Nik Software – Snapseed for Mac

Hello Internet,

how are you all? Its weekend again and today I want to write shortly about Snapseed for Mac from Nik Software. You might already know the application from your iPhone/iPad. Its very intuitive and easy to use on the iOS platform with a touch of your fingers. So is the experience on the computer as well – basically the same user interface.

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Data Restore after SD Card Read Problems

Hello Internet,

some days ago I have been out shooting with my M9-P (latest firmware installed). I used the following SD card:

SanDisk Extreme HD Video – 8 GB

I have never had any problems using this card on any firmware with my M9. Everything worked like a charm until this time. After the shoot reviewing the pictures on the camera was fine. I went to my Mac Book Pro and inserted the card into my external USB card reader device and nothing happened. Well the indicator LEDs on the card reader blinked but nothing else. Several remove/reinsert and unplug/replug actions have been without any result. So I put the card back to the camera and it could not read it either. What to do now?

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Pimp my Leica – Handgrip M

Hello Internet,

I decided to buy the Leica Handgrip M for my black M9-P and I definitely like it. The handgrip in black has exactly the same texture as the M9-P and fits optically perfect.

It replaces the normal bottom plate of the camera and has a tripod mount as well positioned at the center. Overall what I can say is that the camera feels much more solid in your hand. Though it is a little bit pricy at € 220,– I would highly recommend it if you are searching for the extra stability – especially when capturing in portrait mode.

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Leica M9 Firmware Update 1.174 and Silver Efex Pro 2 Update

Hello Internet,

it has been a while since I entered my last post. I have been more or less busy. As you guys for sure already know Leica released a new Firmware for the M9 / M9-P. The current version is 1.174 – it is intended to solve problems with some SD cards though some say it is not solving all of them.

Click here to go to the Leica website to download the instructions and the update. (German page)

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New Color Efex Pro 4

Hi everybody,

as I am a huge fan of NIKs Silver Efex Pro 2 I downloaded the new demo of Color Efex Pro 4. There are 2 versions, one with all the filters and one with a reduced amount of them. You can download the demo here. It can be used for 15 days with the full range of functions.

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DNG to Lightroom to Silver Efex Pro 2


just updated to version 3.5 of Lightroom (new CameraRAW 6.5 with support for about 20 new models and some bug fixes).

In this post I want to give you 3 versions of the same image:

1. OOC JPEG from Leica M9
2. LR3 JPEG export (from DNG) after some adjustments
3. Black and White conversion done with Silver Efex Pro 2

So here they are: (click them to see the full size version)
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Hi everybody,

as we have a photo exhibition next month in my home town as well the sun was shining I decided to drive a quick tour to some locations nearby to shoot with the M9-P. The more I have seen in the WordPress statistics that the article with OOC files is very popular – so I decided to post a few more of them.

Just click on the pictures below to get the full OOC JPEG.

Find as well links to the compressed (zip) DNG raw files. If you download them be aware that each file has about 12MB in size. Have fun post-processing them and if you like send the result to me.

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