Westcott has introduced the PocketBox, the first-ever compact flash system combined with education. The PocketBox includes: three size modifiers, a compact carry case and educational DVD.
The Round PocketBox is 8.5” wide, perfect for providing those round catch lights in the eyes. The Square PocketBox is 6” x 7” making it that perfect box for fill light while still maintaining compact diffusion. The Rectangular PocketBox is 8” x 12”, the largest of the three which is ideal for portrait and couples.
The PocketBox modifiers are built with top-notch components featuring an ultra-reflective silver interior maximizing light output as well as a removable inner diffusion panel. The worry-free elastic strap and soft grip panels help safely secure the PocketBox to the flash. The durable black backing prevents light spill and the heavy-duty, flexible wire framework will allow your PocketBox to withstand much abuse.
Professional and amateur photographers around the world are invited to enter The Epson
International Pano Awards to compete for over $30,000 in cash and prizes.
Early-bird entries are open until Friday 20th of April 2012.
The third Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography.
It showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest and most
important competition for panoramic photography. Prizes include an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer, an Epson EB-1775 Ultra-Slim Projector and US$5000 cash.
Tamron USA, Inc. has announced the launch of MyPhotoExhibits (MPE) app for iPad to enhance the convenience and user-friendliness of the MyPhotoExhibits site. MPE is an innovative way for photographers looking to showcase their favorite images in a unique, free online venue. Unlike traditional static online galleries, Tamron's SoHo-like MPE interface, available at http://myphotoexhibits.com, allows users to create customizable 3D exhibits with a vibrant interactive experience.
Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation announces the availability of the Marc Newson-designed Pentax K-01 interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The new mirrorless Pentax K-01 is now shipping to retailers in the U.S. The K-01 continues the tradition from a camera manufacturer that is known for pushing camera size, color, durability, and now, design, to the limit.
GeographicWest announces that their first App for both Apple and Android smart phones has been released and is now available at both App Stores. The “Grand Canyon Walking Tour” is a point by point descriptive and photo tour of the Grand Canyon South Rim. It includes the popular South Rim Trail including photographic Shot Sites, Dining, Accommodations and Shop locations.
A clever streetlamp riser from event product developer Meese Orbitron Dunne Co. (MOD), La Mirada, Calif., raises the height of the company’s antique streetlamps by 3-1/2 inches and increases the diameter of its platform base to nearly two feet for enhanced dramatic appeal and extra stability for outdoor events. Ideal for use in weddings, photo shoots, set decorating, theatrical productions and other events where fully functional, decorative lighting or thematic period props are required, the lamp post riser helps accommodate changing weather conditions without changing the layout of the lighting, décor or props. Available in a choice of colors to match the color and style of the corresponding antique streetlamp, the lamp post base comes in White as standard and in Sandstone, Blackstone, Granite and Millstone at a 10% premium plus in custom colors in quantity.
The streetlamp riser is rotationally molded in one piece from 100% polyethylene for load bearing strength, impact resistance and durability. The stability base is also waterproof and weatherproof and may be placed outdoors seasonally or for long-term installation without substantial fading or discoloring.
Photogenic Professional Lighting has extended its popular rebates until March 31, 2012. The rebates are available on their popular models and kits from the Solair, PowerLight, and StudioMax III series. With the rebates, consumers can save up to $250 on lighting and accessories.
Adobe Systems Incorporated announced that Adobe Photoshop Touch is now available for iPad 2, via the iTunes App Store. Adobe Photoshop Touch offers core Photoshop features, as well as new capabilities for creating and sharing in an app custom-built for tablets. The app is a central component of Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six intuitive touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software. iPad versions of the other Adobe Touch Apps are expected later this year.
Booq unveils the new versatile Python camera bag collection. The needs of photographers and ambitious photo enthusiasts have evolved. With iPads, ultra-compact laptops and cameras of various form factors being integral parts of a photographer’s life, the Python collection accommodates this gear through refreshingly innovative design solutions and functional protective elements, all in strikingly elegant designs. Each of the four new camera bags caters to unique user requirements and all are available at booqbags.com and retailers throughout the country.
Zookbinders Inc. (www.zookbinders.com) has revamped its customer service approach with initiatives that make doing business easier and more profitable for professional photographers. The company’s renewed commitment to service excellence includes formation of The Zookbinders Customer Advisory Board and introduction of its customer loyalty program Zook Rewards.
Lensbaby, announced the availability of its 80mm Edge 80 Optic, the newest addition to its Optic Swap System. This new optic is compatible with the Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak, and will transform any of these bending lens bodies into a tilt lens that delivers a selective slice of sharp focus through an image. Like the Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic, the Edge 80 features Lensbaby’s internal 12-blade adjustable aperture.
Alien Skin Software announces the immediate availability of Exposure 4, the new version of its photography effects plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop®, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom®. Exposure provides accurate film simulation and a wide range of creative effects in a simple interface.
Topaz Star Effects is a creative effects filter that allows you to create unique star effects by manipulating and enhancing the various light sources within your digital images. With just a few clicks you can easily transform points of light within your image to create stunning lighting and star effects, supplement existing light sources, change or enhance image mood, add shimmering effects to things like water and jewelry, and much more.
Here are some of the unique features found in Topaz Star Effects:
1. Selective Brush. Intuitive selective adjustment brush that allows you to select the light sources in your image that you want to show (or hide) star effects.
Nearly everyone owns a point-and-shoot that can take pictures up close, whether a digital compact or the camera in a cell phone. Getting the right light isn’t so easy, though: Built-in flash units can wash out the subject, and the surrounding light often isn’t adequate for a clear, colorful picture. LitePad, an exciting new product available from Visual Departures, is the solution. It’s a bright, flattering, easy-to-use light source that fits in a pocket, ready for your next close-up.
In a personal letter to the company’s loyal customers, Sigma Corporation CEO Kazuto Yamaki today announced that, starting next month, Sigma’s 46-megapixel SD1 DSLR will be renamed the SD1 Merrill in honor of Richard “Dick” Merrill, the late co-creator of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology. The otherwise unchanged DSLR will also be sold at a lower price that reflects new efficiencies in the camera’s production.