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Friday, July 24, 2015

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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Eastman House’s Technology Collection Named Engineering Landmark

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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George Eastman House's Technology Collection has been recognised as an Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for its historic significance as the world's leading collection of photographic and cinematographic technology. The vast collection includes a daguerreotype camera signed by Daguerre, an original 1888 Kodak, Ansel Adams's first cameras, a Technicolor camera that filmed MGM classics, the NASA Lunar Orbiter, the Speed Graphic camera that captured the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, and many other technical marvels. "The collection at George Eastman House promotes the legacy of a great inventor while telling the story of an industry that has brought fun, leisure, and entertainment to many," said Madiha El-Mehelmy Kotb, past president of ASME. "This landmark designation pays tribute to the mechanical engineering ingenuity that has been incorporated in these devices." ASME has designated landmarks, sites, and collections of historic importance to mechanical engineering since 1971 through its History and Heritage Landmarks Programme. Landmark status indicates that the artifact, site, or collection represents a significant step forward in the evolution of mechanical engineering and is the best known example of its kind.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 42

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 42 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available.In this month's Behind the Lens feature, David describes his experience of working on a commission to shoot the beautiful Venice Simplon Orient Express as it made its way through the Austrian Tyrol. In Stepping Back, he reminisces on his beloved Umbria, describing the love affair he and Wendy have enjoyed with that region over the last decade. Then in Part 8 of his Low Down series on Exposure, David looks at the ‘need for speed’, otherwise known as fast shutter speeds: when we need them, why we need them, and how fast we need them. For this month’s How It’s Done, he returns to Vietnam to try his hand at some close quarters travel portraiture. Ross Hoddinott reveals how his photography of the enchanting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands benefitted from a recent second visit, whilst Chris Weston discusses how really getting to know a subject can make all the difference in this field. And this month, experienced travel photographer Jeremy Horner kick-starts his own new column, Sense of Place, by remembering on his long-standing photo relationship with the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Big Deal Photography Bundle

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Foto Promos, a collective of photographic professionals offering time limited deals and photographic giveaways, has announced The Big Deal bundle for photographers. Brought to you by B&H Photo, SmugMug and Spider Camera Holster; The Big Deal bundle includes $4,000 worth of photography resources, available for $99 only, from 14-25 June 2015. “In all my years in the photography industry working for Vertus, Nik Software, Google, Macphun and now Think-Eleven and Foto Promos I have never been part of a bundle of this magnitude,” said Mornee Sherry, CEO of Think-Eleven and Foto Promos. “The Big Deal bundle includes the biggest names in photography and we’ve brought them all together.” The Big Deal contributors include Lindsay Adler, Jared Platt, Dave Cross, KelbyOne, Lee Varis, Gavin Gough, Tony Sweet, Rick Sammon, Phlearn, Photoshop Cafe, Mylio and many more. Click through / read on for the full list.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

RPS Makes Model Release Form Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Citing "increased public concerns over privacy and the need for photographers to protect themselves and the people they photograph," The Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has produced a generic model release form which it has made freely available for all photographers to download. "A model release form specifies how pictures can be used and is there to protect both the photographer and his/her subjects," the Society said in a statement. "Properly completed a signed form will protect the photographer in the event of any future claim." You can download the form from the website below.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Chasing the Light Magazine Issue 38

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 38 of David Noton's Chasing the Light online magazine is now available.In the Behind the Lens feature and Video Blog, David relates his adventures in the Republic of South Africa.In this month's Field Trial, Davidputs the Canon EOS 5DS and its whopping 50MP through its paces, laying out his own conclusions on its remarkable capabilities. And for Part Four of hisLow Down series on Exposure, David explores the vagaries of contrast and the tricky balancing act required to tame it.In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott takes us on a road trip all the way from his base in Cornwall, England north to the Isle of Skye in Scotland, whilefor this month’s Guest Feature world-class motorsport photographer Frits van Eldik talks about his career to date. Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Calumet UK Refurbishes Flagship Store, Launches New Blog

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Calumet has just completed works on its flagship store on Drummond Street in London. The refurbishment includes a new store layout with displays to demonstrate various photographic products from all the leading brands. There is a digital workflow zone, a studio lighting showcase and a dedicated used equipment area, as well as two brand new touch-and-try zones from Manfrotto and Wacom. In addition to this, Calumet now offers a price match promise.  Customers have seven days to claim the difference, should they find the same product cheaper in another UK retailer. Online, Calumet customers can now enjoy reading the all new blog. Led by professional portrait photographer, Rory Lewis, the blog delivers the latest on equipment and techniques from his shoots as well as purpose testing of Calumet’s comprehensive collection of professional equipment, tuition tips and hands-on experiences of the latest kit.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 36

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 36 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month's Behind the Lens feature and Video Blog, David relates his adventures in the little known yet beautiful region of eastern France known as the Jura. In Stepping Back, he presents the first of our South American inspired articles in this edition, reminiscing on his productive shoot in the Atacama Desert in 2003. For The Low Down, David continues his new mini series on exposure, this time covering exposure modes – and he also presents his two usual Video Tutorials. In Hoddinott’s Hangout, Ross Hoddinott explores his long-terms relationship with the beautiful wilderness of Dartmoor National Park, providing readers with his top location and technique tips for capturing the moor’s majesty in winter. In The Storyteller, Chris Weston reviews the suitability of the Fuji X-T1 mirrorless camera for his style of wildlife photography. Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 35

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 35 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month's Behind the Lens feature and Video Blog, David continues the account of his trip to California in September, which includes bears, cubs, giant trees, and a waterfall dunking. For The Low Down, he starts a new mini series on the topic of Exposure; in this piece he starts right at the beginning with metering. And for this month’s How It’s Done, David explains how he captured the full expanse of La Grotte Sarrazine in a vertical panorama during his recent trip to the Jura. Guest contributors include Ross Hoddinott, Chris Weston and Jonathan Andrew. Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Special Offer: 50% Off Damien Lovegrove Photography Training Videos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Photographers
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Renowned photographer and lighting guru Damien Lovegrove has announced a 50% discount on his photography training videos. The videos available in this limited-time offer cover everything from getting the most from natural light portraits to lighting winter weddings. Damien’s Lightroom tutorial will give your images that extra punch, and his advanced portrait lighting techniques set the standard for even the most experienced of photographers. To benefit from the 50% discount, add the video to your basket and apply the coupon code lovepb before final checkout. The offer is available until 28 February 2015.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

44% of ‘Smartphone Mums’ Risk Losing Memories, Nero Says

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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According to new research by Nero, the creator of BackItUp, 44% of 'smartphone mums' admit that they would lose all of their photos if their phone was lost or broken. The study has revealed that 92% of UK mums are using smartphones to photograph their children, and 49% believe social media pages are the safest place to store photos. “We would urge parents not to play roulette with precious memories when backing up securely is such an easy and simple thing to do,” comments Charly Lippoth, Vice President Business Development at Nero. “Children grow up so fast that losing even a small amount of images can cut out a large chunk of a child’s life. Backing up is simple and easy, so there really is no excuse to forget.”

Monday, November 10, 2014

Chasing the Light Online Magazine Issue 34

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 34 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available. In this month's Behind the Lens feature and Video Blog, we join David and Wendy on the first part of their recent trip to California’s Sequoia National Park in September, sharing the pain of roadblocks that prevent photographers reaching their location in time. In Stepping Back, David considers the best locations for shooting autumn colours, while for his Fundamentals of Post Production section he presents one Video Tutorial, along with an article on the Ten Commandments of Editing a Photo Shoot. The magazine's New York-based contributor James Maher explores the story behind his iconic shot of Bow Bridge in Central Park in How It’s Done. In The Storyteller, Chris Weston considers the convergence of stills photography and video in the world of modern media, and how he has taken advantage of this to indulge his passion for storytelling.Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PhotographyBB Magazine Archives Reopened

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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PhotographyBB Magazine has reopened its archives, allowing you to download all of its past issues for free. Conceived and edited by David Seeram, PhotographyBB was an immensely popular PDF magazine with more than 50 editions published over the course of four years - until it was eventually retired last year as David moved on to publish Clarity, a lifestyle eMagazine for photography enthusiasts. "However, there has been overwhelming demand to open up the PhotographyBB Magazine archives and make the magazines available to download again," David says."We've reopened the archives and now all 54 editions (over 4 years worth) are available to be downloaded again for free!"

Website: PhotographyBB

The Complete Photography Bundle II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The team at 5DayDeal have partnered with some of the world's top photographers to release an unprecedented bundle of photography education tools and resources. The event is centred on the goal of raising $100,000 for charity, and includes contributors such as: 2014 Photoshop World keynote speaker Joel Grimes as well as Trey Ratcliff, David duChemin, Zack Arias, Serge Ramelli and many more.Valued at $2000, the Complete Photography Bundle II is a collection of more than 40 photography education tools and resources - and it can all be yours for only $89. The offer is valid through 12pm EST on 20 October 2014. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

“Canon See Impossible”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Global, Websites
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Canon USA has launched its "Canon See Impossible" campaign, a branding effort aimed to inspire customers to see impossible with Canon products. As part of the companywide marketing initiative, the Japanese brand has rolled out a new logo accompanied by a 3-D visual of an expanding box (pictured), symbolising Canon’s desire to "break the boundaries of what is possible." Additionally, the company has set up a new microsite housing consumer, professional, and commercial stories of inspiration, imagination, and innovative end-user applications of Canon imaging technology. “As a technology-based brand, Canon is constantly challenged to empower its customers in today’s high-tech and fast-paced world in which new apps and innovations are launching every single day,” said Joe Adachi, Chairman and CEO, Canon USA. “With imagination and customer focus at the core of the Canon business model, ‘Canon See Impossible’ will highlight the combined technological innovation and human ingenuity that makes the impossible possible. Our new rallying cry will extract creative thinking from a place of isolation, encourage exploration of the unknown, and showcase our creativity as it impacts the real world with limitless possibilities.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Chasing the Light eZine Issue #33

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 33 of David Noton's Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. In this month's Video Blog, David reminisces on the glorious summer he has spent photographing his home patch of Dorset. He also concludes his Low Down mini series on printing, first by considering our options for hanging prints, and then by testing a range of papers and feeding through his results to reach some conclusions on the best paper choice for the job.  In The Storyteller, Chris Weston finishes off his two-part Bear Necessities series by contemplating the challenge he set himself when he embarked on his latest trip to the Katmai peninsula  Do note that the full contents of the magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Robo –  Trumble

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital, General
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Nikon UK has released a new film by John Wright titled ‘Robo – Trumble’, featuring ex Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and ‘Studio Bot’, a bespoke robotic camera setup that demonstrates the capabilities of Nikon / MRMC’s remote camera system solution. John Wright, Nikon UK Ambassador, shot the entire film on a Nikon D810 and MRMC robotic head in order to capture multiple angles as Kimberly and Studio Bot perform together.  The film highlights the precision and accuracy of the system that affords photographers, videographers and broadcasters complete creative control and the opportunity to shoot from "almost impossible" locations. Click through for the Robo –  Trumble film and a behind-the-scenes video.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Calumet Photographic Launches Student Membership Scheme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Calumet UK has launched a new 12 month student membership scheme to offer incentives and discounts for photography academics. The 12-month membership costs £25 per student and includes free sensor cleaning. a free 1:1 session with a Calumet expert, free standard delivery, a £50 rental voucher, and various discounts. Plus, students will also receive £25 worth of free gifts which includes a Selvyt cleaning cloth, an 8GB USB memory stick, a Brilliant paper sample pack and a 24-exposure roll of Ilford FP24 Plus 135 film. Students who purchase the membership will also be entitled to three free entries to the Student Photographer of the Year competition, launching later this year, with prizes totalling up to £5000. Students can join online at the website below.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nikon School 2014-2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Nikon USA has announced the upcoming schedule for its new Nikon School programme, which will now feature a wider variety of classes and a more interactive experience for photographers of all levels. The new courses focus on specific styles and techniques and include Travel and Landscape, Creative Lighting, Action and People and Video Production.Full-day and half-day sessions will now be available to make classes more accessible for photography lovers across the US. Additionally, Nikon School will now be structured as a more visual and interactive learning experience for students, with more enhanced content that demonstrate how to get the most out of a camera. The school will host more than 50 classes from September 2014 to June 2015 in 25 locations. For more information, visit the website below.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Chasing the Light Magazine Issue #32

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General

Issue 32 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light Online Magazine is now available to purchase. In this month’s Behind the Lens article, David Noton describes his recent productive photo trip to the market at Issigeac in the Pays de Bergerac to capture the bustle of colour found there, as well as many other happy hours spent capturing the Gallic idyll of the region; this is all accompanied by his usual Video Blog. And the Low Down continues with Part Three of David’s articles on printing, this time getting down to the nitty-gritty of making a print, including discussions on the topics of colour management and soft proofing. Ross Hoddinott continues his Hangout series by writing about his own home patch of Cornwall, and the inspiration and benefits this popular location has always brought to his photography, all accompanied by some of his favourite shots. For How It’s Done, Ian Badley continues the Cornish theme, sharing the story behind his spectacular shot of a super-yacht in the 2010 Pendennis Cup Regatta. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light Online Magazine is available to full f11 subscribers only. However non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.