Thursday, February 20, 2014

Boomoon to Hold First European Exhibition at Flowers Gallery

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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Flowers Gallery (21 Cork Street,London W1S 3lZ) will host the first European exhibition of South Korean photographer Boomoon. Comprising selected works from his series Sansu, Naksan, Northscape and On the Clouds, Boomoon’s debut UK exhibition will be accompanied by a new catalogue published by Flowers with text by Charlotte Cotton. A monograph published by Nazraeli press (£32) illustrating 33 works from the Naksan series will also be available. The exhibition opens on 26th February and runs until 5th April.

Beat the Brochure’s Colourful World Photo Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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BeatTheBrochure has announced its very first photo competition, A Colourful World. Offering a range of prizes from a digital camera, discounts on BeatTheBrochure holidays, as well as vouchers for Ticketmaster and Love2Shop, the photo contest allows entrants to share their favourite, and most colourful, holiday photos.  All entries will be showcased across the BeatTheBrochure site and its platforms, Google+, Facebook and Twitter. The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2014.

Samsung Announces US Pricing for NX30 Smart Camera

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Following a similar announcement made by its UK sister company, Samsung Electronics America today revealed availability and pricing details for the Samsung NX30 compact system camera.  The traditionally-styled NX30 features a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder, 3.0-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed, 9fps continuous shooting, and NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities. In the United States, the NX30 will be available from mid-March, at an MSRP of $999.99.

Toshiba T4K82 Sensor Captures Full HD Video at 240fps

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba has launced a 13-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor that allows smartphones and tablets to record full HD video at 240 equivalent frames per second. The Toshiba "T4K82" imager incorporates “Bright Mode” technology that boosts imaged brightness up to four times, and adopts a newly developed low power circuit design that reduces power consumption to 82% that of “T4K37”, a 13-megapixel sensor in mass production. Sampling is scheduled to start in March.

UK National Photography Awards Now Open for Entries

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2014 UK National Photography Awards are now open for submissions. Entries are welcome in any genre, giving those in both wide and more niche sectors of the industry an opportunity to gain exposure and recognition for their work. Entries are judged each month and those achieving top marks will receive national award winning status, at bronze, silver, gold or diamond level. This year's categories include: Wedding, Portrait, Wildlife, Landscape, Sports, Newborn, Travel, Boudoir & Glamour, Fashion, Advertising, Equestrian and Astronomy. There is also a 'Young Photographer of the Year' category, for entrants aged between 12-17 and a 'Judges' Choice Award' for images that do not fall into any of the other categories. For more information, and to enter the competition, visit the website below.

WPP Stands by its Decision

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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World Press Photo (WPP) has issued a statement regarding the possible conflict of interest in awarding the World Press Photo of the Year 2013 to John Stanmeyer. Both Stanmeyer and general jury chair Gary Knight are founding members of VII Photo Agency - a fact that has sparked a debate in the global professional photographic community.."World Press Photo affirms that the two-week judging process culminating in the selection of Stanmeyer’s photo was conducted according to procedures established over a 57-year history that are specifically designed to ensure the integrity of the awards," WPP says. "World Press Photo has total confidence in its judging process and how it was applied this year. We trust absolutely in the integrity of our chairs and jurors and we honor the selections they have made."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Samsung NX30 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 63 sample JPEG sample images and a 1080p movie taken with the new Samsung NX30 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Samsung NX30 has a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, tiltable electronic viewfinder (XGA, 2,359K-dot resolution), 3.0-inch Super AMOLED swivel and touch display, 1/8000th sec shutter speed, 9fps continuous shooting, and NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G is a new, affordable moderate wide-angle prime lens for Nikon full-frame DSLR cameras. Find out how the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G performs in our in-depth review, complete with full-size sample images.

MILK Books for iPad

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Milk Tailor Made Books have released MILK Photo Books for iPad, an application combining "a smart book-making experience with uncompromising production values that result in a beautifully crafted book, made the old-fashioned way." The MILK Books app is free to download and enables users to create and print their own customised photobooks simply and easily directly from their iPad. It is available now at the iTunes store.

Captoria Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Founded by Thomas Max, Captoria is an iOS-based social media platform that allows you to capture iconic moments of every-day life and shares them on a global scale; allowing multiple users to capture and share their perspective of it. " Whether it’s a national headline event, a restaurant visit or the BAFTA’s you can freeze the moment in one simple space that is globally accessible by everyone, on a live platform," Thomas says. "Offering a whole new dimension to photo sharing, Captoria allows you to visit or revisit the moment and enjoy it all over again from someone else’s perspective." The Captoria application is available as a free download on the iTunes App Store.

Monetise Your iPhone Shots with Stockimo from Alamy

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Alamy today launched Stockimo, an iPhone app that "turns smartphone photos into cash." By signing up to Stockimo, users will be able to upload and tag their iPhone photos. Uploads are reviewed by photo experts before going on sale on Alamy and through its established global sales and distribution network. Until 30th April, any user that registers with Stockimo will earn a commission of 40% on all sales (in the future the standard deal will pay 20%). The app is designed for the iPhone 4S and above and is available worldwide as a free download on the iTunes App Store.

Canon Issues Product Advisory to PowerShot ELPH 330HS Users

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Canon U.S.A. have issued a product advisory to PowerShot ELPH 330HS owners. According to the company there is a possibility that the following operation errors may occur due to insufficient contact between the camera’s battery terminal and the battery, even when the battery has sufficient power remaining: 1) the camera does not turn on, 2) the warning 'Charge the battery' appears immediately after turning on the camera, 3) the camera turns off during use.  If you own an affected unit, contact Canon's Customer Support Center to have your camera and battery inspected free of charge.

Panasonic GH4 to Make its UK Debut at The Photography Show

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Panasonic will be exhibiting its newly announced GH4 compact system camera for the first time in the UK at The Photography Show, taking place from 1st-4th March at the Birmingham NEC. The most advanced camera yet in Panasonic’s series of Lumix G cameras, the Lumix DMC-GH4 boasts a Four Thirds sized image sensor and 4K video capability in a compact and durable chassis .In addition to the much-anticipated GH4, Panasonic’s 4K themed stands (G50 and G60) will also showcase its Lumix G series CSCs, Lumix compacts and HD camcorders. Click through / read on for the stands' detailed programme.

Adore Noir Issue 18

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The 18th issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring female portraits and nudes by Juul de Vries, images of a post-industrial England by John Claridge, works from E. E. McCollum's Cocoon series, photographs from Mark Sadan's Dancer portfolio, ethereal landscapes by Ludmila Espiaube, and much more; this edition reinforces the magazine’s commitment to high-quality black-and-white Photography. The latest issue of Adore Noir is available for $2.95 from the website below.

Website: Adore Noir

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 50 photos taken with the new AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens mounted on a Nikon D610 body.

The Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens comprises 11 elements in 8 groups, including one aspherical lens element and one ED glass element, a dedicated Silent Wave Motor for quiet auto-focusing, and weighs in at 305 grams.

Samsung WB350F Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Samsung WB350F travel zoom camera offers a wide-angle 21x zoom lens, 16.3 megapixels, full 1080p video recording, 3 inch touchscreen, built-in wi-fi and NFC connectivity, plus full manual controls. Read our in-depth Samsung WB350F review now to find out if it's a bargain or not...

Gitzo Mountaineer Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Gitzo has launched a new tripod collection. The redesigned Mountaineer tripods have been developed to incorporate the latest Gitzo technology which increases rigidity and improves performance. "The new tubing optimises fibre composition for each tube size, including HM (High Modulus) carbon fibre composition (a denser fibre made up of finer individual fibres) in the narrower tubes. Carbon eXact tubes have larger diameters that strengthen the tripods even further, particularly the narrower tubes used for the lower leg sections," the company says. Mountaineer tripods are available from the lightweight and compact Series 0, up to the sturdiest Series 3, with the collection comprising 13 products. For more information, visit the website below.

Samsung Survey Reveals Rise of the ‘Petsie’

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Last year, 'selfie' was officially named the Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year - now it's time to learn the phrase 'petsie.' A recent survey conducted by Samsung Digital Imaging shows that Brits are literally "obsessed with taking and sharing more photos of our furry friends than of our own friends and family." 63% of pet-owners in the UK confess to taking photos of their pets on a regular basis, with 62% of respondents admitting to frequently taking photos of their dogs, 52% of their cats, 8% of their rabbits and 4% even taking ‘petsies’ of their guinea pigs. In a sign of the social world in which we now live, nearly two thirds (62%) of people admit to regularly uploading and sharing photos of their pets on Facebook and Twitter, with a further 16% revealing that half of the photos they upload onto Facebook are of their pets. To celebrate Britain’s love of dogs and the growing ‘petsie’ phenomenon, Samsung Digital Imaging has launched an online search to find Britain’s best ‘petsies’. To take part in the Petsie Awards, all you have to do is upload the coolest picture of your pet dog on Facebook by visiting the website below.

TeoreX Releases PhotoScissors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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TeoreX, the company famed for its BatchInpaint, FolderIco, Inpaint, iResizer and PhotoSticher applications, has just released PhotoScissors, a simple background removal tool for Windows and MacOS. Targeting users who don’t want to learn secrets of retouching, PhotoScissors is really easy to use: the user marks foreground and background zones in the image and immediately sees the results, which can then be fine-tuned with a few mouse gestures. The price for a single licence of PhotoScissors is $19.99.

In Wallace’s Footsteps in the Malay Archipelago

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Jon Baines Tours have announced a new photo tour for nature and wildlife photographers. Inspired by Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913), one of the greatest and most fascinating intellectuals and naturalists of the nineteenth century, who developed the theory of evolution through natural selection in the Malay Archipelago, independently of Charles Darwin, the tour takes participants through the spectacular landscapes of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. The cost of the tour "In Wallace's Footsteps in the Malay Archipelago," including flights from London to Kuching and from Bali to London is £4,278. Led by naturalists George and Jan Beccaloni, world-renowned authorities on Wallace, the tour is taking place from 2nd to 18th September.