Category: General

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Capturing Life with Light

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General

Velux has teamed up with Joe Tree, photographer and founder of Blipfoto, in a new short film to promote the transformative effect of daylight for The Daylight Project, an online hub launched by Velux last year to highlight the importance of designing with light. The video, which was shot against a striking Edinburgh skyline, draws on Joe’s wealth of photographic experience to showcase the creative benefits of daylight and has been released to correspond with longer days. Click through to watch the video.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Canon Teases New Announcement for Thursday

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Canon Hong Kong have posted a rather mysterious teaser on their Facebook fan page. The advert hints at an April 24 product announcement, but details are sketchy (and that's an understatement). According to Canon Watch, the accompanying text reads, "beauty lies not in objects but in the interaction between the shadow and light created by objects." This line, which is apparently a quotation from an essay by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, has prompted commenters on Facebook to make wild guesses about the new Canon product, ranging from a monochrome camera to an f/0.95 lens.

Via PhotographyBay

Thursday, April 17, 2014

EyeFi Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Eyefi today unveiled Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, personal computer or smart TV. “Photo lovers know that life’s most important moments should be captured using a digital camera but it’s difficult to access those shots until long after the images are taken,” said Matt DiMaria, chief executive officer of Eyefi. “Eyefi Cloud makes those highest-quality shots available within seconds of them being captured." The Eyefi Mobi SD memory card (pictured) begins the image transfer process within milliseconds of a photo being captured on a digital camera.  Images are automatically and securely transferred to Eyefi’s new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.  Eyefi apps intelligently organise and transfer the images, in full-resolution, to Eyefi Cloud.  Now, any device with the Eyefi apps or with a browser-enabled device can be used to view, share and manage the entire photo collection.Eyefi Mobi wireless SD memory card pricing begins at $49 for the 8GB edition.  Customers will find the new Eyefi Mobi apps in the Apple app store, Google Play app store and Amazon Kindle app store.  Included with the new apps, is a three-month membership to the Eyefi Cloud once they activate a new account.  Existing Eyefi Mobi card customers can simply download the new apps and will also receive a three-month membership.

Clarity Magazine Issue 3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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PhotographyBB has released issue 3 of Clarity magazine. Covering a wide range of topics; Clarity Volume Three dives deep into natural lighting and how to work with available light on-location, how to translate compositional elements into more evocative photographs, the 14 secrets of great photography, what to do when your vision and results just don’t line up, the 3 important factors for photo/file backup longevity and a compelling interview with Cate Cameron – founder. Priced at $6.99, Clarity Volume 3 is available to download in PDF format from the website below.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Adore Noir Magazine Issue 19

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The 19th issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring photographs of deserted Baltimore buildings by Perry Manuk, images of Paris by Laurence Garçon, artistic nudes by Marc Koegel, and much more; this edition reinforces the magazine’s commitment to high-quality black-and-white Photography. The latest issue of Adore Noir is available for $2.95 from the website below.

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 38

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a test of the Sony A7R compact system camera, a guide to microphotography, a portfolio of images by Jens Inge Ringstad & Bjorn-Erik Thorud, a beginner's guide to exposure, an article on photographing wildflowers in Texas, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Great Camera Swap

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Wilkinson Cameras have just launched a brand new offer called The Great Camera Swap, where customers can trade in their old kit and get an extra spring bonus of 10%. In other words, if you are thinking of upgrading their camera, lens, flashgun, tripod or other quality photo accessories, Wilkinson Cameras are offering an extra 10% on top of its current value. This offer is available online until 14 April 2014 via the website below.

The Selfie Help Book

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The Selfie Help Book is a humorous collection of selfie-taking tips by Laurel Kate Sittig. Published on the Photojojo website, this "book" is actually a short article broken down into three "chapters:" Selfie Classic, The Group Selfie and Extreme Selfies. Each "chapter" is full of lighthearted tips on the necessity of doing arm stretches before taking a selfie, avoiding photographing yourself in the vicinity of a toilet and so on. The article also contains links to various selfie apps and accessories such as the Pocket Spotlight, the Keyprop and a set ofJelly Camera Filters.

Stretcher Print

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Co2nscience.com have created a unique wall art product that promises to "showcase your photographs to dazzling effect." ‘Stretcher Prints’ are made of up to 22 recycled 50cl plastic bottles, making them flexible, durable and washable. The flexibility of the fabric means that Stretcher Prints are not constrained by rigid wooden frames, and can be formed into some really unique and unusual shapes. The recycled fabric is printed on using the latest textile printing processes, to create a print finish that is vibrant and "extraordinarily sharp." To view Co2nscience’s ‘Stretcher Print’ project on Kickstarter, visit the webbsite below.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Did Hungary Just Kill Photojournalism?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Hungary's new Civil Code, which took effect on 15th March, stipulates that photographers must obtain permission from their subjects every time they trip the shutter, even when working in public areas. Failing to do so could result in the photographer being sued – potentially by each and every person identifiable in the photo! – and ordered to pay a substantial sum in compensation to the plaintiff(s).

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nikon Behind the Scenes

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General

Nikon today launched the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series, dedicated to entertaining intermediate-level photographers. The video series follows a diverse group of leading photographers into the field, including Nikon Ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich and Nikon Professional Photographer Tamara Lackey. In “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Light It Up with Joe McNally,” McNally will be exploring what is possible with Nikon Speedlights and off-camera flash techniques. Over the course of five videos, he will show viewers how to make the most of lighting in whatever situation a photographer may find themselves in. The videos will go live on 11th March on the Nikon YouTube channel and the new NikonUSA Google+ page.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 37

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 37 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to photographic workshops, a review of the Little Stopper, an article on how fine art photographs are sold, a portfolio of images by Sue Bishop, an exclusive interview with Charlie Waite and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 26

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 26 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes his readers to Rio de Janeiro, relating an incident that took place on the Copacabana beach. In Seeing the Light, he considers the most effective lighting for travel portraiture and analyses some great accompanying examples. Hot Legs is the aptly titled name of this month’s essential Low Down and Video Blog by David, as he discusses tripods. Other interesting articles include a Guest Feature by world-renowned wildlife photographer Chris Weston, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a butterfly photo by Ross Hoddinott and the very first piece in David Taylor's series Taylor Made.  Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light online magazine is available to f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Nokia Technology Brings Light Painting to Smartphones

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones, General
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The latest work from leading light artists Ian Hobson of Newcastle, UK and Jeremy Jackson from Virginia, USA demonstrate how people can make spectacular light art using a Nokia Lumia smartphone. Armed with a Nokia Lumia 1020, the artists have created a series of images and guide which are intended to inspire a new generation of smartphone light painters. All made possible by the 4-second maximum exposure time and remarkable low light photography capabilities of the Nokia Lumia smartphone cameras with PureView technology. Ian Hobson comments: ‘The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the first smartphone I’ve ever seen that has the capability to capture quality light paintings due to its 4 second shutter speed and its 41mp camera. With the advances of cameras in mobiles, it allows anyone on the go, to try out light painting.’ Click through / scroll down for a helpful video giving hints about how to light paint with a Nokia Lumia 1020.

Reviving the Camera Obscura

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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A Kickstarter project started by Les Cookson and Ken Higginson aims to resurrect the great-grandfather of all cameras - the camera obscura. Weighing in at less than 1kg this camera obscura is about 15cm x 15cm x15cm in size. Hand-built with your choice of maple or walnut hardwood, the product features an uncoated spherical glass lens about 38mm in diameter, encased in a brass tube, a ground-glass screen for viewing and a clear screen that's used with a piece of tracing paper to trace the image. If you'd like to make a donation or simply learn more about the project, visit the camera obscura's Kickstarter page.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Fresh Take On Wall Murals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Wall mural company Photowall and picture agency Noll Images have teamed up to create a joint wall mural collection. “We have a great many skilled photographers working for us. Thanks to the collaboration with Photowall our images are scaling new heights – so much more happens when they’re expanded into large format,” says Dennis Blomberg, founder of Noll Images. The collection comprises 36 carefully selected, unexpected and surprising motifs representing everything from coloured circus tents to laughing plastic whales. You can check out the collection at the website below.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Capture the World’s 10 Most Photogenic Settings in One Vacation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Websites
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VeryFirstTo.com is offering the chance to capture 10 of the most sensational views across the globe with the latest  cameras from Fujifilm. From the iconic and breathtaking Grand Canyon in the USA to the snow capped Himalayas, including Mount Everest in Nepal, each location is known for being both photogenic and awe inspiring. Theo Georghiades, Senior Business Manager at Fujifilm says of the trip, “In a world where selfies are the norm and are cluttering the photographic world, it is time to turn the camera back around and capture the most spectacular places in the world.  These are truly breathtaking subjects with stunning cameras selected to deliver the best possible memories.” The luxury vacation costs £72,000.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Adore Noir Issue 18

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The 18th issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring female portraits and nudes by Juul de Vries, images of a post-industrial England by John Claridge, works from E. E. McCollum's Cocoon series, photographs from Mark Sadan's Dancer portfolio, ethereal landscapes by Ludmila Espiaube, and much more; this edition reinforces the magazine’s commitment to high-quality black-and-white Photography. The latest issue of Adore Noir is available for $2.95 from the website below.

Website: Adore Noir

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Samsung Survey Reveals Rise of the ‘Petsie’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Last year, 'selfie' was officially named the Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year - now it's time to learn the phrase 'petsie.' A recent survey conducted by Samsung Digital Imaging shows that Brits are literally "obsessed with taking and sharing more photos of our furry friends than of our own friends and family." 63% of pet-owners in the UK confess to taking photos of their pets on a regular basis, with 62% of respondents admitting to frequently taking photos of their dogs, 52% of their cats, 8% of their rabbits and 4% even taking ‘petsies’ of their guinea pigs. In a sign of the social world in which we now live, nearly two thirds (62%) of people admit to regularly uploading and sharing photos of their pets on Facebook and Twitter, with a further 16% revealing that half of the photos they upload onto Facebook are of their pets. To celebrate Britain’s love of dogs and the growing ‘petsie’ phenomenon, Samsung Digital Imaging has launched an online search to find Britain’s best ‘petsies’. To take part in the Petsie Awards, all you have to do is upload the coolest picture of your pet dog on Facebook by visiting the website below.

Canon: A Year in Fashion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Photographers
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Canon: A Year in Fashion is a documentary film highlighting the relationship between images and fashion. Presented by Andy Torres, the blogger from StyleScrapbook.com, the film tells a story about the symbiosis of photography and fashion as seen by those working behind the scenes. Featured photographers include Clive Booth, Tony Wellington and a number of student photographers who shot catwalk shows from the photographers’ pit for the first time in 2013. Click through / scroll down to view the film.