Friday, December 31, 2010

Adding impact to your black and white images

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8i8kuGUqQ9Y



LourceyPhotography - http://www.PhotoEducationOnline.com - A quick tip for adding some impact and drama to your black and white images.

Category: Education
Tags: adobe, photoshop, tutorial, lourcey, lourceyphoto.com, photoeducationonline.com, digital, photography, photoeducation, photographer, portrait, painting, learn, guide, tricks, tips, photo, diy, art, cs3, cs4, cs5, tutorials, editing, create, black, white

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

iPhone Camera App - 100 Cameras in 1

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaATbRcwbDY



stuckincustoms - Elegant, Fun, Poetic - A fresh and new camera that will capture the world around you in the poetic sense in which you live it. Every one of your creations will be different and unique. New and old photos alike await a vast array of effects. After you create you are free to save o share to your heart's content. You will be amazed at how quickly the 100 effects are processed. In under one second, you'll be swiping through effect after effect until you find the perfect one. You'll find an amazing effect whether you enjoy creating photos of people, landscapes, or the world's mysteries in between.
  • Mark you favorites.
  • Share your creations.
  • Create your world.
Now available at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/links/1... 

To see more about the app, visit http://www.stuckincustoms.com/best-iphone-camera/

Category: Travel & Events
Tags: hdr, video, tutorial, photo, photography, trey, ratcliff, iphone, app

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Monday, December 20, 2010

DxO Optics Pro v6.5.2 now available

DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.2 for Mac and Windows that adds RAW support in both its Standard and Elite editions for the Pentax K-5, the Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3.

Further, 50 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering numerous Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony cameras.

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Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 44: Slow Shutter Magic: Adorama Photography TV

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAI-azmqokA



adoramaTV - This week Mark Wallace shows us how to use a slow shutter speed to get some really fun photos. By shooting at night with slow shutter speeds you can create interesting shapes with light.

Bonus blooper included at the end of the video.

Visit http://www.adorama.com/learn for more photography videos!


Category: Howto & Style
Tags: photography, Mark Wallace, snapfactory, adorama, camera, digital, Slow Shutter Speed, tripod, ISO

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

iPad Photography App: Ansel Adams: Adorama Photography TV

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybLuX4BfyxE



adoramaTV - This week Mark Wallace discovered a great iPad application that is called Ansel Adams.

Adorama Photography TV presents Ansel Adams for the iPad. This app provides an introduction to the life and work of the most honored American photographer of the twentieth century. It includes a slideshow of 40 Ansel Adams photographs, with optional audio narration, written commentary, or synchronized music. A complete bibliography and letters between Adams and Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Weston, Garry Trudeau, President Carter, and others!

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Tags: Ansel Adams, mark wallace, adorama, app, apple, camera, digital, ipad, photography, snapfactory

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Shutterstock Gives the Lasting Gift of Clean Water to Arid Regions in Ethiopia

Wells funded by Shutterstock bring safe drinking water to hundreds of men, women and children

New York, December 8, 2010 – Shutterstock, the leading global provider of stock images and stock footage by subscription, has made a lasting difference in the lives of hundreds of men, women and children in Northern Ethiopia by providing the life-changing gift of clean, safe drinking water for decades to come.

New Shutterstock-funded wells throughout the arid Amhara region mean that men such as Muche Alemu no longer have to experience the pain of watching family members, including his own daughter, die from waterborne diseases, which claim the lives of 4,500 children on average worldwide each day. Before Shutterstock’s well came to Alemu’s village of Casie Chibechiba, he and his family had to walk for hours to a stagnant, murky pond to collect drinking water.

“Water was always our biggest fear because it made our village sick, and there was nothing we could do,” said Alemu. “But now, I do not worry anymore. We have no more sickness from water, no more children dying because they cannot find clean water to drink.”

Alemu’s story is the result of Shutterstock’s yearlong partnership with charity: water, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. To date, Shutterstock’s wells have helped approximately 1,500 people like Alemu in six villages throughout the drought-ridden Amhara region of Northern Ethiopia.

“As a global, socially responsible company, it is important for us to support sustainable projects that make a real difference in the lives of people around the world,” said Jon Oringer, founder and CEO of Shutterstock. “As we look toward the holiday season, we encourage our community of buyers and contributors to extend their generosity to those who need it most.”

As always, Shutterstock believes that pictures tell the story best. To see compelling images of Muche Alemu and the Shutterstock-funded well that brought clean, safe drinking water to his village, please visit: http://shutr.bz/water

About Shutterstock®
Founded in 2003, Shutterstock is an innovative global e-commerce company and a leading provider of stock photos, illustrations, and footage. Shutterstock provides royalty-free content to creative professionals worldwide, specializing in subscription products that are simple and user-friendly. For more information, visit www.Shutterstock.com.


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Introducing the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) , The World's Lightest, Smallest 15x Zoom*1, with Tamron's First PZD (Piezo Drive)*2 AF

December 9, 2010, Saitama, Japan - Morio Ono, President and CEO of Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the release of yet another groundbreaking lens: the world's most compact, lightweight lens with a 15x zoom ratio*1, featuring a 62mm filter diameter, VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and Tamron's first standing wave ultrasonic motor system for SLR lenses, PZD (Piezo Drive) *2. The 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) digital SLR ultra-high-power zoom lens for Canon and Nikon mounts will be released in Japan on December 20, 2010, with the development of a Sony*3 compatible mount at a later date.

The 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) (referred to below as 18-270mm Di II VC PZD) is an astonishingly light, compact ultra-high-power zoom lens with a filter diameter of 62mm. Weighing in at 450g, this new all-in-one zoom lens is equipped with an AF unit driven by Tamron's new PZD (Piezo Drive)*2, an ultrasonic motor that delivers faster and quieter focusing when the autofocus is engaged.

The 18-270mm Di II VC PZD, will be easy to use and highly portable - a high-power zoom that will offer the user the versatility to shoot in a variety of situations. Its wide zoom range of 18-270mm positions the lens as an all-purpose workhorse for any photographic situation.

Product Features

1. The 18-270mm Di II VC PZD boasts the world's highest zoom range at 15x magnification for a lens with its compact size and light weight*1, with the added value of Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization. At 450g, measuring 88mm in length (from mount face to the tip of the lens), and 74.4mm in diameter with a filter diameter of 62mm, it's a compact and easy-to-carry lens.
2. Silent, high-speed autofocus in a compact lens due to the incorporation of Tamron's new PZD (Piezo Drive) *2 autofocus technology.
3. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.49m throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8.

Di II (Digitally integrated design): Di II lenses are for exclusive use with digital SLR cameras (with APS-C size sensors), with a suitably optimized optical design. These lenses cannot be used with digital SLR cameras with an image sensor larger than APS-C size, or 35mm film SLR cameras.

* *1 For SLR camera high-zoom-ratio lenses with 15x magnification capability. Current as of December 2010. (Source: Tamron).
* *2 PZD (Piezo Drive) is a standing wave ultrasonic motor system developed by Tamron. The motor is faster and quieter than DC motors when the AF drive is operated, and compared with ring type ultrasonic motors, it has an actuator that facilitates lens design and reduced size.
* *3The Sony mount is not equipped with the VC image stabilization mechanism, as the body of Sony’s digital SLR cameras has a built-in image stabilization function. Consequently, the lens with a Sony mount is referred to as the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II PZD and does not include the VC description.

PZD (Piezo Drive)
Ultrasonic motors are divided into two categories depending on the principle that generates the energy to move the drive: traveling wave motors and standing wave motors. Traveling wave motors include the ring type ultrasonic motor used in the recently launched 70-300mm F/4-5.6 VC USD as well as other lenses, but this lens employs a newer technology, the PZD (Piezo Drive), which functions on the standing wave principle.

A standing wave ultrasonic motor utilizes high-frequency voltage to extend and turn the piezoelectric (piezoceramic) element, thus moving the entire element in a standing wave movement. The metal tip is the contact point of the element to the rotor, and moves in an elliptic motion from the swiveling motion of the moving element, and the friction from this motion turns the rotor. Standing wave ultrasonic motors have the distinct advantage of being smaller than their traveling wave counterparts, and therefore allow a more compact SLR lens size.

VC (Vibration Compensation)
Tamron's VC mechanism employs a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three steel balls. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the steel balls, achieving smooth movement with little friction. This provides a stable viewfinder image with excellent tracking performance that eliminates the blur from handheld shots for cleaner, crisper shots.

New VC mechanism (moving coil method)
Tamron's original VC image stabilization mechanism utilized a moving magnet system whereby a heavy magnet was positioned near the moving VC lens element. In the new VC unit the positions of the magnet and the coil are reversed, because of this the VC optical lens element is attached to the coil. The new VC mechanism employs a moving coil mechanism with a lightweight coil, and the lighter coil reduces the load on the drive system. Thus, the lighter, more compact new VC unit contributes to the lens's overall light weight and compact size.

Notice of Classification Code Change for Nikon Mounts
Since the introduction by Tamron of the first Nikon mount lens featuring an internal AF motor, the AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC (Model A20), all Nikon mount lenses with the internal AF motor had used the classification code "N II". Lenses using a coupler system* without an internal AF motor were designated as "N". As future lens introductions for Nikon will have the internal AF motor as a standard feature, Tamron has decided to simplify the designation and consolidate all Nikon mount lenses as "N", eliminating the "N II" designation for future models. This classification code change will be effective from the 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008).
The "N" classification lenses with coupler systems are: AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di II (Model A15); AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di (Model A061); SP AF200-500mm F/5.6-6.3 Di (Model A08); and SP AF180mm F/3.5 Di (Model B01).

*Coupler system refers to a system that uses a shaft to harness the AF motor built into the camera body to operate the lens.


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Two Minute Tip: Adding "Pop" to Images in Photoshop

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWVu-fmqPV8



NicolesyPhotography - Nicole demonstrates how to add a "color pop" to an image using Adobe Photoshop.

Category: Howto & Style
Tags: photoshop, cs5, color, pop, tutorial, nicolesy, adobe

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Monday, December 6, 2010

BenVista releases PhotoZoom Pro 4

ARNHEM, December 6, 2010 – Today BenVista announced the release of their new software for digital image resizing PhotoZoom Pro 4, which as of now is available for both Windows and Mac platforms.

The PhotoZoom series is specialized in enlarging (and downsizing) digital images while preserving original quality, for which it uses BenVista's patented, award-winning S-Spline technologies.
With PhotoZoom Pro 4, BenVista aims to tackle an additional challenge: creating acceptable image enlargements based on mediocre or even low quality originals.

Says D.S. Schoolwerth, CEO at BenVista: "Ideally, you always have high quality originals to work with. But reality can be different. What if all you have is a low-res original full of noise? And what if a client insists on working with a low quality image from the Web, that suffered quality loss due to JPEG compression? Enlarging such images usually isn't a very good idea:
distortions will become disturbingly visible. Or when you apply repair filters prior to resizing the image, the end result often looks blurry and artificial."

With PhotoZoom Pro 4, BenVista claims to offer a spectacular new solution to this problem.
Schoolwerth: "We have developed a technology that combines perfectly with our S-Spline Max resize method. Not only it cleans up JPEG compression artifacts and noise, the image will also look perfectly sharp and true to nature after enlargement."

Another major new feature of PhotoZoom Pro 4 is 64-bit support. With the increasing popularity of 64-bit versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and Photoshop in mind, PhotoZoom Pro 4 now fully supports 64-bit environments, both as a stand-alone application and as a Photoshop plug-in.

Other improvements are additional fine-tuning options, new pre-defined settings for different types of images, and additional presets for common print and pixel sizes.

Besides PhotoZoom Pro 4, BenVista also released PhotoZoom Classic 4 today. Although the Classic version misses some of the Pro version's features, it too creates outstanding image enlargements thanks to its S-Spline XL image resize technology. Also, the price of the Classic version is significantly lower, allowing the PhotoZoom series to reach a wider public.

Demo versions of PhotoZoom Pro 4 and PhotoZoom Classic 4 can be downloaded directly from the BenVista website: www.benvista.com. Various upgrade options are available.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

iPad Photography App: Flickpad Pro: Adorama Photography TV

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2cr32hbovI



adoramaTV - Adorama Photography TV presents Flickpad Pro for the iPad.

This week Mark Wallace discovered a great iPad application that is called Flickpad Pro. This app is makes keeping up with the latest photos your friends and family are posting on Facebook and Flickr really fun and really fast.

To download Flickpad and for reviews of related iPad apps, go here: http://www.adorama.com/alc/article/Fl...

Visit http://www.adorama.com/alc/ for more photography videos

Category: Howto & Style
Tags: flickpad pro, mark wallace, adorama, app, apple, camera, digital, ipad, photography, snapfactory, facebook, flickr

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Digital Photography 1 on 1: Episode 41: Dynamic Range: Adorama Photography TV

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P1GTgUboA8



adoramaTV - This week Mark Wallace talks about dynamic range a topic a lot of the viewers have asked about. Dynamic range describes the ratio between the maximum and minimum measurable light intensities. Mark also talks about sensor size and why its important.

Learn more about dynamic range and HDR photography here: http://www.adorama.com/alc/article/Dy...

Visit http://www.adorama.com/learn for more photography videos!

Send your questions to: AskMark@Adorama.com

Category:Howto & Style
Tags: sensor size, Dynamic Range, photons, photography, Mark Wallace, snapfactory, adorama, camera, digital

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Stratford Career Institute Photography School Focusing on Digital Photography

Stratford Career Institute has recently modernized their photography course with updated text that incorporates more contemporary instruction on digital photography.

Scranton, PA (Vocus) November 29, 2010 - Stratford Career Institute has recently restyled their distance learning photography course to include more contemporary texts that offer a greater emphasis on digital photography.

Stratford says the updated texts are taken in part from a book by Michael Langford, a renowned author, teacher, and photographer who worked as the Photography Course Director at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. The texts include a comprehensive expansion on digital cameras and digital printing, as well as a broader range of sample works, fully updated timelines, and more modern technical language.

“The course maintains the important fundamentals involved in setting up and taking photographs of all kinds, but the procedural knowledge has been updated to reflect the ever-changing technology associated with today’s digital cameras,” said Dr. Claude Major, Director of Education for Stratford Career Institute.

Stratford reports that upon graduation, the student should graduate with a greater understanding of the essential techniques needed to produce a great photograph. More specific areas of study include lighting, filters, exposure measurement, composition, special effects and an entire section dedicated to employment in the photography industry.

“This course is perfect for individuals of all skill levels including those interested in working toward a professional career, enthusiasts wanting to work on technique, as well as today’s casual photographer,” added Dr. Major.

Interested individuals can obtain free career information about Stratford’s photography course or any one of the school’s other courses, including their popular high school diploma program, by calling 1-800-363-0058 ext 9980 or visiting the career school’s website http://www.scitraining.com.

About Stratford Career Institute
Stratford Career Institute is a distance learning correspondence school that employs a distinct educational training method allowing students to complete their studies and earn their career diploma at home rather than spending hours in a classroom.

Contemporary online tools combined with traditional correspondence education give students the flexibility to study when it is convenient for them. Instructors are available via e-mail and toll-free phone.

Stratford Career Institute offers more than 60 distance learning courses in a variety of contemporary career fields as well as a program.


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Apple’s iOS 4.2 Available Today for iPad, iPhone & iPod touch

Major Software Update Brings Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay & AirPrint to iPad

CUPERTINO, California—November 22, 2010—Apple® today announced that iOS 4.2, the latest version of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, is available today for download for iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®. iOS 4.2 brings over 100 new features from iOS 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 to iPad including Multitasking, Folders, Unified Inbox, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint.

“iOS 4.2 makes the iPad a completely new product, just in time for the holiday season,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

iPad users can now run their favorite apps and switch between them instantly, while preserving iPad’s legendary battery life. Users can organize their apps with drag-and-drop simplicity using Folders, and Mail now features a Unified Inbox, fast inbox switching and a threaded message view.

Game Center allows iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to challenge and play friends or be matched automatically with new opponents, showcase their scores and achievements, and discover new games their friends are playing.

AirPlay is a new feature for streaming music, video and photos wirelessly from iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to Apple TV®, transforming Apple TV into a great accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iOS users also will be able to use AirPort Express® and AirPlay to stream wirelessly to any stereo or powered speakers, or directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers coming to market in the months ahead.

AirPrint is a next-generation Wi-Fi print architecture that dramatically simplifies printing by completely eliminating printer drivers. A selection of AirPrint enabled printers including the HP Photosmart, HP LaserJet Pro and HP Officejet will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users can simply tap to print their documents or photos wirelessly to any printer that supports AirPrint.

The Find My iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) feature is now free to use without a MobileMe℠ subscription and helps you locate your missing device.* The Find My iPhone app is a free download on the App Store℠ and lets users easily locate a missing device on a map and have it display a message or play a sound. Users can even remotely lock or wipe data from a lost device to protect privacy.

Other new features that iOS 4.2 brings to the iPad include: the ability to rent TV episodes directly to iPad using the iTunes® App with a 30 day viewing window and a 48 hour session window once playback is started; the ability to easily find and highlight specific words and phrases on web pages in Safari®; enhanced enterprise support so businesses can take advantage of stronger security features, new device management capabilities and improved enterprise integration; industry-leading accessibility enhancements; and support for 25 additional languages, including Korean, Portuguese and Traditional Chinese.

The revolutionary iPad allows users to connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. You can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, using the innovative Multi-Touch™ user interface. iPad weighs just 1.5 pounds, making it easy to carry and use anywhere.

Today, customers have downloaded more than seven billion apps from the groundbreaking App Store and more than 300,000 apps are available to consumers in 90 countries, with more than 40,000 native iPad apps. Over 125 million iOS users around the world can choose from an incredible range of apps in 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health, reference and travel.

Availability
The iOS 4.2 update is available today to download to iPad, iPhone and iPod touch by syncing the device with iTunes 10.1. iOS 4.2 is compatible with iPad, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) and new iPod touch. Some features may not be available on all products. For example, Multitasking requires iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB) or later.

*The free Find My iPhone feature is available for iPhone 4, iPad or new iPod touch (4th generation).

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.


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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Overview & Footage from the Focus35 Skater Dolly

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ddl1jbBRwZk



cameratown - If you're getting into cinematography you most likely have already seen footage from portable sliders like the Glidetrack. In this video I demonstrate another style of dolly, called the Skater Dolly. What makes this dolly so unique is that it sells for only $119 yet offers very very smooth dolly shots - and can do it in a straight line or in an arc. Very innovative and affordable.

Category: Science & Technology
Tags: dolly, portable skater dolly, DSLR, HDSLR, cinematography, videography, product shots, production, focus35

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Monday, November 15, 2010

iPad Photography App: Lights, Camera, Capture!: Adorama Photography TV

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9N7ye5z-rM



adoramaTV - Adorama Photography TV presents Lights, Camera, Capture! for the iPad.

This week Mark Wallace discovered a great iPad application that is called Lights, Camera, Capture! This app is based on the popular book by Bob Davis. It helps aspiring photographers learn to achieve the best possible images with minimal lighting equipment. The app features over 100 videos, compelling interactive diagrams to help you understand the effect of lighting and equipment settings, workshop videos, images, and the full text of the original book.

Download Lights, Camera, Capture!

Category: Howto & Style
Tags: Mark Wallace, adorama, app, apple, camera, digital, ipad, photography, snapfactory, lighting, Lights Camera Capture, capture, book, Bob Davis

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Professional Photo Competition

Nov 08. 2010 02:11 by CEPIC - The Agency for the Promotion of Professional Photography in France (APPPF or A3PF), launches the 3rd edition of "The Photograph of the Year". This contest is exclusively reserved for professional photographers living in Europe.

18 trophies will be awarded in March 2011, during a ceremony which will gather the 48 finalists (three per subject) of the sixteen categories awarded, plus the photograph of the year and a trophy of honor!

For this third edition of the competition, there will be sixteen categories.

The first of the new categories will be reserved for photography students and the theme will be free. The second will reward humanistic photography, a way of honoring our distinguished elders. The third will distinguish the best digital creation, limited only by the imagination of photographers. Finally, a returning category, still life.

Once the winners are known, the winning photographs will be compiled into a traveling exhibition. It will criss-cross France, initially among the sponsors, and then in the biggest French festivals of photographs. "Photographs of the Year" will also be compiled in a book as in previous years. The 48 winning photos plus a portfolio of some pages on the photographer will be honored at this event.

For each category, the winner will receive a statuette worth 150 to 200 € and royalties on books, postcards, posters published by the APPPF, whose terms will be determined by contract with the APPPF, or the equivalent in books and postcards. The winner of the Photograph of the Year will receive € 10 000 of Nikon equipment. Other sponsors will offer prizes or material benefits.

Selection of winners of "Photographs of the Year" is made by a jury of experienced professional photographers, festival directors and journalists, only recognized professionals.

The photograph of the year in each category is the work of professional photographers during the calendar year. The photographs must be taken between January 1 and December 31, 2010.

* Photographs must be submitted no later than January 15, 2011
* For further information or to download the complete contest rules go to: http://www.photographiesdelannee.com


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Low key lighting setup for body parts

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rGNNX8KFWw



FreePhotographyTips - http://SmokingStrobes.com: Lower back? Low key lighting! Low key photography is a good strategy for addming mystery to photographs and for pulling the attention to one specific area shown in the photograph. That's why in this video we make use of a low key lighting setup when photographing a tattoo of our model which is quite far down her back.

If you want to model the lightingsetup then check out the lighting diagram with the camera settings on http://SmokingStrobes.com/lowkeytattoo.

Category: Howto & Style

Tags: low key, lighting setup, speedlight photography, speedlight tutorial, lighting with speedlight, off camera flash, off camera flash techniq, off camera flash tutoria, lighting speedlights, photography, photo, SmokingStrobes, Michael Zelbel

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Canon U.S.A. Showcases Cutting Edge Imaging Technology at PhotoPlus Expo 2010

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 28, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, will be exhibiting a full range of imaging solutions, from input through output at the 2010 PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. On display in the Canon booth will be the Company's full line of EOS DSLR cameras and lenses, VIXIA HD camcorders, imagePROGRAF large format printers, PIXMA inkjet printers, PowerShot digital compact cameras, and REALiS high-definition projectors. Throughout the booth Canon will demonstrate various professional product solutions designed for specialty applications as well. Visitors to the Canon Booth, #200, will also be able to participate and observe Canon's famed Explorers of Light as they demonstrate their award-winning photographic and cinematographic techniques on the Canon stage with live photo shoots.

New REALiS WUX4000 Installation LCOS Projector
Visitors to Canon's booth will be among the first to see Canon's new REALiS WUX4000 Installation LCOS Projector, the Company's first high-resolution projector specifically built for the installation market. This new model delivers WUXGA-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen (16:10) images at 4000 lumens, accurate color, installer-friendly features, and a choice of three optional interchangeable projection lenses. The projector employs Canon's fourth-generation proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) optical system, the advanced projection-display technology that delivers crisp, seamless images of intricate detail, high brightness, contrast and accurate color.

EOS 60D Digital SLR Camera
Also on display will be Canon's latest DSLR introduction, the EOS 60D, boasting 18-megapixel resolution, a three-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD screen, EOS Full HD video recording with manual overrides including audio level control, and in-camera functionality for RAW image processing plus Creative Filters to manipulate images after taking them. Designed primarily for advanced amateurs, the EOS 60D boasts a broad array of new features that make it easier for photographers to add personal creativity to their images. Whether it's capturing an overhead shot on the Vari-Angle screen at a graduation ceremony, or converting a color image to black and white for a nostalgic look, Canon is delivering in-camera features and functions that empower advanced photographers to capture, display and print the images they want.

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the sixth generation of a venerable family of Canon 300mm f/2.8 lenses and features improved image quality, lighter weight, improved Image Stabilization and enhanced durability, making it a great option for handheld work in the field. The optical formula of the new lens has been completely redesigned with the inclusion of two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Helping to reduce arm fatigue, Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 8 percent to 82.9 oz., making it the lightest weight lens in the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 series.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
Quintessential for many sports assignments including baseball, football, soccer and golf, Canon's professional 400mm f/2.8 lenses provide the light gathering capability and long telephoto reach that photographers need to freeze the action and fill the frame . The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the fifth generation in Canon's 400mm f/2.8 series and has been engineered for the ultimate in optical performance through the use of two fluorite lens elements for improved quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Helping photographers in the field, Canon has dramatically reduced the overall weight of the lens by a substantial 28 percent from 189.4 oz to 135.8 oz, making it Canon's lightest weight 400mm f/2.8 lens ever.

CPS Service Program
Canon will once again host an exclusive CPS Member Lounge and Camera Clinic during this year's PhotoPlus Expo in New York. The lounge, located in room 2D12, is open to CPS Members Only and visitors will need to present their CPS membership card at the door for access to the lounge. Technical representatives will be available to answer product questions. In addition, Gold and Platinum level CPS members can take advantage of a free on-site Clean and Check service provided by CPS Service Technicians for Canon digital equipmenti.

Canon Studio Solution Software
Also on display in the booth will be Canon's Studio Solution software for workflow efficiency in professional photo studios. Canon's Studio Solution software helps professional operations take full advantage of Canon's core imaging and printing technologies with fully automatic workflows to simplify studio operations and integrate appointments, invoicing, image enhancement and printing into one comprehensive program. Through electronic input and filing, Studio Solution software helps consolidate scheduling, contracts, image capture, ordering, retouching and printing into one program.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009†, with global revenues of US $35 billion, is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2010 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.

All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

i Gold and Platinum level CPS members will be permitted free on-site Clean and Check service of up to four items. Cameras and lenses will be treated as separate items. On-site service submission will conclude on October 29th, 2010 at 5:00 PM, no new equipment will be accepted for on-site service on October 30th.


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PNY Products Help Photographers "Capture, Connect, and Enjoy" at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2010

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 29, 2010) - PNY Technologies®, Inc. ("PNY") is showcasing their latest Photography and Videography product solutions at the 2010 PDN PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo (Booth #957A), being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY on October 28th through October 30th. Designers and digital photographers visiting the booth will learn how they can integrate PNY's products into their workflow, allowing them to achieve higher quality results in a shorter amount of time.

PNY is demonstrating their latest line of Professional Series High Speed SDHC™ Class 10 flash memory cards and High Speed HDMI® cables. Also being featured are SDHC and Micro SDHC™ flash memory cards, USB flash drives, consumer graphics cards, memory upgrade kits, SSDs, and the zoomIt™ SD adapter.

"With a wide range of product options to suit everyone from amateurs to professionals, we've seen high interest in all of our product solutions," said Tony Gomez, vice president of sales and marketing at PNY. "Attendees have been excited to discover our latest SDHC Class 10 cards, perfect for high end DLSR users seeking faster frame-to-frame performance; GeForce® graphics cards for dual monitor display and accelerated photo and video editing; HDMI Mini cables for easy connectivity to cameras, camcorders, and graphics cards for HD content playback; and the zoomIt SD card adapter, compatible with Apple products, for quick and easy file transfer."

PNY, partnered with Unique Photo®, will present Chris Usher, a long standing member of the White House News Photographer's Association (WHNPA), who will give his photography presentation: Shoot from your Heart - Make, Don't Take, Better Photographs. PNY is the flash memory of choice for the WHNPA and Usher's images have appeared in "Time," "Sports Illustrated," "Forbes," and more.

New Jersey Nets All-Star player Devin Harris will also make a special appearance in the PNY booth. PNY currently has a sponsorship alliance with the Nets. Devin Harris fans can visit the PNY booth for a photo shoot with the NBA point guard.

Additionally, PNY is hosting a daily booth giveaway. One lucky winner, each day of the show, will receive a prize package of a 16GB High Speed SDHC Class 10 flash memory card and a 16ft High Speed HDMI Mini to HDMI cable. Entrants do not have to be present to win and prizes will be mailed to winners after the show.

Consumers can purchase a selection of PNY products, including the High Speed HDMI cables, High Speed SDHC Class 10 flash memory cards, and zoomIt SD card adapter, at the Unique Photo booth, #713.

To learn more about PNY's photography products visit http://photography.pny.com/
or for more information on the complete line of products that PNY has to offer, visit www.PNY.com.

About PNY Technologies
Established in 1985, PNY Technologies®, Inc. celebrates 25 years of excellence as a leading manufacturer and supplier of flash memory cards, USB flash drives, solid state drives, high speed HDMI® cables, computer memory upgrade modules, consumer graphics cards, and professional workstation graphics cards. The company's Photography-Videography, Mobility, 3D Gaming-Visualization and Business solutions are widely available from major retail, e-tail and wholesale outlets internationally. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, PNY maintains facilities in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. www.PNY.com

The PNY logo is a registered trademark of PNY Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright © 2010 PNY Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.


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Mamiya Announces New RZ22 Digital Camera

ELMSFORD, NY - October 28, 2010 - Mamiya announces today a new RZ digital camera designed to enable professional photographers to utilize the superior flexibility of the open-platform Mamiya RZ system, at an exceptional price. The new RZ22 Digital Camera couples the latest technological improvements in the 22 megapixel, large sensor Mamiya DM digital back with the latest Mamiya RZ67 Pro-IID camera, delivering the same ease-of-use as Mamiya’s popular RZ33 system, all or only $11,499.

"Photographers were thrilled by our introduction of the RZ33 system, and many have indicated that they would like the option of an equally easy to use digital RZ system at a lower price point. The new RZ22 digital camera delivers just that: a powerful large-sensor digital camera delivering superior quality image files with the legendary flexibility of the Mamiya RZ camera system," says Mamiya Product Marketing Manager Mike Edwards. "Photographers can even utilize their existing Mamiya RZ system lenses, which are known as some of the sharpest, highest resolution lenses available."


About the Mamiya RZ22
The Mamiya RZ22 is a new large-sensor digital camera kit combining the high performance 22 megapixel CCD sensor of the Mamiya DM22 digital back with the latest RZ67 Pro-IID camera body, plus a Mamiya Digital Interface kit and focusing
screen. With no cables necessary, RZ22 users simply add their favorite razor sharp RZ lens and a CF card, and they are ready to produce large, detailed images at shooting speeds of up to 70 frames-per-minute. The RZ22 leverages the large
availability of lenses and accessories from the previous generations of the Mamiya RZ67 family, allowing photographers to utilize premium-level equipment they already own.

Pricing and Availability
The new Mamiya RZ22 digital camera kit, including Capture One and Leaf Capture software, is now available in the U.S. immediately for $11,499, from authorized Mamiya Digital dealers.

About Mamiya
For 70 years, Mamiya has been a name synonymous with excellence and innovation in professional photographic cameras and lenses. Mamiya continues to be a pioneer by continually improving and refining the finest professional photographic products with state-of-art advancements such as superior apochromatic lens technology and practical, ergonomic camera design and function. For more information visit www.mamiya-usa.com.


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Monday, October 25, 2010

Sony Alpha SLT-A33 video review

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTU8IOfxniU



WhatDigitalCamera - Sony Alpha SLT-A33 video review. What Digital Camera tests the Sony Alpha A33 Single Lens Translucent camera.

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Tags: a33, video, review, test, sample, verdict, SLT, translucent, mirror

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Five-Minute Sunset Shoot with the Elinchrom Quadra

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23kcMySgpzg



joemcnallyphoto - Shooting a quick class demo at this year's Anse Chastanet Lighting Workshop, with Joe McNally and Scott Kelby. Photos shot with a Nikon D3x, and Elinchrom's Quadra unit with a Deep Octa. Video shot with a Nikon P7000.

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Tags: Joe McNally, Scott Kelby, Nikon, Elinchrom, flash photography, off camera, flash, St Lucia, Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sigma Corporation of America announces US pricing, availability of 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens

Ronkonkoma, NY, Oct. 14, 2010 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the company’s 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is now available for purchase in the United States for the MSRP of $1,400 and the estimated street price of $899.

This large aperture, medium telephoto lens is optimized for use with full-frame, DSLR cameras and is especially ideal for portrait and low light photography. When used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 127.5mm F1.4 lens.

“This lens is an excellent addition to our prime lens line-up and is a great performer for a variety of photographers. For the sports or photojournalist photographer, the Hyper Sonic Motor will keep up with fast-paced action sequences; the 1.4 maximum aperture provides the ability to work at high shutter speeds under low existing light conditions,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. “That same high-speed aperture is great for a portrait photographer who is looking to isolate details in their subject, with a pleasant, out-of-focus background. One-touch, full-time manual focus is perfect for the critical, professional photographer.”

The 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM also contains one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element and a glass mold element to offer excellent correction for all types of aberrations and to ensure superior optical performance. This lens is equipped with a rear focus system that minimizes fluctuation of aberration caused by focusing.

The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghost, even in backlight photography. The lens has a round, nine-blade diaphragm, which creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus images, and comes with a petal-type hood to block out extraneous light. For digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, Sigma provides a dedicated hood adapter to expand the length of the lens hood and to block out extraneous light more effectively.

To locate an authorized Sigma dealer near you, visit our Where to Buy. To use Sigma’s Lens Finder Tool to find the best lens to suit your needs, visit Lens Finder. For information about Sigma Corporation of America, visit www.sigmaphoto.com.

About Sigma Corporation
For nearly 50 years, Sigma Corporation’s expertise and innovation has driven the company’s core philosophy of “knowledge, plus experience, plus imagination,” with an emphasis on producing high-quality, high-performance photographic technology at moderate prices. This family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 50 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax. Sigma Corporation also produces digital SLR cameras and high-definition digital compact cameras. The company is headquartered in Japan, with offices strategically located throughout Europe, Asia and North America. For information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com.


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Sneak Peek: Canon U.S.A. Previews The CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera At American Academy Of Ophthalmology's Annual Meeting

CHICAGO, October 14, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, will preview the lightest Canon retinal camera to-date, the CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera1, at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Annual Meeting (October 16 – 19). In addition to the CR-2 retinal camera, which is awaiting FDA clearance, visitors will be able to explore the Company's current full line of ophthalmic solutions in the Canon booth (booth #: 2208).

"Canon understands the need to provide digital imaging technology of the highest quality to eyecare professionals." said Tsuneo Imai, senior director and general manager, Medical Systems Division, Canon U.S.A. "At this year's show, in an effort to improve patient comfort and exam efficiency, we are thrilled to preview the CR-2 retinal camera, incorporating the latest in Canon's retinal imaging technology and enhancements in a compact and light design than its predecessor."

Weighing only 33 pounds, the CR-2 Digital Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera has a lightweight, compact leading-edge design, resulting in an intuitive instrument that is easy to use. The CR-2 retinal camera can be easily installed and takes up minimal office space, or for added convenience, can be easily transported when needed. The illuminated control panel allows medical staff to navigate operations in darkened rooms. The CR-2's energy-efficient white LED lamp for flash intensity uses less power than a xenon tube and lasts approximately twice as long, helping to reduce both operating costs and frequency of lamp changes.

The Canon CR-2 retinal camera incorporates dedicated EOS camera technology to create 15.1-megapixel2 retinal imaging. This technology has been specifically adapted to capture extremely detailed diagnostic images of the retina, helping eye care professionals detect and monitor ocular conditions. A single sensor handles all functions for infrared observation, color and digital filtered images for red-free and cobalt imaging.

In addition to the CR-2 retinal camera, Canon U.S.A. will display:

* The CX-1 Hybrid Digital Mydriatic/Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera is the Company's first fully hybrid digital retinal camera with both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes. With one touch, the operator can automatically switch between mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes, effortlessly utilizing different functions within seconds and performing several concurrent ocular tests. The CX-1 allows the user to take one-shot FAF (Fundus Autofluorescence) photography in a standard configuration, for both mydriatic and non-mydriatic modes. Fundus autofluorescence, or FAF, is the occurrence of autofluorescence in macular waste, particularly Lipofuscin. Examinations that check and monitor autofluorescent waste material are a key step in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) detection. Using the non-mydriatic mode not only saves time and resources, it also can make the diagnostic procedure more comfortable for the patient.
* The CF-1 Mydriatic Digital Retinal Camera achieves high-resolution diagnostic images and outstanding operability. When attached to a Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera (sold separately), the CF-1 is capable of delivering clear and detailed diagnostic images for virtually immediate review. The CF-1 offers exceptional ease of use and an ergonomic, streamlined design helps to achieve improved operation by motorizing procedures usually performed by hand. All CF-1 functions are integrated into a single tabletop unit with a power supply built directly into the base. The compact design allows for closer interaction with the patient and easier access to the patient's eyes.
* The OPTOPOL Technology S.A. SPOCT HR3 provides ultra-high resolution, which can help give the doctor more comfort in diagnosis. Optical Coherence Tomography ultra-high scanning speeds shorten data collecting times and help to improve comfort of examination for patient and operator. The SPOCT HR has three micron axial resolution which, when combined with advanced analysis algorithm, makes SPOCT HR state-of-the art in SPOCT technology.
* The OPTOPOL Technology S.A. PTS 1000 automated perimeter is a diagnostic instrument that offers precise and fast testing of the field of vision. The silent performing PTS 1000 features static and kinetic stimuli with all Goldmann stimuli sizes and all stimuli colors used in perimetry. Auto-detection of the eye position may be monitored with the built-in video monitor. A wide range of strategies and analysis tools combined with intuitive interface give the users a powerful diagnostic tool, whose handling they will enjoy. Built-in maps and the possibility of creating one's own map provide the opportunity to examine only necessary areas. Along with the predefined templates, the advanced printout manager allows custom layouts to be created and saved.
* The RK-F1 Full Auto Ref-Keratometer simplifies the standard measurement procedure in just one step when using the Full Auto Mode. With a press of the Start button, the RK-F1 automatically completes the entire series of steps for both eyes: alignment, measurement and printout. The motorized optical head automatically aligns, acquires the readings and then automatically moves over to the opposite eye to perform the same function. The unit can also be operated manually to acquire readings.
* The TX-F Full Auto Tonometer is very easy to operate using the Full Auto Mode. Once the eye is located on the alignment screen, just press start. The motorized optical head automatically aligns, acquires the readings and then automatically moves over to the opposite eye to perform the same function. The unit can also be operated manually to acquire readings.
* The PIXMA iP4820 Inkjet Printer is ideal for any professional interested in a high-quality single function model which is not only easy to use but affordable as well. With the ChromaLife100 + ink system,4 including five individual ink tanks, this printer can produce a borderless5 4" x 6" image of superb quality with a maximum color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi6 in approximately 20 seconds7. In order to help reduce paper usage and increase time management, this printer has the ability to Auto Duplex print and has two-way paper feeds as well. The iP4820 Inkjet Printer is an ideal addition to any medical office with its polished finish and overall functionality.

For more information about Canon ophthalmic devices and solutions, please go to www.usa.canon.com/eye-care.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked fourth overall in the U.S. in 2009†, with global revenues of US $35 billion, is listed as number six in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2010 list, and is on the 2009 BusinessWeek list of "100 Best Global Brands." Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

B&H Photo Releases Their First iPhone App: Browsing and Shopping is Now Tailored to Your iPhone

B&H Photo Video Pro Audio, the New York City electronics retailer, has just released its first iPhone App, giving electronics shoppers with an iPhone access to hundreds of thousands of items.

New York, NY (Vocus) October 12, 2010 -B&H Photo Video Pro Audio, the New York City electronics retailer, has just released its first iPhone App, giving electronics shoppers with an iPhone access to hundreds of thousands of items.

Download the free B&H Photo iPhone app to search, browse, and purchase from our entire inventory of the latest in photo, video, pro audio, computers, home and portable entertainment, binoculars, scopes, and much more.

Considered the “Professionals Source” since 1973, B&H Photo Video &Pro Audio in Manhattan has been serving both the professional and enthusiast photographer for over 35 years. B&H is known for its personal customer service and dedication to providing the best prices on the latest gear.

Need something in a hurry? Purchase and checkout is a snap. Select from any of our fast shipping options using global carriers to 250+ countries worldwide. We can deliver overnight in many cases. Need to accessorize your gear? Find all the latest accessories easily by searching for your item, then tapping on Accessories. It’s that easy.

The B&H iPhone App brings new resources to working photographers in the field or to those that have misplaced their user manual. You can download and save PDF manuals and guides from thousands of items right to your phone, over-the-air. Get professional reviews, specifications, features, and watch demonstration videos – all prepared by our expert staff. Pinch and zoom on item photos in high-resolution detail. It’s almost like being at our SuperStore on 34th Street in New York City!

As a photo professional or enthusiast shipping for the latest gear and accessories at the best prices, your iPhone has never been more convenient.

The app is a free download and is now available in the Apple app store.

As the world's largest source of photography, video and audio equipment, B&H Photo-Video is known worldwide for their attentive, knowledgeable sales force, and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. Visitors to the website can access a variety of enlightening articles and educational videos. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for over 30 years.



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Monday, October 11, 2010

JaincoTech - Service For Photographers

JaincoTech is headquartered in Northeast Ohio, with production facilities in Solon, OH (suburb of Cleveland), Kamakura Japan and Mumbai India. The company has been in operation since 2004 and has over 100 people. Today, JaincoTech is a leading provider of services to:

  1. Convert negatives, transparencies, slides, photographs and digital media into high-quality digital images
  2. Raw Processing
  3. High end retouching and restoration services
  4. Mass volume consumer color correction
  5. Virtual tours for products and real-estate
  6. Image keywording and transcription

JaincoTech offers these services in a number of industries including:

  1. Stock photography
  2. Online / Catalog Retailers
  3. Archive libraries / Historical Collections
  4. Wedding / studio
  5. Real-estate
  6. Consumer
  7. Education
  8. Printing and publication

Being ISO 9001:2008 certified further reflects the company's commitment to:

  • Quality - In the products and services we provide;
  • Performance - In our ability to meet project timelines;
  • Productivity - In our flexibility to scale up or down for the specific requirements of your job.

For more information, visit www.jaincotech.com or contact Jazz 440-519-0100.

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GIMP 2.6.11 Released


GIMP 2.6.11 is a bug-fix release in the stable GIMP 2.6 series. Among other bug-fixes, it makes printing work with the recently released version 1.10 of the cairo library. Please have a look at the NEWS file for a detailed list of changes.

The source can be downloaded from ftp.gimp.org. Binary packages for various supported platforms should become available soon; please check the Downloads section.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

B&H: Samsung TL350

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlTEbMAIbcs



BHPhotoVideoProAudio - Samsung TL350 featuring a Schneider Kreuznach F2.4 lens.
This camera is extremely well designed-and does many things that will give you exceptional and unique pictures.

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The Gitzo Explorer Tripod: Product Reviews: Adorama Photography TV

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2LbrW58prA



adoramaTV - AdoramaTV presents The Gitzo Explorer Tripod. This week Mark will show us its unconventional design, the legs can be set at any angle and moved independently while the center column tilts and rotates freely to any position. The Explorer goes great with a Gitzo off-center ball head, a combination that makes it the ideal tripod for creative photographers. You can shoot close to ground, upside down or in tight or awkward spaces. Its ideal for outdoor macro and nature photography, still life and architectural.

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Tags: mark wallace, Gitzo Explorer Tripod, Gitzo, Tripod, photography, digital, camera, snapfactory, adorama

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hasselblad extends functionality of H4D System

27/09/2010 Hasselblad continues to improve the H4D System with two new HC lenses and a firmware upgrade.

Launched in September 2009, the H4D System not only marked a new line of cameras but it introduced new advanced technology to the world of photography with its unique True Focus and Absolute Position Lock features. With access to the renowned HC/HCD lens family, it's no wonder that the H4D has been so well received. The H4D camera line now offers several different models, including the H4D-40, which was designed to meet the needs of 35mm DSLR users who want to add medium format to their creative tools. The remaining H4D series includes models with 50 and 60 megapixel sensors as well as Hasselblad's unique multi-shot H4D-50MS.

Always striving to deliver the best camera system in the world to photographers, Hasselblad has introduced two new HC lenses, strengthening the H-System lens family with the new HC 50mm-II and the HC Macro 120mm-II. Both lenses have a new optical design delivering significantly improved performance. The new lenses are available now.

HC 50mm-II
The HC 50-II, with its moderately wide 35mm-equivalent focal length of 31.4mm, is a versatile, allpurpose lens that can be used for many different applications. The updated optical design provides higher resolution and more even performance over the image area. Close range performance has also been improved to deliver better performance while maintaining its minimum object-to-image plane distance of 0.6m. The lens features 11 elements in 7 groups, a rear focusing mechanism and a broad aperture range of f/3.5-f/32.

HC Macro 120mm-II
The HC Macro 120-II lens is also a very versatile lens, combining excellent macro capture capabilities (a minimum object-to-image plane distance of 0.39 m and a maximum image scale of 1:1) along with its slightly longer focal length making it ideal for product and portrait photography (35mm equivalent focal length of 73.5mm). Thanks to its updated optical design, the lens offers a number of improvements including higher resolution and better close range performance. Importantly - especially for macro work - the new lens offers improved color correction, with cleaner unsharp areas that are free from color cast. The front focusing lens utilizes 9 element in 9 groups, with an aperture range of f/4-f/45 that, when closed down, provides excellent depth-of-field.

In addition to the introduction of the two new lenses, Hasselblad will soon issue a free firmware update for the H4D system cameras in response to customer feedback and requests.

New H4D functionality extensions

Electronic spirit level:
With this new feature, a 3-dimensional virtual level is displayed on the rear LCD providing users with a guide to easily align the camera in both horizontal (landscape) and vertical (portrait) positions using two different graphical interfaces that automatically change according to the camera's orientation. Direct feed-back on the levelling is also present in the viewfinder. This is all accomplished via H4D's precision yaw rate sensors using either the factory-calibrated mode or a user-calibrated setting. HTS 1.5 tilt-and-shift converter users will get a straightforward and accurate starting point for composing for tilt photography.

Preview in tethered mode:
When shooting in tethered mode, users can select to have the preview displayed on the camera's rear panel LCD for remote viewing directly on the camera.

Information display:
With a simple press of a button, relevant camera information will be displayed on the rear LCD. A new graphical interface gives priority to settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the number of remaining frames with other data available as well.

GIL support for H4D-60:
The firmware update adds full support for the Hasselblad Global Image Positioning GPS device to the H4D-60. With this new functionality, the GIL is now supported on all H2D/H3D/H4D cameras.

The firmware update, to be released by the end of this year, can be downloaded free of charge from hasselblad.com

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

photokinaTV - The Impossible Project

YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7GMKq1SvQU



FotoTVcom - When Polaroid stopped production of their instant picture film, some folks came up with an impossible idea. Why not produce the instant fim ourselves. So they purchased the the complete
production equipment and got started. (full speed ahead) .

This spring they did „the impossible" For some Polaroid cameras you can once again get instant B&W and color film.

Andreas Hentschel and Marlene Kelnreiter are with us in the studio demonstrating exactly that this can be done. Next up on the agenda for the „Impossible Project" is a solution to seperate the battery from the film pack, charge it back up and save the environment at the same time. Seems like the
sky the limit when were talking Impossible projects.

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Tags: photokinaTV, photokina, Polaroid, analogue photography

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photokinaTV - Beyond Photography

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzNuKpJvQhs



FotoTVcom - Two years ago when FototTV spoke with David Mecy, he presented himself as a Playboy photographer. Meanwhile David Mecy decided he wanted to
develop more personally. Now he's branched out using his experience from his time at Playboy to influence and bring new dimensions to his photos.

For an american photographer he's really made a name for himself in Europe. For his part, he finds Europe refreshing with fewer problems regarding the
shapely female forms he photographs so well.

You can download a podcast of this photokinaTV show at:
http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZ...

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Tags: photokinaTV, photokina, Playboy

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photokinaTV - Treasures in Archives

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-N_PSwyp9c



FotoTVcom - Thomas Hoepker, looking back on his long career as a photojournalist is now preparing an archive of his past work. All of his previous conventional photo negatives are being analysed, printed and judged for their potential use in the archive. Currently he's working on a project devoted to his photographs from the GDR. These will appear soon in book form and will also be exhibited!

Category: People & Blogs
Tags: photokinaTV, photokina, Photo journalism

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nikon Macro Gear: Product Reviews: Adorama Photography TV

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nz2Cv5xYR0



adoramaTV - AdoramaTV presents Nikon Macro Gear. This week Mark will show us some great Nikon macro products. From macro lens to on camera flashes.

For more information about the Nikon 105mm f/2.5 Micro lens or the R1C1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlite System, and to learn more about macro photography, go here: http://www.adorama.com/alc/article/Nikon-Macro-Gear-AdoramaTV

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Tags: mark wallace, photography, digital, camera, macro, lens, flash, nikon, snapfactory, adorama

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Panasonic 3D lens for Lumix G2 and GH2: hands on preview

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cNX8Kz8cyk



WhatDigitalCamera - What Digital Camera takes a first look at the Panasonic 3D lens for its micro four thirds Lumix cameras. The 12mm (65mm equivalent) is the world's first interchangeable 3D lens for a stills camera.

Category: Science & Technology
Tags: PANASONIC, stereo, lens

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Evolution Of The Revolutionary: The Nikon D7000 D-SLR Is The Preeminent Digital Camera For Demanding Photo Enthusiasts

The D7000 Offers Creative Freedom with Advanced Features Such as a New 16.2-Megapixel DX-Format CMOS Sensor, Six FPS Shooting, 39-Point AF System and 1080p HD Movie with Full Time Autofocus

MELVILLE, NY (September 15, 2010) – Nikon Inc. today introduced the new D7000 digital SLR camera designed to fulfill the needs of passionate photographers who demand exceptional performance, reliability, and unprecedented levels of control and versatility in a compact form factor. Engineered as an ideal balance of durability and functionality, the D7000 D-SLR features a multitude of new enhancements and updated Nikon technologies, which results in stunning photos and amazing full HD (High Definition) movies.

Continuing the tradition of innovative technology that began with the revolutionary D90, the first D-SLR to capture HD movie, the D7000 features a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with low-light ability never before seen in a DX-format (APS-C) camera. The new EXPEED 2 TM image-processing engine fuels the enhanced performance of the D7000 along with a new 39-point AF system and groundbreaking new 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System to deliver amazing image quality in a variety of shooting conditions. Additionally, the D7000 D-SLR provides full 1080p HD movie capability with full-time auto focus (AF), enabling users to capture their world with both striking still and moving images.

“The D7000 D-SLR creates a new class of Nikon camera by delivering exceptional quality, control and an innovative feature set; this is a camera that enables D-SLR users to achieve a true expression of their creative vision, while concentrating primarily on image quality above all else,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “When you combine the innovation of the agile D7000 with the exceptional and robust line of NIKKOR lenses and accessories, the potential for D-SLR photographers and filmmakers is limitless.”

Unparalleled Performance From Unrivaled Technologies
With its new 16.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and Nikon’s new EXPEED 2 image processing system, the D7000 D-SLR delivers superior image quality with low noise. The EXPEED 2 image-processing engine combined with a 14-bit Analog / Digital conversion brings a new level of even tonal gradations while managing color, contrast, exposure, and noise resulting in brilliant image quality. EXPEED 2 also manages the D7000’s speedy 50-millisecond shutter response, blazing AF speed and rapid six frame-per-second (fps) burst speed for up to 100 images.

The D7000 D-SLR features an all-new 39-point AF System, which includes nine center cross-type sensors that operate with more than 60 NIKKOR lenses. The 39 points in the new Multi-CAM 4800DX AF module work together to provide superior subject acquisition and fast tracking capabilities, allowing photographers to confidently capture a player stealing third from the sideline to fast-moving wildlife. Additionally, photographers can activate dynamic or single point AF, configurable in combinations of 9, 21 or 39 or a 21-point ring to match a variety of shooting styles and situations. Photographers can activate 3D tracking, which continuously follows moving subjects within the 39 AF points, highlighting the activated AF point in the viewfinder.

Utilizing Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System, the camera analyzes subject information from a database containing more than 30,000 images to optimize focus, exposure and white balance. To assist in creating amazing imagery, the Scene Recognition System reads data from a groundbreaking 2,016-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter RGB sensor that examines the scene’s brightness and color data then optimizes the camera’s performance prior to the actual exposure. Another revolutionary Nikon first, this system interprets scene data for improved control of light metering and i-TTL flash output. Additionally this new sensor allows for a new “Ambient” white balance setting which can be activated to allow warm rendering in Automatic White Balance.

Nikon Continues the Low-Light Fight
The D7000 D-SLR continues Nikon’s tradition of providing photographers the confidence to shoot in low-light, knowing they will capture high quality low-noise images. The camera’s native ISO range of 100-6400 affords the versatility to photograph in challenging lighting conditions, such as when indoors or in the evening. The ISO range can be expanded to a Hi-2 setting of 25,600, which was previously found only in Nikon FX-format territory. The resolution of the camera renders a pixel size of 4.78 ┬Ám, which allows more light to be gathered, resulting in a correctly exposed image that has less noise and finer grain.

Full 1080p HD Movies with Advanced Video Features
Building upon the popular D90 D-SLR, the Nikon D7000 captures breathtaking full 1080p HD movies with full-time autofocus and manual exposure control. To keep critical HD focus, users can choose to engage a variety of AF functions, including face priority to track up to 35 human faces, subject-tracking and normal or wide-area autofocus.

Advanced movie features also allow exposure adjustment on the fly while recording. The D7000 D-SLR offers variable frame rates and resolutions, and can record 1080p at a cinema-like 24 fps, or a web-friendly 720p at either 24 or 30 fps for up to 20 minutes per clip. Once recorded, users are able to edit and trim video clips in the camera to save time in post production. Whether utilizing a wireless or hot shoe mounted microphone, sound can be recorded via the stereo microphone input for professional audio results.

To further simplify movie shooting, Live View is activated by a single dedicated switch, and HD video recording is achieved by pressing a single button. The D7000 D-SLR also incorporates a built-in HDMI output CEC compliant (Consumer Electronic Control) that allows users to connect it to a HDTV and playback with most HDTV remote controls.

By adding versatile NIKKOR lenses to the equation, photographers can create a variety of photo perspectives to video such as isolating subjects with a shallow depth of field, and recording in low-light conditions. Combining the D7000 D-SLR with NIKKOR lenses also delivers the sharpness essential for HD video, and Nikon’s innovative Vibration Reduction (VR) II technology helps to eliminate the effects of camera shake.

No Compromise: Enhanced Build Quality, Durability and Usability
The compact design is lightweight enough for a full days use, but has a reassuring heft that hints at Nikon’s reputation for reliability. The durable camera body consists of a magnesium-alloy top and rear covers and a 150,000 cycle-rated shutter system. Additionally, the D7000 D-SLR is dust and moisture sealed and features Nikon’s dust reduction system to remove image-degrading particles from the image sensor. Among the well laid out ergonomics, users will immediately notice a new Mode Dial that eschews traditional Scene Mode icons for more advanced manual functions and two user-defined settings (U1, U2) to adapt to a users shooting style on the fly. Placed under the control wheel is a Release Mode dial, which allows access the burst modes, timer, or the Quiet Shutter, to soften the cameras operation when shooting in sensitive environments such as a ceremonies or nature.

When framing lush landscapes or tight telephoto shots from afar, users will appreciate the large, bright glass pentaprism optical viewfinder has approximately 100% frame coverage and approximately 0.94x magnification. The three-inch, 921,000-dot super-density LCD monitor with 170-degree viewing delivers bright, crisp image playback and precise Live View and movie shooting.

The D7000 D-SLR features twin SD card slots with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory card compatibility that offers several recording options including designating separate NEF (RAW) JPEG and movie files. The built-in i-TTL Speedlight flash offers coverage for lenses as wide as 16mm and has Wireless Commander support so users can choose how to light their subjects. The D7000 was designed to provide maximum performance with minimized power usage and also employs a new EN-EL15 battery which enables up to 1050 shots when fully charged.

Nikon Technologies That Empower and Inspire
The D7000 D-SLR contains many features aimed at empowering the user with creative freedom including the ability to process RAW images directly in the camera, and add in special effects using the retouch menu. Among the many editing options are color filters, distortion control for a fisheye effect, perspective control for a miniature effect, or a new color sketch filter that creates a sketch-styled image. As always, manipulated images are saved as copies while the original is retained.

The Picture Control system also allows the choice for Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, or Landscape settings to apply a personal look and feel to their pictures, and it’s versatile Scene Modes let them choose from Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results even in challenging conditions.

Price and Availability
The D7000 D-SLR camera will be available throughout the United States beginning mid-October 2010 at an MSRP* of $1199.95 for body only and $1499.95 for body and lens outfit that includes the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

About Nikon
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