Light and Landscape Magazine - Issue 11 (Sketching Landscapes)

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The latest issue (issue 11) of Light and Landscape Magazine is now live! 

Click on the link below to take you through to the website where you can download the latest issue onto your iPad.

http://www.lightandlandscapemagazine.com

This issue contains an article that I wrote called "Sketching Landscapes", where I discuss the value of editing your images as you shoot and retaining and learning from the photographs that you might otherwise decide not to keep.

Please continue to support this excellent magazine. It's time to grab a coffee, sit down and enjoy the latest news and opinion in Landscape photography. 

 

I've been quiet, I know!

Hey,

I hope everyone is keeping well. This post is partly to let you know that I still exist and partly to let you know what I've been doing and what's coming up soon. 

So, where to begin?

I've taken a little time away from here recently, mainly as I have a new project that I'm really focussed on but also to get away from the noise. When I say noise I mean monotony, boredom, the soul sapping crap that seems to be populating our news feeds, our facebook feeds and everything in between. I wanted to take a step away from my social media (You may have noticed the disappearance of my social icons) as it was doing very little to inspire me. In all honesty it has been frustrating me and I needed a break away from it to recharge and re-energise my creative spark.

I'm feeling good now though. I have some fresh ideas, some thoughts and a new direction (more on that to come in the future). During my break I've come to appreciate the little things, the details in life that we're often to busy to notice as we rush around filling our day. I've slowed down, I've stopped and considered the form, the shape, the structure of everyday things that so often pass us by. I've been photographing these details with only my smartphone. That's my challenge and there's no better forum with which to share this kind of mini project than on instagram. The last couple of weeks you will have seen the early stages of this if you follow my instagram feed. Many of them are natural/geology related (As a Geologist by trade, I can't help myself). All of them are natural objects, forming interesting shapes and patterns. I'll continue with this for a little while I think. I'm enjoying the slower pace...

What else is going on?

I'm very busy in the background making some connections and with this I will be trialling and reviewing some new (to me) products. The first is a new type of paper that I've come across from a company called Permajet. I met with a Permajet rep at a recent Expo and had a good conversation about their products. They have a beautiful range of papers that I have offered to put through their paces and review them for Permajet. From what I've seen so far from the feel of the samples, I'm very excited. The demo prints that I've seen look stunning so I can't wait to try them for myself. If i like the results there is the possibility that I may become a brand ambassador for Permajet which would be excellent for both them and myself. A review will appear sometime next week.

Another new thing for me is the trial of a different brand of editing software. I'm having a play with Capture One Pro 7 built by the folks at Phase One. This is not new software but another alternative to the Adobe range of products and their continual insistence that we join their subscription based model (Which I'm not a fan of). To give you an idea of how it fits in, it's somewhere between Lightroom and Photoshop but very powerful in it's own right and could be a replacement for Lightroom if all goes well. I'll have a review of it sometime soon too.

That's about it from me I think?

I apologise if it's been a bit long and tedious but hopefully you hung in there until the end, which is now...

Take care,

James

Lightroom 5.4 is out, now with an iPad version...

So the latest version of Adobe Lightroom 5 is out. We're now up to version 5.4. With this brings the ability to edit RAW files in a number of new cameras including the Fuji X-T1. My normal RAW workflow can be returned!!!

Interestingly there is now an addition to the Lightroom desktop version. You can now download the Lightroom app for iPad so editing can be made "on the go". For me I don't see this becoming part of my workflow at present as I like the control and flexibility afforded by using the desktop application. Also iPad's are limited somewhat in space so a larger collection of images could be tricky to edit on, not to mention the fact that there's only 1GB of RAM available on the iPad so I'm slightly skeptical of the performance. One final caveat is that personal presets are not yet supported.

Adobe have decided to make the iPad app free for all current Creative Cloud (CC) Lightroom Subscribers. Those of us yet to jump on the CC services are expected to pay an extra fee for this app. Like I said before, for me this is not going to be particularly useful at the moment. Either way there will be plenty of excited people when they hear the news! You can check out more information by following the link below.

http://www.adobe.com/au/products/photoshop-lightroom.html#nerolimedia_split_lr-marquee-708x510.jpg

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.4