Monday, July 27, 2015

Fantasea FRX100 IV Housing

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea have announced an upcoming release of an underwater housing for the brand new Sony RX100 IV digital compact camera. Providing full access to all essential camera controls and functions, the Fantasea FRX100 IV housing is depth rated to 60 metres, and features a shock-resistant construction, ergonomic design and double O-ring protection. Free extras include a hand-strap, moisture detector and port cover. Also compatible with the Sony RX100 III, the Fantasea FRX100 IV underwater housing will be available from September 2015 at an estimated retail price of $500.

Unlimited Storage for PhotoShelter Pro Members

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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PhotoShelter's Pro plan now allows for unlimited file storage. This means that pro members are no longer restricted to 1TB, having the freedom to upload as many images as they like; at no extra cost. "As a PhotoShelter Pro, you'll have full control over what, when, and how you choose to store with us," the company says. "Upload any file format or size, with as many images as you like -- as often as you like -- and rest easy knowing your original files can be accessed anywhere, anytime." The subscription fee is $49.99 / month.

Metabones Canon EF to MFT Speed Booster Adapter Firmware V1.7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Metabones have issued a firmware upgrade for four of their Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds adapters. Applicable to the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster  S Adapter  (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BM2, pictured), the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster Adapter (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BM1), the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds T Speed Booster  ULTRA 0.71x Adapter  (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BT4) and the Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds T Speed Booster  XL 0.64x Adapter  (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BT3), Firmware Version 1.7 enables auto focus on Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera bodies and fixes a couple of bugs.

Metabones Canon EF to MFT Speed Booster Adapter Firmware V1.7 for Mac OS
Metabones Canon EF to MFT Speed Booster Adapter Firmware V1.7 for Microsoft Windows

22 Landscape Photography Mistakes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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PhotoWhoa has released a new ebook entitled, 22 Landscape Photography Mistakes And How to Avoid Them. Offering 22 lessons that promise to help you shoot a landscape "as a veteran landscape photographer would," this publication describes a number of techniques that emphasise and magnify the environment; and shows you how to modify your visual instincts so that you avoid common mistakes. The book is available now from PhotoWhoa, and free for a limited time only.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Magnum Presents Harry Gruyaert’s First Solo UK Exhibition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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The first solo UK exhibition of images by Magnum Photographer Harry Gruyaert will open at the Magnum Print Room (63 Gee Street, London, EC1V 3RS) in September. The exhibition will span Gruyaert’s work from 1972 to 2004, shot in diverse locations including Bosnia, Belgium, Egypt, France, Ireland, Mali, Russia and the US. Also on display will be a small selection of Gruyaert’s photographs from his distorted television images series, shot directly from a broken television screen on which he could manipulate the colours. The four works on show are of the 1972 Munich Olympics and are a parody of the conventions of the current affairs photostory. This body of work was controversial when first exhibited in Paris in 1974, viewed as a disrespectful assault on the culture of television with a radical challenge to the conventions of press photography. Gruyaert himself views these works as the closest thing to journalistic photography he has ever made. On display from 15 September – 31 October 2015, the exhibition is free to attend.

Death Valley Timelapse Photography Workshops

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Timelapse Workshops have announced that their upcoming 3-night and 4-night advanced timelapse photography workshops will be held in Death Valley in late September and early October. Combining daily class time with plenty of in-field instruction and shooting, these workshops focus on teaching you the skills needed to capture day and night timelapses in motion. The workshops are led by award-winning cinematographer Ron Risman. Risman has been a photographer for over 30 years and has specialised in timelapse photography since 2008. For more information, visit the website below.

Adobe Lightroom Mobile 1.2 for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe have released version 1.2 of Lightroom Mobile for Android phones and tablets. This update adds support for raw image files generated by the Panasonic CM1, enables users to copy and paste adjustments from one photo to another, introduces a more sophisticated tool for cropping and straightening your photographs, and introduces the new Segmented view, which gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.

Amazon Opens Huge Photography Studio in London

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Amazon has just  opened its new multi-million pound  fashion photography studio in London. At 46,000 sq ft, it  houses 22 individual photography bays, a large state-of-the-art editorial  suite, video editing facilities, a creative fashion library, and several offices. “Our aim is to make Amazon the best place to buy fashion online,” said  Sergio Bucher, Vice President of Amazon Fashion EU.  “The opening of our new fashion studio, in  the heart of one of the leading fashion capitals of the world, illustrates our  ambitions.” The new Amazon Fashion Photography Studio is situated on Geffrye  Street in Shoreditch.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II is a brand new premium standard zoom lens for DX-format DSLRs. Does the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II offer enough to justify its $1069.95 / £869.99 / €1179.00 price-tag? Read our in-depth AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens review to find out...

Flickr Reintroduce Pro Accounts

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Flickr have just unveiled their new Pro membership plan. Available to both existing and new members, this subscription offers improved stats, a discount on Adobe software and more. Flickr members who do not currently have Flickr Pro can purchase it for $5.99/month or $49.99/year. Flickr members who have existing Pro accounts will automatically be upgraded to the new Pro membership will automatically be upgraded to the new Pro membership while being able to keep theirexisting pricing and unlimited space. Existing Flickr Ad-Free account holders will be automatically upgraded to the new Flickr Pro with no change in price or renewal date.

Panono Explorer Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Panono has announced its plan to release the first edition of its 108-megapixel Panono Camera, the first consumer camera to exceed 100 megapixels and deliver high-resolution, 360° X 360° full-spherical panoramic images. The Panono Explorer Edition is a small, grapefruit-sized, ball-shaped camera with 36 individual camera modules that fire simultaneously to capture everything in every direction. The panoramic images can be previewed instantly in the free Panono mobile app before being sent to the Panono Cloud for finishing and delivery back to the app, the photographer‘s account on the Panono website, or can be shared on social media sites. The Panono Explorer Edition will start shipping in September. It is already available to preorder from $1,499.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 46 full-size sample images taken with the new Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens mounted on a D5500 body.

The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is a new 5x standard zoom lens for Nikon's DX-format DSLRs, offering a field of view equivalent to 24-120mm in 35mm terms.

Win DxO Optics Pro 10, Film Pack and Viewpoint!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with DxO to give away DxO Optics Pro 10, Film Pack and Viewpoint!

DxO Photo Suite - The ultimate combination of power and creativity integrated in a unique and intuitive interface

DxO Photo Suite includes:

DxO Optics Pro - Thanks to DxO OpticsPro’s exclusive technologies, instantly correct all the optical defects of your equipment, remove digital noise even at high sensitivities, recover fine details and textures in dark or burnt areas, and bring out all the nuances of color in your images. With DxO OpticsPro’s outstanding performance, bring out the best in your RAW and JPEG photos in just a few clicks, regardless of shooting conditions.

- Prime denoising technology

- Clearview haze removal

- Smart Lighting exposure optimisation

- Automatic optical corrections

DxO FilmPack - Rediscover the style, the colors, and the grain of more than 80 legendary analog films, faithfully thanks to DxO’s exclusive calibration process. Combine many original renderings with filter, vignetting, blur, texture, frame, or light leak effects to give your photos a unique look. Preserve the quality of your digital images thanks to support for RAW format and benefit from DxO’s unsurpassed powerful processing.

- 120 styles, 80 of which are legendary analog films

- Black & White conversion

- Designer presets for creative control

DxO ViewPoint - As a standalone application and as a plugin, DxO ViewPoint offers simple visual tools for making spectacular corrections, along with advanced controls for unrivaled precision.

- Resolve the most complex perspective problems

- Correction of volume deformation

- Distortion correction

As complementary plugins, DxO ViewPoint and DxO FilmPack integrate perfectly within DxO OpticsPro. All their features are directly accessible in integrated palettes, allowing you to apply your corrections to any RAW or JPEG image being processed. Further, you don’t have to change anything about your workflow: DxO OpticsPro is completely compatible with Lightroom.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 is a new premium compact system camera aimed firmly at enthusiast photographers. With a new 20 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, dual lens and in-body image stabilizatiom, built-in tilting electronic OLED viewfinder, 3 inch free-angle OLED touchscreen, 4K video and photo modes, integrated wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and a weather-proof rangefinder-like design, can the Panasonic GX8 live up to its early promise? Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 review complete with sample images, test shots, videos and more to find out...

New RED Camera Firmware Adds Several Still Photography Features

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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RED have issued a firmware update for their Epic and Scarlet camera platforms, adding several still photography features. One of these is a new multi-shot mode. In this mode, if you press the red button on the side-handle once, the camera will capture a single frame - but if you keep it depressed, it will record all the frames for the duration you hold down that button. Another new mode is Motion+Stills, which allows users to mark individual frames for extraction while recording video, reducing the amount of time needed to find the perfect one at the post processing stage. Finally, the S-M sliding switch on the side handle now toggles between Stills and Movie modes. The default settings in Stills mode include 6K resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio, so in essence by switching to this mode you can turn your RED device into a "traditional" 19-megapixel digital camera. Click through / scroll down for the details and a video explanation.

Join Damien Lovegrove on a Scandinavian Photography Adventure

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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This Autumn three of Europe’s chicest cities will form the backdrop to an exclusive series of photography workshops from renowned photographer and trainer Damien Lovegrove. He will lead two street portrait workshops - one in Stockholm on Saturday 5th September and one in Oslo on Monday 7th September, plus a boudoir photography workshop in Copenhagen on Wednesday 2nd September. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Booq Introduce Python Catch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Booq Python catch collection is now available in the United Kingdom. The Python catch’s unconventional design features rugged, sustainable material, customisable organisation and enough space to accommodate two SLR cameras, up to four lenses and a 15" laptop. Its main compartment features three primary densely padded dividers and four padded subdividers that users can configure to fit their gear of choice. The interior flap offers transparent pockets so users can store accessories without losing track of them. For extensive outdoor conditions, a rain cover with reflective elements provides protection and visibility in low light situations. The Python catch is available for £220.

Sony Patents New Dual-layer Sensor with PDAF

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sony has filed a patent for a new dual-layer image sensor. Spotted by Egami, the patent describes a sensor architecture where the top layer is made up of regular pixels with a standard RGB colour filter array, and the second consists of monochromatic pixels suitable for phase-detect auto focus (PDAF) operation. If implemented in a camera or smartphone, this sensor could enable users to pick their focus point with pixel-level accuracy (which is probably more than what any of us bargained for, but it could also improve focusing accuracy when using continuous, subject tracking auto-focus). According to Egami, this is but one of several examples given by Sony, as the patent itself covers a broader range of multi-layer sensors.

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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. This introduction to portrait photography covers topics such as composition, context, street photography, black-and-white versus colour, the psychology of different types of light, plus more. The book is punctuated with “technical tangents,” which provide invaluable practical guidance for basic lighting set-ups, equipment, camera modes and more. Also included is helpful advice regarding legal rights whenever taking photographs of people. The 128-page paperback will go on sale on 29 September 2015, priced at $17.95.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Everyday Messenger Bag Goes Live on Kickstarter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Peak Design have embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to launch their first in a planned line of bags dubbed The Everyday Messenger. Product development was started over a year ago when professional photographer Trey Ratcliff approached the company with a challenge to design a bag that accommodated photo gear, but also the implements of everyday life. The Everyday Messenger expands from 13.5L to 20.5L, utilising a system of 22 foam panels that expand and contract cleanly, without losing shape. The exterior is built from a 500D synthetic canvas with wax coating and DWR finish, which sheds water and provides rugged durabiity. The Everyday Messenger’s interior is constructed with several removable high-density compression-molded EVA foam inserts that fold to adapt to a wide range of cameras, lenses and accessories, without creating pockets of “dead space” found in typical camera bags. The new bag features a proprietary closure mechanism designed to allow blind, one-handed operation, and both semi and full lock engagement. The Everyday Messenger is finished with an internally-padded seatbelt-style shoulder strap that allows a huge range of adjustment with no hanging “tail” of extra webbing. For more information, visit the website below.