X-Rite, Incorporated announced the release of ColorTRUE™ for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. ColorTRUE provides photographers, designers, and prepress professionals the ability to calibrate and profile their tablet and mobile devices for accurate color matching. ColorTRUE includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on the Apple® App Store and Google® Play Store.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the launch of the NX mini, the world's slimmest and lightest interchangeable-lens camera. With NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities, it allows users to take impressive shots that can then be shared quickly and easily, for friends to enjoy in real time.
GFIP Holdings LLC launched an addition to its popular lineup of flash diffusers with the introduction of the LightBlade Diffuser. Designed to accommodate nearly all speedlight flashes, the new LightBlade Diffuser softens harsh light emitted from power-packed speedlights, minimizes shadows and reduces glare while creating more accurate skin tones. The portability and compact size of this combined bounce and shoot-through diffuser make it a perfect solution for event photography, portraits, interiors and product shots.
Choosing the right paper for your prints is often a matter of surface texture and tone, but there’s more to it than that when printing for exhibition or display. It’s what the paper is made of, and the inks it can handle, that make the difference between a “warrantied” saleable print and one that might be used for quick display or repro. While there are no industry standards for print longevity as of yet, working with papers that could be dubbed “archival” by their very makeup is a good place to start.
Given that the physical and perceptual experience of making a photograph is shaped by technology, and that technology is also embedded in the resulting images, one of the chief and perhaps most profound changes in how we make an image has been the changes in focusing—and recently autofocusing—technology. There’s a reason that the documentary photojournalism of Lewis W. Hine (shot with a ponderous 5x7 view camera or a 4x5 Graflex SLR) has a qualitatively different feel from that of Alfred Eisenstaedt or Henri Cartier-Bresson (shot with pocket-sized 35mm rangefinder cameras). It’s not only framing—it’s responsiveness, spontaneity, and, perhaps, repose, that underlies what these image-makers showed us.
Nikon Inc. has launched the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series, dedicated to empowering and entertaining intermediate level photographers by equipping them with the skills they need to take their photography to the next level. The video series follows a diverse group of leading photographers into the field, including Nikon Ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich and Nikon Professional Photographer Tamara Lackey.
Virtual Backgrounds LLC has announced the introduction of their new digital projected virtual background system using digital files instead of film based slides to create backgrounds for use by photographers and videographers. The new digital system is available in two versions, the VB Express Digital and the VB Optima Digital.
Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. The V3 sports a Hybrid AF system and claimed world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaces even proD-SLR cameras. The V3 has an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display.
Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP), the first ever non-profit photo center in Los Angeles, proudly announces the grand opening of their new facility in Hollywood at 1515 Wilcox Ave., at the corner of Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA. This star-studded event will attract photographers, industry luminaries as well as past and present students and illustrious faculty of the LACP (formerly The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, JDPW.) Attendees will celebrate the opening of the new location, as well as the new nonprofit status of LACP. More details to be announced as the date approaches.
The GX7 is the latest model of Panasonic’s GX series and replaces the GX1. This Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera has a new sensor with 16MP resolution and a lot of modern features, such as the WLAN system. The camera design has a stylish, somewhat retro look and design.