Light and Lighting – New Book from Syl Arena

Light and Lighting

Light and Lighting is an upcoming book from Syl Arena. His last book, Speedliter’s Handbook, is awesome and takes the cake in terms of Canon Speedlite instruction.  It’s the book that should come with every Speedlite sold – or, at least the book that anyone who wants to learn how to properly use a Speedlite with their Canon camera.

Syl takes a more basic and brand-agnostic approach with Light and Lighting, as he notes below.

As part of Peachpit’s From Snapshots to Great Shots series, it will present fundamental concepts about light and various techniques of photographic lighting at a level accessible to novice shooters.

Syl is a great photographer and author.  Expect this to be a real gem for getting your lighting feet underneath you.  Light and Lighting is due out in June of this year and is available for pre-order from Amazon now.

[via Speedliting.com]

Adobe to Offer Creative Suite Subscriptions for $50/mo

Adobe Creative Cloud - Everything You Need

Adobe is about to shake things up a bit with a new subscription model for its Creative Suite applications.  Adobe has kinda soured the milk recently with its decision to cut upgrades for earlier versions of its software (which it later rescinded for this upgrade cycle), so I’m curious to see how all of this shakes out. [Read more...]

Alien Skin Exposure 4 Released

Light Leak After

Exposure 4 Light Leak

Following up on the preview of Exposure 4 from last week, Alien Skin has officially released Exposure 4, which is a plug-in for Photoshop CS4+, Elements 9+ and Lightroom 2+.

Exposure 4 allows for post-processing photos with a number of film presets, texture overlays, light leaks and more.  Check out the preview video below.

Exposure 4 is available direct from Alien Skin’s website.  It costs $249 for the full version.  Upgrades from any prior version of Exposure is $99.  Exposure 3 users who bought in since November 2011 can get the Exposure 4 upgrade for free.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Alien Skin Exposure 4 Preview

The above video shows off a preview of processing a glamour photo with Alien Skin Exposure 4.

I’ll pass along full details once the software is officially released later this month.  Exposure 4 will run $249 for the full version, or $99 for upgrades from Exposure 3.  If you’ve bought Exposure 3 since November, the upgrade is free.

Also, check out Alien Skin’s Exposure page for updates.

Nikon D4 Only Days Away?

Nikon D4

The latest leaks and rumors peg the Nikon D4 for unveiling just prior to CES 2012.  A Nikon press invitation (see below) suggests something big is happening on January 6 and Nikon Rumors is convinced that the Nikon D4 with its 16MP FX sensor, XQD card format and lightning-fast frame rate of 11 fps is what’s coming.

That, and the above photo is of the real Nikon D4. [Read more...]