Focus 2 – Review

On May 1, 2014, in Apple, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Focus 2
Company: Macphun
Price: $9.99
Mac App Store Link
Requires: Mac OS X 10.7 or later

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I take pictures. That’s it. I don’t edit or adjust because frankly I don’t how. When the opportunity arose for me to review Focus 2 I took it as a personal challenge.

Focus 2 is not a Photoshop replacement; its purpose is to add blurring, focusing, motion blur, or tilting to your photos with a few simple clicks to highlight the subject of your photo. It’s quick, and for someone like me, very simple to use. Focus 2 isn’t used to fix blemishes or delete unwanted portions of a photo; that needs to be done in a separate app.

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Luxi – Review

On March 12, 2014, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Luxi
Price: $29.99
Company: Extrasensory Devices

In photography, making good shots is all about having the right settings in your camera for the available light. In some circumstances, that task may be difficult to accomplish. That’s when a light meter can help.

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SpiderPro Single Camera System
Manufacturer: Shai Gear LLC
MSRP: $135.00

Nothing says tourist louder than a guy with a camera hanging around his neck. This is one of the reasons why I have tried to avoid the camera neck strap for the past 40 years. A camera suspended from your neck is always in the way when not actively engaged in photography.  A strap dangling from a camera in use is an impediment to the photographic process. Not to mention the resultant neck strain and pain. The SpiderPro Camera Holster aims to eliminate those problems by placing the camera where it belongs, on your hip close at hand and ready for action.
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Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 Review

On November 13, 2013, in Photography, Review, by Russ Walkowich

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for Mac
Company: Adobe
Price: $99.99 USD
Upgrade price: $79.00 USD

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I have a tendency to take a lot of photographs, be it with my iPhone or with my digital camera. There are times when I go to review the pictures I’ve taken and for whatever reason; user error, lighting or equipment used, that the pictures just don’t seem to really depict what I actually saw and thought I was taking a picture of at the time. For those times, I make use of Photoshop Elements for Mac.

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Custom SLR photography accessories – Review

On November 4, 2013, in Features, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Glide One Strap System with Black C-Loop
Price: $64.95

M-Plate Pro + Hand Strap Attachment
Price: $74.95

ProDot Shutter Button Upgrade
Price: $7.95

Company: Custom SLR

Custom SLR

I recently had the chance to use a few items from Custom SLR for photographers. This review is a compilation of my findings. One thing I want to mention up front: Custom SLR is very proud of their logo and it appears everywhere on their accessories in subtle ways. That is a very nice touch, even if it does not add functionality to the accessories themselves.

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Mirrorless Mover i30 Camera Bag Review

On September 25, 2013, in Camera, iPad, by Russ Walkowich

Mirrorless Mover i30 Camera Bag
Company: ThinkTank Photo
Price: $69.75 USD
http://www.thinktankphoto.com

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A long time ago, when I first became interested in photography, there was a lot to carry around if you were really interested in doing things the right way. You had your camera, the flash attachment, spare canisters of film, filters, lenses, more film and even a tripod to set your camera up on. Oh, and let’s not forget the camera bag itself which was about the size of a small foot rest (15”x8”x11”), made of leather or faux leather and weighing a ton when all was said and done.

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Seagate Central Shared Storage Device – Review

On September 10, 2013, in NAS, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Seagate Central Shared Storage Device
Manufacturer: Seagate
MSRP: $169 (2 TB), $229 (4 TB), available at discount pricing online.
Seagate Central

As reported on this site in some of my reviews over the last few years, I’m a huge fan of NAS (Network Attached Storage) technology. At present, I own a large RAID 5 NAS, with a slave unit to back up the first unit. Why? I have this much storage to support my media server. All my movies, TV shows, music, etc., are stored on my NAS, and its manufacturer keeps adding interesting new tools to keep their devices up to date, such as cloud support (the buzzword du jour), making it easy to connect to my NAS from anywhere in the world.

central-right-500pxBut wait a minute! This review is all about the Seagate® Central. For under $170.00 for the 2 TB model and under $230.00 for the 4 TB model, it’s competitive with any number of NAS devices. One thing they don’t have, however, is the killer brand of Seagate. Seagate has been around for a long time, because they make superior products and because they’re quick to innovate with appropriate new technology, and they back their products up. My experiences with Seagate go back to my first office PC (sorry, Mac users…) that had a Seagate ST-225 20 megabyte (yes, megabyte) hard drive. It was built like a tank and never failed me. But I digress…

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 – Review

On July 10, 2013, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Price: $149 US, upgrade $79 US
Company: Adobe

Adobe just released the new version of its photo management and editing software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. The software comes with many improvements to help photographers in their work. In this review we will explore them so you can judge if the upgrade is worth it.

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Apotop Wi-Reader DW09 – Review

On July 8, 2013, in Features, Review, by Elisa Pacelli

Apotop Wi-Reader DW09
Company: Carry Technology
Price: $79.99 on newegg.com. Curiously, not available on Carry Technology web site, or anywhere else I could find.
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The Apotop Wi-Reader DW09 is a portable wireless reader/router that can help with iDevice storage capacity. It uses either USB flash drives or SD/SDHC/SDXC cards in FAT/FAT32/NFTS/exFAT file formats to transfer data to and from iPads or iPhones. No computer is needed. Think of it as your own personal storage cloud.

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Thule Perspektiv Messenger Camera Bag
Thule
Price: $139.95

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The Thule Perspektiv Messenger Bag is a tote suitable for your daily commute or a weekend overnighter. Persketiv becomes more than a mere tote or duffle when you unzip its cover and realize there’s a well-padded removable compartment inside that can accommodate a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera with a 70-200mm lens and battery grip attached. In addition, there’s a separate padded compartment for a 15-inch MacBook Pro, as well as an abundance of small zippered compartments suitable for SD cards, extra batteries, filters, and other small objects.

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HDR Expose 2, 32 Float V2 – Review

On February 26, 2013, in Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

HDR Expose 2
Price: $149.00 US
Company: Unified Color

32 Float V2
Price: $99.00 US
Company: Unified Colour

HDR photography has made its mark in recent years among many photographers and enthusiasts. The technique has become very popular and many software producers offer solutions to create HDR images. I had the opportunity to review two products from Unified Color: HDR Expose 2 and 32 Float V2.

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beamer App -Review

On February 15, 2013, in Apps, Camera, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Photography, Picture Gallery, Review, by Curt Blanchard

beamr iPhone app
Developer: ICVT Ltd
Price: Free (iTunes App Store)
beamr

With beamr you can easily make what appears to be a virtual magazine by choosing photos from your iPhone’s Camera Roll. Click the Create button and you’ll have a link to share with friends by email or by posting on social media sites. Your photos appear full size and can be downloaded by your recipients.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch – Review

On January 29, 2013, in Features, iPad, iPad mini, Photography, Review, by Peter Bird

Adobe Photoshop Touch
Company: Adobe

Compatible with: iPad 2nd generation, 3rd generation, 4th generation, and iPad mini
Requires: iOS 5 or later
Price: $9.99

BirdAdobePhotoshoptouchPhoto1Adobe is a company that you know if you’ve edited photos before. Adobe Photoshop Touch has been optimised to work with the iPad mini as well as already working with the regular iPad. Enjoying editing photos as I do I was very happy to have a look at Adobe Photoshop Touch and see what it can give to its users.

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FX Photo Studio – Review

On January 25, 2013, in Apps, Features, Mac OS X, Macintosh, Photography, by Peter Bird

FX Photo Studio
Company: MacPhun LLC
Version: 2.6
Price: $8.85

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I love taking photos. If I see something I like I take a picture. The problem is not all pictures turn out as you want so they need editing and that’s where FX Photo Studio comes in.

Once installed it has easy to follow instructions which is a good thing if you’re not used to editing photos. FX Photo Studio allows you to upload pictures from your computer as well as drag and drop them. It also keeps a record of the last picture you were working on when FX Photo Studio was last open.

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Photography and video books – Review

On January 24, 2013, in Book Review, by Steve Hammond

This review is about photography and video books that I had the chance to read recently. They cover various subjects that may be of interest to some of you.


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Pulp Motion – Review

On January 14, 2013, in Apps, Features, iDVD, iMovie, Mac OS X, Photography, Review, Video, by Julie Kuehl

PulpMotion 3.5
Company: Aquafadas
Version: 3.5
Compatible with: Mountain Lion
Requires: Mac OS X 10.6 or above
Price: Standard $49 / Advanced $129

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If you want to make slideshow-type videos, PulpMotion is the app for you. It has similarities to iMovie, but is different enough to be worth a look. It is incredibly easy to choose a theme, drop in photos or videos, add some background music, insert a caption or two, and export it in a format best suited to your intended viewing platform. While it is drop dead simple and quick, there’s also a lot of power to tweak and customize your slideshow to get it just the way you want.

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PicIT24 – Review

On January 2, 2013, in Apps, iOS, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, Photography, Picture Gallery, by Julie Kuehl

PicIT24 –
share photos & quotes, 
app & website
Company: Frederick Sachs
Version: 1.0
Compatible with: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPad. Optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Price: Free

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with social media, and especially photo sharing, PicIT24 has an idea for you. What if you could only share the best photo and thought of the day? What if your friends/followers were limited to the same? Only one photo. Only one quote. Once a day.

PicIT24 is a response to the tidal wave of incoming information that many of us suffer from. Rather than watching a stream of text and photos go sliding by, PicIT24 allows folks to share only the day’s best. As a user, it forces you to think before posting, delay your decision until later in the day, and be intentional in what you share.

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mymosaic
Review

On December 13, 2012, in Review, by Elisa Pacelli

mymosaic-photo mosaic maker
Company: MindTrip Studios

Version: 1.0
Compatible with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad. Optimized for iPhone 5.
Requires: iOS 4.3 or later
Price: 99 cents

Looking for a fun, inexpensive way to create mosaics on your iDevices? Take a look at mymosaic.

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ThinkTank Photo Accessories
Review

On November 21, 2012, in Features, Photography, Review, by Steve Hammond

ThinkTank Photo
Company: ThinkTank Photo

There are many companies providing photo gear, and some of them have unique items. It this review, I’ll look at three accessories from ThinkTank Photo.

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Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual
Author: Barbara Brundage

Publisher: O’Reilly
$44.99 US, $47.99 CAN, $35.99 Ebook
630 pages
ISBN 978-1-449-31613-6

Adobe recently released Photoshop Elements 11, a consumer level version of their industry-standard photo editing software, Photoshop. PSE11 can still be a little intimidating to the new user, which is why a reference like Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual is so valuable.

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