*Hallelujah!!! Apple finally supports Lumix GM1 RAW files! (as well as XE2, XT1, and others)

GM1 with green garda wrist strap


I may be speaking to a small audience on this one, but I cannot contain my momentary excitement, er, relief.  For those GM1 shooters who’ve been using Lightroom or ACR, DXO or Silkypix, this news will be of little consequence.  For those of us who use Apple’s Aperture, today is a good day.  FINALLY (seriously Apple, this camera was announced last Fall and has been in shooters hands for almost 5 months!) Apple has decided to properly support the .RW2 RAW files from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1.

Along with the GM1, below are the cameras that are now supported in Apple’s most recent Digital Camera RAW Update 5.04:

  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Fujifilm X-T1
  • Nikon D3300
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3

If you’re a shooter with any of the above cameras, and use Aperture as your Digital Asset Management software, you can download the new version of Digital Camera RAW v5.04 – HERE or just go to your Software Update and it should be sitting there ready to go.

I will be testing the RAW files from the GM1 shortly and will have an article posted in due time.  In the mean time, if you’d like to receive that when it is posted, feel free to enter your email at the top right of the page to subscribe or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

Happy shooting,


*Topaz DeNoise5, updated and on sale for 50% off!

Topaz DeNoise5 On Sale

Hi guys!  Your monthly Topaz deal is here!  Topaz Labs is offering up DeNoise for 50% off.  I have written up a more in depth review on DeNoise 5 before, and feel it is one of the best, and most effective plugins I use.  It’s pretty amazing to see what this software can do for your high ISO images.  Topaz is running this sale through the end of March via Topaz Labs Website HERE.  Just use the code “mardenoise” at checkout to get the discount.  C’mon in to see some before and after examples…

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*ELK Collective and MWL, featured in Hospitality Design Magazine!

Multnomah Whisky Library in Hospitality Design by ELK Collective I’ve written about the shoot we did for ELK at the Multnomah Whisk(e)y Library, the award that it won for best new design via Eater.com, and now it has garnered national attention via Hospitality Design Magazine.  The article is short and sweet, and gives a little insight into the aesthetic and design approach by my friend and ELK Co-founder, Kelly OG.  Come on in… Continue reading

*Monthly Flickr Photo Blog Challenge #1 – Single Light + Tutorial

TRP Photo Blog Challenge

Hello all and welcome to a brand new level of interactive fun and collaborative learning.  I have always enjoyed a group approach to many aspects of creative projects, and in this vein, I’ve asked a couple friends to join in so that we can share our photography with a larger audience.

The idea is to create a theme each month.  Anyone who’d like to participate is welcome to do so.  We think it would  be fun to share our setups, gear used and settings so that we all learn from each other’s approach to each given topic all while introducing our photography to a larger family.

We will have a specified amount of time to participate and once done, we will share these images on flickr via a theme thread in our respective flickr groups.

Heather and Mat from Mirrorlessons, and myself will choose our faves from the entries and will open them up for a vote for anyone and everyone to vote on via our respective blogs, showcasing your images, linked back to your photo stream on flickr.  The final winner will then get to pick the theme for the next round and it begins again.  This will be a fun way for us to share our imagery with a larger group, with the idea being that we continue to grow our community, further networking with and inspiring each other through this collective, creative process.

This month, as our first challenge, it is to create an image with a subject lit by a single light.  “Single light” can be any singular light source and the subject can be anything.  (Hint, the sun can be a single light source, a flashlight, a strobe, a lamp, a phone, a lighter can all be considered a single light source, but it must be evident that the subject is being lit solely by this singular light source.

Feel free to take this theme and run with it, just make sure to link your image in the TRP FLICKR group in THIS THREAD and in the MIRRORLESSONS FLICKR group in THIS THREAD on flickr to submit it.  You can submit images for this first challenge through the end of March (the 31st).  At that time, Heather, Mat and myself will choose our three favorite images submitted to the Flickr groups and post on both blogs so that we can all vote for our favorite.

Inside are a couple of examples through a brief, simple turotial to show how a single light can change the effect on a single portrait subject, come on in:

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*New Camera Wrist Straps, for sale!

Garda strap

As some of you know, I moonlight as a working man.  My work entails the manufacturing and distribution of sail boat components.  One of the products I work with is yachting rope.  Through various projects over my time with rope, I’ve learned certain splicing and tapering techniques.  I’ve been building my own wrist straps for a while now and have fielded quite a few inquiries from readers who’ve seen them adorn my cameras here on the blog, so I decided to see if I couldn’t support the blog itself by selling these guys.  C’mon in to see more about what goes into the hand building of these things and find out how to buy one for yourself or a loved one :)

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*Wrist Strap Giveaway Winners!!!


Congratulations Chris, Groucho and Ron!  Make sure to contact me and to let me know your addresses so that I may send these to you.  Chris and Groucho, I know you guys are outside of the US, so I’ll figure out a good way to get them to you, Ron, you could make it three for three, or make it easy on me and be somewhere in the Pacific Northwest… :)

Here’s the drawing, in video form:

Thank you to everyone who signed up.  Hopefully I can continue to provide some fun reading, tips and tricks (basically, I hope that you signing up wasn’t a total waste ;) )  I have a few irons in the fire with some reviews and tutorials for shooting and processing, so keep an eye out.

For those who are interested in purchasing one of my new hand built wrist straps for themselves, or fellow photography lovers, I’ve added a link at the top of the page (T&T Camera Straps) through which I outline how to purchase one whether you’re in the States like myself, or through my friend Tommaso if you’re in Europe.  If you’re on another continent, please feel free to inquire and I’ll figure out how we can get one to you.

The official wrist strap release will be popping up within the next day or so here on the blog, so stay tuned.

Thanks again everyone and happy shooting!


*Topaz – Simplify 4, quick and easy digital painting filters with a click!


Topaz continues to improve they’re line of valuable plugins with the new release of Simplify 4.  Currently on sale through the end of this month for $19.99 (50% off!) when using the code “febsimplify” during checkout, Simplify 4 provides a quick, easy and very controllable plugin for a variety of painting and line drawing effects.  You can see it on Topazlabs.com HERE, or come on in to see a screen shot and read my ramblings on why I think this is a pretty amazing plugin for $20.

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