New Luminar 4 Skin Retouching That Gives Results, Not Headaches


Achieve studio-level skin enhancement with a powerful new tool in Luminar 4 — AI Skin Enhancer. Fix imperfections and highlight the natural beauty with just one slider — no masks, layers, or complex selections. Available only in Luminar 4.

1. Luminar 4 + Signature Looks bundle for US$69 instead of US$138
2. Luminar 4 + Signature Looks + Luminar 3 bundle for US$99 instead of US$207

With AI Skin Enhancer, revolutionary technologies automatically identify skin, then make fine adjustments to make it look naturally great. With Artificial Intelligence handling the tedious part of editing, you get more control and more time to focus on the creative side of your workflow.

Previously they announced their new Sky Replacement Technology, which you can see here and AI Structure Tool, which you can see here.

Skylum brings AI-powered portrait and skin enhancement tools to Luminar 4
New human-aware tools to help photographers make portraits look amazing in less than 60 seconds — without the need for selections or masks.

BELLEVUE, WA – September 17, 2019 — Today, Skylum has announced two major new features coming to Luminar 4, set to be released this fall. AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer will enable photographers to further develop and improve their portraits. These tools use machine learning to speed up the process, but contain detailed controls for even the most demanding photo editor.

Previously, photographers would have to spend time selectively editing their photographs, manually adjusting various tools through selections and masking.

With Luminar 4, these tedious tools are a thing of the past. Not only can photographers take advantage of the time savings through Luminar 4’s AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer tools, they can also sync the adjustments across multiple photos. The technology will adapt itself to each photograph, automatically fine-tuning the style of adjustments chosen by the photographer, making it work for each photo. Read More »

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Laowa 17mm f/1.8 With 7 Blade Aperture Coming Soon


Venus Optic Laowa has a new 17mm f/1.8 lens coming soon with a 7 Blade Aperture.

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Panasonic S1H Interview With Yosuke Yamane: Why Did Panasonic Wait?


Panasonic S1H: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Image Resource sat down with Yosuke Yamane, Director of Panasonic Corp.’s Imaging Business Unit, Smart Life Network Business Division, Appliances Company, to discuss the release of the Panasonic S1H. Below are excerpts from the interview.

  • Panasonic started on the S series Full Frame cameras 2 years ago but Yosuke Yamane wanted to do the S1H 8 years ago
  • Choosing a mount was difficult
  • Panasonic jointed the L-Mount alliance with Leica and Sigma to give photographers an ecosystem
  • Panasonic launched their photo-centric cameras first since there was more support for photography centric cameras on the mount initially
  • The S1H wasn’t delayed, but rather design started on it after the photo-orientated cameras for L-Mount
  • L-Mount needed more photography cameras and once Panasonic fofiled the need they turned their focus to video
  • The S1H sensor is the same cells as the S1 with lots of tweaks to aid video shooting like the low-pass filter that reduces moire, dual native ISO, wide range of color gradation.
  • The pixels are the same as the S1, but they added a second capacitor on the output of each to make it dual-native
  • The S1H will primarily appeal to videographers that like shallow depth of field for artistic creation
  • The form factor lets you use a variety of rigs
  • The S1H will satisfy the needs of small companies more than as a second camera
  • They are converting VariCam rentals to S1H purchases
  • Panasonic would be happy if the S1H outsold the GH
  • Panasonic thinks the market is large enough for the GH and S1H to coexist
  • There are lots of great cinema options for L-Mount
  • Panasonic thinks the S1H will sell well
  • The S1H had the most anticipation of all the L-Mount cameras
  • Panasonic has a lot of experience with VariCam and the S1H takes their video cameras to a new place
  • Panasonic doesn’t think the S1H will canabilize EVA1 sales since it has SDI connectors along with some additional features that give it an advantage over S1H
  • S1H is for hybrid photographers, videographers and cinematographers
  • The use of  4:2:2 10-bit and 4:2:0 are largely decided by technical limitations
  • Panasonic will try to do 4:2:2 6K external when it is possible, which will probably be for the next camera

via imaging-resource

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Panasonic Launch Event Coverage: Panasonic S1H, Panasonic S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8, and Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/F1.4 II ASPH


Panasonic S1H: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/F1.4 II ASPH: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Launch Videos

Official Marketing Videos

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Panasonic Launch Event and Leaked Launch Photos: Panasonic S1H, Panasonic S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8, and Surprise Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/F1.4 II ASPH

Above is the live stream for the Panasonic S1H, Panasonic S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8, and Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/F1.4 II ASPH launch event starting at 10 am PST.

Panasonic S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 is available early on Amazon

Panasonic S1H: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Panasonic S PRO 24-70mm f/2.8: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm/F1.4 II ASPH: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Photos via Nok

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Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Announced


Laowa 4mm f/2.8: Venus Optics

Anhui China, Aug 7, 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer specializes in making unique camera lenses, unveil the pricing and availability of the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye Lens for Micro Four Thirds (M43) cameras.

Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens is an 8mm equivalent fisheye prime specially designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras. On the contrary to the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ wide angle lenses, the new 4mm fisheye lens is designed to create an extremely distorted fisheye perspective.

210° angle of view
The lens features an ultra-wide 210° angle of view. Photographers can take advantage of the dramatic field of view to capture. A full 360o panorama can also be done using a few as 2 images as opposed to shooting 6 or more images with conventional fisheye lenses. This lens is also particularly good for VR photography, shooting virtual tour and spherical panorama.

Focus as close as 3.14” (8cm) from sensor
Photographers can take advantage of the super close focusing distance to capture some heavily distorted & impactful shots.

Drones friendly
The lens can be mounted on DJI Inspire X5 drones to create some epic ‘God’s vision’ shots.

Outstanding sharpness
Houses with 7 elements in 6 groups, the new 4mm has an outstanding sharpness throughout the frame. Along with the 210o ultra-wide angle, photographers can either ‘de-fish’ the image in post-processing or crop to transform the image into a rectilinear image.

Super Tiny & Lightweight
The lens is extremely tiny and lightweight. Measuring only 1.77” (45mm) long and weighing 4.7 oz (135g), the lens is so small that can be put into pocket for shooting anywhere, anytime.

Huge Depth of Field
The depth of field of this lens is so deep that no focusing operation is required. Simply park the focus ring at infinity focus and stop down the lens to around f/5.6, everything will be in focus.

Pricing & Availability
The lens is currently available to pre-order in authorized resellers and in Venus Optics official website (http://www.venuslens.net/).

The ex-VAT retail price in US is USD 199/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries. First shipment is expected to start in mid Aug 2019.

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