Apple Aperture Article by Rob Galbraith

Rob Galbraith has written quite interesting article focussing on the new Apple Aperture, a new professional photo workflow application.

“Two things have lifted us out of a gloomy funk regarding the potential quality of Aperture’s RAW conversions:

First, Apple is promising that the conversions for certain cameras have been optimized, and have said as much as in the promotional materials for Aperture. The list of optimized cameras includes all Canon digital SLRs back to the D30, all Nikon digital SLRs back to the D1, plus the Olympus E1 and Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D.

Second, Apple has used as a reference for their own colour rendering the colour produced by the camera makers’ RAW conversion software. In chatting with Apple’s Schorr about this, he gave the specific example of comparing Nikon Capture’s rendering of NEF files to Apple’s rendering during Aperture’s development phase. He also stressed that camera maker colour was not the end goal, but rather an important step along the way towards building what are promised to be good-quality colour conversions from Aperture. We like camera maker colour as a rule, and in some instances we love camera maker colour, so it was a pleasant surprise to hear the Apple thought it important to be at least partly guided by this in designing their new colour processing.”

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Photoshop TV is Now Available

On Monday, October 24, the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) launched a new video podcast – Photoshop TV.

Hosted by the “Photoshop Guys” (Scott Kelby, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski), Photoshop TV immediately began climbing the charts of Apple’s iTunes podcasts to hit number 2 on October 28, leaving heavyweights such as NPR, Al Franken and ESPN in their dust. The cast saw over 6,200 subscribers in its first 72 hours.

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Canon EOS 5D with Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS Sample Photos

Francesco has just posted his personal test of Canon EOS 5d with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM and commented:

“It is certainly a fantastic lens. Unfortunately too heavy, big and intrusively obvious to be used as a walkaround lens. Great for sport / high movement and certainly for portraits in available light. I found the fall-off (vignette) at 70-100mm a little bit too much but looks overall nice in the pictures.”


Please click on the image above to visit his gallery

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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM – Review by The Digital Picture

The Digital Picture reviewed Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM and commented:

” The Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens’ color and contrast are excellent. The rectangular baffle (above) over the rear of the lens is purposed to increase contrast and reduce flare/ghosting. CA (Chromatic Aberration) is well controlled with some CA visible at 24mm in very harsh contrast situations – mostly at full-frame edges.

Eight circular aperture blades provide excellent quality defocused image quality (bokeh – foreground/background blur). While f/4 in this focal length range is not the best at creating diffusely blurred backgrounds, close subjects at 105mm can have pleasingly defocused backgrounds.

Canon’s latest generation Image Stabilizer (IS) provides an additional 3-stops of handholdability in the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. This is definitely my favorite feature of the 24-105 L. The 24-105 L’s IS is very quiet and very well behaved (does not jump when starting, …). IS does not stop subject motion blur, but it is excellent for stopping camera shake. IS allows use of narrower aperture settings to increase DOF (Depth of Field) in handheld shots with non-moving subjects (landscapes, sculptures, art …). IS allows use of longer shutter speeds to create motion blurs – such as moving water. “

IR Photography with Nikon D70

Do you have Nikon D70(s) ?
Do you want to take those surreal photos with your camera and an Infra Red filter just like the image below ?

IR Photography with Nikon D70

Then this IR Photography with Nikon D70 tutorial is a must read for you…

DSLR Tutorial Website by Canon

Canon has launched a new website for DSLR photographers to learn to use their DSLR camera. The website has five parts covering almost everything about the very basic of digital photography.

Canon Photography Site

1. About the DSLR Camera
2. Ways to Shoot
3. Quick and Easy Great Shot
4. Using Camera Features
5. Printing Photos

You will need a flash plugin installed to be able to access the website

Mobile Postcard Service by Kodak

Kodak has just launched a Mobile Service Postcard Application where users can send their photos taken with the cameraphone and make them into postcards which then can be sent to any address in the US.

Postcards can be sent on the Verizon Wireless network using the Motorola V710, V260, V265, V276; Kyocera KX2; and the Audiovox CDM-8940.

Via: WirelessWeek

Tuscan Landscapes Gallery by Michele Berti

This gallery is simply breathtaking and it’s surely inspiring. The colors are brilliant with superb compositioning.. Highy Recommended.

Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX Test with Nikon D2H

Sample photos of Sigma 10-20mm with Nikon D2H have just been posted at Pbase Gallery:

- Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX @ 20mm, 1/80s, f/5.6 (original size)
- Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX @ 10mm, 1/250s, f/8 (original size)
- Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX @ 10mm, 1/160s, f/6 (original size)
- Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX @ 20mm, 1/80s, f/10 (original size)

See Through Lens Filter

Kaya Special Optics, Inc. is introducing a newly developed product called the “Infrared See-Through Filter PF. PF is a special optical device that helps to visually penetrate an object’s surface in order to view whatever lies below. The manufacturers claim that the Infrared See-Through Filter PF can’t totally penetrate all surfaces but it can provide a high degree of “see-through”.


Here’s how it works…

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