Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CameraBag Cinema

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nevercenter today released CameraBag Cinema, a new tool for 4K+ video filtering, colour correction, and film emulation for Mac. Key features include advanced curve-based colour and light adjustments, more than 200 fully adjustable presets, dozens of motion and still film stock emulations, tile-based adjustments, batch processing capabilities, and much more. CameraBag Cinema is priced at $99, with a significant launch sale of 40% off, so early adopters can get it for just $59.

Polaroid LED Lights

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Polaroid LED camera/camcorder video lighting line is now available for purchase. The range includes the Polaroid 350 ultra-high-powered, dual-colour LED video light wih barndoors ($159.99, pictured), the Polaroid 312 ($139.95) and Polaroid 144 ($99.95) camcorder LED lights and the flashgun-mountable Polaroid 102 LED dimmable video light ($39.95). All four products are available from Amazon.

Macphun Release Filters for Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have just released a new free app, Filters for Photos. The new software works as a Photos for Mac extension as well as standalone software; it gives users the ability to add sketch, analogue vintage, and many other filters to their photos in a single click. Available exclusively from the MacPhun Store, Filters for Photos introduces 30 creative filters from sketch to oil painting, vintage to rainbow palette. Users can adjust and tweak every filter, plus apply the filters to a certain part of the photo, quickly export their creations to other photo editors, or share via social media and e-mail.

ON1 Photo RAW

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ON1 has announced the development of a new raw imageconverter and non-destructive photo editor called ON1 Photo RAW. To be released this autumn, Photo RAW promises to be the world’s fastest, most flexible, and easiest-to-use raw converter and photo editor on the market. Several years in the making, Photo RAW, with its modern raw data processing engine, is tuned for today's sensors and graphics chips. According to ON1, the controls found throughout Photo RAW will respond in real time by leveraging modern video cards, using the latest versions of OpenGL and OpenCL. ON1 Photo RAW will include built-in layers, brushes, and advanced masking tools, and the program will also work seamlessly as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Corel PhotoPaint; a standalone host app for Google Nik Collection and other photo editors; or as an extension to Apple Photos.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pinnacle Studio 19.5

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pinnacle has released a loyalty update to Pinnacle Studio 19, giving registered customers free access to all-new Stop Motion Animation capabilities along with a variety of performance and speed enhancements. Building on the strengths of its Multi-Cam editing and enhanced 64-bit playback and performance; Pinnacle Studio 19.5 allows users to create big screen-style animations and full-HD stop motion videos using anything from a webcam to a smartphone or supported VDSLR. The new Pinnacle Studio 19.5 update is now available free to registered Pinnacle Studio 19 users.

Where’s That ColorChecker?

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the ColorChecker targets, X-Rite have launched a social competition, entitled ‘Where’s That ColorChecker?’ Every 3 days, XRite will post a famous landmark partially covered by a ColorChecker target. Entrants who correctly identify the landmark will have the chance to win one of 40 ColorChecker targets. A winner will be randomly selected after each round from the list of correct answers. The competition runs until 4 July 2016.

G-Rack 12

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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G-Technology has launched its new G-Rack 12 network attached storage solution, which streamlines demanding media and entertainment video workflows, including 4K and above resolution, with a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 120TB. An optional expansion chassis is available for expanding up to another 120TB of storage. "RED Studios Hollywood is constantly looking for the latest storage innovations, such as the G-Rack 12,” stated Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema. “The 10-gigabit network speeds and ability to work within our Adobe, Final Cut Pro, and Avid ecosystems makes our G-RACK 12 an extremely valuable asset.”  Pricingvaries depending on capacity and configuration.

Fantasea FG9X Underwater Housing

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Fantasea has announced the new FG9X underwater housing for the Canon PowerShot G9 X camera. The housing provides full access to all camera buttons with clearly labeled controls and features a new touch-screen technology, providing access to essential contact points on the camera's touch-sensitive screen. Depth rated to 60 metres, the Fantasea FG9X offers a moisture detector, double O-ring protection and an M67 thread on its lens port. Now available for pre-order, the FG9X housing is priced at $400. The estimated release date is May 2016.

Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Review

Mark Goldstein
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The new Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD is a short telephoto prime lens for DSLR cameras which boasts several class-leading features. Can it beat its main rivals from Canon, Nikon and Sigma? Find out in our Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD review...

Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Magnum Photos and LensCulture are inviting submissions to the inaugural Magnum and LensCulture Photography Awards. The jury will select 12 winners and 20 finalists from Documentary, Street, Portrait, Fine Art, Photojournalism and Open categories. In addition, the jury will select 7 photographers as “Jurors’ Picks” and give out 5 “Student Spotlight” awards to young, up-and-coming talents. Winners, finalists and top-rated photographers will gain access to an unprecedented level of global exposure and recognition from two of the largest organisations in the photo industry, as well as cash funding and career support. The deadline for entries is 24 May 2016.

Sony A68 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample JPEG and RAW images and a movie taken with the new Sony A68 compact system camera, including the full ISO range.

The Sony A68 is a 24 megapixel A-mount camera featuring Sony’s unique 4D FOCUS system with 79 autofocus detection points including 15 cross points and a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dimly-lit scenes.

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are sample JPEG and RAW images and a movie taken with the new Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II compact camera, including the full ISO range.

The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II is a premium compact camera with a 1-inch 20 megapixel image sensor, fast f/1.8-2.8 24-100mm zoom lens with a nine-bladed lens aperture, and a new DIGIC 7 processor.

Philips BDM4350UC 4K UHD Monitor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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MMD has announced a new addition to its line-up of Philips 4K Ultra HD displays. At 43 inches, the latest Philips BDM4350UC 4K Ultra HD monitor is the largest in the range to date, providing professional photographers and designers with more space than ever to work. The MultiView feature enables users to stream input from up to four systems, and show four Full HD windows on the screen at one time. With a range of connectivity options including HDMI, DisplayPort and MHL for streaming from mobile devices (while charging the device at the same time), the new 43-inch 4K Ultra HD display also offers a USB 3.0 port, as well as PiP and PbP functionality. The new Philips 43-inch BDM4350UC display will be available in the beginning of May at a recommended retail price of £1,169.99.

Nikon European Film Festival Winners Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Nikon has announced the winners of its European Film Festival in association with independent film organisation, Raindance and Oscar-winning director, Asif Kapadia. ‘Not A Pizza Order’ by Cécile Ragot, France, has been awarded the Grand Prix, with cecile winning a Nikon D810 film kit and a one-week, all-expenses paid networking trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May. All jury members were impressed by this film, which is centred around the issue of domestic violence. The other category winners selected by the jury were ‘Bad Luck’ by Martin Taube, Sweden (Best Narrative), ‘Evasion’ by Pierre le Gall, France (Technical Excellence) and ‘Diamondjaw’ by Tormi Torop, Estonia (Best Student Entry).

Sony A6300 Review

Jack Baker
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The Sony A6300 is a new high-end compact system camera that features the fastest auto-focusing system in the world and the highest number of AF points. With a 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, 4K movie recording, high-res 3-inch tilting LCD screen, electronic viewfinder and built-in flash, the Sony NEX-6 also offers 11fps burst shooting, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps. Read our in-depth Sony A6300 review to find out if it's the best Sony APS-C camera yet...

SnapBridge for Android

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Nikon has released the Android version of the SnapBridge app, which enables constant connection of a compatible Nikon digital camera to a smart device using Bluetooth low-energy technology. SnapBridge will be a standard feature in almost every new Nikon camera from 2016 onwards, beginning with the Nikon D500 DSLR. SnapBridge for Android is available on Google Play.

Monday, April 25, 2016

International Photographers’ Talks to Return for Another Year

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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The Guernsey Photography Festival is launching a second series of photographers’ talks following the success of its 2015 series. Thee talks will feature acclaimed international photographers and will form part of the festival’s ongoing cultural and educational programme. The festival is also collaborating for the first time with the Digital Greenhouse in Guernsey and the Jersey Arts Centre to enable the photographers to speak in both islands. The programme opens on Wednesday 25 May in Guernsey and Thursday 26 May in Jersey with Sian Davey, whose work about her down-syndrome daughter ‘Looking for Alice’, won widespread critical acclaim last year. The other photographers scheduled to talk are: Jack Latham on Wednesday 6 July in Guernsey and Thursday 7 July in Jersey who will present his fascinating work ‘The Sugar Paper Theories’ which traces an infamous true crime case in Iceland. On Wednesday 12 October in Guernsey and Thursday 13 October in Jersey, Guillaume Bresson will talk about ‘Fukushima No-Go Zone’, an ongoing collaborative project with Venezuelan photographer Carlos Ayesta about the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Finally, on Wednesday 23 November in Guernsey and Thursday 24 November in Jersey, Norwegian photographer Helge Skodvin will discuss his acclaimed project ‘A Moveable Beast’.

Timelapse+ VIEW Intervalometer

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Timelapse+ have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the commercialisation of their auto ramping VIEW intervalometer. To allow for automatic day-to-night and night-to-day time lapse creation without any complicated setup, the VIEW individually analyses the exposure value of each image the camera takes; then feeds it through a sophisticated algorithm to deliver perfect results for sunset, sunrise, or night sky captures. This allows it to achieve what its creators call "the holy grail in time lapse photography." Additionally, the Timelapse+ VIEW provides photographers with the ability to watch a preview of the time-lapse sequence while it is still being captured, upon a gentle wave of the hand in front of the device. A smartphone app extends the experience even further, giving professionals complete control over their camera. They can preview, make settings adjustments and even download images remotely. The early-bird backer pricing is $320 for one Timelapse+ VIEW. Following the Kickstarter launch, the retail price will be $380.

Timebox 4.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Pepper Networks have launched Version 4.0 of their Timebox automatic photo journal app. Timebox instantly organises all of the photos and videos in a user’s Camera Roll and Photo Library, plus entries from the user’s Calendar, into photo stories. Rather than an endless grid of photos, the Timebox app gives users a scrolling timeline of stories including one key photo per story, its title, date and location, making finding past trips or events easy. Going beyond the standard iOS Photos app, Timebox also makes it easy for users to enhance their stories with captions and details. Powered by Kite.ly, users can make, print and buy hardcover photo books, photo cases for devices, posters, prints, stickers and magnets from any Timebox story. Timebox 4.0 is available now on the iTunes App Store.

Actions XXL

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The Plugin Site has announced ActionsXXL, which enables Photoshop Elements users to create, record, play and save Photoshop actions. It also supports recording image editing steps performed with The Plugin Site's ElementsXXL, LayersXXL and FilterHub plugins, which enhance the feature set of Photoshop Elements. Conditional action steps enable playing other actions depending on 24 predefined conditions. ActionsXXL is displayed as a floating panel window in Photoshop Elements 6-14, but can also take over the Actions panel of Photoshop Elements 11-14. It also offers a Batch feature for automatically processing multiple document or image files with actions, scripts and other features. ActionsXXL is available for $39.95.