Showing posts from December, 2010

Happy New Year!

Wishing all our loyal and dedicated readers a very Happy New Year with best wishes from all The Team. And remember - An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. Whichever you are, have a great night!

No Hands Required: Looxcie Brings Social Video Platform to iPhone Users

Wearable Bluetooth Camcorder Frees Users to Go Back, Capture What's Happened and Share It Instantly. Looxcie, Inc. announced today the availability of its iPhone-compatible wearable camcorder at Initially launched in September 2010, Looxcie™ (look-see) is the first small, light, easy-to-wear camcorder that videos everything the user sees. A Bluetooth-enabled headset, Looxcie fits comfortably on the ear and points where the user looks. Because it is always on, always videoing, users never have to worry about pressing a record button or missing a key event. When an unexpected event occurs, a press of the instant clip button captures the last 30 seconds of video and stores it as a video clip on the device. When paired with an iPhone, the phone becomes both a view-finder and an accessory that lets users share video clips by email, post to Facebook or upload to YouTube in real-time. Looxcie clips can be shared in the moment, or they can be uploaded to a Mac or PC via t…

DropPhox For iPhone - "DropPhox, the camera replacement app with DropBox support"

DropPhox is a Camera app that automatically sends photos to Dropbox as you take them. Now this is pretty damn cool, take a look...     •    DropPhox transfer starts as soon as you snap the camera shutter.
    •    Multiple photographs are uploaded in parallel as you take them.
    •    Photos taken offline are uploaded as soon as a 3G/WiFi connection is detected.
    •    You can also set DropPhox to Autosave photos to your device's camera roll.
    •    Supported in-camera Flash, Focus and Video
Note: You will need a Dropbox account (Free) to use this application$1.99/Download

The Top 10 iPhone Grossing Photography Apps of 2010

Take a look at the top 10 iPhone grossing photography apps of 2010... Camera+ ★ EXCLUSIVE Touch Exposure & Focus for the ultimate control…
Set exposure separately from focus for the ultimate control of your shots… simply touch with a 2nd finger while focusing to adjust exposure until your shot is perfect. [available on iPhone 4 and 3GS on iOS4 only]
★ EXCLUSIVE Photo Flashlight to brighten up your photos…
Use the iPhone 4 LED flash as a continuous fill light to improve photo quality, especially for portrait and macro shots.
★ No more blurry shots…
Use the stabilizer to steady your camera and get the sharpest pics you can.
★ Put an end to crooked pics…
Use the grid to line up your shots and eliminate unsightly angled photos.
★ Highest quality zoom…
Camera+ has a 5× digital zoom that simply blows away the competition in terms of quality.

Panasonic offers gift pack worth £150 when pre-ordering the new GF2

Panasonic UK has announced a gift pack worth £150 for those pre-ordering the GF2 between the 1st January and the 27th January 2011. Please see below for more details.

The Top 10 Grossing iPad Photography Apps of 2010

Yes it's that time of year when we get all statistical and what a better way to show you the top grossing photography apps of 2010. Take a look at these... ArtStudio for iPad - draw, paint and edit photo 50% off the regular price for a limited time! BUY NOW AND GET FREE UPDATES FOREVER!
ArtStudio is a professional drawing / painting application. It uses advanced mathematics to attain the highest level of quality, at the same time offering incredible performance achieved through numerous code optimizations. It still remains a fantastic tool for beginners - it contains drawing lessons showing step-by-step instruction on drawing various types of images.

Skype Video Calling for iOS over Wi-Fi and 3G Now Available

Skype released version 3.0 of its app for iOS late last night, adding long-awaited video calling to the list of features for the popular VOIP app. This feature comes on the heels of a support document discovered last week by Engadget on Skype’s site that hinted at video calling features on the iPhone. Skype first released its free iOS app in early 2009 and added the ability to make calls over 3G in its last major update over the summer. The full list of new features and changes in version 3.0 is as follows

WWT Photo Competition 2010 regional winners are announced

Judges have selected the regional winners of the WWT Photo Competition 2010and these will now be put forward to a panel of experts, including Chris Packham, which will decide on overall winners.
The competition attracted over 6,000 entries in the categories of Wetland Wildlife, Wetland Landscapes, People and Wildlife and Quirky, and there was also a category for entrants aged 16 and below.
Photos had to be taken at one of WWT's nine regional wetand reserves (with the exception of the Quirky category). The People's Choice winners were decided by public vote on the photo competition website.
All of the regional winners will now be invited to a Winners Day taking place at London Wetland Centre on 24 January, 2011 and are in with a chance of winning a four day trip to New York State courtesy of Continental Airlines and a £600 photography voucher from Tatra Photography, among other great prizes. We'll be publishing the overall winning pictures as soon as they've been picked.  …

Samsung out NX11 at CES

There's no word on price, but it's expected to be in the region of £599 inc VAT. From the specification sheet below, the NX11 adopts the same 14.6-megapixel resolution sensor as the NX10 (though the sensor / pipeline maybe updated slightly) and will be available in February. We're waiting for Samsung to supply images, but as it's based on the NX10, we don't expect there to be much difference visually. A 20mm pancake and a 20-50mm zoom have also been announced.

'Appy Christmas from MacPhun

For a limited time, MacPhun LLC announces a sale for its 10 top products from December 21st, 2010 till January 3nd, 2011. With some extra savings over 75%, for those who own iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, this is a good chance to pack their iDevices with some really nice photo and entertainment applications. Apps include FX Photo Studio, FX Photo Studio HD, PhotoPal, Predator Vision, Doodle Cam, iRetroscope, Real-Time Distorter, PopArt VidCam, Amazing Facts HD and ArtPuzzle HD.

Star Trails Captured in Time Lapse

YouTube user Nachtwolke captures beautiful star trails with 1262 photos taken at 30-second exposures.
Lens/aperature/camera used: Sigma 12-24mm/4.5-5.6@ 12mm f/4.5, ISO 800, Canon 20D
Take a look at this...

10 Brand New Christmas Eve iPhone Photography Apps

Oh boy, they keep on coming and we just love 'em. Here we have the latest iPhone photography apps just approved by the App Store, take a look at these... Photo Folders Photo Folders is an iOS application that is able to file your photo and videos using custom folders.
You can put comments on your photos and able to search and sort by the comments added.
Application description:
1. You can create custom folder within this application.
2. You can protect your folder by setting password.
3. Original date can be saved with your photo.
4. Location information can be saved with your photo.
5. You can sort your photo by original date or import date, ascending or descending.
6. You can show photo location map by your folder or single photo.
7. You can add comments to your photo and video.
8. You can perform search against your comment.
9. Easy to select your photo/video with our custom image picker.
10. Original image can be saved by setting system options.
11. Folders are always iTunes f…

Fuji reveal more about X100

We were one of the first sites to break the news about the Fuji X100, the innovative rangefinder-esque compact with the hybrid viewfinder, APS-C sensor and attractive but fixed 35mm f/2 equivalent lens. Details at the time of the announcement were sketchy, though, as the X100 was and is still a work in progress. However, the company's dedicated X100 micro-site launched shortly after the news of the camera continues to add details, as and when they're finalized by Japan. If you're wondering what sort of expertise Fuji have then think of their now discontinued 6x7 and 6x9 rangefinders, and the Hasselblad XPan, which was made by...yep, you guessed it, Fuji.

UNICEF Photo of the Year 2010 Winners Announced

Each year, UNICEF Germany grants the “UNICEF Photo of the Year Award” to photos and photo series that best depict the personality and living conditions of children all around the world in an outstanding manner.
“High-quality photography shows both, beauty and the things that really matter. The aim of this award is to help us increase the awareness of children’s suffering and also of their hopes and dreams“, says Dr. Jürgen Heraeus, Chairman of UNICEF Germany. “Images can tell us much better than words where children suffer and where they are neglected or exploited. They show the unique way how children experience the world, they show their tears, joys and challenges. Without much ado, they let us know why we must think of these children and how we can.”
Renowned photographers from all over the world take part in the contest. They document the living conditions of children who are in difficult circumstances such as war, material and emotional distress after natural disasters but also m…

'Steve Jobs - The American Dream' By Obama

US president Barack Obama cited Apple boss Steve Jobs as an example of the ‘American dream’, saying that the incentive to be rich is a ‘good thing’ and part of the free market. “We celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that's a good thing. We want that incentive. That's part of the free market.”according to PCR today. Man Of The Year Meanwhile The Financial Times has given Steve Jobs their Man of the Year accolade. In particular citing the iPad as marking the moment when the ‘rebound’ in Apple’s fortunes “was complete”.The iPad is the culmination of an approach that he has seemingly been perfecting for his entire career,” stated the Richard Waters and Joseph Menn from theFT.


Nikon UK is pleased to announce a return to the screen with its sponsorship of the hugely popular daily Channel 4 TV show, Hollyoaks, which forms part of its wider TV advertising campaign for 2011.

Nikon’s sponsorship of the programme will run for one year from 1st January 2011 and will support its COOLPIX compact camera range. The COOLPIX sponsorship will be featured on the weekday show on Channel 4 and E4, as well as the weekly Saturday omnibus on E4. The focus of the sponsorship is Nikon’s COOLPIX range, from the feature packed and very affordable COOLPIX S3000 to the more premium COOLPIX models which offer powerful performance features for creative photography.   

The company’s “I AM Nikon” messaging is pivotal to the sponsorship reflecting the emotions and fun of taking pictures with the COOLPIX cameras. The ident visuals will feature playful and amusing vignettes which viewers will be able to empathise with, or relate to the characters and story in the show, and which are punctuate…

Our App of the Day - SkyFire - Bringing Flash To Your iPad

Finally on the iPad! Skyfire is the browser that not only allows you to view Flash Videos on iOS, but provides as well the best integration of social features for a quicker, more informative and most of all fun internet experience. Features • Play millions of Flash videos – everyday, with no limits!
• All-new ‘Skybar’ toolbar gives one-click access to video and related content
• Stay in touch: Unique Facebook and Twitter 'Quickview' allows you to see your wall and feeds with one click.
• Universal ‘Like’: Like ANY page on the internet, with one click.
• Fireplace: See only the links shared by Friends. Why? Filter what friends did from what friends shared (which is a great starting point for browsing)
• Popular: See what Friends and the Facebook community have to say about the site you are currently exploring
• Be informed: Quick access to GReader feeds
• Be social: Share via Facebook and Twitter
• Share to more services including GReader, Instapaper, Pinboard and Read It L…

How to choose a Gitzo tripod

UPDATE 26 Feb, 2012: Gitzo has dramatically updated the Systematic Tripod range, replacing all the models with a new improved body casting, and by adding a safety mechanism to the removeable top-plate. Please see here for details. This article is still relevant but please be aware that model numbers have changed slightly (the last number has changed from '1' to '2').

Gitzo tripods are owned by the same company that owns Manfrotto (formerly Bogen in the USA) and are now no longer made in France but in the Italian Manfrotto factory, just a short trip from Venice. That same company also owns Lastolite, Avenger, OConner, Vinten, Kata and Sachtler, the preeminent tripod of choice for video and movie cameras. But this isn't about the company (a British company as it happens), this feature is all about how to choose from the bewildering array of Gitzo tripods.

These tripods are amongst the best that money can buy* for stills cameras, but like any "tool" you ca…

We All Need 'Skattered Moments'

Skattered Moments is a cool new company that takes a favorite photograph and transforms it into spectacular artwork of almost any dimension.  

The innovative process uses patent pending software to turn photographs into stunning wall art, by pixelating an image using a variety of shapes and then dividing the image across any number of frames.

A simple 4x6 inch photo can be skattered, customized & transformed into spectacular wall art of almost any dimension for display in your home, office, or school. Frames are lightweight so hanging is a cinch! Prices Exclusive Holiday Special: 20% off now through December 31, 2010.Take advantage of this incredible offer and create your own skattered masterpiece now!To find out more about this innovative service, go here

Poster 1.0 for Mac OS X

Reinvented Software introduces Poster 1.0 for Mac OS X. Poster is an application for posting photos and videos. Poster provides a first-class experience for posting photos and videos to Flickr and photos to Facebook. Its sleek design takes advantage of each site's unique features to make posting photos and videos a truly enjoyable experience.Poster is a Mac OS X application for uploading photos and videos to multiple sites and accounts, sporting a sleek design that not only lets you see your photos properly, but work with them effortlessly too. Supporting Flickr and Facebook at launch, Poster takes a tailored approach that makes the most of each site's unique features. For Flickr, Poster can post both photos and videos, auto-complete tags, allows you to create and choose sets, submit photos to groups, tag people and moderate your photos all within the app. Its All Items view lets you work with an entire set of photos as easily as just one.For Facebook, Poster will not only pos…

LaCie Introduces Slim Blu-ray Optical Drive

LaCie have introduced a new Slim Blu-ray optical drive. It represents a convenient way to record, rewrite, and play back high definition (HD) video. This bus powered drive combines Blu-ray technology and 50GB BD-ROM into a portable form factor, allowing users to enjoy both high definition Blu-ray and a 3D picture, or even burn discs—all on the go! That sounds pretty useful to us for photographers on the run - take a look at more details below:     •    Bring Blu-ray™ to your PC or laptop
    •    Record, rewrite, and play back BD and DVD video
    •    CyberLink Blu-ray Disc Suite included
    •    No power supply needed – burn discs on the go!Starting at $264.99/To read more go here

Nikon UK Updates Firmware for Coolpix P7000

The following improvements have been made in version 1.1. Total image recording times for NRW (RAW) files have been reduced.  This includes image recording times for NRW+JPEG file recording options .Lens control has been optimised to reduce the frequency with which the “Initializing lens. Cannot focus.” message is displayed.   An issue that, in some rare cases, prevented zoom operation has been resolved.   An issue that caused the monitor display to exhibit a loss of detail in highlights (blown highlights) when the shutter-release button was pressed halfway with Active D-Lighting enabled has been resolved.  To find out more about this update, go here

Canon offers lens tips with Change your lens, change your story

Canon UK has started showing a range of video tutorials based around the choosing of lenses for different subjects, such as macro, landscapes, portraits and wildlife/sports. They're hosted by Rob Grove and Jenny Hare, and they talk intelligently about the subjects raised and the equipment used. There's a interesting section on technologies and optical heritage too. The tutorials can be found here, but it takes a little while to load, so please be patient.

NEC announce flagship 30-in MultiSync PA301W display

UPDATE 1 Feb 2011 NEC has announced the SV version today, see here for further details.

NEC Display Solutions has announced today the availability of the new flagship 30-inch MultiSync PA301W, which will eventually replace the highly regarded MultiSync 3090. The new model boasts a 10-bit P-IPS panel and has an in-built 14-bit LUT (although not fully hardware calibratable, like the SpectraView models) for improved colour reproduction and a 3D LUT for exacting colour space emulation. The NEC MultiSync PA301W will be available in January 2011, priced at £1,519 (excl. VAT). For more information please see the press release below.

Press release:

NEC Display Solutions launches PA Series flagship 30-inch LCD monitor
The professional display for the most demanding applications

London, 7 December 2010 – NEC Display Solutions is proud to unveil its flagship 30-inch model from its award winning PA Series. The NEC MultiSync® PA301W with a true 10-bit P-IPS panel has an in-built 14-bit LUT for the smoo…

Adobe releases Lightroom 3.3

Adobe has released Lightroom 3.3 offering compatibility with the new Canon Powershot G12, and S95, Nikon D7000, Pentax K-5 and Sony A560 and A580 amongst others. It's available for download now, from here. Update: contrary to our report earlier, LR 3.3 can indeed process PEF files from the Pentax 645D. Adobe Releases Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 Along With New Lens Profile Downloader

Adobe today announced the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 updates are available for immediate download on Originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, the final updates bring raw file support to 15 new popular camera models including Nikon D7000 and Canon Powershot S95, as well as lens profiles for over 60 new Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sigma lenses. Available on Adobe Labs, the Lens Profile Downloader 1.0 – a free companion application to Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 and Camera Raw 6 – allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on over 300 lens correction profiles prov…

Adobe Join Forces With Google Over eBook DRM

Adobe Systems Incorporated have just announced today that Google has licensed Adobe® Content Server 4 software as its ebook content protection solution for Google eBooks. With the addition of Google, more than 200 publishers and distributors worldwide have now deployed Adobe Content Server, making it the most pervasive Digital Rights Management (DRM) solution for ebooks and other digital publications. As a true cross-platform solution, Adobe Content Server enables consumers to purchase or lend ebooks through thousands of points-of-purchase without being tied to one store. With support of the Adobe® Reader® Mobile software development kit (SDK) on more than 85 devices and applications, consumers can download and read protected ebooks from Google eBooks in both PDF and EPUB format. Supported devices include a broad variety of platforms: smartphones, tablets and desktops, as well as dedicated reading devices like the Sony Reader or the Barnes & Noble nook. With more than 13 million do…

My Eyes Only Photo Pro Secure Photos App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod

Software Ops today is pleased to announce the release of a new application, My Eyes Only Photo Pro, the powerful photo encryption application for iOS devices. This app is the first app in the My Eyes Only family to support the iPad as a universal app for Apple iOS devices.My Eyes Only Photo Pro has the functionality of the existing My Eyes Only Photo app built for iPhone but is packaged into a universal app to support iPad as well as iPhone and iPod touch devices. My Eyes Only Photo Pro is designed to secure photos on your iPhone or iPod touch by password protecting and encrypting photos. My Eyes Only Photo Pro uses 256 bit RSA encryption, built into the iPhone and supported by Apple. The photos are protected by a password that prevents others from viewing the images that are too sensitive to be stored in the Photos application.Users of the application can select photos from the existing photo library on their iOS device or use the camera to take photographs and store them directly int…

Best Case Scenario? Pantone Have A Great Solution

For photographers and graphic designers surely there's no other option but a Pantone colored iPhone/iPad case. Maybe the only problem will be which swatch to choose.There are nine colors in the initial iPhone offering: Yellow, Red 711, Blue 7462, Orange 021, Pink 226, Green 354, Cool Gray 5, 418, and Black. For the iPad, Case Scenario has four colors: Black, Cool Gray 5, 7462, and 711. The four pantone iPad cases come in: pantone blue 7462 C, pantone black C, pantone 711 C and pantone cool gray 5 C. To purchase and/or order go here, to Case Scenario

New Fast Photo iPhone App

Fast Photo 1.0 has been designed from the ground up with that one senerio in mind. It doesn't have fluff, there's no editing or tweeking of pictures to get in the way. A clean and simple design allows you to show off your favorite photos with only one tap and even allows for custom descriptions for each photo. Both portrait and landscape modes are supported. Benefits:
* Fast Viewing of your favorite photos
* Switch between albums quickly with one tap
* Create and name four separate albums
* Add a custom description to each photo
* Switches between portrait and landscape view automatically
* Swipe animation adds "flipping a page" look and feel to the album
* Tap the curl or swipe the page to flip between photos
* Creates a separate copy of your favorite photos with the app, to save you from deleting them accidentally$0.99/Download

Canon UK confirms price of mode dial modification on EOS 7D, EOS 5D MK II

Further to the recent service announcement regarding the aftermarket modification to the mode-selector dial on the EOS 5D Mk II and EOS 7D, a spokesperson for Canon has confirmed to the Digital Journal of Photography that the modification can be carried out by the Canon Repair Centre at Elstree at the following charge.EOS 5D Mark II - £59.95 + VAT
EOS 7D - £63.39 + VAT Both these prices include a £5 delivery charge which can be removed if the photographer wishes to collect their camera in person. As this is a new modification Canon advise that photographers contact Canon Elstree to pre-book and arrange a suitable modification date, by calling 0844 369 0100 (Select Option 2). Canon can't confirm the price third party repair centres will charge for this modification, and neither can they comment whether this change to the mode dial, currently a feature of the latest model, the EOS 60D, will be incorporated into future production.

Sigma Corporation of America now accepting Scholarship Contest applications

Sigma Corporation of America is currently accepting photo and application submissions for its second annual Scholarship Contest. The contest, which will award $6,000 in cash and photography gear, is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a photo-related career. Copyright above image - Michelle Civil, NYApplications for the contest are now being accepted through Feb. 28, 2011 via the Sigma scholarship website. Students interested in entering the contest must submit between three and five photos that are thematically tied. These photos must also represent outstanding image quality, a concept that is the foundation of Sigma Corporation’s commitment to the photographic industry. In addition, students must complete an essay of between 300 and 800 words that describes their creative process in shooting, selecting and editing their photos.

Students pursuing higher education in industries such as photography, photojournalism, graphic arts and design, visual arts and art history are…

Food photographer Rene Riis to work with Michelin star Demon Chef on photo book

We were sent this interesting press release this morning from Hasselblad's distributor in Hong Kong (the parent company owns the camera maker), besides that, we'll use any excuse to feature food photographers, especially when it's Rene Riis.

Demon Chef and Danish Cameraman - Rene Riis to Collaborate for Book by using Hasselblad H4D-50
Alvin Leung to work with world class food photographer Rene Riis in December

For his first book, Hong Kong’s ‘Demon Chef’ Alvin Leung is set to collaborate with world-class Danish photographer Rene Riis. The owner and executive chef of the Michelin star restaurant Bo Innovation, Leung recently started writing what he describes as an “art/food book.” To enhance his creative vision, he has invited acclaimed artist Riis back to town to shoot the stylized pictures.

The Copenhagen-based lensman ( specializes in food photography and is known for his remarkable close-ups and detailed images. His work has been featured international…

Capture One Launches Capture Pilot iPhone/iPad App

Capture Pilot allows you to use your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch to wirelessly view, zoom and pan high resolution DSLR and medium format RAW, JPEG and TIFF images while you shoot and get instant feedback from clients and colleagues. Changes you make to an image in Capture One will immediately be reflected in the Capture Pilot.Capture Pilot is available for free from the App Store. Capture Pilot requires Capture One Pro 6 or DB to function. iPhone Free/Download
iPad Free/Download

The Right Path - iPhone Photography App

This is a great new app for the iPhone. Path is the personal network. A place to be yourself and share life with close friends and family Why not give it a try? It's free and the code is below... Free/Download

Top 10 iPad Photographic Portfolio Apps

The iPad is the ultimate way to display your photographic portfolio to your clients. The screen is perfect for it and there are some truly great apps that make the whole photo sharing aspect a joy to behold. Take a look at these... Valise Brand new and only released today, Valise is a digital portfolio for photographers and other creative artists. Create your custom portfolio with ease, using the inbuilt customizable elements. The maximum amount of images you can display in this version is 48, and number of allowable portfolios in this version is one. We will be adding the ability to add extra portfolios and other features via in later versions. Valise will be available at an introductory price of $4.99 US or £2.99 UK, 3.99&#8364 for one month.Download Portfolio for iPad Portfolio offers a self-contained, brandable presentation tool for your business. Once set up, it will look like a custom app developed exclusively for your business. Lock the interface with a PIN when you're don…