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Announcing The Amazing Robocop Retouching Contest! Win Prizes!

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The Contest

As you may have seen on Fstoppers or on this blog, I did one of my dream shoots with an actor wearing an original style Robocop costume along with his replica of the OCP Robocop police Taurus. The Robo suit is actually made from original molds used to create the actual costume used in the first Robocop movie. Pretty cool, right? Well as I’ve discovered, this is also a dream shoot for many of you as well. Now, I cannot setup a shoot for you, BUT I can let you play with up to 8 of my original Phase One IQ140 RAW files from the photoshoot. Even better, if you do a great job, you may win prizes and accolades!

The general idea is to download and use one or all of the provided RAW files (bottom on this post) and have a good time retouching/creating a composite from this shoot. You can put Robocop on Mars, in the middle of a gunfight, having dinner with you in a family photo, etc. The sky is the limit… although, lets avoid him doing anything that may be considered offensive to the general public (this is the internet, I had to add that disclaimer haha).

If you’re looking for inspiration, here are examples from my previous retouching contests for reference:

Video Of The Original Photoshoot:

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Your Panel Of Retouching-Celebrity Judges

We are VERY lucky to have a panel my extremely talented retoucher/photographer friends to sift through your entries and choose the honorable mentions as well as the grand prize winner! Pratik Naik, Clint Davis (previous retouching contest winner), Justin Paguia (my own  longest time retoucher), Julia Kuzmenko, Glyn Dewis, and myself will all be judging. I am honored that they are agreeing to help in the fun! They are all so incredibly talented and good people to boot!

The Prizes

All honorable mentions will be posted on Fstoppers.com along with links to their websites/online portfolios.

Along with the honor of being named one of the most creative and talented retouchers by our judges, the grand prize winner will receive the following prizes:

  • Full copy of Phase One’s Capture One Pro 7 software (retail $299): This is what I use (they put my photo on the box). It’s the best tethering and RAW processing solution on the market. It actually is the best software for processing Phase One RAW files like the ones you will be downloading below, although it does an awesome job processing every other major camera maker’s RAW files as well. I heavily suggest you download the free 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 7 and use it to process the RAW files from this contest.

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  • Case Logic Checkpoint Friendly Laptop Backpack (retail $99.99): I have this bag and it’s awesome. It fits my 15″ Macbook Pro, iPad, Wacom tablet, GPS, chargers, etc. It’s also great for travel because you can zip it open without having to pull your laptop out at the airport security lines. It also has a sleeve in the back to easily slide onto your roller bag securely.

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  • Tether Tools Starter Kit ($84 value) from my friends at Tether Tools. This is an awesome prize by itself and great for any on-location photographer or tech. They promised to supply you with a tether cable of the winner’s choosing.  The guys at TetherTools.com are awesome. They make everything in my on-location tethering kit from my tether table, to my USB cable from my camera to the computer, iPad holder for displaying images to my clients, and anything else you could ever imaging wanting on set. Check out www.TetherTools.com

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The Rules

  • You have approximately 9 days. Deadline is 11:59PM (East Coast US Time) February 14, 2014 to submit your images. You can either email me (douglas[at]sondersphotography[dot]com) directly or post a link to your edits as a comment on this post. Make sure to include your name and a link to your webpage (if you have one) so I can include it in the post if you make the finals or win.
  • Grand prize winner and honorable mentions will be announced by February 21, 2014. Stay tuned to this blog and my Facebook page for updates.
  • Go nuts. Create the coolest, wildest, most creative retouching job on these photo…but keep it clean please! Put Robocop in any serious or wacky scenario that your mind can create. I’ve included 8 files with different elements for you to combine as you see fit! You can use 1 or elements from all 8 files as you wish. You can also combine elements from your own or legally acquired stock imagery as long as you include elements from at least one of the Robocop files supplied below.
  • This is an international contest, so anyone on this planet can enter.
  • Submitted images should be at least 1000 pixels on its longest side.
  • The fine print: I still own the copyright of these images so no going and using this in advertisements you crazy kids, but you are welcome to post your entry in your online and print portfolios as examples of your retouching work, of course. I’m a kind fellow, but my lawyers are not :D
  • Have fun!

Download the zip of the 8 Robocop Phase One RAW files here : Contest Over / Compiling Results

NOTE: I highly suggest downloading the free 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 7 software and using it to process these RAW files.

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Capture One Express 7 Announced – Phase One’s Affordable Raw Processing Software For Under $100

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Phase One announced their new Capture One Express 7 raw image processing software today and it’s free to try for 60 days and only $99 to buy! Express 7 is actually a streamlined version of their advanced Capture One Pro 7 software, which is what I personally use, focusing primarily on RAW processing. Also, I’m excited to mention that they are using my Mad Max photoshoot on the marketing material. :)

It’s no secret to those that follow my work, I have aligned myself professionally with Phase One. No, they are not paying me to do so. They simply have one of the finest camera systems in the world, which I happily own and shoot with (my Phase One 645 DF+ with IQ140 back), and have developed one of the most advanced tethering and RAW processing software on the market.

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Like Shooting Tethered? Check Out Some Of These Awesome Products From Tethered Tools


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If you haven’t heard of TetherTools.com yet, well… you have now. Tethered Tools makes a wide range of fantastic products to make your tethered shooting go more smoothly. They are your one stop shop for all of your tethered shooting gear needs including software… but you do have to provide the camera and computer.

Sure, they have all sorts of amazing custom configurable tables for your laptop/computer on set, but they go much further than that. Afraid of unplugging your cable from your computer or camera? They created this cool series of products called Jerkstoppers, which keeps you from causing inadvertent disconnections. Want to have easy access to your tablet device as well? They have solutions for that.

I’ve been enjoying playing with my Tether Tools setup and plan on adding custom options to my setup! You should definitely check out their site.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what software I use for my tethered shooting with my Phase One 645 DF+ IQ140 and my Canons, it’s Capture One Pro 7. You can download a fully-functional demo for free here.

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My Phase One IQ140, powerbook, and Tether Tools setup

 

Here are some of the Tether Tools products that I have been using:

Check it out! My Lamborghini image on the Capture One Pro 7 box!

New Release: Capture One Pro 7 – The Professional Choice in Imaging Software


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I’m excited to finally announce the new Phase One Capture One Pro 7 raw processing software. I’ve been working behind the scenes for months on helping with the product release. This new generation Capture One is a leap forward with its brand new image processing engine and catalog organization system among other improvements. If you’re unfamiliar with Capture One, its the leading software that allows you to not only shoot tethered with 35mm to medium format digitals, but offers the most detailed raw image processing controls out on the market today.

From the PhaseOne.com website:

Capture One Pro 7 is the professional choice in imaging software. It gives photographers the highly responsive, precision tools they need to create stunning out-of-the-box images from leading high-end cameras.

Raw Processing:
Capture One Pro 7 features the world’s most advanced image processing engine, with a brand new Bayer Interpolation Method, that will allow you to achieve vastly superior image quality with excellent color and fine detail from your camera’s raw files.

Tailor-Made Camera Profiles:
Each supported camera is tested and fine tuned extensively by our image quality team to create a bespoke profile that brings out the very best.

Noise Reduction:
Professionals will enjoy the improved out of the box noise reduction, especially improved for higher ISO images. To reduce noise, every camera is optimized by our image quality experts. For you as a professional this means you can shoot with higher ISO more confidently than ever before.

Highlight and Shadow Recovery:
Perfect high-contrast scenes by recovering blown out highlights and opening up dark shadows. Use the improved HDR tool to bring out details and contrast in the shadows and highlights, even in images taken under difficult light conditions.

Local Adjustments:
Use the improved local adjustments like gradient mask, fill mask and auto mask, to fine-tune the details in targeted areas of your images. The non-destructive local adjustments let you edit selective parts of an image for unlimited creative control and results.

Search and Filtering:
The new advanced search and filtering option ensures that you can always find your images quickly and easily with specific criteria. Although your originals are offline, you can still browse, search and even adjust your images.

Catalogs:
A catalog is the primary method of photo organization and viewing in Capture One Pro 7. A catalog contains all the information needed to find and display any image added to the Catalog, within one portable and sharable file.

I helped Phase One put together this short video showcasing what I love about the new Capture One Pro 7. Check it out below:


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You can learn more about Capture One Pro 7 and even try it free for up to 60 days at this link: CLICK HERE

I want to add that I am not being paid for endorsing the product. I try to align myself with companies like Phase One and Nik Software, whose products I use regularly and strongly believe in.

Check it out! My Lamborghini image on the Capture One Pro 7 box!
My image in the Capture One Pro 7 release. Big honor!