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We awoke this morning to a winter wonderland.  Here are some photos of our little Dollhouse and the backyard.

The Dollhouse

Holly Tree & Giant Oak

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Because a JPEG is ‘cooked’, the camera locks in all image parameters when the file is processed and modifying the image later on is well, less than optimal. I lent one of my camera’s to a friend and upon receiving it back, I forgot to make sure the camera was set back for RAW (as I am assuming he would have shot JPG). Anyway, I did a semi-important shoot with the D700 as a back-up body, switching over to it occasionally instead of changing lenses on the D3.

Upon reviewing the photographs, I then saw that photographs from the D700 were JPGs – oh no! So, the image parameter that I am complaining about in this regard is the image ‘clarity’ which is one of the most important RAW controls. Clarity controls mid-tone contrast which, when tuned in the RAW process, allows one to tighten up the image and make it appear sharper and conversely to produce a soft-focus glow effect on highlight regions of the image. This is only possible however, if the RAW image data is still accessible by the software. In a JPG, moving the clarity control is an absolute train wreck. Positive clarity will muddy-up the mid-tones and a negative adjustment just makes the image flat and drab-looking. A complete disaster. Reason # 782 for hating JPEGs.

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Adobe has released Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and Camera Raw 5.3. These are final versions of updates which were originally posted as release candidates on the Adobe Labs site, and are now available for immediate download. This update provides RAW support for Nikon D3X and Olympus E-30 DSLR’s. Lightroom is also now available in 8 new languages.

Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v2.3 (Windows)

Click here to download Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v2.3 (Mac)

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v5.3 (Windows)

Click here to download Adobe Camera Raw v5.3 (Mac)

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In a statement from Canon regarding AF issues in their 1D-Series camera bodies…

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2009 Workshop Schedule

2009 Workshop Schedule

I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting my release of the 2009 Kaz Arts Workshop schedule, and it is finally ready for publication.

You can see our workshop offerings for the first-half of 2009 here on the Workshop Page.  Please contact me directly via e-mail if you have any questions or to sign up for a workshop.

A handful of workshops still lack specific dates and pricing, but they will be updated as soon as I have more solid information.

Bookmark the Workshop page and check back often as new workshops will be added and information will be updated.

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The holiday season is here again, and for many of you that means considering the gift of a camera and/or equipment.  It is unfortunate that the landscape of this industry has changed quite significantly, and not necessarily for the better for retailer or consumer!  The advantages of shopping at a local store are masked as camera manufacturers allow big-box chain stores to break minimum advertised price (MAP) assignments on products.  Additionally, many camera manufacturers seem to have taken a step back as the newer models are built to cheaper specifications, they design products so they are ‘replaceable’, and are entrenched in a never-ending resolution race!  In light of all of this, I have picked out for you the best photo purchases available for the 2008 Holiday Season.  Here are my suggestions for the best photo equipment in four different price categories:

Less than $100

Card reader – the absolute essential for image transfer to the computer. Don’t fuss with the USB cable that comes in the camera box. This is the FASTEST & SAFEST way to transfer your images.

Media Tube – a device exclusively from Promaster that allows one to insert a memory card into the unit and playback images on your HD television in stunning high-definition quality.  Accepts all types of memory cards and allows for slideshow setup with audio capability.

Promaster Media Tube

Promaster Media Tube


Digital Picture Frame
– a great idea especially for relatives who may not be too computer savvy to retrieve photos from e-mail.  Buy them a digital picture frame, load images onto a memory card and set it up for them.  Screens comes in various sizes. Make sure to get one that takes a memory card and doesn’t rely on built-in memory as they operate much faster.  The best brands are Sunpak, eMotion and Digital Foci.

Filters - Every lens should have a UV filter.  You will hear people say having a cheap piece of glass in front of your nice lens cuts down on image quality.  As a working pro, I admit this – it does!  However, I am willing to live with the slight loss in image quality in order to protect the number of $1000+ lenses I own.  Just make sure you purchase a filter that is designed for digital.  They cut down on the glare, and have much better light transmission for a digital sensor than a filter that was designed for film.  Additionally, circular polarizing filters are nice for travel and landscape photography.  Once again, make sure you purchase one for use on a digital camera.   There really is a difference!

Extra Battery – kind of a no-brainer in most situations.  Sure, your camera battery might be rechargeable, but what if your battery dies while you are out for the day.  This way you’ll have a spare one in your bag.

Remote release cable – essential for tripod work when you are shooting landscapes or macro.  Prevents you from having to physically touch the camera to take a picture.  You’d be surprised how much movement your lightest touch can add to the camera!

Less than $500

Panasonic TZ-5 – 9.1mp, 10x optical zoom, 28mm wide angle, image stabilizer, 3″ screen, Leica lens, small package. ’nuff said.  The predecessor to this camera, the TZ-3 was hands down the #1 seller Holiday 2007.  A gorgeous unit.  It does however begin to fail in indoor and lower light situations.  Purse-sized. Buy it here for $225 after Instant Rebate

Panasonic TZ-5

Panasonic TZ-5

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This week I’d like to continue the discussion of the RAW file format which all Digital SLRs are capable of capturing in.  One of the biggest critics of RAW in the photo industry is a gentlman by the name of Ken Rockwell from California (www.kenrockwell.com), whose work in camera and lens review articles I read and respect.  However, when it comes to talking about absolute image quality with respect to properly optimizing the information within your image, there is no substiute for a RAW workflow.  The in-camera processing engines for JPEG fall short of the look and feel that can be achieved with a properly processed RAW image.  Ken advocates shooting JPEGs and not bother wasting time on RAW files.  I admit it is a large drag on time, unless you have a program such as Adobe Lightroom which allows for batch processing of RAW files.  There are many other aspects (pros & cons) to discuss here, however that is not the point of this article.
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This morning Adobe Systems announced the newest incarnation of their Creative Suite family – CS4.  The Creative Suite comprises of a vast array of products, however most importantly for us photographers, the Photoshop program.  Adobe’s last update to Photoshop (CS3) disappointed many with respect to the number of significant feature upgrades and developments.  Additionally, the inability to use newer versions of Camera RAW (ACR) on CS2 angered many users who needed to upgrade to CS3 just to process RAW files from their newer cameras.  Although the same thing will happen with the coming of CS4 (newer versions of ACR will not be compatible with CS3), perhaps the other newer upgrades and refinements will make users a bit happier about the necessity to update their software. (more…)

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