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Nikon Speedlight SB-910

30 Nov

The SB-910 is a high-end Speedlight for advanced amateur to professional photographers that offers a number of improvements over its predecessor, the Nikon Speedlight SB-900. Among these improvements are smoother operation, greater illumination precision, and the adoption of hard color filters. The SB-910 fully supports the creative photography of advanced amateurs to professionals who demand the ability to make the most of light to achieve their individual intent.

SB-910 primary features

  1. A refined user interface for smoother operationUsers can now quickly access custom settings using the new MENU button. In addition, the graphical user interface (GUI) has been improved to offer simpler
    application of settings for all operations.
  2. Three illumination patterns for use according to the sceneThe SB-910 offers selection from three illumination patterns (standard, even, center-weighted), allowing users to choose the pattern most appropriate for the
    scene. Illumination precision has also been increased.
  3. Automatic detection of hard color filters attached to the front of the flash
    headThe SB-910 supports hard color filters because they are more durable, stand up better to the heat generated by the flash head, and are easier to use than
    the gel color filters supported by its predecessor. One incandescent filter and one fluorescent filter are supplied with the SB-910.

Additional SB-910 features and functions

  • Guide number of 34/111.5 (at ISO 100, m/ft., 35-mm zoom head position, in FX format, standard illumination pattern) for high flash output volume
  • Fully compatible with the Nikon Creative Lighting System
  • Power zoom function with which the SB-910 automatically adjusts the zoom head position to match lens focal lengthFX format, Standard illumination pattern : 17–200 mm (14 mm with the built-in wide panel in place)

    DX format, Standard illumination pattern : 12–200 mm (10 mm with the built-in wide panel in place)

  • Automatic switching of zoom head position with detection of the camera’s image area setting—FX or DX format—for optimal angle of flash coverage
 
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29 Nov

The Apple iCam is a concept camera by Italian designer Antonio DeRosa that imagines a future where cameras are modular and powered by smartphones. Smartphones have already invaded the compact camera market in recent years, but their small lenses and sensors keep them from being seen as suitable alternatives to more advanced cameras. The iCam camera changes that by adding a large sensor and interchangeable lens system to the mix. Simply attach your iPhone 5 to the case and you’ll have yourself a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a huge LCD screen, fast processor, internet connectivity, and countless photo apps!

 
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PhotoShelter: Selling Stock Photography

28 Nov

Selling Stock Photography is a look at how successful photographers think like buyers and generate income from licensing their images as stock. PhotoShelter has assembled 13 interviews with art buyers, agencies, and professional photographers who offer best practices on filling voids in the industry and marketing your archive to potential customers. This educational guide is intended for stock photography beginners as well as seasoned photo professionals seeking to start licensing work from their archives.

What’s Inside?

The stock photo industry has changed significantly in recent years and successful photographers have been forced to evolve their marketing tactics and business models in the wake. This is no “get rich quick” guide, yet the need for strong images persists across all media channels, and smart photographers know how to find opportunities to sell photography and excel at meeting their clients needs.

Selling Stock Photography is equipped with insights for photographers seeking to sell their images independently, through stock photo agencies and other web platforms. Inside you’ll get key business tips direct from Random House Associate Art Director Ellice Lee, full-time stock photographer Randy Santos, Billboard.com Creative Director Rachel Been, seasoned stock veteran David Sanger, and leading science stock agency Visuals Unlimited, among many others. Each offer strategies to help market your archive and increase your bottom line.

What You’ll Learn:

Packed with sound advice from photo buyers, seasoned photographers, and stock agencies, Selling Stock Photography delivers unique insights on getting your stock photography noticed and licensed. The guide provides instrumental lessons into selling stock photography today to help other photographers consider strategies that could work for their own photo businesses. Strategies include deciding whether to license your work independently versus through an agency, how to market to buyers, best steps to approaching an agency, and how to keyword your images to improve your SEO and attract more customers.

 
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PONEY Kidswear @ MiFW 2011

27 Nov

PONEY Kidswear – the brand specialising in children’s clothing, held a fashion show with bubbly kids during the final day of MiFW 2011 @ Zebra Square in Kuala Lumpur.

 
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MiFW 2011 Gala Nite – Tom Abang Saufi

26 Nov

Malaysian designer Tom Abang Saufi flanked by two models wearing her designs after the showcase during the first segment of the Gala Nite of Malaysian International Fashion Week (MiFW) 2011 held at Zebra Square in Kuala Lumpur.

 
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Sony World Photography Awards Return to London

25 Nov

For a second year running the hugely successful World Photo, London and Sony World Photography Awards exhibitions will be held at Somerset House in London in April – May 2012.  Produced by the World Photography Organisation, these events were previously held in Cannes from 2007-2010 and in 2011 the festival and its awards programme moved to London.  Billed as the global photographic event of the year, World Photo, London and the Sony World Photography Awards, celebrates the very best in photography from around the world, from the next generation of emerging photographers through to the established masters of the art.

The opening weekend of World Photo, London will be held at Somerset House from 27 – 30 April with selected festival events and the Sony World Photography Awards winners exhibitions, continuing through to 20 May 2012.  The annual Sony World Photography Awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place on 26 April at the Hilton Hotel inLondon’s Park Lane.  The Festival will include a wide-ranging programme of events, talks, seminars, workshops and exhibitions; honorary Judges for the 2012 Awards and other international industry experts will also be participating in the Festival events. These include esteemed writer and photo critic Susan Bright, chair of the Awards; James Reid, Photography Director of Wallpaper*; Michael Benson, Director, Prix Pictet and Claudia Hinterseer, MD and co-owner of NOOR, an international photo agency and foundation.

World Photo, London is open to everyone with a passion for photography – professionals, amateurs, students and, of course, the photo-loving public.

Astrid Merget, Creative Director, of the World Photography Organisation comments:
‘We are eagerly anticipating our second year in London and are thrilled to welcome our international photo community once again to what we believe will be home to our main festival and awards for many years to come.  2011 proved that both the industry and the City reciprocated our enthusiasm by embracing our programmes.  We are humbled and extremely thankful for all the support we have received thus far.’

Festival programme highlights include:

·       City Projects:  New to this year, City Projects are an ongoing WPO workshop programme, designed to connect enthusiast and professional photographers with a global project. By the time World Photo, London commences, these workshops will already have taken place in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, São Paulo, Birmingham and Manchester.

Led by veteran industry experts, the theme for the 2011/2012 City Projects is ‘Portraits of a City’.  One of the leading experts, Jez Coulson, a photojournalist and reportage artist, will be involved in all three of the UK projects and will interpret the theme with his own unique brief, “Economics of the Streets”.

A selection of the work produced during all of the City Projects will be printed and exhibited at the Manchester Photographic Gallery from the 1st – 31st of March and also showcased as part of a mixed media exhibition in London at Somerset House.  For more detailed information on the City Projects workshops and upcoming cities, please see: http://www.worldphoto.org/festivals-events/city-projects/

·       In the Photographers’ Studio: A series of intimate conversations over four evenings with some of the greatest living photographers including the winner of the Sony World Photography Awards Outstanding Contribution to Photography.  Discover the personal journeys that these internationally renowned photographers have taken through the years, as they converse with other known industry folk to reveal their stories andshowcase both known and unknown work.

·       The Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Winners’ Showcase: See hundreds of images on display from the winners and runner-ups of the 2012 Awards programme.  Experience a vast collection of international contemporary photography, spanning all genres including Documentary, Sport,Portraiture, Landscape, Fashion and more.

·       Beginners Portrait Workshop with David Graham: This workshop will teach beginners how to take better portraits, and will run alongside other exciting and informative workshops covering such topics as book design, portraiture photography and Portfolio Reviews.

·       Wine and Critique: Also new to the 2012 programme this will give photography enthusiasts the opportunity to ponder the exhibitions, sip a glass of Pinot amongst peers and look at each other’s work, whilst getting to know other local photographers.

·       Students will receive 25% off all ticket items including portfolio reviews

·       For further details see: http://www.worldphoto.org/festivals-events/wpo-events/london/festival-programme/

 
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Tamron USA’s Simple Secrets to Better Pictures

24 Nov

Tamron will be conducting a series of complimentary seminars through the US at select authorized dealers. Beginning November 25, 2011 thru December 31, 2011, any customer that purchases a DSLR kit from one of 26 select retailers (*see list below) is cordially invited to attend at no charge a Tamron “Secrets to Better Pictures” Seminar during the first half of 2012.

Attendees of the event can expect to go behind the lens and learn a multitude of useful photographic tips and insights that will improve their picture-taking abilities with their new DSLR camera. The topics discussed during the seminar include understanding light, point of view, composition, and knowing your lens in order to shoot the types of pictures the new DSLR user desires.

*Select Participating Retailers

Tickets for the seminars will be distributed upon the purchase of any brand digital SLR camera kit from 11/25/11-12/31/11 at the following participating camera specialty retailers. Seating is strictly limited and attendees must register online for the complimentary event in order to reserve a seat.

Calagaz, AL
Wolfe’s Camera, KS
Casey’s Camera, NV
Horn Photo, CA
Murphy’s Camera, KY
Rowe Photo, NY
Nelson Photo Supplies, CA
Kadairs, LA
Harold’s Photo Centers, SD
Samy’s Camera, CA
Hunt Photo, MA
Ft. Worth Camera, TX
Shutterbug Camera, CA
Norman’s Camera, MI
Precision Camera, TX
Milford Photo, CT
National Camera Exchange, MN
Penn Camera, VA
Pitman Photo, FL
Rockbrook Camera, NE
Kenmore Camera, WA
Art’s Camera, IL
Unique Photo, NJ
The Camera Company, WI
Robert’s Imaging, IN
B&C Camera, NV

Meet the Instructors

Jeff Allen is a member of Tamron’s technical team. He travels the country extensively helping people to choose equipment that’s right for them and speaks on behalf of Tamron dozens of times a year. Jillian Bell is the newest member of Tamron’s technical team. She travels the country educating consumers on choosing the right equipment for their needs. Photography is a useful tool, and her goal is to inspire others and build on photographic skills creating better, more consistent results.

Andre Constantini is a freelance photographer and artist based in New York City. Constantini is also a member of Tamron’s technical team and conducts seminars on photography and lighting at professional schools and consumer trade shows. Ken Hubbard is the Field Services Manager for Tamron. He is responsible for the company’s events, including Tamron’s popular consumer workshop series. A talented photographer himself, Ken has had nationwide gallery showings of his portrait and landscape photography and teaches enthusiasts how to take better photos at numerous events.

Rob Moody is a member of the Tamron technical team and has a strong knowledge of the SLR market. Moody speaks regularly at Tamron consumer events. John VanSteenberg is Tamron’s Senior Education Manager. John has photographed everything from landscapes to rock stars to prize fughters. His strong technical background combined with artistic abilities makes John a great speaker and writer about all things photo-related.

For more on Tamron’s technical team, please see the Tamron Blog with contributions from them and many other Tamron sponsored photographers at http://tamrontechtips.typepad.com

 
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iWatermark Pro 1.1

23 Nov

iWatermark Pro now adds watermarking within iPhone and Aperture. iWatermark is the No. 1 watermarking app for photographers using Mac, Windows, iPhone/iPad and Android.

MAJOR NEW FEATURES IN iWATERMARK PRO 1.1

● iPhoto Integration – Now the only watermarking application to work direct within iPhoto via a plugin. Create watermarks in iWatermark then use those watermarks directly in iPhoto.
● Aperture Integration – Now the only watermarking application to work direct within Aperture via a plugin. Create watermarks in iWatermark then use those watermarks directly in Aperture.

Regular features in iWatermark Pro

● All Photo Browser Compatible – In addition to directly working in iPhoto now works with all photo browsers (Lightroom, Aperture, iPhoto, etc.) as a standalone application.
● Faster – Now uses parallel processing (all CPU’s and GPU’s) to speed watermarking of one, hundreds or thousands of photos.
● Share – Now lets you export watermarks to share watermarks to your other computers or to friends and colleagues.
● RAW – Now can read RAW photo files from all the latest cameras in addition to the usual JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc photo files.
● Metadata – Now reads and writes metadata (IPTC extended and XMP).
● QR Codes – Now can create and watermark with QR codes which are like bar codes with lots of information (email, website url, whatever you want).
● Creative Commons – Now contains all the Creative Commons icons/info so you can use them to watermark photos.
● Watermark Editor – Create text, graphic, QR and Creative Commons watermarks and format them with different fonts, sizes, angles
● Effects – More effects in addition to shadow, outline, engraved, emboss now includes color burn, color dodge, inverse and many more.
● Multiple Watermarks – Instead of only one now can add multiple watermarks (text and graphics) in different locations on a photo simultaneously.
● New Icons – Fantastic new icons and graphics in the application all created by the famous Italian designer Michele Zamparo.
● Misc – New formatting options. Set watermark location by dragging and other ways, Quick look plugin, set backgrounds and many other changes.

OVERVIEW

Stylishly copyright all your images with a visible watermark within minutes. iWatermark lets you add your personal or business watermark to any photo or graphic. Once added to a photo this visible watermark displays your creation and ownership. Watermarking is increasingly important and like signing your name to a document, subtly displays, no matter where your photo goes, that its yours, and not to be used without your permission. In addition iWatermark can resize, rename, add IPTC and XMP metadata, create thumbnails, and filter incoming photos. iWatermark is an essential tool for photographers and anyone with a digital camera, professionals or beginners.

To learn more go to the iWatermark site:
http://www.plumamazing.com/mac/iwatermark

Available now to purchase in the Plum Amazing store:
http://plumamazing.com/store

iWatermark is a specialized tool to watermark photographs. Less expensive, more efficient, faster and simpler to use then PhotoShop. iWatermark is designed exclusively for watermarking by a photographer for photographers.

Why Watermark?

Digitally sign your photos/artwork with iWatermark to claim, secure and maintain your intellectual property and reputation.

✔ Build your company brand, by having your company logo on all your images.

✔ Promote your company, name and website by using QR codes as watermarks.

✔ Avoid the surprise of seeing your photos and/or artwork elsewhere on the web or in an ad.

✔ Avoid the conflicts and headaches with plagiarists who claim they didn’t know that you created it.

✔ Avoid the costly litigation that can be involved in these cases of misuse of IP.

✔ Avoid intellectual property squabbles.

iWatermark Pro is a major rewrite to Plum Amazing’s original iWatermark. It is rewritten using Apple’s latest technologies. A listing of the differences between iWatermark and iWatermark Pro is in the.online manual here

A watermark can be text, graphic, or barcode (QR code). When you create a watermark you can easily adjust its scale, opacity, font, color, angle and many other characteristics. Maintain or add metadata following IPTC or Adobe’s XMP format. Rename, resize, filter and create thumbnails. Easily select one of your own or one of many common watermarks from a menu and watermark 1 or thousands of photos at a time. Batch processing with iWatermark Pro is fast because it uses parallel processing to take advantage of multiple cpu’s and/or gpu’s. Import/export and share watermarks with colleagues, family or friends.

Digitally sign your work/photos/graphic/artwork with iWatermark, reclaim your intellectual property and maintain the recognition you deserve.

 
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Photographer’s i Magazine

23 Nov

Ilex Press announces the release of the Pilot issue of Photographer’s i Magazine — the world’s first interactive, multimedia tablet magazine for photographers. Available bimonthly in the iTunes App store and Android Marketplace, Photographer’s i Magazine is designed from the ground up to take best advantage of the presentation capabilities and viewing superiority of tablets. A far cry from magazines that simply convert their print layouts to pdfs for tablet presentation, Photographer’s i offers informative articles about the world of photography in the form of text, photos, video and audio—not as gimmicks, but as fully integrated elements that add up to an informative experience greater than the sum of its parts. Photographer’s i also represents a departure from the traditional photo magazine model of devoting a large amount of space to equipment reviews and advertising. Our editorial philosophy is to concentrate on creativity, inspiration and image-making without the distraction of advertisements. We feature professionals who are specialists in their fields or who are up-and-coming artists just starting to win awards and recognition for their work.

The Pilot issue—available for US $1.99 / UK £1.49 after downloading the free app—features internationally acclaimed professional photographers such as Abbas, Julian Broad, Michael Freeman, Steve Simon, Jay Maisel, Romano Cagnoni, Bob Krist, Haje Jan Kamps, Stephanie G. Roberts, Natalie “Miss Aniela” Dybisz, Robert Golden, Laura El-Tantawy, Steve Sint and others. The Photographer’s i Magazine Pilot issue takes you on an international tour of the art of photography as you travel to places like Italy, Kentucky, China, Sussex, London and more. In every bimonthly issue (every other month) you will earn about composition, lighting and other techniques from pros who are at the top of their game. Hear the stories behind the stories, visit photographers in their studio or on the road and watch and listen as they talk about their most memorable minutes from a lifetime of professional shooting. Discover what inspires them to create, learn how they solve problems on a shoot and hear their war stories from their many years behind the lens. We invite you to check it out. There is no other photography magazine like this!

Website: http://www.photographersi.com

Pricing and availability:

Photographer’s i Magazine is published bimonthly (every other month). The Pilot issue is available at the promotional price of US $1.99/UK £1.49. Future issues will be available for a single issue price of US $5.99 (UK c. £3.75) or through money-saving subscription offers.

For downloads:

iPad:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/photographers-i/id473562803?mt=8&ls=1

Android:
https://market.android.com/details?id=air.com.photographersi

 
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Half year financial report: Leica Camera increases sales by 56% in Asia

22 Nov

Press Release by Leica Malaysia

Moving in line with the confident growth of Leica Camera globally, sales in Asia has contributed to a noteworthy 23.7% share towards the total sales of the Leica Camera group. Based on the closing figures (1 April – 30 September 2011), Leica Camera recorded a double digit increase of over 56% in comparison to previous first half of the year in 2010 (1 April – 30 September 2011).

Sunil Kaul, Managing Director of Leica Camera Asia Pacific, said: “I am glad to witness the increase in demand for our cameras, sport optics and accessories in Asia. The outstanding growth of over 56% in terms of sales in the first half of this fiscal year as compared to the similar timeframe in 2010 is due to, new customers entering the brand through the Leica Store & Boutique in Asia. Our consumers have shown their confidence in the brand mainly due to quality, design and performance of Leica products, especially with the iconic M9 rangefinder camera, which is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Considering the positive and encouraging growing trend, I am confident that we will be able to achieve more in the following months. Governed by Leica’s commitment to quality, each Leica product offers unparalleled creative freedom to individuals who appreciate the finer details in life.”

In the first half of fiscal year 2011/2012, the Company’s success drivers were the Leica M9 rangefinder camera, the S2 professional system, as well as the Leica X1 compact camera. The Leica compact camera models V-Lux 20, V-Lux 2 and D-Lux 5 also made essential contributions to the positive overall development. Further success drivers are the Rangemaster and Televid product lines in the Leica Sport optics product group.

Leica Camera AG, Solms, consistently pursues its course of innovation and growth in the first half of the current fiscal year 2011/2012. Following the record results in fiscal year 2010/2011, the Company in the first half of the current fiscal year has increased sales of cameras, lenses and accessories by 27.9 %, from € 110.8 million to € 141.7 million, as compared to the corresponding prior year period. At € 33.1 million the Group’s operating result (EBIT) is € 19.2 million higher than in the corresponding prior year period (€ 13.9 million). Each product group accounts for approximately 50 % of the sales growth, with the Photo product group reporting a sales increase from € 87.7 million in the first half of fiscal year 2010/2011 to € 115.6 million, corresponding to a 31.8 % rise. In the Sport optics product group, sales rose from € 10.8 million in the first half of the last fiscal year to € 14.0 million, or by 29.5 %.

“The business of Leica Camera AG continues to develop very favorably, evidencing that Leica was on solid ground in resolving to focus on new, innovative products and to be present in the market with a comprehensive fully digital camera portfolio”, says Alfred Schopf, Chairman of the Board of Management of Leica Camera AG. “It continues to be our aim to comply with the high order inflow resulting from the strong demand and thereby to achieve full satisfaction of our customers all around the world. With more than 30 employees newly recruited in manufacturing and the expansion of production capacities, Leica is working at full speed to achieve improvements in delivery periods and reduce the high order backlog. In the process, it remains our axiom to retain the outstanding product quality customers expect from us.”

Board of Management expects significant sales and profit increases

On the strength of this extremely favorable development, the Board of Management increases the sales and earnings forecast for the whole of the current fiscal year. “Hitherto we had expected for the Group a sales growth of 3 % to 5 % and EBIT of more than 20 million for fiscal year 2011/2012”, said Andreas Lobejäger, the member of Leica Camera AG’s Board of Management responsible for finance. “The Board now expects sales in the current fiscal year to increase by at least 10 % on the prior fiscal year (€ 248.8 million). As to EBIT, we now expect an increase of around 20 % on the prior year figure (€ 41.5 million).”

 
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