ExpoImaging’s Rogue brand has just been updated with four new products. The 32in Rogue 2-in-1 collapsible reflector and FlashBender 2 XL Pro Super Soft Silver are aimed at delivering softer light effects. They’re great for portraits. The white grid insert adds a nice halo effect to the light circle your 3-in-1 honeycomb grid creates. Finally, a new battery pouch helps you organise your freshly charged and drained batteries while on the go.
The Sony A7S II is a unique all-metal full-frame system camera. It has best-of-breed features for both photography and video. Its dramatic low-light capabilities — manually from ISO 50 to 409,600 — make low-light photography accessible to everyone. It has a 35mm equivalent full frame sensor in a package the size of a compact camera. And it does 4K XAVC video with Sony’s highly acclaimed S-Log 3 curve that allows for HDR colour grading.
DxO Optics Pro 11 incorporates three major improvements: Spot Weighted Smart Lighting, PRIME 2016 noise reduction and full-screen mode. There’s now also an automatic red-eye correction. However, DxO Optics Pro still lacks support for IPTC metadata and a full-scale management module.
In the 4K video age, memory cards should be blazingly fast but even more so: dependable. Memory cards that break after five hours of use are a frustration at best and a catastrophe in many cases. The Lexar Professional microSDHC UHS-II 1000x and 1800x are both extremely fast and they won’t break that quickly.
Hundreds of tutorials have been written on how to cut out a subject from a background in Photoshop, but Picture Instruments claims you can do a better job with its Chroma Mask application. Chroma Mask automates much of the process and adds a unique feature: mask as you shoot.
What if you have an iPhone — which has GPS built-in — but you take most of your pictures using a dSLR without GPS capabilities? Or even more shockingly: you don’t have GPS at all to geotag your photos? Until now, you were either “old” or an oddball, but that may change with Picture Instruments’ newest app, Smart GPS Sync.
DSC Labs is a Canadian company that makes colour reference charts for the video and movie industry. Their ChromaDuMonde colour charts are the industry standard for professional colourists. A new range of products consists of DSC Labs’ less expensive and easier to use ChromaMatch Pro and ChromaMatch Lt charts. The colour patches on these charts are arranged in a dramatically different way, making these charts simpler to use. Even if you have no experience with colour calibration for video, ChromaMatch charts are quite intuitive to use. I had a chance to try a ChromaMatch Pro “Handy” sized chart.