The Nikon D7000 has received an unnofficial firmware update that allows you to get around the lowly record time limits for video. The Nikon Hacker team now has lifted the limit to 25-30 minutes for the D3100, D5100 and D7000 cameras. Note that this is an unofficial update and not sanctioned by Nikon. use at your own risk.
Photoshop Lightroom: From Snapshots to Great Shots is a new book from Jeff Revell. The book covers Lightroom 4 editing; however, Jeff says he wrote the book with the notion in mind that Lightroom version 2 and 3 users would still be able to take advantage of the information.
Photoshop Lightroom: From Snapshots to Great Shots retails for $24.99; however, it is currently available for $13.63 on Amazon.com.
Here’s another Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek. This one shows off a selective focus tool that can be quickly applied.
Note the available options include field blur and tilt shift in addition to the iris blur demonstrated in the video. It will be interesting to see how this works when you want to show some shallow depth of field behind a subject while the subject remains in place. I would imagine that that you’ll be able to mask your subject out and then apply the blur to the background layer similar to how we already do in Alien Skin’s Bokeh 2.
Hopefully, the wait won’t be much longer…
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.
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kinda soured the milk recently with its decision to cut upgrades for earlier versions of its software (which it later rescinded for this upgrade cycle), so I’m curious to see how all of this shakes out.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…]
Check out the latest sneak peek of Photoshop CS6 in the above video, which demos the improvements to content-aware functionality in the upcoming version.
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…]