Friday, November 30, 2012
The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by authors Carol F. Roullard and Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a new title from Rocky Nook. The book explores the capabilities and features of the camera with step-by-step setting adjustments and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. The text is illustrated with screenshots and example images throughout so readers can easily follow along. The 304-page print version sells for $34.95, with an ebook available for $14.95. Just like other Rocky Nook titles, The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is distributed by O’Reilly media.
Ten One Design has announced the global availability of the Pogo Connect with support for the newly updated Adobe Photoshop Touch. Pogo Connect expands on the benefits of Bluetooth 4.0, pairing directly and effortlessly with the iPad to offer full pressure sensitivity, palm rejection capabilities and more. Pogo Connect sports a new patent-pending technology, a Crescendo Sensor, making the stylus tip highly responsive to pressure and recognizing even the slightest touch. With zero grams of activation force, Crescendo Sensor works at all angles and requires absolutely no calibration, providing hundreds of levels of pressure.
CHINA: Portrait of a People is a hefty 638-page volume containing over 800 colour photos by American photojournalist Tom Carter. On a limited budget, and with just a backpack and a digital camera, Carter has visited more than one-third of all the cities and villages in China, encountering 56 different ethnic minorities, each with their own distinct languages, customs and lifestyles, learning everything he can about these people, their society, and their way of life. His book, now in its second printing, aims to portray modern China to the West candidly, fairly and objectively. CHINA: Portrait of a People is available for $24.95.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC is a portait prime lens for full-frame and APS-C DSLRs. The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 is a much more affordable alternative to the Nikon and Canon equivalents thanks largely to being manual-focus only. Read our in-depth Samyang 85mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC review complete with full-size sample images.
Ahead of our full review, here are 51 sample JPEG photos and a Full HD 1080p movie taken with the new Nikon V2 compact system camera.
There's also an ISO sequence from 160 to 6400 so that you can see exactly what the new 14.2 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor is capable of.
After reaching its Kickstarter goal of $50,000 in just 5 hours, Memoto continued to rally support for its wearable micro-camera that captures every moment of your life in “photo keyframes,” ultimately surpassing two stretch goals and reaching a half million dollars in funding. Capturing a 5-megapixel photo every 30 seconds, the Memoto camera is about the size of a large postage stamp and features geotagging, a built-in rechargeable battery with a LED indicator, and a micro-USB port for charging and downloading pictures to a computer. “Of course, you always dream that your product will have an impact like this, but we were blown away that we received so much support from the community in such a short time frame,” said Martin Källström, CEO of Memoto. “This device represents a turning point in how we remember and share special moments in our lives. It’s great that so many share our vision.”
Estimated availability for the Memoto camera is early 2013. The unit will be offered in Graphite grey, Arctic white and Memoto orange colors for $279. For the last two days on Kickstarter, Memoto will be offering the camera at the discounted price of $249.
Canon UK has announced that the Canon EOS 6D full-frame digital SLR camera will be available from this weekend at a range of retailers across the country. Priced at £1799.99 for the body only (£1,959.99 with the EF 40mm STM and £2,519.99 with the EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens), the Canon EOS 6D is the lightest and most affordable full-frame Canon DSLR to date; featuring a 11-point AF system, 20.2-megapixel sensor, integrated Wi-Fi and GPS.
Adobe has released Adobe Photoshop Touch 1.4, which brings optimisation for 7-inch tablet displays including the iPad Mini and Google Nexus 7. Other new features include support for three pressure-sensitive styli for iPad, new ways to share completed projects to Facebook and Twitter, additional effects like Lens Flare and Stamp Pattern, smoother brush strokes and a new colour selection workflow. Adobe Photoshop Touch 1.4 is immediately available as a free download for existing Photoshop Touch users in the iTunes App Store and Google Play. For new users the app costs £6.99.
PicStop has launched a new photography competition. The theme of the contest is “Animals” and each entrant may submit up to three photos, complete with titles and descriptions. Images must be in JPEG format and must not exceed 300 kilobytes in size. The deadline for entries is 23rd March. The first prize is a Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Tripod with GH100 Grip Head valued at £289.99. As always we suggest that you read the terms and conditions before entering your work.
In its latest G-Academy educational series, G-Technology is highlighting G-Team member Jeremy Cowart – a photographer, artist, humanitarian, app creator and teacher. In its next two webisodes, G-Technology takes you behind-the-scenes of Cowart’s latest project – a photo shoot with country singer and Broadway star Laura Bell Bundy. In this exclusive footage, G-Technology captures and showcases multiple angles of his creative process with commentary from Cowart on how he gets the best results from his gear, his subjects and his creativity.
Contrasto has released the second chapter of its iPad app series, “Great Photographers.” Dedicated to William Klein, the multimedia app contains 393 images, videos, lessons, essays, interviews and a virtual exhibition. Klein’s universe is explored by critical essays by prominent figures of the history of photography as Robert Delpire, Max Kozloff, Alessandra Mauro, Quentin Bajac and David Company. Priced at €9.90 / $10.99, the app is available in English, Italian and French via the iTunes App Store.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The NEX-5R is the latest mid-range compact system camera from Sony. With a 16 megapixel APS HD CMOS sensor, 1080p HD movies, high-res 3 inch tilting screen and external flash, the Sony NEX-5R also features a touchscreen user interface, fast hybrid auto-focus, built-in wi-fi and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps. Read our full Sony NEX-5R review, complete with sample JPEGs, RAW files, and movies.
ACD Systems have released version 15.1 of ACDSee and version 6.1 of ACDSee Pro, adding raw file support for a number of cameras. Newly supported models include the Panasonic G5, Panasonic LX7, Panasonic GF5, Panasonic FZ200, Sony A37, Sony NEX-F3, Sony RX100, Samsung NX1000, Nikon 1 J2. Nikon D3200, Nikon P7700, Canon EOS-1D X, Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i. Pentax K-30, Leica X2 and Leica M Monochrom. Additionally, the updates incorporate a number of improvements and bug fixes.
Datacolor has announced 25 days of giveaways during the month of December. The company will be awarding daily prizes through its website, including products from the Datacolor Spyder line such as Spyder4PRO and SpyderCAPTURE PRO, as well as products from partnering brands like Wacom, DxO, SLR Lounge, Joby, Lowepro, B&H, Zenfolio and more. Prior to the start of its December celebration, Datacolor will present a webinar focusing on gift ideas for photographers. One lucky webinar guest will win a free Spyder4PRO.
Initially focussed on the allure of the Russian LC-A camera, the Lomographic Society was founded twenty years ago. The society has come up with various ways to celebrate their anniversary, including the launch of a 1000-piece limited 20th Anniversary Edition LC-A+ camera and the release of two new booksone showcasing every Lomographic camera they have ever invented or revamped; the other featuring exclusive, never-before-seen content from the depths of their archives. The two volumes can be purchased as one package for €39 through the Lomography Online Shop. Click through / read on to find out more.
Released by MindTrip Studios, the MyMosaic app enables users to generate large photo mosaics with their iOS devices. “You can do anything from create original photo mosaics from your photo albums, vacations and friend pictures, etc,” the company says. ” Additionally, the app renders your mosaics so that they can be made into hi-res 30”x30” posters.” Using the app is easy – select a photo you want to turn into a mosaic, customise the mosaic settings, select the album(s) you want to compose the tiles, and then hit “make mosaic.” Available on iTunes, the MyMosaic app sells for $0.99.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Communities in Focus is a new photography competition designed to showcase inspiring images of people and communities from across the UK. There are two categories, one for inspiring images of community life, and the other for photos of projects funded by the Big Lottery Fund making a positive difference to people and communities. To enter the competition you must register for free via the Cam360 website and then follow the instructions on the Communities in Focus application form to submit your photo. All entries must be supplied with a caption explaining when the photo was taken and why it illustrates what’s brilliant about their community, or Big Lottery Fund project. The submission deadline is Wednesday 19th December. Full details on how to enter are available at the website below.
Swann has launched the OutbackCam – a portable five-megapixel camera and video recorder built to withstand the harshest weather conditions. The camera and recorder are both housed in the same anti-corrosive, lockable shell. Powered by four AA sized batteries, the camera comes complete with a 2GB SD card and offers features like night vision up to 32ft/10m and motion triggered recording, among others. The Swann OutbackCam retails for £99.99.
This Wednesday and Friday, Unified Color will be hosting a free webinar introducing their latest product, HDR Express 2. Taking place from 5pm PST tomorrow (register) and from 10am on Friday (register), this hour-long webinar will highlight the new Adaptive Tone Mapping technology that matches the tone mapping process to your particular image, as well as new workflow enhancements such as Visual File Browser and Merge Assist.
Rocky Nook has announced the upcoming release of The HDRI Handbook 2.0: High-Dynamic-Range Imaging for Photographers and CG Artists. Written by Christian Bloch, the book reveals what was once Hollywood’s best-kept secret. The author first walks readers through the basics, such as understanding the foundation of HDRI, and then moves into advanced topics such as automatic bracketing controllers, flawless ghost removal, extracting all exposure detail from a single RAW file, shooting HDR video, and more. Also included is a DVD containing a new breed of HDR software along with all the original photographs from the tutorials. Scheduled for a December release, the 672-page volume is available to pre-order for $59.95 via the O’Reilly online shop.