Add vintage lens metadata to your pictures in Lightroom with LensTagger →

August 04, 2016 |

If you shoot with old manual lenses on your modern digital camera, as I do, you’ve probably noticed that Lightroom doesn’t show up any EXIF information for the lens when you import the images. That’s pretty obvious, since vintage lenses usually have no electronic parts in them at all. The problem is, Lightroom doesn’t allow you to add this missing information to your files later, either.

LensTagger is a Lightroom plugin that allows you to add specific lens metadata to your images without ever leaving the app. It works pretty well, and includes all lens-related information such as lens name, focal length, maximum aperture, actual aperture, and more. Best of all, you can save presets for the different lenses you shoot with, and apply the edits to multiple files with a single click. And as a nice bonus feature, you can also add film-related metadata, including film brand, stock, speed, and more.

If you like to have all your pictures nicely tagged for, say, sharing to Flickr, LensTagger is definitely a great solution.

The hidden charm of Madrid’s street markets The hidden charm of Madrid’s street markets

The images above were both shot with the venerable Canon nFD 50mm f/1.8 lens on the Sony A7 II camera. Click on them to view them on Flickr, including lens metadata.

LensTagger requires ExifTool, which is available on both Windows and OS X. It was developed by Dirk Essl and it’s donation-ware. If you enjoy using it, do send a few bucks his way.

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Candid, Episode #22: Right Place, Wrong Lens →

July 29, 2016 |

With Josh and Marius back from their respective summer trips, we’re all back together and eager to talk about the latest photo news as well as reflections on travel equipment. This was a fun one.

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Candid Conversations: Drew Coffman →

July 16, 2016 |

With Josh still away, Marius & I are joined by friend of the show Drew Coffman. We talk about Drew’s gear, including a new Leica Q, before wrapping up with a detailed discussion of iPad Pro and mobile photography workflows.

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Discovering Romania →

July 14, 2016 |

My friend and co-host Marius Masalar has been spending his summers in Romania for twenty years. This time around, he decided to share his experience and created this gorgeous photo story to give us a little insight into his beautiful — and sometimes terrible — country. Fantastic work.

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My review of the Ascaso i-Mini coffee grinder was published today on Tools & Toys. I’ve owned the i-Mini for over three years now, and it’s one impressive little device.

If you’re at all interested in coffee, you probably know that good, high-end burr grinders are expensive, with the three or four most popular models costing between $350-$1,000. Unless you’re an enthusiast, that’s a lot of money to drop on a grinder.

What’s remarkable about the i-Mini is that it can do almost everything these high-end grinders do, but it does it while keeping the price well under $300. In a community where fancy devices almost invariably carry a hefty premium, that’s no small feat.

If you want to know more about the Ascaso i-Mini grinder, head on over to Tools & Toys for the full review.

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Candid, Episode #20: Photokina Predictions →

June 30, 2016 |

This week, with Josh still on vacation, Marius & I chat about Siri image search concerns, more WWDC details, and what we can expect to see in the camera market over the next year.

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Candid Conversations: Paul Matthijs of Hedge →

June 22, 2016 |

In this week’s episode, Josh is on vacation somewhere in beautiful Europe, so Marius and I are joined by Paul Matthijs, CEO of Hedge. Hedge is a wonderful Mac app that lets you easily offload footage from any source to multiple destinations, all while protecting and verifying your data.

Copying large amounts of data through the Finder is not only an inefficient process, it is also unsafe. Finder doesn’t support data verification, and the last thing you need when handling sensitive data is to fall victim to data corruption.

Even if you’ve never been burned yet, you need a way to safely copy your footage from the original capture device to its archival destination. We all do. Data corruption is not an uncertainty: at some point or another, it will happen. The question is, are you ready for it?

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m fascinated by clever apps like Hedge. Paul was kind enough to share with us a bit of the story behind the app’s creation, their pricing strategy, and the philosophy that drives their team.

You can get a free, week-long trial of Hedge at their website, but there’s more. Candid listeners get an exclusive 20% discount when purchasing the app through this link. It’s a terrific deal.

Many thanks to Paul for joining us this week. If you haven’t tried Hedge yet, I can’t recommend it enough.

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CHANGER, by Matt Gemmell →

June 22, 2016 |

Matt Gemmell’s new novel, CHANGER, was released today. For those of us who are members on Matt’s personal site, this is a very special day. We’ve been walking alongside him right from day one, and we’ve watched with excitement and anticipation as he relentlessly inched closer and closer to the finish line. It’s been humbling to watch Matt deal with the struggle, all without ever losing faith in himself or his writing. Today, we all celebrate.

It’s been a great journey. Writing a book is no small deed — only the tree and the child missing now, I guess — and I for one feel very fortunate to have witnessed its birth from our tiny little window: Matt’s newsletter, The Writer’s Life.

Of course, the best part — you know, the actual reading — comes now. For what it’s worth, I’m only halfway through the first chapter and I’m already hooked. I’d say I’m surprised, but Matt always did have a way with words.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I left a ruthless mercenary doing some pretty nasty things and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Care to join me?

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My review of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was published yesterday on Tools & Toys. Long story short: it’s a jaw-droppingly beautiful game, and one of the most rewarding gaming experiences ever. If you’re a fan of the series, this is an absolute must-play.

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