Monday, May 23, 2016

How to Create Powerful and Impactful Travel Portraits

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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On Thursday, 9th June, ravel and cultural documentary photographer, Jacob James will host a free webinar delivering advice on how to take your travel portraits to the next level. From capture to post processing, learning how to use light, contrast, composition and colour will help you create powerful and impactful portraits. “All too often photographers get caught up in capturing interesting people and forget complementing that with what they know about light, backgrounds, and colour,” says Jacob. “This webinar is perfect for people who want to learn how to use all the skills a photographer has at his/her disposal to create powerful portraits that complement or contrast their subject to help tell a story”. Sponsored by Wilkinson Cameras, the webinar is free to attend but advance registration is required.

On Thursday, 9th June, ravel and cultural documentary photographer, Jacob James will host a free webinar delivering advice on how to take your travel portraits to the next level. From capture to post processing, learning how to use light, contrast, composition and colour will help you create powerful and impactful...

Graduate Photographers Award 2016 Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Ten recently graduated photographers have been announced as the winners of the Graduate Photographers Award 2016. The award provides a new opportunity for photographers, acknowledging the best emerging practitioners providing them with exposure to both a public and highly professional audience. The ten winners include Nicholas Constant, Emma Gruner, Tom Heatley, Sean Padraic Birnie, Sara Sandri, Vincenzo Sassu, Charan Singh, Erin Solomons, Peter Watkins and Feiyi Wen. Each winning photographer has won mentoring from a Magnum photographer, a portfolio review event with the nomination panel and a slideshow of their work at Photo London.

Ten recently graduated photographers have been announced as the winners of the Graduate Photographers Award 2016. The award provides a new opportunity for photographers, acknowledging the best emerging practitioners providing them with exposure to both a public and highly professional audience. The ten winners include Nicholas Constant, Emma Gruner, Tom Heatley,...

Broncolor Siros L

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Broncolor Siros L is a highly mobile, battery-powered monolight offering up to 440 full-power flashes, constant colour temperature over the entire control range and very short flash durations. From the sales launch, Siros L will be available in two power levels, 400 Joules and 800 Joules. The 400 J version (pictured) has a t0.1 flash duration of 1/400 s and a t0.5 flash duration of 1/1200 s when used at maximum energy (1/6200 s and 1/11,300 s, respectively, when fired at its minimum energy setting), with recycle times ranging from 0.03 s to 1.9 s. The 800 J version has a somewhat longer flash duration (t0.1=1/250 s at full power) and a longer maximum recycle time, but its higher output allows you to use an aperture setting as small as f/45 at a distance of 2m when the Broncolor P70 reflector is attached. The 25-Watt LED modules offer a bright modelling ligt with a colour temperature of 3000 K. The 400Ws Siros L will be available for $2095, while the 800Ws version can be had for $2395. Both prices include a carrying bag. The Broncolor Siros L (both versions) will also be available in an outdoor kit, priced at $4195 and $4795, respectively.

The new Broncolor Siros L is a highly mobile, battery-powered monolight offering up to 440 full-power flashes, constant colour temperature over the entire control range and very short flash durations. From the sales launch, Siros L will be available in two power levels, 400 Joules and 800 Joules. The 400 J version (pictured) has...

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pentax K-1 Firmware Version 1.10

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Ricoh have posted a firmware update for the Pentax K-1 full-frame digital SLR camera. Version 1.10 adds compatibility with the Pentax Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Image Transmitter 2.2.0, and improves stability and general performance. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Ricoh Japan Support

Ricoh have posted a firmware update for the Pentax K-1 full-frame digital SLR camera. Version 1.10 adds compatibility with the Pentax Tethered Capture Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Image Transmitter 2.2.0, and improves stability and general performance. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Ricoh...

Hasselblad H6D-50c to H6D-100c Trade-Up Promotion

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital SLR Cameras
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Hasselblad has announced a H6D-50c Trade-Up promotion. "The H6D has become an instant success with orders received worldwide and has far exceeded our expectations," the company said in a statement. "Unfortunately due to the recent devastating earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, the suppliers of some components, including the 100MP sensor, have been affected." Under the terms of the promotion, customers can purchase the Hasselblad H6D-50c at the standard price and retain the option to trade-up that camera to the H6D-100c for the difference in the recommended sales price. The offer is valid through 31 October 2016.

Hasselblad has announced a H6D-50c Trade-Up promotion. "The H6D has become an instant success with orders received worldwide and has far exceeded our expectations," the company said in a statement. "Unfortunately due to the recent devastating earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, the suppliers of some components, including the 10...

Canon UK Announce Summer Cashback Offer

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Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS M3 & M10), digital compact cameras, camcorders, printers, lenses and the Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash. The offer runs to 31 August 2016.

Canon are offering up to £50/€70 cashback on selected items in the UK and Ireland, plus the chance to win a three-night break in Dubai for two people. Eligible products include digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 760D (pictured), EOS 750D, EOS 700D and EOS 100D, CSCs (EOS...

Canon EOS 80D Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample JPEG and Raw images taken with the new Canon EOS 80D DSLR camera and the equally new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens.

The Canon EOS 80D is a 35mm APS-C digital SLR camera with a 24 megapixel sensor.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

LandscapePro

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Anthropics Technology has launched LandscapePro, an intelligent landscape photo editing application, available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other features. It assumes no prior knowledge or technical skills, and photographers can create unique, dramatic effects quickly. “Inspired by the success of Anthropics’s PortraitPro software, we are delighted to introduce a new product to help photographers expand their creativity and take landscape retouching to the next level,” said Andrew Berend, CEO, Anthropics. “LandscapePro offers an innovative and easy way to create stunning landscape photography, and can be used by novices or experienced photographers alike. As its intelligent controls uniquely adapt to the features of each photo, it enables photographers to do incredible things with their outdoor photos simply by using sliders.” Pricing starts at £29.95/$39.95/€39.95.

Anthropics Technology has launched LandscapePro, an intelligent landscape photo editing application, available in standalone and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Elements plug-in editions. The new software includes landscape relighting, sky replacement, 3D depth estimation, a depth of field simulator, distance controls, intelligent selection tools, and photo-adaptive controls among other features. It...

Adobe Spark

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Adobe today released Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for "creating and sharing impactful visual stories." Free and designed for everyday communications, Adobe Spark is part of the Creative Cloud ecosystem. “Today anyone can create content and share it via social media, but most people lack the skill, time and resources to create something that cuts through the online clutter,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “With Adobe Spark, anyone can create authentic, professional looking visual content for their project, passion, cause or business." The Adobe Spark web app seamlessly syncs with Spark Post, Spark Page and Spark Video iOS mobile apps, allowing users to create, edit and share their story from wherever they are – regardless of their design experience.

Adobe today released Adobe Spark, an integrated web and mobile solution for "creating and sharing impactful visual stories." Free and designed for everyday communications, Adobe Spark is part of the Creative Cloud ecosystem. “Today anyone can create content and share it via social media, but most people lack the...

Fripito Introduces Premium Subscription Model

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The new version of Fripito for Android and iOS offers a new option for a premium subscription. Photographers and travellers can now gain access to all available guides, photo and travel tips, exclusive photos with geotagging and offline maps for a fixed monthly fee. Actually, there are two options, a one-month subscription for $9.99 and a three-month subscription for $23.99. Additionally, the option of purchasing single guides within the app is still available. You can download the Fripito app from Google Play and iTunes.

The new version of Fripito for Android and iOS offers a new option for a premium subscription. Photographers and travellers can now gain access to all available guides, photo and travel tips, exclusive photos with geotagging and offline maps for a fixed monthly fee. Actually, there are two options,...

Fujinon XF2X TC WR

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories, Lenses
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The Fujinon XF2X TC WR is a new 2x teleconverter extending the telephoto reach of two X-mount lenses, the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Available next month, the Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR features an optical construction of 9 elements in 5 groups. In addition, thanks to the unified design when mounted to a compatible lens, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10°C. Phase detection AF is still available when using the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR with the teleconverter mounted. With the XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR lens, photographers can use CDAF. The camera’s optical image stabilization performance is unaffected by the addition of the teleconverter. The Fujinon XF2X TC WR will be on sale in the UK from the end of June with a suggested retail price of £349.

The Fujinon XF2X TC WR is a new 2x teleconverter extending the telephoto reach of two X-mount lenses, the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR and XF100-400mmF4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR. Available next month, the Fujinon Teleconverter XF2X TC WR features an optical...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. Designed to help people get creative with their camera, this book is a unique new photo journal featuring over 100 fun and thought-provoking photo prompts that will guide users through the fundamentals of creative photography. The 128-page paperback will be released in August, priced at £12.95.

Use This if You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. Designed to help people get creative with their camera, this book is a unique new photo journal featuring over 100 fun and thought-provoking photo prompts that will guide users...

Verbatim 100GB BDXL Blu-ray MDISC

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Verbatim has announced a new 100GB Blu-ray disc with an average lifetime of more than 1,000 years. Incorporating titanium for added longevity, the Verbatim MDISC Blu-ray disc preserves stored data by engraving the information into a ‘rock-like’ recording layer resistant to light, temperature, and humidity. The disc is compatible with any BDXL-capable Blu-ray drive. With no more than 1 failure per 100,000 discs expected after more than 1,000 years at 25°C and 50% relative humidity, data can be reliably stored for centuries on MDISC in a typical home or office filing cabinet, the company claims. In comparison, standard Blu-ray, DVD or CDs have an average lifetime of over 25 years. Verbatim’s 100GB BDXL MDISC is sold in a 5 pack for £89.99 or in single units priced at £23.99.

Verbatim has announced a new 100GB Blu-ray disc with an average lifetime of more than 1,000 years. Incorporating titanium for added longevity, the Verbatim MDISC Blu-ray disc preserves stored data by engraving the information into a ‘rock-like’ recording layer resistant to light, temperature, and humidity. The disc is compatible...

BenQ SW2700PT Review

Vincent Oliver | Accessory Reviews
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The BenQ SW2700PT is an affordable 27-inch monitor for photographers - read our in-depth BenQ SW2700PT review to find out if it deserves a place in your photography workflow...

Nikon D500 Review

Amy Davies
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The Nikon D500 is the long-awaited successor to the popular D300 APS-C DSLR camera, which was launched way back in 2007. Can the D500 breathe new life into the flagship DX format for professionals? Find out by reading our in-depth Nikon D500 review...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Moto G Plus

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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The Moto G Plus is a new smartphone with a 1/2.4"-type 16-megapixel image sensor plus, f/2 lens, dual LED flash, laser-assisted focusing and on-sensor PDAF. Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new phablet has a 5.5" Full HD display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an octa-core CPU. In a nod to enthusiast photographers, the pre-installed camera app allows users to set shutter speed, white balance, ISO sensitivity and a range of other shooting parameters manually. And with a fingerprint reader, a touch is all you need to instantly wake up your phone and start snapping away. The Moto G Plus will be available starting today in Brazil and Moto G Plus will be available starting today in India. Both versions will arrive soon in various countries across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Pricing to be confirmed.

The Moto G Plus is a new smartphone with a 1/2.4"-type 16-megapixel image sensor plus, f/2 lens, dual LED flash, laser-assisted focusing and on-sensor PDAF. Powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the new phablet has a 5.5" Full HD display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an octa-core CPU. In a nod to enthusiast photographers,...

X-Rite Partners with Small HD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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X-Rite has announced partnership with SmallHD, the creator of durable production monitors for creative professionals. Within the framework of this partnership, SmallHD will bundle X-Rite OEM i1Display Pro (pictured) with their first-ever line of daylight-viewable, FullHD display models 1703HDR, 2403HDR and 3203HDR. “We are very excited to have our OEM i1Display Pro bundled across the new line of SmallHD Production-Monitor displays to enhance viewing accuracy. The announcement aligns with SmallHD's recently released larger daylight-viewable HDR production monitors,” said X-Rite Vice President of Product Marketing Chris Winczewski. “The partnership with SmallHD demonstrates our focused commitment for the expansion of X-Rite’s photo and video products into the video, filmmaking and broadcast markets.”

X-Rite has announced partnership with SmallHD, the creator of durable production monitors for creative professionals. Within the framework of this partnership, SmallHD will bundle X-Rite OEM i1Display Pro (pictured) with their first-ever line of daylight-viewable, FullHD display models 1703HDR, 2403HDR and 3203HDR. “We are very excited to have...

PSMania 1.0 for iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Duo-Pisces have released PSMania 1.0, their new photo editor for iOS devices. Perfect for photo enthusiasts, PSMania allows anyone to apply interesting image processing effects to their images. There are more than thirty different image filters to choose from, and most offer a slider to adjust the filter parameters in real time. PSMania is free and available through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

Duo-Pisces have released PSMania 1.0, their new photo editor for iOS devices. Perfect for photo enthusiasts, PSMania allows anyone to apply interesting image processing effects to their images. There are more than thirty different image filters to choose from, and most offer a slider to adjust the filter parameters in real...

Samsung NX1 Firmware Version 1.41

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have issued a firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.41 resolves a Bluetooth connection issue with smartphones running on Android 6.0. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung NX1 Support

Samsung have issued a firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.41 resolves a Bluetooth connection issue with smartphones running on Android 6.0. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Samsung NX1 Support

Samsung NX500 Firmware Version 1.12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung have posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX500 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.12 fixes a Bluetooth connection problem with smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website: Samsung NX500 Support Page

Samsung have posted a firmware update for the Samsung NX500 compact system camera. According to the company, version 1.12 fixes a Bluetooth connection problem with smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. You can download the firmware upgrade from the website below. Website: Samsung NX500 Support Page