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Focus: Graphics Designer Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 for the Videographer LR4 is simple, fast and fun to use!
By Jeremiah Hall I have never used the previous versions of Lightroom, since most of my time was taken up with Avid, After Effects and Final Cut Pro. When I needed to do something with stills, I used Photoshop. When I got the chance to try Lightroom 4, I jumped at the chance, but I was more interested in the video capabilities than I was in the photographic features and tools. Lightroom 4 will not be replacing Premiere or Photoshop, it's not designed for heavy photo or video editing. You can't cut your movie masterpiece with it. But if you're a DSLR shooter, I can see it becoming a very useful tool in your arsenal. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 By John Virata PaintShop Photo Pro X3 is Corel Corp.'s latest update to its photo image editor. The application has been around in various iterations for more than 15 years and has a fairly large following. It is an image editor targeted at digital camera enthusiasts, and especially those with Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras who want a more robust image editing tool than what ships with the camera. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Tamron 60mm f2.0 Macro lens Tamron's new 60mm macro lens speeds past the competition with its fast f2.0 aperture, a stop faster than the other guy's lens
By Robert Jensen Introduced at the end of March of 2009, Tamron's new 60mm is finally hitting the shelves at the camera stores. What makes this lens stand out more than anything else is its fast f2.0 lens. That's not a typo its a full stop faster than the competition's f2.8 lenses. Two other standout features are internal focus and the use of two low dispersion elements in the design for improved image quality. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer X-Rite Colorchecker Passport The Colorchecker Passport is a very easy to use, pocket sized solution, for achieving more accurate color in your photos
By Robert Jensen I've got bad news for you. Shoo the kids away from the computer first. Ready? Guys and gals, there is no Santa Claus and the sensors in digital cameras are not all created equal. I hate to break it to you but all sensors vary to some degree in their capturing of data, not only from manufacturer to manufacturer but even from model to model from the same company. Worse yet, sensor characteristics can vary even from batch to batch of the same model sensor! ...Read More »
Focus: USNews An afternoon of fun, NFL football, and the Canon 7D DSLR Great location for some action shooting
By John Virata This past weekend we were able to spend an afternoon with the Canon folks at the San Diego Chargers/Philadelphia Eagles NFL football game in beautiful San Diego California to attain some first impressions on the new Canon 7D DSLR. Canon invited several journalists to shoot with the Canon 7D and Digital Rebel T1i. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer PhotoAcute Studio PhotoAcute Studio introduces a new way to enhance image resolution
By Robert Jensen Most of you have heard of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, where you shoot several shots of the same scene, each at a different exposure, then combine them in software to produce an image with extended dynamic range that brings out details in both the highlights and shadows. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer X-Rite's Color Munki Photo An easy to use color calibrator for photographers
By Joshua Virata Ever had the problem where you have a picture on your computer and then print it out and the color doesn't turn out the same? I can tell you from experience that that has happened to me many times before. But now I don't have to worry about this problem thanks to ColorMunki Photo by X-Rite. ColorMunki lets you calibrate displays, projectors and printers so that the colors in your pictures or media are accurate every time. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows Edit from Organizer, Auto Analyzer highlight this release
By John Virata Adobe's Photoshop Elements is one of the most full featured image editing applications on the market thanks to its constant updating of existing features as well as new features. When an application reaches version 8, it causes users to wonder what could possibly be added to an application that already has a lot of depth. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Honl Light Modifiers By Robert Jensen Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. That 'keep it simple' ideology is what led photojournalist David Honl to develop a versatile, easy to carry, line of light modifiers for your hot shoe flash that simply mount to a strap that wraps around the front of the flash head. No muss, no fuss. ...Read More »
Focus: Graphics Designer Ray Flash hot shoe flash ring-light adapter Its not just for fashion photography, the Ray Flash works exceptionally well for macro work, commercial product, other uses
By Robert Jensen Designed to work with several on camera hot shoe flashes from Nikon and Canon, the Ray Flash ring light adapter is much more affordable, and portable, than the typical ring light made for studio strobe use. ...Read More »
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