Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Adobe has released a video teaser for a new photo editing tool called "Camera Shake Reduction," which shall be integrated in future versions of Photoshop. To be premiered at next month's Adobe MAX conference, this new tool is designed to minimise the effects of motion blur resulting from camera shake. Unlike hardware-based image stabilisation solutions, this is a post-processing tool that you will be able to apply to (blurry) photographs you've already taken. In the video clip which you can see below, Senior Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee launches the Camera Shake Reduction tool directly from the Filter menu, suggesting that it will be an integral part of the program rather than a plug-in, as rumoured earlier. Click through / scroll down to watch the teaser.
Apple has posted a new Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update to MacOS X. Version 4.05 adds support for cameras using Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors - to wit, the Fujifilm X20 (pictured), X100S, X-E1 and X-Pro1. Note that Aperture version 3.4 (or later), or iPhoto version 9.4 (or later) is required to install this update.
Website: Apple Support
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 is an affordable compact camera that's freeze, shock, water and dust proof. The Sony TF1 has 16.1 megapixels, a 2.7 inch LCD screen, a 4x zoom lens and 720p HD movies. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 review to find out if it's the ideal family camera.
PNY today introduced its first 64GB MicroSDXC memory card. The PNY 64GB MicroSDXC card is a Class 10 rated, UHS-I compliant memory card with read speeds of up to 30MB/s and write speeds of 20MB/s. Billed as an ideal mediumfor transferring movies, images, music and other large files, the 64GB PNY MicroSDXC card is availableat an RRP of £34.99.
The first Children's Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Festival & Exhibition will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12-14 May 2103. This event, which aims to raise awareness of environmental issues through the eyes of young people and their photographs, will be a chance to view the best 100 images from the inaugural Children’s Eyes On Earth International Youth Photography Contest, which took place last summer. With the themes “I Love Nature” and “I Fear Pollution”, the Contest drew thousands of entries from young people in over 90 countries around the world.
Canon today announced that the company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (including DSLRs and CSCs) have consistently maintained the No. 1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the past 10 years. In 2003, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D Digital Rebel, which set the stage for growth in the digital SLR camera market. Since that time, the company has launched a number of models targeting advanced-amateur users - including the EOS 5D series, which paved the way for serious digital SLR video recording, starting with the 5D Mark II. In 2012, Canon celebrated the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the EOS camera system and marked its 10th consecutive year as the market’s world leader. During the year, Canon launched the compact-system EOS M, aimed at expanding the company’s entry-level user base, along with the EOS 6D, the world’s smallest and lightest digital SLR camera equipped with a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor. This year, Canon introduced the EOS 100D / Rebel SL1 (pictured), which is billed as the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR camera equipped with an APS-C-size sensor.
Panasonic has posted a firmware update for its Lumix TZ40 (a.k.a. ZS30) and TZ41 digital compact cameras. According to the company, version 1.1 improves GPS signal acquisition and geotagging accuracy. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Panasonic has released a firmware update for the Panasonic Lumix FT5 digital compact camera. According to the company, version 1.1 improves GPS signal acquisition and geotagging accuracy. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Slovakian company 84.5mm has announced a new series of reversed neutral density filters. These special ND grads have been designed specifically for shooting landscapes during the so-called golden hour, when the sun is very close to the horizon. The filters are darkest in the middle, getting gradually lighter toward the top - as opposed to a standard graduated neutral density filter, which has its darkest part at the top. Available in two densities, medium and strong, these reverse ND grads come in two sizes: 84x100mm and 84x150mm. The standard price is €36.50 but the first 50 customers who purchase a reverse ND grad from 84.5mm's e-shop are entitled to a €4 discount.
Friday, April 19, 2013
The Canon IXUS 255 HS (also known as the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS) is a small and stylish new point-and-shoot compact camera. The IXUS 255 HS' stand-out features include a 12 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 10x wide-angle zoom lens, full 1080p HD movie recording, 3 inch LCD screen and built-in wi-fi connectivity. Read our in-depth Canon IXUS 255 HS review to find out if this tiny camera is worth the £199.99 / $229.99 price-tag.
As part of its partnership with the World Photography Awards, Sony is running a series of workshops at London’s Somerset House. Speakers will include Michael Wayne Plant who will lead a session on photography for beginners, and fashion, music and sportrs photographer Magdi Fernandes who will talk about making a career out of photography. In addition, there will be guest speakers from industry leading titles to provide insight into their specialist fields. The workshops will take place daily from Friday 26th – Sunday 28th April: Click through / read on for the details.
CyberLink is reminding interested photographers that the deadline for its "Goodbye Plain Shots" photo challenge is 7 May 2013. Intended to be a fun contest that will “bring out the creative side of photography enthusiasts worldwide,” the “Goodbye Plain Shots” photo challenge invites photo enthusiasts to submit a photo for others to edit, edit a photo submitted by another contestant, or simply “Like” their favourite edited photos. The company is providing a free trial download of its award-winning PhotoDirector 4 software for contest participants to use as a part of the contest. Do note that photos edited using other software will be excluded from the contest. Up for grabs are the latest professional grade dSLR and compact system cameras and the full version of CyberLink’s PhotoDirector 4 software. For more details or to enter the competition, visit the website below.
Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq is a new title from The University of Texas Press. The book will be publishedon Wednesday 15 May 2013 with a launch event at 25CPW Gallery in New York presented by author Michael Kamber, The University of Texas Press and the Overseas Press Club of America. The in-depth interviews presented in Photojournalists at War offer first-person, frontline reports of the war as it unfolded, including key moments such as the battle for Fallujah, the toppling of Saddam's statue, and the Haditha massacre. The photographers vividly describe the often shocking and sometimes heroic actions they and other journalists undertook in trying to cover the war, and the role of the media and issues of censorship that changed as the war intensified. The 288-page, 10"x12" hardback includes 166 black-and-white and colour photographs, and costs $65.
TimelapseWorkshops.com has announced that early bird registration is now open for “Timelapse Moab” an intimate 4-day dark sky time-lapse workshop taking place in Southern Utah’s Arches National Park. Moab, Utah is home to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park and is located just 90 minutes from Grand Junction, CO or a four hour drive from Salt Lake City. Workshop instructor Ron Risman chose this location due to the incredible red-rock landscape, dry desert weather, and extremely dark skies. The dates of this workshop (3-6 October 2013) also correspond to the new moon, allowing participants the ability to capture stunning Milky Way time-lapses using their digital SLR and an external intervalometer. Early bird registration is open through 31st May. The workshop is being offered at $1295 until that date, $1495 afterwards, and is open to a maximum of 12 students. Flights, lodging and meals are not included.
Olympus UK have made their partnership with multi-award-winning photographer Damian "Big Dog" McGillicuddy all official. It is no secret that Olympus and Damian McGillicuddy have been working together very closely over the last 12 months, beginning at Focus 2012 with the launch of the OM-D. Over the past 12 months Damian has been working on Olympus UK’s behalf - testing their latest equipment, running courses and shooting the photographs that Olympus have been using to advertise the OM-D. He also worked with Olympus at Focus 2013. Today, the company has announced that Damian will be assuming the position of principal photographer and educator at Olympus UK. Olympus will be subsidising the cost of McGillicuddy’s workshops, making their educational content more accessible - and the good news is, you don’t have to be an Olympus user to benefit from these discounts.
Pictured above cementing the announcement with a handshake is Olympus UK’s head of marketing, Mark Thackara, together with McGillicuddy himself.
FA Cup sponsor Budweiser has appointed two 'Phoneographers' - amateur photographers who shoot solely on smartphones - to become the tournament's first official "social reporters" capturing, editing and sharing all the action from the Semi-Finals. The lucky Phoneographers, Oliver Nielsen and Ope Odueyungbo, will shoot pitch-side alongside professional sports photographers, getting a perspective of the game that an amateur photographer can only dream about. Their images will be shared on Twitter under the hashtag #tothedream. Football fans can also Tweet their own FA Cup photographs by following @BudweiserUK and using #tothedream for the chance to have it appear in a Budweiser fan film TV advert, which will be played during The FA Cup with Budweiser final on 11 May.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
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The Handbook of Bird Photography by award-winning wildlife photographers Bence Máté, Jari Peltomäki and Markus Varesvuo is a new title from Rocky Nook.Written in an easy-to-follow style, this book offers fresh insight and practical tips that will broaden horizons for nature and bird photographers. The authors share their stories and showcase photographs for which they have received multiple awards in major international wildlife photo competitions. Topics covered include the bird photographer’s equipment, shooting techniques, field knowledge, using light, composition and cropping, the best locations for finding and photographing birds and the most effective ways of promoting and selling your photographs. The 388-page volume is available for $49.95.
Pentax Ricoh have posted a firmware update for the Pentax Q compact system camera. Version 1.12 corrects a bug related to the Smart Effect, "Tone Expansion." This effect is supposed to produce a dramatic, "quasi-HDR" image but users who have updated their camera firmware to version 1.11 when that update came out have found that the effect was no longer applied. This issue is resolved in version 1.12, which you can download from the website below.
Website: Pentax Q Downloads: Firmware Update
The second issue of the recently revived English/French language Camera magazine is now available for purchase. This edition showcases a portfolio of photographs taken by Malick Sidibé, the famous Malian photographer and recipient of a Hasselblad Award. "Photographer of Mali’s joyful, post-Independence years, this generous African has been around the world — just like his portraits — and yet roots are what he’s all about," says Brigitte Ollier, editor-in-chief, Camera magazine. The 76-page magazine is available in print form, priced at €9 (plus shipping if purchased online). You can order your copy through the website below.