How To Get Started With Adobe InDesign CC – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do

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One of my most popular videos right now (it’s getting the third most views daily) is my How To Get Started with Adobe InDesign CS6 video. I figured it was time to make the Adobe InDesign CC version and here it is. In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV I’ll show you how to get started using InDesign CC. This is for beginners, first time InDesign users, and folks who are self-taught and may be missing things. We’ll cover the 10 things beginners ask about the most.

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CamRanger Review – Wireless Camera Control

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I’m finally getting to my CamRanger Review. This is a product I saw several months ago and always wanted to do review of it. I get the question all the time: “Is there a way to wirelessly shoot to my iPad?” I’ve covered many ways that the iPad can fit into a digital photography workflow here and another wireless solution here, but at the time CamRanger wasn’t out yet. CamRanger offers a complete wireless camera control solution for your Nikon or Canon DSLR. It’s a small lightweight box about the size of a smartphone that plugs into your compatible DSLR via a supplied USB cable. It creates a wireless network on its own and therefore doesn’t need a computer or other wireless hotspot. You can connect to it with your iOS devices (such as an iPad or iPhone), Android devices, or a Mac or PC. For my testing I used an iPad Air. Set up was very easy and only required about a minute of reading the instructions. I tested it with my Nikon D600. Once it was set up I was able to work in either direction. I was able to use the iPad to control most aspects of my camera including picking focus points, ISO, shutter speed, f/stops, white balance, etc. and I was able to take shots using the camera and have them show up as I was taking them on the iPad. The latter mode is probably the one I’d use the most out in the field because I really don’t need the remote control functions as much as say a landscape or wildlife photographer would.

Rather than continue to write about it, I recorded this short video of how it works:

 

The Bottom Line

CamRanger works exactly as advertised. It has a range of 150 feet and a battery life of about 5-6 hours. It allows the most control over your DSLR than any other solution I’ve seen and it allows you to shoot directly to your mobile devices. Many of the newer Nikon and Canon DSLR are actually coming with optional wireless connectivity. So if you have a new camera you probably have more options to choose from. However, if you’re working with a slightly older model like the Nikon D700 or Canon 5D Mark II for example, then this may be your only option. CamRanger comes with all the cables, chargers, etc. necessary to get started including a pouch to easily put it on your camera strap or belt.

You can get CamRanger here.


Adobe Lightroom 5.3 and Camera RAW 8.3 are Here!

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Lightroom 5.3 is now available as a final release on Adobe.com and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 5.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.

Release Notes

Newly added support for Tethered Capture in Lightroom 5.3

  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i / EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i

New Camera Support in Lightroom 5.3

  • Canon EOS M2
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • Casio EX-10
  • Fujifilm XQ1
  • Fujifilm X-E2
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Nikon Coolpix P7800
  • Nikon Df
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • Olympus STYLUS 1
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1
  • Pentax K-3
  • Phase One IQ260
  • Phase One IQ280
  • Sony A7 (ILCE-7)
  • Sony A7R (ILCE-7R)
  • Sony DSC-RX10

New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom 5.3

Mount Name
Apple   Apple iPhone 5s
Canon   Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Canon   Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
Canon   TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD A011E
DJI   Phantom Vision FC200
Nikon   Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon   Nikon 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8
Nikon   Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon   Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon, Sigma   Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013
Sony   Sony 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM
Sony   Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM
Sony   Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II
Sony   Sony E 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS
Sony   Sony E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
Sony   Sony E 20mm F2.8
Sony   Sony FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony   Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
Sony   Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA

Bugs Corrected in Lightroom 5.3

  • Issues when upgrading catalog from previous versions of Lightroom.
  • Incorrect photos are displayed after switching away from a Publish Collection.
  • Catalog optimization did not finish, and was not optimizing the catalog
  • Feather of clone spots is set to 0 after upgrading catalog to Lightroom 5.
  • Auto White Balance settings are not saved to Snapshots.
  • Sony 18-55mm lens is detected as the Hasselblad 18-55mm lens for lens correction.
  • Increased Update Spot Removal history steps when in Before and After view.
  • Slideshows start playing automatically even when the Manual Slideshow option is enabled.
  • On certain images, red eye removal behaved incorrectly
  • Incorrect White Balance settings applied when synching Auto WB from source to targets
  • Video playback stops when dragging on the scrubber.
  • Errors when publishing photos to Flickr through the Publish Service.
  • Option + drag on Edit Pin behavior is functioning incorrectly.
  • Black border appears around the exported slideshow video.
  • Catalog containing images processed with PV2003 were adding a post-crop vignette when catalog upgraded to Lightroom 5.
  • Pressing the “Reset” button while holding down the Shift key caused Lightroom to exit abruptly.
  • Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction were not applied to exported images that were resized to less than 1/3 of the original image size.
  • The Esc key did not exit the slideshow after right clicking screen with mouse during slideshow playing.
  • Import dialog remained blank for folders that contain PNG files with XMP sidecars.
  • Metadata panel displayed incorrect information after modifying published photo.  Please note that this only occurred when metadata was changed after the photo was published.
  • In the metadata of exported files, the application is listed as 5.0 instead of the actual Lightroom version (such as 5.2, etc.).
  • An Error Occurs When Playing a slideshow having an image Flipped Horizontally or Vertically.
  • Added Camera Matching color profiles (Natural, Muted, Portrait, Vivid) for the following Olympus cameras:
    • Olympus E-5
    • Olympus E-M1
    • Olympus E-M5
    • Olympus E-P1
    • Olympus E-P2
    • Olympus E-P3
    • Olympus E-P5
    • Olympus E-PL1
    • Olympus E-PL1s
    • Olympus E-PL2
    • Olympus E-PL3
    • Olympus E-PL5
    • Olympus E-PL6
    • Olympus E-PM1
    • Olympus E-PM2
    • Olympus STYLUS 1
    • Olympus XZ-1
    • Olympus XZ-2
    • Olympus XZ-10

Download Links:

Lightroom 5.3: Windows | Mac

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Chromecast – Stream web content to your HDTV wirelessly

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If you’ve followed my reviews you probably already know that I’m a fan of TiVo and Apple TV. Between the two devices I pretty much have all my TV watching needs covered. TiVo is definitely the best DVR experience for recording and watching TV shows and Apple TV is great for streaming all my media content, watching Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, iTunes rentals, podcasts, etc. With Apple TV I can even stream/mirror any content from my iOS devices OR my Macs. The latest Macs and Mac OS X has AirPlay built-in. Even with all these capabilities I was intrigued by Chromecast. The low $35 entry price was low enough to give it a shot.

What’s Chromecast?

Chromecast is a small “dongle” that attaches to your TV via HDMI. However, don’t let the picture deceive you as it did me. You not only connect it to your TV via HDMI, but you also need to supply power to it. You can either use the supplied power adapter and plug it into the wall or you can use the USB cable and plug into an available USB port on or near your TV for power. This freaked me out at first because my TV is on the wall and I didn’t want any wires hanging down. However, I was lucky to have a USB port on my TV right next to the HDMI ports in the back. I was able to plug in the Chromecast and power it right off the USB port on the TV as well. No visible wires!

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Once it’s plugged in and you turn your TV on to that HDMI input you’ll be presented with a setup screen. Head over to your computer and download the setup app. You computer should see the Chromecast wirelessly. During the setup process you’ll give it access to your WiFi network and enter your WiFi password. Mine needed to download a firmware update then I was up and running. After the Chromecast install on the TV, you’ll need to download (Google Chrome if you don’t already use it) the Chromecast extension for Chrome. This extension lets you broadcast from any browser tab you have open in Google Chrome to your TV.

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How is this better or worse than Apple TV?

First off it’s not direct competition to Apple TV. Apple TV does way more and costs more. Chromecast only works with whatever you can display in Google Chrome or from a Chromecast compatible app on your computer or mobile device. So no streaming of other things on your computer unless they are Chomecast aware. However, that’s probably the one thing I like about it over Apple TV. While I can use AirPlay to stream ANYTHING from my MacBook Pro to my Apple TV, it’s a direct mirror. I cant’ say stream a slideshow in Lightroom and then go work on another photo in Photoshop. It’s a mirror of whatever I’m doing on the computer. (UPDATE – with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks you can AirPlay to an Apple TV and use the Apple TV as a second display/extended desktop and NOT mirror.) However, with Chromecast I can stream content from one browser tab and go work on anything else while that browser content is streaming in the background. That’s what I like about it most and I think that’s what people that are trying to cut the cable/satellite bills out of their lives will like too. You can stream Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube or any other site to your TV while not tying up your whole computer. There are times that I watch my Slingbox via my web browser. Now I’ll be able to stream that content to my TV.

What about audio? This is the tricky part. If your content is either Flash based or coming from an App that is compatible with Chromecast then your audio will also stream to your TV. However, if the content is not Flash based then the audio will play through your computer.

The Bottom Line

If you want to stream content from the web to your TV, this is your easiest most cost effective way to do it wirelessly. The playback rate is “decent”, not great or perfect, but certainly watchable without dropping too many frames. The picture quality was very good. It’s a one time cost with no monthly fees. I’m tempted to get another one for travel/hotel room use.  You can get one here for $32.88. If you want to MORE, then I’d still recommend getting an Apple TV.

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How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CC – 10 Things Beginners Want To Know How To Do

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One of my most popular videos right now (it’s getting the second most views daily) is my How To Get Started with Adobe Illustrator CS6 video. I figured it was time to make the Adobe Illustrator CC version and here it is. In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV I’ll show you how to get started using Illustrator CC. This is for beginners, first time Illustrator users, and folks who are self-taught and may be missing things. We’ll cover the 10 things beginners ask about the most.

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Photoshop for Photographers Deal Open To Everyone – EXTENDED Til 12/31/2013

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As you may know Adobe announced a deal for photographers to get Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20GB of cloud storage and a Behance Prosite (professional customizable online portfolio – see mine here) for $9.99/month. However, with that deal you had to be a previous owner of Photoshop CS3, CS4, CS5 or CS6. Unfortunately this excluded Education, Elements owners and Suite customers. If you wanted this deal, but didn’t meet the qualifications, you’re now in luck! That’s right from NOW through (UPDATE)  12/2/2013 12/8/2013 9PM PST 12/31/2013 you will be able to sign up for the Photoshop For Photographers Deal no matter if you’ve ever owned Photoshop or not! This is your chance to get in on the best deal for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 as the price of $9.99/month is the price! It’s not an introductory price that goes up in a year, it’s the price. There are no plans to raise it in a year.

See the details here.

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Over 15 Million Views…

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When I started my YouTube channel back in May 2009, I looked at it as just a way to get the videos from my podcast out to a broader audience. I figured since I was already recording the videos that the few extra minutes to post them in another place wouldn’t hurt. I had no idea that YouTube would become my largest number of followers with over 100,000 strong and now surpassing over 15 million views of my videos. Wow! Thanks everyone for subscribing, viewing and supporting my work. There isn’t a public appearance that I make now anywhere in the world where someone doesn’t come up to me and tell me how much they enjoy my videos. Your kind words inspire me and keep me motivated to make more…

 



Cyber Monday 2013 – 5 Deals You Don’t Want To Miss!

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Here are my top picks for Cyber Monday.

Monoprice – Up to 70%

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Monoprice.com is my goto place for extremely low prices on cables and accessories. Now imagine them costing even less!

See the deals here.

 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $99.99

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Amazon even lowered the price another $10.

Get it here.

 

Kelby Training Cyber Weekend

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Kelby Training is offering $40 off their Annual Online Training program. They’re also offering discounts on their seminars and Photoshop World.

Get it here

 

Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20GB of Storage and a Behance Prosite

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LAST DAY FOR NON-PHOTOSHOP OWNERS TO GET THIS DEAL! The Adobe Photoshop for Photographers Deal is now open to all until December 2, 2013. Always have the latest versions of Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99/month.

Get it here.

 

B&H Photo/Video Cyber Monday Deals

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See them all in one place here.

 

BONUS

Amazon has too many deals to list

Just click the image above to go right to them.


10 Black Friday Deals You Don’t Want To Miss

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It’s that time of year again. While I prefer to sleep in on Black Friday, there are some deals that are simply too good to ignore. I’m not really in the market for anything this year, but I thought I would pass along my top Black Friday Deals picks. So in no particular order, here goes (NOTE: that any of these prices are subject to change):

See ALL of B&H’s Black Friday Deals for Photographers here.

Westcott 7′ Parabolic Umbrella (White Diffusion)

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One of my favorite light modifiers is HALF OFF!

Only $49.99

 

Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Zoom Lens (White)

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While this is not the current Nikon 1 J3 version, you can’t beat the price on this one down from $499 to $199

Get it here for $199

 

Kelby Training Cyber Weekend

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Kelby Training is offering $40 off their Annual Online Training program. They’re also offering discounts on their seminars and Photoshop World.

Get it here

 

GoPro HERO 3

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Definitely one of the best small cameras for capturing the action in the most rugged conditions.

Get it here for $239.99

 

DJI Phantom Quad Copter

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Get this great, easy to fly quad copter for $40 off.

Get it here for $439

 

Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20GB of Storage and a Behance Prosite

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The Adobe Photoshop for Photographers Deal is now open to all until December 2, 2013. Always have the latest versions of Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 for only $9.99/month.

Get it here.

 

Nikon D7000 (BODY ONLY)

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Prior to the D600, the D7000 was my travel body. It was replaced by the D7100, but you can get a great deal on the D7000 today.

Get it here for only $699!

 

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Nikon

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I’ve never used this lens, but it’s getting good reviews and at a great price.

Get it here for $1,099

 

Mophie Battery Cases

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Mophie is cutting prices up to 70% on their popular line of battery products fro your smartphone.

Get the deal here.

 

Eye-Fi 16GB WiFi SDHC Card

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Save $20 on the Eye-Fi card that allows you to wirelessly transfer your digital images as you take them to your mobile devices, computer or the cloud.

Get it here for only $69.95

 

BONUS DEALS

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 HALF OFF

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Get the latest Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 for Mac or PC for only $49.99

Get it here

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

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Get Lightroom 5 for $109.99 here.

 

Also don’t forget…

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to check out my Holiday Gadget Gift Guide here

 

 

 


My 2013 Holiday Gadget Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again and actually I’m behind on getting this year’s holiday gadget gift guide out. What started as a simple concept back in 2007 has really grown beyond the scope of what I intended. The idea back then was simple. Put together a list of gift suggestions for those looking to buy gifts for the gadget freaks on their lists. It was simple at first. I put together an Interactive PDF using Adobe InDesign complete with hyperlinks to the products in the guide. Then I wanted to put more products in and it became a lot of work to do it manually as a PDF. I turned to Amazon to put it out and that worked well. However, because it was so easy to add products it became a catalog instead of a simple gift guide. That brings us to this year. I want to get back to the original goal of a simple guide with my TOP PICKS for the gadget lovers and photographers on your list. This won’t be every single thing I recommend. It will be my top picks in a few categories to help you out.

The way this thing started was each year towards the holiday season all my friends started asking me and emailing about what my picks were in various categories and of course the answers were usually the same. So I decided to compile a list and just email it to the folks that asked.

How did you pick the items that you recommend?

Simple! If it’s in my guide it’s because I either use it now, have used it in the past or one of my close friends or colleagues use it and I trust their opinion. Now in some cases there may be an item in the guide that is NEWER than the one I use and I had to list that one because my model is no longer available. Unless I’ve used it or know someone who has, it doesn’t get in PERIOD.

How does the gift guide work?

The guide is broken out by Category so that you can shop accordingly. This way you can pick your gift by the kind of person you’re shopping for. I know that sometimes you have to buy a gift based on a certain dollar amount or budget (like gifts for co-workers), so I’ve given you a Gifts Under $25 category too. Happy shopping and in case I don’t see you later, Happy Holidays to you and your family

(note: the prices below are current as of the date of the post. Prices on Amazon and other sites fluctuate daily sometimes.)

 Gifts Under $25

 

Transcend 32GB SDHC Memory Card

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I standardized on Hoodman cards, which I will suggest further down the list, but if you’re looking for a low-cost stocking suffer then you’ll like these. I’ve never had a problem with my Transcend card.

You can get one here for $19.99

 

iStabilizer

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A quick camera mount for your smartphone that allows you to attach your smartphone to a tripod. Great for shooting videos or getting yourself into the picture.

You can get it here for $14.99

 

Monoprice 10′ Lightning Cable

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If you have any of Apple’s latest mobile devices then you probably don’t have enough Lightning cables. Apple’s cables are OK, but too short for my taste. Monoprice makes a certified 10′ cable that’s great to reach from the wall outlet to your chair, desk, bed, etc.

You can get it here for $15.44

 

Airframe Portable Car Mount Phone Holder

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This is the mount in my car and it’s also the mount in my suitcase for rental cars. Hands down the best smarphone mount I’ve ever used for holding my smartphone at a comfortable level without a permanent install or fuss.

You can get this vent mount here for $24.99

 

Wacom Bamboo Duo Stylus for Touch Screens

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This is one of my favorite styli for touch screens. Makes signing contracts and drawing on my iPad so much easier. It’s also a regular pen so you can carry one pen for both paper and touch screens.

You can get it here for $29.95 (yes that’s more than $25 but worth it!)

 

Gifts for the Photographer

 

B&H Gift Cards

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I haven’t met a photographer yet that has everything that he/she wants when it comes to gear. If you don’t know what they need/want then this will make it easy. Get them a B&H gift card and they can then get anything they want. They always make me smile!

Get them here.

 

Scott Kelby’s Lightroom 5 Book

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I’m a photography workflow fanatic and since I haven’t written a book about it yet, you can do the next best thing and that is give Scott Kelby’s Lightroom 5 book to the photographer on your list.

You can get it here for  $38.54

 

Hoodman Steel Memory Cards

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Like I said above, I’ve now standardized on Hoodman cards. They’re FAST, reliable and have a steel casing for durability.

You can get them here for $89.95

 

Eye-Fi Card

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Camera manufactures are finally starting to build WiFi options for their DSLRs. However, many of these are external options that are costly. If your camera uses SD cards, then the best option for wireless transfer to your computer, mobile device, or the cloud is the Eye-Fi Card.

You can get one here for $79.99

If you’re just wanting to transfer the images to a mobile device then you can go with the cheaper Mobi cards here for $66.99

 

Wacom Intuos Pro Medium

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If I’m retouching a photo in Photoshop or drawing something, I’m doing it with a Wacom Tablet. I use the Wacom Cintiq 24 HD in studio, but when I’m on the road I’m using the Wacom Intuos Pro Small. A happy medium is the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium. The size is great and if I didn’t have a Cintiq, it would be the one I’d be using full-time. Yes Wacom does make less expensive tablets (the Bamboo line), but if there’s a creative or photographer on your list, get them this one and they’ll not outgrow it.

You can get it here for $334.95

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