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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Canon Launches Teaser Campaign

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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Canon India has posted a teaser ad on its Facebook page. The advert, reprinted above, promises "something big" for your camera (if your camera happens to be a Canon, of course). This could be something literally big, such as a new full-frame telephoto lens, or a brand new accessory that represents a technological breakthrough - there's no way to tell yet, although speculations abound.

Via Photography Bay

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sony Ups Production Capacity for Stacked CMOS Sensors

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Sony has announced that it plans to invest in Sony Semiconductor Corporation's Nagasaki Technology Center and Kumamoto Technology Center to increase its production capacity for stacked (back-illuminated) CMOS image sensors. This investment of approximately 35 billion yen is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities. Sony expects to increase the current capacity of approximately 60,000 wafers per month to approximately 68,000 wafers per month in August 2015.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Student Captures Declining New York Dance Subculture

Zoltan Arva-Toth | General
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A Kingston University graphics student has used his camera to tell the story of the dying art form of subway dancing in New York City. Scott Carthy, who is originally from Drogheda, Ireland, arrived in the United States with his camera in March of this year with the intention of documenting the declining subculture which is currently being clamped down. The result of Scott’s trip is the seven-minute film 1050.6(c), which takes its name from the section of the New York City Transit Rules of Conduct which prohibits performers from dancing within the subway cars. Hiss film takes a snapshot of social and political change in one of the world’s most famous cities, and captures the artistry and often unappreciated talents of New York’s subway performers through the eyes of an aspiring young film-maker. Scott is now determined to find a way to return to shoot a feature-length version of the movie and, to that end, has set-up a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to try and get the project in motion.  “I want to film these amazing performers now, because this could be the last chance to record this art form,” the 22 year old explained. “If no one else does it, it will be gone.”

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chasing the Light eMagazine Issue 30

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Issue 30 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. This month, David Noton's Video Blog takes us to Paris, where he and Wendy shared a memorable anniversary trip; and in Stepping Back he explores the considerable influence of this country on his professional and personal life. In this month’s How It’s Done, David explores the artistic merit of his ‘Balmoral Blur’, and for the Low Down he presents Part One of an article trio on the important topic of Do-It-Yourself Printing. In his brand new regular column, The Storyteller, world-class wildlife photographerChrist Weston explains how he works with a 50mm ‘standard’ lens to ensure he is able to make a connection with his wildlife subjects, importantly allowing them to come to him, rather than the other way around. Do note that the full contents of Chasing the Light online magazine is available to f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Chasing the Light eZine Issue #29

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Issue 29 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. In this month's Behind the Lens and accompanying Video Blog, David relates the second part of his Iceland trip he undertook in March 2014. For the second part of his Low Down on Planning, he analyses what needs to be considered when planning an individual shoot: where, when, transport, packing and preparation. Renowned pro Ross Hoddinott has a brand new column, Hoddinott’s Hangout, with the inaugural installment presenting a travelogue of his recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, which includes some of the great wildlife shots he captured in that special environment. And in The Bizz, former picture researcher/editor and current freelance keyworder Juliet McGrory reveals the dark art behind captioning and keywording your images successfully. Please note that the full contents of Chasing the Light online magazine is available to f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Adorama Announces Updates to its VIP Programme

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Adorama has announced new updates to its VIP programme, offering more benefits, savings and exclusive offers than before. New features, perks and goodies include 30GB of smarter cloud photo and video storage from Picturelife, a complimentary photography lesson from New York Institute of Photography expert photographers, and a free 8”x8” AdoramaPix Photo Book. Additionally, for a limited time, customers can sign up for Adorama’s VIP programme at absolutely no cost. To join, simply visit the website below.

Friday, May 30, 2014

IPHF Receives PNC Arts Alive Grant

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The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (IPHF) has announced it was selected as one of the arts organisations awarded a grant from The PNC Foundation through the PNC Arts Alive initiative in 2014. PNC Arts Alive is a two-year, $1 million initiative from The PNC Foundation that supports visual and performing arts groups with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. The grant was awarded in support of the IPHF’s International Photography Collaborative – “View Through a Lens” – an arts and cultural exchange programme between St. Louis, Missouri and Nanjing, China.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Protect Yourself: What Photographers Should Know About Insurance

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PhotoShelter has just released a new free educational guide, Protect Yourself: What Photographers Should Know About Insurance. The PDF guide covers basic insurance terminology, lists the most important reasons to get insurance and examples of when to file a claim, and much more. You can download the guide from the website below.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Canon Launches ‘Bring It’ Campaign

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Canon U.S.A. has announced a new marketing campaign, “Bring It,” designed to help consumers tell better stories with higher-quality images. and video.  The campaign features Canon’s line of EOS digital SLR cameras and lenses, and encourages everyone to share their best photographs and movies on the Canon “Bring It” microsite. Through a series of TV, in-cinema and digital spots, “Bring It” pays homage to Canon’s past as a leader in digital imaging technology, including scenes from the recent film Need for Speed as well as personal home videos conveying the impact Canon has had from Hollywood to the general public. Consumers are also encouraged to be part of this social movement, using the hashtag #BringIt every time they upload their creative HD videos and still images on social media sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Consumer submitted content shared online with #BringIt may be featured and celebrated on the campaign microsite, bringit.usa.canon.com, beginning in July.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

BHF Urgently Seeking Camera Donations

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British Heart Foundation (BHF) Furniture & Electrical shops are urgently appealing to photographers and camera lovers to donate any unwanted cameras or accessories to their local store. Chris Hull, BHF Field Operations Manager for Furniture & Electrical stores, says, “We’re reaching out to professional photographers and camera enthusiasts as we’re in urgent need of cameras, lenses, camcorders, carry-bags and other accessories. We absolutely rely on the support of the community to keep us running and without their generous donations, we risk reducing funding for vital research into heart disease. Please join the fight for every heartbeat and donate any unwanted items to your local BHF Furniture & Electrical store today!" To find your local BHF Furniture & Electrical store, visit  the website below.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

NPS Bans Drones in Yosemite National Park

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The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a statement advising Yosemite visitors that the use of drones is prohibited within park boundaries. Citing regulations outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), the NPS stresses that "the use of drones within the park boundaries is illegal under all circumstances." Furthermore the NPS notes that "[d]rones can be extremely noisy, and can impact the natural soundscape... Additionally, drones can have negative impacts on wildlife nearby the area of use, especially sensitive nesting peregrine falcons on cliff walls."

Friday, May 2, 2014

Adore Chroma

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Adore Chroma is a new fine-art photography magazine from the creators of Adore Noir. Dedicated to contemporary colour photography of the highest quality, Adore Chroma is available exclusively in digital format. The inaugural issue features images from Seung Hoon Park's TEXTUS series, stunningly interesting photographs of "seemingly trivial and ordinary" subjects by Abba Richman, surprising conceptual images Estelle Choe, painterly long-exposure images by Fabrice Silly, and much more. "Chroma is all about colour," says editor Sandra Djak Kovács. "Our Chroma Highlight features the unique world of Cristina Venedict’s digital brush and with this brush she tells us that 'I want to encourage people to dream.'  And she does so, with vivid fairy tale like scenes where the viewer is easily drawn in, and never wants to leave." The first issue is now available for purchase, priced at $2.95.

Website: Adore Chroma

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Chasing the Light eZine Issue 28

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Issue 28 of David Noton’s Chasing the Light online magazine is now available. In this month’s edition, David takes his readers to Iceland, where he spent a few great weeks back in March. In Stepping Back, David recalls his foray into wildlife photography as he and Wendy worked their way across Kruger National Park, South Africa in 2008 in a Land Rover. From other contributors, David Taylor continues his Taylor Made series with an article examining the arguments for and against HDR, whilst for this month’s How It’s Done feature, renowned street photographer Ronya Galka returns to pen an intriguing piece on her recent commissioned shoot that took place the City of London. Please note that the full contents of Chasing the Light online magazine is available to f11 subscribers only. Non-members can purchase individual issues of the magazine at a price of £4.20.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Seim Studios Release PhotoGraphics Miniseries

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Seim Studios have just released their new photo workshop series focused on the history and art of photography. The miniseries follows in the footsteps of the acclaimed EXposed series produced in 2012. PhotoGraphics uses a historical perspective to guide viewers through many of the artistic and mechanical decisions that are needed to separate good pictures from great photographs, despite the challenges presented by variables like light, weather, color and composition. At approximately 3.5 hours, the series is now available at discounted pricing through 30 April 2014 as an immediate download for $59 and as a Blu-Ray / DVD combo for $79.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Capturing Life with Light

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Velux has teamed up with Joe Tree, photographer and founder of Blipfoto, in a new short film to promote the transformative effect of daylight for The Daylight Project, an online hub launched by Velux last year to highlight the importance of designing with light. The video, which was shot against a striking Edinburgh skyline, draws on Joe’s wealth of photographic experience to showcase the creative benefits of daylight and has been released to correspond with longer days. Click through to watch the video.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Canon Teases New Announcement for Thursday

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Canon Hong Kong have posted a rather mysterious teaser on their Facebook fan page. The advert hints at an April 24 product announcement, but details are sketchy (and that's an understatement). According to Canon Watch, the accompanying text reads, "beauty lies not in objects but in the interaction between the shadow and light created by objects." This line, which is apparently a quotation from an essay by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, has prompted commenters on Facebook to make wild guesses about the new Canon product, ranging from a monochrome camera to an f/0.95 lens.

Via PhotographyBay

Thursday, April 17, 2014

EyeFi Cloud

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Eyefi today unveiled Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, personal computer or smart TV. “Photo lovers know that life’s most important moments should be captured using a digital camera but it’s difficult to access those shots until long after the images are taken,” said Matt DiMaria, chief executive officer of Eyefi. “Eyefi Cloud makes those highest-quality shots available within seconds of them being captured." The Eyefi Mobi SD memory card (pictured) begins the image transfer process within milliseconds of a photo being captured on a digital camera.  Images are automatically and securely transferred to Eyefi’s new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.  Eyefi apps intelligently organise and transfer the images, in full-resolution, to Eyefi Cloud.  Now, any device with the Eyefi apps or with a browser-enabled device can be used to view, share and manage the entire photo collection.Eyefi Mobi wireless SD memory card pricing begins at $49 for the 8GB edition.  Customers will find the new Eyefi Mobi apps in the Apple app store, Google Play app store and Amazon Kindle app store.  Included with the new apps, is a three-month membership to the Eyefi Cloud once they activate a new account.  Existing Eyefi Mobi card customers can simply download the new apps and will also receive a three-month membership.

Clarity Magazine Issue 3

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PhotographyBB has released issue 3 of Clarity magazine. Covering a wide range of topics; Clarity Volume Three dives deep into natural lighting and how to work with available light on-location, how to translate compositional elements into more evocative photographs, the 14 secrets of great photography, what to do when your vision and results just don’t line up, the 3 important factors for photo/file backup longevity and a compelling interview with Cate Cameron – founder. Priced at $6.99, Clarity Volume 3 is available to download in PDF format from the website below.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Adore Noir Magazine Issue 19

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The 19th issue of Adore Noir Magazine is now available for purchase. Adore Noir is a fine art photography magazine available exclusively in digital format. Featuring photographs of deserted Baltimore buildings by Perry Manuk, images of Paris by Laurence Garçon, artistic nudes by Marc Koegel, 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.

Landscape Photography Magazine Issue 38

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Issue 38 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download. This edition includes a test of the Sony A7R compact system camera, a guide to microphotography, a portfolio of images by Jens Inge Ringstad & Bjorn-Erik Thorud, a beginner's guide to exposure, an article on photographing wildflowers in Texas, and much more. Do note that the full contents of Landscape Photography Magazine are available to subscribers only.