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DJ Khaled Teases New Collaboration With Drake on Instagram

Billboard.com - 4 hours 22 min ago
It looks like the world may be getting another one from DJ Khaled and Drake. The producer took to Instagram on Tuesday (June 19) to tease that he...
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Ed Cash, “What A Beautiful Name,” Capitol CMG Publishing Honored At 2018 BMI Christian Awards

Songwriter Ed Cash was the evening's top winner during the 2018 BMI Christian Awards, held [...]
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Cardi B Talks Pregnancy, Love For Offset & Hate For Donald Trump: 'He's a D***head'

Billboard.com - 4 hours 35 min ago
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that Cardi B doesn't like to slow down. In the midst of promotion for her record-breaking ...
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Paul Simon Announces Final 'Homeward Bound' Tour Date in Queens

Billboard.com - 4 hours 36 min ago
Paul Simon is approaching the end of his legendary touring career. Simon said in March that he will be extending his Homeward Bound -- The Farewell...
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Canada's SOCAN Reports Another Record Year With $352 Million in Royalty Collections, 8 Percent Growth

Billboard.com - 4 hours 44 min ago
In its seventh consecutive "record-setting" year, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)...
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Moo TV Accepting Applications For General Manager Position

Moo TV, the company that specializes in the hardware and operations that drive the touring video [...]
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Chris Brown and Agnez Mo Share Cryptic, PDA-Filled Instagram Video: Watch

Billboard.com - 5 hours 10 min ago
Chris Brown and Indonesian pop star Agnez Mo had eyebrows raising on Tuesday (June 19) when they posted a PDA-filled video on each of...
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Loupedeck announces Loupedeck+ with support for Capture One, better controls

DPReview.com - Latest News - 5 hours 19 min ago

Loupedeck - a popular editing console for Adobe Lightroom users - has received a significant update to both its physical characteristics and its overall compatibility with the launch of the Loupedeck+.

In addition to Adobe Lightroom (and Lightroom CC) Loupedeck+ is now compatible with Aurora HDR and Capture One (the later will be beta support at launch, with full compatibility to be offered soon). There are already a few editing consoles on the market that work with Lightroom as well as Capture One, and it's encouraging to see Loupedeck get in on the Capture One fun as more photographers do.

Physical improvements include better build quality with more responsive mechanical buttons and a greater degree of customization. The Loupedeck+ can be yours for $239 - current Loupedeck owners can upgrade for $50 off.

Press Release:

Introducing Loupedeck+, the Next Evolution of Custom Photo Editing Console, Loupedeck

Next Generation Includes Skylum Aurora HDR Compatibility, Upgraded Build and More Customization Options, All Based on the Photography Community’s Feedback

HELSINKI, Finland – June 20, 2018Loupedeck, the custom photo editing console built with an intuitive design that makes editing faster and more creative, has announced the next evolution, Loupedeck+. While the Loupedeck was the only device on the market custom-built to improve the Adobe Lightroom experience, the Loupedeck+ is now also compatible with popular photo editing software Skylum Aurora HDR(in addition to Adobe Lightroom Classic CC), and is designed with more functionalities, control and increased customization options. Following a year of overwhelming success and customer feedback, the Loupedeck+ was designed in Loupedeck’s headquarters in Finland, with all updates solely based on feedback from the invested photography community.

Specifically, upgrades to the Loupedeck+ include:

  • Mechanical keys with a more precise and sturdy feel
  • Improved build quality
  • Two dedicated customizable dials and seventeen buttons
  • “Custom Mode” that allows full user control of all dials
  • Configuration software built from scratch for an even better, faster and more stable photo editing experience

“We know how dedicated both the professional and amateur photography communities are in their work, and we’re committed to making their lives easier and more productive,” said Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck. “There’s no better way to create the next evolution of our flagship product than by going straight to the source and taking their feedback to heart. By adding even more control, efficiency and customization options to the editing process, we’re able to help photographers be more successful by increasing their output and artistry, and look forward to continue supporting them in their work.”

Following Loupedeck’s new partnership with Skylum, the Loupedeck+ will include future integrations with Skylum’s other professional photo editing products, including Skylum Luminar. It is also currently in beta integration with Capture One, with full integration on the way, as well as additional software integrations to follow later this year. These options will provide photographers with a more diverse, intuitive experience, helping to expedite the editing process and maximize the photo editing experience.

"Skylum and Loupedeck share the same vision. We want to help photographers create great photos, differently,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO of Sklyum. “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.”

The Loupedeck+ is available for purchase in the Loupedeck Online Store, B&H Photo and Amazon.com for $239. Loupedeck is also offering a cashback opportunity of $50 for current Loupedeck owners.

For more information visit www.loupedeck.com.

About Loupedeck

Loupedeck, the company behind the 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.

About Skylum Software

Skylum Software (formerly Macphun) is a Washington-based photo software developer with the mission to make complex photo editing simple and user-friendly. Thanks to its innovative approach and high-end proprietary technologies, Skylum products have won dozens of various awards, including “Best of the Year” awards by Apple for six straight years. Luminar was honored with the “Best Imaging Software 2017” award by TIPA and “Best Software Plugin” in October 2017 by the Lucie Technical Awards. Aurora HDR was selected as the “Best Mac App of 2017” by Apple.

To learn more about Skylum, please visit http://skylum.com/.

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The Faim Premiere Dramatic New Video for 'Summer Is a Curse': Exclusive

Billboard.com - 5 hours 19 min ago
The Faim’s new arena-sized single “Summer is a Curse,” co-written by 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin, now has a fiery...
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Dr. Luke vs. Kesha: How the Case Could Impact Reporting of Sexual Assault Allegations

Billboard.com - 5 hours 26 min ago
Of all the branches of government, the judiciary is the most opaque. There's no central depository for court filings throughout the country, and...
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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review

DPReview.com - Latest News - 5 hours 41 min ago

Samsung's Galaxy S9+ is a large, fast smartphone that's jam-packed with photography-focused features. But while it's certainly capable of great image quality, we found some issues with regard to capturing moving subjects, shooting under low lighting and when using 'Live Focus' portrait mode. On the other hand, 4K/60p video capture is of very high quality with good autofocus, and the screen on the S9+ is the best we've seen on a smartphone to date.

Key photographic / video specs

  • Dual rear cameras, each with optical stabilization
    • Wide-angle: 12MP F1.5-2.4, 26mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel autofocus
    • Telephoto: 12MP F2.4, 52mm equiv. focal length, contrast detect autofocus
  • Wide-angle module is the only variable aperture smartphone design on the market
  • Front-facing wide-angle camera: 8MP F1.7 25mm equiv.
  • 'Live Focus' background blurring for rear and front cameras
  • 'Pro' mode offers manual control in built-in camera app
  • UHD 4K/60p video recording, slow-motion 1080/240p and 720/960p recording (8x and 32x slow motion when outputted at 30 frames per second)

To start, the Galaxy's dual rear cameras are similar to the setup on Apple's iPhone X (one wide-angle, one telephoto), while Google's Pixel 2 makes do with just a single camera on the rear of the phone.

Out-of-camera JPEG | ISO 32 | 1/614 sec | F2.4

But beyond just the number of cameras, each of these phones takes a noticeably different photographic approach across different shooting scenarios. We're starting to see enough differences between the experiences of using these phones to really warrant consideration of what you want (and like) to photograph, especially if you're choosing your next phone with camera quality as a primary concern.

The 'Live Focus' portrait mode experience
is disappointing

With the Galaxy S9+, Samsung touts its Dual Aperture technology as an aid to low-light shooting and the included telephoto lens is primarily used for the 'Live Focus' portrait mode. We found that, despite the Dual Aperture, the phone would select exposure settings that resulted in unnecessarily blurry images in even moderately low light. We also found that, overall, the 'Live Focus' experience using that telephoto lens can give you completely mis-focused images even in bright light, and that it's nigh unusable as light levels start to drop.

Other specs

  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 6.2" Super AMOLED display with 2960x1440 resolution (529 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB storage plus microSD card slot
  • 3500 mAh Lithium-ion battery (non-removable)
  • $840/890/940 (£849/869/929 in the UK, €949/1049 in Germany and France for 128GB and 256GB models)

We've now had our loaner Galaxy S9+ for several weeks courtesy of Verizon Wireless, and taken a critical look at how its cameras perform under a wide variety of scenarios. Let's dig in and see what's what.

Unique Features

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ (along with its smaller brother, the S9) are the only current smartphones on the market with adjustable apertures and screens that automatically adjust contrast and brightness depending on your viewing conditions.

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Body and display

The Galaxy S9+ comes with a huge 6.2" AMOLED display with rounded edges that is simply gorgeous to look at - for the most part.

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Photo quality

From 'Live Focus' portraits to a special 'Food' mode, we've taken a look at the Galaxy's image quality under a wide range of situations.

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Video quality

With UHD 4K/60p and slow-motion video recording, the Galaxy S9+ certainly looks capable on paper - so we found out how it looks in the real world.

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Sample gallery

We've updated our sample gallery with dozens of images from several weeks of shooting. Check out portraits, concerts, sports and more.

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Conclusion

The Galaxy S9+ is one of the most photographically capable smartphones on the market; is it the one for you?

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DJ Khaled Promises 'Another One' Is Coming With Justin Bieber: 'Top Secret Alert'

Billboard.com - 5 hours 53 min ago
DJ Khaled teased fans with a photo of himself and Justin Bieber on Instagram  Tuesday (June 19), with a caption suggesting that the...
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LA Synth-Rockers Sleeplust Urge You to 'Showcase Your Scars' on New Single 'Unfiltered': Premiere

Billboard.com - 5 hours 54 min ago
The latest single from L.A. up-and-comers Sleeplust finds the quartet writing a gorgeous song about embracing your less-than-gorgeous moments....
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Jimmy Wopo Would've Been Next Up in Pittsburgh's Burgeoning Rap Scene

Billboard.com - 6 hours 2 min ago
When Jimmy Wopo emerged in 2015 -- already seemingly fully-formed as an artist, though still a teenager -- he immediately established himself as...
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Disney Boosts Fox Deal to $71.3 Billion in Cash, Stock

Billboard.com - 6 hours 27 min ago
Walt Disney said Wednesday that it has boosted the value of its takeover deal agreement with 21st Century Fox to $71.3 billion in cash and stock,...
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Hayley Kiyoko Performs Choreography-Heavy 'He'll Never Love You (HNLY)' Live on 'Seth Meyers': Watch

Billboard.com - 6 hours 30 min ago
Breakout pop phenom Hayley Kiyoko stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers last night (June 19) to perform "He'll Never Love...
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Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder Protest Trump and 'Inhumane' Border Policy During Live Shows

Billboard.com - 7 hours 30 sec ago
Rock legends Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder both interrupted their live sets this week to unload their thoughts on President Donald...
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Apple releases four new iPhone X mobile photography video tutorials

DPReview.com - Latest News - 8 hours 19 min ago

Apple released a new batch of mobile photography tutorial videos this week, each briefly demonstrating how to perform various camera actions using the flagship iPhone X. The OLED-equipped iPhone X features dual rear 12MP cameras coupled with optical image stabilization and optical zoom.

The four new videos were published on June 14 and guide iPhone X users through the following functions: shooting with the backlight, shooting in burst mode, recording in slow motion, and creating panoramas.

Apple semi-regularly updates video tutorials for its products, and previously released a batch of similar mobile photography instructional videos for the iPhone 8. A full playlist of Apple's mobile photography video tutorials, including those covering older iPhone models, is available here. The four newest videos are below.

Via: Light Stalking

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Adobe announces Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application

DPReview.com - Latest News - 9 hours 19 min ago

Adobe has announced development of Project Rush, a cross-device video editing application that consolidates the entire video creation workflow, from shooting to social media sharing. According to Adobe, Rush is intended to provide a more streamlined and intuitive user experience for creating videos, as well as to provide a powerful video solution for mobile users.

In contrast to traditional video creation workflows, which often require switching between specialized programs, Rush aims to put the entire workflow into one, integrated application. It supports shooting, editing, audio optimization, motion graphics, and video sharing, and provides a simplified interface for editing, color correction, audio, and titling.

Adobe says the tools available in Rush are based on the same underlying technology as some of its pro apps, including color correction technology from Premiere Pro and audio technology from Audition. Integration with Adobe Stock will provide access to free motion graphics templates which can be customized by users.

Project Rush will work across mobile and desktop platforms, and will include the same feature set in both versions. Projects will synchronize between devices using Adobe Creative Cloud.

Recognizing that a great deal of video content is now shared through social media, Rush will automatically optimize video for a variety social media platforms, as well as manage publication and scheduling of content to those platforms. Adobe did not specify which platforms will be supported.

Rush will be available in mobile and desktop applications, with both versions supporting the same feature set, meaning users will have the same tools at their disposal no matter which device they’re using. Projects will sync between devices using Adobe Creative Cloud.

Although Project Rush is unlikely to replace pro-level tools for larger productions, it may prove useful to those who don’t need the power of a dedicated non-linear editor, or those who prefer a workflow that doesn't involve multiple programs.

Adobe did not provide a release date or pricing for Project Rush, but since it’s designed to sync across Creative Cloud it’s likely to require a Creative Cloud subscription to fully utilize its features. If you want to try Rush for yourself, you can apply to join the public beta here.

We’ll be taking a look at Rush in the near future and will share our impressions once we've had a chance to give it a spin.

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