September 2016

Adobe makes selling stock simpler with contributor site and Lightroom plugin

As the economics of selling stock continue to deteriorate, the time required to process, keyword, and submit images can easily cost you more than you’ll earn in royalties. Adobe has made itself a major player in selling stock images and videos since its acquisition of Fotolia, but now it has finally provided some love for photographers who are looking to license their images. It’s new contributor website allows you to easily upload suitable images, will suggest keywords for you, and let you submit them with a few clicks. Better yet, for Lightroom users, there is now an integrated Adobe Stock Publishing Service. The process isn’t perfect, but we’ll take you through how it works in case you want to give it a try:

Speed up Lightroom by using Smart Previews

Unless you have a monster computer, editing high-resolution images (or photos with lots of edits) can be slow and tiresome, whatever tool you are using. Fortunately, Adobe has just provided a simple fix for Lightroom users – editing the Smart Preview of an image instead of the full-resolution version. This was already what happened in Lightroom Mobile, or when you didn’t have the original image, but now you can easily enable the feature for all of your editing.

Nikon announces impressive Nikon KeyMission Action Camera lineup

KeyMissionAfter teasing us at CES with impressive 360-degree 4K video from its action camera prototypes, Nikon has finally announced the details of the three models in its KeyMission family of action cameras. Unlike Nikon’s under-performing entries in the mirrorless market, that never took off, the KeyMission cameras are designed to deliver state-of-the-art performance at very reasonable prices – pitting them squarely against the slow-to-ship Samsung Gear 360 and the incumbent line of GoPros, now updated with the new Hero 5.

Canon EOS M5: Finally, Canon gets serious about mirrorless

Canon EOS M5 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)Both Nikon and Canon have been late to the game, and half-hearted, in their attempts to enter the mirrorless market – content up until now to protect their DSLR offerings. However, the writing is on the wall, and with the advent of phase-detect pixels and high-resolution EVFs, mirrorless is poised to take over even more of the traditional DSLR market. With the Canon seems to have finally decided to produce a state-of-the-art mirrorless offering, able to go head to head with its own DSLRs. A 24MP APS-C model, capable of 9 fps, and sporting a 2.36MP EVF and dual pixel AF, it will be worth considering for anyone not completely addicted to an optical viewfinder.

Shutterstock integrates with Adobe Photoshop, ala Adobe Stock's offering

Shutterstock Launches Adobe Photoshop(R) Plugin: Simple Installation Enables Access to Largest Collection of Stock ImagesNot to be outdone by Adobe’s increasingly seamless integration of Adobe’s Stock offering into Photoshop, Shutterstock has released its own version, which is free and available for . For more information, we’ve put the full announcement with feature list below:

Looking for a new computer? Here are some of the best laptops for photo editing

Each year I write up a list of some of my favorite laptop choices for photo editing, which is published on This year’s edition is just out now, so you if you’re looking for a new computer, and want a laptop that you can travel with but is also beefy enough to handle your photo editing needs, . An additional entry is the , a well-designed powerhouse with the latest technology.

Exciting new Super-zoom announced: Tamron 150-600mm G2 lens

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Nikon FWe’ve been blessed with a number of excellent super-zooms at reasonable prices over the last two years. The , the lens, and the first generation of the . We’ve shot with, reviewed, and raved about the value each of them provide – as reasonable alternatives to the massively expensive and the . Now, Tamron has raised the bar, and the price, of its model with a $1400 .  The new version focuses faster, has a zoom lock, and improved optics. I expect to do a full review of one, but in the meantime you can pre-order the for $1399 from B&H, with shipments expected to start before the end of September.