Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Corel Launches Special Pricing Programme for Creative Suite Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Corel today announced a special pricing programme specifically for Creative Suite users looking for an alternative to Creative Cloud. CS users residing in North America can purchase CorelDRAW Graphics Suite, Painter, PaintShop Pro, VideoStudio Pro and AfterShot Pro at a special price (ranging up to 60% off the suggested retail price) until 30 August 2013. To experiment with the tools, features and workflow of Corel products, free 30-day fully functional trials can be downloaded from the website below.

Getty Images Launch Portrait Prize for Emerging Photographers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Getty Images have launched its inaugural Contour by Getty Images Portrait Prize, which aims to recognise excellence in portrait photography by an emerging photographer with fewer than five years industry experience. Entries will be accepted from June 13 through to August 5, 2013 (at 11:59 p.m. GMT/6:59 p.m. EST.) and can be submitted through Getty Images’ grants website. The winning photographer will receive a $10,000 grant and have their work exhibited at the prestigious Polka Galerie in Paris throughout the month of October. 

ArcSoft Photo+ for Mac

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ArcSoft has just released Photo+, a new photo viewer that promises "an unparalleled viewing and manipulating experience." Unlike other programs that require users to import photos directly into the software, Photo+ pulls directly from any folder or drive. By just dragging or selecting a single image, Photo+ automatically displays every image from the same folder without the constant closing and clicking that accompanies so many standard photo-viewing programs. ArcSoft Photo+ for Mac is compatible with 35 image file formats including a number of raw formats. The program will sell for $9.99 but is currently available from the Mac App Store for just $1.99.

Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara has released version 9 of its Windows-based creative design software, Xara Photo and Graphics Designer. New features include an advanced healing brush, 11 new photo effects, Google font support, new masking and selection tools, advanced background erasing options and more. Xara Photo & Graphic Designer 9 costs £69.99.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nokia Lumia 920 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nokia Lumia 920 is the first ever smartphone to feature built-in optical image stabilisation. The Lumia 920 also has an 8.7 megapixel sensor, 26mm fixed lens with fast f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video. Read our Nokia Lumia 920 review to find out if it can replace a compact camera, even in low-light...

Adorama Flashpoint 180 Monolight and Battery Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Adorama has begun selling the new Flashpoint 180 Monolight Kit. Compact and ideal for on-location shooting, the Flashpoint 180 Monolight includes a Flashpoint 180 Monolight with reflector, Bowens-compatible mount and handle, two NP-F960 batteries with a charger, a small umbrella, sync cords and a carrying bag. The Flashpoint 180 Monolight Kit is available now for $199.95 (regularly $249.95).

VIEW Magazine Issue 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The sixth issue of VIEW Magazine is now available for free on Apple's Newsstand for iPad/iPhone. VIEW is an art photography magazine developed exclusively for the visual possibilities of the iPad. In the latest issue, Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman use publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and take photographs to mark the location in the real world. Another interactive project in this issue is Chris Dorley Brown's project "Spot the Difference". Chris took a photo at the same location (and sometime of the same people) over the span of nine to thirteen years.

Kingston MobileLite Wireless

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kingston Digital Europe has released MobileLite Wireless for Android and iOS devices. Combining a wireless memory card reader capable of streaming music, photos and documents from USB Flash drives, microSD (with included adapter) and SD/SDHC/SDXC cards with an emergency mobile charger, MobileLite Wireless allows simultaneous connections to both device and router via Wi-Fi. The Kingston MobileLite Wireless reader/charger has a suggested price of £49.99.

Flickr Gets Major Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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Yahoo! has announced a major update to Flickr. "We’re releasing a Flickr that’s more spectacular, much bigger, and one you can take anywhere," the company said in a statement. Not only does Flickr sport a brand new look and redesigned user interface - it now offers up to 1TB of free storage to every user, allowing you to "share your photos in full resolution."  There’s also a new slideshow mode with elegant transitions, an Activity Feed that combines users' recent uploads with those of their contacts, and an option to choose a customisable cover photo and a high-resolution profile picture. These features are granted to every user but if you are bothered by advertisements, you can opt for an AdFree account at $49.99 per year. And if 1TB just isn't enough for your needs, a Doublr account will provide you with 2TB for an annual fee of $499.99.

The free Flickr smartphone app has also been updated, and is now available from the Google Play Store (requires Android 2.3.3 or higher).

Website: Flickr

FEP Awards 2012 - Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Federationof European Professional Photographers (FEP) has announced the winners of its European Professional Photographer of the Year 2012 competition. The overall winner is Peter Gordon from Ireland, who also won the Golden Camera 2012 award in the Reportage category, whilst the Young European Professional Photographer of the Year 2012 title has been awarded to Antonio Pérez Rojo of Spain.

Kuuvik Capture

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Kuuvik Capture is a feature-laden Canon EOS tethering application for Mac OS X. In addition to offering a typical set of remote shooting tools, Kuuvik Capture provides real-time parametric sharpening coupled with an adjustable focus peaking overlay as well as various compositional aids such as preset and adjustable guidelines and grids. Other highlights include the capability to display a histogram based on raw image data and, with select cameras, a split-view display of the camera’s live view image, allowing simultaneous evaluation of focus and superior control over depth of field. Kuuvik Capture also supports exposure bracketing, which can be combined with an intervalometer function to shoot user-defined image sequences for HDR images or time-lapse videos. The application is licensed on a per camera basis, with prices starting at $79.99. A fully functional 30-day trial version is available from the website below.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Sony A58 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony A58 is a new SLT / DSLR camera with a 20 megapixel sensor, 8fps burst shooting, 25pFull HD movies, high-resolution viewfinder, 2.7-inch tilting LCD screen, OLED viewfinder and an ISO range of 100-16000, all for under £400 / $600 with a standard zoom lens. Read our in-depth Sony A58 review to find out if this budget interchangeable lens camera is worth a look...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Benro Video Tripod Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor for the Benro range of tripods and bags, has introduced a new line of Video Tripod Kits with matching S2, S4, and S6 video fluid heads. Manufactured from high quality machined aluminium alloy with magnesium alloy castings there are three new models available, the A1573FS2, the A2573FS4 and the A3573FS6. Each tripod in the line comes with matching heads to complement its model The S2 head for the A1573 model is rated for a 2.5 kg camera / 5.5 lb, the S4 for the A2573 model will support a 4 kg / 8.8 lb camera, and the S6 head for the A3573 model can carry a 6 kg / 13.2 lb load, each designed for compactness and lightweight performance. These tripod kits are available now with SRP's ranging from £167.40 - £311.40.

Reflecta USB Video Grabber

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Reflecta USB Video Grabber allows users to easily capture and edit video from any home A/V devices, such as DV, V8, Hi8, VHS, DVD Player, HD video game console or set-top box promising to give old analogue videos a new lease of life. Distributed by Kenro in the United Kingdom, the USB Video Grabber from Reflecta is available now, at a suggested retail price of £29.04.

Bowens Offers New £900 Trade-in Deal on Creo Pack

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Bowens is offering photographers the chance to save over £900 when they buy a new Creo 2400Ws generator pack. At participating dealers, photographers can trade in their old generator and purchase a Creo 2400Ws at over 20% discount from the typical UK retail price of £3,999.95. The Creo offers ultra-fast recycling (0.9 seconds at full power!), supports flas durations as short as 1/7700th of a second, a 9-F-stop range with 1/10th-stop control, and much more.

Logistics Manager 30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Think Tank Photo has released its newest rolling camera bag, the Logisitcs Manager 30. A new version of the company's popular large-capacity roller bag, the Logisitics Manager 30 holds multiple combinations of cameras and lenses, lighting gear such as strobes and reflectors, and accessories of all kinds. The internal dimensions are 35x70 x21–25.5cm, and the bag also has both internal and side pockets - as well as a large front organiser pocket - for various items. The Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager 30 is available for $499.75 via the website below.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sony A58 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 51 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Sony A58 DSLR camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sony A58 is a mid-range SLT camera with a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, burst shooting up to 8fps, 15-point phase detection autofocus system and an ISO range of 100-16000.

Unsettled/Desasosiego

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Photographers
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A new book by award-winning photojournalist Donna De Cesare depicts the devastating effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America. In this bilingual book Unsettled/Desasosiego, De Cesare’s evocative images put a face to those youths making a choice, or being caught up in gang violence through circumstance. More than a photographic treatise, Unsettled/Desasosiego is a memoir of De Cesare’s decades as a war photojournalist traveling and living in Central America. The 184-page hardback is available for $65.

Fotodiox Pro LED 100WA

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fotodiox has launched the LED100WA high-intensity LED lights, a constant light source modelled after a familiar strobe form. Available in 5600K (Daylight, pictured) or 3200K (Tungsten) colour temperatures, these new lights are equipped with a standard Bowens (S) bayonet mount allowing the use of standard strobe accessories like soft boxes, snoots, grids, and more. “While not a traditional strobe in definition, the LED100WA lights are styled after strobe lighting, giving photographers a familiar format for a constant light source with high light output,” said Drew Strickland, vice president of Fotodiox. “Photographers looking for powerful yet cost-effective lights have been turning toward efficient LED lighting. By offering more options in LED lights we aim to provide photographers with top-of-the-line technology that can meet their needs while also keeping down both equipment and energy costs.” The LED100WA lights are priced at $324.95 and are available now at the website below.

New Rollei Lenses for the iPhone 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Rollei has introduced three new add-on conversion lenses for the Apple iPhone 5. The Rollei 1.5x Macro Converter (€24.95) conains an aspherical glass lens and enables iPhone 5 users to focus as close as 22mm. The Rollei 0.28x Fisheye (€34.95) comprises three elements in two groups and has a minimum focus distance of 40mm. Finally, the Rollei 9x Tele Converter (€39.95) has an angle-of-view of 12°, comes with a mini tripod and attaches to the iPhone via a hard case (also supplied).