Lightroom 4 Is Built For Extreme Contrast Adjustments

For those of you Lightroom users who may be holding off on upgrading to the newly released Lightroom 4, this post from DP Review might just make you change your mind. It's an explanation of how to make extreme contrast edits within LR4, but it doesn't just serve as a simple how-to. It also helps to explain how the processing controls work differently within this version of Lightroom as compared to previous versions. In the end, the new processing engine allows for less overlap among lighting adjustments, which means greater control, more fine tuning, and the ability to extract the absolute maximum amount of useful image forming data from today's supersensitive high-dynamic-range digital camera sensors. Lightroom 4 isn't just the next step in the workflow software's evolution, it's a big step forward in editing control. And that means it can help you create much better photographs right out of the box. Read all about it at www.dpreview.com.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/1205103502/extreme-contrast-edits-in-lightroom-4-and-acr-7.
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For those of you Lightroom users who may be holding off on upgrading to the newly released Lightroom 4, this post from DP Review might just make you change your mind. It's an explanation of how to make extreme contrast edits within LR4, but it doesn't just serve as a…

A Must-Have For Every Camera Bag

Carry a trash bag. There, I blew all the mystery about this post right there in the first paragraph. Steve Berardi, the PhotoNaturalist, thinks there's one item everyone who ever sets foot in the out of doors with a camera in hand should be carrying inside their camera bag. It's a simple trash bag, which has a million uses. Most notably, it's the perfect protector in case it starts to rain. But it's also handy to become a makeshift light diffuser for a macro photograph, and it can even become a bit of a softbox for a flash if you're in a pinch—something I've written about on this very web site. Check out PhotoNaturalist to get the scoop straight from the horse's mouth, and then be sure to peruse the plentiful reader comments for a bunch of other great reasons why you should carry this must-have accessory. And in the meantime, just trust me and stuff a trash bag inside your camera bag. 

http://photonaturalist.net/something-that-should-be-in-every-camera-bag.
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Carry a trash bag. There, I blew all the mystery about this post right there in the first paragraph. Steve Berardi, the PhotoNaturalist, thinks there's one item everyone who ever sets foot in the out of doors with a camera in hand should be carrying inside their camera bag. It's…

Light Painting Flowers

This post combines a few of my favorite things: light painting and backlighting. Add the fact that it's a translucent subject and I'm in hog heaven. The post to which I'm referring was written by Ken Hubbard of the Tamron Angle of View blog, and it really features a lovely photograph and some helpful information about painting with light. It's also good advice if you're looking to set your work apart by approaching a fairly standard subject with a unique technique. In this case, Mr. Hubbard used light painting (interesting) as a backlight (even more interesting) to light a flower and make it appear as if it were really glowing from within (most interesting of all). A great example of a simple technique and a subject we've all seen before, having been combined to great effect. Well done on all counts!

http://tamrontechstips.typepad.com/tamron_blog/2012/04/macro-flowers-part-1-backlit-painting-with-light.html.
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This post combines a few of my favorite things: light painting and backlighting. Add the fact that it's a translucent subject and I'm in hog heaven. The post to which I'm referring was written by Ken Hubbard of the Tamron Angle of View blog, and it really features a lovely…

iPad Card Reader

Care to use your iPad as something more than a portfolio display device? There are some options out there that allow you to do that, but the one that really intrigues me is the M.I.C. All-in-One card reader for the iPad. It allows users of a variety of media types to download directly to the iPad, whether they're working with CompactFlash, SD or MicroSD cards. It even has a USB port which this reader very useful for practically any photographer. The ability to display RAW files straight from your Nikon and Canon cameras is pretty great too. Learn more at M.I.C.'s web site, http://store.micgadget.com/ipad3-card-readers/315-cf-sd-high-speed-card-reader-for-ipad-3.html.
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Care to use your iPad as something more than a portfolio display device? There are some options out there that allow you to do that, but the one that really intrigues me is the M.I.C. All-in-One card reader for the iPad. It allows users of a variety of media types…

Underwater Genius

As far as I'm concerned, David Doubilet sets the standard for underwater photography. I first learned of him via his book, Water, Light, Time, which was published more than a decade ago. It's a stunning book, and at the time when it came out I had literally never seen underwater photography that looked anything like that. Doubilet was, and clearly still is, ahead of his time. The New York Times lens blog recently published a collection of his work along with a brief interview with Mr. Doubilet that brought up a couple of issues that I'd never really considered before—namely, that underwater photographers are shooting digitally these days. I guess it makes perfect sense, but I just had never really considered all of the challenges and benefits of taking one of these supercomputers we call cameras below the surface of the sea. The benefits make perfect sense, too: increased light sensitivity, sharpness and color rendition that allow the photographer to make pictures better than ever before. And that means Doubilet can really create images of undersea life that are especially mind-blowing. Check out the gallery and interview at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/photos-that-move-and-flow-underwater, and then do whatever you can to get your hands on that stunning book that introduced me to Mr. Doubilet's genius.
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As far as I'm concerned, David Doubilet sets the standard for underwater photography. I first learned of him via his book, Water, Light, Time, which was published more than a decade ago. It's a stunning book, and at the time when it came out I had literally never seen underwater…

Astro-Twitter

U.S. astronaut Soichi Noguchi has a twitter account. Sometimes he shares pictures. This glimpse into the life of an astronaut is very cool, as you might imagine. Oh, did I forget to mention that Mr. Noguchi is tweeting pictures that were made while aboard the International Space Station, orbiting miles above the earth? Yeah, that changes the dynamic a little bit. Astronaut Noguchi tweets photos from space walks and events aboard the space station, many of them originally captured by Italian astronaut counterpart Paolo Nespoli. Follow Astronaut Noguchi's feed at https://twitter.com/#!/@Astro_Soichi and then maybe reconsider your next tweet about what you had for lunch!
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U.S. astronaut Soichi Noguchi has a twitter account. Sometimes he shares pictures. This glimpse into the life of an astronaut is very cool, as you might imagine. Oh, did I forget to mention that Mr. Noguchi is tweeting pictures that were made while aboard the International Space Station, orbiting miles…
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