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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Remote Camera Captures Eagle Preying on Deer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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A remotely activated camera set up in a forest in the Russian Far East has photographed a rare instance of a golden eagle capturing a young sika deer. The deer's carcass was found two weeks later, just a few yards from the camera, initially puzzling researchers. "I saw the deer carcass first as I approached the trap on a routine check to switch out memory cards and change batteries, but something felt wrong about it. There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died," said Dr. Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London, who runs the camera trap project. "It was only after we got back to camp that I checked the images from the camera and pieced everything together. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NYIP Updates its Complete Course in Professional Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) has launched a completely revised and updated version of their flagship course, the Complete Course in Professional Photography. The course, which sells for 1,499, offers students all over the world a wide range of photographic training. Starting with the fundamentals of understanding how to use a camera, the course provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to take professional-quality photos and make money with their photography. “The Professional Photography Course needed a major update for the modern, digital world of photography,” said NYIP’s Director of Education Jay Johnson. “And that’s what we did. We completely revised the course for photography students in the 21st century.” For more information on NYIP’s Complete Course in Professional Photography, visit the website below.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Canon Student Network

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Canon today unveiled a new programme designed to help aspiring photographers studying photography or equivalent courses to take their next step with imaging. The Canon Student Network (CSN) rolls out to 11 universities across the UK and Ireland and provides tailored experiences, opportunities and offers to help the students develop as their course progresses. Education including tips, tricks and business advice from noted professional photographers via seminars around the country and online are also available along with unique offers. Access is easy and free for eligible students. Those in first year simply need to be studying photography or equivalent course, within one of the initial 11 roll-out universities and sign up to the free Project 1709 – Canon’s beta online imaging management system. Students in their second year will also be required to own a current Canon DSLR and lens.

Nikon Voted One of UK’s Coolest Brands

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Nikon has officially been named a CoolBrand, in an influential annual initiative to identify the UK’s coolest brands. Now in its twelfth year, the CoolBrands list follows a vote by a combination of 3,000 consumers and a panel of 37 designers, style experts, media personalities and prominent figures from the worlds of TV, fashion and music. The results are published every September and a selection of the country’s coolest brands are featured in a luxurious, hardback format book, available from all good bookshops (RRP £55), or which can be ordered by contacting 020 7079 3310 or at the website below.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 20 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David pays homage to side light and presents Part 2 of his exploration into the creative potential of using super wide-angle lenses. In Stepping Back, we are taken on a photo trip to the fascinating ‘blue’ town of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco. And in this month’s edition of The Bizz, David begins his two-part series entitled Head in the Cloud by considering the various technological pressures with which he has successfully wrangled at Noton HQ this summer. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

55% of Brits Share Holiday Snaps on Social Media

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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PhotoBox has just released the results of a new survey on the holiday photography habits of Europeans. The study has revealed that 55% of Brits share their holiday picture on Facebook, followed by the Swedes with 40%.  France is the least social media savvy, as only 4% of French said they share on Facebook. Instagram and Twitter were hardly chosen, apart from Sweden where 24.1% of respondents declared sharing their holiday pics on Instagram. Along with the Swedes, Brits are the most "selfie-obsessed" as 27% of them admit to taking self-portraits on holiday. The Spanish aren’t far behind with 22%. Photographing holiday meals is popular with 35% of Swedes, 30% of Germans and 27% of Britons. In addition, 30% of the British respondents said they used props in their holiday photos to make them look better just like celebs such as Rihanna, Kelly Brook, Cara Delavigne and Justin Bieber.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 31

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Issue 31 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to infrared photography, a review of the book Scotland's Fifty Finest Mountains, an essay on image sharpness by David Hay, an interview with Hans Strand, a test report on the Pentax K5 IIs digital SLR camera, an article on photographing Yellowstone National Park, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Friday, August 30, 2013

“Finish Strong” Photo Contest Winner Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Epson has announced the winning concept for its “Finish Strong” advertising campaign photography contest. The Finish Strong ad campaign contest invited photographers to submit 200 words or less describing their idea for Epson’s next Finish Strong print ad. At a vantage point 800 feet high atop the antenna on the Prudential Tower overlooking the Boston city skyline, Joe McNally and his photography crew recently shot the winning photo envisioned by a participant from the competition. Josh Lohmeyer from Pylesville, Maryland had the winning entry with the concept of a photographer on top of a tall, distinctive building with a large city skyline as the backdrop. “When we read Josh Lohmeyer’s entry, we were struck by the challenge of such a shoot, and yet could also visualise it – what a magnificent undertaking it would be with such a rewarding result," said Richard Day, group product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. "Joe McNally and his team brought Josh’s vision to life with a breathtaking finish.”

Friday, August 23, 2013

Gigapan Launches New Membership Services

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Gigapan has announced new subscription-based membership tiers to its online community. In addition to the current Basic membership, Gigapan has added Premier, Elite and Enterprise membership tiers. The advanced tiers offer value-added digital products and services, including a for-hire directory, Gigapan Tag and distinct avenues for members to sell their work, with print monetization available to all members at every level. Basic members receive 25% revenue share after costs, while Premier, Elite and Enterprise members keep 100% revenue share after costs. All membership levels have the freedom to set their own pricing. Click through / read on for the details.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 30

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Issue 30 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to using social networks, a free article on the top ten Lightroom shortcuts, a review of the Photopills app, a tutorial on using auto ISO, a review of the book "Burmes Light" by David Hay, the second part of the article "The art of macro and close-up photography," a test of graduated neutral density filters, and much more. Some of these articles are free but do note that the full contents of the magazine are available to subscribers only

Website: Landscape Photography Magazine

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 19

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Issue 18 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David considers the different and fun opportunities of shooting infrared, and his Field Trial presents Part 1 of an exploration into the creative potential of using super wide-angle lenses. In Behind the Lens, David shares Part 2 of his diary recording his recent advertising job for Canon in Patagonia. And for Stepping Back he recalls a trip to Ireland, shooting the Round Tower at Glendalough with a pack of Celtic photographers. The magazine also includes two educational videos and a Guest Feature written by Lucie Debelkova. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Expedition Iceland

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, General
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Expedition Iceland is a beautiful short film including slow-motion and time-lapse sequences, shot by Eric Hines on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The footage used in this video was recorded during the photographer's 17-day, 4000-mile voyage around the country during the midnight sun in 2013. The motion control equipment needed for the shots - including a Kessler Crane CineDrive - was provided by Kessler Crane. The music is For A Minor Reflection by Flóð. Click through / scroll down to watch the video.

Turning the Lens on Inclusive Photography

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University of Bolton Senior Lecturer, Terry Speake (pictured), has been awarded a doctorate for his work exploring the way disabled people are represented in photography. "When you think about it, how often do you see images of disabled people represented as ordinary members of society rather than the ‘other’?" asks Terry. "By focusing on their impairments, disabled people may be defined by the negative signs of their disability rather than as empowered individuals... My framework isn’t an easy solution; it involves working with disabled people to create images that are right for them." Whilst the outcomes of Terry’s research provides unique insights of interest to practitioners and the academic community, it has presented the views of a substantial number of disabled people themselves, giving a voice to those who have in the past been excluded from creating their own images.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Growing Your Sports Photography Business

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Growing Your Sports Photography Business is a new free guide from PhotoShelter. Available as a PDF ebook, Growing Your Sports Photography Business offers an in-depth look at the sports photography industry today, and includes insider advice from sports photography veterans like Rich Clarkson, Brad Mangin, and Brad Smith. You can claim your copy of  the guide by registering your email address at the website below.

Website: Photoshelter

Gigapan Tag

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Gigapan has announced Gigapan Tag, an innovative digital marketing product combining social media with high-resolution images. Users now have the ability to embed HD images on any website, including the ability to match their look and feel. Gigapan Tag - which allows people to zoom in, find themselves and friends, tag themselves on Facebook and take interesting snapshots of the image to share - supports all operating systems and mobile platforms, allowing widespread engagement and interaction on any device. A historic example of Gigapan Tag includes the Samsung 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, capturing 17,000 tags throughout the images, the highest number of tags to date.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Arthur Edwards Shares his Top Tips for Baby Photography

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With over three decades’ experience of capturing the Royal family on camera, professional photographer and Nikon user Arthur Edwards has decided to share his top tips for photography around the time of a new arrival to the family. He recommends that you first think about the light you've got, given that babies don't like flash. Then you ought to think about the time of day you take your pictures - catching the baby after a feed and a sleep increases the chances they are content, happy and giggly in the photos, rather than grumpy. His other advices include using different backgrounds, including the baby's favourite toy in some of the photos and having the camera charged before the session. "A top tip for new mums for getting a photo you’ll treasure is to make sure you’re happy with your eye make-up and keep your hair off the face," Mr Edwards says. "Also, a tight composition with just faces in the frame will make sure there’s no distracting detail in the background of the shot such as a hospital bed."

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bringing Print to Life

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The British Journal of Photography (BJP) has released a video entitled Bringing Print to Life. Established in 1854, the BJP is Britain's longest running photography journal , and recently launched an easy-to-use iPad version, a bespoke iPhone edition and a universal iOS app. The stylish video below explains what the journal is all about, and how viewers can get involved.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

EIZO Launches into Animation

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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EIZO is taking on the world of animation, having recently commissioned animation designer Katy Beveridge (pictured) to work on a new piece of animation to help promote its ColorEdge range of monitors. “At EIZO we are extremely fortunate to meet some amazing people in the professional graphics industry," Colin Woodley, Business Manager of EIZO. 'For the last five years we have had great pleasure sponsoring the Central Saint Martin’s end of year show for its BA Graphic Design course, where in 2012 we met Katy.  As a team we were blown away by her imagination, creativity and ideas.  Her input and spark has helped us relaunch our marketing campaigns and I am looking forward to debuting the finished piece, due Autumn 2013”

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 18

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Issue 18 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes his readers out to one of his favourite stomping grounds, Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, to capture a supermoonrise. This is the first article in a brand new series entitled How It's Done. For Behind the Lens, David writes Part 1 of his diary recording the advertising shoot he recently completed for Canon in Patagonia, while this issue's guest feature is authored by Ulla Lohman, intrepid explorer of volcanic locations across the globe. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 29

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Issue 29 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to social media for photographers, a "creative note" on making portfolios by Guy Tal, an article on the wet-plate collodion process, a review of the book Joe Cornish's Gallery, an interview with Sankar Salvady, portfolio pages by Zsolt András Szabó and Daniele Quadraccia, an introduction to the art of close-up and macro photography, and much more. Some of these articles are free but do note that the full contents of the magazine are available to subscribers only