24 November, 2014 - Samsung NX-1 First Impressions - Sun, 23 Nov 2014 It’s been an exciting week at LuLa. All the cool new products that were announced at Photokina are finally shipping and arriving at our doorstep for testing and reviews. Every Photokina has its surprises and this Photokina the buzz was all about the Samsung NX-1. The specs of the NX-1 were certainly impressive. Of course we were skeptics as the camera was made by Samsung, a relatively new player in the camera field. So, does the NX-1 live up to its specs? Read Michael Reichmann’s Samsung NX-1 First Impressions article to see.
24 November, 2014 - Samsung NX-1 First Impressions - Sun, 23 Nov 2014
It’s been an exciting week at LuLa. All the cool new products that were announced at Photokina are finally shipping and arriving at our doorstep for testing and reviews. Every Photokina has its surprises and this Photokina the buzz was all about the Samsung NX-1. The specs of the NX-1 were certainly impressive. Of course we were skeptics as the camera was made by Samsung, a relatively new player in the camera field. So, does the NX-1 live up to its specs? Read Michael Reichmann’s Samsung NX-1 First Impressions article to see....
23 November, 2014 - Antarctica 2015 Trip Winner Announced - Sun, 23 Nov 2014
Earlier this year Luminous-Landscape announced a special promo for our video subscription services. The offer was that if you purchased an annual subscription to our videos we would enter your name for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to our 2015 Antarctica Workshop Trip. We are happy to today to announce the winner of this trip, Michele Sons from Roanoke, Virginia USA....
19 November, 2014 - Photographers Block - Wed, 19 Nov 2014
I’m sure you have experienced what is commonly called writers block. A time where you just can’t seem to get something on paper the way you want. The same thing happens to photographers too. It’s when you reach a point of not being able to creatively create an image the way you want. It can be frustrating to say the least. Today, Alain Briot dives into Photographers Block and how to get out of it. His article Photographers Block will help you find ways out of the doldrum and back to your groove.
UPDATE: – Nov 21
Not more than a week after Michael's article on Astrophotography with the Pentax 645z article was first published Ricoh / Pentax has announced a firmware update that allows turning off long exposure noise reduction. This was the most significant limitation that the 645z had when doing astrophotography.
Either Pentax is the fastest responding camera company in history, or Michael wasn't the only person complaining about this limitation. Either way – thanks Pentax!...
15 November, 2014 - My Astrophotography Adventure - Sat, 15 Nov 2014
Lately, as many readers know, Michael Reichmann has ventured into a new area of interest for himself – astrophotography, When Michael dives into something he dives into the deep end head-first. Today’s article is a look into his journey – An Astrophotography Adventure.
Don’t forget we still have a small number of berths available for the Antarctica Trips due to a few cancellations. It’s still not too late to join us on Antarctica 2015. Also we have only a few spots left on our Iceland workshop in June. If you want to explore Iceland differently than other workshops then check out this Iceland 2015 Workshop ....
Europe's Landscape Photography Event of the Year - Streamed Live - Wed, 12 Nov 2014
Image By Joe Cornish
onLandscape magazine's landscape photography conference takes place amongst some of Britain's most dramatic countryside in the English Lake District on 22nd and 23rd November 2014.
Billed as Europe's biggest landscape photography event of the year it brings together some of the continent's best known and loved photographers and the entire weekend is to be beamed out live via satellite and streamed around the world by StreamScape.
Luminous-Landscape is happy to announce that our readers can stream the video from the conference or download segments all for a special price. (see below)
The Swedish photographer Hans Strand tops the bill talking about the opportunity and inspiration Iceland has given him in his photography. Rafael Rojas the Spanish photographer, now living in Switzerland, who runs whytake.net, a massively popular photographic website, will be looking at which ingredients are needed to produce fine art landscape photographs.
While Britain's best loved landscape photographer Joe Cornish pushes photographers to think at a higher level about their photographs, discusses some lesser known works and provides some thought provoking concepts for landscape photographers to take on-board.
Other speakers include the critically acclaimed Jem Southam whose work has been displayed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Alan Hinks OBE, the only British photographer to climb all 14 of the world's mountains over 8,000 meters.
The list goes on with David Ward, Paul Gallagher, David Clapp and Paul Wakefield all offering inspiration and insight any landscape photographer would love to hear.
The streamed event will give internet viewers the opportunity to question the speakers in special internet only “Green Room” interviews after each of their presentations. Particular need to viewers who are in different time zones has also been taken into account with special DVR functions allowing viewers to tune in at any time and rewind to the start of the day.
For those who are unable to watch over weekend all the videos will be available to watch on-line or download for at least 1 year after the event.
The cost of the streaming weekend pass with the Luminous-Landscape discount code is £12.95 – just over US$20 and offers amazing value. Tickets to actually attend the event are still available at £225 (US$375).
The Luminous-Landscape discount code is LL35 and active till the end of the conference.
To book your weekend pass and for more information visit streamscape.uk
Todd R Shaner, using Photoshop
Have you tried buying one of those legendary high-quality film scanners recently and been frustrated by their scarcity and high prices? Do you have countless slides and negatives (especially the latter) you would like to digitize but get turned-off by the time and boredom of scanning and the learning curve of scanning software? Using a camera instead of a scanner for photographing the film isn’t a new idea, but Mark Segal and Todd Shaner decided to revisit this approach with fresh thinking about equipment, techniques and novel processing approaches. They developed two very different workflows for “scanning” negatives that they found so successful they thought it worthwhile sharing them with those interested. Their research findings and recommended workflows are in a comprehensive PDF available in their article Scannerless Digital Capture and Processing of Negative Film Photographs
Mark D Segal, using Color Perfect MakeTiff and SilverFast HDR8...
2 November, 2014 - Five Brief Audio Interviews from PhotoPlus - Sun, 2 Nov 2014
The PhotoPlus 2014 show in New York in late October saw a few new products being announced, for the first time in North America at least. I had been at Photokina in Germany the month before, and frankly, with only a few exceptions, found the industry to be a bit in the doldrums, as well as in a transition state. PhotoPlus, because it is a consumer show, was much more lively and the crowds seemed to looking at everything with enthusiasm.
Because I was at the show for only one day, I was traveling light, and so instead of the more extensive video interviews which Kevin and I did at Photokina in September, I did mostly audio interviews at PhotoPlus. I also focused my attention on some of the smaller companies exhibiting for the first time, but also with Epson who is just now announcing the SureColor P600 photo printer in North America, though it was shown at Photokina earlier....
1 November, 2014 - Luminous Endowment Grant Applications - Sat, 1 Nov 2014
As a visitor to this site you are one of over a million people each month who visit here from all over the globe. We share a common passion for photography.
But you may not know that a few months ago Michael Reichmann created a new not-for-profit called The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. The Endowment’s purpose is to fund photographic projects worldwide. Projects by photographers like you.
Our first grant period has just come to a close. Here are links to the applications received; a total of one hundred and thirty two for five different grants. There are some very exciting projects seeking funding, and you may enjoy reading about them.
The number of applications is very satisfying. I wish that we had more grants and more money to give, But I must say that I am disappointed in the donor support receive thus far. The Luminous Endowment for Photographers will only thrive if it is support by photographers like you.
Please consider making a donation and receiving a beautiful 400 page book by Michael Reichmann as your reward for giving. These books will make fantastic Christmas presents!!
The winners of these grants will be announced before the end of November, and a new grant period will commence on December 1....
29 October, 2014 - The Optimum Digital Exposure - Tue, 28 Oct 2014
One of the most popular articles on Luminous-Landscape is by Michael Reichmann Expose (to the) Right from 2003. It’s an article that has been referenced numerous times and even today makes total sense. Today, Bob DiNatale revisits this concept in his article The Optimum Digital Exposure. It’s a different take on achieving a good exposure with today’s digital cameras.
Michael and Kevin are traveling this week. Michael is headed to PhotoPlus East (PPE) and Kevin is headed to Scotland to lead a Rockhopper Workshop. Michael will publish an update from PPE and Kevin will publish articles from Scotland (if the internet cooperates). We will be back full force the week of November 10th....
23 October, 2014 - Arches National Park - A Quick Guide To Photography - Fri, 24 Oct 2014
The National Parks in the US offer a wide variety of photographic opportunities for the landscape photographer. There is so much to see and photograph, and all of these great parks have something unique to see. This is the second of a continuing series of National Park Quick Guides by QT Luong. In his previous guide QT described all the good location in Acadia National Park. Today QT takes us to Arches National Park, which is one of the most famous parks for photographers....
Kodak PixPro FZ201 Review - Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Kodak PixPro FZ201 Review - Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Panasonic DMC-CM1 Available in the UK - Mon, 24 Nov 2014
The Panasonic DMC-CM1 smartphone will be available in the UK.
Win 1000Gb of Memory Cards! - Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Win 1000Gb of Memory Cards with Photography Blog and 7DayShop.
Win a Michron Time-Lapse Photography Device! - Mon, 24 Nov 2014
Weâ€™ve teamed up with Alpine Labs to give away a smartphone-programmable Michron time-lapse device to 5 lucky winners!
Canon iPF6450 Review - Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Ricoh WG-20 Review - Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.01 - Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Apple has posted a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update.
ACDSee for iPhone - Fri, 21 Nov 2014
ACD Systems have released the ACDSee iPhone app designed to help users capture and perfect photos all from their iPhone.
Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen - Fri, 21 Nov 2014
On show at The Photographers’ Gallery from 4 December 2014 - 28 January 2015, Sun/Screen is a new project by award-winning New York based artist Penelope Umbrico.
ACDSee Pro 8 Review - Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Readers' Showcase: Portraits and People - Sun, 23 Nov 2014 DPReview members are a talented group and we've been highlighting their photography in a series of readers' showcases. Recently we asked the Portrait & People Photography forum to share their favorite shots. They responded with excellent work both in and out of the studio, and we've picked a few of our favorites to share. See gallery
Readers' Showcase: Portraits and People - Sun, 23 Nov 2014
DPReview members are a talented group and we've been highlighting their photography in a series of readers' showcases. Recently we asked the Portrait & People Photography forum to share their favorite shots. They responded with excellent work both in and out of the studio, and we've picked a few of our favorites to share. See gallery
Flickr Wall Art expands to include Creative Commons images - Sat, 22 Nov 2014
Flickr Wall Art now allows users to order prints from more than 50 million photographs, the service has announced. This follows Wall Art's arrival in October, and moves to include all applicable freely-licensed Creative Commons images, licensed artists images, and a curated selection of content from NASA. Read more
Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden - Sat, 22 Nov 2014
In this article, nature photographer Erez Marom shares the story of his panoramic shot 'Clouds over Skagsanden', taken earlier this year in the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway. His article covers everything from preparing to shoot at the location, to the shoot itself through to final post-processing of the resulting image. Click through to read Erez Marom's article 'Behind the Shot: Clouds over Skagsanden'
Google Nexus 6 DxOMark Mobile Report - Fri, 21 Nov 2014
The Nexus 6 is Google's showcase phone for Android 5.0 'Lollipop' and the first Nexus device made by Motorola. It comes with a dual-LED ring flash, a 13MP sensor with a fast F2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization and 4K video recording. DxOMark Mobile put the Nexus 6 through its image quality tests and has just published the results. Read more
Canon EOS 7D Mark II shooting experience added to first impressions review - Fri, 21 Nov 2014
Canon's successor to the EOS 7D was a long time coming, but the 7D Mark II appears to have all the makings of a DSLR worth the wait. Offering a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, Dual Pixel AF with 65 phase-detect points and more robust weather-resistance, the 7D II is a formidable follow-up indeed. Our full review is well underway and we've just updated our first impressions with a detailed shooting experience. Read more
Lighting equipment manufacturer Metz files for insolvency - Thu, 20 Nov 2014
German television and photographic equipment maker Metz has filed for insolvency according to German media. Metz is known for producing high-end lighting equipment including flash units, studio flashes, and video lights. Approximately 600 jobs will be affected by the company's financial situation. Read more
Sony announces Alpha 7 II full-frame mirrorless camera with 5-axis IS - Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Sony has announced its Alpha 7 II, which the company has managed to keep very close to its vest. The big story on this 24MP full-frame mirrorless is its 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization - the first that we've seen in a full-frame camera. Sony claims that this IS system can reduce shake by 4.5 stops using the CIPA standard. The Hybrid AF system has also been improved upon, offering 30% faster speeds and a 1.5X improvement in tracking. The a7 II also sports a larger grip, new front dial, and sensibly relocated shutter release. Read more
Fujifilm has unveiled two macro extension tubes for its X-series interchangeable lens cameras, as well as a launch date for the previously-promised Fujifilm X-T1 firmware. More firmware updates are also announced for the X-E2, X-E1, X-Pro1 and X-30, as well as the introduction of tethering software for PC. Read more
Lume Cube is a high-power external lightsource for your smartphone or GoPro - Thu, 20 Nov 2014
Just announced by a company of the same name, the Lume Cube is an off-camera lighting option that can be used with a smartphone or GoPro Hero action camera. Thanks to its silicone shell it is water resistant and a 1/4-inch thread makes it mountable on a tripod or other camera support. Additionally, it can be attached to most surfaces magnetically or using a suction-cup. Lume Cube is controlled via an Android or iOS smartphone app. Read more
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 firmware update scheduled for December - Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Panasonic has announced another firmware update for the Lumix DMC-GH4, this one following closely after the update it pushed out in September enabling tethering and 4K photo mode. The software is scheduled to release on an unspecified day in December, and will bring with it changes revolving around video output options. Read more
Adobe has launched Adobe Camera Raw v8.7 and Lightroom v5.7, adding support for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Samsung NX1, Fujifilm X100T, Canon G7 X, Panasonic LX100 and a host of other recent cameras. An update to DNG Converter allows files to be adapted for use with older versions of Adobe's software. The latest downloads are available through the software update feature or the links provided. Learn more
Google develops 'coherent' image identification algorithm - Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Google is working on an image identification technology at its Research Labs in Mountain View, California. The latest complex algorithm from the search engine giant is able to systematically 'produce captions to accurately describe images the first time it sees them', creating coherent sentences rather than individual tags. Read more
Casio targets golfers with Japan-only Exilim EX-FC500S - Wed, 19 Nov 2014
Casio Japan has unveiled the Exilim EX-FC500S, a 16.1MP point-and-shoot designed to aid golfers in improving their skills. The EX-FC500S offers this by way of 240fps slow-motion video recording, intelligent automatic video editing to isolate the swing, and Wi-Fi connectivity for analysis on a mobile device. Read more
The photographer's perfect pick? Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 review - Tue, 18 Nov 2014
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX100 turned a lot of heads when it was introduced at Photokina 2014. That might be because its spec sheet reads like an enthusiast's wish list of compact camera features - a 16MP Four Thirds sensor (albeit a multi-aspect design using 12.7MP), fast 24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens, built-in EVF, 4K video recording and Wi-Fi with NFC. The large sensor zoom compact has become an intensely competitive field in recent year, read the review to see how the LX100 compares.
Blocks Camera features modular design with swappable components - Tue, 18 Nov 2014
Blocks Camera of California has introduced its Blocks+ multi-functional camera. The Blocks+ features a modular design allowing photographers to swap in components, referred to as 'blocks', for various types of recording like 3D and 360-degree video. The blocks also include battery modules that can be added for extra battery life. Learn more