Mish Mash Highlights: 2/14/2018

Photography NewsHappy Valentines Day from all of us at Photorec.tv! It's been a bit of a quick week but we've got a big release from Lightroom and a new lens from Sigma. Not to mention with the Winter Olympics in swing we've got the always popular gear stashes from Canon and Nikon.While Toby does the Live Show for PEN this is your quick peek at what we're doing behind the scenes. Get this week's news, our Instagram challenge top picks, and more. But you can always join Photo Enthusiast Network and watch Toby live, find out more at Photorec.tv/pen. For everyone already PEN members, thank you for supporting the site!

This Week at Photorec.tv

  • PEN Only - Tuesday Tip - Shooting After Dark
    • PEN members, your email yesterday was ideas and tips for shooting in the dark. Not everyone gets out then and it's a great time to experiment with some ideas from Toby.
  • Sigma Announces 14-24mm F/2.8 Art Full-frame Lens
    • Sigma is coming out with one of the big three lenses in the lens holy trinity. If you are shopping around it's the lens to check out for wide angle lenses. We'll be eagerly waiting to review it.
  • 2018 Olympics Cameras
    • Camera Porn! Go check out Canon CPS and Nikon NPS gear stashes for the Winter Olympics.

Around the Web

We can't cover everything photography news related but we try. For everything else, we've got the best news articles from around the web.Lightroom Classic CC 7.2 Brings Speed Boost and New FeaturesLightroom finally received another speed update. While not a true speed boost that you may be thinking of, for those with higher end computers this will help a bit and especially when exporting. In terms of specs computers with multi-core CPUs and 12GB+ of RAM are getting most of the benefits from this update as this focuses more on batch processes that use a lot of resources. For those that found Lightroom slowed down while using it over a day, you might see a big speed boost there as well as they've patched some memory leak issues.The big thing to remember is that this is just a first step, from here we'll continue to see more speed updates in future releases making YOUR workflow even faster.Update Includes:

  • Faster import grid loading
  • Faster import and preview generation
  • Faster walking through images in the Loupe View
  • Faster rendering of adjustments in Develop
  • Faster merge operations of HDR/Panos
  • Faster export
  • New catalog search features

LUTs Compatible With Capture One and Lightroom Thanks to Lutify.meFor those wanting a bit more of a cinematic feel to their photos, Lutify.me made it possible for you to get that look in Lightroom and Capture One. First off, this is not a preset, your sliders won't move as in Lightroom this change is applied to your color profile. You'll still have room to tweak your photos via the sliders. In Lightroom's Develop module if you scroll all the way to the bottom this is the setting in camera calibration, which can add a lot to the right photo.[gallery td_select_gallery_slide="slide" ids="17571,17572"]

Check it out at lutify.me. You can try out their free set to give this a try. To get Lightroom Luts they are available at $59.99 for 204 Luts, $19.90 a year after if you'd like more updates.

What happened to the photography industry in 2017?[embed]https://youtu.be/DhScE6GFdzI[/embed]An update on a year of photography in the industry. As a first in a decade, over 2017 manufacturers produced more cameras than 2016. A bit of a surprise to some as compact cameras were responsible for a big part of the growth. Not to mention the big push towards mirrorless with folks like Toby making the plunge to Sony and other brands. Watch this video from Lensvid for more info.Skydio R1 4K camera drone boasts game-changing autonomous techFollowing DJI's active avoidance software the new Skydio R1 boasts more advanced software that can navigate through dense woods. Using 13 cameras that work in unison with a powerful onboard system the R1 can plan out movement to avoid branches and leaves in real time to track a subject. While I am a bit more wait and see about these things after the Lily camera drone failure it is good to be seeing some competition coming after DJI's market. While this only has a limited 16 minute flight time it may at least be a proof of concept for smart drones.https://youtu.be/gsfkGlSajHQ Other Stories You Might Like:

Featured Photos Weekly Challenge

Instagram Challenge

This Week’s Challenge: #PRTV_favoritethings

A freebie week for your favorite things, and fitting for Valentines. Something a bit different to give you guys the freedom to submit anything you wanted to try out.Next Week's Challenge: #PRTV_negativespace2Giving your subject a bit of room to breathe is important for composition so this week we’re focusing on Negative Space. A good tip for this challenge is that the closer your subject is to the edge of the shot, the stronger its composition can be in terms of tension which draws focus. So go out there and get creative! 

Toby’s Features:

@angry_runner - I love this photo, they are framed nicely in this space and it's a great shot using natural framing.

@jenandrewsphoto - This is just a really nice image with the jet black background and a sweet moment.

@asifzbaig - I like this one. It's this road that works as a leading line that makes this work.

Roy’s Features:

@karlsmovingcastle - A nice bit of color and a great silhouette with these boats.

@ektull21 - It’s a neat shot and staying low to your subject is great for showing those layers (one of the three Hero angles)

@vanakatherock - And takeoff! There’s nothing like capturing a bit of history.

For more info, the schedule, and past top picks go check out photorec.tv/prtv. Then try out some of Toby's Instagram Tips. For everything else Instagram, tag those shots #PRTV and #penlive for our daily photo features.

Photos from Space

We're continuing the Starman theme from last week, with the right tech you can just barely still see the Telsa sent to space. Check out more about this feat at DIYphotography.https://youtu.be/m4r54ODsOM0Major Tom Spaceman LED LightPick up a "Major Tom" spaceman LED light for your computer today. Part of Toby's Photos from space segment and it helps support the site. Click here to buy your own Major Tom on Amazon.Want to keep up with things happening this year? Sync your calendar with the solar system

 That's all folks! Toby and Co will be out in Yellowstone next week so that means we'll just be having a Mish Mash Highlights article with your photography news. Don't forget to check out Toby's Instagram, @photorectoby, for some wildlife photos with Animals of Montana.