The HP ZBook Studio G8 Targets On-The-Go Photographers

The New HP ZBook Studio G8 is tempting with its ethical manufacturing and the Emmy award.

If photographers were to choose a computer besides Apple, many would reach for HP. And during the pandemic, they won an Emmy with ZCentral Remote Boost software, which basically boosts performance. I can’t see most photographers needing this though. What they’d need instead are the SD card ports, security enhancements, a screen that’s dependable, and performance. That’s what the new HPZBook Studio G8 is offering to photographers. There’s also even more power offered with the new Fury lineup. And honestly, they’re incredibly tempting since Apple just keeps letting us down.

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The New HP ZBook Firefly G8 Targets Photographers Using Macbooks

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Every time I hear about laptops targeting creatives, I get really excited. The new HP ZBook Firefly G8 seems to be targeted Macbook users pretty hard. Specifically, in their press release, they claim the weight of their 14-inch variant to be around that of a MacBook Pro 13″! That’s impressive. As a working journalist, I’ve always preferred 13-inch laptops. But I’m very intrigued if I can get more real estate for the same weight.

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RawShotz Appallingly Asks Photographers to Give RAWs Away for Free

Photographers need to do all they can to stop RawShotz from giving their RAW files away for free.

“RawShotz was born out of a desire for designers and creatives to have access to free, untouched, raw images while giving professional and amateur photographers full creative attribution and unlimited digital storage,” is the line that caught my eye. An email came to the Editor’s inbox here at the Phoblographer the other day about this company. It’s a brand new stock image company that’s taking things further by violating the rights of photographers. While those like Unsplash try to blindside photographers with tactics and working with companies like Moment and Peak Design, RawShotz is going the next step. They want you to give your RAW files away for free. We understand that there are many new photographers out there, so we’re going to break this down in a straightforward way. Our intention is to look out for photographers since the photo world doesn’t really enjoy the same copyright protections shared by the music and video worlds.

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Does the New iPad Pro Offer Anything New for Photographers?

The new iPad Pro certainly looks slick, but we’re not sure it’s ready to replace your laptop just yet.

We’re not going to lie; we have been eagerly awaiting the launch of the new iPad Pro for a while now. Yesterday, Apple finally delivered. The iPad has grown from its early days of being a content consumption device into a capable content creation device. Apple’s slogan for the new iPad Pro is ‘your next computer is not a computer,’ but is it really ready for creatives to use full time?

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LaCie’s New Rugged SSDs Are Tough Enough to be Used in Any Location

If you’re tough on your gear or work in demanding environments, you might want to check out these new LaCie Rugged SSDs.

In the past, taking hard drives out into the field was always a little scary: they generally do not like to be bumped around. But SSDs have solved this problem. Today, LaCie has announced a new line of SSDs that are ready for drops, water, dust, and just about any abuse you can throw at them. The new LaCie Rugged SSDs come in three flavors; the Rugged SSD Pro, The Rugged SSD, and the Rugged BOSS SSD. Join us after the break for all the details. Continue reading…

Editing Photos with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop

We played with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop at the Sony Kando trip, and it impressed us.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop is one of the few PCs to genuinely excite me about the computing world as it pertains to photography and creativity. I’ve tried Asus, but it was nothing that would make me want to leave the cult of Steve Jobs (HE IS NOT DEAD). But the performance of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Laptop raised my eyebrows. Coupled with the company’s initiative to target creatives, I’m optimistic that they’ll be one of the first to really win us over from Macs. Razer has catered to the gaming world for years, and as a former professional gamer, I’m ecstatic that they see the creative market as a serious one.

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Here’s an Infographic for Photographers Who Need Extra Cash

We’re sure this infographic will come in handy if you’re a creative professional looking for non-traditional ways to get gigs and extra income.

You probably don’t know it yet, but we’re sure you’ll find the infographic below very useful one day… or very soon. Given that a good portion of professional creatives like photographers, retouchers, videographers, and graphic designers often lead non-traditional careers, it’s a valuable resource for those who are looking for various non-conventional ways to score gigs and some extra cash.

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Major Behance Updates Encourage Learning and Collaboration Between Creatives

Our creative journey with Behance is set to get even more collaborative and educational with some recently announced updates to the community

If you’ve been using Behance to showcase your work, collaborate with fellow creatives, or get inspired, the platform promises to give you even more opportunities to collaborate, connect, and learn. Adobe has recently announced four major updates, including an AI-powered recommendation engine and a new way to share and see behind the scenes of various creative projects.

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Are You Now Watching Your Favorite Photographers and Creatives on IGTV?

Now that Instagram has launched IGTV, will it be a more popular platform for everyone to watch their favorite creatives than YouTube channels?

With the recent launch of IGTV, Instagram is gearing itself up to be more than just a platform for sharing and checking out visual content. While IGTV is a separate app that you can watch — as its name suggests — like your usual TV, you can also watch videos from the content creators you follow within the Instagram app. Could this mean that we may all eventually move from YouTube channels to IGTV channels to watch our favorite photographers share their tips and tricks?

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Review: HP zBook X2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP zBook X2 marks the company’s attempt to really target creatives. And they’re not doing a terrible job!

When the HP zBook X2 was announced, I was pretty excited and had hopes that it would send a message to Apple. And over my month or so of using the HP zBook X2, I grew less and less tolerant of it vs the Apple ecosystem that I’ve been embedded in for almost 10 years. But it honestly doesn’t have a lot to do with the way HP designed the tablet. The HP zBook X2 is a very good machine in and of itself; but the problem has more to do with Lightroom and Photoshop — the two apps they’re really talking about when it comes to working with photographers.

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First Impressions: HP ZBook x2 Tablet for Creative Professionals

The HP ZBook x2 seems to be a very big Apple competitor for creative professionals

When HP called me into a meeting, I didn’t at all think that they’d be announcing the HP ZBook x2. Instead, I thought that they’d be getting back into photo printing in a big way; but this was a pleasant surprise. In fact, the HP ZBook x2 seems to be almost everything that I wish Apple would do but continuously refuses to. The HP ZBook x2 sports, first and foremost, a gorgeous 14 inch matte display with a surface and texture that is designed to look and feel like actual paper. It does a pretty good job at it too. Then it boasts things like SD card slots, Thunderbolt ports, USB 3.0 ports, and a bunch of quick buttons that can integrate into any program that you wish. However, they’re primarily designed for and being marketed specifically with Adobe Cloud product integration. So all the quick actions that you do in PhotoShop and Lightroom are all available at the touch of a button on the side.

In fact, HP is calling the HP ZBook x2 a detachable workstation; and they’ve pumped it full of some awesome stuff on the inside.

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Adobe: Brooklyn is the Biggest Hub for Photography in the US

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Not long ago, the New York Times published an article about how the creative boom in New York and going west to LA. While that may be true, Adobe found that the heart of photography is very much still Brooklyn, NY. While NYC and LA are both known as hubs for creativity, Brooklyn and Long Beach are both bigger hubs of creativity than their respective cities. NYC in this case refers to Manhattan. Adobe revealed this information today in a post from their digital index showing that while Long Beach, CA is home to web design, industrial design and print design, Brooklyn is home of art direction, fine art and photography.

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Useful Photography Tip #127: The Importance of Turning Negative Energies into Creativity

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Don’t ever pretend like something negative or crazy doesn’t happen in your life. No one has the perfect life no matter how positive of an image we all try to put forward as creatives. But every now and then, something awful happens to all of us that nearly ruins our day. For some of us it happens many times–over and over again. And for the most unlucky of us, it can happen consistently and we have no control.

But we, as creatives, have the gift of being able to express ourselves in ways that others can’t. We, as photographers, have the gift of being able to create a scene that illustrates the way that we feel in a way that someone else will see it and either sympathize with it or be completely captivated by it.

I’m going to repeat this again: we are creatives. We have a gift–and no photographer should ever forget this. Rather, we should embrace it in some of our darkest times. It will see you through to the end and the person you are will never change because of these rough times.

So how do you persevere through rough patches? It quite literally involves channelling the negative energy into creative energy. To do this, you need to find a way to illustrate how you feel and be imaginative about it. Again, it’s about expressing yourself. Sounds easier said than done, right? Well here is a check list to help you. In your mission to channel the negative energy, liken the answer to each of these questions to something else and then go ahead and create a scene:

– Who or what hurt you?

– Why are you hurt right now?

– How do you feel?

– What about your personality makes this hurt so much?

– What time during the day or night did this happen?

– If your life were a television show or a movie, how would the scene look right now?

Start with these questions and while answering them, try your hardest to focus on these and only these. Then create something. And the beautiful product you create that was fueled by the negative emotions will be the positive result.

BorrowLenses.com Launches an Education Center with eBooks

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Like any big business loaning out or selling gear, Borrow Lenses has now created an education center to help customers use their products better. But there is a bit of a difference as this isn’t your traditional education center. While B&H Photo and Adorama provide limited knowledge for free, Borrow Lenses is giving users entire eBooks for a price. Indeed, the title in the photo above is 81 pages worth of educational content–which far outpaces a conventional tutorial article from any website.

Some of the sections so far are a bit lacking–such as the street section. But since this was just launched, it will probably take some time for it to build.

When you really think about it, they’re also one of the first major outlets trying to offer an education eBook center targeted at creatives.

PS: We’re doing a contest with them.

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