Wednesday, January 22, 2014
One hundred years ago, Oskar Barnack created the very first Leica, the Leitz Camera, later known as the Ur-Leica. An employee of the Leitz Werke Wetzlar and a photography pioneer, Barnack invented and constructed the first stills camera to shoot 24×36mm frames on 35mm in 1914. Company archives dating from March 1914 show that Barnack originally gave his compact and highly portable prototype camera the name ‘Lilliput’. The original is still in the possession of Leica Camera AG, together with the negatives and prints of the first exposures captured with the Ur-Leica – which include pictures from a 1914 summer trip Ernst Leitz to the United States. While the Ur-Leica itself never went into mass production due to the outbreak of the Great War, the concept revolutionised photography, with the manufacturing of the first "actual" Leica beginning in 1925.
Friday, January 17, 2014
The National Galleries of Scotland has announced the acquisition of a photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The formal portrait, captured by Julian Calder in August 2010, went on display yesterday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In this photograph Her Majesty The Queen is presented as Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle, a chivalric Order that dates from the seventeenth century. Her Majesty wears the robes of the Order and insignia bearing the emblem of the thistle (the national flower of Scotland) and the cross of Saint Andrew.
Foneclay, a mobile development company that offers a suite of cloud-based application services, has teamed up with Getty Images to offer their photos and graphics as mobile wallpaper through Feeds, Foneclay’s proprietary application for Android. "People look at the picture on their mobile home screen more often than any other image,” said Scott Dresden of Foneclay. “Our users want to see new images cycling through their background but don’t have time to change the image themselves. Therefore, we’ve enabled publishers like Getty Images to send dynamic images to these users’ mobile home screens.” Getty's partnership with Foneclay is the company’s first direct partnership with a mobile technology company that offers products to consumers.
Friday, January 10, 2014
SmugMug is launching a new film series that will provide a unique snapshot of the working lives of some of the world’s best photographers. Click through to view the trailer for the world premiere of the new series and subscribe to the SmugMug Films YouTube channel..
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The second issue of PhotographyBB's CLARITY eMagazine is now available for purchase. CLARITY is billed as the first lifestyle eMagazine for photography enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Volume 2 includes 85 gorgeous page spreads, 7 videos, a 43-minute podcast, and articles from leading photographic educators including: Kevin Kubota, Piet Van den Eynde, Lindsay Ostrom, Sean McCormack, Chris Corradino, Dave Delnea, Bill McCarroll, Peter Dorr, Jay Livens, Lee Sacrey, and Barry J. Brady. Single issues of CLARITY are available for only USD $6.99 each, or a subscription savings bundle for one-year (6 issues, published bi-monthly) for $29.99.
Friday, December 20, 2013
The seventeenth issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring previously unpublished images by George Tice, fascinating low-key florals by Alessandro Idini, long-exposure seascapes by Dragos Ioneau, a series of wet-plate still lifes by Angela Walker, landscapes by Jeff Mercader, 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
Moleskine have introduced new Photo Book Gift Cards. Available in the form of a pocket Cahier Journal, Moleskine Photo Book Gift Cards allow you to hand-write your dedication inside and mail them to your loved ones. Your recipient will be able to use the unique code inside to access the Moleskine Photo Books online tool and select their favourite photos to print as a physical book. The gift cards are available from Moleskine Stores worldwide and online at the website below.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Macphun Software have announced their 12 Days of Giveaways celebration. The event is a progressive giveaway, which means that the winner for any day wins the specific prize for that day, plus a prize from each of the previous days. The grand prize is a Nikon Df camera (pictured), plus prizes from each of the previous days. Click through / read on for the Macphun giveaways prize list.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Photo Cruises are a new company specialising in educational photographic holidays. There will be expert tuition from a variety of onboard workshops, lectures and seminars, as well as hands-on tuition on location, and photography excursions. Their 2014 cruises will include two 7-night Mediterranean voyages, a week-long Norway cruise, a 7-night Baltic voyage and a 3-night taster cruise to Bruges and Paris from Southampton. These photo cruises are available to book now and if you book a place by the end of January you will get £50 off.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Issue 23 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes us to the Yukon, sharing with us the next installment of his fascinating photo trip to this location. In How it’s Done, David talks us through his approach to and method of selecting focal points for shooting the landscape, and in this month’s installment of Seeing the Light he considers the challenges and rewards of photographing the cityscape at night. For its Guest Feature the magazine rounds up the current Formula 1 season with an article from brilliant F1 photo specialist Peter J Fox, as he introduces readers to a ‘weekend in the life of’ an F1 photographer at the classic Monza racetrack. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light online magazine is available to f11 subscribers only.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Issue 34 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a tutorial on photographing winter landscapes, a review of the book "Colours of the Earth" by David Hay, a free article on women in landscape photography, a guide to starting a photography business, a free advice on the art of concealment, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Datacolor will be hosting a month long holiday giveaway during the month of December. Beginning 1st December, daily prizes will be awarded through the Datacolor website with a new door opening each day to reveal the featured prize. “For the second year in a row, we’re partnering with some of the industry’s most recognisable brands in an effort to make the holiday season for many imaging professionals even brighter,” said David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor. “Not only is this a fun way for us to close out the year, but it provides digital imaging specialists of all skill sets the opportunity to start the New Year with a gear bag full of cool new gadgets.” Photographers are encouraged to enter the Datacolor Happy Holidays Giveaway by visiting the website below.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Fujifilm has launched a free digital magazine to help X-series users across the world get more from their cameras, lenses and accessories. Available in six languages, Fujifilm X Magazine can be viewed through web browsers and both iOS and Android devices. Highlights from the launch issue include an interview with fashion photographer and X-Pro1 user Alex Lambrechts, how to get more from the Fujifilm Film Simulation modes and a gallery of portraits from X-series users around the world. The UK version of the magazine can be viewed at the website below.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Issue 33 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a guide to photographing Killarney national park, a review of the book "The Art of Adventure," an interview with Erez Marom, a free article on photographing fresh fields, a guide to starting a photography business and more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Issue 22 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light eZine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes us to the Yukon, reliving the first six days of the special trip he made to this location in September. To tie up this Yukon special, in How it’s Done David talks us through his approach to and method of shooting the stunning Aurora Borealis at Pine Lake. And in for Stepping Back, he whizzes us back to 1984 when he shot the Marines as part of his photography course with stunning results. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light eZine is available to f11 subscribers only.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The non-profit Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a major project involving the digitisation of more than 220,000 astronomical plates and films taken over the past 120 years by generations of astronomers. The funds will be used to purchase an OPTEK 413 VSM precision scanning machine and begin digitising the plates. Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's Kickstarter page and make a contribution.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Legendary 70s and 80s fashion photographer Willie Christie has been announced as the Executive Director of Britain's first reality show for style photography. Christie's portfolio includes award winning advertising campaigns, fashion and portrait work for international icons, notably Cary Grant, Grace Jones, Douglas Fairbanks Jnr, Sir John Mills and Catherine Deneuve; and Rock 'n' Roll album covers and portraits for Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry and Lou Reed. The 9-episode series developed by Christie and Back to Front TV is a first for Britain and will celebrate the essential relationship between style and photography. Casting for the series will be conducted through a call for contestants later this month when Back to Front TV will invite anyone with a keen interest in photography to submit their best images and describe their motivation for participating in this exclusive series.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The sixteenth issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring artistic female nudes by Anne Sophie Nordrum and Annie Vinogradoff. photographs from the Volt series by Olivier du Tré, unique architectural photography by Kevin Saint Grey, city-, land- and seascapes by Ina Forstinger and Gerald Berghammer, an article about Sally Mann's book Southern Landscape by Timothy B. Anderson and an interview with Adore Noir's editor-in-chief Chris Kovács; ; 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
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Back to Front TV has just announced a new reality show for style photography. The 9-episode series will take the form of a progressive elimination show that will "celebrate the essential relationship between style and photography," Back to Front TV said in a statement. Casting for the series will be conducted through a call for contestants, inviting anyone with a keen interest in photography to submit their best image and describe their motivation for participating in this exclusive first series. The show will break down the process with a mentor briefing and tasks being set for the contestants, who will need to prove their talent on real-life photo shoots. After the photo sessions, there will be a blind-judging process by which the contestant photographer's work is selected or rejected. For more information, contact the company via the address below.
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.”