Apple releases Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.5

Apple on Thursday released an update for Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 to add raw image support for certain Canon, Leica, Nikon, and Panasonic cameras.

The list of lucky cameras supported in the Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.5 includes the Canon PowerShot G12, Leica D-Lux 5, Leica V-Lux 2, Nikon D7000, Nikon COOLPIX P7000, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2. The full list of cameras that Apple supports can be found on the company’s Website.

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Vimeo launches online video school

Video isn't just for camcorders anymore. Most new point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs, and smartphones now shoot quality standard and high definition video. Unfortunately, basic video techniques aren't as widely known as still photo skills.

Video sharing site Vimeo hopes to help videographers at all levels learn more about creating quality videos with its new online Vimeo Video School, which launched today. The free school is actually a combination of how-tos created by Vimeo employees called Lessons, and a curated collection of existing tutorial videos by Vimeo members. The content is broken up into difficulty levels and categories, such as Software, Shooting, Behind The Scenes, and DSLR.

Each lesson is a combination of text, diagrams, and video that explains a technique step-by-step with examples, and ends with a challenge to the student to create a video and post it. There are currently 20 lessons, with new ones being rolled out every week. Some of the available lessons include Capturing Good Sound, Make a Great Holiday Video, and Do-It-Yourself Dolly and Shoulder Rig. Vimeo also recruited videographer Philip Bloom to work on a series of lessons that cover DSLR video basics.

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Don't miss holiday shipping deadlines for iPhoto gifts

A personalized photo book, calendar, or print makes a great gift for friends and family members. With iPhoto and Aperture, you can easily design one of these custom printed gifts using photos already in your library, then order it from within the program.

A book is a great way to recap the year for friends and family who were there, or far-away loved ones who may have missed it. You can choose from a variety of customizable templates and include maps of your travels, add personal text, and rearrange photos and pages. Softcover books cost between $4 and $20, and hardcover books cost from $30 to $50. in All books come with 20 pages standard, but you can pay to add extra pages. Aperture users have access to the same books, but also a few third-party options. If you order one of these books, make sure you check shipping dates and times.

Photo calendars—which were briefly missing from iPhoto '11 but have since been added back in (make sure you have the latest software update if you don't see them)—are another fun year-end present. Available only from iPhoto, you can make a 12- or 24- month calendar with one or multiple photos on each month. You can even add special events from iPhoto or drop someone's photo onto their birthday. Calendars start at $20. iPhoto users can also make letterpress, folded, and flat cards.

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Review: Canon EOS 60D DSLR camera

Canon tends to be conservative with its DSLR upgrades, but it has made a big departure from the norm with the release of the EOS 60D. The 60D ($1100, body only) is a new class of Canon DSLR that’s quite different from Canon's EOS 50D and other existing models. As with any big change, the changes in the 60D thrill some photographers and frustrate others.

The 60D doesn't have the 50D’s magnesium construction, which has been replaced with an aluminum and polycarbonate resin body. Also missing is the flash sync socket, AF micro-adjust, and joystick. But gained is a better sensor and new set of features that should appeal to many of today’s enthusiast photographers. In fact, many will like the 60D because it is different.

Basic specifications

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BlueSLR turns your iPhone, iPad into camera remote

For many casual photographers, the iPhone has become a viable replacement to point-n-shoot cameras, or at least a handy alternative when opportunity knocks. For professionals, gadgets like XEquals’s new BlueSLR location-aware remote can make the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad essential companions.

BlueSLR is actually a tag-team product comprised of a Bluetooth attachment for your DSLR and an iOS app that runs the show. Plug the attachment—about the size of two USB flash drives—into your compatible camera, install the free app on your iOS device, and you can then control your camera’s shutter, focus, speed, and time with your iPhone or iPad—supposedly, from up to 300 feet away, depending on your iOS device.

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Create and print great holiday cards using iPhoto '11

As of Thursday, we are officially two weeks into the holiday season, enough to instill minor panic into even the most hearty of gift-givers. Thankfully, you can avoid offending your second cousin—and cut down your Christmas buying list—by substituting a gift for the time-honored tradition of sending over a holiday card.

Chances are, if you're a holiday card-making aficionado, you've had them printed, labeled, and prepped since Thanksgiving. However, for the rest of us, iPhoto ’11 can help even the most craft-illiterate put together something special—without needing to put in hours of work. To get you started, here are a couple of tips to streamline the card-making process.

Choose a card type and theme

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