New Camera News is a site I recently came upon that acts as a parody of other news sites that relentlessly throw out all the press releases that any photographic company puts out. It is in the same vein as The Onion in its relatively indiscriminate skewering of all things photography.The content can be a little hit and miss but it is at least worth a look.
Over at The Verge there is great little interview with Peter Belanger, who, among other clients, works for Apple. He has produced a large number of the product shots that are used by the company on their website and in advertising.
There are some great quotes and a few insights into his preferred methods for high-end still-life shoots.
It’s similar to working on a file in Photoshop: you don’t do all your work on one layer. I think of my lights as layers that I can adjust individually to get the desired results.
This is a question that I regularly get asked on and off shoots. To make things simpler I thought I should post a quick description of what it is, why the option is there and the difference it can make.
The option to automatically use OpenCL or not was introduced to Capture 6.0. In version 7.0 this was made slightly more complicated as the option is now available separately for image display and file processing.
To start with OpenCL stands for Open Computing Language and in terms of Capture used to allow programs to tap into the processing power of graphical processor unit (GPU) on the graphics card of your computer.
Current graphics cards are actually incredibly powerful processors on their own. The major manufacturers, AMD and Nvidia, have pushed the technology hard to be able to render very fast, detailed graphics for gamers. This has led to graphics processors with multiple cores and very high clock speeds (MHz/GHz) targeted at rendering detailed textures to screen quickly. This power goes unused most of the time as the computers main central processor unit (CPU) is normally used to process files in Capture One.
The theory is that with the Auto setting in Capture One, the software is able to access this extra processing power when it is rendering previews or processing out files to TIFF or JPEG formats.
The reality is that unless you are using an Apple computer with a recent graphics card and the operating system is at minimum Snow Leopard (10.6) or above, the technology is not supported.
As a general troubleshooting tip, if there is any doubt regarding the ability of your mac to support this feature, then turn it off. Also if Capture running slowly or at all jittery, I would recommend it as things to check and switch off.
If you want to go into further detail about Phase One's own advice on the subject, then go here. And for a detailed list of the Apple computers that will definitely not support this feature you can always check this page.
At the company's MAX conference, on Monday, Adobe announced the major change to it's Creative Suite of applications, from boxed or downloaded set to an online only model called Creative Cloud. From July the only way to purchase Photoshop and all the other applications in the suite will be via a monthly subscription model. This is a major from the past and comes with both good and bad points.
the change is that Adobe should be able to update applications on a more continual basis. This moves Adobe away from the traditional and allows Adobe to add improvements when they become available. Testing new features and technologies could become far quicker as Adobe will be able to receive live feedback and bug reports.
The Creative Cloud subscription service already has over half a million subscribers after an initial roll-out last year, together with Creative Suite 6. However the new service will come with some potentially very useful integrated features. Every individual subscriber will receive cloud storage that connects the traditional applications with apps like Photoshop Touch for the iPad and other devices. Full access to a Behance account is included which provides a simple platform to publish and share your work.
For Adobe the new model will also change the landscape regarding piracy. Photoshop has long been pirated pieces of software worldwide and with this change it will become much harder to do. I will make no
all this is that here in the UK we appear to be paying something of a premium again. Where as in US the monthly subscription runs to (£, on this side of the pond we will be paying £46.88/month. There has always been a disparity between the price of Adobe products in different worldwide territories. However originally the company justified this with things like taxes, customs duties and other marketing expenses. I fail to see, however, where the near 46% difference can come from when everything is delivered and supported in the cloud.
The second big piece of news from last week regards Kodak and the company's on going financial troubles. Since August last year Kodak has been looking for some Personal Imaging and Document Imaging divisions. The Personal Imaging division includes camera film and photographic papers, while Document Imaging includes scanners.
There is a lot of detail regarding the specific financials of the deal between the Eastman Kodak company and U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), which, to be honest, is pretty dull. However the quote below from Steven Ross, Chairman of KPP should give some relief to those who still use Kodak films and papers.
“The businesses that we are acquiring will deliver long-term cash flows to support the plan’s obligations. The financial stability that KPP will provide for the Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses will be beneficial to those businesses’ employees, customers and partners.”