Leading photography software developer Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) today released an update to its popular Snapseed® for Mac and Windows desktop computers. Snapseed is an innovative photo enhancement and sharing app with a powerful suite of imaging filters to make any image extraordinary. The 1.2 version update includes new features, bug fixes, and a free demo version option. The update is free to registered owners of Snapseed Desktop. Snapseed Desktop normally retails for $19.99, but until August 16, 2012, customers can purchase the electronic download for $9.99 direct from shop.niksoftware.com/snapseed.
At photokina 2012, two of the trends being explored are taking movies with digital still cameras and photography with mobile telephones or smartphones. A large amount of exhibition space, where trade visitors can get more information, is being dedicated to both of these technological trends, which are having such a significant impact on the imaging sector.
Market observations reveal that most of the digital still cameras sold are capable of taking HD quality movie sequences. This is especially true for single lens reflex (SLR) cameras and system cameras. Today 9% of professional photographers consider the movie function essential, over 50% consider it to be useful, and three quarters of professionals think it's at least relevant. In order to highlight the growing importance of filming with digital SLR (DSLR) and system cameras, photokina 2012 is dedicating a showcase area to this segment in hall 4.1. Under the name "shoot movie", this space offers suppliers an optimal setting for presenting their products to the trade public. Because filming with DSLR and /or system cameras is increasingly becoming a necessity for professionals users, special attention will be given to their needs. The presentation will be supplemented by a stage program that is tailored to the needs of the imaging professional. The program will consist of discussions, lectures, and workshops. Among other things, these activities will address the issue of what today's professionals can and must do in order to win new clients.
OmegaBrandess and Cloud Dome are proud to announce the Nimbus Cloud Dome (patent pending)…. the follow-up to the original Cloud Dome.
As a jeweler, Cindy Lichfield was frustrated with how long it took to take her product shots for her website and online marketing efforts. With help from her father Ernie Lichfield, a meteorologist and inventor of weather-measuring devices and another local inventor, Dave Burchett, she took today’s smart phone technology and one of her previous inventions and shrunk it down to create an innovative way to take quick and easy product photography.
Canon U.S.A., Inc.announced a firmware update for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera that adds new functionality to improve its performance for serious photographers and semi-professional users. The update, free to all EOS 7D owners, gives the camera more advanced shooting options, including an increase in the maximum number of burst images taken in the RAW file format (from 15 frames to 25 frames) as well as the ability to process RAW image files directly in the camera and the option to set a maximum ISO setting in ISO Auto mode. The firmware also adds the ability to adjust up to 64 audio levels manually prior to recording video, supports custom file naming, and allows for compatibility with Canon’s newly introduced, optional GPS Receiver GP-E2.
ExpoImaging, Inc. announced availability of three new Rogue Lighting Kits for small strobe lighting enthusiasts.
The Rogue Starter Lighting Kit is an entry-level collection of versatile light modifiers designed to improve the quality and variety of lighting choices available to photographers using speed lights on- or off-camera. The Starter Lighting Kit includes: Rogue Small FlashBender Reflector, Rogue Small Diffusion Panel, Rogue Bounce Card/Flag and Rogue Universal Flash Gel Kit.
The Rogue Portrait Lighting Kit is a larger collection of light modifiers providing greater light control for portrait and event photographers shooting with multiple speed lights. The Portrait Lighting Kit includes: Rogue Large FlashBender Reflector, Rogue Large Diffusion Panel, Rogue Bounce Card/Flag, Rogue Universal Flash Gel Kit and Rogue 3-in-1 Honeycomb Grid.
Sun Sniper wowed the photography industry with its innovative camera straps - the Sun Sniper Pro and Compact. Both were a revelation to amateur and professional photographers alike. The ergonomic sling design, anti-theft wire and shock absorber are just a few of the unique design features that have set Sun Sniper camera straps steps above their competition.
Now Sun Sniper is announcing two new products to add to its impressive line of camera straps.
The Back-Pack-Strap allows photographers to transform their current backpack into a complete camera carrying system.
The Strap Surfer allows the same transformation to courier or messenger bags.
The new 11x14 Slickrock format was introduced as a direct response to its customers seeking the new size for portfolio printing. Considered a standard for portfolios and framing, the 11x14 format matches original large format cameras, and as a result, became one of the default image presentation formats. Since its launch last summer, Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 catapulted to become one of the top selling papers in the Moab family.
Designed for photographers seeking to enhance their images with a metallic look, Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260 transforms an image into lifelike, almost 3D quality. Black & White images shine on this new paper producing deep dark blacks and ultra-bright highlights.
Blue Crane Digital today announced its newest training DVD, “Introduction to the Nikon D3200– Basic Controls ”. The DVD helps you unleash the potential of your Nikon D3200 by teaching you how the camera features and controls work together, giving you all the tools you need to capture the best images under any conditions. This video will benefit anyone who wants an introduction to the D3200’s main controls and settings.Topics are arranged in chapters, allowing you to move at your own pace.
ILFORD announced that it is expanding on its recent rebranding efforts by adding an enthusiast-pointed ILFORD Premium product category to live alongside its recently announced professional-grade ILFORD Prestige (5 star) range. With new archival quality papers added to each category, ILFORD is expanding its lineup with some award-winning photo papers that will allow photographers to recreate the excitement of the darkroom experience.
The Canon-compatible version of the Phottix Odin launched in September 2011. Phottix HQ has received thousands of emails from photographers across the globe anxious for the Nikon-compatible Odin version.
Last minute testing to ensure the Odin worked properly with the new D800 and D4 added a slight delay to the previous planned release date. Testing completed, the Phottix Odin for Nikon is ready step into the limelight.
Photographers can wirelessly trigger TTL flashes, retaining full TTL functions, as well as remotely control power and flash zoom settings. Shooting with off-camera TTL flash has been made incredibly easy.