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 Unveils Photoshop Elements 2018 Seeking To Make Being Creative Easier


Adobe, patron saint of the creative arts, has announced the latest version of Photoshop lite – I mean Photoshop Elements. In the 2018 version of the software the company has improved the software’s content intelligence, added more guided edits, and one-click creations to make being a designer photo editor easier for the masses.

One of the things the average photo taker struggles with (heck even many avid photographers struggle with it), is photo organization and management. Well, in Photoshop Elements 2018 Adobe is highlighting this Auto-Curate functionality, which allows the software to automatically analyse your images based on quality, face, subjects, and more to make it easier than ever to find and manage your image library. It’s also known as “Best Photo”.

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An Easy Way to Get That See-Through Frame Effect for Cool Portraits

Thinking of making your portraits extra cool or fun? Sure, you can use props and colors to jazz up your photos, but there are many other tricks to create interesting images. One of the techniques you can try today is a see-through frame effect. It’s incredibly simple and you only need a few things to achieve this cool look.

Aaron Nace of PHLEARN comes to the rescue again with a quick and easy video tutorial for this easy see-through frame effect. To get started, you only need your camera, a tripod, and an empty frame (a cheap one from the thrift store or antique shop will do). If you’ve got all of that ready, go ahead and see how it’s done below.

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Review: Lens Distortions (Photoshop Actions and Apple iOS App)

Lens Distortions arguably solves the problems I've been having with photography for a while now: a clinically engineered lack of character into lenses that results in a sterile image which therefore doesn't make me want to purchase a product. That's a mouthful for sure, but it's true. While many photographers these days would prefer a clinically clean look where they can then add in their own modifications to the image in post, I'm not like that. There's a generation of photographers that truthfully don't like sitting down at computers because we do everything on a tablet or a phone instead. And for those photographers on both sides of the line, Lens Distortions makes a lot of sense.

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How to Sync Your Settings and Batch Edit Multiple Images in Lightroom

Feature image is a frame grab from the featured video. Credit to Phlearn

Photoshop, for all its power and precision, is more of a tool to be used on an individual basis from image to image. Sure, you can batch edit images with it, but let’s just say it’s less than ideal. Non-destructive image management programs like Lightroom are much better for this sort of task. In Lightroom you can do your color toning and processing on one image and then select other images to sync those settings with – commonly this is referred to batch editing (because you guessed it, you are editing a ‘batch’ of images). Continue reading…

Stefano Gardel’s Neon Deserts Look Like an Alien Movie

All images by Stefano Gardel. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

There are very few things that captivate landscape photographers like the sunset; and Stefano Gardel has captured that pretty perfectly in his series “Neon Deserts.” The series, which is shot out in deserts in California, has a haunting look to it. It’s very easy for a photographer or a viewer to imagine that someone or something would be moving about. But instead, that isn’t really the case. What you see in the compositions are loneliness and a harsh life.

Stefano’s photos are masterfully composed not only according to the traditional rules of compositions but also in terms of color. Neon Deserts features layer upon layer of color and tonality building from smooth textures onto the rough surface of the terrain. Additionally, the lighting tends to change rather dramatically as you get closer to the surface. The scenes are cropped in a way to seem almost cinematic–which is part of the appeal of the entire series. In fact, I almost expect them to be cinemagraphs.

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The Complete Guide To Cinemagraphs Tutorial

Cinemagraphs are one of the coolest marketing tools a photographer has at their disposal these days. This blend of stills and video seems like something out of Harry Potter, but in reality it is nothing more than some cleverly edited video. That is not to say they are easy to do without help, and that is what the Complete Guide To Cinemagraphs Tutorial is all about.

In this online learning course, Photographer Jason Teale takes you through the process of creating a cinemagraph. Everything from tips on gear you will need, to how to shoot your footage, all the way through how to edit and process the video into a cinemagraph in both Photoshop or Flixel Cinemagraph Pro (a software package specifically for cinemagraph creation). You could know absolutely nothing about cinemagraphs going into this video and come out of it knowing how to make them with no problem.

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Capture One Pro Finally Adds Support for Compressed Fujifilm RAW Files

Today, Capture One is announcing the latest version of their software for professional photographers: Capture One Pro 10.1. With it includes a ton of new features including support for compressed Fujifilm RAW files. But there’s so much more, such as the ability to view PSD files within the program now. There are also new support implementations for how watermarks are used in addition to a new Styles workflow interface. The Styles workflow is a very welcome addition as they can be a great way to give extra inspiration for how you can make a final photo look.

More details and the press release are after the jump.

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