News from the photo world focused on amateur/enthusiast and professionals.

Bryce Bayer, ex Kodak scientist, back in 1975 invented a color filter, that was then name Bayer filter, to be put in front of a sensor to build a color images from a monochromatic sensor.

Bayer has been honored by the Royal Photographic Society (founded in 1853!) for this invention that opened up the road to digital imaging.

Maybe not everybody knows that digital cameras employs a monochromatic (grey scale) sensor and not a color sensor. A Bayer filter stands in front of the sensor with as many colored tiny glasses/lens as pixels (a tiny red lens for first pixel, then a tiny green lens for second pixel, then a tiny blue one, then a green lens, and so on).

Through an algorithm, the colored image is approximately rebuilt. Thanks Bryce!

Canon USA has posted a white paper about the EOS 1D Mark IV. 123-pages to describe "beyond the manuals" some in depth look at the camera and details on the technology.

Available at this link.

The Principal Product Manager for Adobe Photoshop has posted a blog requesting feedbacks from users on Raw image processing (in Camera Raw product) versus RAW converters of other vendors.

Being an official request it is interesting. Already many ones has provided feedbacks, typically the comparison is done versus DxOptics, Capture One and Raw Therapee. Capture Ones has received the most appreciations so far.

Here is the link if you want to read or even give your opinion... link.

Phase One has released Capture One 5 in three versions (besides the basic, DB and PRO), one of the famous RAW converter and workflow application, known for its wide support for tethered shooting.

PRO version is on sale at 299 € / 399 $ (all info here), while the standard version at 99 € / 129 $.

Lexar has announced a new series of CompactFlash cards for professional photographers: with a high speed of 600X and big capacities: 8GB, 16GB and 32GB.

Adobe has published first beta of Lightroom 3, the famous RAW development and photo archiving software.

An interesting analysis of this beta is available in our Overview section Lightroom 3 beta overview.