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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....
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....
Win 1000Gb of Memory Cards! - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
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Win a Michron Time-Lapse Photography Device! - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
Weâ€™ve teamed up with Alpine Labs to give away a smartphone-programmable Michron time-lapse device to 5 lucky winners!
Win a Vanguard Alta CA AGH Tripod! - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
Weâ€™ve teamed up with Vanguard to give away an Alta CA AGH tripod!
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Sample Images - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is an incredibly versatile ultra-zoom lens for Nikon cropped-sensor DSLR cameras.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Review - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
Sony Alpha-7 II Pricing Announced - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Sony USA has announced the recommended retail price of the new Alpha A7 II compact system camera.
Hasselblad Stellar II - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
The Hasselblad Stellar II is a new camera based on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II.
Panlight Remote Flash Control Device - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
The Panlight is a new device which offers remote directional control for flashes and cameras.
Panasonic UK Launches Double Cashback Promotion - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
As part of the ongoing Panasonic cashback promotion, if you purchase a Lumix camera or camcorder from a participating retailer between 28th November and 1st December, you will be eligible to claim cashback up to Â£200 (â‚¬240).
Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 now available in new mounts - Fri, 28 Nov 2014 Lensbaby has announced its Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 lens is now available with new mount options. Launched in April for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, the Circular Fisheye will soon be offered with Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Sony A and E, Samsung NX, Canon EF, and Pentax K mounts. Read more
Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 now available in new mounts - Fri, 28 Nov 2014
Lensbaby has announced its Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 lens is now available with new mount options. Launched in April for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, the Circular Fisheye will soon be offered with Micro Four Thirds, Nikon F, Sony A and E, Samsung NX, Canon EF, and Pentax K mounts. Read more
2014 Enthusiast Mirrorless Camera Roundup - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
The enthusiast camera category is small, but mighty. These cameras offer more high-end features and controls than their consumer-level counterparts, many doubling as excellent video and still cameras. Expect fast burst rates, strong image quality, solid AF performance and in several cases, 4k video capture. Read our 2014 enthusiast mirrorless roundup and see how the cameras in this category compare
2014 High-end Pocketable Compact Roundup - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
Optical zooms with fast glass, the ability to capture in Raw, large sensors (compared to those in smartphones), and even EVFs are finding their way into this class of camera. And while they may lack the controls of bulkier enthusiast compacts, many of them offer comparable image quality in a sleeker package 2014 Enthusiast Pocketable Compact Roundup
2014 Enthusiast DSLR Roundup - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
There's a lot of action in the enthusiast DSLR segment at the moment, and this category in our seasonal roundup includes the top-performing APS-C DSLRs from each manufacturers. These cameras may not have full frame sensors, but what they do have is pro-level controls and features, borrowed from their high-end cousins. Read more in our 2014 enthusiast DSLR roundup
Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
As a keen enthusiast photographer, which mirrorless camera should I buy?
2014 Mid-range Mirrorless Roundup - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
2014 saw the addition of numerous consumer-oriented mirrorless cameras, many borrowing high-end features from their enthusiast-level counterparts. These cameras make for excellent second cameras to a DSLR and great standalone cameras for anyone craving controls, good image quality and a compact size. Find out which we recommend in our 2014 Mid-level mirrorless roundup
Real-world test: Going pro with the Samsung NX1 - Thu, 27 Nov 2014
As often as we can, we like to put the cameras that we test into the hands of working photographers to find out what they think. Recently we gave the Samsung NX1 to Jordan Stead, staff photographer at SeattlePI.com, and ventured out to nearby Carkeek Park to photograph the salmon run. A seasoned shooter accustomed to pro camera bodies, Jordan gave the NX1's hybrid AF system and 28.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor a try. See the video
Ten things you need to know about the Sony Alpha 7 II - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Sony announced the Alpha 7 II last week relatively quietly, introducing a new member to its full-frame mirrorless family. The a7 II brings 5-axis in-body stabilization to a full-frame camera for the first time, claiming 4.5 stops in shake reduction. Other updates include improved ergonomics - you can see these for yourself in our hands-on overview of the a7 II. Here's what you need to know about Sony's newest Alpha camera. Read more
Small change: Samsung NX mini review - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
The Samsung NX mini is truly tiny, offering a 20MP 1" sensor inside a highly compact body which features a 180-degree tilting LCD and extensive connectivity features. The mini's touch-sensitive display is the camera's primary interface for changing shooting settings, and an interchangeable lens mount should make this the ideal combination of versatility and point-and-shoot simplicity. Read our review to find out how it compares
2014 Consumer DSLR Roundup - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Despite the emergence of the mirrorless class, the market is still dominated by conventional DSLRs. Large sensors, optical viewfinders, and sizable grips make them comfortable choices for many aspiring photographers. We cover seven consumer and mid-level models in this roundup. Find out which we recommend. Read more
Sony announces US pricing for full-frame Alpha 7 II - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Sony Electronics has announced US pricing and availability for its recently announced Alpha 7 II camera. The a7 II is the world's first full-frame mirrorless camera with in-body image stabilization (5-axis, no less), and also offers improved controls, focusing performance, and video specs. It will be available on December 9th for $1700 body only and $2000 with the 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE lens. We'll be getting our hands on a beta version shortly and will post samples as soon as possible. Read more
Not dead yet: Sony announces three A-mount lenses - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
Among all of the excitement around the a7 II, Sony quietly announced a new A-mount lens last week. The 70-300mm F4.5 – F5.6 G SSM II lens for A-mount offers faster AF tracking, a new Nano AR coating, and weatherproofing, and will be available in February for $1150. The company also announced the development of Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II A-mount lenses, which will arrive next Spring with similar improvements. Read more
2014 Enthusiast Compact Camera Roundup - Wed, 26 Nov 2014
We're updating our 'What to buy and why' camera roundups to include new models introduced in 2014, and first up is the enthusiast compact camera class. These cameras may be a bit too big to fit in your pocket but most are compact enough to be considered appealing alternatives to heavier, bulkier, interchangeable lens camera systems. Read more
Hasselblad introduces Stellar II luxury enthusiast compact - Tue, 25 Nov 2014
Hasselblad has announced the Stellar II, an enthusiast compact 'not intended to be judged against other cameras'. According to Hasselbad. the Stellar II has been 'conceived and crafted exclusively for aficionados, collectors, and connoisseurs'. Like other recent Hasselblads, the Stellar II is essentially a rebadged Sony camera - the Cyber-shot RX100 II in this case. Available grip finishes include olive, walnut, padouk, and carbon fiber. You can pick one up for yourself at an MSRP of $2395/€1650. Click through to feast your eyes (just don't judge)
Nikon D750 shooting experience published - Tue, 25 Nov 2014
The Nikon D750 is a full-frame DSLR that mates features from the D810 with a 24MP sensor, providing a faster frame-rate than any non-pro full-frame Nikon DSLR since the D700. Its comprehensive still and video photography specifications are aimed directly at enthusiasts and full-frame upgraders. We've made a significant update to our D750 first impressions review including a shooting experience and studio scene analysis. Read more