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24November 2017

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Review

November 24th, 2017|Categories: review|

RAW Development module in ON1 Photo RAW For some time now, I've been using ON1 Photo RAW (now version 2018) which is a RAW development and photo editing software from ON1 Inc. company. If you read my review of ON1 Effects 10 (which was a precursor of Photo RAW), then you know I really liked that piece of software. However, when ON1 Photo RAW initially appeared I didn't really like it. Despite it was marketed as fastest and most robust RAW editor, I found it very slow compared to Capture One (and even Lightroom which I find terribly slow). And more importantly, I didn't like results I were getting from it. But ON1 kept updating their software in the next few months and [...]

20November 2017

Surface Pro Review for Photographers

November 20th, 2017|Categories: review|

Just before my China trip, I bought new Surface Pro - a 2-in-1 device from Microsoft - and after using it for several weeks during my travels, I'd like to share my impressions about it. Hardware First of all, new Surface Pro comes in many different versions which have different CPU, RAM and disk storage. And they greatly influence the price which ranges 799 USD to 2699 USD. I went with Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM and 512 MB SSD disk. All versions come with Windows 10 Pro installed. Tablet is very light, with a weight of 784 g, and also, it's pretty small (just 8.5 mm thick!) so it will easily fit in any photographer's bag and will be a great addition in the field. [...]

17November 2017

Giant Pandas

November 17th, 2017|Categories: China|

While in China we couldn't miss the opportunity to see one of its symbols - Giant Panda Bear. This animal is currently listed as 'Vulnerable' - it was downgraded from 'Endangered' status in September 2016. But with just around 2000 bears living in the wild, it's still far from being completely safe from extinction. But the good news is that according to recent research panda population in the wild is slowly growing in the recent years. It's mostly because of the efforts China took to save them from extinction. Around Chengdu city, there are several facilities dedicated to research, breeding and saving those animals from the wild. And it's even better - in the recent years they are trying to give pandas back to the [...]

15November 2017

10 Most Surprising Things in China

November 15th, 2017|Categories: China, travel guide|

As I mentioned, China surprised me in many ways. Today I'd like to mention 10 things that I found most surprising: It's like travelling through time. Some parts of China are like taken from the past but some are taken directly from the future. Take farmer or flea markets in the countryside - they are something you won't see anymore in Europe. They're long gone. Not only people buy food there, but also it's a social event, with people meeting, talking, having their hair cut etc. But places like Shanghai or Chengdu can be as futuristic as possible. Take Maglev train for instance - which reaches impressive 430 kph speed. Many sites are more beautiful than in the photos. Many tourist sites surprised me by being [...]

13November 2017

Back from China

November 13th, 2017|Categories: China|

Very rarely does it happen that the location I visit surpasses my expectations and surprises me to the level China did. I've spent there 3 weeks and I just returned back to Poland full of great memories and obviously with thousands of photos ready to process. Of course, I expected a lot from my China trip as it was the country I wanted to visit for so many years as I always found it fascinating. But still many things turned out to be even more exciting, beautiful and surprising than I had ever imagined. Take some of the popular sites (like Forbidden City or the Great Wall) - they look great in the photos but in real-life they are even better, bigger and more impressive, [...]

24August 2017

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Review

August 24th, 2017|Categories: review|

A few months ago I became a lucky owner of DJI Phantom 4 Pro quadcopter and after using it for some time, I would like to share my detailed opinion about it. I will focus on still photography features but will mention some video features as well as I'm recently shooting more and more video (although I'm not yet feeling confident enough to share it). This is a review in progress. I will be updating it in the next few weeks with more info and sample photos. Introduction Phantom 4 Pro is an upgraded version of Phantom 4 in almost every regard. It has a better camera (20 vs. 12 megapixels; controllable aperture vs. fixed), longer flight time (30 vs. 28 mins), better obstacles detection, better [...]

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