Roundup: Covering The Photo Beat
Photography Trainer from Trailblazer Media is a fully interactive educational app designed to teach the user how to set their D-SLR camera to capture the perfect shot in various types of conditions. Created for use with both Android and iOS devices, the app guides you step-by-step through the process. Showing you how much of an impact the correct shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings can have on creating top quality images. The app asks questions about the quality of the light and the subject you wish to capture and then provides tips on how to set the camera while explaining why these are the correct choices. The app also includes a Photo Gallery With Camera Settings section that contains dozens of pro images with detailed information about the settings used to create them. The In-Depth Techniques section provides information on how to get sharper images, how to compose the shot, using HDR, creating night, sports and wildlife photos and more.
Contact: Trailblazer Media
Ilford Ilfobrom Galerie FB Matt Paper
Ilford’s popular Ilfobrom Galerie FB is a traditional graded double weight (255g/m2) fiber based paper that offers deep rich blacks, vibrant whites and excellent tonal rendition. It is suitable for various fine quality photographic printing applications such as archival prints and gallery exhibitions. Due to popular demand, Ilford recently announced that they are adding a matt surface version to their Ilfobrom Galerie FB line of double weight Baryta papers. The Gloss version is currently available in grades 2 and 3 and the matt version will only be available in grade 2. The sizes range from 17.8x24 cm to 50.8x61 cm.
Contact: Ilford Photo
GOkey Mobile Battery Charger, USB Drive & Locator Device
The GOkey is a small user-friendly multifunctional device that fits on your key ring. It can be used to charge an Apple or Android smartphone for up to 2 hours but it has other uses as well. The GOkey is also a USB charging or syncing cable, it uses Bluetooth technology to help you locate a lost phone or keys and it is as a USB Drive with 8, 16 or 32 GB of flash memory. It comes with either a lighting cable to charge an iPhone (5, 5S, 5C) or a Micro USB cable for Android or Windows phones. As a USB Drive, the GOkey plugs into a laptop computer and can be used store videos, pictures and music or other files. It offers a password protected safe area in its memory for maximum security and the Bluetooth technology is used to help you to find a lost phone or keys within a 100-foot radius. The GOkey is available for preorder (at http://bit.ly/GOkeyIndie) and the suggested retail price ranges from $59 to $79.
Contact: GO Devices Inc.
New Gear From Teather Tools
Crafted from lightweight and durable aerospace aluminum, the Teather Tools Aero Utility Tray is compatible with a number of Aero accessories such as the Aero Table. It can be used to secure generators, external batteries, a Mac mini, a small tablet or various other items onto a tripod or a light stand. The retail value is $159.95. The Rock Solid Utility Arm keeps your gear (such as cords, sandbags power packs and gaff tape) easily accessible and the retail value is $21.95. It can be used with the Rock Solid Master Clamp that is sold separately or as part of the Rock Solid Utility Arm & Clamp kit that has a retail value of $56.95. The Camera Platform allows you to quickly and securely mount your camera to any 5/8” Baby studio stand, clamp or arm. The retail value is $16.95. The Camera Platform works with GoPro cameras that have the GoPro Tripod Adapter and it features an extra 5/8” receptor for mounting small lights or umbrellas. AppleJuce screen cleaner removes stains and oil from electronics and has an organic apple scent. It is available in a kit that contains a 2 oz. travel size, an 8 oz. Studio Pack Screen and Device Cleaner for $24.99 or 2 oz. travel screen and Device Cleaner for $12.95 or a 2 ml key chain and chamois screen cleaner for $2.99.
Contact: Tether Tools
Nikon 1 J4 and 1 S2 Cameras
The Nikon 1 J4 camera offers a fast continuous shooting frame rate of 20 fps at full resolution. It offers 171 contrast detect focus areas and 105 phase-detect AF points for high AF accuracy. The Nikon 1 J4 also features a Slow View mode, an 18.4 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 4A image-processing engine with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. It can record 1080/60p HD video and has Auto Image Capture that lets you capture still images during video recording. It is capable of recording slow motion movies in 1280x720 resolution at up to 120 fps and has a new touchscreen interface with touch shutter functionality. It is available in black, white, silver and orange in 3 kit options: with 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-zoom lens for $649.95, 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR lens for $849.95 or 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens for $1049.95.
The Nikon 1 S2 camera features a 14.2 MP CX-format CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 4A image-processing engine. It has a fast continuous shooting frame rate of 20 fps at full resolution and Wi-Fi connectivity alongside the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. It can record 1080/60p HD video and has Auto Image Capture. The creative modes for both still shots and video capture include Selective Color and Creative Pallet. The Nikon 1 S2 camera is available in black, white, red and yellow in 2 kit options: with 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for $449.95 or with 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens for $699.95.