Amazingly Affordable 4x5 Camera

When was the last time you bought a camera for less than $100? When was the last time you bought a film camera—much less a 4x5 large format film camera—for less than the cost of the film? Now you can do both of those things by pitching in to the Kickstarter campaign of the fellows behind the Travelwide 4x5 camera. This lightweight point and shoot uses standard 4x5 film and film backs, and with the addition of your own 65 or 90mm LF lenses, you've got a fully functional travel point and shoot camera that utilizes large format film. And while $99 is the earlybird price, it's only good for the next couple of days (the last in this already super successful Kickstarter campaign). After that, you'll have to wait until the camera goes into production, at a price yet to be determined.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wanderlust/travelwide-45-camera
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When was the last time you bought a camera for less than $100? When was the last time you bought a film camera—much less a 4x5 large format film camera—for less than the cost of the film? Now you can do both of those things by pitching in to the…

Next Up For Photoshop: A Sharpness Fix

Adobe last week released a tantalizing—and unbelievably frustratingly short—video preview of a new feature to be included in the eventual release of Photoshop CS7. This camera blur filter will allow photographers to minimize camera shake in post-processing with a one-click fix. Think of Smart Sharpen on steroids; at least that's how it looks. Senior product manager Zorana Ghee demos the Camera Shake Reduction filter, but she doesn't go into the whys and wherefores of its functionality. For that it looks like we'll have to wait, which I know I'm going to do with bated breath. This filter looks like it could be a real sharpness game changer.

http://www.nikonblog.net/content/sneak-peak-amazing-new-photoshop-cs7-filter
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Adobe last week released a tantalizing—and unbelievably frustratingly short—video preview of a new feature to be included in the eventual release of Photoshop CS7. This camera blur filter will allow photographers to minimize camera shake in post-processing with a one-click fix. Think of Smart Sharpen on steroids; at least that's…

Lightroom For JPEGs

I have an avid photographer friend with tons of experience who refuses to shoot RAW. I, on the other hand, swear by them. And since I started using Lightroom as my image management and RAW processing software, I've become an even bigger fan of RAW. Heck, Lightroom might be part of the reason I'm such a believer in shooting RAW. Well now, just recently I did the unthinkable—and something I can honestly say I had never done before: I accidentally shot JPEGs. (I'd let the friend in question use the camera, and voila, he switched it to JPEG and I didn't think to switch it back.) It was only in the Lightroom processing that I realized, hey, wait a minute, these are JPEGs! I panicked. But in fact since I'd done most of what I'd planned to do in camera, it will all work out in the end. I also discovered this: Lightroom is an excellent platform for not only organizing, browsing and managing JPEG files, and it's great for editing them too. Many of those same RAW adjustments can be easily made to JPEGs in Lightroom—just without the extremes of adjustability. It led me to this realization: Lightroom works great for JPEG files too. I'm now going to start advocating for those of you who insist on shooting JPEGs to consider switching to Lightroom for the bulk of your image management and editing workflow. Here's a great discussion of JPEG-specific Lightroom issues in the Adobe forums. 

http://forums.adobe.com/message/4257780
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I have an avid photographer friend with tons of experience who refuses to shoot RAW. I, on the other hand, swear by them. And since I started using Lightroom as my image management and RAW processing software, I've become an even bigger fan of RAW. Heck, Lightroom might be part…

Humans Of New York

A few months ago a friend alerted me to a Tumblr (it's a particular type of photo-based blog-style web site, for those of you who may be uninitiated) called Humans of New York. My first thought was, "what a nice collection of street portraits of people in New York City." But now, after several weeks of daily viewing, I'm realizing that not only is the site's founder and photographer Brandon Stanton a tremendous photographer, but his site is a downright amazing work of art and documentary all rolled into one. Put it in your reading list and check it out every day. You'll be thankful that you did.

http://www.humansofnewyork.com
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A few months ago a friend alerted me to a Tumblr (it's a particular type of photo-based blog-style web site, for those of you who may be uninitiated) called Humans of New York. My first thought was, "what a nice collection of street portraits of people in New York City."…

My Movie-making Lens Shade

With many DSLRs you can shoot stills and video too. The problem is, no matter how hard you try, you can't efficiently shoot both at the same time. So recently when a client requested that I cover their event with both stills and video, I came up with what I'm calling an ingenious solution. Already in possession of the awesome and affordable GoPro Hero HD video camera (which is downright tiny and designed to mount almost anywhere) I realized that yes, I could occasionally switch my camera into movie mode in order to capture key clips of video where appropriate, but better still I could mount my GoPro on top of my camera for always-on video coverage. So using one of the super-sticky mounts that comes with every GoPro, I was able to affix the video camera directly to the top of my lens shade. (I considered making a hot shoe mount, but was worried I would get the front of my lens in the frame since the GoPro produces such a wide angle view. And that way I couldn't put a flash on my hot-shoe either.) In the end, the only adjustment I made to my shooting style was to hold the camera steadier for longer intervals, so that I would have the opportunity to produce usable footage from the tiny camera, and the whole system worked wonderfully. So if you're interested in defying physics and shooting photos and video simultaneously, give my system a try. For more information on GoPro's HD cameras, visit gopro.com
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With many DSLRs you can shoot stills and video too. The problem is, no matter how hard you try, you can't efficiently shoot both at the same time. So recently when a client requested that I cover their event with both stills and video, I came up with what I'm…

Learn The New Lightroom 5

There's a new version of Lightroom coming, version 5, and it's officially available for beta testing from our friends at Adobe Labs. Download it via the link below. But wait! Before you do, check out the helpful review (and pre-view) from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' president Scott Kelby and Photoshop guru Matt Kloskowski. They offer a great breakdown of key new features, which will help you get a head start and make the most of the demo software. For those who haven't been beta testers before, remember the software isn't fully functional and there may still be some bugs to work out. But you can use the "almost perfect" software for free until the date of its official release—at which time you've got to license it like everybody else. 

http://layersmagazine.com/learn-all-about-the-new-adobe-lightroom-5-beta.html
http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/lightroom5
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There's a new version of Lightroom coming, version 5, and it's officially available for beta testing from our friends at Adobe Labs. Download it via the link below. But wait! Before you do, check out the helpful review (and pre-view) from the National Association of Photoshop Professionals' president Scott Kelby…
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