Showing posts from April, 2011

Help for Heroes calling for volunteers

Help for Heroes, a UK based charity supporting our wounded servicemen, is calling for volunteers to help with fundraising collections at Tesco stores during the weekend of 1st & 2nd July 2011. For more information please see below. HELP FOR HEROES NEEDS YOU!

Help for Heroes are calling for volunteers to help with one of their biggest fundraising pushes yet!

During the weekend of 1st & 2nd July 2011 there is a huge opportunity for you to do your bit during nationwide collecting days at your local Tesco store, whether that be for a few hours or all day.

The volunteering days form part of the Help for Heroes One Hour for Heroes (1H4H) appeal which launched earlier this month, which everyone, from politicians, companies, sportsmen, actors, celebrities to the millions of generous and decent people across the country are giving One Hour.

Bryn Parry OBE, CEO & co-founder, Help for Heroes said: “At H4H we rely heavily on our wonderful volunteers to help keep our overheads low and ensur…

Phase One release Capture One 6.2 adds support for Fuji X100

Hot on the heels of yesterday's announcement by Adobe Phase One has today announced Capture One 6.2. As well as adding support for the Fujifilm X100, as well as a number of other new (and not so new) cameras), C1 6.2 includes several new features and enhancements. For a full list of the supported cameras and features, please see the summary below. The new Capture One 6.2 release offers enhanced options for local adjustments, additional camera controls for Canon and Nikon and improved XMP metadata functionality. The release also adds camera support for the latest Samsung, Fuji, Ricoh, Panasonic, Canon, Sony and Nikon camera models as well as camera support for Phase One IQ180, IQ160, and IQ140 including tethered support.Capture One 6.2 includes the following new features and enhancements:
- Local adjustment of saturation and clarity
- Invert local adjustments mask
- Copy local adjustments mask from other layer
- Auto sync of XMP metadata (sidecars only)
- Additional camera controls…

Sony World Photography Awards 2011 L’Iris D’Or and winners announced

Press release:Sony World Photography Awards 2011 L’Iris D’Or and winners announced•    Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg wins the coveted L’Iris D’Or Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year 2011
•    Chan Kwok Hung announced as overall Open winner
•    Professional category winners and Student Focus Award winner revealed
•    Bruce Davidson receives the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg has tonight, 27 April 2011, been announced as this year’s winner of the illustrious L’Iris D’Or, the 2011 Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year. Over 105,000 images were entered into the 2011 competition from 162 countries. Chaskielberg was presented with the award during the Sony World Photography Awards Gala ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square. Previously held at Cannes' prestigious Palais des Festivals, this is the first year that the awards have been held in London. Beginni…

Adobe updates Lightroom to 3.4 adds support for Fuji X100

Adobe has announced Lightroom 3.4 with additional camera support for several new camera models, including the Canon Rebel T3i (600D / Kiss X50), Nikon D5100 and Fuji FinePix X100. Additional updates include Adobe Camera Raw 6.4 for Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and DNG Converter 6.4The updates can be found here .

Nikon updates 50mm f/1.8 to AF-S

After being inadvertently revealed briefly on the Nikon US website a week or so ago now the company has officially announced the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G . Not only does the new 50mm boast similar spec to the AF-S 50/1.4G, with the inclusion of a SWM and M/A focus switch, the optical construction is a new 7-element design incorporating an asphere - an unusual addition at this level. Unlike the earlier AF-D offering, the new lens will autofocus on all Nikon DSLRs and will be available in June for a estimated price of $220 / £200 / 232 Euros inc tax.Press release: Evolution Of The Classic: The New AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G LensMELVILLE, N.Y. (April 27, 2011) -- Nikon Inc. today announced the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, a fast, compact lens that affords photographers the versatility of the classic 50mm focal length and the benefits of a fast aperture for photos and D-movies. Whether a new D-SLR enthusiast or a seasoned pro, users will appreciate the tack-sharp image quality, extreme low-l…

Fujifilm X100 concise review

Fujifilm’s X100 is a relatively compact digital camera with a rangefinder-like layout with a APS-C size 12-megapixel sensor and fixed single focal length 23mm (35mm eqiuvalent FoV) lens with a high-speed f/2.0 maximum aperture. What’s really intriguing about this camera though is the unique hybrid viewfinder. At first sight the viewfinder looks like any high-quality reverse-Galilean optical viewfinder, but thanks to an integrated prism, shooting data can be overlaid much like the bright-frame lines of a rangefinder camera.

It’s not just frame-lines and a focus target that can be seen though, the 1.44 million dot LCD screen hidden at a right angles to the optical viewfinder can overlay an extensive range of data, including exposure settings, histogram, EV-shift, parallax error and even the focus distance with a useful depth of field scale. It’s an oversized, bright, clear image too but there’s more to it than that. You can even switch from the optical viewfinder to the built-in LCD scr…

Nikon Teams Up With Arthur Edwards Royal Photographer At The Sun For Tips & Tricks To Capture The Royal Wedding

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, Nikon has teamed up with Arthur Edwards, royal photographer at The Sun, to give some expert tips and tricks on how to capture the big day. From finding the right spot at the procession to taking must-have shots at a street party, the attached guide makes sure you get photos worthy of the family album.Nikon also commissioned some research which revealed that a staggering 327 million Royal Wedding-related photos will be taken on digital cameras on Friday 29th April, as the nation aims to capture the big day. Picture this According to research commissioned by Nikon, a staggering 327 million Royal Wedding-related photos will be taken on digital cameras on Friday 29th April, as the nation aims to capture the big day. A survey of 1,421 UK adults found that:•    The most coveted photo to get will be the first glimpse of William and Kate as a married couple (35.1%), followed closely by the balcony kiss (27.3%)
•    Nearly half of respondents (49%) said that taking…

Simon Norfolk, new show, new book

Simon Norfolk is exhibiting new photographs from the war in Afghanistan after his last visit to the worn-torn region in 2002. His return after ten years has culminated in a exhibition to be shown at the Tate Modern, London from May 6th May to July 11th, 2011 and at Hoppen Contemporary, London, 13th May to 16th June. Norfolk will also show his work in 2011 in Berlin, New York & Los Angeles and in 2012 in Cork. A new book containing images from the exhibition, BURKE+NORFOLK, Photographs from the War in Afghanistan is to be published May 9th 2011. His 2002 book, Afghanistan: chronotopia, won the European Publishers Award For Photography and was published in six editions in six languages with a number of reprints.

Press release:

Burke+Norfolk, Photographs from the War in Afghanistan
£40.00 / $65.00 quarterbound large-format hardback
168 pages, 100 colour & duotone plates
290mm x 365mm
ISBN: 978-1-907893-11-7
Publication Date: May 9th 2011
With the support of The Wilson Centre for Photogr…

Photographer Tim Hetherington killed in Libya

The BBC is reporting that 41 year old British journalist and photographer Tim Hetherington, co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, has been killed today in a mortar attack in Libya. Two other journalists are thought to have been injured on a main road leading into Misrata, an area of intense fighting in the region.

Source BBC.

Epson Masterclass with Gary Wornell, part I

Epson Europe has released a mini Masterclass with Gary Wornell, a certified Digigraphie printmaker, photographer and artist. Filmed at Photokina last year, Wornell describes some of his practices printing on a range of media, some from Epson as well as hand-coated Japanese papers, even aluminium, and steel. Running time is a shade under 5 minutes. Links:Epson Digigraphie site, please click here .Featured photographer's site, Gary Wornell, please click here.

Sony making just three stills camera models

According to an article at Japan based DC.Watch, Sony is making just the full-frame A900, the SLT A55V (pictured above) and NEX-5; none of the plethora of other models we've seen lately are in production. If you're thinking of buying anything else I would pick it up sooner rather than later, before stock disappears. We don't believe this has anything to do with the tragedy in Northern Japan, more likely the company is dedicating manufacturing capacity to new models. Source DC.Watch (Japanese)

Fuji X100 sample images

We've had a Fuji X100 for a few days prior to reviewing for a print magazine, and the X100 is quite a camera to come to terms with. It's quite complicated in its nature, and takes days to become accustomed to its quirks and shortcomings (no camera is perfect but some are closer to perfection than others). We may get time to produce a concise review here, and if there are any questions we'll try answer them in the write-up. In the meantime, we've posted a few shots as an indication as to what you might be able to expect from the camera. The images are small unfortunately and can't be downloaded for viewing. 1/1000sec at f/2.0, ISO200. Out of camera JPEG 'Velvia' 1/550sec at f/2.0, ISO200. Out of camera JPEG 'Provia'. 1/110sec at f/5.6, ISO200. Out of camera JPEG 'Provia' 1/1000sec at f/2.0, ISO200. Out of camera JPEG 'Velvia' 1/900sec at f/2.0, ISO200. Out of camera JPEG 'Velvia'Read our concise review of the Fujifilm X100 he…

Birmingham plays host to outdoor exhibition 'take to the streets'

The popularity of 'street photography' appears to be increasing in this country. The Colmore Business District in Birmingham, UK will stage ‘take to the streets’, an outdoor exhibition of street photography showcasing over 100 images by seven of Magnum Photos’ most prolific documentary photographers. The exhibition runs from 18th May and will culminate with book of the event. For more information please read the press release below.Press release: The Italians © Bruno Barbey, Magnum Photos 2011 is unquestionably the year of street photography with a number of exhibitions and festivals exploring the genre taking place in cities across the UK. Starting from 18 May, the Colmore Business District in Birmingham will play host to ‘take to the streets’, an outdoor exhibition of street photography showcasing over 100 images by seven of Magnum Photos’ most prolific documentary photographers. The exhibition is Birmingham’s contribution to this national phenomenon. Originally created by F…

Think Tank Photo add Retrospective 5 for mirrorless cameras

Think Tank Photo has introduced the Retrospective 5 for smaller DSLRs, mirrorless cameras and rangefinders. The pro-level bag will be available in a choice of colours, Pinestone (grey) or Black, and will start to ship in May priced at $129.00. Think Tank Photo to Release New Bag for DSLR, Micro Four Thirds and Rangefinder CamerasSanta Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release the Retrospective® 5, a soft-sided shoulder bag designed for DSLR, Micro Four Thirds, and rangefinder camera equipment. Like the other bags in Think Tank’s Retrospective series, the Retrospective 5 was created as an homage to classic photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank. Designed for the professional photographer who wants to remain inconspicuous in any situation, its "old-school" look mixes with "new-school" features giving tribute to the days when bags were visually simple but highly functional. It is available in two colors, black and Pin…

Sony announce HVL-F43AM Flashgun

Sony has announced today the HVL-F43AM shoe-mounted, bounce and swivel (Quick Shift) flashgun for A- and E-mount cameras. It has a guide number of GN43 (105mm ISO100 m) and is said to be dust- and moisture-resistant. There's no word yet on price but it will be available soon (Spring 2011). Sony has also announced the VCT-55LH multi-purpose bracket, as well as a new VCT-55LH case (not pictured) and hood for DT 35mm F1.8 SAM and 85mm F2.8 SAM lenses (not pictured).Press release: HVL-F43AM external flash
With a powerful output of GN43 (105mm ISO100 m), the compact yet versatile HVL-F43AM flash from Sony is optimised for superb results with all A-mount cameras.
As featured on the HVL-F58AM, the innovative Quick Shift Bounce system allows flash head position to be adjusted instantly when switching between horizontal and vertical compositions. This maintains consistent shadow positions regardless of camera orientation, allowing easy creation of natural-looking ‘bounce’ effects.
Smart flash …

Landscape Photographer Mike McFarlane to put UK conservation in the frame

Landscape photographer Mike McFarlane starts a 12-month tour of The Wildlife Trust's 112 landscape-scale conservation schemes for the organisation's major new project, A Living Landscape. McFarlane will produce more than 100 stunning 360x180° panoramic photographs and VR tours over the 12-months on the road, and, to reduce his carbon footprint, will travel using mainly public transport and a bicycle. You can follow McFarlane's travels via his website or on Twitter @mikejmcfarlane.

Press release:

Shot of the landscape

Visual arts project will put UK conservation in the frame

Landscape photographer Mike McFarlane will today (Wed 13 Apr) set-off on a 12 month tour of the UK as part of a unique conservation-inspired visual arts project, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts.

Using mainly public transport and a bicycle, Mike will cover thousands of miles as he travels around the UK visiting places - from the Isles of Scilly up to the highlands of Scotland, …

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