About two weeks ago, Sony announced the next iteration of their popular a7 full frame mirrorless camera with the Sony a7II. While the camera is not due out for another week or so, I received a unit this morning and recorded a quick First Look video, comparing it to its predecessors, the Sony a7 and a7R. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYXXeH_BtRA Most notable about this camera is that it's the first to feature 5-axis in-body image stabilization. This means that any lens you attach to this camera will have the benefit of image stabilization … [Read more...] about A First Look Video at the new Sony a7II
Resolving Canon EOS Utility v/s Yosemite If you need to update your camera, transfer images, shoot tethered or load camera profiles, the Canon EOS utility is very useful. That is of course if it works with your operating system. The bad news... In my post on November first Canon EOS Utility v/s Yosemite, both EOS Utility 3 for Canon 1Dx and 5D Mark III cameras as well as EOS Utility 2 for earlier cameras do not work with Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Canon's website www.canonusa.com continues to state: "There is no software for the OS version you … [Read more...] about Canon EOS Utility Fix
Did that headline get you attention? Trust me... you want to check this out. The folks at Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain has produced a comic book that explains copyright in both a clear and interesting way. Learn about the delicate balance between intellectual property and the public domain - the realm of material that is free to use without permission or payment. Get this free comic book (yes, a comic) Free digital versions Bound by Law translates law into plain English and abstract ideas into visual … [Read more...] about A Fun Way to Learn About Copyright
Editor's Notes: This is a followup article on the new changes that are pending to Facebook that affect photographers (). At Photofocus, we do not offer legal advice and suggest that you consult with professional groups like ASMP or discuss with your own lawyer. Social media terms of service are a huge discussion for media creators. Recently, Facebook updated their terms effective January 1, 2015 which bring more transparency to how they're collecting and using information. The newly-introduced explains: What others see about you How others … [Read more...] about Facebook’s Privacy Terms for 2015
With a little searching, there are some great deals to be had on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here's a roundup of this year's best deals: Adobe Deals If you'd like to pickup Adobe Creative Cloud, the full version with all the apps including web and video, it's on sale for today only. You can add a one year subscription for $39.99 USD per month. The offer of $29.99 USD of per month for existing Creative Suite customers (for their first year) is also offered and doesn't expire. If the Creative Cloud Photography plan is a better match … [Read more...] about 2014 Black Friday Deals for Photographers
This week's podcast interviews photographers Mark Morrow and Matt Kloskowski. Mark is a landscape photographer and writer for Photofocus. Matt is the newly appointed VP of Photography at onOne and you may know him from his many books and workshops. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Mark Morrow Mark Morrow is an active professional photographer based in Roanoke, Virginia, currently specializing in real estate, fine art landscape and architectural projects. Always an avid student of the … [Read more...] about Matt Kloskowski & Mark Morrow| Photofocus Podcast 11/25/14
There are so many options for cloud backup storage today, but Amazon just announced a great plan for their Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlimited Photo Storage with Amazon Prime. Ive been an Amazon Prime subscriber for a few years now and the perks just keep coming to make it worth the price of the membership. Not only do you get FREE two-day shipping, but you also get access to access to the Kindle Owners Lending Library, Prime Instant Video (a Netflix competitor), and Prime Music, among other things listed here. There are 3 ways to upload your … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Just Got Even Better with Free Cloud Photo Storage
A new version of Lightroom just came out... we'll have more coverage of the features soon... but this an important (and free) update. Download Links You can get Lightroom 5.7 here (it's a free update for all version 5 and Creative Cloud customers). If you use Creative Cloud, just launch the Creative Cloud app to download... otherwise visit these links: Mac http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5852 Win http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5853 Updates to Synced Collections Synced collections now show a … [Read more...] about It’s Time to Download the Latest Version of Lightroom
If you're a Mac user, a new camera update has recently shipped (version 6.01). OS X Yosemite provides system-level support for digital camera RAW formats. In order to use these files, youcan access them through Aperture oriPhoto on your Mac. You can also browse at the system level looking through folders.Supported by Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.01 Canon EOS 7D Mark II Fujifilm X30 Nikon D750 Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 Launch the software update by choose Apple Menu > Software Update or Apple Menu > App Store and choose … [Read more...] about Mac User? Time to Update Your Raw Support (6.01)
This week's podcast interviews photographers Tamara Lackey about travel photography Then, we catch up with Bill Fortney to talk postproduction. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Tamara Lackey Tamara Lackey is a professional photographer, speaker, and author. She focusses on lifestyle photography, from childrens portraits to celebrity portraits. Tamaras work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including Parenting Magazine, O The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Vogue, Food & … [Read more...] about Tamara Lackey and Bill Fortney | Photofocus Podcast 11/15/14
Finally! Its been forever, but Apple has given us a dark mode in their new release of OS 10.10 Yosemite, bringing a black menu bar and a whole bunch of new features. Its surprising how much nicer the black menu bar is once you try it. When I first installed Yosemite, my eyes were always drawn to the stark-white bar on the top of my screen. With the black menu bar, it fits perfectly with the black bezel on my laptop, and looks great with my Adobe applications. Adobe launched dark versions of Photoshop in the CS6 collection and Ive since wanted a … [Read more...] about The Black Menu Bar is Finally Here!
Disclaimer: As a member of Sony's Artisans of Imagery program, I recently had the opportunity to extensively use an internal copy of the newly announced (and not-yet-released) Sony Zeiss FE 16-35mm f/4 lens. This review chronicles my experiences while using this lens in the field. Additionally, all photos and opinions are based off of a pre-production version of this lens. Any aspect of this lens are subject to change when released by Sony. Switching to Sony When Sony first announced their disruptive line of full-frame mirrorless cameras with … [Read more...] about Exclusive Hands-on Review: The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Lens
We've seen some pretty cool new companies and products throughout the history of the industry. With a record number of photographers and constant technological advancements of new equipment, rental companies have boomed with the curiosity of growing photographers. And personally, I'm grateful for the services these rental companies provide the industry in allowing artists to keep their pocket book in check with the ability to "rent" rather than buy. But now the Tennessee based rental company, LensRentals, has added a new "Keeper" rental … [Read more...] about NEWS: LensRentals.com Changes the Rental Market with a “Rent it then Keep It” Program
iPhone Day! Yesterday, I woke up at 6AM morning to head over to the Apple Store at Pioneer Place in Portland, OR. It was "iPhone Day" after all and there was a 128GB silver iPhone 6 Plus with my name on it somewhere in that store. Fortunately, I successfully preordered mine last Friday and somehow managed to be the very first person in the Reservations line, whereas the line for the day-of purchasers literally wrapped around the entire city block. But based on the global news reporting on this launch, no one should be surprised. The Face Off … [Read more...] about Photo Face Off: iPhone 6 vs Android
On a recent Hot Gear Podcast, Rich Harrington sat with Chase Reynolds over at LensRentals.com to talk about the hot products that they just can't seem to keep on their shelves. And of course, with the recent release of the Nikon D810, it's made the hot topic on this month's "Hot Gear" Segment. Start listening to their conversation around 36:00. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. So what is it about this new Nikon D810 that has photographers to jazzed up? According to Chase, this is going to … [Read more...] about Hot Gear: The Nikon D810
Just this morning, onOne Software announced their brand-new version, the Perfect Photo Suite 9! I've had a chance to take a look at this new software in-action, and they have definitely added some upgrade-worthy features. I don't have my hands on it yet, but when I do I'll be sure to post some follow-ups on the new features. onOne has been doing a great job of making the suite an all-in-one photo-editor. Sure, it doesn't have a RAW processor, but if you have a nice, clean JPEG or RAW file then you can get a lot out of it. I have been a fan of … [Read more...] about Just Announced! onOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 9
I'm a formal student of photography and probably will be a life-long student of it, and I'm faced with constant struggles in class. Although fighting through the completion of degree (that doesn't necessarily help you to not become a starving artist) is a very real, hefty and common problem that students face, there are deeper and more dampening issues for those photography protgs--especially for those who have been fueled by their passion and took it upon themselves to study and experiment, which includes me. While every student's education … [Read more...] about The Real Student Struggle
Photoshop World is my time to be selfish. All year long I help others develop their skills in Photography, Photoshop and yes Martial Arts. When I attend this conference I get to relax and have fun while learning new skills and meeting old and soon to be new friends. I plan my days to get the most of PSW. Kelby One host two Photoshop Worlds every year; East Coast and West Coast. I have had the honor to attend all of them (except for 1) since 1999. Most people don't have the luxury to attend the conference twice a year so selecting classes may be … [Read more...] about 12 Tips for Getting the Most out of Photoshop World
Going to Photoshop World or live near Las Vegas? Join us for an event just for Photofocus.com readers. Get to know our team and provide feedback on our website, podcasts, and hangouts. We look forward to meeting you at Photoshop World. Date & Time: September 5th, 2014, 8am Location: Bayside Buffet @ Mandalay Bay Hotel Hosted By: Rich Harrington & Melissa Niu RSVP Here to Reserve a Spot. … [Read more...] about Photofocus.com Reader Breakfast in Las Vegas at Photoshop World
LensRentals.com is a partner here at Photofocus for the simple fact that we love renting their gear, we can always count on them to deliver our gear on time for our commercial and personal shoots, and the people that we work with there are simply awesome. We get to pick the brains of their team of experts before each rental to make sure we're getting everything we need for our shoots. It's seriously a win win and it's changed the convenience and level of professionalism in my own personal style of work. And of course, we're hooking you up … [Read more...] about Great Deals to Try Gear Before You Buy
This week's podcast is a whopper... packed with information and inspiration. We have the world's most popular photo instructor, Scott Kelby to share tips and news. Then Rich Harrington and Chase Reynolds explore new gear from Nikon and Sony. Lastly Levi Sim sits down with portrait photographer and Photofocus writer Kevin Ames. Get the show here or get it on iTunes Don't forget to post a review on iTunes. Scott Kelby Scott Kelby is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original Photoshop Guy, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby … [Read more...] about Scott Kelby, Kevin Ames & Hot Gear| Photofocus Podcast 8/5/14
Editor's Note: The cheapest rate for Photoshop World ends August 5. Click here to save $150 off the full price. We'll be holding a get together for Photofocus readers. Photoshop World Conference will mark it's 30th event this September in Las Vegas. I've gone to every event except one. I found myself reminiscing on my first conference when I heard Photofocus was giving away 10 tickets to the event. I quickly listed several reasons why you should attend, then I decided to make it entertaining. I wrote a self-reflecting story on my Photoshop … [Read more...] about Photoshop World turns 30: Why should you attend this year?
Don't miss our next Google Hangout. The event is Monday, July 28, 2014. Its absolutely free to attend thanks to LensRentals.com. It starts at 7PM Eastern/4PM Pacific. We also have one ticket to give away to Photoshop World to an attendee. Must be present to win. Join us for our newest Google+ Hangout for photographers Mind Your Own Business. This event is produced in partnership with Skip Cohen University and LensRentals.com. Sign up here. This months topic is The Importance of Special Projects. Were joined by Kevin Kubota. He is … [Read more...] about Master Your Photo Business with Kevin Kubota
The beta for Apple OS X Yosemite is expected to drop tomorrow (Thursday, July 24). This is a public beta program that allows the first 1 million users signed up to test drive the next release of OS X. The goal is to try it out and submit your feedback to Apple. Some official details... What is the OS X Beta Program? OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac … [Read more...] about Want to Get OSX Yosemite First (And Free)?
Over two months ago our partner, LensRentals announced the exciting Lenscap and Lenscap+ protection plans and decided to celebrate with a camera contest by giving away a hot new camera to one lucky winner. This winner chosen got chance to choose either a brand new Canon 5D Mk III or a brand new Nikon D800. And today, we'd like to congratulate Aimee Martin! Aimee decided to stick with her love for Nikon and chose a brand new Nikon D800. I asked Aimee her thoughts and besides her being completely shocked and nearly falling out of her chair, … [Read more...] about The Winner of the LensRentals.com Camera Contest
Apple announced today that it will no longer add features to its professional imaging application Aperture. Apple will continue to update camera formats for the foreseeable future. Apple is folding iPhoto and Aperture into its new release of the Photos app included in the recently announced Mac OSX Yosemite operating system coming this fall. The announcement quoted below from The Loop's Jim Dalrymple says in part that "With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in … [Read more...] about Apple Discontinues Aperture
We have a brand new book coming out soon (it's out)... and it's ALL about Lightroom. The Develop Great Images in Lightroom book features techniques from Nicole S. Young, Levi Sim, Rob Sylvan, Rich Harrington, and Gerard Murphy. It clocks in at more than 200 pages and includes a few bonus videos too. The book's list price is $19.99... but for one month it will be free (thanks to the great folks at Mosaic Archive). We'll have more details soon. The book is sitting at Apple waiting for approval... but we'll let you know as soon as its … [Read more...] about Would You Like Free iBooks?
New in Adobe Photoshop CC 2014, Focus Area will allow you to automatically turn the in-focus areas of your photos into a selection! This is perfect if you're looking to replace the background of an image. Stay tuned for more tutorials and features of Adobe Creative Cloud throughout the week. To see more of Howard's work and tutorials, head to www.iceflowstudios.com. … [Read more...] about Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 – Focus Area Selections
I'm a big fan of Mosaic (and it's not just because they partner with us on Photofocus). I've been using their software and tools from the very beginning. Mosaic just made their service a must have for everyone who uses Lightroom (I've got a full review coming soon). But I wanted to tell you about a great deal ASAP. Deal #1 The Plugin is 100% Free Get the Lightroom Plugin at ZERO cost here. Once you install it, it will sync whichever photos you tell it to your Google Drive. You get 15GB on Google Drive (enough to hold about 30,000 photos) … [Read more...] about A Great Deal for all Lightroom Users on Mosaic
New in Adobe Photoshop CC, the Content-Aware tools you know and love just got better with color adaptation! Turning this option on tells Photoshop to better deal with gradients and color variation when healing a photo. Stay tuned for more tutorials and features of Adobe Creative Cloud throughout the week. To see more of Howard's work and tutorials, head to www.iceflowstudios.com. … [Read more...] about Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 – Content-Aware Improvements