Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Lomo Instant Review

Amy Davies
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Born out of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Lomo Instant is the most advanced instant camera on the planet. Using the widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film, the Lomo Instant offers advanced features like manual aperture control, a built-in flash, and a bulb mode for long exposures. Read our Lomo Instant review now...

Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro is a new fast telephoto zoom lens from Olympus for the Micro Four Thirds system. Offering a 80-300mm focal length, constant f/2.8 maximum aperture, fast and near-silent focusing, and a manual focus clutch, read our in-depth Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro review to find out if it's the best Micro Four Thirds telephoto lens...

AKVIS Draw 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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AKVIS ha released AKVIS Draw V.2.0, an application which converts photos into pencil sketches and line art pictures. This update adds real-time effects previews to the 64 bit version, expands raw image file support, adds the Pencil tool to the After tab, improves upon the Text tab, adds a 'Show Original' option to the tools' parameters, fixes minor bugs, adds Dropbox to the list of the publishing services and official support for Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. All registered users of AKVIS Draw can upgrade to the new version for free.

DxO OpticsPro 10.2, FilmPack 5.1 and ViewPoint 2.5.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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DxO has released DxO OpticsPro v10.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.2. The updates add support for the Sony A7 II, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100, the Pentax K-S1, and the Samsung Galaxy S5. The DxO Optics Modules database benefits form the addition of 291 new camera/lens combinations. DxO OpticsPro v10.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.2 are now available in the DxO online store.

UK Pricing Announced for Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Intro2020 has announced the UK price and availability of the Tamron SP 15-30mm Di VC USD lens. Featuring an optical construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements used throughout the optical system, the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is billed as the world's first full-frame f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilisation. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will go on sale on 16th February, at a recommended retail price of £949.99.

Phottix Indra 500 TTL Now Available in the UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Phottix Indra 500 TTL studio light is now available in the United Kingdom. Offering a new level of power for photographers on the move, the 500Ws Phottix Indra500 TTL studio light features through-the-lens flash exposure control with Canon and Nikon cameras, high-speed sync, manual power adjustment in 1/3EV increments, wireless radio control with Phottix Odin and Mitros+ systems, and a maximum recycle time of 2 seconds. The Phottix Indra500 TTL studio light is priced at £699.99 (head-only), £929.99 (AC Adapter Kit) and £999.99 (Battery Adapter Kit).

AOP Student Awards to Open Soon

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Association of Photographers (AOP) has announced its Student Awards photography competition is to launch on 20 February 2015. The Awards will be open to all students who are studying a course that includes photography as a part. There will four briefs, each set by a leading professional photographer. The briefs will be announced when the Awards launch. This year, London prolab and art printer, theprintspace are to partner the AOP for the Awards. The deadline for entries is 30 April 2015.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ReaSoft Updates reaConverter 7 for Windows

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ReaSoft has updated its reaConverter 7 batch image conversion and editing program, adding the Watch Folders feature which facilitates easy automation of most image conversion tasks. The new feature says just what it says on the tin - it monitors folders containing images for new or modified files and instantly applies predefined actions to them. Working invisibly in the background, reaConverter´s Watch Folders feature allows a user to resize, crop, adjust brightness and colours, add watermarks and otherwise alter images of 400+ supported formats found in the user-specified Windows folder. reaConverter 7 is available for Windows XP through Windows 8 in three edititons; Lite (Free), Standard ($49.99) and Pro ($99.99).

Sony World Photography Awards Launch New Mobile Photography Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The World Photography Organisation (WPO) today launched a new award dedicated to mobile photography at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographers of all abilities have one month from today to submit their best image which answers the brief "You get out of life what you put in." The twenty best images will be shortlisted by a judging panel, and showcased on the World Photography Organisation website. The one winner will be chosen via a public vote running on the website from 10-17 March.

Athetech Perfectly Clear 4 for Android and iOS

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Athentech today launched Version 4 of their Perfectly Clear App for Android and iOS. Both apps include Next Generation Beautify with new algorithms that automatically detect gender, age, and facial features to apply "just the right amount of correction." The new versions boast five additional features: Blemish Removal, Face Slimming, Eye Circle Removal, Shine Removal and Catchlight. Plus, the iOS edition also gains some of the features that have been available for Android for some time, such as a new noise removal algorithm, multi-image selection for batch photo corrections, and the ability to zoom into the full-resolution photo so you can view your results at 100%. The Android and iOS versions are available for $2.99 each

Monday, January 26, 2015

How to Take Photos of Tattoos

Mark Goldstein | Photography Techniques
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In our latest technique article, we share some top tips for taking great photographs of tattoos.

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS is a premium travel-zoom camera with a 30x zoom lens in a slim and compact body. The Canon SX710 also offers 20 megapixels, a 3-inch LCD screen, PASM shooting modes, built-in wi-fi/NFC and Full HD 60p movies. Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX710 HS review to find out if it's the right travel camera for you...

DNP DS620A Dye-Sublimation Photo Printer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers
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DNP today introduced its new flagship DS620A dye-sublimation photo printer for the event photography and photo retail markets. As the latest addition to the company’s DS Series printers, the DS620A is billed as the world’s most compact professional-grade photo printer, capable of outputting up to 400 prints per hour. At 10.8-inches wide by 14.4-inches deep by 6.7-inches high, the DS620A is 14 percent lighter than its predecessor. The printer’s design also features improved aesthetics with a new white color scheme and rounded corners. The DS620A is capable of producing 2”x6”(2-up) photo strips, 2”x6”(4-up) photo strips, 3.5"x5”(2x), 4”x6”, 4”x6”(2x), 5”x7”, and 6”x8” prints as well as new 5”x5” and 6”x6” square prints in a newly improved gloss or matte finish. A new standby mode lowers costs and increases profitability by making the most efficient use of energy (<0.5W). The printer also provides advanced status information from the driver, enabling users at any time to check remaining media, media format, printer status, printer life counter, color control data, firmware version and serial number. For more information, visit the website below.

Samsung NX1 Firmware Update 1.2

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Samsung has issued a function-enhancing firmware update for the Samsung NX1 compact system camera. Version 1.2, which was pre-announced two weeks ago, incorporates a variety of movie mode refinements, several interface upgrades and expanded connectivity options. Other updates include Trap Shot, an addition to the Samsung Auto Shot mode. Users can now adjust the settings so that when a moving object hits this line, the camera will automatically take a picture. PC tethering via USB is now a reality for those using Samsung Remote Studio software and developers can take advantage of Samsung’s Software Development Kit for Windows PC, meaning they have remote access and control software for the Samsung NX1. The firmware update will be available later this month. Click through / scroll down for the complete list of feature improvements.

Website: Samsung

New Westcott Products Now Available in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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JP Distribution has announced the UK availability of a number of new accessories made by Westcott. These include the 38″ x 45″ Omega Reflector (£120), which can be used as a standard reflector or as a shoot-through unit with an easily convertible 2:3 centre frame with easy to attach/detach Velcro panels; the durable and stable Illuminator Arm Extreme (£95) that combines two grip mounts and a telescopic all-metal arm giving photographers the ability to mount their reflectors and boards effortlessly; the Rapid Box 32" Duo (£320, pictured), which offers the same amazing features as our other Rapid Boxes with the added ability to mount up to two speedlites; a 40˚ Grid for the Rapid Box 32" Duo (£420); the Westcott LampGuard (£60), which is a compact protective case for CFL lamps, speedlites, bulbs, and compact light-heads; and the Westcott Pocket Pack (£24), a compact reflector and 1-stop diffuser combination that pops open instantly to a full 12 inch diameter.

Kolor Panobook 2015 Photo Competition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The 2015 olor Panobook Contest, a major panoramic photography competition, is about to open. The entry period will begin on 2nd February, and photographers have until 3rd March to submit their best panoramic images to the competition. As in the previous years, the best entries will be published in a photobook called the Kolor Panobook 2015. As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work. For more information and to enter, visit the website below.

Website: Panobook

Calumet Student Photographer of the Year Award

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Calumet Photographic has just launched its new Student Photographer of the Year Award for 2015 in partnership with a host of major photographic brands. Designed to recognise photographic talent of students and to provide them with a platform for their work to be recognised, the award is open and available to any student in the UK. Prospective entrants are invited to submit a single photo of their best work - or three if they are a part of the Calumet Student membership programme - and up to 20 words explaining their chosen image. A panel of four judges, including Calumet’s Managing Director, Jon Warner; Professional Photographer, Rory Lewis; Canon’s Product Intelligence Professional, David Parry; Professional Photographer, Tom Barnes, will view all entries and shortlist 10 runners-up and one overall winner who will win an array of prizes worth over £11,000. The deadline for entries is 13 March 2015 and the winners will be announced shortly after.

All Sports Illustrated Photographers Made Redundant

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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According  the National Press Photographers Association, Sports Illustrated has made all of its remaining staff photographers redundant. In speaking with the News Photographer Magazine, SI director of photography Brad Smith blamed the move on the current "economic circumstances," adding that the lay-offs were part of a company-wide restructuring effort. Effective March 2015, the staff cuts do not necessarily mean that the six photographers - seasoned veterans including Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John W. McDonoughand Al Tielemans - will no longer be able to work for the magazine. "I hope that they may continue to [contribute to the success of the magazine] under slightly different circumstances," Smith told the NPPA.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Pricing Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Tamron has announced pricing and availability for the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD wide zoom. Featuring an optical construction comprising 18 elements in 13 groups including an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element placed at the front group and several LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements used throughout the optical system, the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is billed as the world's first full-frame f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with image stabilisation. Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coating is further refined to render uniformity in transmissivity across the critical bandwidths. Coupled with the eBAND coating, ghosting and flare typically observed on ultra-wideangle lenses are efficiently eliminated, resulting in crisper and crystal-clear images, the company claims. The lens will go on sale on 30th January, priced at $1199.

Olympus Teases New OM-D Model for February

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Olympus has released a teaser video entitled The Future of Award Winning Photography. Evoking the most important milestones in the history of the OM-D line, such as the launch of the E-M5 in 2012, the release of the E-M1 in 2013 and the addition of the E-M10 in 2014 - as well as some of the best photographs taken with these cameras -, the video closes with the mysterious promise: "The Future of Award Winning Photography - Coming February 2015." Click through / scroll down to watch the video.