Author: Dan Carr

HANDS ON: Peak Design’s NEW Capture Clip V3

This new Capture Clip V3 was launched in a 5-day Kickstarter campaign that raised an incredible $1.4million. I’m wasy lucky to have been given the opportunity to to test a pre-production Capture Clip , so I’m bringing you guys a first hands-on look and comparison to the old version. Get a Free Gift From Peak Design Unfortunately, if you didn’t back the Kickstarter campaign then you’ll now have to wait until they hit the Peak Design store to buy them. At the moment, the date for this release is not known, but I have set  up a special “reminder...

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How to Add Sun Rays to a Photo with Luminar

In this video tutorial I’m going to show you how to add sun rays to your photo using Luminar from Skylum Software, and also explain which images work best for this kind of edit. Luminar has rapidly become my go-to Lightroom and Photoshop editing plugin, and with Luminar 2018 they added some cool new features that will help us with this task. Example Image The first image is the RAW file from my Fuji X100. The second image has gone through the process that is demonstrated in the YouTube video above. Click to view them larger. Whilst sunshine can...

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REVIEW: Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L

Not too long ago I reviewed the Everyday Sling 10L from Peak Design, and now they’ve launched a smaller 5L version. This new, smaller version comes in either all black, or the light grey Ash colour of the 10L one that I tested a couple of months ago. At only $100, this Everyday Sling 5L is hitting their lowest price point yet, and I don’t mind saying that they’re onto a winner here, right off the bat. Over the last few years I’ve used and reviewed the entire Everyday lineup from Peak Design, and in the review of the...

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The BEST Way to Move Files Between Lightroom and Luminar

Luminar from Skylum Software is one of my absolute favourite photo editing applications. You can use it as a standalone editor, or you can integrate it into Lightroom in a couple of ways. Most people are aware of the regular way in which you can use Luminar as a Lightroom plugin, but in this video tutorial I’m going to show you a second way that gives you MUCH more control over how your images are opened in Luminar, and how the edits are then organized in Lightroom. If you’re a Lumniar user, it’s a quick one, don’t miss it....

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REVIEW: 3 Legged Thing QR11-LC Universal L Bracket

British tripod company 3 Legged Thing recently launched the QR11-LC universal L bracket and the bright orange colour immediately caught my eye, as well as the staggering low price of just $49. In recent years I have always equipped my cameras with L brackets from Really Right Stuff, but these can cost anywhere from $150 to $250, and they are camera specific which isn’t ideal for the long term. Much as I like the RRS brackets, lately they have made them heavier, bulkier, more complex and more expensive. I was about ready to look at other solutions so the...

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Really Right Stuff TA-3 Series 3 Levelling Head Review

Really Right Stuff make levelling heads for their Series 3, Series 2 and Series 4 tripods and in this review we’ll be taking a look at the Series 3 TA-3 levelling head which sells for between $195 and $310 depending on the handle options and clamp that you specify. The head weighs 12.2 ounces and with the twist of the locking handle you can tilt it up to 15 degrees in any direction. When you set up your tripod, all you have to do is roughly level it with the leg locks, and then use the levelling head, with...

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Photographing Morant’s Curve in Banff National Park

  Morant’s Curve is a bend in the railway that runs between Banff and Lake Louise, right through Banff National Park. The curve happens to have a spectacular mountain backdrop, and it’s easy to photograph it from a pullout on the side of the Bow Valley Parkway. Highway 1A (Bow Valley Parkway section) runs parallel to Highway 1 between Banff and Lake Louise and if I’m headed in either direction I usually take the slower and more scenic parkway because you can often see wildlife such as grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, elk and moose. The curve is a...

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Macphun Changes Its Name to Skylum Software

In the last couple of years, Macphun have emerged as a huge player in the photography software industry, and they seem to be gaining momentum every month. The company started life by creating iOS apps, but then quickly moved into image editing with a number of task-specific plugins for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. In the last couple of years however, the company has switched gears and produced two incredibly powerful programs called Aurora HDR and Luminar which operate as standalone programs, or plugins for other pieces of software. In my opinion, Aurora HDR is the best HDR program out...

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REVIEW: Cecilia Leather Camera Straps

It’s pretty hard to stand out from the crowd in the camera strap market and it seems that every couple of months I get another press release from someone that claims to have the “next big innovation” in this sector. I also get my fair share of requests from people to test their latest straps, and usually it’s pretty hard to get excited about that prospect. Recently I got an email from the folks at Cecilia though, and what struck me right away was the fact that they weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel with some form of clever...

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CanvasPop Print Service Review

Printing images on canvas has become very popular over the last few years and CanvasPop has emerged as one of the more prominent online companies to offer this service. They recently reached out to me and asked if I’d like to test their services, and given that I’d never reviewed a print service before, I thought it would be fun. Up to now I’ve always had my own prints created locally in Vancouver, BC, so I haven’t had a good answer for people when readers have asked for an online printer recommendation. Armed with a credit for about $100...

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