Friday, February 15, 2013

The World in Focus - 100 Years of Schneider Kreuznach

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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The Schloßparkmuseum in Bad Kreuznach is hosting a special exhibition entitled, “The World in Focus – 100 Years of Schneider Optische Werke Bad Kreuznach.” In the past 100 years, Schneider Kreuznach played an instrumental role in the history of optics in Germany and gained worldwide recognition especially in the field of large- and medium-format camera lenses. “The company has always aimed for the highest quality rather than quantity; we still feel committed to this aspiration,” says Dr. Josef Staub, CEO of the Schneider Group. The exhibition will be on display from 17 February to 31 August 2013.

Nikon Photo Contest - Final Call for Entries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Nikon has issued the final call for entries for the 2012-2013 Nikon Photo Contest, open until 28th February 2013. Held since 1969, the Nikon Photo Contest (NPC), formally known as the Nikon Photo Contest International (NPCI), was created with the goal of “contributing to the development of photographic culture by providing a venue of communication among photographers from around the world, be they professionals or amateurs.” For this year’s contest, Nikon is seeking entries in four categories including single photo, composite photo, video and Motion Snapshot. To submit your work, visit the Nikon Photo Contest 2012-2013 website and complete the entry form.

Pentax Q10 Firmware Update 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Pentax Ricoh has posted a firmware update for the Pentax Q10 small-sensor compact system camera. Version 1.01 improves overall stability and the performance of the camera’s contrast-detect AF system. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: PENTAX Firmware Update Software for PENTAX Q10

CHM Releases Source Code for Original Version of Photoshop

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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With the permission of Adobe, the Computer History Museum (CHM) has released the source code of the original version of Adobe Photoshop. Available as a free download, the code contains everything except for the MacApp applications library that was licenced from Apple. “There are 179 files in the zipped folder, comprising about 128,000 lines of mostly uncommented but well-structured code,” the CHM said in a statement. “By line count, about 75% of the code is in Pascal, about 15% is in 68000 assembler language, and the rest is data of various sorts.”

Source: Computer History Museum via MLZPhoto

OPOTY 2012 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the 2012 Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed. David Baker has been announced as the overall winner for his stunning image of his local beach in Southbourne, Dorset (above). David was presented with his award and £1000 prize on the PhotoBox stage at The Outdoors Show, while the category winners (Robert McBride, Scott Grubb, Björn Billing, Joshua Holko and Gergory van den Top) each received a £250 voucher from Wex Photographic.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

PictoColor Updates iCorrect Plug-ins

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PictoColor has released new versions of its highly-acclaimed line of iCorrect color correction and photo enhancement plug-ins for Corel PaintShop Pro. The lowest priced and simplest of the new plug-ins is iCorrect OneClick PSP ($19.95), which features 1-click color correction that rivals or surpasses other smart fix or auto correction tools. iCorrect Portrait PSP ($29.95) also features a point-and-click interface with auto color correction tools plus PictoColor Software’s critically acclaimed skin tone technology which perfects every skin tone with a simple click. The company’s flagship and most versatile plug-in, iCorrect EditLab Pro PSP ($29.95), features HueSelect Control Point Technology for precise, global and selective color control.

At War with the Obvious

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers

The exhibition, “At War with the Obvious” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the work of William Eggleston, a pioneer and master of modern colour photography. Celebrating the fall 2012 acquisition of 36 dye transfer prints by Eggleston, the exhibition features a number of the artist’s signature images, including Untitled [Greenwood, Mississippi] (1980), a study that takes full advantage of the chromatic intensity of the dye-transfer color process that, until Eggleston appropriated it in the 1960s, had been used primarily by commercial photographers for advertising product photography; and Untitled [Memphis] (1970), an iconic study of a child’s tricycle seen from below. At War with the Obvious: Photographs by William Eggleston opens on 26th February in the museum’s Howard Gilman Gallery

GoP Photographer of the Year Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Guild of Photographers (GoP) - the fastest-growing photographic association in the UK - has announced the recipients of its Photographer of the Year awards. Tracy Willis has been awarded the Guild’s overall ‘Photographer of the Year’ 2012 title in addition to winning the ‘Photographer of the Year’ in the ‘People’ category. The ‘Wedding’ category winner is Beverley Foster, while Mark Tomlinson has been declared the best photographer in the ‘Open’ category. The Guild’s ‘All-Round Photographer of the Year’ title (ie the person with the highest combined score from any two categories) was won by Charlotte Bellamy.

Panasonic Launches a ‘Try Before You Buy’ Service for the GH3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic UK is now offering a ‘Try Before You Buy’ service for the Panasonic Lumix GH3 with 12-35mm lens, allowing prospective customers to borrow the GH3 kit for 48 hours (excluding delivery and collection time) from a number of retailers with no obligation to purchase. Barney Sykes, Lumix G Camera Product & Marketing Manager says “The GH3 is by far the most advanced system camera we have ever launched and we recognise customers may want to road test this product before committing to such as high value purchase, therefore we are delighted to be able to offer this scheme to our key retail partners to help increase their sales opportunities.” Click through / read on for a list of participating retailers.

DxO Optics Pro 8.1.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO Labs have posted an update to DxO Optics Pro. Version 8.1.3 adds support for the Leica M-E (pictured), the M9, and the M9-P (in the Elite edition only) as well as the Nikon D5200, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, and the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS (in both the Elite and Standard editions). Additionally, the update incorporates Optics Modules for 260 new camera-lens combinations. This upgrade is free for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 8, as well as for photographers who purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after 1 September 2012.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pentax MX-1 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 38 sample JPEG photos taken with the brand new Pentax MX-1 compact camera, including the full ISO range from 100-25,600.

The Pentax MX-1 is a retro-styled advanced compact camera with a fast f/1.8 lens, 12 megapixel 1/1.7-inch type back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and a high-resolution tilting 3-inch LCD screen. The MX-1 is available now for £399 / $499.

Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS is the first E-mount lens with an electrically driven zoom. It's also half the size of the standard 18-55m kit lens. Retailing for £310 / $350, read our Sony E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS review to find out if this is the best kit zoom for Sony NEX cameras...

Sony RX1 vs Canon 5D Mk III / Sigma 35mm f/1.4

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Before we reluctantly send the RX1 back to Sony, we thought we'd compare its Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 lens with another full-frame / 35mm combo, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and excellent new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. Take a closer look at how these two 35mm full frame, 35mm lens camera systems compare in our side-by-side comparison...

HDR Darkroom 2 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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HDR Darkroom 2 is an easy-to-use software application for creating high dynamic range images. It provides innovative Local and Global Tone Mapping algorithms, a simple interface with nearly no learning curve, and editing options for post-HDR processing as well as sharing to social media sites once the final product is finished. Read our HDR Darkroom 2 review now...

HDR Expose 2 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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HDR Expose 2 is a HDR software program that creates the most true-to-life HDR images possible. HDR Expose 2 separates an image’s color component from its luminosity component, preventing the tell-tale color shifts often associated with HDR photography. Read our HDR Expose 2 review now...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

ArcSoft Portrait+ Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Portrait+ from ArcSoft is a new software program for improving portrait photos. Capable of retouching an entire set of photos with batch-processing, Portrait+ includes up to 20 pre-set template styles, provides make-up and feature enhancing tools, and automatically detects up to 20 faces in each photo and pre-defines over 24 facial points for quick adjustment. Read our ArcSoft Portrait+ review to find out if it can enhance your portrait shots...

Eye Candy 7 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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Eye Candy 7 is a new Adobe Photoshop plugin that lets you add realistic effects to your photographs. Matt Grayson finds out if it's a must-have tool for photographers in our Eye Candy 7 review...

Dell UltraSharp U2413, U2713H and U3014

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Dell today announced the availability of three flagship monitors with PremierColor technology. The 30-inch Dell UltraSharp 3014 ($1499) boasts the company’s largest screen size to date, with 2560x1600-pixel resolution and multiple connectivity options. The Dell UltraSharp U2713H ($999, pictured) 27-inch and U2413 (£499/$599) 24-inch monitors each come with a 14-bit Look-Up Table (LUT) and a 12-bit processor. Calibrated at the factory to support 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage with a deltaE of less than 2; each monitor arrives with a certified report to indicate its exact colour calibration. The U2713H has a native resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, whereas the U2413 comes with a 1920x1200-pixel panel. The Dell UltraSharp 3014 is “coming soon,” while both the U2713H and the U2413 are available now.

StyleShoots

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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StyleShoots is an iPad controlled all-in-one photo studio that shoots, cuts out and exports product images in thirty seconds. The iPad displays a live view of what you lay on the table section of StyleShoots. When you are happy with how the products are styled on the table, you simply press the button and let the integrated system do the rest. StyleShoots takes two images, one with 4000 LED lights on and one without. The two images are then automatically morphed together to produce a sharp, high-quality product shot. The StyleShoots all-in-one photo studio comes complete with an integrated Mac mini, Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera with an EF 24-105mm lens and an Apple iPad, and is available for direct purchase or as a leasing solution.

Website: StyleShoots

Crazy Camera for iOS 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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SLYco has released Crazy Camera 1.0.0, its new photography effects app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices running iOS 6. The app allows a variety of filters and settings to be combined to create unique looking photos. Filters include perspective, rotated & reflected tiles, kaleidoscope, light tunnel, twirl, pinch, black hole, circular & dot screen, inverted colour, heat map, and more. Crazy Camera can save snapshots to the camera roll or share them through email, Facebook, or Twitter. Priced at $0.99, the Crazy Camera app is available now on the App Store.