Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Photo Commander 12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Ashampoo has released Photo Commander 12, the latest version of its photo storage and editing software. New features and enhancements include support for a variety of raw file formats, increased scalability, enhanced social sharing, more creative options for sharing and transforming photos, enhanced editing and more after-effects. Photo Commander costs $49.99 and can be downloaded from the website below.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nikon Capture NX-D Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nikon's new Capture NX-D software is now available free of charge. Capture NX-D enables high-quality photofinishing of images captured in raw format by Nikon digital SLR cameras(including the latest D810 model), Nikon 1 compact system cameras, and Coolpix compact cameras that support this capability. The application is compatible with 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista/7/8; and OS X 10.7.5, 10.8.5 and 10.9.2-

Official Pentax XG-1 Sample Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh has published eight high-resolution sample photos captured with the new Pentax XG-1 superzoom bridge camera. Taken by photographer Yoshiaki Kobayashi, these Pentax XG-1 samples were shot at a variety of focal lengths ranging from 4.3mm (24mm eq.) to 188.8mm (1053mm eq.). All of the official Pentax XG-1 sample images were captured at ISO 100/21°.

Website: Ricoh Imaging Japan

Pentax XG-1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh has announced the Pentax XG-1, a 16-megapixel bridge camera with 52x optical zoom, 9fps continuous shooting and Full HD movies. Able to cover ultra-wide-angle (24mm equivalent) to super-telephoto (1.248mm eq.) ranges, the Pentax XG-1 has a 1cm Macro mode and an Auto Tracking AF function to keep your moving subject in focus. The camera also offers ten shooting modes including the hands-off Auto Picture, Scene (11 options), Program, Face Beautifier and Movie. There’s even a pet detection mode for automatic recognition of up 10 pet faces. The XG-1 is compatible with Eye-Fi wireless LAN SD memory cards so you can share your images and videos straight to your phone or tablet. Available from the middle of August, the Pentax XG-1 carries a suggested retail price of £279.99.

Dreamstime Companion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Dreamstime today released Dreamstime Companion, a new free iPhone and Android mobile app that enables photographers to upload their own images directly from their smartphones. “The arrival of the Dreamstime Companion mobile app is not so much a new direction for our company, but one that we hope will continue to inspire the ever-growing smartphone photography community, as well as the changing needs of today’s consumers,” said Serban Enache, the company’s CEO and co-founder. “The size of our community is unparalleled in the industry, and provides mobile photographers with a unique and potentially lucrative opportunity." Users can sell their images as editorial content (with logos and faces visible) or as commercial content, which means no logos or people in the image unless they have signed a model release. The app provides users with real-time stats, sales reports, and up-to-date revenue details.

LensDistortions Legacy Collection for Photoshop

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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LensDistortions.com has released a new collection of presets for Photoshop. The website launched in early 2013 with products for filmmakers, editors, and VFX artists. Word quickly spread as people in the video community fell in love with the organic flares and unique looks. The new Legacy Collection contains 30 Photoshop Actions, each with their own unique presets and organic light leaks. To check out the newly released collection, head to the website below.

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Announce Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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A sea view photography competition, run by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, is still on the hunt for the UK’s ultimate sea view. Having already seen a wave of entries, the competition, which is in its second year, will be judged by a panel of experts:  Matt Havercroft, editor of Discover Britain Magazine, Kate Westaway, a marine photographer and TV producer and Commodore Malcolm Williams, the Charity’s chief executive. The prize, donated by P&O Ferries, will be a five-day return crossing on their Dover to Calais route for a car or caravan and up to nine passengers. The trip can be booked any time between now and June 2015 and it comes in a celebration envelope. The deadline for entry is 5pm on 8th August.

Timelapse: Valley of Fire

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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TimelapseWorkshops.com have announced  that only a handful of spots remain for Timelapse: Valley of Fire, an intensive 3 and 4-day night-sky time-lapse workshop that focuses on the skills needed to capture day and night timelapses. Located just 60 miles from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. Workshop instructor Ron Risman chose this location due to the incredible red-rock landscape, dry desert weather, and dark skies. Timelapse: Valley of Fire is being offered both as a 3-day workshop for photographers looking to learn how to create professional quality timelapse sequences, and as a 4-day workshop for intermediate and advance timelapse photographers looking to take their timelapses to the next level using 1-axis, 2-axis, and 3-axis motion-control dollies from Dynamic Perception and Pan & Tilt heads from eMotimo. For more information, visit the website below.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nikon 1 S2 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon 1 S2 is the new entry-range model in Nikon's compact system camera line-up. The S2 offers 14 megapixels, 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocusing, Full HD 60p video capture, built-in pop-up flash and RAW support. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 S2 review now...

Wilkinson Cameras Launch Point&Shoot Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Wilkinson cameras have launched their ‘Point & Shoot’ summer promotion, which has a total prize fund of £6400. Prizes include the latest cameras and accessories from Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Manfrotto, Lowepro, Joby Gorillapod and Panasonic, together with a range of electronic goods, including a Sony Bravia 3D TV, Sony Xperia 22 10” tablet, Canon Pixma printer. The promotion is open to Wilkinson customers who spend £50 or more in a single transaction, either online or in any of the 10 Wilkinson Cameras stores.

Jessops Academy Big Cats Photography Course

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Jessops is offering a practical one-day course on photographing big cats at the Cat Survival Trust’s dedicated 12 acre site in Hertfordshire. Amongst the cats you can photograph are the critically endangered Amur Leopard, the beautiful Snow Leopard and the mysterious Jaguar. Throughout the day you will be guided by a Jessops Academy Tutor, assisting you to get the best from your camera by advising you on both technical and creative aspects of photography. The cost of attendance is £125. For more information, visit the website below.

Reflecta x9-Scan

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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The Reflecta x9-Scan is a new, battery-operated standalone device designed to quickly digitise your 35mm negatives and slides. Featuring a 5-megapixel area-array sensor, the Reflecta x9-Scan can save the resultant digital images to separately SD/SDHC memory cards. The photos can be viewed immediately on the x9-Scan's 2.4" LCD screen or your TV set. A bundled USB cable allows the device to be hooked up to a laptop or desktop computer. The scope of delivery also includes the ArcSoft Media Impression image editing software, which can be used both under Windows and Mac. The Reflecta x9-Scan is available for £95.76 including VAT.

Reflecta Visilux Studio Kit Accessories

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced a range of accessories for the Reflecta Visilux Studio Lighting kits. The Visilux Studio Lighting Kit 180 and the Visilux Studio Lighting Kit 300 were launched earlier this year and now a range of additional accessories is available including an 84cm silver umbrella, a snoot, a white shoot-through umbrella, a barndoor set with coloured filters, a 50x70cm softbox, wireless flash triggers, spare modelling lamps and flash tubes and a padded carry bag. Prices start from £10.74 including VAT.

Lightroom Catalogues to Remain Accessible after Expiration of CC Subscription

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe's new Photography Plan enables anyone to use the most up-to-date desktop versions of both Lightroom and Photoshop CC for as little as £8.78/$9.99 per month, which is an excellent deal for most people, especially those just getting involved in serious photo editing. But Adobe's move to a subscription-based model raised the question of what would happen to users' Lightroom catalogues once their Creative Cloud (CC) membership expired. In a recent blog post, Adobe's Tom Hogarty responded to these concerns, stating that "at the end of a membership, the desktop application will continue to launch and provide access to the photographs managed within Lightroom as well as the Slideshow, Web, Book or Print creations that we know many photographers painstakingly create. The Develop and Map modules have been disabled in order to signal the end of the membership and the need to renew in order to receive Adobe’s continuous innovation in those areas. Access to Lightroom mobile workflows will also cease to function."

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nikon 1 J4 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon 1 J4 is the latest mid-range model in Nikon's compact system camera line-up. The J4 offers 18 megapixels, 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocusing, Full HD 60p video capture and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 J4 review now...

Eclipse Lens Hood

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Oncore Designs have unveiled a new line of innovative lens hoods that work with the GoPro Hero3 and GoPro Hero 3+. Made with ABS plastic, the Eclipse Lens Hood is designed to fit securely over the lens of the GoPro Hero 3/3+ in medium and narrow settings. The range currently comprises two models: the Eclipse Lens Hood 1 (ELH1, $24.99) and the Eclipse Lens Hood 3+H (ELH3+H, $30.00). The ELH1 is designed to place directly onto the GoPro Hero 3 or 3+ lenses without a housing case. The ELH3+H attaches securely to GoPro 3+ Housing cases and includes a Velcro strap for additional security. Both lens hoods accept 37mm lens filters for added flexibility. The Eclipse Lens Hoods are currently being sold in all Southern California Samy’s Camera locations as well as Samy’s Camera’s online store.

PicsArt Lets Users Create Videos That Capture Step-by-Step Editing Process

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The PicsArt mobile photo editing and drawing app now features a built-in video feature that allows users to generate and post videos that capture their editing process. "The new feature is a great tool not only for sharing the process of creating art but also for creating interactive and comprehensive infographics, presentations, fun trendy animations, video messages to other users, and much more," the company says. PicsArt is a free and full-featured photo editing and drawing mobile app available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. For more on PicsArt, its community of users, and samples of their work, visit the website below.

Iridient Developer 2.4.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Iridient Digital has released Version 2.4.3 of Iridient Developer. This update includes support for 8 new cameras including the Nikon D810 and 1 S2, the Sony A7S, the Pentax: 645Z, the Panasonic: DMC-FZ1000, the Kinefinity KineMINI 4K, KineRAW Mini and KineRAW S35; support for Nikon sRAW format and several bug fixes and improvements. This release is a paid upgrade for users who originally purchased a license prior to 1 November 2012

DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 & DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have launched DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7. These two upgrades allow both applications to integrate perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014. The upgrade to DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 is free for all owners of DxO FilmPack 4, as well as for photographers who acquired a DxO FilmPack license on or after 1 March 2013. The upgrade to DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7 is free for all owners of DxO ViewPoint who acquired a license on or after 1 August 2013.

Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has launched an Advanced Travel Backpack designed for travellers. The backpack is divided in two main compartments: personal items to be included in the top section and photo gear in the bottom section.  An extendable side padded pocket is specifically designed to carry a BeFree travel tripod. Alternatively, if you choose not to use the external pocket the Travel Backpack also features adjustable hanging straps on the front. The Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack is available now and priced at £109.95.