Software – Capture One Pro: Top 10 Features You Should Know About

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Already popular with high-end imaging pros, Capture One is becoming increasingly popular with a much wider audience. Part of this could be the bundling with Sony mirrorless cameras or that, arguably, Capture One has better color and sharpness over Lightroom using the defaults. It may even be due to offering a choice between a subscription and traditional, perpetual licensing fee. Whatever the reasons for the growth in popularity, if you’re new to Capture One, there are several features you should know to help you improve your workflow.

If you’re thinking of switching to Capture One Pro, you can get a 10% discount on any of the Full Licenses and Styles, when you purchase directly from PhaseOne only. Simply enter the promo code AMBCARTER at checkout. Please note that the discount is not applicable to subscriptions.

Via our sister site – DigitalJournalofPhotography

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Mobile Photography – Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Premium Choice – Review on DxOMark by Kevin Carter

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Some of you may know, many of you do not know, my husband Kevin Carter is a photographic technical expert and journalist. He works at an extremely high level, imparting his knowledge and never compromising his journalistic integrity.

As well as that, he’s an editor for DxOMark and he’s just completed his latest review which includes an in-depth analysis of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone camera. Its resulted in an overall score of 103 points. He goes on to say The Note 9 comes with a dual-camera setup, featuring a wide-angle camera with 12MP sensor, f/1.5-2.4 dual-aperture lens, and dual-pixel autofocus. The second camera offers a 12MP sensor with a 2x “telephoto” lens and f/2.4 aperture. Both lenses are optically stabilized. Besides being equipped with dual cameras, the Note 9 features AI-assisted camera operation, with the company calling it their most intelligent camera yet. For example, the system can identify key elements in an image and optimise shooting settings and image processing based on one of 20 separate categories. 

Video enthusiasts can capture 4K footage at 30/60fps. Other high-end features include a large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED (2960×1440) display, AKG-tuned speakers, and depending on region, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or an Exynos 9810 Octa chipset”.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can read his full report here.

Also, don’t forget to check out his photographic review website, here.

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Samsung targets Apple iPad Pro with new Galaxy Tab S4

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The choice of Android tablets particularly those targeting the higher-end productivity market has just become more interesting with the announcement of a new device from Samsung. Adopting a 10.5” Super AMOLED (2500 x 1600 pixel) display with a squarer 16:10 aspect ratio, a Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 … Read moreSamsung targets Apple iPad Pro with new Galaxy Tab S4

Mobile Photography – OnePlus 6: The Alternative Flagship – SmartPhone Review – DxOMark with Kevin Carter

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Some of you may know, many of you do not know, my husband Kevin Carter is a photographic technical expert and journalist. He works at an extremely high level, imparting his knowledge and never compromising his journalistic integrity.

As well as that, he’s an editor for DxOMark and he’s just completed his latest review which includes an in-depth analysis of the OnePlus 6 smartphone camera. Its resulted in an overall score of 96 points. The OnePlus 6 was released in late May and it is the latest dual camera-equipped smartphone from Chinese brand OnePlus. It is a premium model featuring a large 6.28-in AMOLED edge-to-edge display and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The OnePlus 6’s main camera has a 16MP 1/2.6”-type sensor that is combined with a stabilised f/1.7 lens. The secondary camera is used for applying depth-of-field effects and an improved digital zoom. While it has a slightly higher-resolution 20MP sensor, it has the same f/1.7-aperture lens as the main camera (but not stabilisation).

With a total Photo score of 100 points, the OnePlus 6 achieves one of the better scores for still images in DxOMark’s testing to date. The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.

If that’s piqued your interest, you can read his full report here.

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Apple iPhone 6s Review – Kevin Carter / DxOMark

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Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others and someone quite close to me 😉 recently tested the Apple iPhone 6s. The DxOMark lab tests represent the gold standard for technical photographic tests and these are used by all the large review sites including dpreview, Popular Photography etc as the basis to all their reviews.

Kevin concludes “Despite our hopes for the new sensor, the Apple iPhone 6s posts an identical overall score as its predecessor. With an overall DxOMobile score of 82 points, the Apple iPhone 6s is left behind by the two leaders in our database, the Sony Xperia Z5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, with an overall score of 87 and 86 points respectively”.

Please read his full review here

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Sony Xperia Z3 DxO Review – Kevin Carter

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Kevin Carter our Head of Technical Hardware as well as the Lead Technical Editor for DxOMark and the British Journal of Photography among others, recently as tested Sony’s Xperia Z3 smartphone.

Kevin explains “With an over DxOMobile score of 82 points, the Xperia Z3+ shows some slight improvement in image quality over its predecessors the Z3 and Z2, which both achieved the same score of 79 points. However, while the improvement isn’t huge exactly, it is good enough to place the flagship Z3+ in the Top 3 — in joint third place next to the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Take a look at the DxO link here for Kevin’s review and interesting camera capability findings.

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Photography & Art – Tickle Your Fancy #46

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Welcome back to our forty sixth post in our new section Tickle Your Fancy. Tickle Your Fancy’ includes a round-up of between three to five links to articles from around the internet that have specifically interested us during the course of the week. Ones that we feel are relevant to your interest in photography and art.

Just to explain the title for this section ‘Tickle Your Fancy’ is an English idiom and essentially means that something appeals to you and perhaps stimulates your imagination in an enthusiastic way, we felt it would make a great title for this new section of the site.

We really hope you enjoy these articles over the weekend…

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Simon Norfolk – Wins at 2015 Sony World Photography Awards for Landscape

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The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition today names Simon Norfolk as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ Landscape Photographer of the Year. “Norfolk is an incredible photographer and my husband Kevin, has previously interviewed him and featured his work in The Times”.

Norfolk, a landscape photographer who lives and works in Brighton and is represented by INSTITUTE, was selected from over 87,000 entries to the Professional competition for a series called “When I Am Laid In Earth”.  In the series the photographer maps with a pyrograph the melting away of the Lewis Glacier on Mt. Kenya.

Norfolk had previously been awarded 1st place in the Professional People category of the 2012 Sony World Photography Awards and 2nd place in the Professional Architecture category in the same year.

The photographer was presented his award and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by industry leaders. 

Talking about his win Norfolk comments “As Photography with a capital ‘P’ seems to be happy to decline into purposeless ‘picture-making’ and Photoshop gimmicks, it’s great to see that Sony are still rewarding real documentary photography with a focus on an issue as important as climate change. I hope that continues.”

Three further British photographers were also recognised at the awards:

  • Jonathan Syer, 2nd place, Professional Campaign
  • Dougie Wallace, 2nd place, Professional Portraiture
  • Rich Wiles, 3rd place, Professional Arts & Culture

Prize and Exhibition 

  • The latest Sony digital imaging equipment
  • Exhibited in the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24th April – 10th May
  • Published in the annual Sony World Photography Awards winners book 

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The Guardian – ‘Camera-makers focus on adapting to smartphones’ market surge’

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Interesting article by my friend Charles Arthur (Contributing Writer for The Guardian, previously the Guardian’s Technology Editor) this morning. He talks about the demise of camera sales since 2006, starting there of course with film.  Arthur discusses the research & development and money that is being poured into smartphone development. He cites my partner (Kevin Carter’s) test results in DXOMark’s testing in October where the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus reached the top of the camera site – see here.  

The conclusion to this piece focuses on sensors, smartphones are in need of larger sensors.  "Sony announced recently that it’s going to increase its production of image sensors by 45% over the next 18 months to meet growing demand. Sony’s imaging division (which makes the sensors) is one of its most profitable divisions. Its customers include Xiaomi, the fast-growing Chinese smartphone maker, and Apple". Interesting read, go here to read in full.

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iOS Photography Tool Apps – REDTools – New App For RED Digital Cameras

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RED Digital Cameras are truly symbols and tools of greatness, they have been used to shoot the most influential fashion magazines in the world, Vogue, Harpers and more by photographers from Bruce Weber to Greg Williams. Our Head of Technical Hardware, Kevin Carter, relatively recently reviewed the $45,000 RED Epic with new Dragon Sensor for … Read moreiOS Photography Tool Apps – REDTools – New App For RED Digital Cameras

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