The 2018 edition of Luminar is the latest from Developer Macphun (soon to be Skylum as they are no longer creating Mac only software) and is meant to compete with the likes of Lightroom and Affinity among other popular photo editing software. When I first saw an ad several months ago for Luminar I dismissed it as another attempt at competing with Lightroom or the countless other programs for processing RAW files. I am pleased to say after using Luminar for the past week I am VERY impressed. It's not perfect, but instead is a very powerful image editor that easily stands on its own. I could see how many photographers could make the switch from Lightroom or other image editors. Read on for an in depth review as well as a breakdown of the 50+ tools at your disposal.Read More
Now that DJI's Phantom 4 Quadcopter drone has been out for a month plenty of people have got their hands on it and a few have written reviews on it. Nearly all of the reviews I found when I was deciding on if I should get this or wait for the Phantom 5 (probably released a year from now) had the same type of example shots. A shot in a park. A shot of a house. A shot of some treeline in a neighborhood. All at midday when the sun is high in the sky, etc.
If you are like me and are considering one for filming and/or aerial still photography purposes those example shots mean nothing. How does it perform 400 feet above a desert? How does it perform in 20+ mph winds? How recoverable are the blown highlights out of a 4k video file or the RAW/DNG 12MP still files? How much detail can you pull out of those files? How is the sharpness? How is the distortion? I'll answer these questions below.Read More
I know I've been posting a lot of night sky images lately to my 500px and Instagram but I just can't get enough of this dark New Zealand sky. It truly is like nothing else I've seen. Below are a few of my best astro-images and one that is a long term project I started back in February. I thought it warranted a blog post as I will include some fun facts you may not know about the night sky.Read More
As I haven't posted much recently I figured I should probably update those of you who are still reading my blog as well as offer some of my thoughts on travel.
I've been in New Zealand since the beginning of August and after spending just over a month traveling the North Island WHICH WAS AMAZING we arrived in Wellington. Since then, it's been up and down trying to find a good job. I'll admit I nearly gave up and was ready to head home which would have been stupid as I would've started the job hunt just the same. In the down time we've explored parts of Wellington and spent many afternoons reading books by Michio Kaku along the waterfront parks.Read More
f you're in the market for a new 100x100mm Filter System and are stuck deciding between the well known Lee Filter System and all the other choices from the likes of Benro, Cokin, HiTech, Kood etc then this review is for you.Read More