Thursday, May 9, 2013

Canon Wins Five TIPA Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras, Lenses, Printers
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Canon has been awarded five honours by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). These include te Best Entry-Level DSLR (Canon EOS 100D), Best Expert DSLR (Canon EOS 6D), Best Video DSLR (Canon EOS 1D C, pictured) ,Best Professional DSLR Lens (Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM) and Best Expert Photo Printer (Canon Pixma Pro-10). “This is yet another strong showing from Canon in the TIPA Awards,” said Kieran Magee, Marketing Director, Professional Imaging, Canon Europe. “Such recognition from TIPA clearly demonstrates the level of quality and innovation that is present throughout our product range, from our consumer and amateur models to our professional line.”

Triple Honours for Fujifilm

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Fujifilm has received three awards from the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA). The Best Expert Compact System Camera award went to the Fujifilm X-E1, the Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R was named "Best Compact System Camera Prime Lens," while the Fujifilm X20 (pictured) received TIPA's Best Expert Compact Camera award.

Adobe MAX Sneak Peeks

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe presented a behind-the-scenes look at cutting-edge design and interactive technologies at Adobe MAX, The Creativity Conference. MAX Sneak Peeks offer a unique opportunity to see inside Adobe’s engineering labs and to preview new features during their early stage of development. Videos of the technology explorations spotlighted during the MAX Sneak Peeks, hosted by Rainn Wilson and special guest Mary Lynn Rajskub, with Ben Forta, director of Evangelism, Adobe, are available on YouTube.

PhotoVoice Launches WILD Print Sale

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Charity PhotoVoice has launched its fundraising WILD print sale of winning photographs from the WILD photography competition, judged by acclaimed photographer Steve Bloom. Until Monday 20 May 2013, photography collectors and nature enthusiasts alike will be able help raise money for the charity PhotoVoice by buying a print from a collection of 50 imaginative and remarkable photographs. Each photograph in the WILD print sale is available to purchase as a professional 16”x 12” Lambda C Type print in a limited edition print run for £50.00, with the money raised going to PhotoVoice. To view the WILD collection, visit the website below.

PhotographyBB Magazine to be Retired

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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In a newsletter sent out to registered readers, editor-in-chief Dave Seeram has announced that the online PhotographyBB Magazine "will be retired" on 1st June. Until that date, you can download any or all 54 magazine editions in PDF format, free of charge, from the website below (registration might be required). Dave says he is now focusing on a new product called CLARITY, which he says will "knock the socks off of [the] previous magazine" and be available later this month. Do note that the PhotographyBB magazine library will be removed on 1st June, so downloading and saving the issues you are interested in is good advice, indeed.

Website: PhotographyBB Magazine Library

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Panasonic G6 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Panasonic G6 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Panasonic G6 has a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, ISO range of 100-25,600, OLED viewfinder, 3-inch free-angle LCD screen, 7fps continuous shooting, 1080p Full HD Stereo movie recording and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity.

Samsung NX300 Photos

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 49 sample JPEG photos and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung NX300 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Samsung NX300 has a 20.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, an ISO range of 100-25,600, an articulated 3.3-inch OLED touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, 8.6fps continuous shooting, i-Function 2.0 and 1080p Full HD Stereo movie recording.

Swann Launches Photophilia

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Swann Galleries have launched a social media project that reaches out to the global photography community of collectors, curators, dealers, critics, photographers and enthusiasts. The new blog, called Photophilia, is hosted on tumblr and offers a fully interactive platform for sharing your favourite photos along with a few lines of text explaining why you love them. More than 25 users have posted their beloved images so far, with works by well-known photographers such as Herb Ritts, Alfred Stieglitz, and Irving Penn. For those unfamiliar with web publishing tools, Swann offers a more old-fashioned way to take part in the project. They have produced a limited-edition series of postcards (pictured) with sample images that come in sets of five and are accompanied by a response card with room for a description of a favourite photograph.

X-Rite Announces Four Free May Webinars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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X-Rite has announced its schedule of free May 2013 webinars. Topics include editing a portfolio and developing your vision, travel and landscape photography, professional monitor calibration and taking control of your monitor, projector, printer and camera. Click through / read on for the details.

SanDisk Joins Forces with WD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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WD and SanDisk are collaborating to introduce hybrid storage devices that feature SanDisk's flash memory technology and WD's hard drives. SanDisk is supplying a SanDisk iSSD storage device for the WD Black solid state hybrid drive (SSHD), the world's thinnest 2.5-inch SSHD solution, which utilises both WD proprietary hybrid technology and industry standard SATA IO technology. "Working with SanDisk, WD realized our vision for products that combine the best of both technologies," said Matt Rutledge, vice president of client computing at WD. "WD's SSHDs are a significant achievement in the continuing SSHD/flash storage revolution."

Capture the Essence of Western Lake District

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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West Cumbria Tourism is calling on all budding photographers to send in their pictures with the launch today of a competition designed to capture the heart of the "other side" of the Lakes. The competition, supported by the Trout Hotel, Cockermouth, and the Kirkstile Inn, Loweswater, is open to residents and visitors to the area and photographs are welcomed from everyone from amateur snappers to professional photographers. "With the arrival of spring and the bluebell and daffodil season in full swing; this is the perfect time to take your camera and capture the heart of the Western Lake District," the organisers say. The closing date for entries is June 30th. The competition is open to all age groups and can be entered by emailing images directly to info@western-lakedistrict.co.uk

Samsung Teams Up with David Bailey in Aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera, Events
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Samsung has joined forces with David Bailey to create an online exhibition and auction whose proceeds will go to Marie Curie Cancer Care. The auction will feature twenty photographs, one taken by the David Bailey and the others taken by 19 of his namesakes who were recruited by Samsung back in October. Live from today, the charity auction will be open for one week until 8pm on Tuesday 14th March and will feature a range of images taken by the David Baileys on a Samsung NX300 (pictured). Each print will be available to bid on for the duration of the week-long auction, with bidders invited to identify the real David Bailey from his namesakes to be in with the chance of getting their hands on an original David Bailey print. Anyone wanting to take part in the auction should visit the website below.

Akvis Refocus 3.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 3.5 of Refocus, a program for improving the sharpness of out of focus images and adding lens blur effects to your photos. Version 3.5 offers an advanced algorithm with improved image processing speed for the program's "Tilt-Shift" (miniature) and Iris Blur modes. The improvement is especially noticeable when using the larger values of the Blur parameter, the company says. Registered users of Refocus can upgrade to version 3.5 for free by downloading and installing the new version.

Unified Color Launches HDR Photo Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Unified Color has announced the call for entries for its latest HDR imaging contest. To enter, participants choose their favorite HDR image(s) and resize them to 72 ppi with a width no wider than 900 pixels and email the entries to Unified Color at contest1-2013@unifiedcolor.com The contest will last for 43 days, and submissions can be made until midnight on Tuesday, June 18th. The body of the entry email must state “I have read and accept the contest rules” and include the entrant’s name, email, and phone number.  The entry must have been edited in HDR Expose 2, HDR Express 2 or 32 Float v2 at some point in its creation. The winners will be announced on the company website and blog on June 12th. As always we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.

Photographers Petition Adobe to “Restart Development” for CS7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based photographer Derek Schoffstall has started a petition urging Adobe to "restart development for Adobe Creative Suite 7," following the company's announcement that it had "no plans for future releases of Creative Suite or other CS products." Adobe has already decided that the newest iteration of Photoshop - called Adobe Photoshop CC - will be available exclusively to Creative Cloud members (although it did add that "Creative Suite 6 products will continue to be supported and available for purchase"). The petition, which has already been signed by more than 1500 photographers from around the world, argues that customers ought to "have a choice between either CC or the creative suite."

Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR Firmware Update 1.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Fuji has issued a firmware update for the Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR super-zoom camera. According to the company, Version 1.01 incorporates the following enhancements:

  1. "Operability with Eye-Fi card is improved."
  2. "Disconnection of objects shown in Motion Panorama images by vertical direction shooting is improved."

Website: Fujifilm Finepix HS50EXR Firmware Update

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Olympus XZ-10 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Olympus XZ-10 is a serious compact camera designed to fit in your pocket. A 12 megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, high-res 3-inch touch-screen LCD, 1080p movies, RAW format support and a full range of manual shooting modes should be enough to grab your attention. Read our expert Olympus XZ-10 review, complete with full-size JPEG, RAW and movie samples.

PhotoStitcher for Mac and Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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PhotoStitcher is a new easy-to-use tool for the combining of multiple overlapping pictures into a single ideally fitting panoramic image. Recently released by TeoreX. PhotoStitcher automatically addresses the entire scope of technical issues that can hinder the creation of stitched panoramics, including the proper alignment of images, distortion compensation and varying perspective. The program supports creation of horizontal, vertical and combined panoramic photos without any user input. PhotoStitcher is available for Windows XP or higher and for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher, priced at $19.99.

Adobe Photoshop CC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has unveiled the latest version of Photoshop, now dubbed "Adobe Photoshop CC." Adobe’s desktop apps, including Photoshop, were previously known as Creative Suite (CS), and will now be branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud. New features in Adobe Photoshop CC include a range of new tools offering "the most advanced deblurring and sharpening technologies to date," including Camera Shake Reduction and a reinvented Smart Sharpen tool, intelligent upsampling, Adobe Camera Raw 8, advanced 3D image editing capabilities, and much more. Adobe Photoshop CC will be available exclusively to Adobe Creative Cloud members, beginning June 2013. Creative Cloud membership for individuals is £38.12 (ex-VAT) per month based on annual membership; existing customers who own CS3 to CS5.5 get their first year of Creative Cloud at the discounted rate of £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month. Students and teachers can get Creative Cloud for £22.22 (ex-VAT) per month.

Adobe Unveils Major Update to Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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At Adobe MAX, Adobe announced a significant update to its Creative Cloud service. From June, Adobe Creative Cloud will be expanded with a set of CC desktop applications -- including Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC and Premiere Pro CC -- and sophisticated cross-device collaboration and publishing capabilities. Adobe’s desktop tools, previously known as Creative Suite (CS), are now branded CC to reflect that they are an integral part of Creative Cloud and have been "reinvented to support a more intuitive, connected way of creating," the company says.