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Apple's Aperture is Dead

According to The Loop, Apple will no longer continue development on its professional photography application, Aperture. Instead, the company is working on the Photos app for Mac that was introduced during the Worldwide Developer's Conference.

"With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture," said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. "When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS."

The Photos app, which was shown off only briefly during WWDC, will combine with iCloud Photo Library, replacing both Aperture and iPhoto. While Photos will allow users to store, search, and edit photos via the cloud on Apple devices, it is unlikely to include the more robust, professional-oriented tools found in Aperture.

One of the biggest complaints users had about Aperture was the lack of updates. Aperture saw its last major version update to 3.5 on October 22, 2013, and since then, the software has seen just one last minor update. With no plans to continue development, professional photographers will want to find another solution, such as Adobe Lightroom (Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama).

According to TechCrunch, Apple will continue to provide compatibility updates to allow Aperture to run on OS X Yosemite, but development will stop.

Kickstarter: Luxi For All Light Meter for Mobile Devices

For those who take photography seriously or does/will be doing it for a living knows that light meters can be very useful. Some photographers say that one gear that should be in every photographer’s bag is a light meter.

A light meter can be very useful and effective especially in a studio. This allows you to shoot with the correct settings and gain perfect exposure every time. The only issue with light meters is that they can be expensive that was until Extrasensory Devices, launched Luxi, an affordable light meter for the iPhone on Kickstarter in 2013. The Luxi raised over $120,000 from over 5,000 backers. It received a lot of positive feedback from users.

One thing about the Luxi was that it only worked for the iPhone. It left tablet and Android users begging for a Luxi that would work on their electronic devices. Extrasensory Devices new Luxi Kickstarter campaign is a new and improved "Luxi For All.” Like it’s predecessor, it is an extremely affordable device to be used in conjunction with mobile devices. Only now it is compatible with all iOS and Android devices.

How affordable? At $20USD (+$6 shipping if you're outside the US). Retail price will be $29.95. Another great thing about Luxi For All is that it is small enough to be placed in your camera bag or your pocket.

Continue reading for more information about the Luxi For All Light Meter for Mobile Devices.

Luxi For All turns your mobile device into a light meter.

What is Luxi For All?

Luxi For All is a diffusion dome attachment for your mobile device's front-facing camera. When paired with the Luxi app (currently on iOS), Luxi For All will help you determine the best settings for your DSLR or other camera, so you can take perfectly exposed pictures. It's just like one of those fancy old-school light meters, but at a far better price. And because it works with the gadget you already have in your pocket, it's way more convenient!

Why do I need it?

"I already have a light meter built into my camera; why do I need a separate device?"

The light meter built into cameras measures reflected light. A reflected light meter shows an appropriate setting for an average of the whole scene. If you are taking a picture of a scene that does has neither an average, nor internally consistent lighting situation, your camera's built-in light meter will not be accurate. Usually, that causes an overexposed or underexposed picture.

How to use it

Readings taken with Luxi For All can be entered directly into your DSLR or any camera with a manual settings mode.

Simply set your camera's exposure with the app's suggested settings for a perfect photo every time.

Press Release: Gura Gear Acquires Tamrac Brand and Assets

OGDEN, UT (June 18, 2014) – GuraGear, LLC, makers of innovative carrying solutions for discerning creative professionals has agreed to acquire the brand and assets of Tamrac, Inc. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the sale through the Chapter 11, Section 363 Sale of Assets process. Tamrac entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early 2014 and has a 37 year history of developing affordable carrying solutions for photographers.

Gura Gear President, Gregory Schern stated, “this acquisition represents an exciting opportunity for Gura Gear to build upon a brand with a legacy of designing solutions for photographers and a dedicated customer following while leveraging worldwide distribution. We look forward to providing customers a high level of service and implementing solutions from a new perspective in a rapidly evolving industry.”

Tamrac, Inc. will continue to operate normally until the acquisition is finalized in late June. Once the transaction is complete, Gura Gear will relocate Tamrac’s assets and expand its Ogden, Utah facilities.

Questions regarding the acquisition can be directed to

About Gura Gear

Gura Gear began in 2008 as an idea on the back of a napkin by a team of passionate photographers looking for the perfect photography bag. Today, Gura Gear has expanded to a full line of carrying solutions built to the highest standards utilizing only the best materials and workmanship. Gura Gear focuses on creating innovative products for discerning creative professional and enthusiast photographers who love to explore the world.

About Tamrac

Since 1977, Tamrac has offered a diverse product line to meet a wide range of travel and photographic requirements. From the first bag a beginning enthusiast will purchase to a bag suitable for the professional, Tamrac is committed to continuing to offer innovative products that are easy-to-use and understand.

Kickstarter: Peak Design Announces Slide Sling Strap, Clutch Hand Strap and More

Our good friends over at Peak Design has just announced their 4th Kickstarter project. Behold:

Introducing ‪‎Slide‬: a pro camera strap that is versatile, quick-connecting, comfortable and gorgeous. And ‪‎Clutch‬: the world's first quick-connecting, quick-adjusting hand strap. Not to mention ‪Anchor Links‬, a quick-connection system that can be used with any standard neck strap and Pro Plate, a 4-way ARCA compatible, but also have adapters that allow it to fit in most Manfrotto RC-2 tripod heads. It features a new low profile design, and 4 strap loops that are specially positioned for our Anchor Link connectors..

Continue reading for more information about the Slide, Clutch, Anchor Links and even a Pro Plate!

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What is Slide?
Slide is a camera strap, but one that's different from every other camera strap out there. Slide is more than just a neck strap, sling strap or shoulder strap. Slide is a new kind of camera strap that incorporates everything we love about existing straps, as well as feedback from thousands of photographers worldwide. In a nutshell, we think Slide is the most thoughtfully designed camera strap ever created.

Slide is:
  • Wearable as a sling strap, shoulder strap or neck strap.
  • Quick connecting with one hand, using our patent-pending Anchor Link™ connection system.
  • Smooth on one side and grippy on the other, and instantly reversible depending on your preference.
  • Comfortable even with the heaviest of pro cameras.
  • Made of tubular seatbelt-style webbing with padding on the inside for less bulk and a clean, classic look.
  • Compatible with ARCA-type tripod heads, so you can place your camera in the tripod without unscrewing anything.
  • Quickly customizable and adjustable. It can attach to multiple places on your camera and quickly cinch to fit your body type or activity.

What is Clutch?
Clutch™ is the only quick-connecting, quick-adjusting camera hand strap ever made. Clutch gives you security when you need it, but also allows instant access to your camera's controls. With materials and hardware inspired by high end climbing gear, Clutch's simple, rugged design can only be described as "dead sexy."

Clutch is:
  • Quick connecting with one hand, so you can add or remove it as needed.
  • Quick adjusting, so you can tighten it when you need extra security and loosen it when you need to access your camera's controls.
  • Low profile and unobtrusive compared to other camera hand straps on the market.
  • Made from premium materials and custom hardware inspired by high-end climbing gear.

What is Anchor Links?
Got a camera neck strap that you absolutely love? Anchor Links will make it even better. Anchor Links are quick connectors that can be placed on the ends of any standard camera neck strap, giving it super-fast, uber secure quick-connection capability.

Anchor Links are:
  • Super strong. Each Vectran®-corded Anchor can hold over 200 lbs.
  • Low-profile, lightweight and unobtrusive. Plus, the Delrin® Anchor disks will never scratch your camera body.
  • Adaptable to any standard camera strap, from your brand new OEM strap to your Dad's vintage leather strap he used in college. Works with straps up to 12mm wide, which is a nearly-universal pro camera strap standard.
  • The same connection system used on all Peak Design straps.

CapturePRO will soon boast a new quick-release plate, one that we call the Pro Plate. The Pro Plate will be 4-way ARCA compatible, but also have adapters that allow it to fit in most Manfrotto RC-2 tripod heads. It features a new low profile design, and 4 strap loops that are specially positioned for our Anchor Link connectors. If you choose a reward that includes CapturePRO, you'll get this brand new version! (Kickstarter only)

Deal: Popular Photography Magazine 1-Year Subscription (12 issues) for $5

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Note you can purchase up to three years at this per/year rate.

Review: Custom SLR Hand Strap

Overview : Give your neck and shoulders a much-needed break with the new Custom SLR Hand Strap. Now you can comfortably carry your camera in your palm, giving you extra flexibility and added security. Plus, your finger will always be close to the shutter button for fast access and instant engagement, so you’ll never miss a shot. Perfect for the photographer on the move, the Hand Strap won’t get in the way of your shots and won’t get tangled or caught on anything.

Features :
  • Compatible with Custom SLR C-Loop Strap Mounts
  • Ergonomic fit and design
  • Silicone prints on the back for better grip
  • Made from a comfortable neoprene material
  • Works with most SLR cameras with hand strap mount or battery grip

Quality/Usability : One of the things people have been asking for was a hand strap. Custom SLR has listened to its customers and released their own hand strap. Not everyone uses or likes using a sling strap so a hand strap is a great way to carry your camera without too much bulk.

The Custom SLR Hand Strap was first originally offered as a reward to those who pledged towards their Air Strap sling strap. Now, they're offering it separately at a reasonable price.

The hand strap comes with just that...the hand strap. It's made from neoprene so it'll be lightweight as well as flexibility and provide comfort.

The back side of the hand strap will have silicone printed Custom SLR logo for better grip.

Installation is fairly simple and straight forward. There are a few videos below to show you how to install it onto your camera. During my review, the strap has not loosened or softened like the Herringbone Heritage. I didn't have to retighten the strap.

The image on the top left shows without the grip. The image on the top right shows with the grip. In both images, I can easily slide my hands into the grip without needing to adjust the strap. The bottom image shows the Custom SLR Hand Strap covering my hands.

If the bottom of your camera and/or grip does not have a spot to install a strap, you'll need a quick release plate that does such as the Custom SLR M-Plate Pro + Hand Strap Attachment. The Custom SLR M-Plate Pro + Hand Strap Attachment also allows for easy transition to a tripod (Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss compatible) without having to remove the Hand Strap.

Below are videos on how to install the hand strap:

Conclusion : Overall, the Custom SLR Hand Strap is lightweight, flexible and most importantly comfortable. It's soooo comfortable that it is replacing my Herringbone Heritage hand strap. It has always been on my camera but sometimes, it would start to loosen a little bit and I would have to re-tighten. With the Custom SLR Hand Strap, I didn't have that problem. It also doesn't take up as much space even though it's slightly bigger in width. The price is very very affordable.

Manufacturer: Custom SLR
Site: Buy from Custom SLR / Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo

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