Thursday, November 29, 2012

Memoto Raises Half a Million Dollars for Unique Wearable Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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After reaching its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 in just 5 hours, Memoto continued to rally support for its wearable micro-camera that captures every moment of your life in “photo keyframes,” ultimately surpassing two stretch goals and reaching a half million dollars in funding.  Capturing a 5-megapixel photo every 30 seconds, the Memoto camera is about the size of a large postage stamp and features geotagging, a built-in rechargeable battery with a LED indicator, and a micro-USB port for charging and downloading pictures to a computer. “Of course, you always dream that your product will have an impact like this, but we were blown away that we received so much support from the community in such a short time frame,” said Martin Källström, CEO of Memoto. “This device represents a turning point in how we remember and share special moments in our lives. It’s great that so many share our vision.”

Estimated availability for the Memoto camera is early 2013. The unit will be offered in Graphite grey, Arctic white and Memoto orange colors for $279. For the last two days on Kickstarter, Memoto will be offering the camera at the discounted price of $249.

Canon EOS 6D Launches in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon UK has announced that the Canon EOS 6D full-frame digital SLR camera will be available from this weekend at a range of retailers across the country. Priced at £1799.99 for the body only (£1,959.99 with the EF 40mm STM and £2,519.99 with the EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens), the Canon EOS 6D is the lightest and most affordable full-frame Canon DSLR to date; featuring a 11-point AF system, 20.2-megapixel sensor, integrated Wi-Fi and GPS.

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Adobe Photoshop Touch 1.4

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop Touch 1.4, which brings optimisation for 7-inch tablet displays including the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7. Other new features include support for three pressure-sensitive styli for iPad, new ways to share completed projects to Facebook and Twitter, additional effects like Lens Flare and Stamp Pattern, smoother brush strokes and a new colour selection workflow. Adobe Photoshop Touch 1.4 is immediately available as a free download for existing Photoshop Touch users in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. For new users the app costs £6.99.

New PicStop Competition: Animals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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PicStop has launched a new photography competition. The theme of the contest is “Animals” and each entrant may submit up to three photos, complete with titles and descriptions. Images must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 300 kilobytes in size. The deadline for entries is 23rd March. The first prize is a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod with GH100 Grip Head valued at £289.99. As always we suggest that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work.

Website: PicStop

G-Academy Series Highlights Jeremy Cowart

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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In its latest G-Academy educational series, G-Technology is highlighting G-Team member Jeremy Cowart – a photographer, artist, humanitarian, app creator and teacher. In its next two webisodes, G-Technology takes you behind-the-scenes of Cowart’s latest project – a photo shoot with country singer and Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy. In this exclusive footage, G-Technology captures and showcases multiple angles of his creative process with commentary from Cowart on how he gets the best results from his gear, his subjects and his creativity.

Great Photographers: William Klein

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Software
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Contrasto has released the second chapter of its iPad app series, “Great Photographers.” Dedicated to William Klein, the multimedia app contains 393 images, videos, lessons, essays, interviews and a virtual exhibition. Klein’s universe is explored by critical essays by prominent figures of the history of photography as Robert Delpire, Max Kozloff, Alessandra Mauro, Quentin Bajac and David Company. Priced at €9.90 / $10.99, the app is available in English, Italian and French via the iTunes App Store.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sony NEX-5R Review

Mark Goldstein
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The NEX-5R is the latest mid-range compact system camera from Sony. With a 16 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, high-res 3 inch tilting screen and external flash, the Sony NEX-5R also features a touchscreen user interface, fast hybrid auto-focus, built-in wi-fi and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps. Read our full Sony NEX-5R review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, and movies.

ACDSee 15.1 & ACDSee Pro 6.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ACD Systems have released version 15.1 of ACDSee and version 6.1 of ACDSee Pro, adding raw file support for a number of cameras. Newly supported models include the Panasonic G5, Panasonic LX7, Panasonic GF5, Panasonic FZ200, Sony A37, Sony NEX-F3, Sony RX100, Samsung NX1000, Nikon 1 J2. Nikon D3200, Nikon P7700, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i. Pentax K-30, Leica X2 and Leica M Monochrom. Additionally, the updates incorporate a number of improvements and bug fixes.

Datacolor to Launch December Giveaways

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Datacolor has announced 25 days of giveaways during the month of December. The company will be awarding daily prizes through its website, including products from the Datacolor Spyder line such as Spyder4PRO and SpyderCAPTURE PRO, as well as products from partnering brands like Wacom, DxO, SLR Lounge, Joby, Lowepro, B&H, Zenfolio and more. Prior to the start of its December celebration, Datacolor will present a webinar focusing on gift ideas for photographers. One lucky webinar guest will win a free Spyder4PRO.

Lomography Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Film
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Initially focussed on the allure of the Russian LC-A camera, the Lomographic Society was founded twenty years ago. The society has come up with various ways to celebrate their anniversary, including the launch of a 1000-piece limited 20th Anniversary Edition LC-A+ camera and the release of two new booksone showcasing every Lomographic camera they have ever invented or revamped; the other featuring exclusive, never-before-seen content from the depths of their archives. The two volumes can be purchased as one package for €39 through the Lomography Online Shop. Click through / read on to find out more.

MyMosaic for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Released by MindTrip Studios, the MyMosaic app enables users to generate large photo mosaics with their iOS devices. “You can do anything from create original photo mosaics from your photo albums, vacations and friend pictures, etc,” the company says. ” Additionally, the app renders your mosaics so that they can be made into hi-res 30”x30” posters.” Using the app is easy – select a photo you want to turn into a mosaic, customise the mosaic settings, select the album(s) you want to compose the tiles, and then hit “make mosaic.” Available on iTunes, the MyMosaic app sells for $0.99.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Communities in Focus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Communities in Focus is a new photography competition designed to showcase inspiring images of people and communities from across the UK. There are two categories, one for inspiring images of community life, and the other for photos of projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund making a positive difference to people and communities. To enter the competition you must register for free via the Cam360 website and then follow the instructions on the Communities in Focus application form to submit your photo. All entries must be supplied with a caption explaining when the photo was taken and why it illustrates what’s brilliant about their community, or Big Lottery Fund project. The submission deadline is Wednesday 19th December. Full details on how to enter are available at the website below.

OutbackCam Camera & Video Recorder

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Swann has launched the OutbackCam – a portable five-megapixel camera and video recorder built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. The camera and recorder are both housed in the same anti-corrosive, lockable shell. Powered by four AA sized batteries, the camera comes complete with a 2GB SD card and offers features like night vision up to 32ft/10m and motion triggered recording, among others. The Swann OutbackCam retails for £99.99.

Free HDR Express 2 Webinar

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Software
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This Wednesday and Friday, Unified Color will be hosting a free webinar introducing their latest product, HDR Express 2. Taking place from 5pm PST tomorrow (register) and from 10am on Friday (register), this hour-long webinar will highlight the new Adaptive Tone Mapping technology that matches the tone mapping process to your particular image, as well as new workflow enhancements such as Visual File Browser and Merge Assist.

The HDRI Handbook 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Rocky Nook has announced the upcoming release of The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High-Dynamic-Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists. Written by Christian Bloch, the book reveals what was once Hollywood’s best-kept secret. The author first walks readers through the basics, such as understanding the foundation of HDRI, and then moves into advanced topics such as automatic bracketing controllers, flawless ghost removal, extracting all exposure detail from a single RAW file, shooting HDR video, and more. Also included is a DVD containing a new breed of HDR software along with all the original photographs from the tutorials. Scheduled for a December release, the 672-page volume is available to pre-order for $59.95 via the O’Reilly online shop.

Test Drive the New Sigma Cameras

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Sigma has partnered with a number of retailers throughout the UK to offer consumers a free three day ‘test drive’ of the latest Sigma cameras. These include the Sigma SD1 Merrill digital SLR camera (pictured) and the Sigma DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill large-sensor compact cameras. The promotion will run until April 2013. Click through / read on for a full list of participating retailers.

Akvis LightShop 3.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 3.5 of LightShop, a software application that enables users to create an “infinite number” of light effects. Available as a plugin as well as a standalone program, this update adds support for Photoshop CS6 to the plugin version and offers compatibility with the latest versions of MacOS and Widnows. Registered users of LightShop can upgrade to version 3.5 free of charge.

Nikon D4 Firmware Update 1.03

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has posted a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D4 digital SLR camera. The new version improves focus accuracy when a lens and teleconverter with a combined maximum aperture of f/8 are used. You can download the firmware update from the website below.

Website: Nikon D4 Firmware Update

Hasselblad’s VICTOR Magazine Now Available in Print

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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The new and restyled VICTOR Photography Book One is now available in print format. Priced at £15, €20 and $25 and sold by exclusive magazine shops in London, Paris, Milan, Berlin, Madrid, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong,, the new VICTOR includes contributions from a wide range of top photographers,.Photographers anywhere in the world can obtain the magazine from the website below at the cover price plus shipping costs.

Website: Newsstand UK

Monday, November 26, 2012

PENTAX K-30 DSLR Camera Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We’ve teamed up with PENTAX RICOH IMAGING UK LTD to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a fantastic PENTAX K-30 worth £649.99!

The lucky winner is Paula Hepburn. Congratulations!

The K-30 has been developed to help SLR beginners capture high-quality images with ease. Packed in a compact, weather-resistant, dustproof and lightweight body, the PENTAX K-30 offers a range of advanced features, including a 16 megapixel sensor, optical viewfinder offering almost 100% field of view, high-speed shooting and a full-HD movie function.

The K-30 is available in a choice of three colours: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, with brilliant, glossy finishes; and Classic Black, for a more traditional SLR look.