Size Matters: How to Build a HUGE Panoramic Photo, From Capture to Final Image

Publicado el 15/05/13

Por viewAt.org Team

It´s great to see how Chase Jarvis one of the most charismatic and great photographer explains how to do a large panorama. Good to see how this type of photography it´s getting more popular. Check out his facebook profile and check out his blog where he explains how to do a large panorama with several tools :).

Here we show a sneak peak of the post. 

The advent of digital photography has not only created easy access to photography like never before, it also has opened up creative and technical possibilities in image making that were once unimaginable. Creating large panoramas with theoretically limitless resolution is just one of those new frontiers. Photographers are pushing the processing limits of computer hardware with interactive panoramas well past the gigapixel range. The largest I found is a 272 gigapixel panorama of Shanghai, China. Pretty huge.

I’ll be talking about something a little easier to attain for those of us working on Mac Pros and iMacs (and even Windows machines I guess) — panoramas composited from far fewer frames than that needed to get a 272 gigapixel panorama.

For more info. Check out his article How to builed a huge panoramic photo

Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta

Publicado el 22/03/12

Por viewAt.org Team

The release of the Adobe Photoshop CS6 Public Beta gives both new and current users the chance to explore the latest additions to the company's venerable image editing application. In what has now become the norm for Adobe, full version updates of Photoshop are preceded by a public beta period. This is intended not only to generate excitement about new features but to glean user feedback before the final shipping release. The beta software is available for download free of charge at Adobe Labs.



It's name aside, Photoshop caters to a wide range of professionals, from designers and illustrators to forensic scientists and 3D animators. In this article we're going to introduce the CS6 features most relevant to Adobe's photography-based user community.

So what can you look forward to in this new version? For starters, the entire user interface has received a makeover, with a new color scheme and redesigned icons. Content-Aware technology has been applied to both the Patch tool a brand new Move tool. A collection of photographic blur filters is introduced and video editing support has not only been expanded, but will be made available in both the Standard and Extended shipping versions of Photoshop CS6.

Many other enhancements that you'll find, like larger brush sizes and faster filter performance have been made possible by increased reliance on the video card's GPU (Graphics Processor Unit). As such, Adobe suggests a video card with a minimum of 512MB VRAM. Mac users should also note that CS6 does not support 32-bit machines. You can read a full description of the system requirements at the end of this article.

Once a final version of CS6 is launched, we will be publishing in-depth tutorials which demonstrate specific tools and techniques. Right now though, our aim is simply to highlight the changes that directly impact a photography-based workflow so that you can easily identify key features and start exploring the public beta on your own.

We'll take a look at the following new features and changes:

UI redesign
Auto and background saves
Content-aware Patch and Move tools
Blur Gallery
Color Range: skin tone and face detection
ACR 7
Crop tool
Properties panel
Video support
Oil Paint filter
Auto correction settings
Adaptive Wide Angle filter
Type Styles
Printing UI
JDIs

via@Dpreview and Adobe Labs

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 now shipping

Publicado el 05/03/12

Por viewAt.org Team

Following a two-month free public beta, Adobe today released the shipping version of Photoshop Lightroom 4, the company’s pro and enthusiast-oriented all-in-one photo management, RAW conversion, image editing, and image output application.
Headline features for the new version of Lightroom include simplified and improved image processing controls, new highlight and shadow recovery technology, additional local editing controls, enhanced support for video files, location-based image management features, and integrated photo book creation. 
And in perhaps the biggest practical change in the new version, Adobe has reduced Lightroom’s price by half. A standard license costs US$149 in the U.S., and both an upgrade license for previous Lightroom users and the student/teacher version cost US$79 in the U.S. Lightroom 4 is available now. 

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Before and After: Photoshop Lightroom 4 (Screenshot courtesy Adobe

The new Speedlite 600EX-RT wireless flash from Canon.

Publicado el 02/03/12

Por viewAt.org Team

Canon has announced the Speedlite 600EX-RT flash, its first to include wireless radio control, alongside a selection of EOS accessories. A radio frequency transmitter, the Speedlite ST-E3-RT, has also been released and can trigger up to 15 Speedlites at up to 30 meters. Meanwhile, the GP-E2 GPS unit allows for automatic geotagging of images from the latest Canon DSLRs and the WFT-E7 wireless file transmitter can use either a Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connection to move files from camera to computer or to control the camera. There's also the BG-E11 dual-slot battery grip for the EOS 5D Mark III.

The radio connectivity is a first for Canon and comes in addition to the infrared triggering found in previous models. Major drawbacks to infrared remote flash control are that it requires a direct line of sight and has a relatively limited transmission range, particularly outdoors. By including built-in radio control, Canon now offers a system that gives its users an alternative to the popular PocketWizard radio transmitters and receivers. The Speedlite ST-E3-RT can trigger up to 15 Speedlites over distances as far as 30m.

The GP-E2 GPS receiver weighs in at under 3oz and offers automatic geo-tagging (via EXIF metadata) of images shot with the EOS-1Dx, 7D (with a firmware update) and the co-announced 5D Mark III. With older EOS cameras the GPS receiver can generate tracklog files at specified time intervals - even with the unit detached from the camera - which users can then manually import into compatible mapping software.

Continuing with the theme of wireless communication, Canon has announced the WFT-E7 wireless file transmitter which can transfer files from the EOS 5D Mark III over a Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) or Gigabit Ethernet connection. For remote camera setups, the transmitter has a server function that allows for camera control via a web-enabled mobile device. Rounding out support for the EOS 5D Mark III is the BG-E11 battery grip which adds dual battery slots and additional external controls for shooting in portrait orientation.

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Press Release:

SHOOT WITH FREEDOM – CANON UNVEILS NEW RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL ACCESSORIES

 The Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT features wireless radio connectivity.

LONDON, UK (March 2, 2012) – Canon today extends its range of acclaimed accessories, unveiling a number of new models designed to offer enhanced flexibility and new creative control to its professional and mid-range EOS Digital SLRs.

Sitting at the top of Canon's range, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon's first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity and replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. Partnering with the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT , this new model offers enhanced opportunities for photographers wishing to explore creative lighting techniques. In addition, Canon is also launching the BG-E11 battery grip, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 and GPS Receiver GP-E2, which complement the newly-announced EOS 5D Mark III – offering increased versatility across a range of shooting situations – from studio portraits to field-based shoots – with a compact lightweight and affordable configuration.

via@dpreview

New Canon EOS 5D MARK III

Publicado el 01/03/12

Por viewAt.org Team

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Hands-on Preview


Preview based on a pre-production Canon EOS 5D Mark III

On March 2nd 1987, Canon unveiled to the world the EOS 620, its first ever 35mm autofocus SLR and the start of a brand new camera system. With its fully-electronic lens mount, in-lens aperture and focus motors, and reliance on electronic button and dial operation, the EOS system established a blueprint that all successive camera systems have followed. Now, 25 years later to the day, the company has launched the latest model in the line: the EOS 5D Mark III.

Up until now, the 5D series has been a dynasty of slightly unlikely revolutionaries. The original EOS 5D of 2005 was the first 'affordable' full frame SLR, and the camera that cemented the 24x36mm sensor as the format of choice for many professional applications at a time when many were questioning its continued relevance. The 5D Mark II was the first SLR capable of recording full HD video, a feature that revolutionized the market in a fashion that no one could possibly have envisaged at the time - least of all Canon. On the face of it, though, the 5D Mark III offers little that looks likely to make the same impact.

As the inevitable internet leaks have suggested, the 5D Mark III has a 22MP full frame sensor in a body based on the EOS 7D design, and with a 61-point AF system borrowed from the flagship EOS-1D X. From the glass-half-empty point of view, this could be seen as an unambitious update that trails disappointingly behindNikon's 36MP D800 before either camera has even hit the shops. But for those whose glasses tend more towards the half-full, it might turn out to be the camera that 5D Mark II owners always really wanted.

Indeed the 5D name itself is almost misleading - compared to its predecessor the Mark III is essentially a completely new model, with every major system upgraded and updated. In a way it's better seen as a full-frame 7D, with that camera's control layout, extensive customizability and 63-zone metering sensor. But it also gains a raft of additional tweaks and improvements in response to customer feedback; these range from dual slots for CF and SD cards, though a locking exposure mode dial, to a large depth of field preview button that's repositioned for right-handed operation, and can be reprogrammed to access a number of other functions.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III key specifications

  • 22MP full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded
  • 6 fps continuous shooting
  • Shutter rated to 150,000 frames
  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
  • 61 point AF system
  • 63 zone iFCL metering system
  • 100% viewfinder coverage
  • 1040k dot 3:2 LCD
  • Dual card slots for CF and SD
  • via@dpreview

Cómo empezar en la Fotografía Panorámica

Publicado el 14/02/12

Por viewAt.org Team

Los compañeros de Xataka foto, han publicado una noticia de cómo empezar en la fotografía panorámica. Concretamente José Juan Gonzávlez!!. Creo que puede venir muy bien para ciertos usuarios. Aquí os dejamos la noticia. 

Muchos de vosotros conocéis la fotografía panorámica, su espectacularidad y lo interesante que es ampliar el ángulo de visión de nuestras fotografías. En una sola fotografías vemos lo mismo que si desde el lugar de la toma, moviéramos la cabeza a derecha e izquierda. Dando al espectador de la foto una sensación de amplitud.

Empezar en la fotografía panorámica es fácil. Muchas de las cámaras de hoy en día nos dan asistencia para realizar tomas múltiples y, en pocos pasos, podemos juntarlas en el ordenador. Pero podemos ir mas allá e interesarnos por esta disciplina de la fotografía. Conozcamos con qué ayudas podemos contar a la hora de sacar nuestras fotos panorámicas.

via@Xatakafoto

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