Tuesday, July 17, 2012
O’Reilly’s latest title, Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider is now available in the United Kingdom. “This edition features all new screen shots, new and updated practical techniques, as well as a new chapter on video editing,” notes Snider. “It’s simply the most comprehensive yet conversational, Photoshop book on the market and I’m incredibly proud to have it available upon ship date of the software.” The 888-page volume sells for £38.50.
Monday, July 16, 2012
AKVIS has released AKVIS MultiBrush 6.0, the latest update to its photo retouching software. The new version adds new options to the Clone Stamp: Flip Horizontal, Flip Vertical and Scaling; fixes bugs in both the Windows and Mac versions, and adds compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CS6. Version 6.0 is a free upgrade to existing users.
Lowepro, which has received dozens of requests for advice on what you can and can’t take in to the London Summer Games, has provided some guidelines on what’s allowed. Emphasising the importance of checking the rules for the specific event you are going to, Lowepro advises that photographers take one soft-sided bag (max 25 litre capacity) which must fit within the maximum dimensions of 30cm x 20cm x 20cm. They also mention that according to the Restricted Items list from the officials for the Olympics, no ‘large photographic or broadcast equipment over 30cm in length’ is allowed. The reason given by organisers is that long lenses, tripods and umbrellas could all interfere with others’ viewing experiences. DSLRs and compact cameras are permitted but do note that tripods and monopods must also fit within the size restrictions.
JP Distribution has announced two new straps from BlackRapid. Designed specifically for left-handed photographers, the BlackRapid RS-Sport L and RS-Sport 2 L each feature an integrated underarm stabiliser that holds the shoulder pad in position on the right shoulder. Priced at £75, the R-Strap is worn diagonally across the torso from right shoulder to left hip, and adjusts to fit most photographers.
Idan Shechter, founder and owner of camerasize.com, has just launched a new website that allows users to visually compare camera sensor sizes. “Sensor sensor sizes like 1/2.33” or 1” didn’t really give me a good idea how small the sensor of the camera really is,” Idan says. “So I’ve decided to create a new web app that will allow me and others to really understand how large / small a specific sensor is in relative to other sensors.” You can try out the new web app for yourself at the website below.
Samsung has issued a firmware update for the Samsung NX20 compact system camera. Version 1.01 adds support for external microphones and a number of new menu languages, fixes a few bugs related to Wi-Fi compatibility and other areas, and adds a new new menu item called Horizontal Calibration. You can download the firmware update from the website below.
Casio has added three new 16-megapixel compacts to its Exilim range, including the EX-N1, EX-N10 and EX-N20. Each of these models features a 26-130mm equivalent zoom lens, a 2.7” rear LCD screen and HD video recording capabilities. The three cameras are identical to each other except for their outer appearance. The EX-N1 is offered in three “casual” colour variations — blue, pink and white — as well as black and red, with ceramic-like gloss finishes. The EX-N10 features a “dressy” quilted design pattern engraved into the design on the inner surface of the clear case coating. Three colour variations are offered: vivid pink, gold and black. Finally, the EX-N20 features a surface with a textured, leather-like finish. Three colour variations—brown, blue and red—are available. Pricing to be confirmed.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Corel has released Corel Cinco for Painter, a new companion app that enables users to control Painter 12’s desktop with an iPad. “Cinco integrates seamlessly into the Painter user’s workflow and allows them to work faster by quickly accessing their favorite and most used tools with the tap of a finger,” the company says. Corel Cinco for Painter is available as a free English iPad (iOS 5.0.1 and higher) app for a limited time only in selected Apple App Stores worldwide. Users will also need Painter 12.2 (Windows or Mac version) with the latest updates installed.
Fujifilm has published a fifteen-page brochure that includes detailed specifications for 5 XF lenses, a lens roadmap and a few other accessories. The roadmap is the same as the one that was released back in June but the brochure goes one step further by revealing the detailed specs of the two lenses that will go on sale this autumn, including the Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R and the XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS. The former is an ultra-wideangle prime with an angle of view of 89 degrees and an optical formula that comprises 10 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspherical and 3 “abnormal dispersion” elements. The latter is a standard zoom boasting optical image stabilisation as well as 14 lens elements arranged in 10 groups. Each lens features an iris diaphragm with 7 rounded aperture blades.
Pforzheim-based Mocapo today released Griddin, their new real-time effects camera app for the Apple iPhone. The app combines “Photoshop-like” real-time effects with the possibility to generate individual distortions with your finger - based on a customisable ImageGrid. Griddin is available now on iTunes for $0.99.
Ho Chi Minh City based software development company Not A Basement Studio has just released a free version of its collage making app, Fuzel. “Whatever it is that you love, Fuzel helps you take their photos, put them together in your own layouts, retouch them individually with gorgeous photo filters, complete them with beautiful frames and captions, then share them with your loved ones on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or just email,” the company says. The paid version, now renamed Fuzel Pro, offers a number of extra colours, frames and layouts for $0.99.
Sigma USA has revealed the estimated street price and availability of the Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens. Announced in January, the new APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is billed as the world’s first 180mm f/2.8 macro lens with a 1:1 reproduction ratio. In addition to the faster maximum aperture, the new lens also offers optical image stabilisation and a quiet “hypersonic” AF motor. Three “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have a performance equal to fluorite glass, are included to provide correction for colour aberrations, while the Super Multi-Layer Coating is claimed to reduce flare and ghosting. The Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM will be available in the United States on July 27 for the street price of $1,699.
iStabilizer has released a camera dolly for smartphones. Equipped with a built-in iStabilizer Mount, Dolly works with most mobile devices or digital cameras measuring up to 2.75” wide. The adjustable arm measures 11” high and secures the phone in numerous angles and positions. Dolly is also outfitted with four large wheels that generate smooth, fluid movements over most shooting surfaces. The apparatus is available now for $59.95 via the website below.
White Knight Press has just released the Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon Coolpix P510: Getting the Most from Nikon’s Superzoom Digital Camera ebook, with a paperback edition scheduled to hit the market on 20th July. This book, a complete guide to the operation and features of the Nikon Coolpix P510, is a follow-up to the author’s earlier guides to advanced compact digital cameras, including the Coolpix P500, the Fujifilm X10 and the Canon PowerShot S100. The new book, like the earlier ones, explains all operations, features, menus, and controls of this superzoom camera in clear language, providing guidance to beginning and intermediate photographers not only about how to accomplish things with the Coolpix P510, but when and why to use certain features. The book is available now for $9.95 in PDF format. The paperback version will be available for $28.95.
X-Rite has announced its schedule of July 2012 webinars. In the first online seminar, Landscape Image Edits and Enhancements in Lightroom 4 (24th July, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM EDT), professional photographer Joe Brady will explore both basic and advanced image editing techniques, focusing on the new editing capabilities offered in Lightroom 4. The second webinar, Edit & Enhance Landscape Images in Photoshop (31st July 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM EDT), also hosted by Joe Brady, will focus on enhancing landscape shots using Photoshop. “Following a short discussion about workstation color and calibration, Joe will show attendees step-by-step Photoshop edits that they can put to work right away to bring life and drama back into their landscape images,” the company says. The webinars are free to attend but advance registration is required.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Liquid Image has just announced its new Explorer Series 8.0MP underwater camera mask. Allowing users to record underwater footage without having to carry a separate waterproof camera, the Liquid Image Explorer Series 8.0MP model 304 records VGA video at 30 frames per second and has the added ability of taking eight-megapixel stills. Depth rated to 15 feet, the camera comes with two AAA batteries and retails for £79.99.
Liquid Image has announced the launch of its Wide Angle Scuba Series HD 1080p dive mask camera. Allowing scuba divers and snorkellers to record underwater footage as they see it whilst keeping their hands free at all times, the Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series 1080p Dive Mask Camera can record full HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps) plus HD 720p video at 60fps, along with 12MP still images. With a 136-degree lens, the camera captures an ultra-wide field of view, whilst the mask features lever style buttons which are easy to press while wearing diving gloves. Depth rated for 130 feet, the Wide Angle Scuba Series HD 1080p is now available in the UK with an RRP of £329.99.
Lomography UK has erected a massive LomoWall at the Museum of London. Comprising nearly 30,000 analogue photographs of Paralympic athletes in training for the London 2012 Games, the LomoWall spans the Museum of London’s foyer and rotunda. “The LomoWall is likely to be the largest collection of analogue photographs and contributing is a fun way to get into the spirit if the London 2012 Games,” says Linda Scott, Marketing Manager at Lomography UK. The unique exhibition, which is free to attend, opens to the public tomorrow and runs until 6 January 2012.
JP Distribution has announced the UK availability of the new ProtectR security sleeve from BlackRapid. Featuring a strong 1.5mm gauge cable that wraps around BlackRapid camera straps to prevent them from being cut from behind, the BlackRapid ProtectR also adds a level of deterrence by featuring two small cut-aways in the thermoset polymer fabric (TPF) to reveal the steel cable inside. The security sleeve comes in two sizes, regular (£27) and long (£30).
Olympus have released a firmware update for the OM-D E-M5 compact system camera. Version 1.2 incorporates the following improvements:
- Improved sleep recovery operation
- AF target is indicated while using C-AF+TR in sequential shooting mode L
- M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3 underwater support has been added
When using underwater macro or underwater wide mode the lens will move automatically in tele or wide setting
You can download and install the firmware update using the Olympus Camera Updater application.