Les Rencontres d’Arles 2018. Robert Frank

Robert Frank, one of the best photojournalists of all times, is exposing in Arles until September 23rd

 

Frank was bormber 23rd.n in Switzerland. His mother was named Rosa Franks and his father was named Hermann Frank. Robert Frank states in Gerald Fox’s 2005 documentary Leaving Home, Coming Home that his mother, Rosa (other sources state her name as Regina), had a Swiss passport, while his father, Hermann originating from Frankfurt, Germany had become stateless after losing his German citizenship as a Jew. They had to apply for the Swiss citizenship of Robert and his older brother, Manfred. Though Frank and his family remained safe in Switzerland during World War II, the threat of Nazism nonetheless affected his understanding of oppression. He turned to photography, in part as a means to escape the confines of his business-oriented family and home, and trained under a few photographers and graphic designers before he created his first hand-made book of photographs, 40 Fotos, in 1946. Frank emigrated to the United States in 1947, and secured a job in New York City as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar. He soon left to travel in South America and Europe. He created another hand-made book of photographs that he shot in Peru, and returned to the U.S. in 1950. That year was momentous for Frank, who, after meeting Edward Steichen, participated in the group show 51 American Photographers at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); he also married fellow artist Mary Frank née Mary Lockspeiser, with whom he had two children, Andrea and Pablo.[2]

Though he was initially optimistic about the United States’ society and culture, Frank’s perspective quickly changed as he confronted the fast pace of American life and what he saw as an overemphasis on money. He now saw America as an often bleak and lonely place, a perspective that became evident in his later photography. Frank’s own dissatisfaction with the control that editors exercised over his work also undoubtedly colored his experience. He continued to travel, moving his family briefly to Paris. In 1953, he returned to New York and continued to work as a freelance photojournalist for magazines including McCall’s, Vogue, and Fortune. Associating with other contemporary photographers such as Saul Leiter and Diane Arbus, he helped form what Jane Livingston has termed The New York School of photographers (not to be confused with the New York School of art) during the 1940s and 1950s.

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New Aurora HDR 2018 update.

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With this panel Joel unlocks his advanced B&W editing techniques to a larger audience without the need to acquire the technical knowledge and years of experience, necessary to create high impact B&W photographs.

New Features

 

NEW LOAD AND OPTIMIZE MASK TO PREVENT AND ELIMINATE FRINGING

If you also struggle with halos and fringes around edges when masking objects – buildings specifically – even when you thought you just created the perfect mask and especially when pushing the contrast more than normal then v1.2 will give you a smart solution through 3 new ‘Load and optimize mask’ presets.
This new feature will eliminate annoying fringes/halos substantially, or, depending on the quality of your mask, completely. This takes place by applying an optimization automatically when loading a mask via the ‘load and optimize mask’ preset in the panel. And no pixels on the edges will be deleted, blurred, cloned, smudged or manipulated otherwise, as the optimization takes place before using the mask in an adjustment or a background replacement for example.
Have a look at the comparison photo above and the video with the optimization feature. Getting rid of halos around the edges of a building with the push of a button is actually easy, but the panel can do the same with the fringing on the intricate and very small cables on a panorama shot of the Brooklyn Bridge (see photo) and just as easy with leaves and branches of trees. But that’s just a small part of the new features I’m introducing.

OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES
Elementary tasks, such as accurate and subtle darkening of local areas, are enabled by quick, free-form selections with a lasso tool, and then clicking a single preset that triggers a sequence of sometimes more than 100 custom-built steps. Local adjustments have never been faster and more intuitive than this.

Add to that features such as Local Micro Zone adjustments to easily isolate and adjust tonal details, also with fast carefree selections, B&W fine-art conversion presets, smart Mask Optimization to prevent fringing (v1.2) or adding subtle split tones using a unique method, and this panel becomes a must-have for the B&W artist who prefers creativity to complicated technical features.

UPDATED FEATURE: 16 NEW LUMINOSITY MASKS WITH HALF VALUES ADDED TO TOTAL 35 LUMINOSITY MASKS

Besides the already existing option to create 8 light, 8 dark and 3 mid-tone luminosity maks. It is now also possible to create 16 half luminosity masks for more tonal control.

UPDATED FEATURE: 2 NEW FINE ART PRESETS TO TOTAL 10 BLACK AND WHITE CONVERSIONS

The following presets are custom built presets, each one of them consisting of a sequence of various custom built and accurate adjustments I apply also in my own black and white workflow.

Fine art subtle | Fine art dramatic | Architecture subtle | Architecture dramatic | Neutral conversion | Low-key conversion | High-key conversion | High Contrast conversion | SE 1 | SE 2

A Free version of the panel is also available from the BW Vision website. It has fewer functionalities than the Pro version, but it will let you discover the power of this really good tool.

Final Thoughts

Again a really good Black & White conversion panel. For thise of you that have experience in using  film enlargers, it will remind you how to create perfect dodging and burning.  For a $35.00 | €28.45 list price, it really is a best buy.

 

New Aurora HDR 2018 update.

New Update to Aurora HDR 2018 Brings New Tools, Improved Performance, and Loupedeck+ Integration

Aurora HDR 2018 is now up to 2x and 4x faster on MacOS and Windows computers, respectively, and is now compatible with the brand-new Loupedeck+ photo editing console.

Skylum Software today released the latest update to its award-winning photo editing software, Aurora HDR, bringing improved performance, new features, and updated tools to both MacOS and Windows versions. Aurora HDR is now faster across the board with a massive boost in performance on both Windows and MacOS computers. Specifically, performance on MacOS computers is up 180% when working with bracketed shots and 175% when working with single images. On Windows computers, Aurora HDR is now 500% faster when working with bracketed shots and 400% for single images. Aurora HDR also makes better use of memory, with more intelligent management and improved stability.

“The team at Skylum has worked incredibly hard behind the scenes to bring massive speed and performance improvements to the Aurora HDR 2018 update for both MacOS and Windows computers. Combined with the support for recently-launched Loupedeck+, photographers who use Skylum’s products will be able to edit photos more efficiently than ever before. The faster photographers can import, process, and edit their photographs, the more time they can spend in the field or studio capturing shots,” said Dmitry Sytnik, Co-founder and CTO at Skylum.

Windows users, in particular, receive a new batch processing tool, bringing it more in line with its MacOS counterpart. Windows users get a refreshed interface, the ability to rename layers, histogram functionality in the tone curve filter, improved dodge and burn stability, and a flip/rotate tool. 

On the flipside, Mac users receive improved plugin stability, increased export speeds, and improved memory management when batch processing images.Aurora HDR 2018 has also added support for more than a dozen new cameras. The full list includes: 

  • Sony A7 III
  • Canon EOS 3000D / Rebel T100 / 4000D
  • FujiFilm X-H1
  • FujiFilm X-A20
  • FujiFilm X-A5
  • FujiFilm X-E3
  • Olympus E-PL9
  • Panasonic DC-GF10 / Panasonic DC-GF90
  • Panasonic DC-GX9 / DC-GX7MK3
  • Panasonic DC-TZ200 / DC-ZS200 / DC-TZ202 / DC-TZ220 / DC-ZS220 / DC-TX2
  • PhaseOne IQ3 100MP Trichromatic.

Skylum also announces a partnership with Loupedeck to bring support for the brand-new Loupedeck+ photo editing console. Now, users can quickly process photos in Aurora HDR using physical dials, knobs and keys. “With similar goals to make the photo editing process more creative, intuitive and efficient, Loupedeck is thrilled to partner with Skylum on our journey to launch the Loupedeck+ editing console,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “We’re confident the support of Skylum’s editing products will further enable today’s photographers to enjoy enhanced editing experiences and we look forward to continued delivery on this mission moving forward together.” The updated Loupedeck+ console features improved build quality, updated mechanical keys for a more precise feel, two customizable dials, and an all new “Custom Mode” that allows users full control of all dials. 

“Skylum and Loupedeck share the same vision,” said Skylum CEO Alex Tsepko. “We want to help photographers create great photos, differently. When I discovered that the new version of Loupedeck keyboard is coming out, I knew Skylum software should be the first to support it. This is the kind of innovation modern photographers really need.” 

Loupedeck is the only photo editing console custom-built to improve the Adobe Lightroom and Skylum Aurora HDR experience, with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative. It allows both professional and amateur photographers to improve the ergonomics of editing, comfortably increasing output. Loupedeck’s hands-on and highly intuitive console minimizes the use the mouse and keyboard, and it works seamlessly with Apple and PC operating systems.

Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Loupedeck was founded in 2016 with a highly successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that exceeded its original target by 488 percent. For more information, visit www.loupedeck.com.

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