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Adobe accidentally leaks ‘Project Nimbus’: A cloud-based Lightroom-powered photo editor

27 Jul
A screenshot from the cloud-based photo editor ‘Project Nimbus’, accidentally leaked by Adobe yesterday. Screenshot: MacGenerations

Adobe announced development of its ‘Project Nimbus’ cloud-based photo editor last year, but we knew very little about this stripped down ‘Lightroom in the Cloud.’ Until, that is, yesterday when Adobe accidentally released an internal build of the app to some Creative Cloud users.

French website MacGeneration got their hands on some screenshots that were captured by users before the mistake was spotted and the app was taken down by Adobe.

From what we can tell from the screenshots and MacGeneration’s description, the app is a lot like Lightroom Mobile for the iPad. Basic light and color edits, brushes and gradients are all available, and the editing workflow is entirely non-destructive. What sets Nimbus apart is that it’s entirely cloud-based: as you edit, your edits and photos are automatically saved to the cloud, and the app comes with 1TB of cloud storage for this very purpose.

Here are a couple more screenshots:

After the app leaked, Adobe released the following statement to Engadget:

We mistakenly shared Project Nimbus with a small group of Adobe Creative Cloud customers. As you will recall from MAX in October 2016, Project Nimbus is next-generation photo editing technology that we have been exploring as part of our Lightroom and Photoshop ecosystems. We cannot share any further details at this time but will keep you posted on future developments.

If you’re intrigued by Nimbus, you won’t have to wait too long before you can give it a shot. A beta of the app is due out sometime in 2017.

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Photo of the week: Torment

22 Jul

Skagsanden beach is by far my favorite in the Lofoten Islands. Is it surrounded by photogenic mountains, but that’s not the main attraction–it’s the composition and blending patterns of the sand in this Arctic beach which keeps me fascinated. Each time it’s different, and as a photographer who enjoys changing landscapes, I’m always curious to see how it will look next.

This time I visited the beach with one of my Lofoten workshop groups. The unique patterns were relatively easy to spot; I pointed them out to the participants and we started working on them.

For this specific shot, I chose a specialty lens—the Canon 11-24mm—which allowed me to get very close to the patterns and emphasize their detail, while keeping the right proportion of mountains in the background. I love how the tree patterns resemble the hands of tormented souls in the inferno! 🙂

The final image was focus stacked from four shots taken with my Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 11-24mm F4L, and a Nisi Filters 180mm ND + GND at 11mm, 0.8 sec, F13, and ISO100.

Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez’s work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates. Erez offers photo workshops worldwide.

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5 Tips for Location Scouting Before a Photo Session

20 Jul

Maybe by a show of virtual hands, how many of us have ever been in a situation where we have gone to a location for a photoshoot only to find out that something unexpected like a marathon, construction or worse demolition, is going on that prevents you from using the space as you intended? And I am being very serious in the demolition example!

One of my favorite local parks went through a complete revamp a couple of years ago and for months the only thing I could see was demolition equipment all around. The dirt paths that I loved so much had all gone and tar biking paths took their place!

5 Tips for Location Scouting Before a Photo Session

The dirt path with the cover of trees in the background was one of my favorite spots in this local park. The light would filter through the trees and the dirt path would act as a natural reflector and bounce golden light back to my subjects! – now this whole area is a parking lot that leads up to the trees!

I am a natural light outdoor photographer for the most part. Hence, I rely on outdoor locations for 75% of my photoshoots including the weddings I photograph. More often than not, my clients, the bride and groom, look to me for suggestions on natural outdoor locations for their bridal portraits and family formals. Even my lifestyle family photo shoot clients love suggestions on the best locations for beautiful family photos especially in the fall when the leaves all change colors. To that end, I am always on the look out for clean, beautiful and unique outdoor locations for my photoshoots.

Here are a few tips on how to scout and find the perfect location for your next photo shoot.

#1 Know your clients

Every client is different and every photoshoot is unique. It behooves us photographers to really get to know our clients so we can tailor the photo shoot to fit their personality. This not only ensures that they will have a good time but also that they will be more relaxed and happy during their photoshoot. This means you will get pictures that they are bound to love and hence recommend you to all their friends and family. It’s a win-win for everyone.

For my wedding clients, I have a formal questionnaire that they fill out to describe their style and that of their wedding. This helps me plan out locations and poses that will reflect their style and personality. For my family photos, I have a conversation with the family to see what type of photos they gravitate towards. Do they want to have fun outside in a park? Or do they want to hang out at home with each other? The family photo session is tailored around their needs.

5 Tips for Location Scouting Before a Photo Session

My lovely clients wanted a location in nature among the trees. She told me her outfit choices ahead of time so I chose this park with a small waterfall. It seemed to fit their personality and the theme of the shoot ‘The quiet before the storm” quite well.

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This session, on the other hand, took place at my client’s home. During our consultation, she mentioned that she wanted to use her 2.5-acre backyard for photos. I knew the green of the grass and the trees would add a lot of color cast to my subjects so I recommended neutral colored clothing. We also waited until the sun passed behind some clouds to take some of these shots to prevent too much color cast on their faces.

#2 – Scout at different times of the day

When I look at potential locations for my photo shoots, I always try and visit the place at multiple times during the day. This gives me an idea of the lighting at different times. Does the location get direct sunlight or is it shaded and hence gets only directional light? Is it a busy street and with potentially lots of people that might be walking around and getting in my shots? What are the traffic patterns to get to the location? All these little details are really important for me to be able to plan my day and photoshoot so that I can get the best possible pictures in the time I have at the location with my clients.

Tip: If you cannot get to a location ahead of time, use Google maps and sunset/sunrise times to figure out where the sun will be at the time of day you are photographing. This will help you be a little prepared when you get to your location.

5 Tips for Location Scouting Before a Photo Session

For a bridal editorial shoot at a beautiful historic location, I scouted the location a few days ahead of time and realized that the area where I wanted to photograph was full sun at 2:00pm (on the left)). So I knew that if I moved the photo shoot to the morning, this area would be in the shade and be evenly lit. Sure enough, the light was gorgeous for my editorial photo shoot! Had I not scouted the location, I would have been scrambling to find the right spot in the afternoon.

#3 Pay attention to details

One of the biggest problems that most photographers face is related to light. Not all light is equal and photographing in different lighting conditions will lead to different results.

Early morning light is generally soft and subtle. The afternoon light is often harsh, especially if you place your subject in full sun. Evening light tends to be more warm and golden hue. Post-sunset light is blue. You can photograph in each of these lighting conditions provided you know how to position, pose, and light your subject in each of instance.

Quality of light matters

When scouting a location, pay attention to details around the quality of light at different times of the day. Another thing to keep in mind is color casts from surrounding objects. This is quite prominent around trees, colorful buildings and graffiti walls. Try and find natural reflectors (eg. a white wall) that will bounce light back onto your subjects or use reflectors that do the same thing and balance off the color cast. You can always fix it in post-processing if all else fails.

5 Tips for Location Scouting Before a Photo Session

A location in historic prairie preserve is a photographer’s favorite in my town. But I find that photographing inside the front patio adds a color cast from the yellow ceilings and directional light (photo on right). Yes, in a pinch I will take the shot and fix it in post-processing. But I prefer to either photograph my clients sitting at the edge of the patio on the steps where they are still in the shade of the patio arch but don’t have any color cast.

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So instead of dealing with the color cast from the porch, I took my client outside along the dirt path by the house and photographed her there. The concrete and the dirt path acted as natural yet neutral reflectors and bounced soft white light back onto her face, eliminating any color casts.

#4 – Tap into other resources

I belong to several photographer groups online and offline and we constantly share tips/tricks and location ideas amongst the groups. These groups exist to help each other out and everyone is open and welcoming. If you are photographing in an area that you are not familiar with, try finding a local photographer group for that region and ask around. Be friendly and genuine in your requests, and you may find some unique and off-the-beaten-path locations from the locals in the area.

#5 – Take a road trip

I love road trips! It is the best way to explore new areas and scout potential photography locations that will suit you and your specific needs. I generally take my family along so it is a fun-for-all experience. In a pinch, my kids will also act as models helping me test the light and background ahead of my client photo shoots.

A few years back I had a high school senior’s photo session and her mom wanted to find a unique spot where we could see the fall colors. I drove around my area for a few hours but was not finding anything that I really liked. I stopped by a local farm to pick up some fresh fruits and realized that the farm had everything I was seeking for my photo shoot. So I walked up to the owner and got permission to photograph there the next day. The senior’s mom got the photos she wanted and I found a unique location for my fall photos.

5 Tips for Location Scouting Before a Photo Session

The red of the trees does add a little color cast to my subject’s face but she really wanted the backdrop of the fall colors.

What are your tips to find the perfect location for your photos?

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Panorama selfie goes horribly wrong, leads to viral photo

18 Jul

Need a bit of comic relief this Monday? How about nightmare fuel? This panorama selfie gone-wrong provides a little bit of both. The photo was captured by Mitchell Flann, who was using his Samsung Galaxy S7 to take a selfie of himself and girlfriend Erika Gomos.

They were using the phone’s Wide Selfie mode, which requires that you stand still while the camera is panned up to 120° to capture more of the scene. According to Samsung’s website, Wide Selfie “puts an end to getting cropped out.” While that’s technically correct, it did a bit more than that for Flann when Erika sneezed halfway through the selfie.

The nightmarish shot they captured has gone ‘viral’ as they say, earning an insane 150K upvotes on Reddit.

“We’re on vacation in Budapest and I couldn’t even enjoy the scenery at parliament because of the tears,” Flann said on Reddit. Apparently they’ve been taking photos like this across Europe, with some pretty fun malfunctions along the way, but nothing else has turned out quite like this.

Photo © Mitchell Flann, used with permission.

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Five reasons to choose a PC over a Mac for photo and video editing

18 Jul

Photographer Manny Ortiz uses both Windows and Mac computers to edit his photos and video work, so when it came time to choose his next laptop he had a choice: 15-inch MacBook Pro or spec-ed out Dell XPS 15. He chose the PC, and in this video he offers the top 5 reasons why he made that choice.

Most Mac vs PC opinions are put out there by people who are heavily invested on one side, which is what makes Ortiz’ point of view refreshing. He has no loyalty. He uses both systems regularly, and spends the last part of the video praising the Mac for its various strengths. Still, when it came time to plunk down a couple grand on a new machine, he chose the PC.

Here’s why:

  1. Money – The spec-ed out Dell cost $ 1,000 less than an equivalent MacBook Pro
  2. Ports – The new MacBook Pros have been lambasted for their lack of ports, and Manny doesn’t hold back either. The dongle life is not for him.
  3. Ability to Upgrade – With the MacBook, what you buy is what you get. If you’re thinking of upgrading the RAM, or swapping out the SSD, forget about it. With the latest builds, it’s all but impossible.
  4. Touchscreen – This one is very subjective, but for Manny, the touchscreen on the XPS is a big win.
  5. Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU – Manny isn’t implying the Radeon Pro chips in the MacBook Pros aren’t great, but he’s had nothing but good experiences with the Nvidia GTX 1050 inside the Dell.

And that’s it. Obviously, there are a lot of other factors you could mention here—wins for both the PC and the Mac—but for Manny the decision was simple. The hardware on the PC was better, and he was getting it for $ 1,000 less.

Ever since the new MacBook Pros with their lack of ports came out, many photographers have been talking about switching to PC for their mobile editing needs. Have you considered it? And why would you choose one over the other? Let us know in the comments.

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Photo of the week: Spires of the Arctic Night

16 Jul
A spiky iceberg reflecting in the waters of Disko Bay, under intense sunrise colors.

I took this shot while scouting for my Greenland workshop. It was the last morning of our trip on a Russian Yacht, and little did I know that it would be the best by far.

The trip was done in the Arctic summer, on the first few days when the sun first touched the horizon in Disko Bay, western Greenland. There is no darkness, and sunset is quickly followed by sunrise, with pastel pink/purple/blue in between.

When sunrise drew near, it was clear from the way the clouds looked that it was going to be a spectacular sunrise. We were sailing around in the bay when we reached an area with lots of ice. This served us in two ways. Firstly, it provided a barrier to waves, making the water extremely calm and reflective. And secondly, we had an almost infinite selection of icebergs to shoot.

I took many images that night. This is one of my favorites. The bright pink and red clouds, stretched across the sky, looked like they were taken out of a painting. The intricate iceberg was a perfect subject to contrast the calmness of the sky and water, both in its color and in its sharp, pointy texture.

The photo was captured using my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 16-35mm F4L IS lens.

Erez Marom is a professional nature photographer, photography guide and traveler based in Israel. You can follow Erez’s work on Instagram, Facebook and 500px, and subscribe to his mailing list for updates. Erez offers photo workshops worldwide.

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Macphun launches beta of Luminar photo editor for Windows

14 Jul

Mac-software maker Macphun has launched its first product for Windows PCs: a public beta of its award-winning photo editor Luminar. The beta is free of charge and comes with many of the most important features of the Mac version, including the artificial intelligence powered Accent AI Filter, which replaces traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation and exposure with a single slider.

Unfortunately, a number of functions remain under development for the Windows platform, including workspaces, plug-in integration, object removal and noise reduction; however, the public beta will be updated as those features are being integrated and Macphun is envisaging a full cross-platform release in late in 2017.

“We are thrilled to release our first PC product today and give photography enthusiasts around the world the first taste of our best-selling Mac product,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice-President at Macphun. “By test-driving Luminar for Windows, beta testers can help shape our software and make the final release a perfect fit for everyone.”

You can download the free public beta of Luminar for Windows on the Macphun website now.

Press Release

Macphun debuts its first-ever software for the PC, heralding a new era of cross-platform solutions for photographers

San Diego, CA – July 13, 2017 — Macphun, the California-based developer known for delivering award-winning products for Mac, today launched the free public beta of its award-winning photo editor Luminar for Windows. To download the beta, please visit

Luminar is a powerful photo editor designed to tackle anyone’s photography needs, from correcting challenging image problems to artful stylizing. Users can choose between levels of image processing complexity based on their experience, and adapt the workspace controls to their skill level, moving up to more advanced modes as they learn. Luminar works in non-destructive fashion and aims to take “work” from photo editing “workflow” for photographers worldwide.

In April, only 5 months after its launch, Luminar for Mac won the prestigious TIPA award for Best Imaging Software 2017. This all-in-one photo editor is a cutting-edge solution for creating fascinating images without extra hassle. Luminar includes over 300 robust tools that make fixing, editing and perfecting a photo as easy as moving a slider.

“We are thrilled to release our first PC product today and give photography enthusiasts around the world the first taste of our best-selling Mac product,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice-President at Macphun. “By test-driving Luminar for Windows, beta testers can help shape our software and make the final release a perfect fit for everyone,” concluded La Rue.

The public beta is free of charge and already matches some of the most important features of Luminar, such as the newest and most advanced tool developed by Macphun’s Research and Development Lab – the Accent AI Filter, powered by artificial intelligence technology. The filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider, substituting for dozens of traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation, exposure, details and many others.

Admittedly, several features from the Mac version of Luminar remain in development for the Windows platform, among them workspaces, plug-in integration, object removal, noise reduction, and more. As these are completed, the public beta will be updated regularly leading to a full cross-platform release late in 2017.

Key features of the Luminar for Windows public beta:

  • Adaptive user interface – Exactly matching the Mac version, the software adapts to the skill level and preferences of the photographer.
  • One-click presets – Over 50 pre-defined styles for every photography style.
  • Photo Editing Filters – Over 40 custom filters, each with built-in visual tips and a unique set of easy-to-use controls for correcting, enhancing and stylizing images.
  • RAW file conversion – Support for the latest RAW file libraries.
  • Non-destructive workflow – Edit without fear.

Recommended System Requirements – Windows 10, Core i5 2.2 or better, 8GB RAM, 1GB GPU RAM, SSD with 20+GB free space.

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VSCO adds free ‘Oakley’ photo filters to iOS and Android apps

14 Jul

VSCO has teamed up with eyewear brand Oakley to launch new photo presets that replicate the company’s lens technology. These presets are free and available for both the Android and iOS versions of the VSCO app, enabling anyone to alter their photos to create scenes seemingly viewed through a pair of Oakley glasses.

The new photo presets are collected under the ‘Oakley PRIZM Series,’ and they can be found by opening the app and navigating to its store.

The free pack contains a total of three image filters called ‘Oak1,’ ‘Oak2,’ and ‘Oak3.’ VSCO says these presets are best used with landscape and outdoor adventure photography; however, they’re only available for a limited, unspecified duration so jump on it if you want to add that… sunglass touch to your photos.

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Pulitzer-winning photographer uses Volvo SUV’s built-in camera to shoot photo exhibit

13 Jul

Consumer vehicles are increasingly built with integrated cameras as part of safety systems, and the Volvo XC60 is no exception. The only difference? Volvo is using their car cam to capture a unique brand of photography.

Volvo recently tapped Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barbara Davidson and Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors to create a first-of-its-kind photography exhibit called ‘Moments’ that features images taken by Davidson using the SUV’s built-in camera. “Through art we’re connecting [viewers] with really important technology that saves lives,” Davidson explains in a video from Volvo Cars, “and I think we’re bringing the technical world and the artistic world together.”

Pulling photos out of the car’s video feed, Davidson managed to create a unique set of photographs using the Volvo.

Davidson staged the shots, a process highlighted in Volvo’s video. Talking about this, Davidson explained, “I’m really using the car as a camera, and I’m framing it as I would frame with my 35mm camera. So it’s very similar to how I would work as a photojournalist.”

Volvo premiered the ‘Moments’ project on July 4th in London, and will be showcasing it in various parts of the world throughout 2017.

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You can deliver prints on-demand with Citizen’s new CY-02 dye sub photo printer

12 Jul

Printer manufacturer Citizen claims its new CY-02 dye sublimation printer offers event photographers and enprint producers a quick, low-cost way to print out photos on-demand.

The relatively small and portable new printer can output a 6x4in print in less than 15 seconds in high-speed mode with a media cost of just 7.2p (approx $ 0.09) per print. Fed with a roll of 6in paper, the CY-02 can turn out either 6x4in, 7x5in or 8x6in pictures, and users can switch between gloss and matte finishes without changing the paper.

In high speed print mode, the printer uses a resolution of 300x300dpi, which is increased to 300x600dpi in high resolution mode. In high resolution mode a 6x4in print takes less than 20 seconds to produce, while a 7x5in print takes less than 31 seconds and an 8x6in print less than 35 seconds. In other words: no matter what mode you’re using, this is a fast printer.

Citizen says the CY-02 is designed to deliver profit and that its media costs less than that of any other dye sublimation machine. Media packs consist of two rolls of paper and a pair of YMC-plus-overcoat ribbons designed for specific print sizes. Each 6x4in roll creates 700 prints while rolls for 7x5in or 8x6in prints create 350 each.

The CY-02 measures 322 x 351 x 281mm or 12.67 x 13.82 x 11.06in and weighs 18kg or about 40lbs fully loaded. It costs £660/€799, or approximately $ 710 USD, and media packs start at £108.90/€137.45, or approximately $ 117 USD.

For more information, see the Citizen website.

Press release


Citizen Photo Announces the CY- 02 Photo Printer

Citizen Photo, manufacturers of market-leading dye sublimation (dye sub) printers and media for the event photography and retail photo-finishing markets, has announced the latest photo printer in their trusted line up; the CY-02, and whilst stocks last, a FREE, high quality Citizen branded carry bag, worth €100.

Developed as an extension of the hugely popular Citizen CY printer, itself a high capacity, reliable, robust, simple to use, tried & tested photo printer; the new CY-02 offers improved output speeds.

Improved output speed

The improved speed of the new CY-02 will be most noticeable for those printing high volumes of 6×8” prints who can now print 3 prints per minute, compared to 2 prints per minute that can be expected from the standard CY photo printer.

The large media capacity and exceptional ease of use make the CY-02 the perfect dye sublimation photo printer for applications where infrequent media replenishment is a priority, such as retail outlets, event photographers and photobooth operators and amusement parks. With more prints possible due to the media capacity and easy media changing, the robust CY-02 printer ensures users spend less time servicing the printer and more time focusing on their customers.

The CY-02 produces 700 4×6” (10x15cm) or 350 6×8” (15x20cm) prints per roll while monitoring tools and drivers ensure users are in complete control of all printer functions at all times.

Gary Andrews, EMEA Business Manager, Photo Printers, Citizen Systems Europe, said:
“The arrival of the CY-02 photo printer is significant for those whose business requires both speed and a large media capacity. The CY-02 not only delivers on these promises, it offers excellent print quality and reliability too”.

Manufacturing excellence
Being a Citizen Photo product, users can be assured of market-leading levels of technological and engineering excellence.

With almost 100 years of experience, Citizen has a rich heritage in precision engineering across many markets. Once such market, and perhaps the most familiar in the consumer market, is the watch division. What is less familiar to those working in the photo sector is that the same precision engineering approach that is adopted for watch design and manufacture, is also applied to the mechanics of the internal systems in Citizen Photo printers. Something that really sets the brand apart from the competition with regards to reliability and quality.

CY-02 key features
Larger media capacity: up to 700 prints per roll
User-friendly: simple set up and quick and easy media changing
Two finishing options: choose between a glossy or matte surface finish

Operating Systems: Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, Mac OS, (including Mac and PC drivers supporting all latest OS versions).

Connectivity: USB 2.0

Availability and FREE travel case
The new CY-02 Photo Printer is available across Europe from the 1st July 2017 and orders will come complete with a FREE high quality Citizen branded carry bag worth €100 whilst stocks last.


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