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Deal: Benro Hybrid Carbon Fiber Tripod w/S2H Head

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Benro Hybrid Carbon Fiber Tripod with S2H Pan/Tilt Head for $159.95 with free shipping. It features a 5.5 lb load capacity, maximum height of 59.1", integrated leveling base, split centre column, and reverse folding legs. Deal ends today.

Press Release: TSA Requires You to Take Out Electronics from Your Carry-On Now

If you're traveling through United States airports, it will become more laborious because you will now have to remove any electronics that are larger than a smartphone from your carry-on bag. Previously, if you were carrying a laptop, you would need to put it on a bin and put it through the X-ray machines. You will now have to physically take out cameras, tablets and other larger electronics our of your bag and put it in a bin which will go through the same screening process.

It's bad enough you have to put your shoes and any items in your pockets into a bin, along with your laptop. Now, these electronics will need to be put into bins as well instead of just passing through the machine inside your carry-on bag.

But for those of you who are part of the TSA's Pre✓® (PreCheck) program, you won’t have to remove your electronics & cameras from carry-on.

Currently, only U.S. airports are already implementing these new screening procedures but more will be doing it soon.

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Deal: Steadicam Solo Stabilizer and Monopod

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer and Monopod for $139.95 with free shipping. It converts between a steadicam and telescoping monopod and features a 3-axis gimbal, 10-lb. weight capacity, and standard 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera mounts. Deal ends today.

Deal: Macphun Luminar 72 Hour Flash Sale, Lowest Price Ever

Starting today, for 3 days only until July 27, Macphun is offering Luminar at the lowest price ever! Pricing as low as $39 for current Macphun users (instead of $59), $49 for all new users (instead of $69). The sale price is as follows:

$49 instead of $69 - for all first-time purchasers
$39 instead of $59 - for anyone who currently owns a Macphun product

You can also check out our full review. I also remind you that the free beta version of MacPhun Luminar for Windows is also available here.

Deal: Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack in Black for $79.95 with free shipping. The Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack from Lowepro is a lightweight pack designed for heavyweight outdoor action and manufactured to handle a rugged trail race, mountain bike outing or photo trek up a local peak. Deal ends today.
  • Holds Pro-DSLR with Kit Lens, Flash
  • Also Holds Clothes,Phone,Ski Poles, Food
  • Pack Swings to Front for Access to Gear
  • Reflective Piping for Night Hiking
  • Built-In All-Weather Cover
  • Front, Side, Lid Storage Pockets
  • Dedicated Hydration Pocket With Port
  • Straps / Waist Belt / Airflow Back Pad
  • Multiple Accessory Attachment Points
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Deal: Panasonic Lumix 16MP 4K Camera w/ Lens

Amazon offers the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 16-Megapixel 4K Camera bundled with the Panasonic 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Mega OIS Lens for $297.99 with free shipping. The camera features a 3" touchscreen LCD, 4K video recording, and dual image stabilization.

Note: This item is currently backordered, but can be purchased at this price for delivery when available.

Deal: Axrtec LED On-Camera Light

As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Axrtec LED On-Camera Light for $24.95 with free shipping. It features a 64-watt equivalent output. Deal ends today.

Press Release: Luminar Windows Open Beta: Now Live

Luminar is a powerful all-in-one photo editor with over 300 tools on hand designed to tackle anyone’s photography needs, from correcting challenging image problems to artful stylizing. Users can adapt their workspace to match their image processing experience, and move up to more advanced modes as they learn. Luminar works non-destructively and aims to take the “work” out of a photo editing “workflow” for photographers worldwide.

Don't forget to check out our full review on the Mac version.

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Review: Skylum Luminar Photo Editor Software for Mac

Overview : Meet the world’s first photo editor that adapts to your style & skill level. Luminar is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing easy & enjoyable.

Landscape, portrait, wildlife, macro - you name it. Luminar brings filters, layers, masks, color controls, RAW converter and other features that are ready to give your photos the professional treatment they deserve.

Quality/Usability : Adobe Lightroom and Apple's Aperture are pretty well known within the photography industry as the go-to source for photo editing. Luminar is Macphun’s latest editing platform, and it’s the company’s first try at an all-in-one solution that can go head-to-head with Adobe Lightroom (Amazon / B&H Photo / Adorama) and Apple’s Aperture programs. On November 17, 2016, it was officially released to the public. But how does it hold up to platforms like Lightroom?

Macphun makes software exclusively for Apple Macs, hence the name. Luminar is "the world's first photo editor that adapts to your style and skill level". Adobe caters to a large part of the image-editing market whether you're a photographer, graphic designer or videographer. We all know that Adobe has Creative Cloud that charges on a monthly basis. Just the Creative Cloud Photography Plan that includes Lightroom and Photoshop is $10/month. Luminar, on the other hand, requires a one-time purchase of $69 (7 months worth of Adobe CC). Luminar even allows you to do things that Lightroom alone could not do.

The tool can be run as standalone software, or used as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Aperture. It also works as an extension to significantly extend the editing features of Photos for Mac...adding back in pro level features that former aperture users have been missing.

In order to run the app, you will of course need a Mac. It can run on Core 2 Duo from late 2009 or newer but you’ll get the best results with a newer Mac and newer OS X. It will work on OS X 10.10.5 or newer. A minimum of 4GB of RAM is needed, but the app responds well to more RAM and processor speed.

Luminar does not offer image-cataloging like Lightroom's Library module. The program itself is like Lightroom's Develop module. The entire program is like a single-image editor like Photoshop where it requires a one image at a time workflow. Luminar gives you flexibility in the number and types of edits you can make to your image.

Once you open a photo in Luminar, you'll see along the bottom of the screen is a filmstrip displaying different preset image effects. You can choose different categories using a button at the right hand end, for example 'Basic', 'Street', 'Outdoor', 'Portrait'. A single mouseclick will apply one of these preset effects. This will give you a foundation to start from. Then, over on the right hand side of the screen, you can see the adjustments that have been made in a vertical tools panel. You can tweak the settings as much as you like until you get the look you're looking for.

Editing an image is very simple, just like other photo editing programs that you're use to using. If you want saturation, just slide the slider to bump up the saturation. You can adjust highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, exposure — the usual things you would find.

This is where Luminar starts to show off its ‘adaptive interface’, one of its key features. MacPhun says it can adapt to different users and needs with a mix-and-match approach to its image-editing tools. There are 38 different tools, or ‘filters’. These include special effects like ‘Soft Focus’ and ‘Cross Processing’ alongside regular image-enhancement tools like ‘Curves’ and ‘HSL’.

You can also do side-by-side comparisons. It is a little harder to see but certain images, you can tell right off the bat.

I'm on a 2015 15" Macbook Pro with 16GB of RAM and one thing I did notice is that saving files can take a while especially when you're doing batch processing compared to Lightroom. Even single images can take a little longer.

Luminar offers additional presets that you can download for free or pay for premium presets. To install them, simply download them from the Luminar Presets page. Once they are downloaded, double-click on the preset and it'll install.

Majority of the free or premium presets are just wayyyy out there that I wouldn't be using them at all. It makes the images all too artsy whether it be grunge looking, heavily blurred or overly saturated and contrasty. For the premium presets, Luminar does give you a preview of what some of the presets look like.

Conclusion : Overall, the Macphun Luminar Photo Editor Software for Mac is a nice standalone program for a very reasonable one-time price. There is no monthly or yearly subscription like Adobe Lightroom. Even though this review is based on the Mac version, as of this review, Macphun released a Windows Beta.

With Lightroom, you have to install different presets or make your own where as Luminar is all included. The program gives a huge range of presets to choose from while letting you adjust them to you liking (you can also make your own). Luminar also offers free presets as well as paid premium presets if you're interested in building your preset library.

Manufacturer: Macphun
Site: Buy from Macphun

3 Legged Thing Releases Lightweight Universal L-Bracket

UK tripod manufacturer, 3 Legged Thing has introduced a new, lightweight universal L-Bracket that offers full cable port access for a range of Canon and Nikon cameras. These new L-Brackets has a thread on it so users can attach accessories such as clamps, brackets and mics.

L-Brackets are designed to make switching from landscape orientation to portrait quick and easy when using a tripod. The QR11 is made from magnesium alloy, to be lightweight while still being able to hold your gear and protect the camera. It features a large cut-out area that allows you access to the microphone, headphone and USB/HDMI ports located on the camera’s end panel depending on the brand and model of camera.

There are mounting points for strap lugs and each base rail has a Arca Swiss dovetail. The two plates can be taken apart by using the supplied tool for easy storage and transportation.

Since this is a universal L-Bracket instead of the typical L-Brackets on the market that are camera specific, some cameras are fully compatible (access to all ports and battery door), some is partial where it requires some minor adjustments and there are some where it fits but blocks ports and battery door (see list below).

The 3 Legged Thing QR11-L comes in a choice of Orange (LC) or Gray (LG) colors and will cost £49.99/$49.99 when shipping begins on August 1st.

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Photobucket Revises 3rd Party Hosting and Breaks Image Links Across the Internet

Embedding images on a website or forum is a very common practice especially when you can upload and link to them for free. Photobucket has been around since 2003 with over 100 million users and over 15 billion images. With Photobucket making changes to its subscription tiers, this means billions of images across the web that are linking to Photobucket will no longer load outside of Photobucket's site. It will now load a Photobucket 3rd party hosting broken image as shown above.

For those who want to continue using the 3rd Party Hosting feature then a Photobucket Plus 500 plan is required. It costs $39.99 per month or $399 per year. This is robbery or as some would call, "ransom", "ransomware", "extorsion", "blackmail" or whatever you feel fit.

Granted, the 3rd party hosting may not generate any revenue but do you really have to charge $39.99/month or $399 per year? Why not allow those who pay for plan be able to have 3rd party hosting? You're generating revenue already from those who purchase a plan.

So all images that are hosted on Photobucket whether it be a free account or a lower tier plan, will eventually begin to have the image show up due to removing 3rd Party Hosting feature. Some accounts will be fine until December 31, 2018, depending on their subscription.

What makes matters worse is that Photobucket users were apparently given no warning of the change. The subscription features simply changed, and images stopped loading without explanation. Users are furious and we hope this is a mistake, or that Photobucket's management will realize the scale of the problem that they have caused. But if Photobucket doesn't revise their TOS to be a little more lenient or reasonable, expect a lot of broken link images in the coming months.

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