The Best Things Comes In Small Packages?

During the last days almost all the major brands have released new camera models. What they all have in common is that the size of the camera houses are getting significantly smaller.

Sony released the tiny A7 with full frame sensor, and yet changeable lenses. A camera that I think looks really interesting. Review here

Panasonic released their GX7. Once again, a tiny camera with a really impressive specification. In this case a Micro Four Third sensor. Full review here

Also Nikon release a new model of their smallest DSLR, the D5300. Now with WiFi, GPS and enhanced ISO-performance.

They all have one thing in common, the demand for smaller cameras are increasing. Can you imagine watching a photographer in the year of 2020 with a 40 cm lens? Neither can I.

What I think may drive the camera manufacturers might be the increasing quality in our everyday smartphones. For every day they are getting more and more traction, and I guess the smallest pocket cameras have a really tough battle to fight against the phones.

If you haven’t seen any images from the new iPhone 5S, that is one of the opponents of the traditional pocket cameras, I can recommend this good article.

FX Photo Studio for iOS – free for one day

If you like to experience with apps in your iOS device, maybe FX Photo Studio may be something for you? Since it’s free for one day, it may be worth a download, at least for checking it out.

Best wishes for a new week

Link to the app



Adobe Lightroom 5 beta – free to use until June 2013

Adobe has released the beta version of Adobe Lightroom 5, free to use until June 2013.

I’ve just opened the application and the first impressions aren’t so many yet, accept that it’s always so evident that these kind of softwares really tries to “get you” in their own file vaults. But; compared to Aperture you will still be relatively free with Adobe.

Some of the news:

  • Radial filter
  • Fix perspectives and converging verticals
  • Advanced healing brush
  • and supposedly better workflow

I’ll get back with more impressions in a new post.

Link to download Adobe Lightroom Beta

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Saarimner on Facebook

As an experiment I’ve set up a page on Facebook. The page will be a way to be noticed when there are new things published on this blog. It may also be a better way to share thoughts and ideas in a better way?

The link to the new page is

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Adobe releases beta for Photoshop CS6

Two hours ago Adobe released their beta for Photoshop CS6. The beta is free to download at, as long as you have an Adobe id.

This is a screenshot I took earlier this morning of the new workspace.

Screenshot from the new beta

Watch the Russell Brown’s 6 Favorite Features in Photoshop CS6 beta video

From Adobes homepage:

Photoshop CS6 Highlights

Content-Aware Patch — Patch images with greater control using the newest member of the Content-Aware family of technologies. Choose the sample area you want to use to create your patch, and then watch Content-Aware Patch magically blend pixels for a stunning result.

Blazingly fast performance and a modern UI — Experience unprecedented performance with the Mercury Graphics Engine, which gives you near-instant results when you edit with key tools such as Liquify, Puppet Warp, and Crop.* Plus, a refined, fresh, and elegant Photoshop interface features dark background options that make your images pop.

New and re-engineered design tools — Create superior designs fast. Get consistent formatting with type styles, create and apply custom strokes and dashed lines to shapes, quickly search layers, and much more.

The first impressions are really good.

HDR – Ugly or Beautiful?

Recently I’ve read quite a few articles about HDR.

Is HDR a “real technique”? Is it a “true” technique? Should I use HDR on all images or just some type of images? I guess this debate is interesting because the debate is much about new technology. Those in favor of HDR usually says that HDR is the closest thing to reality, and I guess those against arguing in the absolute opposite direction.

Anyway, here’s one of the interesting articles on the subject.

Hope you all have a great Wednesday evening

Image from Pixiq - John Neel

Link to the article ->

5 good Online Photo Enhancement Solutions

I guess I’m a little bit old fashioned, but I’m not so much into using filters on my photos that I’ve taken with my DSLR. But sometimes you might wan’t to create something special or new, but you don’t want to download a new software, go through the hassle of installing and so on. That’s when the new Online Photo Enhancement Solutions come into play.

Yesterday I stumbled over this great collection of Online Photo Enhancement Solutions at PhotoZZ. Link to the article

If you’ll give any of them a go, I would be really interesting in your experience. My own favourite so far is iPiccy

Hope you have a great Sunday!



This technique looks really nice; a still shot with some movement in it. Images like this is called cinemagraphs and can in my opinion, if it’s done properly and made with some thoughts beforehand be really cool.

What’s your opinion? Have you tried this? Is it ruining the beauty of a still shot?

Here’s two examples:


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Photo Tips – High ISO to create a dramatic atmosphere

Here’s a little pic I took a few hours ago just to show a little trick I sometimes use when I want to create a more dramatic atmosphere in my pics.

  • Adjust the ISO-level really high. This will create a more pixel-like effect. In this pic I used 3200 during shady day-light
  • Use the angle of the sun to create the dramatic lighting
  • If you have a less “good” camera it’s sometimes even easier. The new ones are sometimes just to good 🙂

Hope this can help you get more drama in some of your future pics (unless you already used this little trick)

This pic is unedited except for sizing and adding (c)-information. Shot taken in A-mode.

High-ISO picture
(c) Pedro Hansson - Nikon D5000

Natural Lighting Tips from Bob Holmes – Natural Light in Travel Photos

From the Youtube-description:

Who better to get natural lighting tips from than a three-time Travel Photographer of the Year award-winner? We’re at the studio of photographer Bob Holmes for today’s Marc Silber Show – Advancing Your Photography! He shares some techniques you can use to work with natural light and take better photos, no matter where your travels may take you

This is a really good video. If you wan’t to get down to the goody stuff I think you can fast forward a minute or so.

Great photographer! Hope you enjoy it!