Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fujifilm X-Pro1 Firmware Update 2.04

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 compact system camera. Version 2.04 improves auto focus speed with the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Fuji X-Pro1 Firmware Update Ver.2.04

Fujifilm X-E1 Firmware Update 1.05

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fuji has posted a firmware update for the Fujifilm X-E1 compact system camera. Version 1.05 improves auto focus speed with the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Fuji X-E1 Firmware Update Ver.1.05

PhotoMarks 1.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PhotoMarks 1.5 is a universal iOS app that adds text comments and logos to photos and easily shares them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or via e-mail. The text marks are fully customisable with a wide selection of fonts, a wide colour palette, and effects like shadow, stroke, or adjustable transparency. PhotoMarks is available now on iTunes.

MyPhotoSchool Launches New Online Wedding Photography Course

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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MyPhotoSchool today launched what it calls the "world’s first truly interactive prestige online wedding photography course." Aimed at enthusiastic amateurs through to professional photographers who want to photograph a wedding mostly in a reportage style to capture the significant and beautiful moments from the wedding day, the first four week online course starts on Saturday June 1st. The MyPhotoSchool online wedding photography course starts on the first Saturday of every month costs £145 and is bookable now

Monday, May 27, 2013

Samsung WB30F Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Samsung WB30F is a new travel-zoom camera that won't break the bank. The WB30F offers a wide-angle 10x zoom lens, 16.2 megapixel sensor, 720p video recording, 3 inch LCD screen and built-in wi-fi. Read our in-depth Samsung WB30F review to find out if it's worth the modest asking price....

Moleskine Classic Landscape Photo Book

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Moleskine has added a brand new format to its print-on-demand service. Joining the existing formats of Moleskine Photo Books, Photo Books plus and Photo Albums, the new Classic Landscape Photo Book measures 23.5x18.8cm and features open-flat stitched binding, rounded corners, elastic closure and the signature expandable back pocket. Each page in the Classic Landscape Photo Book is made of Italian ivory-coloured paper. The book has 96 pages (expandable to 120), with shipping scheduled to start on 15th June. Those who pre-order a Classic Landscape Photo Book now will receive a complimentary copy of Moleskine's Classic Notebook.

Pricing Your Work: Corporate & Industrial Photography

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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PhotoShelter has released a new guide entitled "Pricing Your Work: Corporate & Industrial Photography." Written by Wonderful Machine's CEO Bill Cramer, this new guide includes rips on what to charge for corporate and industrial shoots, how to find clients and get smart with contracts, plus the main factors that influence the value of an assignment. You can claim your copy of  the ebook by registering your email address at the website below.

Website: PHOTOSHELTER

InFocus Australasia Issue 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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InFocus is a new native iPad photography magazine, published by Custom Made Media Australia. Created and written by photographers, for photographers, InFocus offers tips and techniques to improve readers' knowledge and skills as well as interviews with Australia's top shooters, as well as regular reader competitions. Issue 2 is available right now as a free download from the Apple Newsstand.

Phase One Launches Photo Editing Software Transition Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Phase One announced today a series of webinars to "inform, inspire, and advise" photographers who are seeking a smooth transition from other image editors to Capture One Pro. On Wednesday, 29th May, as part of an ongoing series of free, informative Webinars, Phase One will present “Customising Capture One Pro 7 to work for you.” The second webinar, "Transitioning to Capture One Pro 7," will take place on 6th June. Three more sessions, "New to Capture One? Learn the Highlights," "Learn to Crop, Rotate and Correct Perspective" and "Search for and Locate Your Images," will be held on 12th, 18th and 26th June respectively.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 60mm f/2.8 Macro Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 21 sample JPEG photos taken with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens, mounted on an E-PL5 body.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 60mm f/2.8 Macro is a fast macro lens for the Micro Four thirds system, retailing for £449.99 / $499.99.

Nikon Coolpix L320 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix L320 is a super-zoom compact with an affordable price-tag. Less than £200 buys you the 16 megapixel L320 complete with 26x optical zoom, 3 inch screen and 720p HD movie recording. Read our Nikon Coolpix L320 review to find out if this budget super-zoom is worth a closer look...

CENTER Announces 13th Annual Review Santa Fe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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CENTER has announced the 13th Annual Review Santa Fe, a juried portfolio review event and conference for photographers. Every year, 100 photographers travel from all over the world for this internationally-renowned event where photographers meet with top publishers, editors, curators, gallerists and others. Many now well-recognised photographers launched their careers at Review Santa Fe. Participants will arrive from 24 U.S. states and 9 countries, including Spain, Japan, Denmark, Mexico, and Singapore. Additionally, over 40 leading photo professionals will serve as reviewers at the event to seek out new talent. There are several events free and open to the public surrounding Review Santa Fe including a portfolio review, exhibits and tours as well as a panel dsicussion on photography and its cultural impact. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Pictastik for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pictastik is a free, location-based photo sharing app that allows users to see what's happening, right now, in the cities around the world. "We organize all the photos, shared by all users, by cities and countries," the company says. "After you share a photo, Pictastik automatically adds your location to the photo you just took... All your photos neatly organized by cities and countries -- super fast, super easy!" This also means that the app does not permit sharing photos stored in your iPhone Photo Library. "We want you to see what's truly happening anywhere, right now," the developers say. "Take a photo, share a photo." Pictastik is available now on the iTunes App Store.

Make Custom Paper Profiles Your Best Friend

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Ilford has announced a free webinar entitled, "Make Custom Paper Profiles Your Best Friend." Taking place on 28th May at 1pm EDT, this webinar invites guests to join a live video broadcast with host Joe Brady that will explore the how’s and why’s of creating and implementing custom paper profiles so that your printed image has the best accuracy and the greatest impact. Full details on the webinar can be found at the website below.

Website: The Ilford Blog

Topaz Clarity

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Topaz Labs have released Topaz Clarity, an image processing plug-in billed as the first software to give photographers the ability to easily adjust various levels of contrast in their photograph without degrading the image quality with halos or artifacts. “Since the inception of Topaz Labs, our philosophy has centered around creating cutting-edge technology that allows photographers to create better images in just a few steps”, said Dr. Albert Yang, president of Topaz Labs. “Topaz Clarity continues that philosophy, allowing photographers to intelligently boost local contrast and clarity, while incorporating a break-through algorithm that eliminates the common problem of halos and artifacts.” Available as a plug-in that works in conjunction with several different host programs such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Aperture, and iPhoto, Topaz Clarity retails for $49.99, but is available at a special reduced price of $29.99 until May 31st.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Leica Mini M on June 11th

Mark Goldstein | Digital
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The Leica Mini M camera is set to be unveiled on June 11th 2013. In an announcement on its Facebook page, Leica have released a teaser graphic positioning the new Mini M in-between the Leica M and the X2 "Micro M" and Leica D-LUX 6 "Nano M" compact cameras, strongly hinting at a new model that's aimed firmly at professional users, and one that's presumably more affordable than the flagship M digital rangefinder. There's no picture of the Leica Mini M just yet, only a Leica branded box in its place, and details are scarce too, but you can sign-up for the Leica newsletter using the link below to be among the frst to hear all about the intriguing new Leica Mini M.

Meet the new Leica family member on the 11th of June. Be the first to know more: http://bit.ly/MeetMiniM 

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 75mm f/1.8 Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 24 sample JPEG photos taken with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 75mm f/1.8 lens, mounted on an E-PL5 body.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 75mm f/1.8 is a fast telephoto portrait lens for the Micro Four thirds system, retailing for £799.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8 Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Ahead of our full review, here are 21 sample JPEG photos taken with the Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8 lens, mounted on an E-PL5 body.

The Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm f/1.8 is a fast 35mm equivalent lens for the Micro Four thirds system, retailing for £449.

Photodex Sports & Action Effects Pack for ProShow

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Photodex have released their new Sports & Action Effects Pack for ProShow. The pack includes a dynamic array of "sporty" transitions, edgy photo layouts and titles, and digital 'player stats' cards, ideal for photographers covering an end of season wrap-up, a game victory, or team portrait showcase. "From sports photographers to proud parents on the sidelines, more and more digital photos and videos are being captured at sporting events", said Paul Schmidt president and founder of Photodex. "ProShow makes it easy to turn those digital files into shareable memories. Our new Sports & Action effects pack offers up some fun and energetic animations that can really amp-up sports slideshows." The Photodex Sports & Action Effects Pack is available now for $19.95.

Canon Launches Pixma Comix Application

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Canon Pixma Comix is an interactive new application found on the Canon U.S.A. Facebook page, which enables fans to create fun, personalised photo comic strips to print and share with friends. The images can be uploaded from photo albums or as stills pulled from an uploaded video stored on your computer or Facebook page. “The Canon PIXMA Comix application enables photo and video enthusiasts to easily apply comic book styling to their images, and share their story,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We always strive to enhance the Canon consumer experience, and with this application, it’s easy to get creative with a home printer by printing personalized comic strips to enjoy for years to come.”