"In the case of photography, I typically do that by means of teaching, writing these blog posts, and occasionally shipping myself into boxes to surprise sick fans.
About a year ago, I did something different. I flew over to help make a viral video to attempt to save a (then) 4 year old little stranger called Eliza O’Neill, suffering from a terminal degenerative brain disease called Sanfillipo Syndrome.
As a result, Ivan Makarov who runs the charity Photographers for Good, reached out to me a couple months back, offering to donate a 100% of profits from a fine art book – The Plus One Collection III, featuring work from over 200 photographers in the world (including yours truly, of course!) – to the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation.
Whilst the fundraiser was active though, Ivan asked if I would be willing to auction off a photoshoot or two to help generate a few additional sales – I didn’t think much of it and immediately agreed.
Fast forward a couple weeks, and I receive a message from Ivan: “Someone bought a photoshoot with you – a lady in Germany by the name of Eva Creel.”
“Wait, I know Eva! ” I replied, stunned. “She’s a friend! We both won a competition that 500px hosted a while back and actually got the chance to hang out and meet in Germany at Photokina!”
And that… is how I ended up in Germany, doing my first ever maternity photoshoot for a lady I met on the internet."
Today’s release covers the full Lightroom ecosystem across desktop, web, and mobile. Now your photography goes where you go even more seamlessly. Organize, edit, and share your photos from anywhere—on your computer, on the web, on your iPad, and on your iPhone or Android devices.
New in Lightroom CC Desktop:
Increase or decrease the amount of atmospheric haze in parts of your photos with the Graduated Filter, Radial Filter, and Adjustment Brush.
Use the redesigned Import tool to get your photos into Lightroom Desktop faster than ever before by finding your photos on your camera, memory card, or hard drive, or from within Aperture or Photoshop Elements.
Various additional bug fixes and improvements.
New in Lightroom for mobile for iOS, version 2.0:
Get from shoot to finish faster with the new Adobe in-app camera on your iPad or iPhone.
Control haze with the newly added Dehaze filter.
Adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of colors throughout your image directly with the new Target Adjustment Tool in the Color / B&W adjustment tool.
Send a collection of photos over the newly updated Adobe Premiere Clip 2.0 and create amazing video stories, synced to the beat of your music.
Get professional quality retouching with Photoshop Fix (more information about Fix below) which is now seamlessly integrated with Lightroom for mobile with CreativeSync, accessed through the new Edit In option.
Lightroom for mobile for iOS can now be used on your phone or tablet without a paid membership, coming soon to Android.
New in Lightroom for mobile for Android, version 1.3 includes:
Refine individual colors in your photos with the new Color / B&W adjustment tool.
Precisely control the tone of your photo with the new Tone Curve adjustment tool.
Bring out the best in your photos with adjustable vignettes.
Crop the perfect photo with a redesigned experience that enables you to quickly adjust, align, and auto-straighten.
TIFF files are now supported.
New in Lightroom for web:
Now make edits right in your browser using the most advanced online editing experience available.
Create anything you can imagine, anywhere you are.
Photoshop CC is a family of desktop and mobile apps, connected to each other and to your creative assets via CreativeSync, so you can tap into the power, precision, and performance of Photoshop wherever you are to create anything you can imagine—including images, 2D and 3D designs, videos, and more.
For the Photoshop family, we’re focusing on two major initiatives:
First, deliver tools where our customers can do real work on mobile devices with Photoshop Fix, Mix and Sketch, all connected to each other and our desktop products via CreativeSync for a vibrant ecosystem of new capabilities and workflows so you can push your creativity further than ever before in new locations, on new devices.
Second, we are investing in delivering new capabilities and efficiencies for designers in desktop Photoshop. Over the past two years we have made a major investment in new design tools across type and fonts, Artboards, Linked Assets, Creative Cloud Libraries, Adobe Stock, Asset Export, 3D (and MUCH more…) and with this new version we are making Design Space (preview) available to more customers and in more languages. This is a new space inside Photoshop, custom created to address the workflows of today’s web, UI and app designers.
Here’s today’s news:
Photoshop Fix 1.0 – NEW!
We are thrilled today to introduce and make immediately available Photoshop Fix, a new mobile app built to make non-destructive image retouching easier than ever before. With Fix, we started with the state-of-the-art retouching technology from Photoshop and Lightroom, added some new secret sauce and packaged it all up in a mobile workflow specifically designed to make retouching fast and easy while on the go, while still producing Photoshop-quality results.
Fix includes Liquify to reshape any area of an image; Healing Brush to remove image imperfections such as scratches and blemishes; Smooth to easily smooth or sharpen areas of a landscape or parts of skin; unmatched face detection that recognizes when a specific section of the face is selected and enables detailed refinements; and much more.
Fix even delivers amazing performance on images from high-end DSLRs (depending on your hardware capabilities). Try it out. I promise you won’t have seen this kind of performance on a mobile device before.
Fix is deeply connected to Lightroom and Photoshop through CreativeSync. You can edit your Lightroom images directly in Photoshop Fix and save them back to your Lightroom catalog without ever leaving Fix. Use Photoshop to open a retouched image you created in Fix and get the full, layered PSD file showing all the adjustments and masks from your Fix edits.
Today we have released Photoshop Mix 2.0. This is a major update to Mix with many new features and improvements throughout the app, including a completely new architecture that leverages Apple’s Metal framework.
Photoshop Mix is a compositing app built using Photoshop technology that delivers a deep, focused, non-destructive editing experience on a mobile device. It enables you to do real work while away from your desktop. Through CreativeSync, Mix also connects to many of Adobe’s other mobile apps like Fix for retouching workflows and Lightroom for image enhancements, so you can easily produce multifaceted projects in a completely mobile environment. Plus, if you want to take your projects even further, you can quickly move your layered and masked compositions to Photoshop CC, and benefit from all its goodness. And now, there’s even non-destructive smart filter support in Photoshop CC for Mix looks.
Just some of what’s new in Mix today:
Nine blend modes (the most popular from Photoshop) that allow textures, multiple exposure effects and more, for more serious and complex work away from the desktop
Nearly twice as many image adjustments
Support for Layer Masks to create double exposure, stencil and other creative effects
CreativeSync-enabled direct connection with Lightroom and the exciting, new Photoshop Fix
Mix is free and available on iPhone and iPad and Android (2.0 on Android coming soon).
Get Mix 2.0 for iOS here. Get Mix 1.2 for Android here.
Adobe Camera Raw 9.2
Adobe Camera Raw 9.2 releases today and remains in sync with Lightroom with the ability to easily remove or add atmospheric haze in specific areas of your photos using the Local Adjustment Brush, Radial Filter, and Graduated Filter plus, a new way to navigate through your images when zoomed in. And as always you will get support for more cameras and lenses.
For more information about ACR, visit the Lightroom Journal here.
Here’s what will be available in the coming weeks:
Photoshop CC 2015
Today, we are announcing a major update to the desktop version of Photoshop. One new web-based component of Photoshop will ship today, which I will describe below. The primary Photoshop desktop application will ship in the coming weeks when we release all our other desktop apps like InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Premier Pro CC, etc. and I will write a detailed blog post about Photoshop on that date. To whet your appetite, here is just some of we are adding:
Even more enhancements for designers – continuing to build out this major area of focus for you. – We are adding a completely streamlined and tuned Design Space mode targeted for web and UI designers; new Artboard capabilities; the ability to directly import SVG files that you can rescale in your designs; and Creative Cloud Libraries improvements that speed up your asset access and management workflows.
The ability to easily work with 3D figures and incorporate them into your images and designs directly in Photoshop. – Import, pose, and animate characters created in the new Adobe Fuse CC (Preview), and then adjust camera angles, lighting, and position to get precisely the look you want in Photoshop. Just imagine all the possibilities and the flexibility you gain when you can pose, re-pose, change the lighting of people in images in ways that are very challenging in 2D.
The update notice on the Adobe Blog covers some products not included above including Photoshop Sketch 3.0 and a 3D animation service.
Prices for Nikon's popular full frame D810 and D750 DSLRs were lowered even further at the beginning of this month.
The Nikon D810's MSRP (with instant discounts) fell another $200.00 after already being discounted $300.00 in September. The D750's price dropped $100.00 after instant rebates in addition to the $300.00 savings in effect throughout last month.
PhotoPlus Expo 2015 is right around the corner and I am of course wondering if any new Canon products might be seen at this show. With Canon recently deleting a couple of older lenses from their lineup, the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
The bottom 10 list is always ripe with good speculation material. I'll fabricate some rumors to get us started.
Knocking #1 off of the list right away: holding the third-least-popular position does not bode well for a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens replacement. Perhaps a new 50mm f/1.4 with 1:1/1x macro capabilities (similar to the 24-70mm f/4L IS or at least with a dedicated extension tube) will arrive and eliminate this lens from the list?
The referenced 50mm f/1.4 is number 7 on this list. This lens is a perennial favorite, but it is showing strong signs of aging. Its replacement should be more than just the same optical design in a modernized body. To be positioned adequately above the 50mm f/1.8 STM, this lens should have improved wide-aperture image quality and fast Ring USM AF. Adding image stabilization would vault this lens' popularity.
The 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2 (#5 and #2 respectively) are good value lenses now. Modernize their build, modestly improve the optics and add image stabilization to get a pair of must-have primes.
When Canon introduced the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, most of us expected to see the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm lenses (#3 and #4 on the list) to be next-replaced. We've been waiting for that announcement for about 6 years now. That these two lenses hold the last two positions on the site's popularity list may explain why we haven't seen these updates. That a product refresh would launch them off of the bottom positions could easily be argued.
The 20mm f/2.8? This is not a popular lens and ... I don't remember ever hearing anyone wanting a replacement for it. Improve the image quality, modernize the design and add IS for, minimally, a better seller. Make the focal length wider for more-increased popularity.
The 28 f/1.8 is only very slightly more popular than the 20 f/2.8 and ... I don't hear demand for its replacement either.
Do nothing other than add image stabilization to the 400 f/5.6L and huge quantities of this lens would be flowing from the warehouses.
Bonus speculation: The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens is due for replacement. This lens hit my radar because the year introduced spec is blank in our database, causing it to sort above numbers in my query (placing it in first place on this list). I know that you love that silver ring, but ... the low cost full frame telephoto zoom lens position is ripe to be filled by an image stabilized EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 STM Lens with modernized build design. Add it to the 6D via a kit or a bundle rebate.
What do you think?!
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Let us know in the comments!
"Mars has monopolized the media as of late – and for good reason. 20th Century Fox’s new epic sci-fi film “The Martian” will be released October 2nd, perfectly aligned with NASA’s announcement this week of the possibility of life-giving water on the arid planet’s surface.
Add these recent headlines together and suddenly the fourth planet from the sun is feeling a little closer to home. But long before Mars was a big deal in the news, French photographer Julien Mauve created “Greetings from Mars”– a photo series that captures the red planet through the eyes of a few space-tourists. We caught up with Julien to get the behind the scenes details of the photo shoot, learn more about why he created the series, and see why sometimes the best ideas are a little out of this world."
Canon Japan has released a series of [rather wacky by American standards] marketing videos called "Alice in Tokyo." The most amusing video for me was "Alice in Tokyo #5." If you only have the chance to see one, I'd suggest watching that one. [Sean]
"Top sports photographer Al Bello (Getty Images) has been working in the photographic industry since 1990 and has thus far won four World Press Photo Awards for his work. In an exclusive interview he spoke to CPN writer Steve Fairclough about his career, his inspirations and how he shot some of his most famous pictures."
Even if the name looks unfamiliar to you, you're probably familiar with some of Bello's work. His most famous image – that of New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham's three-fingered catch – is one almost any NFL football fan will recognize. [Sean]