May 8, 2014
Posted in News

Canon Explorer Johnny Haglund’s Borneo Adventure Goes On – A Report About Diamond Mines



Canon Explorer Johnny Haglund’s Borneo adventure goes on. Read his new blog on diamond mines

Visiting the Cempaka diamond mine here in South Kalimantan, Borneo, is my second assignment in a year to cover diamond miners. The first one was in the Democratic Republic of Congo (see my earlier blog from October 2013).

The Cempaka diamond mine and the Mbuji Mayi diamond mine in Congo, are in many ways two totally different worlds. The labour is the same, though. These men work just as hard as those I met in Congo, and the surroundings are hot, humid and mosquito infested, with rain every now and then pouring out of the sky, making the mud sticky like glue.

Read the rest at CPN –>

May 8, 2014
Posted in Deals

Killer Deal: Canon EOS M w/ 18-55mm IS STM and Speedlite 90EX – Euro 299 (40% Off, Amazon Germany)

Canon EOS M

This is Amazon Germany’s Blitzangebot of the day, and a killer deal too: the EOS M with the EF-M 18-55mm IS STM lens and the Speedlite 90EX – all for ridiculous Euro 299. If you live in Germany, Austria or Switzerland then you should hurry to get the deal before it ends. Compare to €499. Limited time deal.

[via dealsrunner]


May 8, 2014
Posted in Tips

Lightroom 5 Tips Round-Up (and a bit of Photoshop)


Tutorial: How to edit underwater photos – PetaPixel


Lightroom and Wildlife Photography: How to Create Magical Impact – lightstalking

Making Light Leaks in Lightroom [With Free Brush Download] – fstoppers

Lightroom: how to use the Histogram to fix exposure and reveal hidden detail – digitalcameraworld

How to Add an Opacity Slider to Lightroom Develop Presets with The Fader Plug-In – Digital Photography School

Make a Photo Website with Lightroom and Koken – Digital Photography School

Useful Lightroom plug-ins – Digital Photography School

Do you still need Photoshop with Lightroom 5? – photocascadia


Learn How to Mask Out Messy Hair from a Messy Background in Photoshop – PetaPixel

May 7, 2014
Posted in Apps

Want To Learn About Canon Lenses And How To Use Them? Canon Lens Guru App

Canon Lens Guru App

Canon released the Canon Lens Guru app . The app was released some time ago but I forget to report about it. Available for Android and iOS.

About the app:

The official Canon Lens Guru app shows you how changing lenses can improve your photography. Be inspired by stunning images from leading Canon photographers, and learn how lenses enable you to see things differently.

  • Discover how different lenses affect your photography, with clearly explained video tutorials

  • Browse Canon lenses by category, subject matter and example photos

  • Enjoy inspirational photographs from leading professional photographers, each accompanied by information about the lens type and camera settings used

  • Learn how to use your EOS and get creative with different shooting modes and camera settings


May 7, 2014
Posted in Deals

Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III – $2,848

 EOS 5D Mark III Top Rated Plus seller 6ave (99.3% positive ratings) on eBay has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale for $2,847.82.Free shipping and limited quantity.
May 7, 2014
Posted in Tips

How To Power Your Canon DSLR All Day For Less Than $150 (DIY)

If you always have to carry lots of spare batteries with you then Caleb Pike’s inexpensive and simple do-it-yourself power solution is for you. If you want to get 12 hours of battery life then read on.

Says Caleb:

I recently purchased this NP-F970 Battery Adapter that is compatible with Canon DSLRs. I was a little worried about the quality from the pictures online but I thought I’d take the plunge and share my findings with you guys. After receiving the unit, I hooked it up with 2 Sony NP-F970 batteries and let if run all day with the camera recording AND powering my monitor… 8 Hours later, I called it a day and decided I like this thing. I still haven’t fully tested the unit to see how long it would power the camera and accessories but it’ll give you a full day at least.

As Caleb Pike said, the solution isn’t perfect so far. Room for your improvements :-)

[dslrvideoshooter via nofilmschool]

May 7, 2014
Posted in News

Is It True? New Algorithm To Detect Processed Photos

Fourandsix Technologies launched (= “is it true”), a free service that claims to be able to spot whether an image has been post-processed or not.

You can upload an JPEG image file and let the algorithm run various analysis tasks to decide if the picture has been manipulated. If the image was not processed, Izitru gives the image a “trust” rating. Can be useful on social media, for business etc. About how the algorithm spots processed images:

There are a variety of ways in which an original JPEG file, as first saved by a digital camera, may be different from subsequent versions of the file. Some of these differences reflect the fact that each digital camera has distinct ways of applying JPEG settings when saving a file. Other differences result from artifacts that are introduced when images are saved multiple times. We use a combination of six distinct forensic tests to look for these differences.

There is a FAQ, some tips, and to try it out head here.

Recently I found a paper about another algorithm, this time to measure the popularity of a photo (you can try it out).

[via DPreview]