Category: PhotographyBLOG

Monday, February 8, 2016

Win an X-Rite i1Display Pro and Colour Management Pro eBook!

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Photography Blog has teamed up with X-Rite to offer 3 entrants the chance to win a new i1Display Pro – professional calibrator (worth £207 incl. VAT) and Colour Management Pro eBook (worth £18 incl. VAT) by Ashley Karyl.

The X-Rite i1Display Pro is the ultimate solution for creative perfectionists that demand speed, options and flexibility to achieve colour accuracy.

Colour perfectionists know that a calibrated and profiled display is a critical element in an efficient digital workflow. Nobody wants to spend hours at their screen perfecting images or video only to find that their display wasn’t accurately representing their digital files. What you see on your monitor, mobile device or projector has to match your digital file or you will never be happy with the result, no matter how much time you devote to perfecting it.

The 600+ page Colour Management Pro eBook gives a great insight into just how easy colour management can be and covers a wide range of topics with useful tutorials, demo videos and expert insight that will also help you save time and money.

Ashley Karyl is a professional photographer who has worked internationally with some of the world’s most renowned brands such as Microsoft, Adidas, Colgate, and Marie Claire to name but a few.

How to enter the competition

To be in with a chance of winning one of the three X-Rite i1Display Pro’s with eBook, all you have to do is sign up to the Photography Blog newsletter by Monday 8th February 2016 using the form below.  

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Win a Holiday Giveaway Bundle from Totally Rad!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Totally Rad! to give away Replichrome I, II and III presets to one lucky person.

The lucky winner is Ralph Wisor. Congratulations!

For more information on the Replichrome presets, visit: https://www.gettotallyrad.com/replichrome

Visit Totally Rad! Inc. at: https://www.gettotallyrad.com
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A direct plug-in for Adobe Lightroom, containing 152 total presets based on the most iconic, modern films ever made, such as Fuji 400H™, Kodak Portra 400™ and Kodak Tri-X™, featuring versions of these films as scanned on both Noritsu™ and Frontier™ scanners.

•    Noritsu- and Frontier-scanned versions of 13 different films
•    Includes a preset toolkit to customize your look
•    Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw compatible
•    Contains custom camera profiles for over 400 camera models for consistent results across all platforms

Replichrome II: Slide

A collection of 199 presets inspired by both modern and discontinued slide or reversal films. Includes the beloved Fuji™ slide films, such as Velvia™, Provia™ and Astia™, as well as discontinued Kodak™ and Agfa™ slide films.

This set contains multiple versions of each slide film, using both Nortitsu™ and Epson™ scanners. Slide films are known for their exceptional color quality and high contrast and are particularly well-suited for landscape, fashion and reportage photography.

•    Noritsu- and Epson-scanned versions of 19 different films
•    Includes a preset toolkit to customize your look
•    Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw compatible
•    Contains custom camera profiles for over 400 camera models for consistent results across all platforms

Replichrome III: Archive

183 total presets based on 22 rare, expired and eclectic films from across the world, to give photographers a collection of film emulation presets not found anywhere else.

•    Noritsu- and Frontier-scanned versions of 22 different films
•    Includes a preset toolkit to customize grain, tone and sharpening
o    Includes multiple versions of each film, using both Noritsu™ and Frontier™ scanners, to give photographers unlimited control over their photos
•    Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw compatible
•    Contains custom camera profiles for over 400 camera models for consistent results across all platforms

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Camera of the Year 2015

Mark Goldstein | Digital, PhotographyBLOG
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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Sony A7R II.

“The Sony A7R II is a remarkable camera, both on paper and in practice. Offering a mouth-watering list of desirable features, the A7R II delivers on almost all of its promises...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Sony and the A7R II!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DSLR Camera of the Year 2015

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The DSLR Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Pentax K-3 II.

“the K-3 II is another keenly-priced DSLR camera from Pentax/Ricoh that once again delivers a feature-set, handling and image quality that far out-performs its price-tag...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Pentax and the K-3 II!

Win a fantastic new Ikigai Rival Backpack worth £229.99!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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WIN a fantastic new Ikigai Rival Backpack with its unique pro Camera Cell system worth £229.99!

Andres Rozo and Alistair Smith are the lucky winners - congratulations!

IKIGAI Bags is giving away TWO of its fantastic new medium Rival Backpacks, featuring its amazing Camera Cell system each worth £229.99.

IKIGAI BAGS – STRENGTH FROM WITHIN

Ikigai's (medium) Rival Backpack and Camera Cell delivers a fresh look and premium performance to the photo bag market. It offers both simplicity and configurability, allowing you to quickly and easily pack exactly what you need for each shoot’s requirements. Designed for photographers, by photographers, the Rival series ensures a great fit and all day comfort while making it easy to access your essentials and providing unrivaled protection as well. But the feature photographers will appreciate the most is what we call our “Strength from Within” - the removable, configurable camera cell with its own carrying handle and adjustable, Velcro® liners that securely protect your most prized possessions. The medium camera cell fits right into the medium Ikigai backpack. For shoots that are more gear intensive, the large size may be the right choice for you. The medium Backpack and Inner Cell kit can hold your DSLR, up to 7 Lenses and Accessories.

For more information or to view or buy Ikigai products online visit: www.ikigaibags.com

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Compact System Camera of the Year 2015

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Fujifilm X-T10.

“The Fujifilm X-T10 successfully repackages most of the core features of the flagship X-T1 camera into a smaller, lighter and cheaper body...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm and the X-T10!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Compact Camera of the Year 2015

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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Compact Camera of the Year 2015 award goes to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV.

“The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV makes for a very appealing back-up camera for everybody who craves high quality images even when they don’t have the ability or inclination to carry around heavy and cumbersome kit.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Sony and the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Lens of the Year 2015

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, PhotographyBLOG
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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Lens of the Year 2015 award goes to the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD.

“...we can heartily recommend the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD as an attractively priced, excellent quality ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR owners.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Tamron and the SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Printer of the Year 2015

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Printers
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We're revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

The Printer of the Year 2015 award goes to the Epson SureColor SC-P600.

“The Epson SureColor SC-P600 has plenty to offer the photographer in quality terms and will no doubt satisfy the most demanding user.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Epson and the SureColor SC-P600!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Software of the Year 2015

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Software
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Over the next 6 days we’ll be revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2015.

Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2015 award, which goes to Adobe Photoshop Elements 14.

“...for anyone new to image editing or the keen photographer who just wants to achieve a quick result, then Photoshop Elements 14 will not disappoint.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Adobe and Photoshop Elements 14!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Capture every holiday memory with SanDisk’s high capacity trio!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with SanDisk to give two lucky readers more storage for their favorite photography devices this holiday season! We will be giving away two bundles of the 200GB SanDisk Ultra® microSDHC™ Card, Premium Edition, 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick and 128GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card – a total value of $540!

Bruce King and Karl Edwards are the two lucky winners - congratulations!

We know you love taking photos, whether it’s on your mobile phone, tablet or DSLR know you’ll be filling up your cards and devices with holiday photos. This trio can capture every joyful moment this holiday season and keep your memories safe. SanDisk’s Ultra microSD, Connect Wireless Stick, and Extreme Pro SD Card are the perfect bundle to shoot, store and transfer all of your photos and videos without having to worry about running out of space!

200GB SanDisk Ultra microSD Card - Get the most out of your Android-based smartphone or tablet with this incredible high capacity memory card.  The card’s breakthrough 200GB capacity allows users to store up to 20 hours of Full HD video, so you never have to stop shooting, saving, and sharing. At 90MB per second of transfer speed, the microSD card can offload 1,200 photos per minute.

64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick - The latest from SanDisk's award-winning Connect Wireless line of products, this next generation USB has built in Wi-Fi so you can save, or access video, photo and music content – all wirelessly, no Internet connection required! With the ability to stream content to 3 devices simultaneously and iOS/Android/Kindle compatibility, the pocket-sized Connect Wireless Stick is the perfect gift for any mobile photographer on the go.

128GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SD Card - Never miss a moment with SanDisk’s most powerful SD card. Designed to deliver high resolution, real-world color and stutter free video in DSLRs, advanced digital or HD video camera devices, this card lets you shoot without limits. Its high capacity and U3 rating makes it ideal for burst-mode photography and 4K video recording.

And for some photography inspiration, check out SanDisk’s Instagram @sandisk for photos from SanDisk’s Extreme Team members!

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Win Tickets for The Adventure Travel Show!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We are giving 1 lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to An Evening with: The Adventure Travel Film Festival and 1 runner up prize of a pair of tickets to The Adventure Travel Show!

Ip Maesstro (1st prize) and Alan Ramsey (2nd prize) are the two lucky winners - congratulations!

The Adventure Travel Show
Uncover Your Journey of a Lifetime
23-24 January 2016, Olympia, London

The Adventure Travel Show, celebrating its 20th year, is a world of extraordinary discoveries all under one roof. It is the UK’s leading event for people who like to travel outside the mainstream – whether it be on small-group adventures, exclusive expeditions or epic journeys.

The Adventure Travel Show is packed with inspirational and essential travel advice, specialist seminars and the best adventure speaker line up of 2016, including explorers, adventurers, tour leaders and guidebook writers who will help you uncover your perfect adventure. Plus, the biggest collection of specialist travel operators all under one roof will be on hand to offer guidance on everything, from walking and trekking to exploratory journeys, safaris, overland trips, life-changing volunteering projects and much, much more.

An Evening With: The Adventure Travel Film Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd January 2016 at the show, where you can enjoy a selection of excellent adventure travel films – brought to you by Austin Vince and the Adventure Travel Film Festival!

The Adventure Travel Show – it’s where your adventure begins…

READER’S TICKET OFFER

We are also offering reduced price advance tickets to the show! Get your tickets for only £6 (that’s saving £4 off the door price!!) by quoting ‘PB’ when booking tickets online at http://www.adventureshow.com or when calling 0871 230 7159. (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Jill-E Jack DSLR Camera Messenger Bag Winner!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with LoveCases to giveway a Jill-E Jack DSLR Camera Messenger Bag worth £210!

The lucky winner is Dmitriy Sukhanov. Congratulations!

Jill-E camera bags deliver a spacious interior, protection, and an unforgettable style that simply cannot be matched. The "Jack" DSLR Messenger bag is luxuriously crafted from weather-resistant Columbian leather, offering a beautiful exterior that will protect your precious equipment, should you get caught out in the rain, and proves that you needn't sacrifice style for substance.

Jill-E create bags to complement with the technologically-focused lifestyle of today, and this camera bag is no exception. Featuring padded exterior walls to protect your precious equipment and customisable interior dividers that hold your accessories in place, the Jack DSLR Messenger bag also has room for a 15" laptop to complement and compile your snaps.

To check out LoveCases full range of bags, feel free to check them out at: http://www.lovecases.co.uk/camera-cases-bags.html

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Moleskine Leather Album and Backpack Winner!

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with Milk Books to give away a Moleskine Leather Album and a Moleskine Leather Backpack, worth a total of $975!

The lucky winner is Jackie ONeill. Congratulations!

Moleskine + MILK introduces the handcrafted Moleskine Leather Album, a new take on old world traditions of book making. Handbound in quality black or ivory leather, made with a choice of sustainably produced Italian Tintoretto art paper or Mohawk proPhoto Paper, this new Album truly sets the standard for Moleskine's print-on-demand range. 

With a customized inset image and delivered in a protective linen bag . At 13.5 x 10.26” / 343 x 261 mm, the Moleskine Leather Album is large enough to feature your most beautiful photographs. The 20, 30, and 40 page options have a retail value of US$595, US$695, and US$795, respectively.

http://moleskine.milkbooks.com

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Daily Deal - 50% Off the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Lumix Smart Camera!

Mark Goldstein | Camera Phones, PhotographyBLOG
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Today only - get 50% off the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Lumix Smart Camera!

The innovative Panasonic DMC-CM1 scored 4/5 Recommended when we reviewed it earlier this year, concluding "the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 is a brave and largely successful attempt to bring together the best features of a smartphone and a camera into one unified device..."

Get the Panasonic DMC-CM1 Lumix Smart Camera

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Deal - 46% Off the Sony A5100 Camera!

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Today only - get 46% Off the Sony A5100 camera!

The Sony A5100 scored an impressive 5/5 when we reviewed it a year ago, commenting "Looking and feeling very much like a compact camera, thanks to the combination of the finger-tip zoom lever and the 16-50mm power-zoom kit lens, the small and lightweight Sony A5100 is a great introduction to interchangeable lens cameras."

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Daily Deal - 67% Off the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera!

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Today only - get 67% off the Olympus PEN E-P5 Camera! 

The Olympus PEN E-P5 scored 5/5 Essential! when we reviewed it, concluding "the Olympus E-P5 is a compelling mix of old and new, fusing together a gorgeous retro design with the latest 21st-century technology to create the most stylish and advanced PEN yet."

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Daily Deal - 83% Off the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II Card!

Mark Goldstein | Digital, PhotographyBLOG
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Today only - save 83% on the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II card! 

The premium Lexar Professional 1000x SDHC UHS-I card leverages UHS-I technology to deliver professional-level, high-speed performance and reliability, with 1000x (150MB/s) minimum guaranteed read transfer speed.

Get the Lexar Professional 128GB Class 10 UHS-II 1000x Speed (150MB/s) SDXC Flash Memory Card

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender 2 –  Portable Lighting Kit Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Photography Blog has teamed up with ExpoImaging to offer you the chance to win the new and improved Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit.

Geoff Vago has been chosen as the lucky winner - congratulations!

The Rogue FlashBender 2 range of unique light modifiers for speedlight flash units, allows photographers to direct and shape light. The range has been created by ExpoImaging to meet the needs of location photographers, and is made up of strong, durable, lighting tools that can be flat packed for easy storage or transportation.

The FlashBender 2 range has a patented design, giving the photographer complete control over the shape of the reflector.

The innovative Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit includes everything you need to unleash your creativity in one practical kit.

Portable Lighting Kit includes:

FlashBender 2 – LARGE Reflector
FlashBender 2 – SMALL Reflector
LARGE Diffusion Panel
SMALL Diffusion Panel
Rogue Flash Gels - Combo Filter Kit
Rogue 3-in-1 Flash Grid - Stacking Grid System
Rogue Grid Gels - Combo Filter Kit
Rogue FlashBender Travel Bag

Key features:

Soften light with soft boxes on-camera or off-camera
Shape bounce flash and background light
Snoot hair light
Focus light with the Rogue Grid for dramatic effect
Add theatrical accent colour with Rogue Flash Gels
Colour correct flash for improved colour balance
Total Kit Weight: 19 oz (540g)

The Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit is available to purchase through leading photography retailers and is distributed exclusively by Color Confidence. For further information and to purchase your Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit, visit: www.colorconfidence.com

How to enter the competition

To be in with a chance of winning the Rogue FlashBender 2 Portable Lighting Kit, all you have to do is sign up to the Photography Blog newsletter from 20 August to 21 September 2015 using the form below.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

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!

Danny Johnson is the lucky winner - congratulations!

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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