Check Hi all, glad to finally touch base! So many things have been going on lately that's it's been hard to sit down and write.
First off let's start with a couple things software related you might like to look in at. Skylums Software, makers of Luminar and Aurora HDR have just shared news about an update coming soon, which will add auto sky enhancement to their program. Here is the announcement.
About AI Sky Enhancer:
This filter was created for photographers who would rather focus on creating photos, and have neither the time or inclination to spend hours correcting their images.
By moving a single slider you can add depth, definition, and detail to the sky without exposing unwanted artifacts or affecting any other aspect of the image.
No one wants boring skies in their photos, and restoring and improving the sky is one of the most important things while creating a masterpiece. We’ve done our best to make this process as simple as it can be - the new AI Sky Enhancer creates no halos, automatically detects the edges of the sky and recognizes the sky even inside other objects such as bridges.
Check our there press release here: https://macphun.evyy.net/c/418593/525834/3255
The new and advanced AI Sky Enhancer Filter is going to be added to Luminar on November 1, 2018 in advance of Luminar Libraries.
New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $59 USD ($49 with your coupon code)
Current users of Luminar 2018 may update for free
Current users of Luminar 2017 may upgrade for $49 USD ($39 with your coupon code)
Second really love all the new offerings now from companies like Nikon and Canon in the mirrorless realm. Note I'm not a camera snob. I just like we all have options with companies we might be used too!.
Till next time
Wow, it been a whirlwind of a week! Last week got a surprise of doing a band shoot, this was during the 115th Anniversary of Harley Davidson that went on last week. The band Gimme Skynard was reforming with two new members and wanted some shots playing during the event, as well as some group shots. Except for the weather which was tropic-like humidity last Sunday. Their performance and the pictures went fantastic.
Then today I got to see and try the new Nikon Z6 series cameras in person at a launch party for them by Arts Camera Plus. Wow, I was expecting quite a bit, Nikon has taken years of camera design and new technology and combines in one awesome piece of equipment. Even tried the F to Z mount adapter, allowing the use of over 90 percent of F-mount lenses without loss of function, in fact in many cases adding a function like VR. It will be cool to see Canon new full-frame mirrorless as well! Thank you to the great folks at Arts for the event! Always nice to see something like this in person. Remember shop local when you can!
Till next time
Selling a great camera system with three lens and many extras! You can check it out here@https://www.ebay.com/itm/253831696391
First pic and Common loon up in Canada with it. Second two at 70, and 300. Next two with the FT-1 Adapter with Nikon fMound 70-2000 at close up and distance and lastly the 10-30 with a flower.
Well, this week I attended another special exhibition of aircraft from all over the globe at EAA Air Venture. While the first time I attended this was many years back (Early 1980's) I can honestly say it has been a must to the last 5 years! I'm sure for everyone that goes there is that something special that draws them. For me, it's seeing the classic Military aircraft. Planes such as the Mustang, B-17 Flying Fortress, and F-86 Sabre all enthrall me. I'm sure its due to my love of Military history. That's not to say I don't appreciate the Build up's or the Trick planes and their pilots as I do!
Because this I believe is one of the biggest airshows in the country. It is huge! I easily can walk 6-10 miles in a day. So even though being in pretty good shape, you can understand you really have to think about the gear you take with you. Up till now, my rig was a double camera strap and a Mountain Smith bag like I saw Moose Peterson mention in one of his videos. While this worked fairly well, I had something in mind that would save my back. And also allow for other things, a tripod, Umbrella, seat, and other camera gear.
This year I finally built up an idea I had a while back for a mobile camera equipment cart. It using an old Golf Bag Cart as the base. It cost me a couple hours and about 50.00 in products including the old golf cart. I'm glad to say it works pretty well. Now that I used it, I will be retrofitting and be adjusting. I've shown a few pics here of the first build up! I'll share more instruction later. With this, I was able to use two of my Think Tank bags as carriers. This allowed for bringing not only my tried and true Nikon D4 and D750. But also my Sony's, the A7, and A6300. It was interesting shooting with both cameras, with of course plus and minus to both rigs. A Short list of some observations between the systems.
1. The startup, while its gotten better, be it asleep or turning on the Standard DSLR out passes the Mirrorless by a bunch. Very important if your a person that wants to capture those spontaneous moments. I really hope this can be addressed. As in wedding, portrait work, or Wildlife, this is a big miss! (Winner DSLR)
2. Battery Life:
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the battery life on Sony cameras is almost offensive when comparing to a DSLR.
Shooting at EAA this last week brought this to the forefront. My D4 many times I can get a whole day on one battery, but I always carry a spare. The Sony A7 I have a battery pack on, But only using part of the day, I could easily see having at least 6 batteries along for a shoot. (Winner DSLR)
3. One card slot. Now be aware I do know on some of the newer models Sony has added another slot yah!, I just love the peace of mind in an important shoot to have a second copy of the images! (Winner Nikon, but note Sony learning)
1. Sony offers 5-axis in-body stabilization in its newest camera bodies that is very useful.
2. Size, for sure I believe the reason many switch from the DSLR is weight and size. I've always felt I've had good control of my camera when shooting, but not going to lie, picking up the Sony with the 70-200, is a lot different than my Nikon D4 and same lens. (Winner Sony)
3. not only are these cameras feature-packed, they offer tremendously good image quality. Using the Nikon system, I can say without a doubt that the Sony sensor trumps the Canon sensor when it comes to dynamic range and shadow recovery.
The full-frame A7RII and crop sensor A6500 gives me unreal resolution, dynamic range, and sharpness that I’m extremely happy with, and has allowed me to get the most out of my photos. (Winner Sony)
What does this all mean to you and me? I think the biggest thing is knowing we have option's which is a great thing. I'm not into camera soberly, be it Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony just to name a few, are tools that can help you create what you imagine! And lastly to put on your radar was an announcement from Nikon about a new Mirrorless full frame August 23rd, Again options! Got to Love it.
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Hi all hope you're enjoying the first days of summer, just a quick reminder my 20% off all my prints @imagesbylemke.org is in effect till the end of the June. I believe I have a great selection of photo art that can enhance any space
A small reminder to all! I consider myself pretty tech savvy, I keep up with tends, I keep my stuff up to date, be it Computer, iPad/Phone, software etc! But even the best of us can have an epic fail!
So let me explain. About a week and a half ago, Lightroom Classic on my computer had started working real slow! So I checked out the standard stuff, updates, fine, Troubleshooting could not find anything. Until I found that the hard drive I use as my main working library was near full. Now I'll amid that in the past I'd not been really good at going through my images while importing and culling the bad ones.
Thus entered a Program called Photosweaper. This is an excellent choice to go through your images Libraries. Works with pretty much any program or photo storage method! So after doing that and freeing up lots of disk space, I thought I should be good, right? Well not yet, still running slow, what could be wrong? Well, I finally figured it out. Id not checked the firmware on my Promise Pegasus in quite awhile, sure enough, did that and we're good again. Drive and Lightroom are snappy again. Moral of this story! Just try to troubleshoot in an organized way, don't blast a program of equipment without due diligence on your part!
Till Next Time!
PS. To Quote from a Favorite Show: The Answer Out There
Hi All, Lance here. Thought Id share out some interesting news.
For those of you looking for some deals on Canon Camera equipment. You might want to check this out. Bon Ton, the mother company of Boston Store is liquidating its COMPLETE 50,000 SQ FT PHOTO STUDIO! Some of the featured items:
Canon DSLR Cameras, Models, 1DX, 1DS, 5D, 5D-MK3, 5D-MK4, 1DS-MK3. 30+ Canon Lenses, 24-70, 70-200 & 90 TS-E. Hasselblad Viewfinders, HC Lenses, HC150, 210,80,50 & 35. Other Lenses to include, Schneider, Nikon and Rodenstock.
70 + Speedotron Power Supplies, Models to Include, 2403, 2403cx, 4803, 2405,2403B, 2403C & 2405CX
Speedo Heads to include, Models 102 & 202VF
Cimera LG & SM Lightbanks, Umbrellas, 100+ Speedo Reflectors 7” to 22”, Bogen Boom Stands, 50+ Tripods, PhaseOne Digital Backs, Cambo and Regal Camera Stands,
Large Qty of Mac’s & PC’s with Monitors up to 27”, Plotters, Servers, Copiers & Printers
Large Qty of Photo Props, Stock Room Shelving and Pallet Racking.
Go to this site to register and check it out! Global PartnersCA
Looking for a great deal on a Speedlight? check out this deal from Fstoppers
In my world, if you've not had a chance I've been experimenting with a new style editing technique on some of my Zoo photos. Check out my Instagram feed Imagesbylemke! You'll see before and after in any of these images, would love your feedback if you'd like to share with me!
Till next time!
Talk about a week folks! Last week found some days approaching 60 degrees in my area, which is Southern Wisconson. I had some great days in the field. Seeing Common Loons on small area lakes during a stopover on their migration northward. And that was a good thing indeed, as the Northern half of my state as well as bordering states got hit with a late Winter storm over the weekend. Many places receiving a couple feet, we've gotten my guess of 4-6 inches in our area. So besides the Loon picture this week, I got some pics of some of the Lighthouses in our area getting buffeted by 15-foot waves. That was just what I experienced.
Cool Workflow Video's Coming Soon
Hello all and welcome, sorry I know, its been a long time between posts! But I've been working on some great new content that will be launching shortly, namely short video tutorials on workflows in various photo editing applications you may find helpful. So please stay tuned, will launch later this month with weekly updates! I"ve included a quick view of one of my early videos for a taste.
Would also like to share this cool Kickstarter campaign I just saw this morning which I think will be a great addition to anyone in the field! This little jewel is called "GNARBOX 2.0 SSD" – the Rugged backup device for your camera. Check out there the page I think you'll find it an awesome addition to your daily workflow.
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