Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Jessops has just relaunched its customer training programme. The courses on offer include Introduction to DSLRs, a one-day course designed for the first time DSLR user, as well as intermediate and advanced DSLR courses (each course is priced at £119.00 or £79.00 when bought with any digital SLR, CSC, lens or flashgun). In addition, there are specialised courses focussing on wedding and studio photography, birds of prey and more. Click through / read on for more details.
Hasselblad is set to centralise its Danish and Swedish production and service functions in Gothenburg, Sweden. “We plan to implement strategies that will continue to provide our customers with the premium quality service they expect from Hasselblad,” said Hasselblad CEO Dr. Larry Hansen. “Regrettably this relocation means we had to make redundancies in Copenhagen but we ensured resources for providing needed care to our customers.”
Unified Color has announced that its Photoshop filter plug-in, 32 Float v2, now fully supports the most recently-released version of Adobe Photoshop. “Ideal for HDR photographers looking to unlock the true potential of 32-bit true-color editing functionality, 32 Float v2 enables edits directly to the 32-bit image producing much more natural-looking tone mapped results due to Unified Color Technologies’ Beyond RGBTM color technology platform,” the company says. Existing users can now download the update free of charge.
The Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) exhibition is now on display at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London. Free to view and billed as the perfect place to get inspiration for anyone thinking about entering the 2012 awards, the exhibition is open 9.30am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday until 19th August, and features the winning images from the 2011 TPOTY awards as well as historic images from the RGS archive and some special showcases. Additionally, you can buy the new TPOTY book Journey Four, which is not available in the shops.
Cities at Dawn have announced the last two dates for their London at Dawn workshop, as well as a new course called London by Night. The last London at Dawn workshops of the year will take place on 18-19th August and 1st & 8th September, with the cost being £185 per person. “London by Night” is a brand new five-week course comprising a brief introductory session as well as four on-location shooting sessions and a review and group discussion, all for £500. Click through / scroll down for more information.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Samsung EX2F is a high end compact camera with with a bright F/1.4 lens, the brightest in any compact. The EX2F also features a 1/1.7” 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, 3.0” Swivel AMOLED display, 1080/30p Full HD movies, Wi-Fi functionality, and full manual control. The Samsung EX2F will cost £429 / $549 and be available in early August.
The new Samsung Series 9 SB970, Samsung’s first premium monitor designed with photographers and other imaging professionals in mind, has just been launched to the US market. The 27-inch-wide monitors have been individually colour calibrated and come equipped with an advanced PLS panel with a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. In the United States, the Samsung Series 9 SB970 monitor can be purchased from TigerDirect, Microcenter and Best Buy.
The indie is a new camera housing for the iPhone 4/4S. The indie is perfect for hand held news shots, fast moving action or self-recording while video blogging.Pre-order of the indie with the handle is available now for $219.95.
A Canon EOS 60D DSLR is up for grabs in Burrard-Lucas Photography’s latest photo competition. The contest theme is Wildlife and the deadline for entries is 30th September 2012.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR is a stylish new compact camera, sporting a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 16 megapixels, 1080p HD video, wi-fi connectivity and a 5x optical zoom lens. Read our detailed Fujifilm FinePix Z1000EXR review to find out if it's all style and no substance...
Pamela Turnbull is the lucky winner of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 camera, courtesy of Idealo.co.uk.
For full details on the camera, read our in-depth review in which the FZ48 gained a Recommended award. The DMC-FZ48 features 12 megapixels, 3 inch LCD screen, 24x optical zoom, full HD video recording and a whole host of other functions.
If you’re not lucky enough to win the Lumix, you can still check the price on the DMC-FZ48, as well as wide selection of other digital cameras, on Idealo’s bridge camera page. Idealo.co.uk allows you to compare prices on over 300,000 products from 14,000 online shops; with its smartphone app for both for iOS and Android, this can now also be done on the go.
The winners of the June 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for June was “Global Warming” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
The distribution, sales and marketing of Ricoh camera products in the UK has been transferred from Alpha Digital Services to Pentax Ricoh Imaging UK. “We are very excited about the addition of Ricoh cameras to our portfolio,” said Jonathan Martin, General Manager. “The new arrangement will enable us to offer an efficient streamlined service with one point of contact for both product ranges.”
Six politicians have been named as the ‘Judges Choices’ winners of the Jessops All-Party Parliamentary Photographic Competition. This year over 400 entries were submitted, displaying a diverse range of imagery taken from both the politicians’ personal and professional lives. The winning photographers from the House of Commons are: Andrew Miller MP, Caroline Flint MP, Nick Raynsford MP, Austin Mitchell MP and Tim Loughton MP. Lord Crathorne is the sole winner from the House of Lords. The six winning photographs together with a further 100 images will be available for public viewing from today to 5th July at the Jessops All-Party Parliamentary Photographic Exhibition in The Upper Waiting Hall of the House of Commons. The Exhibition will then move to the Royal Robing Room at the House of Lords from 6th July for a further two weeks.
Corel has acquired Avid’s consumer video editing product lines, including Pinnacle Studio HD and Avid Studio. “With the power of the Pinnacle Studio and Corel VideoStudio brands, Corel now offers the industry’s broadest consumer video editing software portfolio,” said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel. “These products will meet virtually any need or creative impulse – whether customers are looking to quickly capture, edit and share videos on their iPad or require the exceptional control of a full-featured desktop application.” Corel will offer the Pinnacle consumer video editing products to customers and partners through its global sales, marketing and services organisations.
Oakwood, has announced its “Most Memorable Travel” Photography Competition, offering a chance to win the grand prize of a trip for two with airfare and accommodations to an Oakwood property in Asia and a Nikon 1 J1 digital camera. The submission deadline is 15 September 2012, after which the shortlisted images will be posted on the competition’s microsite for public online voting. On 15 December 2012, a Grand Prize winner and three runners-up will be announced. The runners-up will each receive a Nikon Coolpix P7100 digital camera.
The new Sony XQD S Series memory card is faster than the maximum speed limit of Compact Flash. Offering actual sustained read/write transfer speeds of 168MB/s, XQD surpasses the 167 MB/s maximum interface speed limit of Compact Flash. On the Nikon D4 DSLR, the XQD S Series captures a non-stop burst of 108 RAW frames at 10fps, enough to record the men’s 100m final from start to finish in one burst. The XQD S Series memory card will be available in 64GB capacity from July 2012. A 32GB card will also be available later in 2012.
iPhoto for iOS, a new iBook textbook about iPhoto for iOS, has just been released. iPhoto for iOS offers technical information that other books don’t offer such as how iPhoto handles high-resolution images, what Photo Box is, and how to beam RAW files as well as video tutorials to cover all parts of iPhoto’s user interface. iPhoto for iOS is available for $4.99 on the US Apple store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/iphoto-for-ios/id539513153?mt=11 .
Photography education and entertainment site PhoozL announces its latest “super-judged” photo contest: “The Art of Nature.” Nature and wildlife pro photographer Daniel J. Cox selected the contest theme and will pick the final winners. The contest is open for submissions now until July 31 with participants allowed up to 5 photos relating to the theme: “the art of nature.” Entry is free and open to all logged-in members of Phoozl.com, amateur to pro, 18+ worldwide. There are prizes with the Grand Prize winner receiving personal 1:1 review from Daniel Cox on their work.
Friday, June 29, 2012
The Samsung WB100 superzoom camera has been launched in the UK. The AA battery powered, 16-megapixel Samsung WB100 features a 22.3-579.8mm equivalent lens, dual image stabilisation, 3D photo capture, a Live Panorama Mode and 720p HD video recording capabilities. Weighing in at 403 grams without the batteries, the Samsung WB100 is available in black or red. The UK price has not been revealed yet but the recently announced German SRP (€219) should serve as a good indication of what to expect.