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Before we begin this article, we want to explain that any photographer should always prioritize being artistic and having a creative vision above any technical aspect. But the two can work together very well if you have the right ideas. Photographers wanting to become more serious about their photos and photo editing should realize that one of the biggest ways to do this is to learn to read histograms. While you focus on making sure that you get as much as you can in the camera, what you get out of the camera will surely determine your post-production process.

For the beginner, here is our Guide to the Histogram.

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Editor’s Correction: The founders emailed us and stated that the 10MB limit is only on the site and that it can indeed read files in Dropbox with a small workaround. We’ve edited the story accordingly.

A new Google Chrome extension may change the way that you use certain apps/websites. That’s because before now, RAW image files weren’t easily readable on the web. Instead, you’d need to use Adobe Creative Cloud or some sort of RAW file reader on your computer. However, PilePreviews.Io is trying to change that.

FilePreviews.io works through an interesting process. Normally, when you’d click a PSD or a RAW file, Chrome would download it to your computer. But by right clicking the file and then clicking on preview from link, the extension will open the file in a new tab and allow you to view it without leaving your browser.

The extension is a free download. A preview is after the jump.


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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 4.0

As the entry level camera in the OMD lineup of the camera, the OMD EM10 is a camera that many looking to get into the mirrorless world will want to reach for. With some of the fastest focusing performance that we’ve seen from a mirrorless camera and a great JPEG engine output, what more could one ask for?

When Olympus created the EM10, they took a bit of their EM5, EM1, and the EP5 and put it in a budget conscious camera. Indeed, we think that most folks should skip what a sales person will tell you about buying a DSLR and just spring for this camera.

With that said though, it still isn’t the best at everything.

Editor’s Note: 4/8/2014 we’ve updated to include RAW file findings.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel SL1 product photos review (3 of 9)ISO 4001-80 sec at f - 4.5

Model: Grace Morales

When we first got our hands on the new Canon Rebel SL1, we were quite shocked by how small it is. This is one of the smallest DSLRs that we’ve had the pleasure of holding. The SL in the naming convention stands for Super Light. And in that naming convention, Canon stated in our initial meetings with them that it is targeted towards women–and a high emphasis is also placed on shooting in Auto.

In my time walking around NYC, I’ve seen loads and loads of DSLR users shooting in Auto. Many have said that they haven’t had time to sit down and read the manual yet and other said that they springed for the camera just so that they could get better pictures.

With all that in mind, the Canon SL1 sports a 18MP APS-C sized imaging sensor that is significantly larger than the one that you find in most point and shoot cameras–and therefore effectively gives you better image quality. It can shoot 4 frames per second in continuous shooting mode to help capture your dog or child running across the yard. The camera can also shoot 1080p HD video, has a touch screen, and can become very sensitive to light via its ISO abilities that range from 100-12,800.

And for the first time ever, we shot with this camera in the automatic modes in addition to our manual testing.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 3N product photo (1 of 1)ISO 1601-200 sec at f - 2.0

Sony’s NEX 3N is in some ways, a large deviation away from the traditional NEX line but in many ways makes a lot of sense. A while back, we gave the camera our first impressions, and really liked it. Though the ergonomics were a bit out of the normal for us, after lots of use it started to make sense to us. And for what it’s worth, Sony is giving the entry level mirrorless camera user quite a bit of power.


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Like many other journalists, I spent a week in California with Sony; trying out their gear and getting myself into trouble while doing so. It was fun. On the trip, the company brought out their latest addition to the NEX line of cameras: the NEX 6. Though I was still personally much more smitten with their full frame sensor products, the NEX 6 felt like the perfect fusion between the NEX 7 and the previous 5n.

And man, can it deliver.

Before we go on though, you can check out more coverage from the event:

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