Showing posts from March, 2009

London Camera Exchange Pro Show London

London Camera Exchange is hosting the LCE Southampton Pro Show 2009 on Wednesday 1st April at the Novotel Hotel, 1 West Quay Road, Southampton. They'll be opening the doors from 11am-7pm and entry is entirely free.

More details can be found here.

Living and Loving Landscapes with Tom Mackie

copyright Tom Mackie
Tom Mackie is hosting a two-day landscape workshop in Norfolk, 19th - 20th September 2009.

Press release:

Tom Mackie Images, a leader in photography and photographic training is pleased to introduce a new two-day landscape workshop on 19th - 20th September 2009. Taking place in Norfolk the event is designed to support all photographers to take their landscape photography to another level.

Over the weekend you will have the opportunity to explore some of the best shooting locations around Norfolk with award-winning Landscape and Architectural photographer Tom Mackie. Tom will be demonstrating how he captures amazing landscapes and will show how you can too by exploring alternative approaches.

Commenting on the event, Tom Mackie said, “This exclusive two day workshop starts just before sunrise and then we go straight into an intensive but extremely enjoyable couple of days of shooting. I will be showing the group my favourite s…

Accessible D-SLR quality with added creativity: Olympus E-450

31 March 2009 – Building on the success of the popular E-420, the new E-450 is packed with features that encourage new comers to DSLR to have fun and explore their creative potential. Three in-camera Art Filters apply stylish effects to any image at the touch of a button. Image composition is simplified via Live View on the bright LCD. Packed with features yet easy to use straight out of the box, this latest addition to the Olympus E-System range is not only one of the smallest and lightest models on the market*, it also boasts all the benefits of the Four Thirds Standard at an affordable price. The E-450 has a full range of Olympus’ innovative E-System technology on board and will be available in stores from May 2009 at a recommended retail price of around £450 for the standard lens kit.

The Olympus E-450 digital SLR – main features:

• Extremely easy operation – use it straight out of the box
• Three Art Filters
• Improved Live View with contra…

Leica cashback ends soon

According to this London dealer, Leica's 15% cashback on certain M-series lenses ends 31st March, here in the in the UK at least. It would be really useful if we got this kind of info directly from Leica UK, or from their PR agency. But alas no.
Also interesting, if you visit the dealer's site, is that they state the olive M8.2 Safari is limited to just 25 pieces in the UK.

Visual Guides from Terry Hewlett

Press release:
Have family or friends ever asked you to do their wedding photography but are anxious, -- if so what is the first thing you need to do?

If you have never done a wedding before, or maybe just a few, and were reasonably happy with the results but feel that you could do better then maybe you need to attend a course to learn from the professionals how they do it.

However in these difficult times not everyone can afford the time or expense to attend a course therefore the next best thing is to invest in Terry’s new Visual Guides.

Terry [Hewlett] is an award winning professional wedding photographer with many years experience who also runs his own successful 2 day wedding photography courses as well as a creative light course combining ambient lighting with studio flash (Elinchrom Ranger – soon to be the New Quadra)

The Visual Guides are a set of 100 A6 PDFs’ on disc that can be printed out and taken with you to a wedding as guides for what, where and how to shoot particular image…

Transcend announce SDHC HD Video Cards

Press release:

Transcend are proud to announce the new launch of Transcend SDHC HD Video Cards, Transcend P/N: TS4GSDHC6V, TS8GSDHC6V, and TS16GSDHC6V, designed specifically for recording, sorting, and playing back high definition video content. Transcend’s SDHC HD Video Cards are fully equipped to handle the increased capacity, speed, and reliability requirements of HD video. When recording in high quality 1920x1080 AVCHD format at 13Mbps compression rate, a 16GB Transcend SDHC HD Video Card can store 2 hours and 40 minutes of video content.

More information, including stockists, can be found at

Creative lighting for wedding and contemporary portraits - a new one day workshop

Press Release:
Award winning photographer Terry Hewlett has introduced an advanced lighting course to compliment his successful 2-day wedding photography workshops.

The Location Workshops are a 1 day Advanced location lighting workshop in Wiltshire using state of the art Elinchrom Ranger/Quadra lighting equipment. In conjunction with the Elinchrom accessories, Terry will carry out a number of bridal/fashion shoots in stunning locations.

On this workshop you will learn how to visualise images in all sorts of situations and locations.

The course equipment required:

SLR Digital Camera Flash gun ( however Elinchrom Ranger/Quadra lights will be provided). Sufficient CF cards for a days shooting, camera Bag, Mono pod or Tripod

Course Level:

This course is designed for those that have a good working knowledge of their camera and it's functions or have already been on the 2 day workshop run by Terry.

The next course runs on the 19th July 2009, Other dates can be added subject to diary and number…

Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete for Lightroom!

Press release:

Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro™ 3.0 Update for
Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 2

Award-winning Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete now compatible with Lightroom
Hamburg, March 25, 2009 – Nik Software announces today that Color Efex Pro 3.0, its popular digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements, is now available for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.3 and higher. The update is free to current owners of Color Efex Pro 3.0. Currently the Update is available for the Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition, the Updates for the Select and Standard Edition will be available soon.
“We are very pleased to offer for Lightroom users two of our most popular products, Viveza and Color Efex Pro 3.0, ” said Michael J. Slater president and CEO of Nik Software. “Now photographers using Lightroom can utilize our unique Color Efex Pro filters and take advantage of our U Point® technology to selectively apply enhancements without the need for any complicated masks.”
Color Efex Pro …

Wacom’s Intuos4 redefines the pen tablet for digital content creators

Press release:
Next generation pen tablet delivers new proprietary pen technology and a stylish, ergonomic design loaded with new features

Wacom today unveils Intuos4, a professional pen tablet system that delivers new features and unparalleled performance to photographers, designers and artists. Inspired by members of Wacom’s professional community, the next generation Intuos is anchored by its new pen performance, capable of capturing the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the tablet surface, as well as offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. Intuos4’s intelligent industrial design provides advancements in looks, comfort and control. Additionally, specific workflow and productivity tools include customisable shortcut and modifier keys with accompanying OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) displays, which show the current function setting of each key.
All new pen performance
The Intuos4 Grip Pen features Wacom’s new proprietary tip sensor technology, offering users near-zero …

Canon brings 15.1 MP and Full HD video to photography enthusiasts: the EOS 500D

Press Release:
United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.

The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.

The EOS 500D heralds a new way for photography enthusiasts to capture their world. It pairs outstanding still image capture with Full HD 1080P video recording. For longer video shoots, users can also choose low…

Nikon software update: View NX 1.3.0 and Nikon Transfer 1.4.0

Nikon has released software updates which takes ViewNX to version 1.3.0 and Nikon Transfer to 1.4.0. Please visit the links below for information about the improvements to the software and instructions on installing the updates.

ViewNX 1.3.0 Full Version for Windows:

ViewNX 1.3.0 Full Version for Macintosh

Nikon Transfer 1.4.0 Full Version for Windows

Nikon Transfer 1.4.0 Full Version for Macintosh

Manfrotto announces four new Baby Lightweight Stands

I would really like to see how these babies compare with the 001B's I have and use with my Speedlites (aka Speedlights) and Quantum strobes. Hopefully, I will review one (?) when they become available.

Press release:
Bogen Imaging is pleased to announce the launch of four new Baby Lightweight Stands, ideal for professional or enthusiast photographers whether on location or in the studio thanks to their light weight and compact size.
The new Baby Lightweight Stands are extendible to between 240cm and 385cm, with various payloads between 4kg and 10kg and all feature the new Quick Stack System (QSS) patented by Manfrotto.

With a combination of the most innovative technical solutions and a unique design, QSS enables you to attach each stand to the others, saving lots of room in the studio or when transporting the stands in a case for outdoor shooting – making them the perfect portable stands to add to your kit.

The new baby is sold individually or in a kit of three and can stand up on its …

Tamron debuts new SP 60mm f/2 macro

This new macro lens is an interesting departure for Tamron, as it appears to replace the 90mm f/2.8 a full-frame macro lens. While being the equivalent of a very useful 135mm f/2.8 in 35mm terms and possessing a focus limiter, the old 90mm f/2.8 had a short minimum focusing distance of 11.4 inches (29cm). You loose the compatibility with full-frame DSLRs, and while the minimum working distance is said to be the longest in its class (10cm from the front of the lens), by my rough calculation it’s still a over a inch less overall than the outgoing model. All the same, if you’re a Nikon D40/D40x/D60 user, the addition of a internal AF motor will be welcomed, as will the fast maximum aperture. There aren’t many macros with an f/2 aperture - the Olympus 50mm (100mm equivalent) and the Carl Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar (and that’s the equivalent to a 75mm on a DSLR with an APS-C size sensor) but that has a reproduction ratio of 1:2, or half life size.Kevin

Press release:

Tamron Develops SP AF60…

Petition to remove photography restrictions in public places

Simon Taylor of, has started a petition to remove the somewhat draconian-sounding restrictions on photography in public places in the UK, imposed last month by the government.
If you didn't know already; on the 16th of February, the Government passed a law (in the Counter Terrorism Act) making it illegal to take a photograph of a police officer, military personnel or member of the intelligence services - or a photograph which "may be of use for terrorism". This definition is vague at best, and open to interpretation by the police - who under Home Secretary guidelines can "restrict photography in public places".
The deadline to sign up by is 31 August 2009.

Annual TFC Glamour course 2009 starting to fill

This popular course run by Chris Burfoot of TFC Courses for 2009 will be held on June 13/14th in deepest darkest Dorset at Studio Décor’s HQ near Beaminster.

As well as a fully equipped new studio the venue offers 60 acres of grounds! Sets will include (weather permitting) Meadow grass, woods, tree stumps with amazing views, an orchard, log cabin, a beach scene, old barn plus a brand new studio!

Supported by The Flash Centre, Elinchrom and California Sunbounce, this is your chance to spend two very busy days learning the finer points of Art/Nude and Glamour photography in this fantastic setting.
Two professional models are available all weekend as is all the gear from the leading Swiss supplier of Studio equipment, Elinchrom.
Chris will be assisted by fellow award winning photographer, Terry Hewlett so there is plenty of opportunities for producing some great shots and to get all those questions answered.

For further information please go to or call 01249 444750.

Think Tank unwraps Pixel Sunscreen V2.0

Think Tank Photo, the innovative pro camera bag maker from the USA, has today started shipping their collapsible sunshade for 12-17-inch laptops, the Pixel Sunscreen V2.0.

Features include:

Small round portable package.
For bright light conditions.
Pull over head cover for extreme conditions.
Side and back openings for routing cords and cables.
Non-slip material inside and out.
Inside mesh pockets
Removable clip for hanging paperwork

External Dimensions:
When Folded Flat:
14” Round Diameter x 1” (35 x 2.5 cm)

When Set Up:
14.5” W x 22” Hx 19.5” D
(37 x 56 x 49.5 cm)

1.2 lbs. (.54kg)

Priced at $69 plus shipping, the Pixel Sunscreen V2.0 can be ordered here from our very own virtual store.

Canon releases Raw Firmware update for PowerShot SX1 IS

As reported previously, Canon has now released the firmware that allows users to capture images in RAW format. Further details, including an explanation of the download procedure, can be found at

Mamiya intros DL33 in North America

Elmsford, NY – March 17, 2009 –

The successful introduction of the Mamiya DL28, in addition to requests from professional photographers throughout the U.S., has prompted Mamiya America to announce the next level in high-end digital camera systems – the Mamiya DL33.
“In the world of medium format digital photography, many photographers have to choose between price and performance,” states Jeff Karp, Mamiya Product Marketing Manager. “The new Mamiya DL33 Digital Camera System offers the best of both worlds by providing medium format performance at a price that serious photographers can afford.”

The Mamiya DL33 Digital Camera System offers professional features and benefits that are not found in other camera systems. For example, even though the DL33’s resolution is an impressive 33 Megapixels, its large sensor allows a pixel size of 7.2 microns. At 36 x 48mm, the DL33’s sensor is twice the size of full frame DSLR cameras. Larger pixels also produce images with unmatched richness and col…

Tom Mackie Images announces landscape and architectural event in Andalucia, Spain on 19th – 26th May 2009

The Ancient Beauty of Andalucia – Capture it all with new photographic approaches from Tom Mackie

20th March 2009 – Tom Mackie Images a leader in photography and photographic training is pleased to introduce to its training and workshop portfolio a new landscape and architectural event taking place in Andalucia, Spain on 19th – 26th May 2009.

This unique event will give you the opportunity to learn from Tom in a very small team whilst shooting amazing images of Andalucia’s famous whitewashed villages with its winding streets lined with fascinating houses full of character. The group will spend time in Olvera which not only boasts fantastic photo opportunities as there is an amazing castle and cathedral within but the area also provides magnificent views of surrounding hilltop villages.

During the event the group will spend time with Tom visiting Ronda with its splendid Roman and Moorish architecture and Casares with its cliff-hugging buildings as well as having plenty of opportunity f…

Nikon announce firmware update for COOLPIX S60

Nikon is pleased to announce a firmware update for Nikon COOLPIX S60, taking it to version 1.1. Please visit the links below for information about the improvements and instructions for installing the update.

COOLPIX S60 Firmware Update 1.1 - For Windows

COOLPIX S60 Firmware Update 1.1 - For Macintosh

Redesigned Think Tank Sunscreen Just Released

From the press release:
Processing and transmitting photographs from remote locations can be hard enough, but adding extreme sun, wind and other natural elements can be a real hassle. We have solved this problem with the redesigned Pixel Sunscreen 2.0. This portable spring loaded sunscreen instantly pops open for quick access. We have completely reengineered our previous version after extensive research and feedback from scores of professional photographers. After many months of research and development, our efforts have really paid off with the following features and enhancements:

Portability - Pixel Sunscreen 2.0 folds down into a small, round portable package that is easy to transport and deploy quickly.
Darker is better - Users can se their laptop screens in even the brightest sunlight now that we have added an overhead cover that extends beyond the top of the sunscreen. This new feature gives you added cover from sunrays reflecting off of your laptop's screen.

No Slipping an…

Winner of the Campaign Award announced

Sarah Ahmad, a photographer from Rawalpindi in Pakistan, is the winner of the Campaign Award. Introduced this year, as part of the Sony World Photography Awards, the competition created a brief for amateur photographers to answer and it sought out one image which unites a global obsession with football and a passion for photography.

© Sarah Ahmad, courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2009

The winning image of a woman preparing a meal, with one foot placed on a football, is simply titled: ‘The Love of the Game: a cook, cleaner, mother….and an attacking midfielder.’

Delly Carr, one of the world’s leading sports photographers, and chair of the judging panel commented: “This photograph is so simple, yet it speaks volumes about the sport. The image exemplifies the fact that football is indeed the World Game, a sport built on passion and fanaticism. It also attempts to express that passion makes no discrimination against gender, age, nationality, or social class.”

On hearing the news, Sara…

Sony World Photography Awards 2009 Winners Announced

The professional finalists and amateur winners of the 2009 Sony World Photography Awards are announced today, Tuesday 17 March.
The 44 photographers, from 22 separate countries, beat off stiff competition from the 186 shortlisted photographers, revealed last month. Each of the photographers on the list will be exhibited and honoured at the Sony World Photography Awards ceremony at the prestigious Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on Thursday 16 April. Of the 12 professional category winners, one photographer will be the recipient of the L’Iris D’Or, the Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. On the night they will be awarded $25,000 along with Sony camera equipment. The winning amateur photographer, selected from the eight category finalists, will receive a $5,000 cash prize and Sony camera equipment.
The Sony World Photography Awards aim to promote the work of photographers worldwide. As one of the main prizes, the professional category finalists and amateur cate…

Leica M8.2 Safari

Known as a military M by collectors, the distinctive khaki green Leica M is hard to find secondhand. Most are usually heavily used, bullet holes not withstanding. However, the digital Leica M8.2 is available new as a limited edition Safari model. Just 500 of these will be made available to civilians. Check this (shameless) link out to order yours.
UPDATE: 11/6/09
According to B&H this little beauty is now discontinued, presumably sold out. Guess I'll have to start saving for the M9 Safari.

Philip Jones Griffiths: RECOLLECTIONS

New from Trolley Books:

Philip Jones Griffiths

Renowned as the foremost photographer of the Viet Nam conflict, 'Recollections' presents work much closer to home, of Britain in the 1950s onwards. From coal miners in Wales, the Beatles in Liverpool to soldiers in Northern Ireland and anti-war protests on the streets of London.

With exhibitions at:
National Conservation Centre, Liverpool until March 15th 2009
Side Gallery, Newcastle from March 14th 2009
Bodelwyddan Castle, Wales May 2nd - mid July 2009
Amazon US: Recollections

Amazon UK: Recollections

Trolley Books can be contacted here