Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 23

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Issue 23 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available for download. This edition includes a guide to depth of field, a review of the book “Photographing the Elements” by David Hay, a review of the Pentax 645D digital SLR camera, an interview with David Wiggett, an article on the creative use of shutter speed by Mark Sisson - and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1 is a new entry-level travel-zoom compact camera. The slim and stylish Panasonic SZ1 offers 16 megapixels, a 10x zoom lens, 3 inch LCD screen, and 720p HD movies. Read our in-depth Panasonic DMC-SZ1 review now...

Friday, December 28, 2012

Nikon Coolpix S30 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Nikon Coolpix S30 is one of the cheapest action cameras on the market, currently costing less around £60 / $65. For that modest outlay you get a simple point and shoot with a 3x zoom lens, 10 megapixels, 2.7 inch screen and 720p HD movies. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S30 review to find out if it's the ideal family camera...

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a small and stylish camera that's freeze, shock, water and dust proof. The Sony TX20 has a 16.2 megapixel back-illuminated Exmor-R sensor, 10fps burst mode, 3 inch touch-sensitive LCD screen, a 4x zoom lens and full 1080i HD movies. Read our Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 review to find out if it's worth the £280 / $330 asking price.

Monday, December 24, 2012

BenQ G1 Review

Gavin Stoker
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The BenQ G1 is a serious compact camera at a wallet-friendly price, offering a fast f/1.8 lens, full HD video and a tilting high-resolution LCD screen. BenQ aren't very well-known for their digital cameras, so how does the new G1 compare with the well-established competition? Read our BenQ G1 review to find out...

Friday, December 21, 2012

Canon PowerShot A1300 Review

Matt Grayson
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The PowerShot A1300 is one of the cheapest compact cameras from Canon. Offering a 16 megapixel sensor, 5x zoom lens and a very attractive price tag of less than £120 / $120, the A1300 even features a proper optical viewfinder. Read our Canon PowerShot A1300 review to find out if it's worthy of a second glance...

BJP’s App Team Launches 125 Magazine’s iPad Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General, Software
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Following the success of the British Journal of Photography’s award-winning iPad edition, the team behind the app is now launching 125 Magazine for iPad. 125 magazine is one of the world’s leading fashion photography magazines – a visual compendium of new ideas in photography, fashion, art and culture. The iPad edition is a new version of the magazine, which showcases previously unseen content, moving image and animation. The first issue is free, and out now on the iTunes App Store. Individual paid-for issues and a subscription option will be available from January.

Adobe Acquires Behance

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Adobe today announced that it has acquired Behance, an online social media platform that enables creatives to showcase and share their work.  In the last 30 days, portfolios on Behance-powered sites have received over 90 million views and today there are over 3 million projects hosted on the Behance platform. “Behance will play a key role in Adobe’s efforts to serve the creative world in the years to come and will accelerate our efforts to enable a more open and collaborative creative community,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Adobe.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition will open for entries on 7 January 2013. Photographers can submit images for 18 categories, with three categories specifically for those aged 17 and under. The submission deadline is 25 February 2013. To enter the 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, head to the website below.

Polaroid Confirms Android-Based CSC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Polaroid has confirmed plans to release an Android-powered mirrorless system camera. Rumours of the upcoming launch started circulating on the Internet four days ago when the picture reprinted above popped up on a Russian social network site. Since then Scott Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid has confirmed that the product was real and that “additional information and specs will be released” at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Interestingly, the new model exhibits a surprising degree of similarity with the Nikon 1 J1 and J2 cameras and one of their lenses - although the lens release button is in a different location.

Via PR | Imaging-Resource

Dane-Elec Professional Memory Cards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Dane-Elec has announced a range of UHS-I Class 10 SDHC and SDXC memory cards. “Dane-Elec’s UHS-1 memory cards are a game-changer for professional photographers and serious digital photography enthusiasts,” stated Sherry Chapman, Dane-Elec director of marketing. “Built for capture, storage and rapid transfer of high quality photos, these cards have only one mission: Picture-perfect performance at lightning-fast speeds. Photographers will never again miss a shot because of their equipment.” Dane-Elec SDHC Class 10 cards are available in 8, 16 and 32GB capacities. They deliver read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. The Class 10 cards are available in 64GB and promise read speeds up to 95MB/s and write speeds up to 60MB/s. Dane-Elec products will be on display at 2013 CES, in Hospitality Suite 7-121 of the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

NeroKwik for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nero has released a free Android app called NeroKwik. The program connects all the photos users have spread across their mobile devices, PCs, and social networks. Rather than upload, sync or move photos to a centralised cloud platform, NeroKwik simply connects mobile devices and services through the cloud. “NeroKwik addresses the three biggest hurdles people have when it comes to sharing photos with mobile devices,” said Nero Chief Product Officer, Martin Stein. “Sometimes it is hard to find specific images just when you need them. By having access to all your photos, even if they are on your PC, Facebook or another mobile device will mean you can find the ones you want, and fast. Additionally, the joy of sharing photos is seeing the feedback from your friends and family. NeroKwik makes this a better experience.” If you own a device running Android 4.0 or higher, you can download the app from the Google Play Store.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Photographic Museum 2013 Grant

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Photographic Museum of Humanity has announced its 2013 Grant, an international photographic contest that aims to discover new talents. Photographers are invited to submit a series of maximum 15 photos before 18 February 2013. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize guarantees respectively $2,000, $1,000 and $500 in cash. There will also be a New Generation Prize of $500 dedicated to photographers under 25 and a Public Favourite Prize (also $500). In addition, the winners will be granted an exhibition in the photographic museum of Humanity. The contest has no entry fee.

Custom SLR ProDot Now Available

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Custom SLR has announced the general availability of its latest product, the Custom SLR ProDot.  A textured, press-on dot, the ProDot easily adheres to a range of surfaces to provide more finite control and vibration dampening. “While initially designed to be placed on top of a camera shutter button to offer photographers a more seamless shutter-release, free of residual vibrations, the ProDot is a remarkably-simple and convenient accessory for virtually any push-button experience,” the company says. “The emphatic response from the Kickstarter community, has not only enabled us to bring the product to market, but has proven that there is a demand for such a dynamic little accessory.” Available in low-profile black, high-visibility red, and clear colorface the ProDot is sold in packages of two for $9.95.

CyberLink Launches “Create Video Challenge”

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Software
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CyberLink recently unveiled a new video contest entitled “Create Video Challenge” that will encourage PowerDirector users to hone and improve their video editing skills. Consisting of a series of engaging and interactive video editing contests that will run for a period of nine months until 5 September 2013. CyberLink will provide a sample video with an accompanying demo that describes how it was made while encouraging participants to use the same techniques when creating their own videos.This month’s challenge involves the creation of a “tilt-shift” video. For detailed information about CyberLink’s “Create Video Challenge,” visit the event page at the website below.

Sony Play Memories Studio Adds 4K Support

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Sony’s ?PlayMemories Studio application has been updated to include the ability to output images on Sony’s 4K TVs. This enables users to enjoy high resolution photos taken with their digital camera on Sony’s 4K-enabled Bravia KD-84X9005. Available from today, version 2.00 of PlayMemories Studio also offers improved editing functions, a choice of 10 new background music tracks and 29 extra sound effects. In addition, photo and video files which have been stored on PlayMemories Online can now be accessed via PlayMemories Studio. PlayMemories Studio is priced at €15, with a 30-day trial available free of charge.

New Season Make-Over & Colours on the Lowepro Catwalk

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has announced some new colour-ways to the range of camera bags available as well as a new version of one of its most popular sling bags. The new Lowepro Passport Sling II (£50, pictured) is available in two new colour combinations – Black & Red and Mica & Green.  The Passport Sling II is an updated design, based on the popular Passport Sling bag – and now features 30% more storage space using a flexible camera storage box inside – which can be adjusted to fit your kit. And just in time for Christmas, there’s a new ‘little black number’ in the Lowepro range: the Lowepro Event Messenger series (priced from £37) is now available in black as well as the original Mica design.

Canon Launches “Power of a Shot” Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon USA has launched a television campaign that “shows how images can magnify the subtle feelings in everyday life.” Designed to popularise the company’s PowerShot line of digital compact cameras, the campaign also involves the launch of a unique Facebook application that identifies the emotions of a user’s photo collection. The application scans a chosen photo album for a variety of emotions – including passion, love and nostalgia –then creates a unique visual summary of the specific feelings that reside in the image collection. Users can then share this visual summary with their Facebook friends and discuss the emotion they’ve captured through their own photography. The application, and more information on the Power of a Shot campaign, can be accessed at the website below.

BeFunky Launches “My Photos Are Mine” Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software, Websites
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BeFunky has launched a new campaign called “My Photos Are Mine,” promising a free premium BeFunky account to all Instagram users who do not agree with the latter’s new terms-of-service update. “BeFunky believes that photo-editing and sharing should be fun, which is why their users have full control over their photos,” the company said in a statement. “People are not required to register when using the service, and where they share the photos is completely up to them and easy to do… Now BeFunky is offering free access to even more features by giving away the premium account to anyone who has cancelled their Instagram account.”

iStopMotion for iPad 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Boinx Software has released iStopMotion for iPad 2.0, with new audio options that make use of the iPad’s capabilities. “In the 10 years since we launched iStopMotion for the Mac, we have crossed boundaries and pushed ourselves and the available technology to the limit,” said Oliver Breidenbach, CEO, Boinx Software. “The launch of iStopMotion for iPad 2.0 is the next step in our success story, adding the second most important moviemaking feature to the app - sound.” To celebrate the 10-year annniversary of the iStopMotion product family, for a limited time only, iStopMotion for iPad 2 is available from the iTunes App Store for $4.99 USD (regularly $9.99) or as a free upgrade for existing users. Its companion app, iStopMotion Remote Camera, is also available now from iTunes for free.