Adobe Photoshop CC is Now Available For Download

Adobe has released their new version of Photoshop dubbed Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). Don’t go looking for this version to buy however because it is only available for those who have signed up for the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

The most notable new feature to Photoshop CC is the Shake Reduction filter, which is found in in the Sharpen menu of Filters. This feature allows you to remove some of the blur that comes from shooting at a slow shutter speed and moving your camera ever so slightly. Another new feature is Adobe Camera Raw can now be used as a filter. This lets you access the Raw control panel for your jpeg images.

Other notable features are Smart Sharpen upgrade, Dynamic round corners for shapes, smart object liquify, 3D layer enhancements and more. For a full list of new features, or to join Adobe Creative Cloud, go to

PocketWizard Major ControlTL Firmware Update

The new ControlTL firmware (version details below) provides compatibility for several new Canon and Nikon cameras, greatly improves the performance of PocketWizard’s exclusive HyperSync feature and resolves bugs in previous versions. It is available now as a free download using the PocketWizard Utility and it is strongly recommended that all current owners of the MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PowerST4 and PowerMC2 update all their radios to the latest firmware for best performance.

The new firmware includes complete compatibility for the Nikon D600 and D3200 cameras and manual power control compatibility for the Canon EOS 6D, EOS-1D X and EOS Rebel T4i cameras.

In addition to the new camera compatibility, this new firmware version offers significantly improved HyperSync flash performance. This exclusive feature offers photographers the ability to use studio flash well beyond their camera’s normal x-sync speed, for greatly expanded creative control.

PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or newer is required before installing these updates. For more information on the latest firmware versions and how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection visit the Pocket Wizard site.

The latest firmware versions are:

• 6.400 for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon
• 3.400 for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon
• 5.400 for the PowerST4
• 2.400 for the PowerMC2
• 1.200 for the Plus III
• 7.51 for the MultiMAX


Eighty-Million Nikkors

Nikon Corporation has just announced that the total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras has reached eighty million.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition has continued over the many years since that first lens was released. What’s more, Nikon continues to expand its lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 cameras, the first of which was released in October 2011, and bringing total lens production to eighty million.

More on this milestone on the website.

New Leica X Vario

The black box on the Leica website has finally opened fully to reveal not the Leica Mini M, but rather the Leica X Vario – a APS-C 16.1 MP sensor camera very much similar to the popular X2, but with an Elmar 18-46 mm (28-70 mm equivalent) f3.5-6.4 zoom lens.

Here is what Leica says:

“The Leica Vario-Elmar 28-70 mm f/3.5 – 6.4 ASPH (35 mm equivalent) and the APS-C CMOS sensor ensures images of unsurpassed brilliance. The size and quality of the sensor means low image noise, high dynamic range and accurate color reproduction. The wide-angle to telephoto zoom range of the Leica X Vario offers photographers the options for many more creative compositions: indoor scenes, impressive landscapes or intimate portraits. The Leica X Vario allows users to change focal length easily and quickly to spontaneously capture the perfect moment giving the user the feel of classic Leica controls. In addition, the autofocus is fast and extremely precise while the switch from autofocus to manual focusing is intuitive – simply move the focusing ring on the lens from MF to AF mode”

“The design and finish of the Leica X Vario reflects the ultimate art of engineering with attention to detail and the use of the finest materials. When you first see the Leica X Vario, the Leica DNA will be obvious. A few minutes of handling the Leica X Vario and design characteristics of the Leica M will be apparent including compactness and construction. The top plate is machined from solid aluminum, the process identical to that used for the Leica M. The magnesium and aluminum body feels solid while the soft leather trim provides a comfortable but firm and reassuring grip. The Leica X Vario provides the user with a unique,one of a kind visual and tactile experience which is synonymous with a Leica made in Germany.”

Details :

  • Same compact form factor as the X1 and X2
  • APS-C sensor with 16.2 megapixels
  • Fixed 28-70mm (equivalent) f3.5-6.4 zoom lens with 9 elements in 8 groups, 2 aspherical
  • Manual focusing ring with distance marks
  • Full HD video recording at 30 fps
  • Min. focusing distance 11.8″
  • ISO 100-12,500
  • 3″ 921k dot LCD
  • Accessory port for EVF 2 electronic viewfinder with 1.4 million dots

Shipping this week with a price tag of $2850.

Adobe Releases Lightroom 5 for $149.

Adobe has just released Lightroom 5, the latest version of its professional photography software for OS X and Windows. Biggest editing features of this version are radial gradients, a new healing brush, and automatic straightening of distorted images (a feature called Upright).

$149 for a new license, $79 for an upgrade from any version of Lightroom, and, naturally, free as part of its Creative Cloud subscription service.

Digital Imaging Evangelist for Adobe, Julieanne Kost walks you through new features, workflows and enhancements in this latest release of Lightroom 5 in this series of videos.