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Monday, June 30, 2014

Can You Capture Hope?

FXB International, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to lifting people out of extreme poverty, today launched a global photography competition to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The competition will see one talented amateur photographer win a half-day photography masterclass with world-renowned photographer, Jillian Edelstein and the chance to have their winning image featured alongside Jillian’s as part of an international exhibition launching at London’s prestigious gallery@oxo in August this year. The exhibition, Framing Hope: Celebrating 25 Years of Poverty Eradication with FXB International, will feature 25 inspiring images shot by Jillian Edelstein, capturing the stories of hope and success of families in Burundi, China, Colombia, India and Rwanda who joined the FXBVillage programme. To enter, amateur photographers will need to submit a single photograph that best conveys the theme "Framing Hope". Whether a striking portrait, a beautiful landscape or a single moment in time beautifully captured, we’re asking people to let their creativity flow and submit their defining image of hope.."  All entries will be displayed in an online gallery, with the five most-voted for, shortlisted for judging by an expert panel who will select the overall winner. The submission deadline is 25th July midnight BST.

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Lytro Photo Adventure

Lytro today announced the Lytro Photo Adventure, ­ a chance for five U.S: photographers to win a once-in-a-lifetime, all-expenses-paid trip to Iceland to take part in an exclusive photo shoot with Chris Burkard, a premier adventure lifestyle photographer. By pre-ordering the Lytro Illum light field camera (pictured) before 31 July 2014 and submitting a photo shoot idea, photographers will be eligible to win a spot in the challenge. "I have shot Iceland many times, but never in the way that Lytro Illum will allow me to," said Burkard, winner of the 2010 Red Bull Illume Image Quest. "I cannot wait to experience this new photographic canvas with other photographers and capture the beauty of Iceland in its purest form." In addition to the five grand-prize winners, twenty first-place winners will be selected for an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Medium Festival of Photography in San Diego. As always, we suggest that you read the rules before entering the competition.

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SilkyPix Developer Studio Pro6 Download Version

Ichikawa Soft Laboratory has begun sales of Silkypix Developer Studio Pro6 Download Version (Mac OS). New features include improved noise reduction, a new soft proofing function and portrait beautification effect and improved processing speed. Silkypix Developer Studio Pro6 Download Version (Mac OS) is compatible with OS X v10.6 - 10.9, and requires a processor with 64-bit support, a minimum of 2GB of RAM and at least 10GB of available hard-disk space.

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Communication Arts Publishes Photography Annual 55

Communication Arts magazine has published the results of its 55th annual photography competition. Of the 5,223 entries submitted to the 55th annual photography competition, only 155 were selected by a jury of respected creative professionals. The selected projects are handsomely reproduced in Photography Annual 55, the July/August 2014 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and on the iPad, and online at the website below.

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Metz Updates Mecablitz 44 AF-1 Digital and 52 AF-1 Digital for Sony

The Sony versions of the Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital and 52 AF-1 digital now come equipped with new feet for cameras with “Sony Multi Interface” flash shoes. New Sony digital cameras incorporate new “Sony Multi Interface” flash shoes, which has made it necessary to adapt Metz's Sony-compatible flash units accordingly. With the new editions, it is no longer necessary to use a hotshoe adapter for mounting the Metz mecablitz 44 AF-1 digital and 52 AF-1 digital flashes on the new Sony cameras.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

ADATA Launches Industrial CFast 2.0 Memory Card

Adata has launched an industrial CFast card, which combines the form-factor of a Compact Flash card with a high-speed SATA interface for both high reliability and secure operation. Compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1, the ISC3E CFast memory card offers sequential read/write speeds of up to 435/120 MB/s (MLC) and 165/170 MB/s (SLC). The card comes in capacities of 4GB-128GB (MLC) and 4GB-64GB (SLC) and features ECC (Error Code Correction) and S.M.A.R.T technology for high reliability of data transfer and security.

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Benro Hyacinth Series

Benro's UK and Ireland importer/distributor, Kenro, is now supplying the new Hyacinth photo bag series in a range of colours - Blue, Pink, Grey and Black. Designed for SLR and CSC users, the Benro Hyacinth range of shoulder bags are easily distinguishable from traditional bags and can be carried either by the strong carry handle or the shoulder strap. The bags are available in two sizes, priced at £38.40 and £43.80.

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New Tamron Lens Profiles Added to ACR, Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5

Tamron has  announced the addition of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon mount and the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (pictured) for Canon / Nikon mount to the lens profile library for aberration correction offered for Adobe Photoshop CC, ACR and the Lightroom 5. The lens profile will be bundled with the Camera Raw 8.5 update and Lightroom 5.5. With the new profile, customers who own either of these lenses will be able to utilise the above software for easy correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberrations and peripheral light fall-off based on design data.

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Calumet Photographic Assistant Finder Tool

Calumet Photographic has launched a new ‘Assistant Finder’ tool on its rental website. The easily accessible platform allows assistants to upload a bio, including information on their experience, specialities, location and examples of their work.. The system also allows for reviews and ratings; helping assistantso build their profile and with references from industry professionals that they have worked with. “We are very excited by this online tool; it is going to be invaluable to many of our customers,” says Jon Warner, Managing Director at Calumet Photographic. “So far, we’ve had over 65 assistants register from across the whole of the UK - this is a great start and we’re confident that this service will grow very quickly.” Use of Calumet Photographic’s Assistant Finder is completely free for both professionals and assistants.

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Canon Launches New Optics Microsite

Canon has launched a new microsite devoted to camera lenses. "Visitors will be enlightened about the possibilities unlocked through the many different kind of lenses available to them: macro, zoom, telephoto, prime, wide-angle, STM, tilt-shift and fisheye," the company says. "Through informative videos, sample imagery, and educational video content, photographers and videographers from entry level to advanced amateur status will learn how to determine which Canon EF or EF-S Lenses will best help them create more powerful images with their EOS digital SLR camera. Additionally, visitors will find helpful quick tips for shooting with each category of lens, from fisheye to telephoto."

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