Tuesday, November 5, 2013

VideoStory 2.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Bits&Coffee has released VideoStory 2.0, a free iOS app designed to create photo slideshows with video transitions and music. Custom-built for Instagram Video, version 2.0 allows users to use VideoStory to create a unique and engaging video story with photos and music, tailor made for sharing on Instagram. VideoStory 2.0  has both a free (with in-app purchases) and a Pro version ($0.99). It's a universal iOS app that runs on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch with support for iOS version 5, 6, and 7.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 35 sample JPEG photos taken with the new Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone.

The Sony Xperia Z1 has a 1/2.3-type 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, fast f/2.0 lens, a 5-inch TFT screen, and 3x clear image zoom.

f-stop Kenti Camera Bag Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We've teamed up with camera bag specialists f-stop to give away a Kenti Mountain Series backpack worth $269!

The lucky winner is Jessica Lacourse. Congratulations!

Over the years, f-stop has built a reputation for making some of the most advanced camera bags designed for adventure seeking photographers. From the depths of Antarctica to the peaks of the Himalayas, our products have been battle tested in the most adverse conditions. We offer versatile carry systems for almost every type of user. The Kenti is f-stop’s most compact Mountain Series bag and our answer for shooters in need of a comfortable solution that provides instant camera access.

For run and gun access, dual suicide doors offer accessibility without having to set the bag down. When on the move, a full size hip belt and low profile design offers optimal weight distribution and mobility. The Kenti’s unique padded divider configuration allows users to decide how they organize their valuables. Whether using a pro-gripped body or micro 4/3rds, the Kenti accommodates countless configurations with additional space for miscellaneous items, and even a small laptop and/or tablet. Lastly, the weather resistant shell utilizes reverse YKK® zippers and DWR-treated, 330D Double Ripstop Nylon lined with polyurethane to shields inside contents from outside elements.

Website - fstopgear.com
Facebook - fstop.gear

Great Totally Rad! Software Package Winner

Mark Goldstein | Competitions, PhotographyBLOG
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We're giving away free downloads of Totally Rad! Inc.’s most wanted professional photo editing programs, plus more. The following prize package is valued at $250:

- One free download of Replichrome

- One free download of RadLab: Totally Rad! Inc.’s most well-known digital photo editing program, which includes 80 styles you can layer and combine to create the perfect combination for your images.

- One free download of PicTapGo: An iOS7 compatible version of our photo editing app PicTapGo was just released, offering iPhone users unlimited amounts of filters to edit their photos.

- A spot on our beta list, giving them the opportunity to try out Totally Rad’s next product before it’s even out to the public.

The lucky winner is Andrew Hollywood. Congratulations!

This contest has now ended.

Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR/D Instant Rebate

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Sekonic has announced a $50 US-only instant rebate for consumers of the touchscreen-operated Litemaster Pro L-478 series light meters. Qualifying purchases include the Litemaster Pro L-478D and the Litemaster Pro L-478DR - either alone or bundled with an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card. These meters are designed for digital still photographers working with remote flash set ups. The L-478DR model even incorporates PocketWizard wireless radio technology for in-meter power control of Canon and Nikon Speedlights on a PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver. The $50 Instant Rebate will be awarded to eligible consumers at the time of purchase.

SanDisk 2013 Extreme Team Contest Winner Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Sandisk has announced Callum Morse from the UK as winner of its 2013 SanDisk Extreme Team photography competition. Callum’s winning image (above) depicts a tidal wave during a sunset. Brian Pridgeon, Product Marketing Management at SanDisk, commented: “Callum’s image shows great imagination, true creativity, a sense of adventure and courage in getting the right shot."

PMH: Home

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers, Websites
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The Photographic Museum of Humanity (PMH) today launched its tenth curated online exhibition. Entitled Home, the exhibition features the work of outstanding photographers of PMH's online community such as Sara Lewkowicz, Ilona Szwarc, Emer Gillespie and Alvaro Deprit, among others. You can view the exhibited images in five galleries until 1 December 2013 at the website below.

“Togetherness” Photo Contest Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) has announced the winners of the Togetherness Photographic Competition. Donna Gray ASWPP from Huntly, Scotland was chosen as the winner from over 35 images entered in to the competition, with the image entitled ‘What you looking at’ (aböve). The photo was shot using a single flash head and softbox. Donna has won a 12-month SWPP membership. The runners-up are Martin Castein and Roy Hawkins.

Free Datacolor Webinar in November

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Datacolor will be hosting a new free-to-attend webinar this November. Entitled How to get the colours in your photobooks spot on with Vanilla PhotoBooks – with Richard West, this online seminar will cover the essential steps from adjusting images on a screen, putting together a photobook, to getting finished books looking great. Vanilla PhotoBooks are offering a 25% discount off the first Vanilla photobook to all attendees. The one-hour session will take place from 7pm on 19th November.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R is an ultra-fast, moderately wide-angle prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a classic focal range of 35mm in 35mm terms, is the Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R a worthy addition to the XF lens range? Read our Fujifilm XF 23mm f1.4 R review to find out...

Nikon Posts Fifth “Pure Photography” Teaser Video

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has published the fifth video in its intriguing 'Pure Photography' teaser campaign. Unlike the previous instalments this movie clip offers some close-up shots of Nikon's as-yet-unannounced new, retro-styled camera; which has a traditional shutter speed dial, a classic pentaprism viewfinder housing and professional AF and metering controls. Click through / scroll down to view the teaser movie! 

New Bowens MD Promises Global Expansion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Global
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Emerson Roberts, the newly-appointed MD at Bowens International has pledged to invest heavily in new product development and expand the photo-lighting equipment manufacturer’s global market share. Since his official appointment two months ago Roberts has already implemented an exclusive distribution deal with the MAC Group in the USA. Now he plans a 2014 launch of a brand new range of highly advanced ‘radio-tech’ monoblocs and promises to expand the company's research & development team in the UK. 

Ricoh Imaging UK Launches Winter Cashback

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh Imaging UK has embarked on a promotional campaign offering photographers £40-£85 cashback on the Pentax K-50 (pictured) & K-5 II / IIs. In addition, consumers wishing to upgrade to the Pentax K-3 can take advantage of the latest trade-in offer. On purchase of a new K-3, consumers receive a minimum of £85 when they trade in any camera. The winter cashback campaign runs until 14 January 2014. The trade-in promotion will run from 1 November – 31 December 2013.

Free VF-4 Finder with Olympus E-P5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Compact System Camera
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Olympus has launched a new promotion in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Offering a free VF-4 electronic viewfinder with every E-P5 14-42mm kit or E-P5 body purchased, the promotion runs from today until 5th January. Customers will have until 2 February 2014 to claim their free VF-4. To learn more, read the terms and conditions of the promotion.

Adobe Updates Video Apps in Creative Cloud

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe has released major new updates to the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud, including new capabilities in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Adobe SpeedGrade CC, Adobe Prelude CC, Adobe Media Encoder CC and Adobe Story CC Plus. Today’s updates, which were initially previewed in September , include a direct link colour pipeline between Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe SpeedGrade CC, expanded native support for brilliant visuals including 4K high frame rate content, a new mask tracker in Adobe After Effects, the Adobe Prelude CC Live Logger iPad app and many other feature enhancements. Current Adobe Creative Cloud members receive all of these innovations as part of their existing membership at no extra cost.

Hasselblad Launches Three New ‘Stellar Special Edition’ Models

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras
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Hasselblad has followed up the summer launch of Stellar, its second camera aimed at the amateur and enthusiast market, with the unveiling of three new 'Stellar Special Edition' compact cameras. The latest Stellar models offer photographers the choice of three new camera body colours: black, white and orange - and ship with bespoke camera cases in black or white leather with signature stitching and shoulder and wrist straps. Designed at Hasselblad's own Italy-based Design Centre, Stellar Special Edition models are now available with carbon fibre, padouk or wenge wood grips and cost €2,375 / £1,975 / $3,175 each.

SINWP Announces Close-up Photography Competition Winners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Society of Nature and Wildlife Photographers (SINWP) has announced the winners of its close-up photography competition. Mohamad Fahmi from Masai in Malaysia was chosen as the winner from over 480 images entered in to the competition, with the image entitled ‘What you looking at’ (above). Mohamad has won a 12-month SINWP membership.

Fujifilm Processing Lab Plans for Closure

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Fujifilm UK is to close its E6 processing lab facility in November 2014. This ceasing of operations has been planned in advance to enable customers who have remaining rolls of Fujichrome Sensia process-paid film sufficient time to get them processed. Fujifilm's pre-paid processing vouchers will continue to be available, but must also be used before the closing date of 1st November 2014.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nikon Adds Three More Videos to its Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Nikon has now published a total of four short videos as part of its Pure Photography teaser campaign. These short movies, which are around half a minute long each, are widely believed to herald the upcoming launch of a retro-styled, full-manual digital camera from Nikon. Click through / scroll down to view all four videos.

Official Nokia Lumia 1020 Raw Samples

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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Via its official blog, Nokia has published four raw DNG files that show off the capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera phone. Nokia's Juha Alakarhu announced last week that the company is adding DNG support to the Lumia 1020 and new Lumia 1520 handsets, which has caused quite a stir in the photography community around the world. "“Overall, I’m so proud of what we have achieved in Nokia," Alakarhu says. "We have the amazing camera hardware, very powerful camera user interface, and now the raw support." To read more on the subject and to download the full-resolution raw and JPEG samples, head to the website below.

Website: Nokia Conversations