We’re all familiar with monopods. They have a telescoping leg, a camera mount on the top, and a rubber pad or metal point on the bottom. Or do they? Video monopods are stretching that definition, and creating some interesting opportunities in the process.
The magic feature to the latest video monopods is that, while they still have only one leg, they now have three foldable feet; three feet large enough to hold the extended monopod in an upright position without any assistance when extended. This is not a trick you’d care to try with a camera mounted on the monopod, but it does point out how different these devices are from walking-stick style monopods.[Read More]
It was not that long ago, despite their glamorous looks, that we could not recommend iMacs as offering sufficient screen quality for use as image editing systems. However, recent generations of iMacs show significant improvements in screen uniformity, viewing angle, dynamic range, and color accuracy, making them the defacto image editor on the Mac platform.
The long absence of any significant upgrade to the MacPro, on the other hand, has forced many Mac users to the iMac, if they needed to purchase a new Mac for imaging. The new (and yes, revolutionary) MacPro will change the balance; but not at the same tipping point as in years past.
Now that the iMac makes a good entry-level imaging station, and the new MacPro will offer a powerhouse for advanced imaging and video, the question will be: which one is right for a given user. The answer is not as straightforward as it might seem.[Read More]
In addition to my work as an advertising and industrial photographer, in recent years I have increasingly devoted my time to artistic landscape photography.
In contrast to a fully planned advertising production within a team with lots of light, props and photo shooting technology, all that counts in landscape photography, besides uncontrollable aspects such as climate and time, is the simplicity of the equipment, as well as reducing volume and weight. After all, as my colleagues will surely confirm, the specially selected scene can usually only be reached on foot over long, difficult paths.
Meanwhile, I have been able to reduce my equipment to such an extent that in fact I don’t miss any part of the photo shooting technology, just carry a minimum weight and yet still achieve maximum resolution and colour depth.
Today I would like to open my photo bag exclusively for the Datacolor blog and show what I need for my pictures. Maybe this will trigger an approving or also critical reaction from a photo enthusiast and give us all a chance to extend our horizons and lenses.[Read More]
Wacom tablets — and especially the Cintiq portable touch-enabled display versions — have been wildly popular with serious photographers and graphic artists for years. Until now, using one on the road has meant bringing along both a laptop and a tablet. With Wacom’s new Cintiq Companion, Windows users can have it all in one device. The Companion runs Windows 8.1 — including all of Adobe Creative Cloud’s applications — on a high-end pressure-sensitive display that supports both multi-touch and a Wacom stylus.
Unlike most Android and iOS tablets, the Companion is essentially a full laptop — minus the keyboard. It features a powerful i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and either a 256 GB or 512 GB solid-state disk for storage. It has mini-DisplayPort for driving an external monitor, as well as two USB 3.0 ports — handy for high-performance card readers and an external mouse or keyboard. Wacom also sells a small — but not backlit — Bluetooth keyboard.
The Companion provides a great starting point for a full, mobile, digital darkroom, but putting a workable system together still requires some planning and effort.[Read More]