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Topaz Detail: More Sharpness at a Lower Price

The quest for more detail in photos does not always have to go through the most common tools. Try Topaz Detail for a change!

By Jose Antunes | April 10, 2014

Forget the old Unsharp Mask many old timers still think is the peak of technology (yes, you still hear this from some people!). Also, go out of the ordinary routes and beyond the Smart Sharp path many use. Or any of the other sharpening tools commonly available to most people. Try something different, exploring the options of Topaz Detail, one plugin that works with most common photography editors, and will extend you ability to get detail in your photos.

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Sony Enters the 4K Video Race

The new Sony A7S camera, announced just before the NAB show in Las Vegas, offers full frame (35mm) 4K video.

By Jose Antunes | April 07, 2014

The newest camera in the Alpha family (Sony says α7 and α7R) is not only one of the smallest full frame camera's in the world, it is also a sign that the race for 4K video in full frame (35mm) sensors has begun. Sony cameras are no DSLR as we know them, these mirrorless models are something different, but in the end it does not matter: Sony is at the pole position for the new competition, and chose NAB to show the A7S.

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The Full Guide to the Nikon Df

The Full Guide to the Nikon Df

The happy owners of the retro looking Nikon Df now have a guide to understand the camera.

By Jose Antunes | April 01, 2014

Fresh from the press, the new Nikon Df Experience - The Still Photographer's Guide to Operation and Image Creation is an eBook user's guide that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated, powerful, retro-styled full-frame camera.  Most importantly, it explains not only how but also when and why to use the camera's basic and advanced features, settings, and controls in your photography.

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Topaz DeNoise: Less Noise, More Detail

Removing noise from photos requires a well thought approach. Topaz DeNoise seems perfect for the job. It is slow but reliable.

By Jose Antunes | March 13, 2014

There's one valid and simple reason why I mostly use Topaz Labs DeNoise when editing images. It works! Using it regularly is something that grew naturally in me, as I find the results worthwhile the effort. Now, it is not the fastest noise removal software around, but it surely can offer you results you usually do not get with other software.

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Microplasma, Your Next Studio Light

LED may be the recent rage when it comes to light, but microplasma may well be the future portable sun for photographers.

By Jose Antunes | March 12, 2014

At NAB 2014, in Las Vegas, EdenPark Ilumination is showing what they call the evolution of light: their Studio 3000 Microplasma Light, a thin panel that is easier to store, transport and set up than traditional studio lights, and offers high quality, uniform light.

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A Revolutionary Gimbal

Can a hand-held camera gimbal blow away traditional steadicams? The creators of AeriCam Hollywood believe so.

By Jose Antunes | March 11, 2014

Presented as a revolutionary 3 axis camera stabilization system with a line of attachments providing full house production capabilities in one package, the AeriCam Hollywood is on Kickstarter. Crowdfunding is, these days, a method for small companies and visionaries to try to get the funds to make their dreams become reality. That's what AeriCam is doing in Kickstarter: looking for support to create the AeriCam Hollywood.

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Protect Your Camera and Filters

MindShift Gear has some new products for outdoor and landscape photographers: the UltraLight Camera Cover and the Filter Hive.

By Jose Antunes | March 10, 2014

Conceived for outdoor photographers, the UltraLight Camera Cover, available in three sizes and two colors, Black and Tahoe Blue, is what the name suggests: the lightest, most compact camera cover for outdoor photography. The Filter Hive, announced at the same time, offers protection for the filters many landscape photographers use.

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Those Little Things We Love

Those Little Things We Love

Never lose your memory cards. Always have your tablet close to you. Discover how with the new Think Tank Photo products!

By Jose Antunes | March 04, 2014

Photographers these days carry so many things besides their cameras and lenses that we need more than ordinary backpacks or shoulder bags. Think Tank Photo has just released new products that will interest photographers looking for modern solutions for their carrying problems: two hybrid bags for tablets, the App House 8 and App House 10, and the new Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket, which is belt-mountable.

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Lightroom: Two eBooks to Learn it Faster

If you want to master the modules in your Photoshop Lightroom, some reading might help you. Two eBooks explore the program.

By Jose Antunes | February 28, 2014

After a 125 page eBook about the Library Module, Andrew S. Gibson publishes a new eBook, about the Develop Module. With 194 pages, the guide for the Develop Module follows the exact same logic: to offer you a step by step approach, packed with lots tips that go beyond the official information all users should know.

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Create Panoramas For Multiple Platforms

Everybody wants their virtual tours to run well on any device. Panotour Pro 2.0 does exactly that.Try it!

By Jose Antunes | February 24, 2014

The recently launched Panotour and Panotour Pro 2.0 virtual tour creation software were created to satisfy requests from users of previous versions of both programs. With the new software, Kolor, the company responsible for some of the most popular programs for creation of panoramic images, like Autopano Pro, offers users the ability to display your tours everywhere: computers, tablets, smartphones.

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Turn Your Photos Into Works of Art

Photographers using plugins for special effects have to learn to not become dependent on them to create art.

By Jose Antunes | February 20, 2014

The offer attracts many people: create beautiful paintings from your photos with Topaz Simplify. That's the marketing from Topaz Labs when presenting their collection of filters, now upgraded to version 4.1. Yes, it is true, you can create some fantastic imagery with the program, that extends the possibilities of your photo editor to levels you would hardly achieve simply by tweaking the sliders on your Photoshop or Lightroom. Besides, Simplify, as many other programs from Topaz Labs... simplifies the process of changing your images.  

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MediaZilla: The Future of Media Libraries and Sharing?

Intuitive Platform for your entire Media Library with Blu-ray Style Menus

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | February 19, 2014

Well, this looks like an interesting concept - and definitely one worth investigating further if not actually supporting. I don't usually give much attention to crowdfunding products, let alone post an announcement or give my thoughts on one, but when I was approached by MediaZilla founder Jon Geddes about their campaign, I was intrigued to see where this was going. I think you may be as well.

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Canon Dominates World Press Photo 2014

Canon Dominates World Press Photo 2014

A total of 86 per cent of professional photographers receiving the World Press Photo 2014 awards use Canon cameras.

By Jose Antunes | February 19, 2014

If you've ever wondered which cameras press photographers use these days, then the graphic published recently by a Spanish website should give you an idea of what is used. Through it you discover that Canon cameras were used for 58% of the images, with Nikon reaching 28%.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: the DSLR Companion

Canon has finally presented their new PowerShot G1 Mark II, a probable second camera for many - Canon - DSLR users.

By Jose Antunes | February 12, 2014

It is doubtful that the new PowerShot G1 X Mark II makes anyone jump ship, but it surely will attract Canon users, and convince them that a compact camera can be an interesting option when carrying a DSLR is not a must. Also, this compact camera, with a  new type of 1.5 inch CMOS... Read More

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Christmas Gifts for Photographers

If you're looking for some suggestions when it comes to gifts for photographers, take a look at some recent Phottix products.

By Jose Antunes | December 16, 2013

Offering a photographer a gift is not an easy task, also because many of the guides you'll find available go around the same old suggestions: a camera, a lens, etc. Photographers, especially at more advanced levels, as those that do regularly studio or location photography and need to use... Read More

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Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger for Nikon

Nikon owners may now buy their Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger, one easy-to-use and affordable TTL flash triggering solution.

By Jose Antunes | December 10, 2013

Canon owners have had their version for some time now, but Nikon owners can rejoice as the Phottix Strato TTL Flash Trigger for Nikon becomes available. The newest addition to the popular Strato series of flash triggers and wireless remotes offers High-speed and second curtain sync in this 4-channel, 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver set.

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Perfect Photo Suite 8: Photoshop’s New Rival

The new onOne Software Photo Suite 8 is presented as a standalone photo editor, the photographer’s choice for photo editing.

By Jose Antunes | November 27, 2013

What started as a series of plug-ins for Photoshop family of programs is now a full-featured, standalone photo editor. Perfect Photo Suite 8 is, in fact, a full-featured, standalone photo editor that also integrates seamlessly with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and even Apple... Read More

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Tamron shows a 930mm zoom for APS-C

Tamron has announced their new lens, which on an APS-C has a focal equivalent to 930mm.

By Jose Antunes | November 07, 2013

The new Tamron lens sample, a SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD, is on display at the Salon de la Photo 2013 held from November 7 to 11 in Paris, France. With this ultra-telephoto lens Tamron wants to compete in an area where there are not so many players these days.

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Come To My Panel on Timelapse At ETE 2013 Next Wednesday

Come learn the technical and creative sides of shooting time-lapse

By Mike Curtis (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 31, 2013

Hey all - in case you didn't notice, I don't post here much any more. Partly because I’ve switched my focus from digital workflow issues over to generating my own workflow issues (ha). Over the past few years, I’ve been shooting motion controlled, HDR (high dynamic range)... Read More

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Travel Back in Time with Camera Makers

Nikon retro style new DSLR may be the next trend in the market. Will Canon revive the AE-1?

By Jose Antunes | October 30, 2013

On the 5th November Nikon will present a new camera with a look from the past. Rumours suggest Canon may be dreaming of their own return: the AE1, now in digital. After all, Olympus brought us the OM. What is Sony going to do, as they've no history?

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