In Photoshop CC 2017, Adobe launched the new In-App-Search. You can activate the search with »Strg/Cmd-F«. Within the menu bar you will find the new function below: »Edit > Search«. You can search not only for Training and Adobe Stock, you can even more search for Tools and menu items.
I’m using this function for a few months and I’m using it plenty times. Back in the days without >>CMD-F<< each function and each filter had their own shortkey. For common used function like >>gaussian-blur<< or >>diffuse masking<< I still use the shortcuts, but more and more I use the search function. I just activate the “area” of Photoshop, because searching on Adobe Stock and the Tutorials would be slowing down the search progress.
You can also just search for some panels and display them. Furthermore, you can start Plug-ins from third-party providers with >>CMD-F<<.
The search function is used a total workflow accelerator, if you well-practised. Try it for a while, if you are not a completely keyboard-refusenik will you become quicker and more elegant in working with Photoshop.
Spring and summer – traveling time but what do you should pack? That really depends on what you need and what kind of pictures do you want to take. I can’t recommend anything but I’m going to tell you what I am going to use on my city trips and vacations.
It is quite important to get a good bag for your travells. I have serval favorite bags; but in this case I’m going for the Lowepro Pro Runner BP 350 AW II. The Lowepro fits t the handluggage size of all airlines and it is light I never reached the maximum weight of the airlines for handluggage which I do when I use the 450 AW II.
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
3x Canon Battery Pack LP-E6N
12x Lexar CompactFlash 1066x 32GB
1x Manfrotto tripod MT055XPRO3 055
1x Manfrotto Magnesium Ballhead MH054M0-Q5
1x Rodenstock Circular Polarizing Filter HR Digital CPL super MC 77mm
1x Rodenstock Circular Polarizing Filter HR Digital CPL super MC 82mm
1x Lee Filter Holder (with necessary adapter rings )
1x Set of Lee Resin ND Filters 0.3 , 0.6 , 0.9 Soft
1x Set of Lee Resin ND Filters 0.3 , 0.6 , 0.9 Hard
1x Rogue FlashBender 2 Large
3x Speedlite Yongnuo YN-568 EX II
I used Tamron for many years and I still do. Good quality and a good price. After my Canon 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS USM got broken by falling down. I needed a new lens. After checking different tests I decided to go for the Tamron.
Note: This is just the impression I had with one of thousands of lenses of this type. This is not a review of the type just of this specified lens and this just depends on my own experience of this lens. If you want a test of it. Probably go to DXOmark or some other pages.
My last Tamron was still made in Japan. What I got now was made in China; and honestly I felt how the quality of a SP lens changed. It is still a high quality but not so much than back in the days. It’s almost just plastic with the metal barrel. I really can’t criticize the sharpness (pretty sharp), Vignetting quite a bit (normal) and the distortion? Same also okay and nothing to criticize. Well, I have a few things which I really don’t like on this lens. First of all it’s the VC; it’s quite loud, well my Canon 100mm L macro is loud too but it is quite annoying. Furthermore I had a copy which got me a back focus. A backfocus or frontfocus is not so bad; it can happen and it was in the acceptable range. Indeed the autofocus was slow, and not slow like sometimes autofocus is slow it was really slow. I mounted the lens on a tripod and meassured over all focal lengths and from infinity to near and back diffrent distances. It was performing very bad compared to a really old Tamron (20 years old). The new lens was about double times slower than the old one; never mind if VC was on or off. This was the knock out for me for this lens. I know there can be sometimes variations but this was quite not acceptable. I was manual focusing on the same speed as the autofocus of my copy.
In despite of my experience I recommend this lens to you; because it’s a good build and good performing lens which you should really use. If you have problems with your new lens probably try a new one – every man has a bad day also a lens. If the problem still exists; it also can be the manufacture variation of the camera which produce not such a sharp image, front or back focus. It is not always the third-party lens manufacture guilty 😉 Btw I had similar problems with Canon L lenses. It can happen; so what? Go to a retailer and ask to try the lens you want to buy and they will support you most times to get one without a bloody expensive check if they know “what’s customer service”.
Did you made any bad experience with a lens? Write a comment below.
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I have some new topics in my mind about what to write. But tell me what do you want to know and read? What photography question do you have? Write below! I will work on your questions… See you in a few days.
Taking pictures in the RAW-factor isn’t just great for professional photographers also it can pays off for beginners and amateur photographers. You can use the pixel buffer of the camera raw information to get the maximum from your pictures.
Raw-files are like diamonds: the valuable raw information form the backbone of the images to develop an awesome result. Also some compact cameras use raw files, for example the Canon PowerShot G7x a mega zoom camera.
Raw equal more image quality
The advantage of RAW-files compared to usual compacted jpeg image files is the big content of information. I try to explain it on some sample calculation: A RAW-file f. e. with a color depth of 12-Bit saved for any color (red, green or blue) each 4.096 brightness values (2^12). The result? almost 69 billion (68.719.476.736) possible color values! A jpeg just use 8 bit color depth and use only 16.777.216 color values. This isn’t the only advantage compared to jpeg-files – while a JPEG will lost quality conditioned by tonal value correction and white fader your RAW-file doesn’t already care about this steps.
Taking pictures in RAW
(Canon manual, I don’t use Nikon, sorry!)
It isn’t that hard to take photos in RAW. First of all you should turn on the P, M or B. I read that f. e. the Canon EOS 450D doesn’t take RAW-images files in the full automatic or other automatic modes. Well I know the Canon EOS 7D, Canon EOS 70D, Canon 7D Mk. II and Canon EOS 6D doesn’t care in which mode you are to take images in RAW-files. You should press the RAW/JPEG key to change it fast, or you go in the menu. Here in the menu you scroll down to quality, here you can change the settings. You have a range from RAW, MRAW or SRAW, you can additional use jpeg as backup or preview so you save the picture you took in two formats jpeg and raw. You can upload the jpeg also as well on image services or print the pictures direct from the camera this step isn’t possible with undeveloped raw-files. If you love continuous shootings you are maybe scared that the big raw files are slower as the smaller jpeg? Well honestly the raw is slower but that is depending to the high color depth and if you have a fast camera you notice it but not that much as f. e. if you are using a Canon EOS 70D or 7D and a high speed memory card you will not notice that it is slower to take RAW-files as you would use a Canon EOS 100D or 700D, but don’t forget you can be more riskier with RAW-files because you can develop them better and you can make a higher detail zoom of the raw as with the jpeg.
Every manufactures use another RAW-factor
If you want to develop your RAW-files on your computer it is necessary to have a RAW-converter because it is not possible for all the software on the market that can display jpeg also display RAW-files. Canon f. e. use the .CR” or the old RAW-format .CRW. Nikon for example saves the RAW in files ending with .NEF and the Pentax beginning with the K10D saves the RAW next to the own format in .DNG-files (digital negative picture) the .dng is an open RAW-format of Adobe.
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