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Looking for Raw support for a new Sony DSC-RX100or Canon EOS Rebel T4idigital camera? Through Adobe Labs, Lightroom 4.2 Release Candidate (as well as ACR 7.2) is available with Raw support for the following models.

  • Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i
  • Canon EOS M
  • Fuji FinePix F800EXR
  • Leaf Credo 40
  • Leaf Credo 60
  • Nikon 1 J2
  • Panasonic DMC-FZ200
  • Panasonic DMC-G5
  • Panasonic DMC-LX7
  • Pentax K-30
  • Sony DSC-RX100

The Lightroom 4.2 release candidate is available as a free download for Lightroom 4 customers, and the Photoshop Camera Raw 7.2 release candidate is available for Photoshop CS6 customers. Both are available for Mac and Windows.

Apple also supports the Canon T4i with Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.14.


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One argument to shoot Raw+Jpeg for your landscape work is the built-in distortion correction feature that we're seeing on many current DSLRs. When turned on, the camera corrects for barrel or pincushion distortion. That's the good news. Unfortunately that doesn't work for Raw files, only your Jpegs.

Fort Ross Road Corrected Distortion correction turned on in a Pentax K-30 with 18-135mm zoom.

I was part of a group that visited Ft. Ross in N. California during the recent TDS Sonoma Coast Photography Workshop. I used the opportunity to field test the new Pentax K-30 with 18-135mm Lensfor landscape shooting. I turned on Distortion Correction and shot Raw+Jpeg so I could compare the results.

Fort Ross Road Not Corrected Raw image from a Pentax K-30 with 18-135mm zoom.

Indeed, with Distortion Correction turned on, the Jpegs showed a clean horizon line (top image). The Raw file displayed distortion (bottom image) that would need to be corrected in post production.

For online posting and quick turnaround jobs, you may want to shoot Raw+Jpeg in this situation, so you can post the corrected files right away. Later, for your printing and other more detailed work, clean up the Raw files for maximum quality and control.


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Alyssa Jayne

A combination of beautiful North Coast scenery and the fantastic Alyssa Jayne teamed up for a fun day of shooting at the the TDS Sonoma Coast Photography Workshop.

"It's hard to make my final selections," commented Scott Loftesness during the afternoon lab session. "There are so many good ones."

Day two will focus on landscape. We'll see what the North Coast provides for us...

Alyssa Up in the Air One of the day's assignments was to create a photo for a "pretend" Sprite soda commercial.


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It's Super Zoom Week!

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Been thinking about getting an all-in-one super zoom digital camera? Well, this is your lucky week. Pentax, Olympus, Nikon, and Canon all announced new models.

What type of photographer is the super zoom designed for? Someone who wants extended focal length topping out with long telephoto, but in a reasonably sized body. There's no messing around with interchangeable lenses. The kit you buy is the kit you use.

The Pentax X-5 ($279) features a 22.3-580mm zoom on a 16 MP body. It's powered by 2 rechargable AA batteries.

The Olympus SP-820UZ iHS ($329) sports a crazy 22.4 - 896mm zoom lens on a 14MP body. It also uses AA batteries.

The Canon PowerShot SX500 IS ($329) uses a 24-720mm zoom on a 16MP body.

And finally, the Nikon COOLPIX P7700 ($499) is designed for those who want reach, but like to shoot in low light. Its 28-200mm lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.0. The P7700 sports a 12MP body that can capture images at a fast 8 fps.

If you're looking for a lot of reach in a small package, one of these super zooms might do it for you.


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Andriod Meets Nikon

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The Nikon COOLPIX S800c digital camera ($349 US) doesn't have cellular (although how cool would that be), but it is Android powered with WiFi connectivity. (Hey, watch out for that zoom lens while using the touchscreen...)

The generous 3.5" rear OLED touch screen is big enough to take advantage of a boatload of apps available in Google Play. You're still going to have to duck in to a Starbucks (or maybe this is the time to get MyFi) to connect to the Internet. But once you do, you can process and share your images directly from the camera.

One of the many photo apps available in Google Play is Instagram. Can you imagine the leg up you'd have shooting with a 16 MP, 10X optical zoom, ISO 25-3200 Nikon camera?

Not fair!


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What's the biggest drawback to being the Nimble Photographer on photo assignment? Perception. If I show up with anything less than a big gun, will clients and participants take me seriously? I explore this phenomenon in the first segment of the show.

I then start laying the ground work for my trip to Germany in September to cover Photokina and Oktoberfest. If you're not all that familiar with Photokina, I provide some good context to help bring you up to speed.

And finally, I have a personal story that involves my iPhone. I know the best camera is the one you have with you, but I never expected this. And there's more... in this week's TDS podcast.

Listen to the Podcast

You can also download the podcast here (29 minutes). Or better yet, subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. You can support this podcast by purchasing the TDS iPhone App for only $2.99 from the Apple App Store.

Monthly Photo Assignment

Street Scene is the August 2012 Photo Assignment. You can read more about how to submit on our Member Participation page. Deadline for entry is August 30, 2012.

More Ways to Participate

Want to share photos and talk with other members in our virtual camera club? Check out our Flickr Public Group. And from those images, I choose the TDS Member Photo of the Day.

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Making the Case for Live View

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One of my favorite features on the Canon EOS 60D and the Olympus OM-D E-M5is live view. I'm discovering how effective composing on non-fixed-back LCDs can be for certain types of shots. It's ironic that we're used to this method for our camera phones and point and shoots, but seem to forget about it when picking up the DSLR.

I was so used to looking through the viewfinder that I would forget entirely about composing on the LCD. I'm over that now, and I'm using live view for about a third of my shooting. Some of the most common situations include:

  • Crowd shots where I hold the camera overhead.
  • Close up photography at weird angles.
  • Product shots in the studio.
  • Candids when I don't want to make people self conscious (holding the camera at my waist).

Big Crowd from Overhead By finding a good position and holding the camera over my head, I was able to compose this shot. Photo by Derrick Story.

Live view has really helped me with product photography. I move the camera around the subject at different angles until I find just the look I want. If I have enough light on the subject, I can capture the photo right on the spot. If you haven't done so already, try it.

Thanks to the addition of video recording with DSLRs, we're seeing more articulated LCDs than ever before. If you have one, try experimenting with live view for your still photography too. You might see the world in a slightly different way.


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As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I'm not taking a DSLR on my assignment to Europe. Instead, I'm packing my micro four thirds kit and traveling light with two bodies and six lenses in a Lowepro backpack.

In preparation, I've been testing this kit in real world situations. (I might be crazy, but I'm not stupid.) Yesterday, however, was the first time I left my DSLR at home for a paid assignment.

Fun Ladies Fun Ladies. They were dying to get in a shot, so I let them. I held the OM-D high over my head and tilted the LCD screen to compose the shot. ISO 400 with no supplemental lighting. It's one of my favorites of the day. Photo by Derrick Story.

The job was to cover the Grapes to Glass event in the heart of Sonoma County's wine country. I took only one bag that held my micro four thirds kit including two flashes. Over the course of the afternoon and evening, I used two bodies, four lenses, and my lighting. I shot Raw and processed the work in Aperture 3.3.

Wine Pourers Wine Pourers. Captured with OM-D and 45mm f/1.8 lens at f/2.2. Off camera flash held over my head with my left hand. ISO 800. Photo by Derrick Story.

Bottom line: the shoot turned out beautifully. The images were sharp and colorful. I had no problem working with the Raw files in Aperture. And my back and shoulders feel great today.

Next test will be the TDS Sonoma Coast Workshop that begins on Friday. I'll keep you posted.


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Getting Ready for Photokina

One of the biggest photography events in the western world is Photokina in Cologne, Germany, beginning Sept. 18, 2012. This amazing event happens every two years, and usually overlaps with Oktoberfest in Munich, just 5 hours away via train.

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I'll be on site covering the show in Cologne, then visiting Oktoberfest afterward. One of the major themes we'll see this year is mobile photography. A large amount of floor space has been dedicated to this topic, and it's on the hot list for many manufacturers.

I also anticipate major announcements from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, and others. My sponsor, Lowepro, will be launching some terrific new products that I'm eager to discuss. I'll be posting on all of their social networks during the event, including Lowepro Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram (loweprobags). In fact, we'll be relying heavily on Instagram to share images on the other sites too.

As for my preparations, I'm traveling as light as possible. I'll be toting the MacBook Pro Retina Display for my heavy duty work (Aperture, Photoshop CS6, Final Cut X, etc.) and the new iPad for work in the field (iPhoto for iOS).

For my cameras, I'm placing my trust in the Olympus OM-D E-M5 system that will cut my gear weight by over half. I'll take five lenses and a backup PEN body. I'll also pack the new Olympus TG-1 for its tough, all weather capability and for its built-in GPS. Everything will fit easily in my Lowepro DSLR Video Fastpack 250 AWthat holds my camera gear, laptop, and iPad, yet fits easily on the plane both under the seat and in the overhead compartment.

At this point, you might be wondering why I'm getting prepared for this event a month in advance. I've learned over the years that if I start packing early, I forget much less. I'll keep you posted.


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I get a kick out of creating landscape panoramas. When trying to photograph a beautiful vista, panoramas come closer to what I'm actually feeling while standing there.

Many cameras these days will handle the alignment and stitching for you. Some do better than others. I recently tested the Olympus TG-1 compact "tough" camera in Maui. While doing so, I tried its auto panorama scene mode. Here are the results.

Good Panorama Good Panorama

The camera performed well when I did this three-frame pano of the Maui rainforest. There are most likely flaws in the shot. But the forest hides them pretty well. This one I could show to friends.

The Bad Bad Panorama

Things got worse, however, when I tried to shoot ocean scenes with big skies. In this shot, the alignment is off, and you can see the seams in the sky where the 3 frames are adjoined.

The Ugly The Ugly.

But wait! Things can get worse. In this attempt just about everything that could go wrong, did.

Moral of the story. Handheld panoramas captured in auto stitching mode are a total crap shoot. Technology can make up for some of my laziness. But sometimes I just have to break out the tripod and shoot things the old fashioned way.

I have to admit though, these were fun to make.


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