The Ray Flash 2 is a great on-axis fill light for use with on-camera flash. Quick to attach and easy to adjust, the Ray Flash can be used with TTL flash settings and is significantly moreaffordable than a powered macro ring flash. It provides a large, even distribution of light on small objects. The new adjustable mount attaches quickly and securely to different size speedlights by means of a new spring-loaded clamp design. The center column of the Ray Flash 2 slides up and down to accommodate variations in camera and speedlight heights. Ray Flash 2’s lower profile is thinner than the original, making it even more portable for location photographers.
The Nikon 1 AW1 is the first digital compact system camera that can be used for diving or other active sports without an additional protective case. Protected by a stainless steel front cover, all function elements, card slots, and interfaces are protected by sealed covers. While the 1 AW1 can be used with all lenses of the Nikon 1 system, using it underwater and in similar adverse conditions requires the use of special lenses. Nikon offers a standard kit lens with a focal length of 11-27.5mm (29.7-74.25mm, 35mm film equivalent) that is protected by sealing gaskets and therefore can be used underwater. The second underwater lens is the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8.
Based on the legendary image-maker Art Wolfe’s popular lecture series, The Art of the Photograph (Amphoto Books, ISBN: 978-0-7704-3316-1, $29.99) is Wolfe’s story of his own artistic discovery and experiences as a professional photographer shooting in the field. Utilizing his formal training as an art instructor, Wolfe teaches readers how to explore the elements of design to make compelling and emotionally engaging photographs. Together, Art Wolfe and Rob Sheppard offer the kind of simple yet eye-opening advice that can instantly change anyone’s photos. Extraordinary photos of the world’s cultures, wildlife, and varied landscapes round out this essential curriculum to provide the most thorough and imaginative volume on composition.—From liner notes supplied by the publisher.
Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, announced its Great Alaskan Photo Expedition Sweepstakes. The online promotion, beginning today through May 27, 2014, will award one lucky winner an all-expense-paid trip to Cook Inlet, Alaska to spend one week photographing the region’s most remarkable wildlife alongside award-winning nature photographer David Cardinal. To enter to win, visit datacolor.com/safari-sweepstakes-pr.
Adorama has released the Flashpoint StreakLight, a brand new portable strobe light for on- or off-camera use. Compact and extremely lightweight, Flashpoint StreakLight provides powerful, even lighting from any angle thanks to its articulated head and options for on-camera hot shoe or light stand mounts. Perfect for location and wedding photographers, StreakLight is available now, in 180 or 360 watt second versions, in Adorama’s NYC store or online.
Sony Electronics’ new α6000 camera pushes the limits of mirrorless camera innovation, boasting the world’s fastest AF performance1 at just 0.06 seconds.
The camera is also equipped with a high-resolution 24.3 MP image sensor and powerful BIONZ X processor.
“The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “As with all of our products, we work hard in production to reduce costs so we can pass along the savings, even to our first Blackmagic Production Camera 4K customers. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!”
Aside from how to pronounce my name, the main question readers ask is about the workflow I use to process image files. I find it’s convenient to work with two desktop computers, often at the same time, with a laptop computer used on the road and for testing new software. A Mac Pro handles my daily work with an iMac tasked for e-mail and research but also as a live backup when problems occur with computer number one. The iMac also runs Microsoft Windows 7 using Apple’s Boot Camp. Since my laptop is used for experimentation, and that’s where you’ll find the latest OS and imaging software, I don’t store anything critical on it.
In Your Child in Pictures (Amphoto Books, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-8230-8618-4) author Me Ra Koh helps parents take emotion-filled photographs and invites parents to slow down, stop taking thousands of so-so photos that languish on the computer, and instead focus on capturing more powerful moments that tell the sweet story of childhood.
Tamron Co., Ltd. President & CEO: Morio Ono has announced the development of an advanced new All-In-One zoom lens, designed exclusively for DSLRs with APS-C size image sensors, that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. The lens sample was on display at the Tamron booth at the CP+ 2014, which will be held from February 13 to 16 in Yokohama, Japan.