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Frank’s a definite Alpha Male

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We shall be sending Frank Doorhof one of our original and rare Alpha Male T-shirts, in black, though I’m not sure we have anything quite large enough to fit him – which goes for his personality too. He’s a great workshop presenter, overcoming technical problems by just cracking on with whatever will work best. At [...] . . . → Read More: Frank’s a definite Alpha Male

Go wider than wide with Photomerge

In the latest incarnation of Photoshop, CS6, the Photomerge function is faster than ever before and leverages all the context-aware, pixel matching math of the previous versions enhanced to a degree you’ll find hard to believe. Sony NEX and Alpha cameras have the same technology built-in for their sweep panorama mode, but anyone who’s used this [...] . . . → Read More: Go wider than wide with Photomerge

Using Adobe Bridge/ACR for ‘film looks’ controlled by your Alpha

It’s now easy enough to find camera profiles – image looks created by independent photographers, as Adobe and Sony do not provide any – which make a big difference to raw processing using Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom. There are also many fine adjustments you can make within these programs, able to customise the image [...] . . . → Read More: Using Adobe Bridge/ACR for ‘film looks’ controlled by your Alpha

Free download PDF guide to Adobe Camera Raw

You can open or download an excellent (slightly dated, unrevised since ACR 6.1 but finally translated into English from the original Italian by Francesco Marzoli) guide to all the deeper functions and tricks of efficient workflow using Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, Lightroom and Photoshop from X-Rite: http://www.xritephoto.com/Documents/Literature/EN/GuidaCameraRaw_en.pdf This PDF instruction book obviously mentions the use of X-Rite’s ColorChecker Passport [...] . . . → Read More: Free download PDF guide to Adobe Camera Raw

Sony ‘HowTo’ videos – a different level

Paul Genge of Sony UK noted my criticism of the Sony corporate videos. Well, what Sony were not publicizing so well was that Paul has been making some rather homespun but far more valuable and interesting videos – in fact, going beyond the usual remit of Sony staff to do stuff almost off the cuff. I [...] . . . → Read More: Sony ‘HowTo’ videos – a different level

Alpha 55 video of a rare occasion

On Saturday, the Household Cavalry chose to provide a guard of honour for a wedding couple lucky enough to have planned their wedding for the day the mounted regiment was in town. I photographed the event from the unique viewpoint of an Alpha 55 fitted with a Sigma 8-16mm superwide zoom, mounted on a 3.5m [...] . . . → Read More: Alpha 55 video of a rare occasion

30 key points about stock photography | dPhotoexpert

Here’s an article on our sister website, dPhotoexpert, which may interest Photoclubalpha readers who shoot for libraries or on-line stock sites: 30 key points about stock photography | dPhotoexpert. . . . → Read More: 30 key points about stock photography | dPhotoexpert

Alamy blacklists compact and bridge digitals

In an unusual move, probably designed to cut down the work of rejecting submissions which fail to make the grade, the on-line picture library Alamy has published lists of cameras (by make) which will NEVER produce a file acceptable to pass their Quality Control. It includes all the Sony Cyber-shots ever made as far as [...] . . . → Read More: Alamy blacklists compact and bridge digitals

7fps – marketing point or real benefit?

ALL the current DSLRs made – whether by Canon, Nikon or even Sony with the A700 and A900 – state their maximum fps continuous shooting speed as being with NO autofocus, and NO exposure metering changes. There’s a lot of talk on forums about the 7fps of the new Alpha 550 – 14.3 megapixel CMOS [...] . . . → Read More: 7fps – marketing point or real benefit?

Crop or cram? Pixel density versus the big view…

The Alpha 900 offers an unrivalled view through its 100% prism finder. The extra brightness, as well as the size and clarity, make most subjects far easier to photograph well. For some users, however, the full frame camera brings a disadvantage in terms of reach and resolution. You need lenses 50% longer (and thus twice [...] . . . → Read More: Crop or cram? Pixel density versus the big view…