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First Look Video Preview at Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta

Check out the latest on Adobe Lightroom 4 Beta.

Source – Adobe Lightroom Videos

January 18, 2012 Posted by | Adobe, Applications, Lightroom, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Mac Photo Editor App – Snapheal

SNAPHEAL is amazing, first-of-its-kind photo application that lets you perform professional image enhancements in minutes, doesn’t require any special knowledge and comes with the rocking price.

“Snapheal Performs Complex Photo Touch Ups and Object Removals in Two Clicks” – lifehacker.com

Here is what you can do:

  • Remove unwanted objects from the image
  • Make skin imperfections vanish
  • Erase unwanted text (watermarks, etc)
  • Dramatically enhance photos with clone & stamp tool
  • Lighten dark areas
  • Sharpen images
  • Add blur
  • Adjust saturation, gamma, light levels, shadows and much more

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January 4, 2012 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iMac, Mac, OS X, Photography, Photoshop | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Glif for iPhone Back With Extras

GLIF+

The Glif for iPhone is back and this time around the guys behind Glif, Studio Neat, is introducing the +pack add-ons for the original Glif. The add-ons includes the Serif and the Ligature, watch the video for more details.  Indeed a great idea for Christmas presents.

Originally posted on PASM Workshop

December 5, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPhone 4, Photography, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Review on the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon

Image from The Phoblographer

The Phoblographer ran a long, thorough review on the Phottix Odin TTL Trigger for Canon (link to review here). In short, the author loves the Phottix Odin and his conclusions are -

  • Decent build quality
  • Exceptional battery life
  • The best TTL metering I’ve seen (it’s like you’ve never taken the flash off the camera. And even then it sometimes meters better.)
  • A price you really can’t beat: US$330.00 for a Commander and Receiver at the time of writing this post. US$130 for a receiver.
  • Extremely easy to use.
  • Very portable.

Check out the following video review from the author as well.

For those interested in the trigger, PASM Workshop is  selling them at a huge discount for their registered members,

  • Phottix Odin TTL Trigger Set for Canon (1 transmitter+1 receiver), list price HK$2,680-> now HK$2,380 (11%off)
  • Photix Odin TTL Receiver Only for Canon (1 receiver), list price HK$980-> now HK$890 (10%off)

Head over to their e-store for more information.

Source – The Phoblographer

November 7, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, DSLR, Photography | , , | Leave a comment

Bruce Lee and the Tao of Photography 李小龍截拳道之道與攝影之道

A while back I came across this article “Bruce Lee and the Tao of Photography” from the guys at Invisible Photographer Asia and cannot stop going back and reread it a couple more times. Everytime I read this short article, I pick up a bit more of the true Tao Of Jeet Kune Do or Way Of The Intercepting Fist from Bruce and how the author relates it to the true Tao to photography. I’m extracting the article here to share with you all and another article on Bruce explaining the Tao of Jeet Kune Do 截拳道之道 (in Chinese). Enjoy the read (fairly long).

Learn the principle, abide by the principle, and dissolve the principle.
Learn and practice the principles of photography, then break the rules to form your own method of photographing.

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.
Don’t be constricted by your own training, knowledge and understanding of photography. Be flexible, fluent, adaptable to change, as and when the situation calls for it.

Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
At the end of the day, photography is never about the craft and the tools, it’s about humanity.

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August 1, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Books, Photography | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Complete Instagram App Guide

The past year definitely is the year for Instagr.am. Shortly after it’s initial launch back in October 2010, Instagr.am has gained over 7 million users which have shared over 100 million pictures and the numbers are climbing steeply, some predicted to reach 10 million by Thanksgiving. Alongside Instagr.am, a bunch of third-party apps follow suit, either as add-ons or get-on-the-wagon type useless apps. The list is ever-growing. To know which is the best amongst these apps, we need a complete guide or roadmap just to make sure that we’re getting the right app.

The Next Web (TNW) ran a very good story this week covering the major Instagram apps and breaking them down into different categories. To name a few, their story included apps like -

  • Inkstagram
  • Pictarine
  • ExtraGram
  • Webstagram
  • Gramfeed
  • Carousel
  • Flipboard
  • InstaFB
  • Gramjunction
  • Instadrop
  • Insta-Great…….

and the list goes on and on…. practically one can make an app and have “insta” or “stagram” as part of the name an it would work, LOL. For full read, go to the TNW link here. Hope your find the guide useful. Happy reading.

Source – TNW

First published on PASM Workshop on 26 July 2011

July 28, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, Instagram, iOS 4, iPhoneography, Photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Awesome Read – The Art of iPhoneography

The Art of iPhoneography

iPhoneography – New Artform? New Format? or simply a new fad? Agree or not, iPhoneography is here to stay. With the ever growing number of camera apps and photo editing apps and the ever-increasing popularity with Instagram, iPhoneography is heading up to yet another level. For those who wish to embark on this great journey, to learn to shoot with the iPhone, to enter this unique community out there, this Book, The Art of iPhoneography, might just be the perfect place for you to start.

The definition of of iPhoneography, as stated in the Preface of the book, states: “Like pinhole, film, or microscopic photography, we’re focused on the act and art of photography defined by the device used to create the image. iPhoneography is the art of shooting and processing (editing and enhancing) digital images using an iPhone”. iPhoneography to a certain extent is not only about taking pictures with an iPhone but more of an artform created by the photographer. “iPhoneography can help you practice spontaneity, loosen up your traditional approach to photography, and stretch your view…..ultimately making you a better photographer.

Extracted from my Studio – PASM Workshop’s Blog, source – The Art of iPhoneography

July 16, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Books, iPhone, iPhone 4, Photography | , , , | 1 Comment

Sylights Lighting Diagram on iPad Finally

Sylights

The much awaited lighting diagram application, Sylights for iPad, is finally released on the iPad. Been using Sylights on the iPhone for quite some time, the application is neat but it’s screaming for a larger display.

The iPad app is basically the same as the iPhone version, but much better with the extra screen estate and a user-interface totally revamped for the iPad. The other best thing about it, it’s FREE.

Apart from the apps, Sylights also have a great website which features a lighting diagram editor and gallery to demonstrate different settings. Check them out at http://www.sylights.com/.

This post extracted from pasmworkshop’s blog.

July 6, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, iPad2, Photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Trigger Set Review by FlashRaw

FlashRaw posted a very thorough review on the all new Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Trigger Set together with some really nice shots and demonstration pics. The new Strato II line evolved from its much successful Strato I line with cool new features like 4 group selector; screw-down locks for both transmitters & receivers; dedicated On/Off Switches on both transmitters & receivers and improved compatibility with Nikon SB-600 Speedlight.

My studio, PASM Workshop is now carrying both the Nikon and Canon versions, sorry Sony lovers, guess you all have to wait a bit. It comes in two different packings. One is the 5-in-1 Tigger Set with a transmitter and receiver (HK$690 list price and PASM price is HK$630) for Canon and Nikon and one is the receiver only set for both Canon and Nikon (HK$345 list price and HK$320 for PASM members and fans). To order, you can (a) buy it online through their Products Page and payment is via Paypal or (b) send your orders to sales@pasm-workshop.com and their sales team will get back to you.

I’m not going into details of the new triggers as FlashRaw did a great job in review it, just extracting their end notes and conclusion here for your reference.

End Notes and Conclusion

In case you just skipped here to the conclusion after skimming through the photos of the new Strato Multi triggers from Phottix, here’s a rundown of the key points:

Pro:

  • 4 selectable groups
  • TTL pass-through
  • Backwards compatibility with last-generation Stratos
  • Reliable & 100% clean triggering at 1/250
  • Great build quality
  • Locking hotshoe pins
  • Locking screw-down dials
  • Receivers & transmitters use common AAA batteries
  • Metal foot on transmitter
  • Metal threaded socket on receivers
  • Easy 4-position slider for channels (no dip switches)
  • Standard mini-jack connections (no proprietary connectors)
  • Cheaper than Pocketwizards, Elinchrom Skyports, Paul C. Buff Cybersyncs, etc.

Cons:

  • Plastic foot on receiver
  • Slightly less range than last generation Strato triggers (as tested)
  • Slightly less dense/rigid plastic used than last generation Strato triggers

The last generation of Phottix Strato were excellent triggers – they hit a fair price point with almost peerless build quality, innovative features (TTL pass-though) and the reliability of much more expensive triggers.

The new Strato Multi system takes these core attributes and adds user-selectable groups for even more flexibility, not to mention backward compatibility with the last generation of Phottix Strato receivers. All these features add up to a really solid triggering system that’s equally happy firing speedlights or studio strobes, all with the reliability professional shooting demands.

Source – FlashRaw

July 4, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, Photography, Strobist | , | Leave a comment

Kelby Training Online App is Available on iTunes App Store

Being a great fan and member of Scott Kelby’s Kelby Training Online and National Association Of Photoshop Professionals, I am so thrilled to see the Kelby Training Online App hit the iTunes App Store.

The new app features 720p HD video streaming on your iPad or iPhone. For those who subscribes to KelbyTraining.com, this is an awesome app as you can watch the courses on the go, of course you need to have an active subscription.

I downloaded the app and it looks great on an iPad.  For those looking for a reason to subscribe to Kelby Training, this might be the one.

About Kelby Training:
At KelbyTraining.com you’re always on-location and in-studio. Become part of the action as we take you behind the scenes of professional photo shoots and show you exactly how the pros do it, step-by-step, from start-to-finish. They share their gear, setup, settings, and tips and tricks that took them decades to master. Spend a day learning lighting and flash with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby. Learn to shoot wedding portraits with legendary wedding photographer David Ziser. Learn the pros secrets to creating jaw-dropping Photoshop effects for fashion photography with Frank Doorhof. Photograph “Big Game” in Yellowstone with Moose Peterson, or study composition, light, and photo compositing with Jeremy Cowart, and so much more! And, that’s just the start! Master Photoshop® and Lightroom® in record time with the world’s top creative design gurus! Enhance your photography, retouch like a pro, and add stunning effects to your portraits.

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPad, iPad2, iPhone, iPhone 4, Photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Instagram App on Your Mac – Carousel

For those who loves shooting and sharing their pictures using Instagram on their iPhone, don’t you just wish that you can view your feeds on your Mac.  Well, the guys over at Mobelux have come up with an Instagram client for the Mac, the Carousel.

The app is not on the App Store yet but for now, you can buy it for half the introductory price of US$4.99 on their website.  The app features allows one to

view their Feed, Popular and Profile photos with a choice of app themes;

follow and explore users, like, comment, moderate comments, and more;

use keyboard shortcuts to quickly traverse your feed, like, comment, and more; and

drag & drop to save full-size photos to your Mac, or iPhoto.

Check it out now, with all the hype with the Instagram app, this is must-have extension to it. The interface is slick and simple.  Highly recommend.

Source -Carousel

May 15, 2011 Posted by | Apple, Applications, iPhone 4, Mac, Photography | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PASM Studio & Portable Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Program

For those looking to rent lighting equipment, be it studio lightings or portable lightings or any other accessories such as triggers or HD LCD monitors for HDSLR shooting, PASM Workshop is launching a Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Program and the neat thing is one can “Try Before You Buy”.

Check out their PASM Lighting Equipment & Accessories Rental Rate Sheet here.

Source – PASM Workshop

April 18, 2011 Posted by | Blogroll, Hong Kong, Photography | , , , | Leave a comment

PASM Workshop – New Photop Accessories

PASM Workshop is now carrying a number of photography accessories for photop enthusiast.  If you want to order, send your email, contacts number and number of quantities needed to sales@pasm-workshop.com.

RPS Studio Speedlite Accessory Kit (HK$495) is designed to fit most popular speedlites on the market today. The kit allows photographers to improve the quality of the light from small flash units.

The RPS Studio Speedlite Accessory Kit features grid spots for creating dramatic effects. Also included is a reversible silver/white bounce reflector, and a red gel filter (Additional gel filters may be purchased). All of these accessories are mounted to a speedlite via the included mounting frame that attaches to all speedlites via hook and loop fasteners which are included.

The mounting frame has adjustable click stops to keep it at the desired angle for either bounce flash or to position a filter and/or a honeycomb grid. You can also quickly move the grid or filter out of the way for standard flash photos. The mounting frame folds up flat for easy storage.

Consisting of a mounting frame, three honeycomb grid spots (30°, 40°, and 50°), a silver/white reversible bounce reflector and a red filter, the Dot Line RPS Studio Speedlite Accessory Kit enables you to better control the spill rate and reflective qualities of your on-camera flash.

For Glare Free LCD screen viewing… Checking your histogram, composition and focus outdoors is easy with Hoodman’s HoodLoupe. HoodLoupe is worn around your neck just like a normal loupe. When it is time to review your shot; bring Hoodloupe up to your image and place your eye up to the eye cup for complete glare free viewing. HoodLoupe has a +-3 diopter to accommodate those with less than perfect vision. HoodLoupe adjusts focus just like a binocular eye piece… you turn the eye piece in or out to set for your vision. HoodLoupe’s precise German glass optics give you a 1 to 1 ratio for true LCD screen viewing. Each HoodLoupe is encased in a user friendly rubber for comfort and protection from bumps that will occur throughout your shoot. Comfortable lanyard and compact protective storage case included. Fits up to 3.0 inch LCD screens.

PASM Workshop is now selling them fo HK$700 for pickup at PASM ($730 including shipping), for more info, see the following video:

In addition, we have the Hoodman Eyecup for Canon and Nikon camera (HK$235, $250 including delivery)

For more info, check out our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pasm.workshop#!/pasm.workshop.

January 10, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Hong Kong, Photography | , , | 1 Comment

「創想生活節」──《影像都市》攝影展

Date & Time:
07/01/2011 – 12/01/2011 From 10:00 am to 8:00 pm 


《號外》雜誌二零一一年踏入三十五周年誌慶。多年來,《號外》積極推動香港文化及啟迪社會的創意, 一月我們將舉辦文化界盛事「創想生活節」,當中《影像都市》攝影展是揭幕重頭活動,這個攝影展以城市影像生活紀錄作為主題,展覽將展示來自專業攝影師、視覺藝術/跨媒體創作、演藝界知名人士等多個界別的攝影作品。

Details
VENUE : 4/F Pao Galleries
TICKETING INFO : Free Admission
PRESENTED & ORGANIZED : 《號外》雜誌
PROGRAMME ENQUIRY : 2250 8091
INFORMATION : Programme information provided by: 《號外》雜誌

January 7, 2011 Posted by | Hong Kong, Photography | , , | Leave a comment

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