Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Datacolor has announced SpyderHD, a new flagship colour calibration suite for photographers. Designed to colour manage photo workflows, from scene, camera and editing, to final output; SpyderHD includes the Spyder4 ELITE HD integrated display calibration application and the innovative SpyderWEB, a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens. In addition to display calibration offerings, SpyderHD consists of two important camera solutions: the SpyderCHECK colour reference and gray card system and the portable SpyderCUBE, which provides white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references. SpyderHD is available immediately for £229.
Adobe has released an update to Lightroom 5. Version 5.4 adds compatibility with Lightroom mobile, fixes bugs, and adds support for the Canon EOS 1200D, Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II, Casio EX-100, Fujifilm X-T1, Hasselblad H5D-50C, Hasselblad HV (pictured), Nikon 1 V3, Nikon Coolpix P340, Nikon D3300, Nikon D4S, Olympus OM-D E-M10, Panasonic TZ60 / TZ61, Samsung NX mini, Samsung NX30, Sony A5000, Sony A6000, Phase One IQ250 digital back and the DJI Phantom quadcopter. You can download the update from the website below.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Phase One has announced a new free webinar focusing on tethered shooting with Capture One Pro. Svheduled for Wednesday, 9 April 2014, the session teaches participants about setting up a secure wireless connection for Capture One Pro and access its features. Phase One’s David Grover (pictured) will walk you through tethering and encourage your questions at two different times on the same day. To sign up, follow the link below.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Magix has released Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9. New features include an advanced healing brush to remove blemishes with a single click, new masking and selection tools, 11 new photo effects and an advanced background erase function which enables you to extract complex shapes such a people or objects in the foreground and place them on alternate backgrounds. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 is available £69.99.
The Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers have announced the winners of the ‘Weather” Photography Competition. The photo above - shot by Andrzej Bochenski, Poland - has been chosen as the winner for it’s well timed and excellently captured, "shocking realism" of the power of.nature. The runners-up are Craig Bill from Texas, and Ana Filipa from Lisbon.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Canon has announced a software upgrade for the EOS C500 digital cinema (pictured). The new Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software, currently under development, will deliver enhanced shooting workflows, including the on-set playback and confirmation of 4K raw video. Canon's software upgrade will support greater workflow efficiencies for 4K raw data by enabling real-time playback with playback speeds of up to 24 frames per second. The company will demonstrate a trial version of Cinema RAW Development 1.3 using an Intel Iris Pro graphics-powered PC at the NAB 2014 trade show, Central Hall Booth No. C-4325
ADVA Soft has released Handy Photo Free, a no-cost version of its all-in-one photo editing app for Android and iOS. Handy Photo Free presents a modified selection of the app’s features, enabling users to both apply a wide range of edits to their photos and test the effects of the standard edition’s full capabilities. These features include global and local tonal adjustments, eight photo filters, retouching, Move Me technology for smart objects extraction and moving, 100% size image editing, support for image resolutions of up to 12 megapixels. Handy Photo Free is available on iTunes and Google Play.
Macphun has announced an updated educational programme dubbed Pay It Forward. Rewarding students and faculty members by offering a 50% discount on qualifying products like Snapheal Pro (see screenshot above), Intensify Pro, Focus 2 Pro and the Creative Kit bundle; Pay It Forward recognizes the contribution students and faculty members have on the Mac and Photography industry, the company says. “Pay It Forward is an initiative that allows Macphun to give back by putting our software in the deserving hands of students and educational professionals at an affordable price,” said Paul Muzok, co-founder and CEO of Macphun Software. “Students and teachers who are well versed in current digital imaging technology and efficient workflows can ultimately have an immense impact on the world.” For more information, visit the website below.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Kodak Alaris has released a new suite of apps that makes it easier to create and pick up personalised photo products from participating stores and Kodak Picture kiosks. The apps allow users to select photos from any iOS or Android smartphone, and to create a personalised photo product anywhere anytime. All they need to do is choose the image layout and select the nearest participating retailer for collection. Additionally, the Kodak Moments App for smartphones can also connect directly to a Kodak Picture Kiosk via Wi-Fi to allow individual images to be loaded directly from the handset to the kiosk to create a variety of products.For Facebook enthusiasts, the Kodak Moments app offers a solution to print Facebook albums or favourite Facebook photos.
DNA Imagery has released the first paid version of its popular iOS app Photo Candy, and updated the free version. Photo Candy Pro gives access to over 250 patterns and shapes (with more to come) from various designers as well as seasonal packs on the pro version, 4 additional unlocked packs, 16 additional presets and photo editing features (including contract, exposure, brightness and more). Photo Candy Pro is available for purchase on the iTunes store for only $1.99.
GoPro has announced a collection of accessories and software. GoPro HERO3+ and HERO3 users will benefit from a number of new housing and mount options including a matte-finish housing, compact frame and versatile flex mount. The stealth Blackout Housing ($49.99) features a non-reflective black matte finish and LCD concealment stickers. Two additional accessories,Gooseneck and The Frame, are designed for greater versatility in shooting. Gooseneck ($19.99) boasts a seven-link flex neck and quick-release base plate for capturing hard to reach shots around corners or underneath objects, while the reengineered Frame ($39.99) is the smallest, lightest way to mount the HERO3+ and HERO3 camera. The free GoPro App, which allows users to control all camera functions remotely, view photos, playback videos and share content via email, text and social platforms, has been updated to a new version to deliver wireless camera software updates to the HERO3+. Improvements to camera software unlock a number of new modes to give HERO3+ Black users greater control of capture settings, including new SuperView modes at 1080/60 and 1080/50, as well as new Auto Low Light modes that support higher frame rates.
Monday, March 31, 2014
Today, Red Giant announced PluralEyes 3.5, an update to its Shooter Suite’s automated audio/video sync tool. “We want PluralEyes to be as useful to as many people as possible,” said Randon Morford, Shooter Suite product manager. “A lot of our focus for this release has been on improving and expanding support for more media types. We’ve greatly improved support for AVCHD cameras, including support for spanned clips.” In addition, PluralEyes’ Replace Audio feature now supports many more media types than before, bringing this feature to a much larger group of users. Plus, PluralEyes 3.5 now includes the unique ability to correct sync drift where the audio and video begin to lose sync over time on longer clips. This allows it to achieve frame-accurate syncs even for audio recorders that don't have that level of accuracy themselves. PluralEyes 3.5 beta will be available soon, with a release in Q2 for $199. Existing users of PluralEyes qualify for a $79 upgrade.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Iridient Digital has released an update to Iridient Developer for Mac OS X. Version 2.3.4 includes a complete overhaul of the image caching architecture and gives greatly improved loading performance when accessing previously viewed images. Additionally, it adds compatibility with the Phantom Vision FC200, the Nokia Lumia 1520, the Samsung NX30, the Fujifilm FinePix S1, the Sony ILCE-6000, ILCE-5000 and ILCE-3500, as well as the Nikon D4S, D3300 and P340.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Corel today released the latest version of its flagship graphics suite. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 features powerful fill capabilities, high DPI, multi-monitor and touchscreen compatibility, and more ways to share content. In addition, multi-core and native 64-bit support allows users to run multiple applications and process large files. New/enhanced features include workspace selection, built-in context exchange, fountain fills, pressure-sensitive liquid tools and camera effects in Photo-paint, and much more. CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7 is now available for £399. The upgrade price is £179
Thursday, March 20, 2014
AKVIS Draw is a new computer program enabling users to convert their photos into drawings. Featuring ready-to-use presets and adjustable parameters, the software imitates various "esquisse" drawing styles and supports batch processing that lets you turn all your photos into a sketchbook or a storyboard within minutes. AKVIS Draw sells for $49 / €39 (Home Licence).
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
DxO Labs have released version 2.1.4 of DxO ViewPoint, a program dedicated to fixing problems with keystoning and volume anamorphosis. This update adds new camera/lens combinations to automatically correct distortion in JPEG and TIFF photos.
DxO Labs today released an update to DxO Optics Pro. Version 9,1,4 adds support for the Nikon D4S (Elite Edition only) and three additional cameras, the Sony A5000, the Leica X Vario (Type 107), and the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. In addition, the library of DxO Optics Modules has been expanded with 170 new camera/lens combinations.
Monday, March 17, 2014
The latest version of Pho.to Lab for iOS adds image editing tools and stickers to its extensive collection of photo effects. The new Editor mode enables users to whiten teeth, remove blemishes, reduce red-eye, crop images, adjust their brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpening, and apply a selective colour effect. Stickers let users adorn their shots with different kinds of hats, glasses, accessories and speech bubbles. Pho.to Lab 2.2 is available now on the iTunes App Store.
X-Rite today released ColorTRUE for iOS and Android. The app creates a custom display profile for mobile devices using a supported X-Rite measurement device. The user simply places the connected device on the tablet or phone when prompted and the measurement process begins automatically. The profile is applied to all images displayed through the ColorTRUE Image Gallery. ColorTRUE includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on iTunes and Google Play. Supported X-Rite measurement devices include the ColorMunki Smile (iOS only), ColorMunki Display (iOS and Android), i1Display Pro (iOS and Android), and i1Pro 2 (iOS only).
Friday, March 14, 2014
Light Blue has been updated with a host of new features to help make business administration simpler and more straightforward for professional photographers. The new release adds a plug-in for WordPress websites, the ability to save custom reports, a new Inbox to make importing from Mail on a Mac or Outlook on Windows really easy, and much more. Light Blue 5 is available for £295 + VAT. Existing users can upgrade to Version 5 for £95.