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Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 22, 2021  |  0 comments

Boris FX Optics 2021 is a gourmet buffet of creative effects Photoshop plug-ins that span the entire spectrum from caviar to corndogs, from ketchup meatloaf to filet mignon with shaved truffles. In other words, these dynamic, fast-operating filters do the normal mundane operations like color correction—and also do highly imaginative manipulations that will dazzle you. There are 160 plug-in filters and each has dozens of presets—and more importantly, each preset has dozens of adjustable parameters. Additionally, Boris FX Optics 2021 can be used as a standalone special effects editor. All at an amazing price, too.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 15, 2021  |  0 comments

Each and every one of these best-in-class compact digital cameras delivers big camera performance in a small camera package. Light enough to carry with you every day, everywhere, these are high quality digital cameras that are perfect for travel, discreet street shooting and casual family snaps.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Jan 08, 2021  |  0 comments

These projects are affordable or FREE and will keep you occupied for days – weeks, even. They require no special skills and comply with social distancing safety and common sense. Think of them as sort of blind dates. You may want to spend an afternoon with them, or maybe a few months, or perhaps even the rest of your life.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 31, 2020  |  0 comments

Not satisfied to assail those who abuse American English grammar, I now assault the bane of human communications: abbreviations. Yes, at the risk of being totally devoid of SEO considerations, I share with you today what’s wrong with the way photographers take verbal shortcuts. IMHO.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 25, 2020  |  1 comments

Did you just get a new camera? Or maybe you’re getting reacquainted with a camera that’s been on the shelf for awhile? Getting good pictures consistently – the ultimate goal of all photographers – is easier than you think. Here are 10 tips that I share with all photographers regardless of skill level.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 18, 2020  |  0 comments

Looking for photo gifts that are a little different for the photographers in your life? Start here with our list of the 7 greatest new and/or unique photo gifts in the universe. If you are into digital photography or cameras of any sort yourself, odds are you’ll find something on this list of photo gifts that you’ll want to call your own. We did.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Dec 08, 2020  |  3 comments

If 2020 taught us nothing else, we collectively learned that things can go wrong. Terribly wrong. If your photos and video footage are important to you (and, as a photographer, they should be), then you need to buy a trusty storage or backup device pronto.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 20, 2020  |  0 comments

Sigma recently introduced the 105mm f/2.8 DG DN macro lens for L mount and Sony FE mount mirrorless cameras. It focuses continuously down to life-size (1:1 reproduction ratio) at the minimum focusing distance of 11.6 inches and offers considerable versatility beyond macro applications. We took a thorough look at the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DG DN macro lens in a Sony mount for this hands-on review.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 13, 2020  |  0 comments

Humans learn to speak correctly by repeating what they hear, and during the process they automatically and unconsciously develop “an ear for correct grammar” naturally. I’ll bet you don’t leave many dangling participles, even though only a few English majors know exactly what that means. I propose that composition, particularly composition in photography, is learned the same way.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Nov 10, 2020  |  0 comments

Leica just announced the full frame Leica Q2 Monochrom, a black-and-white-only version of the popular Leica Q2. Shutterbug was able to borrow an early sample before the announcement and we put her through the paces. Sporting the same sharp Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH non-interchangeable lens and a modified version of the 47.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, the new Leica Q2 Monochrom wears covert dress without the famous red Leica circle logo and has a new maximum ISO 100,000.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 29, 2020  |  0 comments

Just introduced, the compact Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras has an affordable ($549) price tag. It’s eighth in the series of Tamron lenses made specifically for Sony E-Mount cameras, and it’s the world's smallest and lightest telezoom in its class.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 23, 2020  |  0 comments

DxO just released PhotoLab 4, a major update of their innovative photo-editing software. This latest version features DxO DeepPRIME, a game-changing technology you’re going to be hearing about over and over from now on. DxO DeepPRIME is a groundbreaking demosaicing and denoising engine based on artificial intelligence and trained with deep learning. And I'm not kidding when I say it will make old Raw files from your 10+ years old camera look like they were shot with the best and latest camera model on the market.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 16, 2020  |  0 comments

Time to test your camera name recall powers. Take a look at the list of model numbers below and identify the camera each represents. Hint: none are digital. Scroll down to read the answers and a little bit of history. No cheating! Like my junior high school shop teacher, Three-Fingers Clark, used to say, “When you cheat you only hurt yourself, but when you mess up with a table saw you get a nickname.”

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 09, 2020  |  0 comments

Adobe just released a new version of Photoshop Elements, its popular image editor for photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers. Adobe has added six new features and updated a couple more to Photoshop Elements 2021.

Jon Sienkiewicz  |  Oct 02, 2020  |  0 comments

See a spot of color you like? Scan it with this $59 doodad and instantly your smartphone shows the RGB values – and a lot of other stuff, including what brands and shades of paint to buy to match that color accurately. The Datacolor ColorReader EZ DC10-3 even suggests a full palette of other colors that complement the sample scanned. For photographers it’s a chance to objectively identify colors numerically and replicate them in Photoshop.

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