HDR News You Can Use – June 2019

We’ve been working hard on keeping our HDR applications compatible with current OSs and camera files. The result is the v3.5 update to HDR Expose, HDR Express and 32Float which are available now. See below for details.

In this issue of HDR News we highlight a new take on tripods and then we argue against tripods in a great landscape photography tips article.  We take a look at an impressive new 100MP medium format camera and Apple’s new Retina display. And, we try to help you develop some criteria for updating your equipment. Let’s get going!


Download Your HDR Application Update

Your favorite HDR applications have just been updated for increased compatibility with the latest operating systems and camera RAW files.</p>

To update your applications just go to our product page and click on the “Trial/SW Update” button to download your copy. You can install the updates on your system with just a few familiar clicks. This update is available to licensed users of HDR Expose 3.x, HDR Express 3.x and 32 Float v3.

Here’s what’s improved:
– Now supports RAW files from the latest cameras
– Features updated User Interface with native support to Apple Retina Displays
– Now supports Mac OS 10.14 Mojave
– Now supports Windows OS 7/8/10 x64>
– Various bug fixes


The Travel Tripod Reimagined

We take a lot of landscape photos here at Pinnacle. A tripod is an essential piece of equipment that needs to be in our pack to take advantage of the beautiful scenes and light we seek. In low-light and time exposure situations the most important piece of equipment beyond our camera is a tripod. The word “tripod” conjures up different feelings, not the least of which is, “I hate lugging this thing around”. Camera manufacturers are shedding the bulk and weight of their cameras buy going mirrorless but what about the tripod? Well there may be a superior solution to the bulky tripod arriving later this year.

Read about the innovative product HERE.


Unexpected Tips For Better Landscape Photography

No Rule Of Thirds or Leading LIne recommendations are found in this concise set of tips for the landscape photographer. Read this one and you’ll be inspired to break compositional rules, return to your favorite locations frequently and, dare we say, ditch your tripod. (yes, that’s contrary to the previous article but we’re open to different shooting strategies)

Get the tips HERE.


A New Medium Format Camera You May Be Able To Afford

Most of us use a half-frame APS or a full-frame, 35mm format camera for our photography. These cameras make great images and displaying those images on social media and other Internet venues results in work that will do you proud. But, do you get the same feeling of quality when you print those images large?  If you frequent photo galleries or flip though well produced glossy magazines you will come across photographs that just look better, look sharper, look more “open”. It’s a higher level of quality that jumps out at you. Those images are very often the product of a medium format camera. Medium format cameras with their larger image sensors and big pixels really do take you up a full notch in image quality. Fujifilm’s new one hundred megapixel GFX-100 joins it’s relatively affordable GFX-50 in it’s medium format lineup. It’s PhaseOne quality without the $40K price tag. You need to take a look.

Read the preliminary revew HERE.


Apple’s $5000 Retina Display

It’s billed as the ultimate editing display by Apple. It sports “6016×3384 Retina 6K resolution (that) contains over 20 million pixels, providing nearly 40% more screen real estate than a Retina 5K display.” We want it! Or, do we? If we’re using the most brilliant, high definition display available to edit our photos will the 99% of the people who view our work on a less capable display be cheated? Even worse, will we be cheated by thinking that others see what we’re seeing on our screens. At five thousand dollars you need to read about the display and come to your own conclusion.

Get more info on the display HERE.


Knowing When You Need To Upgrade Your Gear

Do you really need that 14-24mm f2.8 super wide angle zoom selling for $1,900 or will the 20mm fixed lens in your bag handle 90% of your super wide angle situations? You can travel a lot for $1900 but, there does come a time when you -do- need to upgrade your gear. This article gives you a nice set of criteria to use as a benchmark when making the decision to go for new gear.

Start thinking about your equipment upgrades HERE.