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The Image Doctors #184

Dealing with High ISO images: AI-based noise reduction software for photography

Blue-chested hummingbird on the grounds at Tranquilo Bay, Panama. Photographed at ISO 12,800 and processed with Adobe Lightroom Classic and DXO Pure Raw 3.

We’re back this week as Jason has returned from his photo safari to Isla Bastimentos in Panama. Many of Jason’s images were captured at ISOs well above ISO 6400. Today we’ll discuss the latest AI-based tools for noise removal, including Adobe Lightroom, DXO Pure Raw 3, and Topaz Photo AI. All of these tools are excellent, but we use them differently depending on our workflow needs.

The Image Doctors #183

Photographer Spotlight: Julia Margaret Cameron

This week, we go WAY back to the 1860s and feature the photography of Juliet Margaret Cameron (1813-1879). Cameron picked up photography in its very early stages (glass plates and all) and had the benefit of being in the social circles of many of England’s most prominent intellectuals at that time. Her unique portrait style makes her a photographer worth learning more about, which you can do here.

Leica M11 Monochrom Announced

Leica recently announced their newest monochrome rangefinder camera, the 60-megapixel M11 Monochrom. This camera only captures black and white images, and retails for just under $9200 USD.

Wildlife Photography in Panama

Jason is off to Panama this week, where he’ll be leading a photo safari to an eco lodge on an island on Panama’s Caribbean side. Hear what Panama has to offer wildlife photographers, and what gear Jason’s packing for the trip. Note: Due to travel, we’ll be on hiatus until April 29th.

The Image Doctors #182

Alternative Shops for Camera Gear

Have you ever been shopping for camera accessories at the big-name retailers only to find that item listed as “backordered” everywhere you look? What about when an online shop is closed for the holidays? Here are some other places you might look to, starting with the manufacturers own website (I recently got a Nikon SB-500 speedlite in about a week directly from Nikon USA despite it being listed as out of stock). Other shops we recommend include:

Photographer Spotlight: Galen Rowell & John Shaw

Galen Rowell and John Shaw’s oudoor and nature photos had a profound influence on both Jason and Rick. Hear why they are two of our personal favorites, and be sure to check out these books:

The Image Doctors #181

Fall Photo Safari Announced

Join us to photograph Rocky Mountain National Park, Oct. 1-5, 2023.

Join Jason & Rick in Colorado Oct. 1-5 to photograph landscapes and wildlife in and around Rocky Mountain National Park! This is a photo safari we’ve done in the past, and it’s one of our favorite places to shoot. Registration is discounted if you book by April 30th!

Photographer Spotlight: Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier (1926-2009) was an unknown street photographer whose photos were mostly unprinted (and even undeveloped). Instead, she had a vast collection of negatives and undeveloped rolls of film sitting in storage lockers; her photography was something she did for herself, not for others. Her portfolio was accidentally discovered in 2007 when the contents of one of her storage lockers was auctioned off due to unpaid bills. After her death, her work went viral, and her photographs measure up with some of the best street photographers of all time.

The Image Doctors #180

RIP DPReview

Earlier this week we learned that the massive photography review and discussion site, DPReview, will be shut down April 10th. We were quite surprised by this news, and we’ll share our thoughts on the announcement.

Photographer Spotlight: Margaret Bourke-White

This week, we’re continuing to feature photographers who made significant contributions to the field, and Margaret Bourke-White is certainly one of them. Her images were not only remarkable for the time, but often graced the cover of Life magazine (including it’s first-ever cover under new ownership in 1937). You can see some of her most famous images here.