Event Recap: Great Lakes Gatherings

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We love workshops. We love getting out to various places in the country and around the world, play with cameras and commune with our fellow photographic enthusiasts, clients and friends. They do however take an immense amount of planning, can sometimes be costly and due to their complexity and locations, tend to be events that bleed into several weekdays that not everyone can schedule around. Within the Gatherings format, we … Read More →

Released: XT Camera System Firmware 6.00.52

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Today, Phase One released the first non-beta firmware release for the new XT Camera System, Camera System Package 6.00.52. While largely only relevant to XT shooters, IQ4 XF & technical camera shooters will also see some small refinements to the interface. Highlights: This system firmware package provides support for the XT Camera System by making sure that the firmware on both the IQ4 as well as the XT Lens/X-Shutter are … Read More →

Capture One 12.1.3 Released

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Fresh out of the labs in Denmark, Capture One 12.1.2 releases and not only provides a large list of bug fixes but also new camera support for the Sony a7R IV, lens support for some Pentax & Leica lenses, but also additional support for a camera that I can’t even tell you about (yet*).   ( If you know you know, but you didn’t hear it from me.) 12.1.3 Camera & … Read More →

Light Painting with the ALPA Silex Mk II

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The methodology of Light Painting exists in various forms for photographers.  It can be used in the studio or out on location, and can be produced from constant lighting like a flashlight, a Hosemaster, a LED panel or a strobe modeling light in an umbrella or soft-box. (one of my favorites, see my When 150mp isn’t Enough blog for the subtle light painting down the firetruck in the final shot to … Read More →

Chief of Engineering’s Log: Stardate – August, 2019

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Doing a little light listening today while testing cameras… 😉 “It is the job of science is to figure out what guesses are right and what are wrong.  Scientists are paid for making guesses, not for making right guesses but for making interesting plausible ones, and if scientists after the guess has been made, don’t do their job, don’t investigate the guess, don’t figure out if it’s true or false, … Read More →

Capture One 12.1.1 Released

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Hey, have you been keeping up with the release notes of the latest version of Capture One? Yeah, me neither. This one landed moments before I was heading out for our Michigan Gatherings workshop, so this info is a week+ late. Have a look though, if you’re a Canon EOS R shooter (as the squashed bugs have mostly to do with it) or the Nikon P1000 (which is what exactly?) then … Read More →

Released: IQ4 Creative Control Package Service Release 1

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Today Phase One publicly released the IQ4-Series digital back Creative Control Package Service Release 1, which serves primarily to fix the 5.00.20 Bug that upon digital back startup, did not acknowledge the user preference for IIQ file format and instead shot into IIQ 14-bit Small format regardless of what file compression format was displayed on screen. As with the XF System 5.00.20 package, 5.01.0 requires that you have had already installed XF … Read More →

Tech Tip – IQ4 Frame Averaging File Organization

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Been having lots of fun continuing to test and use the IQ4-150’s new Frame Averaging Tool but in comparing frame averaged to non frame averaged files, there is nothing readily available to identify the frame averaged shots from the single shots in the browser unlike other tools utilized through the XF body, like Focus Stacking, HDR & Time-Lapse, that identify the groups of files with a special indicator.   From the … Read More →

Phase One IQ4 – Long Awaited Frame Averaging

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Amidst the announcement of the Phase One IQ4 150 last year and the many substantially upgraded and new features, one of these stood out as a bit of a wild card. That was the “Phase One Beta Labs”, which promised regularly downloadable feature firmware updates, similar to the ones the XF camera has seen. The first of these was to be the ability to produce Frame Averaged captures in camera. … Read More →