With the release of OS X Yosemite later this year, Apple will cease the development of its professional photo editing application, Aperture. Bummer.  Users of Aperture will be transitioned to Photos, a new app that was introduced during the Apple WWDC keynote recently. The new Photos application integrates many of the advanced photo editing features that were previously found […]

Finally, the Fat Lady is warming up her voice.  I’ve felt for some time that there were better RAW conversion options on the market than Adobe Camera Raw, which is natively supported by Lightroom.  DxO Optics Pro is one of those.  However, the round trip out and back into Lightroom to edit in an external editor […]

The Art Of A Focus Puller One of the least expensive and most versatile lenses in any filmmaker’s bag of tricks is the 50mm lens. Check around, almost every manufacturer sells a “nifty fifty.”  Considered by many to be the default “normal” human vision equivalent, there are more 50mm lenses in existence than the next two focal lengths combined.  If […]

The Optikos Bench First and foremost, if you aren’t at least a little Geeky, this post is not for you; unless you’re one of those people who thinks “just take some pictures, dammit,” when I write some article about resolution testing.  In that case, you might like this article because we’re taking pictures to test […]

What is Decentering and What Does it Do? Strictly speaking, decentering would involve one or more of the lens elements being off of the central axis of the lens. This would prevent the curved surfaces of the lens from bending the light properly. In severe cases it could result in halos or ghosting. In most […]

When I went to school photography education  consisted of a brownie box camera, five rolls of 127 B&W film, five pre-paid Kodak processing mailers, and a teacher/advisor who supervised the yearbook student staff.  “Go out and get us some great pictures!” was about the extent of both the education part of it as well as managements […]

Editors Note: Today we introduce a gentleman who needs little introduction, the Master of Brevity, the Don Juan of Optical Benches, Master researcher of a7r light leak, the Master Myth Buster of Camera Porn himself, President of LensRentals.Com, Mr. Roger Cicala!  BAD-A-BOOM!   Roger has agreed to join our growing number of Merry Pranksters to help […]

The easier we accept critique, the more constructive critique we get, the greater our opportunity for growth in our chosen craft.   This is true not only in photography, but in filmmaking, writing, painting, music, and every other art form.  Craft skills in the arts are learned, and then honed to perfection by the artist […]

Digital Grotesque . Printing Architecture from Digital Grotesque on Vimeo. Digital Grotesque is the first human-scale immersive space entirely constructed out of 3D printed sandstone. Yep, you read that right, it is a human-scale space “printed” as a room.  And not just an ordinary room, either.  Now, how cool is that?  The “room” design consists […]

Perspective Warp in Photoshop CC 14.2 01-24-2014 Uwe Steinmueller in Photoshop Perspective distortions are hard to avoid if you photograph buildings and some scenery. That is why perspective corrections are a standard part of many raw converters and, of course, Photoshop. • Lightroom: Upright and perspective transformations • Photoshop: Perspective crop and perspective transform • DxO […]

by Uwe Steinmueller Originally Posted On OutbackPhoto.Net We are currently working on some new scripts and this reminded us to share the use of Droplets with our readers. We like to streamline our workflow as much as possible. Lightroom is very powerful but yet there are tasks that you may want to perform in Photoshop […]

  Christmas is past but the Grinch left me one more New Years present.  I discovered a new 32GB SDXC card bit the dust, and took my whole Happy New Year along with it.  Everything.  The whole lot, stills and video both from New Years Eve and New Years Day.  Two events, foolishly recorded to […]

  A7R Shutter Vibration May Be Too Great For Some Uses Unfortunately, Sony has a problem with the A7R which is serious for a significant segment of uses, involving longer lenses on a tripod, and especially lenses which are connected via a lens foot or adapter foot to the tripod.  The problem also tends to […]

Cameras today are so smart, why should a photographer need to know how to use a camera in manual mode?   Good question, and one with a several part answer.  First, to use technology to its fullest you have to know what is going on behind the scenes. How to adjust your camera manually also […]

By Jim Quinn Light modifiers are where you find them. Today I found one in my local Walgreens drug store.     My wife, who loves the idea of packing away small umbrellas “just in case,” spotted a display of Totes Skinni Mini umbrellas in a variety of colors. Only nine inches long when folded, […]

We often shoot still photos handheld but find that we need a tripod for our videos. Finding a good video tripod with fluid head is hard and often expensive. If you look for a smaller and reasonable solution for cameras like the Panasonic GH3 it gets even harder. We’ve looked for a solution for at […]