Monday, January 13, 2014
From Tokyo to New York in 90 Photographs is a new photography ebook by Corrado Formentini. The book brings together 90 photographs which allow the reader to embark on a journey that starts from Tokyo, leads through some of the most typical and characteristic parts of Japan to finally reach the heart of New York in Manhattan. "The pictures made in Japan show us the union between tradition and modernity," the author says. "In Tokyo these two aspects coexist in harmony and symbiosis." The photographs shot in NYC aim to show the human face of a city that may seem intimidating at first sight. The Kindle edition of the bilingual (Italian/English) publication can be purchased from Amazon for $7.61.
Friday, January 10, 2014
The Canon IXUS 132 is a stylish digital compact camera that won't break the bank. Stand-out features of the IXUS 132 include a 16 megapixel sensor, 8x wide-angle zoom lens and 720p HD movies, all for just £80. Read our in-depth Canon IXUS 132 review to find out if there's still life left in the humble point and shoot compact camera...
This January, the Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) presents its 12th online exhibition, A Year of Museum. In the course of this month you will be able to see again 10 photographers and their projects, 5 in the upcoming two weeks and 5 in the last two weeks of the month. Click through / scroll down for the detailed programme of the exhibition.
Easyspace has reported a surge in interest for photography-related extensions among the new ICANN generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). In fact, the most popular group of new domains so far is extensions which reference the art of photography such as .photos, .photography and .camera as well as .gallery. These new gTLDs will ultimately sit alongside existing domains, such as .com. It is free to register interest in one of the new gTLDs with Easyspace while they are in the initial Sunrise phase which allows trademark holders to protect their brands. The Sunrise phase for Dot Camera, Dot Photography and Dot Gallery ends on 31st January. They then move into Landrush on 5th February before becoming available to the general public in General Availability on 12th February.
iWatermark Pro is the first Pro version of iWatermark for Windows. A specialised tool to watermark photographs, iWatermark Pro works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto and Aperture; offers batch/sequential processing; supports multi-threaded multiple CPU/GPUs; allows users to add, remove and edit metadata; and much more. iWatermark Pro for Windows is available for $30.
Silvershotz has made the transition from print to digital and is about to launch an interactive and multi platform visual experience. Originally known as the Black & White Enthusiast, Silvershotz was founded in 1998 by David Bigwood in Australia. The publication was later renamed Silvershotz and relocated to the UK, with distribution reaching 12,000 print run every 8 weeks. Last year, Silvershotz made its transition to digital, and is now ready to be relaunched as an interactive publication in March 2014. The new Silvershotz will be available for PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Nikon UK have announced their support for an initiative that sees the stars of Formula 1 unite for the Zoom auction of photographs in a bid to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The drivers and team principals of F1 teams were asked to take a photograph of their chosen subject and those images will be signed and auctioned by Coys on Friday 7th February 2014 at London’s prestigious InterContinental London Park Lane, hosted by the BBC’s F1 presenter Suzi Perry. Along with the images, Nikon Coolpix cameras which have been signed by some of the sport's biggest names will also be auctioned off.
Lowepro has launched a new range of shoulder bags called Nova Sport AW. Available in three sizes, the Nova Sport AW is an outdoor friendly shoulder bag perfect for day-long adventures, or longer travels. The Nova Sport AW fits on SLR in the smallest model, through to two pro SLRs in the largest model. All three models include space for extra lenses, flashes and accessories, plus a tablet (7L and 17L) or laptop compartment (35L).
SmugMug is launching a new film series that will provide a unique snapshot of the working lives of some of the world’s best photographers. Click through to view the trailer for the world premiere of the new series and subscribe to the SmugMug Films YouTube channel..
The winners of the Hasselblad Masters 2014 Competition have just been announced. "We're delighted with the number of entries the Hasselblad Masters 2014 competition attracted," says Hasselblad's Global Photographer Relations Manager Paul Waterworth. "The standard was extraordinarily high this time around, and the category winners can be truly proud of their achievement." The winners include Martin Schubert, Antonio Pedrosa, Rafael Rojas, Josheph Goh Meng Huat, Roman Jehanno, Bara Prasilova, Rafal Malesztyk, Hengki Koentjoro, Dmitri Ageev, Bryn Griffiths, Paul Gisbrecht and Chris Straley.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The new Fujifilm FinePix S8500 super-zoom camera boasts a 46x zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, an electronic viewfinder and 1080p movies at 60fps, all for under £200. Does the Fujifilm S8500 cut too many corners though? Find out by reading our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix S8500 review...
At CES 2014, Singapore-based start-up aKu is showcasing the prototype of a new device called "ladibird" that takes all of the essential optics and electronics of a large-sensor system camera and merges them into a phone casing for the Apple iPhone. The ladibird's image sensor is 7.5x larger than the average smartphone imager and 4x larger than the sensor of a typical compact camera. The ladibird camera is currently in the early stage of development with a prototype for the iPhone 5 - aKu has completed one successful round of Indiegogo funding, and is currently conducting its second round, which will go towards mass production of the camera. Prototypes of the device can be viewed at suite #621, tower 1 - on the 8th floor of the Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.
Manfrotto has announced the KLYP+ photographic solution for the Apple iPhone 5/5S. Billed as the "first all-in-one photographic set for iPhone 5/5S to shoot extraordinary images," the Manfrotto KLYP+ includes a bumper case with a tripod mount, three different add-on conversion lenses and a brand new LED light. The KLYP+ is available now in Manfrotto's online shop.
The second issue of PhotographyBB's CLARITY eMagazine is now available for purchase. CLARITY is billed as the first lifestyle eMagazine for photography enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Volume 2 includes 85 gorgeous page spreads, 7 videos, a 43-minute podcast, and articles from leading photographic educators including: Kevin Kubota, Piet Van den Eynde, Lindsay Ostrom, Sean McCormack, Chris Corradino, Dave Delnea, Bill McCarroll, Peter Dorr, Jay Livens, Lee Sacrey, and Barry J. Brady. Single issues of CLARITY are available for only USD $6.99 each, or a subscription savings bundle for one-year (6 issues, published bi-monthly) for $29.99.
Canon has issued a firmware update for its EOS-1D X digital SLR camera. Version 2.0.3. incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
Tiffen is showcasing three new tripods from its Davis & Sanford brand at CES. These include the rugged, ultra-light and affordable Davis & Sanford Vista Attaras 4M 3-section tripod with a 11-lb capacity ball-head, the Magnum P336 tripod with a Powerball PB36-18 head offering a load capacity of 18 lbs, and the compact Steady Stick 3QR with quick release system. The Attaras 4M and the Steady Stick 3QR will go on sale in March. The Magnum P336 will be available later this month.
Datacolor will be hosting a new free-to-attend webinar in January. "Colour Accurate Retouching made simple - Highlights from the SWPP Convention" with Richard West and Bob Campbell of onOne Software will take place on 29th January, 8-9pm CET. The session will end with a chance for attendees to ask their questions to get tips and tricks on how to optimise their colour managed retouching workflow. You can register for this webinar at the website below.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Polaroid is expanding its line of high-definition action cameras with three new models at CES 2014. The Polaroid XS100i (pictured) builds upon the success of the XS100 model but adds Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps so consumers can adjust settings remotely, watch video in real-time and share videos instantly. In addition, the Polaroid XS100i camera is shockproof and waterproof up to 30’ or 10m. The XS100i is now shipping and available at retailers for $179.99. The Polaroid C³ camera features a square design, 5-megapixel CMOS sensor and a lens that provides 120° of coverage. It can capture video in 720p and VGA resolutions, is waterproof up to 2m and, features a microphone and LED light. The Polaroid XS1000i model camera boasts a unique patent-pending quick-change mounting system, a 16-megapixel Aptina CMOS sensor and a lens offering 170° of coverage.
Toshiba has announced the development of “Bright Mode”, a CMOS image sensor technology that allows smartphones and tablets to record Full HD video at 240fps. CMOS image sensors incorporating “Bright Mode” can playback high-quality video in slow motion, giving smartphone videographers new creative opportunities. Sample sensors incorporating “Bright Mode” will be available in Q1 2014.
JK Imaging has announced two new Kodak PixPro Smart Lens camera models, enabling users to outfit their existing iOS or Android smartphones with a snap-on camera module. Features on the Kodak PixPro SL10 ($199) include 1080p video, a 28-280mm eq. 10X zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and a microSD memory card slot. The SL25 ($299) boasts a 24-600mm eq. 25X zoom lens, wireless connectivity and a memory card slot. The Kodak PixPro Smart Lens devices will be available in spring 2014.