Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Nikon D4 Firmware Update 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Nikon has released a firmware update for the Nikon D4 full-frame digital SLR camera. Version 1.10 adds a new custom setting (Assign Remote Fn Button), provides support for Compact Flash memory cards greater than 128GB, modifies the specifications for Custom Setting a4 (AF Activation), and  fixes a bug related to certain Compact Flash memory cards being inserted simultaneously with an XQD card.

Website: Nikon D4 Firmware Update A 1.10, B 1.10

LUUV Camera Stabiliser

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Berlin, Germany-based startup LUUV has developed a camera stabiliser for action cams and smartphones. "With LUUV you don’t have to go through the tedious process of self-balancing and adjusting your camera on the stabiliser anymore," the company says. "Simply apply the recommended setup for your device which you’ll find on our website and you’ll be set to go within a few minutes." Interested readers are encouraged to visit the project's IndieGoGo page.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Fujifilm Cashback Offer

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Digital photography specialist Fujifilm, well known for its affordable yet powerful lenses, is currently offering brilliant deals on a number of products in its popular XF range.

Buyers of one XF lens can claim a cool £100 (or €120) cashback, while those who purchase a pair of lenses will get a bonus £100 cashback, making for a whopping total of £300 (€360) cashback.

Sony A5000 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The A5000 is Sony's new entry-level compact system camera for 2014. The Sony A5000 is one of the smallest, lightest and cheapest mirrorless cameras on the market, featuring a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, 1080i HD movies, 3 inch tilting screen, built-in wif-fi/NFC connectivity, and a pop-up flash. Read our in-depth Sony A5000 review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files and movies...

Camera-trap Photo of the Year 2014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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BBC Wildlife Magazine has announced that its 2014 Camera-trap Photo of the Year competition is now open for entries. This year’s awards fall into two areas: Camera-trap Research Project of the Year (with a prize of £3,000) and Camera-trap Photo of the Year. A maximum of 12 camera-trap images can be entered into one of the competition categories. The closing date for entries is 30 June 2014. The winners will be published in the December 2014 issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine and on the BBC Wildlife Magazine website and will receive a Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L camera pack, worth £122..As always, we recommend that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work.

Spirit of Place

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Spirit of Place is the title of a new exhibition of pinhole photographs by actor Wayne Foskett. "I generally work with a pinhole camera," he says. " It can transform the banal into the poetic.” Opening on Thursday 10th April, the exhibition is hosted by the Maison Bertaux Gallery, 28 Greek Street, London W1D 5DQ

U-Shot

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Xsories U-Shot extensions give photographers an extra arm's length for selfies and unique photos. You can attach virtually any type of compact camera or small camcorder to the top of the extending arm with a universal quarter inch screw. A stainless aluminium ball head and easy thumb screw enables you to arrange your own camera angles. The extensions come in two sizes, U-Shot (£34.99) and Big U-Shot (£39.99), and are available in a variety of colours. Both products are distributed by Ultra Sport Europe.

WPO Unveils Open & Youth Category Winners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The World Photography Organisation (WPO) has revealed the category winners in the Sony World Photography Awards Open and Youth competitions. The jury, chaired by Nigel Atherton, Group Editor, IPC Photo, UK, selected ten category winners for the Open competition, including Holger Schmidtke, Valerie Prudon, Kylli Sparre, Vlad Eftenie, Gert van den Bosch, Ivan Pedretti, Arup Ghosh, Alpay Erdem, Li Chen (for the photo, "Rain in an Ancient Town," above) and Hairul Azizi Harun. The category winners in the Youth competition include Paulina Metzscher, Turjoy Chowdhury and Borhan Mardani.

Update: Borhan Mardani has been disqualified - the new winner is Anastasia Zhetvina.

Britain’s Best Amateur Photographer Revealed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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London based photographer Sean Batten has been announced as the winner of the UK National Award, part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. Batten, a software developer and keen amateur photographer, was chosen as the winner for a stunning architectural shot of one of the hallways at Canary Wharf tube station. As the UK National Award winner, Batten receives the latest Sony digital camera equipment and will attend the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony in London on 30th April.

150-Megapixel Full-Frame Sensor Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories

TowerJazz and Gpixel announced today at Image Sensors 2014 the release of the world’s highest-resolution CMOS image sensor. Gpixel’s 150 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor (GMAX3005) will target the medical, industrial and scientific imaging markets (so no, you won't find it in the next Canon or Nikon digital SLR camera). The GMAX3005 chip is capable of running at ten frames per second at full-frame with even higher frame rates achieved in row-windowing mode. Boasting a noise level of less than 4e-, a dynamic range of 75.4dB, and over 70% quantum efficiency at 550nm wavelength. the GMAX3005 sensor is ideal for applications that require high sensitivity; and makes long exposure possible even without active cooling. These performance results place it in the category of high end industrial grade sensors matching the capabilities of the best sensors available in the market today, the companies say.

Samyang Teases New Lens Release for Friday

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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By way of its Facebook page, Samyang has launched a teaser campaign for a new lens. Due to arrive on Friday 21st March, the new optic looks like a mystery product but our educated guess is that it might be the Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS ultra-wide angle lens that was originally due for a January/February launch.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Did Hungary Just Kill Photojournalism?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Hungary's new Civil Code, which took effect on 15th March, stipulates that photographers must obtain permission from their subjects every time they trip the shutter, even when working in public areas. Failing to do so could result in the photographer being sued – potentially by each and every person identifiable in the photo! – and ordered to pay a substantial sum in compensation to the plaintiff(s).

BeetleCam Hybrid

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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British wildlife photographer William Burrard-Lucas has released the latest results from the BeetleCam Project and announced a new version of his the remote-controlled camera buggy, BeetleCam. Will embarked on a project to get unique, close-up, ground level photographs of African wildlife back in 2009.  To achieve this, he built his first BeetleCam, a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top. Now, five years after his first expedition to Tanzania, he has unveiled BeetleCam Hybrid, which combines a traditional BeetleCam base with a stabilised camera gimbal, which allows the camera to stay perfectly level, even if the BeetleCam is moving over uneven surfaces. Click through / scroll down for an introductory video highlighting the results achievable with the new BeetleCam Hybrid.

Vimazing - A New Social Network fo Filmmakers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Vimazing is a new social network for filmmakers: cameramen, editors and video lovers. Launching next month, Vimazing is a portal for fans of film art, inspired by popular photo-ranking communities such as 500px, Pixoto or 1x. Once launched, Vimazing users will be able to publish their work, build their own film portfolio and evaluate other members' videos. The first 1,000 users to upload a movie will receive a 6-month pro membership for free.

Pho.to Lab for iOS 2.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The latest version of Pho.to Lab for iOS adds image editing tools and stickers to its extensive collection of photo effects. The new Editor mode enables users to whiten teeth, remove blemishes, reduce red-eye, crop images, adjust their brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpening, and apply a selective colour effect. Stickers let users adorn their shots with different kinds of hats, glasses, accessories and speech bubbles. Pho.to Lab 2.2 is available now on the iTunes App Store.

Tamron Tailgate Tour

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Tamron USA are embarking on a 100-city  national Tailgate Tour to promote photography and Tamron lenses. A fully equipped Tamron van will be visiting camera stores throughout the country, pulling into car parks and setting up for a full day of education with Tamron tech team members on-hand from 12pm to 4pm to help people with their photography questions. And each day will feature team members offering four free mini-sessions under the Tamron Tailgate Learning Tent - "Configuring Your Camera Bag," "Achieving True Colours," "Enhancing Your Image," and "Choosing Your Next Lens," offered every hour starting at 12:30pm. For those looking for even more tips to creating better photographs, Tamron will offer a two-hour evening seminar entitled "10 Steps to Epic Images," taught by experienced Tamron tech photographers. The cost of the seminars will be $25. In select cities, an evening seminar plus an in-the-field workshop the next day will be offered for a total of $75. For more information, visit the website below.

X-Rite ColorTRUE

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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X-Rite today released ColorTRUE for iOS and Android. The app creates a custom display profile for mobile devices using a supported X-Rite measurement device. The user simply places the connected device on the tablet or phone when prompted and the measurement process begins automatically. The profile is applied to all images displayed through the ColorTRUE Image Gallery. ColorTRUE includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on iTunes and Google Play. Supported X-Rite measurement devices include the ColorMunki Smile (iOS only), ColorMunki Display (iOS and Android), i1Display Pro (iOS and Android), and i1Pro 2 (iOS only).

Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide to Photographing Children

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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In our latest technique article, we share some top tips for taking great photographs of your children.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Nikon Coolpix P600 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 71 sample images and a 1080i movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P600 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P600 is a superzoom camera featuring a massive 60x zoom lens equivalent to 24-1440mm.

Nikon Coolpix P340 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 54 sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Nikon Coolpix P340 compact camera.

The Nikon Coolpix P340 is a premium compact featuring a 1/1.7-inch back-illuminated 12.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and a fast, wide-angle maximum aperture f/1.8 lens.