Adobe Lightroom 3 – Is It Any Good?

I had an email from a regular reader/contributor/buddy (that’s you, Alex) who wanted to know if TDM will be reviewing the latest version of Lightroom:

Reason for emailing, I was wondering if The Decisive Moment had caught up with the latest version of Adobe’s Lightroom?

Lightroom 2 has always been great for image workflow ~ managing large numbers of images, making exposure/tint adjustments, simple editing, printing, and uploading images, with links with Adobe Photoshop for more detailed work. Paul of Paul’s Studio had originally recommended it to me, and 10,000 images later it has proven its worth, at least to me! I was therefore keen to try out Lightroom 3, currently available as a beta, especially as it adds support for tethered shooting.

Previous ventures into tethered shooting had always been sooooo challenging – using Canon’s EOS Utility and Digital Photo Pro, remembering to start all the bits of software in the right sequence, hoping nothing went to sleep, never daring to unplug or switch off – often more of a distraction on a shoot! With Lightroom 3, just plugged in my EOS 7D in and it worked first time, every time. Being able to see full screen images (rather than occaisionally sharing the display on the back of the camera with the model) brings a new dimension to a live shoot!

Now I’ll be honest, I hadn’t planned to try it out – my wife won’t let me spend that much money on something that I already (kind of) have and I hate installing something, finding I like it and then getting locked out when the thing expires. However, Alex’s email has re-kindled my interest, so perhaps we’ll get a copy…

Anyone got anything to add or ask, feel free to put it in the comments or email direct.

Why Bowens Has Thrown New Light on an Old Classic (Press Release)

Bowens has relaunched an old favourite for UK photographers.

Fans of the world-acclaimed Gemini lighting system can now buy a brand new Bowens Classic 500C monolight from just £355 (incl VAT).

Explained Robert Cook, marketing director: “We completely redesigned the Gemini range eighteen months ago with a mission to simplify photographers’ workflow both in studio and on location.

We added new features like remote control, built-in radio triggering, digital display and precise ‘tenth of a stop’ accuracy on new twin-dial controls. And sales rocketed. But our recent recession surveys revealed that customers wanted an additional ‘back to basics’ option that would still offer renowned Bowens reliability and accuracy but without the full complement of extras found on the Professional Gemini ‘R’ units.

He added: “The result is our new Bowens Gemini Classic. This revamped monolight boasts a new black-painted, sturdy metal case, the Bowens ‘S’-type reflector mount, user replaceable flash tube, 250W modelling bulb, switchable slave cell and complete compatibility with our award-winning Travelpak battery system.

User-variable modelling controls are retained and we’ve added the unique-to-Bowens radio trigger module, allowing the new Gemini Classic to easily integrate with photographers’ choice of either Bowens Pulsar or PocketWizard radio trigger systems.”

“This new tier in the Gemini monolight family means that from beginner to professional, we’ve got all our customers’ needs covered. The 500C is available now and will sell at £355 – but a follow-up Gemini Classic 250C model will be our most cost-efficient option. The price point of this unit has yet to be released.”

The Gemini Classic, available in 250Ws or 500Ws models, is positioned between entry-level Gemini 200 and 400 units and the feature-rich Gemini ‘R’ and Pro models.

The new range is available as individual units or as part of Bowens’ ‘super value’ two and three head kits, including umbrellas, softbox, stands, reflectors and case.

The Gemini Classic 500C will sell at £355; the Gemini Classic 500C 2-Head kit at £780 and the Gemini Classic 500C 2-Head Travelpak kit at £1090. (All prices include VAT)

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Ricoh Announces Development of Two New Units for GXR Interchangeable Unit Camera System

Tokyo, Japan, February 23, 2010 – Ricoh Co., Ltd. (president and CEO: Shiro Kondo) today announced the development of two new camera units for the GXR interchangeable unit camera system introduced on December 18, 2009.

The GXR is a revolutionary new interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit. In addition, to fully utilize this system’s unique ability to accommodate interchangeable units other than camera units, Ricoh is also investigating possibilities for development of a variety of other devices.

This announcement concerns the introduction of the following two new camera units, as an addition to the two camera units introduced at the same time as the GXR body.

1. Camera unit RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC* (name tentative)

  • With an original Ricoh noise reduction function and a back-illuminated CMOS sensor, this camera unit expands the photographer’s range of expression by making it possible to shoot high-quality images in scenes ranging from low light to bright light.
  • Featuring a high-magnification 10.7x (28-300 mm) optical wide-angle zoom, this unit has 120 frame/second high-speed continuous shooting ability plus a wide range of other functional capabilities such as RAW image recording, image settings adjustable to nine levels, multi-target AF, and much more.
  • Start of sales planned for the summer of 2010.

*The “VC” designation indicates that this unit has the vibration correction function developed independently by Ricoh.

2. Camera unit GR LENS A12 28 mm F2.5 (name tentative)

  • Featuring a newly developed 28 mm fixed-focal-length GR LENS, this camera unit achieves high resolution and high imaging power.
  • A 23.6 mm x 15.7 mm (APS-C size) CMOS sensor is used. The combination of this sensor with the GR ENGINE III image processing engine enables the camera unit to shoot high-quality images with smooth tone gradations as well as high definition and low noise.
  • There is a manual focus ring that can be used for precise focus adjustments.
  • Start of sales planned for the winter of 2010.

We plan to have RICOH LENS P10 28-300 mm F3.5-5.6 VC camera units on display at the CP(+) CAMERA & PHOTO IMAGING SHOW to be held at PACIFICO Yokohama from March 11 (Thu.) to March 14 (Sun.).

*The names, specifications, and release timing of the above products are subject to change.

*All of the lens focal lengths in this release are converted to the equivalent values for a 35 mm film camera.

UK Photography Students Get Their Hands on a Hasselblad

Hundreds of photography students at colleges and universities across the UK are getting to grips with cutting edge digital camera technology in a unique nationwide roadshow organised by Hasselblad.

In a two month-long, twelve venue tour stretching from Portsmouth to Edinburgh, a team of Hasselblad imaging experts will demonstrate the new H4D cameras and the company’s world-acclaimed Phocus software.

Chris Russell-Fish, Hasselblad UK MD explained: “Students are the future of the imaging business so we decided to plan a completely free of charge, nationwide educational roadshow to enable them to get some real hands-on experience with the 40 megapixel medium format H4D-40, which offers ultimate image quality and is as easy to use as any 35mm camera.

We are using the roadshows to increase awareness and dispel any previous misconceptions about Hasselblad pricing and service. This is about winning hearts and minds – and there’s nowhere better to start than with students – tomorrow’s professional photographers.

We want young photographers to engage with Hasselblad quality solutions from the very earliest opportunity.”

He added: “It’s the first event of its kind where students and tutors at leading educational institutions can work with all our latest H4D equipment within their own environment.”

David Summerfield, Hasselblad’s Roadshow manager said: “Reaction has been outstanding. We’re not hard-selling anything. We are just giving students and tutors the chance to play with and test-drive this amazing camera in real time on real shoots. The later courses are really filling up too after students use Twitter to tell friends and colleagues to register for one of these events”.

Hasselblad is also holding evening sessions after each student day event and these are open to all professional photographers.

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Julia Boggio Launches New Seminar Programme with a Difference

Why Boggio Means Business

Calling all ambitious photographers who fancy a short spell back at school.

Leading portrait and wedding photographer Julia Boggio and her film producer husband James Derbyshire, have launched their 2010 “High School for Photographers” prospectus – which they claim is like no other photo-seminar and workshop programme available in the UK.

“Every delegate leaves ‘High School’ with a unique and entirely bespoke business plan. No one else is offering that”, states James Derbyshire, MD at the Wimbledon-based Julia Boggio Studios.

He adds: “This programme is far more than just another set of training courses for photographers – it’s really a school for ambitious fledgling entrepreneurs. At Julia Boggio High we help photographers remove the stress of running a photography business, allowing them to focus fully on what they do best – capturing exceptional images. Additionally we limit the number of delegates on each course to a maximum of eight, and guarantee geographic exclusivity. No two photographers who compete in the same area will be part of the same seminar.”

Delegates at Julia Boggio High will comprise:

  • Enthusiastic amateurs looking to take the leap into owning their own business.
  • Excited start-ups who have had a business for a year or less and need strong guidance for the second year of operation.
  • Passionate photographers who have been running their own businesses for a number of years and are ready for the next step in the growth paradigm.

Dates for the Boggio High School Class of 2010:

The photographic entrepreneur (two day course)

April 12-13; June 7-8; August 16-17; October 11-12

Location: Julia Boggio Studios, Wimbledon

Cost: £550 (+VAT)

The ultimate sales and marketing workshop (two day course):

April 14-15; June 9-10; August 18-19; October 13-14.

Location: Julia Boggio Studios, Wimbledon:

Cost: £550 + VAT (includes lunch and teas/coffees)

Shooting Day with Julia Boggio

April 16; June 11; August 20; October 15

Location: Julia Boggio Studios, Wimbledon

Cost: £275 + VAT (includes lunch/teas/coffees)

Introduction to wedding photography:

May 10: September 20

Location: Julia Boggio Studios

Cost: £300 + VAT (includes, lunch, teas/coffees)

The business plan refresher (for JB High Alumni)

November 22:

Location: Julia Boggio Studios

Cost: £250 + VAT

Julia Boggio has become an international brand in just five years with her uniquely themed wedding shoots and compelling portraiture.

Says Boggio: “At JB High School we don’t just tell photographers what they need to know. We show them. Our only criterion for a successful application is that each photographer has to be very serious about their desire for success in this business.”

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