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Camera Raw 9.0 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
Merge to HDR and Panorama
Combine your photos to produce panoramas and HDR images in ACR. The merged result is a DNG file and is saved to disk alongside the input images. If you are merging raw files, then the merge is performed using raw image data and the resulting DNG is just as much a raw file as the originals (and retains all the editing flexibility that comes with shooting raw). Because of this, you no longer need to edit your photos before merging. To see the new Merge feature in action, check out these videos: Merge to Pano | Merge to HDR
To merge files in ACR, select the photos that you want to merge then press the “Merge…” button at the top of the filmstrip. Select “Panorama” or “HDR” from the pop-up menu.
After a preview of the merge is generated, select desired options in the merge preview dialog and click the “Merge” button to start a full-size merge.
The full-size merge is performed in the background so you can continue to edit other photos or start other merges while you wait. To view status, or cancel a merge, press the link in the lower left area of the main ACR window (it will say “1 remaining” if you’ve started a merge).
Once the full-size merge is complete, the resulting DNG file will be added to the bottom of the filmstrip and be available for further editing.
HDR deghosting has three amounts: low, medium, and high. In order to make it easier to select the best option for a given image, a visualization option is also available
Color artifacts in deep shadow areas of some HDR merges with deghosting and HDR panorama merges.
If the merged pano result is larger than ACR’s largest supported image size then you will get an error. In future builds we plan on adding an option to scale the result so that it’s within ACR size limits.
Camera Raw can now use the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to speed up interactive image editing. The GPU is particularly helpful when using high-resolution screens, such as 4K and 5K displays.
Minimum system requirements:
Mac OS 10.9 and higher or Windows 7 and higher
Ensure then GPU support is enabled by visiting the Camera Raw Preferences dialog and check the “Use Graphics Processor” box at the bottom.
When this box is checked, Camera Raw will automatically determine whether the system’s GPU (if any) can be used to accelerate image drawing. If yes, Camera Raw will display the name of your graphics card below the checkbox. Otherwise, Camera Raw will display an error message.
Note that the GPU options in Photoshop’s Preferences and Bridge’s Preferences have no effect on Camera Raw.
Camera Raw’s GPU implementation is used only to accelerate the drawing of the main preview image within the Camera Raw dialog. It is not used for other tasks, such as saving images to disk, or opening images into Photoshop.
Scrubby Zoom: Camera Raw offers a “Scrubby Zoom” option in GPU mode. With the Zoom tool selected, click on the Zoom menu (bottom-left of the image preview). Select “Scrubby Zoom” from the bottom of the menu to toggle scrubby zoom behavior on/off. When enabled, click-dragging on an image with the zoom tool will zoom smoothly in and out.
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9
Canon EOS 5DS
Canon EOS 5DS R
Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i)
Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D)
Canon EOS M3
Hasselblad Stellar II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
Olympus Stylus SH-2
Olympus Tough TG-4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
New Lens Profiles in Camera Raw 9
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E
SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
DJI Inspire 1 FC350
Voigtlander LTM 28mm f/1.9 Ultron Aspherical
Voigtlander LTM 28mm f/3.5 Color Skopar
Voigtlander LTM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical
Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/2 Heliar
Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar
Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/3.5 Heliar
Voigtlander LTM 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar
Voigtlander LTM 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar
Voigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar
Voigtlander MFT 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Aspherical
Voigtlander MFT 25mm f/0.95 Nokton
Voigtlander MFT 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton
Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2
Nikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS
TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N
Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
Voigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Voigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical
Voigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton
Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
dp1 Quattro (*)
dp2 Quattro (*)
dp3 Quattro (*)
SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015
SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
TAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII PZD MACRO AB016S
TAMRON 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD A010S
TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD A009S
TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD A011S
TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD F004S
Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE 28mm F2
Sony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter
Sony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter
Sony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro
(*) Lens corrections for the SIGMA dp1, dp2,and dp3 Quattro cameras are for JPEG images only.
Download Links Camera Raw 9 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6 DNG Converter 9: Macintosh | Windows
If you're wanting a more in-depth look at Adobe's newest version of Lightroom, look no further than the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel where they added more than 50 videos since yesterday (and that's in addition to the 4 videos I posted about yesterday)..
A convenient tool that offers various information on interchangeable lenses and accessories for Nikon cameras
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it has developed and released the "NIKKOR & ACC" app (exclusively for iPad) that introduces NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses and a variety of accessories. The "NIKKOR & ACC" app can be downloaded free of charge from Apple's App Store. In addition, a short movie has also been released for introduction of the contents of the app.
Installing the "NIKKOR & ACC" app makes it possible to download the contents of "Digital Catalog". "Digital Catalog" that includes the entire lineup of NIKKOR lenses is a convenient app that allows users to search for lenses based on lens type, technology used, specifications and sample images. Quick confirmation of lens information helps users who are considering the purchase of new lenses to find those most desired or most appropriate for their purposes.
The "Digital Catalog" menu offers 5 items, specifications, lens categories, focal length, f-number, and a variety of sample images shorted by shooting scenes. By using these items, users can compare various lenses to find the one most desired. "Contents Maps" that allows users to directly select desired contents of "Digital Catalog" is also available. Added to this are the "NIKKOR Lens Technology" movie that introduces Nikon's representative lens technologies and the "The Optical Masterpiece" movie that demonstrates the high-quality and reliability of sophisticated NIKKOR lenses.
In addition to various information such as lens characteristics, primary specifications, illustration of lens construction, MTF curves, sample images, accessories as well as external design included in the introduction of each lens, focal length and angle of view of the lens are illustrated with sample images for easier understanding. The information necessary to select lenses is richly provided so that information on any NIKKOR lens is readily available to users.
Information on lens basics, NIKKOR lens technology, Speedlights, etc. will be added to the contents of "Digital Catalog" in the future to make this app more informative. In addition to the "NIKKOR & ACC" app, Nikon plans to create more apps for Nikon imaging products such as an app for Nikon digital SLR cameras.
Note from Sean: I'm personally not a big fan of promoting pop-up flash use, but this device might actually prove useful at extending the reach of your flash when used as a fill light for photographing birds. I cannot personally attest to the product's performance, though.
A few days ago I posted the following video from ExpoImaging's YouTube Channel:
The video outlined nearly the exact same technique I had used for many events (banquets, wedding receptions, etc). The only difference was that I had used the large version of the original FlashBender. There were definitely some drawbacks to using the large version. One drawback was that the flash modifier was quite heavy (the new FlashBenders are lighter) and the overall size made it a cumbersome setup. Another drawback was that modifier's large size caused it to reflect just a little too much fill light for my taste. It could be bent in ways to reduce the issue, but that wasn't an ideal solution.
But what if you were in a bind and couldn't wait for a FlashBender 2 to land on your doorstep? I figured that a DIY solution would be fairly easy to fabricate. And the best part is you probably have everything you need already in your home (and if not, the tools and materials would be easy to find).
All-New Photoshop Lightroom CC With Photoshop CC Lets Anyone Perfect Photos Across Desktop and Mobile for $9.99 per Month
SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 21, 2015 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced a major update to its Creative Cloud Photography plan with the release of an all-new Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC that delivers lightning-fast performance and new tools to edit, enhance, organize and showcase beautiful photos. With Lightroom CC and the legendary magic of Photoshop CC, Adobe Creative Cloud Photography empowers photographers to transform photos into amazing shots. Creative Cloud Photography also includes unique sophisticated mobile capabilities: automatically syncing photos with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their entire catalog of photos on iPad, iPhone as well as Android smartphones and tablets. At just $USD9.99 per month, Adobe’s photography plan champions photographers of every level -- bringing the tools relied on by photo pros worldwide within reach of anyone who loves photography.
“Photographers at any level are driven by their passion to capture the perfect shot and make it incredible,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of digital imaging products, Adobe. “Whether you shoot with a DSLR or smartphone, the Creative Cloud Photography plan gives everything you need to organize, edit and share amazing photos on mobile, web and desktop – thanks to the imaging power of Lightroom and the magic of Photoshop.”
Photoshop and Lightroom have been fundamental in the evolution of digital photography. Today, Creative Cloud Photography is leading the transition from a traditional desktop-based process to a more mobile, connected workflow for digital images. Anchored by a major update to Lightroom CC, Creative Cloud Photography is the must-have solution, offering powerful editing and photo organization across multiple devices, all powered by Adobe’s industry-defining imaging technologies.
Work Seamlessly Across Desktop, Mobile and Web With New Lightroom CC The standard for photo enthusiasts and professionals, Lightroom CC is essential for perfecting and organizing photos. New features in this release include:
HDR Merge – Create natural-looking or surreal images from extremely high-contrast scenes by easily combining multiple shots taken with different exposure settings into a single raw high dynamic range image
Panorama Merge - Capture super wide fields of view and amazing detail by stitching together multiple images to create stunning raw panorama shots
Performance Improvement & GPU Enhancements - Perfect photos up to 10 times faster than ever
Facial Recognition - Quickly find and categorize images of family and friends.
Video Slideshows - Create beautiful, polished slideshows using still images, video, and music along with professional effects like pan and zoom
Bring Out The Best In Your Photography - Anywhere For anyone who loves photography, it’s essential they can organize, edit, and share photos from mobile devices. Automatically synced with Lightroom CC on the desktop, Lightroom on mobile devices lets users access and edit their catalog of photos across a full range of iOS and Android devices. This release includes a major enhancement for Android with DNG raw file support on compatible Lollipop-enabled devices, providing customers the full power of raw file post-processing on their Android smartphones and tablets.
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By request, I have added two smaller lenses to the big lens comparison tool. Allowing a smaller lens to be placed beside one classified by the site's product image tool as "big" allows a better visualization of the size of the larger lenses.
The two selected "small" (relatively speaking) lenses are the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens. These were selected because they are among the most likely lenses found in one's kit prior to stepping up to one of the big guns (and I have them in my own kit, meaning they were immediately available). Those looking at Nikon lenses can still use the smaller Canon lenses for comparison purposes as these are very similar to their closest Nikon equivalents in size.
As I mentioned before, I have implemented "responsive design" on the site. Browsing the site on smaller devices including phones and tablets should be easier since the initial update. Many additional improvements are now implemented including most of the tools now being mobile-ready. One exception that remains is the Lens Image Quality Comparison Tool. Since looking at 100% resolution crops is the primary purpose of this tool, letting images resize to a smaller browser viewport is defeating to its purpose. Until I come up with the right solution, I'll let this one break out of the browser window size.
Look for the 400 DO II review to be completed early next week. I have a second copy of the Sigma 150-600 Sports Lens coming in this week. That lens will be the next priority on the to-do list. The Sigma 150-600 Contemporary Lens should also be arriving any day now. There is a lot of interest in telephoto zoom lenses right now and I'm anxious to see how these new lenses compare to the previously available Canon 100-400 L IS II and the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens.
We have found that Live View Mode cannot be used on the EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D) released on April 17th 2015 by Canon Inc. with some of SIGMA’s Canon mount interchangeable lenses. For those who own the lenses, we are going to provide a firmware update free of charge.
PhenomenonWhen the Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the operation stops without displaying images on the rear LCD monitor.
Products and Serial Numbers that require the firmware update
17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
No. 12651501 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
No. 13044001 or later
APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
No. 12713001 or later
APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
No. 12902001 or later
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports
No. 50064494~ 50347793
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
No. 12669751 or later
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM
No. 12665001 or later
18-200mm F3.5-6.3?DC OS HSM
No. 12851001 or later
18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
No. 12656101 or later
APO 50-150mmF2.8 EX DC OS HSM
No. 12839001 or later
APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
No. 12676440 or later
APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
No. 12971601 or later
* For lenses that have been repaired in the past, they may require the firmware update even when the serial number is not listed above. In case the mentioned camera does not display images on the rear LCD monitor when Live View Mode button on the camera body is pressed, the firmware update is necessary.
We will make a further announcement when the firmware update becomes available.
For those who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, it will be possible to update the firmware of 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports through SIGMA Optimization Pro. We will also announce its availability when the update is available.
* If you use the SIGMA USB DOCK with 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, even when the lens does not require the update, its firmware will be updated to the new version.
* For those who use APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG or APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG with the 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA for further support.
This service supplies software that can be used to update the D4S camera “C” firmware to version 1.20.
Before proceeding, select Firmware version in the camera setup menu and check the camera firmware version. You will not need to download or install this update if the firmware listed above is already installed.
Modifications in firmware v1.10
Commander mode can now be selected for Custom Setting e3 (Optional flash) when an optional SB-500 flash unit is attached. *
The Auto and Flash white-balance options can now be used with the LED light on the optional SB-500 flash unit.
Auto white balance is now more consistent.
There is no longer a limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst at shutter speeds of 4 s or faster when a continuous-release mode is selected in exposure mode S or M. *
There is no longer a limit on how long the shutter can remain open when “Time” is selected for shutter speed. *
We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and different focus points chosen in each orientation. We have also changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if a lens focus function button is pressed with AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting f19 (Lens focus function buttons).
Some help text has been changed.
The following issues have been resolved:
If the user focused using the AF-ON button before shooting in continuous-release mode, the frame rate would drop under the following conditions: AF-S selected for focus mode, Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode, Focus selected for Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection), and AF-ON only selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation).
When an AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E lens was attached, “Err” would be displayed in the top control panel and pictures could not be taken under some exposure conditions.
Images would sometimes fail to display correctly during image review if playback zoom was used while the memory-card access lamp was lit.
Images would not clear from the display if an optional WR-1 wireless remote controller was used with On selected for Image review in the playback menu.
The camera photo info display would not show the correct range for pictures taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual flash mode (GN).
When pictures taken using a PC-E lens were viewed in Capture NX-D and other Nikon software, the Metadata would list the lens as type E rather than type D.
The photo information display for movies, movie stills, and photos taken with the Silent shutter-release option would sometimes list incorrect values for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity.
If the camera was connected via HDMI to 4K a compatible TV, neither the camera nor the television would display menus correctly.
Volume sometimes could not be adjusted if indicators were hidden during movie playback.
If both XQD and CompactFlash cards were inserted in the camera when it was connected to a computer, the computer would not recognize the XQD card.
It is early spring here in the northern hemisphere and flowering trees, if not already in full bloom, will be so very soon.
While the spring flowering trees are incredibly beautiful, I find them a challenge to compose into an image I like. Part of the problem is that, when the trees flower, most other trees remain leaf-less and low in their color-rating. Lack of leaves reveal highly detracting power lines in many of the landscapes where these trees are planted. This leaves sky, green grass and man-made objects to provide the other good colors to compose with.
So, how does one create a good photo of this subject? A solution that often works well is to fill the frame with only the flowering tree or trees. In this case, I found a very large, densely-flowered tree, moved back to create a compressed perspective and zoomed in to frame only the flowers with a narrow aperture keeping the entire frame remaining in focus. The result is a pattern of complexity that fills the frame. I positioned the larger limbs visible in the picture so that their lines lead the viewer's eye into the frame. The bright color of the flowers becomes the predominant color of the final image.
Working with the same concept of filling the frame with the color of the tree, a close perspective with a wide aperture can be used to blur the background flowers as illustrated here.
If working with a wider angle focal length, the background is more likely to become part of the image. In this case, consider getting above the tree to use the often-bright-green spring grass as the background. Bright green often complements the color of the tree(s). Another advantage that getting higher sometimes affords is a better angle on the flowers in the image. Dogwood tree flowers, as illustrated in the just-referenced image, typically face upward. Looking downward from a ladder allowed me to see the full flower being isolated with shallow depth of field.
Incorporating flowering trees into portrait images is a strategy loved by many. My advice is to make sure that the tree colors do not steel the viewer's focus from the primary subject, your person. Using the fill-the-frame and blur-the-background strategies again work well for portraits. Use a telephoto focal length and wide aperture to isolate the subject against a completely blurred background of flowers.
Winter is past and the winter-like landscape is about to awaken, bursting into vibrant color. Go capture it!