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Published: 2017-07-18T19:35:50+00:00


Firmware Friday: Sigma fixes AF issue for MC-11 mount converter


Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is going to be rather short and sweet, as we're only aware of two new updates for digital imaging devices. Sigma's closely-related MC-11 mount converters for Sony E-mount cameras have both received new firmware aimed at resolving autofocus issues with certain lenses. If you want to know which lenses specifically, though, the answer is that we're not actually sure. Sigma's release notes for the new firmware -- which carry version number 1.06 for the Sigma SA to Sony E-mount variant, and...
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Shutter Release: Tips for composition, lighting, dealing with flare and improving your workflow


After a short hiatus, we are back with another round of Shutter Release. For those who are new to the roundup, Shutter Release is our way of sharing more news with you than ever before and sharing some of the great content our colleagues around the web produce. We are dedicated to bringing you the best original content we can, but there are many great articles and videos about photography out there that are outside the wheelhouse of Imaging Resource, including things like lighting tutorials, behind the scenes videos and interesting...
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Bowens’ collapse is yet another symptom of a broader, now-unstoppable problem


This morning, PetaPixel confirmed what many who follow the industry already feared: Bowens, a lighting manufacturer who has been producing professional equipment for 94 years, has collapsed and will cease operations. Bowens, like Calumet, Photoflex, Creative Light (bet you didn't even know this one existed) and others, is just the latest in a line of western photography manufacturers to fall in the last 15 years. Though Calument and Photoflex have been picked up by a marketing company, their original operations, employees and...
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Dual Pixel AF, tilting screen and more: Canon releases videos showing off the big features of the Canon 6D II


Canon's latest full-frame camera, the 6D Mark II, is unsurprisingly getting a lot of attention. The camera is the successor to the very popular 6D and many photographers are wondering if the new Mark II version is the next big thing in the full-frame DSLR market. The 6D Mark II has a lot of great new features, including Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a vari-angle touchscreen and more. To help explain the new features, Canon USA has uploaded five videos to their YouTube channel, each focusing on a different feature in the 6D II. You can see...
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Datacolor deal: Upgrade from ANY calibration device to the Spyder5Elite+ and save $169


Monitor calibration is critically important. Whether or not you print your work, a calibrated monitor allows you to determine whether what you see on your display is accurate or not. Imagine that your monitor is way too bright and you're editing your photos such that they look good on your display, if someone views them on a calibrated monitor they'll be too dark. Or perhaps you capture a beautiful landscape image with rich, vibrant colors but on your monitor the image looks bad so you never look at it again. This could result in a...
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Big savings on powerful software: Alien Skin’s summer sale offers 40% discount on all their products


Starting today and through July 24th, you can purchase all Alien Skin Software for 40% off! The deal allows you to grab Alien Skin's Exposure X2 bundle for just under $120. Other software is available with big savings as well, including a standalone copy of Exposure X2 for just under $90. I am in the process of reviewing Exposure X2, it's a very versatile and powerful photo editor and despite my review not being finished, I'd highly recommend giving it a try during the sale and seeing if it's right for you. If it is, there's no...
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Canon 6D Mark II First Shots: Production-level lab samples from Canon’s entry-level full-frame DSLR


Click here to see our Canon 6D Mark II First Shots Announced earlier this summer, the long-awaited Canon 6D Mark II was finally unveiled to the world. Sporting a similar lightweight design -- though now with a nifty articulated touchscreen -- the 6D Mark II's internals are all new compared to 2012's original 6D. Canon's upgraded the sensor, going from 20-megapixels to a 26-megapixel full-frame chip -- it's not a massive upgrade in resolution, but for the target market, the Mark II offers a nice level of pixel-peeping power. The...
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High-end beauty portrait retouching through the use of local corrective dodging and burning


There's an art to portrait retouching. It can be such a difficult thing to do that many large commercial shoots have dedicated retouchers and some photographers relegate some or all of their retouching work to specialists. Others, like photographer Chris Knight, have become highly skilled at the portrait process from start to finish. Like many aspects of editing photos in Photoshop, retouching comes with a large variety of techniques and methods for achieving similar final results. In the video below, Knight shows how to perform...
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Adobe updates Camera Raw and Lightroom, providing support for Canon 6D Mark II and Sony’s latest lenses


Following up on yesterday's updates to Lightroom Mobile for iOS and Android, Adobe has updated the desktop version of Lightroom as well, bringing it to version 2015.12 and 6.12. In addition to releasing Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.12, Adobe has released Adobe Camera Raw 9.12. Both updates bring the same new camera and lens support, so let's look at the new profiles first. Newly supported cameras include the latest duo of DSLRs from Canon, the 6D Mark II and the Rebel SL2, along with support for Leica's new TL2 camera, the Nikon D7500...
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Mac vs. PC for photo & video editing, why one photographer chose a Dell XPS over a MacBook Pro


Who doesn't love a good Mac versus PC debate? Photographer Manny Ortiz, whose videos we've covered on many occasions, recently made a new one outlining five reasons why he chose a PC over a MacBook for his photo and video editing needs in 2017. Ortiz wanted something powerful enough to edit 4K video while still being portable enough to take while travelling. He has experience with both Mac and Windows computers. Let's take a look at a few of his reasons for ultimately choosing a Dell XPS 15 laptop over the latest 15-inch MacBook...
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Nikon D7500 Field Test Part III: It’s time for sports shooting, video capture and reader questions


Over the last few weeks, I've posted my first and second field tests for the Nikon D7500, and today I round our my real-world shooting experiences with my third and final field test! In those first tests I took a look at day and night shooting, both in Mammoth Cave, Kentucky and back home in Knoxville, Tennessee. For my third and final test, I've headed to the nearby tourist town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in search of some more active subjects. And for good measure, I've also tried out the D7500's video capture...
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Canon EOS M6 Review: Canon’s latest M camera delivers impressive blend of performance & portability


Click here to read our final word on the Canon EOS M6 Canon's EOS M6 mirrorless camera joins last fall's EOS M5 in Canon's much-improved M series lineup. Where the EOS M5 brought with it a built-in electronic viewfinder and large 3.2-inch display, the EOS M6 opts for a more compact camera body with no built-in EVF (although you can purchase one and use it via the hot shoe) and a smaller 3-inch display. If some users find the M5 to be too large and expensive, the recent M6 is a nice alternative. While there are a few differences...
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Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR AF-P DX Field Test: Ultra-wide zoom at an ultra-affordable price


Click here to read our Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR AF-P DX Field Test Nikon recently introduced the new Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR AF-P DX lens, which joins their existing 10-24mm DX lens in this category. This new 10-20mm lens may have a bit less speed and reach than its 10-24mm sibling, but it is also more compact, lighter and very affordable. The new 10-20mm AF-P DX lens is priced at just over US$300, which certainly won't break the bank. We recently had the chance to use the new zoom lens in the real world. The lens...
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Adobe updates Lightroom for iOS and Android: Better selective edits on iOS and a new interface on Android


Adobe has updated Lightroom Mobile for both iOS and Android. The updates have differing new features, so let's look at them each separately. On the iOS front, Lightroom Mobile has a new selective brush, which is one of the most requested new features. When using an iPhone that supports 3D Touch, you can vary the effect of the brush by pressing with different levels of pressure. The same is true when working with an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. There is also a new ability to selectively erase linear and radial gradients, improving...
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Shutter Release: Google Street View camera captures landscapes, a paper Olympus camera and more


Shutter Release is a regular series here at Imaging Resource where we deliver interesting photography content to you in a burst of bite-sized stories. We see a lot of great content but there is not always a good way for us to share it with you via a dedicated news story. Rather than risk you not seeing it, we decided to do the roundup-style "Shutter Release" article. In today's Shutter Release, we look at how the Google Street View Camera sometimes takes nice photos, how to use the puppet warp tool in Photoshop, removing people...
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DJI drone buyer’s guide breaks down four of DJI’s quadcopters by price, features and more


DJI is the biggest player in the drone market and it's no surprise that they offer a wide variety of drones. There is something for everyone in their lineup, but that also means that for many prospective purchasers, it can be hard to determine which drone is right for them. Fstoppers has written a nice guide covering four of DJI's most popular drones, the Spark, Mavic Pro, Phantom and Inspire. Which of these four quadcopters is the best for you? Looking at five criteria, price, portability, image quality, flight performance and...
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Shutter Release: Adding color to shadows with gels, Light L16 computational camera is shipping and more


Hopefully everyone had a nice weekend. Let's get this week started off with a new Shutter Release roundup article. Shutter Release is an ongoing series here at Imaging Resource wherein we summarize and share a variety of interesting stories and videos we find around the web. We're dedicated to bringing you the best in original content, but we want to ensure you see great content from others as well. Let's get that finger on the shutter and start shooting! Today we will look at a guide to choosing a medium format film camera,...
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Hasselblad H6D-100c and drone captures stunning photos of Koenigsegg supercar


Photographer and Hasselblad Chief of Strategy Ming Thein recently worked with Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg to capture stunning, unique images of supercars. Thein and his team used high speed sync and flash with the flagship Hasselblad H6D-100C and a DJI M600. Thein wrote about the experience here and shared some very interesting details. The shoot was very complex, requiring careful use of lights and very precise camera settings. Dealing with artificial and ambient light simultaneously is difficult, juggling those two...
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Sony A9 Field Test Part II: The best full frame mirrorless design from Sony yet


Click here to read our Sony A9 Field Test Part II Frequent IR readers, especially those keeping track of our progress on our Sony A9 review, might be scratching their heads about the title here, Field Test Part II... where's Part I, you ask? Fear not. We've simply re-classified our earlier "Sony A9 Gallery Supplement" as our A9 Field Test Part I, as that better fit within our camera review content hierarchy. For those who have yet to read that portion, click here to read our sports- and action-heavy first report. Now,...
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Canon 6D Mark II Performance: Analyzing AF speed, buffer depth and more


Click here to read our Canon 6D Mark II Performance page Shortly after the Canon 6D Mark II was announced, it quickly became the most popular camera on our website, and there it has remained ever since. We've now had the chance to put this new full frame offering through its paces in the performance side of our test laboratory and have just published these results on our Canon 6D Mark II Performance page. For anyone wanting to see how it fares against the predecessor Canon 6D, we have plenty of analysis and comparisons...
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