Thursday, September 17, 2015
Olympus have announced an upcoming firmware update for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 compact system camera. Version 4.0 will add a new focus stacking mode, optical viewfinder simulation, a focus bracketing mode synchronised PCM audio recording with movie capture, and the ability to disable snapshot focus / MF Clutch from the menu. The company is also planning to release a similar firmware upgrade for its OM-D E-M5 Mark II camera adding, on top of these features, a new "Flat" Movie Exclusive Picture Mode. At the same time, Version 1.1 of Olympus Capture will be released to "meet demands from professionals," and the latest firmware update for M.Zuiko Pro and Premium lenses will also be issued to provide improved aprture drive for smooth exposure control even when shooting movies in situations with sudden changes in brightness. These firmware and software updates will all be released in late November.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
CyberLink today launched the latest versions of its Director series multimedia editing software applications. PowerDirector 14 (priced from $69.99) features flexible video editing modes, more than 500 effects and templates, improved 64-bit video rendering with TrueVelocity 5, precision motion tracking and a new Action Camera Center. PhotoDirector 7 ($59.99) adds support for a wide variety of new cameras and raw image formats, introduces a fresh approach to layer-based editing, and features new face and body beautification and content-aware object removal tools. ColorDirector 4 Ultra ($129.99) offers intelligent motion tracking, post-production colour grading and HDR video editing.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Macphun has announced that four of its photo editing tools have been updated to include support for Photos for Mac. The ability to use Macphun tools such as Noiseless, Tonality, Intensify and Snapheal with Photos will, according to the company, fill the gap left by iPhoto and Aperture. “So many people were left disappointed by the lack of editing tools in Photos for Mac. As photography enthusiasts ourselves, it made perfect sense to improve Photos’ weaknesses,” commented Alex Tsepko, COO of Macphun. “With Macphun’s photo editing extensions, Photos for Mac will finally offer the tools, features, speed and editing quality that its users were expecting... We’re confident this update will be an exciting element of Apple’s eagerly awaited El Capitan.” For existing users, Intensify, Tonality, Snapheal, and Noiseless will automatically update when El Capitan is released.
Apple have just announced iOS 9, which will be available on Wednesday, 16th September as a free software update for iPhone 4S and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini (all versions). This update shall bring a longer battery life, improved multitasking with Split View and a new Picture-in-Picture mode. The brand new iCloud Drive app enables users to easily access any file they had previously saved to iCloud from their Home screen, while the revamped Notes app now allows you to add photos to your notes or take a new one with your device's built-in camera. Also, you can now use Siri to search for photos based on date, location or album name by telling the assistant to "show me photos taken in Paris last summer," for example. There are other enhancements including faster typing, more robust security, support for public transport in Maps, plus an all-new News app; but in our understanding, there are no major OS-level changes that directly affect the photo-taking experience on currently available devices (Live Photos are reserved for the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus).
Monday, September 7, 2015
Hasselblad has released Version 2.9 of its Phocus software. This update adds support for custom colour calibrations without any need for the use of third-party calibration software, and adds a new slider to the Scene Calibration tool.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
At IFA 2015, Panasonic are showcasing the Lumix GH4R, an advanced version of the existing GH4 compact system camera. The photo/video hybrid now offers unlimited 4K recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps in MOV/MP4) and V-Log L video capability. Taking full advantage of the Panasonic GH4R’s Four Thirds sensor, V-Log L boasts log characteristics with 12 stops, allowing videographers to capture the darkest scenes and avoid ‘bleaching out’ details in very bright environments. V-Log L is also available to existing GH4 users, via a paid software upgrade. By purchasing the DMW-SFU1 Upgrade Software Key and updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.3, users of the original GH4 can also enjoy the benefits of V-Log L functionality for a one off cost of £79. The new Panasonic Lumix GH4R will be available from 7th September 2015 and will retail at £1199.
Monday, August 31, 2015
GoPro have released a new feature that allows the user to create short video clips directly on the camera or mobile device for easy sharing. On-camera trimming, available on HERO4 Black with LCD BacPac, HERO4 Silver , and HERO+ LCD, allows you to save your trimmed file directly back onto the memory card, adjacent to the rest of the video files for later sharing. The in-app functionality will allow for instant saving to your camera roll and very precise trimming from all Wi-Fi enabled GoPro cameras.
Friday, August 28, 2015
In its most important move since the company' acquisition by Facebook, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape formats, in addition to the much loved/hated square. "Square format has been and always will be part of who we are," the company said in a statement. "That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram... We’re especially excited about what this update means for video... which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever." Instagram has also announced that from now on, all filters will work on all types of media, with intensity adjustments now available on videos as well as stills.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Serif have announced a free trial version of their new professional, Mac-only image editing software; Affinity Photo. "Since its launch this summer Affinity Photo became Editors’ Choice and a main feature in the Mac App Store, 5-star rated by customers, and #1 photography app in over 100 countries," Affinity Product Manager Dale Cook told PhotographyBLOG. "Affinity Photo’s award-winning innovation and incredible performance is free to try in full for 10 days — all adjustments, filters, tools, features, importers, exporters, and file saving work with no restrictions or watermarks."
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Lytro has opened its imaging platform to developers, photographers and producers, enabling them to explore light field photography and integrate the underlying 3D data into new applications. Lytro Power Tools (LPT) Beta was developed to give programmers, researchers and artists complete control at every step – from capture on the camera to post-processing light field data. Initially announced as an Alpha program only available in the United States, LPT Beta is now available to anyone who’s interested. Alpha participants have created and shared tools to generate time-lapse video as well as panoramic video that can be viewed with virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR. To learn more and download Lytro Power Tools Beta, visit the website below.
Magix have released a free video editor for Android devices. The new Fastcut app uses your video clips to automatically create dynamic short films right on your smartphone or tablet. After selecting your footage and a template you can rearrange individual clips, or have Fastcut automatically rearrange them for you if you are not satisfied with the initial result. All of your creations can be exported in all resolutions up to Full HD, uploaded to the Internet and shared on Instagram, YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook and other platforms. The app can be upgraded with extra templates and features for £0.89 or $0.99 per month.
Corel have just released Paint Shop Pro X8 (read review) and PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate. New features include text wrapping, a content-aware Magic Move tool, a comprehensive set of lens corrections, UHD monitor support, a Before/After button in the Adjust workspace, new swatches in the Materials Palette, Text & Shape Cutter preview, Gradient preview and more. This latest version of the application also boasts an enhanced Batch Mode, an updated Camera Raw Lab, an expanded range of selection tool options, various performance gains and an improved layer workflow. PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate offers the versatility of PaintShop Pro X8, plus a collection of photo-focused add-ons including AfterShot 2, Perfectly Clear 2 SE and Perfect Effects 9.5. Suggested retail pricing for PaintShop Pro X8 is $79.99 (USD/CAN) / €69.99 / £59.99 / $99.95 AUD. PaintShop Pro X8 Ultimate is available for $99.99 (USD/CAN) / €89.99 / £79.99/ $129.95 AUD.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
DxO have released DxO OpticsPro 10.4.3, DxO FilmPack 5.1.5 and DxO ViewPoint 2.5.7. These updates add support for the Canon EOS 750D / Rebel T6i, the EOS 760D / Rebel T6s and the EOS M3, as well as the Leica T (Typ 701), the Nikon 1 J5 (pictured) and the Pentax K-3 II. DxO OpticsPro 10.4.3 also adds 672 new camera/lens combinations to the DxO Optics Module library, providing support for Canon, GoPro, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, GoPro, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung and Sony cameras.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Macphun today launched an updated version of its Noiseless app. The program, which provides a one-click solution for eliminating noise from your digital photographs, now includes the option of batch processing. The update is an in-app purchase for current owners who bought Noiseless on the Mac App Store. Noiseless Pro owners will automatically receive the update free of charge. “For photographers shooting in low light situations, the ability to quickly process a range of images with one particular preset or setting will significantly speed up the noise reduction process, ” explains Macphun COO, Alex Tsepko. “Owners of Macphun’s Creative Kit will notice how seamlessly Noiseless works with other apps. A great example is Snapselect which can be used to pick the best images from a group to be batch processed in Noiseless.”
Friday, August 14, 2015
Pixbuf has just launched into public beta, and introduced photographer's analytics. Creating a platform for aggregating data from all available services, Pixbuf gives photographers an idea of who likes their pictures and what communities they are from. Acting as a photographer’s hub for automated sharing on various services, Pixhub enables you to easily upload your pictures, set up sharing and head out to take more pictures. “We want to give photographers back the time for photography,” says Filip Molcan, founder of Pixbuf. “Making an exceptional picture is very difficult today. Standing out from the crowd on the Internet is even harder and that’s where we want to help.” Pixbuf is available for free at the website below.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Iridient Digital has released Iridient Developer 3.0.4 for Mac OS X. This update includes further improvements to the v3.5 noise reduction specifically for monochrome conversions and lowers the minimum sensitivity levels for Colour, Colour Aliasing and Luminance Grain Smoothness when using monochrome processing. This update also includes general performance enhancements, updated file export libraries for TIFF and JPEG formats and support for 10 new cameras including the Sony A7R II, RX100 IV and RX10 II, the Canon PowerShot G3 X., the Panasonic DMC-GX8, DMC-FZ300 and DMC-FZ330, the Olympus AIR-A01, the Ricoh GR II and tje Kinefity KineMAX 6K. For customers who purchased a new or upgraded license after 14 April 2013, this update is free.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Corel today released ParticleShop, a new brush plug-in for Adobe Photoshop. “When I first saw ParticleShop in action, I was blown away by the effects that could be created in a matter of minutes,” says Corey Barker, Education and Curriculum Developer, Kelby One. “The atmospheric enhancements that can be added to photos are unlike anything I’ve seen before.” ParticleShop uses the power of the Corel Painter Particle brush technology to create specific, photo-realistic effects. Whether users want to add hair, fabric, fire, smoke, fur, dust or lighting to their photos, ParticleShop brushes can create these life-like effects with a simple brushstroke. Built to perform with a pressure-sensitive tablet, touchscreen or mouse, ParticleShop brushes enable users to add their unique artistic enhancements to any image. Corel ParticleShop comes with a starter pack of 11 brushes, with 11 additional brush packs available to add on. Each additional brush pack features 15 unique brushes. The plugin is available for $49.99 and the brush packs can be purchased for $29.99 each.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Ricoh have issued a firmware update for their GR II large-sensor compact camera. Version 1.10 adds compatibility with the company's Image Sync 1.0.5 software, and improves overall operational stability. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website bleow.
Website: Ricoh Japan
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Fujifilm and Nikon are planning to examine the compatibility of their digital cameras and applications with Windows 10. Specifically, Fuji are testing their X series cameras and all FinePix models launched since 2010, plus a suite of computer programs including MyFinePix Studio, PC AutoSave, the Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Tethered Shooting Software HS-V5 for Windows, and RAW FILE CONVERTER EX 2.0 powered by SILKYPIX. Nikon are planning to check the compatibility of 13 software applications and codecs (see below).
FXHOME have released version 7 of PhotoKey Pro, the industry-leading green screen editor for photographers. Featuring the most powerful automatic chroma key tool available, PhotoKey 7 Pro instantly analyses and removes the green screen before replacing it with a new background, allowing you to easily create composites. In Version 7, a new spill simulation system accurately replaces unwanted light spill from your green screen with natural ambient lighting from your new background, whilst the new client preview window enables photographers to show off a full-screen, live preview of their work on a second monitor. The update also adds raw image file support, intelligent keying, Retina screen compatibility, FTP export and various hot folder enhancements. PhotoKey 7 Pro is available for both Mac and Windows, priced at $299.