Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Swann Launches Photophilia

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Swann Galleries have launched a social media project that reaches out to the global photography community of collectors, curators, dealers, critics, photographers and enthusiasts. The new blog, called Photophilia, is hosted on tumblr and offers a fully interactive platform for sharing your favourite photos along with a few lines of text explaining why you love them. More than 25 users have posted their beloved images so far, with works by well-known photographers such as Herb Ritts, Alfred Stieglitz, and Irving Penn. For those unfamiliar with web publishing tools, Swann offers a more old-fashioned way to take part in the project. They have produced a limited-edition series of postcards (pictured) with sample images that come in sets of five and are accompanied by a response card with room for a description of a favourite photograph.

X-Rite Announces Four Free May Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite has announced its schedule of free May 2013 webinars. Topics include editing a portfolio and developing your vision, travel and landscape photography, professional monitor calibration and taking control of your monitor, projector, printer and camera. Click through / read on for the details.

SanDisk Joins Forces with WD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD and SanDisk are collaborating to introduce hybrid storage devices that feature SanDisk's flash memory technology and WD's hard drives. SanDisk is supplying a SanDisk iSSD storage device for the WD Black solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), the world's thinnest 2.5-inch SSHD solution, which utilises both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA IO technology. "Working with SanDisk, WD realized our vision for products that combine the best of both technologies," said Matt Rutledge, vice president of client computing at WD. "WD's SSHDs are a significant achievement in the continuing SSHD/flash storage revolution."

Capture the Essence of Western Lake District

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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West Cumbria Tourism is calling on all budding photographers to send in their pictures with the launch today of a competition designed to capture the heart of the "other side" of the Lakes. The competition, supported by the Trout Hotel, Cockermouth, and the Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater, is open to residents and visitors to the area and photographs are welcomed from everyone from amateur snappers to professional photographers. "With the arrival of spring and the bluebell and daffodil season in full swing; this is the perfect time to take your camera and capture the heart of the Western Lake District," the organisers say. The closing date for entries is June 30th. The competition is open to all age groups and can be entered by emailing images directly to info@western-lakedistrict.co.uk

Samsung Teams Up with David Bailey in Aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Events
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Samsung has joined forces with David Bailey to create an online exhibition and auction whose proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care. The auction will feature twenty photographs, one taken by the David Bailey and the others taken by 19 of his namesakes who were recruited by Samsung back in October. Live from today, the charity auction will be open for one week until 8pm on Tuesday 14th March and will feature a range of images taken by the David Baileys on a Samsung NX300 (pictured). Each print will be available to bid on for the duration of the week-long auction, with bidders invited to identify the real David Bailey from his namesakes to be in with the chance of getting their hands on an original David Bailey print. Anyone wanting to take part in the auction should visit the website below.

Akvis Refocus 3.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 3.5 of Refocus, a program for improving the sharpness of out of focus images and adding lens blur effects to your photos. Version 3.5 offers an advanced algorithm with improved image processing speed for the program's "Tilt-Shift" (miniature) and Iris Blur modes. The improvement is especially noticeable when using the larger values of the Blur parameter, the company says. Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to version 3.5 for free by downloading and installing the new version.

Unified Color Launches HDR Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Unified Color has announced the call for entries for its latest HDR imaging contest. To enter, participants choose their favorite HDR image(s) and resize them to 72 ppi with a width no wider than 900 pixels and email the entries to Unified Color at contest1-2013@unifiedcolor.com The contest will last for 43 days, and submissions can be made until midnight on Tuesday, June 18th. The body of the entry email must state “I have read and accept the contest rules” and include the entrant’s name, email, and phone number.  The entry must have been edited in HDR Expose 2, HDR Express 2 or 32 Float v2 at some point in its creation. The winners will be announced on the company website and blog on June 12th. As always we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.

Photographers Petition Adobe to “Restart Development” for CS7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based photographer Derek Schoffstall has started a petition urging Adobe to "restart development for Adobe Creative Suite 7," following the company's announcement that it had "no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products." Adobe has already decided that the newest iteration of Photoshop - called Adobe Photoshop CC - will be available exclusively to Creative Cloud members (although it did add that "Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase"). The petition, which has already been signed by more than 1500 photographers from around the world, argues that customers ought to "have a choice between either CC or the creative suite."

Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR Firmware Update 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR super-zoom camera. According to the company, Version 1.01 incorporates the following enhancements:

  1. "Operability with Eye-Fi card is improved."
  2. "Disconnection of objects shown in Motion Panorama images by vertical direction shooting is improved."

Website: Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR Firmware Update

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Olympus XZ-10 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Olympus XZ-10 is a serious compact camera designed to fit in your pocket. A 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, high-res 3-inch touch-screen LCD, 1080p movies, RAW format support and a full range of manual shooting modes should be enough to grab your attention. Read our expert Olympus XZ-10 review, complete with full-size JPEG, RAW and movie samples.

PhotoStitcher for Mac and Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PhotoStitcher is a new easy-to-use tool for the combining of multiple overlapping pictures into a single ideally fitting panoramic image. Recently released by TeoreX. PhotoStitcher automatically addresses the entire scope of technical issues that can hinder the creation of stitched panoramics, including the proper alignment of images, distortion compensation and varying perspective. The program supports creation of horizontal, vertical and combined panoramic photos without any user input. PhotoStitcher is available for Windows XP or higher and for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, priced at $19.99.

Adobe Photoshop CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has unveiled the latest version of Photoshop, now dubbed "Adobe Photoshop CC." Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud. New features in Adobe Photoshop CC include a range of new tools offering "the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date," including Camera Shake Reduction and a reinvented Smart Sharpen tool, intelligent upsampling, Adobe Camera Raw 8, advanced 3D image editing capabilities, and much more. Adobe Photoshop CC will be available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members, beginning June 2013. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is £38.12 (ex-VAT) per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month.

Adobe Unveils Major Update to Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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At Adobe MAX, Adobe announced a significant update to its Creative Cloud service. From June, Adobe Creative Cloud will be expanded with a set of CC desktop applications -- including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC -- and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been "reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating," the company says.

Adobe Phases Out Creative Suite

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products, the company has said in a statement. While Adobe Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase, Adobe says it will focus creative software development efforts on its Creative Cloud offering moving forward. “We launched Creative Cloud a year ago and it has been a runaway success,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media, Adobe. “By focusing our energy -- and our talented engineers -- on Creative Cloud, we’re able to put innovation in our members’ hands at a much faster pace.” The company has already announced that the newest iteration of Photoshop - called Adobe Photoshop CC - will be available exclusively to Creative Cloud members.

Around the War

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Photographic Museum of Humanity has announced a new online exhibition entitled “Around the War.” Featuring the works of Rodrigo Abd (2013 Pulitzer Prize winner), Fabio Bucciarelli (2013 Robert Capa Gold Medal winner) and Alessio Romenzi (2013 World Press Photo winner) among others, Around the War is an "intimate and social view" on the effects of war, depicted without a hint of the explicitness typical of conflict zone photography. The exhibition consists of five online galleries, which will be accessible until 9 June 2013 at the website below.

New Wave Photography 2013: London-Krakow-Budapest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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The second edition of the New Wave Photography exhibition was shown 19 - 27 April at the Crypt Gallery in London. The exhibition presented over fifty works by photographers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, attracting a large number of visitors, including Londoners and tourists, art enthusiasts, collectors, businessmen and students. Over 2,000 people have seen the show, many of whom have left with a piece by their favourite artist. The photographers whose works were on display included five Hungarians (Réka Kóti, Sarolta Bán, Benedek Bognár, Zoltán Békefy and Miroslav Zselinsky), three Polish artists (Maciej Boksa, Przemysław Kuciński and Pawel Piotrowski), three Czechs (Martin Hruška, Lucie Jestrabikova and Karel Vojkovský) and Veronika Otepková from Slovakia.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fujifilm Finepix F900EXR Firmware Update 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji has released a firmware update for the Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR digital compact camera. According to the company, version 1.01 incorporates the following fixes:

  1. "The phenomenon is fixed that the brightness of objects in live view could change momentarily during repeating zoom-in and zoom-out."
  2. "Disconnection of objects shown in Motion Panorama images taken in the vertical direction is improved."

Website: Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR Firmware Update Ver.1.01

Tenba Roadie Executive Backpack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tenba has introduced a new bag to their popular Roadie collection. The Roadie Executive Backpack was designed to be the ultimate briefcase backpack for the traveling professional. Built with three cascading storage sections: first for laptop, notebook and documents; second for tech accessories; and third for core business tools like pens and business cards; the Tenba Roadie Executive Backpack was built for the person who occasionally spends days on the road, and the only bag they will have with them most days is their briefcase backpack. The exterior of the new Roadie Executive Backpack is made from water-repellant 1680 denier black ballistic nylon, and includes matte black YKK zippers with molded zipper pulls. There is a padded and ventilated shoulder harness at the rear, along with a built-in trolley strap to slide over the extending handle of rolling luggage, and a padded, reinforced handle at the top that is comfortable to carry even when the bag is fully loaded. The interior is made with ripstop nylon, with zippered window mesh pockets to carry loose items, and neoprene pockets for gadgets and larger accessories. The Roadie Executive Backpack is available immediately at a suggested retail price of $169.95.

Vanguard Wins its 7th & 8th TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Vanguard scooped up two accolades at this year's TIPA awards ceremony. The Technical Image Press Association's 'Best Tripod 2013' award went to the Vanguard Abeo Pro 283CGH tripod - which also received a Red Dot Design Award recently -, while the Quovio 41 shoulder bag (pictured) was named 2013's 'Best Photo Bag.' These are the seventh and eighth TIPA awards presented to Vanguard in the course of the last five years.

Ilford Gold Mono Silk wins 2013 TIPA Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Mono Silk inkjet photo paper has won a TIPA award. Named 2013's 'Best Inkjet Photo Paper' by the judging panel of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), and available in various sheet and roll dimensions; the Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Mono Silk is a 270gsm paper that is fully compatible with both pigment and dye-based printers. In addition to recognition by the TIPA, it has already picked up a Photokina Star Award on its debut in Germany and more recently a Digital Camera Grand Prix Gold Award from Japan.