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Fuji X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald

Fuji X-Trans Sharpening Presets for Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald | Photography | Scoop.it
If you’re an owner of one of Fuji’s X-Trans cameras and you use Lightroom, you are either perfectly happy with the way the software handles the raw files or mildly frustrated at the way the Lightroom doesn’t seem to quite achieve the full potential of the X-Trans sensor. Unfortunately this has become a charged issue for some people, which is unfortunate, because I think that has prevented this issue form being properly resolved. I’m not trying to be controversial here, I’m just trying to help people. So if you don’t have an issue, then great, you can stop reading now! On the other hand, if you are a bit frustrated then I share your pain, and hopefully this will help. There’s something odd about how Lightroom processes X-Trans files. Despite a previous fix for the issue of smearing it still exists, and while it is not too bad at default settings, the files are a little soft, and the patterning becomes very apparent when you sharpen the files. There is also some weird thing going on where high contrast edges have a halo around them almost like it was embossed. I think this is what is causing the weird pattern like smearing when you turn up the sharpening. The other odd thing that I’ve found is that if you turn the sharpening off in Lightroom all together, the images look much softer than they do in other software when you do the same thing and turn sharpening off. It’s not just an over all Lightroom thing either though, as raw files from other manufacturers don’t show as big a difference when sharpening is disabled.....
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The Legendary Photographer Who Captured the Softer Side of NYC | Saul Leiter

The Legendary Photographer Who Captured the Softer Side of NYC  | Saul Leiter | Photography | Scoop.it
“ Saul Leiter, a New York photographer who died last November, has always been recognized as one of the most important street shooters of his time by those in the art world. But it wasn't until recently that his work came to be known, and loved, by the general public.”
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The New Dropbox Pro Offers 1TB for Only $10/mo, Adds a Ton of New Functionality

The New Dropbox Pro Offers 1TB for Only $10/mo, Adds a Ton of New Functionality | Photography | Scoop.it
“ Dropbox is a Go-To for many photographers. Whether they're storing their photography, sharing albums with clients or, ahem, sending files to the press, mor”
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A Fuji X100S report | Lachlan Burrell

A Fuji X100S report | Lachlan Burrell | Photography | Scoop.it
I’ve been using the Fuji X100S for about 16 months now, and I believe it’s one of the greatest digital cameras ever made! Obviously not everyone is going to agree with me on that, but here’s why I think so highly of this little camera: Firstly, I’m a die-hard film shooter, and lover of traditional manual cameras. I learnt the ropes on great 1980’s era SLR cameras like the Olympus OM1 and Nikon FM2, and I still find the direct manual controls and simplicity of these kind of cameras such a joy to use, not to mention the wonderful tones and colours I get from film. So I was never quick to jump into the digital camera market. I got some very nice results from Nikon DSLR’s like the D200 and D3; both were and still are great cameras, but were a very different beast to the old film cameras that I loved.
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film lover's perspective

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Learn Zone Focusing and Hyperfocal Distance in Street Photography

Learn Zone Focusing and Hyperfocal Distance in Street Photography | Photography | Scoop.it
A very handy "How To Guide" written by Spyros Papaspyropoulos about "Zone Focusing and Hyperfocal Distance in Street Photography". Learn what zone focusing is and how to use it and what hyperfocal distance is and how to set it up on your camera.
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OPINION: Why Photoshop is Ruining Landscape Photography

OPINION: Why Photoshop is Ruining Landscape Photography | Photography | Scoop.it
Why Photoshop is Ruining Landscape Photography http://t.co/QmSdkLaOTt

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Irma L. Dillard's curator insight, March 5, 2013 8:19 PM

Well are we surprised?! People are overing using Photoshop and taking away all the beauty in a simple shot...read on.

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Getty Images and Flickr End Their Partnership After Five Years - The Phoblographer

Getty Images and Flickr End Their Partnership After Five Years - The Phoblographer | Photography | Scoop.it
“In this blog post Getty Images and Flickr partnership lapses as Getty focuses on smartphone contributions. Read more at The Phoblographer.”
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Why are you still skeptical that Pinterest can work for you?

Why are you still skeptical that Pinterest can work for you? | Photography | Scoop.it
You might not think much of Pinterest -- but it can still work for you. Find out how to use Pinterest to get more traffic, more email subscribers, and build your audience.
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Blending Modes Explained

Blending Modes Explained | Photography | Scoop.it
“ In this tutorial I’m going to give you an in depth explanation on how the blending modes in Photoshop work. You may have worked with blend modes in the past, and it was probably more of an experimental process for you. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how exactly how each blend mode […]”
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4 Adobe Photoshop CC Hidden Gems

“ Terry White uncovers 4 Photoshop CC Hidden Gems. See features that you probably had no idea existed.”
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Creative Photography Webinar Videos | Doug Chinnery Photography

Three videos on creative photography using alternative techniques including ICM (intentional camera movement) and multiple exposures.
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Comprehensive Guide to Color Settings, Color Profiles and Proofing

Comprehensive Guide to Color Settings, Color Profiles and Proofing | Photography | Scoop.it
“ Photoshop offers us a vast array of options when it comes to color profiles, color management, and proofing. In this tutorial, we will explain everything you need to know about working with these settings and options in Photoshop. Let's get started! | Difficulty: Beginner; Length: Quick; Tags: Tools & Tips, Photoshop”
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How Nazraeli's Chris Pichler Determines Book Prices and Print Runs

How Nazraeli's Chris Pichler Determines Book Prices and Print Runs | Photography | Scoop.it
“The founder of Nazraeli Press explains how photo books are traditionally priced, and what photographers need to know about the changing business of book publishing.”
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Mario Pires's curator insight, August 25, 4:33 AM

"I'm surprised sometimes by how many people—photographers or otherwise—imagine that all books are printed in editions of tens [of thousands] or hundreds of thousands of copies. Very, very few books, especially art books, are printed in runs that even begin to approach that figure. Our highest print runs are closer to 5,000 copies, and standard runs are closer to 1,000 copies."

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I fell in love with my X | Elke Vogelsang

I fell in love with my X | Elke Vogelsang | Photography | Scoop.it
If you want to bore the hell out of me, talk to me about gear. I’m definitely not a camera geek. There are a lot of people who spent a lot of time comparing specifications, reading camera reviews, zooming in to the pixel. Lots of people spend more time on the gear than on taking pictures. Call me old-fashioned or mad, but when I bought my camera with lenses, I went up to my local retailer, told him what I need the camera for and that I would like to have the best I could possibly afford. I got a Canon 7D with three brilliant lenses. When I decided to become a wedding photographer, I updated the camera to a 5D, but I never regretted handling it this way. No tedious study of camera reviews, etc. Less lifetime wasted. I always have a camera with me. Since I was tired of carrying the heavy dslr equipment with me I decided that I need to get a more lightweight and smaller camera for my private pictures. I went for a Fujifilm X-20. It is beautiful. I just love the retro design of the Fujifilm X series. Yes, I am a visual person. But don’t blame a photographer for loving beauty. The headings of the camera reviews about the X series and the X-20 were promising (sorry, I usually don’t get any further than this). Of course, the X-20 is not a full substitution for my dslr, but I wanted to get something lightweight and small for a price I could afford. After all, it is pure luxury to get a new camera when you already got quite amazing equipment. So on my first holidays after I bought the X-20 I left my dslr at home and couldn’t have been happier. No bulky bag with heavy camera body and lenses hurting my back.......
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Should I sell my DSLR and buy a Fuji? | Doug Chinnery

Should I sell my DSLR and buy a Fuji? | Doug Chinnery | Photography | Scoop.it
I am being asked this question by clients so often now (twice in the last 24 hours, for example), I think it is time to put the answer in a blog, to save me writing endless emails if nothing else. So many photographers are hearing the buzz around the Fuji system (and other mirror-less systems. Many of these others are excellent, but I am a Fuji user so will use Fuji as the basis for my answer, but you can substitute the system you are considering just as well). They are seeing the amazing images these cameras produce and looking enviously at the small camera bags and lighter tripods required. Many of us are getting to an age where kit weight becomes a bigger issue, year by year. It is a great shame if lugging kit gradually puts us off from going out with our cameras. Photography should not be about kit, but about making pictures and loving being out making them. Anything that gets in the way needs to be looked at and if possible, fixed........
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Movement and a painterly effect in landscape photography.

Movement and a painterly effect in landscape photography. | Photography | Scoop.it
Movement in landscape photography and a painterly effect, captured in camera, without the help of Photoshop.

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Victor Bezrukov's curator insight, December 16, 2012 3:20 PM

ECEMBER 9, 2012 by Steve Coleman

I love to capture movement in a landscape photograph. I find it is very emotive and poetic.

A common way to capture movement is by using longer exposures while your camera is firmly fixed on a solid tripod; where the movement of elements in your subject, over time, are captured in a single photograph.

An alternative technique is to move the camera itself, while at the same time, taking a long-enough exposure to capture that movement of the camera relative to the subject.

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Landscape photography by Peter Zeglis | InspireFirst

Landscape photography by Peter Zeglis | InspireFirst | Photography | Scoop.it
Amazing landscape photography...

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Russia's craziest climbers are beyond insane

Russia's craziest climbers are beyond insane | Photography | Scoop.it
“ You could pay me $1 million and I still wouldn't do this...”
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Sharpening and Finishing Fuji X-Trans Files in Photoshop and Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald

Sharpening and Finishing Fuji X-Trans Files in Photoshop and Lightroom | Thomas Fitzgerald | Photography | Scoop.it
This is the long awaited final (for now) part of my series on Processing X-Trans files. In my ongoing quest to get the best from Fuji’s raw files, I’ve previously discussed the issue with Lightroom’s processing, some alternative ways of developing raw files using Iridient Developer and Photo Ninja. I’ve also offered some Lightroom sharpening presets that help mitigate the demosaicing issues a bit. Many of the comments I’ve received have been wondering if there’s a way to get close to the output of Iridient Developer or Photo Ninja using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Surprisingly, the answer is almost. I’ve been working on this for a while now and I believe that by combining Lightroom and a little bit of Photoshop you can get close. The advantage of this is that you can get clean and organic looking results without having to learn a new piece of software, and by using the droplet as a plug-in approach I blogged about last week, you don’t even have to leave Lightroom.....
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Children of the Omo | Photographer: Steve Mc Curry

Children of the Omo | Photographer:  Steve Mc Curry | Photography | Scoop.it
"The Omo River Valley is located in Southwest Ethiopia. It has been called “the last frontier” in Africa. There are nine main tribes that occupy the Omo River Valley, with a population of approximately 225,000 tribal peoples. " " The majority of the people living in the Omo River Valley live without clean drinking water and without medical care. It has been a privilege to go back to the Omo Valley in Ethiopia with my friend, John Rowe, to photograph the work he is doing with Lale Labuko in their mission to end the practice of mingi and to house and shelter the mingi children who have already been rescued. " " Lale, a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, learned about the practice of Mingi and made it his life’s mission to end ritual infanticide in his tribe’s culture. " - Steve McCurry
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Blending Modes Explained

Blending Modes Explained | Photography | Scoop.it
“ In this tutorial I’m going to give you an in depth explanation on how the blending modes in Photoshop work. You may have worked with blend modes in the past, and it was probably more of an experimental process for you. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how exactly how each blend mode […]”
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Russia's craziest climbers are beyond insane

Russia's craziest climbers are beyond insane | Photography | Scoop.it
“ You could pay me $1 million and I still wouldn't do this...”
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Facebook Tells the Story Behind Humans of New York as Part of 10th Anniversary Celebration - The Phoblographer

Facebook Tells the Story Behind Humans of New York as Part of 10th Anniversary Celebration - The Phoblographer | Photography | Scoop.it
“Inspiring, breathtaking, and at times, funny, there’s no denying that Humans of New York is one of Facebook’s most wonderful success stories so it’s not surprising at all that the social networking site, a success story in its own right, has chosen HONY as one of the 10 stories to feature in celebration of its 10th anniversary.”
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Finding the perfect, compact tripod for the X-2, X-Pro, and X-T1 | Tom Grill

Finding the perfect, compact tripod for the X-2, X-Pro, and X-T1 | Tom Grill | Photography | Scoop.it
As the Fuji X-camera system continues to expand and improve, I find myself using it more frequently. I have been riding a bike in New York ever since I can remember, and always carried a camera with me when I go exploring the city, and a Fuji X camera system is the perfect size. I rarely need to carry a tripod on these trips, but lately have wanted to do some long exposures where a tripod is a necessity. Problem is that my normal Gitzo tripod isn't really compact enough to fit in my accessory bag. So I began a search for very small, light-weight tripod that would still be sturdy enough to hold an X-camera steady. That search led me to the Sirui T-025X. The Sirui T-025X is a carbon fiber tripod that folds to just 11.8" (30cm), yet opens to a 54" height. It also has a number of other features I like, such as quick twist legs where you can open and lock all leg extensions with one hand motion -- the same as on my favorite Gitzo....
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