Monday, January 20, 2014

Tickets Now Available for The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Taking place from 1-4 March 2014 at the Birmingham NEC, The Photography Show will feature master photographers Rankin, Joe McNally and Steve McCurry, among others. Cassandra Grant, Event Manager, for The Photography Show, says, “Rankin, McNally and McCurry are some of the most influential photographers in the world. Their work speaks for itself and we are delighted that they will be talking at the inaugural Photography Show. We will have some more fantastic announcements to be making soon.” You can book your ticket now at the website below.

Arthur for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Arthur is a new photo portfolio app designed exclusively for iOS 7. "By using Flickr and 500px as the source of the photos, it’s very easy to integrate in your existing photo workflow," the developers say. "You don’t need to import all your photo sets, you choose which ones you want and Arthur will do the rest." Arthur is available on the iTunes App Store for $0.99 / £0.69 / €0,89.

HitFilm 2 Express and PhotoKey 6 Lite Free in January

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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From today until 4th February, Fxhome's HitFilm 2 Express and PhotoKey 6 Lite programs are available to download at no cost. Usually priced at £119/$149, HitFilm 2 Express is billed as "the best way to discover the excitement of making your own movies." Features include 2D and 3D effects, layer compositing, video tracking, light flares, lightning simulation, colour grading and more. Worth £30/$49, PhotoKey 6 Lite is a great introduction for those who have not tried green screen photography before because they thought it was too difficult or complicated. Joshua Davies, Fxhome founder said: “PhotoKey 6 Lite is much more powerful than many similar offerings, even at this low level. We want users to see how easy green screen photography can be and how easy it is to shoot, click and create for free.”

Fujifilm Teases New X-Mount CSC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has launched an online teaser campaign for a new X-mount compact system camera (CSC), which bears a striking resemblance to the classically styled manual SLRs of yore. With a centrally positioned viewfinder hump, shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation dials; the new Fujifilm X-mount camera certainly looks like an attractive and intriguing addition to the company's critically acclaimed line-up of interchangeable-lens cameras. As indicated by the image above, the camera will be announced on 28th January.

Website: Fujifilm

Harman Launches LocalDarkroom.com

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Harman technology, trading as Ilford Photo, has launched a website dedicated to helping film photographers who do not own a darkroom find a facility near their place of residence. A 2013 survey conducted by Ilford Photo has revealed that there are many photographers using film that have no direct access to a darkroom but would like to find one locally. It also highlighted that there are hundreds of private home darkrooms worldwide which the owners may be willing to share with fellow photographers. "If you are looking for a darkroom and there is none listed in the area you want you can place a 'marker' to indicate your interest," the company says. "Doing so may prompt someone who had not registered to do so and get in touch or may bring groups of photographers together in a common quest."

Sunday, January 19, 2014

DSLR Camera of the Year 2013

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The DSLR Camera of the Year 2013 award goes to the Canon EOS 70D.

“The new Canon EOS 70D offers the best all-round combination yet of viewfinder, live view and movie shooting experience for a DSLR camera, backed up by excellent image quality from the 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, proven handling and fast performance, making it a very appealing do-it-all interchangeable lens camera that suits a lot of users.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Canon and the EOS 70D!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Compact System Camera of the Year 2013

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Compact System Camera of the Year 2013 award goes to the Olympus OM-D E-M1.

“The combination of great image quality, an abundance of features, excellent auto focus, insane customisability and a robust dust-, drip- and freeze-proof body with a well-thought-out user interface do go a long way in justifying the cost...”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Olympus and the OM-D E-M1!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Compact Camera of the Year 2013

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This week we’re revealing our favourite products from last year in our annual awards, looking back at the essential photography kit that helped to define 2013.

The Compact Camera of the Year 2013 award goes to the Fujifilm X20.

“...the Fujifilm X20 delivers such a winning combination of old and new that offers so many important improvements over the original model that we can heartily recommend it for new and X10 users alike.”

Read the Full Review

Congratulations to Fujifilm and the FinePix X20!

Multi-Picture Bergamo Frames from Kenro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the UK availability of a series of multi-picture frames, the Bergamo range. Manufactured in wood with a high gloss lacquer finish, the 6-picture wall frames are supplied with double picture mats allowing two sizes of photos to be used. Managing Director of Kenro, Paul Kench commented: "These contemporary frames would show off a collection of professional photographs beautifully. The versatile and ultra-smart series are a must have for retailers, galleries and studios."

EarthArt - Colours of the Earth

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The new book, EarthArt - Colours of the Earth, features the stunning aerial photographs of Bernhard Edmaier. Taken with Hasselblad cameras, many of the images are also featured in the current issue of VICTOR Magazine. "Bernhard has been in the skies actively looking for scenes that demonstrate the rich diversity of the planet's natural colours, such as the blue colour of water and ice, the variegated greens of vegetation, the many shades of yellow, orange, red and brown of rocks and desert sand, the white and grey of glaciers and the surprising colour spectrum of volcanoes," Hasselblad says. "Ultimate quality has always been fundamental to his work, hence the need for a Hasselblad: having started out with analogue, Bernhard switched to the H System in 2007 and now works an H5D-60." The book is currently available from Amazon for £24.77.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Acquires New Portrait of the Queen

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The National Galleries of Scotland has announced the acquisition of a photographic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The formal portrait, captured by Julian Calder in August 2010, went on display yesterday at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In this photograph Her Majesty The Queen is presented as Sovereign of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of The Thistle, a chivalric Order that dates from the seventeenth century. Her Majesty wears the robes of the Order and insignia bearing the emblem of the thistle (the national flower of Scotland) and the cross of Saint Andrew. 

Lomography Belair X 6-12 Instant Camera Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has launched an instant attachment for the Belair X 6-12 medium-format film camera. Designed for use with Fuji Instax Wide Film, the instant back comes in at £79, or it can be purchased with a Belair camera in discounted bundles. Of course, if want to shoot chromes or negatives, you can always replace the Instant Back on the Belair Instant Camera Kit with the regular 120 film back. Click through / read on for more details.

DaVinci Resolve 10.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve 10.1, which adds new editing and 3D stereoscopic features as well as support for Final Cut Pro X 10.1. This update adds innovative editing features that includes allowing users to preview and align multiple camera takes while editing, so they can quickly switch between takes to show their clients shot options live from the timeline. Editors can now copy individual clips in the editing timeline with drag-and-drop simplicity. Also featured in DaVinci Resolve 10.1 are XML import enhancements for both FCP X 10.1 and FCP 7 customers. Compound clips from FCP X 10.1 with separate A/V elements are now split into individual clips and imported FCP 7 XML’s include font properties and timeline markers. DaVinci Resolve 10.1 is available now for download free of charge for all existing DaVinci Resolve customers.

Mastering the Nikon D610

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Mastering the Nikon D610 by Darrell Young is a new title from Rocky Nook. Guiding readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; colour illustrations, and detailed how, when and why explanations for each option; this book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. The 568-page volume retails for $39.95.

Adventure Travel Show 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Adventure Travel Show, which features a number of travel photography seminars, takes place at London’s Olympia on 25-26 January 2014. Offered in partnership with Wanderlust Travel Magazine, these semiars are conducted by the magazine's founder Lyn Hughes and editor Phoebe Smith. An Adventure Travel Film Festival will be taking place on 25th January, showing a selection of excellent independent adventure travel films. Do note tat seminar and film evening tickets are individually priced. For more information visit the website below.

Polamatic for iOS 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Appadana Development has released Version 4.0 of Polamatic, an iOS app promising to bring the Polaroid look "back to life on any Apple device." New features in Version 4.0 include 36 Polaroid inspired filters, 36 classic Polaroid borders, new text editing functions and an array of handwritten fonts. Polamatic for iOS version 4.0 is available on iTunes for $0.99.

FaceFilter3 for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Reallusion has launched FaceFilter3 Mac, the latest version of its photo retouching and beautification toolkit. The template-based system allows users to quickly and easily apply “extremely detailed and natural-looking” makeup styles for each specific facial feature, then customise and save them for future use. The ability to selectively morph and adjust individual facial features allows for precise facial enhancement and subtle changes in expression. Now FaceFilter3 is available for both Windows PC and Mac, in Standard version at $29.99 and PRO version at $149.95.

Getty Images Teams Up with Foneclay

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Foneclay, a mobile development company that offers a suite of cloud-based application services, has teamed up with Getty Images to offer their photos and graphics as mobile wallpaper through Feeds, Foneclay’s proprietary application for Android. "People look at the picture on their mobile home screen more often than any other image,” said Scott Dresden of Foneclay. “Our users want to see new images cycling through their background but don’t have time to change the image themselves. Therefore, we’ve enabled publishers like Getty Images to send dynamic images to these users’ mobile home screens.” Getty's partnership with Foneclay is the company’s first direct partnership with a mobile technology company that offers products to consumers.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 99 sample images taken with the new Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH lens, including the full aperture range from f/1.2 to f/16.

The Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2 ASPH is a premium lens for the Micro Four Thirds system that has a very fast maximum aperture of F/1.2. Offering an equivalent focal length of 85mm in 35mm terms, this prime lens also incorporates Panasonic’s Power O.I.S. optical image stabiliser, which makes it easy to shoot clear photos even in low-light situations.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is a professional standard zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Officially retailing for a whopping £2299.99 / $2299.99, does the Canon 24-700mm f/2.8 offer good enough image quality to justify its price-tag? Read our in-depth Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM review, complete with full-size sample images, to find out...