Monday, December 10, 2012

Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Leica has announced that the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2013 contest will open for entries on 15 January 2013. Photographers wishing to take part may submit their photographic projects online until 1 March. The winner of the 2013 Leica Oskar Barnack Award will receive a Leica M camera with lens worth approximately €10,000 in addition to a cash prize of €5,000. A second honour in the course of the competition will be awarded in the category ‘Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award’, for (prospective) professional photographers aged 25 and under. The winner of the first prize in this section will also be awarded a Leica rangefinder camera complete with lens. The awards will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival to be held in Arles, France from 1 to 7 July 2013.

S Mag: The Rankin Issue

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Leica and Rankin hosted a private viewing of images from the Leica ‘S Mag: The Rankin Issue’ at the Annroy Gallery in London, an exclusive invitation-only event which was attended by over 400 guests. Using only the Leica S-System camera (pictured), Rankin collaborated with nine individual hair stylists, to create a series of striking images and a collection of diverse fashion stories which are communicated across the latest 200-page edition of S Magazine. Rankin said: “I’d always thought it would be interesting to do a hair book – where you take hairdressers and you give them the opportunity to do anything they want.” He added: “It was a chance to collaborate with the people I really admire, but also people I knew had hidden talents that maybe hadn’t come out yet.”

EyeTime 2012 Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the EyeTime 2012 competition have been announced. EyeTime 2012 was assembled as a means to publicly promote the research, exploration and investigation currently happening amongst today’s emerging talent. In the Future Voices category, the jury has selected the works of Gerald Haselwanter, Laurent Evrard and Simon Chang; while winners in the Emerging Talent category include MArk Harless, Nicholai Go and Zulinadi Abdul Azli.

Phase One Offers Free Seminars on Capture One Pro 7

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Software
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Phase One has announced a number of free seminars on Capture One Pro 7. These skill-building 3-hour seminars will be held twice on Tuesday in London and twice on Thursday in Manchester this week. Phase One’s popular Image Quality Professor, Niels V. Knudsen, will be there
to offer insights and answer questions about the new processing engine in Capture One Pro 7. David Grover will present information on organizing images with Capture One Pro’s new digital asset management features. Seminars are appropriate for all photographers seeking better after-capture image processing results. To register, participants need only to send an email to ejo@phaseone.com requesting the city and time they would like to attend. Click through / scroll down for the seminar schedule.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Nikon Coolpix S3300 Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon Coolpix S3300 is an easy-to-use point-and-shoot compact camera that won't break the bank. Featuring a 6x, 26-156mm lens and a 16 megapixel CCD sensor, the S3300 also offers 720p HD movies and a range of special effects. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S3300 review now to find out if it deserves a place in your pocket.

Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a fast telephoto zoom lens for Nikon, Sony and Canon full-frame DSLR shooters. Offering built-in image stabilisation, the compact Tamron 70-200mm lens has a constant aperture of f/2.8 throughout the range. Read our Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD review to find out if it's the best fast telephoto zoom for full frame users.

WedPics.com Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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WedPics is a new free service providing a rich media platform for capturing, sharing and interacting with all the photos taken throughout your wedding. Comprising a website and a smartphone app, WedPics allows everyone to upload, view, share, and download pictures.  “No more need for disposable cameras at the table, guests can use the app at the wedding itself or afterwards via Smartphone or the website,” the company says. “In one click, the bride (or anyone with admin rights) can download all the pictures or send them to Facebook creating an instant photo book.” In addition, WedPics also provides an opportunity for professional wedding photographers to market their services to future brides.

Travel Photography Masterclass with Karoki Lewis

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events

Professional photographer Karoki Lewis will be hosting a travel photography workshop at the luxury Riad El Fenn in Marrakech, Morocco. Taking place from 13-18 January 2013, the course will mix creative tuition, challenging assignments, delicious food and a luxurious setting, and is suitable for all levels. Each day will consist of a tutorial, followed by a related assignment, and Karoki will accompany and guide aspiring photographers throughout. In the evenings, over drinks, the group will examine and discuss each day’s shoot. Prices start at £1,000 per person based on two sharing, including five nights’ full board accommodation at Riad El Fenn, house wine, transfers, tuition, supplies and all scheduled excursions but excluding airfare to and from Marrakech.

JPEGmini for Mac Now Supports Resolutions up to 28 Megapixels

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ICVT has updated its desktop application JPEGmini for Mac. With JPEGmini for Mac users can quickly optimise full photo albums simply by dragging them onto the app. The optimised photos are claimed to retain the full quality and resolution of the original photos, while being much smaller in file size. The latest upgrade adds support for resolutions of up to 28 megapixels. “With the new 28-megapixel upgrade, JPEGmini for Mac can now optimize photos shot with 99 percent of the camera models available on the market today,” the company says. In a special introductory holiday offer, from now until 24th December, the full version of JPEGmini for Mac, which regularly retails for $19.99, is available for $9.99. In addition, ICVT is introducing JPEGmini Lite for Mac, a free version of JPEGmini for Mac that offers optimisation of up to 20 photos per day.

Canon EOS 6D Service Notice

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued a service notice concerning the Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera. “We have identified a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using Canon EOS 6D digital SLR cameras from being played back on YouTube,” the company says. Promising to “continue to investigate this phenomenon,,” Canon has come up with a temporary solution. They suggest that EOS 6D owners wishing to upload their movie clips to YouTube take the following steps: 1) download the movie file(s) from the EOS 6D camera to your computer, 2) start ImageBrowser EX, 3) after selecting the movie file(s) to be uploaded select [Edit Movies] in the [Edit] tab from the menu bar of ImageBrowser EX, 4) save the movie using the [Save] menu on the screen, 5) upload the saved movie to YouTube.

Website: Canon UK

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD is an updated version of Tamron's classic macro lens. Now offering built-in image stabilisation and a revised optical design, the Tamron 90mm VC is actually more expensive than the Canon and Nikon equivalents. Read our Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD review to find out if it can justify its cost...

Olympus SP-720UZ Review

Matt Grayson
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The Olympus SP-720UZ is an affordable new ultra-zoom compact camera, featuring a 26x zoom lens with a focal range of 26-676mm. Other key features offered by the SP-720 UZ include a 14 megapixel sensor, 1080p HD video recording, sensor-shift image stabilisation and a range of Magic Filters. Priced at £230, we find out if the Olympus SP-720UZ super-zoom is all the camera you'll ever need...

Industrial Use microSDHC and CompactFlash Memory Cards from Transcend

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Transcend today announced the addition of Industrial use microSDHC Class 10 and CF170 CompactFlash memory cards to its industrial memory card product line. Manufactured using brand-name MLC NAND Flash chips, Transcend’s Industrial use microSDHC cards guarantee superior performance and long-term stability over their consumer-grade TLC counterparts, the company says. These Class 10 microSDHC memory cards provide read/write speeds of up to 20MB/16MB per second, and come in capacities of up to 32GB. Compliant with the CompactFlash 6.0 specification, Transcend’s new industrial CF170 CompactFlash cards boast high-speed transfer rates of up to 90MB/s and up to an extra large 64GB capacity. They are claimed to deliver peak performance under harsh environmental conditions, operating effectively between -25°C and 85°C.

Rogue Flash Gel Kits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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ExpoImaging is expanding its collection of Rogue Flash Gels with a new Color Correction Filter Kit for small flash enthusiasts. “Colour correction gels are vital to professional event photographers,” said Erik Sowder, CEO of ExpoImaging. “Using colour correction gels with flash vastly improves colour balance and consistency, particularly when shooting indoors under incandescent and fluorescent lights.” The new Rogue Flash Gels Colour Correction Filter Kit contains 3 of each colour gel and 3 attachment bands for photographers using multiple flashes. The kit includes the most commonly used correction and diffusion gels: 1/4 CTO, 1/2 CTO, Full CTO, Plus Green, 1/2 CTB, and 1 f/stop diffusion. Rogue Flash Gel Kits are available now for $29.95.

Akvis Coloriage 9.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released Coloriage 9.0, a program that enables users to colorise blakc-and-white photos and replace colours in full-colour images. The new update incorporates improvements to the Eyedropper tool, new features and tools, fixes bugs, and adds compatibility with Windows 8 and Mac OS X 10.8. The software is available as a Photoshop plugin or as a standalone application. Akvis Coloriage sells for $75, with a fully-featured 10-day free trial available on the developer’s website.

PowerProducer 6

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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CyberLink today launched PowerProducer 6, a comprehensive Blu-ray and DVD authoring solution for home users. New video format support in version 6 includes high-definition MKV, FLV and popular 3D video formats. For slideshows, new raw support lets users include high-quality DSLR photos in movie disc productions. Output disc formats include VCD, DVD, AVCHD, and Blu-ray, with side-by-side 3D video options for DVD, AVCHD and Blu-ray discs. Available in: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Korean; CyberLink PowerProducer 6 comes in two flavours, Ultra and Deluxe, priced at £64.99 and £39.99 respectively.

Nokia Lumia 620

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Nokia Lumia 620 is the third and most affordable in Nokia’s new range of Windows Phone 8 smartphones. On the photography front it offers a five-megapixel camera with a 28mm equivalent f/2.4 lens, LED flash, 3.8” WVGA screen, 720p HD video and a “Smart Shoot” mode that creates a single shot from multiple images, even removing unwanted objects from the picture. Estimated at $249 excluding taxes and subsidies, the Nokia Lumia 620 will begin selling in January 2013 in Asia, followed closely by Europe and the Middle East before expanding further.

Winners of EEF Photography Awards 2012 Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners and runners-up of the EEF Photography Awards 2012 have been unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the House of Commons in London. The theme for this year’s competition was Made in Britain and entrants were challenged to submit photos that championed the spirit of manufacturing in Britain. The winner of the professional category was Mike Smith’s ‘Precision’ (above). ‘Manufacturing a Filter’ by Robert Watkins, from Warrington, was the winner of the amateur category: a black-and-white image of a welder applying the finishing touches to a filter at Crofts Engineering Services.

The Digital Zone System

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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The Digial Zone System by Robert Fisher is a new title from Rocky Nook. The Digital Zone System is an innovative methodology for editing digital images that mimics the Zone System created by Ansel Adams. With this book, author Robert Fisher presents a practical guide for editing digital images with a level of control previously unattainable without significant manual work. This book covers how to use the Digital Zone System for editing colour images, converting images to black and white, and tone mapping HDR images. Distributed by O’Reilly Media, the 160-page volume is available in print form ($39.95) and as a downloadable PDF ebook ($16.95) via the website below.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nikon Coolpix S01 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The Nikon Coolpix S01 is a tiny point-and-shoot compact camera that's actually smaller than a credit card. Featuring a 3x zoom lens, 10 megapixels, 2.5 inch touch-screen LCD and 720p HD movies, is the Nikon S01 too small for its own good? Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S01 review to find out...