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I fell in love with Adobe Lightroom 3

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, September 10, 2010

I recently took my trusty Canon 5D and the brilliant and astoundingly affordable Canon 50mm f/1.8 for a family adventure up the coast. This means that I have returned with several million photographs.

Which presents me with a problem.

I know that there are some magnificent shots nestled within this sea of digital imagery, but sorting through them is looking to be a herculean task.

And that is why I have Lightroom 3 installed. I knew it was good, but this is my first chance to really get stuck into some heavy work with it. I imported my latest batch of images into my Lightroom database, sorted them by date and tagged them with the names of the events at which they were captured. The result is a well organised, searchable and actionable database of images.

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From there it was incredibly easy to browse through my images; tagging, comparing and scrutinising them and flagging the ones that I want to go back to for further post-processing. There’s plenty of post-production grunt as well, whether you simply want to clean your images up a bit, add a little pop, or go for some more intensive image manipulation. And, thanks to Lightroom’s non-destructive editing, originals are kept intact and everything you do is stored in a history tab, complete with live-preview, that lets you jump around through the different stages of your editing.

You’ll have to head to Photoshop if you want to get deep into filters or chopping, but that’s ok - the two programs exist to satisfy different needs. Lightroom is like a digital darkroom: a tool for photographers; amateur, professional and everything in between, who want to build, maintain and use a database of images.

And that’s what I love about it. The image database that Lightroom builds is incredibly powerful. It has not only saved me a huge amount of time organising, processing and sorting my images, but it has brought out images that may have been lost in the crowd and exists as a fantastic tool for actively using my images in the future.

So often the images we capture digitally can become disposable or lost, but with Lightroom that won’t happen. It makes it so easy to find and use your images that they’ll never get left behind or lost in the crowd again. And for that I love it.

Head here to try it

Or head here to buy it

 

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Toshiba recalls Satellite laptops due to overheating

Paul Risbey - Friday, September 03, 2010

Melting plastic power input.

Australian Toshiba notebook users were yet to report issues that saw the hardware maker and Canadian health authorities recall 41,000 laptops, the vendor said.

Affected models included the Toshiba Satellite T123, Satellite T135D and Satellite Pro T130.

Wednesday's recall was issued by Health Canada and the US Consumer Product Commission. 

"The DC-in jack [where the AC adapter plugs into the laptop] can overheat to the point of melting the plastic base around the DC-In jack opening," Hea;th Canada said.

"This poses a risk of burns to users who touch either the DC-in jack or the AC adapter plug when overheating or melting of the plastic occurs."

Toshiba Canada had 14 reports of excessive heat or smoke from the faulty jack while there were 129 US reports.

The laptops were sold from August 2009 until last month.

The Satellite Pro T130 was sold in Australia through Toshiba Australia and Harvey Norman.

A Toshiba Australia spokesman told iTnews that "Australian consumers have reported no incidents of overheating around the AC adapter plug area in the Satellite T130 notebook".

"The US, Canada and European markets have experienced a limited number of incidents regarding the issue which have been addressed swiftly with a BIOS download from their local country websites," he said.

"The update will determine if there is a potential issue and if so, immediately disable external power of the product, preventing it from overheating."

Source: CRN

 

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Boom! Shake shake shake the room: Sony HTDDW7500 review

Seth Reinhardt - Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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‘Minimalism and ‘finesse’: two words that Sony weren’t particularly concerned with when designing the MU.TE.KI HTDDW7500. I get the impression that they were thinking more along the lines of ‘awesome’, ‘boisterous’ and ‘riotous’ when they put together this imposing beast of a home theatre system. That’s not to say that the HTDDW7500 is completely without grace, it’s just not what it’s about.

The HTDDW7500 rocks out with a boisterous sound to match its awesome 80s looks. It isn’t for everybody and won’t, for example, fit so comfortably in a small studio apartment, but it knows what it is and does an excellent job of being itself.

Sony’s Muteki HTDDW7500 is an 11 piece home theatre system that packs excellent performance and features into a fantastic price. It offers 1695 watts of 7.2-channel surround sound: two floor standing front speakers, a centre channel, four surrounds and two 200-Watt, 10-inch, subwoofers. The Subwoofers get their own dedicated power amplifier, while the speakers are driven by a receiver that is also responsible for decoding and processing the audio. Subtlety is another word that didn’t make it into HTDDW7500 design discussions.

Codec support is one limiting factor of this system, as the receiver is not capable of decoding the newest high-definition audio codecs: DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby Digital True HD.  It can, however, pass the signal through an HDMI connection to a source, like a Playstation 3, that is able to decode it. This way it is possible to get high-definition, lossless audio from the HTDDW7500.

Once you get the various components into your newly defined home theatre room and connected up, setup is fairly simple. Sony’s Digital Cinema Auto Calibration system uses a microphone to listen to the system in your room and calibrate accordingly.

Audio performance is everything you’d expect and then a little more. The HTDDW7500 laps up big summer blockbusters and does an excellent job replicating the exciting, rock and roll performance previously reserved for the cinema.  It doesn’t falter when it comes to softer, more refined material either and will do an admiral job with gentler flicks and TV. Pop and rock music are fantastic on this setup, though if all you are looking for is to immerse yourself in the world of Chopin or Stravinsky, there are better options available.

The HTDDW7500 is a convincing argument for investing a little bit more into your lounge room, inviting some mates around, renting Commando, Star Wars or anything else with a lot of explosions and cool lasers and keeping the (increasingly expensive) price of a movie ticket to spend on home theatre upgrades, popcorn and blu-rays. And maybe some La-Z-Boys in which to laze while you enjoy the awesome aural worlds of film, games and music.

Hit this link to get it on sale now for $1,3990.0 $1,119.60

 

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Kyocera FS-C5200DN: a low-maintenance, value for money workhorse

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, August 13, 2010

Kyocera Mita is known for durable, high quality machines that run on a pittance. The FS-C5200DN is no exception to this and at 44% off while stocks last, it is an easy choice for any workgroup or small business.

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The Kyocera FS-C5200DN is an A4 colour workgroup laser printer designed for workgroups who need high quality, speedy prints, long service life and incredibly low cost per page printing. It is rated to up to 21 A4 pages per minute for both colour and black printing, with a time to first print of 12 seconds or less and comes standard with a 500 sheet paper cassette and a 150 sheet multipurpose tray. If 500 sheets are not enough, you can load it up with 2150 sheets with optional paper feeders.

Kyocera strive to lower the lifetime running costs of their printers; they even have a Total Cost of Ownership calculator on their site, and the FS-C5200DN is a great example of this focus. It uses their ECOSYS system, which is designed to improve environmental efficiency by reducing the waste generated by reliance on expendables and maintenance. Drum life is rated to 200 000 pages, which should be enough to last the life of the printer and Kyocera say it’s good for 65 000 pages per month. The FS-C5200DN is a workhorse. Colour cartridges should last 6000 pages and blacks 7000.

Print quality is excellent, with sharp black text and colours that pop nicely, though some have noted minor clarity issues with black text over colour backgrounds. The FS-C5200DN does an admirable job of photographic prints as well and delivers a much more natural image than is expected from a colour laser printer.

If you are looking at a printer like the Kyocera FS-C5200DN, you are looking for a workhorse that will satisfy your workgroup or businesses printing needs reliably, elegantly and cost effectively and that’s exactly what it is going to do. It delivers sharp, crisp text with vibrant colours and does it with class-leading cost effectiveness while requiring almost no maintenance. The FS-C5200DN is fantastic value every day and at its promotional price of $1,692.90 $947.49 it is practically unbeatable.

Head to our online store to pick one up. On sale while stocks last.

 

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Adobe Illustrator CS5: the best just got better

Seth Reinhardt - Wednesday, August 04, 2010

If you are looking for a vector based design environment, Illustrator CS5 is the best there is.

If you have been reading our coverage of Adobe’s suite of CS5 products, you may have noticed a trend toward evolution, rather than revolution. Products like Photoshop and Illustrator can achieve incredible results and the joy of CS5 is that it is now simpler, more elegant, more enjoyable and faster to get there.

One of the biggest boons I see in CS5 is the way in which the updates have evolved the creative palettes of intermediate and even beginner users by making tools not only more useful, but more usable. For professionals, the workflow improvements, tool improvements and new functionalities are fantastic, but in a world where it is so easy to get a business up and running online, more usable tools put fantastic results within the grasp of anyone adventurous enough to give it a go. And that’s awesome!

Adobe Illustrator CS5

On to Illustrator CS5 and we find ourselves with some nifty new tools to play with, along with plenty of improvements to the existing feature set. Adobe’s new perspective tools; Perspective Grid and Perspective Selection, are great additions to Illustrator’s functionality. They automate perspective shifts and constraints based on a definable perspective grid and make working with perspective a breeze.

Another big addition is variable-width strokes via the Width tool. This allows you to easily and dynamically manipulate the width of a stroke by plotting points along an existing path. If you like your particular settings, or know you will need to use that stroke frequently in the future, just save it as a profile!

The Shape Builder tool is a huge improvement to the way you create art in Illustrator. Previously, the Pathfinder or Live Paint functions were required when working with multiple objects or shapes. In CS5, the addition of the Shape Builder simplifies workflows when working with and unifying objects by providing a simple and intuitive interface for grouping multiple objects into one shape.

Drawing gets a sizable upgrade in Illustrator CS5, with the addition of the Bristle Brush as well as Draw Normal, Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes. Draw Inside and Draw Behind modes automatically constrain your designing within or behind, a selected object and can even be applied to live text. The Bristle Brush tool is designed to simulate the bristles on a physical brush and brings the painterly brush effects usually found in Photoshop to Illustrator and vector graphics.  As it is still vector-based, the Bristle Brush tool can be applied to paths and shapes and is a great addition for designers and those who like to draw within Illustrator.

Add to these new features the countless and nuanced updates to the existing toolset, conveniences and workflow improvements and you have a really strong product. If you work with Illustrator every day, Illustrator CS5’s new features and improved workflow are going to save you time and frustration and allow you to do better work with less frustration. For newcomers, the improved logic and usability of the tools in Illustrator CS5, as well as the new functionality, make it the best entry point yet.

Buy Adobe Illustrator CS5 from our online store here

Check out some of our other CS5 coverage:

 

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HP LP2275W: a 22" LCD that packs premium picture quality and a bargain price

Seth Reinhardt - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
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The HP LP2275W packs some serious picture quality punch into an affordable, ergonomic, feature-rich and stylish package. And its current low promotional price makes it fantastic value for money!

Picture quality is the name of the game for the LP2275W, HP's premium 22", 1680 X 1050 widescreen display. TN panels are incredibly prominent in 22-inch monitors because they are affordable and offer reasonable performance. They do, however, come with some significant performance caveats. HP have bucked the TN trend with the LP2275W and gone with a Samsung S-PVA panel. This gives the LP2275W excellent picture quality at a fantastic price.

Colour reproduction is accurate, with minimal banding, and far outperforms comparable TN-based displays. Some publications have noted a slight red push that can be corrected within the On Screen Display (OSD), which itself is fully-featured without going over the top. If you take the time to calibrate this display, or get it professionally calibrated, its colour reproduction ranks at the very top of the category.

Black levels are amongst the very best in 22” displays and provide excellent detail in dark scenes, as well as more natural, deeper, colours. Contrast and gamma are similarly very good and gamma is simple to calibrate properly within the OSD. Viewing angles are extremely good and colours and contrast will be stable across any normal seating position, along with many unusual ones!

Good news for the gamers out there as well; input lag is reasonably low, while not quite as low as comparable displays that employ TN panels which are known for very low input lag. Pixel response is quick and should keep blur and ghosting to a minimum.

The LP2275W is a little short on connectivity, offering only DVI and DisplayPort and forgoing an HDMI option. The inclusion of DisplayPort is a nice touch, however and adds some futureproofing to the display as well as HDCP support.

Ergonomics on the LP2275W are solid. The display can be rotated left or right, tilted back and spun 90 degrees into landscape mode. Display height can be adjusted as well. The stand is extremely solid, with a large footprint that makes it very stable. Build quality in general is great.

The LP2275W is an accurate, natural display that is easy on the eyes and strong on ergonomics. Its ergonomics, size and resolution make it great for professional applications and its natural, accurate colours, especially when calibrated, make it suitable even for intensive creative applications like design, photography and video work.

Grab it on sale now, while stocks last, from our online store.

The LP2257W's 24", 1920 X 1200 brother, the HP LP2475W, can be found here

And if you are looking for a professional-grade 24" display, click here for the HP LP2480ZX Dreamcolor LCD

 

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Adobe InDesign CS5 is just what you need, only faster and more friendly

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, July 30, 2010

Photoshop and Lightroom aren’t the only Adobe products receiving shiny new updates; InDesign CS5 is out with some fantastic changes that will have you working faster, better and not nearly so hard (on your print and digital publishing at least).

InDesign is Adobe’s print and digital publishing software. Its update to CS5 is not only much more comprehensive and useful than its previous update to CS4, which faltered in comparison to long-running competitor QuarkXPress; it is one of the biggest updates of the entire CS5 range. The big news this time around is workflow and Adobe has done a lot to make working in InDesign CS5 simpler, more intuitive, more collaborative and more enjoyable. So it’s easier than ever to do great work!

Text frames and paragraphs can now span multiple columns and column layouts are more easily variable, providing a much more powerful and flexible toolset for managing text than in previous versions of InDesign. Simplified object selection and editing make it easier than ever to import, crop, position and caption content and I am sure many long-time InDesign users will be delighted to hear that multiple page sizes are now possible in one document, with master page support.

The redesigned and much more user-friendly Layers panel now works similarly to the Layers panels in Illustrator or Photoshop and is a massive improvement, as is the implementation of Adobe’s Mini Bridge that makes managing content a breeze.

Collaboration on documents has also become more efficient and effective with the integration of Adobe CS Review, as well as the ability to track text changes in a process much like Word’s Track Changes feature.

InDesign’s interactive content features have been improved as well. Transitions, hyperlinks and other basic Flash authoring tools are all available seamlessly within InDesign CS5 and easily integrated with Flash Professional for further editing. This update fills in a significant feature gap that existed in InDesign CS4.

InDesign’s update to CS5 is like a coming-of-age. What was once clunky and occasionally frustrating has become simplified, fast, intuitive and a pleasure to use. If you have to publish for print or digital as part of your business, and these days who doesn’t, InDesign CS5 is an excellent choice – especially if you are already using an older version and can go for a cheaper upgrade license.

Buy InDesign CS5 for both Windows and Mac from our online store here  

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Canon's compact SX1 IS does HD video and 10 megapixel stills and won’t break the bank

Seth Reinhardt - Tuesday, July 27, 2010

An HD video sample: view in YouTube and lower the quality if you are bandwidth challenged, or push it up to 1080p!

If you are looking for a compact camera that can shoot stills as well as full 1080p HD video, the Canon SX1 IS is balanced, durable and capable and deserves a spot on your shortlist. And it’s on sale right now!

The SX1 IS’s three big drawcards are its 10 megapixel CMOS censor, 1080p, 30fps video capture abilities and 20X, 28-560mm equivalent, ‘Superzoom’ lens. CMOS censors are pretty standard on larger DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) cameras, but have not been common on compacts, which typically use smaller CCD sensors. The CMOS sensor on the SX1 IS is what gives the SX1 IS its fast continuous shooting speed - it can shoot 10 megapixel stills at 4ps, as well as the ability to shoot HD video.

Canon revolutionised the video world with the addition of HD video capabilities to its 5D Mark II and it’s great to see a compact getting full 30fps 1080p video as well. The SX1 IS has a convenient dedicated video recording button that will begin recording in any mode, as well as a video mode on the usual mode selection dial. Video is compressed with the h.264 codec and then stored as a Quicktime file which, thankfully, contains good detail and enough leeway for some editing in post-production.

The SX1 IS’s 20X Superzoom lens creates an equivalent of 28-560mm of zoom for you to play with, as well as macro and ‘Super Macro’ modes that can focus on a subject that is basically touching the lens. This is an enormous amount of flexibility packed into a compact body! The IS in the camera’s name stands for Image Stabilisation, a feature Canon does extremely well and which does a fantastic job of increasing the ‘keeper rate’ of shots taken with the SX1 IS. It is said to provide an advantage of about two stops and is particularly useful when photographing still subjects in low light, as well as at the longer ranges of the SX1 IS’s 20X zoom lens. And it works in video mode!

The large hand-grip, elegant battery placement and comfortable ergonomics and button placement make the SX1 IS a pleasure to hold and use and its 2.8” LCD screen with Live Preview is excellent. Build quality is solid, despite the largely plastic construction.

If you are looking for a compact camera for web work and small-scale printing and want to be able to shoot 30fps, 1080p video (make use of YouTube’s HD button!) from the same device, the Canon SX1 IS is definitely worth looking into.

Hit this link for Complete IT’s low promotional price, while stocks last!

View Canon’s sample images here, here and here

Read on for the SX1 IS’s full technical specifications, via Canon

Sensor / Image Processor

Effective Number of Pixels: Approx. 10.0 MP CMOS

Size / Filter Array: 1/2.3 inch / Primary colour filter (Bayer)

Processor: DIG!C 4

Aspect Ratio: 4:3 or 16:9

 

Lens

Focal Length (optical): 5.0 (W) - 100.0 (T) mm

35mm film equivalent: 28 (W) – 560 (T) mm

f/number: f/2.8 - 8.0 (W), f/5.7 - 8.0 (T)

Shutter Speed: 15 – 1/3200 sec.

Zoom: Optical approx 20x; Digital approx 4x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (Lens Shift Type)

 

Shooting Functions

AF System: TTL Autofocus (Single / Continuous), Manual

Focusing Frame

Face Detect with movie support, Center, Flexizone

Face Detection

Auto Focus, Auto Exposure, White Balance, Flash Exposure, Auto Red-Eye correction, Auto Focus Point Zoom, Face Self Timer

Other Shooting Functions: Servo AF, i-Correction, Auto Focus Assist Beam, Auto Focus Lock

Self-timer: Approx. 10 sec or 2 sec delay, custom, FaceSelf-Timer4, Wireless Controller

Remote Shooting

 

Control/Balance

Light Metering Method: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot

Exposure Control Method: Program AE, AE Lock available, Manual, iContrast available, Program Shift, Safety Shift

Exposure Compensation: ± 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Sensitivity (Equivalent Film Speed): Auto7, High ISO Auto8, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

White Balance Modes: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1

 

LCD Monitor

Viewfinder: Electronic viewfinder with dioptric adjustment

2.8 inch vari-angle LCD monitor with high resolution (approx 230,000 dots)

 

Flash

Flash Modes: Auto, on, off, Red Eye Correction, Red Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro, Second Curtain Synchro, FE Lock, Safety FE

Flash Range: Normal: 50cm − 4.8 m (W), 1m − 2.6 m (T)

Flash Exposure Compensation: ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

External Flash Support: Canon EX series Speedlites via Hot Shoe

 

Selectable Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes: Auto, P (Program), Tv (Shutter Priority), Av (Aperture Priority), M (Manual), C (Custom), Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Sports, Special Scene (Indoor, Night Scene, Sunset, Long Shutter, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie Standard, Movie HD

My Colours: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom

 

Image Recording Format

Still image: JPEG Compression (EXIF 2.2 Compliant), RAW

Colour Space and Compression: sRGB; Superfine, Fine, Normal

Movies: MOV (Image Data: H.264; Audio Data: Linear PCM monaural)

 

Recording Pixels and recording capacity on a 2GB card

Still Images and Capacity (at Super Fine Image Setting): Large: 3648 x 2736 (448), Medium 1: 2816 x 2112 (714), Medium 2: 2272 x 1704 (960), Medium 3/Date Stamp: 1600 x 1200 (1862), Small: 640 x 480 (6830), Widescreen: 3648 x 2048 (538), Widescreen (S): 1920 x 1080 (1707)

Movie Frame Rate: 1920x1080: 30fps (6min 7sec), 640x480: 30fps (22min 45 sec), 320x240: 30fps (1hr 4min 1 sec)

 

Other Operations

Playback Operations: Red-eye Correction, Slideshow, My Category, Index, Resize, Resizing of widescreen images, Magnified, Image Inspection Tool, Advancing and Reversing through magnified images, Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Sound Memos, Auto Play

File Operations: DPOF - Print Order/Image transfer; Movie - unnecessary scenes can be erased; Sound Annotations - max. record/play time is approx. 60 sec; Max Recording Length per Clip - until file size reaches 4GB Sound Annotations - max. record/play time is approx. 60 sec.

Direct Printing, PictBridge: Yes

 

Interface

Supported Operating Systems: PC: Windows XP SP2, Vista; Mac: OS X v10.4- v10.5

Computer I/F: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B compatible)

HDMI Output: HDMI Type C

Video Output: PAL or NTSC selectable

Audio Output: Stereo

Memory Storage: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card

 

General Features

Battery: Size AA Alkaline battery (x4) or Size AA rechargeable NiMH battery (x4) NB4-300/NB4-200

Optional Charger/AC Adaptor: CBK4-300 / Compact Power Adaptor CA-PS700

Shooting Capacity (full charge): With NB-2AH NiMH - LCD Monitor On: Approx 400 shots, Replay: 10 hrs

Dimensions: (W x D x H): 124 x 88.3 x 86.9 mm (ex. protruding parts)

Weight: Approx. 560g

 

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Profile-based lens correction in Lightroom 3 is fantastic

Seth Reinhardt - Friday, June 25, 2010

After many months of public beta, Lightroom 3, Adobe’s photography workflow, management and processing software, has finally been released. And it’s getting a little Web 2.0 with a new user updatable lens profile database that will save you a ton of time with some powerful automatic image correction capabilities.

Adobe’s creative software tends to generate awesome communities who help each other out, provide tutorials, write plug-ins and generally add new creative and user friendly dimensions to the applications. So, in Lightroom 3, Adobe has included a user updatable database of different lenses, as well as a simple to use Lens Profile Creator. Allowing users to update the database was a vital decision because, where a single company would struggle, an active community will excel in providing accurate profiles for the countless and potentially obscure combinations of lenses and DSLRs that exist in the creative world.

So how will we use this database? Well, right now we will use it for automatic lens corrections. While there are some amazing lenses out there, they are not perfect and most will exhibit some degree of vignetting, chromatic aberration and lens distortion. Correcting these distortions can be time consuming and complex and that’s where Adobe’s profile-based lens correction comes in.

Profile-based lens correction debuted in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop CS5 and has now made it into Lightroom 3. It can use the EXIF data from your digital photos to determine the camera body and lens you used to take the photo and then automatically correct for distortions like vignetting and barrel distortion, based on the particulars of your equipment. Of course, it is also possible to choose lens and body profiles specifically, or create and upload your own and then fine tune the various corrections in order to achieve your desired creative outcome.

Lightroom 3 lens correction

Credit: Adobe

This can be a huge time-saver as part of a professional workflow, but will also be a great help to amateurs who want to improve their post-processing and small-business users who want to get great shots of their product or business online or in their marketing quickly and affordably.

And then there’s all of Lightroom 3’s other great features, such as its improved performance, nondestructive editing, better colour, sharpness and noise reduction results and camera tethering.

Click here for Adobe’s Lens Profile Creator

Try Lightroom 3 here

Buy Lightoom 3 from Complete IT’s online store here

 

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Samsung's new LED monitors are great for business

James David - Friday, June 18, 2010
samsung bx2240

Samsung is calling its new line of eco-friendly, business-oriented monitors “ergonomically-advanced business enhancement tools” and believes that they will change the way you do business.

The Samsung BX2240 is a 21.5” LED backlit LCD monitor aimed at and designed for, business users. It features a 21.5” widescreen panel, LED backlighting, 1920 X 1080 resolution, 5ms response time and eco-friendly and efficient operation.

The BX2240 produces a clean, defined and bright image. Colours pop nicely while remaining natural, making it a great display for media or gaming use while not necessarily being accurate enough for a dedicated photography, film or design display. Black levels are solid, but not amazing, meaning a loss of some of the fine detail in very dark scenes. Horizontal viewing angles are above average, though some reviewers have found vertical contrast shift across the top of the panel.

The big draw for the BX2240, if you’ll pardon the pun, is its eco-friendly design. The display is TCO Display 5.0 certified; meaning that it has satisfied the tougher and more environmentally focused requirements of the updated standard and is “designed for both the users and the planet”, according to TCO development. Running a more efficient LED backlighting system, instead of CCFL backlighting, allows the display to run cooler and use less power and makes it more environmentally friendly to produce and recycle. Samsung claims that the monitor “reduces power consumption by 40%” by running fewer LEDs and defaulting to standby power. Power consumption and eco-friendly design and manufacture are important considerations for a business display and are all areas in which the BX2240 excels.

In a business environment, a display such as this will be used for extended sessions day in and day out and expected to last for years. In light of this, the build quality of the BX2240 is solid and workmanlike and should provide great value. The design of the BX2240 is understated; shunning the flashy, glossy design of a consumer oriented product for a functional and easily maintained matte finish, thin black bevel and slim profile.

In order to keep users comfortable and healthy, the BX2240 offers a comprehensive suite of adjustability settings, allowing the height, pitch, rotation and orientation of the display to be set perfectly for the user. It can be rotated into landscape or portrait orientations and will perform well in either. The adjustability theme continues with a full set of picture controls that will allow you to get the best out of the BX2240’s image quality.

The BX2240’s 1920 X 1080 widescreen resolution provides plenty of screen real estate and allows multiple windows to be open and usable on either side of the screen. If you want to get serious with your real estate, the screen is affordable enough to run dual monitors – giving you 3840px of horizontal space with which to run multiple word documents, browsers, excel documents and any combination of creative tools and work with them simultaneously. And because this display tends to run cool and is so kind to your power bill, you won’t feel bad doing it!

Connectivity options on the BX2240 are relatively frugal, with only DVI and VGA present. While this may be a turn off for some, it is well suited to the workhorse nature of this display and can always be augmented with cheap adaptors and USB peripherals that are more suited to the task.

Samsung has been on a roll recently, especially with their LCD TVs and displays and the BX2240 looks like another great addition to their line-up. It is understated, workmanlike and solid and produces a sharp, readable image that will work perfectly in business applications, as well being more than up to the task for media and gaming use. Its eco-friendly design, manufacture and operation make it an excellent choice in any environment.

Head to our online store now to grab one

Its bigger 24” brother, the BX2440, can be found here

James David

Your IT Implementation, Planning and Support Specialist

Complete IT

 

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