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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Nik Software Releases Color Efex Pro 4

New verison offers enhanced features including stackable filters, visual presets, history browser, new filters and much more

Nik Software ( today began
shipping Color Efex Pro 4, the company’s latest version of its popular digital photographic filters
for retouching and creative enhancements. The 55 total filters of Color Efex Pro 4 offer a new
generation of technologies and features for creating stunning effects and introduces stackable
filter combinations, visual presets, filter recipes, and new filters such as Detail Extractor,
Vintage Film Efex, and Image Borders. Color Efex Pro 4 also includes a new History Browser,
improvements to imaging algorithms, greater performance, and enhanced usability. To watch
videos and join special live online preview sessions, visit
“Color Efex Pro has hands-down been my most-used plug-in and version 4 opens up a whole new
world for photographers, “ said Scott Kelby, President, National Assn. of Photoshop
Professionals. “The ability to stack filters on top of each other right inside the plug-in, and to
save your own filter recipes, just blew me away. Hats off to Nik Software: If you can only have
one plug-in, this has to be the one!”

• NEW: Filter Combinations—Add multiple filters at once, adjust opacity, and make
selective adjustments to get the desired look
• NEW: Brand New Filters—Detail Extractor, Dark Contrast, Vintage Film Efex, Natural
Image Borders, and much more
• NEW: Visual Presets—Each filter contains single-click starting points making it possible
to explore creative options quickly
• NEW: Style Recipes—Customize and share filter combinations with others, using recipes
• NEW: History Browser— Facilitates intuitive comparison of previous edits and different
• NEW: GPU Processing and Multi-Core Optimization—GPU Processing takes full
advantage of the processors found on advanced display adapters providing even faster
• NEW: Interface, Interaction, and Workflow—Benefit from interface and interaction
improvements to filters, zoom controls, shortcut keys, and much more
Pricing and Availability
Nik Software Releases - 2 -
New Color Efex Pro 4 (cont’d)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FEP Fine Art Photograph of the Year 2011 open for entries

The FEP European Fine Art Photograph of the Year Award 2011 is supported for the third consecutive year by Towergate Camerasure insurance company, and has been open from September, 15th 2011.
The aim of this prize is to reward and stimulate creative initiatives by professional photographers, who may often be constrained with assignment work. The competition is totally web based; registering, hosting and judging will all be carried out online. There are no subcategories. Each entrant may submit up to 3 pictures.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Canon U.S.A. Announces Select PIXMA Printers Now Support Apple's Airprint

 Enabling Wireless Printing From iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced that the PIXMA MG8220, MG6220 and MG5320 Wireless Photo All-In-One inkjet photo printers will now support AirPrint1 wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. AirPrint allows users to wirelessly print photos, emails, web pages and other documents without the need to install device drivers, saving time and making for a seamless user experience.
AirPrint will be supported by the majority of Canon PIXMA inkjet printers launched from this point forward. AirPrint works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) using iOS 4.2 or later.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lensbaby Announces its new Movie Maker’s Kit

Featuring the Composer Pro PL with Sweet 35 Optic
The Lensbaby Movie Maker’s Kit is a full-service in-camera creative effects lens kit packaged in a custom-built rugged Pelican hard case

Portland, OR –September 22, 2011 –
Lensbaby announces today the newest addition to the Lensbaby Creative Effects camera products line-up, the Lensbaby Movie Maker’s Kit featuring the brand-new Composer Pro PL with Sweet 35 Optic, for use on PL mount cameras.

"The more creative tools filmmakers have at their disposal, the more creative their footage," Says Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-Founder and President. “The new Composer Pro PL comes loaded with the freedom and versatility of the Lensbaby Optic Swap system and puts a huge range of creative options at the fingertips of filmmakers. We can’t wait to see the unique and powerful footage created by motion picture artists around the world.”

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt™ Series Now Available

Today LaCie announced the Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series is now available for purchase. It is the first portable solution to feature the shocking 10Gb/s speeds of Thunderbolt technology. This next-generation Little Big Disk is the first product in LaCie's series of high-end Thunderbolt solutions.

Designed for the most demanding applications, the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows and professional storage users. It offers ultra-fast data transfers, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before.

"Performance can come in small packages," says Jason Ziller, Intel's director of Thunderbolt Marketing.  "LaCie's Little Big Disk with Intel's Thunderbolt™ technology delivers blazingly fast transfer speeds in a truly portable form factor; we think media creators and entertainment enthusiasts alike are going to love it."

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Video on new Nikon 1 System

Video from Nikon on the new V1


Great overview in under 7 min from "Fro Knows Photo" who says many of the same praises and concerns I have after looking over the release. (Sharing video, we have no tie to

Nikon Launches the new Nikon 1 System (Mirrorless Camera System)

Nikon Inc. today announced a revolutionary new digital imaging system built from the ground up to empower users with new ways to tell stories through photography, driven by imaginative next-generation technology. The iconic new Nikon 1 system is designed to become one with the user and their lifestyle, providing a unique form of expression with amazing image quality, speed and portability. 

From Nikon, a company with more than 75 years in imaging excellence, the Nikon 1 J1 is an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that opens the door to a fresh way to capture pictures and High Definition (HD) movies. This Nikon 1 system represents a new category of camera that challenges conventional thinking, emphasizing a pocketable form factor with unbelievable speed, combined with the high image quality that only Nikon could create. Thanks to a wealth of innovative technologies, the Nikon J1 camera is a simple to use conduit for creativity, seemingly anticipating a consumer’s needs in any situation. Moments are instantly captured using amazingly fast new hybrid Autofocus (AF), and blazing fast speed with continuous AF. Users can also shoot with confidence knowing that the Smart Photo Selector will automatically capture the best possible image without a second thought. Furthermore, just a touch of the shutter button instantly captures a high quality image while simultaneously recording Full HD 1080p movies, and the exciting new Motion Snapshot mode captures fleeting moments like never before with a combination of moving and still images, bringing memories to life. To accompany this exciting new form factor, Nikon created the entirely new 1 NIKKOR lens system that seamlessly integrates powerful precision optics into a camera platform to capture more of the world around the user.

Key points are:
  • The new Nikon 1 system is a revolutionary system, built from the ground up - Engineered specifically to strike the balance of performance, intuitive simplicity and portable design to enable users to capture and share their world like never before. This system is a platform for the future and targeted towards the expressive user who is connected to their world socially. The new 1 Mount is fully electronic, allowing for amazing speed and response
  • High Speed AF CMOS Sensor - New 10.1 megapixel CX-format High Speed AF CMOS sensor engineered for this new system to deliver amazing image quality. Overall, it is one of the major components attributing to the  optimally balanced package which was engineered to deliver the ultimate balance of portable form factor and image quality
  • New EXPEED 3 image processing engine -  Dual core image processor helps drive amazing performance and speed
  • The Nikon 1 system has the worlds fastest AF - the cameras use a new advanced hybrid autofocus system that enables fast AF with 73 focus points. The advanced hybrid autofocus system combines phase detection AF, which enables faster focusing and superior subject tracking performance with moving subjects, while contrast-detect AF performs well in low-light conditions
  • Fast continuous shot - Users can also shoot at 10 fps, while frame after frame the full adaptive AF system will yield sharp photos. It also has the worlds fastest full resolution continuous shooting speed at 60 fps (AF locked)
  • Motion Snapshot - By selecting the Motion Snapshot icon from the command dial at the back of the camera, consumers can capture fleeting moments with staggering depth and emotion like never before.
  • Works in conjunction with bundled Short Movie Creator Software and my Picturetown
  • Smart Photo Selector - When a “can’t miss” photo opportunity arises, users can switch to the Smart Photo Selector mode which uses the camera’s pre-cache to start shooting and storing images. All of these images are analyzed within the camera, and the best photo is selected based on a number of factors including exposure, composition, focus and advanced facial recognition

Full Release and specs after the jump

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Adobe Photoshop Elements 10

New Release Highlights Intuitive Editing Features with Intelligent Organizational and Sharing Capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 20, 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10 software for Windows® and Mac. The newest version of Adobe’s No. 1 selling consumer photo-editing software*, Photoshop Elements 10 provides a complete solution with amazingly powerful yet easy-to-use features that continue to expand the possibilities for organizing, editing and sharing photo creations.
“Celebrating a 10-year history as well as a landmark 10th release, Photoshop Elements 10 is a showcase for innovation and expands the incredible things our customers can do with their photos,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “The new intelligent feature set and automated functionality in Photoshop Elements allow photo enthusiasts to elevate everyday photos from  good to great.”

App Store gives away Snapseed FREE for 72 hours

Powerful Nik Software photo app featured

As part of Apple’s 72hr App Store on Facebook free app program, Nik Software announced that it will be giving Snapseed away for free for just 72 hours beginning at 12:00 p.m. PST on September 20, 2011 through12:00 p.m. PST on September 23, 2011.
 Snapseed is Nik Software’s acclaimed photo enhancement and sharing app for everyone and offers a fast, enjoyable, and high quality photo experience for people on the go. It normally sells for $4.99. Snapseed was iTunes “App of the Week” in August 2011.

Ner Adobe Premiere Elements 10

Powerful Video Editor Makes Creating 

and Sharing Impactful Movies Fun and Effortless 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 20, 2011 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Premiere® Elements 10 software for Windows® and Mac. As the No. 1 selling consumer editing software* for videos, Adobe Premiere Elements continues to deliver innovative new features that quickly transform a collection of video clips into lasting movie memories that can be shared and enjoyed with friends and family. Building upon an award-winning legacy, Adobe Premiere Elements 10 offers power and ease of use with all new automated features that make it easy to create home movies with professional style.

“With video now being captured by more devices than ever, we have designed Adobe Premiere Elements with intuitive features that will help any user, regardless of experience, make the most of their videos,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president of Digital Imaging Products, Adobe. “Adobe Premiere Elements 10 now includes new features that bring video editing to a new market of consumers who come from a photography background. Whether users are just getting started or ready for more customization and control, Premiere Elements makes it even easier to create great home movies with less effort.”

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Panasonic EXPANDS hd lens line-up with FIRMWARE UPDATE


SECAUCUS, NJ  – Today, Panasonic announces the availability of a new firmware that enables seven of its LUMIX G Series interchangeable lenses to be HD lenses, meaning they can shoot exceptional HD video.  Specifically these HD lenses excel in tracking focus in video recording while offering silent auto focus and exposure control. In addition, there is enhanced stability of O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) in video recording. 

Panasonic’s LUMIX G Series of lenses are compatible with the company’s line of Compact System Cameras, including the 2011 line-up of the LUMIX GF3, LUMIX GF2, LUMIX GH2 and LUMIX G3.  The new 1.1 firmware, available at, enhances the following seven LUMIX G Series lenses:
(1) LUMIX G 14mm / F2.5 ASPH. (H-H014)
(2) LUMIX G VARIO 14-42mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014042)
(3) LUMIX G FISHEYE 8mm / F3.5 (H-F008)
(4) LUMIX G VARIO 100-300mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS100300)
(5) LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm / F4.0 ASPH. (H-F007014)
(6) LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS014045)
(7) LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm / F4.0-5.6 / MEGA O.I.S. (H-FS045200)

For more information about Panasonic LUMIX G Series lenses and Compact System Cameras, please visit

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations.  Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company’s Eco Ideas programs. Company information for journalists is available at
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Canon U.S.A. Announces PowerShot S100 and PowerShot SX40 HS Models

With New DIGIC 5 Image Processor Providing Enhanced Resolution and Faster Shooting Speeds

Featuring Full HD Video Recording, High-speed Burst HQ and Intelligent IS

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 15, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announces the addition of two feature-packed digital cameras, the PowerShot S100 and PowerShot SX40 HS, to its award-winning lineup of point-and-shoot models. In addition to superb low-light performance and increased overall speed, these two cameras include a new DIGIC 5 image processor, HS SYSTEM, Full HD video capture, High-speed Burst HQ and Intelligent IS providing clearer, smoother looking images.
"Photo enthusiasts are always on the search for that next great camera to help them achieve the best results," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "The inclusion of the new DIGIC 5 image processor and Full HD recording capabilities on both new models will provide users with the tools needed to capture brilliant images and videos as they continue their photographic journey."

A challenging task for the photographer on assignment or appointed family photographer is working under low-light conditions. Helping improve the quality of images from those situations is Canon's HS SYSTEM, where the camera's image processor and high-sensitivity image sensor work in tandem to enhance low-light image quality. With the PowerShot S100 and PowerShot SX40 HS, Canon has introduced a new DIGIC 5 image processor, maintaining the cameras' superb low-light image quality while improving overall camera operation and color accuracy. The new image processor has improved noise reduction and advanced Multi-area White Balance optimizing color tones of both subject and background under multiple light sources.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Olympus Releases New Firmware for E-5 Body

Olympus announces the release of new firmware for the E-5 body that matches the rotation of the dial on the rear of the Power Battery Holder HLD-4 and the movement direction of the AF target.

Here are the updates:

>> Firmware Version 1.2 for the E-5 Body

There are two options for updating the firmware:

1) Simply launch the included Olympus camera software and connect the camera via USB cable to an internet connected computer. Choose the Update function from the Camera menu in the software to apply available updates for camera bodies, lenses and accessories.

2) Download the software updater from the following link: and follow the installer instructions.

With each method, users can choose to display information related to what the update will apply, prior to performing the update.

The ability to update the firmware of Olympus digital camera components – bodies, lenses, accessories – and take advantage of some of the latest technologies is one of the key advantages of Olympus’ 100% digital design.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

3 Tips to Shooting Better Video NOW from KODAK

How to SHOOT VIDEO that DOESN'T SUCKTHINK IN SHOTS: Viewers get bored fast. Keep your shots short—just long enough to show what interests you, and no more. The resulting 10 second shots make your video easier to watch.
Too much camera motion keeps the audience from seeing what's important—the people. Point your camera like a still camera, line up the shot, then hit "record". Stop—then move to the next shot.
ZOOM WITH YOUR FEET: Zoom lenses make video shakier. Instead of zooming, walk closer to your subjects. Your video will look and sound better—instantly.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering 9/11 in Photographs

FGZ-Exhibition Video, 10 Years Later from Joe McNally Photography on Vimeo.

Also Great tribute by NPPA: Living In The Echo Of 9/11
The most tragic photographer story: "Bill Biggart's Final Exposures"
History Channel Documentary on Photographers of 9/11
The photo most never saw: The Falling Man (Warning Disturbing Image)

Additional Links: (Some may contain graphic images, Viewer discretion is advised)
ABC: NYPD World Trade Center 9/11 Aerial Photos
AOL: 9/11 in Photos: A Nation Remembers

Olympus Visionary John Isaac covers Japan after the Disaster

John Isaac photographs the disaster left behind in Japan
John Isaac has been traveling in Asia where he’s spent several weeks in Japan working with JIB TV and Olympus on a documentary on the earthquake and resulting tsunami. The documentary, entitled “Portraits of Courage,” is set to air on September 9th and will feature footage from the seven days he spent at Rikuzentakata, in Iwate Prefecture, documenting and interviewing the people who were most affected by the devastation. John is also making a stop in Singapore where he is preparing for a major exhibition of his work next year.

John Isaac just finished a riveting documentary on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan; Jay Kinghorn put the new PEN E-P3 through its paces in his own unique way, the Photos below are some he took while in Japan exploring the disaster

Friday, September 9, 2011

Phase One Certified Training Program

Phase One Certified Training Program
Thursday, September 29th & Friday, September 30th: 9am-5pm
New York City

Phase One and Digital Transitions are proud to announce the Phase One Certified Professional Training Program. This program is designed to teach assistants and photographers the skills they need to get the most out of Phase One equipment and software.

Training takes place over a two-day period encompassing everything from efficient on-set workflow to troubleshooting to advanced software techniques. At the end of the two days it culminates with a certification exam. Those who pass the exam are given the title of Phase One Certified Professional and listed in the official Phase One database.

DATE: Thursday, September 29th & Friday, September 30th

TIME: 9am-5pm

LOCATION: To Be Announced
                    New York City

Program Highlights

Class taught by Jon Gilbert, Phase One Support Technician

 Receive a full license of Capture One Pro 6 and a special Troubleshooting Guide after completing all the requirements
Get listed on Phase One's website as a "Phase One Certified Digital Tech"
Get extensive shooting time on the Phase One 645DF camera with the IQ Series and Plus Series digital backs

Click for costs, requirements, and to register!

Have questions? View our FAQ.

If you would like more information about our Phase One Certified Professional Training Program, please call 1.877.f/ortless (367-8537) or email

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Catching Up with the Olympus Visionaries

Jay Dickman is set to depart for Italy’s Aeolian Islands next month for two FirstLight workshops he’s hosting in September and October. In 2012, Jay’s scheduled for National Geographic workshops in Tucson, AZ, as well as a National Geographic Expedition trip to South Georgia, Falklands and Antarctica and a 38-day National Geographic expedition sailing the west coast of Africa. Additionally, Jay’s hosting three FirstLight workshops in 2012; two Winter Light on the Chesapeake in January and a “cowboy photography” workshop in Dubois, Wyoming.

Jay Kinghorn will be traveling to Kansas City, MO in September to present his Agile Photographer workshop with ASMP Kansas City chapter. Jay, who received an early unit of the new Olympus PEN E-P3, did two recent blog posts that offered his thoughts on the new camera, along with images and video. The first, PEN E-P3: A Whole New PEN, includes a short biographical video of a professional climber. The second, Shooting in Low Light with PEN E-P3, reviews the camera’s low light performance in two challenging situations: a home Pilates studio illuminated by recessed ceiling light and a pool hall using only the available light.

David Wells is being featured in the current issue of Photo District News as one of “The Best Workshop Instructors” where he was praised by former students for his communication skills, individual attention, tirelessness and patience, and for providing a wealth of practical advice. David, who traveled to Italy this summer, posted a podcast entitled ITALIAN, TIME, which chronicles his journey. From the food, to the culture, to the landscape, the podcast is entirely shot with the Olympus XZ-1 and captures the pace of the trip itself, which was a mix of frenetic periods interspersed with calm days.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nik Software Announces Color Efex Pro 4

Next generation product delivers top requested features including stackable filters, visual presets, history browser, new filters and much more

Las Vegas, NV (Photoshop World)—September 7, 2011—Nik Software ( announces today its much-anticipated Color Efex Pro 4, the company’s latest version of its popular digital photographic filters for retouching and creative enhancements. Recognized for over a decade as the professional’s choice in photographic filters, the 55 total filters of Color Efex Pro 4 offers a new generation of technologies and features for creating stunning effects. Color Efex Pro 4 introduces stackable filter combinations, visual presets, filter recipes, and new filters such as Detail Extractor, Vintage Film Efex, and Image Borders. The release also includes a new History Browser, improvements to imaging algorithms, greater performance, and enhanced usability. To watch videos and join special live online preview sessions, visit

“Creating a new generation of features and technologies for Color Efex Pro 4 was inspired by the professionals who use it,” said Michael J. Slater, President and CEO of Nik Software. “Over 400 professional photographers test and inspire our team through a lively beta group process that ultimately helps us deliver extraordinary products like Color Efex Pro 4.”

"The freedom and power to take control of my images is part of the passion I have for photography,” said Frank Salas, Master Wedding Photographer and Instructor. “Color Efex Pro 4 fuels that passion with a stunning variety of photographic enhancements and incredible new filters that are perfect for my style of photography—it has really taken my images to new heights!”

Adobe Carousel for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac OS.

Adobe Imaging Magic Delivers All-New Way to Browse, Enhance and Share Photos Across Devices

During the Photoshop World 2011 keynote, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced Adobe® Carousel™ for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Mac OS. Adobe Carousel is designed for anyone who loves photographs, takes a lot of them, and needs a simple way to view, browse, adjust and share them without worrying about manual syncing or storage. Adobe Carousel uses the powerful photo-processing technology that is used in Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom®, so customers get the finest photo-editing results delivered consistently no matter what the device. Photos look great and are easy to share directly with family and friends.

Adobe Carousel is comprised of a set of client apps for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac OS desktops (versions for Windows and other devices are expected in the first half of 2012). When customers import their photo library into Adobe Carousel, or take new photos using Adobe Carousel on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, those photos are automatically accessible on any supported device through the cloud-based smart mesh technology incorporated in Adobe Carousel. Once imported, any edits, deletions or additions to the library made on one device are automatically updated across all devices linked with the account. With Adobe Carousel, manual syncing and device storage limitations are a thing of the past.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New UV and POL Filters from Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss T* filterOBERKOCHEN/Germany, 05.09.2011.
Starting September 2011, Carl Zeiss will be offering four new diameters for UV and POL filters (circular): 52 mm, 55 mm, 62 mm and 77 mm. With these new sizes, the company is expanding its range of filters, which until now have only been available in diameters 58 mm, 67 mm, 72 mm and 82 mm. Additional diameter sizes will follow in January 2012: 43 mm and 46 mm as UV filters and 95 mm as a UV and POL filter. This will complete Carl Zeiss’ UV and POL filter program for the most common lens diameters.

“The premium Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters meet only the highest quality standards,” said Michael Schiehlen, Director of Sales for the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG. “The filter threads and optics glasses are adjusted to the lenses from Carl Zeiss, but they are also compatible with lenses from other manufacturers.” The T* coating used on Carl Zeiss lenses is also used on its filters. The T* anti-reflective coating minimizes flare on glass-air surfaces and improves light transmission. Carl Zeiss T* UV and POL filters can be easily changed and used in combination with lens shades. Furthermore, they feature a compact design and front thread. Commercially available lens caps can be used with the filters.

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Hasselblad Masters Finalists 2012 Tour

Hasselblad is carrying out special events around the world in conjunction with this year’s Masters Program finalists. Acknowledging the international flavor of the Masters Program, Hasselblad will present a series of Master Studiodays celebrating this year's finalists in major cities around the world with the Masters Finalists 2012 Tour beginning in London this September and continuing on to Los Angeles, New York City and Berlin. Photographers, creatives, students and anyone interested in photography and the arts are invited to attend these exciting free events.

The Masters Studioday will kick off at 11am with a variety of activities. Attendees will have the unique chance to experience the H4D camera system and accessories in a hands-on fashion shoot alongside former Masters winners and to explore the latest products and technology from Hasselblad Masters Partners including broncolor, Epson, and SanDisk. There will be plenty of other opportunities to shoot, exchange ideas and experiences and learn from the best in the business throughout this Masters Studioday.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Samsung’s New WB750 Takes You Further and Faster than Ever Before

Get even closer to the action without compromising on quality
with Samsung’s latest long zoom offering

IFA - BERLIN, Germany - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the WB750 camera – featuring a proprietary BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor that ensures consistent professional images and video. Featuring a newly-redesigned image sensor, lens and image processor, the WB750 brings to bear a range of new technologies to deliver unprecedented levels of performance and ease-of-use. The WB750 also features an 18x optical zoom with 24x Smart Zoom technology, making it the longest ever zoom in Samsung’s compact camera portfolio.

Thanks to its 12.5 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, with the WB750 it’s easier than ever to produce consistently high-quality images and video. Introduced to Samsung’s compact camera range for the first time, this pioneering BSI CMOS technology works to significantly reduce image noise and distortion, delivering clear, precise photos and video even in low light conditions. The WB750 is the perfect compact digital camera to have on hand when there is a need for speed, as it can capture stills at up to 10 frames per second in high-speed continuous mode.

“We recognize that consumers want a point and shoot that allows them to get up close to the action and capture images with stunning detail and clarity. We believe that the WB750’s increased zoom and ultra wide angle certainly meet these demands,” said Mr Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. “Its portable design makes it the ideal travel companion, putting even more of the world at the consumers’ fingertips and ensuring it can do justice to the most memorable journeys. The unique features of the WB750 offer a rare combination of quality, fun and creativity, particularly for those on the move.”

The WB750 offers users the best of both worlds: high-quality digital photos as well as Full HD video for incredible depth of color and detail. Samsung’s sophisticated Dual Capture function seamlessly unites the two, allowing users to take 10 Megapixel photos while simultaneously recording video in full 1080p HD quality.

Friday, September 2, 2011

New from NEC the Widescreen P241W


Widescreen P241W Offers Entry-Level Professional
Graphics Users an Affordable Alternative

CHICAGO - September 2, 2011 - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the first model in the new generation of the MultiSync® P Series with the 24-inch widescreen MultiSync P241W desktop monitor and added the P241W-BK-SV to the renowned SpectraViewIIT Series.

Ideal for web graphics and photography applications, the P241W utilizes an e-IPS panel for great imaging performance. This sRGB monitor offers users working in color-critical environments the opportunity to take advantage of professional-grade desktop display features without breaking budgets. Its widescreen real estate, USB hub with DisplaySync ProT and completely customizable Picture Modes greatly improve user productivity.

Premium Style Meets Professional Performance with the Samsung NX200 Interchangeable Lens Camera

Capture memorable images in the best picture quality, with the Samsung NX200

IFA - BERLIN, Germany - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the launch of the NX200. The new compact system camera delivers professional image quality with ease of use that lets users unleash their creativity. The NX200 includes a 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and other premium features such as high-speed continuous shooting (7fps (max) with 100ms Advanced Auto Focus), wide range ISO (100-12,800), Full HD movie recording, and Samsung’s unique i-Function lens. With exceptional performance and functionality built into a compact metallic form factor in the NX200, users no longer have to trade off camera style for image quality.

The NX200 is the perfect combination of design and professional performance, delivering DSLR image quality in a camera that is compact and easy to use. The camera incorporates a 20.3 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor developed in-house by Samsung, ensuring image quality that highlights even the smallest detail and puts performance at the fingertips of all photographers. To allow for high-speed continuous shooting, the NX200 features 100ms Advanced AF. Thanks to the fast start-up time and seven fps continuous shooting, it’s the perfect way to capture that split-second action in an instant. Additionally, users will never miss a moment, with the ability to move from shot to shot in only 400ms.

The camera’s wide range ISO (100-12800, covering seven stops) gives life-like color and sharp details, even in dark environments or when capturing still images of moving objects.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lensbaby highlights creative senior portraits with its Senior Style Portrait Contes

Lensbaby Announces Senior Style Senior Portrait Photo Contest

Portland, OR – September 1, 2011 –
Lensbaby, manufacturer of creative effects camera lenses, announces today the beginning of its Senior Style Portrait Contest.  In order to celebrate and reward outstanding, forward-looking Senior Portrait photography, Lensbaby has put together a contest full of exceptional prizes, with a Canon 5D Mark II camera being one of many valuable items in the grand prize package.  

Lensbaby is known for helping photographers unlock their creativity, connect with their clients, and produce beautiful, ground-breaking images.  This is especially critical in the highly competitive world of senior portrait photography, where differentiation is key.  Seniors want to share with their friends, distinctive, creative images that show off their personality in a fun and unique way.  Lensbaby’s Creative Effects Lens system is ideal for creating such imagery.

Innovative Samsung MV800 Camera Offers Great Photography From All Angles

Features 3.0” Wide Flip-out touch display for camera users to shoot, record and view life from all angles

IFA - BERLIN, Germany – September, 1, 2011 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today unveiled the Samsung MV800 camera, an ultra-compact point & shoot with a 3.0” touch-screen Flip-out LCD display. In combining the Flip-out LCD with an impressive suite of creative features, the MV800 enables users to capture life’s moments from any angle and create images that reflect their unique perspective on the world.
The MV800 camera offers enhanced picture quality, capacitive touch screen technology, as well as many innovative and user-friendly features to ensure that all users can relax and enjoy their shooting experience. Consumers can be confident they will be able to capture even the most challenging shot whether they are behind or in front of the lens.
The MV800 camera builds on the success of Samsung’s DualView technology and is the first premium compact model to feature a 3.0” Wide Flip-out touch-screen LCD Display. Samsung has designed the device in response to evolving consumer demands for maximum flexibility, ease-of-use, creativity and style.
The 3.0” Wide Flip-out display opens up a world of artistic possibilities. Whether it is capturing the perfect self portrait to polish an online profile or snapping photos from very high or very low angles —the MV800 allows users to capture images they’ve never even considered before. The unique screen tilts up and down so users can frame every shot, and easily view the images from any perspective. For fashion-forward consumers who place a premium on style, the device’s ultra-slender design and contemporary metallic finish promise to make a lasting visual impact.
The Samsung MV800 camera offers an impressive 16.1 megapixels for premium picture quality, along with a 5x optical zoom and a 26mm wide-angle lens. By packing this technology into a sleek and slim device, the Samsung MV800 is the ideal camera for premium-quality image capture on the move.

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