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Shuttershock and Olympus 75-300

Since a couple of months I own the Olympus 75-300 III. And since day one, I wasn't happy with the results I got. 
All the pictures shot at +/- 300 mm where soft and looked like there was motion blur. How's that possible? I tried it at a 1/1000th of a second, but still the motion blur in my pictures. I regret that I ever sold my Pentax with the 55-300 for this awfull lens!
But... Most reviews of this lens are positive. Is my copy of this lens bad?
I then figured out by reading forums that it could be a phenomena called 'shuttershock'. It that case, the shock of the shutter causes enough movement so the image is blurred.
For example:

How to fix this?
My camera has several drive modes, including one called 'anti-shock'. And that does magic.
In that mode The pictures are sharp again. No motion blur is visible! 
The downside of this mode is that the fasted drivemode can't be used.

Cyberlink Photodirector beta

Cyberlink known for it's free software delivered with your computer (PowerDVD), has made a new photo workflow program: Photodirector

You can try this software for 90 days, and when you complete a form with some questions about the sofware you will get a license for free! (til 20-06-2011)

try it out here

Photo Management
The software works very fast and easy. It's working a lot like Adobe Lightroom. You have catalog (called project). First to do is importing files into this project.

In the library you can use some different views of the pictures. Listview and Gridview. Also you can choose to view all pictures in the project, view some folders, albums, tags and smart projects.

Than when selecting a picture you can also view the Metadata.

Comparing two pictures is also easy clicking on the two symbol with two persons.

When you have selected a picture you can do the adjusments by clicking on that tab. One of the things I've never seen before is the possibility to view the pictures in grid and do the adjusments still viewing the thumbnails. That's easy when doing batch-processing.

The adjustments can be done with presets. There are a dozen included, and more can be downloaded from DirectorZone. When you have made your ultimate preset you can upload it to DirectorZone.

It's obviously also possible to adjuct the settings by yourselves. The settings that can be adjusted are:

  • White Balance
    • As Shot
    • With the pipette
    • manual
    • other presets
  • Tone
    • Tone
    • Tinge
  • Level
    • some presets
    • manual (all channels or one channel)
  • HSL / Color
  • Detail
    • Sharpness
    • Noise reduction
  • Vignette
    • removal
    • effect
As you can see there are a lot of adjusments you can do. It's also possible to do some Regional Adjusments like cropping, adjusment brush, spot removal, gradient mask and red-eye removal. It's all pretty the same as in other software, but very easy to find and adjust.

The sharpening tool needs some extra attention. It's possible to view the effected areas of the sharpening:
show affected areas of sharpening

That's a great extra to have the best control over the sharpening. Also a edge mask sharpening is included.

One of the tools I miss very much is adjustment like correction keystoning, pincushion distortion, etc. When shooting buildings etc, there's not even a manual tool to adjust that.


Photodirector can also be used to make a slideshow. This is a very simple and easy tool. Select the pictures from the library, choose the effect, aspect ratio, music and duration. There's also the option to add colourd slides and add text. The slideshow can be saved in H.264, Mpeg-4 and .WMV file formats. The resolution can also be set. When choosing the formats you can see how big the file will be. That's handy when you don't want to big files for your slideshow.

But it's to simple for a paid piece of software. Most free software can do much more (like Windows Live Movie Maker).


I imported first 7000+ pictures into the project. That took about 10 minutes. When opening a file for adjustments PhotoDirector needed to load for a couple of seconds to show the picture at full resolution. This is quite fast and up to todays standards. It's not possible to load all the fullsize previews into the library like in Lightroom. Also when going to a big folder in your library will make your computer have a heavy job (and sometimes the program crashes). The rest of the program is running snappy and I don't need to wait after selecting some kind of option.


This easy to use software has some great tools inside.
  • It's the cheapest non-destructive photo editing software have used till today. Okay there are some free/opensource pieces of software, but they are all much more difficult to use.
  • This piece of software has the level of consumer software like Picasa and Windows Live Photo Gallery. But that for RAW development.
  • The regional adjusment tools. Very handy and a first in this price-class (as far as I know)

But there are some drawbacks.
  • The lack of correcting keystoning, crooked images etc.
  • The program is crashing to much when having a big library
  • The price is a little bit to high when it will really be $99,95
I think these drawbacks could be solved easily and the software is still a Beta version.

So give it a try yourselves. You will be impressed!

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