Thursday, September 26, 2013

AKVIS ArtWork 8

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS has released Version 8 of its ArtWork photo-to-painting software. This update adds a new Share feature that enables users to post pictures directly from the program to social networks. Additionally, the plug-in is now compatible with Photoshop CC and PaintShop Pro X6. AKVIS offers a free upgrade to version 8.0 for all registered customers of ArtWork.

Olloclip Mobile Photography Tools for iPhone 5S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olloclip has today announced immediate availability of its olloclip mobile photography tools for the new iPhone 5S smartphone. The company's add-on lenses enhance the new features of the iPhone 5s camera, which include an 8-megapixel camera, five-element lens, autofocus, matrix metering, dynamic local tone map to ensure more true-to-life colours, 10-frames-per-second continuous shooting and a 120-frames-per-second slow motion mode. The Olloclip range includes a three-in-one photo lens ($69.99), a teleconverter and a circular polariser ($99.99) and the Olloclip Quick-Flip case ($49.99). Olloclip products can be purchased through Apple, Best Buy and other major retailers as well as via the website below.

New Reality Show for Style Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Back to Front TV has just announced a  new reality show for style photography. The 9-episode series will take the form of a progressive elimination show that will "celebrate the essential relationship between style and photography," Back to Front TV said in a statement. Casting for the series will be conducted through a call for contestants, inviting anyone with a keen interest in photography to submit their best image and describe their motivation for participating in this exclusive first series. The show will break down the process with a mentor briefing and tasks being set for the contestants, who will need to prove their talent on real-life photo shoots. After the photo sessions, there will be a blind-judging process by which the contestant photographer's work is selected or rejected. For more information, contact the company via the address below.

Sony to Sponsor Freeze Festival

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras, Events
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The new Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V is set to capture some of the action at this year’s Freeze Festival, coming on-board as the Official Action Camera Partner for the brand new rail jam competition. The new main event for Freeze 2013 - Hail the Rail - will be the biggest and most exciting ski and snowboarding competition held at the snow festival to date. “Extreme action is what the Sony Action Cam is all about and this year’s Freeze Festival is set to take it to a new level with the new ‘Hail the Rail’ competition," said Frederik Lange, Category Head - Digital Imaging, Sony UK. “Expect to be in awe of the unbelievable moves from the top skiers and snowboarders in the world, with the Sony Action Cam capturing the best tricks, spills and skills – and providing amazing playback so you can watch them time and time again." Freeze Festival 2013 will run from27th November – 1st December 2013. For more information, visit the website below.

Remote Camera Captures Eagle Preying on Deer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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A remotely activated camera set up in a forest in the Russian Far East has photographed a rare instance of a golden eagle capturing a young sika deer. The deer's carcass was found two weeks later, just a few yards from the camera, initially puzzling researchers. "I saw the deer carcass first as I approached the trap on a routine check to switch out memory cards and change batteries, but something felt wrong about it. There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died," said Dr. Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London, who runs the camera trap project. "It was only after we got back to camp that I checked the images from the camera and pieced everything together. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.”

DxO ViewPoint 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have released DxO ViewPoint 2, a program dedicated to fixing problems with keystoning and volume anamorphosis. This version includes an exclusive new tool for fixing convergent lines in even the most complex images, and adds compatibility with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Apple Aperture. In addition, the software benefits from DxO Optics Modules to correct optical distortions such as barrelling. This upgrade is free to all owners of DxO ViewPoint who purchased a licence on or after 1 August 2013.

Reflecta RPL 306 LED Studio Lighting Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has just launched the Reflecta RPL 306 LED studio lighting kit in the United Kingdom. Named after the number of LED lights in each unit, the 306 features dimmable LEDs with stepless light power control and an external power adapter. The LEDs have a colour temperature of 6.500 degrees Kelvin and provide an illumination of 320 lux at a distance of two metres without a filter attached. Each LED panel measures 30x31cm and weighs 1,200 grams, with the total weight of the set - including two RPL 306 lights, power adapters, stands, filters and carrying bag - being 7,950 grams. The Reflecta RPL 306 Studiokit is available now with an SRP of £432.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kodak PixPro AZ521 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The new Kodak PixPro AZ521 super-zoom camera features a massive 52x zoom lens with a focal range of 24-1248mm. Other highlights of the affordable Kodak AZ521 include a 3 inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD movies, and a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor. Read our in-depth Kodak PixPro AZ521 review now...

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Xara Photo & Graphics Designer 9 is an affordable photo and graphics editing software program. New features include an advanced healing brush, 11 new photo effects, Google font support, new masking and selection tools, advanced background erasing options and more. Read our in-depth Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 review now...

Tokina 16-28mm T3.0 Cinema Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Kenko Tokina has announced the Tokina 16-28mm T3.0 Cinema Lens for video-enabled EF-mount dSLRs and PL-mount movie cameras. The optical formula comprises 15 elements arranged in 13 groups and a nine-bladed diaphragm. The minimum focus distance is 28cm, and the maximum reproduction ratio is 1:5.26. The lens takes large 123mm filters. In Japan, the PL-mount version is available now for 580,000 yen, with the EF-mount variant scheduled for a late November release. International availability and pricing have yet to be communicated.

NYIP Updates its Complete Course in Professional Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The New York Institute of Photography (NYIP) has launched a completely revised and updated version of their flagship course, the Complete Course in Professional Photography. The course, which sells for 1,499, offers students all over the world a wide range of photographic training. Starting with the fundamentals of understanding how to use a camera, the course provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to take professional-quality photos and make money with their photography. “The Professional Photography Course needed a major update for the modern, digital world of photography,” said NYIP’s Director of Education Jay Johnson. “And that’s what we did. We completely revised the course for photography students in the 21st century.” For more information on NYIP’s Complete Course in Professional Photography, visit the website below.

Apple Updates iMac Line

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Focus On Imaging
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Apple has revealed its updated iMac with fourth-generation Intel quad-core processors, new graphics, next-generation Wi-Fi and faster PCIe flash storage options. The entry-level 21.5-inch iMac features a 2.7 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and new Iris Pro graphics. The high-end 21.5-inch model and both 27-inch models feature quad-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 3.4 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics with twice the video memory and up to 40 percent faster performance than the previous generation. Customers have the option to upgrade to quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.5 GHz and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M series graphics with up to 4GB of video memory, perfect for graphics-intensive tasks. The new iMacs can be configured with a 1TB or 3TB Fusion Drive, and all-flash storage options are now available in configurations up to 1TB. Available today through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers; the revamped iMac retails at £1,149-£1,749 / $1299-1999 depending on configuration.

Project Gado Partners with Getty Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Project Gado, a technology startup building sustainable models for archival digitisation, announced today a strategic partnership with Getty Images. Since 2010, Project Gado has developed an open source archival scanning robot that small archives, museums, and libraries can use to digitise their photo collections with little to no upfront cost. The Gado 2 can autonomously scan and save a photograph every 42 seconds, allowing archivists to focus on more important tasks than manual digitisation. The new partnership allows Getty Images to licence historic photographs digitised using this revolutionary scanning technology to the media. “The historic photos digitized by Gado lend valuable perspective and context to our world today, and we are delighted to make them available for licence so a wide audience can access them,” said Matthew Butson, VP, Archive at Getty Images, “As innovators in the digital media space, we find Project Gado’s efforts to enable archives -- regardless of size -- to preserve their visual history nothing short of amazing, and we are excited to partner with them.”

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Samsung DV150F Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Samsung DV150F compact camera features a 2.7-inch LCD on the front, useful for composing self-portraits, and a wide range of wi-fi connectivity options. The 16 megapixel Samsung DV150F also features a 25mm wide-angle 5x zoom lens, 720p HD video, and a multitude of special effects modes, all for just £99.99 / $149.99. Read our in-depth Samsung DV150F review now...

Topaz Clarity Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Topaz Clarity is an image processing program for adjusting contrast in photos without degrading the quality. Available as a plugin for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Aperture, and iPhoto, Topaz Clarity retails for $49.99. Matt Grayson find out if it's a worthwhile addition to your digital toolbox in our Topaz Clarity review.

Canon, HP, Samsung and Xerox Launch Mopria Alliance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Canon, HP, Samsung and Xerox today launched the Mopria Alliance, a global non-profit membership organisation formed to promote, simplify and increase accessibility of wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The Mopria Alliance will focus on breaking down barriers between brands by eliminating the need for users to download multiple print drivers, creating a better – easier and more accessible – user experience for mobile printing, introducing the Mopria brand and using the brand as a vehicle to educate consumers and businesses on the  ease-of-use of mobile printing, providing an open environment and tools for software developers to incorporate print into mobile applications and influencing the development and adoption of standards for mobile printing.

Fotodiox Unveils WonderPana FreeArc for Nikon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox today revealed the WonderPana FreeArc for the Nikon 14-24mm lens. The WonderPana FreeArc for Nikon 14-24mm is a complete mounting system and collection of filters tailored to fit the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm ultra-wide angle lens. Its all-metal core attaches directly onto a lens with a secure two-piece mount. With the core in place, photographers can mount any of Fotodiox’s new 145mm Slimline Filters. “Since we first introduced the original WonderPana model, photographers and cinematographers have requested the ability to rotate rectangular filters on wide-angle cameras. We are thrilled to be addressing such a popular market demand with the WonderPana FreeArc,” said Kelvin Luo, CEO of Fotodiox. “The FreeArc, combined with our assortment of high-quality filter systems, give photographers the tools they need to flawlessly capture incredible shots, ultimately advancing the industry.” The WonderPana FreeArc for Nikon 14-24mm can be ordered, starting today, for $274.95.

WD Launches Redesigned My Book Line

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD has redesigned its well-known My Book and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives. With USB 3.0 for speed, the new My Book lines are available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities. WD SmartWare Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox integration offers cloud backup capabilities, and the WD Edition of Acronis True Image enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programs. My Book and My Book for Mac hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and are available from the WD store at wdstore.com as well as select retailers and distributors. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price will be $129.99 USD for the 2TB, $149.99 for the 3TB, and $179.99 for the 4TB unit.

Benro GH2C Carbon-Fibre Gimbal Head

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the immediate availability of the Benro GH2C carbon-fibre gimbal head in the UK and Ireland. Ideal for long distance and wildlife photography, the Benro GH2C is a specialised head for heavy-duty telephoto lenses. It is supplied with a 100mm lens plate and is compatible with the International QR system and optional Benro PL series special lens plates. Weighing 1.30kg, the Benro GH2C has a load capacity of 25kg and comes in at £563.94 including VAT.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released version 12 of Adobe Photoshop Elements (PSE) and Premiere Elements. New features in PSE 12 are mobile access; Twitter integration, pet eye correction; 64-bit support for Macs; guided edits; quick frames, effects and textures; plus Straighten, Auto Smart Tone and Content-Aware Move tools. Premiere Elements 12 also offers guided edits and Auto Smart Tone, and adds scores, sound effects, film looks and motion tracking. Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 and Premiere Elements 12 are immediately available for purchase or £78.15, with upgrade pricing of £63.49.  The Photoshop Elements 12 & Premiere Elements 12 bundle is available now for £117.22, with upgrade pricing of £96.71.