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One of the biggest problems with Adobe Lightroom for portrait photographers has been the lack of being able to retouch images. While it’s become better with the addition of specific brushes and gradients, it’s still not so simple. But the folks behind the Lightroom Retouching Toolkit want to change that. Despite lots of flak being given to photographers and companies who retouch, the retouching here is very minor. This kit won’t let you give Fat Joe the body of David Beckham or even help dear Miley Cyrus undo all the effects of Molly on her body (bless her soul.)

So what will it do?

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holga digital

You’ve seen Holga around–those multicolored toy cameras are ubiquitous with their ramshackle construction and attention to light leaks that make for lighthearted and quirky photos. Maybe you’ve used one, maybe you haven’t. Now, the camera has finally gone digital, though it can only be realized if you back it on Kickstarter.

It’s a barebones digital machine with a lens that has two apertures (f2.8 and f8) and two image frames (4:3 and 1:1). It has enough tech inside to support Wi-fi capable SD card, and you have the option to vignette your images or not in the same way that many holgas do. There’s a hot shoe, too, and the ability to mount different lenses via an adaptor. The sensor is presently shrouded in mystery, but we’ll update you when we have more information. Given the $75 or more pledge guarantee of a camera, we’re assuming it isn’t that large; but we could be wrong.

More after the jump.

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Aerial image shot from a small single engine Cessna plane of professional surfer Peter Mel outrunning a 25 foot plus wave after it broke while competing in the 2009 Nelscott Reef big wave surf contest in Lincoln City, Oregon.   Contestants were using the assistance of personal watercraft for transport to the reef which is nearly 3/4 of a mile offshore, as well as for safety and to tow in to catch the waves. image © 2009 Ben Moon www.benmoon.com

Peter Mel outruns a wave at Nelscott Reef, Oregon www.benmoon.com

All images are copyrighted and used with permission by Ben Moon.

In this episode of ISO 400, we hear from Ben Moon, a photographer and filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Moon recently released a short film he worked on called “Denali,”  a beautifully touching tribute to his dog of 14 and a half years who joined him on all of his travels in his nomadic career. Moon’s photographed everything from climbers on mountainsides to surfers under the waves and bands in the studio. There’s a deep level of humanity and emotion in all of his work, both his photographs and his films.

A selection of Moon’s work, his film Denali, and the episode are below. If you’d like to see more of his work, check out his website or follow him on Instagram, TwitterFacebook and Vimeo.

As always, our music is provided by Yuki Futami, a New York-based jazz musician.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung 50-150mm f2.8 OIS review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 5.0

On the heels of our roundup of best mirrorless cameras for photojournalists, we thought we’d complement that piece with a roundup of the best lenses to go with those cameras. The go-to focal ranges for many years have been 24-70mm and 70-200mm with Canon L glass being the crème-de-la-crème with a price to match. Thankfully with time, the equivalent focal range zooms have arrived for various systems, though not all photojournalists work with zooms. Here, you’ll find a mix of primes and zooms.

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Say farewell to Instagram being all about square format! It’s not necessarily so anymore since today, the company unveiled an update that lets users share their photos in landscape or portrait mode in addition to the 1×1 square format. For years, the workaround involved using another app that added white areas to the sides.

According to the company’s blog post, you can make the changes using the format icon before uploading. This change doesn’t only work with photos, but also with video. And that means that vertical video is finally something that is truly supported. To that end, all of the filters (both photo and video filters) will work all across the board on all media you choose to upload.

When it comes to viewing a person’s profile, the images will appear as a center cropped square in the 3×3 grid format until the user clicks on an image. What that means is that photographers using Instagram as a main profile no longer are limited to only showing off what they’re capable of doing in the square format alone. They now have so many more options available.

Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first impressions (2 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.6

DXOMark released the results of their tests with the Sony A7r Mk II today–and they’re not really surprising. Why not? We kind of expected the Sony A7r Mk II to wipe the floor with everyone else–and it does. Receiving an overall score of 98%, it seems to excel in pretty much every area of their tests. With a 42.2MP full frame sensor, we would assume that the camera is bound to have lots of color depth and dynamic range information but not so great high ISO output. Right?

More of an analysis is after the jump.

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