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Lightroom 4.3 and Camera RAW 7.3 Update | Nasim Mansurov

Lightroom 4.3 and Camera RAW 7.3 Update | Nasim Mansurov | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it

If you happened to launch Lightroom today, you might have been notified that a new version of Lightroom 4 is available. Today, Adobe released the final production version of Lightroom 4.3. As usual, plenty of bugs have been fixed and a lot more cameras and lenses have been added to the release. Full RAW support for Nikon D600 has now been finalized and new cameras like Canon EOS 6D, Nikon 1 V2 and Sony RX-1 have been added to the database. Lots of expensive Leica lenses, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II and other third party lenses have also been added to the Lightroom Lens Correction module.

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Johnny Klaus's comment, December 13, 2012 11:34 AM
No problem. That means a 3:0 for CaptureOne if they release with xtrans support...
Raised By Lions's comment, December 13, 2012 1:43 PM
That sucks.
Mark Treen's comment, January 13, 2013 8:09 PM
It added HiDPI / Retina support which caused me to finally switch from Aperture. I wrote my why here http://wp.me/p2ynGJ-69 and my how here http://wp.me/p2ynGJ-76
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Baltimore | Johnny Patience

Baltimore | Johnny Patience | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it

Baltimore is a cozy little village in western County Cork, Ireland. It is the main village in the parish of Rath and the Islands, the southernmost parish in Ireland. It is the main ferry port to Sherkin Island, Cape Clear Island and the eastern side of Roaring Water Bay (Loch Trasna) and Carbery’s Hundred Isles. And mostly, it’s only about 10 Minutes away from where we live.

The last time Rebecca and I went to Baltimore was in August 2012. This time it was completely quiet. No tourists around, only a couple of locals and some fishermen. I liked the atmosphere a lot.

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Illustrated QR codes in full colour by Am I Collective — Lost At E ...

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QR codes. Once you've seen one, you've seen them all, right? You'd think. Cape Town-based creative studio Am I Collective has created these gorgeous 'illustrated QR codes that depicts strange landscapes, weird scenarios ...

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Irish man hoping to reclaim brother's #scuba dive record with 15hrs underwater

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A man is hoping to reclaim his brother's world record for the longest ever scuba dive after being caught short during his first attempt.

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Gebruik webmail stijgt in Europa

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AMSTERDAM – Het aantal webmailgebruikers in Europa blijft stijgen. Meer dan 276,5 miljoen Europeanen bezochten in juni websites als Hotmail en Gmail, een stijging van 14 procent.

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Gebruik webmail stijgt in Europa

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AMSTERDAM – Het aantal webmailgebruikers in Europa blijft stijgen. Meer dan 276,5 miljoen Europeanen bezochten in juni websites als Hotmail en Gmail, een stijging van 14 procent.

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Irish man hoping to reclaim brother's #scuba dive record with 15hrs underwater

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A man is hoping to reclaim his brother's world record for the longest ever scuba dive after being caught short during his first attempt.

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Making Impressions With Logo Apparel

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In the world of marketing and advertising, impressions are everything.

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CBS Developing 'Bad Teacher' TV Series

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CBS is turning the raunchy comedy film 'Bad Teacher' into a TV series from director Jake Kasdan and 'Office' writers Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg.
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Geld verdienen mit Werbung

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Geld verdienen mit Werbung ist heute nicht mehr so einfach. Erfahren Sie wie und für welche Webseiten Geld verdienen mit Werbung funktioniert.

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The Histogram: Maximising Your Image Quality | MyPhotoSchool

The Histogram: Maximising Your Image Quality | MyPhotoSchool | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it


Most people think the digital cameras histogram only shows you your exposure. Few realize that it can also tell you a lot about image quality. Some of you may have heard the saying: “Exposing to the right“ But what does it really mean? If I told you that the histogram was a graphical representation of your digital cameras sensor and the distribution of tones in an image you would probably reply ………“Well So What!” But if I told you you that, by understanding how it works, you could possibly increase the image quality of your

picture by another 10-20% then that might surprize you! Digital cameras can’t see as well as the human eye. Where you and I can see up to 16 stops of light and shade,Black & White film can see around 11 stops (see diag. below), but the digital cameras censor, (like slide film) can only see around 5 stops. Even if this number increases as technology advances, the theory behind how to expose an image, based on the histogram is still sound. What you must first understand is, the histogram is divided up into five bands of equal width. So you could suggest that each band represents one stop of dynamic range. If these bands all recorded the same amount of information, then life might be a lot simpler, but they don’t! Instead 50% of the tonal values are recoded in the brightest stop of the histogram. (zone VII on our diagram) half as many in the second stop and so on. With most digital cameras recording RAW images in 12 bit, this gives us 4096 potential tonal values in an image. If 50% are in the brightest stop, that = 2048 tonal values. In Zone VI the are 1024, Zone V = 512 Zone IV = 256 and Zone III only 128......

 


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Fuji X-Pro1 Review - six months in | Kevin Mullins

Fuji X-Pro1 Review - six months in | Kevin Mullins | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it


I’ve now been using my Fuji X-Pro1 for around six moths professionally. Initially, I was commissioned by Professional Photographer magazine to test and review Fuji’s (then) latest addition to their X-Series camera range. I was so taken by the camera, that I got one straight away, along with the three lenses that were initially on offer. I’m a professional wedding photographer by trade and I specifically shoot in a reportage or documentary wedding photography style and the Fuji X-Pro1 seemed like a perfect tool for that job at the time. I already had the Fuji X100 which I also loved, and also used at weddings. However, there was always the nagging feeling that the X100 just wasn’t quite up to the mark for professional wedding photography – specifically the inability to change the lenses. I still have my X100, it’s battered and bruised and well loved. It’s my go-everywhere camera and I don’t intend to part with it, but when the Fuji X-Pro1 came along I was very excited by the opportunity that it gave me to compact the equipment I used, make it lighter and allow me to get in closer than ever before whilst still being as unobtrusive as possible. I recently took ownership of a Canon 1DX and whilst that is an amazing camera in it’s own right, it won’t be replacing my X-Pro1 at weddings. This won’t be a full technical review – you can find many of those on the Internet or indeed an more in depth review in my article at Professional Photographer magazine. This is more a findings overview, along with some pictures......


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Suggestions to improve the FujiFilm X-Pro1 | David Degner

Suggestions to improve the FujiFilm X-Pro1 | David Degner | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it

Dear Fuji, I have owned 3 x-100s (one died in a hurricane, one was stolen, and one has made it through 3 revolutions) but currently I love your X-Pro1 and use it on an almost daily basis. Especially after your last firmware upgrade it is starting to become one of the best cameras on the market for photojournalism. But it still has some rough edges that can be polished.

For me, the perfect camera is one that I can use by muscle memory without having to think about its quirks. Like a musician that can trust the notes that will come out of his or her instruments, the best cameras are trustable, predictable, and intuitive, leaving the photographer to focus on his or her art. Here are a few suggestions to make the x-Pro1 more of an artists favorite tool.

1. Adjusting the ISO should use the up-down arrow buttons at all times. Currently, if I am using electronic viewfinder the up-down arrows adjust the ISO while I am in the optical viewfinder the left-right arrows adujust the ISO. Really simple thing, but oh so annoying.

2. All manual focusing, aperture, and shutter-speed adjustments should register while the shutter button is half pressed. Currently, when I have the shutter button half depressed and I adjust my focus, aperture, or shutter-speed they aren’t registered until I release the shutter button.

3. JPG and processed RAW images should align all pixels. When I open a JPG in photoshop and then open a RAW file and layer it on top of the JPG the pixels on the left and right 10% do not align. I assume there is some in-camera de-distortion processing that is not being done with the Adobe Camera Raw. It is important that Adobe has these lens distortion recipes so that they can add it to their RAW processing engine. They have a check-box to turn the distortion correction on and off in Adobe Camera Raw, but with the x-Pro1 that check box is grayed out.

4. While in manual focus mode and using the electronic viewfinder decrease the obstruction of the focus distance indicator at the bottom of the electronic viewfinder. I can not see the bottom 5-10% of the screen because the opaque blue measuring tape blocks a large portion of the image. Either move it down, or make it largely transparent. It gets in the way of a large part of the compositional space.

5. Make navigation to the “Format” menu item easier. Now it takes at least 10 button press to format a card. You can reduce that to 3 button presses by allowing the user to press “Menu” then “Up” and looping around to the end of the menu.

6. Visually confirm where the focus is. I love the new firmware update to manual focus speed and usability. It makes the camera much more usable. But I would still like some way to be sure my image is in focus. About 5% of the time I am finding that what I thought I focused on isn’t in focus. When I am in manual focus and I hit the auto-focus (AE-L/AF-L) button or I twist the lens manual focus it would be nice if the EVF zoomed in for a split second to give me visual confirmation of what is actually in focus. Or another option is a temporary visualization of hard edge detection, focus peaking, like this. One of these solutions would make a much wider range of M lenses usable on the x-pro one.

7. Always show the Menu on the back screen never through viewfinder. It is really unnatural to hold the camera up to the eye when going through the menu options. It also freaks out the people around me a bit. It just looks and feels very unnatural. When I hit the Menu button the menu should always appear on the back screen and not in the viewfinder, no matter which view-mode I am in.

8. Make the Flash option in the menu toggle-able. There is a greyed out menu item that shows the ability to turn flash triggering on and off, but it is always greyed out and I can’t select it. The flash mode should be able to over-ride the silent mode settings. Often I want to be in silent mode, but trigger a flash.

9. Make battery only insertable one direction. This is a big physical design flaw. 1/4 of the time I am in a rush and I insert the battery in a direction that doesn’t work (I am using aftermarkets batteries that don’t have the same markings). I should be able to insert batteries by feel instead of having to look down and study them.

10. Fix the flash shoe signal so that the Canon ST-E3-RT will trigger flashes. I would love to use my remote trigger to manually control flashes on the X-Pro1 but for some reason it won’t fire. I have no idea where the problem is. The x-Pro1 will trigger my canon 600EX-RT, but not the Canon ST-E3-RT.

11. Put a break on the lens when it hits infinity and close focus limits. One of the best things about Leica is that they could be manually focused intuitively. Without even using the rangefinder, I would always leave my lens on infinity and move it from muscle memory to the correct position of focus. This is much harder on the x-1pro lenses because I don’t physically feel when I hit infinity. I know it would require physical alteration to the lens, but this would be another thing that transforms how people use your cameras.

12. I need a 35mm 1.4 equivalent lens. I know it is in production but it can’t come fast enough.  Make it good and make it fast because it will be my primary lens.


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Google's New Nexus Devices; Windows Phone 8 Unveiled; Apple Drops Execs - PC Magazine

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Google's New Nexus Devices; Windows Phone 8 Unveiled; Apple Drops ExecsPC MagazineAfter cancelling its much-hyped Manhattan press event due to the hurricane, Google took the lid off three new Nexus devices - one smartphone and two tablets.

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Kostenloses Online Coaching zum Internet Network Marketing für jedes Thema › VIP Online Coaching

Kostenloses Online Coaching zum Internet Network Marketing für jedes Thema › VIP Online Coaching | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it
Wie schon auf meinem Facebook Profil und der Fanseite angekündigt, möchte ich für meine Leser ein kostenloses Online Coaching zum Internet ...

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No Colour Necessary | Olaf Sztaba

No Colour Necessary |  Olaf Sztaba | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it

With the surge in digital imaging technology, nearly everyone has gained access to the world of photography. One would think that the elimination of cost barriers, ease of use and abundance of processes would yield a large amount of exceptional work.

Quite the opposite! Photography has become a form of visual “fast food.” You don’t need to look far to find an avalanche of images: barbeque photos, birthday photos, parties, flowers, sunsets, sunrises etc. The majority of snapshots are taken without much thought and without any artistic or visual effort – just for the sake of taking them. After all, it is so easy to press the button, again and again and again…

But this is only a half the problem. Then, all these photographs are being constantly uploaded on the Internet – not for private viewing – they are there for others to enjoy too. Blurry photos are not a problem, ten of the same photo of a barbeque, not a problem. After all, you might want to see the grill and the meat on it from all angles. I guess you get my point.

What is the solution to this hysteria of snapping and sharing? Unfortunately there is none. There is, however, one area of photography that has remained relatively unaffected by this epidemic – it is a black and white photography. Why has black and white photography remained relatively immune to this problem? Because it requires some effort!

I was lucky enough to start my photographic life journey with black and white film not by the choice but through necessity. Back then in communist Poland it was difficult to get film – black and white was the most accessible and cheapest. Stripped from the distraction of colour I had to focus on the importance of light, my subject and emotions.

Even today with all the wonderful tools at our disposal, I believe the best way to learn the art of photography is by starting with black and white imagery.

Black and white is both the simplest and most sophisticated of photographic disciplines. When there is no distraction in terms of colour you are forced to compose, search for the right light, experiment and focus on the subject and its emotions. You take light and transform it into lines and shapes. You wait for a decisive moment and start arranging or eliminating the elements to create one whole – your vision. Brainless snapping has no place in this process. Ted Grant said, “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls!” I could easily extend this line of thought to other genres of photography. Look at Ansel Adams’s landscape masterpieces. Just shades and lines – it’s raw, it’s honest, it’s beautiful. No colour necessary!

While colour has its place, in the hands of a photo snapper it can become a masquerade or visual fast food. Have you ever wondered why there are so many ads with sunsets? They are easy to consume!

Don’t get me wrong – I like colour and there are many brilliant photographers that use the colour palette with stunning results. In fact, the majority of my own work is in colour.

At the same time I found colourful photographs are easier to take. Sometimes the lack of composition or a weak subject could be masked with spectacular colours. You don’t need to indulge in a photograph. You don’t need to connect intellectually and visually with the photo – it is just there. Very often you hear people say, “What amazing colours!” The rest is not important.

It is very different with a good black & white image. Colour, your main distraction, is out of sight. Your senses immediately awaken to search for something more, something deeper and more profound. You look for forms, shapes and lines. You start de-coding the message. It takes effort to process the photographer’s message, to interpret those lines and shapes. It is a much richer experience.

So each time you find yourself at an artistic crossroads or feel a lack of inspiration, go back to seeing in black and white. You will be amazed how much better your photographic vision will get. Even your colour work will gain a new perspective and freshness.

All images but last two taken with the Fuji X-Pro1.
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'Criminal Minds' Premiere: Jeanne Tripplehorn Joins Team, To Penelope's ... - Huffington Post

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Mayim Blalik (Big Bang Theory) : 2012 Performers Nominees Reception

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Online Marketing › Videokanal – WordPress Theme installieren für mehr Individualität

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Um ein WordPress Theme zu installieren, gibt es mehrere Wege. In diesem Video Tutorial stellen ich dir diese Möglichkeiten vor.

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Spoiler Chat: Scoop on The Vampire Diaries, New Girl, The Office and More! - E! Online

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E! OnlineSpoiler Chat: Scoop on The Vampire Diaries, New Girl, The Office and More!E!
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Online Marketing › Meine eigene kleine Nischen Challenge im Bereich Freizeit – Der erste Bericht

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Ab diesem Artikel wird sich in meinem Online Marketing Blog ein paar kleine, aber wesentliche Dinge ändern.

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Baltimore | Johnny Patience

Baltimore | Johnny Patience | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it

Baltimore is a cozy little village in western County Cork, Ireland. It is the main village in the parish of Rath and the Islands, the southernmost parish in Ireland. It is the main ferry port to Sherkin Island, Cape Clear Island and the eastern side of Roaring Water Bay (Loch Trasna) and Carbery’s Hundred Isles. And mostly, it’s only about 10 Minutes away from where we live.

The last time Rebecca and I went to Baltimore was in August 2012. This time it was completely quiet. No tourists around, only a couple of locals and some fishermen. I liked the atmosphere a lot.

All the shots below were taken with the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fujinon 35mm 1.4 lens
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Northbrook Park wedding photography | Jonathan Ryan

Northbrook Park wedding photography | Jonathan Ryan | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it


On the most beautiful Autumn day of the year, I headed over to Northbrook Park in Surrey for Kinari and Zaf’s wedding. It was kind of an odd feeling when I arrived. For various reasons I hadn’t had chance to meet up with Kinari and Zaf before their wedding and we’d done everything by phone and email. But the odd thing was, I knew lots of the people there. There were several people whose wedding I had photographed amongst the guests and all day people kept coming up to me and saying “oh yes, you did my sister’s/daughter’s/brother’s/friend’s wedding.” Including one couple whose wedding I’d photographed almost exactly 6 years ago. What a lovely warm welcome. Just as well, because the day was beautiful but cold. Beautiful like this…

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Mike Croshaw Photos's curator insight, October 1, 2013 6:26 AM

Not the XE-1, the X-Pro 1, but its a cool blog anyway.

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Abrams Falls, Great Smoky Mountains NP | Ken Rowland

Abrams Falls, Great Smoky Mountains NP | Ken Rowland | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it

 

Abrams Falls is found along the Abrams Falls trail from within Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Although I’ve visited Cades Cove multiple times this was the first time we hiked in to see the falls

 

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Photography at Abrams Falls. Making an image here that you’ll be happy with once you’re finished requires patience if the falls are corowded. On this particular day, it took about 2 hours to get positioned and get the photos we wanted as we waited for people to move. One of the activities that continues to baffle me is when folks think it’s safe to climb the falls. I’ve seen this at other waterfalls I’ve visited and I dread the day I see someone slip and get hurt. Signs are posted here about climbing on the rocks but they are ignored.

 

Equipment Used. This image was made using the Fuji X-Pro1 and the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4. Exposure of 7 seconds at f/11 ISO 800. A polarizing filter was used to take the glare off the water. I used a higher ISO so that I could have a shorter shutter speed to retain some detail and texture in the flowing water.


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andrew quinn's curator insight, June 21, 2013 2:48 PM

Shows water force 

 

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Italy | Thomas Menk

Italy  | Thomas Menk | One of the Secret of Life is to Make Steeping Stones out of Stumble Blocks | Scoop.it


Some shots with the X-Pro1 from a short trip to Venice and Tuscany this year.


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