Sleeklens Presets review

I have been recently asked to write a review about Sleeklens presets for lightroom. I must say I don't use presets that often anymore because I'm "heavy" Photoshop user and most my work is done in Photoshop however I know a lot of photographers use Lightroom only or mostly for very different reasons, some of them don't wish to spend a lot of time on editing like I do, (but this is my choice, I just love to do it), some don't know how to use Photoshop, some just prefer lightroom. 

Photoshop and Lightroom are using same future with is Camera Raw. Camera Raw is a part of Photoshop and Lightroom is pretty much Camera Row. 

But I waste supposed to write an review, right so:  there is a website you can find all presets

This is what I think: 

  • there is a good amount of presets for everyone from someone who does weddings to someone who takes landscape only
  • those presets could be part of your workflow or just a reference point to start your editing well it is up to you 
  • they are well organised and named so if you know what you looking for there shall be no confiusion 
  • what I like a lot is, a big collection of presets for your brush in LR, I must say I didn't play with them a lot but I do like an Idea to have brush presets for anything you need to do with your pix

My conclusion is: if you looking for bunch of presets and you don't wish to spend a lot time browsing websites and searching for right one or you don't want to create you own  then visiting those websites could be a solution.

I will leave it up to you. You have to decide if you want to give it a go or not but visiting website definetly wouldn't hurt you and can actually make your LR  preset colection big and very useful.


Canon Officially Developing 8K Recording Equipment

Canon announced that they are currently working on a new 8K Cinema EOS system camera, 8K reference display and a 120MP SLR camera that is probably based on the 120MP CMOS APS-H sensor that was announced back in 2010. Here are the released prototype pictures of the products under development:


Full press release:


Canon Developing Next-Generation Imaging Devices To Expand The Possibilities Of Visual Expression

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 8, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera* and professional-use 8K reference display* that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content, along with a still-image single-lens reflex camera equipped with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels.* Through the Company's proprietary imaging technologies, Canon provides still and video input and output devices that contribute to the development of imaging culture.

Canon Inc., as a leading company in the field of imaging technology, conducts research and development into devices designed to support cinema and video production with the aim of expanding the boundaries of visual expression. Through the development of the Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display, Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K down-conversion and 4K cropping.

The Cinema EOS System 8K camera, being developed, will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance, even at a frame rate of up-to-60 frames per second with 13 stops1 of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut. Additionally, featuring a body size that realizes outstanding mobility and a design that delivers high levels of operability, along with an EF mount that offers compatibility with most of Canon's extensive interchangeable EF lens lineup,2 the camera will support diverse shooting styles and means of visual expression.

Incorporating Canon image-processing technology, the ultra-high-resolution 8K reference display currently under development aims to achieve high brightness, high contrast (high dynamic range) and a wide color gamut. Additionally, with a pixel density exceeding 300 pixels per inch, a level approaching the limit of human visibility, the display intends to make possible ultra-realistic imaging that can enable the reproduction of even subtle changes in light. Furthermore, when used in combination with the Cinema EOS System 8K camera, the display under development will be capable of conveying truly impressive levels of visual expression.

Featuring a resolution of approximately 120 effective megapixels, the SLR camera now being developed will incorporate a Canon-developed high-pixel-density CMOS sensor within the current EOS camera -series platform, which will realize compatibility with most of the Company's diverse interchangeable EF lens lineup.3 The high-resolution images that the camera is being designed to be capable of producing can recreate the three-dimensional texture, feel and presence of subjects, making them appear as if they are really before one's eyes. The camera under development is being designed to facilitate a level of resolution more than sufficient for large-format printing and extensive cropping capability while maintaining fantastic image quality.

Great Deals on photography equipment

We all want to buy a new thinks, new camera, new lens, new printer etc....Unfortunately most of us can not afford to buy all we want. there is few links with great deals on a photography equipment.

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Retail price $1894.85

Deal price $900


USB3.0 Hub 10-Port with 12V/4A Power Adaptor 

Retail price $44.99

Deal price $29.99


2 pack Lexar 128GB Professional 150MB/s

Retail price $329

Deal price $125.99

Hilarious Campaign by Canon

Everyone is aware of Canon cameras and everyone knows that they are great but how many of us have canon printer ? How many of us is printing our picture ? Well now days we Facebook them we put them on an Instagram Flicker etc. Why because we are getting lazy Facebook is just a click away. Canon make pretty cool campaign to make us get back to printing 



Why Photography events are good for you

Yesterday I had a pleasure to be a part of big event Shoot Lika a Pro Reloaded by Scott Kelby 

For those who are not familiar with him Scott He is a "Photoshop Guy" Photographer and Educator.

He is Chief for Photoshop User magazine and host at, and founder of KelbyOne which is in my opinion best place to learn photography that you can find online. 


This was my 2nd visit at his tour and I must say it was a good fun.

It sis good to meet new people who love same thinks, and even if they do still life photography and you do weddings or they do food and you do fashion it is still very inspiring and bring motivation and joy.

I also had a pleasure to talk to Glyn Dewis who is one of my favourite photographer and retoucher. I been following his work for a years and yesterday had this extremly pleasure to chat with him witch absolutely made my day.


So yes for events like this, so yes for meeting new people who share your passion so yes for new experience 



Go Pro HERO4

HERO4 Session

Smallest, lightest GoPro yet.

50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 cameras,1 HERO4 Session is the most wearable and mountable GoPro ever. With a sleek, versatile design, it’s at home anywhere—from the surf to the snow, to hanging with friends.

Ultimate mounting flexibility.

HERO4 Session comes with specially designed mounts and accessories that work seamlessly with other GoPro gear to give you more mounting options than ever.

Professional video quality.

HERO4 Session delivers stunning video quality. Capture high-resolution 1440p30 and 1080p60 video that’s sharp and lifelike. High frame rate 720p100 video enables exceptionally smooth slow-motion playback of your best moments

Powerful photo capture.

Nail the shot with a variety of photo modes. Capture 8MP single photos, Time Lapse photos at set intervals from 0.5 to 60 seconds, and Burst photos at 10 frames per second. When it comes to versatile photo capture, HERO4 Session’s got you covered.

Access all modes + adjust settings with the GoPro App or Smart Remote.

HERO4 Session captures 1080p30 Ultra Wide video and 8MP Time Lapse photos at 0.5 second intervals right out of the box. You can also access most of the modes of other HERO4 cameras using the GoPro App or Smart Remote.2 From single photos to Time Lapse photos, Burst photos to Looping Video—HERO4 Session does it all. You can also use the app or remote to easily adjust settings like video resolution, frame rate, field of view and more.

Durable + waterproof.

HERO4 Session is rugged and waterproof to 33’ (10m), eliminating the need for a separate housing. Its convenient, ready-to-go design makes it easy to get out the door quickly to capture and enjoy your session.

Easy one-button control.

A single press of the shutter button powers on the camera and begins capturing video or Time Lapse photos automatically. A second press of the shutter button stops recording and powers off the camera. It’s that simple.

World’s most immersive video.

HERO4 Session features SuperView™, a GoPro-exclusive video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide-angle field of view. It allows you to capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot—resulting in captivating, ultra engaging footage of every adventure.

Auto Low Light.

Let the camera do the thinking for you. Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for optimal low-light performance, enabling you to move between bright and dark environments without having to adjust your camera settings.

Protune™ for video.

Protune unlocks the camera’s full potential, delivering minimally compressed, cinema-caliber video optimized for professional productions.

HiLight Tag your best moments.

HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments while recording so you can quickly locate your best clips later for convenient playback, editing or sharing. Just press the button on the camera or Smart Remote2 when you capture a moment you’d like to tag. You can also tag your highlights using the GoPro App.

Dual mic system.

HERO4 Session features two microphones: one on the front of the camera and one on the back. When you’re filming in windy conditions or during high-speed activities like motorsports, the camera automatically switches to the mic that’s best-suited for capturing optimal audio. The result? Reduced wind noise and enhanced audio capture—no matter what the conditions or activity.

Built-in battery.

The battery is built directly into the camera and offers up to two hours of recording time on a full charge.3 The included USB cable allows for charging the camera with your computer or the GoPro Auto or Wall Charger.

Mount upside down, capture right-side up.

When the camera is mounted upside down, Auto Image Rotation automatically adjusts the capture orientation to right-side up so there’s no need to flip your footage in post-production.

Compatible with all GoPro mounts.

HERO4 Session is compatible with all GoPro mounts. So whether you’ve got a stash of mounts at home, or you’re looking for fresh ways to capture your favorite activities, you’ll be good to go. Wear it on your helmet or chest for a unique perspective. Mount it to bikes, boards, motorcycles and more to capture immersive footage of the experience. Wear it. Mount it. Love it.

Control, view and share with built-in Wi-Fi + Bluetooth®.

With built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, you can connect to the GoPro App to control the camera remotely with your phone or tablet, view the content you’ve captured and share your favorite shots on Instagram, Twitter and more. You’ll also have instant access to the GoPro Channel, so you can get your fix of the latest GoPro videos from across the globe. The Smart Remote2 makes it possible to control multiple GoPro cameras from distances of up to 600’ (182m).

GoPro Studio. Edits made easy.

Expand your GoPro experience with the free GoPro Studio software. Use it to import and view your GoPro media and create your own engaging GoPro-style videos to share with the world.

Olympus Air A01 turns your smartphone into a mirrorless camera

Olympus has announced its Air A01 add-on camera for smartphones, which turns your Android or iOS device into a very capable mirrorless camera, will be getting a wider release and heading to the US. Previously only available in Japan, the Olympus Air A01 is a smartphone-controlled camera similar to the Sony QX1, but features a Micro Four Thirds lens mount with a matching 16-megapixel sensor and is an open platform for developers.

In addition to its Micro Four Thirds mount, the Air A01 features the same 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor (17.3 x 13 mm) and TruePic VII image processor as cameras like the OM-D E-M5 II. This enables a burst speed shooting at 10 fps (frames per second) an ISO range up to 12,800 and Full HD 1080p video recording at 30 fps. RAW capture is also possible, and the Air A01 features a silent electronic shutter with a 1/16,000-second maximum shutter speed.


While the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled Olympus Air A01 can store images and video on a microSD card, they can also be automatically uploaded and securely stored on Amazon Cloud Drive. The device itself measures 56.9 x 57.1 x 43.6 mm (2.2 x 2.3 x 1.7 in) weighs 147 g (4.2 oz) and can be clipped onto a smartphone using the included smartphone holder. The built-in battery is said to be good for 320 shots on a full charge.

The Air A01 can also be used when not attached to a smartphone, enabling use in situations and positions it might be difficult to use a traditionally shaped camera, and automatically knows which way around the cylindrical device is being held. It also features a tripod mount which could be handy for remote shooting.





Set Etiquette for Photography Assistants

Assisting for a photographer or videographer can be a rewarding experience filled with knowledge and new perspectives. An assistant often receives an insider's view into how a photographer runs a production, and gains networking opportunities that may not have been accessible before. However, being an effective assistant requires more than holding light stands or reflectors. Great attention to detail and a humble can-do attitude can ensure your return to set, and solidify your reputation as a reliable assistant. While every photographer varies, we will review some of my tips for proper etiquette for assistants, from a photographer's perspective.


As a photographer there are many aspects you want to know about any shoot, an assistant of any skill level would do well to know some of it. Since you will be working closely as the assistant, request to be kept abreast of that information. Some of these details can include: amount of models or subjects, amount of looks and wardrobe changes, set locations or changes, what the artistic goals are, length of the shoot, etc. The intention is to set the expectations for the shoot and also discuss important matters that you wish to delegate to your team. I suggest leveraging your assistant for help with time management, catering, setup, and teardown. However, as the assistant, it's important to verify what your photographer expects of you, so you can conform to their leadership style and not risk stepping on their toes.

Figure out together how much time you can afford to spend on each look. This will allow them to keep track while you are trying to get the shot nailed down. I prefer a gentle reminder of time remaining when we get close to the five-minute mark. Sometimes a shoot needs to go long, and most times you never get close to your maximum run time. Let them know this is possible and not to worry about the specifics. It is more important to give you the time remaining warning and let you as the photographer decide what is appropriate to nail down the shot.

For those shoots lasting four hours or longer, catering is a great way to build rapport with your team, as everyone likes to recharge and everyone needs a break, but often we get so wrapped up in the production. Let your assistant prioritize setting up and testing, but during downtime, leverage them for gathering catering requests. This can be accomplished by calling in an order, getting pizza delivered, or even just a quick run to the nearest cafe. Your team will greatly appreciate any efforts put into catering, so take advantage of it whenever your budget allows.

Know your Equipment

I am personally very specific about how I like my gear to be handled, and your assistant will need to know your specifications. I suggest you discuss setup and teardown with your assistant as early as possible. Even experienced assistants will need to know your preferences. Below are some of my particular instructions when it comes to handling of equipment that may be helpful for newer assistants.

Cables should be rolled separately rather than wrapped around the equipment they belong to, rolling them with the bends rather than against them will also prolong their lifespan as the copper wiring won’t have an opportunity to break and has less of a chance to fray or split.

Light stands and strobes should never be over-tightened, just snug enough not to slip while in use. Be careful to loosen the knobs before adjusting the equipment. Adjusting while your gear is tightened down will eventually lead to slipping equipment.

Cloth for diffusion material I prefer to fold along the creases, cloth for backdrops such as muslin I recommend bunching up and keeping in large bags. For all backdrops that will be extending out into the set I recommend taping down with gaffers tape so when team members walk on set they don’t risk tripping or tearing up the backdrop. Taping down power cables should also be considered for safety.

Don’t be afraid to delegate to your assistant during the shoot, it’s very easy to get into a “do it yourself” mentality because you know how the lighting should look, but it’s far more valuable to be able to continue to shoot while letting the assistant make minor adjustments. When you get comfortable with your assistant they may be able to read your needs and style to make adjustments while you are working.


Mind the Time

The bulk of what you will be minding is going to be how long changes take (wardrobe, hair, makeup) and how long the actual shoot should last. Whether you have input in the matter or not, you should at least be paying attention. If your photographer is comfortable with you gently reminding the team of the time, then do it. Otherwise this is more for your knowledge as an assistant.

The type of shoot often determines the amount of downtime. If the shoot is heavily styled with intricate makeup and hair looks, expect a hefty amount of downtime. Is it an outdoor swimsuit shoot? Then expect minimal downtime. Should you have additional time after completing your tasks, I suggest making yourself available to the rest of the team. Taking down drink or food orders, making runs for necessities, and socializing with the team can do wonders for your ability to network, which we will delve into further.


Socializing: Be Humble, Not Hungry

If there is downtime — talk to everyone. You are not just the photographer’s assistant, you are the set assistant. When not helping set up lights you may be needed to help with wardrobe, getting equipment for stylists, steaming garments, getting drinks for the team, and making sure everyone is comfortable. If you sit on the sidelines, others will notice and you won’t be able to effectively do your job. Socializing leads to networking for you and the team, and a happy team is willing to go the distance to get the shot. More than that, they will spread the word of their experience to others in the industry and start building on your reputation.

However, be aware of how you come across to the team, and respect the photographer you are working under. Some assistants make the mistake of being too ambitious and eager, and can come across as having an attitude of learning everything they can with the intention of becoming competition for the photographer. Respect your photographer as you are representing their brand on set, and inquire with them directly about contact details for some of the creative team you wish to connect with. Being an assistant can be a very rewarding job, but there needs to be trust if you expect the photographer to hire you for future productions.

Watch and Listen

Lastly, I can’t stress enough that you need to absorb your surroundings. For most assistants out there this is the true payment you receive for the job. You will gain the experience of how to run a shoot, the knowledge of lighting placement, using equipment you may not have otherwise had an opportunity to use, and an ear into the industry. You may also learn how a particular photographer prefers to do things, seeing areas of opportunity for the shoot and places where you can step in to improve the quality of the images. I strongly advocate proactivity on set, but run it by your photographer. I recommend having a set rule of consulting with the photographer when shooting, then look to make adjustments to perfect the quality.

Photographers have a myriad of details to think about, so you need to be minding the minutia. Areas I would typically focus on include: looking out for highlights/hotspots, making sure equipment is functioning appropriately, checking for heavily shadowed areas, and wardrobe and styling malfunctions. Flyaway hairs, for instance, are a big sticking point for photographers in editing, especially in studio. If there is a highlight, I typically power on the modeling lamp for the light I suspect to be responsible, adjust it so that it doesn’t cause spill over or flag it so that the highlight is out of the frame. If it's light through the trees, I pull out a scrim and shade the area. Shadows call for adjusting the angles of lights or discussing with the photographer to power on a second light or even just using a bounce card or reflector. But above all, make sure you are out of frame.

There is something intoxicating, exciting, and exhilarating when everyone is visibly enthusiastic when they are on set and the shoot is going smoothly. The model feels it and puts more into their work, the creative team goes that extra mile, and the photographer feels more confident. Aspire to reach this, and most will walk away feeling like they got their money’s worth.

New camera for your iPhone

DxO, a company best known for its software, has unveiled a pocket-sized DSLR quality camera that is meant to be paired with your iPhone. Using the iPhone as a control panel and proofing screen, the camera itself concentrates on capturing images using it's own lens and settings. This idea could be the best of the DSLR and iPhone worlds. It's small and offers much more versatility and control than the normal iPhone camera all the while, still capitalizing on the immediacy of sharing with an iPhone camera.

Certainly, this is not the first company to introduce an outboard camera to pair with the iPhone, but it may be the best to date. DxO has packed their camera with a 1 inch CMOS BSI sensor, which is the same size as the popular Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras. The lens is the equivalent of a 32mm and has an impressive range from 1.8/f all the way to 11/f. The ISO performance range is also impressive, starting at 100 and expanding all the way up to 51,200. You will be able to shoot video in 1080p at 30 fps as well as in 720p at 120 fps. The goal is clearly to sit in the niche between iPhone and DSLR. As you can see in the photos above and below, it has accomplished that. While it provides the versatility and control that DSLRs users love, it is still immediately able to share photos to social media, which is probably the most attractive feature to anything paired with an iPhone. 

The DxO ONE boast a few other interesting features, such as SuperRAW which "takes four RAW images and merges them into one to bring you beautifully dynamic photos, even in extremely low light." The camera can be used as a stand alone unit as well and has it's own microSD card slot. All these features, which are packed into a camera that only weighs a few ounces and sits at 2.65 inches tall, is rather impressive. DxO has begun taking preorders for their ONE with the introductory price of $599. Unfortunately, this is probably too steep for someone just wanting to try it out of curiosity, but if you're in the market for a small and convenient camera, this may be something to seriously look into. Shipping begins in September. For more information and to preorder the DxO ONE, check out their website. Below are a few photos taken with the DxO ONE.