Category: PhotographyBLOG

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

PNY SSD, SDHC Card and HDMI Cable Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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PNY Technologies is offering one lucky person the chance to win a number of prizes to inject some speed into your workflow: a XLR8 Pro 120Go SSD, Pro Elite Plus 16GB SDHC and a 3in1 HDMI Cable.

The lucky winner is Justin Roush. Congratulations!

PNY manufactures imaging solutions, and its XLR8 Pro SSD range is built especially for multimedia enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers. SSDs allow seriously quick data transfers and therefore an optimised workflow. The XLR8 Pro SSD series boasts a 2.5” SATA III, 6Gbps interface, supports 128-bit AES encryption and is powered by the SandForce 2281 controller, offering up to 550MB/s sequential read speeds, 520MB/s sequential write speeds and 85,000 random read/write IOPS.

The PNY Pro Elite Plus offers read speeds of 95 MB/s and write speeds of 90 MB/s - perfect for photographers who take full advantage of their camera’s burst mode. Certified Class 10 and UHS-1 (Ultra High Speed), the cards are also ideal for full-HD video; even in the most extreme conditions.

olloclip Contest Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’re giving away three olloclip 3-in-1s for the iPhone 5!

The lucky winners are Patricia Halliday, Barb Robertson and Michael Wheeler. Congratulations!

The olloclip is a unique quick-connect lens solution for the iPhone 4/4S/5. It features three lenses — fisheye, wide-angle and macro — in one small, convenient package that fits easily in a pocket and in the palm of the hand. The olloclip connects to the iPhone in seconds, allowing the user to instantly and easily capture photographic images and use various photographic effects.  The iPhone’s camera auto focuses normally through the olloclip and selecting a lens is as simple as flipping it over.  The olloclip for iPhone 4/4S retails for £59.99 and for iPhone 5 retails for £69.99. Both products are available in the Apple store.

Created by Patrick O’Neill and his designer, Chong Pak, olloclip has attracted a legion of passionate users in less than two years, not to mention distribution through Apple retail stores in the UK and internationally and through leading online retailers. More products under the olloclip brand moniker are now in development. More info is available on the official olloclip website http://www.olloclip.com/

“McCullin” Documentary Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’re giving away 10 copies of the “McCullin” documentary on either DVD or Blu-ray.

The lucky winners are Carol Mears, Heather Knotts, wilbur brown, John McDonald, Hannah ONeill, Debbie Bond, Daniel Madore, Janelle Morte, Lisa Parker, and CHEN YI LEE. Congratulations!

Celebrated photographer Don McCullin worked for The Sunday Times from 1966 to 1983, at a time when the newspaper was widely recognised as being at the cutting edge of international investigative photo-journalism. During that period he covered wars and humanitarian disasters on virtually every continent: from civil war in Cyprus, the war in Vietnam and the man-made famine in Biafra to the plight of the homeless in swinging sixties London.

This new documentary from the producers of the award-winning SENNA and directed by Jacqui Morris / David Morris uses rich, detailed archive footage and incredible in-depth interviews to reveal the truth behind McCullin’s hard-hitting and controversial images, piecing together his remarkable story in truly breathtaking style.

Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder PRO Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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MindGems Inc. is giving away 10 licenses of Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder PRO (VSDIF) exclusively to our readers.

The lucky winners are Hong Ho, reza rezaie golghand, Ales Veluscek, Inga Andersen, mark trnavsky, Kenneth Baillie, Slavko Todorov, Philip Greenwood, Keith Wolstenholme and
Kieran Symons
. Congratulations!

VSDIF is rated the best duplicate image finder on major photography and software magazines and technology web sites.

What is so special about Visual Similarity Duplicate Image Finder?
As the name already suggests this tool can find duplicate and similar images based on content analysis regardless of the image format, size, dimensions, colors and other image attributes. What this means is that even if you have copies of the same image with modifications applied like color correction, crop, retouching, change of file format or watermarks it will still be identified as a duplicate of its original image. This is a task that a standard duplicate file finders cano not handle. The tool supports more than 100 common image formats including Photoshop PSD, plus over 300 RAW camera formats.

The main three benefits from using this tool are:

- Organize your image collection
- Save valuable disk space by removing duplicate images
- Search for similar images inside your image collection by loading a sample image

Processing large image collections is extremely fast using the new cache system. The tool will analyze the image data and collect it in a cache that will be reused in consequential scans. The cache system checks the images for modifications. This means that if a photo is edited it will be re-processed automatically and the updated version will be used for the comparison. The “Image Search” functionality can find images similar to a sample photo. Combining the Image Search with the cache system VSDIF can scan 10 000 images in seconds. A FREE demo is available for download at the company’s web site.

MindGems Inc. provides also a Duplicate MP3 Finder tool that works in a similar way for audio files and the popular FREE Duplicate File Finder and Folder Size tools that will help with the disk cleanup process.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Case Logic SLR Camera Sling Backpack Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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The lucky winner of a Case Logic SLR Camera Sling Backpack is Steve Forster. Congratulations!

This 5 star rated SLR Camera backpack is a great way to carry your camera with ease whilst keeping it safe from drops and bumps. The sling case from Case logic uses a patent pending hammock system which suspends your SLR above the bottom of case, providing superior impact protection. This backpack not only provides storage for your camera but also additional accessories. A large zippered compartment in the sling stores an additional lens or flash and the 3 zippered pockets allow you to store memory cards, cords, light meters, chargers and additional accessories.

This backpack is not only a great way to carry your all your SLR equipment safely but the unique design allows quick and easy access for those all-important easy to miss shots, as this SLR camera bag is worn like a backpack but can simply be swung around to your front and you’re ready to shoot. The list of handy features goes on as the fully adjustable shoulder strap with waist strap prevents the sling from jostling around during activity and the memory foam on the interior helps protect your camera and accessories. This is a must to protect your camera delicate LCD screen, sensor and lens.

ArcSoft Low Light NR Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with Arcsoft to give away 5 copies of Low Light NR.

The 5 lucky winners are: caroline scott, Jo Young, Carl Berger, DAVID HAIG and Piero Orzalesi. Congratulations!

ArcSoft Low Light NR is an innovative image noise reduction application based on the latest Multiple Frame NR technology (MFNR). Using sophisticated algorithms, Low Light NR combines multiple frames to produce one high-resolution image, acquiring more graphic information than it is available from any single photograph. Therefore, it greatly reduces the visible noise while improving the image quality efficiently by processing sets of photographs taken in burst mode.

ArcSoft Low Light NR is featured in its easy use, fast processing and decent results. With 3 simple clicks, noise can be reduced in seconds with high quality, even further improvement could be achieved for cameras with good noise reduction function like the Canon 5D Mark III/Nikon D600/Nikon D3S etc.

Arcsoft are also offering our readers a 20% discount on all of their products.
Coupon code: photographyblogall, get 20% off for all ArcSoft products.

Canvas Print Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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Photo Canvas are giving away a free printed canvas, up to 50x50cm, which can be printed with any image you want.

The lucky winner is Andrew Chapman. Congratulations!

Photo-canvas.com print your digital photos onto heavy weight woven canvas (500gsm) using dye sublimation techniques, stretch it over an anti warping sustainable forest pine frame, then despatch in with same day despatch if you order before 2pm. This means that the end result is durable, has great colour reproduction, and won’t crack, warp or go shiny over time - in fact, they do all a lifetime guarantee against it.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sony NEX-3N and World Photography Awards Workshop Tickets Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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This contest has now closed. The lucky winners are:

Mike Gimblett has won a Sony NEX-3N compact system camera and a place at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Workshops

Olexander Demchenko, chris mockel, Nick Berry, Trygve Lydersen, Ilian Stamenov, Florin Cristea, Tom Bekiaris, GJ de Koning, and Napoleon Stratogiannakis have each won a place at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Workshops.

With the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards taking place this month we’ve teamed up with headline sponsors Sony to give 10 lucky readers the chance to win a place at a series of workshops taking place at Somerset House, London from 26th April – 28th April 2013.

One winner will also receive a NEX-3N compact system camera to test out their new skills. Featuring the same image sensor that you’d expect from a DSLR camera, the NEX allows you to take professional standard pictures, even if you’re an amateur, providing the best results and picture quality on the market. With a selection of 15 e-mount lenses available you’ll discover the ideal lens to bring your vision to life.

The workshops will cover a variety of topics suitable for camera enthusiasts from beginners to budding professionals and will coincide with the opening of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition on 26th April. 

There are three separate workshops covering a range of topics. From showing beginners how to improve picture quality, providing an understanding of commercial photography and turning a hobby into a career, or looking at the developments in full-frame photograph over time, there will be something for any photography enthusiast.

Speakers will include Michael Wayne Plant who specialises in work around identities and social landscape and Magdi Fernandes who works across fashion, music and sports. All attendees will be entered into a prize draw each day for one lucky winner to receive an NEX.

With Sony’s ongoing development of its camera portfolio, from point and shoot Cyber-shot cameras to entry-level interchangeable lens NEX and Digital SLT Alpha models, Sony is serious about photography and proud to sponsor the World Photography Awards.

For further information about the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Workshops or to book your place on one of the sessions, visit http://worldphoto.org/worldphotolondon/sony-workshops

2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition Tickets Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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This contest has now closed. The lucky winners are:

Beth Leek, ADEINNE TONNER, Eric William Sandiego, Roger Phillips, kerry day, Inga Andersen, Mark Gould, Julie Picton, L Francois regis Harvengt and KRZYSIA BIALESKA have each won a pair of tickets to the Sony World Photography Awards’ exhibition.

With the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards taking place next month we’ve teamed up with headline sponsors Sony to give 10 lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the awards’ exhibition, which will take place at Somerset House, London from 26th April – 12th May 2013.

Curated by Candlestar Director Michael Benson, this year’s exhibition offers a snapshot of the world in 2012 as seen by the winning and shortlisted photographers of the Sony World Photography Awards.  It will reveal the very best international contemporary photography across 25 categories, including fashion, travel, wildlife, landscape, portraiture and current affairs.

With this year’s awards receiving a staggering 122,000 entries from 170 countries, its evident just how popular photography continues to be, around the world.

Sony is committed to providing a camera solution for everyone and every budget, empowering people to take professional quality pictures, whether an amateur or an expert.

With Sony’s ongoing development of its camera portfolio, from point and shoot Cyber-shot cameras to entry-level interchangeable lens NEX and Digital SLT Alpha models, Sony aims to make photography more accessible to all and educate people in the art of taking pictures.

For further information about the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House visit http://www.worldphoto.org/2013exhibition

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Welcome to the New-Look Photography Blog

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG
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We've been hard at work on a fresh new look for Photography Blog.

We've concentrated on making the site simpler, cleaner and easier to use, with an up-to-date design that looks equally at home on a large monitor, smaller laptop screen and the latest Retina devices.

We've also placed more emphasis on what we do best - bringing you in-depth reviews of the very latest cameras, lenses and accessories - something that we'll continue to do in the future.

If you have any suggestions for how we could improve the site further, or any specific likes or dislikes, then please let us know via the comments form below.

Likewise, if you experience something that doesn't work in the way that you expected, please leave a comment.

In the meantime we hope that you enjoy the new Photography Blog!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Signup for our Exclusive Datacolor Webinar!

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Technique
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When: April 4th 2013, 7:00pm (GMT)

What: This is an exclusive webinar for Photography Blog readers with Oliver Mews, Global Service Manager and Trainer at Datacolor. The webinar’s topics are: general color management, Photoshop settings and some tips and tricks on how to make sure to work with correct colors for different purposes. Get the chance to ask live questions at the end of the webinar!

Where: http://spyder.datacolor.com/webinars/photographyblog-uk

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cyberlink Power Director Ultimate 11 Winners

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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This month we’re giving away 3 copies of Cyberlink Power Director Ultimate 11!

The lucky winners are Christopher Powell, Sergio Garcia, and Edward Mackiewicz. Congratulations!

Cyberlink is pleased to offer 3 lucky Photography Blog readers the chance to win the new Power Director Ultimate 11, the perfect software for enhancing photos and videos.

Power Director Ultimate 11 is award-winning software designed for Photo-Enthusiasts. It combines powerful pro-level features and intuitive functionality in a complete post-production video editing solution. It can be easily installed on a home PC allowing photographers of all abilities the chance to edit their masterpieces. From the novice shooting family movies on a smartphone up to a professional making a music video or a short film with high-end digital equipment Power Director Ultimate allows them to truly create. It can import over 50 different RAW formats onto the timeline and create 4k/2k quality photo slideshows, the slideshows can then be burnt to CD/DVD and Blu-ray for sharing with friends and enjoying for years to come. Power Director Ultimate is award-winning software that is 38% faster than the previous version.

Capdase mKeeper Backpack Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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This month we’re giving away a Capdase mKeeper camera backpack!

The lucky winner is Keith Pollard. Congratulations!

The Capdase mKeeper is a ultra portable sling style back pack which allows you to get instant access for your SLR camera and any accessories. You can simply swing it around and you’re ready to shoot. The unique sling design means that you can swivel the back round to your front to gain instant access to your camera, rather than having to take the backpack off and removing your camera, saving you time and making sure you’re ready for that perfect shot.

The mKeeper features a large compartment which easily houses any lenses, flash, or any other accessories which you need to carry around with you. The compartment features a zipper which ensures that all of your accessories are protected when they’re not in use.

Sponsor LoveCases also sell iPod Touch 5G cases.

Photography Blog Awards 2012

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve now announced all of our award winners for 2012. Just in case you missed any, here’s the full list:

Camera of the Year 2012
Olympus OM-D E-M5

DSLR Camera of the Year 2012
Nikon D800

Compact System Camera of the Year 2012
Olympus OM-D E-M5

Compact Camera of the Year 2012
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Lens of the Year 2012
Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH

Printer of the Year 2012
Epson Stylus Photo R2000

Accessory of the Year 2012
Spyder4Elite

Software of the Year 2012
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Camera of the Year 2012

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Our eight and final award is for Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

“Image quality is where Micro Four Thirds cameras have traditionally lagged behind their APS-C sensor rivals, but the OM-D E-M5 is the first MFT model to equal the results from leading cameras like the Sony NEX-7. Noise doesn’t rear its ugly head until ISO 3200 for JPEGs and even the faster settings prove eminently usable, although the E-M5 does apply some pretty aggressive noise reduction to keep the files clean as shown by the much noisier raw images. We never longed for a camera with a bigger sensor, and you’d have to step up to a full-frame DSLR to see an appreciable leap in image quality.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M5!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DSLR Camera of the Year 2012

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Our seventh award is for DSLR Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Nikon D800.

“On the resolution front, the Nikon D800 delivers images with a truly stunning amount of detail, comparable to what you can achieve with a number of medium-format digital cameras and backs. The 7360×4912-pixel photographs print to 24”x16” (60×40cm) size at industry-standard 300ppi with no interpolation required, which also means they are ideal for double-page spreads in a large-format 12”x12” photo book.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Nikon and the D800!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Compact System Camera of the Year 2012

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Our sixth award is for Compact System Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M5.

“The OM-D E-M5 is the best Olympus compact system camera to date, and also a strong contender for best compact system camera full stop. It delivers a compelling mix of classic looks, excellent image quality, an extensive feature set and immediate responsiveness, with the camera so well designed that it rarely gets in the way of the creative process. The E-M5 may hark back to a bygone era, but it’s definitely bang-up-to-date in all the places that count.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M5!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Compact Camera of the Year 2012

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Our fifth award is for Compact Camera of the Year 2012, which goes to the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.

“Sony have not only blurred the lines between compact and compact system in terms of the RX100’s features, performance and image quality, but somewhat inevitably perhaps also in terms of its price. $650/£550 is more than many mirrorless cameras and even some DSLRs too, but on the other hand this is no humble compact. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 is the first truly pocketable camera to offer a DSLR experience, and in that regard it could almost be seen as something of a bargain - it’s certainly deserving of our highest Essential! accolade.”

Read the Full Review

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

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lens of the Year 2012

Mark Goldstein | Lenses, PhotographyBLOG
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Our fourth award is for Lens of the Year 2012, which goes to the Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH.

“The LUMIX G VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH standard zoom offers a versatile focal range and a fast maximum aperture in a relatively small package, backed-up by excellent image quality throughout the focal range, the best build quality of any Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lens yet released, a tactile manual focusing system and impressively fast and quiet autofocusing.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Panasonic and the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm F2.8 ASPH!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Printer of the Year 2012

Mark Goldstein | PhotographyBLOG, Printers
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Our third award is for Printer of the Year 2012, which goes to the Epson Stylus Photo R2000.

“For the intended market, the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is the clear leader in quality and value. This is a printer that will give you years of quality output, even if you do eventually grow into a larger printer.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Epson and the Stylus Photo R2000!