Thursday, June 4, 2015
The new Manfrotto Digital Director is billed as the only Apple Certified interface to help users intuitively manage their photo and video workflow. Consisting of hardware, software and firmware – all of which have gone through the Mfi (Made for iPad) certification, this novel product is designed to make shooting photos and videos much smarter. By simply plugging the USB cable into the camera and turning on the app, photographers and videographers can be sure of a reliable, high performance connection between their Canon or Nikon DSLR and their iPad Air. The dedicated CPU embedded into the Digital Director provides an interface between the two devices allowing the camera protocols to be fully understood and controlled by the iPad Air, and the use of Digital Director enables the user to place the camera in the most awkward or difficult to reach positions by controlling it remotely. The dynamic histogram and audio level display allows greater control, whilst focus control is guaranteed thanks to the Interactive Focus, which can be used to select the focus point anywhere on the screen. Additionally, Digital Director allows users to immediately share their images via FTP, by email on social networks. Digital Director is available to pre order now for £399.95, and will be available from 15th June.
Monday, June 1, 2015
Triggertrap have released their newest app, Triggertrap Selfie. Putting a twist on the ubiquitous self-portrait, Triggertrap Selfie uses the subject's voice to trigger the iPhone's camera. "Shout, clap, honk like a goose - from the creative to the amusing, Triggertrap Selfie opens up a whole new world of snapping self-portraits," the company says. As soon as the shout hits the required number of decibels, the pixelated screen will clear and the camera snaps a selfie. Your screaming work of art is saved to your camera roll, and you can share it straight to Twitter from inside the Triggertrap Selfie app.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Google have introduced Google Photos — a new service that promises to give you "a home for all your photos and videos." The free service incorporates a standalone app for both Android and iOS, a web-based interface, unlimited photo-video hosting, automated syncing and backups. The original resolution is maintained for up to 16 megapixels for photos and 1080p for movies, and your works are automatically organised by people, places and other parameters. The new Google Photos Assistant creates animations, collages and videos from your still images. Pictures, movies and entire photo sets can be shared easily via social networks.
Website: Google Photos
Thursday, May 28, 2015
MacPhun has announced an update to its newest application, Noiseless (read review). Using newly developed imaging technology; Noiseless provides a one-click solution for eliminating the noise generated by every camera when shooting in low-light situations. This latest update reduces processing time by 20%, adds French and German language support, and fixes bugs. Noiseless is available today as an electronic download from the Macphun web store and the Mac App Store. Noiseless is £13.99, while Noiseless Pro is £36.99.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Nova today launched Multiple Nova Support - a new, inventive way to create mobile lighting studios on-the-go. Using the new Nova Camera 1.2 app, photographers can connect and control up to ten Nova Bluetooth Flash devices from one iPhone. Similar to how a professional indoor studio uses multiple sources of light in different positions and at different angles, using multiple Novas enables iPhone photographers to control shadow and experiment with directional lighting effects. “We wanted to put iPhone owners in the driver’s seat so they can create and capture their vision anytime and anywhere by using more than one lighting source,” said Jaimie Walnes, Founder of Nova. “iPhone owners can now create outdoor lighting studios whether they’re at the top of a skyscraper or out on the street. It will be very exciting to see the creativity that will emerge from using this new capability.” To accompany the launch of Multiple Nova Support, the ‘Mint Nova Studio 4 Pack’ is available for $177.
Monday, May 25, 2015
The Linux version of Pixeluvo, a new professional-grade imaging suite developed by Andy Gill, is now available to purchase. Using a full range of colour transform filters, Pixeluvo allows users to transform the entire look of an image. Curves and levels adjustmentss offer users complete control while colour temperature, shadows, midtones and highlights can easily be adjusted to create the perfect balance. “With Pixeluvo there is absolutely no reason why part-time photographers should have to feel at a disadvantage to their full-time counterparts,” Andy says. “The software offers all the advanced features and functions of Photoshop, yet without the complex interface and sky-high price tag.” To find out more about the benefits of the software and download a free trial, visit the website below.
Friday, May 22, 2015
Sliders is a new mobile app that converts any iOS device into a digital photo frame. Besides turning your own Flickr photostream into an easy-to-use slideshow, Sliders can display photos that match keywords specified by the user, displaying a rich selection of thematic photos on your device. "With Sliders, an iPad that’s sitting in a corner, waiting to be used, is turned into a gorgeous picture frame," says developer Babak Fakhamzadeh. Sliders is now available for free on the iTunes App Store. After 1st July, the price of the app will be $0.99.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Macphun have announced a Whitsun weekend special offer. By visiting the website below and entering the special promo code ‘spring 10,' users can get a £7 discount off Tonality Pro, Intensify Pro, Focus Pro, Snapheal Pro and the CreativeKit+ bundle. The promotion runs until 26 May 2015.
X-Rite have announced that their offer of a one year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan with all purchases of X-Rite’s ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro 2 now includes the new Lightroom CC as part of the bundle. “This update to Lightroom CC, included in the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan, means that anyone purchasing the ColorMunki Photo or i1Photo Pro is getting the latest and most up to date imaging tools in one exceptional value package” commented Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director of X-Rite Photo Europe. “The ColorMunki Photo, i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Display Pro set the standard for accurate colour management technology. They provide users with the peace of mind they need to get creative with their images.” In addition, the i1Display Pro comes with the option to receive a 15% discount on the one-year membership.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Xara have released version 11 of their Web Designer Premium application. The software comes with the beta version of cloud.xara which is billed as an ultra-simple way to view, edit and update the content of a Xara website using a web browser on any computer or tablet. It also includes a flexible new widget for creating slideshows, which can be useful for photographers. Xara Web Designer 11 Premium retails for £69.99 / €99.99 / $99.99.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Former Sony games developer, Andy Gill has released an innovative new photo editing tool called Pixeluvo. Using a full range of colour transform filters, Pixeluvo allows users to transform the entire look of an image. Curves and levels adjustmentss offer editors complete control while temperature, shadows, midtones and highlights can be adjusted to create the perfect balance. “With Pixeluvo there is absolutely no reason why part-time photographers should have to feel at a disadvantage to their full-time counterparts,” Andy says. “The software offers all the advanced features and functions of Photoshop, yet without the complex interface and sky-high price tag.” Pixeluvo is available for both Linux and Windows. To find out more about the benefits of the software and download a free trial, visit the website below.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Arrikon have released Photo Portal 1.1 for iPad and iPhone. The app enables you to access your entire computer photo library from the comfort of your favourite sofa, or from anywhere outside your home, using Wi‑Fi or 3G on your iPad or iPhone. Version 1.1 adds a new "Sort" option to the Settings menu, modifies the cache limit and enables users to hide the Status Toolbar. Photo Portal is available on iTunes for $4.99.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Canon Japan announced today that it has released its English version of PERSTEXT, a free iOS application that provides users with a new way of having fun with their photos. The app lets you insert dynamic text into saved images, which can then be shared with friends and family via popular social networks. The application also makes it possible to insert text that appears as if it had been written on the floor or the ground, and provides support for AirPrint-enabled inkjet printers so you can easily print out the images you create. PERSTEXT is available now on iTunes.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Triggertrap has unveiled a brand new “Wearables” mode for its Triggertrap Mobile app, photographers to use a smartwatch to trigger a DSLR camera. This latest update supports the current range of Pebble smartwatches, as well as the upcoming Pebble Time. Support for Apple Watch will be added to the app in the coming weeks. The update is available to download on the iOS app store, and the Triggertrap app for Pebble is available on the Pebble App Store.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
PicsArt, the largest mobile creative community, has announced an update that enables users to collaborate on work via Facebook and generate timelapse videos that showcase their unique editing techniques. “We believe PicsArt provides users with the best tools to express themselves and now we are giving them more ways to share that expression,” said PicsArt’s founder, Hovhannes Avoyan. “Everyday our users are creating expressively heartfelt work with PicsArt’s tools. We want to make sure we are also giving them equally expressive ways to share that work.” PicsArt’s latest iOS and Android app update also brings enhanced social features that make collaborating and giving feedback more immediate and fluid. A new “Open” button on images makes sharing and commenting on artwork easier than ever. PicsArt users are also able to "like" images by double-tapping them and stay updated with pop-up notifications that alert users of new work from their favourite artists.
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.2. This update adds support for the Nikon 1 J5, the Olympus TG-4 and Stylus 1S, the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), the Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, 8000D), EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i) and the EOS M3. Additionally, it includes further improvements to the v3 noise reduction introduced in version 3. Both Luminance and Colour noise reduction adjustments in particular are now much more effective with some forms of noise, especially when strongly increasing shadow brightness and with high ISO images. The maximum strength of noise reduction has also been increased to give smoother, lower noise output when set to high levels while still retaining good detail and colour fidelity.
SnapSelect (read review) is now free on the Mac App Store, for just one week. Usually priced at £15.99, Snapselect is an easy-to-use app that makes choosing your best images from hundreds or thousands taken super simple and very fast. Starting by importing photos from your photos folder, library or external drive, Snapselect uses patented image recognition technology to automatically group similar images and duplicates, as well as sort all photos by the time they were taken for convenient viewing. You can easily browse through images, compare one photo to another, separate bad images from great images, and instantly export the best picks to a custom folder, library and popular photo editing apps, or share via Facebook, Twitter & other social networks. “SnapSelect is already helping thousands of people who want to be able to select their best images quickly and easily,” Paul Muzok, CEO of Macphun says. “This special promotion, limited for just a few days is great way of helping many more. It’s the perfect opportunity to see how simple Macphun’s apps for photography are to use.”
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
X-Rite has today announced that MyLO will be integrating X-Rite ColorTRUE into Mylio, its mobile app, to deliver the first true colour-managed mobile photo editing solution. With the integration of X-Rite ColorTRUE into the Mylio photo management environment, colours in photos will appear the same regardless of the device on which they are viewed, and colour-managed photo editing will now be available to everyone on their mobile devices as well as their desktops in the Apple and Windows environments. Talking about ColorTRUE and the importance of mobile colour accuracy, Geoffrey Clements, Managing Director at X-Rite Photo Europe said. “We are seeing photo and video editing applications offer their users a seamless integration between desktop and mobile devices. It’s exciting and reflects the way photographers are now working. The truth is however, editing photos on your tablet without having a colour profile could well render all of that work incorrect or damaging. We are calling on all photo editing solutions to integrate the ColorTRUE app into their development, so that their users benefit from accurate colour as they shift from desktop to mobile devices.”
Canon today launched a series of downloadable and app-based city guides that offer fresh and unique perspectives of six cities across Europe - London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam. The introduction of the city guides is part of Canon’s continuing ‘Come and See’ brand campaign, the latest iteration of which features two freeclimbers who explore cities around the world from unique perspectives and breathtaking vantage points. The city guide series offer a more everyday look at cities, inviting people to take a fresh look at familiar landscapes and encouraging the discovery of hidden locations from unexpected angles. “In a world full of fascinating stories, breath-taking views and hidden gems, it’s natural that in the hustle and bustle of life we overlook and at times take our surroundings for granted," says Nigel Taylor, Consumer Imaging Marketing Communications Director, Canon Europe. "At Canon, we want to help consumers enjoy cities across Europe in all their unique glory. We hope that people will relish the opportunity to seek out new perspectives and in turn capture that beauty on camera or video to cherish forever.” All six city guides are now available to download via Canon’s dedicated 'Come and See' website.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Apple has posted a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, which adds system-level support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS 5DS, 5DS R, 750D and 760D, the Fujifilm X-A2, the Hasselblad CFV-50c and H5D-50c, the Leica C (Typ 112), the Nikon 1 S2 and D7200, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, the Panasonic Lumix CM1 (pictured) and GF7, and the Pentax MX-1.