HDR Merge For Luminar NEO Released (AI-powered HDR Photography)

Hdr Merge

Skylum, the maker of Luminar NEO, has released an additional module for their acclaimed AI-powered photo editing software, HDR Merge.

Aurora HDR owners will get the opportunity to buy Luminar Neo with a loyalty discount and receive the HDR Merge extension for free. Additionally, Skylum customers with Luminar Neo subscriptions will get the Aurora HDR Merge extension for free. Skylum offers a 30-day money-back guarantee from the time of shipping. HDR Merge works only as an extension within Luminar Neo.

Click here to learn more about or to get/buy HDR Merge.

Skylum announces release of first-ever Luminar Neo extension

Welcome HDR Merge, a fresh Luminar Neo extension for stunning HDR photography.

Powerful HDR Merge technology is coming to the award-winning Luminar Neo software as a paid extension. Designed for all fans of HDR photography, HDR Merge compiles multiple exposure-bracketed images into a single HDR image. It can merge up to 10 photos and deliver a spectacular level of color enhancement, making the final result look as close as possible to what the eye sees. HDR Merge is scheduled to be released on July 28, and the preorder has already started.

Skylum’s advanced technologies

HDR Merge will be available as an extension to Luminar Neo, an award-winning app by Skylum with an extensive portfolio of tools that maximizes the artist’s editing powers. Post-processing photos becomes easy in Luminar Neo, which empowers artists to create jaw-dropping landscapes, retouch photos for social media, make creative art with composite images, and deliver stunning portraits with a dreamy bokeh effect — among other things.
Luminar Neo’s powerful new engine gives the platform an unlimited number of creative possibilities, allowing it to incorporate more editing tools for artists and making it easy to add such technologies as the HDR Merge extension without a loss of performance. With HDR Merge, Luminar Neo is transforming into a one-stop solution for landscape and architecture photographers.

The power of HDR Merge

Especially for photographers who specialize in landscape or architecture photos, the right HDR settings can help to create detailed and dynamic photos. The higher the dynamic range, the more details in the highlights and shadows can be shown in a single photo.
If a camera doesn’t have a high dynamic range, one technique to compensate for this is to take multiple exposure bracketed images. That’s where HDR Merge can help, merging up to 10 images into one single HDR photo.
Luminar Neo’s HDR Merge doesn’t produce halos or artifacts. Plus, with the help of intelligent technologies, Luminar artists can create HDR images even from a single photo, with no brackets needed. Artificial intelligence allows for the highest quality of bracket merging and a spectacular level of color enhancement.
What’s unique about Luminar Neo’s HDR Merge is that it can be combined with Luminar Neo’s other tools to create spectacular photos. After merging brackets, artists have a full arsenal of AI-based tools at their disposal. They can enhance with one slider, fix colors and toning, add glow, play with super contrast, add realistic sun rays or vivid foliage — there is a whole world to explore. Luminar Neo gives photo artists the power to achieve the best HDR photos and go beyond in their editing, all in one app.

Create impressive photos

HDR photography is especially important for architecture, landscape, and real estate photography, but it can be applied to any type of photography for a creative effect.

  • Landscape
    Landscape photos usually have a few layers with different colors and contrast, and it’s tricky to achieve a smooth photograph that brings out the best in each layer. With HDR Merge, photographers can create a deep and rich photo of a mountain range, for example, where the mountains in the background, the forest in the center, and the stream in the foreground all look vivid, bright, and well-exposed.
  • Architecture
    It might seem easy to take photos of architecture, as the subjects are static. However, the photographer must take into account a building’s design, location, shadows, light, and weather, as they all play an important role in creating the perfect photo. Taking multiple bracketed images with a range of exposures helps with capturing a full range of light that is closer to what the human eye sees. Then it is the job of HDR Merge to combine these bracketed images into one high-contrast dynamic photo that showcases the best details of the building.
  • Real estate
    A real estate photo should compel buyers to fall in love with a place. Whether a photo is of the exterior or interior, the building should appear well-lit, attractive, and highly detailed. However, the photographer doesn’t always have control over the conditions, as work is usually expected to be done quickly without taking into consideration the weather and time of day. HDR Merge helps real estate photographers achieve high-contrast photos quickly and easily, keeping clients satisfied.

Apart from that, applying HDR merge can help bring out details in underexposed nighttime photos or otherwise fine-tune images with exposure issues.

Preorder for a better price

The HDR Merge extension preorder starts on July 15. The release is scheduled for July 28, 2022, but Luminar owners can preorder HDR Merge now for a better price.
Aurora HDR owners will get the opportunity to buy Luminar Neo with a loyalty discount and receive the HDR Merge extension for free. Additionally, Skylum customers with Luminar Neo subscriptions will get the Aurora HDR Merge extension for free.

Canon EOS R10 & 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS In Stock And Ready To Ship At Adorama

Eos R10 Review

Adorama has stock of the brand new Canon EOS R10 kit with RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens.

Canon EOS R10 at a glance:

  • 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • 4K30 Video, 4K60 with Crop; HDR-PQ
  • 23 fps E. Shutter, 15 fps Mech. Shutter
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Multi-Function Shoe, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Get the Canon EOS R10 kit with RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens while in stock at Adorama ($1,099).

Canon EOS R10 world-wide:

America: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA
Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Canon DE, Canon UK

More Canon EOS R10 coverage is listed here.

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Canon Advisory For XF605, EOS C70 & EOS R5 C: Continuous Recording Functions Issue

Canon Eos R5 C

Canon released a product advisory for the Canon XF605, Canon EOS C70 and Canon EOS R5 C. The issue is related to the continuous recording function.

Canon product advisory:

For Users that Use the Continuous Recording Functions of Professional Camcorders and Digital Cinema Cameras

Canon has recently become aware of an issue, as detailed below, that may occur in rare instances while using the Professional Camcorder XF605 and Digital Cinema Cameras EOS C70 and EOS R5 C.

We would like to offer our sincere apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced as a result of this issue, and we ask for your ongoing patience as we work to resolve this issue.

If normal recording is performed repeatedly while the continuous recording function* is enabled, the camera may, in rare instances, become inoperable. While the camera is inoperable, fan error may be displayed or the card access lamp may blink.

*The continuous recording function is a setting that is enabled only when MP4 is selected as the recording format. It is a function that allows continuous footage recording to an SD card and operates independently from the REC button. 

If the continuous recording function is not used, this issue will not occur.

Affected Products
Professional Camcorder XF605: 7th digits from the left in its serial number is “2” or earlier

Digital Cinema Camera EOS C70: 7th digits from the left in its serial number is “5” or earlier
Digital Cinema Camera EOS R5 C: 7th digits from the left in its serial number is “3” or earlier
Digital Cinema Camera EOS R5 C: 7th digits from the left in its serial number is “3” or earlier

Our action

We are working to release a firmware update that incorporates fixes for the issue outlined above. For users who plan to use the continuous recording function, please contact your nearest service centre.

Latest Canon EOS R3 Firmware Update (ver. 1.2) Has Been Pulled (mode dial issues)

Canon Eos R3 Firmware Sample Picture User Manual

It seems Canon already pulled the latest Canon EOS R3 firmware update, version 1.2.

User DrJohnEvs in the DPReview forum writes (emphasis mine):

I installed v1.2 a few days ago and all worked well.

I noticed last night that it had been withdrawn from Canon UK site.

This morning I contacted CPS UK. I have just received a reply saying there is an issue and recommended I go back to v1.1.1

The issue is that if you have v1.2 on your camera and then perform a reset the mode dial does not work correctly and you cannot change between Tv Av etc.

Anyone experienced similar issues?

Canon Q2 2022 Financial Results Published (RF lenses did the job)

Canon Q2 2022

Here are the Canon Q2 2022 financial results. RF mount lenses led to a double-digit sales growth.

Says Canon about the business in general:

As for the second quarter, due to things such as the prolonged Russia-Ukraine conflict and Shanghai’s COVID lockdown, and accelerating global inflation, there is growing uncertainty about the future direction of the global economy. Despite this,
demand for our products remained firm. That said, the impact from Shanghai’s COVID lockdown was larger than expected, and we were unable to produce products in the quantity we planned for in the second quarter. Though this will
impact sales in the third quarter, we were able to expand sales in the second quarter by taking advantage of our inventory.
Net sales increased by 13.3% to 998.8 billion yen, or nearly 1 trillion yen. And we achieved our sixth consecutive quarter of net sales growth. As for profit, although the rise in material and logistical costs continue to affect us, in addition to adjusting prices, we raised the ratio of sales of high price range products, such as full-frame cameras and medium- to high-speed color MFDs.
Additionally, by controlling the rise in expenses even while sales were increasing, we increased operating profit by 27.4%, significantly raising it to 98.5 billion yen.

From Canon’s documentation, regarding the imaging business in Q2 2022:

As for the Imaging Business Unit, unit sales of interchangeable-lens digital cameras were below those of the same period of the previous year due to the shortage of products supply. However, unit sales of mirrorless cameras were above those of the same period of the previous year due to strong demand for the full-frame mirrorless cameras including the EOS R5 and EOS R6 and the favorable reviews of the new EOS R7. Unit sales increased significantly owing to strong sales of RF-series interchangeable lenses, which expanded the product lineup. As for network cameras, sales increased significantly mainly as a result of strengthening sales in response to diversifying market needs in addition to the recovery of products supply. As for professional video production equipment, sales of Cinema EOS-series including the new EOS R5 C, professional video cameras and broadcast
lenses, were strong. These factors resulted in total sales for the business unit of ¥200.9 billion, a year-on-year increase of 18.3%, while income before income taxes increased by 57.5% year-on-year to ¥32.9 billion mainly as a result of improved profitability due to an enhanced product mix. Sales for the combined first six months of the year totaled ¥358.1 billion, a year-on-year increase of 12.4%, while income before income taxes totaled ¥46.6 billion, a year-on-year increase of 19.7%

All financial documents are available here.

Ten Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II Lenses Used To Build The Huntsman Telescope

Canon EF 400mm

Remember the Dragonfly Telephoto Array? Once more, commercial Canon telephoto lenses are used to build an array to observe and study galaxies and other astronomical objects.

The Canon lenses used to build the new array are the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II. The new array, named Huntsman Telescope, is made by Macquarie Unversity with support from Canon, as Australian Photography reports:

Located at the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, NSW, the Huntsman will perform deep southern sky surveys to provide researchers with understanding about galaxy formation and evolution; how galaxies form, how they grow, how they engage with structures that surround them, and what happens when galaxies collide.

Canon says the second-generation Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L lens was chosen for the task as it has ‘superb’ anti-reflection properties, owing to one of the first applications of Canon’s nano-fabricated coatings. Each lens is connected to a red-coloured camera which is then individually connected to one of 10 mini computers.

The coated lens array chosen for the Huntsman contrasts to a conventional mirror telescope, whose imperfectly polished surface can introduce subtle errors that ruin faint, extended structures surrounding galaxies.

Image © Canon

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