Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Peak Design - Shell

We love the Peak Design products. As Travel Photographers we are always looking for products that work well in all conditions. In the past we have used weather-sealed DSLR cameras which at times have been drenched and have still performed well so we really haven't had the need for a raincover for our cameras. However, we are now mirrorless shooters and unfortunately they do not handle the rain as well as our previous cameras, as a matter of fact, the Sony A7r camera body is not weather sealed at all. We've always carried a cheap rain cover that allows you to access the camera via side sleeves however we have found these to be extremely awkward at times and difficult to read the LCD screen when covered in droplets of water. So we were delighted when we saw the Peak Design Shell product.

The Peak Design shell protects your camera from water, snow, dust and abrasion, whether it’s in your hands, on the tripod, on your backpack or in your bag. 
The product is extremely well designed and well made. It has a unique form-fitting design using stretchy fabric with a waterproof membrane to keep your camera safe without adding bulk or impeding your workflow. Use Shell with the Capture Camera Clip or any Peak Design strap (sold separately) to keep your camera accessible in any environment. 



Cameras come in endless shapes and sizes. With interchangeable lenses and accessories like battery grips and L-brackets, fortunately, Shell comes in 3 different sizes, each of which fits a wide range of camera bodies and lenses. It is made of a stretchy water-resistant fabric that cinches at both ends. Even if you frequently change lenses or use multiple camera bodies, there's probably a single Shell size that will solve your needs.

ULTRALIGHT, FORM-FITTING RAIN AND DUST COVER FOR ALL CAMERAS.

Available in 3 sizes for a snug fit with almost any camera/lens combo


STRETCHABLE
4-way stretch fabric is seam-taped to resist rain, snow, dust and abrasion

CONVENIENT
Access viewfinder and controls without removing

WORKS WITH CAPTURE® CAMERA CLIP OR STANDALONE

ANCHOR PORTS
Allow use with any Peak Design strap

SECURE
Completely cinches closed for safe camera stowage

SMALL FOOTPRINT
Packs down small into its built in storage pocket

WARRANTY
Lifetime guarantee



Here's a great video about the product - 


Below is a guide to selecting the correct size Shell for your system -




If you've looked at the above charts and you still can't decide which shell to get then -


1. Keep in mind, for most camera/lens sizes there are 2 Shell sizes that will fit your camera. So, you really can't go wrong.

2. Shell is made to stretch and fit your camera snugly. For any given camera size, a smaller Shell will fit your camera more snugly and a larger Shell will have a baggier fit.

3. A tighter fit is better for carrying your camera in Capture since everything will be nice and snug. A looser fit is better if you plan to actively shoot with Shell in the rain since it will be quicker to pull Shell up and access your controls.

4. Even if you get the larger Shell size, it will be much more snug-fitting than other camera rain covers on the market.

5. Another advantage of picking the larger size is that you can cinch Shell closed all the way around your camera, even when using long lenses with hoods.

6. If you have a DSLR and a mirrorless camera, consider getting 2 Shells. You really don't want to use anything bigger than the small Shell for a mirrorless camera unless you want better access to a zoom lens.

We've used this product for a couple of weeks now and it is brilliant when compared to other rain cover products that we've seen on the market. If you love the idea of walking in the rain and taking shots without the worry of your camera getting wet then this product should be near the top of your list of MUST HAVE'S especially for Travel and Landscape Photography.

The Negatives - there always has to be a negative :-)

  1. Just a little awkward to peel from the back to shoot if its a snug fit. This is not a dealbreaker and we would much prefer this to trying to look through a plastic cover.
  2. If you plan to use as a cover while shooting rather than just a waterproof cover then it is a little awkward using a zoom lens if the cover is snug on the camera. Peak design suggest if you are going to use it in this way then get the next size up which will allow better access to the zoom. For prime lens shooters this does not apply.

If you like this product or any other Peak Design product use our discount code to receive a 10%* discount. When checking out simply add the discount code 'PD10WIDESP' and your 10% discount will be applied.

Note: *Cart total must be over USD$19.94 for the discount to work. Discount does not apply to bundle items or items that are already discounted. Prices are in USD. Free delivery for orders over USD$75.00

If you have any comments or questions about this product then we'd love to hear from you.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

New Product Announcement : ON1 Photo RAW


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Well, ON1 have done it again and it looks like they've done their research by announcing the soon-to-be-released ON1 Photo RAW. Here's an exerpt from their website about the new product which is available later this year.

"The current class of RAW-based photo editors require photographers to catalog their photos, bounce between apps for editing, and forces them to work within the confines of their ecosystem. They haven't adapted their apps to work efficiently with today's popular 42- and 50-megapixel cameras. For years photographers have been asking us for a super fast RAW processor and non-destructive photo editor without the painful import process. This is ON1 Photo RAW. In development for years, ON1 Photo RAW will be the first RAW processor released in more than a decade and feature a new modern RAW processing engine, tuned for today's sensors and graphics chips. Combined with our current set of tools, ON1 Photo RAW will bring photographers the world's fastest, most flexible, and easiest to use RAW processor and photo editor available. ON1 Photo RAW, the next generation of ON1 Photo 10, will continue to work where you want, as a standalone, a plug-in, or host app for other editing apps.The current class of RAW-based photo editors require photographers to catalog their photos, bounce between apps for editing, and forces them to work within the confines of their ecosystem. They haven't adapted their apps to work efficiently with today's popular 42- and 50-megapixel cameras. For years photographers have been asking us for a super fast RAW processor and non-destructive photo editor without the painful import process. This is ON1 Photo RAW. In development for years, ON1 Photo RAW will be the first RAW processor released in more than a decade and feature a new modern RAW processing engine, tuned for today's sensors and graphics chips. Combined with our current set of tools, ON1 Photo RAW will bring photographers the world's fastest, most flexible, and easiest to use RAW processor and photo editor available. ON1 Photo RAW, the next generation of ON1 Photo 10, will continue to work where you want, as a standalone, a plug-in, or host app for other editing apps."

Below are some introductory videos about the product -


FAST - STATE-OF-THE-ART

NO IMPORT/CATALOG

PHOTO EFFECTS & RETOUCHING

ALL-IN-ONE

This really looks like a serious competitor to Lightroom and several other RAW converters currently on the market. As this will seamlessly integrate with the ON1 Photo 10 suite we think this will be a winner for many photographers who are looking for a more integrated workflow without having to jump around different apps.

ON1 have come out with a great deal for those that want to pre-order. They are offering ON1 Photo 10.5 (New Version) and ON1 Photo RAW for USD$89.99 until May 6, 2016. This is an awesome deal! For more details click on the banner below.

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ON1 Photo Raw is not being released until Spring (Australia) or Fall (US). Either way it'll be sometime later this year.

Stay tuned! 

Friday, 26 February 2016

New Release - Topaz DeNoise 6 software

Great news! Topaz Labs have just released their latest version of Noise Reduction software. We have been using this software for ages and it really is great for reducing Noise in problem areas of an image with out affecting the whole image. This version includes lots of presets for different cameras set at high ISO settings. So when you're in low light and can't use a tripod and afraid to raise the ISO to get a faster shutter speed, look no further.  Now you can take these shots with a high ISO without sacrificing detail. Whether you’re shooting in low light, using fast speeds, or encountering noisy conditions, Topaz DeNoise gives you the peace of mind to know that you’ll end up with a crisp, clear, and noise-free result.
If you've been waiting for a reason to try out DeNoise, now is the time.  Topaz DeNoise 6 has just been released and introduces exciting features...
  • Standalone Application - DeNoise 6 now works as a standalone product and doesn’t require a host editor. DeNoise still runs as a plugin as well.
  • Camera Specific Presets - DeNoise 6 features dozens of presets based on various camera profiles, with multiple ISO presets for each camera. 
  • Batch Processing - DeNoise 6 introduces batch processing, allowing you to process a whole folder with the same settings. Note that batch processing is only available in the standalone version of DeNoise.
  • High Resolution Monitor Support - DeNoise 6 now supports High-DPI monitors on large and small screens.
Get Topaz DeNoise now for only USD$49.99 (originally $79.99) with coupon code: NOISEFREE (valid until March 20th). If you already own a previous version of Topaz DeNoise then the upgrade to this version is FREE. Yor License Key should automatically work with the software once installed.
Want to see how Topaz DeNoise removes heavy image noise and still gives you amazingly clear results? Check out some of our short DeNoise Tips videos to see
 it in action!




We highly recommend this software and suggest you download the Free Trial to play with some of your own images.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

ON1 ReSize 10 - ON SALE

ON1 currently have ON1 ReSize 10 on sale. Normally US$79.99, it is currently on sale for US$59.99. 

With ON1 Resize, you can enlarge any photo up to 1000% without loss of sharpness or detail. It's the gold standard for photo enlargements using the Genuine Fractals® technology. Whether enlarging photos from your mobile device or your camera, ON1 Resize gives you everything needed for the highest quality photo enlargements. To find out more click on the image below.


We have written a blog about the software which you can read here. So if you like to enlarge and print your favourite images then we suggest you dowload the FREE trial and give it a try. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

New Release: On1 Photo 10 - ReSize

ON1, Inc. has announced ON1 Resize 10, the latest version of their award winning Genuine Fractals® technology. ON1 Resize 10 has also been added back in ON1 Photo 10.1, a free update for Photo 10 owners. So if you already own On1 Photo 10 then you should receive a link for the update to version 10.1. This version will include the ReSize module. If you do not own the software you can either buy ON1 Photo 10 or just the On1 ReSize 10 standalone app. See Availability & Pricing further down.

ON1 Resize allows photographers to get the highest quality photo enlargements, using Genuine Fractals technology–patented, fractal-based interpolation algorithms—to enlarge photos up to 1000% without the loss of sharpness or detail. Popular features like the gallery wrap and tiling options are included, an overhaul of the user interface, and more.

The Gallery Wrap feature creates extended margins for wrapping photos around wooden stretcher bars when printing to canvas. Photographers can preview the gallery wrap results in real time, allowing them to fine tune their settings speeding up the gallery wrap creation process.

The Tiling Feature gives the ability to divide photos into mosaic tiles for easy printing and proofing. This feature also makes it easier to save and print individual tiles when sending files to a print service provider. It’s also easy to create canvas diptychs, triptychs or mosaics when combined with the gallery wrap feature.

The sharpening methods of ReSize 10 allow photographers to sharpen small details without causing halos on larger, distinct edges. The sharpening methods can target out-of-focus photos and adapt sharpening amounts automatically to the size of image details.

There are also hundreds of presets to help save time. Presets can also be modified and saved for resizing a photo, applying a specific sharpening amount and adding a gallery wrap – in one step. The ability to combine several steps and save a preset is a big benefit for workflow efficiency.

Additional features include batch processing for photos of mixed size, type and orientation, presets for common printer resolutions, presets for panoramic and no-crop sizes, and film grain simulation.




About ON1 Resize 10 and ON1 Photo 10


ON1 Resize 10 works on both Mac OS X (10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11) and Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 10). Resize 10 also works as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop® and Lightroom CC, or as a standalone application. Version 10 supports Photoshop CC 2015, CC 2014, and CS6; Lightroom 6, 5, 4; Photoshop Elements 14, 13, 12 and 11.

ON1 Photo 10 (and 10.1) is a full-featured photo editor that works either as a plug-in editor to Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom CC, or as a standalone application. ON1’s open system allows access to your photos no matter where they are stored: your computer, your network, or on cloud-based storage services. Photo 10 also supports the key online storage services, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. ON1 Photo 10 works on both Mac OS X (10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11) and Microsoft Windows (7, 8, 10). Version 10 supports Photoshop CC 2015, CC 2014, and CS6; Lightroom 6, 5, 4; Photoshop Elements 14, 13, 12 and 11.

Availability and pricing

ON1 Resize 10 is available immediately for download from the ON1 website, and has a price of USD$79.99 for the full version. A 60-day trial is also available immediately from the ON1 website.

Resize 10 is also available as part of ON1 Photo 10. Photo 10 is currently available for USD$109.99 and USD$89.99 for the upgrade. You can also try ON1 Photo 10 free for 60-days.


To get the software just click on the image above. If you have any questions please leave a comment below.