Shutter Release: Opteka 6.5mm f/2 mirrorless lens, camera calibration in Lightroom and creating fake blur


posted Monday, August 28, 2017 at 9:45 AM EST


We hope you had a nice weekend! Let's get the last week of August off to a strong start with a new edition of our Shutter Release roundup article. For those unfamiliar with Shutter Release, it is a curated list of news and video content from around the web. We work hard to bring you the best in original content, but we also want to be able to share great work from our colleagues around the web.

In today's Shutter Release, we will look at the first information about an upcoming Opteka lens for mirrorless cameras, read about changing Photoshop's default cursors, learn how to use camera calibration tools in Lightroom and see how to create convincing fake lens blur. Let's get to it.

Opteka 6.5mm f/2 Lens - Mirrorless Rumors

While information is currently sparse, it appears that Opteka is developing five new manual focus lenses for mirrorless cameras including the Sony E-mount, Fuji X-mount, Micro Four Thirds, Canon EOS-M and even the Nikon CX mount - the latter one being a big surprise. Mirrorless Rumors is reporting that the first of these five new lenses will be a 6.5mm f/2 HD Multi-Coated Circular Fisheye lens and it will feature six elements across five groups, nine aperture blades and a minimum focus distance of 1.9 inches (0.05 meters).

How and why you should change Photoshop's default cursors - Fstoppers

Photoshop is very customizable software. You can set up many aspects of how the photo editor acts and looks to suit your personal preference and workflow. For example, you can change the standard cursor to a crosshair, which some users find more precise. You can change your cursor preferences by going to Preferences and then Cursors, it's that simple. It may not seem like a big change, but when you spend a lot of time in Photoshop, it's the little things that can make the biggest difference in your workflow.

Tips for how to use the camera calibration panel in Lightroom - SLR Lounge

Kishore Sawh at SLR Lounge has written a great guide for using the camera calibration tools in Lightroom. A few years ago, he also wrote a similar article about using Adobe Camera Raw to create great skin tones. Be sure to check them out. You can also watch a video about calibration in Lightroom from Anthony Morganti below.

Creating fake lens blur in Photoshop - Fstoppers