You Can Greatly Speed Up Photoshop With A Click Of Button, But Consider This…

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Featured, Photography Tips, photoshop, portrait, sony

You Can Greatly Speed Up Photoshop With A Click Of Button, But Consider This…

There’s a Photoshop tip that’s been doing the rounds recently that explains a simple way to speed up the Photoshop saving process, which, as some of you will know, can be tediously long at times. Photoshop’s sort of ‘standard’ filetype is the PSD, and for mere normal people, this is all you’ll need. However, if you begin to do some really in-depth retouching, your files are going to grow at a speed that makes Moore’s law seem sluggish, and that means the file sizes become huge;. That point is 2GB, and some of you may balk at that, but it’s actually not that difficult to grow your files to that point, and quickly. That said, it’s also not usually hard to avoid. Anyway, past the 2GB mark that file in Photoshop will most typically be saved as a PSB (Large Document Format) file or a TIFF file which caps out at 4GB. The thing is, once you’re there, it requires a decent amount of computing power, storage, and time to save. In terms of time, we’re talking minutes here, and that’s frustrating. Sure, Photoshop will let you continue to work during that time, but still, in 2011, Photoshop released a plug-in that allowed for the compression of those files to be turned off, and it significantly reduced the time required, even if increasing the amount of space required. However, current versions of Photoshop have no need for the plug-in as these incarnations have a built-in option that is as simple to engage as clicking a box. All that’s required is to go to Preferences, either General and then File Handling or directly to File Handling, where you’ll check the box with the following text: Disable Compression of PSD and PSB Files Do that, and you’ll have enabled Photoshop to behave as though the plugin was there. From here, you will notice a significant difference in save-speed times of your files, and possibly as high as 20x faster apparently. That said, there are some things you would do well to be aware of that many people aren’t talking about. One thing you may be curious about is quite how much compression is done, which will give you an idea of how much space you’ll stand to lose the benefit of speed. In my experience of testing a 1.1 GB file right now, uncompressed, it saved as 3.5GB, so you’re looking at over 3x the size. That’s a pretty significant size penalty, and I’ve heard that number isn’t highballing. [REWIND: THE SIGMA MC-11 BRINGS 15 SIGMA LENSES TO SONY E-MOUNT CAMERAS WITH FULL CONTROL] It should also be noted that this possible increase in speed doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll see it because Adobe themselves used to caution that the speed increase was partially dependent on the speed of your hard drive, which makes sense. If you’re running a 1TB HDD...

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The Sigma MC-11 Brings 15 Sigma Lenses To Sony E-Mount Cameras With Full Control

Posted by on Mar 27, 2016 in canon, Featured, nikon, Photography Tips, sony

The Sigma MC-11 Brings 15 Sigma Lenses To Sony E-Mount Cameras With Full Control

It was hardly a fortnight ago that Sigma announced the immediate availability of some Global Vision Lens kits, and of course, that’s pretty exciting. Sigma’s been topping our charts for a while now and these kits allowed for some savings, and direction. The kits would see the 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports paired with the TC-1401 teleconverter and the 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary with the same TC-1401, and this represented an expansion of the focal range from 150-600mm to a massive 210-840mm. It seems Sigma wasn’t entirely through with offering some kits as they’re now going to be offering, albeit in limited supply according to one source, a kit that will pair either the touted 50mm 1.4 ART or the 35mm 1.4 ART with the about-to-be-released MC-11 Mount Converter. So what this means is now Sony users should be able to benefit, finally, from all the brilliant lenses Sigma’s now got on tap, and that’s something to get really excited about. The kits will likely be made available in limited quantity of around 5,000, but it doesn’t seem there is any cost savings to be had from buying the kit versus each piece separately. Given that the kits don’t seem to be available in the US, this is a good thing. The MC-11, announced a while ago which some of you may have seen at WPPI, is a mount converter which allows Sigma lenses to be used on Sony E-mount cameras, both full frame and APS-C sensor cameras like the A7RII, and A6300. What this does is bring into the Sony world 15 of Sigma’s ‘Global Vision’ lenses. That’s huge. There’s a legion of Sony users out there who don’t have access to the variety of lenses they either would like, or would have enjoyed with other brands. This has been a sore spot for Sony shooters, and the mount adapters that exist such as those from Metabones, don’t cut mustard for everyone. The Metabones and Sony Adapters didn’t offer iAF, other AF lock features were not available, and only contrast autofocus in video. This was an utter crime because when you have incredible AF features like you do on the A6300, A7RII you wouldn’t be able to use them unless using native lenses. The MC-11 sort of promises to solve that as it’s a bit of a different approach to adapters than the other offerings. Imagine, a 50mm ART with an A7RII with it behaving like a native lens? That’s as appealing as it gets. Firstly, it will accept lenses that are either Sigma SA and Canon EF mount Sigma glass. Nikon, if you have the Nikon variants, you’re not taken care of just yet, but it could be coming. The MC-11 doesn’t operate quite like other adapters do as it includes control data for each of the compatible Sigma lenses, so once...

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Top 7 Tips to Get the Most from your SSDs

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Featured, lightroom, Photography Tips, photoshop, sony

Top 7 Tips to Get the Most from your SSDs

Upgrading your computer with a solid state drive is one of the best things you can do to increase performance. A solid state drive will speed up everything that requires disk access – from boot times to opening Lightroom Catalogs – but without proper maintenance, the speedy SSD will begin to slow over time. Here are my top 7 tips for getting the most from your SSDs. 1. Enable TRIM TRIM is essential for keeping SSDs in tip-top shape. What is TRIM exactly? TRIM is a command that allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally. Unlike a mechanical drive, when writing new data, an SSD can only write to empty blocks. Drives without TRIM enabled have to partially move large pieces of information, wipe out all the blocks containing it, and finally, write the new data onto those blocks. TRIM prevents your drive from making unnecessary writes and being overused. For Windows, SSDs are usually detected when installed and TRIM is enabled for all drives. Apple, on the other hand, does not support TRIM on most third party SSDs, and it is disabled by default. If your computer came with an SSD pre-installed, you have TRIM enabled. For those who upgraded later, you have to run trimforce in the terminal with the following command: Sudo trimforce enable Apple does not want to be held responsible if your SSD’s hardware doesn’t implement TRIM correctly and you run into an issue. However, TRIM was added shortly after SSDs hit the market and unless you have an early model of SSD, your drive should support TRIM. [REWIND: Samsung T1 External SSD – Tiny & Blazing Fast| Review] 2. Don’t Wipe the Drive Assuming you are using an operating system that supports TRIM, you never need to overwrite or “wipe” the free sectors. This is important when using a mechanical drive, as files are not deleted immediately. Mechanical drives will be marked as deleted, but until they are overwritten, data can still be recovered. The way TRIM works is that once something is deleted, it is removed from the drive; the OS sends a command to erase the data completely and can not be recovered. If you use any wiping software on SSD, it is going to degrade your SSD life by making unnecessary write cycles. 3. Update Your Firmware SSD manufacturers issue firmware updates throughout the lifetime of the solid state drive. Though the goal is to provide a product that is ‘set it and forget it,’ manufacturers sometimes need to release updates that can address technical issues and bugs. Sometimes a firmware update can even offer a performance enhancement and better drive reliability. Firmware upgrades can be a bit of a hassle, with many requiring access to an optical drive and blank disc to...

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128GB SD Card For $30, CreativeLive Classes Now 25% Off, All Nik Software Now FREE (Deal Dash)

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Featured, lightroom, Photography Tips, photoshop, portrait, sony

128GB SD Card For $30, CreativeLive Classes Now 25% Off, All Nik Software Now FREE (Deal Dash)

Who doesn’t love a good deal? As a photographer, you likely have G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and are probably eyeballing the latest lens/camera offering from {fill in the blank}. Since I am always on the lookout for good deals to save me some hard-earned cash, I’m sharing my findings here in the Deal Dash. Sony 128GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC up to 70MB/s Memory Card Who doesn’t need extra memory? With image files getting larger and larger, gone are the days when a couple of 8gb cards will hold an entire set of wedding images. Right now on Amazon, you can get this 128gb SD card from Sony for less than $30! This card is pretty fast; fast enough for HD but may not be fast enough for Sony’s 4K 100M video (just FYI). More specs: Up to 70 MB/s transfer speed File Rescue downloadable software helps recover photos and videos that has been accidentally damaged or deleted UHS-I Memory cards have been tested to achieve high levels of reliability and data integrity UHS-I Memory cards are water proof and are designed to perform under a wide range of operating temperatures Compatible with multiple SDHC/SDXC hardware devices Who knows how long this deal will last, so buy it here. CreativeLive Anniversary Sale! Happy Anniversary to CreativeLive! To celebrate, they are offering 25% off all of their courses. Be sure to check out some courses from our favorite instructors like: Sue Bryce’s 28-Days of Portrait Photography Lindsey Adler’s 5 Tools The Improve Your Creativity In Photoshop Roberto Valenzuela’s Location, Posing, Execution Peter Hurley’s How To Take The Perfect Headshot Plus SLR Lounge’s Lighting 101, 201 and Photography 101 The sale is for a limited time only, so grab your favorite courses here. Get The Entire Nik Collection FREE The Nik Collection are a collection of desktop plugins to help you edit. From filter applications that improve color correction to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening, the Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine plugins will give you powerful tools to help you edit your images. As of today, they have opened up their entire collection to download for FREE. On their Google Plus post, it states, “If you purchased the Nik Collection in 2016, you will receive a full refund…automatically.” No word as to exactly why they are giving them all away, except for they are “[focusing on their] long-term investments.” Does that mean there will be no more updates and fixes to the software? They don’t specify but grab it now while you can here. SLR Lounge Easter Sale Don’t forget! We are having our Easter sale on two of our latest workshops! We’re offering 35% off our two latest workshops, Lightroom Crash Course and Light & Love by Caroline Tran, starting today, Thursday, March 24th – Sunday,...

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Tamron 85mm 1.8 Released Early, TH Swiss Releases High-End New Lens Line, & Vivian Maier Is Now On Netflix [Daily Round-Up]

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in canon, Fashion, Featured, macro, nikon, Photography Tips, portrait, sony

Tamron 85mm 1.8 Released Early, TH Swiss Releases High-End New Lens Line, & Vivian Maier Is Now On Netflix [Daily Round-Up]

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news in one place. Be sure to check back daily for the latest. Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Is Released Early & Price Listed With Sigma being one of the biggest surprise companies of the last decade, laying claim to some lenses that best the native offerings from Canon and Nikon in price and performance, it seems to have lit the way for third party brands to be taken more seriously, and Tamron seems to be trying to feed its flame off the Sigma torch. It was only weeks ago they released 2 new lenses in a new style and apparent quality that made us sit up with attention, as the 90mm f/2.8 Di series 1:1 Macro looked different than anything we’d seen from them before but fair to say it was the 85 that most had been waiting for, and it’s here, early. This new 85mm 1.8 Di series lens is also a VC (vibration control) which makes it the first prime 85mm 1.8 with built-in stabilization capability. While it was originally slated to be released in April, it has arrived and available tomorrow with a price tag of $750. It’s a curious price because the lens comes in significantly more expensive than the 85mm 1.8s from Canon or Nikon, nearing $300 more, and those lenses are generally beloved, especially the Nikon (now going for a remarkable $426 special at the moment). Granted, it has Ultrasonic Silent Drive for a motor, is compatible with their TAP-in console, has a fluorine coating, and now Nikon will get the benefit of the electromagnetic diaphragm system that Canon has previously enjoyed. But its biggest competitor will come from Sigma as their current 85 1.4 is around $970. So, is it worth it? We’ll have to wait and see if the overall iq and performance is worth the cost, but it looks like it just may. Get it here. TH Swiss Announces New IRIX Line Of Lenses In keeping with what was said above, TH Swiss is also vying for your attention, and this latest line from them is what they hope will get it. It’s interesting, however, that to do that, their first offering in the line is a 15mm f/2.4 ultra wide angle lens for full frame cameras. That’s not typically a broadly mass appeal focal length, but they seem so confident in it, they’re offering it in two variants: a ‘Blackstone’ model which has a magnesium and aluminum body for use in ‘extreme conditions,’ and a ‘Firefly’ model which is lightweight and features a more ergonomic focusing ring. Both models are apparently optimized for sensors of 50MP+, with special coatings for reducing chromatic aberration, ghosting, and flare, have a minimum...

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Styling & Makeup Pieces Every Photographer Should Carry To Make You A Client’s Hero | 2

Posted by on Mar 22, 2016 in Fashion, Featured, nikon, Photography Tips, portrait, sony

Styling & Makeup Pieces Every Photographer Should Carry To Make You A Client’s Hero | 2

SLR Lounge has been around for some years now, and many of you reading this will have been with us in some form or fashion along the way. What’s been and continues to be interesting for us, for me, is to speak with you and see how you’re progressing. There are so many in the SLRL community as a whole who are doing truly impressive things, and with each new step, there is presented a different challenge, which is where we come in, hopefully, to lend a helping hand. In that vein, it has become apparent that the learning curve at the start is much steeper than a few steps down the line, and while that’s somewhat to be expected, it’s also quite apparent that one of the reasons experience can sometimes be put on hold is money. As you progress, the equipment pieces can become increasingly expensive, the education required more specialized, as can be the talent you work with and so on. It’s one of the reasons for SLR Lounge Premium, so whatever level of learning you require will be ready for you as you need it, without a thought to purchasing a singular program. A typical working day shoot can get up in dollars fast, and if you’re doing it as a test or practice editorial to boost your portfolio, it’ll likely be largely on your own dime, so it’s not uncommon for photographers to try to do as much as they can, to stretch the greenback within an inch of its life. One way this is often done is to skip the use of a make-up artist (MUA), and while having an MUA is best practice, not being able to fit one in the budget shouldn’t always dictate whether your shoot materializes or not. The thing is, if you’re not going to have a MUA, you best damn well have an idea of what you’re doing unless your subjects are flawless or MUAs in training. You should be able to instruct your subjects on the basics and have an understanding of little things to do to make your shoot and post processing that much better. You can see the original list here, and I highly recommend you read it first, and due to requests, here are a few more simple photography tips on styling and makeup pieces that can make your shoots better, and make you a client’s hero. How To Think About Makeup Aim to enhance rather than totally change. This should serve you well, and as many of you are wedding and portrait shooters, this really should be in the back of your mind at all times. You want to bring out the best in your subjects, but they must remain true to your subjects. Remember that people want to look their best, but still look like themselves. In order to achieve that,...

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