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Monday, February 21, 2011

Samsung Launches New 2011 NX Series Lens Line Up

NX Series further strengthened with launch of five new lenses, allowing every photographer to create professional quality images

SEOUL, Korea – February 21, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced five innovative new lenses for its NX camera system. The new lenses bring more premium innovation to the range, featuring class-leading technology such as a premium portrait lens and lenses for movie capturing, opening new creative avenues for NX users to explore.

All of the lenses are compatible with Samsung’s unique i-Function system, which helps users create powerful effects easily through quick and convenient controls. The new launches, along with the five lenses released in 2010, mean that there are now 10 high-performance lenses available for the NX system, making this one of the most comprehensive ranges available in the Compact System Camera (CSC) market. Samsung’s new lenses have been created to allow users to maximize the potential of their NX system cameras, achieve professional-looking results and enjoy taking photos whatever their level of photography experience.

NEW FILM! Kodak Portra 160


Kodak Continues to Bring New Professional Films to Market with KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 21, 2011- (Virtual Press Office) – Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today introduced the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film, featuring a significantly finer grain structure in a 160-speed color negative film. The new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film incorporates Kodak’s Advanced Cubic Emulsions to achieve this finer grain. Like the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 400 Film, KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film also employs KODAK VISION Film technology and Antenna Dye Sensitization in the magenta emulsion layers. Photographers can trust the new KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA 160 Film to deliver exceptional skin tones, the hallmark of the KODAK PROFESSIONAL PORTRA Film family. Kodak showcased the new film today at the annual WPPI trade show in Las Vegas, NV.

Book Review: Digital Photography Composition for Dummies

Review by: Contributing Editor Melanie Beus

Digital Photography Composition for Dummies
by Tom Clark. A branded imprint of Wiley

The For Dummies series has produced another winner. Digital Photography Composition for Dummies is a sit-down-and-read-it-cover-to-cover type of book. This a literally a semester-long art class in book form dealing with all types of compositional instruction as it relates to photography. Another full-color publication, there are a multitude of images that emphasize and illustrate the lessons taught throughout the various chapters.

While most photography instruction books will cover composition in a chapter or so, writing an entire book soley on composition is something of a feat. The approach here is to discuss all aspects of photography; posing, lighting, lens choice, depth of field, as well as topics such as landscapes and action; and put them in the context of good photographic composition.

Early on in the book is a most helpful chapter on seeing. In this chapter is a discussion of how the eye sees and learning to see how the camera and lens see, thus providing a training of sorts on developing that all important photography "eye" for composition. The subsequent chapters move beyond the mere discussion of the placement of "things" in the image, but rather discuss relationships, shapes, forms and lines. The discussion is not limited to these aspects in a literal sense, but in an implied one as well.

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