Thursday, July 23, 2015

Join Damien Lovegrove on a Scandinavian Photography Adventure

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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This Autumn three of Europe’s chicest cities will form the backdrop to an exclusive series of photography workshops from renowned photographer and trainer Damien Lovegrove. He will lead two street portrait workshops - one in Stockholm on Saturday 5th September and one in Oslo on Monday 7th September, plus a boudoir photography workshop in Copenhagen on Wednesday 2nd September. Click through / scroll down for the details.

Booq Introduce Python Catch

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The Booq Python catch collection is now available in the United Kingdom. The Python catch’s unconventional design features rugged, sustainable material, customisable organisation and enough space to accommodate two SLR cameras, up to four lenses and a 15" laptop. Its main compartment features three primary densely padded dividers and four padded subdividers that users can configure to fit their gear of choice. The interior flap offers transparent pockets so users can store accessories without losing track of them. For extensive outdoor conditions, a rain cover with reflective elements provides protection and visibility in low light situations. The Python catch is available for £220.

Sony Patents New Dual-layer Sensor with PDAF

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital
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Sony has filed a patent for a new dual-layer image sensor. Spotted by Egami, the patent describes a sensor architecture where the top layer is made up of regular pixels with a standard RGB colour filter array, and the second consists of monochromatic pixels suitable for phase-detect auto focus (PDAF) operation. If implemented in a camera or smartphone, this sensor could enable users to pick their focus point with pixel-level accuracy (which is probably more than what any of us bargained for, but it could also improve focusing accuracy when using continuous, subject tracking auto-focus). According to Egami, this is but one of several examples given by Sony, as the patent itself covers a broader range of multi-layer sensors.

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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books
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Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People by Henry Carroll is a new title from Laurence King Publishing. This introduction to portrait photography covers topics such as composition, context, street photography, black-and-white versus colour, the psychology of different types of light, plus more. The book is punctuated with “technical tangents,” which provide invaluable practical guidance for basic lighting set-ups, equipment, camera modes and more. Also included is helpful advice regarding legal rights whenever taking photographs of people. The 128-page paperback will go on sale on 29 September 2015, priced at $17.95.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Everyday Messenger Bag Goes Live on Kickstarter

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Peak Design have embarked on a Kickstarter campaign to launch their first in a planned line of bags dubbed The Everyday Messenger. Product development was started over a year ago when professional photographer Trey Ratcliff approached the company with a challenge to design a bag that accommodated photo gear, but also the implements of everyday life. The Everyday Messenger expands from 13.5L to 20.5L, utilising a system of 22 foam panels that expand and contract cleanly, without losing shape. The exterior is built from a 500D synthetic canvas with wax coating and DWR finish, which sheds water and provides rugged durabiity. The Everyday Messenger’s interior is constructed with several removable high-density compression-molded EVA foam inserts that fold to adapt to a wide range of cameras, lenses and accessories, without creating pockets of “dead space” found in typical camera bags. The new bag features a proprietary closure mechanism designed to allow blind, one-handed operation, and both semi and full lock engagement. The Everyday Messenger is finished with an internally-padded seatbelt-style shoulder strap that allows a huge range of adjustment with no hanging “tail” of extra webbing. For more information, visit the website below.

Canon EOS 5DS R Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Canon EOS 5DS R DSLR boasts a massive 50 megapixel sensor with a low-pass cancellation filter to maximise the sharpness of the camera's sensor. Does the brand new Canon 5DS R offer the best image quality from a DSLR? Read our detailed Canon EOS 5DS R review to find out...

Google to Shut Down Google+ Photos

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Google will begin phasing out their Google+ Photos mobile app and Web service on 1 August 2015. Encouraging users to switch to the new standalone Photos app, Google says it will start shutting down Google+ Photos initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. Your files currently stored in Google+ Photos will remain accessible, but the app will stop working. Photos and videos can be exported to Google Drive or downloaded to your computer using Google Takeout.

Special Pre-sale Offer on Miggo AGUA Camera Bags

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Miggo AGUA all-weather quick-draw camera bag is now available to pre-order from the Miggo website. Manufactured in three sizes, the IPX3-standard storm-resistant case enables you to comfortably carry your camera close to your body in any weather - and draw it quickly and with ease at the right moment to capture a perfect shot. The camera is attached to the bag with quick-release buckles, including a failsafe connection. This solution eliminates the need for the original camera strap because the AGUA's strap is used to carry the camera itself. By taking advantage of the pre-sale offer, you can buy the CSC/Superzoom version for $54.99, the mid-sized SLR option for $59.99, or the pro SLR option for $69.99. Additionally, you can now purchase the also-new Speed Strap, Two-Way Speed Strap and Grip & Wrap Mini at a 10% discount.

GoPro Launch their Content Licensing Portal

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites
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GoPro have just launched a premium content licensing portal for global advertising brands and agencies to license GoPro footage and imagery. According to the company, the portal "eliminates the pain points creative professionals have when sourcing content by helping them clear copyrights and likeness rights, easy access to creators’ content and organised, efficient, time-saving tools to search, download and preview content to license for use in advertising, news and other media and entertainment."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Burden of Proof: The Construction of Visual Evidence is an upcoming exhibition hosted by The Photographers' Gallery (16 - 18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW). Examining the way photographic images have been harnessed as evidence in instances of crimes or acts of violence, the exhibition presents eleven case studies spanning the period from the invention of ‘metric’ photography of crime scenes in the 19th century to the reconstruction of a drone attack in Pakistan in 2012 using digital and satellite technologies. These offer an analysis of the historical and geopolitical contexts in which the images appeared, as well as their purpose, production process and dissemination. On display from 2 October 2015 - 10 January 2016, the exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Xavier Barral Editions and LE BAL with introductions by Diane Dufour, Eyal Weizman and Jennifer Mnookin.

Photo Shanghai 2015

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Photo Shanghai, China’s first art fair dedicated to photography, has announced its full list of participating galleries, programme highlights and partners for 2015. Running from 11-13 September, the second edition of the highly curated fair organised by the World Photography Organisation will feature 50 leading international galleries and over 500 works of art for sale by artists including: Nobuyoshi Araki, Birdhead, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hsieh Chun-te, Elliott Erwitt, Chien-Chi Chang, Yang Fudong, Candida Höfer, Horst P. Horst, Axel Hüette, André Kertész, Steven Klein, Gustave Le Gray, Aki Lumi, Daido Moriyama, Vik Muniz, Helmut Newton, Erwin Olaf, Yuki Onodera, Jiang Pengyi, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Li Wei and Zhang Xiao, among many others. Click through / scroll down for the full list of participating galleries and programme highlights.

Panasonic Lumix GX8 Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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We've just received a final production version of the brand new Panasonic Lumix GX8 compact system camera, the first ever Micro Four Thirds model to use a 20 megapixel sensor, along with the 12-35mm f/2.8 lens.

Before we bring you our full review, here is a gallery of sample JPEG and Raw images, including the extended ISO range from 100-25,600 so that you can see what the Panasonic Lumix GX8's new sensor is capable of.

Free Canon Pro Video event at Wilkinson Cameras

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events
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Wilkinson Cameras (Liverpool) are holding a free Canon Pro Video event on on 8 August 2015. Ideal for wedding photographers and videographers, schools and universities, the event entitled ‘Leave No Story Untold’ – Capturing the Action from Script to Screen with Phil Coates has a morning session starting at 10am and an afternoon session starting at 2pm. Both sessions last approximately 2 hours and there will be a range of Canon video equipment on display, along with the latest Atomos recorders, for attendees to try out. Phil Coates, Canon Explorer, will be delivering a 60 minute presentation about his work with the Canon video range. The event is free to attend ut advance booking is required. Interested readers can sign up at the website below.

Don McCullin Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Bath Spa University

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers
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Internationally renowned photojournalist Dan McCullin was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bath Spa University. Recognised for his outstanding contribution to journalism, Don was born in London in 1935 and spent his childhood in the derelict area of Finsbury Park. He left school at 14 and soon after was called up for two years of national service in the Royal Air Force, as an assistant for aerial photography that took him to Africa and the Middle-East. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including his highly-acclaimed autobiography, Unreasonable Behaviour. Commenting on his award, which was presented to him by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Sammells, he said: “I am thrilled to be given this honour as being associated with the City of Bath is particularly moving since the time of my evacuation as a child near here and spending over thirty years living close by.”

Canon Pixma MG3650

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Printers

Canon today revealed  a new All-in-One inkjet printer, the wireless Canon Pixma MG3650. The new multifunction device, which replaces the MG3550, is designed to handle a wide range of wireless scanning, copying and printing tasks. Using the new Canon PRINT app, the Canon Pixma MG3650 allows you to print directly from Instagram and Slideshare, as well as upload scanned photos to Microsoft OneNote. The model also supports direct printing from a wide range of social and cloud services including Facebook, Flickr, Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive. Users can also attach scanned files to emails and send them directly from the MG3650. The device will be available from September 2015 with an SRP of £69.99/€84.99.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tiny E1 Camera Shoots 4K Footage through MFT Lenses

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Video Cameras
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Digital imaging startup “Z” has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the commercialisation of the E1, a diminutive 4K video camera with a FourThirds sized imager and an MFT lens mount. Billed as the World's smallest interchangeable-lens 4K video camera, the new E1 is Wi-Fi 802.11N, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) compliant and comes with an Ambarella A9 image processor. Advanced 3D noise filters using motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF) technology reduce noise and jitter, promising "incredible low-light performance" with a top sensitivity of ISO 102,400/51°. Proprietary iOS and Android apps provide the ability to control, live stream and manage content via a wide range of smartphones and tablets. Advanced users can customise the functionality of the E1 through a software development kit available in two versions. Once the Kickstarter campaign has been completed, the E1 will retail for $699 in a body-only configuration, as well as in a kit with a 14mm f/2.5 lens for $999.

Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR Review

Mark Goldstein
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The Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR is a fast short telephoto prime lens for Fujifilm X-series compact system cameras. Offering a focal range of 137mm in 35mm terms, is the weather-resistant Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR lens worth considering? Read our Fujifilm XF 90mm F2 R LM WR review to find out...

ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books, Film
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ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm is a new hardback coffee table book featuring 98 toned black-and-white photographs taken in Iceland over the last eight years by landscape photographer Tim Rudman. Tim, who describes his fascination with the country as “a land of myth and magic, of fearsome subterranean power and spectacular scenery,” is well known internationally for his pioneering work in Lith Printing and distinctive toning methods of black-and-white silver gelatine prints, authoring a number of books and hundreds of articles in this field. The images featured in his latest book were captured on Ilford film (mostly Ilford Delta Professional 120) and printed on Ilford Multigrade FB Warmtone paper developed in Ilford multigrade developer, processed using a variant of the Ilford Archival Process. ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm is available to preorder from the website below. The standard edition costs £45 + shipping (regular price: £55), and the Deluxe Collectors' Limited Edition, which comes in an elegant black silk-bound clamshell box with a handmade limited edition silver gelatine print, is priced at £285. Shipping is anticipated mid September 2015.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sony Promotes Xperia Z3 with Low-light Art Murals

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Camera Phones
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This weekend saw the first of five ultraviolet art murals appear across London as part of a collaboration between Sony Mobile and a series of street artists to bring to life the low-light photography capabilities of its Xperia Z3 smartphone. The project was kicked off by artist Dan Kitchener, well-known for his modern impressionistic street scenes at night. His mural adorns the Hat and Feathers Pub at 2 Clerkenwell Road and has already sparked considerable conversation on social media. The next seven weeks will see five artists in total take to the streets of the capital and create murals around the theme of ‘I Can See in the Dark’ which aligns with Sony’s latest ‘I Can’ advertising campaign. The second mural, created by artist Zina, will be live from 20th July on the Great Eastern Bear Gallery in Shoreditch.

Defrozo Portfolio Contest

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Defrozo have just started a photography portfolio contest. Offering four winner spots, the Defrozo portfolio competition provides each winner with a prize bundle consisting of 5 premium photography resources. The deadline for entries is 31 July 2015. Click through for the details.