Sklum Beefs Up Luminar 4 With Loads of New AI-Powered Features

Luminar 4 UI ExampleLuminar continues to break new ground with unique AI-powered image enhancement features in its Luminar product line. The latest, Version 4, is scheduled to ship next week, but is available for pre-order now. I’ve been using a pre-release version for a few weeks, and have been quite impressed. You can .

Traveling with Think Tank Photo's Urban Access 15

Urban Access™ 15 Backpack

After years (actually decades) of relying mostly on shoulder bags and some messenger bags for travel photography my back and shoulders finally rebelled. Backpacks, like I've used quite a bit for my wildlife photography, are an obvious answer. But most of them don't provide a handy way to work directly from the pack. Or if they do, like Think Tank's own Trifecta, they aren't large enough to accommodate my 15-inch laptop (currently a , before that a ). So I was excited to get the new to use on my extended European trip.

Nvidia and OEMs unleash a volley of new laptop models for photographers and videographers

Now that 4K video and 20-50MP sensors are becoming the new normal for photographers and videographers, common tasks like RAW file noise reduction and video rendering are becoming increasingly time consuming and painful to watch. That’s especially true on the road, where we’re limited to laptop power. Nvidia and its Windows partners are trying to address that with a number of new models that include high-performance GPUs. . I’ve also ordered a new Dell Precision 5540 to replace my current Dell XPS 15 9560 (current models are the and ), so I’ll be able to report on performance results in more detail over the coming month.

Loupedeck+ Adds Support for Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw

In a move I’ve been hoping for ever since the Loupedeck+ launched, the company has added support for Adobe’s Camera Raw module. It’s available for current users to download, although I haven’t had a chance to try it yet today. For those who haven’t taken the plunge on a handy Loupedeck+ editing console, you can .

They’ve also provided a .

Adobe makes big strides with new easier-to-learn and use Lightroom

This year’s big Lightroom update is out. Instead of the usual arm-length feature list, most of the news is about usability. The new version packs Examples and Tutorials for both the mobile and Cloud version (Lightroom CC), and they should be coming to Classic soon. The one major new image processing feature is a Texture slider, which combined with warming is an interesting alternative to my favorite Nik Tonal Contrast filter. .

Mobile photography workflow: Updated for 2019

Even those of us who consider ourselves serious photographers don’t always want to deal with lugging a large camera and laptop everywhere. Each year smartphones become a more-capable alternative, but making the most out of mobile photography still takes some careful planning and decisions about your workflow. The last 12 months have introduced new tools, and new smartphone camera features, so we’re pleased to present a new version of our .

AirMagic: Fix your drone photos with one click

IBefore and after of an Alaskan aerialf you’re a drone photographer you know that drone photos suffer from a fairly-predictable set of issues. Haze affecting sky color and contrast, noise due to the small sensor on consumer drones, lack of shadow detail, and often lifeless colors. If you’re shooting Raw (typically DNG for drones), then you’ve also got to deal with fixing lens distortion. All of that is doable in a good photo editing app, and something . But now there is a super-simple way to get excellent quality from your drone photos with a single click. Skylum (makers of Luminar and Aurora HDR) have launched AirMagic. At $39, it’s definitely worth trying out to see if it should be part of your arsenal. Pre-orders before March 21 also receive some additional goodies. You can .

Smartphones' secret weapon: Multiple cameras

It’s no secret that smartphone’s are now by far the most popular cameras worldwide, as they become increasingly capable. While improvements in image processing, sensors, and optics have helped them catch up to more traditional cameras, many of their recent gains can be attributed to the creative use of multiple camera modules. That’s an option that standalone camera makers have experimented with (stereo and 360-degree models, for example), but have never pushed very far. .

Editing Video? Hearing assist from Nuheara or Audera may help

Until the last few years most still photographers didn’t have much to do with video. A few major trends have changed all that. First, almost all modern cameras can now do a competent job of capturing video, especially when coupled with the right lenses and microphones. Second, phones have become a dominant force in photography, and nearly all of them make it just as easy to capture video as stills (here to, though, add-on microphones and gimbals are very helpful). Third, drones make it possible to capture some unique video perspectives. Finally, and perhaps most important, most creative content is now being consumed digitally. That means it is almost as easy to watch a video as look at an image – very different from when watching a video meant sitting people down in front of a TV or projector.

Valley of Fire captured with Google Pixel 3 and Huawei Mate 20 Pro phone cameras

I’ve always wanted to visit the Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas. But somehow I never got around to it until this week, when it zoomed to the top of our daughter’s must-see destination list. So after a hectic week of CES, we headed out there for a morning, and I’m really glad we did. After tweaking my back carrying too much gear in a messenger bag at the show, I decided to travel light and simply use my two favorite smartphone cameras – a Google Pixel 3 and a Huawei Mate 20 Pro – to capture the scenery.

2018 has brought us more alternatives to Photoshop and Premiere Pro

For many years the most-often cited alternative to Photoshop was GIMP, a powerful, free, tool, but one that wasn’t to everyone’s liking. That has changed drastically over the last year. For starters, Adobe’s own Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements 2019 versions are remarkably full-featured, and not very expensive. We did a . Cyberlink has also upped its game with an aggressively priced new . One impressive new competitor to Lightroom is (formerly MacPhun). What I’m really looking forward to from Skylum is the soon-to-be-released, somewhat-delayed, version of Luminar that will extend it to include image cataloging.

It’s hard to believe, but it has also been .

Working with the latest updates to Adobe's Creative Cloud

Adobe Premiere Rush is designed to be cross-platformWe’re a little late posting this, but as part of Adobe’s MAX conference last month, we covered many of the most important updates to Adobe’s Creative Cloud applications. We’ll be working with them and writing about them in more detail over the coming months, but .

Primer on drone photography

Datacolor just published an article I wrote for them on how to get great photographs (including 360-degree panoramas) with your drone, and especially how to get the best color you can out of those images. You c

My thoughts on DJI's Osmo Mobile 2 smartphone gimbal

DJI Osmo Mobile 2 Smartphone GimbalI’ve been using an Osmo Mobile 2 off and on for a couple months now, and have . The TL;DR version is that it works quite well, but certainly ruins the convenience of simply pulling a smartphone out of your pocket, so it’s definitely a niche product. One reason to consider it is if you’re thinking of taking the plunge on a Ronin for your big camera you can get a relatively-inexpensive taste of using a gimbal, as the .

Nikon gets serious about mirrorless with Z 6, Z 7, and lenses

Finally Nikon has done something to staunch the flow of defections from its DSLRs to Sony mirrorless cameras – and to make life easier for those of us who want to get the benefits of mirrorless, including a smart EVF, fast AF for video, better focus area coverage, and potentially-silent operation, without leaving behind our current Nikon gear and our love for the handling of Nikon’s DSLRs. The Nikon Z 7 is basically the mirrorless equivalent of the , and the Z 6 is very much like the Nikon D750 (although with a much higher frame rate). You can see .

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