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Firmware Friday: Canon Cinema EOS C700, Hasselblad X1D-50c and Pentax K-1 updated

Imaging Resource - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 22:36
This week's Firmware Friday roundup is fairly short and sweet, compared to some of the lengthy lists we've seen lately, but if you're shooting Canon's Cinema EOS C700-series video cameras, the medium-format Hasselbad X1D-50c mirrorless camera or Ricoh's full-frame Pentax K-1 DSLR, it will nevertheless be interesting for you, as all of the above have received updates in the last seven days. Let's get right down to what's new for these products! Canon Cinema EOS C700, C700 PL and C700 GS PL Hitting the list from the top...
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21 spectacular photos from Saturn: A photographic ode to Cassini

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 22:08
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Earlier today, NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its 20-year long mission by plunging into Saturn's atmosphere and incinerating itself. The probe, which arrived at Saturn in 2004, has been one of the most prolific and consistent sources of mind-blowing imagery NASA has ever produced—sending back photograph after photograph of the ringed planet and its moons.

The very thought of humans sending a spacecraft 746 million miles (minimum) away to take pictures of a foreign planet is too incredible to grasp, but the photos Cassini sent back were more incredible still. Over the years, we've featured several of Cassini's highlights on DPReview, but now that the spacecraft has shuffled off this mortal coil in a literal blaze of fire and glory, it's only right we give it a proper photographic goodbye.

And so we present to you 21 of our favorite photos from the Cassini mission—incredible photographs, mosaics, and radar images of moons, rings, methane lakes, and more. There are even a couple of portraits of Earth thrown in there as well.

Farewell Cassini. The photo community is grateful for your 20 years of service.

All photographs courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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Netflix acquires rights to Kodachrome: a movie about the final days of the iconic film

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 20:21
Photo courtesy Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Netflix has acquired the rights to Kodachrome, an upcoming Jason Sudeikis movie about the last days of the Kodachrome film era. The news was first reported by Deadline, who is claiming that Netflix paid $4 million for the rights and plans a widespread theatrical release that could cover theaters in major regions around the world—including the US, UK, Canada, and Japan.

Kodachrome the movie revolves around a father and son on a road trip to get to one of Kodak's photo processing labs before it closes down forever. The screenplay was inspired by a New York Times article about the last lab in the world that was processing the now-iconic film stock; in the movie, the characters are racing against time to try and get four rolls developed before it's too late.

True to the film's theme, Kodachrome was shot on film, not digital, and features the acting talents of Jason Sudeikis, Ed Harris, and Elizabeth Olsen. Here's hoping it comes to a theatre near you... and pays proper tribute to the analog legend.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Video: The pros and cons of natural light vs off-camera flash

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 18:04

Photographer Manny Ortiz took to the woods with his wife and model Diana during golden hour to film a comparison video that many amateur photographers on up will find useful: natural light vs off-camera flash. What are the pros of each setup, why would you choose one over the other, and how can off-camera flash make natural light photos look even better? Manny dives into all of this while performing a live shooting demo.

The video starts with a quick demo where Manny alternates between shooting natural light and off-camera flash to illustrate how each style changes his settings and the final product. Then, once he's finished, he breaks down the pros and cons of each style.

Here are a couple of before and after pictures Manny shared with us from his demonstration, so you can see the difference between his natural light only portraits and the ones augmented by off-camera flash:

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After the demo Manny discusses the reasons he shoots both natural light and off-camera flash, and when he chooses to shoot which style.

Traditionally a flash photographer, shooting natural light only is 'liberating' for Manny. He also appreciates the ability to stay mostly incognito when shooting on-location in a popular area—nobody wants to draw a crowd or unwanted attention during a portrait shoot.

On the other hand, flash photography gives Manny the option to create his own light when mother nature doesn't cooperate or the time of day isn't ideal. And since so many portrait photographers start out shooting natural light, properly using off-camera flash can help you to stand out from the crowd.

To hear more of Manny's thoughts or see him in action, check out the full video above. And if you want to see more of his work, don't forget to follow him on Instagram where he's most active.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Shutter Release: Lightroom Coffee Break, natural versus artificial light, moody landscapes and a pro’s workflow

Imaging Resource - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 18:00
As we head into the weekend, we have four videos to share with you in today's edition of Shutter Release. First up is a new Lightroom Coffee Break video, next is a video about natural light versus off camera flash, then a behind the scenes landscape video before finishing with the latest from photographer Jay P. Morgan. Shutter Release is a regular roundup feature here at Imaging Resource wherein we share interesting photography content from around the web, including articles, tutorials, videos and more. Lightroom Coffee Break:...
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Leak: Profoto is preparing to release its first ever speedlight, the Profoto A1

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 17:12
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It seems Profoto is preparing to announce a new line of products: an A-series of speedlights. The lighting company is known for its powerful, high-end flashes, monolights, and modifiers, but a product page leak shows Profoto is preparing to target a slightly less high-end user with something called the Profoto A1 Air TTL.

The unofficial Profoto A1 speedlight popped up briefly on a French distributor's website complete with a full description and plenty of product shots to prove that this isn't just some silly rumor. While the page has since been taken down, DIY Photography managed to dig up a cached version (here's the Google translated version) so you can read about the product in full glory.

The unique-looking speedlight features a rounded head with a focusable Fresnel lens for a "softer" effect than your typical speedlight. It will boast 76 watts of power, features TTL capability, and supports High Speed Sync at up to 1/2000th of a second. Inside you'll find a lithium ion battery that's good for 360 full power flashes on a charge, and your recycle time is just 1.2 seconds.

The A1 allegedly comes with three magnetic modifiers that attach to the flash head, and an optional light box can be attached in the same way, as well as a few color filters.

All of this is still unconfirmed, of course, but this is as close to a full announcement leak as we're going to get. The official release will allegedly happen on September 18th, but if you're interested in the Profoto A1 Air TTL we suggest you start saving your pennies now... the flash will supposedly cost somewhere in the range of 990 Euro or about $1,190 USD.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Lightest in its class: Tamron announces new 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD full-frame telephoto zoom

Imaging Resource - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 16:15
Earlier this year, Sigma and Sony each announced a 100-400mm lens, with the latter a high-end lens as part of Sony's G Master lineup. Now Tamron is getting in on the 100-400mm race with its new 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) lens, which is actually a bit faster than the newest Sigma at the wider end of the focal length range. While we don't have pricing information for the new Tamron 100-400mm lens, we do know that it'll release by the end of the year, if all goes as planned, and we have a variety of specifications...
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Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 16:03

The legendary Yashica brand may be planning a comeback to the camera market, and people are kind of freaking out. Unfortunately, very little detail is available at this point, but a teaser video and website published by Yashica show a woman using a camera that looks like an old film model, and even taking selfies with it.

There is no way of knowing if this means Yashica will release a film camera or a retro-style digital model, but it would certainly be intriguing to see a digital version of an old Yashica like the Electro 35.

According to Wikipedia, the Yashica brand name disappeared from the camera market in 2003 when Kyocera, which owned the brand, halted production on all Contax, Yashica, and Kyocera-branded cameras. In 2008 the Yashica trademark rights were sold to the Hong Kong-based MF Jebsen Group and in March 2015, 100 Enterprises International Group Co. Ltd. was appointed as Yashica Global Sole Agent.

If you want to keep up with future developments and see the information that has been posted so far, you should have a look at the Yashica website where you can also sign up for email updates. As for the teaser... well, it doesn't give much away:

Kategorien: Fotografie

Sony announces its first camcorders to feature phase-detect autofocus

Imaging Resource - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 16:00
Sony’s newest camcorders are its first to feature phase detection autofocus, and each also boast 1-inch sensors and 4K capture. The XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80 and the Handycam FDR-AX700 are Sony's first camcorders to use a "Fast Hybrid AF" system which they say "ensures highly accurate focusing and tracking." The sensors in all three cameras feature 273 phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 84% of the shooting area, high-density placement of autofocus points and a newly developed AF algorithm. In movie recording...
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Western Digital's new 12TB hard drive offers lots of storage and class-leading reliability

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 15:54

Western Digital is upping the internal storage ante with a new WD Gold drive that measures in at a whopping 12TB. The new WD Gold 12TB is a twelve-terabyte 7200RPM 3.5" SATA 6Gb/s hard drive with the company's 4th-gen HelioSeal, a technology that seals the drive with Helium to improve efficiency and reliability.

Western Digital is marketing the drive at IT managers, enterprises, and similar, but it is suitable for anyone who have a large amount of data to store... hint hint.

This 12TB model is the latest expansion in Western Digital's WD Gold drive lineup, which also offers 8TB and 10TB capacities with 256MB cache, and even lesser capacities (down to 1TB) with 128MB cache. The drive stands out among other 3.5" HDDs, according to Western Digital, because of its 550TB/year workload rating. Other features include enhanced RAFF tech to protect against vibrations, time-limited error recovery, real time fly height adjustment, and compatibility with all major desktop operating systems.

In other words: lots of storage meets class-leading reliability.

The WD Gold 12TB hard drive is available now from Western Digital for $522 USD.

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Godox announces affordable XPRO-C wireless flash trigger for Canon users

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 15:28
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Godox has unveiled the new XPRO-C, an affordable wireless flash trigger compatible with all of the company's X1-series 2.4GH lamps and flashes, and built specifically for Canon cameras. The new trigger seems to be competing with both Canon and Nissin, whose Air 10s trigger features some similar features at a steeper price.

The XPRO-C supports manual, high-speed sync, and TTL control alongside TTL-Convert-Manual (TCM) functionality. The TCM function enables users to meter flashes in TTL and then switch to manual mode; the settings are auto-adjusted to maintain an equivalent output.

User control is simplified via a large dot matrix LCD able to display five groups alongside five physical group buttons. Selecting a specific group pulls up additional information on the LCD, according to Godox, and there's support for multiple custom functions. High-speed sync ranges up to 1/8000, manual flash power from 1/1 - 1/256, and there's support for X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 groups.

The XPRO-C (also called Flashpoint R2 Pro in the US) has a retail price of $80 and is already available for pre-order online.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Tamron developing lightweight, compact 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 lens

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 15:09

Third-party lens maker Tamron has officially announced that it is working on a new tele-zoom lens for full-frame cameras: the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035).

Thanks to the use of magnesium in key areas of the barrel, Tamron claims the lens is both durable and, weighing in at just 1.12kg, the lightest in its class. The optical design incorporates three low dispersion elements to control chromatic aberration and Tamron's eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) coating to minimize reflections and flare.

Tamron also included a high-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system, which works in conjunction with Tamron's Ultrasonic Silent Drive focusing motor to deliver AF speed and precision.

The lens will be compatible with Tamron's 1.4X teleconverter and the Tamron TAP-in Console that lets you fine-tune and adjust focus and stabilization, among other parameters. An Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount will be available as an optional accessory.

If everything goes to plan, the 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD will be available by the end of 2017 in Canon and Nikon mount versions.

Press Release

Tamron announces the development of a new ultra-telephoto
zoom lens with superior image quality, advanced features
and lightweight, compact design 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035)

September 15, 2017 – Commack, New York – Tamron USA, Inc. announces the development of a new ultra-telephoto 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD zoom lens (Model A035) for full-frame DSLR cameras. The advanced optical design of Model A035 includes 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements for greater aberration reduction and Tamron's original eBAND Coating for superior anti-reflection performance.

At 39.3 oz., the new lens is the lightest weight in its class[1] and features magnesium material in key areas of the lens barrel to improve weight reduction, strength and portability.

The Model A035 delivers fast and precise autofocus performance and consistently powerful VC (Vibration Compensation) benefits thanks to the high-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system that is found in the latest Tamron lens models.

Model A035 is fully compatible with Tamron's 1.4X teleconverter and the Tamron TAP-in ConsoleTM that enables lens customizations for focus adjustments, VC mechanism adjustments and more. Additionally, an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount is available as an optional accessory.

This combination of features and optional accessories join to create a lens that photographers everywhere will enjoy using in various shooting situations, including low-light conditions that require handheld operation as well as those where convenient attachment to a tripod is preferred.

[1] Among 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 lenses for 35mm full-frame DSLR cameras (As of September 15, 2017; Tamron)

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  1. 3 LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements effectively compensate for axial chromatic aberrations, a potential issue for ultra-telephoto lenses, and other various aberrations.
  2. eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, with superior anti-reflection performance to eliminate flare and ghosting, provides flawless, crystal clear images.
  3. High-speed Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system delivers quick and highly responsive autofocus performance and outstanding vibration compensation.
  4. Lightest weight (39.3 oz.) lens in the ultra-telephoto zoom lens category.
  5. Optional accessory tripod mount is Arca Swiss-compatible.
  6. MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 59" and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6
  7. Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating for weather protection
  8. Fully compatible with 1.4X teleconverter and TAP-in ConsoleTM
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Updated: Nikon D850 sample gallery

Digital Photography Review - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 14:00

Nikon's latest DSLR, the D850, offers up 45.7MP of resolution that you can capture at a rate of seven frames per second (nine with the optional battery grip). Topped off with the autofocus system from the flagship D5, it's clear that the D850 is designed to be a highly versatile tool.

On a recent Nikon press trip to Bend, Oregon with our tester D850, we had a chance to stretch our legs a bit with some landscape shooting, fashion portraiture, peak action and more. Take a look at our latest samples and see for yourself just what Nikon's latest is capable of.

See our updated Nikon D850
sample gallery

Kategorien: Fotografie

Wild Wild West: Real-world gallery images from the super-versatile new Nikon D850

Imaging Resource - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 12:58
Click here to browse our Nikon D850 Gallery This past week, myself, along with a group of other photo press members, were invited by Nikon to come out to Bend, Oregon for a whirlwind testing session with the new Nikon D850. While out here in Oregon, I had the opportunity to put the D850 through its paces with a variety of subject matter, including landscapes and portraiture -- key areas of expertise for the D810 predecessor -- as well as fast-paced and challenging subjects like motocross and whitewater kayaking. I also threw in...
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WhiteWall Direct Print on Wood Review: A natural-looking print with its very own personality

Imaging Resource - Fr, 15/09/2017 - 12:00
You may recall last month when we shared news about WhiteWall's new direct print on wood product. The folks at White Wall were kind enough to provide me a code to order my own 20 x 15 inch wooden print. Let's take a closer look at the new product and how my own print turned out. The ordering process is a breeze. You need to prepare your file in the AdobeRGB or sRGB color space (it will be changed to sRGB for printing), but you need to ensure that the file has the color space embedded. You should also set it to a resolution of 300...
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Photo of GoPro Hero6 leaked, will be able to shoot 4K at 60 fps

Digital Photography Review - Do, 14/09/2017 - 20:27

We've already knew the GoPro Hero6 was on the way thanks to company CEO Nick Woodman, who revealed the camera's existence back in February. But a newly leaked photo of the Hero6 reveals one very exciting feature we didn't know about: the little camera will allegedly be able to shoot 4K at 60fps.

The leaked photo was sent to Photo Rumors by a reader of theirs, and as with any unofficial leak, it's worth taking the image with a grain of salt. But if it is legitimate, this is what the GoPro Hero6 will look like in its final packaging:

If the packaging is legitimate, we can see that the Hero6 is waterproof to 10m, takes 12MP photographs, and can shoot video at 4K and 60fps. The current Hero5 maxes out at 4K 30fps, which puts it at a disadvantage when you compare it to cheaper action cameras like the Yi 4K, which shoots 4K 60fps and costs just $340.

The Hero6 will very likely cost more than this—even the Hero5 still goes for $400—but with more accessories to choose from and a brand name people recognize, it might just convince some Yi fans to return to the mothership.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Project Management for Humans

A List Apart - Do, 14/09/2017 - 19:40

A note from the editors: We’re pleased to share an excerpt from Chapter 6 of Brett Harned's new book, Project Management for Humans, available now from Rosenfeld Media.

I loved the game Tetris as a kid. I played the Game Boy version for hours. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the concept of little shapes coming together in a logical way to clear a goal. The pieces complement one another, yet they all naturally work in different ways. The game has stuck with me since I was a kid (and, no, I’m not a gamer). I now have it on my phone and iPad and find myself playing it when I’m on a flight or bored, waiting for something to happen (which is never these days). Whether I’m playing the game a lot or not, the idea of making tiny boxes fit in neatly and clearing out rows of work is ingrained in my brain. It’s the project manager in me.

But here’s the thing: What project managers do on a daily basis when it comes to managing resources or staffing is similar to Tetris, and it’s a big project management challenge that we all face. The biggest difference between resourcing and Tetris? The team members we’re trying to assign tasks to aren’t blocks. They’re human beings, and they need to be treated as such.

Your Team Are People, Too!

Let’s move away from calling people “resources,” please. We’re really just staffing projects or assigning tasks. We’re not using people to just get things done. We’re asking them to solve challenges that are presented in our projects.

Set the Stage for Organized Resource Planning

The challenge of managing a team is making sure that they stay busy and working on tasks, yet are not completely overbooked. It’s a difficult balance to find, particularly when your projects require a variety of skills at different times, which seem to change all too often.

At the most basic level, you want to set up a system for tracking your projects and your team members’ time on those projects (see Figure 6.1). A simple goal is to ensure that you can confidently commit to deadlines on projects with the knowledge that your team is actually available to do the related work. It seems like a simple goal, but it’s often a difficult one to keep up with due to changes on projects, changes in personal schedules (hey, life happens), and an influx of new work and requests. But it’s not an insurmountable challenge. In fact, a simple spreadsheet could help you, particularly if you’re managing a smaller team. At the core, you want to track these items:

  • Projects (List them all, even the non-billable ones, or the other things that aren’t projects but end up taking a lot of time—like business development.)
  • People (List every person you work with.)
  • Estimated time (Track hours, days, weeks, etc. Make your best guess—based on your timeline or calendar—on how much each person will spend on a project or a task.)
Figure 6.1: Use a Google Spreadsheet, Numbers, or Excel to input your project and team data.

A couple of notes on how to use a spreadsheet to forecast team availability:

  • This should be set up on a week-by-week basis to minimize confusion (use tabs in your spreadsheet for each new week).
  • Always consider the “nonbillable” things that people must do (like stand-up meetings, internal tasks, sales, etc.).
  • The final cell contains a formula that tallies the hours for you; if the hours go over your typical limit (think of a 40-hour work week), it will turn red to notify you. You’ll want to have a good idea for just how “utilized” someone should be (32 hours/week is usually a good target).
  • You can input the actual hours logged in your time tracking system if you’d like. It could help with future estimating. (If you’re not tracking time, check in with your team on time percentages to get a gut check.)
  • Check your estimates with your team to make sure that the hours actually align with their assessment of the task (This might help with avoiding that red number!)
  • Communicate these hours to the entire team each week. Making sure that everyone “is in the know” will help on any project. Discussing it with individuals will help you understand effort, blockers, and possibly even different ways of working.
Tools

The landscape for project management tools is changing constantly. There are a number of tools in the marketplace for helping you manage and communicate this data. If you’ve working with a team of 10 or more, you might want to abandon the spreadsheet approach for something more official, organized and supported. Bonus: Many of these tools handle more than just resourcing!

Here’s the thing—it’s not just about numbers. The issue that makes estimating a team’s project hours difficult is that everyone works differently. There is no way to standardize the human factor here, and that’s what makes it tough. Forget the fact that no one on your team is a robot, and they all work at their own pace. Think about sick days, vacations, client delays, changes on projects, and so on. It’s a never-ending flow of shapes that must fit into the box that is a project. Be sure to have an ongoing dialogue about your staffing plans and challenges.

Match Resource Skills to Projects

Projects only slow down when decisions are not made. In that magical moment when things are actually going well, you want to make sure that your team can continue the pace. The only way to do that is by connecting with your team and understanding what motivates them. Here are some things to consider:

  • Interests: If you have a team member who loves beer, why not put that person on the beer design site? Maybe you have multiple people who want to be on the project, but they are all busy on other projects. These are the breaks. You’ve got to do what is right for the company and your budget. If you can put interests first, it’s awesome. It won’t always work out that way for everyone, but it’s a good first step to try.
  • Skill sets: It’s as simple as getting to know each and every team member’s work. Some people are meant to create specific types of designs or experiences. It not only has to do with interests, but it also has to do with strengths within those tasks. Sure, I may love beer, but that doesn’t mean that I am meant to design the site that caters to the audience the client is trying to reach.
  • Moving schedules: Projects will always change. One week you know you’re working against a firm deadline, and the next week that has changed due to the clients, the needs of the project, or some other reason someone conjured up. It’s tough to know when that change will happen, but when it does, how you’ll fill someone’s time with other work should be high on your mind.
  • Holidays: People always extend them. Plan for that!
  • Vacations: It’s great to know about these in advance. Be sure you know your company’s policies around vacations. You never ever want to be the PM who says “Well, you have a deadline on X date and that will conflict with your very expensive/exciting trip, so, um … no.” Ask people to request trips at least a month in advance so that you can plan ahead and make it work.
  • Illness: We’re all humans and that means we’re fine one day and bedridden the next. You’ve always got to be ready for a back-up plan. It shouldn’t fall on your client stakeholders to make up time, but sometimes it has to. Or sometimes you need to look for someone to pitch in on intermediate tasks to keep things of track while your “rock star” or “ninja” is getting better.
Align Plans with Staffing

When you’re working hard to keep up with staffing plans, you’ve got to have updated project plans. A small change in a plan could cause a change in staffing—even by a few hours—and throw everything else off.

Save Yourself and Your Team from Burnout

If you’re busy and not slowing down any time soon, you want to keep this spreadsheet (or tool) updated often. If you’re working at an agency, knowing what’s in your pipeline can also help you. Stay aligned with the person in charge of sales or assigning new projects so that you can anticipate upcoming needs and timelines. In some cases, you may even want to put some basic data in your spreadsheet or tool so that you can anticipate needs.

Good Resourcing Can Justify More Help

The value of tracking this data goes beyond your projects. It can help business owners make important decisions on growing a company.

No matter what you do, be sure to communicate about staffing as much as possible. If you’re in an organization that is constantly handling change, you’ll know that it’s a tough target to hit. In fact, your numbers will often be slightly off, but you’ll find comfort in knowing that you’re doing everything you can to stay ahead of the resource crunch. At the same time, your team will appreciate that you’re doing everything you can to protect their work-life balance.

Stakeholders Are Resources, Too

When you’re working on a team with a project, you have to consider the stakeholders as decision makers, too. Let’s face it—no one has ever been trained to be a good client, stakeholder, or project sponsor. In addition to that, they are likely to be working on several projects with several people at one time. Life as a client can be hectic! So do everything you can to help them plan their time appropriately. In general, you should let the stakeholders know they’ll have to plan for these things:

  • Meetings: You’ll conduct a kickoff meeting, weekly status updates, deliverable reviews, etc.
  • Scheduling: You’ll need stakeholders to wrangle calendars to get folks into said meetings.
  • Gathering feedback: This sounds easy, but it is not. You will need this person to spend time with all of the stakeholders to get their feedback and collate it for you to make sure there are no conflicting opinions.
  • Chasing down decisions: There are points on every project where one person will need to make sure there is agreement and decisions can be made to keep the project moving.
  • Daily ad hoc email, phone calls: Questions and requests will pop up, and you’ll need timely responses.
  • Operations: You might need invoices to be reviewed and approved or change requests to be reviewed and discussed. The stakeholders will need to make time to operate the project from their side of things.

This is a lot of work. And just like PM work, it is very hard to quantify or plan. If you’re in good hands, you’re working with someone who has good PM skills. If not, give them the list above along with a copy of this book. But seriously, if you can assist them with planning their time, it might be as simple as including action items or to-dos for them in a weekly email or in your status report. Just remember, they are busy and want the project to run smoothly as well. Help them make that happen.

TL; DR

Managing projects is hard enough, but being the person to manage who works on what and when can be even more difficult. However, if you don’t keep track of this basic information, you’ll likely find it hard to meet deadlines and wrap up projects without major issues. Here are some simple things you can do to make sure your that your team stays busy, yet not completely overbooked:

  • Set up a simple spreadsheet to forecast projects and hours per team member.
    • This data should be based on what’s included in your project scopes and timelines—be sure to double-check that.
    • You may want to check out one of the resourcing tools that are out there now.
  • Be sure to account for a number of factors that you can’t necessarily control in this process—for example, interests, skill sets, moving schedules, holidays, vacations, and so on.
  • Account for your sales process if you’re in an agency and stay ahead of new project requests.
  • Remember that you’re dealing with people here.
Want to read more?

This excerpt from Project Management for Humans will help you get started. Order the full copy today, as well as other excellent titles from Rosenfeld Media.

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Shutter Release: Kobra flash modifier, iPhone X video specs, Lightroom secrets, tinting images and more

Imaging Resource - Do, 14/09/2017 - 19:00
It's been a busy week so far here at Imaging Resource, with a lot of news to cover. Let's take some time to share a variety of interesting photography content with you in today's edition of our regular roundup feature, Shutter Release. Today's Shutter Release will focus on tips for photographing reptiles, a new Kickstarter for a flash modifier system, a look at why the new iPhone X has better video shooting specs than many dedicated cameras and a pair of photo editing tutorials. Let's get to it. How to photograph reptiles...
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Kategorien: Fotografie

Nissin announces Super Light Stand LC-50c: The world’s lightest light stand

Digital Photography Review - Do, 14/09/2017 - 17:25

Nissin has released a new light stand that it claims is the lightest in the world. The Super Light Stand LS-50C uses carbon fibre for its central column to keep its total weight down to just 575g/1.2lb. But even at that featherweight, it can still hold 1.5kg/3.3lb and extends to a maximum height of 200cm/79in.

Packed away, it stores at a minimum length of 48.5cm/19in.

As these stands are generally static, the idea of using carbon fibre to make them lightweight is mainly to reduce the weight of the photographer’s kit when traveling, but also to make assistant’s work a little easier—whether carrying to and from a shoot, or holding during one.

The centre column uses a collar-style rotary locking mechanism more often seen on tripods, which the company says makes tightening easier and more effective than standard locking nuts and handles. Nissin has also come up with an interesting design for the leg clamps that allows them to be extended to a flat position on the ground for added stability.

The Nissin LS-50C will go in sale in the next couple of days priced 13,500 yen plus tax (approx. $130). For more information see this translated version of the Nissin product page.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Lastolite unveils two new 'stone effect' panoramic backgrounds for portrait photographers

Digital Photography Review - Do, 14/09/2017 - 17:13

Studio accessories manufacturer Lastolite has introduced a pair of new stone effects to its panoramic background range. Granite and Limestone are the first textured materials to join the range that currently just includes white, black and Chromakey Green plain finishes.

The Lastolite Panoramic Background system consists of a three-part collapsible frame that is self-supporting once erected. Plain or patterned covers stretch over the frame to form a 4x2.3m/13x7.5ft backdrop suitable for shooting groups, and once packed away the kit measures just 100cmx30cmx35cm/39x12x14in.

The new patterns will be available with or without the panoramic frame, and will cost £306 on their own or £600 with the frame (US prices still to be released). For more information see the Manfrotto website.

Press Release

Lastolite by Manfrotto presents new Granite and Limestone panoramic backgrounds to the collection

Lastolite By Manfrotto, the world’s leading manufacturer of backgrounds and lighting control systems has announced the launch of the new Panoramic Background in Granite and Limestone.

The Panoramic Background has quickly become the go to background for busy photographers needing a 4m wide, seamless, crease free, collapsible solution. Built around a three-panel collapsible lightweight aluminium framework, the Panoramic background is completely self-supporting so there is no need for additional stands and crossbars. The Panoramic Background is assembled in a matter of minutes and, once assembled, is simply clipped onto the framework. The stretchable cover fabric ensures a flat, crease free surface at all times. Unlike other large seamless background solutions, the Panoramic collapses down to an impressive 100cm x 30cm x 35cm size, making it very easy to transport. The Panoramic Background is perfect for shooting larger groups, shooting with props or creating the negative space in a photograph that agencies so often request.

The new themed covers now bring textured surfaces to the range and perfectly complement the existing black, white and Chromakey Green solid colour surfaces. There are two new covers available – Granite and Limestone. Granite offers a stone texture effect with a full range of grey tones and a dark vignette around the edges, whilst Limestone is much lighter, offering a subtle range of mid to light greys giving the effect of a Limestone surface.

The Granite and Limestone Panoramic background includes the framework and the cover. For existing Panoramic background users the new covers are also available separately.

Click here to see a video of the new Panoramic Background in action https://vimeo.com/230936776

The Granite and Limestone Panoramic Background has an RRP of £600.
The Granite and Limestone Panoramic Background covers have an RRP of £306.

For more information, please visit www.manfrotto.co.uk/lastolite

Kategorien: Fotografie