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20 October, 2014 - About Photographic Competitions - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

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Every now and then Alain Briot contributes an article that starts good discussions in the forum.  Today’s article About Print Competitions will be just that kind of article.  In his last article Alain did a very good essay about Critiquing Photographs.  Now he takes us into the area of judging prints entered into competitions.  Alain covers just about all aspects one could think of when it comes to judging prints in competitions.  For many photographers this is a part of learning as well as recognition.  You decide after reading the article. In my own experience over many years I have found it interesting to see how images are judged.  I also wonder many times how judges would react to some of the classics of photography. In many ways that images are judged, they would never had received an honorable mention in todays competitions.  This is a very enlightening essay and thank you Alain for this.

Our good friend Thomas Knoll the inventor of Photoshop recently shared his images as a slide show at The Adobe Max 2014 program.  Thomas is a very fine photographer and we thought you might want to see his excellent photography. Enjoy his 9 minute slide show HERE

We still have a few spots open on our first and second Antarctica Trips.  Take a look at the instructor line up and give some serious consideration in joining us for this amazing adventure.  If you have any questions contact Kevin Raber.  You can learn more about these two trips HERE. 

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17, October, 2014 - I Wish I Knew How To Paint - Fri, 17 Oct 2014

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Sometimes it is good to slow it down and reflect on our photography.  In his last article Frank Sauer showed us how much we could find to photograph in our own backyard.  Today we share Frank Sauer’s newest essay I Wish I Knew How To Paint.  I hope you enjoy this essay and take some time this weekend to explore the world around you and try some photography like Frank describes.  

We still have a few spots open on our first and second Antarctica Trips.  Take a look at the instructor line up and give some serious consideration in joining us for this amazing adventure.  If you have any questions contact Kevin Raber.  You can learn more about these two trips HERE.

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15 October, 2014 - View Luminous Endowment Grant Applications - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

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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 is coming to a close at the end of this month. Here are links to the applications received so far. There are some very exciting projects seeking funding, and you may enjoy reading about them.

The M. Reichmann Grant

The Luminous Landscape Grant

The Nicholas Kitto Grant

The Mylio Grant

There is one thing missing though. You! 

We need your support in the form of donations to fund the grants and to help your follow photographers fulfill their dreams. You can make a contribution and also receive a copy of Michael new 400 page 20 Year Retrospective Book as a reward for your donation.

Please support The Luminous Endowment for Photographers. – Thanks, Michael


From the Sublime to The Ridiculous

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I have always had a great respect for Leica the company as well as their products. Long-time observers will also note that in addition to their "normal" series of camera models, from time to time Leica has released special editions. Cameras with blue alligator leather and gold trim, for example; usually for the Asian market.

But today Leica announced a new camera, the "Leica X “Edition Moncler”, which even surpasses Hasselblad and their horrendous Lunar and Stellar models in its display of bad taste.

I don't know what else to say. I hope that they sell a boatload of these fashion accessories because if it helps Leica's bottom line they'll have more money for engineering and development. But really, Dr. Kaufman. Can dreck like this this be released with a straight face? Hasselblad has the excuse that it is currently run by venture capitalists who haven't a clue about the photographic industry. But Leica? Come now. This is 2014. Let's leave tacky co-branding behind (no matter how lucrative) and instead embrace a new era, where Leica thrives based on its product excellence. – Michael Reichmann

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10 October, 2014 - Two Weeks With The Olympus EM-1 - Fri, 10 Oct 2014

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In the real estate business there has always been a phrase “location, location, location”.  Lately, the photography industry is getting more about “weight, weight, size”.  A few years ago I wouldn’t have believed I’d be traveling with a small light weight system on a major trip.  In the last year I have become totally hooked on the mirrorless versions of cameras that are available.  I own the Fuji XT-1 and the Olympus OMD E-M1.  I love both systems so choosing one to use is usually a flip of the coin.  On my recent trip to Photokina and Cornwall, England, the Olympus won the toss.

Today I share my experience of Two Weeks With The Olympus EM-1.  I hope you’ll gain some insight into using the Olympus in a variety of situations. 

We have just a few spots left on the Antarctica Trips this January and February.  We have a few single cabins, a few berths in triple cabins and one twin cabin that is open on the first trip.  This will be a trip that you shouldn’t miss.  The instructor line up including Michael Reichmann and Art Wolfe is top notch.  Plus, you can be part of my wedding as I get married in my most favorite place on the planet.  

On the second trip I have only two berths left in twin cabins. 

Don’t hesitate, reserve your space today.  Get in touch with me if you have any questions or have an interest.


UPDATED

Michael's Phlog was just updated on October 13

 

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8 October, 2014 - The Think Tank Navigator and More - Wed, 8 Oct 2014

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Many of us do a lot of traveling to capture the special images that we enjoy so much.  Getting to these special locations is a challenge these days. We face weight and size limitations of the airlines not to mention our own as we do everything we can do to reduce size and weight of our kits.  Over the years I have collected way too many bags trying to accomplish the ultimate carry solution for my gear.  Today I share one of the newest and best bags I have owned as well as some other tips on how I travel with my gear.  Check out The Think Tank Navigator article as well as a short video and hopefully you’ll find some good information that will help you in your travels. 

I thought I’d share a website I have just bookmarked that you may find handy too. Glossary Of Photographic Terms .

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5 October, 2014 - Pentax 645z Astrophotography Using the iOptron SkyTracker - Sat, 4 Oct 2014

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The night sky holds wonders for photographers. If you live near or have access to a site where there are dark skies; dark enough to see the Milky Way, it's possible to explore our galaxy with your camera.

In Pentax 645z Astrophotography Using the iOptron SkyTracker I describe how to produce extreemly high quality deep-sky images. There are many approaches to this. I chose to use the new Pentax 645z with its very high image quality as well as extreemly clean high ISO capability. A moderately priced tracking accessory and a sold tripod and clear skies are otherwise all that's needed.

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3 October, 2014 - Thomas Knoll Donates Print Sale to The Luminous Endowment - Fri, 3 Oct 2014

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Thomas Knoll, the co-author of Adobe Photoshop and the designer of Adobe's Camera Raw, is auctioning six large framed prints of his work, with proceeds going to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.

Tom will be speaking at Adobe MAX this year about his photography and how he uses Photoshop and Lightroom to process his own photographs.

As part of his talk, Tom will showing raw capture / intermediate / final stages for a number of his photos.  For six of these photos he has made large prints which will be displayed at the conference and then auctioned off, with the profits donated to The Luminous Endowment for Photographers.

Thomas is also using an on-line auction site to make the bidding
available to people outside the conference – including you!

http://www.32auctions.com/thomasknoll

You too can own one of these prints, and at the same time help support this important charity, which in turn supports photographers world-wide to pursue their photographic projects.

 

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1 October, 2014 - Guide To The Fuji XT-1 - Wed, 1 Oct 2014

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Luminous-Landscape pioneered instructional videos years ago with the very successful Lightroom Tutorials.  Now, LuLa takes the same format and applies it to the operation of popular cameras.  Our first in a series of Camera Guide Tutorials we introduce today – Lu-La’s Guide To The Fuji XT-1.  This new tutorial is 3 hours in length and covers all aspects of the set-up and use of this popular camera.  Kevin Raber, LuLa’s publisher along with Jarrid Spicer of Roberts Camera in Indianapolis, Indiana walk you through the process. 

The LuLa Guide To The Fuji XT-1 is available now for LuLa Video Subscribers as well as an individual download for $29.95.  There are 14 videos totaling three hours.  Each video has chapter markers to quickly access the control or menu item you may be interested in.  There is also a PDF available with all the chapters listed.

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29 September, 2014 - Critiquing Photographs - Mon, 29 Sep 2014

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I have been practicing photography in one form or another my whole adult life.  One of the best ways I have learned to be a better photographer is by partaking in print critiques.  Michael and I do this with each others work a lot.  Today’s article by regular contributor Alain Briot, How To Critique Photographs Constructively is all about the process of a photographic critique.  I’m sure you’ll learn a few things from this article.  I particularly enjoyed the illustrations towards the end of the article.  

Our friend Sean Reid just published his hands on full review of the Leica M Edition 60.  Sean’s is a paid site but well worth the investment, and his reviews are very thorough.  Check it out.

Michael has published a new image in his Phlog, Blue Hotel.  Have you seen the Luminous-Endowment site?  Take a look at the site and be part of the effort to give grants to photographers worldwide by purchasing Michael’s 20 Year Photography Retrospective .



Please note that if you have been considering a subscription to the Luminous Landscape's videos, Sept 30 is the last day of the $25 discount.

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25 September, 2014 - Stitching - An Advanced Approach - Wed, 24 Sep 2014

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Well it’s back to business as usual.  Photokina is behind us and we look forward to seeing some real products that we can try out soon.  Many readers who frequent the forum will recognize Bernard Languillier whose article we share today.  Bernard has done a follow-up on a previous article on LuLa Having Fun With Panoramas by Kevin Raber.  Bernard takes image stitching to a new level using software other than Photoshop. His article Stitching - An advanced Approach will allow you to take your Panos and stitched images to a new level.

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Sony A7S Used to Capture Stunning Astrophotography - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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Photographer Andrew Whyte used the Sony A7S to capture a series of stunning images at some of the 92 Dark Sky Sites and parks across the United Kingdom.

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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Review - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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The new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS super-zoom camera has an astonishing 65x lens with a massive focal range of 21-1365mm. The Canon SX60 HS also offers a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 3 inch vari-angle LCD screen, electronic viewfinder, full manual controls, RAW format support, 6.4fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and full 1080p HD movies. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot SX60 HS review to find out if it's the ultimate do-it-all camera...

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Pronto Fast Charge Battery Pack - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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Power Practical has launched a Kickstarter campaign to hekp fund the commercialisation of its Pronto fast-charge battery pack.

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Pinnacle Studio 18 - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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Pinnacle have released Pinnacle Studio 18, Pinnacle Studio 18 Plus and Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate.

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Photography as Meditation - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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Photography as Meditation by Torsten Andreas Hoffmann is a new title from Rocky Nook.

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PhotoShelter Launch Law School 101 - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

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Today at 2.30pm ET, PhotoShelter will be hosting a free webinar entitled, “Law School 101: Demystifying Copyright & Social Media Terms of Service.”

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Pentax K-S1 Sweets Collection - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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Ricoh today announced the latest additions to the Pentax K-S1 collection of digital SLR cameras.

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BitTorrent Shares Results of Sync Speed Test - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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BitTorrent has published the results of its own speed test that saw the company’s Sync file hosting/sharing service being pitted against rivals such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 Review - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 is a tiny interchangeable lens camera complete with an electronic viewfinder and a flash hotshoe. Can the Panasonic GM5 challenge the likes of the Samsung NX Mini and the Sony A5100? Read our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 review, complete with full-size JPEG and RAW sample images to find out...

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners Announced - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

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The winners of the fiftieth Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition have been announced.

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II studio samples added to first impressions - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

The Canon EOS 7D II is the long-awaited follow up to the 7D, offering a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, dual-pixel AF with a 65-point phase detect system and continuous shooting at 10 fps. It's also equipped with 1080/60p HD video capture and a number of compression options, as well as microphone and headphone ports. We put the 7D II through its paces in our studio and have updated our first impressions review with the results. Read more

Canon patents lens designs with variable and glass elements - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

It's not uncommon for a company to patent technologies that might be incorporated into products at some point, though the company might not have any plans to use it in the immediate future. Such a business move appears to be the case with a recent Canon patent, which details the use of variable lens elements in combination with traditional glass elements. Read more

Panono announces pricing and availability for rolling ball camera - Thu, 23 Oct 2014

German startup Panono has announced availability and pricing for its ball-shaped Panono Camera. The device shoots spherical panorama images and will cost $549/€549 when it ships worldwide in the spring of 2015. The first to receive the camera will be the backers of the crowd-funding project the company used to get started before the camera goes on general release. Learn more

Canon announces EOS C100 Mark II - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Canon has announced the upcoming release of its second-generation EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. The device houses a Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, and is positioned as an affordable solution for film and video production, providing a variety of new design and performance upgrades. Read more

Pentax launches K-S1 Sweets Collection - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

Ricoh Imaging is set to introduce three new colors for the company’s Pentax K-S1 DSLR camera in what it calls the 'Sweets Collection'. Already available in 12 different main body colors, the 20-million-pixel APS-C camera will now also come with a white body featuring cyan, yellow or magenta colored panels. The company has named these Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie, and each features the trademark colored light strip on the handgrip of the original K-S1 that was launched back in August.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion - Wed, 22 Oct 2014

With the increasing affordability of digital full frame cameras, there's been speculation about the future of APS-C as an enthusiast format. But with the launch of the 7D Mark II, Canon has made it pretty clear it believes there's still a high-end market for crop-sensor formats. We spoke to Bettina Hansen, a photographer who regularly shoots Canon and has experience working with the original EOS 7D to see what she made of the new camera

Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions updated - Tue, 21 Oct 2014

From the outside, Canon's PowerShot G7 X enthusiast compact looks like the S-series models that came before it, but inside it's an entirely different story. The G7 X offers a 20MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor, a 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens and built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. We've made a substantial update to our First Impressions Review of the G7 X including a writeup of our shooting experience and performance tests. Read more

Apple iPhone 6 Plus camera review - Tue, 21 Oct 2014

The iPhone 6 Plus, introduced alongside the iPhone 6, offers one distinct feature that its sibling doesn't - optical image stabilization. In all other respects, their 8MP cameras, F2.2 aperture lenses and updated AF systems are the same. On paper the 6 Plus doesn't represent a great leap forward in terms of camera tech, but how does it perform in the real world? Read more

Lomography adds Lomochrome Turquoise film to lineup - Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Back in January 2013, Lomography announced that it would be releasing a color negative film called Lomochrome Purple, which was based on Kodak's Aerochrome. With that film, photographers could capture images with shifted colors skewed towards the presence of purple. Today the company has made a follow-up announcement, introducing the Lomochrome Turquoise XR 100-400. Read more

Sony develops sensor capable of rendering color images at 0.005 lux - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Sony has introduced a new CMOS sensor, calling it the highest sensitivity sensor of its kind. Developed for automotive use, the new chip can capture color images in light conditions down to 0.005 lux. The sensor is 1/3-inch type with 1.27 effective megapixels, and supports a Wide Dynamic Range system that uses extended exposure times rather than using multiple exposures. Read more

Readers' Showcase: Documentary and Street photography - Sun, 19 Oct 2014

With all the talk about new equipment at this time of year it's worth remembering why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Documentary And Street photography forum to submit their favorite shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. Click through to take a look at our favorites

Ghost Town: Shooting in Kolmanskop - Sun, 19 Oct 2014

Nature photographer Erez Marom captures a wide range of subjects, from macro shots of insects to some of the world's most dramatic landscapes. In this article, he shares images from a very unusual location - the ghost town of Kolmanskop, in Namibia. Abandoned over fifty years ago, Kolmanskop was a diamond-mining town, and is currently being reclaimed by the desert. Click through to take a look at Erez Marom's images and learn about his process

Fotodiox creates 'Tough E-Mount' for Sony E & FE-mount cameras - Sat, 18 Oct 2014

Sony's NEX and Alpha range of E and FE-mount cameras have a lot going for them, but some users have reported a 'wiggle' in the lensmount, especially when heavier lenses, or third-party optics via adapters are used. Fotodiox thinks it has the answer with its new 'Tough E-Mount' - literally a replacement lensmount for E and FE-mount cameras. With a single metal ring replacing the two (one metal, one plastic) originally attached to the camera, the Tough E-Mount should (according to the manufacturer) eliminate any movement between camera and lens. Click through for more details

Lee Filters introduces Landscape Polariser with built-in warm-up - Sat, 18 Oct 2014

British filter manufacturer Lee Filters has announced a new polarising filter that features a built-in warm-up effect that it says is aimed at landscape photographers. The 105mm Landscape Polariser has been designed with a shallow mount and with a 105mm diameter so that it will be useful for wide angle views, with the company suggesting it will be compatible with focal lengths as wide as 16mm on full frame SLRs. Read more

Delkin introduces new 'Black' range of rugged SD cards - Fri, 17 Oct 2014

Delkin has introduced a new trio of rugged SD cards suitable for photographers who shoot in harsh environments, reducing the odds of losing photographs because of card damage. Delkin's new 'Black' SD cards are designed to handle extreme temperatures, as well as exposure to dust, water, and crushing forces. Read more