The Continuous Light Advantage in the Studio

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The Background: I’ve been a strobe guy since around 1989 when I got my first Novatron 600 watt second power pack, and through the years and through the upgrades to Speedotron and then to Profoto, the workflow has remained essentially the same… I share my workday with the whoosh-hum of fans, the bright pops of light and the confirmation beeps of the packs/heads in order to expose the scene I … Read More →

Capture One 20.0.4 Released

Various squashed bugs and some new camera support, tested only somewhat here as we’re no longer receiving betas, and it’s basically illegal to get to my desk  – bk As the Capture Integration Tech Support Manager, I highly recommend that you always read the release notes of any new software platform that you install. With increases in speed and stability comes eliminations of slower computers or operating systems. Please do … Read More →

The Art of Thriving instead of Surviving

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While I have many other photography based blogs to write, I thought this the most pertinent to publish at this time. Stress is running high in the population when it comes to the new operating conditions we find ourselves in. Understand that we humans have the tendency to survive, because there have been all kinds of real and imagined catastrophes in the recent and distant past and as a civilization … Read More →

Capture One 20.0.3 Released

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Various squashed bugs and some new camera support, untested here as we’re no longer receiving betas, download and test cautiously.  (I’ve been getting program crashes as I use the ‘Batch Rename’ tool)  – bk As the Capture Integration Tech Support Manager, I highly recommend that you always read the release notes of any new software platform that you install. With increases in speed and stability comes eliminations of slower computers … Read More →

Phase One Labs – Dual Exposure+

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  When we first starting working with IQ4-150 in Fall of 2018, the swipe of a window revealed a small beaker.  Within that beaker was the control panel for Frame Averaging, a feature that we were truly excited about delving into.  The concept behind that swipe out menu and beaker was the pathway to the new Phase One Labs where you could experiment with beta tools the team in Denmark … Read More →

Phase One System Firmware 7 for IQ4

Released publicly today, System Firmware 7.00.7 (including IQ4-150 Firmware 5.00.13) squashes some bugs, refines the UI and makes vast improvements to Live View as well as re-introducing Phase One Labs and a new beta feature called DualExposure+. System Firmware 7.00.7 Bug Fixes & Improvements at a glance: The Automatic Frame Averaging numbers in metadata are now identical to what is set on screen. The Timelapse sequence no longer stops after … Read More →

IQ4-150 Frame Averaging for Noise Reduction

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It’s no secret that I’m an absolute fan of Frame Averaging on the IQ4-150, not just for creating mid-day motion blurs without Neutral Density, but for noise reduction captured images. I now shoot a Frame Averaged base layer to every shot I do, whether it’s purely a natural light environment or a scene I’m about to light or paint with light.   Having this base layer gives me wonderfully recoverable shadows … Read More →

Phase One IQ4-150 File Format Options

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File Format Options IQ1 & IQ2 Series digital backs had IIQ L or IIQ S as available raw file formats, IQ3-100 introduced IIQ-L16 as the top tier format and now IQ4-150 offers up to 5 different versions of near lossless file compression for your raw files. The default on the back is actually S14 which is the 2nd lowest quality on the digital back.  ‘Low’ quality is a bit of … Read More →

Powering the Phase One IQ4

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The IQ4-150 represents the highest fidelity capture of any digital back available today and within it resides the most powerful computer that Phase One has ever shoe horned into any of their digital backs.   Touted as being 10x more powerful than the IQ3 series it replaces, battery life is a concern on it like no other digital back we’ve worked with so far. I’m not going to paint the battery … Read More →

Capture One 20.0.2 Released

Various squashed bugs and some new camera support, untested here as we’re no longer receiving betas, download and test cautiously.   – bk As the Capture Integration Tech Support Manager, I highly recommend that you always read the release notes of any new software platform that you install. With increases in speed and stability comes eliminations of slower computers or operating systems. Please do your due diligence to make sure your … Read More →