New Year, New Travel Plans


Travel plans for this year already? Why not.

Getting ready for new adventures? Before you book and check the calendar, I would like to share some of my favorite apps for travel photographers.

Since I love to go to Italy my favorite app is Locomotimes.  That way I can be on time if I have to take a train.
Hotels is a great app in case you need a hotel.

Do you like to read your blogs while you're traveling, the best way is have them organized try Bloglovin.

This year I decided to write more often while I'm traveling, I'm going to use Blogger app.

If you want to plan catch a sunset or sunrise you must use this app TPE (The photographer's Ephemeris) helps you plan outdoor photography shoots in natural light, particularly landscape and urban scenes. It's a map-centric Sun and Moon calculator; see how the light will fall on the land, day or night, for any location on earth. Personally this is my favorite!

Do you know that every country is different tipping? This is the perfect app to not be wrong with tipping. Tipping Tips. Tipping tips is packed with advice for 108 international regions along with a tip calculator and a flashlight for reading the bill in low light. Tipping tips has versions in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese.

Are you going to travel with a group?  Let's split the bill then.  This is the perfect app to calculate the bill for each person including the tip, Tip Calculator.

I hope you have a wonderful time travel for this year.

What are travel plans ?  Leave a comment!


Here are some of my images from my trips of 2013...


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New Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma announced two new lenses at the CES show today: 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM. The 50mm f/1.4 will definitely be very interesting considering the price and performance of the latest Art series lenses from Sigma. The prices of the new lenses are not yet announced. Additional details:


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Press release:

Staple lenses in Sigma lineup redesigned as part of the company’s Global Vision Rework

LAS VEGAS– Jan. 6, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the launch of two new Global Vision lenses from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The improved and redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are the latest additions to Sigma’s Global Vision lineup. Both lenses’ availability and pricing have yet to be announced.

“These two lenses are among our most popular, and we’re pleased to reintroduce these products by adding them to our Global Vision lineup,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 18-200mm, in particular, is an exciting new lens as it now has improved close-up macro functionality, updated optics and a Global Vision design, making it a fantastic alternative to the kit lens. As has been the case with our recent Global Vision lenses, we expect an array of photographers to gravitate to their technically advanced features and slick new look.”

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens, designed specifically for APS-C DSLRs, is the successor to the18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM, which was launched in 2011. The smaller and lighter lens (15.2 ounces and 2.8x3.4 inches versus 17.3 ounces and 3x3.5 inches) now macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of 15.4 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, as opposed to the lens’ earlier minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and max magnification ratio of 1:3.8. Its minimum working distance is 14.7 inches, which makes the lens suitable for close-up shooting with natural light, keeping shadows of the camera and lens out of the image.

The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Macro has also been updated to incorporate Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements that have a high refractive index and can correct chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end. Moreover, aspherical lens elements, including double-sided aspherical lenses, will ensure a compact size and excellent correction of distortion.

The new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art has been reengineered and redesigned to set a new standard of performance in the Art line. A staple focal length, the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art is a pro level performer for full-frame DSLRs great for many different types of photography including portraits, landscapes, studio work and still-life. It has been updated to include SLD glass and optimized for rich peripheral brightness with improved large aperture performance by positioning wide elements into the front groups. Other updates include an optimized autofocus algorithm for smoother focusing and a floating focusing system to reduce lens movement while focusing. Under the Global Vision line, it features a new matte finish, improved AF on/off switch and guarantees every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped. Now with 13 elements in 8 groups compared to the previous 8 elements in 6 groups, it also has improved close focusing at 15.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.6

Both lenses incorporate Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system to produce quiet, high-speed auto focus. In addition, they include Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and to ensure high-quality images throughout the entire zoom range. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are also compatible with Sigma’s USB dockand the company’s Mount Conversion Service.

Other recently announced lenses and accessories such as the  24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | ART andUSB Dock will be on display at Sigma’s CES booth. For information about Sigma, go to Visit Sigma at CES 2014 at booth 10431 in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 7 to 10.


Sony A7r Information


α7 series cameras from Sony are world’s first mirrorless cameras with 35mm full-frame sensor

[i] According to a survey conducted by Sony as of October 2013, for non-reflex interchangeable lens digital cameras equipped with autofocus function.

  • Newly developed Full-frame Exmor™ CMOS sensor with ‘gapless on chip’ lens design offering 36.4 effective megapixels and no optical low-pass filter
  • New BIONZ X™ processor with approximately 3x faster processing speed[i] and new area-specific noise reduction for improved image quality
  • Newly-developed fast intelligent AF is 35% quicker than conventional contrast-detection autofocus
  • Improved XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with wide field of view
  • Practical, reliable and intuitive with dust/moisture-resistant magnesium alloy body and extensive custom controls
  • AVCHD Progressive Full HD (1920x1080 - 60p/25p[ii]) movie recording with audio level control and clean HDMI output
  • 4K photo output and support for TRILUMINOS Display
  • NFC and Wi-Fi for easy connection with smartphones & tablets

Hotly awaited by professional photographers and enthusiasts, the α7R from Sony sets an exciting new benchmark in digital imaging. A game-changing blend of imaging power and portability, this mirrorless camera redefines the creative options of full-frame photography in a palm-sized interchangeable lens camera.

The α7R and new α7 give serious photographers a limitless array of new artistic possibilities. Expanding the range of optics from Sony and Carl Zeiss, six new full-frame lenses complement the cameras’ superlative image quality – whether you’re shooting detail-packed stills or crisp, cinematic Full HD video.

Beautifully styled and easy to hold on lengthy assignments, the α7R is a no-compromise photographic tool that puts the needs of advanced users first. Front and back dials plus a control wheel and exposure compensation dial allow intuitive adjustments while framing shots through the high-contrast, high resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder or on the tiltable 3.0-type LCD screen.

The 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor incorporates light concentration and photo diode expansion technologies and also features a new ‘gapless’ on-chip lens design that eliminates gaps between adjacent pixels. These advances increase light collection efficiency, achieving outstanding resolution, sensitivity and low noise while circumventing the challenge of decreased pixel size due to the extremely high pixel count.

Together with the powerful new BIONZ X processor, the full-frame sensor also allows the α7R to shoot pro-quality Full HD video[iv]. You’ll enjoy rich, beautifully rendered movie footage with sumptuous colours and ultra-low noise, even in low light. Clear Image Zoom has been enhanced for video recording, delivering powerful close-ups without sacrificing pixel count. Pro-style movie features include an audio recording level control and display, plus a ‘clean’ HDMI output that allows video to be viewed on an external monitor or recorded on another device.

The α7R showcases a new Fast Intelligent AF that ensures speedy, accurate autofocus and is designed to be fully customisable to exactly suit your precise photographic demands, with nine customisable buttons and 46 assignable functions.[v] Even when capturing a subject partially turned away from the camera with a shallow depth of field, the face will be sharply focused thanks to extremely accurate eye-detection (eye AF) that can prioritise a single pupil.

High-resolution still images can be displayed directly on a 4K television that offers four times the detail of Full HD. Support for TRILUMINOS Colour delivers a stunning palette of rich, natural colours when viewing movies and photos captured with the α7R on a compatible BRAVIA television with TRILUMINOS Display.

With both Wi-Fi with NFC, the α7R offers effortless one-touch wireless connections with your Xperia™ or NFC-compatible Android smartphone or tablet. PlayMemories Camera Apps further enhance your photo experience with a growing range of free and paid apps, spanning exciting new creative effects and filters, utilities and more.

The new ‘Multiple Exposure’ app automatically composites sequential exposures, making it easy to create beautiful and dramatic effects with a choice of pre-set artistic themes as well as manual blending modes.

Pre-installed in the α7R, ‘Smart Remote Control’[vi] controls exposure and shutter release from your smartphone. Great for tripod-mounted group shots and self-portraits, the app also sends photos automatically to your mobile device for on-the-spot sharing.[vii]

With a tough magnesium alloy body that’s dust- and moisture-resistant, the α7R weighs in at just 407g (body only) as the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera with a full-frame sensor.

Appealing equally to busy photo professionals and advanced amateurs, it also boasts the highest image quality of any α camera to date. The brand-new 36.4-effective megapixel (approx.) full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor delivers levels of detail unprecedented in any camera of its class. The high resolution sensor of the α7R has no optical low-pass filter, ensuring that its extraordinary resolving power is fully exploited. It’s complemented by a new BIONZ X processor – Sony’s latest-generation imaging engine that maximises detail and reduces image noise over a wide ISO 100-25600 sensitivity range (NB: expandable down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 51,200 with Multi-Frame Noise Reduction).

New full-frame interchangeable E-mount lenses

There’s a choice of five new full-frame E-mount lenses to realise the sheer imaging power of the α7R. The E-mount full-frame family includes two mid-range zooms by Sony and Carl Zeiss, two bright Sonnar T* primes and a premium-quality G lens telephoto zoom. There’s also a new-generation mount adaptor that gives photographers extra freedom to re-use their precious collection of full-frame A-mount optics with both cameras, including the newly-announced SAL70200G2 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II telephoto zoom.

New accessories will also be available for the α7R. The VG-C1EM grip extends shooting stamina via two NP-FW50 batteries, as well as providing greater user comfort during vertical shooting. The BC-TRW Battery Charger gives visual LED confirmation of recharging status. The FA-CS1M off-camera shoe can be used as an off-camera cable by connecting with a Multi Flash Cable. The LCS-ELCA premium leather soft carrying case extends the premium quality experience of handling and using the α7R while protecting your camera from scuffs and marks whilst being carried.

The light, compact new α7R interchangeable lens full-frame digital camera from Sony is available for pre-order from today and will go on general sale in Europe from mid-November.

Freedom and Equality for ALL Sentient Beings

"Same Love"

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,
'Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She's like "Ben you've loved girls since before pre-k, trippin' "
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn't she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, "Yeah, I'm good at little league"
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
The right wing conservatives think it's a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don't know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don't know

If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
"Man, that's gay" gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we're saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don't have acceptance for 'em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It's the same hate that's caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It's human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren't anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that's not important
No freedom till we're equal, damn right I support it

We press play, don't press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking 'round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all
But it's a damn good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it's all the same love
About time that we raised up... sex

And I can't change, even if I wanted to

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind

DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 Release

 Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 licence on or after 1 September 2013 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9.

DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 supports six new cameras, including the Nikon Df and the Sony Alpha 7

16,800 DxO Optics Modules now available
Special Holiday Season sale on all DxO products through December 25, 2013

December 18, 2013 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 9 to provide support for the Nikon Df (Elite Edition), the Sony Alpha 7 (Elite Edition), as well as for the Sony DSC-RX10 and A3000, the Pentax K-3, and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1.

The image processing software of reference for all exacting photographers, DxO Optics Pro 9 integrates powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG photos so as to bring out the best in photos in just a few clicks. Furthermore, the software offers the revolutionary new PRIME denoising technology that recovers details even in photos shot at the highest ISO; DxO Smart Lighting, an intelligent tool that optimizes exposure and contrast; and powerful lens and geometrical corrections.

New DxO Optics Modules

DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 benefits from the addition of new DxO Optics Modules: more than 580 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, which now counts 16,800 available DxO Optics Modules.

Among the new lenses now supported are the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* Otus 1.4/55 for Canon and Nikon (which received very good scores on DxOMark), as well as the Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 for Canon and Nikon. Also note that six long-awaited Zeiss lenses for Nikon cameras are now also supported.

DxO Optics Modules contain numerous information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This extraordinary database enables DxO Optics Pro 9 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness at an unrivaled level of quality.

Availability and special Holiday Season offer

The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1 for Mac and Windows are now available in the DxO Labs online store ( and at photo resellers at a special discount price through December 25, 2013:


DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299


DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: £79 instead of £119
DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: £159 instead of £239
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)


DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: 99€ instead of 149€
DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: 199€ instead of 299€
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Photographers who acquired a DxO Optics Pro 8 license on or after September 1, 2013, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 9. Other clients have until December 25, 2013 to take advantage of a special discount on their upgrade, directly via their customer account.

A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.1, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (

About DxO Labs

DxO Labs develops image processing technologies. In addition to its DxO Optics Pro and DxO FilmPack products for Mac and Windows, designed for serious and demanding photographers, the company also licenses diverse solutions for the principal actors in the imaging industry:

Embedded technologies for real-time image processing, destined for camera and cameraphone manufacturers
Image quality evaluation and measurement tools, destined for specific imaging industries (e.g., camera module manufacturers, sensor vendors, and processor vendors) as well as for photography journalists and photo experts.

For more information, visit DxO Labs’ website at

Fujifilm launches the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

Fujifilm launches the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS – an ultra wide to standard zoom lens with an F4.0 aperture throughout

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens compatible with all Fujifilm X mount compact system cameras.

The new Fujinon XF lens is a 2.4x zoom lens – equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm format. Its ultra wide to standard focal length capabilities make it the perfect choice for shooting dynamic, high impact landscapes images with maximum detail from the foreground to the far distance. It also comes into its own when shooting interiors, making small rooms look more impressive, while the maximum F4.0 aperture that is available throughout the zoom range, enables handheld shooting even in low light conditions.

Fujifilm’s introduction of the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS means its X mount series can now boast (in 35mm equivalent) focal length options ranging from 15mm to 350mm.

Key features on the Fujinon XF10-24mm lens

Newly designed optical system with 4 high-precision aspherical lenses and 3 extra low dispersion glass lenses which maximize performance of the X-Trans sensor.

A powerful Optical Image Stabilisation function which boosts the ability to work handheld when shooting in low light.

Ghosting is minimized by Fujifilm’s unique HT-EBC*1 multi-layer coating that is applied to all sides of Fujinon lenses.

An additional newly developed coating has been added to the reverse side of the front lens in the XF10-24 composition to further reduce the ghosting that typically occurs when using deep concave lenses.

Enhanced resolving power at all apertures when used in-conjunction with an X-series camera*2 that incorporates a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) function.

Seven-blade aperture diaphragm that helps to create smooth and round bokeh effects.

The ability to shoot at an aperture of F4.0 from the lens’ ultra-wide 15mm focal length to its longest at 36mm.

A minimum working distance of 24cm means that with macro photography you can capture both the small foreground detail and the wider surroundings to give your subject greater context.

Its high-speed AF is achieved via its inner focusing system which drives smaller lenses in the middle or rear lens groups without moving the larger lenses in the front lens groups

Thanks to light weight internal lenses and the addition of a stepping motor, the XF10-24mm lens is also very quiet to use.

With its precision-made, responsive, and finely-tuned metal aperture and focus rings, you are ensured a superb handling experience.

*1 High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating
*2 As of December 2013 “FUJIFILM X-E2”

Specification Chart : Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS


XF10-24mmF4 R OIS

Lens configuration

14 elements in 10 groups
(includes 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion elements)

Focal length


(35mm format equivalent)


Angle of view

110°- 61.2°

Max. aperture


Min. aperture


Aperture control


Number of blades

7 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Step size

1/3 EV (16 steps)

Focus range

Macro :24cm~3m

Max. magnification

0.16 x(Telephoto)

External dimensions : Diameter x Length* (approx.)
* distance from camera lens mount flange

φ78mm x 87mm(Wide) / 87mm (Telephoto)

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A Fitting Christmas Post - Merry Christmas Everyone

Courtesy of I Declare World Peace


Welcome to the I Declare World Peace project

The I Declare World Peace project is the world's largest ever art project / sort-of-science experiment. There is nothing to register for or to join. Participation is free and at will. While the I Declare World Peace project morally supports and encourages the efforts and goals of every other well-intentioned peace promoting endeavor, our project is based on principles of the "do less and accomplish more" variety. So, the I Declare World Peace project requires almost nothing of those who choose to participate in it – we ask only that you periodically think the affirmation "I Declare World Peace" and from time to time post it and otherwise promote the affirmation on social media and elsewhere. We explain the value of this exercise below.
We agree with John F. Kennedy and other enlightened thinkers that world peace is possible. In fact, we believe that world peace can be achieved in our lifetime. So to help nurture pro-peace thinking and to raise global peace consciousness, as well as to lubricate the process of achieving peace, please post the phrase "I Declare World Peace" on all of your social media sites. We also encourage the use of the official I Declare World Peace hashtag - #IDWP – when posting about this project. Peace, after all, is up to us. Thank you.


In 2005, the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude brought "The Gates" to Central Park in New York City. A giant art installation of 7,500 orange fabric gates, 16 feet high (4.87 m) of varying widths, lined 23 miles (36.8 km) of footpaths in the park. While each individual Gate was beautiful in itself, the effect of the whole array of Gates was dramatically more engaging and powerful. It created a compelling dynamic involving the observer, the thing being observed and the process of observation.
The Gates installation in Central Park was the outward manifestation and realization of a thought, an idea, hatched by the artists way back in 1979.  Five years after we saw The Gates, having been quite inspired by it, we hatched a thought, an idea in 2010. Our idea was for an installation project unlike anything that ever existed, a project only made possible for the first time in history by the existence and exponential growth of Internet-based social media and electronic communication.
So, this was our idea, our thought: create the largest art installation ever, to be installed not in some physical location, or even in cyberspace but rather within the consciousness of every person on the planet, a sort of "Gates of the Mind". Each person will hold a "flag" in his or her mind, which collectively will change the history of the world. The "flag" is I Declare World Peace, expressed in the language of the thinker.
Over the coming weeks, months and years, people will be gently encouraged to type the affirmation "I Declare World Peace" on the "walls" of their various and favorite social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and so forth.


One of the intriguing premises of quantum theory, which seems to blend physics with metaphysics, states that by the very act of watching, the observer, through the process of observation, affects the object being observed. In a study reported in Nature (Vol. 391, pp. 871-874), researchers demonstrated how a beam of electrons is affected by the act of being observed. The experiment showed that the more "watching," the greater the observer's influence on what happens.
This indicates to us that consciousness, or the conscious mind, can affect phenomenal reality. In other words, thoughts can affect the physical world. Now, we understand we may be oversimplifying, but philosophers, mystics and wise folks through the centuries have claimed the same thing.


In general, goals are reached by taking action. All action proceeds from thought. The completion of a skyscraper results from the action of construction, which in turn results from the thoughts of the architects and builders.
In the same way, the ability to achieve peace in our lifetime is simply a direct function of the conscious thinking of people. Just as a war is commenced by declaration based on the thinking of certain people, peace requires a declaration based on the thinking of certain people. All group thinking is based on the thinking of the individuals in the group.
There are approximately 195 countries in the world. Assume there are 200 major "violent" separatist or opposition groups. If the top 5 ranking people in government and those separatist groups all declared peace, just 2,000 people, there would be peace. And those 2,000 would have no choice but to declare peace if substantial numbers of their "constituents" declared peace.
In short, world peace is entirely dependent on what you, yes you personally, think.


Please post and tweet the affirmation "I Declare World Peace" on your favorite social media site from time to time. Every time you see the tweet I Declare World Peace, please follow the person who tweeted it and then re tweet (RT) it. It will soon become like popcorn popping all over the world.
Go to click "Like" and participate or come back to visit. Tell your friends. If you would like to sponsor this web site, it is free to do so and requires no fee or registration. We will put a link to any appropriate lawful business or entity on the Wall of Support page of this site. It requires no reciprocity. Just email and provide your URL and a very brief description of the site.
Come help us create the largest art installation in the history of the world, installed, for the first time ever, on the consciousness of mankind.
This site is growing. Please come back from time to time. The official I Declare World Peace hashtag is #IDWP

Yongnuo RF-603 II Triggers Announced

Among the main improvements over the original RF-603 trigger set is the addition of a friction locking wheel and locking pin. The original model was plagued by not having one and that was probably the most complained about drawback of the budget triggers. In addition to the new locking wheel the new RF-603 II triggers offers improved “self checking” and mode switch.

The RF-603 II triggers will come with a Canon and Nikon specific version for flash wake-up. Otherwise, just as the original RF-603, the RF-603 II‘s are completely manual triggers. As for price, they remain one of the cheapest options available ($30-40 depending on the store) to anyone looking to get into the remote flash game on the cheap.

Yongnuo RF-603 II Specifications

  • Type: FSK 2.4GHz wireless remote control system
  • Transmission distance: 100 ft
  • Channels: 16 channels
  • Shutter release: half-press, full-press
  • Shutter interface: 2.5mm socket
  • Studio flash light interface: standard PC socket
  • Max Sync Speed: 1/320 second
  • Battery: AAA x 2(3V)

You can learn more about these triggers from the Yongnuo website, and if you like what you see and would like to purchase a few you can find them here on Amazon when available.

Thank you!

Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3 Available

If you didn't know!


Lightroom 5.3 and Camera Raw 8.3 are now available

Lightroom 5.3 is now available as a final release on and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Release Notes

Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.3

Canon EOS Rebel T4i / EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.3

Canon EOS M2

Canon PowerShot S120

Casio EX-10

Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm X-E2

Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon Coolpix P7800

Nikon Df

Nikon D610

Nikon D5300

Nokia Lumia 1020

Olympus OM-D E-M1

Olympus STYLUS 1

Panasonic DMC-GM1

Pentax K-3

Phase One IQ260

Phase One IQ280

Sony A7 (ILCE-7)

Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)

Sony DSC-RX10

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.3


Apple  Apple iPhone 5s

Canon  Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon  Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon  TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011E

DJI  Phantom Vision FC200

Nikon  Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6

Nikon  Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8

Nikon  Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G

Nikon  Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon, Sigma  Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013

Sony  Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM

Sony  Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM

Sony  Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II

Sony  Sony E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS

Sony  Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS

Sony  Sony E 20mm F2.8

Sony  Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS

Sony  Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA

Sony  Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.3

Issues when upgrading catalog from previous versions of Lightroom.

Incorrect photos are displayed after switching away from a Publish Collection.

Catalog optimization did not finish, and was not optimizing the catalog

Feather of clone spots is set to 0 after upgrading catalog to Lightroom 5.

Auto White Balance settings are not saved to Snapshots.

Sony 18-55mm lens is detected as the Hasselblad 18-55mm lens for lens correction.

Increased Update Spot Removal history steps when in Before and After view.

Slideshows start playing automatically even when the Manual Slideshow option is enabled.

On certain images, red eye removal behaved incorrectly

Incorrect White Balance settings applied when synching Auto WB from source to targets

Video playback stops when dragging on the scrubber.

Errors when publishing photos to Flickr through the Publish Service.

Option + drag on Edit Pin behavior is functioning incorrectly.

Black border appears around the exported slideshow video.

Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5.

Pressing the “Reset” button while holding down the Shift key caused Lightroom to exit abruptly.

Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.

The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.

Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.

Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo.  Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.

In the metadata of exported files, the application is listed as 5.0 instead of the actual Lightroom version (such as 5.2, etc.).

An Error Occurs When Playing a slideshow having an image Flipped Horizontally or Vertically.

Added Camera Matching color profiles (Natural, Muted, Portrait, Vivid) for the following Olympus cameras:

Olympus E-5

Olympus E-M1

Olympus E-M5

Olympus E-P1

Olympus E-P2

Olympus E-P3

Olympus E-P5

Olympus E-PL1

Olympus E-PL1s

Olympus E-PL2

Olympus E-PL3

Olympus E-PL5

Olympus E-PL6

Olympus E-PM1

Olympus E-PM2

Olympus STYLUS 1

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-2

Olympus XZ-10

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Lightroom 5.3: Windows | Mac


Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 is also available and is now available to Photoshop CS6 and CC customers!

Updates include:
1 – Added camera and lens support including the Nokia Lumia 1020 (DNG), Nikon Df, iPhone 5s
2 – Bug fixes
3 – Separate Auto Temperature and Auto Tint feature. Shift-double-click to invoke “auto temperature” and “auto tint” separately.*

Read about what else is new on the Lightroom Journal:

*Photoshop CC only