It’s quite interesting that the duo chooses to start with Location as a pricing factor. Something you have very little control over. As sad as it is, it makes sense to me. Where you are, or rather where your clients are, probably have the biggest impact on the fees you can charge. As with any market, some will be able to charge a premium, but if standards have been established it’s usually hard to re-invent the fee structure.
Camera User Settings are not something new, but if you’ve never used them before you can save a nice chunk of time moving between different setups. User Settings are a group of pre-configured groups of settings (C1, C2, C3 on Canons, U1, U2 on Nikons) that you can activate with a click of a dial.
Usually, those settings are found at the setting dial (the one with S, A, M, P) so you can move between them by rotating this dial. This configuration does two things for you: a) it saves time, as all relevant settings for a scenario are grouped together and b) it helps to make sure you are not missing any critical god-forsaken setting.
Videographer Aaron Tremblay shares how he sets his camera (A Canon 5Dmk4) to work with Camera User Settings. Similar settings can be done with Nikon’s by hitting the setup menu, and clicking on Save User Settings then selecting (A), (B).
If you have not seen Spike Jonze’s ‘Welcome Home’ ad for the Homepod, you must be living under a rock. Let me fill you in. In the ad, dancer FKA twigs realizes that her home can expand and contract to match her dance moves. It is a visual candy.
The big excitement about the clip comes from the fact that 99% of the clip is not done in a computer, it’s done in camera, by actually creating a real-life sized expanding house (or at least parts of it).
Gone are the days where a photographer had to invest hours creating a look or developing a style. And when I say “gone are the days”, you know that I will discuss either A.I or Blockchain. It’s A.I. this time.
NVIDIA just released a new tool called FastPhotoStyle which takes a visual style and applies it to a photo. But how do you define a visual style? Easy, with another photo which has the style you want.
If you are looking to make your first steps in the “big strobes” world, this is a deal you don’t want to miss. B&H are now selling a Bowens XMT500 2-Light Battery-Powered Flash Kit at $1,599.00 instead of the usual $3,799.oo. This is a $2,200 savings.
The kit includes 2 500WS Flash Heads, 2 Reflectors, 2 Batteries, 2 Light Stands and a charger and a backpack. Really everything you need to start.
If you opt for AC instead of a battery, you’d pay $1,199.88 and also get an umbrella, a softbox, and a radio controller.
A while back Adobe announced that they will release a Lightroom update which focuses on speed. That announcement was met with deep disbelief (see the comments here), and even when Adobe released it’s latest Lightroom CC 7.2, responses were lukewarm. But a real-life test done by Nasim Mansurov of photography life shows that Adobe is finally starting to listen to their customer base. I am not surprised as more and more alternatives are trying to fill the gap in Lightroom user’s hearts.
UPDATE: This giveaway has ended, thanks for playing! and thanks Cosyspeed for providing the prizes. Hit the jump to see if you won.
As far as camera owners go, nothing is better than a bag. And a darn good bag at that!
Cozyspeed has been generous enough to provide two bags for two winners: a Camslinger outdoors blue (street $120.00) and a Camslinger Streetomatic+ Black (street $130.00). If you shoot mirrorless or small camera (or have a Mavic pro/Air), they are absolutely perfect!
We will pick one random winner on Feb, 11th, so don’t linger…
If you are doing any kind of compositing or digital work that requires masking and object extraction you owe it to yourself to watch this video. Stefan Kohler of RawExchange is giving an 80 minutes tour of masking and object extraction that goes from the very basics of masking all the way to techniques used high-end retouchers. And best of all, it’s 100% free. just head over and watch it on youtube.