So is the 18-Core iMac Pro Worth It?

So is Apple’s 18-Core iMacPro worth it? In short: YES – if your software can take advantage of it. That’s the KEY. But just as key: the 10-core iMac is really at the sweet spot of what the vast majority of users will likely ever need. It’s a little beast!
Final Cut Pro X is clearly designed to take FULL advantage of the 18 cores, whereas DaVinci Resolve is several times slower on similar exports (as much as 5 times slower) and unfortunately Adobe Premiere is currently not even on the same racetrack…
The results continue to be seriously
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Instagram is Now Alerting Users When People Screenshot Stories

Instagram is testing out a new feature that Snapchat helped make famous: users are being notified when other people shoot screenshots of photos and videos in Instagram Stories. Some users have begun seeing advance notices from Instagram saying that the next time they shoot a screenshot or screen recording of a story, the owner of the story will be notified:
The small percentage of users who have the warning feature activated during this test can see everyone
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Windows 10 is Getting a New ‘Ultimate Performance’ Mode for Pros

Want to squeeze some extra juice out of your Windows 10 workstation? Microsoft has just unveiled a new “Ultimate Performance” power plan that’s coming to Windows 10 Pro. The new plan is designed for advanced users for whom “High Performance” isn’t enough. It helps speed things up by “eliminating micro-latencies” that come with “fine-grained power management techniques” — instead of thinking about power, the workstation will focusing even more on performance. “As part of our effort to provide the absolute maximum performance we’re introducing a new power policy called Ultimate Performance,” Microsoft says. “Windows has developed key areas where performance
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DPRSplit Extracts Extra Dynamic Range From Canon 5D Mark IV RAW Files

DPRSplit is a new utility by LibRaw (the makers of FastRawViewer and RawDigger) that lets you squeeze extra dynamic range out of Canon 5D Mark IV RAW files. It may sound like magic, but the program works by separating the data captured by the DSLR’s Dual Pixel sensor.
The main screen of DPRSplit.
“Canon 5D Mark IV’s sensor has a somewhat unusual pixel arrangement: each pixel is composed of two subpixels,” writes FastRawViewer. “If Dual Pixel RAW mode is enabled in the camera, the resulting CR2 file contains two images, or two frames: one composite, made from reading both
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Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 Brings Speed Boost and New Features

Adobe has just announced the launch of Lightroom Classic CC v7.2, an update that brings the performance improvements promised teased and promised earlier this year.

The Performance Improvements

The performance improvements in this update have to do with batch processing rather than interaction. Lightroom will be faster at completing batch tasks, but you won’t see more responsiveness to individual tools and actions. As long as your desktop has a multi-core CPU and at least 12GB of RAM, you should see improved speed for these things:

Adobe Releases More Efficient Lightroom Classic, CC, and Mobile Apps

Adobe Releases More Efficient Lightroom Classic, CC, and Mobile Apps We already had good reviews of a pre-release version of Lightroom Classic version 7.2 earlier this month, but today, it's finally out. As other software companies such as Apple have announced a slowdown of software feature developments and a concentration on bug fixes and performance improvements, so, too, has Adobe promised a renewed focus on Lightroom performance across all platforms. And this is just the beginning. [ Read More ]

LRTimelapse 5 Is Here With Many Improvements and Additional Features

LRTimelapse 5 Is Here With Many Improvements and Additional Features LRTimelapse is without a doubt the best piece of software to manage extreme day-to-night and night-to-day transition when capturing a time-lapse sequence. This flicker remover program changed the industry for good and a new version with many improvements has just been announcement by its creator. Here is what you need to know about it. [ Read More ]

Instagram ‘Regram’ Test Lets Others Use Your Photos in Their Stories

We reported in November 2017 that Instagram had begun testing a “Regram” feature similar to Facebook’s Share feature, which lets people repost your content on their pages with full attribution. Now Instagram is reportedly testing the ability to Regram other people’s photos in the Stories you create. TechCrunch reports that the feature is currently being tested on a small percentage of Instagram users, so there’s a good chance you won’t see the feature active in your app. “Instagram purposefully lacks a ‘Regram’ button to promote original sharing, but it’s easing up on that philosophy when it comes to Stories,” TechCrunch
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Sony’s Camera Firmware Updater is a Major Security Risk, Expert Warns

If you use Sony cameras, here’s something you should be aware of: a computer security expert is warning that Sony’s camera firmware update process has serious security risks that could put your computer and data in danger. Photography and software expert Lloyd Chambers of diglloyd first reported on the issue back in October 2017. Chambers says that while companies like Nikon and Canon use safe in-camera firmware update processes, Sony uses a desktop-based updater that requires “administrative root access” to function — when given these permissions to your computer, the software could theoretically do just about anything. “That means it
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Sony’s Camera Firmware Updater is a Major Security Risk, Expert Warns

If you use Sony cameras, here’s something you should be aware of: a computer security expert is warning that Sony’s camera firmware update process has serious security risks that could put your computer and data in danger. Photography and software expert Lloyd Chambers of diglloyd first reported on the issue back in October 2017. Chambers says that while companies like Nikon and Canon use safe in-camera firmware update processes, Sony uses a desktop-based updater that requires “administrative root access” to function — when given these permissions to your computer, the software could theoretically do just about anything. “That means it
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Lightroom Shortcuts You Can Use All the Time

If you’re starting to spend a lot of time inside Lightroom, keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys can help speed up your workflow and save you precious seconds that add up over time. Toronto-based photographer Lucy Martin put together this helpful 3-minute video to share the handy Lightroom shortcuts that she finds herself using all the time. Here’s a quick rundown of the shortcuts covered in the video: G – Go to Grid (Library Mode)
E – Enter Loupe View
L – Lights Out
P – Pick/Flag Photo
X – Reject Photo
CAPS LOCK – Auto Next Photo
CMD + DELETE
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You Can Finally Schedule Posts on Instagram Now (Kinda)

Instagram has announced that you can now schedule posts on the social network, provided you are signed up as a business account and using an approved third-party scheduling service. This new automation will streamline the Instagram workflow for those who are using the image-sharing app. Scheduling will work through third-party apps that make use of the new Instagram Graph API. There’s still no way to schedule posts directly on Instagram, through — you will, for now at least, need to make use of a third-party social media management service – and they are, more often than not, paid services.
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You Can Finally Schedule Posts on Instagram Now (Kinda)

Instagram has announced that you can now schedule posts on the social network, provided you are signed up as a business account and using an approved third-party scheduling service. This new automation will streamline the Instagram workflow for those who are using the image-sharing app. Scheduling will work through third-party apps that make use of the new Instagram Graph API. There’s still no way to schedule posts directly on Instagram, through — you will, for now at least, need to make use of a third-party social media management service – and they are, more often than not, paid services.
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AJA’s FS-HDR v2.0 software enables greater control over color processing and HDR

AJA's FS-HDR v2.0 software enables greater control over color

AJA just released free v2.0 software for its FS-HDR enables greater control over color processing and HDR conversion, transforms and expands camera format support.

FS-HDR v2.0 software introduces, according to AJA,  intuitive new parametric controls that allow users to fine tune the look of final transforms in FS-HDR, and adds support for camera formats Sony S-Log3, S-Gamut Cine and S-Log3 BT.2020.

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Lightroom Still Slow? Another Major Performance Update is Coming

After finally admitting that Lightroom is slow in 2017, Adobe pledged to speed it up and released a big performance update in October 2017. Unfortunately, the updated Lightroom can still be sluggish, even if you spend $6,000 building the ultimate Lightroom editing machine. There’s some great news today, though: Adobe says that another major performance update is on the way. For the upcoming Lightroom Classic 7.2 update, Adobe partnered with Intel to work on “key performance issues” that cause photographers pain. CPU and memory usage will both be more optimized in Lightroom Classic 7.2. Once you’ve downloaded
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Hands-On First Look with a New Lightroom Update that Promises Faster Speeds

Hands-On First Look with a New Lightroom Update that Promises Faster Speeds Adobe touted much faster speeds with the release of Lightroom Classic CC (essentially, Lightroom 7). However, results seemed inconsistent. Even so, these early inconsistencies seem to have gone away with subsequent updates and bug fixes. And thankfully, Adobe will soon release another update to Lightroom that promises even better speed increases. We’ve been playing around with it for a few days to get a better idea of what to expect. [ Read More ]

Life After Apple: Month One

Life After Apple: Month One As I wrote about before, I have always been the biggest Apple fan anyone’s ever seen. Especially with my background in graphic design, it only made sense to use an Apple computer. Naturally, as I transitioned into being a photographer, I continued to use nothing but Apple computers, and I do still maintain that they make an excellent, high-quality product. That said, it does come at a price, a rather hefty price that made me question things. [ Read More ]

How to Create a Droste Effect Photo in a Photo in a Photo

The Droste effect is when a photo recursively appears within itself — the photo within the photo within the photo, “tunneling” forever. Here’s a 12-minute video by photographer and retoucher Antti Karppinen that shows you can create a Droste effect photo for yourself. First, a straightforward way you can do this is by copying your image and pasting it into Photoshop. Just scale it down and position it in front of the frame, and continue this for as long as you want. But if you want to get a little more crazy, you can use a neat piece of software
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Lightroom Tricks for Organizing Photos and Optimizing Workflow

Need to improve your photo management in Lightroom? Here’s a 19-minute video from Nigel Danson that looks at how you can improve your Lightroom workflow by properly organizing photos and adopting a whole host of useful tips. When organizing his photos on his hard drive, Danson has a hierarchical system that sorts his images by date. First off, he has main folders that indicate the year images were taken. After that, he has Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 folders. Within those folders he has separated things by location. The video is full of tips for Lightroom workflows that Danson has
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