16 December, 2014 - Photograph America Newsletter - Tue, 16 Dec 2014 For the last 15 years, I have been purchasing and using the Photograph America Newsletter published by Robert Hitchman. I got turned onto this publication when I visited Big Bend National Park with some fellow photographers. His guide was a tremendous help getting us to the best spots. Every time I took a trip to a National Park or other popular photographic location I would check the big binder of newsletters from Robert. Now all his newsletters are available and fit on a jump drive. The opportunity presented itself a few months ago to visit with Robert and along with Chris I did a short interview of the man behind the Photograph America Newsletter. This short video is now available to view and download for $10 USD. I know $10.00, but you receive 2 PDFs with the download plus, there is also an included PDF giving details of a 25% discount on your first purchase of the Newsletter or the whole collection - printed or electronic. Check out the details and links to this offer at Photograph America Newsletter. My good friend and mate Ken Duncan, from Australia, sent me a link to his Christmas Message yesterday. Ken has an amazing landscape photography business and is one of the nicest guys I know. I’d like to share a link to this video as it contains some of Ken’s amazing landscape photography put to a classic Christmas song. Enjoy!
16 December, 2014 - Photograph America Newsletter - Tue, 16 Dec 2014
For the last 15 years, I have been purchasing and using the Photograph America Newsletter published by Robert Hitchman. I got turned onto this publication when I visited Big Bend National Park with some fellow photographers. His guide was a tremendous help getting us to the best spots. Every time I took a trip to a National Park or other popular photographic location I would check the big binder of newsletters from Robert. Now all his newsletters are available and fit on a jump drive.
The opportunity presented itself a few months ago to visit with Robert and along with Chris I did a short interview of the man behind the Photograph America Newsletter. This short video is now available to view and download for $10 USD. I know $10.00, but you receive 2 PDFs with the download plus, there is also an included PDF giving details of a 25% discount on your first purchase of the Newsletter or the whole collection - printed or electronic. Check out the details and links to this offer at Photograph America Newsletter.
My good friend and mate Ken Duncan, from Australia, sent me a link to his Christmas Message yesterday. Ken has an amazing landscape photography business and is one of the nicest guys I know. I’d like to share a link to this video as it contains some of Ken’s amazing landscape photography put to a classic Christmas song. Enjoy!...
15 December, 2014 - Camera Equipment Of The Year 2014 - Sun, 14 Dec 2014
It’s been an interesting year photography wise with some groundbreaking new products. The trend is towards mirrorless and the stand out products this year fell into the mirrorless category. As always Luminous-Landscape has its eye on the hot gear. Today Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber share their Camera Equipment Of The Year report. Read what they thought was hot and not as well as disappointments and predictions for the coming year.
We have an opening on the second Antarctica Trip in January. If you are interested in this trip and a special offer please contact Kevin Raber for details....
A few years ago I was traveling with LuLa’s good friend Bill Atkinson. Over dinner one night we got into a conversation on color and how the human eye and mind see color. It was quite fascinating not to mention mind boggling. Bill is one of the industries experts on color. Over the years, we have published stories about Color and Human Vision. The way the eye sees color is quite fascinating. Today Charles Johnson Sr. shares his article on Observing and Managing Color: Dealing With Human Vision Anomalies. An interesting read on understanding how we see color especially when working photographically.
A Special Message from Michael Reichmann
The Luminous Landscape, together with John and Roxie Walker of Switzerland, have created an opportunity for one or two people to join our January 26th, 2015 photographic expedition to Antarctica (there are two berths available). The Walkers were early registrants for this extraordinary odyssey, unfortunately for personal reasons they will now not be able to fulfill this dream opportunity. However, in the spirit of the season and with a deep desire to advance the art and craft of photography, we are pleased to offer the following unique opportunity:
Rather than simply resell their two berths, Kevin, the Walkers and I have found a "silver lining" in this unfortunate turn of events and, as a result, we are pleased to make these two berths available as a thank-you gift for a meaningful donation to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.
9 December, 2014 - Sony A7 MKII Hands-On Report - Tue, 9 Dec 2014
Some companies (you know who I mean) are slow, stodgy, conservative and cautious. None of these adjectives can be applied to Sony. They are impetious, aggressive, innovative and overall risk takers. If they screw up, as they sometimes do, they simply brush themselves off and forge ahead. With the recently introduced Sony A7 MKII we see a continuing evolution of what was once the NEX brand and is now just Sony's Alpha brand using the new full frame FE mount.
I have had a week to work with the new MKII. With its redesigned body, in-body stabilization and superior autofocus this is the best 7 series camera yet, and one of the most interesting new cameras of 2014. I already have one on order.
7 December, 2014 - The Olympus 40-150mm Lens - Sun, 7 Dec 2014
It’s a photographers market right now. Tough decisions must be made as to what gear to purchase. There is no question the mirrorless revolution is well under way. We recently reviewed the new Samsung NX1 with some very impressive specs. The Olympus OMD and Fuji systems have been growing very fast and let’s not forget Sony with the amazing a7 system. Sony took another step forward this last week and announced the Sony a7 II with some amazing features. We are now testing a version and we should have a report very soon. So, if you join the mirrorless movement which system do you go with? They are all good and offer amazing performance. We’ll be visiting a number more of the mirrorless options over the next few weeks. Hopefully we can help you make the choice bestt for you.
So, continuing with our focus on the mirrorless systems we post Kevin Raber’s look at the new Olympus 40-150mm Pro zoom lens. This new lens is the second of four announced Pro Lenses by Olympus, that are on the road map to be shipped. This lens is a good example of what smart engineering is all about and is quite a performer. Read more HERE....
2 December, 2014 - Another Two Barytas in the Neighbourhood - Tue, 2 Dec 2014
There hasn’t been a lot of activity in new printers lately, but there has been a number of new ink jet paper introductions. We are looking at and testing a number of different and interesting papers. Today, Mark Segal looks at two new papers from Hahnemuhle and Moab. Another Two Barytas in the Neighbourhood takes a look at these two papers and how they can fit into your printing workflow.
If you haven’t seen it you should check out the amazing special B&H is offering on A Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition Digital Camera. An instant savings of $2,300 USD now reduced to $999.00. Guess they didn’t sell quite as well as expected.
The OnLandscape Conference was held this past weekend. I had the chance to tune in and watch the lectures from a few of my favorite speakers, Joe Cornish being one of them. Joe just did a workshop with me in Scotland and will be joining us for our Antarctica Trips in January. All presentations at the conference are now available with a special LuLa Discount of 25% just use the code LL25 at check out. If you have some time to watch these they are pretty interesting. Check out the Videos Available....
30 November, 2014 - Uniqball, A Unique Approach To Leveling - Sun, 30 Nov 2014
We have been trying some pretty cool new gear out over the last few weeks. Michael has already shared his First Impressions of the Samsung NX1. A lot of the products we are now working with and will report on soon were announced at Photokina. One of these products was a new style ball head. Just when you didn’t think you could improve on a ball head concept any further we see a new player from Hungary introduce a new style ball head. Today, Nick Devlin gives us a look at the Uniqball, A Unique Approach To Leveling. This ball head is available at B&H Photo. I ordered one.
We have a single cabin on our first Antarctica Trip in January available as well as 2 berths on our second trip. It’s not too late to be part of an amazing adventure to one of the most beautiful places on earth. Check It Out!
Also until the end of tomorrow (Monday) you can get 25% off of our entire Video Catalog. Ends at 11:59 December 1st....
27 November, 2014 - 25% Off entire Video Catalog - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
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26 November, 2014 - Luminous-Endowment Grant Winners Announced and More - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
For our US readers, Happy Thanksgiving. We wish you a great Holiday and we hope you enjoy a lot of turkey and time with your family as well as some good ole US football.
So much is happening at LuLa these days. We’re busy working on a lot of projects and on new interesting articles and reviews as well as videos. Today though we want to share some special news.
As you hopefully are aware Michael Reichmann the founder of Luminous-Landscape started earlier this year the Luminous-Endowment. This is a program to help fund photographers that are working on special photographic endeavors. Today we announce the winners of the first round of grants. We are proud to announce that we have awarded $20,000 USD in grants this past week.
The amount of grant requests were incredible and we hope to see many more in our next round of grant requests. This program would not be possible without donations from our readers as well as some very generous private and corporate donors. Please take a look at our site and consider how you can be part of helping aspiring photographers make their dream projects come true.
We are also announcing a Special Opportunity For Giving and Receiving starting today and running to Christmas Day. To help raise money for the Endowment, to be used to finance future grants, The Luminous Endowment has created a special new and lower donation level of $200. The reward that you will receive for this tax-deductible donation is a copy of Michael Reichmann's new book – A Twenty Year Retrospective. Normally this book requires a $350 donation to be received as a reward for your donation. This will be the price again after December, 25th. Please consider donating and helping the Luminous-Endowment.
Michael's beautiful book would make a great Holiday gift for the photographer in your life or maybe you want to hint to someone special that you would like this as a gift. To learn more on how to Give and Receive - click here....
25 November, 2014 - Yellowstone In The Winter - Tue, 25 Nov 2014
In the last week just about all parts of North America received a very early preview of winter. In Buffalo they received nearly 6 feet of snow. And that is before Thanksgiving. So, in honor of a cold winter ahead we present Nigel Turner’s article on Yellowstone In The Winter. Nigel who shared an article Symphony In Stone takes us deep into Yellowstone during the coldest part of winter. Enjoy some beautiful photography and remember just because it is cold out doesn't mean your cameras need to gather dust sitting on the shelf....
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) Review - Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) Review - Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Olympus 9mm f/8 Fisheye Body Cap Review - Thu, 18 Dec 2014
The Olympus 9mm f/8 Fisheye Body Cap is a cheap and cheerful fisheye lens that doubles up as a protective body cap for your Micro Four Thirds camera. Read our Olympus 9mm f/8 Fisheye Body Cap review to find out if this new unique lens deserves a place in your camera bag...
Phase One Launches A-Series Medium-Format Cameras - Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Phase One has started shipping the first A-series medium format camera systems.
Digital Photo Professional 4.1.50 - Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Canon has released an updated version of its Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software.
Capture One 8.1 - Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Phase One has released an update to Capture One.
Leica V-Lux Typ 114 Sample Images - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
The Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) is a superzoom camera with a 24-400mm zoom range and a large 1-inch CMOS sensor.
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Review - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports is a new professional telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Offering a bigger zoom ratio and cheaper price than comparable lenses from Nikon and Canon, is this third-party lens worth considering? Read our Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports review to find out...
Airport Helipak - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
In February, Think Tank Photo will release their most travel friendly, comfortable, and reasonably priced backpack for users of DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or other similar sized drones.
ZANO Aerial Photography and Video Capture Drone - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
UK-based Torquing Group has tapped Lantronix to provide secure, onboard Wi-Fi technology for its new ZANO nano drone, an aerial photography and HD video capture nano platform.
Business Forum Imaging Cologne 2015 - Tue, 16 Dec 2014
The Business Forum Imaging Cologne 2015 event, organised by Photo Imaging News and trade magazine International Contact, will take place on 28 and 29 January 2015 in Cologne’s Congress Centre North.
Flickr Wall Art removes Creative Commons prints - Fri, 19 Dec 2014 Flickr has apologized to users upset over its Creative Commons-licensed print options. Effective immediately, all CC images have been removed from its Wall Art printing service. Users are still able to order prints of their own images, photos provided by Flickr’s own licensed artists and photographers who have requested their images be included. Read more
Flickr Wall Art removes Creative Commons prints - Fri, 19 Dec 2014
Flickr has apologized to users upset over its Creative Commons-licensed print options. Effective immediately, all CC images have been removed from its Wall Art printing service. Users are still able to order prints of their own images, photos provided by Flickr’s own licensed artists and photographers who have requested their images be included. Read more
Leica issues T (Typ 701) firmware update - Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Leica has released firmware version 1.3 for its T mirrorless camera (Typ 701). The latest update promises a collection of performance improvements for the unit's startup time and image quality, along with general bug fixes. Learn more
Update: Firmware updates are now available - click through for a download link. 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
Motorola Moto X (2014) camera review - Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Despite using the same name as its predecessor, the new Moto X is a very different device. Its 5.2-inch 1080p OLED screen, thin bezels and aluminum body give it a premium feel. In the camera department it offers a 13MP sensor and F2.25 aperture, 4K-video and a dual-LED ring flash. We put it through our comprehensive testing - see if the 2014 edition is a better choice for mobile photographers than the original Moto X. Read review
Think Tank launches Airport Helipak for Phantom Quadcopter - Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Camera bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo has announced a backpack designed specifically for photographers using Phantom Quadcopters paired with GoPro cameras. The Airport Helipak is said to accommodate DJI Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision or similar quadcopters with their accessories, along with a 15-inch laptop, small cameras such as GoPros, and personal effects. Read more
2014 Holiday Gift Guides - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
Stumped for a gift for your favorite photographer? Or maybe you came in under budget on your holiday shopping and you have just enough left over for a little something for yourself? Either way, we've got some suggestions. Our holiday gift guides cover gifts in three price categories - $25-100, $100-500, $500 and up - to help you find the right present at the right price. Click through for links to all three guides
Canon updates Digital Photo Professional to version 4.1.50 - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
Canon has updated its Digital Photo Professional 4 (DPP) software to version 4.1.50. The update brings support for a couple of new lenses and several camera models, improvements to multiple functions, and compatibility with 64-bit native environments, among other things. The newest version, says Canon, incorporates feedback from both APS-C and older full-frame owners eager for 'the very latest Raw workflow solution'. Read more
2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $25-100 - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
Photographers are a hard lot to shop for. While it's tempting to pick up a gift card from your local camera shop and call it a day, we've done some digging and come up with photo-related gift ideas for photographers of all skill and aspiration levels. If you're looking for something stocking-sized (and priced) our guide will put a smile on the face of your favorite photographer.
2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $500 and up - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
If the photographer in your life is the kind that already has everything, it might be time to pull out all of the stops. From neat new gadgets to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the gifts in this guide will wow any photographer.
2014 Holiday Gift Guide: $100-500 - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
If you're looking for something special but you don't want to empty your bank account, these gifts for photographers will do the trick. While a wireless hard drive or a film scanner lacks the wow factor that an African safari can provide, these gifts will bring plenty of joy to any photographer's holiday.
Real-world Test: Shooting Fashion with the Fujifilm X-T1 - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
The X-T1 is Fujifilm's first weather-resistant interchangeable X-series camera. It is built around a 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor housed in a die-cast magnesium body. Offering a traditional design with five physical top plate dials, two command dials, and six programmable function buttons the X-T1 also has a high resolution OLED viewfinder. In the latest in our series of real-world video tests, we took the X-T1 to a local studio, to see how it would perform in the hands of a professional fashion and portrait photographer. Click through to watch the video
Phase One has announced official details of its new A-Series medium format cameras after information about the new pairing of the company's digital backs with an Alpa body and lenses was leaked in November. As was reported at the time, the series will comprise Phase One 50MP, 60MP and 80MP backs, combined with the Alpa 12 TC body and a choice of three lenses – the Alpagon 5.6/23mm, Alpar 4.0/35mm and the Alpagon 5.6/70mm. Read more
Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
What point-and-shootable mirrorless camera should I buy?
Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera Roundup (2014) - Wed, 17 Dec 2014
Entry-level mirrorless cameras provide a nice middle ground between fixed-lens point-and-shoots and lower-end DSLRs. It's an ever-growing category with options for photographers of varying skill level and intentions. The common factors in this class are the huge step up in image quality over most compacts and smartphone cameras and the friendly interfaces. In this roundup, we'll talk you through the current crop of entry-level mirrorless cameras. Click through to read more
ProGearX announces new line of GoPro accessories - Tue, 16 Dec 2014
ProGearX has announced the availability of several new accessories for mounting GoPro action cameras to a variety of surfaces. Among the new accessories is an extendable pole, body mounts, and a kit for mounting the action cam on different sports boards. The accessories are available now, and ProGearX will be showcasing them during CES 2015 next month. Read more