Gadgets & Gizmos

What does it take to create a winning landscape photograph? I wish I knew the exact answer - and then again, I'm quite happy I don't! Life would be pretty boring if you followed a few rules and success was guaranteed!

However, if your aim is to improve your photography, to consistently place in the top 20 percent of a competition's entries and just maybe have a chance at winning a major prize from time to time, then Ignacio Palacios has an eBook for you!

Ignacio and I have taken a couple of photo tours to South American destinations together - and I have written some short comments for the new book as well, so I'm more than happy to help promote it.

Titled Dissecting Award Winning Landscape Photos, the eBook features 20 photos which have won him awards. Each photograph is discussed in detail, looking at the compositional elements that have helped make the image successful. If you're new to composition or you just want to better understand what it is judges are looking at, Ignacio provides some great insights. 

Wrote Ignacio, "I love entering photography competitions and doing well brings genuine excitement. Unfortunately, winning is not a pure science and entering can be just plain disappointing sometimes! Photography is, at its essence, a form of art and as such, the judging process has some very subjective elements to it. Even though there are some consistent qualities to images that do well, winning a competition or receiving an award can ultimately come down to a matter of opinion and personal taste of the judges who are looking at your image at that particular time. Nevertheless, entering my imagery into photography competitions has been very important in my progression and development to becoming the photographer that I am today and this book will show you the creative process I followed for 20 award winning shots."

Ignacio has put a lot of effort into his book which is selling for US$59.95 on his website, but we've been able to organise a 25% discount for Better Photography readers. Just use the coupon code BP25OFF when you order the book. 

If you're interested, you'll find out everything you need to know on Ignacio's website here:

The latest ColorEdge Prominence CG3146 is a 31.1-inch, DCI-4K (4096 x 2160) HDR (high dynamic range) reference monitor designed for professional post-production and colour grading workflows. It is the successor to EIZO’s CG3145 and is the first of its kind to incorporate a built-in calibration sensor.

What interests us is that the new CG3146 correctly shows both very bright and very dark areas on the screen without sacrificing the integrity of either – a process which cannot be achieved with SDR (standard dynamic range) monitors. The monitor achieves 1000 cd/m2 (typical) high brightness and 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for true HDR display. It means monitors are becoming even better than the best art prints we can produce, and maybe there’s potential for better viewing 16- and 32-bit still images as well.

Like a number of EIZO’s other monitors, the CG3146 incorporates a built-in calibration sensor. Hardware calibration ensures the screen stays colour accurate over time and streamlines colour management. Furthermore, with EIZO’s ColorNavigator 7 colour management software, users can regularly calibrate and quality control their monitor quickly and reliably.

The ColorEdge Prominence models are the first HDR reference monitors to overcome the severe drawbacks of other HDR technologies available to the market – ABL (Auto Brightness Limiter) and local dimming. They achieve a true HDR visual experience without the limitations of these technologies to ensure users always see accurate colours and brightness in every pixel. The CG3146 supports HLG (hybrid log-gamma) and the PQ (perceptual quantisation) curve for displaying and editing broadcast, film, and other video content in HDR. The optimised gamma curves render images to appear truer to how the human eye perceives the real world, compared to SDR (standard dynamic range).

So, is this a monitor for our readers? With a high price tag expected (TBA), we suggest it’s not an essential purchase. However, what we like most about this new HDR technology is that it will eventually trickle down to more affordable EIZO monitors that are more suitable for enthusiast and professional photographers alike.

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A Special LaCie/Better Photography Promotion

Incredibly Small and Fast

No Compromise Storage in a Go-Everywhere Package!

Peter Eastway reviews the highly portable Rugged SSD Pro storage solution from LaCie, from the remotest location on Earth – Antarctica!

One of the many fun aspects of writing for a photography magazine are the toys we get to play with. And the most recent toy I have to report on is the LaCie® Rugged® SSD Pro portable storage device.

As its name suggests, the Rugged SSD Pro is designed for life on the road – and the high seas as I recently took it on a voyage to Antarctica.

The Rugged series’ well known plastic protective shell in vibrant orange has been replaced by a suave matte black, distinguishing it from the standard Rugged SSD. But, what else makes the Rugged SSD Pro different?

In a word, speed.

Plug the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro into any Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 on your laptop and enjoy the speed

2800MB/s Fast!

The LaCie Rugged SSD Pro has been designed to meet the requirements of both photographers processing large image files and film-makers with their gigabytes of motion – especially out on location.

However, not only does the Rugged SSD Pro provide additional storage space, it can work as a scratch disk with high-speed data transfers and editing power.

For photographers, this means that when you open your image files in Photoshop, Lightroom or Capture One, etc., it doesn’t matter whether they’re stored on your laptop’s internal drive or the Rugged SSD Pro, your software won’t hesitate as it opens, edits and saves your work.

Inside the Rugged SSD Pro is a Seagate® FireCuda® NVMe solid state drive offering super fast Thunderbolt 3 speeds up to 2800MB/s (compared to 1000MB/s on the standard Rugged SSD).

The benefit for photographers is that it really is so fast, it’s just like working on an internal drive. And if you’re into film and video production, then you’ll be able to play back 6K, 8K, and super slow motion source files anywhere – without transcoding.

So, what happens if your computer doesn’t have Thunderbolt 3 connectivity? No trouble! LaCie has thought about that too!

Previously, Thunderbolt 3 devices would only work with Thunderbolt 3 computers; now, the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro features the latest Thunderbolt 3 controller and is the first Thunderbolt 3 portable storage solution offering USB 3.1 compatibility for seamless plug and play connectivity.

Don’t try this intentionally, but the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro will survive for 30 minutes under one metre of water! Now that’s rugged!

Super Rugged too

Now, I do have a small confession to make. I’m not sure if I came even close to pushing the ruggedness of the Rugged SSD Pro while in Antarctica.

You see, the Rugged SSD Pro has very impressive IP67-rated dust and water resistance, a three-metre drop tolerance and two-ton car crush resistance. And it is the first Thunderbolt 3 storage solution that can be immersed in water down to one metre for up to 30 minutes.

While I tested the Rugged SSD Pro extensively and took it with me when we landed onshore in Antarctica, my test unit spent most of its time inside a comfortable cabin on an expedition ship. Nevertheless, rough seas can see hard drives fall off desks. Our transfer out to the ship was by water and there’s a wonderful sense of security knowing that this small, high capacity solid state drive is looking after your images.

Attaching the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro to your laptop or computer is simplicity itself!

Five-Year Warranty

And it’s reassuring to know LaCie thinks the same way. Like all LaCie’s Rugged range, the SSD Pro comes with a fiveyear limited warranty protection plan featuring Rescue Data Recovery Services.

And there’s also a one-month complimentary membership to Adobe® Creative Cloud® All Apps Plan for access to awesome photo and video editing apps.

The 140 gram Rugged SSD Pro is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers and comes in 1TB and 2TB configurations.

If you’re looking for a small, robust drive for using out on location that can also double as a super-fast scratch disk, the LaCie Rugged SSD Pro has all the anwers.

For more information, visit, a specialist photo supplier or better computer suppliers Australiawide.

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