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Review: Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon
A couple of months ago I read an article on the Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger system for Canon. The article was followed by some very glowing personal reviews from photographers already using this system. But before I start talking about the Odins, I need to let off some steam; let me rant…
On the Dark Side
Prior to this, I had spent several years wrestling on and off with the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 wireless system for Canon, trying to make them work (yes, several years. I know I’m crazy). I say “on and off” because when I found the time and energy, I set up several strobes on stands (580EX or EX II’s) to try to make the PocketWizard radios work consistently so that I could trust them on a job. What was consistent was the large number of misfires from these radios. Even with the radio interference sock (AC5 RF Soft Shield) covering each Speedlite, which is supposed to minimize the rf interference created by Canon’s flash, they hardly ever worked properly. By the way, stuffing your flash into a sock is a messy kluge and a total pain in the neck.
I couldn’t help sharing this flow diagram from Jessica Hische. If you have ever been confronted by anyone who would like some photographs for free, and what photographer hasn’t, then you will appreciate this. Even if you are not a photographer, you will find this amusing.
For all you photographers out there, check out X-Rite’s Photo Contest Series, Color Perfectionists Unite! This is a great opportunity to show off your work and win some great X-Rite prizes! The contest has monthly themes that last until the end of 2011. Continue reading
Mastering Image Organization with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Well, maybe. If you are taking a lot of photographs, and you don’t have a logical way to store them and back them up–if your desktop is a mess of folders and documents, you are heading for disaster. If you are a photographer, and you have been having trouble coming up with a well-thought-out way to organize your photo library, this document will help you. If you already use Lightroom and have been losing images and have numerous catalogs scattered around your computer, Mastering Image Organization with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom will help you overcome these problems.
I love having an organized photo library, and you will too.
With all of the advances in digital image capture, it’s hard to understand why metering technology hasn’t kept pace. Check out this post from Michael Reichmann @ Luminous Landscape on some interesting facts on how to make a great digital exposure – and help encourage the camera manufacturers to get with the program.
By now you have probably read something about Lytro and their new Light Field camera technology (mentioned in the previous post). If not, here are some tech highlights pulled from Lytro’s web site:
- “The way we communicate visually is evolving rapidly, and people’s expectations are changing in lockstep. Light field cameras offer astonishing capabilities. They allow both the picture taker and the viewer to focus pictures after they’re snapped, shift their perspective of the scene, and even switch seamlessly between 2D and 3D views. With these amazing capabilities, pictures become immersive, interactive visual stories that were never before possible – they become living pictures.” Continue reading
Convergence, Lytro and Thoughts About New Technology and Capturing the “Decisive Moment”
If my dog could hold a camera and press the shutter-release, she would still have a hard time shooting as well as Henri, but when you take a close look at some of the photography innovations headed our way, you have to wonder…
I was reading in the New York Times on Tuesday about the Lytro camera that is under development by a small Silicon Valley start-up created by 31 year old Ren Ng. If you haven’t heard about the Lytro yet, it is a camera that captures enough light data from different angles to let the user adjust the focus in software to any point in the captured image after it is taken. Put more simply, it means that the photographer doesn’t have to worry about focus, since the focus can be adjusted later. Not only does this alleviate the stress of capturing sharp images, it opens up a world of creative possibilities that the photographer can control in post production. Consider matching this technology with a video camera like the Red Epic.
New, Advanced Display Calibration and Profiling Solutions from X-Rite
This is the age-old question for all photographers, graphic designers, or anyone who hasn’t taken the time to do a little research on color management.
“But I set up my computer and printer and they worked fine. I didn’t have this problem until just now.” I hear this all the time. When a photographer tells me that he/she hasn’t had a problem with color, and I know they are not color managing their computer system, my response is usually, “just wait”.
Here are three easy things that you can do that will help prevent this problem…