With the proliferation of video frame sizes beyond 1920×1080 pixels, memory card readers have become a major bottleneck in the production process. The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a high-speed reader system that lets you transfer images from up to four memory cards simultaneously. The solution consists of a four-bay reader hub and independently sold reader modules that can be used both as a module and a stand-alone reader.
One of the advantages of digital photography is that you can shoot as many photos of the same subject as you like without worrying too much about composition or, in the case of action photography, of whether your subject was in focus all the time. This advantage is also a disadvantage: you risk stuffing your disk with useless images you’ll probably never going to use. How do you get rid of those duplicates and near-duplicates? Doing it manually is one possible cure, but it’s a lot better for your nerves if you do it with the help of an app. PhotoSweeper assists you when cleaning out your image database.
You can remove unwanted objects, skin blemishes and scratches using the Context-aware Spot Healing Brush tool in Photoshop CS6 and later. This brush allows you to quickly paint in the areas that need fixing. Its results are far from perfect from the first try, but with a bit of fine-tuning, you can make unwanted artefacts disappear in a couple of minutes. But what if you don’t have Photoshop? In that case, Snapheal Pro from Macphun is a nice alternative. In addition to making your models look skin-perfect, the app has the basic image adjusting tools. Snapheal Pro is a stand-alone app as well as a plug-in to Photoshop, Lightroom and Aperture.
A cinemagraph or living photo is a hybrid illustration, partly photograph, partly video. After having created a cinemagraph, you end up with a video or animated GIF looping for 10 seconds. Creating a cinemagraph with a NLE such as Final Cut Pro X is tedious and difficult. Cinemagraph Pro makes it dead easy.
The original ExpoDisc was an aluminium disc you mount to the front of your camera lens. ExpoDisc 2.0 has a polycarbonate ring and a spring-load mechanism for mounting. It still has a semi-opaque standardised grey surface through which you can take a white balance shot with your dSLR. It’s still the easiest and most accurate […]
It has been over five years ago since I last reviewed Photomatix Pro, the gold standard for HDR software. Photomatix Pro 5 and its associated plug-ins are more powerful than ever. Photomatix Pro 5 adds a Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping method and an Exposure Fusion method for Real Estate, multiple settings in batch operations and the ability to create faux HDR images from one LDR image with Fusion settings. Since I last reviewed Photomatix, the app has come a long way. It hasn’t changed much in terms of output quality, which has always been excellent but it sure has evolved in terms of options, methods and interface. Compared to other HDR apps, Photomatix Pro 5 finds itself in a league of its own.
The second generation of the Ray Flash ring flash adapter can be used with pretty much any flash and camera. I tested the €118.00 Ray Flash Universal Ring Flash adapter with my trusted Sony A700, a hotshoe converter and the new and brilliant LumoPro LP180.