Thursday, February 19, 2015

Joby Action Series Adaptor Kit

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Joby's new Action Series Adaptor kit contains all you need to securely affix your action cam to just about anything. The kit includes a ¼”-20 quick release buckle that works with the GoPro clip sticky pads, a ¼”-20 Female to Female Adapter, a ¼”-20 Male to Male Adapter and a tripod mount that attaches any GoPro camera to a ¼"-20 mount on a tripod and features a built-in quick release for the GorillaPod Action, Hybrid, and SLR-Zoom tripods. The kit is priced at £17.

Movavi Photo Editor 2.0

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Movavi Photo Editor 2.0 for Windows and Mac OS X is now available, bringing multiple new features: text overlay, horizon levelling, and background removal in addition to the existing unwanted object removal, automatic quality enhancement, and manual retouching tools. The user interface of Movavi Photo Editor has also been significantly improved. All the tabs have been moved to the right-side of the application window so users can easily navigate all the main features - adjustment, rotation and straightening, crop, text, resize, object and background removaland export. A lifelong license for Movavi Photo Editor is priced at $19.95.

Joby Action Series Hub Adaptor

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Joby Action Series Hub Adaptor enables film makers and photographers to create a bespoke, flexible set up of hardware and accessories for any shooting scenario. Engineered from high quality solid aluminium, the Joby Hub Adaptor is designed for use with any action video camera, as well as DSLR accessories and rigs such as flash units and microphones – enabling users to mix and match equipment to create their own unique mounting solution.Part of the extensive Joby Action series, the Hub Adaptor is compatible with other Joby tripods too, plus, can be mounted on any standard ¼” thread, for example the Joby Action Clamps or Action Tripods. The Joby Action Series Hub Adaptor is priced at £13.

Guild of Photographers Announces its Photographer of the Year Winners

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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The Guild of Photographers, one of the UK's largest photographic associations, has announced its Photographer of the Year winners. Chris Chambers won the overall ‘Photographer of the Year’ title as well as being the Guild’s ‘Photographer of the Year’ in the ‘Wedding’ category. He was also the 'All-Round' Photographer of the Year.’ He received trophies to acknowledge these great achievements as well as £1000 of products from Johnson's Photopia. Other Guild ‘Photographers of the Year’ include Nina MAce, Gilian Lloyd, Rob Mank and Gavin Prest. An ‘Image of the Year’ was also selected separately by the members and the judges. The 'Member's Choice' was an image by Chris Chambers, and the Judges Choice was a photograph by Sam Hayward (above).

Photoshop Turns 25

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Software
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Today marks the 25th birthday of Photoshop. To celebrate this  milestone, Adobe is showcasing 25 of the most creative visual artists under 25 who use Photoshop. To be considered, artists upload their projects to Behance and use the tag “Ps25Under25.” In the coming months, those selected will take over the Photoshop Instagram handle (@Photoshop) for two weeks and present their work for the world to see. Fredy Santiago, a 24-year old Mexican-American artist and illustrator based in Ventura, California will be the first to display his images. The company is also launching an advertising campaign, “Dream On," for The Academy Awards. The TV commercial includes work from Photoshop artists and iconic images from major motion pictures that used Photoshop in the making, including Avatar, Gone Girl, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Shrek.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snapselect Review

Jon Canfield | Software Reviews
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Tired of trying to find the right shot? Got so many similar photos that you can't choose the best one? Then Snapselect is here to save you - just so long as you're a Mac user. Read our Snapselect review to find out if it really can clean up your photo archive...

Voies Off Festival Turns 20

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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The Voies Off Festival of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographies in Arles will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 6 - 11 July 2015. For the past two decades, the Voies Off Prize has been awarded by a jury of renowned professionals to an artist for the clarity of his vision and the high quality of his work. Voies Off night projections during the opening week of the Rencontres d’Arles festival (the first full week in July) have become an international reference for the discovery of emerging authors and the alternative venue that it creates for international photographic creation. You have until 15 March 2015 to enter the competition and win one of 3 prizes; the Voies Off Prize (€2,500), the LaCritique Award and the SAIF Discovery Prize (€2,000). As always, we recommed that you read the rules before entering your work.

Thule Legend Collection

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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The new Thule Legend Collection consists of two cases, a backpack and a sling pack. The Thule Legend GoPro Case is a durable GoPro case with smart organisation for essential accessories. It’s crushproof and has a padded compartment that holds one GoPro camera, a LCD backpack, a remote control, extra batteries and SD cards. The Thule Legend GoPro Advanced Case is the bigger version of the Legend GoPro Case, holding two GoPros. The Thule Legend GoPro Sling is a sleek and lightweight sling pack that allows you to stay in action with up to two GoPro cameras and accessories within reach. The Thule Legend GoPro Backpack is a crushproof, lightweight feature-rich GoPro backpack with integrated camera mounts to capture adventures from multiple angles. It packs up to three GoPro cameras, chargers, housing options, mounts, straps and grips. To protect the camera gear from dust, dirt, sand, and salt-water, all of these bags and cases have a removable, rinsable foam organiser unit. Additionally a compression-moulded EVA shell provides both shock protection, and a stable mounting point for a rear-facing GoPro. The Thule Legend GoPro Case and the Advanced Case are available this month, whereas the Thule Legend GoPro Backpack and Sling bag will be available in May.

Marumi ND Filter Ranges Extended

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced the UK launch of a number of new ND filters from Marumi. The company's Digital High Grade filter range has been expanded and now includes ND filters with a fixed density of 8, 16, 32 or 64 in filter thread sizes from 37mm up to 82mm. Plus,for those who want full flexibility and to save space, a new range of 'variable' ND filters have also been introduced. The Marumi Variable ND 2.5 - ND 500 filters (pictured) are available in two sizes: 58mm and 77mm. These are in addition to the Marumi DHG variable ND filter range ND2 - ND400, with sizes from 49mm to 82mm. SRPs start at £40.44 for the fixed density filters and £125.40 for the variable filters.

New Schneider Kreuznach Lenses Launch in UK

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses
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Schneider Kreuznach has announced the launch of the Xenon Full Frame Prime lenses in the United Kingdom. Each Schneider Kreuznach Xenon full-frame prime lens features an M95 filter thread, a focus ring with a 300° angle of rotation, robust cine-style lens mechanics, a maximum aperture of T2.1, a circular aperture with 14 diaphragm blades and an exchangeable bayonet interface. The Xenon FF-Prime lens family will eventually include an 18mm T2.4, 25mm T2.1, 35mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1, and 100mm T2.1 focal lengths.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 34 sample images taken with the new Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens mounted on an X-T1 body.

The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR is the new flagship standard zoom lens for the XF system.

Leica X (Typ 113) Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Ahead of our full review, here are 34 JPEG and DNG Raw sample images taken with the Leica X (Typ 113) compact camera.

The Leica X (Typ 113) is a premium compact camera with a 16.2 megapixel APS-C sensor and 24mm f/2.8 zoom lens (35mm equivalent).

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Sample Images

Mark Goldstein
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Here are 99 sample images and 5 videos taken with the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II compact system camera at an official Olympus Press event in Prague, Czech Republic.

Images 72-77 in the gallery were taken using the new 40 megapixel High Resolution mode, which produces a 7296x5472 pixel 17Mb JPG and a 100+Mb RAW file!

Update 17/02/2015: We've just added 22 more general images taken in sunny London...

Sony World Photography Awards Showcases Winners at Somerset House

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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The winning and shortlisted images of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards will be on display at Somerset House, London this April and May. Taken from a record-breaking 173,444 entries from 171 countries, the extraordinary images showcase the world’s best and most original contemporary photography of the past year. An intimate display of both familiar and lesser known photographs, films and books by legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt will also be part of the exhibition. Erwitt, who will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards on 23 April, is a master of photography recognised worldwide for his candid and often ironic black and white images capturing everyday life. For details, visit the website below.

Win A Photographic Trip of A Lifetime to Iceland with X-Rite

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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X-Rite Photo Europe's prize draw, launched in September, offers photographers a truly unique workshop travelling across Iceland. The prize includes an all-inclusive, eight-day trip to the country, including return flights to Reykjavík from European locations, training and advice from a world leading photographic trainer, and great opportunities to capture Iceland’s stunning landscape. The promotion is for European residents only, and runs until 31st March 2015. To enter, no purchase is necessary, simply complete the form at the website below.

Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 130

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Accessories
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Kenro has announced a new entry-level two-head lighting kit for photographers wishing to set up a low-cost home studio. The Reflecta VisiLux StudioKit 130 comprises 2 x 130Ws flash heads, 2 x lighting stands, 2 x 92cm octagonal softboxes, 2 x sync cables and a carry bag. Recycle time is between half to 3 seconds and each light comes with a modelling lamp (maximum 50W). The trigger methods are: sync cable, sensor, test button and remote control. The suggested price is £227.94 including VAT.

Reflecta 3-in1 Scanner

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Scanners
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Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Reflecta imaging products, has announced the immediate availability of the new Reflecta 3-in1 scanner. Equipped with a 5-megapixel area-array CMOS sensor with 3 white LEDs, the Reflecta 3-in1 scanner digitizes your 35mm slides, negatives or photographic prints in 2 seconds. The included holders accommodate 9x13, 10x15 and 13x18cm prints, film strips of up to 6 frames or 3 mounted slides. Images can be viewed on the 2.4inch display and the scanned files then  saved on SD(HC), MemoryStick and MemoryStick Pro cards, and transferred to a PC via USB 2.0. The suggested retail price is £106.38.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 Review

Mark Goldstein
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Is it a camera? Is it a smartphone? No, it's the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1, which is bravely offering both in one device. Can the Panasonic CM1 replace a high-end camera and a premium smartphone? Read our Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 review now to find out...

Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2014 Winner Announced

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions, Photographers
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UK landscape photographer Greg Whitton has emerged as the winner of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2014 contest. The news was announced at the Outdoor Photographer of the Year awards ceremony on Sunday 15th February at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show, London Excel. Greg’s photograph was taken during a six-day wild camping trip in Iceland with four other photographers. He says: ‘I took this picture on the last night of the trip. We hadn’t had a moment of really good light during the whole six days. When we reached the top of this particular peak there was thick cloud blocking the sun. My camera battery was running out and I didn’t have any spare in my pack, so I started to make the descent back to basecamp. After making my way about 50 metres down the mountain the clouds started to part slightly. The light only lasted a few minutes. I’ve got other photographs when the light became really epic, but for me this image, where the light is building, is more successful.’
 

Hasselblad Masters 2016 Now Open for Entry

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions
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Photographers looking to enter the Hasselblad Masters 2016 competition will have until 31 May 2015 to submit three images in the Art, Landscape/Nature, Wedding, Portrait, Fashion/Beauty, Products, Architecture, Wildlife
Project//21 and Street/Urban categories. Now, for the first time ever each winner will pick up a brand new high-end medium-format Hasselblad camera alongside the honour of becoming an elite Hasselblad Master. "We have made some changes to the 2016 Competition - which reaches out to both professionals and young, ambitious and aspirational photographers, " says Perry Oosting, Hasselblad CEO. "We look forward to supporting all photographers with our new competition platform." As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering your work.