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Skylum Luminar 4.3 – The change is coming

Hey everyone, for this week’s article we are going to talk about the newly update Skylum Luminar 4.3. But is not just it. I’m also going to show the most recent updates since the version 3 and how this updates can change the way we going to edit our images from now on. 

Skylum Luminar 4.3 – The change is coming 

Splash screen

Since the first version of Skylum Luminar the software change dramatically, in a good way, new tools were added, old tools was retired but most importantly they app evolved, not just in visuals and user interface but also in usability and new ideas. 

If you follow the log you probably have already heard of Luminar, I have made videos and posts about it, and for the most part Luminar works worked well in the past iderations, but at least for me that was always something that would be a little better.

Things like speed, support to some RAW files, support to camera profiles and the big one a image library were added through the way until we get at version 4.3. I have to say Luminar is still not perfect, but is getting there real quick, and the best part is the company never stop hearing us, user, and implement some of our suggestions, so the future of this software is bright if they keep dropping good updates like this one. 

Skylum Luminar Latest update 

Luminar 4.3 is packed with new things under the hood, and some new great additions, like a waited way to sear for you photos, which now can be done with the new search tool on the top of the program.

Search bar

Under the hood is where the real magic happened, we have a great evolution on the performance side of things, which was one of my big complains since version 3, which improvements in areas like filters workflow, looks implementations and previews, support to new cameras and so on, if you want to see complete list of the improvements check the Skylum Luminar blog post.

Using Skylum Luminar for the first time 

If you decide to go to this new new root and chose Lunimar as your new DAM and editing software there are some thing you need to know before you start. Coming from the Lightroom school you will probably feel a little lost because of the simplicity of Luminar 4. 

You can choose if you going to create a Catalog or if you want to edit just one photo, which is nice for those who uses other softwares to manage their libraries, like Photo Mechanic.  but if you want you can create an image library inside Luminar 4 and use it as you DAM, keep in mind that if are accustomed with Lightroom tools to make your mananing you will find that right now Luminar doesn’t have all the tools that we have inside Lightroom. 

Let’s say you will start to use the Luminar Library the first thing the software will ask you when you open it is to create a new catalog, just chose a name and a location where your catalog will live and you are done. After that you are ready to start importing all you photos inside luminar and ready to edit them. 

Catalog Luminar

Just click im the plus sign and chose your photo folder, or folders, and wait until luminar import their location and create the image previews.

After all this process you can start culling your images, giving then stars, flags ou color labels, super easy. Right click in the image and choose your preferred option or just use the shortcut keys. 

Images culling Luminar

One sad thing that I always miss inside Skylum Luminar 4 are the ability to search photos by  keywords or metadata, but maybe it will be an implantation in the future. Other option like create collections, which inside Luminar 4 are called Albuns are pretty nice and easy to make, this way we can take the organization game to a good level. 

Image albuns Luminar

Just select all photos that you want to make part in the same albuns right click it and chose create a new a new Album give it a name and it will appear on the right side painel, easy peasy. After you create your Library system you can star to have fun with all the edits possibilities that Skylum Luminar 4.3 brings to your game. 

Editing with Skylum Luminar 4.3

Just jump on to the Edit tab and star to have fun, if you are here for the first time you will find that Luminar is a lot different of Lightroom. And this is a good thing, because it will make you to think a differently to get your images done., But once you start editing your photos your workflow will developed a lot like Lightroom, just the mane of the filter and tabs that will change compared with Lightroom.

Edit Modules

I am going to start with the most useful section to me, the portrait one, this part of the program is where I spend most of my time. Even if Luminar is recognized for most photographer as a great piece of software for those who love landscape photography, I think this app can do much more with fewer click compared with Lightroom or even Photoshop. 

You can star on the Essential tabs to adjust thing like exposure, white balance, shadows and highlight and so on. In this tab we also can change the camera profile to control the overall look of the image. 

Luminar Camera profiles

It is possible to choose a different camera profile that is not baked into your camera settings which is really useful for those trying to achieve different looks for their photos. On the Essential tab you can also use Curves, AI Enhancer, Colors, B&W Conversion, Denoise and Vignetting. Just using this tab you can completely edit you photos. 

I use is to create a base edit for mine. Try to experience at first with all the slider, I feel that they have much more latitude compared with Lightroom, so it’s easy to go over the border.

After that, if I am working on a portrait, I tend to go to the Portrait tab and do some retouching and other adjustments. The portrait module is the third, top to bottom, on the edit modules sections. I count with more than one filter, but the most impressive ones are the filter which uses IA to edit the photos.

Portrait TAB

Accessing the AI Portrait Enhancer you will be presented with a lot of good stuff that can be transform your photos completely. You can adjust with just one slider o lot of complicated parts of your edits.

We have dedicated sliders to enhance the colour and contrast eyes, dark circle removal, to improve eyebrows and all sort of things. Is all pretty easy and self explanatory. 

Luminar Ai Portrait enhancer

You can also use mask to limit this adjusts only to parts of the photo where they are needed, you can use a brush, a gradient filter or a luminosity mask to create your masks. 

In the screenshot below we can see how just a few slider can change you photos in a super simple way and you will never thing to go back to other editing software. My preferred slider in this section is the Eye Enhancer, the contrast and the bump in highlight and color are magical, and you don’t need to create a mask for it the AI takes care of it for you. 

Woman face
Before
Ai portrait enchancer
After

For portraits we also have 2 more awesome tools AI skin Enhancer and a dedicated Dodge and Burn tool. The first one uses AI to identify areas of the skin that need to be treated and intelligently uses a automagically frequency separation to preserve the areas that need to be treated and boy it does a good job, this is the easiest way to make this kind of job easy and simple. 

Portrait without edits

Just two slider and boom! Job mostly done. If you can achieve a new level of skin retouching you can also use the clone stamp tools present on the Canvas tab, second icon on the top right corner.

The Dodge and burn tools are super useful, and you can control the amount of affect you ant in your photo with just one slider, after you locally have painted the areas you want it to affect. 

Girl face blue eyes

Normally here you are mostly done with all the retouching and basics edits for your photo, in some cases the image here is done just waiting to be exported. But you if want to thing to go a little further you can use the Creative tab, and put your creativity to the test.

In this tab we have tons of options to get a more stylized image. Some of then works very well in portraits other are intended to work in other types of photography. 

Creative tab Luminar

For portraits my preferred section of the Creative tab is the Color Styles where you can choose from LUTs (lookup tables) to make great changes to the colour of your images with just a reference file and 3 slider, easy. Even if Skylum had put some LUTs available inside Luminar 4.3 you can also choose your preferred LUT and make the edit. This way you can change the vibe of the picture without have to change color per color in you image.

The other option on the Creative tab are very useful if you editing landscapes or other type of scenery photography.

Once you image is done is time to export it and it can be really simple using Luminar, just click on the Export button on the top bar, and chose your file name, location, sizing and you are done. You can also use the integration with third party services like SmugMug or 500px and export the images directly to those services. Or you can take the normal path and export your image to your hard drive. I just miss the option to export the files as DNG, but I think given how Luminar process the images this is a feature that I will not see soon, but I’ll take the TIF or PSD export, no problem.

Syklum Luminar 4.3 export menu

Using Luminar with Lightroom. 

Even though you can rely just on Luminar to edit your photos is good to know that we have a great integration between Lightroom / Photoshop and Luminar. If you are locked for some reason in your Lightroom workflow you can still take full advantage of all the oceans inside Luminar.  When installing Luminar on your machine check the boxes to install Luminar as a Plugins for Adobe product and you are good to go. 

We can access Luminar via Lightroom the same way we call Photoshop to work work in parallel with Lightroom.

Lightroom external edit menu

Just right click your on the image inside the Develop module in lIghtroom and chose Edit in and after that Luminar 4. Done. Luminar is gonna open a copy (.TIF) of you image with all your edits done so far, this file is gonna sit on the same directory where the original file is.

Once inside Luminar the sky’s the limit. You can take full advantage and do all you edit inside Luminar or you can do some back and forward between Lightroom and Luminar to edit the image as you intended to be.

Let’s a take as an example her ehow easy is to replace the sky of your photos using the AI Sky Replacement on Luminar. With just a fell clicks you can transform the a photo with a boring sky to a photo with gorgeous clouds or sunsets.

Boring Sky on the beach

Basically only you have to do is to choose which sky you and to put in you image, this can be done using the menu Sky selection, and choose from one of the options that comes with Luminar or you can choose your own. You can even buy some skies on Skylum market place. 

Beach with cloud sky

The best part here is the AI does almost everything for you and if you need to make fine adjust it is totally possible using the sliders. The AI even adjust the lighting on the scene to blend the new sky with you scene more realistic, GOLDEN!!!!

After you finished all your edits inside Luminar just click apply on the top left corner and the image will return to Lightroom with all the edits done, simple like that. And if you wish you can continue edit it inside Lightroom with you normal workflow.

Integration Lightroom and Syklum Luminar 4.3

What now?

I have to say, I have just touch the tip of the iceberg here, because we have much more packed inside Skylum Luminar 4.3. The best part for in all this history Luminar vs Lightroom is that you can buy Luminar and not just “rent it” which is the case with all Adobe products.

In the version 4.3 I can see a lot of improvements inside Skylum Luminar 4.3 and the future of AI image edit is being written by these guys probably in the future will become an invaluable tools for those who have to edit tons of images each day and don’t have the time to rely just on Lightroom presets. 

If you are curious about Skylum Luminar go grab your copy here and start this revolution on your photos, because the future is here. If you use the coupon code RIXMASCA you will have USD 10,00 off of you purchase. 

And that it for know if you want more articles about what Skylum Luminar 4.3 can do leave here in the comments and I will gladly written about it!

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Godox AD300 Pro review – Small and powerful

Hello everyone, today we are going to talk about the brand new small form factor outdoor flash the Godox AD300 Pro.  If you need a great and reliable flash unit to use outside, maybe Godox have a solution for your problem, because they have a lot of good options for this matter.

In its 3rd generation of flash units we can find lots of options for lighting solutions from Godox, with models like the AD200 Pro, AD400 Pro and AD600 Pro and now the new AD300 Pro. All these units work with an integrate and replaceable battery which gives then lots of versatility.

Godox AD300 Pro – unboxing

Box Godox AD300 Pro

My first experience with the Godox AD300 Pro was great, the package is very simple, but well done. One thing that surprised me was its size, almost the same size of the boxes of my Godox flashes when i bought then years ago. Inside the box you gonna be presented with a little carrying semi rigid case which should be standard in all photographic equipment brands because it gives the product a premium feel, or as the name say a Pro feel. 

Carrying case Godox AD300 Pro

The first impression was great. Godox is aware of what their customers are searching in their products. Which makes me wonder what’s gonna be the news for the upcoming years.

Inside the carrying case you will find the flash unit, the battery charger, a the flash mount, charging cable and user manual. In the case there is a space for the battery itself and mine came already installed on the flash.

Flatlay Godox AD300 Pro

AD300 Pro – built quality

One of the most important things about a flash unit is the build quality, and off course there are brands that excels in this aspect, I am used to use Broncolor units and I can say that they are solid in this department, nothing like the Speedotron ones which are built like a tank.

The Godox products are really good on the built quality department, everything that I have from the brand works well in any situation, my outdoor kit is all Godox products and never failed me.

The AD300Pro has a good build quality, though its case is made of plastic, It has a great sturdiness and feels solid. Is it a hard plastic shell with gives the unit protection but also keeping it light. Even Though the AD300Pro shell is plastic it feels great, I don’t thing that the unit can take high falls without been damage, but is a unit that you don’t need to treat lightly because its too fragile, this is not the case with the AD300Pro. 

Product shot Godox AD300 Pro

Size and battery

This unit is tiny, and I have to say, I love it. It is great to know I can carry around a small and powerful unit like this on my backpack with my cameras and lenses. It takes the space of one lens on your backpack which makes life much easier when you are going outdoors and don’t want to carry a huge amount of equipment.

In any situations that I need just one unit I pretty confident that the AD300Pro can be this unit, for its size and its power. And i think that if you use it and one reflector all your base will be covered for a single setup with two point light.

The is almost the same battery which is found on the AD200 line, so if you invested on batteries on the AD200 line you can use then with the AD300Pro. But due to differences in the amperage the recycle times will be a little slower. Good new is that they use the same charger, so if you have the AD200 charger you can use it to charge the AD300Pro with no problem. With a fully charged battery you will have around 300 shots with full power and the recycle times are about 1.5 seconds for 1/1 settings. This is a great number, and if you are not using full power the battery will last much longer.

Features

The best feature of any Godox product is its ecosystem, it works like a breeze with all the line of recent products without a problem. If you have a X1T trigger you can fire without a problem most of the flashes and monoheads. Some triggers also can be paired with your smartphone or tablet and control your flashes via Bluetooth, which is the case of the X2T. The second big advantage of this unit is the size.

The AD300Pro offers a lot of features that are useful. It has a built in receiver for firing and adjusting the flash. The wireless system have a great range working well up to 100 meters. This flash unit works in TTL (Through the lens. Which leave the flash power adjustment to the camera ), works in manual mode and Multi flash bursts. One of the most welcomed features on the AD300Pro is the presence of a modeling light, a LED bi color modeling lamp that can be adjusted and used to help acquiring focus and to have a idea of how your light is. 

Although the modeling light can be used for video lighting I would consider buy a dedicated unit for this purpose, but if you find yourself in a situation that your have just this unit modeling lamp as your light source you can get away with it, keep in mind that is is possible to hear the cooling fan if you are recording on a quiet environment .

It has one of my favorite things that is high speed sync, this features allows you  to use the flash to work with shutter speed above the sync speed of your camera and is very useful to make great photos outside mixing natural and artificial light. 

A great display and controls are found on the back of the, unit and the somewhat easy interface, if you are accustomed with the Godox products, the interface is not a problem but surely it could use a more modern layout.

Godox mount 

Aiming to gain more space on the lighting equipment industry Godox launched its own proprietary modifier mount, Godox mount, and now they can produce not only lights but also modifiers. The AD300 Pro uses a newly designed Godox mount, which is smaller than the Bowens mount and makes the modifiers less cumbersome to carry around. They are already working on a selections of modifiers with this new mount and looks like there is more to come. 

Modifiers Godox AD300 Pro

Even though you can use the internal reflector on the AD S-S65/85 to get something similar to a beauty dish I would love to see a proper beauty dish on this selection of modifiers in the future.

I used the Godox AD300 Pro with the collapsible softbox AD-S85 and this modifier is perfect for outdoor shooting because it has a great size and when collapsed carrying it is not a problem. If you don’t want to build a new set of modifiers you can buy the new S2 Bracket  and use umbrellas or Bowens mount modifiers. 

Or if you are deep on other mount system Godox offers adapters for most of the major brands so you can use not just Bowens or Godox mount modifiers.

Mount systems Godox AD300 Pro

Light Quality

The Godox AD300 Pro has a great light quality without shifts in color, good range and good power output. Working with the unit i didn’t feel its being to weak that I had to put the light to close to the subject and also its isn’t to strong to the point that I had to put the light to far of the subject or to use it in very low increments. 

Straight out of camera

Paired with the AD S-85 with one layer diffuser it produces a very pleasing light to make good outdoor portraits. The image below the AD300 was over camera the softbox and ¼ flash power about 2 feet away. It produces enough light to lit a full body in this configuration. Outside during the day I didn’t feel the necessity to use the modeling lamp, but it is good to know that this flash has this possibility in case of a night shoot.  

Shot with Godox AD300
Edits with Lightroom and Photoshop

Usability

As all Godox products the usability is good, had no connections problems whatsoever and using the unit for more than 2 hours I had 0 misfires. Triggering and controlling the unit wirelessly was a breeze with the X1T. Using it in manual mode the flash behavior was expected and the recycle time is almost instantaneous if you are using it below the 1/1 setting. I can rank this unit just beside the Broncholors that I am accustomed using in terms of usability.

Back panel Godox AD300 Pro review - Small and powerful

The menu system could be updated to a more modern visual, but this is just a cosmetic issue, nothing more than that, is very simple to use , but not always very intuitive for new users, so if you get one of these and never used a Godox flash before make sure to refer to the user manual.

Using it with a softbox mounted on the flash is light enough to be used in hands without need a light stand. Being a lightweight unit I would advise the use in sandbags to hold your light in place.

I don’t mind the beep sound firing during the session, but is good to know that you can disable it if you don’t like it beeping at every flash. The battery was barely touched after 2 hours of use and more that 200 shots. It makes the unit very reliable for long sessions, but as always I would recommend having a spare battery ready to go just in case.

Value

The most eye catching item is here. The Godox AD300 Pro isn’t a cheap unit, but by any means is a super expensive flash. I would say that is on the right price tag if you that into consideration what you can do with it and the price of its competitors. On the time of this article it costs USD 499.00 while units with the same power and size from other brands goes for USD2000+. So it’s not rocket science, with the price of just one Profoto B10 you can get 4 AD300Pro and make a completely wireless studio setup on the road if you like.

As for the accessories like the AD-S85 softbox you gonna find it for USD79.00 which is a fair price as it comes with a grid. If you not sure to invest in the mount system I would recommend to buy a S2 bracket and use Bowens modifiers, unless you already have other type of mount.

For the overall quality and resources that this unit gives I think it is a great value and if you want something with more power you can invest on the AD400Pro or on the AD600Pro, keep in mind that these units are a little bit bigger and not so easy to carry around like the AD300 Pro.

Godox AD300 Pro – Technical Specifications

  • Godox AD300Pro
  • Power = 300Ws
  • Compatible Cameras Wireless Radio = Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Fujifilm
  • Flash Mode = TTL/M/Multi
  • Flash Duration = 1/220 to 1/11490 seconds
  • Power Output = 9 Stops: 1/256~1/1
  • Controllable Slave Groups = 5 (A, B, C, D, and E)
  • R2 Reception Range = 328ft / 100m (approx.)
  • Channels = 32 (1~32)
  • Wireless ID = 99
  • Power Supply Lithium Battery pack (14.4v/2600mAh/37.44Wh)
  • Recycle time 0.01-1.5s (approx.)
  • Battery Level Indicator = Yes
  • Full Power Flashes = 320
  • Stroboscopic Flash = Up to 100 times, 100Hz
  • Manual flash exposure compensation (FEC) = Adjustable ±3 stops in 1/3 stop increments.
  • Sync Modes High Speed Sync = up to 1/8000 second, First-Curtain Sync, and Second-Curtain Sync
  • Delay Flash = 0.01~30 seconds
  • Color Temperature = 5600°± 200k
  • Stable Color Mode = 5600°±75°K Throughout
  • Mask Feature = Yes / N1 & N2
  • Fan = Yes
  • Áudio Beeper = Yes
  • Modeling Lamp (LED) = 3000°K ~ 6000°K / 10 Levels
  • Optical Slave Sensor = S1 Standard /S2 Smart
  • Direct Sync Trigger = 3.5mm Sync Cord
  • Flash Duration Indication = Yes
  • Display Dot-matrix LCD Panel
  • Wireless Flash Function = Slave, off
  • Power Sleep = Power off automatically after approximately 30~120 minutes of idle operation. User-selectable in Custom Functions.
  • Dimension 7.5×3.8×3.4in / 19.0×9.8×8.7cm
  • Net Weight (with battery) 3 lb 1 oz / 1.4kg

More Sample shots

Pros and Cons

There’s no perfection in any product in the market, and sometimes what is a pro for some people can a con for another. And here I gonna list some of pros and cons that I think is worth to point out.

Pros

  • Size
  • Light quality
  • Price
  • Integrations with other Godox products
  • Battery life 
  • Good reclice times

Cons

  • Menu System a little outdated (pure cosmetics to me, it doesn’t take anything from the light quality)
  • Plastic body shell
  • Light Stand mount could be a little more sturdy

Final Thoughts on the Godox AD300 Pro

I have to say, I love to use flash outdoors and have a unit that I can use without to be scary of it running out juice or having to bring along a generator gives me a great peace of mind. Not spending all my savings in a unit also is a good deal. 

The AD300 Pro tick all this boxes and is an excellent for those who want to have a reliable unit at your disposal. Good light quality, good price, small package and a easy to use unit is all I care about. If you take good care of your equipment you won’t have any problem with the AD300 Pro even thought it having a plastic shell. 

Since I bought my first Godox flash I was interested to see what the brand would bring to our future, and I glad to stay around to see that they are hearing their customer base and bringing some very well welcomed additions to our light game.

If you are in the market searching for a flash unit I can’t recommend Godox products enough because its prices and quality. I have been using Godox product for years and never had a problem with then. 

This unit was sent to me by Godox in order to write this review, and here is all my honest thoughts about this unit.

And you do you have any Godox products? List your thoughts on the comment session bellow.

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Reviews Skylum

Luminar AI Sky Enhancer – It Changes Everything

As always, Skylum doesn’t let it go, and today they just launched a new filter for the Luminar AI Sky Enhancer

Luminar AI Sky Enhancer

Imagine that with just one control you can totally change the sky of your photos, and when I say change, I’m not talking about replacing, but editing.

As with other Luminar filters, the AI ​​Sky Enhancer is an intelligent filter that will work contrast, highlights, shadows and exposure all at once, and intelligently.

So you don’t have to work hours for your photos to have the perfect sky colors, just a little adjustment in AI Sky Enhancer and the job is done.

Ai Sky Enhancer

But this is not the whole story, because this is just one of the first filters with the new AI technology that Skylum has been implementing.

It is quite possible that in the future we will see new filters with the same concept of just one control to do all the work.

AI Sky Enhancer in action!

This control is very simple, as simple as its older siblings, Accent AI and Sun Rays. It counts for just one control and even works perfectly well, almost witchcraft.

Luminar AI Sky Enhancer

As we can see in the photos the big difference that AI Sky Enhance makes in the photos and how much life it helps bring to the sky of the photos.

 AI Sky Enhancer
Before AI Sky Enhancer

 AI Sky Enhancer
After AI Sky Enhancer

It can also be combined with any other of the filters available in Luminar and this is wonderful because the possibilities are endless. I’ve been using Luminar every time and the more I use this program the more I fall in love with it.

Not only for reasons I have already mentioned in past posts and videos, but also because Skylum is really listening to its customers.

I can’t wait to get the version with the image library so I can put all its potential to the test. If you are like me and like to test everything new in the image editing market, don’t forget that you can download and test Luminar for free, just click here.

Ai Sky Enhancer

And if you like it and want to buy Luminar, with the new AI Sky Enhancer filter, I’ll give you a help of US$10.00, just use the discount coupon RIXMASCA when closing your purchase.

That’s it for now !!

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Aurora HDR 2019 – The Best HDR image EDITOR

In today’s video we will talk about the Aurora HDR 2019 from Skylum.

If you like HDR photos, photos with high dynamic range, you need to know the new version of Aurora HDR 2019, one of the most complete editors for HDR photos.

Aurora HDR 2019

Aurora HDR 2019 is produced by Skylum, the same company that makes one of my favorite software at the moment, Luminar.

Aurora is intended for HDR photo treatments and does this job very well. It can work photos in bracketing or simulate HDR editing with just a single exposure. It has a new image processing engine, the Quantum HDR Engine, which took about 3 years to develop and finally shows the faces at Aurora HDR 2019.

If you liked Luminar I assure you that Aurora HDR will not disappoint you at all. Aurora HDR will be launched on the next 4th and until then Skylum has a promotion where you will get a $ 10 discount on the Aurora HDR 2019 advance purchase.

Take a look at the video at the top of the page to see a little bit of what is possible with this software. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don’t miss any news!

High Dynamic Range photos are a really cool thing that we are going to talk about today. For those who don’t know what HDR photos are, take a look below:

HDR photos are high dynamic range photos. High dynamic range is nothing more than the difference in light and shadows within a photo.

As we are not always able to have the same lighting throughout the photo, so we make more than one exposure for the same photo. There are usually between 3 and 5 exhibitions. Using this technique you can create an exposure for dark regions, another for light regions and a correct exposure for your photo. That way you can increase the amount of information you have in the photo.

But we are not always able to handle an hdr image in a simple way, and we need dedicated software for this.

Doing this treatment, which is actually a mix between all your exposures, is relatively easy to do in Photoshop. But no software I’ve tested to date does this as well as Skylum’s Aurora.

In its latest version Aurora HDR 2019 is just fantastic. With this tool just select the photos you want to mix and the job is practically done.

It doesn’t matter if you use WIndows or Mac, Aurora HDR is available for both systems and keeps its promise. Comparing Aurora HDR to previous versions, you will come across a new interface, and a completely redesigned engine.

To see Aurora 2019 in operation take a look at the video at the top of the page.

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Lighting and Flashes Reviews

Flash Godox V850II. Review

Fala galera que segue o blog, hoje vou falar do GODOX V850II, um flash muito legal da GODOX.

Pra quem não viu o post só resta flashes de baixo custo clique aqui e veja,  muita coisa vai te impressionar.

Godox V850II

A GODOX  é uma empresa chinesa,  diga-se de passagem uma das líderes no mercado de iluminação. Está empresa vem produzindo coisas muito legais com o passar dos anos,  e uma das mais recentes foi o Ad200 que você também pode ver aqui no blog.

Mas um dos produtos deles que mais me chamou a atenção foi o V850II, por muitos motivos. E pra falar a verdade não consegue apenas ler e pesquisar sobre ele, tive que comprar um para ver que era a desse menino.

A série V da GODOX é uma das primeiras séries de flashes que não usam pilhas,  mas sim uma bateria de lithium.

Aí já um motivo pra eu ficar interessado,  odeio ficar carregando um monte de pilhas do tipo AA. E falando do V850II,  além dele usar esta bateria de lithium ele também conta com um transmissor embutido.

Parecia muito bom pra ser verdade.

Godox V850II
Detalhe da bateria de Lithium

Vamos a ficha técnica dele:

  • Flash do tipo GN60
  • Bateria de 11.1V com 2000mAh
  • Modos multi e manual
  • Controles com ⅓ de incrementos
  • Zoom de 20 até 200mm
  • High speed sync de 1/8000, apenas quando usado com transmissor
  • 5 grupos remotos
  • Compatível com Canon, Nikon e Sony
  • Asistente de auto foco, apenas quando usado direto na câmera
  • Rotação da cabeça de flash de 360 graus
  • Tela grande de LCD para leitura dos ajuste, muito útil
Godox V850II
O que vem na caixa!

GODOX V850II em campo.

Quem fotografa em várias situações diferentes sabe o quanto é importante ter uma boa iluminação, mas nem sempre a luz natural ajuda muito.

Ai que entra o grande segredo de muitos fotógrafos, flashes. E pra falar a verdade depois que comecei a usar flashes em algumas situações não me vejo desistindo deles tão cedo.

O Godox V850II é uma ferramenta muito poderosa quando usada na hora certa, e definitivamente não não sentirá falta de luz em muitas situações, pois ele em 1/1 é bem forte.

Uma das coisas que mais me impressionou em relação ao Godox V850II é fato dele usar uma bateria de Lithium, que por sinal funciona impressionantemente bem.

A bateria quanto carregada totalmente é capaz de disparar mais de 500 vezes, mais que o suficiente para a maioria das seções de fotografia!

Mesmo em força total ele pode disparar até 15 vezes sem superaquecer, e se os ajustes nele não forem com força total, você terá muitas mais fotos antes que ele peça um pequeno descanso.

Na seção de testes com ele disparei pelo menos umas 200 vezes, usando ajustes entre 1/32 a ⅛ e em nenhum momento ele pediu para descansar. Ponto mais que positivo pra mim!

O receptor de 2.4Ghz embutido funciona magicamente bem, sem nenhum problema em toda a sessão, mesmo quando está bem distante do transmissor instalado na câmera.

Godox V850II
Transmissor X1-N

Cheguei a ficar mais de 50 metros do flash e ele não perdeu nenhum disparo, muito bom!

Aliás, vale muito a pena usá-lo fora da câmera, com o auxílio do transmissor X1 da própria marca, assim você conseguirá usar velocidades de obturador de até 1/8000.

Talvez aqui esteja o único problema do Godox V850II, quando montado direto na câmera, sem o uso do transmissor a velocidade de sincronismo entre a câmera e o flash é de 1/250 no máximo.

Godox V850II entrando em campo

Para a seção de testes do flash da Godox usei apenas o V850II um pedestal e uma sombrinha, para ter uma iluminação um pouca mais difusa!

Todo o setup foi montado em apenas 5 minutos, no máximo, afinal o flash já tem embutido em seu corpo um receptor.

Era questão de ligar e sair fotografando, e isso é muito importante em algumas situações onde você não tem muito tempo para fazer o trabalho. O fato do transmissor X1 poder controlar quase todos os parâmetros do flash por uma conexão sem fio.

Isto pode me ajudar a trabalhar com o flash no pedestal com ajustes bem altos, cerca de 2,5 metros do chão. Desta forma não preciso me procurar em ficar subindo e descendo o pedestal o tempo todo! A partir deste ponto comecei a considerar ter mais de uma unidade de flash da Godox.

Pois a facilidade de ajuste quando usado fora da câmera é tão fácil, e o fato de você poder controlar mais de um flash ao mesmo tempo me faz pensar na versatilidade em ter 2 ou 3 V850II.

Definitivamente o Godox V850II é uma ferramenta que não sairá da minha mochila tão cedo! Se você é do tipo que  não liga em carregar equipamento, vale muito a pena ter mais de uma unidade de flash na sua mochila.

Godox V850II vale a pena?

Posso responder com sinceridade, sim vale a pena.

Dentro das unidades de flash com preço humanamente possível acredito que o Godox V850II é a opção mais agradável a se ter, batendo de goleada alguns flashes da YongNuo. Como todo equipamento temos os pontos positivos e negativos, e no caso do V850II são poucos pontos negativos que posso listar.

Pros.

  • Receptor integrado ao flash, muito útil em qualquer situação.
  • Bateria de Lithium. Me impressionou muito, muitas fotos e muita luz o que mais posso pedir.
  • Simples de utilizar. Equipamento sem enrolação, ligou clicou em 2 ou 3 botões e ta pronto.
  • Múltiplos sistemas. Se você fotografa com Nikon e Canon basta trocar o transmissor.

Contras

  • Preço. Nada absurdo mas mesmo assim mais caro que os YongNuo. Custo do V850II no Ebay USD 130,00
  • Disponibilidade. Aqui no Brasil não é muito fácil achá-lo.
  • Tempo de sincronização na câmera.
    Talvez seja frescura minha mas gostaria que ele pudesse sincronizar em high speed quando instalado na câmera da mesma forma que ele faz quando está fora da câmera, ou seja 1/8000 em qualquer situação.

Se você procura uma unidade de flash bacana e que vai te ajudar em muitas situações de uma procurada no Godox V850II.

E eu não diria apenas isto para este unidade pois tenho visto muitas coisas da mar e cada vez fico mais tentado em deixar minha conta poupança pra lá e comprar mais coisas. Se você inda não conheçe o Fotographiko.com também esta no Youtube agora, e você pode ver tutoriais, reviews e outras coisas lá no canal!

Se você gosta do blog siga também o Fotographiko TV, basta clicar aqui, e assinar o canal, dê aquela força! Você tem algum produto da Godox? Deixe seu comentário com suas impressões! E se você gosta ou tem flashes de outras marcas também deixe seu comentário com sua opinião!

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Fuji X-T10 Review

Fuji X-T10 Review: with the same sensor and processor as its larger sister, the Fuji X-T10 should be popular with beginners even because it is a camera with a not-so-high cost. 

Find out why the Fuji X-T10 is a great option.

The compact system camera market is a very competitive place at the moment.

And Fuji has been standing out for its sophisticated, retro design along with traditional controls.

This approach has had great success among enthusiasts and professional photographers who need a DSLR alternative. However, the company also has some excellent options for beginners such as the X-M1.

Those who have been coveting the gorgeous style of the Fuji X-T1 but have been barred for its relatively high price will be surprised by the cheerful news that the company has decided to release a slightly simpler but much cheaper version, the X-T10.

The best news of this whole story is that it continues to use the same sensor that is used in the Fuji X100T and Fuji X-E2. Fuji claims that the autofocus times that the camera’s hybrid AF system is capable of can reach 0.06 seconds, thanks to the phase detection and contrast detection present in this sensor.

When you are setting the auto focus point, there are three options available – single, zone, and wide. When using continuous autofocus, you can also use single, zone wide, and tracking.

In this last mode, the camera will automatically choose an autofocus point and track the subject, select a new auto focus point, and the distance the subject moves.

As you would expect, however, there are some details to facilitate and justify the price drop such as the smaller size of the machine.

The display, which has the same resolution (2.36 million points), as the X-T1, is lower. This means that it cannot display a double image, which is possible on the X-T1 display.

On the plus side, it displays the same delay time of only 0.005 seconds.

The screen has a slightly lower resolution than the X-T1 (and X-E2), with 920,000 points (compared to 1,040,000 points). It leans both up and down to shoot from more difficult angles.

The camera also features an SD/HC/XC card slot, it’s UHS-I, while the X-T1 is the fastest UHS-II.

Complete the list of specifications she has a pop-up flash, a shoe, with sensitivity of ISO 200 – 6400, which is expandable only when shooting in JPEG for ISO 100 – 51200, Wi-Fi connectivity and an electronic shutter with super fast speeds of up to 1 / 32,000 seconds.

Standing out for the target audience of beginners and enthusiasts with this camera you can shoot in fully automatic mode, something that the X-T1 does not offer.

Fuji X-T10 rating: Construction and Handling

Although the X-T10 is not weather resistant, like the X-T1, it maintains the high build quality of other X-series cameras.

The biggest differences between the X-T10 and X-T1 appear when you look at them from the top down where the Fuji X-T10 is noticeably leaner.

It is also approximately 60g lighter.

On the right side of the camera, you will find an exposure compensation disc, which allows you to change from -2 EV to +2 EV.

A power switch surrounds the shutter release, while there is a shutter speed dial that is marked with settings from 1 second to 1/4000 second, as well as Bulb, Time and Automatic.

When you have the electronic shutter enabled, you can set the fastest shutter speeds using the buttons on the back of the camera.

A unit mode selector is found on the left side of the camera. This allows you to choose between single, continuous (low) and continuous (high) which are shooting speeds of up to 8 frames per second.

You’ll also find options for setting up bracketing modes, Advanced Filters, Multiple Exposure, and Panorama modes.

Two scaling modes are available – one for exposure succession, and one second for bracketing film simulation. In other words, you can take a sequence of three images with different exposures or 3 different movie simulations.

There is no button or dial to set the ISO sensitivity on the X-T10. Instead, you can set the desired speed through the main menu, or alternatively through a quick menu, which is available via a button marked with a Q.

If you think you’ll be changing this setting often, you can customize one of the physical buttons or disk to directly access this setting.

You can also let the camera choose an ISO sensitivity for you.

If you are concerned about this when you do not know whether using a speed that is too high or low, you can set a maximum sensitivity as well as a minimum shutter speed.

To release the pop-up flash, there is a small switch found under the mode selector. The flash looks pretty robust.

If you are using one of Fuji’s lenses, which has an aperture ring, you use this to manually control the aperture.

Or, you can set the ring to position A (automatic) and let the camera select the best aperture it thinks you need.

There is a dial to set the shutter speed, which can also be set to the automatic mono.

If you set both dials to automatic, you will find that you are shooting in a Program mode in fact, at the same time, if you take control of just the aperture, you are in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and if you take control of only shutter speed.

If you are using single AF mode, you have the option of 49 auto focus points available. However, if you switch to AF point per zone there are 77 points that are selectable in groups of 3×3, 35 or 5×5.

To change the AF selection mode, you press the down key of the four-way navigation pad on the back of the camera.

To change the size of the AF point, you use the front or rear dials while you use the navigation keys to move to the point you need.

When you are shooting a moving theme and you have Continuous AF Mode the camera focuses the theme within the zone you selected and changes AF points inside the area where the subject moves.

This camera is intended for less experienced photographers when compared to the X-T1, and as such there is also the option to shoot in a fully automatic mode.

A switch that protrudes under the shutter speed dial allows you to activate automatic mode.

While the fuji X-T10’s display is smaller than that of the Fuji X-T1, in practice it is still very good to use. Detail of course, that the viewfinder works much better in environments with good light, you will notice noise when using it in dimly lit environments.

The screen is also large, not suffering much from reflections, in some circumstances it is a beneficial tilt the screen to avoid light, or sisplesmente use the EVF.

The screen being able to tilt makes it useful for shooting from unusual angles, but is not useful when shooting images in portrait format.

It is also not possible to turn it at all angles because EVF ends up getting in the way. If you’re worried about selfies, one way around this is to connect the camera to your smartphone and control it remotely.

Fuji X-T10 rating: Performance

The image quality of the Fuji X-T10 is fantastic – it’s no surprise given that it has the same X Trans CMOS II sensor and processing as the X-T1.

Detail of the camera is particularly impressive considering that the sensor is relatively modest 16 million pixels.

The reason for this is that the sensor design is slightly lower, which means there is no need for an anti-aliasing filter.

The noise is impressively well controlled throughout the camera’s native sensitivity range, and we can see that even in images taken with ISO 6400 a high level of detail.

If you examine the 100%, you can see a uniform texture of noise, but the overall impression is still good and you can make a nice A3 impression.

Raw files show chromatic noise, but controlling this in post-production is easy so you can get the balance of noise and detail you prefer.

As we’ve seen before with other Fuji cameras, the X-T10 is able to create good images in a wide variety of different shooting situations.

Movie simulation modes are very popular, and it will be up to you to decide which one is your favorite.

Fuji X-T10’s automatic white balance system is very good doing a decent job in natural lighting situations, but even so it can be fooled by cloudy or shaded conditions.

One of the biggest problems with the X-series was autofocus when shooting a moving object.

Fortunately, the Fuji X-T10 brings with it a key improvement, which will also be released for the X-T1 through a firmware update.

Now, instead of af point being locked in the center of the frame when you’re using continuous AF mode, you can select points or zones from all over the frame.

The camera does a good focus job for moving subjects and manages to track it around the frame when you’re using continuous AF mode wide, but you may find that backgrounds can be a distraction to focus, so using AF per zone or many Single Point times is easier.

If you keep the focus zone a single point on the subject, the camera is able to provide good sharp images even when shooting in low light.

The Fuji X-T10 is able to focus quickly when using simple AF mode.

There is a very useful Auto Macro function that, as the name suggests, automatically switches to Macro mode when next object is detected – this means that there is no dedicated macro button.

Examples

  • Aperture: f / 2.8
  • Camera: X-T10
  • Flash triggered: none
  • Focal length: 36.5mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/300s
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Camera: X-T10
  • Flash triggered: none
  • Focal length: 35.3mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/210s
  • Aperture: f / 2.8
  • Camera: X-T10
  • Flash triggered: none
  • Focal length: 37.6mm
  • ISO: 6400
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s
  • Aperture: f / 2.8
  • Camera: X-T10
  • Flash triggered: none
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

Fuji X-T10 review: verdict

One of the problems associated with creating a cheaper version of an existing camera is that the previous version becomes less attractive.

However, Fuji has done a great job here to produce something that retains the appearance of the Fuji X-T1, but has enough differences to justify even the existence of two cameras in the line-up.

A reminder of the main differences: with the X-T10, the body is not weatherproof, the EVF is smaller and there is no dedicated ISO sensitivity control.

There is still a good variety of dials and buttons and features for enthusiasts or professionals, however novice photographers can, if they wish, use automatic mode

If you like shooting moving objects, the improvements that have been made to the camera focus system is great news.

The electronic display is also excellent, which is also useful for this type of photography.

Being able to customize many of the buttons on the back of the camera means you can use the camera exactly as you want, while the Quick Menu also allows you to access and change key settings.

It’s not good news though. It’s a bit frustrating that some shooting modes are available in JPEG only – such as sensitivity expansion options and advanced filters.

It’s also a bit unusual to have ISO 200 as the lower sensitivity settings.

Overall the X-T10 is a fantastic camera for anyone who is after something serious for photography, but it’s also a good option for those who already have a bit of experience.

If you have an X-T1 in your kit, the Fuji X-T10 is also a good backup option.

Although it does not have completely the same specification as the Fuji X-T1, the image quality has the same high level, and with a significantly improved auto-focus system.