Review: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (Apple iMac)

The New Adobe Lightroom Classic CC has surely improved, but it could still do much more

In light (pun intended) of the new changes that Adobe is announcing today at Adobe Max, we got the chance to play with the new Adobe Lightroom Classic CC to put it through its paces. For a while now, photographers have been complaining about Lightroom. While most haven’t moved away the way that I have to Capture One, they kept trudging through it. Lightroom has been suffering from performance issues for a long time due to changing technology, algorithms, cloud sync, etc. Then consider that cameras have file sizes that have been getting bigger and bigger. Of course, Adobe needs to keep up. Today’s announcement gives us the latest version of Lightroom: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC. This is more or less the Lightroom that you’ve known and loved for years. But there are some changes that are pretty subtle and that arguably most photographers may not use or really notice.

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Dear Adobe and Google: Please Come Up With a Better Way for Photographers to Protect Their Images

Dearest Adobe and Google;

This is a relatively open letter to you folks: the big corporations that try to foster the needs of photographers, videographers, content creators, designers, digital media specialists, etc, through a few key platforms you’ve created. Earlier this year, you, Google, showed off a way that many photographers can have their watermarks easily removed from photos. This is even further insult to the fact that many popular image sharing platforms have for years stripped out metadata and copyright information from images just so that a server could save some space.

So if this is the case, why can’t either of you come up with a way to protect the very lifeblood and community who, in some ways, fostered your growth?

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The Fujifilm X-E3’s Touchscreen Isn’t That Intuitive to Use (But This Will Help)

If you’re looking at the Fujifilm X-E3, then consider the following

We’ve called the Fujifilm X-E3 in for review, and we’ve been playing with it for a few days now. Many photographers are bound to love it due to the design aspects that were incorporated into it that took some thought. This is essentially a really stripped down Fujifilm X Pro 2 with more of an emphasis on gestures and using the touchscreen in addition to the few buttons and exposure controls that are available. Enthusiast photographers may really like this camera as will the folks who these days love shooting in ISO auto mode. But what I’m finding so far is that the touchscreen isn’t the simplest thing to use.

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Manually Tune Your Speedbooster To Achieve Perfect Infinity Focus

Featured Image Is A Screenshot From The Video Featured Below. Credit To Aleksander Roman.

A godsend to APS-C camera owners, speedboosters allow photographers using adapted full frame lenses to regain some of the image lost in the crop factor as well as increase the light gathered by the sensor. Every lens is different and not every speedbooster will work great with every lens. However, there is a way you may be able to adjust this to achieve better performance with your speedbooster. Continue reading…

Seagate’s IronWolf and BarraCuda Pro Hard Drives Can Store up to 12TB of Photos

It seems that the storage wars are getting pretty insane right now as today Seagate is introducing two new hard drives. The first is called the Seagate IronWolf.  The second is the Seagate BarraCuda Pro. Both are being targeted to small and medium sized businesses in addition to creative professional photographers. So why so much space? According to the press release, Seagate and IDC conducted a recent study on data creation. According to them, it’s going to swell to 163 zetabytes by 2025. Yup, that’s right; in less than 10 years it’s going to be that big. So these drives are designed for media storage, augmented reality, virtual reality, 4k video, 360 videos, and tons of photos.

The press release is after the jump.

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The ReEdit: Creating Better Portraits of a Violinist

In this episode of the ReEdit, I dove back into my archive of about a year to edit photos from a session that I really loved. This session was with Anna, a local violinist here in NYC and it involved using the backdrop of New York for the photos. I’m returning to Capture One due to popular request and so I’m taking everything through the culling, editing, color processing, cropping, and overall editing process.

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Review: BenQ SW320 PRO 32IN IPS LCD Monitor (32 inch)

The BenQ SW320 PRO is one of the monitors on the market currently drooled over and dreamt about by many a photographer. It offers a whole lot for photographers who need to edit often in addition to printing, managing tasks like email, blogging, etc, and for general designing needs. If you aren’t aware of why this 32 inch monitor that has a whole lot of resolution can do such a great job, then consider the fact that BenQ claims it can cover over 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum. Then add in facts like its ease of calibration with tools like those from Datacolor, the ability to switch between AdobeRGB, sRGB and black and white, and an SD card reader built right in alongside three USB ports and an HDMI out cable.

Pretty insane, huh?

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Contax T2: The World’s Trendiest Compact Camera?

One of the most popular picks in the compact film camera scene, the Contax T2, has retained its allure almost three decades after being introduced. It was created with the professional market in mind, at a time when the “luxury compact” was in vogue in the 90’s. Its titanium body (for which the “T” stands for), sleek design, handy size, and excellent optics (an f2.8/38mm multi-coated Carl Zeiss T* Sonnar lens) cemented this superstar’s status in the photography world.

In fact, the last ten years or so still saw the Contax T2 being name dropped by international celebrities and celebrity photographers as their compact camera of choice. The latest of them is Kendall Jenner, who whipped out a rare platinum black Contax T2 on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon (photo blogs and groups were quick to slam her for doing photography now but that’s for another story).

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