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Creative Photography classroom workshop with Perfect Photo Suite 8 in Phoenix wrap-up

What a great class and group of students Christine Hauber and I had this past weekend when we taught Perfect Photo Suite 8 from onOne Software during our Creative Photography Classroom Workshop in North Phoenix.

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Over the course of 2 days I taught the most important functions and features of Perfect Photo Suite 8. Students were given a selection of my photos to work on and follow along in the class. I gave examples on how to use each of the modules in PPS8 while Christine walked around helping the students and answering questions. A bunch of time was set aside for one-on-one instruction from us both as students worked on enhancing their own photos.

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Sony a7R Field Report #2: Sports Action

This is an ongoing report that I started on February 15, 2014 following my purchase of the new full-frame mirrorless 36.4MP Sony Alpha a7R digital camera.
You can view the entire report here.

The other evening I brought my Sony a7R camera to a youth soccer game to see how the camera responds to sports action photography.

It has been a number of years since I photographed any sports action. Being a former photojournalist for 17 years I had the opportunity to photograph countless sporting events from youth to professional sports and everything in between. Being a number of years removed from those days, the rust was evident the other night while shooting as my timing was terrible.

Sony a7R with Metabones adapter and old Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L lens at ISO 10,000 at 1/400s at f3.2

Sony a7R with Metabones adapter and old Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L lens at ISO 10,000 at 1/400s at f3.2

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Sony a7R Field Reports

On February 14, 2014 I took delivery of my newest camera body – the recently released full-frame mirrorless 36.4MP Sony Alpha a7R digital camera.

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I purchased this camera expecting it to be a replacement to my old Canon 5DII digital SLR camera body. As a fine art photographer who specializes in primarily landscape photography printed large (currently up to 10 feet) resolution and image quality are among my top requirements for a camera.

I passed on the Canon 5DIII when it was released a few years back, finding it not too much more impressive spec-wise than the 5DII. Not wanting to wait any longer for Canon to release an update to the 5DIII I decided to jump ship to Sony, who seems to be innovating at a breakneck speed these days.

What follows is a collection of field reports as I learn how to use this camera and incorporate it into my fine art photography. 

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Capture One Pro updated to v7.2

Capture One Pro raw converter software from Phase One has recently been updated to version 7.2

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The free update mostly brings support to Phase One’s new IQ250 digital back and fixes a number of bugs.

Here is a link to the update.

Here are the release notes:

Highlights, version 7.2
This release provides support for the new Phase One IQ250 digital back and offers a large number

of improvements related to key features of the IQ250. In addition it fixes a number of bugs.

Camera file support

• Phase One IQ250. Camera tethered support

• Phase One IQ250.

Improvements and bug fixes

  • Improved live view frame rate on Mac.
  • Improved live view alignment between Mac and Windows
  • Fixed a number of live view issues.
  • Improved tethered stability on Mac.
  • Fixed some XMP syncing issues.
  • Improved importer performance on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to collapsing of stacks on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to reordering jobs in the batch queue on Mac.
  • Fixed some LCC issues.
  • A number of other bug fixes.

onOne Releases Perfect Photo Suite 8

onOne Software today has officially released version 8 of their excellent photo editing & enhancing software Perfect Photo Suite. A number of great improvements makes this a must-have for photographers!!

On top of that it looks like they reduced the price of the software. The full premium suite used to sell for $299 but now is available for just $179.

Perfect Photo Suite 8

If you haven’t used this software yet I encourage you to download the free trail. This is software I use almost daily and has been a great replacement for Photoshop on most of the things I do in my digital darkroom.

I will be teaching classes on Perfect Photo Suite 8 in 2014, with the first class in April – details can be found on my photo workshop page.

Here is the official press release from onOne regarding Perfect Photo Suite 8: 

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onOne’s Perfect Photo Suite 8 public beta is now available

I didn’t get a chance to post this last week but onOne Software has made available a public pre-release beta of the upcoming Perfect Photo Suite 8 software.

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Try out the new features and let them know what you think, as they will be adding more features and final touches based on user feedback.

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