Tuesday, December 17, 2013

TPOTY Winners Revealed

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of this year's Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) prize have been revealed. The top prize – the Cutty Sark Award for the Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 – goes to British photographer Timothy Allen for his B&W images of the mud mosque replastering festival and Dogon life in Mali, and his studies of individuals in Wales and Bhutan. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2013 is 14 year old Jonathan Rystrøm from Denmark, while the 14 and Under Young TPOTY category was won by 10 year-old Patria Prasaysa from Indonesia.

Instagramers Photo Prize

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Websites
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The Instagramers Gallery - billed as the world's largest online photo gallery that also has two physical locations in Miami and Madrid - has announced the Instagramers Photo Prize featuring a grand prize of $100,000. Open to all Instagram users worldwide registered with InstagramersGallery.com, the Instagramers Photo Prize also offers daily prizes worth $1000 every day from now until 30 April 2014. The overall winner will be chosen from the daily Photo of the Day finalists.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Plustek OpticFilm 8100 Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessory Reviews
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The Plustek OpticFilm 8100 is an affordable film scanner with an optical resolution of 7200dpi, a low-power LED light source, multi-sampling and multi-exposure capabilities, and version 8 of LaserSoft Imaging’s acclaimed SilverFast scanning software. Read our Plustek OpticFilm 8100 review now...

Akvis NatureArt 5.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 5.5 of its NatureArt for Windows and Mac OS X. This update adds a Share option that lets you post your images from the program to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Google+, changes the installation process for Windows, adds support for raw images from various cameras, fixes bugs and adds compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Additionally, the plug-in variant gains compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, and Corel PaintShop Pro X6. Pricing for Akvis NatureArt starts at $72.

Braun Vidi Proof Digital Camcorder

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Kenro has announced the UK availability of a waterproof digital camcorder, the Braun Vidi Proof. In addition to recording Full HD videos, the Braun Vidi Proof camcorder can also capture 5-megapixel stills. Other features include a self-timer and a 2.0 inch LCD screen. The camera is powered by two AA-sized batteries, and records photos and videos on microSD memory cards. The suggested retail price is £103.80.

Benro Smart Series Shoulder Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Benro products has announced the availability of the Benro Smart Series Shoulder Bags. Manufactured from 1000*1000D PU coating material, the bag is highly durable The Smart Series is available in three variations (10, 20 and 30), the largest of which holds a capacity of 1SLR, 3 lenses, 1 flash plus most 12 inch laptops. Prices range between £35.34 and £48.

Fantasea Line FG16 Underwater Housing

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The Fantasea FG16 underwater housing is now available in a bundle with the Canon PowerShot G16 digital compact camera. The Fantasea FG16 maintains full access to all camera controls and functions while providing waterproofing down to depths of 60 metres / 200 feet. The Fantasea FG16 is available now for $575 / €530. The camera+housing bundle retails for $999.95.

FLTR Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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FLTR, the world’s first-ever weekly magazine dedicated to smartphone  photography and published exclusively on the iPhone, has launched today. Created by the team behind the British Journal of Photography, FLTR includes exclusive interviews with both amateur and professional photographers highlighting the latest techniques, apps, devices, trends and accessories in smartphone photography. Edited by Olivier Laurent, associate editor of British Journal of Photography, FLTR is now available to download from the Apple App Store.

Mastering Photoshop Layers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Mastering Photoshop Layers: A Photographer’s Guide by Jürgen Gulbins is a new title from Rocky Nook. The book teaches readers about building and working with multiple layers, creating and using layer masks, using layers to retouch your images, blending modes, Smart Objects/Filters, timesaving shortcuts, and much more. The 300-page volume is available for $44.95. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Zoner Photo Studio 16 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Zoner Photo Studio 16 is an affordable all--in-one software program for the keen photographer, covering everything from downloading your images, editing and managing them, then sharing them. Can it compete with the likes of Paint Shop Pro and Adobe Photoshop Elements? Read our Zoner Photo Studio 16 review to find out...

Tamron Announces Launch Date for its SP 150-600mm Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has announced the launch date of the new Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD ultra-telephoto zoom lens. This all-new ultra-telephoto zoom lens features Vibration Compensation, an Ultrasonic Silent Drive focus motor, eBAND coating and a 4x zoom ratio. Mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm. The optical formula incorporates 20 elements arranged in 13 groups and an iris diaphragm with nine rounded aperture blades. The Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens will be available in the USA on 17 January 2014.

Leef PRO Memory Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Leef has announced its new PRO line of memory cards. Featuring a processing speed of 300X, Leef PRO microSD and SD memory cards comply with the UHS-I specification, and come with a 5-year limited warranty. Each Leef PRO microSD memory card includes an adapter for compatibility with SD slots. Leef PRO SD and microSD cards are available for pre-order now.

Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X100S

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X100S is a new title from White Knight Press. Written by Alexander S. White, this book is a complete guide to the operations, features, menus, and controls of the camera. Covering topics such as autofocus, manual focus, depth of field, aperture priority, shutter priority, HDR (high-dynamic-range) and macro photography; the Photographer’s Guide to the Fujifilm X100S also includes discussions of the camera’s special features, including its hybrid opto-electronic viewfinder system. The 399-page volume is available in a paperback edition for $24.95 and as an ebook priced at $9.99.

SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 Cine Lens

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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SLR Magic has announced the latest addition to its portfolio of Cine lenses, the SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 prime lens. Designed exclusively for the Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount, it offers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 34mm. The optical formula includes twelve elements in ten groups, and an iris diaphragm with ten aperture blades. Other highlights include a minimum focus distance of 17cm and a 52mm filter thread that does not rotate on focus. The SLR Magic 17mm T1.6 Cine lens will be available from  the end of December 2013. Pricing has yet to be confirmed.

Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 Due Spring 2014

Mark Goldstein | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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An entry for the upcoming Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 lens has appeared on the Fujifilm UK website. This super-fast portrait lens will offer a focal length of 84mm in 35mm terms. Details are still scarce, but apparently the exciting new Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 prime lens will be available sometime in Spring 2014.

Source: Fujifilm UK

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Topaz ReStyle Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Topaz ReStyle is a new software program that offers over a thousand high-quality photographic effects. Designed specifically to "create photography effects and looks that you might otherwise never think of", can Topaz ReStyle really jump-start your creativity? Read our Topaz ReStyle review to find out...

Windows Desktop Receiver for Eye-Fi Mobi Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Eye-Fi has just announced a beta Windows desktop receiver for the Mobi card. With pricing yet to be announced, Eye-Fi’s new desktop receiver for Windows will be free to all customers during beta and gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability – all without the hassle of wires. The beta Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Windows is available for Mobi users to download now, with a Mac version coming soon.

CSCs & DSLRs to Merge into Single Segment, InfoTrends Says

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Currently, compact system cameras and SLRs are divided into two segments but InfoTrends believes that they "will converge back into a single category." Until this happens, the research firm recommends that vendors and retailers continue to educate future camera buyers about the advantages and disadvantages of each "to create smart shoppers." InfoTrends’ new Consumer Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera study provides demographic information on different types of camera owners, examines owners’ and future owners’ attitudes, behaviours, and brand preferences, provides insight into photo activities, feature use, and future requirements, and analyses current and future market opportunities. This study also provides a market forecast from 2013 to 2018.

Macphun Offers 12 Days of Giveaways

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Macphun Software have announced their 12 Days of Giveaways celebration. The event is a progressive giveaway, which means that the winner for any day wins the specific prize for that day, plus a prize from each of the previous days. The grand prize is a Nikon Df camera (pictured), plus prizes from each of the previous days. Click through / read on for the Macphun giveaways prize list.

LightRocket Partners with Getty Images

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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LightRocket and Getty Images have today announced a partnership that sees Getty Images become a key distribution partner for LightRocket. The represented content spans a wide variety of global subject matter, from Tibetan Festivals through to everyday life in London. LightRocket also brings the latest images from regional news events, such as the plight of Rohingya Refugees in Burma and the recent Anti-government Protests in Thailand to build on Getty Images' extensive portfolio of editorial assets, which is currently growing by 10,000 to 15,000 images each day. The partnership provides LightRocket's premium annual members with a unique opportunity to apply to become Getty Images contributors direct from LightRocket's dedicated Getty Images page. Utilising a feed from LightRocket's online portal, members can upload and distribute images worldwide via Getty Images' global platform.