I was a bit disappointed by the Photo Plus Expo this year in New York, because unlike last year, I did not find a lot of innovative products to be excited about. It seemed like the exhibit floor was full of the same things we had previously seen, except this year the organizers did not allow any Chinese companies on the floor (most likely because some of them were selling the exact same products as the bigger companies at a much lower price last year). However, there were a few things that I found that got me very excited and one of them was the Lume Cube. After seeing the product, Roman and I actually went back to see it again next day to find out more about it and to snap some pictures for our readers. So what is Lume Cube and why do I think it is an innovative product? Let’s take a closer look.
If you have been waiting for Adobe to release full RAW support for the new Nikon D750 (see our detailed Nikon D750 review), for the new Canon 7D Mark II (see our first impressions preview), or for a number of other new cameras from Fuji, Leica, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samsung and Sony, you will be happy to know that Adobe has just delivered the final production version of Lightroom 5.7 and Camera RAW 8.7 that not only provide the RAW support, but also come with a huge list of newly supported lenses. Along with these updates, Adobe also delivered some updates to the Synced Collections in Lightroom, integrated a utility to import images from Apple Aperture and Apple iPhoto Libraries, enabled support for HiDPI displays in ACR 8.7 and provided a number of bug fixes for both Lightroom and ACR. For those who like to shoot tethered, both the Nikon D4s and the D810 are now fully supported. Another huge news is for Nikon D810 owners – the color profiles have now been finally fixed, so you will not see any banding issues when using Nikon camera profiles anymore!
At the start of this week the LoveCases giveaway has ended and, as always, we were tasked with drawing five winners randomly. A whopping 747 of you have chosen to take part in the contest! And now that the winners have all been contacted and the packages are already shipped out, here is the list of the people to receive their new bags and accessories.
During the past several weeks, we’ve been mostly talking about equipment and all sorts of technical aspects of digital photography. We’ve covered the Nikon D810, talked about its dynamic range, discussed the sRAW format, reviewed the Canon 6D and suggested settings for different cameras. We reviewed the Nikon D750 and even the flagship D4 and D4s cameras. I won’t even mention all the ISO comparisons and new equipment impressions. There were plenty more articles and you know what? You liked them. A lot. Which is a huge compliment for us, because of all the effort it took us to prepare them. Having said that, we could not help but notice just how much you liked them… And, at some point, I even thought – perhaps a little too much? Don’t throw stones at me, but are cameras and software always the right aspects of photography to focus on? Alright, saying it’s the wrong one to focus on is perhaps a little too naive. After all, if we did not use our equipment (and to use it one must first learn how to), we would not be able to enjoy photography. And yet it may be that, after so many technical articles, there is something righter (forgive me for coming up with words as I go) that deserves our attention. It may be that we need to balance out the sRAW talk with composition, the camera choices with actual photography. It may be that we need a week of photography and not a single review published. What do you say?
After a long battle with cancer, legendary Swiss photographer René Burri passed away today at the age of 81 in Zurich. If you are not familiar with René Burri’s work, he was the photographer that captured such famous people as Che Guevara, Pablo Picasso, Winston Churchill, Richard Nixon and make others. He covered wars and conflicts with his storytelling imagery and created some of the most iconic images in photography history. You can read more about René Burri on this Wikipedia article. He worked for Magnum since 1956 and you can see a lot of his work on this page at Magnum Photos.
We have been working hard during the past couple of weeks on completely redesigning Photography Life and we are happy to announce the new and shiny look that hopefully our readers will appreciate. Over the past few months, we have been gathering feedback from our readers, friends and our team, with the goal to completely revamp the feel of the site, and address some of the design problems of the past. Being a photography site, our number one concern was image size – we just did not want to be limited to showing small images to our readers anymore. So the first thing we did was increase images shown in the site by 50%! In addition, from now on, we will be posting images at much higher 2048 pixel long resolution in our in-depth articles and reviews. For example, most images in our Nikon D810 review and Fuji X-T1 review have very high resolution, which dramatically increases the viewing experience, especially on high-resolution monitors. With the growing popularity of 4K monitors, we will be doubling the resolution of provided images in the future as well.
I am notorious for starting my blog posts like I would start a letter. So, I hope that is fine with you guys. I hope everyone is doing great this fine Wednesday! The second issue of our Photography News will cover some fresh photographers you may have not noticed before and I assure you, you will find their work interesting in the least. I will stay away from gear news, since you already come to Photography Life for that. But I will include some important topics impressively covered by photojournalist and photographers.
Just wanted to let our readers know that the Sensor Gel Stick for Sony cameras is now available in limited stock. We have already shipped our first batch of pre-orders and now we are ready to accept more orders. We apologize for being a bit late on delivering the product – the manufacturer had some unexpected delays and could not ship the goods our way on time. We are almost out of the regular version of the Sensor Gel Stick as well, hoping to get a new batch within the next 2 weeks. So if you need to clean your sensor, we would recommend to do it sooner than later before the stock completely runs out again.
We are continuing our in-depth evaluation of the sRAW format and this time we want to compare noise performance of sRAW when compared to down-sampling / resizing of images in post-processing software. Since Adobe’s Camera RAW processes high ISO RAW images and especially the sRAW format quite poorly, I used Nikon’s Capture NX-D software instead. The results are quite interesting, showing pretty decent implementation of in-camera resizing and noise reduction. For this study, I only exported high ISO images above ISO 800.
A well-known editorial photographer Zack Arias recently touched a very sensitive subject, one that always spawns heated debates. In his entertaining video, he expressed his opinion on the full-frame vs APS-C sensor debate and we must say he made a lot of good points. Zack openly states on his website that he is not paid or sponsored by Fuji to advertise their cameras, and yet you might get the impression that this particular video is in fact an advertisement. Ignore that feeling, whether Zack is working for Fujifilm or not does not matter in this case. He talks about Fuji because it’s his system of choice (the X-T1 in particular), but the simple truth is every mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor – any camera with APS-C sensor, in fact – is good enough for great many projects.