Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday Deals from Macphun

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Macphun have announced their Black Friday offers for the UK market. Customers have two options to choose from - they can either purchase Macphun's "Creative Kit Plus" software bundle, which includes Intensify Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro and Tonality Pro, at a reduced price of £79.99 and get a free £15 Amazon.co.uk gift card; or take advantage of a 34-50% discount on a variety of Macphun apps on the Mac app store. For more information, visit the website below.

Magix Photostory 2015 Deluxe

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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The new Magix Photostory 2015 Deluxe slideshow editor offers over 300 high-quality effects, animations and decorative elements. You can combine individual images to make panoramas or 3D photos, while travel route animations allow you to create interactive presentations of travel images. With over 50 new music pieces and 500 effects, the program now features more than 850 professional sounds & songs for audio dubbing. You can assign photos, videos and music to up to 8 multimedia tracks, and the optimised multi-track performance allows for a more efficient use of multi-core processors. The software is now available for £59.99 from Amazon.
 

17hats Launches Business Management App

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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17hats have just launched their business management web app, which tames the chaos of running a small business such as a photography studio. "When my wife started her own business as a wedding photographer, she loved the creative elements, but became overwhelmed and frustrated by the business side of things," remarks founder Donovan Janus. "After looking into different programs and apps to help her, I came up empty-­handed. There was no single service that included everything she needed." Consolidating everything needed on a daily basis -­ contracts, invoices, bookkeeping, to-­do lists, email, client contacts, online payments and more -­ into one easy-­to-­use app, 17hats simplifies business with its template system, enabling users to enter data once and re-­use it with one click. The app offers 3 pricing plans: $19/month annually, $25/month for a 6-­month plan, and $29/month for a monthly plan. The app supports several different currencies and connects to over 10,000 banks in the U.S.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Panasonic DMC-CM1 Available in the UK

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The Panasonic DMC-CM1 smartphone will be available in the UK. The Panasonic CM1 was planned to initially launch in France and Germany only, but due to high interest a number of cameras will be available in the UK from 1st December. The CM1 will be available online through Panasonic Direct as well as selected retailers.

Kodak PixPro FZ201 Review

Zoltan Arva-Toth
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The new Kodak PixPro FZ201 is an affordable super-zoom camera with a 20x zoom lens. Highlights of the Kodak FZ201 "friendly-zoom" include a 16 megapixel CCD sensor, 3 inch LCD screen, 720p HD movies, and panorama shooting. Read our in-depth Kodak PixPro FZ201 review now...

Totally Rad! Gears Up for Black Friday

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Totally Rad! has announced its annual Black Friday sale. This Friday the company will be offering all of itsproducts, including the bestselling pair Replichrome I: Icon and Replichrome II: Slide, at a 35% discount. Beginning at 12am on 28th November, you will be able to use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY2014 to take advantage of this offer in their online store.

Magix Fastcut Now Available in the US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Fastcut from Magix is a new video editor optimised for action cams. The program allows you to automatically or manually edit your videos, and offers a wide range of thematic templates with fitting songs, cuts and transitions. Additional effects such as vintage look, tracking shots and slow-motion effects can also be added individually. You can minimise wind noise, correct skewed footage, remove lens distortions, adjust the colours and apply post-capture exposure compensation to backlit shots. Fastcut is available now online for a special introductory price of $49.99.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Canon iPF6450 Review

Jon Canfield | Printer Reviews
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The Canon iPF6450 is a new 24 inch large-format printer aimed at photographers and artists. Replacing the iPF6350 model, the 6450 uses LUCIA EX inks, which provide a wider colour gamut, more expressive blacks, better scratch resistance and a more stable colour for optimum image quality to ensure absolute consistency between devices. The iPF 6450 also offers a new optional spectrophotometer to deliver optimum image quality and colour management. Read our in-depth Canon iPF6450 review now...

Ricoh WG-20 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Ricoh WG-20 is an affordable new action camera. The Ricoh WG20 offers 14 megapixels, a 2.7-inch LCD, a 5x zoom lens, 720p HD movie recording and a 1cm super-macro mode. Read our in-depth Ricoh WG-20 review now...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 6.01

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Apple has posted a Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update, which adds system-level support for raw image files generated by the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Fujifilm X30, Nikon D750 (pictured) and Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 cameras. You can download the update from the website below.

Website: Apple

ACDSee for iPhone

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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ACD Systems have released the ACDSee iPhone app designed to help users capture and perfect photos all from their iPhone. ACDSee for iPhone provides a camera, photo editor and collage maker all in one app with unique features such as the advanced Selfie Mode, Flash Fusion,, HDR Fusion, and manual controls for exposure, focus and white balance. The ACDSee Pro Pack is an add-on to the app and includes additional features for professional photographers or expert users looking for more advanced capabilities. ACDSee for iPhone is $1.99 and available now in the iTunes App Store. The “Pro Pack” can be purchased for an additional $4.99.

Penelope Umbrico: Sun/Screen

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events, Photographers
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On show at The Photographers' Gallery from 4 December 2014 - 28 January 2015, Sun/Screen is a new project by award-winning New York based artist Penelope Umbrico. It continues her exploration into the production and consumption of photographs online, particularly focusing on the persistence of sunset imagery within popular photography. For this project, Umbrico used an iPhone to re-photograph images of the sun she cropped from thousands of sunset images shared on the web.  The process of capturing images directly from the computer screen creates a moiré pattern, which is the consequence of pixel grids, meshes or dot patterns being superimposed. Umbrico further amplifies this effect by editing the images into a single slideshow, with each shot slowly dissolving into the next. This creates a secondary moiré effect that draws attention to the materiality of the screen and further distances us from the natural sunlight source of the original images. Umbrico intends the work to operate as a dialogue between analogue and digital, natural and simulated light and the material and immaterial. The Photographers' Gallery is located at 16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ACDSee Pro 8 Review

Matt Grayson | Software Reviews
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ACDSee Pro 8 is a new photo editing and management software program that's billed as "the most complete solution for the enhancement and control of image production for professional photographers". Read our in-depth ACDSee Pro 8 review to find out if that claim is true...

Olympus TG-850 Review

Matt Grayson
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The Olympus TG-850 is a water, freeze, shock and dust proof compact camera with a 180-degree tilting LCD screen for easier selfies. The 16 megapixel TG-850 also offers 1080/60p HD movies, a 5x zoom lens starting at 21mm, and time-lapse interval shooting. Read our Olympus TG-850 review to find out what this all-action camera is capable of...

Diana F+ Explorer Nocturne Edition

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Film
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Lomography has just announced the  Diana F+ Explorer Nocturne medium-format film camera. Limited to only 1000 units worldwide, the Diana F+ Explorer Nocturne Edition features a copper color scheme and a starry night sky design, and comes complete with a matching flash unit. The camera is available in the Lomography Online Shop for £89.

Akvis Sketch 16

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Akvis has released version 16 of its Sketch application, which turns photos into pencil drawings. The new version adds numerous new features and lets a user make a snapshot during processing, add a watermark, erase pencil lines, and more. The standalone edition now comes with a smart non-destructive Crop tool, whereas the plugin offers improved compatibility with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 13. All owners of Sketch v.9-15 can upgrade to version 16 for free by downloading and installing the updated software.

AOC U3477PQU Launches in the US

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The AOC U3477PQU is a 34" ultra-wide monitor with a 3440x1440-pixel IPS panel and an aspect ratio of 21:9. Thanks to the Real 8-bit +FRC arrangement, more than 1 billion colours can be reproduced on the screen. Equally noteworthy are the picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture features, which allow watching images simultaneously from different sources. Connectivity options include USB 2.0 and 3.0, DisplayPort and an integrated HDMI port with MHL functionality. The AOC U3477PQU monitor will be available on 8th December at BestBuy.com and Amazon.com for $899.

Sony Alpha 7 II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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The Sony Alpha 7 II (ILCE-7M2) is the world's first 35mm full-frame compact system camera with 5-axis image stabilisation. Moreover, Sony claims that this sensor-shift IS system can work in synergy with the company's optically stabilised OSS lenses for an even stronger effect. Other major improvements over the original Sony A7 include a new front dial, a bigger right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount. In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. The sensor's core specifications (35.8x23.9mm, 24.3 [effective] megapixels, ISO100-25,600) are the same as those of the previous model.The Sony Alpha A7 II will go on sale on 5th December, priced at 190,000 yen (£1025) in Japan. European availability is slated for January 2015.

Source: Sony Japan

Sony G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM II

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Sony has announced a new version of its A-mount 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM lens. The new Sony G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM II (SAL70300G2) promises approximately four times faster dynamic subject tracking performance, and boasts Nano Anti Reflex coating to eliminate flare and ghosts. The lens also features a dust & drip-proof construction and a close-focus point of 1.2m with a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:4. The optical formula comprises 16 elements in 11 groups, and a 9-bladed aperture diaphragm. The Sony G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 SSM II lens will be available in February 2015, priced at 142,000 yen (£765) in Japan.

Website: Sony Japan

Fujifilm X-T1 Firmware Version 3.00

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera
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Fujifilm will be releasing a major firmware update for its X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition (pictured) to enhance operability and functions. This upgrade brings no less than 21 functional enhancements including a fully silenceable electronic shutter, instant manual override in auto focus mode, Natural Live View, a new Classic Chrome Film Simulation mode, unlocked AE-L & AF-L buttons, direct AF area selection (bypassing the Fn key), direct selection of Macro mode, variable MF area, and much more. The firmware update will be available on 18th December.