Tuesday, January 3, 2012
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a new compact system camera for enthusiast photographers. With a 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, built-in flash, 1080i high-definition video, new power-zoom kit lens and a wealth of shooting modes, is the GX1 the best portable interchangeable lens camera? Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 review to find out....
Formerly in beta as GadgetTrak Serial Search, the recently launched CameraTrace service gives users a chance to find images taken with a stolen camera based on its serial number alone. CameraTrace now provides premium services including the ability to register a camera and receive real-time notifications when new images are found. Also included in the one-time $10 premium service fee is a metallic “Lost & Found Tag” with a unique serial number that provides an easy way for someone who finds a lost camera to get in touch with the owner. The tag also serves as a warning to would-be-thieves that the device is registered with the system.
Tamron USA has announced a series of photography seminars for 2012. Targeted at beginners and enthusiasts, the 2-day “Beyond the Kit Lens” seminars are focused on the choices that can be made when shooting. Topics that will be discussed include lens choice, focal length, distance to your subject, aperture and shutter speed. The cost of the seminar is only $59. Click through / scroll down for a list of participating retailers as well as a “Beyond the Kit Lens” video released by Tamron.
The 11th edition of the online Landscape Photography Magazine is out now. This issue offers inspirational articles by Slawek Stazczuk, Andy Hemingway, Tom Grubbe, Dan Andre Knutsen-Oey, Dimitri Vasiliou, David Hay, Mike Bell and others. The magazine also features an interview with Lee Pengelly and some stunning images of Saddleworth moor in England. Note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only. The annual subscription is £6.00/$9.50.
Iridient Digital has released RAW Developer 1.9.4 for MacOS X. This update adds support for the Panasonic DMC-GX1 and Leica V-Lux 3 digital cameras and also includes improved default colour profiles and curves for several other models, minor performance improvements and several bug fixes. You can download Iridient RAW Developer 1.9.4 from the website below.
Bob Books have launched The Vintage Boudoir Studio Photo Shoot competition in collaboration with Julia Boggio Studios. Running until 29th February 2012, The Vintage Boudoir Studio Photo Shoot competition offers UK residents a chance to take centre stage at a 1940s style studio photo shoot, with a vintage make-up artist and hair stylist all on hand to recreate that retro Hollywood studio look. Once you’ve had your shoot you’ll have the opportunity to choose your favourite portrait and the team at Julia Boggio Studios will create for you a large framed pin-up portrait of you as a centrepiece for your home. The winner will also receive 10 retouched digital images, plus a free Bob Books photobook. To enter the competition, visit the website below.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Neil Maughan and Andy Sloan are the two lucky winners of a fantastic new Manfrotto Lino Pro Photo Vest.
To celebrate the new Manfrotto range of Lino Pro Apparel, Manfrotto is giving away TWO Pro Photo Vests for Photography Blog readers! Each Manfrotto Pro Photo Vest is worth £380 RRP!
The Pro Photo Vest is the ultimate photo working tool combined with the comfort and sleek design of an everyday vest. This dynamic shooting vest compliments your shooting experience while comfortably holding and supporting your camera gear and accessories.
This contest closed on Saturday 31st December 2011.
For more information or to buy Manfrotto products online visit: http://www.manfrotto.co.uk
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The winners of the December 2011 Photography Blog Competition have been announced. The theme for December was “Ice” - you can view all of the entries in this gallery. Here are the 5 winners:
Stalag-Ice by nrshapiro
Prize: X-Rite ColourChecker Passport
Kindly donated by X-Rite
The Samsung DV300F is a new compact camera with Dual LCD technology and Wi-fi connectivity. The DV300F features a a 1.5-inch front LCD screen display, 16 megapixels, 5x optical zoom and a bright f2.5 lens with a 25mm wide-angle setting. The Samsung DV300F will cost £179.99.
SLR Magic has announced the HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 lens for the Leica M mount. Slated for a September release, the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 is claimed to be optimised for wide-open performance. The optical formula comprises 12 elements arranged in 7 groups, including 7 “Tantalum” glass elements, complete with an iris diaphragm boasting a dozen rounded blades for a pleasing rendering of the out-of-focus areas. Weighing in at 975 grams, the lens features a non-rotating, 62mm filter thread, a distance scale with depth-of-field markings, and a minimum focus distance of 70cm.
Filmed and edited by Hungarian videographer Péter Dancsó, Budapest Timelapse 2012 is one of the most spectacular time-lapse videos we have seen in a long while. The movie, which was shot over several months using a Canon EOS 550D digital SLR camera and an assortment of Samyang, Sigma and Tokina lenses, includes extensive tone-mapped sequences created through multiple exposure blending and other HDR imaging techniques. In his blog post, Péter remarks that he was very much aware of the somewhat un-film-like colour boost this would give to the footage, but says that the effect reminded him of the vivid, highly saturated look of MGM’s 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz, most of which was filmed in three-strip Technicolor. Compiled from around 50,000 source images, Budapest Timelapse 2012 is 4 minutes and 22 seconds in length, and includes both day and night scenes, panning and zooming effects, and even a reversed sunset sequence. Post-processing was done using Photomatix, Adobe Lightroom, Premiere, After Effects, and Red Giant Looks, the videographer says.
Friday, December 30, 2011
The Olympus VR-310 is a very affordable travel-zoom camera with a 10x, 24-240mm lens and a 14 megapixel sensor. Other key features of the Olympus VR-310 include a 3 inch screen, 720p HD video and a 1cm super macro mode. Priced at £129.99 / $179.99, is the VR-310 just too cheap to be any good? Read our in-depth Olympus VR-310 review to find out...
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The Samsung ST96 is a 14 megapixel compact camera with a wide-angle 5x zoom lens and a BSI CMOS sensor, claimed to be twice as sensitive as conventional sensors and therefore better for low-light photography. Priced at £179.99 / $199.99, the ST96 also offers Full 1080p HD video and fast 10fps burst shooting. Read our Samsung ST96 review complete with full-sized sample photos and video...
Monday, December 26, 2011
The Nikon Coolpix S6150 is a new point-and-shoot compact camera, featuring a 7x, 28-196mm lens and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor. The S6150 also offers a 3 inch touch-screen LCD, 720p HD movies and a range of special effects. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S6150 review now.
Friday, December 23, 2011
Serif PhotoPlus X5 is an affordable photo editor and manager for Windows. You can use PhotoPlus X5 to edit, enhance, and organise your images and perform advanced tasks like editing Raw files and HDR image merging. Is Serif PhotoPlus X5 a viable alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel Paint Shop Pro? Read our Serif PhotoPlus X5 review to find out...
Spider Holster has started shipping its Spider Holster Black Widow Kit, which offers a comfortable and secure carrying solution for entry-level DSLRs and other small cameras. The kit costs $65.99 and includes the heavy-duty resin and stainless-steel Black Widow Holster unit and all the basic accessories, such as the Black Widow Belt and just updated Black Widow Pad. Offering a comfortable and secure carrying solution that ensures quick-draw access for entry-level DSLRs, camcorders and compact cameras; the Black Widow Camera Holster secures the camera firmly to the photographer’s hip and eliminates the neck, shoulder and back strain caused by cameras dangling from traditional neck straps or shoulder bags.
NightCap is a photography app that extends the maximum exposure time of the iPhone camera to a full second. “Capturing quality images with NightCap is very straightforward as it features a simple automatic mode,” the developers say. “The camera adjusts exposure and focus automatically, and will use the flash if needed. In low light it automatically uses longer exposures.” The app also offers a manual mode in which you can turn the flash off and set the exposure time anywhere from 1/20th to 1 second. Available on iTunes, NightCap sells for $0.99.
The Walter RX Leica M rangefinder astigmatism rotating eyepiece incorporates a special dioptre correction lens, and allows people suffering from astigmatism to use Leica rangefinder cameras more easily and effectively. Priced at $479, the Walter RX Leica M astigmatism eyepiece allows users to put their eye up close to the eyepiece and see the full frame including all frame lines in the viewfinder, For more information, visit the website below.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have launched a photo contest on their Facebook page in association with British photographer Rankin. It allows entrants to upload a photograph they’ve taken, inspired by the legendary Spirit of Ecstasy figure – the statue which adorns the front of every Rolls-Royce car. Rankin himself, who has produced 100 unique images inspired by the figure (including the photograph above), will choose the winning image. The winner will receive special prizes from Rolls-Royce and a framed print of their winning photo. Additionally, the image may be used in Rolls Royce materials.
Website: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars on Facebook
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a standard zoom lens that can be used with cropped DX Nikon DSLR cameras. Originally launched alongside the D90 and now bundled with the D7000 and D5100 DSLRs, read our Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review to find out if it makes the ideal first lens.