The annual meeting of the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) to vote for the best photographic and imaging products in 2011 was held on April 9, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. This year at the TIPA General Assembly 29 member magazines voted for the best product in each category. TIPA has member magazines from nine European countries and Australia, Canada, China, the U.S.A., and South Africa, plus has an affiliation with the CJPC of Japan. The General Assembly selected the best photo and imaging products of 2011 in 40 categories. In the past 21 years the association has given over 430 awards for products from over 70 companies from 15 countries. Shutterbug, the sole US magazine in the association, was represented at the meetings by Editorial Director George Schaub.
Toshiba’s new Digital Media Frame models make it possible for users to automatically share priceless memories with friends and family anywhere in the world thanks to FrameChannel. Simply set up a FrameChannel account and upload images or link favorite photos, music and videos from popular sites like Flickr, Photobucket, and Facebook. Friends and family can stay updated with new photos when their frames are connected to the account.
When taking snapshots with today's advanced digital cameras that include many complex functions, it is sometimes easy to press the wrong button and accidentally delete a picture or file that you wanted to keep. Transcend now has a solution that offers piece of mind and extra convenience for memory card users – the versatile P8 USB card reader. Now files and photos previously thought erased for good can be quickly recovered through the P8 card reader's innovative Photo Recovery Tool. This amazingly useful software features a user-friendly, straightforward interface that allows users to search deep within a memory card for traces of erased files that can be rescued. In addition to accidentally deleted photos, the Photo Recovery Tool can be used to recover documents, videos, spreadsheets, music, and virtually any other type of digital file.
As collectors of 19th century American paintings, my wife and I are very familiar with the wonderful twilight paintings of Frederic Church, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper Cropsey, Samuel Colman, and Jervis McEntee. While touring Grand Teton National Park in the fall of 2009 we passed by the overlook to Lava Creek on numerous occasions and stopped to determine the possibility for a good panoramic shot. I took several over the course of a few days but was not satisfied with the lighting conditions.
The Tyler Minigyro is said to support and stabilize cameras up to 40 lbs in weight. Designed to fit in any size helicopter, the Minigyro is the first Tyler mount that successfully works in cars/trucks, boats, and airplanes. Handheld, zero installation time is required. Some features include: variable position handles, camera quick release mounting plate, adjustable tilt head for shooting up or down and a specially developed shock tube to eliminate vibration. A battery, 24 to 28 Volts DC, is used to spin-up the 4 Brute Gyro wheels and electronics enclosed in the Minigyro.
Our assignment this month was Urban Art, and I am happy to report, based on the wide range of images we received, that the art form is alive and well. Photos ranged from the wildly colorful to the nostalgic, with a good seasoning of irony and surrealism thrown in for good measure. A number of areas seemed to inspire photographs based on the artfulness and placement of work, which helped us create a list of places we’d love to visit someday with camera in hand. In all, we hope you enjoy the diversity of art and points of view as much as we did when viewing the work.
Smash Direct, the parent company of UsedCameraBuyer.com, has launched a new destination for pre-owned camera and video gear online. UsedCameras.com features all brands of products from the professional to the consumer, including large & medium format, DSLR, Lenses, Film Gear and more. The new site has a low price guarantee and free domestic shipping on all orders. “Our gear is used, but not used up. UsedCameras is a great destination for any fan of photography.” Seth Schmidt, President and CEO Smash Direct LLC.
Vertus and Imagenomic announced a new series of software bundles that will provide
photographers and creative professionals with unique, award-winning solutions
for image extractions and creative enhancements. From August 13 to September
30, 2008, Imagenomic's entire plug-in suite -- Noiseware Pro, Portraiture,
and RealGrain -- will be bundled with Vertus' Fluid Mask 3 at a 20% discount.
Photographers, graphic designers and image editors alike will be able to incorporate
these industry leading tools into their creative and production workflows at
a significant reduction in cost.
Traveling in winter on the train from Dresden, Germany, the mostly overcast countryside zipped by as the train quickly moved along on its way to our destination in Prague, Czech Republic. Occasionally the sun peeked out from the clouds and lit up the houses and the industrial areas we traveled through. At first I thought my images might be impaired by a too slow shutter speed and the reflection in the train windows, but I quickly decided to use those problems to my advantage. The photos I ultimately made (and named “Views From the Train”) clearly indicate movement, low light, and reflections; qualities that mirror both the literal and metaphorical aspects of the country we traveled through.
Wacom announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger-based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer interaction. “Multi-Touch provides a very natural and intuitive way for users to navigate and interact with applications,” said Dennis Hoff, senior consumer product manager for Wacom. “By combining Multi-Touch with our renowned pen technology, Bamboo provides users with a new computer input approach that is not only extremely flexible, but friendly, fresh and fun.”