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HAVE MORE FUN WITH A PEN AND DRAW ON YOUR CREATIVITY!

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Photographers really should consider a Wacom pen solution – it gives you so much more control over your craft. By Peter Eastway.

And more control over your art as well!

Using a pen and tablet (or a pen and display) is vastly superior to a mouse, especially when it’s a Wacom!

While some aspects of post-production are just clicking buttons and dragging sliders, the creative side involves drawing masks, making selections and even moving curves. A pen is not only more comfortable and easier to use, it gives you the fine control you need to express yourself properly. And it’s fun to use!

The Wacom Pro Pen 2 provides 8,192 levels of pen pressure sensitivity, so the size of your brush can be adjusted simply by changing the pressure with which you press down on the tablet or display – and this is one of the keys to greater creativity.

There are three ways you can use a Wacom Pro Pen 2: with a tablet, with a screen display, or with a self-contained screen and computer combination. Let’s start with the Intuos tablets.

Intuos – Pen & Tablet

While Wacom makes Intuos tablets in three different sizes, we’re going to suggest you start with the Wacom Intuos Pro Small. It’s around the size of an A4 sheet of paper – or a page of this magazine, so it doesn’t take up much real estate.

The larger size Intuos tablets can be great, too, but we find there’s a balance between the larger size and how far you need to move your hand to operate yoursoftware. A smaller tablet means shorter, quicker movements. And, if you need to use bigger strokes for finer detail, you simply enlarge the image you’re working on. We think small is best!

Whether you’re using the Intuos Pro or one of Wacom’s pen displays, all the units offer a number of ‘shortcut’ buttons and a touch ring, which means you can operate your software without a keyboard if you wish.

You can purchase an Intuos Pro Small from the Wacom eStore for $349, less a 10% discount using the coupon code below.

Cintiq – Pen Display

Wacom has been producing pen tablets since 1983 and it also produced its first ever pen display, the original Cintiq, in 2001.

A pen display is the best of both worlds: not only are you using a pen, you’re working directly on the image itself. The Cintiq provides a high quality, colour managed display that doesn’t only look sensational, it is incredibly accurate as well.

Wacom’s introductory model is the Cintiq 16, offering a1920x1080 px full HD display with a fine layer of anti-glare film to prevent distracting reflections as you work.

With reduced parallax, your cursor appears exactly where you would expect and, built of durable, scratch resistant materials, Wacom Cintiq 16 is a creative tool you can rely on day after day.

At just $899 in Wacom’s eStore, the Wacom Cintiq 16 is a steal, especially when you take the 10% discount off using our coupon code!

However, if you’d like to take the display specifications a step further, check out the Wacom Cintiq Pro 24 and Pro 32, offering up to 4K resolution with 10-bit colour as well. These amazing pen displays are designed for the home studio and again, we recommend the Cintiq Pro 24 as the 32 is just a bit larger than is really needed for photography.

The Cintiq Pro 24 with touch-screen control will set you back $3499 in the Wacom eStore, less the 10% discount, of course!

MobileStudio Pro

A confession up front: I went for the big one! I use the 16-inch Wacom MobileStudio Pro because one of the pleasures of travel photography is being able to look at your work in the evening, pick out your best shots and edit a few of the photos that really inspire you.

Unlike the Wacom Cintiq Pro displays, which are best used in a studio attached to a computer, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro is a laptop computer and pen display all in one.

It has all the portability and functionality of a top-of-the-line laptop. I’m often leading a group of photographers when I’m travelling, so having a large screen to show them a Photoshop technique, play an audio visual or give a Powerpoint presentation is really helpful.

And yes, the MobileStudio Pro runs all my applications. It’s a fully fledged Windows computer – and it does simply everything, from Capture One and Davinci Resolve to emails and web browsing.

My Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 i7 512GB (RRR $4299) has a 512GB SSD, it offers a massive 16GB RAM and the faster Intel Core i7 processor. It really is a seamless device and can happily replace my desktop computer too.

And with USB-C connectivity, attaching an external drive for extra storage, archiving and backing up is really easy and practical.

For more information, visit www.wacom.com/en-au. And to purchase any of Wacom’s products, visit the Wacom eStore at buywacom.com.au/, or selected retailers.

10% OFF for Better Photography readers - use this coupon code in the Wacom eStore - BETTERPHOTO10

STOP PRESS!!

NEW MOBILESTUDIO PROS!

Wacom has placed a teaser on its website announcing new MobileStudio Pro models which should be available right now! No doubt they will be faster and more powerful!

Check out the new units in the Wacom eStore – buywacom.com.au/

NOT EVERYONE IS swooning over the latest mirrorless cameras. While there's no doubt they are the future of photography, there's still plenty of life in the DSLR design and, if you like that bright, clear optical viewfinder (except when shooting in low light, of course), then maybe the DSLR is still for you!

Canon has released the EOS 90D, designed for shooting wildlife and sport. It offers continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with autofocus tracking and 11 fps in live view mode.

Canon suggests the optical viewfinder enables the responsiveness needed to shoot wildlife, such as birds in flight, while an intelligent function gives complete visibility of the composition and shooting settings within the display.

Where subjects are both quick and unpredictable, the fast frame rate and 58 JPEG burst enable photographers to shoot continuously and select the best frame later on during the editing process.

The EOS 90D also offers long battery life of up to 1300 shots (CIPA standard), which allows you to shoot all day without concern for battery limitations, something mirrorless cameras struggle to do (but, of course, a spare battery or two solves this problem).

Inside, a new 32.5-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor coupled with the DIGIC 8 processor, unlocks lens correction tools including the Digital Lens Optimiser and Diffraction Correction, which produce excellent images straight out of the camera.

And with raw image quality accompanied by WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, you can easily share images to social channels.

The EOS 90D is capable of 4K resolution video and Full HD up to 120 fps, providing options for slow motion, cropped or super highresolution. And the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system offers a wide coverage area (88 x 100%), producing smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies for professional-looking footage.

For more information, visit www.canon.com.au

WHEN EDITING PHOTOGRAPHS in Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One, do you find yourself using the graduated filter (or equivalent)?

And do you find yourself using two different graduated filters from time to time, at different angles?

For instance, you might darken down the sky with the first graduated filter, then darken down the foreground next, leaving the middle of the image lighter and brighter.

You can also do this 'in-camera' with graduated neutral density filters, placing two filters into the holder, one 'upside down'. And the amount and area of darkening can be adjusted by sliding the filters up and down.

The only downside of using a filter is that its straight edge doesn't account for bumps in the landscape, like trees or mountains that break the horizontal horizon.

But what happens if you need to angle one of the graduated filters? No trouble in Photoshop or Lightroom, but what can you do when you're using filters on a camera?

Hand-holding the filters is one answer, but now NiSi has a better one!

The NiSi Switch 100mm Filter Holder allows two filters to be rotated together or independently from each other. It’s designed for photographers who need graduated ND filters positioned at different angles, plus allows them to be rotated independently and smoothly.

The NiSi Switch allows smooth 360 degrees rotation, but also has a locking screw to fix the back holder into position.

The holder has no vignetting, even with a 16mm ultra wide-angle lens on a full-frame sensor.

The NiSi Switch is compatible with existing 100mm NiSi filters and works with the 82 mm main adaptor, included in the following NiSi kits: V6/V5PRO/V5. So, if you are an existing NiSi user, you can just order the Switch as an additional filter holder to add to your kit.

Price is expected to be $159 and you can purchase directly from NiSi – https://nisifilters.com.au/product/nisi-switch-100mm-filter-holder/.

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