Friday, January 10, 2014

New gTLDs for Photographers

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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Easyspace has reported a surge in interest for photography-related extensions among the new ICANN generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs). In fact, the most popular group of new domains so far is extensions which reference the art of photography such as .photos, .photography and .camera as well as .gallery. These new gTLDs will ultimately sit alongside existing domains, such as .com. It is free to register interest in one of the new gTLDs with Easyspace while they are in the initial Sunrise phase which allows trademark holders to protect their brands. The Sunrise phase for Dot Camera, Dot Photography and Dot Gallery ends on 31st January. They then move into Landrush on 5th February before becoming available to the general public in General Availability on 12th February.

iWatermark Pro for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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iWatermark Pro is the first Pro version of iWatermark for Windows. A specialised tool to watermark photographs, iWatermark Pro works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto and Aperture; offers batch/sequential processing; supports multi-threaded multiple CPU/GPUs; allows users to add, remove and edit metadata; and much more. iWatermark Pro for Windows is available for $30.

Silvershotz Goes Digital

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Silvershotz has made the transition from print to digital and is about to launch an interactive and multi platform visual experience. Originally known as the Black & White Enthusiast, Silvershotz was founded in 1998 by David Bigwood in Australia. The publication was later renamed Silvershotz and relocated to the UK, with distribution reaching 12,000 print run every 8 weeks. Last year, Silvershotz made its transition to digital, and is now ready to be relaunched as an interactive publication in March 2014. The new Silvershotz will be available for PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Nikon Teams Up with Formula One Stars

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Nikon UK have announced their support for an initiative that sees the stars of Formula 1 unite for the Zoom auction of photographs in a bid to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. The drivers and team principals of F1 teams were asked to take a photograph of their chosen subject and those images will be signed and auctioned by Coys on Friday 7th February 2014 at London’s prestigious InterContinental London Park Lane, hosted by the BBC’s F1 presenter Suzi Perry. Along with the images, Nikon Coolpix cameras which have been signed by some of the sport's biggest names will also be auctioned off.

Lowepro Nova Sport AW Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Lowepro has launched a new range of shoulder bags called Nova Sport AW. Available in three sizes, the Nova Sport AW is an outdoor friendly shoulder bag perfect for day-long adventures, or longer travels. The Nova Sport AW fits on SLR in the smallest model, through to two pro SLRs in the largest model. All three models include space for extra lenses, flashes and accessories, plus a tablet (7L and 17L) or laptop compartment (35L). 

SmugMug Launches New Film Series

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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SmugMug is launching a new film series that will provide a unique snapshot of the working lives of some of the world’s best photographers. Click through to view the trailer for the world premiere of the new series and subscribe to the SmugMug Films YouTube channel..

Hasselblad Masters 2014 Competition Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The winners of the Hasselblad Masters 2014 Competition have just been announced. "We're delighted with the number of entries the Hasselblad Masters 2014 competition attracted," says Hasselblad's Global Photographer Relations Manager Paul Waterworth. "The standard was extraordinarily high this time around, and the category winners can be truly proud of their achievement." The winners include Martin Schubert, Antonio Pedrosa, Rafael Rojas, Josheph Goh Meng Huat, Roman Jehanno, Bara Prasilova, Rafal Malesztyk, Hengki Koentjoro, Dmitri Ageev, Bryn Griffiths, Paul Gisbrecht and Chris Straley.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fujifilm FinePix S8500 Review

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The new Fujifilm FinePix S8500 super-zoom camera boasts a 46x zoom lens, 16 megapixel sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, an electronic viewfinder and 1080p movies at 60fps, all for under £200. Does the Fujifilm S8500 cut too many corners though? Find out by reading our in-depth Fujifilm FinePix S8500 review...

aKu “ladibird” Camera Module

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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At CES 2014, Singapore-based start-up aKu is showcasing the prototype of a new device called "ladibird" that takes all of the essential optics and electronics of a large-sensor system camera and merges them into a phone casing for the Apple iPhone. The ladibird's image sensor is 7.5x larger than the average smartphone imager and 4x larger than the sensor of a typical compact camera. The ladibird camera is currently in the early stage of development with a prototype for the iPhone 5 - aKu has completed one successful round of Indiegogo funding, and is currently conducting its second round, which will go towards mass production of the camera. Prototypes of the device can be viewed at suite #621, tower 1 - on the 8th floor of the Signature at MGM Grand, Las Vegas.

Manfrotto Launches KLYP+ for iPhone 5S

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Manfrotto has announced the KLYP+ photographic solution for the Apple iPhone 5/5S. Billed as the "first all-in-one photographic set for iPhone 5/5S to shoot extraordinary images," the Manfrotto KLYP+ includes a bumper case with a tripod mount, three different add-on conversion lenses and a brand new LED light. The KLYP+ is available now in Manfrotto's online shop.

CLARITY Magazine Issue 2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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The second issue of PhotographyBB's CLARITY eMagazine is now available for purchase. CLARITY is billed as the first lifestyle eMagazine for photography enthusiasts at all levels of experience. Volume 2  includes 85 gorgeous page spreads, 7 videos, a 43-minute podcast, and articles from leading photographic educators including: Kevin Kubota, Piet Van den Eynde, Lindsay Ostrom, Sean McCormack, Chris Corradino, Dave Delnea, Bill McCarroll, Peter Dorr, Jay Livens, Lee Sacrey, and Barry J. Brady. Single issues of CLARITY are available for only USD $6.99 each, or a subscription savings bundle for one-year (6 issues, published bi-monthly) for $29.99.

Canon EOS-1D X Firmware Update 2.0.3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Canon has issued a firmware update for its EOS-1D X digital SLR camera. Version 2.0.3. incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

Tiffen Launches 3 Davis & Sanford Tripods

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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Tiffen is showcasing three new tripods from its Davis & Sanford brand at CES. These include the rugged, ultra-light and affordable Davis & Sanford Vista Attaras 4M 3-section tripod with a 11-lb capacity ball-head, the Magnum P336 tripod with a Powerball PB36-18 head offering a load capacity of 18 lbs, and the compact Steady Stick 3QR with quick release system. The Attaras 4M and the Steady Stick 3QR will go on sale in March. The Magnum P336 will be available later this month.

Datacolor Announces New Free Webinar

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Datacolor will be hosting a new free-to-attend webinar in January. "Colour Accurate Retouching made simple - Highlights from the SWPP Convention" with Richard West and Bob Campbell of onOne Software will take place on 29th January, 8-9pm CET. The session will end with a chance for attendees to ask their questions to get tips and tricks on how to optimise their colour managed retouching workflow. You can register for this webinar at the website below.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Polaroid Showcases Three New HD Mountable Action Cameras at CES

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Polaroid is expanding its line of high-definition action cameras with three new models at CES 2014. The Polaroid XS100i (pictured) builds upon the success of the XS100 model but adds Wi-Fi with iOS and Android apps so consumers can adjust settings remotely, watch video in real-time and share videos instantly. In addition, the Polaroid XS100i camera is shockproof and waterproof up to 30’ or 10m. The XS100i is now shipping and available at retailers for $179.99. The Polaroid C³ camera features a square design, 5-megapixel CMOS sensor and a lens that provides 120° of coverage. It can capture video in 720p and VGA resolutions, is waterproof up to 2m and, features a microphone and LED light. The Polaroid XS1000i model camera boasts a unique patent-pending quick-change mounting system, a 16-megapixel Aptina CMOS sensor and a lens offering 170° of coverage.

Toshiba “Bright Mode” Video Technology for CMOS Sensors

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Toshiba has announced the development of “Bright Mode”, a CMOS image sensor technology that allows smartphones and tablets to record Full HD video at 240fps. CMOS image sensors incorporating “Bright Mode” can playback high-quality video in slow motion, giving smartphone videographers new creative opportunities. Sample sensors incorporating “Bright Mode” will be available in Q1 2014.

Kodak Pixpro Smart Lens Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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JK Imaging has announced two new Kodak PixPro Smart Lens camera models, enabling users to outfit their existing iOS or Android smartphones with a snap-on camera module. Features on the Kodak PixPro SL10 ($199) include 1080p video, a 28-280mm eq. 10X zoom lens, optical image stabilisation, Wi-Fi and a microSD memory card slot. The SL25 ($299) boasts a 24-600mm eq. 25X zoom lens, wireless connectivity and a memory card slot. The Kodak PixPro Smart Lens devices will be available in spring 2014.

Kodak Pixpro AstroZoom AZ651

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras

The Kodak Pixpro AZ651 is a new superzoom camera boasting 65x optical zoom, image stabilisation and a 3" vari-angle display. Equipped with a 24-1560mm equivalent lens, the AZ651 is capable of shooting Full HD videos and comes with a proprietary lithium-ion battery. The AZ651 is scheduled to go on sale in spring 2014 at a price of $349.

Kodak Pixpro S-1

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Wi-Fi enabled Kodak Pixpro S-1 - whose first mock-up was unveiled almost a year ago - is a Micro Four Thirds camera boasting a sixteen-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 3.0" 920,000-dot articulated LCD, sensor-shift image stabilisation and Full HD video recording capabilities. The Kodak Pixpro S-1 is priced at $499 for the entry-level single lens kit and $599 for a double lens kit. 

Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 5S, Drift Ghost & GoPro HERO3

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Tiffen today announced that its Steadicam Smoothee is now available for the iPhone 5S smartphone as well as the GoPro HERO3/3+, Drift Ghost-S and Drift HD Ghost action cameras. “The Steadicam Smoothee continues to hold onto its title as the most popular handheld camera stabiliser for action cameras and Apple iPod Touch and iPhone products,” comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO. “As the perfect companion to some of the hottest consumer video capture devices on the market, CES is the ideal venue for showing off Steadicam’s latest Smoothee developments. Plus, with our booth located right next to GoPro, visitors can see first-hand how tremendous the movie making experience is when you combine the Hollywood shooting techniques of Steadicam with the action adventure capture of GoPro HERO.” The Steadicam Smoothee retails for $149.