Friday, June 7, 2013

Damian McGillicuddy to Present Full-Day Seminar at The Societies’ 2014 Convention

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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The Societies have confirmed that Damian McGillicuddy will be presenting a full-day seminar at The Societies’ 2014 Convention in London. Damian and his team will be training attendees by creating four uniquely themed shoots utilising speedlight, studio, continuous and UV lights, splitting the auditorium into four - with a set in each corner. Damian says ‘‘The intention of this full-day seminar is to show you that professional photography is about creativity, control and technique, inspiring the audience to seek the correct education to propel their photography forward and to push themselves through the qualification process, not only for their own personal development but as a marketing exercise and, if necessary, as a business development tool.’’ The seminar, which is priced at £80 for members of The Societies and £120 for non-members, will be taking place on Thursday 16 January 2014 at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.

Leica Opens ‘Mini M Box’ Further

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Once again, Leica has revealed a little more about the upcoming Leica Mini M via its Facebook fan page. If the teaser graphic is anything to go by, the Leica Mini M will not have an integrated eye-level viewfinder, but it may have some traditional controls. (Of course there is still a possibility that the actual product will look entirely different - as you can see in the picture above, there is a speech balloon with the text, "Heard the rumours? Get the truth: Leica Stores - June 11th.")

WILD Print Sale in support of PhotoVoice

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Charity PhotoVoice has launched its fundraising WILD print sale of winning photographs from the WILD photography competition. Until Monday 10 June 2013, photography collectors and nature enthusiasts alike can help raise money for PhotoVoice by buying a print from a of 50 imaginative and remarkable images of the natural world from the competition shortlist. Each photograph in the WILD print sale is available to purchase as a professional 16”x 12” Lambda C Type print in a limited edition print run for £50.00. To view the WILD collection and to purchase a print visit the website below.

Olloclip Quick-Flip Case

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Olloclip has just introduced the sleek and lightweight Quick-Flip case and Pro-Photo Adapter. “The olloclip Quick-Flip case is designed for anyone who wants to keep the iPhone protected in a hard case while using the olloclip 3-in-1 quick-connect lens for shooting photos and videos,” said Patrick O’Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip. “By eliminating the need to remove the case, shooting photos and videos is easier and more spontaneous." The included Pro-Photo Adapter has two standard tripod mounts and a cold shoe for attaching photographic accessories such as tripods, video lights or microphones. The Quick-Flip case for the iPhone 4/4S and 5 comes in white or "translucent black" and retails for £39.99.

Canon PowerShot SX280 HS Firmware Update 1.0.2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon has posted a firmware update for its PowerShot SX280 HS digital compact camera. Version 1.0.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and improvements:

1. Increases the duration of movie shooting by 20% in cases where the optical zoom is used compared to cameras running Firmware Version 1.0.0.0 or Firmware Version 1.0.1.0 through a reduction in the power consumption of the optical zoom.

2. Fixes a phenomenon with cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.0, in which the low-battery-level warning is prematurely displayed while shooting in movie mode.

Website: Canon U.S.A. Support

“Europe, I’ve got something to tell you”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The PES Group has announced a photo competition with the tagline "Europe, I've got something to tell you." Now in its sixth year, the contest challenges amateur photographers to capture in a photo their expectations about Europe. The competition runs until 30 June 2013 and is open to European residents aged 18 and older. The winner will receive €2,000 worth of photographic equipment, plus a three-day trip for two to Brussels.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sony NEX-3N Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 55 sample JPEG photos and a HD movie taken with the new Sony NEX-3N camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sony NEX-3N is the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens camera with an APS-C sized sensor. It has a 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, ISO 16000 sensitivity, Full HD movies, built-in flash, and a 180° tiltable 3-inch LCD screen.

How To Use a Graphics Tablet for Photography - Introduction

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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Wacom have just sent us their latest Intuos 5 tablet, and we're going to take a closer look at the features that can make your workflow better in future articles, including making selections and using the healing brush and clone stamp tools. For now, here's a short video which provides an introduction to the Intuous 5 and how it can help you as a photographer.

Interview with Wildlife Photographer Wim Vorster

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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Get to know Wim Vorster, a South African wildlife photographer who is passionate about conserving wildlife and sharing this message with the rest of the world through his photography. Discover how he was attracted to photography and learn about some of the challenges that he has had to face.

Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12mm T* Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12mm T* is a new ultra-wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm X-series and Sony NEX compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 18mm in 35mm terms, is the Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm a worthy addition to the XF and NEX lens ranges? Read our Carl Zeiss Touit Distagon 2.8/12mm T* review to find out...

Canon EOS 101 Tutorial Video Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Canon U.S.A. has launched a new tutorial video series that will show photographers how to improve their photographic skills. The Canon EOS 101 tutorial video series, available 24/7 on the Canon Digital Learning Center and Canon’s YouTube channel, provides entry-level Canon EOS users, photography students and anyone new to using a digital SLR camera the guidance needed to help enhance their imaging skills. You can access the Canon Digital Learning Center via the link below.

smartSD Memory Cards with SWP for NFC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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By introducing the Single Wire Protocol (SWP) to support Near Field Communications (NFC) features, the SD Association has opened the way for its members to manufacture smartSD memory cards that can provide authentication services. "Completing the enhancement to smartSD marks the achievement of a strategy announced in 2011 to find new markets that would benefit from SD standards," said Brian Kumagai, president of the SD Association. "Adding smart-chip technology to microSD memory cards gives SD equipped smart phones and phablets new consumer conveniences whether they're connected to the Internet or not."

Xara Offers Discount on Designer Pro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Xara is offering a special discount on their flagship creative design software Xara Designer Pro to "disgruntled Adobe users who want to find a suitable alternative." Xara Designer Pro is billed as a "professional level graphic design tool that offers integrated tools for illustration, DTP, photo editing and web design in a single package." Xara Designer Pro is a one-off purchase - no subscription and no obligation to purchase future versions - normally retailing for $299, but now available to registered users of Adobe software for just $199. In addition to a 30 day money back guarantee, Xara is offering a free upgrade to the forthcoming Xara Designer Pro X9 due out shortly. Xara Designer Pro is available for Windows operating systems.

Leica M Monochrom Firmware Update 1.002

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica Camera has issued a firmware update for the Leica M Monochrom digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.002 improves operational stability when the camera is connected to a computer via USB, corrects mistakes in the French and Italian menus, and fixes a bug related to the 'discreet' mode. Users wishing to take advantage of the new, improved features can now download firmware update 1.002 from the ‘DOWNLOADS’ section of the Service page on the Leica Camera website.

Smart Cameras to Reach 4.7 million Units by 2016

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Futuresource Consulting forecasts that the so-called 'smart camera' market will reach 4.7 million units globally by 2016. "Smart cameras are still a niche market, with few players in this segment," says Arun Gill, Market Analyst with Futuresource Consulting. "However, looking forward, sales of smart cameras are expected to grow; with our forecasts indicating that shipments will reach one million units in 2013, and grow a further 68% CAGR by 2016 to reach 4.7 million units worldwide." The average smart camera's trade price is forecast to be $202 by 2017, versus $87 for fixed-lens cameras without Wi-Fi and $107 with Wi-Fi. (Futuresource defines smart cameras as "a hybrid of Smartphones and Digital cameras, capable of capturing good quality photos in low light conditions and with good optical zooms, combined with the usability, connectivity and apps consumers associate with their Smartphone camera.") You can buy the report, Prospects for the Smart Camera Market, through the website below.

GIMP 2.8 for Photographers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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GIMP 2.8 for Photographers by Klaus Goelker is a beginner’s guide to the world's most advanced open-source image editing application. A powerful, multi-platform solution running on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, GIMP 2.8 is a fairly complex proposition. This book guides users through the new user interface and tools, the basics of image editing and simple adjustments, advanced techniques using layers and masks, developing raw images, working with the improved text tool, and preparing high-quality black-and-white images. The most important editing functions are presented in individual, easy-to-follow "workshops." Published by Rocky Nook, the 400-page volume is available for $39.95.

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

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Canon has announced an optically stabilised ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Roughly equivalent to a classic 18-35mm optic in 35mm terms, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM features a retractable lens design locked in place by a switch, which allows users to retract the lens back into the barrel when not in use. As Canon's first-ever incterchangeable ultra-wide-angle lens boasting an optical image stabiliser, the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is also optimised for movie shooting, courtesy of an advanced Dynamic IS mode that helps users capture steady video footage. The near-silent STM technology also ensures focus noise is suppressed during movie capture. The Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM will be available from July, priced at £380 / €450.

Canon EOS M Firmware Version 2.0.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Canon has announced the upcoming release of a new firmware update for the Canon EOS M compact system camera. Version 2 promises to boost the AF speed, making One Shot AF up to 2.3x faster when using FlexiZone Multi AF and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens. "The new firmware delivers improved performance as a result of a reworked AF Drive Control System and Canon encourages all existing users of the EOS M to download the new firmware version 2 once it becomes available at the end of June," the company says. The firmware upgrade also corrects a rare phenomenon that causes the EOS M controls to become unresponsive when the new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is used.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V is a new pocket camera with a massive 30x zoom lens. The HX50V also features built-in wi-fi and GPS tracking, full 1080p high-definition video with stereo sound, a 20 megapixel CMOS sensor, high-resolution 3-inch screen, manual shooting modes, 10fps continuous shooting, 3D photos, ISO range of 100-12800 and fast auto-focusing. Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V review to find out if it's the best travel-zoom camera...

Perfect Photo Suite 7.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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onOne Software has announced the availability of Perfect Photo Suite 7.5. The update includes a new Quick View Browser, refinements to the Perfect Brush, tested compatibility with the upcoming Lightroom 5, performance improvements, and general bug fixes. Perfect Photo Suite 7.5 is now available from onOne Software. Existing owners of Perfect Photo Suite 7.x are eligible for the update at no additional cost.