Unified Color Technologies announced the launch of HDR Express 2. The latest evolution of Unified Color’s true-color HDR software features its most streamlined workflow yet, making it ideal for photo enthusiasts new to HDR. HDR Express 2 has further simplified the HDR photography process to a point that promises users of any skill level first-time success when creating 32-bit color HDR images.
Delkin Devices is proud to announce the newest additions to their extensive Fat Gecko product line, the Fat Gecko Monopod and Tripod. Both made of carbon fiber material, the Fat Gecko Monopod & Tripod are said to be the lightest, most durable, and inexpensive Carbon Fiber products currently on the market. All components of the Fat Gecko Tripod and Monopod, including the carbon fiber and steel parts, are made in America.
Skooba Design has added two new models to its popular V.3 bag collection. The Photo/Tablet Traveler is a compact bag designed to efficiently carry a DSLR camera side-by-side with an iPad or other tablet, and the Skooba Satchel Mini is a full-featured laptop bag, ideally sized for the new 13” MacBook and similar-sized computers.
Fotodiox (www.fotodioxpro.com) announced the immediate availability of its WonderPana 145 and WonderPana 66 Filter Systems. These lens hood adapter Systems are said to be ideal for panorama, nature, architectural, fashion and event photographers, as well as analog and digital filmmakers who are looking to better manage lighting balance and avoid time-intensive post-production editing.
The New York Institute of Photography, the world’s largest and oldest photography school, introduces a new wedding photography lesson into its renowned Complete Course in Professional Photography. The new lesson was written by Clay Blackmore, an innovator in the world of photography and portraiture.
Tamarkin & Bertoldi Vintage Auctions held their 29th rare camera auction last weekend which was held over two days. There were 549 lots offered and included vintage camera gear from Leica, Rolleiflex, Nikon rangefinder, and other famous marques.
Featured in the auction was a like new black enamel Leica M2 that sold for over $39,000 (including buyer’s fee), a 15mm Hologon f8 lens that was hammered down for over $15,000, and a 1937 Leica 250 GG Reporter for $6,000. Another extremely interesting sale was the mounted Minox Sales Display from the 1960s that sold for over $3,700.
Corel announced Painter Lite, a powerful painting app designed specifically for aspiring digital artists. Based on Corel® Painter™, the original natural-media software, Painter™ Lite gives digital art enthusiasts an affordable way to experience realistic digital painting. With a wide range of brushes including acrylics, markers, impasto and special effects, Painter Lite opens up a world of creativity for anyone looking to pursue an interest or future career in digital art.
onOne Software, Inc. announced the availability of Perfect Photo Suite 7. Improved to give photographers even more ways to maximize their creativity and solve common problems in digital photography, Perfect Photo Suite 7 provides easy-to-use and powerful tools to develop stunning black and white photographs, enhance the look and feel of images with professionally-designed effects, beautifully retouch portraits, replace unwanted backgrounds, control depth-of-field after the shot has been taken, as well as resize and prepare images for print, in robust layered file workflow—in one affordable package.
Perfect Photo Suite 7 introduces five new products—Perfect B&W, Perfect Portrait 2, Perfect Layers 3, Perfect Effects 4 and Perfect Resize 7.5 Pro, integrated with existing favorites Perfect Mask 5.2 and FocalPoint 2. Photographers can effortlessly move between all of the modules while editing their photos using Perfect Photo Suite 7 as a standalone application. Photographers can also use Perfect Photo Suite to extend the image editing power of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Apple Aperture, and as a plug-in to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Phase One released Capture One Pro 7. Capture One Pro 7 is a major release built on a new processing engine with new and advanced professional tools that dramatically boost out-of-the-box image quality, offering exquisite detail and color rendition. Powerful digital asset management functionality, derived from years of technical expertise built into the Media Pro catalog system, has been added to offer more options to select, search and organize image files. And the world’s most advanced tethering shooting solution now includes Live View support for selected DSLRs.
“Phase One engineers have unique advantages in developing image processing software: their high-end digital hardware expertise, their enduring passion for perfection and their collaboration with some of the world’s best photographers,” said Linda K. Poulsen, Software Marketing Director, Phase One.
Argraph Corporation is introducing the new V-HQ 300 – 600mm IF ED f/4.1-5.7 Macro Zoom Lens. For the past five years Elicar has been developing its new super telephoto 300-600mm f/4.1-5.7 and after a continuous process of improvements after improvements they have succeeded in adding Macro capability to the lens.
Paul C. Buff, Inc. is excited to introduce two new limited edition colors available for their famous AlienBees™ line of self-contained flash units. The wildly popular AlienBees™ flash units, currently available in five bold colors to match the creative courage of the professionals and amateur photographers who love them, will be offered for a limited time in two new colors selected by CEO and sole owner Paul C. Buff himself: Purple Haze and Navajo Turquoise.
Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.
Compact System Cameras (CSC), also called Hybrid or Mirrorless cameras, are smaller than DSLR
due the lack of a complex mirror mechanism. For the same reason, lenses made for these
cameras are also smaller. Cokin Snap! Kit has been made to fit this new generation of cameras
and optics. Snap! Kit is all you need to begin with creativefilters. Including an adaptor ring, a
filter-holder, a full Neutral Density filter (ND4) and a graduated Sunset filter, Snap! Kit is aimed to
photo enthusiasts whose philosophy is to be creative right from the shooting.
Schneider presents several new B+W filters. The range of XS-Pro filters has been expanded to include a variable ND filter and Schneider adds smaller diameters of UV and clear filters to its line-up. The classic ND filter series now includes an E 82mm size and two new rectangular ND grads.
San Gabriel SemiGloss Fiber brings back the look of traditional fiber prints from the heyday of chemical darkrooms. The paper has a lightly textured surface,which adds depth, distinction, and an elegant reflectivity to the finished print. San Gabriel SemiGloss Fiber has a pleasant warm tone that adds natural richness to portraits and landscapes. Black & White images benefitfrom deep black density and just enough whiteness for great contrast. This whiteness comes from a layer containing a special barium sulfate variant called blanc-fixe, which means permanent white. This material is inert and lends stability to the shade of the paper over time. The coating and base materials are free of acid, lignin, and fluorescent brightening agents. San Gabriel gives you all you need for true exhibition qualityphotographic prints.