Friday, October 21, 2011
Canon has announced the final details of the Canon Pro Solutions Show, which will take place on 25th and 26th October 2011 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London. The company will be demonstrating the new Canon EOS-1D X at the Show - this will be first opportunity to see this camera (pictured) in person. Also, the line-up of seminar speakers at the 2011 show is now complete, and visitors will be able to attend seminars from: Adobe, Anton Nelson, Brent Stirton, Canon itself, Charlie Hamilton James, Charlie Waite, Clive Booth, Dan Chung, David Noton, Drew Gardner, Eddie Mulholland, Frits van Eldik, Jeff Ascough, Jonathan and Angela Scott, Lara Jade, Liz Hingley, Peter MacDiarmid, Peter Marlow and Andrew Senigar, Martin Parr, Neil Turner, Nik Software, Peter Dench, Phil Coates, Philip Bloom and Sennheiser.
The Lomographic Society has introduced four new La Sardina models in its new Pattern collection. “Domino [pictured] comes in a black and white op art pattern to please lovers of elegant extravaganza,” the company says. “Möbius will entrap you in his purple and yellow web like lines while Quadrat cherishes the prototype of classic patterns: dog’s-tooth check. Cubic is for the ones who love to switch between stripes and diamonds in white, black and red.” Like all La Sardina cameras, the new models take standard 35mm film, come equipped with a 22mm f/8 lens, and allow multiple exposures on a single frame using an indepentdent MX switch.
Wacom has announced an Intuos4 promotion called ‘Meet the Masters’. When purchasing an Intuos4 pen tablet, customers will receive a free DVD with more than 10 hours of professional tutorials from 13 international experts in digital imaging, design, illustration, 3D and motion design. ‘Meet the Masters’ is available in English, German and French versions, as well as with subtitles in Italian and Spanish.
Nikon has launched the my Picturetown Pad app for the Apple iPad. The free app allows users to enjoy using my Picturetown, Nikon’s online image sharing and storage service, with their iPads and iPhones. In addition to supporting playback of data recorded using the Motion Snapshot function, my Picturetown Pad also supports book view and a map view that utilises information recorded with cameras equipped with a GPS function. Nikon’s my Picturetown Pad application can be downloaded now from iTunes.
Ricoh has posted the fifth function-enhancing firmware update for the GR Digital III. In addtion to fixing bugs, version 2.50 of the camera firmware adds new options for ISO [Auto-Hi], a Contrast Bracketing feature, a new ADJ. Lever Setting option, a Vignetting filter for the High-contrast B&W scene mode, and a power button lock function for users of the optional GL-1 metal lens cap. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.
Website: Ricoh GR DIGITAL III Firmware Update
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Nikon Coolpix S8200 is a new point-and-shoot travel-zoom camera, featuring a 14x, 25-350mm lens and a 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. The S8200 also offers a high-resolution 3-inch screen, 1080p Full HD movies, 6fps continuous shooting and speedy operation. Read our in-depth Nikon Coolpix S8200 review to find out if it improves enough on last year's model to challenge the other travel zoom contenders.
Adva-Soft has released version 3.0 of its TouchRetouch app for Android devices. ToucRetouch allows users to remove objects from freshly captured or saved photographs easily, without affecting any other elements of the picture. The new version features a new user interface, a high-performance retouching algorithm, support for full-resolution images, a clone stamp for advanced retouching, and more. TouchRetouch is available for purchase on the Android Market.
Lytro has officially announced its first consumer light field camera, which captures all the rays of light in a scene, opening up new possibilities such as the ability to focus a picture after it’s taken. The Lytro camera features a light field sensor and a light field engine that allows photographers to refocus pictures in-camera. Sporting an f/2 lens with 8x optical zoom, the pocket-sized Lytro camera weighs in at less than 8 ounces. Other highlights include instant start-up and zero shutter lag. The Lytro camera comes with either 8GB or 16GB of on-board memory, storing 350 and 750 “HD quality” pictures respectively. What the company means by “HD quality” isn’t clear but we expect that the resolution will be sufficient for on-screen viewing and probably insufficient for printing. The 8GB version can be yours for $399, while the 16GB model will set you back $499. The Lytro camera can be pre-ordered now via the website below - which also has a nice picture gallery demonstrating how post-capture focusing works -, but will only start shipping “in early 2012”, according to the company.
Ubyu is a new photo book publishing service that has been tailored specifically to meet the needs and demands of the creative industry. “Aimed at keen photographers and a creative audience, ubyu was an idea born out of asking about and listening to, the needs and demands of this specific target market and what they wanted to be able to do and achieve when they create their own books,” says Josie Price of Ubyu Books. Book content can be imported via the custom-made ‘uDesign’ software, available to download free from the Ubyu website. Alternatively, for those who want even more control over the self-publishing process, PDF files can be created from a variety of InDesign templates provided by Ubyu and uploaded straight to the website via the preflight server. Self publishing prices vary depending on individual customisation choices but prices start at £11.90 plus p&p for a single book with the minimum of 28 pages.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Adam Groffman from Wimdu explores how to use social media to share your travel photos.
Warehouse Express is currently running a promotion on the new Nikon 1 system cameras. Those who pre-order either the Nikon 1 J1 or the Nikon 1 V1 today will receive a free accessory kit worth £150. The accessory kit includes a 4-gigabyte SDHC memory card, a lens cloth, a Nikon 1 training voucher, a Joby Gorillapod, an HDMI cable and a Nikon T-shirt. Don’t forget that in order to be eligible, you need to order the cameras before the end of the day, via the website below.
Leica has announced a special edition of the D-Lux 5 digital compact camera: the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium. Featuring the same technical specifications as the regular model - including a 24-90mm equivalent zoom lens and a 1/1.63” sensor with a resolution of 10.1 megapixels - the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium boasts an anodised silver-grey finish, and comes presented in a special set with a premium grey leather case with shoulder strap. An Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 licence is also part of the package, with the software itself being supplied via Web download. The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium special edition set is scheduled to be available in the UK at the end of October 2011 at an SRP of £855 including VAT from authorised Leica dealers.
As part of its worldwide “Imagine More” campaign, Manfrotto has launched the Imagine More Factory Roadshow. The Imagine More Factory is described by Manfrotto as “a unique place where anyone is invited to test his talent by personally experiencing the emotion of photographing – and being photographed – on professional photography sets”. The roadshow involves an interactive “Photo Lab” being set up in a number of temporary locations including Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo and New York. In this “Photo Lab”, you’ll find a team of professional photographers who will guide you and your friends through amusing photo sets, and provide you with an opportunity to try the newest Manfrotto products. The next Imagine More Factory roadshow locations are Berlin (21-23rd October), Hong Kong (5-6th November) and Covent Garden, London (18-20th November).
Olympus has announced that the most talented members of its PEN Flickr group will get a chance to have their best work featured on the Olympus website as well as in upcoming PEN adverts. Alongside international recognition, there’s also a financial reward for members whose pictures are chosen for the campaign. For example, generous credits for the Olympus online shop where they can choose from the complete Olympus product line-up, including the growing range of Micro Four Thirds lenses and PEN accessories. Or one of three new PEN cameras: the flagship PEN E-P3, the PEN Lite (pictured) or the PEN Mini. You can join the Olympus PEN Flickr group at the website below.
Jessops has teamed up with The Mob Film Company to launch a short film competition. Using nothing but a digital camera’s movie function, participants must produce a ten-minute film entitled, “The Shot”. The competition, which runs until early next year, is open to everyone in the UK and offers one lucky winner an all-expenses paid trip to spend the day with Paul WS Anderson on the set of his latest movie. In addition, the winner will also receive a £5000 camera package, courtesy of Nikon. Full competition rules and submission instructions can be found on Jessops’ Facebook page.
The 2012 Fujifilm Student Photography Awards are now open and accepting entries. The Awards are open to all students aged 16 or over undertaking full or part-time professional photographic training, or full or part-time graphic design training of which photography is a major part at a UK based college or university. The theme for 2012 is ‘Extreme’ with students being briefed to capture the meaning of that word in a single image. As in previous years, all images must be originated on Fujifilm film stock, then scanned and submitted via the website below.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Nikon 1 Factory in China.
The Nikon 1 J1 is the junior member of Nikon's new range of compact system cameras, featuring a smaller and lighter body at a cheaper price than the V1 model. Based around the same "CX" format sensor, the Nikon J1 is still all about pure speed, with fast auto-focusing and up to 60fps continuous shooting. The J1 also offers a built-in pop-up flash, 3 inch LCD screen, full HD video, and a range of innovative modes like Smart Photo Selector and Motion Snapshot. Read our in-depth Nikon 1 J1 review.
Annaloa Hilmarsdottir, Alan Thomas, Tom Truong, Fadhul Ramadhan and Ketlan Ossowski have all won a copy of Fluid Mask 3.2, courtesy of Download Buyer.
Fluid Mask 3.2 is a still-image masking tool that works as both a standalone application and a plug-in to Adobe’s Photoshop or Elements. The Visual Image Segmentation lets you see exactly how your image is made up of segments of similar properties, enabling you to create super-fine mask selections with ease. The Targeted Edge Detection and Blending lets you isolate difficult areas and apply alternative selections, whilst the intelligent blending gets the closest to extracting the true character of the image.
The onscreen help and guidance make Fluid Mask 3.2 quick and easy to use. The stored workspace setting allows you to tailor the default settings to your needs and process complete studio runs effortlessly. Fluid Mask 3.2 is ideal for photographers, image editors, graphic designers or for those who are interested in digital image editing. One of the fastest masking tools available today, Fluid Mask 3.2 is as easy as ‘see, click, cut’!
This contest is now closed.
The Canon EOS-1D X is a new professional digital SLR camera with a full-frame 18-megapixel sensor, a continuous shooting speed of 14 frames per second (12fps with AF) and a new 61-point AF system. Also featuring dual DIGIC 5+ image processors and 14-bit analogue-to-digital signal conversion, the Canon EOS-1D X offers a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51,200, expandable to ISO 204,800. The new 61-point AF module boasts Intelligent Tracking and Recognition, an expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low light sensitivity, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. The Canon EOS-1D X digital SLR camera is scheduled for March 2012 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $6,800.