

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Going Door To Door

3 May 2013

Fairy Door. No lock on this door. Shot with our Rexatar, smart sharpened with a vignette action added in Photoshop CS6.

The tiny fairy door in Golden Gate Park has become an attraction rivaling the de Young Museum, Japanese Tea Garden and California Academy of Sciences. At least among pre-schoolers, who love drop by to take inventory of the wishes and treasures stored behind it. None of them can wait to return, bringing something of their own to leave the fairy. They know the door is always open. And wishes can come true.

Correcting Distortion In ViewPoint, Lightroom

2 May 2013

In our preview of Lightroom 5 Beta last month, we mentioned that the new Upright tool to straighten horizons and correct perspective reminded us of DxO's ViewPoint. And not long after that, DxO updated ViewPoint, inviting a fresh look since our Sept. 2012 review.

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Faster Acorn 4 Released With New Interface, Non-Destructive Filters

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2 May 2013

Flying Meat Inc. has released Acorn 4, Gus Mueller's approachable image editing software for OS X 10.8, with a new interface that invites play and stackable, non-destructive filters. The application is also a lot faster than previous versions, Mueller said.

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DxO Updates ViewPoint With Help, Photoshop Plug-In

2 May 2013

DxO has updated ViewPoint, its distortion correction software, with a Help feature for new users and plug-in functionality for Lightroom and Photoshop users.

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Around The Horn

2 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 Sid Kaplan's images, Intel's Iris Graphics chip, an ommatidian lens and some inside information about the Upright tool in Lightroom 5.

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CNET: Adobe Bringing Lightroom Raw Processing To Tablets

1 May 2013

According to a CNET post today by Stephen Shankland, Adobe is working on a new Lightroom-like app for tablets. Tom Hogarty, Lightroom product manager, demonstrated the new software on an iPad 2 on the Grid, an online show hosted by Scott Kelby.

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An Old $8 Rexatar Zoom Survives Into The Digital Age

1 May 2013

Over 30 years ago we snagged a 28-50mm lens from our mentor, a photojournalist who found its range a little confining. He was more the 43-86mm type of guy. And he knew we didn't have anything wider than 35mm at the time.

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Deals: Think Tank Photo

1 May 2013

Think Tank Photo has announced two deals today: free shipping with no minimum ordr and a free laptop bag when you order any Airport rolling camera bag.

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April

April Archived, Let May Begin

30 April 2013

We've just moved our March headlines into our 2013 headline archive to make room for May's heads, keeping this list short and sweet. And at the same time we've organized April's 41 stories on the Archive page, which simulates a monthly magazine for those inclined to visit less frequently.

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Datacolor Announces May/June Webinar Topics

30 April 2013

logo Datacolor has announced its May/June schedule of free color management webinars hosted by David Tobie and David Saffir. In addition to the presentation and a question-answer session, attendees are given discount codes for Spyder products and/or cosponsor products.

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Deals: Adobe Lightroom, Elements Discount

30 April 2013

Adobe is offering special Mother's Day discounts of $30 off on Adobe.com for Lightroom 4, Photoshop Elements 11, Premiere Elements 11 and the Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 11 bundle.

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Jardine Publishes 'The Image Correction Master Class'

29 April 2013

George Jardine has publish 20 new Lightroom videos on image correction in both Lightroom 4 and 5 with some Photoshop thrown in for good measure. The new Image Correction Master Class features five hours of video instruction for $29.95 with special formats for most mobile devices.

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Painting A Photo

29 April 2013

Multimedia. Mount a cropped image on board and paint it out onto the board for a different look that's a lot easier than it sounds.

As artists, photographers suffer an uncommon indignity. We're often just stuck with the composition we find. Even a golfer gets to move the ball sitting in an unplayable lie. But not a photographer. We have to shoot what we come across the way we found it.

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Around The Horn

29 April 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 shooting a ceramic project, a free online image processing tool, GraphicConverter and a tool to find and eliminate duplicate images.

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Plustek 120 Shipments Delayed +

27 April 2013

Earlier this month Plustek quietly announced a delay in shipments of its popular Plustek OpticFilm 120, which we are reviewing. The scanner has been in short supply since its introduction.

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Around The Horn

26 April 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 get a new book on using the iPad for photography (and business), a ballhead dissection, the rise of APS-C compacts and Photoshop's new Content Aware Move tool.

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Sigma Lens Optimizer Dock Due In May

25 April 2013

logo Sigma has announced it will ship its USB dock in early May for $59. The dock attaches to the lens mount of Sigma's new Global Vision lenses to connect the lens to a computer for firmware updates and microfocusing adjustments.

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Memoto Releases Documentary On Lifelogging

25 April 2013

No idea what "lifelogging" is? No problem. Memoto sent two film students around the world for six weeks last summer to "meet pioneers, entrepreneurs and users of lifelogging services" and document what they found in Lifeloggers.

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Alien Skin Redesigns Exposure 5 Interface, Adds Preset Browser +

24 April 2013

logo Alien Skin Software has announced its $199 Exposure 5 will feature a refreshed user interface and a new preset browser to show how the image is affected by any preset. Upgrades for anyone who purchased the previous version before March at $99 and are free if purchased in March or later.

Terence Tay, who designed Exposure 5, said, "Creative control and increased productivity were essential design objectives. It's now much easier and faster for photographers of all levels to find the right look for their photographs."

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Two Interesting Gear Reads

23 April 2013

In our "wide reading" today, we came across a couple of gear-centric articles worth chewing on. One addresses the which-camera question and the other adroitly handles the what-to-pack question. It isn't so much that they buck conventional wisdom as it is how clearly they hit the nail on the head. It's like each author used a nail gun instead of the head of a wrench to drive home their point.

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Improving Your Craft

23 April 2013

You might think sailing through the photography-themed sites every day would make you a better photographer. That's their (and our) promise, after all. But of the dozens of clicks that could take you places, fewer than a handful regularly do.

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The Old Gray Mare

22 April 2013

Canon i9900. Just after making its first print in several years. A Lightroom 5 export from a Canon XTi Raw file.

We reviewed the Canon i9900 13x19 dye-based printer in Oct. 2004. And a year later, we bought one. Its good looks, simple operation, fast output and luminous results made it our favorite for years. And we only reluctantly put it into mothballs when we were swamped with printer reviews to do and didn't really need it. But today, we put it to work again.

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The Water's Fine +

19 April 2013

Stow Lake Stick. We didn't underexpose this until we edited the Raw file.

Last week we took a little walk around Stow Lake doing one-handed curls with our Nikon D300. In our recent Ilford review we showed you a shot of the old stone bridge from that stroll. A little further along, we paused by the edge of the water to take this shot (and switch arms).

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Around the Horn

18 April 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 Joe McNally, Apple, Boinx, NPR.

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Top Stories Ticker

17 April 2013

We're introducing a new feature on the site today which should need no introduction. It's our Top Features ticker, unobtrusively displaying links to our most recent major stories one right after the other.

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TOP To Offer Ctein's Last Dye Transfer Prints +

16 April 2013

The Online Photographer has announced the sale of master dye-transfer printer Ctein's last 160 prints. The sale will begin on April 17 at noon, Central Daylight Time, and last five days or until all the prints are sold, whichever comes first.

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Scanning Today

16 April 2013

1982 Flower. Detail from a larger scan.

After a tumultuous day yesterday around the bunker, we thought we'd relax a little and get back to the OpticFilm 120. So we pulled some slides from November 1982 out of their box, slipped them into the holder and launched SilverFast. A few crashes later, we managed a couple of nice scans. We've got a few more images to try before wrapping our review up with some Reflections. So stay tuned.

Pulitzers for Photography Awarded

15 April 2013

The 97th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced today by Columbia University. Included in those awards are two for photography.

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Lightroom 5 Beta Preview +

15 April 2013

Upright Tool. Leveling, Perspective, Aspect Ratio all in one button.

Once in a while you get a chance to shake off the dust and try something completely different. With today's release of Lightroom 5 beta, Adobe is offering photographers just that. It's your chance to try something new if you've never used Lightroom. And even if you have, it's a new Lightroom.

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Adobe Posts Lightroom 5 Public Beta

15 April 2013

A year after releasing Lightroom 4, Adobe has posted a public beta of Lightroom 5 for both Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

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Harvey Updates ExifTool Production Release

15 April 2013

Phil Harvey has posted ExifTool v9.27 as a production release following the v9.25 production release on April 6. Explaining the short time between production releases, Harvey said:

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Subscribers: Free Drawing For Three Prints

13 April 2013

Our Ilford Galerie Prestige review features fine art prints of three of our recent images. We like them so much we hate to box them up as mere test samples. So here's a thought.

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Printing On Ilford Galerie Prestige Fine Art Papers

12 April 2013

Stow Lake Bridge. We liked the new Ilford papers so much, we couldn't stop printing. We did this one on Gold Cotton Textured.

Last Friday we published an image from a set we took at Warm Water Cove on a rainy day in San Francisco. We liked it enough to crank up the Epson R3000 for a 13x19 print on a new sheet from Ilford. We promised to let you know how it printed. And here's our report.

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Around The Horn

11 April 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 jAblum, SandboxCleaner, VueScan (and Hamrick's plans for the OpticFilm 120) and Photoshop's Hidden Gems page.

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Is Adobe MAX The TED Talks For Creatives?

10 April 2013

Adobe announced new details today about Adobe MAX, The Creative Conference, taking place in Los Angeles on May 4 to 8.

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DxO Optics Pro 8.1.4 Adds Nikon D7100, 131 Optics Modules

10 April 2013

With today's release of Optics Pro v8.1.4, DxO Labs adds support for the Nikon D7100 to the image editing software based on sensor and lens data. At the same time, the update adds 131 new DxO Optics Modules to support additional Nikon, Panasonic, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses for Nikon cameras.

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Around The Horn

9 April 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 sharpening masks, a super control panel, Phase One's blog and Doisneau's photographs.

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Getting Started In Photography

8 April 2013

Over the weekend a nice thing happened at The Online Photographer when Mike Johnston asked his readers for a little advice. "Here's the question: young photographer (~20), in college, wants/needs dSLR," he began, ending, "Anyone have thoughts or advice for him?"

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Harvey Posts ExifTool Production Release

6 April 2013

Phil Harvey has posted ExifTool v9.25, the first production release since v9.12 on Jan. 3. The small download is available three formats, including a Windows executable and Macintosh OS X package.

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How To Chase Updates Here

6 April 2013

One of the problems with a rolling headline format like our Headlines page is that stories, well, roll out of view. So when we add an editorial update or a comment, you would never know. Well, now you will.

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Warm Water Cove, Ilford Galerie

5 April 2013

The Dock. Or the parking lot, depending on your perspective.

Rain has been passing through the last two days. We made our way down to Warm Water Cove with a Nikon D300 yesterday to enjoy it. Today we're firing up the Epson R3000 to make some prints on Ilford's Galerie Prestige papers.

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Tiffen Introduces Handheld LED Spotlight

5 April 2013

Designed with the help of photographers Brian Marcus and John Solano, the $699 Lowel GL-1 can focus from a wide floodlight with no hot spot to a tight spotlight with its 5:1 focus range. The battery-powered, dimmable unit boasts a color rendering index of 90 with a color temperature of 3000-degrees Kelvin.

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Around The Horn

5 April 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 AccuRaw, Comic Life, Revel and a Terry White tutorial.

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Roger Ebert On Image Composition And Life

4 April 2013

With the passing today of film critic Roger Ebert, we're reminded of a piece he wrote in his Chicago Sun-Times journal in 2008 titled How To Read A Movie (http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2008/08/how_to_read_a_movie.html). In that piece he laid out some "rules of thumb" for what he called "basic visual strategy."

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Adorama Introduces Low-Cost Flashpoint Lighting Kit

4 April 2013

Stepping up to a versatile artificial lighting setup is often a big financial leap for many photographers. But Adorama has just introduced an inexpensive hot light kit that's surprisingly comprehensive with three stands and three umbrellas. And it uses fluorescent bulbs.

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OpticFilm 120 Resolution Test+

3 April 2013

Armed with LaserSoft Imaging's Resolution Target, based on the USAF-1951 standard, we took a Microtek M1 out of mothballs and called the CanoScan 9000F off the bench to compare to the OpticFilm 120. Then, just for fun, we added the Canon MG8120 multifunction device to the contest.

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Lightroom 4.4, ACR 7.4 Released

3 April 2013

Adobe has released both Lightroom 4.4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.4 (including DNG Converter 7.4) on Adobe.com. A correction to the demosaic algorithms for X-Trans Fujifilm cameras, support for more cameras, additional lens profiles and several bug fixes highlight the release.

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Scanning For Resolution Today

2 April 2013

Resolution Target. From the OpticFilm 120.

Today's modest goal is to scan the SilverFast Resolution Target, based on the USAF-1951 standard, on several scanners. We've already scanned the target on the OpticFilm 120 and are working of CanoScan 9000F and Microtek M1 scans.

SilverFast Imaging provides an in-depth explanation of what the chart measures and how to use it. And it also sells the targets.

But the short version is that the chart is a series of horizontal and vertical bars arranged in sets of three designed to test the resolving power of both the horizontal and vertical resolution of a scanner.

They aren't always specified individually but the horizontal resolution is determined by how densely packed the photocells are on the CCD sensor itself while the vertical resolution relies on how finely the stepping motor moves across the image.

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April Showers

1 April 2013

When it rains, we pore over our recent output. We've just folded our 29 March stories into the Archive, joining February's 40, January's 37 and December's 15. Hidden in that March count are 26 items we pointed out in our efficient Around the Horn pieces.

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March

Good Friday

29 March 2013

Skyscape. The sun in hiding above the storm on the ocean. Raw capture, smart sharpened for lens blur, plus a contrast mask applied.

Some Fridays are better than others, but they're all good. This particular one, though, always reminds us of the same agonizing three hours. There were three of us. Sophomores on the high school track team coming home at noon from the morning practice. We took the 5 Fulton from Stanyan down to Ocean Beach with the idea of hitch-hiking down the Great Highway. Didn't get a ride for three hours.

Why The Cat Runs Away With The Bride +

28 March 2013

The problem of exposing for a black cat is as old as the problem of exposing for the bride in white. An Auto setting of the Mode dial will, no matter how much you paid for your camera, turn that black cat gray faster than a three year old with new shoes. And it will turn that bridal gown as gray as Whistler's aunt, too.

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Adobe Enhances Behance ProSite Portfolios

27 March 2013

You don't have to be an Adobe Creative Cloud member to take advantage of Behance's revamped Adobe-flavored ProSite portfolio design and hosting service. But it's free if you are. And even if you aren't, you don't pay until you publish, so it's free to play.

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The Turning Gate Releases Client Response Gallery

27 March 2013

Your client wants to see images from the shoot prontissimo. So you upload them to a Web gallery of some sort. And sure, they see them, but that's where the efficiencies stop and the miscommunication begins. The Turning Gate's CE3 Client Response Gallery is designed to stop the bleeding before it starts.

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Around The Horn

26 March 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).

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The Touch Gives Lightroom A New Interface

25 March 2013

Timothy Armes has released The Touch, a gesture-based interface for Lighroom (and Final Cut Pro X) that uses either the Trackpad, Magic Trackpad or iPad. To use an iPad, you download the free companion application The Touch Pad.

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Around The Horn

25 March 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).

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DxO Optics Pro v8.1.4 Adds Four More Cameras

25 March 2013

Maintaining its blistering update process, DxO has released Optics Pro 8.1.4 with support for the Nikon Coolpix P7700, Nikon 1 J3, Olympus XZ-2 iHS and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3.

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Around The Horn

22 March 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).

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OpticFilm 120 Scans

21 March 2013

Ah! Finally, the scans. Our test suite for the OpticFilm 120 includes both color and black and white 120 film, Kodachrome and Ektachrome positives, plus some color negatives. And we have comparison scans with the CanoScan 9000F, Epson V700/V750 and Microtek M1.

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Scanning Away The Whole Day

20 March 2013

Alfa Romeo. Forerunner to the, um, Dodge Dart.

We've been lashed to the OpticFilm 120 scanner going through Kodachromes, Ektachromes, Plus-X, Kodak Gold 400, you name it and comparing the results to scans of the same frames from the CanoScan 9000F, Microtek M1 and Epson V700/V750.

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Adobe Releases Two Cuts Of Premiere Elements Editor

19 March 2013

Following last week's release of its $80 Photoshop Elements Editor in the Mac App Store, Adobe today released the Premiere Elements Editor. But the company offers it in two versions. The $30 Quick version includes only the Quick menu options of the $80 full version.

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A Modest Proposal For The Creative Suite

16 March 2013

Take the box off the shelf and everyone gets upset. But we've been upset for a while now. And not about a box.

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Bent Out Of Shape Over Two Shows

15 March 2013

We escaped the bunker yesterday, taking a walk up Third St. to stop in at the Rayko Photo Center before visiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Two shows in one day tends to bend you out of shape but it can also give you something to think about.

In the Rayko gallery we saw the Sixth Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show featuring work done with Holga and Diana cameras, among others. And at SFMOMA we trekked through the Gary Winogrand exhibit.

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Around The Horn

14 March 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).

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Photoshop Elements 11 Editor Hits Mac App Store

13 March 2013

Adobe has made its $79.99 Photoshop Elements 11 Editor available on the Mac App Store. The Editor does not include Elements Organizer from the $99.99 full version but, the company says, "serves as the perfect complement to iPhoto's organizing tools."

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OpticFilm 120 Scanning

12 March 2013

1955 Maserati. Speaking of speed, we couldn't wait for this OpticFilm 120 scan of the May 1981 Kodachrome.

Getting our first scans from the OpticFilm 120 has taken a lot longer than we expected. With a little help from a couple of readers, we were able to resolve our framing issue but we continue to have issues with SilverFast 8. And we haven't had a crash since uninstalling SilverFast 8 and reinstalling the latest update.

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Free Jardine Video On Photoshop, Lightroom Integration

11 March 2013

George Jardin has released a free 14-minute video on the various ways to get to Photoshop from Lightroom. And back.

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Springing Back After The Fact

11 March 2013

When we reminded you Saturday about the time change, we promised a solution today for anybody who forgot to change the clock on their camera and took a few shots on Sunday.

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Spring Forward

9 March 2013

Only a public service announcement (of some kind) would oblige us to interrupt your weekend. And we have a pressing one: Daylight Saving Time begins (for those of us under its thumb) at 2 a.m. tomorrow. Which instantly becomes 3 a.m.

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Fisherman's Wharf 'Holiday'

8 March 2013

Fisherman's Wharf. It's a New Holiday for some, but not for us.

No, not a holiday for us. The New Holiday docked at Fisherman's Wharf in the shot above is from an Ektachrome we made in July 1982. What makes it so interesting today?

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OpticFilm 120 Holders Report

7 March 2013

Our first scans report has been delayed as we await updates to SilverFast 8 to resolve a few issues. But meanwhile, we've been examining the OpticFilm 120 holders a little more closely. They present some interesting possibilities -- and one nasty little problem.

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We Test Epson's Natural Canvas +

6 March 2013

We've been having our bust sculpted in marble. It's taking years. And years. The guy keeps getting distracted with tombstones. A quicker route to immortality (as any portrait photographer can tell you) is the print made on canvas.

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Around The Horn

6 March 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).

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A Tea Garden Day

5 March 2013

Tea Garden. Sometimes a 'rocky path' is just what you need to cross in style.

While we do some minor housekeeping on the site and continue our OpticFilm 120 testing, we thought we'd post a shot from the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. There are days (and today is one of them) when you have to make your way to the other side without a bridge.

This shot, captured at the end of the day, was taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200mm Nikkor at f/5.6 for 1/125s with ISO 400.

Making Photo Coasters

4 March 2013

We were desperately shopping for 11x14-inch frames the other day when it occurred to us that Michaels has plenty of frames. Michaels is a craft store and a drive away, so we aren't often in there.

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Epson 'Finish Strong' Campaign Ends With A Contest

4 March 2013

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Recognizing that "every great shot starts with an amazing idea," Epson is calling on photographers for an idea. The assignment is to write a 200-word (or less) description of how Epson should wrap up its 'Finish Strong' campaign. The prize is a photo shoot of your ad concept with the charming Joe McNally or $5,000.

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Tidying Up

2 March 2013

We've shortened up our main index page today. It was inevitably. But it also has a few subtle advantages. And Saturdays were made for taking the subtle out of things.

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Around The Horn

1 March 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).

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February

February Archived, March On

28 February 2013

We've just updated our Archive with the 40 stories we published this month, including 10 features and three reviews (one an ongoing three-parter with a helpful comment in the latest part, which we've just updated). That joins the 37 articles we published in January and the 15 we began with in December of last year.

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Sharing Photos With Visitors

28 February 2013

As we mentioned in our piece earlier this week on Diego Rivera's murals, we gave our nephew Brent and his wife Jana a three-day tour of San Francisco. That entailed taking a few photos -- and sharing them.

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Around the Horn

28 February 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).

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OpticFilm 120 Review Update +

27 February 2013

When we last discussed our adventure with the Plustek OpticFilm 120, we were preparing to scan our first actual image. We'd profiled the scanner with the included 6x7cm IT8 target without any serious trouble, so we set aside an afternoon to do some scanning.

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Rambus Binary Pixel: What About Highlights? +

27 February 2013

Rambus has announced a new sensor designed to expand the range of tones a small sensor device can capture in a single shot.

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Phase One Releases Media Pro 1.4

27 February 2013

Phase One has released Media Pro 1.4, its professional photo and video manager. The production tool began life as iView MediaPro and was then consigned to oblivion as Microsoft Expression Media before being rescued by Phase One.

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Adobe Dials In Photoshop Touch For Phone

26 February 2013

Photoshop Touch has been a tablet app since May 2012 but tonight Adobe has brought it to the small screen with a version designed for both iOS and Android smartphones.

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Iridient Developer 2.0.1 Released

26 February 2013

Iridient Digital has released its first maintenance update to Iridient Developer 2, its OS X Raw processing software. But there's more to the story than a few bug fixes.

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Shooting Rivera's Murals

26 February 2013

Last week we took an unusual tour of San Francisco when our nephew and his bride came for a visit. She teaches high school Spanish in upstate New York and wanted to tour the Diego Rivera murals in the city. We'd never seen them.

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Google Glass Photos By Topolsky

26 February 2013

One day (soon perhaps) we may be saying just that: Google Glass photos. Joshua Topolsky describes the whole experience in a Verge article, but it's clear taking video and stills is the big thrill:

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Installing The OpticFilm 120 +

25 February 2013

Installing the OpticFilm 120 is a two-step dance. Hardware one, software two. Both have a move or two to consider, too.

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First Person Report: 'My Baby, Not My Child'

25 February 2013

A staff photographer for the Daily Iowan took on a particularly difficult assignment. After learning she was pregnant, Callie Mitchell decided to document the next few months of her life.

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Lightroom 4.4, ACR 7.4 Release Candidates Available

25 February 2013

Adobe Labs has posted release candidates for Lightroom 4.4 and Camera Raw 7.4. A correction to the demosaic algorithms for Fujifilm cameras using the X-Trans sensor highlights the fixes but an additional nine cameras are now supported, too.

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How Sweet Is Pellegrin?

25 February 2013

We stumbled across a diverting discussion at The Online Photographer a few days ago which, by the weekend, had taken a twist of its own before reality had a thing or two to say about it. All we had to do was sit back and read, really.

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OpticFilm 120 Arrives For Review +

22 February 2013

We unpacked a Plustek OpticFilm 120 early this morning at the bunker. It's not a small scanner yet we're tempted to call it compact. And we don't need any temptation to call it attractive. It's a handsome unit.

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Darlow Reviews Benro Travel Tripod Kit

21 February 2013

Andrew Darlow of The Imaging Buffet has just published an enthusiastic video review of the Benro MeFoto A0350Q Travel Tripod Kit.

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Playing With Aspect Ratios

20 February 2013

If you caught our slide show earlier this month, you may have wondered why all the images were square. It's a long story. A personal odyssey, if you will. An adventure in composition, at least.

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Landy To Judge PhoozL 'Spirit of the Sixties' Contest

20 February 2013

PhoozL has announced a new music-themed contest challenging contestants to illustrate a 1960s classic rock tune title with a photo. And just to amp it up a little, Show the Song: Spirit of the '60s (http://www.phoozl.com/photo-contests/spirit-of-the-60s/) will be judged by Elliott Landy, the official photographer of the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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Three Anniversaries At Adobe

19 February 2013

Today marks three significant anniversaries for Adobe, the company observed. Six years ago it introduced Lightroom, 10 years ago it released Adobe Camera Raw and 23 years ago it launched Photoshop.

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Around The Horn

19 February 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).

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Being There: The March On Washington

16 February 2013

What was it like to be there? That's the question anyone asks who, hearing about some historically significant event, can't help asking. What was it like?

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Original Photoshop Source Code Released

15 February 2013

The Computer History Museum has made available the source code for Photoshop 1.0.1, a collection of 179 files mostly written in Pascal with a little Motorola 6800 machine language tossed in.

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Around The Horn

15 February 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).

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Friday Slide Show: Mount Sutro

15 February 2013

San Francisco is full of surprises and Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve is just one of them. Last Saturday we took a hike in the forest that sits in the middle of the city behind the University of California.

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A Valentine

14 February 2013

When we came across this a while ago (in the brittle pages of a 1952 volume we had purchased used for 50 cents), we already knew from personal experience that life sometimes imitates art. So we didn't think of it as fiction at all.

I have now been married ten years. I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest
-- blest beyond what language can express, because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am -- ever more absolutely bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward's society -- he knows none of mine, any more than we each do of the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in character -- perfect concord is the result.

It's from the end of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, published in 1847 (and now available as a free ebook).

Boinx Releases Fotomagico 4.2 With Masks

13 February 2013

Boinx has added three major new features to Fotomagico, its OS X slide show software. They include image masking, support for Mountain Lion Auto Save and layer opacity control.

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DxO Optics Pro Update Adds Cameras, Modules

13 February 2013

DxO Labs has released Optics Pro v8.1.3 [MW] with support for new cameras and an additional 260 Optics modules that correct various lens/camera combinations.

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Big Lens App Is Free

12 February 2013

Controlling depth of field on a small sensor camera (like a digicam or a smartphone) has never been as easy as just changing the aperture. It seems like everything is always in focus on a small camera.

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PixelTone Brings Voice Control With Touch To Photo Editing

12 February 2013

A product of the University of Michigan and Adobe Research, PixelTone understands your voice commands and gestures to facilitate editing images on a small screen. But the big advantage may be you only need to state your goals, not tell the software how to get there.

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Photographs From The Unembedded

11 February 2013

Whenever we go to the de Young, we sneak into the one room reserved for photography. It's always worth a peek. This time we caught a preview of Eye Level in Iraq: Photographs by Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson.

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Around The Horn

11 February 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).

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Friday Slide Show: City Walk

8 February 2013

It's Friday and the sun is shining so we're off to the museum to see what we can learn. With a camera over our shoulder.

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Revel Automatically Corrects Red-Eye

7 February 2013

Late today Adobe released Revel v1.9, its free cloud-based photo sharing app that automatically syncs your photo library on your computer, tablet and smartphone.

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Cortex Camera App Is Free

7 February 2013

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Whimsical Productions has released its Cortex Camera low-light camera app for iOS for free today. The app takes a series of exposures and combines them into one image with less noise than a single exposure would yield.

Version 1.7 of the formerly $3 app is also a tidy 1.7-MB and compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later.

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Around The Horn

7 February 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).

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Our Secret Backup & Archiving Strategy In Action

6 February 2013

When we last left Don Quixote, Sancho was advising him:

Withdrawing is not running away, and waiting is not sensible when danger outweighs hope, and wise men know to save something for tomorrow and not risk everything in a single day. And you should know that even though I'm rough and lowborn, I still know something about what people call proper behavior, and so don't repent of taking my advice but mount Rocinante if you can, and if not I'll help you, and follow me, because my brains tell me we need our feet now more than our hands."

Faithful readers will remember we recommend picking a good long novel to accompany those hours you'll spend backing up your image collection. We prefer Cervantes' Don Quixote. It's long enough. It's amusing. It's full of wisdom.

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The Dentist Shoots, We Smile

5 February 2013

We escaped the bunker early this morning to rendezvous with our new dentist. She's the third to run the practice we've been visiting since we lost our baby teeth. A cleaning then cost $3.

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Macy's To Honor Gordon Parks

4 February 2013

To celebrate Black History Month, Macy's announced a series of events highlighting the career of Gordon Parks. The Gordon Parks: Black American Icon events will be held at 14 of its stores in Atlanta, Bowie, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. during February.

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Panasonic Uses Micro Color Splitting to Enhance Sensor Sensitivity

4 February 2013

Panasonic has announced it has enhanced image sensor sensibility using micro color splitting technology. The new technology replaces the simple filtration of the Bayer array commonly used in CCD and CMOS sensors with a deflector that separates the light based on it wavelength, directing it to the appropriate photosite.

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Foreign Policy Salutes Clinton With Slide Show

1 February 2013

Hillary Clinton traveled to 112 countries -- we made an awesome slide show," Foreign Policy introduced its homage to the Secretary of State who left office today.

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January

Around The Horn

31 January 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).

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Mary Had A Little Lamb

30 January 2013

Today should be a (paid) national holiday. It's FDR's birthday, after all. And Michael Tapes's, too. Sufficient grounds, it seems to us, to make Jan. 30 work-free.

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On Assignment: Post Production

29 January 2013

Just throw them on a thumbdrive or CD," the smartphone photographer suggested when we agreed to share our images with him.

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On Assignment: The Party

28 January 2013

Our assignment last Friday was to photograph a party hosted by co-workers in honor of a departing executive. The party was held at a newly-renovated restaurant very close to their offices.

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How To Upgrade Your Nikon Image Space Account

28 January 2013

If you own a Nikon camera, you can upgrade from a Basic to a Special account, giving you 20-GB of free storage instead of 2-GB on Nikon's new image sharing service.

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Datacolor Webinar On 'Valentine's Photography'

28 January 2013

logo Datacolor will offer a free webinar titled "Valentine's Photography: Photographing Loved Ones, Couples and More" this Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. EST. It's the first in a series of five winter webinars from the company.

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On Assignment

25 January 2013

We're packed and parting for a pleasant assignment this afternoon shooting a group of coworkers wishing one of them well as she turns a page in her career. But we've been away from the keyboard for a day assembling our kit (and rearranging the studio).

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Opportunity Knocks At New York Times

24 January 2013

There's no mistaking the invitation at the Lens Blog of the New York Times today. "Let's get to know each other better," it begins.

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DxO Labs Updates FilmPack, ViewPoint, Optics Pro

23 January 2013

The wizards at DxO Labs released a slew of mid-week updates. Briefly, FilmPack now supports Windows 8 and integrates automatically with Photoshop Elements 11, the new version of ViewPoint "fixes various minor problems caused by extreme perspective corrections" and OpticsPro adds 110 new lens/camera combinations detailed here.

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Around The Horn

23 January 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).

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No Lip Syncing At 2012 PhoozL Awards

22 January 2013

PhoozL Founder Harald Johnson has announced the winners of the first annual PhoozL Awards after 6,000 entries in 44 contests presided over by 26 judges in eight months. Entries were received from over 50 countries.

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Nikon To Launch Nikon Image Space

22 January 2013

Nikon announced today the Jan. 28 launch of Nikon Image Space, its enhanced image sharing and storage site. Members of my Picturetown, the company's existing service, will have their accounts automatically transferred to the new service.

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Jones: How To Break Into The Business

22 January 2013

Photographer Ryan Jones got the break of his life the other night. But not until he finished washing the dinner dishes:

It was 4:47 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, when I had just finished washing several dishes used to prepare what would've been the evening's dinner when I saw I had a missed call and voicemail from Steve [Johnson]. After listening to his message, I called him immediately. Most of what Steve said to me has been forgotten as it all happened in a flash, but what gist I do remember went something like this: "Do you have plans tonight? No? Good. Pack your camera gear, you're driving to Bradenton to shoot the Manti Te'o interview. I'll send you the address."

Dishes done, he jumped in the car, made the interview and, well, read the rest ....

Iridient Digital Releases Raw Developer 2.0

18 January 2013

Brian Griffith has released a major update to his $75 Mac OS X Raw image processing software. Among the changes is a name change from RAW Developer to Iridient Developer, support for 39 new camera models and new support for non-Raw images.

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Avoiding 'The Chair'

18 January 2013

The common office chair has been identified as the primary reason most photographs are never taken. Its almost magnetic attraction keeps mesmerized photographers tethered to desks and tables in cubicles and offices instead of out wandering in the wild.

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Harvey Utility Fixes Corrupted NEFs

18 January 2013

Phil Harvey, author of ExifTool, has updated fix_corrupted_nef.pl his Perl utility to fix Nikon's Raw NEF files that can no longer be opened.

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ShutterLove Clicks Into Action

17 January 2013

While the title bar claims it's still in beta, ShutterLove has launched with photo tutorials, galleries, purchasing tips and a section to share and critique your own images, according to the Nielsen Photo Group.

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Apple Selling Refurb 13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro

17 January 2013

logo Apple has begun listing refurbished Retina versions of its 13-inch MacBook Pro in the Apple Store for as much as 15 percent off the retail price. A one-year warranty is included with the reconditioned units.

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DxO Updates Optics Pro, Passes 10,000 Module Milestone

16 January 2013

logo DxO Labs has released Optics Pro v8.1.2 with support for the Canon 6D and Sony RX1 in its Elite edition and the Nikon 1 V2 in both Elite and Standard editions. At the same time, the company announced it has passed the 10,000 module milestone it set for itself last year.

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Adobe Fixes Photoshop Splash Screen, Updates Bridge

16 January 2013

Jeffrey Tranberry, product manager and chief customer advocate of Adobe Digital Imaging, has announced a fix for the "trial version" issue.

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Around the Horn

15 January 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).

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A Peek At Your Future Portfolio?

14 January 2013

We've never seen a Julieanne Kost video tutorial we didn't like. They're practical and useful and make you want to call in sick to play around in Photoshop or Lightroom trying out what you just learned.

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What's A Prime Lens? +

14 January 2013

Last week a reader asked for a simple definition of a prime lens. That didn't seem to be too much to ask, so we hit the Reply button and ... froze. Simple?

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The Photoshop Experience

11 January 2013

If you think the experience of using Photoshop is a riot, you're half right. Tim Riot is one half of the CS6 design team responsible for how interact with all that power. Matthew Bice is the other half.

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Our Recommended Products Page +

11 January 2013

Thought we took the day off yesterday? No way. We were using our two-ton epoxy to stick a page of Recommended Products together.

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Jardine Writes about Highlight, Shadow Control

9 January 2013

George Jardine's video series shows you how to use Lightroom's Library and Development modules. And he recently released a free video covering the new highlight and shadow controls in Lightroom 4 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.

But some people learn better by reading, he said, so he's just written an article for Digital Photo Pro Magazine in which he tells you how to use the new tools.

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Study: Photoshop CS6 Is A Lot Faster

9 January 2013

Adobe commissioned Pfeiffer Consulting to time the improvements for five actions/tools in the latest version of Photoshop. And the results show dramatic improvments in several areas.

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New Bags Coming From Think Tank Photo

8 January 2013

They may not make everyone's Valentine's Day list, but Think Tank Photo has a couple of February releases that may make a photographer's heart beat faster. One is a completely new line and the other updates a popular product.

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Comments Come Alive

8 January 2013

When we devised our Feedback button and explained how we planned to handle comments in our A Comment On Comments story, we were expressing our faith in the intelligence of our readers. That would be you by any other name.

Now that we've accumulated a few comments, we're happy to say that faith was not misplaced. We knew it all along.

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Adobe Explains CS2 Situation

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News travels fast on the Web, even if it isn't confirmed. Yesterday reports were that Adobe had released Creative Suite CS2 into the wild as a free download with serial numbers to activate it.

Today Adobe clarified the situation on its corporate blog.

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Kristine Photographs Slavery in 2013

7 January 2013

One hundred years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, there are at least 27 million people enduring slavery in the world, according to Free the Slaves.

Mill Valley photographer Lisa Kristine, who has photographed them for the organization, has been profiled in a recent SFGate piece that includes a 16-image slide show.

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Fraenkel Gallery Hangs 'The Unphotographable'

4 January 2013

On a beautiful Friday afternoon with a mountain of work to avoid, we snuck out of the bunker and hopped on a bus then a streetcar to take in "an ambitious survey exploring the history of that which cannot be photographed."

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Two Cameras of the Year

4 January 2013

Well, last year. This year, all bets are off. But the returns are in for 2012. And while there was plenty of admiration for the Nikon D800/E, two other cameras were cited almost uniformly.

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Harvey Posts ExifTool Production Release

3 January 2013

Phil Harvey has posted ExifTool v9.12, the first production release since v9.04 on Nov. 3, 2012. The small download is available three formats, including a Windows executable and Macintosh OS X package.

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'The ASMP Guide To New Markets In Photography' +

2 January 2013

The ASMP Guide to New Markets in Photography is an ambitious book. As well it should be, intended (as it is) for the ambitious photographer.

And yet the first thing that struck us about it also made a lasting impression. Each chapter starts with a portrait facing the opening page. A close-up black and white face. Almost artless, almost clinical. But affecting.

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A New Year & A New Archive

2 January 2013

It had to happen eventually. We couldn't just let our main page grow indefinitely. Sooner or later, we'd have to kill the oldest stories to make room for new ones.

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It's 2013!

1 January 2013

The New Year brings its own rituals here. We take a moment, for example, to scribble, "It's 2013!" on a Post-it note that we put up conspicuously.

We picked that little ritual up from the weekly newsmagazine we worked on for 30 years. The publisher would put up a little note to remind everyone which year it was. Wisely, he put it up on the clock in the production area. Everyone looked at that clock several times an hour.

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