Monday, January 13, 2014
Over the next 8 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 2013.
Kicking things off is the Software of the Year 2013 award, which goes to Zoner Photo Studio 16.
“Zoner Photo Studio 16 is a large program that will cover most of the problems and overcome most objections that a photographer from new starter to keen enthusiast will be able to throw at it.”
Congratulations to Zoner and Photo Studio 16!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
We've teamed up with Lomography to give away a fantastic Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit!
The lucky winner is Sumit Singh. Congratulations!
Fully compatible with all Micro 4/3 Digital cameras (the world’s most popular Mirrorless Camera System), the new Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit gives you full creative freedom, whether shooting photos or movies. Take amazing circular 160° shots with the Fisheye lens. Looking for some wild landscape shots? Go for the wide-angle 12mm lens. Or take photos with a natural field of view with the standard 24mm lens. With 3 lenses and infinite possibilities, the kit is available at a truly great price!
The Experimental Lens Kit is the first lens kit in the world which allows you to take optical multiple exposures using a digital camera. By using the built-in mechanic N/B shutter on each lens, you can take multiple exposures with ease (without having to merge photos together using post-production techniques). With the Lomography M4/3 Experimental Lens Kit, photos have remarkable color saturation. Shoot as close as 5cm with the Fisheye lens and as close as 20cm with the 12mm Wide-angle lens.
We've teamed up with Nero to give away a copy of Nero 2014 Platinum!
The lucky winner is Justin Douglas. Congratulations!
Nero 2014 Platinum enables users to connect, access and use all their media at home and on the go. It is ideal for people who want to centralise all their content in one place and make it accessible from any device, allowing users to manage, create, convert, play, and share movies, music and photos across all their devices.
Nero 2014 Platinum allows users to achieve professional results quickly and easily with fully integrated applications. Users will enjoy Nero 2014’s fast and easy ripping, conversion, and video editing with Ultra HD (4K) support. The new version also includes full media management functions, superior disc and file playback including Blu-ray 3D discs, Nero Play to TV streaming and the best burning tools in the industry.
Silver Groves, a UK based silverware and gifts company, are giving away two gifted credit amounts of $80.00 for Photography Blog readers to spend on their frame section.
The lucky winners are Carrie Miller and Ronald Capek. Congratulations!
So far you have the best camera equipment, but do you have any frames to display the images you have taken? Perhaps you are looking for the perfect way to incorporate your own work into a Christmas gift for a loved one? Silver Groves have the perfect frames for any occasion with traditional frames as well as more modern and contemporary. You can even add a more personal touch by adding an engraving text of your choice.
Monday, January 6, 2014
We've teamed up with Buffalo Technology to give away a fantastic LinkStation Pro Quad NAS drive!
The lucky winner is Maxine Grant. Congratulations!
Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad is an ideal Network Attached Storage solution to keep important files safe and also provides increased capacity as your data and media libraries grow. The Pro Quad enables users to stream music and videos directly from their LinkStation™ to a computer or a network attached DLNA or UPnP media player. On the road, NAS contents are also available to stream via an internet browser and Buffalo’s WebAccess feature or via a smart device and the free Buffalo WebAccess app.
The LinkStation Pro Quad is a high performance drive that can be configured in RAID 0 for performance or RAID 5 for redundant storage as part of a back-up solution. In fact, with fully populated versions, users can choose which RAID suits their needs best: RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD.Store, share and save with the Buffalo LinkStation Pro Quad: available as an enclosure or fully populated with 4, 8, 12, or 16TB capacities.
The Adventure Travel Show is a world of extraordinary discoveries, all under one roof. It is the UK’s foremost event for people who like to travel outside the mainstream – whether it be on small-group adventures, exclusive expeditions or epic journeys.
Bojan Arrigler has won a ticket to the Photography Seminar on Saturday and Sunday.
Alisha Green, Darel James and Joseph Hubbard have all won a pair of tickets to the show!
The Adventure Travel Show
Uncover Your Journey of a Lifetime
25-26 January 2014, Olympia, London
The Adventure Travel Show is packed with inspirational travel advice, travel photography and travel writing seminars, and over 100 FREE talks from world-renowned explorers, adventurers, guide book writers and expert expedition leaders who will help you uncover your perfect adventure. Plus, the best specialist travel operators 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.
The Adventure Travel Show – it’s where your adventure begins…
For more show details and to buy tickets please visit http://www.adventureshow.com.
For all the petrol heads out there, Photography Blog has teamed up with Europe’s biggest motorsport show - Autosport International - to give you the chance to be there!
The five lucky winners are Fayaz Musa, Michael Sowden, Tim Swaysland, Mark Guest and Karen Constable.
With five pairs of tickets available to the show on 11-12 January 2014, this will truly kick off the start of the new motorsport season.
Over 80,000 people attended in 2013 to see cars, stars and action! Race fans are in for a real treat, as John Surtees, the only world champion on two and four wheels, will appear at the show. He said: “Having raced for over 30 years in many different disciplines, it’ll be exciting to pass on my experiences to passionate fans”.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Manfrotto is giving away THREE fantastic new Pro Bags bags, each worth £150!
The 3 lucky winners are: Ian Clowes, A Rowlands and Natalie Merino.
MANFROTTO LAUNCHES LATEST RANGE OF PROFESSIONAL CAMERA BAGS FOR TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS - The highest protection for professional camera equipment.
Manfrotto UK has launched its latest Professional bags collection aimed at top photographers. With this collection of 16 camera bags in five styles, Manfrotto provides professional camera equipment the best protection on the market.
For more information or to view or buy Manfrotto products online visit: www.manfrotto.co.uk
Friday, November 29, 2013
With Black Friday upon us and Cyber Monday just around the corner, we've rounded-up all 7 Holiday Gift Guides that we've published in the last week. If you're looking to buy a camera, make sure to check out our expert guides first!
Monday, November 4, 2013
We've teamed up with camera bag specialists f-stop to give away a Kenti Mountain Series backpack worth $269!
The lucky winner is Jessica Lacourse. Congratulations!
Over the years, f-stop has built a reputation for making some of the most advanced camera bags designed for adventure seeking photographers. From the depths of Antarctica to the peaks of the Himalayas, our products have been battle tested in the most adverse conditions. We offer versatile carry systems for almost every type of user. The Kenti is f-stop’s most compact Mountain Series bag and our answer for shooters in need of a comfortable solution that provides instant camera access.
For run and gun access, dual suicide doors offer accessibility without having to set the bag down. When on the move, a full size hip belt and low profile design offers optimal weight distribution and mobility. The Kenti’s unique padded divider configuration allows users to decide how they organize their valuables. Whether using a pro-gripped body or micro 4/3rds, the Kenti accommodates countless configurations with additional space for miscellaneous items, and even a small laptop and/or tablet. Lastly, the weather resistant shell utilizes reverse YKK® zippers and DWR-treated, 330D Double Ripstop Nylon lined with polyurethane to shields inside contents from outside elements.
We're giving away free downloads of Totally Rad! Inc.’s most wanted professional photo editing programs, plus more. The following prize package is valued at $250:
- One free download of Replichrome
- One free download of RadLab: Totally Rad! Inc.’s most well-known digital photo editing program, which includes 80 styles you can layer and combine to create the perfect combination for your images.
- One free download of PicTapGo: An iOS7 compatible version of our photo editing app PicTapGo was just released, offering iPhone users unlimited amounts of filters to edit their photos.
- A spot on our beta list, giving them the opportunity to try out Totally Rad’s next product before it’s even out to the public.
The lucky winner is Andrew Hollywood. Congratulations!
This contest has now ended.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
If you are looking for a camera bag then look no further. The Hama Defender 220 is the ultimate protection for your gear. Photography Blog and LoveCases are giving you the opportunity to win this great bag worth £114.95.
The lucky winner is Lynda Mansell. Congratulations!
The Defender 220 is the ultimate in protection when it comes to keeping your SLR or DSLR camera safe from scratches and damage. The bag is thick and gives solid resistance to all bumps and knocks, the lid of the bag is kept securely with two interlocking clasps and each part of your camera and camera accessories are kept separate internally - preventing them from rubbing and scratching.
The bag has further storage for your everyday accessories such as keys, identification, phones and more. This bag has the capacity to store the vast majority of additional camera lenses meaning that you can be sure that all of your camera carrying needs are met.
Monday, September 9, 2013
We've been hard at work behind-the scenes making our Camera Reviews index easier to use. You can now search for a camera by date, the manufacturer and the camera's final rating, or a combination of all three. So if you want to see the 5-star cameras from Canon, all the Sony cameras, or the 4-star lenses from Nikon, simply use the various "filter by" buttons.
And don't forget that we also have our Best Digital Cameras guide which makes a great starting point to choosing the best camera for you.
Let us know what you think of the new look in the Comments section...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The three lucky winners of a Samsung 64GB micro SDXC UHS-I card PRO memory cards are Paul Smith, Jon Pertwee and Alan Penman. Congratulations!
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced memory technology is offering Photography Blog readers the chance to win one of three professional, class 10 micro SD cards.
Samsung’s memory cards are built to maximize the users’ mobile experience with faster speeds, more reliability and higher capacity, making it the essential complementary item for smart phones, tablets and digital cameras. Samsung's 64GB micro SD Pro card offers read speeds up to 70 Megabytes per second (MB/s) and write speeds up to 20 Megabytes per second (MB/s).
The 64GB micro SD Pro card has been designed with Samsung’s proof technologies to provide users with ultimate levels of durability: Water- proof, Magnetic-proof, X-ray-proof and Temperature-proof. All Samsung memory cards come with a 10 year warranty.
For more information about Samsung memory, please visit http://www.samsung.com/uk/consumer/memory-cards-hdd-odd/memory-cards-accessories/
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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.
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/
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.
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
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.
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.