Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lastolite Hotrod Octa & Strip Box Grids

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto Lighting has launched the new Hotrod Octa & Strip Box Grids. These new light modifying grids for the Hotrod Octa and Strip Softboxes provide a controlled direction to the light which can be positioned without having to worry about light spilling onto the background. They attach to the softbox using the included diffuser panel and hook and loop tape. Available for both sizes of Hotrod Octa and strip softboxes, the grids are priced from £52.92-£63.00.

The Photographer’s Guide on Copyright

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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PhotoShelter has partnered with ASMP to release their latest guide, The Photographer’s Guide on Copyright. Filled with insights and resources, the guide features in-depth interviews that will help photographers navigate U.S. copyright law, register their images and protect their work from infringement. You can download The Photographer’s Guide on Copyright from the website below.

Website: Photoshelter

Focal Press Releases Two New Photography Books

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Focal Press has announced the upcoming release of two new books for entry-level photographers by acclaimed author and travel photographer, Michael Freeman. “Digital Image Editing & Special Effects” ($24.95) is a tactical guide that walks readers through the basics of image processing to the powerful capabilities of today’s photo-editing software; “Black & White Photography Field Guide” ($15.95) is Freeman’s latest addition to Focal Press’ Field Guide series, offering advice on lighting, shooting, conversion and post-production. Both new books are currently available for pre-order and will be on shelves at major book stores by 15th May.

Panasonic Lumix GH3 Firmware Update 1.1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic has issued a firmware update for the Lumix DMC-GH3 compact system camera. As promised earlier, Version 1.1 enables users to connect their camera to a PC over Wi-Fi by inputting the computer’s name, and add a 60p, 28Mbps Full HD video recording mode for MP4 movies. The firmware update also enhances AF speed and continuous shooting performance when using the camera in AF-C mode in conjunction with the 14-42mm, 40-150mm and 45-175mm lenses; and incorporates a number of bug fixes and improvements.

Website: Panasonic Japan

Steve Bloom’s Africa: From the Apartheid Years to Africa Today

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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On Monday 29 April, best-selling author and photographer Steve Bloom will deliver a lecture as part of PhotoVoice’s ‘Words on Monday’ series. “Witness silverback mountain gorillas deep in the rainforest; endangered black rhino drinking at a moonlit waterhole; remote cultures in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley; Mozambican migrant workers toiling in a gold mine three kilometres below ground; and fishermen on the Niger River,” the charity said in a statement. “In this unforgettable event, Steve captures the diversity of the continent where he grew up, and where he has felt compelled to return throughout his life.” The lecture will take place at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG, starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £9.50 when bought on the door, with an early bird discount available to those purchasing their tickets before Sunday 31 March.

IGPOTY Competition 7 - Photo Project: Monochrome

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) 2013 competition 7 is now underway. Each year, the organisers run three ‘Photo project’ seasonal contests alongside the main competition - focussed on photography ideas, techniques and creativity in connection with garden and plant images. These ‘Photo project’ categories have earlier deadlines than the main competiton. The first of the categories is’ Monochrome’ - it’s all about black and white photography but can include any single-colour photograph. The deadline for this contest is 30 April 2013.

Transcend Unveils New 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend has introduced its 64GB microSDXC Ultra-High Speed Class 1 (UHS-I) memory card. The new 64GB microSDXC card features transfer rates of up to 45MB/s (300x) and includes a free download of Transcend’s own RecoveRx software, a tool for bringing back accidentally deleted or lost files. The card is now available for a suggested price of US$109 and carries Transcend’s Lifetime Warranty.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Olympus Tough TG-1 Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The Olympus Tough TG-1 is a tough water, freeze, shock and dust proof compact camera with an f2.0 aperture high-speed lens. The TG-1 also offers 1080p HD movies, a 4x zoom lens and a 3 inch OLED screen. Read our Olympus Tough TG-1 review to find out if it's the toughest camera on the block...

ColorFlow for Apple Aperture

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Seim Effects Photo Tools has introduced ColorFlow, a creative preset collection for Apple Aperture. The ColorFlow presets collection organizes more than 60 presets across 5 categories of colour tools: Essential Colour, Colour Story, Film Inspired, Hollywood Cinema and Colour Toners. The colour effects can be mixed and blended to achieve a specific look or desired mood. Seim Effects’ ColorFlow preset collection for Apple Aperture (ver. 3 and newer) is now available for instant download. And, until April 10, 2013 there is an introductory price of $39 (a $10 discount).

Calumet Open Days

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Six Calumet shops in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are participating in this year’s Calumet Open Day promotion. The events - which feature hands-on involvement with many key manufacturers - begin at Calumet Edinburgh on Wednesday 3 April, and finish at the company’s flagship store in Drummond Street, Euston, London on Tuesday 7 May. Click through / scroll down for the event calendar.

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Competitions
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The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has unveiled the shortlisted entries for its annual photo book awards. Established in 1985, the KKF Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image and the two winners share a £10,000 prize.  “The judges have shortlisted books ranging from heavy tomes to small paperbacks, each with outstanding pictorial and literary content and exceptional production,” the foundation said in a statement. The shortlisted books include Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s by Kate Bush, Billy Monk by Billy Monk and War / Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Will Michels and Natalie Zest. The Best Moving Image Book Award winner will be chose from the following entries: 39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock by James Bell, First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-46 by Jeremy Hicks and Hollywood Costume by Deborah Nadoolman Landis. The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation was established in 1985 by Andor Kraszna-Krausz (pictured), the Hungarian founder of the influential publishing house Focal Press.

Unseen Colour Photos of Dachau Camp Surface on Vintage Everyday

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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The Vintage Everyday website has published a set of never-before-seen colour photographs showing inmates in a Nazi concentration camp. The Daily Mail, which also carried the photos, has talked to an unnamed expert who said the shots would most probably have been taken in the Dachau camp sometime after its liberation on 29 April 1945 by US Army forces. With the exception of one photograph depicting dead bodies in a railway carriage, the rare colour images feature exhausted but fairly relaxed-looking men of various nationalities, among them Russians and Poles. In some of the pictures one can also see French and Yugoslav flags being flown, underpinning the assumption that they were taken after the camp had been liberated. (The prisoners weren’t able to leave immediately after the arrival of the Americans as the war was still raging, and many of them didn’t have the means to return home on their own.) The original source of the images has not been revealed.

Photo: Vintage Everyday via The Daily Mail

Update: PhotographyBLOG has managed to trace back the images to the original source.

BosStrap Unveils Ultra Light Hand Band for Smaller Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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BosStrap’s Ultra Light Hand Band, an accessory designed for bridge and compact system cameras with relatively small grips, is now available for purchase. The Ultra Light Hand Band, which has a cam buckle with a double lock safety sleeve, is an extremely light, unobtrusive, and effective hand band that provides extra handling security especially with smaller cameras. In use, four fingers go through the ULHB loop; your thumb does not. The loop is fully adjustable to fit bare hands or large gloved hands. Sold via BosStrap.com, the product is available for $11.95.

Camera Traced Back to Owner after Drifting 6,200 Miles through Pacific Ocean

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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A camera that recently washed ashore on a Taiwan beach has successfully been traced back to its owner, who had lost it six years ago during a scuba diving excursion in the Pacific Ocean off the Hawaiian coast. Although reports make no mention of the exact model, the pictures of the weather-beaten camera lead us to believe it was either a Canon PowerShot A510 or A520 encased in a Canon WP-DC60 all-weather housing. The camera was found by an employee of Taiwan’s China Airlines, who showed it to his manager, Douglas Chen. After browsing through the photos stored on the unharmed memory card, Chen alerted the company’s Honolulu office, which subsequently launched a nationwide search with help from the media. Based on the published photos, a friend identified the owner as Lindsay Crumbley Scallan, a resident of Georgia, USA, to whom the airline has offered a free return ticket so that she could collect her long-lost camera.

Via The Daily Mail

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Lumix DMC-TZ40 is Panasonic's new flagship travel-zoom compact camera for 2013. The TZ40 (also known as the ZS30) packs an 18 megapixel sensor, 20x wide-angle zoom lens, 3 inch LCD touchscreen, 1080p HD movies, 10fps burst shooting, built-in wi-fi and GPS connectivity and full manual controls into its pocketable body. Read our Panasonic DMC-TZ40 / ZS30 review to find out if its the best travel-zoom camera...

Fujifilm X20 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p HD movie taken with the new Fujifilm Finepix X20 compact camera.

There's also a complete ISO sequence from 100 to 12,800 so that you can see exactly what the new 12 megapixel 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor is capable of.

Cinecta MX-1 & SL-100

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Cinecta, a Budapest-based start-up founded by a group of television professionals, has launched the Cinecta MX-1 camera stabilising system and the Cinecta SL-100 camera slider. Developed for DSLRs, CSCs and video cameras weighing up to 2kg, the Cinecta MX-1 (€689, pictured) is a fully featured camera stabilising system allowing users to record professional-quality, steady footage. Weighing in at 4.7kg, the system comprises three main parts, and comes with a one-year warranty. Made of steel and aluminium, the Cinecta SL-100 camera slider (€180) offers a travel length of 85cm, provides for extremely smooth frictionless operation, and can be used with cameras weighing up to 10kg.

SF Photo School Presents New Webinar Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Catherine Connor of Aspire Photography Training & Uzair Kharawala of SF Photo School have announced a new six-part webinar series on how to market your photography business to increase your profits. The contents of the webinar include topics such as keyword research, timelining, creating a business that can attract the right clients, refining your marketing approaches, creating a killer ‘landing page’ and marketing to your list. The webinar series starts on 1 May 2013 and is priced at $97 for all 6 sessions. Using the discount code sfps30 to receive an Early Bird Discount will save $30 off the normal price.

Leica M Firmware Update 1.1.0.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Leica has posted a firmware update for the Leica M (Typ 240) digital rangefinder camera. Version 1.1.0.2 adds vignetting correction for the following lenses: Leica Tri-Elmar-M 16-18-21mm/f4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M18mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 21mm/f1.4 ASPH, Super-Elmar-M 21mm/f3.4 ASPH, Summilux-M 24mm/f1.4 ASPH, Elmarit-M 24mm/f2.8 ASPH, Elmar-M 24mm/f3.8 ASPH, Summicron-M 28mm/f2.0 ASPH, Elmarit-M 28mm/f2.8 ASPH, Summilux-M 35mm/f1.4 ASPH and Summicron-M 35mm/f2.0 ASPH. You can download the Leica M firmware update from the website below.

Nik Collection by Google

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Google has released a software bundle that includes all of Nik Software’s plug-ins and costs only $149. Branded as the Nik Collection by Google, the bundle was announced in a Google+ post by Christian Pesch. For the $149 price you will get the latest editions of Color Efex Pro, Dfine, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro, Silver Efex Pro and Viveza. “If you’ve already purchased one or more Nik plug-ins in the past, then don’t worry, we’ve got you covered,” Pesch says. “In fact: we’re going to upgrade you to the entire Nik Collection by Google for free. Just keep an eye out for emailed instructions in the next few days.”

Website: Nik Collection by Google