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



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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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.

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!

Video Showcasing The Features Of The New Canon 1DX Camera Body

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Here is a video starring Canon’s product specialist Chuck Westfall. He goes through the features of Canon’s new flagship camera which essentially replaces the 1D and 1Ds bodies Spring of 2012 at a price of $6800. Sure that may be a lot, but it beats the original price of the 1Ds body it replaces of approximately $8k when it came out. The 1Dx has incredible ISO range and vastly improved video functions. “Featuring a Completely New 61-Point Autofocus, Fast Shooting up to 12 fps, 18-Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor, Full HD Video Recording and Much More” (dpreview).

I feel pretty confident that I am going to pick one of these babies up next year when it comes out. Pretty excited about this new body. My 5D Mk2 bodies are getting worn out for sure! For an additional $600 you can pick up the new WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter which has LAN support and has much better transfer speeds than its predecessor, and at 2/3 the price!

Check DPReview’s article highlighting the features and improvements over the old bodies HERE.


Take A Lot Of iPhone Photos? You May Enjoy My “Photo Stats” iPhone App Review

I take A LOT of photos on my iPhone, especially when I travel for shoots. Photo Stats is a cool application for your iPhone that analyzes your shooting habits. It lists everything from where you’ve taken photos to your most productive time of day, what percentage you shoot landscape vs horizontal, etc.

“If an image is worth thousand words how much is an infographic about all your photos in the camera roll?” – Photo Stats Website

If you click to see the rest of the post below, you can see some of my most recent iPhone photography stats. Unfortunately, I just downloaded about 900 photos from my recent travels onto my computer so it won’t reflect the bulk of my recent shooting stats, but this should give you an idea about how the application works.

One error I noticed is that it says I use flash 100% of the time, which is untrue. I would estimate that less than 10% of my photos are taken with the iPhone flash. Also, it says I use the camera 100% of the time to take the photos… really?

For .99 cents I think it is a pretty cool app. I plan on running an analysis on myself every couple of weeks to track my shooting habits since I do so much iPhone photography. I wish my DSLRs had this kind of tracking/analysis software!

Learn more about the Photo Stats app here: www.photostatsapp.com

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New iPad Photography Portfolio Case By Lost Luggage

Finally! A place to put my iPad when presenting my work to clients. Lost Luggage has debuted their new frosted clear iPad enclosure and felt sleeve. The ipad enclosure, not including the sleeve, is $195 and is etchable and printable if you want to put a name or custom logo on there. Sure, that may seem like a lot for an iPad case, BUT for those of us using the iPad as a portfolio piece, this is one of the best options for a case to show clients in my opinion. Also, the cost of a base model iPad with this case and sleeve is STILL less than what it costs to make one of my 11×14 print books. I will be ordering one of these puppies this week!

A revolutionary way to present your work – the new Lost Luggage iPad 2 case. Here at Lost Luggage we embrace the evolution of presentation as a means to showcase your work to clients with the most efficiency and the most impact. Our new iPad 2 case features the signature stylings of Lost Luggage products, including our trademarked hinge configuration combined with our most popular materials. The most distinctive feature is that the base, which is milled from an eco-friendly paper resin, is manufactured in the same way as the iPad 2 itself. As we usher into a new era of presentation, the Lost Luggage iPad 2 case will allow you to create a customized presentation indicative of the changing world of photography. – Lost Luggage

On a side note, I went to an ad agency meeting that wanted to see my work this week. I brought my iPad and a print portfolio. They didn’t want to even SEE my print book, they were content with the digital version of my book. Found that pretty interesting. I will continue to bring a print book on these meetings, though, because some still prefer it.

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THIS Is Why I Love Lamborghini

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Check out this beautiful advertisement for the new Lamborghini Aventador. Talk about incredibly sexy! WOW! I love Lamborghini’s ads. They make me feel like a little kid again.

Also, see other Lamborghini Gallardo ads below. Make sure to watch these in HD!

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News Of The Week (January 3, 2011)


  • Speaking of my new site, look for some of my new personal photos I have been working on that will be posted soon on that new website design. I will make an announcement when they go up.
  • I will be holding my photography workshop in the D.C. area on this Saturday (January 8). We already have a nice big group of people, but still have a few slots open for those that are interested. Click this link for more information.