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Creative Cloud Libraries in Photoshop CC

At Adobe Max today, Adobe is announcing even further integration between their products in the Creative Cloud. They’re called Creative Libraries and Extract. They’re both designed to help you to create even more projects between Photoshop, Premiere Pro CC, and Illustrator. The emphasis is on both mobile and desktop support. With that said, there is a lot of built in touch support–like on Windows 8 and Surface Pro 3.

What photographers will really care about though has to do with Photoshop CC and Lightroom Mobile. According to the Adobe Press release:

“In the Photoshop family, Photoshop Sketch lets creatives draw with new built-in expressive brushes and enables an integrated workflow with Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. Updates to Photoshop Mix extend precise mobile compositing capabilities and now includes enhanced integration with Photoshop CC, as well as a new iPhone version. A new Lightroom Mobile app builds on integrated desktop and mobile workflows and includes features to allow clients, friends or family to select favorites and leave comments for photos shared online; and GPS information from iPhone photos now syncs with Lightroom desktop.”

More or less, this sounds a bit like Lightroom is becoming a tool that is extending more onto the web to take on services like Smugmug or other services that let clients see images beforehand. Except in this case, they’re seeing them from the workflow app (or program) itself. Of course, this is all still for iOS devices and those of us that given our swords to Google will have to wait.

More details are after the jump.

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Canon See Impossible

Update: It’s a major let down.

It seems Canon has a big announcement coming tomorrow. Over the weekend Canon printed a teaser ad in the New York Times filled with cryptic text and bold statement that the camera company can “SEE IMPOSSIBLE.” The text posted in full past the break is all a bit nonsensical, however the ad also included a link pointing to a website with a countdown clock.

As of this writing, the countdown clock has whittled down to just over 24 hours, which means we will see what Canon has in store for us at 9am tomorrow. At Photokina the camera maker put on a rather flaccid show with the most exciting bits being the Canon 7D Mark II and Canon G7x. So perhaps this is the camera that could finally get us excited about Canon after so long.

There are plenty of theories as to what this camera could be. For instance the rumor mill has been churning about a high-megapixel DSLR to best the 36MP Nikon D810. Another theory is Canon could introduce some amazing new glass or even a mirrorless camera we’ll actually care about. The possibilities are nearly endless so let us know what you think Canon will announce in the comments below.

Via Canon Watch

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Profoto is expanding their existing lineup of parabolic umbrellas by announcing six new ones today. These six new models are said to be small, lightweight, deep and parabolic in shape (meaning that it pitches the light forward much more. These are complementary to the previous lineup announced last year

The smallest of the bunch comes in a 33 inches and is called the Profoto Umbrella Deep S (for small). It can come in white, silencer or translucent (shoot through.) But there is also a medium version being announced called the Deep M which comes in at 41 inches..

Profoto states that the deep and round shape comes from having lots of umbrella rods–16 actually. Of course, you can also get diffusion socks for the umbrellas or a back panel for the translucent version.

More images are after the jump along with a product video. The umbrellas being used in action can be seen at Profoto’s blog.

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Sigma 85mm f1.4

A big thanks goes out to everyone who entered the contest with us and Sigma to win an 85mm f1.4 Lens.

The winner of this contest is @Mfordphoto (Mike Ford) on Instagram. Congratulations! Please send us an email at editors[at]thephoblographer[dot]com and we’ll make sure that you get your lens soon.

Thanks again to everyone who entered. Stay tuned since we have more contests coming.


Photo by John “flick” Purchase

When it comes to stock photography there are really only two routes with free images from Flickr creative commons or paid services like ShutterStock. Now Alexandr Pirogov has  introduced a third option with his site called Up-Free, which lets you use professionally shot images for free.

Up-Free is not just a website for Alexandr, it’s a project. As a web developer creating websites for more than two years, Alexandr says he began his mission to help himself and everyone searching for high-quality images. “My problem was searching for high quality photos for backgrounds,” he said. “I decided to help myself and other people with same problem!”

Currently there are 57 photos on the site from various photographers from the likes of Vittorio Ciccone and John “flick” Purchase. Of course all of the images have been posted with their owner’s permission. “I communicate with photographers via email to ask them for some cool photos,” Alexandr explained.

In the future, Alexandr says he hopes to try his hand at photography himself and add his own photos. All in all it’s nice to see there’s another resource for stock photography.

Would you share your images for free? Tell us in the comments below.

Via Reddit

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Todd Heisler iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus quite possibly have the best smartphone cameras around. While Apple’s latest handsets have proven to be amazing on paper, how does it handle in the hands of a seasoned professional photographer? The New York Times’ Molly Wood challenged NYT photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Todd Heisler to put the camera through its paces and create stunning images.

In his testing Todd praised the iPhone 6 for its new ability to shoot slow motion even in lowlight conditions, whereas high-speed cameras typically need a well-lit environment. More importantly Todd said shooting slow motion video changes the way you see everything and adds a beautiful sentimental quality to the footage.

The Pulitzer Prize winning photographer also enjoyed the easy access exposure control on the iPhone 6 letting him nail the lighting he wanted. Meanwhile, the updated editing capabilities on iOS 8 allowed him to tweak his image without using a third-party application.

Of course, the iPhone 6 camera isn’t without its flaws. Namely the timelapse tool is neat, but it requires patience and steady hands. Todd was also interested in picking up the iPhone 6 Plus for the added image stabilized lens, but was ultimately put off by the handset’s additional bulk. The video is after the jump.

Via PetaPixel

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