Photogenic Professional Lighting announces the launch of the PL5R-FRES Fresnel Modifier, a 5-inch vented conical reflector with Fresnel Glass lens and two-panel barn doors.
The PL5R-FRES is designed for glamour and product photography and produces a crisp beam of light with defined soft shadow edges, creating smooth even-coverage. The removable Fresnel Glass is constructed as an optical spotlight with a well-designed circle border that fades outwards from the center, producing a flood-style beam. Additionally, the lens’ satin-anodized reflective surface allows the light transition to create beautiful skin tones, as well as sharp details.
Lowel-Light has released the first two models of their new Lowel Prime LED Lighting System, the Prime 400 and 200, in dedicated tungsten color models. Both models will be followed shortly by their daylight color counterparts. Lowel Prime LED fixtures are not only more more powerful in their output than most of the competition in their price class, but they also boast a considerably wider beam angle than most other fixtures.
On 18th September 2012, the world’s largest and most important event for the international photography and imaging sector will once again open its doors in Cologne, Germany. photokina 2012 will present the complete range of the global imaging market; approximately 1,200 suppliers from more than 40 countries are expected to attend the fair in 2012. More than 180,000 visitors from over 160 countries attended the World of Imaging in 2010.
Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) has announced Snapseed® for the Mac. Snapseed is an innovative photo enhancement and sharing app with a powerful suite of imaging filters and tools for anyone, anywhere to transform any image into an extraordinary photo. Designed exclusively for the Mac and available now on the Mac App Store, this new version of Snapseed combines Nik Software’s professional photography tools with its award-winning interface to deliver a powerful new photography app to Mac users.
FUJIFILM North America Corporation has introduced its newest and most advanced addition to its premium, high quality X-Series digital camera line-up – the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 interchangeable lens digital camera system.
Giving photo enthusiasts and professional photographers a new level of speed and performance, the new Sony XQD™ memory cards support the recently adopted XQD specification for high-speed, high-performance digital image capture. Using the XQD memory cards, XQD compatible high-end DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera users can capture up to approximately 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. In addition to outstanding high-speed data transfer capability, the new cards are highly reliable to protect users’ data and images.
Alien Skin Software today announced 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.
Exposure brings all the creative tools of film photography to the world of digital, such as discontinued films, dark room tricks, and lo-fi camera quirks. Popular classic films are accurately simulated, like Kodachrome, Polaroid, and Panatomic-X. Exposure reproduces the ethereal glow of black & white infrared film, and now color infrared.
Phase One has released Media Pro 1.2. Media Pro, a powerful photography assistant for finding, organizing, and sharing digital images and videos no matter where the files are stored. Media Pro supports very large photo libraries, with support for photo and video files from more than 100 different cameras.
Epson America, Inc. introduced the Epson Artisan 1430 wide-format printer. Offering Ultra Hi-Definition prints as large as 13”x 19”, convenient wireless networking and mobile printing, the Artisan 1430 enables photo enthusiasts and professionals alike to complete a wide range of creative and professional projects.
BosStrap has reengineered the BosStrap Camera Sling System with an improved one piece design, the BosStrap OP Camera Sling.
The BosStrap OP always remains attached to your
Camera, but there are significant differences compared to conventional neck
straps. Sling straps incorporate a sliding fitting that moves along the strap, not
requiring the strap itself to move. In use, the camera glides smoothly along the
strap up to your eye; when not in use the camera rests comfortably at your hip.
The sling design dates back to 1885.
Designed for use with current model
DSLR's, camcorders and audio recorders, the MK100 is fitted with a
14mm electret condenser capsule which produces high quality audio
with a uni-directional pick-up. The microphone's Super Cardiod
design ensures maximum sound output from the front of the
microphone resulting in targeted audio recordings with minimum
interference from both sides and behind. The unique rubber
suspension absorbs unwanted mechanical vibrations from the
A 3-position volume sensitivity switch allows the user to optimize the
microphone's performance when recording both high and low level
audio. A "Low-Cut" setting minimizes wind noise. With its Hot Shoe
adapter and a 3/8" thread, the MK100 fits easily on any camera,
boompole, monopod or tripod. MAP is $159.95.
VANGUARD has introduced its anticipated Abeo Series tripod. Whether photographers are shooting still or video or both, Abeo’s strong legs support a heavy loading weight while maintaining a lighter overall weight than competitive tripods with similar loading capacities. Its legs securely adjust to 25, 50 and 80-degree angles with an ergonomic, ultra fast release button. Quick-flip leg locks enable fast setup and are tension adjustable.
Spider Holster announced it has started shipping its Spider Holster Black Widow Kit which offers a comfortable and secure carrying solution for entry-level DSLRs and other small-body cameras such as point-and-shoot, micro four thirds, and compact system camera models. Packaging the heavy-duty resin and stainless steel Black Widow Holster unit with all the basic accessories, such as the Black Widow Belt and just updated Black Widow Pad, ensures the optimal carrying comfort for consumer and prosumer photographers. The new and improved Black Widow Pad now includes an additional stabilizing feature to snug the camera’s lens to the Pad for added stability.
“Beyond the Kit Lens" is a series of seminars that will offer attendees a new perspective on photography. Under the instruction of professional photographers, André Costantini & Ken Hubbard, the 2-day seminar is designed to inspire the beginner to enthusiast photographers to make great images by understanding the choices that can be made when shooting. By dissecting a scenario, the instructors will explain how the camera works and how to improve images. Topics that will be discussed include lens choice, focal length, distance to your subject, aperture and shutter speed.
RTP, Rehabilitation Through Photography announces the election of Jackie Augustine to the position of President of the Board of Directors. Jackie is a 30 year veteran of the photographic industry. She served as Group Publisher of VNU/Nielsen’s Performance Group of Magazines and prior to that she was VP, Group Publisher of the High Technology Group of magazines at Primedia which included Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic and Shutterbug magazines. Currently she is the President of Jackie Augustine Consulting, a company focused on integrated media and marketing solutions. She is also a Member of the PMDA Board of Directors and Editor of the PMDA website.