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Aperture importer tool

With the announcement of OS X Yosemite yesterday, Aperture has officially fallen off to the wayside as Apple focuses all its energies on improving iPhoto. While it’s been confirmed Apple was officially killing off Aperture since late June, Adobe just put out a new, free plugin allowing you to easily import your photo library to Lightroom.

The recently released Aperture importer tool can import both your Aperture and iPhoto library. The importer will transfer your images while keeping the metadata intact along with your star rating, GPS data, and even keywords. The only thing the free tool can’t transfer is edits made to photos, so the plugin will simply import copies of both the original and adjusted images.

Adobe explains you’ll find the importer in the Lighroom menus under “File -> Plug-In Extras -> Import from Aperture Library (or iPhoto Library).” Once selected, the tool will prompt you to point it to the folder holding your old image library. After that you can customize what data the plugin transfers including: Flags, Star Ratings, Keywords, GPS Data, Rejects, Hidden Files, Color Labels, Stacks, and Face Tags.

The plugin requires the latest version of Lightroom 5.6 to work. You can download the Aperture importer tool here.

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All images by Tom Krieger. Used with permission

“I like to combine sometimes architecture structures, nature and human forms.” says Tom Krieger on his double exposure work. “After combining the double exposure I love to use some other apps like Mextures to add lights and structures. Matter is a really great app, too.”

We discovered his work on EyeEm during the recent awards. Tom Krieger is what I like to call a true photographer. He started 25 years ago with his first Nikon without AF just for fun. “Later on I used this camera to experiment with long exposures in the mountains of the French Alps or as an action cam on my hang glider also as a landscape photographer.” Unlike other photographers and wannabes, he understands that the camera is just a tool as a painter and illustrator to paint in a photorealistic style.

“Today I use several digital cameras and lenses and have my own studio for reference shootings. My iPhone is always with me and my point-and-shoot cam.”

Mr. Krieger states that he loves to create images with his iPhone. “It is this simplicity to focus on the essentials of the image design. And I love to play around with apps.” states Tom. He explains his process as working with apps like Diana. After this he scrolls through his other images on his phone to combine with the one he just show. Then he plays around with apps until he gets exactly what he wants from the image.

“I think when a photo is different from others it allows interpretations. I do not really care whether it is a successful image or not. I’m relatively detached in this matter. That makes me feel unbound and detached.”

More of Tom’s images are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Western Digital My Passport Wireless review images (1 of 7)ISO 4001-40 sec at f - 6.3

Every photographer would love their own personal storage cloud. And in a way, Western Digital is giving that to photographers. The latest entry to their My Passport line is the My Passport Wireless, which is a step below their My Cloud drives. The advantage of the Cloud option is that you can access your images from anywhere as long as the drive is on. But with the My Passport Wireless drive, photographers get a different experience.

Hypothetical situation: you’re with a client, showing them some examples of work that you’ve done for engagement shoots. But they want to see more and you only have around two loaded onto your iPad. Simply boot up your Western Digital My Passport and access any of them that you’d like.

For photographers, security is important–and having your own hybrid of a server, cloud, and hard drive in one is more or less a godsend.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer T3i T3 dslr (1 of 4)

For many years, the Canon 5D Mk II was an incredibly popular camera on Flickr. In fact, it was probably the most popular dedicated camera. However, Flickr’s newest stats on their Camera Finder page now show the Canon T3i to be the most popular dedicated camera. One of the reasons for this the rise of amateur and hobbyist photographers looking for affordable cameras for them to learn on. And with that said, the T3i is a great option. In fact, a quick Google search for the most popular DSLRs reveals the T3i to be the most popular camera amongst Digital Photography School’s audience. Further research show’s the Canon T3i to be Amazon’s most popular DSLR.

Of course though, it isn’t Flickr’s most popular camera.

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iPhone DxO Mark Score

Apple made some major camera improvements on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus and now the two handsets have taken top spots in DxOMark. The two new iPhone models set the highest DxOMark mobile score with 82 points. Despite only sporting an 8MP sensor, the two iPhones beat out the 16MP Samsung Galaxy S5 and 20.7MP Sony Xperia Z3, which both previously scored 79 points.

From the chart we can see the iPhone 6 and it’s bigger brother get a big autofocus boost thanks to the Phase Detection implemented right on the imaging sensor. It seems the iPhone 6 models capture lots of detail in well lit situations. Sadly, though, in low-light shooting Apple’s handset still resolves images with a noticeable hint of fine-grained luminance noise and a minimum chroma (colored) noise.

DxO Mark also wrote that the iPhone 6 Plus’ OIS offers several advantages including better noise performance in low-light shooting and less ghosting while taking HDR images. Oddly enough the OIS also created more stabilization artifacts when shooting video. Be sure to head past the break for another look at how the check out how the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cameras stack up against a fleet of Android phones, and visit DxO Mark for a more in depth and graphical breakdown.

Via DxO Mark

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julius motal the phoblographer capture one pro 8

Beleaguered Aperture users rejoice! Phase One has incorporated a migration tool for importing data from Aperture into Capture One Pro 8, the latest installment in its photo editing software. That is among a batch of new updates, including: catalogs for organizing, film grain, expanded Live View compatibility, and repair layers. There’s also a new subscription plan available alongside buying the whole program for a flat price. [click to continue…]