Monday, August 26, 2013

Landscapes in Lightroom 5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Landscapes in Lightroom 5: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide is a new title by landscape photographer Michael Frye. In this new ebook, he presents a multimedia, hands-on learning experience, taking you step-by-step through processing your photos in Lightroom. In addition, you can download the original raw files used as examples in the book, and then follow along with each step yourself. And when you purchase the ebook, you get exclusive access to eight videos demonstrating different aspects of Lightroom’s Develop Module, like using the Adjustment Brush, Spot Removal Tool, and Point Curve, advanced retouching in Lightroom, and much more. The 87-page PDF ebook is available for $14.95.

BWStyler 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Plugin Site has released Version 2 of its BWStyler software for Windows. Designed to perform black-and-white conversions, create traditional b&w effects and visually style b&w photos. BWStyler features 25 effect types and 680 presets as well as plenty of masking options for applying the effect to only selected areas of a photo. Version 2 offers seven new effects, e.g. tonal look, dynamic contrast, aging and colourkey, and features more than 60 new effect options and 470 new presets. Rendering is up to four times faster thanks to full support for multiple cores and hyperthreading. BWStyler 2 for Windows is available as a Photoshop-compatible plugin as well as a standalone application and external editor for Lightroom for $49.95.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM is a moderate wide-angle pancake lens for the new EF-M compact camera system. Offering a "classic" focal range of 35mm in 35mm terms, is the EF-M 22m prime lens worth its modest asking price? Read our in-depth Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM review to find out...

Simply HDR 3.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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JixiPix has released Version 3.0 of Simply HDR for iPhone and iPod Touch. This update sports an all-new rendering engine that is up to 200% faster than the previous one, a new user interface that includes a re sizable preview system and auto-adjustment while editing, and a new HDArt style. Simply HDR and Simply HDR HD can be purchased on iTunes for $0.99 and $1.99, respectively.

Firmware Updates for Multiple Coolpix Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Nikon has issued firmware updates for a number of its Coolpix digital compact cameras. Firmware version 1.1 for the Nikon Coolpix L28, S3400, S3500, S4400 and S6400, version 1.2 for the Nikon Coolpix S4300 and version 1.3 for the Coolpix S9300 all fix a bug that, in some rare cases, prevented the camera from turning on, or prevented operation. Firmware version 1.1 for the Coolpix S5200 and S6500 (pictured) additionally improve the functionality of the Wireless Camera Utility.

Website: Nikon Support & Downloads

La Sardina Wally Watcher Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has released a special, limited edition version of its ‘La Sardina’ camera to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Where’s Wally? (known in the United States and Canada as Where's Waldo?). Shaped like a humble sardine can, the La Sardina Wally Watcher 35mm film camera offers a 22mm wide-angle lens, double exposures and long time exposures. Also equipped with a Wally embossed lens cap, the La Sardina Wally Watcher edition is priced at £65.

TwistFlex

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Creativity Backgrounds have added a new product to its range. The TwistFlex is a portable pop-up double sided photography / video background. When opened out the TwistFlex background is 2.16m x 1.79 m and folds away into a circle with a diameter of 84cm, it weighs 3kgs so it is very lightweight, it includes circular carry bag. There is a black-and-white option and a green Chroma Key version, priced at £175+VAT.

Gigapan Launches New Membership Services

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Gigapan has announced new subscription-based membership tiers to its online community. In addition to the current Basic membership, Gigapan has added Premier, Elite and Enterprise membership tiers. The advanced tiers offer value-added digital products and services, including a for-hire directory, Gigapan Tag and distinct avenues for members to sell their work, with print monetization available to all members at every level. Basic members receive 25% revenue share after costs, while Premier, Elite and Enterprise members keep 100% revenue share after costs. All membership levels have the freedom to set their own pricing. Click through / read on for the details.

Bamboo Paper 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Wacom has updated its Bamboo Paper app to Version 2.0  Originally an app focused on note taking, it now offers a broad range of writing and drawing tools, such as a watercolour brush and pencil, that enable users to create particularly individual digital notebooks. Bamboo Paper now features an improvedpalm-rejection, eliminating almost all accidental marks while sketching or drawing. Combined with the Intuos Creative Stylus, the new digital stylus from Wacom, Bamboo Paper 2.0 provides an even more natural and intuitive drawing experience. The app in its basic version can be downloaded for free. Additional styles and tools are offered as in-app purchases at £0.69; new creative pack with a variation of paper styles and brushes or pens can be bought at £2.49.

Canon EOS 6D: The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Canon EOS 6D: The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera is a new title from Rocky Nook. In this richly illustrated book—with easy-to-follow screenshots and example images throughout—author James Johnson covers everything from basic camera features to advanced photographic options. Readers will be introduced to the 6D’s built-in GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities. Also covered is the effective use of the camera’s hardware (and some software) as well as certain related accessories. The 280-page volume is priced at $39.95.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Corel PaintShop Pro X6 Now Shipping

Mark Goldstein | Software
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Corel PaintShop Pro X6 is now shipping to existing customers, with the global launch scheduled for September 4th. This new version offers much faster 64-bit performance, an improved user interface with dedicated Manage, Adjust, and Edit workspaces, video tutorials, new Auto Selection and Smart Selection Brush tools, and a free Membership program.

Corel PaintShop Pro X6 will retail for 69.99 Euros / $79.99 (£44.99 / 49.99 Euros / $59.99 for an upgrade) for the standard version and 89.99 Euros / $99.99 (£59.99 / 69.99 Euros / $79.99 for an upgrade) for the Ultimate version. The Photo & Video Suite X6 bundle, which combines PaintShop Pro X6 and VideoStudio Pro X6, is priced at 119.99 Euros / $129.

Going Getty: How Much do Photographers Actually Make?

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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Can you make a living from selling your photographs through Getty Images? We take a look at how much money the average Getty photographer actually makes...

Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is the third lens for the EF-M compact camera system. Offering an ultra-wide focal range of 18-35mm in 35mm terms, is the EF-M 11-22m lens an essential purchase for EOS M owners? Read our in-depth Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM review to find out...

Canon PowerShot G16 & S120

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today announced two new  premium compact cameras. The Canon PowerShot G16 (£529.99/€649.99/$549.99, pictured) is an updated, Wi-Fi enabled version of the company's existing G15 model, while the PowerShot S120 (£449.99/€529.99/$449.99) improves on its predecessor - the PowerShot  S110 - by incorporating a slightly faster (f/1.8-5.7) lens and enhanced wireless connectivity options.

Canon PowerShot SX510 HS & SX170 IS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon today added two new models to its collection of superzoom cameras. The PowerShot SX510 HS (£289.99/€349.99/$249.99)boasts a 30x optical zoom lens and a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, and offers onboard Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition to capturing high-resolution stills, the camera is also capable of recording Full HD movies with stereo sound, and features a Super Slow Motion Movie mode. The PowerShot SX170 IS (£169.99/€199.99/$179.99, pictured) combines an optically stabilised 28-450mm equivalent lens with a 16-megapixel sensor, and offers 720p HD video recording capabilities. The PowerShot SX510HS and PowerShot SX170 IS are available in the UK & Ireland from 23rd August.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon today unveiled the new EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens. Incorporating a new design, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM sports an optical formula comprising 15 elements arranged in 12 groups (including an ultra-low-dispersion lens element), with an improved close-focus point of 85m throughout its zoom range. The manufacturer's STM technology ensures the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM provides high-performance auto focus when capturing stills, and smooth, near-silent AF in movies with compatible cameras. The integrated optical image stabiliser promises to give users a 3.5-stop advantage over non-IS models. The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be available from late September 2013 with an SRP of £349.99 / €419.99 / $349.99.

Canon PowerShot N Facebook Ready Digital Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon U.S.A: has announced a new version of its uniquely designed PowerShot N digital camera. A Canon Direct exclusive, the new PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera features a dedicated Facebook Connect button that supports instant sharing of images and videos to users’ Facebook accounts. After an initial one-time set-up, pressing the new Facebook Connect Button links the camera to the users’ Facebook account for quick and easy sharing over Wi-Fi. Users can also control the destination of their Facebook uploads by choosing to share content with everyone, or to select Facebook groups. The PowerShot N Facebook ready digital camera will be available in white in September 2013 on the Canon Direct online store for $299.99.

Canon Pixma MG5550, MG6450 & MG7150

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon today launched 3 new Web-connected All-in-One photo printers. The Pixma MG5550 (£109.99/€119.99) features a 6.2cm TFT monitor, the Pixma MG6450 (£139.99/€149.99) has a 7.5cm screen, while the Pixma MG7150 (£179.99/€189.99, pictured) boasts an 8.8cm touchscreen display with an Intelligent Touch System, which guides the user through the system. In addition, the Pixma MG6450 and MG7150 allow easy photo printing direct from a memory card. All three new models are Wi-Fi enabled, which allows them to connect to services via Pixma Cloud Link. This ensures seamless printing of photos and documents from popular services such as Picasa, Flickr, DropBox, Evernote and social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter. The new Pixma Printing Solutions app is compatible with all three devices and allows users to control their printer from virtually anywhere in the world via a tablet or smartphone.

Canon Pixma MG2450, MG2550 & MG3550

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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Canon today  unveiled three new All-in-One inkjet printers. The Pixma MG2450 (£49.99/€59.99) and MG2550 (£49.99/€59.99) offer print, scan and copy functionality for home and office use. The Canon Pixma MG3550 (£69.99/€79.99, pictured) does all of the above and additionally features Wi-Fi connectivity, supports smartphone and tablet printing and is capable of producing "photo lab quality" prints. The new Pixma Printing Solutions app, which is compatible with the MG3550, allows users to control their PIXMA printer without the need of a PC.

Samsung UK Announces Two New Promotions

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Lenses
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Samsung today announced two new promotions for its NX range of compact system cameras. From today until the 31st October 2013, customers are eligible to receive a free 50-200mm lens worth £249, when they purchase a Samsung NX2000 or Samsung NX300 from participating retailers. Do note that the promotional offers are available to UK and Ireland residents only. To learn more, visit the website below.