Friday, August 9, 2013

Fellowship 14 International Photography Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Silver Eye Center for Photography has announced the call for entries for Fellowship 14, its international photography competition. Now in its 14th year, this competition recognises both rising talent and established photographers. You may submit up to ten (10) images from a cohesive, exhibition-ready body of work created within the past three years. Award recipients will be selected by the juror on the basis of exceptional, distinctive talent as evidenced by the strength of their submitted portfolios. The juror is especially interested in seeing portfolios with a strong narrative thrust and highly individual, original points of view. The deadline for entries is Monday 21 October 2013, 11:59:59 pm EST.

“In Transit” Photographic Exhibition at PMH

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) has launched its new online exhibition “In Transit”, featuring the works of prestigious photographers of the PMH community. The aim of this exhibition is to draw attention to the issue of migration, from Latin American people risking their lives in order to fulfill their own "American Dream," to workers moving every day from the city center to the suburbs. On view until 2nd September, the "In Transit" exhibition shows works arranged in four different galleries. To view the images, head to the website below.

Organic Imaging 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Elpical Software has released Organic Imaging 2.0, which delivers support for raw image files and comes with an improved user interface. Organic Imaging is a hotfolder-based application that will route a wide variety of image types from a predefined input folder to the processed Folder. "Extensive, automatic individual image analysis insures that every image receives precisely the exposure, sharpness, skintones, natural greens, blues, and anything else it needs," the company says. "Utilising the same technology installed in the world's most famous publishing houses, Organic Imaging is suited for photographers and prosumers who process quantities of images, need high quality results, and require rapid throughput." Photographers can download the software and process the first 250 images at no cost. Subsequent images are processed for 10 cents each (for up to 5000 corrected images per month).

Metroprint Print App for Android & iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Metro Imaging has launched its Metroprint Print App, which allows users to print high-quality versions of their Instagram pictures. The App currently offers images as 5”x5” prints on either gloss or matt photographic paper for 42p per print and with delivery across the globe. There are plans to roll out more features in the future. “There are some wonderful Instagram images being created out there and we thought it would be great to offer a printing service from a true professional lab," says Ben Richardson, Managing Director of Metro Imaging. "So we created our app, and now you can get your Instagrams printed by the same team that helps produce images for top photographers around the world.” The Metroprint Print App is now available as a free download from iTunes and Google Play.

Chic Fashion Photographic Competition - Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Fashion and Glamour Photographers have announced the winners of the Chic Fashion Photographic Competition. The photograph Sculptures (above) by Diamantino Jesus from Madeira has been chosen as the overall winner, with his compatriot Jose Diogo coming in at second place. You can view all the images entered at the website below.

Sigma SD1 / SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Sigma has issued firmware updates for the Sigma SD1 and Sigma SD1 Merrill digital SLR cameras. Version 1.10 for the original Sigma SD1 and Version 1.05 for the Merrill incorporate a number of improvements and fixes. It is now possible to create B/W images in raw or raw+JPEG mode, the auto focus algorithm has been refined, and the accuracy of flash exposure control has been improved. Additionally, the firmware upgrade enables the Custom Mode to save the shutter speed and the aperture value of manual exposure. You can dowload the firmware updates from the websites below.

Website: Sigma SD1 Firmware Update
Website: Sigma SD1 Merrill Firmware Update

Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Underwater Photography Guide has announced that the prestigious Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition 2011 is now open for submissions. The competition has 12 categories, including a Novice DSLR category and 3 compact camera categories, giving underwater photographers of all levels a chance to win a prize. There are over $75,000 worth of prizes, including over 35 liveaboard and scuba diving resort packages, dive equipment, and much more. Grand prizes are an 18-night dive trip package combining 4 nights at Walindi Plantation Resort, a 10-night trip on the MV FeBrina and 4 nights at Loloata Resort, a trip of winner’s choice with Waow Charters in Indonesia, an 11-day Indonesia trip on the SMY Ondina, a 10-night Komodo trip on the S/Y Indo Siren and Oceanic OCi computers for 4 separate winners. For more information, visit the website below.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fujifilm FinePix XP200 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is an all-action water, freeze, shock and dust proof 16 megapixel compact camera. The XP200 also offers 1080i HD movies at 60fps, a 5x zoom lens, a 3 inch LCD screen and built-in wi-fi. Read our expert Fujifilm FinePix XP200 review to find out if this is the best rugged camera for you...

Shutterfly Photo Story for iPad

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Shutterfly has released Shutterfly Photo Story, a new, free iPad app that allows users to create photo books in minutes. Photo Story pulls photos from the user's Facebook, Instagram, Shutterfly and iPad photo streams and uses multimedia features to bring stories to life, including first-of-its-kind digital audio recordings that can be shared via a QR code included on the printed photo book. “For more than a decade, Shutterfly has helped millions of customers tell their stories in photo books,” said Karl Wiley, General Manager of Shutterfly. “Shutterfly Photo Story represents the next generation of photo books, giving consumers a dynamic way to share their stories anytime, anywhere.” The Shutterfly Photo Story app is available on iTunes.

Tether Tools & Phase One Announce Special Pro Tether Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Software
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Tether Tools and Phase One have announced a special Pro Tether Kit with Capture One Pro 7 for professional tethered capture. The kit includes a Capture One Pro 7 licence, Tether Table & Aero Accessories, TetherPro Cable & Case and Tether Tools' JerkStopper Cable Management System. For a limited time, the Tether Tools + Phase One Capture Pro7 Kit is available at 15% off regular price -- $583.55 to $593.75 -- a saving of more than $100 off the complete kit. This promotion will run from August 10 - 23, 2013 at the website below.

New Personalisation Options for PhotoDirector Mobile

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink has just launched its latest version of PhotoDirector Mobile – an easy-to-use, powerful photo editing application for touch-enabled Windows 8 tablets. The new version incorporates a number of additional options allowing users to compile photo collages, express with text bubbles and add finishing touches with photo frames. Users can quickly and easily personalise their works using touch-optimised controls and share them via Facebook and Flickr. Existing users will receive the update free of charge.

Panasonic Selects Two Magnum Photographers to Trial GX7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has announced a collaboration with Ian Berry and Thomas Dworzak,  two members of Magnum Photos, to put the new Panasonic GX7 compact system camera to the test. "“The prospect of walking around with a camera like this and just a pocketful of lenses is just extraordinary," said Ian Berry, who used the new GX7 to capture images in Rome. "It has an incredible dynamic range. It holds up the highlights brilliantly when I assume they would have been lost but also holds up the shadows, so you can work with this extreme contrast." Another project saw Thomas Dworzak sent to Tbilisi, Georgia, where he was assigned to visually record its rich culture of people, movement and colour from new angles and found the GX7’s silent shutter function perfect for street photography. Ian and Thomas will be at Berlin’s IFA International show (6th-11th September) to officially reveal their images and give presentations about their experiences.

Ricoh GR Digital IV Firmware Version 2.30

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Ricoh GR Digital IV professional compact camera. Version 2.30 introduces a number of new fluorescent white balance presets, adds a Multi AF/Spot AF toggle to the list of Fn button pair options, enables target selection to be activated by pressing and holding the macro button, and adds a "very weak" vignetting option to each of the Hi-Cntrast B&W, Cross Process, Positive Film, and Bleach Bypass menus. Additionally, the firmware update addresses a couple of bugs related to the flash and AE bracketing. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Ricoh Global

Fujifilm Unveils 2013 Student Awards Winner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Film
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Fujifilm has announced the winner of its 2013 Student Awards. The theme for this year's Award was 'The Colour Of....' with students being briefed to capture an image that illustrates how colour lights up their world. The awards were open to all students in the UK. The winner is Nick Linnett of Leicester College, who will be presented with £200 worth of Fujifilm films, a trophy, plus a professional quality portfolio by Metroprint. Nick's image, a double-exposure shot of traffic lights against a bright building (above), impressed judges with its technical ability and striking colours. Explaining the inspiration behind his image, Nick said: "It’s a building many consider to be an eyesore, however I wanted to show it in a different way so decided to take some multiple exposures using my trusty Canon... I chose Fujifilm Superia 200 as I wanted something flexible for the variety of different shots I was planning and I found Superia 200 gives great results in just about every situation."

Casio EX-ZR800

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Casio EX-ZR800 is a new, raw-capable 16-megapixel compact camera with 18x optical zoom and a five-axis image stabilisation system. Like its predecessor the EX-ZR700, the new Exilim EX-ZR800 boasts a 25-450mm equivalent lens fitted elegantly into a compact body. The new camera also features other enhanced shooting functions. This is the first Exilim model to have a Time Lapse function and a “sparkling shot” filter effect. In addition, Casio has accelerated the frame rate in the auto focus mode and optimised the camera’s lens drive control, image sensor control and AF algorithm for parallel processing of AF operations and high-speed continuous shooting. The Casio Exilim EX-ZR800 will be available from the end of September, priced at €399.

Olympus PEN Art Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Olympus PEN Art Edition is a luxury kit including two Olympus PEN E-P5 camera bodies (one custom painted), half a dozen Micro Four Thirds lenses, an FL-600R flash, a leather body jacket, neck strap, large PEN street case and... a hand-painted Vespa LX-50 scooter with matching hand-painted helmet! "By twinning a stunning high-end camera with an effortlessly cool custom painted white Vespa, this project sumptuously succeeds in being a true ‘one off’," Olympus says. "It’s a uniquely collectable first collaboration between urban artist Susie ‘Suzko’ Lowe and fashion photographer Jay McLaughlin."  Jay has documented the whole customisation process of the first Art Edition Kit for a limited edition perfect bound catalogue available on request in store. The luxury kit is available for £16,000 exclusively at Harrods Technology.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Samsung WB250F Review

Matt Grayson
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The Samsung WB250F is a new travel-zoom camera that won't break the bank. The WB250F offers a wide-angle 18x zoom lens, 14.2 megapixel sensor, 1080p video recording, 3 inch LCD touchscreen and built-in wi-fi connectivity. Read our Samsung WB250F review to find out if it's worth the modest price-tag...

Birds & Blooms Backyard Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Birds & Blooms — America’s #1 bird & garden magazine — has launched its annual Backyard Photo Contest. The competition invites readers to submit pictures of their beautiful backyard birds, butterflies and flowers for a chance to win $1,000. The submission deadline is 1 September 2013. In order to help entrants achieve the best results, the magazine's team of top photographers have compiled a list of useful tips, which you can read below.

Elliott Erwitt’s Kolor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Elliott Erwitt's Kolor is a new title from teNeues. The 448-page hardback includes 250 carefully selected colour photographs from Erwitt's vast archive of slides shot on Kodachrome and Ektachrome film stock. "Dating back as far as the 1950s, Erwitt’s lens has captured rare, iconic moments with the likes of Marilyn Monroe in that famous white halter dress over the subway grate, and portraits of Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office, among others," the publisher says. "Evocative and diverse, this collection presents the most special of his color photographs and is a historical account of the world for the last half of the 20th century." The book is available from September, priced at $125.

Photodex Adds New Features and Ehancements to ProShow Web

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Photodex has released a new version of ProShow Web with an array of new features and enhancements that allow users to create video slideshows online with more precision and control than the previous version. Newly released features allow users to set timing control for effects, add captions to photos, offers 20-minute long videos for Plus and Premium subscribers and more. New features are available online now and are free for all ProShow Web customers. New users can sign up for a free account by visiting the website below.