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.

New Collapsible Reflectors from Profoto

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Profoto has launched a new range of collapsible reflectors for photographers. Designed with high-quality fabrics, each Profoto reflector has a sturdy yet collapsible squircle-shaped metal frame equipped with two ergonomically shaped handles. Four types of two-sided reflectors are available: Silver/White, Sunsilver/White, Gold/White & Matte Black/White. There is also a translucent screen available to be used as a diffuser. Each of these comes in two sizes: Medium (80 cm /32’’) and Large (120 cm /47”), priced at £59 and £89 respectively.

Profoto RFi Speedring for Speedlights

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Today, Profoto released the latest addition to its assortment of speedring adapters: a new and improved RFi Speedlight Speedring, which allows you to use an RFi softbox with speedlights. The product enables photographers to mount not one but two flashes on the bracket, and each speedlight can slide and be tilted inside the softbox, allowing you to create a remarkably even light with no hotspot. The Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedrings come with an attachment for Profoto Air Remotes or radio sync units from other manufacturers.

“Across the Buildings” Photography Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The "Across the Buildings" photo competition encourages photographers to document Felice Varini's artwork Across the Buildings, a stunning installation spanning nine heritage buildings at Kings Cross. The contest has been launched by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership in association with Eurostar. There will be one lucky winner per month and the prize is two Eurostar tickets to Paris – home of the artist. The first winner - Ronan Haughton, a 34-year-old Enterprise and Innovation Contracts Manager - has already been announced. He snapped the winning shot (above) on his iPhone and found himself inspired by the changes taking place at King’s Cross. "“I wanted to capture some of the old and the new of King’s Cross, from the Regent’s Canal to the more modern canal side steps, artificial grass and of course the Felice Varini artwork," Ronan said. "“Across the Buildings is very impressive. Its scale is immediate and adds a new reflection to the changing landscape." The competition will run until the artwork is uninstalled. The winning photograph will be announced at the end of each month.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is the standard kit lens for the fledgling EF-M compact camera system, but is it any good? Read our in-depth Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM review to find out...

Project IMAGINAT10N Finalists Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Canon U.S.A. has announced twenty finalists from the “Project Imaginat10n” Film Contest. “Project Imaginat10n has enabled artistry among filmmakers of all levels and inspired people in the most contrasting disciplines to pursue filmmaking, completely redefining ‘art’ and proving that ‘we’re all creative,’” said two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard.  “For year two, it was important to me to open the experiment to the masses, especially at film schools where Bryce had the opportunity to share her experience.” The consumer-directed films can be seen at imagination.usa.canon.com. The five winning filmmakers will be announced in September.

Tamron Launches Garden Macro Photography Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron USA will celebrate World Photography Day with a "Garden Macro" photography contest. Entrants will creatively photograph garden-themed macro images and set-up an exhibit at Tamron's 3D virtual online sharing site, MyPhotoExhibits.com, between August 19 and September 19, 2013. Tamron will pick the best overall exhibit based on image quality and creativity. The winner will receive a Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Macro 1:1 VC USD lens. The Tamron "Garden Macro" photography contest is open to users of any photographic equipment who reside in the USA and are at least 18 years old. The exhibit must be set up at  by September 19, 2013 and must contain at least 8 images as they relate to topic of Garden Macro photography and use the new "Garden Patio" furniture/ceiling option. All exhibits must be named "Tamron Garden Macro Contest."

Lomography Announces Stephen Kenny Exhibition in London

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Lomography’s Basement Gallery East has announced an upcoming exhibition of works by Stephen Kenny. Kenny's recent series, “Last Night I Sang Karaoke with Bill Murray” centres on the idea of a fantasy lifestyle. The first print of the collection was inspired by a real-life event, which is featured in the series, and spun off other fantasy activities such as playing a round of golf with Alice Cooper or baking cookies with Anna Wintour. The exhibition opens on 5 September 2013 at Lomography East London, 117 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BG.

The Great British Summertime

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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CEWE Photobook has launched ‘The Great British Summertime,' an initiative that gives all UK photographers a chance to show off their special shots which will document this summer. Sarah Brockhurst, Marketing Manager at CEWE, comments: “At CEWE Photobook we are passionate about capturing moments and understand how much joy photos can bring to a person’s life. This innovative initiative gives people the opportunity to document, celebrate and treasure what has been a wonderful summertime for Great Britain from behind their lens.” The competiton is now live at http://www.cewe.co.uk and will run until the 31st October 2013. You may submit up to 10 pictures in any of the four categories of ‘people’, ‘sports’, ‘pets' and ‘places' to be in with a chance of winning.

Joby GPod Mini Magnetic & MPod Mini Stand

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby has launched two adaptable mini tripods designed for point-and-shoot cameras, phones and action video cameras. Inspired by the original GorillaPod, the Joby the GPod Mini Magnetic (pictured) is a mini-tripod with magnetic feet that secure to all types of metal objects. Designed for point-and-shoot and action video cameras, the mini-tripod has an adjustable neck which allows users to change the position of their camera angle for more creative possibilities. The Joby MPod Mini Stand features a universal design that fits most smartphones, with or without their protective cases. The mini tripod is built with flexible leg joints that adapt to all types of surfaces. Its expandable head mount clamps a smartphone in place, making it easy to set up a steady shot. Available for pre-order, each mini-tripod weighs less than two ounces.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite Action Cameras

Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras
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The Garmin VIRB and VIRB Elite are two new HD 1080p action cameras. VIRB features a rugged and waterproof (IPX-7) housing, 1.4-inch Chroma color display, can record up to three hours of true HD (1080p) video on one charge, digital image stabilization and lens distortion correction, ANT+ connectivity and can capture 16 megapixel still photos while the video camera is recording. The Elite version additionally offers high-sensitivity GPS, accelerometer, altimeter and WiFi. The VIRB will retail for $299.99 and the VIRB Elite for $399.99.