Friday, October 5, 2012
Hasselblad Bron has announced that New York City will be the host of Shoot NYC, a professional photography forum. Held on October 25 and 26, 2012 at the Terminal Building located at 608 West 28th Street, Shoot NYC is an and informative forum based on the premise of building a photographic community. “In addition to a wide range of free professional photography seminars, industry leaders broncolor and Hasselblad will help you learn how to harness and integrate the market’s most advanced photographic tools into your business, improving both your photography and your bottom line,” the organisers say. “Top industry professionals will host workshops and hands-on seminars in an array of subjects, whether you’re interested in fashion, portraiture, commercial, stock or repro.” Click through / scroll down for a list of speakers.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Nikon Coolpix S4300 is a point-and-shoot compact camera that aims to take on the all-conquering smartphone. Featuring a 6x, 26-156mm lens and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor, the S4300 also offers a 3 inch touch-screen LCD, 720p HD movies and a range of special effects. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S4300 review now to see if it deserves a place in your pocket.
Blurb has announced a new version of its easy-to-use ebook editor that allows authors to add video and audio to their iPad-compatible electronic books. “We have effectively turned digital storytelling on its head,” said Eileen Gittins, CEO and Founder, Blurb.co.uk. “You’ll get the familiar structure and narrative of a book, plus the freedom to add multimedia to create a richer, non-linear storytelling experience.”
One Memento is a new photography experiment designed to capture 250,000 single moments. Participants download a one-shot digital camera app from the iTunes App Store, giving them one chance to take a single photo for the experiment. All they have to do is capture an image, or choose one from their phone’s photo gallery, add a comment and share it on Facebook or Twitter. Their ‘One Memento’ will be kept safe in an online gallery for their friends and the world to view. Once shared, the user’s One Memento can’t be altered or deleted - according to the initiators of the campaign, this forces users to think before they shoot and share.
Eye-Fi has announced a new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB, Class 10 card that increases both storage and speed capabilities while continuing to deliver convenient wireless upload of photos and videos from cameras. The new 16GB card provides twice the storage capacity of the prior Pro X2 card, while the Class 10 performance delivers faster read and write speeds for the same retail price of $99.99. The Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card is available for pre-orders that ship within the United States from Amazon. The card will also be available, within the coming weeks, for customers in Australia for AU$108 and Japan for ¥9980.
Benro has announced the availability of its new video camera support systems. The lightweight and compact customisable Benro Video Tripod Kits feature S-Series Video Heads available in three weight load capacities, matching Quick-Release Plate, Panning Handle, aluminium alloy or carbon fiber legs and a padded travel case for added protection. Each Benro Video Tripod Kit is based on an eighth-generation design of single leg tubes and flip-lever leg lock mechanisms for rapid access and tear-down. In addition, a sliding centre column with an integral 60mm bowl allows fine camera positioning on vertical and angular axis for properly located and level panning. These tripod kits are available now in prices ranging from $200 - $465.
ColoRotate, originally a 3D colour picker and editor plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS4, is now available for the Apple iPad. Designed for swiftly creating and editing custom colour palettes, the app is claimed to work “great alone, or connected to Photoshop CS5 or CS6.” ColoRotate for iPad currently sells for €3.99 on iTunes.
RigWheels’ new assortment offers increased flexibility in allowing videographers to scale their camera movement and mounting solution from DIY to complete system. The new products and tools are designed for moving and mounting your camera in unique and versatile ways. One of the most interesting and original items in the line is the RigMount, a high-powered rare-earth magnet with surprising strength in mounting applications for video as well as still photography. For more information, visit the website below.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Canon PowerShot D20 is an all-action compact camera that's water, dust, freeze and shock proof. The new Canon D20 is a distinctively designed 12 megapixel camera with a 5x zoom, 1080p HD video, built-in GPS and a 3-inch screen. Read our detailed Canon PowerShot D20 review now...
Adobe has posted updates to Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), DNG Converter and Lightroom, including preliminary support for the Nikon D600 digital SLR camera (pictured), allowing you to play with the raw files provided in our Nikon D600 review. The updates also add support for 21 other cameras ranging from the Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i to the Sony DSC-RX100 and profiles for over 40 Canon, Carl Zeiss, Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Tamron lenses. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.2 and Adobe Camera Raw 7.2 updates additionally incorporate a number of bug fixes.
Olympus UK has announced an upcoming consumer promotion. Those purchasing an Olympus OM-D E-M5 compact system camera between 15th October and 31st December can claim a 45mm (90mm eq.) f/1.8 short telephoto lens absolutely free by redemption. This offer will only be valid for the UK and the Republic of Ireland and only through authorised stockists. You will need a valid UK/ROI VAT receipt to claim your free lens, subject to the promotion’s Terms and Conditions, which will be posted at the website below, starting 15th October.
Akvis has updated its ArtSuite to version 9.0. ArtSuite is a collection of versatile effects for decorating photos. The effects are grouped in two categories - Frames and Artistic Effects. Version 9.0 adds a new Halftone effect which turns a photo into a halftone picture giving it a retro comic book look. Also, in the new version the list of the ready-to-use Presets has been added to the Effects. Additionally, in both groups, Frames and Effects, it’s possible to save a preset to a file and load it from the file using the buttons in the top panel.
Burrard-Lucas Photography has launched a new travel photo competition. They are looking for striking, original and beautiful travel photographs that reveal the wonders of our planet. You are not limited to any subject matter in particular; travel photography can portray many things including an area’s people, cultures, customs, history or landscape. The grand prize is a Canon EOS 60D digital SLR camera (pictured). The winner also receives a 16x24” framed print of his/her winning photograph. The submission deadline is 31 December 2012.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ5 is a new mid-range travel-zoom compact camera with built-in wi-fi connectivity. The Panasonic SZ5 also offers 14 megapixels, a 10x zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen and 720p HD movies. Read our Panasonic DMC-SZ5 review now...
Photoshop Elements 11: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage is a new title from O’Reilly Media. “With candid, jargon-free advice and step-by-step guidance, you’ll get the most out of Elements for everything from sharing and touching-up photos to fun print and online projects,” the publisher says. The 656-page volume is available for $44.99 in printed format or $35.99 as an ebook. You can buy both versions in a bundle for $49.99.
Photographing Shadow and Light by Joey L. is a new title from Amphoto Books. In this book, Joey lifts the curtain on his approach to portraiture, sharing his personal philosophy and a behind-the-scenes look at 15 different photo sessions. “Featuring more than 85 stunning portraits, detailed lighting diagrams, and a foreword from industry icon David Hobby (aka Strobist), Photographing Shadow and Light shares the creative process behind one of today’s most exciting photography talents, providing serious amateurs and professionals a fresh perspective on creating compelling, professional quality portraits,” the publisher says. Scheduled for a 4th December release, the 176-page paperback carries a list price of $29.99 and is currently available to pre-order from Amazon for $19.39.
Corel today launched an exclusive cashback promotion on CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6. Customers purchasing a full standard version either through one of Corel’s authorized resellers or from Corel’s eStore are entitled to claim £90 cashback. The promotion runs from 1 October 2012 to 31 January 2013 (inclusive). Countries included in the offer are: UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, and Ireland.
Monday, October 1, 2012
The Nikon D600 is a new full-frame DSLR camera. Featuring a 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, the small, lightweight D600 also offers 1080p HD video, ISO range of 50-25600, a 39-point AF system, 3.2-inch LCD screen and a viewfinder with 100% coverage. Read our in-depth Nikon D600 review now...
The winners of the September 2012 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for September was “My Camera” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
Photography Blog and HiFi-Tower have teamed up to launch a brand new giveaway. The prize is a Klarstein Mini Projector, and we’ve got ONE to give away to a lucky reader!
This contest has now closed - the lucky winner is Alan Newington.
The Klarstein YX4B is a compact mini projector that beams images up to 60” in size. The projector is perfect for photo slideshows at home or on the go. It has an AV jack input for connecting a range of typical devices, as well as a USB port and micro-SD slot, so there’s definitely no lack of input options! For photographers, the Klarstein YX4B handles JPEG files with ease, along with audio/video files like MPEG4, FLV, MP3, and FLAC. The projector comes equipped with a long-lasting LED lamp, ensuring you’ll be proudly projecting your photos for years to come. The Klarstein YX4B and a selection of LED, LCD, and HD projectors are available online at hifi-tower.co.uk.