Phase One releases Capture One Pro 4.8

The latest version of Capture One adds support for the following cameras:

  • Phase One P40+
  • Olympus E-620
  • And adds improved support for:

  • Phase One P65+
  • Leica D-Lux 4
  • Olympus E-30
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    Worlds fastest camera

    My Canon 40D has an impressive 6.5 second frame rate. Fast enough for the occasional animation shoot. About a year ago, I got acquainted with Casios Exilim Pro EX-F1. It can do 60 FPS in full resolution, and up to 1200 FPS in a small format (336 x 96). Today, we use this camera for rocket engine tests.

    Even this speed is effectively dwarfed though, by the Steam Camera. Capturing 6 million FPS(!) @ shutter speed of 440 trillionths of a second, and, for now, comprising of only a single ‘pixel’, this detector is potentially useful for analyzing flowing blood samples in the medical field.

    A quick quote from the BBC article explains a bit of the underlying science:

    It works by using a fast laser pulse dispersed in space and then stretched in time and detected electronically.

    So thats clear, then.

    Capture One 4.7 released

    Phase One has released version 4.7 of their RAW developer, Capture One.

    New features include a brand new file format, the EIP format, which combines lens correction data with the RAW file.
    Tiff, JPG images can now be manipulated in the software. And tethered shooting is now included for Canon EOS 5DII and Nikon D3X.

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    Photoshop: Magic Numbers?

    Perhaps you already know what I am talking about. With the plethora of necessary dialogs and sliders in your daily Photoshop work, combined with a busy schedule and 600 photos to postprocess, how do you determine rational choices for each image, without batching everything with the same values?

    From more than a decade of Photoshop work, I have noticed that I have settled on a few ‘magic numbers’ that at least eases my perfectionist mind as to what the ‘just right’ figure may be in several of Photoshops dialogs. Rationality is a very small part of these choices, they have more to do with making quick intuitive decisions that I won’t later regret.

    The dialogs in question are in particular dialogs such as filters, for instance sharpening and blurring, the Fade dialog (which I use often), Layer Opacity for blending etc. and the magic numbers I always seem to settle on are these:

    In percentage dialogs: 33% and 66%, in sliders, values of 90 and 127.

    Why? This is magic, and magicians never devulge their secrets. Or, as we learn from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to everything is… 42. No idea in arguing, just try it. The values of 90 and 127 are based on image dimensions (detail frequency) though, and are tailored to images in the ~6-15MP range.

    Do you find that you always settle on the same figures in % and value dialogs? You don’t need to rationalize, but it would be very interesting to hear about your choices in a comment on this post. Don’t forget to include the general image size you are working with.

    Adobe release Camera Raw 5.3 and Lightroom 2.3 updates

    Adobe has released final versions of the Camera raw 5.3 and Lightroom 2.3 updates, now including support for

  • Nikon D3X
  • Olympus E-30
  • Links:

    Camera Raw 5.3 for Windows
    Camera Raw 5.3 for Mac
    Lightroom 2.3 for Windows
    Lightroom 2.3 for Mac

    Adobe posts update to Photoshop CS4

    Adobe posted an update to Photoshop CS4 today that covers these bugs and more:

  • A number of issues that could cause slow performance have been addressed.
  • Pen barrel rotation with Wacom tablets now works correctly.
  • Photoshop now correctly recognizes 3D textures edited by a plug-in.
  • The quality of the results of Auto-Blend Layers (Stack Images) has been improved.
  • A problem that could result in a crash when pasting formatted text has been fixed.
  • A crash that could result from a corrupt font no longer occurs.
  • Link (Or just use the updater from within Photoshop).

    A new take on ‘available light’.

    A friend, professional photographer Jann Lipka, has created this fine and concise video tutorial showing an example of how to use time and ‘available light’ to your advantage when creating product / studio shots.

    “My Name is Jann Lipka, I’m a professional photographer from Stockholm, and I wanted to show you how to make use of your cell phone in a little bit different way…’

    http://vimeo.com/2536591?pg=embed&sec=2536591

    This video tutorial is also a part of this blog post on strobist which is about using lcd lightpanels of various kinds for illumination.

    Here’s my first try, using my cellphone’s light, Canon40D, 30 second exposure, ISO 125:

    Treasure

    Digital Camera Magazine – Photographer of the year contest

    UK-based Digital Camera Magazine features this huge international photography contest, 120.000 submissions, and the winners of up to a top prize of £15.000 will be announced Feb. 15.

    The top runners are an interesting browse. Obviously, there’s quite a lot of good work out there.

    Nikon D400 rumor

    So, even though this is unofficial in my part of the world, a Russian magazine had an article on an upcoming Nikon D400, a successor to the popular and coveted Nikon D300.

    I’ve read a Danish translation of the article that listed these specs:

    14.3MP CMOS
    ISO 100-6400
    Up to 7 frames pr second (probably in crop mode?).
    And video in 1080p, 24FPS.

    The video part is interesting, because not only is it 1080p, like in the Canon 5D II, but Nikon also seems to have listened to the critics of the Canon 5D IIs 30FPS video, and implemented the more ‘movie like’ 24FPS video mode.

    The camera will take UDMA CF cards, and has an LCD with 922.000 pixels, which automatically dims and brightens depending on ambient light.

    Price is anyones guess, but in Russia, it will list for around US$2000 (supposedly, cameras are more expensive in Russia compared to the US).

    Reuters explores photo technique

    Reuters has posted an interesting gallery of photographs exploring repetitive patterns:

    Reuters Repeat after me.

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