Lightroom Mobile on iOS and Android’s Latest Upgrades Include Selective Brush

Adobe has been working to improve Lightroom Mobile in many ways, and today the company announced significant updates for both the iOS and Android versions of the app. Lightroom has always been sort of an interesting thing for photographers. On one hand, you have this powerful photo processor in your phone or on your tablet that can sync with your computer (assuming you use Lightroom). On the other, you have this sort of watered down version of the desktop app you (we are assuming) use on a regular basis. Continue reading…

Driver Fixes Lightroom AMD GPU Crash Bug as Adobe Seeks Your Feedback on Performance

Lightroom performance has been a somewhat hot button issue for years, but specifically towards the end of 2016 and now into 2017 the problem has not gotten any easier for Adobe. Lightroom performance remains troublesome for many users and competitors, like Alien Skin Exposure X2, On1 Photo RAW, and Capture One, are all offering appealing alternatives which is pulling users away from the Adobe ecosystem faster than ever before it appears. Continue reading…

6 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Your Fujifilm X Pro2

When moving over to a new camera, especially when moving from a completely different system, there is always a bit of a learning curve while you figure out the menu and discover how you work best with the camera. Fujifilm has been hot lately with many transplants from other systems picking up new X Pro2, X-T2 , and X-T20 cameras for the first time.

In this post, we are going to give you our top tips for getting the most out of your Fujifilm X-Pro2 (with many of these tips also applying to the X-T2 and X-T20) so you can minimize that adjustment period and get right into rocking your shoots.

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We’ve Updated our Fujifilm X-T1 Review for Firmware 4.0

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 first impressions product photos (5 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

With the release of Firmware 4.0 for the Fujifilm XT1, we’ve updated our review to reflect the changes. The new firmware brings with it a large number of autofocus upgrades like new tracking, zone focus, and improved speed to single AF focusing.

Indeed, the camera is significantly faster to focus, and we almost want to say that it’s about on par with the fastest of Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras and Samsung’s NX series. However, it still isn’t at Micro Four Thirds speed. We tested the camera with the 16-50mm f2.8 lens for the video after the jump.

Also be sure to check out our full review.

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Review: Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary (Canon EF)

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Sigma offers the 150-600mm f5-6.3 lens in two different flavors: Sports and Contemporary. For those of us that failed Phys Ed, the company designed the Contemporary lens with a smaller size and lighter weight over the Sports’ better image quality and better optics. But that doesn’t mean that this lens is a slouch at all–and for what you’re paying for it, it shouldn’t be.

This lens is aimed at the high end enthusiast, though at its current price point it’s really not badly priced considering what you’re getting in a package like this. But at the same time, we think that the person using this lens really has to know what they’re doing–and a couple of specific ergonomic changes are only part of what makes us think that.

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Review: Adobe Lightroom 6 / Adobe Lightroom CC

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Since Adobe announced their movement to the Creative Cloud, many photographers were hoping that Adobe Lightroom didn’t make the move. Today, Adobe is giving consumers and professional photographers alike a new option. Photographers can either go for the new Adobe Lightroom 6 (most likely for the amateurs) or Adobe Lightroom CC (most likely for the working pros with a Creative Cloud account.) For the most part, they’re the same pieces of software.

Adobe’s Sharad Mangalick told us that both programs will receive updates at the same time when the patches and release candidates are available for download. New to Adobe Lightroom are four big features: enhanced performance for the editing of all RAW file types, a new filter brush that works in conjunction with gradients, HDR merge, Panoramic merge, and a couple of new additions for folks that make slideshows such as syncing to music and changing the pace of the image progression to the beat of the music.

All of these features are standard to Adobe Lightroom 6; and Adobe Lightroom CC’s major differences come with its integration with the Creative Cloud and with Lightroom Mobile for iPad and Android. Adobe Lightroom CC is also included in the Photography package for $9.99/month.

If you’re a landscape photographer, the upgrade to Lightroom 6 seems like a no brainer and if you’re a pro, the CC upgrade just makes so much sense.

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DxOMark Confirms That the New Nikon 1 V3 Can’t Outdo Micro Four Thirds Models Despite Price

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If you’ve ever wanted a reason to point and laugh at someone chasing after that more expensive camera, then now is the time. The latest from DxOMark states that Nikon’s new 1 V3 camera is outdone by more affordable Micro Four Thirds cameras when it comes to sensor performance. In their results announced today, the 1 inch sensor at the heart of the ovr $1,000 V3 fails in comparison to  the older sensors and cameras, but it comes close in terms of color depth. Granted, neither of the Micro Four Thirds models can fire at 60fps or shoot slow motion video. But still, it’s quite pricey. For what it’s worth, we’re also not sure that it should be such a high price. Instead, Nikon will need to lower it. But the company also did this for the D800 when that was released. The price eventually came down to where higher level mortals could afford it.

The Basics of Photography: I for ISO

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 final review photos (4 of 8)ISO 64001-50 sec at f - 2.2

As we continue our series on the basics of photography, we run into the letter “I”. What better term to define in the photo world than one of the biggest parameters of exposure today: ISO. In the video world they call it gain, and back in the film world they called it ASA. But either way, the ISO setting that your digital camera is set to is incredibly important to a number of factors like your shutter speed, aperture, and it can even affect flash output. Digital photographers and those that are brand new to the craft may not have known about what a pain ISO performance used to be in the early digital days and some of the headaches that film photographers used to go through by only working at lower ISO settings. These days, with a single camera you can have a vast range of settings.

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