Luxury goods brand Brikk has released the price of its forthcoming 'Lux Nikon kit' that has been finished in its trademark yellow gold and which will be on sale this month. Set to cost $41,395, the kit will include a gold plated Nikon Df body, a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens with gold plated lens cap and lens hood, together with the usual charger, cables and software, and will come in a specially made gold plated Zero Haliburton hard case. Read more
Some unique takes on familiar film stocks
When it comes to making digital photos look like they were shot on film, the VSCO film packs are some of the most popular and effective methods around. Their newest pack takes some very familiar film looks and adds some twists, including pushing, pulling, and even cross-processing to give them unique looks.
Here's a list of all the included stocks:
- Fuji 400H+1 - / + / ++ / +++ / Night / Over / Over+ / Vibrant
- Kodak E100VS XP - / + / ++ / Green / Over
- Ilford HP5-1 - / + / ++
- Ilford HP5+1 - / + / ++
- Ilford HP5+2 - / + / ++
- Ilford HP5+3 - / + / ++
- Kodak Portra 160+1 - / + / ++ / +++ / Alt / Alt+ / Over / Vibrant
- Kodak Portra 400+1 - / + / ++ / +++ / Night / Night+ / Over / Vibrant
- Kodak Portra 400+2 - / + / ++ / Night
- Kodak Portra 400+3 - / + / ++ / Night / Night+
- Kodak Portra 800+1 - / + / ++ / +Green / +++ / Night / Night / Night++ / Over / Vibrant
- Agfa Precisa XP - / + / ++ / Green / Green- / Over
- Fuji Provia 400X XP - / + / Blue / ++ / +++ / Over / Over
- Fuji Provia 400X+1 - / + / ++ / +++ / Night / Night+ / Over / Over+ / Vibrant
- Fuji Sensia XP - / + / ++ / Over / Warm / Warm+ / Warm++
- Kodak TRI-X-1 - / + / ++
- Kodak TRI-X+1 - / + / ++
- Kodak TRI-X+2 - / + / ++
- Kodak TRI-X+3 - / + / ++
The presets are available for Photoshop and Lightroom and even if you're not crazy about the idea of using a stock preset for your look, they can often work as great starting points when editing an image. We're looking forward to giving it a try and we'll share some of the results. Right now, you can get it for $89, which is a pretty steep discount over the $119 standard price.
An ambitious project to get photo hoarders organized
With most of our photos going on multiple web services and devices, they can be hard to keep track of, but Mylio is a pretty elegant system for keeping them all organized and backed up.
There are a couple different pieces to the Mylio system. First, there's a downloadable app for your computer that lets you manually (or automatically) add your photos to the Mylio service. You can organize them and tweak the interface, as well as perform some familiar editing tasks using the software.
There's also an iPhone app that allows you to do many of the same functions right from your phone. The interesting part, though, is that the software replicates all of your photos from each device onto the other. So, if you have a photo on your phone, you'll also have it on your computer.
There's also a Mylio Cloud component that will store all your photos for you (depending on your membership level), but you don't need to use it if you don't want. Mylio can simply act as an organizer and a conduit between your devices.
Once you get the whole system up and working, it's a pretty elegant solution. It even keeps track of the photos you have uploaded to other services, which can be tricky to keep track of with so many options currently available on the web.
The software keeps track of things like GPS data built into the files and also tries to protect your images by telling you whether you have multiple copies of your photos available.
The free trial version supports JPEG and raw files over three devices for a thousand photos. Moving up a level costs $100 per year, gives you two extra devices, but bumps the photo count up to 100k. For $250 per year, you get up to 12 devices, 500K photos, as well as some extra workflow tools.
There is a bit of a learning curve in terms of getting the whole system humming, but overall, it seems to have a lot of promise.
The first Zeiss lens and Hasselblad 500C camera to visit space will be going up for auction on November 13 via RR Auction in Boston. The unit is a piece of history, having joined Wally Schirra during the Mercury-Atlas 8 mission and, later on, Gordon Cooper during the Mercury-Atlas 9 mission. Read more
Sony has introduced a new line of XQD format version 2 memory cards, the G Series. As with other XQD cards, the G Series promises fast read and write speeds that are able to match the demanding needs of select cameras, such as the Nikon D4 and D4s. In turn, Nikon has announced that the D4s will support Sony's version 2 XQD cards, with improved write speeds and burst capacities. Read more