Adobe has released an update to Photoshop CC that addresses a few bugs introduced by the previous update released at the beginning of this month, most notably an issue with the Liquify tool which produced improper results with 16-bit files and GPU acceleration enabled.
I'm actually pretty surprised by how quickly Adobe was able to release this update. With record breaking revenue bolstering their bottom line (largely due to the popularity of Creative Cloud), it looks like Adobe is funneling their resources accordingly to address issues quickly and keep customers happy (like me). [Sean]
Simply use the Creative Cloud application to update Photoshop CC to version 2015.1.1.
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
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From the Adobe Lightroom Journal:
We’re excited to announce an update to Lightroom for iOS just in time for the holidays! This new version adds a bunch of new features, including:
The launch of the iPad Pro has gotten us all pretty excited at Adobe. The ability to take such a powerful and yet compact device on the road with us, and the new opportunities it offers, has gotten us thinking about what new possibilities we can add into Lightroom for mobile. In this release, we optimized the app to work on an iPad Pro and to also support the multitasking functionality new in iOS 9. On iPads and iPad Pros, Lightroom for iOS 2.1 enables both the Slide Over functionality so that you can quickly interact with other apps without having to switch apps as well as Split View so that you can run two apps at once, such as reading a tutorial while working within Lightroom.
We are constantly working to make Lightroom for mobile more and more powerful, and this update adds in both the Point Curve mode for the Tone Curve tool, as well as the Split Toning adjustment tool. With the Point Curve mode, you can have full control over the curve, as well as direct access to each of the color channels. This level of control previously has only been available in our desktop apps, so we’re pretty excited that now you can really tweak your images anywhere. The Split Toning tool makes it possible to add a different tint or tone to both the highlights and shadows of your photo. This effect is great both creating artistic and stylistic enhancements with color photos, something that we’ve seen become a lot more popular recently, or to recreate an effect that was more traditionally used in black and white photography.
Since we’re often using our mobile devices on the go, we’re always looking for ways to make it easier and faster to work with Lightroom for iOS. The 3D touch functionality introduced with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus opened up a new realm of possibilities for speeding up interaction. With Lightroom for iOS 2.1, you can use 3D touch on the home screen to open the camera directly or in the collection view to Peek and Pop an image, to quickly check which image you’d like to edit before moving into the Loupe view. Lightroom for iOS 2.1 also adds a Notification Center widget that lets you quickly open the camera found within Lightroom for mobile.In Lightroom for mobile 2.0 we added in a brand-new camera experience, built from the ground up to provide powerful new capture experiences.
In version 2.1, we’ve added in a new exciting feature that lets you preview and capture images in real-time with a preset applied. These presets take full advantage of the full processing abilities of Lightroom and apply their enhancements non-destructively. This means you can see what your photo will look like with the preset applied before you capture it, capture the photo with the preset already applied, and then adjust or even remove the effect from the photo, all without losing any quality along the way. And of course, the original image and the edits are synchronized with your other mobile devices, Lightroom on the web, and Lightroom on your Mac or PC. These shoot-through presets are one of the first ways we’ve made the Adobe in-app camera within Lightroom for mobile a truly unique and powerful experience, and we’re just getting started.
In addition to all of these major new features, we’ve added a bunch of little enhancements and improvements throughout the app. We’re continuing to work hard to come up with new, fun features that make mobile photography even more enjoyable, and look forward to sharing those new features with you in the new year.
—Josh and the Lightroom for mobile team
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 21mm f/2.8 Lens Review.
Is this lens as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside? Read the review to find out.
The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the world's first* Clear Glass Ceramic protective lens filter.
Interchangeable lenses are the most important element of photographic expression, and to the photographer they are a valuable personal asset. To help photographers continue to use for many years the lens systems in which they have invested their time, knowledge, and budgets, SIGMA has developed original lens filters that meet the company’s high standards of excellence. In developing its new protective lens filter, SIGMA has leveraged an unprecedented cooperative relationship with a glass manufacturer, resulting in a completely new type of glass called Clear Glass Ceramic. Featuring this advanced material, the SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR is a highly reliable filter with outstanding protective capability.
*Among filters for interchangeable lenses as of December 2015 (SIGMA research)
by Sean Setters
Full disclosure: my extended family already celebrated Christmas this past weekend. We generally all make the long drive to my aunt's house to get together a week or two before Christmas so that actual Christmas day can be spent at home with immediate family.
As such, I thought I'd share my "Christmas Day Presents Opening" kit because, after photographing my family's event over the past few years, I've finally settled on a small kit that seems to work very well for the festive day.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an extremely versatile body that works well in just about any situation. The AF system is great, the full-frame camera offers a wider angle of view compared to using the same lens with a crop-sensor camera, and its high-ISO image quality allows me to grab ambient only shots when desired. As I'll explain later, a full-frame camera body isn't necessarily required, but it is certainly my preferred choice. I also like that the 5D III (and 5Ds/5Ds R) feature dual memory card slots. While capturing the fleeting moments of bliss and unbridled happiness that the day brings, having a backup set of images means that you're less likely to lose your precious memories because of a memory card malfunction or accidental deletion from the primary card.
A lot of people prefer a general purpose zoom for these types of celebrations and events, and there are certainly advantages to having a versatile focal range available for use. However, I find a 35mm f/1.4 lens to provide an excellent balance between focal length and maximum aperture. The 35mm focal length is wide enough to you create a story with relatively loose framing, yet it's rarely too wide. It's also not too long so that photographing in smaller spaces/rooms becomes an issue.
The wide f/1.4 aperture allows you to separate your subject from the background while [in most cases] still getting a sense of what's actually taking place in the background. The wide aperture also allows you to utilize the ambient light while helping to freeze action (certainly a benefit when arms and hands are busy opening presents) without having to use your maximum ISO.
But just because you can shoot at f/1.4 doesn't mean that's going to be optimal for your needs (especially with the depth-of-field needs associated with keeping multiple subjects in focus). The next part of my kit allows me much more flexibility in choosing the right aperture/shutter speed/ISO those kinds of shots.
No matter how much ambient light there is, I always like to be able to push a little bit more light into the room in order to allow for the use of lower ISOs and/or faster shutter speeds or to simply change the quality of light in the scene.
In a presents-opening situation, I'm typically using a camera-mounted flash with its head pointed straight up toward the ceiling to create flattering, room-filling bounce flash. Attached to the flash I use either a full CTO or a 1/2 CTO gel so that the color of the flash more closely matches that of the room's ambient light (generally created by tungsten lamps and even the glow of Christmas lights).
Another tool I find helpful is the use of a Rogue Flashbender 2 (Small). I like the Flashbender 2 (Small) because it isn't unwieldy when attached to the flash and it pushes just enough light forward to mitigate dark eye shadows that can sometimes be caused by the primary light source coming from overhead.
And while the flash works great with a wide aperture prime lens and a full-frame camera, a flash can also enable the use of narrower aperture zooms (or primes) and/or cameras with pixel-dense sensors (i.e., crop-sensor cameras). In these cases, the flash will likely shift from augmenting the existing ambient light to being the predominate light source in the scene.
So that's the kit I used this past weekend and it worked very well for capturing a wide variety of shots throughout the day. Do you have any other suggestions or recommendations? Let us know in the comments.
At 22 years of age, the 50mm f/1.4 is one of Canon's oldest lenses, but it remains a perennial favorite. Increasing its favoritism at the moment is the big-for-this-lens $70.00 instant rebate and a 4% B&H reward.
Want your package in time to put under the Christmas tree? You'll need to order before the cutoff date determined by your preferred shipping method.
B&H's holiday shipping cutoff schedule can be found below.
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From the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
December 14, 2015 – Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the task force recommendations.
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”
Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.
Owners may register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration
Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.
Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years.
The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).
“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”
The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.
The full rule can be viewed here.
Monday, December 14, 2015: Triggertrap – creators of the world’s most powerful camera remotes – have completely rewritten their popular iOS app, Triggertrap Mobile. This update introduces the single most requested feature: Night Mode, which turns Triggertrap Mobile into the perfect companion for photography in the dark.
Flicking the Night Mode switch changes the colours of the user interface to a darkness-friendly colour scheme, making Triggertrap Mobile ideal for high-speed photography in the studio, light painting in the garden, and for astrophotography in the field. These colours are designed to work with screen brightness turned right down, minimising the amount of light coming from the phone - with the added benefit of maximising battery life.
Timed Release now has our ND calculator baked right in, making it easier than ever before to calculate the perfect exposure time with your ND filter and capture the long exposure. In Timed Release simply tap the ND filter icon (the split circle), enter your base shutter speed, your neutral density filter strength and tap to automatically put that value into Timed Release.
The Wearables mode has also been taken to the next level, adding support for triggering almost every mode* from Apple Watch or a Pebble smartwatch. This makes your wearable device perfect for starting a sensor mode from distance to avoid premature triggering, keeping star trails steady, and keeping any movement out of long exposure HDR shots.
The Triggertrap Mobile 4.0 update is available now from the iOS app store for devices running iOS7 and above.
* except Press and Hold and Quick Release
Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Review
I had my eyes on this pack ever since it was announced. MindShift Gear delivered on this one.
According to the Egami Blog, Sigma has filed a patent for an 11-22mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM FLD Art lens. Below is a screenshot of the Google-translated patent presented on the blog.
Sigma clearly has the Canon 11-24L in its sights with this lens's development and, considering the Art line's heritage, it will likely be released with a much more attractive price compared to Canon's extreme ultra-wide.
December 2015 – Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, announces the launch of a new compact and foldable Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce Bounce Card. Specially designed for beginner and advanced hobbyists who like to take pictures of people and events, such as a wedding or a party with friends, this bounce card helps to create a softer light towards the subject and thanks to its small size it can be carried in a shirt’s pocket.
ADAPTABLE AND IMPACT RESISTANT
The new Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce fits all standard flashguns available on the market. It features a secure fixing system with a silicon strap to securely attach the card to the flashgun and is made from impact resistant ABS (glass re-enforced plastic) to stand up to different types of crashes.
SMALL AND PORTABLE
The expandable surfaces allow different configurations and a multiple usage of the Bounce Card: when in use it can create soft light towards the subject and can also redirect the light of your flashgun (for example, on the ceiling when used indoors).
With a wide white surface for maximum reflection when opened (18x19cm), the new Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce collapses to a third of its original size when closed (11x7cm). You can bring your card anywhere and store it in a small pocket.
Make unique your event pictures with a soft and surprising light thanks to the new Lastolite by Manfrotto EzyBounce.
I think that you are going to like what you see. Provided are an extensive set of results that include 1.4x and 2x extender tests and four shift positions have been tested.
From Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.
Except as described below, the following will occur with the affected units listed below:
Linked shooting and wireless flash shooting with radio transmission will not work in some setting modes when 7 or more units are linked. This phenomenon does not occur when 6 or fewer units are linked.
Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
Units with a combination of 3rd and 4th digits in the serial number in the ranges shown below are affected:
Note: If the battery compartment of an affected unit contains the marking illustrated below, the product is NOT affected by the phenomenon described above, even if the serial number is within the ranges mentioned above.
To arrange to have an affected unit inspected and serviced for this phenomenon at no cost, please contact Canon using the information below.
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From the B&H YouTube Channel:
This is an Event Space Highlight of ‘Peter Hurley on The Headshot’, in which photographer Peter Hurley demonstrates how to capture successful portraits and headshots using available and studio lighting. Check out the full version in the link below.
The video above features highlights from Peter Hurley's demonstration. The full video can be found here.
We have completed our standardized tests with the lens and are still in the process of fully evaluating this uniqely-spec'd imaging tool.
Just posted: Zeiss Milvus 100mm f/2M Lens Review.
No surprises here – just a great lens.
As it turns out, the lens seems especially well constructed and well thought out. Roger's comments at the bottom of the teardown say it all:
"I'm sure you can tell we're impressed with the Canon 35mm f/1.4 Mk II. The weather resistance appears better than most weather resistant lenses. (As always, I'll add that weather resistance still means water damage voids the warranty.) The mechanical construction is beyond impressive. This lens is massively over-engineered compared to any other prime we've ever disassembled. It's built like a tank where it counts; on the inside. Moving parts are huge and robust. Six big screws are used in locations where 3 smalls screws are common in other lenses. Heavy roller bearings move the focusing group, it doesn't slide on little nylon collars.Check out the entire post for the full teardown details.
It's also designed thoughtfully and logically. Things that will inevitably get damaged on any lens, like the front element and filter ring, are designed to be replaced easily. There are some things inside, particularly with the tensioning screws and springs, that I'm not certain I understand the purpose of, but I am certain there is a purpose. If I had to summarize the mechanical design of this lens, I would say simply that no expense was spared, no corner was cut.
Sometimes things are expensive because they're worth it. Sometimes they're heavy because they're so solidly constructed. This is one of those times."
If you have not already done so, leave your wish list / entry below the post:
I'll include submissions made through at least 5:00 PM EST tomorrow, Thu 12/10 in the prize drawing.
We all know that it has been needed for a long time, but someone had to take the courage to reveal our problems. Today, I'm stepping up to the plate with the first publication of the Photographer's Medical Dictionary.
I do realize that other photographers have ailments that I have not yet recognized or, bracing myself, I have additional ailments that you have recognized. Help us make this resource complete by sending your photography diseases along with the associated symptoms and recovery prognosis for inclusion in the photographer's medical dictionary. Or add information to one of the conditions already discussed. Send your info to Info@The-Digital-Picture.com.
Together, we can find the cure. Or, at least provide ourselves with a support group and the stress-reducing knowledge that we are not alone in this.
Provided are an extensive set of results that include 1.4x and 2x extender tests and four shift positions have been tested.
From the Lightroom Journal:
Camera Raw 9.3.1 is now available through the update mechanism in Photoshop CC and the Creative Cloud application. This version fixes a bug that resulted in inaccurate tiles, such as black or white squares when not expected, when opening images in Photoshop. Please note that this bug typically only appeared when using both the Camera Raw plug-in and Photoshop for long running sessions.
Thank you for all your assistance in helping us find and fix this issue! Thanks!
Camera Raw 9 – Please select Help>Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/mo.
As always, there are many interesting comparisons to be made. I'll get you started. Keep in mind that wide open apertures are being compared and these are not equal in most cases.
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/2 Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-S Lens
Tamron 35mm f/1.8 VC vs. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Don't forget to view the variance charts – that of the Tamron 45 VC is very impressive.