Monday, July 29, 2013

Cloning and Healing with the Wacom Graphics Tablet

Jon Canfield | Photography Techniques
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In the second instalment of our "How To Use a Graphics Tablet for Photography" series, we take a look at cloning and healing.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is a new freeze, shock, water and dust proof camera. The well-appointed Panasonic FT5 also features built-in GPS, wi-fi and NFC functionality, a compass, altimeter and barometer, 4.6x zoom, 1920x1080 full-HD movie recording and a 16 megapixel sensor. Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 review to find out if this is the best do-it-all camera for your family....

CamRanger Beta for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Following the success of its iOS, MacOS and Android compatible versions, CamRanger has now added support for Windows 7 and 8 Pro. CamRanger is a stand-alone device that connects to select Canon or Nikon DLSR cameras with a provided USB cable to create an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network that your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch can then log on to. Together with the associated apps, CamRanger allows users to control their cameras and remotely see the live view feed when their camera is placed in remote locations. Currently in beta, the Windows app can be downloaded from the CamRanger website.

Akvis ArtSuite 10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has announced Akvis ArtSuite 10 and the new Summer Frame Pack. The software helps to decorate pictures with frames and effects. The brand new Summer Pack, with 50 hand painted colorful designs, can be installed to the program to increase its functionality. Akvis ArtSuite Standalone sells for $69, the Plugin version sells for $49. The new Summer Pack is available for $12.

Disrupt the System with Sigma

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Sigma Poland has launched a teaser campaign. The tagline is Obal system razem z Sigma - nadchodzi wyzwolenie, which translates loosely as "Turn the system on its head with Sigma - liberation is coming." The URL of the campaign website is also telling: rewolucja.sigma-foto.pl - evidently Sigma is preparing for something big and possibly revolutionary. We shall see in 2 days, 19 hours and 30 minutes...

Update: The wait is over.

Frei Brothers Reserve Photo Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Frei Brothers Reserve have announced a photography competition. The contest encourages fans to submit pictures of outdoor places significant to them that they wish to see preserved. To enter, simply take a photo of a special place, add a brief description of why it's important to you, and submit both the picture and the description via Frei Brothers Reserve’s Facebook fan page. The contest offers monthly prize pack through November, and the grand prize of a VIP tour of Frei Ranch and a stay at Yosemite National Park. In addition, monthly winning photos will be published by National Geographic online.

John H. White: Chicago

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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This autumn, Daniel Blau's London gallery will be hosting an exhibition of works by renowned American photojournalist John H. White. The exhibition John H. White: Chicago, which concentrates on photographs depicting life for families living in Chicago housing projects in the 1980s, opens on September 6th and runs until October 5th, 2013. The gallery is located at 51 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB.

Yuri Arcurs Invests $1.2 Million in Scoopshot

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Scoopshot is taking on the multi billion-dollar photo industry with a new service for crowdsourcing on-demand photography in minutes, backed by top-selling stock photographer Yuri Arcurs. The company will use the funding to accelerate its international growth with a focus on the UK, US and German markets. “Buyers are tired of wading through page after page of stale and over-used photography, before having to compromise," says Scoopshot CEO, Niko Ruokosuo. "For the first time, they can request exactly what they want and receive it within minutes and without spending a fortune. The birth of on-demand photography will be as much of a game changer for the photo industry as iTunes for the Music industry." To set a task, visit the website below.

Getty Images Amplifies Support for Photojournalism Community

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Getty Images has reaffirmed support of - and a significant presence at - Visa pour L’Image 2013, the 25th anniversary of the international photojournalism festival held annually in Perpignan, France. Jonathan Klein, Co-Founder and CEO of Getty Images says, “Getty Images is committed to excellence in photojournalism and pleased to be a partner at this year’s landmark 25th Visa pour L’Image festival. We established the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program to support the efforts of photojournalists to report on important events of our time that might otherwise go unseen. As the premier international gathering of the reportage community, Visa Pour L’Image is the ideal environment to share, discuss and celebrate the awe-inspiring work that photojournalists do every day.” The winners of the Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography programme will be announced on September 5th, with the winning recipients showcasing their chosen projects the following day.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Samsung WB800F Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung WB800 is a very capable travel-zoom camera that doesn't cost the earth. The WB800 offers a wide-angle 21x zoom lens, 16.3 megapixels, full 1080p video recording, 3 inch touchscreen, built-in wi-fi, plus full manual controls. Read our in-depth Samsung WB800 review now to find out if it's a bargain or not...

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Update 3.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 3.01 improves AF speed with most existing Fujinon XF lenses (provided that the lens firmware is also updated to the latest version), adds focus peaking, improves focus accuracy, and adds a new method to toggle between 3x and 10x magnification during manual focusing. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Fujifilm Global

Premium Series Leather Accessories for Olympus E-P5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olympus has introduced three premium leather accessories designed for the new Olympus PEN E-P5 compact system camera. The CBG-9 PR Premium Leather Camera Bag (£349.99) fits an Olympus E-P5 with a Micro Four Thirds lens attached. The removable inner pocket holds the camera and accessories in place and movable spacers allow the inner pockets to be arranged to suit individual needs. Additional inner and outer pockets allow backup batteries and personal belongings to be carried. The CS-41B PR Premium Leather Body Jacket (£129.99, pictured) is made from the same high quality leather as the camera bag and protects the camera without sacrificing shooting comfort and usability - card and battery can easily be replaced with the jacket still attached to the camera. The body jacket can be complemented with the separately sold CSS-S117L PR Premium Leather Strap (£89.99).

Weye Feye

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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XSories have announced the Weye Feye, a new Wifi pack for DSLR cameras. Compatible with a number of Canon and Nikon models, the Weye Feye was designed with professional photographers, birdwatchers, wildlife photographers and amateur photographers in mind. Allowing you to control your device from up to 120 metres, the Weye Feye enables you to retrieve photos, even in raw format, from the camera and transfer them to your smartphone/tablet using bespoke Android and iOS apps. And with up to 7 hours of live broadcasting thanks to its powerful, rechargeable, built-in battery, it doesn't even consume your camera power! The Weye Feye will be available for £199 at UK retailers nationwide from October.

Fujifilm Announces Discontinuations

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fuji has announced the discontinuance of several film emulsions. The affected films include Neopan 400 in 35mm format, Provia 400X (pictured) in 35mm and 120 formats, as well as Superia 400 and Reala in 120 format. "Due to the prominence that digital has in today's society combined with a decline in global demand of traditional films, Fujifilm has had to make a difficult decision to withdraw a number of films from its range," says Gabriel Da Costa, product manager for professional film. "There are still a number of colour transparency, colour negative, instant and black and white films available in our range.  We would also like to thank all our customers who have supported these film brands over the years."

Expedition Iceland

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, General
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Expedition Iceland is a beautiful short film including slow-motion and time-lapse sequences, shot by Eric Hines on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The footage used in this video was recorded during the photographer's 17-day, 4000-mile voyage around the country during the midnight sun in 2013. The motion control equipment needed for the shots - including a Kessler Crane CineDrive - was provided by Kessler Crane. The music is For A Minor Reflection by Flóð. Click through / scroll down to watch the video.

PhotoNova 2 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The latest update to Delix Software's PhotoNova app features a collection of new editing tools that promise to give users "unprecedented" control over the aesthetics of their mobile photos. These include new Black & White and Summer categories featuring over 30 effects each, new Render, Crop, Tilt-Shift and Tilt-Shift Selective tools, and more. PhotoNova 2 is available for $0.99 on iTunes.

Turning the Lens on Inclusive Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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University of Bolton Senior Lecturer, Terry Speake (pictured), has been awarded a doctorate for his work exploring the way disabled people are represented in photography. "When you think about it, how often do you see images of disabled people represented as ordinary members of society rather than the ‘other’?" asks Terry. "By focusing on their impairments, disabled people may be defined by the negative signs of their disability rather than as empowered individuals... My framework isn’t an easy solution; it involves working with disabled people to create images that are right for them." Whilst the outcomes of Terry’s research provides unique insights of interest to practitioners and the academic community, it has presented the views of a substantial number of disabled people themselves, giving a voice to those who have in the past been excluded from creating their own images.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Samsung NX2000 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Samsung NX2000 is a new entry-level compact system camera with a lot of bells and whistles. Featuring a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor, full 1080p video, ISO 100-25,600, a 3.7-inch touchscreen, 8.6fps continuous shooting and Wi-fi / NFC connectivity, is this the best budget mirrorless camera? Read our Samsung NX2000 review to find out...

PhotoShelter Unveils Beam

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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PhotoShelter has recently launched Beam, an API-based platform delivering portfolio websites engineered to let photographers showcase their images at their best on nearly any device. Released in public beta, Beam portfolio websites integrate with PhotoShelter’s online business tools, and connect seamlessly with third-party platforms including Instagram, Vimeo, and WordPress and Tumblr blogs. The sites are created using HTML5 and CSS3, which allow images to scale according to screen size. Beam portfolio websites and connected secure cloud storage, e-commerce capabilities, SEO, image delivery and client proofing tools, are available to PhotoShelter’s existing members with Standard and Pro accounts. Those new to PhotoShelter can sign up for a free 14-day trial at the website below.

RPS Good Picture Symposium - 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Imaging Science Group of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) has announced the Good Picture 2013 symposium. Taking place at the University of Westminster on 14 December 2013, this year's Good Picture Sympsium provides imaging practitioners, keen amateurs and students with insights into digital imaging. The list of confirmed speakers includes Dr. Anthony Kaye, David Bishop, Dr. Graeme Awcock, Julian Pinn, Becky Smith, Robert Massey and Dr Alan Hodgson. Tickets are available for £70. Click through / read on for the detailed programme.