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Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home

Mon, 2014-09-08 13:00

High-key lighting is a classic look for portraits or product photography that minimizes shadows and produces a bright, vibrant look. Although typically shot in the studio with lots of high-powered lights, it's possible to produce a similar look at home using some fairly basic kit. In this article we'll talk you through a simple backyard setup and some easy post-processing that will serve as a great introduction to high-key portraiture. Learn more

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Week in review: Photokina is in the air...

Sun, 2014-09-07 11:00

Daylight hours may be getting shorter as we enter September but the days are just packed. Photokina is a little over a week away and as expected, the announcements are beginning to ramp up. Last week, Sony's new QX cameras drummed up a lot of attention, IFA in Berlin produced a number of promising smartphone announcements, Canon's lenses got cheaper (sort of) and the bird was the word when the 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards were announced. See what you may have missed in our look back at the last seven days

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Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 2)

Sun, 2014-09-07 09:00

Ten years after the end of WWII, Germany was rebuilding. Cities like Berlin, which had been severely damaged during the war were emerging from the rubble as the 'Wirtschaftswunder' or 'economic miracle' transformed West Germany. In the immediate post-war period hundreds of thousands of allied troops were stationed in the divided country, many of them with cameras. Found recently at a flea market, the images in this article date from 1956-7 and were taken by a US Serviceman in Berlin. Click through to take a look at part 2.

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Western Digital launches My Passport Wireless hard drive with built-in SD card reader

Sat, 2014-09-06 05:01

Western Digital has launched a new wireless-enabled hard drive that uniquely features a built-in SD card reader. The My Passport Wireless might be coming to the market after other wireless options like the LaCie Fuel drive, but it’s the inclusion of the SD card reader that makes this product of particular interest to photographers. Read more

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Epson launches A3+ SC-P600 printer with ‘industry’s highest black density’

Sat, 2014-09-06 05:00

Epson has announced a new A3+ desktop inkjet printer aimed at the professional and semi-professional photographer that it claims is capable of producing a maximum black density of 2.8. According to Epson this beats all competitors’ A3+ machines that use 6 or more inks. The SureColor SC-P600 is part of Epson’s plan to introduce ten new professional printers to the market under the ‘Sure’ brand by 2016, and is the first SureColor model to be aimed at the photo market. Click through to read more.

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CAMS wants to change how you carry your camera with new 'Pro' camera and lens plates

Fri, 2014-09-05 22:16

Delaware-based company CAMS is raising money to create a range of mounting plates for DSLR users to carry their gear from a mount on the bottom, rather than the top of the camera. The low-profile CAMS Pro Camera Plate and Lens Plate attach to the tripod screws on the bottom of your camera (and lenses with a tripod collar) and provide a firm mounting point for the company's quick-release neoprene straps, allowing your gear to be carried comfortably at hip level, ready to be brought quickly into the shooting position. Read more

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Canon announces plans for firmware update to Cinema EOS cameras

Fri, 2014-09-05 03:00

This December, Canon will release a firmware update for its popular EOS C500 and EOS C300 video cameras, as well as version 1.3 of its Cinema RAW Development software. Support is added for a new color space used in recent broadcast testing, and both cameras will also gain the ability to use the assignable Func. button to specify color temperature. Read more

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Nokia announces Lumia 830 with OIS and innovative camera modes

Fri, 2014-09-05 00:01

At an event in Berlin, Nokia has today announced the Lumia 830. Dubbed an 'affordable flagship,' the device's camera module offers a 10MP 1/3.4-inch CMOS sensor and F2.2 maximum aperture. What sets the 830 apart from many competitors is the optical image stabilization system which, according to Nokia, is the thinnest in any of its devices, allowing for the 830's slim physique. Read more

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SLR Magic introduces HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 for Micro Four Thirds

Thu, 2014-09-04 19:22

Ahead of a Photokina launch, Hong-Kong based SLR Magic has announced the HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 lens for Micro Four Thirds and SLR Magic 77 ND 0.4-ND 1.8 filter. The manual focus lens offers a 20mm equivalent angle on a Micro Four Thirds body, and is designed to a videographer's taste with a stepless aperture ring. It will be available at the end of October for $799. Read more

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Winners announced for 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards

Thu, 2014-09-04 10:00

Winners of the 2014 British Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, with an overall winner, category winners and highly commended photos receiving recognition. Winning entries will be included in an exhibition touring the UK as well as a photo book, and the overall winner will be awarded a £5000 cash prize. Take a look at the photo that took top prize as well as category winners. See gallery

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Samsung introduces Galaxy Note 4 phablet with OIS

Thu, 2014-09-04 00:11

Samsung has announced the latest iteration of its top-of-the-line phablet, the Galaxy Note 4, at simultaneous events in New York and Berlin today. In terms of design the new model is very close to its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 3, but the big news about the Note 4's 16MP camera is its optical image stabilization system - making it the first Samsung smartphone to offer this feature. Read more

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A guided tour of the Sony QX1 and QX30 smartphone cameras

Wed, 2014-09-03 15:00

Sony got a lot of attention when it released a pair of cameras which clip onto a smartphone last fall. They're really going to raise a lot of eyebrows now, with their QX1, which features an APS-C sensor and E-mount. Yep, an Alpha on your phone. Take a tour of the QX1 and the superzoom QX30 cameras right here.

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Sony introduces QX1 with APS-C sensor and E-mount for smartphones

Wed, 2014-09-03 15:00

Sony has announced the QX1 and QX30, expanding its line of 'lens-style' cameras ready to be paired with a smartphone. The QX1 is an interchangeable lens model, containing a 20MP APS-C sensor and a Sony E-mount for use with lenses designed for Sony's mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. More like the existing QX10 and QX100, the QX30 is single unit containing a sensor and lens, providing a 20MP 1/2.3"-type sensor and a longer 30x optical zoom. Read more

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Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses

Tue, 2014-09-02 19:42

Canon US has confirmed multiple price drops across its range of lenses, including several L-series models. According to Canon the price reductions are in honor of reaching a milestone - the production of 100 million EF lenses. Price drops range from a modest $40 up to $1000 off the original retail price, depending on the lens. Read more 

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Zeiss launches Loxia full frame lenses for Sony E-mount

Tue, 2014-09-02 19:36

German optical manufacturer Zeiss has announced a new range of lenses called Loxia, designed for full frame cameras using the Sony E mount – essentially the Sony Alpha 7 series at the moment. The Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50 are based on the company's existing 35mm f/2 Biogon and 50mm f/2 Planar lenses from the ZM range. Read more

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Canon marks 80 years since the Kwanon, its first camera

Tue, 2014-09-02 17:29

In the build-up to Photokina, Canon is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The seed was planted in 1934 when a company called Seiki-Kogaku Kenkyusho placed an advert for a camera called the Kwanon in the Asahi Camera magazine. The company, whose name translates as Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory, was formed to develop the first Japanese 35mm rangefinder camera in a world where European brands, such as Leica and Contax, dominated. Read more

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Fujifilm X30 (beta) real-world samples

Tue, 2014-09-02 16:14

The Fujfilm X30 offers a 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens - both of which are retained from the X20 that precedes it. New features include a larger, tilting 3" LCD, an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a control wheel around the lens, and greatly improved battery life. We've had access to a pre-production camera for a few days now, and we've been given permission to post some images. Click through for a link to our gallery

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Cold War camera: 1950s Berlin in color (part 1)

Mon, 2014-09-01 09:00

Ten years after the end of WWII, Germany was rebuilding. Cities like Berlin, which had been severely damaged during the war were emerging from the rubble as the 'Wirtschaftswunder' or 'economic miracle' transformed West Germany. In the immediate post-war period hundreds of thousands of allied troops were stationed in the divided country, many of them with cameras. Found recently at a flea market, the images in this article date from 1956-7 and were taken by a US Serviceman in Berlin. Click through to take a look

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Readers' Showcase: Black and White photography

Sun, 2014-08-31 09:00

While it's easy to get swept up in the stream of product announcements at this time of year, it's also a good idea to remember why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Black and White Photography forum to submit their favorite shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. As usual, the photos submitted were of a very high quality. See gallery

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Nikon releases D4S firmware C:1.10

Sat, 2014-08-30 09:00

Nikon has issued a firmware update for the D4S. The long list of improvements included in this firmware version are mostly minor bug fixes and tweaks to menus and camera operation. See the full details and get a link to download the latest D4S firmware version. Read more

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