Monday, July 29, 2013

Getty Images Amplifies Support for Photojournalism Community

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Getty Images has reaffirmed support of - and a significant presence at - Visa pour L’Image 2013, the 25th anniversary of the international photojournalism festival held annually in Perpignan, France. Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder and CEO of Getty Images says, “Getty Images is committed to excellence in photojournalism and pleased to be a partner at this year’s landmark 25th Visa pour L’Image festival. We established the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program to support the efforts of photojournalists to report on important events of our time that might otherwise go unseen. As the premier international gathering of the reportage community, Visa Pour L’Image is the ideal environment to share, discuss and celebrate the awe-inspiring work that photojournalists do every day.” The winners of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography programme will be announced on September 5th, with the winning recipients showcasing their chosen projects the following day.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Samsung WB800F Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung WB800 is a very capable travel-zoom camera that doesn't cost the earth. The WB800 offers a wide-angle 21x zoom lens, 16.3 megapixels, full 1080p video recording, 3 inch touchscreen, built-in wi-fi, plus full manual controls. Read our in-depth Samsung WB800 review now to find out if it's a bargain or not...

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Update 3.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 3.01 improves AF speed with most existing Fujinon XF lenses (provided that the lens firmware is also updated to the latest version), adds focus peaking, improves focus accuracy, and adds a new method to toggle between 3x and 10x magnification during manual focusing. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm Global

Premium Series Leather Accessories for Olympus E-P5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olympus has introduced three premium leather accessories designed for the new Olympus PEN E-P5 compact system camera. The CBG-9 PR Premium Leather Camera Bag (£349.99) fits an Olympus E-P5 with a Micro Four Thirds lens attached. The removable inner pocket holds the camera and accessories in place and movable spacers allow the inner pockets to be arranged to suit individual needs. Additional inner and outer pockets allow backup batteries and personal belongings to be carried. The CS-41B PR Premium Leather Body Jacket (£129.99, pictured) is made from the same high quality leather as the camera bag and protects the camera without sacrificing shooting comfort and usability - card and battery can easily be replaced with the jacket still attached to the camera. The body jacket can be complemented with the separately sold CSS-S117L PR Premium Leather Strap (£89.99).

Weye Feye

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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XSories have announced the Weye Feye, a new Wifi pack for DSLR cameras. Compatible with a number of Canon and Nikon models, the Weye Feye was designed with professional photographers, birdwatchers, wildlife photographers and amateur photographers in mind. Allowing you to control your device from up to 120 metres, the Weye Feye enables you to retrieve photos, even in raw format, from the camera and transfer them to your smartphone/tablet using bespoke Android and iOS apps. And with up to 7 hours of live broadcasting thanks to its powerful, rechargeable, built-in battery, it doesn't even consume your camera power! The Weye Feye will be available for £199 at UK retailers nationwide from October.

Fujifilm Announces Discontinuations

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fuji has announced the discontinuance of several film emulsions. The affected films include Neopan 400 in 35mm format, Provia 400X (pictured) in 35mm and 120 formats, as well as Superia 400 and Reala in 120 format. "Due to the prominence that digital has in today's society combined with a decline in global demand of traditional films, Fujifilm has had to make a difficult decision to withdraw a number of films from its range," says Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film. "There are still a number of colour transparency, colour negative, instant and black and white films available in our range.  We would also like to thank all our customers who have supported these film brands over the years."

Expedition Iceland

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, General
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Expedition Iceland is a beautiful short film including slow-motion and time-lapse sequences, shot by Eric Hines on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The footage used in this video was recorded during the photographer's 17-day, 4000-mile voyage around the country during the midnight sun in 2013. The motion control equipment needed for the shots - including a Kessler Crane CineDrive - was provided by Kessler Crane. The music is For A Minor Reflection by Flóð. Click through / scroll down to watch the video.

PhotoNova 2 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The latest update to Delix Software's PhotoNova app features a collection of new editing tools that promise to give users "unprecedented" control over the aesthetics of their mobile photos. These include new Black & White and Summer categories featuring over 30 effects each, new Render, Crop, Tilt-Shift and Tilt-Shift Selective tools, and more. PhotoNova 2 is available for $0.99 on iTunes.

Turning the Lens on Inclusive Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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University of Bolton Senior Lecturer, Terry Speake (pictured), has been awarded a doctorate for his work exploring the way disabled people are represented in photography. "When you think about it, how often do you see images of disabled people represented as ordinary members of society rather than the ‘other’?" asks Terry. "By focusing on their impairments, disabled people may be defined by the negative signs of their disability rather than as empowered individuals... My framework isn’t an easy solution; it involves working with disabled people to create images that are right for them." Whilst the outcomes of Terry’s research provides unique insights of interest to practitioners and the academic community, it has presented the views of a substantial number of disabled people themselves, giving a voice to those who have in the past been excluded from creating their own images.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Samsung NX2000 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung NX2000 is a new entry-level compact system camera with a lot of bells and whistles. Featuring a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, full 1080p video, ISO 100-25,600, a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 8.6fps continuous shooting and Wi-fi / NFC connectivity, is this the best budget mirrorless camera? Read our Samsung NX2000 review to find out...

PhotoShelter Unveils Beam

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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PhotoShelter has recently launched Beam, an API-based platform delivering portfolio websites engineered to let photographers showcase their images at their best on nearly any device. Released in public beta, Beam portfolio websites integrate with PhotoShelter’s online business tools, and connect seamlessly with third-party platforms including Instagram, Vimeo, and WordPress and Tumblr blogs. The sites are created using HTML5 and CSS3, which allow images to scale according to screen size. Beam portfolio websites and connected secure cloud storage, e-commerce capabilities, SEO, image delivery and client proofing tools, are available to PhotoShelter’s existing members with Standard and Pro accounts. Those new to PhotoShelter can sign up for a free 14-day trial at the website below.

RPS Good Picture Symposium - 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Imaging Science Group of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has announced the Good Picture 2013 symposium. Taking place at the University of Westminster on 14 December 2013, this year's Good Picture Sympsium provides imaging practitioners, keen amateurs and students with insights into digital imaging. The list of confirmed speakers includes Dr. Anthony Kaye, David Bishop, Dr. Graeme Awcock, Julian Pinn, Becky Smith, Robert Massey and Dr Alan Hodgson. Tickets are available for £70. Click through / read on for the detailed programme.

Growing Your Sports Photography Business

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Growing Your Sports Photography Business is a new free guide from PhotoShelter. Available as a PDF ebook, Growing Your Sports Photography Business offers an in-depth look at the sports photography industry today, and includes insider advice from sports photography veterans like Rich Clarkson, Brad Mangin, and Brad Smith. You can claim your copy of  the guide by registering your email address at the website below.

Website: Photoshelter

SpyderGALLERY for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Datacolor has launched an Android version of SpyderGALLERY, a free and easy-to-use calibration utility for Spyder colorimeter owners to create a custom colour profile on their mobile devices. This update adds support for smartphones and tablets running Android 3.0 or later. “Photographers, architects and creators no longer sit in their studio, but go and meet their clients using a tablet to display their work,” Thomas Kunz, Market Manager Consumer Segment at Datacolor, explains. “It is essential for them to be able to show consistently calibrated images of their work on their mobile devices.” You can download SpyderGALLERY from the Google Play Store,

Gigapan Tag

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Gigapan has announced Gigapan Tag, an innovative digital marketing product combining social media with high-resolution images. Users now have the ability to embed HD images on any website, including the ability to match their look and feel. Gigapan Tag - which allows people to zoom in, find themselves and friends, tag themselves on Facebook and take interesting snapshots of the image to share - supports all operating systems and mobile platforms, allowing widespread engagement and interaction on any device. A historic example of Gigapan Tag includes the Samsung 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, capturing 17,000 tags throughout the images, the highest number of tags to date.

Dignity Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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London+Acumen, a volunteer-led group supporting Acumen, has launched its first ever Dignity Photo Contest. Open to photographers in London with a social mission, the contest provides an exciting opportunity for the creative community in to showcase their photography skills. The theme is "Dignity, not dependence" and there are two categories: Dignity in London and Global Dignity. For more information visit the websites below.

Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Lomography has announced its newest product, the Petzval portrait lens. Designed for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras, this 85mm f/2.2 lens has an angle of view of 30 degrees, close-focus distance of 1m, a 67mm filter thread, multi-coated lens elements - and a totally unique bokeh that is said to be "impossible to reproduce with any filters or computer programs". The recreation of the original Petzval lens - which was invented in 1840 by the Hungarian engineer and mathematician József Petzvál - is funded through a Kickstarter project. Those who donate $300 or more to the cause will be able to get the new Petzval lens for "a very-very special price," Lomography says. 

Manfrotto Launches Top Lock QR System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has just launched its new Top Lock Quick Release System. Compatible with Arca-style quick release plates and systems, Top Lock is made from light aluminium and stainless steel offering weight savings without any performance sacrifices, the company says. The innovative design of the Top Lock System means that the ball head, the quick release adapter and the quick release plate work together to allow for fast and reliable changeovers in any environment. Manfrotto’s new Top Lock Quick Release System is available as an adaptor or in complete pro ball heads for professional photographers with Arca-style QR plates and systems Prices start at £84.95.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

HDR Expose 3 & 32 Float V3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Unified Color Technologies have just released the latest upgrades to their professional-level HDR software lineup. New state of the art merge, alignment and deghosting algorithms have been added to the standalone application HDR Expose 3, while 32 Float - also upgraded to Version 3 - provides the same full range of image editing tools in a convenient Photoshop filter plug-in. Novelties include adaptive tone mapping, upgraded alignment capabilities, reengineered deghosting algorithms, a new file browser and and an improved Color Safe Dodge and Burn Brush that allows photographers to selectively lighten and darken areas of the image without changing or shifting colours. HDR Expose 3 is available for $119, while 32 Float V3 can be yours for $89. Customers who have purchased either piece of software are eligible to a free upgrade.

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm f/1.8 is a fast moderate wide-angle lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. Featuring a maximum aperture of f/1.8 plus depth-of-field and distance indicators, the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm f/1.8 features the faster MSC (Movie & Stills Compatible) auto focus mechanism. Read our Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 review to find out if this prime lens deserves a place in your camera bag...